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J. Bishop, Editor
Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Locust Planning and Zoning Board approved a new subdivision Pine Bluff with a 172 new homes planned. The P&Z sent it to the Council for final approval. See Platt Click here.
Be aware of the new traffic signal at the intersection of West Main St. and Brown Hill Rd. in Locust.
The new business park on South Beverly Drive has completed the first building and has started on a second building.
Another national home builder was in town this week and submitted plans for 173 homes to be built in Locust. To date five national builders are in the hunt to start turning dirt.
Dirt should start turning on the new apartments behind CVS, Wendy's and Advance Auto located on East Main Street this summer.
Edge Sports is starting the foundation on their new site on Stanly Parkway. (See drawing below.)
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.
Pizza Hut will try to open their new store next week in Locust at the corner of Locust Ave. and West Main Street. (See Photo below.)
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.
A look at Locust 20 Years into the future Click here.
Cronyism Strikes Again
Lame Duck Justin Burr
Justin Burr plans to introduce legislation SB 531 that will cripple the municipalities of Badin, Red Cross, and Stanfield that will create an economic disaster for Badin and hardship for Stanfield. Burr's plan will strip Red Cross of one parcel of land. In order words his plan will de-annex properties in three municipalities.
In Badin, the town will lose the Albemarle Correctional Institute with an estimated 850 inmates. Badin could lose these 850 people dropping their population to roughly 1300 people. Badin would lose a large share of the county's sales tax which is base on population. Jay Almond Badin Town Manager said; this move by Burr would put us back in the same financial stress last year when our revenue was targeted by changing the method in which the way the county collected sales tax. Stanly County Commissioner Lame Duck Joseph Burleson tried to slide a motion through at the eleventh hour to change the way Stanly County collected the sales tax, which under his plan the AD Valorem would have financially cripple every municipality in the county. The plan failed when the citizens in Stanly County found out and let their voices be heard by the commission body. Mr. Almond stated, “recovering from such a financial loss would be difficult, if realistically feasible at all, we would need to retain a minimum of four public services to remain incorporated and there is a lot to unpack there.”
The Town of Stanfield will fill the financial pinch, losing approximately 35 properties that include Riverstone Park, an industrial development launched by the county. This legislation could cost both municipalities as much as $100,00 in lost tax revenue.
Up Date: Justin Burr pulled the Bill to make changes due to the opposition that came from his home district. He is suppose to resubmit it Monday, June 25th for debate.
Motorist be aware of the new traffic markings in front of Locust City Hall
Clayton Hanson, May 31, 2018
Recently released U.S. Census figures show continuing growth in almost all the towns and cities in the Charlotte region, and one factor driving growth appears to be proximity to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
The Census numbers show Charlotte continues to be one of the nation’s
fastest-growing large cities. The Census population estimate for 2017,
released May 24, showed Charlotte gaining 15,551 in population from 2016 to
2017, putting it seventh in numeric growth among cities of 50,000 or more,
and taking it to 859,035, a 17.4 percent increase from 2016.
For the period from 2010 to 2017, Charlotte added 127,611 people, a 17.4 percent increase.
A sampling of 19 nearby municipalities showed Fort Mill, S.C., had the highest growth rate between 2010 and 2017 – 62 percent.
The eastern Gaston County municipalities of Belmont and Mount Holly – just across the Catawba River from Mecklenburg County – grew rapidly from 2010 to 2017, with a 19.6 percent growth rate for Belmont and 12.5 percent for Mount Holly. Ten miles farther west, Gastonia saw slower growth, 6.8 percent. Even farther west, Bessemer City, Cherryville and Kings Mountain, all more than 22 miles from Charlotte, each had growth of less than 6 percent during the decade.
The Gaston growth figures marked a change from a historic pattern in the region, said a UNC Charlotte geography professor. “Most notable is that growth throughout Gaston County, which has been one of the slowest growing portions of the metro in the past, has begun to accelerate,” said Associate Professor Bill Graves. “New residents have begun to choose Gaston due to relatively low-levels of congestion on I-85, Wilkinson Boulevard and N.C. 27.”
In Iredell County to the north of Charlotte, the population of Mooresville – whose southern edge is only 2 miles from the Mecklenburg County line – grew more than 15 percent from 2010 to 2017, while farther north, Statesville and Harmony, more than 40 miles from Charlotte, had above 7 percent growth.
In the northeast, Concord had a 16.4 percent growth rate for the decade, with Kannapolis growing 14.5 percent. But Rowan County’s Salisbury – 43 miles from Charlotte – grew by less than 1 percent.
To the south, South Carolina's York County saw strong growth in towns along the I-77 corridor, including Fort Mill’s 62 percent growth and Rock Hill, which saw 10 percent growth. In the western part of the county the city of York, 36 miles from Charlotte and not on a major highway, grew a little more than 5 percent. And farther south, the city of Chester, 49 miles south of Charlotte, decreased 3.3 percent from 2010 to 2017.
Locust, 26 miles east of uptown Charlotte but just 10 miles east of the Mecklenburg County line, grew a little more than 8.4 percent. About 15 miles farther east, the city Albemarle grew only 0.4 percent.
Unless otherwise noted, all the distances are measured from uptown Charlotte.
A short video on and about Locust
West Stanly Fire Department
The History of West Stanly Fire Department Click here.
Hurricane Preparedness Kit CLICK here.
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
Parks and Recreation
Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina
Proposed route Click here.
NC DOT Schedule for Traffic Signal in Locust
Trull Construction Co. will install a new traffic signal at the intersection of West Main St. and Brown Hill Rd. in Locust.
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
April 2018 Report
March and April Arrest report 2018 Click here.
City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.
For more information 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, Parks and Recreation Director 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.
Scott 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.