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Local News

November 18, 2017

The Locust City Council held their November meeting .  Park Director Tate Osborne will resign December 1, and take a position with the City of Wilmington, NC.  Mayor Pro-Tem David Walker will resign at the end of the year.  David said; it was time to move on.  Both of these men will be missed for the outstanding work they have done for Locust.  Dirt should start turning on the new apartments behind CVS, Wendy's and Advance Auto located on East Main Street in December.

Edge Sports is turning dirt on their new site on Stanly Parkway.

Locust is getting a fourth drug store in West Main Plaza, Moose Pharmacy, they are looking at a late November opening.

Meadow Creek Business park with have three new business coming, a pool chemical distribution company, sports complex, and car wash.

More new sidewalks are coming to Locust, details to follow.

O'Riley Auto Parts has started construction on the site of their new store on West Main Street across from Ray Kennedy Drive.

Pizza Hut has started site work on their new store in Locust at the corner of Locust Ave. and West Main Street.

Stanly Funeral Home located at the corner of North Central Ave. and Danita Dr. in Locust plans to be open by the end of the year.

The Locust Town Center has updated their plans for the future Click here.

The City of Locust will expand the existing sewer lines in the city to handle the city's growth and fill in areas that are not covered with the current system.  

Look for another multi family project to start sometime soon in uptown Locust.

A new business park is planned for Locust at the corner of East Main St. and South Beverly Dr.  see photo below.

Future site for a new business park at the corner East Main St. and South Beverly Dr. in Locust.

West Stanly Fire Department took delivery on their new fire engine one today.  The new engine will go in service by the end of the year.  This engine replaces old engine one which was removed from service several years ago due to use and age.  West Stanly Captain Travis Rector is trying out the new ride.


Locust Planning and Zoning

October 2017

4 New House Permits Hucks, Hunt, True.

6 Remodel Permits Hucks, True, Williams, Whitley, Armstrong.

2 Sign Permits Barbee’s Garage, Pediatric Dentistry

Safe Route to School Sidewalk Project Finished.

Town Center Apartment Building 1 Finished

Working with Several Developers on projects.

85 new homes were permitted in Locust for 2016


                                                                Monthly Report

Recreation and Parks

October 2017


Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina

Proposed route Click here.


NC DOT  Schedule for Traffic Signal in Locust 


 The NC DOT has moved the installation date for the much needed traffic signal at the intersection of West Main Street and Browns Hill Road to next spring or summer.  This came as no surprise from the (Land of Oz) Raleigh.  Call Rep. Justin Burr 919-733-5908 or Senator Tom McInnis 919-733-5953 with your concerns and comments on this matter.


NCDOT is committed to repairing potholes on state-maintained roads within two business days when they are reported using the online pothole reporting system.

To report potholes on other roads, contact the local public works department.

For other issues or concerns about state-maintained roads, click here to contact NCDOT or call 1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-800-368-4368).








Locust Police Department

2017 September Report

Click here.



City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.







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For your local News

Stanly County High School Football check 1010 WSPC and WZKY for game coverage.  See complete Stanly County High School Football Schedule listings below at High School Football Score Board link.

                                         Home Repair Grant Funds Available for Qualifying County Residents

Stanly County has been awarded funding from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2017 cycle of the Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan-Pool Program. This program provides an interest

Locust Youth Sports

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296


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Post 6365 Locust VFW Meeting Third Tuesday of Month


Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6365 Locust, meets the third Tuesday of each month, at 1011 Meadow Creek Church Road.  We have a light meal and joint session with the Ladies Auxiliary at 6pm.  The veterans and ladies then have individual meetings starting at about 7pm.  All veterans of foreign conflicts are invited to attend. Call Bill Smith 704-773-0555 for more information.

West Stanly Senior Community Center Telephone 980-354-8056

Go to page 2 for more information Click here.




The City of Locust has a Twitter Account at








The Locust Government Center




Check out the web site for latest information about our city or the Locust Patch, Weekly Post and Stanly News&Press.

