This Week in Local History: Sept. 17, 2020


10 years ago

* Timothy Glenden Hyde was arrested for drug trafficking from his home. He was already on intensive probation for indecent liberties and sexual battery of a minor. He was sentenced to five years of extensive probation and fitted with an ankle bracelet, so officers could track his location at all times.

* Cross-country teams exploded into the season with first-place wins. The Lady Knights dominated their first meet of the season in Swain County – coming in with a 55-point win – while the Black Knights picked up a 26-point win.

25 years ago

* James Bryan Campbell entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder, arson one, arson two, armed robbery, common law robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the March 18, 1989 death of Donald Allen. He was sentenced to life plus 150 years, to run consecutively. By pleading guilty, Campbell escaped the death sentence and could be eligible for parole in 30-50 years. Allen died at about 3 a.m. March 18, 1989 at his home on Lower Mountain Creek. His house was completely destroyed by fire and a report from the state medical examiner’s office said Allen’s death was not caused by

* The Mountain Lakes Bass Club kicked off their season with a tournament held at Lake Chatuge. Greg Burchfield won the tournament with 7.08 pounds. Joe Yeargin caught the “big fish,” which was a 3.23-pound largemouth bass.

50 years ago 

*A Graham Star for this week could not be located.

-Angie and Brittany Davis