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Archives: December 2005


Guns a hot item in recent burglaries
web posted December 31, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Currytown Road resident called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department to report that his home had been broken into Thursday afternoon. Upon arriving home around 5:00 pm  the man found his back door had been broken into and later discovered almost $4,000 worth of guns and jewelry had been stolen.
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Scavenger Hunt comes to a close today. Send in your entires till Jan 30, 2006!
web posted December 30, 2005
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Scavenger Hunt comes to an end today, December 30, 2005. It is time to send in your entries with as many of the locations identified as possible. Entries will be collected until midnight January 30, 2006. All the pictures are archived on the Scavenger Hunt page for review and will remain online until the January 30, 2006 deadline. The person who identifies the most locations out of the twenty-one pictures will win. For full contest rules follow this link. The winner will be announced on February 2, 2006.

Johnston Firemen called to fire alarm (photo story)

web posted December 30, 2005
JOHNSTON – Johnston Firemen were dispatched to a fire alarm from a home on the 90 block of Calhoun Street around 12:30 pm Thursday. Firemen were on the scene in a matter of three minutes.
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Fox Creek Charter School vandalized over Christmas break

web posted December 30, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Workers at Fox Creek Charter High School in Merriwether discovered all the windows in the weight room had been broken out when they arrived at 2:21 pm on Wednesday. In addition a window to a teacher’s class was also broken which led school personnel to think the event was targeted towards that particular teacher.
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A Column by the Editor: "Express Bake" potatoes
web posted December 30, 2005
COLUMN – There are some things that just never cease to amaze me. One in particular is the gullibility of some shoppers in regard to packaging. “New and improved” usually means the container, not the product, but people will pay more just to have the latest thing. However, just when I think I have seen it all, my loving wife brought home one I just would have never imagined, “Express Bake” (microwavable) russet potatoes individually wrapped in plastic complete with microwave cooking instructions.
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County fails to follow through on settlement of lawsuit over bonds 
web posted December 29, 2005
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council directed County Attorney John “Buzzy” Byrd Jr. to settle the lawsuit filed over an alleged improper vote for bonds by the county council supporting a Theater Project backed by Developer Bettis Rainsford rather than have it heard in the Court of Common Pleas in November. The settlement was reached between the parties and the papers required and the payment of the settlement has not been filed.
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Ho Ho Huh? Johnston man gets Christmas visit from burglars, not Santa
web posted December 29, 2005
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man who has been recovering from a stroke got a visit for Christmas, however his was not from Santa but a burglar. The man returned the day after Christmas from being in the hospital recovering from a stroke for the past two weeks. When he got to the home on the 200 block of Addison Street he discovered his back door had been broken into.
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Edgefield resident has bank account drained from foreign country
web posted December 29, 2005
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman received a rather bad Christmas gift while shopping, her bank card was rejected at the check-out at Wal-Mart just two days before Christmas. She returned to the Edgefield SRP Credit Union to discover $795.30 had been taken from her account. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified and Deputies Willie Callaham and Sgt. Marty English arrived a short time later.
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Pastor sends "Open Letter" to County Council and area Mayors
web posted December 29, 2005
To All Elected Officials: Mayor’s Bob McKie, Dean Campbell and Helen Summer and County Councilmen, and all others concerned.
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Several loads of firewood reported stolen in Merriwether
web posted December 29, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report a theft of firewood Wednesday morning. The wood was stored in an old barn and shed and when one of the owners drove by they noticed several truck loads of wood were missing. Edgefield County Deputies Anthony Rackard and Trek Bryant responded to the call.
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On the beat; fires, truck stuck under overpass, and a stolen car
web posted December 29, 2005
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Edgefield man returns to find truck vandalized
web posted December 29, 2005
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man driving on Old Stage Road in Edgefield had his S-10 pick-up truck break down and he left it to get a new battery to make repairs. The man returned and installed the new battery but had to leave the truck in order to get to a doctor’s appointment. When he returned he found his truck completely vandalized.
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Vandals break windows of cars driving Five Notch Road
web posted December 29, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department to report a window of her minivan being broken out. Deputy Jimmy Smith responded to the call on the corner of Five Notch Road and Laurel Oaks. The woman told Deputy Smith that as she entered Edgefield County on Five Notch Road she heard a loud sound and then her window busted.
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Woman crashes new car on the way home (photo story)
web posted December 28, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A woman heading home to Edgefield Tuesday afternoon in her new car lost control and ended up going down an embankment on Sweetwater Road just past Briggs Road. The woman ran off the right-hand side of the road, veered back onto the roadway, but overcorrected and ended up sliding on the narrow grass shoulder before being stopped by a line of small trees about a third of the way down the steep drop-off.
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KIA could bring 2,500 new jobs to area 
web posted December 28, 2005
COUNTY – KIA Motor Corporation has named Aiken County as a location in the creation of its first United States assembly plant. The announcement could lead to the addition of over 1,000 jobs and as many as 1,500. After further evaluations KIA has expanded that prognostication to be as many as 2,500 jobs.
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Johnston Town Council Invites Public to Upcoming Meeting
web posted December 28, 2005
JOHNSTON – In an effort to continue to improve communications between Town government and citizens, the Johnston Town Council is inviting citizens to its next meeting, which will be held this Monday, January 9, 6:30 p.m., at Town Hall.
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NBC promotes anti-Christian show as "courageous", a "positive portrayal of Christ and Christians" 
web posted December 28, 2005
NATIONAL – On January 6, NBC will begin a new series entitled The Book of Daniel. While the public has not seen the program, NBC is promoting "The Book of Daniel" as a serious drama about Christian people and the Christian faith. The main character is Daniel Webster, a drug-addicted Episcopal priest whose wife depends heavily on her mid-day martinis.
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Mama's Truck coming with 5,000 lbs of food for Edgefield County needy
web posted December 28, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Charlie and Pat Wilson want to give back to the community this Christmas, just as they have been doing for the past five months with a 5,000 pound vegetable and bread ministry which will be held again on January 7, 2006 at 140 W. A. Reel Drive Room 191 in Edgefield from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. “We want everyone to come by and see us. It is a blessing to see the smiles on people’s faces,” Pat Wilson said. “We call it ‘Mama’s Truck.’”
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average drops again to $2.04 for county
web posted December 28, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices remained steady this report but the average price of gas dropped one cent from an average of $2.05 a gallon last report to $2.04 across the county this week. Prices varied as much as fifteen cents between retailers. Sportsman’s Corner and Greg’s Gas Plus in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $1.98. The Northside BP in Edgefield reported the highest price at $2.13. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Blurbs:
Firemen at work Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning

web posted December 27, 2005
Edgefield Firemen were called to a car fire at the gas pumps at the Amoco Station at 311 Main Street Monday afternoon. Crews were at the scene, across the street from the fire station, and had the situation resolved in minutes. Trenton Firemen were summoned by Aiken County at 12:03 am Tuesday morning to give mutual aid in a structure fire at 936 Springfield Church Road, just off Highway 19 at the county line. Aiken County requested a tanker truck and additional personnel. Units were responding at update time.

Choose the top ten stories for 2005!
web posted December 26, 2005
WEBNEWS – We hope that our readers enjoyed celebrating Christmas over the weekend. Though we have made a partial update for Monday, additional updates will be made Monday afternoon. Due to the closings of all Edgefield County Government offices until Wednesday our Tuesday update will also be lighter than normal. We would also ask readers to review our Archives and pick what they feel are the top ten stories of the past year. Just e-mail your selections to the Editor.

Car vs tree crash in Johnston sends one to MCG
web posted December 26, 2005
JOHNSTON – Johnston Firemen as well as EMS workers were called to a single car accident on Chapel Ferry Road, about a mile from Long Cane Road, Christmas night around 9:45 pm. The car left the road and crashed into a tree leaving the driver entrapped in the vehicle. The first rescue crews arrived within ten minutes.
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Edgefield Police in high speed pursuit Saturday morning  
web posted December 24, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police attempted a traffic stop around 10:00 am Saturday on Jeter Street when the driver decided to take off rather than turn off his car when asked by Officer James Densmore. Afterwards the pursuit became a high speed chase winding through Edgefield and the northside.
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Obituaries
Isola
Williams
web posted December 26, 2005
NORTH AUGUSTA Mrs. Isola Williams, 50, of Talisman Dr., entered into rest December 24, 2005 at Anna Maria Nursing Home.
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Martha Hoyt
Yonce
web posted December 26, 2005
JOHNSTON Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Hoyt Yonce, age 93, will be held Monday, December 26, 2005 at 11 am at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Trenton. Interment will follow in Mt of Olives Cemetery, Johnston. The family will receive friends at the gravesite at the conclusion of the service.
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Patricia "Trisha
" Altman
web posted December 26, 2005
TRENTON The funeral services for Miss Patricia 'Trisha' Altman of Trenton will be conducted Monday, December 26, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home with Rev. Cecil Goff officiating. The interment will follow in the Vaucluse Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the brother, Dennis Altman's residence in Trenton or visitation will be Monday from 1 to 3 p.m., the hour of service, at Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C.

