A horrific head-on accident on Interstate 85 late Tuesday afternoon claimed two lives, sent one person to the hospital by helicopter and forced a detour of all southbound interstate traffic for several hours. The accident occurred near the 93 Mile Marker, a short distance from the Highway 150 overpass, at approximately 4:45 p.m. when the driver of a northbound 1988 […]

Oscar Fuller will be lauded by First Steps

Cherokee County First Steps will honor Oscar Fuller for his work with KNOW(2) during the early childhood organization’s annual meeting Thursday. Fuller was instrumental in starting KNOW(2), a community effort to promote the importance of education in Cherokee County from early childhood through higher education. He will be presented with an award at First Steps’ annual meeting from 4-5 p.m. […]

Limestone College getting new library

Limestone College will start construction on a new $6 million library after capital campaign donors met a $2 million challenge grant issued by a board of trustee last spring. Limestone Trustee William Brown challenged the school last April to raise $2 million by Dec. 31, 2014. After meeting the fundraising goal, the college announced Monday it will receive an additional […]

Defendant gets 40 years in double murder case

A 25 year-old Gaffney man maintained Tuesday afternoon he wasn’t the person who pulled the trigger and killed two people in a West Buford Street home in 2011. But Giles Lee Palmer offered an apology for being present when it happened. His apology wasn’t accepted by the mother of one of the two murder victims, who only wanted to hear […]

2014 home starts up 19 percent over last year

Cherokee County-area homebuilding had a strong 2014, with new home starts up 19 percent compared to 2013. In the latest report of the Homebuilders Association, the group said there were 83 new home starts in 2014, up from 70 the year before. The association keeps a 12-month running total, which showed that last year continued a trend when new home […]

Re-zoning request approved

Limestone College received the go-ahead recently from the city’s Planning Commission for a project that will expand its residential facilities. The college requested the rezoning of parcels located on 607 and 609 East Oneal Street from single-family residential to college educational. The college plans to build a 200-bed dormitory on the site, according to Gaffney Zoning Administrator Tony Lavender. The […]

Relay for Life holds kickoff; sets $200,000 as 2015 goal

Against all odds, the Cherokee County supporters of Relay for Life are determined to finish the fight, going all 12 rounds — and more, if necessary — to rid the world of cancer. Participants of the local Relay for Life effort kicked off another year of fundraising Monday, putting their heads together at Blacksburg’s Holly Grove Catering as they begin […]


Teen charged in burglary after shoe left at scene

A 19-year-old Gaffney man has been charged with 1st-degree burglary in connection with an ongoing Gaffney Police Department investigation of an early Jan. 15 burglary at White Oak Apartments. According to an incident report, a resident of the apartment complex was awakened by a knock on the door at approximately 1:40 a.m. When the resident answered the door, five men […]

Bond request taken under advisement

A Circuit Court judge took under advisement on Friday a request to set bond for a 69-year-old Gaffney man charged last summer with murdering his wife. Rita McGaha Pennington died June 21, 2014, after she was struck in the head by a shotgun blast. William D. Pennington, of Ford Road, allegedly claimed to investigators that the gun fired accidentally while […]


What a great idea; I should write it down

How good is your memory? Mine, much to my dismay, is not so good. I know people who seem to remember EVERYTHING. From the names of people they knew in their childhood or only met briefly, no matter how much time has passed. They remember events from their past like they just happened. They say your memory fades as you […]