Satterfield also suspect in bank robberies in North Carolina, Virginia

A man identified by Gaffney police as the suspect in a Jan. 9 bank robbery on North Granard Street, and by police in Fredericksburg, Va., as a suspect in a Jan. 12 bank robbery, is also a suspect in a Jan. 14 bank robbery in North Carolina. At 9:55 a.m. on that date a man walked into a Wells Fargo […]

New women’s shelter set to open Feb. 15

A local woman will use her experience with drug addiction and homelessness to help other women. Joyce Coppick was introduced to drugs at age 9, lost her son to social services and spent a year in jail for stealing to maintain her drug addiction. In jail, though, she found her personal connection to a higher power – Jesus Christ – […]

School boss gets high evaluation marks; test scores a concern

Although expressing concern about the district’s test scores, Cherokee County School Board members gave superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore high marks for her job performance in their yearly evaluation. Moore received an overall “Exemplary” rating from three school trustees on her annual evaluation at the Jan. 23 meeting. Four trustees gave an overall “Proficient” rating in an evaluation summary released Friday […]


Debbie and Ashby Blakely of Blakely Funeral Home and Crematory accept the Golden Peach Award for the most votes overall in The Gaffney Ledger’s Reader’s Choice contest. Ledger publisher Cody Sossamon is shown presenting the award during Thursday night’s winner’s reception. More than 150,000 total votes were cast during the 2-week voting period.

Multiple trailer thefts reported

Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office deputies are investigating a number of utility trailer thefts that have occurred in the past two weeks. “We believe it’s folks coming from out of county, out of state, going for easy targets,” Sheriff Steve Mueller said. “We would encourage owners of trailers to make sure they’re locked. And if they’re going to have their […]


Warren Player, brother-in-law of Ledger publisher Cody Sossamon, submitted this photo of a sunset over Charleston harbor following Clemson’s win over Alabama for the national championship. It appears the picture was photoshopped, but Player, a Clemson graduate, says it is untouched. Decide for yourself.

Plan to renovate former county administration building being delayed by government ‘red tape’

The mayor’s plan to renovate the former county administration building into a Revolutionary War learning center is being bogged down by regulation and “red tape.” Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly said he’s still trying to negotiate a deal with the United States Parks Service and the county. “It’s government red tape,” Jolly said. Jolly said the project hinges on the county’s […]

1,088 abortions every day

Blue and pink flags are arranged in the shape of a cross for a “Sanctity of Life” display on the lawn outside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Volunteers help Options Medical Cherokee Pregnancy Center place the display every January in an awareness and education effort designed to demonstrate the 1,088 babies lost to abortion each day.

Curbside recycling redux?

Making good on a campaign theme, a Cherokee County Councilman plans to make a motion to restart the county’s residential recycling collection program. The county stopped the program in May 2015 in favor of an expansion of its rollout recycling containers. There are approximately 20 rollout containers located throughout the county. Councilman Quay Little said he wants the program brought […]

Big news coming for county’s middle schools

BMW and University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing will hold a news conference Tuesday to make an announcement that will directly impact middle school education in Cherokee County. BMW manufacturing vice president of human resources Johannes Trauth will make the announcement at 10:30 a.m. at Granard Middle about the new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunity […]