Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Friends of Ridge Spring will meet January 18 at Town Hall at 5:00.  Plans for the year and hopes for a great opportunity to enhance our town.  All are invited.

 

Yon 2018 Spring Sale is offering 150, 15-16 month-old Angus & SimAngus bulls, plus 75 females including cow/calf pairs and bred cows/heifers on Saturday, February 17 at 11 AM

 

RSM High School: Advertising space in the 2017/2018 RSMMHS Yearbook is available to all business members of our community and surrounding communities.  Over 125 color copies of the Odyssey Yearbook will be circulated, so get your message out and support Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School!  Please mail all ads and payments to Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High School, 10 J P Kneece Drive, Monetta SC 29105. Email cholley@acpsd.net with questions or call 685-2100.  The deadline is Wednesday January 31. Thank you for your support Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High School! Yearbook Staff: Full Page Ad $200.00; Half Page Ad $125.00; Quarter Page Ad $85.00; Business Card Size $50.00 The RSM Senior Beta Club is preparing for the State Beta Club Convention in Myrtle Beach Feb. 9-11.  Members attending will compete in various categories such as agriculture, math, banner, scrapbook, etc.  They will meet with other Beta Club members from across the state, make new friends, and learn more about leadership and service. 

RSME, Rene Miller
We would like to welcome to our RSME family the following people: Linda Palmer, Media Aide; Willie Conner, Transportation Supervisor; Tayllor Vetter, Psychologist; and Cindy Kelly, Nurse
Awards Day for the 1st semester will be held on January 26 at the following times: 3rd Grade @ 7:45 a.m.; 4th Grade @ 8:25 a.m.; 5th Grade @ 9:05 a.m.; 2nd Grade @ 9:45 a.m.;.; 1st Grade @ 2:00 p.m.;
Terrific Kids Congratulations to our Terrific Kids for the month of December.  The character word was Balanced: Laycee Morphy, Braelynn Crosby, Tanijha Morris, Chase Snipes,  Conner Cockrell, Ava Senn,  Alexander Fierros-Garcia, Alexander Andrade, Kayleigh Wood, Jaziyah Stephens, Lillian Burdett, Colton Hartley, Gavin Fulmer, Malik Fuller, Jordan Ortiz, Romeo Ruiz, Isaiah Kimbrough, Jayke Carson, Jose Hernandez, Randy Renteral, Makynna Folden, Taylor Long, and Alianna Steele
 RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Happy New Year!  2017 is in the books and what a productive, fruitful and blessed year it was for Ridge Spring United Methodist Church, RSUMC.  We are excited about 2018 with the possibilities, events, activities and services planned.
January: The Big Red Box, BRB in January will be collecting for health bags. Items needed are: wash cloth, towel (full size), tooth brush and paste, full size, comb, emery boards, bath soap, full size. If you are interested in helping, leave your donations on the porch of the Family Life Center, FLC and a church member will make sure they are placed in the BRB. The Bags will be delivered to a local Ministry the end of January.
February: February and the BRB starts thinking soup…in fact the BRB will be collecting cans of soup the entire month of February. The Souper Bowl of Caring (an international organization started in Columbia, SC) will sponsor many drives, lunches and soup collections. RSUMC will host a Souper Bowl of Caring lunch on February 4, 2018 immediately following regular church Service. Several different types of soups, deserts, corn bread/biscuits and drink will be provided. Cost: free with a donation of cans of soup. For those interested, buckets with the Super Bowl teams logos on them will be available for donations to see ‘whose team’ comes out on top. The cans of soup and money collected will go to local food banks.
Later in February RSUMC will host their first ever Shrove (or Fat) Tuesday pancake supper. This will be at the FLC February 13, 2018 5 pm-7pm. Pancakes and link sausage will be provided along with water and coffee. The supper is free but a love offering would be appreciated. Eat in or carry out.
The next day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6 pm RSUMC will offer an Ash Wednesday Service at 6 pm. Join us for this moving service to begin the very powerful and meaningful beginning of Lent.   
As you can see much going on at RSUMC. We would love for you to join us at our regular church service, Sundays at 11 am and at any or ALL of the activities noted. Prayer box and church/Pastor information are located on the porch of the FLC.
Check us out on our Face Book page. Again Happy New Year! Hope to see you in church next Sunday. We’ll save you a seat.

Josie Rodgers:  RSM Little Peach League:  Registration for the 2018 season will be held Jan. 13, 20, & 27, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Little Peach League Ballpark in Monetta.  Only parents or guardians are allowed to register the athletes.  Coaches will not be allowed to register for you, and there will be no late registrations.  You must bring a birth certificate and the fees.  Brackets and fees are due at registration:  4-6 years T-ball co-ed, $40; 7-8 years Coaches Pitch/Darlings Softball, $50; 9-10 years Minors Baseball/Angels Softball $60; 11-12 years Ozone Baseball/Ponytails Softball $60. 

