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August 2008 Archive

Woman pulls son from pool, then drowns 
EdgefieldDaily.com exclusive on scene coverage and photo
web posted August 29, 2008 8:05 pm
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies, and North Augusta Police Officers rushed to a home on the 600 block of Whitewood Way in the Oak Creek subdivision with a report of a woman drowning in a backyard pool just before 5 pm. When the first officer’s arrived on the scene they found the woman face down in the near empty pool.
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Johnston man cleared of sexual assault charge two weeks ago arrested again (Photo)
web posted August 30, 2008
GREENWOOD – A Johnston man cleared just weeks ago on a charge of luring a six-year-old girl into his Chevrolet Suburban in North Augusta and allegedly sexually assaulting her has been arrested again, this time in Greenwood. Joe Lewis Butler Jr., 37, of Slide Hill Road in Johnston, was arrested by Greenwood Authorities after he allegedly tried to entice three young children, a boy and his two sisters between the ages of 7 and 10 years, into the very same Suburban.
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Letter to the Editor:
Obama speech spectacular? "Not so much!"
web posted August 30, 2008
Senator Obama’s acceptance speech at Denver’s Mile High Stadium was quite spectacular. After watching it I couldn’t help thinking I had seen this performance someplace before. It was the movie “Chicago”. Richard Gere as ‘Billy’ has some advice for Roxie.
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Strom Thurmond 49 Ridge Spring Monetta 12
web posted August 29, 2008  9:27 pm
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond improves to 2-0 for the season with a resounding defeat of Ridge Spring Monetta Friday night by a score of 49-12. Read the full recap of the game Monday.

Strom Thurmond at RSM game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted August 29, 2008
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Ridge Spring Monetta 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 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

Copper thieves target high voltage sub-stations
web posted August 29, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Copper thieves continue to strike in the county, but some copper thieves seem to be targeting what could be an extremely dangerous target, sub-stations belonging to the Aiken Electric Co-operative. Dozens of the fenced in high voltage sub-stations have already been targeted and the most recent was this week on Sweetwater Road.
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Safety Checkpoints will continue throughout the Labor Day weekend
web posted August 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Labor Day is coming and with lower gas prices there are expected to be more people on the roads. Statistically that rise in numbers also increases the number of those who drink and drive. To prevent another tragic death such as the one the county suffered last weekend, Edgefield Police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol have been setting up safety checkpoints in Edgefield for the last week. “We’re going to be continuing the checkpoints this weekend,” Edgefield Police Cpl. Michael Butts said Thursday.
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Closings for Labor Day, Monday September 1
web posted August 29, 2008
COUNTY – The following offices will be closed on Monday September 1 in observance of Labor Day.
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Frances Street home found burglarized
web posted August 29, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether resident arrived home Wednesday afternoon to discover his home on the 500 block of Frances Street had been broken into and called the Sheriff’s Office. The man told the first deputy to arrive that he left his home that morning around 6:30 and when he arrived back at 6:45 that afternoon he noticed the screen door cut and the front door pried open.
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MEG’s House Fall Re-Sale Store Promotion
web posted August 29, 2008
PSA – MEG’s House Re-Sale announces our Fall Re-Sale Store sale. During the month of September when you purchase a concert ticket for An Evening with the Fantastic Shakers at the Greenwood Civic Center on October 2, 2008, you get $ 30.00 worth of free stuff. What a deal…purchase a tax deductible $25.00 ticket and get $30.00 of free stuff. In addition, your name will be entered to win a free ticket to the concert. Anything that you want from the selection of clothing, shoes, household items, books, and toys.
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School bus narrowly missed in crash (Photos)
web posted August 28, 2008
TRENTON – A bus load of young children on their way home from school Wednesday afternoon escaped being involved in a crash with two dump trucks as the bus slowed to make a stop on Pine House Road. The two dump trucks did not fare as well.
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Ghost Cats of the South; Lighthearted, appealing, and a local connection (Photo)
EdgefieldDaily.com chosen by Publisher to review book before distribution
web posted August 28, 2008
EDGEFIELD – EdgefieldDaily.com was selected to review a newly published book by Randy Russell, Ghost Cats of the South, and it delivered everything promised and then some. The Chapter “Cat Shine”, which relates to Edgefield shortly after the War Between the States, involves many well-known historical figures and even includes a mention of the Town of Trenton.
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Merriwether man wakes to find $28,000 truck gone
web posted August 28, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Murrah Road man called the Sheriff’s Office early Tuesday morning to report his white 2006 Nissan Frontier truck missing. The last time the truck was seen was around 10:30 pm the night before and was found missing at 5:20 Tuesday morning.
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Letter to the Editor:  Congressional Candidate says "Attention Must Be Paid" to women
web posted August 28, 2008
Dear Editor,
Anyone elected to represent the citizens of South Carolina in Congress must take into consideration the needs and wants of the women voters who elected that Representative to office. J. Gresham Barrett has proved himself disconnected from the wants and needs of the women in his district. Just one month ago on July 31st he voted against HR1338 requiring equal pay for equal work for both sexes, proving he is out of touch with the women voters who elected him. Last year he voted against HR2764 that would permit a woman to breastfeed her child on federal property. Fortunately, the President signed HR2764.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: Final Registration for Edgefield County Youth Soccer Association fall season to be held this Saturday
web posted August 28, 2008
COUNTY – Registration for the Edgefield County Youth Soccer Association fall season ends this weekend.  On site registration will be available from 10 am - noon on August 30 at the Edgefield County Soccer Complex in Edgefield. Registrations must be received by September 3rd. Registration fee is $40.00.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lost Dogs: Johnston
web posted August 28, 2008
JOHNSTON – We are missing a black and tan beagle mix and a blond terrier mix from the Weaver Road/Bland Baptist Road area in Johnston. Please call 803-480-0024 if you have seen them!

Strom Thurmond High School 2008 Seniors Remain Above National Average on SAT Math Component
web posted August 26, 2008
COUNTY – The 2008 SAT scores have been released by the State Department of Education and College Board. This is the third year for data from the newly redesigned SAT which now includes a writing section, tougher math problems and more reading analysis. It takes 45 minutes longer, a total of nearly five hours, including breaks, to complete the test.
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5th Annual Celebration of Success Banquet
web posted August 26, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce and The Edgefield County School District will sponsor the Fifth Annual Celebration of Success Banquet on September 2, 2008. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Ridge Country Club.
Dr. Jim Rex, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education will be the key note speaker.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Back to School Supply Drives Are Appreciated (Photos)
web posted August 26, 2008
COUNTY – Organizations and citizens have been overwhelmingly supportive of the various Back to School Supply Drives around the county. The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce received over $1,000 and had 15 individuals bringing in supplies. This was the first year that the Chamber promoted the Fill-A-Bus project. The bus made stops in Edgefield, Johnston, Trenton, Bi-Lo and had a stop scheduled at Toner Charger in the Merriwether area; which ended canceled due to rain.
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Time of reckoning for inaccurate county records draws near
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 27, 2008
COLUMN – I have remained relatively quiet on the near seven-minute tirade by Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn at the monthly public meeting on July 1. During his near seven-minute rant he called me a “liar” and a “crook” more than once and is on record doing so, it is just not part of the “official record”. I remained quiet because I wanted to allow the full Edgefield County Council, Clerk to Council, and the Administrator ample time to produce their version of the meeting, vote on it, and then publish their “official record”. It was no surprise that the “official” record omits the entire portion of the meeting containing the attack.
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EIA Grants Received By Local Schools
web posted August 26, 2008
COUNTY – Four Edgefield County Schools are listed among schools from around that state that have been approved for EIA Teacher Awards. The schools receiving the awards are: Johnston Elementary-recipient Kay Campbell, Project: Living History in the amount of $1,999; JET Middle School-recipient Debbie Courtney, Project: CSI-Character Seen Inaction in the amount of $5,400; Strom Thurmond High School-recipient Sandra Gladden, Project-Seeing is Believing in the amount of $1,875 and W. E. Parker Elementary-recipient Angela McLaurin, Project Polish and Publish!, in the amount of $1,998.
EdgefieldDaily.com

