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February 2010 Archive

Unstable radio tower closes roads, hinders investigation into Johnston fire
web posted February 27, 2010
JOHNSTON – The aftermath of the downtown fire in Johnston Wednesday night continued well into Thursday as the guide wires to a radio tower that loomed overhead were melted causing the tower to sway in the windy conditions. Johnston Police closed Calhoun Street and Railroad Avenue between Bland Avenue and Edisto Street until the tower could be disassembled.
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Aiken County man dies from injuries in Feb. 12 crash
web posted February 27, 2010
AIKEN – A 32-year-old Barnwell man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single car crash in Aiken County two weeks ago. Jerica Tyler, of Old Ninety Six Trail Road, was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia on Friday. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the cause of death was multiple body trauma.
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Sweetwater Baptist Annual Wild Game Supper tonight
web posted February 27, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The enormously popular Wild Game Supper at the Sweetwater Baptist Church will be held this Saturday at 5 pm under “the big tent”. This year the headline speaker will be Christian Comedian Dennis Swanberg, "America's Minister of Encouragement." Last year’s even drew nearly a thousand people to enjoy the selection of wild game offerings, fellowship, and door prizes.
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Republican Women hold Congressional Candidate Q&A
web posted February 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Republican Women held their second meeting and a candidate forum with four candidates for the US District 3 Congressional seat. Mary Alice Pettigrew welcomed everyone to the meeting and after a brief dinner period opened the forum by inviting the candidates to the podium to explain their platforms before presenting them with questions on pressing issues facing our state and nation.
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Second brother arrested in Charleston for Edgefield County Grand Larceny
web posted February 26, 2010
CHARLESTON – The arrest of one brother involved in the discovery of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property has led to the arrest of the second who is now in custody. Noe Oscar Aguinaga, 26, was taken into custody without incident at a motel in North Charleston on Wednesday afternoon and by midnight his brother, Marcos Herberto Aguinaga, 23, was arrested by Charleston Police.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lona T. Whittle of Johnston, S.C. The sale will be held at her home located at 504 Bland Avenue, Johnston, S.C. 29832 on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 am. There are many very nice pieces of furniture and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Johnston Lions Club to host Candidate Forum March 18
web posted February 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Lions Club will be hosting a candidate forum for Johnston Mayor and Town Council candidates on March 18 at 7 pm at the Johnston Lions Club on Edisto Street.
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Obituary: Jacob Daniel Crane
Son of Edgefield Daily Sports writer
web posted February 26, 2010
SPARTANBURG – Entered into rest on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Master Jacob Daniel Crane precious baby boy of Timothy Daniel and Katrina Bishop Crane of Spartanburg S.C.
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Fire breaks out in Downtown Johnston, railway traffic halted during emergency
web posted February 25, 2010
JOHNSTON – A major fire broke out in the downtown business district in Johnston Wednesday night after dispatchers received a call stating a restaurant on Calhoun Street may be on fire shortly before 8 pm. Johnston Police arrived moments later stating the building was “fully engulfed” in flames and called for firefighters. Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton Fire Departments responded to the call with the Merriwether Fire Department placing a truck on call.
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Tip leads to arrest of local wanted man in Charleston
web posted February 25, 2010
NORTH CHARLESTON – One of two brothers sought in connection to a large cache of stolen property recovered at a home on Murrah Forest Drive in November of 2009 is now in custody after a tip from a caller in Charleston. Noe Oscar Aguinaga, 26, was taken into custody without incident at a motel in North Charleston. He is awaiting transport back to Edgefield County to face a charge of grand larceny in relation to the recovered property.
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Car chase leads to arrest, multiple charges on Trenton man
web posted February 25, 2010
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol on Bream Oak Drive spotted a silver car with paper tags traveling on Windy Ridge Road that appeared suspicious around 3:30 Wednesday morning. The deputy pulled in behind the car and observed it run off the road and then drive “left of center” before attempting to make a traffic stop.  The driver refused to stop.
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Edgefield County Republican Women meet Tonight
web posted February 25, 2010
PSA- JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Republican Women will be sponsoring a dinner meeting at the Pine Ridge Country Club on tonight at 6:15 pm. State Sen. Shane Massey will be featured as one of the speakers. Other speakers will be announced. The meeting is open to the public.

After a Brain Injury, What’s Next?
By: Dr. Andrew Dennison
web posted February 24, 2010
AUGUSTA – A car accident. A bad tackle. A fall. A brain injury can happen in a split second when someone’s attention wanders while driving, when a football player decides to dive for the ball, or when an older person slips and falls the wrong way. And as much as we may like to think it, a brain injury isn’t a condition that only happens to other people. We’ve all seen the stories in the media, including some local stories about a concussion gone wrong or a tragic accident resulting in a young person’s life put on pause.
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Umpires sought for Dixie Youth Baseball
web posted February 25, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Department’s Dixie Youth Baseball Programs participate in District 3 in South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball. All Umpires are certified through Dixie Youth Baseball. We are currently looking for a few more umpires for the upcoming season. Our District 3 Umpire director will be conducting a certification class the first weekend in March.  If anyone is interested in Umpiring Dixie Youth Baseball please give Nick Wates a call at (803) 637-2621 for more details.

Women in Unity Annual Banquet Fundraiser this Saturday
web posted February 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Women in Unity organization that provides after school tutoring and mentoring will be holding their annual fundraising banquet at the A. W. Nicholson Building at Bettis Academy this Saturday night. The event will begin at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 10 years of age and younger. Call 803-637-2010 or 803-480-2862 for more information.

Fire strikes downtown Johnston
web posted February 24, 2010 - 8:15 pm
JOHNSTON – A major fire has broken out in downtown Johnston shortly before 8 pm and at least one building if fully engulfed in flames. Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton Fire Departments are on the scene battling the blaze. According to avilable information, the Mexican Restaurant situated between Clarks Cuts and Kennels and Bland Furniture is the building where the fire broke out. We will have more on this breaking story as it becomes available.

