Nearly 150 members of the Daniel-Day Family visited Saluda County Fri., July 22, as part of their family reunion.
The family members come from throughout the country and hold reunions every two years. Locations since 1994 include Washington, DC, Detroit, Charleston, Williamburg, Va., and two cruises.
This year the convention headquarters is in Greenville, and the family rode two buses to Saluda County Friday.
Rosalind Daniel-Day, the organizer of Friday’s activities, said the family wanted to visit where their family began.
The Homeland Heritage tour included a visit to the Saluda County Historial Society, where family enjoyed presentations at the Saluda Theater, Saluda County Musuem and Saluda County Courthouse.
From Saluda, the family travelled to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Long Cane Road in Edgefield County, then stopped in Johnston, where they were greeted by Mayor GTeerrence D. Culbreath.
After visiting the Daniel family site, they travelled to Mine Creek Baptist Church, where family patriarch Lawrence Daniel is buried.
After a catered lunch, the family returned to Greenville.
State 4-H Presidential Tray Winners were honored during State 4-H Congress. Dr. Tom Dobbins and Dr. Brian Callahan were on hand to present the awards. Pictures above are (L to R) Dr. Tom Dobbins, Kat Eling (Kershaw), Andrew Owens (Hollywood), Allison Harman (Gilbert), Micah Metts (Saluda) and Dr. Brian Callahan. Allison, Andrew and Micah are 4-H members in the Saluda County 4-H program.
Saluda 4-H Members Win
Three Presidential Trays
4-H throughout the county varies and has many interests for every youth. Our three 4-H Presidential Tray Winner that are from Saluda County 4-H are examples of the variety that 4-H has to offer. For the first time in history, Saluda 4-H has three members winning the 4-H Presidential Tray on the same year. Allison Harman, Andrew Owens and Micah Metts received this honor which includes a $1500 scholarship. This award is South Carolina’s top 4-H award.
To Allison Harman, 4-H is all about cows as her projects have included showing and judging beef cattle. Her 4-H career took her to many shows across the state and to nearby states. In the fall, her livestock judging team will compete at the nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. She has also excelled in the dairy judging competitions with a state team win in 2015 and competed in the National competition in Wisconsin last fall. Allison writes, "4-H has affected me in more ways than I could’ve ever imagined." She is the daughter of Tammy and Al Harman. Allison is a graduate of Gilbert High School and will be attending Clemson University this fall to pursue a degree in Animal and Veterinary Science. Her scholarship was sponsored by the South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture.
Micah Metts was the second 4-H Presidential Tray Winner announced. Healthy Lifestyles was the project that Micah excelled
Saluda Police Make Arrests
In Credit Card Skimmer Case
On July 10th the Saluda Police Department was notified by a citizen of a possible credit card skimmer located on the ATM at the First Citizens Bank at on Main St., Saluda.
Officers arrived and confirmed the device to be a skimmer and also located a camera attached to the ATM. Thanks to the observant citizen, officers were able to conduct surveillance on the bank and detain three suspects when they returned to retrieve the skimmer and camera.
The case was turned over to SLED.
GRANT - Accepting a $15,000 check from Senator Nikki Setzler are Barbara Yon, forThe Friends of Ridge Spring, and Pat Asbill, Mayor. The check was a grant from SC Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to support the Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale.
The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale Receives a Grant
The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale received a gigantic boost for next year’s event. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism awarded the Peach Tree a $15,000 check to support the Yard Sale.
Senator Nikki Setzler awarded the check during a regular Town Council meeting on Monday, June, 11th. The monies will be used to purchase advertising, for social media, and to work with law enforcement in managing traffic flow through the town.
The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale is held the first Friday and Saturday in June along highway 23 in South Carolina and includes the towns of Modoc, Edgefield, Johnston, Ward, Ridge Spring, Monetta, and Batesburg-Leesville.
The Yard Sale is in its 12th year, and with the help of Senator Setzler, and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, it will continue its growth.
Don Hardie Named Principal
at Saluda Middle School
Saluda County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Hardie as Principal of Saluda Middle School effective July 1, 2016.
Mr. Hardie is an experienced and accomplished South Carolina educator of 17 years. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1995, a MEd in Secondary Mathematics and a MEd in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2003 and 2005 respectively.
He began his educational career at Airport High School in Lexington County School District Two, where he coached basketball and baseball. He became Nationally Board Certified in 2003 in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics and a certified teacher in AP Calculus in 2004. After teaching mathematics for five years, he became an administrative assistant at Airport High School. In 2005, he served as the assistant principal at Busbee Middle School in Lexington County School District Two. Following the 2007 school year he served as the Mathematics Coordinator for District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. In 2010, he was named principal at the Academy for Success of District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.
During Mr. Hardie’s tenure at the Academy for Success, he led many successful initiatives and programs including, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), one-to-one mobile technology, data team implementation, and early graduation programs. The Academy for Success experienced a decrease in suspension days, expulsions, and drop outs during his tenure. The Academy for Success was considered as one of the top Alternative Schools in the state and Mr. Hardie was named President of the State Alternative Schools Round Table.
