2021-06-16 E-Edition

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Accidents on Floyd Baker Boulevard are becoming almost as commonplace as they are on I-85. The one shown here happened Friday afternoon near the entrance to Chick-fil-A. There did not appear to be any injuries although both cars were heavily damaged. To continue reading this article, log in or click here to subscribe.

HOKE PARRIS: A man of his word

Finished with happy talk after a Cherokee County Council meeting, Hoke Parris would let you know he was ready to go by saying, “Let’s go home to Draytonville.” Although Draytonville was his home, Parris made everybody – no matter where they lived – feel like part of his family. A fixture on council for nearly three decades and the fourth […]

Mayor criticized for planning celebration

A Gaffney City Councilwoman vented Monday that singling out new Gaffney Police Chief Gerald Knight for special treatment is hurting employee morale. Councilwoman Monita Dawkins said word on the street was that Gaffney Mayor Dr. Randy Moss was planning another celebratory event following the official swearing-in of Knight on July 2. It was suggested that Moss was considering renting Jolly […]

Proposed school tax hike shot down by trustees

“Hell no!” shouted Barry Bailey when a fellow school trustee suggested the board vote on a maximum 9.2- mill tax increase and add 13 new positions in next year’s budget. Trustees were not swayed by superintendent Dr. Dana Fall’s advocacy Monday for any tax increase to help balance an $80.5 million budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The proposed budget […]


Many former students, teachers and parents visited Goucher Elementary Thursday for a final goodbye to the longtime community school. Cafeteria tables were lined with old photographs spanning school life. There was a black and white photo showing the original school building in 1951 alongside tables filled with photos of students involved in activities over the past several decades. School-related chatter […]

City passes final reading of tax break ordinance for historic structures

Only property owners in the Gaffney historic commercial district will be eligible for a tax break that is more commonly known as the Bailey Bill. Three months after passing first reading, Gaffney City Council passed final reading of the ordinance following a recommendation by its Building and Grounds Committee to limit the tax break to those structures in the Gaffney […]

New talent night July 15

The Blacksburg Rotary Club is again sponsoring the South Carolina Peach Festival New Talent Night. The event will be held Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. in Fullerton Auditorium on the campus of Limestone University. There will be two age categories: 15 and older and under 15. A $100 prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each […]

Juneteenth celebration planned for Saturday


Juneteenth, short for June 19, is celebrated as the day slavery in the United States was ended. In 1865, on June 19, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news the war had ended and slaves were freed. This date was more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was signed. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on […]

Limestone expanding graduate school offerings

Limestone University is expanding its graduate school offerings with the launch of a new master of science degree in Health Informatics in August. Limestone plans to offer the master’s degree completely online and is currently taking applications for its first cohort group in August. It is designed to provide graduates advanced computer and specialized skills in managing data to help […]