SNAP BACK IN TIME: This week in 1980, 1965, 1950

Published 10:51 am Sunday, December 6, 2020

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

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

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1980


Share-A-Home was coming to Albemarle after months of planning.

The organization was to lease a large brick home at 538 E. Main St., Albemarle, known to many as the Huneycutt house. It was meant for elderly persons who can no longer live alone and who are not ready for a nursing home. About 10 people were to live together as a family.

There was to be a chief housekeeper who would take care of meals and maintain the household. People could come and go as they please and entertain guests as they would in their own home.

All expenses were to be shared by the residents, who were to be charged from $375 a month for a double room to $775 for a single room with private bath.

Christmas At The White House

Claude Harwood Jr. and wife Catherine, operators of Harwood’s Florist in Albemarle, were invited back to Washington, D.C. to help decorate the White House for Christmas. This was Mr. Harwood’s third time and Mrs. Harwood’s second time to help with the effort.

Earlier in the year, the Harwoods received a picture of last year’s Christmas tree and a personal note from Rosalyn Carter expressing appreciation from her and President Carter for helping decorate the White House for Christmas in 1979.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1965

Duke Power

A Duke Power request for lower rates might mean better street lighting in Stanly County towns served by the company — at a lower cost.

Total amount of the rate reduction requested by Duke would be over $1 million per year.


A delegation of 10 leaders from the Kingville community had appeared before the City Council to inquire about the possibility of improved housing, possibly a public housing development, for the Kingville area.

Jasper Townsend and Rev. A.C. Winfield were spokesmen for the group.

Mayor James B. Garrison and members of the council indicated that an investigation would be made into the possibilities of a suitable housing project.


Melinda Eudy, a senior at West Stanly High School, had been selected as FHA Sweetheart by the members of the Future Homemakers of America.


The W.T. Grant Company, one of the nation’s top mercantile firms, would be the third major occupant of the new Quenby Village to be constructed between First and Second streets.


Safety officers from all the Albemarle elementary schools would be admitted free to the Elvis Presley movie “Harum Scarum” Friday evening immediately after school.

Friday, Dec. 5, 1980

Endy School

The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Stanly County Board of Education is seeking a 25-acre site near the present Endy School as a site for the new school building.

Darrell Almond, chairman of the committee, told the board Monday night that his committee looked at three possible sites but would like to see others before making a recommendation.

South Stanly High School

South Stanly High School’s Fall Sports Banquet was held at Rocky River Springs Fish House.

For the JV team, Taris Colson received the Most Improved Player trophy and Ricky Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player.

The varsity team, led by athletic director and coach Bill Hinson, tied with Monroe and Charlotte Catholic for first place during the regular season in the Class 2A Rocky River Conference with 5-1 records. South won a draw to determine who would advance to the state playoffs. The team finished 8-3 overall after falling to Southwest Guilford High in a first-round game.

All Conference players were Scott Skidmore, Frankie “Bug” Howell, Wilfred Turner, Greg Biles, Grover Shankle and Bobby Fraley.

Trophies were awarded for: Most Improved, David Poplin; Best Offensive Lineman, Scott Skidmore; Best Defensive Lineman, Bug Howell; Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Back, Grover Shankle; Team Before Self, Kevin Fenters and Scott Rogers; Sportsmanship, Mitchell Burris; Best Offensive Back, Greg Biles.

Friday, Dec. 3, 1965


More than 800 elementary teachers in West Virginia would hear a report from professor Phyllis Gore of Pfeiffer College on the latest methods of teaching of reading.

She had worked with more than 3,000 teachers in 60 workshops over six years in reading conferences. She had become recognized as one of the top authorities in the teaching of reading in the Southeast.

Vietnam Project

Arthur D. Burris of the Badin Road community had left for a supervisory job with the J.A. Jones Construction Company of Charlotte on a government construction project in South Vietnam.


Santa’s Express, a four-unit train, plus replicas of Santa Claus, a toy soldier and a guard house, had been erected in front of the Albemarle City Hall. The figures had been sawed out of plywood by Bob Amos, director of recreation, and painted by members of the Wednesday Morning Art Class sponsored by the City Recreation Department.

Miss South Stanly

Susie Little, a senior, won the title of Miss South Stanly High School for 1965-66.

Dec. 5, 1950


Mass chest X-rays were available for all Stanly County people over 15 years of age, Dr. R.E. Fox had announced, and he urged the citizens to take advantage of the opportunity.


Due to the grave situation in Korea, the Badin Air Guard Unit had been alerted to go on active duty Jan. 8.


John R. Haynsworth, a member of the firm P.J. Huneycutt and Company, had been elected as Master of Stanly Lodge No. 348. Lloyd Traywick was elected senior warden and M.T. McDaniel junior warden. Marvin Morton was elected treasurer and L. Roy Whitley was re-elected secretary.