Man killed in Saturday accident

A 30-year-old Gaffney man was killed Saturday afternoon during the first fatal traffic accident in Cherokee County this year. Cpl. David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at 1:40 p.m. on South Carolina Highway 198 in Blacksburg as a tractor-trailer and a Honda sedan were both headed north. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said William […]

Tax break highlights county agenda

Cherokee County Council on Tuesday is expected to give its final approval of a tax break for a $22 million expansion project at Freightliner Custom Chassis. The ordinance provides a 6 percent fee-in-lieu for Freightliner to expand its operation at its Gaffney facility. A public hearing will precede the third reading of the ordinance. Freightliner officials said the investment will […]

Councilman wants junkyard cleaned up

County officials want the owner of Cole’s junkyard to clean up their mess. Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer said the property on Cherokee Avenue and River Drive is an eyesore and in violation of the county’s junkyard ordinance. Cherokee County Acting Administrator Holland Belue said he has been made aware of the situation and said steps are being taken […]

Body Cams

Policies, cost pose dilemmas for police agencies

When lawmakers enacted a measure last June to make police officers across the state wear body cameras, a measure prompted by high-profile police shootings, it was expected it would take about a year to make it happen and get all agencies on board. Roughly eight months into the process, however, body-worn camera policies at law enforcement agencies across the state […]

‘Sex Ed Boot Camp’ Feb. 18

Authors and radio hosts Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastique, creators of the college speaking series “Sex Ed Boot Camp,” will be appearing at Limestone College on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in Fullerton Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Filled with vital information, the program will not be a typical health lecture. The […]


David Brooks and Obama’s ongoing pant crease

If you read The New York Times “conservative” columnist David Brooks, you might better grasp the chasm between true and phony conservatives, between Reagan conservatives and establishment Republicans. In his piece “I Miss Barack Obama,” Brooks unwittingly humiliates himself in his latest paean to the president, just as when he revealed his perverse attraction to Obama’s “perfectly creased pant.” Let […]


Responding to North Korea’s latest provocation

For many years Korea has been known as “The Land of the Morning Calm.” Sunday, Feb. 7, I could have added a post-script: “The morning calm and the afternoon chaos!” I was sitting at Seoul’s magnificent Incheon International Airport waiting to board my flight back home, when the news came that the Communist half of Korea — the so-called Democratic […]


S.C. women deserve an equal-pay law

While Gov. Nikki Haley is predictably conservative on most issues, she sometimes is willing to go against the grain, such as when she recently helped lead the effort to bring down the Confederate flag that had flown on the grounds of the Statehouse. We suggest that she now consider leading the charge to pass equal pay protections for women in […]


An 18-year-old Gaffney man was arrested Feb. 10 after a backpack containing alleged marijuana and a gun was seized from a vehicle during a traffic stop. According to the Gaffney Police Department, an officer was on patrol at approximately 2:20 a.m. when he spotted a vehicle with no license plate light and conducted a traffic stop at Kay Street and […]