Price elected

Price Elected Sheriff

  Saluda Police Department investigator Josh Price was elected Saluda County Sheriff in the Tues., Nov. 3, General Election.
  Price defeated two term Democratic Sheriff John Perry, 5182-4036.
  Another long-time incumbent, Sen. Floyd Nicholson, a Democrat, was defeated by Republican Billy Garrett districtwide in District 10. In Saluda County, Garrett won 2608-1795.
  In another Saluda County race, Jeffrey Jordan was elected to the Saluda  District One School Board Seat 3 over Trey Fingerlin by a vote of 834-574.
  President Donald Trump easily defeated Joe Biden in the county 6179-2948. Sen. Lindsay Graham defeated Democrat Jaime Harrison by almost the same margin, 6076-3008.
    Other contested races in the county had the following results:
  AIKEN SCHOOL BOARD - Samuretta Muldrow 163; Sandra Shealey 631.
  LEXINGTON 3 SCHOOL BOARD -  Sonya Cary 570; Craig Caughman 564; Stacey Derrick 612; Leon Drafts 573;
  THIRD DISTRICT CONGRESS - Congressman Jeff Duncan 6345; Hosea Cleveland 2829.
  STATE SENATE 25 - Shane Massey 3344; Shirley Fayson 874.
  STATE SENATE 26 -  Chris Smith 198; Nikki Setzler 362.
  LEXINGTON DISTRICT 3 BUILDING REFERENDUM - Question 1 - Yes 456, No 344; Question 2 - Yes 444, No 458.
  Candidates running unopposed received the following votes:
  District 39 Rep. Cal Forrest 6483; District 82 Rep. Bill Clyburn 987; Solicitor Rick Hubbard 7150; Probate Judge
Brenda Griffith 7283; Clerk of Court Sheri Coleman 7291; Coroner Keith Turner 7361; County Council District 2 Jack Atkinson 1056; County Council District 4 Carey Bedenbaugh 2371.
  Soil and Water District Commission Kevin Yon 6293; District One School Board Seat 1 Sharon Williams Holloway 654,  District One School Board Seat 5 James M. Holloway 348,  District One School Board Seat 7 Arlene Puryear 1090.
Saluda Town Council Ward 2 Obie Combs 181; Saluda Town Council Ward 4 John Griffith 206, Saluda Commissioner of Public Works Motte J. Yarbrough 651
  Voter turnout  was 74.22 percent, with 9335 of the county’s 12,577 registered voters casting ballots.



Body of Missing Lexington
County Man Found

  The  body of a missing Lexington County man has been county
  Tucker Roundtree Morris (age 26) was last seen at his workplace at SC Pet Food Solutions in Ward, SC on Monday, October 26th, as earlier reported by Saluda County Sheriff’s Office.  
  Unfortunately he was discovered on Monday, November 2nd around 5:30 PM by a local hunter in a heavily wooded area near SC Pet Food Solutions, off Duncan Road in Saluda County.  
  An autopsy was performed on Tuesday by Newberry Pathology Group, as a result  foul play has been ruled out in the death of Mr. Morris.
   The case remains under investigation by the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, Saluda County Coroner’s Office and SLED.
  The Coroner’s Office expressed sympathy  to the family and friends of Tucker.



FROM THE CHAIRMAN’S DESK

 By Jerry Strawbridge

  I want just a moment to pass along a little information. On Thursday, November 5, the County Council passed the 1st reading of an ordinance to REPEAL the vehicle road fee. We will have 2nd and 3rd readings within the next five weeks. Stay tuned.
  Since that fee was imposed last year, I have been digging into the County’s finances and l felt that the County could pay its bills without the fee. I believe we should live within our means. We do that as private citizens everyday. We have many challenges ahead of us, but, with common sense and conservative ideas, we can meet our obligations without asking you to pay more at this time.
  Just a follow-up to the entrance into the Commerce Park. The last part of that project was to put a waterline into the park. What no one knew was that a water line was already on Bouknight Ferry Rd. and a connection into the park area should be done by a potential business that wanted to set up their business. That would have cost us $96,000. We stopped that waterline from being installed.
  We have several opportunities before us regarding economic development. As soon as positive commitment is available, we will pass that information to you. Hopefully in the near future we will pass along information about potential job opportunities available in the area.