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Verse for the Day:  Hebrews 13:16: "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."


Trailer Thief Returns to Scene of Crime Leading to Manhunt
web posted May 30, 2015
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a theft in progress at CSRA Auto Sales at 1560 Edgefield Road Thursday night around 10 pm but by the time they arrived the thief had already hooked up a $1,600 trailer and fled the scene. An eye witness told the deputies the driver of a Chevrolet truck with the trailer was driving south on Highway 25 and had left moments before they arrived.
Edgefield Daily

STH Football Coach Hillary's 2nd annual Football Youth Camp Registration Now Open
By Tim Crane
web posted May 30, 2015

SPORTS – Strom Thurmond Head Football Coach Antwaun Hillary will be holding his 2nd annual Football Youth Camp for rising 3rd - 6th grade boys that attend Edgefield County Schools. The camp, whose mission is to teach the fundamentals of football to the local youth, will be held on Tuesday June 30th 8:30am-1:00pm. Activities include speakers, games and football basics. 
Edgefield Daily

Sheep exposes four people to rabies in Abbeville County
web posted May 30, 2015
ABBEVILLE, SC – Four people have been referred to their health care providers for consultation after being exposed to rabies in Abbeville by a sheep that tested positive for the disease, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday. The sheep was potentially exposed to an aggressive skunk, which was not available for testing, roughly one month ago.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Welding Students Install Veterans’ Crosses
web posted May 30, 2015
EDGEFIELD – STCTC’s Welding II students made and installed crosses to honor veterans for the Town of Edgefield. “The crosses the town has used for years were falling apart,” stated Bill Cheatham, STCTC Welding Instructor. “The veterans who were recognized with the crosses made the ultimate sacrifice and deserve the best.”
Edgefield Daily

More Than $75,000 in Scholarships Available for New ATC Students
web posted May 30, 2015
AIKEN – The Aiken Technical College (ATC) Foundation will award more than $75,000 in scholarships for the 2015-16 school year, and applications are needed by July 1. “We’re helping students in the community pursue their goal of higher education. Aiken Tech is a good value and with the scholarships, we can help students’ meet their financial needs,” said Mary Commons, director of the ATC Foundation.
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A "Must See!" Edgefield County Theater Company presents Deathtrap
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web posted May 30, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theater Company presents Deathtrap, a thriller in two acts. Show dates are June 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 8:00 PM. Sunday matinees June 14th & 21st at 3:00. Call 803-336-8726 for tickets. Visit us on our web site edgefieldcountytheatre.org or our facebook page.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 30, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Hospital Holding Meet and Greet for New CEO Carlos Milanes Saturday
web posted May 29, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital will hold a 'Meet & Greet', to introduce the new Interim CEO, Carlos Milanes, on Saturday, May 30th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the hospital, in the Dining Room area. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please come by to welcome Mr. Milanes to the Hospital and Edgefield County. Read more about him here.

Car Break-Ins Reported on Roper Court
web posted May 29, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Residents along Roper Court, which is located in the Currytown Station subdivision, reported on Wednesday a person or persons entering their vehicles overnight sometime between 9 pm and 6 am. Once a deputy arrived he found that more than $2,000 in property had been stolen.
Edgefield Daily

Peeler Gets 3rd Reading on Abortion Bill, Forces Debate on Roads
web posted May 29, 2015
COLUMBIA – In an attempt to address the State’s pressing highway infrastructure issue, Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler moved to deviate from the Order of business in the S.C. Senate to consider the roads bill. There were several attempts to prevent that motion by members of the democratic caucus, despite earlier statements that roads were their priority.
Edgefield Daily

Scrap Metal Thieves Target Johnston Home
web posted May 29, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Young Street man called Johnston Police after arriving home from work around 8:15 pm and finding several items he had on a trailer in his back yard were missing. All were items he intended on selling as scrap metal, mostly used appliances.
Edgefield Daily

Now Hiring: Amazon Creates More Than 6,000 Full-Time Jobs at its Fulfillment Centers - Local Jobs Available
web posted May 29, 2015
COLUMBIA – Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced it is hiring for more than 6,000 full-time jobs across its U.S. fulfillment network to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders. The hiring will take place at 19 centers, with one being the West Columbia center - close enough for area workers to apply.
Edgefield Daily

$78.78 Popular Amount in Bank Fraud Cases
web posted May 29, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Two women who live on Martintown Road reported someone gaining access to their back accounts just days apart and the amount stolen from their accounts were the same, $78.78.
Edgefield Daily

