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County suffers great loss with death of Mason

Prominent Gaffney businessman Bill Mason died Tuesday.  Mason was the owner of Bill Mason Enterprises.  He moved to Gaffney in 1991 after taking ownership of the McDonald’s restaurants on Floyd Baker Boulevard and East Frederick Stre More...

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Police searching for man who robbed downtown bank
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Local News

MLK Day speaker stresses openness to different points of view

When he was 15 years old, Bishop M. Garrison still remembers picking up the phone to call a congressman to discuss the future impact of a new federal education law.  More...

SC Senate overrides governor’s veto of $20.5 million to purchase 210 new school buses

State lawmakers have taken a step towards removing South Carolina’s oldest and most fire-prone buses from service. More...

Police chief requests funding for repairs to headquarters

Blacksburg Police Chief Jamie Ham has asked the town to consider roof repairs and to investigate termite damage at the police department’s headquarters, which are located in a historic downtown building.  More...

Sports

THE LOOK OF A WINNER

Gaffney heavyweight Dashun Tate ties up his Spartanburg opponent during a match this past Wednesday. Tate avenged his only loss of the season with a win over the Viking wrestler.   More...

Gaffney hires new assistant football coach

There is a new addition to the Gaffney football coaching staff. Sherwin Brown has been hired as an assistant coach. Brown played at Burns High School in North Carolina and Lenoir-Rhyne in college. More...

Early signing period over, but recruiting still in full swing

The early period has passed, but that doesn’t mean recruiting efforts have stopped.  In fact, the national signing date is only three weeks away.  Assistant coaches from Highland Community College in Kansas stopped at Gaffney this wee More...

Columns

STAR PARKER

Republicans must lead abortion debate

This year, as every year, I will be joining the hundreds of thousands who will be arriving in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life. March for Life notes the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Jan. More...

GUEST COLUMNIST

Winston Churchill’s darkest hour

Last Saturday I dropped off my two oldest sons and their friend at the theatre. I planned to kill a couple of hours at the bookstore, on my laptop, at a coffee shop, whatever. More...

LEDGER COLUMNIST

And now, what it is, is clean

Are you really, really good at something? That question came to my mind yesterday morning when contemplating what to write about this week. More...

Girl, 11, allegedly shoots would-be burglar

‘Right now, we can’t say if it did or didn’t happen’ — Sheriff Steve Mueller

The Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office was continuing to investigate on Tuesday a Jan. 14 incident on Union Highway in which an 11-year-old child allegedly shot at and possibly struck a burglar entering her family’s home.  More...

Former sheriff named interim administrator

Former Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton said he needed help to find the council chambers in the county administration building.  He’ll be spending more time in the chambers now after his unanimous appointment Tuesday as interim Cheroke More...

LifeStyles

Winter time means party time

Celebrate national Popcorn Day and other winter holidays with new recipes

(The Popcorn Board) Once defined as a time of quiet hibernation, winter has come into its own, in a social sense. Maybe it’s the urge to escape the doldrums of the season. Or maybe it’s just that misery loves company. More...

COOKIES FOR MIRACLE HILL

Chick-fil-A of Gaffney was pleased to donate more than $1,200 to Miracle Hill Ministries from the October Cookies for Community fundraiser. More...

Gospel singing to honor former member

The Messengers and The Master’s Quartet, both from Blacksburg, will be performing a concert in memory of Rudy Queen. The concert will be held Thursday, January 25, 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Blacksburg.  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Bill Mason

Gaffney, S.C. — Bill H. Mason, 74, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.  More...

Thomas McGill

Mr. Thomas Michael McGill, age 58, of 700 Skyhawk Drive, Apt. 710, Boiling Springs, South Carolina, answered the Master’s call on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at his residence.  More...

Odie Pickler

Gaffney — Odie Monroe Pickler, 86, of 305 Pecan Street, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  More...

State News

Winter weather continues in South Carolina - Free Access

Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict snow and freezing rain in the Upstate and portions of the Midlands throughout today and into this evening. Residents should avoid driving on snow-covered roads. More...

U of South Carolina officials investigate racist signs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials at the University of South Carolina are investigating who placed two flyers blaming black people for the election of Donald Trump as president over photos of historically important black South Carolinians.  More...

Man convicted of killing 2 dies in Greenville prison

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend and a sheriff's deputy has died in prison.  Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans told local media that 45-yearold Bennie Ray Brown Jr. More...

Other News

Dolores O'Riordan, voice of The Cranberries, dies at 46

LONDON (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. More...

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Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) sponsored a resolution Dec. 7 for the Senate Committee on Interstate Cooperation to study the potential impact of not recognizing Daylight Savings Time. Do you think DST should be abolished?