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Unexpected Maintenance Prevents Saturday Headlines
web posted December 31, 2011
COUNTY – Due to ongoing issues with our email servers, Edgefield Daily has been forced to update much earlier than expected due to an unexpected maintenance issue that has prevented reports from being prepared by the required time. We apologize for this inconvenience. Breaking news will be reported when possible over the weekend.

Baby in Christmas Night Crash Dies 
web posted December 29, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Christmas night collision has claimed the life of a 5-month-old baby boy, Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Thursday. Ziare Smith, of Muncie Indiana was pronounced dead at MCG Wednesday afternoon after being removed from a ventilator at 2:51 pm. "Severe head injury was the cause of death," Burnett said. There was no update available on the others injured in the collision.
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Burglary Count Rises by Five Tuesday and Wednesday
web posted December 30, 2011
COUNTY – Five more burglaries have been reported this week across the county since Tuesday, including an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy responding to an alarm call at the Mt. Canaan Baptist Church to find the front door pried open Tuesday morning. Fortunately, nothing was found missing from the church. The other four targeted were not so lucky with almost $4,000 in property being stolen or damaged.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for January 14 Training
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web posted December 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, January 14, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Edgefield Town Council Meeting Moved to January 4 Due to Holiday
web posted December 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council meeting has been moved from the first Monday of the month to Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 5:30 pm due to the New Year holiday.

Resolve to Help Someone With a Tax Deductible Donation to the Red Cross
web posted December 30, 2011
AIKEN – The New Year is a time for making resolutions, and the American Red Cross is urging people to resolve to help someone by making a tax-deductible donation to the Red Cross before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.
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Burglary Suspect Flees on Foot Leading to Massive Manhunt
web posted December 29, 2011
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigator spotted Johnnie Henry Bailey Jr., 22, who is wanted on burglary charges, traveling near West Five Notch Road Wednesday morning and called for back up as he prepared to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The car continued to a residence that Bailey and Thomas Hubbard are known to reside at times. Once the car stopped at the mobile home, Bailey jumped from the car and ran into a large wooded area behind the home.
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Edgefield County Council to Take up Animal Shelter, New Administrator, and Infrastructure Improvements Tuesday Night
web posted December 29, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council has released their agenda for their January 3 meeting Tuesday night which includes a vote on a possible animal shelter run by the county, a contract for Lynn Strom to be considered as the next County Administrator, and a contract for Current Administrator Roger LeDuc to serve in an advisory position for the following twelve months on an "as needed" basis.
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Edgefield County EMS Graduates Two New Paramedics
web posted December 29, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) has two more paramedics after two EMT's received their certifications earlier this month. James Tyler "JT" Nelson and Garrett Lynn were congratulated after the ceremony by EMS Director Jewel Plasco. Nelson was also named EMT Intermediate of the Year by Midlands Region EMS Director Chris Cothran in May of this year.
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SCDPS Says There is Still time to ‘Be a SANTA’
web posted December 29, 2011
COLUMBIA – Christmas Day has passed, but the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) reminds motorists there is still time to “Be a SANTA” this holiday season. SCDPS’ holiday campaign – Be a SANTA! (a Sober All Night Totally Awesome Designated Driver) – emphasizes the importance of designated drivers choosing ahead of time to remain alcohol-free all night long.
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Two in Layman's Burglary
web posted December 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating two men suspected in the burglary of Layman's Nursery on December 16. Investigator Phil Ireland said warrants have been issued for Thomas Max Hubbard, 25, and Johnnie Henry Bailey Jr., 22, for burglary in the second degree and larceny.
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Neighbor Calls in Disturbance, Possible Shot Fired
web posted December 28, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A Sandy Hill Court man called the Sheriff's Dispatch around 3:30 Christmas Eve morning after noticing two vehicles driving up and down the road and then turning into a house across the street from him. Three men were seen getting out of the vehicles and going into the home when the man said he heard what he thought was a gunshot and yelling.
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Another Burglary, Thefts Reported over Christmas Holidays
web posted December 28, 2011
COUNTY – Three additional thefts took place of the Christmas holiday with nearly $5000 of property being stolen, which included a vehicle, a gun, and an ATV from three different locations.
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Pleasant Grove Food Ministry Gives Thanks
web posted December 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Rev. Oscar Brown and the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Food Ministry would like to thank every heart that made feeding 104 families possible, especially the blessed and kind acts of Mr. Larry Bowe, director of Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council and staff; Mr. Robert Brazell, Fairway Food Store manager, and staff; the National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc.
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Harlem Woman Arrested for Second DUI Early Christmas Morning
web posted December 28, 2011
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy responding to a call on Rolling Hills Drive at 3 am Christmas morning found a white Chevy Trailblazer sitting at a stop sign with the motor running, lights on, and the driver slumped over the steering wheel.
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Obama Wants More Debt: Again
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 28, 2011

COLUMN – President Obama will ask Congress to add another $1.2 Trillion in new debt, which stands at a record $15.2 Trillion and is a fifty per cent increase in the debt when he took office. Mr. "Hope and Change" stated after taking office he would cut the more than $1 Trillion deficit in half before the end of his first term in office and instead tripled it. In other words, he lied.
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Back to Back Westside Burglaries Monday Night
web posted December 27, 2011
WESTSIDE – Two homes were found broken into Monday night just after 7 pm. The first was discovered on the 2500 block of Martintown Road when a deputy spotted a front door open with the lights on in the house. Upon further investigation it was found the front door had been kicked in and the door frame shattered.
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Strom Thurmond High School students to participate in mock congressional hearing
web posted December 27, 2011
COLUMBIA – Students from Strom Thurmond High School will compete in the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Columbia College.
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Johnston Has Ties to USC Player in Capital One Bowl
By Bill Hart
web posted December 27, 2011

