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J. Bishop, Editor
August 19, 2017
Council approved the Locust Grove Apts. that will be built behind CVS, Wendy's, and Advance Auto parts on East Main St. at the square. See photo listed down in the page.
For those readers including me, that wonder about the concrete island that has been erected at the intersection of Smith Street and North Central Ave. The NC DOT calls it a “Refuge” island where pedistrain traffic can wait to cross Central Ave. from sidewalk to sidewalk.
Walmart has cancelled the new training center at the Locust store for the lack of a hotel in Locust.
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 to build a new store in Locust on West Main Street near Post Office.
More new home construction should start this summer in the Locust Town Center when the Duke Energy completes their work on the new paved streets.
A 200+ acre tract of land was bought by a developer who is working with Ryan Homes a national home builder who plans to build multi family and single family homes in Locust. Construction should start soon on Meadow Creek Church Road.
Construction is well underway on the new 60 unit apartments in the Locust Town Center.
Construction is underway on the new Stanly Funeral Home located at the corner of North Central Ave. and Danita Dr.
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.
The Locust Greenway project is under construction in the Locust City Park, Lions Club Dr. and Smith Street.
Another well known national home builder D.R. Horton is working on plans for Locust.
Look for another another multi family project to start sometime soon in uptown Locust.
Looking at growth rates in the Charlotte region
Between 2015 and 2016, the pattern is clear: Towns clustered next to Mecklenburg County topped the list. The region’s top growth rate for the year, 9.44 percent, was in Fort Mill, S.C. Other hot spots of growth were Union County’s Waxhaw (5.07 percent growth), Huntersville (4.04 percent), Cabarrus County’s Harrisburg (3.4 percent) and Locust in Stanly County (3.36 percent). - See more at: http://plancharlotte.org/display/2016-
Coming soon to Locust
Locust Planning and Zoning
Recreation and Parks
The Athletic complex hosted three tournaments in July.
New mower (approved in 2017-18 budget) was purchased.
Parks staff completed renovations to ballfield infield. Soil conditioner was added to playing surface which should help with moisture control and rainouts.
Horse shoe pits were cleaned up by staff.
July’s summer concert was rained out.
Crews began trimming trees in park. Many were overdue for pruning.
Emily continued work on promotional videos for city.
Registrations for fall sports continued in July
Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina
Proposed route Click here.
NC DOT Schedule for Traffic Signal in Locust
The NC DOT will install the much needed traffic signal at the intersection of West Main Street and Browns Hill Road in late summer or early fall.
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 June Report
City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.
Madelyn's Book Belles and the Locust Library are hosting a special meet the Author and Book Signing Event September 15th 2017 at the Locust Library from 2p.m. – 4p.m. Our guest will be Carolina author Rose Senehi. You may know her early novels, Windfall, Shadow in the Grass and Pelican Watch and enjoyed them. The last five novels have centered on Western North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge and Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. She now lives in Chimney Rock and writes about the land and people and the forces that are changing the places they love.
Come and meet the author. Rose will have some of her books available to be purchased and signed. You may also bring your own copy of her books to be signed.
We look forward to see you. Madelyn’s Book Belles
For your local News
Stanly County High School Football starts August 18th with Thomasville coming to Albemarle, NW Cabarrus coming to West Stanly, East Rowan coming to North Stanly, and East Rutherford coming to South Stanly. 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
Event Coordinator, City of Locust
Work Cell: 704-310-1296
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 https://twitter.com/LocustNC
The Locust Government Center
Check out the web site http://www.locustnc.com 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 www.1010wspc.com for the latest happenings in Western Stanly County.
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.
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.Burr@ncleg.net
Report From Raleigh - June 20, 2017
State Rep. Justin Burr secures critical state funds for economic development, tourism, Main Street projects, and job training
infrastructure for Stanly and Montgomery Counties.
With the unveiling of the state budget today, I am pleased to announce that I have successfully secured state dollars for a variety of critical needs in the 67th District. As a chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I have been working along with a number of other House and Senate leaders over the past several months to finalize our state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. We have produced a fiscally responsible state budget for all North Carolinians, and I am especially pleased with our successes for the citizens of Stanly and Montgomery Counties. Not only will Stanly and Montgomery Counties benefit from our tax-cuts and statewide investments into education, public safety, transportation, and state employee pay raises, but our two counties will see direct benefits thanks to financial investments in our local projects listed below.
