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Surprise found at site of new county administration building

“So, you’re telling me we wasted $1,500.”  That was Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer’s reaction to the news during Tuesday’s council meeting that 14 test borings failed to discover a 75- foot by 75-foot More...

SUMMER BEAUTY

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Ronald McDonald visits local libraries July 14

Two flip camera programs will be held for teens on July 12 and July 13

Ronald McDonald will present “Ronald’s McStories From Around the World” at the Gaffney library on Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. More...

ENGAGEMENT

Starnes – Blanton

Kimberlan Dixon Starnes and Ricky James Blanton will be married on Friday, July 15, at Bethany Baptist Church.  Ms. Starnes is the daughter of Michael L. Dixon of Gaffney and the late Martha W. Dixon. More...

A KISS FROM WILLIE –

Willie (left) was so happy to see Wilma Camp recently that he gave her a big kiss. Pet visits are always looked forward to by the residents at Peachtree Centre. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Freddie J. Mitchell

Freddie James Mitchell, 80, of 1624 Edgechester Drive, Columbus, Ga., formerly of 1008 S. Johnson St. for 40 years, passed on Friday, June 24, 2011, at St. Frances Hospital, Columbus.  Husband of Carolyn L. More...

Willie Steen Beckham

Willie Steen Beckham, 71, of 210 Magnolia St., passed on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg.  More...

Altie Teague

Altie Mae Benton Teague, 79, of 301 Osment St., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  More...

National News

Great ‘staycation’ destinations: national wildlife refuges

Staycations are back, thanks to high pump prices and tight family budgets. Luckily, relief from boredom is closer than you may have imagined, in often-dramatic natural settings: national wildlife refuges. More...

Casey Anthony to be freed from jail next week

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A court official says Casey Anthony is going to be released from jail next Wednesday following her conviction for lying to authorities who were investigating the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.  More...

Park rangers: No search for bear that mauled hiker

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. More...

Post 109 Jrs. fall in series finale

Lancaster proved it’s a top seed for a reason. After dropping the series opener to the Post 109 juniors, Lancaster swept the next two games, including a 15-5 win on Thursday, to capture the best of three series, 2-1. More...

Hwy. 150 bridge will be replaced by Nov. 17

Construction activity will soon ramp up on a brand new Highway 150 bridge that will be built with the possibility of widening Interstate 85 in mind.  Moving at an extremely fast pace, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a More...

Red Flag Alert goes into effect

State Forestry Commission officials are asking residents across the Upstate to use extra caution during outdoor burning, and even to consider postponing burning plans.  On Wednesday, state Forester Gene Kodama issued a Red Flag Fire Alert for th More...

Local News

POLICE REPORTS

ffi Two vehicles were struck by gunfire in the 1400 block of North Logan Street on July 4.  According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 1400 block at about 12:30 a.m. More...

BRINGING IN THE BACON...

Each penny spent locally goes a long way

Local officials admit they likely would be caught between raising taxes and cutting services if not for the penny sales tax.  Through May, the penny sales tax has generated a whopping $4,908,042.  More...

HITTING THE TARGET —

Revolutionary War re-enactor Richard Thomas launches an ax at a wooden target, a competition played by many during the bygone era, last weekend as part of Fourth of July festivities at Cowpens Nation More...

Sports

Huskey (grand) slams Walhalla

One player has an off night and another player steps up as the beat just goes on. And on and on. More...

Indians pass first passing league test

The quarterbacks threw the ball well and, for the most part, on time, while the wide receivers displayed sticky fingers. What more would you want from a team’s first passing league outing of the summer? More...

BRIEFS

Gamecock Club to sponsor bus trip The Cherokee County Gamecock Club is going to take a bus for the South Carolina – More...

Columns

GUEST COLUMNIST

Gamecock baseball inspires an entire state

On Tuesday, June 28, the USC Gamecocks baseball team defeated the University of Florida Gators by a score of 5-2 in the conclusive game of the College World Series. More...

THEIR VIEWS

Congratulations Gamecocks

The headline on the Sports page of the June 29 Aiken Standard said it all: “Twice as nice” in screaming type.  The University of South Carolina Gamecocks made it a repeat in Omaha, Neb., by winning the College World Series for the se More...

As bad as drunk driving

South Carolina has failed to pass restrictions on any use of cellphones while driving, even texting. Now it appears the federal government may beat state lawmakers to the punch.  More...

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Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) sponsored a resolution Dec. 7 for the Senate Committee on Interstate Cooperation to study the potential impact of not recognizing Daylight Savings Time. Do you think DST should be abolished?