After 8 weeks of debate, SC Senate OKs huge education bill


By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After eight weeks of debate, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday gave key approval to a bill to overhaul public education in South Carolina. The 80-plus page Senate bill has been bouncing around for a year, through a dozen committee meetings and public hearings even before the marathon floor debate. Senators approved it […]

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Gov. McMaster: ‘Take it easy’

“Do what mama told you,” SC Governor Henry McMaster said. “Go home, go to bed, take it easy and call your doctor.” McMaster’s comments came after a meeting Monday morning at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia to bring together public health officials, doctors, the National Guard and others to discuss coronavirus preparation. The Ledger wanted to […]

Pennington, Fowler named to Cherokee County Hall of Success

Julia Fowler and Harold Pennington Sr. will be inducted into the Cherokee County Hall of Success during the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s award banquet March 10. Established in 2018, the Hall of Success recognizes Gaffney and Blacksburg high school graduates that have gone on to achieve success in their chosen field, and to show that a quality education is […]

County intends to inform, not sway, voters

Three meetings planned on March 24 fire district referendum

Saying the purpose of the meetings is to educate, not influence, Cherokee County Administrator Steve Bratton announced Monday the dates for three informational meetings in advance of this month’s Greater Gaffney Fire District referendum. If approved, the March 24 referendum would increase millage from 12 to 16 for property owners in the fire district. The first meeting is scheduled for […]


Do you agree with Mayor Henry Jolly’s decision to vote against building a pool at Irene Park? Yes (46%, 214 Votes) No (43%, 202 Votes) Don’t care (11%, 52 Votes) Total Voters: 468 NEW QUESTION Is the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) being overblown by the media and politicians? Yes No Yes, but I am concerned No, I am extremely concerned […]


Residents living in the shaded areas in the map above are eligible to vote in the March 24 fire district referendum. See the story on Page 1.

BPW purchases land near Lake Whelchel

15 acres bought to prevent septic tank seepage into water reservoir

Fearing possible wastewater seeping into Lake Whelchel, the Gaffney Board of Public Works Commissioners unanimously voted to pay $51,000 for a 15-acre parcel adjacent to the utility’s water source. Gaffney Board of Public Works General Manager Donnie Hardin told the commissioners that Joseph Said purchased the land for a 60-unit mobile home park. Hardin said each of the mobile homes […]

City asked to pledge $500,000 to center

It’s the age old question, “What came first the chicken or the egg? In the case of the proposed Revolutionary War Discovery Center, what comes first the city pledging funds or local foundations and companies? We know the answer, according to Main Street Advisory Board Chairman Mark Chandler. The chairman told Gaffney City Council that foundations and companies are putting […]

A foreign exchange teacher?

Clad in traditional African clothes, Julius Tawe considers it a great privilege every time he has an opportunity to share information about his home in Cameroon. Tawe has spent the past several months as a chemistry teacher at Blacksburg High. He previously served as an exchange visitor teacher in Ghana and United Kingdom before he came to the United States. […]