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Locust, North Carolina

Located in the Foot Hills of the Uwharrie Mts.

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Local News

December 8, 2016

The Locust City Council will hold their December meeting tonight at 7:00 pm in the Joel Huneycutt Room located in the Locust Government Center, Locust Town Center.  See Agenda below.

The NC DOT will install the new traffic signals at the intersection of West Main Street and Browns Hill Road.  Everything has been completed for construction to start, we wait on the brain trust in Raleigh.

Construction has started on the New Veterans Memorial that will be located next to the Locust Government Center in the Locust Town Center.  See photo listed below.

The new "Lifters" gym facility will open in December in the West Main Plaza (Food Lion) on West Main Street in Locust.

Work continues on the new Jason Martin dentist office across from the CMS medical center on west main street in Locust, the completion date should be in a couple of weeks.

Meadow Creek Business Park in Locust picked to be first industrial site in Stanly County for High Speed Internet Service.  See more Click here.


Locust City Council Meeting


Joel Huneycutt Community Room

7:00 p.m.

December 8, 2016

Mayor Steve Huber

Council Members Mayor Pro-Tem David Walker, Larry Baucom, Roger Hypes, Harry Fletcher, Mike Haigler,

JC Burris and Rusty Efird

Call to Order: 1 Call to Order
Mayor Huber

2 Presentation of Colors, Prayer
Mayor Huber

3 Adopt Agenda

Reports: 4 Minutes - adopt November 2016
Amy Meachum

5 Financial Reports

Department Reports: 6 Mayor's Report
Mayor Huber

7 Administrator's Report
Cesar Correa

Update on Old Business

Purchase Orders

2015-2016 FY Audit

NCDOT Transportation Plan

Greenway Project (Safe Routes to School)

8 Administration/HR
David Walker

9 Parks
Roger Hypes

Locust Museum Year End Report
Bill Tucker

10 Facilities
JC Burris

11 Public Works
Larry Baucom

12 ABC Store
Rusty Efird

13 Public Safety/Zoning
Harry Fletcher

14 Economic Dev/Small Business Support
Mike Haigler

15 Public Comment Period:

16 Board Closing Comments

17 Executive Session GS: 143-318.11 Personnel

18 Adjourn

Next Scheduled Council Meeting January 12, 2017

Proposed Stanly Parkway for Locust, North Carolina

Proposed route Click here.


                                                                                    ***LOCUST POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME PREVENTION ADVISORY***


The Stanly County Sheriff's Office is reporting that incidents of unlocked vehicle break-ins have begun in multiple parts of the county. Thus far, there have been no new reports inside Locust or in any other western Stanly County jurisdictions. Be advised that any time this type of activity begins it eventually reaches at least one if not multiple areas of Locust. The simple preventative measure for these crimes of opportunity is to leave valuables out of your vehicles and your vehicles locked. The Locust Police Department would also like your help in spreading the word to your friends, family, and neighbors. If you have any questions, please let us know. 



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


Locust Leaf Curbside Pickup Schedule
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, January 14, 2017

NC DOT Paving Schedule for Locust and Stanfield


 NC 200 from 3 lane section east of Sunset Drive to Smith Street, we will skip section at NC 24/27 where pavement joints are.  Work will begin sometime between 11/01/2016 and 6/30/2017.  See map 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

November 2016 News Letter

Click here.



Locust Planning and Zoning

November 2016


3 New house Permits True, Victory Lane.

1Commerical Up fit Walmart.

1 Remodel

Signed paper work for a February 1 start on greenway project with NCDOT.

Veterans Memorial has started.

Code Enforcement. Nuisance.

Working with developer on Whispering Hill phase 2 Plat approval.

City of Locust Back Yard Rental Agreement Click here.


2016 Locust Events.




December 17th, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am: Breakfast with Santa


Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296


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Stanfield site available for development on Highway 200



"Friends of the Stanly County Public Library has donated to the City of Locust,

A Little Free Standing Library

It is located at the front of the Locust Historical Society & Museum. Why not stop and take a book to read while spending time at the Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park. The Little Free Standing Library is for those times when going to the Library will not work. The Friends will maintain the stand with books but should you have books of your own, feel free to leave them. Our deepest appreciation to the Friends of the Stanly County Public Library for this donation to the City of Locust and the citizens of Western Stanly County."


Locust Youth Sports Information


Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, 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






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        


Photo's of Early Freight and Transportation Vehicles 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.

















    North Carolina House of Representatives
    Rep. Justin P. Burr
    1315 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
    (919) 733-5908

    Raleigh: November 21, 2016

    Rep. Justin Burr announced today that he will be accepting page applications for the 2017 long session which begins January 11, 2017. Pages are hosted for one week in Raleigh as they serve on the House floor, attend committee meetings, and learn how state government operates. “The House Pages who participated during the 2016 short session had a memorable week. They made new friends from around the state and got to participate in the legislative process,” Rep. Burr commented.

    Eligibility requirements and availability for the House Page Program may be found at the following link:

    Positions fill up fast, so interested applicants should complete an online application at and mail to Rep. Burr’s legislative office at 307-A Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.

    For more information about the House Page program, call House Page Coordinator at 919-733-5701.



