Girls State 2017

2017 Saluda Palmetto Girls State Delegates


  The 71st session of Palmetto Girls state is scheduled for June 11 – 17, 2017, at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.  Saluda is well represented with four delegates from Saluda High School.  There was stiff competition to become a delegate with participates judged on such qualifications as leadership, interest in government, character, honesty, scholarship, cooperativeness, freedom essay, interview,  maturity and a desire to participate in Palmetto Girls State. 
  The Girls State program is one of the most vital programs for our youth as it provides young women the opportunity to learn and experience government in action.  It emphasizes the democratic process and the principles of God and country.  At Girls State our representatives will be challenged to return to their school and community and exercise their leadership potentials.
  Unit 65 of the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors the PGS program in Saluda County, and we are proud to announce and congratulate the delegates from Saluda High School.  They are Mary Grace Lake, daughter of Marcy and Mike Lake; Katlynn Nikole Livingston, daughter of Adam and Katie Livingston; Erin Elise Rowe, daughter of Dallas Rowe; and Kali Ashton Parks, daughter of Mandy Hess.
  Our alternates are Allison Devore, daughter of Billy and Robin Devore; Kayla Horne, daughter of Toby and Vilma Horne; Peighton Rienzo, daughter of Grace and Jeff Rienzo; and Shelby Sheppard, daughter of Paige and Tony Sheppard. 
  Allison Devore was our Americanism essay winner, and her essay has been entered  in the state competition.
  The following generously donated to the Auxiliary PGS delegate program, and Unit 65 would like to publicly thank them for their support and participation in such a worthy program:  Amick’s Poultry; Gentry’s Poultry; Hollywood Ruritan Club; Saluda Realty Co.; Kelly White Insurance Company, Dr. and Mrs. Gene Moore, and Rep. Ralph Kennedy.


Museum Features WWI Exhibit


  The Saluda Count Museum is now featuring an exhibit on World War I.
  The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.
America Enters
World War I
  At the outbreak of fighting in 1914, the United States remained on the sidelines of World War I, adopting President Woodrow Wilson’s policy of neutrality while continuing to engage in commerce and shipping with European countries on both sides of the conflict.
  Neutrality, however, was increasing difficult to maintain in the face of Germany’s unchecked submarine aggression against neutral ships, including those carrying passengers. In 1915, Germany declared the waters surrounding the British Isles to be a war zone, and German U-boats sunk several commercial and passenger vessels, including some U.S. ships.
  Widespread protest over the sinking by U-boat of the British ocean liner Lusitania—traveling from New York to Liverpool, England with hundreds of American passengers onboard—in May 1915 helped turn the tide of American public opinion against Germany. In February 1917, Congress passed a $250 million arms appropriations bill intended to make the United States ready for war.
  Germany sunk four more U.S. merchant ships the following month, and on April 2 Woodrow Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany.
  Facing dwindling  resourves on the battlefield, discontent on the homefront and the surrender of its allies, Germany was finally forced to seek an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, ending WWI.
  World War I gave us the following firsts: fleet of flying aircraft, use of tanks, chemical warfaire that led to first use of gas masks by soldiers, steel helmets, X-ray machines, guide dogs, flame throwers, blood banks, and was the first war to enlist women into service. (Information from the History Channel.)