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August 2010 Archives

Suspicious vehicle leads to drug arrests and wanted man
web posted August 31, 2010
COUNTY – A Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol late Friday night spotted a white minivan parked in the entrance of a business on the 1400 block of Edgefield Road that has been the scene of recent thefts and turned around to investigate the suspicious vehicle. That suspicion paid off, by the time the short investigation was over, the three occupants were arrested on various charges including possession of marijuana and narcotics.
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Jatco Incorporated Announces New Facility in Greenwood County
web posted August 31, 2010
GREENWOOD – The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Greenwood Partnership Alliance today announced that Jatco Incorporated, a leader in plastic molding and manufacturing, will establish its new production facility in Greenwood County. The $2 million investment is expected to generate 39 new jobs.
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Storeowner reports suspect attempting to cash forged check: Johnston PD arrests woman in similar fraud
web posted August 31, 2010
TRENTON – A store clerk at Billy’s Superstore in Trenton notified the owner when a man entered the store on Saturday trying to cash a check similar to one that was cashed several weeks ago that was returned with no account found. A rash of checks has now turned up in Johnston and Trenton with over $8,000 being taken from the store owners. Johnston Police have arrested one woman in connection to the fake checks in their case.
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$24,000 Ski boat stolen from Trenton property
web posted August 31, 2010
TRENTON – A woman arriving at family’s property on Goodwin Road in Trenton discovered her and her husband’s 19.5 foot Stingray boat was missing from under a shed. After contacting family members to see if any of them had the boat she reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Sports by Tim Crane:
web posted August 31, 2010
Around the Region This Week
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond leads the region in defensive points allowed after a 20-7 win over Laney.
Rebel Team Stats as of Week 2
SPORTS – The stats are in for week 2 of the Rebel season. Keep up with the team progress each week.
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Grandfamily Week kicks off Sept 11 at Edgefield Library
web posted August 31, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Grandfamily Week and the Grandfamily Resource Center are funded by a grant from the SC State Library will be kicking off next month at the Edgefield Public Library. Light snacks are served at each of the week’s events. Although these programs are intended for grandparents raising their grandchildren, they are open to anyone who would like to attend.
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Merriwether Community-wide Food Drive Kicks Off This Week
web posted August 30, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell has announced a community-wide food drive for the Merriwether District that will kick off on Wednesday, September 1 and run through September 20. “I thought this would be a wonderful way to draw our community closer together for a good cause,” Councilwoman Blackwell said. “The support from our local churches, schools, community leaders, and firefighters has been tremendous as the planning got underway.”
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Sports: Rebels secure 20-7 win over Lucy Laney
Rebels start season with 2-0 record
By Tim Crane

web posted Saturday, August 28, 2010

SPORTS – One packed house, one electric atmosphere and six turnovers told the story of Strom Thurmond pulling away from Laney in the waning moments of Friday night’s football game and a winning score of 20-7.The Blue Steel defense continued to silence the critics and shutdown opponents, while grabbing their 7th interception and 2nd fumble in just two games. They also proved the Williston shutout was no fluke but instead great defense.

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Unknown murdered woman identified
web posted August 30, 2010
AIKEN – The unidentified woman from the August 11, 2010 homicide off of Old Storm Branch Rd in Aiken County has been identified as 38-year-old Shalamar N. Byrd, of Bream Ave in Augusta Ga., Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. Ms. Byrd was identified by a sketch done by USCA, police officer B. Hall.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held September 25
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web posted August 30, 2010

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Suspected drug dealer in custody after tussle with officers, second suspect escapes
web posted August 30, 2010
EDGEFILED – A traffic stop of a possible reckless driver late Saturday night in Edgefield left one wanted man in custody, one man charged and released, and a third suspect escaping. The chain of events began when an Edgefield Police officer on patrol spotted a car exiting the Gary Street Apartments at a “fast pace” and then entering an oncoming lane and running off the road before gaining control of the car.
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Haley leads Sheheen by wide margin in Governor’s race
web posted August 30, 2010
STATE – A recent Rasmussen Report shows Republican Nikki Haley leading Democrat Vincent Sheheen by a 16-point margin going into the final stretch of the election for the next governor of South Carolina. Haley, a virtual unknown in state politics, defied the odds and took the nomination defeating a popular State Attorney General and a sitting US Congressman in June.
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ATC Offers Free Family Caregiver Class
web posted August 30, 2010
AIKEN – Do you want to know how to properly take care of your elderly loved one? Feel confident after taking a free family caregiver class at Aiken Technical College. This 8-hour course teaches you basic skills to help care for an elderly person while finding ways to increase his or her confidence.
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Citizen News taking clothing donations for burned out family
web posted August 28, 2010
COUNTY – The Citizen News is taking donations for clothing for the Jackson family whose Lakeview Road home was destroyed in an early morning fire Friday. Publisher Mike Rosier said the donations can be dropped off at their office on the Edgefield Town Square during business hours.
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Unmanned vehicle found crashed in Edgefield
web posted August 28, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Just after 4 pm Friday a passing motorist reported a Toyota Forerunner crashed into a road sign and telephone pole on Penn Street with no driver around. Edgefield Police arrived a short time later and found the vehicle with the keys inside and the windows rolled down. The officer stated he recalled the SUV being parked further up the hill prior to the reported crash.
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Early morning fire destroys family home
web posted August 27, 2010 10:40 am
COUNTY LINE – Her grandfather, the Rev. Richard Mims, had built the family home in 1954 and now it was gone, steadily being consumed by the flames before her. Shea Jackson was stunned by the burning reality. “Unbelievable,” she said as members of the County Line and Merriwether Fire Departments worked to contain the flames to the devastated home. “You’re watching (television) one minute and don’t have a roof over your head the next. It happened just that quickly.”
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Johnston mother and daughter being treated after exposure to rabies
web posted August 27, 2010
JOHNSTON – Two Johnston-area residents are under the care of a physician after being exposed to a puppy that tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday. “The incident began August 4th when the puppy was attacked by an unknown animal,” said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health.
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STH Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted August 27, 2010
SPORTS – Rebel Football is underway, and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. WKSX 92.7 FM and Strom Thurmond High School have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels take on Lucy Laney from Augusta, Ga. with kick-off at 7:00 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6:30 pm.
NOTICE: Internet Explorer 5.0 or later is required to hear the broadcast tonight.

