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Verse for the Day: Isiah 40:31 "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."


Shooting Suspect Identified, Charges Filed
web posted April 30, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have released more information and the names of those arrested following a shooting incident at the Gary Street Apartments on Tuesday afternoon. Dequez Nathan McKie (left), 23, of Winding Road, Trenton, has been charged as the shooter and Marquel LiRay Davis, 23, of Laverne Ave, Belvedere, was arrested for outstanding warrants out of North Augusta.
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NOTICE: Friday, May 1 is the Nation Day of Prayer
web posted April 30, 2015
NATION – Friday May 1 is the National Day of Prayer. Join together and pray for our nation. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

UPDATE: No Bonds Granted in Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases of Stone and Hammond - Stone Makes Bond
web posted April 30, 2015
EDGEFIELD – UPDATE: Stone Makes Bond - It has been over a month since Cody Wilson Hammond and Cory James Stone were arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for allegedly molesting the same girl. Edgefield County Clerk of Court Sonny Reel said earlier that bond agreements were in the works, however, a check of jail records and online court records show no bond has been granted on either as of Wednesday.
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Popular Edgefield Restaurant Burglarized
web posted April 30, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The owner of a popular Edgefield restaurant arrived at work Tuesday morning to discover that someone had broken in overnight and called Edgefield Police to report the crime. The burglary took place sometime between 5 pm Monday and 9 am Tuesday.
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Religion: What's in a Name Part Fourteen
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 30, 2015

RELIGION – This weeks name of God is one of the most common names that we speak of, but I will use the Hebrew because it sounds really cool and spiritual, Yahweh Rohi. It is the LORD is my Shepherd. It is taken right from the 23rd Psalm.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Raises Concern Over Drainage Control
web posted April 30, 2015
Dear Editor,
Come join the conversation at the County Council meeting May 5th regarding water drainage control and the impact on property owners, creeks and streams being filled in with sediment from the soil erosion caused by this problem before it is too late.
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Edgefield Daily Introduces New Staff Reporter
web posted April 30, 2015
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily is proud to announce the addition of a new reporter to our staff which will bring a broader range of news coverage available to our readers. April Tomkinson, of Merriwether, made her writing debut with her excellent coverage of the Edgefield County Hospital Board Meeting from Monday night.
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SRS Deer Hunt Registration Begins
web posted April 30, 2015
AIKEN – More than 1,300 hunters are expected to participate in the annual SRS Deer Hunt Program at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS).  The program is managed by the SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). For the general public, hunts will be conducted on Saturdays, starting in November and lasting through December. The hunter selection process is based on a lottery system.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 30, 2015
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Two Arrested after Shooting Incident in Edgefield
web posted April 29, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police and the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office began searching for a white truck after a caller reported one of the men in the truck sticking a pistol out of the window and firing shots on Gary Street around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured and the shooting is said to have taken place following a confrontation shortly before the shots were fired.
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New Hospital Board Off to a Good Start
By April Tomkinson
web posted April 29, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Monday evening the Edgefield County Hospital Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting in the conference room at the Edgefield County Hospital (ECH). After the Board approved the agenda and minutes, they heard a presentation from Fred Crawford. Fred is an attorney with Richardson, Plowden & Robinson in Columbia, South Carolina. Fred gave an overview of the basic regulatory standards for   contracts between a hospital and physicians regarding patient referrals for services.
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Mt. Vintage Moves Closer to Getting Roads Paved
web posted April 29, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Residents in the "New Nine" section of Mt. Vintage have been complaining for years about getting their roads paved while the subdivision has changed hands three times with nothing being done. That could change if Mt. Vintage Developer Wayne Raiford and Edgefield County can reach an agreement that would allow Raiford to be able to sell lots and begin marketing the properties.
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Collision Blocks All Traffic on Murrah Road
web posted April 29, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's Deputies and Merriwether First Responders were called to the scene of a two vehicle collision around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon that left all traffic on Murrah Road being blocked for at least an hour while crews worked to treat the occupants of both vehicles. Fortunately no one was injured bad enough to be transported to the hospital.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted April 29, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through April 28. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Class Offered May 2
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web posted April 29, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Weapons Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon.
Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 29, 2015
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17-Year-Old Charged with Rape of Teen
web posted April 28, 2015
JOHNSTON – A 17-year-old Johnston teen has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree following an investigation into allegations of rape by a teenage girl. Bradley Tyshaun Byrd was arrested on Friday and booked into custody at the Edgefield County Detention Center. He has since been released, however; online court records do not list any information on the arrest, bond amount or conditions.
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Drugs, Gun, Cash Seized after Traffic Stop
web posted April 28, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on patrol coming out of Johnston on Lee Street noticed a blue 2003 Nissan in front of him drive into the left lane after turning onto Highway 191 around midnight Sunday. He continued to follow the car which sped up to 70 mph, unaware the car behind him was a deputy. The driver continued to drift into the left lane and the deputy turned on his blue lights to conduct a traffic stop.
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MJA Endowed Scholarship Awarded to Johnston Student
web posted April 28, 2015
GREENWOOD – Two Piedmont Technical College students recently received the MJA Endowed Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. Tevin Hartley, an electronic engineering technology student from Johnston, and Tyler Pough, a commercial art student from Batesburg, were both named as recipients.
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No Tail Lights Leads to Drug Charges
web posted April 28, 2015
BETTIS ACADEMY – An Edgefield man driving on Highway 25 late Friday night was spotted with no tail lights and was pulled over by an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy. The driver, Tyquan Lee Moore-Harris, 23, was said to have a "heavy odor of marijuana" coming from the car as the deputy conducted the traffic stop. When asked about the smell Harris said he had a "blunt" in the pocket of his shorts.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 28, 2015
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South Carolina Moves Closer to Mandatory Body Cameras for All Law Enforcement Officers
web posted April 27, 2015
COLUMBIA – Competing Bills in the South Carolina Legislature are moving forward and will require all law enforcement agencies to have body cameras worn by their officers from state agencies to local police at all times. Under the Bills being debated, the state will supply the funding, however, each agency will have to apply for those funds.
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Sharp Curve Claims Another Victim
web posted April 27, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A 90 degree curve on Briggs Road claimed yet another victim Sunday when the driver of a Spider three-wheel motorcycle was going too fast and went through the curve taking out a section of barbed wire fencing before coming to rest about 100 yards out in a pasture. The Spider went airborne as it left the roadway and then tumbled, throwing the driver off the vehicle. He suffered multiple injuries in the crash.
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Sports: Rebels Start Play-offs as #2 in Region after Loss to Batesburg-Leesville
VNN Report
web posted April 27, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels Varsity Baseball team fell Friday night 3-1 to Batesburg-Leesville in their final region contest of the season. The loss puts the Rebels into second place in the region as they prepare to enter the play-offs later this week.
Edgefield Daily

Loophole Allows Moped Operators to Drive Drunk in South Carolina, Report Says
web posted April 27, 2015
HORRY COUNTY – A South Carolina Senate panel recently moved to close a loophole in the law that allows moped operators to drive while intoxicated. In South Carolina, a motor vehicle is defined as ‘every vehicle which is self propelled, except mopeds…', according to a report by WBTW filed on Friday.
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Edgefield County Legislative Delegation Seeks County Veterans Affairs Officer
web posted April 27, 2015
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Legislative Delegation is seeking persons who are interested in serving Edgefield County as the County Veterans Affairs Officer (CVAO). The CVAO assists veterans and their dependents in determining eligibility for benefits, organizes events honoring veterans, and works with local veterans organizations to best serve Edgefield County’s veterans.
Edgefield Daily

Tech Professor: Extra, Extra - Everything Connects
By George Craig
web posted April 27, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – Some would say that the smart phone is no longer a phone at all. Seeing how some people use it I would agree, but it has become a communication platform for so much. This week we'll look at some of the extras you can get to go along with your phone.
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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival On Tap for May 1-2
web posted April 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – This coming weekend, the Johnston, SC, Peach Blossom Festival will showcase great entertainment, arts and crafts, food concessions, a parade, games for children, and a family-oriented street dance. The parade Grand Marshals this year are the teachers from Johnston Elementary School. These teachers have a tremendous impact on the Johnston area, not just educating young children, but working with parents and citizens to improve the quality of life in the community.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Class Offered May 2
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted April 27, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Weapons Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon.
Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

Notice: Road Closing for Bridge Replacement on Garrett Road Begins Today
web posted April 27, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced that a portion of Garret Road will be closed as they begin the replacement of the bridge over Horn Creek starting on Monday, April 27. Through traffic will end access beginning at that time.
Edgefield Daily

STCTC’s Automotive Program's First Annual Car Show Postponed Due to Rain
web posted April 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center's 1st Annual Car and Truck Show scheduled for today has been postponed due to the high probability of rain. A new date and time will be provided next week. Edgefield Daily will re-advertise the show when a date has been announced.

