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December 2009 Archives


Top stories of 2009
web posted December 31, 2009
WEBNEWS – It is that time of year to bring together a collection of this year’s most read stories of 2009 chronologically. Though 2009 was one of the safest in the past five years, sadly there were three fatalities and one murder. There were many changes as well. Two new county council members, the resignation of John Pettigrew Jr. as county administrator, and the announcement of a new administrator, Alton Brown, on Tuesday.
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Reward for suspected shooter reaches $1000
web posted December 31, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The reward for a man wanted in connection to two shooting incidents this year has increased to $1,000, the Edgefield Police Department released on Wednesday. Edward Fargo McKenzie, 24, of Johnston, is wanted for two counts of assault and battery with the intent to kill and numerous other charges.
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Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon Permit class in Edgefield
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web posted December 31, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday January 16th 9:00 am until 5:00 pm In Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Closings for New Years
web posted December 31, 2009
COUNTY – All Edgefield County government offices and the US Postal Service will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2010. Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton Town Halls will be closed today and Friday. EdgefieldDaily.com will be closed for Friday with reports resuming on Saturday, January 2.

Walton Experts Say Make Resolutions Count
web posted December 31, 2009
AUGUSTA – It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions—and unfortunately, just as easy to break them. According to the University of Scranton, 71 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions keep them after two weeks, 64 percent keep them after a month and only 50 percent keep them after three months.
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Brown accepts job as County Administrator
web posted December 30, 2009
COUNTY – It seems Edgefield County will have a new County Administrator for 2010 with Alton Brown verbally accepting the job offer by the Edgefield County Council on Tuesday. Interim Administrator Barbara Stark said until Mr. Brown returns from visiting family in Oklahoma and signs the contract the acceptance is considered an “agreement in principle”.
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Christmas Eve thefts from cars now total over $12,000
web posted December 30, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up patrols in a section of Merriwether after thieves broke into almost two dozen vehicles and made off with over $12,000 in property, electronics, guns, and one families Christmas presents for their children. An initial report of the incident was published on Saturday, but the breath and scope of the thefts and reports continued coming in through Sunday. Official incident reports were not released until Tuesday.
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Johnston man held on attempt to kill charge
web posted December 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man is in jail after being charged with assault and battery with the intent to kill in a Christmas Eve incident at the Budget Inn at 249 Lee Street that left one man with two head wounds. John Cleveland Harris, 38, is currently being held on a $25,000 bond stemming from the attack.
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Religion: How To Hate Reading Your Bible In The 2010
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 30, 2009
RELIGION – New Years is here and it is time for everyone to make their New Year’s Resolutions. There are two resolutions that I make every year. One is to read the Bible through; the other is to lose some weight. Now, I always read the Bible through, but I don’t always lose much weight. Why do I accomplish one and not the other? Because I love reading scripture and I don’t enjoy dieting or diet food. You see the things that we love to do are easy to accomplish.
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Johnston Development Corporation Launches Website
web posted December 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation this week launched its website. The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization, works to aid the community in areas such as economic development, education, recreation, historic preservation, tourism, scientific and cultural opportunities, and continued promotion of Johnston.
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Letter to the Editor: Sarah's Santas organizer thanks citizens for participation
web posted December 30, 2009
Dear Citizens of Edgefield County,
We would like to thank each and every one of you who donated gifts, money, and your time to make this year’s Sarah’s Santas the best ever. Through your donations, we were able to provide over 45 families (approximately 140 children) with a very special Christmas.
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Missing Dog
web posted December 30, 2009
COUNTY – Missing male Siberian Husky pure white about a two years old, if anyone has any information please contact 803-295-6816.

Aiken teen killed in “suspicious” shooting incident
web posted December 30, 2009
AIKEN - A 16-year-old Springfield youth was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia at 11:55 am Tuesday. Brian Conner of Windsor Rd. was pronounced dead due to a single gunshot wound to the head. Details at this time are suspicious, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
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Michael Crim announces candidacy for School Board
web posted December 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Michael Crim has thrown his hat into the District 2 School Board election set for next November. “I know it’s a little early,” Mr. Crim said, “but I wanted to go ahead and get my name out there.” The District 2 School Board seat is currently held by Andy Livingston, who recently announced as a candidate for Mayor of Johnston. Asked on Monday why he decided to run Crim said, “I just think it’s time for some changes.”
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Bible Belt remains buckled, new survey finds
web posted December 28, 2009
STATE – Just how religious is the State of South Carolina? According to a recent study by the Pew Forum, 86% of South Carolinians believe in God with “absolute certainty” ranking number 2 in the nation with Mississippi taking the top of the list with 91% clearly convinced. Conversely, Connecticut, Rhode Is, New Hampshire, and Vermont have only 54 to 57% convinced.
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January Edgefield County Alliance meeting date change
web posted December 28, 2009
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Due to the New Year Holiday, the Edgefield County Alliance meeting will be held on Monday January 11, 2010 rather than the first Monday of January. This will be the first annual meeting since the Alliance was officially formed Sept. 2008. The Alliance will be discussing where we have been and plans for the upcoming year. Board members' commitment to serve will be reaffirmed and/or election of new board members will be held. Officers (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary) will also be elected. 
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Lost Dog: Edgefield
web posted December 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Lost: White lab, 3 yrs old, male approximately 90 lbs. Went missing from Bausket St, Edgefield. Christmas present for 3 girls. Please call 637-3761 or 706-414-3674 if found or information.

