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Verse for the Day:  Psalms 100: 4-5  "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."


Teacher Accused of Assault at J.E.T Middle School
web posted February 5, 2016
JOHNSTON-- A J.E.T middle school teacher has been suspended after being accused of grabbing a student on the way to class.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Town Council February Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted February 5, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- The Edgefield Town Council received a clean audit report for FY 2014-15 from Shane Highsmith of the firm Highsmith & Highsmith LLC at Monday night's regular meeting.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class Offered February 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 5, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Tech to Host a College Goal South Carolina Event on Feb. 27
web posted February 5, 2016
AIKEN-- Area college-bound students and families can receive free assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during a College Goal South Carolina event at Aiken Technical College (ATC).
Edgefield Daily

SCE&G Warns Customers of Potential Phone Scams
web posted February 5, 2016
PRESS RELEASE-- South Carolina Electric & Gas urges business and residential customers to be aware that scam artists are posing as SCE&G employees on telephone calls.
Edgefield Daily

The Throne
By Tom Poland
web posted February 5, 2016
LIFE DOWN SOUTH-- You’ll find this outhouse, vestige of the past, on a Chesterfield County farm. A most reliable place of meditation, the outhouse never leaks; needs no plumber. Winds drift between boards; needs no exhaust fan. Bleached by beams of sunlight, it needs neither Lysol nor Clorox. In fact, it gives folks a breath of fresh air courtesy of a walk outside. For real … a trot in winter … a languid promenade, perchance, during the rise of Sirius. 

Edgefield Daily


Edgefield County Council Meeting:  Winning Awards and Shedding Tears, February 2, 2016
By April Tomkinson
web posted February 4, 2016
COUNTY- Tuesday evening the Edgefield County Council met for their regularly scheduled February meeting.  Shortly after being called to order, the Council heard an update on the state of the County’s economic development.  The update was given by Will Williams, Economic Development Partnership CEO.  Mr. Williams stated there have been businesses to locate in Edgefield County that don’t get a lot of attention in the media because these are small businesses that fall below the threshold numbers for a press release.  Council members thanked Mr. Williams for his efforts to help attract industry to Edgefield County. 
Edgefield Daily

National Signing Day:  Several STHS Athletes Sign With Colleges
web posted February 4, 2016
SPORTS-- Wednesday, February 3 was National Signing Day, several Strom Thurmond athletes signed with various schools to continue their sports careers in the collegiate level.   Pictures and more information about these athletes are listed below.
Edgefield Daily


House Plans to Furlough Additional Week in February
web posted February 4, 2016
STATE-- House Speaker Jay Lucas announced yesterday that the House plans to furlough an additional week over February 15th, 2016.  Previously scheduled weeks include March 28th and April 4th, the two weeks following budget deliberations on the House floor.
Edgefield Daily

STHS Boys Basketball Claims Victory Over Crescent High School
web posted February 4, 2016
SPORTS-- The Strom Thurmond Boys Basketball team hosted the Crescent Tigers, from Iva, Sc on February 2. With the ball in their court, the Rebels claimed victory against the Tigers with a score of 92-52.
Edgefield Daily

STATE of the COUNTY
web posted February 3, 2016
COUNTY- Will Williams, President and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership gave a State of the County during the County Council Meeting held Tuesday evening. As part of Mr. Williams update of what has been going on in the county, he stated first off that council had been good stewards with tax payer dollars and have also maintained a very strong business friendly environment.
Edgefield Daily

A Protective Eye on Private Property
By Senator Shane Massey
web posted February 3, 2016
COUNTY-- News broke last Wednesday afternoon that Kinder Morgan had donated $50,000 to Strom Thurmond High School’s athletics department.  And soon thereafter, I began receiving emails, text messages, and phone calls expressing concern about the substantial gift.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class Offered February 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 3, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Another Trailer Goes Missing in Johnston
web posted February 3, 2016
JOHNSTON-- A Johnston resident left his home for a few weeks to go out of town, and when he returned, he noticed his white enclosed trailer was missing from the property.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond High School Girls Varsity Basketball Beat Crescent High School 81-49
web posted February 3, 2016
JOHNSTON-- The Lady Rebels (15-6, 7-0) shot out to an early lead scoring 30 points in the opening quarter against Crescent High School. The Lady Rebels cruised to the 32 point victory behind the scoring of freshman Jonelle Brown and senior Chesnee Robinson
Edgefield Daily