JOHNSTON – University of South Carolina outstanding strong safety D.J. Swearinger enjoyed Christmas evening with parents and relatives at the home of his grandparents Mary and Johnnie Felton of Johnston, S.C. Swearinger, a Greenwood native, leaves Tuesday with his gamecock team bound for the Capital One bowl in Orlando, Florida on January 2nd vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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Two Car Crash Injures Four Christmas Night
web posted December 26, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A two car collision left four persons injured just after 9:20 pm Sunday at the intersection of Trailside Drive and Highway 25. According to information obtained at the scene, the driver of a Chevrolet Impala was pulling out of Trailside Drive attempting to cross to the median when the car was broadsided by a northbound Dodge Dakota pickup.
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NRC’s Final Approval of Westinghouse AP1000 Design is Major Milestone for SCE&G’s New Nuclear Development
web posted December 26, 2011
CAYCE, S.C. – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), is pleased that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today granted final design certification to Westinghouse for the AP1000® nuclear reactor.
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Three Flown to MCG after Head-On Collision Near Trenton
web posted December 24, 2011
TRENTON – A head on collision just north of Trenton on Highway 121 left three people seriously injured and all being airlifted to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta. The collision took place around 5 am Thursday morning just south of Ridge Recycling. All three persons in the two vehicles had to be extricated from the wreckage.
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Two Killed in Mobile Home Fire Friday Morning
web posted December 24, 2011
AIKEN – An  early morning fire in Salley SC has claimed the lives of two people. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Dispatch received a 911 call at 9:24 am reporting a fire at 117 Hoss Lane in Salley. Several volunteer fire departments responded to that address and discovered a double wide mobile home totally consumed.
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NORAD Offers "Santa Tracking" Via Satellite
web posted December 24, 2011
NORTH POLE – Santa will beginning making his rounds a little sooner than you think, on the other side of the globe it is already Christmas. In order to make his one day trek across the globe, Santa follows behind the time zones to be on time everywhere. To make it easy for you to pinpoint where Santa is at any given time, NORAD will once again be tracking Santa so that all good boys and girls can get to bed before he arrives at their home. Reports are that Rudolf is still leading Santa's Sleigh to comply with FAA regulation of having a light on all aircraft flying at night.
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Local and State Agencies Gear Up for Annual "Sober of Slammer" Campaign
web posted December 24, 2011
COLUMBIA – In the week leading up to Christmas and continuing through New Year’s Day, state and local law enforcement agencies will step up efforts to reduce drunk driving in South Carolina. The enforcement blitz – the Christmas/New Year’s Sober or Slammer! DUI crackdown campaign – is spearheaded by the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and runs December 16 through January 2, 2012.
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Middle School Student Charged in Fight that Left Teen Paralyzed 
web posted December 22, 2011  4:02 pm
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested a 14-year-old middle school student from Edgefield following the conclusion of the investigation of the fight that left a JET Middle School student paralyzed. "After our investigation was concluded we found that this was not horseplay," Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said.
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Car vs House: House Wins
web posted December 23, 2011
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield man lost control of his Lincoln Towncar on Calhoun Street in Johnston Thursday afternoon and ended up crashing into a home bringing Johnston Police, Fire Department, EMS, and Sheriff's Deputies to the scene. At this time it is unknown why the man left the roadway. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash.
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Merriwether Woman Injured in Singe Car Crash
web posted December 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman was taken to MCG after a single car crash on Delaughter Drive around noon Thursday. The woman was exiting a curve a short distance from the intersection with Martintown Road when she left the right-hand shoulder and entered a ditch. She continued on approximately 150 yards before hitting a culvert, flipping the Nissan Murando.
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Ten Governors Café Serving "Breakfast" for Supper Tonight
web posted December 23, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Ten Governors Café will be serving breakfast for supper this Friday night with a menu featuring bacon, sausage, fatback, ham, grits, cheese grits, hashbrown casserole, scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits. They will be open from 5:00 until 8:15. Tracie Luquire  will be singing Christmas carols as you dine.

Local youths tryout for Paine College baseball
By Chester F. Jennings
web posted December 23, 2011

