Publisher, researcher will chronicle ‘The History of Newspapers in Stanly County’ – Stanly News & Press

The Stanly County Historical Society and the Stanly County History Center will present a program on May 23 covering “The History of Newspapers in Stanly County.”

The program is free and will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 172 N. Second St., in downtown Albemarle.

Presenting “The History of Newspapers in Stanly County” will be Sandy Selvy-Mullis, publisher of The Stanly News & Press, and Lewis Bramlett, volunteer researcher for the Stanly County Historical Society.

Before news was available constantly on radio, television, the internet, cellphones and Twitter, people relied on newspapers to keep up with current happenings. Over the years, citizens of Stanly County and the surrounding area have read the local, state and national news in numerous local newspapers. Some of the early papers providing coverage prior to The Stanly News & Press were the Stanly Banner, Stanly Gleaner, Oakboro Journal, Richfield News-Reporter, Norwood News, Badin Tribune, Stanly Enterprise, Piedmont Press, Albemarle Index and the Stanly County Herald.

It is interesting to note that some of the early papers proudly stated that they were either a Republican or a Democratic paper. For various reasons, many of the early papers only existed for a brief time.

During the Historical Society program on May 23, Bramlett will talk about a number of early Stanly County newspapers and trace the history that led to The Stanly News & Press. Selvy-Mullis will share information about The Stanly News & Press today. The SNAP is an award-winning newspaper published three days each week and is also available at

Following the program attendees will have an opportunity to visit the Stanly County History Center, across the street from Central United Methodist Church, to see a special exhibit pertaining to Stanly County newspapers and books, as well as other museum exhibits. The Margaret Johnston Heritage Room will also be open.

Selvy-Mullis began her career in newspapers with the Ottumwa Courier in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1996 as an advertising sales representative. She was promoted to special projects coordinator and then advertising manager in Ottumwa. She was then named publisher of the Marion County Iowa newspaper group in 2005, which included two weekly newspapers and a weekly shopper. In 2007, she moved to Albemarle as publisher of The Stanly News & Press.

Selvy-Mullis celebrated 20 years in the newspaper industry in December 2016 and 10 years with The SNAP in April. In the 10 years with the SNAP, she has served on the boards of the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation, Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, Albemarle Rotary Club, United Way of Stanly County and GHA Autism Supports. She lives in the Richfield area with her husband Rick. 

Bramlett lives in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife and two sons. Bramlett is a long-distance volunteer for the Stanly County Historical Society and a regular program presenter on a wide-variety of Stanly County topics.

He has compiled several books that relate to Stanly County. He maintains the Historical Society website and posts information about Stanly County, almost daily, on the Stanly County History Center’s Facebook page.

During Stanly County’s 175th anniversary celebration in 2016, articles Bramlett wrote appeared in The Stanly News & Press as This Month in History. Currently his articles appear in the SNAP as Throwback Thursday.

To register for the May 23 program “The History of Newspapers in Stanly County,” call the Stanly County History Center at (704) 986-3777 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), or visit and click the Event Registration tab.

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