18-year-old sentenced to 15 years

Accessory after the fact of murder

A Gaffney teen will spend the next 15 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of 36-year-old Dewayne Moore of Blacksburg. Joseph Earnest Smith, 18, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder in a negotiated plea agreement with the Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Smith was originally charged with murder and assault and battery with intent […]


A thin layer of ice coated almost everything in Cherokee County Thursday, including this camellia at The Gaffney Ledger. Forecasters are calling for another wintry mix this weekend with some light snow and freezing rain late Sunday and into Monday morning.

Peachtree Centre hit with fine

The Peachtree Centre was slapped with an $8,700 fine by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control for putting patients in possible danger. The county owned elderly care center was cited for failing to provide supervision to prevent accidents in a report obtained by a South Carolina Freedom of Information request to DHEC’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. […]

2006 housing market had good news and bad news

There wasn’t exactly a boom in housing in the county in 2006. But there wasn’t a housing bust, either. There were 129 new homes built here last year, up 20 from 2005. But the 2006 figure is far below 2004 when 168 new homes were built, according to a year-end analysis by the Home Builders Association of Cherokee County. The […]

Teens charged in dog theft case; mother says shooting victim in wrong place at wrong time

The Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office will not charge a Blacksburg man who shot a 14-year-old boy who police said was trying to steal the man’s dog. Two of the juveniles accused of stealing Matthew Martin’s dog from his home at 292 Bluebird Lane, Blacksburg, on Jan. 10 are being charged with trespassing and petty larceny. Another person involved in the […]

New name, same mission – save animals

Cherokee Animal Welfare League has changed it’s name and will now be known as Saving Gaffney Pets Rescue. The mission of SGPR is to concentrate on animals in the Cherokee County Consolidated Shelter to find homes for them either through other rescues groups throughout the United States or to adopt locally. There are so many unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned […]

Exhibit at city hall will feature works of state’s black artists

A panel discussion and community forum will highlight Sunday’s opening of a city hall exhibit featuring some of the best black artists in South Carolina. Art historian Frank Martin will moderate a discussion at 2 p.m. before tours are held for the visual arts exhibit entitled “Selections from the State Art Collection: African- American Artists in South Carolina.” The exhibit […]

Shippy named

Candice Anita Shippy of Gastonia has been named to the President’s List at Cleveland Community College in Shelby. To be named to the President’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and receive a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Miss Shippy, formerly of Gaffney, is the daughter of Pauline Shippy and James W. Shippy, both of Gaffney.

Shoe was not a good hiding place

A Gaffney man who ran from police after concealing crack cocaine in his shoe in December 2005 pleaded guilty Thursday in General Sessions Court. Scottie Eugene Norris, 29, pleaded guilty to trafficking crack cocaine. Circuit Court Judge Mark Hayes sentenced Norris to 10 years. He must serve at least 85 percent of that sentence. Gaffney police stopped Norris in a […]


No one was seriously hurt when a tractor-trailer and a box truck collided near the Kangaroo Fuel Center on Shelby Highway at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Gaffney Fire Department and Cherokee County Emergency Preparedness responded to clean up spilled diesel fuel as freezing rain fell on the road.