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Robots bearing down on GHS

Robots will take center stage Jan. 30 when the FIRST Tech Challenge competition comes to Gaffney High School.  About 20 South Carolina high school teams will compete in the state championship from 11:30 a.m. until the finals at 5:30 p.m. More...

Thieves remove devices from trailer at Blacksburg electronics business

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigators are on the lookout for thieves who stole televisions from a trailer at a Blacksburg-based electronics business.  Between 8:15 p.m. More...

LifeStyles

Third Annual Super BOWL of Chili Fundraiser - Cookin’ Up at Museum

The Cherokee County History and Arts Museum 3rd Annual Chili Fundraiser is again scheduled for the NFL Super Bowl weekend.  While the Carolina Panthers hope to ‘cook’ the Arizona Cardinals this coming weekend and punch their own tick More...

Fraternity Alumni celebrate Founders’ Day

Gaffney Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the fraternity’s Founders’ Day the weekend of January 9-10. More...

PeachCenter Ministries and Harbor of Hope donations

Members of the Cherokee County Branch of the NAACP made donations to the Harbor of Hope and PeachCenter Ministries. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Billy White, retired from Timken

Gaffney, SC — William Lee White, 59, of 121 Coventry Court, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Mary Black Health System-Gaffney.  Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Susan Leanne Moore White and son of Sybil Thornton White of More...

Mike Atkins, retired from Cherokee Auto Supply

Gaffney, SC — Charles Michael Atkins, 64, of 313 McKown’s Mountain Road, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  More...

Mary Taylor, member of the VFW Auxiliary

Gaffney, SC — Mary Pettit Taylor, 97, formerly of 1102 S. Petty Street, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Magnolias of Gaffney.  More...

National News

Last run for current SAT this week; new one debuts in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The current version of the SAT college entrance exam has its final run this weekend, when hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will sit, squirm or stress through the nearly four-hour reading, writing and math test. More...

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, says he won't attend

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all white acting nominees. More...

Upstate braces for winter storm

What has been described as a “textbook nor’easter” that could dump as much as 1-2 feet of snow on the East Coast, could cause some major problems here, too.  A winter storm warning is in effect in Cherokee County from midnight More...

New spec building already drawing ‘substantial interest’

Trucks and heavy equipment have become a familiar sight at the Upstate Corporate Park.  And it’s not only because of the Dollar Tree’s 1.5-million square-foot distribution center. More...

Local News

The dreaded ‘E’ word

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Felicia Cavallini finds that physical fitness should fit your lifestyle

Year after year, everyone has the same amount of time. Count it any way you want: 12 months; 52 weeks; 365 days; 8,760 hours; 525,600 minutes; or 31,536,000 seconds.  More...

Lawsuit filed against insurance company after restaurant explosion

Representatives of a Gaffney restaurant damaged last October by an explosion from a gas leak filed suit last week in Cherokee County Court of Common Pleas against its insurer and a local gas firm.  More...

Funds needed for MLK Jr. Decade scholarship fund

A fundraising effort remains under way by community members to establish a $100,000 scholarship endowment in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.  The MLK Jr. More...

Sports

Defense key to title games - Free Access

ROB MAADDI, Pro Football Writer  Some of the biggest difference-makers playing Championship Sunday are on defense. The Patriots won last year's Super Bowl because Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass at the end. More...

UP FOR GRABS

Gaffney wrestler Derek Turner tries to secure a grasp of his Fort Mill opponent during their 152-pound matchup. More...

Winter weather impacts sports schedule

With the wintry mix expected to begin some time Thursday night, Blacksburg moved up its basketball game to try to beat the weather.  The Wildcats were scheduled to host Powdersville today, but Blacksburg coach Danny Ham said the schools decided More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

‘ Do you like to get high?’

Were you ever asked a question, or confronted with a situation, that caught you off guard?  It has happened to me several times in the past few weeks while golfing with people I had met for the first time. More...

THEIR VIEW

Save S.C. coast from development

The S.C. Legislature is being urged to enact a law that fails to do what its sponsor intended: protect the coast.  Debate on the Senate bill could begin as early as today. More...

LIBERTY BELLE

Hillary’s healthcare lies

Hillary Clinton is attacking rival Bernie Sanders, calling his plan to replace Obamacare with socialist single payer healthcare a “risky deal” and unaffordable. 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?