Struggling economy hits home

58 Freightliner employees laid off

Citing the lingering effects of the economic downturn on its business, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. announced Monday it will be handing out pink slips to 58 workers at its Gaffney plant. The layoffs, which will be based on seniority, will go into effect Oct. 24. A spokesperson for Portland, Ore.-based Daimler Trucks North America, the parent company of Freightliner Custom […]

Touchberry apparently among candidates for alternative school boss job

Former Blacksburg High principal Jim Touchberry could be a top candidate to become director of Cherokee County alternative school. Touchberry served as Blacksburg High principal for seven years until the district opted not to re-hire any retired employees this past school year. The popular principal’s name has surfaced in recent discussions concerning a replacement for outgoing alternative school director Page […]

Miss Jones, Mr. McDowell wed Sept. 3

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Patterson Jones of Gaffney announce the marriage of their daughter, Erica Joy, to Daniel August McDowell, Jr. on Saturday, September 3, 2011. The five o’clock double ring ceremony was held at Grassy Pond Baptist Church of Gaffney with the Reverend Terry Lanford officiating. The entrance to the sanctuary was adorned with wreaths of hydrangeas, roses, Bells […]

Witten – Kaemmerlen

Mr. and Mrs. David A. Witten of Sykesville, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Lynn, to Stephen Robert Kaemmerlen of Gaffney. Miss Witten is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Witten Sr. of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Russell S. Sprinkel Sr. of Sabillasville, Md., and the late Mr. Sprinkel. A 2006 graduate of Century High School in […]

Marie Prevatte speaker at sorority meeting Oct. 3

Xi Alpha Delta of Beta Sigma Phi met Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Trackside with Shirley Turner as hostess. Twelve members were present. The president, Ann Loftis, was in charge. Ann Fuller led the opening ritual while Patty Andrews, secretary, gave the roll call and read minutes of the August and September meetings. Treasurer Ruth Ann Ohlsen gave […]

USC Shoestring Players will present ‘Vanities’ at library’s dessert theatre

The Cherokee County Public Library, in conjunction with the USC Upstate Shoestring Players, will present a dessert theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The theatre troupe will perform Jack Heifner’s comedydrama “Vanities.” Recommended for mature audiences, the play details the lives of three small town women who come of age in the 1960s and 1970s. “Vanities” had one […]


Class reunions ffi Members of the Class of 1976 and guests are invited to an informal reunion at Sagebrush Steakhouse on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7-11 p.m. If planning to attend, call 864- 490-5721, 864-490-3781 or 864- 487-5411. ffi The GHS Class of 1981 will have its 30-year reunion at CHAPS (Old Central School) onOct. 22 from 8 until 12. […]

Libraries will host Halloween events

The Gaffney and Blacksburg libraries will each host a special Halloween story time and costume contest for children ages three to 10. Kids are invited to come dressed in their Halloween costumes and enjoy stories, games, prizes, snacks and fun. Costumes will be judged and prizes awarded. The Blacksburg library’s event will be Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 3-4 p.m., and […]

Raymond O. LeCroy Jr.

Raymond Orbit LeCroy Jr., 69, of 602 River Drive, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. Mr. LeCroy was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Gaffney, son of the late Raymond Orbit LeCroy Sr. and the late Avanell Jordan LeCroy Parris. He was the husband of the late Carolyn Cooper LeCroy. He was upholsterer by profession, […]

Paul D. Icard Sr.

FORTMILL – Paul David Icard Sr., 62, of Fort Mill, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at his home. Born in Gaffney, Mr. Icard was the son of Pauline Icard Sisk Weekley and the late James H. Sisk. He was a jack of all trades. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Palmetto Funeral […]