2020-08-19 E-Edition


Waylon Price’s ‘friends’ wave goodbye to him as he left for his first day of school Monday. He entered 4K at Grassy Pond Elementary. Monday was the first day of LEAP week for Cherokee County, required by the state so teachers can address academic skill gaps in younger students. Cherokee County schools will officially begin Monday, Aug. 24 on a […]

School district posting virus updates on website

Number of positive cases and quarantines are listed

The Cherokee County School District reported 29 employees tested positive or have been quarantined because of close contact exposure to the coronavirus. The school district posted COVID-19 case information on its website Monday in a transparency effort requested for all public schools statewide by Gov. Henry McMaster. This information will be updated daily when local schools are notified by the […]

County provides funds for inspection

The Gaffney Little Theatre has been at its present location at 131 E. Robinson St. since 1975. A $5,000 study funded by Cherokee County Council will help determine how much longer the Gaffney Little Theatre should remain there. Speaking at a recent county council meeting, Gaffney Little Theatre official Patty Bloomer said the theatre group’s present building “is in a […]

County opts not to adopt mask mandate

Cherokee County is one of five counties statewide where coronavirus cases have been higher than it was two weeks ago. Despite this recent trend data, Cherokee County Council members were unwilling to vote Monday on a mandatory face covering ordinance for local residents to enter a business. Cherokee County students and staff are required to wear masks in schools while […]

Nine new cases; no deaths reported

There were nine new cases of COVID-19 confirmed here on Tuesday to bring the total number of cases in Cherokee County to 725 since the outbreak began. No new deaths were reported. County officials reported just one new virus case on Monday. There have been 28 deaths here as a result of the virus. On Tuesday, DHEC announced 691 new […]


Vivian Sparks was the first to claim BINGO in this year’s Ledger Bingo contest. Sparks won the $50 cash prize for matching the correct numbers to win horizontally. There are still two ways to win — vertical and coverall. Numbers are published in each edition of The Gaffney Ledger. Pictured presenting the prize to Sparks is Ledger Associate Publisher and […]

Back to school in the time of coronavirus

When it comes to COVID-19, some of the most difficult decisions revolve around children. Do they go back to school? Can they spend time with friends? How do we balance screen time when video chats and online classes are the new normal? “This fall is daunting,” pediatrician Marcia Parra, MD, said. “It’s daunting as a mother, as someone who doesn’t […]


Mail-in voting: What could possibly go wrong

All who ran for office, win or not, are to be congratulated and thanked. As are those who worked so hard on their campaigns. I doubt if last week’s election had a record number of candidates, but there were certainly more names on the ballot than in recent memory. It is gratifying to see so many in our community getting […]


Lessons for Us All

We all want our children in school, and we all want to be safe. Nobody is quite sure how to make that happen, but we do know the roles of teachers have never been more important. I’ve learned from many master teachers during my career. Their styles may be wildly different, but the best ones all share some common traits. […]