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Virgil Wall Road Residents Interrupt Burglary, Two Others Arrested for Trespassing
web posted April 29, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An observant neighbor interrupted a burglary and metal theft Wednesday when he noticed three men loading up metal from a neighboring property on Virgil Wall Road just before 9 pm. It was another observant neighbor on Virgil Wall Road that lead to the arrest of two other men on Thursday. Two examples of how neighbors being observant can hinder, or stop, property thefts.
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Clearwater Man's Death Labeled as "Suspicious"
web posted April 29, 2011
CLEARWATER – Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton issued a release Thursday afternoon stating the discovery of a 72-year-old at his home near Cherokee Drive has raised questions and is being considered "suspicious" at this time.
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Letter to the Editor: Columbia TEA Party Supports Disapproval for Amazon Tax Deal
web posted April 29, 2011
Dear Editor,
So Amazon is now going to pack up, move on and take 1,200 new jobs with them. Although we are disappointed that we will not gain those new jobs I am pleased that South Carolina Legislatures sent a message that it is no longer business as usual in SC. The taxpayers of this state deserve better, why should we foot the bill of a huge corporation to move to SC, set up shop, and have a distinct advantage over local companies who are already here.
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Piedmont Technical College to Hold Spring Pottery Sale
web posted April 29, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Pottery lovers and shoppers will once again have an opportunity to see the work of local pottery students as Piedmont Technical College hosts its Spring Pottery Show and Sale on May 3 in room 209C of the James C. Self Conference Center on the Greenwood campus and on May 5 at the Center for Creative Economies in Edgefield. The exhibit and sale will feature the works of students enrolled in the Professional Clay certificate program.
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Auditions at Edgefield Theater Open Though May 1
web posted April 29, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Auditions will be held by the Edgefield County Theater Company on Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2 at 7 pm for the play "Moonlight and Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson. The play is a slapstick comedy about the writing of the script for "Gone With the Wind."
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Cicadas Invade Edgefield County
web posted April 28, 2011
COUNTY – Though it is nothing new, it is a scene that plays out only once every 13 years. The emergence of Cicadas from their underground incubators, then outgrowing their first skin, to become the annoying winged noisemakers that are heard all day long in the area. And they are not going anywhere soon.
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Estranged Boyfriend Killed by Shot to the Head
web posted April 28, 2011
SALUDA – Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner has confirmed Wednesday evening that John L. Clark, of Roundup Drive, Johnston, was killed by a single gunshot to the head during a shooting incident on Sunday. Coroner Turner said Clark died at 9:30 pm from, "Brain Injury Due to a Gunshot wound to the head."

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Property Thefts Add Up in Losses
web posted April 28, 2011
COUNTY – Although the recent rash of HVAC thefts from rural churches seems to have stopped, property thefts continue with over $3,000 in various items being reported stolen in the past week. From lawn tractors to fishing rods and reels, secured or not, thieves continue to take at will what does not belong to them.
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School Board to Hold Two Community Meetings
web posted April 28, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Board of Trustees will hold two community meetings during the month of May. The first Community Meeting will be held at Johnston Elementary School on May 10. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. at which time the trustees will begin their regular May 10th meeting. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria.
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Grave Markers May Have Been Missing for Years
web posted April 28, 2011
TRENTON – It appears that the Confederate grave markers that were reported stolen recently may have been missing for quite a while. Maybe even years. What has not been determined at this point is if some went missing more recently. We are continuing to look into this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

State Treasurer: America’s Ratings Warning is "A Wake-Up Call For South Carolina"
By Curtis Loftis, Jr.
web posted April 28, 2011

Last week’s decision by Standard and Poor’s to slap a “negative” credit outlook on the federal government is a wake-up call for policymakers in South Carolina. This unprecedented action – and the credit downgrade that will inevitably follow if Washington politicians fail to rein in deficit spending – represents a clear and present economic danger to our nation. Closer to home, it’s a stark reminder of the fundamental choices facing state leaders who have been tasked with the stewardship of your money.
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Obama Long Form Birth Certificate Already Questioned
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 28, 2011

COLUMN – I have to say when I read the release of President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Finally we can focus on the real issues that are plaguing our nation like high gas prices, $14 trillion in debt, ObamaCare and a host of others. Just when I thought it was all over, here we go again. Some are claiming the pdf file released by the White House has "layers".  I downloaded a copy this morning and, sure enough, it does.
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Lost Dog: Merriwether
web posted April 28, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Lost: Tri-colored Beagle weighing approximately 26 pounds. Last seen on Thursday of last week in the Martintown, Garrett, and Republican Roads area. If found or information, call Cindy at 803-278-4662 or 803-640-1151.

JACKSON GUILTY: 90 Days in Jail
web posted April 27, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Nathaniel Jackson had his day in court on Tuesday for his arrest on October 22, of 2010, for driving under suspension third offense. Jackson had requested a jury trial, however; that was waived upon his attorney Herbert E. Buhl contacting the Magistrate Court stating Jackson intended to enter a plea of guilty.
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Third Nine Weeks Honor Rolls
web posted April 27, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the Third Nine Weeks Honor Rolls for each grade and school in the district. Students making the Honor Rolls are listed by School.
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Estate Auction June 10th and 11th
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web posted April 27, 2011

EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker on Friday and Saturday, June 10th And 11th. The sale will be held at their home place in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles. Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Rescued Senior Remains in Intensive Care
web posted April 27, 2011
COUNTY – Brodies McCain, 75, of Rainbow Falls Road, remains in Intensive Care at University Hospital but continues to recover after being lost in the woods behind her home for several days last week.  Her grandson told Larry Bowe, administrator of the Senior Citizens Council, on Monday that she is still on a ventilator part-time but is showing improvement.
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ABC’s of CPR Become A Thing Of The Past
web posted April 27, 2011
AUGUSTA – Airway, Breathing, and Compressions, are the three words many have recited over and over to remind themselves how to perform life-saving CPR, but new evidence is proving that’s not the best option. According to The American Heart Association, compressions should be the main focus. 
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Lady Rebel’s announce Three All Region Players
web posted April 27, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Three Strom Thurmond Lady Rebel Softball players were chosen for the Region III All Region team. All three players hail from Merriwether Middle School and are among a number of standouts from the area.
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Religion - Lord's Prayer Part 6: Enough For Today
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 27, 2011

