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Saturday, November 16, 2018
Adams Homes has started construction on their model home in Red Bridge. They have options on 40+ lots for their first phase.
Two national builders have locked in sites to build in Locust, as soon as they go public with their new home sites I will publish the plats.
Look for formal announcements on several new projects coming this fall or winter.
The city will take charge of the Christmas Parade this year at the request of the West Stanly Lions who have over the years managed the event. The Lions will help the city on this years parade.
Work continues on 19 luxury apartments in the Locust Town Center.
The City of Locust approved the construction of 172 homes on Pine Bluff Rd. Update, the EPA stepped in and demanded a huge slice of the land to protect a dry creek bed that runs through the property. Meritage Homes is trying to comply with the EPA's demands and also meet the zoning rules set by the City of Locust. Their first attempt didn't comply with current zoning so it's back to the drawing board. Stay tuned for chapter 3. The deal is not dead, but on life support. You can bet something is going to be built on the 70 acre plot and it's not corn stalks.
A red haze may be coming to North East Locust 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. Stanly County is building a water line and fire hydrants in the new business park.
Dirt should start turning on the new apartments behind CVS, Wendy's and Advance Auto located on East Main Street later this year. Beginning to smell like land swapping going on over the site.
Edge Sports pulled permits and has starting back on their new site on Stanly Parkway. (See drawing 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.
A look at Locust 20 Years into the future Click here.
LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME ALERT ADVISORY
Stanly County has again begun
experiencing incidents of unlocked vehicle break-ins in the last couple of
months. These incidents have also included Locust albeit to much less extent
to other areas of the county. Subdivisions where houses are located close
together are the usual target of these types of break-ins. In the Locust
incidents thus far, the loss of valuable items have not been substantial,
however this does not minimize the overall threat and blatant violation in
these types of offenses. The Locust Police Department would like to advise
you of the best way to prevent these types of incidents as well as eliminate
any loss of valuables or the feeling of your personal property being
There are two keys to these break-ins occurring and they are both remedied easily. The first being that the vehicles victimized have all been left UNLOCKED and second, valuables such as electronics have been left in these unlocked vehicles.
Below I have included an advisory I issued back in February of 2012. You will notice the similarities. As I always say, crimes of opportunity such as these are largely eliminated if you eliminate the opportunity. Simply put, keep the valuables out of your vehicles overnight at your homes, and lock your doors.
Everyone stay safe and take care.
VEHICLE BREAK-INS CRIME PREVENTION REMINDER FROM THE LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT
Unlocked vehicle break-ins are
still a major on-going problem in Stanly County. There is no concrete
evidence that these break-ins are all being perpetrated by the same
individual(s) however, the method has stayed consistent. These thieves
are checking for unlocked doors on vehicles and upon finding one, they
search through the cars looking for easily removed electronics such as GPS
devices, firearms, and money including small amounts of loose change.
The perpetrators are even stealing the vehicle if they find a key inside the
vehicle anywhere. These individuals are also not just checking a
couple of vehicles, they are canvassing entire areas looking for unlocked
vehicles to steal from.
The Locust Police Department is reminding all citizens of the following preventative measures:
- Keep all items of value OUT of your vehicle(s), especially in the late night and early morning hours.
- KEEP YOUR VEHICLE(S) LOCKED AND YOUR WINDOWS UP WHEN YOU WILL BE AWAY FROM YOUR VEHICLE(S), EVEN IF YOU WILL ONLY BE AWAY FOR A FEW MINUTES. It is still a good idea to keep your vehicle(s) secure even if you have removed all valuables.
- Record serial numbers for any items of value that have a serial number and keep this information in a safe place you will remember. Stolen items can be identified through serial numbers if they are attempted to be sold or pawned by thieves.
- NEVER EVER keep a key for the vehicle anywhere near the vehicle. Keep any extra keys in secure locations away from the vehicle. Do not assume you have the "perfect" spot for your back-up key.
- If you notice through press sources that one or more individuals has been arrested for vehicle break-ins in Stanly County, do not assume that the problem has been solved. Breaking in unlocked vehicles has become a major problem nationwide and obviously the same individuals are not responsible for break-ins everywhere.
- If your vehicle is equipped with a car alarm and you hear it go off in the late night or early morning hours, call 911 as soon as possible.
- If you observe ANY suspicious activity around your residence or neighborhood (suspicious vehicles, persons, or activity), especially in the late night and early morning hours, you may call 911 for emergencies and (704)986-3700 for non-emergencies in Stanly County, (704)920-3000 for non-emergencies in Cabarrus County sections of Locust. It is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.
The Locust Police Department patrols all neighborhoods and areas in Locust however, be aware that if these individuals are on foot while in neighborhoods, it is easy to hide in the shadows if they notice a vehicle driving down the road. The Locust Police Department is asking all citizens to help us prevent break-ins and thefts in our city. Simple tasks such as locking a door or taking an item inside with you at night can make all the difference in preventing the loss of valuable items, and will help to discourage thieves from committing larcenies in Locust. For more crime prevention and safety tips please contact the Locust Police Department or you may request materials by contacting Officer Shew by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locust Planning and Zoning
For Entry form Click here.
Edge Sports began construction on Commercial Drive in the Meadow Creek Business Park located across from the Stanly Community College Crutchfield campus.
Locust Elementary School Principal Mr. Norman Maples Mid 1950's
Courtesy Locust Historical Society
A short video on and about Locust
West Stanly Fire Department
The History of West Stanly Fire Department 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.
Parks and Recreation
Emily Jones at 704-888-5260 or email at email@example.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).
Locust Police Department
June 2018 Community Report
March and April Arrest report 2018 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, 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.