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January 2012 Archive

Edgefield County Hosts Intergovernmental Meeting Monday Night
web posted January 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council hosted their annual intergovernmental meeting Monday night at the Edgefield Masonic Lodge with food catered by Chef Bob's Café in Edgefield. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell welcomed the local dignitaries, Mayors, and the State Legislative Delegation to the meeting.
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Merriwether Girl’s Basketball Team Looks to Finish Season Strong
web posted January 31, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Lady Mustangs are currently #1 in the region ahead of Saluda, Mid-Carolina, Newberry, Batesburg, Gilbert and JET, after defeating Newberry in Newberry last Thursday night.  A major highlight of that game was Akayla Adams, #11, scoring 20 of the 33 total points.
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Counterfeit $50 Bill Turns up in Edgefield
web posted January 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigator was called to the Bi-Lo store in Carolina Square Monday morning after a man gave the cashier a fake $50 bill to buy dog food and treats.
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Van, Work Tools Stolen from Merriwether Home
web posted January 31, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Maple Drive man called the Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning after finding his 1985 GMC van missing from his driveway around 8:30 am. The owner told the deputy that he still had the only set of keys to the van.
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Chocolate Celebration Scheduled for Downtown Edgefield
web posted January 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association will host the 6th Annual Downtown Choc-Around, Thursday, February 9th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.  The event is hosted as a celebration of the Valentine season and in an effort to bring locals and visitors together in the historic downtown for the evening.
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Lost Dog: FOUND
web posted January 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Our dog went missing from the Cedar Creek Road/Sweetwater Road area in Edgefield. He is a large black lab mix and answers to Hank. He is very, very sweet and is missed very much. UPDATE: After this notice ran the owners were contacted and the dog was returned on Tuesday morning. Contact information has been removed.

Smith Seeking County Council District 1 Seat
web posted January 30, 2012
EDGEFIELD – William Smith announced this weekend he will be filing to run for the District 1 County Council seat. "I know that district 1 has a lot of concerns and I know there is a lot of strength and potential for growth," Smith said. "I think there is a new voice that's needed so I decided to run." Smith said district 1 has "lost their voice" on the county council and he intends to give it back to the people. Smith will be running as a Republican.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for February 18 Training
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, February 18, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Westside Assistant Chief Supports Improving Protection and Services to Community
web posted January 30, 2012
Dear Editor,
First off let me say that as the assistant chief of the Westside Fire Department (WSFD) I totally agree that anything that can be done to improve fire protection, EMS services, and police coverage should be considered. I want to outline some of the things that we are doing at W.V.F.D to improve the services that we provide to the community and in order to give residents a bit of inside insight and perspective.
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ATC Receives $50,000 Contribution from SRNS
web posted January 30, 2012
AIKEN – Aiken Technical College has received a $50,000 contribution from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) in support of the College’s welding program. The gift supplements a contribution this past summer of $400,000 in welding computer software from SRNS and one of its parent companies, Newport News Nuclear, Inc.
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2nd Annual Lakelands Home Builder Chili Cook-off this Friday
web posted January 30, 2012
GREENWOOD – The 2nd Annual Lakelands Home Builder Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3rd at the American Legion Building in Greenwood, SC. There will be 10 to 15 teams cooking their best chili to win awards and prize money that will be voted on by the ticket holders and a team of celebrity judges. Live music by the 3-D’s, assorted appetizer foods, beer, wine, and all chili sampling will be included in your ticket purchase.
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Herman Cain Endorses Gingrich for President
web posted January 30, 2012
NATION – Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination late on Saturday — at the same time accepting a position as the former House speaker’s tax reform chairman.
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Aiken Police Officer Dies after Shooting
web posted January 28, 2012
AIKEN – Aiken Public Safety Officer Master Cpl Sandy Rogers, 48, is dead following a shooting incident in Aiken earlier Saturday morning Chief Charles Barranco said at a 7 pm press conference. Rogers was a 27 year veteran with the department with awards including a Distinguished Service Award and another for Life Saving. Chief Barranco was emotional while giving members of the press the details of Rogers's service.
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Funeral Services Announced
web posted January 28, 2012
AIKEN – Aiken Public Safety Officer Master Cpl Sandy Rogers
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Suspect in Aiken Public Safety Officer's Shooting May Be Connected To Richmond County Murder Victim
web posted January 28, 2012
AUGUSTA – WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that Richmond County Deputies are investigating a murder on 1046 Woodsedge Drive, which is the Greens on Washington apartment complex.
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Shooting Suspect in Custody
web posted January 28, 2012  11:30 AM
JOHNSTON – Reports from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office state the suspected shooter of an Aiken Police Officer Saturday morning is now incustody. 26-year-old Joshua Termaine Jones was driving a "cobalt" or "electric" blue BMW 745i 4-door with dark tinted windows and 20" black rims with SC tag of GVG 909. The car was found in Batesburg around 11 am. The suspect was taken into custody around 11:30 am at a residence in Batesburg without incident. We will continue to follow this breaking story.
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Manhunt Underway in Johnston
web posted January 28, 2012  11:05 AM
JOHNSTON – Police have released the name of the suspected shooter of an Aiken Police Officer Saturday morning. Police are looking for 26-year-old Joshua Termaine Jones. He is described as being 5' 7" tall with long dreadlocks. He is driving a "cobalt" or "electric" blue BMW 745i 4-door with dark tinted windows and 20" black rims with SC tag of GVG 909. He was last seen on Lee Street in Johnston where a manhunt is currently underway. The car may have been spotted in Batesburg around 11 am.
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Officer Shot - Suspect Spotted in Johnston
web posted January 28, 2012
AIKEN – An Aiken City Public Safety Officer has been shot on Edgefield Avenue and Church Street around 7:40 am. The suspect fled the scene driving an electric blue BMW 745i 4-door with 20 inch black rims. He is described as being a black male with dreadlocks. The suspect and the car were spotted on Lee Street in Johnston and law enforcement from several agencies are searching the town, including a helicopter from SLED.
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Jill, Duchess of Hamilton to Visit Aiken SPCA New Shelter Project
web posted January 28, 2012
AIKEN – Author, conservationist, journalist and historian Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, will be touring the Aiken SCPA shelter project on January 30, 2012.  Her Grace, who recently complete a 15 year term as Vice President with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), will be in Aiken to meet with SPCA management, staff and donors to learn more about the Shelter and to share her experiences as a committed animal welfare advocate.
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Strategic Committee Looks at Emergency Services
web posted January 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Strategic Committee meeting Thursday night brought forward a number of needs the county should be looking at in the future with speakers for fire, EMS, law enforcement, and the Edgefield County Hospital. Some of the goals looked at were bold in the way things are currently done, and almost all concurred that emergency services needs to grow to fit the growing population. Though the "wish lists" of the various agencies were brought forward, funding is something the County Council will have to address to make them a reality. Those issues are outlined in the following reports below.

