Crime stats show positive trends in city

Gaffney Police Chief Rick Turner is quick to point out that numbers can sometimes be deceiving and that, in his line of work, things have an unfortunate way of changing without notice. It’s natural, in a way, that pessimism can come easy in police work. But when looking at the city’s newly released 2012 crime statistics, Turner could actually speak […]

Chamber fete scheduled for Tuesday

Rarely are the vast majority of Cherokee County’s business owners in the same place at the same time. That will be the case Tuesday, however, as they will convene at the Broad River Electric Cooperative Auditorium for the annual Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet. Festivities are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., with University of South Carolina President […]

Police make arrest in truck stop tire thefts

Truckers watching out for other truckers ultimately helped solve a mysterious crime spree in Gaffney that saw a spare tire thief continually strike at a Hyatt Street truck stop as long-haul truckers slept overnight in their cabs. Following a Feb. 15 arrest by patrol officers, Gaffney Police Det. Brian Blanton signed warrants accusing John Leland Green, 42, of Harrogate, Tenn., […]


These folks offer no-cost help ... if you qualify

Quick and easy. According to United Way of the Piedmont officials, that term best describes a service offered by the organization that involves helping qualifying Upstate taxpayers swiftly file their income taxes — all without the headaches and confusion often associated with tax season. Offered for each of the past six years by the United Way, the Volunteer Income Tax […]

County councilman warns colleagues of fiscal ‘thin ice’

A Cherokee County councliman warned the county is on thin ice financially because of a thinning reserve fund. “For the last few years some of us were thinking the economy would improve and we show some improvement,” said Cherokee County Councilman Charles Mathis, who chairs the county’s finance committee. “But we are still drawing from our reserve fund to balance […]


Limestone College is requesting a zoning change to two apartment complexes it recently purchased. The college wants the Walton Ridge and Cedars apartments rezoned to college educational, to match the zoning designation for the rest of the college campus. The Gaffney Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the request on Tuesday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. in council […]

Local educator named Region Five’s best

Cherokee County Adult Education teacher Stacie Sprouse is best known with students for her enthusiasm, brownies and her ability to make historical events like The Gettysburg Address interesting to young adults. Sprouse added a prestigious recognition last Friday when she was named the Region Five Teacher of the Year at a state adult education conference in Columbia. She received $100 […]

Mayor says county ‘short sighted’ for failing to consider proposal

In a letter dated Jan. 15 to Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer, Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly proposed the city would maintain the grounds surrounding the new county administration building if the county donated an adjoining 3-acre site to the city. To his dismay, Jolly has yet to hear a response. “I along with (city council) am extremely disappointed that […]

Company predicts layoffs, shutdown if court doesn’t settle dispute

A local trucking firm is arguing in a lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce that it could be forced to lay off as many as 17 employees, terminate agreements with nearly 100 independent contractors and even go out of business if the Cherokee County Court of Common Pleas doesn’t intervene in an ongoing unemployment insurance tax […]

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