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February 2012 Archive

Report of Suspicious Vehicle Leads to Weapons Charge
web posted February 29, 2012
COUNTY LINE – A report of a suspicious vehicle Monday night resulted in the arrest of an Aiken man on a weapons charge. Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a report of a car that had been parked at the unlit dead end area of Carriee Lane around 10 pm and found James Hubert Wright, 22, of Aiken, to have a Glock 9mm pistol with a laser sight with a loaded 30-round clip sitting on the console of the car. When deputies approached Wright, who was looking under the hood at the time, he "moved toward the driver's door".
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Gloves Off: Thurmond’s Whatley Single-Handedly Takes on D.W. Daniel’s Powerhouse Varsity Chess Club
web posted February 29, 2012
JOHNSTON – Competing as the sole representative for Strom Thurmond High School, Tori Whatley played four of her five games against the most experienced players of the D.W. Daniel High School Chess Club on Saturday, February 25th, in the High School Section of the 2012 edition of the South Carolina Scholastic Chess Championships. Her performance against the reigning state championship team drew comments from spectators and tournament directors who noted her tenacious fighting spirit.
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Strom Thurmond Among Four Upstate High Schools to Advance to S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition
web posted February 29, 2012
COLUMBIA – Students from Bob Jones Academy, Greenwood High School, the Montessori School of Anderson and Strom Thurmond High School have advanced to the S.C. Bar State High School Mock Trial Competition March 9-10 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse located at 901 Richland St. in Columbia.
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Religion - John 3:16 "Just Believe"  Part 9
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 29, 2012
RELIGION – We continuing our study of John 3:16, I know it is getting long, but I am enjoying it and I hope you are too. Earlier this week I read one of the most amazing stories. It is the story of Rick Hoyt. Rick was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord became twisted around his neck, which caused the blockage of oxygen flow. As a result, his brain is unable to send the correct messages to his muscles. Many doctors encouraged the Hoyts to institutionalize Rick, informing them that he would be nothing more than a "vegetable.” 
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South Carolina’s 2011 Exports Jump 21 percent - Ranks First Among U.S. States in Auto and Tire Exports
web posted February 29, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – February 28, 2012 – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the State Ports Authority today announced the state’s 2011 exports totaled more than $24.6 billion in goods sold to 198 countries around the world. Figures represent a 21.4 percent increase over 2010 totals. In 2011, South Carolina’s 21.4 percent export growth ranked the state 14th in the U.S.
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Children’s Author Jerry Pallotta to Visit WE Parker
web posted February 29, 2012
EDGEFIELD – W.E. Parker Elementary and the Edgefield Reading Council invite the community to share an evening with children’s author, Jerry Pallotta. Please join us on Thursday, March 8th, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at W.E. Parker Elementary. Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. He is called the alphabet man because of the more than 20 nature and science alphabet books he has written.
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Women in Unity Banquet at Antioch Big Success
By Anne Waits
web posted February 29, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The 10th Annual Women in Unity Banquet, held last Saturday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Edgefield, was another big success for the organization, said President and Founder Essie Nicholson. “This is one of our largest fundraisers,” she said. “We all volunteer for different aspects, and the profits go toward operating expenses - food, lights, phone, Internet, all necessities of the after-school program.”
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Honeycutt Scholarship Awarded to Two Edgefield Students
web posted February 29, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Two Piedmont Technical College students were recently awarded the Honeycutt Scholarship. Recipients were Thomas Morgan, a radiologic technology student from Edgefield and Rachel Raines, an administrative office technology student from Edgefield. The scholarship is awarded annually to an Edgefield County student and is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Johnston Armed Robbery Suspects in Custody
web posted February 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Monday afternoon that both suspects in the Saturday morning home invasion and armed robbery of an elderly Johnston man are in custody. "They are both off the streets and won't be bothering anyone for a long time to come," Aston said. The arrests on Monday spanned two states and came within hours of each other. "The citizens really came together giving us information on the second suspect," Chief Aston said.
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Herlong Motors Donates Van to Paralyzed JET Student
web posted February 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – It all started on the December 16, 2011, afternoon walk to home from the school bus stop for 14-year-old Willie Smith, a middle school student at JET. In mere moments his life changed forever during a confrontation with another 14-year-old student at the Alternative School when a fight broke out and Willie was left paralyzed from the neck down.
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County Employee on "Administrative Leave" after Arrest for Moonshine Still
web posted February 28, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Road Division employee arrested last Thursday after a raid by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office found a large scale moonshine still at his Sandy Springs Road home in Trenton has been placed on Administrative Leave without pay. 41-year-old Boyce Dewayne (Wayne) Fields was arrested and booked at the Aiken County Detention Center on a charge of manufacturing illegal liquors and has since been released on bond.
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Concordia Masonic Lodge in Edgefield hosting pancake supper to benefit Cub Scout Pack 30
web posted February 28, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Concordia Masonic Lodge in Edgefield will be hosting a pancake supper to benefit Cub Scout Pack 30 on Tuesday March 6, 2012, from 7-9 pm. Plates will consist of 3 pancakes and 2 sausages and cost $6.00 each. Tickets can be purchased from any Scout as well as Crouch Hardware and Napa Auto Parts in Edgefield. The last day to purchase tickets will be Friday March 2.

Aiken Woman Found Dead in Back Yard "Suspicious"
web posted February 28, 2012
AIKEN – A 54-year-old woman was found dead in the backyard of her Horry Street home in Aiken Monday night. A family member found the body of Kayla Raiford with what appeared to be a gunshot wound and called 911. A weapon was discovered near her body, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton who said the death appeared to be "suspicious".
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Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary Hosting a Scrub Sale
web posted February 28, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a scrub sale Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, February 29th in the Edgefield County Hospital Employee Dining Room and Conference Room. Jackie’s Uniform Center from Columbia will be featuring Koi, Landau, Dansko, Cherokee, Grey’s Anatomy, plus much more.  Hours will be Tuesday, February 28th from 9am-6pm and Wednesday, February 29th from 7am-4pm. The public is welcomed.

