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July 2006 Archive


Hispanics continue to top list of unlicensed drivers
web posted July 31, 2006
COUNTY – Hispanics continue to make up an overwhelming majority of arrests for driving without a license and driving with open containers of alcohol. With Hispanics, according to Census numbers, making up less than 2% of our county population they account for almost 70% of the listed offenses. Last week four traffic stops resulted in the arrest of seven Hispanic men for those charges, and that was just in Johnston.
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Back to school, tax free week-end come this week
web posted July 31, 2006
COUNTY – It is time for local children to head back to school on August 3 and the trips to local stores to purchase the increasing amount of required school supplies is upon us. Although many complain that the first of August is far too soon to begin the school year, it is a reality students and parents have to deal with. To help alleviate to rising cost of educating our children the states of South Carolina and Georgia prove for a tax free weekend for school supplies, clothing, computers, and other essentials.
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Opinion
Reining in illegal aliens in Edgefield County
web posted July 31, 2006
OPINION – It is time to act on illegal aliens in Edgefield County and the three municipalities in our county. It is obvious the federal government, Congress, and the President are not going to solve our problem, so it is up to us to do so. All too often our local governmental bodies pass meaningless “feel good” resolutions or ordinances that infringe on our own personal liberties but fail to address the major issues in our county. That has to end.
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Obituary
Helen H. Holmes
web posted July 31, 2006
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Car crashes through guardrail, overturns into Paces Creek
web posted July 29, 2006
TRENTON – A call came in to 911 dipatchers of a car off the road and down the embankment at the bridge on Paces Creek Road just before 1 am Saturday morning. When a deputy arrived the car was found upside down in the creek. The driver had minor injuries. The guardrail was dislodged and laying in road on the bridge and DOT workers were called to repair the railing. There were no further reports on the incident.

Woman wakes to discover home invasion
web posted July 29, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Clark Road woman called 911 to report a home invasion that occurred just before 5 pm Thursday. The woman told dispatchers that she heard a noise and found a man standing in her garage.
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Burglary reported at Johnston store
web posted July 29, 2006
JOHNSTON – The owner of the Three Way Food Store on Lee Street reported a burglary to his business just after 6 am Thursday morning after arriving to open the store for the day. When he arrived, he discovered someone had broken out the glass of the right front door with a hammer to gain entry into the business. Johnston Police arrived a short time later and began their investigation.
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Storms leave trees down and power out Friday night
web posted July 29, 2006
COUNTY – Two strong storm systems that moved across the county Friday night left some areas without power and several trees down across roadways beginning around 9 pm. Reports of trees down and debris in the road were called into dispatchers from Garrett Road, Rainsford Road, Vann Road, Plumb Branch and Highway 25 at the pecan grove just before the Pinehouse intersection.
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Shoplifter leads police on foot chase and manhunt
web posted July 29, 2006
JOHNSTON – An employee called Johnston Police reporting shoplifting by two men at a market on Lee Street around 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon. When the officers arrived the men were already gone but a review of the video tape of surveillance camera showed the men taking two packs of steaks valued at about $20. One of the men was identified by the officers as David Deon Smith. On Friday afternoon an officer spotted Mr. Smith and a foot chase turned into a short manhunt.
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Vandal pours sugar in gas tank of car
web posted July 29, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman leaving for work Thursday morning became suspicious when she noticed sugar on the floor of the carport next to her son’s car. When she opened the cover she found sugar around the gas cap and called 911. A Sheriff’s Deputy arrived a few minutes later.
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Obituary
James Carlyle Winn
web posted July 29, 2006
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EdgefieldDaily.com to address County Council
web posted July 28, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s Editor has contacted Edgefield County Councilman Joel Hudson in order to be added to the agenda of the August 8 County Council meeting. Last week Administrator Wayne Adams published two articles in area papers misinforming residents on issues surrounding his actions and those of his office. A letter demanding a retraction of those statements was hand delivered to the County Council’s clerk, Barbara Stark. The Council, and Administrator Adams, refused to respond.
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Crash sends one to hospital (Photo)
web posted July 28, 2006
NORTHSIDE – A two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 378 and Highway 430 just before 4:00 Thursday sent one to the hospital with injuries. According to reports a black SUV was attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 430 when he was broadsided by a white Suburban. An ambulance on another call reported the accident just after it occurred.
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Burglary attempt reported
web posted July 28, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – An attempted burglary was reported to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night. The resident on Bettis Academy Extention discovered the event upon arriving home just after 7:00 pm.
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Solve my problem, win lunch for two (Photo)
web posted July 28, 2006
WEBNEWS – A discovery of uninvited guests was found today, a hornet’s nest. As it is so often, EdgefieldDaily.com readers have a wealth of knowledge so I seek some on this issue. For some odd reason hornets love our home and each year they return to build nests. In the past, they are discovered and killed while the nest is small. This one, on the highest point of the home, went undetected until it reached a quite massive size.
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Half-naked DUI instructor accussed of drunk driving found guilty, returns to work
Plantation · A veteran officer and police academy DUI instructor was driving drunk, naked from the waist down, and speeding on Florida's Turnpike at 90 mph when she was pulled over by an Orange County Sheriff's deputy on the night of Dec. 9, according to a Plantation Police Internal Affairs report released this week.
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Obituary
Beatrice P. Sprouse
web posted July 28, 2006
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Was there a secret meeting of a County Council quorum?
web posted July 27, 2006
COUNTY – A meeting was held at the Administration Office of Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams that reportedly included County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece, Vice-chairman Willie Bright, and Councilman Everett Kitchens with two other individuals. A meeting of a quorum of the Edgefield County Council must be posted at least 24 hours in advance and must be held in public.
Developing story
 
