News Briefs

Published 10:00 pm Friday, February 17, 2017

Saluda approves permit application for Saluda Arts Festival

The City of Saluda approved a permit application for the Saluda Arts Festival submitted by Mary Meyland during council’s Feb. 13 meeting. The festival is scheduled for May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Meyland requested the city close down Erwin Street and the railroad parking area in addition to cleaning up McCreery Park. The city also approved having more police officers patrolling the festival at a cost of $195 to the city.

Saluda Tailgate Market gives presentation to City of Saluda

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Shelley DeKay, Saluda Tailgate Market coordinator, gave a presentation on the Saluda Tailgate Market during the city’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 13. Started in July 2010 by the Saluda Business Association, the market runs for 26 Fridays during the year, according to DeKay. This year the market will start on May 5 and run through Oct. 27 with a holiday market date in December.

Landrum approves financial agreement with SCDOT

At the Feb. 14 city council meeting, the City of Landrum approved a financial agreement with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to set aside $99,719.98 from the city’s street fund to pay for the second phase of adding new sidewalks to North Randolph Avenue. The new sidewalk, according to Landrum City Administrator Rich Caplan, would be 1,800 feet along North Randolph Avenue and will extend down to the entrance of the park at Simmons Street, connecting the two sides of North Randolph Avenue along to the intersection of McDowell and Barnett Streets.

Landrum approves $1,500 donation to support 2017 Landrum Quilt Show

The City of Landrum has approved funding the 2017 Landrum Quilt Show for up to $1,500 out of the city’s hospitality fund to be used for marketing efforts by the quilt show. The show runs June 8-10 at the Landrum Middle School gym and Delia Dorn, co-chair of the Landrum Quilt Show, asked the city to be a guest judge at the show. According to Dorn, more than 1,000 people attended the 2015 show from 13 different states and five foreign countries. The show occurs every other year in Landrum and the Airing of the Quilts will be next year.

Polk County Board of Education approves calendar changes

The Polk County Board of Education approved changes to school calendars for Saluda Elementary School, Polk County Early College and all other Polk County Schools at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 13. The biggest change is that students at all schools will now attend class on Feb. 27 and March 20, both dates that were previously slated to have no classes for students. The two days are makeup days for time missed in January due to snow. Complete calendars for all schools can be found online at