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August 2007 Archive
Strom Thurmond vs Batesburg-Leesville Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted August 31, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Batesburg-Leesville Football game will be available online beginning at 7:00 EST. A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Baby ejected in SUV rollover (Photos)
web posted August 31, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA – Shortly before 4 pm Thursday emergency personnel were called to a crash on Martintown Road just inside Aiken County. Rescue workers were notified one of the occupants, a baby in a car seat, had been ejected from the vehicle in the crash.
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Gov. Sanford Signs Executive Order to Require Spending Transparency
web posted August 31, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford issued Executive Order 2007-14 on Thursday, a new directive aimed at providing citizens with a greater degree of information about how their tax dollars are being spent. The Spending Transparency Executive Order was developed in concert with Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom's office, with the goal of bringing more accountability to where tax dollars are being spent.
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Closings for Monday
web posted August 29, 2007
COUNTY – The following will be closed on Labor Day, Monday September 3. All Edgefield County Government Offices and Court House, Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton Town Halls, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Watson pleads guilty to murder of infant 
web posted August 29, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Devin Antoine Watson, 26, of Edgefield has escaped a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to a charge of murder by child abuse on Wednesday. Watson and his girlfriend Mary Christina Dey, now 21, were both charged after bringing their 13-month old son to the Edgefield County Hospital because he stopped breathing on August 5, 2003. Doctors called police when it became obvious the infant had been the victim of long-term abuse. Darrell Watson died shortly after 8 am on August 7.
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Baby killer takes coward's way out
web posted August 30, 2007
OPINION – After four years in the Edgefield County Detention Center Devin Antoine Watson, 26, copped a plea agreement on Wednesday to avoid being put to death for the murder of his own 13-month old son. Watson is awaiting a sentencing hearing on September 10 at the Edgefield County Courthouse that is said to carry a possible sentence of between 15 to 30 years in prison. Watson is a coward and once he refused to plea a deal offered on Monday, he should have been forced to face trial.
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Gov. Sanford announces statewide victim notification system
web posted August 30, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford and S.C. Department of Corrections Director Jon Ozmint announced Wednesday morning an expanded victim notification system in South Carolina. The expanded notification system will provide online notification and information as well as a 24-hour toll free number victims can call to find out the status of an offender.
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Strom Thurmond Seniors out Rank Nation on the SAT
web posted August 29, 2007
COUNTY – For the first time in history college bound seniors at Strom Thurmond High School out performed students across the nation on the SAT, the nations most prestigious measure of academic achievement.
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Death of Trenton woman ruled accidental
web posted August 29, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The investigation into the death of a Trenton woman has been completed and ruled accidental Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Tuesday. Hazel Rosier, 37, of Nicholson Road, died last Wednesday from injuries she received in a horseback riding accident at Mount Vintage Plantation on Thursday, August 16.
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Vision 20/20 Kick-Off Meeting Scheduled
web posted August 29, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Edgefield County Council will conduct a public forum on Monday, September 17, 2007 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at J-E-T Middle School located at 1095 Columbia Road (SC Hwy. 23) between Edgefield and Johnston.  This will be the first of five meetings that lead to the completion of the Edgefield County Vision 20/20 Plan.
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Gov. Sanford Names Remainder of Adoption Task Force
web posted August 29, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford named the remainder of his Children in Foster Care and Adoption Services Task Force on Tuesday, a group created last month by Executive Order and tasked with identifying ways to improve the efficiency and quality of the state's foster care and adoption processes. In particular, the group will focus on reducing the time it takes to find permanent adoptive homes for the most vulnerable children across South Carolina.
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A Column by the Editor: U.S. - the most well armed nation in the world
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 29, 2007
COLUMN – The Untied States of America is the most well armed nation in the world. That may come as no surprise to some with our superior military might, but it is not the military that owns the guns, it is American citizens. Almost one third of all of the world’s 875 million guns are owned by U.S. citizens, a report by the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies shows. Over half of the 8 million guns produced each year are purchased by American civilians.
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Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address
web posted August 29, 2007
DALY CITY, Calif. -- One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.
Wall Street Journal

Off The Wall: 100-year-old celebrates her birthday by smoking 170,000th cigarette
web posted August 29, 2007
An iron-lunged pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting up her 170,000th cigerette from a candle on her birthday cake. Winnie Langley started smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old - and has got through five a day ever since.
Off The Wall

Obituary
Helen B. Reese
web posted August 29, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Mrs. Helen B. Reese Clarks Hill, SC—Graveside Services for Mrs. Helen B. Reese, 79, of Woollawn Road, Clarks Hill, SC, who entered into rest August 27, 2007, will be conducted Thursday morning at 10:30 A.M. in the Pineview Memorial Gardens.
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Edgefield County Magistrate's Office announces limited business hours during training
web posted August 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Magistrate's Office will be closed from 8:30 am until 1 pm beginning on Monday, September 10 through October 5, 2007, in order to attend training sessions for the Case Management Computer System that is being implemented by the SC Court Administration. The office will open at 1 pm during this time.
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Republican Senate candidate Bill Hixon responds to survey
web posted August 28, 2007
WEBNEWS – Answers to the questions for Republican Candidates for District 25 Senate by Bill Hixon.
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Landmark site of copper theft
web posted August 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were called to the Village Inn on the Edgefield Town Square Monday morning after construction workers arrived and found someone broke into the hotel, which is currently under renovations, and made off with at least $2,000 in material.
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Vandals target Pine Ridge
JOHNSTON – The Pine Ridge Country Club has been the scene of vandals over the past week and now a theft with someone removing the flags for holes 14 through 18. The yellow flags with “Pine Ridge Country Club” printed on them, valued at $100 each, were discovered missing Saturday.
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McCormick County Republican Party hosts picnic with Senate candidates today
MCCORMICK – The McCormick County Republican Party is hosting its annual picnic at Hickory Knob today from 6 until 9 pm. Among those in attendance will be US Rep. Gresham Barrett as the featured speaker. The Republican candidates for the District 25 Senate seat will also be on hand and will be speaking at the event. The public is invited to attend.

Advance ticket sales for Rebel's Friday night home opener on sale now
COUNTY – Advance tickets for the Strom Thurmond vs Batesburg-Leesville football game Friday night are on sale now. Ticket price is $6 and can be purchased at Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School, Merriwether Middle School, Monk’s Corner in Johnston, and Edgefield Office Supply in Edgefield. Advance ticket sales will end at noon Friday.

So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted August 28, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce cancels candidate forum
web posted August 27, 2007
PSA – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce released that it is canceling the candidate forum previously scheduled for August 30.

Rebels drop season opener to North Augusta
web posted August 27, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA –  North Augusta ended a three-game losing streak to Strom Thurmond in resounding fashion with a 27-17 win at Yellow Jacket Stadium Friday
night. After electrical storms caused a two-hour delay in the second quarter, Strom Thurmond scored two touchdowns on the way to a 17-0 halftime lead.
EdgefieldDaily.com Sports

Republican Candidate survey responses
web posted August 27, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com submitted ten questions to the Republican candidates for the District 25 Senate seat. Only three candidates, Shane Massey, Chris Corley, and Jack Montgomery completed the survey and returned it to us. Read their answers as an aid in making your choice in the September 18 Republican primary.
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Related Opinion: Will unresponsive candidates make unresponsive electors?
web posted August 27, 2007
OPINION – The deadline for providing the answers to the survey sent to the Republican candidates for the District 25 Senate race has passed. The candidates that did not return the survey were contacted and some “promised” to return the survey this past week. Of the six candidates, only three responded in time, the others either did not return calls, emails, nor fulfilled their “promise” to do so.
EdgefieldDaily.com

315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron:  Ready at a Moments Notice
web posted August 27, 2007
CHARLESTON AFB, S.C. -- When the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is called upon for help, there is never a doubt that they will be ready. Seventeen Reservists from the 315th AES answered the call on Sunday and were deployed to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to stand at the ready for looming evacuations caused by Hurricane Dean.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Couple reports rattlesnake in neighbor’s home
web posted August 27, 2007
MERRIWETHER – About 4:30 Saturday afternoon a Merriwether woman called 911 to report a snake inside her neighbor’s home. The neighbors were out of town and she was caring for the family cat when she discovered the snake in the living room. “It’s about two feet long”, she said, with markings on its back and what looked to be a “rattle” at the end of the tail.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Soccer Registration ends this Saturday, forms available online
web posted August 27, 2007
PSA – Soccer registration forms have been delivered to the elementary and middle schools in the county. The forms should be sent home with all students by the end of the week. Forms are available at registration from 10:00 to 1:00 this Saturday,  September 1, at the soccer field in Edgefield. As usual, parents can mail the registration forms to the address listed on the top of the form. You may also download registration forms from EdgefieldDaily.com.
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Vick Should Play, but for his Prison Team
By Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist

web posted August 27, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The headline in the Augusta Chronicle read, “NAACP says Vick should play.” I agree. Vick, the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons professional football team caught running a dog fighting and gambling operation, should play for the football team at the federal prison he is heading for, unless the presiding judge gives him a probationary sentence.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: More "Thugs" and pit bulls: Pit Bulls, Guns Seized In Raid Of DMX's Home
web posted August 27, 2007
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Authorities raided the home of rapper DMX in Phoenix on Friday morning, Access Hollywood has learned.
Off The Wall

Illegal Alien Watch: Two Va. counties OK immigration crackdown
web posted August 27, 2007
Resolutions to deny a potentially wide range of public services to illegal immigrants have thrust two northern Virginia counties into the nation's immigration debate. The measures passed in July in Prince William and Loudoun counties join a flurry of recent efforts by local governments nationwide that believe the federal government has not done enough to stop illegal immigration.
Yahoo! News

Meet the Candidates (Photos)
Last updated August 13, 2007
WEBNEWS – With the campaign for the Republican nominee for the District 25 Senate race in full swing, EdgefieldDaily.com is featuring a Meet the Candidates page where each candidate will be listed along with their platforms and contact information. This page will also feature the questionnaire that is being sent to all candidates facing opposition in the Republican primary when it is completed and returned to us and will be updated as additional information is provided by the candidates.
Meet The Candidates

Strom Thurmon 17  North Augusta 27
web posted August 24, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA  – The Strom Thurmond Rebels blew a 17 point lead to lose to North Augusta by a score of 17 to 27. North Augusta scored 27 unanswered points in the second half. Read the full story on Monday's Sports Report.

Thieves target trailers
web posted August 25, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston business owner reported a Haulmark 8x10 trailer loaded with furniture and other items stolen from the side of the store located on the 200 block of Lee Street to the Johnston Police Department. The trailer was last seen on two days ago. The white trailer has a “Lazar” sticker and a small hole on one of the sides.
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Letter to the Editor: Chamber thanks businesses and individuals for school supply drive
web posted August 25, 2007
Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, I would personally like to thank all the businesses and individual persons who gave to our Back to School Supply Drive.  Your support of this great endeavor is greatly appreciated not only by the Chamber of Commerce, but also by the Edgefield County School District.  Your generous donations of supplies and or monies help get the school year off to a great beginning.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond at North Augusta Football game available on live Webcast
web posted August 24, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - North Augusta Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST. A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Trenton woman becomes second to die after fall from horse this summer
web posted August 24, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Trenton woman has become the second person to die from injuries relating to horseback incidents this year. Hazel Rosier, 37, of Nicholson Road, died Wednesday from injuries she received in an apparent riding accident at Mount Vintage Plantation last Thursday, Deputy Coroner David Burnett said. Mr. Burnett said the results of an autopsy performed on Thursday in Newberry were not available at this time and could not provide a cause of death. The death is under investigation by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.
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Vaughn Presents Valorous Unit Award to Edgefield S.C. Unit (Photo)
web posted August 24, 2007
WEST COLUMBIA, SC – Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, Director of the Army National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Harry Burchstead, Deputy Adjutant General for the S.C. Army National Guard, presented the Edgefield-based 122nd Engineer Battalion with the Valorous Unit award on Saturday, August 11, 2007, here at Airport High school in West Columbia. 
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Citizen News' Johnson receives heartfelt farewell (Photo)
web posted August 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – After coming to Edgefield County last year to become Editor of the Citizen News, Frank Johnson bid farewell to friends and coworkers at a gathering at the Park Row Market No. 1 in Edgefield. Mr. Johnson has accepted a position with the Goose Creek Gazette, a member of the Charleston Post Courier media family.
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Strom Thurmond High School and Career Center offer Pre-engineering Curriculum
web posted August 24, 2007
JOHNSTON – Penny Morris and Lee Williams have teamed Strom Thurmond High School and Career Center to offer a pre-engineering curriculum for students interested in entering a career in engineering or related fields. 
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Off The Wall: Marbury Defends Vick - Calls Dogfighting a Sport
web posted August 24, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting.
Off The Wall

Fire turns up the heat on firefighters (Photos)
web posted August 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – As temperatures topped 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon a man decided to burn some debris behind his house on the 2300 block of Martintown Road. He burnt the debris, and a little over two acres of adjacent pasture and forest bringing the Merriwether Fire Department to the area to fight the growing fire.
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Soccer Registration starts this Saturday
web posted August 23, 2007
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Soccer registration forms have been delivered to the elementary and middle schools in the county. The forms should be sent home with all students by the end of next week. Forms are available at registration from 10:00 to 1:00 this Saturday, and will also be held Saturday, September 1 at the soccer field in Edgefield. As usual, parents can mail the registration forms to the address listed on the top of the form.