          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

     Contact: Rep. Justin Burr


          Legislative Assistant:

          Dina Long -










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

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601

    Gene McInnis










    November 20, 2016



    What if your loved-one was in a car wreck or had a seizure, but the EMS responder trained to help couldn�t give them the medicine they needed? Under current law, this could be a reality. This is a huge problem � especially in rural communities where hospitals are already difficult to access. That�s why I introduced the bipartisan Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act with my colleague, G.K. Butterfield, to clarify existing law and allow emergency medical responders to continue administering life-saving medications.


    I'm proud to let you know that this bill passed the House last week with bipartisan, unanimous support.


    Without this bill, patients could suffer simply because Washington hasn�t kept up with modern medicine. It's a prime example of government getting in the way, and the exact type of problem I went to Congress to fix.


    Let me start from the beginning. I learned about this problem from a constituent who serves as an EMS responder. As soon as they told me pending DEA regulations threatened to change long-standing practices for paramedics, I immediately got to work. I reached out to my colleague Congressman Butterfield and we worked with the Energy and Commerce Committee to develop this bipartisan solution. I�ve said it all along, but this just proves my point that good ideas come from you � not bureaucrats in Washington, DC. That�s why I encourage you to contact my office at 202-225-3715 if you have an idea or a problem that I should know about.


    Speaking on the House floor in support of H.R. 4365


    Right now, established practice allows EMS personnel to administer and deliver medically-appropriate medicines to patients under the supervision of a doctor. However, in a recent review of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the Department of Justice determined that legislation is needed to continue allowing this practice.


    This bill clarifies existing law to allow emergency medical responders to administer controlled substances, such as pain narcotics and anti-seizure medications, without a specific patient prescription, which is known to those in the medical field as a standing order. Most importantly, the legislation allows us to continue providing the best possible care to those who need immediate life-saving and pain medications. This is vital for patients and EMS personnel in North Carolina and across the United States.


    While this bill may not be flashy, it solves a problem and saves lives.


    It's an example of how to get things done, finding common ground and advancing bipartisan solutions to the problems facing us. It's all a part of my commitment to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find bipartisan solutions in Washington especially on common sense issues. This bill demonstrates Democrats and Republicans can work together, and I'm proud of the progress made. I'm hopeful this important legislation will pass the Senate before the end of the 114th Congress so our EMS responders can get the certainty they need to do their jobs and patients can get the medicine they need. 


    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.


    You are next on the tee...a delightful golf experience awaits.
    2017 VIP 20-Round  Card Now On Sale
    $450 (includes cart fee)
    Sat-Sun-Holidays After 12:00
    ​Cards are valid Dec. 1, 2016 thru Dec 31, 2017
    Senior VIP 10-Round Card (55 and Over Card)
    ​$200 (includes cart fee)
    Mon-Thur Anytime
    ​Card Valid Dec 1, 2016 thru December 31, 2017


    Monday - Friday

    Saturday Sunday Super Special

    18-hole ​Rate

    Present Coupon at Registration
    ​Good for up to 4-players

    Coupon Expires

    After 1:00
    Play Till Dark

    Present Coupon at Registration
    ​Good for up to 4-players

    Coupon Expires

    18-hole ​Rate

    Present Coupon at Registration
    ​Good for up to 4-players

    Coupon Expires

    After 1:00
    Play Till Dark

    Present Coupon at Registration
    ​Good for up to 4-players

    Coupon Expires

    Must call course for available tee times. Must present this offer at time of play.
    Not valid with other offers or when holiday rates are in effect.
    Call for Tee Times  704-781-5231

    (2-rounds can be used, per card, per visit to the cub)
    Valid Mon-Fri Anytime, Weekend-Holidays After 12:00pm
    Valid: 12-1-16 to 12-31-2017
    Winter Playing Card
    Buy (1) $75 or (2) for $100

    Card holder receives a $25 rate for 18-holes (Nov. 1st—March 15, 2017)
    7-days a week No restrictions
    (Card holder special: large range bucket $5)

    Buy (1) $75 or  (2) for $100


    10-rounds $280

    Rounds valid

    Weekday anytime


    After 12:00

    Cards expires    May 1, 2017



    Gift Certificate  Specials


    $50 Certificate, (includes 1-free round Mon-Thursday anytime)


    10-Rounds of Golf  (cart fee required)


    $140 (Valid Mon-Sun anytime

    (expires March 31, 2017)

    You are next on the tee...a delightful golf experience awaits.

    ​CARD HOLDERS RECEIVE A $25 ($15 9-hole rate) GOLF RATE ALL WINTER FROM ​NOVEMBER 1, 2016 - MARCH 15, 2017
    ​                                      NO PLAY RESTRICTION, VALID MON-SUN ANYTIME


    Must call course for available tee times. Must present this offer at time of play.
    Not valid with other offers or when holiday rates are in effect.
    Call for Tee Times  704-781-5231

    Red Bridge Golf Club | 6801 Gatehouse Rd. Locust, NC 28097 | 704-781-5231



    Red Bridge Golf Club : 6801 Gatehouse Rd :  Locust, NC 28097 : Phone: 704-781-5231


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    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.










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