Life Down South: Summer Rains Reign
By Tom Poland
web posted May 29, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – I was traveling Highway 176 to Charleston last week when I saw a scene that could have been in a science fiction movie. A giant yellow sun backlit one of those center-pivot irrigation systems. Water shot in one direction in giant, leaping arcs and a curtain of sprays fell in another direction across a vast green circle of grain. It looked like H.G. Wells’s Earth-attacking Martians in The War of the Worlds.
Edgefield Daily

Lorianne Hutto Foundation Hosting BBQ Chicken Dinner Saturday
web posted May 29, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Lorianne Hutto foundation will be hosting a BBQ Chicken Dinner Saturday May 30th from 11 am until 2 pm. Plates include 1/2 chicken with cole slaw, baked beans and a roll and will be available for an $8.00 donation and just 1/2 chicken no "fixings" will be $5.00. The foundation benefits a number of local charities as well as events run by the foundation.
Edgefield Daily


No Brake Lights Leads to Arrest
web posted May 29, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Officer on patrol Monday night noticed a Chevy Trailblazer on Lee Street did not have any brake lights when the SUV slowed down in front of him. The officer pulled the driver over to inform her of the situation and ended up arresting her on an outstanding warrant and added additional charges.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE: 3rd Reading of FY 2015-2016 General Operating Budget
web posted May 29, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council will hold third reading of the FY 2015-2016 General Operating Budget at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the County Council Chambers at 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, South Carolina.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 29, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Stone Cleared of Molestation Charges; Hammond and Cleveland Indicted
web posted May 28, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Cory James Stone (left), 26, has been cleared of all charges brought against him on March 24 in a criminal sexual conduct in the first degree case in which he and Cody Wilson Hammond (right), also 26, were charged with having sex with the same girl between the ages of 13 to 16, inclusive. Stone had maintained his innocence since his arrest. Solicitors refused to present Stone's case to the Grand Jury on Wednesday.
Edgefield Daily

Former North Augusta Police Officer Craven Indicted on Felony Charge
web posted May 28, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Former North Augusta Police Officer Justin Gregory Craven, 25, was indicted Wednesday on a felony charge of discharging a firearm into a vehicle while occupied in the shooting death of Earnest Satterwhite Sr. in February of 2014. Craven is accused of firing several shots through Satterwhite's door following a chase that ended in Satterwhite's driveway. Satterwhite, 68, was unarmed at the time of the shooting and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Preschooler Killed in School Bus, Tractor-Trailer Collision
web posted May 28, 2015
AIKEN – A 4-year-old Greendale Elementary preschool student was pronounced dead on the scene of a bus and tractor-trailer crash Wednesday morning around 7 am, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release Wednesday afternoon. Kyrie C. Henry, of Aiken, was said to have been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Hospital Board Meeting, Two New Doctors Added to Provide More Services
By April Tomkinson
web posted May 28, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Board met Tuesday evening, May 26, 2015, in the conference room at the Edgefield County Hospital (ECH) for their regularly scheduled meeting. After the formalities of calling the meeting to order, adopting the agenda, and asking for approval of the minutes from April’s meeting, Dr. Beth Gordineer and Jennifer Johnson gave an informal, but highly informative, presentation on Peachtree Medical Center and the Medicare / Medicaid Health Options Program (HOP).
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Firefighters Rescue Two From Swollen River Tuesday Night
web posted May 28, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called 911 after riding her golf cart down to the Stevens Creek Dam around 7 pm Tuesday when she heard two men yelling for help in a half sunken boat that was approaching the dam. The motor had quit and the men were unable to paddle away from the dam as the water level kept rising from heavy rains.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Fight for Your Happiness Part 3
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 28, 2015

RELIGION – We are continuing this week to try to up the sum total of happiness in our community by learning from David Murrary’s Book “The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World.” Do check it out, as I can only scratch the surface of all the wisdom in the book. The advice this week is to watch our influences which matter greatly.
Edgefield Daily

A "Must See!" Edgefield County Theater Company presents Deathtrap
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web posted May 28, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theater Company presents Deathtrap, a thriller in two acts. Show dates are June 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 8:00 PM. Sunday matinees June 14th & 21st at 3:00. Call 803-336-8726 for tickets. Visit us on our web site edgefieldcountytheatre.org or our facebook page.

