Sheriff testifies before Senate subcommittee

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller stood in unison with other law enforcement members invited to testify Thursday before a state Senate subcommittee looking to advance a medical marijuana bill. Mueller, as a representative of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association, joined the chiefs of SLED and the Highway Patrol in opposing the legalization of marijuana for alleged medical uses in the […]

County council gives its OK to pay study

Cherokee County Council has given initial approval for a pay study that would increase pay for county employees. Now, the next step is signing a contract with the Appalachian Council of Governments, Cherokee County Acting Administrator Holland Belue said. Belue wasn’t specific when the contract would be complete. Earlier this month, council approved a pay study, including benefits to help […]

County will begin reviewing tax assessor applications this week

The county has been without a tax assessor and his deputy for several weeks. But that might soon change as county officials begin reviewing applications this week. Cherokee County Acting Administrator Holland Belue said he didn’t know the number of applicants but did say there were at least a “few” applications received by the county before Friday’s deadline. He said […]


Former BPW commissioner, downtown developer, dies

One of the Gaffney Board of Public Works (BPW) commissioners involved in bringing the Peachoid water tank to life in Gaffney passed away last week. Ronnie Brown died at his home Sept. 20 after a life marked by public service and efforts to restore buildings in downtown Gaffney through the longtime banker’s B&R Company. Brown served on the Gaffney Board […]


Police investigate September 18 shooting

City of Gaffney police were called to investigate a Sept. 18 report of shots fired on McArthur Street. According to an incident report, a known 41-year-old woman went to a home in the 100 block at approximately 1 a.m. and allegedly texted a man in the home to “give me my keys or I’m going to start shooting.” The man’s […]

18-year-old charged with kidnapping woman

An 18-year-old Gaffney man was charged with kidnapping and 3rd-degree assault and battery after he allegedly assaulted a city woman and confined her for a period of time in her home Sept. 21. Kelly Blake Hamrick, of East Fairview Avenue, was charged in two arrest warrants signed by Officer Billy Hyatt. According to an incident report, Hamrick allegedly was demanding […]

County approves extending sewer line

In an effort to make the spec building and industrial park more marketable, Cherokee County Council on Monday will extend a sewer line at the Upstate Corporate Park at a cost of roughly $200,000. Council offered no objection to the Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation’s selection of Double R Utilities as the low bidder for Phase I of the project […]

County to begin city garbage pickup Oct. 26

Trick or treat? The county will begin its residential garbage pickup in Gaffney around Halloween. Cherokee County Acting Administrator Holland Belue announced last week the collection would begin Monday, Oct. 26. Gaffney City Council cleared the way for the contract to take effect by agreeing last week to accept the county’s stipulation to exclude the Gaffney Housing Authority apartment complexes […]