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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

natalie@weeklypostnc.com

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.  […]

Midland pursues council-manager government

By Leah Schmalz

The Weekly Post

The town of Midland is moving forward in an effort to restructure its form of government from mayor-council to council-manager through a charter amendment.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution of intent and set a public hearing on the matter for the next regular meeting on September 8.

“It’s been a goal of this town for years to move to a council-manager form of government,” said Mayor Kathy Kitts.

This shift in the way the town operates would allow council and the mayor to focus on town policies instead of dedicating time to staff responsibilities. Additionally, the town manager would have more freedom to exercise policies without the need for council approval beforehand.

After the public hearing in September, the council can make a decision at the next consecutive meeting on October 13.

The council also passed a resolution during the meeting to extend the offer of full-time town administrator to Doug Paris, who had been serving as interim administrator. Paris would continue in the administrator role if the town switches to the council-manager government form. […]

Agri-Civic Day

This past Saturday, families enjoyed a day of fun at the Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle. Stanly County Agri-Civic Day is an annual summer event featuring displays of farm equipment, live entertainment, local agri-business vendors, non-profit exhibits, livestock shows and historical demonstrations. Children enjoyed a straw maze, corn pits, inflatables and pony rides. From watermelon eating […]

Goose control company moves to Stanfield

By Natalie Lloyd
If you’ve ever walked through a park and had to sidestep goose droppings or been hissed at by an aggressive mama goose, then you know first-hand the nuisance Canada geese can be.
Not only an aggravation, bacteria filled goose droppings can pose a health risk at places such as children’s playgrounds. An overpopulation of geese can also do large amounts of damage to plants, crops and golf course greens. […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro hosts semi-pro football game

By Natalie Lloyd
Saturday afternoon, Oakboro District Park hosted a semi-pro football game between the Anson M-Pact and the Palmetto Havoc. The M-Pact team is based in Wadesboro and the Havoc team is based in Myrtle Beach.
The teams compete in the Central Carolina Football League, a semi-pro league made up of former high school and college football players. The league competes during the summer with games running from July through September. […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

St. Jude Dream Home tickets on sale

By Natalie Lloyd
The St. Jude Dream Home in Locust is now up for grabs. Raffle tickets went on sale last week.
The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest annual fundraisers for the hospital. Around 30 dream homes will be built nationwide this year. The homes are sold by raffle with tickets priced at $100 each. The goal for the Locust project is to raise $1 million dollars for St. Jude. […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro’s revenues exceed expenditures

By Leah Schmalz
Oakboro Mayor Doug Burgess reported at the town council meeting on July 20 that revenues exceeded expenditures by $380,000 for fiscal year 2014-2015.
“That’s better than we’ve had in many, many years, and we thank you for that,” said Commissioner Georgia Harvey.
Several improvements are underway in the town. Patching is complete in the Oakland subdivision, and final paving will take place soon. The town is also seeking a quote for repairs to the brick columns at the entrance to the Oakboro Cemetery. […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Stanfield Mini Mart under new ownership

By Natalie Lloyd
The Stanfield Mini Mart, located at the corner of W. Stanly Street and Love Chapel Road, changed ownership July 1.
New owners Diann Furr and Sandy Ferguson purchased the shop when previous owner Joy Snow retired. Snow owned the shop for 22 years.
“Everybody still misses her. She did really good with it,” said Furr.
“We’re trying to follow in her footsteps,” said Ferguson. […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments