Stanly County Schools Closed Today
LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT WINTER WEATHER ALERT
***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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A Tree Top Publication
J. Bishop, Editor
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.
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 http://www.ncleg.net/house/housepagesite/ 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
Locust Recreation and Parks
Basketball practices began
147 players, 34 volunteers, amongst 19 teams
Breakfast with Santa was successful
157 guests, sold out event
Water leak was fixed.
Winterizing of park was completed
Plans are being finalized for 2018 events
Soccer plans for spring season were coordinated with Oakboro and Midland
Plans for a new tournament style league in spring.
Spring sports registration opened Jan 1
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
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
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
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
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.
See the benefits that vegetables give to your body Click here.
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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See Restaurant Row in the Locust Patch Enter here
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What's Playing Click here.
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.