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2006
April Archives

Governor Sanford stops in Edgefield Friday (Photo)
web posted Apri 28, 2006
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford stopped by Edgefield Friday to speak with residents about the state budget for Fiscal year 2006-2007. Governor Sanford said he wanted to “interact” with residents to “get a thumbs up or down” on the budget. “The Senate has passed the budget,” he said, “we basically have three more weeks before it is done in full.” The only way things can change now is for the citizens to give their input.
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Four hour manhunt ends in arrest of Augusta man for multiple charges (Photo)
web posted Apri 28, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – An Augusta man was taken into custody after running from the South Carolina Highway Patrol and ending after a four-hour manhunt in the Brightharp Road area off Highway 25. The Highway Patrol spotted Ruben Simpkins, 21, of Augusta Georgia, speeding 63 mph in a 35 mph zone. When the Trooper turned around to conduct a traffic stop Mr. Simpkins refused to stop.
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Man found dead in mother's home, cause of death remains unknown
web posted Apri 28, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Thursday afternoon Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a report of a man being found dead at a home on Country Club Road. According to information, the man’s mother came home to find the man dead in the bathroom just before 4:00 pm.
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Bus wreck sends four to MCG Friday morning (Photos)
web posted Apri 28, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – A three car pile up sent four to MCG early Friday morning, two of which were children on an Edgefield County School Bus. Shortly before 8:00 am an Edgefield County School bus was attempting to make a left turn on Williams Road, just below the Bettis Academy Road intersection on Highway 25, when a red Jeep Cherokee slammed into a Dodge pick-up truck forcing it into the school bus.
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No good deed goes unpunished
web posted Apri 28, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man reported that a woman took one of his credit cards and used it to obtain more than $1,000. According to police reports and Investigators, the Merriwether resident took in the woman because she was “homeless”. At one Merriwether business, the woman used the card to obtain $500 of the money at one time.
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Parent charged in assault on coach
web posted Apri 27, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The man accused of striking Coach Woolsey after a softball game Monday night has been charged and arrested records from the Edgefield County Detention Center show. Hitt Watkins Arnold III turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office late Tuesday afternoon.
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Johnston to hold meeting on recreation
web posted Apri 27, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston announced a public meeting that will be held on May 9, 2006, at 6:00 pm at the Johnston Town Hall. Town Administrator Olin Gambrell said Mayor Willie Campbell is taking up recreation in Johnston at the meeting and desired the public’s input.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Monday morning manhunt leads to felony charges
web posted Apri 27, 2006
JOHNSTON – A domestic call late Sunday night spilled over into Monday morning. The initial call came in to dispatchers as a domestic violence call and ended with Jason Anthony Highley, 26, of Batesburg, being charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and first-degree burglary after being pursued by bloodhounds.
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School Board names new principles
web posted Apri 27, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board voted to name two new principals Tuesday night. On the heels of a vote denying Gaye Holmes as principle for JET Middle School just a few weeks ago, the Board voted to hire Holmes as the new principle at Merriwether Middle School. The Board also approved the hire of Louis Scott as the new principle at JET Middle School.
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One killed in violent crash (Photos)
web posted Apri 26, 2006
MURPHY VILLAGE – One man is dead and another injured in a violent crash on Highway 25 Tuesday afternoon just after 1:00 pm. According to witnesses, the driver of a Toyota Celica was attempting to turn into Murphy Street from Highway 25 when a southbound tractor-trailer truck struck the car at the front. The truck “went into the air”, a witness said, and the driver lost control spilling fuel and oil for hundreds of yards before crashing into a tree in the yard of a home on the northbound side of the highway.
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Some 17-year-olds able to vote in June primary
web posted Apri 26, 2006
COUNTY – Some 17-year-olds may register to vote in the 2006 Primary Election in June if they will turn 18 on, or before, the November 7 General Election.  Trish Gordon, of the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office said in order to vote in the Primary Election they need to register to vote before the May 13, 2006 deadline.
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STH Girls Softball advance in play-offs: assault on coach after game mars event, parent says
web posted Apri 26, 2006
JOHNSTON – A 3-2 play-off win by the Strom Thurmond Girls Softball Team over Lakewood was marred by an assault on the winning coach after the game by a Strom Thurmond player's parent.
EdgefieldDaily.com

One charged in Johnston knifing
web posted Apri 26, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called Police to report that he had been assaulted with a knife late Monday night. When officers arrived at the home on the 500 block of McCreight Street they found the victim with a large laceration to his leg and EMS was summoned to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Confirmed: Tony Snow new Bush press secretary 
web posted Apri 26, 2006
Fox News commentator Tony Snow has accepted the position of press secretary to President Bush, replacing the outgoing Scott McClellan, the cable network confirmed this evening.
WorldNetDaily

Report of assault on STH Coach after game, STH Girls Softball Team adavances in play-offs.
web posted Apri 25, 2006
The Strom Thurmond High School Girls Softball Team advanced in the play-offs by defeating Lakewood by a score of 3 - 2.
Developing, more will be posted later.


