Old Glory waves proudly at city’s Flag Day

The Stars and Stripes were prominently displayed outside city hall Friday evening as Gaffney celebrated the adoption of the United States flag. Flag Day is an annual observance of the Second Continental Congress’ official adoption of the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1777. The first American flag was made by Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag […]

Bodies found in burned truck


If it weren’t for a very specific tip and a quick response by law enforcement, the gruesome discovery of a burned pickup truck containing two bodies in Hickory Grove might never have been linked to a double-murder in Blacksburg. But that’s exactly what happened Thursday evening when the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 7 p.m. from […]

Peachtree Centre fined after DHEC inspection

State regulators have fined Peachtree Centre about $135,000 for failing to meet state standards during an inspection this spring. The fine arose from a state inspection at the county-operated nursing home conducted April 27-30. At the time, state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) inspectors cited Peachtree Centre for nearly 20 violations. In the report e-mailed to The Ledger, […]

Several offers expected when bids opened today

The county is expected to have several offers to buy the Peacthree Centre nursing home when Cherokee County Council publicly opens bids at today’s meeting. “There has been a lot of interest,” Cherokee County Assistant Administrator Holland Belue said. At least four companies were expected to tour the facility and meet with county officials before today’s public bid opening. Cherokee […]


Gaffney police are seeking leads in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon that sent a male subject to the hospital. Law enforcement officials scrambled to the Limestone Courts housing division around 2:30 p.m. following reports of a man suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was taken by Upstate Medical Center EMS paramedics to a local medical facility. The […]

Blacksburg Museum and Civic Center now open

Over the course of the past few months as he returned home following a long day of work across the Broad River, Blacksburg Mayor David Hogue would drive drive past the town’s museum and civic center. Daily taking in views of the building as it rose brick by brick from the Cherokee County earth, the longtime Iron City boss would […]

Helicopter tours nixed

(AP) — North Myrtle Beach officials have rejected a proposal to allow a helicopter tour company to operate in the city. Local media outlets report that the city’s board of zoning appeals on Thursday rejected a request to allow the helicopters to take off from a site on U.S. 17 after residents objected about the noise and traffic. Steve Powell […]


Let’s put the ‘Ex’ in ‘Ex-Im’

Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now. That’s because the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which provides taxpayer-backed loans to foreign countries and companies to pay for U.S. products, is set to expire June 30. To get […]


New, fresh ideas vital to any venture

We hope you read the article we published Wednesday, June 3, about the ages, gender and race of those we elect to public office. It was the second in our “Community Matters” series of stories, in which we are providing an in-depth look at issues that matter to Cherokee County because our community matters to us. This was not an […]

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