What it takes to be a real man

On the wall above my computer is the mounted bill, complete with picture and hook, of the blue marlin I caught in 1987. When threading my way through writing a column, I often look up at the wall to think where I am going with the column. Often my thinking becomes a diversion. As I stare at the memorabilia of […]

Hey, look, up in the sky — BANG!

Welcome to today’s seminar. I’ve reached the age where I automatically dismiss what I perceive to be baloney. And there’s a lot of baloney out there. But perhaps the biggest slice, or maybe even a whole roll, of baloney is the one referred to as “The Big Bang Theory.” I’m talking about the scientific concept, not the hit TV show, […]


County sizzles while heat advisories issued

County residents baked under scorching temperatures this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory. Temperatures averaged in the upper 90s throughout the weekend in Cherokee County and reached a high of 100 degrees Sunday afternoon. While no records were broken, the National Weather Service said the heat index reached 105 to 109 degrees for several hours. […]

Home Builders Association joins forces with Habitat

Keeping water nearby as they worked under the hot Cherokee County sun, local carpenters hammered away Friday at a project whose end result will make some lucky area resident’s dream of home ownership come true. Making it an option for those who never believed it possible, the local Habitat for Humanity was the recipient of help from members of the […]

“Rocking for a Cure”

Providence Baptist Church Pastor Scott Peterson (left) and Salem Presbyterian Church pastor Toby Pope enjoy the shade Saturday morning at Peachtree Centre while involved in a “Rocking for a Cure” fundraiser for the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. (Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL)

Kayak outing turns tragic

A Rock Hill woman drowned in the Broad River near Blacksburg on Friday evening shortly before a planned kayak trip. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as Teresa Ann Laney, 49, of 1505 Norris Drive. An autopsy performed Saturday morning confirmed Laney drowned but Fowler said he is waiting on toxicology results before he issues a final ruling […]

…Council among highest paid

Council members here are on the high end of the wage scale in comparison to cities with comparable populations. Gaffney council members earn $6,484 a year, according to the latest Municipal Association of South Carolina compensation survey. Only three of the 14 cities statewide with a population between 10,001 to 20,000 earn more. West Columbia council members are the highestpaid […]

Residents here among lowest paid…

On average, working men and women here bring home less income than friends and family members who live in bordering counties. In a South Carolina Association of Counties report, Cherokee County ranked lowest in per capita personal income based on 2007 data in comparison to bordering counties and had the second-lowest per capita personal income of counties with a population […]

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