Two new cases reported in Cherokee County; 577 statewide


South Carolina Begins Reporting Probable Cases and Deaths Latest COVID-19 Update (June 17, 2020)  COLUMBIA, S.C. — This week, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is beginning to report probable cases and probable deaths in regard to COVID-19. This makes South Carolina the 23rd state in the country to follow recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control […]

Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette Issues “2020 Census Day of Action Challenge”


Lt. Governor Pamela S. Evette was joined today by S.C. Complete Count Committee stakeholders to issue the “2020 Census Day of Action Challenge.” The goal of the challenge is for 10,000 South Carolina households to complete the census before the end of the day. This would represent an approximate two-percent increase in the state’s census response. To view a video […]

2020-06-17 E-Edition


Wearing a mask as required by the South Carolina High School League, Gaffney High defensive co-coordinator Randy Birch conducts a conditioning drill with the defensive line as the high school reopened Monday for group activities.

Consolidation plan unveiled

There are too many school buildings and not enough education programs in Cherokee County, according to school district officials. In order to become more competitive, Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. Dana Fall and director of administrative services Todd Hughes presented trustees Monday with a 5-year school consolidation plan to help free up more money for education programs. One option would consolidate […]


GHS alum graduates from West Point

2nd Lt. Jake Poole graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point Saturday in a ceremony unlike any other in the school’s history. With no family or friends in attendance, cadets marched onto the main parade ground wearing face masks until taking a socially-distant seat from fellow graduates. Cadets saluted President Donald Trump, who served as the commencement […]


Car cruisers were out in force Sunday for a Cruising Blacksburg event held by the town to support small businesses and collect donations to fill the pantry for a Blacksburg Backpack Buddy ministry. Cruisers packed a truck with food to deliver to needy children in the Blacksburg area this month. The Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department did steady business selling smoked […]

Sale to be negotiated

The Cherokee County School District has found another potential buyer for the old Granard Middle property. Trustees authorized superintendent Dr. Dana Fall on a 7-1 vote Monday evening to negotiate a sale price for Gaffney Development Corp. LLC to purchase the 28.5- acre Granard Middle property. The 64-year-old school was closed last June. School board chairman J.J. Sarratt was the […]

City OKs final reading of budget

With virtually no discussion, Gaffney City Council approved final reading on Monday of its new fiscal year budget that contains no increases in taxes or fees but does fund a merit raise pool. Calling it a “very lean budget,” because of the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Gaffney Administrator James Taylor told Gaffney City Council there were no changes to […]

School district losing 281 students to Charter Academy

Cherokee County Schools have shrunk by more than 280 students with the county’s first charter school scheduled to open in August. As of June, 281 students from county schools plan to attend Cherokee Charter Academy next school year. An enrollment breakdown shows 44 students from Limestone-Central plan to attend the charter school while Grassy Pond Elementary projects to lose 36 […]