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Local News

March 28, 2015

The planned opening for the new Dairy Queen at the corner of West Main St. and Meadow Creek Church Rd. has been moved back to late May or early June. 

The city was contacted about a yogurt store opening in the West Main Plaza beside of Tailgators Sports Bar.  Things are in the planning stage for start up in the spring when the weather improves and ground dries out in Locust. 

Despite the negative growth in Stanly County, Locust continues to have a positive growth rate as shown in the figures below.




Hey gang, as you may have seen in the Weekly Post this week, Locust and other parts of Stanly County (specifically Western Stanly County) are again seeing some occurrences of unlocked vehicles being broken into. I apologize that I haven't updated you sooner, but this is a similar advisory I've issued many many times before.

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.


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



Officer Jeff Shew
Locust Police Department
186 Ray Kennedy Drive
PO Box 190
Locust, NC 28097


Locust Planning and Zoning

February 2015

4 New House Permits True Homes, Jeff Newton, Homes at Redbridge.

2 Remodel Permits

Watch for Me NC Webinar with Parks and Rec

Veterans Memorial Project

Working with NCDOT on greenway project

Code Enforcement, Signs




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.

See our March Schedule Click Here.



The City of Locust has a Twitter Account at




Click here.







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        



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. 


New 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.



Roger Hypes will be sharing some human interest stories of people, events, and places of our Locust community.


One of the definitions of community is the area itself; people with common interests living in a particular area. The Remember When… column should help us better understand the history, people and happenings of Locust, the place we call home.


Remember When…will help us all to take the time out of our busyness to reflect, reminisce, think back, recollect, go over in the memory and hopefully, be able to share a smile of a memory to make us better appreciate the present.  Take a deep breath, lay in the grass and look up in the sky of the cloud shapes, or the stars at night.


I would ask that if you have an event, a crossroads, a person that has helped create the history of Locust, get in touch with Roger Hypes (   “Remember When…” will not be in every week update of Locust Patch, but when stories are available and to give the story the value it deserves.  Be thinking as I feel this will be a good way for all of us to appreciate what we have, and where we live.







  • North Carolina House of Representatives
    Rep. Justin P. Burr
    1315 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
    (919) 733-5908

    JBP Report from Raleigh 



          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


          Legislative Assistant:

          Dina Long -










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

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601











    FJune 8, 2014


    Richard Hudson

    Member of Congress (NC-08)



    Concord Office
    325 McGill Ave, NW
    Suite 500
    Concord, NC 28027
    Phone: (704) 786·1612
    Rockingham Office
    1015 Fayetteville Rd
    Rockingham, NC 28379
    Phone: (910) 997·2070
    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.


    Play Red Bridge Golf & Country Club



     We have finalize the member events for 2015 and want your feedback from the list below.

    April:       Match Play championship begins
    May:        Thursday shootout starts
    May:         Member-Member
    August:    Club Championship
    Sept:         Member-Guest
    October:   Couples Championship
    November:  3-person Turkey Scramble

    Jonathan Snyder
    General Manager



    At discounted prices

    10-10-10 Tuesday Is Back!

    Every Tuesday play golf w/cart for $20 and for your enjoyment you can buy a 6-pack of beer for $10

    March Specials

    These Coupons Expire March 29, 2015

    Print this sheet out and present at registration to receive discounts


    Seniors play for $26, anytime

    Guest plays for $29


    (no coupon necessary)

    $10 greens fee, $10 cart,
     $10 6-pack special



    Includes GF & Cart

    (no coupon necessary)
    2-players for
    All Day Special


    Before 11:00
    After 12:00

     Sat & Sunday

    Before 11:00
    After 12:00


    Print this sheet out and present at registration to receive discounts

    Coupons Expire March 29, 2015

    We look forward to seeing you at the course.

    Red Bridge Golf & Country Club








    New Winter Membership Option

    Includes (2) Charlotte Hornets Tickets


    November 1st thru March 31, 2015

    $500 (One time fee)

    Unlimited Greens Fee 7-days a week

    Cart Fee Required


    Jonathan Snyder
    Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    Read what Red Bridge customers have commented on Golf Now!

    Best of the best in the Charlotte NC area

     Posted by: u000006664432, On August 7, 2014, From: Charlotte

    This course is as good or better than Olde Sycamore and Ballantine. Being built more recently it drains better than the others when abundant rain falls on the area. It is among nature, no noise, no house just deer, flowers and birds. It is hilly, long and rather difficult especially the first time you play. It is extrem! ely well kept. It is outside the town of Charlotte BUT the roa! d (24/27 , Albermale) is never crowded so it does not take more than 1/2 hour to get there.

    Great course perfect conditioning

    Posted by: u00000418448, On August 2, 2014, From: Concord NC

    Have played there many times it seems like the condition is better every time I play



    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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    Grant Hartsell Masonry LLC

    Specializing in Brick, Block, Stone and a Good Job

    Call 704-888-6730, 980-581-0237 or DC 150*5*5158








    The West Stanly Business Association is a group of local business owners who meet on the first and third Wednesday, of every month at 12 noon until 1:00 pm at Stanly Community College in the Honeycutt Room. Lunch is $5.00 per person, annual dues are $35.00 per company. Our main focus is to discuss the issues in the community related to local business: marketing ideas and strategies, small business issues, community development issues and the like. Most meetings involve a guest speaker to discuss pertinent issues. We welcome all business owners in and around Locust, Oakboro, Red Cross and Stanfield. Business owners in Midland are also welcome to join us as we share services even though we are in different counties. This is an open forum for the exchange of ideas related to local business. So come on down and join in. We just might be what you have been waiting for!
    For more information, please feel free to contact Mike Harwood at the Bank of Stanly

    What's Playing Click here.




















    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.


    It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA .

    Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure
    - and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale .


    Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to
    only US phone reps from this day on.

    Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of
    US jobs that would need to be created ASAP.


    If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10
    people to consider doing this - see what I becomes an
    exercise in viral marketing 101.

    The goal here is to restore jobs back here at home -
    not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep.

    You may even get correct answers, good advice, and solutions to your
    problem - in real English.









    Did you know?  Locust residents with recycling rollcarts average approximately 30-40lbs of recycling each collection per household  totaling 400lbs on annual basis!