Club Makes Donation

WOMAN’S STUDY CLUB OF RIDGE SPRING DONATES $2000.00 - Woman’s Study Club of Ridge Spring recently donated $2000.00 to the Ridge Spring Library.  The club received a grant of $1000.00 from the General Federation of Women’s Club of South Carolina Progress Foundation.   The club matched the grant with $1000.00 so they presented $2000.00 to the library.  The library was able to purchase 169 books for all ages.The club is grateful to the GFWC of South Carolina Progressive Foundation for the grant which enabled the club to make the gift. Pictured from  left to right: Mayor Pat Asbill, Alma Holston, Faye Powell, Librarian Lisa Lyon receiving the check.

Gwen Shealy Will Not Seek
County Council Re-Election

  Saluda County Councilwoman Gwen C. Shealy has announced she will not seek re-election.
  Following is her statement:
  “It is time for candidates to file for this year’s November county council election with a primary to be held in June. I am not going to run for the position of District #3, nor for the position of Chair. These past years have been rewarding, although occasionally frustrating, as this council has sought to do what is best for the taxpayers and the county’s future. The goal has been to accomplish the greater good and not engage in decision-making that would benefit only a few. The point has been to keep the eyes focused on what is best for the future of the county, and not get distracted by those who advocate territorialism. We can only make Saluda County the best place in the nation when we, as residents, pull together in unselfish ways.
  Service to this county as the representative for District #3 and as vice-chair will always be a highlight in my life. While I will no longer hold an office after December, I am still a Saluda County resident and taxpayer, and will continue to be interested in county decisions. This county gave me my start in life, in its school buildings, in its churches, and in its neighborhoods. I am a product of this wonderful place, and so are you. Working together for a common good and for a bright future for Saluda County should always begin with the question, “What can we do, with what we have, to put our best foot forward?” I owe a multitude of thanks to those who have supported me, especially my family. I am forever thankful for the lasting and sincere friends I’ve made these past several years, and I wish only the best for the incoming council. “

Piedmont Tech and SC Works to
Host Regional Job Fair on March 22

Ever wonder what it will take to secure the right job at the right time for the right pay?
  The answers you find at the Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair just might surprise you. Hosted by Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and the Upper Savannah SC Works System, the event on Thursday, March 22, will feature more than 70 employers from Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties. The employers will be on site from 1-3 p.m. at the Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus at 620 N. Emerald Road in Greenwood.
  PTC faculty and staff also will be on hand to discuss affordable training and educational opportunities that can qualify candidates for stable, lucrative careers right here in South Carolina.
  “Area employers are looking for qualified individuals to do jobs that not only pay well but encourage their sense of pride in a company’s success,” said Ann Skinner, workforce development administrator for the Upper Savannah Council of Governments. “They are excited to attend this event because they get to see two different kinds of job-seekers †students who are eager to apply their knowledge, and the general public. Joining forces with PTC has been a great partnership, and we are thankful that they are able to combine our job fair with their employer day so that these employers get the most out of a day away from the office.”
  “This is a rare opportunity to meet employers face-to-face and find out what it takes to get hired,” said Joshua Black, associate vice president for enrollment and communications. “Obtaining the necessary, cutting-edge skills sought by today’s employers is closer, faster, more affordable than residents might imagine at Piedmont Tech.”
  Companies represented at the job fair come from a diverse range of industries, including advanced manufacturing, government, health sciences, engineering, community service and education.
  To help job seekers prepare for this event, partnering sponsor Upper Savannah SC Works System suggests:
  •reviewing the list of employers in advance to determine your focus;
  •researching companies you are interested in approaching;
  •updating your resume and bringing plenty of copies to share; and
  •dressing professionally, as you would for a job interview.
  “You cannot over-prepare for an opportunity like this,” Skinner said. “What you know, how you look, what you say can make a lasting impression. Make it count.”
  The event is open to the public. Participating companies include BMW North America, Colgate Palmolive, FujiFilm, Michelin and ZF Transmissions. A full list of participating employers can be viewed online at 
  For further details, contact the Upper Savannah Council of Governments at 864-941-8050, 1-800-922-7729, or send an email t