July 2021 Council Meeting

Council Considers Land Sale

  Saluda County Council at its June 12 meeting announced it would consider selling some land to a local business.
  Almastine Butler appeared before Council, and asked if the county would consider selling her family business, Butler & Son Funeral Home, some county owned land, currently described as an industrial park. Mrs. Butler said the land would be used in the event the funeral home needs to expand. She said there is no room for expansion at the current location on Bouknight Ferry Rd.
  The county owned land is located on North Bouknight Ferry and Columbia Hwy. After the executive session at the end of the meeting, Council voted to allow Chairman Jerry Strawbridge and Councilman Jack Atkinson to  explore the possibility of the county selling a few acres of land.
  Sabrina Hammond asked council to explore zoning, neighborhood health and safety, referring to some property in her neighborhood considered an eyesore.
  Strawbridge said the county has no zoning or property regulations and there was nothing the county could do presently, but he said those issues are something he would like the Council to look into.
  Council  held public hearings and gave third  reading to two ordinances. One involves a joint industrial park agreement with Aiken County, and the other involves a fee in lieu of ad valorem taxes for “Project Light.”
  First reading was given to an ordinance designating Saluda County as a second amendment sanctuary.
  ARP funds were approved to be used to purchase two ambulances for the Saluda County EMS.
  Council approved Councilman Frank Daniel’s nomination of Stewart Ronald Smith to the Tax Appeals Board.

Two Arrested On Burglary Charges

On the night of July 12, 2021, deputies responded to an alarm call at at residence in Ridge Spring.
  Upon arrival, it was found the residence had been broken into. Deputies then located two individuals outside of the home.
  Ashtin Dale Ritchie and Sara Morgan Hunter have been arrested and charged with Burglary in the 1st Degree.

42nd Annual Truck
and Tractor Pull

  The Saluda Young Farmers 42nd Annual Truck and Tractor Pull, “Hottest Pull in the South” will be held July 31st at the Young Farmer Stadium at the County Recreation Complex.  
  The Carolina Truck & Tractor Pullers / Southern Pullers Association professional pull will begin at 7pm.  Ticket gates and pit will open at 5pm.  
  Ticket prices are as follows:  Adults - $20, Children 6 to 12 - $10, 5 and under – Free, and cooler/bulk beverage - $5.00 (no glass containers).  Cash, credit and debit card ticket purchases will be available at the gate.  Concessions will also be available.
  The 2021 Saluda Young Farmer Scholarship winners will be recognized as well.  Proceeds from the pull go towards the scholarship program.
  Bring a chair – stand seating is limited.  There will be no charge for parking and no additional charges for entering the pit.
  To purchase trackside parking, contact Scott Wertz at (803) 924-3124 after 5:00 PM. All trackside parking spots are $50.00 for the night.
  Come and enjoy a weekend of high-powered action!
  Check out www.SaludaYoungFarmer.org or syftp.us for the latest information. Like us on Facebook at “Saluda SC Tractor Pull.”