New Ware Shoals councilwoman hopes to help her town grow
|Patty Walters stands next to the Saluda River. A lifetime resident of Ware Shoals, Walters wants to further develop the river she grew up loving. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)|
WARE SHOALS - As a Ware Shoals resident, Patty Walters has many fond memories of the Saluda River. Walters becomes animated in talking about the opportunity and joy the waters provide as they rush past the town Walters has called home for all her 67 years.
"I really think this is one of the most beautiful spots in the Upstate," Walters said while next to the river at the Irvin Pitts Memorial Park. "We just need some business to bring people here so they can see this."
But Walters also recognizes the dangers of the river, with its swift currents and deceptive dropoffs.
"We've had some drownings over the years," Walters said. "There's spots where you're in a foot of water, and then you drop off to 10 feet."
That balance between beauty and potential on the one hand and danger and unfufilled promise on the other could substitute for Walters' new role on the Ware Shoals Town Council.
Walters - a 1964 graduate of Ware Shoals High School - won a seven-way race to fill B.J. Smith's term until 2016. Walters won the July 2 special election with 89 votes. Smith resigned April 2, citing personal reasons.
"I just felt with my experience and financial background that I would be valuable to the town," Walters said.
Walters has worked in the financial industry for more than 43 years. She climbed the ranks from teller with Federal Savings and Loan all the way to an operations consultant responsible for more than 30 branches across the Upstate and Northeast Georgia with First Citizens Bank. That experience gave Walters a wealth of knowledge.
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
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The Saluda River and the towns that it passes through are a real beauty. I love to take the "back way" up along those towns when going upstate from G'wood. We need to force the State to act to stop Greenville's use of the river as a toliet by dumping twice the sewage they have the ability to treat.
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