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February 2009 Archive

Woman finds intruder in home
web posted February 28, 2009
MERRIWETHER – An Amelia Drive woman called 911 early Friday afternoon after discovering a masked man inside her home. The woman screamed and called for her nephew as the man ran out of the door and disappeared into a nearby wooded area towards Royal Place. Deputies converged on the area trying to close off escape routes.
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Strom Thurmond High School Holds Black History Month Program (Photo)
web posted February 28, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School held their 4th Annual Black History Celebration on Sunday afternoon, February 22 in the school gymnasium.  The event was organized by Ms. Savannah Williams who is the Spanish Instructor at the high school. Mr. Zach Collier, STHS Student Body President and STHS Marching Band Drum Major, along with Miss Alexis Wren, STHS APLA President and Beta Club Member were the MCs for the program.
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Douglas Students View Key Ingredients Exhibit (Photo)
web posted February 28, 2009
JOHNSTON – Douglas Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students enjoyed a field trip to the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Office this week to view the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit, Key Ingredients-America Made By Food.
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Fugitive arrested after anonymous tip (Photo)
web posted February 27, 2009
JOHNSTON – A fugitive that has been sought for over two years is now in custody after the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip around 3 am Thursday morning providing them with the whereabouts of Rico Antonio Norris, 26, who has been on the lam and escaped capture several times over the years. After confirming Norris was at the location police moved in and took him in to custody at gunpoint.
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Health Fair exceeds attendance expectations (Photo)
web posted February 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital’s Health Fair on Thursday was a tremendous success as county residents swarmed to take advantage of free screenings, health advice, and garner information on preventative measures to promote heart health. “I would say the most ignored symptom of heart attacks would be a shortness of breath during activity,” Dr. Gregory Eaves, of Aiken Cardiovascular Associates said. “Most people will just relate it to getting older.” That is not a good idea he said.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 7- Strom Thurmond family heirloom up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Peeler of Edgefield, S.C., with additions from another local estate. The sale will be held at her home located at 647 Jeter St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Hishway 25  truck route bypass in Edgefield). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.
Murrells Auction

Two columnists join EdgefieldDaily.com
web posted February 27, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is proud to announce that we will be adding two new featured columnists on Monday, March 2, the anniversary of the first publication of EdgefieldDaily.com as we being our fifth year. Wayne M. Levine, M.A., of Agoura Hills, California, will be offering his advice column for men titled, “Man to Man”. Also joining the lineup is James Wise who will be offering computer tips.
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State Senate Passes Warrantless Searches of Parolees and Probationers
web posted February 27, 2009
COLUMBIA  –  For the second time this session, the State Senate has passed monumental legislation cracking down on crime in South Carolina.  On the heels of passing the Teacher Protection Act of 2009, Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell has pushed S.191, Warrantless Searches of Parolees and Probationers, through the State Senate. The bill passed the Senate on second reading Tuesday on a unanimous roll call vote of 31-0. It passed the Senate today on third reading and now heads to the State House of Representatives.
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NewsBusters
web posted February 27, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – It’s Friday and that means another broadcast of Jodi Miller’s take on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Sports: Strom Thurmond Rebel Varsity Baseball 2009 Preview
By Head Coach Brent Wilder
web posted February 27, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebel baseball team returns seven starters and three reserves from the 2008 team which finished in a tie for last in Region V-AAA.  With the move down in classification, the Rebels are looking forward to a fresh start in a tough Region III-AA.  The team is led by five seniors who look to finish there high school playing days successfully.
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Arrests pending as investigators work recent theft cases
web posted February 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators are closing in on suspects in some of the most recent thefts and have already issued an arrest warrant in one case and is seeking a warrant in a second. That is good news as the number of recent burglaries and thefts have escalated in the past two weeks.
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Pair works in consort during theft at store
web posted February 26, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The manager at a local convenience store was the victim of a theft Tuesday when two men entered Sportsman’s Corner and while one man was occupying the manager at the register the second entered the unlocked office and took the woman’s purse containing cash, identification, and credit cards from her pocketbook. The theft was not discovered until hours later and a review of video surveillance showed the two suspects working together.
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Local Chess Champ Encourages Competition with Donation (Photo)
web posted February 26, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Using some of the money that was given her by the South Carolina Chess Association for expenses incurred in representing the state at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls Chess tournament in Lubbock, Texas, Hannah “Tori” Whatley has decided to help a few local schools start chess programs. The 13-year-old Merriwether Middle school student wants to donate three chess sets to each of five schools that are within a ten mile drive of her own school in hopes of fostering chess competitions and new friendships. 
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Comprehensive Tax Reform Passes State Senate
web posted February 26, 2009
COLUMBIA – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman along with bi-partisan leadership from Sen. Nikki Setzler, today ushered through the State Senate a plan to review South Carolina’s tax code and make recommendations to overhaul it in order to bring about strong economic growth.
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Free Weather Spotter course offered
web posted February 26, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – The North Augusta-Belvedere Radio Club is sponsoring a Severe Weather Spotter Training seminar on March 9. The seminar is designed to serve the citizens of Edgefield and Aiken Counties and is open to anyone interested for free.
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Camellia Tea at Magnolia Dale March 8
web posted February 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Camellia Club invites you to attend its 2d Annual
Camellia Tea at Magnolia Dale in downtown Edgefield on Sunday, March 8, 2009 between 3 pm and 5 pm.  Admission is free and tickets are  not required.
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Piedmont Technical College, Self Regional Dedicates Cardiovascular Center (Photo)
web posted February 26, 2009
GREENWOOD –Piedmont Technical College’s Cardiovascular Technology program is open for business. In fall 2008, PTC, in conjunction with Self Regional Healthcare, became the only technical college in the state to offer a Cardiovascular Technology program. Recently, representatives from Piedmont Tech and Self Regional Healthcare gathered to dedicate the M. John Heydel Cardiovascular Teaching Center. The 4,200 square foot facility will include classroom and lab space.
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Off The Wall: Taxing pot could become a political "toking point"
web posted February 26, 2009
Sacramento CA -- Could Cannabis sativa be a salvation for California's fiscal misfortunes? Can the state get a better budget grip by taxing what some folks toke? An assemblyman from San Francisco announced legislation Monday to do just that: make California the first state in the nation to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.
Off The Wall

Burglary numbers continue to increase this week
web posted February 25, 2009
TRENTON – A Trenton home has been added to the list of those targeted for burglary recently and, with an estimated $23,000 in stolen property and damage, it is one of the more costly ones. A friend of the homeowner discovered the burglary Monday afternoon when he arrived at the Airport Road home to feed the owners livestock.
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School District finances tightening
web posted February 25, 2009
JOHNSTON - It's no secret that South Carolina school district's are facing enormous financial challenges. Edgefield County has been no exception to that rule. Severe budget cuts - this year to the tune of $1,300,000 (and counting) - have taken their toll on the district's finances. The district (like many others) was hoping for better news from Columbia in January.
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Proposed state revenue cut would be “devastating” to Johnston
web posted February 25, 2009
JOHNSTON – As the proposed 42% cut in Aid to Subdivisions (towns and counties) is being debated in the SC State House, the town of Johnston is watching things closely. Johnston Administrator Keith Coones said if the cut were passed it would be a “devastating” blow to the town as they begin the budget process.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 7- Strom Thurmond family heirloom up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Peeler of Edgefield, S.C., with additions from another local estate. The sale will be held at her home located at 647 Jeter St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Hishway 25  truck route bypass in Edgefield). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.
Murrells Auction

Op-Ed: Are We Looking for a Note in the Bottle?
By Sen. Shane Massey
web posted February 25, 2009
COLUMN – Most people know by now that my wife and I had our first child last September.  I’m having a great time with our little girl.  She’s a blessing to us all. As you can imagine, I want to be the best father I can be.  That’s why I’ve been trying to bone-up on a few of the children’s classics, like Winnie the Pooh.  It’s been eye-opening to start reading some of them again.
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What Will They Remember?
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted February 25, 2009
COLUMN – There are certain cultures in the world who believe that if you take a person’s photograph, you are stealing their soul. I recently read an article from a photographer named Emre Safak who said, “I usually take candid pictures, usually without asking for permission. Usually I have no problem, but once in a while I encounter a person who vehemently objects, claiming that I am stealing their soul. It happened to me recently in the Caribbean island of Bequia, when an old woman covered her face, long before I had any idea of taking her picture, and waved me away.”
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Daughter of Essie Mae Washington-Williams living the good life at 'home' in Carolina
web posted February 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Wanda Terry, daughter of Strom Thurmond's own Essie Mae Washington, has slowed down ever so slightly in the three years since moving to South Carolina. And that has been a good thing. It doesn't mean that the busy, determined Californian inside of her has any less drive or enthusiasm - she's just eased off of life's gas pedal just a bit.