Animal Control Seizes Inmate's Dog for Abandonment
web posted April 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The roommate of a man currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center called the Sheriff's Office Thursday to report the inmate's dog being left with no food or water since his arrest on April 16 for disorderly conduct following a dispute with his neighbor and deputies. The inmate, James Edward Burckhalter, 45, would have long been released to care for the dog had it not been for his actions at the jail following his arrest.
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Stolen Truck Recovered at Trenton Home
web posted April 25, 2015
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatchers received a rather suspicious call of a stolen truck being located behind a home on Angelview Drive and dispatched a deputy to investigate the claim. Dispatchers tried to call the person back to obtain more information, however; the number the caller gave was not a working number. When the deputy arrived at the home just after midnight he located the truck backed into a wooded area behind the home.
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SC House OKs Bill Ending Permits to Carry Concealed Weapons
web posted April 25, 2015
COLUMBIA (AP) – A bill that would allow South Carolina residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit has passed the South Carolina House on Thursday.
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NOTICE: Road Closing for Bridge Replacement on Garrett Road
web reposted April 25, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced that a portion of Garret Road will be closed as they begin the replacement of the bridge over Horn Creek starting on Monday, April 27. Through traffic will end access beginning at that time.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 25, 2015
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Clean Up of Derailed Train Ongoing and Painstakingly Slow
web posted April 24, 2015
TRENTON – Clean up of the train derailment that took place on April 10 is ongoing and will probably continue for weeks. The process is meticulous and slow due to the fact that hazardous materials are still on site and crews are working to make sure none of the materials are spilled or leaked, EMA Director Suzy Spurgeon said Thursday. "Crews first had to untangle the cars and stabilize them to ensure that they would not leak and no additional spills occurred," she said.
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Deceased Woman's Home Burglarized
web posted April 24, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman checking on the home of her deceased mother called 911 after discovering that a side entry door had been forced open. She did not enter the Satcher Road home until after a deputy arrived and cleared the home and found no one inside.
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School Board Deals with Long Agenda and Issues Tuesday Night
By Anne Waits
web posted April 24, 2015

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board met Tuesday night, following a Budget Workshop held in the Strom Thurmond Athletic Field House, with a number of items on the agenda. Under public comments and input, Nathaniel Jackson addressed the Board with a long list of detailed requests for information he would like to obtain under the Freedom of Information Act.
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More Dead Chickens Reported at Hickory Drive Home
web posted April 24, 2015
MERRIWETHER – For the second time in a week a Hickory Drive woman arrived home to find dead chickens in her yard. Last week all 22 of her chickens had been killed and as she began replacing them this week she arrives home on Wednesday to find two more dead, a rooster and a hen.
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Life Down South: The Season Of Grass
By Tom Poland
web posted April 24, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – Seven-thirty in the evening. Redbirds perch on bamboo stalks as hummingbirds engage in dogfights over feeders. The water from my fountain burbles. It’s peaceful. A good time to sip a real drink and reflect. Not one but two lawnmowers fire up to the west. So much for a tranquil evening, but I don’t mind. The season of grass brings birds, thunderstorms, fireflies, pleasant days, and nights of serenading cicadas.
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Gov. Haley Celebrates S.C. Teacher of the Year, Announces Teacher Appreciation Month
web posted April 24, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley was joined Thursday by S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman in celebrating the 2015 South Carolina Teacher of the Year and announcing a statewide proclamation that designates the month of May as Teacher Appreciation Month throughout South Carolina.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 24, 2015
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Email Scammers Posing as Court Officials
web posted April 23, 2015
COUNTY – It has come to the attention of the Edgefield County Clerk of Court's Office that scammers are sending out emails claiming the emails and an attachment are needed for a court appearance you are required to attend or face a trial in absence. Edgefield County Clerk of Court Charles "Sonny" Reel wants to make it clear that you should delete the email at once.
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Confirmed: Tornado Touched Down During Sunday Storms
web posted April 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County EMA Director Suzy Spurgeon issued a confirmation that a tornado did touch down during Sunday's storms. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the EF0 tornado touched down at 4:22 pm and lasted at least five minutes on the ground.
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Pit Bull Attacks Rabbits
web posted April 23, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Creek Ridge woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday after walking outside to check on her rabbits which she raises to earn a profit and found a Pit Bull mixed breed multi-colored dog attacking the rabbits in her pen. She told the deputy the dog did have on a collar.
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STCTC Selects Top Students for 3rd Nine Weeks
web posted April 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s programs selected their top students for the third nine weeks. “These students have excelled in the classrooms and in the labs. They are getting a head start in preparing for their careers,” explained Connie Shannon, Career Guidance Counselor. “PLTW (Engineering) teaches everything I need or will to know."
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Strom Thurmond CTC Agriculture Students Build Playground Equipment with Students at W. E. Parker Elementary
web posted April 23, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A group of Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center sophomores, juniors, and seniors visited Mrs. Mims’ and Ms. Strickland’s classrooms at W.E. Parker earlier this month to complete a special project. These Agricultural Education students, under the supervision of agricultural education instructor Jeremy Brooks, built wooden see-saws in their agriculture shop in order to assemble them with the students in the classes at Parker to go along with the young children’s recent lesson on construction.
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Carolinas AGC Launches New “Toolbox” Website to Protect Business and Employees from “Ambush Elections” by Unions Across the Carolinas
web posted April 23, 2015
STATE – Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) has launched a website to compliment its robust Pro-Employee/Union Free resources to help the Carolinas construction industry deal with union organizing activity and new “ambush election” rulings from National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 23, 2015
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Woman Interrupts Burglar Climbing In Bedroom Window
web posted April 22, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called 911 Monday morning after discovering a black male trying to enter her apartment through a bedroom window around 6:30 am. The woman reported she screamed when she saw the man and he fled the area on foot. She did not see which direction he ran.
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Man Reports Theft of $10,000 in Pigeons
web posted April 22, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called police after arriving home and finding over $10,000 worth of registered pigeons missing from a coup in his back yard. The man told Johnston Police that prior to the birds being stolen he was visited by two men claiming to be interested in buying some of the birds, valued at over $1,000 a piece.
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School Employee Given Ticket over Seized Still, No Disciplinary Action to Follow
web posted April 22, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District employee caught with an illegal still in a shed in his back yard will not receive any disciplinary action by the district after cooperating with investigators who seized the still. After meeting with investigators he gave them consent to search the property which resulted in the discovery of the still and at least two jars of moonshine.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: What's in a Name Part Thirteen
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 22, 2015

