Political email sent from school district computer

A Cherokee County teacher allegedly used a school email address May 17 to forward a politicaloriented email to 74 people. In the message, people are urged to consider “the landfill issue” when voting in the District 3 Cherokee County Council race between Steven Blanton and Quay Little, the brother of Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore. The email was […]

Redish files EEOC complaint against board of trustees

A federal discrimination complaint has been filed against the Cherokee County School Board regarding its search for a new superintendent earlier this year. Associate Superintendent Dr. Carlotta Redish was one of eight superintendent candidates the school board selected for interviews in late January from an initial pool of 32 applicants received by the South Carolina School Boards Association. She was […]

Retired educator reaches ‘benchmark’

Janice Ford will have a place to sit down and take a break when the retired Draytonville Elementary School principal returns to visit her favorite school. Draytonville Elementary faculty unveiled an engraved park bench in Ford’s honor during a brief ceremony outside the main entrance Wednesday morning. Ford served as the school’s principal from 1994-2011. This year’s fifth grade classes […]

Ceremony marks final resting place of British soldiers killed in 1781

Three unknown British soldiers were finally given a memorial service Saturday near the gravesite where historians believe they were buried after the Battle of Cowpens. The soldiers were wounded when Gen. Daniel Morgan routed British troops in the Jan. 17, 1781, battle in a turning point for the Revolutionary War. The soldiers were brought to a cattle drivers rest stop […]

Blacksburg officials see Hwy. 5 corridor as potential gold mine

Blacksburg town officials have long known their municipality was located along a potential gold mine — S.C. Highway 5 — yet to be tapped. Hoping to put the town’s “manifest destiny” into motion, Cherokee County Councilman Tracy McDaniel and county development board executive director Jim Cook recently presented a brief analysis of the potential for luring businesses in the area […]

County declines city’s offer to share cost of sidewalk project

Cherokee County Council declined — for now — a city council offer to contribute most of the cost to replace a sidewalk that fronts the new county administration building. County council members had asked their city counterparts to remove and replace a deteriorating sidewalk that fronts the new county administration building. County leaders made the request because the sidewalk is […]

High school seniors learn about Cherokee 20/20 scholarships

Scholarship money and barbecue were on the minds of high school seniors gathered Thursday evening at Spartanburg Community College. Cherokee 20/20 had another goal on its agenda when it invited 60 students from Cherokee Technology Center, Gaffney and Blacksburg high schools to an information session about a new Cherokee County scholarship program. The community planning group hopes to distribute $60,000 […]

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Obama's Bain attacks could backfire

The ham-handed Barack Obama campaign attack ads on Mitt Romney’s former firm Bain Capital have drawn a lot of ire from other Democrats. And not just because they were sloppily fact-checked (the ads hit Romney for layoffs long after he left Bain) and because a leading Obama money bundler is a Bain executive himself. Chiming in with various degrees of […]


If you drop that ...

“Oh, look how pretty.” My wife picked up a delicate little fragile figurine at one of those cutesy little antique stores that sell pricey household decorating-type items. They have these little breakable items placed on shelves and they’re sometimes in very precarious positions that make it difficult to pick up one without risking catching your sleeve on another one and […]