Man finds rare item among inherited papers

Jim Clary thought the picture he found in a collection of papers he inherited from his aunt was special, but he wasn’t sure. So he called The Ledger. “Since I’m a native of Gaffney and Cherokee County is home to Kings Mountain and Cowpens, I figured y’all might be able to find out something about this picture or get the […]


Mystery employer gets tax break

Dubbed “Big Ben” for secrecy reasons, the company looking to hire as many as 250 workers received a tax break from Cherokee County Council on Wednesday. The property tax credit will reduce the company’s property assessment from 10.5 percent for industrial properties to a more palatable 6 percent — the rate the company would receive had it qualified for a […]

Negotiations to add EMTs to new fire station begin

The City of Gaffney Fire Committee gave the thumbs-up this week to begin negotiations with local hospital officials to staff the city’s new substation with emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano told fire committee members Monday he has begun informal talks with local medical transportation provider AmbuStar. Gaffney Administrator James Taylor suggested Caggiano should talk with Gaffney […]


Blacksburg will celebrate homecoming tonight (Friday) in addition to seeking its second consecutive Region I-2A victory when the Wildcats host Liberty. The game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m., will be webcast by Ledger Live, a service courtesy of The Gaffney Ledger. To access the game, click the “Sports” link in the “LEDGER LIVE” box on our home page at […]

Motorcyclist airlifted from accident scene

A 41-year-old Gaffney man was airlifted for emergency medical treatment following a Wednesday afternoon motorcycle accident on West Rutledge Avenue. Scottie Antonio Coleman, of McCluney Drive, was listed in stable condition Thursday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday near the South Oliver Street intersection. According to a Gaffney Police […]


RESULTS Is domestic violence in the NFL a bigger problem than in society as a whole? NO:65% (158 votes)ABOUT THE SAME:20% (50 votes)YES:15% (36 votes)TOTAL VOTES: 244 THE NEW POLL QUESTION Should the City of Gaffney spend up to $5 million to build a performing arts center in an unoccupied building in the downtown area? Log on to www.gaffneyledger.comto vote. […]


19-year-old gets 25 years for felony DUI and other charges

A 19-year-old Spartanburg man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to every charge levied against him in the wake of a drunk driving crash that claimed two lives and devastated an entire family. Austin C. Shackleford, of Beacon Light Road, apologized and asked for forgiveness from the family. But he did not ask for […]

City agrees to pay county almost $40 per day to house its prisoners

The city will be paying less than $40 a day to house its prisoners at the county detention center. But not by much. Gaffney City Council at its meeting Monday approved the new rate of $39.67 — up more than three dollars from the previous rate of 36.61. That figure is one of the lowest per diem rates the city […]


Memories of The Wall

I grew up in a small town where you could walk through the tree-lined neighborhood streets for a quick sweet tooth fix and freedom of movement is a guarantee. Living in a free country certainly gives us many reasons to be thankful. I was reminded about this fact earlier this week when I read a news article where a Spartanburg […]