The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

January 4, 2013

Livestock arena approved for Agri-Civic Center

Friday, January 3, 2013 — The Stanly County Board of Commissioners approved fundraising and development of phase one for a livestock arena for the grounds of the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center.  

Following a successful weekend of livestock shows during the Friends of the Agri-Civic Center’s (FACC) “Stanly County Agri-Civic Day” in August, an Arena Steering Committee was formed to explore the feasibility, development and fundraising for a livestock arena.

The committee members are: Jim Cameron, Stanly County Cattlemen’s Asso-ciation; Curtis Furr, FACC; Marcus Harward, Stanly County Cattlemen’s Association; Steve Lemons, Livestock agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension;  Reggie Medlin, FACC; Candice Moffitt, director, Stanly County Agri-Civic Center; and Frank Simpson, Stanly County Cattlemen’s Asso-ciation.

The Stanly County Agri-Civic Center master site plan that was proposed in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s included an arena, test plots, farmer’s market and an office building featuring auditorium and classroom space.

Most of the components of the original plan have never been developed.

The Arena Steering Committee’s plan, approved by the commissioners, is to raise funds through donations, grants and corporate gifts to build an arena facility that is attractive, functional, sustainable and will meet the needs of agricultural groups in Stanly and surrounding counties.

The arena will be completed in several phases as fundraising goals are met.

Phase one will be an open shelter, measuring approximately 100’x150’.

This phase will cost an estimated $150,000-200,000 to complete.

Future improvements will be proposed as estimates are received and fundraising targets are set.

Expansion plans include bathrooms, concession area storage and multi-purpose meeting spaces.  

These improvements will open doors for diversification of the types of events that may be hosted at the arena.

Friends of the Agri-Civic Center (FACC), a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, will support fundraising efforts by accepting tax-deductible donations for the project.

The Arena Steering Committee is working on developing a corporate sponsorship program for phase one that will be available to large donors for naming rights of the space.

Individual donations are also encouraged and appreciated.

“I have been fortunate to travel to many livestock facilities throughout the state and country and I am extremely excited for the livestock arena to be built in Stanly County as it is very much needed in our area.”

“This arena will allow youth in our county and surrounding areas to have the opportunity to participate in agricultural and livestock activities, an area that is important to the advancement of our county and state as agriculture is still our number one industry. For me personally, showing livestock is one of the best things I have ever been a part of and I am very thankful that Stanly County supports this opportunity,”  said Brooke Harward, daughter of Marcus and Patty Harward, N.C. State student and youth livestock exhibitor.

For more information about the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, call (704) 986-3666, or visit the website at


Text Only
Local News
  • Janice Abernathy Stanly residents share memories of Mickey Rooney

    Mickey Rooney is remembered for his numerous film roles, including his immense popularity as a child actor and the Andy Hardy series.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Democrats rally platform at county convention

    There were as many no-shows as candidates vying for office at Saturday’s Democratic convention and breakfast at Stanly Regional Medical Center’s Magnolia Room.

    April 10, 2014

  • Candidates: Stanly must change EDC strategies

    Changes with how Stanly County pursues economic development and ethical standards in the Sheriff’s Office were a frequent theme at Thursday night’s Republican forum.

    April 10, 2014

  • Town increases sewer tap fee by $800, ups other fees

    The town of New London no longer has to worry about lagging behind the other areas of Stanly County when it comes to sewer fees and the costs to reconnect water and sewer. And the best part is, neither will its current residents and businesses.

    April 4, 2014

  • EDC plots main focus

    At a strategic development meeting Monday night, the Stanly County Economic Development Commission board told staff they would like to see a focus on bringing high-wage jobs into the county over the next few years.

    April 4, 2014

  • SRMC Picture Carolinas HealthCare unveils plans, changes for Stanly Regional

    Carolinas HealthCare System announced that expansions and changes will accompany Stanly Health Services’ integration into its system.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Angie Gallimore Bonanza packs Mkt. Station

    The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits at Saturday’s Outdoorsman’s Bonanza.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • New Patrol Car Grant helps APD boost ranks, fleet

    The Albemarle Police Department has a new traffic officer and unmarked SUV patrolling the streets.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coffey Anderson Speaker offers youth advice

    Coffee and a Pop Tart is one way to wake up.
    Coffey Anderson and some pop music is another.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mitchel T. Morton Service tributes Vietnam veteran

    A collage of faded photographs, two letters — one returned unopened and another stamped, but not mailed, and a yellowed newspaper clipping of an obituary kept in a plastic bag are among mementos that remain behind.

    March 26, 2014 2 Photos

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide