Councilman charged with DUI

The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) charged longtime Gaffney City Councilman Bernard Smith with driving under the influence Thursday evening. Smith, 66, of 105 Woodlawn Drive, was driving a 2006 Ford pickup truck when he was stopped about 6 p.m. on East Junior High Road in front of the Connecticut Village Apartment complex, said SCHP Lance Cpl. Billy Elder. It was […]

Kitty litter sparks $9 million lawsuit

A dispute over the price of kitty litter that led to police being called to a Blacksburg store has resulted in a lawsuit in which a couple is seeking up to $9 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Named as defendants in the self-filed lawsuit by Lisa and George Randolph are Dolgencorp LLC, the Dollar General store in Blacksburg, Cherokee […]

Hender son’s ‘Idol’ segment will air either Feb. 5 or 6

Fame has a funny way of changing people, but for 16-year-old local talent Ali Henderson, normalcy rules the day. A recent recipient of a golden ticket courtesy of the popular Fox reality show “American Idol,” the Gaffney High student has been exposed to the masses both near and abroad through news clippings, radio and television spots. But despite the media’s […]


Blacksburg High students showcase accomplisments

Academics, Athletics, Attitude and Arts

Blacksburg High used its school improvement council meeting Monday as a showcase to highlight student accomplishments in fine arts, community service and academics. Raleigh Kennedy and Maya Ferguson performed saxophone and clarinet solos from their successful auditions for the All- Region band. They were among five Blacksburg High band members invited to the region band clinic Feb. 21-22 at Nation […]

Two charged with manufacturing meth

Two men were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine following a Jan. 27 investigation by the Gaffney Police Department Narcotics Unit. According to an incident report, Gaffney police were dispatched to the 1600 block of West Floyd Baker Boulevard at 12:31 a.m. to assist the South Carolina Highway Patrol with a traffic stop involving a blue-colored Dodge truck. A trooper advised Gaffney […]


Alleged burglar leads police on chase over ice-covered streets

A 48- year- old Gaffney man was arrested Tuesday evening after he allegedly burglarized a downtown Gaffney tire shop and then led police on a vehicle chase on ice- covered roads. Tony Carroll Keller, of Osment Street, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of 2nd- degree burglary and failure to stop for a blue light. He […]


Burglary reported at consignment store

More than $3,600 in theft and damage losses were reported following the burglary of an East Frederick Street consignment store. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone forced entry to a consignment store in the 600 block between 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and 12:45 a.m. Jan. 28 by throwing a rock through the front door. Inside the business, a cash […]