State Champs Feated


State Champions
Visit State House

  The 2A State Champion Saluda High Lady Tiger Basketball team was invited Mon., April 12, to the South Carolina State House.
  The team extends a  special thanks to State Representative Cal Forrest for the invitation, and to our sponsors for the amazing meal atop the Capital City Club!
  Speaking at the meal were Saluda County native Molly M. Spearman, State Superintendent of Education, and Roscoe Wilson, father of Gamecock legend, A’ja Wilson. One photo op on the trip was at A’ja’s statue outside Colonial Life Arena.
  The top photo shows the team, cheerleaders, coaches and staff on the staircase inside the State House. Pictured in the bottom photo are, L to R, top - School Board Chairman Dr. Kathy Coleman, SHS Principal Robert Etheredge, SHS girls coach Jeanette Wilder; and District Superintendent Dr. Harvey Livingston; bottom - Rep. Cal Forrest, District 39. (Saluda County Schools photos)

Cross Country Walkers Pass Through

Sheriff Price greeted Matt and Grace at the county line on the McCormick Highway Fri., April 16. Matt and Grace are walking across America. They began this walk in Huntington Beach, California on Oct. 2, 2020, and will end it in Myrtle Beach. They are raising awareness for 501(c)3 nonprofit Time In A Bottle. Their goal is to inspire those around them to travel, explore, and find love in the little things.” You can follow their progress on their Facebook page “theggoldenroad.” (Sheriff’s Office photo)


Council Begins Budget Process

  Saluda County Council gave first readings to the 2021-22 school and county  budgets at the April 12 meeting.
The local support portion of the school district’s $20,688,6657 budget is $7,613,718, 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 $5,001,100  from ad valorem taxes.
  The county’s budget currently stands at $13,717,245. Two more readings are required for both budgets.
  After public hearings, Council gave third and final reading to an ordinance allowing the quonset hut at the airport to be leased, and second reading to an ordinance involving a joint industrial park with Aiken County.
  Consideration of a request for the county to approve funds to the Town of Saluda for reimbursement of legal fees incurred during their special election died for lack of a motion.
  The Fair Housing resolution was approved, as was an  Election Resolution submitted by Councilman Jack Atkinson, former Saluda County Elections and Registration board chairman.
  The resolution urges the state legislators not to approve any legislation that would put all local and state elections in the control of the federal government.
  Council gave the county director authority to take funds from contingency to balance the remainder of the 2020-21 fiscal year budget, which ends June 30.
  A request from the Mayson Fire Department to designate county owned property at 1708 Greenwood Highway for future expansion of their facility was approved. Mayson Fire Chief Randall Maffett spoke on behalf of the request.
  Council approved allowing the county attorney to take preliminary steps for the potential conveyance of the Old Town Fire Department to the county.
  Funds from the Building Repair Account will be used to replace the 11th HVAC unit in county owned buildings this year. The unit at the County Council building will be replaced for $9,150.
  Saluda County Librarian Keith Ward was given permission to hire a summer intern, with the cost to be reimbursed by Saluda County First Steps.
  Councilman Carey Bedenbaugh’s appointment of Jennifer O. Barton to the Saluda Nursing Center Board was approved.
  Council Chairman Jerry Strawbridge’s reappointment of Jacob Schumpert to the Solid Waste Technology Committee was also approved.
  At the beginning of the meeting, Strawbridge read a resolution from Gov. Henry McMaster recognizing dispatchers during  National Telecommunications Week.