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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

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

Locust celebrates Christmas with parade

This past Saturday, the City of Locust ushered in the holiday season with their annual Christmas parade. Hosted by the West Stanly Lions Club, the parade delighted attendees of all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus concluded the celebration by wishing a Merry Christmas to all in attendance. Photos by Natalie Lloyd

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

Stanfield addresses covered sewer valve on Big Lick Road

By Leah Schmalz
At the November council meeting, Stanfield officials discussed a mistake made by state workers on the Big Lick Road bridge. The employees covered over a valve on the sewer transmission line with roughly six feet of fill, even though it had been marked. A second valve on the opposite end of the bridge wasn’t covered.
Town officials said other valves along the line remain accessible in the case of an incident. “If anything was to happen, we could shut it off,” said Commissioner Jerry Williams. However, even if the valve remains covered, it would need to be open and secure to avoid issues. […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Government, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Republicans victorious in November 4 election

By Natalie Lloyd
Tuesday’s election was a success for the Republican party. Voters in Stanly and Cabarrus Counties filled elected offices with Republican candidates at both the local and state levels.
Several races were tight, such as the race for Stanly County Sherriff, in which Republican George T. Burris received 50.68 percent of votes over Sheriff Rick Burris, who received 49.32 percent. […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Midland examines options for community improvement

By Leah Schmalz

The Midland town council examined several options for community improvement during public comment session, presentations and a work session as part of the October town council meeting last Tuesday.

During the work session that preempted the meeting, the council discussed potential alternatives to the capital recovery fee added to sewer bills to pay off loans for system improvements and expansion. The two alternative options proposed were an ad-valorem property tax increase and the creation of a municipal service district to levy a service district tax.  […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Rocky River Vineyards to host grape stomping festival

By Leah Schmalz
If stomping grapes with your feet to make wine has been on your bucket list, this weekend is the time to cross it off. Rocky River Vineyards will host a Family Harvest Picnic and Grape Stomping event this Sunday from 12 to 6 pm. The free event features carriage rides, face painting, wine and grape juice samples, and food. […]

By |October 10th, 2014|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Big Yard Sale! Center Grove UMC

BIG – BIG – YARD SALE. Don’t miss this one! Center Grove United Methodist Church, Hwy. 200, Georgeville area. September 27 from 7 am to 2 pm. Lots of good items. Inside – rain or shine.

By |September 25th, 2014|Your Hometown|0 Comments