Tennessee moves to No. 1 in AP Top 25, Duke drops to No. 2


Top-ranked Duke went down early in the week. No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Virginia, the last of Division I’s unbeaten teams, both fell over the weekend. In all, six top-10 teams lost. Tennessee kept rolling amid chaos across the AP Top 25. The Vols are the new No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll on Monday, climbing three […]



Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said an Orangeburg woman was killed in a head-on crash near Gaffney on Sunday. Fowler identified the victim as Angela Smith Teliha, 47, of 158 Darlene Road . “Teliha was the driver of a 2011 Mazda that was headed east on Wilkinsville Highway at 1 p.m.,” Fowler said. “ A pickup truck headed west crossed […]

1 killed, 4 injured in shooting

FREE Sheriff wants nightclub shut down

After a Gaffney man was shot to death and four other people were wounded early Saturday, Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said it’s time to close the Sugar Shack II nightclub. The sheriff ’s office will work closely with the SC Department of Revenue and SC Law Enforcement Office in attempt to revoke the current business license for Sugar Shack […]

VA nursing home project ready for contractors to bid


Plans for the proposed $40 million Cherokee County veterans nursing home are ready for contractors’ eyes and should go out for bid this week. Cherokee County Veterans Affairs Officer Todd Humphries said contractors will likely have until the end of March to submit a bid. The construction phase could begin as early as May. The facility will be built on […]

9-1-1 can now pinpoint calls made from mobile devices


Emergency response time can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Cherokee County E 9-1-1 has integrated RapidSOS technology into its 9-1-1 call center. The update allows 9-1-1 callers in Cherokee County to automatically share their locations with dispatchers at Cherokee County E 9-1-1 Communications via their cell phone. The county began using the program in October. When […]



Spotted behind Harold’s, this man was asked where he was going with the bathtub. “I was asked if I wanted it and I needed a bathtub, so I’m taking it home.” Good answer!

Unemployment rate unchanged

FREE State’s remains at 3.3 percent, Cherokee’s at 3.4

South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in December but good news wasn’t hard to see in the numbers. The bulk of people entering the state’s labor force found jobs, according to the latest unemployment report, allowing South Carolina to once again set a new high water mark for the total number of people working. According to the latest numbers, an […]

Sen. Peeler seeking report on education funding


Citing outdated education funding formulas, state Senate President Harvey Peeler and House Speaker Jay Lucas have joined the governor in requesting a state report in May on how to distribute education dollars more equally. Gov. Henry McMaster, Peeler and Lucas sent a joint letter Wednesday to state Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Director Frank Rainwater. The letter requests Rainwater issue a […]



Blacksburg Primary second grade student Hunter Hendrickson is the winner of this year’s Golden Peach ballot drawing for $100. Hunter is pictured with his mother, Tanya, and teacher Ashley Benton. Readers’ Choice for the Best of Cherokee County will be announced in a special section in the Friday, January 25 edition of The Gaffney Ledger.

Program being resumed


A $3.5 million state grant will allow kindergarten teachers to visit at-risk children and make it easier for counties to identify services available to parents of young children. Cherokee County First Steps will receive a portion of the grant funds to resume a home visitation program called Countdown to Kindergarten to serve a maximum of 30 children this summer. Originally […]