LOCUST/STANFIELD NEWS: Many Christmas activities coming up

Published 8:06 am Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Voter Photo ID

There is an opportunity to obtain a free voter photo ID card 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Locust Community Building. Another opportunity will be 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at West Stanly Senior Center.

Sarah White writes the Locust News for the SNAP.

Please contact Stanly County Board of Elections for more information at 704-986-3647 or

Christmas Parade

Locust Christmas Parade will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 2. The parade route will be same as last year. Set up and beginning at Locust Park close to the tennis courts. Then go left down North Central Avenue to Market Street and turn right. It will go through City Center and come back down Kinston Street to Smith Street where it will turn right and end up back at Lions Club Drive.

Email to learn more info.

Leaf Pick–Up for City

City of Locust has set dates Dec. 9 and Jan. 13 for leaf pickup. There will be two options this season.

You can use large paper bags to be set at curbside. Or you can do leaf burritos. Leaves may be placed on a tarp and folded in “burrito” style, covered by the tarp at the curbside. These tarps may be used to enclose loose leaves in piles at curbside. The tarps must be able to be lifted by one person. No plastic bags will be collected.

The leaf pick up service provider will not take uncovered leaves piled at the roadside. Their equipment does not allow for vacuuming or collecting wet leaves. No brush, leaves only.

Paper bags are available at City Hall while supplies last.

Kid’s Night Out

City of Locust Parks and Recreation invites ages 5-14 to join for a night of fun 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1.

Locust will provide pizza and drinks. Depending on the weather, we may also go to the playground at Jeff Shelton Memorial Park, located beside the Locust Community Building.

Make sure to send a water bottle and have your kids wear shoes that are appropriate for outdoor play. You may also send a towel or blanket for your child to sit on for the movie.

The cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child, with an additional $5 non-resident fee per child for those living outside of Locust city limits.

Register at by Nov. 29.

Contact Jessica Honeycutt at or 704-888-5260 ext 116.

Stanfield Residents

Resident leaf pickup is scheduled for Dec. 16. Please place unbagged leaves next to the street in your yard in long narrow lines. No limbs. Call Town Hall at 704-888-2386.

Breakfast with Santa

Join City of Locust Parks & Recreation to enjoy a morning with the guest of honor, Santa Claus. Join for a holiday party at the Locust Community Building at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Dec. 9. There will be breakfast, crafts and a photo opportunity with Santa.

Registration and payment is required at Please note that each person in attendance must be registered individually, including children 2 and over and adults. Children under the age of 2 are free.

First Baptist Church

Christmas Choir prsents “Hope Awakes in Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. Dec 17.

After the program join in the Fellowship Hall for a Christmas cookie reception. Please bring your favorite Christmas cookies to share.

Letters to Santa
Kids in Locust are invited to mail their letters to Santa using the special North Pole Express Mailbox located in front of Locust City Hall Dec. 1-24. Letters mailed before Dec. 16 are guaranteed to receive a return letter from Santa.

Happy Birthday: Larry Carpenter Nov. 30, Bob Remsberg and Rocky Huneycutt Dec. 2, Kathy Poplin Dec. 3, David Towery and Eva Brundin Dec. 5, Jeremy Griffin and Jerel Eudy Dec. 6, Dean Beatty Dec. 7, Corletta Barbee and Tonya Hartsell Dec. 9.

Locust News is by Sarah White. Call 704-888-5359.