2020-11-25 E-Edition

Food bank’s new truck dedicated to Gaffney native

There was a touch of joy and sadness as Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina workers unloaded 1,000 frozen turkeys from a new refrigerated truck. The truck was purchased with a $100,000 grant from Timken Foundation in Gaffney and arrived at the food bank’s Spartanburg branch just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays. The joyous occasion was tinged with sadness […]

Christmas trees selling fast this year and once they’re gone, they’re gone

Waking up at the crack of dawn, Eddie Davidson and Tim Phillips brought back 410 Frasier fir trees Monday morning from North Carolina to sell at their Christmas tree lot family business off Highway 11. A group of volunteers helped unload freshly cut trees which will soon find their way into homes in preparation for the holiday season. The Christmas […]

School districts to get test kits

South Carolina is using federal funds to deliver COVID-19 test kits to all 81 school districts after the Thanksgiving holiday. Governor Henry McMaster announced Nov. 19 he will sign an executive order to provide school districts with the ability to conduct rapid-result testing of students and staff. Parents must sign a consent form for the voluntary tests. The initial test […]


Church builds manger scene to become a ‘blessing box’

If you need it, come and get it

With fears of COVID-19 looming, one local church has come up with a safe, touch-free way to help those in need this Christmas season. Being called Reverse Advent, aiming to focus less on decorations and lavish spending and more on preparing for the birth of Jesus, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is using the story of Mary and Joseph’s […]

New trail opens with ‘Turkey Trot’

Those looking to lose a few pounds after indulging on turkey Thursday can participate in the inaugural Turkey Trot Run at the new Gaffney High School cross country course. Runners will begin at 8:30 a.m. with walkers following shortly after. The entire course is 3.1 miles but a shorter 1.2-mile loop can be taken. The event is free and open […]


Here I am, hat in hand again

For the past 30 years, the good people and businesses of Cherokee County have opened their hearts and pocketbooks to help provide Christmas presents for the less fortunate children in our community. ‘Christmas is for Kids’ was started in 1989 by The Ledger with the idea that for every $100 raised we could take one child on a shopping spree […]


Tell your spouse to take a hike

I strutted into my newspaper headquarters recently (during the pre-Plague days) and boasted about the two-mile hike I had just completed. Naturally, the office ladies were very impressed. “Hiking?” Wow, that sounds neat! Cool!” Later, at DeWitt family headquarters, my wife, Sparky, had her enthusiasm slightly more contained. “Hiking? Really? You mean walking. You went for a walk. You and […]


Nature’s engineers

Back when I worked in wildlife cinematography, I tried to film the beavers on an old woodland pond back home. I’d get up before dark and hide in bushes. I never shot one frame of them. Wary, ever alert, beavers knew I was there. Beavers. You hear them more often than you see them. Cruising along with just their nose […]