Tour of Homes Sunday
The Ridge Spring Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Sun., Dec. 11, from 2-5 p.m.
The homes are: Jack and Sarah Schwarz (171 Joes Trail, Monetta), Dean and Amy Derrick (217 Burton Drive, Monetta), and Rudy & Diane Stoddard (2698 Hwy. 23, Ridge Spring). Also on the tour are Ridge Spring Baptist Church (108 Cjhurch Circle, Main Street), and primitive Immanuel Lutheran Church (206 Boatwright Street).
Cake and spiced cider will be served at Ridge Spring Baptist Church Fellowshio Hall. Tickets are $10 and may be puchased at all homes and the Baptist church. Thei occasion is sponsored by the Green Thumb Garden Club and assisted by the Ridge Garden Club.
HOME OF DEAN AND AMY DERRICK
217 Burton Drive, Monetta
As the story goes a much older house, across the road here in Monetta, is where the Burtons lived before this house was built, around 1904. One of the Sr Burtons was reluctant to leave the older home, but when supper -time came, he relented and came to the new home to eat on Burton. The house was built with the trees on the property. The house has had very little structural change over the years. A back porch was enclosed to become part of the living area. The house was wrapped in vinyl siding in the 80’s and the original wooden window shutters were taken down. Somewhere back in the 1970’s .loe and Pat Burton inherited his home and brought up two daughters. They did some interior work. When they decided to sell, no one in the Burton family would buy the house so it was sold outside of the family. This location and the surrounding area was deeded to Nathanial Burton by the King of England well over 200 years ago. Also, across the road is the Burton family cemetery along with faint evidences of a slave cemetery that is further in the pines.
The Dean Derricks purchased the House in 1998 and brought their four boys to live and enjoy this wonderful place. This home has been full of family and friends enjoying life together for the past 18 years!! lt warms our heart that we have been blessed with this home!!
HOME OF RUDY AND DIANE STODDARD
2698 Hwy 23, Ridge Spring
Beneath the stucco exterior of this simple Plantation Style home lay the bricks which through the years have given it the name “Brick House Jones“. These bricks once made up the basement of an elegant 3-story West Indian country house with about 18 rooms at this location. This spectacular and very richly fmnished plantation home was owned by James Bolivar Jones at the time it tragically burned in 1892. The present house built by James B. with the brick of the old house was originally a Pennsylvania Farm House type, with red brick, a wide first and second floor porch and white trim. Later the bricks were covered with stucco to protect them as they aged. Originally there was a rear wing of tive rooms and a cellar which were torn away. Family members remember a farm bell which could be rung iiom the kitchen doorway.
James Bolivar Jones, whose house burned was the grandson of pioneer settlers of Ridge Spring, Col. Matthias Jones and his wife Clara Perry Jones. James B. was bequeathed his grandparents elegant home (as described above) by his Aunt Elizabeth Jones Watson. His Grandfather, Col. Matthias Jones, a large scale planter and merchant, had nearly 2000 acres of land at Ridge Spring.
The house was occupied for many years by the late Imants A. Ceips, Sr., M.D. and his wife, Sigrid. To accommodate their 5 children, they enclosed the back porch to make a hallway and added Z bedrooms and a bathroom. They also added closets and a bathroom upstairs. Dr. Ceips’ office is located in the side yard.
Since the Stoddards purchased the house in 1986 they have added a laundry room and a low country bank porch. The house contains many pieces of itiimiture and other items which were in Mr. Stoddard’s family.
HOME OF JACK AND SARAH SCHWARZ
171 Joes Trail, Monetta
White Oaks, home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schwarz of Monetta, was built in the early 1840’s by John D. Watson. The house was home to generations of Watsons, including John’s grandson, Dr. W.G. Watson of Augusta, the obstetrician who delivered Sarah and her two daughters, Nancy and Emily.
The home has been known as the Cora Watson House to all in the surrounding community. Cora was the daughter of John D. Watson, and spent her whole like there since she never married.
In 1996, the Schwarz purchased the home from a descendant of the Watson family. The house was then moved to the north east side of Monetta. It now resides on 128 acres of farm land and pasture and overlooks at stocked pond.
Upon arrival at its new location, the home was “reversed” so that the grand front porch could overlook the pond and was screened for enjoyment during any season. The rear of the house was redesigned to compliment the original front, for the look of a traditional southern farmhouse.