Gun stolen in burglary
web posted August 23, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A Buncombe Street man arrive at his home just before midnight Tuesday to find his home had been burglarized and called police. When Edgefield Police Officers arrived on the scene they observed the doorjamb of the front door to be consistent with someone kicking in a door.
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Back to School Supply Drive a success
web posted August 23, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce sponsored their annual Back to School Supply Drive this year and made the donations to Dr. Dr. Frank Roberson, Interim Superintendent by Janice Cleveland, representing Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church donors, and Donna Livingston, Executive Director of the Chamber.
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Here's your card
web posted August 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called Sheriff’s deputies to his Sweetwater Road home due to a disturbance. The man claimed there were four agents from a bonding company looking for another man at his home. When deputies arrived they spoke with the man who stated that his “drug supplier” had borrowed his truck and tried “to run over” one of the agents earlier in North Augusta, incident reports stated.
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Accused Carjacker of Edgefield woman now in custody (Photo)
web posted August 22, 2007
AIKEN – The man police say is responsible for a series of carjackings, one including an Edgefield County woman, is now behind bars after an 11-mile car chase. Gary Lee Murphy, 31, a registered sex offender, is being held in Aiken County after a robbery at the Mani's Mart on Cary Drive in Beech Island on Sunday. Later a North Augusta Police Officer spotted Murphy driving a stolen car and gave chase into Augusta before returning to Aiken County where he was captured after a short foot chase when he abandoned the car.
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Prowler suspect in theft of gun
web posted August 22, 2007
TRENTON – Early Tuesday morning a Trenton man called the Sheriff’s Office to report a prowler and the theft of a pistol from his Jeep Cherokee parked in his yard. The Winding Road man made the call about 2:46 am records show.
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Off The wall: Judge Has Unprepared Lawyer Arrested
Off The Wall: An Ohio judge angered state and national defense lawyers after he had a public defender arrested for being unprepared for trial. Portage County Judge John Plough had assistant public defender Brian Jones arrested for contempt of court last week after Jones refused to begin a misdemeanor assault trial because he said he was unprepared. Jones was assigned to the case one day earlier.
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Burglar cuts power to avoid alarm, video surveillance – caught on film anyway (Photos)
Investigators seek help from public to identify suspect
web posted August 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An employee arrived at Sportsman’s Corner around 5 am to discover the store had been burglarized finding the front door glass broken and the power meter removed from the building. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators arrived a short time later and began investigating the crime and collecting evidence. Investigators said they believe the burglar thought knocking out the power would disable video surveillance cameras in the store, but he was wrong. Thinking the cameras were off the man did not cover his face or wear a mask. That is a break for investigators and they are seeking the help of the public to identify the suspect.
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Car Wash site of weekend burglary
web posted August 21, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton carwash was burglarized sometime early Saturday morning causing more damage to the business than the burglar stole in cash. The business owner arrived around 8:30 Saturday morning to clean the bays and found the door open and called police.
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Local media to pose questions to Senate candidates at Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce sponsored forum
web posted August 21, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a public forum to hear from the candidates for the upcoming Republican primary for the District 25 Senate seat. The event will be set in a format of candidates answering questions posed to them by a panel chosen from the local media.
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Teacher, Citizen of the Year Banquet draws near – Citizen of the Year nominations still open
web posted August 21, 2007
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce and the Edgefield County School District Invite you to our 4th Annual Celebration of Success Banquet where we honor our Citizen of the Year and Teachers of the Year.  The event will be held at Pine Ridge Plantation on September 4th, beginning with a social time at 6:30 PM, with dinner to follow at 7:00 PM.  Cost for this event will be $25.00 per person.
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Here’s Your Card
web posted August 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER – It has been suggested that the Here’s Your Card stories are fictional. They are not. They are actual events that are publicly recorded by police or EdgefieldDaily.com. Our most recent candidate hails from Merriwether. And, like all of the others, you just cannot make this stuff up.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted August 21, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant set for September 22
web posted August 21, 2007
RIDGE SPRING – The Ridge Spring Miss Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant applications are now available.  The Miss Harvest Festival pageant will be held Saturday, September 22, 2007 at the Fine Arts Center at Batesburg-Leesville High School, Batesburg, SC.
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30th Annual Gold Rush Days Festival
web posted August 21, 2007
PSA - MCCORMICK – McCormick County is holding its 30th Annual Gold Rush Days Festival Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 downtown and surrounding areas of McCormick from 7:00am until 6:00pm.  Free Shuttle provided.
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Found Dog
web posted August 21, 2007
WESTSIDE – Found, young male black mix dog, Highway 23 W area. Please call to identify at 637-1940.

Fox Creek Predators become prey in home opener with 38-7 loss to Panthers
web posted August 20, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA – MeBee High set the tone early and went on to post a 38-7 win over Fox Creek High Predators at Lions Memorial Field Friday in the season opener for both teams. That statement came in the form of a 17-play drive after the opening kickoff that took over eight minutes off the clock.
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Mount Vintage Junior Doubles Championships (Photos)
web posted August 20, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A premiere junior tennis event took place at the Mount Vintage Town Center and Athletic Club the weekend of August 12. The Mount Vintage Racquet Club hosted the tournament that incorporated 8 events with 70 entrants including two mixed doubles exhibitions.
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Welcome back to fundraising... I mean school
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 20, 2007
COLUMN – Today is the first day back to school for Edgefield County students so please slow down and “watch that child”. The addition of busses and parents taking their children to school will result in traffic delays, so leave a little earlier than normal. Above all, do not get angry about that bus in front of you that keeps stopping making you late because you did not plan for the first day of school and then try to get around it dangerously. Take time to be the adult when children are watching.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer questions school fees
web posted August 18, 2007
LETTER TO THE EDITOR – I found (EdgefieldDaily.com) several months ago and feel that it is a service this county has needed for several years. Thanks. I am over sixty and my children all finished school nearly twenty years ago. Therefore, I am no longer directly involved in the day to day activities of the system.  I am, however a voter and taxpayer in the community.  I have been following with keen interest the postings regarding the school fees, beginning with the person with the four year old who seems to have started this controversy. 
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Library News
web posted August 20, 2007
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Summer Reading Program was a great success. We would like to congratulate those of you who completed the program. 139 of our children read at least 10 books this summer! We would also like to extend a special pat on the back to our teens. A total of 16 of our teens completed it! Let’s beat this number next year guys!
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Off The Wall: Scientists hail ‘frozen smoke’ as material that will change world
A MIRACLE material for the 21st century could protect your home against bomb blasts, mop up oil spillages and even help man to fly to Mars. Aerogel, one of the world’s lightest solids, can withstand a direct blast of 1kg of dynamite and protect against heat from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C.
Off The Wall

Storms create havoc for law enforcement and emergency workers Friday afternoon
web posted August 18, 2007
COUNTY – Strong storms moved across Edgefield County Friday afternoon causing problems for police, deputies, fire departments, and power crews with reports of trees and power lines down blocking roads from Johnston to Merriwether. Dozens of calls went out between 4 and 5 pm, including a report of a portion of a roof being blown off a house on Holmes Pond Road near Johnston.
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Johnston Development Board Sponsors Flag Design Contest
web posted August 18, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Board invites all interested persons to submit an entry for the design of a flag for the upcoming Peach Blossom Festival. The design may incorporate the Town of Johnston logo as well as the peach and peach blossom themes.
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Governor Says Consequences of Unsustainable Spending Now Evident
web posted August 18, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford renewed his call for sustainable spending Friday at the state level, given yesterday's report by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom that state revenue growth has slowed, meaning this year's legislative budget overspent by $81 million. The fact that budget-writers grew government faster than people's ability to pay for it now forces the state to cut public education funding and reduce the amount going to the retiree health care trust fund.
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Obituary: Lynn McCord Byars
web posted August 18, 2007
TRENTON – Mrs. Lynn McCord Byars, 41, wife of Robin Byars, of Hilton Dr., died Thursday August 16. Funeral Services will be held Sunday August 19 at 2 P.M. at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery.
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Death of Aiken man not hit and run, investigation continues
web posted August 18, 2007
AIKEN – The death of 23 year old Christopher Jordan, found on Mayfield Road has been classified as suspicious and injuries received were not consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The investigation into the death is continuing by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Trenton woman dies in single car crash (Photos)
web posted August 16, 2007
TRENTON – Lynn McCord Byars, 41, of Trenton, became the forth fatality this year in Edgefield County after a violent one car crash on Highway 121 near Ridge Recycling. 911 received the report of the crash just after 3 pm stating Byars had been ejected onto the roadway during the crash. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS arrived on the scene a short time later and called for the coroner to be notified.
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Merriwether man held after shooting incident
web posted August 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man is in jail after a shooting incident Wednesday night on Scenic Drive, off Moore Road. John Leslie Blackston, 52, of Scenic Drive was taken into custody after an ongoing dispute ended with at least one shot from a shot gun being fired towards another neighbor’s home while the wife was outside, police reports said.
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School Board Members Earn Recognition (Photo)
web posted August 17, 2007
COUNTY – Dr. Frank G. Roberson, Interim Superintendent ECSD recognized three board members at the August 14th meeting for completing one of six levels of training through the South Carolina School Boards Association Boardmanship Institute.
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$25 Registration fees explained
web posted August 17, 2007
COUNTY – With the hullabaloo being raised over the $25 registration fee in the Wandering Minds, EdgefieldDaily.com has received the use of the fees and the restrictions placed on the funds. The fees stays at the school the child is registered to attend and can only be used for “instructional needs” which covers a broad spectrum of uses.
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Editor's Column: A story I wish I never had to cover
A column by the Editor
web posted August 17, 2007
COLUMN – I cover a lot of wrecks, deaths, and even the rare murder in the course of doing my job. I have even had the occasion to cover wrecks that involved family members and friends. Thankfully in those cases everyone turned out to be safe or recovered from their injuries, until today. Lynn McCord Byars, 41, of Trenton, died on Thursday after a horrific crash on Highway 121. I grew up living next door to Lynn in Trenton on what is now called S.E. Diggs Road. This is a story I wish I never had to cover.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Unidentified man dies after hit and run in Aiken County
web posted August 17, 2007
AIKEN – An unidentified 23-year-old man was found after being struck by a vehicle on Mayfield Road, just off Highway 19 in Aiken County, around 6 am Thursday morning by a passing motorist. Aiken County EMS was called to the scene and rushed the injured man to MCG where he later died.
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Heat possibly responsible for worker collapse
web posted August 16, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A paving company worker had to be rushed to MCG in Augusta Wednesday afternoon after apparently being overcome by the 102-degree heat around 3:30. Merriwether First Responders arrived on the scene on Woodlawn Road and began treating the man while the ambulance was in route. Coworkers said the man suddenly began convulsing while atop a tractor.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Recreation consumes more than it provides
web posted August 16, 2007
OPINION – When the Edgefield County Council created the county recreation department it was said that the cost of the program would never exceed $60,000, and would actually be lower because the initial budget would be more than normal due to “start-up costs”. Since then funding for recreation has mushroomed into hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Many people question where the money goes, including some of the coaches.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor Sanford Issues Statement Upon Return from Troop Visit
web posted August 16, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford today issued the following statement upon his return from this past weekend's trip to Afghanistan with members of South Carolina's Congressional delegation. During the trip, the governor and Congressional leaders toured military bases, met with high-level Afghan and U.S. officials, and visited with members of the S.C National Guard 218th Enhanced Separate Brigade.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Eye-catching new Taser sparks controversy
web posted August 16, 2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Reuters) - It resembles a hand-held electric razor and is available in metallic pink, electric blue, titanium silver and black pearl. But it gives out a 50,000-volt jolt that short-circuits brain signals and momentarily incapacitates.
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Fire scorches dozens of acres in Trenton (Photos)
web posted August 15, 2007
TRENTON – As temperatures began to climb Tuesday morning, so did the flames from a brush fire that charred well over thirty acres in Trenton near H. E. Holmes Road on Highway 121. The Trenton Fire Department received the call shortly after 10:30 am and quickly called for reinforcements from the Edgefield Fire Department and the Forestry Service.
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Teachers kickoff school year (Photos)
web posted August 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – Tuesday was the first days of school, for teachers at least, as educators from across the county came to the 2007-2008 School Opening Session Assembly held at Strom Thurmond High School. With the gymnasium filled to capacity, Interim Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson told the teachers he was excited about the new school year and that he knew they would, “make a difference and effect change in education.”
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Federal Prison donates school supplies (Photos)
web posted August 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield Federal Correction Facility brought a carload of school supplies to the District Office on Tuesday and donated them to the Edgefield County School District. Included in the boxes were pens, notebook paper, crayons, folders, and book bags.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Over $4,000 in goods stolen from fuel facility
web posted August 15, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A newly installed ethanol fueling station in Merriwether was the scene of a burglary over the weekend with bandits making off with over $4,000 in electronics and tools from the small building at the location. According to police the door to the building was kicked open resulting in the doorjamb breaking.
EdgefieldDaily.com

McCormick Gold Rush Festival set for September 15
web posted August 15, 2007
PSA / MCCORMICK – The McCormick Gold Rush Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, in McCormick kicking off with a pancake breakfast starting at 7 am. The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce invites area residents to come enjoy the day panning for gold, touring the old gold mines, car show, crafts, vendors, food, and the parade.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Global warming Oops!: Red faces at NASA over climate-change blunder
In the United States, the calendar year 1998 ranked as the hottest of them all – until someone checked the math. After a Toronto skeptic tipped NASA this month to one flaw in its climate calculations, the U.S. agency ordered a full data review. Days later, it put out a revised list of all-time hottest years. The Dust Bowl year of 1934 now ranks as hottest ever in the U.S. – not 1998.
Off The Wall

