News Briefs

Published 10:00 pm Friday, August 11, 2017

Polk library President speaks to commissioners

Incoming Polk County Library Board of Trustees President Ted Hiley spoke to the Polk County Board of Commissioners during the county’s Aug. 7 meeting. Hiley thanked the county for its support of the library system and said 106,000 walked through the library doors in Columbus and Saluda in the last year, 150,000 items were checked out and more than 7,000 county residents, or a third of the population, have library cards.

Polk appoints member to consolidated human services board

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During the Polk County Board of Commissioner’s Aug. 7 meeting, the board unanimously appointed Mary Patty Martin to the county’s consolidated human services board.

Local, state, federal entities meeting with TIEC about WEG

During the Polk County Board of Commissioner’s Aug. 7 meeting, county emergency services director and fire marshal Bobby Arledge updated commissioners on meetings he is having with the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), the department of homeland security, the federal and state bureaus of investigation and other entities regarding the World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held at TIEC in September 2018. Arledge said they recently traveled to Raleigh and met with fire, rescue, communication and human services agencies. Arledge said he will have bi-weekly meetings with TIEC and other agencies. Carolina Healthcare Hospital system will have services onsite at the WEG, Arledge said, which will help the county tremendously as far as EMS services.

Landrum Library plans eclipse program on Aug. 21

The Landrum Library will hold an eclipse program on Aug. 21 beginning at 1:30 p.m. with crafts and activities. Anyone attending the program inside the library with the activities will receive a pair of eclipse glasses to wear. Regardless of the weather, the party will still occur as the eclipse will be live-streamed inside the library as well. Landrum City Council heard information about the event during its Aug. 8 meeting.