Suspect accused of ambushing woman in her own home

City of Gaffney police on Jan. 1 served two arrest warrants on a 38-year-old man charged with the attempted murder of a city woman last August, court records show. Corey Bernard Tate, whose address is listed as Vermont Drive, is accused in the warrants signed by a Gaffney Municipal Court judge on Aug. 30, 2012, with attempted murder and 1st-degree […]

Bids for rec office facility higher than anticipated

Bids for a new office building for the Cherokee County Recreation District came back about 20 percent higher than expected but the project will still go forward, a recreation district official said Thursday. When bids were opened Thursday afternoon for the 4,000-square-foot building, which is expected to be built near the existing recreation district building, the low bid was from […]

That ear-splitting noise you hear is new tornado sirens being tested

If size is any indication, the City of Gaffney’s new tornado siren system shouldn’t leave anything to doubt when foul weather is approaching. The city took delivery of two of its three new sirens Wednesday morning. The 2,000-pound load of crated equipment dwarfed a vehicle parked nearby. Part of a months-long effort to upgrade the warning system in the city, […]

County welcomes first baby of the new year

The blessing of another year most definitely will have an added meaning to Hunter Vayden Spurlin. Hunter, delivered by C-section just before 10 a.m. at Upstate Carolina Medical Center on Jan. 1 is the first baby born in Cherokee County this year. He weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz. “It is just such a blessing,” said Hunter’s mom, Brittany […]

Limestone offers $8,000 scholarship program for females

Limestone College has opened the new year with a scholarship program for women that could significantly reduce the $29,880 yearly cost to attend the liberal arts college. Female students can earn a scholarship worth $8,000 annually for up to four years through the new McMillan Scholars program. Women can use the scholarship to major in early childhood education, elementary education, […]

Need help? Call 2-1-1

Time is of the essence when one’s resources are running dry . With that in mind, the United Way of the Piedmont (UWP) is doing its part to give Upstate clients a little of their precious time back — and a little bit more. The Spartanburg County-based nonprofit organization announced Wednesday it had launched a help line — 2-1-1 — […]

New Year’s celebration leads to man’s arrest


City of Gaffney police reported the arrest of a 29- year-old city man who allegedly fired a shotgun into the air in celebration of the new year. According to an incident report, police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sycamore Street at approximately 9:50 p.m. Jan. 1 regarding a report of two shots fired. Police wrote in their report […]

Give trees second life

With the holidays over, Christmas trees can get a second life through an annual project at the Cherokee County Recycling Center. Local residents can bring their discarded Christmas trees to the recycling center for the “Grinding of the Greens” recycling project. The trees will be stored on the recycling center grounds and then will be ground into mulch in March. […]

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Avoiding ‘fiscal cliff” may be bad deal for official Washington

In Washington, many are celebrating the deal to avoid the socalled fiscal cliff. Some, like The Washington Post, are hailing the “strong bipartisan votes (on) a big, contentious issue.” Outside of Washington, however, the reviews aren’t nearly as strong. Forty-six percent of voters nationwide approve of the deal, while the identical number disapprove. And the results are very partisan. Seventy […]