April-June 2018 Review

APRIL
  •Saluda County Deputy Sheriff Dale Hallman died in a line of duty vehicle accident, Fri., April 6.
  Saluda County Sheriff John Perry issued the following statement on Friday afternoon:
  “We lost one of our deputies last night/early this morning in a line of duty death. The Uniform Road Patrol was in a vehicle pursuit with an unknown suspect that carried them just outside of Saluda County into Edgefield County. The pursuit ended, and the suspect fled from the vehicle with a rifle and a child. The minor child was released by the suspect and taken to safety by our deputies.
  The supervisor on scene requested bloodhound support to track the suspect at that time. One of our deputies, Corporal Dale Hallman, was responding to the scene as member of the Bloodhound Tracking Team with lights and sirens activated. Corporal Hallman was involved in a single vehicle traffic collision. Law enforcement, EMS, and fire personnel responded and Corporal Hallman was transported to Self-Memorial Hospital where he passed away due to his injuries sustained in the collision.
  •Members of the Saluda FFA Chapter traveled to Clemson, April 6th, to compete in the State Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event. 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.
  •Saluda County Council began the 2018-19 budget process Mon., April 9, by giving first readings to the school and county budgets.
  The local portion of the Saluda County School’s $18,219,4412 budget is $4,465,427. This is up $351,484 from last year.
  The county budget currently stands at $15,341,872.06.. The difference between revenue and expenditures is $3,743,355.
  •At Saluda County Special Olympics at Saluda High, Saluda County law enforcement officers walked around the track In memory of Cpl. Dale Hallman. They were accompanied by Hallman’s widow, Brandi.. After the walk, Sheriff Perry and Brandi lit a candle of remembrance. Supt. Dr. Harvey Livingtston said Cpl. Hallman had been scheduled to work at this year’s Special Olympics.
  •Southland Log Homes, America’s largest designer and manufacturer of log homes, set the date for the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Saluda, SC for April 30, 2018.
  •Columbia, S.C. - State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that 24 school districts and community organizations will receive $700,000 through the Summer Reading Camp Community Partnership Grant.   Saluda County Schools will receive $23,187, for the Summer Reading Camp Community Partnership with the Clemson Cooperative Extension office.


MAY
  •Saluda County’s Relay for Life was held on May 5.
  •Dr. Ray Brooks presented PTC’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, to Tina Magnussen of Saluda, an associate degree nursing student who is graduating this year. A volunteer firefighter, Magnus-sen’s “first career” was working in law enforcement. After helping deliver more than one baby, she became interested in health care. She plans to begin pursuing a bachelor’s in nursing this fall while gaining work experience at a local health care facility. Her ultimate goal is to work in critical care nursing.
  •American Legion Post 65 Commander Al Butler is presented a “Pledge of Allegiance” plaque by American Legion District 17 Commander Ed Miller on behalf of the Legionaries of Post 65. The plaque has the Pledge of Allegiance with “Old Glory” in the background.    The caption on the plaque reads “Post 65 Cmdr Al Butler, 10 Years of service as Commander, 2018.
 •Saluda High School’s Health Science Teacher, Lisa Hallman has accepted the nomination for the position of SC HOSA Chair-Elect.  This is a six year term, where she will serve two years each as chair elect, chair and past chair.
  •Clementine Mobley is a Saluda resident who has been an SCE&G customer for 50 years. SCE&G employee volunteers weatherized her home with help from GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. and the South Carolina Department of Administration’s Office of Economic Opportunity.
  •Saluda County Council continued the 2018-19 budget process Mon., May 14, by giving second readings to the school and county budgets.
  The local portion of the Saluda County School’s $18,293,713 budget is $4,529,700.
  The county budget currently stands at $14,357,725.06. The difference between revenue and expenditures is $2,759,208.
  •Helen Stoudemayer Dasher and Sudelle Lott, the last surviving members of the Saluda High School Class of 1939, were honored on their 79th reunion at Saluda Nursing Center Fri., May 18.  
  •At Piedmont Technical College’s recent spring commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. Brandon Tarlton, who graduated with a mechatronics technology degree, was the honoree for Saluda County.
   •It was a very busy day for the Saluda County Historical Society as the organization welcomed Amy Jo Baker and Martha Fleitas from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. They presented a medallion to the Society. Also invited were Bonham descendants to Flat Grove and they toured the building.
  •Senior Helpers®, one of the nation’s premier providers of personalized in-home senior care,  announced the official opening of its Greenwood-Aiken location, to be managed and operated by sisters and Saluda natives Kerianne Blease Hammond and Alexus Blease Gunter.


