2021-05-19 E-Edition

Back to the future for Buford Street

Buford Street Ace Hardware is going back to where it all began — to its original location at the corner of Buford and Frederick streets. The location was home to Buford Street from 1968 until 1981. Buford Street owner Charlie Patton was looking to downsize from the current 25,000-square-foot building and sold it to Cherokee County in January. The county […]


A North Carolina-based trucking company will drive down the road a bit to build its new company headquarters in Cherokee County. After Cherokee County Council’s passage of a final reading tax break for the company, Cherokee County Administrator Steve Bratton announced Kerns Trucking will relocate its headquarters from Kings Mountain, N.C. to a 30-acre parcel off Interstate 85’s Exit 104 […]

Community invited to tour newly expanded business incubator

Empty pockets and big dreams is how Brian Ziegelheafer has described the life of an aspiring entrepreneur. The KNOW(2) business generator recently doubled in size following the completion of an expansion project funded through a $38,000 Timken Foundation grant. Community members can tour BGEN Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 301 N. Limestone Street. Several tenants have already located in […]

This family business is a ‘classic’

Cutting hair runs in the Sarratt family’s blood. Nasir Sarratt is following in the footsteps of his dad and brother to become a licensed barber. His father, J.J., is the owner of Classic Cuts, while his brother, Isaiah, owns Classic Cuts 2. Nasir recently passed his barber’s license test after studying and training for two years. The Gaffney High senior […]

Aspiring physical therapist awarded Dickens Scholarship

Gaffney High senior Andrew Petty hopes to make a difference in people’s lives by going into the health care field. His plans took an exciting turn Monday evening when he received the prestigious Dickens Scholarship during the senior awards day. The 4-year scholarship will cover his tuition, room and board at the University of South Carolina. Petty is the 21st […]

Playground nearing completion

Kids, it isn’t ready quite yet. Construction safety fencing was installed Monday morning by BWC Contracting around entrances to the county’s “Hyleman’s Humble Playground” project still under construction at Midway Complex. The playground area will include swings, slides, seesaws and lowered play items so all kids can play on the equipment regardless of their physical abilities. Restroom facilities, sidewalks and […]

College student will intern for Town of Blacksburg

Western Carolina University student Mackenzie Campbell will complete a paid summer internship with Blacksburg town government. Campbell is an environmental health major and a member of the Honors Scholar community at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.. She is a rising junior who is an applied mathematics and chemistry minor. She expects to graduate from college in 2023. Campbell is […]

Read this before openly carrying your gun

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is issuing guidance to the public regarding the Open Carry with Training Act that was signed into law Monday to ensure those who own handguns remain in compliance with the law. “It’s critical for gun owners to understand the new law before carrying their weapon in public,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. Though […]


Leopards, sharks, bikers and bachelorettes

To paraphrase Forest Gump, “Golf is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’ll be paired with.” A friend and I played two rounds at the beach last week. Since it was just us two, we were paired with another twosome both days. Anthony and ‘Uncle Bob’ are from Morgantown, West Virginia. Bob is Anthony’s uncle — hence […]