Students can win cash for essay, video

High school students can win money by using their video and writing talents to help keep their friends safe on the road. Local students are invited to write an essay or produce a video highlighting the dangers of texting while driving. The contests start Sept. 8 and are sponsored by AT&T and the South Carolina Press Association. The state’s first-place […]

Body found is missing Blacksburg man

A body found in a wooded area of Cowpens on Tuesday was positively identified Wednesday by the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office as that of a 50-year-old Blacksburg man who had been reported missing Aug. 11. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said an autopsy on Ricky Lynn Godfrey was performed Wednesday but results are pending. A Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman […]

Towing contractor ’s bond revoked

A 42-year-old towing contractor accused of slugging another Blacksburg tower during a roadside dispute along Interstate 85 on July 11 had his bond revoked Wednesday morning after a magistrate decided he violated a nocontact order. “The courts don’t put conditions on bonds just to put conditions on bonds,” Chief Magistrate Bart Howell told William Kevin Tessner, of Moss Crossing, following […]

Many state residents plan weekend getaways

Summer’s last hurrah will draw an increased number of motorists to the open road this holiday weekend, according to AAA Carolina. The motor club estimates that nearly half a million Palmetto State residents will travel this Labor Day weekend. “The continued downward trend in gas prices is good news for motorists and it’s one of the big reasons travelers are […]


n More than 451,000 state residents are expected to travel this holiday, a 1.5 percent increase from a year ago. n Travelers will find moderate gas prices throughout South Carolina and in most parts of the South. n The most expensive gas can be found in Myrtle Beach, where a gallon of unleaded is going for an average of $3.15. […]

Watch the Gaffney High-Dorman game live on our website

Following a gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of rival Union County, Gaffney will seek to regroup tonight (Friday) as it hosts rival Dorman at The Reservation. The contest can be viewed live, courtesy of Ledger Live. The latest in a series of football games at Blacksburg and Gaffney high schools to be webcast, the service is courtesy of The Gaffney […]


l A moped was reported stolen Aug. 25 from Chandler Drive. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone took a black-colored 2014 VIP moped from outside an apartment in the 200 block between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The moped, which was just purchased two weeks ago, is valued at $1,000. l A moped was reported stolen Aug. 25 from […]

Local authorities assist in “Hands Across Border” campaign

In just a 2-hour span Wednesday evening on Highway 221 at the border between Cherokee and Rutherford counties, a large contingent of police officers made one arrest, issued numerous traffic citations, seized a small bag of marijuana and a gun, and impounded a car. They also gave chase to several drivers who made Uturns to avoid the public safety checkpoint […]

County GOP to elect new chairman

The Cherokee County Republican Party will meet in Cherokee County Council chambers in the county administration building on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. to elect a new chairman. Former chairman John Major recently resigned due to health problems. The executive committee, officers and precinct committeemen or their proxies are urged to attend.


Students need more sleep, study says

I enjoyed a rare morning snooze Sunday morning before my internal alarm shook me awake at 8:15 a.m. I shudder to think what my 16-year-old self would have thought about waking up at this ungodly early morning hour on a weekend. I used to pride myself on sleeping as late as possible. I remember with fondness the teenage years when […]