Norman is, in a word, ‘conservative’

When asked the differences between he and his opponent, Ralph Norman quickly rattled off several. Norman, the Republican nominee, faces Democrat Archie Parnell in the June 20 election for the Fifth District Congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney. “I’m a lifelong resident of South Carolina, He’s lived in China most of his life. I’m pro life. He’s pro choice. He’s […]

Police seek man who fled officer at 100-plus mph

Police in two states remain on the lookout for a driver who fled from Blacksburg police at triple digit speeds Tuesday. Blacksburg Police Chief Jamie Ham said one of his officers was patrolling Interstate 85 near the 102 Mile Marker at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday when the officer observed a burgundy colored car traveling at a high rate of speed. […]

Former county employee returns as tax assessor at $80,000 a year

Robert Weaver got a hefty pay raise to return to the Cherokee County Tax Assessor’s Office. Weaver earned $59,600 when he resigned less than two years ago to take a similar job in York County. Weaver now earns about $80,000 as the newly hired Cherokee County Tax Assessor, making him the highest-paid non-elected department head, according to Cherokee County Administrator […]


Sooner rather than later

At the time of its announcement, Cherokee County Veterans Affairs Officer Todd Humphries called the construction of the proposed veterans nursing home here “one of the best things ever to come to Cherokee County.” That “best thing” will likely happen sooner than predicted. Humphries said he learned during a recent meeting with South Carolina Department of Mental Health officials, who […]

High school dropout fulfills promise to wife; earns GED

It was a simple promise to his wife, but it meant the world to Alonzo Manley. His wife, Michelle, was diagnosed with breast cancer last April. She immediately started chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Gibbs Infusion Center in Gaffney. But she wanted something more from her husband of 16 years. She wanted Alonzo to complete high school. “For 16 years, […]


Does building a wall really work?

There was a powerful flashback to the early 1980s when my fingers picked up a wellworn family photo album. My parents have steadily been going through boxes over the past couple of months, throwing away items they feel are no longer worth saving. I have done this myself in recent years so it won’t be a burden when someone has […]


Ending the federal monopoly on regulation

Not too long ago, Democrats complained about Republican governors and state legislators using their authority to fight Obamacare. Now, those same Democrats are encouraging state and local officials to fight President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty on climate change. Such hypocrisy is, of course, bipartisan. Republicans who lauded state resistance to Obamacare are deeply troubled by state and local […]

Cherokee Avenue Baptist will bestow dean emeritus status on Allison

Dear Editor: Jack Allison is a very dear friend of mine and has been a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church for more than 79 years. Jack has been elected by the church to serve as a deacon at least four 3-year terms and has served the church in many other capacities. Recommended by the deacons and our church fellowship, […]

Calling 811 before you dig is important – and it’s the law

Dear Editor: Our relatively mild winters here in the South make construction and excavation year-round activities, but this time of year people are planning outdoor projects that also involve sinking shovels into dirt. That means increased chances of accidental damage to buried utilities that bring natural gas, electricity, water and communications services into our homes. Digging accidents are the leading […]