Doo Dah Parade


Authorities had to block off a very busy intersection Monday afternoon when a vehicle erupted into a ball of fire. No one was injured but a man’s vehicle was destroyed. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known. The incident occurred at Hyatt Street and Nancy Creek Road, which is the intersection leading to the Gaffney Premium Outlets. Sheriff’s deputies […]

Councilmen exit 3-hour closed-door session with pay raise proposal for county workers

Cherokee County employees will get another pay boost in the new fiscal year budget. With county employees filling virtually all the chairs in the 150-seat council chamber, Cherokee County Council emerged from a 3-hour executive session Monday agreeing to first reading of a 3 percent across-the-board wage increase for county employees and length-of-service raises based on the pay bands established […]

Blaze leaves home with extensive damage

A Monday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to the interior of a Robbs School Road home. The Grassy Pond Volunteer Fire Department initially was dispatched to the 300 block regarding a fire alarm activation but a passerby quickly notified 9-1-1 dispatchers that there was indeed smoke coming from the structure. Fire Chief Gladden Smoke said fire crews made an immediate […]

Richards nominated

Gaffney resident Colby Richards is a freshman at Memphis College of Art and has been recommended for a unique opportunity. Richards was nominated by his drawing professor to attend the Horn Island Program. MCA has been providing the Horn Island experience since 1985 and only 16 slots are available for all MCA students. The program is a 3-hour credit course. […]

County’s return on ACOG investment is $40 to $1

When it comes to the Appalachian Council of Governments, Cherokee County is getting the best bang for its buck. In his annual presentation to Cherokee County Council, Appalachian Council of Governments Executive Director Steve Pelissier said the county spent $25,685 for ACOG services and received a little more than $1 million in the form of grants and other services on […]

County council passes second reading on tax breaks for two unnamed industries

Cherokee County Council moved a step closer Monday to approving tax breaks for an existing company and a prospect looking to locate here. Council unanimously passed second readings of a fee-in-lieu tax package to an industry identified by the code name “Project Bulldog” and special source revenue credit that would take the form of a tax rebate for an industry […]


To see future of auto industry, look away from Washington

One fact consistently forgotten by political activists is that politicians don’t lead the nation, they lag behind. The culture and technology lead us forward. A great example is the automobile industry. While regulations have a big impact in the short term, reality is ultimately driven by other factors. For example, when the price of gas falls, people buy bigger cars. […]


The hue and cry is tiring

The website BuzzFeed recently ran an article that a liberal activist paid for documents that showed Exxon-Mobil had paid money to the Trump Organization through a third party to ensure Rex Tillerson became Secretary of State. The documents were forged. The story is nonsense. But many on the left were willing to believe because they want to believe. If President […]


Why would anyone do such a thing?

There are many, many, many things that I do not understand. Just sitting here thinking about it made me realize there is much more that I do not comprehend than there is that I do. Electricity. Women (pretty much all of them). Men (a high percentage of them). Computers. Software. Engines of any kind. The universe. God. War. Cell phones. […]