February, March bring trapping debates, water issues and drug arrests

Published 11:04 pm Monday, December 30, 2013


Columbus approves bid for WWTP rehab
The Town of Columbus approved a $2,445,940 construction bid with Buchanan and Sons Inc. to rehabilitate its aged wastewater treatment plant.

Four arrested in Landrum on drug possession charges
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department, arrested four individuals Tuesday, Feb. 26 on charges of possession of narcotics within a ½ mile of a school. Timothy Dale Crockett, 49, of Campobello; Jonathan Charles Groover, 29, of Taylors, S.C.; Kylen Gene Moss, 22, of Landrum; and Anita Jeanette Peeler, 39, of Landrum; were charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drugs near a school.

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Polk sheriff’s office arrests three on drug possession
The Polk County Sheriff’s office took three local residents in custody on drug charges following a traffic stop on Feb. 21. Sheriff’s officers arrested Darlene Michelle Yeomans, of Tryon, Rance Edwin Yeomans, of Tryon and Cory Shane Lindsey, of Mill Spring following a traffic stop at County Line Road and Rock Springs Road in Mill Spring.

Sheriff’s office arrests credit card fraud suspect
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jessica Herman, 27, of Green Creek and charged her with seven counts of identity theft and seven counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, according to sheriff’s office records.

Campobello-Gramling School named South Carolina’s Best Reading School
Campobello-Gramling School was named the SCIRA Exemplary Reading School for 2013. Holly Springs Motlow School was named an honor/ first runner-up school.

900 pounds of trout released into Green River
NC Wildlife Resources Commission workers and volunteers released 900 pounds of sterile non-native trout into the Green River March 4 in an effort to shore up numbers for anglers and protect the native trout population.

Polk hires Dr. Lassiter as interim medical director
Polk County hired Dr. Lonnie Lassiter to serve as interim medical director. Dr. Lassiter’s hiring comes after the board discharged former medical director, Dr. Allison Owens in January. Dr. Owens agreed to stay on as director until Feb. 15, with the county having a month to work under the state to find a new director. Dr. Lassiter was the only doctor who applied for the position.

PF3 requests funding for 2-1-1 program
The Polk County Fit, Fresh and Friendly (PF3) asked commissioners to help fund the program, which would be based in Asheville and be a 24-7 information call center.

FHS took in over 1,700 animals in 2012
The Foothills Humane Society (FHS) gave an annual report to the Polk County Board of Commissioners on March 4 after taking in 1,705 animals last year and having a 98.9 percent live-release rate.