2017 in review
April, 2017 Do you remember???? The Ridge Spring Fire Department is sponsoring a benefit in memory of Michael Adamick which will be held on Saturday,  May 6th starting at 5 p.m. BBQ tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased from any of the fire department members.  An auction will  immediately follow dinner.  Please join us at the Fire Department in the center of Ridge Spring for an evening of fun.
Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering is May 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Check it out at MagnoliaRidgeSC.com. The Friends of Ridge Spring (FORS) received the $500.00 grant from AgSouth for the Farmers Market in Ridge Spring.  A Big Thank you to AgSouth and to Sherald Rodgers for getting this done!!!  FORS is working on an update of the Ridge Spring Brochure.  It is amazing how our community grows and yet keeps its wonderful charm.  Suggestions are always welcomed.  Spann United Methodist Church in Ward will celebrated the 212th anniversary of the founding of the church. Mayor Pat Asbill gave one more tidbit of information about the tornado that came through the Ridge. 92 trees were downed and across highway 23 between Ward and Valley Protein.

May,  2017 Do you remember? Mayor Pat Asbill: Looking for something to do in Ridge Spring?? Just take a minute and consider. This week,  the Little League is celebrating its year with an awards banquet, a dunking booth, and a snow cone machine with the week ending with Memorial Day and an Oyster Roast at Juniper. The first weekend in June is the Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale, which is no longer just a yard sale, but also a place with vendors of all kinds: metalworking, crafts, outdoor furniture, produce. The list goes on and on. This year, the town has rented 103 spaces, not including those setting up in their yards or along the sidewalk. Also, on June 15,  the Town along with The Saluda County Chamber of Commerce  will set up a movie screen on the lawn at the new town hall to show Monster Trucks. This is our first outdoor movie, and we hope all will come, bring a lawn chair, a blanket, or just sit on the grass and enjoy a free movie with friends and family. Also in the plans are a Farm to Table Dinner in September, the Farmer's Market, the BBQ and Harvest Festival in October, Christmas activities, and we are in the process of planning a quilting weekend to compliment our designation on the Quilt Trail. If you want to get involved, if you are tired of watching TV, or just want to make friends, we could use your help. Give us a call and we will put you to work on the activity of your choice. Like the saying goes: "It takes a village".
June, 2017 Do you remember? On June 16,  the RAINS came and the outdoor movie was cancelled..  THE MOVIE SCREEN IS 20'X40' and cannot get wet.  So the movie night event has been moved to July 21st. The Town of Ridge Spring along with The Saluda County Chamber of Commerce  will set up a movie screen on the lawn at the new town hall to show Monster Trucks, our first free outdoor movie on Friday, July 21.  Mayor Pat Asbill stated, " Last Friday night's rain won't stop our Movie on the Lawn. We have rescheduled for July 21st. So mark your calendars; we are looking forward to showing Monster Trucks." 
The Ridge Spring Farmers' Market has begun.  We had 4 vendors with the best and freshest corn.  So of course I bought four dozen. There were cantaloupes, watermelons, and PEACHES. White and yellow peaches are available.  You could purchase fresh tomatoes,  onions, peaches, cucumbers, string beans, three kinds of corn from four different vendors, squash, zucchini, peppers even white and green ones, fried apple or peach turnovers, cakes, breads, jams, and more.  Of course there was boiled peanuts too.   Flowers were available also.  It is just hard to make sure you tell all that was there.  It was great seeing the vouchers being given out at the gazebo.  AgSouth bags were distributed to many shoppers. You could get cookies made by Abbie who was selling them for her trip, Ayla who was selling lemonade to make money for the summer.  Where else could you sit a spell in the shade, talk and also order a basket of cucumbers so you can make your special pickles.  Miss Daisy Rutland sat in the cool and Mrs. Jeanette Carr got her that peck of cucumbers. You could get fresh blueberry muffins, teas that were loose or in tea bags made by Samantha McClure.  Ayla hid a rock, too.  We start around 7:00 to 8:00 and go until we sell out.   You can get Yon's fresh corn at the Nut House this coming  week.
The Juniper Family went to New York to serve a meal at the famous James Beard House.  So Juniper was closed from June 18 to the 24th. . The meal was served on June 20 and it was sold out back in May.  Juniper reopened on June 25th for their famous Sunday Brunch
Ridge Spring Harvest Festival: With the Peach Tree 23 behind us we are now focused on the Harvest Festival and BBQ Battle for the Ridge! This year we are inviting the BEST BBQ cookers in the state of South Carolina to have a knock down drag out fight to be deemed BBQ King of Ridge Spring!
The Friends of Ridge Spring (FORS) met Thursday night.  Mayor Pat Asbill and Noel Steele had the report from the Ridge Spring traffic count on Hwy 23 form Tuesday May 30 through  Wednesday June 13, hour by hour.  Peach Tree 23 had a fabulous count. Friday peaked with 1298 vehicles going west at 1:00 PM and with over 1000 traveling west through town from 10:00 to 3:00. On Saturday the peak was at 11:00 with 1708 vehicles traveling west and again from 9:00 to 2:00 there were over 1000 cars traveling west.  Google Earth reported a traffic jam on Hwy 23 and recommended detours.  This was good for trucks to avoid this area that weekend.  The next day the town was clean and I thanks the town employees for their hard work.  The welcome center at the Gazebo was a success, too.  FORS will not meet in July and August.
Billy Rodgers and his wife Miriam of Ward have been involved with growing food crops for years. He now grows vegetables on a 2.5 acre lot on Hwy 39.  He was recognized as the "Vegetable Grower of the Year" in Greenwood.  He was presented with the award by the Emerald City Rotary Club at the first of June. .  His son Sherald is a vendor at the Ridge Spring Farmers' Market and continues the farming tradition.

