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Armed Teen Leads Sheriff's Deputies, Police on All Night Manhunt
web posted March 6, 2015
JOHNSTON – An armed and handcuffed 13-year-old led Sheriff's Deputies and Johnston Police on a on-again off-again manhunt beginning Wednesday night that did not end until around 1 pm Thursday when deputies were finally able to take the teen into custody. Twice the Sheriff's Bloodhound Team was called out to aid in the search.
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Senator Shane Massey Proposes Regulatory Overhaul
web posted March 6, 2015
COLUMBIA – Senator Shane Massey took the floor of the Senate this week to talk about state agencies’ free-wheeling regulatory process and proposed a change that would give the General Assembly more oversight of the process.
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Short Strong Storm Creates Havoc Across County
web posted March 6, 2015
COUNTY – Thursday started out with sunny skies and spring-like temperatures, which was a welcomed change from the cold, rainy grey skies that pretty much made up the month of February. But all that changed in a matter of a moment when the skies darkened, rain began to fall and a very strong blast of wind created havoc across the county and in Edgefield around 1 pm. Edgefield County Dispatchers were flooded with calls of downed trees blocking roads and on power lines and a barrage of alarm calls.
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Sweetwater Community Center Ribbon Cutting Today!
web posted March 6, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Council would like to cordially invite you to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday, March 06, 2015, at the Sweetwater Community Center, 296 Sweetwater Road. Ribbon Cutting begins at 4:00 pm and will be followed by an open house drop-in until 6 pm.

Strom Thurmond FFA Leadership Team Meets Local Legislative Team
web posted March 6, 2015
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia on Wednesday February 25, 2015. The FFA members began their day by visiting with Senator Shane Massey and House Representatives Bill Clyburn and Bill Hixon to thank them for their support of Agricultural Education. “Our legislative delegation explained how a bill gets passed. It was fascinating,” said Lucky Baily, STCTC FFA Officer.
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Fox Creek Honors Teacher of the Year, Student of the Year and Others at Banquet
web posted March 6, 2015
NORTH AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, February 24, the North Augusta Optimist Club sponsored Fox Creek High School’s Teacher of the Year banquet. John Harris, president of the NA Optimist Club, began the banquet with a welcome and introduction. After a wonderful meal, Erik Hunt was recognized as Fox Creek’s Student of the Year. Erik is a standout soccer player and an exemplary student.
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All Aiken Electric Cooperative Servers will be Down for Maintenance on Saturday - Phones, Pay Stations, Website
web posted March 6, 2015
COUNTY – All Aiken Electric Cooperative servers will be down on Saturday beginning at 7 am while the company performs system maintenance. According to Aiken Electric Co-op's website, they do not have a time when the systems will be brought back online.
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Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
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web posted March 6, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Weapons Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
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Israeli Prime Minister's address to joint meeting of Congress
web posted March 6, 2015
WASHINGTON DC – Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a very important, if not historic, speech to a joint session of Congress earlier this week. Since it was given during the working hours of most Americans, many did not see the speech and relied on media reports for the content of what was said. With most broadcast media being liberal and slanting their coverage in favor of Democrats and President Obama, Edgefield Daily wanted to provide links to the speech in two parts so you can listen to it for yourself in your spare time.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 6, 2015
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County Council Names New Hospital Board, Discussion on Mt. Vintage Continues
web posted March 5, 2015
EDGEFIELD – In one of the shortest county council meetings in recent memory the county council named the seven members of the Edgefield County Hospital Board, two of the members were re-appointed from the existing board along with five new members. Toward the end of the meeting, following an executive session, the council voted to continue negotiations with Mt. Vintage Developer Wayne Raiford to resolve the situation of finalizing the completion of road paving to allow further development.
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Clemson Monitors Weather Impact on Peaches
web posted March 5, 2015
COUNTY – February’s frigid temperatures could make spring and summer tiring seasons for South Carolina peach growers. Crop losses due to freezing temperatures likely will be minimal, said Gregory Reighard, a pomology professor at Clemson University, speaking at a recent peach grower update meeting in February in Edgefield. But the cold snap could condense the peach bloom period and subsequent fruit thinning window, he said. That will put logistical pressures on manpower.
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Woman Files Complaint of Altered Odometer from Car Dealer
web posted March 5, 2015
TRENTON – An Aiken woman who purchased a car from a local used car dealership in the Trenton area called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report being defrauded by the dealership after finding out the odometer had been tampered with and there was a problem with the title as well.
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Piedmont Technical College Dominates Discussion at Edgefield Town Council Meeting
web posted March 5, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Town Council members heard from representatives of Piedmont Technical College on what the college is doing at its Edgefield Campus at the regularly scheduled Council meeting Monday evening. After Council adopted the Feb. 2, 2015 minutes and the February 2015 financial report, Kassie Hall, who works in the continuing education program at PTC, kicked off the information session.
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Sports: Benehaley Twins Sign to Play Softball at Florence-Darlington Tech
web posted March 5, 2015
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to announce that Breanna and Brooke Benenhaley have signed scholarships to play softball at Florence-Darlington Tech on Wednesday. Brooke will be studying sports medicine and Breanna will be studying to be a registered nurse. In attendance today were their parents, Tammy & Tim Benenhaley, sister, Blair, grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Eleazer Benenhaley and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Black.
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SC Bar Offers Free Legal Clinics in Edgefield, Saluda & McCormick
web posted March 5, 2015
COUNTY – The SC Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor two free legal clinics in your area this spring. The schedule is as follows:
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Health Science III Students Visit Local Elementary Schools
web posted March 5, 2015
JOHNSTON – On February 23, 2015, Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center Health Science III students conducted a dental health presentation to K5 students at Johnston Elementary and Douglas Elementary. Mrs. Wintrow, Health Science Instructor said they felt it was important to have their students do this lesson because "your teeth are important in many ways. If you take care of them, they'll help take care of you."
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Citizens United And Congressman Jeff Duncan Announce South Carolina Freedom Summit
web posted March 5, 2015
GREENVILLE SC – Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan will host the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015. The summit will feature remarks from Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Pool Room Holds "Open Mic Night" Saturday
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web posted March 5, 2015

