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Local News

May 25, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Transportation gave the okay for the construction of the 72 unit Locust Grove apartment complex to be built behind CVS, Wendy's, and Advance Auto Store.

Construction has began on a new child care center on Locust Ave. behind West Stanly Fire Department.

A 200+ acre tract of land was bought by Ryan Homes a national home builder who plans to build multi family and single family homes in Locust.  Construction should start right of way on Meadow Creek Church Road.

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

Construction is underway on the new Stanly Funeral Home located at the corner of North Central Ave. and Danita Dr.

The Locust Town Center has updated their plans for the future 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.

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 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.

Another well known national home builder has eyes for Locust and is in negation on site that will bring more homes to Locust.

April 2017

West Stanly Fire Department Fire and Medical Calls Click here.




On May 11th, the Officer Jeff Shelton Foundation held its annual awards dinner and silent auction to honor Stanly County officers and raise money for the Officer Jeff Shelton Foundation. It has become an annual tradition in Stanly County to both honor those currently serving as well as honoring those who served that gave the ultimate sacrifice. As has also become an annual tradition, multiple Locust officers were nominated for awards with two of Locust's finest coming away award winners. 


On the nominee side for the Locust Police Department, Officers Trent Middlebrook and Dwayne Dietz were nominated as Stanly County Officer of the Year. Officer Dustin Wells was a finalist for the officer nominated "Got Your Six" award, and Officer Middlebrook, Officer Kevin O'Connor, Officer Brittany Tucker, and Detective Jeff Shew were finalists for the community nominated "Everyday Hero" award. 


Coming away as award winners for Locust, Officer Dustin Wells was awarded the "Got Your Six" award after being nominated by Officer Hannah Claiborne for his swift response and timely action in assisting her with two suspects in a vehicle discovered to be stolen out of Charlotte. Due to week-long Into Operator Certification training that Officer Wells is currently enrolled in, he was unable to be at the event. Locust Captain Steven Smith accepted the award on Officer Wells' behalf.  


Also, for the second straight year Officer Trent Middlebrook was named as Stanly County Officer of the Year. Officer Middlebrook again led the department in arrests, DWI arrests, and drug seizures as well as playing a vital role in the investigation and arrest of two Locust residents who were discovered to be selling drugs from their residences. Officer Middlebrook also achieved the status of instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and is close to achieving the status as one of the few Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) in the region. Officer Middlebrook also completed his two-year Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in addition to his job duties. 


Stanfield Chief of Police Corie Faggart was awarded the "Everyday Hero" award after being nominated by a member of the community. Albemarle Officer Josh Laws and Oakboro Captain Craig Richards were each awarded the "Heart of a Hero" award, a new award added this year. Officer Laws rescued a man from a burning house in 2016, and Captain Richards resuscitated an Oakboro Post Office employee after they had stopped breathing while at work. 


Honoring those who have served that we have lost on what is the 10th anniversary of Officer Jeff Shelton being killed in the line of duty, Stanly County Sheriff's Detective Jamie Shue was honored posthumously with the Outstanding Career Service award. Detective Shue passed away in March after battling non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His family was in attendance to accept the award in his honor.


Oakboro Officer Damon Smith who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1996 was also honored. Officer Smith's family was in attendance to receive a commemorative "locker box" containing equipment and items Officer Smith used in the line of duty. Some of the items in the box including Officer Smith's service weapon were carried on his uniform on the day that he lost his life in the line of duty. Officer Smith's family was also informed by Oakboro Chief of Police TJ Smith that Oakboro's Police Department building was being named the "Officer Damon Smith Building". 


The Officer Jeff Shelton Foundation was started by Officer Shelton's widow Jennifer to honor Officer Shelton's memory and create a scholarship in his name for criminal justice students. Officer Jeff Shelton was a Locust resident and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer who along with his partner Officer Sean Clarke was ambushed, shot and killed in the line of duty in 2007 during a domestic disturbance call


Detective Jeff Shew

Locust Police Department

186 Ray Kennedy Drive

PO Box 190

Locust, NC 28097









Coming soon to Locust

Locust Planning and Zoning

April 2017

10 New House Permits Tuscano, Pinnacle, Hartsell, True,

Obando, Baskin

2 Remodel

1 Fence

Safe Route to School Project moving ahead. Park portion about 90% complete.

