70 years ago - Aug. 25, 1949


• The “Bloodshed Boxscore” in the Herald reported 487 people had been killed on state highways for the year, up from 415 in the same period of 1948.

• The grand opening of the Sylva Drive-In was set for Aug. 25, with a lineup of “The Sea Wolf,” staring Edward G. Robinson, and two cartoons.

• Preparations were underway for an Oct. 15 vote for or against the legal sale of beer and wine within Jackson County.


60 years ago - Aug. 27, 1959


• A race track for Go-Karts and Micro-Midgets was constructed 4 miles from Sylva, with the first race at the track set for the end of August.

• The Greystone Lodge in Dillsboro offered its Special Economy Plate – one meat, two veggies, salad, dessert and a drink – for 85 cents.

• Fourteen Jackson County students were among the 121 receiving summer commencement degrees at Western Carolina College.


50 years ago - Aug. 28, 1969


• Approximately 40 children were expected to be selected to attend the pilot kindergarten program for the Sylva-Webster school district.

• Nineteen Jackson County students were among 53 students slated for graduation at Southwestern Technical Institute.

• Sylva-Webster’s Golden Eagles were preparing for the season opener against Edneyville. The average weight of the 11 starters listed by Coach Babe Howell was 170 pounds.


40 years ago - Aug. 30, 1979


• Payment of $100,000 for the purchase of the Glenville School and approximately 7 acres was made by Dr. J.R. Dimsdale.

• Seven marijuana plants were seized by county deputies on Wilson Creek in Cullowhee.

• Following the lead of other hospitals across the country, C.J. Harris Community Hospital announced new security procedures; while the local hospital hadn’t experienced major problems, ease of access to hospitals in other places had led to a spike in crimes.


30 years ago - Aug. 31, 1989


“Unto These Hills” estimated a 12 percent year-over-year drop in attendance. The drop was attributed largely to an unusually rainy summer.

• Smoky Mountain defeated Tuscola 16-7 at C.E. Weatherby Stadium in Waynesville to kick off the 1989 season.

• Dale Strahm was set to debut as Western Carolina University’s football coach, with a season opener slated against Eastern Kentucky, the nation’s winningest 1-AA program.


20 years ago - Aug. 26, 1999


• The construction of an apparently illegal billboard near Dillsboro caused county commissioners to enact a 60-day moratorium on all off-premise advertising.

• School officials gave unanimous approval to a concept drawing for a nine-room addition at Blue Ridge School.

• Coming off a 7-4 year that saw their first winning season since 1992, the Smoky Mountain Mustangs were set to travel to Swain to open the 1999 season.


10 years ago - Aug.27, 2009


• Sylva leaders voted 3-2 to allow dogs in Bridge Park for a 90-day period. Officials planned to then revisit the issue to see if having animals in the park caused any problems.

• Library fundraisers took a giant step forward when they secured a $250,000 challenge grant from the SECU Foundation. The Friends of the Library announced that the grant would match funds raised by the capital campaign for the new public library complex under construction atop Courthouse Hill.

• Cherokee scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to claim a 19-12 season-opening non-conference football victory from Smoky Mountain at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.