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April 2007 Archive


Reception held for ETV Road Show executives and sponsors (Photos)
web posted April 30, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Developer Bettis Rainsford hosted a luncheon on Friday in honor of the ETV Road Show filming that has been taking place across Edgefield County over the past month. The luncheon was held at The Grille at Mount Vintage with ETV executives, corporate sponsors, and a host of local dignitaries in attendance.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Things are looking peachy (Photos)
web posted April 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – From the looks of several peach orchards, not all is lost for this years peach crop. The late spring freeze early in April had some experts and growers claiming 90% crop loss as most trees were in full bloom or setting fruit. EdgefieldDaily.com took some time to visit several orchards in the Johnston area and found peaches – and lots of them.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond students help in 2007 Special Olympics Spring Games (Photo)
web posted April 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – The STCC HOSA Organization participated in the 2007 Special Olympics Spring Games held on April 27 at Midland Valley High School.  The local HOSA students were chaperons for the participating students from the Edgefield, Aiken and Saluda area.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Favor Awarded Scholarship to Presbyterian College (Photo)
web posted April 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – Akeem Favor has been awarded the John I. Smith and Multicultural Leadership Scholarship at Presbyterian College for a total of $17,800.00. He also received a Presbyterian College Grant in the amount of $3,250.00. The local senior will enter Presbyterian College this fall and major in Business as well as a Management Program.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer takes on smoking ban and private property rights
web posted April 30, 2007
OPINION – Dear Editor,
In response to the current one sided articles and proposed legislation to ban smoking state wide that would deny a private business RIGHTS that are enjoyed by private businesses around the world including dictatorships. This is the right  for a private business to target a specific segment of the buying public to market their wares and make a profit. There is a difference between a private business open to the public and a Public facility funded by taxpayers.
EdgefieldDaily.com Opinions

Caught In The Act performances set for May 3-5 at STH
web reposted April 30, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond High School Gifted and Talented Drama Class and Director Steven McKinney invite everyone to the 2007 edition of Caught In The Act. The Vaudeville style show is written by members of the Gifted and Talented Drama Class and features comical skits, song and dance, and music provided by the STH Show Choir and Jazz Band.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Found Dog: St Bernard
brown and white found on Vann Rd. Trenton.  Call 803-275-5620.

Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens
web posted April 30, 2007
SCHAGEN, Netherlands (April 28) - The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was thrown open Saturday - you could say it was the first time in 4,000 years - drawing a crowd of curious pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder.
AOLNews

Case closed: country club fire investigation leaves cause "undetermined"
web posted April 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and SLED have closed their investigations on the fire at the North Augusta Country Club that completely destroyed the building. “The point of origin is unknown and the cause of the fire is undetermined,” Sheriff’s Corporal Robbie Harter said Friday, “the case is closed”. The April 16 fire had completely engulfed the clubhouse when the first fire trucks arrived around 5 am that morning. At least five area fire departments responded to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Suspect sought in armed robbery of Belvedere loan company
web posted April 28, 2007
BELVEDERE – The Quick Cash Title Loan Company, located at 246 Edgefield Road in North Augusta, was the site of a reported armed robbery Friday evening just after 6 pm. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6-foot tall, slender build, wearing dark jeans and dark shirt, a black or dark blue cap with white writing, black “dew rag” and dark tennis shoes. He was last seen fleeing the area on Highway 25 north towards Edgefield County in a dark green or blue Ford SUV with a paper tag.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Brown Selected Outstanding State HOSA Student (Photo)
 web posted April 28, 2007
JOHNSTON – Marla Brown, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School has been recognized as an Outstanding HOSA State Student for the 2006-2007 school year.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SC Gov says he will endorse the Presidential candidate that can best his time in Family Fitness Challenge
web posted April 28, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford Friday offered a lighthearted wager to all 2008 presidential candidates - if they can beat his time in the governor's upcoming 70-mile Family Fitness Challenge bike ride, a presidential endorsement will be theirs.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Clinton Says Her Southern Twang a Virtue while dissing southerners
Talking southern is now being "multilingual"
web posted April 28, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees her sometimes Southern accent as a virtue. "I think America is ready for a multilingual president," Clinton said during a campaign stop at a charter school in Greenville, S.C.
BREITBART.com

Terrorists say anti-war statements in Democrat's SC debate "moment of glory" for global "resistance movements"
web posted April 28, 2007
TEL AVIV – Democratic presidential hopefuls flashing their anti-war credentials last night at a national debate by stating they would immediately withdraw from Iraq, encouraged Palestinian terrorist leaders here, who labeled the debate a victory for Iraqi insurgents and "resistance movements" throughout the world. "We see Hillary (Clinton) and other candidates are competing on who will withdraw from Iraq and who is guilty of supporting the Iraqi invasion. This is a moment of glory for the revolutionary movements in the Arab world in general and for the Iraqi resistance movement specifically," said Abu Jihad, one of the overall leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization.
WorldNetDaily

FBI joins investigation into bomb threats
web posted April 27, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District and Sheriff’s Office were busy Thursday morning with four bomb threats disrupting schools and straining law enforcement personnel to cover the four locations. The first threat was discovered around 7 am at Wardlaw Academy, a private school, when a note taped to a door said a bomb would go off at the school and at Strom Thurmond High School. Sheriff’s Deputies converged on the schools and school officials activated their now all too familiar evacuation plans.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Car chase ends with arrest of man accused in alleged assault
web posted April 27, 2007
JOHNSTON – Just before noon on Thursday Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to two men fighting at a barbershop on Lee Street. One of the men was said to be armed with a fireplace poker and the other with a crowbar. Johnston Police arrived on the scene quickly, but not before one of the men, said to be the aggressor, fled the scene in a white Ford Crown Victoria towards Edgefield.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SC Gov. Sanford supports House bill adding 30 cent per pack tax on cigarettes
web posted April 27, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford came out in support of a SC House of Representatives Thursday for their plan to cut both income taxes and grocery taxes without raiding the Medicaid program. On Wednesday the House approved a 30-cent per pack increase on cigarettes in order to fund an equal cut to the grocery tax. A similar plan was proposed earlier in the year by Gov. Sanford, but with the cigarette tax offset going toward income tax relief instead. The House budget also provides for more than $80 million in income tax relief.
EdgefieldDaily.com

US Senate Votes to Require Iraq Withdrawals
web posted April 27, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - A defiant Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation Thursday that would require the start of troop withdrawals from Iraq by Oct. 1, propelling Congress toward a historic veto showdown with President Bush on the war.
The 51-46 vote was largely along party lines, and like House passage of the same bill a day earlier, fell far short of the two-thirds margin needed to overturn the president's threatened veto.
MyWayNews

