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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

Stanfield reflects on success of Read with a Cop

By Leah Schmalz
At the May council meeting, Stanfield Police Chief Corey Faggart reported on the Read with a Cop program, which just ended for the school year.
“I think there was only one child that didn’t participate,” Faggart said. “All the ones that participated got a certificate for a free slushie at the mini mart. The top three out of each class got a free pool pass for their whole family.”
All of the children who participated read more than 100 books for the year. “That just shows how much it encourages the kids,” Faggart said.
The top reader was Chase Burroughs, with a total of 360 books. “To get a kid to read 360 books at home on his own, that’s a win for me,” Faggart said. “The more they’re reading, the better their reading skills. This is kindergarten, so it’s going to build throughout their education.” […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post|0 Comments

Stanfield PD enhances crime solving with system purchase

By Leah Schmalz
The council reviewed the benefits of a recent purchase by the Stanfield Police Department at May’s council meeting Thursday.
“We’re responsible for the town’s money and when we spend money that tax money, I like to advertise what we have done,” said Police Commissioner James Griffin.
He said last month the town purchased a system called Leads Online to assist in the investigation of crimes of stolen property. The cost of the system is $1,500 per year. A review of stolen property incidents from previous years showed the town was losing more than this as a result of these crimes. […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Government, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro passes resolution to request delayed BOE vote

By Leah Schmalz
Anthony Graves spoke at Oakboro’s February town council meeting to present a proposed resolution to ask the Stanly County Board of Education to delay the vote on any closure or consolidation plans until January 2016. Several days later the council adopted the resolution. The full text can be found on the town’s website and Facebook page.  […]

By |February 28th, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Red Cross Council discusses Stanly County Schools’ redistricting plans

By Natalie Lloyd
At Monday’s meeting, Red Cross council members discussed the consolidation and redistricting plans proposed by the Stanly County Board of Education. Former school board member Melvin Poole spoke about the plans and answered questions from the council. Poole, who served on the school board for 18 years, vehemently opposed the plans.  […]

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

Stanfield council, staff visit third grade classes

By Leah Schmalz
Third grade students had the opportunity to learn more about local government firsthand on Thursday with a visit from members of the Stanfield town council, staff and police department.
Mayor Kevin Barbee, Commissioner Jerry Williams, Police Chief Tony Beaver, Interim Town Administrator Bridgette Helms and Officer Ashley Ingram provided an overview of the way the town functions. Students received Stanly County magazines, maps and a copy of the town’s history. “Generally we try to look after the town’s best interests,” said Barbee. “There will be opportunities for you as you get older to get involved.” […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Midland extends Saddlebrook hearing, reviews petition

By Leah Schmalz
At January’s meeting last Tuesday, Midland council decided to extend the public hearing on prohibited parking on Saddlebrook Drive until February’s meeting pending more information on the situation.
No one spoke at the hearing, but the town plans to reach out to the impacted households on Saddlebrook Drive to invite them to speak at February’s meeting. There are several options the ordinance could address. It could limit parking on the entire street, limit it on one side only, limit it between certain points or set specific times for restricted parking. The concern is that buses and emergency vehicles would have difficulty on the street with cars parked along both sides. […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Stanfield addresses covered sewer valve on Big Lick Road

By Leah Schmalz
At the November council meeting, Stanfield officials discussed a mistake made by state workers on the Big Lick Road bridge. The employees covered over a valve on the sewer transmission line with roughly six feet of fill, even though it had been marked. A second valve on the opposite end of the bridge wasn’t covered.
Town officials said other valves along the line remain accessible in the case of an incident. “If anything was to happen, we could shut it off,” said Commissioner Jerry Williams. However, even if the valve remains covered, it would need to be open and secure to avoid issues. […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Government, Towns, Your Hometown|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