Saluda’s First Outdoor Movie Night Successful

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Saluda’s First Outdoor Movie Night Successful


  The community came together on June 10th for Saluda’s first Movie Night on the Courthouse Square. The grounds were filled with families and excited moviegoers enjoying games, snacks, drinks, and fellowship. The giant inflatable movie screen towered in front of the Courthouse and was set to light up the night with Finding Nemo.
  This free event was made possible by generous sponsorship from Rowland Kitchen Associates Insurance, The Town of Saluda, and The Saluda County Chamber of Commerce.
  The evening events started at 7:00 when a portion of Church Street was closed and filled with groups from the community providing treats and fun before the movie began at dark. Southern Yankee sold movie candy and glow sticks to raise money for the K-9 unit of Saluda County. Saluda Baptist Church gave out drinks and information on Vacation Bible School. Rep. Ralph Kennedy was there to give out everyone’s favorite movie snack, popcorn. There was a steady stream of customers at the tent for the new Goodness Flows shaved ice. Lee Anne Kitchen of Rowland Kitchen and Assoc. handed out informational materials and gave away coffee mugs, a water cooler and a chair as door prizes. Piedmont Technical College made it cool with free snow cones and Radius Church captivated the children with a dodgeball arena and games like cornhole, as well as slices of watermelon and cold drinks.
  Thanks to the support of the community, the movie night was a success. Now, everyone can look forward to the next Movie Night on Friday, August 5th on the Courthouse Square. We will have another family friendly film, more activities, food and fun!

CHARLES HALL RECOGNIZED - Pictured left to right. South Carolina American Legion Department Commander Robert D. Scherer, Law Cadet Charles Hall; son of Pete and Katie Hall, Saluda Post 65 Commander Al Butler, and the key note speaker Deputy Adjutant General, South Carolina Army National Guard, Brigadier General R. Van McCarty, son of Faris McCarty and the late Major McCarty of Saluda. 
  Charles was presented a plaque for his leadership abilities.  It reads:  Presented to Charles Hall, Squad Four Leader, Nathan M. Wolfe Law Enforcement Cadet Academy, June 24, 2016.  He was also presented a challenge coin. The Criminal Justice Academy was the scene of The American Legion Nathan M. Wolfe Law Enforcement Cadet Academy Graduation Ceremony 43rd session, the class of 2016. 
  The mission of the Nathan Wolfe Academy is to immerse young adults into an environment of structure and discipline. The goal is to provide each young adult with a broad view of law enforcement in South Carolina and give them an opportunity to have a hands on experience to guide them through a week of instructions, lectures and hands on training.     Charles’s impression:  “The program was fun, educational, and I think everyone who has ever been thinking about any type of law enforcement would benefit from it.  I now have an even greater respect for anyone in uniform. I cannot thank the staff or Post 65 enough for this opportunity.  It  truly was a chance of a lifetime”. 
  The legacy of the Nathan M. Wolfe Law Academy has roots in Saluda. Charles’s great-grandfather C. W. Smith, whom he was named after, was a Legionnaire of Post 6, in Columbia.  Smith had a passion for the Academy concept and help start the Nathan M. Wolfe Law Academy back in 1973.  He was also a past South Carolina Department of American Legion Commander. 
  The current SC Department Commander, Robert D. Scherer stated: “The American Legion Posts throughout the State of South Carolina take great pride in supporting this and other youth programs sponsored by this great organization”.  Legion motto:  “For God and Country”.