$2,500,000 for Morrow Mountain State Park
Historically rich and geographically unique, Morrow Mountain is one of the 67th District and the Uwharrie Region's finest assets. This $2.5 million appropriation will fund repairs and renovations throughout Morrow Mountain State Park, such as rebuilding the fishing pier on Lake Tillery. The pier, which was the only handicap-accessible activity in the park, was removed last year after significant storm damage made it unsafe for visitors to use. A portion of these funds will go to renovate and reopen the old concession stand located at the top of Morrow Mountain, which will help revitalize the park. Pools, campsites, and other amenities in the 4,000 acre park will benefit from the funds. Morrow Mountain State Park was the only state park to receive a direct appropriation in the state budget for repairs and renovations.
$500,000 towards the construction of a culinary program
on the main campus of Stanly Community College
I fully support Stanly Community College's plan to establish a culinary school - so long as it is located on the main campus. I strongly disagree with the continued push by some at the College to open a state government-operated restaurant and culinary school in an old building in downtown Albemarle. Government-funded educational programs should not compete with local businesses, which is why the budget prohibits the establishment of an off-campus culinary program. Furthermore, a publicly-subsidized restaurant will severely limit the culinary program's opportunity to sustainably grow and become academically competitive. It is not financially responsible to gamble with taxpayer dollars in order to purchase and renovate an old facility in downtown Albemarle. Rather than simply blocking the proposal for a culinary program, I have been working diligently for several months to allow the culinary program to move forward while addressing the concerns that others and I have about the risky off-campus business venture. Therefore, in order to establish a culinary program on the main campus of the college, I secured $500,000 for the Community College to construct a state-of-the-art culinary facility on the main campus. The funding I secured for the project in the state budget, along with the $1 million the College has already dedicated to establishing a culinary facility, will cover 75% of the projected cost to build a state-of-the-art culinary school on the main campus. If the Stanly County Commissioners will consider matching the state's $500,000 with local monies, the school can fully cover the estimated $2 million cost without having to borrow a dime, and avoiding the inherent financial risk of renovations.
$175,000 towards the construction of the Stanly County
Livestock Arena at the Agri-Civic Center in Stanly County
With this $175,000 commitment I've secured in the state budget, the total amount of funds raised for the project now exceeds the $1 million mark. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with our local farmers and the agricultural community on this and other projects. This state investment will assist in the construction of the planned livestock arena in Stanly County. The Agri-Civic will continue to grow as a hub for farmers, families, and agricultural newcomers from across the region to gather in Stanly County. The development of the arena is a unique tool for our community's farmers to continue to develop and contribute to North Carolina's number one industry.
$100,000 grant to Bridge to Recovery, Inc.
Located in Oakboro, the Bridge to Recovery currently assists individuals in need of addiction treatment services. The $100,000 grant will help Bridge to Recovery expand their services.
Main Street Development Grants
I am excited that we were able to secure funding for four municipalities to assist with their downtown development and infrastructure needs:
Town of Troy - $100,000
Town of Oakboro - $100,000
Town of Biscoe - $50,000
Town of Star - $50,000
I've worked to include these projects in the state budget as a result of local needs or concerns, but this is not an exhaustive list. Aside from appropriating funds in the state budget, the legislative process allows for the special provisions which provide the executive branch with instructions as to how to spend the dollars the General Assembly appropriated, or designated.
Law Enforcement Grants
In 2015, the General Assembly authorized the Governor's Crime Commission to provide grants to local law enforcement agencies in order to purchase body cameras, however, a majority of those funds have sat un-appropriated due to the way in which the law was written. The need is still great and state grants help provide our local law enforcement agencies with critical tools they might not otherwise be able to purchase. This year, I was able to re-write the language for the law enforcement grant program in order to allow the funds to be used to purchase not only body cameras, but just as importantly dash-cameras for the deputies' vehicles. Modern technology can be an incredible asset for law enforcement officers and the public. In the year 2017, it is senseless that law enforcement agencies in our community have to go without these crucial resources. When it comes to our public safety, our police officers and our community deserve the best tools. We also made the grant more attainable for rural law enforcement agencies by reducing the funding match requirement for local entities. I have been working with some of our local law enforcement and government officials to best address this issue and I will continue to work with them to make sure they successfully secure the grant in the upcoming fiscal year.
