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More Fights Follow Friday Night Stabbing in Murphy Village
web posted December 31, 2013
MURPHY VILLAGE – At least one person has been charged and another transported to an area hospital early Saturday morning following the stabbing of a 42-year-old Murphy Village man on Friday night. A 21-year-old Blanch Street man was transported to the hospital by EMS with cuts to his head and face after a fight between him and a Kennedy Drive man. The victim refused to cooperate with deputies, however, they were able to identify the man's attacker.
Edgefield Daily

Play It Safe for New Years Eve
web posted December 31, 2013
COUNTY – With most everyone bringing in the New Year at a local function, party or gathering be sure to play it safe and do not drive if you have been drinking. Use a designated driver or call a friend for a ride home. Local Law Enforcement and the Highway Patrol will be out in force tonight in an effort to keep our roads and highways safe from drunk or impaired drivers. In addition, safety checkpoints will most likely be conducted. Don't end your night of fun and fellowship in the county jail.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE CAPITAL PROJECT SALES TAX COMMISSION OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 31, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission of Edgefield County that a public hearing for the citizens of Edgefield County to share capital projects that they would like to see included for consideration for a 1% Capital Project Sales Tax referendum on the November 2014 ballot. The public hearing will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on January 8, 2014 in conjunction with a scheduled meeting of the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 31, 2013
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PublishAmerica Presents Three Angels and an Elf by Jennifer Lewis of Edgefield
web posted December 30, 2013
EDGEFIELD – PublishAmerica is proud to present Three Angels and an Elf by Jennifer Lewis from Edgefield, SC. Dawson, a curious young elf, asks Santa why he started giving presents to the children of the world. Santa decides his young elf needs to understand why Christmas is celebrated and sends him in search of three very special friends to answer all of his questions about the reason for Christmas.
Edgefield Daily

Three Injured in Midnight Crash
web posted December 30, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A one car crash at the intersection of Murrah Road and Springhaven Drive around midnight Sunday left the driver injured and unresponsive, according to a caller reporting the crash. Two other passengers were also injured. The caller also advised that the vehicle appeared as though it was trying to catch on fire.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
web posted December 30, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Below is this week's specials at Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop. Prices good from Dec. 31 through Jan 7, 2014. Be sure to click on our banner above and Like us on FaceBook for one day only specials announced only on our FaceBook page.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 30, 2013

COUNTY – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon. Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearms Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not. The Utah Concealed Firearms Permit does include Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and many other states.
Edgefield Daily

Man Stabbed in Large Fight in Murphy Village
web posted December 27, 2013 - 7:20 pm
MURPHY VILLAGE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to respond to a large group of people fighting in the parking lot of the Catholic Church on Edwards Drive Friday afternoon around 4 pm. As deputies raced to the scene dispatchers received another call of a man being stabbed in the lower back and was on the ground.
Edgefield Daily

Family Loses Home in Midday Fire
web posted December 28, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Firefighters were called to a structure fire on the 30 block of Morange Street shortly before 1 pm Friday. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene they found the mobile home completely engulfed in flames and requested assistance from the Johnston Fire Department.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Family Wins Christmas Tree Contest, Will Donate Prize Money to Needy Family
web posted December 28, 2013
COUNTY – The voting is over in the Christmas Tree contest that has run all week with voting ending Friday night. The winner is Selisa Cox, of Merriwether. As the voting got underway the total quickly began adding up and two contestants started taking the lead with close vote totals. By Friday morning, Mrs. Cox's tree jumped out to a 10 point lead and held on to win by 12 points.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 28, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Woman Reports Possible Poisoning of Dogs
web posted December 27, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A Horn Creek Court woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after arriving at her home Christmas Eve and finding her dogs barking at the property line. Upon further inspection the woman found hamburger meat with "a green pellet substance" mixed in the meat inside the pen holding her female dog. There was no meat found in the two male dogs pen, thinking that they had already consumed the tainted meat.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Quiet Over Christmas
web posted December 27, 2013
COUNTY – While the Christmas holiday usually results in an up tick in crimes, burglaries, thefts, and DUI's, this year was markedly different. Although there were at least two burglaries leading up to the holiday, that number is down from previous years. The best statistic during this year is that there were no DUI arrests over the holiday period.
Edgefield Daily

Voting on Christmas Tree of the Year Ends Tonight
web posted December 27, 2013
COUNTY – The voting for Edgefield Daily's Christmas Tree of the Year will close tonight. The front-runners are only 57 votes apart. If you haven't cast your vote already, do so before the midnight deadline. The winner will receive $100.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Unpopular Christmas
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 27, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Christmas is a polarizing event. Each year there is talk of a war on Christmas. Each year there are more nativity scenes taken down, sacred carols banned, and even some corporations that ban employees from saying “Merry Christmas.”  And while I am not in favor of all this, it does not get me all upset. To me, the opposition to Christmas by those who do not worship Jesus is Biblical.
Edgefield Daily

New ObamaCare Taxes coming in 2014
web posted December 27, 2013
WASHINGTON – Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill. The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.
New York Post

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 27, 2013
Edgefield Daily

No Headlines for Thursday
web posted December 26, 2013
COUNTY – There are no headline news or other updates due to closing on Christmas. Full updates will resume for Friday morning.

Christmas Tree Voting Neck and Neck
web posted December 25, 2013
COUNTY – Voting for the Christmas Tree of the Year has become a horse race with two entries neck and neck and the other two pulling up the rear and still gaining. View the entries and vote below. The winner will receive $100. Voting will continue through midnight Friday. Remember, you can only vote once in the poll, so choose carefully.
Edgefield Daily

Pine Ridge Golf Course Targeted by Vandals
web posted December 25, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office received a call Tuesday morning from the Pine Ridge Country Club reporting someone destroying a portion of the golf course over night. The driver entered the golf course and, with the heavy rains recently, destroyed a portion of the golf course spinning the tires to a suspected truck.
Edgefield Daily

Merry Christmas
web posted December 25, 2013
COUNTY – On behalf of everyone at Edgefield Daily, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. We celebrate this day as the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and ask that He is at the center of your celebrations. Also keep those who are away from their families during this time protecting us, from the soldier abroad to the deputies, police officers, dispatchers, EMS and even jailers who keep us safe.

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 25, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Moore Road Home Targeted in Burglary
web posted December 24, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man returned to his Moore Road home after being away from ten days to find a TV and other electronics missing and called the Sheriff's Office. The man did not report a door kicked in and a responding deputy noted no forced entry was evident.
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Woman Reports Burglary
web posted December 24, 2013
TRENTON – A Courtney Road woman returned home from work Saturday afternoon and found her back door kicked in and went to a neighbor's house to call 911. Deputies arrived minutes later and the woman said she had not been in the home. Deputies cleared the home and found no one inside and the owner was allowed to enter and list the stolen property.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BY THE CAPITAL PROJECT SALES TAX COMMISSION OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 24, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission of Edgefield County that a public hearing for the citizens of Edgefield County to share capital projects that they would like to see included for consideration for a 1% Capital Project Sales Tax referendum on the November 2014 ballot. The public hearing will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on January 8, 2014 in conjunction with a scheduled meeting of the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission.
Edgefield Daily

Town of Edgefield Closings for Christmas and New Years
web posted December 24, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield has released Closings for Christmas and New Years, Trash Pick-up Schedules listed below.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 24, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Voting for Christmas Tree of the Year is Underway
web posted December 23, 2013
COUNTY – Thank you to all who sent in pictures of your Christmas Tree for this contest. After judging to narrow the list to three for the poll, the scores were so close we ended up with four finalists. Each tree is listed below by number. View them and then vote at the bottom of the page for your favorite. Remember, you will only be allowed to vote once, so choose carefully. The winner receives $100. Voting will end on Friday and the winner announced in our Saturday edition.
Edgefield Daily

Angels Helping Sarah's Santa Completes 18th Year of Christmas Cheer
By Anne Waits
web posted December 23, 2013

JOHNSTON – A row of shiny new bicycles and brightly colored packages lined the gym floor of JET Middle School Friday afternoon. Still-waiting-to-be-wrapped bunches of clothing and toys took up several rows of bleachers on the other side. Stations were set up in the middle, where volunteers busily sorted and wrapped gifts so that Edgefield County's not-so-fortunate children could have a merry Christmas.
Edgefield Daily

Minor Injuries in Roll-Over Crash
web posted December 23, 2013
COUNTY – The driver of a Jeep Cherokee was heading east on Woodlawn Road around 2 pm Sunday when he ran off the road while exiting a curve and the wet grass caused him to loose control. The driver stated that by the time he tried to get control the SUV was already sliding sideways and, "I was just along for the ride," he said. And a wild ride it was.
Edgefield Daily

Opinion: Why The Left is Bonkers Over Phil Robinson's Remarks
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 23, 2013

