SNAP BACK IN TIME – 1966 – West was getting a new principal

Published 2:02 pm Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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

Friday, May 13, 1966

Principal Changes

Thomas A. “Tom” Rogers, for the past two years teacher at West Stanly High School, had been elected as principal of Oakboro Elementary School.

In this position he would succeed Ralph C. Cole, who had been named principal of West Stanly High School.

Post Elects Commander

J.D. Yow, employee of the State Highway Department and a veteran of World War II, had been elected to serve as commander of the Walter B. Hill Post No. 76 of the American Legion for the coming year. In this position he would succeed Reade R. Pickler.

Other officers elected at the annual business meeting were Glenn Ritchie, first vice commander; B.B. Johnston, second vice commander; J.C. Smith, finance officer; Bill Bowers, adjutant; Harry E. Keller, chaplain; and O.D. Milton and L. R. Almond, color bearers.

Governor’s School

Three students from Stanly County had been elected to attend the Governor’s School in Winston-Salem. They were Keith Wolf Jr. of Albemarle Senior High, Carolyn McLean of North Stanly and Sheila Eudy of West Stanly, all rising seniors.


Robert T. Allen, employee of Norfolk and Southern Railroad, had been presented a plaque by the Oakboro Jaycees in recognition of his heroism in saving the life of a child who was playing on the railroad tracks in Mecklenburg County last Dec. 30.

Allen had jumped from the personnel carrying section of the car to save a 2-year-old. He had lost a leg as result of injuries he had received in the accident. Allen was cited for “Courage beyond the call of duty” for this act. He had also been presented a Certificate of Honor by the Mecklenburg County commissioners.


Specialist Four Jimmy Nance, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Nance of Albemarle, had been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge at the Fifth Special Forces Group headquarters in south Vietnam.


Four Locust boys — Johnny Jenkins, 17, and Gary Thomas, Darrell Overcash and Tony Little, all 16, had roller skated from Locust to Albemarle in two and a half hours before daylight Saturday morning. They had burned up 14 wheels and warped a couple more.

The marathon, cross country, long distance endurance run began at the square in Locust at 1:45 a.m. and ended at the square in Albemarle at 4:18 a.m. Following Highway 27 all the way, the quartet had turned off the bypass on Coble Avenue to West Main, then went east to the square.