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Locust, North Carolina

Located in the Foot Hills of the Uwharrie Mts.

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Local News

April 17, 2015

Locust faces a three cent tax increase to continue the existing municipal services to its citizens.  The State of North Carolina has stopped municipalities from issuing the business privilege license fees.  This action has resulted in a $35,000.00 loss in revenue to the City of Locust, this coupled with the city having to make a $29,000.00 payment on the new county *emergency radio system, the loss of sorted economic development funds that are expiring this year.  Locust like other cities in North Carolina are facing deep cuts in their revenue income and are facing the same dilemma.  Nobody likes taxes going up, but no one wants to see the loss of garbage, sewer, police, parks, recycling, street lights and the amenities the citizens of Locust enjoy.  The additional tax increase is still lower  than other municipalities in Stanly County.

*The new Stanly County emergency radio system (UWSA) was chosen over the (VIPER) system which is a state system.  There were a number of reason for this choice, the surrounding counties of Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union are using the (UWSA) system.  Anson and Montgomery Counties use the (VIPER) system. I talked to firefighter from High Point, NC that uses the VIPER system last week and asked him about the VIPER system.  He said; the system was better than the old VHF system, but was not very good once you entered into a building.  He went on to say that he had friends that used the (UWSA) system that worked well inside of buildings.  This coupled with the fact that Stanly Fire Departments have interagency agreements with Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union counties were factors in the choice of radio systems.  The FCC has lowered the power output on the old current VHS radio system Stanly County uses and in time will convert the analog frequencies to other uses.

The Locust City Council approved Grants for extending the sidewalk on North Central Ave. from Lions Club Drive to Locust Valley and down Lions Club Drive into and parts of the Locust City Park.

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. 

6 Cent Tax Scam

The following article was provided by the Stanfield Press.com

The 6 Cent Tax Reduction Scam:

Years ago, thanks to mismanagement...err, I mean a glitch that occurred over a decade ago

Stanfield got behind on our Fire Tax to the local Fire Department, so they did a quicky tax rate increase to the tune of 8 cents per thousand and it was to sunset (that means go away), but they never did take it off. That's called stealing, by the way...but now, the town board is worried to death about the next election and what it will mean to them. They have tossed you suckers...err, I mean us Good Folks a bone, by giving us a 6 cent per thousand tax break. Wait a minute, that means they will keep stealing the extra 2 cents. We taxpayers want the additional 2 cents plus interest on the money that we shouldn't have been paying you for years and years!

See the complete details of the scam Click here.

Locust Planning and Zoning

March 2015

4 New House Permits Clay Hucks, True Homes, Newton Homes Pinnacle Homes

Working with the Developers on the Whispering Hill Subdivision

Working on Greenway Project

Code Enforcement, Signs




City of Locust

Post Office Box 190

Locust, North Carolina 28097-0190

(704) 888-5260




WHEREAS, National Days of Prayer have been part of our country’s heritage since the first one was declared by the Continental Congress in 1775; and


WHEREAS, leaders of our Nation have relied upon the power of prayer throughout American history; and


WHEREAS, May 7, 2015, marks the 64th consecutive observance of the National Day of Prayer, as mandated by both Congress and by our President in Public Law 100-307; and


WHEREAS, “Lord, Hear Our Cry” is the theme for the 2015 National Day of Prayer;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Steve Huber, Mayor of the City of Locust, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2015 as DAY OF PRAYER

in Locust and commend this observance to our citizens.




National Police Week

May 10 through May 16, 2015


WHEREAS, The Congress and President of the United States have designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week; and


WHEREAS, the members of the law enforcement agency of City of Locust play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of City of Locust; and


WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression; and


WHEREAS, the men and women of the law enforcement agency of City of Locust unceasingly provide a vital public service;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Steve Huber, Mayor of City of Locust, call upon all citizens of City of Locust and upon all patriotic, civic and educational organizations to observe the week of May 10-16, 2015, as Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and observances in which all of our people may join in commemorating law enforcement officers, past and present, who, by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities, have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.


I further call upon all citizens of City of Locust to observe Friday, May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of duty, and let us recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.




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 Schedule Click Here.



The City of Locust has a Twitter Account at https://twitter.com/LocustNC




Click here.







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,

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 (rogerhypes234@gmail.com.   “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 - BurrLA@ncleg.net










    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, JLROSS90@hotmail.com. 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
    jonathan@! redbridgegolfclub.com




    10-Rounds, 15-Rounds, 20-Rounds
    At discounted prices
    Visit:  redbridgegolfclub.com
    13-13-12 Tuesday Is Back!
    Every Tuesday play golf w/cart for $26 and for your enjoyment you can buy a 6-pack of beer for $12



    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*5158http://www.mason4you.com








    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 mean...it 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!