2021-12-27 E-Edition

Police department moving? Chief wants to

City of Gaffney Police Chief Gerald Knight believes he has found a new home for his department. Knight would like to acquire Mary Bramlett Elementary School, which was closed at the end of the 2020-2021 school year in a school consolidation. The school offers a much larger space for the police department, which he said is already pushing capacity in […]


Judges and staff members at the Cherokee County Magistrate’s Office got into the Christmas spirit Friday with their 15th annual “Ugly Sweater” contest. Magistrate Bart Howell earned bragging rights with a sweater so ugly he hid in the back for this group photo after being judged the winner by assistant county administrator Merv Bishop. Pictured left to right are Leslie […]


Occupation: Head Baseball Coach, Limestone University Hometown: Greenville, SC Family: Wife, Tiffany, and 9-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son Education: College Of Charleston, 2006 Favorite book: “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell Favorite movie: Princess Bride Favorite song: “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman Favorite entertainer: Bruno Mars Favorite food: Steak Hobbies: Hunting, golf, woodworking Dream car: GMC Sierra Denali […]

Flu cases rise dramatically

As families celebrate the holiday season, state health officials are encouraging more people to get vaccine shots to prevent a possible “twindemic” outbreak of the flu and COVID-19. Seasonal flu cases have increased markedly over last year with 1,095 flu cases from Dec. 12-18, 2021, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In comparison, there were […]

GHS senior receives national honor

Atlanta, Ga. — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced Meleeah U. Jefferies from Gaffney, SC, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS co-founder and president James W. Lewis. “On behalf of NSHSS and […]

Churches asked to participate

Dr. Michael Bridges, Moderator of Thickety Mountain Baptist Association along with Sister Dorothy Manning, President of the Thickety Mtn. Baptist Woman’s Convention support The South Carolina (State) Baptist (Men’s) Missionary Convention initiative by writing cards to inmates housed in the SC Department of Corrections. Bridges is requesting that each church prepare 50 cards (3in X 5in) with brief messages of […]

Limestone students & Rotary members show appreciation to First Responders

Limestone University exercise science capstone students and the Rotary Club of Blacksburg teamed up recently to show their gratitude to the City of Gaffney Firefighters and the workforce at Cherokee Medical Center in Gaffney for their tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The students wrote over 250 inspirational and supportive messages on index cards that were posted on a wall […]

State park rangers to host New Year’s hikes across SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Rangers at South Carolina state parks plan to kick of 2022 by leading hikes across the state on New Year’s Day. The First Day Hike program has walks ranging from half a mile (800 meters) to 5 miles (8 kilometers) all throughout the day varying from leisurely strolls to strenuous workouts. The hikes include looking at […]

Brenda Blanton

Gaffney, SC – Brenda Kay Allen Blanton, 78, of 304 Cresthaven Drive, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 24, 2021 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of the late Winfred Blanton and the daughter of the late Margaret Allen Parris and step-daughter of the late Claude Parris. She was a […]