RELIGION –
This week we come to Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread.” So far we have prayed that God’s name would magnified, that His Kingdom would enter into our world and that His holy will would be done in our lives. So in other words, we have spent time seeking to get in a right relationship with God. This is crucial, because today we come to making requests on our behalf and the behalf of others. You see, unless you have a right relationship with God and understand the power, will, and ways of the God you are praying to, you cannot pray rightly for yourself or others.
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Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner
web posted April 27, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary Annual Appreciation Dinner was held Thursday, April 14, at Pine Ridge Country Club. Dr. B.E. Nicholson, Board chairman, gave the welcome and Henry Kowalewski, member of the Board of Trustees, gave the opening prayer.
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Op-Ed: Guardian ad Litem Program Seeks Volunteers
web posted April 27, 2011
Dear Editor,
What impact can a volunteer Guardian ad Litem have on the life of a child in foster care?  Just ask Yolanda Sanders, a former foster child. Despite a rough start and the odds being stacked against her, Yolanda is determined to have a better life and credits her Guardian ad Litem with helping her get there.
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Ex-Boyfriend Killed After Shoot-Out
web posted April 26, 2011
SALUDA – One man is dead following a Sunday shootout just over the Edgefield and Saluda County line near Johnston. John L. Clark, of Roundup Drive, Johnston, was killed after he forced his former girlfriend from her home on the same road at gunpoint and drug her to a barn and began beating her. The woman's roommate ran to her aid with her own gun and, in the exchange of gunfire, she was shot in the leg.
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Elderly Man Flown from Crash Scene
web posted April 26, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A 71-year-old Edgefield County man was flown to MCG Hospital in Augusta Monday afternoon following a single car crash that left firefighters working 45 minutes to extricate the trapped driver from the car. The man was driving westbound on the 2200 block of Martintown Road when he lost control of his Chevrolet Impala in a curve around 1:20 pm.
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Confederate Grave Markers Stolen from Cemetery
web posted April 26, 2011
TRENTON –Civil War Confederate grave markers at the Ebenezer Baptist Church cemetery were reported stolen on Thursday. Though some of the markers remained, "a majority" were missing, according to an incident report made available on Monday.
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Ribbon-cutting at Kneece Building set for May 3
web posted April 26, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m., at the Kneece Building, located at the corner of Penn and Railroad Streets in Edgefield. The County Council and former County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece, for whom the building is named, and others are scheduled to attend.
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Car Chase Lands Aiken Man in Jail
web posted April 26, 2011
COUNTY – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on routine patrol along Highway 25 south on Sunday spotted a silver Lincoln and ran the license plate, which came back to a Toyota. When the deputy initiated a traffic stop the driver refused to stop and lead deputies on a chase up and down the four lane for several minutes.
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50th Anniversary Celebration of Strom Thurmond High School
web posted April 26, 2011
JOHNSTON – The weekend of May 6 and 7 will be a special time for students, alumni, present and past administration and staff, as well as citizens of Edgefield County to take part in activities commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Strom Thurmond High School. This weekend of celebration invites graduating classes of the local high school to gather for reunions and to make plans to attend the events planned at the high school.
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Ribbon Cutting Held at STCC Cosmetology Academy
web posted April 26, 2011
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career Center officially opened the Academy of Cosmetology with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 21, 2011. STCC Director Mr. Willie Green extended a welcome to all guests. Cosmetology student Janette Upson gave program high lights of the new course offering for the career center. Ms. Jackie Kennion, Interim Cosmetology Instructor, made special presentations to Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Superintendent for her dedication and insight into the establishment of the cosmetology program. 
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Area Development Magazine Awards South Carolina the 2011 Gold Shovel and Project of the Year
web posted April 26, 2011
COLUMBIA – Area Development magazine, a national, leading economic development publication, has awarded South Carolina with its 2011 Gold Shovel award for the state’s economic development efforts last year. In addition, South Carolina also received the magazine’s “Project of the Year” award. South Carolina was the recipient of both awards for the first time.
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JET Boy's Basketball Team Recognized at State House
web posted April 26, 2011
COLUMBIA – The undefeated Johnston, Edgefield, Trenton Middle School Boys Basketball team were honored guests at the State House recently. Senator Shane Massey, set up a time for the young men to be recognized in the State Senate for their outstanding athletic season during the 2011 season. The team captured the Conference Title for the year and that is a title that has never been held by a JET team.
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Nathaniel Jackson Trial Set for Tuesday
web posted April 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Embattled failed School Board candidate Nathaniel Jackson, who was defeated in a run-off election on April 5 by William Herrin, is now set to face trial on Tuesday. Jackson faces possible mandatory jail time for a driving under suspension third offence charge after an arrest in October of last year.
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Fox Creek Student Recovering After Being Struck by Car While Reading Book
web posted April 25, 2011
MERRIWETHER – It has been six weeks since 17-year-old Chyanne Stevens was lying in the grass reading a book when her aunt backed into her in a field at her grandmother's house. By the time Chyanne realized the car was coming it was about to run over her, "I kind of like sat up in a C-shape." She grabbed onto the car to keep it from running over her. "I was stuck underneath he car, rolling with the car." When her aunt realized what happened and stopped, Chyanne said, "I remember seeing tires right beside my head."
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Congressman Jeff Duncan Issues Statement on NLRB lawsuit
web posted April 25, 2011
ANDERSON, SC – Congressman Jeff Duncan has issued the following statement on the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing. The NLRB is suing in order to force Boeing to hire Union workers at their North Charleston assembly plant. Boeing located the facility in South Carolina for the very purpose of escaping the high cost of dealing with the unions, strikes, and work stoppages.
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Estate Auction June 10th and 11th
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web posted April 25, 2011

EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker on Friday and Saturday, June 10th And 11th. The sale will be held at their home place in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles. Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Opinion: I'm a Multi-Millionaire, How Lucky am I!
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 25, 2011

COLUMN – As the month of April continues and emails pour in, I have learned that I could be worth as much as $780 million. I usually decry those who look at others out of work or working in low paying jobs who say they are "lucky" for having the job they perform. Those who have jobs in the workforce during the recession deepened by President Obama are not "lucky". They work hard and have their jobs because they are crucial to the profitability of the company. But, I am lucky. I have people sending me emails promising millions of dollars in profits if I will just give them my personal information.
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Edgefield County Alliance to Meet May 2
web posted April 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will host its monthly meeting at 7:30 am Monday, May 2, at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus.  Everyone interested in learning about issues which affect Edgefield County is invited to attend. Breakfast will be served.  A small donation of $3 - $5 is suggested to help cover the cost. The speaker for this meeting will be Mr. David Jameson, President/CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
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Lanham Family Reunion
web posted April 25, 2011
COUNTY – The descendants of Abram and Louise Scott Lanham will be hosting a Lanham Family Reunion July 15th -17th, 2011 in Columbia, SC at the Springhill Suites on Lady Street. We are trying to find other branches of the the family to expand our database and information.
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Lost Dog
web posted April 25, 2011
COUNTY – Lost Treeing Walker Coonhound. Male about 6 months old. He is white with black and brown markings. Any information please contact Deanne Knight at 803-819-3957.

Closed for Easter
web posted April 23, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily is closed for Easter. Updates will return on Monday.

Edgefield Man Victim of Armed Robbery at Home, Possible Shooting
web posted April 22, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A Plum Branch Road man called 911 after he claimed he was possibly shot during an armed robbery at his home by two assailants around 1 am Friday morning. The man reported he was at his home on the 800 block of Plum Branch Road when a black male and a white female knocked on the door and asked to use the phone. The two were said to be armed with a long gun, a shotgun and a pistol.

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Carley Peace Visitation Saturday
web posted April 22, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Arrangements for Carley Peace are being prepared at this time, Stephen Posey Funeral Home is in charge. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 2 until 4 pm. Final arrangements and a memorial service will be scheduled with the date to be determined. Funds are being collected for the family to offset medical and funeral costs, which can be found at the bottom of this report. Carley's parents, Daniel and Sherry, wished to thank all those who have been so supportive during this time and appreciate the continued prayers and concern the community and friends have shown.

