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Preliminary estimates show about $16,000 raised from sheriff's motorcycle ride

Though the final returns are not yet in, Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton believes last weekend's Ride for the Relay was a success. "Our goal is to grow a little bit every year," he said. More...

LifeStyles

The New Familiars bring modern folk sound to Gaffney on May 6

Music Sandwiched-In concert begins at 12:15 p.m. at library

The Cherokee County Public Library will present The New Familiars in a Music Sandwiched-In concert on Tuesday, May 6, at 12:15 p.m. in the large meeting room. A free lunch will be provided by the Friends of the Library. More...

ANNIE'S MAILBOX

Hubby needs to cool friendship with co-worker

Dear Annie: My husband has a female friend who makes me uncomfortable. Even though he says they are only friends, I don't like it. I have tried to accept the friendship because they are co-workers, but I just can't. More...

ENGAGEMENTS

James - Ponds Kristen Bridgett James and Timothy Shane Ponds, both of Jefferson, N.C., will be married on Sept. 13 at the home of her parents, Linda and Bill James, 1750 Gray Oaks Drive, Conway. Mr. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Steve "Papa Steve" Spears

Retired Deputy Sheriff from Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department

PACOLET - Charles Stephen Spears, 61, of 1291 North Highway 150, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Born Sept. 6, 1946, in Gastonia, N.C., he was the son of the late William and Katie McElwaine Spears. More...

George Perry

Retired from the textile industry and construction

George Walter Perry, 83, a resident of Brookview HealthCare, formerly of 315 Marietta St., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Brookview HealthCare. More...

Willard Harley Hayes

JONESVILLE - Announcing the passing of and the celebration of the life of Willard Harley Hayes as a father, brother, husband and friend. More...

State News

SC Senate passes heavy fines for employers who hire illegal immigrants

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina employers could face fines up to $10,000 for each illegal immigrant they hire under legislation the state Senate has passed. More...

Other News

Barbara Walters reveals past affair with US senator

NEW YORK (AP) _ After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters is disclosing a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as "exciting" and "brilliant. More...

Police: 'D.C. madam' kills herself in Fla.

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A woman convicted just weeks ago of being the "D.C. madam" hanged herself Thursday, apparently making good on her vow never to go to prison for running a high-end Washington prostitution ring. More...

Burglary suspect drawing widespread interest

A 30-year-old prisoner at the Cherokee County Detention Center is attracting a lot of attention from investigators across the region. More...

NOT AGAIN

Thursday crash the fourth that's ended on lawn of Adkins family

Racing to their front yard early Thursday evening after hearing the chilling sounds of screeching tires and a car flipping over and over, Paul and Nancy Adkins found what was left of a Chevrolet in their driveway. More...

Local News

Ledford's lifelong banking career comes to an end

As a 19-year-old not long out of high school in 1955, Jack Ledford believed the path of life was clearly taking him in the direction of the U.S. Air Force, where he aspired to become a jet pilot. More...

Copper thieves strike again

For the second time in less than a week, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reported damage to a cell phone tower by copper thieves. More...

Cherokee County residents join fellow Americans during National Day of Prayer

"It is definitely encouraging to have so many people come out."

Coming together in the belief that "when two or more are gathered the Lord will dwell in their midst," approximately 100 made room Thursday to bring our country's issues to the forefront during the county's National Day of Prayer celebration at Fir More...

Sports

Gaffney High track stars to take aim at state title

A trip to the state finals will be on the line this weekend when the Gaffney High track teams head to the state qualifier. All three girls relay teams will compete Saturday in the state qualifier meet at Spring Valley High School in Columbia. More...

BCS commissioners vote against proposed "plus-1"format

Next chance for college football playoff in 2014

Even a three-game playoff was too much for the BCS. Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan Wednesday to turn the much-criticized system for deciding a national champ into a playoff involving four teams, starting in the 2010 season. More...

Wren pitching too much for Lady Indians

Nothing could spark the Gaffney Lady Indians' bats on Wednesday. Stephanie Saylors allowed just nine hits and struck out 18 as Wren eliminated the Lady Indians, 4-2 and 10-0, in the district championship at Fuller Field. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Love thy neighbor as thyself ...

When Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Washington Monument in 1963, his hope was that all men regardless of race, color or creed, would have equal opportunities for success. More...

LEDGER READERS ON THE ROAD

The Gaffney Ledger made its way to Las Vegas as readers (from left) Lydia, Carroll and Lori Gaffney are pictured at the Bellagio Hotel during Spring Break. More...

THEIR VIEW

The great river question

The Catawba River is designated the most endangered river system in the nation by an environmental watchdog group. 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?