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Blacksburg boss does about-face

Decides to stay; motion to accept resignation doesn’t get a second

Blacksburg Town Administrator Charlene Carter changed her mind about resigning and has decided to remain on the job.  Town council met in executive session for 2 hours and 15 minutes behind closed doors to discuss Carter’s surprise decisio More...

SIMULATED WELDING

Blacksburg  Elementary School students took turns at a virtual welding machine Friday during a career fair hosted by  Cherokee  Technology Center students.  A virtual welder allows students to use the training simulator to learn a More...

LifeStyles

Cancer patient credits exercise and positive attitude for keeping him alive - Free Access

Michael Jackson was given just months to live but decided to not let the disease win

Michael Jackson has a word of advice for all who are reading this: “Everyone should go get checked.” It was a Friday night in September of 2016 when Jackson told his son something was wrong with him and he needed to go to the hospital. More...

Phillips to celebrate 40th anniversary

E.V. and Christine Phillips of Gaffney, South Carolina will celebrate 40 years of marriage on Feb. 22.  The couple was married in York, South Carolina on Feb. 22, 1977.  More...

GHS Black History program to honor Historical Black College and Universities Benedict College president to be guest speaker

In celebration of Black History Month, Gaffney High School will honor and acknowledge Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) along with their alumni during the school’s Black History Program. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Dale Martin

Blacksburg — Dale Ann Martin, 64, of 202 Plonk Street, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Mary Black Health System - Gaffney.  More...

Merle Rich

Merle J. Rich, age 86, of Spindale, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born January 15, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Claude Ray and Martha Randall Ray. More...

Columns

GUEST COLUMNIST

When local businesses thrive, so does the community

If you’ve got shopping to do, the national “big-box” and e-commerce retailers can seem like an appealing option. They’re often located close to the interstate. More...

GUEST COLUMNIST

A cure for mass shootings doesn’t exist

Every time there is a mass shooting, a chorus goes up: “We must do something to keep this from happening again. We can’t tolerate it any longer.” Revulsion understandably creates a demand for remedies. More...

LEDGER COLUMNIST

Who is this? What’s their name?

Is there anyone among you who is not forgetful? I’m guessing most readers of this column are getting on in years, so not being able to recall names, appointments, medicines and car key location is perfectly normal. Isn’t it? More...

Evangelist Billy Graham, who reached millions, dies at 99 - Free Access

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. More...

TRUCK HITS RESTAURANT

A Tuesday afternoon collision on Wilkinsvillle Highway sent a vehicle into the side of restaurant. Gaffney police and firefighters were alerted to the collision at approximately 1:40 p.m. More...

Park start delayed; might miss festival

It’s looking more and more likely that the Railroad Avenue Park won’t be the host of this year’s South Carolina Peach Festival. More...

New home starts off to sluggish start in 2018

New home starts were off to a sluggish start in January compared to the same month a year ago.  There were nine new home starts in January down from 11 in January 2017, according to the Homebuilders Association of Cherokee County newsletter.&nbs More...

ONLINE POLL

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK  What is a reasonable time for Cherokee County Council to conduct a search and hire a permanent administrator?   More...

Local News

The Board Room: ‘A Social Nook on Overbrook’ - Free Access

Three years ago Bill Henry began toying with the idea of creating an upscale space to meet with insurance clients and host seminars. More...

A SAFER CROSSING?—

This railroad crossing in Kings Mountain, N.C. has a gate over both lanes on each side of the tracks, virtually prohibiting vehicles from going around a down gate. Would you like to see this in South Carolina?   More...

$300,000 in two years

The Timken Foundation has provided $300,000 in grants over the past two years in support of a Blacksburg High track and equipment for the district’s new high school career center.  More...

Sports

Boasting a bright future

Oglesby named all-state; Ford, Corry and Tate-Smith all-region; Wade is COY

It was a long shot: beating 22-2 Woodmont on the road. More...

SIGNING ON THE ... LINE

Gaffney’s Kristen Owens signs a grant in aid to run cross country at Spartanburg Methodist. She’s joined at the ceremony by Franklin Owens. More...

YMCA YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Results For Saturday, February 17.

Biddy-Ball League  Game 1 – The Cleaning In Action Tar Heels (MVP Tre Harrill) Played The Bargain Shoes Blue Devils (MVP Jacob McIntosh)  Game 2 – The Progressive Screen Printing and Embroidery Nets (MVP Braxtyn Littlejohn) Play More...

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