Life in Haywood during the fall of 1972
The fall of 1972 was an exciting one for Tuscola High School students — one where the football team brought home state championship, the band represented the region in Florida and school spirit was at its pinnacle.
The time will be celebrated at a sock hop at The Gateway Club in Waynesville when the Tuscola Class of ’73 hosts classes of ’71 to ’75 and as well as other alumni for an old fashion get-together Friday evening following the Tuscola – Sylva Webster football game.
Doors for the alumni get-together will open at 8 p.m. and people are encouraged to come by after the game to renew old acquaintances. Guests of honor will be the Tuscola 1972 co-state championship team.There is a $5 cover charge with the majority of the proceeds going to the Haywood County School Foundation Scholarship Fund.
As the class of 1973 celebrates its 40th class reunion, here’s a look at some of the other issues that made headlines in The Mountaineer between September and November 1972.
• Waynesville First Baptist Church burned a $250,000 note symbolizing its final payment on a three-level education building built in 1961.
•Clyde resident died from a tick bite.
•County commissioners OK’ed a $4.5 million hospital bond vote to construct a new acute care hospital. At the time, the county had no debt except for the schools and a total assessed valuation of $181 million. The location for the center had not been determined.
• The Canton and Haywood County public libraries were consolidated.
• 5 pounds of sugar cost $.49; 3-pound can of Crisco was $.59, a quart of Duke's mayonnaise cost $.49 and 12-ounce Cokes sold for $.10.
• A Playtex high-waist “I Can’t Believe It’s a Girdle” could be purchased for $16 at Belk-Hudon, and “Miss America shoes” cost $11.03.
• John Graham sold dress coats for as low as $26 and a square shooter Polaroid camera could be purchased on sale for $19.88.
• In October, Haywood Technical Institute held an open house to showcase its $2.5 million campus. Yet to be constructed was a mill pond that would serve both as an entrance beautification and a learning site.
• Fourth-grade teacher Bill Davis was heralded as a “man in a women’s world,” as he was one of the few male elementary teachers.
• The Mountain Research Station switched from cows, chickens to horticulture, with intentions to concentrate on Christmas trees, potatoes, beans and cauliflower.
• Waynesville rezoned allowing mobile homes in more than half the residential sections of town, but not in areas where the most expensive homes were located.
• A three-piece set of matched luggage (green, blue or gold) sold for $14.99; flannel shirts were $2.66 each and boys sweaters were $3.88.
• A site was chosen for the East Waynesville, Lake Junaluska Elementary School;
• Walt Leatherwood, 27, sought a post on the school board, and still serves now.
• The $900,000 I-40 bridge over the Pigeon River on N.C. 209 was near opening.
• Northwestern Bank opened on Russ Avenue and a ground-breaking was held for a $500,000 First Union Bank in Waynesville.
• Tuscola High School homecoming queen candidates included Cathy Simmons, Vickie Davis, Jaynie Galloway, Julie Hazell, Barbara Phillips and Pam Parrott.
• THS students Stephen Douglas Ledford, Glenn William Brown Jr., Brad Prescott, Robert Kevin Caldwell and Timothy Lee Finger were named Moorehead nominees.
• At A&P, a heating pad cost $3.99 and eggs were three dozen for $1; Eckerds offered Bayer Children’s Aspirin for $.23; Colgate toothpaste for $.66 and Stanback Powders for $.69.
• Multi-level parking was first considered on Wall Street in Waynesville.
• Pisgah High School Moorehead nominees included Russ Conley, Billy Savage, Steven Smiley, Ronnie Wilson and Allen Angel Jr.
• Tuscola’s National Honor Society officers included Tim Finger, Mike Ferguson, Kathy Smith and Joan Bailey.
• Federal approval was granted for a 5.2 mile section of road between Fines Creek and Cataloochee, which would provide interstate access directly to this section of the park. (A citizens’ uproar against this later killed the proposal.)
• Charles Taylor, vice president of Southeast Real Estate and Discount Co. opened
Wild Acres in Maggie Valley . Later that fall, Taylor was later elected as the region’s Congressman.
• A straw poll initially planned to accompany the hospital bond election was cancelled by the state election board. The board cited an attorney general ruling saying there was no statutory provisions for a straw vote.
•Danny Davis, who later served as a district court judge for decades in the area, made his first run for public office with a school board candidacy.
• The hospital bond issue failed by a 2 to 1 margin.