Farm Bureau - More Than Auto, Home and Life Insurance
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web posted May 28, 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.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 28, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Callihams Closing after 63 Years in Business
web posted May 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – J. P. Calliham has made it official. After 63 years of continuous business at 206 Penn Street he is retiring and the "Going Out of Business" sign went up on Monday. "We should have everything gone by the end of the week," Mr. Calliham said. "We've already gone through about 80% of merchandise."
Edgefield Daily

Burglars Strike Strom Lane Home While Owner at Church
web posted May 27, 2015
NORTHSIDE – A Strom Lane man called the Sheriff's Office Sunday after returning from church and finding his back door had been kicked in and just about every room of his house had been ransacked and out building had been broken into as well. Early assessments of the home and out buildings showed over $8,000 in property had been stolen.
Edgefield Daily

Congressman Jeff Duncan Meets with First Responders and Law Enforcement to thank them for their Service, Provide Support
web posted May 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Rep. Jeff Duncan Met with First Responders from across the county, Sheriff's Deputies and Police Officers at the Edgefield Fire Department Tuesday morning from 11:30 until a little after noon. "I just wanted to personally thank them because as most people are running away from danger they (First Responders/Police) are running into it," Duncan said.
Edgefield Daily

Faculty Honored at MCG Faculty Senate Event
web posted May 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – MCG held its Faculty Senate Event on May 14th Congratulations to
Dr. George L. Rainsford, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and Site Coordinator for the family medicine clerkship site at Edgefield Medical Clinic in Edgefield, South Carolina, received the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award.

STCTC Automotive Program’s 1st Annual Car and Truck Show a Success
web posted May 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s (STCTC) Automotive Technology students hosted the 1st Annual Car and Truck Show. “The show was a success. We planned the event, we worked hard, and it went smooth,” stated James “Bubba” Locklair, STCTC Automotive Club president. Thirty-one cars and trucks entered the event.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Region II AA Softball Region Awards Announced
web posted May 27, 2015
SPORTS – The Region ll AA Softball Region Awards were announced on Tuesday and includes several players from Strom Thurmond. We are proud of all of the students but are very proud of our local girls who won awards.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted May 27, 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 2. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! Don't miss our one day sale. Reserve your whole hog now as well.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market BBQ Buffet Thursday Night: Live Entertainment
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web reposted May 27, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Park Row Market BBQ Buffet will be on the menu starting at 6 pm until 11 pm Thursday night. Bring the whole family for the All You Can Eat buffet for just $9.50 per person, drink extra. Live entertainment with Keith Gregory will begin at 7 pm. Click on their banner above for daily specials and Like them on FaceBook.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 27, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Man Held on Kidnapping, Weapons Charges
web posted May 26, 2015
MERRIWETHER – An Aiken County man is being held on over $80,000 in bonds on kidnapping and an assortment of weapons charges after Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a disturbance at an Amelia Drive home early Saturday morning. John Henry Blocker Jr., 51, was taken into custody after being found just outside the Amelia Drive home following a short investigation into the events that took place in the home around 6:30 am.
Edgefield Daily

Update on Johnston Train Crash; Trenton Derailment - Work Still Underway
web posted May 26, 2015
COUNTY – The Johnston train crash and derailment of two cars is mostly cleaned up, EMA Director Suzy Spurgeon said. "There still is the repair of the building that needs to be done. Track repairs are complete and the crossing lights and arm bars have been fully operational since late Thursday morning." The Trenton derailment is still in the cleanup process and no time of completion is given or even guessed at.
Edgefield Daily

Loaned Gun Reported Missing
web posted May 26, 2015
TRENTON – A Trenton man who loaned a friend a Glock-22 .40 caliber pistol was supposed to be returned to him before his friend moved to Alabama. When he asked his friend about the gun the friend said he left it in his former bedroom by the TV, however an attempt to recover the gun by his parents turned up nothing.
Edgefield Daily

Well Being Check Leads to Felony Warrant for County Line Man
web posted May 26, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A friend of an Evans woman who was staying at her boyfriend's house on Sandy Hill Court called the Sheriff's Office late Sunday evening asking them to check on her due to a conversation with her friend who was crying. The friend was worried there may be a domestic situation taking place at the home.
Edgefield Daily

Senator Hutto: "It's A Scary Day in Rural South Carolina"
web posted May 26, 2015
ORANGEBURG SC – South Carolina State Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) released the following statement in response to a report released last week indicating that South Carolina's rural roads are the second deadliest in the nation.
Edgefield Daily

