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Council OKs resolution to extend Hamrick Mills lease agreement for another 10 years

Hamrick Mills has produced textiles here for about 100 years.  Cherokee County Council’s action during Thursday’s special called meeting hopefully ensures that tradition will continue.  Council unanimously passed a resolution to More...

LifeStyles

The Three Wise Men

The Salvation Army of Cherokee County participated for the first time in the Blacksburg Christmas Parade. More...

MLK contest winners announced

The Martin Luther King Jr. art and essay contest winners have been selected. The winners will be recognized during an annual celebration of Dr. King’s birthday at Limestone College on Monday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.  More...

Gaffney native wins N.C. theatre arts educator award

Bonnie Fraker, a native of Gaffney, is the recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) K-12 Theatre Arts Educator Award. Fraker is currently the Theatre Department Chair at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C.  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Medeline Studyvance

Mrs. Medeline Studyvance, age 57, of 217 Merrifield Court, Gaffney, S.C., answered the Master’s call on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.  More...

Elizabeth Littlejohn

Ms. Elizabeth Littlejohn, age 79, of 657 South Church Street, Spartanburg, S.C., answered the Master’s call on Friday, December 23, 2016, at 11:50 p.m. More...

Thomas Batchelor

Moncks Corner, S.C. — Thomas Emmit “Tom” Batchelor, 77, husband of Jayne Batchelor, passed away peacefully in his home on December 24, 2016, after a long illness.  More...

National News

Officers killed in the line of duty rose in 2016

The number of police killed in the line of duty rose sharply in 2016, driven by shootings of police around the country, most notably ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. More...

Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher linked by death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen as she matched steps with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain."  Carrie Fisher brought the sarcasm and cynicism of the Baby Boomers to her movies, boo More...

The quirkiest sports moments of 2016

After the curses and death threats and groans across Minnesota from Mankato to International Falls, Blair Walsh needed a little love.  He found it in the oddest of places — the first-grade class of Northpoint Elementary in Blaine, a Minnea More...

Firefighters quash brush fires

Dry conditions Wednesday and a little wind helped one grass fire spread quickly and another consume a vacant Blacksburg residence. The incidents, which occurred on opposite sides of the county, both occurred Wednesday afternoon. More...

Police round up suspects in drug sting

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies delivered surprise holiday gifts to 18 people last week as “Operation Grinch Roundup” targeted alleged drug offenders in the days before Christmas. More...

Local News

School board spends 12 hours behind closed doors in 2016

The Cherokee County School Board spent nearly 12 hours meeting behind closed doors in 2016, ostensibly to discuss personnel matters and hold student and employee disciplinary hearings.  More...

POLICE REPORTS

l City of Gaffney police served an arrest warrant Dec. 26 charging a Fountain Inn man with a 3rd or subsequent offense of shoplifting in connection with an alleged incident at a local store last October.  More...

WHAT’S UP

All items for What’s Up and general news should be sent by email to abbie@gaffneyledger.com. More...

Sports

Gaffney loses close one to Westside to finish fourth at tournament - Free Access

A 3-pointer missed at the buzzer as the Gaffney boys basketball team fell to Westside 67-64 Thursday night in the consolation game of the Kings of the Smokies Christmas Classic in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.  The Indians finished fourth in an 8-tea More...

Can Tigers D Line match Bama's? - Free Access

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Bah Humbug!

Gaffney loses heartbreaker on last-second three-pointer

Gaffney has a penchant for nail-biters at the King of the Smokies Christmas Classic. More...

Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

‘Silent Night’ deserves a real candle

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and happy holidays.  I wanted to pass along holiday wishes before I summon my inner Grinch for the remainder of today’s column. More...

RASMUSSEN REPORT

Thomas Sowell, American hero

Thomas Sowell’s weekly opinion column has consistently been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise depressing political dialogue. He has just retired and his voice will be missed.  More...

LIBERTY BELLE

The myth of pre-existing conditions

Democrats are warning that once Obamacare is repealed, people with serious illnesses won’t get health insurance. 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?