Clipping Surprise

Surprising Find!

John White came across this old newspaper clipping recently that featured his son John Mac, and Russell Gentry of Saluda at a Tri-County Junior Golfers event for 8-12 year olds. When John read the cutline, he was shocked to discover that one of the kids in the photo was Dustin Johnson, the current number one ranked professional golfer in the world. Also, in the photo is another future Dutch Fork High graduate, who went on to the PGA, Wesley Bryan. Bryan is known as a YouTube golf trick shot artist, but he also became the first S.C. native to win the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head last year.


South Carolina Department of Education
Releases Annual Student Dropout Report


  Columbia, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Education today released the statewide Report on Student Dropout Rates for the 2016-2017 school year.
  The overall state dropout rate increased from 2.3 percent during the 2015–16 school year to 2.4 percent during the 2016–17 school year. The dropout rate for grades 9 through 12 declined in 52 of the 84 districts from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
  ”Students who are engaged and see the relevance in what they are learning will show up to class on time and not drop out.,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman of Saluda. “I challenge our teachers, schools, and districts to find students’ passions and offer them opportunities so that they can be successful. If we do this, our graduation rates will continue to climb and our dropout rate will get even lower.” 
  The Report on Student Dropout Rates is an annual data collection process that reports students who leave school during a twelve-month period including those who leave over the summer. The process allows those who re-enroll during the collection period and remain in school to be excluded from the count.
  Saluda County Schools had nine dropouts in the ages 13-14, 14 in ages 14-15, 17 in ages 15-16, and 16 in ages 16-17.
  The 13-14 was 1.6 percent, below the state average of 2.7. The 14-15 category was slightly below the state average 2.4 to 2.5, but the 15-16 and 16-17 were above the state, 2.8 to 2.3 and 2.5 to 2.4, respectively.
  The male dropout rate was below the state average for 13-14 year old, but above for the other three category. The biggest disparity is in the 15.-16 age group, where the percentage was 3.7 for Saluda, but only 2.7 for the state.
  Female dropouts were below the state average for 14-15 and 15-16, and above for the other two.
  The white dropout percentage was  well below the state average for 13-14 and 14-15, and slightly above for 15-16, `16-17.
  The non-white rate was the same as the state in the 13-14 and 16-17 ages, but well above the state in the 14-15, 4.7 to 2.6, and 3.0 to 2.2.
  The non-white rate was the same as the state in the 13-14 and 16-17 ages, but well above the state in the 14-15, 4.7 to 2.6, and 3.0 to 2.2.
  The white female dropout rate was well below the state average inn 13-14, 0.7 to 2.3; 14-15, 0.0 to 2.1; 15016, 1.3 to 2.1; and above in the 16-17, 2.3 to 2.0.
  Non-white females were above the state average in 13-14, 5.0 to 1.9; 14-15, 3.5 to 1.0; 15-16, 1.9 to 1.6; and the same in the 16-17, 1.9.
  The white male rate was below the state average in 13-14, 0.0 to 2.9; 14-15, 0.0 to 2.9; and above the state average in 15-16, 3.3 to 2.7; and 16-17, 2.7 to 2.6.
  The non-white male dropout rate was below the state average in the 13-14, .06 to 3.1, and 16-17, 3.0 to 3.1; but above in the other three age groups: 14-15, 5.6 to 3.2; and 15-16, 4.0 to 2.8.



Sales Tax Holiday to Give Small
Businesses a Much-Needed Boost


  COLUMBIA, July 30, 2018—NFIB State Director Ben Homeyer says this weekend’s sales tax holiday on clothes, school supplies, and computers should give a boost to South Carolina’s small businesses. The sales tax holiday because Friday and ends Sunday.
  “Hopefully, it will be a big weekend for small businesses,” Homeyer said. “When you combine the savings of the sales-tax holiday with the usual back-to-school sales, you’re going to help people get a bigger bang for their buck.”
  NFIB is encouraging people to support local businesses by shopping small this weekend, Homeyer said. “When you shop at small, locally-owned businesses, you’re helping your friends and neighbors,” he said. “You’re supporting the businesses that support our schools and charities and create jobs in our communities.”
  To learn more about South Carolina’s sales tax holiday, visit the Department of Revenue’s website at https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.
  NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association. To learn more about NFIB in South Carolina, visit www.NFIB.com/SC and follow @NFIB_SC on Twitter.