Narcotics Investigators continue to make arrests
web posted July 27, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office continues to fight the ever growing problem of drugs in Edgefield County. Narcotics Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office made a portion of the undercover work pay off Friday when Narcotics Investigators and SLED took one individual wanted into custody.
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Woman discovers intruder in home
web posted July 27, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Pine Hill Church Road woman reported an intruder in her home Monday morning. While the woman slept, she said she awoke to the sound of footsteps and doors being opened in the home.
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County Administrator issues press release
web posted July 26, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams issued a Press Release on July 24, 2006 on official county letterhead. The release reads as follows:
“July 24, 2006
Press Release
To: Local Media"
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New residents report burglary
web posted July 26, 2006
NORTHSIDE – A family in the process of moving into a home on Long Cane Road arrived at the home to discover it had been burglarized when they returned to the home around 8:00 Monday night.
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Four-wheeler theft reported
web posted July 26, 2006
SWEETWATER – A Double Creek Road resident notified the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Monday night of a theft of a four-wheeler from the home. The deputy arrived at the home just after 8 pm to meet with the homeowner.
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A lesson never learned?
web posted July 26, 2006
EDGEFIELD – While an Edgefield County Deputy was on patrol he observed a man driving a 1990 Freightliner truck that was turning off Columbia Road in Edgefield. The deputy had assisted Trenton Police in arresting the man on July 15 for driving under suspension and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. The deputy was able to get the truck to stop on Church Street. Then things deteriorated.
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Motorcycle theft reported in Johnston
web posted July 26, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston man called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a motorcycle from his Mile Bridge Way home on Monday afternoon. The man told the deputy the theft took place sometime between 10:45 am and 2:15 pm the same day.
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Obituary
Cora Padgett
Johnston
web posted July 26, 2006