STCTC’s Top Students Recognized
web posted February 3, 2016
JOHNSTON-- Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s (STCTC) staff choose the top students for the second nine weeks. “I am honored. I really like using AutoCad and designing two and three dimensional figures in Mechanical Design,” said Aja Anderson, Mechanical Design student. Each nine weeks the teachers at STCTC select the student who is the most focused on developing the skills and attitudes needed in today’s workforce. 
Edgefield Daily


STHS Miss Statesman Pageant Winners
web posted February 3, 2016
JOHNSTON-- The Miss Statesman Pageant was held at Strom Thurmond High School on January 30, 2016.  A picture and names of all the ladies who won has been attached below. Edgefield Daily 



Get Away For Valentines at Rocky Creek Christian Retreat
web posted February 3, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Rocky Creek Christian Retreat invites couples to strengthen their relationship in warm, rustic elegance.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Hires New Business Development Manager
web posted February 2, 2016
COUNTY- The County of Edgefield would like to announce the hiring of Rodney Ingle as the County's new Business Development Manager.  He will be working part-time in this position starting Monday February 1, 2016.  He has 35 years of experience in banking and served on the Edgefield County Planning Commission for ten years.
Edgefield Daily

Area Students Anxiously Awaiting the Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition
web posted February 2, 2016
COUNTY- Area Students Anxiously Awaiting the Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition
(Aiken, January 27, 2016) - Local South Carolina middle schools will compete in MATHCOUNTS, the nationwide math program.  The regional contest will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Aiken Technical College from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Edgefield Daily

STHS Basketball Traveled to Abbeville Friday Afternoon
web posted February 2, 2016
JOHNSTON-- Both the STHS Girls Basketball, and Boys Basketball team traveled to Abbeville Friday afternoon to take on the Abbeville High School Panthers.  The girls team dominated the floor, beating the Panthers 40-18.  The boys team put up a good fight, but lost 51-68.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Registration
web posted February 1, 2016
COUNTY- Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball will conduct registration, February 6th and 13th at the baseball complex behind the National Guard Armory in Edgefield.  Registration times are 10:00 - 12 Noon each Saturday.
Edgefield County

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 1, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook.  All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! We are Edgefield’s only Certified Angus Beef retailer. 
Edgefield Daily


Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class Offered February 6
web posted February 1, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Town Council Meeting
web posted February 1, 2016
COUNTY- The Edgefield Town Council will be meeting tonight at 5:30 in the Council Chambers.  The agenda for tonight's meeting has been attached below.
Edgefield Daily

Engagement Announcement
web posted February 1, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT-- Greg and Lisa Tindal would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Heather Strickland of Aiken, to Benjamin Brown, Son of Randy and Gloria Brown of Aiken.
The wedding is arranged to take place April 2, 2016 at Camp Gravatt. 
Edgefield Daily


Edgefield County Intergovernmental Meeting:  Paradise Comes to Edgefield
By April Tomkinson
web posted January 30, 2016
COUNTY- Thursday evening, during the Edgefield County Intergovernmental Meeting held at the Edgefield Senior Citizens Center, brief remarks were heard from town mayors, board chairs, state legislative delegation members, and other agency leaders across Edgefield County. The Intergovernmental Meeting offered a time for fellowship while speakers shared their agency’s accomplishments during 2015 and goals for 2016.
Edgefield Daily

Guns and Ammunition Stolen While Couple Vacationed
web posted January 30, 2016
TRENTON-- A Trenton couple left for a month long vacation to Europe on October 28, two weeks after returning home, the husband asked his wife where her gun was.  The wife told her husband, and then went to check on the weapon, and noticed it was no longer in its usual spot.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County School District Honor Roll 2nd Nine Weeks
web posted January 30, 2016
COUNTY- The Edgefield County School District has released their 2nd 9-Weeks Honor Rolls below. Each school is listed independently starting with the Elementary Schools. Edgefield Daily salutes all of the students making the rolls and their hard work to maintain the high standards needed to be listed.
Edgefield Daily

Morning Visit Turns Into Breaking and Entering
web posted January 30, 2016
MERRIWETHER-- Thursday afternoon officers were called out to a home in Merriwether about a possible breaking and entering into an automobile, and theft of a phone.
Edgefield Daily

Council Names Tommy Paradise As New County Administrator
web posted January 29, 2016
COUNTY- County Council met for a special called meeting Thursday evening at 5 o'clock to discuss the position of County Administrator. Chairman Campbell called for a motion to go into executive session. The motion was made by Councilwoman Blackwell and seconded by Councilman Talbert. After a brief 15 minutes of executive session they convened back to public meeting and Councilwoman Blackwell made the motion to go into a contractual agreement with Tommy Paradise to be employed as the county administrator. 
Edgefield Daily


Johnston Farmer Named The Outstanding Farmer in SC
web posted January 29, 2016
JOHNSTON-- Edgefield County farmer, Christopher Derrick of Johnston, SC, was recently named the Outstanding Farmer in South Carolina by the SC Young Farmer-Agribusiness Association, according to Timothy R. Keown, state executive secretary of the organization.Christopher, a fourth generation farmer, who began working on the farm at an early age, became a full partner in the operation after he completed his BS in Business Technology. 
Edgefield Daily


Letter: I'm 73, and I'm Tired
web posted January 29, 2016
Dear Editor,
I'm 73. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a      six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked,  hard,  since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks,and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired. 
Edgefield Daily


A Gathering Place No More
By Tom Poland
web posted January 29, 2016
LIFE DOWN SOUTH-- Look closely. Long time since juice came out of that electric meter on the left and kerosene pump on the right. Been a long time, too, since that screen door slapped shut for good. A sepia-toned image from bygone days, lonely Monticello Mercantile reminds us of times when country stores sold joy. Half-gallon jars with red lids held cookies. Countertops glittered with penny candy, Mary Janes, Lifesavers, and Bazooka Joe bubblegum. 
Edgefield Daily


Crime Blotter Update
web posted January 29, 2016
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class Offered February 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 28, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond High School Announces $50,000 Gift for Athletics Program
web posted January 28, 2016
PRESS RELEASE--- Strom Thurmond High School today announced a $50,000 gift for its athletics program from Kinder Morgan, Inc. The contribution, to be donated over a span of two years, will help students at Strom Thurmond High participate in a variety of sports, including football, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, swimming, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, and track and field.
Edgefield Daily

Clemson Golf Cart Missing From Home
web posted January 28, 2016
EDGEFIELD- Just before midnight, officers were called out to a home off Highway 25 North in reference to someone reporting their golf cart missing from out of the shed.
Edgefield Daily

Agenda For Special Called Edgefield County Council Meeting; January 28, 2016
web posted January 28, 2016
COUNTY- There will be a special called meeting in the County Council Chambers tomorrow night at 5PM.  We would like to invite everyone to come.  There will be discussion regarding the new administrator.  Please take a look at the agenda below.
Edgefield Daily


Edgefield County Hospital Board of Trustees Meeting: Community Oriented
By April Tomkinson
web posted January 28, 2016
COUNTY- The Edgefield County Hospital (ECH) Board of Trustees met for the first 2016 meeting Monday night in the conference room of the hospital. The meeting was informative in many ways. Doctors and nurses work tirelessly to ensure patients get the care they need. However, many people serve in the medical industry that do not necessarily “touch” patients directly, but these people do play a critical role in the care administered to patients.
Edgefield Daily

The South Carolina State Museum Presents “That’s Amore Ya’ll!”
web posted January 28, 2016
STATE-- The South Carolina State Museum will kick-off Valentine’s Day weekend with “That’s Amore Ya’ll”, on Friday, February 12, from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests will be able to take tours through the museum galleries and explore notable romantic relationships through our state’s history. Guests can experience a special Valentine’s planetarium show, try inside-out chocolate strawberries, purchase delicious food and enjoy local beer at the cash bar.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether and JET Eighth Graders Tour Thurmond
web posted January 27, 2015
JOHNSTON-- Merriwether and JET eighth graders toured Strom Thurmond High School (STHS) and Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) on Friday, January 22, 2016. “We put in a tremendous amount of time and energy to make sure it is a great experience for the students,” explained Libba Ingram, STHS teacher and tour organizer. “Our schools have so much to offer and we want the students to be excited about coming to Thurmond,” continued Ingram.  
Edgefield Daily


