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April 2010 Archive


US Fibers Announces Expansion in Edgefield County, creation of 85 jobs
web posted April 30, 2010
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership announced Thursday that US Fibers, a recycler of PET Post Industrial and Post Consumer material, will expand its facility in Edgefield County. The $10.1 million investment is expected to generate 85 new jobs. The company is headquartered in Laurens County, where it also has a recycling plant.
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Robbers strike twice within an hour Thursday night
web posted April 30, 2010
JOHNSTON – Two men fitting the description of the armed robbers at Billy’s Superstore in Trenton on Saturday may have struck again in North Augusta. An hour later they may have been involved in an attempted robbery in Johnston. Two armed black males robbed the Circle K store on Highway 25 near I-20 and fled the scene on foot around 10:20 pm Thursday. Less than an hour later, two men fitting the same description tried to rob an employee at the Gary’s Restaurant in Johnston.
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Dream Weaver Auctions to sell Edgefield Pottery and more May 1
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web posted April 30, 2010
HODGES SC – Dream Weaver Auctions will hold an auction at 4 pm Saturday, May 1, at the Lakelands Auction Building located at 5902 Highway 25 North in Hodges SC. In addition to Edgefield Pottery there are Civil War items, antique toys, vintage fishing lures, jewelry, firearms and more. Photos available. Fred H. McDowell, Auctioneer SCAL #3557
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Trenton man injured in motorcycle crash
web posted April 30, 2010
TRENTON –  A Rock Creek Road man was seriously injured after crashing his Suzuki motorcycle less than a half mile from his home Thursday afternoon around 6:15 pm. Edgefield County EMS, Merriwether First Responders and firefighters, and the County Line Fire Department responded to the scene and set up a landing zone for an Air Med helicopter at Beacon Filtration
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Burglaries and thefts count rises to nine for the week
web posted April 30, 2010
COUNTY – Burglaries and thefts continue this week with four more reported on Wednesday and early Thursday morning. All combined, $10,000 worth of property was taken. Once again the majority of the thefts occurred in the Merriwether community.
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Fire at Edgefield Federal Prison contained to “industrial oven”
web posted April 29, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A fire at the Edgefield Federal Prison around 3:30 am Wednesday brought the Edgefield Fire Department to the facility after smoke was reported coming from the Food Services Department. William Mackelburg, Public Information Officer for the Prison, said the smoke was found to be coming from burning food in an “industrial oven”.
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Alarm thwarts burglary to Trenton business early Wednesday morning
web posted April 29, 2010
TRENTON – The alarm system at the Trenton Bar-B-Que restaurant in Trenton helped thwart a burglary early Wednesday morning just after 2 am when a Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched and found someone broke a hole in the wall at the back of the building. Although able to make entry into the building, different attempts to enter the main dining area by the person or persons were unsuccessful.
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Thefts account for almost $5,000 in property losses this week
web posted April 29, 2010
COUNTY – In addition to recent burglaries and an armed robbery, overlooked sometimes are the lesser thefts that still add up to considerable loss to the victims. Since Saturday, other thefts accounted for thousands of dollars of property being stolen, with a majority coming from the southern part of the county.
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Discovery Center to Host Tea Fundraiser
web posted April 29, 2010
EDGEFIELD – It is tea time at the Freshwater Coast Discovery Center during Brunch Fit for a Tea on Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Ladies will dine on the front porch of the center from a menu of authentic tea refreshments while being entertained by Jane Jenkins Herlong. A native of Edgefield, Herlong is an award winning public speaker with extensive experience in the field. Original floral decorations will be provided by Petal Pushers and available for purchase.
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Opinion: Despite Cuts School Spending Still Rising
web posted April 29, 2010
OP-ED – The last school year was dominated by news of massive budgets cuts to classrooms across South Carolina. A closer look suggests the impact of cuts was often overstated, sometimes dramatically. Newly released data from the State Department of Education indicates that both funding and spending actually rose across the state's 85 public school districts.
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Stroke: Not Just a Man’s Disease
By Dr. Fredrick Phillips
web posted April 29, 2010
AUGUSTA – In the United States, 1.4 million more women than men are living with the effects of stroke, according to the American Stroke Association. In fact, every year 55,000 more women than men have a stroke, and twice as many women die of stroke than breast cancer. Locally, Walton treats nearly twice as many women as men for stroke rehabilitation.
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Three die in early morning crash
web posted April 28, 2010
AIKEN – An early morning car crash has left three people dead in Aiken County. Just after midnight a single vehicle believed to be driven by Troy Crawford of New Ellenton SC was driving north on Gray Mare Hollow Rd in Aiken when the vehicle left the roadway on the southbound side, struck several trees and then overturned. The vehicle at the time of the crash was traveling at a high rate of speed.
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Birthday-Anniversary Cake drawing returns next week
web posted April 28, 2010
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily’s Birthday-Anniversary monthly cake drawing returns next week so be sure to get your loved ones entered into the drawing by emailing your May birthday or anniversary wish before the Sunday deadline. The custom cake is provided by Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield where, “almost anything can be made into a cake”. Just send in your birthday or anniversary wish and they are automatically entered into our drawing.
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Hospital Thanks Auxiliary Members with Appreciation Dinner
web posted April 28, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital held its annual Hospital Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner last week at Pine Ridge Country Club. Board Chairman, Dr. B.E. Nicholson, gave the welcome and the opening prayer was said by Board of Trustee member Henry Kowalewski.
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Two arrested for electrical power theft
web posted April 28, 2010
TRENTON – A Hayes drive man and woman were arrested Monday afternoon after a worker for Aiken Electric Co-operative called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report electricity being restored to a home that had the meter removed by the electric company.
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Religion: Accepted by the Father
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted April 28, 2010
RELIGION – We talked last week about legalism. That is merit based, performance driven, rule based, quasi-Christianity, which I think hijacks the true gospel of Jesus.  I have a corrective to legalism today to offer, and that is the amazingly awesome acceptance and approval of God.  I like alliteration.
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Dream Weaver Auctions to sell Edgefield Pottery and more May 1
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web posted April 28, 2010
HODGES SC – Dream Weaver Auctions will hold an auction at 4 pm Saturday, May 1, at the Lakelands Auction Building located at 5902 Highway 25 North in Hodges SC. In addition to Edgefield Pottery there are Civil War items, antique toys, vintage fishing lures, jewelry, firearms and more. Photos available. Fred H. McDowell, Auctioneer SCAL #3557
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Public Education: Is it what the Founders intended?
By: Adelpha Pallas
web posted April 28, 2010
GUEST COLUMN – Some of the most controversial issues in educational debate today lie with appropriation of taxpayer funding for education.  Some people may say that typical parents are not as involved in education as they should be; however, these volatile financial issues surrounding parent choice, school vouchers, charter school funding, and the social debate surrounding public vs. private schools would indicate this assumption is incorrect.
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Town of Edgefield request proposals for pedal boat rental business
web posted April 28, 2010
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: The Town of Edgefield is requesting proposals to establish a pedal boat rental business at Slade Lake. All related costs such as advertising, taxes, fees, storage, and probability of success would be the sole responsibility of the successful proposal. The successful proposal would be required to carry a General Liability insurance policy of at $1,000,000 per occurrence and a $2,000,000 General Aggregate with the Town of Edgefield named as the additional insured.  A specifications package may be obtained at Town Hall, located at 400 Main Street, Edgefield. Written proposals must be submitted to Town Hall on or before May 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. The Town of Edgefield has the right to accept or reject any and all proposals.

