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State up; county down

JOBLESS RATES

A growing number of unemployed residents combined with summer break for educational institutions resulted in South Carolina’s unemployment rate rising for the third straight month in July.  More...

LifeStyles

Race to The Rock

Lake Lure Olympiad’s annual bike race Aug. 26 climbs 900 feet in three miles

CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. – For runners and cyclists competing in Race to the Rock during the eighth annual 2012 Lake Lure Olympiad on Sunday, Aug. 26, be prepared to climb 900 feet in elevation over the last three miles. More...

‘JERUSALEM PROJECT’ VOLUNTEERS HELP OUT AT MEALS ON WHEELS –

More than 20 Meals on Wheels’ clients benefited from the recent Jerusalem Project sponsored recently by local churches. More...

Union County Arts Council opens new show of watercolors by J. Ashley Kirby

UNION – The Union County Arts Council opened a new exhibit, “A Celebration of Watercolor: Original Works by J. Ashley Kirby,” with an opening reception Aug.19 at the UCAC Gallery on Main Street. The show will run through Sept. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Jesse Sours, 78, native of Ohio

Jesse Albert Sours, 78, of 209 N. Logan St., Gaffney, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at his residence.  Born in Kenton, Ohio, Mr. Sours was the widower of Dorothy Louise Gault Sours and son of the late Amos and Mary Dimsey Sours. More...

Nola Mathis, 81, former employee of Peachtree Centre

Nola Mae Whelchel Mathis, 81, of 505 Willow St., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.  More...

InezWyatt, 91, member of Southside Baptist Church

Inez Pearson Wyatt, 91, formerly of 1514 Leadmine Road, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Peachtree Centre .  Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of W.C. Wyatt and daughter of the late J.W. More...

Letters

Use caution around buses, schoolchildren

Dear Editor:  With students heading back to school, it is important to remember that school buses, bus stops, and congestion around schools may be a factor in our daily lives once again.  Please use caution as some of these kids might be ne More...

Judge denies restraining order; says new rec district league OK

The ear-to-ear grins and wide eyes said it all as more than 300 aspiring Gaffney Indians and Blacksburg Wildcats ages 5 to 12 showed off their speed and agility as part of the first-ever Cherokee County Youth Football League Combine on Saturday at Lo More...

Media giant sets sights on radio station in Gaffney

A growing Maryland-based media company looking to increase its exposure in the Charlotte radio market has officially set its sights on Gaffney Broadcasting Inc.  More...

Former state trooper gets 3 years in prison

A former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Greenville to three years in prison for possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of South Carolina.  More...

Local News

BALLOON POWER

The Gaffney Ledger, Cruisers Car Wash and some nearby residences lost power late Friday afternoon when some errant birthday balloons got tangled up in some Board of Public Works power lines. More...

Iron City getting complaints about dog ‘doo’

Blacksburg town officials are contemplating a measure banning owners from bringing their pets along for friendly strolls around cemeteries in the municipality.  In recent months, members of the Iron City’s governing body have fielded compl More...

EARLY TO BE, EARLY TO RISE

— The Rise Guys morning show disc jockeys Matt “Mattman” Harris and Nine (aka James McDonald) signed autographs last Tuesday at Fatz Cafe in Gaffney. More...

Sports

Indians get reality check

You couldn’t blame Gaffney coach Dan Jones for being in a sour mood Friday.  He had just witnessed his offense commit three turnovers, his defense give up 449 yards and his special teams allow a kickoff return for a touchdown in a 49-19 sl More...

Trojans’ game plan keeps Gaffney defense on heels

Gaffney defensive coordinator Ben Fuller said the Northwestern offense he had scouted on film wasn’t the one that showed up on Friday at The Reservation.  “They were a better team than what I’ve seen,” Fuller said.  More...

Blacksburg turns in lackluster effort in Lexington jamboree

Nick Hames scored on a 68-yard touchdown pass Friday in one of the few Blacksburg highlights in a 21-8 jamboree loss to Ninety Six.  Ninety Six quarterback Hunter Watson scored on a 1-yard run and kept three touchdown drives alive with well exec More...

Columns

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED...

Another waste dump threat looms

The news media has had ample fast-breaking news the past several weeks — politics, the theatre massacre in Colorado, hostile attacks in the Middle East, the London Olympics.  More...

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Perfect golfing weather

“You hear that thunder?” my wife asked.  It was 5 a.m., Sunday and I was just getting out of bed to get ready to go play golf.  I don’t usually play golf on Sunday but there is a time or two during the year when I particip More...

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