Religion: Wax on, Wax off
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 27, 2016
RELIGION-- My favorite pajamas that I ever had were my Karate pj’s when I was a little boy. They were awesome, complete with a black belt that I did not have to earn. I tried passing off my black belt skills to my buddies on the “Mill Hill." All I got was a black eye. But what fueled my childhood love of karate was the movie “The Karate Kid.” Amazing movie, Ralph Macchio, the Karate Kid and I share the same birthday, November 4th. Furthermore, my Intermural Basketball team was named the Ralph Macchio Fan Club.
Edgefield Daily

Golf Cart Missing Off Plum Branch Road
web posted January 27, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Officers arrived at a Plum Branch Road residence shortly after 10:30 on Monday morning.  The home owner stated his maroon colored golf cart was missing from the residence.
Edgefield Daily

Bill Would Allow SC Teachers To Carry Guns In School
web posted January 27, 2016
STATE-- A new bill in the South Carolina House aims to better protect children by creating new “School Protection Officers,” who would be teachers, administrators or any other school employees who would be allowed to carry guns or pepper spray at school. The school employees would volunteer for the additional responsibilities and would have to go through a new two-week training program at the Criminal Justice Academy.
Edgefield Daily

Red Cross Assists Trenton Family
web posted January 27, 2016
TRENTON-- American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Miles Ashley Road in Trenton, was destroyed in a fire today. The Graniteville Fire Department responded to the blaze.
Edgefield Daily

STHS Girls and Boys Basketball Team Defeats Ninety-Six High School
web posted January 27, 2016
JOHNSTON-- The STHS Girls and Boys varsity basketball teams traveled to Ninety-Six High School on Monday to make up for a game that was canceled on January 22.  Both the lady Rebels, and the Boys team were able to defeat the Wildcats.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class Offered February 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 26, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Trailer Taken From Briggs Road Residence
web posted January 26, 2016
MERRIWETHER-- Saturday afternoon, a man residing on Briggs Road walked outside his residence and noticed his enclosed trailer was missing from the yard.  The trailer was last seen 2 hours before the man noticed it missing.
Edgefield Daily

Blood Donors Urged To Support Those Affected By Winter Storm Jonas
web posted January 26, 2016
COUNTY- Shepeard Community Blood Center’s main priority is providing blood to our local hospitals and recipients, however when the need arises during national disasters, such as the winter storm that pounded the eastern seaboard this past weekend, Shepeard may be asked to assist fellow member organizations of America’s Blood Centers (ABC) in providing blood to patients in need.
Edgefield Daily

Trailer Missing From Work-Site With Tools Enclosed
web posted January 26, 2016
MERRIWETHER-- Friday afternoon officers were called out to a Merriwether residence in reference to an enclosed trailer, and tools that were missing from a work-site at the residence.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Recreation Department Spring Sports
web posted January 26, 2016
COUNTY- Edgefield County Recreation Department is currently taking registrations for all our spring programs. We have Youth Soccer, Dixie Youth Baseball and Girls Softball.  We will have signup locations set up over the next couple Saturdays around the county taking signups.
Edgefield Daily

Still Magnolias Store Announces Closing
web posted January 25, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Still Magnolias is announcing that the store will be closing Saturday March 5th.  Hours of operation will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday until then.  Everything in the store is 50% off and furniture and fixtures will be sold. 
Edgefield Daily


Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
web posted January 25, 2016
ADVERTISEMENT
EDGEFIELD-- The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook.  All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! We are Edgefield’s only Certified Angus Beef retailer.
Edgefield Daily

Upcoming Book Signing at Carolina Distillery, Get to Know the Author, Tom Poland
web posted January 25, 2016
COUNTY-- Tom Poland, writer for A Life Down South, will be headed to Edgefield, Saturday February 20 from 11-2 to do a book signing for Poland's newest book, Georgialia- A Southland as We Knew IT.  Learn more about Tom here. 
Edgefield Daily

 

