Latest Spartanburg News

Wofford runs past Gardner-Webb to earn 1st win, 49-10

Sep. 21, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Joe Newman passed for 67 yards and a touchdown and ran for 155 yards and another score as Wofford picked up its first win of the season, rolling past Gardner-Webb 49-10 in a nonconference game Saturday night. After starting the season ranked No. 8 in the Football Championship...

DNA cracks 32 year old cold case; killer now dead too

Sep. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say DNA has helped them determine the man who killed a neighbor in South Carolina 32 years ago is now dead himself. Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright says 44-year-old James Larry Smith was attacked and beaten with a hammer in his home in December 1987 and remained in a...

Contraband arrest appears related to SC inmate's escape

Sep. 16, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of a South Carolina prison food service employee on a contraband charge appears to be related to an inmate who escaped for about 14 hours. Arrest warrants say 58-year-old Orbadella Garrett was taken into custody Sunday trying to smuggle $400 of tobacco...

Former inmate works with nonprofit to help prisoner reentry

Sep. 16, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Upstate suffers from a labor shortage, and a few businesses are turning to a former prison inmate for help. In 2003, Don Williams was days away from finishing a year-long sentence for a drug trafficking charge at the Broad River Correctional Facility when he got a call from his...

Samford earns first win, upsets FCS No. 21 Wofford 21-14

Sep. 14, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Chris Oladokun dashed 30 yards for the game-winning score in the third quarter as Samford earned its first win of the season by knocking off Wofford, 21-14 in a Southern Conference opener Saturday. Samford starred the season with a 45-22 loss to Youngstown State and a heartbreaker...

32-mile trail system planned for South Carolina county

Sep. 8, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Plans for a trail system would connect 32 miles across upstate South Carolina, in what a health-promotion group is calling the Daniel Morgan Trail System. The plan by Partners for Active Living will connect current trails throughout Spartanburg County, adding five major new trails,...

Prison litter crew's driver arrested on contraband charge

Sep. 7, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prisoners on a litter crew picked up more than trash with the alleged help of a state Department of Corrections employee. News outlets report state corrections officials say a driver assigned to the litter crew at minimum-security Livesay Correctional Institution took inmates to spots...

Gay man at helm of conversion therapy crusade changes course

Sep. 3, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who founded one of the nation's biggest conversion therapy ministries has something to say: he's gay. The Post and Courier reports Hope for Wholeness founder McKrae Game came out of the closet this summer, nearly two years after he was fired from the...

10 Democrats set for next debate as several others miss cut

Aug. 29, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling Democratic presidential candidates are facing the bad news that they are not among the 10 who have qualified for the next debate, a predicament that is likely to spell doom for their campaigns. Hours ahead of a midnight Wednesday deadline to qualify, New York Sen. Kirsten...

Biden pledges 'absolute wall' between job, family business

Aug. 28, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that in all his decades in public office, he has never talked to any family members about their private business dealings. And he promised "an absolute wall" between government and his family's financial interests should he...