Scholar Theme removing /modifying Spotlight

Would much appreciate help with this.

Am exploring making changes to Scholar theme. Am a newbie to wordpress, but have done some PHP.

I have been trying to edit the home page, such as modifying removing Spotlight by changing the template-homepage.php but my edits don't seem to make any difference.

I did my tests by choosing the Editor link under Themes on the WP dashboard then selecting template-homepage.php. then clicking Update File after making changes.

I can find the code for Spotlight but even if remove it Spotlight is still there on the Home page. How do I get my changes to take?

Thanks in advance.

William