Internet sale leaves Edgefield man with $3,400 in worthless checks
web posted April 26, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to report a fraud. According to the man, his bank contacted him about four cashiers’ checks he deposited that were returned as fraudulent. The checks came from a sale over the internet.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Equipment trailers stolen
web posted April 26, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Two reports of thefts of equipment trailers have come into the Sheriff’s Office this week from the Merriwether area. The first was reported on Stevens Creek Road where a Merriwether man told the deputy his trailer was parked in his yard and when he returned the next day it was gone. Also reported missing from the home was a chainsaw that was left in the garage.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford: Senate Budget grows more irresponsible by the day
web posted April 26, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today joined with fiscally conservative Senators as the Senate headed into its final day of budget deliberations to urge fiscal sanity in the state's spending plan before it's too late.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Barrett pushes for troop funding
web posted April 26, 2007
WASHINGTON DC –  Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) spoke on the House floor on Wednesday supporting a clean bill funding the military in Iraq.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Supreme Court skeptical of McCain-Feingold campaign finance law
web posted April 26, 2007
WASHINGTON - A majority of the Supreme Court appears to be skeptical of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance law's restrictions on pre-election issue ads that mention a candidate by name.
Yahoo!News

Puppy Prozac to help stressed pets
web posted April 26, 2007
If your doberman is a little down in the mouth or your poodle a bit peaky, help is at hand from the makers of Prozac who have developed the drug for dogs, with the canine version coming in chewable form and tasty beef flavour.
Off The Wall

Second arrest made in armed robbery and burglary of Trenton couple
web posted April 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office said they have arrested the second suspect in the burglary and armed robbery of an elderly Trenton couple last week. Keith Rocquell Thomas, 17, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday and is currently being held without bond at the Edgefield County Detention Center along with Rio Tyrone Bing Jr. who was arrested the day of the burglary.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Teen remains in school in spite of disturbing report
Teen tells officials killing animals "funny", likes "shooting their heads off", admires Va. Tech shooter
web posted April 25, 2007
JOHNSTON – A 14-year-old JET Middle School student is the focus of a police report requested by EdgefieldDaily.com after receiving several e-mails from worried parents of students at the school. In the report the child is reported as telling school officials that the Virginia Tech shooter, Choe, was his best friend and that he could learn from Choe. Even more disturbing are comments he made saying he found killing animals “funny” and that he liked “shooting their heads off” and wishing he could “spend all day with the devil”. In spite of the report, witness accounts, and written statements school officials are allowing the teen to stay in school.
EdgefieldDaily.com

One injured in rollover crash (Photo)
web posted April 25, 2007
JOHNSTON – A one-car crash on Highway 191 just outside of Johnston Tuesday morning sent one man to the hospital after his Dodge Durango rolled over and crashed into a building along the roadway. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, and the Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County United Way Names New Officers, Allocates Money (Photo)
web posted April 25, 2007
COUNTY – At its recent annual Allocation Meeting, the Edgefield County United Way elected new officers and decided which agencies would receive funding this year. Dean Campbell, former Johnston Mayor and local United Way Vice President, was elected President.  Ken Durham, President of the organization for 10 years, was elected Vice President.  Ann Adams continues as Secretary, and Richard Beals remains the Treasurer.
EdgefieldDaily.com

First annual Relay for Life Poker Run a success (Photo)
web posted April 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The first annual Edgefield County Hospital Relay for Life Poker run was held Saturday raising $1,131 for cancer research. The event was sponsored by the Edgefield County Hospital and was the scene of the start and ending point of the “poker run” where riders go to various locations and receive a card and try to make the best poker hand by the end of the ride.
EdgefieldDaily.com

One car crash blocks traffic on Hyw 121, sends one to MCG (Photos)
web posted April 24, 2007
JOHNSTON – Just before 2 pm Monday the Johnston Fire Department, Sheriff’s Deputies, and EMS were summoned to a single car crash on Highway 121 just south of Boughtknight’s Crossroads. A 62-year-old woman lost control of her PT Cruiser and left the southbound lane before striking several pine trees and rolling at least once. The woman was trapped in the car as emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Outstanding Essay Winners Honored In Columbia (Photo)
web posted April 24, 2007
COLUMBIA – The Edgefield County School District Fifth and Eighth Grade Lt. Governor’s Essay Winners were recognized at a ceremony in Columbia on April 23, 2007 by Lt. Governor Andre Bauer.  Shown left of Lt. Governor Bauer is Sally Mickelsen a student at Johnston Elementary who is the county fifth grade winner and right is Elizabeth Holmes, a student at JET Middle School who was the county eighth grade winner.
EdgefieldDaily.com

School District Receives Unanimously Approved Accreditation
web posted April 24, 2007
COUNTY – The Board of Directors of the Council on Accreditation and School Improvement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI) has unanimously approved District Accreditation for The Edgefield County School District.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trenton woman reports burglary to home
web posted April 24, 2007
TRENTON – A Carrie Lane woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary at her home on Sunday morning. A Sheriff’s Deputy arrived a short time later and was told by the woman that there was almost $4,000 in goods taken from the home, among them a 42-inch HDTV television worth $2,238.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Locals Awarded Grants Through WSRC Mini Grant Program
web posted April 24, 2007
COUNTY – The Washington Savannah River Company Team at SRS is pleased to announce its 2007 Excellence-In-Teaching Mini Grant winners. Educations from all Central Savannah River Area public elementary and middle schools are eligible to apply for grants in one of three categories: $500, $750 or $1,000. Since the program began in 1989, WSRC has awarded $776,300 to fund 1,464 projects by 1,637 educations in the CSRA.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford Unveils Spending Clock (Photo)
 web posted April 24, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today unveiled a new spending clock, aimed at displaying just how fast the state budget is spending new tax dollars coming into Columbia this year. This week, the Senate will begin debate on its budget, which as of right now contemplates spending nearly all of the $1.3 billion in new money coming into Columbia this year, while only providing $54 million in tax relief to hard-working South Carolinians.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stereo thefts from cars reported in Johnston
web posted April 24, 2007
JOHNSTON – Two Johnston residents reported their cars being broken into and stereo equipment being stolen Sunday. The first call came in just after 3:30 pm on Addison Street. In that case the resident told Johnston Police that he walked outside and noticed a window to his car was busted out and he went to investigate. When he looked he noticed his stereo and speakers were gone.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man Not Guilty in 'Dungeon' Rapes
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - A jury has found a convicted sex offender accused of raping two teen girls in an underground bunker not guilty of kidnapping, sex crimes and assault with intent to kill. Kenneth Glenn Hinson, 48, wiped his eyes and mouth and appeared to cry after the jury read its verdict, which followed about four hours of deliberations over two days.
Off The Wall

Over a Dozen More Recipes added to the Country Cooking, now over 350
web posted April 23, 2007
COUNTRY COOKING – EdgefieldDaily.com's Country Cooking Section continues to grow each week. Send in your favorites and help grow the cooking section even more!
Country Cooking

Police still seeking second armed robbery suspect
web posted April 23, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to locate Keith Rocquell Thomas, 17, of Academy Estates in Bettis Academy in connection to an early Friday morning armed robbery of an elderly Trenton couple. Thomas is described as a black male, about 6 foot tall, slender build, weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. Rio Tyrone Bing, 20, of Bettis Academy Road is already in custody in connection to the case.
EdgefieldDaily.com