Two Juveniles Facing Burglary Charge in Theft of Guns
web posted April 22, 2011
JOHNSTON – Two juveniles have been apprehended after the owner drove up to his Woodhaven Drive home and discovered the two boys burglarizing his property Wednesday evening. The two boys, 15 and 12, ran from the scene. Nearby residents gave chanse and helped apprehend one of the boys while Johnston Police raced to the scene.
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What's in a Name? "Cujo" Bites Teen
web posted April 22, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A Sheriff's Deputy was called to a home on the 20 block of Hayes Drive on Monday when the mother of a 17-year-old teen said her son was bitten by a dog from a home across the street. When the deputy arrived he observed "visible injury" to the young man's lower right leg.
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Conference Committee Creates Better Voter ID Bill
web posted April 22, 2011
COLUMBIA – The Senate and the House conferees agreed on an early Voter ID bill on Wednesday with the Senate’s language of residency guidelines for ensuring that voters live where they say and are not unlawfully participating in the electoral process in precincts where they do not live. 
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Closings for Good Friday, Easter
web posted April 22, 2011
COUNTY – The following is a listing of County and Municipal Government Closings for Good Friday and Easter. Edgefield Daily will be closed on Friday with only breaking news reports and reader comments for Saturday. Full reports will return on Monday, April 25.
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Carley Peace Succumbs to Injuries: Family, Community Mourns Passing
web posted April 21, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Just eight days following the tragic accident that left 8-year-old Carley Peace fighting for his life after being struck by a car on April 12, Carley succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at MCG Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 pm. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the cause of death was traumatic brain injury, "It's a very sad situation." Carley had been on full life support following the accident and fought hard to survive with family members standing vigil around the clock at the hospital until the end.
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Armed Robber Targets Marathon Station
web posted April 21, 2011
NORTH AUGUSTA – The Marathon Station on the 900 block of Edgefield Road, near the Edgefield County line, was targeted by an armed robber Wednesday night around 9:40 pm. The man, described as a black male in his mid to late 30's, heavy set, with a red shirt and jeans, presented a black revolver and demanded cash.
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
By County Council Chairman Dean Campbell
web posted April 21, 2011

COUNTY – The County Council has been working diligently on the budget. There are many areas we have cut – non-required training, room and board for some of the training, some maintenance items, and similar kinds of cuts. I can tell you we aren’t likely to increase any area very much, unless the law requires it. I don’t expect County employees to get raises this year, either.
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Aiken County Seeks Suspected Armed Robber
web posted April 21, 2011
EUREKA – The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is seeking Timothy Glanton, 38, in the weekend armed robbery and kidnapping of Storey's Grocery and Tackle Shop owner Edna Storey in Eureka. Glanton is accused of robbing the store and then taking Mrs. Storey hostage until she escaped while he tried to purchase drugs in Aiken.
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SCPC President Ashley Landess calls for public disclosure in secret ‘incentives game’
web posted April 21, 2011
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess was joined by taxpayer advocates and grassroots leaders from across the state Wednesday to present SCPC’s research on taxpayer-funded “incentives” to private companies. The Policy Council’s research proves that incentives have failed as an economic policy and that lawmakers are “investing” millions of public dollars while providing taxpayers with no meaningful information about the investments.
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Peeler Re-elected as majority leader
web posted April 21, 2011
COLUMBIA – The S.C. Senate Republican Caucus on Wednesday reelected Sen. Harvey Peeler to another term leading the Republicans in the Senate. Peeler was first elected Senate majority leader in 2005, and requested the vote on party leadership following the special election victory of Sen. Greg Gregory last week.
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Carley Peace Loses Fight For Life
web posted April 20, 2011 - 5:30 p,m
MERRIWETHER – Carley Peace, the 8-year-old struck by a car on Briggs Road last week, has died at MCG Hospital at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Carley died of traumatic brain injury. The family spoke to Edgefield Daily shortly after his death and their comments will be included in a report to be published later. This marks the fourth fatality on Edgefield County roads this year.
DEVELOPING…

Missing Woman Found Alive 
web posted April 19, 2011  7:20 pm
COUNTY – A woman missing from her Rainbow Falls Road home since Sunday has been found alive. Dispatchers received a 911 call just after 6 pm from a group of volunteers that took up the search shortly after the Sheriff's Office called off their efforts after a 24 hour search. Larry Bowe, an employee of the Senior Citizen's Council, organized the search with other employees and volunteers. "I've never given up on anything," Bowe said, "and I wasn't going to give up on her."
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Opinion: Never Giving Up Saves a Life
web posted April 20, 2011
EDITORIAL – Since 75-year-old Brodies McCain was discovered missing by a worker from the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council on Monday morning, a massive search got underway spanning nearly 30 hours. Bloodhounds, specially trained search and rescue teams, and even a helicopter searching from the air all tried to find her. A valiant effort by the Sheriff's Office, SLED, and the SC Search and Rescue Dog Teams. Yet, in the end, it was the determination of Larry Bowe that led to finding Mrs. McCain.
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Republican Women Hear from War Veteran
web posted April 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – Lt. Col. Larry Peeples, an Edgefield resident and an administrative officer with the 218th Brigade Support Battalion with the SCARNG (S.C. Army National Guard) in Varnville, informed members and visitors alike at the Monday night meeting of the Republican Women of Edgefield County.
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Lord's Prayer Part 5: Whose Kingdom?
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 20, 2011

