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Local News

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:

Population Growth for Some Unlikely North Carolina Municipalities

Posted on  by Jessica Stanford

July 2015 to July 2016 was the largest year of population growth for the state of North Carolina for any single-year period since the last decennial Census (2010). This was also the case for 124 of North Carolina’s municipalities, including several with previously slim or even declining population growth. These places are labeled and represented by colored markers on the Story Map below. The table accompanying each point compares the numeric and percentage growth year-to-year from 2010-2015 with the numeric and percentage growth from 2015-2016.

This map reveals the spatial component that is likely driving growth for many of these municipalities. The blue and purple rings represent buffers – of 15, 20 and 25 miles, respectively – surrounding the boundaries of North Carolina’s most populous cities. Two-thirds of these newly emerging municipalities are less than 20 miles from a major city – well within a reasonable commuting distance. As noted in a previous post, a number of these prospective suburbs and exurbs were among the fastest-growing places in the state. Nonetheless, only future Census population estimates will reveal if these growth patterns can be expected to continue, and for which places. If trends do continue, this likely indicates that residents are choosing to live and commute greater distances from North Carolina’s major urban cores.



Coming soon to Locust

Locust Planning and Zoning

July 2017

8 New House Permits WR Contracting, Hucks, True, Tuscano, Stancil.

3 Remodel Permits

2 Pool Permits

1 Commercial Up fit Bike Shop

Code Enforcement Trash, High Grass

Safe route to School Project 90% complete

85 new homes were permitted in Locust for 2016


                                                                Monthly Report

Recreation and Parks

July 2017



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

Click here.



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

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296


Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!






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

    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

    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


  • 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.


    I am thankful for all those who have answered the call to serve and protect, and I look forward to continuing my work alongside them to build a better future for all North Carolinians.

    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 



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    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.



    d : C 28097 : Phone: 704-781-5231

    Visit the new Golf Discount websites

    to view more visit

    Don't forget our 12-12-12 Tuesday's


    Seniors: $29 Mon-Thur

    Click on Link above to make your tee time

    For Club Repair,  Re-gripping and Special Golf Instruction


    Mark Davis PGA & TPI Certified

    Instruction Offered 7-days a week

    Tel: 704-781-5231


    Go to  or and book your tee time online.  

    2017 Senior Golf Tournament Schedule

    Each event is $39 per player - 4 person Captain's Choice for Seniors (55+ Only) and includes
    Golf, Cart, Range, Prizes & a great meal after the event. Players can sign up a team or sign up as just 1 or 2 players to get paired up. Entry Deadlines are
    3 days before the event by noon.

    * Thurs., Aug. 17th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Sept. 14th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Oct. 19th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Nov. 16th - 9:00 SG

    Red Bridge Golf Club and Signet Golf Associates
    Lights Out Across America
    Golf Tournament
    Monday August 21st
    $36 per Player
    1:00 Tee Time Start

    Lights Out Across America
    Golf Tournament
    Entry $36 per player

    ​Click Below For Full Details & Entry

    This is a Gross Score, individual event with tee times at 1:00 PM local time. Tee times will be provided prior to the event. If handicap is provided, we will provide a Net Score as well.

    Your registration includes one round of golf, cart fees and all benefits of participating in the Lights Out Across America event.
    ​(Sun Glasses Included)

    All golfers that are registered together will be paired together. Individual registrants will be combined randomly with others to make 4-man pairings.

    At this time, registrations are no longer refundable. In the event of inclement weather or other incident impacting play, rainchecks will be offered at the course's sole discretion.
    Must call course for available tee times. Print and 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
    Special Offer Direct from Red Bridge Golf Club  
    Red Bridge Golf Club and Signet Golf AssociatesYou are next on the tee...a delightful golf experience awaits.

    Great Opportunities Await You!

    PGA Championship
    Greens are in great shape, come enjoy the experience

    Monday - Friday
    $31 before 1:00
    ​$24 After 1:00

    Saturday - Sunday Super Special
    Before 12:00 Noon
    $35 Between 12:00 - 2:00

    $24 After 2:00

    ​Coupon Expires 8-21-17
    Must call course for available tee times. Print and present this offer at time of play.
    Not valid with other offers or when holiday rates are in effect.
    Each coupon is good for up to (2) players.
    Call for Tee Times  704-781-5231

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

    Tel: 704-781-5231

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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!