July 3, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Swimmer drowns in pond

With vehicle headlights and flashing red lights providing illumination on a pitch-black evening, firefighters and rescue personnel desperately searched a local pond Wednesday in the hopes of finding a swimmer who reportedly went under the water. More...

Smaller peach crop harvested

Peaches partially filled a trailer in orchards Wednesday morning behind Sunny Slope Farms where local workers were picking the fruit that’s often a favorite summertime treat. More...

Firefighter laid to rest - Free Access

Firefighters, 9-1-1 dispatchers and emergency services workers from across Cherokee County said goodbye to one of their own Wednesday afternoon. More...

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City says resident can keep goats on his property to clear out kudzu

No kidding: The City of Gaffney Police Committee voted Wednesday to allow a city resident to keep some goats to get rid of kudzu. The committee approved a motion to grant New Street resident Benny Dukes a 30-day permit to keep the goats. More...

Blacksburg begins search for new administrator

With the tenure of longtime Blacksburg Town Administrator Trudy Martin swiftly drawing to a close, municipality officials are not wasting any time in searching for the person to replace her. More...

Celebrations galore this weekend

Though there will be no fireworks in the evening sky above Cowpens National Battlefield or Kings Mountain National Military Park, plenty of explosions of another kind will fill the air this Fourth of July weekend. More...

Sports

Clemson, coach Dabo Swinney adjusts to offseason problems - Free Access

COLUMBIA, S.C. More...

Post 109 falls to Greer, plays Union for No. 2 seed

You couldn’t blame Post 109 players for reaching for an antacid this week. After two frustrating losses, they had every right to feeling a little sick. More...

Peak, USA into quarters of world championships

Gaffney’s L.J. Peak and the USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team are making things look easy at the FIBA U19 World Championship. More...

Letters

The people should be allowed to determine the meaning of the flag

Dear Editor: When I first received news of the shootings in Charleston, I was visiting an ancient monastery in Russia. I went to the church of the monastery, lit a candle, and prayed for the victims. More...

The Sons of Confederate Veterans vehemently oppose and condemn this event

Dear Editor: The South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans has learned that a North Carolina Chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit for a protest rally. This is scheduled for July 18, 2015, on the SC Statehouse grounds. More...

Vote on Peachtree Centre expected Monday

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Staff Writer larry@gaffneyledger.com Cherokee County Council will likely move closer to the sale of its nursing home today.  More...

Gas prices in North and South Carolina during July 4th holiday - Free Access

Check out this map for the gas prices in major cities in the Carolinas More...

$3 million donated for scholarships in wake of Charleston shootings

BRUCE SMITH Associated Press More...

Police will crack down on fireworks violators

While Gaffney police have focused in the past few years more on educating the public about the city’s Fourth of July fireworks restrictions, this year’s police efforts could very well be different. More...

County amateur golf tourney scheduled for July 11-12

Kevin Roberts made a statement in 2014 when the golfer won his sixth Cherokee County Amateur championship. More...

Gas prices much lower for holiday travelers

With prices at the pump significantly lower than they’ve been in years for the Fourth of July, vacationers throughout the Carolinas are eager to make this a vacation to remember . More...

LifeStyles

Gaffney Girls will sing at CAVA’s ‘Peaches, Beaches and Bar-B-Q’ reception on July 9

Talented trio will perform repertoire of ‘oldies’

The reception for Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists’ “Peaches, Beaches and Bar- B-Q” exhibit will include music by The Gaffney Girls on Thursday, July 9, at the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery. More...

Second session of CAVA summer begins next week

The second session of the Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists’ summer art classes for children will get under way Monday, July 6. More...

Greg Peterson receives 28th annual Small Fry Scholarship

Greg Peterson, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Scott Peterson, is the 28th Gaffney High School graduating senior to receive a Small Fry Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship was presented to Peterson on Monday night, June 22. More...

Obituaries

Catherine L. Houey

Funeral services for Catherine Littlejohn Houey, 70, of 315 E. 27th St., Winston-Salem, N.C., widow of Joe Nathan Houey, will be held Sunday, July 5, at 3 p.m. at New Bethel Fire Baptized Holiness Church, Spartanburg, with the Rev. More...

J.C. Littlejohn

Funeral services for Deacon J.C. (“PaPa”) Littlejohn, 86, of 614½ N. Broad St., widower of Catherine Ratchford Littlejohn, will be held Friday, July 3, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Dr. A.L. Brackett and others officiating. More...

John D. (Joe) Tate

Funeral service for John D. (“Joe”) Tate, 82, of 922 Franklin St., Thomasville, N.C., husband of Eloise G. Tate, will be held Sunday, July 5, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Gaffney, with the Rev. Darryl Smith officiating. More...

Columns

RASMUSSEN REPORT

Freedom first!

The Fourth of July we celebrate this weekend heralds a document proclaiming both our nation’s independence and our unwavering commitment to freedom. It’s true, of course, that our nation was far from perfect in pursuit of this ideal. More...

LIBERTY BELLE

EPA raked over the coals

Consumers and businesses won big Monday, when the Supreme Court struck down an Environmental Protection Agency regulation on coal plant emissions because the EPA failed to consider whether the costs outweighed the benefits. More...

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