Saluda Police Make Arrests In Credit Card Skimmer Case

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Saluda Police Make Arrests
In Credit Card Skimmer Case

  On July 10th the Saluda Police Department was notified by a citizen of a possible credit card skimmer located on the ATM at the First Citizens Bank at on Main St., Saluda.
  Officers arrived and confirmed the device to be a skimmer and also located a camera attached to the ATM. Thanks to the observant citizen, officers were able to conduct surveillance on the bank and detain three suspects when they returned to retrieve the skimmer and camera.
  The case was turned over to SLED.


GRANT - Accepting a $15,000 check from Senator Nikki Setzler are Barbara Yon, forThe Friends of Ridge Spring, and Pat Asbill, Mayor. The check was a grant from SC Parks, Recreation, and Tourism to support the Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale.

The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale Receives a Grant

  The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale received a gigantic boost for next year’s event. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism awarded the Peach Tree a $15,000 check to support the Yard Sale.
  Senator Nikki Setzler awarded the check during a regular Town Council meeting on Monday, June, 11th. The monies will be used to purchase advertising, for social media, and to work with law enforcement in managing traffic flow through the town.
  The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale is held the first Friday and Saturday in June along highway 23 in South Carolina and includes the towns of Modoc, Edgefield, Johnston, Ward, Ridge Spring, Monetta, and Batesburg-Leesville.
  The Yard Sale is in its 12th year, and with the help of Senator Setzler, and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, it will continue its growth.


Don Hardie Named Principal
at Saluda Middle School

  Saluda County School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Hardie as Principal of Saluda Middle School effective July 1, 2016.
  Mr. Hardie is an experienced and accomplished South Carolina educator of 17 years. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1995, a MEd in Secondary Mathematics and a MEd in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2003 and 2005 respectively.
  He began his educational career at Airport High School in Lexington County School District Two, where he coached basketball and baseball. He became Nationally Board Certified in 2003 in Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics and a certified teacher in AP Calculus in 2004. After teaching mathematics for five years, he became an administrative assistant at Airport High School. In 2005, he served as the assistant principal at Busbee Middle School in Lexington County School District Two.  Following the 2007 school year he served as the Mathematics Coordinator for District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. In 2010, he was named principal at the Academy for Success of District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.
  During Mr. Hardie’s tenure at the Academy for Success, he led many successful initiatives and programs including, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), one-to-one mobile technology, data team implementation, and early graduation programs. The Academy for Success experienced a decrease in suspension days, expulsions, and drop outs during his tenure. The Academy for Success was considered as one of the top Alternative Schools in the state and Mr. Hardie was named President of the State Alternative Schools Round Table.
  He is married to Suzy Hardie that currently teaches master level administration courses at the University of South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Hardie have an energetic daughter named Joy that enjoys ballet and was recently named a Duke Tip Scholar.
  “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community of Saluda as principal at the middle school,” Mr. Hardie said. “I am anxious to get started and begin meeting and working with the faculty, staff, students, and parents to continue providing a high quality education in a positive learning environment.”