Published 10:58 am Friday, May 3, 2013
When I first came to Polk County, I taught at Polk Central Middle school for four years, in that time I realized that this county had some fractures. It was evident there were huge lines that divided us. Each little community within the county was struggling to maintain its identity. Interaction was limited between these communities. Since the agri/ economic efforts of the past few years, I have noticed a huge leap in the development of our county’s community. The interactions at the farmers markets, the volunteer work at the center has increased awareness and interest in one of our county’s greatest assets: its people.
I understand we are at a crossroads as to the future of some of these programs as well as agricultural/economic development in our county. In a world filled with economic uncertainties and political unrest, one resource that we should develop at all costs is the relationship to our neighbors.
I understand there will be a meeting Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Mill Spring Agricultural Development & Community Center. County leadership and the community will discuss the future of many of these programs.
I plan to attend and encourage everyone to attend as well. I also would like to invite everyone to join me in thoughts and prayers for the leadership of our county as they juggle the wants, needs and resources of our beautiful home, Polk County.
– Lance Smith, Tryon