• Newspaper
  • Community
  • History

    The Stanly News & Press, the newspaper of record for Stanly County, North Carolina, can trace its roots back to 1880. Through mergers over the next 49 years, the newspaper staff published their first issue under The Stanly News & Press name in December 1929.

    The Stanly News & Press, locally referred to as The SNAP, added its Sunday edition in the early 1990s, making it a tri-weekly newspaper.

    The SNAP added its website — www.thesnaponline.com — in early 2000, and launched an e-edition in January 2016. The SNAP has since converted its Sunday edition into a Weekend paper, arriving by email at 6 a.m. Saturdays and by noon in driveways and paper boxes throughout Stanly County.


    The Stanly News and Press is published 3 days a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

    Thesnaponline.com: 1.8 million page views annually and 62,500 unique visitors monthly.

    The ADvantage: published Tuesdays, 13,000

    Internet Presence


    Community involvement

    The SNAP partners with numerous organizations and sponsors many events each year.

    • Stanly County Chamber of Commerce
      Discover Stanly Magazine
      Yearly Chamber Directory
      Election forums
    • United Way of Stanly County
      Sponsor events
      Staff campaign
    • Falling Rivers Gallery
      Yearly Photograpy Contest
    • Stanly Health Foundation
      Think Pink Week/Breast Cancer Awareness
    • Beach Blast 5K
    • Hospice of Uwharrie/Stanly County
      Festival of Trees
    • Stanly Christian Ministry
      Food & Toy Drive each year
    • Stanly Humane Society/Stanly Co. Friends of Animals
      Pet food drives
      Wagfest sponsors
      Pets of the week in the paper
    • Relay for Life Team
      Fundraising and employee events
    • Provides a location for Santa 


    The Stanly News & Press received 10 honors in the 2016 NCPA News, Editorial and Photojournalism awards announced in March 2017.

    The SNAP won 8 honors at the 2015 NCPA News, Editorial and Photojournalism awards announced in 2016.

    The SNAP won 2 awards at the 2014 NCPA News, Editorial and Photojournalism awards announced in 2015.

    Charles Curcio received The Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year in 2014

    The SNAP was named Community Newspaper of the Year for CNHI in 2008

  • Market

    Stanly County, North Carolina, on the eastern edge of the Charlotte USA Region, offers so many lifestyle advantages to those of us who call it home. Parents and employers will brag about the quality of our public and private schools. Our higher-education institutions ensure that local residents have the skills and knowledge they need to power the economy, and Carolinas Healthcare System – Stanly and other healthcare providers keep everyone in great shape.

    We’re home to the natural beauty of the Piedmont Region of North Carolina, with the Uwharrie National Forest and breathtaking Morrow Mountain State Park, so it’s no surprise that Stanly County offers an abundance of outdoor recreation. Whether we’re boating, swimming, or fishing on more than 10,000 acres of lakes (and 175 miles of shoreline!), nature hiking or hunting in the forest, or playing 18 on a pretty Saturday morning, there’s plenty to do here. Big-city shopping, dining, and entertainment are very close by in Charlotte. Best of all, we can enjoy it and then return to a quieter way of life.


    Stanly County: 61,000
    Albemarle: 16,000

    Major Employers

    Stanly County is home to major employers such as Michelin, Carolinas Medical Center Stanly, Monarch, Fiberon and Shult Homes.


    The school system in Stanly County, North Carolina is a source of pride for local residents and the business community. Stanly County Public Schools are designed in an Elementary K-5; Middle School 6-8 and High School 9-12 configuration.  Also as a part of our public school system, we have the Stanly Early College located on the Stanly Community College campus and we have the Stanly Learning Academy.  Located in the Village of Misenheimer is Gray Stone Day School, which is a charter school focused on college prep and is ranked first in North Carolina among America’s Top High Schools.  Stanly County also gives parents several private-school and early-childhood options.

    Our community expects a high-quality education for all children, and our schools deliver.  Just as important, our community’s teachers have earned a reputation for taking a deep personal interest in the success of their students.

    Local school administrators understand the needs of the business community and tailor programs to ensure that graduates are ready to become successful employees.  Through the Career and College Readiness pathways, students can begin studies in college classes that can jumpstart their careers.

    Therefore, in Stanly County a pipeline of an eager and educated workforce is available to make our business employers successful.


    The site of modern-day Stanly County was originally peopled by small tribes of hunter-gatherers and Mound Builders whose artifacts and settlements have been dated back nearly 10,000 years. Large-scale European settlement of the region came in the mid-18th century via two primary waves: immigrants of Dutch, Scots-Irish and German descent moved from Pennsylvania and New Jersey seeking enhanced religious and political tolerance, while immigrants of English backgrounds came to the region from Virginia and the Cape Fear River Basin in Eastern North Carolina.

    In early English colonial times, the Stanly County area was politically part of the New Hanover Precinct, out of which the Bladen Precinct was created in 1734. The renamed Bladen County was subdivided to create Anson County in 1750, which in turn spawned Montgomery County in 1779.

    Stanly County was formed in 1841 from the part of Montgomery County west of the Pee Dee River. It was named for John Stanly of New Bern (1774–1834), who served several terms in the North Carolina House of Commons and two terms (1801–1803, 1809–1811) in the United States House of Representatives.


    Water, Air, Land…Adventure!

    All the things that make Stanly County, North Carolina such a great place to live also attract visitors to our area.  That’s particularly true of our many outdoor resources.  With 10,000 acres of shimmering lakes and ponds (including the beautiful Lake Tillery and Badin Lake), many people view us as the ideal place for fishing and boating.  Canoe enthusiasts find the right balance of scenery and challenge along our many miles of streams, while hunters, hikers, and campers explore thousands of acres of nature and old-growth forests.  Uwharrie National Forest and Morrow Mountain State Park are destinations for thousands of visitors each year.

    If your outdoor preferences include challenging fairways and lush greens, you’ll find several golf courses to love. And, once leisure time rolls around, you can also relax at one of our outstanding wineries.  If equestrian pursuits are to your liking, you’ll find The Fork Farm & Stables to be a truly unique experience.

    In fact, visiting Stanly County is an excellent way to introduce yourself to the eastern Charlotte USA Region’s many benefits and amenities.  While you’re here, be sure to stop in and say hello!

    Area Information

    Connecting with our local resources.

    Stanly County, North Carolina offers businesses a wide variety of resources to help you establish operations here quickly.  In addition to trusted vendors and eager business partners, you’ll find a variety of information sources to help you learn more about life and business opportunities here.  Click any of the links on this page to get started.

    Partner Links

    Stanly County Government

    Stanly County Chamber of Commerce

    Stanly County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

    Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation

    Stanly Community College Economic Development

    Stanly Community College Small Business Center

    Charlotte Regional Partnership

    Centralina Workforce Development Board


    Stanly County Profile – 2017

    Stanly County Relocation Guide

    Stanly County Travel Guide

    North Carolina Fact Sheet