2019 Review Part 4

2019, The Year In Review
(Continued from last week)



OCTOBER
  •A memorial endowment for Emma Jeannette Carr is being established by her husband, Brig. General Chalmers “Hap” Carr (Clemson ’60), to ensure the legacy of the woman who has been called “The Veggie Lady” and “Queen of the Market”  at the Ridge Spring Farmer’s Market continues.
  •A landmark Saluda home burned Sat., Sept. 28. Located at 300 West Church Street, the house is know by many Saludans as the home of the late Ben and Kate Hazel. Ben was a former grocery store owner, who later served as Saluda’s Town Clerk for 17 years. Kate ran the Guest House in the home for 20 years, and people came from miles around to enjoy the meals she served.
  •The Saluda County School District inducted the 2019 Hall of Fame Class, plus a Ring of Honor member, at the halftime of the Saluda-Ninety Six game. Inducted were athletes Larry Boswell, Sammy Crouch, Albert Etheredge, Petina Etheredge Waldo, and teacher Dibbie Shealy. Amy Rankin was the inaugural entrant into the Ring of Honor.
 •Saluda County has joined he rest of the state in getting new voting machines.  The new machines are paper-based, meaning each voter will cast a paper ballot, but the ballots are marked by the machine. Voting will require using two different machines.
  •Saluda High senior quarterback Noah Bell was one of seven players in the state named finalists for  “South Carolina Mr. Football.”
  •A Saluda County man died Fri., Oct. 11, when his home burned.  Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner said Shawn Delon Williams, 41, died on the scene of the fire at  his home, located at 339 West Creek Rd., Leesville.
  •Saluda, SC, resident Chad Martin and his custom 1936 Chevy “One-Off” Truck, Brutally Sexy, will be among the 18 regional Hot Wheels Legends Tour winners flexing their muscle for the grand prize at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5.
  •Through the generosity of the attendees, Saluda County Ducks Unlimited was able to raise $2,000 for the Dale Hallman Memorial Scholarship. Dale was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Saluda County Ducks Unlimited Chapter at the time of his line of duty death while he was employed as a deputy sheriff for the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
  •Longtime Saluda pharmacist George Alfred Sample, Sr., 90, passed away y Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Lexington Medical Center.


NOVEMBER
  The 24th Annual Fall Festival/Tractor/Engine show and pull will be held at  Richland Creek Farms, Ward, Nov. 1-3.
  •Fans of the popular “Live P.D.” A&E series got a big surprise when they attended the Sheriff’s Office’s Trunk or Treat Mon., Nov. 4, and saw two of the series’ stars Lt. Danny Brown and Dep. Addy Perez from the Richland County Sheriff’s office attending the event, which featured a large turnout.
  •A Saluda woman died Wed., Nov. 6, in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) accident. According to Deputy Coroner Angie Rita, Amanda Lynn Storey, 38, died on the scene when the ATV she was riding stuck a tree. The accident happened at approximately 4:40 p.m. at 1262 Chappells Hwy., Saluda.
  •After shooting down a road user fee at the September meeting, Saluda County Council brought it back to life at the Mon., Nov. 11, meeting.  The main difference in the new ordinance is the fee has risen from $20 to $25.
  •Saluda County Chairman Derrick Jones abruptly resigned Fri., Nov. 8.  In his letter Jones gave no reason for his decision, other than to say it was time to resign.  On Sun., Nov. 10, Jones also resigned as pastor of Saluda Church of God, citing health reasons.
  •A man died in a fiery crash Fri., Nov. 15, near Monetta. According to Deputy Coroner Angie Rita, the victim was identified as William Robert Abener, 69, of Ridge Spring.  Lance Corporal Tyler Tidwell of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 6:48 a.m. on S.C. 23 near Peach Orchard St., about 1.3 miles north of Monetta.
  •The Saluda County Retired Educators Association celebrated its oldest active member, Mrs. Helen Corley, 99, at the October meeting.  Organization president Patsy Rhodes read some information gathered from Mrs. Corley’s diaries.
