70 years ago - July 21, 1949


• Gov. Kerr Scott took to the airwaves to push for the extension of electrical and telephone lines into rural areas.

• Plans were announced for the purchase of 25,600 pullets to crank up the egg industry in Jackson County.

• Sylva Boy Scout Troop No. 1 announced the purchase of a wheelchair for a local youth stricken with polio.


60 years ago - July 16, 1959


• With Jackson County’s jail closed due to unsafe conditions, the Herald reported the cost of sending 37 prisoners to Haywood County in June at $428.85.

• The Sylva Halcyon Club was sponsoring a Diaper Derby, open to any baby who could crawl.

• The opening of the new Pitch & Putt Miniature Golf Course at the intersection of Cullowhee and Webster roads was announced.


50 years ago - July 17, 1969


• Western Carolina University was set to begin its baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

• A 4.5 magnitude earthquake on the North Carolina-Tennessee line was felt by a number of people in Jackson County.

• Ninety-four percent of students participated in the school lunch program in the county in the 1968-69 school year, the Herald reported, with a total of 523,000 meals served over the course of the year.


40 years ago - July 19, 1979


• Jackson County was awarded a $40,000 grant for renovation of the county jail.

• Dynamite was attributed as the cause of two loud blasts in Sylva in the parking lot of the Sylco plant.

• More than 360 students were degree candidates at Western Carolina University’s summer commencement ceremonies.


30 years ago - July 20, 1989


• U.S.23-441 in Dillsboro was partially blocked for four hours when a flat-bed trailer fully loaded with lumber wrecked, dumping the load across the highway.

• Services were held for businessman, philanthropist and civic leader W.C. Hennessee. Hennessee’s lumber company was one of the most successful in the U.S., providing many jobs in Jackson and the surrounding region.


20 years ago - July 15, 1999


• The Sylva Fire Department was readying for its 100th anniversary on July 17.

• The Jackson County 9-10 All-Stars reached the championship round of the Little League District 5 West Tournament with a 14-4 win over Swain.

• The Jackson County Junior League (13-14) All-Stars stayed alive in tourney play with an 11-2 win over Mountain (Murphy).


10 years ago - July 23, 2009


• “Jackson County Then and Now” was set to be released by Arcadia Publishing, offering more than 70 pairs of photographs and detailed captions providing windows into this area’s past. Authored by Herald Editor Lynn Hotaling and Photo Editor Nick Breedlove, and featuring “now” images by Breedlove, proceeds from book sales benefited the Jackson County Historical Society.

• A groundbreaking ceremony was held for The Hermitage Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Dillsboro. According to Hermitage publicist Mary Leslie Yount, the new facility was designed to offer traditional assisted living as well as care for those with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.