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Verse for the Day:   Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."


Have a great 4th of July
web posted July 4, 2015
COUNTY – On behalf of everyone at Edgefield Daily, we hope everyone has a great 4th of July. Don't forget to take a moment to pray for our great Nation and that God will heal our land.

Another Merriwether Home Hit by Thieves
web posted July 4, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Murrah Road Extension homeowner called the Sheriff's Office on Thursday to report a theft from the home. It was just two days after a neighbor reported at least $300 in property stolen from their open-air garage.
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Fireworks in the Towns and County on 4th of July
web posted July 4, 2015
COUNTY – It is a question that gets asked every year, can I shoot fireworks on the 4th of July without getting a ticket? The easiest to answer is at the county level. The county does not have an ordinance on fireworks period. However, once it gets late, 11 to 11:30 pm it is best to be finished shooting your fireworks because then you run into a noise ordinance.
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Palmetto Predators Wins Runner Up Title at 10U AA World Series
web posted July 4, 2015
SPORTS – The Palmetto Predators are proud to announce their Runner-Up title at the USSSA Global World Series in North Charleston June 26-28, 2015. The Predators are a 10U AA Baseball Team made up of players from North Augusta, Midland Valley and Edgefield and have only been together for 16 months. This was their first World Series venture in which their tireless efforts and months of practice and competition paid off.
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Republicans look to deliver blow against ObamaCare tax
web posted July 4, 2015
WASHINGTON DC – Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare subsidies, opponents of the law remain poised to strike a key blow against another component of the health care overhaul in a matter of months. Republicans, with help from Democrats, have gained momentum in their long-running effort to repeal the law's controversial 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices.
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Poll: Should The Battle Flag be Removed
web reposted July 4, 2015
COUNTY – With the recent turn of events following the shooting of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, politicians have stirred the healing that was taking place with Christian love and replaced it with divisive political bickering. We want to know what you think. Take our poll below.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted July 4, 2015
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Driver in Fatal 4-Wheeler Crash Identified
web posted July 3, 2015
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnet said the name of the man who died in the 4-wheeler crash discovered early Friday morning is James Neley Seigler, 48, of Aiken. According to Burnett, the group of men were riding together when Seigler became separated from the group, "and sort of fell behind."
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Updates on Fatal 4-Wheeler Crash
web posted July 3, 2015 Final Update: 12:07 pm
JOHNSTON – No new information has been made available in the discovery of a deceased 4-wheeler driver found in a creek just before 1 am Friday. The name of the victim has not been released and we are awaiting a call from the Coroner's Office. Details on the crash still remain unknown as well. We will update this page as information becomes available on the crash and the victim. Check back often and you may have to refresh the page to get the current content below.
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Caller Reports 4-Wheeler Crash, Driver in Creek, Not Breathing
web posted July 3, 2015
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County 911 got a call around 12:40 am Friday saying there has been a 4-wheeler crash off McCreight Road and the driver was found in a creek and is not breathing. The caller is not sure where they are and may be in Aiken County. Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's Deputies and Johnston Firefighters have been called to the scene.
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Saying Goodbye to Administrator Strom
web posted July 3, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Though her official last day is July 7, a drop-in was held at the County Administration Building on Wednesday for the public and co-workers to stop in and say their goodbyes to Administrator Lynn Strom. In a matter of just a couple hours a large cake bought for the occasion was devoured. Strom took the position as County Administrator in March of 2012 and will be taking over as Finance Director in Aiken County.
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Sports: Edgefield County O Zone All Stars Prepare For State Tournament
Staff Report
web posted July 3, 2015

SPORTS – After 17 games in less than 30 days, the Edgefield County O Zone All Stars are doing what only a handful of Dixie Youth teams in South Carolina are still doing - playing baseball. After qualifying for the South Carolina Dixie Youth State Tournament for the 4th year in a row, the team continues preparing for its first round game against Union County on July 11th. "Making this tournament 4 years in a row is a big deal for a league as small as ours," remarked Dale Williams.
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Poll: Should The Battle Flag be Removed
web reposted July 3, 2015
COUNTY – With the recent turn of events following the shooting of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, politicians have stirred the healing that was taking place with Christian love and replaced it with divisive political bickering. We want to know what you think. Take our poll below.
Edgefield Daily

Life Down South: Campbell’s Covered Bridge
By Tom Poland
web posted July 3, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – I never saw an authentic covered bridge until Clint Eastwood directed and starred with Meryl Streep in The Bridges Of Madison County. Genuine covered bridges in these parts are as rare as hens’ teeth. Several years ago, though, I came across the real deal: a covered bridge up in northern Greenville. It was late afternoon when sunlight comes in so low everything is gold and lustrous but driving is hard. A bit blinded as I rounded a curve, I got a treat as my eyes adjusted—Campbell’s Covered Bridge.
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Notice: Park Row Announces Closing for 4th of July
web posted July 3, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market No.1 has announced that it will be closed from Friday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 7, 2015. They will reopen and resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, July 8.