Johnston Mayor to put pressure on County for additional recreational funds for all towns
Audio broadcast included in story
web posted August 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell stated Monday night at the Johnston Town Council meeting that he was not satisfied with the amount of recreation funds paid to the Town of Johnston. Campbell said he attended the Edgefield County Council meeting last week and intends on attending more in the coming months to address what he feels is a slighting of Johnston when it comes to funds for the library and recreation by the county.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Deputy injured in arrest of wanted man
web posted August 14, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured Sunday afternoon taking a wanted man into custody on Mt. Zion Road. Deputies were alerted to the location of Travis Bibbs, 25, and went to the location called in by family members. When they arrived they could hear someone inside but no one would come to the door. A short time later they were met by a family member of Mr. Bibbs’ saying he was at a home on the 700 block of Mt. Zion Road, “tearing up his house,” incident reports show.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor to Nominate Walldorf to Lead Budget and Control Board
web posted August 14, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford announced Monday his intention to nominate Chad Walldorf to lead the Budget and Control Board, as part of an effort to bring about much-needed reforms highlighted in the recent Government Efficiency and Accountability Review (GEAR).
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Town Council August meeting tackles multiple issues
web posted August 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their regular monthly meeting with no agenda items or business listed. Mayor Campbell opened the floor to public comments which drew two concerns from residents. The first was an unkept lot on Bland Avenue and the use of fireworks in the town after midnight. Mrs. Walker, of Johnston, said she would like to see Watson Park designated as a place for people to shoot fireworks so it does not create a problem for local residents.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Crime Blotter update delayed
web posted August 14, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Crime Blotter update has been delayed until Wednesday. EdgefieldDaily.com is trying to find charges of custody orders (pending charges) on some of those arrested. Those charges are felonies and resulted in the delay for accuracy. The entire list will be published on Wednesday.

REWARD!  Lost Female Chocolate Labrador Retreiver
web posted August 14, 2007
REWARD!  Lost Female Chocolate Labrador Retreiver in the Eureka, SC area.
Lost on August 1st, 2007.  She is almost 2 years old, and her name is
'Godiva'.  She was wearing a collar when lost.  Please call 803-649-5877 or
cell 803-215-8160.

Off The Wall: Skydiver plans head-first freefall from the edge of space in dizzying bid to break Mach 1
He will leap head-first from a weather balloon 25 miles above Earth and plummet at more than 1,000mph with only a parachute for company. He will face external temperatures of minus 100c while inside his carbon-fibre suit it will be a stifling 65c - almost 150 fahrenheit. And most amazing of all, Michel Fournier is actually looking forward to it.
Off The Wall

Preview of Republican Candidate Survey
web posted August 13, 2007
WEBNEWS – Below is a copy of the candidate survey sent to the six  Republican candidates seeking the nomination for the District 25 State Senate race. After careful review of the many questions proposed to the candidates by readers EdgefieldDaily.com chose the following to best represent the concerns of local voters. Seven of the ten questions came from reader submitted questions.
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New driver learns hard lesson (Photos)
web posted August 13, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen was uninjured after losing control of her car and rolling it after hitting an embankment on Currytown Road Sunday afternoon. Edgefield County 911 received the call at 5:06pm and dispatched Deputies, EMS, and the Highway Patrol to the scene.
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The lunatic fringe is at 10 percent and holding
By Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist

web posted August 13, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – One of the downsides of living in a free society is that the more sane among us too often find ourselves putting up with the crazies allowed to run free when they should be bouncing off of walls covered with foam padding.
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If Everything Just Had a Place
By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted August 13, 2007
COLUMN – One of the things I remember most about growing up was my father’s workshop. To a little boy it was a magical place filled with all sorts of temptations and toys. And while there may have been sawdust on the floor and projects on the workbench, there was organization to all the wonderful stuff that hung on the walls and filled the drawers.  There was one rule that kept all this in order—put things back where they go!
EdgefieldDaily.com

Heat wave continues: Heat Advisory
web posted August 11, 2007
COUNTY – A heat Advisory is in effect today for the entire County of Edgefield. Temperatures will reach between 100 and 104 degrees today and combined with high humidity levels heat indexes could reach anywhere between 108 and 113 degrees.
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Firefighters put to the test in record heat
web posted August 11, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – As temperatures reached 107 degrees on Friday area firefighters were called into action to battle two brush fires in Edgefield County. The larger of the two brought Trenton, County Line, and Merriwether Fire Departments to a fire on Nicholson Road, just off Bettis Academy Road shortly before 6 pm. As the fire spread Aiken County firefighters and the US Forestry Service were called to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Tri-America National Series Tour seeks volunteers
web posted August 11, 2007
ANDERSON – 400 triathletes from across the southeast will descend on Anderson to take part in the second stop of the TriAmerica National Series Tour August 25 and 26, 2007. This event will take place on the shores of Lake Hartwell at Darwin Wright Park. Volunteers are crucial to any safe, well organized event That’s why the Anderson CVB is looking for a few good men, women and their children to help us keep the wheels turning, legs kicking and feet pounding.
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S.C. Senate District 25 Candidates Invited to Taxpayers Forum
web posted August 11, 2007
AIKEN – When the S.C. Senate District 25 seat came open last month, concerned citizens recognized the need to elect to that office a person who will represent their values in the State House. "Among the values that people hold most dear is how elected officials spend their tax dollars," said Vicki Simons, spokeswoman for the Aiken County Taxpayers Association. "Voting on fiscal matters is one of the most important tasks that a State Senator does."
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Dodge joins as sponsor for Professional Rodeo in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted August 10, 2007
JOHNSTON – Grab your boots, chaps, and hats because the rodeo is coming to town. The Sandy Oaks Professional Rodeo will return to Edgefield County on October 27 and 28. “We had a good rodeo last year,“ Mrs. Quarles said, “It was fantastic. This year’s will be even bigger.” The rodeo is a International Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeo Mrs. Quarles said and that brings riders and participants from across the county and Canada.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Thursday night crash sends two to trauma unit (Photos)
web posted August 10, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A one car crash on Woodlawn Road sent a man and woman to the MCG Trauma Unit after their Pontiac Grand Am left the roadway and slammed backwards into the trees off the opposite side of the road. The crash occurred just inside the Edgefield County line just after 9 pm. The driver, a 21-year-old man, said three deer ran out in front of them and he swerved to avoid hitting the deer and lost control.
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Wanted sex offender arrested in Edgefield
web posted August 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A wanted sex offender was taken into custody Thursday evening around 7 pm. An observant Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Charles Dozier, 30, at the car wash in Edgefield as he and another man were washing a car. The deputy pulled up to the two men and identified Mr. Dozier. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center for booking. He remains in custody awaiting a bond hearing on Friday. Mr. Dozier was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender and had two other outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

Cyclist airlifted after being struck by car
web posted August 10, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A cyclist was airlifted to the MCG Trauma Unit after being struck by a vehicle just after 6 am Thursday on Stephens Road. The Merriwether Fire Department, Sheriff’s Deputies, and EMS arrived on the scene a short time later and began treating the injured rider. Due the amount of trauma the man suffered an AirMed helicopter was summoned to the scene to transport the rider.
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Planning Commission addresses nuisance ordinance, building heights
web posted August 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission met Thursday night and readdressed the nuisance ordinance that was approved last month. “I’m going to blame this on myself,” Zoning Administrator Guy Mueller said. Wording was accidentally omitted that left the ordinance with “no teeth” according to Mr. Mueller. “It wouldn’t have been any better than what we had.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Correction
web posted August 10, 2007
CORRECTION – Information received on the power outage in Merriwether Tuesday night has turned out to be inaccurate. The area affected was maintained by Aiken Electric Cooperative and not SCE&G. The power station located on Springhaven Drive went off line causing the power outage. We regret the information provided to us Tuesday night was in error. 

