Storm Damage October 2017

9-1-1 upgrade: ‘Armed with information like never before’

Law enforcement agencies, 9-1-1 dispatchers and fire departments are now connected like never before thanks to a major technology upgrade that went live last week. In the works for about a year and a half, the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office, Gaffney Police and fire departments, the Blacksburg Police Department and Cherokee County 9-1-1 are now all using the same […]

City dismisses attempted murder charge

City of Gaffney police confirmed Friday afternoon that an attempted murder charge filed against a 31-year-old city man the previous week was being dismissed. Shawmund Shrock Wray, of 4th Street, had been accused in an arrest warrant filed Sept. 28 of being involved in a July 14 drive-by shooting during which a gunshot was fired from a vehicle toward a […]

Is bathroom remodeling proper use of A-Tax funds?

Gaffney Administrator James Taylor has reached out to state authorities regarding whether Limestone College is eligible for a share of the city’s Accommodations Tax money. The city’s Accommodations Advisory Committee has recommended that Limestone receive $20,000 in A-Tax money to remodel existing restroom facilities at Fullerton Auditorium. However, when Gaffney City Council was set to act on the committee’s recommendation, […]


Luther Vaughan 4th-grader Ashyla Wilkins plays the drums with Michael Henningsen, a member of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, on Thursday as part of Living History Day at the Cherokee County History and Art Museum. All county 4th-graders spent the day visiting stations set up at the museum that demonstrated life in the Colonial period.

Child support amnesty days scheduled November 16-17

All 199 people in Cherokee County in trouble with the law for falling behind on child support obligations are being given a special opportunity to make things right and potentially find a job that will keep them out of trouble in the future. Cherokee County Clerk of Courts Brandy McBee announced Thursday afternoon that Family Court Judge Usha Bridges — […]


Gaffney High School students work on college applications Thursday. College admissions counselors and high school guidance counselors were on hand to walk students through the online application process during the school’s seventh annual College Application Day.

Another industry seeking tax break for expansion

Another local industry wants to expand. On the heels of approving tax breaks for expansion projects for Tribal Manufacturing and American Decorative Fabrics, Cherokee County Council on Monday approved an inducement resolution and first reading of a tax incentive package for a local company known as “Project Diamond.” A source with knowledge of the negotiations said the company is an […]

Blacksburg set to review plans for downtown revitalization at Tuesday’s council meeting

A design group will share plans Tuesday with Blacksburg Town Council about a new downtown revitalization project. Community members are invited to attend the council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Blacksburg museum. “We will have a presentation by our design group, Destination by Design, of new plans for revitalization of downtown, branding and the development of the park property […]


Judge Roy Moore bolsters GOP credibility

To the dismay of Washington’s Republican Senate leadership, Judge Roy Moore crushed Luther Strange in the runoff for the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Alabama, outpolling Strange by 9 percentage points. Senate Republican leadership, and President Trump, stood behind Strange. The Republican establishment doesn’t want their party branded with Moore’s hardcore, outspoken Christian fundamentalism. They don’t buy […]