REMINDERS
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
AARS And the Art Center will be closed for January
January 18: FORS meeting at Town Hall 5:00
Fourth Saturday of the month: Helpful Hands Food/Clothing Bank. Is open


Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
From the Mayor's Desk: How cold can it get? I think that we got our answer this week. We have had numerous reports of frozen pipes, and we have had our own pipes break in town. Hopefully, we are seeing an end to this cold and can return to normal. As an update on Security Federal's progress: They are awaiting their SC "permit" to continue, which should happen this week. Their plan is to then go into the old library and set up an office to begin to help customers change their accounts and begin business. As noted in the newsletter, our sewer rates will increase a little beginning this month. Our sewage is sent to Horse Creek Valley passing through Saluda County, Edgefield, and North Augusta lines before reaching Horse Creek. Each of these entities charges us a fee and generally they increase yearly. Therefore, we have an increase in fees as well. We have instituted an hospitality tax for the places in town serving prepared food. One of the things on the list to do with these monies is repave and remark town square parking lot to increase parking spaces. We will be also be requesting from DOT that the portion of Railroad Avenue that runs through the town parking lot be given to the town so that we can achieve this goal. We will also be reconnecting with our town committees and begin plans for the next two years. The library has been moved to the art center and will reopen as soon as the computer lines have be installed. Be sure to check the town's facebook page as well as its web site to keep up with what is happening in town.
George Pastor Key: Sharing a smile with The Watson Family who dropped off a much needed donation at The Helpful Hands Food/Clothing Bank. Our Food/Clothing Bank is open every 4th Saturday.
Happy New Year. Welcome to 2018 at OLDE TREASURES. We look forward to another year of serving you with your antique and vintage needs. 
Heading into 2018, we are experiencing some changes at the shop. We lost one of our beloved dealers, Mary to the dreaded disease of cancer. Her delightful niece, Darleen has stepped in and is one of our new dealers at OLDE TREASURES. We also have new dealers that primarily deal in old quilts. They have a bookcase that showcases some of their quilts and a few other vintage/antique items. They have quite a stock of quilts, so as these sell their spot will be filled with others.  Another dealer left to explore other avenues in life so we have a space available for rent. If you or someone you know is interested call the shop 803-685-7634 or message me. There is always new to the shop and exciting inventory at OLDE TREASURES. Come check us out. We think you will be glad you did.
Joanne Crouch, AARS: Kim Ruff, pottery instructor, is offering a pottery class at the Art Center of Ridge Spring on Monday, January 15th from 5:30-8:30.  This would be a great class for couples.  Class cost is $35 and covers all firing and glazing.  Contact Kim Ruff at makerart@aol.com to register for class. Interested parties can also call Joanne at (803) 685-5577 and leave message.

RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Happy New Year!  2017 is in the books and what a productive, fruitful and blessed year it was for Ridge Spring United Methodist Church, RSUMC.  We are excited about 2018 with the possibilities, events, activities and services planned.

January: The Big Red Box, BRB in January will be collecting for health bags. Items needed are: wash cloth, towel (full size), tooth brush and paste, full size, comb, emery boards, bath soap, full size. If you are interested in helping, leave your donations on the porch of the Family Life Center, FLC and a church member will make sure they are placed in the BRB. The Bags will be delivered to a local Ministry the end of January.

February: February and the BRB starts thinking soup…in fact the BRB will be collecting cans of soup the entire month of February. The Souper Bowl of Caring (an international organization started in Columbia, SC) will sponsor many drives, lunches and soup collections. RSUMC will host a Souper Bowl of Caring lunch on February 4, 2018 immediately following regular church Service. Several different types of soups, deserts, corn bread/biscuits and drink will be provided. Cost: free with a donation of cans of soup. For those interested, buckets with the Super Bowl teams logos on them will be available for donations to see ‘whose team’ comes out on top. The cans of soup and money collected will go to local food banks.

Later in February RSUMC will host their first ever Shrove (or Fat) Tuesday pancake supper. This will be at the FLC February 13, 2018 5 pm-7pm. Pancakes and link sausage will be provided along with water and coffee. The supper is free but a love offering would be appreciated. Eat in or carry out.
The next day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6 pm RSUMC will offer an Ash Wednesday Service at 6 pm. Join us for this moving service to begin the very powerful and meaningful beginning of Lent.    
As you can see much going on at RSUMC. We would love for you to join us at our regular church service, Sundays at 11 am and at any or ALL of the activities noted. Prayer box and church/Pastor information are located on the porch of the FLC.
Check us out on our Face Book page. Again Happy New Year! Hope to see you in church next Sunday. We’ll save you a seat.
During the month of January, I like to review the year to see how far we have come and how much we have accomplished.  I hope you enjoy going down memory lane.
Josie Rodgers:  RSM Little Peach League:  Registration for the 2018 season will be held Jan. 13, 20, & 27, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Little Peach League Ballpark in Monetta.  Only parents or guardians are allowed to register the athletes.  Coaches will not be allowed to register for you, and there will be no late registrations.  You must bring a birth certificate and the fees.  Brackets and fees are due at registration:  4-6 years T-ball co-ed, $40; 7-8 years Coaches Pitch/Darlings Softball, $50; 9-10 years Minors Baseball/Angels Softball $60; 11-12 years Ozone Baseball/Ponytails Softball $60. 
RSM Elem: Aiken County Gateway applications can be found in the link under Announcements on the RSME homepages as well as from art teacher Ms. Ciravolo, for 3rd – 5th grade students wishing to participate in the arts summer program.  Applications and any required materials will be accepted by Ms. Ciravolo until Jan 5.
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2017 IN REVIEW
January, 2017
The Nut House & Country Market invites you to help celebrate Mr. Joe Cal Watson's retirement from the pecan business on Saturday, January 28th from 1-3 pm at the Nut House on Main Street in Ridge Spring. Stop by and enjoy some refreshments and give Mr. Joe Cal your best wishes!