Corley discusses his platform in senate race (Photos)
web posted August 9, 2007
JOHNSTON – Republican Senate candidate Chris Corley was in Edgefield and Johnston Wednesday meeting with potential voters and explaining his platform. He sat down with EdgefieldDaily.com at the popular Triangle Restaurant. “One of planks is public education,” Mr. Corley said. “I don’t want to say that the public school system can’t work, but we do need to get in there and fix some things.” Mr. Corley said he is a product of the public school system as well as several family members.
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Sheriff's Office seeks Sex Offender (Photo)
web posted August 9, 2007
COUNTY - The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help as they are currently attempting to locate Charles Dozier, age 30, of Johnston, SC. Mr. Dozier is a Registered Sex Offender and has failed to notify the Sheriff’s Office of a change of his current address. Cpl. Robbie Harter with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office said Mr. Dozier also has outstanding warrants for his arrest for probation violation and failure to appear in court.
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Johnston home burglarized of over $4,000 in goods
web posted August 9, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man reported a break-in to his Robin Drive home that resulted in over $4,000 in property being taken from the home. Johnston Police arrived at the home and found the back door had been pried open with a crowbar to gain entry into the home. The person or persons went throughout the home taking dozens of items ranging from a computer to food in the freezer.
EdgefieldDaily.com

The Dog Days of Summer (Photo)
web posted August 9, 2007
JOHNSTON – It may be the “Dog Days of Summer”, but “Winnie the Dog” Coleman is definitely living “a dog’s life” as he is pictured enjoying laying back in an easy chair catching up on the news.
EdgefieldDaily.com

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham censured by Greenville GOP
GREENVILLE – Sen. Lindsey Graham defended his conservative credentials today in the wake of Monday night’s censure by the Greenville County Republican Executive Committee. The panel, made of representatives from each of the county’s precincts, censured Graham for continuing “to adamantly support legalization of illegal immigrants in spite of” thousands of communications of “strong opposition” from local grassroots Republicans.
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Off The Wall: 'Sexsomniac' cleared of raping girl in his sleep
An RAF mechanic who claimed he was sleepwalking when he had sex with a 15-year-old girl was cleared of rape yesterday. Senior Aircraftsman Kenneth Ecott, 26, broke down in tears after a jury took two hours to agree that he was not responsible for his actions.
Off The Wall

Heat wave continues: Heat Advisory
web posted August 8, 2007
COUNTY – A heat Advisory is in effect today for the entire County of Edgefield. Temperatures will reach between 103 and 104 degrees today and combined with high humidity levels heat indexes could reach anywhere between 110 and 113 degrees.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Six Republicans vie for nomination in senate race, three offer views on race
web posted August 8, 2007
STATE – With the filing date closed for the District 25 Senate seat the field of candidates has mushroomed to seven, six on the Republican side and Rep. Bill Clyburn capturing the Democratic nod with no challenger. The special election is the result of long-time Senator Tommy Moore (D-Clearwater) resigning his seat to take a lucrative job in the payday loan industry. 
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Merriwether residents left without power as temperatures soar
web posted August 8, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An increased drain of power due to the recent record high temperatures is said to have caused a widespread power outage affecting a large portion of Merriwether Tuesday afternoon and into the night. The affected area stretched from Currytown Road southward to the county line and north to Highway 25. As temperatures peaked the outage caused many in the area searching for a way to stay cool.
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County will rebuild building destroyed by fire in new location
web posted August 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Chances are Edgefield County will not rebuild the former Senior Citizens Council Building but will elect to build a new building at another location. John Jervey, Claims Manager for the South Carolina Counties Property and Liability Trust, was in Edgefield to explain the options available to the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night.
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Edgefield County Council approves purchase of new ambulance, credit card payment for taxes
web posted August 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their August meeting Tuesday night covering several items including the purchase of a new ambulance, offering credit card payments at the Treasurer’s Office, and the funding of an unfunded mandate from the state to upgrade computer programming for printing tax bills in the county to comply with the new school operations funds being removed from taxpayer’s property taxes.
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County Councilman Dorn rebukes Magistrates for closing office for lunch
web posted August 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn took the floor at the Edgefield County Council meeting Tuesday night to express his displeasure that the Magistrate’s Office closes for lunch each day while people are left “standing in 100-degree heat waiting on them to return from lunch.” Mr. Dorn said he did not understand why the entire office has to go to lunch at the same time and that no other county office closes for lunch.
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S.C. Commissioner’s School for Agriculture at Clemson Gives Students a Glimpse of College Life (Photo)
web posted August 8, 2007
CLEMSON – High school juniors and seniors from across South Carolina and the nation gathered at Clemson University for the 4th Annual South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture (SCCSA). The summer academic program is an intense, pre-college school that allows students a glimpse into the academic and career possibilities related to agriculture and natural resources.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Second Annual Piedmont Blues and Hash Bash set for October 13
web posted August 8, 2007
PSA -- The Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce announced today their plans for the Second Annual Piedmont Blues and Hash Bash. The event will be held on the Historic Abbeville Town Square, Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2007.  This event will celebrate two great South Carolina traditions; The Piedmont Blues and Good Ole Slow Cooked Barbeque and Hash. 
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Heat Advisory issued
web posted August 7, 2007
COUNTY – A heat Advisory is in effect today for the entire County of Edgefield. Temperatures will reach between 100 and 102 degrees today and combined with high humidity levels heat indexes could reach anywhere between 105 and 110 degrees. NOAA Officials caution that outdoor activities during such temperatures could result in heat related health issues including heat stroke that can lead to death.
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Edgefield Town Council informed of infant mortality rates in region
web posted August 7, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their August meeting Monday night with Visitor of the Month being Mrs. Jane Jones with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) discussing Infant Mortality rates for the surrounding area. “South Carolina is 46th in the nation in infant morality,” Mrs. Jones said adding that the Region 1 area*, which includes Edgefield County, “is tied for worst in the state.”
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New School District Employee Orientation Held (Photo)
web posted August 7, 2007
JOHNSTON -- New School District employees participated in an orientation session on Monday at the Edgefield County Public Schools District Office. Director of Human Resources, Shawn Clinkscales and staff worked with new employees preparing necessary paper work and going over policies and procedures. The new employees enjoyed lunch prepared by Melissa Jackson, Food Service Director and were joined by Administrative Staff. Dr. Frank Roberson, Interim Superintendent and Diane Murrell, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services addressed the new teachers.
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Gov. Sanford says DOT Reforms must be addressed before funding added
web posted August 7, 2007
COLUMBIA -- In light of several policy makers' calls for increasing South Carolinians' gas taxes, Gov. Mark Sanford reminded pro-tax leaders in the General Assembly Monday of the need to make sure every available dollar already budgeted for infrastructure is going toward its intended purpose before considering new funding streams.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Meet the Rebels tonight
web posted August 7, 2007
JOHNSTON – A rally to "Meet the Rebels" will be held tonight at Strom Thurmond High School at 6 pm. Come out and show your support for the Rebels as they kick off thier 2007-2008 season.

