Girl, 12, hit while walking to school bus; driver flees

A 53-year-Pacolet man who allegedly drove off a roadway and struck a 12-yearold girl who was getting on a school bus early Thursday remained behind bars Thursday evening while the girl reportedly remained hospitalized in Spartanburg. Eladio C. Patino, was headed north on Highway 150 near Asbury Road in a 1996 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle at approximately 6:15 a.m. when […]

Weekend chock full of events

The holiday season officially kicks off in Gaffney this weekend as the city invites all to attend the ‘Classic Christmas Weekend’ beginning tonight (Friday) with the Mayor’s Official Tree Lighting and Christmas on Limestone from 6-9 p.m. Historic Downtown Gaffney will be filled with activities ranging from candlelight tours of the Michael Gaffney Cabin, to inflatable games, to performances by […]


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Teen shot by police attended Gaffney High

An 18-year-old Greer man killed during a shootout with police in Atlanta on Monday night was born in Cherokee County and attended Gaffney High School Darius Tyrone Smith of 227 Clay Thorn Court was shot and killed by police after a traffic stop and shootout, Atlanta police officials said. He was a 2015 graduate of Riverside High School in Greer […]

Not everyone excited about I-85 widening

Calling it the death of her peach retail business, Deana Blanton asked state transportation officials Tuesday to consider how proposed I-85 interchange improvements could impact Cherokee County’s rich farming heritage. Blanton was one of several property owners who spoke during the final public hearing at Gaffney High about plans to widen Interstate 85 in Cherokee County. Her Lemmons Farms market […]

Dog dies, house destroyed in Thanksgiving day fire

A Thanksgiving day fire destroyed a home and claimed the life of a dog. The Grassy Pond Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the 300 block of Norman Boulevard at approximately 1:15 p.m. and the first-arriving firefighter, a Blacksburg firefighter who happened to be nearby, reported smoke showing with fire on the back porch. Despite a good response, Assistant Chief […]


Closing on Peachtree Centre sale delayed

Cherokee County still owns its nursing home. County officials set a soft date of Dec. 1 for New York-based MFI Healthcare to close on the sale of the Peachtree Centre. However, Cherokee County Acting Administrator Holland Belue said although the sale is imminent it will take a few more days to finalize the “due diligence” and close on the sale. […]

‘I can’ campaign urges adults to get involved

Yard signs have been placed outside local child care businesses this week with the simple message, “I Can,” for adults caring for young children. South Carolina First Steps announced the “I Can” public awareness education campaign Thursday at a press conference during the 11:30 a.m. state First Steps board meeting at Brooklyn Baptist Church in West Columbia. The early childhood […]


I want to return to the world of penicillin

In the past seven days I think I might have cracked a smile just once. That was on Tuesday morning when I watched a physician’s assistant describe me in her notes as “well-nourished.” It was, in my way of thinking, a very diplomatic notation on her part. As I haven’t been to the gym in (ahem) a while, I wasn’t […]