March 27, 2017

We are proud to welcome Dollar General to the Waco Community. The new store opened on March 19, 2017 and sits at the intersection of Cherryville Rd. and Old Stubbs Rd. jeb

April 28, 2018

The Town of Waco Board of Aldermen and I are reaching out to all property owners in Waco and reaffirming our determination to continue our focus on improving the overall appearance of Waco. Over the past two years we have addressed the overgrowth on our side streets, we have continued to work clearing the curbing and have worked to keep the sidewalks edged. We repainted all the fire hydrants in Town last year and we are working to repair or replace all missing or damaged street signs this summer. We are also continuing our efforts on clearing and cleaning our ditch and drainage lines. This year's focus is related to the Town of Waco Ordinance Section 3.5-42 "Responsibility of Owners and Occupants" as it relates to Yard Waste, Lawn Care and Maintenance and "Care of Premises". We wanted to call this to everyone's attention so that we are all on the same page and have the same understanding of the expectations set forth by this ordinance established in 2001.

As part of this focus we are planning a "Clean Up Waco Day" on Saturday May 5th. Please join us at 9:00 am at the Community Building and let's spend a few hours with our neighbors walking the streets of Waco. Come join us on the 5th and let's work together to make a difference. We are stronger when we work together. jeb

April 23, 2020

​​We are so proud to have the Washington Outreach Ministry Food Pantry in the Waco community. They support hundreds of families with food donations each week. They can be reached by phone 704-769-4128, by mail PO Box 507 Waco, NC 28169 or email jeb

(Pictured left to right, Vice-Chair Ronnie Whetstine, Mayor Barrett, Ed Goforth, Commissioner Deb Hardin, Commissioner Doug Bridges and Commissioner Johnny Hutchins)

March 26, 2019

The safety of our citizens and all those traveling through the Town of Waco is a major concern of the Waco Town Board. For that reason, the Town of Waco and the NCDOT have worked together to lower the speed limit on Cherryville Rd. (NC 150) to 35 MPH within the city limits. Our hope is that this change will cut down on the number of vehicle accidents along Cherryville Rd. and reduce injuries. We have also added a "Stop Ahead" sign on Mill Rd. to warn drivers of the upcoming intersection. Cherryville Rd. is a busy stretch of highway traveled by hundred's of vehicles daily and we feel this move was a big step in helping keep our citizens and visitors safe. jeb

October 13, 2017

The Waco Town Board voted to implement curbside recycling in their 2017-2018 budget. Waco will be the first small municipality in Cleveland County to offer this service at no cost to it's citizens. We are very excited to partner with Republic Services in taking this step to help save the environment. jeb

November 11, 2019

The Town of Waco voters approved the sale of Malt beverages (beer)  by a majority vote on November 5, 2019. The Board first placed the measure on the ballot in 2016 and wine sales passed but the Malt beverage vote ended in a tie. The Board discussed that since there was no clear decision in a tie vote, then the voters should have another opportunity to voice their opinion.  The Board voted to place the measure on the 2019 ballot. The Town Board is pleased with the election outcome and know that the increased sales tax that this measure will generate will help the long term plans for growth and stability for the Town of Waco. jeb

April 7, 2016

Very excited with the progress of the new Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department being built on South Main St. We are proud to have such a great group of volunteers protecting Waco and the surrounding community. jeb

July 16, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our "Third Annual Community Yard Sale" this year on  Saturday October 12th. 8am - 2pm at the Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department. To reserve a spot or for more information call 704-769-4147 or email us at . More information to come. jeb

 September 25, 2016

The Town of Waco is proud to announce that the Waco Community Volunteer Fire Department has moved into their new station on South Main St. in Waco. An open house is scheduled for Saturday December 10th. The fire department in Waco was founded in 1963 and services the Town of Waco and the surrounding community. The Town of Waco is proud of the professional group of dedicated volunteers that selfishly protect our citizens. jeb