Fire Protection Needs
web posted January 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Merriwether Fire Chief Joey Smith spoke on behalf of the fire services prospective saying that it is important to have mandatory training for all volunteer firefighters, including training together so that when different departments are involved in a single structure fire, "we're all working off the same page".
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Law Enforcement Needs
web posted January 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff's Captain Chris Wash spoke on law enforcement needs in the county. In 2011, the Sheriff's Dispatch handled 16,861 calls for the year, basically one every thirty minutes around the clock, though at times dispatch may be dealing with a number of calls at the same time. That included calls for deputies, town police, fire, and EMS. The Sheriff's Office responded to over 10,000 calls (2,076 emergency 911 calls and just under 8,000 "service" calls). The largest need was more road patrol deputies.
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Emergency Medical Services
web posted January 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – EMS Director Jewel Plaxco addressed the committee about the needs relating to EMS services stating that there is a definite need for a third ambulance crew and station for the county. If one ambulance is transporting a patient to an Augusta hospital that leaves the county with only one ambulance to cover the entire county. In spite of that problem, EMS has an average response time of 17 minutes, though some are much longer.
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Hospital Facilities and Medical Needs
web posted January 27, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Patricia "Pat" Robinson, CEO, of the Edgefield County Hospital, addressed the medical needs of Edgefield County stating that many people do not realize the level of advanced medical services the hospital now provides including MRI, CAT scans, Ultrasound, bone density testing to name a few. "We'd encourage people to schedule their tests here, which can be done in a day or two, rather than going to Augusta, Greenwood, or Aiken and having to wait," she said.
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South Carolina receives Silver Award in Business Facilities Competition
web posted January 27, 2012
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Commerce earned second place in the Business Facilities 2011 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition for the Continental Tire the Americas (CTA) new plant in Sumter County, S.C. The $500 million investment is expected to generate 1,700 new jobs, including 80 new jobs in CTA’s headquarters in Lancaster County, S.C.
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Obama Signs Global Internet Treaty Worse Than SOPA
web posted January 27, 2012
WASHINGTON DC – The Obama White House bypasses Senate to ink agreement that could allow Chinese companies to demand ISPs remove web content in US with no legal oversight
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Enclosed Trailer, Racing Bikes, Tools and Gear Stolen
web posted January 26, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An enclosed trailer, two motorcycles, tools, racing gear, and other property was stolen from the fenced property around Carolina Covertech on Shortcut Road early Sunday morning. The 28 foot long trailer containing the motorcycles and equipment, with a value topping well over $12,000, was not noticed as missing until Tuesday morning.
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Opinion: Why Newt? Because He Can Defeat Both Opponents - Obama and the Media
A Column by the Editor
web posted January 26, 2012

COLUMN – It was within the last few days leading up to the primary that I reached my decision on who to vote for in the Republican Primary held Saturday. It is obvious that the candidate that the Republicans run against President Obama will not only have to run against Obama, but also the "main stream media" - which demonstrably leans further left than him. Newt Gingrich has proven he is that man.
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Allison Barry to Serve as S.C. Department of Commerce’s Lead Agribusiness Recruiter
web posted January 26, 2012
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Commerce announced Wednesday the addition of Allison Amick Barry to the agency’s Global Business Development division as the new agribusiness project manager. Barry will be part of the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Global Business Development team and will focus exclusively on agribusiness projects that will bring investment and job creation to South Carolina.
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Gingrich Never Fined on Ethics Matter, Records Show
web posted January 26, 2012
NATION – A Newsmax examination of the House Ethics Committee report, and the record of the House debate in January 1997 as recorded in the Congressional Record, supports Gingrich’s contention that the $300,000 he paid was a “reimbursement” or “sanction” related to legal fees, but not a fine or admission of any wrongdoing. The IRS launched a three-year probe to investigate that charge. It dropped its investigation after declaring that Gingrich’s courses were “educational in content.”
Newsmax

Three Burglaries Reported Monday
web posted January 25, 2012
COUNTY – Ten days without a burglary was pleasant non-news for county residents, then Monday happened. There were four burglaries reported, though one reportedly was by a roommate that returned to gather his personal items and do a little mischief along the way, leaving the true count at three - and each of those being reported about 20 minutes apart.
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Metal Thieves Steal Car Parts
web posted January 25, 2012
COUNTY LINE – Metal thieves struck a home on Rainbow Falls Road making off with car parts valued at over $1,000 sometime between the last week. The homeowner reported the theft Tuesday just before 4 pm when he noticed the items missing.
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Legislative Update: A New Year for the General Assembly
By S.C. Senator Shane Massey
web posted January 25, 2012

COUNTY – Things sure are quieter now that the Presidential candidates and national media have left for Florida.  Although I’m glad to have had the opportunity to meet several of the candidates and vote in the “First in the South” primary, I’m also happy for someone else to deal with all the phone calls, mail, and commercials!
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Religion: Which God So Loved The World? - John 3:16  Part 4
web posted January 25, 2012
RELIGION – We continue our study this week of John 3:16. I’m sure some of you are thinking we have not even gotten to the verse yet, but today we finally get there or at least to the first word, God. God, the creator of the universe and all that is within it. As a pastor, I take for granted that God is real. I also assume that most know what “God” I speak of when I say the word.  Most of you do, as we live in the Bible belt where there about as many Christian churches as there are peaches.
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Letter to the Editor: Newt 2012 County Co-chairs Thank Edgefield County for Victory
web posted January 25, 2012
Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Newt 2012 campaign, we would like to thank the voters of Edgefield County for their outstanding support for Newt Gingrich in Saturday's Republican presidential primary. Newt’s 60 percent of the vote in Edgefield County was the highest percentage vote received by any candidate in any county in South Carolina.
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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Loves A Parade
web posted January 25, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is now taking applications for individuals, organizations and businesses interested in being a part of the Festival’s parade. The Festival will be held May 5, 2011, in Johnston, known as the Peach Capital of the World.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Invites ALL Women to Enlighten Yourself
web posted January 25, 2012
AIKEN – January 1 marked the beginning of the first and only comprehensive women’s health initiative in the CSRA and Aiken Regional Medical Centers brought it to you!   Our mission is to empower women by providing access to support, education, and care through the healthcare system and this is just the beginning.
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NOTICE: Edgefield County BOE to Hold Q&A About Charter School in Merriwether Canceled
web posted January 23, 2012  POSTED: 3:22 PM
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County School Board meeting at the Merriwether Elementary School with Mark Burns, the state's Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness, has been canceled.

