2019-05-31 E-Edition


A truck driver was taken for medical treatment following a Wednesday morning accident on Interstate 85 during which a tractor-trailer overturned near the 87 Mile Marker. While an accident report wasn’t immediately available from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department and Cowpens Fire Department were both dispatched regarding a report of an overturned tractor-trailer with entrapment. […]

Proposed school budget has tax hike

Car and business owners in Cherokee County are the main groups impacted by a tax hike of 6 mills which received preliminary approval from the school board Tuesday. The tax increase, approved by a 6-2 vote, will generate nearly $756,000 in new revenues to help close a $937,264 deficit in the 2019-2020 school budget. School trustees Barry Bailey and Billy […]

Granard principal will get district office position

After the school closes, Granard Middle Principal Gavin Fisher will be moving to the district office. Fisher is finishing his third year as Granard Middle principal. The school board voted this spring to close Granard Middle and consolidate the school’s students with Gaffney and Ewing middle schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Fisher signed his contract in May to return […]


If the Accuweather forecast for Saturday holds true, residents of Cherokee County can expect a seasonably warm, mostly sunny day with the chance of precipitation listed at just 4 percent. So should folks hear tornado sirens blaring around 10 a.m. Saturday, they can rest assured — at least in this one instance — that this is only a test. The […]

Storage building, truck lost in fire

Fire tore through a Blacksburg area wood business Wednesday night, destroying a large storage building and a delivery truck. SLED and Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office investigators were at the scene Thursday morning trying to determine a cause, although no cause had been reported as of Thursday afternoon. The CKC Volunteer Fire Department, along with its mutual aid partners, responded […]

Veterans OK with city committee’s recommendation to build new pool

The veterans won’t stand in the way if the city goes ahead and builds a new pool on property planned for the veterans appreciation park expansion. The city agreed last year to lease the Irene Park pool property to the veterans for a planned expansion of their park. The expansion included a splash pad and pavilion as well as picnic […]


Earby Cash cooks beef hash Saturday morning while helping with the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day barbecue and hash sale.

BPW to receive $2.5 million refund

The Gaffney Board of Public Works is in line for compensation from its wholesale power provider. Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA) is refunding $50 million to its 10 municipal electrical utilities from an operating surplus at the Catawba Nuclear Station. The Gaffney Board of Public Works’ share will be about $2.5 million, according to BPW General Manager Donnie Hardin. The […]

City set to annex veterans facility

The proposed Cherokee County veterans nursing home is closer to being annexed into the city. The property is located in Duke Energy’s designated service area. However, at the request of nursing home owner South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Duke has released the 58-acre parcel to another service provider. That provider would be the Gaffney Board of Public Works if […]