Yon Family Farms will have their Spring Sale on February 18th with around 200 bulls and 75 females.  These specimens are forage developed angus cattle.
The Ridge Spring Farmers' Market will be getting a sign from the SC Association of Farmers Markets.  It will be 24” x 36” metal sign that says – “Shop Local, Buy South Carolina”. We will just need to find a place to install the sign so it will be visible….

February, 2017
Recovery Works, a faith based residential recovery center for men, has closed its operations in Ridge Spring after 9 prosperous years. The Recovery center helped men locally and all across the USA for 9 years. Please accept our many thanks to the people of Ridge Spring and surrounding areas for their support. It was a great pleasure to be of service to God and our fellow man . God bless America. Sincerely Flint R Thomas, Founder / Director.

Ridge Spring Farmers' Market News:  The 2017 Farmers' market Nutrition Program Reauthorization is in the mail.  The period has begun for this reauthorization and will end Friday March 17, 2017. 

Hughes Aerial Imagery LLC . began with ,Tom deciding to try his hand at single rotor helicopters and purchased the Esky Honey Bee. After mastering the single rotors, Tom moved on to multi rotors, both flying and building and repairing, because if you fly a lot you will need to know how to repair. Tom enjoyed videoing and had a small but faithful YouTube following
March, 2017
Juniper is excited to announce that we have been invited to cook at the distinguished James Beard House in NYC! Our dinner is scheduled for June 20, 2017 we will share our journey in preparing for this event on our Facebook page and on Instagram #JamesBeardBound. 


The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival met this month.  New faces were there as well as those who  have been there, too.  The plans for next year's Festival are under way. Patrick Arnold, with the support of the committee, was able to get on the South Carolina BBQ Circuit .  We are trying to bring back fireworks and other successful venues.  Of course there will be Bingo on Thursday night.  Country Store, cake, pie  contest with an addition of a class of cupcakes, games, entertainment, parade, and much more.  We are all very thankful that Ann Marie Taylor agreed to continue as chairman with Patrick Arnold as co-chairman.  The date has been set and it will be October 12-14.  It will be on the same weekend that it was this past year.

The Freeze that hurt so many farmer was attested to by the following article.
The head of a large peach farm in Edgefield County says he will need nearly 500 fewer workers this year after last week's hard freeze destroyed 85 percent of his crop. Titan Farms is responsible for 50 percent of the peach crop in South Carolina, which took a big hit. On a good year, Titan Farms' CEO, Chalmers Carr, says workers box up and ship out two million boxes of peaches. This year, he's expecting that number to be around 200,000 late in the season. The state is the second largest producer of peaches in the United States only behind California. But that loss is hitting some of the region's smaller communities that depend on the fruit to bring in business.
Monday, March 20, 2017 RIDGE SPRING, S.C., (WRDW/WAGT) -- Peach farms in Ridge Spring produce more than 1,500 jobs, but his year there is no need for that many workers. Chalmers Carr, CEO of Titan Farms, says he's already sent home a few hundred workers.
"We've actually have to send home workers and we won't have nearly the amount of workers we had. Last year we had 640 employees, this year we're looking at about 150" said Carr.
Thursday's freeze killed 85% of Titan Farms' crop. On a good year, the farm ships 2 million peaches, this year, hopefully 200 thousand.
On Saturday March 25th at 6:00 pm, Boy Scout troop 555 had a flag ceremony to retire 30 flags. The ceremony was held at the Ridge Spring Fire Dept. Jamie Berry is the Scout master.
Off the Beaten Path:. We are also excited to welcome new artists to the store.  Ridge Spring's own Robin Moore has incredible pictures you have to come see.  We look forward to serving you for all your needs!  We are open Mon-Tues. 11-3 PM, Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 PM.
REMINDERS
Ridge Spring Library hours: Reopen January 8th
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
AARS And the Art Center will be closed for January
January 18: FORS meeting at Town Hall 5:00
Fourth Saturday of the month: Helpful Hands Food/Clothing Bank. Is open


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Again the deadline for the news came early this week.  Enjoy.
December 29, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Happy New Year
Go Clemson Tigers!!!!

Library News!!! The Ridge Spring Library will be closed from Dec 12th, 2017 until January 8th, 2018. When it reopens it will be reopening at its new location in the Art Center Building behind the Civic Center.

