70 years ago - Dec. 7, 1950


• Sheriff Griffin Middleton and county deputies reported the destruction of six moonshine stills.

• The March of Dimes announced 1950 was the third-worst year for cases of polio in North Carolina, with 717 incidents logged through November.

• Sylva Coal & Lumber offered children’s wagons for Christmas at prices from $1.95 to $8.95.


60 years ago - Dec. 8, 1960


• Sylva called for a new form of voter registration where no member of a family could register another member.

• Schulman’s offered men’s suits from $29.95 to $69.95.

• A Parent-Teacher Association was organized for Sylva-Webster High School.


50 years ago - Dec. 9, 1970


• Sylva received a snowfall of 12 inches, with other areas of the county in the higher elevations receiving as much as 20 inches.

• The Sylva-Webster Golden Eagles men’s basketball team continued to roll, notching wins over Highlands and Hot Springs.

• Phillip Reese, Orville Coward and Ronnie Smith were named to the All-Smoky Mountain Conference football team.


40 years ago - Dec. 11, 1980


• Sylva-Webster steamrolled Currituck 49-7 to claim its sixth state football title.

• The largest crowd ever, easily surpassing 10,000, turned out for Sylva’s Christmas parade.

• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team moved to 4-0 with an 80-44 rout of Baptist College.


30 years ago - Dec. 6, 1990


• Daniel Wike and Steve Arkansas scored 20 apiece to lead Smoky Mountain past Murphy, 78-48, in the men’s basketball season opener.

• Eric Dailey dropped in a basket with four seconds remaining as Western Carolina downed UNC-Asheville, 81-79.

• Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 5 percent.


20 years ago - Dec. 7, 2000


• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball squad dropped to 1-6 with losses to UNC-Asheville and Clemson.

• Justin Roper scored 17 points to lead Smoky Mountain past Swain in a 72-39 rout.

• Smoky Mountain’s Kaitlin Ritchie was named volleyball player of the year in the Western Athletic Conference.


10 years ago - Dec. 9, 2010


• Jack Debnam was sworn in by Jackson County Clerk of Court Ann Melton as the new chair of the county commission.

• Western Carolina rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to edge Bradley 66-65 in a non-conference men’s basketball game at the Ramsey Center.

• Jackson Simmons scored the go-ahead basket with 48 seconds remaining to help Smoky Mountain hold off Enka 84-80 at Enka. The Mustangs (2-0) defeated the Jets in a close game for the second time in 10 days.