December 21, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Merchants say sales are brisk

Instead of a white Christmas, local retailers are hoping to see a lot of green this holiday season. More...

LifeStyles

Miss Shytle weds Mr. Sarratt

In a lovely Christmas setting at Grassy Pond Baptist Church, Amanda Paige Shytle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. McCraw, became the bride of Isaac Jones Sarratt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melton Q. Sarratt. More...

Grief is different for everyone

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A death of a loved one, a job loss, the end of a marriage, an illness or disability. Everyone faces losses and grief, but the toll that grief can take on the mind and body can catch many people by surprise.   More...

Bethel Baptist Church has 115th anniversary celebration

The Bethel Baptist Church Church family celebrated the 115th year of the church's ministry on Sunday, Oct. 11.   Pastor Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. commented that the church continues to serve the community though a diverse number of ministries. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Robert Cobb

GARDEN CITY – Robert Charles Cobb, 60, of 685 Monk Square, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Waccamaw Community Hospital. More...

Stanley Bailey

MOORESBORO, N.C. – Stanley Bailey, 65, of 581 Harrill Road, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his residence.   Arrangements will be announced by Blakely Funeral Home.   More...

Irene Robinson

BLACKSBURG – Irene Robinson, 93, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at her home.   A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Melvin Carter and Mollie Raines Allen. More...

Students sent home early Friday

County students got an early start on their Christmas vacation Friday when winter weather led schools to close down at mid-morning.   Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Bill James closed all schools at 10 a.m. More...

CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS

This happy youngster was among 147 Cherokee County children who were treated to $100 shopping sprees at Wal-Mart through the 'Christmas Is For Kids' program, sponsored by The Gaffney Ledger. More...

Fire departments respond to three blazes over the weekend

A family of four was displaced from their Blacksburg area home Saturday evening by fire, one of three fires in Cherokee County that required assistance from the American Red Cross over the weekend.   More...

Local News

State hits record unemployment level of 12.3 percent

Some economists say the recession that has cost jobs across the United States and sent South Carolina’s unemployment rate spiraling appears to have come to an end.   More...

School trustees displeased with federal grant process

“It stinks to high heaven.”

Local school administrators scrambled last week to comply with a tight time frame regarding federal money available for improving schools. More...

Cops shop for area tots

Blacksburg Police Sgt. Peter McBride, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, selects toys Wednesday night during the FOP's annual “Christmas with a Cop” program. More...

Sports

Indians hold off Dorman

Gaffney’s Josh Corry scored a game-high 22 points, but his biggest play didn’t come on a basket. More...

BRIEFS

Jayvees top Trojans, 61-51   Gaffney scored 27 points in the fourth-quarter to overcome an 11-point deficit in beating Northwestern, 61-51, Saturday at the South Pointe Junior Varsity Tournament. More...

Dorman uses 4th-quarter surge to down Lady Indians

What homecourt advantage?   Eight days after Gaffney Lady Indians topped homestanding Dorman, the Lady Cavaliers returned the favor Saturday, escaping with a 52- 44 victory. More...

Columns

Cartoon

Full Story

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Welcome to my desk Mr. Potato Head

So I’ve got to believe you’re finished — or nearly finished — with your Christmas shopping.   More...

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED...

The truest joy

A Christmas tree with tinsel and flashing lights stood in the corner.   Flames from the burning oak logs crackled and danced in the fireplace; the children’s red stockings hung from the mantel. More...

Special Sections

Poll

Who do you support for Cherokee County Sheriff?