Lost Dog: Johnston
web posted February 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – Missing: German short hair puppy named Bo. Ran away Sunday around noon. Beech creek road area in Johnston. Please contact Tommy at 480-0042 if you have any information. Click on picture for larger view.

Johnston Police Seek Two in Home Invasion and Armed Robbery 
Update: Suspects Remain at Large
web posted February 25, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are seeking two men after a home invasion and armed robbery just before 10 am Saturday morning on Roland Avenue. Police Chief Chris Aston said they have identified one of the men as 25-year-old Edward Terell Chandler of May Street in Johnston. "We've got a couple of names on who the other guy may be, but we don't have enough to release anything on him," Chief Aston said. Both men are considered to be armed and dangerous.
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County Employee Arrested for Operational Moonshine Still
web posted February 27, 2012
TRENTON – The Aiken County Sheriff's Office conducted a raid Thursday at the Sandy Springs Road home of 41-year-old Boyce Dewayne (Wayne) Fields armed with a search warrant. After searching the home and property, the Sheriff's Office uncovered a large scale moonshine still with the capacity to make up to 200 gallons of moonshine at a time. Fields was taken into custody and transported to the Aiken County Detention Center for booking.
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Edgefield County School District Opens Search for New Superintendent
web posted February 27, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District has retained the South Carolina School Boards Association to assist in the search for the new superintendent. The Board of Trustees of the Edgefield County School District invites applications and nominations for the position. The anticipated date of hire is on or before July 1, 2012.
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Five Die, Ten Survive Mock "Mass Casualty" Exercise
web posted February 27, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A "Mass Casualty" drill was held at the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) on Woodlawn Road Saturday morning involving all emergency services agencies including fire, EMS, EMA, several Fire Departments, Red Cross, and the Sheriff's Office. The scenario was a surprise tornado touches down on the mountain biking trails during an event injuring scores, including some who died as a result of their injuries deep within the 34 mile bike trails.
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Good Food is a tradition at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 27, 2012
JOHNSTON – Any festival-goer 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 29th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 5.
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Miss Peach Blossom Seeks Beauty Queens
web posted February 27, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Miss Peach Blossom beauty pageant will be held on Saturday, March 31 at Johnston Elementary School Gymnasium at 10:00 and 3:00. Young ladies between the ages of birth-20 are invited to compete. A college scholarship will be given to the Miss Peach Blossom winner. The deadline for applications is Wed., March 21. For an application or if you have any questions, please call 803-637-5383 or 803-275-3241.

Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary Hosting a Scrub Sale
web posted February 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a scrub sale Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, February 29th in the Edgefield County Hospital Employee Dining Room and Conference Room. Jackie’s Uniform Center from Columbia will be featuring Koi, Landau, Dansko, Cherokee, Grey’s Anatomy, plus much more.  Hours will be Tuesday, February 28th from 9am-6pm and Wednesday, February 29th from 7am-4pm. The public is welcomed.

No Headlines for Saturday
web posted February 25, 2012
COUNTY – There are no Headline news stories for Saturday. Reports will continue on Monday and any breaking news will be reported over the weekend. Some sections have been updated and the rest will be completed for Monday's edition.

"Mass Casualty" Exercise to be Held in Merriwether Saturday
web posted February 24, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether residents will see plenty of emergency vehicles responding Saturday morning around 11 am, but before you fear the worst, know that it is an exercise - and not just any exercise. The multi-agency "mass casualty" exercise will be one of the largest undertaken in the county and on the roughest terrain in the county with around two dozen injured persons scattered around the miles of the FATS trails on Woodlawn Road.
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Edgefield County School District Honor Roll 2nd Nine Weeks 2011-2012
web posted February 24, 2012
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has Released the Honor Rolls of all area public schools for the second nine weeks grading period. Each school is listed individually rather than collectively. We congratulate the students and the teachers who help students achieve academic excellence.
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Congressman Duncan Visits Edgefield Wednesday
web posted February 23, 2012
EDGEFIELD – US Congressman Jeff Duncan was in Edgefield Wednesday meeting with local elected officials in the morning and then attended a lunch at the Edgefield Grill with the public. The meeting with elected officials was to further the relationship he has established and to find ways to help where he can, and find creative ways when he cannot. Rep. Duncan stated he received a copy of the Strategic Plan the county has been working on and will review it to see if he can identify funding sources through possible grants.
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Thieves Steal HVAC Units Valued at $15,000
web posted February 23, 2012
JOHNSTON – The owner of a home on the 500 block of Highway 121 near Johnston arrived to find two large HVAC units cut loose from the home and stolen Tuesday morning and called the Sheriff's Office. The theft is believed to have taken place between 6 pm Monday and 11 am Tuesday.
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Second Owner Cited for Dogs Running "At Large" This Week, Third Owner Sought
Dog Bite incident Reported Wednesday
web posted February 23, 2012