Massage Therapy Program Offers Clinic
web posted December 29, 2009
GREENWOOD – Massage Therapy is one of the fastest growing professions in the health care field. There is an ever increasing acceptance of massage as a holistic approach to health care and health maintenance. One of the requirements of the massage therapy program at Piedmont Technical College is that students must complete 40 hours of class and lab time, including hands-on training, plus an additional 50 hours of real-world experience on their own. To this end, the massage therapy program provides a massage clinic beginning in January each year.
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Photos of the Northwest Airlines Bomb
web posted December 28, 2009
NATIONAL – A singed pair of underwear with a packet of powder sewn into the crotch, seen in government photos obtained exclusively by ABC News, is all that remains of al Qaeda's attempt to down an American passenger plane over Detroit. The alleged bomb consisted of a packet of powder sewn into the briefs of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian. Al Qaeda took credit Monday for the attempted bombing, boasted of its ability to overcome U.S. intelligence and airport security, and promised new attacks.
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Christmas weekend fires cause little damage
web posted December 28, 2009
COUNTY – Christmas weekend fires brought the call for Edgefield and Johnston firefighters to duty and fortunately neither fire caused serious damage to the respective homes. A time normally known as peaceful and excitement as children open their gifts saw firefighters leaving their homes to come to the aid of others.
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Rebel wrestlers rank second in region
web posted December 28, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Wrestling Team will begin their second half of the season next week currently ranked second in the region. Coach Barnhart will be leading the Rebel wrestlers in their next match, a region tri-match with Newberry and Mid Carolina at Mid Carolina, on January 5th
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Opinion: Welcome to the Obama Twilight Zone
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 28, 2009
COLUMN – The world in which we live in has been turned upside-down and it is as if we are living in the twilight zone. Cue music. “You're traveling to another dimension, a dimension of time and space, a dimension of sight and of mind. You've just crossed over into...the Twilight Zone,” as Rod Sterling would say.
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Thieves play Grinch on Christmas morning
web posted December 26, 2009
MERRIWETHER – It seems the Grinch is not the only one with the ability to ruin someone’s Christmas. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Copeland Circle and nearby Mealing Road Christmas morning with reports of numerous vehicles being broken into. One containing all of the surprise Christmas presents for the children of one family.
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Closed for Christmas
web posted December 25, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is closed today as we all celebrate Christmas with our family and friends.

Man killed after being struck by car identified
web posted December 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett released the name of the man killed after being struck by a vehicle late Tuesday night on Ridge Road. Burnett identified the man as 51-year-old Lewis McKinney of Old Chappell Ferry Road. McKinney died from “massive body trauma” according to the autopsy performed Wednesday morning.
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Christmas Give Away winner
web posted December 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – This year’s Christmas Give-Away winner Robert Fallaw said he made good use of the $500 gift certificate provided by Tidwell Jewels and EdgefieldDaily.com. His selection included two watches and two necklaces for his wife.
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Attempted robbery goes bad - for criminal
web posted December 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A would be armed robber with a toy gun got away with nothing after the store clerk turned the tables on the masked man when she pulled out her own gun, a real one. Seeing he was outgunned the man turned and ran out the door.
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Notice: Fireworks in the Town of Johnston
web posted December 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – Fireworks in the Town of Johnston may be shot only on Christmas Eve (12/24/2009), Christmas Day (12/25/2009), New Years Eve (12/31/2009), & New Years Day (1/1/2010) from 8:00pm-12:45am. Fireworks may only be shot during the designated dates and times. All other dates and times fireworks are prohibited and the laws will be enforced according to town ordinances.

Rental truck found on fire
web posted December 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire at U-Ride Auto Sales and Rentals on Augusta Road just after 4 pm Wednesday. When they arrived they found a U-Haul moving van with the engine fully engulfed in flames. It is unknown how the fire began.
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Aiken Pediatrics Proud to Announce New Addition to Physician Staff
web posted December 24, 2009
AIKEN – Aiken Pediatrics is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Jose A. Luis to their physician staff.  For 29 years Dr. Luis has practiced primary care pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital.
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Body found on Ridge Road
web posted December 23, 2009
JOHNSTON – The body of a 51-year-old man was found on Ridge Road near the intersection of Long Cane Road around 10:30 pm Tuesday night. According to Edgefield Coroner Thurmond Burnett, the man had been struck by at least one vehicle as he lay in the roadway. “They thought it was a deer,” Burnett said.
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Masked gunman leads to manhunt in Edgefield
web posted December 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police along with Sheriff’s Deputies and the Bloodhound Team were trying to locate a man that was reported to have walked into Fran's Korner on Jeter Street around 6 pm Tuesday evening and pointed a gun at the clerk. Officers arrived moments later and began setting up a perimeter in an effort to locate the man.
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County Councilman offers “Animal Protection” ordinance for consideration
web posted December 23, 2009
COUNTY – A county councilman has initiated an Animal Protection ordinance for Edgefield County that could be up for discussion in February. District 2 Councilman Rodney Ashcraft sent the draft to County Attorney Michael Medlock to be worded in ordinance form on Tuesday. “I don’t expect this to be the wording of the ordinance,” Ashcraft said. “But I think it is a starting point and will at least get a discussion going.”
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Religion: Born to Bleed
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 23, 2009
RELIGION – A.W. Tozer writes “What comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” What Tozer is saying is that your perception of God will affect every part of your life. Now the same is true for the son of God, Jesus. See our perception and understanding of Christ will affect whether we bend our knee to Jesus as Savior and Lord or whether we dismiss Him and reject Him. For many people, Jesus remains the tiny baby lying in a manger.  While this conception is not wrong, it is incomplete. Imagine doing a jig-saw puzzle and only having a few pieces put together. What you have may be pretty, but it is at best, very incomplete.
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January Birthday and Anniversary drawing drawing near, enter your friend or loved one now
web posted December 23, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s monthly drawing for a free birthday or anniversary cake winner is fast approaching. To enter anyone in the drawing simply send in your birthday or anniversary wish to them and they are automatically entered. The lucky winner receives a custom cake from Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield.
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Closings for Christmas
web posted December 23, 2009
COUNTY – All Edgefield County government offices will be closed from Thursday December 24 through Monday December 28 for the observance of Christmas. They will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, December 29. Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton Town Halls will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Edgefield County Schools are closed until after New Year for "Winter Break".

