SNAP BACK IN TIME — July 1980, 1965 and 1950

Editor’s Note: During 2020, The SNAP will celebrate its 140th year of covering Stanly County people. In honor of 140 years, The SNAP will offer a glimpse at events of 40 years ago and beyond.

Friday, July 11, 1980

New Pastor

Rev. Gary Leroy Ferrell was the new pastor of Locust and Oakboro United Methodist churches, having begun his duties June 18.

Friday, July 9, 1965

Property Values
Stanly County had experienced a growth in total property valuation of $19 million as compared with the year before.
This was almost double the valuation of $10 million growth reported in 1964.
The county’s valuation stood at $211 million as compared with $192 million in 1964 and $182 million in 1963.
The biggest factor in the increase for each of the two years had been the new smelter constructed at Alcoa in Badin.
Other businesses whose expansions contributed heavily were Federal Pacific Electric, Collins and Aikman, Wiscassett Mills Company, E.J. Snyder Company, Stanly Knitting Mills and Jefferies Southern Processors.


Al Calder, son of Rev. and Mrs. Leroy A. Calder of Albemarle and a rising junior at East Carolina College, was still making a name for himself in baseball.

A former standout at Albemarle Senior High School, where he reaped numerous honors for his exploits on the baseball and football fields, and a veteran of American Legion diamond competition with considerable experience in semi-pro action, Al was competing as a member of the Staunton, Va. Braves in the Valley Semi-Pro League.

Friday, July 15, 1980


Aluminum Company of America announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion of its Badin Works.

The expansion, which will increase the plant’s capacity by about 50 percent, will include a third potline and supporting facilities.

It was expected to take about 20 months once construction began, with approximately 500 construction workers involved in building the potline.

The announcement was made at a news conference in Raleigh with Gov. Jim Hunt and Charles W. Parry, Alcoa’s executive vice president primary products.

“I am very pleased about Alcoa’s decision to undertake another expansion of its Badin plant,” Hunt said. “I know what Alcoa means to the people of Stanly County and the surrounding area and I know how important these new jobs will be to our people.”

Tuesday, July 13, 1965

Morrow Mountain

The contract had been let for the construction of the utility center for the new family campground in Morrow Mountain State Park, according to superintendent Cedric Squires.

The contract had been awarded to Edward C. Harris of W.M. Harris and Son, Albemarle, for a building to house the laundry center and toilet facilities of the new campground.


Airman William P. Crawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Crawley of New London, and Airman Speedy T. Boles, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Boles of Norwood, had completed Air Force basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas.


Pamela Faye Loflin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Loflin of New London, had enlisted in the Women in the Air Force (WAF).

Kathy Little, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh J. Little of Locust and rising eighth grade student at Locust Elementary School, was the winner of the annual VFW recitation contest and had received a $25 savings bond.

July 14, 1950

New Hospital

Wednesday, July 12, was a busy day at the new Stanly County Hospital. Before noon, two girls and two boys, had been delivered in the brand new structure, which had admitted its first structure at 7:30 a.m.

The first baby born was Victor Foglia III, arriving at 8:56 a.m.

The second baby was a girl born to Mrs. Leroy Smith of West Badin.

Mrs. Lennie Dennis, who had been admitted as the first patient, had given birth to the third child.