Johnston club continues to be focal point of police complaints
web posted Apri 25, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Shack, a popular nightclub in Johnston, was the sight of more problems this weekend. On Friday a Johnston woman called the Johnston Police Department to complain that the club was allowing her underage children into the club. On Saturday, police had to resort to clearing the club with pepper spray to break up a fight.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Beds, refrigerators, and water heater take missing in burglary
web posted Apri 25, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man alerted police to a burglary that occurred sometime last week. When Edgefield County Deputies arrived at the Derrick Road location Friday afternoon, the property owner showed officers where several “camp rooms” located on the back of the property had been broken into, and several items stolen.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burned car stolen from Greenville
web posted Apri 25, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report a car being burned on family property. When a deputy arrived at the location on Woodyard Road he indeed found a car that had been completely burned to the frame.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Reckless driver arrested for no license
web posted Apri 25, 2006
TRENTON – A report of a reckless driver in the vicinity of Highway 25 and Highway 19 came in to Edgefield County Dispatchers. A Sheriff’s Investigator in the area spotted a car matching the description stopped in “the middle of the road”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Country Cooking Section now online  NEW!
web posted Apri 24, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is proud to announce the Country Cooking Section has been added to our web site. We would like to thank the readers who sent in recipes and we hope more readers will submit their favorites for us to share with you.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Support the Lady Rebels Varsity Softball Team

web posted Apri 24, 2006
Please help us support the Lady Rebels Varsity Softball Team!
They have had a great season and will  play their 3rd game of the playoffs tonight at  6:30 at Strom Thurmond High.

Weekly gas survey; Gas climbs to $2.81
web posted Apri 24, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices continued to rise this week as the average price of gas jumped to $2.81. A fourteen cent increase in the last week. Prices varied only eight cents between retailers. Greg's Gas Plus, S&S Truck Stop, and Sportsman's Corner in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported prices at $2.78. The highest reported price of $2.86 a gallon came from the Kent's Corner in Edgefield. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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web posted Apri 24, 2006




Edgefield County Assistant School Superintendent Mathis takes position with Aiken County School District  (Photos)
web posted Apri 22, 2006
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Assistant Superintendent David Mathis has accepted a position with the Aiken County School District. The Aiken County School Board voted Tuesday night to hire Dr. Mathis as an Assistant Superintendent with the Aiken County School District.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Crash in Johnston sends one to hospital Friday afternoon (Photos)
web posted Apri 22, 2006
All Photos and storyline by Davey Barton
JOHNSTON – Friday afternoon a two vehicle crash occurred just after 5:00 pm Friday afternoon at the intersection of McCrieght Street and Yonce Pond Road just outside the town limits of Johnston. The crash left one woman trapped inside a her Chevrolet S-10 pickup after being struck broadside by a late model Ford F150.
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Fox Creek continues downward spiral; teachers, students make departures known 
web posted Apri 22, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek Charter High School is in the news yet again, this time over the wholesale departure of some of the top teachers made known and parents pulling their children from the school at the end of this year saying the school cannot survive the mishandling of the
claimed School Board’s continued  irrational decisions and policies.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Grand larceny at Merriwether church site solved, two charged within days
web posted Apri 22, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office made quick work of a grand larceny theft reported from construction site of the Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church on Martintown Road in Merriwether. Over the past weekend an industrial welding machine used in the construction of the church’s new Family Life Center was found missing when workers returned to work on Monday morning.
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Johnston man reports theft of boat, multiple items
web posted Apri 22, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called the Johnston Police to report his boat missing from his pond Wednesday afternoon. The Robin Drive homeowner told Police he returned home late in the day and noticed the boat missing. After taking a closer look around the property the owner discovered several other items missing as well.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burglaries, auto thefts overnight possibly related (photos)
web posted April 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD –  A routine a alarm call at a Johnston tire company at 1:00 am Thursday morning has the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office searching for a person which they believe not only burglarized a tire company and a nursery business, but has allegedly stolen two vehicles, crashing one at a home in Edgefield around 3:00 am.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Relay for Life May 5, 2006
web posted April 21, 2006
COUNTY – The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Edgefield County will be held May 5, 2006 at the Strom Thurmond High School Football field. The event begins at 7:00 pm and continues throughout the night. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge to participate.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cancer Benefit for Paula Jo Davis Saturday in Edgefield
web posted April 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Cancer Benefit will be held for Paula Jo Davis, Saturday, April 22 in the parking lot of Ribeyes Restaurant. The benefit will kick-off at 10:30 am with hamburgers and hot dogs for sale, a bake sale, yard sale, and a car wash. All proceeds go to help Paula Jo Davis’ cancer treatments. For more information or to make donations please contact Vivian at 803- 637-9227 or 803- 480-2580. 

Sheriff's Office seeks help in rash of Hispanic robberies
web posted April 20, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release on Wednesday seeking information on several armed robberies that have taken place this month. The two suspects are said to be Hispanic males between 5’ 6” and 6’ tall using a black pistol during the alleged crimes. A total of three businesses fell victim to similar crimes on the same day.
EdgefieldDaily.com