Upstate South Carolina To Count Homeless Neighbors
web posted January 25, 2016
PRESS RELEASE-- Beginning on January 27 and continuing through February 3, the Upstate Continuum of Care – a local consortium of housing agencies, service providers, and governmental units committed to ending homelessness in the Upstate of South Carolina – will conduct a census of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
Edgefield Daily

PTC Offers Scholarship Information Sessions
web posted January 25, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- Piedmont Technical College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education division is offering a new tuition assistance program for individuals seeking training in information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care.
Edgefield Daily

Church Invites All to Pancake Supper
web posted January 25, 2016
NORTH AUGUSTA-- The Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity in North Augusta invites you to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday February 9 from 5:30 to 7:30.
Edgefield Daily

Winter Storm Forecast for South Carolina
web posted January 22, 2016
STATE-- The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts freezing rain and ice accumulations in the Upstate and northern Midlands lasting into Saturday.
Edgefield Daily

STCTC’s Entrepreneurship Class Learns How to Develop a Business
web posted January 22, 2016
JOHNSTON-- Did you know that the bulk of job creation comes from small business? According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, “Small firms accounted for 63 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and mid-2013 (or 14.3 million of the 22.9 million jobs). Since the end of the recession (from mid-2009 to mid-2013), small firms accounted for 60 percent of the new jobs. Small firms in the 20-499 employee category led job creation. 
Edgefield Daily


Evergreen, Sometimes Alabaster
web posted January 22, 2016
LIFE DOWN SOUTH- Before satellites, come winter, we primitive Southern kids dreamed of snow. In those uncomplicated days, we had no Weather Channel to tell us days in advance snow was coming. It either came or it didn’t, and most of the time it didn’t. But when it did, well, it ferried kids to the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Edgefield Daily


Student says `ISIS' in Pledge, gets pulled from high school
web posted January 22, 2016
NATION-- A Connecticut high school student has been pulled out of classes and reported to police for substituting "ISIS," the Islamic State group, for the "United States of America" during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Edgefield Daily

Donald J. Trump in Lexington County - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
web posted January 22, 2016
STATE-- Donald Trump will be in Lexington county Wednesday, January 27, 2016 for a Presidential Rally.  The rally will take place at the Harmon Tree Farm, 3152 Augusta Road, in Gilbert SC.  Doors will be open at 5pm, and the event will start at 7pm.
Edgefield Daily

Billy's Employee Takes Over $2,000 From Store, Including Lottery Tickets
web posted January 21, 2016
JOHNSTON-- Saturday morning Johnston police responded to a call at Billy's Store in reference to an employee taking lottery tickets, and not dropping any money into the safe.
Edgefield Daily

National Wild Turkey Federation Purchases Kendall Mill
web posted January 21, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- George Thornton, CEO of National Wild Turkey Federation, made the following announcement Tuesday morning in regards to the NWTF and Kendall Mill.
Edgefield Daily

STHS Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Beat Batesburg Leesville
web posted January 21, 2016
JOHNSTON-- The Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels, and the Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Batesburg Leesville Tuesday afternoon.  Both teams defeated the panthers.  The Lady rebels won 46-28, and the Boys team won 64-56.
Edgefield Daily

88.3 WAFJ Celebrates Stronger Marriages with Love and Laugther Date Night
web posted January 21, 2016
PRESS RELEASE-- 88.3 WAFJ and Queensborough National Bank and Trust will be hosting the 2nd annual Love and Laughter Date Night on Saturday, February 20 from 6:30a-10p. The event will take place at the First Baptist Church Augusta, 3500 Walton Way in Augusta. The evening poses to be a memorable evening including a gourmet buffet, music and comedy. Tickets are $65 per couple and can be purchased at www.wafj.com
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Women Reports Her Deceased Mothers Jewelry Stolen
web posted January 20, 2016
MERRIWETHER-- Officers were dispatched to a residence in Merriwether, Sunday evening, in reference to several pieces of jewelry being taken from the home sometime between November 11th and January 2nd.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Forgiveness For What?
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 20, 2016
RELIGION-- One of the best parts of my job is speaking to children about becoming a Christian. One of the issues that I like to be sure of is that a child understands what sin is. At the Good News Club, we define sin as “anything that we say, think, or do that displeases God and breaks God’s heart.” So when I talk to a child I ask them if they have ever committed a speaking sin or a thinking sin or a doing sin.
Edgefield Daily