Photos of armed robbers made available
web posted April 27, 2010
TRENTON – Photos of the armed robbers at the Billy’s Superstore in Trenton are available after being provided by storeowner Billy Williams. The two men are shown pointing their guns at the cashier during the commission of the robbery while another shot reveals a woman standing behind the robbers with her hands on her hips in apparent disgust during the crime.
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Edgefield man held on drug charges after armed robbery investigation in Trenton
web posted April 27, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The identity of a man taken into custody shortly after the armed robbery at Billy’s Superstore Saturday night has been identified as Maurice De’andre Williams, 22, of Eastview Street in Edgefield. Williams was stopped after being spotted leaving the Crossroads Motel on Oscar Drive, located next door to the crime scene, shortly after the burglary and was driving with no headlights on approaching Highway 121.
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School bus and garbage truck involved in minor mishap
web posted April 27, 2010
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County School Bus and a sanitation truck were involved in a minor mishap Monday afternoon on Lanier Road Monday afternoon. As the two vehicles met each other on their scheduled routes, they passed within inches of each other causing their side mirrors to collide. Although the bus was carrying a few students at the time of the incident, none of the children were injured.
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Courtney Road home burglarized Monday, second reports broken windows
web posted April 27, 2010
TRENTON – A Courtney Road woman arrived home Monday evening to discover she had been the target of a burglary. She immediately called 911 and waited in her car for Deputies to arrive to clear the home. No one was found inside the home and an investigator was called to the scene to process any available evidence.
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Edgefield Chamber of Commerce Hosts Breakfast, Auctions Bridgestone Tire Set
web posted April 27, 2010
JOHNSTON – Stop by and visit the Edgefield Chamber of Commerce during the Peach Blossom Festival on Calhoun Street in Johnston May 1, 2010, for breakfast and a chance to bid on a brand new set of four Bridgestone tires. Breakfast is free, but the tires will be sold to the highest bidder.
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Edgefield man charged with indecent exposure and assault
web posted April 27, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were called to the 300 block of Addison Street early Sunday morning after a woman reported a man taking off his clothes and jumping on the hood of her car and that of another person. When officer’s arrived they found Tyrone Wakefield Jr., 29, of Bauskett Street, Edgefield, fighting with another man. The two men were separated as officers investigated the incident.
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Trenton man arrested for growing marijuana
web posted April 27, 2010
TRENTON – A Rock Creek Road man was arrested on a charge of manufacturing marijuana after the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office received a tip of the man having marijuana plants growing in his back yard. Cletus Darien Stamper, 40, was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Narcotic Investigators after finding the plants.
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Edgefield Alliance will hold May meeting Monday morning
web posted April 27, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will host its monthly meeting next Monday at 7:30 a.m. at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus.  We invite anyone interested, to join us in learning more about Edgefield County and its educational assets. Breakfast will be served.  A small donation of $3- $5 to help cover the cost is requested.
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Billy’s Superstore target of armed robbery
web posted Sunday, April 26, 2010
TRENTON – Two armed robbers entered Billy’s Superstore in Trenton Saturday night just after 10 pm and produced a “long gun” and a pistol before grabbing cash from the register. The two men fled out of the store on foot towards Augusta Road to make their getaway. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies as well as Johnston and Edgefield Police converged on the scene but were unable prevent their escape. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in trying to identify the men.
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Smith named as new Merriwether Fire Chief
web posted April 26, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Fire Commissioners tapped Joey Smith to be the new Fire Chief of the Merriwether Fire Department. Smith, a veteran firefighter of 35 years, served as assistant chief before being chosen to fill the top job following Chief Faye Fullmer’s recent resignation. He has been with the Augusta Richmond County Fire Department since 1978 and the Merriwether Department for six years.
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Edgefield woman inured in Saturday afternoon crash
web posted April 26, 2010
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield woman was transported to MCG following a single car crash on Martintown Road just before 4 pm Saturday. The 23-year-old Edgefield woman was traveling eastbound on Martintown Road when the rainy road conditions caused her to hydroplane and loose control of her Honda Accord. The car left the westbound lane and overturned.
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Saturday's Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Grand Marshals are 1949/1950 Queens and Hostesses
web posted April 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – This Saturday, May 1, the Johnston, SC, Peach Blossom Festival will showcase great entertainment, arts and crafts, food concessions, a parade, rides for children and two dances. The parade Grand Marshals this year are the 1949 and 1950 Peach Blossom Festival Queens and Hostesses.
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School District announces Third Nine Weeks Honor Rolls
web posted April 26, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has announced the third nine week’s Honor Roll for area schools on Friday. Edgefield Daily commends all of the students as they strive for academic excellence.
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PTC Student Among Nationwide Coca-Cola Scholars
web posted April 26, 2010
GREENWOOD – Johnston resident Brandon Andrews, a building construction technology student at Piedmont Technical College, has been awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program, the Foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher education institutions granting two-year degrees.
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Man reportedly tries to sell stolen property to victim’s son
web posted April 24, 2010
TRENTON – An Aiken man trying to sell scrap metal at a recycling center in Trenton ended up driving through the fence after he apparently became suspicious he was being delayed. The owner of the business recognized the material the man was selling being similar to items he reported stolen in Aiken County on Wednesday and called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.  
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Livingston honored for service on School Board
web posted April 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board of Trustees honored School Board member Andy Livingston at their April 23 meeting. Mr. Livingston has served on the School Board for over 15 years until his election as Mayor of the Town of Johnston earlier this month. He was presented with a plaque recognizing him for his loyal and dedicated service to the students and employees of The Edgefield County School District.
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Gov. Sanford Outlines Consequences of Cigarette Tax Increase in North Augusta
web posted April 24, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – Gov. Mark Sanford joined Dr. Russell Sobel in North Augusta on Thursday to discuss pending cigarette tax legislation and efforts to improve business soil conditions across South Carolina. Gov. Sanford has long been expected to veto the new fifty cents per pack increase in taxes passed earlier this week.
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Grant Winners Are Main Attraction at Reception
web posted April 24, 2010
AIKEN – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC held the Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Reception last week at Newberry Hall in Aiken, SC. Ms. Barbara Smoak, Manager of SRNS Education Outreach Programs presided over the event. She introduced Mr. Garry Flowers, President and CEO of SRNS who gave remarks commending the teachers who had been selected as winners in the SRNS grant program.
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Paddleboat rentals on Slade Lake proposed
web posted April 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – In a brief called meeting of the Edgefield Town Council on Thursday, Mayor Ken Durham brought forth the idea of paddleboat rentals at Slade Lake. Mayor Durham has previously spoken to the town attorney, police chief, the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Department, and other officials prior to bringing the idea to the town council.
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
web posted April 23, 2010
COUNTY – With the recent arrests of two accused child molesters and two additional cases currently under investigation, it is ironic that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Though sexual assaults may not be completely preventable, there are ways to help protect your children from becoming a victim. Nationwide, a child is sexually assaulted every two minutes.
