Council Continues
Budget Process
 
  County Council continued the 2014-2015 budget process Mon., April 14.
  Second reading was given to the School District One Budget. John  Carpenter explained aspects of the budget, including plans to hire one special education teacher and one technology position. He said if the state budget passes, the District will get an additional $484,000 in one segment of the budget, but will have $244,000 taken away from another part.
  The state is also requiring a two percent increase for teachers’ salaries.
  The local support portion of District One’s $14,980,260 budget is $5,954,963, 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 $3,784,326. This represents a 2.4 percent increase, the maximum allowed by state law.
  Second reading passed by a 4-1 vote, with Chairman Don Hancock, Councilwoman Gwen Shealy, and Councilmen William Pugh and Frank Daniel voting in favor, and Councilman Jacob Schumpert voting against.
  Council unanimously passed the first reading of the county budget., which currently stands at $9,915,575.79, or $925,781 over budget.
  Schumpert encouraged citizens to attend  budget work sessions to see what council members have to go through in trimming the budget.
  First reading was also given to an ordinance that would call for a referendum to allow citizens to vote on whether the Department of Revenue can issue temporary permits to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays in the county.
  Saluda County is the only county around Lake Murray that does not allow the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages. Passage would increase revenue for restaurants in the county.
  If passed, the referendum would apply to the county and not the municipalities, who would have to hold their own referendums.
  Council voted down Chairman Don Hancock’s motion to allow a display of bras on the side of the Saluda County Library facing Tire & Oil for one week in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ann Forrest Watkins had made the request at the March meeting.
  Councilwoman Shealy said she supported the project, but did not support using publicly owned buildings for the display.
  She said she had researched all kinds of “months,” and discovered National Condom Month and National STD Month, for instance.
  “If we allow this, how are we going to say ‘no’ to other requests,” she said.
  Mrs. Shealy said she was also concerned about the many children who come to programs at the library seeing the display.
  Schumpert said he was “old fashioned,” and had heard from many citizens and most of them were against the display on the library.
  Hancock and Pugh voted for the motion. Shealy, Schumpert and Daniel voted against it.
  Council approved an amendment to the IT policy, the Fair Housing Month Resolution and the transfer of funds from contingency to balance accounts.
  Also approved was the transfer of $15,000 from ATAX Funds to the Saluda County Tourism Committee for the “Paint the Town” project.
  At the beginning of the meeting, Hancock praised Recreation Director Paul Ergle, the Recreation Commission, and county staff for their work in getting the baseball season underway at the Recreation Complex and for the concession stand earning an “A” rating from DHEC.
 

 

Former Police Chief
Mike Stancel Dies
 
  Former Saluda Police Chief Mike Stancel died Wed., April 9, after a long battle with cancer.
  See the complete obituary in the print edition.
 

 

Mae-Ann Webb At The State House
 
  Mae-Ann Webb, the reigning Miss South Carolina United States 2014, was presented to the House of Representatives in the State Capital in Columbia, S. C. by Representative Ralph Shealy Kennedy, Jr, on Thursday moming.
  She was introduced to the Speaker of the House, other Officials and House Members and given an honorary Palmetto House Pin. During the presentation her mother, Mrs. Mildred Webb, was given a framed House Resolution stating Mae-Ann’s accomplishments as recognized by the House.
  Her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Dallas S. Cone, Jr., of Ridge Spring were recognized from the gallery by Representative Kennedy, as well as her uncle, Mr. Converse Cone. Mr. Dallas Cone, age 95, received a standing ovation for his service as a lighter pilot in WWII in China as a member of the Flying Tigers.
  Miss Webb, a senior at the University of South Carolina, is a native of Ridge Spring which is in Representative Kennedy’s S. C. District 39. She is earning her degree in Retail and Fashion Merchandizing with a minor in Hospitality and Event Management. She has enjoyed two years as a Coquette with the USC Marching Band.
  As Miss South Carolina United States 2014 her platform is organ donation. Currently an organ donor, this young woman is a member of the organization “Be the Match” which educates others on the subject of organ donation. She will represent the State of South Carolina this summer in the National Pageant in Washington D.C. the first week of July.
  To become a sponsor or to book an appearance email misssouth carolinaunitedstates@gmail.com.