County likely to raise taxes by 10 mills to plug gap

County leaders will likely propose a hefty 10-mill tax hike when they present their 2014 fiscal year budget Monday. Cherokee County Assistant Administrator Holland Belue would say only that the 10 mill tax hike is under consideration because he’s still putting the final touches on the $19.5 million proposed spending plan. If the tax hike is passed, the owner of […]

School district facing deficit of $730,180 in new fiscal year

The Cherokee County School District’s preliminary budget for 2013-14 shows a $730,180 deficit due mainly to increases in salaries and benefits. Finance director Brock Heron presented school trustees Monday with a preliminary $63.8 million budget proposal for the new school year that starts July 1. The proposal represents a $1.6 million increase over the current $62.2 million budget. The budget […]

Rain doesn’t dampen athletes’ spirits

By no means was rain going to put a damper on this parade. Despite Mother Nature’s shenanigans forcing festivities indoors to the Gaffney High School gymnasium Thursday, the annual Area 12 Special Olympics pressed on, allowing dozens of the county’s most special and beloved athletes their own personal moments in the spotlight. “Of course, we would have loved to have […]

Ambulance provider wants county to pay or could trim fleet

Just a few months after Novant Health subcontracted its ambulance services in Cherokee County to a private company, Cherokee County’s fire chiefs were put on notice Wednesday that two of the five ambulances currently servicing the county would be shutting down effective May 31 unless Cherokee County chips in some money to help cover the costs of service. Specifically targeted […]

WANTED: In connection with Grassy Pond burglary

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon asked for the public’s help in locating two Shelby, N.C., men wanted in connection with an April 25 burglary on Grassy Pond Road. According to Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller, investigators are looking for James Treshon Worthy, 27, of South Lafayette Street, and Darrell Avond Bolin, 26, of Dover Street. Det. Tracy […]

Gaffney High principal search whittled down to three finalists

The search for the new Gaffney High principal is down to three finalists. Carver Middle School Principal Dr. RaaShad Fitzpatrick in Spartanburg District 7 was confirmed by The Ledger earlier this week as one of the top choices for the job. Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore announced in a media release Wednesday that the other two finalists are Chapman High assistant […]

Local believers offer prayers for local area, nation

If you cannot bask in the beauty of God’s creation outdoors, why not do the next best thing — enter into His house. Local believers did just that Thursday, taking shelter in First Baptist Church of Gaffney in an effort to take local and national issues to the Lord in prayer. Recognized annually on a national basis, nearly 100 area […]

H-Tax recommendations made

The Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPs) will likely get a big slice of the city’s Hospitality Tax (H-Tax) money. The Gaffney Finance Committee agreed Friday to recommend that CHAPs receive $30,000 for the next five years to fund a new roof for its museum. The new roof is estimated to cost $250,000. A CHAPs spokesperson requested some of the […]

Senate leaders issue statement on House-passed ethics reform bill

Senate leaders today issued the following statement on the House-passed ethics reform bill that was today assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “Time is of the essence, and we appreciate the House’s passage of the bill so that we can consider it and get it passed before the end of the session,” Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler said. “The House […]


Numerous vehicle break-ins reported

More than $1,200 in theft losses were reported following a vehicle burglary on Iris Lane. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone broke out the passenger side window of a vehicle parked in the 100 block between 11:30 p.m. April 23 and 7:45 a.m. April 24. Taken from the vehicle were a Tom- Tom-brand navigation device and $850 in cash […]