January 3, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

It’s about to get a lot colder

While we welcomed 2014 in with a flurry of toasts and fireworks, Mother Nature waited a few days before offering Cherokee County residents and others in the Upstate a frosty new year.  The season’s coldest temperatures are expected to arri More...

LifeStyles

Casseroles spread warmth throughout the season

The perfect solution to a long, dreary day is a warm and delicious meal made right at home. There is no better time of year than the winter season to turn to an American favorite: the casserole. More...

ANNIVERSARY

Mr. and Mrs. Starnes celebrate 50th anniversary on Dec. 24

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Starnes Jr. of Gaffney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2013.  Mr. and Mrs. Starnes were married in 1963 in Lancaster. More...

WHAT’S UP

Church news  l There will be a Bible study on marriage starting Monday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. at New Harvest Ministries, 215 Pecan St.  Fund raisers   More...

Obituaries - Free Access

James J. Thomas III

James J. Thomas III, of 132 Lincoln Drive, was called to eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. More...

Ronnie Scruggs

CHESNEE — James Ronald Scruggs, 63, of 107 Edsel Drive, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  Born in Chesnee, he was the son of Irene Pearson Scruggs of Chesnee and the late Cecil Scruggs. More...

Emma Pecora

Emma Pittman Pecora, 92, of Gaffney passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Eden Terrace of Spartanburg.  Emma was born March 15, 1921, in Gaffney to the late Robert and Hattie Pittman. She was employed by the S.C. More...

National News

Cold temps on the way

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new year's winter weather is threatening icy shock waves for the eastern two-thirds of the country .  More...

Woman: Carjacker was hiding in back seat

City of Gaffney police are investigating an alleged carjacking in which a Spartanburg woman was forced at gunpoint to give a man a ride from a Hyatt Street gas station.  More...

Fireman alerted cops just before fatal crash

A local firefighter recognized something was very wrong on New Year’s Eve when he saw a pickup truck swerving on Highway 18.  More...

It appears numbers declined slightly during 2013

CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Although the final numbers have yet to be crunched, it appears that capital investment here declined slightly in 2013. More...

Local News

Fixture at McDonald’s for 36 years retires

Faye Henderson will leave big shoes to fill as McDonald’s ushers in a new year at its popular location on Floyd Baker Boulevard.  More...

Vehicle overturns after collision

Old Post Road was shut down for an hour Monday evening when a sport utility vehicle overturned.  Keisa Ellis of Greenway Street in Gaffney was charged with disregarding signs or signals following the 10:15 p.m. accident, said Lance Cpl. More...

Recycle your Christmas tree

Some county residents have developed the habit of bringing their discarded Christmas trees to the Cherokee County Recycling Center over the past decade.  More...

Sports

Shaq’s Star Power

Local star’s goal is “just to have fun” at all-star game

Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson has proven he’s’ one of the best players in South Carolina. Now he’s ready to see how his skills compare to the nation’s best.  Davidson will get that chance when he plays in the U.S. More...

Orange Bowl 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Tigers battle Buckeyes in BCS bowl

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has never had any issue acclimating to the biggest stages in college football. More...

Indians finish third at tourney

Led by Zach Clary and Austin Chandler, the Gaffney wresting team finished third at the Byrnes Invitational.  Chapman won the event last Saturday with 100 points, 18 points ahead of second place Dorman. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

I stayed in the right lane and let the ‘crazies’ go by

Holiday scheduling the past two weeks presented me with multiple opportunities to do something I absolutely despise.  A root canal or IRS audit are in many ways preferable to getting on the highways during peak holiday travel hours but I had pla More...

GUEST COLUMNIST

Two-party system failing America

In March of 2006 then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama offered an impassioned rebuke of runaway GOP deficit spending during a debate over the nation’s debt ceiling.  More...

THEIR VIEW

Continue working to cut SC’s highway death toll

South Carolina is on pace this year to the lowest number of highway fatalities since 1982. While that’s obviously a positive trend, it’s clearly not enough.  More...

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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?