SNAP BACK IN TIME: October 1980, 1965

Published 12:53 pm Saturday, October 3, 2020

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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, Oct. 3, 1980

Road Names

Stanly County Commissioners had launched a program of naming secondary roads throughout the county.

At the time, many roads were designated by numbers. Proponents of the naming plan, notably the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and the agencies charged with providing emergency services, state the use of names instead of numbers would make it easier and quicker to locate addresses.

Also in the plans were the numbering of each house.

Commissioners included $36,000 in in the budget to start the program.

One observer, noting how many Furrs, Huneycutts, Efirds and other typically Stanly people are, expressed the view that it would become difficult to designate roads using family names.

Youth Program

Vicki Cline was named director/volunteer coordinator for the new Stanly County Youth Services Agency.

This was a program approved by the commissioners for the purpose of aiding young people who are in need of a friend or who may be skipping school or are borderline delinquents. It is funded through the Community Based Alternatives program, as is the Uwharrie Home, a local group home for boys.

The agency would provide for volunteers to work with young people and coordinate and extend services to boys and girls ages 10 to 17.


The North Carolina Utilities Commission ordered the three telephone companies serving Stanly to have a vote among subscribers about the toll-free service between the Locust Exchange and the remainder of the county.

This service, designated as Extended Area Service, would mean slight increases in the telephone rates of subscribers.  Southern Bell subscribers on the Locust Exchange would see an increase of $0.95 per month for residential and $2.35 per month business. For Concord Telephone Company, an increase of $0.20 per month residential and $0.40 per month business was expected. For Mid-Carolina Telephone Company, Norwood, the increase would be $0.10 per month residential and $0.25 per month business.


Plans were announced for the county’s first boxing match since the 1950s.

It would be a one-night boxing tournament, an AAU sanctioned 15-fight event.

Friday, Oct. 1, 1965

Lions Club

Albemarle banker Spence Kirk and International Counsellor Lyman D. Austin had been honored by the Lions of District 31-E.

The honors were presented by Dr. Jerry S. Bates of Denton, district governor, during his official visit to the Albemarle Lions Club at its weekly meeting.

Bates presented a framed letter to Kirk from the 1,800 Lions of District 31-E, which covered a six county area, commending the banker for his contributions and support of Lions activities during the years.

Road Surfacing

Blythe Brothers Company of Charlotte was low bidder on the surfacing for recently-widened U.S. 52 from Snuggs Street north to the city limits in Albemarle, according to a report from the State Highway Commission.

The bid submitted for asphalt surfacing was $8,627.50.


Dr. John Wallace, pathologist for the Stanly County Hospital since July 1, 1964, had tendered his resignation, effective Dec. 1.

Wallace would become associate pathologist at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. It was hoped that he might be able to spend half a day each week at the Stanly Hospital and continue to have supervision of the laboratory and blood bank.

Ministerial Association

The Rev. Wiley I. Rutledge, pastor of West Albemarle Baptist Church, had been elected president of the Stanly County Ministerial Association.


The Rev. James B. McDonald of Winston-Salem had accepted a call to the pastorate of Friendship Baptist Church on Wall Street in Albemarle.


Rosetta Efird of Albemarle had returned from a three-week tour of parts of Europe, Africa and the Holy Land, going especially to attend the Sixth Plenary Congress of the International Council of Christian Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fire Prevention

Stanly County would join with hundreds of other communities throughout the U.S. next week in observing Fire Prevention Week.

Vann B. Smith, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s Fire Prevention Committee, said activities and promotional efforts would occur in all parts of the county.

Local fire departments, school groups and others would join in urging the inspection of homes, churches, commercial, industrial and public buildings in an effort to discover and eliminate potential fire hazards.