Trenton woman reports burglary while she slept
web posted February 24, 2010
TRENTON – A Courtney Road woman reported someone entering her home as she slept and stealing her pocketbook, cash, and other items sometime Monday night. It is believed the person or persons entered the home through a door that was unsecured.
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Five injured in early morning four-car collision
web posted February 23, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A four-car collision at the intersection of Murrah Road and Five Notch Road Tuesday morning left five people injured. With foggy conditions and limited visibility Sheriff’s Deputies and Merriwether Firefighters closed off traffic around the location until the scene and injured could be cleared.
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Strom Thurmond Career Center Holds Advisory Committee Meeting
web posted February 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – Mr. Willie Green, Strom Thurmond Career Center Director and instructors of the Career Center gathered with community business leaders on February 18 for an Advisory Committee Meeting. Those in attendance enjoyed dinner and were presented a presentation on course offerings and highlights of each department at the school.
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Religion: I Have a Huge Head
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 24, 2010
RELIGION – I have a large head, not egotistically, but spatially. I have a watermelon sitting on shoulders. It shows up on Google Earth images. You want proof of how large my head is. It was almost impossible to fit into a football helmet. Each year I tried on a dozen helmets, adjusted the padding to try and get a fit on this beach ball of mine. Usually for the first few weeks of football my forehead would rub raw from the tight fitting helmet. But, it had to be endured. Why, because playing football without a helmet is not an option. Getting hit in the head is just not good for anyone!
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lona T. Whittle of Johnston, S.C. The sale will be held at her home located at 504 Bland Avenue, Johnston, S.C. 29832 on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 am. There are many very nice pieces of furniture and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Strom Thurmond High School January Students Of The Month
web posted February 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to recognize the January Students of the Month. These students are selected by teachers for displaying outstanding leadership and citizenship characteristics.
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Career Center Students Present Dental Program
web posted February 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career Center Health Science Technology senior students presented a dental program to forty Kindergarten students at Johnston Elementary. The presentation consisted of information on proper dental hygiene and making sure the students knew the importance of regular visits to a dentist.
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Suspected burglar arrested
web posted February 23, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – A man wanted in connection to a February 9 burglary on Edgefield Road has been arrested and charged with the crime. 19-year-old Fabian Delon Curry was arrested at his home on Bettis Academy Extension on Saturday. His brother, Bryant Curry, 33, was also arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after continuing to yell profanities at deputies conducting the arrest outside the family home.
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Edgefield’s Birthday Bash: Celebrating 225 Years of Historic Edgefield and Edgefield County
web posted February 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – On Saturday, March 20th at the Edgefield Gym, the Edgefield Community Development Association is hosting a birthday bash in honor of Historic Edgefield and Edgefield County’s 225 years of history.  With the generous support from Mayor Ken Durham and the Town of Edgefield, the Edgefield Community Development Association is able to recognize this special event for our citizens and the county at large.
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Lt. Governor Andre Bauer to speak at Edgefield Alliance meeting
web posted February 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance invites you to their monthly meeting Monday, March 1st, at 7:30 a.m. at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus. South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer will speak on the programs available for Senior Citizens in South Carolina and Mr. John Shields of Shields Design, LLC of Boston Massachusetts, will give an overview of the 2009 Master Plan for the riverfront areas of Augusta and North Augusta.
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Entertainers: We Want You at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 23, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival is ready dance, sing, juggle and otherwise genuinely entertain patrons at this year’s event. To meet that goal, the Festival wants to feature talented people, local and not-so local, as part of the day-long entertainment in the 27th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 1.
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Gun stolen in Cooper Loop burglary
web posted February 23, 2010
COUNTY LINE – A Cooper Loop man called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary to his home on Friday afternoon. According to the homeowner, the burglary took place the day before but he did not call because he did not notice anything missing until he discovered a rifle was taken.
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Letter to the Editor: Family member responds to Letter on Hilliard conviction
web posted February 23, 2010
Dear Editor,
I would like to comment on the letter to the editor written by Jerry Allen. To correct his first sentence, Trey and Thomas were not friends and never had been friends. They may have been acquaintances but nothing more which maybe you should look up  the meaning in the dictionary. Your next sentence, evidently you did not go to the trial and you do not know any of the facts. Thanks to the jurors they did use their common sense.
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Merriwether Middle School Homecoming Queen and Court
web posted February 23, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Middle School held their annual Homecoming celebration this month and named the 2010 Homecoming Court. This year Kernesha Pizley was crowned Homecoming Queen.
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Found Kitten
web posted February 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Yellow tabby kitten found near the Square on Friday evening. Appears to be 3 - 4 months old. Very loving and already a lap kitty. Please call 637-5806 or 803-270-0607.

Educators, Lawmakers call for Substitute Teacher Screening
Submitted Article:  February 23, 2010
COLUMBIA – Parents need to be certain that classrooms are a safe place to learn. That is the rallying call sounded by a group of education activists, school officials, and state lawmakers who want substitute teachers working in public schools to receive criminal background checks before they arrive on campus.
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JET Talent Show March 4-5
web posted February 23, 2010
JOHNSTON – JET Middle School will be holding a two-day Talent Show on March 4 and 5 at the school cafeteria beginning each night at 7 pm. Tickets will be sold in advance for the shows.
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Oysters, Live Music draws crowds to Town Square
web posted February 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theater Company held another of its very popular oyster roast fundraisers on Saturday with clear skies and warm temperatures. As the cookers heated up the people started gathering and before long the delectable clusters of steaming hot oysters started filling the tables.
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Sweetwater Baptist Annual Wild Game Supper set for this Saturday
web posted February 22, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The enormously popular Wild Game Supper at the Sweetwater Baptist Church will be held this Saturday at 5 pm under “the big tent”. This year the headline speaker will be Christian Comedian Dennis Swanberg, "America's Minister of Encouragement." Last year’s even drew nearly a thousand people to enjoy the selection of wild game offerings, fellowship, and door prizes.
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Dean Campbell: "I will run for County Council as a Republican"
By Dist. 3 County Council Candidate Dean Campbell
web posted February 22, 2010
GUEST COLUMN – I will run for Edgefield County Council as a Republican. I did not put party affiliation into my original announcement that I was running for County Council because I want people to focus on the person first. Therefore, you should know I am excited about running for County Council, and I am passionate about the positive changes we can make together to move our County forward in many areas.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 22, 2010
JOHNSTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lona T. Whittle of Johnston, S.C. The sale will be held at her home located at 504 Bland Avenue, Johnston, S.C. 29832 on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 am. There are many very nice pieces of furniture and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

