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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

Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist celebrates 250 years as a church

By Leah Schmalz

Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Locust commemorates a major landmark this weekend with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. Organized in 1765 by Primitive Baptists from England, the church was formed 11 years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The weekend festivities consist of several services held throughout the weekend that include a capella congregational singing, preaching, prayer and fellowship. The services take place at 7 pm on Friday and 10:30 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. The morning services are followed by lunch.  […]

Arrest in Oakboro bank robbery

The Oakboro Police Department arrested Donald Travis Cochran, w/m 39 of St. John’s Drive Oakboro for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. He is currently in the Stanly County Jail under a $250,000 bond with a March 20th court date. The Oakboro Police Dept. wishes to thank the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, Cabarrus Co. Sheriff’s Office, NCSHP, […]

By |March 4th, 2015|Breaking News|0 Comments

SunTrust bank robbed in Oakboro

The Oakboro branch of SunTrust bank was robbed today around 1 PM. The suspect is a white male wearing a camo type hoodie with a black tobbagan with blu trim, blue jeans, and dark colored sneakers. Suspect left on foot and ran behind the bank on E. 3rd. Street. Any Info contact Stanly County Comm […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Breaking News, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Whitley to retire from SCPC

By Natalie Lloyd

Barbara Whitley, Executive Director for the Stanly County Partnership for Children, will retire June 30. She has been involved with the partnership for over 20 years, serving as executive director for the past 12 years.

The Stanly County Partnership for Children is a nonprofit agency serving children birth to five years old.

SCPC is a local partnership for the statewide Smart Start program. Established in 1993, Smart Start is led by the North Carolina Partnership for Children and 77 local partnerships working in all 100 counties in the state.

Through Smart Start funding, SCPC provides programs and services to help prepare children in Stanly County to enter kindergarten.

“It has been an honor and privilege,” said Whitley, “I have been so fortunate and blessed to have this position.” […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Government, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Summer reading program kicks off

By Natalie Lloyd

The Stanly County Public Library summer reading program kicked off Wednesday, June 18 with science demonstrations by Mad Science of the Piedmont. From flying toilet paper to bursts of flame, children of all ages learned that science can be fun. At the end of the show, the children were encouraged to learn more about science by checking out books from their local library.  […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Things to do, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro hires Daniel Smith as Parks & Recreation Director

By Leah Schmalz

At a closed meeting at the beginning of the month, Oakboro town council approved the hire of Daniel Smith as the Parks & Recreation Director. Smith has a Bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation Administration and Master’s in Sports Administration.

Smith starts on June 30 and will be paid an annual salary of $37,440 in the newly created position. The primary purpose of creating the position is to offer more recreational opportunities to the town’s residents.  […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Development, Government, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Diva Dash lets women relax from responsibilities

By Leah Schmalz

An estimated 350 runners, decked out in colorful tutus and leopard print, showed up Saturday morning at Riverbend Farm in Midland for the Shape Diva Dash 5K. As buffalo and goats looked on, the runners traversed roughly three miles of dirt trail, weaving around the farm and through the woods. They also had the opportunity to conquer 11 obstacles along the way, like monkey bars and a fireman’s pole.   […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Things to do, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments