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Archives: January 2006

Aiken Official arrested for drug charges at Trenton Prison 
web posted January 24, 2006
TRENTON – South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Officers made the arrest of William Walden Hartman, 46, of Three Notch Road in Aiken on Friday. Mr. Hartman is the Aiken County Public Defender’s Office’s chief legal investigator and was charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (two counts) and one count of furnishing or attempting to furnish or obtain contraband for a prisoner. He was booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center on Friday Afternoon according to arrest records.
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Merriwether Recycling Center burglarized
web posted January 24, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Recycling Center on Restmaster Lane became the site of yet another theft in the Merriwether Community this weekend. Workers arrived to find the office building at the site had been entered through a window on Saturday morning.
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Woman victim of gunshot wound
web posted January 24, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The shooting incident that was reported in Edgefield Saturday is still under investigation by authorities. However, more information has been released in the matter. According to police reports, a 19 year old Edgefield woman was walking down Dogwood Drive when she felt a “stinging feeling” in her right hand. When she looked down, she saw that she had been shot.
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Walking on the Wild Side
web posted January 24, 2006
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

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200,000 hits a month and still growing! 
web posted January 24, 2006
WEB NEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com continues to set records as we break 200,000 hits for the month of January today, and we still have a week to go. Just three months ago we announced the 100,000 milestone. EdgefieldDaily.com is not only the county’s number one daily online news service, we are becoming the most widely read outlet in the county.
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Theft turns into grand larceny investigation
web posted January 24, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The theft report of jewelery from a Currytown Station home has turned into a grand larceny with over $4,000 in jewelry being taken from the home. As EdgefieldDaily.com reported yesterday, a woman returned home after being out of town for an extended period of time to find the jewels missing.
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Corrected link:
Police radio lost in foot chase
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Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant set for February 25
web posted January 23, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Jaycees Peach Blossom Festival Beauty Pageant is set for February 25, 2006 beginning at 10:00 am for the first age division (ages infant to six years in five age groups) and the second age division (four age groups seven to twenty years). Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church World Changers Mission Team is sponsoring this year’s event. Complete listings of the age categories are below, along with a downloadable entry form. Deadline for entry is February 15, 2006.
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Merriwether woman reports burglary in Currytown Station
web posted January 23, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report that when she returned home from being out of town she discovered some of her jewelry missing. Deputy Trek Bryant responded to the call at the 900 block of Currytown Boulevard, in Currytown Station just before 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon.
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Obituaries
Dennis K. McAbee

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Frances Bagley Musselwhite
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Shooting incident in Edgefield Saturday afternoon 
web posted January 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Around 1:30 pm Saturday Edgefield Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were summoned to the Edgefield County Hospital due to a person being dropped off at the ER with a gunshot wound.
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Police radio lost in foot chase
web posted January 21, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Officer John Brown, who chased down and apprehended Charlie Leroy Maxfield Jr., 23, of Hayes Drive, North Augusta after a foot chase from a traffic stop, lost his police radio in the process. The traffic stop yielded the arrests of Mr. Maxfield, who bolted from the trucks at the time of the stop, for no driver's license and having an open container in the vehicle and Fredrick Dekonte Robinson, 22, of Salon Road for possession of cocaine, crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and marijuana.
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OUCH! (photos)
web posted January 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A local shopper at the Dollar General Store in Edgefield had rather shaking moment after arriving and parking in the parking lot. A tractor-trailer truck with a 53-foot trailer backed right into her car shortly after parking.
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Obituary
W. Frank Fulmer

web posted January 21, 2006
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Strange light reported hovering over area church

web posted January 20, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A caller to 911 operators around 11:45 pm Thursday night reported a huge bright light hovering over the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Highway 25, north of Edgefield. At first, the caller stated, he believed it was the moon and then said it was obviously not the moon. Edgefield County Deputies were dispatched to check out the report.
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Three teens injured in single car crash
web posted January 20, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A single car crash on Star Road Thursday afternoon left three teens with injuries. Shortly after 3:00 pm for an unknown reason, the driver lost control, ran off the side of the road, and overturned. Deputies arrived on the scene and asked for back up as one of the injured became combative.
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Wife of Marion Key expresses thankfulness
Open Letter of Thanks from Melba Key

web posted January 20, 2006
MERRIWETHER - There are so many people I need to thank for calls, cards, words of encouragement and prayers, during the disappearance of my husband, Marion Key. This is the only way I could reach them all. I thank God for all of them and asked him to bless them in a special way for all they did to help me through a very difficult time.
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Two car crash blocks Highway 25 traffic, four injured
web posted January 20, 2006
TRENTON – Shortly before 9:00 pm a two-car crash was reported at the intersection of James Road and Highway 25 with one vehicle overturned. Edgefield County Deputies, EMS, and Trenton Firemen responded to the scene with four people injured and some of those entrapped in the vehicles. Upon arrival, a call was placed to have an AirMed chopper sent to fly the most critically injured to MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta, Ga. The crash had all traffic on Highway 25 blocked.
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Lost dog, Cash Reward offered (photo) FOUND!
web posted January 20, 2006
EDGEFIELD – This dog got spooked by the wind January 18 and bolted into the woods in the Brunson's Crossroad area of Edgefield County.
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Obituary
Louise K. Dickson

web posted January 20, 2006
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Two arrested in theft from Johnston employer
web posted January 19, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Investigator Phil Ireland said Wednesday that he has wrapped up an investigation of theft by employees at a Johnston business and arrested two employees. Felicia Nichole West, 19 of Courtney Road in Trenton, and her 17 year-old cousin, of a Walker Street address in Johnston, were arrested on charges stemming from the alleged theft of more than $800 since November of 2005.
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W.E. Parker students attend alcohol and drug awareness program (photos)
web posted January 19, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The fifth grade class at W.E. Parker Elementary had visitors today, School Resource Officers Sonny Reel and Jason Rushton. A special guest came along with them, Ricky, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office drug dog. The Drug and Alcohol Program is put on at all local elementary schools to help prevent future drug or alcohol abuse.
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Family seeks lost dog FOUND!
web posted January 19, 2006
Please help our dog is lost. His name is Buster, but we call him Butter - Lost on the Sweetwater Road (Horns Creek West Area).
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Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and Johnston Police Department make drug arrests in Johnston area

web posted January 18, 2006
EDGEFIELD - The Edgefield County Sheriffs Office S.W.A.T. Team along with the assistance of Saluda County Sheriffs Office and the Johnston Police Department executed a search warrant at 205 Lanier Street in Johnston, S.C. on January 11,2006.
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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
web posted January 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – Early Saturday morning Johnston Police Officer Joseph Mathis conducted a routine traffic stop of a truck on Addison Street. Once the truck stopped, the driver of the truck jumped out of the truck and took off.
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How to go to jail 101 
Lesson 2