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Worthless Check Program well underway
No cost to victims of bad checks
web posted July 25, 2006
COUNTY – The Worthless Check Program is up and running in Edgefield County and the checks have already been coming in, Edgefield County Clerk of Court Shirley Newby said Monday. The hassles of trying to collect a bad check in the past placed all the legwork and paperwork on those who received the bad check. Not any more. Now all it takes is a simple trip to the Clerk of Court’s Office, fill out a form, and the Solicitor’s Office does the rest.
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Wanted men flee police during storm
web posted July 25, 2006
MURPHY VILLAGE – The Chester County Sheriff’s Office notified the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office that a 1997 green Dodge Dakota they were looking for may be in Edgefield County. A Sheriff’s Deputy located the truck at a home on Clover Drive. One of the three occupants of the truck got out and ran on foot from the scene before the Deputy could approach the vehicle.
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Man reports $250,000 winner's scam to police
web posted July 25, 2006
WESTSIDE – A Garrett Road man notified the Sheriff’s Office of a possible “flim-flam” over the weekend. The man said he received a check in the mail for almost $5,000 and notification he had won $250,000.
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Credit card fraud reported by elderly Johnston man
web posted July 25, 2006
JOHNSTON – An elderly Johnston man reported to the Johnston Police Department that someone has been using his credit card without his knowledge. Who has been using the card is unknown.
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Having But Not Knowing What You Have
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted July 24 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
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County adds insult to injury with billing of computer services
web posted July 22, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The computer repairs to Probate Judge Bobby Peeler’s computer was deducted from the budget of the Probate Court. The Probate Court did not contact, hire, nor request the technician used to remove viruses from the computer after “an administrator” disabled all security features of the computer. Edgefield County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright brought in the technician and the technician is an acquaintance of Council member Everett Kitchens.
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No charges filed in shooting incident
web posted July 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The investigation into a shooting incident on Murrah Forrest Drive on Monday afternoon has been completed and will result in no charges stemming from the incident.

Fire destroys shed (Photo)
web posted July 21, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Huntington Drive homeowner was burning a pile of debris in his yard Thursday afternoon. Just after 4:00 a caller to 911 said there was a brush fire in the area and the Merriwether Fire Department was dispatched to the location. A later call reported the fire had spread and had endangered a storage shed and could possibly endanger a nearby home.
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One arrested, two sought in home invasion and assault
web posted July 21, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A report of three men entering the home of a Merriwether man and assaulting him last week has resulted in one being arrested and two others being sought. Wednesday, July 12, the Briggs Road man called the Sheriff’s Office to report the invasion and assault at his home just after 10:00 pm. The deputy arrived a short time later and the man began to give his account of what took place. The three men had already left the scene before the deputy arrived.
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Here's your card; Persistence pays off with trip to jail
web posted July 21, 2006
JOHNSTON – The old saying, if at first you do not succeed, try, try, and try again must have been on one Johnston woman’s mind when Johnston Police repeatedly were called to a home on Lanier Road Tuesday.
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Burglary results in theft of two hand guns
web posted July 21, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Big Oak Drive resident called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary to a locked shed behind his home. When the deputies arrived the man showed them the shed which had been pried open. The man then informed the deputies that two handguns were taken from the shed.
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Dog finds buried gun
web posted July 21, 2006
TRENTON – Wednesday afternoon a woman notified the Sheriff’s Office that her dog  dug up a gun and she wanted to have a deputy come by to retrieve it.
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County Offices dispute County Administrator's claims in official release
web posted July 20, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams issued two Letters to the Editor of The Citizen News and The Edgefield Advertiser on July 19, 2006. In his letters he, on behalf of the County of Edgefield and the Edgefield County Council, knowingly provided incorrect information to the general public on behalf of the county.
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Investigator solves car theft report within hours
web posted July 20, 2006
TRENTON – A report of a stolen car came in to E911 dispatchers Tuesday from a Family Circle resident in Trenton. An investigator responded to the call and began the short investigation before discovering not only the location of the car, but also who had stolen it.
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More construction site thefts reported in Merriwether
web posted July 20, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A local builder called the Sheriff’s Office to report a grand larceny of building materials at a construction site Tuesday afternoon. When the deputy arrived at the home site on the 2200 block of Gregory Lake Road the builder showed him around the construction site and where the items were before going missing.
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Report of armed robbery, assault filed
web posted July 19, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A nurse at the Aiken Regional Hospital notified the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office of a patient in the Emergency room being treated for injuries he received during an alleged robbery that occurred in Edgefield County. A Deputy was dispatched to speak to the victim and gain the details of the robbery.
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One injured in two car crash (Photos)
web posted July 19, 2006

