Established July 1998

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For and About

Locust, North Carolina

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J. Bishop, Editor

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Local News

March 27, 2017

Stanly Funeral Home had their Ribbon Cutting on their new site in Locust.  The facility will be located at the corner of North Central Ave. and Denita Dr.

The Locust City Council held their March meeting and had a look at the proposed update for the Locust Town Center.  See update Click here.

As to the many inquires about the cleared land at the square in Locust, nothing has been inked for the site at this time, however there are many investors interested in the site.

Construction has began on the new bathrooms in the Locust City Park.

The Locust City Council approved a land swap that would place the Farmers Market in the Locust Town Center on Market Street.  The Council signed off on True Homes "Whispering Hills" subdivision Phase Three.  Plans call for over 500 homes to be built.

The City of Locust and Stanly Community College have agreed to a partnership that will help develop small business in Western Stanly County. Dr. John Enamait President of Stanly Community College addressed the Locust City Council about working together using their Economic Development Division. The city agreed to provide space in the city hall for college personnel to maintain an office and conference room.

The Locust City 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 Town Center has started road construction and will connect with Smith Street. 

The Locust Greenway project is under construction in the Locust City Park, Lions Club Dr. and Smith Street.

The Locust Veterans Memorial will be dedicated April 8, 2017.

Paving continues in the Locust Park getting ready for this spring and summer events.

This banner is posted in the Meadow Creek Business Park on Commerce Dr. behind the Murphy gas station on West Main St. Locust.  Plans have been submitted for 17,000 sq.ft building.

Locust Planning and Zoning

February 2017


5 New House Permits True, Furr, Bostic, Tate

1 Commercial up fit

1 Storage Building

1 Fence Permit

1 remodel

Greenway to start construction March 1

Veteran’s Memorial almost complete. Dedication service April 8 at 5pm

Working with Land Owners to secure easements from Ardsley Dr to Food Lion

85 new homes were permitted in Locust for 2016




Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina

Proposed route Click here.


NC DOT Paving Schedule for Locust and Stanfield


 NC 200 from 3 lane section east of Sunset Drive to Smith Street, we will skip section at NC 24/27 where pavement joints are.  Work will begin sometime between 11/01/2016 and 6/30/2017.  See map 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

December 2016 News Letter

Click here.



City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.


Email Viruses/Hoax

Recently there have been some local companies that have received messages advising there is an unpaid invoice and when you open the attachment a Ransom ware virus will encrypt all the files and drives that the computer has access. This can cause networks to be down for a considerable amount of time as well as a large loss of data. As always, please be vigilant of any links within messages you receive and with attachments.

When viewing emails please consider the following:

Have I contacted this person?

Is this type of information abnormal to be sent through email?

Does this information pertain to me or my company?

Did I purchase something from this person, or does this sound “to good to be true”?

Also when dealing with phone calls please do not be fooled into letting someone remotely take over your computer.


For your local News









Stanfield site available for development on Highway 200



"Friends of the Stanly County Public Library has donated to the City of Locust,

A Little Free Standing Library

It is located at the front of the Locust Historical Society & Museum. Why not stop and take a book to read while spending time at the Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park. The Little Free Standing Library is for those times when going to the Library will not work. The Friends will maintain the stand with books but should you have books of your own, feel free to leave them. Our deepest appreciation to the Friends of the Stanly County Public Library for this donation to the City of Locust and the citizens of Western Stanly County."


Locust Youth Sports Information


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

    Raleigh: November 21, 2016

    Rep. Justin Burr announced today that he will be accepting page applications for the 2017 long session which begins January 11, 2017. 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 2016 short session had a memorable week. They made new friends from around the state and got to participate in the legislative process,” Rep. Burr commented.

