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Ridge Spring Monthly May 2012

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
News and Information for Communities on the Ridge 
Wintrode officially named principal
When Heath Corley heard that Mark Rodgers was leaving Ridge Spring-Monetta High School totake over as head footballcoach at Wardlaw Acad-emy, his wheels startedturning.The longtime Willi-ston-Elko High Schoolassistant always had agoal to become a headcoach, and the job atS-M seemed like the perfect chance toake a move.“It was an opportunity to move up witha school I’m pretty familiar with,” heaid. “I’ve been in the region now sevenears and had to compete against thoseuys. The kids have always played hard.“It was almost like a perfect fit. Itasn’t a huge transition for my family,and it seemed like it was meant to be.”On May 8, at the Aiken County Schooloard meeting – after a series of phoneand in-person interviews helped theS-M administrators label Corley ashe man for the job – the move becamefficial when Corley was approved as theext head coach of the Trojans.Corley, who came to Williston-Elkofrom Saluda, was there when Blue Devilhead coach Dwayne Garrick turned theprogram around. Garrick arrived afterthree-straight 3-8 seasons and went 7-5in his first year in 2007. In 2008, WEHSplayed in the first of three-straight ClassA state championship games, winning thetitle in 2009.Last year, in what was supposed tobe a rebuilding season, the Blue Devilsfinished 10-3 before losing in the Up-per State championship. Corley said thatexperience is what he wants to bring toRS-M.“The enthusiasm that Coach Garrick brought to the kids and to the communityhas been contagious,” he explained. “Ialways thought if I had a chance, thatwould be something I would like to passon. It’s something all small towns shouldexperience, and I don’t think RidgeSpring is too far away from being a reallygood football team. It’s fun on a Fridaywhen everybody shuts down shortly afterlunch and gets ready to go to a footballgame.”
Corley named Trojan’s football coach
Town Council met Monday, May 7 atTown Hall. Present were Council: CapersAsbill, Charles Pattersonand Geneva Harris, alongwith Mayor Pat Asbill.On the agenda werecouncil reports.The mayor and Har-ris have been collectingsignatures to support thepaving of Hickson Street.Monies have alreadybeen appropriated forSaluda County roads,and this project willbe brought up again inNovember.Also reported was thatour dog problem is get-ting worse since manypeople seem to be drop-ping off stray animals intown. We have notifiedowners, if there is one,of loose dogs. The nextwarning will result in a ticket that may costthe owner up to $250.Also reported was that Jim Pressley wasour only candidate for our open council seat.The Election Committee has met and is fin-ishing the letters and forms necessary beforewe administer the Oath of Office to Pressley.In new business, the council approvedan agreement with Saluda County and theSaluda County magistrates that the magistratewould hear municipal ordinances. Also, aftersome discussion about garbage pickup, thecouncil approved an extension of the contractwith Powell Trash Company.The meeting was adjourned at 7:20.The early heat has caused concern about apossible water shortage this summer. We areencouraging our water customers to be mind-ful of water usage.The first water waster is a leak in the com-mode or a drip from the faucet. Not only doesthe leak waste water, it also wastes the cus-tomer’s money.We have not issued a conserve water man-date yet, but, with the dry weather and theheat, it will not be far behind.
The Aiken County Board of Educationhas named Warren Wintrode, the interimprincipal at Ridge Spring-Monetta High,as the school’s permanent principal.Wintrode, previously a South Aikenigh School assistant principal, wasappointed as the RS-M High assistantprincipal after the beginning of the 2011school year when his predecessor took another position. Soon afterward, Win-trode became the interim principal whenprincipal Mason Cum-mings resigned shortlybefore his arrest on allega-tions of an inappropriaterelationship with a studentin 2000-2001.Retired educator RosieBerry later was appointedas the assistant principal,and that was important forWintrode.“With all the experience she has, shebecame a mentor for me,” Wintrode said.“I often go to her office and bounce thingsoff her.”Before Berry arrived, Wintrode washandling both administration assignments.“It was a learning curve for me,” hesaid. “We have such a good faculty andstaff, and it was more about me listeningto them. This is a small school and com-munity that’s very close-knit. I enjoy beinghere, and we’ll come back next year andget with the faculty and the people andlook to establish a vision for RS-M.”