MERRIWETHER – Just before 5:00 pm Tuesday afternoon calls of a crash on Martintown Road at the intersection of Springhaven Drive began coming in to dispatchers. Merriwether First Responders arrived at the scene and began treating the occupants of the vehicles. Responding Deputies were also on their way to a crash on Garret Road and another call and began arriving minutes later.
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Pro-Life Advocates Now Buying Abortion Centers to Close Them Down
web posted July 19, 2006
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) -- In years past, when pro-life advocates were opposed to having an abortion center in their town, they normally looked to protests, legislation or zoning board requirements to help them place restrictions on abortion centers or make it difficult for them to do business. Now they're trying a more direct tactic -- buying them.
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4th of July at Bettis Academy
Reader submitted article
web posted July 19, 2006

BETTIS ACADEMY – The theme for the event was “Unifying the old into the new and coming back alive”. Out of 23 churches in the Mt. Canaan Assoc. Only 2 participated; Shaws Creek Baptist Church Choir performed very well, and Young Macedonia Baptist Church spent the day with us selling fish. Rev. Oliphant and his group performed excellently.
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Shooting reported in Merriwether  (Photos)
web posted July 18, 2006
MERRIWETHER - Just before 4:30 pm Monday 911 dispatchers sent Sheriff’s Deputies to check on a 911 hang up call they received from a home on the 900 block of Murrah Forrest Drive. A few minutes later Merriwether First Responders were called to the same address for a leg wound. The call escalated when it was determined that a man at the house had been shot.
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Fire at Milliken Plant in Johnston
web posted July 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – A call of a fire at the Milliken Company on Calhoun Street in Johnston came in to 911 dispatchers around 10:45 Monday morning. Johnston and Edgefield Fire Departments responded to the call and reported seeing smoke rising from the building as they entered the grounds.
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Single car crash sends two to MCG Monday morning (Photos)
web posted July 18, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – Just after 8:30 Monday morning 911 dispatchers were notified of a single car crash on Highway 25 with possible entrapment. Deputies, County Line Firefighters, and EMS arrived a short time later and began extracting the two occupants.
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Burglars make off with $4,000 in goods
web posted July 18, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary of a home she was in the process of moving into on Saturday morning. The woman stated when she arrived at the home around 8:00 am she noticed the side door window was broken. When the deputy arrived at the home on the 100 block of Paces Creek Road he entered the home and made sure no one was inside. Once it was determined no one was in the home the woman was allowed to enter and advise the deputy of any missing items.
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Help! Police! But don't do anything
web posted July 18, 2006
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield Sheriff’s Office was summoned to a home on the 1500 block of Martintown Road due to a report of a burglary and an assault that allegedly occurred around 1:30 am Saturday morning. When the deputy arrived the homeowner and his girlfriend began showing the officer the damage done and explained the event that caused an estimated $1,315 in damages.
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Obituary
William "Bill" Sharpton
web posted July 18, 2006
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Driver flees crash, two injured (Photos)
web posted July 17, 2006
TRENTON – Just before 3:00 pm Saturday a report of a collision with injuries on Highway 25 came in to 911 dispatch. According to witnesses on the scene, the driver of one of the vehicles got out and spoke to a bystander and then fled the scene on foot. The witness told police that the man admitted to drinking “four beers” before he fled. Several other beers were inside the vehicle.
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Some animals are not meant to be pets
web posted July 17, 2006
COLUMN – I love animals and having pets, but for the life of me, I do not understand the choices some people make when choosing a pet. A lot of people have either a dog or a cat or maybe both. However, some people choose some of the oddest animals for pets. Let’s face it, some animals are not cut out to be pets.
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Lonely Aloha woman arrested after using 911 for love line
An Aloha woman smitten with a sheriff’s deputy called 9-1-1 to get him to come over and succeeded in getting a date – in court, that is.
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Animal cruelty focus of investigation
web posted July 15, 2006
TRENTON – Since the latter part of June calls of a dog running at large with sores on it in the Airport Road area have been received by the Sheriff’s Animal Control Officer. The owner of the dog in question has called herself saying she thought the dog had been shot in the neck. Each time the officer went to the location the dog could not be located.
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Homeowner discovers break-in attempt