web posted January 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – As EdgefieldDaily.com pours over dozens of police reports a day one thing stands out in many cases; having a warrant for your arrest and/or a total disrespect for law enforcement must lower the IQ of most offenders 50 or 60 points. Such was the case stemming from a call to Johnston Police regarding a custody matter. Arriving on the scene of the Academy Street home was Johnston Police Officer Lamaz Robinson around 7:00 pm Friday evening. As the old saying goes, it all went downhill from there.
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Broken headlight leads to crack cocaine arrest
web posted January 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Officer Joseph Mathis made a vehicle stop due to a headlight out on a Dodge truck Friday night. Officer Mathis reported that as he began to exit his patrol car he noticed a man walking away from the truck at a “fast pace”.
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Thieves strike another Merriwether construction site
web posted January 18, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Thieves struck again at a home under construction in Merriwether over the weekend, this time making off with thirty-three sheets of plywood worth an estimated $600. The homeowner called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft Monday morning around 9:30 am.
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Burglary yeilds to one arrest
web posted January 18, 2006
Edgefield, SC (January 13, 2005) - On January 11, 2006 the Edgefield County Sheriffs Office along with the Johnston Police Department responded to a burglary call on Parker Street in Johnston, S.C.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average holds at $2.21 for county
web posted January 18, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices held steady this report as the average price of gas at an average of $2.21 across the county this week. Prices varied as much as sixteen cents between retailers. The S&S Truck Stop and Greg’s Gas Plus in Sweetwater and Sportsman’s Corner in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.14. The Northside BP in Edgefield reported the highest price at $2.30. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Woman reports burglary Monday afternoon
web posted January 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called police to report a burglary at her home Monday afternoon. Edgefield County Deputy Trek Bryant responded to the call at the Long Cain Road residence and found the side door had been pried open. The woman stated she left the home about three hours before returning before the call.
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Talking trash, crash blocks road for hours (photos)
web posted January 17, 2006 MERRIWETHER – An early morning collision blocked traffic on Currytown Road Tuesday morning when Danny Bishop, owner of Merriwether Sanitation, backed his trash truck out of his driveway and collided with a passing motorist around 7:00 am.
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Coroner releases names of teens killed in crash Sunday night
web posted January 17, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett released the names of the two teens killed in a tragic one-car crash on Big Oak Drive on Sunday night. Mr. Burnett said Monday morning that the teens, ages 15 and 18, were both from North Augusta.
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Letter to the Editor
Writer: "What does it take to have speed limits enforced?"
web posted January 17, 2006
Dear Editor,
What does it take to have speed limits enforced?
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Obituaries
Robert Edward "Robby" Kasten

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Robert James "Bobby" Kotz
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Fire reported at Sportsman's Corner Monday morning (photos)
web posted January 17, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The manager and a co-worker at Sportsman’s Corner had to call 911 to report smoke in the office Monday morning around 9:00 am. Dispatchers told them to get out of the building and await firefighters to arrive on the scene. Within minutes, two fire trucks arrived to assess the situation.
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N.Y. Times caught in photo fakery 
web posted January 17, 2006
The New York Times is accused of running a staged photograph of beleaguered Pakistanis standing with a missile in the midst of their damaged home after a U.S. predator-drone attack aimed at al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
EdgefieldDaily.com's Off The Wall

Two teens killed in single car crash (photos)
web posted January 16, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Two teens became the first fatalities in Edgefield County for 2006 shortly before 7:00 pm when a 15-year-old driver lost control of the 1995 Camaro he was driving on Big Oak Drive and slammed into two pine trees in the front yard of a home killing both occupants. The driver and a 19-yeaar-old passenger were killed instantly on impact.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech (photos)
web posted January 16, 2006
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
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Obituaries
web posted January 16, 2006
Rev. W.H. McCain
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James Wesley Orvin
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Moore campaign admits to improper donations
web posted January 14, 2006
COLUMBIA – South Carolina State Senator Tommy Moore’s (D-Clearwater) gubernatorial campaign admitted it had taken more than the allowable amount of money from a political party on Thursday. South Carolina Republican Party leader Katon Dawson had charged Sen. Moore of taking $50,000 from the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus and an additional $4,000 from the Edgefield and McCormick County Democratic party. State law says a candidate may receive no more than $50,000 from a political party in a single election cycle.
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Grand theft reported at Fox Creek Junction break-in
web posted January 14, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether businessman had his car burglarized early Thursday morning as it sat in the front of his business. The owner of Fox Creek Junction, located on the 1200 block of West Martintown Road at the county line, called 911to report the break-in after a customer entered the business and told the owner a window was broken out of his car. The owner also lives at the location and did not realize the theft had taken place.
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Planning for Future Generations
web posted January 14, 2006
Finaincial Insights by Will Davis