Sex Offender Sought by Sheriff’s Office
web reposted August 27, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a registered sex offender who has failed to register his current address. George Arthur Whitmore, 40, has been unable to be located and is required to register any new address within ten days. His last known address was 814 Meeting Street Road in Edgefield.
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MMS student honored for 7th grade SAT scores
web posted August 27, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Olivia Bernard, a Merriwether Middle School student, was awarded for her high 7th grade SAT scores by the Duke University Talent Identification Program last May at the 2010 South Carolina Recognition Ceremony at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She took the SAT in January through the Duke Tip Program.
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Sports: Around the Region This Week
By Tim Crane
web posted August 27, 2010

SPORTS – Last week two Region III teams posted shutouts; Strom Thurmond over Williston 7-0 and Columbia blanked Lower Richland 28-0.  While Eau Claire lost to Fairfield Central 34-9 and Gilbert was out gunned  34-3 by AC Flora.
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Cookies for Candace
web reposted August 27, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Another fundraiser is being held to raise money for the enormous medical bills that have piled up for 16-year-old Candace Cordell who was critically injured in a violent crash on May 7 of this year. The next round is “Cookies for Candace” where supporters will be baking “Million Dollar Cookies” to be ready for pick up on Monday, September 13.

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STHS Yearbook Seeks Alumni Support in 50th Anniversary Edition
web posted August 26, 2010
COUNTY – The 2010-2011 Strom Thurmond yearbook staff is proud to announce the commemoration of Strom Thurmond High School’s 50th anniversary with our annual publication, The Statesman. This year’s edition will feature some our institution’s most outstanding events and alumni from over the years.  In order to provide thorough coverage, we are asking that community members contact us with their STHS memories and photographs. 
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Edgefield Alliance meeting postponed until Sept. 7
web posted August 26, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Due to the Labor Day Holiday, The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its September meeting on Tuesday September 7, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. at Piedmont Tech, Edgefield campus.  Speaker for the meeting will be Roger Timpson, Vice Chairman, Edgefield County Planning Commission. He has served on the planning commission for the past 15 to 20 years.
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Ridge Spring Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant Seeks Contestants
web posted August 26, 2010
RIDGE SPRING – The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant will be held Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 and 6:00 at the Ridge Spring Civic Center. Young ladies ages birth-20 are invited to compete. The Miss division (ages 17-20) will be granted a $500 scholarship to the college of her choice.
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Sports Preview:  Border Bash - Laney Travels to Strom Thurmond
By Tim Crane
web posted August 26, 2010

SPORTS – Strom Thurmond kicked off their 50th season of football in style as they pitched a shutout over one of the state’s most powerful offense in Williston.  If expectations were high before the first game, they’ve climbed even higher now.  But, keeping things in perspective and the team focused is what the Strom Thurmond coaching staff has been doing this week.
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Opinion: Derrick shames the Edgefield Advertiser for second week in a row
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 26, 2010

COLUMN – It is a shame that Suzanne Derrick, the “publisher/editor” of the Edgefield Advertiser, would rather continue proclaiming her make-believe world rather than own up to the false claims she published on Augusta 18. After exposing her phony claims, I fully expected to see her run a retraction in the August 25 edition of the paper. I suppose that was foolish on my part. Instead she continues to make unreal claims and apparently is in need of vocabulary lessons as well as journalistic integrity.
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Player’s of the Past: Riccardo Moore
By: Tim Crane
web posted August 26, 2010

SPORTS – Tim Crane is spotlighting Riccardo Moore as this week’s Player of the Past. Moore played Linebacker for Strom Thurmond between 1994 and 1998. After playing for Mars Hill College as a Defensive End and taking the 2002 sack Title, Moore is now a Computer Specialist with Seivels Bruce Company in Columbia SC
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Car break-ins return in Merriwether
web posted August 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – After a week of no thefts from vehicles parked at homes in the Merriwether area, residents began calling the Sheriff’s Office Monday morning reporting several thefts totaling more than $1,500 in losses including a handgun. The recent rash of thefts subsided following the arrest of 21-year-old Kenneth Mims on August 11 on charges of breaking into a car in Merriwether.
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Coroner’s Office releases sketch of unidentified murder victim
web posted August 25, 2010
AIKEN – The Aiken County Coroner's Office has released a sketch of the woman whose burned body was found in a field on Storm Branch Road earlier this month in hopes of finding her identity. A photo of a ring the woman was wearing when her body was found was released earlier this month.
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Motorcyclist in critical condition following Monday’s crash
web posted August 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The man injured in a motorcycle crash late Monday afternoon remains in critical condition at MCG Hospital, according to a family member that contacted Edgefield Daily on Tuesday. “He’s in ICU in a (drug induced coma) and will be there for the next few weeks.”
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Soccer Registrations This Saturday
web posted August 25, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Soccer league continues their fall soccer registrations this Saturday, August 28 at the Edgefield Soccer Complex. Signups will be held from 10am to noon at the concession stand at the soccer complex.
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Teachers, Administrators to be furloughed again this year
web posted August 25, 2010
JOHNSTON – School board member Mary Alice Jackson of District 1 is no longer a candidate for re-election in November after withdrawing her name from the ballot. Ms. Jackson confirmed Tuesday evening that she had done so following the advice of her doctor, who had advised her against running due to health concerns.
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Religion: Show Some Kindness
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted August 25, 2010