This week around the region
By: Tim Crane
web posted August 26, 2008
SPORTS – Week 1 of South Carolina High School Football has arrived and now things are in full swing across the state.  Last week the Rebels shut out a solid Chapin team and this week they look to improve on their 1-0 record, as they take on the Mighty Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta High. Last weeks Chapin game can be used, somewhat, as a measuring stick going into region play because the Eagles play three other Region III teams; Gilbert, Newberry and Mid Carolina.
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Games of Interest Around the State
Week 1- 8/29
By Tim Crane
web posted August 26, 2008
COUNTY – Games of Interest Around the State.
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“The day our world changed” (Photos)
web posted August 26, 2008
TRENTON – It is 2 am in the morning and the phone rings. On the other end of the line are frantic teens telling parents Steve and Robin Faulkner of Jacob-McKie Road that their son, Shaun, had been in a wreck. At first it was believed to be a simple wreck and nothing major until Mrs. Faulkner arrived on the scene. “That was the day our world changed,” she said recounting what she saw when she arrived. Shaun was rushed to the MCG Trauma Unit and was not expected to live. “Shaun coded (heart stopped) as he was wheeled into the emergency room,” Mrs. Faulkner said. After months in critical condition in a drug educed coma, countless surgeries, and continuing therapy, Shaun is still recovering a year later. “Have all those young people that came and cried at the trauma unit with us all those months learned anything?” she asked rhetorically, “No.”
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Missing tractor-trailer and cargo found abandoned in Johnston
web posted August 26, 2008
JOHNSTON – The owner of a Edgefield County trucking company reported one of his big rigs missing after the driver failed to return from a delivery on Wednesday. The owner of the company alerted the Sheriff’s Office of the missing $75,000 truck and its $10,000 cargo on Saturday.
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Stolen vehicle found burned in Aiken County
web posted August 26, 2008
TRENTON – Early Sunday morning Edgefield County Deputies contacted a Trenton man to inquire about a car found in Aiken County burned and completely destroyed. The Courtney Road man was alerted by deputies around 4:20 am Sunday about the car being found. The Trenton man told deputies he arrived home around 8 pm Saturday night and the car was in still in his back yard.
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Edgefield County Alliance to meet Sept. 8, public invited to attend
web posted August 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The next meeting of the Edgefield County Alliance will be held at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus, Monday September 8th beginning at 7:30 am. Light refreshments will be served compliments of Piedmont Tech.
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Discoverer of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley drops lawsuit over discovery
web posted August 26, 2008
CHARLESTON, SC – In a move signaling an end to over a decade of legal and public conflict, famed explorer and author Clive Cussler instructed his legal team to request dismissal of a lawsuit against discredited fortune hunter Lee Spence on Friday. A motion for voluntary dismissal was filed in federal court with the District of South Carolina, Charleston division.
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Rebels clip Eagles wings in 24-0 shut-out
Sports: Tim Crane
web posted August 25, 2008
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Rebels opened the season on a good note, in bad weather.  Tropical Storm Fay, made her presence felt in Edgefield County as she delivered some much needed rain to the area.  In spite of the rain, The Fighting Rebels went on to shut Chapin out for the 3rd time in their 5 meetings.
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Three injured in another Briggs Road crash Sunday (Photos)
web posted August 25, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Three people were injured Sunday afternoon when three Merriwether men were traveling west on Briggs Road and the driver ran off the road and struck several trees before rolling the Chevrolet Silverado on its side. All traffic on Briggs Road was closed as Merriwether Firefighters, First Responders, and EMS workers treated the injured men, one who was still inside the overturned truck.
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Friday night sexual assault suspect captured (Photo)
web posted August 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A man that led police on a chase that began around midnight on W. A. Reel Drive and then southbound on Highway 25 past Trenton until officers broke off the pursuit near Bettis Academy on Friday night has been taken into custody. Stanley Arthur Quimby, 47, was arrested by Aiken County Deputies Sunday and turned over to Edgefield Police Officers a short time later. He is currently being held on a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree with several other charges pending.
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September Birthday - Anniversary cake winner to be drawn this week; get your loved one entered now
web posted August 25, 2008
WEBNEWS – The September winner of the drawing for a cake from Jari's Bakery will be selected this week. Simply send in a birthday or anniversary wish to your loved one and automatically enter them into our drawing. October wishes are also being accepted at this time.

Letter to the Editor: Writer wants "changes for the better" in education
web posted August 25, 2008
Dear Editor:
Another school year is upon us.  With this comes the constant talk about school taxes, expenses, conditions, teachers’ pay rates, teachers’ experiences and backgrounds, student-to-school populations, and students’ abilities to learn, comprehend, and retain. I know that is a mouth full, but I still don’t believe that I have mentioned all that is associated with and controversial about yet another school year!
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Find what you need 24/7 on EdgefieldDaily.com
web posted August 25, 2008
WEBNEWS – Need wedding pictures, landscaping, or others services? Just click on Edgefield County’s only Online Business Directory and find what you are looking for when you need it 24-hours a day. Want to sell your personal items, advertise a yard sale, or find employment – EdgefieldDaily.com has the only free Classified Listing available online. Click on our premiere advertisers banner ads above and beside the pages. They make your daily news free.

National Shag Dance Champions to Hold Workshop in Saluda (Photo)
web posted August 25, 2008
SALUDA – Bill and Brenda Barber are known nation wide for their great shag dance style which has won them numerous titles across the country including the 2008 National Shag Dance Champions. Teaching since 1989, the two residents of Myrtle Beach will travel to Saluda on September 7th for a teaching workshop at Palmetto Dance Academy from 2-5 pm. 
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Former Ranking Democrat sues: Obama not an American
Calls on Federal Election Commission to block nomination
web posted August 25, 2008
NATIONAL – Philip J. Berg, a former member of Pennsylvania's Democratic State Committee and former deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, filed the lawsuit this week in U.S District Court, asking the court to declare Obama ineligible for the presidency and to prevent him from running for the position.
WND.com