As you enter the home, you will notice the large cut of the heart-of-pine planks used in construction. All lumber was original and some remilled for use in the reconstruction. Doorways were not moved, just widened to allow easier movement while entertaining in the home. The basic layout of the home is still a main four-room structure with center hall and wing rooms, topped by two large upstairs rooms. All downstairs room open unto the wrap around back porch.
Yons Purchase Watson Farms
Orchard, And The Nut House
Yon Family Farms has purchased the Watson Farms Orchard and the Nut House in Ridge Spring, upon the retirement of the 93-year-old owner, Joe Cal Watson.
Yon Family Farms is a family owned business that began in 1996 when the family moved to Ridge Spring with 100 cows and three children under the age of five. All three are now Clemson agriculture graduates and have returned to the Ridge to the family business.
The young adult children have really taken the reins of the pecan harvest, marketing, and running of the Nut House.
Joe Cal Watson devoted countless hours in his family pecan business
In 1926 on eight acres of land. Mr. Watson’s father planted a pecan orchard. Mr. Watson remembers watching dynamite create holes in the stiff clay soil to plant the trees. Mr. Watson grew up working with these trees until he graduated from high school and continued on to Clemson College. Mr. Watson attended Clemson College for three years before serving in the army during and after World War II.
During Mr. Watson’s service, he spent time in The Battle of The Bulge, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany.
Mr. Watson returned to Ridge Spring in 1950 and continued to work in the pecan orchards. As technology evolved and equipment was more readily available, Mr. Watson had outgrown his small orchard. He was able to purchase 80 acres of land and leased additional space in a peach orchard.
With so many trees, Mr. Watson opened a harvesting and cleaning plant, which then in 1997 evolved to include the kitchen and retail space that was named The Nut House.
The Nut House and Country Market is located on Main Street in Ridge Spring. In addition to tasty pecans, pecan pies, and homemade candies, you can also purchase locally grown Yon Angus Beef, Hickory Hill Milk, and Clemson Blue Cheese!
Stay tuned for more local product additions and “like” the new Facebook page to see special offers and news from The Nut House & Country Market. The Yons’ hope is to continue to support the local community and offer exceptional products from the Ridge. Come see us!! (Or you can order online at www.nuthouseand countrymarket.com)
State Record Breaker
Saluda High placekicker Dylan Strickland set the state record for consecutive extra points made, 69, when he made the above kick in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 28-12 win over Andrew Jackson. Strickland began the streak in last year’s 30-27 win over Keenan, a game in which he kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired. The all-important holder is Ty Bell, 22. Slayter Waters is the snapper. (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)
HUNTER LEADS - Fifteen-year-old Hunter Hopkins, a student with Downes Syndrome, has been “adopted” by the Saluda High football team, and Friday he led the team onto the field. His entry was featured on WIS as part of the “Game of the Week” coverage. (Standard-Sentinel photo)
BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN - Judge Bruce Horne issued the Oath of Office to 3 re-elected Board Members- James Holloway, Dr. Arlene Puryear, and Sharon Holloway along with newly elected Board Member, Bill Eberz.
Chamber of Commerce
The Saluda County Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate the end of a great year with special events.
The Christmas Parade and The Polar Express Movie Night will be on Sat. Dec. 17th. We are expecting a wonderful crowd for this special evening of activities. The parade will begin at 4:00 and at the conclusion of the parade everyone is welcomed to gather at the Courthouse Square for food, activities and to visit with Santa. The Polar Express movie will begin after dark.
This will be an excellent opportunity to sponsor a popular chamber activity and reach out to the community during the holiday season. Sponsorship for this event is $100 and includes advertising on flyers, Saluda Chamber webpage, Facebook, and in the newspaper, and a vendor space at the movie night. Please respond by Thursday, Dec. 1 to be a part of this special offer. Call 864-445-4100 or email to reserve your prime spot.
Man Found Guilty,
Gets 20 Years
In the one jury trial of Saluda County General Sessions Court, a Saluda man was found guilty and sentenced to 20-years in prison.
Wayne McConnell Smith was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 2nd degree, and was sentenced to by Judge Roger M. Young Sr. to 20 years on each count. He was also sentenced to 15 years for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree. The sentences run concurrently.
The following were sentenced on guilty pleas:
Preston Cole Bowman, possession of Schedule II drugs, 90 days, suspended to 18 months probation. Ned Dwight Brown, failure to stop for a blue light 1st, one year, suspended to 30 days and six months probation .