COUNTY – A second dog owner has been charged for allowing her dogs to run "at large" this week after a Fox Terrace Road woman called the Sheriff's Office claiming a neighbor's dogs were coming on to her property and attacking her dog that was chained in the back yard. A Courtney Road woman called on Tuesday to report that she was kept from getting into her car by two pit bull's belonging to a neighbor when one of them became "aggressive" towards her.
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Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Camp This Saturday
web posted February 23, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball in conjunction with the Pete Meadows Baseball Program will hold its annual clinic this Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The clinic is for boys and girls 13 years of age and under and will cover personal reviews of each campers swing, drills, and core fundamentals of throwing, hitting and pitching.
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Thurmond FFA Places 2nd in Region in Tool ID Program
web posted February 23, 2012
JOHNSTON – Have you ever wondered what a Plumb Bob was? What about the proper use of a 90 degree pipe elbow? The students on the Thurmond FFA Tool Identification Team know all of this and more. As a matter of fact, they have to identify
and tell the use of 190+ tools!  They competed on Feb. 14th at the Chester Co. Career Center for the title of the FFA Mid State Tool Identification CDE winner.
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Sheriff's Investigators Make Arrest in December Burglary
Second Suspect Still at Large
web posted February 22, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the burglary at Layman's Nursery in the early morning hours of December 16, 2011. Thomas Max Hubbard, 25, was booked into custody on Tuesday at the Edgefield County Detention Center on charges of burglary in the second degree and larceny. Sheriff's Investigator's released video footage and stills in an effort to identify the suspects, and that footage lead to the arrest.
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Mill Creek Woman Cited after Dogs Kill 25 Chickens
web posted February 22, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Mill Creek Drive woman was cited after an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was called to respond to a complaint by a man stating dogs broke into his chicken pen and killed 25 laying hens Monday morning.
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Religion: John 3:16 "Whosoever" - Part 8
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 22, 2012
RELIGION – Exclusion is not fun. I remember growing up and being excluded. There was a traveling soccer team in my hometown. All the players had really cool hooded sweatshirts that they wore, as well as really awesome Addidas jackets. I wanted to be a part of that team so bad! But I could not be. The reasons were many; one I was a husky lad and all the running and coordination for soccer I lacked, so I could not make the team.
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Thurmond FFA Chapter Competes in Wildlife Career Development Event
web posted February 22, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Students of the Thurmond FFA Chapter spent their Saturday morning on the Central Carolina campus identifying wildlife. Students in the Wildlife Career Development Event, earn the opportunity to demonstrate their technical and management skills as it relates to wildlife, habitat, and harvesting regulations. Students tested their knowledge through a written exam, identification stations, and completed a team activity as it relates to wildlife.
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Found Dog: Westside : Owner Claimed
web posted February 22, 2012
WESTSIDE – Found Dog: Has a collar and is at our house. It was found on the Westside Hyw 23 area. Well behaved and friendly. (contact information removed) Very good around children and seems to be family pet. Click on picture for larger view.

Crystal Coleman Named as Edgefield County Finance Director
web posted February 21, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Assistant Administrator Lynn Strom announced Monday that Crystal Coleman, of Johnston, has been selected from 24 applicants as Edgefield County’s new Finance Director. Ms. Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina-Aiken and is currently working on her Masters of Accountancy, which she will complete in June 2012.
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North Augusta Man Arrested Three Days after Theft of Jewelry
web posted February 21, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The man the Sheriff's Office says was responsible for the theft of a reported $5,800 in jewelry from a Macedonia Road couple last week has been arrested. 27-year-old Clinton Keith Tapley, of North Augusta, has been charged with grand larceny in the case, which is still under investigation that could see charges involving a second individual.
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Man Wanted after Sunday Morning Attack with Machete
web posted February 21, 2012
TRENTON – A 35-year-old Trenton man is being sought in connection to an attack on two other men at a Breezy Oaks Court home in Trenton around 3:30 am Sunday morning. The man is facing several possible felony charges for two separate attacks outside and inside the home, leaving both victims injured.
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William Smith, County Council Candidate for Dist. 1, Announces Town Hall Meetings
web posted February 20, 2012
EDGEFIELD – County Council Candidate for District 1, William Smith, has set up four 'Town Hall' style meetings before the June primary. Mr. Smith wants to give his constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns. William feels that it is important to invite all of the residents in District 1, so these citizens have a platform to voice concerns. These meetings are spread throughout the district so that everyone has the opportunity to attend.
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Merriwether Community Coalition Announces Meeting to Form Community Group
By Linda Anderson
web posted February 20, 2012

MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Community Coalition is being formed to represent the interest of and to provide a voice for Merriwether. Our County Council members Rodney Ashcraft and  Genia Blackwell are providing their assistance and fully support the Merriwether community having a voice in its future. Merriwether is more than just a location on a map, it is a community with common interests and desires for this place we call home.
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Edgefield County BOE Called Meeting Wednesday
web posted February 20, 2012
JOHNSTON – There will be a called meeting of the Edgefield County School Board on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 6 pm in the Edgefield County School District Board Room. According to the agenda provided, a regular meeting will be convened and then move into executive session to discuss the Superintendent search. They will reconvene in public and adjourn. No votes are listed to be taken.

Entertainers: We Want You at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 20, 2012
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 29th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 5.
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U.S. Unemployment Increases to 9% in Mid-February
web posted February 20, 2012
PRINCETON, NJ -- The U.S. unemployment rate, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 9.0% in mid-February, up from 8.6% for January. The mid-month reading normally reflects what the U.S. government reports for the entire month, and is up from 8.3% in mid-January.
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Disturbance at Basketball Game Leads to Arrest of Knife Wielding Attendee
web posted February 18, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Recreation Basketball game Thursday night saw a disturbance leading to a teen being arrested after pulling a knife during a fracas in the lobby of the Edgefield Gym. Edgefield County Recreation Director Nick Wates was able to coax the altercation outside where the main troublemaker then punched and dented the hood on Wates' truck and his wife's SUV before fleeing the scene.
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Opinion: Edgefield County School Board Could Blow Expansion and Successful Head Coach in 1-2 Punch
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 18, 2012