4th Annual Shamrock Run\Walk March 13
Registration forms available online
web posted February 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The 4th Annual Shamrock Run is just around the corner and registration forms to participate are now available. This year’s event is being dedicated to the memory of Jeff Daniels and all proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. Kerry Klein, who organizes the event, said registration fees have been lowered this year to just $10 and cash prizes will be handed out to the top male and female participants in nine categories.
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More Turkeys Flock to Edgefield
web posted February 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Three more giant turkeys have taken up roost on the Edgefield Town Square this week. Crouch Hardware, Mercy Me!, and Paperwhites saw the turkeys they sponsored being anchored down Friday and they have been quite attention grabbers and the topic of discussions ever since. Sam Crouch said he was thrilled with his turkey, but thought Mercy Me! has one discussed the most. “It’s something else,” Mr. Couch said.
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EdgefieldDaily.com prepares for 6th Anniversary
web posted February 22, 2010
COLUMN – It is hard to believe six years have flown by since EdgefieldDaily.com was launched, but it has. What started out as a simple internet news service has now grown to be the most widely read news publication in Edgefield County and it is all due to our readers, contributing columnists and reporters, advertisers, and a little hard work and perseverance. On behalf of everyone that makes EdgefieldDaily.com possible each day let me say thank you for another record breaking year.
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Hammond Grove Baptist Church Honored With State Award for Volunteer Work
web posted February 22, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – Two hundred and eight lunches and Bible studies. Forty-eight shopping trips. And 40-plus hearts touched. Over the past four years, that is the measure in numbers of the dedication of Hammond Grove Baptist Church to the senior residents of Vincent Village, Walton Rehabilitation Health System’s affordable/accessible living apartment complex in North Augusta.
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Sex Offender Registry updated
web posted February 22, 2010
WEBNEWS – The Edgefield County Sex Offender Registry has been updated. A link to the page remains in our navigational menu on the left side of the Headlines page just below the Info Now button.
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Online Virus Alert
web posted February 22, 2010
WEBNEWS – An internet virus is being spread via an email purporting to be from UPS under the subject line “UPS Delivery Problem NR 22019” from: "Support Christian Emerson" with a sender address of delivery@ups.com. If you receive an email with the above designations delete it immediately.

No Headlines for Saturday
web posted February 20, 2010

Three arrested in drug bust: gun, cash, drugs seized
web posted February 19, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – Three people have been arrested and marijuana, pills, cash, an illegal gun, and a car were seized as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. Wesley Eugene Quattlebaum, 20, Billy Steven Padgett, 21, and Kelly Michelle Bush, 19 were taken into custody on Bettis Academy Road last Thursday night. A report on the bust was delayed in order to protect the ongoing investigation.
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Suspected Merriwether burglar arrested in Aiken
web posted February 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An arrest has been made in two burglaries at the same Sweetwater Court home in Merriwether that took place in late January and December. 19-year-old Eddie Brockington, of Aiken, was taken into custody by Aiken County Authorities on Wednesday and turned over to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.
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Edgefield County School District Second Nine Weeks Honor Rolls Released
web posted February 19, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the Honor Rolls for public schools for the second nine weeks grading period. We congratulate these students for their hard work and achievement as they strive to excel in their academic studies.
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Letter to the Editor: Hilliard sentence "wrong"
web posted February 19, 2010
Dear Editor,
I read where the Hilliard boy received Ten years for an unfortunate event between friends that ended in the death of the other. I evidently don’t know all the facts about this case or Edgefield county is thinking more like California or New York every day. Where is common sense these days? 
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Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina
web posted February 19, 2010
CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas. It is unclear whether the men are still in custody. The five were part of the Arabic Translation program at the base.
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Identity of fatality victim released
web posted February 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The man killed after being struck by a car late Tuesday night on Long Cane Road has been identified as 35-year-old Michael Anthony Butler, of Long Cane Road, Johnston, Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Wednesday. An official cause of death has not been released at this time, although Coroner Thurmond Burnett said shortly after the incident he expects “multiple body trauma”, to be the finding.
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Former Trenton Resident Passes Away
Wife of former Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Trenton
web posted February 18, 2010
LAMAR – Ruth Jones Daniel of Lamar, beloved wife of Rev. Billy Daniel, passed into the loving arms of her Savior following a sudden illness on January 13.  Mrs. Daniel was born to the late Jacob Rowell and Bessie Jordan Jones of Galivants Ferry on May 23, 1937.
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Deadbeat dad sentenced to nine months
web posted February 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Family Court got underway this week and one of the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted, Thomas Franklin Gay, 30, has been sentenced to nine months behind bars for failure to pay nearly $29,000 in back child support.
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Edgefield County's Little Junior Miss February 27
web posted February 18, 2010
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County's Junior Miss Scholarship Program presents Edgefield County's Little Junior Miss on Saturday, February 27th 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the STHS cafeteria. Any girls K4-5th grade are welcome to participate. Practice will be held Friday night, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. at STHS. Applications are available in the school office. Entry is $30 per child. For more information, contact Sandy Williams at 803-275-4052 or email edgefieldcojrmiss@yahoo.com