SPORTS – After their first complete season, the Edgefield Monarchs, under the direction of Coach Wilbur Gordon, had three of their players try out for the Paine College baseball team. The players are (left to right) Rickey Thomas Jr., Mel Jackson, and Tay Butler, pictured with Coach Gordon. The tryouts were conducted from 9 am to 5 pm at Paine College field on Saturday, December 17th.
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School District Releases Statement on Injured Student
web posted December 22, 2011
JOHNSTON – Assistant Superintendent Carol Lenderman released the following statement regarding the Friday incident that left a JET Middle School student paralyzed.
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Aiken Police Officer Killed During Shootout
web posted December 22, 2011
AIKEN – An Aiken Public Safety Officer has died from gunshot wounds he received during a traffic stop Tuesday evening in Aiken. Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson, 33, died early Wednesday morning after being transported to MCG Trauma Center for treatment. He leaves behind a wife and three young sons.
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Driver Trapped in 18-Wheeler Crash Wednesday
web posted December 22, 2011
TRENTON – An 18-wheeler overturned on Highway 25 just south of the Trenton Bar-B-Q Wednesday evening leaving the driver injured and trapped inside the cab of the truck. Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's Deputies, and the Trenton Fire Department were dispatched to the scene around 6:30 pm.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer complains of "Vulgar" Rap "Music" Blasting from Driver's Vehicle at Store
web posted December 22, 2011
Dear Editor,
While filling my truck at a gasoline station in Johnston (Tuesday) I was subjected to a young man pulling in with his "music" at a very loud volume, getting out of his Avalanche truck, and leaving the truck door open while he entered the store making what was loud louder.  If this was not inconsiderate enough, his rap "music" contained enough expletives to make a drill sergent blush
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Christmas Give-Away Winners Claim Prizes
web posted December 21, 2011
JOHNSTON – The winners of the Tidwell Jewelers and Edgefield Daily Christmas Give-Away arrived on Tuesday to claim their gift certificates and went straight to shopping. Margaret Holmes (left) and Brianna Gilchrist were drawn as the winners of a $250 and $500 gift certificate respectively. Both were very thankful to Tidwell Jewelers and Edgefield Daily for the Christmas surprise.
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Deputy Discovers Burglary During Property Check
web posted December 21, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on routine patrol discovered a home that had been burglarized during a property check Monday around 9 pm. A gate that normally should have been shut was open and upon further investigation he found the back doors were open and the house had been entered. Deputies cleared the home and found no one inside, however drawers were found opened and property was missing.
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Jesus Is Completely Better Than Santa
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 21, 2011

RELIGION – The past few weeks I’ve been writing and preaching on how we mess up Christmas when we treat it like our birthday and fail to honor Christ on His. Well, one of the biggest competitors to a Christ centered Christmas is the portly and jolly man in red named Santa Claus. Now, I know hating on Santa is on par with declaring the intrinsic evilness of hummingbirds. This will not win me any fans at Christmas, but we must simply let the facts speak for themselves. This is not original with me, although I have made some modifications.
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Manufacturing Offices Found Burglarized
web posted December 21, 2011
EDGEFIELD – When the Operations Manager at Trantech arrived around 6:30 Monday morning to start work he discover offices in the plant had been burglarized and called the Sheriff's Office. At the time of the report, it is believed the burglary took place sometime between 9 pm on Sunday and Monday morning.
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Edgefield Daily Christmas Publication Schedule
web posted December 21, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily will be publishing on a reduced schedule beginning on Friday December 23 through Monday December 26 as we take time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the Christmas holiday. All sections will continue with daily updates, however; news reports will be reduced to breaking news only during the holiday. On behalf of all of us at Edgefield Daily, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Southern Eagles Fifth Annual Toy Give-Away a Success
web posted December 21, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Participants and organizers of the Southern Eagles Motorcycle Club Fifth Annual Toy Give-Away gathered for a group photo on the front steps of the Discovery Center Saturday morning. Members of the Southern Eagles Motorcycle Club were again able to step in and help local children who might not otherwise have been able to experience the joy of receiving toys and gifts at Christmastime.
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Consumers Purchasing More Than 1 Million Energy Efficient CFL Bulbs Through SCE&G’s ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program
web posted December 21, 2011
COLUMBIA – SCE&G’s ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program continues to provide energy efficient savings as more than 1 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have been purchased in 2011. The program is currently offering consumers instant discounts of up to $3 per bulb at participating retailers throughout SCE&G’s service territory.
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Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Nine in Sweep of Johnston
web posted December 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office conducted a "sweep" Friday evening in Johnston netting nine arrests in less than two hours. Guns and crack cocaine seized within the last month prompted the sweep. Five people were arrested for drug charges and four others for outstanding warrants.
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Student Paralyzed in Alternative School Incident
web posted December 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – A 14-year-old Johnston teen remains hospitalized and unable to move following an incident Friday at the Edgefield County Alternative School. Johnston Police and EMS were called to the school for a possible fight. When EMS arrived on the scene they called for a helicopter to fly the teen to MCG for treatment of a possible broken neck. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said his department is investigating the incident as a possible assault and battery.
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Sarah’s Angels Helping Santa Serving Record Number of Children, Again
web posted December 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – Sarah’s Angles Helping Santa were busing wrapping gifts on Monday at JET Middle School that will be delivered to families in need later this week. The group, founded by Debbie Courtney in the memory of her mother Sara Weedaman, has grown over the past fifteen years and will bring toys, clothes, bicycles and other gifts to 175 children in 75 different families. Their first year they served just sixteen families. "This is the most we've ever done," Ms. Courtney said.
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Ten Governors Café Serving "Breakfast" for Supper Friday Night
web posted December 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Ten Governors Café will be serving breakfast for supper this Friday night with a menu featuring bacon, sausage, fatback, ham, grits, cheese grits, hashbrown casserole, scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits. They will be open from 5:00 until 8:15. Tracie Luquire  will be singing Christmas carols as you dine.

