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Established July 1998

The Internet Publication

For and About

Locust, North Carolina

Located in the Foot Hills of the Uwharrie Mts.

A Tree Top Publication
J. Bishop, Editor
2016

Mission and Purpose

This is a platform for anyone who wants to reach the public. Please E-Mail your information To: The Locust Patch Mail Box
 

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Local News

April 29, 2016

Construction has started on the new location for the Locust ABC Store that will open in June next the Food Lion on West Main Street in Locust.

Noah Cartagena 18, stepson  of James Inman former Locust City Administrator was charged this week by Gaston County Police with possession of blue lights and using them.  It's a violation of the law for anyone except law enforcement officers to posse and use them.  Inman allowed Cartagena to use his issued Bessemer City car which is equipped with blue lights because Inman is a reserve officer with the Bessemer City Police Department.  Cartagena took the car twice to the Piedmont Charter School in Gastonia and turned on the blue lights in the school parking lot.  The schools resource officer reported the incident.  Officials for Bessemer City said; they would take up the matter and decide on any action that might be taken.

The timber rights have been sold on the property that surrounds Taco Bell on West Main Street and harvesting has begun on the timber. 

Three apartment projects are in the planning stage for downtown Locust.

Construction on a new dentists office is under way on West Main Street across from Cabarrus Medical office on West Main Street in Locust.

The City of Locust issued 56 housing permits last year 2015 and are on schedule for 87 starts this year.

Plans have been finalized and approved for the new sidewalks on Lions Club Drive and the Locust Park, construction should be fourth coming this spring.  Locust P&Z Board will get the new plans for the new apartments to be built in the Locust Town Center starting this summer.

 


Locust Planning and Zoning

March  2016

Stats

6 New House Permits True Homes, Martin

1 Remodel

1 Fence

1 Sign Food Lion

Greenway project

Veterans Memorial

Phase 2 Whispering Hill Bonded

 

Working with NCDOT on CTP Plan with Red Cross and Stanly County.  See Proposals  Click here.


Public Notice

West Stanly Fire Department is asking the Stanly County Commission for a 1.58% rate increase on the district fire tax.  This increase will be used to staff station 2 (Rocky River) with a full time crew 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  For any questions please call 704-888-2033.  Please send any comments to the Stanly County Board of Commission at 1000 North First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.  Phone 704-986-3600.


 

2016 Locust Events.

https://locustnc.com/park-news-events/


 

May 7, 7:00pm-until: Movie Night feat. Woodlawn, sponsored by Carolina Presbyterian Church and Carolina Christian School

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 feat. The Good Dinosaur, sponsored by Jason Martin, DDS, PA

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

 

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296

www.locustnc.com



 

Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!


 

* Summer Concert Series

 

 



North Carolina Ranks #1 Fastest Growing Economy Since 2013


 

Raleigh, N.C.

Apr 28, 2016

Since 2013, North Carolina has the #1 fastest growing economy in the nation, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis. The state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has seen a 13.4 percent increase since 2013.
 
We have delivered $4.4 billion in tax relief, fixed our broken unemployment insurance system and reformed our economic development strategy to strengthen North Carolina’s economy and put more people back to work,” said Governor Pat McCrory. These efforts have positioned North Carolina as one of the fastest growing populations as well as fastest growing economy in the country.”
 
Since Governor McCrory entered office in 2013, North Carolina has fostered an economic environment that has created more than 275,000 private sector jobs. Additionally, as a result of historic tax reform, North Carolina’s business tax climate improved from 44th to 16th, the largest single rate jump in the history of the Tax Foundation rankings.


 

 

"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 Police Department

January 2016 News Letter

Click here.
 

 


Locust Youth Sports Information

 

For spring baseball and softball sign ups, visit: www.locustnc.siplay.com. Registration must be completed online before February 19th.

For spring soccer, you must register by March 7th with Challenger Sports. The first practice is March 14th.
Mink kicker registration: https://challenger.mycustomevent.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=detailview&imp=f&iid=99766&&returncom=productlist
6-9 year old league: https://challenger.mycustomevent.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=detailview&imp=f&iid=99782&&returncom=productlist

 

Spring Tennis will begin in March on Wednesdays after school. From kindergarten through high school. Lessons are $10 each. Register at the practice with coach Chad Oxendine. Visit his site for more information and practice times: http://www.amptennis.com/pages/index.cfm?siteid=19201


 

Emily Jones

Event Coordinator, City of Locust

Office: 704-888-5260

Work Cell: 704-310-1296

www.locustnc.com

 

Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!


2016 Locust Events.

https://locustnc.com/park-news-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

www.locustnc.com

Visit our facebook and check out our twitter!

* Summer Concert Series


 


 


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.

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. 

 

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 rhypes@carolina.rr.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.


 



 




 

 


 


 

 



 



 



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

    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:  http://www.ncleg.net/house/HousePageSite/Apply.aspx


     

    Positions fill up fast, so interested applicants should complete an online application at http://www.ncleg.net/house/housepagesite/ 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 - BurrLA@ncleg.net

     

     

     

           Justin.Burr@ncleg.net


     

     

     

    NORTH CAROLINA SENATE

     

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

    1118 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    LEGISLATIVE REPORT

     

     
    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

    MERRI'S DOLLS  HAS GOOD ASSORTMENT LEE MIDDLE TON  COLLECTOR DOLLS
    CALL US  AT 704-888-3474  THESE ARE THE LATEST CREATIONS BY LEE MIDDLETONAND AND '
    READY FOR GIFTS TO CHILDREN  2 YEARS UP TO 12 YEARS.
     
    TELEPHONE  704- 604-1292    MMETZ9999@AO0L.COM

    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.


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    Play Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
     


    Host: Red Bridge Golf Club, Locust NC



     

    Tournament Date: Friday April 22, 2016



     

    Tournament Format: 2-person better ball



     

    Tee’s: Men White tees, Ladies will play Red tees



     

    Scoring: Gross scoring for 18-holes, 3 Flights based on Handicaps



     

    Time: 10:00am Shotgun



     

    Entry fee: $190 per team



     

    Entry Includes

    Gift package from the Nike Mobile Pro Shop, Breakfast prior to teeing off, Special hole prizes throughout the course, Lunch, Beverages throughout the Day, Dinner after play, Team tournament prizes

    $100,000 Shootout: At the end of the event, each par 3 competition winner (5) plus one (1) Random player will have a shootout on hole #9 from 165 yards. Hole in One shot wins $100,000. Closest to the pin wins a 2016 free individual membership (cart included) at Red Bridge GC



     

    Special Sponsors: Charlotte Comfort Systems, Bojangles, HWY 55, and many others that will be position on the golf course to provide refreshments and entertainment.



     

    Entry Fee $190 per team:

    Fill out entry on our website www.redbridgegolfclub.com or Email entries to jonathan@redbridgegolfclub.com


     

     

     

     

     

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

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    d : C 28097 : Phone: 704-781-5231


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    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.
    800-ASK-4-USA


     

     


    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 .

     

    YOU WILL
    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.

    Remember
    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!

    info@greenpiecesrecycling.nc