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Handguns stolen in vehicle break-in
web posted April 23, 2010
TRENTON – A Girl Scout Camp Road man reported two handguns stolen from his vehicle on Wednesday. Also missing from the vehicle was a GSP unit. The man did not discover the missing items until he arrived at work and notified the Sheriff’s Office.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held Saturday, April 24 - Space still available for class
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web posted April 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Mid-day crash blocks traffic on Mealing Road
web posted April 22, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A one vehicle crash sent a local woman to MCG Wednesday just after noon after she lost control of the Hummer she was driving on Mealing Road near Holly Circle. Merriwether Firefighters, First Responders, and Edgefield County EMS blocked all traffic on the road while extricating the woman from the vehicle with the use of the Jaws of Life.
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Gov. Sanford Calls for Passage of Sentencing Reform
web posted April 22, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford today joined legislative leaders and state officials to call for passage of the sentencing reform bill (S.1154) now being debated in the South Carolina House of Representatives. These reforms would reverse the trend toward incarcerating non-violent criminals who pose little or no risk to the public, discourage recidivism by providing inmates with a more closely supervised transition to society once their sentences have been served, and at the same time save taxpayers more than $400 million over the next five years.
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Senator Lindsey Graham offers assistance to residents seeking aid from government
web posted April 22, 2010
NATION – A representative from United States Senator Lindsey Graham’s office will be in Edgefield County on Tuesday, April 27, to meet with constituents seeking assistance in their dealings with the federal government.  Individuals are encouraged to contact Sara Snell in the Columbia office (803) 933-0112 for an appointment.  Appointments are encouraged but not required.
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“Letter Carriers Food Drive” set for Saturday
web posted April 22, 2010
COUNTY – The "Letter Carriers' Food Drive" will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 and residents are asked to place non-perishable food donations in a bag at your mailbox for collection.
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Walton Opens New Apartments for Brain Injury Survivors
web posted April 22, 2010
AUGUSTA – James Colson’s first meal in his new apartment was catfish and grits, which he made himself.  That may not seem like a big achievement to some, but this is the first time James has lived on his own since a car accident last fall resulted in a traumatic brain injury. Thanks to Walton Rehabilitation Health System, survivors of brain injury who are able to live independently with minimal support can now have a home of their own.
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Students are "distracted" educator says
By: Adelpha Pallas
web posted April 22, 2010
GUEST COLUMN – I agree that students are distracted by their technological devices during class instructional time.  They have grown addicted to providing running commentary about their lives like some third-person narrator whose primary motivation is to entertain friends and simultaneously self-stimulate to relieve boredom.  The boredom lies in their own minds; however, specifically in their lack of imagination or atrophied ability to handle rhetorical discussions.  Their auditory abilities and listening skills have become stunted as they only hear 1 or 2 words of a lecture, then go off on their text devices commenting on the first associative thought they had in response to those 1 or 2 words.
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Editor responds to critics
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 22, 2010
COLUMN – It is nice to see that another Letter to the Editor complaining about the editors personal opinions on the fiscal matters of our county government made the local papers, but not Edgefield Daily. With more important issues facing our county residents such as our county operation budget coverage, lack of emergency response vehicles, child molesters, crime, and burglaries - responding to the two opinions was far down on the list of priorities. However, I will take time out to respond and say that everyone is welcome to his or her opinion. However, the news is the news and opinions are just that, opinions.
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County Council Chairman proposes funding for NGO's and raises for county employees
web posted April 21, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece presented a budget amendment at the county council’s budget workshop Tuesday night that provides for funding for non governmental organizations (NGO's), non-profits, libraries, Piedmont Tech (PTC), and included a 2% pay increase for county employees. Although Chairman Kneece’s proposal included $42,908 for PTC, Jim Klauber of PTC said it was not enough.
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Appliances targeted for theft in burglary from deceased owner
web posted April 21, 2010
WESTSIDE – A burglary to a home of a recently deceased man was reported Monday with $1,800 of appliances being stolen and other items attempted to be taken after a family friend went to check the property for a relative. When she arrived she found a rear door window broken out and the theft and called 911.
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Religion: Rules or Relationship…"Love God and do what you want." Augustine
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted April 21, 2010
RELIGION – How many of you like rules? I am not a big fan of them; I have a rebel streak in me that is a mile long. I remember being in third grade and having a teacher who hated chewing gum, like it was introducing the black plague into the classroom or something. Anyway, after being busted countless times, I figured out a solution. I would bite my fingernails and chew them, pretty much just to spite.
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Young Authors' Night: "A Celebration of Writing" to be held April 29 at JET Middle School
web posted April 21, 2010
JOHNSTON – JET Middle School invites the community to attend our annual Young Authors' Night: A Celebration of Writing, on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. in the cafeteria.  Students will share original compositions, and the school's literary magazine Windows Into JET will be unveiled.  Mrs. Linda Nidiffer and family will also present special awards from the Jeanette Memorial Fund, which was established in honor of her mother, an avid supporter of education.  Come and support our talented young authors.

Camp Success Opens Registration to Area Students
web posted April 21, 2010
AIKEN – For the 3rd year, the Silver Crescent Foundation is teaming up with USC Aiken to host Camp Success, an educational and engaging program that fosters interest in science and engineering among rising seventh and eighth graders. The weeklong camp will run daily from Monday, June 21st through Friday, June 25th from 9:00 to 4:30.
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Peeler Pushes Bill of Rights for Foster Care Children Out of Senate
web posted April 21, 2010
COLUMBIA – A bill to help children in foster care succeed in South Carolina’s public schools is making its way out of the Senate. The South Carolina Bill of Rights for Children in Foster Care Act has been championed by Majority Leader Harvey Peeler and was approved today by the full Senate on third reading.
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STHS March Culture Award Recognition
web posted April 21, 2010
JOHNSTON – Mr. Matt Schilit shown at center proudly stands with the March Culture of Excellence Award honorees from Strom Thurmond High School. Left is Mrs. Marjorie Cassels-Culture of Excellence Teacher Award honor and at right is Mrs. Lisa Crocker-Culture of Excellence Support Staff Award honor.
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17-year-old charged in molestation of child
web posted April 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A 17-year-old Lakeview Road teen turned himself in at the Edgefield County Detention Center late Friday to face a criminal sexual conduct with a minor charge that stems from an investigation that began earlier this month. Ricky Darnell Coleman was booked into custody and was released on bond Saturday. He is being charged as an adult in the case.
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Thurmond student injured in single car crash
web posted April 20, 2010
JOHNSTON – An 18-year-old Strom Thurmond student was injured in a single car crash Monday morning on Highway 23 near Patriot Lane. The teen was driving east on Highway 23 near Wardlaw Academy around 10:30 am when an animal ran out in the road and she swerved to avoid hitting it causing her to loose control of the Mitsubishi Diamanti.
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Two more homes destroyed by Fire Monday morning
web posted April 20, 2010
COUNTY – Two more homes were destroyed by fire within 12 hours. The first of the most recent fires was reported just after midnight Monday morning on the 30 block of Autumn Lane and the Trenton and Edgefield Fire Departments were called to battle the blaze. The home was reported “full involved” upon the arrival of the first firefighters on the scene.