Trenton Man Tops Aiken County's Most Wanted List: Update: In Custody
web posted December 20, 2011
AIKEN – A Trenton man has topped Aiken County's Most Wanted list this week. Jason Ward Duncan, 30, of 200 Brightharp Road is wanted for burglary in the second degree and grand larceny. According to the released list, caution should be used in regard to Duncan.
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County Closing Dates for Christmas
web posted December 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The following Edgefield County offices will be closed on Thursday, Friday, and Monday December 22, 23, 26, 2011 in observance of Christmas. County Convenience Centers will have separate closing hours.
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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Pays Homage to Obama - But Not Jesus
web posted December 20, 2011
(CNSNews.com) - The 63-foot Sierra White Fir lighted at the U.S. Capitol Grounds on Dec. 6 as the official 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree includes a prominently displayed ornament paying homage to President Barack Obama, but includes no ornament readily visible to a person standing near the tree's base that uses the word “Christmas,” or includes an image of the Nativity, or bears the name or image of Jesus Christ.
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"The Country" Destroyed in Sunday Blaze
web posted December 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – "The Country", the popular events locations, restaurant, petting farm and more located at 1551 Highway 23 west, was destroyed by fire midday Sunday. The Edgefield Fire Department was dispatched to the fire just after noon with additional calls moments later to Trenton and Westside Fire Departments for mutual aid in fighting the fire. The fire firemen on the scene reported the building was "totally engulfed" in flames.
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Burglaries Continue Over Weekend
web posted December 19, 2011
COUNTY – Burglaries continued over the weekend with at least three reported since Friday evening. The first known burglary was discovered around 7:20 pm Friday when a woman returned to the family home on Luke Bridge Road and found the back door kicked in. She called 911 and locked herself in the car until deputies could arrive.
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Tidwell Jewelers and Edgefield Daily's Christmas Giveaway - The Winners Are:
web posted December 17, 2011
JOHNSTON – The winners of the Tidwell Jewelers and Edgefield Daily Christmas Give-Away are Margaret Holmes of Johnston; $250, and the Grand Prize Winner, Brianna Gilchrist of Johnston; $500. Thank you to everyone who entered and we wish each and every one a very Merry Christmas. We will be trying to get photos of our winners when they claim their prize.

Letter to the Editor: Writer Seeks Troops Home, End of Bigotry, Healthcare for All for Christmas
web posted December 19, 2011
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? Is it the fact that we have nine percent unemployment; due in part to the fact that so, so many of our Christmas gifts come from other countries?
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Sheriff's Investigators Seek Public's Help in Burglary
web posted December 17, 2011
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in trying to identify two men that burglarized Layman's Nursery on Highway 25 at 3 am Friday morning. Surveillance footage shows the two men driving a white four-door car as they pull up to fuel tanks, turning on the pumps, and then filling the car with gas. They then went to another building and stole two Troy-Bilt 5500 watt generators.
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Town & Country Burglarized
web posted December 17, 2011
TRENTON – The Town & Country, located on Edgefield Road, was found burglarized Thursday evening by an employee checking on the property for the owner. After gaining entry into the building the person or persons stole an estimated $3,300 in alcohol and left damages of an estimated $5,000.
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Suspicious Vehicle Stop Find Suspected Drug Dealer
web posted December 17, 2011
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on routine patrol spotted a red Chevrolet truck with tinted windows which matched a description given on multiple calls of suspicious activity and conducted a traffic stop to identify the driver. Once contact with the driver was made the deputy reported smelling the odor of marijuana and called for a K-9 unit to respond. After a search was conducted the driver, David Jerome Stewart, 38, of North Augusta, was taken into custody after several bags of marijuana were found.
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South Carolina has first human rabies case in 50 years
web posted December 17, 2011
STATE – A middle-aged woman in South Carolina has contracted the state's first case of human rabies in more than 50 years, health officials said on Friday.
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Merriwether Elementary, Community and County Collecting for Family Burned out of Home
web posted December 16, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Community, Merriwether Elementary School, and Edgefield County EMS are collecting donations of money, clothes, shoes, and other items for a family whose home was ravaged by fire early Wednesday morning. The main focus is on the two young daughters of the family who were in the room where the fire started at 3 am.
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Rear End Collision Leads to Second Collision
web posted December 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – What started out as a two car rear end collision around 1:30 Thursday on Augusta Road in front of Dodges Store ended up being a four car wreck. The initial crash blocked the northbound lane and Edgefield Police and Sheriff's Deputies directed traffic around the scene. That was until a Sheriff's Deputy parked off the roadway opened his door which was struck by a southbound truck not paying attention. It was fortunate the deputy, who was standing outside the vehicle, was not struck or injured.
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Alarm System Prevents Merriwether Burglary
web posted December 16, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Alarm systems paid off for the owners of a Briggs Road home Thursday morning when their house was targeted for a burglary around 10 am. The alarm company called and an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched at 10:15 am. He arrived minutes later to find the back door of the home kicked in.
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Strom Thurmond Dominates in All Region Recognitions
By Tim Crane
web posted December 16, 2011

