2021-09-17 E-Edition

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GHS grad traveled world as president’s bodyguard

Ronnie Martin has traveled throughout the United States and into Europe protecting former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. The 23-year-old U.S. Marine was tapped in August of 2018 to serve as a member of the president’s security guard. That appointment came less than a year after he entered the Marine Corps. The 2017 Gaffney High graduate enlisted during […]

Clerk of Court sues county

In the irony of ironies, the Cherokee County Clerk of Court is headed to court in a dispute with Cherokee County. Cherokee County Clerk of Court Brandy McBee filed suit over state monies she claims the county owes her. The lawsuit states the county has violated The South Carolina Wage Payment Act for its failure to pay her the annual […]

Escapee captured

An escaped Cherokee County inmate who walked away from a work detail was captured Wednesday with help from the Spartanburg County Sheriff ’s Office Bradley Scott Johnston, 34, of 119 Pacolet Highway, Gaffney, was captured in the woods without incident and transported to Cherokee County Detention Center Wednesday at 11 a.m. after a police chase, Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller […]


DIAPER RUN — The Warriors for Christ held their twice-annual diaper run for the Cherokee Pregnancy Center Saturday. The group of Christian motorcycle riders filled up a board room table with diapers and wipes to be given to pregnant women in need. Numerous crib mattresses were also donated. Executive director Donna Proctor said the donations were the most ever received […]

Man drowns in local pond

A Spartanburg man drowned in a Cherokee County farm pond Thursday afternoon. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as Quintin Jamar Pritchett of 810 Hospitality Drive. “Pritchett and some friends were at the private lake on Wild Turkey Drive just off Quarter Round Road in southern Cherokee County when the incident occurred about 6:10 p.m.,” Fowler said in […]

State reaches 50% vaccination rate

South Carolina officially reached a milestone Thursday with 50% of its eligible residents now fully vaccinated for the coronavirus. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced in July that 50% of residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Today’s milestone is more significant as it puts South Carolina that much closer towards a […]

Timmy Manning

Gaffney —Timmy Ladon Manning age 48 of 1701 W. Buford Street, Gaffney SC., transitioned from this life on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was the son of Mr. Julius “JP” Manning Sr., and Mrs. Juanita Ellis Manning. He was a 1992 graduate of Gaffney High School. He was employed at Ply Gem – Cornerstone as a Process Technician for 28 […]

Renee Phillips

Gaffney, SC —Renee Pitts Phillips, 62, of 509 E. Montgomery Street, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Spartanburg Medical Center-Mary Black Campus. Born in Spartanburg, she was the widow of the late Thomas Metz Phillips and daughter of the late George Wesley Pitts and Agnes Eloise Revis Pitts. She was a homemaker, a […]

Brian Elder

Gaffney —Brian “Keith” Elder, 51, died at his home on Monday, September 13, 2021 after an inspiring battle with cancer. Keith grew up in Gaffney, SC and was a very proud graduate of Clemson University. He had a master’s degree in civil engineering and was recently retired from TVA after 26 years of service. Before retirement, he was the senior […]