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October 17, 2014

Look for several announcements for new restaurants and living facilities coming to Locust.  Several other parcels are in the planning stage for multi family projects and retail outlets.



Voters Have Choice on Sales Tax for New Public Safety Radio System and Education

On November 4, 2014 Stanly County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a sales tax referendum. If approved, the additional ¼ cent sales tax will be used to support a new public safety radio system and educational initiatives in Stanly County.


Below are a few facts about the additional ¼ cent sales tax referendum:


  1. The form of the question that will be presented on the ballot will be:



Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.


  1. The Board does not have the authority to levy the additional ¼ cent sales tax unless the referendum is approved by a majority of the voters


  1. The revenue from the additional ¼ cent sales tax would be used to pay for a new public safety radio communications system (utilized by law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services) and educational initiatives in the county.


  1. The annual debt for the new radio system will be $775,000. In order to pay this debt the County must reduce its expenses in other areas of the budget by $775,000 or generate new revenue from sales or property tax to cover the expense.


  1. A ¼ cent sales tax equates to one (1) additional penny for every four (4) dollars an individual spends.


  1. The additional ¼ cent sales tax would not apply to groceries, prescription medications, gasoline or motor vehicles


  1. Sales tax is paid by everyone who eats or shops in Stanly County, including visitors from outside the county.


Please visit the County’s website at for more information about the sales tax referendum as well as voting dates, times and locations.

The FCC has mandated that the existing communication system that Stanly County has been using for Emergency Services will be replaced in 2015 with a new Digital System that is used nation wide.  All 100 counties in North Carolina will have to comply to the change.


Vote No

A Constitutional Amendment will be on the ballot for the upcoming election.  In short it gives criminal defendants the option to waive a jury trial in Superior Court and have a judge decide his/her case.  I am asking you to vote AGAINST this amendment and pass this information along to everyone you know in NC to encourage them to vote AGAINST the amendment.  I have attached a list of reasons why this is amendment is not good for the people of NC (this is not an exhaustive list, but a short list of why this amendment is not good).  To sum up that list in 3 points...

1. District Attorneys do not get any say in whether the criminal case will be tried before a judge or jury.  The criminal has all the power to decide whether to ask the judge to hear the case instead of the jury.  This ultimately SILENCES the Victim, Law Enforcement, the DA's Office and the community's voice on all criminal cases including but not limited to Rape, murder, child molestation, drug traffickers etc. 

2.  This waiver option which empowers the criminal, will create a greater backlog in the court system and ultimately cost taxpayers more money because more cases will be appealed up from the lower courts, fewer cases will be remanded back down to the lower courts, more criminals will "roll the dice" with a judge and ask for a trial instead of pleading guilty, and criminal defendant's will later argue, after they have been convicted (through motions for appropriate relief) that they were coerced into waiving a jury trial which will compound and lengthen the appeal process which is already too long. 

3.  Attorney's will "Judge Shop" in an effort to find judges (many of whom we in Cabarrus County do not elect since judges travel to our district from outside Cabarrus County for Superior Court) that will be more favorable to his or her case.  This ultimately will  create distrust and the appearance of impropriety within the judicial system and compromise our system of justice where the community by way of a jury decides the guilt or innocence of a criminal defendant. 

If this amendment passes, it will forever change the way we practice criminal law in North Carolina.  Not too many people are aware of this amendment being on the ballot.  More importantly few people understand the serious implications this amendment will wreak on the criminal justice system if it passes.  I have committed the last 19 years of my legal career fighting to protect victims and keep our community safe.  I believe this amendment ONLY BENEFITS the criminal, and ultimately silences the victim and the community...WHICH IS YOUR VOICE!!!  Please vote against this amendment and tell everyone you know across the state to do the same.  Blast it on facebook, tweet it, text it, shout it from the AGAINST this amendment!

Thank you!
Roxann Vaneekhoven
District Attorney - 19A





5th annual


Fall Festival

Saturday, October 25, 6-9 pm

West Stanly Street

Between Hwy 200 and Locust Ave

Everything is free!

Trunk-n-Treat Giant Hay Maze Bounce Houses

Games & Prizes Hot Chocolate Costume Contest

Apple Cider Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch

Music & DJ Hotdogs & Drinks

Presented by the Town of Stanfield

Thanks to all our many volunteers



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.

                                                                                                                                                                      GAMETIME IS ANY TIME!!!!!

       Line Dancing Coming Soon!




The City of Locust has a Twitter Account at



September 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.


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.






For more than thirty-five years I have been an active volunteer in civic, political, non-profit, school activities, and youth summer programs.  I was appointed by the SC Board of Commissioners to serve on the STANLY COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.  I was appointed by the SC Board of Education to serve on the STANLY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.  In 2010 I was appointed by vote of the NC House of Representatives to serve on the STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES, and currently serve on its' Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, and Awards Committee.  I was elected this year to serve as CHAIR of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS of HOSPICE OF STANLY COUNTY. 

Jobs, education, and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars, I believe are priorities for the Office of Commissioner.  Commissioners need to work to assist municipalities to achieve their goals.  As a business owner for more than thirty-five years and a member of local, regional and statewide business organizations, I understand that Commissioners must be willing to support our existing businesses and need to explore more ways to recruit new businesses.

Workforce requirements have and are rapidly changing with technology.  We need to support our public school system and our local community college to have our students, those unemployed workers,and those workers wanting to advance, ready for these good jobs with a rising standard of living.  Our schools and community college provide the tools for learning and readiness for students of all ages for the jobs of the future.

We must understand the importance of the balance necessary between growth and preserving our natural resources and farmlands.  Agriculture is part of our heritage and is a vital part of Stanly County today and into the future.  Our farmers and their families are involved in many ways throughout our community.  

The quality of life in Stanly County is the reason we live here, and we need to ensure an even better "quality of life" for our children, grandchildren and future generations, yours and mine.  As a parent and grandparent I share your concerns.

I have a long term business background, and long term community involvement experience in various areas.  My volunteer service is my way of "giving back" to citizens of Stanly County.  My connection with so many individuals and families with different opinions, needs, and visions has been an important part of my adult life. 

I understand the responsibility needed to serve as a commissioner.  Competence, Commitment, Contribution, Compassion, and Connection with people in all walks of life are the proven qualifications I offer.  Over the years local, regional and statewide organizations have shown their confidence in my leadership abilities by electing me to serve on executive committees, as their president, or chairperson of their board.  I want you to consider my business background, experience devoting time and attention to budgets, record of volunteer service, and commitment that I will devote the time and attention to work for you as your Commissioner At-Large. 

I ask for you to vote for me, JANN LOWDER, COMMISSIONER AT-LARGE.







  • 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 -








    Senator  Gene McLaurin

    25th District: Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601

    (919) 733-5953











    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

    "The Hidden Gem of the Carolina's"  Just Minutes From Charlotte-Concord-Monroe
     CALL 704-781-5231
    Locust, NC




    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



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    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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    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!