2021-12-31 E-Edition

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The top stories of 2021

Although this past year saw many positives, COVID-19 and the I-85 widening fiasco overshadowed all the good news. The Ledger news staff takes a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly events of 2021 in the following recap. 1. The ‘chute’: Dubbed a “death trap” by Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler, the Interstate 85 ‘chute’ claimed three […]

Apartment renovations delayed

Due to governmental delays, residents of a Gaffney apartment complex will have to wait a few more months before much-needed renovations begin. After the horrendous living conditions at Connecticut Village Apartments were brought to light in 2020, Vitus, a Seattle-based real estate company, purchased the 105-unit complex with a plan to complete extensive renovations. Vitus works across the United States […]

Art reception set for Limestone Gallery Jan. 14

The Limestone University Gallery invites the community to the first reception of the new year to celebrate its current exhibit “The Crafted Narrative.” The reception will be held on January 14 at 6 p.m. in the art gallery located inside the Hines & Riggins Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be […]


The City of Gaffney Police Department has received a new tool to help measure speeding. The speed radar device, currently set up near the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum on College Drive, provides the department with real-time data. It sends information to Chief Gerald Knight about how many vehicles drove by, the speeds and times. The device can be […]


Cautious optimism

As I write this, I’m hours away from watching two of the most important college football bowl games of the year. These games matter to me for only one reason — Clemson and South Carolina are playing in them. Clemson beat Iowa State 20-13 Wednesday evening for the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando to wrap up its season. South Carolina and […]


Remembering Fritz Hollings

Fritz Hollings would have been 100 years old on New Year’s Day. I worked for him for 15 years and knew him as a friend for 50. For me he was a model of what a public servant should be — dedicated to moving his beloved South Carolina and his country forward, committed to straight talk with his constituents, and […]


This is going to be a big surprise

Wave goodbye to 2021 and embrace 2022 with hope, dreams, and ambition. Wishing you a Happy New Year full of happiness! ******************* Remember when we were young, and had dreams and expectations? We imagined things, we kept thinking about what we wanted to be, what we wanted to do, what is going to make us proud and happy and what […]

Horace Wilkins

Horace Lamont Wilkins was born in Cherokee County, SC on December 12, 1967 to John Edward Wilkins and the late Shirley Temple Littlejohn Manning. Eleven days after his born day he gained his wings that Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Dialysis Center, Gaffney, SC. He joined the Baptist faith at Knuckles Chapel and was a member of the Mass Choir. […]

Barbara Bloomer

Gaffney, SC — Barbara Gibson Bloomer, 87, of 144 Berry Drive, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at her residence. Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of the late James Roy Bloomer and daughter of the late Reverend Coby Lee Gibson and Flora Belle Coyle Gibson. She retired from textiles, a homemaker, and […]