Merriwether: prescription drug thefts rise
web posted February 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A New Delaughter Road man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office for the second time in three days to report someone entering his home and stealing medication, namely hydrocodone. Three other thefts have also been reported recently.
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Car engine, motorcycle reported stolen in Trenton
web posted February 18, 2010
TRENTON – A Lyons Gate Drive man notified the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday of a motorcycle and a car engine stolen from this property sometime between February 1 and February 16. The actual thefts took place on property located on the 500 block of Williams Road in Trenton.
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Bill would replace US dollars with gold and silver in SC
web posted February 18, 2010
COLUMBIA – According to The Palmetto Scoop, South Carolina will no longer recognize U.S. currency as legal tender, if State Rep. Mike Pitts has his way. Pitts, a fourth-term Republican from Laurens, introduced legislation earlier this month that would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.
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National MS Society Asks Aiken to Take Steps to Help Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis
web posted February 18, 2010
AIKEN – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, has set the dates of Aiken Walk MS for spring 2010.  Walkers and volunteers will take another step in the movement against MS by uniting for a 1-5 mile walk to raise money and promote awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
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Local man killed after being struck by motorist near Johnston
web posted February 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County saw its first fatality on area roads this year after a pedestrian was struck by a passing motorist around 11:30 pm on Long Cane Road. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the 35-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene and the initial cause of death is expected to be multiple body trauma. “We’ll know more after the autopsy,” he said.
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Rep. Don Smith not seeking re-election; Bill Hixon jumps into race
web posted February 17, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – Ten year veteran State District 83 Representative Don Smith (R) has announced he will not be seeking another term. That has lead North Augusta businessman Bill Hixon to make it known he intends to enter the race to replace Smith. At this time no others have made their intentions known and filing for the election will not take place until next month.
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Gov. Sanford Urges Obama Administration, Congress to Keep Yucca Mountain Commitment
web posted February 17, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford joined members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, members of the General Assembly, and other state and local officials on Tuesday publicly urging President Obama and Congress to recommit to the near quarter-century bipartisan plan for nuclear waste storage in Yucca Mountain.
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Wardlaw names new Headmaster
web posted February 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – Wardlaw Academy has announced Stanley J. Whitlock of Cumming, Georgia, as the new headmaster for the 2010-'11 school year. Mr. Whitlock is originally from the Laurens area of South Carolina and possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education and Health from Madison University and a Master's of Education from Western Governors University.
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Republicans hear from candidate, supporters at quarterly meeting
web posted February 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party held their first quarterly meeting of the year Tuesday night with several local elected officials present as well as Dr. Mike Vasovski, a candidate for the US District 3 Congressional seat. Grayson Kelly spoke on behalf of US Rep. Gresham Barrett’s gubernatorial race and Cathy Wooley spoke on behalf of US Congressional candidate Rex Rice. Caleb Paxton, Regional Director of Conservatives In Action, also spoke to attendees.
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Report of suspicious car leads to chase
web posted February 17, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A call of a suspicious vehicle in Murphy Village ended up leading to a short chase and a North Augusta man behind bars. Dispatchers received the call around 6:30 pm placing the car along Miller Street. A Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling the area spotted the Honda Accord parked and when he approached the car the driver “sped off”.
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Religion: The Apple Story
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 17, 2010
RELIGION – “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong.  (14)  Your every action must be done with love. 1 Cor 16:13-14” - “Be alert”, as I read that verse, one embarrassing moment comes to mind. I guess I can share it here. I was in tenth grade standing out in the courtyard of my high school with a friend and noticed that some guys were throwing fruit at people. All kinds, whatever came in their bag lunch. At first it was kind of funny seeing people get hit, but all of a sudden I saw fruit incoming and I just froze. That piece of fruit (an apple), hit me right in my crotch: go ahead laugh it up!
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Morris sentenced to 2 years in molestation case
web posted February 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An accused child molester is no longer accused after pleading guilty on one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature that stemmed from a September 17, 2007 incident involving a teenage boy in Johnston. Perry Craig Morris, 55, was originally charged with criminal sexual conduct on minor and assault with the intent to commit a lewd act on minor.
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Memory Lane home reported burglarized
web posted February 16, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Memory Lane man reported a burglary to the home on Sunday evening. According to information provided, the burglary took place between 9 am Friday morning and 7 pm Sunday and a shotgun and gaming system were found missing when he arrived after being out of town.
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Bill banning texting while driving moves forward
web posted February 16, 2010
COLUMBIA – A Senate Judiciary subcommittee passed a bill that would ban text messaging by all drivers in South Carolina late last week. The state’s roads rank among the most dangerous in the country. If the bill makes its way into law, it would go a long way toward making South Carolina’s roadways safer. Would it have made any difference to a single car crash in Trenton on Sunday morning when a Clemson student lost control of the car they were driving while texting?
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County Recreation Signups continue this Saturday due to snow
web posted February 16, 2010
COUNTY – Due to weather Edgefield County Recreation has extended the spring sports registration's through this Saturday, February 20th. The baseball and girls Softball signups will be held at the Edgefield Baseball Complex, Bettis Park and the Johnston National Guard Armory. Youth Soccer will be held at the Soccer complex in Edgefield. All locations will be from 10 am to 12 noon. A baseball camp for kids ages 7-12 will be held at the Edgefield Baseball complex this Saturday. Registration for the camp is at 8 am. The camp runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday.
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Edgefield couple arrested after stealing “bloody” movies Saturday night
web posted February 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Movie Gallery in the Apple Square Shopping Center Saturday night after the manager and an employee reported a man and a woman stealing several movies and walking out of the store. The manager was able to name the two suspects as she is married to a family member of the male suspect and personally knew the woman.
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Local Libraries packed with fun and learning
web posted February 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Library System has many opportunities for the young and old including a “Date Night” for parents to watch a romantic comedy on the “big screen” while children are entertained with games and crafts. Below is a list of upcoming events, dates, and times.
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Commercial Art Program Adds Gaming and Animation Certificate
web posted February 16, 2010
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College has added a new certificate to the commercial art program that will provide the first steppingstone for students interested in entering the world of computer graphics, animation and gaming development.
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Campbell Announces Run For Edgefield County Council
web posted February 15, 2010
JOHNSTON – Former Johnston Mayor Dean Campbell announces he will seek election to the District 3 Edgefield County Council seat, saying he wants to work with citizens to ensure Edgefield County continues to grow and improve. “In my 10 years as mayor, I worked tirelessly to do the work citizens asked me to do,” Campbell said. “I’m proud of what was accomplished during my tenure. Now, I want to bring new ideas and fresh leadership to the County Council.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Blues singer killed in single vehicle crash
web posted February 15, 2010
AIKEN – A popular Blues singer became the second person to die this year on Aiken County roads after a single vehicle crash Sunday morning on Interstate 20 near the 26 mile marker. Mr. David A. Thompson (Lil’ Dave), of Greenville Mississippi, was the front seat passenger of a 2003 Ford Van driven by Allen Hite of Leeland, Mississippi, when he lost control. Mr. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from the vehicle, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Recon: A puppy rescue from Afghanistan
web posted February 15, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Rick Miller, a customs broker and Merriwether Volunteer Fireman, was just one of many who took an active roll in rescuing a puppy that was adopted by a platoon of US soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan."Recon" has helped galvanize the unit that has had four men killed and nearly a dozen others wounded during their deployment. The 8-month-old mixed breed dog is now in Atlanta awaiting the return of his adoptive platoon due to come home in March. Mr. Miller drove to New Jersey to pick Recon up once he arrived in the US.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon Permit class in Edgefield
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lesson Plans: Teachers - Heroes in Classrooms
web posted February 15, 2010
By Ben Dawson
COLUMNIST – In a day when so many of our society’s shortcomings are blamed on education, I’d like to say that I love teachers with all my heart.  Every day I see heroes in classrooms and school systems all around me; very seldom do you actually hear about their great impact.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Invited to Attend Annual Pancake Supper
web posted February 15, 2010
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Episcopal Church of the Ridge will be hosting the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 16th from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Edgefield. Admission is $3 per person and “carry-out” plates will be available. Please come and join us.

