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February 2011 Archives

The March Cake Give-Away Winner is...
web posted February 28, 2011
CAKE WINNER – Our monthly cake winner for March is Justin Robinson, of Johnston, who will be celebrating his 12th Birthday on March 16. Justin was entered into our drawing with the following birthday wish: "Wishing a very Happy 12th Birthday to Justin Robinson of Johnston, S.C. On March 16, 2011.  From Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Dru, & Family! We love you and wish you many more! God Bless!" To claim the cake contact Edgefield Daily within 3 days. Click here for our contact information.

5th Annual Shamrock Run Set for March 12
web posted February 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield's Fifth Annual 2.4 mile Shamrock run/walk is just two weeks away on March 12 and is always a huge local spring attraction for family members of all ages. With around 200 entries in last year's run and walk, organizer and founder Kerry Klein said she is hoping to better that number this year. There will be a number of activities after the runners and walkers cross the finish line shortly after 11 am at the Edgefield Town Square.
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Senate passes bill giving DHHS budget flexibility
web posted February 28, 2011
STATE – The state Department of Health and Human Services needs to crawl out of a $228 million hole for this fiscal year, alone. Next year, deficit estimates top $500 million. But, it doesn’t have to stay this way, and that is why Senate Republicans led the fight to pass S. 434 on Thursday -- it removes budgetary constraints on the actions of agency director Tony Keck and gives him and his department more flexibility as it comes to this fiscal crisis.
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First "Coffee with the Chairman" Set for March 8
web posted February 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The first Coffee with the Chairman kicks off Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., Ten Governor’s Café, Edgefield. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell is holding the monthly early morning gatherings to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
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Opinion: South Carolina Moves Closer to Second Amendment With Proposed Law
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 28, 2011

COLUMN – The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and those of every state constitution enshrines in some form or fashion: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". Many states, now including South Carolina and Wyoming, are on the move to join other states who are moving away from a Concealed Weapons Permit in order for a citizen to carry arms and claims the Second Amendment makes it clear there is no law needed for an individual to carry open or concealed weapons.
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Student Arrested for Drugs During Class Community Project
web posted February 26, 2011
JOHNSTON – A Strom Thurmond student was arrested after reportedly smoking a marijuana cigarette while performing a community service with other students as part of a class project. Timothy Hill Jr., 19, of Johnston, was taken into custody after teachers reported seeing him smoking the hand rolled cigarette, which was recovered by one of the teachers.
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Six Gates Stolen at Lick Fork Lake
web posted February 26, 2011
WESTSIDE – A US Forestry Officer called the Sheriff's Office Thursday around noon after it was discovered that several metal gates at the campground and surrounding park property wad been stolen. Some of the reflective signs that were attached to the gates were found by the Forestry Officer prior to the Sheriff's Investigator arriving.
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Palmetto Payback TV Blitz a Big Success: Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Claimed by South Carolinians
web posted February 26, 2011
COLUMBIA – State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is proud to announce the Palmetto Payback Program generated claims of more than $350,000 to people statewide in the two days following TV news phonebanks. Just last night, Palmetto Payback at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg yielded 938 claims statewide totaling $263,000 as of noon on Friday.
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WJBF News Channel 6 Giving Your Best to Sponsor First Annual Aiken’s Shoeboxes for Seniors Drive
web posted February 26, 2011
AIKEN – WJBF News Channel 6 and the Giving Your Best partners invite the community to give their best for Aiken’s first annual Shoeboxes for Seniors drive. The drive will be held on Thursday, March 24th, 2011, 3:00P.M. to 7:00P.M., at the South Aiken Wal-Mart on Whiskey Road. Local residents are being asked to donate a variety or personal care and household items needed by low-income seniors.
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South Carolina Senate passes Voter ID
Senate Republicans ask House to make voting more accessible
web posted February 25, 2011

COLUMBIA – Hours of sitting through a Democrat blocking machine paid off for Republicans when the Senate passed H. 3003, the voter ID bill. It marks the second time in as many years that voter ID has passed both chambers, though last year an agreement could not be worked out between the House and the Senate. Prospects look better for this session if House members agree to make voting more accessible instead of making voters take off hours from work to stand in long lines on Election Day.
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W.E. Parker Celebrating Black History Through Music
web posted February 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – W.E. Parker Elementary celebrated Black History Month with a musical celebration. Principal Gaye Holmes welcomed the large crowd to Parker and introduced the Mistress of Ceremony for the event, Mrs. Doris Blalock. A special presentation was made to Mrs. Mamie Rearden, the oldest African American in the United States. Even thought Mrs. Rearden was unable to attend, some of her family members were present for the ceremony. The school sent Mrs. Rearden a lovely bouquet of flowers.
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Piedmont Tech Hosts Disney Institute Professional Program
web posted February 25, 2011
GREENWOOD – Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence,” to Greenwood.  The full-day event will allow area professionals to learn how to drive business results, retain employees and satisfy customers through proven and adaptable Disney business philosophies.
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Lamb Faces Aggravated Child Molestation Charges in Georgia
web posted February 24, 2011
MARTINEZ – Accused child molester Ronnie Lamb is now facing aggravated child molestation charges in Columbia County along with Marcus Sheldon James, 36, of Martinez. Marcus James was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond. According to Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Lamb was the original molester of the victims and told them each if they told anyone he would kill them and their family.
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Local Students on PTC President's, Dean's and Merit Lists
web posted February 24, 2011
COUNTY – Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2010 fall term have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full-time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.
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Religion: Seventh Commandment: Slow Fade
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 24, 2011

RELIGION – This week as we continue our study we come to the Seventh Commandment, Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.” This is amazingly clear cut. I don’t have to do any interpretative wrangling at all to get the meaning. Adultery is defined as “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful husband or wife.” 
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Wanted Sex Offender Arrested
web posted February 24, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has arrested a wanted sex offender who failed to register in December. Derwin Danielle Patten, 27, was taken into custody when he showed up for a Family Court hearing Wednesday morning. Two other sex offenders, Egnacio Jose Alfonzo Covey, 36, of 81 Meeting Street, Edgefield, and Mark Jones, 44, of 519 Addison Street, Johnston, currently have warrants for their arrests