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels dominated the All Region Standings for Class 2A's Region III.  Thurmond finished the season with a 12-1 record, scored more points than any Rebel team in school history (591) and played great defense throughout the season.  As a reward, 15 players were named to the All Region team including quarterback Raleigh Yeldell as Offensive Player of the year, linebacker Nick Clark as defensive player of the year and Head Coach Lee Sawyer as Coach of the Year.
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Rifle Stolen from Merriwether Home
web posted December 16, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A North Augusta man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report a rifle that he left at a friend's house on Ridge Road off Woodlawn Road had been stolen from the garage.
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Canal Wood LLC To Pay Back U.S. Government $520,064
web posted December 16, 2011
COLUMBIA – United States Attorney William N. Nettles states Canal Wood, LLC has agreed to pay the United States government a total of $520,064.50. The settlement is the culmination of a joint investigation involving investigators, attorneys and auditors from the United States Attorney’s Office in Columbia, the Department of Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
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No Thursday Headline News
web posted December 15, 2011
COUNTY – There are no headline news reports for Thursday. Most featured sections have been updated including reader comments in the Wandering Minds. Reporting will resume for our Friday edition. Be sure to check out the Happenings Section for Christmas Programs at local Churches this weekend.

Cooks Claims Use of Elected Office for Family Member a "Decision from her heart"
By Melody Boylston
web posted December 14, 2011

JOHNSTON – School board member Sallie Cooks apologized Tuesday for her role in an incident at Merriwether Middle School in which she is said to have used her position to have a family member placed on the school’s basketball team after the child failed to make the team.
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Quick Thinking Averts Head-on Collision
web posted December 14, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Quick thinking and great driving skills averted what most likely would have been a fatal head-on collision Tuesday on Sweetwater Road just before 1 pm. An employee of the Wild Turkey Federation was returning from the Augusta airport after picking up a man who flew in for an interview when the collision took place. As they rounded the curve just past Horn Creek West they found a man driving a Saturn coupe traveling southbound in the northbound lane.
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Johnston Mayor Warns Businesses Over Hospitality Tax Payments
web posted December 14, 2011
JOHNSTON – Mayor Andy Livingston issued a stern warning for town businesses failing to deliver on their Hospitality Tax responsibilities – you can pay now or later, but you will pay. Livingston informed members of council during Monday evening’s December meeting that Hospitality Tax revenues were not what they have been expected to be and that businesses holding out on paying their full amounts could face fines and or even jail time.
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Religion: Treasuring and Pondering
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 14, 2011

RELIGION – I have gotten used to talking to myself now, not in a crazy way or speaking out loud, but dealing with the in the internal ruminations of my mind. I think about lots of things, usually multiple things at once and I can find it hard to silence all the noise and just focus on one thing. I have tried to make myself recently really just focus on a few of the surroundings events of Christmas. However, my mind just sadly wonders seemingly with a life all of its own.
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Letter to the Editor: Bachmann Is the Consistent Conservative America Needs
web posted December 14, 2011
South Carolinians will go to the polls in a few weeks to determine who the next Republican nominee for President likely will be. For months, candidates have been coming to our state time and again to meet and speak with us. With their visits, we've learned a lot about them and about where they stand on issues important to us.
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Palmetto Green Schools Network Website Launches December 16
web posted December 14, 2011
COLUMBIA – Healthy learning environments and efficient use of energy translates into happier students and lower operating costs. The Palmetto Green Schools Network is an effort to support just that. Ann Timberlake, Executive Director of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina Education Fund, says the Palmetto Green Schools Network and website focuses on promoting healthier places to learn, from lighting and air quality to water use and waste.
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Trenton Bar-B-Q Demolition Underway
web posted December 13, 2011
TRENTON – The fire that gutted the Trenton Bar-B-Q on October 21 has given way to demolition crews on Monday. Workers were dismantling the building making way for the reconstruction of a new one. The fire that destroyed the popular eatery broke out after two workers arrived and began cooking when flames from the cooker broke into the attic. Three fire departments fought the blaze to bring it under control.
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Six Arrests Made in Burglaries and Thefts
web posted December 13, 2011
COUNTY – Four arrests have been made in the past week surrounding the rash of burglaries that have taken place in the last six weeks. Two others have been charged with grand larceny as well.
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County Releases Closing Dates for Christmas
web posted December 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The following Edgefield County offices will be closed on Thursday, Friday, and Monday December 22, 23, 26, 2011 in observance of Christmas. County Convenience Centers will have separate closing hours.
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Investigators Seek Help in Locating Wanted Suspect
web posted December 12, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Investigators are asking for information from the public to assist in the apprehension of Joey Edward Hardison, 22. Arrest warrants for Hardison include Burglary 1st Degree and Grand Larceny. Hardison is a white male, 5'9, 150 lbs, with a last known address of 155 Legion Rd., Warrrenville, SC.
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Grovetown Man Killed in Aiken County Crash
web posted December 12, 2011
AIKEN – According to Aiken County Tim Carlton, 7:20 am crash near Graniteville on Saturday resulted in the death of 22 year old, Juan E. Arreoloa-Olvera of Grovetown Ga. Mr. Olvera was the unrestrained passenger in a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a nephew, Luis E. Corona also of Grovetown. The two men were on their way to work, when Mr. Corona attempted to pass a 2006 Dodge Truck driven by a North Augusta man when the rear of Mr. Corona's vehicle struck the front end of the truck causing Mr. Corona to loose control of his vehicle.
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Found Dog
web posted December 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER – FOUND: Young Golden mix  found in the Sweetwater/Republican Rd. area. Call 803-278-6968 or 803-341-1560.