RELIGION – I am an American and a Baptist. I like to vote, and the democratic form of government. Therefore, notions of an absolute ruler like a king are really hard for me to grasp. In this week’s study of the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:10, we are going to look at what it means when we pray for God’s kingdom to come. Plainly put, we are praying for the day when God will rule over all the hearts and lives of His creation.
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State Superintendent Visits JET Middle School and Fox Creek High School
web posted April 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Mick Zais visited Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School and Fox Creek High School on Friday April 15. Before tours of the facilities, Dr. Zais talked with Principals about programs in their schools. Mr. Stephen Hampton, Principal of JET Middle gave an overall report on his school and spoke of his school’s first year of the Eagle Academy, and the participation of his faculty in the TAP Program.
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Edgefield County Theatre to Host "Back Porch Shrimp Boil"
web posted April 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Two of the South's most widely-traveled blues artists will bring their Lowcountry blues to the Edgefield County Theatre. Shrimp City Slim, whose real name is Gary Erwin, will headline the Edgefield County Theatre's Company's "Back Porch Shrimp Boil" on Saturday, May 14. The concert will be at the William Miller Bouknight Theare, 405 Main Street, Edgefield.
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Next Edgefield County Newsletter Coming April 21
web posted April 20, 2011
COUNTY – The next Edgefield County Update, a newsletter that discusses County government business, will be issued April 21, 2011, and posted on the Edgefield County Government website. In addition, it will be emailed to those who want to receive it.
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Boeing and SCE&G Announce Renewable Energy Partnership
web posted April 20, 2011
NORTH CHARLESTON – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) today announced an energy partnership that will enable Boeing South Carolina to operate as a 100 percent renewable energy site.
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Search for Missing Woman Continues Around the Clock
web posted April 19, 2011
COUNTY – The search for 75-year-old Brodies McCain of Rainbow Falls Road continued throughout the day and into the night Monday after a worker for the Edgefield County Senior Citizen's Council found her missing and the front door to the home open around 10 am. The last time she had been heard from was Saturday. Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said his office was using every available resource, agency, and deputy in order to find Mrs. McCain. "We're going to keep looking until we find her," Sheriff Dobey said.
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A "Berry" Good Time in Merriwether
web reposted April 19, 2011
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 at 345 Briggs Road, just off Martintown Road. 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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Trenton Store Owner Robbed and Kidnapped
web posted April 19, 2011
TRENTON – Storey's Grocery and Tackle Shop on 2841 Edgefield Highway was the scene of an armed robbery and kidnapping Saturday when the 71-year-old owner was forced to hand over money and then ordered into her car. According to reports, the man entered the store wanting to rent videos and purchase a drink then stated he had a gun, robbing the woman and then kidnapping her and ordering her to drive him to Aiken.
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50TH Anniversary Celebration of Strom Thurmond High School
web posted April 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – On May 6, 2011, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Strom Thurmond High School will hold a special ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the school. The ceremony will feature a re-dedication and ribbon cutting to mark this special occasion.
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Decomposed Body Found in Aiken County
web posted April 19, 2011
AIKEN – The unidentified body of a black female was discovered Monday afternoon near Union Baptist Church Rd in Aiken County. Due to the extreme decomposition, identification will need to be made by dental records and or DNA.
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March for Babies Raises over $800
web posted April 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – For the past 5 years, STCC FBLA has hosted a mini March of Dimes “March for Babies” Walk.  Last year on April 13 the FBLA organization was joined by their ambassador, Dani Yonce, and her mother, Stephanie. On March 19 of this year, heaven received a precious angel and this year the walk was held in memory of Dani.
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All in a Day's Work: $35,000 Tractor Stolen and Recovered
web posted April 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – An Anna's Lane man called the Sheriff's Office around 10 am Sunday to report his tractor being stolen from a shed. The man told deputies he last saw the tractor Saturday afternoon and discovered it missing around 7 am.
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Poetry at The Discovery Center
web posted April 19, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The second in an ongoing series of poetry and fiction readings at The Discovery Center in Edgefield, South Carolina, is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 2PM.  Free and open to the public, the reading will feature Augusta artist-poet, Malaika Favorite and Greenville poet, Gilbert Allen.  As always, the featured readings will be followed by an Open Mike and a reception with tea and cakes, sponsored jointly by the Edgefield County Historical Society, Edgefield Regional Arts, and the Edgefield County Theatre Project.
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Lost Dog: Johnston - Reward Offered
web posted April 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – One of our dogs got out of the fence Sunday, and we cannot find her anywhere. Her name is Poppy. She is a Jack Russell Terrier and has been spayed. She is about a year old. She is very shy, and may not approach anyone, but I was hoping someone has seen her. She has a collar on with designs on it. (A different one than in the picture) Please call 803-279-1613.

Sheriff Seeks Help in Locating Missing Woman
web posted April 18, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing elderly woman. Brodies McCain, 75, of Rainbow Falls Road was discovered missing from her home by a worker for the Senior Citizen's Council Monday morning. When the worker arrived the door to the home was open and Mrs. McCain was nowhere to be found.
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Update: Carley Peace Recovery - "Day by Day" and "Hour by Hour"
web posted April 18, 2011
MERRIWETHER – 8-year-old Carley Peace remains in critical condition and on full life support after being struck by a car while riding his bike on Briggs Road last week. "It's day by day, sometimes even hour by hour," Carley's mother Sherry Fulmer said. "He's had a good day and a half of good vitals." The family is standing vigil at MCG, "and we keep praying."
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Republican Women of Edgefield County to Host Iraq War Veteran as Speaker Tonight
web reposted April 18
, 2011
PSA – The Republican Women of Edgefield County will hold the next meeting Monday, April 18th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, located on 416 Calhoun Street, downtown Johnston.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm. Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Larry Peeples of the SC National Guard, speaking on the Iraq War – Up Close and Personal. The public is invited to attend.

SRP Presents Character Books To County Students
web posted April 18, 2011
JOHNSTON – 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. The project is part of the National Credit Union Youth Week Celebration.
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Local Teachers Receive SRNS Mini Grants
web posted April 18, 2011
COUNTY – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC has announced the 2011 Innovative Teaching Mini Grant winners. The company awarded 89 grants totaling $50,000.
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Found Pet: Merriwether
web posted April 18, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A cat bearing resemblence to a Russian Blue found on Delaughter Drive in Merriweather.  Call 803.634-1881 for more information.

Find Great Deals: Advertise for Free
web posted April 18, 2011
CLASSIFIEDS – Find a great deal on anything from musical instruments, cars, household items, or even homes in the Edgefield Daily Classifieds. Personal ads are free! Yard sales, employment, or items wanted. Find a bargain or offer your own. Edgefield County's only free classified ads are on Edgefield Daily.
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Elderly Couple Robbed at Gunpoint
web posted April 15, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Schools went on a "soft lockdown" Friday morning after an elderly couple were robbed at gunpoint in their yard on Murrah Road around 9:49 am. The man, described as a white male with a dark complexion, approximately 25 to 35 years of age, standing about 6' tall, bald head, wearing a dark color shirt and pants, was seen running from the scene towards the elementary school.
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Fund Set Up for Carley Peace
web posted April 16, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A fund has been set up at Wachovia/Wells Fargo for Carley Peace. It's under the "Carley Peace Fund". You can make donations at any Wachovia/Wells Fargo location. Thanks to each and everyone for helping and all the prayers. Carley remains in critical condition following being struck by a car Tuesday afternoon.

Entertainment Scheduled for Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Includes New Wing Eating Contest
web posted April 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival entertainment for the day is now set, with many local acts featured, plus a buffalo wing eating contest, all part of the May 7 event. The day’s entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with the Johnston Elementary School Chorus. At 10:30 a.m. the traditional parade begins. (The parade route is through downtown Johnston.)
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Reward Offered for Lost Family Pet : FOUND
web posted April 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – Our family needs help locating a family pet.  On April 14, 2011 between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM,  our 8 month old tan and white male pit bull took up missing from our home on Beech Creek Road in Johnston.  He was in the fence in the back yard with our other dogs when we left the house.  Upon arriving home he was gone. He does have on a leather collar with tags.  Please help us!! A SUBSTANTIAL REWARD is being offer for information. Please help us, we love him very much and he needs to come home. You can call the Forrest family @ 275-2000, 480-1493, or 480-3020. (Click on photo for larger view)


