This Week in Local History: Dec. 10, 2020


The Graham Star’s front page from 50 years ago (Dec. 11, 1970).

10 years ago

* Superior Court Judge James U. Davens of Franklin administered oaths of office to newly-elected Graham County officials at the courthouse. Clerk of Court Tammy Holloway was administered the oath of office, as well as her staff.

* The Black Knights’ kicked off their basketball season with wins and a late-season start did not slow them down. Robbinsville opened up the season with wins over the Nantahala Hawks and the Fannin County (Ga.) Rebels. They appeared to be ready to make their mark in the basketball arena.

25 years ago

* The disappearance of key witness Verna Garland was just one of many twists in a murder trial. Garland was to testify for both state and defense on the trial of Terrence Leroy Wright, charged in the stabbing death of Hoover Williams on June 3, 1993. Garland was Williams’ secretary at the time of his death. She was not in court when the trial began.

* Robbinsville’s 1995-96 wrestling team attended their first meet and came home tied for second place. Robbinsville had 117 points – as did North Henderson – at the end of the Christ School Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Asheville. “This group is without a doubt one of the most dedicated groups I have ever coached,” said head coach Ritchie Trammell.

50 years ago

* Two fires occurred in Graham County. One on Bear Creek and the other along Cheoah River near Tapoco. It was held to nine acres by Forest Service crews. The Tapoco Fire had to dispatch firefighters from Highlands, Murphy and Franklin to supplement local forest service crews.

* The Black Knights basketball team – coached by Burgin Edwards – picked up where they left off at the end of football season, winning over everybody. They traveled to Hiwassee Dam and came back with a 53-23 win. Stecoah came to Robbinsville and were repelled by a 65-38 score.