La Oficina del alguacil busca ayuda en el sarpullido de robos hispanos
web posted April 20, 2006
COUNTY  –  La Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Edgefield publicó un comunicado de prensa el miércoles buscando información en varios robos armados que han sucedido este mes. Los dos sospechosos son dichos ser los males hispanos entre 5' 6” y 6' utilizar alto una pistola negra durante los crímenes pretendidos. Un suma de tres negocios cayó a víctima a crímenes semejantes en el mismo día.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Argument ends in shots fired in Johnston
web posted April 20, 2006
JOHNSTON – Monday night Johnston Police were called to a disturbance on Ridge Road that escalated to one with shots fired. Around 8:00 pm resident of the area called to report a large crowd of people and two hot arguments going on. Johnston Police arrived a short time later.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fox Creek refuses to release information after report of theft of hundreds of dollars
web posted April 20, 2006
COLUMN – I was robbed. I was going to report it. However, I lost the “information”. That is the basic excuse officials at Fox Creek Charter High School took after the report by EdgefieldDaily.com on the delayed burglary report that took place last month at the school. A total of $420 was taken in a theft of two offices. WJBF Channel 6 in Augusta Ga. picked up on our story and got the same results we get, “tight-lipped” responses from Fox Creek Officials.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Two Federal Prison employees involved in single car crash (photos)
web posted April 20, 2006
SWEETWATER – A single truck crash stalled traffic on Sweetwater Road for a little over an hour Wednesday afternoon. The driver stated a deer ran out and while trying to avoid hitting the deer he lost control of the blue F-150 Ford pickup and rolled it several times ejecting the passenger in the process.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Budget process grows
web posted April 20, 2006
COUNTY – As EdgefieldDaily.com reported on Wednesday, the Edgefield County Council held a work session on the proposed Fiscal Year 2006-2007 on Tuesday night. In addition to the compromise worked out so far for at least two additional deputies for the Sheriff’s Office, several other items came up during the meeting. Following is highlights of the consensus at the meeting.
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Coach Smallen leaves STH for job at Coastal Carolina University
web posted April 19, 2006
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond coach Gary Smallen will be taking a position with Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Though no official announcement has been made from Strom Thurmond or the Athletic Department EdgefieldDaily.com learned of the move last week and tipped our readers on the Insider. However, all doubt was removed when Coach Smallen told listeners to Sports Talk, a syndicated sports talk show, that he has accepted a position.
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Exclusive: Sheriff Dobey addresses County Council for additional deputies
web posted April 19, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a Fiscal Year 2006-2007 on Tuesday night at the Edgefield County Council Chambers. Administrator Wayne Adams said the budget, as presented, was balanced at a total of $7,838,642. Sheriff Adell Dobey and Captain Chris Wash attended the work session as well to present the Council with the Sheriff’s original budget request that included the addition of four Deputies.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Related Opinion:
County Council; Proper law enforcement for county not worth $8 increase
web posted April 19, 2006
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Strom Thurmond students witness mock crash, take Prom Promise (photos)
web posted April 19, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Prom Promise crash demonstration and program was held at Strom Thurmond High School Tuesday morning. With the help of the Edgefield County EMS, Northside, Edgefield, and Merriwether Fire Departments and others the students were told about a crash that happened when several students went to the prom, got intoxicated, and tried to drive. In the end, two of the passengers were dead.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fox Creek High School Officials slow to report crime
web posted April 19, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of hundreds of dollars being stolen from two offices at Fox Creek Charter High School on Monday. When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the school he was informed that $220 had been taken from one office and $200 had been taken from a second. The theft, the school said, occurred between March 22 and March 23.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Men flee from police, leave 4 wheeler behind
web posted April 19, 2006
SWEETWATER – The Edgefield County Dispatch Office received a call of two suspicious persons near Southern Felt Company of Highway 25. When a Deputy arrived at the corner of Fox Terrace he spotted two men standing next to a 4-wheeler.
EdgefieldDaily.com


NOTICE: The Bookings for the Edgefield County Detention Center placed today has been removed
web posted Apri 18, 2006
Usually the report is taken directly from the "red book" records. This week, the Sheriff's Office had installed new programing that allows the bookings to be printed out for us. However, due to a problem with the program, the charges given were not accurate. EdgefieldDaily.com was unaware of the problem until we were notified by the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is working to correct the programing and apologized for the error. The bookings will be posted by Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. We regret the delay in posting the information.

Edgefield County Council Holds Budget Work Session

web posted Apri 18, 2006
NOTICE – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a Work Session on the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Operating Budget at 6:00 pm today, April 18, 2006. The session will be held at the County Council Chambers, 225 Jeter Street in Edgefield, behind the Courthouse.

Traffic stop results in assault of Officer and arrest
web posted Apri 18, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A routine traffic stop ends up with an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy being attacked and a workout for the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department Bloodhounds. While on patrol a Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a driver crossing the centerline and running off the road on Columbia Road. When a traffic stop was initiated, the driver complied and near the intersection of Eastview Road and Columbia Road in Edgefield.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rash of car thefts possibly related
web posted Apri 18, 2006
SWEETWATER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stolen vehicle Friday morning. The owner, a Lakeview Road resident, said he has been out of town and when he returned his 1992 Saturn SLT was gone. The case was turned over to investigators and is said that it may involve a rash of stolen vehicles.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Run, hide, go to jail
web posted Apri 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – While a Johnston Police Officer was on routine patrol, he spotted a man wanted for an assault and battery warrant from the Edgefield Police Department walking down Aiken Avenue Thursday afternoon. When Johnston Police Officer Robinson approached, he asked the man his identity. When Leric Leonard Merriwether, 19, of Butler Street, Johnston, told him who he was Officer Robinson placed him under arrest. Mr. Merriwether evidently decided a quick run through the woods was in order before going to jail.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Mock Crash to be held Tuesday at STH
web posted April 17, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Student Council, in association with the Edgefield County EMS, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Office, LifeMed Helicopter Services, South Carolina Department of Highway Safety, and other agencies will host a Mock Crash on Tuesday April 18 at the football stadium at 9:45am until 11:25 am.
EdgefieldDaily.com

