SNAP Back In Time – June 6, 1980 and June 4, 1965

Published 8:32 am Friday, June 5, 2020

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Editor’s Note: During 2020, The SNAP will celebrate its 140th year of covering Stanly County people. In honor of 140 years, The SNAP will off a glimpse at events from 40 years ago and beyond.

Friday, June 6, 1980

Tax Increase
City Manager Jack F. Neel Monday night presented to the Albemarle City Council the proposed budget for the city for 1980-81, calling for a tax rate increase of 12 cents per $100 valuation.

If approved by the City Council, the new tax rate would be 57 cents per $100 valuation. The new rate would mean about $250,000 in new tax revenue.

Mr. Neel said that the Albemarle rate would still be among the lowest for cities of similar size offering similar services to its citizens.

The City Manager said that the need for a tax rate increase has arisen from continuing inflation, a reduction in the general revenue sharing available to the city, the need to give cost-of-living pay increases of seven and one-half percent to the city’s 250 employees and the hope to continue services at their present levels.

Dems Pick Pickler
Mrs. Janet Pickler, 45, an associate professor at Pfeiffer College, won the nomination for the Democratic Party for the North Carolina House of Representatives in a run-off election Tuesday.

Mrs. Pickler defeated Glenn Morton, 51, businessman and farmer, by 237 votes in light balloting.

Mrs. Pickler will run against the Republican nominee, Ellis Almond, in the November election.

Mr. Almond was appointed to fill the unexpired term of H. Otha Carter, who died March 27 of an apparent heart attack at his home near New London.

Woman of the Year
Mrs. Pam Brafford was cited for “Woman of the Year” for 1979 at the Annual Meeting of the Albemarle Women’s Club Tuesday at the Heart of Albemarle.

Two principals of Stanly elementary schools have announced they will retire this summer, having served in public education for many years.

They are Vernie Fred Horton, for the past 31 years principal at Aquadale School, and Norman W. Maples, since 1959 principal of Locust School.

Normans Buy Station
The Federal Communications Commission in Washington has formally approved the purchase of Albemarle radio station WZKY by Norman Communications, Inc. FCC action of approval came May 29, and Norman Communications, Inc. accepted control of the station effective June 1.

Norman Communications is owned by William Norman Jr., and his wife, Susanne W. Norman, of Albemarle, and William Norman Sr., of East Bend.

WZKY is located on Magnolia Avenue in Albemarle and operates from sunrise to sunset at 1580 on the AM dial. It first began operations in 1956, and previously was a member of the Suburban Radio Group headquartered in Belmont.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Norman Jr. are 1971 graduates of Pfeiffer College.

June 4, 1965

Announcement of the appointment of an electric utility engineer and promotion of another key employee of the City of Albemarle had been announced by City Manager Wilson D. Coleman.

Lendell Smith, who had been serving as city engineer, had been promoted to be Director of Public Works.

Frank G. Creger Jr., for the past year assistant director for electric utilities at Statesville, had been named electric utility engineer by the City of Albemarle and would be in charge of the city’s electrical distribution system.

Mr. Smith would direct the activities of the Street Department and the water and sewer line maintenance and construction, in addition to his usual engineering duties.

Joe Clay of 318 Webb Street, Albemarle, had filed his entry in the South’s Demolition Championship set for June 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Clay had taken home $1,000 in prize money last year and, incidentally, would be driving the same car in which he won the world’s championship demolition last year.

Six youths of First Presbyterian Church of Badin had received the God and Country award in special services Sunday.

Luther A. Adams, Stanly County Boy Scout chairman, and Joe Woodall, Scout Executive of the

Central North Carolina Council, had assisted the minister, Rev. Roscoe Brown Fisher, in presenting the awards to the following:

Bill Rudisill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Rudisill.

Sonny Stiller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther A. Stiller.

Bill Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burney Howell.

Jimmy Cresswell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cresswell.

Paul Hinkle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hinkle.

Johnny Drake, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Jack Drake.

New Principal
Clayton Lewis, principal of Williams Township High School near Whiteville, had been named principal of North Stanly High School, succeeding Paul W. Peddicord, who had resigned recently.