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Homeowner Reports Disturbance, Man Making Bomb then Refuses to Press Charges - Suspect Arrested Anyway
web posted February 28, 2013
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were sent racing to a disturbance at a home on Hummingbird Drive Tuesday afternoon and increased their speed once they were informed the person causing the problem was making some kind of a "bomb" and threatening to blow up everyone in the home. As deputies converged on the scene, Jesse Wayne Padgett, 20, was reported fleeing in a blue Ford Explorer and ran from the first deputy arriving.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond FFA Tool Identification Team Takes Regional Honors
web posted February 28, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Tool Identification team took first place honors in the Mid-State Regional Tool Identification Career Development Event (CDE) held at Strom Thurmond Career Center on February 26, 2013. Team members Alana Thurmond, Mallory Fulmer, Henry Cartrett, and Austin Hall were coached by their FFA Advisors Jeremy Brooks and Darla Steele, Agricultural Education instructors at Strom Thurmond Career Center. 
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Secondary Thefts Found at Burglarized Merriwether Business
web posted February 28, 2013
MERRIWETHER – The owner of a Merriwether business on Sweetwater Road that reported a burglary over the weekend called the Sheriff's Office again on Tuesday after discovering thieves had stolen copper wiring and destroyed the HVAC unit. The additional thefts were found when the alarm company came to install the alarm system and noticed wiring cut and stolen.
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Arrest Focuses Spotlight on SC Timber Laws
web posted February 28, 2013
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Forestry Commission investigators have arrested a North Carolina man on two different charges relating to a timber deal in which the victim was underpaid. Tim Gosnell, 40, of Rutherford, NC, failed to pay a Cherokee Co., SC landowner within 45 days for timber cut on his land.  Mr. Gosnell was also cited for failing to provide proper documentation from the mill (proper scale ticket information) for the timber he harvested and transported for the landowner.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted February 28, 2013
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Woman Unable to Call 911 as Stranger Enters Carport
web posted February 27, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman reported hearing a vehicle in the yard around 3 am early Monday morning and looked out the window to see a burgundy older model SUV with a utility trailer in tow stuck in the front yard. She did not have a phone to call 911 as she watched the man enter their carport on the 2700 block of Country Club Hills Drive.
Edgefield Daily

Fox Creek Student Arrested on Narcotics Charge
web posted February 27, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A 17-year-old Fox Creek Charter School student was arrested following a teacher reporting to the administration that the student was "acting suspiciously". After being searched, four pills were found in the student's wallet and the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office was notified. The deputy arrived and took Ryan Stewart Hatch into custody and seized the pills.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 26 - March  5
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web reposted February 27, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including four special packs with 25 pounds to 50 pounds of meat at extra low prices. Other specials include twin pack Boston Butts for just $1.29 a pound, whole cut up fryers for $1.38 a pound, and 5 lb. Russet potatoes for $1.78 a pound plus many more in store savings storewide.
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Sheriff's Office Offers New Communications Service
web posted February 27, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office will utilize a new communications service, effective March 1, 2013, that allows them to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Facebook and Jesus Part 2
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted February 27, 2013
RELIGION – I have always been amused by Beauty Pageants. These pageants are designed to measure the objective beauty of a female. The subjection of oneself to the scrutiny of judges has always struck me as harsh, as I don’t handle rejection very well.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted February 27, 2013
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STH Agricultural Silent Auction to be Held Ag Day March 16
web posted February 27, 2013
JOHNSTON – On Saturday, March 16, 2013, join the local community for an amazing day of fun, food, and friends – all to support student scholarships. The 1st Annual Strom Thurmond Agriculture Department Silent Auction will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Strom Thurmond High School as part of the 1st Annual Edgefield County Agriculture Field Day. The event is sponsored by the Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Association and the Edgefield County Young Farmer Association.  Admission is Free.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Caring for Carolina Encourage You to Show Your Heart and Help Save Three Local Lives
web posted February 27, 2013
AIKEN – For the past 5 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.  After 5 years, it’s become Aiken’s Premier Blood Drive!  In an effort to replenish our community’s blood bank we encourage everyone to come out and “Show Your Heart”. 
Edgefield Daily

Notice: Child Development and Kindergarten Registration Monday, March 4
web posted February 27, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District will hold registration for Child Development and Kindergarten on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Douglas Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Merriwether Elementary and W.E. Parker Elementary.  Parents are to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization, social security card and verification of zone attendance (document with residential address) and proof of income (pay stub, tax return, W-2 forms or Medicaid card).

Special Needs Group Announces Launch
web posted February 27, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Are you a mom or grandmother with a child who has special needs or special health impairments? If so, you are invited to join the launch of UPLIFT, a faith-based group, supported by Edgefield First Baptist Church, for moms and grandmothers who have preschool and school-aged children with differences such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and health impairments such as Diabetes, Epilepsy, Tourette’s and more.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Man Fights with Burglary Suspect
web posted February 26, 2013
JOHNSTON – A 60-year-old Johnston man called 911 after he fought with a burglary suspect trying to break into his McCreight Road home Saturday morning. The homeowner told Sheriff's Deputies that he heard a noise that sounded like someone trying to break into the home and went to investigate.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Daily Begins Daily Booking Reports
web posted February 26, 2013
COUNTY – Starting this week, Edgefield Daily will begin publishing daily reports of bookings at the Edgefield County Detention Center rather than our usual weekly reports. This will help our readers stay apprised of those who are charged with criminal offences in the county.
Edgefield Daily

Thurmond FFA Members Attend Legislators Appreciation Day
web posted February 26, 2013
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond Career Center agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia on February 20, 2013. The students accompanied by Darla Steele, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Strom Thurmond Career Center, began the day by visiting with Shane Massey, Bill Hixon, and Bill Clyburn to thank them for their support of Agricultural Education. The students were also able to sit in during a legislative session by the house.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Business Burglarized
web posted February 26, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether business owner arrived to begin work on Friday morning to find his shop on the 100 block of Sweetwater Road burglarized and nearly $2,000 worth of tools missing. When he arrived he found a window and a door open. A deputy responding to the call found no one inside the building.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County’s Budget Process for FY 2013-2014 will begin March 1, 2013
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web reposted February 26, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Non-governmental entities funded by the county council or seeking to be funded by council are asked to submit their requests by March 1, 2013.  Entities selected for funding are required to provide information on receipts and disbursements prior to receiving their appropriations.

