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Local News

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Locust City Council held their June meeting, Council held a Public Hearing on the Hooper Communities Elm Street Project and heard from a number of speakers mainly from Stanfield both for and against.  The Council approve the project by a vote 7-0 if the builder will increase the lot sizes from 60 feet to 70 feet in width.  Council approved the 2019-2020 Budget.

Look for signs going up on the KFC sight.

Locust issued 25 new home permits in April, the most for one month in the history of the city.

Sewer Construction is well underway for the Riverstone Industrial Park located at Browns Hill Rd. and Nance Rd.

The Locust City Council will continue with going through the necessary procedures with the Elm Street Project.

Adams Homes is building a number of homes in  Red Bridge.  They have options on 40+ lots for their first phase.

Look for formal announcements on several new projects coming this Summer.

Work continues on 19 luxury apartments in the Locust Town Center.

A red haze may be coming to North East Locust this summer as plans are coming together for another large sub-division in the flat woods area.

The new business park on South Beverly Drive has completed the second building with more to come.  Stanly County is building a water line and fire hydrants in the new business park.

Edge Sports has dried in their new sports complex.  (See photo below.)

More new sidewalks are coming to Locust, details to follow. Working on Market Street sidewalks.

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. 

New Shopping Center coming to the corner of West Main St. and Brown Hill Rd. in Locust.


Open letter to the Neighbors against Elm Street Project

For those who question this letter being posted here, the reason is that in response to the “Neighbors against Elm Street Project” site on Facebook that pulled the letter off their site and have butchered the site to keep anyone who disagrees with their statements. They suggested that  "our remarks" stand on their own. Feel free to counter...

I know some of you are still mad at me, the City of Locust, it's Council, Planning Zoning Board, Hooper Properties, the seller and soon with Stanfield. I left the film industry in 1987 parting ways on good terms, our family was involved for over 75 years in the business through three generations and working in North America and Europe. I along with my wife of 55 years made the decision to stay in Locust and not relocated to the Great Lakes area. My passion from visiting Locust and Stanfield since the 1950's was to make this my home. I met my wife who lived in Locust in 1964 and we bought this piece of red dirt we still call home. I have witnessed so many changes over the years in Locust, the one thing that stood out in my mind was the sheer determination of the folks that lived here and their “Can Do Attitude,” I joined the Locust Volunteer Fire Department in the late sixties and have been involved with them ever sense. In 1988 I broke my back in three places and retired as Fire Chief. I spent about four years away from the service and was asked if I would come by and serve on the Board of Directors. Today I still serve on that Board at the pleasure of the dedicated souls that serve the citizens of the West Stanly Fire Department Fire District. I got into city politics back in the 90's and have watched and worked with some of greatest people in Locust and Stanly County. Being a passionate Irishman I have over the course of years had disputes with my colleagues on different issues. The dedicated people that serve on the Locust City Council, Mayor, Planning and Zoning Board, Locust ABC Board, other Boards do it at no cost to the citizens of Locust. We volunteer our time. I must not forget the Locust Lions which I was a proud member for a period of time. They really made things happen in Locust and still today. The Locust and Stanfield Lions merged and are still very active in community affairs. Today Western Stanly County is going through a metamorphoses with growth and either you manage it the best you can with expertise or you bury your head in the sand. I don't want anyone to leave, but that's your decision. With rapid change comes rapid challenges. Locust is being led by the best people at the helm. I have witnessed this change occurring around the greater Charlotte area. I worked for Carolina Counters for the last twenty years of my working life and witnessed the changes in surrounding counties in new home construction. The Elm Street Project is just one project that has played out in neighboring counties count less times. You want to know something else it will play out throughout other communities in Stanly County and surrounding counties. Either accept the change or spend countless nights wide awake worrying about something you can't change and if your pockets are deep enough there is a guy with a shingle hanging out that will take your money and in the end will say “We gave it a great fight and if you give me more money we will carry your fight to highest court in the land. You can't push a rope up hill.


Locust Planning and Zoning

May 2019


10 New House Permits True, SDH, Hucks, Guilnette.

1 Remodel

1 Playground Whispering Hills

1 Fence

1 Pool

Working with NCDOT Market St Sidewalks.

Top 20 US Cities Population Growth Rate from 2010 to 2019

Locust Police Department

2018 Final Stats

Click here.

Locust Police Department Clearance Statistics  2018 Click here.




Whispering Hills

Newest phase of Whispering Hills has started on Mission Church Rd in Locust.  There are plans for more phases in the future.

Site work has started on the new Riverstone Business Park at the corner of Browns Hill Road and Nance Road.


Edge Sports

 Edge Sports building located on Commercial Drive in the Meadow Creek Business Park located across from the Stanly Community College Crutchfield campus.


A short video on and about Locust

West Stanly Fire Department 

The History of West Stanly Fire Department Click here.

Hurricane Season 2019.


Red Bridge Golf Club presents its 10th Anniversary

2 Person Best-Ball Tournament

Friday, July 5, 2019
9:00am Shotgun Start

Entry Fee is
$60 per Player.
Only $50 for Members and current VIP Card Holders.
Entry includes Green & Cart Fee, Range Balls, Lunch & Prizes.

2Person Best Ball Format with Gross & Net Winners
*If you do not have an official USGA handicap, we will attempt to assign a fair handicap and reserve the right to adjust handicap if performance is out of character for that handicap.



Registration Form »


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.




Parks and Recreation

Emily Jones at 704-888-5260 or email at events@locustnc.com

2018 Fall Fest Vendor Applications Click here.


Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina

Proposed route Click here.



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).


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, Parks and Recreation Director 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.

 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.

Best Regards,

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.

Golf Cart battery maintenance click here.

                                                                                                  The proper way of disposing a worn American Flag Click here.






Red Bridge Golf Club will be celebrating 10 Years in July. Please stay tuned for upcoming celebrations and deals for our 10th Anniversary. Please check out June golf specials and upcoming tournaments below. You must print or show a screen shot of this email and present it at check in to receive these special rates.


Print coupon and present at check-in to redeem offer. Valid for up to 4 players. Not valid on holidays. Not valid with any outings, discounts or other offers. Coupons expire June 30, 2019.

Monday $27
18 holes with cart
(coupon required)

Tuesday $24
18 holes with cart
(no coupon required)

Wed & Thurs $29
18 holes with cart
(coupon required)

before 2:00pm
$29 after 2:00pm
18 holes with cart
(coupon required)

before 12:00pm
$39 after 12:00pm
$29 after 2:00pm
18 holes with cart
(coupon required)

before 12:00pm
$39 after 12:00pm
$29 after 2:00pm
18 holes with cart
(coupon required)

Play in our 10th Anniversary 2-Person Best Ball Tournament on Friday, July 5, 2019
and our 2nd Annual Easy Day Tournament on Saturday, July 13, 2019.


Our Monthly Senior Scramble is also on the calendar for Thursday June 20, 2019 for a
9:00am shotgun start. Please contact Mark Davis in the pro shop at 704-781-5231 to register.


"Great track. Greens were outstanding. Very pleased with the course."

-- D. Hopkins --

"Great experience...the course was fun and challenging. I have played a lot of courses in my travels and what a pleasant surprise."

-- R. Bowley --

"Very scenic course! Some very neat and well shaped holes! Very challenging par fives. Greens are perfect! Loved this course!" 

-- Bill --

Book online at www.redbridgegolfclub.com or call 704-781-5231 for your tee times!


See your home town merchants on page 2

Locust Patch page 2 CLICK here.