New company will create 250 jobs

Cherokee County Council is expected to consider at its 4 p.m. meeting today (Wednesday) an inducement resolution to lure a company that would hire as many as 250 employees, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The unidentified company would locate in an existing unoccupied building, possibly the National Textile property on Victory Trail Road. The facility has been […]

Son charged in fire that killed father

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigators have charged a Gaffney man with involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a Sept. 4 fire on Shelby Highway that claimed the life of the man’s father. While investigators don’t believe Ricky David Upchurch intended to kill his father, 62-year-old Michael David Upchurch, Sheriff Steve Mueller said Tuesday that investigators are alleging Upchurch was responsible […]

I-85 crashes claim two lives in as many days

A second death in as many days on Interstate 85 led to the closure of the highway late Monday night and a series of chain-reaction accidents that kept northbound traffic at a standstill and emergency and highway officials busy until at least 7 a.m. Tuesday. Monday night’s fatal accident occurred at approximately 10:55 p.m. when a motorcyclist from North Carolina […]

At-fault drivers to be billed for expenses

There might be extra expenses for non-county residents who cause major accidents here. The city’s fire committee gave the go-ahead Monday for Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano to draft a costrecovery fee ordinance, allowing the city to charge to recoup costs for the fire department’s response to traffic crashes. Caggiano told the committee he realized the need for the ordinance […]

DNA influences coffee consumption

NEW YORK (AP) — How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role. Their apparent effect is quite small. But variations in such […]


Test scores show mixed results for local students

County high school students posted mixed results on the SAT and Advanced Placement exams for college credit, according to results released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. This year’s average SAT score in Cherokee County was 1,318, significantly below the state average of 1,429, but a 6-point increase over last year’s state average. The national average is 1,471. The […]


Women never really get to retire

Did you miss my column last week? I was on vacation at the beach for some much-needed rest and relaxation. We all need that from time to time, except, I suppose, for those of you who are retired. And even then, it’s good to get away for a change of scenery now and then. Even though I was surrounded by […]

County is blessed with outstanding medical facilities and personnel

Dear Klonie: Your article last week about Novant prompted me to write a letter which I had intended to write months ago. There is a saying that you do not appreciate good health until you don’t have it. I want to add another saying that you do not know how to appreciate the wonderful healthcare people and facilities we have […]