State Museum Presents Museum Road Show on Saturday, July 11
web posted July 3, 2015
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum presents the Museum Road Show from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Appraisers and artifact experts from across the Southeast specializing in fine art, textiles, jewelry, silver, military memorabilia, and more will be onsite providing informal verbal appraisals to museum guests.
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Have a Safe Fourth of July with These Red Cross Tips
web posted July 3, 2015
COLUMBIA – The long Fourth of July weekend is a popular time for many people to  spend part of their holiday at the beach or enjoying fireworks.  The American Red Cross has easy steps you can follow to stay safe while enjoying fireworks, grilling with your family, taking a trip to the lake or pool, or going to the beach.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted July 3, 2015
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Homeowner Interrupts Burglary in Progress
web posted July 2, 2015
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies raced to a home on Reynolds Drive Tuesday morning after the owner called and stated there was a red Ford Mustang with a tan top parked at the top of his driveway around 9 am. When he pulled up a black male ran to the house and yelled inside bringing two more black males and a white male running out of the house and jumping into the Mustang and fleeing.
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Merriwether Man Discovers Burglary
web posted July 2, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man arrived at his Murrah Road Extension home Tuesday evening to find a person or persons had entered his garage and made off with around $300 in yard tools. The burglary took place sometime between 10 pm Monday and the time it was discovered on Tuesday.
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Driving Under Suspension Arrest Just "Big Misunderstanding" - My Other License Is Not Suspended
web posted July 2, 2015
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy running radar on Augusta Road near James Drive Tuesday morning he saw a black and gold Dodge Durango pass by and the deputy, knowing the driver had a suspended South Carolina drivers license, made a traffic stop. When the driver, William Leon Nasworthy, 34, was asked why he was driving with a suspended South Carolina drivers license he replied that his Georgia license was not suspended.
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Edgefield Grill Lunch and Dinner Specials for Thursday and Friday
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web posted July 2, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The following is lunch and dinner specials for Thursday and Friday and we will be closed on Saturday for the 4th of July. We will offer as lunch specials this week including a Southern Style Onion Soup with Cheddar and Croutons, an Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, and a Balsamic Reduction and the Smoked Gouda Turkey Melt is back this week as well.
Edgefield Daily

Presidential Candidate Governor Huckabee in Edgefield July 7
web posted July 2, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party is proud to announce a meet and greet with 2016 candidate for the Republican nomination for president Mike Huckabee. Governor Huckabee will be joining us on Tuesday, July 7 at 9 a.m. for a meet and greet and town hall style meeting at the Edgefield General Store (102 Courthouse Square, Edgefield).
Edgefield Daily

June Stats Sees Increase in Readership
web posted July 2, 2015
COUNTY – With July 1 rolling around, a full report on statistics for the month of June are complete. Readership saw a jump to 51,742. That is the second highest for the past 12 months with July of 2014 showing 56,516.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted July 2, 2015
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Hospital Board Covers Broad Agenda, Including Bond Refinancing
By April Tomkinson
web posted July 1, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital (ECH) Board met in the ECH Conference Room on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 6:30pm. The Board approved the agenda for the June meeting followed by approval of the minutes from May’s meeting.
The Board heard a presentation from Mike Williams, David Domingue, and Cindy Mathews, three representatives from Community Hospital Corporation.
Edgefield Daily

Scammer Takes 21-Year-Old for Thousands
web posted July 1, 2015
JOHNSTON – Although we would love for everyone with an internet connection to read Edgefield Daily so they would be aware and informed on the many different types of scams that are used to separate you from your money, reality is they do not. An Egghouse Road man found that out the hard way.
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Remains from April 10 Car Crash Identified
web posted July 1, 2015
AIKEN – The remains of a Mexican National male that was involved in a single vehicle crash on April 10, 2015, have finally been identified. The deceased has been identified as 26 year old, Jose Vega-Auguas of Pinal De Amoles, Queretaro, Mexico, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Tuesday afternoon. Jose Vega-Auguas' blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was .229, three times the legal limit to drive.
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University of South Carolina Dean's List for Edgefield County Students
web posted July 1, 2015
COUNTY – The University of South Carolina has released the spring 2015 Dean’s and President’s Lists. It is an honor to make either list due to the rigors of the academic workload required. Those requirements are also listed. Below are the students from Edgefield County that have been recognized for their academic achievements and making the Dean's list.
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STCTC Cosmetology Students Dominate Competition
web posted July 1, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center’s Cosmetology (STCTC) class competed against several High schools and Technical colleges in state Lower Charleston Exposure Hair and Nail Competition.The students were coached by Jackie Kennion, STCTC Cosmetology Instructor. “The completion was tough because of the large number of older students from technical colleges that competed,” noted Kennion.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Fight for Your Happiness Part 8
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 1, 2015