Let's Try Obamanomics: Everyone is Equal
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 12, 2011

COLUMN – Though obviously a lesson in futility, let's say that we make Obama a king for his last year in office and he confiscates all the wealth in the country and then "redistributes the wealth" to make all thinks "fair". Great idea isn't it? We can all finally stick it those mean old rich people and make them "pay their fair share" (obviously those few people earning in the top "1%" are paying 38% of all taxes collected isn't "fair" enough).
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Senate Panel Looks to Bar Deficit Spending at State Agencies
web posted December 12, 2011
COLUMBIA – On Thursday a Judiciary Committee panel passed a new set of initiatives to be enacted that will serve to restrain fiscal irresponsibility in state agencies. Wednesday, the panel met and approved a slate of bills that would effectively eliminate waste, and make agencies more accountable for unnecessary spending. This series of measures includes spending caps, deficit limits, and budget provisions that will benefit South Carolina taxpayers and reflects our commitment to a smaller, leaner bureaucracy. They will be introduced for consideration by both houses in the upcoming legislative session.
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Letter to the Editor: Let US farmers continue to feed Americans!
web posted December 12, 2011
Dear Editor,
Quite often I hear people talking about who grows the food they eat and where it comes from. Two hundred years ago, this was not a topic for discussion as the great majority of the population was still on the farm. Today, however, is a different story!  Most Americans do not have any idea what goes into producing the food  they consume on a daily basis.
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Grovetown Man Arrested in Molestations of Toddlers
web posted December 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Grovetown man for not only molesting a 2-year-old girl - but for recording the crime on video. 28-year-old Donnel Brown, of North Place in Grovetown, is currently being held in a Richland County jail without bond on a similar charge. He was arrested on November 5 and Edgefield Police have placed a hold on him for their charges.
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Banks Pharmacy Burglarized
web posted December 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – When employees arrived at the Banks Pharmacy at the Ridge Medical Plaza Thursday morning they noticed the door had been pried open and someone had stolen prescription medication and a bank deposit. The list of medications stolen, many of them narcotics, reads like a shopping list for an illegal drug dealer.
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Administrator LeDuc: Edgefield County Heading in a "New Direction"
web posted December 9, 2011
EDGEFIELD – County Administrator Roger LeDuc announced at the Edgefield County Planning Commission meeting Thursday night that things were changing in the county. "We're going in a new direction," LeDuc told the commissioners, adding that the members of the county council that he has spoken with agree, "Councilwoman Blackwell certainly sees the value of that."
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Thieves Burglarize Church for Second Time: Steals Christmas from Poor
web posted December 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – For the second time in a month thieves have targeted the Philippi Baptist Church for burglary. This time they stole more than a flat screen television, they literally stole Christmas from several poor families.
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5 am Crash Leads to DUI Arrest
web posted December 9, 2011
COUNTY LINE – Early Wednesday morning Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Jacob McKie Road. According to the caller reporting the crash, the woman driving was standing beside the car. When the first deputy arrived on the scene the woman was seen walking away from the car and was escorted back while claiming she was not the driver.
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
web posted December 9, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell has released his December Update on the progress being made in Edgefield County including an upgrade of the entire 911 Dispatch Center at the Sheriff's Office.
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County Council Leadership Meeting in Merriwether "Very Productive"
web posted December 8, 2011
MERRIWETHER – County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice-chairwoman Genia Blackwell held an informal meeting Wednesday night to discuss issues with residents. The meeting was lightly attended but was not lacking in comments, complaints, suggestions, and ideas from those who did attend. Also attending the meeting was Sen. Shane Massey who offered suggestions as well.
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E911 Upgrade and New Emergency Radio Improvements Approved Tuesday Night
web posted December 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – In addition to the Animal Shelter presentation Tuesday night, the Edgefield County Council voted to approve several other agenda items including old and new business with only one decision being held over for a vote at a later date.
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Religion: The Gift Of God's Favor
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 8, 2011

