2021-06-11 E-Edition

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Parade will be held in Blacksburg

Talks of a second parade in Gaffney underway

The South Carolina Peach Festival will hold a parade in Blacksburg on July 17. The parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Blacksburg as part of the main festival weekend, according to Blacksburg Town Administrator Dalton Pierce. But there remains a possibility that a Peach Festival parade could be held in Blacksburg and Gaffney. City council has agreed to […]

Exit 95 on-ramp to be closed for nine months

SCDOT plans to temporarily close the I-85 southbound on-ramp at Exit 95 (Pleasant School Road) from approximately June 11, 2021, for an estimated nine months until March 2022. A signed detour will route I-85 southbound traffic from Exit 95 to instead use Exit 96, crossing I-85 via the Pleasant School Road overpass, turning left on SC 18 (Shelby Highway), and […]

Defendant represents himself, but wavers on plea deal before pleading guilty

In the eleventh hour, a defendant set to go to trial Wednesday changed his mind about going before a jury — more than once. The jury was selected and opening statements were to begin when Lloyd Draper, 50, decided to accept a plea deal from the state. Draper, who was representing himself after firing his lawyer prior to trial, was […]



Should the City of Gaffney offer a contract to the new police chief? No (65%, 221 Votes) Yes (23%, 78 Votes) Only if all other city employees are (12%, 40 Votes) Total Voters: 339 NEW POLL Have you gotten the COVID vaccine? To vote, log on to www.gaffneyledger.com/latest-poll/ You do not have to be an online subscriber to participate. To […]

Councilwoman and Cherokee County resident who lost her mother to COVID-19 asks others to receive their vaccines

EDITOR’S NOTE: Councilwoman Millicent (Missy) Reid Norris of Gaffney City Council District 4 is a resident of Cherokee County. Councilwoman Norris offered to share her COVID-19 vaccine experience with K’Leasha Liles, DHEC’s Upstate Region Public Information Officer, as part of a weekly series with The Gaffney Ledger that spotlights local individuals and why they chose to get their COVID-19 vaccine. […]

Take a ‘storywalk’ with Peaches

Families are invited to go on summer reading adventures through story walks featuring Gaffney’s “Peaches” the cat mascot. The Cherokee County School District partnered on a virtual summer reading program with the City of Gaffney. Children and their families can enjoy reading and the outdoors while following along with the Peaches on interactive story walks located around the county. Elementary […]

County administrator briefs town council on ‘Project Gateway’

A county effort to bring “Project Gateway” here was endorsed Tuesday by Blacksburg Town Council. Project Gateway is the code name given an economic development project in the planning stages in the eastern part of the county, according to Cherokee County administrator Steve Bratton. The county would use $10 million in federal pandemic aid and grant funds as financing for […]


First Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan Association recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Anson Chau, who will attend Georgia Tech with plans to major in Computer Engineering. Shown making the presentation to Anson is Lu Ann Davidson, Secretary of First Piedmont Federal. To continue reading this article, log in or click here to subscribe.

Gaffney City Council passes first reading of $17.6 million budget

Gaffney City Council passed first reading of its proposed 2021-22 budget at its meeting Monday. Gaffney Administrator James Taylor was directed to oversee a proposed new line item of a $1,000 appropriation for each council district to spend at the council members’ discretion. Taylor said no matter who reviews the expenditure, it must be in accordance with city policy. All […]