2021-11-01 E-Edition

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Timken continues to have huge bearing on county’s economy

Fifty years ago, the Timken Company helped change the industrial landscape in Cherokee County when it announced plans to build a multimillion dollar production plant. The official announcement to construct the Gaffney Bearing Plant was made on Dec. 8, 1969, by company president H.E. Markley at a dinner attended by more than 80 state and local civic leaders. A groundbreaking […]

Man sentenced to life for killing former girlfriend

A Gaffney man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for strangling his former girlfriend to death. James Eric Spencer, 41, pleaded guilty to the murder of Monica Vinson Shackleford, 43, of Gaffney. He received a life sentence without parole. Circuit Judge Mark Hayes presided over the guilty plea at the Spartanburg County Courthouse. On April 21, 2020, […]

Better late than never

The Gaffney Ledger received 16 South Carolina Press Association awards during the delayed 2020 meeting held virtually Thursday. Ledger staff members received seven first place awards in the contest held by the South Carolina Press Association. The association represents weekly and daily newspapers statewide and annually honors the best work by print and digital publications. There were more than 3,200 […]


A couple of participants got in a little practice time on the greens at Friday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraising golf tournament at Cherokee National. To continue reading this article, log in or click here to subscribe.

Brandy McCraw

Cowpens, SC — Brandy Michelle McCraw, 45, of 106 Easler-Webb Lane, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born in Gaffney, she was the companion of Phillip Wyatt, daughter of Teresa “Terry” Huffstetler McDonald of Spartanburg and the late Jerry McCraw and step-daughter of William “Mac” McDonald of Spartanburg. She was […]

Marshall Wilkie

Gaffney, SC — Marshall Lane Wilkie, 67, of 347 Wilkie Road, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 29, 2021 at his residence. Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late James Wilkie and Hazel Smith Wilkie. He was a self-employed mechanic and a member of Berry Memorial Baptist Church. Surviving are two brothers, Steve […]

Brenda Pennington

Cowpens, SC — Brenda Ann Holcomb Pennington, 55, of 3928 Old Georgia Highway, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Wendover Hospice House. Born in Spartanburg, she was the daughter of Boyd Holcomb of Gaffney and the late Norma Smith Holcomb. She loved going to the beach, motorcycles, enjoyed music and dancing and loved her family, especially her family. […]

Marvin Upchurch

Gaffney, SC — Marvin “Tot” Teddy Upchurch, 80, of 305 Magnolia Street, passed away Thursday, October 28th, 2021, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born in Gaffney, he was the widower of Nonnie Cartee Upchurch and the son of the late Roy and Amanda McAbee Upchurch. Mr. Upchurch from manufacturing, loved exercising, and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church. […]

Jackie Brown

Cowpens, SC — Jackie Darrell Brown, 79, of 156 Bobcat Trail, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at his residence. Born in Greeneville, Tennessee, he was the husband of Vicki Louise Medford Brown and son of the late James Nelson Brown and Nora Lee Kelly Brown. He was previously employed by Daniel Construction, retired […]