RELIGION – I am blessed to be the pastor of a church that has a great number of children. I mean we got them everywhere you turn. They are all beautiful and amazingly smart and talented kids. But, you know who my favorite kids in the church are? My two boys, now I am not saying they are the most handsome, smart, or well behaved. I will put my four year old son up of for the title of most talkative and my two year old for longest hair on a two year old boy.
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Give Something That Means Something This Holiday Season
web posted December 8, 2011
AIKEN / EDGEFIELD – The holiday season is just around the corner and this year the American Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something by donating to the Red Cross and helping those in need.
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Proposed Animal Shelter Takes Center Stage at County Council Meeting
web posted December 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – As expected, the single biggest issue at Tuesday night's County Council meeting was the proposed animal shelter for Edgefield County with a number of citizens voicing their opposition and support. The single agenda item consumed a full hour of discussion.
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Two More Burglaries Reported Monday
web posted December 7, 2011
COUNTY LINE – Two more burglaries were reported in the southern part of the county on Monday with televisions and electronics being the main target in the thefts. The first report came shortly after 6 pm after the owner returned to her Petal Place home to discover a window air conditioner pushed out of the window and found on the floor of the living room.
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Awards Presented at Merriwether Fire Department Christmas Banquet
web posted December 7, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department held their annual Christmas Banquet Tuesday night to acknowledge the service of all the members of the department for the outstanding job they do for the community and to hand out awards for those who go beyond the call of duty. Conversely, they also hand out the not so coveted Captain Crunch awards given out for those who had the biggest goof ups during the year that usually involved fire equipment or property damage.
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Service of Protection Order Ends in Drug Arrest
web posted December 7, 2011
TRENTON – The service of an order of protection ended with the man being served being arrested and facing drug charges Monday morning. The deputy arrived at the home to inform the man of the order and while inside the home the deputy noticed a cigarette pack with a clear plastic bag containing a white powder inside. EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Development Corporation donates Christmas Tree of Lights for Downtown Johnston
web posted December 7, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization that has helped the Town of Johnston grow in many ways for over 20 years, has donated to the Town a Christmas Tree made of lights. The Tree was unveiled at the November 28 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Johnston. The Development Corporation hired the students in the Welding Class at Strom Thurmond High School to build the tree out of metal, under the supervision of teacher Bill Cheatham. After the tree was built, the lights were added by volunteers that included the Americorps student volunteers.
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Edgefield Town Hall to Get Much Needed Repairs
web posted December 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held one of the shortest meetings this year on Monday night, but they did tackle three "unbudgeted work" items that needed to be addressed. Town Hall needs a new roof, Mayor Ken Durham said everyone knows about the "bucket" upstairs and rotting wood on the eves of the structure. The handicap ramp is cracked and the water flowing off the roof in damaging it even further, and plants damaged (and some soon to be) during work performed needed to be replaced.
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Metal Thieves Target Manor House Again
web posted December 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Thieves have struck the Manor House yet again, this time making off with over $7,000 in HVAC equipment. A caretaker of the property went by Monday afternoon to check on the unused nursing home and discovered the thefts and called the Sheriff's Office. He stated he checks on the property on a regular basis and was there last week. With the price of scrap metal still rising, it is expected that this type of theft will continue.
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Burglaries Continue into December
web posted December 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – After a month of nearly daily reports of burglaries across the county in November, December started off with much of the same. A Parkman Road man came home Friday after work to find his back door unlocked, which was odd because he remembered locking it before leaving that morning. Once inside he realized the home had been burglarized.
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Palmetto Dance Academy And Fine Arts Center To Present Its Annual Charity Event
web posted December 6, 2011
BATESBURG – The Palmetto Dance Academy and Fine Arts Center will hold its annual Christmas Charity Concert this Friday and Batesburg-Leesville High School Fine Arts Center. The show, “A Classic Christmas” will begin at 6:30. It features nearly 150 dancers of all ages showcasing tunes sure to remind everyone of the calmer days of Christmas; days when there seemed to be time for everything that was fun about the holiday. 
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Jingle Bell Shop-Around Offers an Evening of Fun
web posted December 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD –  Don your favorite jingle and rock on into Historic Edgefield on Thursday, December 8th for the 2011 Jingle Bell Shop-Around.  The event will be hosted by area merchants from 4 until 8 p.m.  Festive balloons will mark participating businesses. The Jingle Bell Shop-Around is highly anticipated by locals and visitors from year to year.  This year’s festivities include special sales at select merchants, refreshments, and a live remote by WKSX from The Turkey Shoppe.
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United Way of Edgefield County Gets $51,000 Boost in Fund-raising
web posted December 6, 2011
COUNTY – The United Way of Edgefield County Campaign Vice Chairman Ken Durham, left, and Campaign Chairman Dean Campbell receive big help in the 2011 local United Way fund-raising drive with a $51,888 check from the employees of the Savannah River Site. The SRS employees have been longstanding contributors to the fund.
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County Council Leadership to meet with citizens Wednesday, December 7, in Merriwether
web posted December 5, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice Chair Genia Blackwell will hold a joint meeting for citizens to discuss issues. It will be held at the Merriwether Fire Department Training Room, 1879 Martintown Road, December 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Strom Thurmond Students Sponsor Angel Tree
web posted December 5, 2011
JOHNSTON – Lavon Coleman, Student Body President, along with Strom Thurmond Student Council, Rowdy Rebels, FCA, and Mock Trial are sponsoring Angel Tree, which is a prison fellowship ministry to aid inmates to give a Christmas gift to their children while they are incarcerated.
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Former Teacher Praises Former Student
web posted December 5, 2011
Dear Editor,
I have been retired from Edgefield County Schools for a few years, but I continue to get paid every time I see a positive article about one of my former students. Great job, Darla
(Steele), I knew when I left that our FFA program would continue to grow through your leadership. 
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Column: Surviving Our Family Christmas Tree Weekend
web posted December 5, 2011
COLUMN – This past Saturday was the first in December and marked our annual family trip to pick out the perfect Christmas tree and get it decorated was as much fun as a weekend with the Griswold's. It started off well with a trip to Wright's Tree Farm in Ward. The weather was nice and the Wright family made the trip enjoyable and the hot chocolate was perfect.
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Wanted Sex Offender
web posted December 3, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is looking for a wanted sex offender who has failed to register and a warrant for his arrest has been issued. Jeffrey Lamont Butler, 43, of 518 Addison Street in Johnston, has failed to register before. He was convicted on June 9, 2003 as a "violent sex offender fail to register" in Virginia. He was originally convicted of 2nd degree sodomy in New York on June 27 of 1994.
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SCE&G and Boeing Flip the Switch on Largest Rooftop Solar Project in Southeast
web posted December 3, 2011
North Charleston, S.C. – South Carolina Electric & Gas and Boeing officially marked the completion of one of the largest single rooftop solar installations in the United States and the largest in the Southeast, by production capacity on Friday.  The dedication event signaled the start of renewable energy being generated by the 2.6-megawatt D.C. rooftop photovoltaic system, which is made up of more than 18,000 thin-film photovoltaic solar laminates that cover 10 acres on the roof of the 14-acre Boeing South Carolina 787 Final Assembly building.
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Investigator Witnesses Drug Deal: Four Arrested
web posted December 2, 2011
JOHNSTON – On Tuesday morning Sheriff's Investigator, driving one of the new unmarked vehicles purchased this year, was trying to get the tag number of a suspicious vehicle due to the recent rise in burglaries. As the investigator began following the Ford Explorer it turned into a driveway. After circling the block he drove by the home and witnessed drugs being dealt in the front yard.
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County to Start Enforcing Address Marker Requirement January 1
web posted December 2, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and EMS would like to make it easier for emergency responders to find and access your home in the unfortunate event of an emergency.  We have had several incidents where the emergency responders could not respond in a timely manner because addresses were not posted clearly and the emergency responders couldn’t find the location of the emergency. 
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Sarah's Santa Yard and Bake Sale Saturday
web posted December 2, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Angels Helping Sarah's Santa will be holding their annual Yard and Bake Sale this Saturday from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Edgefield American Legion Hut on Penn Street. They will also be collecting unwrapped toys and donations for their adoption of needy children across Edgefield County who would otherwise not have gifts for Christmas. Donations can also be delivered to JET Middle School until December 18. Read more about Sarah's Santa here.

