Duffie Recognized

Left to right, Representative Mark Smith and retired general manager of MPW Clay Duffie.

Duffie Awarded

Order of Palmetto

Mount Pleasant, SC – On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the now retired general manager of Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW), Clay Duffie, Saluda native, was presented with the Order of the Palmetto during a dedication ceremony for the utility’s water resource facility located on Rifle Range Road.
  Representatives Marvin “Mark” Smith and Joseph “Joe” Bustos attended the event to present the award on behalf of Governor Henry McMaster.
   The Order of the Palmetto is awarded to South Carolina residents in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service, and contributions. Potential recipients must be nominated for the once in a lifetime award.
   Representative Joe Bustos shared the following in his nomination letter: Mr. Duffie mentored younger members of his organization in order to improve their skills and knowledge of water and wastewater operations. While working with the water commissioners his recommendations were constantly sought and relied upon.
   According to Representative Mark Smith: Over the past 31 years, Clay has demonstrated innovative and exemplary service managing the organizational development of a staff that grew from 48 employees to 141. He is an asset to his profession and his dedication has improved the quality of life for many, many South Carolinians.
   Clay Duffie said that he had no idea he had been nominated and he was humbled and honored to have his name added to the prestigious recipient list. “To have my family by my side for this unexpected surprise, especially my mother, Mary Helen, only made the moment sweeter,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin the next chapter of my life.”

Students Spend Week At
FFA Leadership Center

  Four Saluda FFA officers along with their advisor, Amanda N. Crouch and Coach Ben Webb, spent June 28-July 1 at the SC FFA Leadership Center in Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach.
  The students had an opportunity to participate in a number of activities including: Color War Olympics, kayaking, paint ball wars, axe throwing, low and high ropes courses, swimming, marsh recreation, athletics, various team building activities, and camp reflections.
  Pictured, left to right - Amber Epting, Savannah Rodgers, Ja’Michael Williams, Wilfredo Lopez-Perez.


CHIC-FIL-A INVASION - The Chic-fil-A food truck came to the Cromley’s parking lot in Saluda Fri., July 9, and the turn out was tremendous. Lauren Yonce of Cromley’s took this photo. He said cars started lining up at 10:15 a.m. (pictured) and the last car he saw at the site was at 7:45 p.m. Cars were backed up on Jefferson St. for as far as the eye could see.