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December 2008 Archive


Top Stories of 2008
web posted December 31, 2008
WEBNEWS – With 2009 just hours away EdgefieldDaily.com is taking a look back at the year 2008 and the top stories of the year.
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Governor: No Agency is Exempt from Transparency, Accountability
web posted December 31, 2008
COLUMBIA – Saying that no agency should be exempt from transparency and accountability to the taxpayers, Governor Mark Sanford today again called on the state Employment Security Commission (ESC) to accept terms for a state audit and better data sharing with the state Department of Commerce.
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Squirrel Makeover
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted December 31, 2008
Editor's note: Pastor Williams' Columns will be archived under the Featured Columns.
A new column will be availbe each Wednesday.

COLUMNIST – A friend of mine told me about the time he was trying to get rid of the abundance of squirrels in his yard. He was trying to humanely trap them and release them far away, but was convinced that the same squirrels were returning to his yard. Since nobody believed him, he decided to paint the squirrels to see if they were the same ones. You guessed it. They were!
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2008 - Deadliest year on Edgefield County roads
web posted December 31, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield County had the deadliest year ever for traffic fatalities in 2008 with a total of seven deaths reported on county roads. The number was reduced due to one fatality being ruled a heart attack prior to a crash therefore the crash was secondary to the death of the driver. The total number of deaths, including traffic fatalities, accidental deaths, and murder topped out at eleven for the year.
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BBB Provides Top Five Ways to Donate to Charities When Budgets Are Tight
web posted December 31, 2008
PSA – While many segments of the U.S. economy have been hard hit, none will feel the pain more than charities this holiday season. Charities across the country are certainly bracing for what is expected to be a very tight giving season. As more potential donors are focusing hard on keeping food on the table and a roof overhead, charitable giving is often the first thing cut from a family budget. For individuals on a budget looking for creative ways to contribute to charities, BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance is offering advice on keeping the spirit of giving alive this holiday season. 
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Off The Wall:  "Third-hand Smoke" bad for kids
web posted December 31, 2008
In the January issue of Pediatrics, researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and colleagues across the country describe how tobacco smoke contamination lingers even after a cigarette is extinguished – a phenomenon they define as "third-hand" smoke.
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Getting it right: Johnston Town Council corrects Motel Tax problems
web posted December 30, 2008
JOHNSTON – A new accommodations tax ordinance that was given a final reading on December 8 by the Johnston Town Council required that a Public Hearing be held, which did not take place. The oversight required the town council to hold a special called meeting on Monday that included a Public Hearing and a third reading of the ordinance to get it right. It turned out that it was a good thing because the tax was set at 7% when the state law allows a cap at 3% for municipalities. The lower tax rate also means less revenue so the town also had to amend the budget which, by law, must remain balanced.
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Turkey Federation remembers Rodgers (Photo)
web posted December 30, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Tom Rodgers, founder of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), passed away Dec. 25 at the Edgefield County Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Rodgers, 64, was survived by his mother, his son Mark and two sisters. As the NWTF ends its 35th anniversary celebration, it also remembers the man who started it all in Fredericksburg, Va.
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Edgefield First Baptist Pastor Stacy Williams offers new Religion Column
web posted December 30, 2008
WEBNEWS – Edgefield First Baptist Church Pastor Stacy Williams will be offering a weekly Religion Column that will be available each Wednesday. Pastor Williams’ columns will be archived and listed under the Featured Columns Section and will add an uplifting message to our readers each week.
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Three brothers held on lynching charges – face deportation
web posted December 30, 2008
TRENTON – Three brothers are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on charges of lynching in the second degree for an incident that occurred on Christmas Eve. Enrique Morquencho Fierros, 23, Miguel Morquencho Fierros, 24, and Ramiro Morquencho Fierros, 25 are all being held on $40,000 bonds and may face deportation as a result.
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Conditioning for future STH softball players announced
web posted December 30, 2008
COUNTY – Softball conditioning for any 7th or 8th grade girl who is a student at JET or Merriweather Middle and is interested in playing softball for Strom Thurmond High School will begin on January 6th at 3:45 and will end at 4:30 at the STHS softball field.

Westside Fire Department site of most recent theft
web posted December 30, 2008
WESTSIDE – The Westside Fire Department reported someone breaking into the fire station on Garrett Road over the weekend and making off with an estimated $1,500 worth of equipment. The theft was discovered when one of the firemen arrived around noon on Sunday saw the front door open and no one around.
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Government at work: Oregon Gov. seeks to tax drivers "by the mile"
OFF THE WALL - A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work. Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’d like the legislature to take the next step. As part of a transportation-related bill he has filed for the 2009 legislative session, the governor says he plans to recommend “a path to transition away from the gas tax as the central funding source for transportation.”
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National Wild Turkey Federation founder dies (Photo)
web posted December 27, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation founder Tom Rodgers died Christmas day at the Edgefield County Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 64 years of age. Mr. Rodgers was preceded in death by his wife Jennie Rodgers, a popular schoolteacher in Edgefield County, who died in a horseback riding accident last year.
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16-year-old charged and released in shooting
 web posted December 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have made an arrest in the shooting of an Augusta man at The Center last month. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said a 16-year-old has been charged with assault and battery with the intent to kill, South Carolina’s equivalent of attempted murder. “He turned himself in with his attorney Christmas Eve day and was released minutes later on a PR (personal recognizance) bond,” Chief Carter said.
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Internet Overtakes Newspapers as Top News Source
web posted December 29, 2008
WEBNEWS – The internet has surpassed newspapers for those seeking news a recent survey has found. Forty percent of those questioned said the internet is where they turn for news compared to thirty-five percent who cited newspapers. Television remained number one with seventy percent, down from eighty-two percent in 2002.
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Fallaw’s take top honors in Christmas Tree Contest (Photo)
web posted December 29, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Christmas Tree contest was an exciting event that saw the lead change hands several times over the ten day voting period. Votes continued to come in until the Sunday deadline at midnight. When all the votes were counted one contestant took the lead by a mere two percent of votes cast.
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Public Notice: Johnston Town Council to hold Pubic Hearing
web reposted December 29, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 29, 2008, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2008-08, an ordinance adopting a local accommodations tax on hotel / motels located in Johnston. A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC. Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

BCT Lends a Hand to National Park (Photo)
web posted December 29, 2008
NINETY SIX – Students in the Building Construction Technology program at Piedmont Technical College recently completed a construction project in conjunction with the National Park Service at the Ninety Six National Historic Site. The national park received a grant for $26,500 through the Unilever Recycling at Work Sustainable Grant program for the refurbishment of footbridges. The grant provided all of the materials; the park needed help with the labor.
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Southern Conduct to perform New Years Eve at Pine Ridge Country Club (Photo)
web posted December 29, 2008
JOHNSTON – The "Southern Conduct" band will be bringing in the New Year performing at the Pine Ridge Country Club Wednesday, December 31. The public is invited to attend for a night of fun and dancing. Tickets to the event are $20.00.
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Off The Wall: Phila. man shot because family talked during movie
web posted December 29, 2008
A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said.
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Friday night crash sends one to MCG (Photos)
web posted December 27, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Statistic show that most people have wrecks within a few miles of their home. That held true for a 37-year-old Merriwether man Friday night when a 911 call came in about a one-car crash on Murrah Forest Road shortly before midnight reporting the driver injured. Merriwether First Responders, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies began responding to the scene.
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Limited updates continue
web posted December 27, 2008
WEBNEWS – Other than the above story the Obituaries and the Wandeing Minds are the only other areas that have been updated during the holiday weekend.

