2021-03-17 E-Edition


No one was injured when a vehicle struck a ditch Tuesday morning, ran off the road and overturned on its side in a single vehicle accident on Pine Street in Blacksburg. Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to the wreck at 9:54 a.m. but the occupants of the vehicle were already out. The accident was investigated by the South […]

Sewer line swayed DHL to invest here

County officials didn’t just flush money down the toilet when they decided to construct a sewer line to the Sunny Slope industrial park. In fact, Cherokee County Administrator Steve Bratton said Monday that DHL Logistics’ $93 million warehouse and distribution center wouldn’t have come if not for the sewer line. County council passed final reading of the tax break for […]

Jobless rate up here, but companies are hiring

Cherokee County’s unemployment rate increased for a third straight month as the state employment agency expressed concern more people aren’t doing enough to find another job. The jobless rate spiked in Cherokee County to 6.9% this January from 5.7% when 2020 ended. Local unemployment rates increased slightly from 5.2% last October to 5.3% in November. The state will release data […]

County’s finance department praised

For the first time in years, Cherokee County got a pat on the back – not a slap across the face – for its audit. In his brief overview of the county’s 2019-2020 financial statements, CPA Ben Kochenower told council members on Monday the county finance department was “way ahead of last year” when it came to audit preparation. About […]


Q. What is the policy on allowing visitors for nursing home residents? A. Here’s the latest on what’s allowed: DHEC said any facility that meets the following standards must allow in-person, indoor visitation: – Less than or equal to 10 percent positivity rate in the county in which the facility is located, using DHEC’s data – No COVID-19 cases among […]

Miss Cherokeean pageant winners announced

Congratulations to the following young ladies who won awards at Miss Cherokeean held Saturday evening, March 13, at Gaffney High School. At the beginning of the pageant, contestants participated in an opening number to “This is Me” where they showcased the masquerade masks they created, designed and crafted to show their personality and to go along with the pageant theme, […]

Cherokee County Community Foundation accepting nonprofit grant applications

The Cherokee County Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2021 grant program. Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions. Proposed programs or projects should address crime and safety, economic development, education, family and youth, or public health. Within these investment areas, the Foundation encourages grant proposals that target one or more improvement areas identified […]

21 new home permits in February

After a disappointing start to the year, new home starts took off here in February. In sharp contrast to January’s total of only three new home starts, the monthly homebuilders construction summary reported 21 new home starts in February. The new home starts also were significantly higher than the seven reported in February 2020. The average cost of the new […]


So, what’s your excuse?

I had an ‘aha moment’ last Friday. I took advantage of the beautiful weather (80 degrees and sunny) and headed for the golf course. There’s a group of guys that I play with occasionally on Fridays or Sundays. There were 20 (or was it 24?) of us who showed up on this particular day. Four-man teams were drawn and off […]