Career Center Students Selected for Outstanding Entrepreneurship Skills
web posted April 16, 2011
JOHNSTON –Students Carson Culbreath and Caleb Munns have been selected as two of the top ten outstanding entrepreneurship students in South Carolina and will have the honor of participating and representing Strom Thurmond Career Center in the annual SIFE Business Plan Competition. SIFE is a campus organization at the College of Charleston and is affiliated with YESCarolina, statewide, and NFTE, nationwide. They will each present their business plans at the College of Charleston on April 13.
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Leischner Pleads Guilty in Fatality Case
web posted April 15, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The trial of Travis Leischner resulting from the two car collision that left 21-year-old Kevin "Bubba" Easler dead four years ago ended when a plea agreement was reached Thursday morning. Leischner plead guilt to reckless homicide before Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller who sentenced him to ten years in prison - suspended on the service of 52 weekends in the county jail and five years of probation in addition to other stipulations.
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Parents Speak Out on Child Hit by Car
web posted April 15, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The parents of 8-year-old Carley Peace, who was struck by a car on Briggs Road Tuesday afternoon, spoke to Edgefield Daily Thursday afternoon and stated they have received good news, but their son is far from being "out of the woods". His mother Sherry Fulmer said, "He is stable right now. His lungs have improved and his heart is bruised." In spite of the situation, news of improvement is well received by the family.
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Church Discovers Burglary Wednesday
web posted April 15, 2011
TRENTON – Another church was targeted by thieves on Wednesday, but this time it was not the HVAC units they were after. A church member arrived at the New and Living Way Church on the 3300 block of Highway 19 around 6 pm and found a storage shed burglarized and $2,200 in equipment stolen.
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Five Schools Recognized in Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program
web posted April 15, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District is proud to announce that five schools have been recognized in the distinguished Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program sponsored by the state. Fox Creek High School and Strom Thurmond Career Center are both recipients of Gold Awards. Douglas Elementary, Merriwether Elementary and Strom Thurmond High School are the recipients of Silver Awards.
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Public Auction Saturday, April 16
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web reposted April 15, 2011

AIKEN – We are selling surplus and salvage personal property for the Aiken County School District. The sale will be held at Freedman Central School, 225 Aiken Road, Graniteville, S.C. 29829 at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with vehicles; Hobart freezers, coolers, buffalo food choppers, mixers, milk coolers; Scotsman ice machines, kitchen equipment, desks, chairs, lunchroom tables, and much more. Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for  pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

ATC Criminal Justice Students Win at Job Skills Championships
web posted April 15, 2011
AIKEN – A team of ATC criminal justice students took top honors at the South Carolina SkillsUSA Championships on April 1 in Greenville, S.C. SkillsUSA is a national partnership of high schools, colleges and industry professionals aimed at building America’s skilled workforce. SkillsUSA competitions challenge students from multiple disciplines through written and hands-on scenario tests. ATC participated in the college portion, competing against other South Carolina technical colleges.
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Update: Child Struck by Car Identified - in Intensive Care
web posted April 14, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The South Carolina Highway Patrol was back at the scene of where 8-year-old Carley Peace was hit by a car while riding his bike Tuesday afternoon. They were taking measurements and surveying the area. Carley is in very critical condition and on full life support at the MCG Intensive Care Unit, a family member said Wednesday afternoon.
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Merriwether Home Burglarized
web posted April 14, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Briggs Haven Circle woman arrived home Tuesday afternoon to find the rear door to the home pried open and a 60" Flat screen TV gone. The woman told the deputy the TV cost $2,072.
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Counterfeit Money Turns up in Edgefield
web posted April 14, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A counterfeit $50 bill turned up Tuesday when a woman tried to pay her power bill. The woman taking her payment told her she believed the bill not real. The Sheriff's Office was notified and a deputy arrived at the woman's home and inspected the $50 bill.
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STH Alumni Basketball Game April 22
web posted April 14, 2011
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Class of 1980 is sponsoring a STH Alumni basketball game to raise funds for a 50th Birthday Party for the Class of 80 in May of next year when the majority of the graduating class will be turning fifty. The game will be played at the Strom Thurmond Gym on April 22 at 6 pm.
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Republican Women of Edgefield County to Host Iraq War Veteran as Speaker
web reposted April 14
, 2011
PSA – The Republican Women of Edgefield County will hold the next meeting Monday, April 18th at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, located on 416 Calhoun Street, downtown Johnston.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00pm.  Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Larry Peeples of the SC National Guard, speaking on the Iraq War – Up Close and Personal.  RWEC Members and their guest are invited to attend.  If you have any questions you can email ecrepublicanwomen@gmail.com or call 803-480-9365.

Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary $5.00 Jewelry Sale Today and Tomorrow
web posted
April 14, 2011
PSA – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary is having their $5.00 Jewelry Sale today from 8 am until 5 pm and Friday, April 15th from 7 am until 4 pm in the Edgefield County Hospital Cafeteria. The Public is invited to attend.

Child Fights for Life After Being Hit By Car
web posted April 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Frantic calls to 911 were received just before 5 pm Tuesday of a young child on a bicycle being struck by a car on Briggs Road. Merriwether First Responders and Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the young boy lying in a ditch with serious injuries and an immediate call went out for a Medivac Helicopter to respond to the scene with a 3 minute response time.
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Fatality Trial Forced to go Unreported
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 13, 2011

COLUMN – The Trial of Travis Leischner, of Trenton, one of the drivers in the fatal crash that took the life of Kevin "Bubba" Easler on October 6, 2007, got underway Tuesday afternoon. As the Editor it is my duty to follow important trials and I planned to do so on Tuesday. If I am unavailable another reporter is given that assignment. But even the best laid plans can be destroyed by a lawyer, just minutes before the trial is about to start.
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Ashcraft Named GOP Chairman for Edgefield County
web posted April 13, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Republican Party has a new chairman as of Tuesday night. District 2 County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft secured the position by a vote of members at a meeting to elect new leadership and delegates to the state convention. Bettis Rainsford Jr. was elected as Vice-chairman.
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Lord's Prayer Part 4: Hallowed
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 13, 2011

RELIGION – We continue this week in our study of the Lord’s Prayer and come to an odd phrase for modern readers “Hallowed be thy name.”  I used to think this “hollowed” be your name and could not fathom why we would be taking the center out of God? Maybe ya’ll are brighter than me. But what does it mean to hallow God’s name. Many of us don’t’ know, no shame in that. And since we don’t know what it means, we’re not really sure what we’re praying for.  Since we don’t know what we’re praying for, we tend to skip right over it so we can get down to the part we do understand, like “Give us this day our daily bread.”
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Johnston Town Council Addresses Rentals and Opens Budget debate
web posted April 13, 2011
JOHNSTON – Houses not being kept up, a chair rental policy, whether to continue renting out the old National Guard Armory and selling excess properties were all items of discussion at Monday night's Johnston Town Council meeting.
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Public Auction Saturday, April 16
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web reposted April 13, 2011

AIKEN – We are selling surplus and salvage personal property for the Aiken County School District. The sale will be held at Freedman Central School, 225 Aiken Road, Graniteville, S.C. 29829 at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with vehicles; Hobart freezers, coolers, buffalo food choppers, mixers, milk coolers; Scotsman ice machines, kitchen equipment, desks, chairs, lunchroom tables, and much more. Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for  pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

County Water & Sewer Authority sponsoring 2nd Annual “Team Brody” Softball Tournament Fundraiser
web posted April 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority is sponsoring the 2nd Annual “Team Brody” Softball Tournament Fundraiser on April 15 & 16 at the Trenton Softball Field. There is a $150 entry fee per team and the deadline is April 11th.  You can pre-purchase a $5 BBQ plate from any Edgefield Co. Water employee. Pickup time for the plates is on Saturday April 16 from 1-3 pm at the Trenton Softball Field.  To make a donation, be a sponsor, or for more information, please contact Zeb Ryan at (803) 215-7553 or by email atzeb.ryan8@comcast.net.  For more information on Brody Johnson, please checkout his Face book page- Prayers for Brody Johnson.