Kidnapped child reunited with mother  (Photo)
web posted December 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have recovered an Edgefield youth that they said was abducted Tuesday afternoon. 7-year-old Josef Micah Washington was reunited with his mother around 3 pm at the Edgefield Police Department and was “in good condition”, Edgefield Police Cpl. Michael Butts said, adding “She’s (the mother) is ecstatic.” Cpl. Butts worked the investigation non-stop for 24 hours until the child was returned.
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Fox Creek Charter School vandalized yet again (Photos)
web posted December 25, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Vandals have struck again at Fox Creek Charter High School leaving thousands of dollars worth of damage in their wake. The school has been vandalized several times this year. An Edgefield County Deputy discovered the damage during a routine property check Wednesday morning and Investigators were called to the scene.
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Passerby's call likely saves Meeting St. home from fire (Photos)
web posted December 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Meeting Street home was spared severe damage Tuesday evening thanks to the phone call of a passerby. Around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, a person driving by the residence at 400 Meeting Street reported a seeing fire on the property, prompting a response from the Edgefield Fire Department.
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Communist web site cheers Obama Labor Secretary choice
web posted December 25, 2008
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Union leaders welcomed the choice of pro-worker Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as Labor Secretary in the incoming Democratic Obama administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Solis would replace anti-worker GOP Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
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Police seek public’s help locating kidnapped child
web posted December 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 7-year-old child that was abducted from Edgefield on Tuesday. Josef Micah Washington was abducted by his father, 30-year-old Timothy Washington, from Atlanta, Georgia. Josef is described as being a black male, 4’ 4” tall, weighing approximately 60 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 
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Missing man found - in Edgefield County jail (Photo)
web posted December 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Aiken man missing since Halloween has been located, in the Edgefield County Detention Center. Carey Lee Mason, 37, was one of those arrested in a recent drug raid on Murrell Road Friday night and has been charged with two counts of possession of marijuana and is still being held.
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Another party in Edgefield ends in gunfire
web posted December 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – After a series of shooting incidents in Edgefield, police and the town cracked down on the popular party spot “The Center” bringing what they felt was closure to parties that drew the wrong crowds. It worked for a while, until this past weekend when gunfire rang out at a party being held at the Edgefield Gym. Just prior to the gunfire, two groups wearing what seemed to be gang colors squared off in the parking lot around 1 am Saturday.
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Merriwether Couple reports burglary
web posted December 24, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Cheves Creek couple called the Sheriff’s Office on Monday to report a burglary of their home. The thefts were not discovered until they began searching for a moneybag that was located in the bedroom. As they searched for the moneybag they began finding other items missing, including a handgun.
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Elf Yourself – Loads of fun for your family and friends
web posted December 24, 2008
WEBNEWS – JibJab, in conjunction with OfficeMax, has offered a website that visitors can place headshots of friends and family members into an assortment of videos. EdgefieldDaily.com offers some tips on how to make building your own video easier.
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Edgefield Resident Featured on National Television Show
web posted December 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Bryan Burhans, of Edgefield, will be featured on national TV this month on the popular outdoors cable channel show. Get in the Game, a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) television show on the Outdoor Channel. In the episode of Get in the Game, Burhans and Todd Bates of Aiken, show viewers step by step how to build a box stand big enough to comfortably hold four people. The mobile stand, with lightweight walls and roof, is rock solid and long lasting and is a stand you can take your kids hunting in year after year.
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Guest Opinion: Gov. Sanford -Two conditions should precede loan request
web posted December 24, 2008
You may have read recently about the dust-up over state unemployment benefits, and I thought it was worth taking a minute to let you know why we’re making noise about this issue, and why it’s important you do the same.
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Christmas Closings
web reposted December 24, 2008
PSA – The following closings have been announced for Christmas.
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EdgefieldDaily.com Christmas Schedule
web reposted December 24, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com will be on a limited schedule over the Christmas holiday. Regular updates will be made for December 24 but will be reduced for Christmas Day and will return on a limited basis on Friday December 26. Breaking news will still be reported during this time, as will daily updates to     the Wandering Minds comments page and Obituaries. EdgefieldDaily.com wishes all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and hope your time with family and friends will be cherished and enjoyed.

Public Notice: Johnston Town Council to hold Pubic Hearing
web reposted December 24, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 29, 2008, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2008-08, an ordinance adopting a local accommodations tax on hotel/ motels located in Johnston.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Edgefield County man identified in fatal crash (Photo)
web posted December 23, 2008
WESTSIDE – The identity of an Edgefield County man killed in a horrific head on collision has been released. Kevin Brown, 20, of Bob White Lane, was pronounced dead on the scene Monday morning by Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett. Brown died instantly in the crash.
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Six charged after drug raid
web posted December 23, 2008
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics and SWAT Teams executed a search warrant on a Murrell Road home Friday afternoon that has led to six arrests on drug charges. The arrests stem from an investigation that dates back several months prior to the raid being conducted.
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Edgefield EMA damage assessment bolstered by Red Cross (Photo)
web posted December 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Whenever disaster strikes in Edgefield County, the damage is documented. Pictures are taken and information sent to a variety of organizations and agencies. And thanks to an AT&T technology grant and the Aiken County Chapter of the American Red Cross, emergency responders will be able to do the job of damage assessment better than ever.
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Traffic stop leads to cocaine trafficking charges
web posted December 23, 2008
TRENTON – A Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol noticed a black Chevrolet Tahoe coming from behind a closed Berry Farm Road business and became suspicious as to why the vehicle would be at the location so late at night. The deputy conducted a traffic stop to identify the driver and ended up making two arrests and seizing a large amount of what is believed to be cocaine.
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One arrested in suspected murder, three sought
web posted December 23, 2008
AIKEN – Police have made an arrest in the murder of George Woltz Jr. of Westover Drive in Aiken. Firefighters discovered his remains around 2 am Sunday morning after a fire at the man’s home. 51-year-old Keith Alan Fitzgerald, identified Woltz’s roommate, was taken into custody in Anderson on Monday after a stolen white Mercedes 2009 350 E-class was located at an apartment complex.
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Couple arrives home to interrupt burglar
web posted December 23, 2008
TRENTON – A Brightharp Road couple returned home Monday around noon to discover their home was in the process of being burglarized and called the Sheriff’s Office. The couple reported opening their front door only to get a slight glimpse of the robber as he fled out the back door. The report led to a two-hour manhunt in the area.
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Unique transportation drawing attention (Photo) 
web posted December 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – When the initial reaction of a passerby to your mode of transportation is to immediately whip out their cell phone camera and start snapping away, you know that your ride has that "it" factor. One local businessman's has all of that and a nifty stowaway compartment.
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Thurmond’s low lake levels bring silver lining for future boating opportunities
web posted December 23, 2008
McCORMICK– Historic low lake levels have enabled the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair and extend numerous boat ramps at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake at Clarks Hill, SC. During the drought of 1989, the lake elevation at Hartwell dropped to 312.79 ft. mean sea level (ft.-msl), the lowest level since 1962. During that period, the Corps extended many boat ramps on the lake. With the present low lake levels, the Corps is once again repairing, extending and removing siltation from many of the ramps on the lake.
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One man dead in early morning crash (photos)
 web posted December 22, 2008
WESTSIDE – One man is dead after a horrific early morning crash on Garrett Road that has closed off the roadway as State Troopers investigate the death. The head-on collision occurred around 8 am and Westside and Merriwether First Responders and EMS rushed to the scene to discover one man uninjured and a second deceased.
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Aiken County Sheriff, Coroner investigates murder
web posted December 22, 2008
AIKEN – The Aiken County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office are investigating a death that has been ruled as a homicide over the weekend. George Woltz Jr.’s remains were found during a clean-up effort after a fire at a home on the 200 block of Westover Drive, in Aiken. “The cause of death was due to asphyxia, the manner of death is homicide,” Aiken County Tim Carlton said in a prepared release Sunday.
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Fleeing suspect thought to be wanted man
 web posted December 22, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies narrowly missed a man they have been seeking for almost two years, at least that is the belief, when Johnston Police spotted a white Chevrolet Tahoe and the driver slammed the SUV into park and jumped out and ran from the scene. Though no confirmed identification of the man was made, law enforcement believes the driver was none other than Rico Norris, 24, of Johnston.
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EdgefieldDaily.com announces Christmas Schedule
web posted December 22, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com will be on a limited schedule over the Christmas holiday. Regular updates will be made for December 24 but will not be made for Christmas Day and will return on a limited basis on Friday December 26. Breaking news will still be reported during this time, as will the Wandering Minds comments page and Obituaries.  EdgefieldDaily.com wishes all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and hope your time with family and friends will be cherished and enjoyed.

Sarah’s Santa and Elves hard at work this weekend (Photos)
web posted December 22, 2008
JOHNSTON – Debbie and Sarah Courtney were working hard on Saturday preparing for Sarah’s Santa as well as many of their volunteers as they sorted through hundreds of toys, clothing, necessities, and over 60 bicycles contributed this year. Ms. Courtney said this was one of the most successful in the twelve years the program has been underway. “This year we have about fifty families and between 140 and 150 kids,” Ms. Courtney said.
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EMT’s heal heart and spirit for Christmas (Photos)
web posted December 22, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County EMS workers are well versed in healing the wounded in body, and once again this year they showed their willingness to heal the heart and spirit of those in need. The Emergency Medical Services joins forces with Bi-Lo of Edgefield – and many charitable Edgefield Countians – each year to provide families that might not have a Christmas with gifts from Santa and a Christmas dinner.
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Weekend round up
web posted December 22, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is following several news events that took place over the weekend that include a raid by the Edgefield Sheriff’s SWAT Team, a traffic stop that discovered a substantial amount of drugs, and the discovery of a number of 4-wheelers including one known to be stolen. Very few details on these cases were available on Sunday and additional information is expected to be turned over on Monday. Including the names of those arrested. 

