Ranger involved in ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle helps district launch new school year

Keni Thomas was writing a letter to his mom on a day off at his military base in Somalia on Oct. 3, 1993, when the U.S. Army Ranger heard the words “get it on.” Thomas had spent the past three months training in Mogadishu, Somalia, while assigned to a special operations package called Task Force Ranger. He quickly scrambled into […]

Man shot by homeowner goes to prison

A 30-year-old Gaffney man shot by a homeowner during a December 2011 attempted burglary entered into a plea agreement Wednesday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court that resulted in him receiving an 8-year prison sentence. Robert David Lovelace, whose address is listed in court records as Web Blanton Court, initially was charged with attempted 1st-degree burglary in connection with the […]

High-speed motorist sentenced

A 33-year-old Gaffney man accused of leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase while drunk behind the wheel was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court. Matthew Lamont Jackson, whose address is listed in court records as Grassy Pond Road, pleaded guilty before Circuit Court Judge Keith Kelly to charges of failure to […]

Boy, 12, burned by hot grease

A young boy was rushed for medical treatment Friday evening after he suffered burns to his hands and feet while trying to carry a burning pan of grease out of a Colonial Heights apartment. Gaffney Fire Capt. Wayne Brown said city firefighters were called to a structure fire at Colonial Heights at approximately 7 p.m. Friday and said smoke was […]

Resident contends handicap-accessible ramp isn’t

A city resident who uses a powered wheelchair to enjoy the outdoors claims the contractor hired to make sidewalk intersections handicap-accessible might have cut corners on at least one ramp. The new ramps allow people in wheelchairs to get from the road or parking lot onto a sidewalk. Daniel Creger, a former government worker, said the slope where the concrete […]


$6,000 reported stolen from Blacksburg residence

More than $6,000 in theft losses were reported following the recent burglary of a Blacksburg residence. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, someone entered a residence in the 100 block of Shannon Acres Drive between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and took $6,000 in $100 bills and a jar of quarters. l An estimated $250 in theft […]

Well, if it’s not a sinkhole

Gaffney firefighters discovered an old water well Friday behind the home where local resident James Hoey has lived for the past 30 years. The discovery ends a mystery which has vexed Hoey since he found two sinkholes outside his back porch. The Gaffney resident was walking in the yard in February when he first noticed a 5-foot-wide hole had developed […]

Cruiser in collision

A Gaffney police officer responding to an emergency call Tuesday afternoon was involved in a collision on North Logan Street. No injuries were reported, however. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the city officer was headed north on Logan Street in his 2010 Dodge Charger police cruiser with lights and sirens activated when he proceeded though a red light […]

GHS grad chosen to be teaching fellow

Born in Gaffney to Denise and Billy Beattie, Carrie Beattie has been chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) as a member of its 2013 cohort of Teaching Fellows. The selected fellows participated in a rigorous screening process. With only 15 percent of the applicant pool being chosen, they represent some of the top talent in the nation. Carrie […]


Reform education funding

Gov. Nikki Haley’s focus on reforming the way South Carolina funds its public schools should at a minimum spawn a vital discussion about the state’s future. South Carolina’s education funding system has been a mess for years. Schools get money from so many different sources that it’s hard for anyone to keep track. Attempts to fix the problem on a […]