It is tax day; want to know who pays taxes?
web posted April 17, 2006
COUNTY – It is that time of the year, tax time. Though the April 15 deadline has passed, since it fell on a Saturday the “official” deadline is today, Monday April 17. The annual parade of procrastinators and mad-dashes to the Post Office before midnight seems like a right of passage to many. Some feel elections should be held on the same day taxes are paid. Whatever your opinions of taxes are, EdgefieldDaily.com thought we would do a little homework over the Easter weekend and provide our readers with some tax facts you might not otherwise know.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Brush fires ravage property and claim home over weekend
web posted April 17, 2006
MOUNT CARMEL – McCormick County Firefighters and five other agencies fought a massive forest fire that also claimed one home Saturday in the Mt. Carmel area. Edgefield County Northside Firefighters were placed on stand-by just after 2:00 pm Saturday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Why We Do What We Do When We Do It
web posted April 17, 2006
Dr. Skip Myers
Is how you do something more important than what you do? Or is what you do more important than how you do it? Or is it possible that who you do it to is more important than either how or what? Human behavior is as unique as human personality. What we do and how we do it and with whom is an outgrowth of our personality controlled behavior. How’s that for some early morning junior psychology!
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Obituary
web posted April 17, 2006
Leslie Perry Hammack
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1,000,000 Hits Since January!
web posted April 15, 2006
WEBNEWS –  EdgefieldDaily.com topped 1 MILLION hits since January on April 14, 2006 at midnight. Our first million came in February just shy of our first year online. Since January, EdgefieldDaily.com has received 1,005,064 hits from a combined average of 4047 repeat visitors each month.

Weekend Happenings:
Earth Day Celebration; Bettis Park
web posted April 15, 2006
The Earth Day Celebration will be held at Bettis Park Saturday April 15th at 11:00 am.

Scouts and Merriwether Fire Department Bar-B-Que
web posted April 14, 2006
The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department and Troop/Pack 601 will be selling Bar-B-Que chicken plates on Saturday April 15. Advance tickets are available and can be obtained by calling 279-8001. You may purchase tickets at the Merriwether Main Station on Martintown Road across from Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, from Merriwether Firefighters, or from Troop 601. For more information call 803-279-8001

Four Family Yard Sale
web posted April 14, 2006
EDGEFIELD - A four family Yard Sale will be held on Penn Street in Edgefield Saturday, April 15 from 7:30 am until done. Household items, children's computer games, toys, camouflage, swords, and more

EdgefieldDaily.com will not be making normal updates in observance of Easter
web posted April 14, 2006
During the Easter Weekend EdgefieldDaily.com will not be making the normal daily updates. Everyone that works to make EdgefieldDaily.com possible for our readers would like to wish each reader a Happy Easter. We will be spending time with family and attending Easter Sunday Services. If you are new to the area or do not have a church home please visit our Church Directory in the Info Now Section to find one near you. Updates will be made to cover breaking events so check back regularly.

Weekly gas survey; Gas climbs to $2.67
web posted April 14, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices continued to rise this week as the average price of gas jumped to $2.67
. A thirty cent increase in the last two weeks. Prices varied only eight cents between retailers. Greg's Gas Plus in Sweetwater took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.64. The highest reported price of $2.72 a gallon came from the Northside BP.. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Closings: The following will be closed Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday
web posted April 13, 2006
County                                                     Towns
Auditor                                                      Edgefield Town Hall
Building and Planning                                 Trenton Town Hall  
County Administration                                Johnston Town Hall
Courthouse                                                Schools  
Magistrate                                                 Edgefield County Public Schools 
Recreation                                                 Wardlaw Academy 
Veterans Affairs

Charter violations mount against Fox Creek High School and School Board
web posted April 13, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The troubles of Fox Creek Charter High School that were made public by EdgefieldDaily.com seem to be only the tip of an apparent iceberg in the path of the Titanic school. The recent meeting of the Edgefield County School Board and the South Carolina Department of Education that ended with clarification of what constitutes revocation of a charter school drew the attention of many.
EdgefeildDaily.com

Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo; Get Hooked on fishing, Not on drugs!
web posted April 13, 2006
COUNTY - The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 13, 2006 at Lick Fork Lake from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm for children 12 and under. Free Prizes, refreshments, fishing bait and tackle available and provided. Organized by the Edgefield County Law Officers Association. Sponsors include the Merriwether Fire Department, US Forestry Service, Edgefield County Bass Club, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Individual and Coporate donations welcomed. To donate or recieve more information contact Chris Aston at (803) 637-5337 or (803) 275-3091
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Ex-Fox Creek Board Member speaks out
web posted April 13, 2006
"I am very worried about many aspects of our 'boards' rulings and decisions."
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Technology Tips
web posted April 13, 2006
Three "Critical" Windows flaws acknowledged
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School Board queries Dept. of Education on charter of Fox Creek
Asks about causes to revoke charter
web posted April 12, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School Board requested the Fox Creek Charter High School Board attend their meeting Tuesday night for a presentation by J.C. Ballew of the South Carolina Department of Education regarding the limitations and responsibilities of the District and the Charter School.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston business burglarized with no forced entry
web posted April 12, 2006
JOHNSTON – An after hours burglary was reported to police at a Johnston restaurant. The business owner stated when the business closed all the doors were locked and the money was placed in the safe. When the owner returned the next day the doors were still locked, but the safe was missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Outdoors: Sharing the land
web posted April 12, 2006
Turkey season began Saturday April 1st.  My son, Jeff, and I had agreed to hunt opening weekend at a hunt club an hour away, and spend the weekdays in the Forks area of Sumter National Forest which is closer to home.  Earlier in the season, I had observed several toms while I reported on the construction of the new FATS mountain biking trail.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Mayor-elect thanks voters
web posted April 12, 2006
Edgefield Mayor-elect Ken Durham said he wishes to say, "Thank you for your support in the recent Mayoral election. I look forward to serving you as your next mayor." Mr. Durham said he is working on several ideas that he will present once he takes the reigns in May.