Opinion: Writer asks - Which would you choose?
web posted February 26, 2013
Dear Editor:
President Obama wants to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 over the next three years. That's a 24% increase. A better solution is to pass the FairTax (HR25/S122). Today' s minimum wage earns $15,080 a year. Subtract $1,154 for FICA (Social Security and Medicare at 7.65%) and $533 of Federal tax due. Ignoring state income tax, the take home pay is $13,393.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE: Edgefield County Council to Hold Workshop Feb. 27
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web reposted February 26, 2013

COUNTY – Edgefield County Council will be holding a work session with no votes expected to be taken at a special called meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the County Council Chambers to discuss two ordinances related to Land Development in Edgefield County. The first is ordinance number 12-13-660, “An Ordinance to amend Chapter 24, Land Development, of the Edgefield County Code of Ordinances in certain limited regards and particular matters, only, and other matters relating thereto.” The second is ordinance number 12-13-664, “An Ordinance to establish conditional uses standards for all lots developed in the zoned and un-zoned areas of Edgefield County, and other matters relating thereto.”

Aiken Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash
web posted February 25, 2013
AIKEN – An early evening traffic collision has claimed the life of an Aiken County Man. 29-year-old Keith Charles Grubbs, of Aiken, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Georgia Regents University Emergency Department (MCG) in Augusta. The collision happened at 5:58 pm Sunday on Silver Bluff Road.
Edgefield Daily

Show Your Arts and Crafts at the 30th Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 25, 2013
JOHNSTON – Arts and crafts have always been a hit at the Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival. 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 30th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 4.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 20 - Feb 26
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web reposted February 25, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including the Big Wayne or Kiking Chicken Pacs with 25 pounds of meat. Whole bonless pork loin just $1.98 a pound, Top Sirlion steak for for $3.98 a pound, and 5 lb. Russet potatoes for $1.99 a pound plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Bank of America donates $3,000 to Local Red Cross
web posted February 25, 2013
AIKEN – Bank of America presented the American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter with a $3,000 grant to fund comfort kits for victims of disasters. A comfort kit is a bag that includes items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush and other basic hygiene items necessary for individuals who have lost their homes to fires or other disasters. In addition to shelter, financial assistance and counseling, all disaster victims served by the Red Cross are offered comfort kits.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Lady Pats Prepare for Upcoming Softball Season
By John Brown
web posted February 25, 2013

SPORTS – The gymnasium at Wardlaw Academy is alive with action.  In each corner athletes run drills, hoping the work will pay off in another State Title.  However, today the sounds of dribbling basketballs have been replaced by leather popping as the Lady Pats softball team prepares for the 2013 season. With the recent rains keeping the field too wet for practice, the team has been forced to move inside the school gym.
Edgefield Daily

Opinion: Obama, Liar in Chief
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 25, 2013

COLUMN – Obama has been lying through his teeth over the sequester, the term for the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts designed by his White House and signed off on by him personally, saying the world basically will come to an end and the economy will grind to a halt. Oh, and he's blaming the Republicans for his brain-child. When Congress tried to undue the cuts with other legislation a year and a half ago Obama said he would veto any legislation that would prevent the sequester. It's his baby now.
Edgefield Daily

Public Notice: Edgefield County GOP to Meet March 12
web posted February 25, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be holding a meeting for Precinct Reorganization on March 12 at the County Council Chambers.  We will be starting at 6 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Thomson Plane Crash Includes Victim from Merriwether
web posted February 23, 2013
MERRIWETHER – According to information released, one of the five killed in the plane crash Wednesday night in Thomson includes a resident of the Merriwether Community. Kimberly "Kim" Davidson, 43, was among the staff of "The Vein Guys" chartered flight when it aborted a landing at the airport and struck a power pole, shearing off the left wing of the small passenger jet.
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Home Found Burglarized Thursday
web posted February 23, 2013
TRENTON – A Padgett Road home was reported burglarized Thursday afternoon after the man's son returned from school and found the back door unlocked and the house ransacked. An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy arrived and found entry was gained by forcing a back window open. A neighbor reported seeing a white truck at the home around 8:15 that morning, after everyone had left.
Edgefield Daily

STH Black History Program Sunday
web posted February 23, 2013
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School will be having a Black History Program on Sunday, February 24th at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. The theme for the program is
"Educate! Entertain! Express!" Students will highlight different areas of black history through poetry, impersonations, and song.

"Flow Control" Bill on Solid Waste Could Devastate County Budgets
web posted February 22, 2013
COLUMBIA – A Bill that has already passed the SC House is in the Senate, and if passed it would have devastating consequences on counties across the state, especially Edgefield County. H. 3290 Flow Control would eradicate counties from being able to enter into controls on disposal of the solid waste generated by residents, dissolve local county ordinances allowed under Home Rule, and prevent counties from collecting garbage fees to pay for decades long contracts already issued with promises to pay. In Edgefield County that cost is roughly $900,000 of an $8 million budget each year.
Edgefield Daily

Shrimp City Slim "Impromptu" CD Release Event Tonite
web posted February 22, 2013
EDGEFIELD – One of the finest blues musicians in the South is making an impromptu stop in Edgefield on Friday night as part of a whirlwind tour of the Upstate. Charleston blues piano great Shrimp City Slim will host an impromptu CD Release Party at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center on Friday night, Feb. 22 beginning at 8 p.m. The event is designed to celebrate the release of his new CD, “Star Marina,” his ninth album released to date.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 20 - Feb 26
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web posted February 22, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including the Big Wayne or Kiking Chicken Pacs with 25 pounds of meat. Whole bonless pork loin just $1.98 a pound, Top Sirlion steak for for $3.98 a pound, and 5 lb. Russet potatoes for $1.99 a pound plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Dead Calves Dumped off Adams Road
web posted February 21, 2013
NORTHSIDE – A Northside man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report finding four dead black and white calves tossed down an embankment on Adams Road Tuesday afternoon. When the deputy arrived he observed the dead calves, two of which had started to decompose, and additional skeletal remains of other possible calves or cows that seemed to have been dumped in the past.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County’s Budget Process for FY 2013-2014 will begin March 1, 2013
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web reposted February 21, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Non-governmental entities funded by the county council or seeking to be funded by council are asked to submit their requests by March 1, 2013.  Entities selected for funding are required to provide information on receipts and disbursements prior to receiving their appropriations.

