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Oakboro passes ordinances, amendments

A smaller than usual board of commissioners didn’t stop those who were in attendance from getting business done at the July Town of Oakboro Board of Commissioners meeting held Monday, July 15.

Commissioners Ted Parker and Georgia O. Harvey were in attendance with Mayor Pro Tem Chris Huneycutt presiding over the meeting. Mayor Danny Long and commissioners Ernest Broadway and Rodney Eury were all absent from the meeting.

A public hearing began the meeting concerning a text amendment to allow multi-family in the industrial zone with a conditional use permit. One citizen spoke in favor the amendment change, and then the hearing was closed. Later in the meeting, the subject of the zoning change stirred a lengthy discussion between a citizen of Oak- boro, Phillip Austin, and the commissioners. […]

By |July 18th, 2013|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Multi-agency investigation leads to Oakboro man’s arrest

An Oakboro man was charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor last Thursday, May 23 after a multi-agency search was conducted at his residence.

Keith Davon Jackson Jr., 23, of 236 Hill Street in Oakboro was taken into custody and charged after agents from the Oakboro Police Department, North Carolina Department of Probation, Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, and Stanfield Police Department conducted a search of his residence.

Officers found an unspecified quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana, pills, drug paraphernalia, and several thousand dollars after the search was finished.

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By |May 30th, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Town approves purchases, looks to future budget

Budgets and donations were the main source of discussion at the May Town of Oakboro Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. After a lengthy discussion on whether the town should donate funds to Oakboro Elementary School’s field day, the council decided to instead find a way to assist the school in funding for an iPad charging station for the iPads used by students on a daily basis.

Principal Julie McSwain told the council the students are only able to charge the iPads one at a time, causing problems for the students when more than one runs out of charge at a time. A charging station would enable multiple iPads to be charged and would provide more time spent on the devices for educational purposes. […]

By |May 27th, 2013|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro honors fallen officer

 Oakboro council mem- bers held a moment of silence at the beginning of the April 15 council meeting in memory of the 17th anniversary of Officer Damon Smith whose end of watch was April 15, 1996.Smith, 29, was shot in the chest after responding to a domestic disturbance call. A .30-30 hunting rifle was used, which pierced through the protective vets and killed him.Oakboro Police Department Chief Joe Lowder informed the council of several events coming up to honor police officers. This year, National Police Week is May 12-18.Council member Chris Huneycutt read the proclamation for National Police Week 2013 stating, “to recognize National Police Week 2013 and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy.”Lowder informed the council of the silent auction to be held May 16 supporting the Jeff Shelton Memorial Foundation of Locust.  […]

By |April 19th, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Government, Towns, Weekly Post|0 Comments

Oakboro approves sewer rate

After several months of meetings and discussions, the Town of Oakboro, surrounding municipalities, and the county have come to an agreement for the wholesale sewer rate. The commissioners approved a wholesale sewer rate of $4.30 per 1,000 gallons of water.“For the last four months we have been working with the other municipalities of Locust, Stanfield, and Stanly County to establish a wholesale sewer rate for the next fiscal year. We were able to reach an agreement of $4.30 for 1,000 gallons,” said Interim Town Administrator Doug Burgess.Last year, the rate was $4.45 for 1,000 gallons and has lowered by 15 cents because of expense cuts at the treatment plant. This new agreement is for the next budget year beginning in July. […]

By |March 21st, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Towns, Weekly Post|0 Comments

Oakboro resident wins national taxidermy competition

Wildlife taxidermists from across the nation contended for top honors at the 2013 Big Rock Sports East Dealer Show January 4-6 in Raleigh. Oakboro taxidermist Justin Hinson’s whitetail deer entry won Professional Best of Show.“I really liked how they had all the habitat trees and everything inside the showroom floor. I hadn’t really seen that at any of the other competitions that I’ve been to,” Hinson said. “The judges were really good. I was able to have a piece in both game head and whitetails, and the judges really knew what they were talking about. I learned a lot from them. It was judged pretty hard. Everybody earned whatever they got. There wasn’t anything really given away at this competition.”Mounts were scored within four categories (Birds, Fish, Gameheads, Whitetail Shoulder) in the Master Professional and Dealer’s Choice divisions. Judges included world class fish taxidermist Rick Krane, nationally recognized avian artist Page Nethercutt, North American Champion Chris Barnhardt, and 2011 Whitetail World Champion Vincent Fleming. […]