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State Report Cards Released
web posted April 20, 2010
COUNTY – The State Department of Education released 2009 Report Card ratings for all schools and districts in the state on April 16th. All four elementary schools and the two middle schools in the Edgefield County School District showed significant improvement results in both the Absolute Rating and Growth Rating categories. Fox Creek Charter School drug the overall disctict levels down to "At Risk" for "Below Average" ratings.
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Fundraiser for co-worker at Crouch to be held Thursday
web posted April 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The workers at Crouch Hardware will be holding a bake sale and fundraiser for co-worker Teresa Culver who has been hospitalized for over a month with complications of Crohn’s disease. The bake sale and raffles will take place on Thursday from 3 until 8 pm during the Edgefield Downtown Shop around.

North Augusta man charged in burglary at Turkey Federation
web posted April 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A North Augusta man is in custody and charged with third degree burglary of a storage building belonging to the National Wild Turkey Federation that took place on April 13. Steven Trey Quarles, 49, of Orchard Way, North Augusta, was taken into custody on Monday.
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National Radio Personality to DJ Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Dance
web posted April 20, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is proud to announce that Professor John Hook will bring his syndicated radio music to the Saturday, May 1, dance at the Festival. Hook, affectionately known as “Fessa Hook” by his many listeners, is well known for his syndicated radio show in the U.S. and Europe, the Beach Music Top 40 Countdown. 
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Holmes Pond Road reopens for traffic after dam repaired
web posted April 20, 2010
JOHNSTON – It may have taken a little over a year, but Holmes Pond Road has been reopened for traffic after the final repairs were completed. The road was closed on March 13, 2009 after water began rushing underneath the drainpipe causing the dam to collapse on both sides of the roadway.
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Here’s Your Card: The cab ride is not free, but the ride to jail is
web posted April 20, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man and woman approached a cab driver at the Waffle House on Martintown Road early Saturday morning and asked if the driver could take them to Johnston. The driver agreed and started the meter to calculate the fare. Once they arrived at the Edisto Plaza Apartments the woman got out and went into an apartment. When the cab driver confronted the man, he reportedly told the driver he thought it was “a favor”.
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Late night fire destroys Bettis Academy home
web posted April 19, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – A late night house fire Saturday brought several area fire departments racing to the scene with reports of the possibility of children being inside the home. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene they reported the home was “fully engulfed” and began requesting additional fire departments to respond. Five separate departments sent trucks and firefighters to the scene. The home was completed destroyed. Thankfully, no one was home at the time of the fire.
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Aiken man killed in early morning motorcycle crash
web posted April 19, 2010
AIKEN – An Aiken man was killed after an early morning motorcycle crash on Marlboro Street in Aiken, Coroner Tim Carlton said. 20-year-old Douglas Drew Allen, of Vanderbilt Dr. in Aiken, was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia at 4:55 am Sunday.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held Saturday, April 24
PAID ADVERTISMENT
web posted April 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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One man injured in violent crash Sunday morning
web posted April 19, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Firefighters and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a violent single car crash on the 1800 block of Martintown Road around 3:45 am Sunday, only yards from the main fire station. EMS personnel at the station heard the crash and went outside and could hear the man yelling for help. The driver was trapped inside the overturned car in the wooded area. Firefighters worked over half an hour to free him.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Utilizing New Technology
web posted April 19, 2010
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers strives to practice the best medicine using the latest technology to better serve our community.  Our Gastroenterology Department now offers Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) as another diagnostic tool in the Endoscopy Lab.
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Merriwether Fire Department Annual BBQ set for April 24
web reposted April 19, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department has set Saturday, April 24 as the date for their annual Barbeque fundraiser at the Merriwether Community Center next door to the main fire station on Martintown Road. Each ticket gets you a half of a Barbequed chicken, green beans, potato salad, and bread.
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SCE&G promotes “811” to increase public safety, reduce service interruptions
web posted April 19, 2010
CAYCE – In 2009, South Carolina Electric & Gas crews responded to nearly 1,000 calls of underground pipelines damaged or ruptured by residents, contractors and others. Accidental dig-ins – which occur on average more than twice a day – not only interrupt service, but they put homeowners and others at risk of coming into contact with gas or electric lines. In many of these cases, the unintentional damage could have been prevented if someone had called to have their utility lines marked before beginning a digging or excavation project.
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Drivers, passenger walk away unscathed from collision
web posted April 19, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A two-car collision heavily damaged the vehicles involved but fortunately no one in either vehicle was injured. The collision took place around 4:30 Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Five Notch Road and Murrah Road as the driver of a Mazda Millenia pulled out from Murrah Road and was broadsided by a eastbound Pontiac Firebird.
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Two County Schools Receive Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards
web posted April 19, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District is extremely proud to announce that W. E. Parker Elementary and Strom Thurmond Career Center are among 400 public schools to have earned recognition for academic achievement for the 2009 school year.
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STHS March Students Of The Month
web posted April 19, 2010
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to recognize the March Students of the Month. These students are selected by teachers for displaying outstanding leadership and citizenship characteristics.
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Pettigrew Properties holds Grand Opening Friday in Edgefield
web posted April 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – John Pettigrew Jr. was joined by his lovely wife Mary Alice, their two daughters Carolina and Amelia, along with several local dignitaries for the grand opening of Pettigrew Properties LLC., Friday afternoon. After thanking everyone for attending the ceremony Mr. Pettigrew and family cut the ribbon officially opening the business.
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Four arrested while allegedly stealing scrap metal in Trenton
web posted April 17, 2010
TRENTON – Four people were arrested after being seen loading up scrap metal from a unoccupied home on the 4500 block of Edgefield Road near Trenton Thursday afternoon. A passerby noticed three men and a woman parked behind the home and notified authorities. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene and captured all four in the process of loading up a trailer with the crap metal.
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Former US Sen. Fred Thompson endorses Duncan for Congress
web posted April 17, 2010
STATE – Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee gave his endorsement for the Republican 3rd Congressional District nomination to Jeff Duncan on Thursday calling him a no-nonsense leader who will “shake up the Washington establishment the moment he is sworn into office.”
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Suspicious speedo and bikini wearing men reported walking along highway
web posted April 17, 2010
NORTHSIDE – Just after 11 pm Thursday, Sheriff’s dispatchers were notified of two suspicious men walking along Highway 283 just past North Martintown Road. Two men walking down the road, in and of itself, is not suspicious. However, the men were said to be wearing a “Speedo” and a “bikini” respectively as they traversed the highway.
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Edgefield County man arrested for sexual assault on 6-year-old
web posted April 16, 2010
COUNTY LINE – A Rainbow Falls Road man has been arrested and charged with a sexual assault on a 6-year-old Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran and Investigator Phil Ireland, who handled the investigation, said Thursday. 52-year-old Douglas George Taylor was taken into custody Wednesday after an interview at the Sheriff’s Office.
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Edgefield County residents attend Columbia TEA Party
web posted April 16, 2010
COLUMBIA – Over a thousand of TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party rallies were held across America on “tax day” Thursday and Edgefield County residents David and Micki Hair attended the event held in Columbia. “Contrary to most media coverage of these events, Micki and I are always impressed with the civility and tolerance of these crowds,” Mr. Hair said. “I always enjoy listening to (Rep.) Nikki Haley speak, as she has such a positive message,” Mrs. Hair added.