The newspapers have an early deadline for the news this coming week for New Years Day comes on Monday. Sso I wish you the best of all and lets continue with Miss. Elise Carwile's Short History of Ridge Spring.  Enjoy.

Col. R. B. Watson tells me that Simkins built the old part of his house ---the kitchen--- which is built of logs, and weather boarded many years afterward.  Jesse Simkins must have been the man.  In August 1814, Jesse Simkins bought from the executors of Stanmore Butler's estate that half of the Stent grant, already mentioned , bordered by the Ridge Spring Branch and another tract across the road, somewhere in front of Col.  R.  B. Watsons about 150 acres.  Stanmore, Sampson, Thomas and William Butler were the sons of Capt. James Butler, who with his son James a lad of 16, and a number of other Whigs , was massacred by Blood Bill Cunningham on Clouds Creek.  I think below the quarry.  They had surrendered to superior numbers and were murdered and so mutilated that their bodies were unrecognizable.  Capt. Butler's sister and other women gathered the parts of the bodies together and buried them.  I have not been able to find that any of the Butlers ever lived at the Ridge.  In 1821 Elijah Watson, only son of Capt. Michael Watson bought all these tracts of land from Jesse Simkins, and also the tract called the Old Ridge Tract for $4000.00.  

I could not find how Jesse Simkins got possession of the Old Ridge Tract.  The soil of Ridge Spring was cheap in those days.  The highest price paid for land in any of these papers was in 1777, when Michael  Watson paid  $2000.00 pound current money for 300 acres.  I do not know whether this was pounds sterling or proclamation money---about $8000.00 in one and $6000.00 in the other.  This indenture fo James Howell is the oldest original paper I have had to examine except the grants and one other.  I believe this paper to be written by Capt. M. Michael Watson.  These tracts of land, the Stents, Pope, Powell, Lamar grants and the Old Ridge Tract, are the land on which the town of Ridge Spring to the east of the Baptist Parsonage stands.  I do not know to whom the western part of the town was granted.  In 1817  Mathias Jones was living where Mr. J. B. Jones lives now. Farther on, probably where Mr. Demps Jones lives, lived the Widow Spann and still nearer Ward there lived another Spann. 

This land finally became the property of some of the sons of Elijah Watson, Sr. beyond Peters Creek on the Ninety-Six road, there were two settlements of Daniels.
FOOTNOTES FROM JOE CAL WATSON: 
1. The oil mill was where they crushed cotton seed to make oil and it was behind George Strother's home, 203 E. Main Street.   It burned sometime in the late20s. 
2. Old grave yard is at the Ridge Spring Cemetery but in the stone-walled  area.   
3. Col R. B. Watson lived in the home that is now known as the Watson House  and the fist packing house is located behind this home and has been remodeled into a catering kitchen and dining room.  It is known as the Packing Shed.  The address is 410 E. Main Street.
4. Mr. Demps Jones home was J B Jones also known at Brick House Jones Home for what it was made of.  This home is at 2698 Hwy 23, Ridge Spring. 
5. Miss Carwile lived at 2199 Ridge Spring Highway.
6. Mr. Clifford Boatwright's home is at 1002 W. Main Street.
7. Mr. Watson Sweeny's home was destroyed by fire and it was at the intersection of Hwy 23 and Norris Brook Rd.
I could use the same way Miss Carwile did and say who lives in that home  now to  help you identify where these homes are. Now we have street addresses though.
ARMY THOUGHTS
The captain wanted a rugged lad,
But Mike Yacello was all he had.
Now Mike is sergeant, he thinks its swell
But the orderly room, it looks like hell.

He has CQ, that helps him some
But with a sergeant that is so dumb
The more they try, the worse it looks,
For he keeps his records in comic books.

The captain at last to clear the mess
Is sending Yacello to O. C. S.

                        By Archibald Linley Fripp 1943
who went to OCS during WW II and graduated
OCS stands for Officer Training School

One more for fun!

NONSENSE RHYMES
Aunt Harriet, did you know
I stumped my toe upon your door
I grabbed my hat and slapped the cat
But I promise to do it no more.
(I think I know the author but just in case I am wrong I will not mention his name this time. Aunt Harriet was my mother.)

