Driver gets 10 years for felony DUI

Passenger paralyzed from neck down in crash attends hearing

In perhaps one of the most graphic examples ever seen in Cherokee County General Sessions Court of the dangers of impaired driving, an 18-year-old Gaffney man paralyzed from the neck down in an April 2015 crash was brought into court Thursday afternoon to hear the driver plead guilty. Watched over by two medics and a nurse, Marquis Manning was attached […]

Some polling places changed

If you think you know where you’re going to cast your vote in the elections this year, you might be wrong. After determining that some polling places didn’t meet updated state and federal accessibility laws, the Voter Registration and Election Board of Cherokee County moved seven voting locations for the next election. Reconfiguring polling places helps ensure that no one […]

Flurry of election activity begins soon

Get ready. They will be here soon. The yard signs. The mailers. The ads. Yes, the ads. The 2016 election season will officially kick off in less than two months and the Voter Registration and Election Board of Cherokee County is preparing for a busy year. County voters will have a number of important choices, including filling four county council […]

Schools hosting financial aid workshops

Blacksburg and Gaffney high schools will hold workshops next week to help seniors start the process of applying for college financial aid. Blacksburg will present its annual financial aid workshop Monday, Jan. 11, while Gaffney High will hold its financial aid night Tuesday, Jan. 12. Both workshops will be held at 7 p.m. with USC-Union financial aid director Bobby Holcombe. […]



Who do you think will win the national college football championship? Clemson: 52% (144 votes) Alabama: 37% (103 votes) Michigan State: 6% (17 votes) Oklahoma: 5% (13 votes) TOTAL VOTES: 277 THE NEW POLL QUESTION Do you agree with Limestone College’s new student housing policy? Log on to to vote. You do not have to be an online subscriber […]

Spencer re-elected

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. But for the sixth straight year, there is no change at the top of Cherokee County Council. Cherokee County Council re-elected Tim Spencer as its chairman and Rufus Foster as its vice-chariman at Monday’s first meeting of 2016. Spencer had said at the most recent council meeting that he wanted to keep his […]



If I win the lottery ...

Don’t tell my boss Cody, but I was daydreaming at my desk a lot on Thursday, spending in my head Powerball money I haven’t yet won. You can’t blame me, though. You probably did it too in the past few days. It’s not every day you have a chance to win $700 million (the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing as […]

End the federal monopoly on health care regulation


Robert Laszewski may be the nation’s leading expert on President Obama’s health care law. He is skeptical of the claims made by both supporters and opponents of the law, and he offers an interesting take about the law’s role in the 2016 election: “Democrats can’t admit Obamacare is broken and Republicans can’t admit it won’t be repealed.” Laszewski is right […]


The danger of a ‘right’ to live on the streets

Across the United States, temperatures are plunging, making it deadly for the homeless who refuse to go into shelters. Each year, hundreds of these vagrants die from exposure on the streets. Yet blinded by progressive ideology, so-called “advocates” for the homeless — including the Obama administration — are defending a “right” to stay on the streets. Even if it means […]