Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail


If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski on Thursday, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system and who worries that his device will malfunction.

AAA Carolinas Urges Safety During Halloween Festivities 


Trick-or-Treaters and adult costumed partygoers will soon be flooding the streets and neighborhoods for Halloween celebrations throughout the Carolinas.

Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top 1st CFP rankings


If you don’t like the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, don’t worry. Saturday’s slate of huge games guarantees major changes are coming next week.

Today in History


  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2018. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security guards. On this date: In 1517, Martin Luther sent his 95 Theses denouncing what he saw as the […]

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Man critically stabbed; woman faces attempted murder charge

A Gaffney woman recently was charged with attempted murder in connection with an Oct. 20 stabbing incident that left a man in critical condition. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said deputies were called Oct. 20 and alerted to a stabbing victim from Gaffney who was brought to Mary Black Health System in Spartanburg. Mueller said Brandon Thomas, 33, of Drucilla […]

Tree-mendous facelift to be finished by holidays

The city is on schedule for a little greener holiday season. Gaffney Administrator James Taylor said Monday a tree replacement project remains on schedule to be completed in time for Thanksgiving. The project began last month with the removal of dying maple trees. which will be replaced with 56 Green Vase Zelkova trees. The city hired Sossamon Construction to oversee […]

Contractor: Granard Middle has about 10 years of use left

M.B. Kahn Construction reported nearly $1.1 million will be returned to the school district following the third phase of its building program. A list provided by M.B. Kahn shows $62.5 million in construction projects have been completed in 17 schools since a bond issue was approved by county voters four years ago. Despite the savings, school trustees were at odds […]

Police officers get graded on speed and precision during annual driving tests

Having a blue light on the top of your vehicle doesn’t just come with great responsibility. It also comes with annual testing to make sure you’re technically worthy. And testing began this week for well more than 100 local law enforcement officers. In a cone-lined course set up near Gaffney High School, members of law enforcement from throughout Cherokee County […]


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