FFA Team Wins

Saluda FFA Places First In SC FFA
Livestock Evaluation CDE

  (Clemson, SC) – Members of the Saluda FFA Chapter traveled to Clemson, April 6th, to compete in the State Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event.
  Career Development Events (CDEs) build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. Students were required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the livestock industry, genetics and reproduction of livestock, and selection of animals for different scenarios.
  Saluda FFA placed first in the event. Team members included: Wyatt Doolittle, Ginger Wertz, Cody Clary, and Sarah Shore.  Wyatt was also high individual overall.   Amanda N. Crouch is the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor for the Saluda Chapter.  The team will now travel to Indianapolis, Indiana in October to compete in the National FFA Livestock Judging CDE.
  South Carolina agricultural education serves more than 12,000 students across the state. Students receive instruction in one of five different pathways within the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources career cluster. The South Carolina FFA Association is comprised of over 7,000 members across the state. The mission of the SC FFA Association is to develop premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
  Pictured, left to right - State FFA VP Allison Harmon, Wyatt Doolittle, Sarah Shore, Ginger Wertz, Cody Clary, & State FFA President Philip Rhodes.

Pictured with Robert is Saluda Postmaster Ken Holmes.

Robert’s father, the late J.R. “Buck” Herlong, pictured on his

25th annivesary as a rural mail carrier.


Second Generation Rural Carrier Retires


  J. Robert Herlong, Jr. retired from the Saluda Post Office and Route #1 on Friday, March 30, 2018.  A drop-in will held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 2 pm-4 pm at Salem Baptist Church Family Ministry Building.
Q & A with Mr. Herlong.
  How did you become a rural mail carrier?
  When my Dad (Buck Herlong) retired from the Saluda Post Office he asked me to go talk to Mr. Harold Coleman to see if I could be his substitute carrier on Route #3. The substitute job worked into a full time job.
  What year did you start riding substitute on the mail route?1986
  How long was Route #1 how many boxes did you serve before retiring?
About 93 miles a day and around 587 mailboxes. And three of the four schools in the District.
  What is the most unusual item(s) you have delivered on the route?
  Several come to mind. A race car tire signed by Richard and Kyle Petty, a 55 gallon metal drum, a coconut, a pumpkin, and cremated remains!
  How many postmasters have you worked under?
  Five, I think. Harry Gunnells, Marvin Brittain, James Brindell, Rene Hulin, and Ken Holmes. There were some others, but I don’t think that they were appointed Saluda Postmaster. They were just filling in (OIC) until a new Postmaster could be assigned to the Saluda Post Office.
  What changes have you seen over your years at the Post Office?
  First of all, a new Saluda Post Office. Going from Route number and box number to street address delivery. Many dirt roads being graveled or paved.  Mail being sorted by machine instead of by hand. Also, the packages that the USPS delivers has greatly increased in number due to online computer ordering.