Trustees put Gaffney High on right ‘track’

Eight-lane rubberized surface will cost $440,000

A Gaffney High track will be built at the same time that the school gets a new football stadium. School trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to build an eight-lane competition rubberized track on the current Gaffney High soccer practice field. The project will include aluminum bleachers, restrooms and a track and field area so the Big 16 school can host track […]


Local eateries will be featured on popular series of programs

Harold’s Restaurant, Daddy Joe’s Beach House Barbecue & Grill and Kelly’s Steakhouse will be joining a wide variety of South Carolina originals on TV this fall when South Carolina Educational Television presents its Foothills edition of the Road Show. “From Nov. 9-15, the Road Show tours the Foothills of South Carolina revealing the genteel grace and timeless treasures of this […]

Peeler wins runoff race for District 5 council seat

Boone Peeler is following in his father’s political footsteps. Peeler, the son of State Senator Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney), won the runoff Tuesday for the City of Gaffney District 5 council seat with 232 votes. Rebecca Cudd- Addington, who lost a hard-fought campaign for mayor two years ago in a runoff, got 176 votes. Peeler was particularly strong in the Central […]

Blacksburg High ninth grade addition project will be re-bid

After the initial bids came in $300,000 over budget, school trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to re-bid the Blacksburg High ninth grade addition next month. Sossamon Construction of Gaffney and Randolph Builders of Charlotte were the lowest bidders at an Aug. 17 bid opening for the school’s ninth grade addition and a football field house. Sossamon had a base bid of […]

Attorney general will determine if charges will be filed in accident that killed 8-year-old girl

The S.C. Attorney General’s Office (SCAG) will determine if charges will be filed against a Gaffney man whose pickup struck and killed an 8-year-old girl. “The S.C. Highway Patrol has completed its report and submitted it to the (Seventh Circuit) Solicitor’s Office,” said Mark Plowden of the SCAG. “The solicitor’s office has asked us to review the matter due to […]

City council increases bonuses to $1,000

Christmas comes early

Good news for city employees – Gaffney City Council on Monday unanimously approved increasing the Christmas bonus from $500 to $1,000. Councilmen will also receive the bonus. When the measure appeared on the agenda, it also included a steep pay raise for city council members. But councilman Johnny Little amended the measure to omit council’s pay hike from the motion. […]


School board member Ola Copeland reacts Tuesday evening to the unveiling of a portrait honoring her for serving as board chair from 2003- 2004. Superintendent Dr. Bill James and current board chairperson Sandra Greene presented the portrait at a reception honoring Copeland prior to the school board meeting.

Three incumbent trustees face opposition: one remains unopposed

Political newcomers David Bridges and Tena Byars will challenge incumbent Mike Ellis for the District 1 school trustee seat. Bridges works at the Milliken plant in Spartanburg and has two children who attend Gaffney High School. “I have always wanted to run for the school board. I decided to run this time because I feel there are a lot of […]

Granard tightens up dress code

The “tuck rule” has become a part of the Granard Middle School dress code. The school is requiring all boys to wear their shirts tucked in. Granard Middle Principal Charles Wright has received complaints from a few parents who don’t understand why their children have to comply with the tuck requirement. Wright said he believes how a student dresses in […]

Blacksburg man caught, charged by Gaffney police

A Blacksburg man was arrested on drug charges after he ran from a police officer who caught him breaking into an automobile at 9:20 p.m. Monday, according to reports at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Gaffney Police Department. Brittin Le’Nard Dawkins, 19, of 146 Crawford Road, is charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of marijuana […]