2019 FFA Convention

STATE FFA CONVENTION - Left to right: Alexis Gunter, Kelly Wertz, Harley Cochran, Mason Haynie, Quinten Miller, Haley Gunter, Hunter Proctor, Wesley Padgett, Makayla Porter, Cody Clary, Chelmar Lott

Saluda FFA Members Recognized At State Convention

  CLEMSON, SC…Eleven Saluda High School FFA members joined over 900 agricultural education students and guests from secondary schools throughout South Carolina for the annual State FFA Convention held June 12-14 at Clemson University.
  National FFA Vice President Adrian Schunk of Mason, Michigan and Dr.Keith Belli, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University addressed the convention participants.
  The Saluda chapter was presented the Bronze Emblem Award in the Outstanding FFA Chapter Recognition Program.
  Two 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:  Cody Clary and Alexis Gunter
  Makayla Porter was awarded a $500 scholarship from the SC Farmer and Agribusiness Association.
  Kelly Wertz participated in the Employment Skills LDE (Leadership Development Event) and Quinten Miller presented in the Upper Creed Speaking LDE.
  Cody Clary was a state proficiency winner with his SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project.  He won in the Dairy Production category for his work with Hickory Hill Milk.  Cody was also presented the Region 2 Star Farmer Award and then named the State Star Farmer.  He was also “Tagged”for his desires to become an agriculture teacher in the future
  Other highlights were Saluda participating in a food packing event for the needy with Helping Hands, hearing from Richie Contartesi, motivational speaker and former professional football player, and visiting The 55 Exchange for Clemson ice cream.
  Amanda N Crouch, Agricultural Education instructor at Saluda High School serves as the FFA advisor at the high school.
   The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education.

Explorer Post 912 Formed

  The Sheriff’s Office and Boy Scouts of America have teamed up to charter the 1st Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, Post 912.
  The Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program is designed to offer young adults a firsthand look into the criminal justice system. The Explorers will be trained to perform practical exercises, and compete in multi-agency competitions.  Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and community involvement. I
  f you are interested in getting more information or would like to sign your child up please contact Sgt. Scott Wilson or SRO Chris Crouch at (864) 445-2112.
  The Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program will be doing a Summer Crime Prevention Series. It will run every Monday evening for five weeks. The Explorers will be researching, learning about crime prevention and assisting deputies in presenting different topics during those five weeks. The first presentation will be on Monday, July 1,  located at Saluda Church of God at 201 S. Jennings St. Saluda, SC. It will begin at 6:30pm and we would love for the community to come out and join us.

Important Information About
Your Drinking Water

  The Saluda Commission of Public Works violated a drinking water standard. This incident was not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within the first 24 hours after the violation. Although this is not an emergency, you, as our customers, have the right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
  The Saluda Commission of Public Works is required to monitor your drinking water for the presence of disinfection by-products (DBPs) on a quarterly basis. DBPs can form when a disinfectant (chlorine) reacts with natural organic matter in the water. Total trihalomethanes (TTHM) is a disinfection by-product.
  The DBP test results from the last four quarters, that ended June 30, 2019, show that our system exceeds the standards, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for total trihalomethanes (‘TTHM). The MCL and TTHM is calculated based on locational running annual average (LRAA). The LRAA of TTHM at a sampling location in town is at 86 parts per billion (ppb). This exceeds the respective MCL for TTHM of 80 ppb.
  TTHM forms over time based on pH, chlorine concentration, temperature, and water age. The MCL was exceeded at a sample point on one of the far ends of our water system. This is one of the furthest points from where The Saluda CPW receives its water. Consequently, the water sampled from this point has a long residency time in our water system which can lead to the formation of TTHM.
  People who drink water containing TTHM more than the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an Increased risk of getting cancer. With that said, there are no precautions you need to take. You do not need to boil your water or take any corrective action.   The Saluda CPW is taking necessary actions, such as system flushing and monitoring to alleviate any further problems.
  Please share this information with anyone you know that also drinks the water, especially those who may not have received this notice, If you have questions, please contact The Saluda CPW office at 864- 445-2090. Thank you for your patience and understanding concerning this matter,
  This notice is being sent by the Saluda CPW. Our S.C. Water System ID # is 4110001.
Sincerely, Keith Berry
Saluda CPW