Couple sets example in giving each  month, not just Christmas
web posted December 23, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Charlie and Pat Wilson want to give back to the community this Christmas, just as they have been doing for the past five months with a 5,000 pound vegetable and bread ministry which will be held again on January 7, 2006 at 140 W. A. Reel Drive in Edgefield from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. “We want everyone to come by and see us. It is a blessing to see the smiles on people’s faces,” Pat Wilson said. “We call it ‘Mama’s Truck.’”
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average drops to $2.05 for county, five cents this week
web posted December 23, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices continued to drop this report as the average price of gas dropped three cents from an average of $2.08 a gallon last report to $2.05 across the county for a total of five cents this week. Prices varied as much as fourteen cents between retailers. Dodge's Store in Edgefield as well as Sportsman’s Corner and Greg’s Gas Plus in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $1.99. The Northside BP in Edgefield reported the highest price at $2.13. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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U.S. Appeals Court rules: "The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state."
web posted December 22, 2005
A U.S. appeals court Wednesday upheld the decision of a lower court in allowing the inclusion of the Ten Commandments in a courthouse display, hammering the American Civil Liberties Union and declaring, "The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state."
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County Office Closings

web posted December 22, 2005
COUNTY – All Edgefield County Government Offices will be closed Friday, December 23, through Tuesday, December 27 for Christmas. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, December 28.


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Local firemen have busy Wednesday (photo story)
web posted December 22, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Shortly before 1:00 pm the Edgefield Fire Department was called to the Fitness Works Center on Pecan Park after employees thought they smelled something burning. There was no smoke and firemen found nothing in their search of the building.  About fifteen minutes later the Johnston Fire Department was sent to a brush fire on the 1000 block of Highway 191 which was endangering structures. Firefighters arrived a short time later and extinguished the flames. JOHNSTON – A call came in to E911 dispatchers at 5:34 pm of a car on fire on Highway 191 just past Forrest Tire. The fire was also put out and firefighters returned to the station in about an hour.

County sells all items listed for internet auction
Planning Commissioner angry he could not bid
web posted December 21, 2005
COUNTY – In October of this year the Edgefield County Council debated how to sell surplus equipment. At issue was whether to hold an auction as has been done in the past or to place all the items (cars, trucks, heavy equipment, and other equipment) under a contract with J. M. Wood Auction Company based in Alabama and sell them at www.govauctions.us, a web based auction site. The council voted unanimously to go ahead with the contract and ran paid advertisements in the local media (neglecting EdgefieldDaily.com’s requests for notification and our no charge policy) to inform the public.
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Scavenger Hunt comes to a close with last two photos posted, plus a bonus photo!  
Send in your entries before January 30, 2006 to win!
web posted December 21, 2005
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s Scavenger Hunt is coming to an end. The last two photos, plus a bonus photo for a total of 21 have now been posted. Remember, you do not need to give the locations of all the photos to win, just the most. Due to some questions regarding the identification of the photos EdgefieldDaily.com offers this FAQ as the contest come to an end.
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Letter to the Editor:
Planning Commissioner unhappy with internet auction

web posted December 21, 2005
On November 1, 2005 Edgefield County advertised in the Edgefield Advertiser in a 2" x 3 1/2" ad that Edgefield County Council would auction off supplus property.
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Obituary
Stella Dorn

County Councilman Norman Dorn's mother to be laid to rest today
web posted December 21, 2005
EDGEFIELD - Funeral Services for Mrs. Stella Dorn, 95, will beheld 2:00 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at the Rosa Hill Baptist Church with the Dr. Jasper Lloyd, Pastor and the Rev. JR Hooper, officiating.
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Trenton prison guard arrested 
web posted December 20, 2005
TRENTON – South Carolina Law Enforcement officers arrested a Trenton Correctional Officer on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, for misconduct in office. According to the arrest warrant provided by SLED the man had been under investigation since October of this year.
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Man sought in armed robbery, intent to kill arrested  (photo story)
web posted December 20, 2005
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested the alleged ring leader in a November 28, 2005 armed robbery of a home in Johnston which left one man shot during the crime. Two days later Johnston Police arrested a juvenile and a Johnston man and were searching for at least four others. More arrests came in early December but the one they wanted the most seemed to be elusive, until Friday night.
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Daughter discovers attempted break-in
web posted December 20, 2005
TRENTON – A Trenton woman left her home on the 100 block of Winding Road in Trenton around 11:00 am on Friday and told Sheriff’s Deputies that her home was secure. When her daughter arrived at the home about an hour later the front door had been damaged by some sort of tool.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average drops to $2.08 for county
web posted December 20, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices held steady this report as the average price of gas actually dropped two cents from an average of $2.10 a gallon last report to $2.08 across the county after a rise of nine cents last week. Prices varied as much as seventeen cents between retailers. Smith’s SOC Station and 3-way Food Mart in Johnston as well as Sportsman’s Corner and Greg’s Gas Plus in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.05. The Northside BP in Edgefield reported the highest price at $2.22. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Tuesday Obituaries
Judy S. Barnes   Updated