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Notice: Fibromyalgia Support group to hold First Meeting
web posted February 25, 2009
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The CSRA Fibromyalgia Support group's First Meeting will be on Wednesday March 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Edgefield County Hospital in the conference room. To join mailing list for the monthly newsletter please email fibrofriends@bellsouth.net or call (803) 275-3010.

School District Receives State Report Cards
web posted February 25, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District received an Average Rating in both categories of Absolute Rating and Growth Rating on the State Report Cards which were released this past Friday. There were no school districts in the state to make Adequate Yearly Progress.
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Sheriff’s Office investigates back-to-back burglaries at Sweetwater Baptist
web posted February 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary and an attempted burglary at the Sweetwater Baptist Church on Sweetwater Road Saturday night. The first report came after the pastor arrived at the church office to finish work on his Sunday sermon around 6:45 pm and noticed pieces of metal on the floor and later discovered that a desk had been rummaged through and a wall safe had been pried open.
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Firemen save Edgefield home (Photos)
web posted February 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A small kitchen fire almost spread throughout a Morgange Street home Monday just after noon after it grew out of control and the elderly woman was forced to escape the home. The 911 call brought the Edgefield Fire Department racing to the scene to find smoke rolling out of the open front door and the eaves of the roof.
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Arson suspected in recent fire (Photos)
web posted February 24, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A Saturday afternoon fire at a closed business on Stephens Road has brought a Sheriff’s arson investigation after County Line Fire Chief Tim Malcolm told deputies he believed the fire was purposely set. The Miranda Trucking garage and office was reported on fire by a next-door neighbor around 5:20 Saturday afternoon. County Line firefighters arrived minutes later and reported smoke and flames showing.
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Parent University and Youth Extravaganza this Saturday
web posted February 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District will sponsor the Third Annual Educational Summit this Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School. The event known as “Parent University” and “Youth Extravaganza” will offer some of the best informational sessions by knowledgeable presenters on a variety of subjects to assist parents with helping their children become successful.
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Fishing Rodeo seeks sponsors
web reposted February 24, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Law Officers Association (ECLOA) is in the process of soliciting donations for its annual children’s fishing rodeo “Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs”. This event is in its sixteenth year and was named in honor of SC State Trooper Jimmy Shay who passed away while on active duty. He and fellow officers started this event in 1991 because of their love for children and keeping them educated on all the dangers of drugs and how it affects their lives.
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Relay for Life Beauty Peagent canceled
web posted February 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Relay for Life Beauty Peagent has been canceled due to a lack of participation orginizers said Monday. For more information contact Janice Cleveland at (803) 275-3241.

NewsBusters
web posted February 24, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – It’s Tuesday and that means another broadcast of Jodi Miller’s take on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Record Crowd: Over 43,000 Packs Turkey Federation Convention (Photo)
web posted February 24, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn -- A record crowd of more than 43,000 people filled Nashville, Tenn., this weekend for the National Wild Turkey Federation's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, breaking the previous attendance record set in Nashville in 2007.
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Here’s Your Card nominee: Not an Obama fan
web posted February 24, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Our latest Here’s Your Card nominee could probably be safely considered not to be a Barack Omama supporter. Saturday evening a Merriwether teen and his friend were fishing at the boat ramp on Stevens Creek off Woodlawn Road when another man drove up, got out of his car, and approached them cursing. The man then pulled his car up next to the two teen’s car and wanted to “race to the (expletive) water”. According to incident reports, the man then told the pair he was going to, “kill that (expletive) n***** Obama”.
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Last week to enter loved ones in March Birthday - Anniversary Cake Giveaway
web posted February 23, 2009
WEBNEWS – Time is running out to get your loved ones listed in our monthly Birthday and Anniversary Cake Giveaway. The March winner will be announced next Monday. Get those entries in before Sunday to be eligible. April Birthday and Anniversary wishes are currently being accepted for our next drawing.
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Proposed State budget cuts in funding would impact county, town budgets
web posted February 23, 2009
COUNTY – The announcement on Friday of a bill to cut Aid to Subdivisions, now referred to as Local Government Fund (LGF), was passed through SC State House Ways & Means Committee and would cut the funds to the county and the three towns through the Aid to Subdivisions by 42%.
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Cyclist injured on popular bike trails
 web posted February 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A mountain biking enthusiast was injured Sunday afternoon around 1:15 after a fall on the Great Wall trail of the Forks Area Trail System. Merriwether First Responders and Edgefield County EMS were called and located the man on the trail about 100 yards off a service road. The use of an ATV was necessary to transport the man to an awaiting ambulance due to the rough terrain.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 7- Strom Thurmond family heirloom up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Peeler of Edgefield, S.C., with additions from another local estate. The sale will be held at her home located at 647 Jeter St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Hishway 25  truck route bypass in Edgefield). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.
Murrells Auction

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Seeks Arts and Crafts
web posted February 23, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival knows arts and crafts are a great attraction.  And the Festival always has unique and useful items for sale by arts and crafts vendors. This year will be no different, as applications are now coming in from all over for crafters who want to be a part of the 26th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston.
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Enough is enough; racing bikers have to be stopped (Photos)
Editor's Column
 web posted February 23, 2009
COLUMN – I am at my wits end when it comes to the ignorant racing bike clubs that terrorize the residents of Woodlawn and Garrett Roads. Complaints have been made to the Sheriff’s Office, but they are so understaffed the calls are responded to long after the riders have fled the area, if they can respond at all, and they can’t sit around waiting on the group to come back through due to other calls. Do not bother calling the Highway Patrol; they will not patrol secondary state roads. Something has to give.
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Young World: “Men To Boys”
By: Chris Dinkins
 web posted February 23, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – November 4th and January 20th are days that will forever be remembered as moments that redefined the meaning of manhood and perseverance.  One man’s vision changed the image and perception of every man.  That vision was also an instrumental step toward changing images and perceptions for every man.  Men who were previously mired in defeat now begin to feel motivated and inspired.  Young men who had already begun to feel hopeless and worthless were instantly empowered with new inner strength.  Supporters and non-supporters alike cannot deny the impact of President Obama’s election and inauguration.  His persistence is electrifying and empowering.
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Former Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes: Obama communist - set on destroying America (Photo)
 web posted February 23, 2009
NATION – Former Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes tells a reporter from KHAS-TV at a fundraiser for the AAA Crisis Pregnancy Center in Hastings, Neb. "Obama is a radical communist, and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois and now everybody realizes it's true," said Keyes, who ran unsuccessfully against Obama for the state's open Senate seat in 2004. "He is going to destroy this country, and we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist."
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Millionaire ex presidents get millions in perks
web posted February 23, 2009
Tampa, Florida - When Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation's 44th president last month, all the focus was on everything new in Washington. However the change of command is as much about out with the old, as it is in with the new. While George Bush held the title of President for 8 years, he is now a member of another unique club, the ex-presidents of the United States. The members of the ex-presidents club also happen to be millionaires. It is a club that has plenty of perks that weren't available until after Harry Truman left office.
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No updates available for Saturday
web posted February 20, 2009 11:00 pm
WEBNEWS – There are no updates being made Friday night due to technical difficulties. Regular updates will return on Monday, February 23. We apologize for the inconvenience and the delay. Stories set for publication Saturday will be placed online at the earliest possible time over the weekend if circumstance are favorable. The problems will not affect our Monday edition.

Execution of Edgefield County convicted killer set for today (Photo)
web posted February 20, 2009
COLUMBIA – Luke Williams lll, 59, (Left) formerly of Evans, Ga., will be executed by lethal injection at 6 pm today at the S.C. Department of Corrections’ capital punishment facility located at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia. The S.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 23 issued an order directing the Corrections Department to carry out the sentence. Williams was convicted in Edgefield for the June 19, 1991 double murder of his wife and 12-year-old adopted son in November of 1993. Their bodies were found in a partially burned van on Deep Step Road in Edgefield County.
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Mt. Vintage Development deadline on infrastructure security running out
web posted February 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The time for Mt. Vintage Development to produce the requested bond or security for the completion of the infrastructure on the “New Nine” runs out this weekend. Edgefield County Administrator John Pettigrew said the county has received no reply from Mt. Vintage Development. Shortly after the county council voted to request the bond or security a letter was sent to Mr. Rainsford with a fifteen-day time limit, “and I believe the fifteen days is up this weekend,” Mr. Pettigrew said.