COLUMN – All last week and over the weekend the media and the radical leftist agenda they drive was awash with condemnation for Robinson's "vile" and "vulgar" comments about homosexuality. Robinson and his entire family, the stars of Duck Dynasty - the biggest hit in cable history - are very religious people. What he stated was his belief in the Bible and that he believes that we should all love one another, but that the Bible says homosexuality is a "sin". Jesus said so.
Edgefield Daily

Fox Creek High's Santa’s Helper Brightens Christmas
web posted December 23, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek High School is ten years old this year and for all ten years Fox Creek has helped at Christmas by serving children in the CSRA, the last eight of those concentrating specifically on families in the Merriwether community. Each year ten to twelve families with a total of 22 to 25 children receive clothes, shoes, toys, bicycles, and sports equipment. In the past the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsored Santa’s Helper but for the last three years Teacher Cadets have undertaken the activity.
Edgefield Daily

Christmas Specials from Flowers by Janet
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 23, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Flowers by Janet is offering two Christmas Specials. A bud vase arrangement for just $19.99 or a Christmas Centerpiece for just $24.99. Call 803-637-4144 or stop by the store at 328 Augusta Road (just across from Slade Lake). Get your order in now before the Christmas rush. They will be open Christmas Eve Day for pick-up. Flowers by Janet is always available to fill your floral needs all year. Click on photos for larger views.

County Christmas Closings
web posted December 23, 2013
COUNTY – All Edgefield County Offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 through Thursday, December 26. Offices will reopen for normal business hours on Friday. The Sheriff's Office Dispatch will be open for non-emergency calls while the office is closed.

Nursing / Rehab Home Resident Charged in Sexual Assault
web posted December 21, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A 47-year-old man at a nursing and rehab center has been arrested after he was caught sexually assaulting a heavily medicated female patient. The victim, a 71-year-old woman, is kept heavily sedated due to her condition. A staff worker walked in and witnessed the assault and stopped it and alerted her supervisors. Edgefield Police were then called to the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 21, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Scammers Continue to Target Elderly
web posted December 20, 2013
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report she is being harassed over the phone by a man claiming she has won a cash prize and is seeking her information in order to send her the money. But this 71-year-old isn't falling for it.
Edgefield Daily

'Tis the Season... To Steal Christmas Presents
web posted December 20, 2013
COUNTY LINE – A Jacob McKie Road woman called the Sheriff's Office after buying a Playstation 3 with three games over the internet and was given a UPS tracking number. The woman ordered the gaming system on December 13 and she was able to track the package during transit to its delivery at 12:54 pm on Tuesday. However, when she checked, there was no package.
Edgefield Daily

Christmas Specials from Flowers by Janet
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 20, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Flowers by Janet is offering two Christmas Specials. A bud vase arrangement for just $19.99 or a Christmas Centerpiece for just $24.99. Call 803-637-4144 or stop by the store at 328 Augusta Road (just across from Slade Lake). Get your order in now before the Christmas rush. They will be open Christmas Eve Day for pick-up. Flowers by Janet is always available to fill your floral needs all year. Click on photos for larger views.

Senate Dems Side with Illegals Over Veterans
web posted December 20, 2013
NATION – Senate Republicans were unable to stop military  pension cuts when Senate Democrats blocked a vote on an amendment to prevent the cuts by closing a welfare loophole for illegal immigrants Tuesday evening.
The Daily Caller

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 20, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Carolina Moon Distillery Opens for Business
web posted December 19, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Carolina Moon Distillery in Edgefield held a "soft opening" on Saturday and sold the first jars of their legal "Moonshine" and a Grand Opening is planned after the first of the year. "We sold a lot of alcohol Saturday," Co-owner Cal Bowie said. The true to form corn whiskey is produced in the back of the retail store on the south side of the town square, one jar at the time. The 750 ml mason jars sold at retail are just over 3/4 of a quart each.
Edgefield Daily

Man Asks Officer for Ride and Gets One, To Jail
web posted December 19, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Saluda man approach a Johnston Police Officer early Wednesday morning and asked for a ride to Saluda County. The officer replied that he could not give him a ride because it was outside of his jurisdiction. The man then replied that the officer should take him into custody before he broke in someplace, leaving the officer to suggest that was not a good idea because breaking into a building is a "high charge" (felony).
Edgefield Daily

Opinion: The 1% Tax Doomed to Fail if Forced on Voters
A Column by the Editor
web posted December 19, 2013

