July 29, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Former firefighter laid to rest

Tom Hambright was always willing to serve his community, whether venturing out on a late-night fire call with the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department or simply offering his favorite drink, Diet Mountain Dew, to a visitor if he was sick. More...

Chase ends in crash

A North Carolina resident is in serious condition after he was partially ejected Saturday evening following a high-speed chase by the South Carolina Highway Patrol . More...

ONLINE Poll

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Do you think the new county administrator should be required to live here? YES: 84% (157 votes) NO: 8% (15 votes) DOESN’T MATTER: 8% (14 votes) TOTAL VOTES: 186 More...

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LifeStyles

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 - Free Access

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance. More...

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years - Free Access

DETROIT (AP) — In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.The average vehicle in the U.S. More...

Local student takes part in Skills USA championship - Free Access

Only one of four juniors in the contest, Austin Cromer finishes 20th overall

Austin Cromer never realized competing could be so much fun until he visited Kentucky for the first time in June for the national Skills USA championships. More...

Obituaries

Eloise James, retired from Rutherford Co. Transit Authority

BOSTIC, N.C. – Mary ‘Eloise’ Suggs James died peacefully at her home in Bostic on July 24, 2015, after a long illness with her family in attendance. More...

AnaLeigh McCurry

BLACKSBURG – AnaLeigh Dasia McCurry, 6, of 144 Rock Springs Road, went home to be with the Jesus on Monday, July 27, 2015, at her home. Born in Spartanburg, she was the daughter of Michelle Kay Trammell and Bryan McCurry. More...

Vernice H. Goode

BLACKSBURG – Funeral services for Vernice Hamrick Goode, 86, of 1010 Blacksburg Hwy., widow of Clarence Henry Goode, were held Tuesday, July 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Larry J. Brooks, Dr. More...

State News

After parent outcry, school pulls novel from reading list - Free Access

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Carowinds’Thunder Road thunders no more

FORT MILL (AP) — Thunder Road is going silent. The Carowinds theme park on the South Carolina-North Carolina line is shutting down the 39-year-old landmark wooden roller coaster forever. More...

Dog exposes four to rabies in Lexington County

COLUMBIA – Four people have been referred to their health care providers to undergo post-exposure treatment after separate exposures to a dog that tested positive for the disease in Lexington County, according to the Department of Health and En More...

Breaking News - 7/29/2015 9:12 PM

Voice of Indians leaving booth - Free Access

The start of the high school football season will be something of a bittersweet day for Gaffney High football fans.  On one hand, they will be happy to watch their beloved team but they will be sad that play-by-play man Fabian F More...

Peeler introduces bill for state rally and demonstration permits - Free Access

Sen. Harvey Peeler announced today that he will introduce legislation to require the Department of Public Safety to issue permits for demonstrations and rallies on the State House grounds.  More...

Sheriff's office hold SWAT training - Free Access

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com More...

Man charged with attempted murder

A Gaffney man is behind bars following a July 24 incident that left two injured, one of whom suffered a gunshot wound. More...

Hot weather not adversely affecting utility

You’d think with everybody cranking up their air conditioners to keep cool, the Gaffney Board of Public Works would have set a peak usage mark for the year. Not quite. That actually happened last month. More...

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Local News

Now, who do we call?

A Gaffney police cruiser suffered significant front end damage Monday afternoon when it struck an unmarked Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle behind the county jail. More...

Spartanburg man gets life for 3rd strike

A Spartanburg man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for selling crack cocaine. More...

Gibbs Cancer Center receives award

The Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) has awarded Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute (Gibbs), South Carolina, the official designation as a Community Hospital Center of Excellence. More...

Sports

Brady vows to fight on; Kraft says he regrets not doing so - Free Access

By JIMMY GOLENAP Sports Writer More...

Party Over for Post 109

A season-long bugaboo bit Gaffney Post 109 once again on Monday. Gaffney outhit Sumter 11-8 but left 12 runners on base in a 4-2 loss that eliminated Post 109 from the state tournament. More...

Indians begin preseason practice Friday morn

The calendar may say July. But the start of the high school football season takes a major step forward Friday with the beginning of preseason practice. The Gaffney High Indians will start preseason practice without pads. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

To what end are the things we think are so important?

Ever heard of the “Pale Blue Dot?” I hadn’t either until I watched a 60 Minutes segment on Neil Degrasse Tyson Sunday night. What, never heard of him either? More...

THEIR VIEW

Rethink arming troops at bases, recruit centers

Congressional leaders said Friday they will direct the Pentagon to allow troops to carry guns on base for personal protection. More...

OUR VIEW

To those heeding Christ’s call, thank you To those who would be His witnesses, Jesus commanded them to go out, “in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” And thus it is today with the youngsters in Cherokee Co More...

National News

'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah - Free Access

By BRADY McCOMBSAssociated Press More...

Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting - Free Access

By LISA CORNWELLAssociated Press More...

Exercise good for the brain, even those with Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide— and even improve life for people with Alzheimer's. More...

Poll

Should the city build a new performing arts center, a new swimming pool or both?