web posted December 19, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Judy Barnes, a missionary and member of Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church in Merriwether who returned to the United States from Malawi, Africa when cancer was discovered just a few months ago, passed away Sunday morning December 18, 2005.
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Lewis M. Gaines
web posted December 20, 2005
MERRIWETHER - Funeral services for Mr. Lewis M. Gaines will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Jackson, SC.
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Christmas shopping 101
A column by the Editor
web posted December 19, 2005
COLUMN – It is the end of the year and I am in a rather jolly mood. I have pretty well wrapped up my Christmas shopping although I still have those few little items to pick up. With a fairly hectic and long hour schedule during the week that will mean I will be out there with the panicked “oops I forgot it was Christmas” clowns cramming shopping ceters at the last minute on Christmas Eve.
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Felony theft reported

web posted December 19, 2005
TRENTON – A woman on the 100 block of Casalina Drive called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department to report a grand larceny of items from her Dodge Truck. The woman told Deputy Curtis Burton that over $2,000 worth of speakers and floor mats had been stolen from her truck as it was parked in her driveway.
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Obituaries this weekend

Jesse Hutto
web posted December 19, 2005
MERRIWETHER - Graveside Services for Mr. Jesse Hutto, 22, of Clay Court, North Augusta, SC, who died December 16, 2005 will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock in Pineview Memorial Gardens.
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Ernest J. "Bill" Miller Jr.
web posted December 19, 2005
EDGEFIELD
- Ret. V.A. Medical Center - Mr. Ernest J. (Bill) Miller, Jr., 83, of Edgefield died Saturday, December 17, 2005 at Edgefield County Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Edgfield Mercantile Funeral Home with burial in Eastview Cemetery.
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E911 Dispatchers, the heart of emergency services (photo story)
web posted December 16, 2005
EDGEFIELD – With the growing population in Edgefield County it continues to bring what all growing populations bring, more crime, more wrecks, and more fires. EdgefieldDaily.com covers as much of the breaking events as possible on a daily basis. In doing so our readers often see which deputy, officer or fire department responds to the call. What is not seen, or recognized, is those who are behind the scenes coordinating the efforts of all of them; the dispatchers.
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As rain falls, accident numbers go up Thursday (photo story)
web posted December 16, 2005 MERRIWETHER – As the cold rain fell Thursday afternoon the number of accidents in the county began to rise. Shortly after 4:00 pm Deputies and rescue crews were dispatched to a rear-end collision at the 1900 block of Martintown Road that had the roadway blocked for over an hour. Fortunately no one was injured in the crash.
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Santa arrives in Merriwether (photo story)
web posted December 16, 2005 MERRIWETHER – Children gathered at the Merriwether Fire Department Station 3 to meet Santa Claus as he arrived with lights and sirens blaring. Several children began jumping up and down with excitement as Santa entered the building with his signature “Ho Ho Ho”.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average rises to $2.10 for county
web posted December 16, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices continued to rise this week as the average price of gas climbed five more cents from an average of $2.05 a gallon last report to $2.10 across the county, a total of nine cents this week. Prices varied as much as seventeen cents between retailers. Dodge’s Store in Edgefield and the 3-Way Food Mart in Johnston took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.05. The Northside BP in Edgefield reported the highest price at $2.22. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Neighbor foils break-in
web posted December 16, 2005
SWEETWATER – An alert neighbor adverted an attempted larceny when they spotted a man at the property next door. They confronted the man who then took off and left the scene. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Velasco arrived at the Wind Road home a short time later.
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Truck stolen in Johnston found in Aiken County
web posted December 16, 2005
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man reported his white 1998 Ford Expedition stolen from his Pine Log Trail home Wednesday morning. The man told Sheriff’s Deputy Shirley Key the last time he saw his truck was around midnight. When he awoke Wednesday morning around 6:30 am he noticed it was gone.
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Down South Subs celebrates first year with success
web posted December 15, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Down South Subs owners Jason and Kandi Nault are celebrating their one year anniversary of serving the area with great tasting and unique soups, subs, and hotdogs. “We would like to thank our customers for their loyalty and patronage because without them we wouldn't be here today celebrating our first year anniversary,” Mrs. Nault said.
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CORRECTION:
web posted December 15, 2005
EdgefieldDaily.com identified a Strom Thurmond student athlete injured in a December 1 accident as Trey Drew McKie, the name given to us. EdgefieldDaily.com learned this week his name is actually Harvey "Trey" Drew III. EdgefieldDaily.com regrets the error and has corrected the page along with an update of his condition.