Oyster Roast, Live Music on Edgefield Town Square Saturday
web posted February 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theatre Company will be holding another Oyster Roast this Saturday on the Edgefield Town Square to raise money to bring a community theatre to Edgefield. There will be oysters, chili, drinks, and live music by Chuck Holt. Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved by phone.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Found Dog
web posted February 15, 2010
MERRIWETHER - Found Female Black Lab on Martintown Road. Please phone 803-279-5732 to identify.

"Most Transparent" Pres. Obama signs bill raising debt limit to over $14 Trillion behind Closed Doors
web posted February 15, 2010
WASHINGTON DC - Behind closed doors and with no cameras present, President Obama signed into law Friday afternoon the bill raising the public debt limit from $12.394 trillion to $14.294 trillion.
ABC News

Snow causes wrecks, power outages, and downed trees
web posted February 13, 2010
COUNTY – The snow began to fall Friday afternoon around 3:30 and by 5 pm Sheriff’s 911 Dispatchers were being flooded with calls of wrecks and vehicles off the roadway. Trenton, Johnston, and Edgefield firefighters were called to a section of Highway 121 near Watson Road where as many as 25 cars and tractor-trailer trucks were stuck on a hill in the deepening snow.
EdgefieldDaily.com

As the Snow Falls: A Slide show of accumulations
web posted February 13, 2010
MERRIWETHER – As the snow moved into the Edgefield County area, a series of time lapse photos were taken to record the rare occurrence of deep snow as it fell in an hour-by-hour account of the event. A midnight measurement of snowfall showed just shy of 6 inches of accumulation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Winter Weather Warning
web posted February 12, 2010 - 3:45 pm
COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for Edgefield County until 6 am Saturday. Snowfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected. Road conditions will worsen in the evening and could become hazardous.

School to release early due to snow
web posted February 12 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield County Schools will begin to release early today starting at 12:30 for lower grades, 12:45 for middle schools and Strom Thurmond will release at 1 pm.

Snow expected today, more possible for Monday
web posted February 12 2010
COUNTY – It is official. It is not a question not a question of if it will snow today, but rather one of how much. The National Weather Service issued winter weather watch for the CSRA Thursday afternoon. According to Edgefield County EMA Director Mike Casey, accumulations could vary greatly depending on the track of the two air masses. “If it (the low pressure area) jogs a little bit to the north we could see significant accumulations.” Casey said his office is already preparing for any problems encountered due to the winter weather.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Thurmond NJROTC qualifies for Championships
web posted February 12 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Strom Thurmond Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC) has qualified to compete in NJROTC Area Six Championships. The unit qualified to compete in the event by accumulating points during the regular drill season while competing against teams from North Carolina and South Carolina.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vandalism and break-in reported at county park
web posted February 12 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – Edgefield County Recreation Director Nick Wates called the Sheriff’s Office after discovering vandalism and a break-in of the concession stand at the county park located at Bettis Academy. The break-in took place between 2:45 Tuesday afternoon and 9:00 Wednesday morning.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Hearing to be held on quarry reactivation
web posted February 12 2010
PSA - EDGEFIELD – A Public Hearing regarding the re-activation of a rock quarry, located just two miles south of the Edgefield Town limits, will be held next week at Strom Thurmond. The hearing will be held by the South Carolina Health and Environmental Control for a mining permit request by Edgefield Land Resources, LLC.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rate Super Bowl Ads
web posted February 12 2010
WEBNEWS – Did you miss one of the 63 Super Bowl commercials while heading to the kitchen for snacks last Sunday? Thanks to the internet and USA TODAY you can view, and vote, on your choice for the best advertisement during the Super Bowl. As of Thursday, the Betty White Snickers commercial topped the most popular list.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hilliard gets 10 years for manslaughter, Murder charge rejected
web posted February 11 2010
EDGEFIELD – The murder trial of Thomas Hilliard came to a close Wednesday afternoon and the jury took less than three hours to come back with a verdict of guilty on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. They refused to convict Hilliard on the murder charge and were given an option of choosing a lesser charge, which they chose.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Snow possibility grows for Friday
web posted February 11 2010
COUNTY – According to computer models, the Edgefield County area sits in the middle of what is expected to be a rain, snow, and ice event that will take place on Friday. Due to a “southward jog” in the air masses involved, Edgefield County could see “several inches” of precipitation starting off as rain and then turning to snow or ice.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Guns reported stolen in burglary
web posted February 11 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – An Edgefield Road man returned to his home on just before 10 o’clock Tuesday morning to discover a broken window and his house burglarized. An Edgefield County Deputy and an Investigator arrived a short time later and began processing evidence. The main target of the burglary was firearms.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Last Weekend to sign up for Baseball, Softball, and Soccer
web posted February 11 2010
COUNTY – This Saturday will be the last chance to sign up area youth for Dixie Youth Baseball, softball, and soccer before the deadline closes. All Soccer registrations in person will be held at the Edgefield Soccer Complex and baseball and softball registrations will be held in Johnston, Edgefield, and Bettis Academy from 10 am until noon.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Piedmont Technical College Signs Bridge Agreement with Newberry College
web posted February 11 2010
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College and Newberry College recently signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC, and then transfer to Newberry College. This partnership will offer students in Newberry County, and Piedmont Technical College students as a whole, more options as they prepare for careers.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cold, Hard Facts About Cold Weather Exercise
By: Lindsey Capps, DPT
web posted February 11 2010
AUGUSTA – Everyone knows there are certain precautions you should take when exercising in the heat. But what about when it’s cold outside? When the weather dips into the mid-30s to mid-40s - especially in the mornings, which is when many people like to exercise before starting their day - a few simple precautions can help prevent injury and ensure proper form.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Second Annual Family Reunion Resource Show to take place February 27
web posted February 11 2010
GREENWOOD – The second annual Family Reunion Resource Show, sponsored by the Greenwood Regional Tourism and Visitors Bureau, will take place on Saturday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Arts and Visitors Center at the Federal Building, 120 Main Street. The purpose of the show is to show family reunion planners the resources and businesses available in planning their next event.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece Will Not Seek Re-election
web posted February 10 2010
EDGEFIELD – According to a copy of a release issued Tuesday, Chairman of the Edgefield County Council Monroe Kneece has announced that he will not seek reelection as a member of the County Council in November of 2010. The announcement came at the beginning of his 20th year in office. He was elected to the Edgefield County Council in 1990 and took office in January of 1991.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Murder trial moves into day two
Exclusive Coverage
web posted February 10 2010
EDGEFIELD – The second phase of the murder trial of Thomas Hilliard resumed Tuesday morning at 9:30 with the state calling their second witness of the trial, Cindy Fagin. Ms. Fagin was the women who picked up Ms. Stone, Mr. Herring and Mr. Hilliard from Saluda prior to the fight that led to Mr. Herring’s death, according to testimony.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Town Councilman Jackson sees opposition in elections, Mayor and others unopposed
web posted February 10 2010
EDGEFIELD – The books on the elections for the Edgefield Town Council and Mayor have closed leaving current Mayor Ken Durham assured of re-election after no opposition filed to challenge him for office. One town council seat is being challenged while two other seats are foregone conclusions with no opposition filed in time for the elections.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Leaphart to Leave Thurmond for Swansea Head Coach Position
By Tim Crane
web posted February 10 2010
JOHNSTON – For the third time in five years Strom Thurmond will be losing an offensive coordinator.  Chad Leaphart has accepted the head coaching position at Swansea High School.  Leaphart, who has been an assistant football coach at Strom Thurmond since 2000, says this is what all assistants strive for. He hates to leave STHS, but is excited about the opportunity of running his own team.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wardlaw Academy former School Board Chairman offers comments
web posted February 10 2010
JOHNSTON – Wardlaw Academy School Board former Chairman Trace Foust issued a public statement on Tuesday. “My first thoughts were to just say "no comment ", but I will say this; The Chairman of the Board(’s) job is a very time consuming and demanding job. I normally work 12 to 14 hours a day with my business and I have managed to do this and the Board for the last few years”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Religion:  Answers to Natural Disasters
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 10 2010
RELIGION – Last week we looked at a few wrong answers as to how or why do natural disasters occur.  Now we come to an even harder task, and that is how Christians can believe in an all powerful and all good God in the face of natural disasters and death on such a massive scale. Jews and Muslims also face this problem, but they do so differently because the lack they power and hope of the cross.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: "Liberal" writer cries foul on "obesity" claims
web posted February 10 2010
Dear Editor:
Just recently, I read two articles about government related spending that I feel compelled to comment on. One article talked about how the current high unemployment is affecting the number of teachers that are being hired by schools. The other article told about 119 million dollars in grants, from The U.S. Government, to fight obesity in The United States.
EdgefeildDaily.com