JOHNSTON – Jerry Holloway, and the staff at The Johnston Pool Room invites you to their first "Open Mic Night" on Saturday night, March 7th at 8pm. Jerry, the new owner, wants to showcase talent that we have right here in our local area. "Open Mic" gives aspiring singers, poets, and musicians the opportunity to perform with a live band. The first host band for this monthly event is Pamela Bowman and The Hill Revue, a well known group from Augusta, Ga. The staff is geared up for a great night of music and fun. If you want to perform, call the Johnston Pool Room at 803.275.4636.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 5, 2015
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Sheriff's Office Makes Unlawful Alcohol Sales Bust
web posted March 4, 2015
JOHNSTON – Following an investigation of illegal sale of alcohol and Sunday sales, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Unit and SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 605 Ridge Road in Johnston on Sunday, March 1, and seized an assortment and quantities of liquor and beer in addition to and undisclosed amount of cash and a weapon. As a result of the raid, three people were taken into custody.
Edgefield Daily

Investigator Makes Arrest Within 24 Hours of Delaughter Point Burglary
web posted March 4, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Within 24 hours of a Merriwether man walking in on a burglary in progress of his Delaughter Point Drive home on Monday, the man the Sheriff's Office claims is responsible is already sitting behind bars. Edgefield County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran was back on the case first thing Tuesday morning and had identified a possible suspect and arranged a meeting with him around noon at the Sheriff's Substation in Merriwether.
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Letter to the Editor: Victim of Beating, Robbery by Chandler Weeps for Current Victim
web posted March 4, 2015
Dear Editor,
Three years ago, Edward Chandler invaded my home, beat me, and robbed me. I did absolutely nothing to deserve that. Yet, four months ago, a gutless, brainless jury chose to believe the lies of a known thug over the testimony of an upstanding, law abiding citizen. In doing that, they 1. labeled me as a liar and a drug user and 2. they set a rabid animal loose upon the citizens of Johnston. For four months, I have carried a gun with me everywhere I have gone, knowing that sooner or later he would get drunk enough or high enough on drugs to pay me another visit.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County EMA Will Be Testing the Tornado Sirens March 9 and 11, 2015
web posted March 4, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the tornado sirens March 9, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted March 4, 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 March 10. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Cooperation with Deputies Can Save You a Trip to Jail
web posted March 4, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were conducting a safety checkpoint this weekend at the intersection of Briggs Road and Briggs Haven Circle, as they do at various locations around the county, that almost always ends up with one or more drug arrests. But what people do not know is that if you have drugs in your car, cooperation with deputies can save you a trip to jail.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: What's In a Name Part Eight
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 4, 2015

RELIGION – “You can’t touch this!” The classic M.C. Hammer anthem was the probably my first experience in the world of Hip Hop. I was raised in the radical middle class on the mean streets of Emerald Place Subdivision in Greenwood S.C. This infectious tune coupled with the amazing pants of the M.C. Hammer, set my two big white clumsy feet to dancing! 
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Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
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web posted March 4, 2015

