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Local News

October 23, 2016

The Locust City Council held their October meeting last night.  They passed a resolution for a traffic signal at the intersection of West Main St. and Browns Hill Rd.  The NC DOT will install the new signals.  The Council approved the recommendation for a Public Hearing from the Locust Planning and Zoning Board to change the zoning on Lions Club Drive that would allow multi family living.

O'Rileys Auto Parts will build a new store at the corner of West Main St. and Bell Ave. in Locust.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation that was suppose to install a traffic signal at the intersection of West Main St. and Browns Hill Road back in July and then advised us that they were going to change the design of the traffic islands has been completed and funded.

The new "Lifters" gym facility has received  their sign permit  in at the West Main Plaza (Food Lion). 

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 December.

A national home builder is looking at a site in Locust to build over 200 homes, stay tuned.

True Homes had their plans for Phase 3 approved in the Whispering Hills subdivision on Mission Church Rd.

Devon Jenkins wanted for operating a Meth Lab

Devon Jenkins remains on the run after investigators found a meth lab inside his residence on Jenkins St. In Locust. The Stanly County Sheriff's Department has an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Devon Hunter Jenkins, 23.

A joint investigation by the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation and Locust police led to a raid with a search warrant last Wednesday, October 6, 2016 at the Jenkins resident on Jenkins Street in Locust. It was there investigators found evidence of a makeshift lab used to manufacture and produce methamphetamine. More charges are pending against Jenkins.

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 7/01/2016 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

October 2016 News Letter

Click here.



Locust Planning and Zoning

September 2016


11 New House Permits Huneycutt, True Homes, Hucks, Rich.

2 Commercial up fits Wal-Mart. City Wide.

1 New Sign Lifters

2 Remodels Cline, Armstrong.

Code Enforcement High Grass

Working with Developers at Lions Club Dr

Greenway project went out to Bid September 30

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

2016 Locust Events.


October 31st, 6:00-8:00pm: Fall Festival at the Park (hosted by a group of area churches)

November 26th, 3:00pm: Locust Christmas Parade (hosted by West Stanly Lions Club)

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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For your local News

They waited as long as they could before announcing it, but couldn’t hide the facts until after Election Day: Obamacare rates are exploding.

Don’t let this happen.

CNN is reporting this afternoon that “Obamacare premiums are set to skyrocket an average of 22% for the benchmark silver plan in 2017, according to a government report released Monday” and the Associated Press just posted that “premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market” and that “about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from”.

We predicted it wouldn’t work, and fought against Obamacare’s passage. Now is the time to fight for real reform before Obamacare rate hikes become the new status quo.

This is unsustainable for you and millions of Americans across this country. It can’t carry on like this. We simply can’t afford it.

Stand up and add your name to the opposition and for meaningful change.


Rob Engstrom
SVP and National Political Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


West Stanly Baptist Church
24172 Highway 24/27
Albemarle, NC 28001

Our Fall Revival Starts
Sunday October 23rd. ~ Wednesday 26th.
Sunday at 6:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 7:00 pm
At West Stanly Baptist Church
Dr. Mike Whitson from First Baptist Church Indian Trail will be preaching.
Rev. Mike Speck from First Baptist Church Indian Trail will be leading our music Sunday evening.
Rev. Greg Cook from First Baptist Church Indian Trail will be leading our music Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday at 7:00 pm



Tuesday, November 29 at 2:00 pm


Presented by Local Artist

Linda Hendrickson

Hosted by the West Stanly Senior Center

Enjoy a lecture and demonstration on slate painting and a hands on experience with this art form. Linda started painting as a hobby in the early 1980’s while a stay-at-home mom and painting soon became her passion. She currently has a store in the Salisbury Emporium, located in Salisbury, where she sells her art on many different backgrounds – wood, doors, furniture and slate. She will be explaining, demonstrating and helping you develop a painted snowman slate. Sign up for this class and you too may develop a new passion!

To register call the West Stanly Senior Center at 980-354-8056. A fee of $5.00 for supplies is payable by Thursday, November 24th.

West Stanly Senior Center

213 Town Center Drive

Locust, NC 28097



Stanfield site available for development on Highway 200


Tired of the Coal Ash Ads

If you really want to know the true facts regarding Coal Ash please go to this site for the truth




"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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2016 Locust Events.


2016 Locust Events

May 14, 10:00am-1:00pm: Hands on Locust

May 21, 6:00-9:00pm: The Lilly Brothers*

June 18, 6:00-9:00pm: Blackwater Rhythm and Blues*

July 16, 6:00-9:00pm: Mason Lovette Band*

August 20, 6:00-9:00pm: Summerdaze*

September 10, 7:00pm-until: Movie Night

September 17, 6:00-9:00pm: Right Turn Clyde, concert finale*

October 1st, 10:00am-1:00pm: Bark in the Park

October 31st, 6:00-8:00pm: Fall Festival at the Park (hosted by a group of area churches)

November 26th, 3:00pm: Locust Christmas Parade (hosted by West Stanly Lions Club)

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

Thank you!

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296

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* Summer Concert Series






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.



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   “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.



Facts you should know

Democrat Deborah Ross

Candidate for United State Senate seat for North Carolina

She is the former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union who graduated from Brown University and received a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Her political experience includes ten years service in the North Carolina House from 2003 to 2010. She taught law at Duke University. She joined GoTriangle, a regional authority providing transportation services that connect Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. The common thread that stands out with this candidate ACLU, Brown University, University of North Carolina, and Duke University all liberal bastions where the left is fully entrenched. These credentials add up to a junior Hillary Clinton. Some other facts about this candidate, her voting record in the North Carolina House shows that she is anti Second Amendment, and she claims she is in favor of community colleges yet she has constantly voted to raise the tuition on these institutions. She is just another tax spend liberal.