DEA Agent Who Shot Self In Foot Sues U.S.
web posted April 12, 2006
A Drug Enforcement Administration agent who stars in a popular online video that shows him shooting himself in the foot during a weapons demonstration for Florida children is suing over the tape's release, claiming that his career has been crippled and he's become a laughingstock due to the embarrassing clip's distribution.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Ford Recalls Nearly 20,000 Mustang Cobras
web posted April 12, 2006
Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that it was recalling nearly 20,000 Mustang Cobra sports cars after receiving complaints that the back of the accelerator pedal could become caught in the floor carpeting and lead to a crash.
Breitbart.com

Burglary, grand larceny reported in Merriwether
web posted Apri 11, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A reported burglar and grand larceny came in to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night. A Cooper Loop resident told police that he had been away for about a week and when he returned home Friday night he discovered his home had been broken into.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Report of reckless driver results in drug arrest
web posted Apri 11, 2006
JOHNSTON – A reported reckless driver came in to 911 Dispatchers just after midnight Saturday night. The car, a green Mercury Sable was traveling on Highway 121 heading towards Johnston at the time. A short time later a caller state the same car had an intoxicated driver and was last seen at a gas station. As a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived he saw the car leaving the store and followed.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston swears in new mayor, councilmen (photos)
web posted Apri 11, 2006
JOHNSTON – Before the Johnston Town Council monthly meeting, Mayor Pro Temp Buddy Smith presented former Mayor Dean Campbell with a plaque thanking him for his service during his tenure as Mayor of Johnston. Dean Campbell thanked the Council and staff for their help during his time in office and urged them to provide the same cooperation with newly elected Mayor Willie Campbell.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fox Creek does it again! A Column by the Editor
I am not making you look bad, you do not need my help
web posted Apri 11, 2006
COLUMN – I would like to start this column with an apology to Diana Volkmar. She was so kind as to call and threaten to sue me because her name was listed as being a School Board member at Fox Creek High School and she said she is no longer a Board Member. When I explained the list of names published was provided by Fox Creek High School Diana Volkmar told me I was wrong. So, being the astute reporter that I am I assured Diana Volkmar that I would contact Fox Creek to try to get to the bottom of things. Guess how well that encounter went.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Crash sends one to hospital Monday morning (photos)
web posted Apri 11, 2006
TRENTON – A two car crash at the intersection of Greenhouse Road and Highway 19 in Trenton sent one local woman to the hospital shortly after 10:00 am Monday. According to Police, the woman was traveling west on Highway 19 when an Edgefield man did not see her and entered the roadway.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Palmetto Princess Bridgette Sullivan makes time for area youth (photo)
web posted Apri 11, 2006
EDGEFIELD – When Bridgette Sullivan became a Palmetto Princess, she didn’t realize all the work that would be involved. She has not only accepted the responsibility but gone the extra mile.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Thieves hit school bus shed stealing over $6,000 in tools
web posted Apri 11, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified that someone had burglarized the Edgefield County School Bus shed on Roland Avenue. Investigator’s arrived on the scene to find a section of the fence cut and over $6,000 in tools missing from the trucks.
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Identities of four arrested on drug charges released
web posted Apri 11, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The identities of four arrested on drug charges Wednesday have been released. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office released the names as Eddie Ruth Cartledge, 67 of Upper Mill Rd; Vintrellas Jermaine Harrison, 22; Cameron Anwar Williams, 24; and Dedrick Terrell King, 18, all of McCormick.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Beryl Henderson wins Masters contest
web posted Apri 10, 2006
WEBNEWS - Beryl Henderson of Edgefield won the $25 gift certificate to any county business for being the only person to guess Phil Mickelson as the winner of the 2006 Masters.

EMS Relay for Life team and visitors ignore rain to make fundraiser a success (photos)
web posted Apri 10, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County EMS Relay for Life team held a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Merriwether main Fire Station. Despite the rainy weather organizers said they sold over $1,000 in spaghetti dinners and more was raised in the silent auction.
EdgefieldDaily.com

How the Opposition Viewed Easter
Dr. Skip Myers
web posted April 10, 2006
Have you ever considered Easter from Satan’s point of view? His diary entry might look something like this:
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opening Turkey Day ‘06
web posted Apri 10, 2006
Opening day of turkey season this year was like no other I’ve seen in some time. The morning began as I crawled from my hotel bed listening to the rain as it poured outside my room.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Tiny Trotters "Worlds smallest basketball team"
web posted Apri 10, 2006
Come share two hours of fun, laughter, entertainment, and the chance to win great door prizes. Tuesday, April 11, 2006 from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm at the Merriwether Middle School Gym. Adults $7, Students $5, under 3 admitted free. All proceeds go towards Technology Improvements at Merriwether Middle School

