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Residents say city neglecting Tank Branch neighborhood

No doubt blight abounds in the city’s Tank Branch community, where many homes are crumbling under the weight of neglect. It’s a neighborhood that in places resembles a junkyard with smashed windows and boarded up front doors. More...

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LifeStyles

And the winners are...

The 2016 Miss Cherokeean pageant was held Saturday, February 6 at Gaffney High School. More...

Reigning Miss South Carolina to speak at Gaffney High

The reigning Miss South Carolina 2015- 2016 Daja Dial will be the guest speaker at the Gaffney High School Black History event on Monday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The theme for the year’s event is “A Legacy of Strength... More...

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Obituaries - Free Access

Elmer (Butterball) Campbell, retired from textiles

Gaffney, SC — Elmer Gene (Butterball) Campbell, 71, of 509 S. Limestone Street, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Mary Black Health Systems- Gaffney. More...

Carl “Blue” Gentry, loved fishing and boating

Cherryville, NC — Carl Junior Gentry, 74, of 122 Woodberry Drive, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at his residence. More...

Shemar Byers, senior at Gaffney High

Shemar Desean Byers, age 18, of 534 Ellis Ferry Road, Gaffney, South Carolina, answered the Master’s call on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 3098 Irene Bridge Highway, Hickory Grove, South Carolina. More...

State News

PUT THE HAMMER DOWN:

New Go-Kart track going up at the beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Some neighbors don't like the idea, but a go-kart track amusement park is being built and should open in Myrtle Beach by summer. More...

National News

Dollywood Entertainment auditions at Chapman Cultural Center

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – With entertainment icon Dolly Parton at the helm, it’s no wonder why Dollywood has earned so many awards for the park’s world-class shows and productions. More...

2015 sets record for most shark attacks, with 98 worldwide

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. More...

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress on Tuesday his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. More...

Blacksburg purchases property off Highway 5 - Free Access

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

Boy saves choking mom’s life

Granard Middle School 7th grade student Todd White learned a life-saving lesson when he took part in hands-on CPR training sponsored by Spartanburg Medical Center. More...

City data shows positive change in crime rates

After inching up slightly the year before, violent crimes in the City of Gaffney fell in 2015 — highlighting an overall positive year for the Gaffney Police Department and the city’s crime rates. More...

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Local News

Duke still spending on nuclear plant here, but not committed

While Duke Energy still hasn’t committed to actually building a nuclear power plant in Cherokee County, regulatory filings show it’s still spending money on the long planning and licensing process. More...

City officials address storm drainage system woes

Several weeks after flooding caused major damage in Gaffney, the city is taking a hard look at its drainage system. More...

Y SUPPORTER

Y SUPPORTER — Debbie and Ashby Blakely, owners and operators of Blakely Funeral Home and Crematory, recently presented the Cherokee County Family YMCA a check for $2,500 in support of the YMCA More...

Sports

Indians fall to Nation Ford

Gaffney to learn playoff fate after Friday’s region games

It was a disappearing act that would make Houdini proud. Gaffney’s 5-point, fourth quarter lead vanished in an instant as Nation Ford closed the game on a 20-9 run to earn a big 65-59 win Tuesday. More...

Top Cats: Wildcats top Landrum to win region

Blacksburg’s Jordan Rodgers may have been one of the smallest players on the court last night, but he came up with the biggest plays of the game. More...

Ward off to hot start for SMC

Former Gaffney High softball star Maddie Ward is off to a blistering start. And so is her team. In 15 plate appearances, Ward is batting .600 with three home runs and seven RBIs for Spartanburg Methodist. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

What is the point in having a leap year?

Did you realize this is a Leap Year? Just in case anyone reading this doesn’t know what that is, it means there will be 29 days in February, not the usual 28. Am I being patronizing by inferring that anyone might not know what Leap Year is? More...

THEIR VIEW

Arts should be incorporated into schools

As the strains of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” wafted over the audience of the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken last week, the audience, both trained and untrained ears, enj More...

DAVID LIMBAUGH

Fear not, my secular friends

It amuses me that certain people are convinced that Christians are angry scolds but totally miss the humorlessness and angst of certain Christophobic secularists. More...

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