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Local News

August 26, 2016


O'Rileys Auto Parts will build a new store at the corner of West Main St. and Bell Ave. in Locust.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is making a engineering study on a concrete median for the intersection of West Main St. and Brown Hill Rd. before installing a planned traffic signal.

The roof is on the new "Lifters" gym facility being built in the West Main Plaza (Food Lion).  It is located beside of the laundry mat.

Work continues on the new dentist office across from the CMS medical center on west main street in Locust, the completion date should be in October.

A national home builder is looking at a site in Locust to build over 200 homes, stay tuned.

True Homes has submitted their plans for Phase 3 in the Whispering Hills subdividison on Mission Church Rd.


In the early morning hours of July 14th, the Locust Police Department responded to the report of a burglary and armed robbery "home invasion" at a residence located on Family Lane off of North Central Avenue. The resident of the address and a visitor were held at gunpoint after entry was made through the front door by two male suspects. The victim suffered a minor injury after being struck in the face by one of the suspects and reported prescription medication, currency, a firearm, and other items of value being stolen.

After initial investigation involving search warrants for phone records, the visitor at the residence at the time of the robbery was determined to be involved. On July 25th, Ms. Donna Christine Hammill of Concord was arrested on charges related to the burglary and robbery as well as felony conspiracy charges.

Additional investigation revealed three other individuals to be involved. They were identified as Mr. David Watt Kelly of Concord, Mr. James Bryant Drye of Kannapolis, and Ms. Leah Margaret Miller of Kannapolis. Kelly was arrested on August 1st with Drye and Miller turning themselves in on August 2nd. All four individuals are currently in custody at the Stanly County Jail where they are charged with 1st degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and felony conspiracy charges.


Detective Jeff Shew
Locust Police Department
186 Ray Kennedy Drive
PO Box 190
Locust, NC 28097


NC DOT Paving Schedule for Locust and Stanfield

 NC 200 from 3 lane section east of Sunset Drive to Smith Street, we will skip section at NC 24/27 where pavement joints are.  Work will begin sometime between 7/01/2016 and 6/30/2017.  See map Click here.

City of Locust Paving Schedule

During the week of August 15, 2016, the City of Locust Public Works Department will be resurfacing the street locations listed below:

During the work, one lane will be open to traffic with a traffic controller present. Residents will be able to get to and from their homes but we ask the general public to avoid these streets, if possible.

During the work, the street will be closed to thru traffic. Residents will be able to get to and from their homes but we ask the general public to avoid these streets.

We appreciate your understanding during this time and apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me, Tim Flieger Director of Public Works, at (704)888-5260 (EXT 107) or



Tim Flieger


Locust Planning and Zoning

July 2016


5 New House Permits Hucks, Martin, True.

3 Remodel Permits

1 Pool

2 New Sign Permits Flow, Trinity Roofing

2 Commercial Up Fit Whitley Auto, Stanly Funeral.

Working on Whispering Hills Phase 2

Green way Easements

No Code Enforcements


We have begun receiving complaints from citizens of children driving golf carts around the city, specifically in the Town Center area. Please remember the following in regard to golf cart usage within the City of Locust:

- Golf carts can be utilized within the city limits of Locust only if they are registered with the city and they are operated per the regulations and guidelines set forth by the Locust city ordinance covering golf cart usage.

- One section included in the golf cart ordinance for Locust requires that the driver of a registered golf cart to be at least 16 years of age with a valid driver's license. 

- A non-registered golf cart is not authorized for use in the city outside of your own personal property.

If you have any questions about golf cart registration or if you require a copy of city ordinances governing golf cart use, please contact the Locust Police Department or visit the city's website at

Detective Jeff Shew
Locust Police Department
186 Ray Kennedy Drive
PO Box 190
Locust, NC 28097




2016 Locust Events.


August 20, 6:00-9:00pm: Summerdaze*

September 10, 7:00pm-until: Movie Night feat. The Good Dinosaur, sponsored by Jason Martin, DDS, PA

September 17, 6:00-9:00pm: Right Turn Clyde, concert finale*

October 1st, 10:00am-1:00pm: Bark in the Park

October 31st, 6:00-8:00pm: Fall Festival at the Park (hosted by a group of area churches)

November 26th, 3:00pm: Locust Christmas Parade (hosted by West Stanly Lions Club)

December 17th, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am: Breakfast with Santa


Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296


Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!


