Charge upgraded from assault to murder


A 42-year-old Gaffney man entered a not-guilty plea during his formal arraignment Monday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court after prosecutors upgraded a pending assault charge to a murder charge in light of the alleged assault victim’s death. Charles Lee Harris Jr., who is listed in online court records as a resident of Fairfield Road, originally was charged with 2nd-degree […]

BMW funnels $300K to middle school tech programs

BMW Manufacturing announced a $300,000 investment Tuesday to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities in Cherokee County middle schools. BMW will fund the dynamic Project Lead the Way program for a 3-year period at Blacksburg, Gaffney, Granard and Ewing middle schools. BMW will provide money in each middle school for course materials and teacher training in effective […]

Man gets 8 years on gun, drug charges

A Georgia man arrested by Gaffney police at a local motel last year was sentenced to a total of 8 years in prison after entering into a plea agreement Monday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court to drug and weapon charges. Richard Patrick Morse, 33, who is listed in court records as a resident of Oak Street, Douglasville, Ga., was […]


The Broad River Antique Power Association had a very good time at their Christmas party. Although some members could not attend, a good time was had by all who did, with a lot of eating and playing Dirty Santa. If interested in joining the club call (864) 304-7558. Don’t forget the show coming up April 28-29. (Photo by Jan Scruggs)

Lent services announced

Cherokee County churchgoers are invited to observe the season of Lent this spring by coming together with other denominations for a weekly series of services. Lent is a 40-day period of penance, fasting and study before Easter, the origins of which can be traced to the early days of the church. The Lenten season starts annually with Ash Wednesday and […]


Circuit Judge Keith Kelly on Monday morning administered the oath of office to 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette. Barnette is beginning his second term as solicitor of Cherokee and Spartanburg counties. Cherokee County Clerk of Court Brandy McBee, at center, witnessed the proceeding.

City’s sanitation committee to discuss garbage pickup proposal

The city’s Sanitation Committee will meet Monday to discuss the county’s request for the city to once again pick up its residential garbage. The county formally made the request in a letter to city officials last week. County officials took the action because there has been a drop in the level of service to city residents, according to Cherokee County […]


Three fire departments were able to snuff out a fast-moving grass fire before it caused any property damage Monday. The fire, which was deemed accidental, broke out Monday afternoon in the area of Fleming Road, which is located off Love Springs Road, in the Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department’s fire district. Macedonia Fire Chief Dennis Gardner said the wind was pushing […]

City Hall fountain needs $40,000 repair

Most people love fountains. However, the fountain adjacent to Gaffney City Hall needs more than love. In fact, the fountain doesn’t work from time to time and requires repairs estimated at about $40,000, Gaffney Administrator James Taylor told the Building and Grounds Committee. The fountain was constructed about 10 years ago at a cost of about $100,000, according to Taylor. […]

BPW rate hike will be minimal, if at all

Although there’s still some more data to comb through, it appears Gaffney Board of Public Works customers will see only a modest rate increase — if there is one at all. BPW Manager Donnie Hardin will unveil the 2017-2018 budget during the utility’s annual long-range planning workshop Tuesday, Feb. 7. “I still have some numbers to go through,” Hardin said. […]