Enter Birthday - Anniversary Cake Give-away Today
web posted February 24, 2011
COUNTY – There are only four days left to enter your loved one in our monthly Birthday or Anniversary Cake give-away for March. Entering is simple, send in your birthday or anniversary wish for friends or family and they are automatically entered into our drawing. Entries for April are also being accepted. The March winner will be announced on Monday, February 28.
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Rainsford Out: Mt. Vintage Takeover by Knight Complete
web posted February 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Bettis Rainsford is no longer associated with Mount Vintage or MV Development according to a letter obtained by Edgefield Daily Tuesday. The letter states Rainsford has sold out his interest in the high-end development as of February 22 to his former partner in MV Development - Talmadge Knight. Rainsford has been locked in bitter legal battles between his now former partner, homeowners, and the Home Owners Association which came to a head after a webcast of the annual meeting last month.
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Sex Offender Removes Monitoring Device: Whereabouts and Identity Unknown
web posted February 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – An electronically monitored registered Sex Offender out of Greenwood County slipped out of the ankle bracelet used to track them and is on the loose in the lower section of Edgefield County around Merriwether or the surrounding area. The tracking device was found in the cooler door section of Sportsman's Corner Tuesday afternoon as an employee was organizing the drinks in store. Several attempts to identify the sex offender have been unsuccessful at this time.
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Congressman Jeff Duncan Tours Third District
web posted February 23, 2011
EDGEFIELD – U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan was in Edgefield yesterday as part of his second tour of the 3rd Congressional District. It was his first visit to Edgefield since taking office. Duncan, a first-term Republican from Laurens, spent the day talking to constituents and meeting with local businessmen to hear their concerns. “My goal is to listen as much as I can,” he said. “I believe the reason our country is facing a $14 trillion debt is because Washington politicians from both parties haven’t done a good enough job listening to the people.”
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Women In Unity Receives Donation of Computers and OpenBook Software
web posted February 23, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Women in Unity has received a significant donation of computers and software from the Augusta/Washington, DC, law firm of Drayton, Drayton & Lamar, Inc. The donation was arranged by Mayor Willie Burns of Washington, Georgia, with the OpenBook Software Company based in Atlanta.
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Child Find Screening Wednesday, March 2
web posted February 23, 2011
PSA – The School District of Edgefield County’s Office of Exceptional Children will be conducting a Child Find Screening on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 8:30am – 2:30pm at the Edgefield County School District Office. If you feel your child has a speech, hearing, vision, emotional, physical, or learning problem and would like to have him/her evaluated for possible special education services, please call the Office of Exceptional Children (803) 275-4601 ext. 234 for an appointment.

ST Career Center FFA Tool ID Team Wins Third Place
web posted February 23, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Thurmond FFA Tool Identification team took third place honors in the Regional Tool Identification Career Development Event (CDE) held at Chester County Career Center on Tues. Feb. 15th, 2011. The South Carolina Tool Identification Career Development Event is designed for students in the 9th and 10th grade that are in their first year of an agriculture class.
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Need Money for College? Free Financial Aid Workshop March 5
web posted February 23, 2011
AIKEN – Aiken Technical College and partners will offer a financial aid workshop Saturday, March 5, for anyone interested in attending college. The College Goal South Carolina financial aid workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ATC’s Academic Success Center (700 Building). The workshop is designed to provide financial aid information and assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event is free and open to the public.
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Edgefield Man Arrested after Friday Night Attack
web posted February 22, 2011
NORTHSIDE – An Edgefield man has been arrested and changed with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated following an attack on a 28-year-old woman. Deputies had to force their way into the Adams Road home Friday night in order to get to the unresponsive woman suffering from a head injury to the back of her head. Bruce Russell Smith Jr., 30, of Edgefield, was arrested after being held at gunpoint once he returned to the scene. The woman was airlifted to MCG for treatment of her injury.
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NOTICE: Edgefield County BOE to Meet at MMS Tonight
web posted February 22, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County School Board will hold their February 22 meeting at the Merriwether Middle School starting at 7 pm tonight following a tour of Fox Creek Charter School and a joint meeting of both boards at 6 pm. The District BOE meeting will be held at the Merriwether Middle School Library and the public is invited to attend. The board will convene in executive session following the regular meeting.

Second Manhunt in Two Days Leads to Arrest of Johnston Man
web posted February 22, 2011
JOHNSTON – A second manhunt in Johnston in two days led to the arrest of a man familiar to law enforcement after the suspect ran from police rather than be taken into custody. Johnathan Brian Marshall, 24, of Hill Drive in Johnston, was arrested after an hour long chase and manhunt by Johnston Police just before midnight Saturday. Edgefield Police and Sheriff's Deputies responded and aided in the search, at times chasing Marshall as he tried to elude capture.
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Good Food is a tradition at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 22, 2011
JOHNSTON – Any festivalgoer knows the great smell of good cooking – no matter what the cuisine – means good eating is sure to follow. At the Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival, those mouth-watering smells and tasty morsels are a tradition. To be a part of this tradition, food vendors can sign-up now to be a part of the 28th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 7.
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Johnston Mayor Praises Officers for Quick Action in Recent Crimes
web posted February 22, 2011
Dear Editor:
It gives me great pride to live in a Town and County where our local law enforcement agencies do such a wonderful job. What they lack in personnel and equipment is made up with loyalty and dedication. The full moon was definitely in operation recently and our departments were really put to the test. They went to work and did not stop until the incidents were resolved. 
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Congressman Duncan to Visit Edgefield Today
web posted February 17, 2011
Editor's note: Rep. Duncan will be at the Huddle House from 9-10 am not Parksdale Mill due to a schedule change

EDGEFIELD – After an intense week in Washington fighting to cut government spending and reel in the deficit, freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan will be spending next week in the Palmetto State listening to the concerns of his constituents. He will be in Edgefield on Tuesday, February 22, touring Parkdale Mill and Force Protection, dining with local businessmen, and meeting with constituents.
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Police Seek Johnston Man in Forgery Case
web posted February 22, 2011
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are seeking the public's help in locating a wanted suspect. Obryan D. Bussey, 24, of Driftwood Lane, Johnston, is wanted for Forgery, value less than $10,000. The suspect is a black male standing 6' 0" tall and weighs 212 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department, Crimestoppers at 1-888-SC-CRIME or the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337.