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County Council candidate Talbert says “Old way of doing things will not work anymore”
web posted April 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – "It’s time for a change and I want to be that change,” declared Albert Talbert announcing his candidacy for the Edgefield County Council District 1 position. Talbert is a life long resident of Edgefield and is a member of the Edgefield County Alliance Board where he serves on the Executive Committee in the Brunson Precinct. Talbert is not new to Edgefield County politics as he served six years on County Council from 1985 to 1991.
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"Spring Fever" creates problems for teachers and students
By Ben Dawson
web posted April 16, 2010
EDUCATION – The gorgeous azaleas and lilac wisterias are blooming, people are sneezing, cars are covered in a thick yellow film of pollen, and sad to say, spring break is over.  Most teachers will agree that the seven weeks between the Masters and text book collection might well be the most challenging time of the academic year.  "Testing Week" is right around the corner for many students, teachers are feeling pressured because they have so much to instruct and review, but young minds and bodies are already on vacation.
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Marketing paper delivery ends with homeowner being maced
web posted April 16, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report he was maced by a marketing paper employee after he confronted the woman and instructing her not to deliver the unwanted papers to his home. The driver, employed by “Bullseye Marketing” of Augusta, also called to report the incident and gave a different account of the events.
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Tree stops tumbling truck from crashing into home
web posted April 16, 2010
TRENTON – Highway 121 between Trenton and Johnston saw two crashes on Thursday though no one was seriously injured in either. The first involved two cars at the intersection of Hayes Drive and Highway 121 around 5 pm that left both vehicles inoperable and heavily damaged. The second, around 9:30 pm, left a family thankful that a tree in their yard stopped a tumbling pickup truck from crashing into the home where their children were sleeping. “I just thank God that tree was there,” the mother said.
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NWTF employee disrupts possible burglary
web posted April 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An employee at the National Wild Turkey Federation may have disrupted a possible burglary at the facility Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a suspicious truck parked at one of the storage buildings. As he went to investigate he confronted a man exiting the building carrying property.
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Sen. Massey Endorses Rep. Jeff Duncan for Congress
web posted April 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey, who recently dropped out of the race for the US Congress, has thrown his support behind State Rep. Jeff Duncan in the race. “We are fortunate in this congressional race to have several decent and well-qualified candidates.  I’ve gotten to know them all over the past year, and I consider them all friends. But I get to vote for just one, and I intend to vote for Rep. Jeff Duncan,” Massey said.
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Merriwether home found burglarized
web posted April 15, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Gregory Lake Road home was the latest burglary in a growing number of crimes in recent weeks when an employee found a home currently up for sale missing almost $4,000 of appliances. After a responding Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and surveyed the home an investigator was called to the scene.
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Massey, Mavericks, and the Master
web posted April 15, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Senator Shane Massey opened the 2nd Annual Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Tournament which was held Saturday, April 10, by making the first move for Alex Thibodeau at Board 1. Alex’s father, Billy, was one of several parents who praised the senator for his participation. “It is really nice of Senator Massey to take time out of his weekend to do this for the kids”, he said. Merriwether Maverick’s coach, David Whatley, agreed adding, “he helped to make the event extra special for those in attendance”.
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Readers solve Relay for Life Riddle
web posted April 15, 2010
WEBNEWS – It did not take long for readers to begin sending in the correct answer to the Relay for Life Riddle after additional clues were provided on Wednesday. Though guesses varied widely from persons and places, the correct answers assured that the Edgefield County Relay for Life would receive the $250 donation from Edgefield Daily to help fight cancer.
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Opinion: “Tax day” for some is “Christmas in the summer” for others
web posted April 15, 2010
EDITORIAL – Today is “Tax Day” for at least for half of the country, the other half is sitting back with no tax liability or are waiting on their “refund” of taxes they never paid. According to a recent study by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research organization, 47% of those filing tax returns have no tax liability or will receive a refund though they paid no income taxes at all.
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Fox Creek Charter School Board election books now open
web posted April 15, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Elections for the Fox Creek High School Board of Directors will be held May 13, 2010. Candidate applications are available on the school website at http://www.foxcreekhs.org/forms.htm or at the school office and will be accepted at the school from 7:00 a.m.  April 12 until 4:00 p.m. April 23.  Members of the Board must be at least  21 years of age, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and can not have a felony conviction.  Candidates may send a bio here or addressed to the SIC and left in the office for publication in the Fox Tales newsletter.

Home invasions lands one man in jail, second man sought
web posted April 14, 2010
COUNTY – One man has been arrested and a second man is being sought after two unrelated burglaries since Friday. Alexander Madison, 47, of Jacob McKie Road was arrested after a home invasion he is accused of committing Sunday night. According to the account of the victim and witnesses, Madison “kicked in” the front door and entered the home around 10 pm Sunday and began to fight with one of the occupants.
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Spring cleaning leaves shed consumed by fire
web posted April 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A little spring cleaning led to the loss of a storage shed, several pieces of yard equipment, and other items after a small fire was started to burn some debris at a home on the 600 block of Youngblood Road Monday. The fire spread to the utility shed which was quickly engulfed in flames drawing the attention of a neighbor who reported the fire.
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Locals are March of Dimes Ambassador Family
web posted April 14, 2010
JOHNSTON – Lauralyn Danielle "Dani" Yonce was born only two weeks early. Just two weeks before Dani was due to arrive, a serious heart defect was detected by fetal echocardiogram. After four days in the NICU, Danni was allowed to come home in an oversized Christmas stocking, just in time for her first Christmas. Her older brother Tres gave her the nickname, "Dani Dancer."
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Religion: Seventeen ways to honor your wife
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted April 14, 2010
RELIGION – Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7
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Relay for Life Riddle remains unsolved, new clues provided
web posted April 14, 2010
WEBNEWS – It seems this year’s Relay for Life Riddle is a bit harder to solve than we thought. Perhaps it was the intentional wording of the answer being asked as if the answer was asking the question. “Who am I?” Many have concluded that meant the answer was a person, which would be incorrect. Others saw through the wording and guessed such entities as the National Wild Turkey Federation and others, which is also incorrect. So we decided to offer a few clues to make sure Relay for Life gets their increased donation this year.
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Letter to the Editor: School Board hopeful makes his case for candidacy
web posted April 14, 2010
Dear Editor:
I have been asked on a few occasions why I am running for the Edgefield County School Board District #2 Seat. I mentioned when I announced my candidacy that I wanted to put the students of Edgefield County first; let me elaborate.   As a school board member, I must serve on a board that must supervise the Superintendent of Education for our county.  As a school board member, I will also work with that board to see that the School District of Edgefield keeps itself fiscally sound.  I also must serve on a board that makes sure our schools are safe.
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Edgefield County Theater Company seeks to move forward on plans
web posted April 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theater Company has announced that a meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 27th at 7 pm at Piedmont Technical College to discuss their plans for moving forward with a community theater. “We are very excited to be working with Tony Baughman, a resident of Aiken, and a long-time veteran of community theater,” a release stated.
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Edgefield County Alliance touts Tompkins Library Director as Guest Speaker
By Linda Anderson
web posted April 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance held their monthly meeting Monday, April 5, 2010. Guest Speaker was Tonya Algerine Browder. Tonya is the Director of the Tompkins Library in Edgefield, SC.  She has worked in this position for almost 12 years. Before moving to Edgefield, she worked for 8 years as the Community Historian for the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program at the Savannah River Site. 
