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Local News

November 25, 2015

Five residential lots were bought by Tuscano Homes in the Locust Town Center and construction has started.

New construction should start on a new doctors office this month across from the Cabarrus Medical Center located off  West Main Street.  A formal announcement should be made within weeks.  (Note county paper work is holding up the start.)

Locust Leaf Collection


It’s almost that time again…..Curbside Leaf Collection!! Over the next 3 months we’ll be conducting curbside leaf collection for all residents within the city limits. The dates will be as followed…….

Saturday December 19th, 2015

Saturday January 16th, 2016

During this event, all leaves must be at curb/roadside and must ONLY be leaves……NO BRUSH!! Collection day will be different this year……we will be collecting on Saturdays. Therefore, have your leaves accessible by 7am on the scheduled dates and crews will work diligently to get all collected as quickly as possible. Just a reminder….please be patient with weather delays. In the past we’ve had delays caused by rainy weather. All involved will be working hard to provide the citizens of Locust the best service available. If you have any questions please contact City Hall.


The Stanly County Board of Education

Plan B


The Stanly County Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to pursue their Plan B for reorganizing the school system to improve the quality of educating the school children in the county. I know this board has worked hard trying to balance fairness with the economic funds available to the system. The final out come is yet to be determined on when and if the plan will be acted on. My concern with the plan is that the strongest growth is occurring in Western Stanly County. Oakboro Elementary School is in Western Stanly County, the school board has already closed Ridgecrest Elementary School located in Western Stanly County. Should the board pursue Plan B and closes Oakboro Elementary School this will leave two elementary schools in Western Stanly County, Locust Elementary and Stanfield Elementary to serve the fastest growing area in the county. I'm sure the board is aware. The concern I have are we cutting off our nose to spite our face? Will this action cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in the next decade having to build new schools in Western Stanly County to accommodate the new growth coming.  Make no mistake people, Charlotte is the 15th largest city in the United States and one of fastest growing metro areas in country. Stanly County is only 24 miles from the center of Charlotte.



The West Stanly Lions Club will sponsor the 2015 Locust Christmas Parade. The parade will be on


The Lions Club is currently seeking participants for the parade. There will also be some beautiful pre-decorated & home designed floats. Line-up and staging will be at Carolina Presbyterian Church on Renee Ford Road. The parade route will begin at the church - to Highway 24/27 to Ray Kennedy Drive and end on Market Street in Town Center.

ALL FLOATS (pre-decorated or home designed), trucks, trailers, tractors, motorcycles golf carts and lawn mowers will enter church parking lot off Hwy 24-27 at Tucker Street and be directed to the staging area.

Other parade participants- officials, float riders, walkers, dancers, singers, etc. will enter church staging area on Renee Ford by using the circle drive in front of church to DROP OFF individuals and exit back onto Renee Ford Road. No parking will be available at the church.

Police, Fire Trucks, Rescue and EMS will stage at Murphy Oil as last year.

For entry information & to register, please contact one of the Lions below:

Kay Howell 704-888-2239

Wayne Sasser 980-581-0340

Scott Efird  980-581-1798

Santa & Mrs Claus will be on the Lions Club Float wishing all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Have fun and enjoy your day!


"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 Town Center Apartments

Whitley Realty Announces New Apartment Community in Locust Town Center

Locust, North Carolina – Whitley Realty, Inc. announced today that they will soon begin construction on a new apartment community in Locust Town Center. These apartments will be a community within a community, offering all the amenities and accessibilities that Town Center has to offer, in an excellent convenient location. Pre-leasing will begin immediately with a completion date in spring of 2016. The Company plans to break ground on August 17th, 2015 with Congressman Richard Hudson, NC State Representative Justin Burr, county officials and officials from the City of Locust in attendance. Phase I of the project will consist of 27 market rate apartments including 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. Phase II will likely include more apartments, retail, office and restaurant space. This project is conveniently located between Charlotte, Concord, Monroe, and Albemarle. While surrounded by these major urban areas within a 15-20 minute drive, Locust offers a small home-town feel and a great place to live, work and play. “We decided to develop this project in Locust and in Locust Town Center because it is something we believe in” said Jerry Burleson, Co-owner of Whitley Realty, Inc. “For many years, we have watched the demand increase for market rate apartments here in Locust Town Center and decided the time is right; the time is now.” Leading in the development and design of the project is Jerry Burleson’s son Joseph, who is making the project become a reality for Locust Town Center. “I’m a millennial by definition and national trends show our generation moving away from home ownership and we wanted to be a part of this trend in our own home town,” said Joseph Burleson. “The design of the building reflects desires from the millennial generation, but also reminds us of Stanly County’s history in the textile business with details resembling a turn of the century mill building,” said Allan McGuire, architect for the project. All units include uniquely spacious floor plans, dramatic 9-foot ceilings, large walk-in closets and private balconies. The kitchens are being designed with modern finishes including granite countertops, designer cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and large pantries for storage. The bathrooms evoke sophisticated upscale living with some dual-sink vanities, granite countertops and shower-tub combinations.

For more information, please contact Whitley Realty, Inc. at 704-982-8915 or visit our website

Locust Police Department



Locust Planning and Zoning

October  2015

6 New House Permits Hucks, True, Tuscano

2 New Signs Flow Yoga, Tuscano

1 Remodel Baucom

Veterans Memorial

Working on Greenway Project

Working with NCDOT on CTP Plan with Red Cross and Stanly County.  See Proposals  Click here.