Oakley Park Museum holding "soup and sandwich" fund raiser this weekend
web reposted December 15, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Oakley Park Museum is holding a fund raiser over the next two weekends to help pay for painting and restoration of the historic home which houses the museum. The home, built in 1835 by Daniel Bird, is one of the most historic structures in the county that still stands. “It is a grand house,” Clarisse Wise of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said.
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Santa Claus is coming to town today! 
web posted December 15, 2005
TRENTON – Santa Claus is coming to town, to Trenton to be exact. Santa will be arriving by Fire truck to the Trenton Community Center on today at 6:30 pm. Bring the kids and enjoy the festivities. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

Gallup Poll: 94% say God is real. Then why no Merry Christmas?
web posted December 15, 2005
COLUMN – A new Gallop Poll out says 94% of Americans have a firm belief that God is real. Only 4% said they do not believe that there is a God, and 3% of them were not “certain” of that. Yet this miniscule minority has, with the help of the left leaning ACLU (co-founded by a five time failed Socialist Party Presidential candidate), taken not only God and Jesus out of Christmas, but have almost removed any mention of Christmas at Christmas time.
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Sheriff Dobey Keynote Speaker at Law Enforcement Graduation (photo story)
web posted December 14, 2005
EDGEFIELD - On December 9th, 2005, Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey was asked to be the keynote speaker at Basic Law Enforcement Officers Class 481 graduation held at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.
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EdgefieldDaily.com welcomes Financial Insights from William E. Davis    NEW!
web posted December 14, 2005
EdgefieldDaily.com welcomes the Financial Insights page sponsored by William E. Davis, Financial Consultant with Smith Barney in Augusta Georgia
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Vandalism places losses on property owners
web posted December 14, 2005
COUNTY – Vandalism continues to inflict costly damages around the county. In just the last two weeks the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has responded to at least seven calls with property damage totaling almost $3,000, an average of $400 in property damage to each of the victims. This does not include similar calls in the local towns by their police departments. The problem with some of the vandalism is the victims have no idea who would have damaged their property. A large percentage of the acts are done by ex-lovers
spouses, or former friends. But what can be done to prevent such crimes in your community?
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Join EdgefieldDaily.com's Dining Review Team!
web posted December 14, 2005
EdgefieldDaily.com is seeking two people for the Dining Review Teams. E-mail or call us for details!

Merriwether gets two voting precincts  (Picture story, maps)

web posted December 13, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The plan to split the Merriwether voting precinct has been approved Tricia Gordon, head of Voter Registration, announced Monday morning. “We tried to keep the number of voters in each precinct at around 2,500.” New voter registration cards should be mailed out in January.
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Scavenger Hunt Christmas Present! Pictures corrected
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– EdgefieldDaily.com's second Scavenger Hunt Christmas Present has been posted today! The four pictures are just as easy to identify as the first gift. Do not think the last two photos will be as easy. Happy hunting and Merry Christmas from EdgefieldDaily.com. Remember! You do not need to identify all the photos to win the Weekend Getaway, just the most!


Man shoots neighbor's dog in front of child
web posted December 13, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road resident returned to her home with her two children when she spotted a man walking across her yard with a gun. The woman confronted the man and according to incident reports asked what he was doing and he told her he had just shot her dog. He then walked back to his house and went inside. The woman and her children saw the dog lying dead in the yard and the children became, “very upset”.
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Man claims $1,400 taken from wallet
web posted December 13, 2005
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man called Johnston Police to report he had allegedly been robbed of his monthly government check. The 60 year old man told police he was standing behind the Party Shop when another man took his wallet from him, removed $1,400 in cash and handed it back to the man.
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West Virginia authorities arrest two wanted 
in Edgefield