web posted July 15, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton man called the Sheriff’s Office to report someone attempting to break into his house Thursday night. The man told police that he came home from work and was sitting down to relax for a while. Later he went to let his dogs outside and discovered someone had been tampering with the lock on the door.
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Woman reportedly scaring children turns out to be a man
web posted July 14, 2006
JOHNSTON – The manager of an apartment complex in Johnston called police about a woman that was said to be scaring children Monday morning. The manager said several of the mothers had notified her of the situation.
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Digital recordings made available to local libraries by EdgefieldDaily.com 
web posted July 14, 2006
WEBNEWS – With EdgefieldDaily.com’s never ceasing strive to make the most information available to our readers and the general public a new extension of the web site has been undertaken. For now, the scope will be limited but an expansion of the program will take place later this year.
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Yard Sales, AKC puppies, cars, homes for sale. Place your classified ad for free on EdgefieldDaily.com
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Pursuit ends with driver of stolen truck in custody
web posted July 14, 2006
COUNTY – The South Carolina Highway Patrol notified Edgefield County dispatch just before 5 pm Thursday of a truck they were pursuing that was refusing to stop on Highway 378 as storms were passing over the county. The truck was reported stolen from a business in Anderson and drew the attention of the Trooper when it was caught speeding. The Trooper broke off the pursuit as it approached the intersection of Highways 25 and 378 fearing the driver may cause an accident at the busy intersection. Greenwood County Deputies were also alerted to the suspect vehicle.
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"Noodling" results in big catches (Photos)
Two fish weigh in at almost 80 lbs. combined
web posted July 14, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Joey Spradley and Travis Byrd, of Clearwater, posed for this photo of their trophy catfishes at Sportsman's Corner in Merriwether. The fish were caught on Thursday while “Noodling” the waters of Clarks Hill Lake around the Hamilton Branch area. “We caught both of ‘em with our bare hands,” Mr. Bryd said. Both men had the cuts from the bites they received during the capture.
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Burglary reported in Johnston
web posted July 14, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Weaver Road resident called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary that he discovered Tuesday morning. When a deputy arrived at the Weaver Road home, the homeowner showed the deputy a shed in the back where the burglary took place.
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The smartest crooks are also the dumbest
web posted July 13, 2006
WEBNEWS – It is not every day that one is handed something that is so incriminating that words cannot describe its content. If ever there was a Here’s your card winner, we have one. EdgefieldDaily.com was handed video taped evidence of a crime, multiple crimes actually, and that tape has been turned over to law enforcement. It is amazing how stupid some people can be to knowingly allow themselves to be caught on camera admitting their crimes.
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Will the real liar please stand up
web posted July 13, 2006
COLUMN – Will the real liar please stand up? The Edgefield County Council meeting on Tuesday night erupted into near shouting matches as Probate Judge Bobby Peeler informed the county council that his computer was intentionally and maliciously tampered with by “an administrator”. County Administrator Wayne Adams adamantly denied being the one responsible for the attack on the computer.
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Questions surround special closed meeting of County Council
web posted July 12, 2006
EDGEFIELD – An announcement of a special called meeting of the Edgefield County Council at the request of the County Administrator was sent to the local media on Monday from the Administrator’s Office. The county council met Tuesday at 10:00 am with all but Councilman Hudson in attendance in executive session to discuss “personnel issues”.  However, according to South Carolina state law and information obtained by EdgefieldDaily.com the meeting may have been improper.
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Judge lays blame of security breach on county
web posted July 12, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their July meeting Tuesday night and fireworks bigger than the Fourth of July erupted which had the Chairman gaveling down the outbursts several times. Probate Judge Bobby Peeler addressed the council regarding records discrepancies. Chairman Kneece asked if the issue had to do with personnel or contractual matters and Judge Peeler said no stating personnel issues of the Probate Court are not the purview of the County Council and that had nothing to do with his statements. The issue Judge Peeler presented was the intentional manipulations of the Probate Court Judge’s computer.
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Edgefield Ward 3 gets new councilman
web posted July 12, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Herbert Yarborough takes the Ward 3 Town Council seat on the Edgefield Town Council with just over 100 ballots cast in the seat vacated by newly elected Mayor Ken Durham. Unofficial results show Catherine Morgan Butler receiving 26 votes, Frank Leischner Sr. receiving 7 votes, and Herbert Yarborough receiving 77 votes.

