Decade in Review


  It had been eight years since the Standard-Sentinel has been able to run a Saluda County Courthouse photo featuring a measurable amount of snowfall, but that changed in 2010, when not one, but three measurable snowfalls were recorded, one on February, one in March, and one on December 26, just missing the county’s first ever white Christmas.
  The most touching story of the year was the “Field of Flags,’ that stood on the Library lawn form June until October and drew visitors from all over the country. Politics was a big story in Saluda County, as well as in the rest of the nation.
  There were three contested political races in the county. The candidates were,County Council District One candidates, Republican Tillman Sauls, and Democrat Frank Daniel (incumbent); Saluda Mayoral candidates, Frank Addy (incumbent) and Glenn Corley; and County Council Chairman candidates, Republican Jerry Strawbridge and Democrat Don Hancock.

  The Year 2011 was one marked by violence and storms in Saluda County.
  Two murder charges were filed against women, and  a man died on the scene of a gunfight that involved three different shooters.
  There were several more shooting incidents in the county, as well as a home-invasion armed robbery
  The county had gone without an appreciable snow in eight years, got three ground-covering snowfalls in a three month period. Storms downed trees and removed roofs on homes and residences.
  There were incidences of “good news,” too. Saluda School District One was the only district in South Carolina to meet the requirements of the One Child Left Behind Act. Saluda Uptown View Apartment project won a national award for the Upper Savannah Council of Governments. Several citizens won state and national recognition.
  The Sheriff’s Office, Saluda and Batesburg-Leesville personnel made many drug arrests during the years.
  Law enforcement and elections highlighted the news in Saluda County during the course of 2012.
  For the first time in its history, Saluda County saw three different men serve as sheriff during the same calendar year. Sheriff Jason Booth resigned following his indictment for misconduct in office. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Luther Nossett Jr. as sheriff to finish Booth’s term. When John Perry was elected sheriff in November, the Attorney General ruled he could take office immediately.
  That was not the only law enforcement news. Saluda Police Chief Michael Clancey retired, and second in command Charles Holloway resigned a week later. A Saluda officer and deputy sheriff got arrested for DUI, and, sadly, popular Lake Murray resident Deputy Sheriff Bobby Jones died suddenly.
  The General Election would be a big story any year, but this year a Supreme Court ruling threw a wrench into the proceedings. Over 250 candidates were removed from the ballots because they did not file their financial statements on time, according to a new election law. Saluda County candidates Pat Griffith, Phil Perry and Carey Bedenbaugh were among the three declared ineligible for the June Primary. All three ran in November as petition candidates and all three lost.
  The year ended with great news for the Town of Saluda, when Tomberlin Automotive announced it was bringing is assembly plant to the former Knight Industries location on the Greenwood Highway.

  The 2013 in Saluda County got “mixed reviews.”
  It was year that blended sadness, including the death of Saluda Mayor Frank E. Addy, Jr., with some good news, the announcement of the Sunny Z Foods plant, which will employ 150,  in the old Milliken building.
  King Academy’s football team won the SCISA 8-man championship over Wardlaw at Saluda High’s Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field.

 Politics and weather were  two of the top newsmakers in Saluda County in the Year 2014.
  The biggest political news came in November, when Saluda County native, Molly Mitchell Spearman, was elected State Superintendent of Education, becoming the first Saluda Countian to be elected to statewide office since the county was created in 1895.
  Mrs. Spearman’s victory was bittersweet, however, as it came just a few weeks after her brother Randy, a former Saluda County Councilman, Judge of Probate and State Public Service commissioner, died in a tragic two-vehicle collision near his Hollywood community home.
  Amelia Herlong won re-election as Saluda’s mayor, defeating former mayor Richard Logan.
  County citizens also voted to allow the Sunday sales of alcohol in the unincorporated sections of the county.

  The biggest story in Saluda County for 2015 was the flooding that hit the area the first week in October.
  While Saluda County sustained some damage, mostly to roads, and schools were closed for a week, the county did not suffer the catastrophic destruction as in nearby counties of Lexington and Richland, and where homes and businesses were destroyed.
  The second biggest story involved County Council attempt to amend the county ordinance regarding the hiring of the administrator at Saluda Nursing Center.
  This brought widespread opposition from supporters of the Nursing Center and Administrator Bob Bowles.
  The amendment was tabled on third reading.
  For sports fans, Saluda High School football’s return to the glory days was the big story. The Tigers finished 10-3 and made it to the Upper State Championship game since 1973.

  Like the rest of the country, politics highlighted the 2016 news in Saluda County.
  The races for sheriff and coroner dominated the news from March to November, but the incumbents, Sheriff John Perry and Coroner Keith Turner still came out winners.
  Nor so fortunate were two incumbent County Council members, Jacob Schumpert and William Pugh were defeated Jones Butler and D.J.  Miller, respectively. Schum-pert and Pugh both had 12 years experience on Council.
  Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton both won their presidential primaries in the county. In November, General Election,  Trump was the big winner.
  The biggest crime story was the murder of Nancy Caughman Lott. Ms. Lott was reported missing, then her body was discovered a few weeks later in a Ridge Spring recycling dumpster. A murder suspect was arrested in December.
  The top sports news belonged to the football teams of Saluda and King Academy.
  For the second year in a row, Saluda made it to the 2A Upper State Championship game, and for the second year in a row, the Tigers fell to eventual state champion Abbeville.
  King Academy made it to the State Championship game in the 8-man division, and fell to Andrew Jackson.

  Sadness, solar progress, a rare eclipse and crime highlighted the news stories.
  The death of County Council Chairman Don Hancock topped the news. The chairman lost his battle with cancer, which necessitated special party primaries and a special election in December.
  An official called Saluda County the “solar capital of South Carolina” at the dedication of the solar farm on the Columbia Hwy. This is before two giant solar farms were announced at an investment of $115 million each.
  Visitors from throughout the country came to Saluda County to view the rare solar eclipse
  The top crimes stories involved the death of a retired United Methodist minister and a home invasion at Persimmon Hill Estates.
  For the third straight year, Saluda fell to Abbeville in the Upperstate Championshio game at Hite Field.

  The biggest 2018 story in Saluda County was a sad one, the death of Deputy Sheriff Dale Hallman, who died in a vehicle accident while responding the call.
  This happened a few months after Saluda resident and Johnston policeman Eric Chapman died in a similar accident while responding to a call in Edgefield County.
  Both officers were remembered on numerous occasions throughout the year.