SNAP BACK IN TIME – December 1980, 1965, 1950

Published 3:17 pm Saturday, December 12, 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1980


Residents wondered if the old Yadkin Railway depot at the corner of West Main and South Depot streets in Albemarle would be torn down. At the time, the building had rested between the street and railroad for around 90  years.

The Stanly County Historic Properties Commission recognized the local historical significance of the depot, but no projects were planned.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1965


Construction would begin on a new sanctuary for Badin Methodist Church as soon as funds were on hand, according to Rev. George Auman, pastor. The new building, with a seating capacity of 230 on the first floor and 50 in the balcony, was projected to cost around $98,000, with the total project estimated at $120,000.


The development plan of the Quenby Shopping Center, to be located between North First and North Second streets, was to be presented to the Albemarle City Council at its December meeting.

Already announced as major tenants of the new shopping center were Belk’s, Harris Teeter and W.T. Grant Company. These three stores would comprise end units. Other tenants would include a drug store, a shoe store, clothing shop, a bank, florist and other service shops.


Tom Kirk, local businessman and resident of Eastwood Park, was the new president of the recently organized Albemarle Toastmasters Club.

Dec. 8, 1950


A novel by Fred Ross of Badin was to be released by his publishers on Jan. 22, 1951. “Jackson Mahaffey” dealt with people living in Big Lick, Jacob’s Creek, Mount Gilead and along the Uwharrie River.

Friday, Dec. 12, 1980


Jim Nance, sales manager at Confederate Motors of Albemarle and a Republican Party leader in the area, would be in Raleigh Dec. 15 to officially elect the next president of the United States.

Nance was the certified elector for the Eighth Congressional District comprised of 11 counties, of which Stanly was one. At the age of 29, Nance believed he was one of the youngest electors in the nation.

Assistant Police Chief

Lt. William A. (Bill) Callaway, a veteran of 33 years with the Albemarle Police Department, was named assistant police chief, announced Police Chief Don Frey.

Fire Station

Myrick Construction Company of Star was to build the new satellite fire station for Albemarle. The new fire station was to be on Centerview Church Road and be completed within 150 days. The bid came in at just over $110,000.


Danny Kepley, a standout middle linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimoes, had captured the Schenley top defensive player award for the second time in his Canadian Football League career.

His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kepley, resided in Albemarle, while his grandmother, Blanche Vanhoy, lived in the Paul’s Crossing area. Danny lived in Albemarle until he was 10.

Friday, Dec. 10, 1965


Eugene M. Langley, manager of Merit Shoe Store and for many years an active leader in local retail activities, had been selected to serve as chairman of the Merchants Division of the Albemarle-Stanly County Chamber of Commerce for 1966.

Other officers were L.D. Yingling of Yingling Furniture Company, vice chairman; Brown Miller, Joe Beaman, Dick Jarrett and Carl Ingram, two year directors; and Rick Lippard, one year director, in place of Langley, who advanced to the chairmanship. Lippard was retiring chairman.


A special course to familiarize Stanly County teachers with the “new math” had begun at Endy and would continue for eight weeks. Teaching the course was Mrs. Wade Mobley, associate professor of mathematics at Pfeiffer College. There were 35 teachers enrolled in the workshop class.


Jo Harkey had been elected as chief cheerleader, along with co-chiefs Sharon Helms and Cynthia Almond, at Millingport School. The cheerleaders also had a new member, Elaine Furr. Judy Faulkner and Becky Sloop had been chosen co-captains of the girls’ basketball team.