RELIGION – We continue this week where we left off with our study about how hope increases our happiness. David Murray notes that Christian Hope is “a realistic expectation of and joyful longing for future good and glory based on the reliable Word of God.” We noted last week the many benefits of hope, but now it is time to look and see how it we obtain this ever-powerful hope.
Edgefield Daily

Public Tour Program Continues at SRS
web posted July 1, 2015
AIKEN – The popular public tour of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (SRS) has approximately 200 openings left for the 2015 calendar year. The tours are open for two or more people.
Edgefield Daily

Poll: Should The Battle Flag be Removed
web reposted July 1, 2015
COUNTY – With the recent turn of events following the shooting of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, politicians have stirred the healing that was taking place with Christian love and replaced it with divisive political bickering. We want to know what you think. Take our poll below.
Edgefield Daily

Machine Tool Technology Program Acquires New Software
web posted July 1, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The manufacturing industry continues to add new technological advances at a rapid pace. The machine tool technology program at Piedmont Technical College has recently added two new software programs to insure the graduates will be prepared.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted July 1, 2015
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Cleanup of April Train Derailment Still Underway, Completion Months Away
web posted June 30, 2015
TRENTON – The cleanup of the April 10 derailment of 31 railcars in Trenton continues but is nowhere near being complete, Edgefield County EMA Director Suzy Spurgeon said on Monday. "The eastside of the tracks is almost clean of debris as of this afternoon. There is expected to be a two week delay before the company contracted to remove the debris starts the cleanup of rail cars on the westside of the tracks."
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Ker-Splash, Driver Crashes into Pond
web posted June 30, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The driver of a Mazda Miata was traveling south on Briggs Road around 6 pm Monday when he claims he had a blow out around the 300 block and lost control. As the car began to spin it headed towards an irrigation pond for nearby Gurosik’s Berry Plantation at 345 Briggs Road and eventually came to rest halfway in and halfway out of the pond. No one was injured.
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Report of Reckless Driver Leads to Nearly a Dozen Traffic and Drug Charges, Drugs, Cash Seized
web posted June 30, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Dispatch was called about a reckless driver on Sweetwater Road being "all over the road" around 6 pm Sunday. A Sheriff's Deputy was trying to catch up to the northbound car while an Edgefield Police Officer was getting into position to intercept the driver as he approached Edgefield. As the driver turned off Sweetwater Road he ended up running into the Edgefield Officer on Gary Hill Road doing 60 in a 45 mph zone "and climbing" and the officer made a traffic stop.
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Local Native Makes Writing a Lifestyle
By Anne Waits
web posted June 30, 2015

COUNTY – Friends, family and other area citizens may be interested to learn of Edgefield County native Mamie Walker Cowser’s recently published children’s book, “The Bird Left Behind.” This book was inspired by Cowser watching a mother bird building a nest on her wrap-around porch and later taking two of the young birds from the nest and leaving one behind.
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County Closings for July 3 and July 4
web posted June 30, 2015
COUNTY – There will be closings by the Edgefield County Government for Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. All closings can be found below. Please make note of the ones that may affect you.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 30, 2015
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Man Comes at Officer with Machete
web posted June 28, 2015
EDGEFIELD – What started out as a simple fender bender has landed an Edgefield man in jail with serious assault charges filed against him after coming after the officer with a machete. The officer was called to a report that the man, Marion Talbert, 40, had backed into another woman's car on Slade Road. When the officer arrived he could hear Talbert yelling and cussing saying he had done nothing.
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Two Men Arrested Trying to Deliver Contraband to State Prison
web posted June 29, 2015
TRENTON – Guards at the State Prison in Trenton (SCDC) notified the Sheriff's Dispatch that an inmate was heard talking on the phone to someone who was to deliver a taped up box of contraband to the prisoner Friday evening around 8 pm. The person, unknown at the time or what type of vehicle they'd be driving was to park along Highway 19 with the flashers on and to state the car was disabled in case they were spotted.
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911 Hang Up Call Finds House with Door "Torn Open" and Inside "Destroyed"
web posted June 29, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Just before midnight Friday Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 hang up call from a home on Ellis Street. Once an Edgefield Police Officer arrived on the scene he found the front door "torn open" and radioed the house appeared to be destroyed and radioed for a back up unit to help him clear the house.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Wants to Keep Flag Where it Is
web posted June 29, 2015
Dear Editor,
Fifteen years ago our S.C. Legislature came to a reasonable compromise that removed the Confederate battle flag from the house and senate chambers and state house dome. In an effort to honor and respect all South Carolinians the flag was placed at our state's Confederate soldiers monument while simultaneously erecting a beautiful monument to S.C. African American history at the eastern state house entrance.
Edgefield Daily