* Summer Concert Series

For your local News


Stanfield site available for developement on Highway 200


Tired of the Coal Ash Ads

If you really want to know the true facts regarding Coal Ash please go to this site for the truth




"Friends of the Stanly County Public Library has donated to the City of Locust,

A Little Free Standing Library

It is located at the front of the Locust Historical Society & Museum. Why not stop and take a book to read while spending time at the Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park. The Little Free Standing Library is for those times when going to the Library will not work. The Friends will maintain the stand with books but should you have books of your own, feel free to leave them. Our deepest appreciation to the Friends of the Stanly County Public Library for this donation to the City of Locust and the citizens of Western Stanly County."



Locust Police Department

June 2016 News Letter

Click here.


Locust Youth Sports Information


Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296


Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!

2016 Locust Events.


2016 Locust Events

May 14, 10:00am-1:00pm: Hands on Locust

May 21, 6:00-9:00pm: The Lilly Brothers*

June 18, 6:00-9:00pm: Blackwater Rhythm and Blues*

July 16, 6:00-9:00pm: Mason Lovette Band*

August 20, 6:00-9:00pm: Summerdaze*

September 10, 7:00pm-until: Movie Night

September 17, 6:00-9:00pm: Right Turn Clyde, concert finale*

October 1st, 10:00am-1:00pm: Bark in the Park

October 31st, 6:00-8:00pm: Fall Festival at the Park (hosted by a group of area churches)

November 26th, 3:00pm: Locust Christmas Parade (hosted by West Stanly Lions Club)

December 17th, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am: Breakfast with Santa

Thank you!

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296

Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!

* Summer Concert Series






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 in August 2016 Telephone 980-354-8056



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        



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.



Roger Hypes will be sharing some human interest stories of people, events, and places of our Locust community.


One of the definitions of community is the area itself; people with common interests living in a particular area. The Remember When… column should help us better understand the history, people and happenings of Locust, the place we call home.


Remember When…will help us all to take the time out of our busyness to reflect, reminisce, think back, recollect, go over in the memory and hopefully, be able to share a smile of a memory to make us better appreciate the present.  Take a deep breath, lay in the grass and look up in the sky of the cloud shapes, or the stars at night.


I would ask that if you have an event, a crossroads, a person that has helped create the history of Locust, get in touch with Roger Hypes at   “Remember When…” will not be in every week update of Locust Patch, but when stories are available and to give the story the value it deserves.  Be thinking as I feel this will be a good way for all of us to appreciate what we have, and where we live.


Democrat Deborah Ross

Candidate for United State Senate seat for North Carolina

She is the former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union who graduated from Brown University and received a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her political experience includes ten years service in the North Carolina House from 2003 to 2010. She taught law at Duke University. She joined GoTriangle, a regional authority providing transportation services that connect Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. The common thread that stands out with this candidate ACLU, Brown University, University of North Carolina, and Duke University all liberal bastions where the left is fully entrenched. These credentials add up to a junior Hillary Clinton.










  • Raise Your Hand

    Roy Cooper Democrat running for Governor of North Carolina is running an ad “Raise Your Hand”, he is slamming North Carolina Governor Pat McCory who the record shows has been instrumental in lowering taxes in North Carolina. Roy Boy Cooper asked in his ad if your taxes went up raise your hand, if your garage door went up raise your hand, and the message goes on for another thirty seconds. Raise your middle finger if you think Roy Cooper is full of Crap! He has on numerous occasions failed to prosecute the laws of North Carolina. If it doesn’t fit his political aspirations he ignores the law. He is about as useful as a snow plow in Florida.


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

     JBP Report from Raleigh



          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

    Phone: (919) 733-5908



    Raleigh: February 11, 2016



    Rep. Justin Burr announced today that he will be accepting page applications for the 2016 short session which begins April 25, 2016. Pages are hosted for one week in Raleigh as they serve on the House floor, attend committee meetings, and learn how state government operates. “The House Pages who participated during the 2015 long session had a memorable week. They made new friends from around the state and got to participate in the legislative process,” Rep. Burr commented.


    Eligibility requirements and availability for the House Page Program may be found at the following link:


    Positions fill up fast, so interested applicants should complete an online application at and mail to Rep. Burr’s legislative office at 307-A Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603


    For more information about the House Page program, call House Page Coordinator at 919-733-5701.


    Rep. Burr represents the 67th District which is Stanly County and a portion of Montgomery County.

          Legislative Assistant:

          Dina Long -










    25th District: Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601











    FJune 8, 2014

    Congressman Richard Hudson Addresses EPA Dogma

    As a Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, my top priorities are getting folks back to work, keeping energy affordable, advancing an all-of-the-above energy strategy and reining in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I continue to hear from countless of our neighbors who are concerned with the EPA's overreach and what it means for their jobs, their paychecks and their electricity bills.