  •Kyle Wayne Way, of Greenwood, was found guilty Thurs., Nov,. 21,  by a Saluda County jury for sexually assaulting a minor child on multiple occasions.   Way, age 32, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 3rd degree.  Circuit Court Judge Walton J. McLeod IV imposed the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison after the four-day jury trial. Upon his release from prison, Way will be required to register as a sex offender and active electronic monitoring.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
  Retired educator and Saluda County Library supporter Verda Ann Matthews Potts, 78, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
  Carolyn Kirkland Quattlebaum, 81, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2019.  She was a retired X-Ray Tech with Dr. R.L. Sawyer and Dr. Ralph Riley.
 Willette Gentry Miller, 93, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019. She was a longtime employee of Smith’s 5&10 and People’s Drugs.


DECEMBER
 •Saluda County was well represented Friday, as Ridge Spring-Monetta and Saluda played in their respective class’ Upper State Championship games on Dec. 1.
 •A large portion of Saluda County would be in Columbia Fri., Dec. 6, as two local high school football teams  played in their respective state championship games. Saluda met Barnwell at 5 p.m. at the Benedict College Stadium for the 2A title. The Ridge Spring-Monetta - Green Sea-Floyds Class A game followed at 8 p.m. at the same site.
  •It took 56 years, but Saluda High School has another football state championship trophy to add to the case. The underdog Saluda Tigers dominated previously unbeaten Barnwell 39-14, before a nearly packed house in the 11,000-seat  Benedict College Charlie Johnson Stadium in Columbia. Fri., Dec. 6.
  Ridge Spring-Monetta lost to Green Sea-Floyds in the 1A title game.
  •Saluda County Council’s ordinance to establish a $25 uniform service charge for motorized vehicle users of the county roads  of the county was given second reading Mon., Dec. 2.  Following a public hearing, the ordinance passed 3-1, with Vice Chairman Frank Daniel, Councilmen Wayne Grice and Jones Butler voting in favor and Councilman Justin Anderson voting against.
  •Dr. Kathy Coleman of Saluda,, Director of Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC) near Columbia, SC, has been named recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award by the SC Association of Agricultural Educators. The award was presented by Dr. Tom Dobbins, State Director of the Clemson University Extension Service., during the annual state conference of agricultural educators.
 •Saluda’s Grinchiest Parade and Festival was held Sat., Dec. 14. The parade began at 11, and the festival ran most of the day. Featured, also, were two showings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Saluda Theater. Attendees were urged to walk around town and see all the Grinch displays.
  •Saluda County Council gave third and final reading to a controversial ordinance that will place a $25 road use fee on all registered vehicles in the county.  The action came at a called meeting on Wed., Dec. 11. Voting in favor of the ordin- ance were Vice Chairman Frank Daniel, and Councilmen Wayne Grice and Jones Butler. Councilman Justin Anderson voted against the ordinance.
  •The Saluda County Coroner’s officer investigated a farm accidental death on Dec. 10,. and the next day responded to a call of a body found at the lake.  On Tues., Dec. 10. at approximately 7:25 a.m., Miguel Olivera-Perez, 67, was working in a corn silo with an auger running, and accidently fell into the auger. Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner said the accident occurred at Columbia Farms in Monetta. Turner said the victim died on the scene, and it took four hours to retrieve his body.
  The next day, a fisherman reported finding a body at Ramp 4, Leesville. Turner said the man was identified as Harry Dwayne Graham, 49, of Pelion.  Graham was apparently fishing off a steep bank and fell. He was not submerged in water.
  •The Saluda County Emergency Management Division is excited to announce that we have licensed the CodeRED Community Notification System to help disseminate important information along with alerting citizens in the path of severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes.
  •Announcing for County Council Chairman were three Republicans, Jerry Strawbridge, Billie Corley and Wesley Boland and one Democrat, Darren Horne. 
•Virgil Wall, Jr. received the 2019 Saluda County Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award.  Receiving the organization’s scholarships were  Grantt Doolittle and Jessica Eidson.  Both recipients were awarded $3000 scholarships each.
  •Ham radio operator Brian Blease, son of Saluda natives Tommy Gene and Virginia Corley Blease has created a Special Event Station, “W1N” with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after the Saluda High State Championship victory to spread the good news world wide.