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

NOTICE: Request for Bids
web posted March 4, 2015
NOTICE – RFB No. 03-18-2015 The County of Edgefield is soliciting bids to wash entire exterior of the Edgefield County Courthouse, repoint any damaged bricks using a soft line and sand mortar, and apply a waterborne 7% siloxane water repellant to the brick.
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NOTICE: Request for Proposal
web posted March 4, 2015
NOTICE – RFP No. 03-25-2015 The County of Edgefield is soliciting proposals for HVAC maintenance service and repairs for all county owned heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, to include quarterly maintenance, inspection, and repair work as needed, for a term contract of one year beginning on July 1, 2015 with the option to renew.
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NOTICE: Request for Proposal
web posted March 4, 2015
NOTICE – RFP No. 03-26-2015 The County of Edgefield is soliciting proposals from local qualified firms for Janitorial & Cleaning Services for a term contract of one year beginning on July 1, 2015 with the option to renew.
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LOST DOG: Merriwether Area
web posted March 4, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Lost Dog: 20 lb spayed Chihuahua/Terrier with microchip lost on FATS Brown Trail in Merriwether are near Lake. Answers to the name "Nilla". If found please call 803-634-0564. Click on photo for larger view.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 4, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Old Edgefield Grill Reopens Today
web posted March 3, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Old Edgefield Grill, 202 Penn Street, will reopen today for lunch under new management. Stan Newsome has compiled a team that includes his wife Lisha and Executive Chef Heather Biddlecome and will be open for lunch from 11 am until 2 pm Tuesday through Saturday. They will be open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 pm until 9 pm with Happy Hour at 5 pm. "We have worked very hard to get the Grill back open," said Stan. "We know how important it is to Edgefield." Some of the menu items are included below.
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Merriwether Man Walks in on Burglary in Progress
web posted March 3, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Delaughter Point Drive man arrived home shortly after noon Monday and walked into his home and came face to face with an intruder. The homeowner went back out of the house to retrieve his gun and called 911 and went back inside to see the burglar running out the back door and into the woods behind the house toward Delaughter Drive.
Edgefield Daily

Attempted Burglary Reported in Deer Springs Subdivision
web posted March 3, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The caretaker of a home on the 200 block of Deer Springs Road called the Sheriff's Office to report someone trying to break into a house he oversees as the personal representative of the former owner's estate. The report comes on the heels of a rash of car break-ins and property crimes in the area last week.
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Headlight Out Leads to Intoxicated Driver Taken Off the Roadway
web posted March 3, 2015
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on patrol along the four-lane section of Highway 25 early Saturday morning spotted a black Toyota traveling south with a headlight out. The deputy turned around to make contact due to the headlight but found the driver was more than just a little impaired once he conducted the traffic stop. Her passenger was intoxicated as well and was found to have drugs in his possession.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebels Improve to 3-0 after Shutout of Ridge Spring Monetta
web posted March 3, 2015
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond's varsity baseball team has improved to 3-0 after defeating Ridge Spring Monetta 10-0 in just five innings Monday night. It was a strong showing of a solid team effort that has set the tone for the opening of the season.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE: Johnston Mayor Calls for Community Forum
PAID NOTICE
web posted March 3, 2015

JOHNSTON – Mayor Terrence Culbreath would like to invite the citizens of Johnston to a Community Forum, Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Edgefield Chamber of Commerce located at 416 Calhoun Street, Johnston, SC. The purpose of the forum is to update citizens on plans for the Town of Johnston and seek community input on future and current progress in Johnston.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 3, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Man Reports Theft of Cash From Break-In
web posted March 2, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called police after arriving at his Academy Street home and noticing his bedroom window broken and his back door left open. An officer arrived a short time later and noted the forced entry and processed the home for evidence.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebel Baseball Team Wins Again
web posted March 2, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels picked up their second win of the season with a 12-0 victory over Wagener Salley on Saturday. Henry Cartrett tossed a no hitter and picked up the win on the mound.
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Edgefield Daily Continues to Break Records in Readership, Visits and Pages Read
web posted March 2, 2015
COUNTY – As Edgefield Daily Starts the beginning of our 11th year of publication, all statistics continue an upward climb with over three-quarters of a million pages read last month and readership averaging at nearly 50,000 a month. It is a trend that has continued each year since our founding in March of 2005.
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Letter to the Editor: Strom Thurmond Class of 2005 Seeks Fellow Class Members for Reunion
web posted March 2, 2015
Dear Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2005,
Can you believe that almost 10 years have passed since we last walked the halls of Strom Thurmond High? It is with great excitement the Class Reunion Committee writes to get you excited about our FIRST class reunion which will be held in Augusta, GA at the Doubletree Hotel June 26-28, 2015. Get excited!
Edgefield Daily

March is Red Cross Month: Become an Everyday Hero; Support the Red Cross
web posted March 2, 2015
COUNTY – The American Red Cross is recognizing everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. “Everyday heroes help their friends, neighbors, and communities in need,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross. “The everyday heroes are those who volunteer, donate blood, take a lifesaving class, host a blood drive or make a financial contribution to help neighbors here in South Carolina and across the nation. We thank and honor these everyday heroes who support the Red Cross.”
Edgefield Daily

