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April 2012 Archive

Pedestrian Flown to MCG after Hit and Run on Augusta Road Sunday Night
web posted April 30, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Pedestrian hit on Augusta Road was flown to the MCG Trauma Unit following a hit and run collision around 8:45 pm in front of the Pizza Hut and Dodges' Store. The victim was left lying in the roadway and the car fled the scene. Edgefield County EMS, Edgefield Police, Edgefield Firefighters and Sheriff's Deputies converged on the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival On Tap for May 4-5: Grand Marshal Mr. Frank Burt
web posted April 30, 2012
JOHNSTON – This weekend, the Johnston, SC, Peach Blossom Festival will showcase great entertainment, arts and crafts, food concessions, a parade, rides for children, and a family-oriented street dance.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE: Edgefield Water Authority Issues Warning for Testing Fire Hydrants in Merriwether
web posted April 30, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority will begin testing fire hydrants in the South End of the County on Monday, April 30, 2012. Testing will last for approximately four weeks. Please use caution when washing clothes during this period. Should you have any problems, please contact the Authority, including before drying clothes at (803) 637-3011

"Project Alpha's" $6.4 Million Investment in Edgefield County to be discussed Tuesday Night
web reposted April 30, 2012
COUNTY – A fee in lieu (FIL) tax agreement for Project Alpha, an unidentified industry, will be making a $6.4 million investment in Edgefield County and create more than a dozen jobs in the process. The Edgefield County Council will be holding an unusual mid-meeting Executive Session just prior to voting on a resolution supporting the endeavor at their May 1 meeting.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Weekly Specials: Sale Starts Tuesday
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web reposted April 30, 2012

EDGEFIELD – Fair Price Food Center, formerly Fairway Foods in Edgefield, is under new ownership with the same great service and new low prices. Check out our Weekly Specials and click on the printer friendly download to get a special $5 off Coupon! Sale Prices Start on Tuesday, May 1 and are good through Monday, May 7.
Fair Price Food Center

Opinion: Primary Candidates Strangely Quiet
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 30, 2012

COLUMN – Local candidates up for a primary bid are noticeably quiet leading up to the June Primaries. The two that stand out are SC State Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) who faces a June battle with John Pettigrew, also of Edgefield, and County Council District 4 candidates Betty Butler and Tracey Freeman. 20-year incumbent Willie Bright has bowed out of the race. Both races could have a huge impact on local representation and yet there is not a peep from any of the campaigns as we enter the month of May.
Edgefield Daily

Estate Auction, Saturday, May 5
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted April 30, 2012

GRANITEVILLE – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Mitzi Brennan along with some additions and May 5, at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with many pieces of nice furniture, elegant glassware, vintage advertising memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home located at 137 Midland Dr., Graniteville, S.C. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801

Burglary Suspect Escapes Two Manhunts Friday
web posted April 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and Johnston Police conducted two manhunts for the same suspected burglar on Friday. The first was in the morning, the second early afternoon after he was seen a second time. Maurice Lorenzo Culbreath, 26, of Calhoun Street in Johnston, is being sought for two counts of burglary in the first degree from Aiken County captured on video surveillance footage at the home earlier this week. Just one week after he plead guilty to charges of grand larceny over $10,000 in General Sessions Count in Edgefield.
Edgefield Daily

Murrah Road Home Burglarized
web posted April 28, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Murrah Road woman returned home from a hard day's work to find her home burglarized Thursday afternoon. The woman found the back door that had been forced open and electronics taken from the home. The woman told the deputy she left for work at 7 am and returned around 5:15 pm and discovered the crime.
Edgefield Daily

Estate Auction, Saturday, May 5
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted April 28, 2012

GRANITEVILLE – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Mitzi Brennan along with some additions and May 5, at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with many pieces of nice furniture, elegant glassware, vintage advertising memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home located at 137 Midland Dr., Graniteville, S.C. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801

Teachers Vote TAP In and Out of Local Schools
web posted April 27, 2012
COUNTY – A controversy surrounding the implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program, or TAP, has been resolved once and for all after incoming School Superintendent Greg Anderson forced the issue to make sure each school's teachers were allowed to vote on whether or not they wanted to be a part of the program. It became apparent that former Superintendent Mary Crenshaw implemented the program in schools that never voted on the program as required.
Edgefield Daily

Man Arrested in Workplace Attack
web posted April 27, 2012
COUNTY – A Trenton man was arrested following an attack on a fellow worker with a hammer and a razor knife Wednesday afternoon leaving the victim bruised and a cut across his back. Lewis Earnest Wiggins Jr., 50, of Highway 19 Trenton, was taken into custody on the scene without incident.
Edgefield Daily

Gray Street Home Burglarized During Baseball Game
web posted April 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Gray Street woman in Edgefield called 911 to report finding an open door to the family home around 7:30 Tuesday evening after taking her son to a baseball game two hours earlier.
Edgefield Daily

Lost Dog: Edgefield
web posted April 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Please help us find our family pet. She ran away after her bath and forgot her ID. I`m sure she must miss us as much as we miss her. Hallie is a Shih- Tzu , from around  downtown Edgefield. If you have seen her, please call 637-3838. Thank you! Click on picture for a larger view.

"Project Alpha" to make $6.4 Million Investment in Edgefield County
web posted April 26, 2012
COUNTY – A fee in lieu (FIL) tax agreement for Project Alpha, an unidentified industry, will be making a $6.4 million investment in Edgefield County and create more than a dozen jobs in the process. The Edgefield County Council will be holding an unusual mid-meeting Executive Session just prior to voting on a resolution supporting the endeavor at their May 1 meeting.
Edgefield Daily

First Ever Joint County Council and Planning Commission Meeting Held
web posted April 26, 2012
EDGEFIELD – In what was billed as a first ever joint meeting of the Edgefield County Council and the Edgefield County Planning Commission, they sat down face-to-face to discuss coming up with an "Action Agenda" for the coming year and the direction the County Council wants to the county planners to take. After both meetings were called to order, County Council Chairman Dean Campbell turned the floor over to Planning Director Roger LeDuc who presented a list of ten identified goals for county planning.
Edgefield Daily


Baseball Playoffs: Buford at Strom Thurmond
By Tim Crane
web posted April 26, 2012

SPORTS – The Rebels captured a number two seed in the District II AA baseball tournament by finishing the season with a 13-3 record including going 8-2 in region play. They will host #3 seed Buford Thursday night at 6:30. This is a double elimination tournament and the winner of Thurmond/Buford will play the winner of Emerald / Chesnee. The losers will also play each other with both games being on Saturday. Thurmond will only have to travel if they play Emerald in the District II tournament.
Edgefield Daily

Hit and Run Driver Surrenders
web posted April 26, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The suspected driver of a Ford Explorer that broke a power pole, disrupted phone service, and blocked all traffic on Brooks Street and then fled the scene on foot Sunday has been charged. Willie Thomas Jones Jr., 28, of Moores Drive in Edgefield, turned himself in at the Edgefield County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon.
Edgefield Daily

Relay for Life This Weekend
web posted April 26, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County A decade ago, your community began to participate in Relay For Life-the American Cancer Society’s nationwide signature activity – with an initial group of volunteers determined to do something to make a difference.  Much like Science builds upon itself year after year, your Relay grew over a decade to become a force to be reckoned with - a community presenting a united front in the fight against Cancer. Join our Survivor’s as they Celebrate Life, remember those we have lost, and fight for a cure.
Edgefield Daily

Estate Auction, Saturday, May 5
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted April 26, 2012

GRANITEVILLE – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Mitzi Brennan along with some additions and May 5, at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with many pieces of nice furniture, elegant glassware, vintage advertising memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home located at 137 Midland Dr., Graniteville, S.C. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801

Nick Thomas: A President’s Best Friend
By Nick Thomas
web posted April 26, 2012

GUEST COLUMN – Most presidents welcome the company of a dog in the White House. The reason is simple: every Commander-in-Chief needs at least one faithful friend in Washington.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston will be holding a Special Farmer's & Artist's Market Friday
web posted April 26, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnston will be holding a Special Farmer's & Artist's Market on Friday, April 27th from 4 - 7 p.m. on main street (Calhoun) in front of the Library/Warehouse.  There will be herbs, gourds, plants (annuals & perennials), fresh fruits & vegetables in season (Cook's strawberries weather permitting), jewelry, farm fresh eggs, note cards, Lion's Club brooms, locally grown Shitake mushrooms, pottery by local potter, original paintings & prints by 3 local artists, and much more.

Saluda Couple Highest Bidders for STCC Welding Trailer Mounted Cooker
web posted April 26, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Welding II students of Strom Thurmond Career Center are proud to announce the highest bidders of their trailer mounted grill. Will and Joyce Jones from Saluda, SC purchased the grill that was built and designed by the 11th and 12th welding grade students with approximately 74 hours of fabrication and welding time.
Edgefield Daily

Man Runs From Traffic Stop
web posted April 25, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Sheriff's Deputy on routine patrol attempted a traffic stop Tuesday night on a suspicious vehicle and when the driver stopped he ran from the scene on foot. It was discovered the tag on the Ford Explorer came back to a car on Bettis Academy and the vehicle identification number came back to a Ford Explorer from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Nearby deputies converged on the area in an effort to apprehend the driver.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Man Reports Car Stolen after Hit and Run
web posted April 25, 2012
JOHNSTON – Most hit and run arrests always have a bit of a twist to them, but reporting your car stolen and claiming to be in another town when you are sitting on your front porch right after the collision is not the brightest move to make. However, according to Johnston Police, that is just what happened early Sunday morning at a popular night spot.
Edgefield Daily


Local Team Wins 1st Jo-Nathan Foundation Golf Tournament
web posted April 25, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A total of 36 golfers showed up for the Inaugural Jo-Nathan Foundation Golf Tournament which was held on Monday, April 9, 2012 at Goshen Plantation in Augusta, Ga. Scott Mims, Russell Bryan, Lee Holmes, and Jonathan Harling, all of Edgefield, took home the 1st place trophies.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County School District Honor Roll 3rd Nine Weeks 2011-2012
web posted April 25, 2012
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the Honor Rolls for County Schools. Each school is listed separately below. Edgefield Daily congratulates the students for their academic achievements.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Love Your Church
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 25, 2012

RELIGION – We began looking at 1 Corinthians 13 last week. This is a favorite passage at weddings and it should be. It exemplifies the kind of others-centered love that is essential for a successful, faithful, Christi-honoring marriage.  But we must always be faithful to look at Scripture in context. This means that in order to interpret the Bible rightly, we must make sure we understand the purpose and reason the writer was inspired to write the words.
Edgefield Daily

Spring Gospel Explosion Concert This Saturday
web posted April 25, 2012
BETTIS ACADEMY – Local Recording Artist, The Pinckney Sisters, will be hosting a free Spring Gospel Concert featuring local gospel choirs and quartet groups. The concert will be held at the Bettis Academy Nicholson Building, 78 Nicholson Road. Everyone is invited to attend. For directions or more information please contact Willie Mims at (803) 439-4122 or Betty Pinckney (803) 663-9474.

Augusta Opera Announces Spring Performance
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web posted April 25, 2012
AUGUSTA  – The Augusta Opera Association announces its spring performance: “A D’Oyly Carte Evening: Music of Gilbert & Sullivan,” to be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center in downtown Augusta.
Edgefield Daily

Passenger Second to Die in McCormick Fatal Crash
web posted April 24, 2012
MCCORMICK – A second person has died as a result of a fatal crash that took place Saturday night on Highway 221 in McCormick. According to McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett, the driver, 31-year-old Henry Allen Timpson died on the scene, his passenger, 31-year-old Kelsey Saxon died later at MCG. Both men killed were from Greenwood.
Edgefield Daily

Crash Closes Brooks Street for Hours Sunday Night
web posted April 24, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A single vehicle crash on Brooks Street Sunday night cut electrical power and phone service in the immediate area for several hours after a driver broke a power pole and uprooted a telephone junction box around 10 pm. When police arrive on the scene the driver was nowhere to be found and the estimated damage caused topped $20,000.
Edgefield Daily

S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division Announces Scholarship Recipients
web posted April 24, 2012
COLUMBIA – The S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division has announced eight recipients of the 2012 High School Mock Trial Scholarships and two recipients of the 2012 We the People Scholarship. Two of those recipients were from the State Championship Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team.
Edgefield Daily

District 1 County Council Candidate William Smith Town Hall Meeting Tonight
web posted April 24, 2012
EDGEFIELD – William Smith will hold his next Town Hall meeting Tonight at Macedonia Community Center. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm and the public is invited to attend. Mr. Smith wants to give his constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.
Edgefield Daily

Reckless Driving Report Leads to DUI Arrest
web posted April 24, 2012
NORTHSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted to a caller reporting a reckless driver on Highway 378 east around 11 pm Friday night. According to the caller, the driver was in a red Ford Explorer and crossing the center line of traffic. A deputy was able to catch up to the SUV and followed it for a distance and observed the driver failing to maintain his lane.
Edgefield Daily

Driver Charged With Felony DUI after Fatal Collision in McCormick
web posted April 23, 2012
MCCORMICK – A Greenwood woman has been arrested following a fatal collision on Highway 221 at 9:28 Saturday night. Chiffon Holloway, 33, of Greenwood, was uninjured and taken into custody for Felony DUI resulting in a fatality. The driver of a second car was killed and the passenger flown to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta for his injuries.
Edgefield Daily

WJBF-TV Brings ‘Hometown Tour’ to Johnston on Friday
web posted April 23, 2012
JOHNSTON – Peach Blossom Festival welcomes WJBF-TV to its downtown on Friday, April 27, as part of the lead-up to the Festival. Brad Means and Jennie Montgomery will anchor the news broadcast that night from the Municipal Parking Lot in downtown Johnston from 5-7 p.m.
Edgefield Daily

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
web posted April 23, 2012
COUNTY – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2011, South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) officials report that the agency investigated 17,514 cases of abuse and/or neglect throughout the state. Many other incidents of abuse and neglect occur that are never reported and never investigated.
Edgefield Daily

Estate Auction, Saturday, May 5
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted April 23, 2012

GRANITEVILLE – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Mitzi Brennan along with some additions and May 5, at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with many pieces of nice furniture, elegant glassware, vintage advertising memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home located at 137 Midland Dr., Graniteville, S.C. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801

Hats Off to Sisterhood
web posted April 23, 2012
COUNTY – “Hats Off to Sisterhood” will host a silent auction and luncheon honoring women with breast cancer on April 29. Several local women will be honored. The event will be held at Pine Ridge Country Club beginning at 3:00 pm for the silent auction and 4:00 pm for the luncheon.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE: Edgefield Water Authority Issues Warning for Testing Fire Hydrants in Merriwether
web posted April 21, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority will begin testing fire hydrants in the South End of the County on Monday, April 30, 2012. Testing will last for approximately four weeks. Please use caution when washing clothes during this period. Should you have any problems, please contact the Authority before drying clothes at (803) 637-3011.

Full Reporting to Return Monday: Server Problems Resolved
web posted April 21, 2012
WEBNEWS –  After three days of frustrating and around the clock work to restore full access of Edgefield Daily to reach its servers, the problem now seems to have been corrected. Due to the ongoing work to correct the problem, reporting and articles were reduced in frequency to allow us to focus on the problem. We appreciate your understanding during this time. At no time did this problem disallow readers to access Edgefield Daily's published information.

Three Arrested with Stolen Parts at Scrap Yard
web posted April 21, 2012
TRENTON – Three men were arrested Wednesday afternoon after the management at Brewer's Scrap Metal called the Sheriff's Office to report receiving information that a black truck hauling farming parts was now at their business trying to sell the equipment for scrap metal. A nearby Sheriff's Investigator responded to the scene and discovered that at least part of the load was stolen from a McCreight Road location and the men were arrested.
Edgefield Daily

One Dead, Three Injured in Late Night Crash
web posted April 21, 2012
AIKEN – A collision late Thursday night has claimed the life of a Wagener man and seriously injured his passenger. The collision happened at 11:59 pm in Aiken County. Mr. Chase Ray, 20, of Wagener was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near the intersection of New Holland Road and Gunter Pond Road, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Man Reports Theft of Two Vehicles
web posted April 21, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called the Sheriff's Office on Thursday to report that two vehicles had been stolen from his property on Plum Branch Road. Both vehicles were not functioning and it is believed they were stolen to be sold as scrap metal.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Water Authority Issues Warning for Testing Fire Hydrants in Merriwether
web posted April 21, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority will begin testing fire hydrants in the South End of the County on Monday, April 30, 2012. Testing will last for approximately four weeks. Please use caution when washing clothes during this period. Should you have any problems, please contact the Authority before drying clothes at (803) 637-3011. Residents with wells will not be affected.

District 1 County Council Candidate, William Smith, to Hold Town Hall Meeting Tuesday
web posted April 21, 2012
COUNTY LINE – William Smith will hold his next Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at Macedonia Community Center. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Mr. Smith wants to give his constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.
Edgefield Daily

Obama Increases Food Stamp Roll by 70%
By Damian Paletta
web posted April 21, 2012

Washington DC – The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It  said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.
Wall Street Journal

Rebels Thrash Panthers, Secure 2nd Place in Region
By Tim Crane
web posted April 20, 2012

SPORTS – Grant Rutland displayed how to properly follow up a perfect game by striking out 10 batters, allowing only three hits and pitching a 10-0 shutout of region rival Batesburg Leesville, Thursday night during the Rebels regular season finale.   Thurmond secured second place in Region III and will host a first round matchup in the AA State Playoffs next Thursday night.
Edgefield Daily

Shepeard Community Blood Center Presents First Ever Red Cord to Hannah Branton of Edgefield
web posted April 20, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Graduation is a very special time of year to honor students who have excelled in academic excellence and athletic accomplishments, but it is also important to honor students who volunteer to help our community - especially if their efforts help save local lives! Shepeard Community Blood Center, the contracted provider of blood products to 20 local hospitals including Edgefield County Hospital, rolled out a special program this school year to honor high school students for consistent blood donation.
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Home Robbed of Major Appliances
web posted April 20, 2012
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office was called around 9:30 Wednesday night with a report of an unoccupied Courtney Road home being burglarized. The victim told the deputy he was in the process of moving to Barnwell and returned to find all of his major appliances stolen.
Edgefield Daily

EXPANDing American Energy Independence
By: Congressman Jeff Duncan
web posted April 20, 2012

GUEST OPINION - As the national average price for a gallon of gas creeps towards $4.00, millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet. Every day I hear from people who share stories about how high gas prices are impacting their lives, families, and businesses. I've heard from grandparents who once refused to miss a Little League game or a dance recital, now having to stay at home because of the price of gasoline.
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Edgefield Daily Experiencing Technical Difficulties
web posted April 20, 2012
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our servers. This will not hinder your ability to access Edgefield Daily; although it is severely limiting our ability to update articles and some sections. The Publisher/Editor and our IT department have been working around the clock since 11 pm on April 18 to correct the problem. Additional updates will be made as access permits. We apologize for the delay in reporting and thank you for your understanding.

Thurmond Student Injured in Two Vehicle Crash
web posted April 19, 2012
JOHNSTON – Two Strom Thurmond students were involved in a collision shortly after school letting out Wednesday afternoon. The student driving a Ford Ranger failed to stop in time for another student who was stopped on Highway 23 waiting to turn left onto Par Drive in the busy school traffic during a light rain. The Ford slammed into the back of a full sized Chevrolet pickup injuring the driver of the Ford.
Edgefield Daily

Cell Towers Targeted for Copper Theft Fourth Time this Year
web posted April 19, 2012
TRENTON – Another cellular phone tower owner reported a tower on Pecan Grove Road in Trenton was the target of copper thieves on Tuesday with $3,000 worth of copper being stolen from the site. This is the fourth cellular tower targeted in the area this year.
Edgefield Daily

Worker Fired after Discovery of Gun at Work
web posted April 19, 2012
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office was called to a local nursery in Trenton Tuesday after a black Census 2010 bag containing a .25 caliber pistol was found on a trailer at the business. A deputy ran the serial number on the gun which came back as not being reported stolen, but it did not come back to the worker who admitted to being the one bringing it to the workplace.
Edgefield Daily

A King Charles Primer
By: Nick Thomas
web posted April 19, 2012

GUEST COLUMN – Anglophiles and Windsor watchers are celebrating this month, as they remember when the world stopped briefly last April to witness the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. After all, who wouldn’t be fascinated by a clan that traces its lineage back to the 8th Century and a guy called King Offa?
Edgefield Daily

