Playoffs Begin

Tigers Open Against Blacksburg

  The Saluda Tigers open the Upperstate 2-A play-offs Friday against Blacksburg.
  The game will be played at the old Gaffney High School Field, located at Gaffney Middle School, 805 East Frederick Street, Gaffney.
  Like Saluda, Blacksburg finished third in its region, and had a 6-4. The teams have one common opponent, Southside Christian, and both lost to the Sabers. Blacksburg fell 39-0, while Saluda lost 30-17.
  The winner of the game with play at the winner of the Buford-C.A. Johnson. Buford finished first in Region 1.
  The Tigers and the Wildcats have never met in football, but former Saluda coach Mickey Moss is a native of Blacksburg and finished his coaching career at his alma mater.
  Kick-off at is at 7:30 p.m.

Saluda Man Dies In
Head-on Collision

  A Saluda man died Monday night, Oct. 29, of injuries received  in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 178.
  According to Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner, Kenneth Ray Shealy, 25, of 888 Greenwood Highway, Saluda, died at the scene.
  Shealy was returning home from work at J.B. Martin in Batesburg-Leesville and driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck west  along Highway 178, while another driver was heading east, driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck, said Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with the state Highway Patrol.
  At about 11:25 p.m., as they were near Mount Willing Road, the eastbound driver crossed the centerline and hit Shealy’s truck head-on, Miller said.
  Shealy was not wearing a seat belt. The other driver, a 25-year-old man from Newberry,  was taken by EMS to Richland Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
  Turner would like to thank the Sheriff’s Office, Midlands Fire Department, Saluda County Dispatch and EMS for their assistance
  Shealy’s death was particularly sad for Coroner Turner, as the victim was his great-nephew, the grandson of his brother Ray.

Mayor Herlong, Town Council Awarded Saluda Theater Grant

  The Municipal Association of South Carolina has awarded Hometown Economic Development Grants to 13 cities and towns.
  Up to $25,000 each, the grants are intended to support those economic development projects that will make a positive impact on a municipality’s quality of life. The grant program also promotes and recognizes innovation in economic development practices.
  The Municipal Association board of directors created the program to fund projects that will produce measurable results, that can be maintained over time and illustrate best practices that can be replicated in other cities.
  Built in the Art Deco style in 1936, the recently-restored Saluda Theater will be brought back to life with grant funds which will provide modern audio, video and lighting equipment and allow the town and the Saluda Historical Society to once again attract residents and visitors for movies, plays and concerts.

Former Saludan Jackie Swindler
To Speak At Farm City Banquet

  Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Jackie Swindler will be the keynote speaker at the annual Farm City Banquet, Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM, Saluda High School. 
  Jackie grew up in Saluda, the son of Jack Swindler & Racheline Able.  He began his career as an 18- year old cadet with the Newberry Police Department, serving from 1975 – 2003 and retiring as Police Chief.  Jackie also served as Law Enforcement Liaison at the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), where he coordinated activities between DSS and law enforcement officers throughout the state.
  Jackie is an honor graduate of Newberry College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and an honor graduate from University of South Carolina with a Master’s in Criminal Justice.  He also graduated from the FBI National Academy.
  He has received numerous awards for his many accomplishments.  Jackie holds 5th degree in Zen Shoto Kai karate and regularly instructs for the U.S. Attorney’s office.  He and his wife, Sherry resides in Newberry and have two sons, Jackson and Joshua.
  This year the Farm City Committee will posthumously honor two Saluda County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, Dale Shannon Hallman and James EricChapman.  Corporal Chapman was employed with the Johnston Police Department and Corporal Hallman was employed with the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department.  Both young men were killed in accidents in response to their calls of duty.  Chapman lost his life December 2017; Hallman lost his life April 2018.
  Both of these men gave the ultimate sacrifice to the citizens of Edgefield & Saluda counties.  These awards are small tokens of appreciation to their families.  The Committee hopes the community will come out to show their support.
  Riley’s on Main (Lisa Riley) will cater the meal.  Tickets are $15.00 and must be purchased no later than noon, November 8.  Tickets are available at Clemson Extension Service or from any Farm City Committee member.  Due to seating capacity, only 225 tickets are available on a first come basis.  We expect a large turnout, so get your tickets early; they cannot be purchased at the door.  John Bennett will provide musical entertainment.