2020-07-01 E-Edition

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Charlie Blanton’s ‘Block 0’ takes another victory lap

For a project 12 years in the making, the completion came about a year and half too late to suit Horace Wilson. “That’s my only regret,” Wilson said, “that Charlie didn’t get to see it when it was finished.” “It” is the restored ‘Block 0’ race car that the legendary Charlie Blanton drove on dirt tracks in the late 1950s […]

Limestone College is now LIMESTONE UNIVERSITY


Limestone completed its two-year drive towards university status today when the college officially changed its name to Limestone University. The name change occurs as Limestone prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary this fall. Founded in 1845 as an all women’s college, Limestone has evolved over the years to serve nontraditional students such as working adults through evening and online courses. […]

Nine more cases of COVID-19 reported in Cherokee County

Will Gaffney require mask wearing?

Will Gaffney become the next South Carolina city to require people to wear masks in public areas to slow the spread of the coronavirus? Greenville City Council became the first city in the state to require people to do so in grocery stores and pharmacies to help fight COVID-19. Under the ordinance that was passed on June 22, all employees […]

Police chief says fan donations falling short

The Gaffney Police Department’s third annual fan drive was set to end tomorrow (July 2), but due to a record low number of donations, Chief Chris Skinner said the drive will be extended. Typically, more than 100 box fans are donated to help cool off local citizens, but as of Tuesday only around 30 had been received. “We are in […]

A message from Probate Judge Josh Queen

As many of you are aware, we had to close Probate Court last week due to a Covid-19 exposure. I’m pleased to announce that we are back open as of today. The office has been cleaned and disinfected, and the employees who are back at work have all tested negative on our Covid-19 tests. I’m still asking that citizens only […]

Filing for vacant county council seat opens Tuesday, July 7

Filing will begin at noon on Tuesday, July 7, to fill the unexpired term of deceased District 5 Cherokee County Councilman Charles Mathis. Cherokee County Voter Registration and Elections Director Amanda Walker said the filing period will end at noon on Tuesday, July 14. The filing fee for the seat is $260.32. The open term expires in 2022. The Democrat […]

Who will be our next mayor?

Can anyone remember a more interesting local election than the current race for mayor of Gaffney? I certainly can’t, but that’s not shocking to me because I have a hard time remembering what I had for dinner last (Monday) night. Oh yeah, chicken pot pie. Now where was I? That’s right, the mayor’s race. I’ve talked to a bunch — […]

The outhouse flower

I remember Mom talked of a flower with a strange name, hollyhocks. She talked flowers a lot mentioning dahlias, Cape jasmines, which go by jasmines, gardenia, and a fancy scientific name, gardenia jasminoides. She mentioned too another flower with a poetic name, plumbago. The gardenia, it’s said, is the flower of the American South, but I disagree. I say it’s […]

Old dogs, new tricks

I love it when the universe gives us what we need. Lately, I’ve been trying to grow my audience. I’ve asked several experts for advice, and they all said I needed to begin making podcasts. One big problem: I hate the sound of my voice. But there is a man whose voice I do not hate. There is a man […]