Johnston man charged in fatality (Photo)
web posted August 22, 2008 2:05 pm  Updated 4:49 pm
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has been charged with DUI after hitting Ora Mae Coleman, 47, of Trenton as she walked along McCrieght Road around 2 am Saturday morning. Daniel Robert Fraley, 23, was driving a white Chevy Camaro that was said to have drifted off the road a short distance before striking Ms. Coleman, killing her instantly. Both were heading towards Johnston at the time of the crash.
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Aiken man dies in single car crash Saturday morning
web posted August 22, 2008 2:25 pm
AIKEN – A 22-year-old Aiken man was killed in a single car crash on Silver Bluff Road near 3 Jennifer Drive early Saturday morning Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. Brendan Ryan Wilson of 1207 Gray Mare Hollow Rd. was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner Carlton said it was alleged that Mr. Wilson was being chased by the Aiken Department of Public Safety for failing to stop for blue lights at the time of the crash.
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Pedestrian becomes fifth fatality on Edgefield County Roads Saturday morning
web posted August 22, 2008
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County suffered its fifth traffic fatality early Saturday morning when a pedestrian was struck and killed by a motorist on McCreight Road near Singing Tree Lane. The report came in to 911 dispatchers just after 2 am and a Johnston Police Officer arrived on the scene minutes later and called for Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett to be notified.
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Strom Thurmond 24 Chapin 0
web posted August 22, 2008
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels win their opening game for the season against Chapin with a shut out score of 24-0. Full coverage of the game on will be available Monday. A full listing of scores of interest across the state and region is available in the Sports Section.
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Man almost hits police, rolls vehicle, then leads officers on chase before escaping
web posted August 22, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police Officers on a routine traffic stop were nearly run over by a man fleeing a disturbance on W. A. Reel Drive just before midnight Friday. According to available information, the man rolled the 1989 Jeep vehicle, landing upright, and then fled the area with police in pursuit.
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Owner of pit bull cited in most recent dog attack
web posted August 22, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Ryan Ranch Court man was alerted to trouble in his yard when he heard the “yelps” of the family’s “Corkie” around 7:30 Thursday evening. When he ran outside he found a neighbor’s pit bull holding his dog by the throat.
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Westobou Festival opens with Encore Presentation of The Three Faces of Eve
web posted August 22, 2008
AUGUSTA – The boards of two of Augusta’s historic theaters, the Imperial and the Miller, have announced an encore to last year’s popular celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the World Premiere of The Three Faces of Eve, based on the true story of Edgefield, South Carolina resident Chris Costner Sizemore and her battle with Multiple Personality Disorder. Scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2008, the anniversary event will be marked by tours of the Miller, which is currently undergoing renovation, and a screening of the Academy Award © winning film at the Imperial.  The Miller Theatre was the site of the September 18, 1957 World Premiere of The Three Faces of Eve—the only time that such an event has been held in the city of Augusta. 
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Opinion: Some Questions About the messiah
By Carl Langley
web posted August 22, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – It is time for some commentary that will serve as a guide for those of you who will be heading out to vote in November. So, I draw your attention to Barack Obama, a mystery nominee for the nation’s highest office if there ever was one.
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Strom Thurmond vs Chapin game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted August 22, 2008
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Chapin 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 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

Governor: Legislature Should Make Targeted Cuts
web posted August 22, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford visited state law enforcement agencies in Florence, Charleston and Greenville on Thursday to again urge state lawmakers to not cut all agencies equally, and instead to make targeted cuts in the face of declining state revenues.
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Premier Surgical Services, P.A. Among First to Offer Realize Personalized Banding Solution (Photo)
web posted August 22, 2008
GREENWOOD – Premier Surgical Services, P.A. is among the first in South Carolina to offer the Realize™ Adjustable Gastric Band, a device that is surgically implanted around the stomach to help people with morbid obesity lose weight and improve or resolve obesity-related health conditions including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol.
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Former Redskins Star to Address Hospital Foundation Donors (Photo)
web posted August 21, 2008
GREENWOOD – The most successful quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins is coming to Greenwood in October. Joe Theismann, who led the NFL team to a Super Bowl win over Miami in 1982, will be guest speaker for the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s 2008 Madame Curie Society Dinner. The football star will share his experiences with Foundation patrons at the Oct. 20 event, which will be held on the campus of Piedmont Technical College. The Madame Curie Society Dinner recognizes patrons who give $1,000 or more to the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation during the year.
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County records: County Councilman Dorn's July alleged slanderous tirade never happened
web posted August 21, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council’s officially recorded minutes of the July 1, 2008, County Council meeting approved by the Edgefield County Council earlier this month and posted online seems to be missing a very volatile portion of what took place at the meeting. According to the official minutes, Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn’s alleged seven-minute slanderous attack on the Editor of EdgefieldDaily.com never happened.
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Merriwether morns loss of community matriarch Eula Sanders
web posted August 21, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Community is morning the loss of a matriarch this week. Mrs. Eula Mae Lanier Sanders passed away Monday and the family will receive visitors today at 10 am at the Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church prior to the burial at 11 am. “Mrs. Eula” was loved by all in the community and her passing will leave a great void in hearts of many. The family requests flowers be omitted and contributions please be made to the Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, 1850 W. Martintown Rd., North Augusta, S.C. 29860.
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Edgefield listed in new book, “Ghost Cats of the South”
web posted August 21, 2008
EDGEFIELD – You may have heard about Oscar, the cat that makes rounds in a Rhode Island nursing home, just like the doctors. When Oscar senses an elderly resident is near death, he curls up in bed with that person. Sure enough, within a few hours, the resident is gone. Oscar has proven so accurate over the years that staff members now call residents’ families when the cat begins his vigils, to give them advance notice of their loved ones’ deaths.
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Loud radio leads to arrests, drugs and gun seized
web posted August 21, 2008
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Deputy on patrol around noon Tuesday seeking a suspect in an unrelated incident heard very loud music coming from a home on the 100 block of McCain Road. The deputy knocked on the door to inform the person about the noise ordinance and was invited inside while the young woman turned the music down. Once inside the deputy saw drugs on a table which has led to three being arrested on drug charges.
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Johnston man discovers bullet holes in home
web posted August 21, 2008
JOHNSTON – A May Street resident arrived at his home late Monday night and discovered a bullet hole in his front door. Once inside the home the man found a bullet hole in the living room wall and notified Johnston Police.
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County Adult Education offering Basic Computer classes
web posted August 21, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – Edgefield County Adult Education will offer Basic Computer
classes at various locations throughout the county beginning September 8. Call 275-1788, ext. 23 to register. Cost for the class is $35.00

Governor to Discuss Budget Cuts in Florence, Charleston, Upstate
web posted August 21, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford will visit state law enforcement agencies in three counties today to talk about the importance of the legislature making targeted budget cuts instead of cutting all state agencies' budgets across the board as the state Budget and Control Board has decided to do.
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Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrests (Photo)
web posted August 20, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on Tuesday detailing arrests for drug activity in Edgefield County. Two of those arrested were the result of an undercover narcotics operation and a third was the result of an anonymous tip.
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3 Moms form group to raise funds for 2 year old girl
web posted August 20, 2008
MERRIWETHER – This is a fund raiser unlike any held in this area before.  Three moms were touched by the story of Paris Marchant, a two year old girl and one of twins, both of whom were struck with critical cases of influenza last February; however, Paris had a double strain of flu which attacked her lungs, shutting them down and forcing her to be flown to Columbia and then to Medical University of SC at Charleston for their ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) . 
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Making state government open for you
By: SC Sen. Shane Massey
web posted August 20, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – I’m a big fan of the Olympics, but this isn’t a column about those exciting games in Beijing. My thoughts today are about an Olympic-sized gap in the openness of state government.  I want to close that gap, and taking this step will continue our effort to shake things up in Columbia.
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The Pre-game matchup: Strom Thurmond Rebels face off against Chapin Friday
By: Tim Crane : Sports
web posted August 20, 2008

COUNTY – Another year of Strom Thurmond Football has arrived. This year the Rebels drop down to Class AA and enter the extremely competitive Region 3.  As usual, Strom Thurmond has a tough pre-region schedule, which will prepare the Rebels for region play. Playing up prepares the team for a region title run and allows no false sense of security. You will know what you have after the first 5 games against Chapin, Ridge Spring, North Augusta, South Aiken, and Silver Bluff.
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Games of Interest Around the State- Week 0- 8/22
web posted August 20, 2008
COUNTY – Below are the games of interest around the state for Week 0 of the foorball season.
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Strom Thurmond High School Rebel Regiment performs for parents and visitors last Thursday
web posted August 20, 2008
JOHNSTON - Parents and other interested individuals had an opportunity last Thursday to see what members of the Strom Thurmond High School marching band have been up to for the past five weeks.
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School begins today: Watch that Child
web posted August 18, 2008
COUNTY – All Edgefield County District Schools will begin classes today and EdgefieldDaily.com reminds readers to be prepared for school bus traffic and students waiting at bus stops as the school year begins. Please be aware of children on the side of roadways and allow for extra travel time.