Poll: Should The Battle Flag be Removed
web posted June 29, 2015
COUNTY – With the recent turn of events following the shooting of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, politicians have stirred the healing that was taking place with Christian love and replaced it with divisive political bickering. We want to know what you think. Take our poll below.
Edgefield Daily

Thieves Steal Money and Prosthetic Leg
web posted June 29, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Casalina Drive man called the Sheriff's Office on Saturday to report that while he was home someone broke in and stole his leg and his wallet containing around $15. He told the responding deputy that he does not know how the person or persons got in the house and this is not the first time it has happened, but this is the first time he's reported it.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's Weekly Specials
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web posted June 29, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through July 3. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! We are Edgefield’s only Certified Angus Beef retailer.
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Big Plans For Big Expansion at NTWF
By Samuel Northrop
web posted June 27, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) headquarters has recently undertaken a massive expansion of facilities sprawling almost 600 acres of land and including almost 20,000 SF in covered facilities including a large outdoor pavilion and a hunting heritage and education center called the “Roundhouse.”
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Woman Bitten by Two 80 Pound Boxers
web posted June 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police arrived at the 400 block of Jeter Street Friday around 3:30 pm to what they thought was a fight in progress, however; when they arrived they found a 50-year-old North Augusta woman with dog hair and blood all over her with bites to both hands and arms that required medical attention. According to the woman, she saw two 80 pound boxers fighting and tried to break them apart.
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Edgefield Home Burglarized Early Friday Morning
web posted June 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An elderly Bluebird Lane couple called 911 to report their home had been burglarized early Friday morning between the hours of 3:15 am and 6:30 am. An officer was the first to arrive on the scene and then called for investigators and Police Chief Ronnie Carter to respond.
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Man Reports Gun Stolen from Strom Thurmond
web posted June 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man met with an Edgefield County Sheriff's investigator at the Law Enforcement Center on Friday after discovering his pistol missing from his vehicle while it was parked at Strom Thurmond. At least, that is the last place he recalls seeing it in his car.
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Strom Thurmond CTC Agriculture Students Give Back Through Service Project
web posted June 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center FFA chapter was able to participate in a really awesome activity as part of the 88th State FFA Convention. The FFA students helped packed food with the Servant's with a Heart Organization. Servants With a Heart is a nonprofit corporation that helps various sponsoring organizations (schools, businesses, churches) create highly-nutritious, dehydrated meals to be delivered to starving and malnourished children and their families.
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SRNS Gets A+ Report Card for Education Outreach
web posted June 27, 2015
AIKEN – The total impact the Department of Energy’s (DOE) primary contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) has had on the region’s education systems each year is immeasurable. During the past school year alone, hundreds of schools and more than 27,000 students and teachers, including those in Edgefield County, were directly affected through SRNS education outreach programs and events. 
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 27, 2015
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Sen. Shane Massey Issues Statement On Confederate Flag
web posted June 26, 2015
COUNTY – Sen. Shane Massey has issued a statement on the Battle Flag at the Confederate Monument at the Statehouse. He said he has heard from people on both sides of the issue but was going to do what he felt was right. The issue is a divisive one without question. The statement can be found in its entirety below. Feel free to offer your views in the Wandering Minds.
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Edgefield County School District Releases Statement on Diploma Issue
web posted June 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – A lot has been said recently about the withholding of a diploma of one of the graduates in the class of 2015 at Strom Thurmond High School. Out of respect for the student, we would have preferred not to comment from the district office level as this was a situation that is governed by the graduation committee and rules of the high school itself.
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Antioch Baptist Church Presents Movie on the Square Tonight - Come out for Christian Fun and Fellowship
web posted June 26, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Join us for the LEGO movie on the Edgefield Town Square on Friday, June 26th. We will begin our night activities at 7p.m. and the movie will begin as soon as it gets dark enough. We will have tons for the family and kids! Inflatable games, popcorn, food, drinks, sno-cones, and much much more! Best of all, it is FREE!! Invite all your family and friends. Sponsored by Antioch Baptist Church. (http://www.antiochofedgefield.com)