Town of Waco

October 21, 2021

​On April 28, 2019 the Town of Waco approached the Cleveland County Commission with a resolution asking for their support to honor Waco native Floyd Patterson with a slogan sign to be placed at the town limits calling attention to his accomplishments in the world of boxing. With their support, the town began work with the NCDOT on the design and development of new "Welcome to Waco" signs to greet residents and visitors along with the signs to highlight Patterson's achievements in boxing. On Wednesday October 20, 2021 the new signs were installed by the NCDOT at the town limits on Cherryville Rd. We are proud to finally honor our hometown hero and want to thank everyone involved in this project. We also want to thank the citizens from the Waco Community that were instrumental in raising the funds to pay for the signs and to the Patterson family for their support and patience throughout this process. jeb

What's Happening Around Town

Sign dedication November 10th at 2:00 pm 2330 Cherryville Rd. NC Boxing Commission Chairperson Valerie Dorsett will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. 

March 31, 2021

We have these items for sale. Tee shirts are $12.00 ea. and the polo's are $24.00 ea. Contact a Board member for more information. You can also send us a message from the Contact Page on the website.  jeb

January 2018

We are proud to welcome Lake Corner Store "Chicken Hill"  into the Waco Town limits. They requested a satellite annexation and we were glad to make them a part of the Town of Waco! jeb

October 10, 2021 

In 2016 we approached local graphic designer Jimmy Carpenter about developing a Town of Waco brochure. The idea was to have something that we could use to promote Waco and to highlight our rich history. The project was put on hold for a few years but we got together with Jimmy earlier this year and finalized the design. The brochure offers a look back at our history and includes some vintage photos of some of Waco's landmarks. The brochure highlights information on renting the Community Center and promotes our website These brochures will be provided to the Cleveland County Tourism Board and to our local Chambers of Commerce to help promote what Waco has to offer. We want to thank Jimmy Carpenter for the beautiful work he did on the design of the brochure and the Waco Stop & Shop for covering the cost of the printing. (If you would like a copy of the brochure, contact us with your name and address and we'll send one out to you)

This isn't the first time we have partnered with Jimmy Carpenter. Jimmy designed the new Town Seal that was adopted in 2016 and he also developed the screen printing design for our tee shifts.  Jimmy's contact information is on the back of the brochure as well as in the Local Business Directory page and we encourage you to reach out to him for any design work you may need. Please support Waco area businesses. jeb

June 28, 2019

We continue to reach out for updates on the on-going feasibility study to widen Cherryville Rd. and replace the bridge on South Main Street. Steven Rackley with NCDOT recently told us that the engineering firm is still working with CSX and the other utility providers to determine the full impacts to town. DOT continues to look at the different phases of the project and how they can minimize impacts while keeping traffic moving along Cherryville Rd. (NC Hwy 150). Currently the design phase of the project is funded but the construction phase is not. There is a tentative timeline of fall of 2021 for the beginning of construction. We will continue to provide updates as we get them. There will be a public hearing held and we'll announce the date when we get it.  jeb

April 26, 2018

The Town of Waco will be participating in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 3rd. We will open the doors at the Town Hall at 12:00 noon. The service will begin at 12:20 pm. We invite everyone in Waco and the surrounding  communities to join us in this service. jeb

March 28, 2017

In May 2015 a project was launched to repair and restore a group of trophies that represent athletic teams from the old Waco School. The trophy case and all restoration was paid for by donations from Waco School alumni. The trophies and trophy case are proudly displayed in the Waco Town Hall. We want to thank everyone who felt our passion and helped to bring these historic trophies back to life. They represent years of Waco Wildcat Pride. jeb 

July 23, 2019

The Town of Waco is forming a committee to be made up of citizens from Waco and the surrounding area to begin discussions on the planning, design and development of a park for the Waco Community. We encourage anyone interested in being a part of this group to contact us by email at or by calling 704-769-4147. We are excited to take this first step in a project that we feel can reach every corner of the Waco Community. It may seem a bit ambitious but if we don't take this first step, we'll never accomplish this dream. jeb

