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Published 1:02 am Saturday, April 30, 2016


Tryon approves purchase of new police Ford Explorer

Tryon Town Council approved the purchase of a new Ford Explorer for its police department during its April meeting. The police department will now have two SUVs as well as two sedans. The police department will be selling a 2009 model sedan to be replaced with the Ford Explorer, at a total cost of $33,000. The town will finance the explorer at $7,256 annually for five years.

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Columbus approves $2k for pavilion at Veterans Park

Columbus Town Council approved granting Nathaniel Watkins $2,000 towards constructing a pavilion at veterans park for his Eagle Scout. Watkins presented his project during the town’s April 21 meeting. Watkins said his project will be a wonderful way to show veterans appreciation for everything they do. Watkins has raised some money on his own for the approximate $6,000 project as well as labor and materials. Watkins has to have the structure complete by July 25 but is hoping to have it complete by the town’s July 4th events.


US Precision Construction, LLC to expand to Rutherford County

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, under the state’s Building Reuse program, awarded a $500,000 grant to Rutherford County to repurpose a manufacturing building located at 2015 Hwy. 221 South in Forest City. US Precision Construction, LLC, a member controlled company of Tryon Equestrian Partners, LLC, which owns and operates Tryon International Equestrian Center and Tryon Resort, will occupy the repurposed building. US Precision Construction builds “fully fabricated residential living units and commercial structures to be used for retail, hotels, single family and multi-family units,” according to a news release by Rutherford County Economic Development. Plans call for more than $6.5 million in capital investment, and the creation of 100 jobs.


Six coaches to be inducted into SCACA’s Hall of Fame

Frank Ridlehoover, who served as a boys soccer coach at Polk County High School from 1997-2002, will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and will join five other members of the association. Ridlehoover won a state title at Polk County in 2001. He has also coached at Gaffney and Dorman High Schools in a long career that dates back to 1972. Recognized for starting the boys soccer program at Eastside High School in Taylors, S.C. and coaching there for 16 seasons, Ridlehoover compiled an overall record of 402-230-27 in his career and retired in 2011. Jim Mattos, Mike Anthony, Amanda Holder, Billy Ammons and the late Dennis Botts will join him in the Class of 2016.