Gas fireplace causes of fire in Mt. Vintage (Photo)
MERRIWETHER – A report of a home on fire in Mount Vintage came in to 911 dispatchers around 11:20 am Tuesday morning and the Merriwether Fire Department responded to the scene. Edgefield Fire Department was also called to supply mutual aid.
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Aston sworn in as Police Chief at Council meeting (Photos)
web posted July 11, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their July meeting Monday night with the first order of business being the swearing in of Police Chief Chris Aston. Mayor Willie Campbell and Chief Aston stood as the oath of office was repeated to a packed room and several media, family, and friends began taking photographs. With that action, the Town of Johnston now officially has a Chief of Police.
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Forgery, identity theft reported by Bettis Academy man
web posted July 11, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – An elderly Bettis Academy man came to the Sheriff’s Office to report forgery and credit card fraud. According to the victim several checks had been written and cashed at different locations dating back as far as November of 2005.
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NOTICE: Dozens of new recipes added to the Country Cooking Section
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Tires, rims stolen from dealership
web posted July 11, 2006
JOHNSTON – While on routine patrol Saturday night a Johnston Police Officer noticed that a vehicle at a local dealership was missing all four tires and rims. The officer contacted the owner of the dealership and was advised the vehicle was not left that way at the close of business.
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Homeowner interrupts intruder
web posted July 11, 2006
JOHNSTON – A man called the Johnston Police Friday afternoon to report a possible burglary to his Lakeview Drive home. According to police reports the man stated he returned home and then heard a sound. When he investigated he discovered his back door had been pried open.
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Items stolen while homeowner at church
web posted July 11, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man notified the Sheriff’s Office of a theft from his home on Sunday. When the deputy arrived at the Sweetwater Court home the man said he believed someone entered his property and stole several items while he was at church.
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More information obtained on meth lab (Photos)
Suspects identified
web posted July 10, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A day after the discovery of a major meth lab in Merriwether, EdgefieldDaily.com revisited the site and obtained more information on how the lab was hidden and kept from being discovered for so long. The man and woman in custody are believed to have been manufacturing the drug in the home as far back as November of last year.
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Mama's Truck celebrates first anniversary and new Church building (Photo)
web posted July 10, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Mama’s Truck held their monthly food give away Saturday in Edgefield. As the ministry has grown they have purchased a building at 401 Jeter Street which houses not only the Mama’s Truck food give away, but the Alpha and Omega Church. “We have really been blessed,” Pastor Pat Wilson said. The church is presently holding a summer camp for chi9ldren from 9 am until 1 pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesday. Breakfast and lunch is provided and there is no cost to attend.
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5th annual Gospel Explosion held (Photos)
web posted July 10, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – The 5th annual Gospel Explosion was held in the Bettis Academy area Saturday afternoon with several gospel group providing songs of worship, individual testimonies, sermons, and poetry by Pamela Moffett Farley. Ms. Farley also has a book that came out last year titled, “Talk to me.”
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Opinion
Politics and the County Administrator should come to an end
web posted July 10, 2006
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Rev. Skip Myers Column
Homeruns, Slam Dunks, and Other Unexciting Things
web posted July 10, 2006
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Obituaries
Mary Frances Beasley
web posted July 10, 2006
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Annie Mae G. Wise
web posted July 10, 2006
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"Substantial active meth lab" discovered in Merriwether
Exclusive Photos!  (Photos)
web posted July 8, 2006
MERRIWETHER – When local, state, and federal agents were seeking to locate a fugitive at a home on Briggs Haven Circle a little after 3:00 pm, they did not locate their target but discovered a “substantial active meth lab”. The man and woman living in the home were placed into custody and fire and police units lined the street.
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Missing West Virginia man located in Trenton
web posted July 8, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton business owner notified the Sheriff’s Office of a man at the store acting confused and disoriented Wednesday afternoon. When a deputy arrived he approached the man and asked for his information. The deputy also felt the man was disoriented.
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That is one big bream
web posted July 8, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Daniel Peace of Merriwether offered EdgefieldDaily.com this photo of a 2 pound 6 ounce bream he caught on May 7 of this year at Nelson's Pond in Edgefield. He just recently received it back from being mounted by Buck Tyler. Mr. Peace said he was fishing with hybrid pink worms when hooked the impressive fish.