Sarah’s Santas spreads Christmas cheer to 140 children
web posted December 22, 2009
JOHNSTON – It is almost Christmas and that means Debbie Courtney will be easy to find. She and many other “Angels Helping Sarah’s Santa” were busy wrapping gifts, coordinating deliveries to needy families, and making a certain a lot of local children will be happy on Christmas Day. “It’s sad,” Ms. Courtney said, “there are so many children that wouldn’t be getting anything for Christmas.” And she knows what it is like, she’s been there.
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Investigators one step closer to solving burglary
web posted December 22, 2009
EDGEFIELD – At least one of the suspected burglars in a recent December 7 burglary has been identified and warrants for his arrest have been issued, though his identity is not being released. As reported earlier, three men were seen in a gold or champaign colored car on Moore Road that morning walking around the home with the trunk open. By the time deputies arrived they found an open door but nothing stolen from the home. A short time later they were called to a nearby Mays Way home that was burglarized and the owners white 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser was gone.
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Offer for County Administrator remains unresolved
web posted December 22, 2009
EDGEFIELD – It has been over a month since the Edgefield County Council voted to offer the Edgefield County Administrator’s job to former White County, Georgia Administrator Alton Brown on November 17 after an executive session meeting. To date, that is where things stand. County Council members met again in executive session on November 25 to discuss contract negotiations and charged County Attorney Michael Medlock to iron out the details. 
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Teacher and Support Staff Culture of Excellence December Awards
web posted December 22, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Principal Matt Schilit recognized the December Culture of Excellence Award recipients for Strom Thurmond High School for the month of December. The award recognizes teachers and support staff who demonstrate “good school culture” and excellence in teaching and specific job duties.
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Here’s Your Card: It’s too cold to put your hands up
web posted December 22, 2009
JOHNSTON – Saturday afternoon Johnston Police were called to the Dollar General store on Lee Street due to a suspected shoplifter. A clerk at a checkout counter noticed the woman in line had an item under her arm inside her jacket, reports state. When an officer arrived the woman was exiting the store.
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EdgefieldDaily.com announces Christmas publishing schedule
web posted December 21, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com announces our Christmas schedule for publication for this week. The last full update will be made on the morning of December 24, with only major breaking news and periodic coverage of other sections running through December 25 and December 28. We will return with full coverage on Tuesday, December 29. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Alcohol, speed possible factors in Saturday night fatality
web posted December 21, 2009
AIKEN – A single vehicle crash on Rushton Rd. in Aiken County has claimed the life of a 50-year-old Aiken man after he lost control of the car he was driving just before 9 pm Saturday. Aiken County Coroner identified the man as Donnie Ray Fox, of Aiken.
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Local couple set to enjoy a “white Christmas”
web posted December 21, 2009
COUNTY – Though the chances a white Christmas in Edgefield County is near zero, one local couple is enjoying one visiting their grandchildren. John and Virginia Culbertson sent the following message to readers and friends “back home” along with a couple of pictures.
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Douglas Elementary Turns Into Reading Winter Wonderland
web posted December 21, 2009
TRENTON – Douglas Elementary transformed their media center into a Winter Wonderland during the week of Dec. 14-18. As students entered the media center, they were greeted with an animated Santa wishing them a "Merry Christmas." The media center was set up with different winter scenes and literatures that featured animated villages, characters, Santa, and snowmen that created excited students wanting to read Christmas books that will take them on magical seasonal adventures.
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Johnston Elementary 4th Graders raise $562.14 through St. Jude Math-A-Thon to help kids battling cancer
web posted December 21, 2009
JOHNSTON – Fourth grade students at Johnston Elementary recently participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Math-A-Thon® program and raised $562.14 to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. The Johnston community supported Johnston Elementary students by making donations in honor of their participation in the program.
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PTC Cobra Awarded at Luncheon
web posted December 21, 2009
GREENWOOD – The first 1965 student-built Cobra Replica was presented to Gayla Murray on Thursday and the drawing was filled with drama. Ten finalists were selected Dec. 2 from the 344 tickets sold. The 10 finalists were Kendall Adams, Pam Brooks, Mike Johnson, Rick Lasure, Calhoun Mays Jr., Bill Murray, Gayla Murray, Isaac Shaffer, John Stoddard and Frances Trammell.
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Christmas Give Away drawing held Friday
web posted December 19, 2009
JOHNSTON – The drawing for the winner of the EdgefieldDaily.com and Tidwell Jewelers Christmas Give Away got underway at 4 pm Friday at Tidwell Jewelers’ Johnston location. Drawings began to get to ten finalists chosen by 3-year-old Abby Davis, representing Tidwell Jewelers.
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Multiple wrecks leave over a half dozen injured Friday
web posted December 19, 2009
COUNTY – As the cold blowing rain came down on Friday, the number of crashes and injured people started to climb. The worst period in the day came around 4 pm when at least four crashes were reported pushing Edgefield County EMS to its limits. One crash on Woodyard Road resulted in four people being injured that required the Jaws of Life to open a door so the occupants could be extricated from the car.
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Old Macedonia Church donates to Tree of Hope
web posted December 19, 2009
COUNTY LINE – Joe Mosley and Derrick Jones, part of the Men’s Ministry of Old Macedonia Baptist Church, were busy Friday morning loading Christmas presents donated by members of the church as a part of the Tree of Hope project. Mr. Jones said this is the eighth year the church has been involved, and from looking at the results, they were very involved.
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Sanford Comments after Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Deadline: States Express Concern
web posted December 19, 2009
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford said Friday Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's decision to extend the REAL ID deadline for states to May of 2011 was a good thing, meaning that South Carolinians will not be unduly hindered by the federal government from using their existing state driver's licenses to board airplanes and enter federal buildings.
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Winner of $500 Christmas Give-Away to be drawn today
web posted December 18, 2009
WEBNEWS – The winner of the EdgefieldDaily.com and Tidwell Jewelers $500 Christmas give-away will be drawn at Tidwell Jewelers on Calhoun Street, Johnston, at 4 pm today. Those entering do not need to be present to win and the winner will be announced by 8 pm today and again in Saturday’s edition of EdgefieldDaily.com.
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One man sent to trauma unit after being thrown from back of truck
web posted December 18, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – One man was seriously injured after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck when the driver lost control of a Nissan Frontier while driving down Mosley Drive Thursday around 3 pm. When First Responders and EMS arrived on the scene the man was found lying in a ditch with a head injury.
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Prowler problems continue in Edgefield neighborhood
web posted December 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Problems with a prowler and break-ins in an Edgefield neighborhood continues to frustrate the victims, young women in their 20’s, and police. One woman said the prowler was back again at her home on Thursday morning just after 1 am. “I heard him open my screen door,” she said adding that she armed herself and called police. The group of nearby homes is located on West Terrace and Gray Streets and Edgefield Police have stepped up patrols in the area.
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Opinion: Rep. Nikki Haley - The Real Deal
web posted December 18, 2009
EDITORIAL – A recent poll issued by the much respected Rasmussen Reports on Thursday gave a run down of those who poll best in the race for South Carolina Governor. Though those named in the polls may have more national prominence, we have to ask where Nikki Haley was mentioned. Though most of the scenarios offered showed a Republican on top of the elections with numbers in the high 30 percentiles, those seeking “others” candidates and “unsure” comprised an equal number in many cases. Could those be the Haley Hopefuls?
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Letter to the Editor: Writer supports withdrawal of troops, health care takeover
web posted December 18, 2009
Dear Editor:
I believe the lyrics from John Lennon, “So this is Christmas”, is an appropriate way to start this letter.  It is Christmas all over the world. As I acknowledge this, I can not help but wonder, “Which country and / or who are the people that keep and honor Christmas in the most fitting way?”  Is it The United States? 
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Breakfast and Brunch with Santa at The Country Saturday
web posted December 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Country has a full day of activities planned as well as the Christmas Tree farm running all day Saturday. Start your day off with a breakfast with Santa from 9 until 10 am. Latecomers can attend a brunch with Santa from 10 until 11 am.
The Country