Veterans Memorial Dedication huge success. Thanks to all !!!

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 new Traffic Signal


 Resurfacing NC highway 200 from the Cabarrus County line to Sunset Drive in Locust.  Work will begin sometime between now and the end of the year.  The NC DOT will install the much needed traffic signal at the intersection of West Main Street and Browns Hill Road in late summer or early fall.


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

2016 Stats

Click here.



City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.


Charlotte at night seen from Mission Rd. Locust, NC


For your local News









Stanfield site available for development on Highway 200

So what's new in Stanfield?



"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

    Report From Raleigh - May 11, 2017


    In the final days of April, the North Carolina House of Representatives was busy passing legislation as we inched closer to Crossover Day. "Crossover" is the deadline for most non-appropriations and non-finance bills to pass from one chamber to the other. The House passed 333 bills before the deadline, and the Senate passed 119. Of the 333 bills passed by the 120 members of the House, I was the primary sponsor of 19. I'd like to break down some of my bills which successfully passed out of the House before crossover, and other goals for the rest of the 2017 Legislative session.


    House Bill 100 "Restore Partisan Elections" - HB 100 changes the remaining "non-partisan" judicial races to "partisan" races. The political affiliation of a potential judge should not actively be withheld from voters. By providing all voters with the political affiliation of each judicial candidate listed on the ballot, North Carolinians can vote with a general understanding of each candidate's judicial philosophy.


    House Bill 239 "Reduce Court of Appeals to 12 Judges" - HB 239 reduces the number of judges on the Court of Appeals from 15 to 12 judges through a gradual reduction. In 2000, The General Assembly passed a bill which increased the number of seats on the Court of Appeals from 12 to 15. The move was one of many political maneuvers which influenced the politicization of North Carolina's judicial system. HB 239 is driven by data and reports from the judicial branch's Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The caseload for the Court of Appeals has steadily decreased over the last 10 years, and HB 239 is a corresponding measure to reduce expenditures and maintain integrity of the Court of Appeals.


    House Bills 100 and 239 have already been approved by the Senate and were both vetoed by Governor Cooper, however I was able to secure the necessary votes in the House and Senate to override the Governor's vetoes. Both bills mentioned above are now law.


    House Bill 8 "Even Yr Municipal Election/Towns of Troy/Star" - HB 8 seeks to move the municipal elections for the Towns of Troy and Star from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years. By moving their local elections to even years, we expect greater voter participation in both towns' election. Senator Dunn has a companion bill to HB 8 that I was able to get passed through the House this week. In 2015, I passed a similar bill for all of the municipalities in Stanly County. As a result, there will be no elections held in Stanly County or the towns of Troy and Star in 2017.


    House Bill 151 "Stanly County/Economic Development Commission" - HB 151 seeks to make various changes to the structure of the Stanly County Economic Development Board. The legislation, known as a "local act", affecting the Stanly County Economic Development Board has been in place since 1961 and has been amended nearly a dozen times since the board's creation. HB 151 will pull all of the amendments scattered through 60 years of session laws and the latest EDC modifications, which were requested by the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, into one session law.


    House Bill 160 "Forfeiture of Retirement Benefits/Judges" - HB 160 will prohibit a justice or judge in North Carolina from receiving retirement benefits if the justice or judge has been convicted on impeachment or removed from office for actions in violation of the law. Similar laws already exist for other elected officials in North Carolina and judicial officials should be treated no differently. If a judge or justice abuses their position and is removed from office, that individual should be forced to relinquish their taxpayer funded benefits.


    House Bill 330 "CivPro/Qualified Immunity for Auto Accidents" - HB 330 seeks to provide an automobile driver with immunity in a civil liability case, in the event that a driver injures a protestor or rioter who is actively participating in an illegal protest or demonstration and blocking traffic on a public highway or interstate. The bill does not allow drivers to target protesters intentionally. Law abiding drivers should not face any civil liability if a protester is injured while attempting to illegally block traffic. A driver should be able to protect themselves and their vehicle, passengers and property from attack while driving down the road.


    House Bill 819 "Protect NC Right to Work Constitutional Amendment" - HB 819 will submit an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution to the voters in the November 2018 election. The proposed amendment would add right to work protections to our state constitution. Some right-to-work protections currently exist in our state statutes, but they can easily be repealed by pro-union legislators or a judicial activist. By adding right-to-work protections to our state constitution we solidify these unique protections and make them much harder for pro-union advocates to overturn. No worker should ever be forced to join a labor union or pay a portion of their paycheck to a labor union.


