Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Council  Hears Of
New EMT Class

A new program that will allow high school students and the general public to take EMT classes free of charge was announced at the Nov. 9 meeting of Saluda County Council.
  EMS Director Jacob Starnes said the program is a cooperative effort between the county EMS department, Piedmont Tech, Saluda High School and the Charlie Foundation.
  Students at Saluda High School can take the training through the dual enrollment program at Piedmont Tech. When successfully completing the training, students can get a job as an EMT after high school graduation. The program will also be offered to students at Batesburg-Leesville High School through at reciprocal agreement between B&L and Saluda High. SHS students can currently take the firefighter training offered at B&L.
  Members of the general public an also take the training free of charge at the Saluda campus of Piedmont Tech. Credits from the program can also be used for students seeking a R.N. degree.
  Starnes said the course will begin in the spring semester.
  Council members praised the program.
  At the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Jerry Strawbridge read a letter from Jason Price, chairman of the Saluda County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Price wanted the Council to know that Saluda County, 39th in size in the state, ranked 4th in the state for environmental contracts. Price praised the work of the local staff, and thanked the county for its cooperation through the years.
  Public hearings were held on two ordinances associated with Mayson Solar, LLC, previously identified as Project Mayson. The first involves a fee in lieu of tax, and the second involves establishing a joint county industrial park concerning Mayson with Edgefield. Both ordinances passed on the second reading.
  Third reading approval was given to an ordinance on parliamentary procedures.
  A resolution recognizing Billie Corley on his retirement was approved. Corley began work as an operator with the Road and Bridge Department 21 years ago, and rose to become the department’s superintendent.
  Fire Service Coordinator Josh Morton was given permission to advertise a RFP for companies to conduct annual physicals for fire service and EMS personnel.
  Three employees were appointed to the Employee Grievance Committee.
  The second reading on the ordinance removing the vehicle fees will come up at the next meeting, following the days required between readings rule.

Body Indentified At Lake

  A body found in Lake Murray this weekend was identified as a Lexington County man, the Saluda County Coroner’s Office said Sunday.
  On Saturday afternoon, a passing boater saw Daniel G. Watts near his capsized kayak, Deputy Coroner Angie Rita said in a news release.
  The 79-year-old’s body was found on the shoreline of Lake Murray near Black’s Bridge in Saluda County, according to the release. That’s where the Saluda River passes under S.C. 391.
  A cause of death has not been determined, but an autopsy is scheduled for this week, Rita said. In addition to the coroner’s office, the death is being investigated by the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office and the  South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
  The coroner’s office said it “extends its deepest sympathies” to Watts’ family.