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County may bid on Calliham property
web posted February 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Will Edgefield County be represented among the bidders for the Calliham TV and Appliance property listed in an announced sale March 5 on the County Courthouse steps? It is a possibility according to Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece. The county sought to purchase the property for $425,000 last year and with the county council meeting prior to the March 5 sale date the council could vote to jump in on the bidding.
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Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Port Restructuring Bill
web posted February 20, 2009
COLUMBIA – The State Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Wednesday that restructures the State Ports Authority. Senate bill 351 sets new qualifications for SPA board members, ensures transparency in port actions, and provides new oversight of the State’s most important economic development and job-creating tool.
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NewsBusters
web posted February 20, 2009
NewsBusters – Jodi Miller's latest take on the national news of the day. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Edgefield Baptist Association names Dr. Robert A. Williamson as Director of Missions (Photo)
web posted February 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Baptist Association has called Dr. Robert A. Williamson, Jr. to serve as Director of Missions for the 20 churches that make up the association.  Rev. Robert T. Huffman, Chairman of the Search Team and Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church stated that “Dr. Williamson is well qualified to serve as our Director of Missions.  With both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and over 15 years of service as a senior pastor, he has the experience and skills that will benefit all our churches.”
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CNBC's Rick Santelli slams Obama
web posted February 20, 2009
NATION – CNBC's Rick Santelli slammed President Obama’s proposed “bailout” of homeowners who failed to pay their mortgages on the exchange floor in Chicago with traders jeering Obama and proclaiming a “Tea Party” to start a new revolution against the President’s agenda of endless “bailouts”.
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Obama’s Stimulus Will Cause 'Lower Wages' for American Workers, Says Congressional Budget Office
web posted February 20, 2009
(CNSNews.com) – The huge economic stimulus package that President Obama signed into law Tuesday will result in “lower wages” for American workers, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO analysis, dated Feb. 11 and sent to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), says the $787-billion plan will increase employment in the short-term, but will run up deficit spending which will “crowd out” private investment in the economy in the long-term.
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Calliham TV and Appliance to be sold on Courthouse steps March 5
web posted February 19, 2009
EDGEFIELD – If there was any doubt to the veracity of our report on the foreclosure and public sale of the Calliham TV and Appliance Store and other property, all doubt has now been removed. The official public sale announcement was published on Wednesday in the Edgefield Advertiser. The public auction of the properties will take place on Thursday, March 5, at 11 am.
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Senior Citizens Council counters “disgruntled” worker’s claims
web posted February 19, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Roberta Pugh and Senior Citizen’s Council Director Jim Griffith sat down with EdgefieldDaily.com on Wednesday to present their side of the situation at the Merriwether Transfer Station off Sweetwater Road. “We’ve got a bunch of disgruntled people, that’s what you got,” Mr. Griffith said. “I did my job,” Ms. Pugh interjected, “taxpayers pay for the site to be run down there and that’s the only site where we ever have a problem out of.”
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Fishing Rodeo seeks sponsors
web posted February 19, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Law Officers Association (ECLOA) is in the process of soliciting donations for its annual children’s fishing rodeo “Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs”. This event is in its sixteenth year and was named in honor of SC State Trooper Jimmy Shay who passed away while on active duty. He and fellow officers started this event in 1991 because of their love for children and keeping them educated on all the dangers of drugs and how it affects their lives.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Comment after purchase starts fraud investigation
web posted February 19, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The manager of the CVS Store in Apple Square called the Sheriff’s Office to report a possible fraud and suspicious activity. A white male between the ages of 45 and 50 entered the store twice and made purchases using a Visa card. When he made the second purchase the man reportedly said, “It worked! I just found this card in the parking lot.”
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Piedmont Tech Enrollment Reaches Record-Setting High
web posted February 19, 2009
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College’s enrollment has reached an all-time high with 5,212 students enrolled for the 2009 spring semester. This record-setting 12 percent increase over last spring also marks the first time there have ever been more students in the spring than in the fall—the traditional start time for most college programs.
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Here’s Your Card
web posted February 19, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – In spite of being asked not to offer advice to those who break the law, EdgefieldDaily.com cannot help but offer advice in relation to our latest Here’s Your Card nominee. If your driver’s license has been suspended, and you intend to drive, do not speed. Just ask Wade C. McCain, 57, of Edgefield.
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Relay for Life Beauty Peagent deadline extended until Feb. 22
web posted February 19, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Relay for Life Beauty Peagent deadline has been extended until Feb. 22. You can download a entry form here or call Janice Cleveland at 803 275-3241 for more information.

South Carolina’s Immigration Laws Could Be Severely Weakened
web posted February 18, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s State Senators are taking action and asking the United States Congress to reauthorize a federal program that is presently allowing the state to crack down on illegal immigration.  State Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Congress to reauthorize the E-Verify program.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Another Merriwether home burglarized
web posted February 18, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Millcreek Drive man reported finding his home burglarized Monday afternoon and notified the Sheriff’s Office. The man showed the deputy a broken window on the back of the house that was used to gain access to the home. The burglary took place in the span of an hour and a half after the homeowner left just after noon and returned before 2 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rep. Barrett speaks to voters after "stimulus" bill signing
web posted February 18, 2009
Dear Friends,
Today, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1, the Democrat Spending Bill, or as he likes to call it, the "stimulus" bill. This legislation is the largest expansion of government spending since World War II. Today with a single pen stroke, the President has committed to spending $792 billion and put each American family on the hook for $100,000 in federal debt. I voted against this legislation because it costs too much, takes too long to make a difference, and fails to create enough new jobs.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NewsBusters
web posted February 18, 2009
NewsBusters – Jodi Miller's latest take on the national news of the day. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Chair causes two wrecks Monday night
web posted February 18, 2009
TRENTON – A Sheriff’s Deputy’s patrol car and another car were damaged after striking a “large chair” that was left in the roadway Tuesday evening. The deputy reported he had struck an object to dispatch around 6:30 pm. Moments later he reported a second vehicle striking the chair near Hard Luck Hill on Highway 25 just south of Trenton.  
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Tra'ves Bush signs with Navy (Photo)
web posted February 18, 2009
SPORTS - Anyone who spends more than a few moments around Strom Thurmond senior Tra'ves Bush understands the meaning when head football coach Lee Sawyer says "this is why you coach" after watching Bush sign a collegiate scholarship offer last Wednesday with the United States Naval Academy.
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Pastor Stacy: Snow Day
By Pastor Stacy Williams
 web posted February 18, 2009
COLUMN – This past weekend, my family and I went for an overnight trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia. We didn’t go for the laser show or to see the view from the top. We went to play in the snow!
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God's Little Angels Preschool opens registration
web posted February 18, 2009
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Open registration for God's Little Angels Preschool at Edgefield First Baptist Church will be March 7th, 9:00am - 11:00am for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year. Classes include Parents Day Out, 2K, 3K, and 4K. For more information call 637-6139.

Health Fair to cover all matters of the heart
web posted February 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – County residents young and old - and all ages in between - can expect to receive their fill on all medical matters of the heart when the Edgefield County Hospital hosts next Thursday's Health Fair. The event, which will be held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will offer a broad range of vitally important information - from free blood pressure and blood sugar testing, vouchers for the first 25 people who would like a free Cholesterol test, free Carotid Doppler Screenings, free vein consultations with former ECH Emergency Room head Dr. Paul Espinoza, and much more.
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A close call: Tractor-trailer tires stopped by tree (Photos)
web posted February 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Charlie Turner has lived quietly in his home on Bauskett St. since 1960 and never experienced anything quite as bizarre as the strange event which occurred three weeks ago tomorrow. It was just after 1:30 p.m. and he and his daughter, Edna Sue Bush, were sitting in the living room watching television. Suddenly, they heard a loud sound he describes as a "big BOOM!" Instinct told them a crash had just taken place in front of the home. But when they exited the house there was nothing there.
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Mother-Daughter team produces new book, fulfills lifelong dream (Photo)
web posted February 18, 2009
JOHNSTON - Jody Cromer, a resource special education teacher at Strom Thurmond High School, has wanted to write a children's book since she was a child. Recently, she was able to fulfill that dream with the writing of her first book that tells the story of a little girl's desire to be a princess and how that desire was foiled when she realized there were three very large obstacles in her way. The book was illustrated by her mother, Judy Adamick, noted artist, teacher and judge and owner of Butterfly Heart Gallery and Gifts in downtown Ridge Spring.
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Man held without bond in kidnapping and rape case (Photo)
web posted February 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested a man and charged him with kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual assault in an attack that lasted several hours. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Leonel Marquecho Fierros, 26, of a Johnston address, is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center without bond because he is considered a flight risk. “We’re still investigating the case and we’re in touch with immigration and federal officials because there are several aliases he uses.” Fierros is charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and one count of kidnapping.