Historic Edgefield Kicks off Spring Shopping
web posted April 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Take a stroll through historic Edgefield during the Annual 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.
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Aiken's LeDuc Tapped as Interim Administrator
web posted April 12, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a special called meeting Monday night and after convening in executive session emerged to announce they were hiring an interim administrator on a temporary basis until the new administrator position can be advertised, the candidates vetted, and the top pick hired. Former City Manager of Aiken, Roger LeDuc, was tapped for the position on a 3-1 vote with Councilman Willie Bright abstaining. Councilman Norman Dorn voted no.
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Budget Workshop Finds Small Cuts: Chairman Campbell says Time to "Start Chopping"
web posted April 12, 2011
EDGEFIELD –During the second budget workshop on the county operating budget Monday night, the council was informed of cuts that Sheriff Adell Dobey had offered which totaled less than $10,000. A welcome bit of information and appreciated by the county council.
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Thefts, Burglaries Account for $13,00 in Property Loss
web posted April 12, 2011
COUNTY – A broad array of crimes were reported over the weekend including two burglaries, a grand larceny, the theft of 4-wheelers, a burglary that stole the only the doors from inside and outside of the home and the theft of gasoline from three vehicles. In all it accounted for almost $13,000 in stolen property.
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State Senator Shane Massey will be holding a town hall meeting at Merriwether
web posted April 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER - Elementary School this Thursday, April 14 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Sen. Massey will give an update on what has happened in the Senate so far this session, talk about the agenda for the remainder of the year, and take questions. A similar meeting at STHS will be held in a few weeks. Details will be released when everything is finalized.

Letter: Is America A Christain Nation?
web posted April 12, 2011
Dear Editor,
You will know them by their fruit. If a nation professes Christianity, this does not automatically or characteristically make that nation a Christian nation. A nation will be known by the principles and foundation of that nation. America today has departed from the faith, from the principles of Christianity and follows the ways and wealth of the world. When other nations and even many within our own nation look at America , what do they see, what do they say and is what they say true? Materialism, sex and greed have smothered the word of God and quenched the Spirit of God.
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Lost Dog: Reward Offered
web posted April 12, 2011
COUNTY – Lost dog: Black/tan/white female Chihuahua, 10 months old.  She answers to Nibbler. She was last seen off Hwy 23 near Dogwood Lane on Sunday, April
10th. A cash reward is being offered. Please contact Raven (803) 637-2063.

Johnston Development Corporation donates new banners for Downtown
web posted April 12, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization that has helped the Town of Johnston grow in many ways for over 20 years, has donated two sets of new banners for downtown Johnston. The funds to buy the custom-made banners come from proceeds from the Peach Blossom Festival, which is sponsored by the Development Corporation.
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Prepare to Dance During Live After Five on April 14th in Greenwood
web posted April 12, 2011
GREENWOOD – The streets in Uptown Greenwood will be jam packed again this week as Atlanta’s Shimmer Entertainment takes the stage during the April 14th edition of Live After Five. Shimmer is a music powerhouse that delivers the classics and today's best hits with a finesse and energy that leaves audiences wanting more.
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Worker Injured on Radio Tower
web posted April 10, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Firefighters, First Responders, and EMS were called to the radio tower on Stephens Road with an injured man approximately 400 feet up the 900 foot tower. Another worker, who was atop the tower, was able to help the injured man down to awaiting rescue personnel to begin treating his injuries.
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First ‘Chat with the Chairman’ Set for Thursday, April 14, in Trenton
web posted April 11, 2011
TRENTON – The First Chat with the Chairman, an evening meeting where citizens can interact with the Edgefield County Council Chairman, will be held Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Trenton Town Hall.
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Public Auction Saturday, April 16
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web reposted April 11, 2011

AIKEN – We are selling surplus and salvage personal property for the Aiken County School District. The sale will be held at Freedman Central School, 225 Aiken Road, Graniteville, S.C. 29829 at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with vehicles; Hobart freezers, coolers, buffalo food choppers, mixers, milk coolers; Scotsman ice machines, kitchen equipment, desks, chairs, lunchroom tables, and much more. Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for  pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Tax Day TEA Party in Augusta
web posted April 11, 2011
AUGUSTA – The Augusta Tea Party will hold their 2011 event at the Augusta Riverwalk Amphitheatre April 15th frm 5:00-8:00pm. The main organizers Tony Powers talk show host of "Powers to the People" on talk radio 1380 WNRR (AM) and wife Renee deMedicis who have planned the last 2 years event will hold this event with the help of dozens of volunteers throughout the CSRA.
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Public Notice: County Council Called Meeting and Budget Workshop Tonight
web posted April 11, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a called meeting to discuss hiring an interim Administrator. The council will convene in Executive Session to discuss the matter and return to public to hear "any motion, if any, as a result of executive session". A work session on the county budget will follow. The public is invited to attend.

Concealed Weapons Class to be held April 16
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web reposted April 11, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 16, 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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Opinion: County Should Face Off With State on Unfunded Mandates
web posted April 11, 2011
A Column by the Editor
COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council will hold a second work session on the budget tonight on a budget that has more red numbers than black due to dwindling revenues. Thanks in large part to the state cutting the Aid to Subdivisions (or Local Government Fund or LGF) by an estimated 20 to 22% this year, reducing funding levels below the statutory limits (laws are for other people, not the government) to levels of the mid 1990's. If the state wants to cut funding, so be it. The county should return the favor.
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Lost Dog
web posted April 11, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Cash Reward. Lost small black/white dog responds to Coco. Last seen at Intersection Highway 25 and 378 on 4/3 at 3pm. Contact Holly at 706-627-4576

Deputy Injured in Fight With Domestic Violence Suspect
web posted April 9, 2011
TRENTON
– A domestic dispute left a woman injured and an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy being transported to the hospital with injuries Saturday evening. Trenton Police and a Sheriff's Deputy responded to the call on the 400 block of West Wise Street just after 6 pm. A short time later a call for emergency back-up units went out with the male subject in active combat with officers.
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Sixth Church Targeted Friday in HVAC Thefts
web posted April 9, 2011
WESTSIDE – Another church has fallen victim of metal thefts that have continued across the county recently. Cedar Grove Baptist Church, which just finished a three day revival that ended on Thursday night, was the latest victim. A church member found the HVAC unit missing Friday afternoon. This make the sixth church targeted since the last week of January and the seventh theft with one church targeted twice in addition to the Merriwether Fire Station earlier this week.
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Updates delayed
web posted April 9, 2011
COUNTY – An unexpected maintenance of our servers has delayed updates scheduled for Saturday. The transfer should be completed by Sunday and full updates will return on Monday. Comments from readers are complete with those received by 6 pm Friday. All others will be placed on Monday. We apologize for the delay.

