2019-07-12 E-Edition


GHS English students will launch rockets to mark 50th anniversary of moon landing

A model rocket launch will allow Gaffney High English students to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when astronauts took their first steps on the moon. Students took time from their summer vacation Thursday to assemble their own rockets in the school’s cafeteria. The rockets will be launched July 16 in a hands-on science and math project for a summer reading […]

Police nab suspect after 4-county chase

A four-county police chase that started in Gaffney came to an end Tuesday evening after law enforcement conducted a rolling roadblock southwest of Lockhart in Union County. Aaron Michael Carrion, 26, who has a Bluefield Road, Lexington, address, still was being held at the Union County Detention Center as of Thursday, according to online jail records. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve […]

Attorney contends proposed vacancy ordinance would punish city property owners

To combat what she described as an “out of sight, out of mind,” mentality, a Gaffney city councilwoman proposed Monday an ordinance to require owners of vacant buildings to register with the city to ensure upkeep and maintenance. “We can’t use public funds to renovate buildings or bring them up to code, but we can create an ordinance to hold […]

New apartment building

There will soon be another housing option for Gaffney residents. Greenville-based developer Linden Square plans to build a 3-story, 24-unit apartment building on a 2-acre site near Stuard Street adjacent to Lowe’s and Walmart. City of Gaffney Engineer and Assistant Administrator Scott Keller said the city issued a permit for the Linden Square apartment building in June. Another Greenville-based company, […]

Town’s deficit spending being reduced

Despite keeping a closer eye on spending, a financial audit showed Blacksburg finished with a budget deficit in 2019 for a fifth consecutive year. Blacksburg ended with a $101,364 loss for the 2018- 2019 fiscal year which ended March 31, 2019, when its audit was released Tuesday. This was an improvement from December when the town was on track for […]

Lyngbya in Lake Whelchel no threat to drinking water

Chemicals used for algae control

An algae has been blooming at Lake Whelchel. Not to worry, Gaffney Board of Public Works officials claim the algae poses no threat to the city’s drinking water. The algae has been identified as Lyngbya, according to Gaffney Board of Public Works General Manager Donnie Hardin. Hardin said the algae growth at the lake is a normal summertime occurrence. This […]


Thief steals Apple iPod belonging to American Eagle store

n City of Gaffney police were called after an electronic device was stolen from a Factory Shops Boulevard store. According to an incident report, an Apple iPod belonging to the American Eagle store in the 500 block was taken from the store. The iPod was last seen at approximately 6 p.m. July 5 near the cash register at the store. […]


Want action? Sit down and write a letter

Time and time again, I’m constantly reminded that you can never underestimate the power of a well-written letter. Today, people try to convey thoughts, opinions and complaints via text, tweets or one-star reviews. But nothing gets attention, if you ask me, like an old-fashioned letter on real paper, which is becoming more and more of a lost art. It wasn’t […]


Census citizenship question is lose-lose issue for Dems

It’s not clear if President Donald Trump can win the legal battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but he’s already won in the court of public opinion. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 73% of voters nationwide believe it is appropriate for the U.S. Census Bureau to ask residents whether they are citizens of the United States. […]