School officials pushing for 4-day week

A 4-day school week is among the issues school boards statewide will ask lawmakers to discuss when the new session starts in January. State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex has requested lawmakers modify current laws preventing local communities from putting in place more costeffective school calendars. For example, eliminating the state’s 180-day school year requirement would allow school districts to […]

Sagging pants outlawed in Jasper

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — It will cost you if you get caught with your pants down in one South Carolina county. The Jasper County council passed an ordinance Monday prohibiting sagging pants in public. It prohibits anyone from wearing pants more than three inches below the hips exposing skin or underwear. The Beaufort Gazette reports the ordinance carries fines of […]

GHS grad makes history

First woman in the U.S to be elected as presiding officer in both legislative bodies.

Even as a child, the responsibilities of being a leader never phased Gaffney native Elizabeth Mitchell. Getting to watch her grandfather and uncle rise to public office at an early age, she learned how to voice her opinion while always remaining a role model. For those reasons, Mitchell’s sister Joyce Childers knew her sibling’s future was bright. “For as long […]

Suit filed against doctors, hospital

Upstate Carolina Medical Center, two doctors and one of the hospital’s corporate parents, Health Management Associates Inc., were sued Monday in Cherokee County Court of Common Pleas. The suit claims a lack of a timely diagnosis and medical treatment that might have saved a teen’s testicle. The lawsuit alleges the teenager went to the Gaffney hospital on Jan. 12, 2007, […]

Capital One phishing scam spreading

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to be wary of spoof e-mail messages from designed to look as though they were sent by Capital One. The scam begins with an unsolicited e-mail from Capital One claiming the consumer’s account has been accessed by an unauthorized user. To protect his or her money the customer is […]


The Gaffney Police Department reported the arrest of a toy store worker on a breach of trust charge after she and another person allegedly were caught trying to get $441 in merchandise out the toy store’s door without paying. According to a police report, an officer received a call Dec. 12 from a manager at the KB Toy Store at […]

Roll-out trash carts working well

Blacksburg officials expected little to no problems when they voted to purchase trash carts for every home in the town of nearly 1,900 people in hopes of cutting costs. So far, so good. According to the Blacksburg Public Works Department, there have been few problems as a result of the new “push-carts” being introduced a few months ago. However, when […]

Clark graduates from basic

Army Reserve Pvt. TyHisha E. Clark has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship and more. […]


Fed cuts key rate to lowest level ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has cut its target for a key interest rate to the lowest level on record and pledged to use “all available tools” to combat a severe financial crisis and prolonged recession. The central bank on Tuesday said it had reduced the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other, to a range […]