Edgefield Police Make Arrest in Stolen Car Case
web posted January 24, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Car stolen on January 14 was found two days later while an Edgefield Police Officer was on routine patrol and spotted the car parked in the woods behind a Rosa Hill Street home. While investigating the home was found to have been struck by the car causing $5,000 in damage to the home's foundation. Fingerprints retrieved from the car lead to an arrest this weekend.
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Deputies Nab Metal Thieves after Citizen Tip
web posted January 24, 2012
TRENTON – A Trenton man passing an unoccupied home on Edgefield Road Friday afternoon noticed two men in a white truck loading metal into the back of the truck. He called 911 and gave a description of the truck and the men who were last seen pulling out of the location and heading south on Highway 25.
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"Barefoot in the Park" Coming to Edgefield
web posted January 24, 2012
EDGEFIELD – One of Neil Simon's best loved romantic comedies is coming to Edgefield. The Edgefield County Theatre Company will present “Barefoot In The Park” as the third offering of its 2011-2012 season. The performance dates are Feb. 17-19 and Feb. 24-25 at the William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main Street, Edgefield.
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Whatley Continues Streak At Charleston Chess Tournament
web posted January 24, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Seven years ago, the Charleston Chess Club organized the Patrick Hart Scholastic Chess Tournament to honor a man who was a pillar of the South Carolina Chess community.  In addition to being an accomplished player, Mr. Hart served in many capacities including, organizer, state treasurer, contributor to chess periodicals, tournament director, and website manager.Seven years ago, a young Tori Whatley of Merriwether showed up at the inaugural event and gleefully left with a medal.
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Meg Hoffmann Wins District Spelling Bee
web posted January 24, 2012
COUNTY – Edgefield County School District would like to congratulate Meg Hoffmann for winning the district spelling bee competition held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  Meg competed against 5 other school winners. Meg will represent the district at the local qualifying Bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee which will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Morris Auditorium in the Augusta Chronicle building.
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Opinion: Writer Decries Wasteful Spending
web posted January 24, 2012
Dear Editor:
This Letter to The Editor is about the wasteful; and what I would classify as fraudulent; spending by our Fed., State, and local governments by forcing taxpayers to pay taxes; on their properties, and yet getting very, very little services in return!
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Voting From the Grave: Attorney General Alan Wilson Asks SLED to Review Evidence
web posted January 23, 2012
COLUMBIA – Attorney General Alan Wilson has asked SLED Chief Mark Keel to review evidence of potential voter fraud in the state. The evidence was uncovered by Kevin Shwedo, Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, during an extensive review of data related to the state’s new Voter I.D. law.
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NOTICE: Edgefield County BOE to Hold Q&A About Charter School in Merriwether
web posted January 23, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County School Board will be holding a Question and Answer meeting at the Merriwether Elementary School with Mark Burns, the state's Deputy Superintendent for School Effectiveness, on Tuesday, January 24, at 6 pm, according to an official release. The public is invited to attend.

‘Give Heat’ Project Raises Thousands of Dollars for Those in Need
web posted January 23, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Many citizens and groups contributed to Edgefield County Chairman Dean Campbell’s “Give Heat” project, aimed at helping low-income residents who don’t have enough money to pay their utility bills, especially in the winter. The Project, which began last fall, raised $4,225, as contributions continue to come in.
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Johnston Child Flown to Burn Center After Scalding Accident
web posted January 22, 2012
JOHNSTON – A Johnston 9-year-old child was flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta after suffering 2nd and 3rd degree burns after a pot of scalding hot water was knocked off a stove, burning the child's back and buttocks. Shortly after the first rescuers arrived on the scene the call went out for a helicopter to respond to a landing zone in Trenton to meet with Edgefield County EMS.
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Newt Wins SC: Takes Edgefield County With 60% of Votes
web posted January 22, 2012
COUNTY – Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich pulled out a stunning victory winning the First in the South GOP South Carolina Primary handedly taking an estimated 41% of the vote. In Edgefield County he fared far better, capturing a local victory of 60% in a county he never visited. The two Merriwether precincts showed their muscle in local elections by casting 41% of all votes cast in the primary that also went 59.4% for Gingrich.
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SC GOP Presidential Primary: Final Results
web posted January 21, 2012
COUNTY – The South Carolina Republican Primary will be listed here as the local results are confirmed. State results will follow until the end of press time Saturday in our special coverage of the election. Readers are strongly suggested to set their browsers to "auto refresh" or to manually "refresh" or "reload" the page each time you visit in order to get the current information. This page will not become active until 7 pm Saturday. All results are unofficial until certified.
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SC GOP Presidential Primary Today: Voter Information Below
web posted January 21, 2012
COUNTY – The South Carolina Republican Primary will be held today between 7 am and 7 pm and your regular voting prescient. If you are not sure where your voting location is, we have a link that will provide you that information as long as you are a registered voter in South Carolina. Also provided is a list of frequently asked questions about voting in the primary.
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SCANA - Subsidiaries Including SCE&G, Pay More Than $150 million in Property Taxes to South Carolina Counties
web posted January 21, 2012
CAYCE SC – SCANA Corp. and its subsidiaries, including SCE&G, paid more than $150 million in property taxes in South Carolina in 2011. The largest single tax payment was made to Lexington County in the amount of approximately $28.7 million. Other significant payments are included below, including Edgefield County.
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And Then There Were Four: Gingrich Takes 30 Point Lead in Current Edgefield Daily Poll
web posted January 20, 2012
COUNTY – In Edgefield Daily's most recent poll, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich increased his standing from an earlier poll in a new poll conducted after the FOX News debate Monday night. Gingrich moved from a 12 point lead to a 30 point margin over former Governor Mitt Romney with 46% of those taking the poll supporting Gingrich. Romney came in second at 16%.
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Forestry Researchers: Laurel Wilt Pest Now Spreading in SC
By Scott Hawkins & Laurie Reid
web posted January 20, 2012