Livingston announces candidacy for Johnston Mayor
web posted December 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – With the election season of 2010 fast approaching, one man has stepped forward to announce his candidacy now. Johnston businessman Andy Livingston said he would be seeking the office as Mayor of Johnston in the April 2010 election. "I am announcing my intention early because I am eager to serve my hometown. I believe my occupational experience will help me lead the Town in these difficult economic times,” Livingston said
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Gov. Sanford comments on vote to end impeachment process
web posted December 17, 2009
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the vote to reject impeachment taken by the full House Judiciary Committee. The vote brought an end to any impeachment proceedings moving forward. The committee ruled that though Gov. Sanford's actions were inappropriate, they did nor rise to the level of impeachment.
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Garrett Road closed after crash and collision
web posted December 17, 2009
WESTSIDE – A quick series of events left two vehicles damaged, Garrett Road completely blocked, but fortunately no one injured. The two crashes took place shortly after 6 pm Wednesday as a Georgia Road resident was traveling west on Garrett Road towards his home when he claimed a deer ran out in front of him, causing him to swerve. That maneuver caused him to lose control of the Land Rover Discovery he was driving causing it to go up an embankment.
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Two Georgia men arrested on drug and alcohol charges at STH during school
web posted December 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – Two Georgia men were arrested on alcohol and drug charges at Strom Thurmond Tuesday afternoon after Resource Officers were notified of suspicious people being on school grounds and inside the school between 2:30 and 3 pm. A quick check led to the men being found parked in front of the school in a grey Jeep Cherokee in a visitor’s space.
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Holmes, Parker named to S.C. College Football All-State Team
web posted December 17, 2009
NEWBERRY – Newberry College's Matt Holmes and Ron Parker have been named to the 2009 South Carolina College Football All-State Team by The State, it was announced today. Holmes, a junior center from Johnston, was a 2009 first team all-South Atlantic Conference honoree after earning second team all-SAC honors as a sophomore. In 2009, he earned DAKTRONICS all-Super Region 2 first team honors.
Newberry College

Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Unveils New Web Site
web posted December 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball (EDYB) unveiled its all new web site featuring registration information, photos, game schedules team rosters and more on Wednesday. The new site was designed with the latest technology allowing users to navigate through the site quickly and find detailed information about the program.
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Town rejects $10,000 request by Johnston Development Board
web posted December 16, 2009
JOHNSTON – A request for $10,000 by the Johnston Development Board and the Peach Blossom Festival will not be granted, Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell said Tuesday. “I think it’s important to fund town projects first.” He made similar comments at the town council meeting Monday night. “I wanted it to be out in the open,” Mayor Campbell said.
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Edgefield County Alliance Meeting featured Doncaster Outlet owner
By Linda Anderson
web posted December 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance held their monthly meeting Monday December 7, 2005.  If you were unable to attend you missed an opportunity to hear the who, what, where and when of the new Doncaster Outlet in Edgefield. For nearly a century Doncaster has been recognized as the originator of direct sales in high-end ladies apparel.
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Notice: Jari's Bakery has a new number
web posted December 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Jari's Bakery has changed their business phone number to 803-637-0396. The bakery is still located at 213 Norris Street in Edgefield with wonderful confections, cakes for all occasions, and catering. Jari's is also EdgefieldDaily.com's Birthday and Anniversary Cake supplier from our monthly drawings.

Nikki Haley Pre-Files State Government Reform Bills
web posted December 16, 2009
COLUMBIA – Rep. Nikki Haley, candidate for Governor, today announced the pre-filing of three pieces of legislation in the South Carolina House of Representatives. The bills - the South Carolina Taxpayer Protection Act, the South Carolina Accountability in Government Act, and a Joint Resolution to establish term limits in the South Carolina General Assembly - are designed to bring a good, accountable, fiscally responsible government to South Carolina.
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Religion: Are You A CEO?
By Pastor Pillip Howle
web posted December 16, 2009
RELIGION – When you hear about CEOs is the news today it is usually with negative connotations, their job performance subpar, but their bonus is astronomical.  I don’t want to begrudge the success or pay of anyone; I have no idea how to run a major company. But, I am saddened by the many CEOs I encounter as a pastor.
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Letter to the Editor: Is there any comparison of Lincoln and Obama?
web posted December 16, 2009
Dear Editor,
At the dedication of the National Cemetery honoring those who died in the civil war Abraham Lincoln said “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people shall not perish from the earth.”
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PTC Horticulture Student Selected for Prestigious Disney Internship
web posted December 16, 2009
GREENWOOD – Lisa Gilstrap knew an internship would take her places she had only dreamed of. She never thought one of those places would be Walt Disney World’s Epcot resort. “Everybody knows the Disney name,” Gilstrap said. “This was the opportunity of a lifetime.”
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66-year-old arrested for lewd acts, indecent exposure
web posted December 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A man wanted on charges of committing lewd acts on a minor and indecent exposure has been arrested and transported to Edgefield County. Bennie Lee Padgett, 66, was arrested by Saluda County authorities and turned over to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.
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Supposed witness charged in burglary
web posted December 15, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A man claiming to be a witness to a 3 am burglary Saturday at a home on Trailside Drive is in jail and is being held without bond. David Anthony Clarke, 24, has been charged with first degree burglary and remains in custody at the Edgefield County Detention Center.
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Woman reports burglary Sunday
web posted December 15, 2009
MURPHY VILLAGE – A Murphy Street woman returned to her home on Sunday afternoon to discover the power cut off and the home burglarized. Deputies found the rear door had the lock cut away and the power turned off at the exterior of the home. According to incident reports, the burglary took place between 12:40 and 2:50 pm.
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Last three days to enter $500 Christmas Give-Away

