Thieves strike school bus on field trip

Seven children from Gaffney, along with several chaperones, fell victim to a thief Wednesday evening in Rock Hill after someone entered a Cherokee County School District bus and stole student belongings during a field trip. Some of the items were recovered, however, after a Good Samaritan found some items dumped off Interstate 77 in Rock Hill and took them to […]

Some county salaries could be adjusted

The county’s low pay scale has resulted in high turnover rates in departments and low morale. That could change sooner than expected. Last fall, Cherokee County Council approved a pay study, including benefits, to help create a wage structure to keep county employees from leaving for higher-paying jobs. That pay study could be implemented as soon as the new fiscal […]

CTC students use career fair to pass on what they’ve learned

A car ignition simulator, deer antlers and cake decorating tools were a feast for the eyes and ears of Draytonville Elementary School students Thursday inside the school’s multipurpose room. The young students got to break bricks, change tires, hammer nails, make a mess with cookie decorating tools, and get their nails done by a cosmetology class. When they are in […]



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Gaffney vs. Shelby: Man charged in stabbing

A Chestnut Street man was charged with 2nd-degree assault and battery following a reported stabbing that occurred Jan. 22. According to an incident report from Gaffney police, officers were dispatched to the 400 block at approximately 5 p.m. and met with a Shelby, N.C., man who had suffered a puncture wound to his upper left side. The man, who was […]

Building destroyed by Sunday night fire

A Sunday night fire that destroyed a building on Old Georgia Highway was turned over to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for investigation. Goucher-White Plains firefighters were initially called to the 4700 block at approximately 8:45 p.m. regarding a report of an unknown blaze, Fire Chief Jimmy Lamb said. The call was soon upgraded to a working structure fire as […]

City applies for $500,000 grant

Construction of the newest city park could soon get a serious financial boost. The city submitted a grant application this week to the Appalachian Regional Commission that could net as much as $500,000 for the construction of the 3.65-acre park near the county administration building. City officials should know within 60 days if they have been awarded the grant, Gaffney […]


Aviation Ordanceman 3rd Class Ramel Kirby, native of Gaffney, SC re-enlisted on December 4, 2015 for three years. Son of Teresa and Frank Kirby of Gaffney.