Require municipalities to use common sense when
constructing state funded sidewalks
In the past six months, I have received numerous complaints about the obstacles, such as mailboxes, protruding from the brand new state funded sidewalks constructed by the City of Albemarle. Like most municipalities in our state, the City of Albemarle receives an annual appropriation from the state to assist with road and sidewalk projects. After paving sidewalks using state funds, the City of Albemarle, used local funds to drill holes in the middle of the state funded sidewalks to place mailboxes or municipal road signs. Aside from compromising the structural integrity of the sidewalks, this resulted in obstacles making sidewalks unusable for many citizens, especially for those with limited mobility or individuals who use wheelchairs. Sidewalks are a public resource for all to use and towns shouldn't take state taxpayer money for poorly planned projects. To prevent this type of wasteful spending in the future, I've placed a provision in the budget which prohibits state transportation dollars from being used for the construction of a sidewalk that would be obstructed by a mailbox, utility pole, fire hydrant, or other similar obstacle that would impede the clear passage of pedestrians on the sidewalk. It is my hope that by adding this provision, we force municipalities to take a step back and put a little more thought into the planning and construction of sidewalks using your state tax dollars.
I expect the budget to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of this week. After both chambers approve of the budget, it will be sent to Governor Cooper, where he has 10 days to either sign or veto the bill. If the Governor chooses neither, it will automatically become law at the end of the 10th day. Should the governor decide to veto the bill, the General Assembly will take the bill back up for a veto override. An override requires 3/5ths of the members present and voting to override the Governor's veto. I fully expect this budget to become law by July 1, 2017.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by phone or email.
Justin P. Burr
North Carolina House of Representatives
67th District - Stanly and Montgomery Counties
Chairman - House Appropriations Committee
Chairman - House Judiciary IV Committee
Dina Long - BurrLA@ncleg.net
Blair Borsuk - Blair.Borsuk@ncleg.net
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
Contact: Rep. Justin Burr
Dina Long - BurrLA@ncleg.net
August 7, 2017
Last week, people all across the United States celebrated the 34th Annual National Night Out. Thousands of communities – big and small, urban and rural – held events so people could get to know their neighbors who serve as law enforcement officers. I’ve always been a huge supporter of this event every year. It’s a great chance to encourage neighborhood camaraderie and help build relationships between law enforcement and the people they protect. The end goal is to make our neighborhoods safer for all.
And, it’s always a lot of fun.
From the parades, cookouts, and games, to the safety demonstrations and discussions, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. But the best part is getting to say thank you to the men and women who serve as our first responders. These heroes work tirelessly to protect our freedoms, keep us safe, respond to emergencies, and represent our communities as loyal friends and incredible citizens. They are the ones we turn to in times of crisis. And they deserve our unyielding respect and gratitude.
Every day, our law enforcement officers leave their homes and put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and enforce our laws. They make sure our roads are safe. They are always there to extend a helping hand for those in need. And they do all of this with courage, compassion and respect. We are so fortunate for their service.
Several weeks ago, I’m sure you saw the story about Asheville Police Department senior officers Carrie Lee and Joe Jones. These two officers made a splash – quite literally – when they responded to a noise complaint and, after finding no laws being broken, joined in on a neighborhood slip-and-slide. Did you read the recent story about the time a Greensboro Police Officer prayed with a man on the side of the street?
There are hundreds more stories just like this that show the compassion of our law enforcement community.
At a time when the police are too often targeted by unfair rhetoric and even violence, we must never take them for granted. They don’t do the job for the glory or the gratitude. But we should never stop trying to give it to them.
That’s one reason why I was proud to support the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (H.R. 1892) which honors law enforcement by permitting the American flag to be flown at half-staff when a police officer, firefighter, or first responder is killed in the line of duty. I was also proud to support the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 419) which makes several changes to Department of Justice programs to supply death and disability benefits to public safety officers and their families. This critical legislation was signed into law in June. It’s an important measure to ensure a law enforcement officer’s family will be taken care of in the tragic event they are killed or disabled in the line of duty.
Until next week,
Member of Congress (NC-08)
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LEE MIDDLETON DOLLS AVAILABLE
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, JLROSS90@hotmail.com. Prices are approx $110 for a design.
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DIALING ANY 800 NUMBER
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
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 .
BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED TO A REP 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!