SCE&G Honored with Governor’s Volunteer Award
web posted April 19, 2012
COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley presented South Carolina Electric & Gas with the 2012 South Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Award at a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday. SCE&G employees from the company’s Canadys Station plant near Walterboro were honored for more than 30 years of work in support of Camp Happy Days, a summer camp in Charleston for children with cancer.
Edgefield Daily

Heritage Praises Duncan's Energy Bill
By: Nicolas Loris
web posted April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON DC – Typically, comprehensive pieces of energy legislation expand the government’s authority over the energy economy rather than minimize it. The 2005 and 2007 energy bills are good examples, and probably the most expansive was the failed cap-and-trade in 2009. And most recently the House-proposed water and energy appropriations bill continues to waste taxpayer dollars by spending on fossil fuel and nuclear energy programs that the private sector should undertake.
Edgefield Daily

The $5 Trillion Man: Debt Has Increased Under Obama by $5,027,761,476,484.56
web posted April 19, 2012
WASHINGTON DC – In the 39 months since Barack Obama took the oath of office as president of the United States, the federal government’s debt has increased by $5,027,761,476,484.56. Although he has served less than a term, Obama is now the first American president to see the federal government's debt increase by more than $5 trillion during his time in office.
CNSNews

The History of The Citizen News
Paper to Print Last Edition Today
By Anne Waits
web posted April 18, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The Citizen News, the merger of three newspapers in Edgefield County, had its first publication on May 6, 1982. It was formed from the Ridge Citizen of Johnston, established in 1947 and published by J.L. Aull; The Edgefield County News of Edgefield published by Amelia D. Reece; and The Edgefield County Press, edited by Emily Bull. Bettis Rainsford was owner.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Home Burglarized
web posted April 18, 2012
JOHNSTON – A Johnston home on Highway 121 was discovered burglarized Monday morning after a man went to check on the property. Upon arrival he noticed the front door had been forced open and several items were missing including the sinks.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Man Killed After Burglary
web posted April 18, 2012
AIKEN – A Williston man was pronounced dead on the scene of a crash on Skyland Farm Road in Aiken County Monday evening. The man has been identified as 43-year-old Robert Lee Hallinquest of 58 Johnson Lane Williston. He was also considered to be a person of interest in a burglary that took place shortly before the crash.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Development Corporation Names 2012 Herlong Memorial Scholarship Winner
web posted April 18, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization that has helped the Town of Johnston grow in many ways for over 25 years, has named Taylor Nicole Paul as the Robert H. Herlong Memorial Scholarship Award winner for 2012.
Edgefield Daily

Jacob McKie Road Property Targeted for Burglary
web posted April 18, 2012
COUNTY LINE – A woman called the Sheriff's Office on Monday to report her former residence had been targeted by thieves who made off with over $4,000 in property. The woman told the deputy that her son noticed several items in the yard and in a shed were gone on Saturday, but failed to call and report the crime.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: For The Love Math
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 18, 2012

RELIGION – Love is a powerful thing.  We looked at it in detail a few weeks back in our series on John 3:16. Since we could hardly exhaust love in one article, we are going to spend a few more weeks on it. This series coincides with a series of sermon of 1 Corinthians 13 that I am preaching at Antioch Baptist Church. So we are going to be looking at it as well.
Edgefield Daily

Historical Society and UDC Hold Spring Tour of Homes
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Historical Society in cooperation with the Edgefield Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presents the First Annual Spring Tour of Homes and Historic Sites.
Edgefield Daily

Check Scam Reported in Edgefield
web posted April 18, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man reported that he received a letter telling him he had won $1 million from a Readers Digest Sweepstakes drawing, and the letter had a check for $2,863.26 included.
Edgefield Daily

S.C. Department of Commerce honors development leaders during Industry Appreciation Week
web posted April 18, 2012
COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce honored selected economic development leaders as South Carolina Ambassadors for Economic Development as part of Industry Appreciation Week.  The awards ceremony recognized 51 individuals from all 46 counties who contributed to economic development in their local communities.
Edgefield Daily

Letter to the Editor: Women in Unity Thanks Those Delivering Pizzas at After School Program
web posted April 18, 2012
Dear Editor,
Women in Unity AfterSchool Learning Center would like to thank Mayor Ken Durham for supplying pizza on March 14, 2012 presented by Charolotte Cheatham, Sherrif Adell  Dobey for supplying pizza on March 29, 2012 presented by Officer Gladys Mason, and Superintendant Walter Tobin for supplying pizza on April 16, 2012.
Edgefield Daily

Gambling Arrests Continue: Six More Charged
web posted April 17, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Six more people have been charged as a result of the March 30 raids on suspected illegal gambling halls across the county that resulted in 40 arrests. Six more were booked into custody last week and more could be charged as the investigation continues. Four of the six are charged with the actual operation of the establishments.
EdgefieldDaily.com

State GOP Chairman Visits Edgefield County
web posted April 17, 2012
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly was the guest speaker at a joint Edgefield County Republican Party and the Republican Women of Edgefield County meeting at Piedmont Tech Monday night with a positive message about defeating President Obama in the fall, and increasing Republican seats in local, state and national elections. Connelly also stated that South Carolina will remain the "First in the South" Primary, "…if we have to go trick or treating and then go vote."
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Local Potter Arrested Again after Hit and Run on Town Square
web posted April 17, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Local Potter and Edgefield Pottery Expert Stephen Ferrell was arrested again Monday night following a reported hit and run on the Edgefield Town Square in what appears to be a possible road rage incident. The driver of the second vehicle reported she was struck more than once by a white SUV on Main Street and the driver then fled on Meeting Street.
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Grandmother Reports Bearded Man Approaching Young Boys Claiming to Have Been "Santa Claus"
web posted April 17, 2012
TRENTON – A Trenton grandmother called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report a suspicious person after an unknown man approached her two young grandsons asking about their personal information and saying he'd once been, "Santa Claus."
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Aiken Man Dead after Early Morning Shooting
web posted April 17, 2012
AIKEN – An Early morning shooting has left an Aiken man dead and has prompted a murder investigation. 44-year-old Rickie Lorenzo Harden, of 426 Abbeville Ave NE was pronounced dead at his residence at approximately 2am Monday, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release.
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Sports: Hard Fought Game, Rebels Come up Short Against Top Rated Gilbert
By Tim Crane
web posted April 17, 2012

