Last month, four weapons were found inside of a vehicle on West Stanly High School’s campus, just days after the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Two airsoft guns were spotted in the rear of the vehicle, according to the Stanly County Sheriff’s office. Further investigation of the vehicle revealed two knives. The student, Casey Dalton Troutman, was issued a criminal summons charging Troutman with possessing weapons on school property. Troutman’s court date was this past Monday, January 14.
On the same day as the incident at West, Bethel Elementary School in Cabarrus County underwent a short lockdown. A man wearing camouflage was seen near the school property with a gun. The man was a local hunter and was spotted by a passer-by near the vicinity of the school. Authorities determined the man was not a threat to the school, and the lockdown was lifted.
In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, questions of safety, gun regulations, and education have come into the spotlight. Parents are taking students out of classrooms, petitions are going up urging the president for stricter laws, and in some instances, veterans have stationed themselves at their children’s schools to promote a safe environment. School shootings have a way of striking at the very core our country’s heart. A place of innocence and learning is violated in the most tragic way, and the repercussions can be found across the nation. What are our schools doing is response? Continue reading
ighted to have you as mayor,” said council member Larry Baucom in closing statements.
Amy Irish, owner of Xpress It, the only shipping store in Locust, has started a petition and is asking sup- port from the community in a battle with the United Parcel Service (UPS).
Last month, Irish received a letter from UPS stating she could no longer offer their services at her store. UPS representatives communicated to Irish that the shipping site was too close to other stores such as the one in Harrisburg, which would in turn create competition.
The Harrisburg, Mint Hill, and Albemarle locations for UPS shipping are at least 20-30 minutes away. Irish was shocked to find out the “demographics” as the representative stated, were not great enough for a UPS location. Continue reading
The Locust Police Department now has neighborhood watch decals available. These decals are available for free to neighborhood watch members for placement on their residences or mailboxes to show membership in the Locust Police Department’s neighborhood watch program.
The decals are made on white reflective material to be seen easily during day or nighttime hours. Due to an initial limited number of decals available, one decal will be available per residence of neighborhood watch members.
The Locust Police Department’s neighborhood watch program is designed to promote an atmosphere of cooperation and communication between neighborhood residents and the Locust Police Department, to keep criminal activity and other disturbances as minimal as possible. Continue reading
The Locust Police Department wrapped up participation in the “No Need To Speed” statewide campaign on Easter weekend. The campaign is sponsored by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and is an annual week long event which reminds motorists to obey speed limit laws.
The Locust Police Department conducted 42 traffic stops, 23 charges were issued during the stops including 18 for speeding violations. There were 19 calls of varying nature and more than 150 neighborhood and business checks conducted during evening and overnight hours.
Last Thursday at the Locust City Council meeting Mayor Efird and the council recognized NC House Representative Justin Burr’s efforts to secure funding for the Greenway project in Locust. The city is requesting $175,000 to design and build a system of trails that will connect the community with the regional points of interest.