RELIGION – Thanks so much for all of the prayers over the last two weeks! We had a great time teaching in Asia and I can’t wait to go back next year. There is a great need for theological training in the area where we went. We were in a city of 9 million and where just five years ago it was less than one percent Christian, and is now about five percent Christian. The excitement and growth of the church was phenomenal. The main thing that they are lacking is the training of leaders for the church and you all made it possible for me to play a small role in helping with solving that problem.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebels Topple #1 Ninety Six on the Road 6-2
VNN Report
web posted April 22, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels Varsity Baseball team knocked of the #1 ranked team in AA Tuesday night with a 6-2 victory over Ninety Six on the road. The Rebels now are in a tie for first place in Region II. On the season the Rebels are 16-3 and 8-1 in the Region.
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NOTICE: Road Closing for Bridge Replacement on Garrett Road
web posted April 22, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced Wednesday afternoon that a portion of Garret Road will be closed as they begin the replacement of the bridge over Horn Creek starting on Monday, April 27. Through traffic will end access beginning at that time.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted April 22, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through April 28. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! Don't miss our 2-Day Sale Thurs and Friday below.
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Edgefield County School District Honor Roll 3rd  Nine Weeks 2014-2015 School Year
web posted April 22, 2015
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the third nine weeks Honor Rolls for each school. Edgefield Daily congratulates these students for their academic achievements. Schools are listed Elementary through High School below.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 22, 2015
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Moonshine Still Seized from School District Employee's Home
web posted April 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – Five days have passed since an Edgefield County School District employee had a moonshine still seized from his home by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and there has been no arrest by the Sheriff's Office, no disciplinary action by the School District and no incident report released in the case. A text to Sheriff's Captain Chris Wash on Sunday as to what charges, if any, were being filed in the case, has not been answered.
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Woman Reports Break-In, Cat Doused With Acid
web posted April 21, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Deputies were called to a home on Twin Oaks Drive Friday evening after the owner arrived and found she was unable to get inside using her front door. She then went to a side door and found it was open. Upon entering the home she found someone had been inside and placed a metal object against the front door blocking anyone from being able to enter.
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STCTC’s Automotive Program Host First Annual Car Show April 25
web posted April 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Automotive Technology students are hosting their first Car Show on April 25, 2015 from 8 am until 12:30 pm. “My students are working hard to plan a great event,” said Nick Lorimer, STCTC Automotive Technology teacher. The show will recognize the top autos in ten categories.
Edgefield Daily