Another Day, Another Stolen ATV
web posted February 21, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Ridge Road man was getting ready to leave his home early Wednesday morning when he noticed his ATV was missing and called the Sheriff's Office. A call the Sheriff's Office is getting with increased frequency.
Edgefield Daily

Recleim establishes first facility in Aiken County
web posted February 21, 2013
COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley along with officials from Recleim, a start-up recycler of appliances and e-waste materials, announced Wednesday that the company will establish its first recycling plant in Aiken County. During the RecyclonomicsSC event today at the Statehouse, Recleim committed to a $40.6 million investment that is expected to generate 200 new jobs.
Edgefield Daily

Bar-B-Q Fundraiser Benefit for Sally Nash who is in need of a liver transplant
web reposted February 21, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Fri. Feb. 22 and Sat. Feb. 23 – Edgefield Masonic Lodge 11 am until 2 pm. Orders being taken now. Plates consist of: Pork Bar-B-Q, rice and hash, green beans and rolls, $7.00 per plate. Hash also sold by the qt. $9.00 and Bar-B-Q by the lb. $7.00. Call 803-480-5007 or 803-334-1738 to place orders. Raffle tickets for a 12 gauge pump shotgun are also being sold for $5.00 each. Drawing for the gun on March 16th 2013.

Duncan Encourages Magpul to Relocate to SC
web posted February 21, 2013
Washington, DC -- Congressman Jeff Duncan has invited another firearms company to relocate to South Carolina to avoid what he describes as an “anti-gun and anti-gun owner” climate coming from some state governments. On Tuesday, Duncan wrote Magpul’s COO, Doug Smith, to invite the company to consider moving its operations to South Carolina.
Edgefield Daily

Escaped Federal Inmate Spotted in Trenton
web posted February 20, 2013
TRENTON – According to information, the escaped Federal prisoner was spotted twice Tuesday night. The first report came in from an area near Lloyd Road around 8 pm and a second report of him being spotted at Billy's Super Store in Trenton around 10:18 pm. Edgefield County Deputies are currently swarming the area in an effort to locate the escaped inmate.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 20 - Feb 26
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web posted February 20, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including the Big Wayne or Kiking Chicken Pacs with 25 pounds of meat. Whole bonless pork loin just $1.98 a pound, Top Sirlion steak for for $3.98 a pound, and 5 lb. Russet potatoes for $1.99 a pound plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Reigion: Facebook and Jesus Part 1
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted February 20, 2013
RELIGION – This morning I cut my hair. I have been cutting my hair for about the past 20 years of my life. It is not hard. I have a nice set of clippers, throw on a guard, and go to buzzing around my head. Well, I wanted to give myself a “fade” this morning. I wanted to cut my sides shorter than my top. This seemed simple enough. But I sort of messed it up. I cut my sides too short, my fade is fairly crooked, and my head does not look so hot. My wife’s first response was a grunted “oohh.” A nice older lady in my church told me I looked like “Obama.” I think that is a compliment. Anyways, in short my hair looks like it was cut by a blind man in a dark room.
Edgefield Daily

Federal Inmate Escapes: Feds Wait 10 Hours to Tell Local Law Enforcement
web posted February 19, 2013 - 8:30 pm
EDGEFIELD – A Federal Prison inmate escaped on Tuesday, and although FCI knew the inmate was missing they delayed notifying the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office by 10 hours. "He'd been gone at least hours before they (Federal authorities) contacted us," Edgefield County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Wash said. "They said they didn't need our help, that they were handling it."
Edgefield Daily

One Arrested in Dollar General Robbery
web posted February 19, 2013
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have charged one of the men they say was involved in the robbery of the Johnston Dollar General on January 19. Blake Marcell Clark, 24, was arrested on Sunday in Batesburg following a "run-in" with police. He was identified and then arrested for the outstanding warrants issued by Johnston Police. "He's been hiding around town," Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said. "I guess his luck finally ran out."
Edgefield Daily

Armed Robbery Suspect Returned to Face Charges a Year Later
web posted February 19, 2013
JOHNSTON – Nearly a year after the crime, Edward Terrell Chandler Jr., 25, is sitting in the Edgefield County Detention Center facing multiple felony charges stemming from an armed robbery of an elderly Johnston man on February 25, 2012. Chandler was taken into custody in Hogansville, Georgia, a few days later following a carjacking there. He was extradited and brought to Edgefield County last week by Johnston Police.
Edgefield Daily

Congressman Jeff Duncan Introduces the South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act
web posted February 19, 2013
WASHINGTON D.C. – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan recently introduced the South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act. The legislation would add South Carolina to the nation’s 5-year plan for offshore exploration and production, a crucial step in safely developing the state’s natural resources.
Edgefield Daily

Utility Vehicle Thefts Continue to Rise in Number
web posted February 19, 2013
TRENTON – A rash of ATV's and utility vehicle thefts continue to rise with two more reported over the weekend. Over the last ten days at least seven thefts have been reported totaling nearly $25,000 in value from various locations across the county, the two most recent were reported this weekend in Trenton.
Edgefield Daily

Suspected Dispute Leads to Single Car Crash
web posted February 19, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A possible domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend Sunday morning may have lead to a single car crash on Country Club Road that left both of the occupants being transported to an Augusta hospital for treatment of injuries. According to an incident report, the 21-year-old woman grabbed the steering wheel after the driver told her he wished she would die.
Edgefield Daily

State Organic Growing Conference to Be Held In Columbia March 2
web posted February 19, 2013
COLUMBIA SC – The State Organic Growing Conference will be held near Columbia, SC, on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Longleaf Middle School. The conference is sponsored by the SC Organization for Organic Living. 
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING PRIOR TO FINAL ACTION BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY TO ENTER INTO AN ORDINANCE
web reposted February 19, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinances will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on March 5, 2013 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council.
Edgefield Daily

7th Annual Shamrock Run/Walk March 16 in Edgefield
web posted February 18, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The 7th Annual Shamrock 2.4 mile Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, March 16, 3013, with a race time of 11 am. The event is being held in memory of Dr. Ned Nicholson and Dr. W.G. "Curly" Watson and all proceeds will go the Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary. In addition to the race there will be events on the Town Square including the "Leprechaun Lap" around the square for the children, live music and more.
Edgefield Daily