March 5, 2020

The Town of Waco is excited to announce that the Lake Cornor Store (aka Chicken Hill) at 1804 Cherryville Rd. has opened a grill. They have long been serving some of the best chicken wings and tater wedges in the area and now they have expanded their menu.  We encourage everyone to stop by and indulge in some good food at Waco's own hometown grill. jeb

March 27, 2017

We were honored to be invited to participate in the groundbreaking for the Washington Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center and Food Pantry. The Outreach Ministry Food Pantry provides food to 8000 people monthly. For more information contact Rev. Frances Webber.  jeb

April 7, 2016

Very pleased to announce that the Town Board officially adopted the proposed seal at the March meeting. Thanks goes out to all the citizens that attended the Board meeting and voiced their support for the updated seal. We also want to thank the citizens who stepped up with offers of donations to help off set any fees for printing letterhead, business cards, envelopes and magnetic door signs. jeb

North Carolina

March 5, 2016

This is the proposed updated seal for the Town of Waco that has been presented by local graphic designer Jimmy Carpenter to the board for their consideration. The seal incorporates all the same visual aspects from the current seal with fresh and more colorful aesthetics. The proposed change of the town's seal comes from a desire to improve and update the town's image, and to create a specific new more colorful design that represents Waco and it's citizens.  My vision is that the seal becomes the visual representation of our great town and one that we see on vehicle window seals, bumper stickers and on tee shirts. I believe those of us from Waco and people with ties to Waco would be proud to display this beautiful image on our cars.   I also believe sales would be brisk for "I love Waco" tee shirts with this seal on it. We want to hear from you on this idea. Please let us know what you think.  jeb

June 24, 2016

The Town of Waco is selling tee shirts. The tees are $12.50 each sizes small, medium, large and X-large. Larger sizes are $14.50 ea. All proceeds will be used for renovations to the Community Center. The tees come in White or Maroon. Message us with questions. jeb

January 10, 2016

The Waco Town Board will hold their next monthly meeting on Monday January 18th beginning at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and we encourage all interested citizens to attend.  jeb

April 2, 2018

FYI - Representatives from the NCDOT including engineers, surveyors and geologist as well as representatives from other state and federal agencies will be working in Waco in the next several months collecting data that will be used to determine the location and design of a future bridge replacement project on SR 1001 (the bridge that crosses the CSX railroad tracks at the Hwy 150 intersection). This project is on the NCDOT 10 year plan.

The Waco Town Board will discuss holding a public hearing on the project at their April 16th meeting. Interested persons are encouraged to attened the April meeting. jeb

March 20, 2019

The Town of Waco is excited to announce that we have secured the bids and are ready to begin work on our Downtown Revitalization Projects. The Town Board awarded contracts to Holland's Concrete of Lawndale to start work on repairing several areas of sidewalk damage and to Harris Glass & Windows of Gastonia to replace 10 windows in the Town Hall and 4 in the Community Center. The work is set to begin within the next few weeks. We are a little behind out original timeline on these projects but we are now ready to move forward and begin the renovations. Things are happening in Waco. jeb

December 28, 2015

Waco is planning on expanding our holiday flag displays and to do so we need additional flag poles. During Christmas 2015 we displayed 25 Holiday flags that were donated by the Waco Stop and Shop and they looked great. Over the next year we are planning on adding to that number. We are working toward a purchase of 40 American Flags to be displayed on Memorial Day, July 4th, Flag Day and Veterans Day and we need additional poles to make this happen. If anyone has poles they are not using please contact us. We would like to bring the number of poles we have to at least 50. Thank you from Waco. jeb

July 3, 2020

Three years ago the Town Board began discussing  the idea of upgrading our holiday light displays. The pole mount lights that the town has so proudly displayed each Christmas were purchased in the 1990's. Although still beautiful, the lights are beginning to show their age and the town owned electrical grid that supports the lights also needs some upgrades. Of all the projects the Board has undertaken over the past few years, this one will be the most visible. Not only do our citizens enjoy the lights, thousands of holiday travelers breeze their way through Waco each Christmas.