Judge Hatchett to Speak During Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration
web posted January 20, 2016
AIKEN-- Judge Glenda Hatchett will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Aiken Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration presented by Aiken Technical College and University of South Carolina Aiken.The celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 24 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. 
Edgefield Daily



Parking Lot Brawl at Pizza Hut
web posted January 20, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- During the weekend, when most people were celebrating their long weekend off for MLK Day, several people decided to kick off their weekend causing mayhem in the Parking lot of Pizza Hut.
Edgefield Daily

Applications Now Available for 2016 SC Commissioner’s School for Agriculture
web posted January 20, 2016
COUNTY-- Rising high school juniors and seniors can now apply for this year’s South
Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture (SCCSA), held at Clemson University,
July 16-22, 2016.
Edgefield Daily

Motorcycle Fatality in Aiken County
web posted January 19, 2016
NORTH AUGUSTA-- Anthony Ramirez, 32, was pronounced dead on the scene Monday afternoon around 6:30 pm after striking a road defect.
Edgefield Daily

Letter: Senior Citizens, This Is Us!
web posted January 19, 2016
Dear Editor,
The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to
an analysis of census data.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
web posted January 19, 2015
ADVERTISEMENT
EDGEFIELD-- The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook.  All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! We are Edgefield’s only Certified Angus Beef retailer. 
Edgefield Daily

Tori Whatley Only North American Girl on Championship team
web posted January 19, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- In the Fall of 2014, Thurmond graduate, Tori Whatley left Edgefield County to pursue higher education and achieve her goal of becoming a member of the best collegiate chess team in the nation.  She is now a sophomore at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, home of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE), and attending the school on a chess scholarship. 
Edgefield Daily 

Edgefield Camellia Club Tea
web posted January 19, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- THE CAMELLIA TEA, sponsored by the Edgefield Camellia Club, will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Magnolia Dale , headquarters of the Edgefield County Historical Society, in downtown Edgefield from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Edgefield Daily

Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream"
web posted January 18, 2016
NATION-- Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech given Aug. 28, 1963 on the Washington Mall.  "I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Edgefield Daily


Are You Registered to Vote?
web posted January 18, 2016
STATE-- The last day to register to vote in South Carolina, in person and by mail is January 27, 2016.  The Republican Primary will be held on February 20, 2016, and the Democratic Primary will be held on February 27, 2016. 
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Office Closings For Monday January 18
web posted January 18, 2016
COUNTY-- The following Edgefield County Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18, 2016 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
Edgefield Daily

STHS Girls Basketball beat Saluda 53-38
web posted January 18, 2016
JOHNSTON-- After a slow start to the game, the Lady Rebels (11-6) shots finally started falling in the second half scoring 36 points to beat rival Saluda 53-38 in front of a capacity crowd at J.E.T. Middle School.
Edgefield Daily

4 STHS Football Players Named in All- Area SC Football Team
web posted January 18, 2016
JOHNSTON-- On January 14th, four Storm Thurmond Football players were named to the Augusta Chronicle / Augusta Sports Council All- Area SC Football Team. 
Edgefield Daily 




Update:
Body Found in Aiken Belongs to Edgefield's Drayton Mims
web posted January 15, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- The body discovered in Aiken early Thursday morning has been positively identified as 21 year old Drayton Mims of Edgefield. 



Edgefield Daily


Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Accepting Applications
web posted January 15, 2016
JOHNSTON-- The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is now taking applications for individuals, organizations and businesses interested in being a part of the historic 33rd annual event. The Festival will be held May 7, 2016, in Johnston, known as the Peach Capital of the World. 

