70 years ago - Feb. 16, 1950


• Operational plans were finalized for the world premiere of “Unto These Hills” on July 1.

• Western Carolina’s wrestling squad finished the season 6-1-1 by out-tumbling the Knoxville YMCA 28-6.

• Consolidated Hide and Metal offered a new service – free removal of fresh dead stock – with a special truck equipped to transport deceased cows, horses and hogs.


60 years ago - Feb. 18, 1960


• A town-wide sale celebrating Washington’s birthday, sponsored by the Sylva Merchants Association, was set to run Friday, Saturday and Monday.

• Marcellus Buchanan announced he would seek a fourth term in the N.C. House.

• Marine Pfc. Don Waldroop of Dillsboro was among Marine 6th Regiment members participating in a five-week training exercise in the Pisgah National Forest.


50 years ago - Feb. 19, 1970


• A minimum wage hike – from $1.30 to $1.45 an hour – went into effect for workers covered under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

• A new district of the Western Carolina Telephone Company was set to serve 24,000 customers with 15 exchanges.

• Relatively new cash crops in Jackson – tomatoes, ornamental shrubs and Christmas trees – were falling short of cash goals but were thought to hold much promise.


40 years ago - Feb. 18, 1980


• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles men’s basketball team opened state playoff action with a 65-49 win over East Wilkes.

• Production of “Pure Drinking Water From the Carolina Mountains” marketed under the name “Cashiers Valley Water” began.

• Approval was given by the N.C. Board of Transportation for replacement of the bridge on N.C. 116 over the Tuckaseigee River in Webster.


30 years ago - Feb. 15, 1990


• The first baseball game at the new Ronnie G. Childress Field was set for Saturday when Western Carolina was set to meet Western Kentucky.

• Smoky Mountain’s Mustangs, led by 26 points from Steve Arkansas, downed Brevard to clinch a spot in the sectional playoffs.

• With bills in the state legislature calling for a five cent deposit on beer and soda containers stalled, the Herald proposed upping the bottle return incentive to 25 cents.


20 years ago - Feb. 17, 2000


• A tractor-trailer lost its brakes and crushed two cars at the intersection of U.S.23 Business and Main Street. Three people were injured, with one treated overnight at C.J. Harris Hospital, but onlookers were amazed no one was killed in the accident.

• Jeff Compher, senior associate director of athletics at Vanderbilt University, was named athletic director at Western Carolina.

• WCU’s men’s basketball team defeated Davidson to record the program’s 300th Division 1 victory.


10 years ago - Feb. 18, 2010


• A winter storm forced officials to close schools again across Jackson County. Due to the number of days lost to snow, school officials were set to conduct a phone survey to determine whether they should extend the school year or hold school on Saturdays.

• Duke Energy continued demolition of the Dillsboro Dam. Fred Alexander, Duke’s district manager for government and community relations, said “The weather has cooperated, and interesting water features not seen since 1927 are becoming visible.”

• East Carolina University chose Southwestern Community College as a site for one of three dental clinics planned by ECU’s dental school in North Carolina.