Seven vie for four school board seats as filing closes
web posted August 19, 2008
COUNTY – It is official, three of the four seats up for re-election this year on the Edgefield County School Board are formally opposed. The only unopposed candidate is District 3’s James Bibbs. Incumbents Sallie Cooks, Scott Chitty, and Brad Covar will all face challenges from veterans as well as a newcomer this November.
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Vandals leave nearly $12,000 in damage to golf course
web posted August 19, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Vandals struck the North Augusta Country Club on Gregory Lake Road over the weekend leaving almost $12,000 in damages behind. Workers arrived on Sunday morning around 5:45 to begin work on the golf course and found the shed containing the golf carts had been broken into and carts were missing.
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Edgefield County School District Receives 2008 Early Reading First Grant (Photo)
web posted August 19, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District is one of thirty-one recipients across the nation, and the only district in South Carolina, to receive a 2008 Early Reading First Grant. The local award of $3,958,791 over a three year period, is part of the President’s “Good Start, Grow Smart” Early Childhood Initiative and authorized by No Child Left Behind which will help build early childhood education centers of excellence that can serve as examples of effective early learning practices throughout the nation.
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Car break-ins and auto thefts widespread
web posted August 19, 2008
COUNTY – As the number of larcenies and break-ins continue to grow across the county, so does the number of cars being targeted for break-ins. The first report came when the owner of a auto repair shop on Cowpath Road discovered someone entered the locked area at the shop and broke into vehicles leaving more damage behind than the value of the items stolen.
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EIA Grants Received By Local Schools
web posted August 19, 2008
COUNTY – Four Edgefield County Schools are listed among schools from around that state that have been approved for EIA Teacher Awards.The schools receiving the awards are: Johnston Elementary-recipient Kay Campbell, Project: Living History in the amount of $1,999; JET Middle School-recipient Debbie Courtney, Project: CSI - Character Seen Inaction in the amount of $5,400; Strom Thurmond High School, recipient Sandra Gladden, Project-Seeing is Believing in the amount of $1,875 and W. E. Parker Elementary-recipient Angela McLaurin, Project Polish and Publish!, in the amount of $1,998.
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Edgefield County Youth Cheerleading announces practices
web posted August 19, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – Practice will begin for both Edgefield Bulldog cheerleaders and Johnston Bear cheerleaders on Thursday, August 21, 2008. Edgefield Bulldog cheerleaders will practice at the Edgefield town gym at 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Johnston Bear cheerleaders will practice at Johnston Elementary School at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.  For more information please contact Deana Sumner (Edgefield Bulldog Cheerleading) at 637-5377 and Trina Stidem (Johnston Bear Cheerleading) at 275-5088. Information for Bettis Academy or Merriwether cheerleading practices should be directed to your local coach.

Guided Nature Tour Hosted by Dr. Rudy Mancke
web posted August 19, 2008
CAYCE, SC – Join Dr. Rudy Mancke for a Guided Nature Tour of the Cayce Riverwalk Park on Saturday, September 6, 2008.  Tours will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The 10:00 a.m. tour will be geared especially for children and nature gifts will be provided to each participant.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   
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Rebels undefeated in preseason play, opens with Chapin this Friday
web posted August 18, 2008
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels closed out the preseason scrimmages and jamborees undefeated this weekend and will be facing off against Chapin this Friday night to start the 2008-2009 football season. Tim Crane, EdgefieldDaily.com’s new sports writer (left), has the latest update and outlook for this weekend’s opener.
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Jennifer P. Sumner Announces Opening of Law Office (Photo)
web posted August 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Jennifer P. Sumner has announced the opening of her law office for the practice of law. Sumner will join Greg Anderson in a partnership and will be located with Anderson in their new office location at 217 Folk Street in Edgefield (next to Crouch Hardware).
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Edgefield County Sex Offender Registry updated
web posted August 18, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Sex Offender Registry has been updated and will update each month to reflect the most current information on sex offenders residing in Edgefield County.The constant link to the registry is located just below the Featured Columns on the left-hand side navigational menu.
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Opinion: Jane Dyer, US Congressional candidate counters Drill Now campaign
web posted August 18, 2008
Dear Editor,
Many politicians call of “Drill now! Drill everywhere! is being heard loud and clear.  In the background you also hear that they are also committed to using all available alternative energies. Could it be possible that their main interest is once again supporting the oil companies at the expense of working Americans?   Where will we be ten years from now if we are convinced that just drilling everywhere now will solve our energy problems? 
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This Day in History  Edgefield County Administrator Adams takes job in Newberry
web posted August 18, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams announced Thursday that he has accepted an offer as Administrator for Newberry County. In a farewell letter Mr. Adams told county employees and elected officials of his intentions and thanked them for their friendship over the last eleven years.
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Court: No violations because patient was dead
web posted August 18, 2006
STERLING HEIGHTS -- Three nursing home employees did not violate a law meant to protect patients from abuse when they arranged a dead woman's body into different poses and snapped pictures, the state appeals court has ruled. In a decision released Friday, the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that because a dead body is not a person, it is not protected under a statute that protects patient abuse in nursing homes.
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Few new details in armed robbery of Johnston residents
web posted August 16, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are still investigating Thursday’s late night armed robbery of an Academy Street family without much new information available. The local restaurant owners arrived earlier at their home when the man went outside and was approached by three black males, who ordered him back inside the home at gunpoint around 10:38 pm.
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Governor Continues to Urge Water Conservation
web posted August 16, 2008
COLUMBIA – Following his tour earlier this week of Pickens County in the state's most severely drought-stricken region, Governor Sanford again today urged citizens to take water conservation measures upon themselves and voluntarily conserve water in advance of any state requirement.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer expresses "A Teacher's Heart"
web posted August 16, 2008
Dear Editor
It is extremely hard for me to believe that one year has passed since I was blessed with this opportunity to inform and be informed through writing this Young World column.  In August 2007, I tried to impart some wisdom to students as they prepared for a new school year.  I wanted students to expect great things for themselves and from themselves.  For August 2008, I think I'll try something different.  I continue to want all students to expect great things, but this year, I would like to call upon the teachers for a little bit of help.
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Texas school district to let teachers carry guns
web posted August 16, 2008
HOUSTON - A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States. The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district's superintendent, David Thweatt. School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.
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Johnston business owners’ victim of armed robbery at home Thursday night 
web posted August 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – Another armed robbery in Johnston brought every available law enforcement agency to an Academy Street home shortly before 11 pm Thursday as three black males robbed the owners of a local restaurant at their home at gunpoint. According to information available from the scene, the three “younger type” males began the robbery outside of the home and then continued inside before fleeing the area on foot.
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Presence of gang activity no longer denied (Photos)
Warning: Some photo content may be offensive
web posted August 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – With the fallout from the recent melee that took place last weekend on Morange Street from the mother of two of those arrested claiming officers “attacked” one of her sons for no reason and others grumbling about how many officers arrived on the scene. The one thing that has eluded news reports is the history of the area and the active gang activity that is taking place there and across other areas of the town and county. Some news reports fail to even mention the gunfire that erupted during the near two-hour event and leaned closer to insinuating possible police brutality.
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Dollar General gets approval for new Trenton store
web posted August 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission gave tentative approval to a new Dollar General Store in Trenton Thursday night. Allan Caddell, who was representing Dollar General, said the new store would be 9,100 square feet and a possible target date for opening, “could be sometime in the late 2nd or 3rd quarter of next year.” The plans meet all requirements according to the Trenton Zoning Ordinance.
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Two arrested in recent Trenton armed robbery (Photo)
web posted August 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in the recent armed robbery of a man at the Los Sancohos Mexican Store at the Corner of Woodyard and Pine House Road on July 29. The man, who was waiting to meet an acquaintance that called for him to meet at the location, was pulled from his car by five or six black males with at least two men holding guns on him during the robbery. Arrested on Wednesday was Corey Devon Madison, 17, and an unidentified juvenile from Trenton. Both are being charged with armed robbery and larceny in connection to the case.
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“Priority projects” identified in county Comprehensive Plan
web posted August 15, 2008
COUNTY – The final stages of the Comprehensive Plan for Edgefield County were address Thursday night focusing on two new elements required by the state, Priority Investment and Transportation. The items included in the final section are priority projects that would use federal, state, and local funding to complete within the next five to ten years.
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Estate Auction, Saturday August 16
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web posted August 15, 2008
TRENTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. Alvy J. (Blackie) Randall of Trenton, S. C on Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:00 AM. The sale will be held at his home located at 143 Greenhouse Road, Trenton, SC, 29847. Property is located near the intersection of Highway 19 and Greenhouse Road;  Look for signs!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details and terms. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who “drive-in feature” tonight in Edgefield
web reposted August 15, 2008
PSA - The Town of Edgefield and the Edgefield Community Development Association brings another fun-filled Downtown Drive-in event to the Square in historic Edgefield on Friday, August 15th.  Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of the movie, “Horton Hears a Who.” This adorable movie is based on the beloved book first published in 1954, and is about a very imaginative elephant, named Horton. 
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Another pit bull shot by police
web posted August 14, 2008
JOHNSTON – Another pit bull has been shot, this time after it attacked and killed a family pet on the 500 block of McCrieght Street Wednesday night. When the owner arrived home around 8:45 pm the family dog was seen lying dead on the ground and the pit bull standing over it. The owners were afraid to get out of their car and called 911.
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Meet the Rebels tonight
web posted August 14, 2008
JOHNSTON – “Meet the Rebels” will be held tonight at Strom Thurmond High School at 7 pm. The Strom Thurmond Booster Club is inviting everyone to come out and meet the players as they prepare for the first game on August 22 against Chapin at home. Join the Booster Club’s “Red Pride” for a membership fee of just $35. Hot dogs, and refreshments will be available in addition to T-shirts and other Rebel gear

