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Sunday, August 19, 2018


Two national builders have locked in sites to build in Locust, as soon as they go public with their new home sites I will publish the platts.

Look for formal announcements on several new projects coming this fall.

The city will take charge of the Christmas Parade this year at the request of the West Stanly Lions who have over the years managed the event.  The Lions will help the city on this years parade.

A builder has started on 19 luxury apartments in the Locust Town Center.

The City of Locust has approved  the construction of 172 homes on Pine Bluff Rd.  Meritage Homes plans to start this fall on the project.   See Platt Click here.

Be aware of the new traffic signal at the intersection of West Main St. and Brown Hill Rd. in Locust.

The new business park on South Beverly Drive has completed the first building and has started on a second building.

A national home builder is working on plans for 173 homes to be built in Locust.  To date six national builders are in the hunt to start turning dirt.

Dirt should start turning on the new apartments behind CVS, Wendy's and Advance Auto located on East Main Street this summer. 

Edge Sports is starting back on their new site on Stanly Parkway.  (See drawing below.)

Meadow Creek Business park with have two new business coming, a pool chemical distribution company and sports complex.

More new sidewalks are coming to Locust, details to follow. Working on Market Street sidewalks.

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. 

A look at Locust 20 Years into the future Click here.

Four Candidates have filed to run for Locust City Council and Mayor Steve Huber is running again for his seat unopposed.


Closer to Charlotte? Faster growth

Clayton Hanson, May 31, 2018

Recently released U.S. Census figures show continuing growth in almost all the towns and cities in the Charlotte region, and one factor driving growth appears to be proximity to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.  

The Census numbers show Charlotte continues to be one of the nation’s fastest-growing large cities. The Census population estimate for 2017, released May 24, showed Charlotte gaining 15,551 in population from 2016 to 2017, putting it seventh in numeric growth among cities of 50,000 or more, and taking it to 859,035, a 17.4 percent increase from 2016.
For the period from 2010 to 2017, Charlotte added 127,611 people, a 17.4 percent increase.

A sampling of 19 nearby municipalities showed Fort Mill, S.C., had the highest growth rate between 2010 and 2017 – 62 percent.

The eastern Gaston County municipalities of Belmont and Mount Holly – just across the Catawba River from Mecklenburg County – grew rapidly from 2010 to 2017, with a 19.6 percent growth rate for Belmont and 12.5 percent for Mount Holly. Ten miles farther west, Gastonia saw slower growth, 6.8 percent. Even farther west, Bessemer City, Cherryville and Kings Mountain, all more than 22 miles from Charlotte, each had growth of less than 6 percent during the decade.   

The Gaston growth figures marked a change from a historic pattern in the region, said a UNC Charlotte geography professor. “Most notable is that growth throughout Gaston County, which has been one of the slowest growing portions of the metro in the past, has begun to accelerate,” said Associate Professor Bill Graves. “New residents have begun to choose Gaston due to relatively low-levels of congestion on I-85, Wilkinson Boulevard and N.C. 27.”

In Iredell County to the north of Charlotte, the population of Mooresville – whose southern edge is only 2 miles from the Mecklenburg County line – grew more than 15 percent from 2010 to 2017, while farther north, Statesville and Harmony, more than 40 miles from Charlotte, had above 7 percent growth.

In the northeast, Concord had a 16.4 percent growth rate for the decade, with Kannapolis growing 14.5 percent. But Rowan County’s Salisbury – 43 miles from Charlotte – grew by less than 1 percent. 

To the south, South Carolina's York County saw strong growth in towns along the I-77 corridor, including Fort Mill’s 62 percent growth and Rock Hill, which saw 10 percent growth. In the western part of the county the city of York, 36 miles from Charlotte and not on a major highway, grew a little more than 5 percent. And farther south, the city of Chester, 49 miles south of Charlotte, decreased 3.3 percent from 2010 to 2017.

Locust, 26 miles east of uptown Charlotte but just 10 miles east of the Mecklenburg County line, grew a little more than 8.4 percent. About 15 miles farther east, the city Albemarle grew only 0.4 percent.

Unless otherwise noted, all the distances are measured from uptown Charlotte.

Charlotte is 3rd Fastest Growing Big City in United States
May 24, 2018


Locust last Century

Locust Uptown 1980's


A short video on and about Locust

West Stanly Fire Department 


The History of West Stanly Fire Department Click here.

Hurricane Preparedness Kit CLICK here.


Habitat for Humanity: Yard Sale

We are excited to be partnered with 1st Presbyterian Albemarle and 1st Presbyterian Norwood for the next Stanly County Habitat build sometime later this fall. Habitat for Humanity is a reputable international non-profit that fights poverty by helping people in need achieve affordable housing and home-ownership. Our goal is to raise $5000.00 for Habitat and this build project. We need your help with spreading the word and collecting items to sell in a big yard sale on the front lawn on Sept. 15th.  Please contact Jane Blackman (210) 889-7932 or Chris Fish (704) 451-5329 to schedule a time for item drop off or to volunteer to help with the sale. Working on site on a Habitat build is a very fun and rewarding experience, and a great way to invite people into the life of our church. If you are interested in joining one of our LPC construction crews please let Evan or Chris know--no experience needed.

Amy B. Bates


The N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has awarded a $950,000 Grant to Riverstone Business Park located between Browns Hill Rd. and Reneeford Rd. The grant will be used to extend water and sewer into the park. Plans call for a 50,000 square foot building to be built on the site. Stanly County Manager Andy Lucas thanked the NC-RIA for their support. The site was chosen because it is the most suitable for industrial growth in Stanly County. The site is located 12 miles from I-485 and 45 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The site is two miles from Highway 24-27 that runs thru Locust, and the county water system and the Locust Sewer system, it also has assessability to Piedmont Natural Gas and Broad Band fiber from Highway 24-27 in Locust.



Locust Planning and Zoning

  July 2018

9 New House Permits Furr, SDH, Hucks, Hartsell

1 Commercial Upfit Fit Fresh Kitchen

1 Fence Permit

Working on Market St Sidewalk project

Working with Developers on several projects.

153 new homes and apartments units were permitted in Locust for 2017


Parks and Recreation

Emily Jones at 704-888-5260 or email at events@locustnc.com


Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina

Proposed route 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

June 2018 Community Report

Click here.

March and April Arrest report 2018 Click here.



City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.





For your local News

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, Parks and Recreation Director 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 https://twitter.com/LocustNC




The Locust Government Center



Check out the web site http://www.locustnc.com 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 www.1010wspc.com for the latest happenings in Western Stanly County.

Best Regards,

Scott 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.


















Locust Patch page 2 Click here.