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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Hey all of you Steak and Sea Food lovers the Fresh House is no more, February 1, 2019 it will open as  "Out Fitters"  and serve Steaks and Sea Food.

Adams Homes has started construction on their model home in  Red Bridge.  They have options on 40+ lots for their first phase.

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

Work continues on 19 luxury apartments in the Locust Town Center.

A red haze may be coming to North East Locust as plans are coming together for another large sub-division in the flat woods area.

The new business park on South Beverly Drive has completed the second building.  Stanly County is building a water line and fire hydrants in the new business park.

Edge Sports has started back on their new site on Stanly Parkway.  (See drawing below.)

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.

 Locust in good financial shape

Toby Thorpe 14, 2018

When presenting the November financial report Thursday night, Locust City Administrator Cesar Correa noted more than 50 percent of the budgeted revenues for the current fiscal year have been collected.

He went on to report that the city’s annual audit is complete and ready to be submitted.

We are in compliance,” he stated.

Correa noted that according to the audit, the city’s net position has increased by slightly more than $1 million in the past year and its fund balance has increased by $318,000. This accounts for a total fund balance of $2.6 million, of which $1.9 million is in reserve for emergency use or appropriations by council.

We have 72 percent of annual operating expenses available in fund balance,” said Correa, who also noted that the city has retired $419,000 in debt during the preceding fiscal year.

The city is in very good financial position,” he said.

Mayor Steve Huber reported that the city’s annual Christmas parade was a success, and that pre-registration for the “Breakfast with Santa” event is full.

Correa presented a proposed interlocal agreement with Stanly County for water and sewer services. Under the agreement, sewer from city of Locust properties located in Cabarrus County would be collected by Locust and treated by Stanly County. The agreement was approved unanimously.

As part of the Public Safety report, Councilman Roger Hypes commended the city’s police force for its pride and efficiency, noting this is evidenced by the department’s “stability, consistency, morale and low turnover.” He cited the recent Shop with a Cop program as a “huge success.”

Correa expressed thanks to council and city staff for their assistance and support during his absence for the birth of his first child the previous week.

During the council comment period, all council members thanked those in attendance for their interest and support, and wished all a merry Christmas and happy 2019.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a number of purchase orders and budget amendments;

Approved the 2019 holiday schedule for city employees

was informed that a new restaurant, Outfitters, would be opening in February in the former Fresh House site.

The next meeting of the council will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Locust Government Center.



Hello all, 


Stanly County has again begun experiencing incidents of unlocked vehicle break-ins in the last couple of months. These incidents have also included Locust albeit to much less extent to other areas of the county. Subdivisions where houses are located close together are the usual target of these types of break-ins. In the Locust incidents thus far, the loss of valuable items have not been substantial, however this does not minimize the overall threat and blatant violation in these types of offenses. The Locust Police Department would like to advise you of the best way to prevent these types of incidents as well as eliminate any loss of valuables or the feeling of your personal property being violated. 

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 jbslpd@gmail.com.


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


In case anyone was worrying about a home invasion.

N. C. G. S. 14-51.2 plainly states:

§ 14-51.2. Home, workplace, and motor vehicle protection; presumption of fear of death or serious bodily harm.

(a) The following definitions apply in this section:

(1) Home. - A building or conveyance of any kind, to include its curtilage, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed as a temporary or permanent residence.

(2) Law enforcement officer. - Any person employed or appointed as a full-time, part-time, or auxiliary law enforcement officer, correctional officer, probation officer, post-release supervision officer, or parole officer.

(3) Motor vehicle. - As defined in G.S. 20-4.01(23).

(4) Workplace. - A building or conveyance of any kind, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, which is being used for commercial purposes.

(b) The lawful occupant of a home, motor vehicle, or workplace is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily harm to another if both of the following apply:

(1) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a home, motor vehicle, or workplace, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person's will from the home, motor vehicle, or workplace.

(2) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.

(c) The presumption set forth in subsection (b) of this section shall be rebuttable and does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

(1) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the home, motor vehicle, or workplace, such as an owner or lessee, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person.