Georgetown County, SC – Laurel wilt, a disease which sounds the death knell for redbay trees wherever it appears, has spread to yet another coastal SC county--Georgetown. Researchers with the South Carolina Forestry Commission (aided by lab staff of the USDA Forest Service) say laurel wilt’s movement is having a devastating impact not only on redbays, but possibly other plants in the laurel family.
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Writer Defends Letter Criticizing Gingrich
web posted January 20, 2012
Dear Editor,
First let me say thank you and congratulations to Mr. Pugh for his service to our Great Nation. As you well know I will never attack the character of or disrespect another veteran. It seems that Mr. Pugh and I only address him as mister out of respect for my elders and I don't know or have ever heard of him. I was stating facts that I know about Newt Gingrich.
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Thurmond Student Charged with Weapon and Drugs at School
web posted January 20, 2012
JOHNSTON – A Strom Thurmond student was arrested after being found to have marijuana and a lock blade knife at school on Tuesday. A second student was given a ticket for simple possession as a result of the same incident, but the student was not arrested.
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W.E. Parker Elementary Spaghetti and BINGO Night Benefit
web posted January 20, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Several members of the Parker Family (Donna Higgenbottom, Becky Prince and Sarah Dampier) have been stricken with illness and or devastating injury in their own families. In order to help them with the mounting medical bills we have decided to have a benefit supper Tuesday, February 7th, from 6 until 8 pm. All proceeds will be split between the three families.
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Newt Visits Edgefield County, But Never Stops
web posted January 19, 2012
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were asked to pick up an escort being lead by Aiken County Deputies at the Edgefield County Line on Highway 25 south around 3:15 pm Wednesday. With lights flashing and sirens screaming two ACSO deputies passed off the three car convoy carrying GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to Edgefield County Deputies. The "code 3" escort ended a short time later and was reduced to just blue lights and obeying the speed limit.
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Justice Department Clears County Council Redistricting
web posted January 19, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Attorney Michael Medlock issued a press release on Wednesday with the news that the US Justice Department has approved the redistricting plan voted on by the Edgefield County Council last October over the objection of Council members Norman Dorn and Willie Bright. Councilman Dorn vowed to sue to stop the approval before the plan was ever under consideration. His rants during meetings obviously fell upon deaf ears from the county and all the way to Washington D.C.
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Edgefield County Forms Partnership with SPCA to Improve Animal Control
By: Barbara Nelson
web posted January 19, 2012

COUNTY – Recently, the Edgefield County Council took the first steps towards improving the quality of service of its Animal Control division. Taxpayers will benefit from reduced operating costs and animal lovers will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that their tax dollars are saving lives rather than just cleaning up the streets of homeless pets that are subsequently euthanized.
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Citizen News Mail Delivery Delayed Wednesday
web posted January 19, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Post Office stated on Wednesday that the January 18, 2012, issue of the Citizen News is delayed due to a problem at the newspaper. "We have been advised that they hope to have them to us by the morning to be delivered Thursday," Edgefield Postmaster Mandy Pennington stated.

Congressman Jeff Duncan Introduces "Countering Iran in the Westering Hemisphere Act"
web posted January 19, 2012
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced legislation Wednesday to protect U.S. citizens from threats from Iran and protect American interests and assets in our own hemisphere.  The “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012” (H.R. 3783) comes a week after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s five-day tour of four Latin American countries. The bipartisan bill has 25 original cosponsors.
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Edgefield County Recreation Department Spring Sports Registration Information
web posted January 19, 2012
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Department’s Spring Sports is right around the Corner.  We are starting signups this Saturday, January 21st from 10 am to 12 noon at several locations. This spring we are offering Dixie Youth baseball for ages 4-14, Girls Softball for ages 6-15 and Soccer for ages 4-14.  We have three locations for baseball: Bettis Academy, Edgefield and Johnston Dixie Youth. 
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Shooting Incident Believed to be Accidental
web posted January 18, 2012
TRENTON – A 25-year-old Egghouse Road man that was shot in the chest is recovering from the injury and the incident is currently considered accidental at this time. The case is being reviewed by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigative Division and no charges have been filed.
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Sandy Hill Court Home Burglarized
web posted January 18, 2012
COUNTY LINE – Though there has been a slight reprieve from a two month rash of burglaries in the last week, a Sandy Hill Court woman returned home Saturday morning and found her home burglarized.
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Stolen Car Recovered Behind Home Damaged After Being Struck
web posted January 18, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A 1992 Mercury Grand Marquise reported stolen from a Gary Street woman on Sunday morning was recovered on Monday around 4:30 pm after an Edgefield Police Officer spotted it in the woods behind an unoccupied home on the 300 block of Rosa Hill Street during regular patrol.
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Religion: Snakes of Fire - John 3:16 Part 3
web posted January 18, 2012
EDGEFIELD – We looked last week at a conversation revealing that something was not right with Nicodemus. All his religion was found ultimately not pleasing in the eyes of God. But Jesus was not content just to burst Nicodemus bubble on his goodness and leave him lost and in despair. He wanted to offer him hope and salvation, the same offer extends to us today.
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McKenzie Talbert Wins Second Straight Carolinas Georgia Junior Golf Championship
web posted January 18, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Congratulations to To Strom Thurmond High School's McKenzie Talbert. The Rebels golfer won her second consecutive Carolinas Georgia Junior Golf Championship at Mount Vintage this weekend. Talbert closed with a final round 74...one shot better than Isabella Skinner, who had two hones-in-one in the final round.
WJBF News 6

Middle School Basketball Showdown; Merriweather at JET
web posted January 18, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Come out to see Strom Thurmond's future hoop stars at JET Middle School Wednesday, January 18th, when the Merriweather Mustangs take on the JET Eagles. Girls tip off at 5:30, boys shortly after the conclusion of the girls game. This is the biggest rival for each team. Come out and support both teams.

GOP Presidential Poll
web posted January 17, 2012
COUNTY – The First in the South GOP Primary will be held Saturday and the South Carolina Republican Debate was held Monday night and the choice is now left to you. Please take a moment to take our poll on who you will be voting for in the primary. You will only be allowed to vote once in this poll from your computer or mobile device. Candidates are listed alphabetically.
Who will you vote for in the Republican Primary
Newt Gingrich
Ron Paul
Rick Perry
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum
Undecied
Write-in
  
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Headline Reports Delayed Due to MLK Holiday
web posted January 17, 2012
COUNTY – Due to the closings of governmental offices for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, reports have been delayed. We are still following the shooting incident on Egghouse Road Sunday night, however; we are unable to get official information until Tuesday. All other featured sections have been updated.

