This week in local history:
70 years ago - June 16, 1949
• 1,500 rainbow trout, 1,350 brook trout and 300 brown trout were stocked in county streams during the spring, according to district wildlife supervisor George Jarrett and district protector Bart Cope.
• Sylva firemen responded to a blaze in the boiler room at Hennessee Lumber Company, and their quick action was credited with preventing a destructive fire at the plant, which stored a considerable amount of lumber, including some in dry kilns.
• Sanitation steps, including the cleaning of hog pens and filtration of water at the pool, were discussed by the town board. The board’s attention was also called to several cases of mad dogs in the county.
60 years ago - June 18, 1959
• Bart Cope was named Sylva’s fire chief for his 15th term.
• Dedication ceremonies for the 11-mile gap in the Blue Ridge Parkway between Soco and Cherokee were set for June 25.
• A bucket brigade was used in saving several houses from being destroyed by fire in East LaPorte, but one frame house was destroyed.
50 years ago - June 19, 1969
• A Winston-Salem firm signed a contract to create a master plan for recreation and parks in Jackson County.
• John B. Childers proved Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky when he landed a 26-inch brown trout at the Dillsboro dam.
• The Jackson County school board set the calendar for the upcoming year, with the first day of classes set for Aug. 25.
40 years ago - June 21, 1979
• The Sylva-Webster Golden Eagle Marching Band returned home from competitions in Indiana and Wisconsin with a host of trophies, including Grand National Champions in the Marching Bands of America, Inc., competition.
• The south side of Mill Street was designated a two-hour parking area by the Sylva town board.
• The second annual Tuckaseigee Classic, featuring some of the top softball teams in Western North Carolina, was set to open at Mark Watson Park.
30 years ago - June 15, 1989
• In a summer of sequels, “Ghostbusters II,’’ “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’’ and “Star Trek: The Final Frontier’’ were playing at the Quin Theatres.
• The Jackson-Sylva Optimist Club sponsored a “Just Say No’’ program for Jackson fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
• A $1.12 million budget was proposed for the town of Sylva.
20 years ago - June 17, 1999
• The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Bryson City was expected to relocate to Whittier.
• At least eight dump-truck sized loads of water safety hazards were removed from Lake Glenville in a cleanup conducted by Nantahala Power & Light.
• Ozone levels in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hit unhealthy levels. The prior year the park recorded the most days on record of unhealthy levels, 44.
10 years ago - June 18, 2009
• The Canary Coalition, along with several citizens, filed suit against the town of Sylva after the town refused to rescind its April decision to amend its I-1 industrial zone ordinance to facilitate Jackson Paper’s planned expansion.
• Duke Energy filed a general rate case with the N.C. Utilities Commission requesting a 12.6 percent increase in customer rates. It would mark Duke’s first general rate increase in North Carolina since 1991.
• A week after Jackson County commissioners voted 4-1 to try and save the Dillsboro Dam by seizing it from Duke Energy through the power of eminent domain, the power company announced plans to begin a six-month dredging operation above the dam.