  •Nicole Yon of Saluda County has been named one of three state finalists in the 2020 South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture The contest winner will be announced in January at the 2020 SCFB Young







2019, The Year In Review
(Continued from last week)

OCTOBER
  •A memorial endowment for Emma Jeannette Carr is being established by her husband, Brig. General Chalmers “Hap” Carr (Clemson ’60), to ensure the legacy of the woman who has been called “The Veggie Lady” and “Queen of the Market”  at the Ridge Spring Farmer’s Market continues.
  •A landmark Saluda home burned Sat., Sept. 28. Located at 300 West Church Street, the house is know by many Saludans as the home of the late Ben and Kate Hazel. Ben was a former grocery store owner, who later served as Saluda’s Town Clerk for 17 years. Kate ran the Guest House in the home for 20 years, and people came from miles around to enjoy the meals she served.
  •The Saluda County School District inducted the 2019 Hall of Fame Class, plus a Ring of Honor member, at the halftime of the Saluda-Ninety Six game. Inducted were athletes Larry Boswell, Sammy Crouch, Albert Etheredge, Petina Etheredge Waldo, and teacher Dibbie Shealy. Amy Rankin was the inaugural entrant into the Ring of Honor.
 •Saluda County has joined he rest of the state in getting new voting machines.  The new machines are paper-based, meaning each voter will cast a paper ballot, but the ballots are marked by the machine. Voting will require using two different machines.
  •Saluda High senior quarterback Noah Bell was one of seven players in the state named finalists for  “South Carolina Mr. Football.”
  •A Saluda County man died Fri., Oct. 11, when his home burned.  Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner said Shawn Delon Williams, 41, died on the scene of the fire at  his home, located at 339 West Creek Rd., Leesville.
  •Saluda, SC, resident Chad Martin and his custom 1936 Chevy “One-Off” Truck, Brutally Sexy, will be among the 18 regional Hot Wheels Legends Tour winners flexing their muscle for the grand prize at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5.
  •Through the generosity of the attendees, Saluda County Ducks Unlimited was able to raise $2,000 for the Dale Hallman Memorial Scholarship. Dale was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Saluda County Ducks Unlimited Chapter at the time of his line of duty death while he was employed as a deputy sheriff for the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
  •Longtime Saluda pharmacist George Alfred Sample, Sr., 90, passed away y Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Lexington Medical Center.
NOVEMBER
  The 24th Annual Fall Festival/Tractor/Engine show and pull will be held at  Richland Creek Farms, Ward, Nov. 1-3.
  •Fans of the popular “Live P.D.” A&E series got a big surprise when they attended the Sheriff’s Office’s Trunk or Treat Mon., Nov. 4, and saw two of the series’ stars Lt. Danny Brown and Dep. Addy Perez from the Richland County Sheriff’s office attending the event, which featured a large turnout.
  •A Saluda woman died Wed., Nov. 6, in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) accident. According to Deputy Coroner Angie Rita, Amanda Lynn Storey, 38, died on the scene when the ATV she was riding stuck a tree. The accident happened at approximately 4:40 p.m. at 1262 Chappells Hwy., Saluda.
  •After shooting down a road user fee at the September meeting, Saluda County Council brought it back to life at the Mon., Nov. 11, meeting.  The main difference in the new ordinance is the fee has risen from $20 to $25.
  •Saluda County Chairman Derrick Jones abruptly resigned Fri., Nov. 8.  In his letter Jones gave no reason for his decision, other than to say it was time to resign.  On Sun., Nov. 10, Jones also resigned as pastor of Saluda Church of God, citing health reasons.
  •A man died in a fiery crash Fri., Nov. 15, near Monetta. According to Deputy Coroner Angie Rita, the victim was identified as William Robert Abener, 69, of Ridge Spring.  Lance Corporal Tyler Tidwell of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 6:48 a.m. on S.C. 23 near Peach Orchard St., about 1.3 miles north of Monetta.
  •The Saluda County Retired Educators Association celebrated its oldest active member, Mrs. Helen Corley, 99, at the October meeting.  Organization president Patsy Rhodes read some information gathered from Mrs. Corley’s diaries.
  •Kyle Wayne Way, of Greenwood, was found guilty Thurs., Nov,. 21,  by a Saluda County jury for sexually assaulting a minor child on multiple occasions.   Way, age 32, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 3rd degree.  Circuit Court Judge Walton J. McLeod IV imposed the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison after the four-day jury trial. Upon his release from prison, Way will be required to register as a sex offender and active electronic monitoring.