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EMS personnel assaulted while rendering aid
web posted February 17, 2009
WESTSIDE – EMS personnel responding to a call on the 2000 block of Highway 23 west ended up being the victims of an assault and battery while they tried to assist a patient for transport to the hospital early Sunday morning. After arriving on the scene the two EMT’s were approached by a woman who, according to incident reports, grabbed one of the EMT’s and shoved the stretcher into the other.
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Trenton man injured in single vehicle crash
web posted February 17, 2009
TRENTON – Around 8:30 pm 911 began getting calls of a truck that had hit a tree on Watson Road Monday night with a portion of the tree being in the road and no driver found in the wrecked truck. As deputies began arriving on the scene the driver was located some distance away trying to make it to the intersection of Watson Road and Highway 121. He was said to be suffering from “multiple injuries”. A helicopter was called to the scene and Trenton Firefighters began setting up a landing zone at the intersection.
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SC ranks third as most religious states
web posted February 13, 2009
NATION – The term “Bible Belt” is alive and well, and according to a recent survey by Gallop its boundaries are clearer now than ever. A poll conducted recently of 355,334 respondents showed the southern states a clear leader in those who consider religion a major factor in their lives. South Carolina ranked third in the “most religious states” with Mississippi and Alabama rounding out the top two spots. The least religious states were Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.   
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Truck stolen from Burke County recovered stripped and burned
web posted February 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called the Sheriff’s Office after finding a partially burned truck deep in the woods on his property Sunday afternoon. After the deputy arrived and checked the vehicle identification number the truck was found to have been reported stolen from Burke County on Wednesday of last week.
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Strom Thurmond High School Announces January Students of the Month (Photo)
web posted February 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School has announced the January Students of the Month. These students are selected for portraying honesty, dependability, showing respect for others, following instructions and having the ability to get along with others. The Character Trait Award is by far one of the grandest awards any student can receive.
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School Board recognizes many "In the Spotlight"
web posted February 17, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County School Board of Trustees recognized accomplishments of educators and students at their February 10, 2009 meeting. “In The Spotlight” program recognized newly named National Board Certified Teachers Mrs. Amy Wilhelm of W. E. Parker Elementary School and Mr. Arthur Northrop of Strom Thurmond High School.
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Lost pets
web posted February 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Lost: 2 1/2 year old Red English Male (name: Mack) he has "S" stamped on left hip. 8 month old Walker Male (name: Chizzell) They were lost near Gary Hill Rd. Friday, Feb 7th, 2009. Both dogs has ownership collars and tracking collars on along with unique brand for identity. My sons are very saddened. Please call Jerry Snipes or myself, Cindy at 803-522-8479 or 803-522-8546.

New Executive Director Joins Self Regional Healthcare Foundation
web posted February 17, 2009
GREENWOOD – Jack W. Schwartz, CFP, has been named Executive Director of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation in Greenwood, the charitable arm of Self Regional which helps fund the hospital’s capital, program and equipment needs. Most recently, Schwartz served as Director of Gift Planning for the Kansas University Endowment Association in Lawrence, Kansas, a $1.4 billion foundation raising $80 million per year.
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A Senior Mutiny in Merriwether?
web posted February 16, 2009
MERRIWETHER – There seems to be a mutiny afoot at the Merriwether Recycling Center after a visit by Roberta Pew with the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council this past Friday according to one of the workers. The Senior Citizens Council provides the attendant’s jobs for retired Senior Citizens at minimum wage for the county under a contract. But workers at the busiest center in the county say they have been told they must stand on their feet for six hours and watched as their chairs “were thrown in the dumpsters” Bill Robinson, one of the employees said.
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Rebels and Lady Rebels enter Basketball play-offs this week
web posted February 16, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Basketball Teams are entering the first round of play-offs this week. The Lady Rebels will host Keenan Tuesday night at 7 pm. The Rebels team will host Eau Claire Wednesday night at 7 pm. Both games will be held at the Strom Thurmond High School Gym. Wins in the games will be followed by the next round of play with home court advantage in the Rebel Gym.
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Aiken County suffers third traffic fatality this year
web posted February 16, 2009
AIKEN - 43 year old, Geneise R. Williams of Perry SC. was pronounced dead at
the scene of a 3 pm Sunday car crash in Wagener. According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, Ms. Williams was the seat-belted passenger in a 2005 Nissan Altima, driven by Jennifer Abney of Irmo when it was struck by another vehicle.
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Universal Health Services, Inc, Names Carlos A. Milanes as CEO of Aiken Regional Medical Centers
web posted February 16, 2009
AIKEN – Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, announced today that Carlos A. Milanes, an experienced healthcare executive of more than 25 years, is the new Chief Executive Officer of Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC) – effective March 1, 2009.
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NewsBusters Broadcast
web posted February 16, 2009
NewsBusters – Jodi Miller's take on the national news of the day. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Editor' Column: Domestic economic terrorism – America’s greatest threat
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 16, 2009
COLUMN – Osama bin Laden and his band of terrorists could not bring down the American capitalistic economy by toppling the Twin Towers on 9/11. No, not even such a devastating blow to the country, the fear and uncertainty that it evoked upon so many, was enough to bring the United States to her knees. That takes another type and group of terrorist, the US Congress. Though it may be politically popular to “bash Bush”, it is obvious while he was fighting two wars against clear and emanate threats, the Congressional Democrats were finishing the job Osama started.
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WEB WARNING! Claimed Microsoft Email Warning of Virus should be ignored (Photo)
web posted February 16, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has been made aware of a virus scam that is being sent to unsuspecting internet users via email. The scam is to send an email stating, and trying to look like an official Microsoft Alert, and is telling users that by clicking the supplied link they will be protected from the latest virus. Do not be fooled. The email is sent with the subject line, “Latest Windows update against a new high risk virus,” when in fact following the link will take the user to a corrupt site with an executable file to be downloaded.
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Piedmont Tech Providing Free Finance Class
web posted February 16, 2009
PSA - GREENWOOD  – The Piedmont Technical College Continuing Education and Economic Development division will be hosting a series of free financial classes in Greenwood, Newberry and Laurens counties.
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Edgefield contemplates cracking down on “indecent” vehicle ornaments
WARNINGThis story contains photos that may be considered offensive
web posted February 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A new fad in auto decoration has made its way to Edgefield and Mayor Ken Durham said he is getting complaints. The new ornament realistically depicts a part of the male anatomy and is hung from the tow hook or bumper of the vehicle. It is all the rage, but it is causing a rage with some in the town. “I’ve gotten several complaints about them,” Mayor Durham said. It seems the town may have a way of cracking down on the ornaments and it could be painful for the offenders.
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Fire at JET Middle School quickly contained
web posted February 14, 2009
JOHNSTON – A fire broke out at JET Middle School Friday afternoon around 4:30 that caused the evacuation of everyone from the building. The small fire was contained to the cafeteria and was extinguished in short order by one of the school resource officers. The Edgefield Fire Department was summoned to the scene to check the building to make sure there were no additional fires. The amount of damage left as a result of the fire is unknown but is believed to be minimal and would not affect school operations for Monday.

Traffic stop leads to burglary investigation
web posted February 14, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A South Carolina Highway Patrolman stopped a teen on a four-wheeler Friday evening on Sweetwater Road. What was initially thought to be a simple traffic infraction may turn into more serious charges including a burglary.
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Merriwether Middle “Mustang Homecoming” (Photo)
web posted February 14, 2009
MERRIWETHER – “Isn’t She Lovely,” surely could have been the theme, as young ladies took the center court during half time of the Merriwether Middle boys basketball game against Newberry Middle School on January 29. Eight outstanding eighth grader girls participated in the 2009 Mustang Country Homecoming Ceremony.
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Carl Langley: Democrats Are Failing History of Economics
By Carl Langley
web posted February 14, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – In response to the pork-laden stimulus legislation hatched by the Democrat majority in the Congress it’s time to recall the words of an economics professor at the University of South Carolina more than 50 years ago.
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Barrett: “Democrats Have Lost Their Faith In The American People”
web posted February 14, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman J. Gresham Barrett gave the following speech from the floor of the United States House of Representatives regarding the Democrat Spending Bill on Friday.
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Video - Boehner: "Not one" member of Congress has read Stimulus Bill
web posted February 14, 2009
NATION – Republican Leader Boehner speaks before the House after House Democrats push through an 1,100 page, trillion-dollar spending bill with less than 12 hours of public review time.