Please see FOOTBALL, page 14
“ ... I always thought if I had a chance, (Blue Devil’shead coach Dwayne Garrick’s enthusiasm) would besomething I would like to pass on. It’s something allsmall towns should experience, and I don’t think RidgeSpring is too far away from being a really good footballteam. It’s fun on a Friday when everybody shuts downshortly after lunch and gets ready to go to a footballgame.”
New head football coach at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School
• For the Aprilpolice report,see page
Ridge Spring Monthly •
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ridge Spring’s newest history book willgo on sale May 20 preceding the 3 p.m.presentation of the book at the library.“A History of Ridge Spring: A TownThat Grew Around a Train Stop” is a com-pilation of many sources – “A Sketch of Ridge Spring” by Elizabeth Carwile, “Aistory of Ridge Spring” complied by thesixth-grade English class of Mrs. MaryGunter, various church histories, the 1982edition of “The History of Ridge Spring,”newspaper articles, donated pictures,drawings and house descriptions by Con-verse Cone, newspaper articles by Joe CalWatson and character sketches written byMs. Nina Nidiffer.Central in the production of this book were Betty Ann Cone and her son Con-verse Cone.Both spent countless hours talking withpeople, writing and editing the actualbook. Editorial help was provided by Mar-cia Yeargin.The cover is a watercolor of the RidgeSpring Depot done by Anne RautonSmith.The Harvest Festival paid for the book’sprinting and will receive any profits madefrom the sale of the book.The book will cost $20 and will be onsale May 20 at the library and after that atTown Hall.Please join us at 3 p.m. at the libraryfor refreshments and the presentation of “A History of Ridge Spring: A Town ThatGrew Around a Train Stop.”
‘History of Ridge Spring’ goes on sale Sunday, May 20
Ridge Spring Fire Department chief 
The Ridge Spring Fire Department’sAnnual Benefit in memory of Michael B.Adamick was a huge success again, raisingmore than $11,000.This is the seventh year, and each year itgets bigger and better. The food, the enter-tainment, the auction and the camaraderieof the people were perfect. I will say thecooking started early, and their lunch wasperfect, too. Meat was from Cone’s Meat inRidge Spring.The entertainment before the fantasticmeal was the cloggers, who are part of theRhythm and Class Cloggers out of NorthAugusta under the direction of MamiecAbee. The girls came from all over– Jackson, Johnston, McCormick, NorthAugusta and, of course, Ridge Spring.After the food was served, live musicwas provided by Steele Justice. Thisincluded a shag contest with the winnersreceiving a $100 gift certificate from Juni-per Restaurant. The winners were ... Mikeand Janice Cumbee. Congratulations!The chairperson was Andrew Bodie,cooks were Brian Derrick and Dude Thom-as – with plenty of help, auction chair wasJason Thomas and all members worked onthe project.All funds go to completing the firehouse. Some of the major projects are bath-rooms, a rear pad, bunker gear lockers anda kitchen.The Ridge Spring Fire Department ismade up of volunteers only. There are morethan 30 members, and they have an explor-ers’ program that begins in eighth grade.RSFD would greatly appreciate dona-tions of bottled water and Gatorade for fire-fighters. We have exhausted our supplies.Donations can be left at town hall or RidgeAuto.Congratulations are offered to such awonderful group whom we hope knowshow much they are appreciated.
R.S. fire department’s annualbenefit raises more than $11K
Josh Bailey, left, of Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary/ Middle School joined hundreds of other kids ages 2-7 for the Young Athletes component ofSpecial Olympics, coordinated by Bridgestone.
