The Civic Center offices were completed in the fall of 1988, and the Center’s Auditorium opened the following summer with comedian Jerry Clower playing to a packed house. It was such a hit that he returned each year until his passing, always finding an appreciative Stanly County audience. Throughout the years, the Center has hosted other events presented by the Stanly County Concert Association, musicals and drama by the Uwharrie Players, southern gospel and bluegrass concerts by local and regional promoters and church- related events. The Stanly County Arts Council presents programs by regionally and nationally-known artists such as the North Carolina Symphony for Stanly County school students and the general public. The school system utilizes the facility for graduation ceremonies for the four local high schools. The facility is available for rent for both private and public events.
Groundbreaking Ceremony – 1987
1st Row: Unknown; Clarence “Shorty” Barrier; Richard Johnson (Architect); Mattie Kelley; Charlie Pickler; Dwight Smith; Aaron Plyler; Wade McSwain, Sr.; Richard Conder; Chester Lowder; Tony Lowder; Coy Privette; David Morgan; Unknown; Spurgeon Brooks; Mack “Preacher” Morgan; Unknown
2nd Row: Frank Simpson; J. Brice Burleson; Bill Lee; Vernon Almond; C.F. Pete Hinkle; Keith Hill; George Winecoff; Bob Slaughter; Jim Garrison; Windell Talley
3rd Row: Bobby Harold Barbee, Sr.; Carl Culp; Mrs. Culp; Unknown; Unknown; Unknown