Trooper pleads guilty

A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a former S.C. Highway Patrolman testified Thursday in General Sessions Court that she continues to have nightmares more than a year after the incident. Harold Long, who was a trooper for more than 15 years before retiring during the investigation into the assault, pleaded guilty Thursday to misconduct in office, the […]

Player injured during game Thursday

A Chesnee Middle School football player was flown by Regional One to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after losing feeling in his extremities following a tackle during a game Thursday afternoon in Blacksburg. Emergency personnel believe 14- year-old Dajohn Rowland suffered a stinger after being tackled into some bleachers shortly after 5 p.m. Rowland was treated and released from Spartanburg Regional […]

Recording of Knowles hearing available on Ledger Web site


Recording of Knowles hearing available on Ledger Web site CLICK HERE FOR RELATED AUDIO CLIPSBy SCOTT BAUGHMAN Ledger Staff Writer [email protected] Gaffney Ledger readers with access to the internet can now hear audio recordings from the grievance hearing of former Cherokee County School District employee Fred Knowles. Files in the MP3 audio format can be downloaded or played via streaming […]

District changes position on pre-qualifying contractors

The school district’s decision to pre-qualify contractors does not mean other building contractors will be prevented from bidding for work on the new $45 million building program. Trustees asked contractors interested in bidding on school building projects to submit a thick packet this summer with information detailing their work experience, references, company background and years involved in the construction business. […]

Georges are hanging up their scissors

"Our customers are like family to us."

Friday the thirteenth is always somewhat memorable, but for Linda George it will always be remembered as the day she retired from hair dressing. And her husband John won’t be far behind as he plans on having tomorrow be his last day as a barber at John and Linda’s – a Gaffney institution on Overbrook Drive for more than 20 […]

Man jumps through window to avoid police

A Gaffney man jumped from a second-story window Sunday to avoid being apprehended by police, a report at the Gaffney Police Department states. Police were attempting to serve Bonifacio Berrios Jr., 30, of White Oak Apartments, Apt. 24, 100 White Oak Road, Gaffney, with outstanding warrants for assault and battery and two counts of resisting arrest. Berrios now faces an […]

Woman sentenced to 80 months for shoplifting

A Gaffney woman was sentenced to 80 months in prison for her 8th shoplifting offense. Circuit Court Judge Doyet A. Early sentenced Christa Monique Brown, 37, of Gaffney after she pleaded guilty to enhanced property crimes (3rd or subsequent offense shoplifting). Brown’s codefendant in the case is her mother Dorothy Lee Brown, 57, of Gaffney, who is also charged with […]


Name – Diane Smiley Occupation – Teller Supervisor – First Piedmont Main Office Residence – Gaffney Family – Husband Ronny; sons, Bryce and Nicholas Favorite restaurant – California Dreaming Favorite Pastime – Attending both of my sons’ sporting events What do you like about the Ledger – Local sports news Best thing about Cherokee County – Gaffney High football Worst […]

Three local schools fail to meet objectives

Three Cherokee County schools were placed in school improvement this fall after not making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for a second straight year under No Child Left Behind. Blacksburg Primary, Blacksburg Elementary and Mary Bramlett Elementary were placed in school improvement because they are Title-1 schools that did not meet all their federal AYP student targets for two consecutive years. […]

Teen charged with armed robbery

Gaffney police arrested a 17- year-old Gaffney man Wednesday for robbing the Sandwich Castle a week ago. Detective Sgt. Ron Ramsey Jr. of the Gaffney Police Department has charged Giles Lee Palmer of New Street, Gaffney, with armed robbery. He remains at the Cherokee County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. Palmer is accused of entering the Sandwich Castle, 508 […]