First Day of School

First Day Of School Made Special
For Children Of Fallen Officers

Some Saluda County law enforcement officers combined to make the first day of school, Mon., Aug. 20, memorable to two special Saluda Primary School students, Jase, the stepson of fallen Deputy Sheriff Dale Hallman, and Autumn, the daughter of fallen Johnston Policeman Eric Chapman. “I would like to say a  big thank you to the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department, Town of Saluda Police and Highway Patrol for coming and taking the time to be there for my daughter,” said Eric’s widow Tonya Powell Chapman, “Thank you, Uncle John Perry, for walking Autumn to her class. This is something she will always remember. We love our blue line family.” Dale’s widow Brandi said, “I wish with everything in me that Dale could have been there with us, but having these men stand in for him helped dull the sting a little. And in the words of Jase, ‘they came to see me this morning because they love us"’. (Photos by Evelyn Powell)

New Ridge Spring-Monetta
High School to Become Reality

  Friday, August 17th was a momentous day for the Ridge Spring and Monetta communities.
  Representatives, Board of Education members and local leaders came together to turn the first shovels of dirt as the new school begins it construction. Teachers and students applauded as they were promised a new school that would be equal to any other school in Aiken County.
  Yes, there will be lockers which the school has never had, and yes, the baseball field will get its long awaited lights. In addition, the school will feature enhanced technology and security.
  The new facility will be completed by the end of 2019 and will cost an estimated $40.6 million. As the high school is finished, there are plans to add a new elementary school, creating a campus that houses all three schools: elementary, middle and high schools.


Benefit Scheduled For Henry

  A benefit has been scheduled to help with the medical expenses of infant Henry Wilson

Henry the Heart Warrier
5K Run and One Mile Walk

  Saturday, August 25,  8:00 AM, Saluda Town Park, S Jefferson Street, Saluda.
  $25 per participant, run and walk.  Awards for the top three male and top three female runners
  Contact Debbie Kirkland to register:  Debkirkland67@gmail. com, (864) 993 - 1966.
  All proceeds will go to Colton and Jennifer Wilson for Henry’s medical expenses.
  Race route. (Motorist can expect some delays):
  5k Run • Start at park entrance on S Jefferson Street
  • Turn (L) onto – Pencreek Roadt
  • (R) onto – The Heights 1st Ave
  • (L) onto – Bonham Street
  • (R) onto – S Wise Street
  • Cross Hwy 378 (Mc Cormick Hwy) • (R) onto – Matthews Drive
  • (R) onto – N Calhoun Street
  • Cross W Butler Street • Cross Hwy 378 (Mc Cormick Hwy)
  • (R) onto - W Eutaw Street
  • (L) onto - S Wise Street
  • (L) onto - Bonham Road
  • (R) onto - S Banks Street
  • (L) onto - Pencreek Road
  • Enter Saluda Town Park On Pencreek Road
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