Saluda County Special Olympics A Huge Success

The Saluda County Special Olympics was held Fri., April 8, at the Saluda High School track. Athletes represented Saluda Primary, Saluda Elementary, Hollywood Elementary, Saluda Middle School, Saluda High School and the Burton Center. Like the Olympics, this event had a torch run, and an opening ceremony featuring a parade of teams around the track (left photo). A special guest was Todd Reed, right photo, a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. Reed lost a foot in Iraq and returned home after rehabilitation to have a successful law enforcement career in Mesa, Az. He currently lives in Whispering Pines, N.C. Many volunteers, including adults and students,  worked together to make the local Special Olympics a trememdous success. (Standard-Sentinel photos)


Second Ridge Spring
Suspect Arrested

  The second suspect in the April 11, Top of the Ridge armed robbery and shooting in Ridge Spring has been arrested.
  Darquarius Tremain Fuller, 21, of Greenwood was arrested Thurs., April 14. He has been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping (2 counts), armed robbery armed with deadly weapon.
  Marcus Clifford Cunnigham, also of Greenwood, was arrested the day of the robbery and faces the same charges.
  Police in Ridge Spring and the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office  ruled out one of the men suspected of being involved in Monday’s robbery in Ridge Spring, which left a store owner shot.  
  On Tuesday, based on a positive identification from  Cunningham, the only suspect in custody, two men were identified for their involvement.  Cunningham had picked out a man from a photo lineup and interviews, as being involved in the incident.    
  “Other information had also corroborated the suspect’s possible involvement,” said Chief Mike Raffield of Ridge Spring.  “Further investigation over the next 24 hours had cleared the suspect’s involvement in the case.”  



RYDER NATIONAL DRIVER OF THE YEAR - Saluda’s  Samuel Stevens was recently named a Driver of the Year by Ryder.  Stevens is the Driver of the Year winner for Ryder FMS. Stevens drives for the E.J. Pope & Son, Inc. dba Pope Transport Co. account based in Mount Olive, NC. He has been employed by E.J. Pope & Son for 25 years, and has driven 4 million collision-free miles over his 45-year professional driving career. This is an incredible accomplishment considering he hauls petroleum to locations that have extensive loading requirements. Stevens is a driver trainer for E.J. Pope & Son and one of their most accomplished drivers. He also finds time to volunteer as a firefighter, teach Sunday school, sing in his church’s choir, and participate in various other community activities. Stevens is a military veteran who proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.