Year in review-May

Published 11:21 pm Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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Over the next several issues, we will publish our annual look back at some of the top stories,

newsmakers and images that shaped the year. The following are several of the top stories

published in the Bulletin in May.

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Drugs, guns seized

SUNNY VIEW—A Sunny View man was arrested on Thursday after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office found methamphetamine, pills, marijuana and guns.

James Richard Helton, of 225 Helton Lane, Mill Spring, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance; maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to sheriff reports.

Kitten rescued

COLUMBUS—Columbus officials took a break from their regular duties this week to rescue a kitten that was stuck in a drain.

The kitten was discovered behind the Bojangle’s in Columbus on Wednesday. Both the Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Fire Department assisted in the rescue. Michael Herman got into the drain and rescued the kitten.

Bradley Falls now restricted

SALUDA—While the trail at Big Bradley Falls in Saluda has been re-opened from the COVID-19 pandemic, the waterfall and overlook has been restricted.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission designated the falls and overlook portion of the trail as restricted and people can only access the area with written permission.

Polk to receive $587K

POLK COUNTY—Polk County should soon receive $587,186 from federal funding for COVID-19.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the $85.4 million in federal funds for COVID-19 relief on Tuesday, with the funding to be disbursed this week to counties.

Alcohol allowed on sidewalk again

TRYON—Alcohol is once again allowed on the Tryon downtown sidewalks.

The Town of Tryon announced this week it rescinded its previous suspension of town ordinance 111.03, which allows alcohol consumption on the sidewalk in the downtown district of North Trade Street.


  1. coli found

MILL SPRING—Polk County announced over the weekend that E. coli was found at the Lake Adger marina.

Polk County Manager Marche Pittman said the county was notified on Friday that Mountain True had performed an independent test at the marina and discovered an unusually high level of the bacteria Escherichia coli, or E. coli in the water.


Fabulous 4th of July postponed

COLUMBUS—The 58th annual 4th of July celebration in Columbus will not be held this July.

Columbus Town Council met during a Zoom meeting Thursday and decided to postpone the festival until Oct. 3. The town later cancelled the festival because of state restrictions on public gatherings. 

4th COVID death in Saluda

POLK COUNTY—Polk County’s COVID-19 cases remained at 35 all week, with 4 deaths and 9 people being released from isolation.

All 4 deaths have been in the Saluda zip code, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Polk County Schools receives national rating

A national website has once again ranked Polk County Schools as one of the top districts in North Carolina.’s proprietary rating system has listed Polk County Schools as the second-best school district in the state in its 2020 rankings, trailing only Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools.


Tryon received 5.85 inches of rain

FOOTHILLS—Rain came back with a vengeance this week a day after the 2-year anniversary of catastrophic rainfall in the Pacolet Valley.

Tryon received 5.85 inches of rain on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, which is more rain than the area normally receives for the entire month of May. 


In Memoriam

Robert Frederick Bruce

Jesse Lee Ollis

Ima Jean Kimbrell Painter

Barbara Hooker Stratford of Montrose

Lt. Col. Alan Carroll Leonard

Charles Larry Wilson

Winifred Lloyd Ball

Barbara Ann Barker Krunich

Elizabeth Joan Christ

Geneva Wofford DePasquale

Hugh Howard Hines

Mary Louise Pauley

Peter Klee Martin

Samuel “Sammy” Lorain Shelton

Geneva Wofford DePasquale

Timothy J. Bosien

Michael A. Patterson

George A. “Tommy” Stepp