‘Immediate jeopardy’

DHEC shuts down Brookview while it conducts inspections

Brookview Healthcare Center is in “immediate jeopardy” and cannot accept new patients at its facility following the arrival of inspectors from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Friday. “We do have an investigation that is underway at Brookview,” Thom Berry of DHEC in Columbia confirmed Friday afternoon. “We have a staff of inspectors at the facility […]


Teen killed in accident

A Cowpens man was killed Friday in a 2-vehicle wreck on Old Metal Road. Cherokee County Assistant Coroner Glenn Fuller said 18-yearold Scott Her of 377 Quail Drive, Cowpens, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10 p.m. He died of blunt force body trauma, Fuller said. The victim lived with his parents in Cowpens. No autopsy is scheduled. […]

GHS has record performance on advanced placement exams

A record 60 percent of Gaffney High students scored high enough on advanced placement (AP) Exams to qualify for college credit. Gaffney High improved its AP Exam passing rate from 43 percent in 2004 to 60 percent this year. Students generally receive college credit for scores above a 3 on the 1-to-5 AP Exam scale. The school’s scores were above […]


Gaffney Guardsman faced elements, uncertainty

Sgt. David Holmes spent the last 14 months making deliveries back and forth across Iraq. On Sept. 26, he got to make one last dropoff, when he brought himself home. “We were doing convoy security,” Holmes said as he waited for a homecoming celebration to begin Saturday. “We were delivering equipment to all the personnel over in Iraq. Our trips […]

DirectTV cards land local man in federal court

A Gaffney man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to selling activated DirectTV cards to consumers. U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Gasser said Friday that 38-year-old Jerry Wayne Smith of Gaffney pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining and selling DirectTV satellite television access cards. Gasser told District Court Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. he believed Smith fraudulently obtained more than 8,000 access […]

Fighting diabetes

Willette Guyton wears her late mother’s picture on a necklace. The image is a reminder of her mother’s struggle with diabetes and gives her courage as she fights the same debilitating disease. For both women, diabetes caused renal failure. Guyton first suffered kidney failure in July 2002 and began dialysis in October of that year. She has been awaiting a […]

Wal-Mart workers organize

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s not a union, but some Wal-Mart workers say it might be the next best thing. Searching for a voice in their work lives, employees of some central Florida Wal-Mart stores have formed a workers group to collectively air complaints about what they claim is shoddy treatment by the retail giant, which is known to take […]

County set to make appointments

At least two of Cherokee County Council’s appointments to the Consolidation Charter Commission will have strong ties to the governmental body. That’s because county council members Hoke Parris and Bailey Humphries are expected to be among council’s six appointments to the 18-member commission. Council will likely officially appoint its representatives at today’s meeting. The municipalities and special purpose districts have […]

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