2020-03-23 E-Edition

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New directive: Most criminal suspects must be set free on own recognizance

“It is frustrating.” The effects of the coronavirus have seeped in to all aspects of society and the judicial system is the latest to be hit. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller was reacting to a directive issued earlier this week by Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty. Although the memorandum was to court officials, Mueller is concerned about several items […]

Rep. Clary reflects on career; won’t seek re-election

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Rep. Clary is a native of Gaffney and a graduate of Gaffney High School.) GREENVILLE (AP) — In 2015, just after a white supremacist gunned down nine church members at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, freshman State Rep. Gary Clary made a political gamble. The legislator was the first Republican lawmaker to call for the Confederate Flag to […]

Students getting meals despite school shutdowns

When Gov. Henry McMaster ordered all schools closed for the rest of March, it didn’t take long for local schools to organize a plan for feeding students who rely on school food service. Free breakfasts and lunches are being provided for local students while schools are closed. Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. Dana Fall said starting March 23, food service will […]

Contractor files to run against Smith

Cherokee County Councilman David Smith will have a challenger for his District 6 seat. Local contractor Greg Patterson filed Wednesday to run for the seat in the Republican Party primary. With a week remaining in the filing period, incumbents Quay Little (District 3), Lyman Dawkins III (District 1) and Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer (District 4) are running unopposed. […]


Limestone College esports coach Zach Lewis is adding an element of fun for college students wrapping up their classes online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lewis announced a Rocket League online gaming tournament will start Saturday, March 28, for all Limestone students. Students are encouraged to invite their friends, who are not enrolled at the college, to join in the […]

First Piedmont closes lobbies

Drives-throughs remain open

First Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan has released the following statement regarding the COVID-19 virus: “The safety, health, and well-being of our customers and employees are very important to us. Because of this, beginning Monday, March 23, our lobbies at the main office and at all branch locations will be closed. We ask that you use our drive-through, which will […]

Veterans Affairs office update

Cherokee County Office of Veterans Affairs is actively monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and taking the necessary precautions to ensure programs remain safely operational for veterans and their dependents to continue empowering military veterans and their families. This crisis has impacted programs across the country, and Cherokee County Office of Veterans Affairs remains committed to ensuring local veterans have access […]

SCC students will take online classes rest of the semester

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) announced Friday its students will take online classes for the remainder of the spring semester which ends April 29. The community college will transition to a distance learning model after all South Carolina public colleges and schools were closed through March 31 by an executive order from Gov. Henry McMaster to limit the community spread of […]

Growing gardeners, not just gardens

Local farmers are hoping to create a new generation of produce growers through Facebook demonstrations and a question-and-answer series. While children are stuck at home the next few weeks, the Gaffney Station Farmers Market is encouraging children and families to get outside and learn how to create their own vegetable gardens. “Kids and parents may be trapped at home but […]