Accused child killer arrested

While it’s not yet known if it will happen, Gaffney Police Chief Chris Skinner didn’t hesitate when asked if he’d like to see a 16-year-old boy charged with the murder of a child tried not as a juvenile, but as an adult. “I would love it,” he said. That’s ultimately a question the courts will have to answer. For now, […]



County taking its time hiring new administrator

Cherokee County Council appears in no hurry to name a new county administrator. While asking Cherokee County Interim Administrator Bill Blanton for an update on the search during Monday’s meeting, Cherokee County Councilman David Smith encouraged his fellow council members “to get the ball rolling” by beginning the interview process. Smith said after his review of the applications, there appears […]

BPW fee adjustments requested

For most residents, utility bills are a fact of life, an unavoidable part of the household budget. When money is tight, families must find a way to pay. Otherwise, they risk having essential utility services shut off. For some, it’s sometimes a difficult choice between food, medicine and power. Local NAACP representative Wilbert Jamison is seeking to lessen those financial […]

Swayngim named KNOW(2) executive director

After attending her first meeting, KNOW(2) Executive Director Heather Swayngim was instantly sold on the volunteer organization’s potential to make a lasting impact on Cherokee County residents. KNOW(2) was organized to address education and economic challenges identified in a 2009 Cherokee County Community Indicators Study. More than 400 volunteers are currently involved in community projects to improve county residents’ health, […]

Milko retiring

Timken’s Gaffney Bearing Plant manager John Milko has announced his retirement, effective May 1, 2018. Mark Propst will take over the position. Milko was named to his current position in 2012 and has been with Timken since 1984. In 2000, Milko was named manager of roller manufacturing at Gaffney and was in that role until 2005, when he was named […]



Oh, for the good old land-line telephone days

It’s amazing how an event can give us flashbacks to an earlier time. I had one of those experiences the other day when I went to the Big E to catch a movie and realized — when one of those commercials came on begging you to turn off your cell phone so you don’t disrupt the movie-going experience for others […]


The most important demographic for 2018 election

The election season got started this past Tuesday in Texas, and the primary results are being analyzed for clues about what they mean for November. The results confirmed that the Democratic enthusiasm is real, but it’s probably not strong enough to turn Texas blue. The number of votes cast in Democratic primaries nearly doubled those from four years ago. However, […]