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Calliham’s TV and Appliance under foreclosure
web posted February 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Calliham TV and Appliance Building and property that was the focus of a much debated proposed purchase by the county seems to have been all for nothing as prior to the county council voting to drop their option to buy, foreclosure proceedings were already filed in court records. Records show the proceedings were filed in December of last year and the property could be sold on the steps of the Edgefield County Courthouse next month to the highest bidder.
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Teacher Protection Act Passes State Senate with Unanimous Support
web posted February 13, 2009
COLUMBIA – For the fifth year, State Senators have passed a plan to protect South Carolina’s teachers from violence in the classroom.  The Teacher Protection Act of 2009 passed the Senate Tuesday and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration where it has continuously died in past years.
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Time left to enter Miss Relay for Life Pageant
web posted February 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Miss Relay for Life Beauty Pageant is set to be held Saturday, February 28 at the W. E. Parker Elementary School. The pageant is open for young ladies from toddlers up to twenty years of age. Contestants will compete in two divisions and several age groups. The good news is there is still time to enter and an application is available online.
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Seatbelt saves life of teen (Photos)
web posted February 13, 2009
MERRIWETHER – You hear it all the time on commercials, “Seatbelts save lives,” but that became a reality for a Merriwether teen Thursday afternoon. The 16-year-old girl was driving a Honda Accord eastbound on the 300 block of Murrah Road when she ran off the edge of the pavement and lost control, flipping the car several times and landing on its roof. Though shaken and scared, the girl was uninjured.
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“Sweets for the Sweet” Dessert Reception
web posted February 13, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is hosting a “Sweets for the Sweet” dessert reception on Friday, February 13th, beginning at 6:00 PM and ending at 8:00 PM, at the Chamber office, 416 Calhoun Street, in Johnston. 
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Lock your car: Rash of car break-ins could be related
web posted February 13, 2009
COUNTY – A rash of auto break-ins have been reported this week in the lower portion of the county with a majority of those being reported along the Sweetwater Road area. Sheriff’s Investigators are not claiming the break-ins are related, but they are not ruling out that possibility.
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Identity of discovered body released
web posted February 13, 2009
AIKEN – The body discovered in Windsor SC earlier this week has been positively identified as Marquez James Tyler, 19 years old of Salley SC. Mr. Tyler was last seen
on November 19, 2008 and was reported missing on November 22, 2008.
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More guns reported stolen
web posted February 13, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Cheves Creek Road man reported Wednesday that guns and money had been stolen from his home. The guns were taken from a locked gun cabinet in the master bedroom that was pried open. Approximately $300 in coins was also taken from the bedroom as well.
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Deputy encounters NC woman passing in sharp curve at 98 mph
web posted February 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy traveling south on Highway 25 encountered a green Nissan Altima that was passing a car on a sharp curve with double yellow lines and exiting the deputies radar at 98 miles per hour. As he turned around to stop the car, the driver continued to pass multiple cars “at a high rate of speed”.
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Smith pleads guilty in burglary, sexual assault, kidnapping case (Photo)
web posted February 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A trial set for Wednesday for Pleaze Ravon Smith, 44, was stopped shortly before the jury was brought in the courtroom when it was announced that a plea deal had been reached. Smith was indicted for burglary in the first degree, criminal sexual conduct, violation of a restraining order, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and four counts of kidnapping from an attack that took place on February 4, 2008 in Trenton. If convicted on all charges Smith faced a life sentence plus 163 years.
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Hilliard bond on murder charge set at $40,000 (Photo)
web posted February 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Thomas Patrick Hilliard, 27, of Johnston, who is charged with murder in the death of 30-year-old Phil (Trey) H. Herring lll last week, had a bond hearing before Circuit Court Judge Knox McMahon Wednesday afternoon. During the hearing a tearful Mr. Hilliard struggled to wipe his eyes with tissues while shackled as the proceeding took place. Three family members stood with him as the murder charge was read.
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Trenton Flyers Hosts South Carolina Breakfast Club (Photos)
web posted February 12, 2009
TRENTON – Edgefield County Airport, Trenton, was host to the South Carolina Breakfast Club (SCBC), on Sunday February 8, 2009. The SCBC is a group of airplane flyers from various areas of South Carolina and beyond who enjoy flying, sharing stories, checking out airplanes and eating. The Club meets every two weeks at different airports across the State. 
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NewsBusted Broadcast
web reposted February 12, 2009
NewsBusted – Jodi Miller's latest take on the national news of the day. Webcast provided by the Media Research Center, NewsBusters, and EdgefieldDaily.com for your viewing pleasure.
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Edgefield County Recreation Department Spring Season registration gets underway
web reposted January 22, 2009
COUNTY – Though the winter months have just begun the Edgefield County Recreation Department is gearing up for the Spring Season and sign-ups for Baseball, Softball, and Soccer are underway this coming Saturday February 14. As always EdgefieldDaily.com is the only local media outlet that provides instant download of registration forms.
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Letter to the Editor: Soccer Coach expresses thankfulness to citizens during fundraiser
web posted February 12, 2009
Dear Editor,
Joel Jolly and all the folks at Edgefield Fuel and Convenience are great! On Friday night, the Strom Thurmond High School JV and Varsity soccer players pumped gas and washed windshields for tips at the five stations in Johnston and Edgefield.
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Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan
web posted February 12, 2009
(Bloomberg) -- Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy. Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.
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Body found leads to murder investigation
web posted February 12, 2009
AIKEN – The discovery of a body Wednesday morning has now turned into a homicide investigation. Aiken Count Coroner Tim Carlton said in a prepared release that the body of a black male between the ages of 20 and 30 years of age was discovered in Windsor late Tuesday night. The body was discovered by a man picking up cans and reported his findings to Aiken authorities.
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Governor Sanford Announces Opposition to Coal-Fired Plant
web posted February 12, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today announced his opposition to a proposed coal-fired power plant to be built by Santee-Cooper in Florence County, saying that projections related to the need for the plant need to be revisited, along with the potential for harm to the state's environment.
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Barrett: Democrat Spending Bill Places a Crushing Tax Burden on Our Children
web posted February 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman J. Gresham Barrett released the following statement in response to the Senate’s vote to pass the Democrat spending bill. “The Democrat spending bill passed in the Senate today pushes the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion and places a crushing tax burden on our children."
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Coleman: Guilty in attempted murder of officers
web posted February 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The attempted murder of a Johnston Police officer and two Sheriff's Deputies trial of Charles Edward Coleman came to a conclusion Tuesday with the jury returning guilty verdicts on all counts. Though at one point it was argued that since the three officers involved never were infected with the AIDS virus it was not attempted murder, Assistant Solicitor Ervin May successfully argued that Coleman’s, “intent was clear, he even explained it to the officers,” during his closing arguments and the jury agreed.
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Deputies make arrest after report of possible kidnapping
web posted February 11, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – A New Ellenton woman called 911 to report a possible kidnapping Monday morning saying that a man had taken another woman against her will. The woman told Sheriff’s Deputies that her friend was trying to get away from her boyfriend and when she arrived to pick her up after she escaped into a wooded area the man got her to get into his car and fled the scene. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators began converging on the area in an effort to find the woman and confirm her safety. An hours long investigation lead to the arrest of Cecil Theodore Laster lll.
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Sen. Massey's Earmark Reform Plan Takes Huge Step Out Of Subcommittee
web posted February 11, 2009
STATE – On the heels of a monumental rules change mandating more roll call votes in the South Carolina Senate, the State Senate has taken another huge step toward transparency by passing Senator Shane Massey’s (R-Edgefield) earmark reform plan out of a key Finance Subcommittee.
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Johnston Police start “Not In My Neighborhood” program
web posted February 11, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department would be pleased to help anyone interest in starting a neighborhood watch group as part of our ongoing crime prevention efforts. We would like to enlist citizens as our partners in an ever-diligent fight against criminal activity in our community.
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Doughnut Determination
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted February 11, 2009
COLUMN – Motivation is something we talk about a great deal. The detective looks for a motive in the homicide, the motivational speaker hopes to motivate you to do something, and the actor tries to discover his character’s motivation for his behavior. Some people find motivation in external substances, such as the person who just cannot function without coffee in the morning. There is a way to be motivated to do most anything.
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Letter to the Editor: Mt. Vintage resident and worker praises development
web posted February 11, 2009
Dear Editor,
My wife and I moved to Mount Vintage in 1998.  I couldn’t wait to return to my Southern roots and once again grow grass in good Carolina soil.  It was an exciting time for me as I watched the first trees fall as the original eighteen holes of golf began to be constructed.  Our commitment began that year with Talmadge Knight, Bettis Rainsford and Mount Vintage, and it continues with just as much enthusiasm today.  My commitment goes beyond that of an employee since we are equity members, residents, as well as owners of additional properties.
