2018 Part 2, Continued

OCTOBER
  •Crystal Berry Gibson announced her candidacy for Saluda County School Board Seat two.
  •Saluda County Council Mon., Oct. 8., restored the funds it had cut from the Saluda Senior Center during the 2018-19 budget process.
  Kathy Hendrick-Dublin, CEO of the Piedmont Agency on Aging, requested the $6500  be restored.
  Hendrick-Dublin said her agency decided to come to  Saluda County to run the program because of the commitment to senior citizens by late chairman Don Hancock, the local volunteers, and the financial support from County Council.
  •SLED Aviation Unit Special Agents Wayne Matthews, Saluda native,  and Dennis Tracy have received the Airborne Public Safety Association’s national Aircrew of the Year Award for their actions in a series of events in the early morning hours of January 15, 2018 in which a York County Deputy Sheriff was killed and three other law enforcement officers wounded.
  •The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival was held Oct. 11-13.
  •After serving as the Saluda Standard-Sentinel’s printer for nearly 40 years, Bruner Publishing of Lexington went out of business. Beginning with the October 18 issue, the newspaper is now printed at the Index-Journal in Greenwood.
  •Inducted into the Saluda County School District Hall of Fame were, Phyllis Deloach, Deborah Minick, Corey Daniel, and the late brother Ronald Coleman.
  •Dr. Kathy Coleman announced for  re-election to Seat 2 on the Saluda County School Board.
  •A Saluda man died Monday night, Oct. 29, of injuries received  in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 178.
  According to Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner, Kenneth Ray Shealy, 25, of 888 Greenwood Highway, Saluda, died at the scene.
  •Kevin Yon of Ridge Spring was named the Southeast’s Farmer of the Year.

NOVEMBER
  •The 23rd Annual Fall Festival/Tractor/Engine show and pull was held at  Richland Creek Farms, 542 Richland Creek Road, Ward, Nov. 3-5.
  •In Saluda County’s few contested races in the General Election on  Nov. 6, incumbents came out on top.
  Saluda Mayor Amelia Herlong and school board members Kathy Coleman and Jim Moore won re-election.
  The one cent sales tax increase for capital improvements passed.
  The referendum for the $90 million school building project for Lexington District three failed in Saluda County, as it did throughout the district.
  The question on the statewide ballot that would allow the Superintendent of Education to be appointed by the Governor, rather than being elected, failed in Saluda County 4161-2389 and statewide.
  Like the rest of the country the turnout  was good in Saluda County, as 6966 citizens voted, or 61.77 percent.
  Following are the election results beginning with the contested races:
  Saluda Mayor: Amelia Herlong -  391; Michelle R. Curry - 350
  Saluda County Schools School Board :Seat 2: Katherine Coleman - 287; Crystal Gibson - 167. Seat 4: Sunday Jacobs Minick - 203; James Moore - 290
  Lexington School District Three: William Berry - 207; Frances Bouknight - 418; Cheryl Burgess - 263; William Cogdill - 188; Gariane Gunter - 293
  Saluda County One Cent Sales Tax: Yes - 3546; No - 3134
  Lexington School District Referendum: Yes - 196; No - 491
  •The Saluda County Farm-City Citizen of the Year award was presented in memory of two fallen law enforcement officers, Eric Chapman and Dale Hallman.
  The presentation was made at the annual banquet, held at Saluda High School on Thurs., Nov. 15.
  Guest speaker was Saluda native and former Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler.
  Swindler, who is now director of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, used his growing up in Saluda to emphasize the Farm-City theme.
  Johnston Police Chief Lamaz Robinson, also a Saluda native, remembered his officer Eric Chapman, and his devotion to profession, being always williing to assist, event when he was off duty.
  Sheriff John Perry said it was very difficult to lose his brother-in-law Chapman, and a few months later lose one of his deputies, Dale Hallman, who was like a son to him.
  •Saluda County’s additional one cent sales tax for capital projects became official with the passage of a resolution at the Mon., Nov. 12, County Council meeting.
  The resolution declaring the results for the sales tax passed unanimously by the three Council members, Frank Daniel, D.J. Miller and Gwen Shealy, present.
 Under the terms of the referendum that passed in the General Election on Nov. 6, the sales tax will be imposed in Saluda County for not  more than eight years and will begin May 1, 2019.
  •Newberry County Memorial Hospital recently named Meg Davis as their Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), after approval by the Board of Trustees. Davis grew up in Saluda.
  •Throughout the season, Clemson University Athletics  spotlighted military “Heroes of the Game.”  At the Carolina game Ridge Spring and Saluda County’s Joe Cal Watson was recognized. Joseph Calhoun Watson graduated from Clemson University in 1947. In between his time at Clemson, he served in the army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, in which he was wounded in battle and received the Purple Heart. In addition, he received several other honors, among them the WW2 Victory Medal, the Bronze Star, and Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his sacrifice. He is now 95 years young!
  •When George H.W. Bush, who died Fri., Nov. 30, ran for president in 1988, he did not campaign in Saluda County,but he sent his son, a little known Texas oil company executive, to campaign instead. Of course,that little known Texan would also become the President of the United States (George W. returned to Saluda County to campaign when ran for president in 2000, with a rally at the National Guard Armory). This photo was taken outside the Saluda County Courthouse.

DECEMBER
  •The Decembert term of Saluda County General Sessions Court cleared 44 cases.
•Zanna Mills  won first runner-up in the SC Farm Bureau Talent Contest Senior II Division, held recently in Myrtle Beach during the organization’s 75th Annual Meeting. Mills is the daughter of Glen and Christy Mills of Saluda County.
  •Miss Tiger 2019 is Ryleigh West. The annual pageant was held Sat., Dec. 1, at Saluda High School. Other winners were Miss Senior Courtney Martin, Miss Junior Natalie Rikard, Miss Sophomore Anna Ringer, and Miss Freshman Katelyn Marshall.
  •On Thursday, December 13th, State Superinten-dent of Education Molly Spearman, along with administrators from Lexington County School District Three and Saluda County Schools, gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Innovation Collaboration Pilot Project that began between the school districts this year.
  “We can no longer allow attendance lines to prevent students from having the opportunities they deserve. Proud of the leadership in these two districts coming together to support students,” Spearman said.
  The Innovation Collaboration Pilot Project is a partnership that enables Lexington Three and Saluda County school districts to collaborate to provide courses to students in both districts that may not be available otherwise. This school year, the project focused on adding welding and firefighting classes.
  •Dr. Wyman Shealy was named the Saluda County Forestry Association’s Landowner of the Year at the annual meeting on Dec. 17 at Saluda High School.
  •Saluda High School was well represented at the North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach Sat., Dec. 15. CJ Bosket, and Raquon Hartley, played in the game and Tiger assistant Wayne Bell was a member of the coaching staff.