SNAP BACK IN TIME: Aug 15, 1980 and Aug. 13, 1965

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Editor’s Note: In honor of its 140th anniversary, The SNAP will offer a glimpse at events of 40 years ago and beyond.

Friday, Aug. 15, 1980


Beecher R. “Gus” Gray, for the past years health director for the Stanly Health Center, resigned.

He planned to return to school. He had been accepted as a student in the Wake Forest University School of Law.


Bill Hinson, 44, a native of Oakboro, was named the new head football coach, assistant principal and athletic director at South Stanly High School, succeeding Bill West, who was the new principal at Aquadale School.

Editor’s Note: In honor of its 140th anniversary, The SNAP will offer a glimpse at events of 40 years ago and beyond.

Friday, Aug. 13, 1965


The new Central Elementary School would be ready for the opening of school Aug. 25, but just barely.

Workmen were swarming over the building in an effort to complete the final details of the work inside. Furniture and instructional equipment was on hand and ready to be placed in the building.

Air In The Mills

The Oakboro Cotton Mill was to be air conditioned.

Martin B. Foil of Mount Pleasant, official of both the Tuscarora Cotton Mills and the Oakboro Cotton Mill Company, had announced that a contract had been awarded for the air conditioning of its plants in Mount Pleasant and Oakboro. Completion was expected in February 1966.

The Draft and College

Seventy-four young men were to report in front of the Albemarle Post Office on Aug. 16 for the trip to the Charlotte Selective Service Induction Station. The speedup in the draft had been ordered by President Lyndon Johnson as a result of the war in Vietnam, which would require a buildup of American military forces.

Meanwhile, there was a rush on the part of many young men who had dropped out of college to try and get back in, now that the draft calls were increased, according to the Admissions Office at Pfeiffer College.

New Forester

Stanly County had a new forester. Robert L. Smith, Stanly forester for the past three years, had been promoted to be watershed forester in Stokes, Forsyth and Surry counties, and had already assumed his new responsibilities.

Taking his place in Stanly was Floyd Arnold of Rockingham, a veteran of 11 years service with the state in various capacities.


Cynthia Love, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Love of Locust, had won first place in the state essay contest sponsored by the American War Mothers.

The title of her essay was “The Story of Our Flag.” A sixth grade student at Locust School, she would attend the state War Mothers Convention to receive her ward and be eligible for national competition.


The Grace Baptist Church softball team had compiled a 9-3 record in the regular season to capture the top spot and the round robin trophy in the YMCA Church Softball League. Members of the squad were Larry Chance, Billy Dennis, Larry Presslar, Sidney Hagens, Jackie Nash, Lowell Cook, Jimmy Dick, Lanny Lowder, Joe Frick, Keith Burris, Harold Efird, Jerry Whitley and Lamar Lambert.


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