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Being a good big sister

Polk County resident Susan Kocher was recently named Western North Carolina Big Sister of the Year during National ... Read more | Add your comment

Dog park officially open

TRYON—Tryon has a new dog park that officially opened over the weekend.  The dog park is located on a ... Read more | Add your comment

Losing another Tryon legend

TRYON—Tryon has lost another historical legend.  James “Jim” Cowan, 88 died on Monday at his home.  Read more | Add your comment

Shut out

Polk County High School will not participate in the state 1A volleyball playoffs due to a positive Covid-19 ... Read more | Add your comment

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Tryon Concert Association presents Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tryon Concert Association (TCA) presents the first of six Front Row: National concerts by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln. Read more | Add your comment

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Out for a jog

This Saturday morning, beginning at 6:00 a.m., St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation is hosting Ache Around the Lake. Read more | Add your comment

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Citizens plead 

COLUMBUS—County commissioners heard from 9 residents this week who urged them to make a statement about the raid on the Capitol on Jan. 6. Some ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, January 24, 2021 11:33 pm

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Safety in Polk

COLUMBUS—Following the Capitol being raided on Jan. 6, Polk County Commissioners sent a message this week that they condemn any violence.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, January 24, 2021 11:31 pm

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Setting the record straight

A recent letter to the editor from Joanne Midyette mischaracterized my recent communication to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I normally wouldn’t risk a back-and-forth by ... Read more

by Submitted article, Sunday, January 24, 2021 9:19 pm

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Don’t let the beacon waver

I am writing a letter to the editor (for the first time in my life), to join the call to bring the traitors that carried ... Read more

by Submitted article, Sunday, January 24, 2021 9:16 pm

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Polk County District Court results

In Polk County District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, with Judge Gene Johnson presiding, 30 cases were heard. Some cases were continued, dismissed or ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, January 24, 2021 9:14 pm

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House watch program ends in arrest

MILL SPRING—The Polk County Sheriff’s Office House Watch program proved to be helpful on Sunday as officers discovered an intruder inside a home.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:03 pm

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New manager

SALUDA—The City of Saluda has a new manager.  Saluda City Council met last week and agreed to hire Steven Orr, the city’s planning and zoning enforcer ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:01 pm

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COVID tops 1K in Polk

POLK COUNTY—Polk County had a record number of COVID-19 cases last week, almost 3 times the previous record for a week in the county.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:58 am

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New vaccinations for 65 and older

POLK COUNTY—Polk County is working hard to get as many people vaccinated as possible with this week being the second week of mass vaccinations.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Monday, January 18, 2021 1:42 pm

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Tryon’s Booker appointed to National League of Cities

TRYON—Tryon’s Mayor Pro Tempore was appointed to the National League of Cities 2021 Information Technology and Communications Federal Advocacy Committee.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Monday, January 18, 2021 1:41 pm

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Thank you to everyone

I want to thank everyone involved with the administering of the Covid vaccine. The Equestrian Center was a perfect choice to administer shots. Read more

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Thank you!

My wife and I had our first Covid-19 shot yesterday. Things were really great. The staff was efficient, courteous and professional. Read more

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Covid shots in Polk County

My wife & I got our first Covid shots today at TIEC, and I’m writing to thank Polk County Health and Human Services for doing ... Read more

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Well done!!!

My wife and I received our first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. The process took one hour and ten ... Read more

by Submitted article, Monday, January 18, 2021 1:34 pm

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Laurel Drive lift station woes

SALUDA—Saluda officials just recently discovered how many problems the Laurel Drive sewer lift station is causing the city.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:51 pm

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Electric vehicle ports

SALUDA—The City of Saluda last month announced that there has been movement on a resolution submitted last year for parking spaces for electric vehicles near ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:49 pm

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Approaching 900

POLK COUNTY—Polk County added almost 300 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 3 weeks.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:48 pm

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Democratic parties call to expel N.C. Rep. Cawthorn

POLK COUNTY—Polk and other area counties have sent letters to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for the N.C. Rep. Madison Cawthorn to be expelled from the ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:47 pm

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Cheers Polk

My wife and I were notified shortly after we applied for the new Covid vaccine. We were told to go to the Polk County Health ... Read more

by Submitted article, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:44 pm

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Have A HeArts 10th anniversary

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Polk kicks off 2021 with the 10th Anniversary of the “Have A HeArts” Fundraiser. Unlike years past and due to ... Read more

by Submitted article, Monday, January 11, 2021 9:27 pm

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Polk could change meeting times

COLUMBUS—Polk County Commissioners are considering changing their meeting times to one meeting during the day per month and another earlier at night per month.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:26 pm

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Week 2 of vaccines begins next week

COLUMBUS—Polk County is gearing up to begin its second week of COVID-19 vaccines.  The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Monday and heard from Polk County ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:25 pm

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Losing a young hero

TRYON—The community was saddened Tuesday evening to hear of the passing of Trevor Arrowood, 25, who lost a long hard fought battle with cancer.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:21 pm

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Commissioners want Bradley Falls open

SALUDA—Polk County Commissioners are discussing opening up Bradley Falls again.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:00 pm

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Back to school

COLUMBUS—Polk County Commissioners all seem to agree that their first goal of 2021 is to get all students back in school five days a week.  The ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:59 pm