Public Hearing on County's Hazard Mitigation Plan
web reposted May 26, 2015
EDGEFIELD – There will be a public hearing to discuss Edgefield County’s updated Hazard Mitigation Plan on Monday June 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edgefield County Emergency Management Agency offices located at 304 Gray Street, Edgefield, SC 29824.  For further information please call Suzy Spurgeon at 803-637-2123.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 26, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Notice: Memorial Day Morning Event
web reposted May 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield American Legion Post 30 will host a Memorial Day Program at 9:00 am, Monday, May 25, on the Edgefield Town Square. Everyone is invited to attend to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the US Military; Army, Navy, Marines, Cost Guard and Air Force. “Salute, Honor and Always Remember”

Murphy Village Man Charged with Arson and Assault
web posted May 25, 2015
MURPHY VILLAGE – A 27-year-old Murphy Village man has been arrested for 3rd degree arson and assault and battery in the third degree following an incident that took place Friday night after he attacked his mother and then set fire to her truck, which had been doused with gasoline just a few minutes earlier. Christopher Jude Sherlock was taken into custody and remains behind bars as of Sunday.
Edgefield Daily

Memorial Day: All Gave Some, Some Gave All
web posted May 25, 2015
COUNTY – With America honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country today, Edgefield Daily asked several local veterans; What does Memorial Day mean to you? Their words are striking and selfless - as you would expect. This year the Edgefield County Veterans Affairs Office was able to place the new steel crosses made by the welding class students at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center and a special paint job by Tim Malcolm and Expert Collision of Edgefield.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Man Reports Gun Stolen From Home
web posted May 25, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Deer Springs Road man called the Sheriff's Office Friday night after discovering someone had been in his home and made off with a pistol that he kept in a nightstand in his bedroom.
Edgefield Daily

IRS Phone Scammers Continue Calling
web posted May 25, 2015
COUNTY – Phone scammers continue targeting Edgefield County residents, however due to our continued reporting on the scams the scammers are losing the battle as people are recognizing them for what they are - scams - and are either hanging up on them telling them they know it's a scam or refusing to call the number back but reporting it to the Sheriff's Office.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market BBQ Buffet Thursday Night: Live Entertainment
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web reposted May 25, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Park Row Market BBQ Buffet will be on the menu starting at 6 pm until 11 pm Thursday night. Bring the whole family for the All You Can Eat buffet for just $9.50 per person, drink extra. Live entertainment with Keith Gregory will begin at 7 pm. Click on their banner above for daily specials and Like them on FaceBook.

Found Dog: Garrett and Georgia Road Area: RETURNED
web reposted May 25, 2015
WESTSIDE – FOUND DOG- We have found a small female beagle. She looks to be a few years old. Found at Garrett and Georgia Rd. She came up to our house two days ago, and came back again today. She is really sweet and gentle. INFO REMOVED: Dog Returned to Owner

All County Offices will be Closed for Memorial Day
web reposted May 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – All Edgefield County Offices will be closed today. Auditor, Building Department, Courthouse, County Administration, Magistrate, Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Voter Registration.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 25, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Report of Suspicious Persons Lands Two in Jail
web posted May 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were called to be on the look-out of a white Dodge truck as the occupants were going into area stores Wednesday afternoon trying to sell a camera. Officers spotted the truck and made a traffic stop at the corner of Mims Ave and Academy Street. The driver, Shannon Brown Davis, 37, of Trenton, began acting "nervous" and told the officer it was because she had a Zanex pill in the truck.
Edgefield Daily

Report of Assault Leads to Arrest of Wanted Woman
web posted May 23, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Rolling Hills Drive woman called the Sheriff's Office to report two women fighting at the home around 9 pm Thursday night. The caller stated that one woman had suffered a broken finger. While deputies were enroute, they called back saying in spite of the broken finger, the women had made up and they did not need a deputy anymore.
Edgefield Daily

Traffic Stop Lands Woman in Jail
web posted May 23, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Deputy spotted a woman driving a 2001 Ford Explorer traveling at 57 mph in a 35 mph zone and turned around to make a traffic stop. The woman pulled over and told the deputy that she knows she was speeding , but was on her way to pick up her children from her ex-boyfriend, hoping to get out of a speeding ticket. As it turned out, a speeding ticket was the least of her worries.
Edgefield Daily

Car Stolen from Martintown Road Home
web posted May 23, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Martintown Road man called the Sheriff's Office after waking up Thursday morning and finding someone had taken the car sometime between 6 pm the night before and 6 am Thursday. The car was left parked at the home on the 2500 block of Martintown Road and no other vehicles were bothered.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 23, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Chairwoman Blackwell Issues Statement on Devolution of Roads to Counties Discussed on Senate Floor
web posted May 22, 2015
GUEST ARTICLE – Edgefield County Council Chairwoman Genia Blackwell issued the following statement on the report released on Thursday on state roads being turned over to the counties. That report follows her statements. "It's unfortunate but the County does not have the equipment, the engineering, or the resources to maintain state roads," Chairwoman Blackwell said.
Edgefield Daily