Dekayus Coleman, assault & battery 1st, Youthful Offender Act (YOA) not to exceed six years. Dvonta Coleman, assault & battery 1st, Youthful Offender Act (YOA) not to exceed six years.
Tarakus Otrasco Coleman, resisting arrest, 90 days. Jessie William Crouch, ill treatment of animals, five years, upon service of one year, suspended to five year probation. Derrick Jerome Davis, use of vehicle without owners permission, time served.
Robert Samuel Day III, burglar 2nd non-violent, 10 years, upon service of two years, suspended to four years probation. Monreus Cortez Ellis, possession of meth, one years, suspended to time served and six moths probation.
Tanya Dawn Greatonex, unlawful neglect of a child, five years, suspended to 18 months probation. Brandy Nicole Green, forgery, 30 days time served.
Wardrick D. Herlie Herrin, pointing and presenting, two years, suspended to one year probation. James Raymond Ill, Jr., possession of Meth, 2nd offense, one, suspended to 18 months probation.
Lavoris Sentenal Hill, criminal sexual conduct 3rd, eight years. Trevor Devon Morris, assault & battery 1st, YOA not to exceed 6 years.
Willie Lee Murray, used of vehicle without owners permission, six months, suspended to time served and six months probation. Marquez Dinon Nash, unlawful carrying of handgun, YOA not to exceed two years, suspended to 93 days, and one year probation.
Reico Antonya Norris, possession of a controlled substance, six months, suspended to six months probation. Demarcus Quenterrius Rollinson, failure to stop for a blue light, there years, suspended to 18 months probation.
Jessica Nichols Scott, unlawful conduct toward a child, one years, suspended to one year probation. Harold Alan Slaton, unlawful possession of a handgun by a certain person, 90 days, suspended to time served and four months probation.
Robert Douglas Stancel, malicious injury to real property, two years, probation revocation. Stella Mashone Thornhill, possession of meth 1st, six months, suspended to time served and three months probation.
Khalil Juwan Williams, assault & battery 1st, ten years, suspended to 20 months probation. Brian A. Wilson, possession of stolen vehicle - 10K, one year, suspended to six months probation.
This was the last General Sesssions Court for Saluda CountyClerk of Court Doris Holmes and 11th Circuit Solicuitor Donnie Myers. Both are retiring, and will be replaced by Sheri Coleman and Rick Hubbard, respectively.
L to R: Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina School Administrators with Dr. Abbey Duggins, Assistant Principal of SHS and the 2017 High chool Assistant Principal of the Year.
SHS’s Duggins named High School
Assistant Principal of the Year
Columbia, S.C. — Dr. Abbey Duggins, assistant principal of Saluda High School in Saluda County School District, has been named the 2017 High School Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). The award was announced Thursday, November 17th, in a surprise announcement at Saluda High School.
Duggins was selected by a knowledgeable panel of judges from an outstanding field of high school administrator candidates. The other finalist for the award was Amy Ballard from Mauldin High School, Greenville County Schools. The criteria used in the selection of this coveted award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. State sponsors also include Horace Mann, Herff Jones and Michelin.
"We are very pleased to announce Abbey Duggins as the SCASA Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year," said Beth Phibbs, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. "She is an outstanding educator who is a passionate leader and a champion for her students and teachers at Saluda High School."
Sarah Longshore, Principal of Saluda High School, writes of Dr. Abbey Duggins, "Dr. Duggins encompasses the ideals of what an assistant principal of the year should be. Her leadership and pursuit of excellence is an example of all the things that make Saluda so great. She supports all students and all teachers in meeting the same high standards. As a champion for equitable student access to rigorous instructional programs, Dr. Duggins has worked hard to overcome the challenges that a poor, rural school district faces. Congratulations to Dr. Duggins for this well-deserved recognition."
Saluda County Superintendent, David Mathis, regards Dr. Duggins as a "consummate leader. Her vision for teaching and learning has contributed to the success of those she works with every day. She seeks opportunities to support students and staff along their journey. It is no secret that her influence leaves a lasting impression on the lives she touches."
SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 4,000 members. From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. SCASA also works on the national level, as a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders.
Sheriff, Coroner Re-elected
Despite a high Republican vote in most races, two incumbent Saluda County Democrats won re-election Tues., Nov. 8, in the General Election.
Sheriff John Perry was elected to his second term, earning 5147 votes to Republican Robin Freeman’s 3307. Coroner Keith Turner, in office since 1993, defeated Republican challenger Randall Maffett 4620 to 3822.
