Shooting call leads investigators to trove of weapons, drugs, cash

An early Tuesday morning report of a shooting led Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office investigators not only to an injured man but a cache of weapons, a stash of cash, several stolen vehicles and more than a half-pound of methamphetamine. Two people are facing a raft of charges as a result, Sheriff Steve Mueller said, and investigations are ongoing. The […]

Gaffney QB, star wideout in car crash

Taking a break from Thursday’s practice, Gaffney quarterback Tyshun Sarratt lifted his bandana to reveal no damage to his forehead from an early morning 2-car accident involving Sarratt and teammate and best friend Shrine Bowl wide receiver Dennis Smith. Smith and Sarratt regularly drive to school together. On Thursday they were on their way to Gaffney Middle School to participate […]

Maybe not such a ‘bright’ idea after all

County officials thought they had a bright idea to pay an engineer to develop specs to replace parking lot lights at the administration building. But the shine might be off that idea after it was discovered the new light fixtures might cast less light than the ones they are proposed to replace. Cherokee County Councilman Quay Little said a light […]

Accident has county official mulling changes in garbage pickup methods

No matter the cost, a Cherokee County councilman said the county must develop a plan that would prevent its sanitation workers from crossing lanes of traffic. Councilman Quay Little said he’s been distraught ever since learning that Cherokee County Sanitation Department employee Anthony Bradley was struck crossing the road to pick up a rollout cart Monday morning on Old Post […]

“Peachoid” is People’s Choice in 2017 Tank of the Year contest


The municipal water tank in Gaffney was voted the “People’s Choice” during the 2017 Tank of the Year competition sponsored by Tnemec Company, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance coatings. The one-million-gallon elevated water tank resembling a peach will also be considered for the Tank of the Year crown and appear with other top finalists in Tnemec’s annual water tank […]


Mitchel Humphries made a hole-in-one on October 15, 2017 at Bald Mountain Golf Course at Rumbling Bald in Lake Lure, NC. It was a thing of beauty on hole #16! He used Ping 6 iron I15 from 157.3 yards and was playing a Callaway chrome soft ball. This was Mitchel’s third hole-in-one. What luck! Other players include Jimmy Randolph, Richard […]

About 200 Gaffney Middle School students walk to school Thursday

National Drug Take-Back Day set for Saturday, Oct. 28

The Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office will once again be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, with this year’s event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28. Staff members will be posted outside the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office, 312 E. Frederick St., in downtown Gaffney, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to collect unneeded, […]


The ‘little things’ can’t compare to what I saw

Ever have one of those weeks, or months, where nothing seems to be going your way? Sometimes all it takes is for a bunch of little things to go wrong and you’re ready to dump the weight off your shoulders. A week ago, for instance, some yellow jackets decided to target my leg and foot. Worse yet, I happened to […]


Freedom of speech doesn’t guarantee understanding

Daily Beast columnist Jay Michaelson is unhappy with America’s football fans. In a thoughtful column, he argues that “kneeling for the anthem is a sign of respect, not disrespect, for our country and the values it stands for.” He adds that “To protest — for whatever cause, left or right wing — is to make real the best ideals of […]