Flashback: Roads Bills In Senate Are About More than Taxes: Transfer of State Roads to Counties Possible
web reposted May 22, 2015
Originally posted on May 5, 2015

COLUMBIA – Road Bills currently being discussed in the South Carolina Senate on their face seem to be about restructuring SCDOT, the Gas Tax, Fees and possible Tax Breaks for some. But it could also see the state trying to reduce the number of miles of road the state has to maintain by passing them off on the counties. According to Edgefield County Administrator Lynn Strom, if the state gets their way, Edgefield County could see the number of miles of roads taken care of by the county more than double.
Edgefield Daily

Woman Says Posting as Escort Takes Harassment Too Far
web posted May 22, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman who says she is being harassed by a Warrenville man said an internet posting on a website in for adults in Augusta for "Escorts" has gone too far and now she is getting calls and texts to her personal phone. The posting even includes a photo of her.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: STHS Baseball Camp Open for Registration
web posted May 22, 2015
SPORTS – Fresh off of a very successful first season, STHS Baseball Coach, Mack Hite is offering his "5 Tool Baseball Camp" for players 6 - 12 years of age.  Coach Hite, along with STHS's Pitching Coach, Chris Thomas, will hold the two day camp on June 13 and 14 at the Rebel Baseball Complex on the grounds of Strom Thurmond High School.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Car Show This Saturday
web reposted May 22, 2015
JOHNSTON – Herlong Chevrolet Buick, Herlong Ford, Pendarvis Chevrolet, and Jim Satcher Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Edgefield County’s four local auto dealers are sponsoring Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Automotive Technology program’s car show on May 23rd. The 1st Annual Car Show will be located in the parking lot in front of Strom Thurmond High School.
Edgefield Daily

Life Down South: My Fine-Feathered Friends
By Tom Poland
web posted May 22, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – If you like to watch birds does that mean you are really old? I used to think so. Back when I worked at South Carolina Wildlife we staffers talked a bit disparagingly about birders, as birdwatchers are known. A stereotypical bird watcher, we said, had white hair, binoculars, a field guide, and tromped through the wilds wearing one of those pith helmets Marlin Perkins occasionally donned. We were in our thirties and birders to us seemed really old. You know, like in their sixties. Well, the ravages of time get us all, don’t they.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 22, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Metal Thieves Target Johnston Church
web posted May 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – After a lull in reports of metal thieves was a welcomed occurrence, recently they have been making a comeback in the past couple of weeks. This time it is a burglary and metal theft at Lotts Grove Baptist Church.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Strom Thurmond Rebels to Hold Spring Football Game this Friday
By Tim Crane
web posted May 21, 2015

SPORTS – That buzz you hear is not the bees pollinating but rather the excitement about this year’s Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebel Football team.  The boys got off the bus when it returned from Winnsboro on that cold November night and went straight to the weight room, where they’ve been ever since thinking about last season while getting bigger, better and stronger.  The new season is now just a few short Summer months away.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Fight for Your Happiness Part 2
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 21, 2015

RELIGION – We will continue looking at happiness this week as I share some insights from “The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World” by David Murray.  I’ll get going with some news for you, some of your happiness is already determined. Cleary for my wife, each day is pure bliss as she gets to live with me! But Murray notes that “Scientists also discovered that each of us has a baseline happiness that is difficult to change.
Edgefield Daily

Rep. Bill Clyburn Injured in Vehicle Crash Wednesday
web posted May 21, 2015
COLUMBIA – Rep. Bill Clyburn was injured in a collision Wednesday afternoon and was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries "out of an abundance of caution", a member of Clyburn's staff said. An attempt to reach him by cell phone found that his voice mailbox was full and unable to accept any more messages. We have sent an email to his personal email, but have not heard back at this writing.
Edgefield Daily

Former Clemson player laid to rest on Cemetery Hill
web posted May 21, 2015
CLEMSON SC – Former Clemson Academic All-American Ben Anderson, the Tiger football player most responsible for the tradition of “Running Down the Hill,” as it exists today was laid to rest in the cemetery behind Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Edgefield Daily

