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Published 8:42 pm Friday, February 6, 2015

Polk commissioners questioned on Green River church water line

During the Feb. 2 Polk County Board of Commissioner meeting, resident Dave Maxwell questioned the board why they eliminated the participation fee to run a water line to Green River Baptist Church. The county recently decided to spend up to $150,000 to extend a water line to the church, off its Poors Ford Road water line.

Polk working on equestrian trail crossing with DOT

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Polk County is currently working with the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) on reduced speed limits, curve warning signs and applications for better equestrian trail crossings throughout the county. The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Feb. 2 and heard from county manager Marche Pittman who said the DOT is evaluating the signage and should have something for the county to review by the end of this week. Pittman said the objective is to ensure the best and most feasible options for landowners, trail managers, vehicle traffic and equestrian trail riders. Polk decided to work with DOT for better safety at trail crossing after complaints were made regarding Jake brakes startling horses.

Polk appoints residents to volunteer boards

The Polk County Board of Commissioners during its Feb. 2 meeting made appointments to the Polk County Planning Board and Polk County Recreation Board.

For the Columbus township of the planning board, commissioners appointed Lee Bradley; for the Green Creek Township commissioners appointed Myron Yoder; for the Tryon Township of the planning board commissioners appointed Buffy Blackwell and as an alternate at-large member, commissioners appointed Bill Ennis. Commissioners also appointed Darrell McCraw to its recreation board.

Polk recreation soccer registration begins

The Polk County Recreation soccer registration has begun for the spring season. The recreation department has added a new league, called Wee Booters for 4-5 years olds in addition to programs for first-second grades, third-fourth grades, fifth-sixth grades and seventh-12th grades. Each Saturday in the spring the Wee Booters will practice skills for 30 minutes then have a refereed scrimmage for 30 minutes. Registration forms for the spring season are available on the bulletin board in front of Stearns Gym or at The deadline to sign up for soccer is Feb. 27 with a $35 registration fee for all age groups.

Recreation basketball playoffs next week

The regular season of Polk County Recreation basketball is coming to a close today, Saturday, Feb. 7 with playoffs beginning next week. On Monday, Feb. 9 third and fourth grade boy will play at Stearns beginning at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 10, boys and girls grades fifth-sixth will play at Polk County Middle School; Thursday, third-fourth grade girls semifinals will begin at 5:30 and the last first round of third-fourth grade boys will play at Stearns and Saturday, Feb. 14 the semifinals of boys’ third-fourth grade and championship will be played at Stearns as well as the girls’ third-fourth grade championship. The fifth-sixth grade championships will also be at Stearns on Saturday, Feb. 14. The seventh-ninth grade and 10th-12th grade basketball leagues began on Feb. 2 and will run through Feb. 26. The annual coach’s game will take place Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Polk County Middle School.

Next School’s Out days at Polk County Recreation

The next School’s Out days will be Friday, March 6 and Monday, March 9 at Polk County Recreation when school will be out. School’s Out will also be held on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10 for Polk County School’s spring break. Call 828-894-8199 for more information.