Immerse Yourself in South Carolina Art during Art Day at the State Museum
web posted March 2, 2015
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate and immerse guests in South Carolina art during Art Day on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The annual event will feature demonstrations and discussions by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities, art exhibits, live performance art and the opportunity to participate in the destruction of a massive art installation.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
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web posted March 2, 2015

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

DWPF Melter 2 Pours 10 Millionth Pound of Glass
web posted March 2, 2015
AIKEN – The “heart” of the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is pumping at a record pace. The second melter ever installed in DWPF has just poured its 10 millionth pound of glass. This workhorse melter has almost doubled what Melter 1 poured in its lifetime. While Melter 2 is now 12 years old and operating a full 10 years beyond its design life expectancy, it is still working very safely and efficiently.
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Former Trenton Mayor Helen Summer Passes at 76 Saturday
web posted February 28, 2015
TRENTON – Former Trenton Mayor Helen Moss Summer, of Trenton, has passed away on Saturday at Aiken Regional Medical Center. She was 76. In addition to being a long serving Mayor of Trenton, she was the first female Nursery Supervisor in the State Forestry Commission. She spent at least 30 years serving the Town of Trenton in one capacity or another. "She was a fine woman and did a lot of good things for the town," Town Councilman Keith Sexton said. "I was shocked when I got the news."
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebels Drop Upper State Championship to Keenan Saturday
web posted February 28, 2015   5:05 pm
SPORTS – In a hard fought game Saturday afternoon, the Rebels fell behind in the third quarter and could not recover, losing to Keenan with a score of 59 to 45.  We will have more on the game on Monday.

KemperSports to Manage Mount Vintage Plantation
web posted February 28, 2015
MERRIWETHER – KemperSports announced Thursday that it has been selected to manage Mount Vintage Plantation in North Augusta, South Carolina. The Club, which serves as the centerpiece of an expansive Mount Vintage Plantation community, is located just a short drive from Augusta National – home of The Masters.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Home Found Burglarized
web posted February 28, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Gregory Lake Road man arrived home from work Thursday evening and found the home had been broken into and several electronics had been taken and called the Sheriff's Office to report the crime. The man told the deputy that responded to the call that the house had been broken into a few days prior and he was in the process of replacing the locks when this break-in took place.
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Shed Broken Into, Farming Equipment Stolen from Farming Property
web posted February 28, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man was checking on some framing property on Sandrock Road on Wednesday and discovered several items had been stolen, including some that were kept in a shed on the property. The last time the man was at the location was on February 14 and everything was in order.
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More Vehicles Reported Broken Into in Deer Springs Subdivision
web posted February 28, 2015
MERRIWETHER – As Edgefield Daily reported on Friday, several vehicles were reported broken into in the Deer Springs neighborhood overnight on Wednesday. On Thursday another homeowner called to report vehicles in his driveway had also been entered and items taken.
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Sports: Rebels Baseball Team Wins Home Opener
web posted February 28, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team started the season off right with a win of their home opener. The Rebels beat Swansea with a score of 6-2.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 28, 2015
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Sheriff Relaxes 24-Hour Coverage in Johnston
web posted February 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – Now that the 30 day period is up, Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey has backed off having two patrol units assigned exclusively to the Town of Johnston. "We're still there," Sheriff's Capt. Chris Wash said Thursday, "just not in the presence that we were." From Jan 27 through February 27, two deputies were in the town 24 hours a day. "We've cut back to one being there most of the time, but not around the clock." There was a marked difference in the amount of crime reported during the time.
Edgefield Daily

Rash of Car Break-Ins Reported in Deer Springs Subdivision
web posted February 27, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Another round of car break-in have been reported in the Merriwether area, this time in the Deer Springs subdivision overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday. At least a half dozen vehicles were targeted with electronics and even prescription medication being taken. In addition to vehicle break-ins, some properties were also targeted for theft or vandalism.
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Sports: Things You Need to Know Before You go to Support the Rebels on Saturday
web posted February 27, 2015
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Boy's basketball team defeated Andrew Jackson High School Wednesday night with a final score of 66-46. The Rebels will play for the Upper State Champion title on Saturday, February 28th at 3:30 pm at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. There are things you need to now before you go including rules and cost for admission.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials - Get $5 Off Coupon
web posted February 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 March 3. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! Download your $5 Off Coupon below!
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Sports: Strom Thurmond Baseball Streaming Live
web posted February 27, 2015
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond baseball team now has several scrimmages behind them and they are looking great. The Rebels will begin the On Deck Pre-Season Tournament Friday, February 27th. The tournament will be held at Strom Thurmond High School and will be streaming live.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: What's in a Name Part Seven
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 27, 2015

