10 months after major fire, still no alarms in county courthouse

By LARRY HILLIARDLedger Staff Writer It’s a firefighter’s nightmare — no smoke detectors or fire alarms in a large public structure. More than 10 months after a fire caused $600,000 in damage, that’s still the situation at the Cherokee County Courthouse. The original estimates for security upgrades, including fire and burglar alarms as well as a surveillance system, were as […]

Horse owner pleads guilty to ill treatment

Gives up four animals, pays fine of $3,075 By TARA JENNINGS Ledger Staff Writer A Blacksburg man has surrendered his rights to four horses seized by code enforcement officers earlier this month after they were found emaciated in a pasture off Hwy. 198. Chuck Brown of 329 Jumping Branch Road, Blacksburg, pleaded guilty to six counts of ill treatment to […]

District will ‘pretty up’ shoddy GHS brick work

By SCOTT POWELLLedger Staff Writer A school board committee gave preliminary approval Thursday evening for H2L Engineering to order a new brick design for courtyard masonry wall repairs at Gaffney High. School trustees are considering letting Cherokee Masonry place bands of three bricks when it repairs outside masonry walls in the school’s two courtyard areas. Each band would consist of […]


— Wofford College President Dr. Bernie Dunlap (left) and Boy Scouts of America Palmetto Council Executive Robert Green are shown Thursday presenting a special award of appreciation to the family of the late Gene Brown. Also pictured are Reed Brown, Jim Brown, David Brown and Sloan Bradford, Gene Brown’s son-in-law.

Community invited to massive Easter service at Broad River Electric Auditorium

By SCOTT BAUGHMANLedger Staff Writer Rich Lancaster is well aware there will be a lot of people in Cherokee County going to church on Easter Sunday. But the pastor of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church is offering an alternative for those who don’t feel comfortable with a traditional church setting. “What we’re doing is more than a worship service,” he said. […]

State Briefs

Oconee County body identified

WALHALLA — Authorities have identified a body dropped down the side of an Oconee County mountain, but are still trying to determine the victim’s relationship to a man killed earlier this week in a shooting at a Seneca motel that involved a police officer. A woman with the man killed at the motel led deputies to the body of 46-year-old […]

Duke Power still considering county as potential nuclear plant location

By LARRY HILLIARDLedger Staff Writer Don’t scratch off Cherokee County as a potential site for Duke Power’s newest nuclear power plant just yet. David White, Duke Power’s district manager, said his company is looking at potential sites in both Carolinas, including 2,022.6 acres in the McKown’s Mountain community, where Duke abandoned plans to build a nuclear plant in 1985. “It’s […]

Man near courthouse faces weapon charge

By TARA JENNINGSLedger Staff Writer A Gaffney man was arrested Tuesday after police discovered him in possession of a weapon near the Cherokee County Courthouse, according to a report at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Thomas Erwin, 35, of 470 White Plains Road, is charged with possession of a firearm at a government facility, possession of Lortab and possession […]

DSS sees foster care increase, director points to meth labs

By SCOTT BAUGHMANLedger Staff Writer Cherokee County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) saw about 25% more children heading into foster care in 2004 and director Art Stephenson thinks he knows why. “Our intake (of children) has just skyrocketed over the past year,” Stephenson said. “I estimate it has gone up about 25 percent. And one of the real reasons is […]

UNCF set to hold gala March 31

By SCOTT POWELLLedger Staff Writer The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will hold a “Salute to Education” gala March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. The nonprofit scholarship organization provides operating support to 38 member historically black colleges and universities. This enables the schools to keep tuition down to a rate 54 percent lower than tuition […]