December 18, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

School district gets $375K grant

A grant-writing effort paid off in a big way for the Cherokee County School District shortly before students went on Christmas break this week.  More...

LifeStyles

Downtown Kings Mountain hosts Christmas light show

For the third year, the Kings Mountain Downtown Main Street program has a huge display of Christmas lights throughout the downtown shopping district on Railroad Avenue.  More...

Paint Night

Blacksburg ladies painted Christmas presents and they each designed their own wrappings. More...

Caring for the Pets

Members of the Cherokee County Education Association - Retired recently donated kennel supplies to the Humane Society of Cherokee County. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Lesa Jett, homemaker

Blacksburg, SC — Lesa Lemon Jett, 53, of Blacksburg, SC, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015 at her home.  Mrs. Jett was a native of Nitro, West Virginia and a daughter of the late Denver and Lois Cook Lemon. More...

Myrtle Childers, seamstress

Hickory Grove — Myrtle Humphries Childers, 79, of 2037 Wilkerson Road, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at her residence.  More...

Sybil Pursley, owner of “The County Inn Restaurant”

Gaffney, SC — Sybil Hughey Pursley, 80, formerly of 712 Railroad Avenue, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Peachtree Centre.  More...

State News

RadioShack Settlement Spotlights Potential Downside to Gift Cards

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) encourages consumers purchasing gift cards to research before they buy.  More...

National News

Ugly Christmas sweaters, not just for people

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ugly sweaters aren't just a Christmas tradition for people. More...

Siri vs. Cortana vs. 'OK Google':

WHO'S BETTER, WHO'S BEST

SAN FRANCISCO — Cortana's learning the neighborhood. Google's digital assistant can't tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system.  More...

New Orleans council votes to remove Confederate monuments - Free Access

CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press    More...

Effort to curb painkiller prescribing faces stiff opposition - Free Access

MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer    More...

Lawsuit claims 230 jobs at stake

Claiming a competitor is trying to poach its biggest customer, the owner of a local warehousing and distribution facility is claiming more than 200 local jobs are at stake if the Cherokee County Court of Common Pleas doesn’t intervene.  More...

CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS

Here is the list of donors to Christmas Is For Kids, sponsored by this newspaper. Bring contributions to The Gaffney Ledger at 1604 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, or mail them to: Christmas Is For Kids c/o The Gaffney Ledger, P.O. More...

Local News

Hogue joins Palmetto

The Palmetto Bank announced that Grady Hogue has been hired as Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager for the Cherokee County market. Hogue has over 15 years of commercial banking experience.  More...

Man charged with sex crime

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 20-year-old Gaffney man for the alleged sexual assault of a child.  More...

These Santas didn’t have white beards

While none of them actually looked like Santa, many members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office could lay claim to Santa-like beards as a result of a month-long fundraiser that will allow 10 area children to go shopping this Saturday throug More...

Sports

Limestone soccer players named to all-scholar team

A total of three Limestone College student athletes were represented on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I and Division II Men’s Soccer Scholar All- South Region Team.  Senior defender Lalaina Randri More...

Clemson’s quarterback racks up another award

No. 1 Clemson swept through the Atlantic Coast Conference this season and that helped three Tigers claim league-wide individual awards.  More...

SPORTS BRIEF

There will be a mandatory softball meeting of all the interested churches and their coaches for the men’s women’s, co-ed, youth and 12-and-under boys and girls church softball teams on Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Who among us wouldn’t want a light saber?

It’s funny how a little thing like a movie can sweep you up in nostalgia.  In this case, the “little thing” happens to be the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and my inner nerd can’t wait to see it.&n More...

SCOTT RASMUSSEN

The tech firm that changed the world in 1903

Americans today talk of how technology and tech firms are changing the world. That’s true, but it’s nothing new. One hundred-twelve years ago, on Dec. More...

LIBERTY BELLE

Obamacare bailout in disguise

As Congress rushes to pass an omnibus tax/spending bill for the coming year, it’s concocting a special tax break for health insurance companies. It’s a backdoor bailout.  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?