By |March 6th, 2013|Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro PD approved for ammo purchase

At the Town of Oakboro Board of Commissioners, Police Chief Joe Lowder informed the board of changes coming in the next week with the departments’ ammunition supplier.The current ammunition supplier has a contract ending with the state and has not decided whether to continue the contract or not. The supplier presented the police department with the option of purchasing ammunition for the next year ahead of time at a reduced price, which will be less than the planned budget for the coming year. The current budgeted line item is for $6,500 but the chief says the amount would actually be around $5,000 if purchased in advance.“This will prepare us for the next year by cutting the price down by $1,500,” said Lowder.Lowder requested for the commissioners to approve the purchase in advance by the February 28 cutoff day for ammunition for the next year. The commissioners voted to allow the police department to go ahead and make the order.“I would like to thank the chief in his efforts to reduce the cost to the town as much as possible,” said Mayor Pro Tem Chris Huneycutt. […]

By |February 21st, 2013|Towns, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro chief receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Police Chief Joe. E. Lowder of Oakboro was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors a citizen can receive in the state, at the January 22 Oakboro Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor […]

By |February 2nd, 2013|Your Hometown|0 Comments

$1M investment, eight new jobs in Oakboro

Carolina Paper Converters located in Oakboro will receive an inducement package as an incentive to make a one million dollar expansion by adding a high speed, fully automated converting machine and will provide eight additional full-time jobs.
Carolina Paper Converters opened its doors in 1999 in the heart of Oakboro with two pieces of converting equipment. […]

By |February 2nd, 2013|Towns, Weekly Post, Weekly Post Front Page|0 Comments

Oakboro mayor disappointed with Board’s ‘unethical decisions’

“As a mayor and as a tax payer, I am very disappointed for some of the decisions this board has made,” began Mayor Danny Long during the board comments at the end of the Oakboro Board of Commissioners’ January meeting last Tuesday, January 22.

At the beginning of the meeting during the public comments period, Allen McGuire, planning and zoning commissioner, addressed the board concerning a charity donation made by the board at a special called meeting held January 15. The special meeting was called to discuss donating $500 to St. Stephen’s Wesleyan Church for a benefit concert for Relay for Life.
“I’d like to follow up on the special meeting you had regarding the donation to the charity with tax-payer money,” said McGuire. “I was disappointed that Commissioner [Chris] Huneycutt was not forthcoming with information that he had a family member that was a chair for the community event, which to me seems like a very fair case of conflict of interest.”
Mcguire continued with another point of disappointment for the meeting.
“The second thing was, because I was concerned about tax payer money going to charities not budgeted and not of the tax payers’ choice, I came by the next morning for a copy of the check, and I found out the check had been written for the charity a week ahead of time on January 8. The special meeting to discuss the issue wasn’t until the 15. To me, it made the special meeting seem meaningless and to me, it made a mockery of the process where citizens have an input during public discussion,” said Mcguire.
Later during the meeting, Commissioner Georgia Harvey, who was not present at the special meeting, addressed some of the concerns of McGuire. Harvey explained that there was a general fund in the budget designated for grants and donations totaling $4,000, but said it may not be where the donation totaling $500 would fall. Commissioner Huneycutt then addressed the issue by pointing out a general statute for backing the board’s decision. He did not address the conflict of interest point or the issue of the check dated for a week prior to the meeting made by McGuire.
The issue was not discussed again until the closing comments made by the mayor at the end of the meeting.
“As a mayor and as a tax payer, I am very disappointed for some of the decisions this board has made. The ideology that they can call each other on the phone and call it a board meeting is unethical and is not to be tolerated by this man. It has happened on several occasions, and it is not right,” said Long. “This board has made it legal tonight by policy, but this policy was discussed by telephone. This instance with the check was done prior by conversations by telephone╔ by people calling and getting opinions and making decisions. When the check came across my desk, I put it up until a special meeting was made, because it was done unethically.” […]

By |February 2nd, 2013|Government, Towns, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments