Upstate development officials target white collar jobs

While blue collar manufacturing jobs and high-tech companies have long been the prized catches for economic developers, and remain so to this day, the regional marketing organization that sells Cherokee County to other parts of the country and the world is adding a previous target to its list of wanted employers in the Upstate. In a new strategic plan unveiled […]

How do you kill kudzu?

A Spartanburg County professor stopped by the Cherokee County Historical Preservation Society museum Saturday to answer local residents looking to rid their lives of kudzu. Newt Hardie brought his Kudzu Kollege course to the city as part of Michael Gaffney Day festivities. The founder and director of the Kudzu Coalition, a nonprofit organization in Spartanburg, Hardie, with the help of […]

Indiana man’s search for roots brings him to Cherokee

Indiana resident Arthur Wilkins has always found history intriguing. So when he embarked on a study of his family tree it caught few by surprise. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years, since I was 19,” Wilkins said. “When I was in my teens, my grandmother Bettie L. Wilkins told me that my ancestor’s father and uncle had come from […]

Students at five schools eligible for free tutoring

Taxpayers will have to foot the bill for extra tutoring services this January at five county schools. Low test scores are resulting in state-approved tutoring programs being made available to students attending Blacksburg Primary, Blacksburg Elementary, Mary Bramlett Elementary, Luther Vaughan Elementary and Limestone-Central Elementary, district Title 1 Coordinator Elizabeth Brittain said. The district will spend $1,169 on tutoring for […]

‘Steel Wheels’ at Shindig

Good-Time Southern Rock, Country and Blues is coming to Gaffney in a performance by Brett Greer and Steel Wheels at the Shindig at the Gaffney Cabin on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Brett Greer and Steel Wheels play original and cover songs, ranging from Country to Blues, to hard-hitting Southern Rock. The band has been invited to open for […]

DHEC’s kicks off ‘Get Smart about Antibiotics’ campaign Oct. 6

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control urges you to know when antibiotics work because sometimes the best medicine is no medicine. “That’s the topic of DHEC’s ‘Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work’ campaign, which kicks off in Columbia with an event for children and parents during the EdVenture Children’s Museum’s after-school program on Oct. 6,” […]


A man picking up the trash at a Department of Transportation rest stop on Interstate 85 may have discovered either the implements of a crime or an unusual choice of Halloween costumes. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, a worker emptying trash containers at the rest stop at the 89 mile marker found a bag containing two wigs […]

Spec. Brown deployed

Army Spec. Justin J. Brown has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to support the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the […]

Benefit for Parson’s Pantry Oct. 4 at East Gaffney Church

Barbecue, singing will raise funds for local ministry

The mission of Parson’s Pantry is to provide financial assistance to needy pastors, retired pastors, widows of pastors and married ministerial students. A benefit singing and barbecue meal Saturday, Oct. 4, at East Gaffney Baptist Church will help raise funds for the Gaffney-based ministry. Barbecue will be served at 5:30 in the church fellowship hall and plates are $10. A […]


Aunt left with bad memories after niece's three-week visit

Dear Annie: I live overseas. A few months ago, my niece, “Linda,” came to visit for the second time. She is 17 years old. I discovered the hard way that Linda is being raised by overprotective parents who give her everything she wants. She has become a cunning, devious, thoughtless, irresponsible girl. No matter how gently I’d tell her to […]