Thief takes off with restaurant cash

‘Give me all of the money or I will shoot you’

A man robbed a Hyatt Street restaurant Tuesday morning after eating half of the food he ordered. While the man got away with $163 in cash, Gaffney police are hoping the man left something behind — fingerprints and possibly DNA evidence. According to an incident report, the robbery occurred at the Waffle House in the 900 block of Hyatt Street […]


Randy Miller gets help from children in putting away his boa constrictor Tuesday during an education program at the Cherokee County Public Library. Known as the “Critter Keeper,” Miller pulled snakes, lizards and various arthropods (bugs) out of his bag so children could learn more about different creatures during the interactive program.

City moves closer to alcohol sales on Sunday

Sunday alcohol sales have been approved in several South Carolina cities and counties. Gaffney might join that list. Gaffney City Council on Monday told its administrator to draft a Sunday alcohol sales ordinance for a referendum in November. Voters in Gaffney will be asked to allow beer and wine sales on Sunday at stores and restaurants inside the city limits. […]

Father-son team earns contest honors

With more than 50,000 votes, father and son Shaun and Ryder Thornton of Gaffney are the winners of the “Just Me & My Dad” lookalike contest. The contest ran from May 27 through Father’s Day, June 19. Ledger readers were invited to submit a father-child photo via The Gaffney Ledger’s website. Once photos were submitted, people were able to vote […]

DOT begins preliminary work to ease congestion at Old Post Road intersections

Improvements to the intersections of Old Post Road at Hwy. 11 and Hyatt Street are on the way, but likely won’t be finished for years. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun a preliminary engineering phase of the project that will ease the congestion at the busy intersections. Brett McCutchan, assistant program manager for the DOT, said his agency is […]

GHS teacher selected to score College Board Advanced Placement exams

More than 500,000 students nationwide took the AP English Language and Composition exam this year.

Gaffney High teacher Kristie Camp was selected to participate in the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement (AP) reading in English. This is the second year Camp has served as an official reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam in Kansas City, Missouri. She spent June 10-18 helping evaluate and score the free response sections taken by high school […]

Well-being of SC children improved, but still dismal

A national report shows many South Carolina children are growing up in poverty, but their overall well-being has improved in recent years. Twenty-seven percent of children statewide were living in poverty in 2014, compared with 22 percent before the Great Recession in 2008, according to a Kids Count state profile released Tuesday. Data showed 356,000 children (33 percent) in South […]

Absentee precinct open Saturday

The Absentee Precinct will be open for voting for the June 28th Cherokee County Council District 6 Primary Runoff on Saturday, June 25. Only voters living in County Council District 6 will be allowed to vote. Absentee voting will be conducted at the Cherokee County Administration Building on Railroad Avenue in the Voter Registration office from 9 a.m. until noon. […]

Please be courteous with fireworks; mindful of veterans

Dear Editor: As the Independence Day holiday approaches, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind its customers, friends and all those who use consumer fireworks to be be mindful of the fact that some veterans can be startled and upset by the noise of fireworks. Chelsey Jordan, M.S. Ed., a licensed Clinical Mental Counselor and special consultant to Phantom Fireworks, advises […]

Class of ’74 has been so good to help classmates

Dear Editor: I want to thank my graduating Class of ’74 for the hot dog fundraiser you sponsored on Saturday for my granddaughter Peyton Cooper. Peyton has been diagnosed with bone cancer in her leg. We want to thank everyone who has said a prayer for her. The Class of ’74 has been so good to help classmates who have […]