Turner Wins Suit



Turner Wins Suit



  Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner has won his suit against Republican challenger Charles "Chuck" Adams, the Saluda County Elections Commission, S.C. Elections Commission and the Saluda County Republican Party that said Adams did not meet the qualifications to run for Coroner.


  Turner received word Friday that a circuit judge had ruled in his favor. A similar result was handed down recently when Laurens County Corner Nick Nichols sued over the qualifications of his opponent.


  The suit sought to have Adams disqualified from running for the office and his named removed from the ballot.


  More detailed information on this will be published in next week’s paper.




County Council Holds Hearing


On Comprehensive Play  


County Council held a public hearing on the county’s new comprehensive plan at Monday’s meeting.


  The plan is required by law and was developed by the county’s Planning Commission. The 54-page plan is available on the county’s website.


  Jack Atkinson listed eight concerns he had with the proposed plan, including Saluda County’s high millage compared to neighboring counties; population diversity, addressing races growing and declining; land use as it pertains to the timber industry, which makes up 75 percent of the land area; water and sewer infrastructure, including the Town of Saluda’s current problems; fire protection, regarding the difficulty to recruit new fire fighters; road and bridges, suggesting Hwy. 178 as the highway to be four-laned in future plans, as opposed to 378 and 121; animal control, suggesting if the county cannot do it on its own, don’t do it; medical support, praising the local medical professionals, but questioning a proposed alliance with Self Hospital.


  Melinda Kneece asked how much money the airport generated. Councilwoman Gwen Shealy said all improvements at the Airport came under jurisdiction and requirements of the FAA.


  Mrs. Kneece also suggested statistics about all the local schools and law enforcement be included in the plan.


  Planning Commission Chairman Russell Altman said the commission has worked for years on the plan, with assistance of Upper Savannah, and council members Don Hancock and Frank Daniel.


  Altman said the plan looks to the future. In regards to the highways, he said the state has road improvement plants locked in to 2030, so there is little Saluda County officials can do about widening highways.


  He said he would take the suggestions Atkinson and Mrs. Kneece back to the commission.


  Council gave final reading to an ordinance that would give the Saluda County Board of Elections and Registration the authority to conduct the municipal election for Ridge Spring, with the town reimbursing the county for the expense. Atkinson, Elections and Registration chairman, told Council the wording in the ordinance listing the Saluda County Elections and Registration "Commission" needed to be corrected.


  "We are a board now," he said.


  Council approved renewing the memorandum of agreement between the county and Saluda School District One for two school resource officers.


  Toby Horne of the Sheriff’s Office said this is a similar agreement approved each year, only this new one is for two-years rather than one.


  Council approved a "Social Media Policy" at the suggestion of II Director Mitchell Kneece.


  Grant Coordinator Jill Warren was given the go-ahead to apply for an $8080 grant from the Weyerhauser Giving Fund for school crisis response.


  Among the parts of the grant will be putting first aid kits in every classroom in School District One, King Academy and Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School, EMS Director Jacob Starnes said.


  At the beginning of the meeting, Councilan Jacob Schumpert reminded the audience the Little River Fest will be held at Big Man’s Marina over the Labor Day Weekend.





Fun Time On


The Square Friday


A large crowd turned out for Saluda’s second "Movie on the Square" Fri., Aug. 5. The main event was the showing of "The Peanut’s Movie" on the big screen, but prior to that attendees enjoyed food vendors, games for the children, business tents, and a car show. (Standard-Sentinel photos)