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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

Stanly County school board considers consolidation, redistricting of schools

By Natalie Lloyd
Significant change may be on the way for Stanly County Schools. 
The Stanly County Board of Education is considering plans for school consolidation and redistricting. The recently proposed plans, recommending closures of East Albemarle, Norwood and Oakboro Elementary Schools, have raised heated debate throughout the county. 
Superintendent Dr. Terry Griffin has proposed two options, Plan A and Plan B, for the school board’s consideration. Both plans will take about two years to complete.  […]

By |February 28th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Winter storm 2015

Scenes from Stanly County.

 

By |February 17th, 2015|Towns, Weekly Post, Weekly Post Photos, Your Hometown|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

Registration begins for spring sports

By Natalie Lloyd
Cold winter weather often means long days indoors for children who would rather spend time outside. For children longing to get outside and play, now is the time to register for spring sports. A variety of sports opportunities are offered locally for children of all ages.
Locust
The City of Locust offers spring baseball, softball, tennis and soccer programs for children. Registration for spring sports must be completed online at www.locustnc.sportssignup.com.
A baseball program is offered for boys ages 4-12 and softball for girls ages 4-15.  The season begins in March and ends in June. Registration is open now through Friday, February 20. The City of Locust also offers the Babe Ruth baseball league for boys ages 13-15. Registration for the Babe Ruth league is open now through Wednesday, April 1. The cost per player for baseball or softball is $85. […]

By |January 21st, 2015|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

Local builders discuss sewer rates during Locust council meeting

By Natalie Lloyd
Several local builders and developers were invited to attend the January council meeting in Locust to add their perspective to the discussion on sewer accessibility rates. The discussion was tabled from the December meeting. Terry Whitley, Tim Furr and Harold Dean Almond each spoke to the council about the issue. 
With only around 50 houses built last year, Whitley said growth in Locust is much slower than growth in other municipalities surrounding Charlotte. Whitley is one of the developers for the Locust Town Center and currently serves on the Stanly County Economic Development Commission. He stated several reasons for the slower development in Locust including high land prices and high sewer rates. Not just an issue for residential development, Whitley said the high sewer rates are also a problem for commercial development.  […]

By |January 17th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Christian Ministries provides assistance at Christmas and year-round

By Natalie Lloyd
The Christmas season is a time of giving, sharing and helping one another. For the staff at West Stanly Christian Ministries in Stanfield, the spirit of giving is not confined to Christmastime, but is a year-round focus.
“We are a full service crisis assistance ministry in that, basically any need that someone has come up, we try and help them through that situation,” said Robert Britt, managing director of WSCM, “that’s not to say we can meet every need or that we can help in every situation, but we like to be a good starting off place.” […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro celebrates Christmas Thursday, December 4

By Natalie Lloyd
A full evening of Christmas festivities is planned for Thursday, December 4 in Oakboro. Come early to enjoy holiday fun around town before the annual tree lighting ceremony and Christmas parade.   
Beginning at 5 pm, families can take a train ride in the Sun Trust parking lot, enjoy a children’s Christmas tree exhibit and visit with Santa Claus. […]

By |December 2nd, 2014|Your Hometown|0 Comments