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Police will be out in force this weekend

'100 deadly days of summer' begins

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and local police agencies plan to be out in full force this weekend to keep the roadways safe. "Basically, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the 100 deadly days of summer," said Lance Cpl. More...

Group recommends Peach Festival get largest payout from A-tax funds

The City of Gaffney's Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee recommended Wednesday awarding money to 11 organizations. More...

LifeStyles

Gaffney BPW Club installs new officers

Trysha Blanton will lead organization during 2008-2009 year

The Gaffney Business and Professional Women's Club installed new officers for the 2008-2009 year in a meeting Monday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the House of Pizza. More...

ANNIE'S MAILBOX

She's worrying her life away over her health

Dear Annie: Since I was very young, I have had an obsession with my health. As time goes on, it's gotten worse. I am in constant fear of having some kind of terminal illness and often can barely cope. More...

Artificial sweeteners are safe to consume

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Diet soda tastes sweet and has virtually no calories. But is the soda's artificial sweetener safe to consume? Yes, says the May issue of Mayo Clinic Women's Health- Source. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Lawrence Allen

Volunteer with Blacksburg Fire Department for 50 years

BLACKSBURG - Lawrence Lee Allen, 79, of 1783 N. Mountain St., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at his residence. Born in Cleveland County, N.C. More...

Carol (Rowdy) Vicky Smith Rayfield

Carol Vicky (Rowdy) Smith Rayfield, 45, of 106 Ellis Ferry Ave, Apt. 207, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at her residence. A native of Gaffney, Mrs. More...

Mr. Kelly Rochester

Employed by Ultimate Textiles in Rutherfordton

Mr. Kelly Jean Rochester, 57, of 274 Darwin Road, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at his residence. More...

Columns

Animals are at the forefront of controversies

LEDGER COLUMNIST

The weather heating up, kids getting out of school and more people on the highway ... must mean summer is right around the corner. For most these signs are obvious, with the basketball playoffs and baseball virtually the only things on television. More...

LEDGER READERS ON THE ROAD

Rita Patterson of Blacksburg is shown here reading The Ledger while on a trip to Knoxville, Tennesse, with a group from Nazareth Baptist Church. More...

THEIR VIEW

A license plate for every occasion

Used to be, if you wanted to tell the people you were zooming past on the highway that you were a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan or an animal lover or a square dancer, you bought a bumper sticker. ... More...

Interim shelter manager named

Cherokee County Finance Director Mike Vassey moved his office Thursday morning over to the consolidated city/county animal shelter. Vassey was appointed interim manager of the facility, effective Wednesday. More...

CLOSED MONDAY

The Gaffney Ledger will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The schedule change will not affect your newspaper delivery. We will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 27. More...

UPS drivers dominate competition

Gaffney is typically known for its prowess in high school athletics, but freight drivers from the local United Parcel Service (UPS) station proved to be formidable opponents by dominating during April's South Carolina Truck Driving Championship in More...

Local News

Single-gender programs earn high praise

Ewing Middle School and Mary Bramlett Elementary were recognized by the state Thursday for creating successful single-gender education programs. More...

BPW filing period ends May 29; city's starts May 30

One Gaffney Board of Public Works commissioner wants to keep his job. Incumbent District 3 commissioner Elijah Inabinette submitted his petition packet to city officials this week. The 2-week filing period concludes Thursday, May 29, at noon. More...

Photo

PROM BASH - Gaffney High School student Darius Dawkins races a classmate to the finish line while enjoying activities at the Prom Bash event at W.K. Brumbach Stadium. More...

Sports

Post 109 stumbles out of gate

Post 109 manager Jeff Osment was pleased with his team's pitching and defense. Offense and focus were another matter, though. More...

BRIEFS

Shrine Club golf tourney June 7 The 21st annual Cherokee Shrine Club Golf Tournament will take place on June 7 at the Gaffney Country Club. The format will be a shotgun start, captain's choice-blind draw (a,b,c,d players). More...

Blacksburg prepares for scrimmage

The Blacksburg football team will scrimmage themselves today at 7 p.m. in a spring game at T.A. Campbell stadium. New coach Mickey Moss will let his 70 players run a limited form of the new offense and defense in the full contact scrimmage. 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?