web posted December 14, 2009
WEBNEWS – There are only three days left to enter the EdgefieldDaily.com and Tidwell Jewelers’ Christmas Give-Away worth $500. All entries must be received by Thursday, December 17, to be eligible for the drawing at Tidwell Jewelers on Friday, December 8, at 4 pm. Mailed entries will be collected until 11 am Friday. You do not need to be present to win. Make this Christmas special for that extraordinary someone in your life by entering today.
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W.E. Parker students visit Trenton Airport
web posted December 14, 2009
TRENTON – What do you get when you mix children, teachers, and airplanes? A good time for all. “The 4-5 year olds from W.E. Parker had a ball Thursday (the adults included).  There were 37 kids from two classes,” Linda Anderson reported. “Because of the cold, we started by giving the kids a tour of the club house.”
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2009 Christmas Light Display page
web posted December 14, 2009
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com annual Christmas Light Display page is returning again this year and we will be listing the locations of homes that have notable light and Christmas displays. As always we ask that our readers send in the address of displays in your neighborhood or those passed on your daily travels and we will place them on this page until the end of the month.
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“A Night in Bethlehem” planned for Dec. 20
web posted December 14, 2009
PSA – “A Night in Bethlehem” will be performed on Sunday, December 20 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Building at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. What was it like in Bethlehem when Jesus was born? Attend and experience not only the performance, but interact in a time travel back over 2,000 years in Bethlehem.
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Lost Dogs: Edgefield update: FOUND
web posted December 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Lost dogs: Missing are a lemon colored (blonde and white) male basset hound last seen wearing a Palmetto tree and Crescent moon collar with ID, a male brindle and black Boston terrier with a solid yellow collar who is noticeably blind in his right eye, and a smaller black and white female Boston Terrier wearing a solid red collar. They went missing in the area of Addison and Wigfall Streets in Edgefield. The two males are neutered and are my children's much loved and very missed dogs. We would very much like to know information on where these dogs are and how we can get them back to share the holidays together. Please call 803-637-3528.

Opinion: T'was two weeks before Christmas
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 14, 2009
COLUMN – T’was two weeks before Christmas and all through house, not a creature was stirring, except Mickey the Mouse. County issues were hung on the taxpayers backs, while Monroe was hoping not to catch any flack.
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Start Making Plans Now for Next Summer’s Camp TBI
web posted December 14, 2009
AUGUSTA – Camp To Be Independent, a week-long overnight camp for children and young adults ages 8 to 21 with traumatic brain injuries, is now accepting applications for Camp TBI 2010, which will be held on July 18 to 23, at the Camp Twin Lakes site in Rutledge, Ga. “Every year, our campers tell us what they’d like to accomplish at camp. They say things like, ‘Have an adventure. See old friends and make new ones. Learn to tie my shoelaces.’ and, ‘Feel like a regular kid going to summer camp,’” said Leslie Glass, Vice President of Development at Walton Foundation for Independence.
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Sheriff’s Investigators called to two more burglaries on Friday
web posted December 12, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators were busy Friday investigating two more burglaries this week. The first report came in to dispatchers around 8:30 am when a home on the 1300 block of Highway 19 was found to have a back door window broken out and the door open.
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Traffic stop leads to recovery of stolen vehicle, suspects flee on foot
web posted December 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police recovered a stolen vehicle early Friday morning after attempting to make a traffic stop after passing a swerving driver. After the officer turned around to make the stop the small truck took off at a high rate of speed and turned down Hart Street.
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Woman, 98, charged with murdering 100-year-old roommate
web posted December 12, 2009
BOSTON MA – A grand jury has indicted a 98-year-old woman on a second-degree-murder charge for allegedly killing her 100-year-old roommate in a dispute over the room they shared at a nursing home in Dartmouth.
Boston Globe

Stolen PT Cruiser seized during burglary in Georgia
Woman witnesses burglary and takes keys from vehicle, calls police
 web posted December 11, 2009
COUNTY – A 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser stolen during a burglary at a Mays Way home on Monday morning has been recovered in Hephzibah, Ga. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Thursday. Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigator Wesley Stallings said the vehicle was recovered on Wednesday morning during the commission of a burglary on Peterson Bridge Road.
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Break-ins, suspicious activity report numbers grow in Edgefield neighborhood
web posted December 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An unknown person seems to be targeting the homes on West Terrace and Gray Streets in Edgefield, according to recent police reports. Multiple reports show suspicious activity, break-ins, someone banging on doors and the sides of the houses, and property being moved around inside and outside of the homes.
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County Administrator’s job remains unfilled
web posted December 11, 2009
COUNTY – The negotiations with Alton Brown as the new Edgefield County Administrator are continuing but no details have been released. The Edgefield County Council met in a called executive session meeting on Wednesday to discuss the hiring and emerged in public only to vote to accept Stonewood Drive into the county road system.
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PUBLIC AUCTION: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 9:30 am
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – This will be out last sale of the year; and just in time for Christmas! We have many antique and collectible items as well as household pieces.  The sale will be held at 727 Buncombe St., Edgefield, S. C.  29824.  Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Gov. Sanford Urges Opposition to Government Takeover of Health Care
web posted December 11, 2009
COLUMBIA – In light of the drastic healthcare overhaul legislation now being considered by Congress, Gov. Mark Sanford urged the state's congressional delegation on Thursday to oppose the dramatic and costly mandate, and instead propose alternative free market reforms that are both medically sound and financially responsible.
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FBI Director Asks Judge Webster to Conduct Independent Review of Ft. Hood Shooter
web posted December 11, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. – FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, has asked Judge William H. Webster to conduct an independent review of FBI policies, practices, and actions prior to the tragic events at Fort Hood. Following the November 5, 2009 shootings, Director Mueller ordered an immediate, preliminary review of the FBI’s actions, as well any relevant policies and procedures that may have impacted FBI efforts before the shootings.
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Winners announced in Poetry and Poster Contests
web posted December 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Commissioners of the Edgefield Conservation District are please to announce the winners of the 2009 Poetry Contest and the 2009 Poster Contest. There were 30 entries in the Poetry Contest and almost 100 entries in the Poster Contest. First place in each contest was awarded a new MP-3 player. Second, third and fourth places received cash awards or gift cards.
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Providence Baptist Church Cantata Dec 20 & 22
web posted December 11, 2009
PSA - JOHNSTON – Providence Baptist Church in Johnston welcomes you to a celebration of the Messiah's birth.  On December 20th and 22nd the Providence Baptist Church Choir will be performing the cantata "A Great and Mighty Wonder" arranged by Tom Fettke. 
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Dems to lift debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion, fear 2010 backlash
web posted December 11, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. – In a bold but risky year-end strategy, Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before New Year’s rather than have to face the issue again prior to the 2010 elections.
POLITICO