    Affordable and reliable electricity is a necessity. It heats and cools our homes, it powers our hospitals so patients can receive life-saving care, it keeps the lights on in our schools so students can learn, and it fuels our businesses to creates jobs and help our economy move forward. Unfortunately, the EPA is threatening to cut the power by restricting access and raising energy costs with its proposed regulations on power plants. That’s why I’m working to protect our community from this harmful EPA regulation and many more like it that could have detrimental economic consequences.


    Under the EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule for existing power plants, also known by the administration as the “Clean Power Plan,” the EPA interprets a rarely used provision of the Clean Air Act to allow the agency to plaster more red tape and set mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) goals for each state’s energy producers that go well beyond reasonable standards for clean air. By proposing this rule, the EPA seeks to fundamentally change how electricity is generated, distributed and consumed across the country. Our state would be required to submit a complex plan in 2016 and must then begin to meet short-term goals in 2020 and a final goal in 2030. If our plan doesn’t satisfy the EPA’s impossible requirements, the EPA would impose a federal plan, which has not yet been established by the administration.


    In North Carolina, we’ve already reduced carbon dioxide emissions significantly. This burdensome rule will only serve to increase electricity rates by nearly 14% without having a significant impact on global emissions. This is unacceptable. We can keep the environment clean while protecting jobs and ensuring energy is affordable, but we have to be reasonable about it.


    The EPA is not only threatening the American dream, but our very livelihood. Businesses and manufacturers of all sizes in our district require reliable power to not only keep the lights on but to keep their operations thriving. The EPA’s pending power plant rule will cause electricity prices to skyrocket for families and businesses alike, forcing businesses to trim elsewhere and leaving hardworking folks with less take home pay and fewer jobs.


    In February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asserted that regulations by the EPA have never cost one job. That is absolutely absurd and demonstrates a myopia that is stunning. Outside of the national debt, the EPA in general and its proposed “Clean Power Plan” specifically represent the greatest threat to the economic prosperity of this nation.


    Instead of making it more difficult for hardworking Americans to succeed – whether it’s getting a job, owning a home, or paying bills – we need solutions that will provide economic prosperity and more opportunities.


    That’s why the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act to empower states to protect families and businesses from rate increases, reduced reliability and other harmful effects of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan.” The bill requires judicial review of the final rule before requiring states to comply. In addition, it ensures that no state will be forced to implement a state or federal plan if its governor finds a significant adverse effect on electricity rates or reliability.


    Our tepid economic recovery continues to sputter along and folks are struggling to get back on their feet, the last thing we need is more regulations that would have no measurable effect on clean air, but would drive up the cost of energy. With the Obama administration’s proposed rule for power plants and many other EPA regulations, Washington wants to rip the rug right from under us. The Ratepayer Protection Act is just one round of our fight to stop the EPA’s job-killing regulations and provide economic stability.



    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
    Rockingham Office
    1015 Fayetteville Rd
    Rockingham, NC 28379
    Phone: (910) 997·2070
    Washington D.C. Office
    429 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225·3715




    Locust Farmer's Market
    Corner of East Main St. and Vella Dr.
    Thursdays from 12 noon until 6 pm

    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.


    Play Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    Special Offer Direct from Red Bridge Golf Club  

    You are next on the tee...a delightful golf experience awaits.

    Print This Offer To Redeem At Golf Course
    Offers good for up to 2 people.  Offers expire 9/10/16.
    Must present printed email offer at time of play. No exceptions.
    You may show email message on cell phone to receive offer.


    Monday- Friday
    Play Anytime. Includes Cart.

    Play Before 12:00PM. Includes Cart.

    Monday- Friday
    Senior Rate 60+  Includes Cart.

    Play After 12:00PM. Includes Cart.

    Must call course for available tee times. Must present this offer at time of play.
    Not valid with other offers or when holiday rates are in effect.
    Call for Tee Times  704-781-5231

    Red Bridge Golf Club | 6801 Gatehouse Rd. Locust, NC 28097 | 704-781-5231





    Senior Special

    Monday-Thursday $29

    Friday $34


    Twilight Mon-Friday

    $26 After 1:00

    $28 After 3:00

    $24 After 4:00pm

    $20 After 6:00pm 


    Junior Specials After 3:00 Mon-Sunday

    10-under play fee with Adult

    11-15 w/ adult $21













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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.










    Did you know?  Locust residents with recycling rollcarts average approximately 30-40lbs of recycling each collection per household  totaling 400lbs on annual basis!