Residents scat- tered along downtown Albemarle Saturday to watch the annual Stanly County Veterans Day Parade. Among those who participated were area scouting troops, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, area fire departments, Junior American Citizens, marching bands from West and South Stanly high schools and several military organizations, including chapters of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Amvets and Ma- rine Corps League.
By Leah SchmalzMayor Kevin Barbee will hold office for another term after a win over Rick Huggins on Tuesday. Barbee collected 177 votes, while Huggins had 86. There was one vote for a write-in candidate. “For Stanfield that was a lot of people, so I’m glad everyone came out and voted,” said Barbee. The turnout for Stanfield’s primary voting precinct, Furr Number 2, was 27.46 percent.James Davis Griffin collected 169 votes and Greg Lucas won 187 votes, so both will keep their seats on the town council. Brian Webb received 63 votes, Rick Williams had 62, and there were three write-in votes. “We’ll have the same council,” said Barbee. “Everybody works well together so I look forward to continuing to work with them.”Barbee, Lucas, and Griffin said that they are focused on eliminating the city’s debt over the next four years. Griffin said he would like to “continue to see the success of each department in the city as a whole.” Lucas would like to see the final phases of the town’s beautification completed. He said his next step is to “continue to serve the people of Stanfield and address the concerns of the citizens” to the best of his ability.All three winning candidates expressed gratitude to the voters. “Thank you for the support and the trust the people of Stanfield have in the commissioners to continue on with the planning and development of the city,” said Griffin.The town council in Red Cross will also remain the same. Dicky Hatley collected 29 votes and Jerry Jordan collected 28. There was one vote for a write-in candidate. The voter turnout Red Cross’ primary precinct, Big Lick Number 2, was 5.66 percent.
See next week’s edition of The Weekly Post for more details.
Unofficial results are in
This year’s municipal election results have brought in some new faces to area boards, plus a few surprises. Residents let their opinions be heard Tuesday by casting their votes for names on the ballot and adding a few of their own.
Here are some of the unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.
Locust: Steve Huber was elected to continue as mayor with J.C. Burris and David Walker also staying on the city council. Roger Hypes, a newcomer to the board, received the most votes with 34 percent.
Midland: Kathy Kitts maintains her role as mayor, beating out Councilmember Don McSheehan with 58 percent of the votes to his 38. Rich Wise will go on to his next term as councilmember and will be joined by former Midland mayor John Crump.
Oakboro: The winner of the Oakboro mayoral race will come down to the write-in vote results. Allan McGuire, going for his first term in office, earned 23 percent of the votes, while write-in ballots make up 77 percent. Donna Clayton, elections specialist at the Stanly County Board of Elections Office, said it may take several days to go through the ballots and declare a winner.
Leading the commissioners’ race for number of votes are Ernest Lee Broadway and Mike Efird ̶̶ each with 28 percent and Georgia Osborne-Harvey, with 24 percent.
Red Cross: Running unopposed, Richard M. Hatley and Jerry A. Jordan received the most votes for Red Cross Town Council.
Stanfield: Kevin N. Barbee was the top recipient in the mayoral race, garnering 67 percent. Top earners for the town council were James Davis Griffin with 35 percent and Greg Lucas with 39 percent.
By Carrie C. Causey
With an unopposed mayoral race and three candidates for three seats on the city council, only write-in votes can change the outcome of the November 5 election. Each aspirant hopes to help Locust maintain the path that’s been set for growth while maintaining its rural feel.
Having been appointed to his position, Mayor Steven Huber wants to be elected to continue to lead the city. He has been with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for 26 years and moved to Locust 16 years ago with his wife.
He was initially appointed to the city council then chosen as mayor when Scott Efird resigned. Since then, Huber said he has received on-the-job training.
“I know the position and I know what to expect, and the residents and city council know what to expect from me,” he said. “I’m so proud of the fact the council voted me to be mayor. I don’t take that honor lightly and I don’t take the responsibility lightly. I think I have done a good job balancing family, work and the city of Locust. I’ve been a good steward of the position.” Continue reading
Carrie C. Causey
Future growth and concerns about fiscal responsibility are some of the main driving forces behind Midland candidates. With three contenders vying for the role of mayor and three others competing for two spots on the town council, this year’s election is heated.
Mayor Kathy Kitts is up against Council Member Don McSheehan and resident Robert Webb.
Kitts, the former vice president process design manager for Wells Fargo and a mother of two boys, hopes to continue her work with the town hall and library building construction project, plus expand sewer services while developing commercial growth.
She has lived in Midland with her husband for 23 years and first gained political experience as a council member. Having served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Kitts said she is most proud of the passage of the strategic and land use plans, which are the basis for future growth plans. Continue reading
By Leah Schmalz
Mayoral candidate: Kevin Barbee
Kevin Barbee ran for mayor in 2006 due to the financial troubles afflicting the town. He recalled that in 2005 the town was bouncing checks, couldn’t pay bills, was two years behind on payments to the fire department, and had $60,000 of police car debt. The council is still working to get out of utility debt, but a lot of progress has been made. “The council has worked very diligently over the last eight years to get us back on sound financial ground,” said Barbee.
Barbee, age 55, has lived in Stanfield his entire life. The town’s motto- “Welcome home”- sums up what he loves about the community. “You’re able to get away from the fast hectic pace that most people live in. You’re able to get to know your neighbors if you want to. You’re able to get out and walk on the sidewalks at night and not feel threatened,” he said. “I think in a small town you can make a difference.” Continue reading
Since Oakboro Mayor Danny Long resigned from office and Robert Harvey dropped out of the race, Allan McGuire will be the only name on the Oakboro ballot for mayor. But there are four candidates hoping to fill one of the three open seats on the town board of commissioners.