RELIGION – My wife was a psychology major in college. It helps as she deals with me; I have a whole host of issues. But she says that one of my post pressing personal issues is my struggle with is object permanence. Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen. You see I am not the best when it comes to finding things. We have a huge and well stocked pantry, if you live on the Westside and need a can of Shoepeg Corn, we got you covered. The only problem is that I will not be able to find it.
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Fox Creek - Weekend series moved to South Carolina
web posted February 27, 2015
NORTH AUGUSTA – Due to winter weather moving through Tennessee and North Carolina, this weekend's Conference Carolinas baseball series at Barton College has been moved. King University will now face the Bulldogs at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, S.C., on Saturday and Sunday.
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Edgefield County Theater Company Presents: Marriage is Murder
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web posted February 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Now you know you want to find out what happens next? Come see our next production, Marriage is Murder, to find out! February 20-22 and February 27-28 & March 1 at the Edgefield County Theater Company in downtown Edgefield! Call for your tickets today! 803-637-3833.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 27, 2015
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Rebels Advance to Final Four
web posted February 26, 2015
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels took a forth quarter lead and never looked back as they defeated Andrew Jackson 66 to 46 Wednesday night in Aiken. The Rebels have continued to get stronger as the playoffs continued this season.
Edgefield Daily

Tax Scammers Continue Calling Elderly County Residents
web posted February 26, 2015
COUNTY – Two more reports of scammers calling county residents trying to scam them out of money have been filed, both reports say that the callers are claiming that their intended victims owe taxes and are demanding payments and even threaten possible arrest. As usual, the intended victims are elderly with one being 88-years-old.
Edgefield Daily

SC Senate Passes Domestic Violence Bill
web posted February 26, 2015
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Senate debated the domestic violence bill Wednesday afternoon. The bill was given second reading with an amendment giving judge’s discretion on domestic violence third degree whether to strip abusers of their gun rights.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Business Students Take Part in Code Day-Atlanta
web posted February 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – STCTC students traveled to Atlanta for the weekend to spend twenty-four hours learning to write computer code. “We learned a lot and had a blast,” said Kenneth Peters, STCTC student. Code Day is a series of student programming events held across the world. It's the world's largest series of educational programming marathons, in addition to being one of the most effective methods of education.
Edgefield Daily

Sweetwater Baptist Church Wild Game Supper 2015 Next Saturday
web posted February 26, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Mark your calendars now. It’s time for the Sweetwater Baptist Church 9th Annual Wild Game Supper, Saturday March 7th, at 5 pm. Special guest speaker, Jimmy Sites, host of the national television show Spiritual Outdoor Adventures. Music by Joe and Kim Stanley.  BBQ, hot dogs, flounder, deer and other wild game. Bring the kids to see Dan the Animal Man.
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Sweetwater Community Center Ribbon Cutting March 6
web posted February 26, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Council would like to cordially invite you to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday, March 06, 2015, at the Sweetwater Community Center, 296 Sweetwater Road. Ribbon Cutting begins at 4:00 pm and will be followed by an open house drop-in until 6 pm.

Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center Hosts Community Blood Drive Friday
web posted February 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – Shepeard Community Blood Center and the Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center will partner up to host a special community blood drive on Friday February 27, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center in Johnston, South Carolina to help keep up with the blood supply in our area. All who donate will receive a free t-shirt and a free breakfast biscuit. 
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Dr. Wiley Turner Turns 80, Family Seeks Community Memories
web posted February 26, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The family of Dr. Wiley Turner is asking former patients and friends to email them special memories you may have from his many years of medical practice or stories you may have about him. They will be read to him during his birthday party, which is to be "low key" as he requested. "He has helped and influenced so many people in this county and I know he would appreciate hearing from them," said daughter-in-law Ann Turner. Email them to Ann at aturner211@bellsouth.net

Edgefield Veterinary Spay & Neuter Clinic all Month
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web reposted February 26, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Veterinary Clinic will be holding their annual spay and neuter clinic for the month of February. If you would like to set up an appointment please call (803) 637-0356 ahead and do so for we will only be doing surgeries on Tuesday Thursday and Fridays.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 26, 2015
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Johnston Man Charged in Sexual Assault, Robbery and Kidnapping of 82-Year-Old Johnston Woman
web posted February 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man is in custody following a brutal early morning home invasion of an 82-year-old Johnston woman which left her hospitalized most of the day for injuries received during the attack. Edward Terrell Chandler Jr., 27, of Johnston, was captured shortly after the crime traveling southbound on Highway 25 after an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the black Honda Chandler was driving and conducted a traffic stop near Mt. Zion Road. He was taken into custody without incident, Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. 
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Merriwether Residents Report Burglary
web posted February 25, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a Currytown Road home on Monday after it was discovered that someone had entered a shed at the home and made off with at least $1,000 in tools. The burglary is believed to have taken place sometime between Thursday, February 19 and Monday when the items were discovered missing.
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NOTICE: Rebel vs Andrew Jackson Playoff Game Time Change
web posted February 25, 2015
SPORTS – The Playoff game between Strom Thurmond and Andrew Jackson will be played at 6 pm tonight rather than 7 pm, Strom Thurmond Athletic Director Doug Painter said. The game will be played at Aiken High School as scheduled. Painter said Kershaw County is expecting snow later in the evening so game-time has been moved up to allow them safe travel back home. Come out and support the Rebels.

