News briefs

Published 9:47 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

Polk makes appointments to child protection team

The Polk County Board of Commissioners made two new appointments to its child protection team on Monday, Feb. 3. The county appointed Polk County Sheriff’s Office Det. BJ Bayne and Polk County Emergency Services Director Michael Crater to the team. The county is still seeking a child protection team member who is a parent of a child who passed away prior to the age of 18.

Polk hears from commissioner about Project Lazarus

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Polk County heard from commissioner Michael Gage on Feb. 3 that he attended a recent workshop call Project Lazarus regarding the illegal abuse of prescription medication. Gage said pills are dangerous and Project Lazars is trying to come up with solutions to help achieve goals of ridding the county of illegal use of prescription medication. He said there is a campaign called “lock it or drop it” and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has a permit to collect and properly destroy unwanted pills.

Saluda calls special meeting Monday, Feb. 17

The Saluda Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for Monday, Feb. 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Public Library. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to review its policies.

Incumbents, one newcomer file for Board of Education

Three incumbents and one newcomer have filed for the Polk County Board of Education for this November’s election. Geoff Tennant was one of the first to file on Monday, Feb. 10 for the Columbus Township as well as newcomer Jim Patterson, who filed for a Tryon seat. James Cowan, who serves one of two Tryon seats has not filed, but incumbents Sherry Page (Green Creek) and Judy Jackson (Coopers Gap) both filed for reelection on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill and Polk County Clerk of Superior Court Pam Hyder have both filed to retain their seats, but no one has yet to file for three open seats on the Polk County Board of Commissioners. Filing ends on Friday, Feb. 28 at noon.