Cherokee County man was on his way to go fishing

Driver dies in I-85 pileup

A Blacksburg man going to fish at Lake Hartwell was one of three people killed in a horrific wreck involving four vehicles that shut down Interstate 85 for hours Saturday in Anderson County. The wreck occurred at 11:24 a.m. near Mile Marker 22 when the driver of a southbound 2003 Volvo tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road, […]

Friday Night Fighters return to Gaffney for Round 2

While extremely warm temperatures impacted attendance at the Friday Night Fights in downtown Gaffney, the roster of bicycle racers who entered showed the downtown races are attracting participants from an increasing wide range. Billed by city officials and the racing promoter, Two Up Sports, as a way to showcase Gaffney, several racers came from as far away as Colombia — […]

Your data plan is about to get more expensive

Smartphone owners might now want to think twice when it comes to how they use their cellular devices. The days of unlimited data plans are no more, with Verizon offering plans according to the amount of data which subscribers use beginning July 11. Following a similar move made by AT&T last summer, the phone company allows customers to choose between […]


Name of alternative school isn’t the only thing changed

New program will operate on block schedule

The Cherokee County School District has changed the name and focus of an alternative school program used to serve struggling students in the county’s high schools. Copeland Academy is the new name for the district’s alternative school program and is named in honor of former school trustee Ola Copeland. Similar to college, director Page McCraw said the new academy program […]

County set to begin redistricting

Recently completed census showed population growth in Council Districts 2, 3 and 6

Are you ready for some redistricting talk? Cherokee County Interim Administrator Ben Clary said he expects to begin discussions on council’s proposed redistricting plan as early as next month. Clary said Bobby Bowers, the state’s chief statistician, has been focused on the state’s new 7th Congressional district but will be turning his attention to local governments’ new voting maps. Clary […]


An 87-year-old Gaffney man was taken for medical treatment Sunday morning following a single-car crash on College Drive. Gaffney police didn’t immediately release a report on the incident but the resident of Fernwood Drive apparently was headed west on College Drive when he struck a utility pole on the right side of the roadway, a short distance from the Cherokee […]

Adult Ed gets $46,000 grant

The Cherokee County Adult Education program received another $46,000 for a pilot project aimed at preparing students for higher education. Cherokee County was selected this spring to pilot a Carolina Stackable Certificates program launched by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. The venture provides a way for adult education students to enroll early in a college program while completing their […]

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry

News in the coming weeks will trumpet the fact that the South Carolina lottery — excuse us, the South Carolina Education Lottery — is about to complete the second most lucrative year in its 10-year history. That sure is some … news. We don’t know whether to laugh or to cry . On the one hand, it’s good to hear […]

Voter recall legislation long overdue

State Attorney General Alan Wilson has taken the evenhanded step of sending the ethics case of Lt. Gov. Ken Ard to the state grand jury for investigation of possible criminal wrongdoing. It moves the case out of the political realm to a venue where it can presumably be dealt with expeditiously. Who could object? Well, state Democratic leaders want Ard […]