School superintendent staying put

Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Bill James has withdrawn as a candidate for director of a Spartanburg Technical College branch campus opening here. Spartanburg Technical College will open a branch campus in Cherokee County off Highway 11 in the fall of 2007. The branch campus will offer general education courses for college students and continuing education courses for local workers […]

‘Yellow mall’ boss wins 10K on game show

Prime Outlets at Gaffney general manager Patricia Byrd became the first South Carolinian to win on NBC’s Deal or No Deal game show Monday evening, and she did it from the comfort of her own home. Byrd said winning $10,000 by correctly guessing which suitcase held the cash has been surreal. She e-mailed her entry to the show and after […]

Earning manager title from Cancer Society a bittersweet accomplishment for Thomson

For Gaffney native Harlan Thomson, the 2006 Cherokee County Relay for Life will be like a homecoming – and the next step in a quest against the disease that is slowly killing his mother. “I grew up in Gaffney, and getting to come back and do the relay this year is a wonderful thing,” said Thomson. But he will play […]

New WAGI tower site approved by FCC

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) approved a local radio station’s application to construct a new transmitter tower closer to the lucrative Charlotte market, making WAGI-FM more appealing to potential buyers. The application was approved late last week. “It’s good news when the FCC grants the construction application permit,” said Dick Kinard, chief executive officer of Gaffney Broadcasting. Kinard is also […]

Gaffney High School instructor honored as teacher of the year

Gaffney High French teacher Renee McFalls was honored Tuesday as both the school district and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. McFalls was among 18 top local teachers honored by area Wal-Mart stores from Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union County. Each winning teacher will receive $1,000 for their school, a $100 gift card to buy classroom supplies, a Teacher of the Year […]

Grant will help BPW upgrade facility

A U.S. House appropriations subcommittee has approved $500,000 in federal funds to upgrade a Gaffney Board of Public Works water treatment plant, U.S. Rep. John Spratt has announced. “This assistance will help the BPW increase treatment capacity from 6 million to 9 million gallons per day,” Sprat said. “Industrial customers like Nestle, the largest employer in the county, sought the […]

Congregation honors Dr. Duvall for 30 years at Macedonia Baptist

The congregation at Macedonia Baptist Church recognized their pastor, Dr. Terry Duvall, for 30 years of service this month and gave him the “Heart of the Servant” award, too, created by the church to recognize Duvall’s dedication. “It was a really a huge surprise that they gave me the award,” Duvall said. “I was shocked and very humbled. The scripture […]

PACT testing schedule well underway

It’s PACT testing time for Cherokee County students. From now until May 16, students in grades 3-8 will be taking different portions of the state’s Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT). Students will get a chance to show their knowledge on tests in English, math, science and social studies. Many of the PACT test questions are “open ended” so the answers […]


Residents who wish to vote in the June 13 primary elections must register by Saturday, May 13. If your address has changed since the last election, call the Voter Registration Office at (864) 487-2563 no later than May 13. The Voter Registration Office is located in Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. […]

Two arrested after man shot outside restaurant

Blacksburg man suffers gunshot wound to his leg, truck hit 3 times

Two Gaffney men were arrested following a shooting outside Bronco’s restaurant at 1014 Floyd Baker Blvd. at approximately 11 p.m. Friday. Detective Sgt. Ron Ramsey of the Gaffney Police Department has charged 20year-old Preston M. Kesler of 107 Lincoln Drive with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Kesler remains at the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a […]