Meth maker who started boarding house fire sentenced to probation



A 35-year-old Gaffney man who allegedly started an accidental fire that burned Cherokee Boarding House to the ground pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cherokee County General Sessions Court to a first offense charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Roger Dale Lowe Jr., whose address is listed in court records as Pauls Road, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller to seven years […]

Former cafe manager sentenced in accident that claimed teen’s life



A mother’s anguish was on full display Thursday afternoon in Cherokee County Court as she fought back tears while reading a letter about the loss of her only daughter. A few feet away, Walter Acosta, 45, of Greer, stood with his head bowed as he listened to the descriptions of the pain he had caused. “I’m not here to make […]

School superintendent eligible for $69,000 buyout if trustees choose to replace him



Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Ed Taylor becomes eligible for a $69,000 buyout Friday when his new contract takes effect. Taylor served as superintendent for Laurens School District No. 55 from 1994 until his retirement in 2009. After a year of retirement, Taylor agreed last September to serve as interim school superintendent in Cherokee County this school year. Trustees decided […]

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The Gaffney Ledger will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 5. We wish for you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Suspect in murder case has bond set



A 21-year-old man charged in a double-homicide has been granted an opportunity to get out of jail. On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller set bond for Jomiltron Sentell Fair at $75,000 with the added condition that Fair be subject to electronic monitoring once released. Fair remained at the Cherokee County Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon, according to the […]

Baby, it’s hot outside…

and inside if you can’t afford air conditioning

As the mercury continues to soar toward triple digits, local residents are forced to crank up the air conditioning units in their homes. However, such service comes at a cost, a cost that some can’t afford to pay. “A lot of people need help,” said PEACHCenter Executive Director Tammie McGee. “Currently we have a program offering those aged 65 and […]

Employers get tax cut



WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly every private employer in the U.S. will get a tax cut on Friday. It won’t affect workers’ paychecks. But the expiration of a 35-yearold “temporary” unemployment tax — about $14 a year per worker — will mean real money for some big companies at a time when President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to raise taxes […]

Cousins take advantage of Adult Ed programs



Three cousins recently took their first steps towards preparing for future careers as a game warden, nurse and firefighter. Chase, Cameron and Dakota Childers graduated high school May 26 in an adult education ceremony at Gaffney High. Chase and Dakota earned high school diplomas while Cameron received her GED equivalency diploma. The GED is equivalent to a high school diploma […]

Howell’s status clarified



The status of Upstate Carolina Medical Center’s former president, Joe Howell, was clarified Wednesday by the president of Presbyterian Healthcare. “Joe is still gainfully employed with us and taking some welldeserved time off,” said Mark Billings. UCMC and Presbyterian are owned by Novant Health, a not-for-profit system of 13 hospitals and a medical groups in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina […]

Vandalism reported



An estimated $1,000 in vandalism damage was reported on East Montgomery Street. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone threw a rock at a 2006 Kia parked in the 400 block between 8:30 p.m. June 25 and 9 a.m. June 26. The vandal or vandals also scratched the vehicle’s paint. An estimated $500 in hit-and-run damage was reported June 24 […]