March for the Park met with sunny skies and warm temps
(Photos)
web posted April 23, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – The March for the Park was held Saturday at Bettis Park under clear shies and warm temperatures. Attendees began gathering by 9 am to get a good spot to view the parade that began at 11. The County Line Fire Department was also on hand with their brand new Service Truck the department just purchased proudly in the parade.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor Calls for Swift Passage of DUI Legislation
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today called on the House Judiciary Committee to expedite passage of the DUI bill currently in subcommittee. In February, Gov. Sanford joined with legislators and law enforcement personnel from across the state to call for passage of legislation based upon the work of the S.C. Impaired Driving Council. The legislation would stiffen penalties for repeat offenders, and would remove some of the administrative roadblocks and loopholes that currently impede police in their efforts to enforce the .08 legislation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

A Total Waste of Time
By Rev. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist
web posted April 23, 2007
SKIP-OLOGY – (Every once in a while I have to preach, teach, or write something that serves as a reminder to myself. This article serves this purpose. So, if it sounds a bit harsh at times, remember it isn’t directed at you, it’s directed at me.)
EdgefieldDaily.com

Doctors want Pap test for gay men
web posted April 23, 2007
Bay Area doctors are leading a campaign to bring gay men into their offices for a basic exam that women have been enduring for decades -- the Pap test.
Off The Wall

'Smoking gun' tape indicts Hillary?
Shows her 'committing felony' punishable by 5 years in prison
web posted April 23, 2007
A business mogul who says he was Hillary Clinton's biggest donor in her 2000 Senate campaign is preparing to release a newly recovered videotape his lawyer calls "smoking-gun evidence" of the New York Democrat's commission of a series of felonies, each punishable by up to five years in prison.
WorldNetDaily.com

One arrested in Trenton burglary, second man sought
Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigators solve violent crime in a matter of hours
web posted April 21, 2007

BETTIS ACADEMY – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators have made an arrest late Friday afternoon in the early morning burglary of an elderly Trenton couple. In the burglary the elderly couple was held at gunpoint while the two men stole several guns, thousands of rounds of ammo, cash, and one of the couple’s cars. A Sheriff’s Investigator spotted the car around 6 am on Highway 25 and a high-speed chase ensued before the two men crashed the car and escaped on foot.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston man reports grand larceny of equipment, attempted car theft
web posted April 21, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called Police Thursday morning to report a theft from his home on the 900 block of Lakeview Drive when he discovered someone tried to steal his truck and then made off with a trailer with a small tractor and other lawn equipment onboard. Johnston Police arrived a short time later and observed the truck with the steering column “busted”. The trailer that was connected to the truck had been unhitched and was missing from the home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trenton couple held at gunpoint during early morning burglary  (Photos)
web posted April 20, 2007
TRENTON – An elderly Trenton couple was held at gunpoint in their home on the 2500 block of Edgefield Road early Friday morning while two men robbed them of guns, cash, and a 2003 Mercury Sable automobile. The incident took place around 1am. Shortly after 6am Sheriff’s Deputies spotted the stolen car and gave pursuit until the car crashed and the two men ran off into the woods on Knight Lane, just off Community Road near Bettis Academy.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor, Representatives call for School District Consolidation
web posted April 20, 2007
COLUMBIA – Following his call in the State of the State address for school district consolidation, Gov. Mark Sanford today joined Representatives Ken Kennedy (D - Greeleyville) and Rex Rice (R - Easley) to call for bills aimed at reducing administrative overlap and getting more money to the classroom.
EdgefieldDaily.com

David vs Goliath battle brews between local web site and developers
web posted April 20, 2007
MERRIWETHER – When Charles Sharp and Linda Vola launched MountVintageExtra.com they had the best of intentions in helping those in the Mount Vintage and outlying Merriwether Community sell properties and goods which cannot be self advertised in Mount Vintage. What they got in return was notice of legal action if they did not take the site down.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston woman held after stabbing
web posted April 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman has been arrested and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after a stabbing in Johnston earlier this week. Connie Jordan, 44, of the 200 block of Lee Street in Johnston was arrested after officers arrived on the scene and found the male victim with a stab wound to his chest and a second wound behind his ear.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Over the Limit: Raise the Limit
By Rev. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted April 20, 2007

Skip-Ology – It was his chance to be a big-shot. When the check hit the table he scooped it up like a shortstop going for the double play. The words, “I got this” rang out across the tables filled with impressed relatives. The waiter took the piece of plastic, smiled and disappeared. A few moments later a nice looking man with a tie returned with a sheepish almost embarrassed look on his face. He handed the card to the young man and quietly announced the card was no good.  He was over his limit.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sponsor signs stolen from ball field
web posted April 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Recreation Director Nick Wates reported to Johnston Police that two large “sponsor signs” that were placed at the ball field on Academy Street were missing. The sings carried the advertisement for Jim Satcher Ford and Papa’s Pizza and each were four feet by four feet with white background. The cost of the signs was listed at a total of $72. No suspects were listed and it is unknown who may have taken the signs.

NOTICE: Relay for Life Poker Run set for Saturday
web posted April 20, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The 1st Annual Edgefield County Relay For Life Poker Run is this Saturday, April 21st. Start & Finish at the Edgefield County Hospital. First Bike out at 10:00AM, Last Bike out at 11:00AM  Call Kelvin Thomas 803-384-0128, Dale Gordineer 803-336-8632, Sean Kelly 803-270-2291 or Alison Diamond 706-825-1482 for more information or to join in the ride.

Families cancel NBC appearances over gunman video
web posted April 20, 2007
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some family members of the victims killed at Virginia Tech university canceled interviews with NBC on Thursday because the television network aired video and photographs of the killer it received in the mail.
Reuters

Ohio Principal in Trouble for Kissing Feet of Teen Boys Over Volleyball Bet
web posted April 20, 2007
LORAIN, Ohio —  A former principal who kissed the feet of three male students to settle a bet on a volleyball game entered a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor sex charge.
Off The Wall

Questions surround hiring of Brightharp as Title 1 Director for School District
web posted April 19, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School Board voted Tuesday night to offer open positions in the school system to several candidates including the position of Assistant Superintendent to Diane Murrell. Present Assistant Superintendent Roberson said at the meeting the candidates were picked by the Search Committee, which included Dr. Roberson.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Identity released in death of logger (Photo)
web posted April 19, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The identity of a man killed during a logging accident on tuesday has been released Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Wednesday. Ronnie Tolbert, 43, of Norwood Georgia was killed while he was trimming limbs off trees on the back of his truck readying a load. He was killed when a dead tree was suspected to have been toppled by winds and never saw or heard the tree falling due to the noise of a chainsaw he was operating and the other machinery running nearby. The tree struck Mr. Tolbert from behind.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hundreds held out of school after threats
Parents say rumors led to keeping almost half of students out of school
web posted April 19, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Following the most recent bomb threat at Merriwether Elementary parents reacted by keeping their children out of school on Tuesday in fear that a further threat was made in the handwritten letter left under a door at the Teacher’s Lounge area. Merriwether Elementary Principle Gene Huiet said, “around 300 were absent,” on Tuesday, adding that the school enrolls around 800 children. “Everybody was back (Wednesday),” he said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fox Creek defends evacuation
web posted April 19, 2007
Fox Creek High School Principal Dr. Tim Murph spent the latter part of last week defending his decision to evacuate FCHS during a bomb threat at two other county schools. On Tuesday, April 10, a bomb threat was called into the Edgefield County Sheriff's dispatch involving Merriwether Middle and Merriwether Elementary School.
The Citizen News

