2019-11-22 E-Edition

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Former Gaffney High and NFL standout helps provide Thanksgiving dinners

In less than an hour, former NFL wide receiver Sidney Rice helped give away 400 turkeys Wednesday to residents in his hometown. Rice started a project four years ago with support from the medical and business community to provide free turkeys for those in need ahead of Thanksgiving. He worked alongside volunteers to distribute the turkeys to families from a […]

Want a voice in potential school merger?

The Cherokee County School District is inviting parents and community members to be a part of planning the future for two elementary schools. The district will hold community meetings Dec. 3 at Alma Elementary and Dec. 5 at Mary Bramlett Elementary. Both meetings will be held at 5 p.m. so the district can hear questions, concerns and ideas about the […]

Baby shooting incident leads to 2 more arrests

Two persons wanted in connection with an incident in which a 1-year-old girl was shot are now in custody. JaQuon Wood and Shondray Smith, were arrested Monday and Wednesday, respectively. An investigation into what was originally believed to be a drive-by shooting resulted in the arrest of three individuals on charges of filing a false police report. The third suspect, […]

Man gets 10 years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Ricky Eugene Garrison of Blacksburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with the slaying of 33- year-old Sherman Tate. Circuit Court Judge Mark Hayes sentenced Garrison to 10 years in prison after Garrison entered a guilty plea to the charge of voluntary manslaughter. Garrison was originally charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The fatal shooting […]

Pair enter guilty pleas in embezzlement case

A former volunteer fire department fire chief and that department’s reported treasurer pleaded guilty Thursday in Cherokee General Sessions Court to embezzlement charges. Joseph Kirk Reynolds was charged with embezzlement of public funds valued at $10,000 or more and breach of trust with fraudulent intent valued at $10,000 or more for the alleged conversion of Asbury-Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department funds […]

SCC facility providing a ‘spark’ to economic development

Spartanburg Community College has ignited a massive ‘spark’ in terms of economic development through a “game-changing” facility called the Spark Center SC. SCC purchased a 363,000-square-foot building on Highway 290 in Duncan for its Tyger River Campus and began using about 13,000 square feet for classroom space. With a massive amount of space still available, the college saw an opportunity […]

16 new home starts in the county

There were 16 new home starts in the county during October, equaling the number during the same month last year. The average value, however, was up significantly, from $123,181 to $202,722. That increase is due in part to one permit on Edna Lane of $890,000 and another on Virginia Avenue of $380,000. There were no new starts in the city. […]

Scholars Academy offers high school students chance to earn college credits

There are easier ways to earn a high school diploma than early college programs planned for Cherokee County students next year. But there are great rewards for the students who stick it out. The school district has partnered with Limestone College to start a Scholars Academy program next fall. A Scholars Academy program will allow high-achieving high school students to […]

Church has new home and a new mission

After a year of renovation work, Mission of Grace church is almost ready to move into its new home on North Limestone Street. This isn’t a normal church relocation, though. There is also a new name to reflect the church’s expanded leadership and education mission. Mission of Grace Training Center will hold a weeklong grand opening Dec. 1-8 at its […]