Scrap Metal Business Targeted for Theft Again
web posted February 18, 2013
TRENTON – Brewer's Scrap Metal on Woodyard Road in Trenton has been targeted again for theft, this time with the thieves making off with between 30 and 50 used batteries valued at $1,200. The thieves cut the fence and knew where security cameras were located, moving them to obscure the theft being taped. At least one suspect was identified as a black male.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 13 - Feb 19
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web posted February 16, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including Family Pack Chicken Breasts for just $1.38 a pound, Fresh Pork Sirlion for $1.89 a pound, and 3 lb. bags of yellow onions 2 for $3.00 plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Edgefield County School District 2nd 9 Weeks Honor Rolls
web posted February 18, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the Honor Rolls for the second nine weeks reporting period. All county schools are listed individually to make finding your student(s) name(s) easier. Edgefield Daily commends the academic achievements of each student in order to be listed.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE: Edgefield County Council to Hold Workshop Feb. 27
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web posted February 18, 2013

COUNTY – Edgefield County Council will be holding a work session with no votes expected to be taken at a special called meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the County Council Chambers to discuss two ordinances related to Land Development in Edgefield County. The first is ordinance number 12-13-660, “An Ordinance to amend Chapter 24, Land Development, of the Edgefield County Code of Ordinances in certain limited regards and particular matters, only, and other matters relating thereto.” The second is ordinance number 12-13-664, “An Ordinance to establish conditional uses standards for all lots developed in the zoned and un-zoned areas of Edgefield County, and other matters relating thereto.”

On the Road Again: Suspended Driver Arrested Again with Her Attempted Murder Suspect as Passenger
web posted February 16, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Just three weeks after Ashley Knowles, 29, and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Timothy Brown, led Edgefield Police in a 10-hour case that landed the couple in jail and Brown being charged with Knowles attempted murder - they were on the road again Thursday night. As an Edgefield Police Officer was pulling out of the station's parking lot the same truck passed by with Knowles behind the wheel and driving with a suspended license.
Edgefield Daily

Another ATV Theft Reported this Week
web posted February 16, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Thieves targeted a Merriwether home near Stevens Road stealing a high-end ATV after cutting through a fence around the yard to gain access to the area where it was stored. The theft is believed to have taken place between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. This is the third such theft this week.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 13 - Feb 19
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web posted February 16, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including Family Pack Chicken Breasts for just $1.38 a pound, Fresh Pork Sirlion for $1.89 a pound, and 3 lb. bags of yellow onions 2 for $3.00 plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Last Week of Edgefield County Recreation Department Spring Sports Registration
web posted February 16, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Department’s Spring Sports registration period is winding down.  This spring we are offering Dixie Youth Baseball for ages 4-14, Girls Softball for ages 6-15 and Youth Soccer for ages 4-12.  The Registration fees are: Dixie Youth Baseball: $45; Dixie Boys Baseball (13-14): $60; Girls softball:$45 and Youth Soccer: $40.
Edgefield Daily

Govs Haley, McCrory, McDonnell ask Interior Secretary designate to support offshore energy exploration
web posted February 16, 2013
COLUMBIA – Governors Nikki Haley, Pat McCrory (N.C.) and Bob McDonnell (VA) today sent a letter Thursday to Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama’s Interior Secretary designate, asking her to re-examine the Obama Administration’s opposition to energy exploration and production on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.
Edgefield Daily

Obama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack
web posted February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday. “During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released.
Washington Times

School Board Honors Spelling Bee Winners
By Anne Waits
Staff Report
web posted February 15, 2013

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board met Tuesday night with a huge crowd in attendance. A Special Order of Business spotlighted the school spelling bee winners and the 2013 Edgefield County School District Spelling Bee Competition on Jan. 16. "If you have never attended this competition, I'd like to extend an invitation to the 2014 event," said Donna Strom, assistant superintendent of education. "These students exhibited amazing talents and spelling abilities. All of these students are winners!"
Edgefield Daily

Thieves Steal all Appliances from House
web posted February 15, 2013
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a Rolling Hills Court home on Wednesday afternoon to a possible burglary. When the first deputy arrived the back door was found unlocked and the uninhabited home was cleared, finding no one inside. In fact, they found nothing inside.
Edgefield Daily

Duncan returns funds from his operating budget to the taxpayers
web posted February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan announced Thursday that he would be returning a significant portion of his office budget to the taxpayers for the second year in a row. Duncan’s wish is that the returned funds be used to pay down the national debt.
Edgefield Daily

ATV's, Riding Mowers Stolen this week top $10K
web posted February 15, 2013
COUNTY – Two hot items for those who would rather steal than work are ATV's and riding mowers in the past week and are being stolen across the county from Merriwether, Edgefield and the Westside. At least four thefts have been reported between Friday of last week and Tuesday of this week.
Edgefield Daily

Letter to the Editor: "Fair Tax" Would Strengthen America
web posted February 15, 2013
Dear Editor,
America works when Americans work.  We have driven out of America millions of jobs over the last 30 years because we can’t compete with countries with lower costs of doing business.  Our wages, benefits, regulations, taxes, etc. all contribute to driving the cost of doing business up.
Edgefield Daily

Augusta to host Quidditch Southern Regional Championship
web posted February 15, 2013
AUGUSTA – The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) and the International Quidditch Association (IQA) will host the 2013 IQA Southern Regional Championship. The two-day tournament will attract 14 collegiate and club teams from Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, and North Carolina.  Teams will compete to advance to the World Cup Quidditch Championships being held next month in Kissimmee, Florida. 
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Closes John's Club Due to Violence
web posted February 14, 2013
JOHNSTON – Following a hearing held by the Johnston Town Council Monday evening, the embattled John's Club is closed for good. It was the second time the club was closed down following outbreaks of violence. After the last incident the club was allowed to reopen following another similar hearing to reinstate the business license. Not long afterward, another outbreak took place with 5 people being charged with felonies, one being charged with attempted murder in October of 2012. 
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Town Council Tackles Issues Monday night
Anne Waits
Staff Writer
web posted February 14, 2013

JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council members braved the rain Monday night to take care of Town business as usual. The first item of business on the agenda was a short presentation by Larry Davis, general manager of Northland Communications. Davis thanked Council for the opportunity to come and acknowledged seeing and talking with several Council members already. He expressed that he would like to start meeting with them on a more regular basis in order for Council members to voice any concerns.
Edgefield Daily

