General Election Tuesday, November 4
 
  Saluda County citizens will go to the polls Tues., Nov. 4, in the 2014 General Election.
  Other than statewide elections, there are only three contested races within the boundaries of Saluda County.
  In the Town of Saluda, Mayor Amelia Herlong is being challenged by former Mayor Richard Logan. Herlong defeated Logan in 2013 to fill the unexpired term of late Mayor Frank E. Addy.
  County citizens living in Lexington School District Three will vote for three trustees from a field of six candidates: Billy Berry, Trey Bruner, Cheryl A. Burgess, Olin Eric Gambrell III, Tillman Gives and Gariane Phillips Gunter.
  All county voters will be able to vote in the Third District Congressional race, where Republican incumbent Jeff Duncan faces Democrat Barbara Jo Mullis.
  All county citizens will also be able to vote on a beer and wine sales referendum. If passed Saluda County businesses and restaurants in the unincorporated portions of the county will be able to get temporary permits from the Department of Revenue to allow possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink by bonafied non-profit organizations and business establishments authorized to  be licensed for consumption on premises sales and to allow sale of beer and wine at permitted off premises locations without regard to the days or hours of sales. Municipalities have to pass their won referendums to allow Sunday sales.
  Running unopposed in the county are Auditor Memmus Forrest, District 39 Rep. Ralph Kennedy, District 82 Rep. Bill Clyburn, Treasurer Tina Shealy, Soil and Water Commissioner James R. Nichols, County Council Chairman Don Hancock, County Councilwoman Gwen Shealy, County Councilman Frank Daniel, District One School Board member Jim Moore, District One School Board member Christy Corley Nichols, District One School Board member Kathy Coleman, Saluda Town Councilman Lauren Yonce, Saluda Town Councilman Robert Douglas Butler, Saluda Public Works Commissioner Motte J. Yarbrough.
  William Bell is running a write-in campaign for Soil and Water Comissioner. This is not in opposition tgo James Nichols. Two commissioners are be be elected, but only Nichols is on the ballot.
  Because of all the districts and wards, there are 24 separate ballots in Saluda County.
  One statewide race of local interest is that of State Superintendent of Education, in which Saluda County native and resident Molly Mitchell Spearman, a Republican, is being opposed by Democrat Tom Thompson and American candidate Ed Murray.
 If elected, Mrs. Spearman will become the first Saluda County citizen elected to statewide office since Milledge Bonham was elected Governor in 1862. At that time Saluda County was part of Edgefield County. Saluda County has had two Third District Congressman, Butler Hare (1939-1947) and his son James (1949-1951).
  Other statewide races:
  Governor - Republican incumbent Nikki Haley, is being challenged by Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Libertarian Steve French, Petition Tom J. Ervin and United Citizens’ Morgan Bruce Reeves.
  Lt. Governor - There is no incumbent. Seeking the post are Democrat Bakari Sellers and Republican Henry McMaster.
  Secretary of State - Republican incumbent Mark Hammond is facing Democrat Ginny Derrin.
  Attorney General - Republican incumbent Alan Wilson is meeting Democrat Parnett Diggs.
 Comptroller General - Republican incumbent Richard Eckstrom is being challenged by Democrat Kyle Herbert.
  Commissioner of Agriculture - Republican incumbent Hugh E. Weathers is facing United Citizens’ David Edmond and American’s Emile DeFelice.
 U.S. Senate - Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham is being challenged by Libertarian Victor Kocher, Petition candidate Thomas Ravenel, Democrat and Working Families’ Brad Hutto.
  U.S. Senate (unexpired term) - Republican incumbent Tim Scott is facing Democrat Joyce Dickerson and American’s Jill Bossi.
  State Treasurer Curtis Loftis and Adjutant General Bob Livingston are running unopposed.
  There are also two state amendments on the ballot. The first one if passed will allow certain nonprofit organizations to conduct raffles and use the proceeds for charitable, religious or educational purposes. If it fails, the current law is maintained that considers a raffle to be a lottery and is prohibited.
  The second one if passed will allow the governor to appoint the Adjutant General, beginning in 2018. If it fails, the voters will continue to elect the Adjutant General.
 

Saluda Now Has Animal Shelter
 
  The Town of Saluda now has an animal shelter to house animals picked up off the streets of Saluda by the animal control personnel. 
  The Town has three employees in training with the National Animal Control Association to become certified animal control officers.
  Animals picked up will be checked for collars, rabies tags, and microchips. The Town has teamed up with a local veterinarian to provide any care or needs. The animals will be placed on a seven day hold while animal control personnel attempt to locate owners utilizing local newspapers, the Town’s website, and word of mouth.  In the event an owner is not located, the animal will be transported to the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken.
  We would like to request any help and/or donations from those in the community willing to help with this cause.
  Pictured above are Mayor Amelia Herlong and Steve Bindengal. Not pictured is animal control officer Josh Rose.
 

Richland Creek Antique Fall Festival
 
  The 19th Annual Richland Creek Antique Fall Festival  will be held October 31, November 1, and 2 at Richland Creek Farms, 542 Richland Creek Road, Ward, S. C..
  The festival site is located between Batesburg-Leesville, Ridge Spring and Saluda. From Batesburg-Leesville take Hwy. 178 north toward Saluda or from Ridge Spring take Hwy. 39 north toward Saluda from Saluda take Hwy. 39 south toward Ridge Spring follow the signs and exit onto Duncan Road which leads to Richland Creek Road.
  This family event has activities planned for everyone with demonstrations of old farm machinery, steam engine, saw mill, hit miss engines, border collies, syrup cooking, shingle making, thrashing of grain, blacksmith shop, a barnyard exhibit, pedal tractor race/pull and a antique tractor pull for tractors through 1960 also vendors and exhibitors plus great food vendors.
  The gates open each day at 9:00 A. M. and the tractor pull begins with a demonstration pull at 7:00 P.M. on Friday with the Saturday pull beginning at 1:00 P. M.
  The highlight for the weekend is a visit to Richland Springs Baptist Church for Old Fashion Day on Sunday beginning at 10:00 A. M. The church is located at 1895 Duncan Road.
  Admission is $5.00 a day for Friday and Sunday and $10.00 a day on Saturday for adults; children under 12 years old are admitted free. RV hookups are available by reservations at $40.00 for the weekend for water/electric only. This is an educational/family event and NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WILL BE PERMITTED!!!
  For additional information see our web site at: www.richlandcreek antiques.com or call 864 445 2781/e-mail jfberry@centurylink.net.