    Eligibility requirements and availability for the House Page Program may be found at the following link:

    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. 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 -










    25th District: Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601

    Gene McInnis








    January 15, 2017


    As your Congressman, this is exactly why I'm working to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient-centered system that lowers the cost of health care while maintaining access and quality. I'm excited to let you know that Congress passed a resolution last week to pave the way to doing just that. This vote is the beginning of the end of Obamacare. We are using a powerful legislative tactic called "reconciliation," which allows a bill to pass the Senate with only a simple majority, instead of the usual 60 vote threshold.

    A lot of you might be wondering, what's the next step? Now that the reconciliation process is unlocked, Congress will craft a bill to repeal Obamacare and advance patient-centered, market-based reforms.  As a leader on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health the epicenter of health care reform, I'm proud to give North Carolina a voice on this important issue. In addition, the Trump Administration will take steps immediately to provide relief from Obamacare.

     too many families, the Affordable Care Act hasn't been affordable at all. Some people are facing double-digit premium increases and high deductibles. Others cant afford the out-of-pocket expenses. The result? People may have health insurance, but not quality health care � and that's not even including the millions of Americans who bear the brunt of the costly individual mandate penalty.

    Rest assured, we're not going to rip the rug out from under folks, and we're not going to ram a thousand-plus page replacement plan into law like Nancy Pelosi did with Obamacare.  As we work to replace Obamacare, there will be a stable transition period so that no one slips through the cracks.

    Now, I recognize repealing Obamacare could be divisive, but why can't the replacement be bipartisan? We're going to do this in an open, thoughtful and transparent way, with input from both sides of the aisle, from doctors and patients, from insurance companies and businesses, and most importantly, from you. This is in stark contrast from 2010 when Obamacare was signed into law without a single Republican vote or buy-in from the American people. Government shouldn't work that way. Neither should health care.

    The way I see it, there are two different philosophies of health care. One philosophy is a government run, once-size-fits-all, 1950s style mandate. For nearly seven years, we've dealt with this bureaucrat-knows-best health care system. It has increased costs, restricted access to quality care, and put bureaucrats between us and our doctors. The other philosophy envisions a system where you're in charge of your own health care, this is the philosophy I believe works best. I think we can harness the power of the free market and introduce more choice and competition to make health care more affordable. My goal is to give you more control of your health care, allow insurance to be purchased across state lines, enact common sense medical liability reform to bring down costs, and maintain protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

    As your voice in Congress, I value your input and I want to hear from you. What do you hope to see in health care reform?

    If you have been impacted by Obamacare, I encourage you to share your story with me here: With President-elect Donald Trump, we have an incredible opportunity to replace this broken law with real reforms that put the focus back where it belongs - on you, the individual patient.

    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

    Washington D.C. Office
    429 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225·3715









    Locust Farmer's Market
    Corner of East Main St. and Vella Dr.
    Thursdays from 12 noon until 6 pm

    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.



    Winter Playing Card
    Buy (1) $75 or (2) for $100

    Card holder receives a $25 rate for 18-holes (Nov. 1st—March 15, 2017)
    7-days a week No restrictions
    (Card holder special: large range bucket $5)

    Buy (1) $75 or  (2) for $100


    10-rounds $280

    Rounds valid

    Weekday anytime


    After 12:00

    Cards expires    May 1, 2017



    Gift Certificate  Specials


    $50 Certificate, (includes 1-free round Mon-Thursday anytime)


    10-Rounds of Golf  (cart fee required)


    $140 (Valid Mon-Sun anytime

    (expires March 31, 2017)

    You are next on the tee...a delightful golf experience awaits.

    ​CARD HOLDERS RECEIVE A $25 ($15 9-hole rate) GOLF RATE ALL WINTER FROM ​NOVEMBER 1, 2016 - MARCH 15, 2017
    ​                                      NO PLAY RESTRICTION, VALID MON-SUN ANYTIME



    Must call course for available tee times. Must 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



    Red Bridge Golf Club : 6801 Gatehouse Rd :  Locust, NC 28097 : Phone: 704-781-5231


    d : C 28097 : Phone: 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!