Obituary
Nealie Robinson Fields
web posted April 10, 2006
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Visit to inmate ends up with reservations to jail for two women
web posted Apri 8, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Two Edgefield women went to the Edgefield County Detention Center to visit an inmate. After they left, a deputy checked the visitation area and discovered two packs of Newport cigarettes wrapped in tissue left in the trash can in the restroom. The area is searched before and after people come on visitation day. The two women will not have to come to visitation day next week as warrants have been issued for their arrest.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Weekend events:
Yard Sale
Giant yard sale, 6:00 a.m. until.  Large number of items including some
valuable antiques.  Sale will be held RAIN OR SHINE inside garage.  337
Woodridge Rd at Pine Ridge Country Club.  From Bilo take Country Club Rd.
Turn RIGHT on Pine Ridge Rd and LEFT on Woodridge Rd.

Mama's Truck Food Give-A-Way
April 8, 2006
Edgefield
191 W.A. Reel Drive at Country Manor 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Johnston
257 Lanier Rd (Off Hyw 121) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

"The Weekend Before Easter Celebration"
Presented by Edgefield EMS Relay For Life
Spaghetti Lunch/Silent Auction/Egg hunt Merriwether Community Center Martintown Rd. April 8th, 2006 11am-4pm

The Edgefield County WalkAmerica March of Dimes fundraiser
The Edgefield County WalkAmerica will be held at the Edgefield Park, in Edgefield, registration begins at 8:00 am with the actual walk beginning at 9:00 am.
Find these activities and more in the Happenings Section

Zoning ordinance riddled with problems, legal concerns
web posted Apri 7, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council gave first reading approval to the Rural Residential zoning classification and its boundaries in the Lake Trenton area on Tuesday, April 4. The ordinance originated from two separate issues; creating the new zoning classification first, and then take up zoning Lake Trenton Rural Residential. “We are not going to rush it,” Planning Commission Chairman Fab Burt said in the October 14, 2005 meeting. Less than 30 days later at the November meeting the commission voted to zone.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Grand theft auto, times two
web posted Apri 7, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Two cars were reported stolen from the Merriwether area Wednesday afternoon by two men with a tow truck. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned to a home on the 1300 block of Stephens Road for a 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass and a 1992 Nissan being taken from the property, and a neighbor had contact with the two men.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Education and College Prep Day Saturday April 29
web posted Apri 7, 2006
COUNTY – The Education and College Prep Day will be held at Strom Thurmond on Saturday April 29 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The event, sponsored by Choices A Lifetime Development Inc. and Strom Thurmond High School, will have representatives from many major universities on hand to answer student and parent’s questions.
EdgefieldDaily.com

One day only: Guess the winner of the 2006 Masters and win a $25 gift certificate to any Edgefield County business
web posted Apri 6, 2006
WEBNEWS - Guess who will win the 2006 Masters Tournament and recieve a $25 Gift Certificate to the Edgefield County busniess of your choice.
EdgefieldDaily.com

All night club continues to be all night nightmare for Johnston Police
web posted Apri 6, 2006
JOHNSTON – A local Johnston club has been the focus of attention of police and residents for some time. “The Shack”, located at 502 Railroad Avenue in Johnston, was the focus of a report of an assault on two Police Officers at 3:15 am in February. The Town Council took the issue up at the March meeting to begin wording an ordinance to close such establishments at a “decent hour”. In the meantime, police are constantly answering calls to the club and making repeated arrests.
EdgefieldDaily.com

I'm not drunk, I'm a "deacon in the church"
web posted Apri 6, 2006
EDGEFIELD – While on routine patrol an Edgefield County Deputy saw a white Caprice driving on the wrong side of the road on a curve and hill on Jeter Street. The Deputy pulled the car over and immediately smelled a “strong smell of an alcohol beverage” coming from the car as he approached. What followed was not what the Deputy expected.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Prowler call results in find of stolen truck
web posted Apri 6, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s  Office discovered a stolen vehicle Wednesday morning after a report of a prowler in the Merriwether area. An Ann Street resident called to report a man trespassing on his property and that his rottweiler  dog had attacked the man and he had blood dripping from his hand. The subject left the scene before the Officer arrived.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Four arrested for drug charges, more arrests possible
web posted Apri 6, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A multi-county drug bust took place on Wednesday in Edgefield with the Edgefield County and McCormick County Sheriff’s Offices and Edgefield Police participating. McCormick County Narcotics Officers have been building a case against several individuals for a while. When four of them were seen together just before 2:00 pm, a search for them went out in Edgefield County.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Report on Lake Trenton zoning will be delayed
web posted Apri 6, 2006
COUNTY – The issue of the zoning of the Lake Trenton and Courtney Road area has been a hot issue dating back almost a year. EdgefieldDaily.com promised an in depth report of the history and contested issues surrounding the entire process for today. After interviews with planning commission members, county officials, and the presented “official records” what we found cannot be presented at this time.

EdgefieldDaily.com is presently reviewing reports, recordings, official minutes of meetings, and comparing them to statements, actions, and votes. The report will be delayed until it can be comprehensive enough to cover the growing number of problems revealed during the initial review.