COLUMN – As the final decision of upgrading the football stadium continues, rumors have now begun to grow that due to a less than friendly school board meeting on February 14 to the idea, and the negative comments towards the sports program by certain school board members, Coach Sawyer has been said to have inserted his name among the list of Athletic Director hopefuls at Batesburg Leesville High School allegedly halting their search and them making an offer to Sawyer on Friday for the job.
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Collision Blocks Pine House Crossroads
web posted February 17, 2012
TRENTON – A collision at the Pine House Crossroads Thursday morning snarled traffic for nearly two hours when the driver of a Ford van could not stop for a red light and was broadsided by a Ford pickup. The impact knocked the van on its side and both vehicles blocked the intersection after coming to a stop.
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Edgefield Police Make Drug Bust with Undercover Operation
web posted February 17, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police Department has arrested a Due West man in connection to the sale of crystal methamphetamine in Edgefield this week. 53-year-old Robert Charles McWhorter was taken into custody shortly after a witnessed drug deal on Monday, according to police.
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"Secret Shopper" Job Turns out to be Scam
web posted February 17, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Wind Road woman called the Sheriff's Office to report a scam after responding to an ad to be a "secret shopper". After being sent three separate money orders for $945 each to perform her new job, she took them to the post office in North Augusta only to discover they were counterfeit.
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Senate passes Department of Administration Bill
web posted February 17, 2012
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Senate passed the most significant piece of restructuring legislation in the past two decades on Thursday, passing a bill that completely eliminates the state Budget and Control Board.
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Last Saturday to Signup for County Recreation Spring Sports
web posted February 17, 2012
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Department’s Spring baseball and girls softball leagues are wrapping up signups this Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 12 noon at several locations. Our Dixie Youth baseball is for ages 4-14, Girls Softball for ages 6-15. 
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Lost Dogs: Westside - FOUND
web posted February 17, 2012
WESTSIDE – Lost Dogs: Black and tan corgi and German Sheppard cross, loves kids, very friendly, and loves to play and hunt. The other dog is a collie sheppard, looks just like a collie, but where the collie is blonde, he his black and has blonde high lights on his face.

Edgefield County Reorganizes Staff Positions to Improve County Government
web posted February 16, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County is announcing changes in its Administrative staff to better utilize the skills and talents of the employees so the County can continue to provide improved services to taxpayers, according to Lynn Strom, Assistant Edgefield County Administrator.
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SCE&G Warns Customers about Phone Scam
web posted February 16, 2012
COUNTY – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is alerting customers in the Aiken area to be aware of telephone scam artists posing as SCE&G employees. A number of customers have reported instances Wednesday of individuals portraying themselves as SCE&G employees over the phone. In all cases, the individuals are requesting immediate payment of the customer’s SCE&G bill and threatening service disconnection if payment is not made. Here are some tips.
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Identity Thieves Steal Almost $11,000 in a Day
web posted February 16, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff's Office after receiving a change of address letter from his bank and found it suspicious since he was not moving. When he accessed his bank account online he found a separate debit card had been issued with massive charges and withdrawals made in the Atlanta Georgia area the day before. He immediately cancelled the account and called authorities.
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Public Invited to Steering Committee Meeting Today
web posted February 16, 2012
EDGEFIELD – For the last five months, Edgefield County has been working with a group of about thirty people to design a new strategic plan for Edgefield County. They have met numerous times and have come up with a road map of goals best suited for Edgefield County. The steering committee will be meeting again on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00PM in the County Council Chambers located at 225 Jeter Street in Edgefield.
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MMS Math Counts Team Member Advances to State
web posted February 16, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Congratulations to the Merriwether Middle School Math Counts Team. MMS had three students finish in the top 16 at the Regional Meet; Tannor Byrd, Ashley Milton, and Scott Sherman. Tannor qualified for the state championship to be held in Myrtle Beach. The Math Counts competition included Jet Middle School, MMS, and the Aiken County Middle Schools. Congratulations to Merriwether Middle School and the students.

Tax Time suggestion from the Forestry Commission
web posted February 16, 2012
COLUMBIA SC – The South Carolina Forestry Commission is urging tax payers to remember their forests when filing their state returns. This tax season marks the second year that taxpayers anticipating a refund will have an option to contribute all or part of it to sustaining state-owned forestlands.  The General Assembly passed an income tax check off creating the SC State Forests Fund during the 2010 Legislative Session.
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School Board Attorney Greg Anderson Makes Bid for School Superintendent
web posted February 15, 2012
JOHNSTON – In a surprise statement read by School District Attorney Greg Anderson to the Edgefield County School Board Tuesday night, he laid out his desire to be added to the list of applicants for School Superintendent listing what he called unique qualifications for the job. One of those was attending every school board meeting for the past 30 years, in session and executive session giving him insight on the problems in the district.
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One Arrested, Second Man Flees Crime Scene: Arrested Tuesday Night
web posted February 15, 2012
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies converged on highway 23 Tuesday morning after being notified by McCormick County that two men fleeing and attempted break-in were headed to Edgefield County. The black GMC Sierra pickup was spotted at someone's property on highway 23 loading up scrap metal. When deputies approached, one of the men fled the scene on foot into the woods starting a manhunt; the second was taken into custody immediately.
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"Suspicious Vehicle" Call Results in Arrest
web posted February 15, 2012
WESTSIDE – A Woman called the Sheriff's Office Monday morning after a car pulled up in her front yard located some distance off the roadway and a black male knocked on the door. She spoke to the man through the door and the man asked where Martintown Road was located. She told him he was on Martintown Road and he left. She provided the description of the car and Deputies located it a short time later and found both men were wanted. They also had a police scanner in the car with other interesting items.
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Off Duty Deputy Nabs an Aiken County Most Wanted Persons
web posted February 15, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An off duty Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was at Sportsman's Corner Monday afternoon when a man walked in that looked strangely familiar to him. While the man and a friend were in the store the deputy realized one of the men was wanted in Aiken County and called to have on duty deputies respond to the store.
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Johnston Town Council Debates Electric Agreement
web posted February 15, 2012
JOHNSTON – Members of Johnston Town Council perused a new franchise agreement offered by Aiken Electric Cooperative on Monday, but chose to study the document more carefully after language in the agreement sparked some concern. Councilman Tommy Burton was the first to sound the alarm.
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Aiken Man Killed in Single Car Crash
web posted February 15, 2012
AIKEN – An Aiken County man was pronounced dead after a single vehicle crash on Lakeside Drive in Aiken Monday afternoon. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the crash took place around 3:15 pm and the driver died at 7:30 pm Tuesday at MCG, now named Georgia Health Sciences University.
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Religion: John 3:16 "Titanic Love" - Part 7
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 15, 2012