Drive-By Shooting in Johnston Thursday
web posted April 8, 2011
JOHNSTON – Just after 4 pm Thursday afternoon 911 dispatchers began receiving calls of shots fired in the area of Johnson and Walker Streets. As Johnston Police were responding additional calls came in that two men were firing shots at two other men walking on Johnson Street, not far from the shooting incident last month on Dove Street. According to police, no one was injured in the shooting.
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Jacob McKie Home Targeted in Burglary
web posted April 8, 2011
COUNTY – A Jacob McKie Road woman returned to her home after picking her daughter up from work and discovered a door to the home open and the door jamb damaged. The woman said she left the home a short time before the burglary and returned around 10 pm with her daughter and called police. An investigator cleared the home and found no one inside.
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Fire Hydrant Testing to Start April 18
web posted April 8, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority will be testing fire hydrants in the towns of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton and all other hydrants through out the entire system, beginning Monday, April 18th and continuing through May 13th.  Please use caution when washing clothes during this period.  Should you have any problems, please contact the Water Authority before drying clothes at (803) 637-3011.

Public Auction Saturday, April 16
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web reposted April 8, 2011

AIKEN – We are selling surplus and salvage personal property for the Aiken County School District. The sale will be held at Freedman Central School, 225 Aiken Road, Graniteville, S.C. 29829 at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with vehicles; Hobart freezers, coolers, buffalo food choppers, mixers, milk coolers; Scotsman ice machines, kitchen equipment, desks, chairs, lunchroom tables, and much more. Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for  pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Opinion: Living Within Our Means
A Column by the Edior
web posted April 8, 2011

COLUMN – Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown has been fired as of Tuesday night and the county is going to start looking for a replacement to fill the position. There is no use in rehashing the antics of Brown's short tenure as Administrator, his short history is well known. The focus of the County Council needs to be on the future, not the past.
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Synthetic Marijuana Bill Passes Senate
web posted April 8, 2011
COLUMBIA – A bill that would ban synthetic marijuana in South Carolina passed the Senate on second reading on Thursday, and will now move on to the House. South Carolina is one of several states that has banned or is considering banning the substance. If signed into law, synthetic marijuana like Spice and K2 will be considered a Schedule I drug, which would make it just like real marijuana in the eyes of the law.
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Lost Dog: Merriwether
web posted April 8, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Lost dog: Merriwether area around Briggs Rd. Black yorkie -poodle mix. Her name is Maggie. If found please call (706) 832-3192 or(706) 373-9342

North Augusta Country Club Maintenance Building Burglarized
web posted April 7, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The North Augusta Country Club fell prey to a burglary Monday night after workers arrived Tuesday to find locks cut off the doors at the Maintenance building and the fencing cut to gain entry into the area. Though no dollar amount was available for the materials stolen, it is expected to be into the thousands of dollars.
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US Rep. Duncan: Government Spending and the looming shutdown
By US Rep. Jeff Duncan
web posted April 7, 2011

OPINION – Throughout our nation’s proud history, the United States has proven its ability to overcome any obstacle with a combination of American ingenuity and perseverance.  However, decades of neglect from out-of-touch Washington politicians from both parties is beginning to take its toll on Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
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TEA Party Speakers Confirmed for April 18 Rally
web posted April 7, 2011
COLUMBIA – The Columbia TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party will be sponsoring a rally on April 18th on the north steps of the state capital building in Columbia, South Carolina from 12:00 to 2:00 pm to target out of control federal, state, and local spending. Everyone should be concerned with how our taxes are being spent.
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Chairman Campbell: Brown not a "good fit" for Edgefield County
web posted April 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Our news partner, WJBF Channel 6 News, reports that Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell stated fired County Administrator Alton Brown was not a "good fit" for Edgefield County. Members of the county council have been mostly mum on the reason behind Brown's removal. (Video included)
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County Administrator Brown Terminated "Effective Immediately"
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held an extended executive session following Tuesday night's regular meeting and emerged and terminated County Administrator Alton Brown, "effective immediately". Brown came out from the closed door meeting, slammed his books down before conversing with staff, and then left before the council members came back to public some fifteen minutes later and made the vote.
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Herrin Defeats Jackson in School Board Run-off
web posted April 6, 2011
JOHNSTON – The long and contested run-off between School Board candidates William Herrin and Nathanial Jackson is over. Mr. Herrin took the seat Tuesday night after a run-off election was held and found Herrin drawing 62% of the votes. Jackson, who won a plurality of the votes in November putting him into a run-off from a three way race drew attention due to Jackson's previous conviction for a Federal conviction and 8 year sentence for cocaine trafficking.
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County Council Supplies Sheriff With Patrol Cars With No Tax Increase
web posted April 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their April regular meeting Tuesday night and took on several issues ranging from the acceptance of roads in the Birch Pointe subdivision, delving into the budget, and finding a creative way to provide Sheriff Adell Dobey with the needed patrol cars without affecting the tax rate or expenditures from the general fund.
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Storms Cause Havoc Across County
web posted April 6, 2011
COUNTY – A spring storm caused damage to homes and businesses, power outages, and blocked roads early Tuesday morning when thunderstorms created wind gusts of upwards of 80 mph, lighting, and heavy rain around 3 am. SCE&G said Edgefield County was one of the top three counties in the state for downed power lines, which affected several thousand customers. Aiken Electric Co-op faced similar outages due to the storm. EMA Director Mike Casey said it would take a few days to determine the property loss values caused by the storms.
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Lord's Prayer Part 3: Immanence and Transcendence
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 6, 2011

RELIGION – Last week we looked at what it meant to pray to God as our Father. This included the fact that our problems do not exist in isolation apart from others. It also meant that we know God personally and have faith in his love, provision, and discipline of us. So this week we continue to look at the location of God and why this matters greatly in our lives. 
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Herrin Wins School Board Seat
web posted April 5, 2011  10:25 pm
EDGEFIELD – The broadly watched and much anticipated run-off for the District 1 School Board seat has ended. William Herrin defeated Nathaniel Jackson in Tuesday's election taking 275 votes to Jackson's 165. The results are unofficial until certified on Friday.