Review from David Marshall James:  "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn
  This thrill-zilla will be hard to top in the year ahead-- and beyond.
   First-time novelist A.J. Finn (aka book editor and journalist Dan Mallory) delivers a psychological-suspense extravaganza that borrows, with due credit, from Alfred Hitchcock and other auteurs' noir classics.
   Gotta love it when Finn writes, "Sorry, wrong number" (a 1948 thriller starring Barbara Stanwyck as an invalid in peril), and it's groovy to find someone who likes the Bogie & Bacall noir-fest "Dark Passage" (1947) as much as we do.
   In Finn's narrative, Harlem townhouse (five stories counting the basement, in which dwells a hunky tenant) resident Dr. Anna Fox is hooked up to such noir thrillers when she's not mainlining Merlot and a pharmaceutical cornucopia of psychotropic meds.  "Meds," never "drugs," according to her psychologist.  Sure, whatever, Dr. Orwell.
   Still, all that DVD and vino consumption is not enough to fill the on-stretched hours of her shut-inward-ness.  So, Dr. Fox-- onetime child psychologist-- takes a a cue from James Stewart's gimped-low character in "Rear Window" (1954).
  That is, she points her high-powered camera lens at her neighbors' goings-on, and some are up to some wild times indeed, while others are just progressing through their lives at a steady pace.  Anna knows most of them from her pre-cloistered years, prior to the trauma that's pushed her into her comfort zone.
   A new family moves in across the small park outside-- Mom, Dad, teenage boy-- and Anna naturally gravitates to viewing them, but she's going to regret her voyeurism when she views something from which she cannot retreat.
   Sad thing about being a "chase your pills pretty" agoraphobic:  No one's inclined to believe you.  You're hallucinating; you're "acting out"; you watch too much Hitchcock.  Pathetic you.
   Finn puts a fine spin on his story, some points of which have gone unmentioned because it wouldn't be fair to cross over into the spoiler zone.
   We're not fans of unreliable narrators, but Finn expertly cues the reasons behind Anna's delusions.  We see them coming.  There are no "jerk the rug from under the reader" moments.  The author plays fair, so the reader probably will have at least an inkling of ninety-something percent of the twists.
   'Twouldn't be surprising if this nifty volume breaks the Top Ten Bestsellers list and remains there until 2019.  It's a book that many readers will start over again, as soon as it's over.

Harriet's Garden Tips: We are really in a deep freeze right now.  One way to protect your plants is to water them.  Water freezes at 32 degrees which means the temperature around your plants and t heir roots will not drop below that.  The temperature will get down in the 20s this time.  All the camellia blooms will be damaged but hopefully more will come.  Camellias have early middle and late blooming species.  Hope you have one of each. Don't forget the birds.  Make sure there is water out for them. 
REMINDERS
Ridge Spring Library hours: Reopen January 8th
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission
January 18: FORS meeting at Town Hall 5:00

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December 22, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Library News!!! The Ridge Spring Library will be closed from Dec 12th, 2017 until January 8th, 2018. When it reopens it will be reopening at its new location in the Art Center Building behind the Civic Center. We are excited about having these two organizations work together. New Library Hours will be Monday - Tuesday 9:00 -12:00, closed on Wednesday and Thursday, open Friday 10:00 - 4:00, Open Saturday 10:00 - 1:00.
Chef Brandon was on WLTX TV Tuesday or Wednesday Morning this past week showing simple last minute holiday appetizers.
" Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Brandon Velie, owner and chef at Juniper in Ridge Spring says small foods like appetizers are fun and easy for kids. He says the secret to a holiday hors d'oeuvre is the sauce. He suggests maple-soy glazed pork meatballs. This creates an Asian-style meatball that you can dress up with small forks or toothpicks so that guests can grab a treat and still mingle. Next, Chef Brandon loves to make miniature sandwiches such as the mini Reuben, but says pastrami or other hoagie meats make a great sandwich as well. For a different take on a seafood favorite, he says you can make miniature crab cakes and top them with some avocado. If you want a holiday-themed dessert, Chef Brandon suggests eggnog crème brûlée." 
The newspapers have an early deadline for the news this week so I wish you the best of all and lets continue with Miss. Elise Carwile's Short History of Ridge Spring.  Enjoy.

In 1770 a public road was opened from Orangeburg to the Ridge , from the Ridge to Ninety-Six and from the Ridge To Augusta.  The Augusta road joined the Columbia road or as it was called in pre-Revolutionary times the road to the Congaree, very near where Col. R. B. Watson's house stands, and the Orangeburg road branched off from the Columbia road approximately where Mr. Watson Sweeny lives.  The road to Ninety-six passed across the field back from Mr. Clifford Boatwright's and behind our house and thence an almost straight line due northwest to Cambridge (I will speak to Joe Watson to help me identify where these homes were at that time.  I hope he will know where Mr. Sweeney and Col Watson's house stand. Also where is Cambridge?)
In 1805 William Butler made a deed to Stanmore Butler of a "Tract or parcel of land being a tract originally granted to William Stent. The said mostly or part lying on the east side of a branch known as the old Ridge Spring Branch" is found to contain 76 ¾ acres, this land is bounded on the north by Benjamin Harry's land, on the east by lands of Mrs. Odom and Jacob Read, on the south by S.M. Cutler and the old Ridge tract.  This is the land, of course just back of the spring. (The spring is located behind the present day Ridge Spring Baptist Church.) 
The hill above the Spring, the ground on which the Baptist Church stands and how much I do not know , was the Old Ridge Tract.  I have not been able to find to whom it was originally granted. It is very interesting to trace how Jacob Read came into possession of land at the Ridge.
In 1763 Barnaby Pope received a grant of 200 acres, bordered on the east by Moses Powell's grant of 100 acres, to the east of Moses Powell grant lay the Lamar Grant of 250 acres, the last grants already have been mentioned;  From a deed dated June1, 1812, we learn that Jacob Read of Charleston, barrister of law, eldest son and heir at law of the Hon. James Read, late of Savannah, in the State of Georgia.  James Read had acquired the Barnaby Pope, Moses Powell, and half of the Lamar grants in the following manner: "Four hundred and 25 acres be the same, more or less, were by divers mense conveyances vested by Benjamin Tutt, formerly of the Ridge merchant and were by him sold and conveyed to David Lubly formerly of ridge merchant  and who becoming an Insolvent debtor were by him surrendered and assigned in due form on payment of his just debts to the said James Read the ancestor of the said Jacob Read."  The deed states that Jacob Read  has been in possession since December 11, 1777.  From this it seems that Benjamin Tutt and David Lubly must have been the pioneer merchants of the Ridge.
On June 1, 1812 Jacob Read sold the above mentioned 425 acres to Jesse Simpkins and Whitfield Brooks for $900.00.
From Harriet:  I noticed some new word for me from this text such as "divers mense".  Back when she wrote this history there were no computers that help make corrections easy.  Sometime the computer makes corrections without any prompting.  To copy a letter or a poem had to be done by hand.  I have a book of poems my great aunt Martha McBee Brunson copied and it is the only copy of these poems.  I have since added them to a collection of poems done by the family members.   Here is one done by my Aunt.
CLOUDS

