Signing event at Limestone College kicks off author’s book tour

The Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is a central character in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe. She has spent a month volunteering at the National Dolphin Research Center over the past three years. She discussed her dolphin conservation work Wednesday at Limestone College as she started a book tour for her new novel “The Summer […]

‘I have no remedy other than locking him up’ – Judge Hayes

Businessman ordered to jail

A Gaffney businessman was led out of the Cherokee County Courthouse in handcuffs Wednesday after a Circuit Court judge found him in contempt of court for allegedly misrepresenting and shielding assets from a lingering civil lawsuit. “I don’t make this decision lightly,” Judge Mark Hayes said before Mike Gault was led away. “I have no remedy other than locking him […]

Red-handed meth maker gets 7 years

A 32-year-old Gaffney man who admitted twice being caught red-handed in the process of making methamphetamine was sentenced Wednesday in Cherokee County Court to seven years in prison. Aaron Lee Verrier, who has addresses on Grayson Lane and Ford Road listed in court records, pleaded guilty before Circuit Court Judge Mark Hayes to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine. Assistant Solicitor […]

Reid, Sims, Rice back in town June 29

Although now performing in front of audiences thousands of miles from their hometown, a trio of Gaffney’s finest by no means have lost sight of where they came from. Now, they believe it is time to give back. Teammates on the hardwood during their time at Gaffney High School, professional basketball players A.Z. Reid and Donald Sims, as well as […]

Local woman needs your help to advance to Pillsbury Bake-Off finals

Brenda Watts isn’t a politician but she can sure use some votes. A lifelong baker who has become quite active in baking competitions over the past few years, Watts has a chance to make it back to the finals of the Pillsbury Bake-Off and another crack at a $1 million prize. All she needs to have that chance is public […]

Salaries set for new directors of agencies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A legislative panel has set salaries for the new directors of South Carolina’s unemployment and revenue agencies. The Agency Head Salary Commission voted to give Bill Blume $156,000 as director of the state’s tax collection agency. Cheryl Stanton will earn $145,000 to lead the Department of Employment and Workforce. Both replaced directors who resigned amid criticism […]

Man gets four years on charges resulting from chase

44-year-old assaults officers, flees campground to avoid being served warrant

A 44-year-old Belton man accused of assaulting a Cherokee County detective and then leading county deputies on a multi-mile chase on Interstate 85 into North Carolina last July was sentenced to four years in prison Monday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court. Anthony Carpenter, whose address is listed in court records as Toney Creek Road, pleaded guilty before Circuit Court […]

$3,000 damage done to Buick

An estimated $3,000 in malicious damage was reported recently on Kennedy Street. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, someone used a key or other object to scratch the paint on a 2004 Buick that was parked in the 100 block between 5 p.m. June 4 and 2 p.m. June 9. l City of Gaffney police filed an arrest warrant […]

Agrees with BPW on sewer line warranty, but says added ‘minimum charge’ is not right

Dear Editor: I have been reading about the city-backed sewer line warranty. This is one time I agree with (Gaffney Board of Public Works general manager) Donnie Hardin. This is not a good policy. However, I disagree with Mr. Hardin and the Board of Public Works with their sewer billing policy. I received a notice several years ago informing me […]

Creating bonuses proves they work for themselves and not the people who voted them into office

Dear Editor: It didn’t take long, did it? County council tried to give themselves bonuses last year and met with some opposition. But this year is only half over and they’ve set aside $50,000 for bonuses for themselves again this year. At a time when half the county can’t even find a job, these greedy people are planning to rob […]