COLUMN – Reality sank in at the meeting Tuesday night of the 1% sales tax commission, they have just 90 days to complete a list of projects for the estimated $7.2 million in projected revenues over 8 years and nobody has a clue what to do with the money if it is approved by the voters. That's going to be a tough sale to the taxpayers.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 19, 2013
Edgefield Daily

1% Sales Tax Commission Hears From Elected Officials
web posted December 18, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Capital Project Sales Tax Commission held a meeting Tuesday night to hear from elected officials from the three municipalities, the school district, and county officials in order to begin listing potential projects. There were no representatives from Trenton, Edgefield or the School District at the meeting.
Edgefield Daily

The Sign of Things to Come
web posted December 18, 2013  Photo credit: Linda Anderson
MERRIWETHER – A sign has been erected at the Sweetwater Community Center formally announcing the restoration project spearheaded by Edgefield County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell (R-Merriwether). After securing funding for the project in November by the county council, the restoration is now able to get underway. It's been over a year since the Cooper family donated the building and four acres to the county.
Edgefield Daily

Copper Thieves Cause $7,000 in Damage to Murphy Village Home
web posted December 18, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A field representative for a Branch Bank and Trust company called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Monday to report upon arriving for an inspection the representative noticed the HVAC unit had been torn apart and all copper cut from the unit. It was not until a deputy arrived on the scene that the full magnitude of the theft was discovered.
Edgefield Daily

Christmas Specials from Flowers by Janet
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted December 18, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Flowers by Janet is offering two Christmas Specials. A bud vase arrangement for just $19.99 or a Christmas Centerpiece for just $24.99. Call 803-637-4144 or stop by the store at 328 Augusta Road (just across from Slade Lake). Get your order in now before the Christmas rush. They will be open Christmas Eve Day for pick-up. Flowers by Janet is always available to fill your floral needs all year. Click on photos for larger views.

Religion: The Truth About St. Nicholas
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 18, 2013
RELIGION – A few years back I wrote that Jesus was better than Santa Clause. That was a no brainer right? But I have sense learned that I might have not given Santa enough credit. As I learned more about the man, St. Nicholas, I am very impressed with him. We don’t say St. Nicholas as much now, as we say Santa Claus, Santa comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, which is itself from a series of corruptions of the transliteration of “Saint Nikolaos”. To the Dutch he is also known as De Goedheiligman (The Good Holy Man), or simply as De Sint (The Saint).  As we will see there is good reason for this.
Edgefield Daily

This Weeks Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Specials
web posted December 18, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Below is this weeks Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Specials. Click on our banner above for daily specials listed on our FaceBook page. Don't forget to "Like" us while you're there.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 18, 2013
Edgefield Daily

School Bus Driver Arrested on Drug Charge
web posted December 17, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County School District Bus Driver was arrested Monday morning on his way to pick up his bus to start his route picking up children for school. Shawn Michael Schwalbauch, 41, was charged with possession of marijuana and speeding 84 mph in a 50 mph zone.
Edgefield Daily

Road Rage at the Drive-Thru?
web posted December 17, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a fight in progress in the Drive-thru at McDonalds in Edgefield Sunday around 12:44 pm between a man and a woman. McDonald employees who witnessed the fight ran outside to pull the man off the woman as he was hitting her. Deputies arrived moments later and took Theodore Kohl, 58, of Johnston into custody at the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Candles For Caring at ECH
web posted December 17, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Each light on the Christmas Tree at the Edgefield County Hospital represents a donation to the Hospital Auxiliary by an individual or a group in honor or in memory of someone they admire and/or love. The minimum donation is $5.00 per light and is tax deductible. A card will be sent to the person you are honoring or the family of the person you are remembering. Thank you for supporting Edgefield County Hospital! You can pick up the forms from any ECH Auxiliary member or from ECH at the Auxiliary desk.

Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional
web posted December 17, 2013
NATION – A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the information had helped to head off terrorist attacks.
Politico.com

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 17, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Newly Created 1% Sales Tax Commission to Meet Tuesday Night
web posted December 16, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The next meeting for the Edgefield County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6 pm in the Edgefield County Council Chambers. The Edgefield County Council has approved the forming of the commission to study possible uses of the tax if it is approved by voters next November, if the county council approves the referendum.
Edgefield Daily

SC AGRIBIZ And Farm Expo To Be Held January 16-17, 2014
web posted December 16, 2013
FLORENCE, SC – The annual  South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be held at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, SC, January 16-17, 2014. This Expo is one of the most interesting agricultural events scheduled in South Carolina in 2014. Daily general admission is $5 per person but some seminars require advanced purchase of tickets and pre-registration.
Edgefield Daily