Woman Reports Theft of Mower Before Victim Knew it was Stolen
web posted April 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Addison Street woman that allowed an Edgefield man to cut her grass on Thursday called the owner of the lawn mower on Saturday to ask when she intended on coming to get the mower from her house. The owner of the mower then checked and found her mower missing and called the Sheriff's Office to report the theft.
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Report of Multiple Break-Ins of Shed Filed on Tanglewood Drive
web posted April 21, 2015
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was called to a home on the 100 block of Tanglewood Drive Friday afternoon for the home to be placed for additional property checks following a series of break-ins of a shed located behind the house. When the deputy arrived the woman told the deputy that every time she puts a new lock on the door to the shed someone cuts them off.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 21, 2015
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Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
web posted April 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – A man wanted in connection to an armed robbery at 1 Dove Street at the apartments has been captured and is currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on felony charges. Craig ONeal Hill, 27, has been charged with armed robbery and possession of weapon during commission of a violent crime.
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Storms Wreak Havoc Across County Sunday Afternoon
web posted April 20, 2015
COUNTY – Strong storms that moved across the county Sunday afternoon packed heavy rains, lighting, strong winds and included a Tornado Warning for Edgefield and Johnston after the National Weather Service spotted rotation in one of the storms around 4pm. The aftermath kept emergency personnel, power crews, SCDOT, and others busy into the early evening.
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Frances Quarles Retires after 27 Years as Town Clerk
By Anne Waits
web posted April 20, 2015

JOHNSTON – When it comes to the workplace, Frances Quarles has a simple philosophy. “I like to use a watch to explain,” she said recently while seated in the Johnston Town Council Chambers where she has spent so much of her time. “I don’t like to be the outside of the watch (the hands, the face, and so forth). I prefer to be the inside—the unseen part that makes things work.” Many would say that as Town clerk/treasurer, that is exactly what she has been for the past 27 years.
Edgefield Daily

More Fake IRS Returns, Scams Reported
web posted April 20, 2015
COUNTY – Whether it is scammers trying to get your money or filing a fake tax return to get a return they do not deserve, the reports continue to come in to the Sheriff's Office in the past week. This time there are more scammers seeking your info than those filing fake returns, but all are using the IRS or the government as cover.
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Sports: Johnson Receives Basketball Scholarship to Southern Union State
web posted April 20, 2015
SPORTS – Daquarius Johnson, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School, has accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama. Daquarius is considered to have played a major role in leading the men's basketball team to the final four in the playoffs for the first time in school history.
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Sports: Lady Rebels #2 in Region after Win over Batesburg-Leesville
web posted April 20, 2015
SPORTS – With rain threatening all day long Friday, Strom Thurmond athletic director, Doug Painter, made the call to swap the JV and varsity game times. Brianna Walden got the call to the mound again, giving up only four hits and striking out six.
Edgefield Daily

Stay Back, Stay Way Back
web posted April 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – There are things that make you shake your head and say, "what were they thinking," and others that make you wonder if they were thinking at all. A reader submitted this photo about a week or so when they spotted this van loaded with what appears to be about a dozen ladders or more atop a work van. It was shared with a few friends and their reactions were quick and some rather funny. So it was decided to share it with readers to get your reactions.
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Singers, Dancers Headline Entertainment at Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted April 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival entertainment for the day is now set, with a variety of performers headlining the May 2 event. The day’s entertainment begins after the 10 a.m. parade. At 10:30 a.m., Johnston Mayor Terrence Culbreath will give the welcome. From 10:35-11 a.m. is a performance by the Johnston Elementary School Chorus.
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Burckhalter Gets Added Felony Charge
web posted April 18, 2015
EDGEFIELD – As Edgefield Daily reported, James Edward Burckhalter learned a lesson in a dispute over water with his neighbor early Thursday morning when he was charged with a simple misdemeanor of disorderly conduct for arguing with deputies while intoxicated. Evidently his learning curve has a bigger bend than he was given credit for when his actions while in custody at the Detention Center has seen him being charged with a serious felony.
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Local Tire Dealer Defrauded out of over $2,000 and Six Expensive Tires
web posted April 18, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston tire dealer reported Thursday that he had a customer call to price tractor-trailer tires in late March. The man claimed to own a trucking company and needed to purchase tires for a truck, presumably in the area at the time. After pricing the tires he purchased four tires for a total of $1,411 and paid for them with a credit card. A few hours later the man called back and purchased two addition tire at a cost of $737.60.
Edgefield Daily