Edgefield - Johnston elect new mayors
web posted Apri 5, 2006
EDGEFIELD/JOHNSTON – The Towns of Edgefield and Johnston held their mayoral elections Tuesday, which resulted in both towns electing new mayors. In Edgefield Ken Durham will take office next month and in Johnston Willie Campbell upset incumbent Dean Campbell.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Council votes to zone Lake Trenton area
web posted Apri 5, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held the April monthly meeting Tuesday night to a packed house in attendance. After dispensing with the usual approval of minutes and reports Chairman Kneece went right into the reading of Ordinances, the first being the zoning of the Lake Trenton area.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Charges upgraded to kidnapping in Johnston attack (photo)
web posted Apri 5, 2006
JOHNSTON – Charges against Ronald Pixley, 45, of Johnston, stemming from an attack on a 17 year-old Johnston teen have been upgraded to include kidnapping. The attack occurred March 30, 2006.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Falling tree just misses Edgefield mayor-elect Tuesday afternoon (Photo)
web posted Apri 5, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield’s new mayor barely escaped being crushed by a falling tree Tuesday afternoon while driving down Church Street in Edgefield. As newly proclaimed mayor-elect Ken Durham passed the Edgefield First Baptist Church on Church Street a huge tree came crashing down just as he passed just before 5:00 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Truck blocks traffic on Highway 25 for two hours
web posted Apri 5, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A tractor-trailer truck attempting to turn around on Highway 25 just before the Trestle entering Edgefield ended up blocking traffic for almost two hours on Tuesday afternoon. The driver realized he had entered an area he could not pass through, tried to make a U-turn, and ended up placing the front of his truck in a ditch blocking all traffic around 3:00 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stolen checks report grows to include other victims
web posted Apri 5, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Merriwether man went to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report someone stealing two checks from the middle of his checkbook. One of the checks has already been cashed for $200 and a stop payment had been placed on the second missing check.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man calls 9-1-1 to get a ride
web posted Apri 5, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were dispatched to a home on the 100 block of Slide Hill Road to check out a 911 hang-up call. When officers arrived they found a highly intoxicated man claiming he made the call so Police would come and he could get a ride.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bloodhounds find wanted man under house
web posted Apri 4, 2006
JOHNSTON – You can run and you can hide, but you cannot get away. That is a lesson Baby Ray Padgett, 48, of Prosperity SC, found out Sunday night in Johnston. While on regular patrol An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Mr. Padgett coming out of a store and get into a black car. Knowing Mr. Padgett had outstanding warrants for his arrest the Deputy made a traffic stop on Lee Street. That is when Mr. Padgett decided to try out his sprinting abilities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Robbers hold up three Mexican businesses on Saturday
web posted Apri 4, 2006
TRENTON / JOHNSTON – The first, and second, armed robbery in Edgefield County took place on Saturday. Saturday morning around 10:30 two women working at the Los Jarochos store on Pinehouse Road had two Hispanic men walk in, display a pistol and pointed it at the women, demanding all the money in the register. The women said they asked the man not to shoot them while giving the two men the money.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Mayor McKie conducts his final Council meeting
web posted Apri 4, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Bob McKie oversaw his last meeting as mayor Monday night at the Edgefield Town Council monthly meeting. With a shortened agenda, the meeting got off to a jovial beginning with several lighthearted comments from the Mayor.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: "The county is certainly in need of a blood transfusion"
web posted Apri 4, 2006
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Trenton woman claims she was "tricked" into fraud
web posted Apri 4, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton woman notified the Sheriff’s Office stating she had been the victim of fraud. According to the victim, she stated she met a man at Woody’s Bar and Grill on Highway 25 south on March 10, 2006. For the next two weeks, she allowed the man to stay at her home.
EdgefieldDaily.com


$3,821 theft reported by Merriwether man
web posted Apri 4, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a gas powered airless sprayer. According to police reports, a man that has worked with the victim came over last week with another man. For some reason that encounter gave rise to the victim saying the other man was the most likely suspect due to the encounter.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man reports laptop stolen from unlocked car with windows down
web posted Apri 4, 2006
TRENTON – The Edgefield Sheriff’s Office received a report of a larceny from a vehicle Friday afternoon. The Trenton man said he left his car parked at a location on the 1900 block of Edgefield Road while left with a friend. When he returned about 45 minutes later his Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop computer was missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Peach Blossom Festival 2006 (Photos)
web posted Apri 3, 2006
JOHNSTON – The 23rd annual Johnston Peach Blossom Festival was held Saturday amid a few early morning showers that gave way to sun and fun. Thousands converged in Johnston to enjoy the arts, crafts, and food in addition to fun and games. The festivities kicked off with the Parade led by Grand Marshals Danny and Lynda Tidwell.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Two Hispanic males rob Johnston store Saturday night
web posted Apri 3, 2006
JOHNSTON – A robbery was reported at a store catering to the Hispanic community in Johnston around 8:18 pm Saturday night in Johnston. According to breaking information, two Hispanic males entered the store and produced a gun. After obtaining the money, they left the scene on foot.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Armed robbery in Trenton Saturday morning
web posted Apri 3, 2006
TRENTON – Around 10:30 am Saturday morning, two Hispanic men walked in to Los Jarochos at 33 Pinehouse Road in Trenton and held the two women working at gunpoint.
EdgefieldDaily.com

EdgefieldDaily.com Cartoons:
Computers malfunctioning? Ordinances with mysterious text?