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Former Teacher sues School District over dismissal
web posted April 13, 2010
JOHNSTON – A former teacher of the Edgefield County School District has filed a lawsuit against the School District under the “Teacher Employment and Dismissal Act” after what the suit claims was an unlawful termination after her 11-year tenure “with a good work record”, the suit states. The lawsuit seeks $19,947 in damages, “plus benefits, pre-judgment interest, attorney fees, and costs”. Attorney Greg Anderson, who represents the School District, confirmed he was served with the suit last week.
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PTC “premature” in announcing closure of campus, County Admin says
web posted April 13, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown said Monday that the reaction by Piedmont Tech announcing that registrations for summer and fall classes had been canceled in Edgefield due to no funding being listed in the budget that received a first reading on last Tuesday was “premature”. Brown stated he presented his recommendation of the county operation budget and it is up to the members of the county council to make decisions on “donations” to outside entities.
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Prison Officer arrested for alleged sex with inmate
web posted April 13, 2010
TRENTON – A South Carolina Department of Corrections Officer has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual misconduct with an inmate, according to booking information and a warrant provided on Monday. Myra Leverett, 46, of Augusta, Georgia, was booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center late Thursday afternoon and was released on bond.
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Livingston take reins as Johnston Mayor, sets agenda for new administration
web posted April 13, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their April meeting Monday evening with the swearing in of a new mayor and a new town councilman. Prior to the swearing in of elected officials, Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Smith presented Mayor Willie Campbell and Town Councilman Morris Holmes with plaques honoring their service to the town.  Mayor Campbell told newly elected Mayor Andy Livingston he would be praying for him and the town saying Livingston would “bring great things” during his tenure as mayor.
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Hayes Drive home target of burglary
web posted April 13, 2010
COUNTY LINE – A Hayes Drive couple returned to their home just after midnight Monday morning to discover their home had been the target of a burglary. In all the culprit or culprits made off with over $1,000 in personal property. They left the home around 7:30 Sunday night and returned just after midnight and made the discovery.
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Educational “Meet the Candidates” to be held Thursday night
web posted April 13, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District will hold their annual Educational Summit on April 15, 2010 at 6 pm. This year the Summit will focus on “Meet the Candidates” for the Office of Governor and the Office of State Superintendent of Education. This presentation will give educators and citizens valuable information about all candidates that are running for these two offices.
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Car stolen Sunday recovered Monday morning
web posted April 13, 2010
WESTSIDE – An Edgefield man attending a family barbeque on Sunday on School House Lane called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that when he went to leave his 2002 Hyundia Sonata was gone. By midmorning Monday, the Sheriff’s Office received a report a car had been located on Walker Road that had been wrecked with no one around. After deputies arrived they confirmed it was the stolen car.
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Jason Crabb to perform at Relay for Life Concert
web posted April 13, 2010
AIKEN – Christian contemporary musician Jason Crabb is coming to Aiken in support of this year’s Relay For Life. Jason Crabb originally, with the Crabb Family, went solo in 2007. This year he has been nominated for six Dove Awards, including Song of the Year with “Somebody Like Me” and Male Vocalist of the year.
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Relay for Life Riddle worth $250, can you solve it?
web posted April 12, 2010
WEBNEWS – It is that time of the year again, the Edgefield Daily Riddle for the Edgefield County Relay for Life. We have raised the value of the donation to Relay for Life to $250. Guess the riddle and they get the money. If it is not solved they will receive only $125, so put on your thinking caps.
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Merriwether Fire Department Annual BBQ set for April 24
web posted April 12, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department has set Saturday, April 24 as the date for their annual Barbeque fundraiser at the Merriwether Community Center next door to the main fire station on Martintown Road. Each ticket gets you a half of a Barbequed chicken, green beans, potato salad, and bread.
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Fudging the numbers and misplacing the blame
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 12, 2010
COLUMN – The people who continue to stick their hands out for taxpayers dollars like spoiled children demanding candy at the grocery store are at it again. They are all too important not to be handed free money. So what if the county employees have not had raises in over five years. Who cares if Sheriff’s patrol vehicles have exceeded the mileage of those that can be used for emergency response vehicles? “Whaaaa! I want my free money!” is all I hear.
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Letter to the Editor: Johnston Food Bank thanks supporters
web posted April 12, 2010
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held on Saturday, April 24
PAID ADVERTISMENT
web posted April 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Found Dog, claim or adopt
web posted April 12, 2010
MERRIWETHER – We have a dog that has "adopted" us and I have run several ads for a lost dog, but no one has claimed her. I just can't turn this dog over to the pound. Free to good home, black/white pitbull/boxer mix, completely house broken and very lovable. She adobted us, but we just can't keep her. Please call 803 613 0574.

Parkman confirms retirement
web posted April 10, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Chief Magistrate Davis Parkman confirmed on Friday that he is retiring saying his 18 years on the bench have been fulfilling and rewarding. Although the search for a replacement is underway, Parkman said he would not be stepping down until that process is at or near completion so the burden of all magistrate duties would not fall upon Magistrate Brenda Carpenter.
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Livingston’s School Board seat will remain open until General Election
web posted April 10, 2010
JOHNSTON – The recent election of School Board Member Andy Livingston as Mayor of Johnston will leave a vacancy on the School Board until the position can be filled at the general election in November. Due to the timing of his election as Mayor of Johnston on Tuesday, his seat will remain open until the general election in November.
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North Augusta man killed in Thursday afternoon crash
web posted April 9, 2010
AIKEN – A North Augusta man was killed on Interstate I-20 Thursday evening after a tractor-trailer truck entered his lane on the interstate forcing him to enter the median, overturn, and ejecting the driver. Aiken County Corner Tim Carlton said 32-year-old Aaron Jennings was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia about an hour later.
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Gov. Sanford takes issue with subsidies for “big-box” retailer: Government should not pick “winners and losers” in free market
web posted April 9, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford outlined his continuing concerns over South Carolina taxpayers being forced to subsidize special retail incentives for both a big-box retailer in the Upstate and a shopping mall in the Lowcountry. "Given the debate we've had over the last several years on whether to offer taxpayer-subsidized retail incentives to major competitors at the expense of existing businesses, we'd again emphasize our belief that unfairly tilting the retail market playing field in South Carolina is both unwarranted and unwise," Gov. Mark Sanford said.
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Historic Edgefield Kicks off Spring Shopping
web posted April 9, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Take a stroll through historic Edgefield during the Spring Fling Downtown Shop-Around on Thursday, April 22 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visitors can take advantage of extended store hours and get a sneak preview of the newest spring season merchandise at participating locations.
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Opinion: Stepping into the light is painful when darkness is your friend
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 9, 2010
COLUMN – Economic Development Partnership’s Fred Humes made a statement more than once that just did not seem to register with the tenured members of the Edgefield County Council. One of the issues causing industry leaders to turn away from a county is the “quality of elected officials”. He mentioned once that the industry leaders reading media accounts about how the elected leaders govern is also a factor. Of course, to those same members, that meant Edgefield Daily was to blame for all of our problems.
