Traveling mechanic dies after vehicle falls on top of him


Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler says a mobile auto mechanic was killed Monday afternoon when a vehicle fell on top of him at a Gaffney residence. Fowler identified the victim as Jamel DeShaun Norman, 31, of 110 Jeter Drive, Pauline, South Carolina. “Norman was working under a Ford Explorer in the driveway of a residence at 1333 Ford Road when […]

2021 South Carolina Peach Festival

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Frustration with I-85 reaching a boiling point


Thursday’s horrific eight-vehicle fatal collision on Interstate 85 has officials and citizens calling for change along the dangerous stretch of highway. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler called the ‘Chute,’ the 10-mile single lane portion of I-85 separated by a concrete barrier, a “death trap.” “While state officials have endorsed (the ‘Chute’) at two separate public meetings in Gaffney, I disagree […]


FREE DOT removing the I-85 ‘death trap,’ but it might take six months

Whether it was in response to his strongly-worded press release Friday afternoon after the latest fatal accident in the I-85 construction zone just 24-hours earlier or not, Cherokee County Administrator Steve Bratton welcomed the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) quick reaction with added safety measures and removal of the ‘Chute.’ “We are certainly encouraged,” Bratton said. “All we want […]

‘MILESTONE’ – All BPW employees earn more than $50,000


EDITOR’S NOTE: The Gaffney Ledger publishes the salaries of all employees of public entities who make more than $50,000. The S.C Freedom of Information Act requires those salaries be released. We believe taxpayers have the right to know how their money is being spent. The salaries of other governmental bodies in Cherokee County will be published in upcoming editions of […]


County to consider tax break for company

Cherokee County Council is getting closer to finding a tenant for its spec building. In fact, the council will consider at today’s (Monday) 5 p.m. meeting an inducement reading and first reading of a tax break for that tenant, a company known by the codename of Project Hammer. County economic development officials have said the company has until July 22 […]

Joanie Queen

Gaffney, SC — Joanie Shaluly Queen, 64, of 131 Hampton Drive, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her residence. Born in Greenville, she was the wife of Kevin Nash Queen and daughter of Martha Alice “Tickie” Shaluly of Greenville and the late Joseph R. Shaluly. She was a graduate of J. L. Mann […]

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