Brickley Honored

Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Robert H. Brickley stands with Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr. (left), the Adjutant General for South Carolina and Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Vickery, the state command sergeant major, upon his induction into the South Carolina National Guard Enlisted Hall of Fame, February 1, 2017, at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C. Brickley served for more than 36 years, held numerous leadership positions during that time and embodied the “be, know, do” core values of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Martin - RELEASED)

Saluda resident inducted into S.C.
National Guard Enlisted Hall of Fame

  COLUMBIA, S.C. – Retired State Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Brickley of Saluda, South Carolina, was inducted into the South Carolina Army National Guard’s Enlisted Hall of Fame at a ceremony held Feb. 1, 2017 at the McCrady Training Center, Eastover, South Carolina. 
  Induction into the S.C. National Guard’s Enlisted Hall of Fame is an honor dating over three decades for senior non-commissioned officers who have gone above and beyond in performance of their duties. Recipients are presented a plaque which hangs at the 218th Regiment Leadership Command at the McCrady Training Center where troops train to develop their leadership skills.
  Brickley served as the 11th State Command Sergeant Major and retired in 2016 after serving more than 36 years in the South Carolina Army National Guard.  He resides in Columbia with his wife, Julie.  He originally joined the Guard in November of 1980 as a helicopter mechanic.  He held many leadership positions within the aviation community before accepting the position as State Command Sergeant Major.
  Among his many accomplishments and awards, Brickley has accumulated throughout his decorated military career, he earned the Bronze Star Medal for his service during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal.

Expansion Sought For Library

The Saluda County Library is in need of expansion, and the board  has approved the following proposal:
  “We would like to add a 3,578 square foot addition to the current Saluda County Library building bringing the total square footage to 5,854.  Despite being a two-story building with 2,276 square feet, only 1,780 square feet is usable due to ADA compliancy. The addition would add a dedicated computer area with space for 14 computers, three children’s computers, larger children’s area, adult area, teen area, add additional shelving, improved public bathrooms, improved staff work area, circulation desk, study areas, display area and provide a meeting room for library and community meetings/programs. The meeting room would seat 60 people and have room for 150 with seating on the floor for children’s programs. It would be available to the public outside of library hours when county staff is available. “
   Brief Summary of Benefit to the Saluda County:
  “The Saluda County Library is restrained from growth by our physical size. The library has 2,276 square feet of space, but only 1,780 square feet are accessible to the public due to the building being two-story and ADA compliancy. A larger space is needed to add materials and technology, as well as to provide space for programs and meetings.
  Currently in order to add additional materials, we must discard other materials or store them upstairs where patrons cannot browse or see the resources.  We also turn people away weekly, who would like to have meetings or programs at the Saluda County Library because we do not have the space. In order to have enough room for children’s programs we must move furniture around and turn off several computers or rent out the Saluda Theatre.
   Modern libraries provide a wide variety of services free-of-charge: programs and exhibits for preschool, juvenile, teen and adult age groups. These services provide cultural, educational, social and entertainment value for their residents. Due to our limited space, the number and types of programs that we provide for you are extremely limited. We also have to limit the number of people who can attend. Libraries have always provided current bestsellers, a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials. Today they also provide public-use Internet stations, access to online databases, large print books, DVDs, books on CD, magazines and newspaper subscriptions.
  The community uses the Saluda County Library computers to file their taxes, take online tests, apply for jobs, type up resumes, get credit reports, complete school work from the elementary to the college level, homeschooling, research, access DEW, shop, social media, improve computer skills and other online tasks. The library also offers scanning, copying, printing, faxing, and laminating services. Wireless Internet Access is available and can be picked up inside and outside the building 24/7.
  The Saluda County Library offers an adult book club, preschool story time, summer reading program and events, and a Lego/ Makers club which promotes STEM skills. Library events, programs, and information can be found at
  In FY2016, we had 27,594 visits to the library. Our 12 patron computers were used 16,230 times. The Wi-Fi was used 4,843 times. We have 7,221 registered users. We own 18,769 books, 738 books on CD, 912 DVDs and provide access to 243,235 eBook and eAudiobooks online via Overdrive. We have subscriptions to 27 magazines and newspapers. 31,279 items were checked out. We held 66 programs and events with 2,205 total attendance.
  If the library had more space we could do so much more for the community. If the citizens of Saluda County had paid for the items and services they used in FY2016, it would have cost them $716,363.”

101-Year-Old Billy Coleman Gets Legion Card

Billy Coleman, a member of Saluda American Legion Post 65 for 69 years was presented his membership card for 2017 by Post Commander Alvin Butler. At 101, Mr. Coleman is the oldest member of the post. Billy Coleman, WWII hero and Navy veteran, commanded a LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) or “Higgins Boat,” as it was called. The  landing craft was used extensively in amphibious landings during WWII. Coleman was at Normandy Beach on D-Day, ferrying infantry troops from large ships to the ongoing battle raging on the Normandy coast.