Sports: Edgefield County Dixie Youth 12U All Stars Fall to Abbeville 7-6
web posted June 26, 2015
SPORTS – The District 3 Championship game turned out to be a thriller, going down to the final out and keeping fans of both squads on the edge of their seats throughout. In the end, Abbeville would claim the title by playing long ball combined with solid defense.
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Large Dog At Large Bites Road Worker
web posted June 26, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A worker for the company paving a section of Delaughter Drive called the Sheriff's Office to report being bitten while performing his work on Tuesday, but did not report the incident until Wednesday. The only description given of the dog was it was brown in color.
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Strom Thurmond FFA Attends 88th Annual South Carolina FFA Convention
web posted June 26, 2015
CLEMSON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Association took home many of South Carolina’s top FFA honors this past week at the 88th Annual South Carolina FFA Convention. The convention was held on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina last week. There were thirteen FFA members representing the Strom Thurmond chapter as well as their advisors Dr. Darla Steele and Mr. Jeremy Brooks. 
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IRS Scammers Keep on Calling Elderly
web posted June 26, 2015
TRENTON – It seems scammers are continuing to target elderly residents in the county making threats if they do not get the money they seek while claiming to be with the IRS. The 81-year-old victim reported the scam on Tuesday afternoon.
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Life Down South: The Eyes Of A Child
By Tom Poland
web posted June 26, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – Hanging out with a child who finds astonishment in the simplest things is the fountain of youth. My eight-year-old granddaughter, Mary Beth, an Atlantan, spent a week with me, and what a week we had. From Georgia to South Carolina, we explored the land and its waterways and attractions.In Georgia, my sister, Deb, took us on a lake cruise to Anthony Shoals to see the rocky shoals spider lilies in bloom.
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Farm Bureau - More Than Auto, Home and Life Insurance
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web posted June 26, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Your local Farm Bureau Agency Manager Byron Sheppard can do more than give you great rates on your Home, Health and Auto insurance, he can introduce you to a great career where you can be a part of South Carolina's top insurance sales team. Click below for more information.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 26, 2015
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Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Arrest
web posted June 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police officer on patrol spotted a white 1995 Chevrolet on Lakeview Drive on Monday evening and clocked the driver going 47 in a 35 MPH zone. The officer turned around and conducted a traffic stop, telling the driver, Barry Alonzo Abney, 22, why he was being stopped. While waiting on Abney to produce his paperwork the officer noticed a "very strong odor of marijuana" coming from the car.
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Not So Fast Gov. Haley, Moving Flag Tougher Than Thought
web posted June 25, 2015
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, after joining with other state leaders in calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from Statehouse grounds, could be in for a drawn-out legislative battle. Under the state's own rules for even touching that Confederate flag, any changes are easier said than done.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Seeks to Save Historic Warehouse
web posted June 25, 2015
Dear Editor
I've started a petition, "Piedmont Technical College Foundation Board of Directors: Save the Adams Warehouse", and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's why it's important: Over the years we have heard many splendid ideas come from our citizens on how we might make our community a little bit better.
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Blood Drive This Friday - Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate
web posted June 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Shepeard Community Blood Center has already announced an urgent need for O Negative blood in our area in early June. (June 4). But donations are always down during the summer months and supplies for all types of blood are needed. The blood mobile will be in Edgefield on Friday at the Edgefield County Hospital from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm and at the Edgefield Bi-Lo from 2 pm until 6 pm.

