U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL

Shaq will be honored during Friday ceremony



Just like the U.S. Army, Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson will be joining an elite group of men. Davidson, who has verbally committed to South Carolina, has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. On Friday, he will receive his honorary jersey from local soldiers during a special 10 a.m. ceremony at the Gaffney High School teacher lecture […]

Man faces child porn charges after cabbie finds phone

Stench forces cops to use air tanks to search Donald Smiley’s house



A cell phone left on the back seat of a Gaffney cab led to the arrest of a 37-year-old city man on child pornography charges after police were alerted to the phone’s allegedly graphic contents. Donald Howard Smiley, of 405 Oakland Ave., now faces charges of 2nd-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 3rd-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The […]

County gets only one bid for building





Cherokee County attempted to unload its vacant tax assessors building for the second time, but ended up with only a single bid. Mike Daniels and Associates submitted the only bid of $5,000 at a public bid opening during Monday’s Cherokee County Council meeting, Cherokee County Assistant Administrator Holland Belue said the bid would be sent to the Finance Committee for […]

Flu bug already rearing its ugly head





Ready or not, here it comes. State health officials sounded the alarm last week, alerting residents of the Palmetto State that flu season has officially arrived. The state’s first reported cases of influenza, more commonly referred to simply as “the flu,” was confirmed Sept. 30 by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). “Our agency’s Bureau of Laboratories […]

Police say shooting victim not cooperative



A 45-year-old Shelby, N.C., man who suffered three gunshot wounds early Tuesday morning allegedly refused to cooperate with police, telling investigators he would take care of the situation by himself, according to a Gaffney Police Department report. Events began unfolding at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday when Gaffney police were dispatched to a shooting at Oakland Avenue and West Robinson Street, where […]

20 pound mushroom a hit at show-and-tell





Ricky Wilson made an odd discovery last Wednesday which added extra excitement to a show-and-tell period at Grassy Pond Elementary. Wilson found a 20-pound mushroom growing in his yard. He did what any grandfather would do and decided to take up the mushroom so his grandchildren, A.J. and Josh Phillips, could see his backyard find. “I was working in the […]

Funeral home names new manager



Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home welcomes Amy Bryant as manager of the downtown Gaffney location. A native of South Carolina she brings 13 years of funeral service experience along with a willingness to provide the Gaffney community with seamless service in a time where it is most needed. Amy is a 2002 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, a member of […]

33-year-old man sentenced to 12 years for having sex with 14-year-old girl





A 33-year-old Gaffney man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to 2nddegree criminal sexual conduct with a teen girl. Anthony Scott Childers, whose address is listed on court documents as Shady Lane, was accused in an arrest warrant of having engaged in sexual relations with a girl who was just 14 years old on […]

Bethel Baptist receives grant



Bethel Baptist Church, 218 West Dr. L. M. Rosemond Lane, was recently awarded a South Carolina Parents Involved In Education grant for its teen pregnancy prevention project. The curriculum, entitled “Healthy Image of Sex,” is designed specifically for predominantly African- American audiences. Sessions are designed to be 30 to 45 minutes in length and appropriate for 7th through 12th grade […]

GUEST COLUMNIST

Well into the 21st century, newspapers as relevant as ever

Where was it that you heard about the so-called demise of the newspaper? Probably, you read about it in your daily newspaper; because, as Mark Twain, a journalist himself, was able to write to a friend: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” And a good newspaper will go on to explain the source of the rumor, and if […]