Governor: Revenue Estimates a Reminder of Need for Targeted Cuts
web posted August 14, 2008
COLUMBIA – Following Wednesday's decision by the Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) to leave current shortfall estimates unchanged, Governor Sanford again urged state lawmakers to not cut all agencies equally, and instead to make targeted cuts in the face of declining state revenues.
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Employers, Job Seekers Invited to Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair
web posted August 14, 2008
COUNTY – Area employers who are hiring or expect to hire in the next four months are invited to participate in a job fair sponsored by the Upper Savannah Workforce System and Greenwood Mall. The fair will be held at Greenwood Mall Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to participate. However, available space is limited and must be reserved by Sept. 10.
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Pelosi, Pickens plan to pick your pocket
web posted August 14, 2008
TV commercials touting a new clean energy strategy and an environmental ballot measure in California have one thing in common: If they succeed, they'll make investors – from "big oil" to the U.S. Capitol – a lot of money. Including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
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County adds referendum to November ballot, extends option on Calliham property
web posted August 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a called meeting Tuesday night and gave final reading to an ordinance calling for a referendum this November to see if voters want to change the terms of county council seats from two year terms to four year staggered terms. The vote, as expected, was unanimous, with Councilman Norman Dorn absent from the meeting.
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Sen. Massey to demand Roll Call votes on spending bills
web posted August 13, 2008
COLUMBIA – State Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) announced Tuesday that he will ask for a roll call vote on all significant spending bills until a commonsense accountability plan passes the State Senate.  The SC Policy Council recently released a study showing that only 1% of bills passed by the Senate received a roll call vote. That means South Carolina legislators are voting for outrageous spending projects in secret without accountability to the taxpayers.
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Estate Auction, Saturday August 16
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web reposted August 13, 2008
TRENTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. Alvy J. (Blackie) Randall of Trenton, S. C on Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:00 AM. The sale will be held at his home located at 143 Greenhouse Road, Trenton, SC, 29847. Property is located near the intersection of Highway 19 and Greenhouse Road;  Look for signs!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details and terms. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

"Horton hears a Who" Friday night "drive-in" feature on Edgefield Square
web posted August 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The second movie to be shown on the Square in Edgefield this summer will be presented Friday, Aug. 15, at dusk. Activities and contests will begin at 7:30 p.m. This month’s movie will be “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” and will be sponsored by Anderson and Anderson Attorneys at Law.
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Clemson University offers Electronic Commerce Course
web posted August 13, 2008
GREENWOOD – This fall, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service (CUCES) will offer an E-Commerce course in the Greenwood area. With support from the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD), this course is relevant to all who are wondering what eCommerce is about, and small businesses that are thinking about developing an electronic commerce website.
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Chamber “Fill a bus” with back to school supplies drive underway this week
web posted August 13, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce is holding a school supply drive asking residents to, “Help fill a bus” with the needed school supplies. They will be accepting donations across the county the week of August 11 through August 15.
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Southern Eagles “Back to School Dinner” this Saturday
web posted August 13, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Southern Eagles Motorcycle Club will be holding a “Back to School Dinner Sale” this Saturday to raise funds for back to school programs. The club will be selling half-chicken dinners for $6.50 at the Wachovia Bank Drive-thru from 11 am until 1:30 pm.
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Rebel Band hosting free exhibition Thursday night
web posted August 13, 2008
JOHNSTON – The STHS Rebel Regiment will be hosting a band exhibition for the public on Thursday, August 14 at 6:00 pm at Strom Thurmond High School.. Admission is free. Organizers ask that the public "please come out and support the band."

