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Rock on: Scavenger hunt sweeps Cherokee County

Cherokee County is a rocking place.  Literally.  Colorful, painted rocks have been popping up across Gaffney and Blacksburg as part of a scavenger hunt craze sweeping the nation.  More...

Power wheel takes first in annual July 4th parade and decorating contest

Bicycles, tricycles, big wheels and even motorized cars were decorated in red, white and blue for Corinth Edu-Care’s annual July 4th Bike Parade and Decorating Contest. More...

Small Fry Foundation awards scholarship

The Small Fry Foundation honored its 30th annual scholarship winner, GHS graduating senior Olivia Phillips, at a June 27 gathering.  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

The Rev. William “Bill” Bryan Kyzer, Sr.

Lexington-Services for The Rev. William B. Kyzer, 86, will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at St. James Lutheran Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 - 8 p.m. More...

Monroe Douglas

Monroe Douglas affectionately known as “Crip” age 64 of 521 West Montgomery Street Apt 26 Gaffney, S.C. peacefully transition Thursday, June 29,2017 at the Spartanburg Medical Center. More...

Louise Leagon

Blacksburg — Surrounded by her family, Louise Cooley Leagon, 78, of 631 Leagon Drive, passed away Sunday, July 2nd, 2017, at Mary Black Health System - Gaffney.  More...

State News

SC family sues city over land

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina family says it's being treated unfairly by a city that wants use land that it's owned for more than 100 years for a wastewater pump station.  More...

National News

Volvo goes electric, ditches cars powered solely by gas - Free Access

HELSINKI (AP) — Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine. CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the move was d More...

Kim vows North Korea's nukes are not on negotiation table - Free Access

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Wednesday his nation will "demonstrate its mettle to the U.S." and never put its weapons programs up for negotiations, a day after successfully testing its first intercontinental ballist More...

N.J. governor closes beach, then lounges on it with family

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — There's Gov. Chris Christie, lounging in a beach chair in the Oval Office. There he is again, sitting in the sand as the lovers from the movie "From Here to Eternity" roll around in the surf. More...

2-year-old returned home safely

A 2-year-old Gaffney girl was reunited with her family after a Gaffney Police Department investigation into a reported abduction led police to Charlotte, where they found the girl and took the girl’s noncustodial father into custody.  More...

Greyhounds will be in spotlight Saturday

Local residents will get a rare chance to see greyhound race dogs in action Saturday, July 8, at this year’s South Carolina Peach Festival dog show. Retired greyhounds will do a demo run during the Lowe’s Red Carpet dog show at 11 a.m. More...

Local News

SCC establishes endowment to provide financial aid to students

Spartanburg Community College (SCC) has started a new endowment fund to support education needs on its college campuses.  College officials were presented with seed funding for the endowment June 29 by Spartanburg County Foundation CEO Troy Hann More...

Renovation of historic T-bridge could begin this fall

The long-awaited makeover of the city’s historic T-bridge could begin this fall. Gaffney Administrator James Taylor said that’s when he expects the project to be bid. More...

City’s wage study still in the works

Gaffney Administrator James Taylor doesn’t expect to hear from the consultant working on a new wage and compensation plan until this fall. More...

Sports

Post 109 ready for playoff run

Members of the Post 109 Senior Legion team know their way around the playoffs thanks to a lengthy run in 2016.  Post 109 fell one game short of advancing to the state tournament.  With Post 109 opening the state playoffs today at home, Post More...

Roberts takes County Amateur by 3 shots

The Cherokee County Amateur Golf Tournament, presented by The Gaffney Ledger, was played Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2. The following are the top finishers in each flight:   More...

Post 109 juniors face tough challenge in Aiken

Often in order to excel at the highest level and get the most out of your potential, you have to approach the game with a high level of confidence.  That will be the test for the Post 109 juniors when they face unbeaten and tournament favorite A More...

Columns

LIBERTY BELLE

Demagogues bashing Obamacare repeal

Die-hard Obamacare defenders are out in force over July 4 to protest Republican repeal efforts. The protesters are falsely claiming the repeal will gut Medicaid, causing frail, indigent seniors to be evicted from nursing homes. More...

GUEST COLUMNIST

The fine print on pipelines isn’t scary

Have you heard? Transporting oil through pipelines is a threat to humanity! The many accidents highlighted in the press speak for themselves. Except that pipeline accidents are rare — and many accounts contain exaggerations. More...

LEDGER COLUMNIST

It’s 90 degrees and I’m wearing sweatpants

“It’s not the heat it’s the humidity.”  I’ve heard that a million times and probably said it myself at least that many.  But the more I think of it, it’s the humidity AND the heat.  When the humidity 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?