2022-04-29 E-Edition

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This mobile home on Maggie Drive off of Highway 18 was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday. Grassy Pond Volunteer Fire Department responded and was assisted by Blacksburg, Buffalo and Cherokee Creek volunteer fire departments. The home was occupied when the fire started but there were no injuries, according to Grassy Pond Fire Chief Gladden Smoke. The Red Cross was called […]

Two suspects in child’s death arrested

A husband and wife have been charged with murder and are suspects related to a press conference on a child neglect death investigation being held today (Friday). David Eugene Baynard, 53, and Bobbie Jo Baynard, 42, were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center Thursday. Both suspects have been charged with one count of murder. As of press time, a […]

24-year-old dies in Tuesday wreck

A Cowpens man was killed in a two vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Cherokee County. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as Luis Rodriquez, 24, of 103 Carson Dr. Rodriguez was driving a 2007 Mazda station wagon east on SC Highway 110 at 3:45 p.m. at Cash’s Peach Road when he crossed the center line and struck a […]


Facing 35 years, defendant decides to accept plea deal

After pre-trial motions were heard in a bench trial before Circuit Court Judge Mark Hayes, defendant Nick Blackwell “had a change of heart” and decided to accept a negotiated plea deal from the state. Blackwell was facing up to 35 years for a 3rd offense of trafficking methamphetamine 10-28 grams charge and a possession of a weapon during the commission […]

Limestone to play football games on campus; upgrades to facilities planned

Limestone University will play its football games on campus for the first time this fall and plans to build a new softball facility. Limestone has used The Reservation stadium at Gaffney High since the football program started in 2014. Starting this fall, Limestone president Dr. Darrell Parker said the school will play home games at Saints Field where it currently […]

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY: Humane Society of Cherokee County


Editor’s note: Emma Connelly is a resident of Gaffney and was recently crowned Miss Boiling Springs Teen. Her social impact initiative is Community Opportunity. She hopes to encourage everyone to find a local service organization that best suits their interests and abilities. The Humane Society of Cherokee County is an animal shelter that aims to protect and assist vulnerable animals. […]

Low turnout for election

Few parents and school staff voted Saturday in a special election held by the Cherokee Charter Academy. Elizabeth Davidson received 17 votes to narrowly edge Stacey Ortega to fill an unexpired term on the local charter school’s Board of Directors. Davidson is a local special education teacher and has a child who attends Cherokee Charter Academy, according to her candidate […]

Company to conduct voluntary cleanup on Hyatt Street Brownfield Site

Tyco Electronics wants to buy former Fashion Engravers

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is seeking public comment on a voluntary cleanup contract of a Brownfield Site on Hyatt Street. According to the DHEC press release, Tyco Electronics is seeking to acquire the 4-acre property at 427 Hyatt Street for an assembly, distribution and warehousing facility for its outdoor lighting equipment. Brownfield sites are abandoned, […]


Admiring the thief

It never occurred to me that I would one day be writing a column whose first line contained the words, “I really admire the guy that robbed us,” and yet here it is. Our church has joined the ranks of those that have had catalytic converters stolen off of our vans. I am an unrepentant, recalcitrant workaholic. I always have […]