SC home renovations find baby’s bones in wall from long ago


PACOLET, S.C. (AP) — Someone remodeling a house in an old mill town in South Carolina found bones from a baby inside a wall, a county coroner said. Authorities gathered the remains on Saturday from the home in Pacolet and will send them to a forensic anthropologist to study, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a statement. It wasn’t […]

South Carolina schools chief tests positive for COVID-19


By MEG KINNARD Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The superintendent of South Carolina’s public schools said Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19, was experiencing “mild symptoms” but would continue to do her work from home. Cases of the virus have rocketed to record highs in South Carolina recently, and the news of Superintendent Molly Spearman’s positive test […]

2021-01-04 E-Edition

Branch Cherokee County of the NAACP

An open letter to the citizens of Gaffney and Cherokee County

The alleged abuse of power and excessive use of force displayed by Officer Johnny Miller upon Ms. Cathy Gregory was very disturbing and disappointing. It was disturbing because in the year 2020, there has been nationwide protest concerning police brutality; most notably the horrific killing of George Floyd where he said “I can’t breathe” under the knee of then-Police Officer […]


SC ahead of national average for shots given

South Carolina residents were asked to celebrate the New Year’s holiday in a quieter fashion than normal amid a slow pace in distribution of the state’s new coronavirus vaccines. As of Jan. 1, South Carolina had given 33% of the 182,000 vaccine shots from the state’s first Pfizer and Moderna shipments from the federal government. This was higher than the […]

Local teen has his sights set on farming

Trey Haddon found his dream high school by accident when he attended a beef cattle show at the South Carolina State Fair. Haddon wasn’t excited initially as a 16-year-old about the thought of leaving his home in Gaffney where he helps his father operate Sarratt Farms. Already involved in raising his own beef cattle herd, the future farmer was intrigued […]

Get To Know … Katie Wade

Name: Katie Wade Occupation: Dog walker Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Family: Bill and Elyse Wade (parents) Education: Favorite book: “Out of Sight, Out of Time” by Ally Carter Favorite movie: Divergent Favorite song: “Still Rolling Stones” by Lauren Dangle Favorite entertainer: Comedian Tim Hawkins Favorite food: Cheddar cheese Hobbies: Sewing, baking bread, swimming Dream car: Mustang (specifically chartreuse) Cat person […]


Rev. Thomas and Letita Moore of Blacksburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 2. The couple was married in 1971 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Jefferson, S.C.They have two children, Aubrey Pearson (Curtis) of Shelby, N.C. and Ethan Moore of Belmont, N.C., and two grandchildren, Emmie and Ellie.To celebrate their 50th anniversary, their children treated them to a family […]

Opening of charter school a top story

The opening of the Cherokee Charter Academy was inadvertently omitted from our list of top stories of 2020. A new era in education started Aug. 24 when Cherokee Charter Academy welcomed 466 elementary students to its new home on the 42-acre former Cherokee Technology Center property. Cherokee Charter Academy was started by Tutelage Education Solutions and operates under a 10-year […]


Willie and Diannah Dawkins Ellis are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary today, Jan. 4, 2021.The couple was married Jan. 4, 1986, at Mikes Creek Baptist Church.They have two children, Willie III (Sarah) of Germany and Destinee Hamilton (Bryson) of Gaffney; five grandchildren, Aiden and Devan, both of Germany, and Leah a’Myria and Zayden, all of Gaffney. They will celebrate with […]