County had only 8 fatalities during all of last year

9th traffic death of 2014 recorded

Just two days after local police agencies announced a major cooperative effort aimed at preventing any more traffic fatalities in Cherokee County, a 51-year-old Cowpens man became the 9th person to die in an increasingly deadly year on local roadways. Macedonia and Cherokee Creek volunteer firefighters, along with paramedics from Upstate Carolina EMS, were dispatched at 4:25 p.m. Friday to […]

Chief apologizes for fire department sign

Messages on a sign outside the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department typically are posted with the intention of provoking thought and conversation among residents of the small Upstate community. In recent days, however, the marquee located on Cherokee Street in the Iron City has served as ground zero for the latest controversy to envelope the town. Claiming it was against the […]

State jobless rate still declining; county number increases slightly

Remember March 2008? Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announced his retirement from the NFL that month, U.S. Senator John McCain secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president and then- U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were still battling in the Democrat primaries. And while those events played out, something that would later be called the […]

Council meeting tonight

An appearance by a an education initiative spokesperson highlights today’s light Cherokee County Council agenda. Council will hear an update from Oscar Fuller, a spokesperson for Know(2), created several years ago to address local education issues such as early childhood readiness, math, career transitions and adult education. The past two years, Cherokee County Council has helped fund a scholarship program […]


Storage unit burglarized

Approximately $11,500 in theft losses were reported following the burglary of a self-storage unit on North Logan Street. According to the Gaffney Police Department, police were called to a self-storage facility in the 900 block after it was discovered that someone had cut the locks and entered a local woman’s storage unit between April 1 and April 16. Reported stolen […]


Housing starts in county down in March

Housing starts slumped last month. There were only six new home starts in the county in March compared to the 13 new home starts from the same month a year ago, according to construction highlights in the Home Builders of Cherokee County’s monthly newsletter. Prior to last month, home starts were running pretty even with last year’s numbers. Including March’s […]

Restaurant expected to open by summer

Fast food. What about fast construction? The contractor is expected to complete the new Bojangles on Hyatt Street by early summer, according to a city official. Work on the new restaurant began about a month ago. The Bojangles will be located near The Clock Restaurant at Clark Drive and Hyatt Street. The restaurant chain will continue to operate its store […]


The numbers on health care law still bad for Democrats

President Barack Obama announced triumphantly that 8 million people selected a private insurance plan through the health care exchanges created by legislation known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. He added his own interpretation of the numbers: “This thing is working.” At the same time, however, Democratic candidates across the country still see the health care law as a […]


NED’s chickens come home to roost

When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an “evil empire,” the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East- West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral dimension. If Americans did not see the Cold War as he did, a battle between good and evil, Reagan knew that they would indefinitely sacrifice neither the wealth […]