December 23, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

More than just decorations, almost every item has a story

Christmas memories and stories are easy to come by for Tracy Parris as he looks around his home.  Almost every nicknack, almost every ornament, almost every piece of Santa or Winter Wonderland art on his walls, has a back story.  More...

LifeStyles

Cowpens National Battlefield will hold 233rd anniversary celebration Jan. 17-19

To celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the decisive American victory over the British, Cowpens National Battlefield will host a weekend of special events Jan. 17-19, 2014.  More...

ENGAGEMENT

Jones – Phillips

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Jones of Columbia announce he engagement of their daughter, Tiffany Pearl Jones, to Chad Dennis Phillips.  More...

S.C. State Museum hosts annual 2-week event

COLUMBIA – As the thermometer drops, a burst of activities will keep guests of the South Carolina State Museum warm and happy during the annual two-week WinterFest celebration, which began Dec. 21 and will continue until Saturday, Jan. 4. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Jack C. Stephens, associate at Walmart and former owner of The Blacksburg Market

BLACKSBURG – Jack Cannon Stephens, 76, of 115 London St., passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center. More...

James W. Wilson, retired from Spring Industries

James William Wilson, affectionately called “J.W.,” 82, of 508 S. Oliver St., answered the Master's call on Saturday morning, Dec. 21, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. More...

Donnie Allison, 44, owner and operator of Donnie’s Country Buffet

Donald Travis Allison, 44, of 778 Hyatt St., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.  More...

National News

High-fiber diet helps prevent progression of diverticulitis

Doctors aren’t sure what causes colon abnormalities

ROCHESTER, Minn. – By age 60, an estimated 60 percent of Americans have diverticular disease – the presence of small pouches along the wall of the large intestine (colon).  More...

Very merry mind games: Six weight-gain rationalizations to avoid this holiday season

BOSTON – By now, we all know that the average American gains five to seven pounds over the course of the holidays. More...

Early treatment can slow vision loss from macular degeneration

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. More...

Killer who stuffed mother’s body in trash can gets 35-year sentence

SPARTANBURG — A 45-year-old Gaffney man charged with strangling his elderly mother and stuffing her lifeless body in a trash can pleaded guilty to murder Friday in exchange for a 35-year prison sentence.  More...

Jobless numbers decrease dramatically

The state of South Carolina inched even closer to the national unemployment rate in November with more than 6,000 people being added to the ranks of the employed, according to the latest estimates released Friday.  More...

Local News

Christmas will be cold enough for snow, but...

With clear skies and temperatures in the 70s this past week, one cannot blame Cherokee County residents for thinking more about the warmth of summer than the upcoming Christmas holiday.  However, with a blast of wintry air expected to move into More...

Bridge work is on schedule and under budget

Good news for motorists in the White Plains community — work on the Double Bridge Road bridge is on schedule.  “We are making good progress,” Cherokee County Interim Administrator Ben Clary reported.  Clary said the projec More...

Report shows new home starts are up for the year

With only a month left in the year, things are looking up for the local housing market, according to the latest Cherokee County home builders report.  Through November, there have been 44 new housing starts this year, up 10 from a year ago. More...

Sports

CAT IN THE HUDDLE

‘CAT IN THE HUDDLE — Blacksburg might not have had a player nominated to take part in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas since 2010, but residents of the Iron City had more than enough reason to watch the game this past Saturday. More...

Shaq Shines at Shrine Bowl

Somewhat frustrated by his role in the South Carolina offense on Saturday, Gaffney standout Shaq Davidson instead of dwelling on his diminished role opted to stay positive knowing his moment would eventually come.  More...

Gaffney tops Jackets; nips Mavericks

Less than 24 hours after they barely survived a scrappy undermanned and 2-7 Mauldin team, the Gaffney Indians played more like the top-ranked team in an 81-55 romp at Union County on Saturday.  Up by six at the end of the first quarter, the Indi More...

Columns

SCOTT RASMUSSEN

Washington Post says disapproving of Congress means you’re a ‘Hater’

Journalist Michael Kinsley once defined a political gaffe as when someone “accidentally reveals something truthful about what is going on in his or her head.” In other words, a gaffe is when a political player accidentally tells the truth More...

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED

Never lose sight of what this season is about

Perhaps you noticed the signs and sounds of Christmas appeared earlier in 2013 than ever before. Black Friday even encroached on Thanksgiving Day in some places.  More...

IT’S JUST ME

One bat to another: ‘Do you smell something nasty?’

You would think that by now, with all the technological advances we have made, that someone would have come up with a way to do away with the boring mind-numbing chore of — and it annoys me just to say it — raking leaves.  I’m More...

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