House Passes Domestic Violence Compromise, Sends Comprehensive Bill to the Senate for Final Approval
web posted May 21, 2015
COLUMBIA – House Speaker Jay Lucas (District 65-Darlington) issued the following statement after the House passed S.3, the Criminal Domestic Violence Offenses and Penalties Act. In April, the House passed its own version of domestic violence legislation (H. 3433) that included recommendations from the House Criminal Domestic Violence Ad Hoc Committee. This group spent over six months studying and investigating ways to improve our laws so that we can better protect victims and their families from abuse.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 21, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Man Arrested for Molesting Two Girls, Incident Recorded
web posted May 20, 2015
TRENTON – A 63-year-old Trenton man has been arrested for two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree following a complaint that was filed in March by the mothers of two very young girls. Jerry Dean Heard is being held without bond at this time, according to online court records. When the complaint was filed the mothers provided the responding deputy with a recording of one of the incidents.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Chinn and Nathaniel Sign With Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy
web posted May 20, 2015
SPORTS – Deion Chinn and Jonte Nathaniel have signed to play football at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy. Chinn's mother and Nathaniel's mother and brother were in attendance as they committed to their future football careers at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep.
Edgefield Daily

Congressman Duncan Launches Thanking Our First Responders Tour
web posted May 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – On Tuesday, May 26th, Congressman Jeff Duncan has announced the start to this year’s Thanking Our First Responders Tour. The tour plans on encompassing counties in the 3rd District by highlighting the crucial work and sacrifices made to serve local communities.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted May 20, 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 May 26. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
Edgefield Daily

STCTC Alumnus Gives Back
web posted May 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – Joseph Campbell, STHS Class of 2014, recently visited Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center and shared his experiences at Aiken Technical College. “Tech school is great. I pulled a 4.0 this year,” boasted Campbell. Campbell completed the Welding program taught by Bill Cheatham.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Clemson Ext. Office: Coyotes and Humans Co-Existing
web posted May 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – In the southeastern part of the United States, the coyote is becoming the new predator in our rural, urban, and suburban areas. With the manifestation of coyotes in these areas becoming more common, the possibility for human to coyote contact and encounters are increasing. To decrease such encounters between humans and coyotes, it is time we learn their behavior and biological history.
Edgefield Daily

Found Dog: Johnston Area
web posted May 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – FOUND - Looking for owner of male border collie dog found near Bouknight Rd and Highway 121. Dog has collar but no tags. Call to identify 864-378-2235

