Couple found dead in driveway

Coroner rules incident a murder-suicide

The remains of a rural Cherokee County couple were discovered Friday afternoon, victims of what authorities have ruled a murder-suicide that took place more than a week ago. James Truman Smith, 74, and his wife, Doris, 69, were pronounced dead after their bodies were found in the driveway of their Dry Fork Road home just before 4 p.m. Friday, said […]

State Senate tries to find money for crumbling road system

BLACKSBURG (AP) — Leon Byars has driven on South Carolina’s slowly crumbling roads and bridges for decades, but he didn’t realize how bad things were getting until last month. Road crews suddenly closed a small bridge about a quarter-mile from his Cherokee County home. Years of weathering and pounding traffic caused the bridge’s deck to crumble. Up went the orange […]

Number of summer reading sites more than doubles

Fifteen churches and community groups will offer a reading program this summer through the county’s KNOW(2) education initiative. Reading, storytelling, art and games are some of the activities planned for summer reading program sites from June 4- July 31. The free programs are designed to help children in prekindergarten through third grade develop reading skills in learning activities. This year’s […]

Believe It Or Not, but Ripley’s purchases students’ artwork

Filled with nearly 6,000 bottle caps, a large portrait completed by Corinth Elementary students was recently purchased by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. Corinth Elementary received permission from nationally recognized artist Eric Daigh this spring to recreate his push-pin portrait “Harper” for a school art project. The students used 5,859 bottle caps donated by a parent to produce a […]

It’s budget time!

City council to get first look at 2014 fiscal year spending plan

The entire Gaffney City Council will get its first look today at the projections for the 2014 fiscal year budget. Chances are the council members won’t like what they will see or hear. The city is facing a $700,000 shortfall, the city finance committee was told in a recent meeting with city administrator James Taylor. To plug the hole, city […]

Senate Finance advances plan for funding roads

COLUMBIA (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee advanced a plan Thursday that funds road and bridge construction by redirecting taxes, borrowing money and raising fees. A 13-5 vote sent the package to the Senate floor, where the real debate will start. Senators on the panel that crafted the plan urged their colleagues to withhold judgment. “What we’ve tried to do […]

National Nurses Week to be celebrated

Every year, National Nurses Week shines light on America’s 3.1 million registered nurses who work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” as the theme for 2013. Beginning on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, the weeklong celebration includes programs and […]

Duke cancels plans to build new reactors…

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it will not build two new reactors at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in Wake County. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Charlottebased Duke has told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that new reactors will not be needed for at least 15 years. A single reactor at Shearon Harris has been generating electricity […]

… disputes drought’s end in SC

GREENVILLE (AP) — A government-sanctioned group’s declaration that all of South Carolina is now drought-free is finding disagreement from the Upstate’s chief electricity provider. The state’s drought response committee last week cited rainfall, lake levels, and near-term rain forecasts for lifting South Carolina out of drought. The Greenville News reports Duke Energy isn’t ready to act on the drought-free judgment […]