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Home Being Renovated Gets Burglarized
web posted January 15, 2016
TRENTON-- Wednesday morning, officers went to a residence on Highway 19 after they received a call that several items had been taken from the home.  The resident owner stated someone pried the back door open, and was able to gain entry into the home.  The damage is estimated to be worth $150.
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Body Found in Wooded Area in Aiken
web posted January 15, 2016
AIKEN-- The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the discovery Thursday afternoon of a body in a wooded area in Aiken
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$100 First Prize Offered In Poetry Meets Pottery Couplets Contest
web posted January 15, 2016
EDGEFIELD-- The Poet Laureate of Edgefield, Laurel Blossom, would like to invite all and sundry to enter a rhymed couplets contest in honor of DAVE THE POTTER, master craftsman who lived and worked in the Edgefield area before, during, and after the Civil War and wrote rhyming couplets on the shoulders of a number of his jars.
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Aiken County Fatality: Youth Deceased After Hit and Run Incident
web posted January 15, 2016
BEECH ISLAND-- A teenager in Aiken County has been pronounced dead after a hit and run incident on Hammond Road in Beech Island.  The incident occurred between 6 and 7pm on Thursday afternoon.
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Edgefield County Office Closings For MLK Day
web posted January 15, 2016
COUNTY- The following Edgefield County Offices will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18, 2016 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
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Trenton Man Reports Homemade Trailer Missing
web posted January 14, 2016
TRENTON-- Tuesday, officers responded to a call from a Trenton man who informed deputies he came home for lunch, and noticed his 16 foot homemade trailer missing from his yard.
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Old Edgefield Grill
web posted January 14, 2016
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EDGEFIELD-- This week our soup is Loaded Potato Chowder. Our lunch and diner special will be a special home cooked recipe of Chicken Bog which will include Scallops for dinner. As for Valentines Dinner, we are working on dinner packages and hope to make it one to remember for you. We will celebrate on February 13th, Saturday night as we are not open on Sundays at the moment. Please plan to spend it with us and let us know how to make it the best.
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Crime Blotter Update
web posted January 14, 2016
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STHS Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Beats Crescent High School
web posted January 14, 2016
JOHNSTON-- The Rebels made their way to Crescent High School Tuesday afternoon, the girls and the boys basketball team hit the court determined to win.  Both the Lady Rebels, and the Boys team came out with a victory.  The Girls scored 66-29, and the boys 73-49, against Crescent.

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South Carolina State Museum Announces January -March 2016 Calendar of Special Events, Exhibitions and Shows
web posted January 14, 2016
STATE-- The South Carolina State Museum is excited to announce its January through March 2016 calendar of special events, exhibitions and shows. The following will take place at the State Museum, located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia.
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Johnston Town Council January Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted January 13, 2016
COUNTY- A major item on the agenda at the Johnston Town Council meeting Monday night was the review of suggestions for Citizens Park, conducted by Andrew Cheatham with KBS of Columbia, a company that does recreational planning.
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Obama Plays Down ISIS Threat, and Defends Economic Record in State of The Union
web posted January 13, 2016
NATIONAL-- President Obama, with an eye on cementing his legacy and countering the narrative on the Republican campaign trail, used his final State of the Union address Tuesday night to defend his economic record – and, in stark language, downplay the threat from the Islamic State.
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Religion: Falling Short
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 13, 2016
RELIGION-- The Tigers came up short in their efforts to be National Champs. They solidly represented our great State of South Carolina. Coach Dabo Swinney, has also represented a Gospel-focused life powerfully through his time as head coach at Clemson. I don’t follow College football all that closely, but I was almost moved to tears as I watched the press conference the week after Clemson became the number one team in the nation. Coach Swinney was asked if he felt pressure. His response was amazing
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Trenton Man Reports ATV Missing
web posted January 12, 2016
TRENTON-- Friday afternoon, a Trenton man called the Sheriff's Office to report his ATV missing from his residence
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
web posted January 12, 2016
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EDGEFIELD-- The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook.  All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! We are Edgefield’s only Certified Angus Beef retailer. 
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Notice Of A Public Hearing Prior to Final Action By The County Council Of Edgefield County to Enter Into An Ordinance
web posted January 12, 2016
PUBLIC NOTICE-- Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinance will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on February 2, 2016 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council.
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STHS Boys Varsity Basketball falls to Abbeville Panthers web posted January 12, 2016
JOHNSTON-- Friday night the Strom Thurmond Boys Basketball team took on the Abbeville Panthers.  Despite their best effort in the Region opener game, the Rebels fell to the Panthers 55-75.
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Notice Of A Public Hearing Prior to Final Action By The County Council Of Edgefield County to Enter Into An Ordinance
web posted January 11, 2016