Investigation into Cleveland Park train crash nears completion

A nearly 2-month-long investigation by Spartanburg officials looking into why the popular Cleveland Park amusement ride “Sparkles” derailed is nearing its conclusion, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. Clevenger’s office has worked in cooperation with the Spartanburg Department of Public Safety (SDPS) in an effort to learn all they can as to why the miniature train crashed March 19, […]

Burglar gets 18 years

A Spartanburg County man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in Cherokee County General Sessions Court to the burglary of a Union Highway home. According to the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Johnny M. Kinder, 33, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Mark Hayes to the charge of 1st degree burglary in connection with […]


Nearly $9,000 in theft losses were reported following a recent burglary at an Oglesby Lane business. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, two unknown subjects forced entry to a storage building at J.I.T. Manufacturing between 5:20 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. May 1 and took $8,000 worth of computers and $800 worth of drill bits. A satellite navigation device was […]


Driver runs over woman, doesn’t stop

The Gaffney Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that left a woman with scrapes on her back after she was run over by a car at Fairview Avenue and Oxford Street. According to a police report, a 25-year-old Walnut Street woman was crossing Oxford Street on foot at 10:08 p.m. May 14 when she was struck from behind by […]


Conservative items moving forward

In the House, two major pieces of legislation passed. The first bill fixes the Point of Sale reassessment that was part of the property tax relief act from a few years ago. While the relief act reduced homeowners’ property tax bills by as much as 50 percent, a provision that reassessed property when it was sold had an unintended consequence […]

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A pig says ‘huh,’ pull his tail and ...

An ad in Monday’s Ledger and a news item about May being ‘Better Hearing and Speech Month’ got me to thinking about my own hearing — and that of others. Have you ever been frustrated with your spouse or children over their seeming inability to hear a simple statement. Surely you have, especially when you have just finished saying something […]


Holding down spending, securing elections and creating jobs

We’re at the end of the third week of considering the budget in the Senate, deliberating about how best to serve South Carolina’s taxpayers. Some have criticized senators for taking time on the state’s appropriations bill, but it is extremely important to know exactly what we are voting on, so the state government doesn’t go spending money on things that […]