The “City with a Soul” will soon unveil a gem rich with the history of Locust. For the past six months, the Locust Historical Society has been hard at work beautifying their new home for housing and displaying historical artifacts from the Locust area.
“We hope this will be an enduring contribution to the community that will continue when we are long gone and our children’s grandchildren are here,” said Bill Tucker, chairperson. Continue reading
Officers and citizens gathered together for a solemn ceremony to celebrate and honor fallen heroes at the Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial park in Locust Tuesday, May 15. The ceremony was held during National Police Week, May 13-19–a week to honor all police who serve their country. Superior Court Judge Kevin Bridges, a native of Stanly County, addressed the crowd with sincere words of thanks to all of the officers that attended and to the family members of Assistant Chief Ray Kennedy of the Locust Police Department killed March 3, 1991, Officer Damon Smith of the Oakboro Police Department killed April 15, 1996, and Officer Jeff Shelton of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department killed April 1, 2007. Continue reading
Green Pieces Recycling visited Fun-N-Learning Daycare in Locust recently to teach the children about what it means to recycle trash and take care of the earth. Fun-N-Learning uses Green Pieces services at the center and felt it would be a good way to show the children why they collect daily items to recycle. Green Pieces showed his recycling truck, how to crush and break down recyclables, and where it goes once it leaves businesses, homes, and community. His mascot “Binny” the Recycling Bin came out to enjoy the festivities as well. The children spent the week talking about recycling in honor of Earth Day.
High school students received an up close and personal look at the realities of the physical and emotional damages of drunk driving last Wednesday morning at West Stanly High School.
Safe Kids Stanly County and SART conducted a mock car crash with the assistance of students from the West Stanly Players, along with local fire departments, EMTs, and police from the county. The event was funded through the Albemarle ABC Board in an effort to open the eyes of underage students about the dangers of drinking and driving. Continue reading
Strawberries are early this season, according to the North Carolina Strawberry Association, but are ripe for the picking at many local strawberry farms. Mike, also known as “Paw Paw” Williams and his four-year-old grandson, Brycen Williams spent the morning picking and sampling strawberries at Piedmont Produce, where a bucket of strawberries is $12 or you can pick your own for $10.
By Joyce Lavene
Draven Ashbaugh, two years old, drowned Monday in a backyard pool. He was visiting his father and grandparents in Mt. Pleasant when it happened. His mother, Heather Barbee and grandmother, Cathy Phillips of Oakboro would like everyone to know that drowning is preventable.
“I hope people will read this and realize that active supervision is the most important thing to keep kids safe. Some of the precautions from Safe Kids of Stanly County (SKSC) might have prevented this and other drownings,” said Phillips.
SKSC recommends always actively supervising children in and around water. Don’t leave, even for a moment. Stay where you can see, hear, and reach kids in water. Avoid talking or texting on the phone, preparing a meal, reading and other distractions.
If you have a pool or spa, or if your child visits a home that has a pool or spa, it should be surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least four feet high with self-closing and self-latching gates that lock. Don’t leave toys in or near the pool, where they could attract unsupervised kids. For extra protection, consider a pool alarm and alarms on the doors, windows and gates leading to the pool.
Teach children about the dangers of swimming around drains. Children should not swim or play near any drain or suction outlet. Make sure all pools and spas have compliant anti-entrapment drain covers and back up devices to ensure safer places for children to swim.
Know how to swim and enroll your kids in swimming lessons. Swimming lessons won’t make your child immune to drowning, but it is an important skill for both adults and children to learn. Don’t rely on inflatable swimming toys such as “water wings” and noodles. If your child can’t swim, stay within an arm’s reach.
Learn infant and child CPR. In less than two hours, you can learn effective interventions that can give a fighting chance to a child whose breathing and heartbeat have stopped. Contact the American Red Cross at 704-982-0070 or the American Heart Association at 704-374-0632 for information about local CPR classes.
Learn how to use rescue equipment. Keep the equipment, a phone, and emergency numbers nearby in case there is an emergency.
“Kids drown quickly and quietly,” said Brian Taylor, coordinator of SKSC. “A drowning child can’t cry or shout for help. It is important to remember that simple steps save lives – supervise children when they are in or near water, learn water safety skills like swimming and CPR and for home pools and spas, use barriers and anti-entrapment devices. The most important precaution for parents is active supervision. Simply being near your child is not necessarily supervising.”
Visit www.safekids.org to download a free Water Watcher badge.
For more information about water safet and to receive a free Water Watcher badge, visit www.safekids.org.
DRAKE, Joel Jethro Name:
July 12, 2011
CABARRUS COUNTY SHERIFF`S OFFICE
The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information as to the whereabouts of the following individual. If
you have any information, please contact the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office @ (704)920-3000.
HWY 24-27 E MIDLAND NC
Last known address:
M I S S I N G from NC Hwy 24/27 East Midland, NC
2002 WHITE TOYOTA CAMRY NC PLATE PYN-2136 Vehicle:
On July 12th, 2011 at approximately 9:00 am the Cabarrus County Sheriff`s Department was contacted
in reference to a missing person from NC Hwy. 24/27 East. Deputies met with the missing persons
family who advised that Joel Drake had been missing since 5:00 am on 07/12/2011. They stated that
Joel Drake had called at 5:00 am and stated he was leaving his residence and would be en route to
their house in Charlotte, NC. At 07:45 when Joel Drake had not arrived they left their home off Mt. Holly
Huntersville Rd. and traveled his usual route back to his house in Cabarrus County. Joel Drake should
be traveling in a White 2002 Toyota Camry, license plate PYN-2136. The vehicle has damage to the
lower portion of the drivers side front quarter panel just in front of the door. Mr. Drake should be
traveling with a small white poodle. Joel Drake has been diagnosed with a mild case of Dementia.
IF LOCATED, CONTACT:
Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office @ 704-920-3000 or
Cabarrus Area CrimeStoppers @ (704) 93-CRIME
Police Officer Sgt. Jeremy B. Cleaver received his Advanced Police Training Certificate from the State of North Carolina last week. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards and the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards commissions regulate standards for the training and certification of sheriffs’ deputies, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and juvenile justice officers. Both Commissions maintain a staff of employees at the Department of Justice.
The commissions each meet quarterly to discuss training and certification topics, as well as to hear cases of deputies or officers who have been accused of violating commission rules. The commissions are represented by attorneys from the Department of Justice.
The North Carolina Justice Academy provides basic, intermediate, and advanced training for law enforcement officers in a variety of topics, including: anti-terrorism, community oriented policing, criminal investigation, traffic crash investigation, firearms, self-defense, and management and supervision.
Sgt. Cleaver has served with the City of Locust for over 10 years and has numerous commendations and accomplishments in his career. Locust Mayor Efird said, “The City of Locust is honored to have the men and women of Sgt. Cleaver’s caliber serving our citizens day in and day out. I congratulate Sgt. Cleaver on this most amazing accomplishment.”