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Woman’s body found in Locust, suspect identified

By Natalie Lloyd
Investigators have identified a suspect in a recent Locust homicide.
A woman was found dead near an abandoned farmhouse in Locust Friday, July 24. According to the State Bureau of Investigation, the victim was later identified as 40-year-old Donna Marie Helms-Perez.
The body was found at 8300 NC Hwy. 200 across the line into Cabarrus County, but within Locust city limits. […]

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

Naked Pig sponsors Oakboro Fire Department barbecue

By Leah Schmalz

The Naked Pig Meat Co. of 113 North Main Street in Oakboro sponsored the fire department’s barbecue at the town’s Fourth of July celebration on Saturday. For $8 a plate, purchasers received barbecue, bread, coleslaw, chips, a drink and dessert.

“We were so honored to be selected by Oakboro as a sponsor for this year’s barbecue,” said Owner Jenny Hatley. “We are proud to be members of the community, as business owners, farmers and citizens, so the chance to have our pork on the menu was one we didn’t take lightly. Kudos to the hardworking smokers who created it; the flavor and juiciness were perfect!” […]

Peachberry Farms and Bakery

By Natalie Lloyd

Owners: Kevin and Julia Lowder

Products: Homemade desserts such as cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies and pies.

Locations: Stanly Commons Farmers Market in Albemarle (Mondays), Locust Farmers Market (Thursdays) and Oakboro Farmers Market (Saturdays).

About the business: Peachberry Farms and Bakery is located in Millingport. With roots in farming since childhood, Kevin Lowder began farming full-time in 2008. His wife Julia said her bakery goes hand in hand with his farming, using the peaches, apples and strawberries grown on their farm in her cakes and pies.

“Baking is just something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s my passion,” said Julia.  […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Breaking News, Garden, Growth, News Notes, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Sheriff speaks at Locust council meeting

By Natalie Lloyd

At the July meeting, Sheriff George T. Burris spoke to the Locust City Council providing updates from the sheriff’s office.

“We’re doing a lot of community policing, trying to be more involved in our cities and towns,” said Burris.

He commended the Locust Police Department for their work and thanked Police Chief Frank Hartsell for his assistance and advice.

Burris said the sheriff’s department is also working to be more involved in schools through the D.A.R.E. program.

The community can now connect with the sheriff’s department via Facebook. Burris said the Facebook page was recently started to keep the community informed about major arrests and other information.  […]

Red Cross to purchase tractor

By Natalie Lloyd

At Monday’s meeting, the Red Cross Town Council discussed the purchase of a utility tractor to mow the walking trail around the town hall property.

The council compared the cost of purchasing a utility tractor and mowing the walking trail themselves to bids from lawn service companies.

The primary use for the tractor currently will be to mow around the walking trail; however, the town hopes to eventually build a park and could use the tractor to maintain park property as well.

“Looking at the future, we’d like to see a park,” said council member Kelly Brattain. “This would be a way to start as part of the equipment.”

The council determined the purchase of the tractor would be more cost effective than contracting a lawn service to maintain the walking trail. The purchase of a John Deere tractor was approved at a cost of $14,300.  […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Breaking News, Development, Government, Growth, News Notes|0 Comments

Hatley family reunion Sunday, June 14

The Hatley Reunion (descendents of Hardy Hatley) will be Sunday, June 14, at Hatleys’ Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Oakboro. The reunion will begin at 1 pm. Family and friends are encouraged to come, bringing a covered dish and a lawn chair.

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

Quilting for Project Linus

By Natalie Lloyd
The first Friday of each month, the West Stanly Senior Center in Locust hosts a quilting workshop from 10 am to 3 pm. During the workshops, ladies volunteer their time and sewing
skills to create handmade quilts to donate to Project Linus.
Project Linus is a national organization providing blankets to children who are […]

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

Veteran Outreach continues: Black-Phillips American Legion Post 433 – Midland

Veteran Service Officer, (VSO) Bob Downer, has arranged for an access ramp to be provided for Chris Paetz, a U.S. Navy veteran.
On Monday, June 1, a team effort collected the necessary materials and set about designing the ramp, located on Pond Road in Locust.  The ramp was 95 percent complete Tuesday, June 2.  The finishing […]

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

School Board votes to delay consolidation, redistricting plans

By Natalie Lloyd
During their June meeting, the Stanly County Board of Education unanimously voted to delay a decision on school consolidation and redistricting plans for one year. No schools will close for the 2015-2016 school year.
The board’s decision was made as a result of Supt. Dr. Terry Griffin’s report that information from several crucial studies would not be available until later this summer.
For several months, the school board has been considering Supt. Griffin’s two proposals to consolidate and redistrict Stanly County Schools. Both plans recommend shuttering East Albemarle, Norwood and Oakboro Elementary Schools. […]

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

15 fun things to do with kids this summer

By Natalie Lloyd
School is out and long, lazy days of summer relaxation are here.
Wait a minute.
Every parens knows summer isn’t relaxing, not with the kids bouncing off the walls and screaming “I’m bored!” Summer days can be trying as parents work to keep active little minds and bodies entertained and out of trouble.
Creating a summer bucket list for your family can be a good way to fill summer days with fun instead of stress. The Weekly Post compiled a list of 15 fun, kid-friendly things to do within an hour drive. Get your bucket list started with a few of these activities to keep the kids happy and busy all summer long. […]

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