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials - Get $5 Off Coupon
web posted February 25, 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 March 3. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! Download your $5 Off Coupon below!
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Welding Students Honor Local Veterans with Crosses
web posted February 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – STCTC’s Welding II students are producing 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.” 
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Congressman Jeff Duncan Issues Statement on President Obama’s Keystone XL Veto
web posted February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the announcement today that President Obama vetoed Congressional approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 25, 2015
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Edgefield Man Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Choking 9-Year-Old
web posted February 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man has been arrested and charged with assault and battery in the first degree after Edgefield Police were called to the Peachtree Apartments Sunday afternoon by a 12-year-old saying the man was beating her younger brother. When police arrived the children and their grandmother had left the scene and the man, William Pringle, 43, claimed that the children were just mad because he was just disciplining his girlfriend's children.
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Park Row Market Named "Best Restaurant in Edgefield County"
web posted February 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market No. 1 on the Edgefield Town Square has been named as the "Best Restaurant in Edgefield County" by the Charleston Food Bloggers website. The site released its list of the best restaurants in every county in South Carolina on Saturday. The site claims to be the "The Most Followed Blogger in South Carolina" devoted to fine dining and is based in Charleston. The list was compiled by them and a "hand picked small group of other like minded foodies around the state."
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More Suspicious Vehicles on Simmons Road, One Arrested
web posted February 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A homeowner on Simmons Road reported another suspicious vehicle on Simmons Road in the very early hours of Sunday morning and this time an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was close enough that they were able to locate the vehicle that was parked off the road and down a "trail" in the woods. A second deputy was close behind and backed up the other deputy before making contact with the occupants of the truck.
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Merriwether Family's Home Destroyed by Fire
web posted February 24, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether family lost their home and all its contents in an early morning fire that kept Merriwether and County Line Firefighters busy for at least six hours. The initial call went out around 4:50 am with a report of a structure fire on the 1400 block of Stephens Road and when firefighters arrived the house was engulfed in flames. All of the family members were able to get out of the house unharmed.
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No Injuries in Near Head-On Collision
web posted February 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The drivers and passengers of a car and a SUV escaped injuries in a near head-on collision on Jeter Street in Edgefield Monday afternoon around 3 pm. The impact sent both vehicles off the roadway with the SUV striking several trees before coming to rest some forty to fifty yards away. Sheriff's Deputies had to direct traffic around the scene and EMS and Fire crews checked on the occupants of the vehicles.
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4th Annual Jo-Nathan Foundation Golf Tournament to be held at Pine Ridge
web posted February 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Jo-Nathan Foundation will host the 4th annual charity golf tournament In Edgefield this year at the Pine Ridge Country Club. The tournament will be held on Monday, April 13th where registration will begin at 8:00am and there will be a shotgun start at 9:00am. The price for the tournament is $80 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, and lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse.
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Edgefield County Theater Company Presents: Marriage is Murder
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web posted February 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Now you know you want to find out what happens next? Come see our next production, Marriage is Murder, to find out! February 20-22 and February 27-28 & March 1 at the Edgefield County Theater Company in downtown Edgefield! Call for your tickets today! 803-637-3833.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 24, 2015
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Strom Thurmond Principal Ross Suspended With Pay, Will Not Return to School
web posted February 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Principal Dr. Robert B. Ross, who was hired in June of last year, has been suspended with pay and will not be returning to the school Edgefield Daily has confirmed. The move took place late Friday afternoon when the Edgefield County School District and Ross agreed to "part ways" and Ross cleaned out his office that evening. Superintendent Greg Anderson confirmed the information on Sunday but did not go into details of the situation.
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Sports: Rebels Keep Playoff Drive Alive after 81-69 Double Overtime Win
web posted February 23, 2015
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels went the distance Saturday afternoon to defeat the Indian Land Warriors in double overtime after the game was tied at 60 at the end of regulation game time. The Rebels fought hard to stop a late fourth quarter scoring run by the Warriors to keep the game and playoff drive alive.
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Cosmetology Students Prepare for 3rd Annual Hair and Fashion Show
web posted February 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center students are excited about their Third Annual Hair and Fashion Show to be held on March 7th, at 6:00 pm. “The show gives us the opportunity to show off what we have learned and our creativity,” stated Aesha Frazier, second year student. “This year’s theme, Spring is in the Air in your Hair, provides my students the opportunity to have some fun,” explained Jackie Kennion, STCTC Cosmetology teacher.
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Edgefield Veterinary Spay & Neuter Clinic all Month
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web reposted February 23, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Veterinary Clinic will be holding their annual spay and neuter clinic for the month of February. If you would like to set up an appointment please call (803) 637-0356 ahead and do so for we will only be doing surgeries on Tuesday Thursday and Fridays.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center FBLA Competes at DIstrict
web posted February 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Ten FBLA members traveled to Westbrook High School in Blythewood on Saturday, February 7th, to attend the District II FBLA Leadership Conference and Competitive Events.  Over 300 students from the region participated in a variety of business related competitive events. Congratulations to the following students for placing in their competitive event.  They will be traveling to Charleston to compete on the State Level on March 20-21, 2015.
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Entries Being Accepted for Arts and Crafts Vendors, Food Vendors for Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
By Dean Campbell
web posted February 23, 2015

JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival is now accepting applications for those who sell arts and crafts and for food vendors for the 32nd Festival, which will be held May 2, 2015. Those interested in having a crafter’s space at this year’s Festival should contact Missy Cleveland, (803) 480-7286; 501 Weaver Road, Johnston, SC 29832, clevelandbrian@bellsouth.net.
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Bergen Place Homeowner’s Association Spring Yard Sale March 28
web posted February 23, 2015
NORTH AUGUSTA – The Bergen Place Homeowner’s Association is pleased to announce that its annual neighborhood wide Spring Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, March 28th at 7:00am. With nearly 200 modern and upscale homes, the Bergen Place Spring Yard Sale has grown to be one of the finest yard sale events in the greater Augusta area. Everyone is welcomed and high end items will go fast.
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Shooting Victim to be Laid to Rest Today
web posted February 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – Marco Wendell Harris, 32, who was shot and killed in a shooting incident that took place on February 15 at the intersection of Highway 25 and Fox Terrace Drive will be laid to rest today at the Republican Grove Baptist Church at 2 pm. Internment will follow in the Church Cemetery. His nephew, Ezekiel Raheem Harris, 21, has been charged with discharging a firearm while under the influence in relation to the shooting, but has not been charged for Harris' death.
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Tax Time: Scammers Use IRS as Cover to Steal Your Money
web posted February 21, 2015
EDGEFIELD – As Tax time has arrived, two reports from elderly Edgefield men have been filed stating that each received phone calls saying they owed the IRS money and the callers were demanding payment over the phone. The ages of the victims range between their late 60's to late 70's.
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Sheriff's Office Investigating Reports of Suspicious Activity, Vehicles
web posted February 21, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is investigating complaints of suspicious vehicles and persons in the area of Simmons Road, a fairly deserted road. A woman called on Thursday to report seeing several suspicious vehicles in the area over a period of days. When the woman's daughter went out to talk to the driver of one of the cars she was told by the driver he was an undercover officer from Aiken County investigating narcotics activity in the area.
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Johnston family of 9 loses everything in house fire
web posted February 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – (WRDW) A family of nine is rebuilding from scratch after a house fire destroys everything they own. Even though it was freezing Friday, all nine of them spent the day gutting the house, searching through the rubble to find anything they could save. They've lived in a house on Pecan Street for years, but today their home is unfamiliar.
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Edgefield County Theater Company Presents: Marriage is Murder
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web posted February 21, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Now you know you want to find out what happens next? Come see our next production, Marriage is Murder, to find out! February 20-22 and February 27-28 & March 1 at the Edgefield County Theater Company in downtown Edgefield! Call for your tickets today! 803-637-3833.
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SCE&G Customers Set New Record for Peak Demand
web posted February 21, 2015
COUNTY – Friday morning’s extreme cold temperatures prompted many SCE&G customers to turn up the heat, setting a new record for electricity demand. During the 8 a.m. hour today, SCE&G’s customers used 4,970 megawatts of electricity, breaking the previous peak demand record of 4,926 MW, set Aug. 10, 2007.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 21, 2015
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South Carolina’s Veterans Unemployment Rate Ranks Nation’s Seventh Best
web posted February 20, 2015
COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s unemployment rate for veterans 18 and older dropped to 3.5 percent in 2014, down from 4.1 percent in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported. The Palmetto State posted the nation’s seventh best rate and is well below the national rate of 5.3 percent.
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Steele Named as Outstanding Advisor of Agriculture Group
web posted February 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – Dr. Darla Steele of Johnston was recently named the South Carolina Mid-State Region Young Farmer Association Advisor of the Year by the South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association. The announcement of Dr. Steele’s selection for this prestigious award was made at the annual South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association conference held this in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, January 23-24, 2015.
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Sports: Lady Rebels Top Woodruff 46-41 to Advance in Play-Offs
web posted February 20, 2015
SPORTS – The Lady Rebels, led by seniors Tierra Nick and Michaela Griffin, opened up the playoffs with a 46-41 road victory over Woodruff Thursday night. Griffin led all scorers with 13 points and was a force on the boards all night.
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LoriAnne Brazell Hutto Foundation BBQ Chicken Sale Saturday
