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Out of gas

FOOTHILLS—Many area residents were searching for gasoline by Tuesday after a pipeline ransomware attack of a major pipeline.  Read more | Add your comment

National Day of Prayer

COLUMBUS—Local residents and church leaders gathered Thursday afternoon to participate in the National Day of Prayer.  Read more | Add your comment

Polk recognizes sheriff

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Board of Commissioners recognized and congratulated Sheriff Tim Wright this week.  Read more | Add your comment

Purple UP! Day

Tryon Elementary School recently hosted a military recognition event, Purple Up! Day. Teachers, students and staff wore purple to ... 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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The Equine Journey

TRYON—A fundraiser for scholarships for children will be held this Saturday at FENCE.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:03 pm

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Revenue neutral budget

COLUMBUS—Polk County Manager Marche Pittman has submitted his budget proposal for fiscal year 2021-2022 that is revenue neutral following this year’s property revaluation.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:54 pm

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Polk County BOE approves calendars for next two academic years

The Polk County Board of Education recently adopted academic calendars for both the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. Read more

by Submitted article, Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:49 pm

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To mask or not to mask

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Board of Commissioners made a statement last week that they do not agree with the governor’s masking and gathering requirements.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:46 pm

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Columbus arrest

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Police Department arrested a woman on Hampton Street this week on multiple drug charges, including for methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, LSD and marijuana.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 9, 2021 11:00 pm

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Campobello student arrested

CAMPOBELLO—A Campobello-Gramling student was arrested this week after students found a list of names and reported it to a teacher.  The principal sent a letter to ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 9, 2021 10:58 pm

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Polk picks up another 13 cases

POLK COUNTY—Polk County picked up another 13 cases of COVID-19 this week, bringing the total number of cases since late last March to 1,491.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 9, 2021 10:57 pm

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Polk County High School student gives back, earns Volunteer of the Year Award

“You either have a heart to serving or you don’t,” says John Blanton, a North Carolina retiree and volunteer with United Way of the Piedmont’s ... Read more

by Submitted article, Sunday, May 9, 2021 10:55 pm

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Applications being accepted

POLK COUNTY—The Housing Assistance Corporation is now accepting applications to help people build a new home in Polk County.  The program is designed to help lower ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:14 am

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Polk has administered almost 17k vaccines

POLK COUNTY—Polk County’s percent positive rate for the COVID-19 virus last week was one of its lowest at 0.7 percent, but there was another death, ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:12 am

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Cooper makes appointment

POLK COUNTY—Polk County has a new district attorney. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper appointed R. Andrew Murray, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District as the ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:11 am

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Child abuse/drug arrest

MILL SPRING—The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people in Mill Spring on child abuse and drug charges following a disabled child abuse investigation.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:24 pm

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Farmers market grant

COLUMBUS—The farmers market in Columbus got a little boost last week.  Columbus Town Council decided to give the farmers market a $2,000 grant.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:20 pm

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Gov. Cooper eases restrictions

POLK COUNTY—Beginning on Friday, North Carolina residents can gather more indoors and outdoors.  North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced this week he is lifting some restrictions ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:19 pm

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FCC announces broadband effort

FOOTHILLS—Households who are eligible will soon have an opportunity to apply for broadband.  The Federal Communications Commission announced on Thursday that eligible households can apply for ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:18 pm

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Covid-19 Unmasked: Summary and statistics

The participants interviewed for this series included those who worked with healthcare, schools, events and tourism, athletics, churches, families and individuals who were affected and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:16 pm

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On to the Regionals

Why not, Polk County? In this most unconventional of football seasons, why not make some school history? And why not do so by handing off 34 ... Read more

by Submitted article, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:29 am

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Newman removed from office

POLK COUNTY—For only the third time in history, Polk County’s District Attorney was removed from office on Tuesday.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:25 am

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Free events Saturday

TRYON—People who want to gather outside for free events this weekend have the opportunity on Saturday, May 1.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:23 am

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RV park battle

CAMPOBELLO—A proposed RV park near Campobello and Landrum went before Spartanburg County Council last week.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:22 am

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Unmasked: Part 7 – Small businesses

An anonymous gym owner in the area says that nothing positive came from the shutdown.   “It impacted the bottom line only to the extent of the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:21 am

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Polk COVID cases at 1.7 percent positive

POLK COUNTY—Polk County only picked up 7 new cases of COVID-19 this week.  The county has now had a total of 1,464 cases compared to 1,457 ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:12 am

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Health survey

POLK COUNTY—Polk County officials are asking for the community’s opinion.  The county has put out a survey to assess the community’s health.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:11 am

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Amended tower ordinance

TRYON—The Town of Tryon has made changes to its zoning ordinance to allow wireless communication towers to be higher and located on town owned property.  Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:09 am

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Full face-to-face instruction

LANDRUM—By Monday, April 26, all South Carolina Schools will offer in person school 5 days a week.  The South Carolina Department of Education released an update ... Read more

by Leah Justice, Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:08 am