County office allowing access to some Social Security numbers

County office allowing access to some Social Security numbers By LARRY HILLIARDLedger Staff [email protected] The chairman of Cherokee County Council said he was unaware anyone could walk into the tax assessor’s office and obtain Social Security numbers of property owners who qualify for homestead exemptions. But that’s exactly the case. Hoke Parris said Tuesday he will ask the county’s legal […]

Fired tax assessor will have his say today at hearing

By LARRY HILLIARDLedger Staff [email protected] Former Cherokee County Tax Assessor Barry Kelley will claim he was wrongfully terminated when he takes his case before a grievance committee hearing today. Kelley said Cherokee County Interim Administrator Ben Clary failed to follow proper procedures when Kelley was fired last Tuesday. “They usually write people up and give them time to make corrective […]

Documentary being filmed at courthouse

By SCOTT BAUGHMANLedger Staff [email protected] Cherokee County courthouse was awash in camera crews and lighting technicians Tuesday afternoon, but they weren’t there to witness any trial of the century. The stately old building was chosen to be the scene for a documentary about attorney Jock Smith, a former partner of the late Johnnie Cochran. “We just loved the look of […]

Some residents getting ‘fired up’ about festival

By TARA JENNINGSLedger Staff [email protected] Approximately 350 people attended a community meeting at Macedonia Baptist Church on Monday to discuss the Fire Lake Festival scheduled for Aug. 11-14. The meeting was held to discuss traffic concerns, but many people voiced concerns about the festival. “There will be a lot of nudity, and there will be a lot of drugs, and […]

Districts feel pinch as diesel fuel prices soar

By SCOTT POWELLLedger Staff [email protected] Car, truck and SUV drivers aren’t the only ones feeling the pinch from increasing fuel prices these days. Local schools are paying a lot more for diesel fuel to operate school buses and activity buses compared to a decade ago. A chart compiled by the state Department of Education Transportation Department illustrates just how much […]

Alzheimer’s group names new co-chairs

By SCOTT BAUGHMANLedger Staff [email protected] High school is traditionally a time when one makes lifelong friends and memories. Now, two high school buddies, Debbie McCraw and Myra Byars have teamed up to try and defend those fond recollections for millions as co-chairs of the Cherokee County Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Committee. “I have a very special place in my heart […]


Brandon Elder displays the “Top 25” plaque and “Viewer’s Choice” trophy he won at the Peach Festival Car Show on Saturday, July 16. Elder is pictured in front of his 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII. His “Evo” (nicknamed the “Evil Evolution”) is all-wheel drive and turbocharged, with a 300-hp engine.

Teachers complete studies down on the farm

Three Cherokee County teachers are ready to start the school year with a greater appreciation of agriculture and are better equipped to teach their students about the sources of their food, fiber, and forestry products. Tammy Brown, Angela Copeland and Kimberly McGaha — all seventh grade teachers at Granard Middle School — recently completed an intensive week of study at […]


Local residents on Converse Dean’s list SPARTANBURG – Jennifer M. Gray of Gaffney, daughter of LaDonna White, and Jenna Elizabeth Thompson of Gaffney, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David B. Thompson, have been named to the Dean’s List at Converse College for the 2005 Spring semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students are required to be full time […]

USC honors Westmoreland with exhibit of his papers

COLUMBIA – Selected materials from the Gen. William C. Westmoreland papers at the University of South Carolina will be on display in the lobby of the South Caroliniana Library from July 27 to August 20. Titled “The Sword and the Pen: An Exhibit Honoring the Life of General William C. Westmoreland (1914-2005),” the exhibit chronicles Westmoreland’s long and distinguished military […]