Edgefield Library events continue this week
web posted August 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Library reminds residents of the upcoming events for this week.
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FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content
web posted August 13, 2008
WASHINGTON DC – There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.”
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Second meth lab discovered in one week
web posted August 12, 2008
WESTSIDE – Less than a week after the discovery of a meth lab and a small marijuana patch on Highway 23 west last Tuesday, Edgefield Sheriff’s Narcotic Investigators received an anonymous tip that has led to the discovery of a second meth lab nearby. Sheriff’s Narcotics Division confirmed the discovery on Monday saying the lab was “a similar size,” to the lab discovered in the home of Keith Randolph last Tuesday.
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Formal charges filed on three arrested in Friday night melee
web posted August 12, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Formal charges have been filed on the three men arrested in this weekend’s melee on Morange Street. Laptrintise Artavous Williams, 18 was charged with receiving stolen good less than $1,000; Deangelo TiJuan Rouse, 22, and his brother Xavier Quintez Rouse, 18, were both charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Williams was released on bond Sunday and the Rouse brothers were released Monday afternoon on $25,300 surety bonds each.
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Johnston Town Councilman Burton takes on Mayor Campbell:  Enough is enough
web posted August 12, 2008
JOHNSTON - Enough is enough. At least that's the way that Johnston Town Councilman Tommy Burton feels about it. Recurring tension between he and Town of Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell, which seems to manifest itself through contentious conversation at each Council meeting, appeared to have come to a head following Monday's August meeting as Mr. Burton asked to speak with reporters on the issue.
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Inoperable vehicles continued target of  thefts
web posted August 12, 2008
COUNTY – As scrap metal prices continue to rise, so do the number of thefts of inoperable vehicles with two more reported stolen in the past three days. A Trenton man reported a van on his property was taken sometime late Thursday and another vehicle was reported missing on Stephens Road on Sunday.
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Citizens no longer allowed issuing of warrants
web posted August 12, 2008
COUNTY – As of July 1, magistrates can no longer issue warrants at the request of victims. Only law enforcement may obtain criminal warrants. Magistrates can, however, issue a courtesy summons upon a victim’s request.
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Juvenile Arbitration Program coming to STH
web posted August 12, 2008
COUNTY – The 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Juvenile Arbitration Program, along with the Tri-County Department of Juvenile Justice, will sponsor a community program titled, “Teens and Cyber Space.” This event is a free seminar designed to help parents and other adults understand the benefits,and dangers, of the Web to teens and young adults.
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Registration for Edgefield County Youth Soccer Association fall season now open
web posted August 12, 2008
COUNTY – Registration for the Edgefield County Youth Soccer Association fall season is now open.  On site registration will be available from 10 am - noon on August 16, 23, and 30 at the Edgefield County Soccer Complex in Edgefield.  Registrations must be received by September 3rd.  Registration fee is $40.00.
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EdgefieldDaily.com breaks all-time records, again
web posted August 11, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com continues to set all-time records for readership in 2008 by recording almost 8 million hits since January. With 1.2 million hits recorded in July alone, the recent figures continue to support EdgefieldDaily.com as the #1 source for local news for Edgefield County, and the growth continues.
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Edgefield man injured in motorcycle crash (Photos)
web posted August 11, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man was taken to MCG after a crash on a motorcycle around 2:30 pm Sunday. The man was traveling down Moragne Street near Rosa Hill Street towards town when he lost control of the motorcycle and slammed into a power pole, causing the pole to crack.
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Congressman Barrett attends event honoring NWTF Founder Tom Rodgers Saturday (Photo)
web posted August 11, 2008
EDGEFIELD – U.S. Congressman Gresham Barrett attended a special ceremony at the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters in Edgefield, S.C., on Saturday, Aug. 9 to honor NWTF founder Tom Rodgers. Barrett, who represents South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District, also toured the NWTF's Winchester Museum. The Winchester Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the wild turkey, and Barrett played a significant role in securing funds for its construction.
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Smith earns bachelor’s from the University of South Carolina Aiken (Photo)
web posted August 11, 2008
CONTRIBUTED
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield resident DeQuawn Smith has earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina Aiken on August 9, 2008.  Smith, the son of Pamila Bussey-Williams and Willie Smith, Jr., graduated from Strom Thurmond High School in 2004.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. DeQuawn is currently employed with the SC Department of Public Safety.
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Obama not American?
web posted August 11, 2008
Israel Insider is reporting that analysts working separately have determined the birth certificate posted on the Daily Kos website and later on Sen. Barack Obama's "Fight the Smears" campaign website is fraudulent...The Israel Insider report said the two analysts it interviewed both have been "able to independently discern the name 'Maya Kassandra Soetoro' from artifacts left behind in the process of forging a new fake document for Barack from an image of Maya's original document." Maya is Obama's younger half-sister.
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Estate Auction, Saturday August 16
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web posted August 11, 2008
TRENTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. Alvy J. (Blackie) Randall of Trenton, S. C on Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:00 AM. The sale will be held at his home located at 143 Greenhouse Road, Trenton, SC, 29847. Property is located near the intersection of Highway 19 and Greenhouse Road;  Look for signs!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details and terms. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Edgefield melee erupts in gunfire, three arrested
web posted August 9, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield and Johnston Police, in addition to Sheriff’s Deputies and the South Carolina Highway Patrol, were called to the scene of a melee that erupted with gunshots being fired and at least three arrested Friday night. The nightlong event began when a call of a noise complaint came in to dispatchers around 8:30 pm of a large crowd of people in the area of Moragne and Ellis Streets.
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DSL arrives in Merriwether outlying areas
web posted August 9, 2008
MERRIWETHER – High Speed DSL internet is now available to Merriwether residents that have been stuck on dial-up service for years due to the unavailability of cable service in the outlying areas. AT&T is now accepting orders and service could begin as soon as two weeks.
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Merriwether’s Tori Whatley Garners Respect at Polgar Invitational (Photos)
web posted August 9, 2008
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The South Carolina flag flew for the first time in the five-year history of the prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, which was held July 27th – August 1st at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  Hannah “Tori” Whatley proudly represented the Palmetto State and when asked how it felt to sit in a room full of state champions, she replied, “I didn’t really see them as champions, I just saw them as new friends”.  Indeed, before the closing ceremony, she would make many new friends. 
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Estate Auction, Saturday August 16
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web posted August 9, 2008
TRENTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. Alvy J. (Blackie) Randall of Trenton, S. C on Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:00 AM. The sale will be held at his home located at 143 Greenhouse Road, Trenton, SC, 29847. Property is located near the intersection of Highway 19 and Greenhouse Road;  Look for signs!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details and terms. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Dollar General coming to Trenton?
web posted August 8, 2008
TRENTON – Things may be looking up for Trenton residents needing to pick up a few items at the local Dollar General in Edgefield or Johnston.  A request to locate a Dollar General in Trenton is on the agenda for the Edgefield Planning Commission next Thursday. “They’ve asked to have the location approved,” Guy Mueller said Thursday.
The location of the store is intended for the corner of Oscar Road and Highway 121, near Billy’s Superstore.
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National Wild Turkey Federation names new spokesman (Photo)
web posted August 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Michael Waddell, the outdoor industry's charismatic television show host, has agreed to become the official spokesman for the National Wild Turkey Federation. In this new role, Waddell will represent the NWTF as host of its television series, "Turkey Call," which airs on Outdoor Channel. In addition, Waddell will assume emcee duties at the organization's national convention, which will be held Feb. 19 to 22, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Members also will be treated to personal appearances by Waddell at many other NWTF events.
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Clemson Extension 2008 Master Tree Farmer Mini-Series:  Risks and Risk Management workshop offered
web posted August 8, 2008
COUNTY – Have you ever wondered why some landowners seem to have more problems in managing their land than others?  One of the reasons may be their attention to the risks associated with land management.  Planning for risks and managing to minimize their potential can change their impact on your woodland.
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Imperial Theatre Celebrates Opening of the Westobou Festival with Encore Presentation of The Three Faces of Eve
web posted August 8, 2008
AUGUSTA – The boards of two of Augusta’s historic theaters, the Imperial and the Miller, have announced an encore to last year’s popular celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the World Premiere of The Three Faces of Eve. Scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2008, the anniversary event will be marked by tours of the Miller, which is currently undergoing renovation, and a screening of the Academy Award winning film at the Imperial.  The Miller Theatre was the site of the September 18, 1957 World Premiere of The Three Faces of Eve—the only time that such an event has been held in the city of Augusta. 
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CSRA Fall Baseball Registration is Now Open
web posted August 8, 2008
COUNTY – The CSRA Baseball League is now accepting registrations for any child age 8-18 that is wanting to play baseball this fall.  Registration is $50 per individual or $500 if you want to enter a full team.  The season will run for 6 weeks beginning the week of September 15th and games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Each team will play 12 games.  Registration forms will be accepted until August 25th. For more information and to register go to: http://www.csraleague.com

Found Dog
web posted August 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We have found a Blue Heeler dog down Horns Creek Rd (Yarborough Rd).  It has a small chain collar and a carabiner around its neck.  If this is your dog please call 1-803-637-6761 or 1-770-316-2643.