web posted December 13, 2005
EDGEFIELD – It may take a year but the Edgefield Police Department will get their man, and woman, as the case may be. On December 21, 2004 An Edgefield business owner stated she had a man and woman come into her store and shop around for a short time. The woman was said to have a plastic bag in her hands. Shortly after the two left the store the woman noticed her pocket book was missing. With money and other items in the pocketbook the value was placed at over $1,000.
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Disoriented man ties up traffic on Highway 25 for an hour
web posted December 13, 2005
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies and SC Highway Patrolmen were called to a location near the end of the four lanes on Highway 25 of a man that had possibly been struck by a vehicle. Deputy Curtis Burton arrived first on the scene and found the man laying in the median just off the southbound lane.
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What were you thinking?
TRENTON – Deputies were called to Urban Outfitters due to a disturbance. An employee had been told to depart the property for disciplinary purposes and then became verbally offensive and refused to leave. Deputy Mike Lipscomb and Deputy Trek Bryant arrived and spoke to the complainant who explained the situation to the officers.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average rises to $2.05 for county
web posted December 13, 2005
COUNTY –  Area gas prices rose this week as the average price of gas climbed four cents from an average of $2.01 a gallon last report to $2.05 across the county. Prices varied as much as ten cents between retailers. Sue's Country Store in Trenton took the award for the lowest reported price at $1.99 and Billy’s Superstore in Trenton, Amoco Food Marts (all locations) reported the highest price at $2.09. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Obituary: Faith Ashley McBride
web posted December 11, 2005
MERRIWETHER — Funeral Services for Faith Ashley McBride, 8, beloved daughter of Chris and Shirley McBride, of Indian Ridge Drive, North Augusta, who died December 9, 2005, will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Sweetwater Baptist Church. Dr. Paul Noe and Dr. Eleazer Benenhaley officiating. Interment in Sweetwater Cemetery.
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Single car crash sends one to trauma unit (photo story)
web posted December 10, 2005
MURPHY VILLAGE – A single car crash sent one young man to the MCG Trauma unit Saturday night after he lost control of his Ford F-150 pick-up and crashed through a fence and then flipped three times.
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Merriwether woman taken to MCG after possible overdose
MERRIWETHER – Shortly after Merriwether First Responders and Firemen returned home from a crash in Murphy Village another call came in of an overdose on the 100 block of Briggs Haven Circle around 10:45 pm Saturday night. Deputies, First Responders and EMS arrived to find the 37 year old woman unconscious and unresponsive.
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Marion Walter Key
Obituary

web posted December 9, 2005
North Augusta, SC — Funeral Services for Mr. Marion Walter Key, 74, of Currytown Road, North Augusta, SC, will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the Stephen D, Posey Funeral Home.  Rev. G. Larry Scales officiating.  Interment in Pineview Memorial Gardens.
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Bettis Academy and Hyw 25 "most dangerous intersection" in Edgefield County
web posted December 10, 2005
COUNTY – Saundra Curry, who has been pushing for a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 25 and Bettis Academy Road, has found more ammunition in her fight against the bureaucracy of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Bettis Academy Road and Highway 25 tops the list as the most dangerous intersection in Edgefield County and Ms. Curry said that notorious designation comes as no surprise to her. “I’m glad that they are acknowledging that,” she said
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Man in custody has house burglarized
web posted December 10, 2005
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man who has been in police custody since August had his home burglarized. Edgefield County Deputy Jimmy Smith responded to the call on the 400 block of Outz Road on Thursday and found a window had been removed to gain access to the home.
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More arrests made in armed robbery in
Johnston
web posted December 9, 2005
JOHNSTON – More arrests have been made in the home invasion and armed robbery in Johnston on Monday, November 28. Already in custody is Randy Michael Coleman Jr., 18, of Johnston and a juvenile who was not identified due to his age. Police have arrested two more men in the incident and warrants have been issued for two other interim Police Chief Craig Wooten said Thursday.
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Magistrate sets up Spanish classes for Officers and county employees
web posted December 9, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Magistrate’s Office has set up classes to teach Spanish to county employees who have to deal with the growing population of Spanish speaking people in the county. “We’re not going to learn to read and write (Spanish), we just want enough to be able to communicate with them,” Judge Brenda Carpenter said.
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Bi-weekly gas survey; Prices average $2.01 for county
Prices: "artificially inflated" and "unsustainably high"

