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Published 2:36 pm Monday, December 11, 2017

Landrum Area Business Association president steps down

In its Dec. 5 meeting, Landrum Area Business Association (LABA) President Magan Etheridge announced that, for personal reasons, she would not be able to complete her second year serving as president. Etheridge, LABA Vice President Kim Karaman and Secretary Tiffany Freel agreed they would need to consult the association’s by-laws to determine how to proceed with filling the office. In addition to routine year-end election nominations of Ellen Henderson for the office of secretary and Lisa Rodriguez for treasurer, LABA members nominated Dianna Winkler for president. If the by-laws state that Karaman should fulfill the role of president until the end of the term, members also nominated Trisha Taber for vice president.


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Polk commissioners approved meeting dates

The Polk County Board of Commissioners will continue to meet on the first and third Mondays of the month during 2018. Commissioners met Dec. 4 and approved the new schedule through June, with meetings at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 in 2017 and Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4 and June 18, 2018.

Polk approves contracts with fire departments

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved contracts with each of its six fire departments during its Dec. 4 meeting. The new contracts specify when budgets are to be turned in annually for the county’s new fire and rescue advisory committee (FRAC), which will now present budgets to the county commissioners.

District One’s Sloan named director for SCSBA

Travis Sloan, secretary of the Spartanburg School District One Board of Trustees, was elected as Region 14 Director of the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) during the association’s annual business meeting Dec. 2. Region 14 includes Spartanburg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 school districts. The annual business meeting, which was held during the association’s Legislative Advocacy Conference, included voting delegates from most of the state’s 81 school boards. In addition to the election of association officers, delegates adopt resolutions to guide the association during the 2018 legislative session. Sloan has served on the Spartanburg District One board for 14 years. He is currently serving as secretary and also serves on the policy and procedures committee. He is currently the chairman of the Swofford Career Center Liaison Board.