    All of my bills mentioned above, and a number of others, have been passed out of the House. As I mentioned previously, two of the bills are now law and the rest await hearings in the Senate which should take place within the next two months. I have several other bills not subject to the crossover deadline that will be moving through the House in the coming weeks. You can view all of the bills I have sponsored and co-sponsored by visiting my legislative website.


    We have a number of other important issues remaining before us at the General Assembly, with the budget for the upcoming fiscal year being the most pressing. As a Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, I will be working with several other legislators to finalize the 2017 - 2018 state budget over the next six weeks. Thanks to the conservative budget and tax policies implemented by our Republican Majority in the General Assembly over the past six years, North Carolina's economy is strong and our state has been ranked number one in the country for economic competitiveness by Site Selection magazine. We've accomplished a lot in a short period of time, but there is still more work to be done.



          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







     May 21, 2017

    As a child, I was always taught to look for a police officer if I was ever in trouble. I knew that no matter what, I could rely on them and they would try to help me. Now that I’m a father, I am teaching my son Lane the exact same thing – trust and respect the men and women in uniform who serve. Every day, our law enforcement officers leave their homes and put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and enforce our laws; we are so fortunate to have them protecting us. At a time when the law enforcement community is too often targeted by unfair rhetoric and even violence, we must never take for granted their service.
    This past week, I had the chance to recognize the men and women in blue who serve our communities as part of National Police Week. This tradition began in 1962 as a way to honor those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. In honor of National Police Week, the House of Representatives passed several pieces of legislation designed to ensure these brave men and women have the tools they need to do their jobs, keep the public safe, and safely return home to their families.
    As your Congressman, I was proud to support seven different pieces of legislation that will strengthen our ability to protect everyday Americans as well as make good on our promises to provide benefits to those in law enforcement and their families. These bills will help strengthen police capabilities to protect the public by delivering timely resources and streamlining procedures. I also voted to take steps to make sure our promises are kept to police families. One such bill, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act, will reduce inefficiencies to help public safety officers and their loved ones get the death and disability benefits they have rightfully earned throughout their service.
    Additionally, I continued my efforts to be the voice of our nation’s veterans. Too often we hear stories of hardworking veterans struggling to find quality work after ending their career in the military. To help address this, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act provides an incentive for the hiring of veterans as police officers.
    Across the district, I have heard from many of you about your concerns with violence across the country – especially efforts to harm police officers. The idea that someone would target a police officer based simply on the uniform they wear is inconceivable. To discourage such a horrendous act, I voted for the Thin Blue Line Act. This legislation sends the firm and absolute message that attacks against those who serve our communities – law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders – will not be tolerated.
    I’ve always believed that our communities are stronger when we can come together and find common ground. From making sure our roads are safe to extending a helping hand for those in need, police officers enable us to live productive lives free of fear. We must never take for granted the services provided to us by police as well as other first responders.
    I am thankful for all those who have answered the call to serve and protect, and I look forward to continuing my work alongside them to build a better future for all North Carolinians. 
    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.



    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., May 18th - 9:00 SG
    * Thurs., June 15th - 8:30 SG
    * 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

    Special Offer Direct from Red Bridge Golf Club  
    Red Bridge Golf Club and Signet Golf AssociatesYou are next on the tee...a delightful golf experience awaits.
    ​And your next round is free with purchase of the VIP card

    Fast greens and great playing conditions are waiting for you!!
    ​Below Holiday Specials Make It All Possible This Weekend



    ​After 12:00  $36
    ​After 2:00  $24



    ​After 12:00  $36
    ​After 2:00  $24



    ​After 12:00  $36
    ​After 2:00  $25



    After 12:00  $36
    ​After 2:00  $25


    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


    Weekly Specials

    Monday:     $26 all day (not valid on holidays)

    Tuesday:    $12-$12-$12 all day

    Wednesday:-Thursday $29 all day 

    Friday:          $31 before 1:00pm 

                        $27 after 1:00


                          $49 before 12:00 (reg. $55)

                          $36 between 12:00 & 2:00pm

                          $27 after 2:00pm


    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:  5-26-17


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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!