William Pugh became the second Saluda County Council member to be defeated this year. Republican political newcomer D.J.Miller took a narrow win the County Council District 2 race, 812-379. Jones Butler defeated Jacob Schumpert in the June Republican Primary for District 4.
Cal Forrest was elected to S.C. House Seat 39. In Saluda County he defeated Tillman Gives 5072-2004.
District 10 Senator Floyd Nicholson won re-election district-wide, but lost in Saluda County to Bryan Hope 2194-1887.
District 26 Senator Nikki Setzler won re-election as well, defeating Brad Lindsey in Saluda County 372-162.
Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan won re-election. In Saluda County, he defeated Democrat Hosea Cleveland 5642-2563.
In the Presidential race Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 5525-2809. While 73 percent of Saluda County’s registered voters cast ballots, the 2012 election had more voters in the Presidential race. In 2012 Mitt Romney defeated President Barack Obama 5130-3322. The 2016 figures show Trump got 395 more votes than Romney, and Clinton got 513 less than Obama. This trend apparently happened in many parts of the country.
In the races that had no opposition, following are the vote totals:
State Senate District 25, Shane Massey (3110); State House District 82 Bill Clyburn (982); 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard (6084); Probate Judge Brenda Griffith (6414); Clerk of Court Sheri Coleman (6350); County Council District 4 Jones Butler (2067); Soil and Water District Commissioner Kevin Yon (5605); Aiken School District 1 Ronnie West (677); Lexington School District Three Craig A Caughman (480), Stacey B. Derrick (506), Leon Drafts (480), Lancer Shull (448); School Board District One - Seat 1 Sharon Williams Holloway (587), Seat 3 William Eberz (618), Seat 5 James M. Holloway Sr. (352), Seat 7 Arlene Puryear (943).
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Peter Griffiin, surrounded by his family, was name the Saluda County Farm-City Citizen of the Year at the annual banquet Nov. 10. He was presented the plaque by retired Saluda County Agent Phil Perry. (Standard-Sentinel photo)
Peter Griffin Named
Citizen of The Year
Saluda County farmer and community leader Peter Griffin was named the Saluda County Farm-City Citizen of the Year of 2016 at the annual banquet Thurs., Nov. 10, at Saluda High School.
Gary Gilmore, coach of the Coastal Carolina University national championship winning baseball team was the featured speaker.
County Councilwoman Gwen Shealy served as the Mistress of Ceremonies, and the Rev. Pam Turfa, of Corinth/St. Mark Lutheran Churches delivered the invocation.
After special guests were recognized, the large audience enjoyed a meal prepared by Butler Catering.
Following the meal, Julia Wills described the Chanticleer arrangement she made in honor the mascot of Coastal Carolina. Mrs. Wills used greenery to create the rooster, and used okra pods to make the beak, The design also featured a baseball glove and ball, three baseball bats and home plate.
Sherri Ward, president of the Saluda County of Commerce provided the entertainment by singing two songs.
Nathan Horton, Saluda High’s baseball coach, introduced Coach Gilmore.
The coach began his presentation with a video detailing Coastal’s success through the conference, regional and super regional tournaments, and in the college World Series in Omaha.
Gilmore said his faith grew through all these tournaments when he made the decision to read the Bible in the spare time he had on the road.
He said the team knew all of the state, including Gamecock and Tigers supporters, were pulling for them to win.
Following Gilmore’s speech, retired Saluda County Agent Phil Perry, introduced Griffin as Citizen of the year
(See print edition for full story
Christmas Craft Show
The annual Christmas Craft Show will be this weekend at the Saluda National Guard Armory. There will be around 40 crafters showing off their hand crafted items for sale.
A lot of our crafters are from Saluda; Mrs. Virginia Goff, Mrs. Lynn Anderson, Mrs. Dora Whittle, Mrs. Janice Riddle, Mrs. Crystal Canady, Ms. Wendy Corson, Mrs. Tonya Temples, Mrs. Bonnie Shealy to name a few.
We will also have the best hot dogs in Saluda for sale.
You do not have to go to Columbia, Augusta or Greenville to f’md your Christmas gifts, just come to the Armory on Saturday and Sunday and do all your shopping. There will be something for every one. We hope everyone will come out and support our local crafters.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19“‘ from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, November 20th from 1:00 PM to 5:00PM. SEE YOU AT THE CRAFT SHOW.