Oh, frowning clouds up in the sky
You look as if you want to cry
Has something terrible happened today?
To make you look this doleful way.

Sometimes I listen to you and wonder
What you are saying in your grumbling thunder
You sound so gruff and scary, too
As if there wee a pain in you.

But when you are crying and all upset
Somebody is happy cause their fields are wet
Farmers rejoice in your strengthening tears
Often say they are an answer to prayers

So go ahead and weep for a little while
And cry your blues away
Then show me your beautiful rainbow smile
And I’ll call this a perfect day.

                        By Jane Brunson Smith, 1930s
                        (about eighth or ninth grade)

Harriet's Garden Tips: This is a good month for planning.  The catalogs are full of beautiful plants.  One year I ordered these amazing plants I had never heard of but they were so beautiful.  They were shipped all the way from Wisconsin I think.  This was a long time ago.  They did not do well in our southern heat.  Make sure your dream plant is suited for our heat.  Some survive anything and then there are those others.  Gerbera Daisies do not like me but Tithonia  plants do.  Just enjoy.

REMINDERS
Ridge Spring Library hours: Reopen January 8th
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission

January 18: FORS meeting at Town Hall 5:00

Monday, December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Merry Christmas and A happy New Year

The Month of January has seemed to be slim of news.  Now I am adding  the latter part of December.  We are all wrapping up literally and figuratively Christmas presents, visits and just plain fun activities.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year with hope for our future!!!

The elves are busy working in Santa's Workshop (or The Nut House & Country Market) getting packages put together and sent out. Sunday December 17th is the last day to order for Christmas Shipping. The Nut House will be open for normal hours 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday and for special holiday shopping Sunday December 17th from 1pm - 5pm. 
Jeffrey Clamp, RSM Band Director: On Thursday, November 30th through Saturday, December 2nd three students from the Ridge Spring-Monetta High School Band participated in the inaugural Newberry College Honor Band Clinic.  Senior Tyler Rowe and Sophomores Jonathan Cumbee and Joanna Kaiser were nominated and selected for the clinic.  They rehearsed on Thursday evening, all day Friday, and again Saturday morning and then gave a concert on Saturday afternoon with a very talented group of approximately 70 students from several other outstanding band programs in South Carolina. 
Carmen Holly, M.ED,RSM Fine Arts Teacher:  Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle School Art visited the Morris Museum of Art Wednesday December 13th.  Students are engaging in the Combining Voices Competition. Combining Voices is a special literary competition and tour opportunity designed for students in grades 4–12. The program encourages participants to respond visually and verbally to selected paintings from the Morris Museum's permanent collection.
Spann Church in Ward will have regular worship service at 9:45 on Christmas Eve.  At 5:30 children will decorate a Christmas tree.  The traditional Christmas Eve night time service will begin at 6:00.  It will include songs of the season and a Christmas meditation and special music by Pastor Ashley.  For more information call 803-430-1314.
Juniper will be closed for Christmas December 21-26th reopening for our regular hours on Thursday the 28th

Ridge Spring Auctions will be at the Civic Center Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.  They will have auctions on Thursdays at 6:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.
Don't forget the two new businesses that have opened in Ridge Spring, Haley Bee's Boutique opened in the old town hall on Town Square and My Love All Occasion Shop at the Cumbee Place on East Main Street.

Josie Rodgers:
Leagrace’s birthday was last Sat., Dec. 16.  Most of you know her as the Princess of the World.  Her birthday is a bittersweet day for our family.  We miss her so very much; our hearts ache constantly.  But we are also full of joy that she is healed and happy, and we are full of hope because we will see her again.  Her short 5 ½ years were not enough for us, but we were blessed to actually have 5 ½ years with her.  There were so many times when we prayed for miracles and were granted them.  We are so grateful!    I remember when she was born!  She was so tiny and perfect.  And not even citrullinemia could dampen that little girl’s laughter, personality, and impact on others.  She was the sunshine in our lives.  She made us realize how very precious each moment of life truly is.  I learned to cherish so many little things in my own life that I took for granted.  My first grandbaby will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

RSM High:   Cookies and Stories with Mrs. Claus was quite a smash!  About 25 children came with their parents or grandparents to hear Mrs. Claus read stories, have their picture made with her, create Christmas crafts, play games, and of course, enjoy cookies and milk!  This event was sponsored for free by the Shakespeare Chapter of the National English Honor Society and the Beta Club.  These high school students provided all the food and drinks and helped the children create reindeer ornaments, snowman ornaments, and Christmas tree ornaments.  They all had fun coloring pages together and talking about Christmas.  Mrs. Claus was amazing with the children; they were enthralled by her story-telling! This event is already on our calendar for next year when we will have even more to offer!  Many thanks to all who helped and to Karisa Ruth for her special talents!
RSM High:   Congratulations to Trojan football players for the following awards:  All-Region:  Tyson Bettis, Melvin Alewine, Reagan Cherry, Hayden Cherry, Brendon Frazier, & Johnnie Freeman; All-State, Melvin Alewine.

