This week in local history: 

70 years ago - May 22, 1952

• The worst traffic accident in Jackson County’s history occurred when a Pontiac carrying eight persons left the road on N.C. 107 and crashed into a bridge abutment, killing four and injuring the other four.

• 54 seniors were set to graduate at Sylva High.

• Sirloin steaks were on sale at Dixie Home Supermarkets for $1.01 a pound.

60 years ago - May 24, 1962

• 218 degrees were set to be conferred at Western Carolina College’s spring commencement.

• All-aluminum doors were on sale at Sylva Coal & Lumber for $29.99.

• The Herald reported that a total of $85,000 a month was being paid to old age and disability recipients in Jackson County via Social Security.

50 years ago - May 25, 1972

• Jackson County’s three high schools – Sylva-Webster, Glenville and Camp Lab – had a total of 201 diploma candidates.

• Sen. Sam Ervin, in his weekly newsletter, said the U.S. naval blockade of North Vietnamese ports could be the turning point of the conflict in Vietnam.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team announced a 30-game slate featuring a showdown with three-time NAIA champion Kentucky State.

40 years ago - May 27, 1982

• Dedication ceremonies were set for the Jackson County Department of Public Health addition to the Community Services Center.

• Stephan Swimmer set a new Sylva-Webster High record in the mile run with a time of 4:37. He also set the two-mile mark with a time of 10:10.

• Maxwell House coffee was on sale at Lay’s for $1.89 a pound.

30 years ago - May 28, 1992

• Blue Ridge School was set to hold graduation ceremonies for the 29 members of its senior class.

• Western Carolina advanced to the regional tourney championship but fell one win short of advancing to the College Baseball World Series. The team’s 44 wins were the most in school history.

• Football and track star Len Henke was named Smoky Mountain High School’s top athlete.

20 years ago - May 20, 2002

• Although county leaders included a 7 percent increase for Jackson schools, the budget total fell nearly 23 percent, or $726,000, short of what education leaders had requested for system improvements.

• Biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park confirmed the park’s first recorded infestation of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, a tiny aphid-like insect that attacks and kills hemlock trees.

• Todd Raleigh was named Southern Conference Baseball Coach of the Year after leading Western Carolina to a 33-23 record – an 18-game improvement - and second place in the Southern Conference.

10 years ago - May 31, 2012

• Portraits of Jackson County’s most notable elected officials were set to be unveiled at the Jackson County Public Library. The three office-holders to be honored were Gertrude Dills McKee, North Carolina’s first woman state senator; David Hall, Jackson County’s only U.S. congressman; and Dan Moore, the only person from Jackson County to be North Carolina’s governor.

• Fred Cantler, former associate athletic director at Western Carolina, was selected as one of the 12 recipients of the Southern Conference’s 2012 Distinguished Service Awards.