‘Bus’ted: Traffic stop nets $31,000

Cash found on passengers after bus pulled over on I-85

A Jan. 30 traffic stop by Blacksburg Police on a passenger bus resulted in the seizure of more than $31,000 in alleged drug proceeds. According to an incident report, a Blacksburg police officer was traveling on Interstate 85 at 11:15 a.m. when he observed a blue-colored passenger bus that could not maintain its lane of travel. The officer pulled the […]


Teams meet head to head, uh, make that sprocket to sprocket, Saturday

More than 20 area robotics teams will compete Saturday in an event hosted by Spartanburg Community College. County elementary and middle school teams will unveil autonomous robots to compete in a “Senior Solutions” robotics challenge introduced last fall by the First Lego League. Teams from the Boys and Girls Club, York County and a Greenville County middle school are also […]

Woman claims she’s all shook up by ammo tests

She says it’s like waking up with a jet hovering overhead, but a Cherokee County resident’s house is not next to an airport — it’s next to the DSE Inc. ammunitions plant on Hwy. 329. Susan Walls said the loud noises from the plant’s grenade-testing range has rattled her windows and jolted her out of bed. Walls explained her shift […]

County once again escapes storm with minimal damage

Following a long day during which much of the Upstate was under a tornado watch from a rapidly advancing storm system that wreaked havoc in parts of Georgia, Cherokee County emergency management officials were able to breathe a sigh of relief. “We kind of got lucky,” said Emergency Management Director Rick Peterson. “Really, truly, it was almost nothing compared to […]

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Children enrolled in four county schools could be eligible for free tutoring help this spring. All students in Luther Vaughan Elementary and Mary Bramlett Elementary qualify for supplemental education services. Students in grades 3-5 may be eligible to receive free academic help at Grassy Pond Elementary and Limestone- Central Elementary. Enrollment for second semester is offered Feb. 1 – March […]

Fire truck crashes to avoid oncoming vehicle; will cost $10,000 to $15,000 to fix

A City of Gaffney fire engine responding to a call was damaged when it veered while trying to avoid an oncoming vehicle . Gaffney Administrator James Taylor said the shoulder of the highway gave way, sending the fire truck into a ditch. A tow truck was needed to extricate the vehicle. Taylor said the fire engine’s ladder rack was damaged […]

Souper Bowl campaign helps charities during slow season

Late winter months tough on non-profit that depend on donations

Every canned good item and dollar bill has a purpose for local nonprofit organizations, the simplest acts of philanthropy potentially silencing a hungry tummy or keeping one’s lights on. “You just do not know how much every little bit helps,” said Iron City Ministries Executive Director Melissa Green. “The Lord has a way of providing. But you can never have […]

Gaffney High student attends inauguration conference

Gaffney High junior Katherine Pitts had a rare opportunity to go behind the election process and experience the rich tradition surrounding the presidential inauguration process in Washington last week. Pitts joined 1,900 high school students from the United States and 27 countries to participate Jan. 19- 23 in this year’s high school presidential inauguration conference. The Gaffney High student attended […]

Construction on rec office set to begin

After months of planning, construction is about to begin on the Cherokee County Recreation District’s new office building. With recreation and county officials on hand, a brief groundbreaking ceremony took place today (Friday). In November, Cherokee County Council agreed to loan the recreation district $400,000 for the project, which the district will have to repay over 20 years at 4 […]

Graduates basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Timothy W. Upchurch graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Upchurch is the son of Paula Guilmette of Deer Creek Court, Cowpens. He is a 2010 […]