2022-02-25 E-Edition

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On February 25, 1897, the bill creating Cherokee County was signed by the governor. Our 36-page special section in today’s Ledger recounts some of the events of the 125 years that we have been a county. We could not write about every piece of our history but tried to include most of the major items and some not so major, […]

County council makes a ‘revolutionary’ commitment

Cherokee County Council breathed life into the proposed Revolutionary War Discovery Center (RWDC) project by agreeing to fund the effort if the city does the same. By a unanimous vote on Tuesday, county council agreed to commit $500,000 to renovate the old Carnegie Library into the RWDC contingent on Gaffney City Council’s approval to pony up $1.5 million toward the […]

Win $300 in the Cherokee County history hunt

Get ready to dive into Cherokee County’s rich 125-year history. Each month, 10 new questions in the scavenger hunt will be unveiled, and each set of questions will focus on a different 25-year period in the county’s history. Answers can be submitted via a drop box at the Cherokee County Administration Building, 110 Railroad Ave., Gaffney, or online at cherokeecountysc.gov/125thbirthday. […]

Sheriff: ‘Everybody’s been touched by drugs in some way’

There is a hole in the heart of Butch Bailey Jr. since the Blacksburg resident lost his youngest son to a drug overdose from fentanyl last year. His son, Cody, was 24 when he died Dec. 17, 2021, after he took two pills with a beer. The pills contained a small trace of illicit fentanyl, a highly potent opioid found […]

Church providing meals and clean clothes

Draytonville Elementary families can get a free meal and save on washing clothes Sunday before their children go back to school. Draytonville Baptist Church will provide a meal Feb. 27 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at 1979 Draytonville Church Road. The church has partnered with Draytonville Elementary to provide a meal for residents in the Draytonville community and laundry passes for […]

New plan OK’d

Apparently, county residents like the Cherokee County Council’s new redistricting plan just fine. Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the census to redraw their district lines to reflect how populations have changed. And, as required by law, the public had an opportunity to comment on the redrawn council lines during the public hearing portion of Tuesday’s council […]

Line dance classes resume

Beginner line dance class continues Thursday, March 3 at the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum Event Hall. Each lesson will run from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per person for six sessions. Come on out and enjoy dancing along and getting some exercise as well. Classes scheduled for March […]


History repeats itself

Traffic lights installed nearly 100 years ago in downtown Gaffney used a different color combination drivers don’t see anymore unless you happen to live in a cold state such as Minnesota and North Dakota. We’ll get to the reason police are using blue lights out there in a moment. It’s for a slightly different purpose than the traffic lights that […]


Satan’s subtle strategies

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? In describing Satan, the serpent, as “subtle,” God gave us a warning that all generations should heed. The devil did […]