SNAP BACK IN TIME – 1966 – Albemarle High players were leaders in basketball

Published 3:01 pm Friday, February 26, 2021

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

Friday, Feb. 18, 1966

Mental Health

The long-planned Stanly County Mental Health Clinic would begin Feb. 23 in the nurses’ residence of the Stanly County Hospital.

Two main services would be offered at the beginning by Dr. Fernando Colon, psychologist at Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, who would spend one day each week in Albemarle. These services were conferences with various key groups who were now working with problems related to mental health; and follow up psychiatric assistance for residents of the county who had been discharged from state hospitals and needed “after care.”

Primary support for the clinic had been given by county commissioners, who appropriated $4,000 per year for the operation of it. Other funds were received from the two Candlelight Balls held at the Stanly County Country Club, as well as matching federal funds.


Stanly County had been asked to send 14 men for induction on March 1. They would enter the armed forces through the induction center in Charlotte. For the first time the board was authorized to send men who were married prior to the cutoff date last August, but it was not necessary in March. However, it was possible the April call might get men who were married prior to the August deadline as some of these had already been sent for examination.

Albemarle High

The Albemarle Senior High School chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America had won four major honors at the District VIII Leadership Conference in Asheboro. Lorraine Davis had won first place in both the Sales Demonstration and D.E. Girl Student of the Year contests.

Myra Rothwell had won second place in the Speech Contest and Merle Britt had captured second place in the D.E. Boy Student of the Year contest.

Signal Course

Privates John M. and Jerry D. Mauldin, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Mauldin Jr., of 142 Harwood St., Albemarle, had completed a signal supply and parts course under the Reserve Enlistment Program at the Army Southeastern Signal School in Fort Gordon, Georgia.


In basketball games played through Feb. 12 in the South Piedmont Conference, Tommy Smith of the Albemarle Bulldogs was the No. 1 scorer in the boys’ division with 311 points in 15 games. He also had the best average, with 20.7 per outing.

Beth Eddins of the Albemarle Bulldogettes was the top scorer in the girls’ division with 242 points. She had a 15.1 average, also tops in the conference.


Heather Ross Miller, whose second novel, “Tenants of the House,” would be released Feb. 23, would be the guest of honor at a literary tea and autographing party at Fagan’s Book Shop.