NBC releases details on Phillips murder case airing Friday night

The nationally-televised show Dateline NBC has officially titled the episode involving a Gaffney woman that will air Friday night as “Death in the Driveway.” Far from cryptic, pretty much everyone in York and Cherokee counties will know what it’s about as the NBC show tackles the strangulation death of former York Mayor Melvin Roberts and the conviction of his longtime […]


That’s the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10

Americans may have to pay a tad bit more for their Thanksgiving meal this year than in previous ones, but don’t expect the increase to put a substantial dent in wallets nationwide. Releasing its annual price survey on items typically found on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner table, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) estimates the average cost of this year’s […]

Blacksburg students learn the game of life is not easy

Blacksburg High students were not sure they are ready for the game of life Tuesday after seeing how basic living expenses can take massive bites from salaries. Students received a reality check before the Thanksgiving holidays on the world that awaits them after leaving school. Students played a life-size version of the popular board game “Life” during their homeroom advisory […]

City asks residents to keep piles clean

With leaves now falling down by the millions, the City of Gaffney’s Public Works Department is asking for a little assistance from city residents. Specifically, the department is asking residents place only leaves in their leaf piles. “Please do not mix brush, construction debris or other materials in leaf piles,” department officials asked. “This makes it very difficult for the […]

To transport veterans

County receives $37,000 grant to purchase minivan

The Cherokee County Veterans Affairs office will receive a new van to transport veterans to doctor’s appointments at VA facilities. The county was awarded a $37,000 grant from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the federal government to purchase a minivan with a handicap accessible lift, said Todd Humphries, the county’s veterans affairs officer. “This will help us take […]

Blacksburg High seeking to become ‘Palmetto’s Finest’

One local school will see how it compares with the state’s best after applying for Palmetto’s Finest award recognition. Blacksburg High will receive a visit Dec. 10 from a committee of educators from Palmetto’s Finest. A group of educators will visit classrooms and meet with small groups of students and parents while evaluating school programs. After its initial visits, the […]

Troopers will be out in force during holidays

The notion of a happy holiday isn’t lost on members of the S.C. Highway Patrol, whose goal this Thanksgiving weekend is to ensure those traveling through the Palmetto State arrive at their respective destinations safely. With excitement and enthusiasm at a fever pitch, the state Highway Patrol is asking that all motorists be attentive this holiday weekend, particularly as millions […]


It’s time!

If Thursday is Thanksgiving, it must be time to kick off “Christmas Is For Kids.” Thanksgiving has been the official start of our fundraising efforts, but several local groups have begun ‘jumping the gun’ and we are glad they have! Even before our official beginning, contributions totaling more than $5,000 have been made to this year’s shopping spree. Is that […]


Hagel Didn’t Start the Fire

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama’s national security team, has been fired. And John McCain’s assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, “was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we’re in today […]

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