70 years ago - Oct. 19, 1950


• John Parris was named public relations director of the Cherokee Historical Association and its sponsored drama, “Unto These Hills.”

• Franklin dropped the Sylva Hurricane football squad 7-0.

• Western Carolina’s Catamounts fell 36-6 in gridiron action against East Carolina.


60 years ago - Oct. 20, 1960


• Bleachers for the new Sylva-Webster gym were expected to be installed within 30 days.

• The Herald editorialized for the repeal of the national “temporary” gasoline tax increase of 1 cent per gallon.

• Troy’s Drive-In on the old Asheville Highway reopened under the management of Louise Moody.


50 years ago - Oct. 22, 1970


• The expansion of Southwestern Technical Institute was hailed as substantially improving the chances of luring new industries to Jackson County.

• A fire destroyed a barn and more than 500 bales of hay off Old Dillsboro Road.

• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles rolled to a 44-16 win over West Henderson. 


40 years ago - Oct. 23, 1980


• Open House festivities were scheduled for the new Cullowhee Fire Department facility.

• 14,272 people were registered to vote in Jackson County, a rise of nearly 700 voters from numbers in the May primary.

• Hayesville’s Randy Mosteller ran for 317 yards to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 36-22 win over Cullowhee.


30 years ago - Oct. 18, 1990


• Charles McConnell was chosen by a unanimous Board of Education vote to become Jackson County’s new school superintendent.

• Jason Bryson completed 10 of 13 passes for a school-record 211 yards to lead Smoky Mountain over Franklin, 27-14.

• Smoky Mountain gained the top conference seed in the state volleyball playoffs with a win against Franklin.


20 years ago - Oct. 19, 2000


• A development company announced plans to build 350 homes and a golf course on the 4,400-acre Sugar Loaf tract.

• Ground was broken on the new multi-purpose complex at the Jackson County Recreation Park.

• Western Carolina quarterback David Rivers set school records for passing and total offense, going 31 of 44 for 474 yards, in WCU’s 40-31 loss to Wofford.


10 years ago - Oct. 21, 2010


• A group of local hunters spearheading an effort to reopen some roads in the Roy Taylor National Forest met Congressman Heath Shuler at Balsam Lake to air their grievances with U.S. Forest Service management.

• Smoky Mountain wrapped up a spot in the state 2-A volleyball playoffs with a 25-23, 25-11, 25-20 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory at Brevard.

• Wofford scored 36 unanswered points starting late in the first half to rout Western Carolina 45-14 in a Southern Conference football game before 8,248 fans at Gibbs Stadium.