March 25, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Stagnant housing market showing signs of coming back to life

National real estate data gave the financial markets a little reason to grin this week as it showed the number of home buyers is starting to grow again. Existing home sales rose 5. More...

LifeStyles

Looking for a giant golf ball? How about an 'alien' skull? The S.C. State Museum has just the thing for you at its first-ever garage sale on March 28

For fans of the South Carolina State Museum who would like to have a bit of memorabilia from some of their favorite exhibits - say, a giant golf ball or an "alien" skull - March 28 will be an "historic" day. More...

ANNIE'S MAILBOX

Children's welfare must come first

Dear Annie: I haven't seen my inlaws since we moved across the country three years ago. They are coming in May for a two-week visit and staying in our home with us and our six children. More...

Senior Centers names board officers, new members

The Senior Centers of Cherokee County recently elected board officers and welcomed two new board members. Officers elected were Jack Allison, president; Donnie Padgett, vice president; Margaret McCluney, secretary; and Don Groezinger, treasurer. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Noah Crocker

Noah Benjamin Crocker, 9, of 192 Goucher School Road, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Noah was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. More...

Martha Ann LedbetterJones

Worked in management in the finance industry

Martha Ann Ledbetter Jones, 67, of Barclay Avenue, went to be with the Lord on Monday evening, March 23, 2009, at her residence. A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Wylie Garland and the late Ada Lee Robbins Ledbetter. More...

Wadell M. Mayes

Cherokee County native

Wadell M. Mayes, 57, of 2407 Beech St., husband of Diane Littlejohn Mayes, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at 5:59 p.m. in Mooresboro, N.C. Son of Genell Tate Mayes of Gaffney and the late J. W. More...

Columns

Red meat and my big mouth have doomed me

LEDGER COLUMNIST

"Daddy, do you eat a lot of red meat?" ""Yes, I suppose so." "Every day?" "Maybe not every day, but almost." "Well, you're gonna die." That's how my day started Tuesday while I was drinking coffee while my 16-year-old daughter ate cereal. More...

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LEDGER READERS ON THE ROAD

Danny and Kim Perry took The Gaffney Ledger on a trip to New Orleans, where they attended the Bacchus Mardi Gras parade. More...

Police asking public's help in curbing gang violence

A recent escalation of violence among teenagers potentially linked to local gangs has Gaffney Police Department asking area residents to pick up the phone if they see trouble brewing and for parents to keep closer tabs. More...

BANKRUPT

Bi-Lo will maintain normal operations as it proceeds with reorganization plan

A fast-approaching debt it could not pay nor renegotiate on better terms forced Greenville County-based supermarket operator BI-LO to file for bankruptcy Monday. More...

Local News

Gala raises $130,000 for college fund at state's historically black schools

An education gala for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) March 19 in Greenville has raised $130,000 for the state's historically black colleges. About 700 people attended the UNCF fundraiser at the Carolina First Center in Greenville. More...

Public hearing scheduled to hear opinions on community issues

Have a question or complaint? More...

Man gets 8 years on CSC charge

A Blacksburg man was sentenced last week in Cherokee County General Sessions Court to eight years of imprisonment for having inappropriate contact with a young girl. More...

Sports

Gaffney golfers make mark in region wins

Burdened by high preseason expectations, the Gaffney High golf team displayed their potential in a pair of region wins this week. Gaffney finished second at last year's Class 4A state tournament. More...

A perfect game for Sarratt

Gaffney High ace Julie Sarratt pitched the first perfect game of her career Tuesday in a 9-0 victory over Fort Mill. Sarratt struck out 19 of the 20 batters she faced in the region softball game. More...

BRIEFS

Limestone drops softball doubleheader Limestone College lost two games against Drury University on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Saints Field. Drury won the first contest 12-3, and edged Limestone 1-0 in game two. Limestone falls to 10-23 overall. More...

Letters

'A Pleasant Sleep' was a pleasant show

Dear Editor: We asked for your quilts and you provided them for us to display at our annual quilt show. The Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. More...

One of the best hopes we have for improving learning

Dear Editor: The South Carolina House of Representatives began debating next year's budget March 9. We have received many questions about the status of the National Board Certification program. More...

A new pathetic low from the president

Dear Editor: The only thing more pathetic then the misery of loneliness is the depths to which some will sink to gain attention. President Obama's callous remarks on those with special needs is truly a new low. Dirk D. More...

Other News

Couple accused of trying to cremate son on grill

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit couple accused of trying to cremate their slain 2-year-old son on a barbecue grill and then collecting his welfare benefits have pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors. More...

Woman handcuffed herself to husband, and bit him

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a woman attempting to reconcile with her husband handcuffed herself to him as he slept and then bit him on his torso and arms. More...

Study: Lots of red meat increases mortality risk

CHICAGO (AP) — The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer. More...

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Poll

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?