Fire truck overturns

  Fire truck overturns   By TIM GULLA Ledger Staff Writer [email protected]   A Blacksburg fire truck overturned en route to a blaze Tuesday night.  Though soaking wet and standing under an ominous sky that repeatedly flashed lightning, Blacksburg Fire Chief Clay Greer was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday night that none of his men had been injured. […]

Feds file their own charges against accused kidnapper


A North Carolina man paroled from a life sentence for murder now faces the possibility of life imprisonment from a federal court after having been charged Friday with four counts of kidnapping under federal law. Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorneys Office in the Western District of North Carolina announced Friday that Jerry Douglas Case, 52, of Gastonia, will be transferred […]

Victim of fatal accident identified

Victim of fatal accident identified A person killed in a fiery Sunday morning crash on Sunny Slope Drive was identified Monday afternoon as a 43-year-old Love Springs Road man. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Raymond Anthony Austin was identified through dental records. An autopsy conducted Monday in Newberry indicated Austin died before the fire, Fowler said. "Mr. Austin died […]

Anxious moments during analysis of chemical leak

Blacksburg firefighter Cline Gore donned all of his protective gear and carefully collected a sample of a liquid dripping from a tractor-trailer that had stopped at a Blacksburg truck stop Friday. The liquid was coming from one of the 90-some barrels of hazardous waste in the back of the trailer. Those barrels contained eight different kinds of hazardous materials. The […]

Census data shows modest population increases

Both Cherokee County municipalities saw increases in population during the past year, according to estimates recently made available by the U.S. Census Bureau. From July 2007 to July 2008, Gaffney grew nearly 2 percent, raising its estimated population to 13,200. A previous estimate done last year by the Census Bureau found the city’s population at 12,952, slightly below 2000 Census […]

Local DCA outreach coordinator loses job

Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston had to organize a rapid response meeting to help 24 of her former workers wade through the unemployment process and hopefully land back on their feet. With South Carolina’s unemployment rate hovering above 12 percent, the situation wasn’t exactly isolated. But what made the situation unusual was that the state unemployment experts who responded to the job […]

SCC partners with WIB in offering MSCC course to meet needs of Upstate’s automotive suppliers

The Upstate Workforce Investment Board has partnered with Spartanburg Community College to prepare the workforce for the coming needs of the Upstate’s automotive suppliers. Spartanburg Community College offers an 8- to 12-week MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council) curriculum that covers MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) key work activities for standards, training and assessments. They include safety, quality practices and measurements, […]


Summer months bring variety of skin problems

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Summer isn’t always fun in the sun. Intense sunlight, hot and humid temperatures, poisonous plants and biting insects can cause a host of skin problems. The June issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource offers ways to prevent and treat common summer skin problems. Heat rash (miliaria rubra): Heat rash occurs when sweat ducts become plugged and […]

Magician Alan Smith will present shows July 29 at Gaffney, Blacksburg libraries

Alan Smith will perform feats of magic on Wednesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cherokee County Public Library in Gaffney and at 2:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Library. Smith began his magic career in 2002 by performing for family and friends. Since that time he has been collecting and practicing effects and now performs for libraries, birthday parties, […]