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New NAACP president wants to sow seeds in community

Rev. Wilbert Jamison sees education and better community relations as his primary goals in his new role as Cherokee County NAACP president. James recently started a 2-year term during which he will lead the local NAACP chapter. More...

LifeStyles

A good coach and great motivator, Dr. Ron Bishop’s primary goal in life was to introduce people to Jesus Christ

A Blacksburg native, Dr. Bishop used athletics as a way to reach young people and introduce them to Christ. He founded the SCORE International ministry in 1984 that sends people on mission trips, many of them related to athletics. Dr.  More...

Mighty Clouds of Joy headline Gaffney Gospelfest

The third annual Gaffney Gospelfest, featuring one of America’s most beloved gospel quartets, is set for Sunday, March 1, in Gaffney High School Auditorium. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the concert starts at 6.  More...

What's Up?

Church events Gowdyesville Baptist Church will host a singing program Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at 3 p.m. to benefit Calvin and Tammy Littlejohn. Mr. Littlejohn has performed with several local groups, but several eye surgeries More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Curtis Barnhill, 75, retired from Timken

Glenn Curtis Barnhill, 75, of 122 Raintree Lane, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. More...

Jewell P. Lawson

PACOLET – Jewell Pauline Lawson, 89, of Pacolet passed away Feb. 15, 2015.  Services are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel, Gaffney.   More...

Shirley Dover, 78, retired from Butte Knit

COWPENS – Shirley Gwendolyn Dawkins Dover, 78, of 1120 Bunch Lane, wife of William Dover, answered the Master’s call on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at 8:55 a.m. at her residence.  More...

State News

Take a walk down memory lane with ‘The Lettermen’

NEWBERRY – Take a walk down memory lane with The Lettermen as they return to the Newberry Opera House for two performances, Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. More...

S.C.’s veterans unemployment rate drops for second year; ranks as nation’s 7th best

COLUMBIA—South Carolina’s unemployment rate for veterans 18 and older dropped to 3.5 percent in 2014, down from 4.1 percent in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports. More...

Bundle up; more winter weather is on the way

For a region that’s already dealt with ice Monday and Tuesday and bone-chilling temperatures Thursday and Friday, the weather forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning could feel like the third round of a heavyweight bout. More...

THURSDAY FIRE

A Thursday afternoon fire at 10th and Grubb streets destroyed a multi-car garage with an attached living quarters.  Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 3:11 p.m. More...

Seeks hall of fame nominations

Cherokee County NAACP branch is seeking nominations for its hall of fame as it seeks to honor local residents for their dedication to improving the community. More...

Local News

County council eliminates curbside recycling in updated plan

Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly would like to see curbside recycling remain as part of the county’s solid waste plan.  More...

ICE MAN

ICE MAN — Dr. Nord Davis takes a break from ‘shoveling’ ice from his walkway on Petty Street on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Nancy Davis) More...

Peachtree paid $271,500 in overtime in 2014

One LPN received $21,211

Imagine earning more than $20,000 in overtime. More...

Sports

NFL Combine Day 1:“The Doctor will see you.”

Prospective NFL draftees don't flinch at benching 225 pounds until exhaustion or trying to beat their personal best at the 40- yard dash. They do dread one sentence: "The doctor will see you now."  More...

SEC plagued by injuries to key players

The Southeastern Conference women's basketball race is turning into a battle of attrition.  When Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee Sunday, she joined Kentucky point guard Janee Thompson and More...

Sports Brief

The Cherokee County Gamecock Club meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 6 p. m. at Daddy Joes BBQ. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

So what is this Lenten season all about anyway?

Each year, it seems so many search their minds and hearts for something they can live without for a time being. More...

THEIR VIEW

Protect the rescuers of kids locked in cars

A bill being considered in the S.C. House to help protect children left alone in cars is a good example of legislation that shouldn’t be necessary but unfortunately is. More...

RASMUSSEN REPORT

Scott Walker’s secret weapon: Lack of college degree

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has emerged as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. More...

National News

Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in

WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.  More...

Warning: Peanuts found in cumin spice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.  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?