RELIGION – We continue this week in our study of John 3:16. We looked last week at God’s love, and because we can’t exhaust God’s love in a 1000 words, we will prolong the topic. Now I can’t say enough, we have lost all appreciation and understanding of the world love.  I remember back when I was a junior in high school and the girl I was dating wanted to go see the movie “Titanic.”
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Merriwether Elementary Sweeps First Ever Sudoku Tourney
web posted February 15, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Schools first ever Sudoku Tournament was held at Merriwether Elementary School on Thursday, February 9. W. E. Parker Elementary, Douglas Elementary, and Merriwether Elementary (MES) were represented in the tournament.
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Barefoot in the Park Opens This Weekend in Edgefield
web posted February 15, 2012
EDGEFIELD – New York comes to Edgefield this week as one of the greatest Neil Simon romantic comedies takes the stage at the William Miller Bouknight Theatre. “Barefoot in the Park,” directed by John Lewis of Aiken, opens Friday, Feb. 17 for five performances. Showtime is 8 p.m. Additional performances are Saturday Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 803-637-3833.
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Mealing Road Homes Targeted for Mail Thefts
web posted February 14, 2012
MERRIWETHER – At least two homeowners called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report mail thefts on Saturday morning and a third called to report property being stolen from the back yard. The opened mail was found along the roadway with the contents being removed containing the victims personal information, credit card numbers and more.
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Congressman Duncan Plans Events in Saluda & Edgefield County
web posted February 14, 2012
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan released his public event schedule for the week of February 20th on Monday with stops in Edgefield and Saluda on Wednesday of next week. “We’ve held several ‘listening sessions’ across the district and have found that they’re great way for taking South Carolinians concerns back to Washington," Congressman Duncan said.
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Macedonia Road Couple Report over $5,000 in Jewelry Stolen
web posted February 14, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Macedonia Road couple called the Sheriff's Office on Sunday to report over $5,000 in jewelry missing as well as a bottle of prescription hydrocodone. A deputy arrived a short time later and was given a list of the jewelry and its value. There was no forced entry into the home noted on incident reports.
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Second Cell Tower Targeted for Copper Theft
web posted February 14, 2012
TRENTON – A Second cell tower was discovered targeted by copper thieves just days following the first reported on February 6, where $2,000 worth of copper stolen and damage was reported. A worker arrived at the tower Thursday morning and found the fencing around the tower cut and copper wire stolen.
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Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary Hosting a Scrub Sale
web posted February 14, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a scrub sale Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, February 29th in the Edgefield County Hospital Employee Dining Room and Conference Room. Jackie’s Uniform Center from Columbia will be featuring Koi, Landau, Dansko, Cherokee, Grey’s Anatomy, plus much more.  Hours will be Tuesday, February 28th from 9am-6pm and Wednesday, February 29th from 7am-4pm. The public is welcomed.

Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Final Registration Saturday
web posted February 14, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Saturday, February 18th, will be the final day of Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball registration. League representatives will be at the ballpark in Edgefield from 10:00 - Noon. This will be your last chance to register for the upcoming season. The cost is $45.00 per child and includes their uniform and cap. Leagues include T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Minor League, Major League and Pony League.