Fox Creek speaks out; opens mouth to change feet
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 19, 2007

COLUMN – Fox Creek Principle Tim Murph was interviewed by The Citizen News Editor Frank Johnson for an article published Wednesday April 18 in an effort for the school to refute reports published by EdgefieldDaily.com. If you have not read the article I encourage you to do so in order to obtain an even greater understanding of the constant incompetence displayed by their school officials. In the article Mr. Murph not only gives hair-brained excuses for creating a “potentially dangerous situation”, as Edgefield County School Superintendent Sharon Keesley described the un-called-for evacuation in the article, but outright misstates the facts.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Worker dies in logging accident (Photos)
web posted April 18, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Georgia man working on a logging crew was killed Tuesday afternoon when a tree fell on top of him. The call came into dispatchers just before 2 pm and Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS were sent to the location on Woodlawn Road near the Edgefield and McCormick County line. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police continue crackdown on drugs with more arrests
web posted April 18, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Christ Aston announced his department has made arrests for crack cocaine trafficking and drug possession in Johnston over the weekend. The arrests came as a result of traffic stops. Johnny Major Lott, 51, of Palm Branch Road in Leesville was arrested and charged with trafficking crack cocaine after finding over 10 grams of the drug in his Ford Explorer.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SC Judicial Department to provide free computer upgrade to Edgefield County court system
web posted April 18, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Court system will officially be a Pilot Project for the new Statewide Court Case Management System by the SC Judicial Department. Under the program the Judicial Department will provide the desktops, laptops, printers, software, training, hosting, and customer support. For the county to provide the required upgrades would cost between eighty to one hundred thousand dollars.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford takes aim at Senate Finance Budget Spending at Taxpayers' Expense
web posted April 18, 2007
COLUMBIA – Tuesday as thousands of South Carolinians file their state and federal income taxes, Governor Mark Sanford called on the Senate to put the brakes on overspending in the budget, and instead return more money to hardworking South Carolinians.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fire Station Burns While Firefighters at Call
web posted April 18, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Firefighters returned from an emergency call on Saturday night to find their Westside fire house on fire.
Off The Wall

Sheriff's Office, SLED investigate fire at country club (Photos)
web posted April 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The early morning fire that completely destroyed the North Augusta Country Club is currently being investigated by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. According to investigators with the Sheriff’s Office they are looking into the matter in an effort to find the cause of the blaze. The fire completely engulfed the large structure in a very short time. The Country Club was officially sold on Friday and had just replaced the fleet of golf carts last Wednesday. They were also destroyed in the fire.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Caught In The Act performances set for May 3-5 at STH
web posted April 17, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond High School Gifted and Talented Drama Class and Director Steven McKinney invite everyone to the 2007 edition of Caught In The Act. The Vaudeville style show is written by members of the student members of the Gifted and Talented Drama Class and features comical skits, song and dance, and music provided by the STH Show Choir and Jazz Band.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ridge Spring woman charged in stabbing
web posted April 17, 2007
RIDGE SPRING – A Ridge Spring woman is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting service of a warrant after an alleged stabbing on Old Plank Road on Sunday night. The call of an assault came into dispatchers just before 8 pm and the first deputy on the scene reported finding a woman with bloody and “disheveled” clothing with a visible swollen area on her forehead at the location.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Elementary evacuated again after threat
web posted April 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary School was evacuated again on Monday after school officials found a letter making a threat of an explosive device. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and the Merriwether Fire Department were summoned to the scene as the students were being evacuated from the building. This is the second threat made in a week at the school. Last week a 911 call named Merriwether Elementary and Middle Schools as targets.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Annual Senior Farewell Basketball Game set for April 27
web posted April 17, 2007
PSA - JOHNSTON – The Second Annual Senior Farewell Basketball Game will be held April 27th starting at 7:00 p.m. The seniors will have to face the toughest opponents they have ever had, the faculty and staff! Last year the faculty and staff ran away with the competition and scored 100 plus points on the seniors.
EdgefieldDaily.com

The Virginia Tech Massacre, 33 dead
web posted April 17, 2007
Stories relating to the VT shootings.
EdgefieldDaily.com

More recipes added to the local Country Cooking Section; Now almost 350 for your use
web posted April 16, 2007
Country Cooking

Early morning fire destroys North Augusta Country Club (Photos)
web posted April 16, 2007
 MERRIWETHER – An early morning fire left the North Augusta Country Club in ruins. The call of the fire came into dispatchers just after 5 am as a “full involved structure fire” sending North Augusta and Merriwether Firefighters to the scene. As firefighters began setting up the entire country club was engulfed in flames and explositions rocked the early morning calm.
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News Alerts! return to EdgefieldDaily.com
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web posted April 16, 2007

WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com announces the return of the emailed News Alerts! EdgefieldDaily.com provides the most up-to-date reports on events in Edgefield County, but sometimes breaking events are not seen by early morning readers. By signing up for the emailed News Alerts! you can have breaking news sent to you via email. Reports of severe weather, school closings, a missing child, stolen cars, or wanted individuals are best served when the public is advised of the situations. Do not miss out, sign up now!
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Winds, storms down trees over weekend (Photo)
web posted April 16, 2007
COUNTY – As Strong storms moved across the county on Saturday night several trees were reported down and blocking the roadways beginning around 8:30 pm. After the storms passed the winds of Sunday continued to down trees due to the softened ground keeping Sheriff’s Deputies and the South Carolina Highway Patrol busy.
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J.E.T. Young Authors' Night: "A Celebration of Our Writers" to be held April 26
web posted April 16, 2007
PSA - J.E.T. Middle School's Language Arts Department cordially invites the public to attend Young Authors' Night: A Celebration of Our Writers, on Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 P.M. in the cafeteria.  Students will share original stories, poems, and essays, and we will honor those whose selections have been published in Windows Into J.E.T., our literary magazine. For more information, please contact Mrs. Gloria Jackson or Mrs. Laurie Prince at 275-1997

Editor's Column: Imus, Jessie, and Al; it's not racism, it's freedom of speech
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 16, 2007

COLUMN – With the recent firing of Don Imus by CBS and MSNBC for saying he thought members of a basketball team looked like “nappy-headed hos” I just had to ask myself, who owns speech? It seems right now Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton think they do. I hate to tell them, and the national media, no one owns speech – it is free and you do not have a “right” not to be offended. In fact, freedom of speech was to make sure some people were always offended, especially politicians. The FCC has even come out saying Imus did nothing wrong.
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Carl Langley: Michigan legislators fleeing from reality
web posted April 16, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The Detroit News is speaking out against what it calls an “excess of idiocy,” and if ever a newspaper had it right this one does.
EdgefieldDaily.com

ABC reporter says, "Don't feel too sorry" for Duke Lacrosse players cleared in false rape claim
web posted April 16, 2007
"The three young men who she accused are truly innocent of the charges brought against them according to the North Carolina Attorney General and the investigation led by his office. But perhaps the outpouring of sympathy for Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans is just a bit misplaced. They got special treatment in the justice system..."
ABC News