WE SAID GOOD-BYE...
  Retired educator and Saluda County Library supporter Verda Ann Matthews Potts, 78, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
  Carolyn Kirkland Quattlebaum, 81, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2019.  She was a retired X-Ray Tech with Dr. R.L. Sawyer and Dr. Ralph Riley.
 Willette Gentry Miller, 93, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019. She was a longtime employee of Smith’s 5&10 and People’s Drugs.
DECEMBER
 •Saluda County was well represented Friday, as Ridge Spring-Monetta and Saluda played in their respective class’ Upper State Championship games on Dec. 1.
 •A large portion of Saluda County would be in Columbia Fri., Dec. 6, as two local high school football teams  played in their respective state championship games. Saluda met Barnwell at 5 p.m. at the Benedict College Stadium for the 2A title. The Ridge Spring-Monetta - Green Sea-Floyds Class A game followed at 8 p.m. at the same site.
  •It took 56 years, but Saluda High School has another football state championship trophy to add to the case. The underdog Saluda Tigers dominated previously unbeaten Barnwell 39-14, before a nearly packed house in the 11,000-seat  Benedict College Charlie Johnson Stadium in Columbia. Fri., Dec. 6.
  Ridge Spring-Monetta lost to Green Sea-Floyds in the 1A title game.
  •Saluda County Council’s ordinance to establish a $25 uniform service charge for motorized vehicle users of the county roads  of the county was given second reading Mon., Dec. 2.  Following a public hearing, the ordinance passed 3-1, with Vice Chairman Frank Daniel, Councilmen Wayne Grice and Jones Butler voting in favor and Councilman Justin Anderson voting against.
  •Dr. Kathy Coleman of Saluda,, Director of Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC) near Columbia, SC, has been named recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award by the SC Association of Agricultural Educators. The award was presented by Dr. Tom Dobbins, State Director of the Clemson University Extension Service., during the annual state conference of agricultural educators.
 •Saluda’s Grinchiest Parade and Festival was held Sat., Dec. 14. The parade began at 11, and the festival ran most of the day. Featured, also, were two showings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Saluda Theater. Attendees were urged to walk around town and see all the Grinch displays.
  •Saluda County Council gave third and final reading to a controversial ordinance that will place a $25 road use fee on all registered vehicles in the county.  The action came at a called meeting on Wed., Dec. 11. Voting in favor of the ordin- ance were Vice Chairman Frank Daniel, and Councilmen Wayne Grice and Jones Butler. Councilman Justin Anderson voted against the ordinance.
  •The Saluda County Coroner’s officer investigated a farm accidental death on Dec. 10,. and the next day responded to a call of a body found at the lake.  On Tues., Dec. 10. at approximately 7:25 a.m., Miguel Olivera-Perez, 67, was working in a corn silo with an auger running, and accidently fell into the auger. Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner said the accident occurred at Columbia Farms in Monetta. Turner said the victim died on the scene, and it took four hours to retrieve his body.
  The next day, a fisherman reported finding a body at Ramp 4, Leesville. Turner said the man was identified as Harry Dwayne Graham, 49, of Pelion.  Graham was apparently fishing off a steep bank and fell. He was not submerged in water.
  •The Saluda County Emergency Management Division is excited to announce that we have licensed the CodeRED Community Notification System to help disseminate important information along with alerting citizens in the path of severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes.
  •Announcing for County Council Chairman were three Republicans, Jerry Strawbridge, Billie Corley and Wesley Boland and one Democrat, Darren Horne. 
•Virgil Wall, Jr. received the 2019 Saluda County Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award.  Receiving the organization’s scholarships were  Grantt Doolittle and Jessica Eidson.  Both recipients were awarded $3000 scholarships each.
  •Ham radio operator Brian Blease, son of Saluda natives Tommy Gene and Virginia Corley Blease has created a Special Event Station, “W1N” with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after the Saluda High State Championship victory to spread the good news world wide.
  •Nicole Yon of Saluda County has been named one of three state finalists in the 2020 South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture The contest winner will be announced in January at the 2020 SCFB Young