RELIGION – As I start to write this morning I have a piece of toilet tissue stuck to the top of my lip that has a nice red dot of blood in the center of it. Why? Well, I have a little spot on my lip, a little bump, that has been there forever. It is completely unnoticeable, so don’t stare at my upper lip please. But, the problem is that I sometimes cut it shaving.
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ESPN to televise South Pointe-Northwestern game
Former STH Player Coaching South Point
web posted August 25, 2010
ROCK HILL – After three successful years (04-06) coaching at Independence High in Charlotte, NC and winning three state championships with a record of (48-0), Welvin L. Simpkins, a native of Edgefield, SC, is now coaching at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, SC. Simpkins is in his 2nd year at South Pointe and he is the Defensive Back Coach and he is also over the Kick-Off Team.
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Lori Anne Carr Elected Chairman of Old 96 District Tourism Commission
web posted August 25, 2010
COUNTY – Lori Anne Carr was recently elected chairman of the Old 96 District Tourism Commission. Lori Anne is a graduate of Clemson University and Vice-president of Titan Farms. Lori Anne earned her BA degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision.
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Johnston man arrested for attempted murder
web posted August 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has been arrested after attacking another Johnston man with a box cutter on Edisto Avenue Monday afternoon leaving the victim with a serious chest wound. When First Responders arrived on the scene they found the 50-year-old man on the ground bleeding heavily from a deep gaping wound to his left upper chest area. The alleged assailant fled the scene right after the attack.
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Convicted Felon Enters Race for School Board as Incumbent Drops Out
web posted August 24, 2010
COUNTY – As the final day of candidates filing for School Board took place last week a surprise withdrawal came when incumbent Mary Alice Jackson backed out of the race and Nathanial Jackson signed up to run. Mr. Jackson, a convicted felon who served eight years in Federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges in a cocaine trafficking investigation, ran against Mary Alice Jackson in 2006 and lost.
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Motorcycle crash leaves one man seriously injured
web posted August 24, 2010
MERRIWETHER – An afternoon ride on a dirt bike left one man unconscious and serious injured after crashing a motorcycle on Memory Lane, a dirt road off Martintown Road. The crash took place shortly before 7:30, although the details on how it occurred were ambiguous. The motorcycle was at the entrance to Memory Lane and the injured man was being treated in the middle of the road approximately 2/10 of a mile from the motorcycle.
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Cutting torches cited as cause of fire tower platform blaze
web posted August 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The fire of the decommissioned fire watch tower on Columbia Road Saturday afternoon appears to have been started by workers dismantling the tower with cutting torches. It is believed that sparks and molten metal from the cutting torches fell on the wooden part of the lookout platform starting the blaze.
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Local residents far exceed national average in belief Pres. Obama is a Muslim
web posted August 24, 2010
COUNTY – Results from an ongoing poll by Edgefield Daily shows that as of Monday night 79% of readers responding believe President Obama is a Muslim and 7% saying they are unsure. Only 15% stated they believed otherwise. Our online poll, which is still ongoing and is not scientific, does limit those participating to one vote each in the polling.
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Cornerstone Celebrating Recovery Month with 5K Fun Run/Walk
web posted August 24, 2010
GREENWOOD – Cornerstone is sponsoring its 2nd Annual “Steps for Sobriety” 5K Fun Run/Walk in celebration of National Recovery Month. The race will begin at 9am on Saturday, September 18, 2010 in Uptown Greenwood. “Recovery Month highlights the benefits of substance abuse treatment and promotes the message that recovery from addiction-in all its forms-is possible,” Teresa Roy of Cornerstone said.
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Edgefield Fire Observation Tower Destroyed by Fire
web posted August 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The lookout platform of the Fire Tower in Edgefield on Columbia Road was reported on fire and falling in Saturday afternoon as storms passed over the area. 911 Dispatchers began receiving calls of the fire just before 5:30 Saturday afternoon.
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Sports: Rebels Blue Steel Will Not Break; ST 7 WE 0
By Tim Crane
web posted August 21, 2010

SPORTS – With only 3:03 remaining in a 7-0 game, Williston had just driven 53 yards in seven plays to Strom Thurmond's 20 yard line. On 3rd and five, after a Blue Devil timeout, Williston quarterback Tamyn Garrick throws to the corner of the endzone toward highly touted Mr. Everything Dexter Staley.  But Blue Steel defensive back Cody Johnson went up and took the ball from Staley, ensuring a shutout and a Strom Thurmond victory.
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Portion of stolen truck found on fire near Trenton
web posted August 23, 2010
TRENTON – A portion of a truck reported stolen last week from the North Augusta Rock and Turf on Edgefield Road on August 10 turned up on fire on Van Road near Trenton around 1 am Saturday morning.
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McConnell Announces Streamlining Commission and Council on Efficient Government
web posted August 23, 2010
COLUMBIA – S.C. State Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell announced Friday he would be reintroducing legislation creating a Streamlining Commission and Council on Efficient Government. The legislation, though similar to a bill he introduced last year which unfortunately did not pass, has been fundamentally changed.
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Learn About Girl Scouts and How to Join
web posted August 23, 2010
web posted August 23, 2010
PSA -COUNTY – Leadership experiences for girls are what make Girl Scouting unique. We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies. Through programs that include science and technology, the arts, outdoor and environmental awareness, and business and economic literacy, Girl Scouting encourages girls to discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.
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NOTICE: Edgefield Down Town Drive In Movie Canceled
web posted August 21, 2010  4:00 pm
EDGEFIELD – Due to inclement weather being predicted for Saturday evening the Down Town Movie on the Town Square has been canceled. A reschedule date is expected for September.

Rebels shut out Blue Devils 7-0 in Season Opener
web posted August 21, 2010
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond took on last year’s undefeated class 1A state champs Williston Elko Friday night and handed the champs their first defeat in a year in a nail biting defensive game ending with the Rebels on top 7-0. Though the Blue Devils were in scoring position three times the Rebel defense put down two goal line stands and intercepted a pass in the end-zone to shut out the Devils. Tim Crane’s recap of the game will be available later today. Please be sure to refresh your browser each time you check back to get our latest updates.

Counterfeit checks leads to over $7,000 loss for store owner
web posted August 21, 2010
JOHNSTON – Over an eleven day period in mid to late July a Johnston store owner was bilked out of over $7,000 by cashing eleven counterfeit checks. The checks were returned in the last week by the Edgefield Worthless Check Unit to the Johnston Police Department. All of the checks bore the same account number and were drawn on false accounts at SunTrust Bank though listing different company names.
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Naked man bathing from a bucket arrested
web posted August 21, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man accused of bathing out of a bucket while standing naked in the middle of Partridge Drive has been arrested on an indecent exposure charge. A woman coming home from work stated she saw the man, later identified as 26-year-old Ricky Martin Kirk of Wren Drive, standing in the middle of the road with no clothes on bathing.
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Arrests in Hayes Drive shooting now at eight
web posted August 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The count of arrests made stemming from the July 30 burglary of a Hayes Drive home and shooting death of 26-year-old Theodore Campbell has now risen to eight after Gladys Mims Hicks, 42, of North Augusta (Left) turned her self in at the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday for a warrant for Obstructing Justice. David Zachary Banks, 22, of Chalet North Ct., North Augusta (Right), has not been found and is wanted on an arrest warrant of receiving stolen goods in the investigation. Banks could soon make the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted list if he does not surrender.
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Man pinned under vehicle after cement block breaks
web posted August 20, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether First Responders, firefighters and EMS were called to a home on Pin Oak Road after 911 dispatchers received a call of a man being pinned underneath his vehicle around 2:30 Thursday afternoon.
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Sports Preview: Strom Thurmond at Williston-Elko, Season Opener
By Tim Crane
web posted August 20, 2010

SPORTS – It’s Football Time Again!  The Strom Thurmond Rebels have been hard at work preparing for an exciting 2010 season since their third round exit last November. The Rebels return a slew of talent from a 10-3 team and are ranked #1 in 2A in some of the state’s polls.
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Edgefield Advertiser’s Suzanne Derrick Should Resign: False Statements Exposed
A Column by the Editor
web posted August 20, 2010