Arrest of N.C. man prompts further investigation
web posted August 7, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were running stationary radar on Augusta Road when a car ran off the side of the road almost striking another police car. Officers stopped the car and asked the driver for his paperwork. The officer also noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the car, police reports state. The officer gave the driver a field sobriety test which the driver passed. However, the reporting officer reported catching the North Carolina man in several inconsistent statements, including a claim that he was seeking a hospital for his “granddaughter” who was in the car with him.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stolen vehicle recovered
web posted August 7, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called police to report his S-10 pickup truck being stolen from his Lee Street home between 1:30 and 2:45 am on Sunday. Johnston police arrived a short time later and met with the owner who showed the officers another car, a Dodge Stratus, which was parked in the yard, had been struck when the truck was stolen. The owner said the truck had no tag and no gas in the tank.
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Trenton woman witnesses theft of $1,500 lawn tractor
web posted August 7, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report two suspicious white males knocking on the door of her Woodward Lake Road home just before 6 pm Saturday. The woman told deputies that the two men were knocking on her front and back doors but she would not answer. A short time later they were observed going to a neighboring property and continuing to act suspiciously.
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Two injured in Sunday collision (Photos)
web posted August 6, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An early morning two-car crash sent two men to the MCG Trauma Center Sunday. Just before 9 am the Merriwether Fire Department, EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Highway Patrol were called to the scene at the intersection of Martintown and Garrett Roads where a Chevrolet Blazer lay on its side after striking a Chevrolet Malibu.
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Fire destroys car after crash (Photo)
web posted August 6, 2007
SALUDA – A single car crash near Johnston brought the Saluda Fire Department and Saluda EMS racing to the scene after the car involved was consumed by fire. The crash took place just inside the Saluda County Line on Highway 121 shortly before 3 pm Saturday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Submit your question for a District 25 Senate candidate survey
web posted August 6, 2007
WEBNEWS – The deadline for filing as a candidate in the District 25 senate seat left vacant by Tommy Moore’s resignation comes today at noon and the field of candidates has grown to four so far. Rep. Bill Clyburn is the lone Democrat filing in the race, joining three seeking the Republican nomination. Shane Massey from Edgefield, Bill Hixon from Merriwether, and Jack Montgomery of North Augusta. EdgefieldDaily.com will be sending all candidates a questionnaire for publishing in the coming week. Do you have a question you would like asked? Then we want to hear from you.
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STH Class of 1987 to hold 20 year Reunion
web posted August 6, 2007
PSA – The Strom Thurmond Class of 1987 will be holding their twenty-year reunion on September 21 & 22, 2007. Deadline for registration is August 30. Reminisce, dance, eat, and enjoy catching up with old friends.  
EdgefieldDaily.com

So you think you know everything?
web posted August 6, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Better Business Bureau offers tips: Improving Your Credit Score
web posted August 6, 2007
PSA – Are you one of the more than 30 million people in the U.S. with a low credit score (below 620) making it difficult to obtain loans and credit cards? The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has advice on how you can improve your credit score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

German Government Publication Promotes Incestuous Pedophilia as Healthy Sex Ed
web posted August 6, 2007
(LifeSiteNews.com) - Booklets from a subsidiary of the German government's Ministry for Family Affairs encourage parents to sexually massage their children as young as 1 to 3 years of age. "Fathers do not devote enough attention to the clitoris and vagina of their daughters. Their caresses too seldom pertain to these regions, while this is the only way the girls can develop a sense of pride in their sex," reads the booklet regarding 1-3 year olds.  The authors rationalize, "The child touches all parts of their father's body, sometimes arousing him. The father should do the same."
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Off The Wall: Exotic dancer saves client with CPR
web posted August 6, 2007
PORT ST. LUCIE -- - A 25-year-old exotic dancer is being called a "hero" after performing CPR on a client who apparently stopped breathing during one of her performances, police said Friday.
Off The Wall

Five injured in near head-on crash Friday (Photos)
web posted August 4, 2007
TRENTON – A neat head-on crash left five people injured Friday evening bringing the Trenton Fire Department, Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Highway Patrol to the scene on Highway 19 near Blackberry Lane.  A Ford Explorer traveling west on Highway 19 left the side of the road and struck a stop and road sign at Blackberry Lane. The driver said he “snatched” the SUV back onto the roadway and then struck a Honda Accord that was traveling east.
EdgefieldDaily.com