Accused meth lab operator released Wednesday (Photos)
web posted August 7, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Accused meth lab operator Keith Randolph, arrested on Tuesday, was released Wednesday on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond after being charged with multiple charges including child neglect, possession of less than one gram of meth, manufacturing of schedule l, ll, lll drugs, and possession with the intent to distribute, according to jail records.
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5th Annual Celebration of Success Banquet September 2
web posted August 7, 2008
PSA – Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce and the Edgefield County School District invite the public to our 5th 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 Country Club on September 2nd, 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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Four year terms should be shunned, not endorsed
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 7, 2008
COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council is once again floating the lead balloon of four year staggered terms for county council seats in a referendum this November. Obviously the majority of the council, who has served almost two decades each, is getting old and facing election every two years is becoming more difficult each election. It also shows that Chairman Monroe Kneece, Vice-chairman Willie Bright, and County Councilman Norman Dorn, who have been turned down on this issue more than once, can’t take no for an answer.
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Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who “drive-in feature” next week in Edgefield (Photo)
web posted August 7, 2008
PSA - The Town of Edgefield and the Edgefield Community Development Association brings another fun-filled Downtown Drive-in event to the Square in historic Edgefield on Friday, August 15th.  Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of the movie, “Horton Hears a Who.” This adorable movie is based on the beloved book first published in 1954, and is about a very imaginative elephant, named Horton. 
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Meth lab, marijuana plants found at Westside home
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web posted August 6, 2008
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics investigators, Deputies, and SLED conducted a raid at a home on the 2800 block of Highway 23 west near the Edgefield and McCormick County line. At the home they discovered a number of large marijuana plants and an active meth lab. Keith Randolph, 39, was arrested at the scene and a woman at the home fled into the woods on foot.
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Columbia teen killed in Monday crash identified
web posted August 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The name of the 18-year-old teen killed in the horrific crash Monday evening has been released. William Harrel Snell, 18, of Dove Park Road, Columbia, was pronounced dead on the scene after the crash. The death is still under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
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Hoffmann joins race for School Board
web posted August 6, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Chris Hoffmann, of Merriwether, announced that he has filed to run for the district 7 school board seat on Tuesday. Mr. Hoffmann, a newcomer in the election process, will square off with incumbent Schott Chitty in November. So far seven have filed for the four seats up for election this year.
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Urban Outfitters to Expand in Edgefield County, adding 100 jobs
web posted August 6, 2008
TRENTON – Urban Outfitters, Inc., (Nasdaq:URBN), a leading lifestyle specialty retail company operating under the Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands, announced today that it will relocate its wholesale division from Pennsylvania to their operation at the Edgefield County Industrial Park.  This expansion is expected to add an additional 100 jobs, including material handlers, customer service representatives, as well as supervisor and lead positions.
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County Council moves on step closer to referendum on four year terms
web posted August 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their August meeting Tuesday night and started off with a Public Hearing on an ordinance to hold a referendum on whether the terms of office for county council members should remain two-year terms or be changed to four year staggered terms. Bob Ramsey stood and said he was for the four year terms and that he would work towards getting the measure passed in November.
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Televisions to swap to digital this winter, get ready or lose your signal
web posted August 6, 2008
COUNTY – If you are one of the people in the county who receive free television through a rooftop antenna or “rabbit ears” and your TV is not digital, you need to take action sometime  before Feb. 17, 2009 or you will cease to receive programs after that date. This was the message at Edgefield Town Hall Monday in a seminar hosted by Congressman Gresham Barrett’s office to provide information and to demonstrate the transition to Digital Television.
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Soldiers Enjoy Food and Fun at NWTF Headquarters
web posted August 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – To show its appreciation and support for America's armed forces, the National Wild Turkey Federation and members of the local community welcomed more than 20 wounded soldiers from Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., to the NWTF's headquarters in Edgefield, July 29.
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Chamber holds “Fill a bus” with back to school supplies drive
web posted August 6, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce is holding a school supply drive asking residents to, “Help fill a bus” with the needed school supplies. They will be accepting donations across the county the week of August 11 through August 15.
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Notice: What does YOUR district spend per child?
web posted August 6, 2008
According to the SC Budget and Control Board’s analysis, only 44 cents per allocated dollar will reach the classroom in the form of instructional spending. The US Department of Education estimates that South Carolina’s per-pupil spending was $1,300 more than North Carolina’s in 2006, the most recent year with complete data.
Below are the 2008-09 per-pupil averages for each of the South Carolina school districts (number of students in parenthesis)
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Teen becomes county's fourth fatality this year (Photos)
web posted August 4, 2008 10:20 PM
EDGEFIELD – A Columbia teen became the fourth fatality on Edgefield County roads Monday around 8:12 pm after he was ejected from the Buick Le Sabre he was driving after a violent crash. The 18-year-old young man was traveling north on Highway 25 nearing the 1100 block of Edgefield Road when the crash occurred. The teen was found lying several yards north of the wreckage.
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Seatbelt saves Merriwether teen from injury in rollover crash (Photos)
web posted August 5, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen escaped injury after he ran off the side of Sweetwater Road Monday, overcorrected, and rolled the truck into a fence. The rising Senior at Strom Thurmond said he ran off the road and when he tried to get back on the roadway the truck began to swerve and he lost control. Being restrained by a seatbelt saved the teen who suffered from only minor scrapes.
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Edgefield Town Council approves funding, banner request, accepts accolades
web posted August 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held one of their shortest monthly meetings Monday night with no ordinances on the agenda and only a few requests being submitted for approval. Among the requests was a letter from Joel Jolly and the Heritage Jubilee, which will be held the first week of October, for a banner to be placed across Main Street announcing the annual festival. The request to place the banner was approved. 
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Your government at work (Photo)
web posted August 5, 2008
JOHNSTON – In passing on Monday it was noticed the parking lot and driveways at Strom Thurmond High School have recently been resealed. As such, the lines and turn lanes were repainted. Maybe the school district needs to hire high school graduates to perform the job.
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Crash accounts for 20th traffic fatality in Aiken County on Monday
web posted August 5, 2008
AIKEN – A single vehicle crash around 10 pm on this Monday left 27-year-old James W. Johnson dead. Mr. Johnson was traveling south on Pine Log Rd near Russell St. when he attempted to pass another vehicle.
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Three times not a charm for accused thief
web posted August 5, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff’s Office to report building materials being stolen from his property on the 2200 block of Gregory Lake Road Saturday morning around 9 am. A deputy and an investigator from the Sheriff’s Office arrived a short time later and were informed that $5,000 worth of equipment and materials were missing. By Monday morning that amount grew as the suspected thief returned in the early morning hours and made off with over $2,000 worth of additional items. The man then made a third trip back to the location only to be interrupted during the theft by the owner.
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Edgefield County Adult Education Registration for 08-09
web posted August 5, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – During the month of August registration for Edgefield County Adult Education will be held each Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. and on Thursdays at 4:30 P.M. This will take place at the Johnston Learning Center, 119 Cardinal Drive, in Johnston. On Tuesday, August 19, 9:00 A.M. and Thursday, August 21, 4:30 P.M., registration will be held at Piedmont Technical College in Edgefield. For more information call 275-1788, ext.23 or 24.