In April, Jennifer Cunningham visitedSettlers’ Crossin and signed her new book “Simple Times.”She fit right in at the shop for Settlers’Crossin was celebrating their first anniver-sary of being open in Ridge Spring.Refreshments and browsing were on themenu.Even in Jennifer’s book, Settlers Cros-sin, is featured beginning on page 69.Jennifer is from California, but sheand her husband are now settled in NorthCarolina.Her love and passions are colonial,primitive and antiques.The pages in her book are full of photosand writeups of private homes and shops.You can visit her at her website, www.picturetrail.com/homesteadfarm.She will have a book in the fall titled“Simpler Times Early Autumn.”
Writer Jennifer Cunninghamvisits Settlers’ Crossin event
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• Ridge Spring Monthly
Ridge Spring-Monetta High School stu-dents Desmond Brown, Quintavia McFieldand Raheem Caldwell readily admittedthey knew little about bluegrass music.During an educational outreach programlast month, they listened attentively to themusic of the award-winning The Grascals,a six-piece bluegrass band.“This was something new. I never heardanything like this,” Brown said. “I like theband and the instruments.”The Aiken Performing Arts Group pre-sented The Grascals at the URS Centerfor the Performing Arts. APAG also asksall its musical guests to do an outreachprogram.APAG President Bob Kelly was delight-ed to bring The Grascals to RS-M studentsfrom the high school and sixth througheighth grades from RS-M Elementary/ Middle School.“This is a big deal,” Kelly said. “We’re just glad to bring a group like this to arural area, which we haven’t done before.We’re giving these kids the opportunity tosee a real bluegrass performance.”Warren Wintrode, RS-M High’s newprincipal, agreed the opportunity wasunusual for his students.“Hopefully, they’ll take advantage of it,” he said. “This is somebody outsidetheir experience. I think it will be fun, andthey will enjoy it.”Some of the middle school studentswere asking about bluegrass and what itwas like, said RS-M Elementary/MiddleSchool assistant principal Sylvia Butler.“It’s great that our students will get tohear a different genre of music,” she said.“They know about rap but need to be ver-satile in learning about music. They havea chance to be open to this event and anynew experience.”
RS-M students geta taste of bluegrass
Members of the award-winning bluegrass band, “TheGrascals,” perform for middle and high schoolers at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School.
RS-M High students, from left, Quintavia McField,Desmond Brown and Raheem Caldwell listen to The Grascals.
Palmer’s K4 class presentsPrince Q, Princess U wedding
The wedding event of the year took place Friday, April 27. Prince Q and Prin-cess U were united forever in ConferenceRoom D of Ridge Spring-Monetta Elemen-tary School. The 1 p.m. ceremony wasofficiated by K4 teacher Mrs. Kipp Palmer.A reception immediately followed in thesame room.The bride is the 21st letter of the alpha-bet following T and preceding V. She wasportrayed by the lovely Kaylen Shaw, thedaughter of Thomas and Randi Shaw of Monetta. She wore a lovely white queen’sgown embellished with satin ribbons andflowers. She wore a unique headband witha bejeweled “U” on the front.The groom is the 17th letter of the alpha-bet following P and preceding R. He wasportrayed by the handsome Aiden Rodgers,the son of Mark and Josie Rodgers of Ward. Aiden wore an Alabama jersey witha “Q” tie to portray a quarterback.Bridesmaids included Taylor Long, theLetter T; Gracelyn Padgett, the Letter G;Elissa Rankin, Letter the A; Jozelle Rob-inson, the Letter P; Honesty Monroe, theLetter H; and Daen Figueroa, the Letter D.The flower girl, Gracie Chavis, the LetterF, sprinkled white capital letters down theaisle for the bride.Groomsmen were Aaron Layton, theLetter Z; Logan Brightwell, the LetterW; Christian Smith, the Letter C; TrekelStevens, the Letter K; Jemmell Morris, theLetter J, Jackson Miller, the Letter V, andAntwan Brooks, the Letter O. Drew Arantwas the ring bearer of the most deliciousblue and red Ring Pops.
Prince Q, portrayed byAiden Rodgers, and Princess U, portrayedby Kaylen Shaw, were married on April 27.
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