2022-08-15 E-Edition

100-year-old vet says ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’

He’s lived through the Great Depression, a world war, seeing a man walk on the moon, and traveled the world, so for centenarian Marcel Beaudoin, Thursday felt like any other day. Beaudoin, a veteran of the United States Army, turned 100 on August 11 and celebrated with family and friends at the Palmetto Patriots Home in Gaffney. “It feels the […]

Police chase leads to traffic backup on I-85; man arrested

A 57-year-old man is in custody after leading police on a chase through North and South Carolina Friday afternoon in a stolen vehicle. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said Joseph Lee Houston was driving a stolen U-Haul truck out of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina when officers near Bessemer City attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Houston allegedly evaded police […]

Dr. William Ross named director of Limestone University’s Real Men Lead Program

Dr. William Ross has been named as the Director of Limestone’s Real Men Lead program that will provide intentional and focused services designed to improve outcomes for the University’s Black American male students in all facets of postsecondary education. Ross is well-known in the local community, having served in the past as a longtime administrator with the Cherokee County School […]


Beaverdam Baptist Church welcomes Rev. Mike Burkholder as interim pastor. He is married to Elaine Burkholder and the couple lives in Gaffney. Beaverdam Baptist Church is located at 167 Beaverdam Road, Gaffney, SC 29341. Services are held on Sundays beginning with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. A Sunday night service is held at 6 […]


Occupation: Assistant Office Manager at First Staffing of Gaffney Hometown: Blacksburg, SC Family: Branden Ruppe, husband, and Ranger Ruppe, son Education: Blacksburg High School Favorite Book: Redeeming Love Favorite Movie: Roadhouse and Sweet Home Alabama Favorite Song: “It Must Be Love” by Alan Jackson Favorite Entertainer: Dolly Parton Favorite Food: Chicken Stew Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, reading, and cooking new recipes […]

Two Cherokee County councilmen graduate from the Institute of Government

Sixty-six county officials graduated on August 3 from Levels I and II of the Institute of Government for County Officials at the Annual Conference of the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC), held Aug. 1 – 4. “It is an honor for me to recognize members of the class of 2022,” said 2021- 22 SCAC President Paul A. Cain (Oconee […]

GHS valedictorian wins Small Fry Scholarship

The Small Fry organization has awarded its 36th scholarship to Abigail (Abby) McBee, a recent Gaffney High School graduate. The $5,000 scholarship was announced at the GHS Awards Day ceremony in May and was formally recognized at an August 9 dinner honoring Abby. The daughter of Doug and Brett McBee, Abby will attend Gardner-Webb University. Abby was the 2022 Class […]

Brandon Watkins named Cherokee County School District ‘Teacher of the year’

The Cherokee County School District honored its top teachers, schools and support staff Friday. Brandon Watkins was named the district teacher of the year during an opening staff meeting for 1,300 district employees in the Gaffney High auditorium. Watkins will receive $1,000 from the school district and $1,000 from South Carolina as the Cherokee County teacher of the year. He […]

Council votes on tax breaks

Cherokee County Council is expected to approve final reading at its meeting today of two more tax breaks for economic development projects. According to the 5 p.m. agenda, council will consider third reading of an ordinance for Project Treeline and Project Bees. County officials typically provide more details of the project after passage of final reading. Details have already leaked […]