2021-05-26 E-Edition

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Mrs. Emma Houston celebrated her 100th birthday on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021. To continue reading this article, log in or click here to subscribe.

New home construction continues steady climb

The new housing surge continued in April. There were 17 new homes permitted in April, up from nine in the same month in 2020. There were 20 new home starts here in March. New home starts for the year are up 11 from 50 in the first four months of 2020 to 61 so far in 2021 — what amounts […]

Unemployment rate here falls below 6% but still above state average

Governor McMaster orders an end to federal supplements

Fewer Cherokee County residents were out of work in April as the state’s participation in federal pandemic jobless benefits ends. Local unemployment rates declined slightly from 6% in March to 5.9% in April. Cherokee County remained above the state’s 5% unemployment rate, according to the latest figures released May 21. The state’s unemployment has declined four straight months since starting […]

Mae Frances Sarratt: ‘I really am a writer’

The only one. Mae Frances Sarratt has been ‘the only one’ more times than she can count. The only Black student in her grade. The only Black nurse. The only Black board member. Sarratt is sharing her story of being ‘the only one’ and how she persevered in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul series, “I’m Speaking Now: Black […]


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A vending machine of a different kind

Blacksburg Primary has a new vending machine that serves a different purpose than caring for the sweet tooths of its young students. Instead of candy or drinks, this vending machine holds books. The books will be given at no cost to the students. They earn “I love reading” tokens to use in the vending machine as rewards for meeting reading […]


Darrell Cobb grew an 18.85 pound head of cabbage in 2012. Cobb said he plans to beat that record this year, as is proclaimed in the Facebook post shown here. The inset photo shows Cobb with his prize 2012 cabbage. To continue reading this article, log in or click here to subscribe.

‘ACHIEVE’ing her goals

Rylee Retcho received an early graduation gift when she was awarded a new laptop computer before she starts college. Retcho became the second ACHIEVE program graduate to receive a computer from the Upstate Workforce Investment Board. The computer was provided through a $1,500 grant from Broad River Electric Cooperative. ACHIEVE is an education and employment program that serves young adults […]


These trolls don’t live under bridges

From time to time people post negative comments on social media about something we have published or about me personally. The same is true about most any business that deals with the public, especially restaurants. Most targets of those posts aren’t quite sure how to respond or even if they should respond. Individuals are not immune to the character assassination […]