Obama "poet" to highlight new administration draws questionable reviews
web posted December 22, 2008
WASHINGTON DC – President Elect Barack Obama is only the third president to have a poet deliver a personalized poem at his inauguration. The only other two were John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton. However, Pres-elect Obama’s choice has raised some eyebrows as the unknown Yale “African-American studies professor” and former Chicago neighbor and family chum Elizabeth Alexander seems to have a rather strange sense of poetry.
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Black, white Santas draw some criticism
web posted December 22, 2008
Off The Wall – Students at St. Stephen Elementary School found out last week that Santa Claus can have the same skin color as them. That's because two Santa Clauses — one white, one black — were invited to the rural Berkeley County school at separate times last Friday to take pictures with students of the same skin color.
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Corruption moves closer to Obama: Emanuel talked directly to Gov. Blagojevich
web posted December 22, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder.
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Rebels prominent in All-Region lll-AA Team
web posted December 20, 2008
SPORTS – The Region III-AA All-Region Football Team has been slated and players from Strom Thurmond litter the lineup including Strom Thuromond's Lee Sawyer as Coach of the Year. Below is the complete listing of the All-Region Team.
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Christmas Closings
web posted December 20, 2008
PSA – The following closings have been announced for Christmas.
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“Antique” CD player reported stolen
web posted December 20, 2008
NORTHSIDE – A Northside woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of an “antique CD player” from her front porch on Thursday. The unknown brand of CD player was left on the front porch until, “all the bugs living in it were gone”, the incident report reads. The woman valued the player at $200 because, “she deemed the item to be an antique”. There are no suspects.

Public Notice: Johnston Town Council to hold Pubic Hearing
web reposted December 20, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 29, 2008, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2008-08, an ordinance adopting a local accommodations tax on hotel/ motels located in Johnston.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Last day to enter our Christmas tree contest
web posted December 19, 2008
WEBNEWS – Be proud of your family Christmas tree and send in your photo to enter our Christmas tree contest and be eligible to win $50.

Simple complaint locates wanted woman
web posted December 19, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Briggs Haven Circle woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report an unwanted guest in her home around 7 pm Wednesday. When the deputy arrived the woman said she wanted the neighbor placed on a trespass notice for coming inside the home uninvited. What seemed to be a simple trespass notice ended up being an arrest.
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MES students spread Christmas cheer (Photo)
 web posted December 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Merriwether Elementary fourth and fifth graders helped to spread the Christmas cheer this week by visiting the Trinity Health and Rehab Center and the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Center. The joint grade chorus sang several selections of Christmas Carols to those at the facilities.
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Here’s Your Card
web posted December 19, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – If you are driving around drinking beer and you spot a deputy it would be better to just remain calm and try to refrain from breaking any laws that would lead to a traffic stop. That would be the smart thing to do, but it would not get you a nomination as a Here’s Your Card recipient. Just ask Jametric Deanthony Roberts, 22, of North Augusta.
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Farm Service Agency Director Retires (Photo)
web posted December 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Mable G Robertson will retire December 31 after 28 years service with the Farm Service Agency. Robertson began her career in 1981 as a Program Technician in the Saluda ASCS office under County Director George Sawyer.  She worked in that position until 1995 when Sawyer retired.  After training in Florence, Anderson, Calhoun, York and Newberry counties, she was hired as County Executive Director for Saluda County.
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"Spa Day" at the Edgefield Library
web posted December 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Have you ever wondered why your husband can drop a full pants size in 2 seconds flat while you slave away for a month on a quarter of an inch?  Do you dream of always looking your best no matter what?  Well, your local experts have the answers. 
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Found Dog
web posted December 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Beagle found on Highway 23 near Turkey Creek. 2 or 3 years old. Call 637-6749 to identify and claim.

School Board votes to support lobbying effort, but no funds allocated (Photo)
web posted December 18, 2008
JOHNSTON – After a near two-hour meeting Wednesday night concerning the request of $5,000 by Bettis Rainsford on behalf of the Edgefield Development Committee the Edgefield County School Board voted to support the proposal, but not with School District funds. The joint meeting of the School Board and Sen. Shane Massey, Rep. Bill Clyburn, and Rep. Don Smith was very candid with Rep. Clyburn telling the school board outright that voting to give the EDC money for a lobbyist would “send the wrong message” to the pubic.
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Oil prices fall as local suppliers raise prices for gas
web posted December 18, 2008
COUNTY – As oil prices tumble to levels not seen since 2004, local stations seem to be taking an alternate stance and have begun to raise prices for gas. Sportsman's Corner, owned by Greg’s Gas Plus - a usual leader in low priced fuel - raised prices almost ten cents in the last few days from the mid $1.40 range to $1.56 cents on Wednesday at its monopoly of Merriwether locations. But Greg's Gas Plus is not alone as other stations have followed suit including Edgefield Fuel and Convenience who has a near monopoly on fuel in Edgefield and is working towards doing the same in Johnston.
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Four Johnston women held on lynching charges
web posted December 18, 2008
JOHNSTON – Four Johnston women have been arrested and charged with lynching after attacking another Johnston woman and man. The event began in the late hours of Tuesday night and ended in the early morning hours of Wednesday. All four women are still being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center.
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Man flags down police, asks to be arrested
web posted December 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police made one of the easiest arrests possible Tuesday evening when a man “flagged down” Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter and asked to be arrested and taken to jail. Chief Carter spoke to the man and then called for an officer to come and make the arrest.
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South Carolina rocked by 3.6 magnitude earthquake
web posted December 17, 2008
STATE – The South Carolina Low-country was awoken Tuesday morning with a shaking of the ground as a 3.6 earthquake epicenter registered just a few miles from Summerville SC at 7:42 am. 
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Phase 2 of Tornado Warning System not out of the question EMA Director says
web posted December 17, 2008
COUNTY – Phase two of an early warning system for a tornado for county residents is not out of the question and is a plan that EMA Director Mike Casey is still pursuing. The recently installed warning system that will begin testing on Thursday in the towns of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton was funded by the towns individually and made use of a siren system already being in place. “No county funds were used,” in implementing the new warning system EMA Director Mike Casey said.
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Cell towers latest target of copper thefts
web posted December 17, 2008
COUNTY – Copper thieves have begun to strike again in Edgefield County and have chosen a new target. Rather than striking over a dozen Aiken-Electric Co-Op substations as they did in September and October of this year, they have now turned their attention to cell phone towers. So far the thieves have caused over $10,000 in damage in order to steal less than $100 in copper.
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NOTICE: School Board Special Called Meeting Tonight
web posted December 17, 2008
COUNTY – There will be a Special Called meeting of the Edgefield County School Board today, Wednesday December 17, at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Edgefield County School District Board Room at the corner of Parr Drive and Highway 23. The sole agenda item is a discussion of the Economic Development Committee’s Proposal which included a request for $5,000. The public is encouraged to attend.