Shooting Victim Rushed to MCG Sunday Night
web posted January 16, 2012
TRENTON – A shooting incident on Egghouse Road near Trenton has left one man being rushed to the MCG Trauma Center after arriving at the Edgefield County Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Edgefield Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were on their way to both scenes with instructions to secure the Egghouse Road home as a "crime scene".
EdgefieldDaily.com

Beating Victim Remains Unconscious: Suspect Remains in Custody
web posted January 16, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A 54-year-old Edgefield man who was beaten unconscious on December 21 remains hospitalized with no new reports of improvement in his condition. A report that he has been removed from life support and is breathing on his own has not been able to be verified at this time. Mark Justin Meadows, 25, (left) of Edgefield, remains in custody at the Edgefield County Detention Center and is charged with assault and battery in the first degree.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Martin Luther King: "I have a dream"
web posted January 16, 2012
NATION – Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech given Aug. 28, 1963 on the Washington Mall.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Newt Gingrich “Town Hall” Event
web posted January 16, 2012
AIKEN -- Newt Gingrich will have a “Town Hall” Event at Bobby’s B-B-Q 1897 Aiken Augusta Hwy (just outside of Aiken) on Wednesday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m. Free event, No food. Bring your friends and family! For more info, directions, call: Bobby’s B-B-Q: 803-593-5900

State of Edgefield County Report
By: By Dean Campbell
web posted January 16, 2012

COUNTY – Edgefield County Council took significant steps to move Edgefield County forward in 2011. The groundwork is now in place to help us accelerate the pace to make our County an even better place to live and work. It all starts with trust the citizens must have in its County Government. Toward that end, we have gone to great lengths to be more open, more transparent and more accessible than ever before.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: Veteran Defends Gingrich, Asks for Support
web posted January 16, 2012
Dear Editor,
I wish to respond to the letter writer Zach Bush whose letter was web posted January 10, 2012. I am a proud veteran (non war) of the Vietnam era.  I served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division, 327th Infantry, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, I was a volunteer and served from June of 1960 to June of 1963.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Daily Poll Shows Gingrich with 12 Point Lead in County - New Poll to Follow Monday Night Debate
web posted January 16, 2012
COUNTY – The South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary Debate will take place tonight at 9 pm on FOX News. Check you local channel directory for channel location. We will have a new poll placed in the Headlines on Tuesday to offer readers a chance to voice their choices for the GOP nominee following the debate. Each ISP address will be limited to a single vote to prevent a reader or readers from entering several votes for a candidate. In an earlier poll Newt Gingrich lead the pack with 29% of the votes.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Huntsman to Drop Out of GOP Race; Will Endorse Romney
web posted January 16, 2012
STATE -- Jon Huntsman will drop out of the Republican presidential race  on Monday, a campaign spokesman told ABC News. A source close to the Huntsman campaign said the former ambassador to China and Utah Governor was “proud of the race that he ran” but “did not want to stand in the way” of rival Mitt Romney, the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.
ABCNews

MLK Closings for County Offices
web posted January 16, 2012
NOTICE: All Edgefield County Government Offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Offices including the Courthouse, County Administration, Auditor's Office, Building and Planning, Magistrate Court, and the administrative office of the Sheriff's Office. Office will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours.

Bond Denied: Holloway Remains Held in Attempted Murder; Two Others Sought
web posted January 14, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston man accused of shooting an Edgefield man during an armed robbery at his Jeter Street home remains held without bond following a court appearance before Circuit Court Judge Knox McMahon on Friday. Tyrone Holloway, 26, of Johnston, will remain behind bars on charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and attempted armed robbery in the October 30, 2011 home invasion and shooting.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Counterfeit $100 Bills Turn up in Merriwether
web posted January 14, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Four counterfeit $100 surfaced in Merriwether after being deposited at a local bank by the new Greg's Gas Plus on Martintown Road on Thursday. After the bills were identified the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office was notified.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Woman Reports Theft of Nearly $20,000 in Jewelry and Tools
web posted January 14, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Garrett Road woman called the Sheriff's Office on Wednesday to report almost $20,000 in jewelry, old coins and currency, tools, copper wire and electronics that had been stolen from the home over an extended period of time. The woman's father also reported a gun that was stolen from the home less than a month ago.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: County Planning Commission Changes Time of Meetings
web posted January 14, 2012
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Planning Commission has changed the time of their monthly meetings from 6:30 pm to 6 pm. The commission meets the second Thursday of every month in the Edgefield County Council chambers located at the corner of Jeter Street and Railroad Avenue, behind the courthouse. The commission voted to change the time at Thursday night's meeting.

Senators warn new EPA rules would raise gas prices
web posted January 14, 2012
COUNTY – Senators from both sides of the aisle are warning that looming EPA regulations on gasoline could impose billions of dollars in additional costs on the industry and end up adding up to 25 cents to every gallon of gas.
FOXNews

Society Of Women Engineers Hosts Free Engineering And Technology In The CSRA Event, Mini Career Fair
web posted January 14, 2012
AIKEN – The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Society of Women Engineers (SWE), with URS as a major sponsor, is hosting a public event on Jan. 23, 2012, at the URS Center for the Performing Arts at 106 Newberry Street Aiken, SC, to discover what happens behind the scenes in Technology and Engineering industries and what type of person it takes to work in these fields.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Developments and Bylaws Dominate Discussion at Planning Commission
web posted January 13, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Two Subdivisions, Fox Chase off Stephens Road and Mt. Vintage, drew protracted debate early in Thursday night's Planning Commission meeting. David Banks was present representing Jim Miller who was seeking a final approval of the plat for Fox Chase subdivision. Commissioner Dan Bergtholdt was objecting saying that the preliminary approval had never been voted on by the commission.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Reports Limited Due to Internal Problem
web posted January 13, 2012
COUNTY – A number of reports scheduled for Friday have been postponed until Saturday due to an internal problem at Edgefield Daily. We regret the situation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

