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News about business, growth, and the environment around Oakboro, Locust, Stanfield and Midland.

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.  […]

Fair Havens Ministry launches Make a Change Campaign

By Natalie Lloyd
During the month of May, Fair Havens Ministry will be collecting loose change for the Make a Change Campaign to raise funds for their ministry.
The focus of Fair Havens Ministry “is to share the love of Jesus in a practical way by providing housing, education and opportunities for a brighter future.”
The ministry aims to renovate the old Bethel School building on Hwy. 24-27 to become an orphanage. With an agreed upon purchase price of $150,000, Fair Havens is currently seeking to raise the $50,000 needed to close on the deed to the property.
Founder Jessica Harris had originally hoped to close on the deed by April 1, but was unsuccessful in raising the needed funds. She now hopes to raise the funds by June 30 to close on the property and proceed with renovations plans. […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Development, Weekly Post, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Fair Havens Ministry aims to use old Bethel School as orphanage

By Leah Schmalz
A sign hangs on the front fence of the old Bethel School building on Highway 24-27, proclaiming it the future home of Fair Havens Orphanage. After sitting vacant for years, Mint Hill native Jessica Harris has plans to convert the five buildings and three ball fields into a place of hope for children throughout the area, with a proposed opening date of August 2017. […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Development, Towns, Weekly Post|0 Comments

Whitley to retire from SCPC

By Natalie Lloyd

Barbara Whitley, Executive Director for the Stanly County Partnership for Children, will retire June 30. She has been involved with the partnership for over 20 years, serving as executive director for the past 12 years.

The Stanly County Partnership for Children is a nonprofit agency serving children birth to five years old.

SCPC is a local partnership for the statewide Smart Start program. Established in 1993, Smart Start is led by the North Carolina Partnership for Children and 77 local partnerships working in all 100 counties in the state.

Through Smart Start funding, SCPC provides programs and services to help prepare children in Stanly County to enter kindergarten.

“It has been an honor and privilege,” said Whitley, “I have been so fortunate and blessed to have this position.” […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Government, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Midland Magic cancelled until next year

By Leah Schmalz

Celebrate Midland Magic, a local festival held for 12 years, is cancelled for this fall. The committee has plans to hold it again next year.

John Crump, a Midland town councilmember, said the committee had been looking for a larger venue but had planned to hold it one more time at the Midland Fire […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Government, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Riverbend Farm trail, launch open Saturday

By Leah Schmalz

This Saturday at 10 a.m. the Town of Midland and the Carolina Thread Trail will hold a ribbon cutting to officially open the Riverbend Farm trail and canoe and kayak launch. It is the second public access point for this segment of the Carolina Thread Trail.

The natural surface trail is about one mile long. It leads to the southern-most water entry for paddle recreation in Cabarrus County, allowing for access to the Rocky River. The Pharr Family Preserve canoe and kayak launch, which opened in March, is four and a half miles north of this launch.  […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Your Hometown|0 Comments