Two Augusta Men Charged in Metal Theft
web posted December 2, 2011
TRENTON – Scrap metal thefts continue to be a big problem across the county, but two Augusta men found out some Edgefield County residents are watching. Wednesday afternoon the owner of an unoccupied house happened to be driving along Edgefield Road and noticed two men loading scrap metal into the truck of the car and then leave. He got the tag number and called the Sheriff's Office informing dispatchers the car was traveling south on Highway 25 at that time.
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Pit Bull, Spaniel Kill Dog Through Fence
web posted December 2, 2011
TRENTON – Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Flycatcher Drive early Tuesday morning after a woman let her Yorkshire Terrier out in their fenced yard while she got ready for work. A short time later she heard the dog yelping and went outside to find her neighbors Pit Bull and Boykin Spaniel attacking her dog through the fence.
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Michele Bachmann Comes to Aiken Saturday
web posted December 2, 2011
AIKEN – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will be appearing this Saturday at 9:00 am at the Books-A-Million store located at 2441 Whiskey Road in Aiken, S.C.

Senator Campsen and Others File Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Invocation Case
web posted December 2, 2011
COLUMBIA – South Carolina State Senator Chip Campsen filed an Amicus Curiae brief yesterday with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Forsyth County v. Joyner. An Amicus Curiae or "Friend of the Court" brief is when someone not a party to a suit files a brief with the Court because of a particular interest in the subject matter. Edgefield County's Sen. Shane Massey and others have signed on as well.
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Home Invasion Upgraded to Attempted Armed Robbery
web posted December 1, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – A home invasion with a shot fired on Tuesday night has expanded into a planned armed robbery as more details have been released. Just before 9 pm a man was relaxing with his female friend at his home on the 700 block of Mt. Zion Road when he heard a knock on the back door. When he opened the door he saw a friend and opened the door to let him in and suddenly a shotgun barrel was shoved in the doorway with a man yelling, "Give me all you got".
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Enter Tidwell Jewelers and Edgefield Daily's Christmas Giveaway: $750 in Total Prizes with 2 Lucky Winners!
web posted December 1, 2011
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Edgefield County Animal Shelter One Step Closer to Reality
web posted December 1, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield County may be getting its own Animal Shelter if a vote next week approves the proposal being submitted by Administrator Roger LeDuc. The plan is to build a 2,300 square foot facility next to the county shop just off Highway 23 near Wardlaw Academy. Though the initial cost could go as high as $200,000, the savings from not utilizing Aiken County's shelter would be an estimated $43,000 a year, paying off the investment in less than five years and savings moving forward.
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Strom Thurmond Career Center Agriculture Teacher Selected for Educator Award
web posted December 1, 2011
ST LOUIS – Darla Steele, agricultural educator at Strom Thurmond Career Center (STCC) in Johnston, S.C., is one of 36 individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given November 19 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) annual convention in St. Louis.
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Edgefield County Youth Basketball League Registrations Set to Begin
web posted December 1, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Department is set to begin its youth basketball leagues signups starting this week.  The basketball leagues are for girls and boys, ages 6-12.  We will hold signups thru next Friday, December 9th. The listed below the dates will be set up at the gym for signups over the next 2 weeks.  Also you may sign up at the Recreation Department Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am -5:00pm.  
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South Carolina Forestry Commission’s Tannenbaum Top-ten Tips for Christmas tree health & safety
web posted December 1, 2011
COUNTY – It is that time of year when families head out to find that perfect Christmas tree to start the holiday season. The South Carolina Forestry Commission offers these Top Ten Tips to makes sure your live Christmas tree stays fresh and safe in your home.
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