3 trustees file in bid to return to board

Blacksburg Mayor David Hogue and three incumbent Cherokee County School Board members made their plans to seek re-election official Friday. School board chairman Mike Ellis, Barry Bailey and Ron Garner filed to retain their District 1, 3, and 5 seats, respectively. Elaine Fowler will seek the District 7 seat held by incumbent Alan McEntire, who announced last week he does […]

County sends largest group ever to Boys State event

Gaffney and Blacksburg high schools will send 13 students to attend this year’s Palmetto Boys State leadership program at Anderson University. Gaffney High had 12 students chosen as delegates by American Legion Post 109 for the Boys State program scheduled for June 8-14. They will be joined by Blacksburg High student Adam Hambright for a week-long leadership camp. It is […]


Johnson takes oath of office: Officially becomes Gaffney Municipal Court chief judge

Surrounded by friends, family and City of Gaffney officials, attorney Joseph Johnson was sworn in Friday as the Gaffney Municipal Court’s new chief judge. “Nobody achieves any degree of success without a lot of help,” said Johnson, 30, who offered his thanks to many people for the opportunity he was given. “I am very honored and humbled to be here,” […]

Gaffney student ‘Presser Scholar’

Kevin Clary, a 20-yearold Gaffney resident and student at Gardner Webb University (GWU), was presented the prestigious “Presser Award” during the Spring Academic Banquet at GWU. The award is presented each year to the rising senior music major voted most excellent in their class by the University’s President and the Chair of the music department. The award is a national […]

$350,000 grant OK’d for Blacksburg

Funds will used to upgrade sewer system

Blacksburg earned a feather in its cap earlier this week, one that may help in the pursuit of businesses to the small Cherokee County municipality. On May 20, the town was approved for a $350,000 matching grant by the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA). The funds will be used to upgrade the municipality’s sewer system, which both Blacksburg officials and […]

City workers to receive 2 percent cost-of-living raise

Itappearscityworkerswillgeta2percentcost-of-living raise when Gaffney City Council considers first reading of its new fiscal year budget Monday. But Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly believes the employees would prefer a lump sum bonus during the holidays. A 2 percent raise would cost the city about $110,000. A $500 Christmas bonus for all city employees would cost about $75,000. Double that amount for a […]

Public hearing today at 5 p.m. on county budget

County residents will have a chance today (Monday) to voice their opinion regarding the county’s new fiscal year budget. The public hearing will precede second reading of the proposed $20.2 million budget that contains no millage increase, and, unless changes are made, no pay hike for county employees. There is money for Christmas bonuses but council will wait until later […]

City council to vote on first reading of budget today

Gaffney City Council is expected today to pass first reading of its 2014-2015 fiscal year budget that likely holds the line on property taxes and gives employees a cost-of-living raise. Prior to the meeting, Gaffney Administrator James Taylor will meet with the finance committee to discuss several funding options to balance an estimated $400,000 shortfall. At its most recent meeting […]