September 2, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

College speaker series centers on a way 'Through the Darkness'

Limestone College will hold a speaker series this fall to help local residents heal emotionally from a two-week reign of terror by a serial killer. Chaplain Rev. More...

LifeStyles

Miss Phillips, Mr. Jones exchange vows Aug. 1

Katie Nicole Phillips and Stephen Justin Jones were married Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at Grassy Pond Baptist Church. The Rev. Martin Hogg officiated the double ring ceremony. More...

ENGAGEMENTS

Sanders - Bridges BLACKSBURG - Darryl and Jane Sanders announce the engagement of their daughter, Molly, to Michael Bridges, son of Brandon and Sherri Bridges of Blacksburg. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Frances Moss of Blacksburg. More...

ANNIVERSARIES

Celebrate 50th anniversary Wayne and Judith McCraw celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22, 2009. Mr. McCraw and the former Judith Turner were married in Gaffney in 1959. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Mary (Tootsie) Houtkin

Mary Jolly Houtkin, 71, of 1938 Cherokee National Hwy., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at her residence. Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Martin Houtkin and daughter of the late Amos Jolly and Janie Towery Jolly. More...

Ellen Kennedy Kinley

BELMONT, N.C. - Ellen Kennedy Kinley, 88, of Belmont, died Aug. 29, 2009, at her home. A native of Henrietta, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Rose Ann Byers Kennedy. More...

Thomas W. Hopper Sr.

GREER - Thomas William Hopper, Sr., 56, of 504 Appling Court, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in McCall Hospice Center, Simpsonville. More...

State News

DHEC urges awareness of cholesterol numbers to reduce heart attack, stroke risk

COLUMBIA, - September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control urges South Carolinians to know their numbers and adopt healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. More...

AFTERNOON UPDATE

School board vice-chairman will seek county council seat

Cherokee County School Board Vice-Chairman Donnie Lee Smith announced Wednesday he plans to run for the county council seat formerly held by longtime councilman James Batchler. More...

Big change coming soon to shopping plaza site

The Cherokee Plaza soon will have a decidedly different look. Tractor Supply Co., which bills itself as the largest retail farm and ranch store in the country, will locate a store in the shopping center. More...

Bikers will hit the road to help injured veterans

In the days after getting back from war, many soldiers receive the royal treatment, greeted by friends, family and in some cases their entire home town. More...

Local News

Local DJJ office to teach county youths a little something about service

When tasked with coming up with a youth service project in Cherokee County, Terry Hall had any number of options. The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice is holding a special community service event Saturday, Sept. More...

City close to signing off on plans for new YMCA facility

The new YMCA project has advanced a bit with a review of the building plans by city officials. Gaffney Zoning Administrator Tony Lavender said several minor items need to be corrected before the city signs off on the plans. More...

Historic home open for tours

Gene and Nancy Horne are opening their historic Southern mansion for a rare tour over the Labor Day holiday. Tours of the Wagstop Plantation and Nuckolls- Jefferies House in Cherokee County will be given for $10 on Monday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. More...

Sports

Too many mistakes

Changes on offensive line likely after poor performance Friday

Too many mistakes and too many missed assignments. That was Gaffney coach Phil Strickland's reaction after reviewing the game tape of the Indians' 42-17 season-opening loss to Dorman on Friday. More...

Rise in intensity level reason for Wildcats' win

The saying that "football is a game of intensity" rang true for the Blacksburg Wildcats this past Friday. "Our intensity level picked up," Blacksburg coach Mickey Moss said. More...

BRIEFS

Lady Saints fall twice this week The University of North Alabama defeated Limestone College 8-0 in women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon. Limestone's goalkeepers combined for nine saves during the match. More...

Columns

Cherokee County has lost one of its best friends

OUR VIEW

Dedication — to a person, to a project, to a cause - is the noblest of traits. And that word, perhaps more than any other, personifies James Dewey Batchler. The longtime Cherokee County councilman passed away Thursday at the age of 85. More...

Train wreck coming?

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Do you have any debts? Owe money on a car or two? How about a mortgage on your house? Credit card payment? College loan? More...

LEDGER READERS ON THE ROAD

Alex Riley is pictured here during a trip to The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. On your next trip out of town, or tour of duty, take a copy of The Ledger along and send a picture of yourself or your group reading the paper to: cody@gaffneyledger.com. 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?