District 3 race will be decided Tuesday

Considering there will be only one locally contested race on Tuesday’s primary ballot, it shouldn’t take long for voters to get in and out of their voting places. Cherokee County Council District 3 incumbent Quay Little will face challenger Steven Blanton. Both are Republicans and both are well known in the community. Little, who serves as chairman on the finance […]


Still time to enter city races

There’s still plenty of time for candidates to file for city council seats and mayor. But it appears most — if not all — of the candidates made their intentions known early. Six candidates filed and paid their fees when the filing period opened Friday, June 1. No candidate has filed since. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Henry Jolly filed […]

Trustee candidate list filling up rapidly

A number of school trustee candidates are wasting little time in making their political intentions known. Among them is Johnny Sarratt Jr., who on Thursday filed to run for the Cherokee County School Board’s District 2 seat. Sarratt is a local insurance agent whose father has been active in the success of the Cherokee County summer youth basketball league. He […]

Gaffney team gets two top 10 places

TRYON, N.C. — Steve Taylor and his wife, Marlene, stayed up all night Saturday while a large grill carefully smoked barbecue meats prepared for the Blue Ridge BBQ competition. The Taylors were rewarded for their efforts with two top 10 finishes in one of the South’s premier barbecue competitions in Tryon, N.C. The couple’s “Sleep Easy and the Midnight Smokers” […]

Volunteer Fire Safety Team earns state recognition

Fire officials from across the state likely recognized the same thing that thousands of area school children already know. The all-volunteer Cherokee County Fire Safety Team is something special. On Saturday, Josh Parker, president of the Cherokee County Fire Chiefs Association, drove home from the joint state Fire Chiefs Association/state Firefighters Association conference in Myrtle Beach with a special trophy […]

Cook becomes new 5th District DOT representative

Elected to the state Department of Transportation Commission with unanimous support by state legislators within the 5th Congressional District, retired Gaffney businessman W.B. Cook said he’s anxious to get to work for all 14 counties. Cook, who retired from the Broad River Electric Cooperative in 2009 as manager of administration, replaces former 5th District DOT Commissioner Sarah Nuckles of Rock […]


l City of Gaffney Police reported yet another incident in which a spare tire thief targeted a tractortrailer stopped overnight at a local truck stop. The latest incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. June 7 and 5:15 a.m. June 8 while a driver for J.B. Hunt Transport out of Oklahoma City, Okla., was parked overnight at the Pilot truck stop on […]

Campers get a taste of what life was like during the Colonial era

The musical sounds of birds chirping kept 15 children awake well past their bedtimes this weekend while sleeping on straw inside Revolutionary War-era tents. Fifteen Boys and Girls Club members experienced their first camping trip when they were invited to a Colonial adventure camp at Kings Mountain National Military Park. It is one of six camps park rangers have planned […]

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