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels traveled to top rated Gilbert Monday night and went toe to toe with the state’s top team for the majority of the game.  The Indians were able to get a little breathing room from a 2-1 ballgame in the fifth inning when they scored four runs.  The game ended 6-1 in favor of Gilbert.
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Tackling the TAP Controversy
web posted April 16, 2012
COUNTY – Although newly hired Superintendent Greg Anderson has not been placed on the payroll of the Edgefield County School District yet he is already working and trying to identify problems in the district. One of those is the implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program, or TAP, which has been controversial from the beginning with teachers in some schools claiming they were never offered a required vote on the program.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for April 21 Training
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web posted April 16, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday April 21st, 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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Merriwether Man Flown to MCG after ATV Crash
web posted April 16, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man was flown to the MCG Trauma Unit is Augusta by a LifeNet helicopter following wrecking a 4-wheeler in the driveway of a Cheves Creek Court home. Edgefield County EMS and Merriwether First Responders were called to the scene around 10:30 Saturday night and, shortly after arriving, called for the helicopter to transport due to the injuries.
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Aiken Woman Killed in Single Car Crash
web posted April 16, 2012
AIKEN – A 64 year old Aiken County nurse was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle crash on Old Kimball Trail Road in Aiken County Sunday afternoon. Ms. Katherine Templeton, of Aiken, was pronounced dead after the vehicle she was driving left the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and ejected Ms. Templeton.
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District 1 County Council Candidate, William Smith, to Hold Town Hall Meeting Tonight
web posted April 16, 2012
COUNTY – William Smith will hold a town hall meeting at McKendree Family Like Center on Monday, April 16, 2012, from 7:30-8:30 pm.  Mr. Smith wants to give his constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.  Other candidates have also been invited. Mr. Smith also has other town hall meetings scheduled throughout April and May.
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Next ‘Coffee with the Chairman’ Set for April 25 in Johnston
web posted April 16, 2012
JOHNSTON – The next Coffee with the Chairman will be held at Gary’s Restaurant in Johnston, 6:15-7:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 25. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell said he is holding this Coffee time about every other month to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
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Opinion: Thanks Community for Support of Steak Supper and Bake Sale
web posted April 16, 2012
Dear Editor,
As Commander of Johnston Memorial Post 154 I would like to thank all those in our community who made our annual funds raiser a success. It was truly a huge success. The weather was beautiful and our hard working dedicated members served 400 rib-eye steak dinners in 1 hour and forty-five minutes selling all the steaks this year.
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Found Dog: Owner Claimed 4.18.12
web posted April 16, 2012
JOHNSTON – Found at JET Middle School. Small female dog wearing an orange collar. Need to find her owner ASAP Please call (Removed) - Click on photo for a larger view.

Corps Releases Draft of Lake Environmental Assessment
web posted April 16, 2012
Changes to drought policy for the Savannah River basin, including Lake Thurmond, took a step forward as the Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental assessment calling for tighter rules on water releases. The 2006 drought contingency plan for Lake Thurmond, Lake Russell and Lake Hartwell calls for reductions to a maximum average of 4,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) during a Level 1 drought trigger, when Thurmond's elevation declines to 326 feet.
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Opinion: Edgefield County's Parents of the Year
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 14, 2012

COULMN – On my way home around 5 o'clock Friday afternoon I saw something so unusual it caught my eye, two children's size ATV's parked at one of the gas pumps of the nearby convenience store. I did not see a truck with a trailer down that could be hauling the ATV's anywhere in the parking lot. It was not until I went inside the store that I found the Parents of the Year, they were driving the ATV's, and it gets much better.
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Doing it Your Way: Man's Obit Tells All
web posted April 14, 2012
DENVER – Obituaries are usually all the same. Explaining who the person was, what groups they belonged to, achievements they made and surviving family. That was until Michael "Flathead" Blanchard died this week in Denver. His obituary has gone viral on the internet with some calling it the "best obit ever". From the obit, "Baba Yaga can kiss his butt. So many of his childhood friends that weren't killed in Vietnam went on to become criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats".
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Wanted Burglary Suspect Apprehended
web posted April 13, 2012
EDGEFIELD – One of the Edgefield County Sheriff's Most Wanted was taken into custody in Ridge Spring Thursday morning. Katrick Anthony, 29, has been on the run since a warrant for his arrest was issued in a November burglary on Walker Loop. A tip on his whereabouts was passed on to the Saluda County Sheriff's Office who located Anthony who then ran but hit a fence and was taken into custody.
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Merriwether Home Targeted in Burglary
web posted April 13, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Sweetwater Road home of an elderly man was found burglarized along with four sheds on the property on Wednesday morning. An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the initial report of the sheds being broken into around 8 am and while meeting with the owner and family members it was discovered the home was also targeted with entry being made through a sliding glass door.
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North Augusta Man Killed in Workplace Accident
web posted April 13, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA – A 19-year-old North Augusta man was accidentally trapped between two trailers at his job site Wednesday evening. Cole Kugler, an employee of Southeastern Freight in North Augusta, was assisting a fellow employee attach a tandem trailer to a semi tractor when he was entrapped between the two trailers, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release.
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Opinion: A Woman’s Right to Choose – To Stay Home
By Charlie Speight
web posted April 13, 2012

GUEST COLUMN – Democrat strategist/activist and liberal media consultant Hilary Rosen made comments about Ann Romney that has administration officials running like Obama voters from a job fair. Their flight won’t do them any good because, yet again, the Obama administration’s DNA has been revealed through an associate’s remarks.
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Oh, Baby!
web posted April 13, 2012
AUGUSTA – He’s helped thousands all over the country with proven parenting techniques including superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan and soon he’ll be making his way to Doctors Hospital. Featured on shows such as Good Morning America and Dr. Phil, nationally renowned pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp is known as the Dr. Spock of this generation.
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Rutland Throws Perfect Game! Rebels Rout Saluda 12-0
By Tim Crane
web posted April 12, 2012

SPORTS – A no hitter is a rarity in baseball, in the big leagues it only happens once every 1600 games on average or approximately twice per year. Perfect games though, by definition when a pitcher allows no opposing batter to reach base, are even much scarcer. There have only been 20 perfect games in Major League Baseball history. I understand that Strom Thurmond High is not the majors, but I felt it important to emphasize not only the rarity but the overall excellence of a feat such as this.
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Vandals Target Dealership, State Police Car
web posted April 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Several cars were found vandalized, including a State Transport Police cruiser, in the fenced lot of Herlong Ford in Edgefield Tuesday morning. In addition to the vandalism, tools were taken out of a toolbox on one truck and a "ditchwhich" on a trailer had the carburetor removed and gas was stolen from its tank.
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Trenton Home Burglarized
web posted April 12, 2012
TRENTON – A Sandrock Way home was reported burglarized Tuesday morning while the homeowner is out of town. The Sheriff's Office got the call around 10 am with an open window and items missing from the home. The deputy made contact with the owner in order to get a list of what was obviously missing from the home.
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It's A "Berry" Good Time in Merriwether
web posted April 12, 2012
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 in Merriwether. Edgefield Daily 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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Edgefield Daily Introduces Columnist Nick Thomas
web posted April 12, 2012
GUEST COLUMN – Edgefield Daily would like to introduce a new columnist to our readers. Nick Thomas is currently carried by over 70 media outlets and we are considering adding his columns on a weekly basis as a regular columnist depending on your feedback. His columns are based on everyday situations and topics and provide a humorist point of view. The name of the column is "Along These Lines". Enjoy and send us your thoughts.
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SCE&G to Donate $1 to Palmetto Clean Energy for Every Customer Who Signs Up for Paperless Billing in April
web posted April 12, 2012
COUNTY – Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting renewable energy generation, and SCE&G have teamed up to raise awareness about renewable energy in South Carolina. During the month of April, SCE&G will contribute $1 to PaCE for every customer who signs up for paperless billing, up to a total of $2,500.
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Piedmont Technical College to Hold Spring Pottery Sale
web posted April 12, 2012
GREENWOOD – 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 April 19 in room 209C of the James C. Self Conference Center on the Greenwood campus. The exhibit and sale will feature the works of students enrolled in the Professional Clay certificate program.
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Lost Dog: Reward Offered
web posted April 12, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Izzy, a white 25 lb beagle mix with brown patch over right eye and brown/black ear markings, was last seen April 6 on Shortcut Road near Fox Creek High School.. She is friendly and responds to her name. A reward is offered. Please call (803) 270-0276 with any information.

