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September 21, 2017

The Locust City Council held their September meeting.  There were a number of items on the Agenda the Public Hearings were made regarding sewer issues, pump station, and the Brunch Bill.  Three people opposed it and no one spoke in favor for the Brunch Bill.  Council memebers expressed their thoughts on the matter and took no action.  In other matters Tracy Davis addressed the Council asking for their support for Ester House a place for battered women.  Dan Davis with League of Combat Wounded Veterans addressed the Council regarding parking signs being placed for Combat Wounded Veterans. Duke Energy has requested a (right of way) on Pine Bluff Drive for future developement in that area.  The Locust EDC will meet later this month.

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.  See photo listed down in the page.

For those readers including me, that wonder about the concrete island that has been erected at the intersection of Smith Street and North Central Ave. The NC DOT calls it a “Refuge” island where pedistrain traffic can wait to cross Central Ave. from sidewalk to sidewalk.

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 will start construction on their new store in Locust at the corner of Locust Ave. and West Main St. as soon as the land is cleared.

More new home construction should start in the Locust Town Center when the Duke Energy completes their work on the new paved streets.

Construction is well underway on the new 60 unit apartments in the Locust Town Center.

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

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.  

The Locust Greenway project in the Locust City Park, Lions Club Dr., North Central Ave. and Smith Street is near completion.

Look for another another multi family project to start sometime soon in uptown 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.





Looking at growth rates in the Charlotte region

 Between 2015 and 2016, the pattern is clear: Towns clustered next to Mecklenburg County topped the list. The region’s top growth rate for the year, 9.44 percent, was in Fort Mill, S.C. Other hot spots of growth were Union County’s Waxhaw (5.07 percent growth), Huntersville (4.04 percent), Cabarrus County’s Harrisburg (3.4 percent) and Locust in Stanly County (3.36 percent). - See more at:

Population Growth for Some Unlikely North Carolina Municipalities

Posted on  by Jessica Stanford

July 2015 to July 2016 was the largest year of population growth for the state of North Carolina for any single-year period since the last decennial Census (2010). This was also the case for 124 of North Carolina’s municipalities, including several with previously slim or even declining population growth. These places are labeled and represented by colored markers on the Story Map below. The table accompanying each point compares the numeric and percentage growth year-to-year from 2010-2015 with the numeric and percentage growth from 2015-2016.

This map reveals the spatial component that is likely driving growth for many of these municipalities. The blue and purple rings represent buffers – of 15, 20 and 25 miles, respectively – surrounding the boundaries of North Carolina’s most populous cities. Two-thirds of these newly emerging municipalities are less than 20 miles from a major city – well within a reasonable commuting distance. As noted in a previous post, a number of these prospective suburbs and exurbs were among the fastest-growing places in the state. Nonetheless, only future Census population estimates will reveal if these growth patterns can be expected to continue, and for which places. If trends do continue, this likely indicates that residents are choosing to live and commute greater distances from North Carolina’s major urban cores.



Coming soon to Locust




Locust Planning and Zoning

August 2017

5 New House Permits True, Joyner, Huber

3 Permits Remodel Hartsell.

1 New Commercial Permit O’Reilly’s Auto

2 Sign’s

Code Enforcement High Grass

Safe Route to School Project 98% complete.

85 new homes were permitted in Locust for 2016


                                                                Monthly Report

Recreation and Parks



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.








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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.




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The Locust Government Center




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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


  • September 17, 2017



    You don’t often hear about things in Washington running on schedule. Most of the time, you hear about impending deadlines and closing windows of opportunity. This past week in Washington, however, House Republicans passed our government funding package for FY 2018, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018.


    For the first time in nearly a decade, the House passed all 12 of our appropriations bills on time.


    While I’m pleased to have achieved our goal of getting this package through the House, I’m even more proud of the fact that it is full of conservative measures and top priorities to reform the way Washington works. For example, I have long said we can’t fix our immigration system until we secure our border. Within this package, we have committed funds not only to crack down on illegal immigration, but also to fund the wall and finally start tackling border security.


