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Local News

December 12, 2017 

The Locust City Council will hold their December meeting Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Joel Huneycutt Room located in the Locust Government Center, Locust Town Centre.  I will post the Agenda next week.

Dirt should start turning on the new apartments behind CVS, Wendy's and Advance Auto located on East Main Street this month.

Edge Sports is turning dirt on their new site on Stanly Parkway.

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

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 is near completion on their new store located on West Main Street across from Ray Kennedy Drive.  They hope to be open late December.

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 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.

Public Announcement

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 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.

Ransomware Warning!

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Bah Humbug! Belk Bans Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Todd Starnes, December 5, 2017

Belk has given Salvation Army bell-ringers and their iconic red kettles the heave-ho — just in time for the Christmas season.   Read More




Locust Planning and Zoning

November 2017

5 New House Permits Austin, Furr, Ingle, True Homes.

1 Commercial Building Pizza Hut.

2 Remodel Hucks, Crayton.

1 Multi Family Project Locust Grove Apartments.

3 Commercial Up fit Community Baptist, Nikki, Moose.

Working with Developers on Land Projects.

Code enforcement.

Town Center apartments complete. Now Leasing

85 new homes were permitted in Locust for 2016


                                                                Monthly Report

Recreation and Parks

October 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


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


    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


  •                                                                                                                                                                                Decembe 12, 2017
    Last week was an important one in Congress on three fronts for those of us who believe in keeping our promises – we made historic progress for our Second Amendment rights, moved one step closer to comprehensive tax reform, and advanced protections for one of our strongest allies in the Middle East.
    Like many of you, I’m a lifelong sportsman and defender of our Constitution.
    I have always sought to uphold and protect the Second Amendment. One of the threats to the right to protect ourselves is the hodgepodge of concealed carry laws between states. After hearing countless stories – like the story about Shaneen Allen, a single mother from south Philadelphia who legally purchased a firearm to protect her family and spent almost 50 days in jail after she was stopped in New Jersey because that state did not recognize her concealed carry permit – I began fighting to advance national concealed carry reciprocity. 
    I’m excited to let you know that last week, the House passed my Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) by an overwhelming and bipartisan vote, 231-198. This is a simple, common sense solution to affirm that law-abiding citizens who are qualified to carry concealed in one state can also carry in other states that allow residents to do so.
    Leading gun rights organizations called H.R. 38 “the most expansive self-defense bill ever brought to the floor of the House of Representatives” and “the biggest gun rights boost since the ratification of the Second Amendment.” And the American people agree. Did you know that 73% of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity? That’s because H.R. 38 is simply about preventing law-abiding citizens who are legally qualified to carry a concealed gun from becoming criminals when they cross state lines. House Republicans continue to be focused on common sense policies that not only strengthen the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, but also seek to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues.
    As a top priority for me, as well as our president, this vote was a landmark step in keeping our promise to the American people. While this measure now goes to the Senate, I will continue our fight to get this important legislation signed into law.
    Last week also brought significant action on our promise to reform America’s outdated, complicated and confusing tax code. The Senate followed our lead in the House, passing its version of a tax reform plan. I am proud that Congress has now begun finalizing a unified tax reform plan focused on putting more money in your pocket, creating more jobs, producing higher wages and generating more opportunity for all Americans. With our economy on the brink of a full recovery, I am confident tax reform has the potential to help families and businesses across our district and country by boosting our economy.
    Finally, last week I applauded another promise kept by President Donald Trump to move our nation’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Just in time for the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays, this decisive action demonstrates America’s resolve and loyalty to our ally Israel.
    I believe our country is stronger when we follow through on our commitments, no matter what the pressure or obstacles may be.
    Keeping your promises is one of the most fundamental and important lessons I can teach my son Lane. While these are the latest examples of keeping promises and delivering results, they won’t be the last.

    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.



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

    Red Bridge Golf Club
    Black Friday Golf Specials
    November 18-27
    2018 Range Promotion
    Unlimited Range Usage December 1, 2017 Through December 31, 2018
          Yearly Range Ind. Member           $225     Reg. $275
          Yearly Range Fam. Member         $300     Reg. $375
          Yearly Range Ind. Juniors             $200     Reg. $295
          Yearly Range Ind. Guests             $275     Reg. $395
     Range Card Sale - 10 Large Baskets Card 
    Retail $80
            1-Range Card  - Now $59
            2-Range Cards - Now $109 ($54.50 Each)
            3-Range Cards - Now $149 ($49.67 Each)
            4-Range Cards - Now $179 ($44.75 Each)
            Callaway Epic Drivers $425 (Retail: $499.99)
            Team Bags $169.95 (Retail: $199.95)
            Team & Logo Shirts, Hats, & Towels 25% Off
            Non-Logo Shirts 40% Off
            All Golf Shoes 25% Off
    Gift Certificate  Specials
    $50 Certificate, (includes 1-free round Mon-Thursday anytime)

    Weekly Specials and Super Twilight Rates

    Monday:     $29 all day (not valid on holidays)

    Tuesday:    $24 all day

    Wednesday:-Thursday $30 all day 

    Friday:          $32 before 1:00pm 

                        $24 after 1:00


                          $48 before 12:00 (reg. $55)

                       $35 between 12:00 & 1:00pm

                          $25 after 1:00pm


    Print out the above specials and hand in
    at registration to receive your special rates.  Each coupon is good for up to (2) players.
    Coupon expires: October 30, 2017


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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.