At the bottom of the pay scale barrel

County employees fare poorly when compared to counterparts

By LARRY HILLIARDLedger Staff Writer A wage survey revealed what Cherokee County employees probably already knew: They typically earn less than other county workers around the state. Cherokee County ranked at or near the bottom in its group in many employee salaries, according to the 2004 Annual Wage and Salary Survey Report issued by the South Carolina Association of Counties. […]

Peach Festival tickets go on sale at web site

By SCOTT POWELLLedger Staff Writer Beginning today, people can get a jump on purchasing tickets for South Carolina Peach Festival events. Beginning at 9 a.m., reserved and general admission tickets for all events will be available for purchase on the festival’s web site at The advance online ticket sales will provide an opportunity to grab some of the limited […]

Sheriff’s office joins South Carolina Meth Watch Program

By TARA JENNINGSLedger Staff Writer Charlie Patton doesn’t understand why anyone would want to risk the dangers associated with the use and production of methamphetamine, but he’s seen people coming into his Buford Street Drug Store to buy the supplies needed to make the drug. He said persons who buy those supplies have signs of meth abuse, including the scabs […]


— A Charlotte man escaped serious injury after his pickup truck overturned and came to rest on a bridge support at Exit 96 of Interstate 85 Wednesday afternoon. He was transported to Upstate Carolina Medical Center with minor injuries including a cut on his hand. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating numerous accidents that backed up traffic along the […]

Hampton’s family keeps singing while he recovers from bout with skin cancer

By SCOTT BAUGHMANLedger Staff Writer The song almost ended for Gospel pioneer Paul Hampton in January. But after his courageous battle with cancer, the community will come together Saturday to honor the artist with a benefit at Crystal Sea Fish Camp in Blacksburg. “He was diagnosed with melanoma, skin cancer, in his left ear canal,” said Hampton’s daughter Amy Pruitt. […]

Man, woman file suit against cop

By TARA JENNINGSLedger Staff Writer A Blacksburg man cited in a July 2004 traffic accident is claiming the Gaffney police officer who struck his car was negligent. Vernon Lockhart, of 203 Whitaker St., Blacksburg, and his passenger, Margie Moore, are each suing Officer Jerry Smith of the Gaffney Police Department, both individually and in his official capacity, and the City […]

Second accident victim dies

By TARA JENNINGSLedger Staff Writer A second person who was struck by a car late Tuesday night has died. Kristy Carroll, 23, of High Shoals, N.C., was transported by Regional One to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after the 10:30 p.m. accident. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Cherokee County Deputy Coroner Glenn Fuller. […]

The winner of this race crosses the finish line last

By SCOTT BAUGHMANLedger Staff Writer The Broad River Antique Power Association (BRAPA) is hoping their vintage tractors have enough pull left in them to attract a crowd Saturday as they host their annual Tractor/Engine Show and Plow Day. Scheduled to take place at Overbrook Drive and Twin Lakes Road, the event will feature the return of many popular contests of […]

Hurricane season begins

By LARRY HILLIARDLedger Staff Writer After one of the costliest and deadliest hurricane seasons in history in 2004, what does Mother Nature have in store this year? Maybe another rampage, says Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Rick Peterson. “It’s supposed to be a very active year,” Peterson said. “They are predicting as many as 11 hurricanes.” Wednesday was the official […]

Pancake breakfast

The Blacksburg Rotary Club is having a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s, 1512 W. Floyd Baker Blvd. in Gaffney Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.. You get pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee for $6. Proceeds will go to fund the club’s literacy projects. Tickets are available from any Blacksburg Rotary Club member and a limited number will be […]