Deputy assaulted in reported fight in courtroom
web posted December 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Deputies and Edgefield Police after a report of a fight breaking out in the Family Courtroom Wednesday around noon. At least three deputies were already on the scene providing security for the courtroom. As officers arrived two men were found screaming at each other in the “jury room”, one of which was already in custody.
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Stolen car recovered: matches description of one believed used in burglary
web posted December 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on the 300 block of Gary Hill Road where a gold colored 2009 Toyota Corolla was found parked behind the home. A check of the tag number found the car was stolen from Aiken County. Found lying in the back floorboard were several pieces of jewelry. The car also matches a description of a car spotted at two homes in the area on Monday, one of which was burglarized.
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SCMA Releases Economic Impact Study Regarding Manufacturing’s Impact
web posted December 10, 2009
GREER – Today, The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) released an economic impact study regarding the State’s manufacturing sector and its impact in South Carolina. “While the manufacturing sector has declined in total number of jobs in the state, it still pays some of the highest wages of any sector in South Carolina,” said Dr. Harry Miley of Miley, Gallo & Associates, LLC.
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Edgefield shooting incident lands one in jail
web posted December 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – What started out as a quiet and rainy Tuesday morning turned out to be anything but quiet as two deputies walking out of the Magistrates Office reported hearing a scream and then gunshots ringing out around 10:30 am. Within moments 911 dispatchers began getting calls reporting gunshots fired behind the Barristers Coffee House on Simpkins Street. As police began to converge on the area they were told the alleged shooter had fled in a white Ford F150 pickup truck.
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Edgefield Police release composite sketches of robbers
web posted December 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police Department released composite sketches of two men wanted in connection of a November 23 strong armed robbery on the Edgefield Town Square in hopes the public may be able to identify them.
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Sarah's Santa Yard Sale
web posted December 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Sarah's Santa Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 am to 4 pm. All money raised is used to buy Christmas for children in Edgefield County who would otherwise not have a Christmas. Unwrapped gifts are needed. If you would like to send a monetary donation you can do so by sending it to J-E-T Middle School.

PUBLIC AUCTION: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 9:30 am
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – This will be out last sale of the year; and just in time for Christmas! We have many antique and collectible items as well as household pieces.  The sale will be held at 727 Buncombe St., Edgefield, S. C.  29824.  Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Religion: I Just Don't Have Time!
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 9, 2009
RELIGION – It is Christmas in case you did not know it. My boys Cason and Luke actually got to play in the “snow” after the parade on Sunday. I find that with Christmas comes a tight schedule and tighter pants due to the endless eating. But I also have found that here lately there has been a constant refrain coming from my mouth, and it is not “Merry Christmas.” It is “I just don’t have time” or “I am just too busy.”
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Langley: The Dawn of Mankind in Relative Terms
Submitted By Carl Langley
web posted December 9, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters and gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would drift down to the seaside in the winter and live on fish, crabs and lobsters.
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Guest Opinion: President Obama’s Double-minded Policy on Afghanistan
web posted December 9, 2009
GUEST OPINION – President Obama has spent three months making a decision that is indecisive. In the same breath he said, “…that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.” This is double-minded, an unstable policy that will lead to instability at home and abroad.
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Drug raid yields 16 pounds of marijuana and two arrests
web posted December 8, 2009
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators and Deputies from Edgefield, Saluda, and Aiken Counties along with SLED executed a search warrant Thursday just before noon at a home on Hayes Drive and ended up making two arrests and seizing over 16 pounds of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Edgefield Mayor has good-natured fun with town council’s Clemson fans before getting down to business
web posted December 8, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council wrapped up their last meeting of the year is quick fashion Monday night, including a little good natured “ribbing” by Mayor Ken Durham towards a majority of town council members just prior to the meeting when he brought out a University of South Carolina Flag and placed it with other flags in the backdrop.
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Burglars take jewelry and homeowner’s car
web posted December 8, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy Monday morning after a passing neighbor spotted three men in the back of a nearby home off Moore Road with ski hats and dressed in dark colors. When deputies arrived the men were gone but an open door was found. Within in an hour and a half a burglary was reported at a Mays Way home just miles away.
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Bar operator arrested after reporting burglary
web posted December 8, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The operator of Woody’s Bar and Grill has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report of a felony stemming from a burglary reported in late October. Ronald Joseph Cales, 52, was taken into custody on Wednesday and was later released on bond, jail records show.
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Trenton home site of Weekend burglary
web posted December 8, 2009
TRENTON – A Heritage Drive home was the scene of a weekend burglary after the homeowner arrived home shortly before 8 pm to find the back door to the home open. After entering the home and noticing items missing from several rooms a call was placed to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Santa and snow arrive in Edgefield on Sunday
web posted December 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Christmas Parade was held on Sunday with a great turnout of those seeking to get a glimpse of the dozens of floats, entries, and of course Santa himself. Essie Nicholson was this year’s Grand Marshall and led the parade to the town square and then took her place at the viewing stand with emcees Jane Herlong and Calvin Henderson.
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Smoke detectors save family in early morning fire
web posted December 7, 2009
NORTHSIDE – A Virgil Wall Road home family was awoken by the smoke alarms in the family home around 3 am Sunday morning and found the home on fire. The family had time to call 911 to report the fire and escape from the home uninjured.
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South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit class offered
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Palmetto State Training LLC. will be offering a concealed weapon permit class on Saturday, December 12th  from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost is $80 per person. We will provide classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate. You will need to bring your S.C. Drivers License, a pistol, 50 rounds of compatible ammunition and Hearing & Eye protection. For detailed directions, questions or for information about future classes and private group class; e-mail scps.training@yahoo.com or call at 803-480-2095. Please leave your full name as you wish it to appear on your certificate, address, daytime phone number and evening phone number.

