Horse Trainer Competition

Saluda Horse Trainer to Compete
in Cowboy Competition Series

  The Palmetto State soon will be known for more than peaches, boiled peanuts and pristine beaches.
  Rodeo cowboy and horse trainer Hannah Castellitto, from Saluda, South Carolina, will make her television debut on Wednesday, February 24th at 9PM ET on the season 2 premiere of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown on INSP. Hannah will go head-to-head with 13 other competitors in an attempt to bring home the grand prize, including the enviable title of Ultimate Cowboy .
  In the second season of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown, 14 cowboys (men and women) from all across the country compete for a life-changing prize. Each week, viewers will watch the strong-willed cowboys undergo a series of grueling physical and mental challenges that will test them individually and as teams. Chock full of explosive drama, and lots of ego, the last cowboy standing will walk away with a prize package that includes a herd they can take to market, a Rawhide Portable Corral, an Arrowquip Q-Catch 87 Series Cattle Chute, the coveted Ultimate Cowboy Showdown belt-buckle, and a lifetime of bragging rights.

1354 County COVID
Cases, 28 Deaths

  Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 1354 (1,247 actual, 107 probable), with 28 deaths.
  The county had 772.9 cases per 100,000, classified as a high incidence.  Last week, the figure was 688.7   cases per 100,000 with a high incidence rating.
  The number of tests given in Saluda County is 12,170. It should be noted if a Saluda County resident dies of Covid in a neighboring hospital, that death is counted in the neighboring county’s totals.
  Counties neighboring Saluda had the following case totals: Aiken - 10,807,   Edgefield - 2,067;  Greenwood -5,918, Lexington - 21,515; Newberry - 3,289.
  Sun., Jan 31, 2,649 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by state Department of Health and Environmental Contro , with 23 confirmed deaths.
   Positive tests are at 21.4 percent.
  This state total is 396,712, with probable cases  46,674. Confirmed deaths are  6,355, and 687 probable deaths.

FEMA Funds Awarded

  Saluda County has been awarded $4,502.00 Federal Funds made available through the Phase 38 under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.  Saluda County has been chosen to receive $4,502.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County.
  The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross; Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way worldwide.  The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
  A Local Board made up of local government officials, agencies, church officials, and a homeless advocate will determine how the funds awarded to Saluda County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organization in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
  Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non - profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal Funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
  Saluda County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Saluda County DSS, Saluda County Helping Hands, The Potter’s House, COA and the Salvation Army.  These agencies were responsible for providing meals and utility assistance.  Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Fabrienni Chaplin 864-803-1023, or Becky Paul at 864-445-2139 for an application.  The deadline for application is Thursday, February 4, 2021.