Lieutenant Governor Proposes Plan to Revise Regulatory Process
web posted February 14, 2013
COLUMBIA – Regulatory reform has recently become a hot political topic in the Palmetto State, as sunshine has found its way further into the shadows of state government.  Without requiring a "yes" or "no" vote from your legislator, regulations have served for years as a convenient, behind-the-scenes approach to expanding government's presence in the daily lives of our citizens and businesses.  This is a process that must be amended in order to save our state's resources, ensure these regulations receive proper discussion, and prevent unintended consequences.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 13 - Feb 19
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web posted February 14, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including Family Pack Chicken Breasts for just $1.38 a pound, Fresh Pork Sirlion for $1.89 a pound, and 3 lb. bags of yellow onions 2 for $3.00 plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


ATC to host Nuclear Energy Technology Night
web posted February 14, 2013
AIKEN – Aiken Technical College will host a Nuclear Energy Technology Night on Feb. 19 to educate prospective students on the opportunities available in the nuclear field.  The information session, which will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the ATC auditorium, will provide details about the college’s Nuclear Quality Systems, Radiation Protection Technology, and Welding programs.
Edgefield Daily

Local Scholar Attends Historic Inauguration
web posted February 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – From January 19-23, 2013, a Strom Thurmond High School student, Morgan Reel, along with outstanding high school students from across the United States and around the world took part in a truly American celebration — the Inauguration of the President of the United States of America. During the five-day program, the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference provided scholars with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the Presidential Inauguration.
Edgefield Daily

Keeping Sharp: Sheriff's Tactical Training Held Tuesday
web posted February 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office held a "tactical training" session on Tuesday that was open to all law enforcement agencies in the county. Those attending the session included Sheriff's Deputies, Narcotics Investigators, Criminal Investigative Division Investigators, Johnston Police and School District SRO's to hone their skills in taking dangerous felons into custody.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING PRIOR TO FINAL ACTION BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY TO ENTER INTO AN ORDINANCE
web posted February 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinances will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on March 5, 2013 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council.
Edgefield Daily

Flowers by Janet Features Valentine Sweetheart Special
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Flowers by Janet is offering a Valentine special through February 14. For those who wait until the last minute or just want a little something extra to go with your present for that special someone Flowers by Janet has the perfect answer. Valentine Sweetheart Special: 3 Rose Bud Vase $14.99 - with Balloon $19.99 Cash and Carry. Delivery Extra. Flowers by Janet is located on Augusta Rd. across from water dept. Call 637-4144 to place your order now!

Bar-B-Q Fundraiser Benefit for Sally Nash who is in need of a liver transplant
web posted February 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Fri. Feb. 22 and Sat. Feb. 23 – Edgefield Masonic Lodge 11 am until 2 pm.Orders being taken now. Plates consist of:  Pork Bar-B-Q, rice and hash, green beans and rolls, $7.00 per plate. Hash also sold by the qt. $9.00 and Bar-B-Q by the lb. $7.00. Call 803-480-5007 or 803-334-1738 to place orders. Raffle tickets for a 12 gauge pump shotgun are also being sold for $5.00 each. Drawing for the gun on March 16th 2013.

Edgefield County’s Budget Process for FY 2013-2014 will begin March 1, 2013
web posted February 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Non-governmental entities funded by the county council or seeking to be funded by council are asked to submit their requests by March 1, 2013.  Entities selected for funding are required to provide information on receipts and disbursements prior to receiving their appropriations.

Religion: Psalm 1 Part 4
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted February 13, 2013
RELIGION – We have been looking at the power and the priority of following your delight.  We have made the point that we are born seeking pleasure, but that thankfully all earthly pleasure apart from God fails, and if we desire ultimate pleasure enough, God in his grace will lead us to Himself. This is powerful stuff. We close this series on Psalm 1 by looking at where the path of delight in “things not of God” leads man, and their end result.
Edgefield Daily

High School Students Gear Up For S.C. Bar Mock Trial Competition
web posted February 13, 2013
COLUMBIA – Eleven schools from the Piedmont region will compete in the S.C. Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Greenville Courthouse located at 305 E. North St. in Greenville. Participating schools include Bob Jones Academy; Christ Church Episcopal School; Greenville Senior High Academy of Law, Finance and Business; Greenville Technical Charter; Greenwood; Montessori High School of Anderson; Seneca; Strom Thurmond High School in Johnston; Wade Hampton; Westminster Catawba Christian; and Woodmont.
Edgefield Daily

SCE&G’s EnergyWise for Your Business Program Helps National Retailer Increase Energy Efficiency in Two South Carolina Stores
web posted February 13, 2013
COLUMBIA – Two Rooms To Go locations in Columbia and North Charleston, S.C. are lighting the way to energy savings, thanks to SCE&G’s EnergyWise® for Your Business program. The EnergyWise for Your Business program provides incentives for SCE&G electric customers who make energy-efficient improvements to their businesses. By participating in the program, Rooms To Go received incentives totaling $37,650 for converting the old comparatively inefficient halogen lighting at its Harbison and North Charleston stores to new energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Man Arrested in Alleged Rape of 16-year-old
web posted February 12, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Four years after the incident, a North Augusta woman came forward to report being raped after going to a classmate's house following the last day of school at Fox Creek Charter High School in 2008. The accused rapist was a Senior and was about to graduate, she was a rising Junior. Cason Monroe Smith ll, now 22, was arrested on Wednesday of last week following a 6-month investigation. Smith was 18 at the time of the alleged crime.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Man Makes Aiken County Sheriff's Most Wanted List
web posted February 12, 2013
AIKEN – A Merriwether man made the list of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list this week released on Monday. Rickie Delane Craig Jr., 30, is wanted for burglary in the second degree and a contempt warrant for driving under suspension. His last known address is 109 Briggs Haven Circle in Merriwether.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Feb. 13 - Feb 19
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web posted February 12, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including Family Pack Chicken Breasts for just $1.38 a pound, Fresh Pork Sirlion for $1.89 a pound, and 3 lb. bags of yellow onions 2 for $3.00 plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Video Surveillance Lands Two in Jail Following Simple Fender-Bender
web posted February 12, 2013
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were called to work a minor fender-bender where one driver ran into the back of another near the intersection of Lee and Calhoun Streets Friday around 6 am. When the officer arrived, 45-year-old Oscar Stevens told the officer he was driving and not paying attention when he hit the car in front of him. The officer completed the wreck report and issued Stevens a ticket for driving too fast for conditions. After Stevens and his "passenger" left the scene the driver of the car hit expressed his suspicion that Stevens was not the driver.
Edgefield Daily

