2021-02-05 E-Edition

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100 days of school “flew by” for Grassy Pond Elementary kindergarten student Maddox Kite. He is pictured with his teacher, Allie Fowlkes. Cherokee County students celebrated the 100th day of school Wednesday, and many created special outfits for the day, like Maddox, who wore a shirt with 100 airplanes and helicopters. To continue reading this article, log in or click […]

Suspects in vehicle break-ins arrested

Two teens face multiple charges

Two people have been arrested in connection with a recent string of vehicle break-ins. The Gaffney Police Department on Wednesday arrested 19- year-old Bradley Dean Whiteside Jr. and Ty Christopher Bright, also 19, on multiple charges. Whiteside is facing 10 charges of breaking into vehicles. Bright is facing one count of breaking into vehicles and one count of breaking arrest. […]

Seventh-grader is county’s top speller

Abdin wasn’t tripped up by the short, tricky words used this year

Short and tricky words were the trend Thursday when Cherokee County students competed in the annual school district spelling bee. Gaffney Middle 7th-grader Saad Abdin correctly spelled “mobility” to win this year’s event hosted by Luther Vaughan Elementary. Ewing Middle 6th-grader Keyonna Raines was the district runner-up. There were no long words such as “piece de resistance” or “perpetrator” called […]


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Bill credits coming for Broad River Electric Cooperative members

Broad River Electric Cooperative members will see a credit on their utility bills for two months beginning February 1 due to lower wholesale power and operating costs in 2020. The cost of wholesale power purchased by Broad River Electric from its supplier, Central Electric Power Cooperative, was lower than projected in 2020. Additionally, cost-savings measures produced lower than budgeted operating […]

Dr. Cooper Smith featured in ‘Portraits of Change’ exhibit

Dr. Cooper A. Smith served in the Korean War and used his GI Bill and the Ford Foundation Grant to complete his higher education. Smith served as a teacher and as an elementary school principal in the Spartanburg school system from 1958 until his retirement in 1985. From 1968-1971, through a federal grant as part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on […]

Deputy superintendent wins state award

Cherokee County School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Carl Carpenter has been named the 2021 Personnel Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). The statewide award was announced Friday at the 2021 Personnel Winter Conference that was held virtually via Skype. The award recognizes the top personnel director from the state’s 81 school districts based […]

BPW plans no rate hike for the coming year

Here’s good news for ratepayers pinching pennies – Gaffney Board of Public Works General Manager Donnie Hardin said he will not recommend a rate hike in the utility’s new fiscal year budget. That 2021-’22 budget will get a once over when the board’s commissioners meet Tuesday for their annual longrange planning workshop. In addition, Hardin said he will propose a […]

Those 65 or older now eligible for vaccine

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced that beginning Monday, February 8, any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. DHEC’s online tool at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows locations currently accepting appointments for COVID-19 […]