Organizations and Businesses Invited To Apply For AED Grant
web posted April 18, 2015
GREENWOOD – The Self Regional Heart and Vascular Center is launching a community-based Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, grant program. The program’s goal is to increase awareness of what to do in a cardiac emergency, train more people on how to perform hands-only CPR and to equip various facilities with AEDs in case of an emergency.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 18, 2015
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School Bus Crashes, Parents Say They Were Not Notified
web posted April 17, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County School District bus driver lost control of her bus and crashed into the ditch on Long Cane Road near Simpkins Road Thursday morning. According to the Sheriff's Office the ambulance called to the scene was cancelled before it arrived due to no injuries reported. The School District also reported no injuries. However, parents of some students are angry saying they were never notified of the crash and one was reporting their child was injured.
Edgefield Daily

24th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo May 16
web posted April 17, 2015
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 16, 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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Woman Reports Pens Damaged, Chickens Killed
web posted April 17, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Hickory Drive woman called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday to report all of her chickens being killed and her pens damaged from a dog or dogs getting into the pens. She discovered the dead chickens when she arrived home around 4pm. She reported this is not the first time she's filed a report and nothing was being done to resolve the issue.
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Water Dispute Lands Man in Jail
web posted April 17, 2015
NORTHSIDE – A Cold Springs Road man learned a hard lesson late Wednesday night. If your neighbor allows you to use their well as a source for your water, complaining is not a good idea. Complaining while intoxicated is a worse idea. Complaining while intoxicated with deputies around will get you arrested.
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Life Down South: Portraits Of Georgialina
By Tom Poland
web posted April 17, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – With good reason, I now refer to the two-state region I travel and write about so much as “Georgialina.” It’s a region that runs from the northeast corner of Georgia and the wild Chattooga down to Athens and over to Lincoln County, Georgia, down Savannah way and across all of South Carolina.
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Theft of Cash from Motel Room Reported
web posted April 17, 2015
TRENTON – A woman staying at the Crossroads Motel called the Sheriff's Office to report cash being taken from her purse while she was away from the room during the day.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 17, 2015
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Palmetto Pipeline Project Continues, Surveying Underway
web posted April 16, 2015
COUNTY – The proposed pipeline project that will dissect the western part of the county is continuing with the company actively surveying the proposed route it will take through the county. Palmetto Products Pipe Line LLC, a Kinder Morgan Company, believes at this time there will be 105 landowners that will be affected and each property owner will be contacted by the company once the route is determined.
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Pastor Phillip Howle Heading Home
web posted April 16, 2015
COUNTY – Pastor Phillip Howle is headed home after wrapping up his mission trip on Wednesday by leading a conference on church governance from the book of Titus for about 300 people from 200 different churches, he said in an email to Edgefield Daily. With the exception of a report last week from his iPhone, Pastor Howle has spent most of his time "somewhere" in Asia "off the grid", with no access to the internet.
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A "Berry" Good Time in Merriwether
web posted April 16, 2015
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.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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Sports: Rebels Advance to 7-1 in Region Play with Win over Saluda
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web posted April 16, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels varsity baseball team defeated Saluda Tuesday night with a score of 7-2 to advance their standing in the Region. The win moves the Rebels to 15-3 overall and 7-1 in Region Play. Most of the scoring took place in the 3rd inning where the Rebels were able to put 4 runs on the scoreboard.
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Sports: Lady Rebels Pull Off Big Win over Saluda
VNN Report
web posted April 16, 2015

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels pulled out another big win Tuesday against Saluda. With Wise out sick, Coach Pace called on seventh grader, Brianna Walden, to lead from the mound. Walden started strong facing only eleven batters in the first three innings and striking out three.
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Edgefield County Theater Co. Presents "Here on the Flight Path" Opening April 17
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web posted April 16, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theater Company's next production, Here on the Flight Path, a romantic comedy, will open on April 17. Show dates are April 17-19 and April 24-26. Tickets are on sale now. Call 803-336-8726 to reserve your tickets. Visit them on FaceBook here.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 16, 2015
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No Arrests in Shaken Baby Case, Investigation Continues
web posted April 15, 2015
JOHNSTON – It has been five months since an 18-month-old baby was taken to the Trauma Center at GRU in Augusta and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with permanent and severe disabilities from being shaken so badly. The brain injuries were said, at the time of the incident, to show recent as well as older injuries.
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Johnston Town Council Prepares for Festival, Budget, Town Clerk to Retire
By Anne Waits
web posted April 15, 2015

