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Local News

October 20, 2017

Locust is getting a fourth drug store in West Main Plaza, Moose Pharmacy, they are looking at a late November opening.

Meadow Creek Business park with have three new business coming, a pool chemical distrubution company, sports complex, and car wash.

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. 

More new sidewalks are coming to Locust, details to follow.

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 has started site work on their new store in Locust at the corner of Locust Ave. and West Main Street.

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

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 another multi family project to start sometime soon in uptown Locust.


Locust Planning and Zoning

September 2017

4 New House Permits Victory, Pinnacle, Tuscano.

3 Fence Permits

2 Pool Permits
1 Sign Permit Moose Pharmacy

Code Enforcement Public Nuisance.

Safe Route to School Sidewalk Project almost complete only a few Punch list items. Also, was able to repave Lions Club Dr in this project.

85 new homes were permitted in Locust for 2016


                                                                Monthly Report

Recreation and Parks

September 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 September 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


  • October 16, 2017
    Right now, the opioid epidemic is ravaging our nation. Just last month, the New York Times noted that opioid and heroin addiction is killing more people per year than the HIV epidemic did during its peak in the nineties.
    Did you know that here in North Carolina we have four of the top 25 cities most affected by the crisis?
    The statistics are staggering, but as I travel across the district, I have seen the faces and heard the stories that accompany them. One particularly devastating story has stuck with me from a man I met while touring Bridge to Recovery in Stanly County. He injured his back on the job and, just like so many others, was prescribed an opioid following his surgery. He told me he vividly remembers the moment he became addicted the first time he took one of these medications. Within a year, he was a full blown heroin addict. He has since recovered and now mentors addicts through treatment. While this story had a happy ending, we know all too well that so many others end in tragedy.
    As Representative of Fort Bragg, Iíve seen the devastating effects this epidemic has on our military community. Too many soldiers and veterans have become addicted after being prescribed opioids for injuries sustained in combat or in training. One tragedy is the VA does not have enough inpatient beds to treat every veteran and so oftentimes veterans go without help and are forced to self-medicate by using opioids found on the black market. This is outrageous and itís unacceptable. We need to find real solutions so we can put an end to this heartbreak.
    As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I was able to share this story during a bipartisan hearing held last Wednesday. This hearing was part of our ongoing work to address this crisis. I am proud to have worked last Congress to pass both the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act. Not only did these measures provide additional resources to combat the epidemic, but they also focused resources and gave more control to local folks who are on the front lines. One initiative established an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and how it is prescribed.
    These laws have made huge steps forward, but it is clear we have much more work left to do. 
    One idea Iím working on is expanding access to safe ways to dispose of prescription drugs, particularly opioids. DisposeRX is a company in our district that manufactures a powder that mixes with water inside the pill bottle and renders any unused opioids not only inaccessible and inextricable, but also bio-degradable. It is innovative ideas like this that we need to explore. I look forward to working with colleagues on the Committee to continue to work on treatment and prevention to once and for all put an end to this opioid epidemic.
    Two important pieces of the puzzle to putting a stop to this crisis are education and awareness within our local communities. Thatís why I wanted to let you know about an upcoming opportunity for you to help. The DEAís National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 28. This is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of excess prescription drugs. And, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of the opioid crisis and to educate our friends, family members, and neighbors about the potential for abuse of medications.
    To find a National Take Back Day collection site near you, visit I hope youíll join me this Take Back Day as we work together to combat the opioid crisis. You can contact my office for more information at 704-786-1612.


    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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    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.