70 years ago - Aug. 17, 1950


• Work headed by contractor William B. Dillard to add a new addition of four classrooms, a lunch room, library, laboratory and gym at Glenville School was advancing nicely.

• Crowder peas were selling at 17 cents for 2 pounds at Dixie Home Super Markets.

• Betty Grable and Victor Mature were starring in “Wabash Avenue,” playing at the Ritz Theatre.


60 years ago - Aug. 18, 1960


• W.B. Dillard Construction was awarded a contract to begin work on a new industrial plant just south of old 19A-23.

• Terry Sanford, Democratic nominee for governor, was slated to deliver the commencement address at Western Carolina College.

• Italian loafers were on sale at Schulman’s for $5.98.


50 years ago - Aug. 20, 1970


• Arthur Edward Justice succeeded Joe Hicks as principal of Camp Lab School. Hicks headed to the top spot at Sylva-Webster High School.

• Western Carolina University submitted a $23.9 million request to the General Assembly for capital improvements.

• Congressman Roy Taylor was slated to deliver the commencement address at Southwestern Technical Institute.


40 years ago - Aug. 21, 1980


• Jackson County Public Schools saw an increase of 86 students on school rolls, bringing the total to 3,706.

• A championship rodeo featuring six events was scheduled for the ceremonial grounds at Cherokee.

• Southwestern Technical College was designated as the regional training center for emergency management technicians.


30 years ago - Aug. 16, 1990


• The “Disability Outdoor Awareness Day” at Balsam Lake Lodge and Recreation Area saw more than 400 participants from as far away as Cabarrus County and Atlanta, Ga.

• Air pollution woes prompted editorial pages in the region, including the Herald’s, to ponder changing the name of the Blue Ridge to the Gray Ridge.

• Five members of the regular rotation returned from 1989’s 13-8 squad as coach Cindi Simmons prepared for the 1990 Smoky Mountain volleyball season.


20 years ago - Aug. 17, 2000


• Around 20 parents spoke to Jackson County School Board members in opposition to any plans to consolidate Blue Ridge School with Smoky Mountain High School.

• Thunderstorms and high winds swept through Jackson County, downing trees across numerous roads.

• Lionel Brooks joined the staff of son Cameron Brooks as defensive coordinator for the Smoky Mountain High Mustangs football team.


10 years ago - Aug. 19, 2010


• Smoky Mountain rising senior Jackson Simmons committed to play college basketball for the University of North Carolina. Simmons said, “I’ve always admired watching Carolina play and watching their style.” The 6-8 Simmons was highly recruited, drawing inquiries from what he said were too many colleges to count.

• Balsam Range drew the largest crowd of the season for the Concerts on the Creek series, according to Chamber of Commerce Director Julie Spiro.

• Western Carolina University’s Blue Ridge Hall was set to open for its first 376 residents. The new residence hall featured state-of-the-art conference center space and connected to adjacent Balsam Hall by an arch offering a student study area overlooking the Alumni Tower and lawn of Hinds University Center.