Edgefield Hospitality and Accommodation Taxes Get First Approval by Town
web posted April 5, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council voted to approve the new Accommodations and Hospitality taxes with a first reading of both ordinances at Monday's meeting. The 3% and 2% taxes respectively were approved with little discussion and by unanimous vote, with Town Councilman Otis Yeldell absent from the meeting. A final reading is expected at the May meetings along with a firs reading of the proposed budget distgributed to members at the meetings.
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Murals Coming to Downtown Edgefield
web posted April 5, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield will be seeing murals gracing the exterior walls of three historic buildings by the Edgefield Regional Arts (ERA). The first of the three will appear on the Israel Mukashy building (Currently Paperwhites) on the Potter's Alley side of the building. The nine panel partitions already painted were unveiled at the Edgefield Town Council meeting Monday afternoon and was approved to be placed by unanimous consent.
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Weekend Burglaries Top $11,000 in Thefts of Guns and Goods
web posted April 5, 2011
COUNTY – At least four burglaries were reported between Friday and Sunday with a grand total of over $11,800 in guns, air conditioners, appliances, and tools reported missing from area homes. Two burglaries were reported in Edgefield with the first report on Saturday at a home on Fairway Drive that was found to have a back door on the home forced open.
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Driver and Passenger Flee Traffic Stop on Foot: Driver Arrested
web posted April 5, 2011
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police Officer on patrol Saturday just after noon spotted a grey Mercury 4-door traveling on Edisto Street exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph. When the officer turned around and attempted to stop the car the driver refused to stop the chase was on.
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Found Dog
web posted April 5, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Wonderful older lab found on Hwy 283. Super sweet, well mannered and clearly missing his family. If you are missing your yellow lab please call 706-255-6561 or 619-247-3565 for more information.

Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo gearing up for May 14 event
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”.  Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
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Fire Station Targeted for HVAC Theft
web posted April 4, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Since late January, five churches have been targeted a total of six times for thefts of the commercial HVAC units. The Merriwether Fire Department can now be added to the list. On Saturday, firefighters arriving around 4 pm to cut grass discovered the 2-ton HVAC unit had been stolen and notified the Sheriff's Office. Just as with the other six thefts, the unit was disconnected from the power, all the lines were cut and the entire unit stolen.
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School Board Dist 1 Election Tuesday
web reposted April 4, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Voter Registration and Election Office has received U. S. Department of Justice Clearance for the School Board District 1 Runoff Election. The Election will be held on April 5, 2011. The voting precincts will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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Fox Creek Forced to Forfeit Entire Football Season
web posted April 4, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek Charter School's entire football season is all for naught after new broke Friday that the South Carolina High School League ruled the Predators broke the rules on player eligibility. As such, the first time winning season with playoff games is now a winless season at 0-10, rather than the 8-4 they posted.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held April 16
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web posted April 4, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 16, 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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Next ‘Coffee with the Chairman’ Set for April 12 in Johnston
web posted April 4, 2011
JOHNSTON – The next Coffee with the Chairman will be held Tuesday, April 12, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Gary’s restaurant, Johnston. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell is holding the monthly early morning gatherings to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
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Public Auction Saturday, April 16
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web posted April 4, 2011

AIKEN – We are selling surplus and salvage personal property for the Aiken County School District. The sale will be held at Freedman Central School, 225 Aiken Road, Graniteville, S.C. 29829 at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with vehicles; Hobart freezers, coolers, buffalo food choppers, mixers, milk coolers; Scotsman ice machines, kitchen equipment, desks, chairs, lunchroom tables, and much more. Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for  pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Found Dog
web posted April 4, 2011
TRENTON – Possibly German shepherd and chow mixed found off of Highway 191 at Layman's Nursery. She is so sweet and very well behaved. Call 843-991-5426

Hit and Run Results in DUI Arrest
web posted April 2, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police were called to the La Fogata restaurant Thursday evening after a woman called and reported a van struck a vehicle in the parking lot and fled the scene. After the officer arrived on the scene a minute later and gathered information, he released a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the white van. A nearby Sheriff's Deputy spotted the van on Star Road but the driver refused to stop.
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Aiken County Sheriff's Office Seeks Help in Locating Elderly Woman
web posted April 2, 2011
AIKEN – The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman. Mattie Coleman, 68, was last seen on Wednesday, March 30, around 8 am at her home on the 500 block of Union Church Lane in Aiken.
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Found Dog
web posted April 2, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The following found dog has been sent to us in hopes of finding its rightful owner. A black dog (lab?) found on Augusta Rd near Turkey Federation on Tuesday after the storm. Please call 803.637.9278.

Tractor-trailer Crash Closes Sweetwater Road
web posted March 31, 2011 5:10 pm
MERRIWETHER – A crash involving a tractor-trailer truck around 11:20 Thursday morning closed Sweetwater Road to through traffic for several hours until the scene could be cleared and the load of manure cleaned up. The truck was southbound on Sweetwater Road when the driver ran off the edge of the road and the trailer struck a culvert and broke loose.
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Sheriff Advises on Recent HVAC Thefts: Permit to Haul "Nonferrous Metal" to be Required
web posted April 1, 2011
COUNTY – Since January, five Edgefield County churches have been the victims of theft of HVAC (heating and air) units in excess of $50,000. In all cases the entire HVAC unit was stolen. Sheriff Dobey has established extra patrols, as the thefts have occurred at all hours of the day and night.
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School Board Dist 1 Election Set for April 5
web reposted April 1, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Voter Registration and Election Office has received U. S. Department of Justice Clearance for the School Board District 1 Runoff Election. The Election will be held on April 5, 2011. The voting precincts will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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Pick-up Crashes Into Restaurant
web posted April 1, 2011
NORTH AUGUSTA – A man turned the Captain D's restaurant on Edgefield Road into a real "drive thru" business after crashing his pick-up truck through the business Thursday evening around 7:30 pm. The driver, and two customers in the restaurant at the time, were transported to MCG for treatment after the crash. The driver of the truck is believed to have been suffering from a seizure at the time of the crash.
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County Council to Place Needs Above Wants
web posted April 1, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Daily has learned that the Edgefield County Council will be deleting the millage rate for recreation and turn those funds over to purchase replacement patrol vehicles and additional deputies to curtail the rising crime rate in Edgefield County since it was learned at the recent budget workshop that all sports leagues pay for themselves. In addition, funds normally directed to non-governmental agencies will also be deleted and directed to the Sheriff's Office.
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Superintendent Sets April 13 for Chat Time
web posted April 1, 2011
COUNTY – Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw has designated April 13, 2001 as a Superintendent’s Chat Time. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Crenshaw will be in her office to speak with citizens in regards to the current district operations. Citizens are encouraged to use this time to come and share insight on ways to strengthen our district or discuss any issues they may have.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held April 16
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web posted April 1, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, April 16, 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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Opinion: Money For Nothing?
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 1, 2011

COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council voted to award Dorn Landscaping a $$22,350 contract for grounds maintenance at the county buildings last May. Somehow, that increased to $22,780. Okay, what's $430 in the grand scheme of things? The real question is - why are we paying them? The County Courthouse has looked like a weed factory for over a year and the only shrubs being pruned recently was done by the County Road Maintenance workers, paid from a special tax to maintain our roads, not shrubbery.
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Letter to the Editor: Volunteer Guardian ad Litems Sought
web posted April 1, 2011
Dear Editor,
In 2010, more than 9,000 South Carolina children were abused or neglected by their own families. The actual figure is probably much higher, as this number represents only those children involved in the Family Court system. There are cases of abuse or neglect in every county of the state. As caring and concerned citizens, we must do everything in our power to protect and nurture these vulnerable children.
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Comment Section Delayed Due to Problems
web posted April 1, 2011
COUNTY – The Wandering Minds comment page is experiencing technical difficulties and will not be updated for Friday. We hope to have the problem corrected sometime today and all comments will be placed with our Saturday edition. All comments emailed, faxed, or mailed will be placed at that time. We apologize for the delay.







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