Bookings delayed until Wednesday
web posted February 9, 2010
WEBNEWS – Due to extenuating circumstances, the Crime Blotter bookings report has been delayed until Wednesday. We apologize for the delay.

Murder trial gets underway Monday
web posted February 9, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The murder trial of Thomas Patrick Hilliard, 28, got underway Monday at the Edgefield County Courthouse. Hilliard is charged in the death of 30-year-old Phil H. “Trey” Herring lll after a fight on January 31, 2009 in Johnston. Mr. Herring fell and struck his head on the pavement causing a fatal head injury after being hit by Mr. Hilliard. A seven woman, five man jury is judging the case.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wardlaw Academy Headmaster, Board Chairman resigns
web posted February 9, 2010
JOHNSTON – Rumors surrounding the resignations of Wardlaw Academy Headmaster Ben Couch and Board of Director Chairman Trace Faust were confirmed on Monday by the new Chairman of the Board Reg Williams. “Trace (Faust) resigned three weeks ago,” Mr. Williams said, and also confirmed the resignation of Mr. Couch effective on February 4. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston elections full of candidates, Councilman Holmes bows out
web posted February 9, 2010
JOHNSTON – There will be at least one new face on the Johnston Town Council as of April 15 as long time Ward 2 Town Councilman Morris Holmes has decided not to seek re-election. Two have filed to seek the seat in the April 15 election, Tommy Stone and Brian Murray. Two other incumbents, Mayor Willie Campbell and Ward 4 Councilman Tommy Burton, both have challengers.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Snow in forecasts for this week
web posted February 9, 2010
COUNTY – You may not want to rush to the grocery store to stock up on food or start waxing the rails on that sled just yet, but area weather services are talking about the possibility of snow falling across the region on Friday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston gets new police officer, approves street closings for Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 9, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council hired a new officer for the Johnston Police Department at Monday night’s meeting. Matthew B. Lott was confirmed by a public vote after an executive session following the regular meeting. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said he recommended Lott for the position.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lost Dog
web posted February 9, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Lost: A male black Husky with tan marking on the face and feet has been missing from the Stephens Road area for about a week. The owners are asking any seeing the dog or information to please call 803-279-4480.

Here’s Your Card: Three times is a charm
web posted February 9, 2010
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Some people just have a way of doing things that land them with a Here’s Your Card nomination. But to date, only one has been able to make the list of nominees three times, two of them within thirty days. Christopher Earl Matthews has officially set the record for his third nomination after being arrested at the Edgefield County Detention Center on Friday evening.
EdgefieldDaily.com

PASS Scores Released
web posted February 8, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has received PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) test results from the initial 2009 administration of the new assessment test. The PASS replaced the 10-year-old Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests (PACT) as the test used to measure student achievement.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Senator Massey visits Douglas Elementary (Photo)
web posted February 8, 2010
TRENTON – Third graders across the state of South Carolina are required to learn about its history. Douglas Elementary has been very productive in working on this standard. On Friday, January 15, our third graders took a field trip to the State House in Columbia. Unfortunately, the Senate and House of Representatives were not meeting that day so the students were unable to see that aspect of the visit.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: Is it time for a Tea Party in Edgefield County?
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 8, 2010
COLUMN – I had an interesting weekend noting the birthday of one the greatest presidents to ever be a resident of the Oval Office - Ronald Reagan, who would have been 99 years old on Saturday. A president who inspired the nation not demonized it. A man who admired the greatness of the American people, not its government. A man who was proud of America, not one who apologizes for it. A man who showed that conservatism works every time it is tried.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon Permit class in Edgefield
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Republican Women to meet Feb. 25
web posted February 8, 2010
PSA- JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Republican Women will be sponsoring a dinner meeting at the Pine Ridge Country Club on Thursday February 25 at 6:15 pm. State Sen. Shane Massey will be featured as one of the speakers. Other speakers will be announced. The meeting is open to the public.

Sen. Massey holds Town Hall Meeting tomorrow night
web posted February 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey will be holding a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow night at the Edgefield County Council Chambers at 6:30 pm. “The purpose (of the meeting) is to give people an update on what is happening in the General Assembly and to take questions,” Sen. Massey said. The public is invited to attend.

Adult Education Welding Class Available
web posted February 8, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Adult Education will offer a Welding Class at the Strom Thurmond Career Center beginning on March 1, 2010. Classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. For registration information please call 275-1788, ext. 23. Cost of the class is $50.00

Found Dogs: Trenton Area
web posted February 8, 2010
TRENTON – Found: Two Dogs - One Female and One Male Dog found in the Padgett Road area in Trenton call 803-275-7631 to identify.

