Toby Thorpe, Author at The Stanly News & Press


‘The Hat Lady’ turns 99

If you just met Ollie Shankle out and around, you’d think she’s just a recent retiree — not a 99-year-old great-great-grandmother. In her Norwood home ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Monday, November 27, 2023 9:41 am

Albemarle City Council

Albemarle City Council supports Senate Bill 579

At its Nov. 6 meeting, Albemarle City Council declined approval of an ordinance amendment to define drag shows and set a minimum age for attendance. ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Wednesday, November 22, 2023 9:36 am

West Stanly Christian Ministries

WSCM  food drive to benefit 25 families

On a cool last-Saturday-before-Thanksgiving, Nick Hathcock manned a post at the Stanfield Log Barn, simultaneously labeling five-gallon buckets with “Happy Thanksgiving” placards and accepting drop-off ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 1:20 pm


Preliminary approval granted for Albemarle subdivision

Albemarle City Council approved a preliminary plat of a planned 30-acre, 92-unit subdivision near the intersection of Park Ridge and Mountain Creek Roads at its ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Tuesday, November 21, 2023 9:37 am

Barbara Whitley

Stanly County Partnership For Children celebrates 30 years

On Wednesday, current and past staff and board members of the Stanly County Partnership for Children (SCPC) gathered at the Rosebriar restaurant for a celebration ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:48 pm

Atrium Health

Atrium hosts event honoring veterans

Atrium Health’s annual Veterans Day Brunch attracted approximately 100 current and past service members to the facility’s Family & Education Center on Friday morning. Facility ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Saturday, November 11, 2023 3:33 pm


New state law to address some issues from failed amendment

After Albemarle City Council voted 4-3 on Monday to reject a proposed text amendment to its ordinance on sexually oriented businesses, North Carolina 67th House ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Friday, November 10, 2023 3:40 pm


‘ANCHORS AWEIGH’: Naval veteran to serve as Veterans Day Parade grand marshal

In his 93 years, Steve Hopkins has worn lots of hats. Farmer — been there. High school and college graduate — done that. Textile worker ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Friday, November 10, 2023 9:38 am


Albemarle approves City Lake Drive rezoning, annexation

Three public hearings were conducted by Albemarle City Council on Monday night regarding development of a 100-acre, 186-unit parcel on City Lake Drive, after which ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Wednesday, November 8, 2023 9:41 am


Albemarle vote 4-3 against drag amendment

By a 4-3 vote Monday night, Albemarle City Council rejected a proposed text amendment that would have added a definition of drag shows to the ... Read more

by Toby Thorpe, Tuesday, November 7, 2023 9:00 am

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