Distinguished Young Women of Edgefield County Crowned Saturday Night
web posted February 12, 2013
COUNTY – On February 9, 2013, two of our local teens were named 2014 Distinguished Young Women of North and South Edgefield County respectively in a competition with a theme of "Rock Stars". Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through an experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.
Edgefield Daily

Contestants for Miss Peach Blossom Sought
web posted February 12, 2013
PSA - JOHNSTON – The Johnston Miss Peach Blossom Festival beauty pageant will be held on Saturday, April 6 at Johnston Elementary School at 10:00 and 3:00. Young ladies between the ages of birth-20 are invited to compete. The Miss (17-20) will be awarded a scholarship to the college of her choice. The deadline for applications is Wed., March 27. For an application or if you have any questions, please call 803-637-5383 or 803-275-3241.

Lost Dog: Johnston Area - FOUND 2.12.13
web posted February 12, 2013
JOHNSTON – Missing from Hatcher Road in Johnston a black lab with a red collar. His name is “Buddy”. He has a nameplate with my name and phone number on it. He is very friendly and loves to play with kids. He left my yard with a medium size brown dog that had a black face and ears. It was also wearing  a collar. [Removed]

Entertaining at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted February 12, 2013
JOHNSTON – Entertainment has been a big part of the 30 years of the Festival, and now is your chance to be a part of the historic Festival. The Festival wants to feature talented people, local and not-so local, as part of the day-long entertainment in the 30th annual event, held in downtown Johnston on May 4.
Edgefield Daily

Mother, Two Children Transported from Saturday Crash
web posted February 11, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A family of four narrowly escaped serious injury Saturday when a driver of a pickup pulled out from Woodlawn Road and nearly broadsided the family's Saturn Vue as it traveled westbound on Martintown Road. The father, who was driving the Saturn, said he saw the white truck at the stop sign, but thought he wasn't going to pull out. "I just kept getting over and over as far as I could to try to miss him," he said.
Edgefield Daily

Naked Man Who Abandoned Baby on Busy Roadway Has Criminal Past
web posted February 11, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Carl Thompson Grove, 31, who abandoned his naked baby daughter on the side of busy Martintown Road last Wednesday evening, while himself walking around naked, may be facing additional time in jail. According to online court records, Grove was arrested in July of 2009 on Briggs Road for multiple felony drug charges and pled guilty to manufacturing and distribution of a cocaine based drug and sentenced to 15 years in prison, suspended on service of 5 years of probation in 2011.
Edgefield Daily

Flowers by Janet Features Valentine Sweetheart Special
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 11, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Flowers by Janet is offering a Valentine special through February 14. For those who wait until the last minute or just want a little something extra to go with your present for that special someone Flowers by Janet has the perfect answer. Valentine Sweetheart Special: 3 Rose Bud Vase $14.99 - with Balloon $19.99 Cash and Carry. Delivery Extra. Flowers by Janet is located on Augusta Rd. across from water dept. Call 637-4144 to place your order now!

Johnston Town Council to Hold Hearing on Suspension of Business License of Troubled Club
web posted February 11, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will be holding a pubic hearing and meeting on the possible suspension of a business license for the embattled "My Place" club, also known as "John's Club" on Addison Street on Monday night at the Johnston Town Hall.  The public is invited to attend.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond FFA Association Wildlife Management Team Takes 2nd Place at State Contest
web posted February 11, 2013
JOHNSTON – Students of the Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Association spent their Saturday on the Horry Georgetown Technical College campus in Georgetown South Carolina participating in the South Carolina FFA State Wildlife Management Career Development Competition. 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.
Edgefield Daily

North Augusta Woman winner of the Edgefield Chocolate & Wine Stroll Basket
web posted February 11, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The winner of the Downtown Edgefield  Wine & Chocolate Stroll Thursday evening is Darlene Abrahams of North Augusta, SC.  Darlene said "ever since we moved to North Augusta we try to support South Carolina merchants, especially in Edgefield." She said she didn't mind the rainy cold weather but stopped in the NWTF Turkey Shoppe to purchase a pair of  purple rain boots that made the journey more comfortable and warm!
Edgefield Daily

One of Two Most Wanted in Edgefield County Arrested Friday
web posted February 9, 2013
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies converged on a home on the 2700 block of Highway 23 west midday Friday in hopes of capturing two of those on the Sheriff's Most Wanted list. Rhett Carroll Timmerman, Jr., 30, was at the home the two men share and was taken into custody on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court to face a felony charge in April of last year.
Edgefield Daily

Quick Thinking Avoids Injuries in Two Car Collision
web posted February 9, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Quick thinking by the driver of a pickup truck saved the driver and passenger of a SUV from injury after they were said to have run a stop sign while coming off the Highway 25 Bypass to enter Highway 25 north around 2:20 Friday afternoon. The driver of the truck said he saw the elderly couple approaching the stop sign and figured they would stop, "but they just came right on out," he said.
Edgefield Daily

Flowers by Janet Features Valentine Sweetheart Special
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 9, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Flowers by Janet is offering a Valentine special through February 14. For those who wait until the last minute or just want a little something extra to go with your present for that special someone. Valentine Sweetheart Special: 3 Rose Bud Vase $14.99 - with Balloon $19.99 Cash and Carry. Delivery Extra. Flowers by Janet is located on Augusta Rd. across from water dept. Call 637-4144 to place your order now!