web posted December 9, 2005
COUNTY –  Area gas prices rose this week as the average price of gas climbed four cents from an average of $1.97 a gallon last report to $2.01 across the county. Prices varied as much as twelve cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to be dropping to a price range of the $1.70's as supply continues to exceed the current demand and oil prices continue to fall. In a recent speech in Singapore, John Browne, the chief executive of BP, spoke of a possible sharp drop in prices and called current levels "unsustainably high." John Hofmeister, head of Shell Oil in the United States, said, "This high price cycle is artificially inflated," in the same New York Times report. Locally the S&S Truck Stop in Merriwether took the award again for the lowest reported price at $1.97 and Billy’s Superstore in Trenton remained the highest price at $2.09. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Fire damages building at Trenton nursery 
web posted December 9, 2005
TRENTON – An early morning fire at Layman Wholesale Nursery on Greenhouse Road around 7:00 am brought firefighters from the Trenton and County Line Fire Departments rushing to the scene. When firemen arrived the building had smoke boiling out of the eves of the roof.
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Remains found are those of Marion Key
web posted December 8, 2005
 MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett positively identified the remains found yesterday of Sweetwater Road as those of 74 year old Marion Key who has been missing for almost five months. The preliminary cause of death is listed as natural causes. The final report will come after the full autopsy report is completed in the next two weeks.
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What's missing from the White House Christmas card? Christmas.
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Remains found off Sweetwater Road believed to be those of Marion Key 

web posted December 7, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A landowner called 9-1-1 to report finding human remains on his property Tuesday afternoon around 1:00 pm. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the call and confirmed the find. Sheriff Adell Dobey along with investigators and Crime Scene officers with SLED processed the area. Though they are not releasing the identity of the individual there are “strong indications” they are the remains of Marion Key who has been missing since July 12 of this year.
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County Council addresses audit, traffic light, and absent planning commission member
web posted December 7, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their regular scheduled meeting Tuesday night with several third and final readings of ordinances and a full agenda. Saundra Curry was also in attendance and on the agenda continuing her fight for a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 25 and Bettis Academy Road. Laurie Smith, with Elliot Davis LLP, also was on the agenda to review the audit of the county.
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Councilman Bright's business burglarized again
web posted December 7, 2005
BETTIS ACADEMY – Edgefield County Councilman Willie Bright had his Laundromat on the 2300 block of Edgefield Road broken into yet again. Mr. Bright said this was the fourth or fifth time this year he has been burglarized. “They do more in damage (to equipment) than they get in money”, he said.
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Edgefield Town Council presents awards at monthly meeting
web posted December 6, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their regular December meeting Monday night and started the meeting by congratulating the Strom Thurmond High School Football team for the win in Columbia on Saturday for the AAA State Championship. The Mayor then went on and recognized Sonny and Wanda Seawright for their past, and continued, support of the Heritage Jubilee Festival as Chairperson for the last four years.
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Three Urban Outfitter employees arrested in $11,000 theft scam  
web posted December 5, 2005
TRENTON – Three Urban Outfitters employees have been arrested for a theft scheme in which they diverted over $11,000 worth of Urban Outfitter goods to their homes by UPS delivery with unpaid gift cards. Charged in the matter is Shawntila Catrice Watkins, 30, of North Augusta; Tammy Lacresha Nabitt, 30, also of North Augusta; and Cheryl Laverne Tutt, 31, of Hephzibah Georgia.
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Questions raised in shooting of Edgefield Resident
web posted December 6, 2005
NORTH AUGUSTA – Questions continue to swirl around the shooting of Mark Sharrock, 49, of Edgefield County, Saturday afternoon on Martintown Road just inside the City Limits of North Augusta. Reports continue to come it that Mr. Sharrock was shot in the back and questions about the validity of the self defense claim by Clarence Shehan, 51, of Pickens County.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Prices average $1.97 for county

web posted December 6, 2005
COUNTY –  Area gas prices rose slightly this week as the average price of gas rose two cents from an average of $1.95 a gallon last report to $1.97 across the county. Prices varied as much as twenty-one cents between retailers which can result in an average savings of $3.78 for the average fill-up. Local business seemed to buck the trend as many locations saw an increase in price of several cents. Kent’s Korner in Edgefield took the award for the lowest reported price at $1.88 and Billy’s Superstore in Trenton remained the highest price at $2.09. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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I've had, "only 2 beers" for breakfast
web posted December 6, 2005
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Officer Joseph Mathis spotted a car at the gas pumps Sunday at a local gas station that had several children in the back seat with no child restraints and walked over to talk to the driver, who was pumping gas at the time, to inquire why the children were not restrained in the car. It was apparent to Officer Mathis that the man had been drinking when he got close to him. The man stated he had, “only two beers about 8 o’clock,” that morning.
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Good for the goose, good for the gander
web posted December 6, 2005
A column by the Editor
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Edgefield Christmas Parade a success (3 pages of photos)
web posted December 5, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The 32nd Edgefield Christmas Parade enjoyed a good crowd and great weather Saturday morning as county residents lined the street to enjoy the floats and children waited to get a glimpse of Santa. With temperatures in the mid 40’s and sunny skies adding to the feel of Christmas, dozens of entries in the parade, as well as local dignitaries, passed the crowds they tossed candy to the waiting children.
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EdgefieldDaily.com tops a half million hits!
web posted December 5, 2005
EdgefieldDaily.com set a new milestone over the weekend by topping over 500,000 hits to our web site. With last month seeing a record number of visitors our popularity continues to climb. EdgefieldDaily.com would like to thank our readers for our growth and continued success. Already we are planning bigger and better things for 2006 as we expect to top three million hits for next year! We owe it all to you, our readers!