Stands empty as basketball game turns into melee

web posted January 13, 2006
JOHNSTON – Thursday night saw a basketball game at Strom Thurmond against Brookland-Cayce turn into a melee as students and parents emptied the bench and began to fight on the gym floor. Edgefield County Deputies were called and back-up was requested from the Town of Edgefield Police Department.
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Marion Key family says they have more questions than answers after discovery of remains
web posted January 13, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The five month search for Marion Walter Key came to an end on December 6, 2005 with the discovery of his remains just off Sweetwater Road at the edge of a wooded area near a pasture. That came three months after his car was found off Sylvan Road on September 2, 2005. However, the discoveries have brought little in the way of closure for the family who says they have more questions than answers about the disappearance.
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Neighbor holds burglar at "broom point" for police
web posted January 13, 2006
JOHNSTON – As EdgefieldDaily.com reported yesterday, a neighbor helped police locate and arrest a suspected burglar shortly after 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening. While Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Doran and Johnston Police Officer Lamaz Robinson were assisting Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigator Roosevelt Young serving several arrest warrants for drug trafficking a call came into 911 Dispatchers of a burglary in progress.
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Planning Commission accepts expansion of Mount Vintage, addresses cell phone towers (photos)
web posted January 13, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission met Thursday evening for their regular monthly meeting with Commissioner Tracy Freeman absent and the vacant seat by removed Commissioner Jim Oliver sitting empty, as has been the case for most meeting of 2005. With a single item agenda the meeting got underway with the usual passing of previous meeting minutes and moved right into discussion of a new section of Mount Vintage proposed by Developer Bettis Rainsford.
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Obituary
Gene Forrest Sr.

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Closings for Martin Luther King's Birthday
PSA: COUNTY – The following offices will be closed for the observance of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
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Police nab suspected burglar in minutes thanks to diligent neighbor
web posted January 12, 2006
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County 911 Dispatchers received a call Wednesday evening around 7:00 pm stating a neighbor saw a man leaving a home across the street and the homeowners were not at home. Johnston Officer Lamaz Robinson and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran responded to the call. Within moments another call came in stating the man, described as a Hispanic male with a grey shirt, dark pants and ball cap, was in the parking lot of the Amoco Station on Addison Street.
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How to go to jail 101
web posted January 12, 2006
TRENTON – Tuesday evening 911 Dispatchers received a 911 hang up call from a home on the 1900 block of Edgefield Road. Edgefield Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Velasco arrived at the residence about nine minutes later and was met by the man that lives at the residence. He told Sgt. Velasco that his girlfriend had been drinking liquor all day and was “showing out.”
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Will Chief Easler leave job before investigation resolved?
The INsider

Some Of Nation's Best Libraries Have Books Bound In Human Skin
web posted January 12, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University's library boasts an anatomy book that combines form and function in macabre fashion. Its cover -- tanned and polished to a smooth golden brown, like fine leather -- is made of human skin.
EdgefieldDaily.com's Off The Wall

Arizona Proposes $100M Immigration Plan
web posted January 12, 2006
PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano on Monday proposed spending $100 million in state money to fight illegal immigration, including a crackdown on businesses that intentionally hire illegal immigrants.
Chron.com

Edgefield County woman held for alleged theft of $20,000 bracelet
web posted January 11, 2006
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County woman has been taken into custody and placed on a hold for Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for the alleged theft of a diamond tennis bracelet from Windsor Jewelers, 2635 Washington Road, in Augusta police records show.
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Johnston State of the Town 2006
By Mayor Dean Campbell

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Vandalism continues to cost homeowners
web posted January 11, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The new Whispering Woods subdivision was the site of continued vandalism across the county this past weekend. The sole resident of the new subdivision called the Sheriff’s Office to report several of the light poles and fixtures in the subdivision were damaged. An additional complaint found complaints of juveniles riding through the subdivision causing damage to a home under construction, including burning an American Flag inside the home.
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Sweetwater woman says $700 taken from purse
web posted January 11, 2006
SWEETWATER – A Sweetwater woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report the alleged theft of $700 from her pocketbook. The woman claimed she and another female were the only two in the home at the time the money supposedly went missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trash dumping will result in charges
web posted January 11, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Illegal dumping seems to be on the rise in Merriwether as two residents reported the dumping of trash on their property on the same day. Monday the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office received complaints of illegal dumping of trash at two separate locations in the Merriwether area. The first came Monday morning on the 400 block of Murrah Road where some dumped “over 100 bags of garbage” behind a home site.
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Wednesday Obituaries
Neomi "Dale" Akron

