Cleveland Park miniature train accident

State offers $600,000 total to victims

The state Insurance Reserve Fund has filed a court action on behalf of three parties, offering a total of $600,000 to families affected by March’s miniature train crash at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg. According to the document, referred to in legal circles as an “interpleader,” the state seeks to pay the maximum which can be offered according to its Tort […]


ffi A 27-year-old Hickory, N.C., woman was arrested for shoplifting Christmas Eve at the Gaffney Premium Outlets. Erika Nicole Self, whose address is listed as 5th Street, subsequently was served Dec. 25 with an arrest warrant that claimed the shoplifting arrest was a third or subsequent offense. The arrest stemmed from a 4:51 p.m. Dec. 24, incident during which a […]

Cowpens National Battlefield readies for 231st anniversary on Jan. 14-15

Guided lantern-lit walks, demonstrations, arrival of Morgan's marchers will highlight festivities

On Jan. 14-15, 2012, reenactors in Revolutionary War period clothing will bring the 18th century to life at Cowpens National Battlefield. To celebrate the 231st anniversary of the decisive American victory over the British at Cowpens, the park staff is planning free activities from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors will be able to […]

Moss – Gaut

BLACKSBURG – Tony and Angie Moss announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla, to Gary Gaut, son of Gary and Jewel Gaut of Blacksburg. Miss Moss is the granddaughter of Peggy and Buddy Wayne Owens of Blacksburg, the late Roy Gene Moss and the late Brad and Lillian Ligon. She graduated from USC Upstate with a B.A. degree in Elementary […]

Helpful home remedies for colds

Don't bother asking your doc for antibiotic; they won't work

ROCHESTER, Minn. – What are the best remedies for a nasty cold? The November issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers suggestions to ease the misery: * Fluids: Drink plenty of liquids. Water, juice, clear broth or warm water with lemon juice and honey can help loosen congestion. * Saltwater gargle: Gargling with warm salt water can relieve a sore […]

Explore Congaree’s big trees on guided hikes

HOPKINS – Join a park ranger at Congaree National Park for Big Tree Hikes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Friday, Jan. 27. The 6.5 mile hikes will take visitors to some of the largest trees found in the Congaree floodplain and show visitors how “Champion” trees are determined. Participants will learn how to take measurements and, […]

96-year-old Army veteran always eager to give blood

COLUMBIA (AP) – Ninety-six-yearold Joe Johnson is first in line when a bloodmobile shows up at his South Carolina retirement home. He says he is eager to save lives and keep up the habit he started during his Army career. The former infantry soldier says he thinks he’s given gallons of blood over the years, and doesn’t see any reason […]

Most underlying causes of sleep deprivation are treatable

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Sleeplessness is not a normal part of aging. A recent issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter looks at the myriad of causes that can contribute to sleep difficulties in older adults. Most of the underlying causes of sleeplessness can be treated, and sleep may return to normal. Causes of sleeplessness include: Sleep disorders: Sleep-related leg cramps, obstructive […]

Get off to lucky start in 2012 with Holiday Hoppin’ John

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Whether black-eyed peas are one of your favorite foods or not, most of us feel compelled to eat at least a small serving on New Year’s Day to ensure good luck during the coming year. “Most Southerners are perfectly happy with a big pot of black-eyed peas seasoned with a little ham hock and a skillet of […]


Holiday announcements ffi The Cherokee County Public Library and the Blacksburg Public Library will be closed Jan. 2 and reopen on Jan. 3. ffi Iron City Ministries in Blacksburg is closed through Jan. 3. The office will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 4, for normal hours, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. ffi The Cherokee County Solid Waste, Recycling, Landfill […]