Confederate monument here protected by Heritage Act

While some cities around the country are removing Confederate memorials, the statue of a Confederate soldier in Gaffney is protected by state law. Confederate monuments are protected in South Carolina by the state’s Heritage Act. The law, which was passed when the Confederate flag was moved in 2000 from the Statehouse dome to a nearby Confederate memorial, states that no […]

Burglary spree continues

A rash of business burglaries has law enforcement warning local business operators to take some extra steps to protect themselves. While incident reports weren’t immediately available Tuesday, two more business burglaries occurred early Tuesday and officials say they were similar. At approximately 3 a.m., deputies responded to AJs Grill and Pizza on North Limestone Street where it was discovered someone […]

Trustees shoot down Blacksburg FB stadium idea

Months of tension over a proposed Blacksburg High stadium and Gaffney High athletic projects left Cherokee County school trustee Mark Nix shaking his head Monday night. School trustees voted 6-3 against a motion by Nix to build a new Blacksburg High stadium, Gaffney High band room and a field house adjacent to The Reservation football stadium. The total cost on […]

School district honors top teacher and support staff member

Ewing Middle School 7th-grade English teacher Shamona Fernanders and Limestone-Central Elementary school nurse Vickie Williams were honored Tuesday as the Cherokee County teacher and support staff persons of the year. Fernanders and Williams received $500 from the Cherokee County School District. The finalists for the teacher and support staff awards are called honor roll recipients. Each finalist received $250.Fernanders, a […]

Will the performing arts center be revisited? — “Of course,” mayor says

More than eight months after Gaffney City Council voted to stop the proposed construction of a $5 million performing arts center, Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly said he intends to bring the issue back up. Jolly made that comment last week after council approved on first reading a smoking ban in restaurants, public buildings and parks after voting it down just […]

Future looking bright for county building

The Cherokee County administration building parking lot has a bright outlook. However, it will be a few more weeks before that bright future becomes a reality. Cherokee County Administrator Holland Belue said LED light fixtures have been ordered and that it will take a few more weeks before the fixtures are installed. The state-of-the-art LED lighting system for the parking […]


Firefighters from across Cherokee County traveled to Blacksburg on Friday afternoon to say goodbye to one of their own. Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department member James Derrick Henson Jr., 19, a 4th-generation firefighter, was killed in a traffic accident Aug. 6. He was buried Friday afternoon with firefighter honors following a funeral service at Nazareth Baptist Church. Fire departments from across […]

New home starts up 43 percent in July

The local housing market is still picking up steam. New housing starts rose from a 27 percent increase in June to a whopping 43 percent increase in July as compared with the same months a year ago, according to the Homebuilders Association of Cherokee County newsletter. July’s home starts fueled the increase with eight new home permits issued compared to […]

BHS to honor former employee

Blacksburg High will name its cafeteria in memory of Sheila Falls. Trustees voted unanimously to approve the request Monday under a policy allowing schools to name portions of its building in honor of individuals. Falls retired from the school district after 34 years as a Blacksburg High cafeteria employee. “Sheila Falls was a phenomenal lady and a dedicated employee at […]


Is Trump entering a kill box?

Given the bravery he showed in stepping out front as the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions deserves better from his boss than the Twitter-trashing he has lately received. The attorney general has not only been loyal to Trump and his agenda, he has the respect and affection of ex-colleagues in Congress and, more broadly, of populists and […]