GUILTY: Hunsburger Sentenced to Life in Prison
web posted January 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD – It took the jury of seven men and five women just 1 hour and 21 minutes to find Julio Hunsburger, 34, guilty of murder for his role in the death of 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup on Labor Day 2001. Testimony ended in the case Wednesday morning with the state resting their case and the defense calling no witnesses to the stand. After the verdict was read a stern faced Judge Knox McMahon sentenced Hunsburger to life in prison, never to be released back into society.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Collision Inures Child, Driver Taken into Custody
web posted January 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A two car collision at the intersection of Main and Bacon Streets left a young girl injured and one of the drivers involved being arrested around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. The collision took place as a woman driving a Plymouth was proceeding across Main Street on a green light when the driver of a Honda coupe attempted to make a left turn in front of her. The cars collided and ended up next to the town hall on Bacon Street.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lancaster Man Dies After Shooting in Aiken County
web posted January 12, 2012
AIKEN – Nakia Slade, 37, of 705 Chesterfield St. in Lancaster SC, was pronounced dead at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Facility Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Slade was admitted on December 23, 2011 after being shot in Aiken County. It is not clear at this time what the motive for the shooting was.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Defense Claims Hunsburger a Victim of Mistaken Identity in Murder Trial
web posted January 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The murder trial of Julio Hunsburger, the third person tried in the murder, got underway Tuesday morning with opening statements by Assistant Solicitor Frank Young and Defense Attorney Randy Williams starting at 9:30 am. Assistant Solicitor Young told the jury they would hear of the beating, kidnapping, and eventual execution of 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup Jr. on Labor Day of 2001, including three of the participants in the murder implicating Hunsburger for his part of the murder.
EdgefieldDaily.com

School Board Votes to Renovate STH Football Stadium
By Melody Boylston
web posted January 11, 2012

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board met Tuesday evening voting unanimously to move forward with the plans to begin the process of making upgrades to the Strom Thurmond High School football stadium. The immediate need is in response to the accident which happened during the football season where a small child fell from the bleachers.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Religion - Something Ain't Right: John 3:16 Part 2
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 11, 2012

RELIGION – Can you just sense when something is not right? I mean you know from the air, the mood of people, your internal intuition tells you something is just not right. You feel there is some impending danger or something is on the cusp of happening. Our study of John 3:16 begins with a feeling. Something is different, strange, and just not quite right. I’d suggest reading John 3:1-8 right now as well.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Former STH Standout Simpkins wins 4th State Championship
web posted January 11, 2012
SPORTS – The difficulty of winning one state championship is challenging; let alone multiple ones. So many things have to go right in order for a program to accomplish the goal that every single high school set at the beginning of the year. A team must avoid serious injuries, work hard during off-season, develop effective game plans each week that plays to their advantage, stay focused throughout the season, among other things. It doesn’t hurt to have some luck on your side from time to time. Welvin Simpkins has been very fortunate to be apart of programs that has accomplish that goal of winning state.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer Supports Ron Paul for President
web posted January 11, 2012
Dear Editor,
In the days leading up to the SC Republican primary, all kinds of information is floating around about different candidates.  I truly believe that we are approaching a financial crisis the likes of which will make the Great Depression seem like a house party if we don’t make the right choice in this election.  Only one man, Ron Paul, has a plan to balance the budget within the foreseeable future by dramatically reducing the size of government, which will be necessary to avoid such a crisis.
EdgefieldDaily.com

School Bus Wrecks on Winn Road
web posted January 10, 2012 - 7:10 am
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County School bus crashed around 7 am Tuesday on Winn Road, just off Highway 25 north in foggy conditions. Reports from the scene state none of the ten or so children on the bus were injured. EMS was called for precautionary measures. The bus was in the ditch and nearly tipped over. The driver was able to have all the students exit the bus without incident. Sheriff's Deputies are on the scene and another bus has been called to transport the students. SCHP is on the scene to investigate the wreck.

Second Murder Trial Gets Underway This Week
web posted January 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The murder trial of Julio Hunsburger will get underway today after a jury of twelve was seated along with two alternates on Monday. Circuit Court Judge Knox McMahon is presiding over the case and Hunsburger is being defended by Attorney Randy Williams of Edgefield. Hunsburger is accused in the murder of 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup Jr. on Labor Day of 2001. Alex Hunsburger, his brother, was found guilty of for his part in the murder last week following his trial and sentenced to 35 years.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Man Clings to Life After Beating
web posted January 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man continues to cling to life after being beaten by another Edgefield man on December 21, 2011. The 54-year-old victim was at a neighbors house drinking with friends when Mark Justin Meadows, 25, is alleged to have begun beating him with his fists. The victim was beaten to the floor and when another man tried to pull Meadows off the victim, he was hit by Meadows, and then he returned to punching the victim.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gingrich Event Postponed - Not Cancelled
web posted January 10, 2012
MERRIWETHER – According to event organizers, the appearance by GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in Merriwether has been postponed due to a FOX News Forum in Charleston the same day. In an email received on Monday the Gingrich group said, "We are trying to reschedule a visit to the area." Though there is a tentative date, it has not been confirmed at this time, but it will be prior to the January 21 primary. Edgefield Daily will have more on the visit when information becomes available.

Perano Named as Edgefield County’s Veterans Affairs Officer
web posted January 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Howard Metcalf, Director of the South Carolina State Office of Veterans’ Affairs, has appointed MSGT Ret. Alan M. Perano as Edgefield County’s Veterans Affairs Officer (CVAO).  Perano replaces John Rikard, who served as Edgefield’s CVAO since 1997.  Perano’s appointment was effective on January 3, 2011.
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Rick Perry Reschedules North Augusta Event
web posted January 10, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA – GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry has rescheduled his visit to North Augusta for Wednesday, January 11. The "Meet Rick Perry" event will be at 6 pm at Al's Family Restaurant at 611 Atomic Road in North Augusta. The public is invited to attend.

