Suspect traced to Spartanburg, still on the loose

A man wanted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office following a Monday night traffic stop that left a narcotics agent injured reportedly was traced to Spartanburg County on Tuesday but remained on the loose.  Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said a GPS monitoring device was cut off and thrown on Old Furnace Road.  Cornelius Sentell Mayberry, 37, was stopped by […]

Today in History


Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2018. There are 124 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died. On this date: In 1862, the Bureau of […]

Smith stuns incumbent Montgomery

Phillips, Holly take school board seats

A woman write-in candidate for Gaffney City Council made history — again. Two weeks after write-in candidate Monita Dawkins upset longtime District 3 incumbent Bernard Smith, Steph Smith duplicated the improbable feat by beating incumbent Charles Montgomery in Tuesday’s runoff. Montgomery was the top vote-getter in the non-partisan city election on Aug. 14 but Smith picked up enough votes to […]

Officer trapped under car while attempting to arrest suspect

A manhunt remained underway Tuesday afternoon for a 37-year-old Gaffney man who allegedly escaped from a Monday night encounter with law enforcement that left a veteran narcotics agent trapped beneath an overturned vehicle. Cornelius Sentell Mayberry, who has a Greenbriar Drive address listed in court records, was previously arrested May 3 on drug trafficking charges stemming from Operation Rolling Thunder […]


No injuries were reported but a West Floyd Baker Boulevard business sustained several thousand dollars in damage

Get a great meal and help the homeless

Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ and Grill will be open Sunday, Sept. 16, as a fundraiser for Miracle Hill Rescue Mission in Cherokee County. Miracle Hill is a nonprofit ministry which helps provide for the hurting and homeless. All proceeds from the barbecue buffet will help support the local homeless shelter’s mission. A barbecue buffet featuring chopped pork, Calabash chicken, […]

I-85 construction causing slight delays for first responders

The I-85 road widening project has been a nightmare for motorists. The project also has made life a little more difficult for first responders. The state Department of Transportation is widening the busy interstate from four to six lanes between mile markers 80 and 98. The project isn’t expected to be complete until 2021. Since construction started, emergency officials have […]

A history of Gaffney in pictures now available

Nearly 500 black and white photographs culled from the personal collections of local residents provide another glimpse into Gaffney’s rich history in a new book by Blacksburg resident Will Cobb. Former Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. Bevin D. Lee, retired Limestone College President Dr. Walt Griffin and longtime state Rep. Olin Phillips are among the notable people featured in the new […]


“The Clarys are Coming” Numerous family members outstanding GHS players

With football season upon us, I found this interesting article in a 1932 edition of The Gaffney Ledger. As I have told you, The Ledger will celebrate its 125th anniversary on February 16, 2019, and we are doing some research for an upcoming special section. This is just one of hundreds of fascinating stories I have come across. CLARY FAMILY […]


Calculating the cut: See how much you save

Last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t come wrapped in shiny paper and a bow, but it might as well have. It’s like a Christmas gift that keeps on giving. First came the raises and bonuses that followed in the immediate wake of the tax cut. More recently, I highlighted a new Heritage Foundation report that documents a welcome […]