COLUMN – A recent column published in the Edgefield Advertiser on Wednesday, August 18, wrongly attributed to Modena Stevens, took great strides to discredit Edgefield Daily and myself as editor. Granted anyone is free to take pot shots at me, and the little inner-circle clique in Edgefield does so on a regular basis, but in doing so at least tell the truth. The recent column penned and published by Suzanne Derrick contains nothing but outright lies.
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ATC Launches Treasure Hunt to Promote Critical Thinking
web posted August 20, 2010
AIKEN – On August 23, the first day of fall semester classes, ATC students will immerse themselves in the “Lost Art of Critical Thinking,” a treasure hunt designed to make students think critically in order to find a great reward.
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Trenton area restaurant burglarized
web posted August 19, 2010
TRENTON – The Airport Grill, a recently opened restaurant on Bettis Academy Road, was discovered burglarized during the night and was left with $1,600 in damages. When the owner arrived Tuesday morning he found his industrial food slicer laying on the sidewalk outside the building and one of the glass doors busted out.
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3rd Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square Saturday
web posted August 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 3rd Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday, August 21st.  Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of “Annie.” This classic 1982 movie is about the little Orphan Annie and her journey from the orphanage to finding a loving adopted Family.
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Governor Signs Bill Establishing 24-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortions
web posted August 19, 2010
SPARTANBURG – Joined by state lawmakers and pro-life advocates at the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg on Wednesday, Gov. Mark Sanford signed H.3245, a bill establishing a 24-hour waiting period before abortions. The new law requires that a woman considering an abortion be given a full day to review materials objectively explaining what an abortion is and how to determine the age of an unborn fetus.
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Sports: Players of the Past: Robert Brazell
By Tim Crane
web posted August 19, 2010
SPORTS – Edgefield Daily Sports Writer Tim Crane is featuring a series of articles of “Players of the Past” and this week he is spotlighting Edgefield’s own Robert Brazell who played during the 1979-1980 school year and was part of the team that lead Thurmond to the state championship game only to come up short of the title.
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School Board candidate says "Students before politics in Edgefield County"
web posted August 19, 2010
Dear Editor:
To the people of Edgefield County, I originally wrote this to my Facebook group Michael Crim for Edgefield County School Board. I thought I would now share it with the rest of the public.
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Lost dog in custody
web posted August 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A mature male tri-colored Sheltie was found in the area of Lynch Street on August 17 and was turned over to the Sheriff’s Animal Control on the same date. The well cared for dog is neutered and the owners are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 803-637-5337 to have the dog returned.

Correction
web posted August 19, 2010
JOHNSTON – A report published on Tuesday of a man charged for allegedly sending obscene messages to a teen stated the mother of victim was 28. The Johnston Police Department sent an email on Wednesday stating the mother’s age was listed incorrectly on the report they released and her actual age is 34 years. They apologized for the incorrect age being listed and stated it was a typo.

S.C. Congressman Joe Wilson Talks Jobs at Aiken Technical College
web posted August 19, 2010
AIKEN – South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson discussed employment opportunities with ATC President Dr. Susan A. Winsor at ATC’s Manufacturing and Technology Training Center on Wednesday. Congressman Wilson was touring area businesses to see first-hand how they are faring under the current economic circumstances.
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Sex Offender Sought by Sheriff’s Office
web posted August 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a registered sex offender who has failed to register his current address. George Arthur Whitmore, 40, has been unable to be located and is required to register any new address within ten days. His last known address was 814 Meeting Street Road in Edgefield.
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Edgefield Historian Carlee Thomas McClendon dies on 70th birthday
web posted August 18, 2010
MT. PLEASANT SC – South Carolina historian, Carlee Thomas McClendon, died peacefully on his seventieth birthday, August 15, 2010. Known for his love of Edgefield, he authored numerous articles about her colorful history, people, ten governors, historic homes and churches. He also compiled several books including The First and Second Federal Censuses 1790 and 1800 of Edgefield County (c) 1959, Edgefield Marriage Records (c) 1970, and Edgefield Death Notices and Cemetery Records (c) 1977.
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Merriwether Express Bus to Strom Thurmond Returns
web posted August 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County School District will again operate an express bus for the 2010 -2011 school year from Merriwether Middle School to Strom Thurmond High School for high school students living in the Merriwether area. The express bus will depart Merriwether Middle at 7:10 a.m. Monday – Friday and arrive at Strom Thurmond High School by 7:50 a.m.
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Back to School met with mixed emotions
web posted August 18, 2010
COUNTY – Mixed emotions of sadness and joy were seen on faces throughout the District as Edgefield County Schools opened their doors to students Tuesday for another school year. Erika Robinson comforted her daughter Aziyah as they waited in the Merriwether Elementary School office for paperwork to be completed. It was Aziyah’s very first day at school as she enters 5-year-old kindergarten. “She’s ready,” said her mother. “She’s just a little nervous for the first day. And I’m very ready.”
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Seventh person charged in shooting death investigation
web posted August 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Stephen Edward Hannah, 26, of 204 Oakhurst Dr., North Augusta has been the seventh person to be arrested in connection to the Hayes Drive shooting death of 26-year-old Theodore Campbell on July 30. Mr. Hannah turned himself in at the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning after he was featured in report by Edgefield Daily.
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Religion: Passive Hatred
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted August 18, 2010

RELIGION – My son Cason loves to play pretend. He pretends to be a lineman fixing the power lines, a plumber taking care of pipes, an exterminator killing ants, and various other professions of the great men out here at Antioch. He of course pretends to be a preacher as well, but heading to hospital is not as cool as going up in a bucket truck! Now, today I want us to play pretend as well.
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NOTICE: Edgefield Town Council to hold Called Meeting
web posted August 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council will be holding a called meeting on Thursday, August 26, at the council chambers and will begin at 5:30 pm. There will be a public hearing and a first reading of an ordinance Annexing Edgefield County Tax Map No. 137-00-00-028, belonging to James F. Martin located on Crest Road. Written or oral comments are welcomed during the public hearing.