Johnton United Methodist BBQ Sale April 28
web posted April 12, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnton United Methodist Church (Lee St. 1 block from Calhoun) Chicken Bar-B-Q Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 - 1:30. Plate 1/2 chicken, baked beans, slaw, bread $7.00 dine in or take out. Tickets necessary and may be purchased from any church member, Chuirch Office 803-275-4885, or Maxwell & Halford Drug 275-2021. Pulled pork $8/lb. and Hash $8/qt. First come first serve on the 28th. Baked goods also available.

Jeter Baptist Bake Sale Saturday
web posted April 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Jeter Baptist Church and the JBC's Youth Dept will be having a bake sale Saturday April 14, 2012 in front of Fred's of Edgefield SC from 10:00am-1:00pm or until we sales out. Homemade pies and cake will be sold. Come fellowship with us and purchase some of the best pies and cakes in our area

Local Pottery Expert Arrested
web posted April 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Local Old Edgefield Pottery expert Stephen Ferrell is known for many things, being featured on television shows, magazines, newspapers, and keeping the tradition of Edgefield Pottery alive for visitors to purchase. The one thing Ferrell was not known for was getting arrested. That changed on Monday evening.
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School District Accidentally Blocks all Access to Edgefield Daily
web posted April 11, 2012
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District had all access to Edgefield Daily blocked from school computers inadvertently and corrected the problem on Tuesday morning. The reason given was that it was not intentional and that the filtering programming that monitors what websites can be visited by district computers automatically made the block due to reports involving sexual assault arrests being published on Monday and again on Tuesday.
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Johnston Town Council Says Goodbye to Longtime Councilman, Welcomes New Member
web posted April 11, 2012
JOHNSTON – Members of Johnston Town Council said goodbye to a longtime friend in retiring councilman Buddy Smith on Monday before greeting new member Terrence Culbreath to its chambers. Before presenting Mr. Smith with a plaque of appreciation, Mayor Andy Livingston praised the former representative of Johnston Ward 1 for his loyalty and dedication and thanked him for his 16 years of service to the voters of his ward and to the Town of Johnston.
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Sports: Rebels Crush Keenan 22-4
By Tim Crane
web posted April 11, 2012

SPORTS – All games are important, region games are even more important.  Keenan, coming into Monday’s game fresh off region victories over Columbia and Eau Claire, was looking to guarantee themselves a playoff berth with a win over the hosting Rebels.  But Strom showed up with hot bats and strong pitching during this critical Region 3 AA game Monday night.
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Religion: Male Modeling Matters
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 11, 2012

RELIGION – I have some experience as male model. I know, many of you have had that suspicion for years. One of my first jobs was a store in my hometown called “The Fashion Shack.” It sold a wild mix of random clothes usually with a hole hidden somewhere in it. The store would run adds in our local paper with a very small picture of me in black and white wearing an outfit from our store. My mom still has them and tells me often I am handsome.
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Edgefield County GOP and Republican Women to Hold Joint Meeting
web posted April 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Republican Women of Edgefield County and the Edgefield County GOP would like to invite you to our joint meeting on Monday April 16.  We are very pleased to announce that Chad Connelly, the Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party will be with us at the Edgefield branch of Piedmont Technical College. The business portions of both meetings will take place after the speaker. Please join us in welcoming the chairman to Edgefield County! Social and refreshments begin at 6:00 and program begins at 6:30.

Edgefield County EMS offers CPR/First Aid Classes
web posted April 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Emergency Medical Services is offering CPR/ First Aid Classes to the community throughout the year. The classes are being held at The EMS building at 35 Star Rd.
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District 1 County Council Candidate, William Smith, to Hold Town Hall Meeting Next Monday
web posted April 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – William Smith will hold his first Town Hall Style meeting on Monday, April 16th at McKendree Family Life Center on the Northside. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm. There will also be other candidates at this forum to discuss their candidacy and take any questions. Smith will continue to have Town Hall meetings scheduled throughout April and May.
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ECH Honors Volunteers at Banquet
web posted April 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary Banquet was held Tuesday night at Pine Ridge Country Club. After opening remarks by Dr. B. E. Nicholson, dinner was served with entertainment provided by Ms. Melissa McElmurray and Ms. Debbie Fryer. After remarks from Hospital CEO Patricia Robinson and Cynthia Bull, Auxiliary President, the 2012 Auxiliary Hour Award Pins were presented.
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Man arrested in Investigation of Sexual Assault on Teen
web posted April 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Big Oak Drive man has been arrested in an alleged sexual assault that took place between 4 pm and 9 pm on April 1 at his home. Justin Paul Major, 19, was charged on April 4 following a three day investigation that started when a Sheriff's Investigator was called around 10:30 pm to meet with the teenage girl that was being treated at MCG in the Emergency room shortly after the attack.
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Identity of Sunday Fatality Victim Released
web posted April 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Identity of the man killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday has been released. Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett said 55-year-old David Fallaw, of Barnwell, died from severe head and chest trauma while being treated at the Edgefield County Hospital about an hour after the crash.
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AgSouth Farm Credit Borrowers to Receive Nearly $48 Million in 2012
web posted April 10, 2012
AIKEN - EDGEFIELD – Current and former members of AgSouth Farm Credit will receive nearly $48 million in two separate distributions this spring. Members of the Aiken, S.C., branch, which serves Aiken and Edgefield Counties, will receive nearly $1.8 million of these allocations.
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Unlocked Home Burglarized
web posted April 10, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road man called the Sheriff's Office after arriving at his home and discovering it had been burglarized. A deputy arrived and noted that there was no forced entry into the home. The victim stated he left the house unlocked while he was away between 1 pm and 9 pm.
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Edgefield County Council Meeting and Public Hearing
web posted April 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Pursuant to Section 6-1-80 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, Edgefield County Council will hold a public hearing and second reading on Ordinance No. 10-11-638, “An Ordinance Providing for the FY 2012-2013 General Operating Budget and Establishing Ancillary Budgets for Debt Service, E-911 Administration, Solid Waste Disposal, Victims’ Bill of Rights, Emergency Medical Services, Countywide Recreation and Road Maintenance,” at its regular meeting Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m., in the County Council Chambers, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield.
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Unemployment Drops to 8.2% While Number of Unemployed Jumps to Record High of 87,897,000
web posted April 10, 2012
NATION – NFP Big Miss: 120K, Expectations 205K, Unemployment 8.2%, "Not In Labor Force" At New All Time High.
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Lost Horse - Trenton : RECOVERED 4.12.12
web posted April 10, 2012
TRENTON – Lost Horse: Horse escaped on Sunday, April 8 and was last seen in Eureka on Springfield Church Road. Anyone finding the horse is asked to call (removed). Click on the photo for a larger view.