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Leroy Williams
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EdgefieldDaily.com left out address to contribute to support Mama's Trucks
web posted January 10, 2006
To send in contributions to Mama's Truck, which feeds hundreds of families a month, send your donations to Alpha & Omega Ministries, 30 Skyview Drive Trenton SC, 29847. You may read the latest story here

Johnston hires officer, raises salary ranges for town employees
web posted January 10, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their regular monthly meeting Monday night with Councilwoman Tyra Miller being absent due to an illness. Janet Nicholson, who has been appointed to fill her husband’s seat until he returns from Iraq, was present but unable to be seated on the council until the Governor approves the appointment.
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New Dining Team reviews Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
web posted January 10, 2006
Our dining team arrived at Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant at 8:25pm on a Saturday evening. There was plenty of parking right in front of the restaurant and it was brightly lit and welcoming. We were greeted upon entering by co-owner Chang Lam, a recent Charleston, SC transplant who is originally from Hong Kong.
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Johnston Officer wrecks patrol car (photo story)
web posted January 10, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Officer Joseph Mathis was returning from the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon when he struck a deer on Highway 23 near Stonehenge Road. Officer Mathis stated he saw the deer prior to hitting it however there was no way he could stop when it entered the roadway.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average continues to rise to $2.21 for county
web posted January 10, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices continue to rise this report as the average price of gas increased three cents from an average of $2.18 a gallon last report to $2.21 across the county this week. Prices varied as much as thirteen cents between retailers. The Four Seasons in Johnston and the S&S Truck Stop in Sweetwater took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.17. The Northside BP in Edgefield reported the highest price at $2.30. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Obituary
Charlie T. "Tony" Malpass
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"Mama's Truck" feeds hundreds over the weekend (photos)
web posted January 9, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Pastor Pat Wilson and her husband Charlie, who organized Alpha and Omega Ministries, held their monthly Mama’s Truck food give-away Saturday on W. A. Reel Drive. Scheduled to begin at 9:30 am until 11:00 am at the first location Pastor Wilson said there were people standing in line by 8:00 am. By 9:30 am over fifty families were served and by 10:00 am that number grew to 140.
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Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's birthday celebrated Sunday (photos)
web posted January 9, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jeanie Benson Chapter #884, held a celebration of the birth of Edgefield County Native Lt. General James Longstreet. General Longstreet was born just off present day Martintown Road near Delaughter Drive on January 8, 1821 and died in 1904.
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Obituary
Janet B Fulmer

web posted January 9, 2006
Johnston

Judge gives child-rapist 60 days for multiple rapes
web posted January 9, 2006
Man admits rapes on 6 year old, Judge no longer believes in punishment: 'Anger doesn't solve anything'
Off The Wall

Planning Commission announces schedule for meetings in 2006
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Transportation Committee announces meeting schedule for 2006
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Two train scares in County on anniversary of Graniteville wreck

web posted January 7, 2006
COUNTY – Shortly before 1:00 pm Friday afternoon Edgefield E911 dispatchers received a call of a tractor-trailer truck stuck on the train tacks on Egghouse Road in Trenton. Calls were made to the railroad to inform them of the problem. Shortly after that Deputy Anthony Rackard radioed there was a train coming, and with the train horn blowing in the background, stated it was “running wide open from the south”.
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Editorial

A blessing in disguise

web posted January 7, 2006
OPINION – The recent announcement that Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey was assuming command of the Johnston Police Department is a blessing in disguise for the town.
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Augusta's #1 talk radio host Austin Rhodes; EdgefieldDaily.com "one of the best" web sites for local news
web posted January 7, 2006
WEBNEWS – Augusta’s WGAC 580 AM’s # 1 rated Radio Talk Show Host Austin Rhodes told his listeners on Friday afternoon during the 5:00 “drive time” broadcast that EdgefieldDaily.com was the best place to find local and breaking news for Edgefield County and the second best web site for the area, next to the Augusta Chronicle, to find online coverage of local breaking news.
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U.S.-based prof agrees with Iranian president
Says Holocaust is a 'myth,' America will 'collapse' like Soviet Union
Off The Wall