McGuire is an architect with an office in Locust. He has been living in North Carolina for 30 years, 20 of which were in Oakboro. When he and his wife were looking for a house in the country, McGuire said Oakboro reminded him the most of where he grew up in Indiana.
McGuire is used to working with planning and zoning boards in his work so joining the town’s advisory board seven years ago was a sure fit. He has served as chair of the zoning board for five years. At the prompting of residents, McGuire decided to take his role to a new level. Continue reading
By Leah Schmalz
Dicky Hatley has been a council member for almost two years. After roughly five years on the planning board, he was appointed to the town council to fill a vacancy. He wants to continue holding office to help advance the growth and development of Red Cross. “I want to do what I can to help the town grow and do well,” he said.
In the future, Hatley would like to focus on commercial growth, business development, and transportation plans. He is also looking forward to working on the park “to have something to give back to the people.”
Hatley, 65, has lived in Red Cross his entire life. “It’s a just an all around good place to be,” he said. He likes how the town is a combination of a rural atmosphere and a solid community of friendly people.
Council member: Jerry Jordan
Jerry Jordan is running for re-election to town council. He has served since 2005. The Weekly Post was unable to reach Jordan for comment.
Residents shouldn’t lose their fall cheer after Halloween ends. Residents are invited to the second annual Festival in the Park in Oakboro Saturday.
The event, sponsored by Mineral Springs Baptist Church, takes place at Oakboro District Park from 2-5 pm and is free of charge.
Attendees can enjoy free food, games, prizes and live music by the praise and bluegrass bands of Mineral Springs Baptist Church. There will also be bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, a family scavenger hunt and cookie decorating, among other activities. Children will have the opportunity to explore an Oakboro Fire Department engine and go on a train ride. They can also watch The Magic Man from 2:30-4:30 pm.
Residents may start registering to win prizes starting at 1:30 pm, but must be present to win. Among the offerings are $75, $50 or $25 Walmart gift cards, $50 or $25 Food Lion gift cards, a cash prize, a red wagon, two kids’ bikes, a $50 Ace Hardware of Locust gift card, a duffle bag and flower arrangements, among others.
For more information, visit www.mineralspringsbaptistchurch.org.
By Carrie C. Causey firstname.lastname@example.org
Negotiations are continuing among Oakboro and Stanly County com- missioners regarding the proposed sale of the town’s wastewater treat- ment plant.
Monday night, Oakboro commissioners present—Mayor Pro Tem Chris Huneycutt, Georgia Harvey and Rodney Eury—voted unanimously dur- ing their regularly sched- uled town board meeting to send a draft agreement to legal for review.
Last month following closed session, the board announced it would consider a proposal by the county to sell the water treatment plant to the county in order to have a more regional facility since it caters to residents of Oakboro, Locust, Red Cross and Stanfield.
A request for a copy of the draft agreement was turned down, stating because it wasn’t approved it was still part of the negotiating process and not public record.
While commissioners made no comment on the issue during the meeting, residents were given the opportunity to voice their opinions during a public hearing.
Former Oakboro council member Terry Whitley, and the only one who spoke, commended the board’s efforts to work a deal with the county. Among Whitley’s argu- ments were that the county could better manage the facility because it takes a lot to support it and the county would have an easier time getting grant funding approval. There could also be a better chance for future expansion.
“I think Oakboro is limited in resources. They only have a set number of people to fund the sewer system and I won’t want to see it on the backs of tax- payers. So I think you are moving in the right direction and I encourage you to move forward,” he said.
Last month, a resident spoke out against the proposal saying the town was selling its biggest asset that it had worked hard to get.
Harvey previously told The Weekly Post they wanted to ensure it was a win-win for everyone, but that the idea had been in the long-range plan for the town to handle future growth.
Board members said they didn’t want to take a vote on any major topics with two commissioners absent. The board recessed its meeting until November 4 at 6 pm.
In other business
• Commissioners offered their condolences to Commissioner Ted Parker, who was absent because of a death in the family.
• Accounts payable came in at $144,264.81 last month, which were approved by the board. Harvey said the amount was higher than usual because staff paid water plant loan payment and money to the fire department. She added that the town was on target with its current budget.
• The board approved paying half of the money needed to install new town banners proclaiming the centennial on posts around town. The cost would be $687 to be paid by the town for the banners, which can be used for three years.
• Resident Kim Mullis asked the board what type of noise ordinance is in place because a paper mill near her house recently bought a new machine that is “unbearable.”
• Resident Howard Feiss complained to the board about problems in Long Street Park, including maintenance work needed in the bathrooms, a broken goal post, the addition of walking trails and the need for the merry-go-round to be set up. Feiss also asked for a Welcome to Oakboro sign to be repainted and requested longer hours at the town’s trash facility.
Later Eury told Feiss, and any other resident with a complaint about any of the town parks, to call him and talk about it.
“Instead of bopping me with it tonight and wanting an answer tonight, call me in advance that way I have a little bit of time to get an answer,” he said. “I wrote down what you said and will look into these things.”
• Town Administrator Doug Burgess said Powell Bill money, funds designated by the state from gas tax to pay for road projects, hadn’t come in yet, but when it did they could start paving roads and filling potholes.
• The board approved a plot on Coble Avenue for Rocky River Mini Storage to add apartments.