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YEAR IN REVIEW

Mayor Hogue says 2013 was ‘better than average year’ for Blacksburg

Without a doubt, Blacksburg Mayor David Hogue says 2013 was mighty good to the Iron City.  But while it has set the stage for a fruitful 2014, there remains plenty of work to be done.  More...

LifeStyles

’Tis the season for cranberries'

There is always a moment of anticipation before turning something you’ve baked out of the pan, but nothing is more rewarding than turning out a beautiful upside-down cake onto your serving plate. More...

WHAT’S UP

Church news   More...

MARRIAGES

The following marriages have been filed in the probate court of Cherokee County:  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Norma Jean Childers, 79, retired from Burton-Dixie

SPARTANBURG – Norma Jean Childers, 79, of Maranantha Manor, Spartanburg, died Dec. 24, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice, Spartanburg.  Born in Kings Mountain, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Byars Sprouse. More...

William Howard Turner

William Howard Turner, 83, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. He was the husband of Thelma Turner. Arrangements will be announced by Blakely Funeral Home.   More...

Mozelle Reid, 73, York County native

Mozelle Burris Reid, 73, of 1215 N. Limestone St., was called to eternal rest on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.  Widow of Pharisee Reid, she was born in York County and was a daughter of the late William Boyd and Martha Carter Burris. More...

Columns

DAVID LIMBAUGH

Encouraging lessons from the ‘Duck Dynasty’ disagreement

A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson for expressing his politically incorrect, Biblebased opinion on homosexual behavior has turned out to be a blessing in disguise and serves as an object lesson for Christian and other social conservatives, More...

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Having an opinion is what makes America great

It seems like such a long time ago, yet not too long removed from it to forget.  Waking up Christmas morning to the savory aroma of bacon, sausage, grits and eggs on the stove and knowing there were ample presents under the tree with my name on More...

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Fire disrupts family’s Christmas

Off-duty state trooper spots smoke, alerts residents

On the first floor of Hettie Gaffney’s home on Wednesday afternoon, at least 20 family members were enjoying each other’s company and her fine cooking.  She estimated she had spent three days preparing for her family’s Christma More...

Local Clemson grads shine, earn honors

Dustin Batchler and Sam Karns stood out among the 1,100 Clemson graduates when the longtime college roommates received their degrees last week.  More...

Local News

Chamber of Commerce office manager retiring

Peggy Childers has rarely seen a dull moment over the past decade whether holding a conversation with visitors from Ireland or answering a phone call about the South Carolina Peach Festival.  This interaction with the public has been a way of li More...

Local man to receive award for leadership

Gaffney resident Carlton Bridges is one of 100 leaders invited to Florida for the first-ever John C. Maxwell Leadership award ceremony.  The Feb. More...

POLICE REPORT

‘Grinch’ steals family’s Christmas

A thief or thieves targeted Christmas presents at a West Rutledge Avenue apartment Dec. 19.  More...

Sports

TIME FOR A LITTLE HOLIDAY HOOPIN’

Blacksburg hoping to continue hot streak

Excuse Alex Bailey if he seems a bit distracted over the holidays.  Though full of glee during a joyous holiday season, the Blacksburg head basketball coach admits he can't stop looking at his team's second half slate and seeking ways in which t More...

Panthers not celebrating playoff berth just yet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. More...

WEEK 17 NEWS & NOTES

Rodgers to start for Green Bay vs. More...

National News

Stamps going to 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.  Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Posta More...

Google’s top searches peer into society’s mindset

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google’s search engine this year.  Three of the world’s four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of fam More...

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