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 20, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Favorite Son, Ben Anderson, Passes on Saturday
web posted May 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Ben Anderson, the leading rusher and tackler for the first Rebel football team to win a state championship in 1968, has passed away. Officially named Benjamin Waldrep Anderson, II, Ben died peacefully on May 16, 2015, after a five-year battle with lung cancer.  Born in Edgefield, SC on August 25, 1951, he was the son of the late Joe F. Anderson, Sr. and Carmen Wilkerson Anderson. He was named after his uncle, Benjamin Waldrep Anderson, who many may remember was one of the leading rushers for Edgefield High School but tragically died during the D-Day invasion of World War II.
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Burglars Clean Out Inmate's Home
web posted May 19, 2015
TRENTON – A man currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center will be coming home to an almost empty house after a family member discovers someone burglarizing the man's Rock Creek Road home on Friday afternoon. The family member called the Sheriff's Office after finding a door damaged and looked inside and noticed several items missing.
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Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary Dept. Of South Carolina Honor Local Deputy
web posted May 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – On Saturday May 16, 2015 Deputy James Florida was awarded with a plaque from the Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary Dept. Of South Carolina at our State Convention held at the Double Tree in Columbia, SC for going above and beyond the call of duty for our veterans in Edgefield County.
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Family Robbed While Eating Out
web posted May 19, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A family left their Finley Drive home around 7 pm to enjoy a meal out together Saturday evening. Little did they know that while they were gone a person or persons were breaking into their house and stealing nearly $3,000 in electronics and jewelry. When they got home around 11 pm the father noticed the front door was open and did the smart thing by calling 911 to report the burglary and waiting outside until deputies could arrive, preserving the entire crime scene.
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Running From Checkpoint Means Going to Jail Tired
web posted May 19, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were conducting a Safety Checkpoint at the intersection of Murrah Road and Five Notch Road around Midnight Saturday when the driver of a Ford F-150 opened the passenger door and took off running. Two deputies gave chase and were able to run him down a short distance away, but not before he could throw a black cloth bag over a fence.
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Jewelry Targeted in Miller Street Burglary
web posted May 19, 2015
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff's Office on Sunday after finding someone forcing their way into a locked hallway and bedroom door and making off with several pieces of jewelry she kept in her bedroom. The woman stated she left the house around 9 am and when she returned a little after noon she found the burglary.
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web posted May 19, 2015
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Fishing Rodeo Draws Huge Crowd, Possible Record Attendance
web posted May 18, 2015
COUNTY – Although the official tallies were not available on Sunday, over 340 children 12 years old and younger signed up for free cane poles and bait in addition to having their names entered in the drawings for free prizes including the ever popular bicycle giveaway at the end of the day.
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Truck Driver Charged in Train Crash, Railway Reopened
web posted May 18, 2015
JOHNSTON – The driver of the Trans United 18-wheeler that got stuck on the railroad tracks on Lee Street (Hwy 121) Thursday morning causing a 59-car Norfork Southern train to collide with the trailer and take out several parked cars, railway equipment, and damaged the tracks has been charged as being at fault, the company said in a released statement. The crash closed all traffic on the roadway and the railway all day Thursday and most of Friday.
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More Complaints Filed over so-called "Door-to-Door" Sales People
web posted May 18, 2015
MERRIWETHER – There were more reports of "suspicious persons" walking through neighborhoods, subdivisions and even major roads in the Merriwether area this weekend. Some people complaining wanted to just have the person "checked out", others wanted them checked out and to meet with the deputy afterwards.
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Tech Professor: Gone Phishing
By George Craig
web posted May 18, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – My very first article was about email and spam but there are so many more dangers out there. According to the Canadian website www.getcybersafe, 156 Million phishing emails are sent everyday but only about 16 Million make it through email filters. Of the 16 Million only 8 million are opened and only 800,000 links are clicked. All in all about 80,000 people fill out the personal information request and get taken.
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Apartment Residents Steal Woman's Property after Eviction
web posted May 16, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A 22-year-old woman who had been evicted from her Brookstone Apartment Thursday morning was told by the manager she could leave her property in the breezeway while she made trips back and forth to a storage unit she had rented. However, after making just a couple of trips those living in nearby apartments stole almost all of her property while she was gone.
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24th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo Today!
web reposted May 16, 2015
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held today, Saturday, May 16, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”. Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
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Burglars Steal Rifle
web posted May 16, 2015
TRENTON – A Georgia woman coming to visit her father Thursday found that he was not home at the time, however she did find the back door to his house had been broken into and called him to meet her at his house. Her father arrived a short time later and after confirming someone had been in the house they called the Sheriff's Office.
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Metal Thieves Strike Same House for Second Time This Week
web posted May 16, 2015
TRENTON – Metal thieves have struck the same house on Edgefield Road for a second time this week, this time making off with an antique plow that was kept out by a shed behind the house. Due to the weight of the plow it would have taken more than one person to load it into a truck or trailer.
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web posted May 16, 2015
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Truck Driver on Phone with R/R Trying to Stop Train Wreck
web posted May 15, 2015
JOHNSTON – The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling an oversized cooling unit that had gotten stuck on the raised railroad crossing on Lee Street (Highway 121) was on the phone with Norfork Southern dispatchers in an effort to stop the train on a 46 mph collision course with his truck and trailer. At that point all everyone could do was to sit back and wait for train to collide with the trailer, dragging it, the truck and pieces of the cooling unit down the tracks hitting four vehicles parked in the town's municipal parking lot.
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Burglars Steal Motorcycles, Gear from Merriwether Home
web posted May 15, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Sylvan Road woman arrived home a little after 2 pm Wednesday and noticed that the side door to the family's garage was open and went to investigate. When she did she found that the door had been kicked in, breaking the door jamb, and two dirt bikes and some brand new riding gear was missing and called the Sheriff's Office.
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Collier Represents County With Academic Excellence
web posted May 15, 2015
COUNTY – Zachary Collier, a 2009 graduate of Strom Thurmond High School and an Edgefield County native, is proudly representing his county with academic honors. Collier received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Winthrop University in 2013 as a McNair Scholar and his Master Degree in Statics from the University of Florida in 2015. Now a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida, Collier was recently awarded The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. This fellowship was based on his academic achievements and promising future.
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Life Down South: Heroes Of The Soil
By Tom Poland
web posted May 15, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – Many of my lunches this summer will be simple but delicious. Tomato sandwiches. I grow my own in the back yard. The instinct to grow things is hardwired into us. Somewhere along the highway running from hunter to gatherer, we learned to stay in one place and grow things that sustain us. Of course, it’s easier than ever to let others grow what we need.
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web posted May 15, 2015
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Train Hits 18-Wheeler Downtown Johnston - No Injuries or Derailment
web posted May 14, 2015     UPDATED 10:32 am
JOHNSTON – A Norfolk Southern train has hit an 18 wheeler truck hauling a large piece of equipment at the intersection of Calhoun and Lee Street in downtown Johnston.  According to information from the scene there are no injuries and no derailment. All traffic is being diverted around Hwy 121 (Lee Street) and Calhoun Street. Authorities are asking all non-emergency personnel to stay away from the scene.
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Fourth Arrest in Meth Raid, More Charges Possible
web posted May 14, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have made a fourth arrest in connection to the raid of an Addison Street home on May 5 and additional charges may be filed against all four occupants of the home as the investigation continues. Rhonda Randall Ricketson, 45, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and has been charged with manufacture / distribution / possession of methamphetamine. Additional charges may be possible, investigators said Wednesday.
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Man Reports Wooden Fence Missing
web posted May 14, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The old saying "good fences make good neighbors" can be found in many cultures throughout history. Whether it is true or not is debatable. However, a Merriwether man may not be the one to ask right now - he's just trying to find his fence.
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Rep. Jeff Duncan: Vote ‘No’ on TPA
By Congressman Jeff Duncan
web posted May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON DC – President Obama is requesting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “Fast Track Authority” to assist him with negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals. The Administration is asking Congress for this extraordinary power, abdicating some of the traditional Congressional involvement, so that this huge trade deal might be consummated.
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Sports Notables Make Their Mark in Golf and Track Competitions
web posted May 14, 2015
SPORTS – Colin Trahan earned All Region Honors when he shot an 82 and an 80 for a total of 162 in the region golf tournament. His score qualified him as an individual to go to the state tournament at Charleston National Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant. Trahan will compete on May 18th and 19th representing Strom Thurmond as the only Rebel on the course.
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Farm Bureau - More Than Auto, Home and Life Insurance
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web posted May 14, 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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web posted May 14, 2015
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Drug Raid Nets Three Arrests, Drugs and Cash Seized
web posted May 13, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The culmination of a six month long undercover drug operation by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Narcotics Division led to the execution of a search warrant being served on a home on the 1100 block of Jeter Street Friday afternoon. The operation involved the Edgefield County Sheriff's Narcotics Division, Deputies, Edgefield Police Department, Saluda Sheriff's Office and the Saluda Police Department all participating in the raid.
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Johnston Town Council Meeting Filled with Controversy
By Anne Waits
web posted May 13, 2015

JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council met Monday night, with a presentation of an update on SLED requirements for Law Enforcement Agencies, tension over the FY2015-16 Draft Budget and other items on the agenda. Under the Public Comments portion of the meeting, Annette Moton addressed Council wanting to know why she was fired from her position. Council member Tommy Burton spoke up and said he thought she was doing a god job. Mayor Terrence Culbreath responded that this was a personnel issue to be taken up in Executive Session.
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Edgefield Native and STH Grad - SCANA Names Kenneth R. Jackson Senior Vice President of Economic Development
web posted May 13, 2015
COLUMBIA – SCANA Corporation has named Kenneth R. Jackson senior vice president of economic development, governmental and regulatory affairs. In this role, Jackson is responsible for the rates and regulatory functions, including rate design, cost of service, fuel cost recovery, rate administration and regulatory accounting for SCE&G. He also oversees economic development activities while developing and maintaining strong relationships with all levels of government – federal, state and local – for South Carolina and North Carolina.
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Religion: Fight for Your Happiness
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 13, 2015

RELIGION – People like to be happy. I try to be a portly and jovial fellow (I have been trying a little hard at the portly part lately.) But it is hard sometimes to be happy. Yet that is all people really long for, happiness. One attempt at happiness was captured years back in the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy ” by Bobby McFerrin. It was a favorite song of mine years back. With its infectiously happy tune and positive, upbeat message I could hum it all day (you are probably humming the tune right now)!
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Strom Thurmond CTC FFA Agronomy Team Finishes Strong in State Finals
web posted May 13, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Agronomy Team finished strong in the State Career Development Events (CDE) held at the Clemson Pee Dee Rec Center in Florence, SC. The Thurmond FFA Agronomy Team was named the State Runner-Up in the South Carolina FFA State Agronomy Finals.
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Rash of Fraud and Scams on Elderly Increase
web posted May 13, 2015
COUNTY – In the past several days the number of frauds, identity thefts and scams running the gambit have been reported and totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately those that were able to access the bank accounts of the elderly were able to be recovered, but the next one may not be so lucky.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted May 13, 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 May 19. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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web posted May 13, 2015
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