SNAP BACK IN TIME – Week of March 25, 1980

Published 8:56 am Monday, March 30, 2020

Editor’s Note: A regular feature of The Stanly News & Press many years ago was a spot where we would take a look back at news makers of the past. The feature, appearing last roughly around 20 years ago as SNAP Back In Time, makes its return this week. During 2020, The SNAP will celebrate its 140th year of covering Stanly County people. In honor of 140 years, The SNAP will focus on events from 40 years ago. Later in the year, we will take a look back at events further back in time.

From the issue dated Tuesday, March 25, 1980:

The new building to house Belk’s store in the shopping center across from Eastgate was quickly progressing. The company planned to open in August.

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Badin Road Drive-In featured “Tom Horn” with Steve McQueen.

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Alma Rae Holt, of Albemarle, had returned from a trip to the Music Teachers National Association Convention.

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State Rep. Otha Carter died Thursday at Stanly County Hospital.

He was completing his first term as representative.

Carter, 53, had served 20 years with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service of the Department of Agricultural, including district, state and regulatory director of the programs.

He served as state purchasing agent under Gov. James Holshouser.

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From the issue dated Friday, March 28, 1980:

Stanly County gained about $34 million in property valuation.

County Manager Bill Forbes said the valuation figure was $683 million and the first totals coming from the tax office this week showed property valued at $717.8 million.

The tax rate was 70 cents per $100 value.

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Neil Riemann, 11, a Richfield seventh grader, won the Stanly County Schools Spelling Bee.

He placed second the year before.

He spelled “maximum” correctly after it was missed by Nita Locklear, 11, a Badin sixth grader. He then spelled “parallel” correctly. Third place was Myra Drye, a Stanfield seventh grader.

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Market style sliced bacon was 89 cents per pound at 6 Points Red & White Food Store.