Horseman

Horse Rider Travels Through
County On 48-State Tour


  A horseback rider travelled through Saulda County Fri., June 30, as part of his goal to ride his horse to  48-states to raise money for children’s charities.
  “It has been a rainy ride into Saluda, South Carolina today! My wife and I stopped at the 7-Eleven to get us some burgers and a coffee,’ Tye Surgenion wrote on his Facebook page.
  After visiting  Edgefield County on Thursday, Sturgeons next stop was Silverstreet.
  Tye Sturgeon began his 48 state horseback ride to raise money for children’s charities in March of 2014 at the ripe young age of just 19. He left out on ‘The American Wish Ride’ in his hometown of Batesville, Arkansas with a horse named Edward, saddle bags and a passion to raise money for children in need.
  Over the past three years he has ridden 3,600 miles and has currently made it through 13 states (June 2016). He is so thankful to all the wonderful folks who opened their homes, hearts and pastures along the way.
  Tye plans to continue his ride into ALL 48 Lower States to raise money for Ropin’ Dreams (Non-profit children’s foundation), New Horizon Ranch (therapeutic riding center) and other various children’s charities along his route. It has always been a hope of his to make an impact in the lives of young people who may never get to experience their dreams to the fullest.
  Tye knows a bit about having a dream. All of his life he wanted to be a Cowboy, Horsemen and a Pro Bronc rider. He was able to rodeo for a period of time, but sadly due to injuries he realized that aspiration had to come to an end.
  Although he was not able to continue towards his dream of the pro circuit; he still feels blessed that God gave him the experience. Soon after is when ‘The American Wish Ride’ became not just a new dream, but a reality. Little did he know how much this ride would not just change the lives of children, but his own life as well.
  In September of 2014, he and Edward just so happened to stumble upon a boarding barn in the small town of southern Wisconsin. This is where he met Hannah, a hazel eyed, honest as could be type of gal who Tye refused to let slip on by. Soon after meeting they fell completely head over boots and could not wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Tye always knew God had a plan for him and that day he unknowingly rode up to the future love of his life.
  On September 3rd of 2016, Tye and Hannah tied the knot under a 16 foot tall cross in her hometown of Evansville, Wisconsin. Since then the Sturgeons have been planning to continue this 48 state ride as a team.
  To learn more about all of the exciting details of what is to come with The American Wish Ride please continue to read through their website and follow them on social media!



Changes for South Carolinians
buying and registering vehicles 

     Blythewood, SC – Beginning July 1, 2017, people who purchase or register vehicles in South Carolina will owe a new type of fee, replacing the sales tax they’re used to paying. 
  Due to legislation commonly referred to as the Roads Bill, if you buy or lease a vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, or other automobile on and after July 1, 2017 that will be titled and/or registered in this state, you will owe an Infrastructure Maintenance Fee (IMF) instead of sales tax. The IMF is in addition to applicable title and registration fees and property taxes. You pay your property taxes to your county treasurer. You will not be able to title or register the item until you pay the IMF.    “Customers can rest assured that the SCDMV will guide them through this transition,” said Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “We’ve been working with South Carolina dealers, their association, and the Department of Revenue to facilitate a smooth shift with minimal to no impact for businesses and customers.” 
  The amount of IMF you owe is based on the sales price of the item you buy. You will owe five percent of the purchase price, but it will be no more than $500. If you purchase an item that is $9,999 or less, your IMF will be five percent of the sales price. If it is $10,000 or more, you will owe $500. 
  People who move to the state with a vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, or other automobile that needs to be registered will owe a $250 IMF, in addition to applicable title and registration fees and property taxes. The $250 IMF applies to each item that needs to be registered in this state. 
  For example, if you move to SC from Georgia with a vehicle that was previously registered in Georgia, when you register that vehicle with the SCDMV, you will owe the IMF and applicable title and registration fees to the SCDMV. Bring your original paid property tax receipt with you when registering the item. You pay your property taxes to your county treasurer. 
  “If you fall into the above category, it’s best to prepare early for your visit to the SCDMV,” said Director of Vehicle Services Larry Murray. “Remember, everyone has 45 days to transfer their title and registration to South Carolina.” Post Office Box 1498, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016
  If you purchase a vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, or other item in this state that will be registered in another state, you will not owe an IMF. You will, however, pay a sales tax upon purchasing the item. 
  Under the changes in legislation, the sales tax percentage remains at five percent of the purchase price of the item. However, the maximum tax due increased from $300 to $500. If you purchase an item that is $9,999 or less, your sales tax will be five percent of the sales price. If it is $10,000 or more, you will owe $500. The changes you will see on July 1 reflect the first phase of implementation.