Peachoid gets a makeover

The Peachoid water tank remains a signature Gaffney landmark three decades after its construction. Now workers are preparing the giant peachshaped water tank for its first extensive makeover since it was officially dedicated by the Gaffney Board of Public Works to open the 1981 South Carolina Peach Festival. The million-gallon tank has received regular maintenance and been repainted periodically over […]


Police offer reward for more information in 2011 case

Stressing that the case has never been closed, the Gaffney Police Department on Monday asked for anyone with information about a January 2011 double murder to step forward. An unspecified cash reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any additional parties involved in the Jan. 19, 2011, shooting deaths of 22-year-old William […]

Police identify suspects in yellow mall shoplifting

A City of Gaffney police investigator said Tuesday that tips received about a recent shoplifting incident have allowed him to make positive identification of several suspects. The investigation stems from a Dec. 12 incident at the Gaffney Premium Outlets during which a group of women entered the Polo outlet store and allegedly ran out the door with several bags full […]

Woman fights off would-be purse snatcher; suspects arrested a short time later

A would-be purse snatcher allegedly told her victim “Merry Christmas” before trying to steal a purse in a West Floyd Baker Boulevard parking lot Dec. 20. According to the Gaffney Police Department, the incident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 1500 block. A 64-year-old Gaffney woman told police that a van approached her as she […]

Blacksburg mobile home destroyed by fire Monday

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office brought in fire investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division to help with a Monday night fire that destroyed a mobile home in Blacksburg. No injuries were reported but the fire was deemed suspicious, according to officials. Blacksburg Fire Chief Cline Gore said firefighters were alerted to the fire at 593 S. Rutherford Street at […]


The cross was preceded by the cradle

God became a man to save us from our sins, which he did finally and completely on the Cross. We commemorate his death and resurrection on Easter, but his suffering on our behalf began much earlier than that. We would do well to remember that at Christmastime, when we celebrate our savior’s birth. Seminary professor Bob Tuttle, in his 2006 […]


Is the American dream really dead?

Last month, a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis made some headlines by basically asserting that there is no American dream. It’s a myth. He crunched the numbers, supposedly disproving it. Hmm. My dad used to always say, “Did you ever hear about the statistician who drowned in a river, the average depth of which was 6 […]

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Gas prices plummeting as holiday season peaks

Like an early Christmas present, gas station price signs have been a welcome sight in recent weeks. With many stations now advertising prices below the $2 per gallon mark, and national averages falling for a record 89 straight days in a row as of Christmas Eve, it begs the question: “How low will it go?” While that’s a difficult question […]

Woman succumbs to injuries suffered Dec. 14

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler says a 32-year-old Gaffney woman injured in a single vehicle collision Dec. 14 has died. Fowler says Holly Irene Parker of 380 Ford Road died Monday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where she had been hospitalized on life support since the collision. “Ms. Parker sustained a closed head injury when the S10 Chevrolet pickup she […]