Caller tips police to possible DUI driver, five arrested
web posted December 17, 2008
TRENTON – A driver on Highway 25 late Monday night called 911 to report a possible drunk driver in a car with a paper tag. According to the caller, the driver was “all over the road”. Two Sheriff’s Deputies and a Highway State Trooper happened to be nearby and were able to catch up to the car and conducted a traffic stop near Macedonia Road.
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Edgefield couple jailed after false claim of home invasion and assaults
web posted December 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield couple was arrested early Tuesday morning after warrants were obtained for the pair filing a false felony police report of a home invasion and assault earlier this month. Edmond Shockley, 26, and Gerri Lynn Johnson, 27 were arrested at their Simpkins Street home around 1 am Tuesday.
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Neighbor reports burglary in progress Monday afternoon
web posted December 16, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A home on Twin Oaks Drive was burglarized Monday afternoon in a midday crime that was witnessed by a neighbor. Shortly after 3 pm a woman called to report that three men had broken into a neighbor’s home and made off with a large flat screen TV. The woman tried to get the men to stop as they began driving away down the long driveway but they drove past her.
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Wanted man still on the lam (Photo)
web posted December 16, 2008
COUNTY – Local authorities are seeking the public’s help in apprehending a wanted felon who has evaded arrest for almost two years. Rico Antonio Norris, 24, who was most recently spotted in the Johnston area but may also be hiding out in Augusta. Rico Norris may have his hair braided in dreadlocks according to the most recent reports.
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Burglary, attempted burglary reported in Trenton
web posted December 16, 2008
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on the 40 block of Hummingbird Drive Sunday evening with a report of a burglary. Once a deputy arrived the homeowner reported that while they were at a neighbor’s home someone came to the home and stole a motorcycle in the front yard and then broke into a shed in the back yard and made off with several other items.
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Transportation Incentive Winners for First Quarter (Photo)
 web posted December 16, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Transportation Department of the Edgefield County School District held a recognition program on December 4 to honor seventeen bus drivers for having perfect attendance for the first quarter of this school year.  The drivers received a certificate and award from Tanja Bryan, Supervisor of Transportation and Mr. James Courtney, Director of Transportation.
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PTC Instructor Honored for Providing a Second Chance (Photo)
web posted December 16, 2008
GREENWOOD – Delmar Brewington believes in second chances. The developmental English instructor not only provides a second chance to students on a daily basis, he is a living example of the success that can come with a fresh start. “This is my second career,” he said. “I worked for about 10 years in customer service at a car dealership in Aiken.”
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Man and baby airlifted, six injured in Sunday morning crash (Photos)
web posted December 15, 2008
NORTHSIDE – Six people were injured, two seriously, when an SUV and a truck collided at the intersection of Highway 378 and Pleasant Lane Sunday morning. The first calls to 9-1-1 began to come in around 11:30 with reports that at least one person involved was trapped inside one of the vehicles.
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Ridge Spring man dies in single vehicle crash
web posted December 15, 2008
AIKEN – An early Sunday morning single vehicle crash in Aiken County has claimed the life of a Ridge Springs man. 46-year-old Dwayne Ligons was pronounced dead at the scene near Vaucluse at approximately 5:12 am by Deputy Coroner L. Bowling.
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Tornado Warning System completed, tests begin this week
web posted December 15, 2008
COUNTY – The testing for the Tornado Warning System will take place this week with a test conducted in the morning and evening hours Thursday. The new early warning system has been worked on since this summer and is now complete EMA Director Mike Cassey said. Under the new system the sirens will blow in Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton simultaneously when a tornado threat is confirmed.
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Need help planning Christmas party goodies or dinner?
web posted December 15, 2008
WEBNEWS – Need some help finding that special dish, dessert, punch, or appetizer to go along with the Christmas turkey or Christmas party? EdgefieldDaily.com can help with almost 700 recipes in the Country Cooking Section. Browse over 60 categories to help make your menu complete.
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Public Notice: School Board Special Called Meeting
web posted December 15, 2008
COUNTY – There will be a Special Called meeting of the Edgefield County School Board on Wednesday December 17, at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Edgefield County School District Board Room at the corner of Parr Drive and Highway 23. The sole agenda item is a discussion of the Economic Development Committee’s Proposal which included a request for $5,000. The public is encouraged to attend.

Northrop, Wilhelm Receive National Board Certification
web posted December 15, 2008
COUNTY – Two Edgefield County School District Teachers have joined the list of twenty-eight educators from Edgefield County to earn the distinction of becoming National Board Certified Teachers. The data was released on December 9 by CERRA-South Carolina: Center for Educator, Recruitment, Retention and Advancement.
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Public Notice: Johnston Town Council to hold Pubic Hearing
web reposted December 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 29, 2008, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2008-08, an ordinance adopting a local accommodations tax on hotel/ motels located in Johnston.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Douglas Elementary students perform for parents (Photo)
web posted December 15, 2008
TRENTON – Douglas Elementary hosted their Annual Parent’s Lunch on December 10 and were honored to have over 125 parents join their students for the festive event.
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GOOGLE goes further left: Staff will determine search results not market
web posted December 15, 2008
WEBNEWS – Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance.Not so very long ago, Google disclaimed responsibility for its search results by explaining that these were chosen by a computer algorithm. The disclaimer lives on at Google News, where we are assured that "The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program." Not anymore....
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NWTF Names Natalia Daniels Director of Sales and Product Development (Photo)
web posted December 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Natalia Daniels its director of sales and product development. In her new role, Daniels will oversee the NWTF's Turkey Shoppe and develop banquet merchandise for NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquets held across North America. Daniels's background in merchandising includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science from Winthrop University and experience as a group buyer for department stores.
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Man rescued from deer stand
web posted December 13, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department received a rather unusual call Friday afternoon around 5:30 about a man needing to be rescued. Though fire and rescue is what Merriwether Firefighters do best, and a rescue is normal, this was the first call of having to rescue a man from a deer stand.
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Principal’s Meeting Focuses on Strengthening Student (Photo)
web posted December 13, 2008
JOHNSTON – The December Principal’s Meeting/Staff Development In-Service held at the District Office encouraged a continuation toward the road of progress for Edgefield County Schools. “This type of staff development is the very essence of our desire and commitment to continue on a road of progress for student achievement in our district,” said Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw Superintendent. “The efforts of Diane Murrell, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, to offer this training was received as a strengthening teamwork initiative by principals and administrators to master what will make our district seize great student achievement.”
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Forks Area Trail System closed due to rain damage
web posted December 13, 2008
PSA – The Forks Area Tail System (FATS) has been closed due to the recent rainy weather and damage to the trails. The popular biking trail systems will be closed throughout the weekend and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. The trailheads have been taped off and signs posted to alert riders of the closure. Reopening could come as soon as Monday. The FATS trails are located on Woodlawn Road near Deep Step Road.

Third Annual Educational Summit Scheduled For February 28
web posted December 13, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has started plans for the Third Annual Educational Summit to be held on February 28, 2009. Parents are encouraged to mark this date on their calendar and plan to attend this year’s program. The event will feature break-out sessions on a variety of topics to assist parents with information on helping their students become successful with their school work. Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Superintendent is chairing the event this year. Watch for more details.

Superintendent’s After Hours Chat Time Scheduled For December 18
web posted December 13, 2008
COUNTY – The next after hours “Superintendent’s Chat Time” will be held on Thursday, December 18, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Please stop by the District Office if you would like to talk with the Superintendent about any issue, project or have ideas to help students in Edgefield County.