Federal Prison Official Arrested in Child Molestation Investigation
web posted April 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Federal Prison employee has been arrested in a child molestation investigation dating back six years. Joseph Fred Neal, 51, of Meriwether, turned himself in at the Edgefield County Detention Center on Wednesday and was released less than three hours later on bond. Neal has been charged with a lewd act on a minor under the age of 16.
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Motorcyclist Killed in Sunday Crash
web posted April 9, 2012
WESTSIDE – A 55-year-old Barnwell man was killed in a single vehicle crash Sunday when he lost control of his 1995 Honda motorcycle at Dead Man's Curve on Highway 23 west about 4 miles west of Edgefield just before 1 pm. South Carolina Lance Corporal Scot Edgeworth said the driver was not wearing a helmet and was ejected at the time of the crash.
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The Edgefield County Alliance to Meet Tonight in the County Council Chambers
web posted April 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its next meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. The usual date, time and place have been changed. The meeting is scheduled in the evening to provide working citizens an additional opportunity to attend. Roger LeDuc, along with a Strategic Plan Steering Committee appointed by County Council and consisting of over 30 County citizens, worked for over five months to complete and present the Edgefield County Strategic Plan to the Council.
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Sen. Shane Massey to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Merriwether Thursday night
web posted April 9, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Senator Shane Massey will hold a town hall meeting at Merriwether Elementary School on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:00-7:30.  Senator Massey will give an update on what's happening at the statehouse and take questions. Everyone is invited to attend.There is no agenda and Sen. Massey will answer questions from the floor.

Burton Wins "Landslide" 18-3 vote to Unseat Yeldell on Edgefield Town Council
web posted April 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Scotty Andrew Burton unseated long-time incumbent Otis Yeldell in a landslide 18-3 vote in last week's Edgefield Town Council elections. With Edgefield boasting a population of well over 2,000 citizens, the victory rings hollow due to the low voter turnout.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for April 21 Training
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web posted April 9, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday April 21st, 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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American Legion Post 154 Steak Dinner Fundraiser on April 14
web posted April 9, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnston Memorial Post 154 of the American Legion will hold their annual fund raiser steak supper on April 14, 2012 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm or until we sell all steaks, whichever comes first. The funds raised from this event will be used to send local rising high school seniors to Palmetto Boy's and Girl's State. Palmetto Boy's & Girl's State is a week long event conducted by The American Legion where the attendees receive instruction in and participated in all aspects of our government from local to state levels.
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No Headlines: Closed for Good Friday
web posted April 7, 2012
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily was closed for Good Friday resulting in no Headlines for today. Breaking news will be published over the weekend when it occurs. Regular updates will return on Monday.

One Dead, Second Injured in Farming Accident
web posted April 5, 2012  5:38 pm  UPDATED 8:35 pm
JOHNSTON – One man is dead and a second is injured in a farming accident in a peach field near Johnston Thursday afternoon. 911 Dispatchers got a call of possible electrocution shortly after 4 pm. When EMS arrived on the scene the injured man was transported to Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and a call to have the coroner respond to the scene went out.
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Anonymous Tip Leads to Major Drug Bust
web posted April 6, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An anonymous tip to a Department of Social Services (DSS) worker about a man selling methamphetamine from a home with two children was passed on to Edgefield County Sheriff's Narcotics Investigators. According to the caller, the man was manufacturing the drug at the home as well. Investigators checked into the tip on Monday and made two arrests and seized around 24 grams of methamphetamine.
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Dogs Running "At Large" Kill Family Pet
web posted April 6, 2012
TRENTON – The ongoing problem with homeowners letting their dogs run at large with no fencing, kennels, or leash to keep them off other people's property continues to create problems for the Sheriff's Office and homeowners of animals that end up dead as a result. This was the case again on Wednesday on Rock Creek Road.
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Closings for Good Friday
web posted April 6, 2012
EDGEFIELD – All Edgefield County government offices will be closed for Good Friday and will reopen on Monday. Edgefield Daily will also be closed for Friday which will limit reporting to breaking events only and reader comments.

Relay for Life: What can you do?
web posted April 6, 2012
COUNTY – For almost 27 years now, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For life has brought hope to cancer patients and their families across the country. Here in the Lakelands the time ranges from 7 to 18 years. The event is a celebration of life that allows all who attend the opportunity to support their loved one and others that have faced cancer. To laugh, cry and share their stories with others. Yes, we have entertainment, food and activities but Relay goes much deeper.
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Changes Coming to Edgefield Daily
web posted April 5, 2012
WEBNEWS – Due to the increase of advertisement requests, new ads are being allowed to be placed on the left side of the Headlines and articles. The main directory of featured sections and active columnists will remain in place. There will be other changes that may change the look of Edgefield Daily over the next several months.
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Sen. Massey to Hold Town Hall Meeting Tonight
web reposted April 5, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Senator Shane Massey will hold a town hall meeting at the Edgefield County Council Chambers on Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6:00-7:30. Senator Massey will give an update on what's happening at the statehouse and take questions. Everyone is invited to attend. A date for a Merriwether meeting will be announced later.

Ridge Spring-Monetta Agriculture Department Builds Square Foot Gardens
By Evan Layton, RS-M FFA Reporter
web posted April 5, 2012

RIDGE SPRING – When most of the students enrolled in the agriculture program at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School are asked what they hate about gardening, a variety of responses are heard.  Teenagers sometimes say, “It is too hot.”  They might say, “All we do in our garden is pull weeds.” But most teen students simply say, “It is too much work.”  The strange thing is that if you ask the adults in the RS-M community, you’ll get the same responses.
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Letter to the Editor: Pettigrew Asks Supports to Refrain from "Throwing Mud" in Senate Race
web posted April 4, 2012
Dear Editor:
First, I ask my supporters to please refrain from throwing mud in the SC Senate District 25 race.
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April Chairman's Update Released
web posted April 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Capmbell has issued his April Chairman's Update on the things taking place with the County Council and the County. 
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County Gives First Approval to Amended Budget
web posted April 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held first reading of the $8.5 million General Operating Budget for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Tuesday night and it passed, with two amendments, by a unanimous vote. The two amendments were minor and the total amount added to the draft budget was roughly $10,000. The budget also includes two additional road deputies for the Sheriff's Office, which will bring the total number of deputies on patrol per shift from three to four.
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Merriwether Woman Takes to National Stage to Defeat ObamaCare
web posted April 4, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman has taken to the national stage in her opposition to ObamaCare, including being featured in a nationwide commercial and speaking at a rally in Washington D.C. last week. Tracy Walsh seems like any other wife and mother, but as a breast cancer survivor her passion to defeat government run healthcare has made her a formidable foe against liberal politicians.
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Ten Governor's Open for Easter Sunday
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web posted April 4, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The Ten Governor's Café will be open on Easter Sunday from 10:30 am until 2 pm serving a full buffet. No reservations are required. Let them take the hassle out of preparing your Easter meal.

