Officials: 4 Marines killed in military attacks in Tenn.



By LUCAS L. JOHNSON and TED BRIDISAssociated PressCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, killing at least four Marines and wounding a soldier and a police officer, officials said. The shooter also was killed.”Today was a nightmare for the city of Chattanooga,” Mayor Andy Berke said. “As a city, we […]

READERS ON THE ROAD



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Sports action heating up – literally



As if we needed a reminder. For nearly four months, sports fans are delivered a treat in the form of March Madness and the NBA playoffs, being given wall-to-wall coverage of teams’ quest for college and professional basketball’s top prizes. But following the coronation of a NBA champion, we enter a proverbial desert of sorts, annually arriving at a location […]

Cops net 14 pounds of pot, seize 3 vehicles



In just a little more than two weeks, agents with the Gaffney Police Department’s narcotics unit seized about 14 pounds of marijuana, three vehicles and about an ounce of crack cocaine during several separate drug investigations that resulted in the arrests of six people. The largest of the drug busts occurred July 12, when investigators set up a controlled drug […]

Man gets 15 years for sexual assault



A Gaffney man was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment late Thursday afternoon after a jury found him guilty of the sexual assault of a teenage girl. Garron Ladon Norris, 39, who has been held in custody since February 2009, was accused of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a then 15- year-old girl on numerous occasions between July 2008 and […]

TOMATO STATION



A ride through the country will sometimes turn up some, well, uniquely country sights, such as this unmanned produce stand along Hwy. 211 where tomato lovers are welcome to help themselves and, if they feel so inclined, may leave a donation. (Ledger photo / KLONIE JORDAN)

52% of BPW employees earn $50,000 or more



The average number of years of service for a Gaffney Board of Public Works employee is a staggering 24 years. The utility’s generous wage scale appears to be big reason why. More than 50 percent, or 38 of the utility’s 73 full-time employees, earn more than $50,000 a year, according to salary information released by the utility. General Manager Donnie […]

Victim’s identity remains a mystery



Nearly two weeks after a migrant farm worker drowned in a local motel’s swimming pool, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler is reaching out to the public in the hopes of learning the dead man’s name. Fowler said Wednesday that the migrant worker who drowned July 9 in a swimming pool at the Homestead Lodge is believed to be a native […]

Former principal planning a comeback



Granard Middle School could soon have a familiar face in the principal’s office. Hames Music CEO Mark Bunch has been recommended to the school board to become the new Granard Middle principal, interim superintendent Kim Bagwell confirmed Thursday. Bunch’s hiring won’t become official until it is approved by the school board. It is unknown whether the school board will hold […]

Couple married 50 years



Mr. and Mrs. Ken Owen of Gaffney are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today, July 23, 2010. Mrs. Owen is the former Gwen Frank of Friendsville,Tenn. Mr. Owen is retired from Invista and Mrs. Owen retired from the Cherokee County School System. The couple were given a surprise party by their four children, Tammy Price and husband, Earl, Kim Callahan […]