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By |October 13th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Produce stand closes for season this Saturday

Metrolina Mulch in Midland will close its farmers market for the season this Saturday. The farmers market will reopen this spring. Metrolina Mulch would like to thank its customers and farmers who supplied produce for a successful 2015.

By |September 10th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Esther House asks Stanfield to spread word about services

By Leah Schmalz
Donna Miller, executive director of Esther House in Stanly County, spoke at the September meeting of the Stanfield town council to ask the town to promote awareness of the nonprofit’s services.
“A lot of people tend to think that Esther House is only a shelter, but there are so many more services we provide,” Miller said. Among these services are legal and medical advocacy, life and job skills and counseling for men, women and children.
“We ask that you team up with Esther House and help us get the word out to the Stanfield community that we are here to help,” she said.
Miller left crisis line cards for the council members. “Put them out wherever you may go- anywhere in this area where a victim may see this card,” she said. “It can save somebody’s life.”
Mayor Kevin Barbee read a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Miller invited the community to a breakfast at the hospital on October 1 to kick off the awareness month. She is sponsoring a law enforcement table. “I hope to have every community at that table,” she said. […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Hands on Locust set for Saturday

By Natalie Lloyd
A full evening of family-friendly fun is planned in Locust this Saturday. The evening will kick off at 5 pm with the city’s second annual Hands on Locust event followed by an outdoor showing of the movie Planes: Fire and Rescue.
Hands on Locust features vehicles from businesses and services based in the Locust area. The event is an opportunity for children to have fun exploring many different types of vehicles while also learning about community businesses and services. […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Your Hometown|0 Comments

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.  […]

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