SNAP BACK IN TIME – January 1981, 1966, 1951

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SNAP Back In Time takes a look back at newsmakers from yesteryear.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1981


Around 275 Chamber of Commerce members and their spouses attended the annual banquet at Pfeiffer College

Robert T. “Bob” Mauney, 1980 Chamber president, gave the keynote speech. C.B. Crook Jr. was passed the gavel to become the 1981 president.

The Chamber’s goal was to have at least 300 people involved in Chamber work during the year.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1966


Eckerd Drugs would have a large self service store in the Quenby Village Shopping Center under construction in the northern section of Albemarle. This was the fourth store to announce plans for space in the new mall-type facility.

Head Start

The Stanly County Board of Education had made application to the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity officials in Washington for approval of a Head Start program at five centers in Stanly County next summer.

Ralph Cole, principal at Oakboro School, was serving as coordinator of Head Start in the county schools.


The Albemarle Church of the Nazarene had begun construction of a new sanctuary on its lot at the intersection of Pee Dee Avenue and Ridge Street.

Rev. W.B. King Sr., pastor, said the new building would be of brick construction and would seat around 200.


Stanly County had applied to the Farmers Home Administration for a grant of $29,500 to be used in making a study of the possibility of a water and sewer system to serve the county areas.

Bus Driver

Vivian Mauldin, drive of Bus 26, had been selected as driver of the month from North Stanly High School.

New Position

James D. “Mike” O’Hara of Charlotte had joined Collins and Aikman as public relations supervisor, a new position.

Eagle Scout

Jerry Carpenter, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Tom Carpenter of Aquadale, had been presented his Eagle Scout award in a ceremony at Green Memorial Methodist Church.

Friday, Jan. 14, 1966


State Highway Commission Chairman Joseph M. Hunt Jr. had announced plans for construction of a new Division 10 headquarters building in Albemarle.


The Albemarle City Council had set a tentative tax rate of 45 cents per $100 valuation for 1966. This was the same rate which had been in effect for the past several years.

Boy Scouts

The Central North Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, was launching its $400,000 Capital Development Fund campaign.

Two goals were in sight: the development of a new spacious Boy Scout reservation for summer camping between New London and Badin, and the construction of a modern Scouting Service Center in Albemarle.


James B. “Jim” Davis, a native of Oakboro, was a new pharmacist at Purcell’s Drug Store in Albemarle. He had begun his work here on Jan. 1, coming from Hawthorne Pharmacy in Charlotte.

Friday, Jan. 16, 1981

Animal Clinic

An expansion and renovation project recently was completed at Albemarle Animal Clinic on the N.C. Highway 24-27 Bypass.

Several items of the latest type of veterinary medical equipment were installed, qualifying the clinic as a small animal hospital.

The expansion included doubling the size of the reception room and office space, paving the driveway and parking area, painting and repairing the entire building and installing a new heating system.

New equipment consisted of an emergency and intensive care unit for small, critically ill animals, with related respirators, two gas anesthesia machines and monitoring devices and a laboratory with a full-time technician.

A maximum of 50 animals could be accommodated at one time. L. Eugene Morton, D.V.M. was owner and director of the clinic.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1966


Accreditation of the Stanly County Hospital Blood Bank by the American Association of Blood Banks had been announced by the Association to the blood bank’s medical director, Dr. John M. Wallace.

The purpose of the voluntary inspection and accreditation program was to elevate the standards of practice within the transfusion service; to assist the blood bank director in determining whether procedures being employed in his institution met the established standards; and to provide consultation service, thus assuring patients of increased safety of human blood transfusions.


The Albemarle Toastmasters Club would receive its charter Jan. 20 at a banquet at Hal’s Restaurant.

Auto Safety

Thirteen garages and service stations in Stanly County had been approved and licensed by the state to make auto safety inspections as required by law, beginning Feb. 16. The first 13 included Huneycutt’s Esso Service in Locust; Warner’s Garage in Richfield; C&C Auto Service in Badin; Pope’s Garage, Barfield’s Esso Service and Blalock’s Shell Service, all in Norwood; and Stovall-Wolfe Motor Company, Morgan Motor Company, Confederate Motor Company, Auten Motors, Lowder Motor Company, Herlocker’s Service and Brown’s Auto, Truck and Tractor Company, all of Albemarle.

Jan. 19, 1951


Capping exercises were to be held for the students of the School of Nursing at Stanly County Hospital, it was announced by instructor Virginia Austin. Those to receive caps and take the Nightingale pledge were Betty Burleson, Kathleen Cook, Rachel Gilbert, Mildred Griffin, Betty Jo Sprinkle, Pat Steen and Charlene Wallace.