Thefts reported at two homes in Merriwether
web posted July 8, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary at her home on Fox Terrace Drive. The woman stated that when she arrived at the home she found her back door had been kicked in on Wednesday.
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Trenton home burglarized
web posted July 8, 2006
TRENTON – A Jacob McKie Road woman notified the Sheriff’s Office that upon returning to her home around 7:30pm Thursday she discovered her home had been broken into. When the deputy arrived the woman informed him that she had not entered the home. The deputy entered the home and found no one inside, but the entire house had been gone through with drawers, cabinets, and other things in disarray.
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Claim of falsifying official documents filed by Probate Court with police
web posted July 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Probate Judge Robert “Bobby” Peeler has filed an incident report with the Edgefield Police Department regarding the falsifying of official documents from the Office of the Probate Court with the state of South Carolina Employment Securities Commission.
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Probate Court computers integrity reportedly jeopardized by "an administrator" 
web posted July 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Shortly before the June Primary Elections Administrator Wayne Adams wrote a May 24, 2006 memo to the Probate Court advising Judge Peeler that internet connection for the Probate Court was being disconnected. According to the memo, this was due to two state officials, Donna Royson, of the South Carolina Election Commission, and Gary Price, of the South Carolina Chief Information Office claiming, “activity generated by your computer was endangering our state-provided internet connection.” Mr. Adams sent the memo to every department head in the county government.
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Woman takes out signs, mailboxes, while driving on rim
web posted July 7, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Around 7 pm Thursday a report of a car driving down Martintown Road striking mailboxes and road signs came in to dispatchers. Witnesses spotted the car driving with no tire on the front right side of the car and called the Sheriff’s Office as the car struck several road signs and mailboxes along Martingtown Road.
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Convicted sex offender back behind bars 60 days after release of 15 year sentence (Photo)
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police spotted a man Tuesday night on Rosa Hill Street just before 10:00 pm that they knew had an outstanding warrant for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. When police tried to confront the man, he ran, setting into motion a manhunt that involved officers from the Edgefield Police Department, Johnston Police Department, and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.
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EdgefieldDaily.com story leads to additional charges
Second suspect dies over holiday
web posted July 6, 2006

COUNTY – A story published only on EdgefieldDaily.com has led to additional charges for a suspect arrested by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Investigator Randy Doran said on Wednesday. Investigator Doran said the report on a tractor theft on June 29 was the key to the additional charges. “Someone read the story and contacted Mr. Hightower and he notified us that he was not the person listed as being arrested,” Doran said.
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Grand larceny theft reported in Bettis Academy area
web posted July 6, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – The owner of a recreational club house on Mt. Zion Road reported a burglary and grand larceny to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The man told investigator’s he was notified by a friend that someone had cut the lock to the gate. When he went to investigate, he discovered the burglary. Over $2,600 of fishing tackle and appliances were taken.
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Home destroyed in late night fire (Photos)
web posted July 5, 2006
COUNTY LINE – The County Line Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on the 500 block of Lake View Road just before midnight Tuesday. A few of the firefighters were at the County Line Fire Department at the time expecting a brush fire with all the fireworks being used by residents celebrating the 4th of July. When they arrived at the home it was fully involved.
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Edgefield Town Council July meeting
web posted July 5, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their regular monthly meeting Monday, July 3 with a short agenda with council members Bill Jackson and Otis Yelldell absent. After calling the meeting to order Mayor Durham and the council make quick work of disposing of the approval on the previous month’s meeting and financial report. The first order of business for the council was approving a request from the Edgefield Baptist Association to use the town square on November 6, 2006 for the National Day of Prayer for women.
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Revelers enjoy celebrating the 4th
web posted July 5, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – The first annual July 4th celebration at Bettis Park kicked off on Tuesday with many area residents coming to enjoy the festivities. Many danced to the music as children took advantage of the inflatable slides and other activities. The smell of popcorn and food being cooked on several grills filled the air.
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Obituary
Janie Mae Robinson Holmes
web posted July 5, 2006
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Viet Nam War Memorial "Traveling Wall" Comes to Aiken
web posted July 5, 2006
A smaller version of the Viet Nam War Memorial will open for visitors at the Citizens Park in Aiken on Thursday at 11 am. The wall will remain in Aiken through Sunday.