PUBLIC AUCTION: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 9:30 am
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – This will be out last sale of the year; and just in time for Christmas! We have many antique and collectible items as well as household pieces.  The sale will be held at 727 Buncombe St., Edgefield, S. C.  29824.  Look for signs! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Update: Driver charged with felony DUI in crash
with three ejected Saturday morning
web posted December 5, 2009  7:25 pm
MERRIWETHER – Four of the five injured in an early morning crash that saw two small children and one woman ejected, who remain in the hospital, three with serious or critical injuries. The driver of the Honda Accord, Emmanuel Alejardro Sanchez, 26, has been charged with felony DUI by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.


Five injured, three ejected in early morning crash
web posted December 5, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Five people were injured in a violent single car crash Saturday morning on Currytown Road. Three of the passengers, a woman and two small children were ejected as the Honda Accord flipped at least six times before coming to rest on its rooftop. The driver and a back seat passenger were still inside the car when the first people arriving to help the injured.
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Edgefield Christmas Parade Sunday
web posted December 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Christmas Parade will be held Sunday at 4 pm. The parade route will progress up Main Street and end at the town square. Weather forecasts show the skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 56.

Police execute search warrant, arrest one
web posted December 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police and Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant around 8 pm Friday night and arrested one man ending an investigation into a theft that took place a week ago. Johnathan Steven Moore, 31, of Gray Street in Edgefield, has been charged with one count of larceny and one count of financial card fraud. Additional charges could be pending the outcome of the investigation.
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Warrenville man killed in single car crash
web posted December 5, 2009
AIKEN – A 24-year-old Warrenville man was killed in a single vehicle crash on Highway 421 in Aiken County around 8:30 am Friday, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. Marcus A. Bass was killed when he lost control of the 2000 Ford Expedition he was driving and struck several trees, partially ejecting him from the vehicle.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer says immorality should be punished
web posted December 5, 2009
Dear Editor:
With the resent news blasts about Tiger Woods and the couple who “crashed” The State Dinner at The Whitehouse, I would like to voice my opinions about these and more public examples of rule-breaking and immorality.
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PTC hosts Soil Competition of FFA in Saluda
web posted December 5, 2009
SALUDA – The Piedmont Technical College Saluda County Center recently played host to state Future Farmers of America (FFA) competitions. The Soils Career Development Event (CDE) and the Wildlife CDE were held at the center, with the Soils competitors also touring many of the local farms in Saluda.
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Bond hearing held for man charged in shooting of deputy
web posted December 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Deputies and officers representing at least five agencies gathered at the Edgefield County Courthouse Thursday afternoon to show their support for their fellow officer, McCormick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Rushton, who was shot on Nov. 15 as the accused shooter, 51-year-old Joe Worley, appeared before Circuit Court Judge William Keesley for a bond hearing. Deputy Rushton, recovering from his injuries, was also present.
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Opinion: The Calliham Scam
A Column By the Editor
web posted December 4, 2009
COLUMN – For over two years I have followed the exclusive move to purchase the debt of J. P. Calliham and his beleaguered property by the Edgefield County Council. Property that was sold in a foreclosure and now is supposed to be sold in a tax sale next week. But it might not be sold because it was reportedly removed from published public sale listings at the request of County Council Chairman Kneece, who does not have the authority to remove any property from a tax sale.
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Drawing for Custom Cobra Finalists Named
web posted December 4, 2009
GREENWOOD – The Piedmont Technical College Foundation held its drawing for the 10 finalists for the 1965 student-built Cobra Replica Wednesday. The 10 finalists are Kendall Adams, Bill Murray, Gayla Murray, Isaac Shaffer, Pam Brooks, John Stoddard, Rick Lasure, Calhoun Mays Jr., Mike Johnson and Frances Trammell.
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Annual Christmas Lights Display page returns Monday
web posted December 4, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s annual Christmas Lights Display page will return on Monday to spotlight notable Christmas light displays across the county. Send in your home or the addresses of displays you see in your neighborhood. We will compile the list for readers by area to make visiting the displays easy.
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First Friday festivities highlight Emerald Triangle venues December 4
web posted December 4, 2009
GREENWOOD – First Friday is now in full swing for the holidays, and numerous activities are planned for December’s event. Folks visiting the Uptown Greenwood area on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. will have a variety of events to enjoy during the evening.  
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Edgefield man pleads guilty in attempted murder case
web posted December 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – It may have taken five years to find and arrest Sammie Bowman, 49, of Edgefield, and another 13 months in jail to bring him to trial on attempt to kill charges stemming from a July 2, 2003 stabbing, but he had his day in court on Wednesday. After a plea agreement was worked out, Bowman is now back on the streets.
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Family gives thanks - announces winner of gift basket from fundraiser
 web posted December 3, 2009
LETTER – On behalf of our baby brother, Brody, we would officially like to announce that the winner of the Brody Johnson $550 Gift Basket was Shari Huiet, of Trenton.  She is the Librarian at W.E. Parker Elementary School.
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PTC Student Finds Calling at Home
web posted December 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – Brandon Andrews has tried on many hats since graduating from high school. It wasn’t until he enrolled in the Building Construction Technology (BCT) program at Piedmont Technical College that he found the right fit. Upon graduation in 2004, the Johnston resident did what many high school graduates do – he entered a four-year university.
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Lost Puppy
web posted December 3, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Missing puppy in Martintown Rd and Deer Springs area. The puppy is a Sandy Brown Chow puppy with black nose and blue collar, Answers to "Buster". Please help him find his way home. Call 803-279-8690 or 803-834-3958.