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Opinion: Sen. Massey - A Class Act
By C. Speight: The Garnet Spy
web posted April 9, 2010
COLUMN – South Carolina State Senator Shane Massey is a class act. Not opinion – fact. Massey is a young (35) small town guy with big ideas and a heart to match.  Every time I talk to those in the political “know” in South Carolina, just about every one of them says of Massey “he’s the future of South Carolina.” Suits me.  He’s the kind of future South Carolina so desperately needs.
The Garnet Spy

Black conservative tea party backers take heat
web posted April 9, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement—and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation's first black president. "I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.
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Fulmer steps down as Merriwether Fire Chief
web posted April 8, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Fire Chief Faye Fulmer announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as Chief as of Monday, April 12. Chief Fulmer said she is not leaving the department and will stay on as the Chief Medical Advisor for at least two years. Fulmer said some people might think there is more to her decision, but they would be wrong. “I don’t have issues,” Chief Fulmer stated, “it’s the responsibility, and it’s just getting to be more than these two little shoulders can carry.”
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Medal of Honor Memorial for SFC Jared C Monti this Saturday
web posted April 8, 2010
BARNWELL – Jared Christopher Monti (September 20, 1975 – June 21, 2006) received the United States military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in Afghanistan. Monti was deployed with his unit when they were attacked by a group of enemy insurgents. When another soldier was injured he attempted to rescue him and was killed in action. The President signed the authorization for Monti to receive the Medal of Honor and the medal was presented to the family in a ceremony at the White House in 2009. He was the sixth person from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
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Strom Thurmond Career Center FBLA Receives Gold Seal Chapter Award
web posted April 8, 2010
JOHNSTON – On March 18th, nine FBLA members traveled to North Charleston for the FBLA State Leadership Conference.  Over 1,100 members and advisers were present for the conference.  Students attending were Holly Eubanks, Calvin Graham, Kathleen Hill, Heather Martin, Bryanna McCain, William Quant, Lance Swiger, Adam Talbert, and Desmond Taylor. 
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Thurmond FFA places third in recent competition
web posted April 8, 2010
SPARTANBURG – The Thurmond FFA recently traveled to the Floriculture and Nursery/Landscaping Competition at Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC. The Floriculture team finished third overall in the competition.
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Parkinson’s Disease Can Affect More Than Movement
web posted April 8, 2010
AUGUSTA – For most people, trembling hands and a shuffling gait represent the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Memory problems, slowed thinking and dementia, not so much. But in actuality, an estimated 40 percent of Parkinson’s patients can have difficulties with cognitive function, as well as later dementia, said Dr. Jeremy Hertza, Director of Behavioral Medicine and a neuropsychologist at Walton Rehabilitation Health System.
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Livingston takes job as Johnston Mayor in landslide
web posted April 7, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston has a new mayor after Andy Livingston took a landslide victory over incumbent Mayor Willie Campbell in Tuesday’s election. Livingston amassed 69% of the 603 votes in route to his victory. "I wouldn't have imagined that things would have been this way, but I'm very happy," Livingston said moments after the unofficial results were written on a chalkboard in council chambers.
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Sen. Massey seeks applications for Edgefield County Magistrate position
web posted April 7, 2010
COUNTY – In what appears to be a surprise announcement, Senator Shane Massey is seeking persons who are interested in serving Edgefield County as a magistrate’s court judge. Though no indication of which Magistrate is stepping down, sources say Chief Magistrate Davis Parkman is set to retire, though that is unconfirmed at this time.
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Budget tops discussion at April County Council meeting
web posted April 7, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their first reading of the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year budget Tuesday night and, as Yogi Berra would say, it was Deja’ Vu all over again. The proposed budget zeroed out all non-profit organizations as well as funding for Piedmont Tech (PTC) as the revenues needed to support the necessary county operations fell short over a quarter of a million dollars. Although the budget passed as written on a 4-1 vote, Chairman Monroe Kneece stated later he wanted to see all of the items added back into the budget by the April 20 budget work session for recommendations.
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Child Abuse In My Community?
web posted April 7, 2010
COUNTY – Child abuse and neglect is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of your community.  Sadly, in McCormick and Edgefield Counties, 45 children had new Family Court case of child abuse and neglect in 2009.  How many more are out there that are never reported?
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Religion: Ungodly Husbands and Dead Prayers
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 7, 2010
RELIGION – Husbands, how is you marriage right now? You ought to know! The spiritual condition of your marriage depends on you. But sadly I see men all time take the cowardly approach of failing to lead their families to God and instead just let them all fend for themselves in a cruel and Godless world while he atrophies on the couch.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Livingston defeats Campbell for Johnston Mayor
web posted April 6, 2010 - 8:10 pm
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston has a new mayor as challenger Andy Livingston defeated incumbent Mayor Willie Campbell 423 to 180 votes respectively. Mayor-elect Livingston will be sworn in at the May meetings and will resign his position as a School Board member once the results have been certified. Edgefield Daily will have the complete election results on Wednesday.

McKenzie returned to Edgefield County to face multiple charges in shootings
web posted April 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County’s Most Wanted man, Edward Fargo McKenzie, 25, wanted for two counts of assault and battery with the intent to kill, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and an outstanding bench warrant for failing to appear for an armed robbery charge is now in the Edgefield County Detention Center and will not be going anywhere anytime soon. McKenzie was arrested in Florida early last month and was transported to Edgefield County on Friday.
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Edgefield Mayor hints at return of town taxes as economy continues decline
web posted April 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their April meeting Monday night and Mayor Ken Durham used the “T” word for the first time in four years, “taxes”. As the Town Council was presented with the draft budget for the town, Mayor Durham stated the budget is balanced although it is using $116,000 from reserves and provides for no raises for town employees, whom he called the town’s “most valuable asset.” Durham said, speaking for himself, that he thinks employees deserve a raise, and stated next year the town may have to look at reinstituting property taxes due to falling revenues and increased costs.
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2010 Educational Summit to Focus on Candidates for Governor and State Superintendent of Education
web posted April 6, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District will hold their annual Educational Summit on April 15, 2010. This year the Summit will focus on “Meet The Candidates” for the Office of Governor and the Office of State Superintendent of Education. This presentation will give educators and citizens valuable information about all candidates that are running for these two offices.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield man leads police on car and foot chase
web posted April 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police Officer running stationary radar on Morange Street Sunday afternoon spotted a red vehicle traveling 50 mph in the 25 mph zone. When the officer tried to make a traffic stop the driver took off and led the officer on a chase through a field. The driver then jumped from the moving vehicle, which continued until it hit a tree, and fled the scene on foot.
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Stolen SUV recovered at Merriwether boat ramp
web posted April 6, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the boat ramp on Dock Drive lead the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to recover a stole Toyota Forerunner on Sunday afternoon. The initial call came in reporting the SUV with a flat tire and no tag which looked out of place.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer says Pottery Program not “Just Playing in the Mud”
web posted April 6, 2010
Dear Editor,
A recent (Wandering Minds) posting suggested that PTC’s Professional Pottery was simply a group of people playing in the mud. That may seem true to someone not informed what the program involves and the people attending and their aspirations. The curriculum is approved through standards for all academic programs for the South Carolina Technical College System. Students enrolled take a full complement of courses in technical skills, glaze chemistry, design, as well as business and marketing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lost Dog
web posted April 6, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Our family dog is missing around the Garrett Rd/Georgia Rd area. He has black wavy hair with a small bit of white on his chest. He is a Lab-mix and a sweet dog. Please call 803-640-5900 with information.

