Gaffney Fire Capt. Jody Brasington (right) presents fire chief Steve Blanton a photo collage featuring pictures of his firefighters and fire trucks during Blanton’s retirement dinner Thursday. “We have a fire department in this town that’s second to none,” Blanton said. “The people in this community have a lot to be proud of. The volunteer firefighters of this county look […]

2 people killed in fiery crash; bodies burned too badly to ID

Two people were killed after their car overturned and caught fire just before 4 a.m. today. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner said the bodies were so badly burned that dental records will have to be used to identify them. The coroner’s office along with the Multi-Jurisdictional Accident Investigation Team […]

Low bid on next phase of school projects nearly $1.4 million under budget

Local contractor Sossamon Construction was the apparent winner of a contract to build a new Limestone Learning Center and 6- classroom Goucher Elementary addition when bids were opened Thursday. The company submitted a total bid of $5,616,000. The Gaffney contractor came in nearly $1.4 million under the $7 million construction budget. Sossamon Construction was one of six contractors that bid […]

Timberland, Limited Too newest tenants at ‘yellow mall’

A global leader in premium footwear, apparel and accessories for consumers who value the outdoors and a company known for its apparel for active ‘tween girls will open stores at Prime Outlets – Gaffney, according to a news release issued Thursday. Timberland Factory Store will open a 4,200-square-foot store Friday, June 22. The store will be located in space 660. […]


It might be difficult to convince Cherokee County residents that drought conditions exist. Afternoon thunderstorms this week have dumped varying degrees of rain (right) and even some marble-sized hailstones (bottom) on the area.

Gaffney man sentenced for drug trafficking

A Gaffney man whom police have said was part of a local family drug ring was sentenced to 11 1/2 years Thursday after pleading guilty to trafficking drugs. Shannon Davidson of Gaffney pleaded guilty in Spartanburg to 2nd-offense trafficking powder cocaine greater than 28 grams, a charge punishable by a sentence of seven to 30 years in prison. Davidson will […]

Man arrested for forcing himself on wife

A man has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to force himself on his wife on Tuesday, a report at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office states. Billy Wayne Laughlin, 46, of 123 Club View Drive, Gaffney, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct. He has been released from the Cherokee County Detention Center on $35,000 bond. The 44-year-old woman told […]

Dancing not OK

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) – Beaufort High School students are having to do a fast two-step away from a rule that allowed students to take dance instead of physical education. The state passed a law in 1995 closing that loophole, but the information never got to the district, which kept letting students glide across the ballroom instead of throwing a ball […]

Two women caught using bogus travelers checks

Two Massachusetts women were arrested after they allegedly went on a shopping spree with counterfeit American Express travelers checks. Officers with the Gaffney Police Department charged Virginia Ann Johnson, 20, of Boston, and Sydney Lerai Davis, 21, of Dorchester with three counts of forgery each. Officer John Fuller responded to Prime Outlets – Gaffney at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving […]

Peach Festival organizers looking for a parade grand marshall

The South Carolina Peach Festival is still looking for a grand marshall as preparations continue for this year’s parade. The festival will mail out 500 letters next week to Chamber of Commerce members with information about the parade, event chairperson T.J. Huggin said. The festival plans to announce a grand marshall in the next couple of weeks. This year’s parade […]