SNAP BACK IN TIME – 1966 – Chamber worked to beautify county

Published 9:03 am Monday, March 8, 2021

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

Tuesday, March 1, 1966


A new educational building was being planned by First Presbyterian Church of Albemarle.

Construction of the facility was scheduled to begin in the near future. A two-story structure, the Educational Building was to be on the north side of the present church, facing North First Street, and be of the same architectural design. Estimated cost of the project was $150,000.

Cleaning Up

Beautification of Stanly County was one of the main goals of the 1966 program adopted by the Albemarle-Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Ray I. Austin had announced that he intended to work hard on this goal during the year and outlined three committees which would have a big part to play in the beautification effort. These were: Beautification Committee, with Elmon S. Russell as chairman; County Affairs, Ralph Marbry, chairman; and Fire Prevention, Tom Chandler, chairman.


The Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had presented a gift of $2,000 to Pfeiffer College.


Dorothy Texler Melton, for many years a public health nurse with the Stanly County Health Department, had retired March 1.

Mrs. Ray Teeter, a graduate of Charlotte Memorial School of Nursing, hd joined the local health department as a public health nurse trainee, according to Dr. Robert L. Smith, chairman of the Stanly Board of Health.


American and Efird Mills was constructing two new warehouses and a canteen area to serve its Albemarle plants.

Belvin Furr, superintendent, said the two warehouses had 6,000 square feet each, and the canteen area 600 square feet. The warehouses would be of brick construction. One would be a replacement for an old wooden storage warehouse to be torn down and the other would add 6,000 square feet to the company’s storage space, Furr said.

The canteen area was to serve the No. 2 plant.

Albemarle High

For the first time, Albemarle Senior High School would combine its baccalaureate and graduation exercises into one program.

The commencement would be held in the stadium like it was last year.


Seaman Jimmie C. Williams, USN, son of Mrs. Mattie Williams of Albemarle, had participated in the Project Apollo AS210 mission as a crew member aboard the USS Boxer, a prime recovery ship of Task Force 140 for this mission.

The Boxer had assumed a station southeast of Ascension Island in position to recover the unmanned spacecraft which was launched from Cape Kennedy.

This suborbital ballistic shot was the first in a series designed to place men on the moon by 1970.