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Suicide driver's identity now known

Woman shot herself after deputy attempted traffic stop

The driver of a sport utility vehicle who apparently committed suicide during a police chase Thursday evening was identified by Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler on Friday as a 35-year-old Blacksburg woman. More...

Federal authorities join investigation

A highly dangerous and "unpredictable" killer has now been linked to multiple murders in Cherokee County and officials fear he's specifically targeting women. More...

Mother, daughter fondly remembered by church family, colleagues

The words and tears flowed while former teachers and friends struggled to comprehend the sudden loss of two Cherokee County educators. Hazel Linder and her daughter Gena Parker were found shot to death Wednesday afternoon. More...

4TH OF JULY SAFETY TIPS

Firefighters warn: Be careful with fireworks
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Everyone knows fireworks can be dangerous if handled improperly, but many tend to think of firecrackers and bottle rockets as the worst culprits. Even the most innocuous fireworks can cause physical harm and damage. More...

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BIRTHS

Trevor Lee Price Erica and Travis Price Sr. of Gaffney announce the birth of their son, Aziyah Trevor Lee, on June 26, 2009, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center weighing 6 lbs. 4 ozs. and measuring 20 inches long. More...

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BAPTISTERY PAINTING COMMEMORATES JULY 4 - South Carolina State Guard 1st SGT Elbert Lipsey painted a reproduction of Arnold Friberg's "Washington Praying in the Snow" for the baptistery of Northside Baptist Church to commemorate July 4, Independence More...

WHAT'S UP

4th of July events Cowpens National Battlefield will celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks, music, a soldiers' camp and family activities today, July 3. The free event begins at 9:30 a.m. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Willie Sarratt

Services for Willie Fleming Sarratt, 56, of Apt. 14-B, Chandler Drive, will be held Friday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at Indian Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Mary D. Jefferies, Pittman Harris and Patty Boyd officiating. More...

Faye Borders

YORK - Faye Dora Parker Borders, 87, widow of William A. Borders, of White Oak Manor, 111 S. Congress Street, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 10:30 p.m. at White Oak Manor. More...

Helen Collins

Helen Lee Davis Collins, 84, of 3463 Curtis Road, Mooresboro, N.C., died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Crawley Memorial Hospital in Boiling Springs. More...

Letters

Family of Kline Cash issues statement

Dear Editor: The Family of Mr. More...

Many thanks for the excellent coverage

Dear Sirs: On June 25, I was surprised, thrilled and of course pleased to see the article about me and my book on the front page of Gaffney's most prestigious newspaper! More...

Wonderful children helped with cookout

Dear Editor: Peachtree Centre would just like to say a special thank-you to the middle school-age children from First Baptist Church of Gaffney. These wonderful children helped us recently with a cookout at the facility. More...

UPDATE

New sketch of killer released

Authorities continued their manhunt Saturday for the person responsible for four murders in Cherokee County over the past week. On Friday night, Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton released a new sketch of the person being sought. More...

Investigation proceeds 'full force ahead'

Officers continue to work around the clock in search for killer

Almost everyone involved in the hunt for a serial killer who has claimed five lives in Cherokee County has been working around the clock. Some could be seen rubbing their eyes. There was an occasional yawn or two, as well. More...

FRIDAY MORNING PRESS CONFERENCE

Thursday murder in Gaffney is work of serial killer
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Officials confirmed Friday a Thursday night shooting on East Frederick Street that claimed the life of a city businessman and critically injured his 15-year-old daughter was the work of the same person already responsible for three other murders in t More...

TERRORIZED

Residents live in fear while serial killer roams free

By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com Two days, two horrific scenes. More...

Residents buying guns, ammo in wake of murders

"It's my duty to keep my family safe."

Everything seemed to be normal for Cherokee Outfitters owner Frank Sossamon on Thursday morning, exchanging pleasantries with customers who frequently visit the store to stock up on outdoor supplies and clothing. More...

Local News

Things to do on the 4th of July Weekend

Friday, July 3 Cowpens National Battlefield will celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks, music, a soldiers' camp and family activities. The free event begins at 9:30 a.m. More...

Fire destroys home

Thursday morning

Fire destroyed a Morgan Circle home in the Grassy Pond area Thursday morning. Neighbors reported smoke coming from the one-story brick home owned by the Nguyen family at about 10:50 a.m. The fire apparently originated in the garage area. More...

Drunk drivers beware

Another holiday is upon us and once again the South Carolina Highway Patrol will be out in full force to protect motorists on the roadways by clamping down on traffic violations. More...

Sports

Spartanburg topples Post 109

Asked to explain the reason for his team's first loss of the season, Post 109 coach Jeff Osment gave the simplest explanation. "We faced a good pitcher last night who threw strikes," Osment said. Hunter Cole was that good pitcher. More...

Union sweeps Post 109 to win league

Dropping a doubleheader isn't the way Post 109 Junior League coach Travis Clary wanted his team to enter the playoffs. "I'm very disappointed in the effort," said Clary after his team was beaten 5-2 and 4-3 by Union on Wednesday. More...

Indians fall short against talented Hillcrest and Greer

Hillcrest and Greer lived up to their billing at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Basketball Team Camp this week. The Gaffney Indians, the state runnersup from a season ago, did not. More...

Columns

All barbecue agrees well with my stomach

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Cool Smoke blazed a trail through the barbecue scene last month while I made my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Blue Ridge BBQ competition in Tryon, N.C. Cool Smoke was the reserve grand champion, finishing second overall at this year's event. More...

LEDGER READERS ON THE ROAD

Ethan and Seth McRobie are pictured with their mom, Krystal, on a recent trip to Florida. They visited several theme parks in Orlando and are pictured with The Gaffney Ledger at Busch Gardens in Tampa. More...

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