News briefs

Published 6:31pm Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tryon resident expresses concern about  speeding on Second Street
Tryon resident Joyce Kimpton told town council recently there is a problem with excessive speeding on Second Street, which borders her property. She said large trucks run the stop signs in the Whitney Avenue and Second Street area. Tryon police said they would look into the issue.

Tryon police arrest Landrum woman wanted  for burglary and assault
The Tryon Police Department arrested a Landrum woman on Monday, Oct. 10 who was wanted for burglary, attempted burglary and simple assault. Tryon Police Chief Jeff Arrowood said the department was informed that Adrian Amar Jennings, 19, of 714 South Randolph Avenue, Landrum was at a residence on Markham Road in Tryon. Police located Jennings and placed her under arrest.

BOE approves PCHS basketball team travel
The Polk County Board of Education approved a request from Polk County High School’s men’s basketball team to travel to Cherokee Dec. 27-29 to participate in a Christmas tournament.

Polk Schools to host 2012 N.C. School Board Association District 8 meeting
Polk County Schools recently announced it will serve as host to the 2012 North Carolina School Board Association District 8 meeting.

Polk School Beginning Teacher Support plan
Aaron Greene, Polk County Schools director of curriculum and instruction, presented the system’s Beginning Teacher Support Plan to the Polk County Board of Education Monday, Oct. 10. The State Board of Education requires every system to have such a plan in place to support new teachers. Greene said the local plan includes procedures for connecting the new teacher with a mentor, setting up quarterly meetings for all new teachers to gather and share ideas as well as restricting schools from requiring teachers to sponsor extracurricular activities unless they request to do so.

Polk BOE budget amendments
Polk County Schools Finance Officer Charlotte Sullivan presented two amendments to the Polk County Board of Education’s budget related to grant funds. One included the addition of $20,000 in federal funds for Exceptional Children Interpreter. The other reflected $26,000 in state allotments.

Funding for Landrum downtown parking
Landrum City Council heard a request from Matt Troyer, owner of Foothills Amish Furniture, for hospitality tax dollars to be used to create additional parking in downtown Landrum. Council indicated to Troyer that they were willing to help but his estimate seemed high. The council requested he obtain two additional estimates to look for a lower cost. City Administrator Steve Wolochowicz said the city could use more parking in the downtown area.

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