New Hall of Fame
Saluda High School is proud to announce the Hall of Fame class of 2015. The following individuals will be inducted at halftime of the Saluda High School football game on September 11. There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 that night at the Booster Club area behind the stadium.
•Covington “Goat” McMillan - Football c/o 1926; played at Clemson University 1926-1929. Coached at Furman University and Clemson University. Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame member.
•James (Jim) Brown - Four sport star at Saluda. 1963 and 1964 Class A Lineman of the Year. Won two state titles as a player (62 & 63). Played at USC until multiple knee injuries ended his career.
•Tom Blease - Four sport star at Saluda. 1962 state champion member. All State Football team 1962. Holds single game rushing record (311 yards) against Lexington High School in 1962.
•Roy Pryor - Head Basketball Coach - Two time state champions.
•Ralph Shealy - 40 years of volunteer service as statistician and “Voice of the Tigers”
Coaches Hall of Fame
Legendary Saluda High School football coach Bettis Herlong is among the second class to be inducted into the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame during a banquet at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Inducted along with Herlong will be Shell Dula, Doug Bennett,Leon Maxwell, Johnny Roscoe, Billy Seigler, Bill Tate, Jimmy “Moose” Wallace, Virgil Wells and Cecil Woolbright.
Herlong won 197 games from 1950-1980 at Saluda (two stints), Aiken, Johnston (Fla.), Strom Thurmond and Brookland-Cayce and a state title in 1966 at B-C. The stadium at Saluda High was named in his honor in 1997.
James “Jay” Ward, Jr.
Saluda native named to
US News Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – Saluda native James Ward, Jr. was chosen for the 2016 Best Lawyers list by US News & World Report for the first time.
Ward, managing attorney of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, was selected for his plaintiff work in mass tort litigation/class actions and product liability litigation.
He is a member of the firm’s consumer class action team, which seeks justice for individuals, businesses, and governmental entities who have been harmed by dangerous, deceptive and illegal business practices. Ward also handles a variety of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.
His interest in law was evident at a young age. A native of Saluda, South Carolina, Ward’s parents owned The Wardrobe, a store across from the courthouse. He spent his formative years observing legal proceedings and speaking to the attorneys and staff who worked there.
Ward is currently co-lead counsel in a class action against Delta Air Lines and Air Tran Airways that accuses the airlines of colluding to implement baggage fees and other profitability measures to the detriment of consumers.
Earlier this year, he secured six-week severance packages for South Carolina employees of shuttered fire truck manufacturer American LaFrance, which had suddenly closed without providing its workers with notice or pay. He also settled a vehicle defect case that resulted in a recall of more than 8,000 shuttle buses commonly used by senior centers, churches and businesses. The buses were improperly weighed, labeled and certified by the manufacturer.
RPWB is a national plaintiff law firm with offices in Barnwell, Charleston and Mount Pleasant as well as Edwardsville, Ill. The firm represents people in complex litigation across a diverse array of practice areas, including both mass torts and individual actions, throughout the United States.
Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. More than 6.7 million votes by eligible attorneys were analyzed for the 2016 edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.
Saluda County Teen to Compete
in National Scholarship Program
Laney Edwards won the title of 2015 Miss South Carolina Forestry earlier this year and will have the honor of representing our state at the U.S. National Forestry Scholarship Pageant to be held over Labor Day weekend in Tifton, Georgia. She will be vying for thousands of dollars in college scholarships, competing in the areas of Interview, Platform Speech, Evening Gown, and Onstage Question.
The U.S. National Forestry Scholarship Pageant began in 1940 as a state program in Georgia, with the purpose of offering educational opportunities to young women while promoting the state’s number one industry, forestry. Since then the program has grown into a national system that awards generous scholarships to Teen and Miss winners at both the state and national levels.
Laney is the daughter of Thomas and Aly Edwards and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryson Cockrell and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Edwards. An excellent student, she is a senior at Saluda High who is dual-enrolled at Piedmont Tech. Laney is a member of the Beta Club and Academic Bowl Club, and is also one of the Saluda Tiger mascots. Outside of school, Laney enjoys belly dancing, competing and coaching gymnastics, acting and modeling, and volunteering for several organizations. She is also very involved with her church youth group.
Laney is looking forward to the challenge of national competition and is excited about representing South Carolina and Saluda County at the national level. You can keep up with 2015 Miss South Carolina Forestry on Facebook and also follow her on Instagram: @missscforestry.