Campbell Announces Bid for Re-election to County Council
web posted February 13, 2012
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell today announced he will seek re-election to the District 3 Edgefield County Council seat, saying he wants to continue the work to improve Edgefield County in all areas. “I am proud of what the County Council has been able to accomplish in the past year,” Campbell said.
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High school students gear up for S.C. Bar Regional Mock Trial Competition
web posted February 13, 2012
COLUMBIA – Twelve schools from the Piedmont region will compete in the S.C. Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Greenville Courthouse located at 305 E. North St. in Greenville. Participating schools include Bob Jones Academy, Christ Church Episcopal School, Ft. Mill, Greenville, Greenwood, J.L. Mann, Laurens Academy, Montessori High School of Anderson, Nation Ford, Strom Thurmond, Wade Hampton and Westminster Catawba Christian.
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Success by Ten AmeriCorps and HOSA Winter Coat Drive
web posted February 13, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Success By Ten AmeriCorps members teamed up with Strom Thurmond Career Center Health Occupation Students of America for a Winter Coat Drive. The drive took place throughout the month of January. AmeriCorps members collected over 115 coats at various locations throughout the county on the MLK National Day of Service that took place January 16, 2012.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for February 18 Training
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web posted February 13, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 18, 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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Public Invited to Steering Committee Meeting Thursday
web posted February 13, 2012
EDGEFIELD – For the last five months, Edgefield County has been working with a group of about thirty people to design a new strategic plan for Edgefield County. They have met numerous times and have come up with a road map of goals best suited for Edgefield County. The steering committee will be meeting again on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:00PM in the County Council Chambers located at 225 Jeter Street in Edgefield.
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Whitney Houston Dies at 48
web posted February 11, 2012
Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
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Martinez Man Dies on FATS Trails in Merriwether
web posted February 11, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A 65-year-old Martinez man mountain biking on the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) with friends Friday morning failed to join the group at the next agreed juncture of trails. When the group tried to contact him by cell phone and got no answer, they went back to check on him. Two other riders were already on the scene and the cyclist had crashed and was not breathing. They called 911 and began CPR as rescue crews with the Merriwether Fire Department and EMS raced to the scene.
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Planning Commission Told County Heading in New Direction
web posted February 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Planning Commission meeting Thursday night included numerous agenda items, but none were more important than a single sentence uttered by Administrator Roger LeDuc, "the county is going in a new direction." Mr. LeDuc explained that the county council will be looking at major changes across the county in the near future and much of that plan will affect the planning commission in one form or another.
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Planning Commission Sees Change in Leadership Positions
web posted February 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission welcomed a new member on Thursday night at their regular meeting. Al Bono, of Mt. Vintage, was appointed by County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft at the county council meeting Tuesday night. A change in leadership was seen with elections held for chairman and vice chairman with two members absent.
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Accused Shoplifter Claims He "Forgot to Pay"
web posted February 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Bi-Lo store Wednesday afternoon after a man and a woman were seen walking out of the store with a blue hand-held shopping basket without paying. A short time later the man carrying to shopping basket out of the store was identified through surveillance tapes.
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Merriwether Lady Mustangs End Season 10-4, Tie for First Place in Region
web posted February 10, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Lady Mustangs finished their season 10-4 (10-2 in region) Wednesday night with a 23-17 win over JET. With no playoff or tie breaker in place, the Lady Mustangs share first place with Mid-Carolina.
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Sheriff's Office Running Fingerprints to Confirm Identity of Arrested Suspect
web posted February 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A report by Edgefield Daily has the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office investigating the name a suspect gave at the time of his booking. We reported the discrepancy between incident reports filed by two deputies at the time of the arrest and the booking process in which two different names were given. Edgefield County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Wash said on Tuesday they are running his fingerprints to confirm the man's identity, although he is out on bond at this time.
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Chocolate Celebration Scheduled for Downtown Edgefield Today
web posted February 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association will host the 6th Annual Downtown Choc-Around, Thursday, February 9th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event is hosted as a celebration of the Valentine season and in an effort to bring locals and visitors together in the historic downtown for the evening.
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County Recreation Soccer Registration Saturday
web posted February 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A County Recreation Soccer Registration will be held Saturday, Feb 11, at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the soccer field in Edgefield ages 4 -12. If you are unable to make the date you can also signup at the Edgefield County Recreation Office Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.  Also you can download the registration form from www.edgefieldcounty.sc.gov and mail it in to Edgefield County Recreation: 400 Church St. Box 5, Edgefield, SC 29824.  If you have any questions please contact Nick Wates at (803) 637-2621.

Spring Comes Early at Annual FFA Plant Sale at STCC
web posted February 9, 2012
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond FFA students will be available to help you select spring plants on Sat. March 31st from 8 AM-12 PM (Greenhouse behind the ST football field). Due to the unusually warm winter, our plants farther along than normal and people are welcome to come on anytime to make their purchases!
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update: Edgefield County Takes Bold Step to Control Our Future
By: Dean Campbell
web posted February 9, 2012

EDGEFIELD – At the County Council meeting this week, we approved a new, bold step to begin laying the groundwork for Edgefield County’s future growth. As you may remember, during the past several months, Edgefield County has been developing a Strategic Plan for the future of the County. At nearly every meeting, the participants have emphasized that “infrastructure” is a key to Edgefield County’s future success.
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Piedmont Technical College Honor Students from Edgefield County
web posted February 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2011 fall semester 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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Two Found Dogs
web posted February 9, 2012
JOHNSTON – Found a walker dog in between Richland Srpings and Sardis in Saluda County. Has collar with rabies tag but no name tag. (Dog is now missing). Found large, wire-haired dog. Very friendly.  No collar. Call 803-275-3615 to fully identify and claim.

Sewer Service for Merriwether One Step Closer
web posted February 8, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A county sewer line in the Merriwether area came one step closer to being a reality Tuesday night when the County Council voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will lead to the installation of an approximately 1 mile "trunk line" being installed in the Gregory Lake Road area. That line could eventually service up to 2,000 homes or more in the future.
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Safety Award Given to County for Rescue Equipment Invention
web posted February 8, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The South Carolina Association of Counties presented a plaque to the county for receiving an Outstanding Safety Achievement Award for the great innovation of the Rural and Off Road Recovery System put into use last year. The recovery vehicle and other equipment came about through the inventions created by members of the Merriwether Fire Department. John Henderson, Director of Risk Management with SCAC, made the presentation at the Edgefield County Council meeting Tuesday night.
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Rick Santorum wins Minnesota, Missouri
web posted February 8, 2012
NATION – Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum picked up early wins in Minnesota and Missouri Tuesday evening, offering further evidence that the primary season is nowhere near an end. While no delegates were awarded in any of tonight’s races, Santorum’s victories pose a significant setback for front-runner Mitt Romney.
Washington Post

Copper Thieves Target Cell Tower
web posted February 8, 2012
COUNTY LINE – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office received a call Monday from a worker with Verizon reporting a tower located on Jacob McKie Road had been targeted by copper thieves.
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Religion: John 3:16 Love of God - Part 6
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 8, 2012