Car Chase Lands Aiken Man Behind Bars on Multiple Charges
web posted February 9, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Policeman on patrol spotted a vehicle with an expired tag and when he attempted to stop the vehicle the driver sped away and led officers on a short chase where the driver tried to "ram" one of the patrol vehicles. The driver, Richard Simpkins of Aiken County, decided it would be better to run that stop.
Edgefield Daily

Charges Pending Against Naked Man with Baby: Suspect Identified
web posted February 8, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The man at the center of a bizarre episode in Merriwether Wednesday night has been identified as 31-year-old Carl Thompson Grove, of Landing Drive in North Augusta. Deputies raced to the scene following a 911 call of a naked man with a baby trying to break into a home and then leaving the naked baby on the side of the road and walking away towards traffic.
Edgefield Daily

Man Flown to Trauma Center after Jumping from Vehicle
web posted February 8, 2013
JOHNSTON – A day later, very few details of a man reportedly jumping out of a moving vehicle Wednesday night have yet to be released. According to information gathered from sources by Edgefield Daily, the man suffered multiple injuries and the first officer on the scene reported, "Blood all over the road".
Edgefield Daily

Peach Exchange Mural Committee Seeks Nominee
web posted February 8, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council recently appointed a committee of local citizens with a goal of selecting the next person to be honored with their likeness placed on the downtown landmark mural. No one has been selected for this honor since 2001. The committee is currently accepting nominations from the public.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Home Found Burglarized
web posted February 8, 2013
MERRIWETHER – The mother of a Stephens Road man called the Sheriff's Office to report finding her son's home burglarized on Wednesday evening. The man's mother and his landlord arrived at the home to check on things after he was incarcerated on Saturday. After being inside the home for a while the mother noticed items missing from the home.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Camp Announced
web posted February 8, 2013
COUNTY – With the warmer weather Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball is once again up and running for the season. The league began player registration last Saturday and will continue to do so each Saturday until February 23rd. Also, the league will be holding two skills clinics to be conducted by renowned instructor Pete Medows on February 9th and 23rd. 
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield's Wine and Chocolate Stroll will continue thru Friday
web posted February 8, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield's Wine and Chocolate Stroll will continue thru Friday, February 8th until 3pm. Due to the rainy night, we've decided to extend the event to accommodate our customers that stayed away due to the rainy weather. Come out and enjoy decadent chocolates, sip some fabulous wines, and stroll through the charming shops of downtown historic Edgefield. 
Edgefield Daily

Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law
web posted February 8, 2013
NATION – President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage, nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.
Washington Times

Naked Man with a Baby Prompts 911 Call
web posted February 6, 2013   10:15 pm
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether couple called 911 around 7 pm Wednesday after their dog started barking and they looked out and saw a naked man with a toddler. The man was screaming as he used a water hose to douse the baby and removed her red shirt leaving the baby naked. Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies raced to the scene as additional reports came in of the man trying to get inside the home through a glass door.
Edgefield Daily

Leysath Signs with Lenoir-Rhyne University
By Tim Crane
web posted February 7, 2013

SPORTS – Demetrius Leysath, hard hitting safety for the Rebel Football team, will take his talents to Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.   Leysath was a three year starter for the Rebels and amassed 217 tackles, four interceptions, caused 8 fumbles, multiple pass breakups and had more knock-out hits than one can count.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Home Damaged by Kitchen Fire
web posted February 7, 2013
JOHNSTON – Johnston Firefighters and Police were called to a structure fire on the 600 block of Ridge Road Wednesday afternoon and the first Fireman on the scene reported "smoke showing". Once additional firefighters arrived they entered the home and quickly knocked out a grease fire on the kitchen stove.
Edgefield Daily

State’s Water Quality Protected by Forestry Commission Courtesy Exams
web posted February 7, 2013
STATE – In what continues to be a long-running success story for the timber industry and the Forestry Commission, the voluntary guidelines known as Best Management Practices are protecting South Carolina jobs, land, and water every day of the year.  In fact, South Carolina’s logging industry has a strong record of being proactive about protecting water.
Edgefield Daily

County Council Adopts New Agenda Practices to Shorten Meeting Time
web posted February 6, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their regular meeting Tuesday night with a change in the agenda format that was intended to shorten meeting times by approving several routine or non-controversial items such a board appoints or boilerplate ordinances. The change did move the meeting along more rapidly, until the ending public comments period came and the meeting got out of hand.
Edgefield Daily

Two Arrested During Manhunt for Robbery Suspect
web posted February 6, 2013
JOHNSTON – Two men were arrested during a manhunt for a suspect in the recent strong armed robbery of the Johnston Dollar General. Though Sheriff's Deputies and Johnston Police were unable to locate the suspect, a man who ran as soon as he saw patrol cars was found and arrested for drug possession and trespassing. Timothy Hill, 19, was found hiding in an abandoned building clearly marked no trespassing.
Edgefield Daily

Thurmond's Coach Leroy Rouse Records 100th win
web posted February 6, 2013
JOHNSTON – Congratulations are in order and a tribute is appropriate to Strom Thurmond's Coach Leroy Rouse who recently obtained his 100th career victory as a basketball coach. This feat was accomplished when the Rebels defeated Brooklyn Cayce last month by a score of 56 to 35.
Edgefield Daily

Psalm 1: Part 3 "Being Fruitful"
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted February 6, 2013
RELIGION – Last week we focused on the sad results of pursing delight on our own terms.  John Piper writes, concerning the selfishness of sin, “The root of our sinfulness is the desire for our own happiness apart from God and apart from the happiness of others in God. All sin comes from a desire to be happy cut off from the glory of God and cut off from the good of others.” So in light of this, let’s now look at the results of going after joy on God’s terms.
Edgefield Daily

Cabaret Night at the Edgefield Theatre
web posted February 6, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Live entertainment returns to downtown Edgefield over Valentine's weekend as the second “Cabaret Night at the Edgefield Theatre” comes to the stage at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center.
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Man Charged in Molestation of 8 Year Old
web posted February 5, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A Trenton man has been arrested and remains behind bars after his arrest on Friday on charges of molesting a young girl over several years that started when she was 8. Benson Lee Dunbar, 54, of Woodyard Road, was taken into custody following an investigation that was launched in January.
Edgefield Daily


Strom Thurmond Student Hospitalized after Attack in School Parking Lot
web posted February 5, 2013
JOHNSTON – An assault that left a Strom Thurmond student being found semi-conscious with a head injury surrounded by a puddle of blood on Wednesday of last week remains under investigation with very few details being released by the Sheriff's Office and the School. The student was transported to the trauma center in Augusta for treatment of his injuries and is said to be recovering.
Edgefield Daily