JOHNSTON – Looking ahead to the Peach Blossom Festival, the Johnston Town Council passed two related items at their regularly scheduled Council meeting on Monday night. Each year, the mayor and Town Council members ask that the citizens join in to help make Johnston as presentable as possible for visitors who will be in town for the festival.
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Youth Sporting Clay Open to be held in Edgefield April 18
web posted April 15, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the First Annual DNR Youth Sporting Clay Open will be held at the Palmetto Shooting Sports Complex in Edgefield on Saturday, April 18. With about 450 youth shooters competing, the First Annual Youth Sporting Clay Open event is available to all school and club teams. DNR along with their many sponsors will be giving away over $23,000 in scholarships, guns, and trophies at this event.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted April 15, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through April 21. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! Check out our Saturday Only Sale below!
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Edgefield Town Square the Place to be This Saturday
web posted April 15, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Square will be teeming with activity this weekend with the 1st Annual Edgefield Bluegrass Festival starting at 1 pm and a host of other activities planned to take place as well starting at 11 am. A Wild West style "shootout" is planned at 2:30 pm.
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Solar Power Equipment Stolen from Edgefield Home
web posted April 15, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Glanton Drive man reported an 1800 watt solar power kit and controller was stolen from his front porch Monday before he ever had an opportunity to use it.
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State Museum Hosts Happy Hubble 25 on Friday, April 24
web posted April 15, 2015
COLUMBIA – Join the South Carolina State Museum at Happy Hubble 25, a family-friendly event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope from 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Tickets to the event will be offered at a special discounted price of $5 per person (free for museum members), and the first 200 guests will receive a free astronomy poster.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 15, 2015
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Hospital Board Hires New Interim CEO at ECH
web posted April 14, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Board hired a new Interim CEO for the Edgefield County Hospital at a special called meeting Monday night. The following is a release from Board Chairwoman Connie Sutton.
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Neighbor Photographs Possible Burglar, Scared to Be Seen Talking to Deputies
web posted April 13, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Home on the 1500 block of Edgefield Road (Highway 25) was found burglarized and a neighbor may have snapped pictures of the man responsible climbing out of a window at the home. However, when a deputy went to speak to the neighbor he or she refused to be seen talking to law enforcement and wanted to remain anonymous.
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Johnston Police Investigating Missing Bank Deposit
web posted April 14, 2015
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were called to the Dollar General store on Lee Street by the manager after a bank deposit of nearly $5,000 was discovered missing. The deposit went missing sometime between March 27 and the time it was reported missing when the area manager was trying to reconcile several deposits.
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Road Closing for Bridge Replacement on Garrett Road
web reposted April 14, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced Wednesday afternoon that a portion of Garret Road will be closed as they begin the replacement of the bridge over Horn Creek starting on Monday, April 27. Through traffic will end access beginning at that time.
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PTC to Showcase Programs and Facilities for Area Residents
web posted April 14, 2015
GREENWOOD – Area residents will soon have an opportunity to preview Piedmont Technical College’s various program offerings during an open house event on April 16, from 2-6 p.m., on the Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood. The public is invited to visit the campus and learn more about the college through hands-on demonstrations and face-to-face discussions with program faculty.
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Edgefield County Theater Co. Presents "Here on the Flight Path" Opening April 17
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web posted April 14, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theater Company's next production, Here on the Flight Path, a romantic comedy, will open on April 17. Show dates are April 17-19 and April 24-26. Tickets are on sale now. Call 803-336-8726 to reserve your tickets. Visit them on FaceBook here.