Have a great a week and listen to our radio show every Monday morning at 7:45 am on WSPC 1010 am or on the Internet at for the latest happenings in Western Stanly County.

Best Regards,

Tate and Emily        


Photo's of Early Freight and Transportation Vehicles Click here.

Where we came from Click here.


The City of Locust requires a golf cart sticker for driving on city streets.  Go by the Locust Police Department located in the Locust Town Center in the Locust Government Center at 186 Ray Kennedy Drive  for your permit and sticker. 


Locust Golf Cart Sticker

                                   City of Locust Golf Cars (Cart) Ordinance click here.

Golf Cart battery maintenance click here.


                                                                                                  The proper way of disposing a worn American Flag Click here.



















    North Carolina House of Representatives
    Rep. Justin P. Burr
    1315 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
    (919) 733-5908


    Justin P. Burr

    North Carolina House of Representatives

    67th District - Stanly and Montgomery Counties

    Chairman - House Appropriations Committee

    Chairman - House Judiciary IV Committee

    Legislative Assistant:

    Dina Long -

    Research Assistant:

    Blair Borsuk -



          Rep. Justin P. Burr

          North Carolina House of Representatives

          67th District - Stanly, Union, and Montgomery Counties


          Legislative Office Building, Room 307A

          300 N. Salisbury Street

          Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

          (919) 733-5908

     Contact: Rep. Justin Burr


          Legislative Assistant:

          Dina Long -






    Senator Tom McInnis
    2017-2018 Session
    Republican - District 25 
    Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly
    N.C. Senate
    300 N Salisbury Street, Room 620 
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
    (919) 733-5953
    District 25 Map
    Office: 620 Legislative Office Building
    Terms in Senate: 2     (0 in House)
    Occupation: Vice-President, Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc.
    Address: P.O. Box 1331, Rockingham, NC 28380


  • Friends                                                                                                                                                                                November 13,2017

    Last week I read an article in the paper about a man who has devoted his life to supporting our veterans and honoring the American flag. Peter Lopez owns War Dogs: Military & Tactical Surplus in Southern Pines, and he has worked hard to preserve American flags.


    Like many of us, he understands the American flag is more than just stiches and dye on a piece of fabric. It soars above us all as a symbol of our freedom and spirit. In addition to patriotism, Old Glory provokes appreciation for our heroic men and women in uniform. It’s an incredible reminder that freedom comes with a cost.


    And our veterans, our service members and their families are paying it.


    That’s the exact same spirit I encountered last week as I traveled the district and attended several events to mark Veterans Day. Instead of disrespect for our flag and our National Anthem, I saw pride, respect, honor and – above all – gratitude for our veterans. We honor the soldiers who have carried our flag into battle, who have fought, and who have given their lives to defend it. 


    In the same way, I was proud to host a ceremony for four incredible men who served in the Army and the Army Air Corps during World War II. It was a humbling experience to share some time with these men of the Greatest Generation, and it was an absolute privilege to present one of the soldiers with a Bronze Star for his heroism and service to our nation.  


    As your Congressman, I work daily to support our veterans and help better their lives. I was proud to team up with Blue Star Families, the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and Facebook to host a veteran small business event. At the event we brought together veteran, service member, and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners. I was thrilled at the turnout and encouraged by the innovative veteran-owned businesses that call Fayetteville home. This goes hand-in-hand with my work to improve job opportunities while helping veterans transition back into civilian life.


    By the same token, the House of Representatives has passed 45 bills in this year alone to support our veterans – 14 of which we passed this week. Eight of those bills have been signed into law – including ones to clean up the bureaucracy at the VA, improve job-training programs and opportunities, and streamline disability benefits claims. One of the most important ones is the largest expansion of the GI Bill in a decade – the Forever GI Bill. While I’m pleased to see these policies enacted, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass the remaining bills so that we may continue to positively impact the lives of our veterans.