JET Students Take 4th at MathCounts Competition
web posted February 22, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School MathCounts team competed in the region contest held at Aiken TEC with ten teams from the CSRA.  The local JET Team took 4th place honors.  The MathCounts competition is a program that promotes mathematics achievement as students compete in various math problems and activities.
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
By Dean Campbell
web posted February 22, 2011

COUNTY –  As Chairman of Edgefield County Council, I am introducing this newsletter to help explain County issues and try to answer questions from citizens. We will protect the email addresses of those who are interested in receiving this newsletter.
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ECH Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Scrub Sale Today
web posted February 22, 2011
PSA – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a Scrub Sale at the Hospital on Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23.  The public is welcome to attend. A scrub company out of Columbia will have everything from Scrubs, Lab Coats, Shoes, and Accessories.
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JET Takes Region Championship
web posted February 21, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School boy’s basketball team has won the Region Conference Title with a posting of 12 and 0 for the season. This is the first time the title has never been held by the JET team. Team members averaged 46.3 points per game and allowed only 28 points scored against them during the season.
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SCE&G Seeks Fuel Cost Adjustment from Public Service Commission of South Carolina
web posted February 21, 2011
COUNTY – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), filed Friday with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC)  for an adjustment to the fuel cost portion of its electric rates.
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County Council Goal-Setting Session set for March Meetings; Input sought from citizens
By: Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell
web posted February 21, 2011

COUNTY – On Friday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., County Council will hold a goal-setting workshop at the Council Chambers in Edgefield. This session will help the Council define priorities and goals for the County. The County Council is asking for citizen input in at least one of two ways.
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Opinion - Budget Cuts Continue This year: Needs Meet Wants Head-On
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 21, 2011

COLUMN – February is almost over, and with the exception of the local Mayors, no one is really talking about how difficult a budget year our county is facing starting next month. Frankly, it is in some way understandable, the funding numbers from the state have yet to emerge. However, it doesn't take a Doctorate in Economics to know we are going to get cut again, and hard. The School District is also looking at falling millions short of their budget needs as well. It's not going to be pretty.
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Hooper Family Presents Scholarship Funding
web posted February 21, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District is honored to announce the establishment of the Rev. J.R. Hooper and Family Scholarship Award. This award will be presented on a rotating basis to a Strom Thurmond Career Center Student and a Strom Thurmond High School student each year. The base amount of this scholarship if $11,000.00 and a yearly award will be $500.00 for the next 25 years, or until the fund is depleted.
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Police Officer Needed
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web posted February 21, 2011

JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department is accepting applications for a Police Officer. Each applicant must hold a high school diploma or equivalency, a valid SC Driver's License, be at least 21 years of age, and have no felony record. Those who are considered for the position will be asked to take a written test before official hiring. Experienced certified officers are encouraged to apply, but all interested persons should also apply. All applicants must apply in person at the Johnston Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston SC. Applications will be taken until the position is filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.

"Harambee" for our children
web posted February 21, 2011
COUNTY – Harambee: a Swahili word that signifies that coming together relationally, facing life not alone, but pulling together, recognizing the power of one, but also the power of many pulling together easing the burden one might face.
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One Injured in Morning Crash
web posted February 19, 2011  9:51 am
MERRIWETHER – A one car crash blocked all traffic on a foggy Woodlawn Road Saturday morning as Merriwether First Responders and EMS treated the injured driver and a passenger. The Chevrolet SUV laid on its side in the middle of a sharp curve blocking one lane forcing firemen and deputies to block all traffic about a quarter mile from the scene due to the dangerous location.
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NO BOND: Robertson Remains Jailed
web posted February 19, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A man arrested for the brutal assault and robbery of 84-year-old Carol Knight at the PK Restaurant has been held without bond at a preliminary bond hearing Friday afternoon. Leroy Robertson, 47, is facing five violent crime charges in the armed robbery he is accused of committing. "I am holding you without bond," Magistrate James McLaurin Jr. told Robertson at the hearing after reading him the list of "very serious" charges.
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Northside Woman Airlifted after Attack
web posted February 19, 2011
NORTHSIDE – An open 911 line with a woman only stating she needed help sent Sheriff's Deputies to a home on the 100 block of Adams Road around 9:30 Friday night. Because the woman was using a cell phone it made it difficult for deputies to locate the home. Dispatchers could only hear the woman breathing and could not get any other response. When deputies arrived they had to force their way into the home and found the woman on the floor breathing, but unresponsive, with a head injury. EMS and additional units were called to respond to the scene.
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Third Suspect Sought in Counterfeit Check Investigation
web posted February 19, 2011
RIDGE SPRING – Edgefield, Johnston, and Ridge Spring Police served a search warrant at the home of Johnathan Gibson on the 600 block of Merritt Avenue in Ridge Spring on Thursday afternoon following his earlier arrest in a check counterfeiting investigation in Edgefield. Police confiscated computers, blank checks, and other evidence that has led to an arrest warrant for a third suspect. Johnston Police are looking for Thaddeaus Martin, 48, of Sandra Drive in Johnston in connection to the ongoing investigation.
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SC Treasurer Loftis: True Transparency Requires More Than Lip Service
web posted February 19, 2011
GUEST OPINION – In hometowns across the Palmetto State, it’s not always easy to visit Columbia to see what politicians are up to. Last year, you went to the polls swayed by promises of “transparency in government.” Transparency played a key role in the State Treasurer’s race.  I won all 46 counties during the GOP primary and received a record number of votes in the general election. So what’s become of our commitment to transparency?
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Sex Offender Charged After Brutal Robbery in Johnston
web posted February 18, 2011
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man is in custody following a brutal armed robbery at the PK Restaurant at 259 Lee Street in Johnston just before 5 pm Thursday. 47-year-old Leroy Robertson of Ridge Road, Johnston, was taken into custody after returning to the scene nearly two hours into a massive manhunt. Johnston Police Investigator Lamaz Robinson said they will be seeking charges for armed robbery, kidnapping, attempt to commit sexual conduct in the first degree, and possibly attempted murder
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Information on Burglary Suspect
web posted February 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a burglary suspect. 38-year-old Rodney Glynn Hicks, of Aiken, is wanted on charges of burglary in the third degree and grand larceny in connection to a burglary at the Ryan Dream Center in Trenton a week ago. A suspected accomplice is already in custody in Aiken County on unrelated charges.
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Third Sex Offender Sought for Non-Registration
web posted February 18, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office looking for yet another sex offender who has failed to register as required, bringing the total number sought to three. Derwin Danielle Patten, 27, is wanted on at least two warrants at this time. His last known address is 1005 Circle Street in Edgefield and he has been out of contact with authorities for over two months.
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Aiken Man Charged with Production of Child Pornography: Whereabouts Sought
web posted February 18, 2011
AIKEN – United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that David Lee Sheffield, age 47, of Aiken, South Carolina, was charged in a 3-count Indictment with production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. The maximum penalty David Lee Sheffield could receive on the production charge is at least 10 years imprisonment up to 20 years. On the distribution charge, he faces 5 to 20 years imprisonment. On the possession count, he faces up to 10 years imprisonment. Each count also carries a fine of up to $250,000.
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Woman Seriously Injured in Armed Robbery of PK Restaurant: Manhunt Underway 
web posted February 17, 2011 Update: 6:45 pm Suspect Captured
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Sheriff's Deputies have converged on the area around the PK Restaurant following an armed robbery just before 5 pm. The call first came in as a 911 hang-up and then stated a woman had been found on the floor with "blood everywhere". The scene has been secured and the woman is being transported to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta. All available units are searching for a tall black male with a beard and wearing a denim jacket. He is believed to be on foot. Residents are asked to remain inside their homes as police search for the suspect.
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County Administrator Hospitalized
web posted February 17, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown has been hospitalized after being rushed to University Hospital by ambulance Tuesday, Clerk to Council Barbara Stark said Wednesday. Ms. Stark said Mr. Brown left work earlier in the day due to not feeling well.
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Fourth Teen Charged in 2008 Drive-by Shooting
web posted February 17, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A fourth suspect has been arrested in a 2008 shooting at the once popular party spot "The Center" on Macedonia Street that left one man wounded and airlifted to the MCG Trauma Center. Sharon Alandis Bush, 19, of Camel Street, New Ellington, was taken into custody on Wednesday and booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center.
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Two Men Arrested by Edgefield Police May Solve Other Crimes
web posted February 17, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Two men have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into forgery and counterfeit checks. Rico Decarlo Gibson, 31, of Johnston, and his cousin, Johnathan Gibson, 30, of Batesburg, have been charged with forgery under $5,000 and counterfeiting and are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center. More arrests are possible in the near future as the case is now spreading beyond Edgefield and may solve a number of cases for other agencies.
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Found Horse: Sweetwater Road Area
web posted February 17, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Sweetwater Road area, gray mare, small, appears in good health, no halter. Call Don to identify and claim 803-215-6964