PTC threatens to close Edgefield campus due to budget cuts
web posted April 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Daily has confirmed an anonymous posting attributed to Piedmont Tech in the comment section on Friday which proclaimed, “Effective Immediately: All classes held at the Edgefield County Center for Summer and Fall have been removed from the Schedule…This action is a consequence of the Edgefield County Council not including operating funding for the Center in their budget.”
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Strom Thurmond Career Center FBLA Receives Gold Seal Chapter Award
web posted April 5, 2010
CHARLESTON – Nine Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members traveled to North Charleston for the FBLA State Leadership Conference on March 18th. Over 1,100 members and advisers were present for the conference. Strom Thurmond’s Chapter was recognized and awarded the Gold Seal Chapter, the top five of 77 chapters.
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Two injured in Friday afternoon collision
web posted April 5, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Two men were injured in a rear-end collision Friday afternoon on Sweetwater Road at Murrah Road Extension after the Dodge Neon they were in slammed into the back of a Chevrolet Sebring waiting to make a left-hand turn. The driver and the front seat passenger of the Dodge reported neck, back, and leg pains. They were immobilized and transported to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held on Saturday, April 24
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web posted April 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Douglas Elementary School students raise $2,025 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
web posted April 5, 2010
TRENTON – Students at Douglas Elementary School recently participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Math-A-Thon® program and raised $2,025 to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. The Trenton/Johnston/Edgefield communities supported Douglas Elementary students by making donations in honor of their participation in the program.
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The liars leading the ignorant and blind
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 5, 2010
COLUMN – Georgia US House member Hank Johnson (D-GA) questioned a US Navy Admiral on March 25 on a deployment to the US territory of Guam and expressed his concerns that the added personnel would cause the island to “tip over” or “capsize”. As stupid as that is, not a single major media outlet broadcast the ramblings of this moron. However, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and other conservatives are constantly proclaimed as dumb racists because they stand up for smaller government and lower taxes. No “media bias” there, move along folks, nothing to see here.
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Edgefield Daily Easter Closing
web posted April 2, 2010
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily will not be publishing on Saturday as a result of being closed from Friday until Sunday in observance of Easter. Regular publication will resume for Monday, April 5, with the exception of any major breaking news.

Correction
web posted April 2, 2010
CORRECTION – A photograph provided by the Edgefield County Detention Center published on Thursday, April 1, was said to be that of Eddie G. Mulholland, 59, of Murphy Village. The man pictured was actually Benjamin Norman Rockett lll, 33, of Republican Road, who was arrested Wednesday on unrelated charges. We regret the error as the photo requested was that of Mr. Mulholland. A request for the correct booking photograph on Thurday was not honored.

Thefts and arrests continue in unrelated crimes
web posted April 2, 2010
COUNTY – Thefts and burglaries continued to mount this week with at least seven since Sunday, two arrests, and one home reporting a break-in twice in three days. Eddie Thurmond, 43 was arrested on Wednesday for a burglary on Murrah Road Tuesday morning and Benamin Rockett, 33, (Left) was arrested earlier in the day after allegedly stealing a chicken coop from a home on Plum Branch Road.
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Bath woman killed in two-vehicle crash
web posted April 2, 2010
BATH – A 24-year-old Graniteville woman was killed in a collision around 6 am Thursday morning after colliding with a garbage truck on Highway 421 near Anthony Drive. Jackie L. Cooper, of Graniteville, was pronounced dead on the scene after the Mitsubishi Mirage she was driving went underneath the truck during the crash.
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Edgefield Daily Easter Closing
web posted April 2, 2010
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily will not be publishing on Saturday as a result of being closed from Friday until Sunday in observance of Easter. Regular publication will resume for Monday, April 5, with the exception of any major breaking news.

Character Education Books Donation In Recognition Of Youth Week Celebration
web posted April 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Ms. Pat Altman, Branch Manager of the Edgefield SRP Federal Credit Union, delivered Eight Keys To A Better Me character education books to the Edgefield County School District recently. The books will be given to all third grade students in the district. The book focuses on character development for young people.
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Local teachers receive $8,000 in Innovative Teaching Mini Grants
web posted April 2, 2010
COUNTY – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC has announced the 2010 Innovative Teaching Mini Grant winners with local teachers claiming $8,000 in grant money. The company received 262 grant applications this year and awarded 88 grants totaling $50,000.
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Burglary suspect arrested
web posted April 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A man wanted in connection to a burglary Tuesday morning is now in custody. Eddie Thurmond, 43, was arrested on Murrah Road Wednesday afternoon after authorities received an anonymous tip of his whereabouts. Sheriff’s Deputies converged on the area and were able to locate and apprehend Thurmond.
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Edgefield Police charge Murphy Village man in flim-flam, second man sought
web posted April 1, 2010
EDGEFIELD – It may have taken six months, but Edgefield Police has one of two men suspected of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and breech of trust from a flim-flam that took place on Bauskett Street between early September and mid-October of last year. Eddie G. Mulholland, 59, of Murphy Village was arrested by Spartanburg Police and transported back to Edgefield on Wednesday.
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Scott named Athletic Director of Year for Region 3-AA
web posted April 1, 2010
JOHNSTON – Mr. Louis Scott, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for Strom Thurmond High School, has been named the 2009-2010 Athletic Director of Year for Region 3-AA. The announcement of his award was made during the State Athletics Directors Conference held in March.
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Merriwether Scholastic Chess Tournament to be attended by National Master and State Senator
web posted April 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – U.S. Chess Federation “Master”, Donny Gray of Grovetown, Georgia will be on hand to play against all comers, simultaneously, at the 2nd Annual Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Open on Saturday, April 10 at Merriwether Middle School.  The first 20 students to pre-register will automatically be entered into the competition against Mr. Gray.
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Lesson Plans: Motivation, Part IV
By Ben Dawson
web posted April 1, 2010
EDUCATION – Over the past several weeks we have examined how we, as parents, can possibly motivate a child having trouble in school.  We have looked at how we must sacrificially give of ourselves to enhance the mental and emotional well-being of the child, but this is only possible if they are healthy and physically fit.  Yes, parents have to work hard to fortify their sons and daughters physically, as well as mentally and emotionally, in order for them to be at the top of their game.
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Lost – Found Dogs
web posted April 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Found: Yellow lab or lab mix. Estimated to be 1 to 2 years old. Found around Mount Vintage clubhouse Saturday morning March 27th. Call to identify. 803-279-7792.
Lost: Fawn and white female boxer missing from the Murrah Rd area, if found please contact 803-613-9969

Edgefield Alliance to meet Monday
web posted April 1, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will host its monthly meeting Monday, April 5, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus.  We invite anyone interested, to join us in learning more about Edgefield County and one of its many assets.  Breakfast will be served.  A small donation of  $3- $5 to help cover the cost is requested.
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Closings for Good Friday
web posted April 1, 2010
COUNTY – The following will be closed in observance of Good Friday. Edgefield County: All government Offices will be closed including the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Court House, Administration Office and other elected offices. Edgefield County Schools, and Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton Town Halls will also be closed.






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