Late Spring Snow won't dampen 'global-warming' rallies
web posted April 16, 2007
The weather forecast for Saturday's global warming rallies in Grand Rapids and Holland calls for snow and cold rain and temperatures in the 40s -- about 10 degrees below normal. For some, this might make global warming a tough sell. "I've thought of that," said Lisa Locke, associate director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, which is organizing the three Grand Rapids "Step it Up" rallies.
Off The Wall

3 year old girl found after hour-long search
web posted April 14, 2007
web posted April 14, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A report of a missing three-year-old girl from a home on the 300 block of Wigfall Street in Edgefield led to several tense moments for the family and police Saturday morning. The report came in to dispatchers around 10 am. Edgefield and Johnston Police as well as Edgefield County Deputies and the Edgefield Fire Department responded to the scene in an effort to locate the missing girl.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether home burglarized
web posted April 14, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary of her home on Thursday. The woman told deputies she does not stay at the home at night and returned and discovered items missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston couple reports missing pistol
web posted April 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called police to report a theft from his Edisto Street home. The man told officers he had been out of town for the past eight days and when he returned he saw a person around the house and later discovered several windows had been tampered with. He did not notice anything missing at the time so he did not call police. When his wife was at the home later she heard a noise and went to retrieve a pistol from the bedroom and found it missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford: Senate Budget Needs to Do More for Taxpayers
web posted April 14, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee's passage of the state budget: "In November, the voters again spoke loudly and clearly in favor of the ideas we've been pushing for over the past five years, one of the chief among them being the idea that marginal tax rates matter, and that cutting income taxes goes to the heart of our efforts to make our economy more competitive," Gov. Sanford said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Researchers Explore Scrapping Internet
web posted April 14, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.
AP News

Potential organ donor was wrongly declared brain-dead
web posted April 14, 2007
Off The Wall

Trenton residents say permit issued for chicken farm in spite of zoning
web posted April 13, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Just when Lake Trenton residents thought they were safe from chicken farms Warren Hamilton, of Sand Rock Way in Trenton, said he and his neighbors have received notice that DHEC has approved a permit for a chicken farm on Courtney Road by Rodney Cato. Mr. Hamilton said this was, “in violation of the zoning”, passed by the county council last year. He was seeking a guarantee from the planning commission that they would prevent Mr. Cato from being able to move forward with his plan.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Wins Award in 2006 National Health Information Awards Program (Photo)
web posted April 13, 2007
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers was selected as a winner in the 13th annual National Health Information Awards. This program recognizes the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials.
EdgefieldDaily.com

$900 in cash said stolen from Edgefield home after break-in
web posted April 13, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A Coral Street resident called Edgefield Police to report a break-in to his home after returning from work and finding the side door of the home kicked in. Officers arrived a short time later and spoke with the resident who informed them that the only thing missing from the home was money.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Citizens seek attendance at County Council Budget meetings
web posted April 13, 2007
PSA – The Edgefield County Council has begun its deliberations of the proposed FY 2007-2008 County Budget (Ordinance 06-07-590) which will include the County’s General Operating Budget, and Ancillary Budgets for Debt Service, E-911 Administration, Solid Waste Disposal, Victim’s Bill of Rights, Emergency Medical Services, Countywide Recreation, and certain Capital Expenditures. 
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Route Changed for First Family's May 5th Bike Ride
web posted April 13, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford and First Lady Jenny Sanford today announced a new route for their May 5 bike ride, which will now begin and end in Aiken. The beginning and end point for the nearly 70-mile ride will be the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center (1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken). The change was made in order to ease travel needs for riders. The route for Mrs. Sanford's 5k run/walk in Aiken will remain the same. 
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Letters to the Editor:
web posted April 13, 2007
Business owner takes aim at trucking company for fiery crash
EMA Director defends emergency plans in bomb threats
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Edgefield man arrested on sexual assault charge
web posted April 13, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault after a report of a tenant claiming she was assaulted by her landlord in her bedroom. According to police reports the woman stated the assault took place last month when the landlord came to her home and entered her bedroom while she was in bed and shut the door. The woman’s daughter allegedly let the man into the home while the woman was asleep in bed.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bettis Academy home site victim of multiple thefts
web posted April 12, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy man called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary at his home under construction on the 1300 block of Bettis Academy Road this week. When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived he observed damage to the back door, three window screens, and the garage door.
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Merriwether business suffers second vandalism, third incident
web posted April 12, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether business owner reported vandalism to a car parked at his business on the 300 block of Currytown Road. The damaged vehicle, a 1995 Oldsmobile, was parked in the front of the business under lights and security cameras.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford Welcomes New BMW President (Photo)
 web posted April 12, 2007
COLUMBIA – SC Gov. Sanford capped off a string of economic development announcements this week by welcoming the new BMW President, Josef Kerscher, to South Carolina Tuesday. The announcement of BMW's new president comes as the company's Greer facility has completed upgrades for future innovation with the rollout of new models. EdgefieldDaily.com

Trenton Ridge Peach Festival announces applications for beauty queens
web posted April 12, 2007
TRENTON – The Trenton Ridge Peach Festival is accepting applications for beauty queens for the upcoming 2007 Peach Festival. The deadline for entry is May 1, 2007. The pageant will be held on May 12. Potential candidates can download an application here

Duke lacrosse sexual assault case dropped
web posted April 12, 2007
Three former players are "innocent" of charges
RALEIGH, N.C. - All along, the three Duke lacrosse players proclaimed they were innocent of charges they sexually assaulted a stripper. They were railroaded, they insisted, by a prosecutor who refused to believe them and ignored the facts. It took more than a year, but on Wednesday, North Carolina’s top prosecutor finally agreed with them.
MSNBC

Citigroup to Eliminate 17,000 Jobs
web posted April 12, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) –  Citigroup Inc. (C), the nation's largest financial institution, said Wednesday it will eliminate about 17,000 jobs as part of a companywide restructuring to reduce costs and improve profit. That amounts to about 5 percent of the bank's 327,000-strong work force.
My Way News