Congressman Duncan to Visit Edgefield Tuesday
web posted February 17, 2011
EDGEFIELD – After an intense week in Washington fighting to cut government spending and reel in the deficit, freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan will be spending next week in the Palmetto State listening to the concerns of his constituents. He will be in Edgefield on Tuesday, February 22, touring Parkdale Mill and Force Protection, dining with local businessmen, and meeting with constituents.
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Greenwood to host SC National Heritage Corridor Arts Symposium May 12-13
web posted February 17, 2011
GREENWOOD – Greenwood will serve as the host city for the first ever SC National Heritage Corridor Arts Symposium May 12-13, 2012. The Arts Symposium will be geared towards attracting artists, arts organizations and tourism leaders through a theme, Arts Means Business. The conference will feature speakers on social media, customer service, as well as panels on partnerships and collaborations and a special session by the South Carolina Arts Commission.
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Presidential Candidate to Visit Edgefield Friday
web posted February 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Presidential hopeful John Davis is planning to be in Edgefield on the town square at 11:40 am on Friday. Davis, without doubt a dark horse candidate without national recognition, is touring the country to spread his common sense approach to managing the federal government and the problems the nation is facing. "I stand before you as a common man, a hard-working person pursuing all things good in this incredible country," a release stated.
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Johnston Town Council approves flood insurance ordinance
web posted February 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – Members of Johnston Town Council met for around 30 minutes Monday evening to work through a routine agenda that saw voting on a single ordinance. In the only matter listed under Old Business, second (and final) reading was held for Ordinance No. 2011-01, an ordinance updating the FEMA Flood Plan for Participation in FEMA Grants and Flood Insurance and the ordinance passed unanimously.
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Rock and Gem Club "Digs" Rock Hunting
web posted February 16, 2011
GREENWOOD – The Emerald City Rock and Gem Club, a fledgling group of gem and rock hunting enthusiasts, is continuing to grow with a mission to promote rock hounding, earth science and the lapidary arts. With a strong education mission statement they will provide speakers and demonstrations to other civic organizations. The group has participated in a number of scouting programs, children's festivals and non profits.
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Local Author Recounts Life Experiences
web posted February 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – When Sylvester Ramsey was 7 years old, he saw people doing and having things and it was always in his mind that he could do anything anyone else could do—even with a third grade education. “My determination to succeed grew at an early age, and I made up my mind that nothing would get in my way,” he said.
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Religion - Sixth Commandment: The Murderer In Me
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 16, 2011

RELIGION – The Sixth Commandment: You shall not murder (Ex 20:113).  Many writers over the past few years have commented that we live in a "culture of death." No matter ones view of abortion it cannot be denied that in the United States alone, over a million babies are killed by abortion each year. This figure grows exponentially when you think about it worldwide.
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Pottery Workshop to be Held at PTC’s Edgefield County Center
web posted February 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Piedmont Technical College’s professional clay program will present Adrienne Dellinger for a Cone 6 demonstration and presentation February 18-20 at the college’s Center for Creative Economies in Edgefield.
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School District Second Nine Weeks Honor Rolls
web posted February 16, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the second nine weeks Honor Rolls for county schools. Students are recognized for their academic achievements throughout the school year on a quarterly basis. Each school is listed individually. Congratulations to all the students who strive to excel in the educational opportunities provided.