    As a voice for veterans across our state, I will continue to do everything in my power to honor and support those who have served.


    If any veterans in the eighth district can't get an answer from the VA in a timely fashion or if they feel they have been treated unfairly, please reach out to my Concord office at 704-786-1612 or my Fayetteville office at 910-997-2070. My office is here to serve you and we will work hard to help in any way we can. To all of our veterans: thank you, and may God bless you!   

                   Until Next Week

    Richard Hudson
    Member of Congress (NC-08)
    Concord Office
    325 McGill Ave, NW
    Suite 500
    Concord, NC 28027
    Phone: (704) 786·1612
    Fayetteville Office
    225 Green Street, Suite 202
    Fayetteville, NC 28301
    Phone: (910) 997-2070
    Washington D.C. Office
    429 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225·3715 



    See the benefits that vegetables give to your body Click here. 




    Merri's Dolls

    TELEPHONE  704- 604-1292    MMETZ9999@AO0L.COM




    Lane Ross Designs


    He designs screen prints on regular screen doors. He does fire fighter designs, does branches of the military, vintage signs ie Merita Bread, Texaco, Shell, Sundrop etc. He also does different beach themes ie crab, sail boats, beach umbrella/chairs and many more designs. If interested, please contact Lane Ross at 704 467 7880 or by email, Prices are approx $110 for a design.



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    Red Bridge Golf Club
    Black Friday Golf Specials
    November 18-27
    2018 Range Promotion
    Unlimited Range Usage December 1, 2017 Through December 31, 2018
          Yearly Range Ind. Member           $225     Reg. $275
          Yearly Range Fam. Member         $300     Reg. $375
          Yearly Range Ind. Juniors             $200     Reg. $295
          Yearly Range Ind. Guests             $275     Reg. $395
     Range Card Sale - 10 Large Baskets Card 
    Retail $80
            1-Range Card  - Now $59
            2-Range Cards - Now $109 ($54.50 Each)
            3-Range Cards - Now $149 ($49.67 Each)
            4-Range Cards - Now $179 ($44.75 Each)
            Callaway Epic Drivers $425 (Retail: $499.99)
            Team Bags $169.95 (Retail: $199.95)
            Team & Logo Shirts, Hats, & Towels 25% Off
            Non-Logo Shirts 40% Off
            All Golf Shoes 25% Off
    Gift Certificate  Specials
    $50 Certificate, (includes 1-free round Mon-Thursday anytime)

    Weekly Specials and Super Twilight Rates

    Monday:     $29 all day (not valid on holidays)

    Tuesday:    $24 all day

    Wednesday:-Thursday $30 all day 

    Friday:          $32 before 1:00pm 

                        $24 after 1:00


                          $48 before 12:00 (reg. $55)

                       $35 between 12:00 & 1:00pm

                          $25 after 1:00pm


    Print out the above specials and hand in
    at registration to receive your special rates.  Each coupon is good for up to (2) players.
    Coupon expires: October 30, 2017


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    Something to think about.



    The gas company serving this area brought their call
    center back to Phoenix from India last year after numerous customer
    complaints.  What a difference now when you call them...and it created
    300 jobs.  I know this works because they were so bad that when India
    answered I wouldn't even deal with them.  I'd simply ask to be
    transferred to a supervisor in the U.S. and they would comply.


    Now that I know it is the LAW - I will do it for sure

    Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, Verizon,
    health and other insurance, computer help desk, etc) and you find that
    you're talking to a foreign customer service representative (perhaps
    in India , Philippines , etc), please consider doing the following:


    After you connect and you realize that the customer
    service representative is not from the USA
    (you can always ask if you
    are not sure about the accent), please, very politely (this is not
    about trashing other cultures) say,
    "I'd like to speak to a customer
    service representative in the United States of America
    .."The rep
    might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say,
    "Thank you, but I'd like to speak to a customer service representative
    in the USA .


    That's the rule and the LAW.