Repeat Winners at the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea
web posted August 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The 2008 ladies Champion, McKenzie Talbert, took advantage of great scoring conditions as she passed the field. The 2009 Beth Daniel Player of the Year fired a final round 65 and ended with a three shot margin of victory.
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Last week to sign up for football, soccer kicks off registrations this Saturday
web posted August 18, 2010
PSA – The Edgefield County Soccer league will start their fall soccer registrations this Saturday August 21st and continue through next Saturday the 28th at the Edgefield Soccer Complex. Signups on each Saturday will be held from 10am to noon at the concession stand at the soccer complex.
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Aiken’s Full-Time Pain Center Offers Relief from Chronic Pain
web posted August 18, 2010
AIKEN – Living with pain can easily put a damper on your daily life and that’s why William Durrett, MD of Aiken Neurosciences has chosen Pain Management as his specialty.  Dr. Durrett has practiced pain management for over 20 years and has the only full-time pain management center in Aiken. 
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Heart & Sole Dog Walk
web posted August 18, 2010
GREENWOOD – Show your support for saving homeless animals by participating in the 2nd annual Heart & Sole Dog Walk, a fund raising event for all animal lovers. The Humane Society of Greenwood invites everyone to join in and raise money to help support the 5,000 animals that are cared for each year at the Greenwood County Animal Shelter.  Last year, over $20,000 was raised from the benefit walk. 
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County Council awards disputed HVAC contract after special called meeting
web posted August 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a special called meeting Monday afternoon to consider bids for the heating and cooling (HVAC) units at the Calliham building. The bids were postponed after several questions were raised about “apples to apples” bidding procedures and what type of equipment each company was offering to supply. There was a $40,000 difference between low bid to high bid.
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Town of Johnston honors Sgt. Wooten on retirement announcement
web posted August 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston and the Johnston Police Department will be holding a “drop-in” today for Johnston Police Sgt. Craig Wooten who will retire this week after over 30 years of service in law enforcement with at least 25 of those years with the Johnston Police Department.
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Tickets for Season Opener of Thurmond vs Williston Elko available now
web posted August 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – Tickets for this Friday night's game between Strom Thurmond High School and Williston Elko are available in the STHS office. Ticket pricing is $6.00 and will be available until 1:30 on Friday afternoon. This is an away game for the Rebels. Edgefield Daily’s Sports Tim Crane is back again this year with his unmatched coverage and analysis of the games each week.

Live-in boyfriend charged for obscene messages to girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter
web posted August 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called police after her 16-year-old daughter came to her crying saying she wanted to go stay at her grandmother’s house because of text messages that were being sent to her from the mother’s 34-year-old boyfriend who was living at the home. The 34-year-old mother stated to police she was kicking her boyfriend out after reading the messages.
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SRR Donation Will Bring Specialized Calculators to Edgefield County High School Math Students
web posted August 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – Jim French, Savannah River Remediation LLC (SRR) President and Project Manager, presents a $3,000 donation to the Foundation for Public Schools in Edgefield County at the Edgefield County School District School-Year Kick-off held Friday, August 13.
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Edgefield man reports finding sawed-off shotgun
web posted August 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called the Sheriff’s Office to report finding a suspicious weapon in the truck of his car after retrieving it from his girlfriend in Belvedere on Friday. A sawed-off shotgun was found in the trunk after he returned to his home in Edgefield and was cleaning out the car.
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Edgefield County man reported for leaving profanity laced messages at area church about President Obama
web posted August 17, 2010
MARTINEZ, GA. – A Martinez, Georgia, Church called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report an Edgefield County man making calls to the church office and leaving messages containing, “profanity, gibberish, and statements about President Obama.” In all at least seven messages had been left at the church on the answering machine.
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Second arrest in burned child investigation
web posted August 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A second arrest has been made in the investigation of a 20-month-old taken to Doctor’s Hospital Burn Unit with burns to the baby’s feet, ankles, and buttock last week that led to the removal of all six children from the home. Terrance Dewayne Burton, 34, turned himself in to Edgefield County authorities Saturday and was booked into custody.
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Edgefield Man Shot in Domestic Dispute
web posted August 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man was shot Sunday afternoon and arrived at the Edgefield County Hospital later to be treated for injuries. The exact time of the shooting incident is unknown, however the Edgefield County Hospital notified authorities around 8:40 pm Sunday after the man arrived at the Emergency Room. Early information said it appeared to be non-life threatening injuries and may have been caused by buckshot.
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Seven File for Three School Board Seat Elections
web posted August 16, 2010
COUNTY – The field of candidates for the non-partisan elections for School Board is already getting crowded with seven people filing so far for three of the available seats. Three are seeking to win the seat left open when Andy Livingston resigned after being elected as Mayor of Johnston in April.
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Watch That Child: School Starts Tomorrow
web posted August 16, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield County students will be heading back to school tomorrow and area residents are asked to be aware as children will be lining up at bus stops. You may also want to plan to leave home a little early as school busses will be making the rounds causing traffic slowdowns on area roads as they make stops to pick up area students.

Another arrest in Hayes Drive shooting death, three others sought
web posted August 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Another arrest has been made in connection to the Hayes Drive shooting incident that left 26-year-old Theodore Campbell dead after invading the home whihle armed with a gun. Michael A. Jones, 28, of Edgefield Rd., Trenton, is charged with Obstructing Justice after turning himself in at the Detection Center on Thursday. This brings the total of those arrested in the case to six, with three others being sought on outstanding arrest warrants.
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Edgefield County Hospital Partners with ARMC to Spread the Health
web posted August 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Living a healthy lifestyle is important to everyone and it’s important to make sure that you have a physician that you trust as well as know your facts.  This year Edgefield County Hospital partnered with Aiken Regional Medical Centers to provide education on health topics for our community.
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Four arrested in Johnston fight and possible stabbing
web posted August 16, 2010
JOHNSTON – A domestic disturbance at a home on the 500 block of Addison Street spilled out into the street around 1:30 Sunday morning and resulted in more fights. One man, bleeding from the upper part of his chest, claimed he had been stabbed.
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Mother of burned child arrested, boyfriend sought
web posted August 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The mother a 20-month-old boy taken to Doctor’s Hospital to be treated for serious burns earlier this week has been arrested and charged with one count of child neglect. Cora Bell Wakefield, 24, of Rosa Hill Street in Edgefield was taken into custody at her mother’s home Friday evening. Her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Terrence Dewayne Burton who is a registered sex offender, has yet to be arrested in the case.
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Suspect in recent theft from vehicle arrested
web posted August 14, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A man wanted in connection to at least one of the more than two dozen recent thefts from vehicles in the Merriwether area is now is custody. Kenneth Mims, 21, of North Augusta, was arrested after a photo taken at an ATM was released by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. Mims was allegedly using one of the stolen credit cards to obtain cash when his picture was captured on video surveillance footage.
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Aiken County Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help in identifying murder victim
web posted August 14, 2010
AIKEN – A ring found on one of two women strangled and their bodies burned in Aiken County is hoped to lead to a tip to her identity. The women who was found at a Paddock Bend Road home set ablaze has been identified as 75-year-old Yana Peters Schenker of Aiken. The second woman has yet to be identified.
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Edgefield County Council to hold Called Meeting Monday
web posted August 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will hold a special called meeting on Monday, August 16, at 5 pm at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street to consider bids relating to the Calliham Building and “other related items”. Several questions raised at the August 10 meeting concerning “apples to apples” bids for the heating and air conditioning systems prompted the bid awarding to be postponed. The public is invited to attend.