Threat leads to evacuation of two schools in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted April 11, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A 911 call to Edgefield County Dispatchers of a threat at Merriwether Middle and Elementary Schools just before 9am Tuesday brought about the evacuations of the two schools. The Sheriff’s Office and Merriwether Firefighters were also summoned to the scene. School Officials said the evacuations went according to plan and all students were accounted for and classes were later resumed. Investigators said they were working leads in the case along with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
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Deputy cleared of fault in three-car crash
web posted April 11, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Deputy involved in a three-car collision that took place on Sweetwater Road on Monday has been cleared of being at fault in the crash. According to the result of the investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol the driver of the pick-up truck was cited in the collision for failure to yield the right of way.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Martial Arts Program offered for at risk children
web posted April 11, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Carolina Combat Systems / Edgefield School of Karate-Do announces a program for at risk children that will begin on April 30 at the Do-Jo located at 733 Augusta Road, in Edgefield. The program is sponsored by the Excel Program and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Adell Dobey said the program is supported by state and federal government, “It gives us an opportunity to reach at risk children in an effort to prevent them from entering the judicial system.”
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Fox Creek High School; ignorance on display
web posted April 11, 2007
COLUMN – I will be the first to admit that I get a lot of e-mail about the seemingly ever-present missteps by the Fox Creek Charter High School and their School Board reported by EdgefieldDaily.com. Some of the comments are available in the Wandering Minds and its archives. Once again, Fox Creek wanted to get in the news, and they did. There never seems to be an end to the people running the school proving how completely dysfunctional and incapable they are of reasoned thought. This time they have proven it in spades.
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Gov. Sanford: Senate Budget Needs to Protect Taxpayers
web posted April 11, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today visited Associated Packaging, Inc. - a manufacturer in Greer - to call for small businesses and taxpayers to make their voices heard on the Senate budget being written this week in Columbia.
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Guest Opinion: Senate has opportunity to improve budget
By: SC Gov. Mark Sanford
web posted April 11, 2007

OPINION – Bolton, our third son, has always liked the story of the three bears -- of the papa, mama and baby bear, and of the porridge being hot, cold and eventually “just right.” Work has begun on the state budget, and because that means hot, cold or “just right” now deals with your money, it’s worth sizing up whether or not you think things are indeed right in this year’s budget.
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Deputy involved in three car crash (Photos)
web posted April 10, 2007
SWEETWATER – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy suffered only minor injuries after a three-vehicle crash on Sweetwater Road Monday around noon that stalled traffic for almost two hours. According to the driver of a pick-up truck involved in the collision, he was traveling north on Sweetwater Road and was attempting to make a left turn into a hay field when he was struck by the deputy who he claimed was trying to pass a fertilizer truck behind him.
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Johnston Town Council reviews 2007-2008 budget
web posted April 10, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their April monthly meeting Monday evening with all members present and several citizens attending the meeting. After the call to order Mayor Campbell recognized Lynn Rearden, representing Relay for Life, for the council to hear a request to “paint the town purple” for the Relay event set for June 1 and 2.
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Burglary and car theft reported in Merriwether
web posted April 10, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff’s Office to report a break-in at his Stephens Road home on Saturday. The responding deputy found pry marks on the door used to gain entry into the home. Also stolen from the home was the man’s 2000 Nissan Altima.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Two injured in Merriwether crash (Photos)
web posted April 10, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A two-car collision on Sweetwater Road and Rest Master Lane sent two people to the hospital Monday afternoon around 1:30. According to witnesses the driver of a Honda Civic EX was attempting to make a left turn onto Rest Master Lane when it was struck by a Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck traveling north on Sweetwater Road.
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Police seek driver in hit and run crash (Photo)
web posted April 10, 2007
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Deputies were called to a hit and run crash on Garrett Road Monday afternoon around 2:00. An elderly man was traveling west on Garrett Road when a small pick-up sideswiped the Mercury Sable LS in a curve on the 10 block of Garrett Road.
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Three car crash slows traffic on Highway 25 (Photo)
web posted April 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A three-car collision at the intersection of Highway 25 and Star Road stalled traffic for a short time just after 12:30pm Monday. The crash took place when a Chevrolet Silverado truck attempted to make a left turn from the southbound lane of Highway 25 onto Star Road when it was struck by a northbound Chevrolet Z28 Camaro. The collision pushed the Chevy truck into a Ford Ranger that was stopped at the stop sign to make a right turn onto highway 25.
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Hero's tale is 'too positive' for the BBC
web posted April 10, 2007
Amid the deaths and the grim daily struggle bravely borne by Britain's forces in southern Iraq, one tale of heroism stands out. Private Johnson Beharry's courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act, saving his vehicle's crew despite his own terrible injuries earned him a Victoria Cross. For the BBC, however, his story is "too positive" about the conflict.
Off The Wall

EdgefieldDaily.com's Masters Golf Contest winner
web posted April 9, 2007
WEBNEWS – Butch Blocker, of Jeter Street, Edgefield was the winner of the Masters Golf Contest. No entry chose Zack Johnson's name as the winner and Mr. Blocker's name was chosen from a drawing of all eligible entries. He won a $25 Gift Certificate to the Edgefield NAPA Auto Supply. Mr. Blocker chose Ernine Els to win. 88% of entries chose Tiger Woods to take the Green Jacket.


Red Flag Burning Warning
web posted April 7, 2007
COUNTY – A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the Forestry Service. Citizens are asked not to burn outdoors until the warning is lifted. Presently low humidity, dry conditions and gusty winds make outdoor burning inadvisable. The warning will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Peach Blossom Festival draws large crowd in spite of cold temps (Photos)
web posted April 9, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Jaycees Peach Blossom Festival drew a large crowd in spite of cold temperatures and windy conditions on Saturday. After an overnight low of around 30 degrees across the county temperatures were still in the high 30’s as organizers began the work of preparing for the parade and vendors set up shop for the day’s events. By the 11am parade temperatures were just breaking into the low 40’s with 15 to 20 mile an hour winds the wind-chill dropped into the low 30’s.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wanted man arrested in Johnston after stakeout (Photo)
web posted April 9, 2007
 JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said they have captured Michael Deon Norris, 26, who eluded arrest for almost three months. Mr. Norris is currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond and faces multiple drug charges and a General Sessions Court bench warrant.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Brush fires keep local firefighters busy on Saturday
web posted April 9, 2007
COUNTY – Area firefighters were busy over the weekend battling several brush fires. Among the busiest were Merriwether and County Line Departments battling at fires Saturday afternoon. Both departments gave mutual aide battling a large brush fire in Belvedere for several hours. During the time of providing manpower and equipment in Belvedere three fires broke out in the Merriwether area.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston PD deploys Tasers in crime fighting
web posted April 9, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department has followed the lead of the Edgefield Police Department in the issuing of Tasers to its officers Chief Aston said Saturday. The implementation of the non-lethal weapon came late last week when a last minute training session became available and the Chief seized upon the opportunity to have all of his officers certified before the Peach Blossom Festival held Saturday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: Edgefield County Republican Party to hold convention
web posted April 9, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party Convention will be held Tuesday April 17 at 7pm at the Edgefield County Courthouse. Officers for the coming two years will be elected in addition to six delegates allotted to the County of Edgefield for the state convention. Various representatives and candidates will address the convention. For more information please contact Frank Maurer at 803-278-1405 or Ralph McFarland at 803-275-4989 or 803-270-4569. The public is invited to attend.

Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming
web posted April 9, 2007
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a gross alarmist" Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming. "He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he's doing a great disservice and he doesn't know what he's talking about," Dr. William Gray said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, where he delivered the closing speech.
MyWayNews.com

The flying saucer snapped up by US army
web posted April 9, 2007
Off The Wall – The age of the British amateur inventor toiling away in his humble garden shed lives on - and Geoff Hatton is proof of it. The former hovercraft engineer has designed and patented a flying saucer from his workshop in Peterborough that has grabbed the imagination of the American military establishment.
EdgefieldDaily.com

No updates for today due to observance of the Easter Weekend
web posted April 7, 2007
WEBNEWS – Full updates will be made for Monday morning as usual. Please enjoy this time with family and friends. The Wandering Minds has been updated for Saturday. Do not forget the Peach Blossom Festival in Johnston today. Bring a coat or jacket with breezy conditions and cold temperatures expected. High in the mid 50's.