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Edgefield County Alliance February meeting Next Thursday
web posted February 16, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its February meeting Thursday February 24th, at 6:00 pm at Piedmont Tech in Edgefield. Members will be voting on the revised by-laws and the 2011 Board of Directors. At 6:30 p.m. Mr. G.M.  ‘Skip’ Grkovic, AICP,  will be the guest speaker.
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Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Now in Effect
web posted February 15, 2011
COUNTY – Valentines Day brought about the implementation of new residency restrictions for sex offenders stating that they cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, childcare provider, or park. The restrictions apply to registered sex offenders convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor 1st degree, 2nd degree, assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual conduct with a minor, or kidnapping a person under the age of 18 years of age.
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Burglary Results in Over $10,000 in Equipment Stolen
web posted February 15, 2011
JOHNSTON – Sheriff's Investigators were called to the 1400 block of Highway 191 just outside of Johnston Monday morning after workers arriving around 7 am found a maintenance shed belonging to Layman's Nursery had been burglarized. The Sheriff's Crime Scene Unit was also called to process the scene for evidence.
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JET Middle School Promotes “Hoops for Hearts”
web posted February 15, 2011
JOHNSTON – February is heart health month and JET Middle School is joining in the efforts to promote healthy hearts by having a “Hoops for Hearts” event. The staff of JET Middle School will host a Faculty vs. Student Basketball game on Friday, February 18 at 5:30 pm.
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Saturday Fire Investigated as Possible Arson
web posted February 15, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A weekend fire is being investigated as a possible arson after County Line Firefighters responded to the call of a structure fire on Dupriest Circle around 1:30 Saturday afternoon. When they arrived they found the mobile home in the Country Side Mobile Home Park burning around the porch area and the underpinning and quickly extinguished the fire.
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Police Officer Needed
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web posted February 15, 2011

JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department is accepting applications for a Police Officer. Each applicant must hold a high school diploma or equivalency, a valid SC Driver's License, be at least 21 years of age, and have no felony record. Those who are considered for the position will be asked to take a written test before official hiring. Experienced certified officers are encouraged to apply, but all interested persons should also apply. All applicants must apply in person at the Johnston Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston SC. Applications will be taken until the position is filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Trenton Business Target of Burglary
web posted February 15, 2011
TRENTON – A burglary was discovered at the Ryan Dream Center on the 3300 block of Highway 19 in Trenton Friday afternoon around 4 pm. The owner called the Sheriff's Office when he arrived and found a building forcefully entered and thousands of dollars of equipment gone.
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Rogue Radio User Interferes With Emergency Responders
web posted February 14, 2011
COUNTY – Someone with a radio tuned to the Edgefield County Fire channel drew the ire of dispatchers, the Sheriff's Office, and EMA Director Mike Casey on Saturday by broadcasting obscenities and, at one point, interfering in emergency radio traffic during a structure fire on Cleveland Road. During the emergency radio traffic, a Sheriff's Deputy radioed back to the person that once he was located he would be arrested. That was met with a taunt by the unknown broadcaster.
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Wanted Sex Offenders
web posted February 14, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has active warrants for two wanted registered sex offenders who have failed to comply with their court ordered registrations. Egnacio Jose Alfonzo Covey, 36, of 81 Meeting Street, Edgefield, and Mark Jones, 44, of 519 Addison Street, Johnston, currently have warrants for their arrests. Covey was convicted in 2001 and Jones in 2003.
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MV Development Sued by Builder
web posted February 14, 2011
EDGEFIELD – MV Development Company has the number of legal matters it is facing grow with a lawsuit filed late last week. M. A. Scoggins Custom Homes and owner Matthew Scoggins filed the 8 page complaint Thursday afternoon and seeks unspecified actual, punitive, and special damages for breach of contract, breach of contract accompanied by fraudulent act, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and intentional interference with prospective contractual relations and demands a jury trial.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held February 19
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web posted February 14, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 19, 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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Local Students Among Winners in Jr. Duck Stamp Competition
web posted February 14, 2011
COLUMBIA – Weston DeWolff, a high school student from North Charleston’s School of the Arts, won "Best of Show" in South Carolina’s 17th annual 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Contest with his color pencil drawing of a Harlequin Duck. DeWolff’s art teacher is Marie Nichols of the School of the Arts. Two Local students earned notoriety as well. Brock Pearson, of W.E. Parker Elementary, took second place in his age division and Brittney Wright, of Strom Thurmond High School, received an Honorable Mentioned.
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Edgefield County GOP to Meet Tomorrow
web reposted February 14, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Republican Party is having their quarterly meeting at 7:00pm on Tuesday February 15 at the County Council Chambers. The agenda includes the organization of precincts within the county, updates regarding the state meeting and we will be discussing dates for the county party convention.

Class Officer Elections held at JET Middle School
web posted February 14, 2011
JOHNSTON – Class officers have been elected for each grade level at JET Middle School. They were elected by their peers and represent each grade level individually as well as work together as a whole group. The officers learn about the responsibilities of local government and serve as ambassadors between the school and the community. Within the school, they are liaisons between the students and administrators.
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Republican Women to Meet Feb. 28
web posted February 14, 2011
COUNTY – The Republican Women of Edgefield County will hold the next meeting February 28th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Tompkins Library and Welcome Center, located on the town square, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield. Refreshments will be served at 6:15pm and meeting begins at 6:30pm. Guest speaker will be Joanne Burroughs, 2010 President of Greenwood County Republican Women’s Chapter. 
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One Dead in Early Morning Crash
web posted February 12, 2011 Last Update 8:30 am
EDGEFIELD – There has been a fatal crash on Augusta Road at Starr Road. The single car crash took place around 3 am Saturday and the driver was pronounced dead on the scene, Deputy Coroner David Burnett said. The driver has been identified as 25-year-old Corrie Corley, of Aiken.

