Building Removed

Building Cleared

The former location of Saluda’s SunTrust Bank at the corner of East Butler and North Main Street was demolished and the land cleared last week to make way for a Bojangles franchise. (Standard-Sentinel photos)

(Continued from last week)


  Sheriff’s Office has made recent drugs arrests.
  Charles Wilson (of Gilbert, SC) has been arrested and charged with Possession of Fentanyl. This arrest stemmed from a traffic stop in the Town of Saluda on Wheeler Circle.
  Jeremiah Blocker (of North Augusta, SC) has been arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine. This arrest came after Mr. Blocker came through a safety check point on Spann Road.
  Oziel Lara( of Saluda, SC) has been arrested for Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana. This arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Linda Street in the Town of Saluda.
  •A Leesville woman, Amanda Sandin, 27, has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a vehicle accident that resulted in death.
  According to Master Trooper Brandon Bolt, the crash occurred at about 10:25 p.m., June 6, on U.S. 1 near Topaz Road, two miles west of Batesburg-Leesville.
  A 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan struck a moped from behind while both were northbound on U.S. 1.
  The moped went off the right side of the roadway and the rider  was thrown.
  The Saluda County Coroner’s office identified the victim as Timothy Sean Cyrus, age 43, of Ridge Spring,
  •The Saluda County Coroner’s Office responded to a death involving a shooting near 306 North Bouknight Ferry Road in the town limits of Saluda.  
  The incident took place between 3:30 and 4:00 on the morning of Sunday, June 13, 2021.  The victim of the shooting has been identified as Deontrez Rashad Mealing, age 23, of Edgefield.  
  •Saluda County suffered its second highway fatality in as many  days, when a Ridge Spring women died in a single vehicle collision
  The Saluda County Coroner’s Office reported the motor vehicle collision occurred on June 7, 2021 in the late evening on Goff Road, Batesburg (Saluda County) near West Creek Baptist Church.  The one vehicle collision involved an SUV vs tree.
  According to Master Trooper Gary Miller, the driver of 2004 Nissan X-terra went off the left side of the road, over compensated, then went of the right side of the road and hit a tree.
  The driver of the SUV died at the scene and was later identified as Ms. Heidy Cruz-Cadena, age 20, of Ridge Spring, SC.  The collision is being investigated by the SC Highway Patrol and Saluda County Coroner’s Office.  
    •Travis Mills has been named Saluda High School’s new baseball coach.
  Mills is a 2012 graduate of Saluda High School. Following high school, Coach Mills attended Lander University where he graduated in 2017 with a degree in Sociology. He has nine years of coaching experience assisting with baseball at Saluda High School and has served as the head JV baseball coach since 2016.
  •Saluda County Council gave final reading to the 2021-22 Saluda County Schools budget at the Mon., Schools budget at the Mon.,
June 14, meeting.
  The local support portion of the school district’s $20,769,529 budget is $7,822,758, 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 $5,138,095  from ad valorem taxes.
  •Three youth teams, representing the Saluda County Recreation Department, won District All-Star tournaments over the weekend. In the tournament played at the County Recreation Complex, the Coach Pitch and Minor League All-Stars won their tournaments (top photo). At Branchville, the Saluda Angels girls softball team coasted to the championship, outscoring their opponents 53-1. All three teams advance to state tournaments.
  •Saluda County native Samantha Nichols, the reigning Miss Upstate,  competed for the title of Miss South Carolina.
  •Three subjects have been arrested for trafficking a large amount of Heroin through Saluda County.
  Seth Allen Johnston, Shay Lynn Capers, and Rebecca Reposa Kelly have been arrested after deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle they were traveling in on Greenwood Highway.
  Deputies located and seized over 367 Grams of Heroin from the vehicle.
  •Seven chefs from Capital City/Lake Murray Country, including Brian Velie of Ridge Spring’s Juniper (center),  have won the “Golden Ticket” to the World Food Championships’ “Ultimate Food Fight” in Dallas, Texas, this November. Credit: Capital City Lake Murray Tourism Board,
  •East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP) is ready to bring its successful proven model of Head Start services to the hard-working farmworker families of Saluda, South Carolina.
  •When Miss Upstate, Samantha Nichols, of Saluda,  took part in the interview preliminaries last week in the Miss South Carolina pageant, she had no idea Madison Coffman, Miss Capitol City 2020, who was interviewed with her, was the daughter of Saluda High School graduate David Coffman. To add to the locals in the interview, Miss S.C. Morgan Nichols, is the granddaughter of Saluda County natives Roy and Ruth Boozer Nichols.
  •Saluda Town Councilman Miliken Matthews sponsored a meeting June 24 at Progressive Church to discuss recent violence and how to prevent future incidents.
  The attendees gave ideas and wrote suggestions about what can be done to curb the violence and educate young people about making poor choices. The group will be forming committees to address some of the issues.
  We said good-bye...
  Charles Rush Johnson, 91, retired Greenwood Mills superintendent, died Sunday, June 6.
  •The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office has recovered a stolen vehicle after the vehicle owner’s mother noticed the vehicle being driven through the Town of Saluda.
  The Sheriff’s Office was called and responded. The vehicle was stopped by deputies in the parking lot of the Saluda County Nursing Center.
  Robert Stancel and Justin Witt were taken into custody and are charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and possession of marijuana.
  •The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit has arrested Kevon D. Etheredge for Distribution of Fentanyl and Distribution of Fentanyl in Proximately of a School.
  •The now retired general manager of Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW), Clay Duffie, Saluda native, was presented with the Order of the Palmetto during a dedication ceremony for the utility’s water resource facility.
  •The Saluda County Recreation Department 10u Angels softball team won the state championship  in Johnsonville Wed., July 14, and earned the right to represent the state in the World Series,   which was  played in Moncks Corner, SC.
(To be continued)