2022-06-24 E-Edition


The Cherokee County Legislative Delegation used their influence to support several local projects in the 2022-23 state budget. Led by Sen. Harvey Peeler and veteran House members Steve Moss and Dennis Moss, $37 million for Cherokee County was included in the recently-passed budget. Spartanburg Community College will receive $34 million in state funding for projects to expand health science programs […]

New home prices here continue to rise

Following a several month-long trend, new home prices here jumped 33% from the same month a year ago. According to the monthly county homebuilders report, the average price of the 12 new homes permitted in May was $233,269 compared to $175,425 for the 13 new homes obtaining permits in May, 2021. There was a 24% jump in home prices in […]


Pop star Harry Styles performed a sold-out show to 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Saturday and Sunday, and Ledger associate publisher Abbie Sossamon was one of them. A surprise fireworks finale to his hit “Sign Of The Times” delighted those in attendance. Read Sossamon’s concert recap here.

BPW sets record for electricity usage

Apparently, Gaffney Board of Public Works customers cranked up their air conditioners to escape the sweltering heat and set a new record for electricity usage. However, like Roger Marris’ single season home run record, it comes with an asterisk. The new peak of 64.1 megawatts was set on Thursday, June 16, according to BPW General Manager Donnie Hardin. A new […]

Local industry donates technical rescue equipment to Gaffney Fire Department

The Gaffney Fire Department recently received a new breathing air cart purchased and donated by Boysen USA Gaffney, LLC. The cart is used by rescuers to allow them to enter potentially oxygen-deficient atmospheres such as confined spaces without the cumbersome air packs typically worn. Boysen purchased this equipment in appreciation for the services the fire department provided during a building […]

Ham radio operators participating in field day Saturday to test emergency equipment

Local amateur radio operators will be busy “hamming it up” this weekend to test emergency radio communications equipment. The Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services (C.A.R.E.S) will participate in the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) field day Saturday and Sunday at the Salvation Army Church on 601 Colonial Avenue. The public is invited to attend. Using only emergency power supplies, […]


Cherokee Athletics made a donation to the Jr. American Legion team. Pictured is Terry Belue, President of Cherokee Athletics, presenting a check of $1,000 to the Jr. American Legion Coach, Bryan Rupert and Gary Martin, Commander of Post 109.

Foundation grants more than $25,000 to local nonprofits

The Cherokee County Community Foundation recently awarded $26,972 in grants to 10 nonprofits. The grants will support projects and programs that address the following key investment areas: crime and safety, education, food agriculture and nutrition, public health, housing, human services and social capital. Through these grants, the Foundation invests in organizations and programs that strive to increase stability and opportunity […]

Principals named for Gaffney Middle, Draytonville

Two Cherokee County administrators will become principals at different schools for the 2022-23 school year. Lyman Dawkins was named the new Gaffney Middle principal following a special called school board meeting Monday. Amie Sullivan will become the Draytonville Elementary principal. Dawkins replaces Dr. Eric Blanton, who was named the new Gaffney High principal in early May. The principals officially start […]