GUILTY! Jones sentenced to 30 years behind bars
web posted February 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – George Albert Jones, 43, was found guilty on two charges of sexual molestation of a 7-year-old girl and has been sentenced to 30 years in prison late Friday night. In a surprise move, which may have been Jones’ undoing, he took the stand in his own defense and resulted in the prosecution catching him in conflicting testimony.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police Officer uninjured in wreck
web posted February 6, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Johnston Police officer became one of the many who lost control of their vehicle throughout the day due to rain slick conditions. Just after 9 am Friday the officer lost control of his unmarked police car after hydroplaning while northbound on Sweetwater Road near Stephens Road and left the southbound side of the road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Road Closure due to flooding
web posted February 6, 2010
COUNTY – The South Carolina Department of Transportation closed Weaver Road at Satcher’s Pond near Johnston Friday night just before 8 pm due to flooding. Emergency workers continued to monitor the situation throughout the evening for other possible flooding problems though none were reported. Area creeks are expected to reach flood stage overnight including Horns Creek, Turkey Creek, and Stevens Creek. The rain subsided overnight and is not expected to increase the chances of additional flooding throughout the day Saturday. More rain is expected early next week.

Merriwether man arrested after car chase in North Augusta
web posted February 5, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – A Merriwether man wanted on an assortment of charges has been arrested after leading North Augusta Police on a wild car chase and then fleeing on foot after ramming two police cars at the Chick-Fil-A in North Augusta. Curtis Samuel Pearson, 23, of Stevens Creek Drive, is currently facing several charges in relation to the chase and is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center. Pearson is wanted in Edgefield County after he ran from a Sheriff’s Deputy on the morning of January 29 near the Merriwether Middle and Elementary Schools.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man found dead near railway ruled as accidental “drowning”
web posted February 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The preliminary autopsy reports into the death of a Johnston man found dead on Tuesday along the side of the railway near Dorsey Lane has been received Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Thursday. In a rather bizarre turn of events was the cause of death, “He drowned,” Burnett said. “It’s going to be ruled an accidental death.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

SCE&G warns customers about scam
web posted February 5, 2010
COUNTY – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is alerting customers in the Aiken, Abbeville and Greenwood areas to be on the lookout for scam artists posing as SCE&G employees.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Estate Auction: Saturday, February 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted February 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. James E. Himley of Edgefield, S.C. The sale will be held at his home located at 128 Stonehenge Circle, Edgefield, S.C. 29824 on February 6 beginning at 9:30 am. There are many very nice tools, prints, astronomy pieces (telescopes, etc), furniture, and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Child molestation trial continues today
web posted February 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The continuation of the child molestation trial of George Jones is scheduled to resume today and prosecutors say they expect the case to be handed to the jury by mid-afternoon. Jones’ defense attorney, Adrian Falgione, is expected to have Judge Keesley poll the jury as a result of EdgefieldDaily.com’s report of the trial on Wednesday in a possible effort to derail the trial.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield man escapes arrest, leaves jacket and drugs behind
web posted February 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man evaded arrest after an attempt to apprehend him went awry Thursday afternoon by Edgefield Police. Tyler Broadwater, 19, of Edgefield, was spotted after he ordered his lunch at the Edgefield Billiard Parlor on the Town Square. An Edgefield Police Officer asked Broadwater to step outside and when informed he was under arrest he fought with the officer and escaped prompting a manhunt for several hours.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Seeks Arts and Crafts Vendors
web posted February 5, 2010
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 27th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 1.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lost Dog
web posted February 5, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Missing Female Boxer from the Murrah Road area. For more information or report finding the family pet please contact (803) 257-2778

Thieves make off with 13,000 cigarettes
web posted February 4, 2010
JOHNSTON – A late night burglary left a Johnston business with a damaged door and almost $3,000 in cigarettes taken. The call came in at 11:22 pm and Johnston Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene in an attempt to locate the culprits. A witness near the location told police they saw two black males and a white male fleeing from the area just before officers arrived.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford's statements on the State's Role in Haiti Relief Efforts
web posted February 4, 2010
COLUMBIA – Based on conversations with the Department of Defense and the state Emergency Management Division (EMD), the federal government has designated South Carolina as a likely staging area for victims of the earthquake and consequent humanitarian disaster in Haiti. Specifically, our state will fill two roles.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Douglas Elementary announces Second Nine Weeks Box Tops for Education winners
web posted February 4, 2010
TRENTON - The results are in and the second nine weeks winners in the Douglas Elementary School push for “Box Tops for Education” have been released. The school asks parents and others to please keep bringing in your Box Tops for Education to Douglas Elementary. “We are also asking our community to help us with our goal of collecting $1,500 worth of Box Tops for Education.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Adaptive Golf Clinics Return With New Season
web posted February 4, 2010
AUGUSTA – For most of us, attempting to play golf, much less play it well, is enough of a challenge on its own. But can you imagine playing the game when you also have an acquired disability, such as a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, brain injury or even impaired vision or blindness?
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lesson Plans: Budget woes sends education backwards
By Ben Dawson
web posted February 4, 2010
EDUCATION – I spent a lot of time this week researching the biggest concerns of local educators.  And yes, we admit we are anxious about furlough days and money being taken away from our yearly salaries when we already give so much of our time and finances toward our classrooms; but even this atrocity is not our greatest concern. Our consternation arises from the fact we are “going backwards!”  The momentum we have worked so hard to gain is slipping away---all because of our state’s budget.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Budget process could see more cuts and uncertainty
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 4, 2010
COLUMN – With the new year comes the daunting task of passing next year’s fiscal budget with even deeper cuts expected than last year. The battle over where to cut over $620,000 last year left the county in jeopardy of ending the fiscal year without a budget in place. This year could be worse.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Body discovered near Johnston
web posted February 3, 2010
JOHNSTON – Workers checking the railways on Tuesday discovered the body of a Johnston man lying near the railroad tracks a hundred yards from a Dorsey Lane home. A Sheriff’s Deputy and an Investigator arrived and confirmed the man was deceased and called for the coroner and the Sheriff’s Forensic Investigator to respond to the scene. Deputy Coroner David Burnett said at the scene that no foul play is suspected in the death at this time.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Child molestation trial begins this week
web posted February 3, 2010
WARNING: This story contains explicit details of the trial and deals with mature subject matter and is intended for adult readers.

