2021-09-29 E-Edition

It’s official

It’s not often that local officials are so giddy about an economic development project that they struggle to explain what it is. That was the case Monday when LITCHAIN CORP. officially announced at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Gaffney Board of Public Works Hwy. 105 warehouse site. The company has selected Gaffney as its state hub for its […]

SCDOT to start major upgrade to Exit 95

Two I-85 exit interchanges will be rebuilt and modernized with a new bridge and new ramps in an I-85 widening project to provide safer, improved traffic flow. Starting Oct. 4, the ramps at Exit 95 along with Pleasant School Road over I-85, will be closed to speed up work on the interchange improvement. This closure is expected to last approximately […]

Man dies after being trapped underwater by lawnmower

A Gaffney man was killed Monday evening when the lawnmower he was riding overturned and trapped him underwater in a creek. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as Daniel Lee Shaw, 88, of 150 Pebble Stone Road. “Shaw was riding a zero turn mower on his property when it ran off the turf and overturned down an embankment […]


Motions heard in defamation lawsuit

A circuit court judge took under advisement Tuesday a motion to quash subpoenas as part of a Gaffney City Councilwoman’s defamation lawsuit against the Gaffney mayor, his wife and the mayor’s political action committee. The motion was filed by Samantha Larkins, attorney for Mayor Randy Moss and his wife Arjana “Ana” Moss. In June, councilwoman Stephanie Smith filed suit against […]

Trustees approve facilities study in preparation for new building program

New middle school, elementary school, I2 expansion possible

After a significant cost reduction, the Cherokee County School District will move forward with a new school facility study that could pave the way for another building program referendum. School trustees agreed to spend $117,000 for Cummings construction management group to provide the district with an updated school facility and enrollment study. At its Sept. 13 meeting, school trustee Barry […]

2% H-tax to go into effect Jan. 1

Diners in unincorporated parts of Cherokee County will ring in the new year by paying a little more when they go out for dinner. Cherokee County Council has passed final reading of a 2% hospitality tax that will go on the books around Jan. 1, 2022, Cherokee County Administrator Steve Bratton said. The hospitality tax would be added to the […]


Memories for a lifetime

There’s something about traveling to another country that provides a new perspective on life in these United States. We recently spent 10 days in Italy (see above ‘Readers on the Road’) and there are many differences — some good, some bad and some just, well, different. Except for Rome, there is little to no litter marring the beautiful countryside. I […]


The Devil’s Walking Stick

When it comes to house and yard work, I can only be described as one thing – not interested. There is an exception, though: the immersive – subversive? – work of pulling vines. And destroying them. And rooting them out forever. It’s shocking how my inner warrior emerges when faced with mountains of thorny green. Pull and yank. Yank and […]


The Sossamon family recently returned from a trip to Italy where they visited Rome, Venice and numerous hill towns in Tuscany including Siena, where this picture was taken in front of the Duomo di Siena (Siena Cathedral). Left to right are: Sherry Sossamon, Lou Sossamon, Abbie Sossamon Scott, Drake Scott, Cody Sossamon, Jon Howell and Katie Sossamon Howell.