RELIGION – We are continuing our study in John 3:16. We looked last week at eternal life and all that it entailed. This week, in sort of an early Valentines Theme, we are going to look at love, in particular God’s love for us. Summing up God’s love is a huge undertaking. I have really struggled writing this, not because I doubt it or don’t know it, but because it is so huge.
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Homeowner Finds High Powered Rifle Round Shot into Home
web posted February 8, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Martintown Road man called the Sheriff’s Office to report someone shooting into his home. The man stated he was not at the property when the incident took place and retuned on Monday to find the damage.
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More South Carolina Kids Are Enjoying Chess
web posted February 8, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The world has become a more competitive place. Our children need every advantage one can grasp in order to succeed in a fast-paced, result-driven society.  Some South Carolina students and parents are turning to the age-old game of chess to help sharpen their logic and critical thinking skills. A number of well-researched studies seem to indicate that the benefits of chess do just that, and more.
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Aiken Man Dead after Sunday Night Shooting
web posted February 7, 2012
AIKEN – A 19-year-old Aiken man was pronounced dead at the Aiken Regional Medical Center early Monday morning after being shot in Hahn Village in Aiken, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release. The shooting took place around 11:30 pm Sunday and Moses Williams died from his injuries at 1:26 am Monday.
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Augusta Woman Injured in Single Car Crash
web posted February 7, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An Augusta Georgia woman was injured in a single car crash Monday morning on Sweetwater Road. A passerby who saw the woman's Chevrolet Impala off the roadway and down a steep embankment around 10 am called to report the wreck stating the woman was complaining of back pain.
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Driver: "Got Me, I'm Drunk"
web posted February 7, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were called to a disturbance on the 1100 block of Jeter Street late Friday night and when they arrived the woman told officers that she and her husband got into an argument over the keys to their car. She said her husband had been drinking all day and she did not want him to drive intoxicated and told them that he had just left the home.
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Blood Drive at WE Parker Tuesday, Feb. 14
web posted February 7, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at W.E. Parker Elementary on Tuesday, February 14th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. One person giving can save 3 lives.  There is no better way to say Happy Valentine's Day!  Contact Jenny Yonce at 637-4020 to set up an appointment time.

What's In a Name? Reports, Arrest Record Differ
web posted February 7, 2012
MURPHY VILLAGE – While compiling information for the weekly booking report, as well as reviewing incident reports from local law enforcement agencies over the weekend, a name in reports did not match one in the official "Red Book" of those booked into custody at the Detention Center. The question now that needs to be answered is; did the man give false information to jailers, or to the arresting deputies?
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Wants Arts and Crafts
web posted February 7, 2012
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 29th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 5.
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Opinion: Writer Objects to UN Directive in Local Planning
web posted February 7, 2012
Dear Citizens of Edgefield County,
I in no way suggest that Tobe Holmes is out to harm the community. I went to school with him, I know his family. I don't think he would knowingly subject us to harm. I ask you to do one small research experiment if you will...everybody who reads this please, give a second of your time.
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Elderly Couple on Bike Struck, One Killed
web posted February 6, 2012
AIKEN – An elderly couple on a tandem bicycle attempting to make a left turn were struck by a northbound driver on Banks Mill Road in Aiken County. 68-year-old Gerald Hooker of Aiken was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Center at 3:52 Sunday afternoon. His wife had only minor injuries, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a a release.
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Greenwood Genetic Mobile Lab Visits STH
web posted February 6, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Two classes at the Strom Thurmond Career Center and Strom Thurmond High School had the privilege of participating in lab classes on the Greenwood Genetic Center mobile lab last month. Through funding from grants, this mobile “Gene Machine” travels all over the state visiting schools.
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Unemployment Rate Going Down While 1.2 Million More People Out of Labor Force Last Month
web posted February 6, 2012
COLUMN – If you only listen to the mainstream media or far left blogs, the recent announcement of the unemployment rate dropping to 8.3% is great news, especially for those seeking President Obama's reelection. What the mainstream media neglects to inform you about is that in order to make the unemploement rate drop they had to eliminate 1.2 million unemployed people over the last month from the roll. They simply are not counted.
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County Council Members to meet with citizens on Monday, February 13, in Edgefield
web posted February 6, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Council Member Rodney Ashcraft will hold a joint ton hall type meeting for citizens to discuss issues. The meeting will be held at the Edgefield Town Hall, Town Council Chambers, February 13, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Citizens are invited to come and freely discuss issues with the Council members.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for February 18 Training
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web posted February 6, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 18, 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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Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Caring for Carolina Encourage You to Show Your Heart Bloodrive Tuesday
web posted February 6, 2012
AIKEN – For the past 4 years Aiken Regional Medical Centers and the Caring for Carolina partners, WJBF News Channel 6 and Maxwell Law Firm, have hosted the Annual Show Your Heart Blood Drive in Aiken.  In an effort to replenish our community’s blood bank we encourage everyone to come out and “Show Your Heart”. 
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Vinny's Pizza Burglarized
web posted February 4, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to an alarm at Vinny's  Pizza on Martintown Road around 1:30 Friday morning and found a side door pried open. Deputies cleared the building and found no one inside. Foot prints were also found on top of the counter. Video footage revealed two men breaking into the restaurant and stealing the cash register with about $100 inside.
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Shoplifter Leaves Wallet and ID at Store
web posted February 4, 2012
HERE'S YOUR CARD – A woman reported to be shoplifting at the Dollar General store on Pine House Road in Trenton was recorded on video surveillance cameras to help identify her. A Sheriff's Deputy did not need long to identify the suspect, she left her wallet in a basket on the counter which also contained her drivers license.
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Elvis Visits Trinity Mission
web posted February 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Elvis came to visit at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Edgefield on January 30, 2012 to celebrate his birthday (January 8th) with our residents. Rick Wade is an Elvis impersonator who goes around performing as the King. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed his visit as he took them down memory lane from “He touched Me “ to “Love Me Tender.”  We celebrated with dancing, cake and punch while Elvis shook his leg to "You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog“. 
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Lost Dog: FOUND
web posted February 4, 2012
JOHNSTON – Lost Beagle last seen on Tuesday January 31st in the Long Cane Road, Ridge Road area. Contact information has been removed. Thank you to anyone that may know his whereabouts. Click on the photo for a larger view.