EDGEFIELD – A child molestation trial began on Tuesday in which George Albert Jones, 43, is accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl over a period of two years.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council meeting dominated by discussion over county funds expended on private property for parks
web posted February 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County’s newly hired County Administrator Alton Brown attended his first meeting Tuesday night with County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright chairing the meeting since Chairman Monroe Kneece is still recovering from surgery. In what appeared to be a short agenda and a short meeting turned into over an hour of discussion which at times drew contentious remarks and rebukes by Councilman Norman Dorn.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Religion: Haiti Disaster Relief
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 3, 2010
RELIGION – I have a great wife, two amazing little boys, 5 months and almost three. I pastor a pretty awesome church. I am pleasantly busy. I love where God has my life. But now a major disaster of amazing proportions has hit my life: an earthquake in Haiti. I watched little children dead on TV, while holding my well fed and healthy son Cason in my arms. I explained to him what happened, the fact that people had no food or houses and that we must pray. I also told him that we would give money to help the people. We’ve prayed for them every night. And I was content that, that was enough.
But then I got an email, a trip was forming to go to Haiti.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Estate Auction: Saturday, February 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. James E. Himley of Edgefield, S.C. The sale will be held at his home located at 128 Stonehenge Circle, Edgefield, S.C. 29824 on February 6 beginning at 9:30 am. There are many very nice tools, prints, astronomy pieces (telescopes, etc), furniture, and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

President Obama’s budget seeks an end to tax break for the middle class - So much for tax cuts for "95% of American workers"
web posted February 3, 2010
Grappling to contain record deficits, President Barack Obama is seeking to end a middle-class tax break he once said would be permanent. The $3.8 trillion budget request rolled out by the White House on Monday would renew the Making Work Pay tax credit for fiscal 2011, but then would have it sunset. 
The Hill

Media pulls stories on Middle class tax increases
WEBNEWS - Revelations that the Democrats will allow Pres. Bush's across the board tax cuts to expire were removed by national "media" outlets on Tuesday after reporting the facts surrounding the revocation under pressure from the Obama Adminstation.
Reuters

Brown takes the helm as County Administrator on Monday
web posted February 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County’s new Administrator made it official on Monday as he took the helm of managing the county in stride. Alton Brown spent the major portion of his day being given a tour by County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright as the two made their way around the county complex and courthouse introducing Mr. Brown to local elected officials and department heads. Chairman Monroe Kneece is still recovering from surgery at this time and was unavailable to lead the tour.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield hires new police officer, donates thousands to two requests, more “turkeys” coming to town
web posted February 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – According to the Edgefield Town Council, there are going to be more turkeys hanging around the town. Four for sure and the number could rise to eight. After a short chuckle and some ribbing Mayor Ken Durham explained he was talking about giant fiberglass turkeys such as the one in front of The Turkey Shop on Main Street. The confirmed locations to exhibit the turkeys will be Paperwhites, Crouch Hardware, Mercy Me, and the Edgefield Grill. Other businesses have requested one to display outside their places of business, Mayor Durham said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bar owner to deputy: No need to comply with lawful orders because he “talked to Monroe Kneece”
web posted February 2, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston bar owner was confronted by an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy about a loud music complaint only to be told he did not have to turn down his music because he “already spoke to (County Council Chairman) Monroe Kneece,” an official report states.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Student to be charged after disruption and attack at Alternative School
web posted February 2, 2010
JOHNSTON – A 16-year-old Alternative School student is facing charges of simple assault and battery and disturbing school from an incident on Thursday, reports released on Monday confirmed. According to the reports the student was bragging about what his group of friends do in the neighborhood and his “click” is a “live or die crew and that they are not afraid of anyone and they make people scared of them.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Congratulations to STHS Millennium Club Inductees
(Photos included)
web posted February 2, 2010
JOHNSTON – Congratulations to the new members of the STHS Millennium Club and 1200 and Above Club. These students are model examples of showing dedication to their studies and possessing the desire to be the best they can be. The Millennium Club recognizes students who score a 21 or better on the ACT, or 1000 or higher on the SAT. Students are also recognized for scoring above the 1200 mark on the SAT and seventeen students have received that recognition.
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Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services to Hold Open House
web posted February 2, 2010
AIKEN – Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services located on Aiken Regional’s campus will hold an open house ceremony for its new 100% Digital Mammography facility.
The Open House will be Thursday, February 4 from 4 pm - 6 pm at Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services located at 400 Medical Park Drive.
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Animal Cruelty Ordinance to be withdrawn, amendments to current regulations considered as aid to Law Enforcement
web posted February 1, 2010
COUNTY – An Animal Cruelty ordinance introduced by County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft scheduled to be heard for a first reading on Tuesday night will be removed from consideration EdgefieldDaily.com has learned. County Councilman Ashcraft said that after he received the ordinance drafted by County Attorney Michael Medlock, and a subsequent meeting with Sheriff Adell Dobey and his staff, he has decided to work within the confines of the current animal control ordinance to implement the changes.
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Sheriff’s Office arrests one of their Most Wanted Deadbeat Dads
web posted February 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office apprehended one of their Most Wanted deadbeat dads after receiving anonymous tips over the weekend. Thomas Franklin Gay, 30, was taken into custody without incident on Saturday afternoon. Gay made the Sheriff’s Most Wanted list for a Family Court warrant for back child support in the amount of $28,404.75.
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Road debris disables patrol car
web posted February 1, 2010
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s patrol car was disabled Saturday morning after being unable to avoid striking an unknown metal object in the roadway. The deputy was able to steer the patrol car off the roadway and called for a wrecker. The deputy was uninjured and the damage reportedly was to the undercarriage of the vehicle.
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Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon Permit class in Edgefield
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web posted February 1, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Sabrina Shutters Captures District Spelling Bee Championship Title
web posted February 1, 2010
COUNTY – Sabrina Shutters, an eighth grade student at Merriwether Middle School spelled her way through the 2009-2010 Edgefield County School District Spelling Bee Contest held on January 28, 2010 and was announced the winner of the District Spelling Bee Title. Miss Shutters will represent the Edgefield County School District at the Regional Spelling Bee held at the Augusta Chronicle. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Shutters.
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Estate Auction: Saturday, February 6
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web posted February 1, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mr. James E. Himley of Edgefield, S.C. The sale will be held at his home located at 128 Stonehenge Circle, Edgefield, S.C. 29824 on February 6 beginning at 9:30 am. There are many very nice tools, prints, astronomy pieces (telescopes, etc), furniture, and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.





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