JUNE
  •The Republican Primary race for Saluda County treasurer was the only local contest in the June 12 primaries.
  Saluda County Tax Collector Tiffany Rodgers Shaw and Deputy Judge of Probate Melinda Kneece are seeking the treasurer’s office, made vacant when Treasurer Tina Shealy announced her retirement.
  •Tina Magnussen, who graduated this spring from Piedmont Technical College (PTC) with an associate degree in nursing, has been named an inaugural 2018 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.
  •  The Saluda Young Farmers 40th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull, “Hottest Pull in the South” was held June 8th -9th at the Young Farmer Stadium at the County Recreation Complex.
  •Marvin Bernstein of Saluda celebrated his 103rd Birthday June 6.
  •Kevin Yon was named the South Carolina winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.
  •Saluda Soil & Water Conservation District awarded the Annual Cooperator of the Year to Jason Holsomback Farms.  Jason has worked hard to conserve our natural resources by implementing many conservation practices throughout his farm. 
•SSWCD 2018 M.L. Long Scholarship Winner was  Sarah Shore - Saluda High School.
  •Saluda County Tax Collector Tiffany Shaw was elected Saluda County Treasurer in the Republican Primary on June 12. Mrs. Shaw defeated Deputy Probate Judge Melinda Kneece 1475-882 to win the Republican nomination.
  •A 24-year-old Saluda man died in car crash in Newberry County Fri., June 15.
Newberry Coroner Laura Kneece identified the victim as Thomas Young Coleman of Saluda.
  The accident occured around 11 a.m. on SC 34 two miles east of Silverstreet Road in Newberry County.
  •At the State FFA Concvention the Saluda chapter was presented the Bronze Emblem Award in the Outstanding FFA Chapter Recognition Program.
  Three members from Saluda were awarded the State FFA Degree which is the highest recognition available to members at the state level for outstanding accomplishments in the FFA and Agricultural Education. Those students were:  Makayla Porter, Coy Smith, and Corby Hite.
  Wyatt Doolittle presented in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE and also was a candidate for a State FFA Officer position.
  Cody Clary was a state proficiency winner with his SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects.  Cody won in the diversified livestock category for his work with beef and poultry on the family farm.
  •Saluda County Council gave third and final reading to the 2018-2019 Saluda County School District One budget on Mon., June 11.
  The local support portion of the school district’s $18,293,713 budget is $7,064,400, minus revenues and credits reflected on tax receipts from Property Tax Relief, Homestead Exemption, Tier 3 Property Tax Relief, and Motor Carrier for a net amount of $4,529,700  from ad valorem taxes.
  •Abin Lee Lowman, age 40, of Edgefield, was found guilty Fri., June 22,  by a Saluda County Jury after a week-long trial for the home invasion of the owners of Tidwell Jewelers, Danny and Lynda Tidwell.
  The jury deliberated for about 35 minutes before convicting Lowman of Burglary First Degree, Armed Robbery, two counts of Kidnapping, and Criminal Conspiracy. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole due to the violent nature of this offense as well as his prior record for violent and serious crimes.
  •Johnny Lorenzo Rhode has made being the first to do something the norm in different roles in Spartanburg County.
  Johnny was the first black male teacher at Spartanburg Prep School (formerly Spartanburg Charter School) and became the Athletic Director in 2011. In 2016, Johnny helped Chapman High School (Inman, S.C.) win its first football State Championship in school history as a wide receiver coach.
  Finally in 2018, Johnny signed his contract to become the first black male Assistant Principal at EP Todd School (Spartanburg, S.C.).
  •The Saluda Lions Club selected Mary Grace Lake as the 2018 R B Rogers Scholarship winner.  At the June meeting of the club, Mary Grace received a check for $1000.
  •Some Saluda County citizens got a shock Mon., June 25,when Air Force One flew over.
  President Trump flew to Columbia Monday to campaign for Gov. Henry McMaster, but a storm at the airport forced the plane to circle for about an hour.
  The plane was very low when it flew over the county, allowing photographers to get some good pictures.
  •A defendant was sentenced to 20 years on a charge of voluntary manslaughter during the two week term of Saluda County General Sessions.
  Kincaid Bobby Mitchell pled guilty to the charge that his actions contributed to the death on Nancy Caughman Lott in 2016, and was sentenced by Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr.
  Mrs. Caughman was last seen around Ridge Spring on June 17, 2016.
  Her body was discovered on Aug,. 12, 2016, when a Tri-County trash truck picked up the body from a trash bin at a Saluda County location.
  The body was later identified as Mrs. Lott.
(Continued next week)