Towards the middle part of the year, local country artist Clay Page and his band won the chance to be apart of Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation Tour.
Page and his band took first place at a battle of the bands competition hosted by WSSL 100; the top prize was for an opportunity to play at the KennyGate tailgate party, which was a kick-off event before Chesney’s concert at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC.
Always looking ahead, Page said despite making this far, that he continues to look towards the future.
“Well, of course I’m excited. I can’t wait to perform for the crowd that will be there, and I hope that it will open up some doors in that particular area. Any in or around Columbia S.C. Me and the guys can’t wait and it will be great way to celebrate my 19th birthday as well, says Clay Page.”
Prior to participating in Chesney’s stop in South Carolina, Page opened up for country legend David Allen Coe.
Changing gears, as the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office pulled off seven drug arrests during the execution of a single search warrant in the early parts of May.
Investigator Lt. Terry Reese said that numerous items were seized during the execution of a search warrant at a Granite Street home.
“Once entrance was made into the residence, a search was completed and multiple quantities of marijuana, scales, prescription medications, and cash was seized, Says Reese.”
Arrested that day was 19-year-old Garret Ruff and 23-year-old Stephanie Dove, both are charged with Purchase, Possession, Manufacturing, Distribution, or Sale of Marijuana; Possession of Methamphetamine; and Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substances.
31-year-old Jeremy Deitle, 34-year-old Jonathon Jordan, and 24-year-old Craig Jordan were also arrested back on May 3rd.
Deitle and Jonathon Jordan are charged with one count each of Purchase, Possession, Manufacturing, Distribution, or Sale of Marijuana.
Craig Jordan faces a charge of Criminal Attempt to Commit a Misdemeanor.
Investigator Reese said that two more arrests were made while the search warrant was being carried out.
All seven individuals arrested were transported to the Elbert County Detention Center, and all seven were eventually granted bond.
May 17th, Graduation night for the Class of 2013, as nearly one hundred and fifty graduates took part in this year’s ceremony.
2013’s Third Honor Graduate Trey Rutherford, in his speech, had a message for both his fellow classmates and for those in attendance that night.
“In while I speak to my graduating class now, I also speak to you, members of the general public. There comes a time where change becomes necessary, and right now we need change. Change for yourself, change for all the community and change for the world. But nothing will ever happen without that first step of saying, who do I want to be? You can only hope that your answer is the right one, said Rutherford.”
Salutatorian, Austin Sanders spoke about how the key to life is for you to surround yourself with family and good friends.
“Show love to others and your love will be returned. Just like everything in this world all blessings have been given to you by God. A simple piece of advice will fulfill you in different ways, do whatever it takes to fulfill your life and dreams. So congratulations Class of 2013, our big accomplishment. I wish nothing but the best for all you graduate and everything you do, said Sanders.”
Valedictorian Rosemary Schatz, the final student speaker that evening, sent off the class of 2013 with one final farewell.
“A valedictory is meant to be a farewell speech, So I bid you my fellow classmates, to farewell on your journeys after high school. We’re saying good bye to one part of our lives but also hello to a new part. So congratulations once again to the class of 2013. May God continue to bless you, good luck everyone, and make it count, said Schatz.”
The Class of 2013’s motto was selected to be “We came together as strangers, but we leave as eternal friends.”
Class colors this year were Navy Blue and Silver and the class flower was the Cherry Blossom.