Bizarre incident ends with man dead

While investigators await several test results and still need to sit down with the Seventh Circuit Solicitor to talk about their conclusions, Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said Sunday afternoon that the early Saturday morning death of a 28-year-old Gaffney man likely will be deemed justified. Joshua Lee McAbee, of Owens Lane, died at approximately 4:20 a.m. Saturday during a […]

Cherokee, Spartanburg authorities seek leads in sexual assault cases

The investigation of a reported sexual assault that occurred last Monday in Cherokee County has crossed county lines as local investigators have been working with Spartanburg County investigators to see if a similar crime in Spartanburg is related. Last Monday at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported, a woman was sexually assaulted at her Seminole Trail home […]


Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for the Peachtree Centre’s annual Fun Day celebration. Now in its 15th year, the annual celebration raises money for the center’s Christmas and activity fund for residents through a day of good food and baked goods, games, silent auctions and live music. Pictured here, 5-year-old Hayden Ruff enjoys her hair raising experience on the […]

2 serious accidents require air lifts

Firefighters and medical personnel in two Cherokee County communities responded to two serious accidents Saturday that required immediate transport by medical helicopters. On Saturday evening in Blacksburg, a man fell an estimated 80 to 100 feet while riding a dirt bike across a Norfolk Southern train trestle near Rock Springs Road, according to fire officials. The name of the man, […]

‘Benji’s playground’ project reaches its goal

There’s nothing quite like a hearty pancake breakfast to fill you up or, as one church found, to put you over the top. On Saturday morning, volunteers and members of Corinth Baptist Church gathered at Fatz Cafe in Gaffney for a pancake breakfast fundraiser in their ongoing quest to fund construction of a playground in memory of Benji Easler, a […]


Car damaged when hit by a liquor bottle

An estimated $300 in malicious damage was reported recently on East Montgomery Street. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone threw a liquor bottle at a 2002 Saturn parked in the 600 block between 3 p.m. Sept. 13 and 7:15 a.m. Sept. 14, busting the back windshield of the vehicle. lAn estimated $1,900 in theft and damage losses were reported […]

County unanimously endorses trail plan

Carolina Thread Trail will link 15 counties

Cherokee County gave a green thumbsup to the local master plan of the Carolina Thread Trail. When completed, the Carolina Thread Trail will link 15 counties and serve 2.3 million people in South Carolina and North Carolina with a series of walking and biking trails. In the master plan for Cherokee County, the projectl identified approximately 94 miles of proposed […]

Finalists selected in search for new president

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) has selected four finalists in a national search for a new president to oversee campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties. The finalists for college president are former Greenville Technical College executive vice president Dr. Ben P. Dillard of Piedmont, S.C., SCC vice president for business affairs Henry C. Giles Jr. of Rutherfordton, N.C., Sandhills Community […]


No apologies needed, Mitt

Mitt Romney has conceded that his thoughts, expressed at that Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser, were “not elegantly” stated. Those mocking him might concede he has tabled one of the mega-issues of our time. Can America continue down the path President Obama is taking us on, to a time soon and certain when a majority of wage-earners pay no income taxes […]


So how do you like your possum cooked?

So there I sat at the breakfast table buttering biscuits, in deep meditation, pondering the many serious and complex issues of the day. I do most of my serious pondering in the morning because I believe that’s when one’s brain is most efficient and most likely to come up with a really good idea. Why I’ll betcha it was early […]