Thanks to a grant from Cleveland County in July of 2019, the Town of Waco was able to secure the funds to replace all our pole mount Christmas lights and to upgrade the supporting electrical grid. In October 2019 the Board begun looking for a vendor that could supply a style of lights that would be cost effective, energy efficient and nothing like any other municipality in the area has. In early 2020 the Board reached out to all the citizens in Waco to offer ideas and suggestions on the designs of the lights to purchase. After months of discussions and countless reviews of designs the Board approved a bid from Evangaline Specialties in Lafayette, April of 2020 to purchase 26 new LED pole mount lights. The Board also awarded the electrical grid upgrades to Dedmon Electric. 

We're happy to announce that we took delivery of the new Christmas lights in mid-June and Dedmon Electric has us on their schedule. 

Don't worry, our old lights will live to shine again. We sold them to the Town of Richfield in Stanley County North Carolina where they will make a new group of holiday travelers smile this Christmas.  

Now we have to sit back and wait 5 months for the big reveal. We sure hope everyone will be pleased. This was a big project for Waco and one that will be around for many years to come. We do want to thank all the citizens from Waco and the Waco community for your help in reviewing designs and with helping us to make the final choices. We realize that this project is bigger than the Town of Waco. We're very pleased that this project will touch so many people in Waco and the surrounding communities. Who's ready for Christmas? jeb

September 28, 2018

The Town of Waco is pleased to announce that we have been selected to receive $24,000.00 for the economic development project titled "Downtown Revitalization Project" which includes $10,000.00 for sidewalk repairs; $8,000.00 for building renovations to the Waco Town Hall and $6,000.00 for renovations to the Waco Community Building from the Rural Economic Development Division of the NC Department of Commerce and the members of the NC General Assembly. We are currently getting quotes on the three projects and hope to begin the work in the Fall of 2018.  The picture (left) is of Rep. Kelly Hastings presenting the check to Mayor John Barrett at the September 2018 Waco Town Board meeting. jeb

This page will highlight what's happening in Waco and the surrounding community.

April 28, 2019

Mayor Barrett was presented a resolution from the Cleveland County Commissioners at their April 16th meeting honoring Waco native Floyd Patterson for his achievements in the world of boxing. The two Board's have joined together to request the NCDOT place slogan signs at the Waco City Limits stating "Home of Floyd Patterson Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion".  Patterson was born in Waco on January 4, 1935 and started boxing at the age of 14. At the age of 17 he won an Olympic Gold Metal as a middleweight at the 1952 games in Helenski, Finland. In 1956 Patterson became the youngest ever heavyweight boxing champion at the age of 21. He held the title from 1956 - 1959 and became the first boxer to re-gain the title in 1960.  He held the title until 1962. He ended his boxing career in 1972 with 55 wins - 8 loses and 1 draw including 40 knockouts. Floyd Patterson, known as the "gentleman of Boxing",  died on May 11, 2006 and is buried in New Platz, NY. jeb

September 26, 2020

​Several years ago the Town of Waco purchased the lot that sits adjacent to the Waco Community Center from the family of Delmas Baker. Mr. Bakers' parents, Hugh and Ora Lingerfelt, had lived on the property for many years and were well known and much loved Waco citizens. Although the Lingerfelt home was razed, there remained a concrete slab where an out building had once stood. Earlier this year the Town Board voted to utilize the area as a picnic shelter and dedicate it in memory of Hugh and Ora Lingerfelt. The awning was installed earlier this month. The picnic area is part of the Waco Community Center grounds and open for public use. jeb