Letter to the Editor: FairTax Kills the Golden IRS Goose
web posted December 16, 2013
Dear Editor,
FairTaxHR25, a well researched consumption-based tax code, grows America's economy, and as important, restores liberty by ending the IRS. For 10-years Dave Camp and House Ways and Means Committee have known about FairTaxHR25. Testimony before HWM provides irrefutable research demonstrating FairTaxHR25 superiority over the income tax and flat tax.
Edgefield Daily

Check Out Christmas Events in Happenings Section
web posted December 16, 2013
COUNTY – Remember to check the Happenings Section to find Christmas events taking place across the county this week. As more events are released, they will be placed for publication.
Happenings

Merriwether Woman Reports Theft of Safe, Prescription Medications
web posted December 14, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Currytown Boulevard woman called the Sheriff's Office Thursday after discovering a fireproof safe containing a number of narcotic prescription medications missing from a locked closet in the couple's bathroom. Among the drugs was oxycodone and percocet, two highly sought after drugs on the street. The woman was able to provide deputies with the name of a suspect.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Home Burglarized
web posted December 14, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman arrived at her Long Cane Road home around noon on Thursday to discover it had been entered and items were missing. She then called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report the crime. The person or persons entered the home through a rear window.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 14, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Medical Transport Van Struck by Gravel Truck
web posted December 13, 2013
WESTSIDE – A Medical Transport van taking a patient to the Greenwood hospital for treatment was struck by a gravel truck around noon at the intersection of Martintown Road and Highway 23 west in front of the Westside Fire Department. The impact knocked the rear axle from underneath the medical transport van and spun it around before coming to a stop.
Edgefield Daily

School Board Tackles Long Agenda, TAP Discussed in Depth
By Anne Waits
web posted December 13, 2013

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board had its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, with the main orders of business being the Audit Report by George Kennedy of Elliott Davis; the update on technology portion of the 502 Project Update presented by James Courtney, director of facilities and transportation; and the TAP Program Update by Dennis Dotterer, head person over TAP in South Carolina.
Edgefield Daily

Angel's Helping Sarah's Santa Yard and Bake Sale this Saturday
web posted December 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Angels helping Sarah's Santa will be holding their annual yard and bake sale at the Edgefield American Legion Hut on Penn Street from 9:00am until 3:00pm.  Donations of gifts will also be accepted.  Please do not wrap the gifts.  Cash donations will also be accepted.  Donations may also be delivered to JET Middle School until December 20th. Help children right here in our community have a Merry Christmas.

Shepeard Community Blood Center Urgent Request for Donations
web posted December 13, 2013
AUGUSTA – There is an urgent and immediate need for O negative blood. Patient need has continued to increase and the available supply has not kept pace. With less than a 1 day supply of O Negative blood on our shelves, we need more donors right now to donate and help. Our supply of O Positive blood is running low as well and these donors are needed now.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Alliance Meeting Tuesday December 17
web posted December 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The next meeting of the Edgefield County Alliance will be Tuesday December 17th 8:00 a.m. in the County Council Building. If you have not attended an Alliance meeting before, we extend an open invitation to you to meet with many in the community who are working together. One of the major needs we are addressing is the lack of knowledge regarding what resources are available and in getting that message out to the community. 
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 13, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Big-Rig Driver Takes Police, Cows on Wild Ride
web posted December 12, 2013
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted Tuesday night around 7 pm that a State Trooper was trying to stop an 18-wheeler after a hit and run incident in Saluda County. One source stated there were injuries involved in the collision. The Trooper advised the truck was on Highway 121 heading towards Johnston at a high rate of speed and was in the wrong lane. Two deputies spotted the truck going 82 mph in a 35 mph zone near Ridge Road driving in the middle of the road, forcing the deputies off the road, sending one into a guardrail.
Edgefield Daily

Wednesday Morning Fire Leaves Home Uninhabitable
web posted December 12, 2013
BETTIS ACADEMY – Firefighters were called to a structure fire Wednesday morning on Windy Drive just after 9 am. The occupants of the home were able to exit safely and stayed on the phone with 911 dispatchers as the fire continued to spread. The Merriwether Fire Department was the first to respond and called for Trenton to be called to assist when it was learned it was a 'working' fire.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Town Council Discusses 1% Sales Tax, Streetscape, and Promotes Police Officer
By Anne Waits
web posted December 12, 2013

JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council met Monday night in their regularly scheduled meeting, with discussion on a Streetscape Proposal taking up the majority of the time. After the approval of the Nov. 12, 2013 Minutes and the November 2013 Financial Report, Dennis Brown of Action Landscape presented his company's proposal for the Streetscape repair in the amount of $18,000.
Edgefield Daily

MES to Live Stream Christmas Play Today
web posted December 12, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School (MES) will be streaming a live video feed of this years' Christmas play, Santa goes Green, on the internet. Although parents and friends are welcome to attend the event at MES, the live internet video stream will be for those parents that are working, out of town, friends and grandparents that live across the country, and all of our soldiers that are deployed or stationed elsewhere. Live streaming video will be available here at 8:30 am and again at 7 pm EST.

Missing Pit Bull, Northside
web posted December 12, 2013
NORTHSIDE – Missing Dog: Missing one year old Pit Bull that left Friday Dec.6, 2013 from the Moores Road and Hwy 378 area. The dog is tan in color and has no collar. Contact (803) 480-1095. Dog answers to the name "Beast".

Daily Booking Report
web posted December 12, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Copper Thieves Strike Another Johnston Building
web posted December 11, 2013
JOHNSTON – Copper thieves have targeted another building on Monday stealing copper tubing from inside and outside of the building. Johnston Police received a call reporting possible vandalism around 2:30 pm on the 300 block of Addison Street. The officer arrived and found the HVAC unit outside of the building ripped apart and all of the copper tubing stripped from the unit.
Edgefield Daily

Northrop Takes Helm of Career and Technology Center
web posted December 11, 2013
JOHNSTON – Arthur Northrop, a familiar face in the School District of Edgefield County is the new director of the Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center. Northrop has served the district as the assistant principal of W. E. Parker Elementary, director of the district’s Intervention Program and most recently as an eighth grade social studies teacher at JET Middle School.
Edgefield Daily

Truck, Chainsaws and Gear Stolen
web posted December 11, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Westwood Court man called the Sheriff's Office to report a worker had made off with the truck and $1,700 worth of chainsaws and climbing gear. The worker told the man he was interested in buying the truck and wanted to drive it for a few days. A few days later he stopped showing up to work and disappeared.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Fire Department Holds Christmas Banquet
web posted December 11, 2013
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department held its Christmas Banquet Tuesday night at the Sweetwater Baptist Church Gym. In addition to the firefighters and their spouses there were local dignitaries in attendance including County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell, Councilman Rodney Ashcraft, County Treasurer Arlene Taxler, and Rep. Bill Hixon. After Fire Chief Joey Smith gave a short introduction to guests, Dr. Paul Noe, Pastor at Sweetwater, gave invocation just prior to the meal.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Rahab & Christmas
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 11, 2013

RELIGION – You can’t get to Christmas in the Gospel of Matthew without going through a genealogy. Most people simply skip over the long list of names they can’t pronounce. And while I can’t blame them, these genealogies are there for a reason. If you have spent much time in the Bible, you quickly become familiar with the name Rahab. Matthew 1:5 reads “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab.” That means in Jesus’ family line there was a Gentile prostitute. This is how she is almost always described in the Bible. On top of that, her strongest act of faith was telling a lie. Feel free to give Joshua chapters 2 and 6 a read.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted December 11, 2013
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Edgefield County School District Pays Tribute to Sports Editor Tim Crane
web posted December 10, 2013
SPORTS – The Edgefield County School District placed a tribute to Edgefield Daily's Sports Editor Tim Crane on their FaceBook page Monday morning for his selfless service to them, Strom Thurmond and his work at Edgefield Daily. Crane, a published author in his own right, is deserving of such a tribute - which can be found below in its entirety. Reprinted with permission.
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Johnston Church Targeted in Unsuccessful Burglary
web posted December 10, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Pentecostal Holiness Church members called Johnston Police Sunday after finding the Fellowship Hall being broken into and two air conditioners ripped from the walls. One of the members told police he was at the church on Thursday afternoon and everything was in order.
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Utility Trailer, Golf Cart Thefts Just Miles Apart
web posted December 10, 2013
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to two thefts within an hour of each other and both took place during the same time period. The first was the theft of a camouflaged golf cart with oversized tires on Morgan Road and the second the theft of a 6 x 12 utility trailer less than 4 miles away.
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Johnston Business Burglarized
web posted December 10, 2013
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were called to Crouch Investments around 9:30 Saturday morning after a rear door was found to be open and items stolen from inside. Police had responded to a call at the business on Friday after someone entered the building and placed a number of copper parts near a back door, but nothing was stolen at that time.
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web posted December 10, 2013
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Crowds Brave Cold, Wet Conditions to Make 40th Annual Christmas Parade a Success
web posted December 9, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The 40th Edgefield Christmas Parade was held Sunday with a large crowd lining the street in spite of a cold misting rain falling along with plenty of wind to put the wind-chill into the lower 30's. This year's Grand Marshals (left) were the members of the Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes, who brought the parade back to the town in 1973 after it was stopped about 10 years earlier. The late Dan Booth was the man who pushed to have the parade return, Town Clerk Charlotte Cheatham said prior to the parade.
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MES to Live Stream Christmas Play
web posted December 9, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School (MES) will be streaming a live video feed of this years' Christmas play, Santa goes Green, on the internet. Although parents and friends are welcome to attend the event at MES, the live internet video stream will be for those parents that are working, out of town, friends and grandparents that live across the country, and all of our soldiers that are deployed or stationed elsewhere. We will provide an update with the internet link to the streaming video as it becomes available. As of now, it is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Find Local Christmas Events in Happenings Section
web posted December 9, 2013
COUNTY – Looking for light shows, hay rides, Christmas cantatas, services and more? Just check Edgefield Daily's Happening Section. More events will be added as they become available. The Happening Section can be found in our Featured Sections to the left of this page or below.
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Edgefield County Probate Court Closings Announcement
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web posted December 9, 2013