Just an Oddity

I noticed that not one of these candidates mentions their party affiliation Roy Cooper running for Governor, Deborah Ross Running for US Senate, Carson Snyder for NC House. Now why is that? My guess would be they are just hiding the fact they are Democrats and hope you don't find out.


Another Reason NOT to vote for Roy Cooper

After being bombarded with political ads about why I should vote for Roy Cooper I find myself questioning why anyone would vote for him. He in is his own words wants to move North Carolina ahead and create jobs and tax the big companies and their owners from receiving tax breaks. Roy we are trying to keep companies from leaving this country and moving their operations off shore. The reason they are moving is the bottom line and your desire is to cost these same companies more in taxes and lessen their profits. Why in the hell would I as a business owner want more taxes in North Carolina when I can move my business to an area that would allow me to keep more money that would be invested into my company which in turn would create more jobs. No thanks Roy, go pedal your snake oil somewhere else and not in North Carolina.














    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

     Contact: Rep. Justin Burr

    Phone: (919) 733-5908



    Raleigh: February 11, 2016



    Rep. Justin Burr announced today that he will be accepting page applications for the 2016 short session which begins April 25, 2016. 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 2015 long 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. Burr represents the 67th District which is Stanly County and a portion of Montgomery County.

          Legislative Assistant:

          Dina Long -










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

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601











    FJune 8, 2014

    Congressman Richard Hudson Addresses EPA Dogma

    As a Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, my top priorities are getting folks back to work, keeping energy affordable, advancing an all-of-the-above energy strategy and reining in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I continue to hear from countless of our neighbors who are concerned with the EPA's overreach and what it means for their jobs, their paychecks and their electricity bills.


    Affordable and reliable electricity is a necessity. It heats and cools our homes, it powers our hospitals so patients can receive life-saving care, it keeps the lights on in our schools so students can learn, and it fuels our businesses to creates jobs and help our economy move forward. Unfortunately, the EPA is threatening to cut the power by restricting access and raising energy costs with its proposed regulations on power plants. That’s why I’m working to protect our community from this harmful EPA regulation and many more like it that could have detrimental economic consequences.


    Under the EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule for existing power plants, also known by the administration as the “Clean Power Plan,” the EPA interprets a rarely used provision of the Clean Air Act to allow the agency to plaster more red tape and set mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) goals for each state’s energy producers that go well beyond reasonable standards for clean air. By proposing this rule, the EPA seeks to fundamentally change how electricity is generated, distributed and consumed across the country. Our state would be required to submit a complex plan in 2016 and must then begin to meet short-term goals in 2020 and a final goal in 2030. If our plan doesn’t satisfy the EPA’s impossible requirements, the EPA would impose a federal plan, which has not yet been established by the administration.


    In North Carolina, we’ve already reduced carbon dioxide emissions significantly. This burdensome rule will only serve to increase electricity rates by nearly 14% without having a significant impact on global emissions. This is unacceptable. We can keep the environment clean while protecting jobs and ensuring energy is affordable, but we have to be reasonable about it.


    The EPA is not only threatening the American dream, but our very livelihood. Businesses and manufacturers of all sizes in our district require reliable power to not only keep the lights on but to keep their operations thriving. The EPA’s pending power plant rule will cause electricity prices to skyrocket for families and businesses alike, forcing businesses to trim elsewhere and leaving hardworking folks with less take home pay and fewer jobs.


    In February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asserted that regulations by the EPA have never cost one job. That is absolutely absurd and demonstrates a myopia that is stunning. Outside of the national debt, the EPA in general and its proposed “Clean Power Plan” specifically represent the greatest threat to the economic prosperity of this nation.


    Instead of making it more difficult for hardworking Americans to succeed – whether it’s getting a job, owning a home, or paying bills – we need solutions that will provide economic prosperity and more opportunities.


    That’s why the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act to empower states to protect families and businesses from rate increases, reduced reliability and other harmful effects of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan.” The bill requires judicial review of the final rule before requiring states to comply. In addition, it ensures that no state will be forced to implement a state or federal plan if its governor finds a significant adverse effect on electricity rates or reliability.


    Our tepid economic recovery continues to sputter along and folks are struggling to get back on their feet, the last thing we need is more regulations that would have no measurable effect on clean air, but would drive up the cost of energy. With the Obama administration’s proposed rule for power plants and many other EPA regulations, Washington wants to rip the rug right from under us. The Ratepayer Protection Act is just one round of our fight to stop the EPA’s job-killing regulations and provide economic stability.



    Until next week,

    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

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

    Print This Offer To Redeem At Golf Course
    Offers good for up to 2 people.  Offers expire 10-30-16.
    Must present printed email offer at time of play. No exceptions.
    You may show email message on cell phone to receive offer.

    Pre-Pay Rounds Now Available 10 & 5 Play Cards.  Purchase your card during your next visit
    10-Rounds  (GF & Cart Inc.)  $280
    ​5-Rounds (GF & Cart Inc.)   $145


    Monday- Friday
    Play Anytime. Includes Cart.

    Play Before 12:00PM. Includes Cart.

    Monday- Friday
    Play After 12:00PM.  Includes Cart

    Play After 12:00PM. Includes Cart.

    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

    Special Offer Direct from Red Bridge Golf Club  






    Senior Special

    Monday-Thursday $29

    Friday $34


    Twilight Mon-Friday

    $26 After 1:00

    $28 After 3:00

    $24 After 4:00pm

    $20 After 6:00pm 


    Junior Specials After 3:00 Mon-Sunday

    10-under play fee with Adult

    11-15 w/ adult $21













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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!