Woman airlifted after rollover crash (Photos)
web posted April 6, 2007
TRENTON – An early morning wreck left a local woman partially trapped underneath her car on Vann Road Thursday. The woman was traveling east on Vann Road when a deer was said to have crossed the road causing the woman to swerve. The woman ran off the right side of the road and apparently overcorrected causing her car to overturn.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vandals continue to plague Merriwether neighborhood
web posted April 6, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Vandals have struck again in Merriwether damaging several mailboxes on Woodlawn Road Wednesday night. One homeowner’s mailbox was completely destroyed and others were damaged. Two green metal fence posts, believed to have been used in the vandalism as green paint transfers were noted, were recovered from two of the locations. The mail carrier for the area said he has over 500 mailboxes he delivers to and the majority of this type vandalism he sees on his route was on Woodlawn Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer praises Edgefield County Hospital
web posted April 6, 2007
Dear Editor,
I find my self compelled to respond to someone’s seemingly random and uneducated remarks in the Wandering Minds column about our own Edgefield County Hospital. Comments were made that the Emergency Department at ECH is not staffed by qualified physicians and that the quality of care is much less than other larger facilities can provide. If this person had done any checking with the hospital or SC DHEC he or she would have discovered that our ED is staffed with more than qualified emergency personnel. Qualified physicians take 12-hour shifts and the ED is staffed with them 24/7.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Blood drive
web posted April 6, 2007
JOHNSTON – Saturday, April 7th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on The Bloodmobile. The lives of the Woodard Triplets were saved locally by blood donations made at Shepeard.  Every time you donate blood, you can save three local lives.

Governor Issues Statement on Workers' Comp Bill
web posted April 6, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of a bill to begin addressing needed reforms to the workers' compensation system.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rapist spared jail as judge agrees girl, 10, looked older
web posted April 6, 2007
A man who raped a 10-year-old girl was spared a jail sentence yesterday after a High Court judge agreed that the victim looked older.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Three additional arrests made in alleged video taped abuse case of foster child
web posted April 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has made three additional arrests stemming from a video tape discovered which allegedly shows the abuse of a 12 year-old foster child by Mentor Home operator Belinda Cooper, of Trenton. Cooper was arrested February 25 of this year for one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and one count of unlawful neglect as a result of the discovery of the video recordings. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that three additional arrests, one involving a juvenile, have taken place and indictments were being sought for additional charges.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Clarification:
web posted April 5, 2007
COUNTY – A statement was missing from the posting of the budget comparison of the Sheriff's Office submitted budget and the budget voted on by the County Council. The submitted budget by the Sheriff's Office shows salaries for an additional twelve deputies. The numbers reflected in the second column are those accepted by the County Council. We regret the omission.

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival schedule of events
web posted April 5, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival kicks off tomorrow with a Street Dance that begins at 8pm Friday featuring music by Marion Turner. The dance will end at 11pm as organizers begin preparations for Saturday’s events and parade as vendors begin converging on the town.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Auto theft reported from Merriwether subdivision
web posted April 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man notified the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon that a “mint condition” blue 1986 Chevrolet Silverado truck had been stolen from a home in the Birch Point subdivision. The truck went missing between the hours of 3 am Tuesday and 6 pm that evening. A Sheriff’s Investigator arrived at the home a short time later.
EdgefieldDaily.com

It's a "berry" good time at Gurosik's Berry Plantation
web posted April 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – 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). Edgefield Daily.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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Here's your card
web posted April 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An alleged trip to the Merriwether area in search of drugs Monday night turned out bad for one Merriwether man after a Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the man making an improper turn onto Highway 25. The deputy turned around and initiated a traffic stop and observed the mini-van accelerate to a “high rate of speed” northbound on Highway 25. The man ignored the blue lights and continued to drive making a turn onto Trailside Drive and then turning into the drive of a residence.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wild Turkey Federation Relay for Life announces yard sale
web posted April 5, 2007
COUNTY –
The National Wild Turkey Federation Relay for Life team will be having a yardsale and hotdog sale Saturday, April 14th starting at 7AM. All proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. The sale will be held in the parking lot at the turkey center.

Closings for Good Friday
web posted April 5, 2007
COUNTY – The Following will be closed in observance of Good Friday:
All Edgefield County government offices
Edgefield Town Hall
Johnston Town Hall
Trenton Town Hall

County Council lays groundwork for new industry prospect
web posted April 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their April monthly meeting Tuesday evening and began with an executive session to discuss a new industry interested in locating in the county. Robert Long, a representative of the Aiken-Edgefield Economic Development Partnership, also attended the session. Upon exiting the closed door meeting Chairman Monroe Kneece called the regular meeting back to order and directed the council’s attention to a resolution setting forth the incentives and terms of an Economic Development project in Edgefield County. It passed unanimously.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council passes first reading of budget, discusses additional deputies
web posted April 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – County Council held the first reading of the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Tuesday night with discussion about the Sheriff’s Office and the additional four deputies provided in the budget. The deputies being added are contingent on a Public Works Grant that has been submitted by the Sheriff’s Office. If the grant does not come through, “then that will be out,” Chairman Kneece said, “We’d have to go back and start at square one again.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Budget request by Sheriff compared to actual budget
web posted April 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Below is the budget request submitted by Sheriff Dobey and the actual figures allowed in the FY 2007-2008 county budget. The first column contains the requested figures and the second column contains the figures proposed by the County Administrator and County Council.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office recovers lost money for elderly woman
web posted April 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An elderly Edgefield woman went to a local utility company to pay her bill and inadvertently left an envelope containing around $600 behind. Clerks at the business did not discover the envelope until another customer was leaving and stopped him to give the envelope to him thinking he left it behind. The man took the envelope and left. When the woman discovered the money missing she notified the Sheriff’s Office.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trenton youth arrested after incident with knife
web posted April 4, 2007
TRENTON – An altercation between several juveniles on Mile Bridge Way Tuesday afternoon ended with a Trenton youth being taken into custody and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia. The original call came in to dispatchers just before 4:30 stating a boy and at least two other children were having an altercation when the boy supposedly threw a knife at a girl, cutting her hand. Edgefield County Deputies and an EMS Unit were summoned to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Saluda County Red Cross Silent Auction Huge Success
web posted April 4, 2007
SALUDA – Our silent auction held at JUNIPER restaurant in Ridge Spring was
a huge success.  We raised almost $7,000.00 that evening bringing our total for this year to over $10,000.00!
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wanted Now: A few Good Men to Lead Us
By: Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist
web posted April 4, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – It’s a shame that this country and our motherland of Great Britain no longer have people like Viscount Kitchener, Bomber Harris, Chesty Puller and George Patton to help reinforce the principles of a democratic society.
EdgefieldDaily.com