Veteran Decries Gingrich's Non-military Service
web posted January 10, 2012
Dear Editor,
As a Vietnam Veteran and proud American am appalled at Newt Gingrich cowardly attitude about serving Our Country's Military. I was married with one child and had a medical deferment and was classified as 1-Y for the draft. Did this stop me ? NO! I volunteered to proudly serve MY COUNTRY because I knew that I loved America and had a moral duty to serve, at what ever cost.
EdgefieldDaily.com

How to Turn a Misdemeanor Arrest into a Major Felony
web posted January 10, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Small misdemeanor crimes are common in every police jurisdiction and usually result in the person being taken to jail, bonded out the next morning, and paying a small fine after court. However, David Carlton Colvin, 42, of Hickory Drive in Merriwether evidently wanted to make a felony case of a simple situation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Accepting Applications for 2012
web posted January 10, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is now taking applications for individuals, organizations and businesses interested in being a part of the historic 29th annual event. The Festival will be held May 5, 2012, in Johnston, known as the Peach Capital of the World.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Development Corporation Provides Building for Johnston Food Bank
web posted January 9, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization that has helped the Town of Johnston grow in many ways for over 20 years, has made available a building in Johnston for the Johnston Food Bank. The new Food Bank location is across the street from Johnston Elementary School at 505 Academy St. in the building that used to house the Mobley Library and Johnston Jaycees.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for January 14 Training
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, January 14, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County County Chairman's Update
By: Dean Campbell
web posted January 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – At the January County Council meeting, Council decided to build our own Edgefield County Animal Control Shelter. Our Administrator and Council Member Rodney Ashcraft have met with citizens who were concerned about the County operating its own animal shelter. After meeting with them, adjustments were made to the proposal, including increasing the amount of money expected to operate the facility each year.
EdgefieldDaily.com

GOP Presidential Candidate Gingrich Comes to Merriwether
web re-posted January 9, 2012
MERRIWETHER – GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be making a stop in Edgefield County this week with an appearance at Old McDonald Fish Camp on Saturday, January 14. The meet and greet will take place at 10:30 am, but you may want to arrive a little early. There is no charge and Old McDonald's famous hushpuppies and grits will be served at no charge.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Coupon Class Hosted by Edgefield Library
web posted January 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Public Library will be hosting a Coupon Class this Thursday, January 12th, at 6:30 pm at the Edgefield County Library. Save more money on your grocery bill this year. Janet Burgess will demonstrate how to use coupons, sales and special promotions to get the most from your shopping dollar. Learn about stores' coupon policies and how to match the deals with the coupons. Light refreshments and coupons to share will be available. For more information call the library at 803-637-4055.

Hunsburger Guilty of Murder - Receives 35 Years in Prison
web posted January 7, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Alexander Hunsburger, 33, is no longer accused of the murder of 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup Jr. - he is guilty. The verdict was read by Clerk of Court Shirley Newby and then Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman thanked the jury for their service and told Hunsburger to stand before him for sentencing. Closing arguments by the prosecution and defense ended Friday morning and the jury began deliberations around 11:30, twice coming out into open court for a question and again to listen to recorded testimony.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SCE&G Shares 12 Tips for 2012
web posted January 7, 2012
STATE – With the start of a new year, SCE&G is sharing 12 tips to help customers save time, energy and money in 2012.
EdgefieldDaily.com

GUILTY! 
web posted January 6, 2012 - 5:01 pm
EDGEFIELD – The murder trial of Alexander Louis Hunsberger, 33, in relation to the death of 16-year-old Augusta resident Samuel Sturrup Jr. on Sept. 3, of 2001, came to a close today after the jury found him guilty of murder. We will have the details in a later report.

Murder Trial Goes to the Jury Today
web posted January 6, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The fate of accused murderer Alexander Hunsburger will be in the hands of the jury Friday morning after receiving their charge by Judge Clifton Newman. Closing arguments are scheduled to take place starting at 9:30 Friday morning after the state rested their case and Defense attorney Michael Chesser declined to call any witnesses and Hunsburger did not request to take the stand on Thursday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burglar Foils Own Crime
web posted January 6, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A shed housing lawn equipment at Merriwether Middle School was found to have the lock to the steel door broken off when staff arrived Wednesday morning. Once the discovery was made the Sheriff's Office was notified.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: BOE to Hold Executive Session Before Upcoming Meeting
web posted January 6, 2012
NOTICE – The Edgefield County School District will hold an executive session meeting before its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. This session will begin at 6:00 pm in the board room and will be for the purpose of receiving an update from the bond attorney.  The regular meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers Announces An Enlightened Approach to Health: WE
web posted January 6, 2012
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers is proud to announce the launch of our new women’s initiative just for women, WE:  Women Enlightened for Better Health. ARMC is the only healthcare facility in the region to provide a comprehensive program just for women.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lost Dog: Reward Offered
web posted January 6, 2012
TRENTON – Lost Dog: Missing, Bream Oak subdivision, 9 y.o. male Chesapeake Bay Retriever, non hunter family pet, reward for return. Call 803-380-0003 or 706-726-0944

Romney Backers Stretch Truth in Ad Assault on Gingrich
web posted January 6, 2012
NATION -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he faced one “30-second distortion” after another as he saw his lead in Iowa polls diminish to a fourth- place finish in the state’s caucuses. He has reason to complain.
NewsMax

Murder Trial Underway in Edgefield
web posted January 5, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The murder trial of Alexander Louis Hunsberger, 33, in relation to the death of 16-year-old Augusta resident Samuel Sturrup Jr. on Sept. 3, of 2001, got underway at the Edgefield County Courthouse Wednesday. Hunsburger is one of six charged in the Augusta teen's kidnapping and subsequent execution style murder off Community Road in Edgefield County. Steven Louis Barnes, the convicted ringleader of the group, was sentenced to death on November 17, 2010, for his part in the murder.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Council Addresses Several Issues at Tuesday Night Meeting
web posted January 5, 2012
EDGEFIELD – In addition to the reported approval of Lynn Strom taking over as County Administrator in March and the Animal Shelter, the County Council received a "State of Economic Development" address from Will Williams of the Economic Development Partnership and addressed five other agenda items.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Town of Edgefield Audit: Town Has 10.5 months in Reserve Funds
web posted January 5, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council received the results of their 2010-2011 fiscal year audit Wednesday night with good news, the town has 88%, or 10.5 months, of operational funds in reserve. "That's a good position to be in," Toni McKinley of McKinley, Cooper & Company said. Especially in the current financial environment the town, county, state and the nation is facing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rep. Jeff Duncan Condemns Obama's Unconstitutional Power Grab
web posted January 5, 2012
Laurens, SC – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan condemned President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and unilaterally name Richard Cordray to head the extremely controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through an unprecedented recess appointment.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Coat Drive Sponsored by Strom Thurmond Students
web posted January 5, 2012
JOHNSTON – STCC HOSA and Success by Ten AmeriCorps students will be sponsoring a coat drive for all ages during the month of January. Please help those who are less fortunate during this cold winter season.  Collection boxes will be located at the various sites: Strom Thurmond Career Center lobby, Strom Thurmond High School office, Johnston Elementary School, JET Middle School and Merriwether Elementary School. Coats collected will be donated to the Salvation
Army and E.C.C.H.O.