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Birch Pointe Roads Dominate Planning Commission Meeting
web posted February 11, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission spent nearly the entire one hour of its meeting debating a number of roads in the Birch Pointe subdivision that residents are trying to get accepted into the county road system. The roads were sent for approval to the County Council on February 1 and was sent back to the planning commission for clarification.
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Strom Thurmond HS January Culture Of Excellence Award Winners
web posted February 11, 2011
JOHNSTON – The "Culture of Excellence Award" winners for the month of January have been announced. The award recognizes teachers and support staff who demonstrate “good school culture” and excellence in teaching and specific job duties. Recipients of the award receive a star of excellence pin and lunch from Principal Schilit.
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Guest Opinion: Back Row View to State Government’s Spending Problems
By Senators Vincent Sheheen and Shane Massey
web posted February 11, 2011

We sit on the back row of the state senate with a fairly good view of the good, the bad, and the ugly in our state's government. One of us is a democrat and  one of us is a republican. But more important than party affiliation is a commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That's why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies. Deficit spending by South Carolina's government is just wrong, and business as usual just doesn't cut it anymore.
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Freshman Congressman’s First Bill to Help Cut Government Spending
web posted February 11, 2011
Washington, DC – South Carolina Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan dropped his first piece of legislation Thursday, a bill designed to save the taxpayers’ money by cutting wasteful or duplicate government programs.  Duncan’s five page bill reinstates a process that was used to cut government spending in the 1940’s when spending reductions were critical for financing the war effort.
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Winter Weather Advisory
web posted February 10, 2011
COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Edgefield County and surrounding areas beginning at 2 am Thursday morning and ending at 9 am. Snow is expected to cause some driving conditions to become slippery overnight and bridges and overpasses could become dangerous. An accumulation of up to one inch is possible. Drivers are advised to use caution in their morning commute.

School Weather Delays
web posted February 10, 2011 -  Updated 2 am
PSA – The McCormick County School District is on a two hour delay for staff and students for Thursday. There is no word at this time on Edgefield, Saluda and Aiken County Schools. Please refresh your browser to get the latest updates.

Two Killed, Three Injured in Wednesday Night Crash
web posted February 10, 2011
AIKEN – Two men are dead and three others were seriously injured in a single car crash in Aiken County Wednesday night. Henry Reedy, 49, of Aiken, and Rico M. Copeland, 33, of Augusta were pronounced dead on the scene, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
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Edgefield County GOP to Meet Next Week
web posted February 10, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Republican Party is having their quarterly meeting at 7:00pm on Tuesday February 15 at the County Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the organization of precincts within the county, updates regarding the state meeting and we will be discussing dates for the county party convention.

Middle School Math Competition Comes to ATC
web posted February 10, 2011
COUNTY – To promote mathematics enrichment of Aiken and Edgefield County area sixth, seventh and eighth graders, ATC hosts the regional Mathcounts competition Saturday, February 12, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium and Amphitheater. The public is welcome to this free event.
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Snow in Forecast for Thursday
web posted February 9, 2011
COUNTY – Winter weather may make another appearance this week as a system moving through the area on Thursday could bring snow showers to Edgefield County during the morning hours. According to forecasters, the CSRA will see a mix of rain, sleet and snow Thursday morning continuing until noon. Areas above the I-20 corridor could see mostly snow showers with a dusting and a possible accumulation of up to 1 inch as the system moves across our area.
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School Board Salaries, Fox Creek Issues Top Discussion at BOE Meeting
By Meagan Lott
web posted February 9, 2011

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board held a lively discussion over board members’ salary Tuesday night. Board Secretary Clark stated that although she agreed with the salary cuts, she felt that the proposed $50 a meeting was too low for the members. Boardmember Hoffman strongly advocated for the $50 a meeting.
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Edgefield County Adds New Communication Avenue For Citizens
web posted February 9, 2011
COUNTY – Beginning this month, Edgefield County Government will begin a new method of communicating with its citizens. Called the Edgefield County Update, the newsletter will be issued at least monthly and posted on the Edgefield County Government website. In addition, it will be emailed to those who want to receive it.
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Religion: 5th Commandment - Children's Eyes Eaten By Vultures?
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 9, 2011

RELIGION – Today we come to the fifth commandment. (Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.  Exo 20:12 ) This commandment is one that, as a father of two boys, means far more to me today that it ever has before. I look back on my upbringing and I consider myself incredibly blessed. I have one sister who I love dearly, and she and I have two good parents who love the Lord.
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STHS Millennium Club Welcomes Forty Eight New Members
web posted February 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – Forty-eight new members have been added to the STHS Millennium Club. The Millennium Club recognizes students who score a 21 or better composite score on the ACT, or 1000 or higher (verbal and math) on the SAT. Students inducted into the schools prestigious Millennium Club were recently honored as a group.
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Opinion: Our Lawless President - Obama Thumbs His Nose at Constitution
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 9, 2011