Sheriff assumes command of Johnston Police Department 
web posted January 6, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Mayor Dean Campbell said Thursday morning in a telephone press briefing that Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey and his Office has assumed the duties of Police Chief for the Johnston Police Department temporarily. “The town requested the Sheriff’s Department come in and, in effect, be our interim Chief.” That change took place at 4:00 pm on Wednesday Mayor Campbell said.
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JET Middle School suffers break-in
web posted January 6, 2006
EDGEFIELD – JET Middle School Principle Heflin contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report a possible break in at the school Tuesday morning. One window had been broken out and another window was found open. Edgefield County Deputy Jason Rushton arrived on the scene a few minutes later in response to the call.
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Readers say they cannot find Editorial
web posted January 6, 2006
WEBNEWS - Readers contacted EdgefieldDaily.com yesterday saying they could not find yesterday's Editorial. We checked and the pages had been uploaded and updated however some users, mostly using Internet Explorer as a browser, could not load the proper page. The direct link to the Editorial can be found here. Please visit the Opinions page and tell us if you have problems finding the January 5, 2006 Editorial listed.

Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average jumps fourteen cents to $2.18 for county
web posted January 6, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices jumped this report as the average price of gas increased fourteen cents from an average of $2.04 a gallon last report to $2.18 across the county this week. Prices varied as much as twenty cents between retailers. Billy’s Superstore in Trenton took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.09. The Shell QP Express in Johnston reported the highest price at $2.29. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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Oil Near 11-Week High on Demand for Commodities, Russia Concern
web posted January 6, 2006
Bloomberg -- Crude oil in New York traded near an 11-week high after a slump in the dollar helped spur investors to buy commodities and on concern about the reliability of fuel supplies from Russia.
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Gratop leaves Fox Creek after heart surgery to recover
web posted January 5, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek Charter High School’s Administrator John Gratop left Fox Creek and will be returning for half days in February school personnel said. Over the Christmas break Mr. Gratop underwent heart surgery and is presently recovering at home. It is unknown if the surgery was pre-planned or not at this time.
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Johnston fire heavily damages Addison Street home
web posted January 5, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Fire Department was called to a structure fire at a home on the 400 block of Addison Street Wednesday evening. Just before 7:00 pm firefighters were told the woman, who lived in the home, was possibly trapped in the flames. The first crews arrived just four minutes later.
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Editorial
web posted January 5, 2006
When is too many not enough?
Opinions

Thieves make off with heavy load from Merriwether home site
web posted January 5, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man contacted the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report a theft of building materials from the site of a home he has under construction on the 400 block of Murrah Road Tuesday morning. Deputy Shirley Key arrived on the scene to have the homeowner provide a long list of materials stolen, and it was no light load.
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Fighting in front of police not a good idea
web posted January 5, 2006
JOHNSTON – Fighting in front of police is a sure way to go to jail. Two Johnston men found that out at an Addison Street club early Saturday morning. Johnston Police Officer Joseph Mathis arrived at the location on the 300 block of Addison Street and was waiting in the parking lot for back-up by Officer John Brown. While waiting Officer Mathis saw a man knock another man to the ground and begin fighting.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Thursday Obituaries
Eddie C. Martin

EDGEFIELD, S.C.
Eloise C. Traxler
TRENTON, S.C.