Middle school students at center of sex scandal
web posted December 13, 2008
Miramar principal says students suspended after three of their peers said inappropriate behavior began at Glades in September. At least three students at Glades Middle School complained about "inappropriate sexual conduct" by fellow students in a class there, a Miramar police spokeswoman said.
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SC moves from 25th to 6th in "tax friendly states" for businesses
web posted December 12, 2008
COLUMBIA – The Tax Foundation has raised South Carolina from 25th to 6th in tax friendly states of economic expansion with Gov. Sanford’s tax proposals. Beginning in 2010, personal income tax filers could choose an optional flat tax rate of 3.65% with no deductions.  The graduated table, which would continue to be available, has six rates, topping out at 7% on taxable income over $12,850. The optional flat tax would move South Carolina from having one of the highest top income tax rates in the South to the lowest, except for Texas and Florida, which have no personal income tax at all.
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Public Notice: Johnston Town Council to hold Pubic Hearing
web posted December 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 29, 2008, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2008-08, an ordinance adopting a local accommodations tax on hotel/ motels located in Johnston.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Scams continue in Edgefield County
web posted December 12, 2008
COUNTY – Another scam has been reported in Edgefield County, this time a Trenton man called 9-1-1 on Wednesday to report being sent notification he had won $55,500 and included a check for $3,955 that he was to cash and wire $2,900 to cover the taxes on the “winnings” before the money could be delivered.
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Is Fox Creek Charter High School “Insolvent”?
web posted December 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Annual audits of the Edgefield County School District and Fox Creek High School were presented to the Edgefield County School Board Tuesday night. Though no one from the Fox Creek’s Board of Directors was present to address the audit, School Board Secretary Andy Livingston questioned the school’s fiscal solvency.
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Another day another burglary
web posted December 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Another burglary has been reported this month, this time at a home on Sleepy Creek Road near Johnston. The homeowner actually discovered the burglary Wednesday night, but waited until Thursday to report the crime because of the bad road conditions leading to the secluded home.
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Goodbye and good riddance to Judge Lee
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 12, 2008
COLUMN – Today is Friday and a very fortunate day for the Judicial System in Edgefield County. Circuit Court Judge Renee Alison Lee will be leaving the Historical Edgefield County Courthouse today and returning to Richland County, and not a moment too soon. As I observed the proceedings of General Sessions Court this week I could not help but feel the pain of law enforcement as they watched all their hard work to put criminals behind bars being dashed right before their eyes by Judge “Easy” Lee, as she easily let countless criminals remain on our streets to rob, plunder, and continue selling drugs to our youths.
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PTC Hosts Common In-Service Day for Educational Professionals
web posted December 6, 2008
GREENWOOD - The Piedmont Education & Business Alliance recently hosted its sixth annual Guidance Standards and Career Development Workshop at Piedmont Technical College. The event drew nearly 120 school counselors and career development professionals from 10 school districts in Abbeville, Clinton, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Ninety Six, Saluda and Ware Shoals.
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Trailside Drive woman arrested after stabbing
web posted December 11, 2008
COUNTY LINE – A 58-year-old Trailside Drive woman has been arrested and is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center after stabbing her common-law husband early Tuesday morning.  According to incident reports this was the second trip by Sheriff’s Deputies to the couple’s home in the early morning hours, the first around 2:15 am and the second at the time of the stabbing just before 6 am.
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"Peachiest of Edgefield County" 2008
web posted December 11, 2008
Editor's note: This story was placed for publication on Wednesday but did not appear. We regret the delay.
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce announced
the results of the second annual “Peachiest of Edgefield County” awards, as chosen by readers of local media outlets.The awards were presented Friday evening at the "Taste of Edgefield"
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Man warns law enforcement of possible phone scam
web posted December 11, 2008
COUNTY – A Ruby Road man called the Sheriff’s Office to report a possible scam and wanted law enforcement to be aware. The man said that he received a phone call from a number beginning with an 876 area code that informed him he had won five million dollars.
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Homeowner discovers burglary
web posted December 11, 2008
COUNTY LINE – A Running Creek Drive man called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon to report his house being burglarized. The man told the responding deputy that he arrived home shortly after 5 pm and found his front door “kicked in”.
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State projected revenues down - Gov. Sanford pushes tax cuts
web posted December 11, 2008
COLUMBIA – The Board of Economic Advisors' cut this year's and next year's estimates for state revenue by an additional three percent on Wednesday, something Gov. Mark Sanford say’s shows the need for his proposed cuts in individual and business income taxes to spur the economy.
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Letter to the Editor: "Sarah's Santa" thanks those who made rummage sale a success
web posted December 11, 2008
Dear Editor:
Once again the people of Edgefield County have shown their generosity and care for those less fortunate. As they have done each year, Sarah’s Santa had their annual Rummage Sale/Raffle. This year they expanded this event with a bake sale and the sale of Hamburg & Hot Dog plates. There was also face painting as well as games for the children. This year the event was held at the American Legion Hut and was a huge success.
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Gov. Sanford: Cut Income Taxes for Individuals, Businesses to Spur Investment, Job Creation
web posted December 10, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford announced Tuesday a three-part proposal to spur job creation and capital investment by cutting income taxes for individuals and corporations. The plan would cut income taxes by 50% and phase out corporate income taxes.
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Edgefield County Council calls Special Meeting
web posted December 10, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will hold a Special Called Meeting today at 5:30 pm at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street, Edgefield. The meeting is called to review bids for the purchase of two modular transmitter buildings to be used at the North and South radio towers. The grant to be used to purchase the buildings requires a fifty percent match in funding by the county. Below are the five bids received for the project.
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School Board swears in members, elects leadership (Photo)
 web posted December 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board held a swearing in ceremony Tuesday night for the four board members elected in November. Though three of the four, Brad Covar, Sallie Cooks, and James Bibbs were reelected, a new member took his seat as well, Chris Hoffmann. Hoffman ran on the promise that he would not accept pay to serve on the School Board. Officers were also elected at the meeting.
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Worker arrested after stealing $12,000 of shoes and jeans
web posted December 10, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A North Augusta man is in custody after admitting to stealing at least $12,000 worth of Nike shoes and jeans from Urban Outfitters in Trenton where he was employed. According to investigative reports the thefts took place between January of 2008 and September of this year.
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Merriwether Elementary collects over 450 toys for Toys for Tots (Photo)
 web posted December 10, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary School donated over 450 toys to the local Toys for Tots drive, which is sponsored by WJBF News and the Augusta Marine Corp. Reserves.  This was an overwhelming show of generosity on the part of the students and staff at MES.  The toys were picked up Monday by the Marine Corp and will be distributed to needy children in the CSRA.
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Three car crash stalls school traffic Tuesday (Photos)
web posted December 10, 2008

EDGEFIELD – A three vehicle crash tied up school traffic on Columbia Road for about an hour Tuesday afternoon when three carloads of Strom Thurmond students ran into each other, literally. According to information obtained at the scene the driver of a Toyota Camry was slowing causing the driver of a following Chevrolet Cavalier to begin to brake. A third driver in a Ford F150 pickup then slammed into the read of the second car driving it into the first.
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Burning dead grass on lawn leads to death of Graniteville man
web posted December 10, 2008
GRANITEVILLE – A Graniteville man has died from burns received after he was trying to burn the dead grass on his lawn Tuesday morning. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said 82-year-old William C. Hicks Sr.’s clothing caught fire and he sought out the help of his wife at their Avis Street home. She called 9-1-1 and Mr. Hicks collapsed on the front porch of the couple’s home.
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A Season to Renew, Reflect, and Work Together
By Sen. Shane Massey
web posted December 10, 2008
GUEST ARTICLE – There’s no doubt Christmas is around the corner.  Temperatures have dropped, and the parades have begun.  Even though our economy has been struggling, area stores and malls have seen an impressive number of Christmas shoppers.
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Letter to the Editor: EDC Chairman Rainsford defends petition
web posted December 10, 2008
Dear Editor:
In response to your repeated criticisms of the proposal of the Edgefield County Economic Development Committee to amend state law to provide that ad valorum taxes on power generating facilities of utilities be shared by all counties in the state, I would make several points:
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Edgefield Regional Arts seeks donations to bring theater to Edgefield
web posted December 10, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – As many of you know by now, Edgefield Regional Arts has executed an option-to-purchase agreement to convert the former Edgefield Advertiser building into a regional community theater.  With a capacity of 362, the theater will allow for legitimate theater and movies, and will lend itself as well to graduations, lecture series, poetry readings, choral and instrumental recitals and contests, school plays, other community events of various kinds, and convenient meeting spaces for groups both large and small. 
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Fox Creek High School’s Improvement Council to Launch Mentoring Program Aimed At Helping At Risk Youth
web posted December 10, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The School Improvement Council for Fox Creek High School announces plans to partner with the school in launching a mentoring program aimed at helping struggling teens succeed in school. The first year of the program’s existence will focus on students struggling academically, with hopes to expand to include teens struggling with socialization issues.  
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Homeowner witnesses car theft
web posted December 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on Calhoun Street in the early morning hours of Tuesday when a homeowner called 911 to report multiple black males dressed in dark clothing and stocking caps stealing a Suburban from their driveway shortly after 1 am. As police were racing to the scene the called told dispatchers that two of the men were in the truck and were driving towards Edgefield and the third suspect was left behind.
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Here’s Your Card, times two
web posted December 10, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Edgefield Police were the most recent to add to those who have been nominated to receive the infamous Here’s Your Card recognition with two people making the list in one day. Both equally qualified for the recognition.
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Lotts Grove Baptist Church dates back at least 100 years (Photo)
 By Anne Waits
web posted December 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – Members of the Lotts Grove Baptist Church are hoping to have a new church building soon but they are not sure where all the money is coming from. Board of Trustees member Walter A. Burton said no one is exactly sure how old the church is but it dates back at least 100 years.
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Johnston Motel Tax ordinance invalid?
web posted December 9, 2008
JOHNSTON – The final meeting of the year for the Johnston Town Council was held Monday night in a record time, at least in recent memory, 11 minutes and 3 seconds. Absent from the meeting was Mayor Willie Campbell and town administrator Keith Coones, Mayor Pro Tempore Buddy Smith stepped in and ran the meeting. Though the meeting was short it was long on problems. 
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Justice is blind, but should it be deaf and "dumb" too?
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 9, 2008
COLUMN – It may not be my place to second guess a Circuit Court Judge, but it is obvious, at least to me, one certain judge may need to pull her head out of the sand long enough to understand that people in Edgefield County see justice in a different light than she does.
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Superintendent’s After Hours Chat Time
PSA - JOHNSTON – The next after hours “Superintendent’s Chat Time” will be held on December 18, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Please stop by the District Office if you would like to talk with the Superintendent Crenshaw about any issue, project or have ideas to help students in Edgefield County.