One that didn't get away (Photo)
web posted August 4, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Ashley Morgan, of Merriwether, shows off one fish that didn’t get away. While fishing with friends at Clarks Hill Lake Mr. Morgan said he hooked the near 40-pound catfish in shallow waters near the Fort Gordon Recreation area. “I fought him forever,” Mr. Morgan said. Once the fish was near the shore a friend entered the water and grabbed the fish to land him.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Tax-free weekend for school supplies is here
web posted August 4, 2007
COUNTY – It is time for local children to head back to school on August 20 and the trips to local stores to purchase the increasing amount of required school supplies is upon us. To help alleviate the rising cost of educating children the states of South Carolina and Georgia provide for a tax free weekend for school supplies, clothing, computers, and other essentials.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County School supply lists
web posted August 4, 2007
COUNTY -- With the Tax-free weekend for school supplies, EdgefieldDaily.com has the compete list of supplies listed by school.
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Governor says Treasurer Vote Makes "Mockery of Electoral Process"
web posted August 4, 2007
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina General Assembly met on Friday and named Rep. Converse Chellis, R-Summerville as the new Treasurer, much to the chagrin of Gov. Mark Sanford.  Sanford made it clear he wanted someone from outside of the General Assembly to be tapped for the position. Many in the Assembly agreed saying the process leaves out the voters and prevents citizens from being eligible for the elected office. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel resigned last week under a federal indictment for drug charges.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Premier Surgical Services PA Pioneers Intact Breast Lesion Excision System in Greenwood
web posted August 4, 2007
GREENWOOD – Dr. Edward J. Rapp II of Premier Surgical Services PA is proud to announce it is one of 80 locations nationwide to offer the Intact® Breast Lesion Excision System (BLES), eliminating many surgical biopsies. The image-guided, minimally-invasive biopsy procedure allows for a slender wand to be inserted through a small incision in the breast to remove an intact sample of suspicious tissue for analysis.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Congressman gives up first class ticket to soldier stranded at airport (Photo)
web posted August 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County native and Strom Thurmond graduate now in the military finds himself at the center of a national news story that all stems from the kindness of a fellow traveler. Pvt. 1st Class Zeb Blackledge was waiting with other displaced travelers for a flight out of the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport when a gentleman gave his first class ticket to the weary soldier trying to get home. That gentleman turned out to be Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. “It was the nicest thing anyone has done,” Blackledge’s mother, Nora Koreck of Edgefield, said.
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TSA, harassing soldiers not terrorists
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 3, 2007
COLUMN – Reports on EdgefieldDaily.com are a bit thin today because I spent my day in Columbia waiting on my wife to return from a business trip in New York. Her flight was scheduled to arrive at 12:40 pm but did not arrive until almost 2 pm. As I sat waiting at the entrance to the terminal I had the opportunity to observe the fine men and women working with the TSA as they harassed travelers trying to board their flights.
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EdgefieldDaily.com sets all-time records in July
web posted August 2, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has set all time monthly records, and for the first time during the summer, nearing one million hits a month.  According to statistics, EdgefieldDaily.com recorded 940,329 hits for the month of July and the numbers continue to climb. “When we founded EdgefieldDaily.com one million hits a month was not even on our radar,” Editor and Publisher Roy Blackwell said. “Not only is one million hits a month obtainable at this point, but two million a month is now a goal set to be reached by the end of 2007.”
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Senate District 25 Candidates to face Taxpayers from Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda Counties
web posted August 2, 2007
AIKEN –For the first time in more than 25 years, the seat for S.C. Senate District 25 is open with no incumbent. The district is composed of all of Edgefield County and parts of Aiken, McCormick and Saluda counties. Since part of Aiken County is in Senate District 25 and since there are only 46 Senate seats in the state, members of the Aiken County Taxpayers Association recognize the importance of learning candidates' positions on fiscal matters.
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One injured in midday crash in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted August 2, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A two-car collision stalled traffic on Martintown Road and sent one woman to the hospital with complaints of back pain just after noon Wednesday. A woman traveling west on Martintown Road slowed to make a right turn into a hairstylist when another woman, also traveling west, slammed into the rear of her car.
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Lexington couple held in Alabama faces local felony charges
web posted August 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A report of a stolen wallet from a car on Ruby Road on July 20 has led to the arrest of a Lexington South Carolina couple by Alabama Police. Authorities said the couple is facing possible felony charges in Edgefield and Lexington Counties in South Carolina, as well facing felony charges in Fayetteville, Alabama, where they remain in custody.
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Snake, rattle, and whoa!
web posted August 2, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Greg Hurt is shown with a timber rattlesnake he said he was just one-step away from stepping on Wednesday afternoon. The more than four-foot rattlesnake was dispensed of quickly by Mr. Hurt. The snake had four rattles and one button. Mr. Hurt said he runs into a fair number of snakes while inspecting property his timber company is working on. “People need to watch out,” Mr. Hurt warned. You can click on the picture for a larger view.

Stolen car recovered within one hour, investigation continues
web posted August 2, 2007
COUNTY LINE – A Merriwether woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report her car stolen from the parking lot of a manufacturing company on Highway 25 Tuesday evening. The woman told deputies she allowed her son to drive the car to work and later received a call telling her it had been stolen. Witnesses stated they observed a white woman and a black male enter the parking lot and the black male get into the car and drive away.
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Two make off with $2,500 in chainsaws
web posted August 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Over $2,500 in chainsaws and tools were stolen from a tree service company truck early Wednesday morning as the truck was parked at the Northside BP station on Highway 25 in Edgefield. When workers arrived one of the trucks had a side compartment open and saws missing. Police have determined the theft occurred around 3 am.
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NOTICE: County Youth Football and Cheerleading registration opens this week
web posted August 2 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Youth Football League will be holding registration for football and cheerleading starting this week. The youth program is for youths 6 to 12 years of age and September is the cut-off date. The dates for registration are Saturdays August 4, 11, and 18. The cost is $60 per child.
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LOST: Pit bull, three puppies in Merriwether area
web posted August 2, 2007
MISSING PETS – A pit bull mix dog and three puppies are missing from the 200 block of Mealing Road in Merriwether. The female pit bull is brindle with a white patch on her chest. The three puppies, one brindle and white, one white with tan spots, and the third white with reddish spots were last seen in the area. Please call 803- 508- 2820 with information. The number is a local call from the Merriwether area.

Dignitaries help in groundbreaking of Senior Citizen's Complex (Photos)
web posted August 1, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Local and area dignitaries were in Edgefield Tuesday morning for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council (ECSCC) Complex on Center Springs Road next to W. E. Parker Elementary School. Roger Timpson, ECSCC Chairman, said the new building was a dream that has turned into a reality – and none too soon with the former building recently being destroyed by fire. The new complex was already in the works before the fire Timpson said.
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Governor Sanford Makes Endorsements for Treasurer
web posted August 1, 2007
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Mark Sanford called on the General Assembly Tuesday to look outside of its ranks to find a qualified, reform-minded Treasurer who will be committed to continuing reform of the Budget and Control Board and of the Treasurer's office. In doing so, the governor asked the legislature to select Charleston County Council Chairman Tim Scott for Treasurer. If elected, Scott - a financial services professional and longtime chairman of the Council - would become the state's first black constitutional office holder since Reconstruction. In addition, Gov. Sanford said that if the General Assembly opts to choose a new Treasurer from within its own ranks, his endorsement would go to Senator Greg Ryberg.
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Strom Thurmond FFA to hold fundraiser
web posted August 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – Hugh Bland and Dan Henderson, advisors of the Strom Thurmond FFA Chapter, are excited to invite you to the first annual FFA/Fulfill A Dream fundraising event. The event will be held on August 28th at Strom Thurmond High School.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 
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School registration dates and times
web posted August 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District has released the dates for registration to area schools. Dates and times are listed by school and grade.
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God's Little Angels program has openings
web posted August 1, 2007
PSA – God's Little Angels at Edgefield First Baptist Church has a few openings for the 3-year-old preschool afternoon class from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Tuesdays
and Thursdays for the upcoming school year; classes begin August 20, 2007. 
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Cops Find 9 Adopted Kids Handcuffed, Starved
web posted August 1, 2007
Nine adults and teenagers were held captive, abused and starved by their adoptive Florida mother for as long as 15 years, authorities tell ABC News. Judith Leekin, 62, allegedly duped four different New York City adoption agencies into allowing her to adopt 11 children, all of whom authorities believe she later abused.
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