Remember the Alamo!

  James Butler Bonham and William Barret Travis, Commander of the Alamo, were born in what is today Saluda County just a few miles from each other, and their families were both members of Red Bank Baptist Church. They could have been boyhood friends until 1818 when nine year old Travis moved with his family to Alabama.
  They met again at the Alamo facing Santa Anna’s army. Bonham rode out twice seeking help for the few desperate defenders, knowing full well he faced certain death when he returned. Both men died in the Alamo fighting for Texas’ freedom. What happened there gave rise to Texas independence and ultimately to the state of Texas.
  A Diorama of the Alamo mission complex depicts the scene on Sunday morning, March 6, 1836, as the Mexican army overran the Alamo defenders. Society members hand painted the 1/64 scale models that show the moment when the Mexicans began breaching the walls, Lt. Col. William Barret Travis and James Butler Bonham, Saluda heroes, were among the defenders as were David Crockett and James Bowie  - men who had agreed never to surrender even
 in the face of overwhelming odds.
  March 6 is officially Alamo Day in South Carolina. The Saluda County Historical Society invites you to stop by the Museum and check out the Alamo exhibit, plus a small exhibit on tobaccoiana, ashtrays, matches and lighters.
  We also have Alamo T-shirts and other items for sale.
  The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Saturday, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Please stop by!


RSM Trojans In Finals;
Ergle Gets Top Honor

The Ridge Spring-Monetta High boys basketball team will play for the Class A state championship Saturday.
  The Trojans will face Hemingway at 12 noon at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.
  The Trojans defeated Lewisville 60-58 with a buzzer beater to win the upper state title in Greenville.
  Saluda’s Star Ergle has been named 2-A’s girls Co-Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Malaysia Gates of Batesburg-Leesville.
  Ergle was named girls 2-A All-State, and the Tigers Zach Johnson was named to the boys team.
  RSM’s Crystal Preston and Tyson Bettis were named to their respective 1-A teams. 

 Five School Improvement Councils named finalists
 for annual state Riley Award for SIC Excellence

COLUMBIA – Five South Carolina School Improvement Councils (SICs), including Saluda High School,  have been named statewide 2018 award finalists for their accomplishments in parent and civic engagement within their school communities.
  The SC School Improvement Council’s annual Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence was created in 2002 to recognize the significant contributions made to public education by the nearly 14,000 local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100-plus K-12 public schools.
  In alphabetical order, this year’s Riley Award finalists are:
  •Chapin Intermediate SIC (School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties)
  •Hilton Head Island High SIC (Beaufort County School District)
  •Saluda High SIC (Saluda County Schools)
  •South Florence High SIC (Florence County School District 1)
  •Walhalla High SIC (School District of Oconee County)
   “We commend these School Improvement Councils on the wonderful things they have done for their schools and students,” said SC-SIC Board of Trustees Chair Amelia B. McKie. “Working together through their SICs, parents, educators, students, and community members make a lasting and meaningful impact for the schools and young people they serve.”
   The winner of the this year’s Riley Award will be selected from this year’s finalists by an independent panel of reviewers and announced during the 2018 SC-SIC Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 14, at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia.
  The SC-SIC Riley Award for SIC Excellence is named in honor of former SC Governor and US Education Secretary Richard Riley and his late wife, Tunky, and recognizes the couple’s longstanding commitment to quality public education.
  Part of the Center for Education Partnerships within the University of South Carolina College of Education, the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC) was established in state law 40 years ago to provide the member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability, and other operational resources necessary for the continued success of the community-based SICs in each of the state’s K-12 public schools. Additional information on SC-SIC’s programmatic efforts can be found online at