(2) The person sought to be removed from the home, motor vehicle, or workplace is a child or grandchild or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of the person against whom the defensive force is used.

(3) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in, attempting to escape from, or using the home, motor vehicle, or workplace to further any criminal offense that involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.

(4) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer or bail bondsman who enters or attempts to enter a home, motor vehicle, or workplace in the lawful performance of his or her official duties, and the officer or bail bondsman identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer or bail bondsman in the lawful performance of his or her official duties.

(5) The person against whom the defensive force is used (i) has discontinued all efforts to unlawfully and forcefully enter the home, motor vehicle, or workplace and (ii) has exited the home, motor vehicle, or workplace.

(d) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person's home, motor vehicle, or workplace is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.

(e) A person who uses force as permitted by this section is justified in using such force and is immune from civil or criminal liability for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer or bail bondsman who was lawfully acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer or bail bondsman identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer or bail bondsman in the lawful performance of his or her official duties.

(f) A lawful occupant within his or her home, motor vehicle, or workplace does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder in the circumstances described in this section.

(g) This section is not intended to repeal or limit any other defense that may exist under the common law. (2011-268, s. 1.)

DO NOT be AFRAID of some scumbag who is STUPID enough to put themselves into a position for you to blow their brains across the porch, the living room, the hallway, the kitchen, the bathroom, or the bedroom. You're authorized by statute to defend your home, your motor vehicle, and your workplace.

Sure, there will be a mess, but 1-800-SERVEPRO will clean that mess up with a smile, and all the news coverage will ensure that anyone else contemplating such actions will most likely go to your liberal neighbor's house instead.

KNOWING the law is so much better than "assuming the law". Most of y'all had no idea about this. Get your concealed carry permit and you'll learn all the laws concerning self-defense.


Locust Planning and Zoning

 November 2018

4 New House Permits SDH, True Homes.

2 Commercial up fit WH Amenity, Advanced Auto.

2 Remodel Permits

2 New Sign Permits State Farm, Bondo Innovation.

Working with NCDOT on Market St sidewalks project.

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

Carolina Christian finds new way to fundraise for West Stanly Christian Ministries

Stanly News and Press, December 14, 2018


Carolina Christian School in Locust participates in school fundraising opportunities annually, but this year they were looking to do things a little different.

Our students were looking to inspire hope in our community, to provide assistance to our neighbors in need,” said Erica Stroup, head of school, CCS.

The creation of the Harvest/Assist campaign allowed Carolina Christian students, families and staff to partner with West Stanly Christian Ministries to provide food and hygiene assistance to local families in need.

The outpouring of support for this fundraising campaign was incredible due to the commitment of the CCS students, Stroup said, adding that the campaign will become an annual tradition for the school.

Carolina Christian School presented a check to West Stanly Christian Ministries for $6,172.66. The funds from this donation will go toward the purchase of food for local families in need.

To accompany the check, the students of CCS delivered 500 hygiene bags to WSCM. Each of the 500 hygiene bags were hand-packed by students from the school and were individually prayed over.
The students and staff of Carolina Christian School wanted to share their gratitude for West Stanly Christian Ministries for their continued service to the Stanly County community.

We simply are overwhelmed at God’s provision for this community through the kids, staff and leadership at Carolina Christian School,” said Robert Britt, director of West Stanly Christian Ministries. “It is so encouraging to see a group of people who are established in the name of Jesus truly caring and impacting this community with God’s love and facilitating His provision.  West Stanly Christian Ministries is blessed to able to feed more people with better quality food because of Carolina Christian’s efforts.  It makes us proud to be in a community with a school with a heart this big but it makes us even more thankful to see believers actually impacting the community in unity.”


Whispering Hills

Newest phase of Whispering Hills has started on Mission Church Rd in Locust.  There are plans for more phases in the future.


Edge Sports

Concrete slab work is nearly complete on the Edge Sports building located on Commercial Drive in the Meadow Creek Business Park located across from the Stanly Community College Crutchfield campus.


A short video on and about Locust

West Stanly Fire Department 


The History of West Stanly Fire Department Click here.

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.




Parks and Recreation

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

2018 Fall Fest Vendor Applications Click here.


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.



















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