Saluda Police Arrest Four On Drug Charges


  Four suspects have been arrested by the Saluda Police Department within the past week on charges ranging from possession with intent to distribute marijuana to trafficking crack cocaine.
  Officers working with SLED arrested Travis Montez Graham on a warrant for distribution of crack cocaine. At the time of the arrest Graham had in his possession a large quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana, and was subsequently charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana  and trafficking crack cocaine.
  Officers also arrested Montez Recardo Gaines for distribution crack cocaine 3rd offence, Trumayne Cornelius Sentell Johnson for distribution of crack cocaine 2nd offense, and Thomas Young Coleman for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of stolen fire arm.




Book By Saluda Native Wins

S.C. Children’s Book Award

  Buddy, a novel by Saluda native Madaline Herlong, has won the 2015 South Carolina Children’s Book Award. 
  Herlong, the daughter of Bela Herlong and the late Jimmie Herlong, wrote Buddy as a result of her experiences  when levee breaks during Hurricane Katrina devastated her present hometown, New Orleans, Lousiana. 
  In the novel, Li’l T finally gets the dog he has always wanted only to find that he must leave Buddy behind as the family evacuates before Katrina because there is not enough room in the car.  Li’l T shuts Buddy in the upstairs bathroom with a tub full of water and a bag full of food and a plan to be back in two days.  But Li’l T’s plans are completely changed when the storm destroys eighty percent of the city and floods their neighborhood with twelve feet of water.  The story follows Li’l T and his family as they rebuild their lives knowing nothing of what happened to Buddy or to many of the people they have always known.
  Herlong reports that the most frequent question she is asked about the book by those who have not read it is whether Buddy dies.  “Apparently,” she says, “there is an unwritten rule that the dog in the book has to die.  Well, just remember that not everybody always follows all the rules.”
  Three hundred schools and more than 30,000 students participate in the annual South Carolina Book Award program, which includes awards for picture books, children’s books, junior books, and young adult books.  Members of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians select a list of books of literary merit appropriate for each group of students.  The students read the books and then vote for their favorite.  This year the students in grades 3-6 chose Buddy as their favorite.
  Herlong maintains a website,, with information about Buddy, New Orleans, the science of hurricanes, Hurricane Katrina, and three-legged dogs.  The website also contains a link to a video trailer of Buddy, which was filmed by Herlong’s son.  Buddy is available at bookstores and online. 




American Legion Boys State


  The American Legion’s Palmetto Boys State is a “Laboratory of Government”, where young men learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in the process. They can run for offices,  prepare  speeches, party platforms, debate issues and among other things vote for elected offices.
  This year’s encampment, sponsored by the American Legion Boys State,  will be held at Anderson University, June 7-13.
  Interviewed this year by American Legion Poast 65:  Front row; Citizens  Clint McCoy, son of Mark and Penny McCoy, King Academy; Matt Rollins, son of Cliff Rollins, Saluda High; Jess Werts, son of Dave and Maribeth Werts, Saluda High; Riley Nordin, son of Jeff and Nina Nordin, Saluda High; Alex Aull, son of Gregory and Karen Aull, Saluda High.  Back Row:  Alternate 2, Kaleb Meyer, son of Megan Doolittle, W. Wyman King Academy; Alternate 1, Daniel Menefee, son of Terry and Delinda Menefee, W. Wyman King Academy; John Ruff, son of Ken and Lisa Ruff, Saluda High; Adam Matthews, son of Marty and Glenda Matthews, W. Wyman King Academy; Curt Johnson, son of John Johnson and Melissa Wade, W. Wyman King Academy.
  The Saluda Lions Club provided a $300 sponsorship which pays for one citizen.  Post 65 thanks all the sponsors for their contribution to Boys State, for without them we would be unable to send delegates to Boys States.
  To learn more about American Legion’s Palmetto Boys State go to this link on the web: