2020-05-06 E-Edition

He’s not arrogant, but he was ‘Cocky’

Matt Hammett has lived a secret life for four years. Hammett was a normal college student each morning walking to classes around the University of South Carolina campus without any notice. It was a completely different story anytime a Gamecock mascot made a personal appearance for weddings, community service or athletic events. A 4-year ride that’s taken him across the […]

Treasurer will retire June 30; governor to appoint interim

Election for replacement will be held in November

Three days after it was revealed that several county officials had lost confidence in her ability to do her job, embattled Cherokee County Treasurer Jackie Williams announced she plans to retire on June 30. Cherokee County Administrator Steve Bratton told Cherokee County Council on Monday that Williams has sent a letter informing South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster of her decision. […]


Q. I noticed that Freightliner had a $1 million dollar permit issued this March for grading for a new Electric Vehicle (EV) battery building. As you know, the company announced in December, 2019, a $13 million dollar expansion that will add 193 jobs and should be completed by 2022. So, my question is: are they establishing a new product line […]


Do you agree with the decision to begin reopening retail establishments in SC? No (53%, 284 Votes) Yes (41%, 217 Votes) Not sure (6%, 34 Votes) Total Voters: 535 NEW QUESTION Do you think President Trump is doing a good job handling the COVID-19 pandemic? Log on to www.gaffneyledger.com to vote. You do not have to be an online subscriber […]

Mother’s Day this year means getting creative from afar

NEW YORK (AP) — Treats made and delivered by neighbors. Fresh garden plantings dug from a safe 6 feet away. Trips around the world set up room-to-room at home. Mother’s Day this year is a mix of love and extra imagination as families do without their usual brunches and huggy meetups. As the pandemic persists in keeping families indoors or […]

Such as it is, school year winding down

Cherokee County students received their final distance learning assignments April 30 before the school year comes to a close. Online learning assignments and lesson packets prepared by county teachers take students through May 15. Students have learned from home since mid-March when a coronavirus outbreak led to public school buildings being closed for the remainder of the school year. The […]

I2 students’ project helps MOW meal prep

Meals on Wheels is already using their newest gift since the finished product was delivered Friday by high school welding instructor Michael Mullinax. Institute of Innovation welding classes were in the final stages of making a sanitary food prep rack for Meals on Wheels when public school buildings were closed in mid-March. Originally a temporary closure, Gov. Henry Mc- Master […]

Work-based welding student receives regional honor

                          While most of his friends filed into classes last fall, Brayson Cole received advanced instruction in welding from a different vantage point. Brayson gained work experience in Cole’s Welding under the watchful eyes of his father, Clay, who took on another role as boss. Cole’s Welding partnered […]


A gift from my Mom

NOTE: Parts of this column were published several years ago, but when we talk or write about our mothers, it never gets old. If she is no longer with us, what is the one thing you remember most about your mother? If she is still living, what is it about her that you most admire? My mother died on Tuesday, […]