Young woman reports being pulled over by police imposter
web posted December 9, 2008
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield County woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report being pulled over in the early morning hours of Saturday by a man impersonating a law enforcement officer. According to the complaint, the event took place as the woman was traveling along highway 25 near Friendship Lane Saturday morning around 12: 20 am.
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November Culture of Excellent Award Announced at STHS (Photo)
web posted December 9, 2008
JOHNSTON – Tracey Eubanks, a science instructor, has received the honor of being named the November “Culture of Excellence Award” recipient at Strom Thurmond High School. She was nominated for the award by fellow teachers.
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Dancers to Perform as a Benefit to Children
BATESBURG – On Saturday, December 13th the dancers of Palmetto Dance Academy and Fine Arts Center will present “Need a Little Christmas”  at the Batesburg Leesville Fine Arts Center beginning at 1pm. The show marks the seventh year the dancers have taken to the stage to collect toys for needy children in the area. To date over 4000 toys have been collected and distributed to children of families stricken by hard times close to the holiday season.
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Christmas Festivities in Historic Edgefield: Holiday Downtown Shop-Around & Tour of Churches
web posted December 9, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Come to Historic Downtown Edgefield and share in the holiday spirit this season.  The village is sparkling with glorious lights from the merchant storefronts, the magnificent town Christmas tree and the streetlights along Main Street.  It’s a winter wonderland that you won’t want to miss.
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Dodge’s Store target of Armed Robbery
EDGEFIELD – An armed robbery disrupted what was supposed to be a peaceful night after the Edgefield Christmas Parade when a 911 call came in around 10:24 pm reporting an armed gunman entering the Dodge’s Store on Augusta Road and making off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The masked gunman was described as being a black male in his early 20's between 5’3” and 5’4” weighing around 150 pounds wearing a white shirt with a white shirt used as a mask.
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Santa arrives in Edgefield (Photos)
 web posted December 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Santa Claus made an early appearance in Edgefield on Sunday during the annual Edgefield Christmas parade with over fifty entries again this year. This year’s Grand Marshall was Becky Turner who was preceded in the parade by Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter. Emcees Calvin Henderson and Kerri Klein were joined on the stage by the Grand Marshall Turner and Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham as the parade continued.
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Worker recovering after being pinned by toppled crane (Photos)
 web posted December 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – There has been no additional information provided on the condition of the Haglar Systems crane operator who was pinned under a toppled crane exclusively covered by EdgefieldDaily.com Saturday afternoon. The call to 9-1-1 came in around 5 pm and Edgefield County EMS and Merriwether Firefighters and First Responders were called to the scene.
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Gingerbread House winners announced (Photos)
web posted December 8, 2008
wEDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Regional Arts (ERA) announced the winners of the Gingerbread House contest shortly after the Edgefield Christmas Parade ended. Bobby and Rachel Raines took top honors for their rendition of and edible Oakley Park. The houses were on display at the ERA’s current location in the Rocky Shop on Main Street.
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South Carolina State Teacher of the Year Visits District (Photo)
web posted December 8, 2008
JOHNSTON – South Carolina State Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Jeanna Hallman, spent the day in the Edgefield School District on November 24th. Mrs. Hallman was accompanied by Ms. Debbie Courtney, Edgefield County Teacher of Year on visits to W. E. Parker Elementary, Johnston Elementary, JET Middle School and Strom Thurmond High School.
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Sports: Weekend of Champions
By Tim Crane
web posted December 8, 2008
SPORTS – The Weekend of Champions is complete and the scores of the games are listed below.
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Watermelon and Vegetable Grower Statewide Update Meeting
web posted December 8, 2008
COUNTY – The South Carolina Watermelon Association is hosting a statewide meeting which should be of interest to all watermelon and vegetable growers.  New laws and regulations concerning labor, food safety and country of origin labeling (COOL requirements) will take effect in the near future. 
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Falling crane traps operator 
EXCLUSIVE REPORT AND PHOTOS
web posted December 6, 2008 - 7:12pm
MERRIWETHER – A crane operator was severely injured when the Lorain crane he was operating toppled and left him pinned beneath the cab. The first call for EMS and Merriwether Fire Rescue came in around 5 pm Saturday from Haglar Systems at 890 Five Notch Road and the first crews arrived in minutes.
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Trenton man rushed to MCG after brutal single car crash (Photos)
 web posted December 6, 2008
TRENTON – A 27-year-old Trenton man was rushed to the MCG Trauma unit after losing control of the Buick Regal he was driving Friday, flipping it at least four times before coming to rest in a field. The driver, who said he was wearing a seatbelt, was conscious and speaking to emergency workers on the scene as they treated him for an assortment of injuries.
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Men arrested in drug raid formally charged
web posted December 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The four men arrested in a drug raid earlier this week have been formally charged and, according to the charges, at least one of the men has been in the court system before. All four were arrested when the Sheriff’s Narcotics and Swat Team, along with Edgefield Police, conducted the raid at the home on the 300 block of Bluebird Lane in Edgefield on Tuesday.
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Teens report sex offender asking for sex
web posted December 6, 2008
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called police just before midnight Thursday after a registered sex offender was accused of asking two teenage girls to have sex with him. The 37-year-old man reportedly asked the 18 and 16 year old girls for sex, telling the younger of the two he, “should go ahead and put a baby in her stomach,” according to the complaint filed late Thursday night with Johnston Police.
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Barrett Expresses Opposition to Auto Bailout Plans
web posted December 6, 2008
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC,3) participated in a Financial Services Committee Hearing on "Review of Industry Plans to Stabilize the Financial Condition of the American Automobile Industry" where he heard the testimony of executives from Ford, GM, Chrysler and the United Auto Workers on their plans to avert insolvency.  Barrett, who opposes plans that would provide automakers with taxpayer-backed loans, gave an opening statement in which he questioned whether it is the proper role of Congress to intervene in the internal business decisions of private corporations and expressed skepticism about Congress’s financial expertise and ability to foresee market trends.
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Letter to the Editor: Johnston Development Board Project Chairman offers thanks
web posted December 6, 2008
Dear Editor:
What makes a small town so great?  To me, it is the Town's citizens gathering in their public space to hear a message from their mayor,see their local elementary school students light the Christmas Tree and join their fellow citizens in singing Christmas carols.
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Local NJROTC Extends Thanks for Food-Drive Support
web posted December 6, 2008
PSA - JOHNSTON – The STHS NJROTC sends thanks for the support and contributions received for the NJROTC annual Food-Drive. The Food-Drive was a success and they were able to furnish 49 families with turkeys and a holiday menu of foods. The can-goods and financial support were truly appreciated by the families who received the blessing. Their smiles and gratitude’s expressed it all.
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Sarah’s Santa Christmas annual yard sale Today
web reposted December 6, 2008
COUNTY – Founder Debbie Courtney said she was looking, “to visit any church that will have me to tell them about our program. “ Last year Sarah’s Santa delivered gifts and stockings to over 140 local children, including hygiene items, a new coat, and a gift from their letter to Santa.  “We want to make sure they have something to help them stay clean, something to keep them warm, and something fun,” Ms. Courtney said as the group gathered last year to sort out presents.
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Christmas Auction - Saturday, December 6
PAID ADVERTISMENT
web reposted December 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Jay Watkins, who with his father owned and operated several business over the years, including a gift shop and janitorial supply. This sale will consist primarily of items from the gift shop with numerous Christmas items. The sale will be held at his building located at 567 Lanham Road, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 on Saturday, December 6, 2008, 9:30 am. From I-20, take highway 25 north to second traffic signal, turn left onto Sweetwater Road, go past Mount Vintage, turn left onto Jeter Road, then left onto Lanham Road; from Edgefield, take Sweetwater Road to Jeter Road--LOOK FOR SIGNS! Bring a chair and enjoy the day! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801

Gulf Oil CEO says gas could hit $1 next year
web posted December 6, 2008
RANDOLPH – Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski said on Wednesday that the price of oil could sink to $20 per barrel, and there is a chance gasoline prices could drop as low as $1 per gallon by early next year.
Patriot Ledger

Eaton Corporation Donation Supports Engineering Education at PTC (Photo)
 web posted December 6, 2008
GREENWOOD – Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $10,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. The donation was presented to PTC by Tim Pridgen, engineering technician at Eaton, and was observed by several graduates of the college who are now employed with Eaton.
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O.J. Simpson Goes to Jail
web posted December 6, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Former football great O.J. Simpson will spend anywhere from nine to 33 years in prison and his co-defendant, Clarence C.J. Stewart will spend 7.5 to 27 years for their roles in a Las Vegas armed robbery case.
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Correction
web posted December 5, 2008
WEBNEWS – One piece of information provided for yesterday’s column on the petition by Mr. Rainsford and the Economic Development Committee is in need of correction. Edgefield County Finance Director Lynn Strom confused the request for funding for the Economic Development Committee with the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) and sent an email Thursday morning to correct the mistake. The EDP receives $46,000 a year in funding, not the EDC. An editor’s note to that effect has been placed on the column.