Art Association seeking participants for the Harvest Festival Fine Art Show
web posted August 5, 2008
PSA - RIDGE SPRING - The Art Association of Ridge Spring is seeking participants for the Harvest Festival Fine Art Show, October 24th and 25th, at the Civic Center in Ridge Spring. For details contact Barbara Yon at 685-5386. The Art Association of Ridge Spring is sponsoring line dance classes in the AARS building behind the Civic Center each Thursday night at 7PM. Cost is $5.00 per session. Please come and join the fun.

Sunday night crash sends two to MCG (Photos)
web posted August 4, 2008
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, and County Line Fire Fighters were called to the scene of a crash on Square Circle Ranch Road just before 10 pm Sunday with one of the females in the Chrysler Sebring being trapped in the car after hitting a large pine tree. Rescuers were preparing the two women for transport as EMS units arrived on the scene.
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Congressman Barrett in Edgefield to discuss transition to Digital TV today
web reposted August 4, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Congressman Gresham Barrett will host three seminars in the Third District during the month of August to provide information on the Transition to Digital Television (DTV). DTV will take effect beginning February 17, 2009, and will universally improve television sound and picture quality. The first of the three seminars will be held in Edgefield this morning at 9:30am.
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Driver: “I missed the truck route” (Photo)
web posted August 4, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A North Carolina trucker that missed the Highway 25 Bypass made more than one miscalculation Friday night and ended up blocking all traffic on Highway 25 when he became trapped at the trestle around 11:30 pm. The driver attempted to make a left-hand turn from Mims Street back towards downtown and that was as far as he got.
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Found Dog
web reposted August 4, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Found 8/1/2008 in Trailside subdivision off 25. (near Sweetwater Church of God). Tan/cream lab mix.  (maybe mixed with pit?).  Male, under a year old.  Not neutered. Very friendly little guy and seems to love kids and cats.  Wants to be indoors. Looks very healthy.  No collar or anything. If you know anything about him please contact Beth at 803-640-5800

A Dark Act Proves Happiness Is Relative
By Carl Langley
web posted August 4, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Don and Jimmy were acquaintances of my childhood, although we grew up in settings as different as day and night. Don was the only boy in a family that enjoyed the prestige money can bring. The family’s wealth was an accumulation of generations, and money, however wisely or unwisely used, buys a lot of respect.
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Wall Street Journal: Democrat Pelosi's Energy Stonewall
web reposted August 4, 2008
WASHINGTON DC – Hell -- otherwise known as Congress -- has officially frozen over. For the first time since the 1950s, Members will skip town for the August recess without either chamber having passed a single appropriations bill. Then again, Democrats appear ready to sacrifice their whole agenda, even spending, rather than allow new domestic energy production.
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Off The Wall: Boy, 4, takes brother, 2, on a car trip
web reposted August 4, 2008
A four-year-old boy from Stanford, Ky., put his 2-year-old brother in a car with him and drove it into a ditch last weekend while his mother and her boyfriend were sleeping, authorities said today. Neither boy was injured. “I have never run across anything like this before in my life,” said Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger, who added that the boy said he wanted to go to his grandmother’s house.
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Merriwether resident captures suspected bandit
web posted August 2, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Mill Creek Drive man was awakened just before 4 am Thursday to sensors detecting someone is his driveway. When he went to investigate he found a man inside his Cadillac Escalade and, with gun in hand, held the intruder until deputies arrived.
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Crashes keep Deputies, Troopers busy Friday afternoon (Photos)
web posted August 2, 2008
JOHNSTON – Two people narrowly escaped a near head-on collision Friday afternoon on Highway 23 at Dorn’s Hill just before 3 pm that left one vehicle overturned. The driver of a 1988 Dodge Ram pickup attempted to pass another westbound car and then noticed a Ford Explorer coming up the hill eastbound. Trying to get back in the westbound lane the driver of the truck lost control and began swearing across both lanes of traffic.
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Superintendent Crenshaw comments on Schilit being tapped for top STH job
web posted August 2, 2008
PRESS RELEASE: ECSD
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School Board voted unanimously Thursday evening, July 31, 2008 to hire Mr. Matthew T. Schilit as Principal of Strom Thurmond High School. Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Superintendent, recommended Mr. Schilit to the board following her designed search process that included information gained from a survey sent to all Strom Thurmond High School teachers, administrators and staff, school board members and community leaders on the qualities that they would like to see in the leadership role position of principal at Strom Thurmond High School.
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Congressman Barrett Introduces The Caring Family Act
web posted August 2, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC, 03) this week introduced legislation to provide a $3,000 tax credit for families caring for elderly relatives. H.R. 6665, The Caring Family Act, is aimed at individuals that may experience a financial crunch as they care for their children and their aging parents simultaneously.
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Strom Thurmond gets new Principal
web posted August 1, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board has named the new principal for Strom Thurmond High School in a special called meeting Thursday night. Matthew T. Schilit, a current assistant principal at Dent Middle School in Richland County School District #2, has accepted the job and will report to work on Monday.
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Resident holds accused burglar at gunpoint for police
web posted August 1, 2008
MERRIWETHER – EdgefieldDaily.com is currently following a story of a Millcreek resident capturing a burglar inside his vehicle around 4 am Thursday morning. The resident held the suspect at gunpoint until Deputies could arrive. The subject was arrested, but until additional information can be obtained the name of the subject is being withheld. More on this story tomorrow.
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Truck found under bridge “suspicious” (Photos)
web posted August 1, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a report of a vehicle being found under a bridge on Deep Step Road and no one around by a passing motorist that said he was just stopping looking for “deer sign” for the upcoming hunting season. Deputies arrived and found the 2006 Honda RidgeLine 4x4 virtually undamaged and the key inside.
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Man and woman flee crash scene on foot (Photos)
web posted August 1, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Residents on Gregory Lake Road called 911 to report a crash near the lake around 10 pm Thursday night. When they went to investigate a man and a woman were seen fleeing from the crash scene on foot down a steep embankment. When Deputies arrived they had to direct traffic due to the crash being located between two sharp curves until additional units could arrive.
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County Recreation Football and Cheerleading registrations to begin Saturday
web reposted August 1, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Football and Cheerleading registrations will begin this coming Saturday for the upcoming fall season and will continue through August 23 with a cut-off date of September 1 for children ages 6-12. Registration forms can be download from EdgefieldDaily.com and a complete list of registration locations and dates are provided.
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Volleyball tryouts for STH team start Monday
web posted August 1, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Volleyball Team will be holding tryouts the first week of August. Tryouts will begin on Monday, August 4 and run through August 6 from 8:30 am until noon. For more information please call Coach Mooney at 803-640-1904







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