Missiles launched from North Korea
web posted July 5, 2006
North Korea launched at least six missiles from its territory today, including a long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
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Hit and run leaves two mile trail of debris (Photos)
web posted July 4, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – Reports of a hit and run wreck came in to 9-1-1 dispatchers Monday afternoon around 5 p.m. As deputies were responding to the intersection of Bettis Academy Road and Highway 25 additional reports came in of a stolen car and a second car being disabled on the side of Highway 25 and a man jumping from the car and running into the woods.
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Eight arrested during drug round-up
web posted July 4, 2006
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Narcotics Investigators, Deputies, and Johnston Police spent much of Friday rounding up suspected drug dealers in Johnston. Over the weekend, additional arrests were made bringing the total to eight people being charged with a variety of violations.
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Reported brush fire results in recovery of stolen truck (Photos)
web posted July 4, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Just after 7 pm Monday evening the Merriwether Fire Department was dispatched for a brush fire on Woodlawn Road. When firefighters responded to the area they were unable to locate the fire, but could smell smoke and burning rubber. After searching for the fire for about 45 minutes a four-wheeler was brought in to search deeper into the heavily wooded and rugged terrain. As firefighters worked their way about a half mile into the area they discovered an extended cab Chevrolet truck ablaze.
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Vehicles burglarized
web posted July 4, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A homeowner on Springhaven Drive reported that someone had broken into two vehicles parked on his property and a storage building. According to police reports the man discovered the vehicles damaged around 9:30 Thursday night. When the deputy arrived the man showed the officer where an Alpine CD player and a Sony Explode CD player were taken from the car.
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Woman discovers break-in
web posted July 4, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman reported someone tried to break into her house on Murrah Forest Drive Friday. When the deputy arrived the woman stated she left the home around 4:00 that afternoon and when she returned about an hour later she discovered a window of the home partially open.
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Theft from storage building reported
web posted July 4, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston man called the Sheriff’s Office Sunday to report a break-in at a storage facility he rented in Edgefield. When the deputy arrived the man said when he tried to open the lock on the building his key did not work and he called his brother to bring a pair of bolt cutters. Once he arrived the storage unit was opened and items were discovered missing.
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Elderly man reports theft of savings
web posted July 4, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A caseworker for the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council notified the Sheriff’s Office that a Johnston man was missing over $12,000 from his bank account. When the deputy arrived the 77 year old man stated he received a settlement check in January of 2005 of over $12,000 and deposited it into his savings account. The current balance in the account was said to be just under $500.
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Closings: The following offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4
web posted July 3, 2006
County                                                     Towns
Auditor                                                        Edgefield Town Hall
Building and Planning                                   Trenton Town Hall  
County Administration                                  Johnston Town Hall
Courthouse                                                
Magistrate                                                
Recreation                                                
Veterans Affairs

Events, celebrations, fireworks
COUNTY – Fireworks will begin at dark Saturday, July 8, at the Wild Turkey Center, Edgefield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

River Blast will be held at the Riverwalk in Augusta, Ga. July 4.

4th of July Festival: Bettis Academy Recreational Park from Noon until. For more information or to volunteer call Debra Barley at 803-663-9968 or 803-292-0550.

Editor's Column
Let limited freedom ring
web posted July 3, 2006
Edgefield Daily.com

Dr. Myers Column:
The Treason of Living Free
web posted July 3, 2006
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Obituary
Wilbert "Barney" Dorn
web posted July 3, 2006
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