News briefs

Published 10:03 pm Friday, November 6, 2015


TEDx gives presentation to Tryon Council

Tryon Town Council heard a presentation during its Oct. 20 meeting regarding the TEDxTryon event held in town last month. The event was sold out in 72 hours and had 12 speakers and five performers. All the speeches from Tryon are now on the TEDx channel and website. Tryon was one of 40 TEDx events that day and was one of the smallest.

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Landrum ranked one of the safest cities in South Carolina

Landrum was recently ranked 14th in a statewide survey of the 30 safest cities in South Carolina for 2015, according to The complete list of S.C. towns that made the list are The website mentions the Landrum Police Department’s “Are you OK?” telephone system which calls people with special needs at pre-arranged time to make sure they are alright. According to the SafeWise website, Landrum experiences 2.47 violent crimes per 1,000, and 26.30 property crimes per 1,000.

Landrum Area Fire and Rescue District names Ashmore interim chief

On Oct. 26, the commissioners of the Landrum Area Fire and Rescue District officially appointed Warren Ashmore as the interim fire chief of the newly formed special purpose district that covers parts of Spartanburg and Greenville Counties. Ashmore had been chief of the Landrum Fire Department before it was dissolved in June of this year when the General Assembly created the new special purpose district to cover the same area and expand emergency services.

No runoff needed for school board

Because of a law called Corpus Juris Secundum, which states that in the absence of a statute to the contrary, a plurality is sufficient to elect, a runoff will not be needed for any Spartanburg School District elections. The top voters of the school board members were declared as the winners on Friday.

LABA announces “Moonlight Shopping” dates for Landrum

The Landrum Area Business Association has announced that on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, the following stores will remain open until 8 p.m. for Christmas shoppers: Carolina Antiques, Landrum Antiques, Sissy, Landrum Hardware and P3 Consignments. The following restaurants will be open as well to accommodate Friday night shoppers: Hare & Hound, Southern Delights, Soulisa’s Dining & Music, El Chile Rojo, Stone Soup and Southside Smokehouse.

Polk Recreation to host public forum on uses for Searcy Field

The Polk County Recreation Department will hold a public workshop on Dec. 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Polk County Library meeting room to get ideas of what upgrades are desired for Searcy Field in Mill Spring. Searcy Field is located off Hwy. 109 near the intersection with Hwy. 9 and borders the Mill Spring Agricultural Center. Currently there are two practice fields with backstops with property including approximately seven acres. The workshop will include aerial maps inviting residents to draw in their thoughts for the property. The public is invited to the drop-in meeting.

Tryon hears complaints about Jervey-Palmer property

Tryon Town Council met Oct. 20 and heard from two Gillette Woods residents who read the town’s ordinances regarding nuisances and safe and sanitary maintenance of property. The residents asked the town to enforce its ordinances. The residents were speaking specifically about downed trees and brush located at the Jervey-Palmer building off Carolina Drive.