She wants to be a good stepmom

Dear Annie: I’m 30 years old, and for the past two years, I’ve been seeing a wonderful man who’s 48. “Taylor” is recently divorced and has two grown children. We get along great and seem to be a perfect match. We are very much in love and intend to get married someday. Which leads me to my question: I’ve never […]

Shippy – Smith couple exchange vows

Candice Anita Shippy and Clarence Lee Smith, both of Gastonia, N.C., were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 2007, in Camp-Swofford Chapel at Limestone College in Gaffney. Dr. A.L. Brackett officiated the 4 p.m. double ring ceremony. Dr. Jerome A. Brown of Orangeburg, cousin of the bride, played a musical prelude and Allene Ellis, a friend of the bride’s mother, […]

Exercise helps ease knee pain

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Pain in the kneecap is a common problem – with many causes. Often, recovery includes exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the knee, as well as stretching tight muscles and thighs, according to the December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. A combination of factors keeps the kneecap, called the patella, in its appropriate place. When […]


Edna Goudelock of Gaffney celebrated her 90th birthday on Dec. 14, 2007. She was honored with a drop-in from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 16 in the fellowship building at Rehoboth Baptist Church. Many friends and family members attended. Mrs. Goudelock was surrounded by five children: James Goudelock and wife, Delores, of Cayce, Mike Goudelock and wife, Debby, of Granite Falls, […]

University of South Carolina scientists took part in study that may uncover genes responsible for breast, colon cancers

Team identifies 280 candidate genes they believe cause most forms of the two diseases

COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina scientists are among a group of researchers who may have discovered mutated genes that cause breast and colon cancers. Dr. Phillip J. Buckhaults, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine, and Dr. Randall Crowshaw, a surgery resident at the university’s medical school, worked with researchers from 11 medical and […]


Hunter Charles Varnadore Maria and Johnathan Varnadore of Gaffney announce the birth of their son, Hunter Charles, on Dec. 15, 2007, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center weighing 6 lbs. 11 ozs. Maternal grandparents are Robert and Mary Sue Poole and paternal grandparents are Johnny and Joann Varnadore, all of Gaffney. Chase Alexander Gibson Amanda and Eric Gibson of Blacksburg announce […]

Local Red Cross plans training classes

The Cherokee County American Red Cross has planned a number of health and safety courses this month. The class schedule includes: Jan. 7-8, 6-10 p.m., CPR with first aid courses, $49 fee; Jan. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m, Blood Borne Pathogens, $10 fee; Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Child and Adult CPR, $42 fee; Jan. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m, Babysitters Training with […]


Dunton United Methodist Church recently honored its pastor and his family along with the “Mother of the Church” and “Father of the Church” during the Christmas season. In the top photo are the church’s pastor, Rev. John Wesley Evans, with his wife, Claudia, and their children; at right are Nellie K. Peterson and Rufus H. Foster Jr., Mother and Father […]


EMMA JAY OXFORD celebrated her 1st birthday December 13, 2007. She is the daughter of Joshua Scott Oxford and Mary Ada Elizabeth Moss Oxford of Gaffney. Grandparents are (Penny) Donna Estes Oxford of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ed and Cici Earls Moss of Gaffney, and the late W.M. Gary (Doobie) Oxford. Great-grandparents are Barbara J. Coleman Oxford of Gaffney, the late W.M. […]

Sanders a tall order for Indians

Measure anybody against Spartanburg’s Omar Sanders and they’ll likely come up short both literally and figuratively. Sanders is a 6-7 big man with the sweet outside shooting stroke of a guard. His considerable talents will be on display when his top-ranked Vikings (12-1, 1-0) travel to Gaffney (10-1, 2-0) for a region showdown today at 8 p.m. The Vikings’ lone […]