County employees may go here (to aviod the "mystery" missing links that may, or may not, appear)

It's a "berry" good time at Gurosik's Berry Plantation (photos)
web posted Apri 3, 2006
It’s a “berry” good day in the neighborhood, if the neighborhood is Merriwether and you are on Briggs Road turning into Gurosik’s Berry Plantation, 345 Briggs Road, North Augusta SC (phone 803-278-0594). EdgefieldDaily.com was taken for a tour of the plantation and facilities by owner Clyde Gurosik and his wife Marilyn, and a very impressive tour it was.
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Editor's Column: Government at work, job completed (Photos)
web posted Apri 3, 2006
COLUMN – A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column on our government at work, more specifically the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SC DOT). I showed you pictures of the workmanship and commented on the ignorance of widening a road that is falling apart. SC DOT took offense to that column. I received this nice little letter telling me how the work was incomplete and I would see the “improvements” soon. So I waited.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sound off: Call or e-mail the Fox Creek High School Board members and let them know what you think about their vote to allow drug possession at school for a "senior"
web posted Apri 3, 2006
Due to the number of calls and e-mails from readers and the media, here are the refused to be released phone numbers and e-mail addresses to Fox Creek School Board members.
EdgefieldDaily.com

General Session Court Resolutions
web posted Apri 3, 2006
On The Record

Financial Insights
Divorce and Your Estate Plan
web posted Apri 3, 2006
Maintaining your financial security, and that of any dependent children, is one of the toughest challenges you are likely to encounter when facing a separation or divorce.  But once you have decided to divorce, there are a number of estate and gift tax opportunities and pitfalls that may arise as a result of your new status as an unmarried individual.
Financial Insights

Sex Offender Registry Updated
web posted Apri 3, 2006
Sex Offenders

Happenings:
web posted Apri 3, 2006
Mama's Truck Food Give-A-Way

"The Weekend Before Easter Celebration"

The Edgefield County WalkAmerica March of Dimes fundraiser

Scouts and Merriwether Fire Department Bar-B-Que

Tiny Trotters "Worlds smallest basketball team" to perform
Find these and more in the Happenings Section

Sex offender arrested for attack on teen
web posted Apri 1, 2006
JOHNSTON – A 17 year old Johnston woman fought off an attacker and called police saying she thought the man was going to rape her. Johnston Police and Edgefield County Deputies arrived a short time later and discovered the suspect was a registered sex offender. After patrolling the area authorities had Ronald Pixley, 45 of 302 Country Club Road, Johnston, in custody within the hour.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Backlash grows over Fox Creek decision
web posted Apri 1, 2006
COUNTY – When EdgefieldDaily.broke the story of the readmission of James Dee Purvines, 17, to Fox Creek Charter High School after his on campus arrest for drugs we knew there would be a backlash from the story. We thought it would come from the parents of students at the school in defense of the school. We were wrong.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Support the Scouts and Merriwether Fire Department
web posted Apri 1, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department and Troop/Pack 601 will be selling Bar-B-Que chicken plates on Saturday April 15. Advance tickets are available and can be obtained by calling 279-8001. You may purchase tickets at the Merriwether Main Station on Martintown Road across from Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, from Merriwether Firefighters, or from Troop 601. For more information call 803-279-8001

Letter to the Editor: Just my thoughts on the School Board in Edgefield County
web posted Apri 1, 2006
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Fox Creek school board ignores on campus drug bust, votes to return student to class

Vote conflicts with county's zero tollerance policy of drugs at school, District to question exemption

 web posted March 31, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Fox Creek school board has shown its disregard for the policies of the Edgefield County School District. As we reported two weeks ago on the drug arrests of two students, it seems that the school board will overlook drug possession and criminal charges for certain individuals, a move that has drawn the ire of the School District and parents.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: High times at Fox Creek High
web posted March 31, 2006
OPINION – It seems that the Fox Creek school board has given permission to possessing illegal drugs on campus with a March 21 vote. James Dee Purvines, 17, and an unnamed juvenile were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana at Fox Creek High School on Tuesday March 14. Last Tuesday night that arrest, drugs, and offense were forgiven and Mr. Purvines has been attending classes ever since.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man reports assault with gun
web posted March 31, 2006
SWEETWATER – A man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report another man pulling a gun on him Wednesday afternoon. Deputies responded to the location the victim was to be waiting for them on the corner of Highway 25 and Community Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

EdgefieldDaily.com nears one million hits for first quarter!
web posted March 31, 2006
EdgefieldDaily.com would like to thank our readers for putting us on the path of  almost 1,000,000 hits for the first quarter of the year. With almost 900,000 hits since January we will reach our 2 million mark in the first part of April. We are humbled by the support and pledge to continue to bring the most complete up-to-date reports with investigative exclusives to our readers. If present growth patterns continue we could see over five million hits in 2006. Thank you for your support.

Test Your Firewall Security
web posted March 31, 2006
A simple and easy way to test the effectiveness of your firewall
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hunting camp burglarized
web posted March 31, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A caretaker of property located on Lewis Lane reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a burglary had taken place. The property is a hunting camp off of Highway 378 and three structures had been broken into.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Administrator presents County Council with 2006-2007 budget
web posted March 30, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council was presented the budget of the fiscal year 2006-2007 as prepared by Administrator Wayne Adams Wednesday night at the budget work session of the council. The budget, as prepared by Adams, totaled $10,754, 812 with a 4.7% increase over last year. Hardest hit in the budget process were elected officials which Mr. Adams, not the county council, slashed requests made by the elected officers before the budget was even presented to the county council.
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