District doles out thousands for attorneys to defend suits

Taxpayers will bear a heavy cost for a successful legal effort by the Cherokee County School District to uphold a high school student election and to defend the district’s decisions in its 2012 search for a new superintendent. The district paid $20,461.14 to the Columbia law firm Duff, White and Turner for legal expenses incurred in a recently dismissed lawsuit […]

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Blacksburg police chief, officers might have cracked vandalism mystery

Good detective work by the Blacksburg Police Department may lead to charges for those involved in egging of vehicle. The recovery of an egg carton near one of the incident locations was a trove of information for authorities, leading them to at least two suspects in the vandalisms. “When the eggings started in Blacksburg, we started preparing means we hoped […]

First responders get shocking lesson

Approximately 120 first responders from Cherokee, Union, and Spartanburg Counties witnessed firsthand the hazards of power lines during an entertaining, yet sobering presentation at Broad River Electric Cooperative Auditorium on Thursday night. The live line demonstration, presented by a safety crew from Pike Electric, allowed local law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency personnel to become more familiar with the dangers […]


New restaurant opening

A little bit of New Orleans is coming to Gaffney. Co-owner Marcus McCall plans to open a restaurant at the former Varsity Square on Floyd Baker Boulevard. The restaurant will be named appropriately enough “The Big Easy” and offer entrees such as Cajun-style crawfish étouffée, gumbo and jambalaya, as well as “po boy” sandwiches and alligator. McCall, in the restaurant […]


A 48-year-old North Carolina man who was arrested on a burglary charge after being caught and held by a Blacksburg property owner, was sentenced to 18 months of probation Wednesday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court. Wayne Edward Dunlap, of Mulberry Road, Grover, was accused of 3rd-degree burglary on April 19, 2012, after a property owner arrived at a Holly […]

Finance committee to review bid on building

The Cherokee County Finance Committee will get its chance today to decide the fate of the former county tax assessor building. Cherokee County attempted to unload the vacant building for a second time last month, but ended up with only a single bid. That bid — $5,000 from Mike Daniels and Associates — will be reviewed by the finance committee […]

Organizers hope to raise $75,000 during Saturday’s March for Babies

For parents, few milestones rival being able to watch their baby take it first steps. From a crawl to a wobble, and finally standing upright takes only months, but the memories last a lifetime. While every day a new, tiny footprint is etched on the planet, another family mourns the loss of the opportunity to share that moment with a […]

GHS Band of Gold seeks trip funding from county

The Gaffney High Band of Gold hopes to drum up financial support from Cherokee County Council for its trip to Washington D.C. Representatives of the band will request funds for the trip, according to council’s agenda. The trip is expected to cost $70,000. Typically, financial requests are forwarded to the finance committee. The Band of Gold has been selected to […]


Keep your chins up, conservatives

Call me Pollyannaish or insincere, but I am not depressed about the so-called “caving” of the GOP — for a host of reasons. To put this in perspective, let me confess that I did feel totally dejected after Obama’s re-election in 2012. How could he possibly have won, I wondered, given the obvious failure of his policies and the wholesale […]