Festival gets biggest slice of A-Tax pie

Like a long-lost rich uncle, the Gaffney Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee made life a little easier for some local financially strapped nonprofit organizations Wednesday. If Gaffney City Council goes along with the committee’s recommendations, 11 organizations will receive a slice of the $30,000 A-Tax revenues. The money, generated from a tax on hotel stays, must be spent on touristrelated projects […]

Nestle honors retiring principal

For the past 35 years, Bertha Harris has been planting seeds of knowledge in young minds. Nestle honored the retiring principal’s career at B.D. Lee Elementary on Thursday by planting a magnolia tree as her last group of fifth grade students prepared to graduate. Harris has been at B.D. Lee Elementary for 29 years – one year as a teacher […]

Students get one more shot at exit exam

Cherokee County Adult Education will give county students another chance to pass the state’s exit exam and earn their high school diploma this summer. The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) exit exam will be given July 18-20 at the adult education office in the district’s Limestone Learning Center. The English section will be given on July 18-19 followed by the […]

City boss will present balanced budget with no tax hikes

Surprise. Surprise. Gaffney City Administrator James Taylor told the finance committee Thursday he plans to present a balanced proposed budget that includes no tax increase at Monday’s council meeting. Rising insurance, fuel, utility and debt service costs created a $380,000 shortfall, but Taylor said he was able to balance the proposed $9,849,721 spending plan by forcing each department to cut […]

Woman secretly graduates 26 years after dropping out of high school

Fannie Propst closed the book on her secret project when she received her high school equivalency diploma at Thursday’s adult education graduation ceremony at Gaffney High. Propst dropped out of high school in Greensboro, N.C., when she was 16. She secretly enrolled in the Cherokee County Adult Education program last June to complete the high school education she walked away […]


The Cherokee County Republican Party will host a candidate rally Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8 at the Lake Whelchel picnic pavilion. Most of the state and local GOP candidates are expected to appear. Refreshments will be served.


The postseason honors continue to roll in for members of the Limestone women’s lacrosse team. Kristen Black was named to the first team AllAmerica, while Marissa Pesce and Kelly Lickert earned second team honors. All three players were selected to the IWLCA All-South Region team.

Gaffney woman chosen as hospice’s nurse of the year

Gaffney’s Carolyn Baugham has been named the 2006 Nurse of the Year for Interim HealthCare. Baugham, a nurse for the past 10 years, has been involved with the hospice care for only one year. “When I heard about it three weeks ago, I was stunned,” Baugham said. “I was proud, but stunned. I had no idea I had even been […]

Preliminary report out on Bauer’s plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report regarding S.C. Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer’s plane crash in Blacksburg. Bauer, and his co-pilot, 77year-old John Leonhardt, were both injured in the 6:30 p.m. crash on May 23. Bauer, 37, and Leonhardt were taking off from a privately owned dirt runway in Blacksburg near Highway 198 and Whites Farm […]

Sunnydale Meats hits 50 year mark

If you’re looking to start grilling some hamburgers in Gaffney now that summer cookout season is here, you’ll probably be using beef from Sunnydale Meats. The local packing company has been a tradition for the past 50 years. “We used to be in a little white building beside Gaffney Middle School,” said Tony Hopper, co-owner of the company. “We moved […]