2019 Top Guns

Thank You!!  To The Proud Sponsors Of
The 2018-2019 Richland Creek Top Guns

  The Richland Creek Top Guns are a 4H shooting club that is also a 501c3 organization.  Our success depends on our coaches, families, friends, and our fine sponsors whose contributions help the youth shooters in their endeavors!
  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for this past season.  Our high level sponsors were: Saluda County 4-H Extension Office, Coach Dan Paxton, The Langford Family/Pump Service, Price’s Metal Shop, the SC Arms Collectors Association, Woody’s Pawn and Jewelry, Eidson’s Embroidery, Palmetto Financial Services, Karl Crapps Tire Service, the Asphalt Paving and Maintenance Company, and RWI (Ron White Inc.) Air Compressor Sales and Service.  Also, thanks to our mid-level sponsors: Economy Furniture, Hunter’s Headquarters, Round Ranch, Inside Comfort, LLC., and Marsha Hallman-Shealy at H&R Block in Saluda.
  The Richland Creek Top Guns had a great year of shooting.  This year the team competed in approximately 23 events, with take home awards with almost every one.  We have six graduating seniors this year, we wish them the very best in the future – Elizabeth Easler, Makayla Porter, Chelsea Glover, Zach Elliott, Ethan Powell, and Daniel Padgett.  Our team continues to grow and will be continuing their training over the summer!
  We will be kicking off the 2019-2020 season in August – and expect to have 28 youth on our team.  It is an exciting time to be part of the Richland Creek Top Guns!

Westview Behavioral Health Services

Contact: Hugh Gray, (803) 276-5690
*Saluda Behavorial Health is now affiliated with Westview

Vaping grows in popularity and risk

  Vaping and using e-cigarettes is becoming a larger and larger industry, even in small towns like ours. Vaping products can be found in convenience stores and stand-alone vape shops alike.
  Nicotine is the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and it is highly addictive. It causes you to crave a smoke and suffer withdrawal symptoms if you ignore the craving. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. It raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack.
  There are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapor and how they affect physical health over the long term.
  “People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” said Dr. Michael Blaha, director of the center for the prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at Johns Hopkins Medicine. “You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”
  Both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which research suggests may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine. What’s worse, says Blaha, many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product — you can buy extra-strength cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or you can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance.
  Although they’ve been marketed as an aid to help smokers quit smoking, e-cigarettes have not received Food and Drug Administration approval as smoking cessation devices. A recent study found that most people who intended to use e-cigarettes to kick the nicotine habit ended up continuing to smoke both traditional and e-cigarettes.
  Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2018, the Saluda Communities That Care survey revealed that more than 30 percent of youth have used e-cigarettes or vaping devices. That’s 50% more than used traditional cigarettes.
  According to Blaha, there are several reasons e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people. First, many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. In the CTC survey, more than 75% said traditional smoking was risky, but less than 60% said the same of e-cigarettes.
  Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes.
  Vape cartridges are often formulated with flavorings such as apple pie and watermelon that appeal to younger users.
  Both youths and adults find the lack of smoke appealing, and the devices are easy to hide from even the most engaged parent. With no smell, e-cigarettes reduce the telltale aroma of smoking. Even the cartridges themselves can designed to look like computer accessories.
  “What I find most concerning about the rise of vaping is that people who would’ve never smoked otherwise, especially youth, are taking up the habit,” says Blaha. “It’s one thing if you convert from cigarette smoking to vaping. It’s quite another thing to start up nicotine use with vaping. And, it often leads to using traditional tobacco products down the road.”
  “I think perhaps the #1 concern about vaping right now is the so-called gateway effect. Our own literature suggests that 2 million young adults use electronic cigarettes as their first nicotine-based product. They’re not trying to quit smoking — they’ve never smoked before.”
  Nicotine in any form is highly addictive. Vaping, using nicotine-laced products, can become a tenacious and expensive habit, and kids might not stop there.
  Blaha says there’s evidence that young people who vape are more likely to go on to use illicit drugs and tobacco products such as cigarettes.
  “We might be causing the next smoking epidemic through young people getting addicted to electronic cigarettes early in life,” he says.
  For more information on vaping, contact Heather Williams at 445-2968.