    We have also included the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs and given our service members a much-deserved pay raise—the largest in eight years. And we are shoring up our national security by providing $789.7 billion towards readiness and training, missile defense and updated military infrastructure. Unfortunately last week, this issue came to the forefront when seven soldiers were injured and one was killed in a training accident at Fort Bragg. Renee and I offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida.


    While the investigation is ongoing, it remains clear that our military is facing a serious readiness shortfall because of Washington’s failure to ensure our warfighters have the resources they need. We must continue to work to address this and rebuild our military.


    Further, we are protecting the sanctity of life here at home by defunding Planned Parenthood and enforcing the Mexico City Policy abroad. We are prohibiting both the closure of the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay and the funding for any facility within the U.S. to house detainees. And we are preventing funds from being used to further implement Obamacare rules that are strangling our health care system.


    We took this opportunity to roll back many other job-killing regulations from the Obama administration, including the Waters of the U.S. rule, the fiduciary rule, and Dodd-Frank regulations.


    We know that small businesses – not the government – create jobs, and by removing these harmful regulations, we can let our small businesses do what they do best.


    I was able to examine the effects of job-killing regulations on small business owners during an Energy and Commerce hearing this week where we considered the common sense RPM Act introduced by Representative Patrick McHenry and myself. Being from Concord, arguably the motorsports heart of the country, I was able to speak on behalf of the small businesses, race teams and fans that make up our racing industry.


    As you may know, last year after I confronted the EPA Administrator, she dropped a proposed regulation that would have outlawed the modification of vehicles to be used for racing and threatened a $1.6 billion a year industry. However, the RPM Act is still needed to guarantee the withdrawal of the EPA’s proposal remains permanent.


    There is still more work to do to rein in our spending and limit the size and scope of the federal government, but this is a step in the right direction. I’m committed to working with my colleagues to deliver conservative wins, prioritize our tax dollars and get our country back on track. 


    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 




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    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

    Fall is here and the course is in great shape, come experience some great golf
    Senior Golf Tournament

    September 14th

    Details Below

    Each event is $39 per player - 4 person Captain's Choice for Seniors (55+ Only) and includes
    Golf, Cart, Range, Prizes & a great meal after the event. Players can sign up a team or sign up as just 1 or 2 players to get paired up. Entry Deadlines are
    2-days before the event by noon

    Tel: 704-781-5231

    Visit the new Golf Discount website

    to view more visit

    Don't forget our 12-12-12 Tuesday's



    $29 Mon-Thur

    Click on Link above to make your tee time


    Go to  or and book your tee time online.  

    2017 Senior Golf Tournament Schedule

    Each event is $39 per player - 4 person Captain's Choice for Seniors (55+ Only) and includes
    Golf, Cart, Range, Prizes & a great meal after the event. Players can sign up a team or sign up as just 1 or 2 players to get paired up. Entry Deadlines are
    3 days before the event by noon.

    * Thurs., July 20th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Aug. 17th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Sept. 14th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Oct. 19th - 8:30 SG
    * Thurs., Nov. 16th - 9:00 SG



    Weekly Specials

    (College students play for $21 Mon-Friday, After 2:00pm, College ID required)

    Monday:     $29 all day

    Tuesday:    $12-$12-$12 all day (coupon not required)

    Wednesday: $29 all day 

    Thursday:      2-for $50 (coupon required)

    Friday:          $33 before 1:00pm 

                        $27 after 1:00


                          $48 before 12:30 (reg. $55)

                          $36 between 12:30 & 2:00pm

                          $25 after 2:00pm


    Print out the above specials and hand in
    at registration to receive your special rates unless otherwise noted.  Each coupon is good for up to (2) players.
    Coupon expires:  9-18-17


    Tel: 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.