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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

Changing the course of time—Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Douglas Sr was a civil rights pioneer

By Andrew Stark
It turns out the “unidentified white man” has a name, and boy does he have a story to tell.
Mint Hill resident Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Douglas Sr. is the holder of two bachelor degrees, a masters and a doctorate degree. He is a minister, a soloist, a civil rights pioneer and was a confidant to some of the country’s biggest and most powerful players during the civil rights movements of the 1960s.
It was during that time Douglas became known by many as the “unidentified white man” since he appeared to be a caucasian man who was so often seen in photographs alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy and many other key players in the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Alabama and throughout the United States.
Now 84 years old, Douglas resides in the Clear Creek Retirement Home with his wife, Blanche, and is recovering after spinal surgery. He gets around with a wheelchair or a walker these days, but just like his fighting spirit of the 1960s, Douglas can rise to the challenge when needed and, sometimes against his therapist’s best wishes, will stand by himself just months after surgery left him nearly bedridden. […]

By |January 17th, 2015|Weekly Post, Weekly Post Front Page|0 Comments

Stanfield business recognized by Department of Labor

By Leah Schmalz

Stanley Engineered Fastening, a Stanley Black & Decker Inc. company with a local facility in Stanfield, was recognized by the Department of Labor for safety in the workplace with a Million Hour award.

The North Carolina Department of Labor presents Million Hour awards for businesses that have gone one million employee hours without any […]

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

Diva Dash lets women relax from responsibilities

By Leah Schmalz

An estimated 350 runners, decked out in colorful tutus and leopard print, showed up Saturday morning at Riverbend Farm in Midland for the Shape Diva Dash 5K. As buffalo and goats looked on, the runners traversed roughly three miles of dirt trail, weaving around the farm and through the woods. They also had the opportunity to conquer 11 obstacles along the way, like monkey bars and a fireman’s pole.   […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Things to do, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Commissioner Asciutto speaks at Stanfield meeting

By Leah Schmalz

Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto spoke during the public comment session at Stanfield’s town hall meeting on Thursday to update the council on what is happening at the county level. Asciutto said he’s been making visits to towns throughout Stanly County.

Asciutto focused primarily on the county’s animal control ordinance that was passed last year, encouraging town officials to spread the word so pet owners understand what the ordinance entails. He said the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent pets from leaving an owner’s property and causing harm to another person. “People have every right to own an animal and have them on their property, but their neighbors also has a right to not have the animal come in and harm them,” he said.  […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Breaking News, Towns, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Holiday spirit on parade in Locust this Saturday

Members of the West Stanly Lions Club and the City of Locust hope to usher in the holiday season with a full afternoon of festivities Saturday.

The day starts with a holiday festival in the Locust Town Center beginning at 1 pm. The parade takes place in downtown at 3 pm and attendees can enjoy entertainment until […]

By |November 30th, 2013|Breaking News, Government, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

City of Locust senior center gets a home

By Carrie C. Causey  carrie@weeklypostnc.com

It’s an announcement Locust Council member Harry Fletcher has been waiting a long time to say. The proposed senior center that has been in the works for two years has finally found a home and the dream of having a place for elderly residents to have fun and fellowship is well on the road to fruition.

Fletcher made the announcement during the monthly Locust City Council meeting November 7, but afterward, he was happy to detail how residents have made it possible and what they hope to accomplish with continued community support.

The West Stanly Community Center Foundation, Inc. will be housed in the former library building, 216 Town Center Drive. Fletcher said youth from Locust Presbyterian Church and other organizations have already been asked to do some painting and other maintenance to have it ready to open early January. […]

By |November 16th, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Government, Towns, Weekly Post Front Page|0 Comments

Burgess wins with write-ins

By Carrie C. Causey   carrie@weeklypostnc.com

Oakboro’s town administrator Doug Burgess will be wearing an additional hat come January. Friday, the Stanly County Board of Elections announced Burgess won the Oakboro mayoral race without ever being on the ballot.

“I knew there was a write- in campaign, but I didn’t expect the overwhelming response,” Burgess said of receiving […]

By |November 16th, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Towns, Weekly Post Front Page|0 Comments

Softball tournament helps area firefighter

Saturday was a humbling day for West Stanly Firefighter Steven Shaw. After years of helping others, the tables were turned as a whole community came out to support him.

The first Stanly County Public Safety/Teacher’s Charity Softball Tournament was held to benefit Shaw and his family as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. […]

By |November 16th, 2013|News Notes, People, Sports, Towns, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Thanking veterans in Stanly County

Residents scat- tered along downtown Albemarle Saturday to watch the annual Stanly County Veterans Day Parade. Among those who participated were area scouting troops, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, area fire departments, Junior American Citizens, marching bands from West and South Stanly high schools and several military organizations, including chapters of Veterans […]

By |November 16th, 2013|News Notes, Towns, Weekly Post Front Page|0 Comments