Shooting Victim Charged after Recovery
web posted February 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The man shot during a robbery of his Jeter Street apartment and left for dead in October of last year has recovered from his injuries, or at least enough to face his own criminal charges stemming from that night. Charles David Vollmer, 51, was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and receiving stolen goods. During the investigation of the shooting, and a subsequent search warrant, Edgefield Police discovered over a pound of marijuana and a stolen pistol.
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Rebel Football Helmets Up for Sale
web posted February 3, 2012
JOHNSTON – Are you a Rebel Fan? If so, Strom Thurmond has an opportunity for you to own a piece of Strom Thurmond football history. The Athletic Department has a limited number of used helmets that have been cleaned and freshly striped and decaled. You can own your very own piece of history for $50 per helmet.
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Call for entries for Rural Photography Contest
web posted February 3, 2012
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Commerce is calling for entries for its eighth annual Amateur Rural Photography Contest. Sponsored by the Small Business and Rural Development Division, the Rural Photography Contest is part of the annual South Carolina Rural Summit conference, which will be held in Greenwood on March 5, 2012.
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Fifty-One and Still Counting
web posted February 3, 2012
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is pleased to announce its most recent Millennium Club roster. To qualify for this club, a student must have a combined Math/Verbal SAT score of at least 1000 or an ACT score of at least a 21.  To this date, fifty-one outstanding students have been recognized for their outstanding SAT and ACT scores.
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Strom Thurmond Band Students Earn State Honors
web posted February 3, 2012
JOHNSTON – Senior Strom Thurmond band student Will Hoffmann has been named to the South Carolina Senior All-State Band. Will earned his placement in the top 16 high school trumpet players in South Carolina placing 12th chair at the final All-State Auditions Jan 21 at Lexington High School. Students that participate go through an intense audition process consisting of all major scales, a prepared solo, sightreading and musical terms. Approximately 8000 students statewide at all levels start the audition process that is done over a two week period.
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Merriwether Lady Mustangs Stay Atop the Region
web posted February 3, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The game was a hard fought defensive struggle on both sides resulting in a low scoring game of 22-21 with the Lady Merriwether Middle School Mustangs coming out the winner and keeping their place at the top of the region.
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Possible Sewer Service Coming to Merriwether
web posted February 2, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Council will be discussing bringing sewer service to the southern section of Merriwether within the next 12 to 18 months in a joint endeavor with the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority (ECSWA). They gave approval of the plan at their meeting last month with a unanimous vote. The "trunk line" would be able to service around 2,200 homes in the area of the installation.
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Retired Teacher Announces Candidacy for Edgefield County Council
web posted February 2, 2012
TRENTON – Betty Butler, retired school teacher and former Edgefield County Council member announces her candidacy for Trenton Precinct, District 4. Mrs. Butler resides in Trenton with her husband, Calvin. She attended schools in Edgefield County (Douglas Elementary and W.E. Parker High).
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Yeldell Will Take Football Talent to Newberry College
By Tim Crane  Photo: Bill Hart
web posted February 2, 2012
SPORTS – What do you get when you have good grades, a great attitude and work ethic, plus three years of highlight film that would rival those of a Playstation video game?  If you are Raleigh Yeldell you get a free college education and four more years of football at Newberry College.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NRCS Longleaf Pine Initiative Available to Private Landowners in South Carolina
web posted February 2, 2012
COLUMBIA – Longleaf pine forests once covered millions of acres throughout the Southeastern United States. Today, only a few thousand acres of this vital habitat remains. To help sustain, enhance and restore longleaf pine forests, State Conservationist Ann English is allocating financial assistance to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
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Rep. Duncan Returning Unspent Funds to Pay Down National Debt
web posted February 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan joined his in-state colleague Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land, along with several other members from across the country to announce they were returning significant portions of their office budgets with the intent that it be used to pay down the country’s debt on Wednesday.
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More Candidates Set to Enter Local Elections
web posted February 1, 2012
COUNTY – With the announcement of William Smith running as a Republican in the District 1 County Council race to challenge 20 year veteran Democrat Norman Dorn on Monday, others are coming forward or showing an interest to run as well. So far only one other candidate has confirmed a run for office, though others remain quiet at this time. One unofficial candidate for Sheriff recently dropped his ambition to seek the office earlier this month after months of working on his campaign.
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Edgefield County native to speak at the Edgefield County Alliance
web posted February 1, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Tobe Holmes is an Edgefield County native who now resides in Charlotte, NC where he is the Director of Research for Charlotte Center City Partners.  After receiving a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Clemson University, Tobe spent four years working in York County’s Planning and Development Services Division focusing on transportation and long range planning. This role offered the opportunity to lead the development of the Carolina Thread Trail Master Plan and related implementation efforts, as well as several other community and economic development projects.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Talented local trio to sign college offers today
web posted February 1, 2012
SPORTS – All around the country today high school seniors will be affixing their signatures to athletic scholarship offers from colleges and universities and Edgefield County will be no different, having become a regular stop for coaches on the recruiting trail.
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Here's Your Card: Some People Never Learn
web posted February 1, 2012
TRENTON – Fredrick Lamont Culbreath, 29, appears to be one of those people who just cannot learn that breaking the law will land you in jail. Sheriff's Deputies were called to a Briarwood home Sunday around 9:30 pm after Culbreath was said to have been involved in a physical altercation with a 25-year-old female and bit her in the face. Before Sheriff Deputies could arrive, he fled the scene. But he could not stay away, with more calls coming in to 911, including him having a butcher knife and trying to get into the home through a window.
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Turritopsis Nutricula - John 3:16: Part 5
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted February 1, 2012

RELIGION – I am getting older and have a few more aches in the morning. I still have all my hair, actually even more hair if you count the invasion I fight in my ears and nose! That might have been a little TMI!  I also may be losing a little of my good looks, but my wife assures me this is impossible. People long to stay young. Ponce Deleon searched for a magical fountain that could make one stay young forever.  We may want to stay young for the health and cosmetic reasons, but our desire for youth is more than simply avoidance of wrinkles and lower back pain. It comes from a fear of dying.
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