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J. Bishop, Editor
March 28, 2015
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.
The city was contacted about a yogurt store opening in the West Main Plaza beside of Tailgators Sports Bar. Things are in the planning stage for start up in the spring when the weather improves and ground dries out in Locust.
Despite the negative growth in Stanly County, Locust continues to have a positive growth rate as shown in the figures below.
LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME ADVISORY - UNLOCKED VEHICLE BREAK-INS
Hey gang, as you
may have seen in the Weekly Post this week, Locust and other parts of Stanly
County (specifically Western Stanly County) are again seeing some occurrences of
unlocked vehicles being broken into. I apologize that I haven't updated you
sooner, but this is a similar advisory I've issued many many times before.
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.
VEHICLE BREAK-INS CRIME PREVENTION REMINDER FROM THE LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT
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 email@example.com.
Locust Police Department
186 Ray Kennedy Drive
PO Box 190
Locust, NC 28097
Locust Planning and Zoning
4 New House Permits True Homes, Jeff Newton, Homes at Redbridge.
2 Remodel Permits
Watch for Me NC Webinar with Parks and Rec
Veterans Memorial Project
Working with NCDOT on greenway project
Code Enforcement, Signs
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 March Schedule Click Here.
The City of Locust has a Twitter Account at https://twitter.com/LocustNC
LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org. “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 – Justin.Burr@ncleg.net
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
Dina Long - BurrLA@ncleg.net
See the benefits that vegetables give to your body Click here.
LEE MIDDLETON DOLLS AVAILABLE
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
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.
DIALING ANY 800 NUMBER
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
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 .
BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED TO A REP 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!