PACT scores show notable improvement

One-third of all Cherokee County students were proficient and advanced in English and math on the state’s Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT). The percentage of students scoring proficient or above on PACT are used to determine whether schools will make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. More information on AYP results will be released […]

Suspended employee wants trustees to hear appeal

The husband of a Cherokee County School Board candidate who was suspended without pay after an alleged altercation with his school district supervisor has asked the school board to hear his appeal. Fred Knowles, the husband of school board candidate Amanda Knowles, has been employed in the district’s maintenance department for 12 years. “We believe such an appeal is Mr. […]

Duo completes extensive project; books provide listings of county grave sites

44,000 The number of grave sites found by Dr. Bobby Moss and Dennis Amos 24 The number of years it took to complete the project 4 Volumes of books containing the listings and maps of the grave sites

44,000 The number of grave sites found by Dr. Bobby Moss and Dennis Amos 24 The number of years it took to complete the project 4 Volumes of books containing the listings and maps of the grave sites How many projects do you have going on right now? How many of them might never be done? Local historian Dr. Bobby […]

Police say 3-year-old had meth in system

A Gaffney woman was arrested this week after her 3-year-old son tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Detective Tracy Fowler has charged Angela Short, 28, of 144 Boyd Floyd Drive, Gaffney, with unlawful child neglect. She has been released on bond. The Cherokee County Department of Social Services has placed the child in the care of […]

Company still plans to open plant here

Belgian company Carthuplas has delayed installing its equipment in the former Phoenix Finishing plant, but still plans to begin manufacturing operations here sometime early next year, Cherokee County Development Board Director Jim Inman said.

Volunteers need to help to continue saving unwanted animals

Volunteers working with the Cherokee Animal Welfare League face a neverending task, but their funding is limited. Animal welfare volunteers have relocated more than 125 animals from the Cherokee County Consolidated Animal Shelter in the past three weeks. They have taken animals to Sumter, Saluda, Myrtle Beach and into North Carolina to rescue shelters. Volunteer Mary Carpenter said if they […]


Limestone College baseball player Marcus Houser prepares to swab the inside of his mouth Friday as part of the registration process for the National Marrow Donor Program. The program makes life-saving transplants possible for people who do not have relatives who are donor matches.

Delinquent tax collection only flaw in town’s operation, auditor says

The Town of Blacksburg should more aggressively pursue collecting delinquent taxes, an auditor told town council Tuesday. But the rest of the town’s operations appear to be running smoothly, according to Blacksburg Town Auditor Terry Fant, C.P.A., who presented council with a yearly audit report. Homeowners who have not paid Blacksburg property taxes should have received harsher tax notices from […]

Bond denied for ‘Chicken George’ in choking incident

Bond has been denied for a Gaffney man accused of choking a 21-year-old woman on Sunday, Sept. 3. Thomas “Chicken George” Andrew Petty Jr., 27, of 203 Granite Drive, Gaffney, was jailed after being charged with 2nd-offense criminal domestic violence and breaking arrest. Petty is accused of entering a Redwood Village apartment, 100 Redwood Circle, Gaffney, at 9:43 a.m. while […]

Ivy receives Master’s of Education

Mona Hampton Ivy received her Master’s of Education degree from Converse College on July 29. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education at Limestone in 2000, graduating magna cum laude. She has been teaching at Ewing Middle School for eight years. Her husband, Keith, is employed at Freightliner. A daughter, Rushel, is a freshman at North Greenville University, Greenville. Another […]