Hudson, Council removes Oliver from Planning Commission  
web posted January 4, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County Councilman Joel Hudson informed the council Tuesday night that he has pulled the attendance record for Merriwether Planning Commissioner Jim Oliver at the Planning Commission meetings. Mr. Oliver represents Mr. Hudson’s district and is his appointee. Mr. Hudson stated at the December council meeting he was receiving “many” complaints from constituents on the matter. What the report showed did not sit well with Mr. Hudson.
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Traffic light brings full house to Council meeting (photos)
web posted January 4, 2006
COUNTY – Saundra Curry made her monthly appearance at the County Council Tuesday night in anticipation of the promised attendance of the State Legislative Delegation, made up of State Senator Tommy Moore, Rep Bill Clyburn, and Rep Don Smith, and representatives of the SC Department of Transportation. The County Council chambers was filled to a standing room only capacity as she once again told council of the dangerous intersection at Bettis Academy Road and Highway 25.
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“Why did the councilmen not want us non-internet people to bid on a public auction”
web posted January 4, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council held their regular meeting Tuesday night and Edgefield County Planning Commissioner Norman Stephenson was on the agenda of the County Council to address the recent online auction of surplus equipment held by the county. “Why did the councilmen not want us non-internet people to bid on a public auction,” of equipment bought with taxpayers money? Mr. Stevenson asked council. Chairman Monroe Kneece said the council had voted to hire the company from Alabama to run the auction and they were responsible as to how the auction was undertaken.
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Single car crash sends one to hospital (photos)
web posted January 4, 2006
 BETTIS ACADEMY – A single car crash on Bettis Academy Road sent one woman to the hospital with injuries from the crash. County Line First Responders and Firefighters were called to the crash around 10:37 am Tuesday morning.
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Home burglarized in Trenton over Christmas
web posted January 4, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton resident out of town for the holidays had his home burglarized on Wednesday of last week. A neighbor who said he was watching over the property called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report he had found the front and back door of the home unlocked. The front door had been pried open.
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High Voltage wreck on Monday (Photos/Video included)
web posted January 3, 2006
TRENTON – A local woman had a rather electrifying crash while driving south on Highway 25 near Trenton when her car hydroplaned and skidded off the northbound side of the road into a SCE&G power substation. Trenton Firemen arrived on the scene a short time later but could not enter the scene due to the risk of electrocution. SCE&G workers were summoned to the scene by Firemen and asked dispatchers to tell them to, “step it up.”
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Snow in the forecast?
web posted January 3, 2006
COUNTY – Could snow be coming to the area? According to models issued by the National Weather Service and several weather web sites Edgefield County could see snow showers next week.
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Bi-weekly gas survey, Price average rises to $2.10 for  the county
web posted January 3, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices were sporadic this report as the average price of gas rose five cents from an average of $2.04 a gallon last report to $2.10 across the county this week. Prices varied as much as seventeen cents between retailers. Sue’s Country Store in Trenton took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.03. Monk’s Corner and Shell QP Express in Johnston reported the highest price at $2.20. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
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BLURB: Logging crew takes out power line, interupts power service
web posted January 3, 2006
EDGEFIELD - A logging crew working along Highway 378 just west of Edgefield took down a tree and also a power line. Northside Firefighters were called to the scene around 5:32 pm Monday afternoon in case of a fire from the live power line that had been downed. Customers in the area were without power for well over an hour as repairs were made. Firefighters were returning to the station an hour after arriving to the call. Aiken Electric Co-op officials could not be reached for comment on whether or not the loggers would be responsible for repair costs.

Two injured in first crash of 2006 (photos)
web posted January 2, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Sunday morning brought the first wreck of the new year to Merriwether when a woman pulled out of Woodspring Court onto Murrah Road and was hit by a man driving south. The woman was transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital and one man was taken by ambulance to University Hospital complaining of back and neck injuries and lacerations to his face.
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The Best, Funniest, and Uplifting, of 2005
web posted January 2, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com would like to thank our readers for the exceptional growth you gave us in 2005 and we look forward to better things in 2006. We have many exciting improvements that are in development now that we will be announcing soon! However, we wanted to take this time to look back over the past year at some of our breaking stories. While tabulating the suggestions emailed in we decided to put them in categories. We have the Headline stories, the most e-mailed stories, the most popular stories, most humorous (including dumb crooks!) and more.
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Obituaries
web posted January 2, 2006
Joanne C. Byrd

Walter A. Reiser Jr.

Thomas Wayne Logan


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