Greenwood ASPCA promotes exposure of “Puppy Mills”
web posted August 14, 2010
GREENWOOD – September 1 has been designated National Puppy Mill Awareness Day by the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. On this day, help the Humane Society of Greenwood bring awareness of puppy mills to Greenwood and surrounding counties.
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Child abuse case leads to six children taken from Edgefield home
web posted August 13, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police Department and the Department of Social Services has removed six children from a Rosa Hill Street home after a 20-month-old arrived at the Burn Unit at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta Georgia earlier this week with “severe burns” to the child’s feet, ankles, and buttock. The doctor treating the baby stated that the burns were inconsistent with the explanation the mother was giving on how the burns occurred, a police report states. Treatment for the burns will require surgery.
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Discovery of burned bodies results in Homicide investigation
web posted August 13, 2010
AIKEN – Aiken County Officials are classifying the deaths of two women as homicides after the discovery of their burned bodies in two different locations. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton stated in a press release that both women died of asphyxiation leading to the investigation. It is unknown at this time if the two deaths are related, but due to the locations of the bodies and the circumstances the cases may be related.
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Two of three recent burglaries located in southern Edgefield County
web posted August 13, 2010
COUNTY – Three burglaries reported across the county this week account for nearly $6,000 in stolen property adding the to the totals of other thefts. Although most of the recent thefts and burglaries are reported in the Merriwether area, the three most recent reports come from Johnston and the County Line area along Highway 25 bordering the Merriwether District.
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First PTC Cardiovascular Technology Students Graduate
web posted August 13, 2010
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College recently celebrated the graduation of its first class of Cardiovascular Technology students during a pinning ceremony.  Eight of the 10 graduating students have already been recruited and will be working in the field. Each student received hands-on training under Cindy Evans, program coordinator, and instructors Christy Nichols and Leslie Williams, all with extensive cardiovascular technologist backgrounds.
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Edgefield teen walks away uninjured from crash
web posted August 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield teen escaped injury after loosing control of the Dodge coup she was driving south on Sweetwater Road sending her down a steep embankment before striking a tree just before 2 pm. The 16-year-old girl was shaken but uninjured after the car went back up the embankment and landed sideways in the southbound lane. Deputies directed traffic around the crash scene using the northbound lane.
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Cookies for Candace
web posted August 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Another fundraiser is being held to raise money for the enormous medical bills that have piled up for 16-year-old Candace Cordell who was critically injured in a violent crash on May 7 of this year. The next round is “Cookies for Candace” where supporters will be baking “Million Dollar Cookies” to be ready for pick up on Monday, September 13.

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Nantucket to Perfom at Live After 5 Concert tonight in Uptown Greenwood
web posted August 12, 2010
GREENWOOD – Bring your lawn chairs and dancin’ shoes and enjoy a fun-filled evening in Uptown Greenwood during the August edition of Live After Five.  This month’s concert will feature legendary rock group Nantucket. 
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SCE&G offers resources to combat hot weather and high bills
web posted August 12, 2010
COUNTY – The school year may be right around the corner, but the summer heat wave continues to have a hold on the South. Heating and cooling accounts for 45 to 50 percent of a consumer’s annual energy bill so making small changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy.
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South Carolina Scores Top National Rankings for Business Climate
web posted August 12, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford commented on a string of encouraging national rankings for South Carolina's business climate. Last week, Business Facilities magazine ranked South Carolina Number 1 nationally for "Economic Growth Potential," Number 4 nationally for "Best Business Climate," and Number 3 nationally for "Automotive Manufacturing Strength". This came only days after South Carolina was again named among the Top 5 Business-Friendly States by Pollina Corp of Chicago.
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County Recreation League Football and Cheerleading Registration Continues this Saturday
web posted August 12, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Youth Football and Cheerleading will hold registrations this Saturday, August 14th and continue on August 21 from 10 am to noon each day. Registration is open to youth ages 6 to 12.  Registration fee is $60 per child.
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County Council approves new radio tower, ordinances, and bids for Calliham building
web posted August 11, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council met Tuesday night giving approval for a new transmitter tower for emergency services and a number of bids on work at the Calliham building project. After Chairman Monroe Kneece opened the meeting and called for the approval of the July 6 Minutes Councilwoman Genia Blackwell objected stating the comments by County Administrator Alton Brown were not included in the official record.
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More thefts from vehicles reported Monday, two vehicles stolen
web posted August 11, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Thefts from parked vehicles continue to be reported in the Merriwether area and now includes the thefts of two trucks. As residents along the Currytown Road area awoke Monday morning several found vehicles parked at their homes had been entered with a total of over $1,000 of property missing. 
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Merriwether, County Line homes scene of burglaries
web posted August 11, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road man called the Sheriff’s Office to report finding his home burglarized when he returned home Sunday afternoon after someone broke in through a back window to make entry into the home. According to incident reports, the person or persons made off with over $1,000 in property.
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Johnston council welcomes theatre representative, continues ordinance updates
web posted August 11, 2010
JOHNSTON – Members of Johnston Town Council welcomed theatre veteran and founding member of the Edgefield County Theatre Company, Tony Baughman, to chambers Monday as he explained the organization’s continued emergence.
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Religion: Parents Are Always Teaching Their Children
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted August 11, 2010

RELIGION – I confessed a few months back in my column “Rules or Relationship” that I bite my fingernails and then chew on them. I know gross. Not only is this gross, but this habit which I have always thought harmless is not really that harmless. A little research today shows that it does transport bacteria that are buried under the surface of my nails directly into my mouth. I should have seen this coming! Man, I got to quit! But this past week, I noticed my three year old son Cason biting his nails and then he looked at me and said “I will chew this like you.” 
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County School's Pass Scores Released
web posted August 11, 2010
COUNTY – Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test results for the 2010 school year have been released. PASS is the state test used to measure student achievement. Douglas Elementary and W. E. Parker Elementary made Adequate Yearly Progress, (AYP) for the second consecutive year.
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3rd Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square – Saturday, August 21, 2010
web posted August 11, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 3rd Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday, August 21st.  Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of “Annie.” This classic 1982 movie is about the little Orphan Annie and her journey from the orphanage to finding a loving adopted Family.
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New Employees Welcomed To School District
web posted August 11, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District held New Employee Orientation on Thursday of last week. The new employees began their day at the district office going over policy and procedures, the School District Employee Handbook and completing paperwork.  Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Superintendent welcomed them to the school district and Mrs. Shawn Clinkscales, Director of Human Resources presented the program.
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More arrests made in Hayes Drive shooting death
web posted August 10, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Three more arrests have been made in the home invasion shooting incident on Hayes Drive that left Theodore Campbell dead. Jgeorgerard Marshall, 28 (Left), and Neil Evan Beasley, 31, both of Johnston were booked into custody over the weekend. A third person, a 16-year-old Johnston teen, has been arrested and charged as an adult, however, at this time the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing his name.
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ATM captures suspect using stolen credit card from recent theft from vehicle
web posted August 10, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo they believe identifies at least one of the suspects that may be involved in the rash of thefts from vehicles in the area over the past two weeks. A Frances Street woman reported her wallet had been stolen between 1 am and 9 am Sunday from her unlocked car parked at her home. Around 6 am the man tried to use one of the stolen credit cards at an ATM that captured his face while attempting to withdraw money.
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Johnston Police seek help in locating suspected counterfeiters
web posted August 10, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department has released photos of two people wanted in the connection of passing counterfeit $20 bills in Johnston in mid July. Kayle Norris and Teddy Weaver (Pictured left) have outstanding warrants for criminal conspiracy and forgery relating to the seven counterfeit $20 bills recovered during the investigation.
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Stephens Road home burglarized of jewelry, gun, and electronics
web posted August 10, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road man called the Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon to report arriving home and finding his residence burglarized. Taken from the home were jewelry, a “military” type weapon, and others items valued at well over $1,000.
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Accused burglar sought by Johnston Police
web posted August 10, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are seeking the whereabouts of a man wanted for several outstanding warrants including burglary in the first degree, criminal domestic violence 3rd offense, and resisting arrest. All of the charges stem from a January 10 incident. Michael Lorenzo Jones, 36, of Chinaberry Lane, Johnston, is accused of breaking into the home and causing injury to the woman inside.
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Big Time Scrimmage: Newberry at Strom Thurmond Wednesday
By Tim Crane
web posted August 10, 2010