He is married to Suzy Hardie that currently teaches master level administration courses at the University of South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Hardie have an energetic daughter named Joy that enjoys ballet and was recently named a Duke Tip Scholar.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community of Saluda as principal at the middle school,” Mr. Hardie said. “I am anxious to get started and begin meeting and working with the faculty, staff, students, and parents to continue providing a high quality education in a positive learning environment.”
Trip To Store May Have Been Life Saving
James Valentine’s decision to go to the store to buy a soft drink before the Wed., July 6, storm may have saved his life.
When he returned to his Graham Street, Saluda, home after the storm, he discovered a tree had literally split his house into two parts.
Valentine has cancer and takes medication.
“I usually lay down after I take my medicine,” Valentine said.
Had he taken his medicine instead of going to the store, Valentine would have been in peril, because the tree fell through the living room and bedroom where Valentine would have been resting.
Valentine would like to thank those who have assisted him, since the storm.
Saluda County Council spent much of the Mon., July 11, meeting approving readings of ordinances.
Second reading of the ordinance to adopt the County Comprehensive Plan, compiled by the Planning Commission, was approved. Updated plans are mandated by the state.
County Council Chairman Don Hancock said the complete plan may be found on the county website.
Second reading of the ordinance to have the County Registration and Elections office conduct elections for the Town of Ridge Spring was also approved. Ridge Spring will pay all expenses. The county has the same agreement with the Town of Saluda.
First reading of an ordinance allowing the Association of Counties to serve as a debt collection agent for the county.
Along with that, first reading was approved for an ordinance to establish a $50 administrative fee collected on delinquent accounts set by the Association of Counties set off debt program for ambulance service in Saluda County.
Council agreed to enter in an independent auditing service agreement for Saluda County Detention Center’s Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards. Deputy Jail Administrator Lorine Kelley presented the information.
Larry J. Payne was appointed to the Saluda County Airport Commission.
Regarding what happened last week, Councilwoman Gwen Shealy, at the beginning of the meeting, expressed appreciation to the county law enforcement officers and emergency workers for what they do.
“You are our guardian angels,” she said.
New Exhibit at the Museum
The Saluda County Historical Society would like to thank each person that contributed to the Vietnam War exhibit. It was seen and appreciated by many people. The exhibit ended on July 1st.
We are currently setting up an exhibit to emphasize black history in our area. It is to coincide with the Daniel-Jay Family Reunion tour planned for Saluda County on July 22, 2016. Other family names include Graham, Hurley, and Bugg. If you would like to loan items to display please bring them to the Museum from 10:00-4:00 week days. Some items of interest would be Riverside annuals, church histories, crafts, and quilts. The exhibit will last for three months then you will be able to pick your items up.
The Saluda County Historical Society hopes that everyone will come to the Museum to appreciate and learn from our new exhibit.
Riley Nordin (center) was surprised with a $10,000 national scholarship by the NWTF’s Assistant Vice President for Hunting Heritage Scott Vance (right) and NWTF Winchester Museum Director P.J. Perea (left)
Nordin Receives NWTF 2016 National Scholarship
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — On a recent visit to the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters while chaperoning his local 4H group, Riley Nordin of Saluda, South Carolina, was surprised to learn he won the 2016 NWTF National Scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
In front of the Saluda 4H group, NWTF headquarters staff and local media, Nordin received a check for $10,000, something he says will help fund his education when he enrolls at Clemson University this fall.
“I am truly thankful. $10,000 is a lot of money, and it will be helpful, especially with the long-term education goals I have,” Nordin said.
He plans to pursue a degree in genetics with a focus on plant sciences. “The sciences are something that I always have enjoyed,” Nordin said. “And as I have gotten older, I realized it is what I want to do for a living. It won’t really seem like work because I love it so much.”
Nordin recently graduated near the top of his high school class despite a rigorous academic course load and a schedule packed with extracurricular activities. His impressive résumé includes:
•Boy Scouts of America
•National BETA Club
•Saluda County 4-H
•Saluda County Garden Club volunteer
•NWTF Youth Art Contest participant
He received a scholarship through the local and state-level NWTF chapters, making him eligible for the national honor. To date, the NWTF has contributed more than $4.6 million in scholarships to students making up the next generation of hunters and conservationists. “Individuals like Riley are the ones who will ensure that our wildlife is healthy and future hunting opportunities are secure for generations to come,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Students pursuing degrees and careers in wildlife and habitat conservation will always have the NWTF in their corner.”
Visit www.nwtf.org for more information, or download the scholarship application.About The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. InitiativeThe NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.To learn more about the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, visit www.nwtf.org.
Local Teen Headed to
Saluda County resident Laney Edwards was crowned National American Miss South Carolina Teen on June 26.
Laney and her SC sister queens will travel to California this November to represent our state at the week-long National American Miss Pageant to be held in Anaheim. Delegates at the national pageant will vie for a $5000 cash scholarship and be judged in the following areas: Resume, Community Service, Interview, Onstage Personal Introduction, and of course, Formal Wear. It won’t be all work and no play, however. Laney and the other contestants will have photo shoots, spend a day at Disney Land, and tour the famous streets of Hollywood.
They will enjoy a Thanksgiving banquet and walk the red carpet during the “NAMmy” Awards Show, where they will be recognized for participation in optional competitions. Laney is looking forward to representing Saluda County and the great state of South Carolina on the national stage.
For more information about the National American Miss program, go to www.namiss.com.