Two go to prison for armed robbery that ended with teen shot to death

Two young Gaffney men pleaded guilty Monday in Cherokee County Court of General Sessions for their roles in an armed robbery that turned deadly. Calvin Smith Jr., 17, and Lloyd Jefferies, 20, both were sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Derham Cole to 30 years in prison, which the judge suspended to 15 years and five years of probation. Smith will […]


Here is the list of donors to Christmas Is For Kids, sponsored by this newspaper. Bring contributions to The Gaffney Ledger at 1604 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, or mail them to: Christmas Is For Kids c/o The Gaffney Ledger P.O. Box 670 Gaffney, S.C. 29342 In memory of Joseph Cash Hartman by Ty & Janie Hartman: $200 Anonymous: $5 […]

Superintendent wants to give teachers a raise

After receiving word on a $12 million surplus this week, Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Ed Taylor said he will ask school trustees to consider approving a second pay increase for teachers and school administrators. School trustees voted unanimously in June to add a one-year salary “step increase” that teachers and school administrators who have up to 22 years experience […]


ffi An estimated $4,000 in theft losses were reported after someone took an air conditioning unit from a Cliffside Highway property. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the theft occurred between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Dec. 1 in the 1100 block. The thief or thieves also cut wires and a gas line. ffi The Gaffney Police Department responded […]


It sure seems like a small price to pay

The spark has been provided. Cherokee County Council has been asked to fan it into a flame. When they find a way to do that, the rest of us will need to continuously add fuel. Cherokee 20/20 volunteers met with members of county council for 2 1/2 hours Monday to present an in-depth update on the status of the project […]

Boeing’s happy landing

The National Labor Relations Board appears primed to drop its dubious legal action against Boeing. That anticipated outcome, stemming from an agreement announced between Boeing and a machinists union, would beat the heck out of the alternative: a lengthy court fight that would have wasted lots of taxpayer and company money before finally dispatching the NLRB’s weak complaint. This is […]

Taxpayers wonder why spending is mandated

There are times when political entities — city/county councils, school boards and such — acquire out-of-the-mainstream public money. It is money circulated beyond that collected through the usual taxation procedures. The money might come from state or federal grants or appropriations of some kind, bond issues or a variety of local taxes. Sometimes, this kind of money is allocated and […]


Gaffney man receives state’s highest award for community service

Gaffney resident Oscar Fuller was recently awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent, which is given to residents of South Carolina for exemplary performance, contribution and achievement within the community. It is the state’s highest award for volunteer and/or community service. “Mr. Fuller has improved Cherokee County with his service to the Chamber of Commerce Board, involvement with the Boy […]

Sneak preview

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free sneak preview of a “Life in the Carolinas” episode featuring Cherokee County. The syndicated television show, seen in more than 5.3 million households throughout the Carolinas and Northwest Georgia, is featuring Cherokee County on an upcoming program. Local scenes and familiar faces give the program a genuine feel as “Life […]