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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.  […]

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

Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist celebrates 250 years

By Leah Schmalz
Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Locust commemorated a major landmark last 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 consisted of several services with a capella congregational singing, preaching, prayer and fellowship. The Saturday and Sunday services were followed by lunch. […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Man arrested for making threats with gun

By Natalie Lloyd
A man was arrested in the Red Cross community Wednesday, May 6 for threatening a landscaper with a gun. The incident took place at 395 E. Red Cross Road.
According to the Stanly County Sherriff’s report, 32-year-old Chris Carlton Snuggs of Oakboro, armed with a handgun, made threats to kill the landscaper.
Responding to the […]

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

Community gathers for National Day of Prayer

By Natalie Lloyd
This past Thursday, the community gathered in front of the Locust Government Center to pray.
The event was a local observance of the annual National Day of Prayer. Similar gatherings took place throughout the nation Thursday.
Rev. Kinney Wallace began the event with welcoming remarks and an opening prayer.
The theme for this year’s event […]

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

SunTrust bank robbed in Oakboro

The Oakboro branch of SunTrust bank was robbed today around 1 PM. The suspect is a white male wearing a camo type hoodie with a black tobbagan with blu trim, blue jeans, and dark colored sneakers. Suspect left on foot and ran behind the bank on E. 3rd. Street. Any Info contact Stanly County Comm […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Breaking News, Towns, 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

Senior Center to host fundraiser events

By Natalie Lloyd
From books to crafts and yard sale items, the West Stanly Senior Center in Locust will be the hub for two community fundraising events this spring. The Madelyn’s Book Belles annual book sale will coincide this year with an indoor craft and yard sale at the senior center. Both events are scheduled for the first week in March.  
Madelyn’s Book Belles is a local book club involved with the Locust Library. Reading everything from classics to popular fiction, the club meets once a month to share lunch together and discuss a book. Through their annual book sale, the group shares their love of books with the community by raising funds for the library.  […]

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