Officials investigating church fire seize $4,800 in cash, suspected marijuana

The investigation of a fire at local church led to a drug bust and the seizure of a large amount of cash by Gaffney police Friday. While full details of the incident weren’t immediately available over the weekend, Gaffney police seized five 1-gallon-sized plastic bags of suspected marijuana and approximately $4,800 in cash following the execution of a search warrant […]

Authorities sift through debris left at Bethel site

No word yet on cause of Thanksgiving eve fire

The cause of a Thanksgiving evening fire that destroyed the old sanctuary and education wing at the historic Bethel Baptist Church remained unknown Saturday evening following the second day of an ongoing investigation that is set to continue Monday. Gaffney Fire Marshal Billy Bishop was joined by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday and Saturday, and by the […]

Mayor not happy with county’s counter offer

Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly said he’s finished trying to strike a deal with the county over the exchange of several properties. At its most recent meeting, Gaffney City Council agreed to ask the county to donate its former administration building to the city. Cherokee County Council last week, though, made a counter offer, asking city officials to consider donating a […]


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A ride in this taxi could cost $15,000, sheriff says

A Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office police cruiser that was going to be pulled from service due to age and high mileage is instead being put to new use as rolling message board amid a crackdown by area police agencies on the most preventable cause of roadway deaths. On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Steve Mueller and Capt. Bobby Albert of the […]

Sheriff’s ‘Grinch Patrol’ reducing burglaries

Grinches are being put on notice that Grinch Patrols are now in effect at the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office. For the sixth year in a row, Sheriff Steve Mueller said his office will once again be ramping up efforts to protect Cherokee County residents during the holiday season by adding extra patrols and bringing in additional personnel in the […]


Limestone Presbyterian Church served the pre-game meal for the Gaffney Indians Friday. “We had food in abundance – it was like witnessing the loaves and the fishes! The players and their coaches were very appreciative of the meal that our church provided,” said church member Robin Morris.

How does your child’s school measure up?

School report cards now online for your viewing pleasure

Color-coded graphics provide a quick snapshot on student achievement on state test scores from report cards recently released. Wondering how much poverty is in an area school or how many teachers have advanced degrees? Curious how your child’s school measures up to a nearby school district? You can get answers to these questions by viewing report cards available on the […]


What if Roy Moore wins?

When Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General, it was widely assumed that his permanent replacement would be a Republican. But the scandals and allegations surrounding Republican nominee Roy Moore have challenged that assumption. It would be a stunning turn of events for a Democrat to win in a state Donald Trump won by 28 […]


Sustaining South Carolina jobs takes work

Unemployment in Times and Democrat region has been at low levels compared to past years. It is part of a statewide trend of low unemployment as the number of people working in South Carolina set a record in October. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 percent for the month. Over the past five months, the state’s unemployment […]