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J. Bishop, Editor
November 25, 2015
Five residential lots were bought by Tuscano Homes in the Locust Town Center and construction has started.
New construction should start on a new doctors office this month across from the Cabarrus Medical Center located off West Main Street. A formal announcement should be made within weeks. (Note county paper work is holding up the start.)
Locust Leaf Collection
It’s almost that time again…..Curbside Leaf Collection!! Over the next 3 months we’ll be conducting curbside leaf collection for all residents within the city limits. The dates will be as followed…….
Saturday December 19th, 2015
Saturday January 16th, 2016
During this event, all leaves must be at curb/roadside and must ONLY be leaves……NO BRUSH!! Collection day will be different this year……we will be collecting on Saturdays. Therefore, have your leaves accessible by 7am on the scheduled dates and crews will work diligently to get all collected as quickly as possible. Just a reminder….please be patient with weather delays. In the past we’ve had delays caused by rainy weather. All involved will be working hard to provide the citizens of Locust the best service available. If you have any questions please contact City Hall.
The Stanly County Board of Education
The Stanly County Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to pursue their Plan B for reorganizing the school system to improve the quality of educating the school children in the county. I know this board has worked hard trying to balance fairness with the economic funds available to the system. The final out come is yet to be determined on when and if the plan will be acted on. My concern with the plan is that the strongest growth is occurring in Western Stanly County. Oakboro Elementary School is in Western Stanly County, the school board has already closed Ridgecrest Elementary School located in Western Stanly County. Should the board pursue Plan B and closes Oakboro Elementary School this will leave two elementary schools in Western Stanly County, Locust Elementary and Stanfield Elementary to serve the fastest growing area in the county. I'm sure the board is aware. The concern I have are we cutting off our nose to spite our face? Will this action cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in the next decade having to build new schools in Western Stanly County to accommodate the new growth coming. Make no mistake people, Charlotte is the 15th largest city in the United States and one of fastest growing metro areas in country. Stanly County is only 24 miles from the center of Charlotte.
The West Stanly Lions Club will sponsor the 2015 Locust Christmas Parade. The parade will be on
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th at 3:00 PM.
The Lions Club is currently seeking participants for the parade. There will also be some beautiful pre-decorated & home designed floats. Line-up and staging will be at Carolina Presbyterian Church on Renee Ford Road. The parade route will begin at the church - to Highway 24/27 to Ray Kennedy Drive and end on Market Street in Town Center.
ALL FLOATS (pre-decorated or home designed), trucks, trailers, tractors, motorcycles golf carts and lawn mowers will enter church parking lot off Hwy 24-27 at Tucker Street and be directed to the staging area.
Other parade participants- officials, float riders, walkers, dancers, singers, etc. will enter church staging area on Renee Ford by using the circle drive in front of church to DROP OFF individuals and exit back onto Renee Ford Road. No parking will be available at the church.
Police, Fire Trucks, Rescue and EMS will stage at Murphy Oil as last year.
For entry information & to register, please contact one of the Lions below:
Kay Howell 704-888-2239
Wayne Sasser 980-581-0340
Scott Efird 980-581-1798
Santa & Mrs Claus will be on the Lions Club Float wishing all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Have fun and enjoy your day!
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 Town Center Apartments
Whitley Realty Announces New Apartment Community in Locust Town Center
Locust, North Carolina – Whitley Realty, Inc. announced today that they will soon begin construction on a new apartment community in Locust Town Center. These apartments will be a community within a community, offering all the amenities and accessibilities that Town Center has to offer, in an excellent convenient location. Pre-leasing will begin immediately with a completion date in spring of 2016. The Company plans to break ground on August 17th, 2015 with Congressman Richard Hudson, NC State Representative Justin Burr, county officials and officials from the City of Locust in attendance. Phase I of the project will consist of 27 market rate apartments including 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. Phase II will likely include more apartments, retail, office and restaurant space. This project is conveniently located between Charlotte, Concord, Monroe, and Albemarle. While surrounded by these major urban areas within a 15-20 minute drive, Locust offers a small home-town feel and a great place to live, work and play. “We decided to develop this project in Locust and in Locust Town Center because it is something we believe in” said Jerry Burleson, Co-owner of Whitley Realty, Inc. “For many years, we have watched the demand increase for market rate apartments here in Locust Town Center and decided the time is right; the time is now.” Leading in the development and design of the project is Jerry Burleson’s son Joseph, who is making the project become a reality for Locust Town Center. “I’m a millennial by definition and national trends show our generation moving away from home ownership and we wanted to be a part of this trend in our own home town,” said Joseph Burleson. “The design of the building reflects desires from the millennial generation, but also reminds us of Stanly County’s history in the textile business with details resembling a turn of the century mill building,” said Allan McGuire, architect for the project. All units include uniquely spacious floor plans, dramatic 9-foot ceilings, large walk-in closets and private balconies. The kitchens are being designed with modern finishes including granite countertops, designer cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and large pantries for storage. The bathrooms evoke sophisticated upscale living with some dual-sink vanities, granite countertops and shower-tub combinations.
For more information, please contact Whitley Realty, Inc. at 704-982-8915 or visit our website www.whitleyrealtyinc.com.
Locust Police Department
Locust Planning and Zoning
For information about the City of Locust fall sports and links to register online, please visit www.locustnc.com/sports
Direct link to City of Locust Sports online registration: www.locustnc.sportssignup.com . *All City of Locust sports registration is ONLINE!*
Event Coordinator, City of Locust
P.O. Box 190, Locust, NC 28097
Work Cell: 704-310-1296
Drop-off your boxes at your local collection site
Locust Presbyterian 607 West Main Street
The collection center will be in the Children’s Church room. This is on the end closest to Church Street.
Monday, November 16 – Saturday, November 21
9:00am – 12:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday, November 22, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Monday, November 23, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Locust Library 2015 – 2016
Who: Children ages 2 to 5 years
Where: Locust Library
Time: 10:30 am on Mondays
Dates: October 19 & 26: All About Me
November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Occupations
December 7 & 14: Transportation
January 4, 11, & 25: The Arts
February 1, 8, 15 & 22: Animals
March 7, 14, & 21: Nature
April 4, 11, 18 & 25: The Sea
May 2, 9, 16 & 23: Good Citizens
Sign up at the Locust Library or call 704-888-0103
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.
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.
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.
Locust 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 at email@example.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 – 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
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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*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!