COLUMN – There is an old saying that goes something along the lines of, "when the law breaks the law there is no law". I get the feeling our President shows this type of disregard for our Constitution and the Rule of Law it imposes on government. Time and again Federal Judges rule against his fanatical leftist agenda, orders, and Obamacare. But does Obama care? Obviously not, he ignores them and imposes his will upon the nation as a Ruler, not a President.
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STHS Band students participated in 2011 All Region and All State Band Auditions
web posted February 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School Band students participated in the 2011 All Region and All State Band Auditions in January. The auditions consisted of memorized major and chromatic scales, a challenging solo for each instrument, knowledge of musical terms and the reading at first sight of two short musical selections for the local students.
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Southside Imaging Center Receives American College of Radiology Accreditation
web posted February 9, 2011
AIKEN – Southside Imaging Center located in the Village at Woodside has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
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Two Men Charged in Molestations: Investigation Continues
web posted February 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Two Edgefield County men have been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with minors with at least one of the victims being molested by both men. According to officials, the two men are also related. Wallace Walker Percival, 35, and Ronnie Dean Lamb, 41, have both been charged in the ongoing investigation with at least two victims identified at this time. According to arrest warrants, the children were between the ages of 8 and 14 years of age at the time of the attacks.
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Homeowners Seek Rainsford and Knight Removal from Mt. Vintage Control
web posted February 8, 2011
MOUNT VINTAGE – After a contentious annual meeting of homeowners and property owners at the Mount Vintage Plantation with Developers Bettis Rainsford and Talmadge Knight saw no progress made in the problems facing the high end community last week, three residents have filed to have Rainsford and Knight removed from the Board of Directors overseeing the Homeowners Association.
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Edgefield Town Council Eyes New Tax for Restaurants and Motels
web posted February 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council will be considering a Hospitality and Accommodations Tax next month to help fill what Mayor Ken Durham described as "severe cuts" to the Local Government Fund, funding to the town receives from the state. In the current fiscal year the town budgeted the LGF at $122,000. The coming budget year looks grim. "How much it's going to be cut we don't know," Mayor Durham said. "It may be down to zero (dollars received)."
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Cheatham Honored for 30 Years of Service to Edgefield
web posted February 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Town Clerk Charlotte Cheatham was honored for thirty years of service in a special presentation just before the town council meeting Monday evening. Mayor Ken Durham, on behalf of the town and town council, presented Mrs. Cheatham with an engraved silver platter bearing the years of service, February 2, 1981 through February 2, 2011."I'm not supposed to leave am I?", Cheatham joked.
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January STHS Students of The Month
web posted February 8, 2011
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High school has released the names of the January Students of the Month. The students are selected by teachers in order to receive the honor for displaying outstanding leadership and citizenship characteristics.
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15-year-old Charged in Truck Theft: Second Run-in With Police
web posted February 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have made an arrest in the case of a truck stolen from the Brightharp Funeral Home on December 21 of last year. The truck was discovered minutes later wrecked at the Village Apartments on W. A. Reel Drive, but the suspect had fled the scene. Charged in the theft is a 15-year-old teenager, and this is not his first run-in with the law.
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STHS NJROTC Holds Pass In Review Ceremony
web posted February 7, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School NJROTC held their annual Pass in Review Ceremony on February 2. Area Six Commander, CDR Griffith Jones, United States Navy, retired was the inspecting officer.  Arrival Honors were held for Career Center Director Mr. Willie Green, STHS Principal Matthew Schilit, Superintendent of Education, Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Board of Trustees members Mrs. Sallie Cooks and Mrs. Bridgett Clark, and CDR Griffith Jones while the local cadets stood at formation.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held February 19
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web posted February 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 19, 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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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Seeks Arts and Crafts
web posted February 7, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., 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 28th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 7.
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Historic Edgefield’s Downtown Choc-Around Thursday, February 10th
web reposted February 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Join us for the 5th Annual Downtown Choc-Around in historic downtown Edgefield on Thursday, February 10th from 4 to 8:00 pm. Pick up your passport from any participating merchant, and shop historic Edgefield as you sample the decadent chocolate treats featured in each shop.
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Hotdog Containing Glass Injures Student at Fox Creek Basketball Game
web posted February 5, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Bamberg County student was injured while attending a basketball game between Fox Creek Charter High School and Demark-Olar on January 28 after purchasing a hotdog that was claimed to have contained pieces of glass. The student suffered cuts to her mouth and was taken to a local hospital by her parents for treatment.
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Two Rebels Commit at Football Signing Day
web posted February 5, 2011
JOHNSTON – Two Strom Thurmond High School Rebel football players signed with colleges on the National Signing Day held February 2. Tony Stepney and Octavius Brown both signed to play football at the collegiate level with family members looking on. Also present were Rebels Coach Lee Sawyer and Principal Matt Schilit.
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Monthly Cake Winner Returns
web posted February 5, 2011
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily's monthly Birthday or Anniversary cake winners return later this month. The cake giveaway was stopped with the closing of Jari's Bakery in Edgefield, now located in Aiken. However, with a new bakery opening this month we will name our first cake winner for March on February 28. Carolina Cakes, in Edgefield, will be our new supplier for our cake winner each month. Send in your birthday or anniversary wishes and have the person automatically entered into our next drawing.

Shooter targets Local Garage twice in One Week
web posted February 5, 2011
TRENTON – For the second time in a week an unknown person or persons have fired shots into vehicles at Murrells Garage on Berry Farm Road leaving vehicles parked there with thousands of dollars of damage. Both incidents took place on the last two Thursdays and the case is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
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January Starts Year Off Right With Record Stats
web posted February 4, 2011
WEBNEWS – The stats are in for the month of January 2011 and the number of readers topped 33,000 for the first time in our six year history.
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County Recreation Sign-ups Continue for Soccer: Softball and Dixie Youth Underway
web reposted February 4, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Department spring Soccer Signups continue this Saturday while our Baseball and Girls Softball League registrations get underway this weekend.  Our County Baseball Leagues and Girls Softball start this Saturday.  Edgefield County: Dixie Youth Baseball, Dixie Boys Baseball and Dixie Girls Softball will conduct Signups on Saturdays: January 29th, February 5th, 12th and 19th.  We will be at the following locations from 10am to 12 noon on those dates. 
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Letter to the Editor: Rainsford claims report "Inaccurate" and "Biased"
web posted February 4, 2011
Dear Editor:
As usual we can count on Edgefield Daily for highly inaccurate and biased reporting, as well as for doing great damage to Edgefield County at every opportunity.
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Concealed Weapons Class to be held February 19
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web posted February 4, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 19, 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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ECH Hospital Auxiliary Hosts Scrub Sale
web posted February 4, 2011
PSA – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a Scrub Sale at the Hospital on Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23.  The public is welcome to attend. A scrub company out of Columbia will have everything from Scrubs, Lab Coats, Shoes, and Accessories.
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ATC Nuclear Certification Advances Job Opportunities
web posted February 4, 2011
AIKEN – While 88 percent of ATC radiation protection technology students move directly into jobs at graduation, graduates are about to become even more employable. Thanks to a partnership with the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NEI-NUCP), NEI’s National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT), V.C. Summer Nuclear Station of Jenkinsville, S.C., and Aiken Technical College, eligible ATC students will receive an additional certification upon graduating this summer.
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Attempted ATV Theft Stopped by Homeowner
web posted February 3, 2011
WESTSIDE – Two white males wearing hoodies were interrupted in the process of trying to steal a 4-wheeler from a home on Kens Lane just after noon on Wednesday. They fled on foot, although it is unknown if the men had a vehicle parked nearby. The men fit the general description in a similar theft of an ATV two weeks ago on Garrett Road. The men abandoned the AVT after being spotted by the owner.
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Mount Vintage Meeting Hits Internet, Distrust of Rainsford on Full Display
web posted February 3, 2011
MOUNT VINTAGE – An annual meeting of the homeowners association with developers Bettis Rainsford and Talmadge Knight was held Monday night and broadcasted on the internet, otherwise known as webcasting. The meeting saw Mr. Rainsford laughed at and mocked during his presentation and was told during the question and answer period, "we don't want you here." One of the many points of contention came over whether or not Rainsford actually owned two lots to remain in control over the development rather than it being placed in the hands of the Home Owners Association (HOA).
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Diabetic Support Group Open to the Public at ECH
web posted February 3, 2011
PSA – EDGEFIELD -  Edgefield County Hospital invites you to our Diabetic Support Group provided by ARMC on Thursday, February 17th at 3:00pm in the Edgefield County Hospital’s Employee Dining Area.  The topic this month will be: Have you ever gone to the grocery store wondering what the best choices are for your health?  Find out the answers by attending the: “Virtual Grocery Store Tour” Bring your food labels for discussion! Please RSVP Leslie Seigler at 637-1151 if you would like to attend. There will also be door prizes and snacks!