Strom Thurmond AAA State Champions! 
web posted December 3, 2005
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Edgefield resident identified as man killed in Saturday's shooting 
web posted December 4, 2005
NORTH AUGUSTA – The Aiken County Coroner has identified the man shot in the road rage shooting on Martintown Road Saturday afternoon. He is Mark Y. Sharrock, 49, of Edgefield, SC.
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Man shot and killed on Martintown Road
web posted December 3, 2005 4:45 pm
NORTH AUGUSTA 4:45 pm One man is dead after an altercation on Martintown Road.
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Man arrested claiming to be shooter in murder at Huddle House 
web posted December 3, 2005 5:00 pm
NORTH AUGUSTA – North Augusta Public Safety confirmed they have a man in custody that claimed be the wanted shooter from the November 22 shooting in North Augusta at the Huddle House which left one man dead and two others injured.
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Sweetwater man says $600 taken in burglary
web posted December 3, 2005
SWEETWATER – A 19 year old Sweetwater man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report an intruder in the house Thursday afternoon around 3:34 pm on the 100 block of Shortcut Road. At the time of the report the man claimed he heard someone in the bathroom moving the shower curtain. The man was told to exit the house and await the arrival of deputies.
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Edgefield County’s Strom Thurmond Rebels – Our “Dream Team”
Guest Column by: 
Renae Hastings
web posted December 2, 2005
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Strom Thurmond vs Clinton 3A State Championship Game
web posted December 2, 2005
COUNTY – EdgefieldDaily.com will be covering the Strom Thurmond vs Clinton State AAA Championship game live on the web. The Scoreboard page will be created on Saturday, as was done for the Lower State Title game, and it will be updated every three minutes during the game.
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STH Senior student athlete injured in crash
web posted December 2, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Strom Thurmond athlete was injured in a crash on Highway 23 Wednesday evening after leaving practice and suffered a severely broken leg. “He is resting comfortably,” at MCG a family member said Thursday afternoon.
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Grant money sought rather than pay attorney fees for town's failed condemnation of Mims building 
web posted December 2, 2005
EDGEFIELD – During the Court of Common Pleas this week in Edgefield County Edgefield Town Attorney Greg Anderson told the court that the case, Town of Edgefield vs William W. Mims, which has been dropped by the town had left a motion for attorney fees by the Mims’ in the case. Those fees were to be paid by money from a grant Mr. Anderson said and the answer to that request would not be made known until January 15, 2006. Judge LArry Patterson stated he did not see how that was possible and Mr. Anderson did not elaborate so we sought him out to get the explanation.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Prices average $1.95 for county
web posted December 2, 2005
COUNTY –  Area gas prices held steady this week as the average price of gas dropped only one cent from an average of $1.96 a gallon last report to $1.95 across the county. Prices varied as much as twenty-two cents between retailers which can result in an average savings of $3.96 for the average fill-up. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping to a price range of the $1.70's as supply continues to exceed the current demand and oil prices remain steady throughout the next 30 days. Sportsman’s Corner in Merriwether took the award again for the lowest reported price at $1.87 and Billy’s Superstore in Trenton remained the highest price at $2.09. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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A Christmas gift to EdgefieldDaily.com readers following the Scavenger Hunt!
web posted December 1, 2005
WEBNEWS – As a special Christmas Gift to EdgefieldDaily.com readers who are following the Scavenger Hunt we have a special two postings, one today and one next week, with the easiest photos yet. Today we have posted four pictures and the next four will be just as easy to identify. The last two photos of the contest will return to normal until the contest ends. Review the past pictures as you view the newest and remember, you do not have to identify all the pictures to win, just the most! Happy hunting and Merry Christmas!
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Gun found, Santa missing
web posted December 1, 2005  UPDATED DEC. 2, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Tuesday afternoon a Merriwether man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report a pistol he found in a ditch not far from his house. Deputy Curtis Morris responded to the call on Ryan Ranch Court.
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