Sports: Edgefield County Dixie Youth All Stars State Tournament Bound
web posted June 25, 2015
SPORTS – For the fourth year in a row, Edgefield County's 12U All Star team will compete in the South Carolina Dixie Youth State Tournament. The team punched their ticket to the big dance with a convincing 9-0 win over Clinton on Tuesday night. After dropping their first game of the double elimination tournament, ECDYB would reel off wins against Batesburg/Leesville and Ridge Spring/Monetta before meeting Clinton for the right to face Abbeville for the District 3 Championship.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Welding Students Excel
web posted June 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – Each year Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s (STCTC) Welding I and II students compete to determine who has the developed the highest welding skills. Students complete around twenty different welds and are judged by welding instructors from local technical colleges and the instructor from the state prison’s welding program.
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Doctors Hospital Receives Level III Trauma Designation
web posted June 25, 2015
AUGUSTA – Doctors Hospital has been officially designated a Level III Trauma Center by the Georgia Department of Community Health, giving emergency responders access to a high level of care for severely injured patients.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 25, 2015
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Edgefield Man Robbed of $20,600 in Cash and Guns
web posted June 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Rosa Hill Street man left his home on Rosa Hill Street around 1:15 Monday afternoon and when he returned few hours later he noticed that a door he keeps closed to keep from cooling that part of the house was opened. As he looked further he found a screwdriver sitting in a chair near the back door and that it had been tampered with.
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Accused Child Molester Arrested Again
web posted June 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Wallace Walker Percival, 39, who has been out on bond from a 2011 arrest on allegedly raping three victims over a number of years, is back behind bars on new charges and new victims. He was previously arrested with Ronnie Lamb, 45, who plead guilt to his charges in July of 2012 and is serving a 20 year sentence. Percival was released from his earlier arrest on $20,000 personal recognizance bonds and has yet to face trial. 
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Two Semi's Collide, One Driver Dead
web posted June 24, 2015
AIKEN – The collision of two semi tractor trailer trucks at 6:50 pm Tuesday, near Batesburg, has resulted in the death of one of the drivers. The two vehicles were traveling on Highway 39 near Holly Pond Rd. when the collision occurred, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release Tuesday night.
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Northrop Awarded Aiken Master Gardener Scholarship Recipient
web posted June 24, 2015
JOHNSTON – Leigh Northrop, past President and member of the Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center FFA Chapter, received a $1,000 Scholarship from the Aiken Master Gardener Association. Mr. Alvin Bey, one of the members of the Aiken Master Gardener Association made the presentation at the Annual FFA Banquet held at Strom Thurmond. "I am so excited to not only receive this scholarship, but to be able to use it to further my education in the agriculture field," said Northrop.
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Glory to God - The Healing Continues
A Column by the Editor
web posted June 24, 2015

COLUMN – On Monday we went to see my doctor to get the results of my most recent PET scan tracking the progress of my chemo treatments over the last four treatments. As you may recall, the last report was nothing short of miraculous with all of the areas affected with cancer shrinking, including the original tumor, and all of them were a lot less "active". We gave God all the glory as the chemo drug was not supposed to have such a profound effect, but having given all of this over to God we knew where the healing was coming from, almighty God.
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SCANA Donates $100,000 to Mother Emanuel Church
web posted June 24, 2015
COLUMBIA – Following the recent tragic events in Charleston, SCANA subsidiary SCE&G today announced a $100,000 donation to the Emanuel AME Church, as well as a dollar-for-dollar match to employee contributions.
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Religion: Fight for Your Happiness Part 7
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 24, 2015

RELIGION – I am back from vacation and feeling great! I have another short vacation coming up in a few weeks as well!  I love having something on the horizon to look forward to. In general, this is why youth is such a happy time for most people. David Murray notes that “We start out in life with so many varied paths and exciting possibilities in front of us: places to go, people to meet, pleasures to experience.
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2015 Scholar Recipients - CHOICES-LTD, Inc.
web posted June 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – CHOICES-LTD, Inc. is in the process of fulfilling its annual commitment of awarding $1,000 scholarships to CSRA College-bound students.  The recipients of the 2015 Choices “Student-of-CHOICE” Awards thus far are as follows: Miss Tara Smith (Midland Valley HS), Mr. Christian Egbert (Aiken HS), Mr. Mike Chavous, Jr. (North Augusta HS); and two more to be announced and awarded in the month of July. 
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 24, 2015
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Edgefield County Loses Beloved Long-Time Optometrist
web posted June 23, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Dr. James L. Cooper, Sr., 84, who served so many people in Edgefield County as an Optometrist died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at University Hospital. He brought clear vision and sight to countless people as the owner of Family Eye Care. He was also a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion. You can read more on Dr. Cooper below.
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Murphy Village Man Robs Dealership of Nearly $6,000 in Cash
web posted June 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – A salesman for Satcher Ford had just concluded a deal around noon on Friday and proceeded to walk out of his office to the very front of the dealership. That is when Pete Newman Sherlock, 32, who had been watching the conclusion of the deal made his move and entered the office and stole $5,820 in cash out of a folder sitting on the salesman's desk.
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Weller Lane Home Robbed of over $25,000 Jewelry and Gold Coins
web posted June 23, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Weller Lane man called the Sheriff's Office on Friday around 5 pm after returning home from a trip and making the discovery of the burglary. They left on the trip on Thursday, June 11, and returned on Friday, June 19. They had left their 18-year-old daughter in charge of the house while they were gone.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's Weekly Specials
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web posted June 23, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through June 29. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! We are Edgefield’s only Certified Angus Beef retailer.
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Trolling Motors, Trailer Reported Stolen from Merriwether Home
web posted June 23, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man arrived at his Indian Ridge home on Sunday and discovered two Minntota trolling motors and his black metal trailer were missing from under an open shed in his back yard.
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Sports: Edgefield County Dixie Youth O Zone All Stars Down Ridge Spring/Monetta 17-1
Staff Report
web posted June 23, 2015