Senate repeals part of health care law
web posted February 3, 2011
WASHINGTON DC – The Senate voted Wednesday for the first time to repeal a piece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rolling back a new tax reporting requirement that’s been universally panned by business owners. The amendment to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement passed 81-17 with broad bipartisan support.
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Gov. Haley Supports Ruling on ObamaCare: "We have to stop it now"
web posted February 2, 2011
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley responded to the recent Federal Court ruling striking down President Obama's signature Health Care Reform law, commonly referred to as "ObamaCare", on Fox and Friends Tuesday. Gov. Haley made it clear that she opposed the law before she was elected as Governor and continues to oppose its implementation saying it would place the state in a drastic budget situation when our state is already facing an $800 million shortfall this year alone and the cost would increase to $5 billion over the next ten years.
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County Council Takes Two Hours to Tackle Five Page Agenda
web posted February 2, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their February meeting Tuesday night with a different format in the agenda that Chairman Dean Campbell stated he hoped would stay in place. Part of the new agenda process was public comments being available to citizen just before the meeting as well as afterwards. Chairman Campbell said this would allow those who would like to offer comments a chance to do so without having to stay the entire meeting to be heard.
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Fox Creek's Taylor Carter signs with Surry Community College
web posted February 2, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The 2010 varsity baseball season at Fox Creek High School may have ended long ago, but the most successful squad in school history is still producing. Several senior players from that Predators’ team signed collegiate baseball offers following the season and the trend has continued into 2011 with the signing of senior first baseman Taylor Carter, who signed with Surry Community College of Dobson, N.C., recently.
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Religion: What to do on Sunday
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 2, 2011

RELIGION – What to do on Sunday? Well, if I were you this Sunday, I’d come to Antioch Baptist Church. We are starting our second morning worship service at 8:45am (Check out antiochofedgefield.com for more details). Actually, the 8:45 service will be the 1st service. You get to worship, come to Sunday school, and be the first out to lunch, while those who prefer to snooze a bit longer can come to the 2nd service at 11am. We will be beginning the book of Nehemiah. OK, shameless plug over.
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Strom Thurmond Hosting FAFSA Workshop
web posted February 2, 2011
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is hosting a workshop to assist seniors and their parents fill out the FAFSA.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 10th from 3pm-7pm in the STHS Library. 
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Johnston Railroad Diner Opens Tuesday for Business
web posted February 2, 2011
JOHNSTON – On February 1, 2011, the Johnston Railroad Diner opened their doors for business at 11am in Johnston. The diner is co-owned by Marion and Karen Bledsoe, both of Johnston. Marion and Karen have five boys; Casey, Tucker, Hunter, Gavin, and Bryson. Marion answered a few questions about the new diner and the direction they intend to take the new business.
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Two Schools Recognized As Palmetto Silver Winners
web posted February 2, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District is pleased to announce that Merriwether Elementary has received a Palmetto Silver Award for academic performance and Douglas Elementary has earned a Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap.
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ObamaCare Struck Down as Unconstitutional
web posted February 1, 2011
FLORIDA – In the most far-reaching Federal Court decision to date, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled in favor of 26 states suing over the Health Care law claiming "Obamacare" was Unconstitutional. Judge Vinson's ruling went well beyond a recent similar decision in Richmond, Virginia, which found the mandate to purchase insurance unconstitutional but left the rest of the law in tact. "Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void," he wrote.
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Boatwright Facing Additional Charge in Murder
web posted February 1, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Very few additional details have been released in the murder of a Trenton man late Saturday night at the family home; however, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has added an additional charge against Tammy Renee Boatwright, who has already been charged with the murder.
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Lucy Whatley turns 100
web posted February 1, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Merriwether's Lucy Thurmond Whatley turned 100 years old on Monday with generations of family members and friends gathering at the Trinity Mission Care Facility in Edgefield to celebrate the milestone. Having lived in Merriwether until the age of 98 at her home on Five Notch Road, she moved to the assisted care facility about a year and a half ago, family members said.
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Edgefield Woman Arrested after Hit and Run with School Bus
web posted February 1, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman was arrested Monday afternoon after hitting a school bus as it was turning on to Rosa Hill Street from Brooks Street and fled the scene at 3:45 pm. The car was scene leaving the scene driving on Brooks Street. Edgefield Police responded to the scene while trying to find a blue in color car with a missing mirror, which was left at the scene. No one on the bus was injured in the collision.
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Middle School Mock Trial Teams In The Spotlight
web posted February 1, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School (JET) and Merriwether Middle School Mock Trial Teams were honored at the January Edgefield County Board of Trustees Meeting. The students participated in the South Carolina Middle School Division of the South Carolina Bar sponsored Mock Trial Program.
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Trenton Woman Awakened by Intended Burglar
web posted February 1, 2011
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff's Office Sunday night after being awoken by her front door being kicked open by an intended burglar. The woman was asleep in her home on the 3300 block of Highway 19 when she heard a loud noise and went to investigate. That is when she found the damaged front door.
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