Four charged in drug raid
web posted December 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics, SWAT, and the Edgefield Police arrested four Edgefield residents during a raid at a Bluebird Lane home on Tuesday. The four men, ranging in age from 18 to 24, were found sitting in a car behind the home when the teams of officers moved in to serve search and arrest warrants at the home, according to a report released on Thursday by the Sheriff’s chief narcotics investigator.
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Three PTC students win awards during Annual Greenwood Artist Guild show (Photo)
 web posted December 5, 2008
GREENWOOD – Three Piedmont Technical College students recently won awards during the Annual Greenwood Artist Guild show at the Greenwood Museum. In the three dimensional category, Bob Taft of Greenwood received first place and a cash award of $200; Martha Peddicord of Ninety Six received $150 for second place; and Bob Taylor of Greenwood took third place and $100. All three are enrolled in the Professional Clay program at the Center for Creative Economies at the PTC Edgefield County Center.
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Barrett, NCI announce relocation of jobs from Mexico to US; South Carolina to benefit
web posted December 5, 2008
STATE – National Consolidated Industries (NCI), headquartered in Honea Path, South Carolina announced Thursday its subsidiary National Cooler Company, LLC has acquired the assets of a bottle cooler business located in Monterey, Mexico.  As a result of the acquisition finalized earlier this week, jobs will return to the United States from Mexico.
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Gov. Sanford’s letter to Pres-elect Obama
web posted December 5, 2008
Dear President-Elect Obama:
As governors, and more significantly as fellow Americans, we wanted to write in light of today’s historic meeting in Philadelphia to say how much we appreciated you making the effort you did to meet. Thank you for consulting with us so early in your transition. Coming from a culture of balancing budgets, we understand the unique economic challenges and difficult decisions you will have to make in dealing with the trying economic times that will accompany your taking the office of President. We are committed to working with you and your administration to forge solutions that can make a difference in the lives of the very Americans we all represent.
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Pro-Amnesty Activist Joins Obama White House Staff
web posted December 5, 2008
(CNSNews.com) – An 18-year veteran of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), who advocated for federal legislation to give the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States a path to citizenship, has been tapped for President-elect Barack Obama’s White House staff.
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Trenton woman finds cat buried “head first” in yard
web posted December 4, 2008
TRENTON – A possible animal cruelty case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Animal Control after a deputy responded to a woman’s call on Tuesday on Highway 19. When the woman returned home from work she found a cat buried “head first” in her yard and called police.
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Bettis Academy woman charged after theft of check from mailbox
web posted December 4, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy woman has been charged after admitting to taking a check out of a woman’s mailbox and attempting to cash it in Augusta. A Butler Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft after her child support check was missing.
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Economic Development Chairman takes issue with news report
web posted December 4, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield Economic Development Committee Chairman Bettis Rainsford requested the publication of the petition presented to the Edgefield County Council for public review. Mr. Rainsford complains, with no specific connotations, that the news story published by EdgefieldDaily.com on the request was, “slanted”, “negative”, and “poorly written”.
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Does anybody in Edgefield County government have a brain they can spare?
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 4, 2008
COLUMN – The Chairman of the Edgefield Economic Development Committee (EDC), Bettis Rainsford, was displeased by the article published Wednesday on his $5,000 request from the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night, calling it “negative”, “slanted”, and “poorly written”. I have three words to describe the same article, factual, concise, and unbiased. However, this is not a news article, this is my opinion, and it is specifically directed at Mr. Rainsford, the EDC, and our county council members. And for the record, it is going to be very biased.
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Financial Aid Night Dec. 11
web posted December 4, 2008
COUNTY – Strom Thurmond High School will host a financial aid night on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the chorus room for seniors and their parents.  Federal and state programs will be discussed.  Please plan to attend this important meeting to get questions answered about FAFSA and other financial aid issues

Piedmont Tech to Offer Job Assistance Programs
web posted December 4, 2008
PSA – In the wake of the difficult economic times that have hit the Lakelands, Piedmont Technical College is increasing its assistance programs for those non-traditional students who are considering enrolling in college to receive the training they need to re-enter the work force or to pursue a different career.
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Sen. DeMint gives just opened Capitol Visitor Center scathing review
web posted December 4, 2008
WASHINGTON D.C. – South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has issued his comments concerning the new Capitol Visitor Center opened on Tuesday criticizing the new facility for "omitting the history of faith." DeMint says the new visitor center completely ignored his request to include the phrase "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance. DeMint said the center displays items that are "left-leaning and in some cases distort our true history."
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Obama’s refusal to produce birth certificate festers
web posted December 4, 2008
WASHINGTON D.C. – Though the push for soon to be President-elect Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate to prove he is an American born citizen got very little attention during the campaign from the national media, and even dismissed as “conspiracy theory” at times, it is now gaining a footing in major news organizations. The tipping point seems to be that Sen. Obama failed to meet the deadline to file an answer to a suit filed with the United States Supreme Court challenging him to produce his actual birth certificate.
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Wanted felon arrested, brother still sought (Photos)
web posted December 3, 2008
COUNTY – One of two brothers wanted on several outstanding warrants has been arrested and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division is still seeking the other. Michael Deon Norris, 27, was arrested in Augusta-Richmond County this weekend and is currently being held at the Richmond County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Edgefield County on multiple drug charges and a bench warrant for failure to appear for previous charges. His brother, Rico Antonio Norris, 24, is still on the lam.
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County Council recognizes unseated representatives (Photos)
web posted December 3, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council said goodbye to two of its longtime members Tuesday night as Merriwether District 5 councilman and District 2 Councilman Everett Kitchens attended their final meeting after being unseated in the 2008 elections. “I have no regrets,” Councilman Kitchens said as he accepted the plaque presented to him at the December meeting.
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Airport lease agreement draws opposition
web posted December 3, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their final meeting of the year Tuesday night with a full agenda and two public hearings held shortly after the meeting got underway. The first on the amendment to the current budget drew no comments. The second, dealing with the lease between the county and Western Carolina Aviators, LLC, drew several comments, some for and some against.
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Marines “Special Ops” to train in county with civilians
web posted December 3, 2008
COUNTY – The Marines are coming to Edgefield County for training exercises that will include some local participation to train Maries as part of a rapid response Special Operations in the event of a military emergency or terrorist attack. Chris Young, (CTR) with the IW branch from Camp Lejeune, NC explained to the county council that the exercises will be taking place in five counties, including Edgefield County in early April, mostly on Sumter National Forest lands.
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Christmas Auction - Saturday, December 6
PAID ADVERTISMENT
web posted December 3, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Jay Watkins, who with his father owned and operated several business over the years, including a gift shop and janitorial supply. This sale will consist primarily of items from the gift shop with numerous Christmas items. The sale will be held at his building located at 567 Lanham Road, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 on Saturday, December 6, 2008, 9:30 am. From I-20, take highway 25 north to second traffic signal, turn left onto Sweetwater Road, go past Mount Vintage, turn left onto Jeter Road, then left onto Lanham Road; from Edgefield, take Sweetwater Road to Jeter Road--LOOK FOR SIGNS! Bring a chair and enjoy the day! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801