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Sports
-Two Rebels Going to Play College Football
-Local recruits put pen to paper
-Strom Thurmond High sends Orangeburg another hard worker
web posted February 11, 2009
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Birth Announcement: Lilly Anna Smith (Photo)
web posted February 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Lilly Anna Smith, born February 8, 2009, was delivered to the proud parents of Harmony and Bill Smith upon her birth. Grandparents Bill and Laureen White are now grandparents and made the announcement on Tuesday and thanked everyone for their prayers during the pregnancy.
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NewsBusted Broadcast
web posted February 11, 2009
NewsBusted – Jodi Miller's take on the national news of the day. Webcast by the Media Research Center, NewsBusters, and EdgefieldDaily.com for your viewing pleasure
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Man on trial for attempted murder of three officers by use of AIDS virus
web posted February 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The jury trial of 38-year-old Charles Edward Coleman, who is charged with three counts of assault and battery with the intent to kill against three police officers and one count of carjacking from an incident on April 4 of 2000, got underway Monday. Mr. Coleman plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges. Circuit Judge Knox McMahon instructed the jury as the trial started as to the law and stated they were the sole judges of facts in the case.
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Watson Park light poles consume majority of Johnston Council meeting
web posted February 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their February meeting Monday night with a short agenda that ran long on time and discussions although there was only one item listed for a vote, a formality on accepting the recent audit in compliance with the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year budget.
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Sen. Fair Seeks To Make Cable TV Providers More Consumer-Friendly
web posted February 10, 2009
COLUMBIA – Senator Mike Fair (R-Greenville) introduced a bill last week to give cable TV customers more options.  The model commonly referred to as “a la carte” would give cable subscribers the ability to select on a per-channel basis, as opposed to the tiered packages currently offered. Local, public access, educational, and government channels would be included in the basic package, and customers would choose individually which channels they want to add. 
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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Presents ‘A Johnston Homecoming’
web posted February 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – The theme for this year’s Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is “A Johnston Homecoming.” This theme is designed to encourage local citizens to invite family and friends to Johnston for the weekend to enjoy all the Festival has to offer.  While the Festival provides a focal point for the weekend, it’s a time for family and friends to reconnect, especially with those who may have been away from the area.
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Driver: “I’m too drunk to do field sobriety test”
web posted February 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police Officer on patrol early Saturday morning observed a car crossing over the railroad tracks on Lee Street and drifting off the road and then back onto the road. The car then drifted into the parking lot of the Shell Station and then “corrected really hard” to get back on the road. The officer continued to follow the car.
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Goforth named “Culture of Excellence Award” winner for January (Photo)
web posted February 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – Michele Goforth, a math instructor and SAT/ACT Prep Coach, has received the honor of being named the January “Culture of Excellence Award” recipient at Strom Thurmond High School. She was nominated for the award by fellow teachers.
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Downtown Choc-Around: Back by Popular Demand
web posted February 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – There is an upcoming Edgefield event where chocolate and shopping are combined – need we say more?  It’s the return of one of the Edgefield Community Development Association’s most successful downtown events, the Downtown Choc-Around.
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Newlyweds' home destroyed in Sunday fire (Photos)
web posted February 9, 2009
WESTSIDE – A Lanham Road couple lost their home to a fire Sunday afternoon while they were away. A nearby homeowner called 911 to report the blaze just before 1 pm stating the home was “fully engulfed” in flames. Edgefield, Merriwether, and Westside Fire Departments were all called to respond. When they arrived the majority of the structure had already collapsed.
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Hilliard remains jailed on murder charge - No bond hearing as of Sunday
web posted February 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Thomas Patrick Hilliard, 27, of Johnston, who is charged with murder in the death of 30-year-old Phil “Trey” H. Herring lll, last week, has yet to have a bond hearing. According to the Edgefield County Detention Center, Mr. Hilliard had an initial hearing before the Edgefield County Magistrate last week, but the County Magistrate cannot set a bond for a murder charge. As such, Hilliard remains in custody.
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NewsBusted Broadcast considered – reader input sought
web reposted February 9, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com would like add a bit of levity to the news and is considering adding NewsBusted’s Jodi Miller and her take on the national news of the day. View the most recent broadcast and send us your feedback.
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Class of ’79 – ’89 Joint Reunion to be held - limited time to register
web posted February 9, 2009
COUNTY – A Class Reunion of the Classes of 1979 through 1989 from Strom Thurmond High School will be held June 12 and 13, 2009 and leading up to the reunion are an “Old School vs New School” Softball and Basketball game. Registration time is very limited and an application is available for download.
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Letter to the Editor: Mt. Vintage resident counters Opinion Column
web posted February 9, 2009
Dear Editor,
I just finished reading your "Emperor Has No Clothes" piece, and find your commentary to be one-sided.  I live at Mt. Vintage.  I do not defend any actions taken or avoided by Mt. Vintage, LLC leading up to the current circumstances.  It is unfortunate that some property owners have been delayed in building and/or moving into their homes due to incomplete infrastructure.  They deserve remedies for their incoveniences as do any companies that have been hurt.
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Thurmond Students win FBLA Regional Awards, Advance to State (Photo)
web posted February 9, 2009
COUNTY – Thirteen students traveled to Spartanburg, Saturday, January 31st to attend the District I FBLA Leadership Conference and Competitive Events.  These students competed in a variety of business events.  All thirteen placed in their competitive event and will be traveling to Charleston in March to compete at the State Level. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates these students on their achievements.
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Johnston Educator Wins $5,000 in Horace Mann $25K Giveaway (Photo)
web posted February 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – Horace Mann, the nation’s largest multi-line insurer serving educators, and Horace Mann representative Kevin Hunt congratulate Kim Gilley of Edgefield County School District for being a winner in their $25K Giveaway.  Kim Gilley was recently awarded a $5,000 cash prize in the sweepstakes’ grand prize drawing.
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Sports: 2009 Rebel Baseball Schedules Now Online
web posted February 9, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond High School Baseball teams are set to kick off their seasons this week and the Fighting Rebel Varsity and JV Team schedules are now available online.
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Sportsmen Overturn Blagojevich's Attempt to Sweep Conservation Funding
web posted February 9, 2009
ILLINOIS – Illinois' 1.1 million sportsmen have spoken, and it seems their voices have been heard. Approximately four months after former governor Rod Blagojevich authorized $9.25 million to be swept from six of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' dedicated conservation funds a move that could have crippled the state's natural resources and hunting and fishing industries newly sworn-in Governor Patrick Quinn overturned the decision.
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Edgefield man reports burglary
web posted February 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A Hunters Run man reported returning to his home Thursday afternoon to discover a burglary and a stolen check for over $2000 from his mailbox. Among the items reportedly stolen was a Glock Model 27 handgun. A Sheriff’s Investigator arrived on the scene shortly after the call and began obtaining information for the case.
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Edgefield County School District Eighth Graders Attend Career Fair (Photo)
web posted February 7, 2009
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County School District eighth graders from Merriwether Middle and JET Middle School attended the annual Career Fair on February 4. The event was held at JET Middle School. A total of thirty-seven community business owners and leaders were present to give the students first hand information on their specific profession.
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NewsBusted Broadcast considered – reader input sought
 web posted February 7, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com would like add a bit of levity to the news and is considering adding NewsBusted’s Jodi Miller and her take on the national news of the day. View the most recent broadcast and send us your feedback.
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The Edgefield Soil & Water Conservation District announces Scholarship
web posted February 7, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield Soil & Water Conservation District has proundly announced a Scholarship that will be available to 12th grade students in Edgefield County. Students are eligible to participate in an essay competition sponsored by the Edgefield Soil & Water Conservation District. The award for the best essay is a one time only $ 500.00 scholarship to higher Education institution of their choice.
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Merriwether Elementary rises to the challenge for food bank (Photo)
web posted February 7, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School fifth grade classes participated in the Hundred for the Hungry challenge. Each fifth grade class tried to collect 100 cans of food by the 100th day of school. Collectively the fifth grade students have collected 371 cans. Two of the classes met the 100 can challenge. All donations of canned food will be taken to the Golden Harvest Food Bank for distribution to needy families.
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County Council Townes Road vote impacts Trasportation Committee
web posted February 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Transportation Committee held their quarterly meeting Thursday and the impact of the most recent vote by the County Council requiring a fifty-foot right-of-way became a focus of discussion. The shift in road acceptance policy will likely cut the list of roads under consideration drastically.