SPORTS – Scrimmages are practices which are used to prepare teams for games.  Scrimmages don’t count in the win or loss column.  But when Newberry travels to Strom Thurmond on Wednesday, this scrimmage will take on an entirely different feel.  There will be two of the state’s best coaches 53 yards away from each other, two teams of similar styles and history with the same goals for 2010; win their regions and make a deep playoff run. 
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Reward Offered in Arson of Church
web posted August 9, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Fire Association is offering a reward for anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the August 3 arson at the Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church. The fire caused an estimated $27,000 in damages. To provide tips or information call the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office at 803-637-5337.

Woman, dog, escape serious injury in single vehicle crash
web posted August 9, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman was injured in a single vehicle crash Sunday morning as she was traveling east on Martintown Road just after 10 am and lost control of the Chevrolet Avalanche. Edgefield County Deputies, EMS and Merriwether Firefighters responded to the scene and found the truck over 25 yards in a wooded area.
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Thefts from vehicles continue to climb in number
web posted August 9, 2010
COUNTY – Though breaking news on another shooting incident took headlines for most of last week, thefts from vehicles continued to be reported on nearly a daily basis. The majority of the thefts took place in the Merriwether area with over $1,500 in property stolen. In two thefts in the Johnston area totaled over $1,700 including an assault rifle. In the last two weeks the amount stolen is over $4,400.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held August 14
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web posted August 9, 2010

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, August 14, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Summer storms bring rain and downed trees
web posted August 9, 2010
COUNTY – Much needed rain came to the county Friday afternoon but was associated at times with high winds and lightening. The National Weather Service issued thunder storm warnings mid-afternoon and by 6 pm the skies began to darken and the winds began to blow downing trees and making roadways slippery.
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Cookies for Candace
web posted August 9, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Another fundraiser is being held to raise money for the enormous medical bills that have piled up for 16-year-old Candace Cordell who was critically injured in a violent crash on May 7 of this year. The next round is “Cookies for Candace” where supporters will be baking “Million Dollar Cookies” to be ready for pick up on Monday, September 13.

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Found Dog
web posted August 9, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Found: 08/03/2010 Black dog near National Wild Turkey Federation. Looks healthy & well fed. Very sweet. Please call 803-637-6355 to identify and claim.

S.C. Dept. of Commerce Asian Office Director Named President of the Council of American States in China
web posted August 9, 2010
COLUMBIA – John Ling, director of South Carolina’s state office in Shanghai, China, has been named president of the Council of American States in China. The Council of American States in China (CASIC) is an international organization, which consists of representatives from American state offices, tourism authorities and ports authorities located in China.
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PTC Instructors Utilize Interactive Whiteboard Technology
web posted August 9, 2010
GREENWOOD – In an effort to deliver a richer, more effective instructional experience to students, new Promethean interactive whiteboards are being installed in classrooms on the Piedmont Technical College Greenwood campus. “We are concerned about delivering engaging, interactive instruction to students who are used to a fast-paced, multi-media environment,” said Susan Timmons, vice president for educational affairs.
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Arrest made in April armed robbery of Billy’s Superstore
web posted August 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A man wanted in connection to the armed robbery of Billy’s Superstore in Trenton on April 24 of this year is now in custody. Maurice Williams, 21, of Edgefield, was taken into custody in a joint effort by Edgefield Police and Sheriff’s Deputies early Thursday morning.
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Family members rally behind man charged in shooting incident
web posted August 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Even before the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release announcing the arrest of two men in the shooting incident on Hayes Drive last Friday night that left one man dead, two family members were proclaiming the innocence of Daniel Wayne Reynolds. According to the two family members that spoke to Edgefield Daily on condition of anonymity, they said they feared for their safety due to two of the people involved being in a gang in Johnston.
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Irony abounds in arrest of suspected credit card thief linked to Edgefield County
web posted August 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A man wanted by Edgefield Police and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office for stealing credit cards from women at the Edgefield County Hospital and the Wild Turkey Federation in May is now in custody. Jerome Slaughter, 48, of Statesboro, Georgia, is being held at the Jenkins County jail following his arrest on Wednesday on a similar crime.
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Strom Thurmond Varsity Schedule 2010
By Tim Crane
web posted August 6, 2010

COUNTY – Sport writer Tim Crane has compiled the entire list of regular season games and pre-season games for the Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels in their 2010 season. Their first pre-season match up will be Saturday night at Laurens High School.
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Two charged in Hayes Drive shooting
web posted August 5, 2010

