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January 27, 2015

The City of Locust has a drop off spot for West Stanly Christian Ministries in the Locust City Hall.  City Hall is opened from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

The New NAPA store is open beside of Dominos Pizza in the Food Lion shopping center,  Work will begin is several weeks on the new Dairy Queen opening in April on West Main Street.

SCS considers closures at Norwood, Oakboro, East Albemarle

January 27, 2015

Ritchie Starnes, News Editor Stanly News and Press


School leaders appear poised to embark on a plan that would close three elementary schools while eventually offering two traditional high schools and replacing AHS with a magnet.

The Stanly County Board of Education met in a work session Monday at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to further discuss the pros and cons of facility consolidation and redistricting. By consolidating facilities, school officials believe proceeds could then be reallocated toward bolstering academic programs throughout Stanly County Schools. 

A majority of board members seem to believe consolidation and redistricting will free funds that could be used for advanced educational courses and address the challenges of a shrinking enrollment and aging facilities.

It’s our job to make our school system better,” board member Mitzi Almond said. “We shouldn’t just sit back and do nothing.”

Board members heard Superintendent Terry Griffin outline two plans, both that call for consolidation and redistricting. Plan A calls for the most dramatic changes and requires two yearlong phases, but also provides greater dividends in terms of added educational programs. It also appears to be the most favored plan among board members.

I think plan A is the most exciting,” Todd Swaringen said. “As a parent and a business person, this is the most excited I’ve been for the children.”

Facilities that house Norwood, Oakboro and East elementary schools would close, requiring student reassignment. Norwood and Oakboro are considered by leaders to be in the greatest disrepair, thus expendable.

Plan A would ensure the system’s elementary school children would be placed in newer, safer facilities while also maximizing capacity. 

East’s students would be reassigned among Millingport, Badin, Aquadale and Endy In the second phase, South Stanly Middle would become Norwood Elementary and South Stanly High School would become South Stanly Middle.

During phase one students at Albemarle High School would be reassigned to the high schools of North Stanly, South Stanly and West Stanly. 

By year two, plan A calls for SCS to be home to two traditional high schools, North Stanly and West Stanly, as well as a Stanly Middle College Magnet. The specialty high school would be housed at the present day Albemarle High.

Consolidation and redistricting would allow for $2.6 million to be reinvested into the system’s academic curriculum during a time when federal, state and local funding has been steadily declining.  

The magnet school would offer academies for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), performing arts and design, information technology and various honors and advanced courses. 

All of the high schools would have added honors and advanced courses. 

Plans also call for STEM courses to be introduced at the elementary and middle school levels. 

News of the bolstered academics pleased most of the board members. They, too, preferred the system add more academic options.

I, as a parent, am not satisfied with our programs offered,” Almond said. 

Plan B also calls for nine elementary and four middle schools. Where it differs from plan A, however, is that it would support three traditional high schools with students at Albemarle High being reassigned among the three. Albemarle High School would become Albemarle Middle and AMS would become East. 

Lonnie Chandler, who previously rejected the idea of school closures, agreed with the idea of consolidation and redistricting.

I think we need to do something as soon as possible,” Chandler said. 

Not all board members supported the plans Griffin presented. Mike Barbee was the most vocal critic.

I think you’re going to have a big problem by closing those elementary schools,” Barbee said. 

He also questioned the reported academic advantages.

Only a few are going to benefit. Most are not going to benefit,” Barbee added.

He also argued that fewer students would have access to athletics than in the present format.

The board has yet to hear a transportation analysis, which figures to be a critical element with redistricting. 

Griffin said she hopes to have the data by the board’s regularly scheduled meeting next week.

Board members are eager to learn how long bus rides will be for reassigned students.

Selling the concept of consolidation and redistricting also begins next month as school leaders will meet with community officials at Town Hall meetings, followed by public hearings in March. 

Historically, the idea of reassignments and school closures have not been well received among parents. It might be especially raw in the southern part of the county, leaders said. 

The end game is to improve our educational system,” Swaringen said. “I’m from Norwood, which is the most impacted, and I’m not trying to protect my backyard.”



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.






Join us for an evening of family fun entertainment, while supporting our West Stanly Athletic Booster Club on Saturday, February 7 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium of the High School. The Boosters support student athletes at both the West Stanly Middle & High Schools.


 Herb McCandless has tapped the subconscious with a charismatic stage presence and crackerjack comic timing, in shows across North America and the Bahamas. The summer of 2014, Herb was a regular headlining performer at Carolina Comedy Club at Broadway at the Beach. Using his powers of suggestion, he fills the minds of volunteers with whimsical ideas, and then awakens them to new realities where they might be a baby, a rapper, or Teddy Roosevelt, all to the delight of crowds and the chagrin of method actors.

 Those wishing to purchase an entire row of 12 seats, qualifies you to a 15% discount. Please use promotional code ROW during checkout to receive your savings when using EVENT BRITE.  Single price general admission tickets are $12.00.

 Online Ticket sales at EVENT BRITE, or check out the West Stanly Booster FaceBook page.  You may also call 704.622.5003.



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



December 2014

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

    Book your event of 48 or more players and receive a FREE overnight golf package for (2) at Longleaf Golf & CC

    (includes hotel and (2) rounds of golf for two)


    Red Bridge Golf & C.C.

    2015 Tournament/Outing Package-Rates


    -Monday - Thursday-

    Groups of 24- 32...$ 36 per player 

    Groups of 33-60...$35 per player

    Groups of 61-120...$34 per player 



    Groups of 36-120...$39 per player



    Groups of 32-144...$45 per player 


    Player registration

    Players names on front of cart

    Bag drop service

    Special events yardage book

    Professional Scoreboard and scoring

    Alphabetized player list for easy hole identification

    Pairings list for easy playing partner ID

    Organized staging of golf carts

    Printed scorecards

    Special design set ups for competitions

    Rules sheets with information, format, and special events



    Contact Jonathan Snyder for complete details











    Rocking Roll Specials at
    Red Bridge

    These Coupons Expire February 28, 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 11:00

     Sat & Sunday

    Before 11:00
    After 11:00


    Print this sheet out and present at registration to receive discounts

    Coupons Expire February 28, 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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    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.



























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