Burned baby case nets father 3-year sentence

A 30-year-old Gaffney man admitted he didn’t check the temperature of his baby’s bath water before putting her into a tub Feb. 7, 2010, a day that left the then 15-day-old infant with second-degree burns and permanent scarring. Travis Marlowe Garrison, whose address is listed in court records as Oak Wood Drive, pleaded guilty in Cherokee County General Sessions Court […]

Prosecutors rely on video recording in crack cocaine case

Following a lengthy jury selection process during which two jurors were released from service after they had already been picked, trial got under way Tuesday afternoon for a Gaffney man charged with selling a $10 crack rock to a confidential informant working with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. James Ray Byers Jr., 28, whose address is listed in court records […]


Creating jobs and more on the Voter ID legislation

The House this year is improving the economy and helping the private sector create jobs. Earlier in the session, the House approved new legislation protecting businesses from frivolous and unfounded lawsuits. The legislation has still not been passed by the state Senate. This week, the House opened new avenues of funding for our state’s small businesses by passing new tax […]


A couple of things kinda jumped out at me

Far be it from me to question the hiring decisions of the Cherokee County School Board or the recommendations made by the superintendent. Lord knows nothing I have written in the past on this subject has had any impact on who was hired or who was fired. Additionally, nothing I have written has changed the way this learned body conducts […]

Gaffney really rolled out the red carpet for this exhibit

Dear Editor: Gaffney really rolled out the red carpet for the opening of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” recently at the visitors Center. On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Humanities Council SC, we thank you for being our kickoff site, the first of 12 locations in this two-year tour. Our deepest appreciation […]

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Unemployment rates down

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent for the first time in more than two years, signaling a slow but steady recovery, economists and state officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Employment and Workforce said South Carolina’s jobless rate was 9.9 in March, compared with 10.2 in February. The national unemployment rate was 8.8 […]


City corrects omissions in zoning ordinance

In what amounted to a couple of simple omissions, the Gaffney City Planning Commission this week reviewed four changes to the city’s zoning ordinance. Likely the biggest change was to add properties zoned college educational to the paved parking lot requirement. The change was in response to a new building at Limestone College. Under the change, college education properties are […]

Church names director of music

David Hodges has been named the music director at Limestone Presbyterian Chuch. He grew up near Greenwood, where he attended school in Ware Shoals, and spent time with extended family in Greenwood. At 16, he was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Ware Shoals. David is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music, as well […]