2020-02-21

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1 police chase suddenly becomes 2




A man who apparently mistakenly thought he was being pursued by police Wednesday morning crashed the vehicle he was driving into the porch of a house on 3rd Avenue in a bizarre set of circumstances, police said. Sheriff Steve Mueller said one of his officers was in foot pursuit at approximately 9 a.m. on 6th Avenue of a suspect who […]

Road crews getting ready in case bad weather hits




With freezing temperatures and snowfall predicted for Thursday night, local officials were preparing to deal with any inclement weather. Preparations for a snow, sleet and rain mix actually began Wednesday when South Carolina Department of Transportation crews began treating I-85 and other primary roads with salt and brine, according to SCDOT official Stephen Ellis. DOT crews spent Thursday morning and […]

Robot teaching math to 4th-graders




B.D. Lee Elementary is involved in a South Carolina technology company’s effort to transform student learning with robot tutors for children in math. Fourth grade teacher Renee Hill participated in an 8-week pilot research study while her class used Robot Abii, a robot tutor made by the Van Robotics education company in Columbia. It’s a modern version of the tin […]

Residents get first look at new and improved voting machines




From choosing a favorite barbecue sauce to a favorite ice cream flavor, it’s difficult to have more fun voting than the demonstration ballot a few county residents completed Thursday. Gregory Branch III recently retired and moved from his home in Washington, D.C., to the Gaffney area so he could be closer to his sister Beverly Lane. Along with registering to […]

Low bid on first phase of T-bridge renovation almost 50% higher than $640,000 estimate




Plagued by cost overruns and delays in the past, it’s no surprise the low bidder for the first phase of the Tbridge renovation project was significantly higher than cost estimates. Sloan Construction’s low bid of $943,000 was approximately $300,000 higher than the state Department of Transportation’s estimate of $640,000, a city official said. According to a memo by SCDOT official […]

Accurate census vital to federal funding, other revenue sources

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It’s about time for county residents to stand up and be counted. KNOW(2) has partnered with several community organizations to recruit volunteers to boost local participation in the 2020 U.S. Census count. The Cherokee County School District, NAACP, Meals on Wheels and Cherokee County Disabilities and Special Needs Board are among the groups working to ensure all segments of the […]

Main Street director pitches Bailey Bill to county council




It appears the City of Gaffney and Cherokee County soon will follow the lead of Columbia and Richland County in enacting ordinances that encourage the rehabilitation of historic properties. Gaffney Main Street Director Drake Scott updated Cherokee County Council at its meeting Tuesday on the Bailey Bill, which became law in 1992 and allows local governments to offer a property […]

Two locals graduate from Coastal

Two Gaffney residents were among more than 700 students who graduated from Coastal Carolina University on Dec. 17, 2019. Brittany Palmer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies during the fall commencement ceremony. Terrance Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. l More than 2,400 Coastal Carolina University students were named to the Dean’s List for the […]

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As 50 approaches...


I can still remember a comment I made on my mother’s 43rd birthday upon learning her new watch came equipped with a seven-year battery. “You know when the battery runs out you’ll be 50.” Ah, the insolence which can spring forth from a young person’s mind. I thought it was all in good fun. Lately I’ve been wondering if that […]