Sports Information


For information about the City of Locust fall sports and links to register online, please visit

Direct link to City of Locust Sports online registration: . *All City of Locust sports registration is ONLINE!*

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

P.O. Box 190, Locust, NC 28097

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296




Drop-off your boxes at your local collection site

Locust Presbyterian 607 West Main Street


The collection center will be in the Children’s Church room. This is on the end closest to Church Street.

Monday, November 16 – Saturday, November 21

9:00am – 12:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm


Sunday, November 22, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Monday, November 23, 9:00am – 1:00pm


Locust Library 2015 – 2016

Who: Children ages 2 to 5 years

Where: Locust Library

Time: 10:30 am on Mondays

Dates: October 19 & 26: All About Me

November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Occupations

December 7 & 14: Transportation

January 4, 11, & 25: The Arts

February 1, 8, 15 & 22: Animals

March 7, 14, & 21: Nature

April 4, 11, 18 & 25: The Sea

May 2, 9, 16 & 23: Good Citizens


Sign up at the Locust Library or call 704-888-0103




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.



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        



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.



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 at   “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

    Congressman Richard Hudson Addresses EPA Dogma

    As a Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, my top priorities are getting folks back to work, keeping energy affordable, advancing an all-of-the-above energy strategy and reining in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I continue to hear from countless of our neighbors who are concerned with the EPA's overreach and what it means for their jobs, their paychecks and their electricity bills.


    Affordable and reliable electricity is a necessity. It heats and cools our homes, it powers our hospitals so patients can receive life-saving care, it keeps the lights on in our schools so students can learn, and it fuels our businesses to creates jobs and help our economy move forward. Unfortunately, the EPA is threatening to cut the power by restricting access and raising energy costs with its proposed regulations on power plants. That’s why I’m working to protect our community from this harmful EPA regulation and many more like it that could have detrimental economic consequences.


    Under the EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule for existing power plants, also known by the administration as the “Clean Power Plan,” the EPA interprets a rarely used provision of the Clean Air Act to allow the agency to plaster more red tape and set mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) goals for each state’s energy producers that go well beyond reasonable standards for clean air. By proposing this rule, the EPA seeks to fundamentally change how electricity is generated, distributed and consumed across the country. Our state would be required to submit a complex plan in 2016 and must then begin to meet short-term goals in 2020 and a final goal in 2030. If our plan doesn’t satisfy the EPA’s impossible requirements, the EPA would impose a federal plan, which has not yet been established by the administration.


    In North Carolina, we’ve already reduced carbon dioxide emissions significantly. This burdensome rule will only serve to increase electricity rates by nearly 14% without having a significant impact on global emissions. This is unacceptable. We can keep the environment clean while protecting jobs and ensuring energy is affordable, but we have to be reasonable about it.


    The EPA is not only threatening the American dream, but our very livelihood. Businesses and manufacturers of all sizes in our district require reliable power to not only keep the lights on but to keep their operations thriving. The EPA’s pending power plant rule will cause electricity prices to skyrocket for families and businesses alike, forcing businesses to trim elsewhere and leaving hardworking folks with less take home pay and fewer jobs.


    In February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asserted that regulations by the EPA have never cost one job. That is absolutely absurd and demonstrates a myopia that is stunning. Outside of the national debt, the EPA in general and its proposed “Clean Power Plan” specifically represent the greatest threat to the economic prosperity of this nation.


    Instead of making it more difficult for hardworking Americans to succeed – whether it’s getting a job, owning a home, or paying bills – we need solutions that will provide economic prosperity and more opportunities.


    That’s why the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act to empower states to protect families and businesses from rate increases, reduced reliability and other harmful effects of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan.” The bill requires judicial review of the final rule before requiring states to comply. In addition, it ensures that no state will be forced to implement a state or federal plan if its governor finds a significant adverse effect on electricity rates or reliability.


    Our tepid economic recovery continues to sputter along and folks are struggling to get back on their feet, the last thing we need is more regulations that would have no measurable effect on clean air, but would drive up the cost of energy. With the Obama administration’s proposed rule for power plants and many other EPA regulations, Washington wants to rip the rug right from under us. The Ratepayer Protection Act is just one round of our fight to stop the EPA’s job-killing regulations and provide economic stability.



    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
    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.

    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


    11-11-11 Tuesday Is Back!
    Every Tuesday play golf w/cart for $22 and for your enjoyment you can buy a 6-pack of beer for $11

    Thursday Night 9-hole Shootout
    Open to the Public
    5:30 shotgun
    Call the golf shop to sign up

     These Coupons Expire June 17, 2015

    Print this sheet out and present! at registration to receive discounts


    Senior Appreciation Day
    Players over the age of 55 play for

    (no coupon necessary)

    $11 greens fee, $11 cart,
     $11 6-pack special



    Includes GF & Cart

    Ladies Day

    Includes GF & Cart

    Thirsty Thursday

    2-players for
    $1.99 Beer Special


    Before 11:00
    After 12:00
    After 3:00

     Sat & Sunday

    Before 11:00
    (Reg $53)
    After 12:30
    After 3:00


    Print this sheet out and present at registration to receive discounts

    Coupons Expire June 17, 2015

    Don't forget Fathers Day is right around the corner



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


    d : C 28097 : Phone: 704-781-5231

    See Restaurant Row  in the Locust Patch  Enter here

    Shop Local Click Here


    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!