Edgefield County GOP Meeting January 10
By Rodney Ashcraft: Edgefield County GOP Chairman
web posted January 5, 2012

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be holding its quarterly meeting at the county council chambers on the evening of January 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm. We are excited to announce that we will be accompanied by South Carolina Representatives from various Presidential Campaigns.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond High School and Career Center says Thanks for giving this Christmas
web posted January 5, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Angel Tree sponsored by Strom Thurmond High School Students was well received this year. Lavon Coleman, Student Body Class President; Rowdy Rebels, Student Council, FCA, and Mock Trial report the Angel Tree was a major success all the gifts for all the children were received and we would like to thank everyone for giving this year for Christmas. Angel Tree is a way for incarcerated parents to send gifts to their children with the important message of the birth of Christ.

Strom Hired as County Administrator Starting March 7
web posted January 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council voted to approve a contract for hiring Assistant Administrator Lynn Strom as the full time administrator starting March 7. Current Interim-Administrator Roger LeDuc's contract ends on March 6. The council also voted to approve keeping Mr. LeDuc on as an advisor on a "as needed basis" as Mrs. Strom transitions into her new position for up to one year.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council Approves County Animal Shelter
web posted January 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a three hour meeting Tuesday night  with over half of the time spent on the proposed Animal Shelter. Although there is a three minute limit on comments from speakers, some would continue speaking for ten to fifteen minutes - most in favor of the shelter and many questions being redundantly posed and answered.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Student Charged in Fight that Left Teen Paralyzed Enters Guilty Plea
web posted January 4, 2012
JOHNSTON – a 14-year-old juvenile suspect who was arrested recently and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature entered a guilty plea of assault and battery in the first degree which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. A hearing was held in the case on Tuesday morning at the Lexington County Courthouse.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fire Damages Trenton Home Tuesday
web posted January 4, 2012
TRENTON – A report of a structure fire at 121 Courtney Road brought Trenton and Edgefield Fire Departments racing to the scene just after 3 pm Tuesday. An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on the scene and reported flames coming through the roof and around 30% of the attic and roof of the home fully involved.
EdgefieldDaily.com

GOP Presidential Candidate Gingrich Comes to Merriwether
web posted January 4, 2012
MERRIWETHER – GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be making a stop in Edgefield County next week with an appearance at Old McDonald Fish Camp on Saturday, January 14. The meet and greet will take place at 10:30 am, but you may want to arrive a little early. There is no charge and Old McDonald's famous hushpuppies and grits will be served at no charge.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Religion - Rainbow Afro: John 3:16 Part 1
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 4, 2012

RELIGION – I hope everyone has a great Christmas and your 2012 is off to a good start. I want us to get started by spending a few weeks looking at a verse we all know too well, but understand to little, John 3:16. Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback of the Florida Gators, who now plays for the Denver Broncos, used to put the verse under his eyes as he played in college, but now the NCAA has ban the practice.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Investigator Locates Stolen Mower Shortly after Theft
web posted January 4, 2012
TRENTON – A Trenton man called the Sheriff’s Office after discovering a gate leading to a friend’s property had been taken apart giving the person or persons access to the property. Once a deputy arrived they entered the property and found that items had been taken out of a shed, including a green John Deere riding mower.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Woman Reports Burglary, Stolen Jewelry New Years Day
web posted January 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A Plumb Branch Road woman lead off the start of the New Year with a report of her home being burglarized and almost $3,000 in jewelry missing. After discovering the theft around 8 am New Years day she called the Sheriff’s Office.
EdgefieldDaily.com

New Years Eve Stroll Leads to Arrest
web posted January 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – As many people were celebrating New Years Eve, one man decided to take his party on the road. A State Trooper spotted a possible intoxicated pedestrian walking on Jeter Street near the Sheriff’s Office and notified dispatch. A nearby deputy took the call and located the man at the corner of Jeter Street and Railroad Street around 7:30 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

2011 Deadliest Year on Record
web posted January 3, 2012
COUNTY – A look back at 2011 shows perhaps the deadliest year on record for Edgefield County with a total of sixteen lives lost throughout the year. Of those are a record eleven fatal crashes, two murders, three accidental deaths, one lost due to fire. Three of the fatalities involved children.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Daily Marks Record Year
web posted January 3, 2012
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily continues to grow in readership, hits, visits, and pages read solidifying our lead as Edgefield County's most widely read news outlet. In 2011 Edgefield Daily recorded just over 39 million hits with over 4 million pages read and averaging 30,578 readers a month for the last quarter of the year.
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Republican Presidential candidate Perry to Visit Area
web posted January 3, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry will be making campaign stops in Aiken and North Augusta on Wednesday.  The first stop will be in Aiken with a "Rally in the Alley" at 4:30 and then a meet and greet at Al's Family Restaurant in North Augusta at 6 pm.

Edgefield County Request For Bids
web posted January 3, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County is requesting sealed bids for radio equipment as well as cabling for the E-911 dispatch center at the Edgefield Sheriff Office, 200 Railroad Street Edgefield SC, 29824.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Found Dog
web posted January 3, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Found: Sunday January 1, a young female pointer between Sweetwater and Jacob Mckie Rd. Call 803-278-6968 to identify.

Gamecocks Defeat Nebraska, 30-13, in Capital One Bowl for Record 11th Win
web posted January 3, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 10/9 South Carolina wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in school history on Monday afternoon with a 30-13 victory over No. 21/20 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. With the win, the Gamecocks finish the season at 11-2, becoming the first team in school history to reach 11 wins.
GamecocksOnline

Closings for New Year's
web posted January 2, 2012
COUNTY – The following is a list of closings of county and local government offices on Monday, January 2, 2012.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Next ‘Coffee with the Chairman’ Set for January 12 in Edgefield
web posted January 2, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The next Coffee with the Chairman will be at McDonalds in Edgefield, 6:15-7:15 a.m., Thursday, January 12. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell said he is holding this Coffee time every other month to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for January 14 Training
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 2, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, January 14, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lost Dog: Johnston - FOUND!
web posted January 2, 2012
JOHNSTON – Lost Black Male Pug- his name is Ozzy and he is 3 years old.  Lost in the area of Duncan Rd and Daniel Avenue in  Johnston.  He was last seen around 10pm New Years Eve.  If anyone has seen him please contact Shannon Hodson at 803-480-6005. My daughters & I miss him very much.





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