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Bettis Academy man transported to hospital as victim of robbery attempt
web posted February 6, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Mosley Drive man was the victim of an attempted strong-armed robbery Thursday night that left him injured enough to be transported to the hospital for treatment. According to early reports, the man was attacked by three men in front of his home around 9 pm.
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Audio of Mt. Vintage presentation by Dennis Brite now online
web posted February 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – In an effort to inform readers on the full impact of the situation that is taking place at Mt. Vintage, EdgefieldDaily.com is providing the full audio of Mr. Dennis Brite’s presentation to the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night. Mr. Brite presented far more information than could be reported in our coverage in print. Due to the twenty-minute presentation, the clips have been placed in two parts.
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Edgefield County Public Library seeks young volunteers
web posted February 6, 2009
PSA – The Edgefield County Public Library is looking for young adults and teens who are interested in making it an even more warm, comfortable, and hip place to be.
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District announces Honor Rolls
web posted February 6, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the Honor Rolls for area schools for the Second Nine Weeks. EdgefieldDaily.com salutes the students for their achievements.
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Automotive Program Embarks on Second Cobra (Photo)
web posted February 6, 2009
GREENWOOD – Following on the heels of last year’s tremendously successful student-built 1965 Cobra Replica, the Automotive Technology program at Piedmont Technical College has embarked on its second effort in building a Factory Five kit. Like its predecessor, the 2009 project will be a 1965 Cobra Replica, but with its own personality. The ’79 Lamborghini-red version will have twin roll bars, a different rear-end and a different composition on the engine.
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Estate Auction Saturday, February 7, 2009
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web posted February 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for the estate of the late Mrs. Frances Schrenk, with some additions. The sale will be held at her home located at 515 Bauskett St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (HIGHWAY 25 BYPASS IN EDGEFIELD). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Bridal Fair to be held in Arts Center at the Federal Building Saturday
web reposted February 6, 2009
GREENWOOD – Uptown Greenwood and the Arts Council present the 2nd annual Bridal Fair at the Arts Center. This is the perfect opportunity for brides to satisfy any of their wedding planning needs. The event will be held on Saturday, February 7, from 1:00-4:00 PM, with a fashion show at 3:00 PM. Admission is free, and each bride will receive a welcome bag as long as supplies last. Door prizes will be given throughout the day.
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Shock: Baby born alive in botched abortion thrown in trash to die
web posted February 6, 2009
FLORIDA - What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic's owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant's umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.
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County named in legal complaint regarding Mt. Vintage
web posted February 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Dennis Brite, who spoke to the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night concerning the endless empty promises of Bettis Rainsford on behalf of Mt. Vintage Development, surprised the County Council with information of a lawsuit that names the county as a defendant. An action was filed Tuesday naming Edgefield County as a defendant along with MV Development and its owners seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.
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The Emperor has no clothes
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 5, 2009
COLUMN – As news reports document the continued problems at Mt. Vintage and the empty promises by Bettis Rainsford to those purchasing lots and the comments in the Wandering Minds Section has come under fierce attack by Mr. Rainsford, Mayor Ken Durham, and supporters of Mr. Rainsford. They tout the many good things that Mr. Rainsford has done for our county. Don’t ask me why, but the song by Janet Jackson, “What have you done for me lately,” just popped into my head.
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Citizens Invited to Join Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Committee
web posted February 5, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization, is expanding its Peach Blossom Festival by adding a new Committee that will steer the Festival. The formation of this Committee is the opportunity for any citizen to join in the preparations and work for next year’s Festival.
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SC Energy Policy Report Released
web posted February 5, 2009
WASHINGTON DC – Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell, and the members of the State Public Utilities Review Committee (“PURC”) traveled to Washington today to present a report on South Carolina’s energy resources to the members of South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation.   The PURC, a joint legislative committee chaired by Sen. Thomas Alexander, and of which Rep. Harry Cato is the Vice-Chairman, is charged with oversight of the state’s electric and gas utilities.
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FAFSA Workshop Offered at Strom Thurmond
web posted February 5, 2009
JOHNSTON – A workshop is planned to help seniors and their parents fill out the FAFSA on Thursday, February 19 at Strom Thurmond High School in the library.  Assistance will be provided by personnel from local colleges’ financial aid offices any time between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Parents and students should bring all information needed to complete the FAFSA, including 2008 tax returns and any financial statements.  Participants will actually complete the FAFSA online.  The student and one parent need to each have a PIN.  Please have this number before coming to the workshop.  A PIN can be generated at http://www.pin.ed.gov.  For more information, contact Rhonda Herlong at 275-1767.

Estate Auction Saturday, February 7, 2009
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for the estate of the late Mrs. Frances Schrenk, with some additions. The sale will be held at her home located at 515 Bauskett St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (HIGHWAY 25 BYPASS IN EDGEFIELD). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Piedmont Tech Kicks Off Black History Month Activities
web posted February 5, 2009
GREENWOOD – Students, faculty and staff at Piedmont Technical College gathered for a campus-wide Unity Feast Wednesday. The event kicked off a series of Black History Month events at the college. Simbarashe Gandari, a business student from Zimbabwe, spoke about his native country’s culture and his experiences in the U.S.
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Fox Creek: Building a Sense of Community Service and Citizenship for Students
web posted February 5, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The School Improvement Council of Fox Creek Charter High School (SIC) is proud to present the Edgefield County, North Augusta and Aiken Chambers of Commerce in the spirit of our school’s commitment to community. Our local chambers will present information on businesses, events and activities within their area.
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NWTF Board Elections Final
web posted February 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Elections for three members for the National Wild Turkey Federation's board of directors are final. NWTF members cast their votes and elected Dr. Frank A. Coble of Illinois, and re-elected Gene Denton of Arkansas and Dave Mahlke of Minnesota.
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Comprehensive Tax Reform Headed To Full Senate
web posted February 5, 2009
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee took a huge step Tuesday in brining comprehensive tax reform to the state’s tax structure when it passed the Leatherman TRAC Plan onto the full Senate.  Hailed by editorial boards across the state, Senator Hugh Leatherman’s (R-Florence) plan creates the Tax Realignment Commission, a team of experts who will examine the state’s complicated tax code and make recommendations on how to best improve reform it for economic prosperity.
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Accused kidnapper a “free man” (Photo)
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Brian Bennett, the 31-year-old California man accused of kidnapping a Johnston teen in September of last year, is a free man today. According to Assistant Solicitor Ervin May, all charges have been dropped. Bennett was arrested after a massive search that crossed the country after 17-year-old Latasha Lynn Hilliard called her stepfather and reported she was being followed and disappeared. Days later a frantic cell phone call to her mother was received saying she was in Tennessee and had been kidnapped. The manhunt began.
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Cooper Guilty: Three years for taped beating of naked foster child (Photo)
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The case of Belinda Cooper, a foster home mother accused of beating a nude 12-year-old foster child and captured on video in February of 2007, was brought to an end on Tuesday. Mrs. Cooper plead guilty a single count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature before Circuit Court Judge William Keesley who asked, “are you guilty of this?” Mrs. Cooper replied, “Yes sir.”
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County requests performance bond of Mt. Vintage in ongoing dispute
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Issue of the failure of Mt. Vintage to complete the infrastructure of the “New Nine” at Mt. Vintage was on the Edgefield County Council agenda again Tuesday night with a massive number of the development’s residents on hand and conspicuously absent from the meeting was the man at the center of the debacle, Bettis Rainsford. Dennis Brite, who brought the matter before the county council last month was polite as always, but far more pointed in his comments. “This is my last presentation to the council on this matter,” Brite said adding that the only option the county does not have is to “sit on the sidelines and be a spectator.”
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County Council puts the “nails in the coffin” on Townes Road paving
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council rehashed a twenty-one year debate on the paving of Townes Road for the last time Tuesday night. The debate on the road paving has surrounded whether or not the county would grant a variance to allow the paving of the road with a thirty-foot right-of-way. All hopes were dashed for those living on the road when it was stated that the county had only between 18 and 20 feet of right-of-way through the initial portion of the road and the families owning the property were not going to grant the county to any more land.
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New head of ER likes small town atmosphere
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Dr. Shane Mull took the path less traveled to a career in medicine.
Instead, before even considered medical school he was "Full Speed Ahead" in the U.S. Navy. These days, his mornings (and some nights) are still spent around the glow of complicated machinery.
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Senators McConnell, Alexander Will Lead Delegation To Washington To Discuss Energy Issues
web posted February 4, 2009
WASHINGTON D.C. – Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) and Senator Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee) announced Monday that they will lead a delegation of South Carolina legislators and others to meet with the state’s Congressional delegation in Washington, DC to discuss future energy policy.  The unprecedented meeting was requested by Senator Glenn McConnell and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to present a report of the state’s public utilities and to discuss concerns related to federal policy that could impact South Carolina’s energy sources.
