Children attending the YMCA summer camp got a special surprise Wednesday when the Regional One flight crew from Spartanburg landed in the YMCA ball field for a visit. In addition to hearing about the jobs of Flight Paramedic Matthew Lonon, Flight Nurse Mark Jordan and Pilot Simon Bartlett, the children got to sit in the helicopter. (Ledger photos / TIM GULLA)
Several hundred people gathered Wednesday evening on Lincoln Drive for a candlelight prayer vigil that simultaneously celebrated the life of 18-year-old Jasmin McGill and implored witnesses to her death to come forward. McGill died from a single gunshot wound to her leg, one of as many as 12 shots that rang out on Lincoln Drive on Monday evening. (Ledger photos / TIM GULLA)
Campo Giorno was held April 13 at The Reservation stadium at Gaffney High. The field day involved 400 students from 12 county elementary schools in the finale to a year-long academic and athletic competition held annually by KNOW(2). Northwest Elementary claimed the Campo Giorno banner for the second year in a row. In addition to being the overall winner, Northwest won the academic title after it earned the highest point total for student achievements. Alma Elementary won the athletic field day title.
The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce held a "speed-networking" spotlight on nonprofits Jan. 19 at the YMCA in Gaffney. Over 30 nonprofits filled the YMCA's gym. Attendees rotated around the gym and spent one minute learning about each nonprofit.
A Wednesday evening fire on Cannons Campground Road destroyed a vacant home. Firefighters initially were successful in knocking back the fire, but the flames got into the walls and attic of this structure. Assured that no one was inside following two detailed searches of the interior, and out of concern for firefighter safety in an old structure, firefighters were pulled outside to focus on an exterior attack.
At least 60 area residents who served in Vietnam were honored Friday during a special pinning ceremony. Originally scheduled to be held at the Cherokee County Veterans Park, the ceremony was moved indoors to the family life center at Kirby Memorial Baptist Church because of the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. (Photos by Tim Gulla)
Cherokee County's Memorial Day service was held downtown Gaffney at the former county administration building. The 2016 program recognized Prisoner's of War from Cherokee County. Relatives of those POWs received a South Carolina Prisoner of War Medal during the ceremony. A bell was rung for each Cherokee County resident who lost their life during service.
The 2016 upper state golf tournament was held at Cherokee National Golf Course on May 9. Gaffney finished second with 298, Boiling Springs finished first with 292. Individual scores: Seth Taylor - 72, Ross Jolliff - 75, Carson Howell - 75, Cody Transou - 76, Zack Gordon - 76.
Some scraped, some painted and some picked up a broom as dozens of teens participating in Impact weekend turned their attention to downtown Gaffney on Saturday.
Impact weekend is a 3-day spiritual renewal retreat organized each year by area youth ministers and held at the Broad River Electric Cooperative. This year, Impact weekend organizers teamed up with the Main Street downtown revitalization effort in Gaffney to help clean up the downtown as a community service project. Among the projects tackled were the planting of flowers outside downtown businesses, the cleaning of windows, the painting of doors, and an art project in which the teens placed their handprints in paint on the front of two vacant buildings. (Photos by Tim Gulla)
Five school trustees took the oath of office Monday after winning re-election to new four year terms.
Cherokee County School Board for 2016-2018 school years is (front row) secretary Robin Duncan Harper, chairman J.J. Sarratt and vice chairman Mark Nix. (Back row) is Billy Blackwell, Barry Bailey, Elaine Fowler, Cheryll Smith, Tracy Moore and Ron Garner.