Final 2020 Year in Review

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW
(Continued from last week)

OCTOBER
  •The Saluda-Batesburg-Leesville game, scheduled for Fri., Oct. 23, has been moved to Sat., Oct. 24, 11 a.m. at the Bettis Herlong Stadium at Mathews Field. The change was mandated because B&L has been off two weeks  because of covid issues. The high school league has ruled that teams coming off covid postponements must  be allowed three days to practice for their next game. Friday will be the Panthers’ third day.
  •Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 715 (693 actual, 22 probable), with 20 deaths.  The county is classified as moderate incidence with a rate of 63.5  per 100,000.  Last week, the figure was 97.7  cases per 100,000 with a moderately high incidence rating.
  •The Sheriff’s Office’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event was different this year for obvious reasons. In normal years, organizations giving away candy to trick or treaters line the track at the Recreation Complex, and the attendees walk around the track to each spot. This year, however, with COVID-19 the event became a drive-thru and the cars spilled into the Batesburg Hwy.
  •The search continued for a 26-year-old man last seen at his place of employment in Saluda County on Oct. 26.   Tucker Morris. was last seen at SC Pet Food Solutions in Ward, SC at 8:30 am on Mon., Oct. 26.
WE SAID GOODBYE ...
    •Saluda - John Robert Crawford, 74, member of the 1962 and 1963 Saluda High State Champion teams, retired teacher, coach and school administrator, passed away October 16.
  •Reverend Harry Ells-worth Miller, 80, former Saluda resident,  passed away October 21.


 NOVEMBER
  •The  body of a missing Lexington County man has been found.  Tucker Roundtree Morris (age 26) was last seen at his workplace at SC Pet Food Solutions in Ward, SC on Monday, October 26th, as earlier reported by Saluda County Sheriff’s Office.    Unfortunately he was discovered on Monday, November 2nd around 5:30 PM by a local hunter in a heavily wooded area near SC Pet Food Solutions, off Duncan Rd.
  •For the second time in five weeks, the Standard-Sentinel has moved. The new location is a spot in the old Saluda Shirt Plant building at 300 Greenwood High-way.  Like in our previous temporary location,  the new site will be for inserting and mailing the newspaper only. There will be no phone, fax or internet service.
  •County Council Chairman Jerry Strawbridge announced County Council passed the 1st reading of an ordinance to repeal the vehicle road fee.
  •Saluda Police Department investigator Josh Price was elected Saluda County Sheriff in the Tues., Nov. 3, General Election.
  Price defeated two term Democratic Sheriff John Perry, 5182-4036.
  Another long-time incumbent, Sen. Floyd Nicholson, a Democrat, was defeated by Republican Billy Garrett districtwide in District 10. In Saluda County, Garrett won 2608-1795.
  In another Saluda County race, Jeffrey Jordan was elected to the Saluda  District One School Board Seat 3 over Trey Fingerlin by a vote of 834-574.
  President Donald Trump easily defeated Joe Biden in the county 6179-2948. Sen. Lindsay Graham defeated Democrat Jaime Harrison by almost the same margin, 6076-3008.
  •Former Saluda head coach and longtime assistant Wayne Bell announced he was retiring.  Bell has coached for 30 years and has been on the staff of  six state championship teams, five at Union and one at Saluda. He and his wife Denise have watched all three of their sons, Austin, Ty and Noah play for the Tigers.
  •The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) is pleased to announce its annual Board of Directors Scholarship Program. This program awards $2,500 scholarships on an annual basis to graduating high school seniors who are residents from counties chosen by lot by the Association. Since Saluda County was selected in the draw for 2021, one scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Saluda County.
  •A new program that will allow high school students and the general public to take EMT classes free of charge was announced at the Nov. 9 meeting of Saluda County Council.
  EMS Director Jacob Starnes said the program is a cooperative effort between the county EMS department, Piedmont Tech, Saluda High School and the Charlie Foundation.
  Students at Saluda High School can take the training through the dual enrollment program at Piedmont Tech. When successfully completing the training, students can get a job as an EMT after high school graduation. The program will also be offered to students at Batesburg-Leesville High School through at reciprocal agreement between B&L and Saluda High. SHS students can currently take the firefighter training offered at B&L.
  Members of the general public an also take the training free of charge at the Saluda campus of Piedmont Tech. Credits from the program can also be used for students seeking a R.N. degree.
  •Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 783 (749 actual, 34 probable), with 21 deaths.
  The county is classified as moderate incidence with a rate of 122.1 per 100,000.  Last week, the figure was also 122.1  cases per 100,000 with a moderate incidence rating.
  •A Lexington County deputy with Saluda County connections died unexpectedly in late November.
  According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Cathy Etheredge, 60, joined the department in 2003 and most recently served as a sergeant in the Professional Standards Division. She joined the department as a patrol deputy and worked as a school resource officer, victim assistance officer and investigator.
  She also served with the Cayce Department of Public Safety, the Lexington County Department of Public Safety and the Saluda County Sheriff's Office. Her career spanned more than four decades in law enforcement.
  According to LCSD, a celebration of life was held on Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Sam Etheredge Place, 304 Sam Etheredge Road in Saluda
WE SAID GOODBYE...
  •George McArthur Pierce, 78,  retired Captain with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, passed away  November 11.
  •Reggie Wesley Padgett, 46, Saluda Young Farmer chapter statewide award winner, passed away November 16.
  •Doctor Wyman Shealy, retired dentist and community leader,  passed away November 24.


DECEMBER
  •The “Going the Distance Caylie: walk and run on Sat., Dec. 5, at the Saluda Park and around town was a  big success.
  Caylie is the 11-month daughter of Kayla Smith and Scott Berry, who is battling cancer.
  •Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 868 (823 actual, 45 probable), with 23 deaths.
  The county had 273.5 cases per 100,000, classified as a high incidence.  Last week, the figure was 185.61  cases per 100,000 with a moderate incidence rating.
  Saluda County is reporting 7547 tests, which a story on WRDW-TV says is the lowest per capita in the state.
  •Hugh M. Bland, a retired agricultural educator from Edgefield, has been named recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award by the SC Association of Agricultural Educators for 2020. Bland headed up the new Diversified Agricultural Program at the Saluda Campus of Piedmont Technical College for 7 years.
  •When purchasing a home, you’ll need to consider property taxes as an ongoing cost.
  Since not all property taxes are created equal, it’s important to know what your tax dollars are paying for. A sixth annual study from SmartAsset finds the places in the U.S. where residents are receiving the most value for their property taxes.
  SmartAssest ranked Saluda County among the top places in South Carolina where property tax dollars are going the furthest.
  •County Council Chairman Jerry Strawbridge announcd the $25.00 road fee that has been in effect for this year has been repealed beginning with January 2021 vehicle property tax renewals, and every wheeled and titled vehicle required to be registered and licensed in Saluda County by the South Carolina Department of Transportation purchased after December 31, 2020.
  •The Town of Saluda’s drive-thru Christmas event was cancelled due to a rise on COVID cases.
  •The COVID-19 year has hit another holiday tradition, fireworks.  The Town of Saluda has issued a statement that there will be no fireworks allowed in the town limits over the holidays. Violators are subject to fines.
  •Though the Saluda County Forestry Association was unable to hold their annual Christmas Banquet this year, the group was excited to be able to carry on the tradition of supporting Saluda County youth.
  Each year the association provides scholarship to Saluda County youth who are currently pursuing college degrees in forestry or other natural resources related fields. This year $2,000 scholarships were provided to Grantt Doolittle, Jessica Eidson, and Drew Proctor.