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Officials ‘break ground’ on Locust Town Center Apartments

By Leah Schmalz

State officials joined representatives from Whitley Realty and Uwharrie Bank at a ceremonial groundbreaking for Locust Town Center Apartments.

“It’s a sign that things are starting to happen again in Stanly County. We got hit really hard, but I think this is a true sign of recovery,” said Joseph Burleson of Whitley Realty. “It’s hopefully going to bring folks into Locust, into town center, and help support the businesses that we have here already.”  […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Breaking News, Development, Growth, Towns, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Midland hears preliminary plans for Wallace Park

By Leah Schmalz

Cabarrus County officials presented plans for Phase 1 of Rob Wallace Park at a work session Tuesday night in Midland.

Planning for the 190-acre park has resumed after budget cuts last summer reallocated funding and stalled the project.

The county’s recent acquisition of land allows for a park entrance off of Bethel School Road and work is already underway.

Deputy County Manager Jonathan Marshall said the county is exploring a public-private venture to drive the cost of the park. “Taxpayers won’t pay the initial bill,” he said. “It will be driven by users. With that said, there will be plenty of free amenities in this park and it will be a huge asset to this area.”

Paddleboat rentals and an aerial adventure park are some of the proposed amenities that would generate funds to support the park. Additionally, the county has roughly $1 million set aside for Phase 1 and plans to apply for a $350,000 grant from the state.  […]

Locust considers raising speed limit on Hwy. 24-27

By Natalie Lloyd


During the August council meeting, Locust city representatives debated the pros and cons of increasing the speed limit on Hwy. 24-27.

Currently the speed limit in Locust drops from 45 mph to 35 mph on Hwy. 24-27 through town with a 25 mph school zone. Council members and Department of Transportation engineers discussed the possibility of raising the speed limit to 45 mph, the recommendation of NCDOT based on traffic studies conducted over the past five years.

According to the studies, 85 percent of traffic on Hwy. 24-27 in Locust is comfortable driving speeds around 45 mph.

“For quite a while we’ve known the highway was designed and carries traffic at 45 miles per hour. And people will, for the most part, drive to the design and capability of the highway,” said City Administrator Tim Fesperman.  […]

Midland pursues council-manager government

By Leah Schmalz

The Weekly Post

The town of Midland is moving forward in an effort to restructure its form of government from mayor-council to council-manager through a charter amendment.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution of intent and set a public hearing on the matter for the next regular meeting on September 8.

“It’s been a goal of this town for years to move to a council-manager form of government,” said Mayor Kathy Kitts.

This shift in the way the town operates would allow council and the mayor to focus on town policies instead of dedicating time to staff responsibilities. Additionally, the town manager would have more freedom to exercise policies without the need for council approval beforehand.

After the public hearing in September, the council can make a decision at the next consecutive meeting on October 13.

The council also passed a resolution during the meeting to extend the offer of full-time town administrator to Doug Paris, who had been serving as interim administrator. Paris would continue in the administrator role if the town switches to the council-manager government form. […]

Agri-Civic Day

This past Saturday, families enjoyed a day of fun at the Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle. Stanly County Agri-Civic Day is an annual summer event featuring displays of farm equipment, live entertainment, local agri-business vendors, non-profit exhibits, livestock shows and historical demonstrations. Children enjoyed a straw maze, corn pits, inflatables and pony rides. From watermelon eating […]

Naked Pig sponsors Oakboro Fire Department barbecue

By Leah Schmalz

The Naked Pig Meat Co. of 113 North Main Street in Oakboro sponsored the fire department’s barbecue at the town’s Fourth of July celebration on Saturday. For $8 a plate, purchasers received barbecue, bread, coleslaw, chips, a drink and dessert.

“We were so honored to be selected by Oakboro as a sponsor for this year’s barbecue,” said Owner Jenny Hatley. “We are proud to be members of the community, as business owners, farmers and citizens, so the chance to have our pork on the menu was one we didn’t take lightly. Kudos to the hardworking smokers who created it; the flavor and juiciness were perfect!” […]

Peachberry Farms and Bakery

By Natalie Lloyd

Owners: Kevin and Julia Lowder

Products: Homemade desserts such as cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies and pies.

Locations: Stanly Commons Farmers Market in Albemarle (Mondays), Locust Farmers Market (Thursdays) and Oakboro Farmers Market (Saturdays).

About the business: Peachberry Farms and Bakery is located in Millingport. With roots in farming since childhood, Kevin Lowder began farming full-time in 2008. His wife Julia said her bakery goes hand in hand with his farming, using the peaches, apples and strawberries grown on their farm in her cakes and pies.

“Baking is just something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s my passion,” said Julia.  […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Breaking News, Garden, Growth, News Notes, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Sheriff speaks at Locust council meeting

By Natalie Lloyd

At the July meeting, Sheriff George T. Burris spoke to the Locust City Council providing updates from the sheriff’s office.

“We’re doing a lot of community policing, trying to be more involved in our cities and towns,” said Burris.

He commended the Locust Police Department for their work and thanked Police Chief Frank Hartsell for his assistance and advice.

Burris said the sheriff’s department is also working to be more involved in schools through the D.A.R.E. program.

The community can now connect with the sheriff’s department via Facebook. Burris said the Facebook page was recently started to keep the community informed about major arrests and other information.  […]

Red Cross to purchase tractor

By Natalie Lloyd

At Monday’s meeting, the Red Cross Town Council discussed the purchase of a utility tractor to mow the walking trail around the town hall property.

The council compared the cost of purchasing a utility tractor and mowing the walking trail themselves to bids from lawn service companies.

The primary use for the tractor currently will be to mow around the walking trail; however, the town hopes to eventually build a park and could use the tractor to maintain park property as well.

“Looking at the future, we’d like to see a park,” said council member Kelly Brattain. “This would be a way to start as part of the equipment.”

The council determined the purchase of the tractor would be more cost effective than contracting a lawn service to maintain the walking trail. The purchase of a John Deere tractor was approved at a cost of $14,300.  […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Breaking News, Development, Government, Growth, News Notes|0 Comments

Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist celebrates 250 years as a church

By Leah Schmalz

Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Locust commemorates a major landmark this weekend with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. Organized in 1765 by Primitive Baptists from England, the church was formed 11 years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The weekend festivities consist of several services held throughout the weekend that include a capella congregational singing, preaching, prayer and fellowship. The services take place at 7 pm on Friday and 10:30 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. The morning services are followed by lunch.  […]