2019 Review Part 2

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2019, The Year In Review, Part 2


APRIL
  •A  woman and her grandchild died in a house fire in Saluda County near Lake Murray Fri., April 5. Chief Deputy Coroner Dudley Rushton identified the two people who died in the fire as Karen Metts Blanset, 63, and 1-year-old John-Michael Burton Hall.
•The Garden Club of Saluda met on Monday, April 1 at Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church social hall to celebrate it 90th anniversary.
  •Saluda County Council began the 2019-20 budget process Mon., April 8, by giving first readings to the school and county budgets.
  The local support portion of the school district’s $19,664,537 budget was $7551,956, minus revenues and credits reflected on tax receipts from Property Tax Relief, Homestead Exemption, Tier 3 Property Tax Relief, and Motor Carrier for a net amount of $4,867,802  from ad valorem taxes.
  The county budget currently stood at $14,362,740.50. The difference between revenue and expenditures was $2,470,628.
  •Saluda County Councilman D.J. Miller resigned, because he no longer resides in the district he represents.
  •Dr. KaRon Webb was named principal of Ridge Spring-Monetta High School.
  •The body of a Newberry County man was recovered less that two hours after he jumped off the bridge near Big Man’s Landing on Hwy. 391.
•Piedmont Technical College (PTC)  held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winner of the Alfred and Miriam Adams Endowed Scholarship was Sean Burri of Saluda.
  Selected to attend Boys State by American Legion Post 65 were:  Joe Ordile, Cade Gentry, Jacob McCary, Saluda High, and Matthew Herlong, Saluda High, and Dylan Matthews, King Academy.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
  Retired school principal Dr. Karen Denise Metts Blanset, 63,  passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 along with her precious grandson, John-Michael Burton Hall.
  County employee James H Rolland,  78, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019 .


MAY
•Through energy efficiency upgrades and solar installation, the Town of Saluda will save over $13,000 per year in energy costs: LED lighting,
 occupancy sensors,   solar installation
  •The Sales Tax rate in Saluda County will increase to 8% beginning May 1, a result of last November’s voter referendum. County voters in the general election approved a 1% Sales Tax increase for capital projects, changing the county’s Sales Tax rate to 8%.
  •An Edgefield County woman died in a head-on collision in Saluda County, Fri., May 3.   According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Delphine Pickens Simpkins, 60, was driving west in a  2007 Pontiac  on Hwy. 378 a little before 3:30 p.m. when she crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2015 Ford Truck head-on.
  •The Saluda High girls and boys track team produced four state champions in the 2-A state track meet.
  In girls track,  Kalisha Hill brought home two titles, 100 hurdles, an d high jump. She also finished third in the 400.
  Boys title winners were: long jump,  Jervon Whitt; triple jump, Dallan Wright.
  •Paul Metts was chosen to represent the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) as a delegate to the 2019 session of Palmetto Boys State.
•At Piedmont Technical College’s spring commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. Adam Matthews, who graduated with an associate in science degree, was the honoree from Saluda County.
  •Saluda County Council gave second readings to the school and county budgets Mon., May 13.
  A public hearing was held on the school budget. No one spoke. A public hearing was scheduled on the county budget, but it was deferred to a later date.
  The local support portion of the school district’s $19,664,537 budget is $7551,956, minus revenues and credits reflected on tax receipts from Property Tax Relief, Homestead Exemption, Tier 3 Property Tax Relief, and Motor Carrier for a net amount of $4,867,802  from ad valorem taxes.
•Senator Nikki Setzler presented the Town of Ridge Spring with a $50,000 check from Parks Recreation and Tourism to be used in building an open air farmers’ market in the new plaza which will begin construction in October.
•American Legion Post 65 Auxiliary announced Girls State delegates: from King Academy, Reaghan Turner, daughter of Anissa and Andy Turner; from Saluda High School, Jordan Black, daughter  of Susan and Brad Black; Zoe Horne, daughter of Bruce and Sheila Horne; and Kari Leigh Miller, daughter of Sherri and Scot Miller.  Trinity Logue, daughter of Sydney Forrest, is our alternate. Kari Leigh Miller was the winner of the Americanism essay contest.
•Only one jury trial took play during the May term of Saluda County General Sessions Court.   Johnny Tyler Padgett was found guilt of failure to stop for a blue light, and was sentenced to six months.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
Retired barber David Shelton Palmer, Jr., 83, passed away  Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Navy WWII veteran William Hoyt Gibson, 95, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 23.


JUNE
 •American Land Holdings (ALH), a leading wholesale recreational waterfront development company based out of Charlottesville, VA, is pleased to announce the acquisition and development of 125 acres of Lake Murray waterfront property in Saluda County.
  Palmetto Pointe, the approved 120 lake lot community, provides approximately 2 miles of pristine waterfront shoreline and 70 approved docks, permitted by Dominion Energy (formerly SCE&G).
  •The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office (CCLMC) is in partnership with Nashville Country Music Star, Cody Webb.  Webb grew up in Ridge Spring in Saluda County and is proud to promote the Lake Murray Country region.
  “I’m so excited about this opportunity to represent Capital City/Lake Murray Country. I spent all of my summers on Lake Murray so it comes so natural and easy for me to spread the word about one of the greatest places in earth, beautiful Lake Murray, South Carolina,” said Webb.
  •The W. W. King Academy Board of Directors announced Zach Matthews as the new Head of School. Coach Matthews is a graduate of WKA and has been a teacher and coach for the past 12 years. He will manage the students and faculty and oversee academic planning, while continuing to be the head coach of varsity football and baseball.
  •The Saluda County Farm to Table Committee awarded a $1000 scholarship to three  area high school seniors: Ridge Spring-Monetta senior Kelson Palmer; Saluda High School senior   Cody Clary; and Wardlaw Academy senior Zac Berry.
  •Kenzie Morse, 5th grade, Hollywood Elementary School received the South Carolina DAR State Award at the SC DAR State Conference in Greenville. Kenzie’s essay was entered in the DAR National Essay contest.
•The bridge over the Little Saluda River at Big Man’s Marina was named in memory of Corporal Dale Hallman Sat., June. 22. Hallman died April 6, 2018, in a line of duty vehicle accident.
•The Saluda All-Stars won the Machine Pitch tournament championship, played June 14-18, at the Saluda County Recreation Complex.
  •Back to back evening and early morning storms last week did significant damage to trees, and some damage to property in Saluda County.
  Assistant Emergency Management Director Jill Warren said most of the damage was not reported to law enforcement. What was reported was trees across highways, and damage to a garage by a fallen tree in the lake area.
  •Wayne Grice took at narrow 125-122 win over Kevin Crouch in the Republican Primary election for Saluda County Council District 2 on Tues., June 25.
  •The new Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, has many Saluda County relatives.
  Her grandfather, Roy Nichols, was among 15 siblings who grew up in the Hollywood section of Saluda County. His wife, the former  Ruth Boozer, also was a Saluda County native.
  Roy and Ruth were educators in Pelion.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
Nettie Mae Kirkland McCarty, 88, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Ninety Six. She played on two State Championship basketball teams at Hollywood High School.
Decorated WWII veteran Eiba Henry “Bill” Begemann, Jr., 94, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019.
Saluda business owner Wilbur Wright Scurry, 61, passed away  Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Saluda business and farm leader Earl Bunch Forrest, 90, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019.
State recognized cattleman and Saluda native William O. Coleman, 85, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, in Hopkins.

(Continued next week)