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HALO and scripture
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted February 4, 2009
COLUMN – By the time of this reading, you have probably already heard the story of Daniel Pharr, who is serving at Ft. Gordon in Augusta, GA. As you may know, his girlfriend gave him a parachute jump for a Christmas present. He went on that jump this week, but he got more adventure than expected.
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Macedonia area, community discuss fate of 'The Center'
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A meeting Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church to discuss the future of the Colored Community Center located across the street from the church ended with plans for yet another meeting. The next meeting will take place Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church to form a Board and try to go ahead with plans to reorganize the Colored Community Center.
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MFF: A shoulder to lean on
web posted February 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – I'm out here on the front lines ... sleep in peace tonight." Singer Toby Keith's words travel across the room much like the military transport flying across the television screen as as the country music video for his song "American Soldier" comes to a solemn end.
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Meeting Notice
web posted February 4, 2009
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. to consider a rezoning classification for Edgefield County Tax Map Number 137-02-01-011, located on Simkins Street, belonging to Mary Altalo, and to consider the zone for property being annexed into town limits located on Highway 25 North, Edgefield County Tax Map Numbers 136-00-01-023, 024, & 025, belonging to Tiger Land, LLC.  The meeting will be held at Town Hall (rear entrance), 400 Main Street, Edgefield, SC.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

Charged: Hilliard served with murder warrant in deadly fight (Photo)
 web posted February 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A formal murder warrant was issued and served Monday afternoon on Thomas Patrick Hilliard, 27, of Johnston, in the death of 30-year-old Phil H. Herring lll. Mr. Herring suffered a severe head wound after reportedly falling backwards striking his head on the pavement after being struck by Mr. Hilliard in a fight. Edgefield Coroner Thurmond Burnett confirmed the cause of death was the head trauma.
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Rainsford, church rezoning shot down by lack of motion by Edgefield Town Council
web posted February 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their regular monthly meeting and a public hearing on two pieces of property at the end of Penn Street, which took a majority of the time for the short meeting. At issue were two parcels of property, one owned by the Edgefield Presbyterian Church and property across the street owned by Bettis Rainsford Jr. that wanted to be changed from R-1 to R-4. The town’s planning commission rejected the change and it was brought to the town council seeking aproval as required.
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County dump truck overturns, blocks highway (Photos)
web posted February 3, 2009
COUNTY – A driver of a county dump truck emptied a load of gravel on Monday, unfortunately it was not at the location planned. While traveling west on Highway 430 the driver reportedly looked off to the woods on the side of the road and ended up running off the right hand side of the road causing him to lose control and slide down and embankment. The driver then attempted to re-enter the roadway and then lost total control and ended up flipping the truck on its side in the eastbound lane.
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Cake winner for February announced - Bailey Parr chosen as Birthday winner
web posted February 3, 2009
WEBNEWS – The February cake winner entry is: "A Happy birthday to Bailey Parr we love you very much:  Papa Billy, Grandmama Tina, Makayla, Hailey, and Chloe". For Baily Parr to claim the cake the winner or the person sending in the wish must contact EdgefieldDaily.com within 48 hours for instructions of how to claim their prize.
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“Parent University” to be held Feb. 28
web posted February 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Third Annual Edgefield County School District Educational Summit – “Parent University” will be held on February 28, 2009 at JET Middle School. The day will begin with registration from 9:00 am – 9:30. Guests will be able to view and receive handouts at exhibits from community agencies and service areas in the cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served.
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Cousin thwarts theft
web posted February 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A theft at a home on the 600 block of Columbia Road was thwarted when a family member noticed some suspicious activity at his cousin’s home. The Edgefield man called to report that someone was stealing a paint sprayer from the home and then drove to the location and confronted the suspect. A move not widely encouraged by law enforcement. As he approached the suspect jumped into a waiting truck and sped away with the lights off, reports state.
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Thieves target landscaping
web posted February 3, 2009
MERRIWETHER – It is bad enough that thieves will break into a home to steal, but a report over the weekend has a developer reporting the landscaping being taken. Over $1,700 worth of trees, grass, and shrubs had been uprooted and removed.
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Two Strom Thurmond Juniors named Winners in writing competition
web posted February 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – Two Strom Thurmond High School juniors, Mary Mickelson and Sarah Turner, have been recognized as contest winners for their essays honoring Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The competition was sponsored by the Nancy Carson Library, which was selected to host a traveling Lincoln exhibit, one of only forty such exhibitions in the United States celebrating the sixteenth President's 200th birthday.
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W.E. Parker Elementary School Receives $5,000 Grant from Lowe’s (Photo)
web posted February 3, 2009
MERRIWETHER – W.E. Parker Elementary School has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for a project entitled "Planting Parker Pride" which will renovate a large courtyard area on the school grounds. "We are thrilled to announce that Lowe’s has awarded our PTO funding to renovate and create a beautiful outdoor learning environment for our students. We wish to thank LOWES, our PTO, and our School Improvement Council for their efforts and support of W. E. Parker Elementary School," said Principal Gaye Holmes.
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Murder charge possible after man dies from fight
web posted February 2, 2009 - 9:05 am
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett has released the name of the man killed during a fight early Sunday morning. Phil H. Herring lll, 30, was pronounced dead at the MCG Trauma Center Sunday. Mr. Burnett said the cause of death was severe head trauma. An autopsy will be performed in Newberry. Thomas Patrick Hilliard, 27, is currently in custody and possibly facing a charge of murder.
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Fight leaves one man dead, one man arrested
web posted February 1, 2009 - 7:25 pm
JOHNSTON – A fight at the Budget Inn on Lee Street Sunday morning has left one man in jail and second man dead. Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a fight in progress at the lodging’s parking lot around 12:15 am and arrived to find a man down with a severe head wound. EMS was asked to “step it up” in their response by officers. As police sorted out what had taken place the injured man was treated and rushed to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta. Several surgeries to save his life failed.
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Edgefield Town Square camera online: Reader sends in unpublished link
web posted February 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A reader has sent in a link to the Edgefield Town Square Live Webcam though it has not been made official. EdgefieldDaily.com checked the links provided and found the content to be accurate. The links provided may not be the official links and may be subject to change, however they are functional at this time.
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ERA Theatre Oyster Roast Fundraiser a success (Photos)
web posted February 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Regional Arts (ERA) held it Oyster Roast fundraiser on the Edgefield Town Square Saturday with a great turnout in their drive to raise $256,000 to purchase the historic former Edgefield Advertiser building in an attempt to convert it into a Performing Arts Theatre. Organizers sold at least 100 of the $15 tickets before then event and an additional 30 to 40 tickets at the gate by 2 pm.
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Aiken County suffers second traffic fatality this year
web posted February 2, 2009
AIKEN – A 62-year-old has become the second fatality on Aiken County Roads after an early morning crash on New Holland Drive around 8 am Sunday morning. Roger D. Smith, was pronounced dead on the scene in the single vehicle crash.
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South Carolina Family Farm Wins National Environment Award
web posted February 2, 2009
PHOENIX AZ – Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, S.C., is the 2009 National Environmental Stewardship Award winner. The family was recognized today at the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention for its “whole-farm” commitment and leadership in conserving natural resources.
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Elderly Legal Services Program available
web posted February 2, 2009
COUNTY – The upper Savannah Elderly Legal Services are available in the Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, and Saluda Counties for senior citizens age 60 or older. The Elderly Legal Services Program can pay for legal fees to participating attorneys through funding from the Older Americans Act.
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Estate Auction Saturday, February 7, 2009
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for the estate of the late Mrs. Frances Schrenk, with some additions. The sale will be held at her home located at 515 Bauskett St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (HIGHWAY 25 BYPASS IN EDGEFIELD). Look for signs!! Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM til sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!!  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Mike Malloy: a preacher of hate
By Carl Langley
web posted February 2, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Several years ago I made an investment in satellite radio, following in the footsteps of a friend who told me about the joys of listening to a service that offered a wide range of listening options. I became a Sirius subscriber after learning the system carried more than 100 channels, including among them stations that feature music from the 1940s and 1950s decades - the happy, carefree days of my youth.
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Discovery Center to Host Book Signing
web posted February 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Freshwater Coast Discovery Center will host a book signing event for “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full” with authors Aïda Rogers and Tim Driggers on February 7, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
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Students Hear Governor’s School Information (Photo)
web posted February 2, 2009
JOHNSTON – Mrs. Rhonda Herlong, ST Career Center Guidance Counselor scheduled a special meeting for students to hear representatives from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities last week.
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