70 years ago - Aug. 4, 1949


• The Herald reported “Development of a little-known ore has now opened new possibilities in the building industry. Vermiculite, strangest of materials, is being mined and processed in quantity in Jackson County.” The story said, “vermiculite plaster has unusual soundproofing qualities, will not dissolve, smell or rot when it gets wet… a hammer blow merely dents it.”

• Progress was being made in the county’s new egg industry, with “final arrangement being made to begin the immediate production of hatching eggs on a large scale.”


60 years ago - Aug. 13, 1959


• A bumper crop of gladioli was reported on a farm near Glenville, the reward for 350,000 bulbs set earlier in the year.

• A fund drive to fully equip a rescue squad for Jackson County kicked off.

• Four subcommittees were established in Jackson at the initial meeting of the Jackson County Committee of the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth.


50 years ago - Aug. 7, 1969


• Forest City beat Shaw Air Force Base 8-1 for the Carolinas championship in Little League playoffs held in Sylva. Forest City advanced to action in Pensacola, Florida.

• Citizens Bank & Trust offered 5 percent interest on special savings account plans.

• The 1969 Farm Census summary for Jackson County showed 4,916 people living on farm tracts in the county totaling 91,857 acres.


40 years ago - Aug. 9, 1979


• Frank Green of Zion Hill touted the skills of his “snakedog,” a collie named Bullet, who had killed one rattlesnake for the year, following two kills the previous year. Bullet was a handy friend to have while picking blackberries, Green said.

• Western Carolina had the distinction of being the first NCAA football squad to open preseason practice when 102 players reported to E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

• Rates at Forest Hills Golf Course were, with cart, $5 for all-day play on weekends.


30 years ago - Aug. 10, 1989


• Ashdown, Arkansas eliminated Smoky Mountain from the Dixie League Pre-Majors Baseball World Series by a 4-2 count.

• The N.C. Department of Transportation’s urban traffic engineer strongly recommended against revising traffic flow in Sylva to provide approach visibility to the picturesque Jackson County Courthouse for tourists traveling in the downtown area.


20 years ago - Aug. 12, 1999


• Great Smoky Mountains National Park reached unhealthy levels of ground ozone pollution, posing a threat to the health of park visitors.

• Babe Howell, who amassed a Jackson County football coaching record of 198-78-6, was set to be inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. Including a stint in Georgia, Howell’s overall record was 301-121-6, making him the winningest coach in state history.

• The Western Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame announced the pending induction of four new members – basketball great Ronnie Carr, outfielder Freddie Hailey, basketball and volleyball standout Judy Stroud, and Steve White, WCU’s sports information director and an athletics administrator over four decades.


10 years ago - Aug. 6, 2009


• County commissioners approved 4-1 an ordinance to regulate development along the U.S. 441 corridor. Under the ordinance, areas along the corridor between Gateway and the Cherokee Indian Reservation were divided into several “character areas,” with each area having specific regulations for development of commercial properties.

• Jackson County’s Junior League (13-14-year-old) All-Stars finished second in the state tournament at Lewisville.