New guidelines set for school report cards; more emphasis on student achievement

About 35 percent of South Carolina schools will receive excellent and good ratings under a state school accountability plan approved Monday by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC). More than 6,000 education stakeholders have debated how to grade South Carolina schools since late 2015 when the federal Every Student Succeeds Act was approved. The act requires states to establish a school […]

Blacksburg faces motivated foe in “Green Out”game

Blacksburg football fans are encouraged to wear green in a “Green Out” cancer awareness theme for tonight’s home game against undefeated Southside Christian. Players will add green to their Blacksburg game clothes in honor of Ciarra Pittman, a three sport Blacksburg athlete who died at 17 last August from non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer. Her parents will serve as honorary captains for […]


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Indians to tackle opponent dealing with coach firing

It seems more like a MLB headline – coach fired after humiliating loss. But it happened last weekend when Northwestern school officials fired coach David Pierce and offensive coordinator Robert Hellams after a 40-14 drubbing by Spartanburg this past Friday. Defensive coordinator James Martin has been named interim head coach. Pierce, who was hired in April of 2016, amassed an […]


Tough guy Owens shows softer side in caring for his mother, brother

Toughness? Gaffney senior Noah Owens is supposed to know about that because he’s the starting nose guard and, arguably one of the toughest players on the Indians. Toughness, though, is his mother Brooke Pearson, who is battling breast cancer. She received the diagnosis in February. Her fight has included surgery, six chemo sessions, and upcoming radiation treatments. While the news […]

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Parson’s Pantry Walk Supporters

CHURCHES: l McKowns Mountain Baptistl Midway Baptist – Brotherhood l First Baptist, Bremen, GAl Brushy Creek Baptist,Easleyl Madison Street Baptist,Commerce, GA HONORARIUMS / MEMORIALS l IN HONOR OF: Mrs. Preston Edwards; Pastoral Staff of First Baptist Church, Gaffney, IN MEMORY OF: Dr. Preston Edwards; Dr. & Mrs. George W. Lockaby Henry & Mary Mason Jolly l N MEMORY OF: Dot […]

James Byers Sr.

James Henry Byers, Sr., born May 21, 1953 and gained his heavenly wings on September 17, 2017. He was married to the late Kathy Littlejohn Byers. James was the son of the late Lee Byers Sr. and Virginia Reid Byers. He was a 1971 graduate of Gaffney High School. James was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, where he […]

Sammy Poole

Spartanburg — Sammy Lee Poole, 55, of 431 Steven Grove Road, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Services for Mr. Poole will be announced at a later date. The Book of Memories is available at gordonmortuary.com.

Billy Bramlett

Gaffney, S.C. — Billy Arch Bramlett, 89, formerly of 225 Ellis Ferry Avenue, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at his residence. Born in Greenville, he was the husband of the late Betty Martin Bramlett and son of the late Arch Benjamin Bramlett and Annie Mildred Foster Bramlett. He was a graduate of Parker […]


l The Gaffney High volleyball team improved to 1-1 in the region with a 3-1 win over Boiling Springs. The scores were 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-14. The jayvees won their match 2-0 with scores of 25-19 and 25-20. “We had some bright spots in this game, but will definitely be working on our serving. We missed too many serves this […]