Sports: Rebels Get Revenge, Rout Warhorses 15-3
By Tim Crane
web posted April 4, 2012

SPORTS – After suffering their first loss of the season at Barnwell, in a game many felt could have definitely went the other way, the Strom Thurmond Rebels took full advantage of a redemption opportunity Tuesday night by pounding the Warhorses like a relentless jockey with hit after hit after hit.
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Religion: Silence of Saturday
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 4, 2012

RELIGION – I am Baptist born and Baptist bread and someday I suppose I will be Baptist dead.  Now this limits my field of reference and appreciation of traditions outside my own, however, we can learn much from our brothers and sisters in different denominations.
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Regions Bank Names Ellis Branch Sales Manager of the McCormick and Johnston Offices
web posted April 4, 2012
JOHNSTON – Regions Bank has named Lisa Ellis Branch Sales Manager for the McCormick, SC and Johnston, SC branches. Mrs. Ellis will be responsible for focusing on both Retail and Small Business development within her market area. Mrs. Ellis has been employed with Regions, managing multiple branches, and is excited to be working with Small Business owners and being a part of this community.
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Lost Dog: Edgefield - FOUND
web posted April 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Horns Creek Ct. Answers to "Toby"  if seen please call  - Family pet. Please click on photo for larger view. FOUND 4.4.12

Holmes Released with Charge, Shooting to be Ruled Accidental
web posted April 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The investigation into the shooting incident Friday night is continuing and Scott Christopher Holmes, 20, has been charged - but not with the shooting. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office stated Holmes has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon into a dwelling without permission. The shooting is most likely going to be ruled accidental.
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Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Solves Fourteen Burglaries
web posted April 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – In a joint effort with Saluda, Newberry, Greenwood, and Spartanburg counties, Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigators have obtained warrants for fourteen separate burglaries in Edgefield County against Stacey Walker and Tonnie Pace, both of Saluda.
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Edgefield Town Council Gets Peek at $1.5M Budget with New Taxes; Tourism Video Gets Mixed Reviews
web posted April 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council was presented with the $1,543,380 budget being proposed for the coming fiscal year. Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham also in informed the council that a $15 per month "Public Works Fee" would be imposed on town residents. "Long story short," Mayor Durham said, "we're down to about $770,000 (in reserves) and a six month budget is about $750,000, if you take a million and a half."
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Sheriff Issues Press Release on Gambling Raids
web posted April 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – On Friday, March 30, 2012, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office executed four separate search warrants at suspected illegal gaming locations throughout the county. As a result, officers seized 84 gaming machines, made forty arrests, and seized a large amount of currency.
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Crime Blotter Incomplete This Week
web posted April 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Bookings for March 25 through April 2 are incomplete due to the large number of those processed at the Edgefield County Detention Center. Some names have been left off due to not being officially entered into the record.  Any name missing will be placed in the April 9 edition of the Crime Blotter.

Rebels Topple Tigers 9-1
By Tim Crane
web posted April 3, 2012

SPORTS – Just last week Coach Black wanted his boys to pick it up in the batter’s box.  Well it seems they got the message loud and clear, now outscoring their last three opponents 27-3 including a 9-1 victory over rival Saluda, Monday evening.
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Edgefield County GOP and Republican Women to Hold Joint Meeting
web posted April 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Republican Women of Edgefield County and the Edgefield County GOP would like to invite you to our joint meeting on Monday April 16.  We are very pleased to announce that Chad Connelly, the Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party will be with us at the Edgefield branch of Piedmont Technical College. The business portions of both meetings will take place after the speaker. Please join us in welcoming the chairman to Edgefield County! Social and refreshments begin at 6:00 and program begins at 6:30.

Tidwell Bridal Registry
web posted April 3, 2012
JOHNSTON – The following Bridal Registries are currently located at Tidwell Jewelers: Callie Carroll-William Meeks - April 21, Breanna Dodgen-James Forrest - April 21, and Brittani Cooley-Edward Frick - June 9.

Terry Tosses No Hitter as Rebels Sweep Columbia
By Tim Crane
web posted April 2, 2012
SPORTS – Alec Terry, senior right hand pitcher, got his first start of the season Friday night and took full advantage of it.  Pitching all five innings, he struck out nine batters and allowed no hits in the Rebels 7-1 win over Columbia, in game two of a double header Friday evening. James Bates batted 2-2 in this game.
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Trapped Driver Flown From Single Car Crash
web posted April 1, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Firefighters and Extraction Team were called to a single car crash on Woodlawn Road just before midnight Saturday with an overturned car and the driver trapped inside. Edgefield County EMS and firemen worked feverishly to free the man from the wreckage and called for an AirMed helicopter for transport. All traffic on Woodlawn Road was blocked during the rescue effort.
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Sen. Massey to Hold Town Hall Meeting Thursday
web posted April 2, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Senator Shane Massey will hold a town hall meeting at the Edgefield County Council Chambers on Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6:00-7:30.  Senator Massey will give an update on what's happening at the statehouse and take questions.  Everyone is invited to attend. A date for Merriwether will be announced.

Possible Suspect Held as Shooting Investigation Continues
web posted April 1, 2012
WESTSIDE – 20-year-old Scott Holmes remains in custody at the Edgefield County Detention Center as the investigation into the shooting of a 17-year-old boy Friday night continues. The teen remains in serious but stable condition at MCG after being shot in the left side of his neck and the bullet traveling upward into his head.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for April 21 Training
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web posted April 2, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday April 21st, 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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Roger LeDuc to Speak at Edgefield County Alliance Meeting April 9
web posted April 2, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its next meeting - Monday, April 9, 2012 - 6:30 PM in the County Council Chambers. PLEASE NOTE: The usual date, time and place has been changed. The meeting is scheduled in the evening to provide working citizens an additional opportunity to attend. No meal will be served.
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Strom Thurmond Shines at FBLA State Competition
web posted April 2, 2012
JOHNSTON – On March 23rd, 16 FBLA members traveled to North Charleston for the FBLA State Leadership Conference.  Over 1,000 members and advisers were present for the conference.
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Singers, Dancers and More Headline the Entertainment at This Year’s Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted April 2, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival entertainment for the day is now set, with a variety of performers headlining the May 5 event. The day’s entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with a performance by Timmerman Performance Arts. At 10:30 a.m. the traditional parade begins. Once the parade ends, Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston will give the welcome at 11 a.m. At 11:05 is a performance by the Johnston Elementary School Chorus.
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