Supreme Court ruling handcuffs police

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upended 28 years of police practice when the high court decided to place a limitation on an officer’s ability to search a vehicle after an arrest. Based on an appeal out of Arizona, the high court decided in a narrow 5-4 decision that police need a search warrant to search a vehicle if the […]

Prayer celebration Thursday at noon

"May your unfailing love rest upon us, o Lord, even as we put our hope in you."

It’s great to know you’re on someone’s mind, especially when they bow their heads in prayer. Cherokee County pastors, church leaders and residents will take many of the nation’s critical needs to the Lord in prayer on Thursday, celebrating the annual National Day of Prayer. This is the 58th year the day of prayer has been held nationwide. This year’s […]

Kenneth Wright will perform at Peach Festival, serve as parade grand marshal

Country music artist Kenneth Wright will return to his Gaffney roots July 18 for the South Carolina Peach Festival. Wright is the grand marshal for the Peach Festival parade and will perform in concert later in the day with his band, The Hostile Witnesses. Parade organizer Darren Mason said Wright will sign autographs and promote his new CD “Good Guy, […]

County, Republic extend contract

Cherokee County Council Finance Committee Chairman Charles Mathis called it a good deal for the county. Cherokee County Councilman Bailey Humphries described it as a good deal for Republic Services. However you view it, the county and Republic Services extended its existing transfer station agreement for another 12 years. Republic Services’ current contract with the county expires in 2013. The […]

ADRC mobile unit at Gaffney Senior Center

The Aging and Disability and Resource Center announced last year its expansion into all six counties of the Upstate. The center was developed in response to the growing need for consumers who may be elderly and disabled to become informed about resources particular to their specific age or diagnosis. These requests may be for local information or state/federal programs such […]


The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported the theft of nearly $1,500 in appliances from a Blacksburg mobile home. According to a police report, a Whirlpool heating and air conditioning unit, a Samsung air conditioning unit, a refrigerator and a stove were taken from a mobile home in the Busch Mobile Home Park on Jordan Lane between April 28 and […]

Bethel Senior Day Care clients enjoy activities

The clients and staff of Bethel Senior Day Care Center, located at 218 Dr. L.M. Rosemond Lane, celebrated a variety of events recently. The center marked Black History Month with special guests Rufus H. Foster Jr. and the Rev. L.C. Knuckles as speakers. The two shared stories about local and national African-American achievements. Clients enjoyed making arts and crafts projects […]


Disturbing letters shouldn't have been destroyed

Dear Annie: Please advise your readers not to hold onto any letters that contain family information or intimate details of a relationship that should remain secret. I was cleaning out my mother-in-law’s house after her death and came upon letters addressed to “My dearest wife and son,” written while my father-in-law was away at war. As I started to read, […]



Kaylin - Sarratt

Kristen Nicole Kaylin and Jonathan Keith Sarratt, both of Blacksburg, will be married on June 27, 2009, at Abingdon Creek Baptist Church in Gaffney. Miss Kaylin is the daughter of Chris and Renee Upchurch and Kevin and Donna Kaylin, all of Gaffney. Her grandparents are Judy Tadlock of Blacksburg, Ernest and Georgia Wisyanski of Irwin, Pa., and the late Billy […]