COUNTY – Chief Justice Toal has issued an Order authorizing the closing of all South Carolina's Probate Court offices on December 11th and December 12th, 2013 for staff training on the revisions to the Probate Code which becomes effective on January 1, 2014. Any persons seeking emergency Detention Orders during this time should contact the Edgefield Mental Health Office at (803) 637-5788. The regular schedule for the Probate Court will resume on Friday December 13, 2013. Please plan your Probate business accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation. Robert E. Peeler, Judge of Probate

Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House Scheduled For December 9
web posted December 7, 2013
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley and the First Family invite South Carolinians to join them for a Christmas Open House on Monday, December 9, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Governor's Mansion. The event is free of charge, open to the public and no reservations are required.
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Deputy Avoids Head-On Collision With Suspected Drunk Driver
web posted December 7, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy avoided a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver Thursday afternoon as he was on patrol on Sweetwater Road just before 5 pm. The deputy, who was southbound on Sweetwater Road, saw a northbound silver Honda Element cross over into the southbound lane as the two vehicle approached. The deputy blasted his air horn to get the driver's attention to no avail and had to "go into the ditch" to avoid the head-on collision.
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Loaded Stolen Gun Found at Mt. Vintage Home
web posted December 7, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A stolen Remington 1100 12 gauge shotgun loaded with five rounds of buck shot was found by a Fitzsimmons Road woman when she arrived home Thursday night. The woman saw the gun resting next to a door at the garage and moved it inside the garge and called family members to see if any of them had left the gun at the home. After learning no one at the home left the gun she called the Sheriff's Office.
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Pearl Harbor, "A Day that will live in Infamy"
web posted December 7, 2013
NATION – The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Japan and the United States had been edging toward war for decades. The United States was particularly unhappy with Japan’s increasingly belligerent attitude toward China. The Japanese government believed that the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbor’s territory and take over its import market; to this end, Japan had declared war on China in 1937.
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web posted December 7, 2013
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One Injured in Roll-Over Crash
web posted December 6, 2013
MERRIWETHER – The driver of a Chevrolet Impala was injured after loosing control of the car as he was westbound on Martintown Road Thursday afternoon just after 2 pm. Exactly how the crash took place was unknown at the scene. What was evident was the car struck a steep embankment at a sharp angle causing the car to roll over onto its hood. The driver was able to exit the vehicle on his own power.
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15-year-old Caught With Counterfeit Money at School
web posted December 6, 2013
JOHNSTON – A fifteen year old Strom Thurmond student was caught with five counterfeit $10 bills at school on Wednesday. After the discovery was made by the School Resource Officer (SRO) an investigator was called to the school.
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What’s happening with the 1% Capital Projects Sales Tax?
By Dean Campbell
web posted December 6, 2013

GUEST ARTICLE –  The County Council has appointed a citizen Committee to give the Council a list of projects that could be funded by the proposed 1% capital sales tax. The tax works just like a sales tax, and would add 1 cent to the sales tax of many items purchased in the County.
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Lost Dog: Edgefield - Reward Offered
web posted December 6, 2013
EDGEFIELD – LOST DOG: 1½ year old Jack Russell - White | Black | Brown Spayed Female Lost in the Youngblood Rd. Area Very shy and timid Answers to the name “Candie” Reward. No questions asked, please Call: 803-384-0289 Click on photo for a larger view.