New Jersey School Stages Practice Hostage Drill – Portrays Killers as Fundamentalist Christians
web posted April 4, 2007
Superintendent says, “We need to practice under conditions as real as possible”
BURLINGTON, NJ, April 3, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, March 22, officials at Burlington Township High School enlisted the help of two local policemen to carry out a mock ‘hostage situation’ drill at their school.  The drill invoked disapproval from Christian students as the student body was told that the alleged gunmen were “members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the 'New Crusaders' who don't believe in separation of church and state.”
Off The Wall

No town property taxes for Town of Edgefield residents again in 2008 
web posted April 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The residents of the Town of Edgefield will not have property taxes assessed by the town again this coming year Mayor Ken Durham announced at Monday night’s town council meeting. The budget presented Monday has very little in contingency funds allotted, “but it is balanced”, Mayor Durham said adding that it carried a “4% across the board pay raise” for town employees.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Council to hold first reading on $8.6 million 2007-2008 budget tonight 
Sheriff to receive four additional deputies
web posted April 3, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council is preparing to hold the first reading of the Fiscal Year 2007- 2008 Budget 6:30 pm tonight at their regular monthly meeting at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street. The budget totals $8,635,197 for the year and provides for an additional four deputies for Sheriff Adell Dobey. Also included in the budget for the Sheriff’s Office is the addition of four tasers, one for each of the shift sergeants.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Draft Budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008
web posted April 3, 2007
The Edgefield County Draft Budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008 as presented.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Relay for Life to "Color the Town Purple"
web posted April 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Lynn Rearden attended the Edgefield Town Council meeting Monday night to provide the mayor and council with information on the 5th Annual Relay for Life being held on June 1 and 2. “We want to color the town purple”, Ms. Rearden told the council, by placing purple bows and ribbons on the lampposts in the town.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Two STH Seniors receive scholarships (Photos)
web posted April 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – Jesse Newman, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School, has been awarded a William Gregg Scholarship commencing with the fall semester of 2007 from the Gregg-Graniteville Foundation. The scholarship is $6,000 per year for a period of four years for undergraduate study. Also recognized was the National Beta Club scholarship recipient James W. Beja who has been named a Beta Scholar which entitles him to a scholarship award of $1,000.00.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wanted man, drugs, guns, cash, seized at license checkpoint
web posted April 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Officers, South Carolina Troopers, and Edgefield County Deputies conducted a license check on Friday night in Johnston and in the process arrested a wanted man, seized almost $500 in cash, three guns, and crack cocaine from a single car. Just after midnight Friday night a car approached the license check at the intersection of Lee and Edisto Streets and the driver was asked to present his driver’s license. The man claimed he did not have it with him.
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Johnston man reports theft of vehicle
web posted April 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man reported the theft of his silver 1988 Range Rover to Johnston Police Friday. According to the owner he went to a party the night before and awoke around noon to discover the vehicle missing. The man told police that he had twelve fishing rods, a large tackle box, a stereo and speakers, a cell phone, assorted tools and an air compressor in the vehicle. A friend of the owner stated his briefcase was also inside the vehicle.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Pastor: Idea Christ died for sins 'insane'
web posted April 3, 2007
Calls Easter message 'repulsive' – makes 'God sound like a psychopath'
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Jury awards $1.4M to teacher who was punished for refusing to change failing grades
web posted April 3, 2007
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: A Louisiana school system must pay more than $1.4 million (€1.05 million) to an English teacher who was suspended and demoted after refusing to change the Ds and Fs she gave to 70 percent of her students, a federal jury has found.
International Herald Tribune

It's that time again; Johnston Peach Blossom Festival this Saturday, April 7
web posted April 2, 2007
JOHNSTON – The peach trees are in full bloom and just in time for the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival this coming Saturday. Look for more information throughout the week of events and schedules. Click here for a larger view of one of the many peach orchards in the area bursting into full bloom with the coming of Spring. Make your plans now to attend.

EdgefieldDaily.com tops 8,000,000 hits
web posted April 2, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has reached the end of our second year with record setting numbers once again. Now, with over 8,000,000 hits in the first two years, the numbers continue to grow each month. For the month of March we received 684,127 hits from 12,026 unique addresses for a total of 8,187,185 hits.
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Westside woman suffers only minor injuries in roll-over crash (Photos)
web posted April 2, 2007
WESTSIDE – Just after noon Sunday Westside and Merriwether First Responders were summoned to the scene of a one-car crash on Garrett Road. A Garrett Road woman heading west on Garrett Road ran off the right-hand side of the roadway and struck a culvert sending the Suzuki XL-7 airborne before striking two trees. The car rolled at least twice during the crash.
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Mt. Vintage couple launches web site
web posted April 2, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Mount Vintage couple has launched a web site aimed at helping Mount Vintage and area residents sell their homes and other items. Charles Sharp and Linda Vola publish MountVintageExtra.com in an effort to market homes and lots purchased by residents of Mount Vintage for direct sale, which is no longer allowed by the developer. “I bought my home and a lot under one set of rules, and now the rules are changed. It does not seem fair. It ties the hands of those who bought lots as investments,” Mr. Sharp said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Elementary among 135 SC elementary and middle schools to be honored for reducing the achievement gap
web posted April 2, 2007
COLUMBIA – Sixteen percent of South Carolina elementary and middle schools will be honored by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC) Monday, April 9, for reducing the achievement gap for at least one historically underachieving student group.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Miller to Represent STCC and SC in Chicago (Photo)
web posted April 2, 2007
CHARLESTON – The STHS Future Business Leaders of America Organization attended the State FBLA Conference held in North Charleston at the Convention Center March 23 and 24. Over 1,000 members and advisors from across the state were in attendance. Students competed in various business competitions, attended workshops and the awards banquet.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Our World Changed Forever
Skip-ology
By. Rev. Skip Myers

EdgefieldDaily.com columnist
web posted April 2, 2007
COLUMN – There have been a number of events that have changed the course of history. There have been a number of innovations that have enhanced life as we know it. There have been a number of historical figures who have left an indelible imprint upon this world. But when you think about it, whether tyrant or genius, liberation or oppression, progression or digression, they can all be placed into a category occupied by a number of similar people or events.  After all, was not Christopher Columbus the Shuttle pilot of his day? Wasn’t Johannes Gutenberg the Microsoft of his day?
EdgefieldDaily.com

Teacher fired for questioning charter school
web posted April 2, 2007
WASHINGTON  - For more than two decades, Gerald Norde has taught in high schools from Dayton, Ohio, to the District of Columbia. His past employers remembered him as “a good teacher” with a wry, quiet manner who worked hard and kept himself out of controversy. Norde, 60, was hired last fall to teach high school Spanish to the students at Young America Works Public Charter School, one of Washington’s newest charter schools. Day after day, he noticed the attendance sheets in his classes listed students he’d never seen — or who had long since dropped out.
Examiner.com

Obituary
Edith Riley Hook
web posted April 2, 2007
EdgefieldDaily.com

Molester gets 4 months jail
web posted April 2, 2007
Prosecutors, neighbors blast light sentence: A real-estate agent from Severna Park who admitted molesting his daughter for seven years and also sexually abused two nieces over nearly 20 years was sentenced yesterday to four months in jail.
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