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***ALERT*** To All Locust Residents And Travelers: As of 9:30 am this morning, all secondary and side roads including Meadowcreek Church Road have become extremely slippery and dangerous to travel due to snowfall. Main Street and Central Avenue are also rapidly covering with snow. Please avoid travel on Locust streets and highways if at all possible. If you need the Locust Police Department, please contact 911 for emergencies and 704-986-3700 for non-emergencies.







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January 17, 2018


The Locust City Council held their January meeting last night.  Joe Bishop was re-appointed the Locust ABC Board for another term.

Dirt should start turning on the new apartments behind CVS, Wendy's and Advance Auto located on East Main Street in January.

Edge Sports is turning dirt on their new site on Stanly Parkway.  (See drawing below.)

Locust has a fourth drug store in West Main Plaza, Moose Pharmacy.

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 opened their new store located on West Main Street across from Ray Kennedy Drive. 

Pizza Hut has started work on their new store in Locust at the corner of Locust Ave. and West Main Street.  (See Photo below.)

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

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 Locust Town Centre.

A new business park is planned for Locust at the corner of East Main St. and South Beverly Drive.  Grading has begun for the first building.

Snow fall today in Locust 3 to 5 inches reported, Maple Street.

Carolina Presbyterian Church

Old Shed off Tucker St.

Stanly County School System Finances in Trouble

An audit by the accountanting firm of Dixon Hughes Goodman has found disturbing deficiencies in the school system financial statements centered around the district's Child Nutrition program.

Aprille Bell a partner and a certified public accountant with (DHG) presented the school board with their findings. The findings revealed a shortfall of over $345, 000.00 dollars. The fund did not have assets to pay for its liabilities this past June 2017. This was found to be a repeat from the last audit. The board spent funds that were not available from a previous period. She recommended that management find ways to reduce expenditures as away to cut the deficiencies. She warned the board that this wasn't a quick fix and could take several years to correct.

Regarding the dificiencies Bell advise the board the expenditures exceeded the budget for the General Fund, Capital Outlay Fund and Local Expense Fund. The were reminded that the General statutes require all monies received and expended by a local government or public authority be included in the budget ordinance.


Public Announcement

From the Office on NC Representative Justin Burr

Raleigh: December 12, 2017

Rep. Justin Burr announced today that he will be accepting page applications for the 2018 short session which begins May 16, 2018. 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 2017 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.

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 Montgomery County.

The N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has awarded a $950,000 Grant to Riverstone Business Park located between Browns Hill Rd. and Reneeford Rd. The grant will be used to extend water and sewer into the park. Plans call for a 50,000 square foot building to be built on the site. Stanly County Manager Andy Lucas thanked the NC-RIA for their support. The site was chosen because it is the most suitable for industrial growth in Stanly County. The site is located 12 miles from I-485 and 45 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The site is two miles from Highway 24-27 that runs thru Locust, and the county water system and the Locust Sewer system, it also has assessability to Piedmont Natural Gas and Broad Band fiber from Highway 24-27 in Locust.




Locust Planning and Zoning

December 2017

11 New House Permits Pinnacle, Hartsell, Smith Douglas, Jones, Hucks, True, Obando.

1 Commercial Building Alley

1 Storage Building

2 Remodel Permits

1 Fence Permit

1 Pool Permit

Sign Contract with NCDOT for the sidewalk on Market St

153 new homes and apartments units were permitted in Locust for 2017


                                                                Monthly Report

Locust Recreation and Parks

December 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 December Report

Click here.



City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.













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


  •                                                                                                                                                                                January 14, 2018

    Signs of a strengthening economy are all around us. America’s unemployment rate is at a historic low, the stock market is at an all-time high, and thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, workers are getting to keep more of their hard earned money. Last week Walmart, America's largest private employer, became the latest in a growing list of companies to announce increases in wages, expansions and bonuses.
    While this is great news, not all of us have felt the effects of the rebounding economy.
    I know there is still more work to do particularly to benefit rural America, including many of our communities. In many small towns in our state, it is obvious that rural America has not kept up. In fact, rural employment has grown slower than employment in urban areas and was the slowest to recover from the recession. And among the four major U.S. population groupings, rural communities now rank last on many key measures of socioeconomic well-being. I remain committed to fixing that and knocking down barriers that prevent people in rural communities from attaining the quality of life we deserve.
    As your Congressman, I serve as Chairman of the bipartisan Agriculture and Rural America Task Force where I’m working to empower North Carolina’s farmers and rural communities. I’m also proud to be a member of the Rural Relief Group where we are working to give a voice to small towns that have fallen through the cracks across our country. Some of our goals are fighting poverty, combatting the opioid epidemic, strengthening job-training programs, improving infrastructure, and increasing access to health care.
    Another way I’m working to improve small-town North Carolina has been expanding access to high-speed internet. Broadband internet has revolutionized how we learn, connect and conduct business. But too many regions are lacking the internet connectivity they need. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 39 percent of rural Americans – or 23 million people – lack sufficient broadband access. In 2018, that statistic is simply unacceptable. It seriously hinders our communities and leaves many without access to services like telemedicine and long distance learning.
    Last week, I was encouraged to hear President Donald Trump highlight the importance of expanding access to broadband internet during his speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. He signed two Executive Orders during the event that seek to fund and expand internet coverage for rural areas. I share the President’s goal of creating additional opportunities for rural Americans to have access to broadband. It is going to take an all-of-the-above approach to solve this problem.
    In addition, I joined my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in introducing a series of resolutions to promote broadband infrastructure. I am encouraged by the investment that companies are putting into the 8th District to ensure we all have access to broadband. These investments are improving residential services and providing more opportunities for our local businesses to compete, and I'm looking forward to continuing this critical work in 2018.
    Another issue impacting rural America is agriculture policy.
    Our farmers are so vital to the success and prosperity of our state – agriculture is still by far the number one industry in our district and across our state. It is important farmers are equipped with the tools they need to produce an affordable and stable food supply. As Congress works on a new Farm Bill, I will continue to advocate for legislation that strikes the right balance between fiscal responsibility and providing certainty for our farmers.
    North Carolina’s small towns truly sum up American values of service, independence and hard work. I am proud to represent and fight for you in Washington as your Congressman.

    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.