New Study Shows Drilling Equals Jobs for SC
web posted December 6, 2013
STATE –  A new study released Thursday takes a deep dive into what energy exploration off the Atlantic coast would mean for South Carolina. The study’s findings: more jobs, more investment, and more revenue. If the federal government would allow South Carolina to pursue energy exploration off its coast the state could expect over 35,500 jobs, $2.7 billion in annual economic activity, and potentially $3.7 billion in cumulative state revenue by 2035.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted December 6, 2013
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Merriwether Burglary Suspect In Custody
web posted December 5, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect in the November 19 burglary of a Merriwether home in which over $4,000 worth of firearms were taken. Chief Investigator Randy Doran said warrants were in the process of being filed on Robert Lee Jackson, 32, of Richmond County. Jackson is currently being held after a November 26 arrest in Richmond County. He will face at least two serious felony charges in Edgefield County, Doran said.
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40th Annual Edgefield Christmas Parade December 8
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web posted December 5, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Heritage Holidays in Historic Edgefield are just around the corner!  SAVE THE DATE  for Sunday, December 8th, for the 40th Annual Edgefield Christmas Parade! The Grand Marshal’s for this year’s parade will be the former Edgefield Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes of 1973 and up. They were the founders of the Edgefield Christmas Parade.
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Found Dogs
web posted December 5, 2013
MERRIWETHER / WESTSIDE – Pictured left - Found on DeLaughter Drive. Very friendly.  Has collar but no tag. Call Danny at 803-292-1326. Click on picture for a large view. Also Found: walker hound dog, male no collar. found on Sprouse Rd Clarks Hill (Westside). [Removed] Dog turned over to Animal Control.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Edgefield County Probate Court Closings Announcement
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web posted December 5, 2013

COUNTY – Chief Justice Toal has issued an Order authorizing the closing of all South Carolina's Probate Court offices on December 11th and December 12th, 2013 for staff training on the revisions to the Probate Code which becomes effective on January 1, 2014. Any persons seeking emergency Detention Orders during this time should contact the Edgefield Mental Health Office at (803) 637-5788. The regular schedule for the Probate Court will resume on Friday December 13, 2013. Please plan your Probate business accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation. Robert E. Peeler, Judge of Probate

County Receives Clean Audit, Animal Shelter Location Chosen by County Council
web posted December 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their last meeting of the year Tuesday night, which last nearly two hours even after removing two of the agenda items as the meeting got underway. When the time came to approve the agenda Councilman Rodney Ashcraft requested two items place on the agenda by Councilman Norman Dorn be removed. The items requested PARD funds and bond money be given to two community centers. "They don't have a place on the agenda," Ashcraft said, noting that the council could not legally approve such requests.
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Edgefield Town Council Approves Land Grant to NWTF
By Anne Waits
web posted December 4, 2013

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council met Monday night in its last regularly scheduled meeting before the Christmas holidays. Following the invocation, Council member John Ellis was welcomed back after having been out several weeks with foot surgery. In a larger piece of business, Council adopted on second reading Ordinance 2013-03, an ordinance authorizing the donation of town property located at the end of Tranter Drive, tax map numbers 138-00-00-060 and 062 to the National Wild Turkey Federation.
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Utah And South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permits Offered
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web posted December 4, 2013

COUNTY – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon.
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Gov. Nikki Haley Announces South Carolina Christmas Challenge
web posted December 4, 2013
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley announced the South Carolina Christmas Challenge at the 47th Annual Governor’s Carolighting. In recounting the numerous examples of South Carolinians reaching out to their fellow neighbors and lending a helping hand, the governor issued a statewide challenge to perform a random act of kindness during this holiday season.
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Religion: I Am Resigning
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 4, 2013

RELIGION – I have always worked in food. My only other marketable job skill besides preaching is waiting tables. One of my first jobs was a “Grill Boy” at a country club. I never liked being called Grill Boy. From time to time in my hometown someone will refer to me as that, so I turn and tell them “now it is Rev. Grill Boy to you!”
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web posted December 4, 2013
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