U.S. Tops in Energy Resources
web posted December 3, 2009
The United States has largest energy reserves on Earth, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. As shown in the charts below, the U.S. has 1,321 billion barrels of oil (or barrels of oil equivalent for other sources of energy) when combining its recoverable natural gas, oil and coal reserves.
Human Events

County Council remains split on major issues in December meeting
web posted December 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their December meeting Tuesday with final readings on five ordinances and held four public hearings. Several issues saw lively discussions including a proposal for the Northside Park which ended with a split vote of 3 to 1 in favor and one member not voting.
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Chairman Kneece attacks reporter for asking questions on funding of Calliham purchase
web posted December 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – At the end of the December County Council meeting Tuesday night County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece exploded in a verbal attack of EdgefieldDaily.com’s Editor Roy Blackwell for asking a simple question regarding funding sources contained in the ordinance to purchase the Calliham Property. The ordinance provides for $625,745.51 in funding, however; the estimates provided by the 2KM firm state the initial costs pertaining to the 4,000 square foot portion of the building to be $892,810.63.
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Jury finds man not guilty in possession of over 10 grams of crack cocaine charge
web posted December 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A jury found an accused drug dealer not guilty of trafficking in crack cocaine after a traffic stop found him in possession of over 10 grams of crack cocaine in April of 2007. Johnny Major Lott, 51, was charged with trafficking of crack cocaine, open container, speeding 46 in a 30 mph area, and driving under suspension on April 14 of 2007. The jury convicted Lott of driving under suspension and open container but refused to convict on the drug charge.
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Religion: Bad Attitudes
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 2, 2009
RELIGION – According to the dictionary, the word "attitude" means "an internal position or feeling with regard to people or circumstances."  Other words often used as synonyms are: "disposition, feelings, mood, opinion, sentiment, temper, tone, perspective, frame of mind, outlook, view, or morale."  I hate bad attitudes. However, I know that at times I be can blind to me own bad attitude. Usually my wife lets me know pretty quickly.
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Story Time for Kindergarteners at Parker
web posted December 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Amy Wilhelm’s Kindergarten Class at WE Parker enjoyed a rare treat on Monday. They built “Rainsticks” after hearing The Rainstick, a fable written by Sandra Chisholm Robinson. The story time and activity was sponsored by the Edgefield Conservation District and the fable told by Neil Bartley of the SC Department of Natural Resources. Each student was assisted in completing their own “Rainstick”, which was used by the students to create their own rainstorm during the class.
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Christmas Thru The Eyes Of A Child
web posted December 2, 2009
GREENWOOD – Santa Claus is coming to Uptown as Greenwood hosts the annual Christmas Parade.  This year’s theme is “Christmas Thru The Eyes of A Child” and the event is scheduled for December 6th at 2:30 p.m.  Prior to the parade children can enjoy face painting and activities at the Arts Center at the Federal Building.
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"Thankful Tree" expresses wishes of participants
By: Frances Proveaux
web posted December 2, 2009
RIDGE SPRING – It began with a HOME group from Cedar Creek church’s Banks Mill Campus wanting to do something for the guys at Recovery Works for Thanksgiving.  It turned into the first of what is hoped to be many One Table Celebrations for the small town of Ridge Spring, South Carolina. 
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Child molester sentenced to 30 months after guilty plea
web posted December 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An accused child molester is no longer accused after pleading guilty to a lesser charge on Monday. Myron Renew, 46, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a child under 11 years of age at the time of his March 2007 arrest. According to the arrest warrant at the time, Renew’s victim was 6-years-old when the repeated attacks began.
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Repo goes wrong, one man sent to MCG
web posted December 1, 2009
MURPHY VILLAGE – A repossession went terribly wrong Monday morning after the truck being repossessed was rammed from behind by another truck driven by the father of the owner. The collision caused the driver to lose control and he rolled the truck several times around 10 am. When Merriwether First Responders arrived on the scene they reported the diver suffering from injuries and was outside of the overturned Dodge Ram truck.
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South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit class offered
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Palmetto State Training LLC. will be offering a concealed weapon permit class on Saturday, December 12th  from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost is $80 per person. We will provide classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate. You will need to bring your S.C. Drivers License, a pistol, 50 rounds of compatible ammunition and Hearing & Eye protection. For detailed directions, questions or for information about future classes and private group class; e-mail scps.training@yahoo.com or call at 803-480-2095. Please leave your full name as you wish it to appear on your certificate, address, daytime phone number and evening phone number.

Single vehicle crash sends one to MCG
web posted December 1, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A local young lady escaped serious injury in an early morning crash that left her Ford Ranger pickup totaled after rolling the truck several times around 9 am on Martintown Road. According to a witness, the young woman was traveling east on Martintown Road when she ran off the edge of the road and overcorrected causing her to lose control.
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FBI warns of Email scam claiming to be from FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole
web posted December 1, 2009
COLUMBIA – A spam e-mail claiming to be from FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole is currently being circulated. This attempt to defraud is the typical e-mail scam using the name and reputation of an FBI official to create an air of authenticity. As with many scams, the e-mail advises the recipient that they are the beneficiary of a large sum of money which they will be permitted to access once fees are paid and personal banking information is provided.
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Sarah’s Secret Santa’s gearing up for Christmas Season
web posted December 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Santa’s elves are at it again, working hard to help bring joy to all needy girls and boys. So on December 12th Santa’s elves are going to have a day of good food, great bargains, and fun and games for the entire family. Come join the Christmas Carnival and Yard Sale, at the American Legion Hut from 10: 00 am – 4:00 pm, for Games, prizes, Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, Raffles, Popcorn, and Bake Sale.
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Weather Spotter class offered by Edgefield County EMA
web posted December 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Want to know how to recognize dangerous weather? The Edgefield County Emergency Management Administration (EMA) will be hosting a “Weather Spotter” class next week to train those interested in what to look for when peering at the skies.
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