Letter to the Editor: Edgefield Mayor highlights Christmas activities
web posted December 3, 2008
Dear Editor, 
Our town is decorated beautifully again this year and we have a full agenda of upcoming activities scheduled for the holiday season.  You can find a complete list of these activities by reading your local newspapers, viewing channel 16 on the local cable network, watching our commercial on channel 12, or by calling the Chamber of Commerce or Edgefield Town Hall.
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Bettis Rainsford receives $5k in county funds for lobbyists on SC Legislature
web posted December 3, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Bettis Rainsford, Chairman of the Edgefield County Economic Development Committee was at the Edgefield County Council meeting Tuesday night asking for $5,000 in funds from the county and another $5,000 form the School Board in order to lobby for new legislation to spread the wealth around in energy production plants planned in the state. Mr. Rainsford admitted that the Economic Development’s ability to draw new industry to the county in the past decade or more has been “frustrating” and unproductive.
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Here Comes Santa Claus
web posted December 3, 2008
EDGEFIELD – It’s that time of the year again!  Pieces of candy and wishes for a merry Christmas will fill the air this Sunday, December 7th when Edgefield hosts its Christmas parade.  The streets of downtown Edgefield will be packed with people as floats, cars, school bands, fire trucks, and more meander down Main Street.
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US Census Bureau seeks to employ 50 in county
web posted December 3, 2008
COUNTY – Need a good paying job? The US Census Bureau is looking for a few good employees in Edgefield County, fifty to be exact. Gladys Sligh, with the US Census Bureau, addressed the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night explaining that they are seeking Census workers for the 2010 census that is currently underway and offers jobs that pay between $11 and $17 an hour.
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Greenwood Christmas Parade December 7
web posted December 3, 2008
GREENWOOD – Santa Claus is coming to Uptown as Greenwood hosts the annual Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland” and the event is scheduled for December 7th at 2:30 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of West Cambridge and Montague Avenues. 
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Dr. Mary Rice-Crenshaw to be featured speaker at SEE Group meeting tonight
web reposted December 2, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Citizens Seeking Excellence in Education is a volunteer group dedicated to keeping citizens informed of the important issues impacting the quality of education in Edgefield County. The December meeting of the SEE Group will be Tuesday, December 2, 2008. Our goal is to provide a forum for sharing information in an effort to improve education for the students of Edgefield County schools.
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Town of Edgefield gets clean audit with 8 months in reserves
web posted December 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield heard the results of the audit performed for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 and were pleased with the results. Unreserved fund balance in the general fund was at $1,147,790, or 88% of reserves, a little over 8 months of the cost of running the town. The town’s revenues exceed its liabilities and the town is in great financial shape. Mrs. Toni McKinley, with McKinley, Cooper and Company, presented the audit report to the town leaders Monday night.
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Town of Edgefield holds final council meeting of 2008
web posted December 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their final meeting of 2008 Monday night with Mr. George Thornton, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, as the visitor of the month. Mr. Thornton said he and wife Beth were proud to be new citizens in the Town of Edgefield having moved here about five months ago after taking the CEO position in June.
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New county council members to have say in final vote of “quiet hot potato” issue
web posted December 2, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding their final meeting of 2008 tonight at 6 pm at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street and will leave some interesting issues to the new county council members that will take office in January. Eight and six year incumbents Joel Hudson (Merriwether District 5) and Everett Kitchens (Westside District 2) respectively were unseated in the November elections and their replacements will cast the final votes in the matters.
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Edgefield County Council December Agenda
web posted December 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will be holding their final meeting of 2008 with two member leaving their seats after the meeting. Below is a copy of the agenda for the meeting that will be held at 6 pm at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street, Edgefield.
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Augusta man reports beating at Trenton party
web posted December 2, 2008
TRENTON – An Augusta man flagged down a Sheriff’s Deputy early Saturday around 4:45 am saying he was jumped by ten to twelve unknown males at a party on Bass Terrace Lane near Bream Oak. According to the man, he and a few friends of his came to the party and were in the process of leaving a few minutes later when he was attacked. His friends jumped into the car and left him behind.
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County Youth Basketball League sign-ups beginning
web posted December 2, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Youth Basketball League will start registrations next week.  We will be set up at the Edgefield Town Gym on Monday, December 8th: Thursday, December 11th; and Tuesday December 16th, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.. Boys and girls ages 6-12 as of March 1, 2009.
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Wardlaw students capture all places in county 2008 Arbor Day Poetry Contest (Photo)
web posted December 2, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Board of Commissioners of the Edgefield Conservation District is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest. Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, 5 December 2008.
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Edgefield Library seeking “Angels” to donate books
web posted December 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – PSA – Brighten the lives of children who step through the doors of the Edgefield County Public Library by being one of our Angels! Give the gift of reading to every child by donating a book in memory of or in honor of a loved one. If you are interested in viewing our Angel Tree 2008, please see our staff at the service desk.

December cake winner announced - Lori & Eric Hutto
web posted December 1, 2008
WEBNEWS – Our December cake winner has been drawn and the winning entry is, “Happy 1st Anniversary to Lori and Eric Hutto! We love you both and wish you many, many more happy years together! Love, Mom, Dad, and Cole.” The Hutto’s anniversary is December 16. The Hutto’s need to Contact EdgefieldDaily.com for instructions on how to claim their cake. Enter your loved one into our next drawing that will be held in January.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Frank dies in crash
web posted December 1, 2008
AIKEN – Aiken County Sheriff’s Information Officer Lt. Michael Frank was killed in a tragic single car accident on I-20 near mile marker 132 this weekend while returning from refereeing a hockey game in Atlanta. Lt. Frank, 48, is survived by his two children, a son and a daughter, and his parents. The news of the death has reverberated throughout the law enforcement and surrounding communities.
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Sarah Palin to visit Augusta today
web Re-posted December 1, 2008
AUGUSTA GA –  According to a media release, former Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be visiting in Augusta Georgia today. Gov. Palin, the hugely popular Alaskan Governor that brought life to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s failing campaign, retains her broad support even after the election and is hoping to help US Sen. Saxby Chambliss retain his seat in the Senate in a December 2 run-off.
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“Dr. Ned” retires after 40 years of healing (Photos)
web posted December 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Dr. Benjamin E. Nicholson, otherwise known as “Dr. Ned”, is retiring after 40 years of service at the Edgefield Medical Center. A drop-in was held Sunday afternoon at the National Wild Turkey Federation Conference Center to honor his years of service to the county. An estimated 200 people attended during the two-hour event.
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Christmas Auction - Saturday, December 6
PAID ADVERTISMENT
web posted December 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Jay Watkins, who with his father owned and operated several business over the years, including a gift shop and janitorial supply. This sale will consist primarily of items from the gift shop with numerous Christmas items. The sale will be held at his building located at 567 Lanham Road, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 on Saturday, December 6, 2008, 9:30 am. From I-20, take highway 25 north to second traffic signal, turn left onto Sweetwater Road, go past Mount Vintage, turn left onto Jeter Road, then left onto Lanham Road; from Edgefield, take Sweetwater Road to Jeter Road--LOOK FOR SIGNS! Bring a chair and enjoy the day! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801

EdgefieldDaily.com Christmas Tree Contest announced
web posted December 1, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com announces our first annual Christmas Tree contest this year. Simply send us a picture of your decorated Christmas Tree (please do not send in several pictures for us to choose from, pick your best and send it in) along with your name, address, email address, and phone number to be entered. Only your name will be used in the listings. The page will go online on December 8 and will be featured in a prominent location.
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Annual Christmas Light Display Page returns
web posted December 1, 2008
WEBNEWS – It is Christmas time again and EdgefieldDaily.com will be featuring our very popular annual Christmas Light Display Page with a listing of homes or businesses that decorate with light displays readers want others to see. Send in your favorites to be added. Please include the address if possible and short directions if necessary. The page will go online on December 8 and will be featured in a prominent location. Start sending your locations now and there are no limits to the number of displays you can send in or that can be listed. Please note the town or community so they can be categorized by locale.

NWTF Communications Department Earns Multiple Awards
web posted December 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Communications Department continued its award-winning ways in the South Carolina Outdoor Press Association’s Excellence in Craft Competition, held during its 2008 Fall Conference in Camden, S.C.
NWTF staff members P.J. Perea of Aiken, Paul Rackley of Edgefield and Perrin Anderson of Greenwood submitted articles, photos and video productions for consideration against nationally recognized media members and were rewarded with nine certificates.
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My Christmas tradition - "Yes dear"
A column by the Editor
web posted December 1, 2008
COLUMN – Thanksgiving Day is past and Christmastime is upon us. It is time to pull all those Christmas decorations out of the attic and begin the annual untangling and testing of lights, and my patience. In the past, this was a time I did not look forward to at all, mainly because my beautiful bride loves it so deeply and has a tendency to go overboard. However, as I grew older and wiser I learned it was better to just say, “Yes dear”, and let have her way. I also learned never to ask to see the bills. I have high blood pressure and it just is not worth a stroke at my young age.
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Sports
- Weekend of Champions coming Friday night
- Scores of Interest across the state

By Tim  Crane

web posted December 1, 2008

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One more for dinner
web posted December 1, 2008
MERRIWETHER – One of the great things about living in Merriwether is being able to spot such a wide array of wildlife in your back yard. On Sunday this button head whitetail deer showed up in the light rain to search out the bountiful supply of acorns in our yard. You can click on the picture for a larger view of the photo.




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