RSM Elem: Aiken County Gateway applications can be found in the link under Announcements on the RSME homepages as well as from art teacher Ms. Ciravolo, for 3rd – 5th grade students wishing to participate in the arts summer program.  Applications and any required materials will be accepted by Ms. Ciravolo until Jan 5.The PTO sponsored Jenny’s Penguin Patch Kids’ Holiday Shoppe.  . 
Congratulations to Terrific Kids for November, character word RESPECT:  Caroline Pace, Demir Gantt, Taliyah Lott, Ellis McDowell, Alivia Williams, Kash Bradshaw, Bryson Hunter, shmira Gibson, Marcellus Wideman, Hailie Poole, Irene Hernandez, Gisela Figueroa, Makaylen Wideman, Makayla Hunt, La’Maria Butler, Dylan Harris, Lamyous Alexander, Gracie Temples, Wyatt Davenport, Jabarius Brunson, Peyton Holsomback, Cassandra Oakman, Danny Fox. 
Aiken County Gateway applications can be found in the link under Announcements on the RSME homepages as well as from art teacher Ms. Ciravolo, for 3rd – 5th grade students wishing to participate in the arts summer program.  Applications and any required materials will be accepted by Ms. Ciravolo until Jan 5.
Mrs. Davenport is still selling Ozark D’lite Lollipops for $1 on Wed and Fri mornings from 7:15 – 7:35.  These are being sold as a fundraiser to purchase iPads for the Read 180 System 44 classroo.
Spelling Bee Winners:  Our spelling bee winners for 5th grade are Cade Cockrell, 1st place; Taylor Long, 2nd place; and Braylen Smith, 3rd place.  Cade and Taylor will participate in the Group Spelling Bee at North Aiken Elem on Jan. 12.  Braylen will be the alternate. 

Harriet's Garden Shop usually closes around December 15 for the winter and reopens in March.  This year I closed a little early due to a bucket list Trip and then bronchitis.  One of the advantages of being self-employed is being able to close early, and then there is the disadvantage that when you are sick you are also closed.  I can still be reached for appointments with call forwarding 803.685.7970.
Harriet's Garden Tips: December is one of the few months when there is very little to be done in the garden.  If a lovely warm day comes along, prune and reshape shrubs and trees needing attention.  And why not use the clippings in the home for decorations.  Don't forget our feathered friends during the winter. 

Somehow in my mother's papers, I found an 8 page "Sketch of Ridge Spring" by Miss Elise Carwile written in 1934.  I hope you will find interest in this as I serialize it in my column.

Page One by Miss Carwile
Chapman, in  his history of Edgefield County says, "From the best information obtainable we find that the earliest permanent settlements within the limits of Edgefield County  were made about 1748".  Family tradition has it that William Watson with his. brother, John, came to SC from Virginia about 1745.  The earliest date of any of the land papers to which I had access is 1755, when John Carlin and Wilmergen, his wife, "leased for one year a tract of 200 acres of George Hiles for 5 shillings and in return John Carlin gives George Hiles one peppercorn.   This land is released by by George Hiles to John Watson and is witnessed by his brother William.

This land lies on a branch of the Little Saluda , known or called Clouds Creek. Every man receiving a grant from the king was required to give a certain yearly rent; in some of the grants three shillings sterling of four shillings proclamation money for very one hundred acres to be pain the 25th of March, the King reserving for himself all "white pine trees and a tenth part of all gold and silver mines."  William Watson received a grant of 300 acres in 1753, but he had already taken up land as proved by the plait accompanying the grant, which reads: "Pursuant to a warrant to me directed by his Excellency, William Henry Littleton, Esquire, Governor General dated the third day of October, 1758.  (Miss Carwile goes into great detail of the reading of the plats noting at one point that using "Path to William Watson's house as a border.)
The earliest date of the mention of the Ridge that I have found is 1771, when John Anderson received a grant of 100 acres from King George III "Situate at the forks of the wagon road near the place called the Ridge , bounded on the northwest by land held by Capt. Michael Watson, etc.."

From me, "Think about it, paying the King from here in America and reserving him the white pine trees and part of any gold or silver.  I guess he figured he owned everything.  Glad that has changed."
REMINDERS
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30;         Thurs 8:30 am –12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm; Sat 9-12
Ridge Spring Library Toddler Time Mondays at 10:30
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm;   Fri 8:30am – 5 pm; Sat closed new fax machine and can send toll free
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays at RS Library at 7:00 PM
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission

December: No FORS meeting