web posted February 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop will be hosting a BBQ Chicken Dinner Sale for the LoriAnne Brazell Hutto Foundation this Saturday, February 21, with pick-up between the hours of 11 am until 2 pm. Please order today to guarantee your plates on Saturday. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will be going to a young man battling cancer to help the family with his medical expenses.
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Long Term Power Outage Seminar Offered in Edgefield
web posted February 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – On behalf of the Director of the SC Emergency Management Division, you are cordially invited to attend the Long Term Power Outage seminar on February 25th, 2015 at 10:00 am, at the Edgefield Emergency Operations Center, 304 Gray St, Edgefield. 
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Edgefield Veterinary Spay & Neuter Clinic all Month
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web reposted February 20, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Veterinary Clinic will be holding their annual spay and neuter clinic for the month of February. If you would like to set up an appointment please call (803) 637-0356 ahead and do so for we will only be doing surgeries on Tuesday Thursday and Fridays.
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Applications Available Now for 2015 SC Commissioner’s School for Agriculture
web posted February 20, 2015
COLUMBIA – Rising high school juniors and seniors can now apply for this year’s South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture (SCCSA), held at Clemson University, July 18-24, 2015.
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NOTICE: All Edgefield County Schools Will Have a 2-Hour Delayed Opening Thursday and Friday
web posted February 18, 2015
COUNTY – All Edgefield County School District Schools will have a two-hour delay for all students on Thursday and Friday, February 19th and 20th, due to temperatures expected to drop into single digits. All staff will report at 8:30 am both days. If further information is needed, please contact your local school.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted February 20, 2015
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Serving Arrest Warrants Leads to Discovery of Makings of Small Meth Lab
web posted February 19, 2015
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Narcotics Investigators and deputies serving two arrest warrants for 36-year-old Neil Evan Beasley ended up finding more than they expected, including the remnants of a small meth lab in the bathroom next to the bedroom Beasley used in his grandmother's house. Investigators arrived at the home on the 1000 block of Calhoun Street around 1 pm and was met at the door by Beasley's grandmother. When they asked if Beasley was at the home she was not sure and allowed them to follow her back to his bedroom where he was found still asleep.
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Sex Fiend Arrested in Grovetown Has Past Links to Edgefield County
web posted February 19, 2015
GROVETOWN – Chad Eric Stefani, 27, who has been charged with three counts of criminal attempt of child molestation after offering a Grovetown woman $200 an hour to spend time alone with her four daughters aged 10 or younger, has ties to an incident in Edgefield County dating back to April of 2013. It was the case in Merriwether that started it all with other reports coming in after his arrest in at least two other Georgia counties.
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Sports: Rebels Pound Powdersville High 64-22 in First Round of Play-Offs
web posted February 19, 2015
SPORTS – It was a great first round playoff win for the Strom Thurmond Rebel Men's Basketball team Wednesday night. Behind great defense and a tremendous offensive effort the Rebels led 41-12 at halftime and never looked back as they coasted to a 64-22 victory. It took teamwork and commitment to overwhelm a good Powdersville team by such a wide margin of victory. Nine players scored points during the game to lock in the win.
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High School Students Gear Up For SC Bar Mock Trial Competition
web posted February 19, 2015
COLUMBIA – Ten schools in the Piedmont region will compete in the annual SC Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competition Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Greenville County Courthouse located at 305 E. North St. in Greenville. Students will present the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious criminal case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges.
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South Carolina State Museum Opens New Civil Rights Exhibit on Feb. 28
web posted February 19, 2015
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum will open a new traveling Civil Rights exhibit, Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It, on Saturday, Feb. 28. The exhibit tells the powerful grass-roots “people story” behind the Supreme Court’s landmark Civil Rights decision, Brown v. Board of Education, and traces the saga of the citizens of Clarendon County who brought the first lawsuit challenging racial segregation in public schools.
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Edgefield County Theater Company Presents: Marriage is Murder
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web posted February 17, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Now you know you want to find out what happens next? Come see our next production, Marriage is Murder, to find out! February 20-22 and February 27-28 & March 1 at the Edgefield County Theater Company in downtown Edgefield! Call for your tickets today! 803-637-3833.
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Edgefield County Young Farmer Pork BBQ Sandwich Fundraiser On Edgefield Agriculture Day
web posted February 19, 2015