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection to the shooting incident on Hayes Drive last weekend. Daniel Wayne Reynolds, 26, of Edgefield, and John David Keplinger, 19, of Johnston, are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center without bond in the case.
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13-year-old scares away masked burglar in Edgefield
web posted August 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Sheriff’s Deputies and Edgefield Police responded to a call from a teenager just after noon Tuesday reporting someone was breaking into the family home. A nearby deputy arrived at the Columbia Road home one minute later but was unable to located the masked intruder who fled the scene once he spotted the 13-year-old inside the home.
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Strom Thurmond Booster Club Raffles Custom Golf Cart
web posted August 5, 2010
JOHNSTON – The STHS Booster Club will be raffling off an electric powered EZ Go Golf Cart, valued at $6200. The drawing will take place during halftime of the Batesburg-Leesville game. Tickets are $2 each or three tickets for $5. They are available at Fairway Food Center in Edgefield and all STHS sporting events until the day of the drawing.
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Burglar makes off with TV and jewelry in Johnston
web posted August 5, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report her apartment on the 300 block of Slide Hill Road was found with the door kicked in and at least $1,500 in jewelry and electronics had been stolen.
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Tax Free Holiday for School Supplies this weekend
web posted August 5, 2010
COUNTY – The South Carolina Tax Free Holiday will begin Friday at 12:01 am and run through Sunday at midnight for tax exemptions on state and local taxes on school supplies.
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Letter to the Editor: Chess Coach thanks supporters
web posted August 5, 2010
Dear Editor,
Recently, when South Carolina Female Scholastic Chess Champion, Tori Whatley, asked the community for financial assistance to attend the prestigious Susan Polgar Girls Invitational Tournament, they responded by opening their purses and wallets even in the face of the toughest economic times since the Great Depression. Together, local businesses contributed half of the funds necessary for Tori and I to drive to the event in Lubbock, Texas. 
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Standoff ends in arrest of two Johnston teens
web posted August 4, 2010
JOHNSTON – An attempt to serve arrest warrants on two Johnston teens resulted in an hour long standoff on Sandra Drive Tuesday afternoon. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said search warrants were served at their homes on Monday but the two were not located. “Investigator Lamaz Robinson got a tip (Tuesday afternoon) they were at a home on Sandra Drive, he contacted me, and I contacted the Sheriff Office, and the Edgefield PD came too, and we merged on the residence.”
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Arson cause of Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church fire
web posted August 4, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A Tuesday evening fire at Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church near Edgefield has led to an arson investigation after firefighters arrived and found evidence the fire was purposely set. According to a church member, someone threw gasoline through a broken window in the back of the church in an attempt to burn the church down.
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Edgefield man killed in early morning crash 
web posted August 3, 2010 - 10:45 am
EDGEFIELD – Heavy rain may have been a contributing factor in a fatal crash on Old Stage Road early Tuesday morning. The driver, 21-year-old Clayton Moates, of Edgefield, was traveling down a hill on Old Stage Road near Sweetwater Road around 6:30 am when he lost control of a Pontiac mini-van, overturned, and struck a tree.
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Tori Whatley bests previous Polgar finish
web posted August 4, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas – Having been placed among the best scholastic chess players the nation has to offer, Edgefield County standout Tori Whatley proved she had the right moves for the competition. Due to a stronger rating this time around, Tori started higher in the order at the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational Chess Tournament, held on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
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Religion: Weeds In The Flower Bed
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted August 4, 2010

RELIGION – Now, assuming anyone is still reading this column after my insulting of precious hummingbirds last week, we are to talk about gardens and flowers this week. See, I don’t hate all of God’s creation, just those that should be considered homeland terrorists. . At the present, if you were to ride by the parsonage you would see something for the first time in the four years we have been here: a weed bed. That’s right, in the front of our house, where we have planted flowers the past few springs, there is a weed bed.
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Community Development Block Grants Awarded to 34 South Carolina Communities
web posted August 4, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Commerce announced Monday that approximately $14.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds have been awarded to 34 communities across the state. These projects will directly benefit more than 16,000 residents. 
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Women in Unity Youth Rally sees large turnout
web posted August 4, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Approximately 250 Edgefield County school children are closer to having the school supplies they need when school opens later this month. The Ninth Annual Women in Unity Youth Rally was held Saturday on the Edgefield Soccer Field and children 17 and under enjoyed games and prizes, as well as a free lunch and school supplies. “First, we have to give God the glory,” said Mary Jane Roberts, Vice President of the Women in Unity Board. “This was a fun day for the children of Edgefield County.”
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Debated agenda items at Edgefield Town Council meeting
web posted August 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their August meeting Monday evening with Mayor Ken Durham giving council members a bit of good news on the budget and revenues received. The visitor of the month was Tony Baughman with the Edgefield County Theatre Company discussing the new performing arts theater that is locating at the Discovery Center. The County’s request to remove Railroad Street from the state road system was also on the agenda drawing debate.
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NOTICE: County Council meeting date changed
web posted August 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council meeting rescheduled for Thursday, August 5, has now been rescheduled a second time. The meeting will now be held on Tuesday, August 10, at 6 pm. Please make a note of the change if you plan to attend.

Cookies for Candace
web posted August 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Another fundraiser is being held to raise money for the enormous medical bills that have piled up for 16-year-old Candace Cordell who was critically injured in a violent crash on May 7 of this year. The next round is “Cookies for Candace” where supporters will be baking “Million Dollar Cookies” to be ready for pick up on Monday, September 13.

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Strom Thurmond Football 2010: The Opponents
Sports By Tim Crane
web posted August 3, 2010

SPORTS – Sports Writer Tim Crane is back with his preseason look at the road the Fighting Rebels will have to travel in search of another championship. As always it is packed with stats, highlights, and information on upcoming opponents.
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Truck reported stolen, recovered after crash
web posted August 3, 2010
COUNTY LINE – A Stephens Mill Drive man called the Sheriff’s Office to report someone stealing his truck while he ran inside him home for a minute later Saturday night. The man said he left he truck running and when he came back out he saw it being driven down the road towards Stephens Road.
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Two Shooting Deaths in Three Weeks during Home Invasions
web posted August 2, 2010
COUNTY – The investigation of the shooting death of 27-year-old Theodore Campbell, of Johnston, during a home invasion is ongoing and investigators worked throughout the weekend developing leads in the case. Campbell is alleged to have been one of four men who entered a home on Hayes Drive just before midnight Friday. Campbell was shot during an exchange of gunfire between the four men and those who were inside the home.
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Couple escapes injury in crash on notorious Currytown Road curve
web posted August 2, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A man and woman escaped injury Sunday morning when the driver lost control of the Honda Civic they were in and crashed into an embankment in a notorious curve on Currytown Road. An all too familiar scene in front of several houses on the 500 block of Currytown Road as drivers are exiting the curve westbound.
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Back To School: School District Ready for Registration
web posted August 2, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the requirements for registration for the 2010-2011 School Year and documents parents will be required to provide in order for students to be enrolled in classes this year.
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County Football and Cheerleading Recreation League Opens Registration
web posted August 2, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Youth Football and Cheerleading will open registrations this Saturday, August 7th, and continue on August 14 and August 21 from 10 am to noon each day. Registration is open to youth ages 6 to 12.  Registration fee is $60 per child. 
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held August 14
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web posted August 2, 2010

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, August 14, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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PTC, Lander University Create a New Gateway into Early Childhood Education
web posted August 2, 2010
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College and Lander University recently signed an articulation agreement that will provide a new gateway for students who would like to enter the early childhood education field. This partnership will allow students to start at Piedmont Tech and then seamlessly transfer to Lander University to complete their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
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