Above are LHSM board members Gary Tucker, Kendra Tucker, Pat Long, and Bill Tucker. Not pictured is Scott Carpenter.
The Locust Hisorical Society and Museum opened its doors this past Sunday, August 5. The museum is located in a building between Officer Jeff Shelton Park and the back of Locust School.
The museum sparkled Sunday, thanks to the hard work of the LHSM board and many others in the community who volunteered their time, skills and supplies. There are approximately 20 exhibits in the room. The board plans to have the museum open 2-4 pm every Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help with the Sunday schedule. Contact Gary Tucker at 704-888-8413 if you are interested in serving on a Sunday.
The grand opening for LHSM is set for September 30.
The City of Locust is in mourning after the loss of former council member and community leader, Joel Huneycutt last Friday. Huneycutt had been battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for several years.
“In the face of his diagnosis, Joel continued to display strength, courage, dedication, and faith for which he has long been admired,” said Mayor Scott Efird in a letter sent to residents and the community.
Huneycutt graduated from N.C. State University in 1964 and went on to serve on several Boards of Trustees, retired as President of Locust Lumber Company, and served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon at his church, First Baptist Church in Locust. Continue reading
Locust city administrator James Inman offered his letter of resignation last week to Mayor Scott Efird after nearly a decade of working for the city and more than seven years as the police chief. Inman has accepted a new position in Bessemer City in Gaston County. The population is twice the size of Locust with a budget four times the size of Locust’s.
Inman will officially turn his position over to Tim Fesperman, assistant city administrator, with the council’s approval. Fesperman and Inman have worked closely together and have known each other since the mid-80s, and Inman feels confident the city will feel no change when he leaves. Continue reading
The Locust Historical Society and Museum will host a yard sale at the Locust Community Center Saturday, June 23, from 8-11:30 am. Vendor rentals will benefit the LHSM and all other sales will go towards vendors. For more information, contact Gary Tucker at 704-888-8413.
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
A heated debate kicked off last Thursday’s Locust Town Council meeting amongst the council members over a proposed motion made by Council Member Harry Fletcher, which was tabled at the last meeting in April.
The motion proposed by Fletcher stated “to recover duties and responsibilities of City Council as enumerated in North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 160A Cities and Towns, and rescind and revoke all responsibilities previously delegated to others, until such time as the Board determines on an individual basis, which responsibilities should reasonably be delegated in the best interests of the City of Locust. Further, that as each responsibility is delegated, a list of each delegated responsibility be updated so that each Council Member knows exactly which responsibilities have been delegated with no questions or ambiguity. This process will serve as the method to inform new board members immediately which responsibilities have been delegated, and to whom.”
Fletcher said the motion would have “no impact what-so-ever on the day-to-day operations.” The purpose, Fletcher pointed out, was to decide what responsibilities were to be delegated by the council members to staff. Continue reading
More than 70 children gathered at Charlie’s Hardware in Locust the Saturday before Mother’s Day to plant flowers for their mothers. Children watched as Charlie’s Hardware staff showed them how to mix the soil and properly place flowers in pots for their moms. Christin Mullis of Stanfield won the Mother’s Day raffle, a patio table and chairs set. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE’S HARDWARE