"Day of Resistance" Grows with CSRA Citizens Planning Rally
web posted February 5, 2013
COUNTY – A group joining the "Day of Resistance" has drawn residents of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) to join forces with other groups to show solidarity against gun control measures pushed by President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Man Killed in Single Car Crash
web posted February 4, 2013
AIKEN – An early morning crash Sunday has left an Aiken man dead. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said 22-year-old Kirby A. White, of Aiken, was killed after his 2006 Mitsubishi left the roadway and hit a tree around 2 am Sunday. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Should Hunters be Baiting Deer in Upstate? Take Our Poll
web posted February 4, 2013
COUNTY – With the full SC House set to take up debate on hunters being able to hunt deer over bait in Game Zones 1 and 2, tell us your opinion on the matter with a simple vote in our poll.
Edgefield Daily

Governor, Commerce to host 23rd annual Rural Summit in Aiken this March
web posted February 4, 2013
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce will host rural and economic development leaders from across South Carolina next month for the 23rd annual South Carolina Rural Summit, presenting a program that will challenge attendees to improve local communities. The Summit will be held at the Municipal Center, located at 214 Park Avenue SE, in Aiken on Monday, March 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Jan. 29 - Feb. 5
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web posted February 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including 2 per pack ribs for just $1.79 a pound, Boneless Chicken Breasts for $1.98 a pound, and Quarter sliced Pork Loin for only $1.98a pound plus many more in store savings storewide.
Edgefield Daily


Charleston Day of Resistance
web posted February 4, 2013
PSA - STATE – On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama issued 23 executive actions against your 2nd amendment Constitutional right to bear arms. He did this without the consent of Congress which, in itself, violates the foundation of the Constitution and the co-equal branches of government.
Edgefield Daily

Downtown Wine & Chocolate Stroll
web reposted February 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association is sponsoring a Downtown Wine & Chocolate Stroll Thursday February 7th 4:00 until 8:00 pm. Local merchants open their doors and roll out the red carpet for shoppers to peruse merchandise while sipping a glass of wine and tasting chocolate confections, offering up a fun filled night of hospitality and specials in their shops for you to enjoy.
Edgefield Daily

Notice of a Public Hearing Prior To Final Action by The County Council of Edgefield County To Enter Into An Ordinance
PAID PUBLIC NOTICE
web reposted
February 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinances will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on February 5, 2013 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council.
Edgefield Daily

Power Outage Causes Disruptions Across County Friday Morning
web posted February 2, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Around 9:30 am Friday a sudden power outage took out power from Edgefield, Johnston, Trenton and everywhere in between - also taking out the phones at the Edgefield County 911 Center for about 30 minutes. The emergency generators at the 911 Center restored power within seconds, but the phone lines remained down.
Edgefield Daily

OP-ED: Upstate Deer Baiting Bill on Fast Track to Becoming Law
web posted February 2, 2013
GUEST OPINION - Alert for Hunters in Game Zone 1 and 2. Bill S091 which will allow the shooting of deer over bait in game zones 1 and 2 has passed the Senate and the Sub-committee of the House. The Bill whizzed through the house with a 22-15 vote with 14 of the Aye votes cast being Lowstate or baiting influenced county votes.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
By Dean Campbell
web posted February 2, 2013

COUNTY – At our upcoming February 5 County Council meeting, Administrator Lynn Strom will be giving the Council an update on the proposed Animal Shelter. As you may remember, a year or so ago the County Council agreed that we could save money and provide a better service to residents with our own Animal Shelter.
Edgefield Daily

Super Bowl Sunday Recipes
web posted February 2, 2013
COUNTY – With Super Bowl Sunday just a day away, make planning the perfect foods, dips, and snacks a lot easier by checking out Edgefield Daily's Country Cooking Section loaded with over 700 recipes from punch to main courses. All contributed by local readers. Have a recipe you want to share, just send us an email and it will be added.
Edgefield Daily

Gov. Nikki Haley, Commerce to host 23rd annual Rural Summit in Aiken this March
web posted February 2, 2013
COUNTY – Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce will host rural and economic development leaders from across South Carolina next month for the 23rd annual South Carolina Rural Summit, presenting a program that will challenge attendees to improve local communities.
Edgefield Daily

Former Trenton Resident Killed in Texas Crash
web posted February 1, 2013
CROSS PLAINS, TX – Former Trenton horse trainer Steven "Steve" Wayne Pickett, 64, was killed in a head-on collision after a two-car collision along Texas Highway 36, between Cross Plains and Abilene, Texas. It occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Monday and also resulted in the death of the driver and the only passenger in another vehicle, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Abilene office.
Edgefield Daily

Steele Named As Outstanding Advisor of Agriculture Group
web posted February 1, 2013
COUNTY – Darla Steele, the Strom Thurmond FFA advisor and AG teacher, was recently named the South Carolina Mid-State Region Young Farmer Association Advisor of the Year by the South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association. The announcement of Mrs. Steele’s selection for this prestigious award was made at the annual South Carolina Young Farmer and agribusiness Association conference held this past weekend in Hilton Head South Carolina.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Specials Jan. 29 - Feb. 5
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted February 1, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Check out the specials offered by Fair Price Food Center for this week including 2 per pack ribs for just $1.79 a pound, Boneless Chicken Breasts for $1.98 a pound, and Quarter sliced Pork Loin for only $1.98 a pound plus many more in store savings storewide and Super Bowl Specials for this Saturday only.
Edgefield Daily


Opinion - Taking the Bait: Hunting Deer over Bait Moves towards House Vote
A Column by the Editor
web posted February 1, 2013

COLUMN – A bill that sped through the SC Senate last week allowing hunting deer over bait, usually corn, is now about to head to the full House for a vote after a 3-1 vote of a wildlife subcommittee to move the bill forward. Rep. Bill Hixon, who represents a portion of the Merriwether area and North Augusta, voted to advance the ill-conceived bill. The legislature should be voting to remove baiting deer in other parts of the state rather than making it legal statewide.
Edgefield Daily

Remembering Popcorn
By: Roy Blackwell
web posted February 1, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Thursday evening a flower arrangement was placed by an unknown person in the parking place of the Soap-N-Suds laundry mat on Main Street where "Popcorn", as he was lovingly called, would park to speak with anyone who wanted to stop and others who would drop off their shoes or boots for polishing. Ernest "Popcorn" Williams died on Saturday. It is unknown if the memorial placed in the parking place will grow.
Edgefield Daily



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