The Lennon Sisters Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Newberry
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web posted April 14, 2015

EDGEFIELD – A triumphant return to Newberry: The Lennon Sisters are an American Institution, first introduced to the country by Lawrence Welk. Now America’s sweethearts are celebrating their 50th anniversary at The Newberry Opera House, Thursday, April 16th at 3 and 8 pm.
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NOTICE: Edgefield County Council Meeting and Public Hearing FY 14-15
Public Notice
web posted April 14, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Pursuant to South Carolina Code Section 6-1-80, Edgefield County Council will hold a public hearing and second reading on Ordinance No. 14-15-691, “An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 13-14-679, the General Operating Budget and Ancillary Budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015, to Provide for Revised Revenues and Appropriations effective on July 1, 2014” at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m., in the County Council Chambers, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, South Carolina. 
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NOTICE: Edgefield County Council Meeting and Public Hearing FY 15-16
Public Notice
web posted April 14, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The following is a Public Notice of the County Council Meeting, Public Hearing, Millage, Budget, and General fund FY 15-16:
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 14, 2015
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Fallen Tree at Root of Train Derailment - Exclusive Arial View
web posted April 13, 2015
TRENTON – A tree that had fallen across the railroad tracks is said to be responsible for the derailment of 31 cars of a 82 rail car Norfork Southern train near Trenton Friday night. The two locomotives struck the tree causing them and the first 31 rail cars to leave the tracks with at least two of the rail cars spilling their cargo. Norfolk Southern's Director of Corporate Communications Rick Harris said one of those cars contained ammonium nitrate, which is used in the production of fertilizer and can be an irritant, but was not hazardous.
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Two Airlifted from Single Car Crash
web posted April 13, 2015
NORTHSIDE – Two people were flown to the Trauma Center following a single car crash Saturday night on Sleepy Creek Road near Prince Circle just before 9 pm. When Northside First Responders arrived on the scene they reported the vehicle was overturned and sitting partially atop a guardrail.
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Sports: Rebels Improve to 14-3 with Non-Region Win Over Greenwood Saturday
VNN Report
web posted April 13, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels varsity baseball team picked up another non region victory Saturday evening defeating Greenwood 4-2 in Greenwood. The win moves the Rebels to 14-3 over-all and remaining 6-1 in Region play. The Rebels scored one run early, but the bats fell silent until the 7th inning when the Rebels were able to score 3 more runs to secure the win.
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Sheriff's Office Still Seeks Wanted Sex Offender
web posted April 13, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is looking for a sex offender who has failed to register his current location, again. Alexander Morgan lll, 48, is a black male standing 5' 8" and weighs 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is 104 Tanglewood Drive in Trenton, according to paperwork he signed with the Sheriff's Office. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.
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Registration for Savannah River Site’s First Ultimate Fishing Challenge Begins
web posted April 13, 2015
AIKEN – The U.S. Forest Service-Savannah River is seeking wounded veterans and mobility-impaired individuals to participate in Savannah River Site’s First Ultimate Fishing Challenge scheduled for May 9, 2015, at Savannah River Site’s L-Lake from 5:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Besides the annual turkey and deer hunts, the fishing challenge offers another avenue for wounded veterans and mobility-impaired individuals to enjoy the outdoors,” said DeVela Clark, forest manager of the U.S. Forest Service-Savannah River.
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Tech Professor: Robots
By George Craig
web posted April 13, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – Robot: Any programmable machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. That is just one of many definitions of robot. Robots are becoming more and more ingrained in our everyday lives. Manufacturing, Warehousing, Construction, Medical and soon the home are all places robots have been and will be starting now.
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Great Sponsors Support the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted April 13, 2015
JOHNSTON – Festivals are fun for everyone, but great sponsors make it possible. The sponsors of the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival, which will be held May 2, 2015, make it possible to keep the Festival free or low-cost for patrons. In addition, it helps raise additional money that can be used to reinvest in the Johnston area.
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Train Derails Near Trenton - Cars Reported Leaking
web posted April 11, 2015
TRENTON – The Trenton Fire Department, Sheriff's Deputies and Edgefield County EMA is on the scene of a train derailment behind a home on Salters Pond Road between Trenton and Johnston. Firefighters report some of the cars "are leaking", however; what the leaking cars is carrying is unknown. Currently residents on Salters Pond Road, Bantam Lane and Egghouse Road are being evacuated to Mt. Calvary Church.
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Edgefield Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Stabbing
web posted April 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and Edgefield Police were called to the Edgefield County Hospital Emergency Room around 1 pm Friday after a man arrived with a stab wound to his side that punctured his left lung. He was stabilized and then rushed to the Trauma Center at GRU as investigators with the Sheriff's Office began their investigation. It did not take them long before they arrested Aladdin Latravious Harris, 21, and charged him with attempted murder.
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Sports: Rebels Get Another Region Win Topping Crescent 2-0
VNN Report
web posted April 11, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team picked up another region win on the road Friday night with a 2-0 victory over Crescent. The win moves the Rebels to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the Region.
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