Occupants entrapped by accidents

Thankfully no serious injuries were reported. But in less that a 2-hour time frame on Christmas Eve, City of Gaffney firefighters had to deal with two separate accidents that involved confirmed entrapment. The first occurred just before 8 a.m. when two vehicles were involved in a collision at Hyatt Street and the Interstate 85 South exit ramp. Gaffney Fire Lt. […]

Judge’s ruling appears to clear way for shoe company’s warehouse operation to leave town

A Circuit Court judge ruled just before the Christmas break that he could find no justification to stop a Florida-based distribution and warehousing firm from competing for the business of a Charlotte-based shoe company that had stored and shipped most of its products in Gaffney. The decision potentially clouds the future of a massive Gaffney warehouse and distribution center, the […]

H-Tax money could help provide facelift for downtown area

Gaffney could use $50,000 in Hospitality Tax money to help downtown commercial property owners give their businesses a facelift in 2016. The city council’s finance committee recommended Tuesday moving forward with a proposal to reinstate a facade improvement program. This would give downtown business owners an opportunity to be reimbursed for improvements made on the outside of their businesses. This […]

Ramona Reynolds

GAFFNEY — Ramona Arrowood Reynolds, 86, of 664 Ballenger Road, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 26, 2015. Born in Spindale, NC, she was the widow of the late Walter Reynolds and the daughter of the late David Arrowood and Velma Hill Arrowood. She was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and a homemaker. She […]

Shoplifting suspects attempt to run over cop

A City of Gaffney police detective was forced to jump out of the way as a pair of alleged shoplifters he was trying to detain allegedly got in a car and drove at him Tuesday afternoon in the Gaffney Premium Outlets parking lot. The incident touched off a 2-hour manhunt by city police and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Tracking […]

YMCA sponsoring scholarship

Cherokee County Family YMCA will help high school students with their college expenses through a new community service scholarship. YMCA board members are sponsoring a $500 scholarship which includes a free one year membership to the family recreation center. The scholarship will be awarded for one county high school student to attend Limestone College or Spartanburg Community College. The Cherokee […]


One of these day I’m going to have my meltdown

I went to a certain retail establishment a few weeks ago to buy some golf balls. That’s all I wanted. Just some golf balls. I figured my intended purchase would take a mere handful of minutes (as my grandma used to say) and I would be back in my vehicle, golf balls in hand (or in golf bag, as it […]


2016 forecast: The experts will be wrong

We’re in a season when experts and pundits like to make predictions about what will happen next year. But an interesting column found at Marketwatch.com casts doubt on the value of those predictions. “Stocks that were recommended most highly at the start of 2015 by the highly trained, highly educated, highly paid experts on Wall Street did worse this year […]


Fix the South Carolina pension system

A hard look at the S.C. pension fund reveals a picture that isn’t pretty. It is underfunded and getting more so. And while the national trend of pension funds is downward, South Carolina is below the national median. According to the Legislative Audit Council, which last Monday released an assessment of the state’s public pensions, the pension portfolio has not […]

Thanks for the can tabs

Dear Editor: The board of Governors, staff, and children of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville wish to express sincere appreciation for 105 pounds of can tabs received Dec. 9, 2015, collected by individuals, organizations, and groups in Gaffney and surrounding areas. It’s exciting to realize that the Shriners Hospitals “team” actually extends to so many individuals and groups, and […]