SPORTS – It may have taken 3 games for ECDYB's bats to wake up but when they finally did it was something to see. Edgefield County would pound out 7 hits, including homeruns from Jacob Rushton and Logan Johnson on their way to a 17-1 dismantling of Ridge Spring/Monetta on Monday night. The win moves ECDYB one step closer to punching their ticket for the South Carolina Dixie Youth Tournament which will be held in July. 
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Johnston Development Corporation and Town of Johnston Partner on New Brochure to Promote Town
web posted June 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation (JDC) partnered with the Town of Johnston to create and distribute a new brochure promoting the Town. The brochure, called Johnston: A Walking Tour of Parts of the Johnston Historic District, features on the cover a photo of the famous landmark mural and an old photo of a training passing through the Town.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 23, 2015
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DUI at 114 MPH
web posted June 22, 2015
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was running stationary radar on Highway 25 around midnight Saturday when a white Dodge Charger came into view traveling at a very high rate of speed. The radar confirmed that the driver of the car, identified as Marcus Terial Hood, was driving at 114 miles an hour. The deputy was able to catch up to Hood to make a traffic stop but he continued on for a short distance.
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Car Crashes into House
web posted June 21, 2015
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's deputies and the County Line Fire Department were all called to the 40 block of Fox Terrace Drive Sunday at around 4:45 pm with a report of a car leaving the roadway and crashing into a house. The driver may have been complaining of chest pains.
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Dr. Massey offers Tips on Dealing with the Heat Wave
web posted June 22, 2015
COUNTY – If you thought it was hot last week, prepare for more of the same if not worse this week with Sunday marking the first day of summer. With a High Pressure ridge sitting off the coast the forecast for this week is highs at 100 to103 with the heat index every day being between 102 and 112. With temperatures so high it can be dangerous and Dr. Tami Massey offers advice on how to deal with the heat.
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Sports: Edgefield County Dixie Youth O Zone Still Alive at District Tournament
Staff Report
web posted June 22, 2015

SPORTS – Tight, the only way to describe the play of Edgefield County Dixie Youth's (ECDYB) O Zone All Stars this past Friday afternoon in Saluda. From the first pitch, Edgefield County struggled to do much of anything right and when the game was over, Abbeville had walked away with a 9-2 win. The one bright spot for ECDYB was pitcher Kevin Ortega. For 3 innings Ortega would hold Abbeville to 4 hits, but defensive errors would negate his work.
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Careful What You Ask For, You May Get It
web posted June 22, 2015
NATION – Many Unions and protesters, mostly in northern states and cities, are protesting for a $15 an hour minimum wage. In a couple cities they have won. McDonalds, one of the largest employers in the country, are testing a way to cut their costs in order to be able to pay the wage. This photo, with its own caption, shows why you should be careful.
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Prayer Service for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
web posted June 22, 2015
COUNTY – A community prayer service will be held for the families of the victims of the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at Johnston United Methodist Church, 471 Lee St. in Johnston, SC on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome!

Piedmont Tech Instructor Finds the Right Path in Building Construction Technology
web posted June 22, 2015
GREENWOOD – Bobby Roche tried many options in his search for his perfect career before he found his love with building construction technology (BCT). Now, 17 years later, he can’t imagine doing anything else. Following his high school graduation, Roche entered the workforce, but realized the job he was in wasn’t what he wanted to do.
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Breaking News Over the Weekend
web posted June 20, 2015
COUNTY – As always, look for Breaking News Reports over the Weekend - just like Dozier turning himself in. You never know when the next story will break! Last weekend there were two major stories that broke on Saturday and Sunday. You may have to refresh this page to see the latest content.

Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help in Locating Wanted Man - Update: Turned Self In
web posted June 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a man wanted for two attempted murders who may be in the Saluda, Edgefield or Aiken County areas. Antawn Nikobee Dozier, 29, is also wanted for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at once at 803-637-5337 or your local law enforcement agency.
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Centennial Celebration at the Tompkins Library Today
web posted June 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Civic League and Edgefield Cemetery Association will celebrate their 100th Anniversary this month. On June 23, 1915, the two organizations merged in order to better serve the citizens of Edgefield. These groups are still working together and assisting Edgefield today. To commemorate this event, on Saturday, June 20th, there will be a Cemetery Centennial Celebration at the Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC, from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
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Man Discovers Burglary after Release from Jail
web posted June 20, 2015
WESTSIDE – A Cold Springs Road man was given a ride to his home by a deputy after being released from jail and noticed upon arrival that there was a second lock on his gate to the property that did not belong to him. Once they arrived at the house it was discovered that his 2007 Trailblazer had been driven and someone burglarized his house.
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Generator Stolen Less Than 24 Hours after Purchase
web posted June 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Ouzts Road woman called the Sheriff's Office Thursday to report her generator stolen from her yard. When the deputy arrived he found tire tracks leading to where the generator was but could not make out any treads. She had just purchased it the day before.
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S.C. Military Base Task Force Reports on 2015 Legislative Session
web posted June 20, 2015
COLUMBIA – The leadership of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force is lauding the passage of seven military-friendly bills during the 2015 legislative session. The legislation, already signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley, provides tax and livability benefits to active-duty men and women, their families and military veterans.
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Scammers Calling With Granddaughter in Trouble Scam
web posted June 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man was at the Sheriff's Office Friday morning and reported that he received a phone call from his granddaughter using her correct name saying that she was in trouble and wanted to keep it just between the two of them. She claimed she was out of town and wrecked her car after having a glass of wine and needed $1,700. "When she said she had a glass of wine I knew it wasn't her," the man told Edgefield Daily.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted June 20, 2015
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LeDuc Hired as Interim County Administrator
web posted June 19, 2015 Correction made to report
EDGEFIELD – During a called meeting of the County Council covering a very short agenda of a second reading of a bond issue for the Edgefield County Hospital and a short discussion on rental policies of the Sweetwater Community Center, the County Council went into executive session to discuss an interim County Administrator. When they emerged they voted unanimously to hire Roger LeDuc to be the interim Administrator for Edgefield County.
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Aiken County Woman Allegedly Killed by Husband
web posted June 19, 2015
AIKEN – An Aiken County woman was pronounced dead at her home on Cooper Dr. in Aiken County at approximately 10:30 pm Thursday evening. 36 year old Brana Vaughn of Cooper Dr. was the victim of shooting incident allegedly perpetrated by her husband Edward Vaughn also of Cooper Dr., Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release late Thursday night.
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Arturo Pineda Receives Full Scholarship to Yale University
web posted June 19, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School senior Arturo Pineda has been admitted to Yale University and has been awarded a full, four-year QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. On receiving news of the scholarship, Arturo said: “To be matched to Yale, was a moment of awe and surprise. QuestBridge provided me with the opportunity to explore unexplored colleges seriously and gave me the confidence to pursue these dreams I had".
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Trespasser Responsibility Act Passed in South Carolina
Law Protects Landowners from Lawsuits
web posted June 19, 2015

COLUMBIA – South Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill H.3266, the Trespasser Responsibility Act bill, by a 41-1 vote in the Senate and a 94-0 concurrence vote in the House. Governor Haley has signed the bill into law. The bill codifies the common law and its limitations on liability by land possessors and provides exceptions; thereby, protecting landowners from frivolous lawsuits.
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Vandals Targeting Mailboxes in Merriwether
web posted June 19, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Vandals seem to be using mailboxes around Merriwether as crimes of opportunity with nearly a dozen reported in the last week or so. Sometimes it will be more than one at a time, other times it may be just one today and the next tomorrow. And a lot of people will not even bother calling to make a report, which helps pinpoint where deputies need to concentrate their efforts.
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Strom Thurmond CTC Sporting Clays Three Day Summer Clinic Registration Open, Spaces Filling Fast
web posted June 19, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond CTC Sporting Clays Team will be holding its 1st Annual Three Day Summer Clinic for rising 8th and 9th graders attending Edgefield County Schools. The clinic, whose purpose is to teach an introduction to firearms and the shotgun sports, will be held at Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center on July 15th, 16th, and 17th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  
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Life Down South: Beautiful Detritus
By Tom Poland
web posted June 19, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH