2019-09-25 E-Edition

Survey: Newspaper readers vote; trust their paper most for candidate info

PENSACOLA, FL — Newspaper readers are voters, and the National Newspaper Association’s (NNA) annual readership survey of more than 1,000 people from rural and urban communities across the country once again validated that point. The survey — conducted annually for NNA by Susquehanna Polling and Research of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — found that 85% of community newspaper readers said they are […]

Mitchell joins newsroom staff

After traveling around the country, The Gaffney Ledger’s newest reporter crossed the Georgia border to start his newspaper career. Skyler Mitchell joined The Ledger staff Sept. 16 and will cover the police and court beat. He recently graduated from Augusta University in Georgia where he worked for the college newspaper. He also did a radio station internship with the Beasley […]

SAT, AP exam scores released; results mixed for Cherokee County students

Cherokee County students showed mixed results on this year’s SAT and Advanced Placement college exams when test scores were released Tuesday by the state Department of Education. The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program allows high school students to take college-level classes. Colleges and universities often grant class credit and use AP scores of three or more to place students […]

Lake Whelchel reopens; BPW spends $30,000 to remove algae

A utility spent about $30,000 in removing the largest buildup of algae in recent history from Lake Whelchel. The lake was closed to boaters and fishermen in July after officials said tests revealed an unusually high concentration of blue-green algae and Lyngbya. The Gaffney Board of Public Works had said WDJ Environmental was contracted to remove the algae, while the […]


Twenty people, including Debbie Brown of Gaffney, correctly predicted the winners of all nine games in last week’s football contest. She also hit the tie-breaker score right square on the proverbial nose. That, my friends, is worth $100 cash.


Work is progressing on the $52 million Cherokee County veterans nursing home as crews pour the cement pads and erect the steel frame of the buildings. The project is expected to be open in spring 2021. Sossamon Construction is the general contractor.

31 new home starts in the past 2 months

Housing starts continue to be brisk here. According to the homebuilders report, there were 12 new home starts reported in August, up from only seven in August 2018. There were 19 new starts in July. The average price of the houses also rose from the same period — from $130,000 in August 2018 to $147,000 this August. For the year, […]

Gaffney man sentenced in fatal accident on Blue Ridge Parkway

A 22-year-old Gaffney man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Asheville, N.C., to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release for involuntary manslaughter, U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced Thursday. Zachary Jorden Childers was charged in connection with a fatal accident Sept. 1, 2018, accident in Buncombe County, N.C. The U.S. Attorney alleged in a written release […]


Stuff sells better if placed on a grass surface

“What are you doing?” I asked a friend a few weeks ago when I drove by his house and saw him and some other folks carrying things outside and placing them on the sidewalk. “We’re having a yard sale tomorrow,” was the reply. “Huh,” I said, weighing the answer. “A yard sale, you say? Well, let me ask you this— […]