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July 2007 Archive

Stolen Property Section grows
web posted July 31, 2007
WEBNEWS - Help law enforcement recover stolen weapons, cars, and other property by checking the Stolen Property Section

Deputy shoots pit bull, rottweiler during goat attack
web posted July 31, 2007
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report two dogs attacking goats just after 7 am Saturday morning. When the deputy arrived he observed two dogs attacking a goat that was chained to a post. Both dogs were reported as “chewing” on each side of the goat’s neck and head. Four other goats lay dead in the yard.
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Johnston man held in Aiken County robbery
web posted July 31, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA – A Johnston man is in custody after an alleged strong-armed robbery of the S&S Truck Stop on Highway 25 early Monday morning. Though details are a bit sketchy, the man is said to have entered the truck top around 3 am and attempted to reach into the cash register when it was opened. The clerk shut the register, possibly injuring the man’s hand, and the man fled the scene in a green 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe heading towards Edgefield County.
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Saluda Players dedicate performance of "Our Town" to the late Dr. Allen Wise
web posted July 31, 2007
SALUDA - On Thursday, July 19, The Saluda Players voted to dedicate their upcoming performance of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Award winning play "Our Town" in honor of Dr. Allen Wise, because of his devotion to the Saluda County Historical Society. Sadly, Dr. Wise died Sun., July 21. Now the play will be dedicated in his memory.
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Limehouse to serve as first SC Secretary of Transportation
web posted July 31, 2007
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Mark Sanford nominated Buck Limehouse Monday as his Secretary of Transportation under the new authority given by recent Department of Transportation restructuring legislation.
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Pistols stolen from Merriwether resident
web posted July 31, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man notified the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of two guns from his truck while parked at his Stevens Creek Drive home Saturday morning. A deputy arrived a short time later and was shown where the guns had been located in the truck.
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Deportation possibly sought for Mexican National for forged ID
web posted July 31, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police Department has arrested Oscar R. Sosa, 26, of Graniteville, and may file to have Mr. Sosa deported after a traffic stop on Buncombe Street Sunday night. While an Edgefield Police Officer was operating a radar check on Buncombe Street he observed a grey Plymouth Neon traveling 49 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone and initiated a traffic stop.
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Here's Your Card: Couple invites police inside while smoking pot
web posted July 31, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called police to report the theft of several items from a home on Jeter Street Saturday afternoon. When the officer’s arrived they were shown where the items stolen were in plain view at a home located next door. Officer’s photographed the property and attempted to make contact with the homeowner but were instead charged by a white pit bull dog, which was sprayed with pepper spray resulting in the dog running away.
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Chief justice hospitalized after seizure
web posted July 31, 2007
WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts suffered a seizure at his summer home in Maine on Monday, causing a fall that resulted in minor scrapes, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. He was to remain in a hospital in Maine overnight.
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More recipes added to the County Cooking Section

Trenton home burns Saturday evening (Photos)
web posted July 30, 2007
TRENTON – Just before 6:30 Saturday afternoon a fire was reported at a home on the 100 block of Courtney Road. Trenton firefighters arrived on the scene a short time later and began battling the fire. The County Line Fire Department arrived a few minutes later and joined the fight to save the singlewide mobile home as flames shot out of one end of the home and smoke poured from the other.
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Ten Governors Cafe opens for breakfast buffet
web posted July 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield has a new place to grab a great early morning breakfast as the Ten Governors Café opens to serve a breakfast buffet on the Edgefield Town Square beginning Wednesday. Owner Wayne Luquire will open the doors from 7 am until 10 am to a vast array of hot breakfast foods including, bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, homemade biscuits and gravy, grits, and more. Mr. Luquire said he would also have dry cereal and other southern favorites and all for only $4.95.
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Chamber of Commerce holds Back to School Supply Drive
web posted July 30, 2007
PSA – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual “Back to School Supply Drive” and is seeking donation of items or funds to buy supplies for Edgefield County students and teachers. Donations or donated items may be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 416 Calhoun Street in Johnston or call to have the items picked up.
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Senior Citizen’s Council to hold groundbreaking ceremony of $1.9 million facility
web posted July 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Senior Citizen’s Council and USDA Rural Development representatives invite the public to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a 9,248 square foot senior citizen's center complex on Tuesday at 10 am. The location of the ceremony is 100 Center Street, Edgefield, the site of the new facility.

Edgefield County Adult Education classes open for registration
web posted July 30, 2007
COUNTY – Edgefield County Adult Education will begin Computer Classes at the Johnston Learning Center on August 20, 2007. Please call (803) 275-1788, ext. 23 to register. Registration fee $30.00. Adult Education also offers High School Diploma Classes, GED Classes, Exit Exam Preparation Classes, Basic Education Classes, Computer Classes, and WorkKeys Preparation Classes. Day and evening classes are available.

An Elderly Senator Calls Out Dog Fighters
By: Carl Langley
EdegefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist

web posted July 30, 2007
GUEST COLUMN - West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd has filled me with pride for his fearless denunciation of the thugs who operate pit bulldog fighting rings. “Barbarians,” cried Byrd as he stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and lashed out at those he denounced for engaging in what most decent people regard as a horrifying blood sport. Byrd, now in his late 80s and a dog lover all his life, was unsparing of his use of the words barbaric and barbarian. He repeated them over and over, and I hope the thugs who support dog fighting were listening.
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Off The Wall: Scientists breed world’s first mentally ill mouse
web posted July 30, 2007
SCIENTISTS have created the world’s first schizophrenic mice in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the illness. It is believed to be the first time an animal has been genetically engineered to have a mental illness.
Off The Wall

Afternoon collision slows traffic in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted July 28, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A collision on Five Notch Road stalled traffic for about an hour around 3:30 Friday afternoon. According to the drivers, a young man driving a Chevrolet Colbalt LT was stopped at the stop sign at Murrah Road Extension and attempted to cross Five Notch Road when he was struck by the driver of a Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck westbound on Five Notch Road.
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Massey makes it official (Photo)
web posted July 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Shane Massey made his candidacy for the District 25 State Senate seat official when he presented Edgefield County Republican Party Chairman Ralph McFarland his check to file as a candidate. Mr. Massey said, “Ralph, I’m delighted to give you this check and file as a Republican in the special election for State Senate.”
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Gov. Sanford Names Emma Forkner as DHHS Director
web posted July 28, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford nominated South Carolina native Emma Forkner Friday as the Director of the Department Health and Human Services. Forkner, 57, is a nurse with 35 years experience, and is currently a Senior Policy Analyst in the area of Health Quality Research at the Altarum Institute in San Antonio, Texas. 
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It's a dog's life (Photo)
 web posted July 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – While covering the Shane Massey formal filing, Summer Widener of Graniteville stood by observing the gathering carrying her dog “Bucky” in a bag on her shoulder. 
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Massey: “I’m going to knock on 10,000 doors during this election” (Photo)
web posted July 27, 2007
AIKEN – Shane Massey announced Thursday that he will knock on 10,000 doors during his campaign for State Senate to prove his desire and ability to do the hard work it takes to bring change to state government. “I’m running to shake up the status quo in Columbia,” Massey said.
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"Project Normandy" announcement delayed, company identity remains a mystery
web posted July 27, 2007
COUNTY - “Project Normandy”, the much-anticipated announcement of a new industry that is being courted by Edgefield County, was expected by early August. Edgefield County Administrator John Pettigrew Jr. said on Thursday that the wait would be extended. “Right now (the announcement) is on hold until November,” Mr. Pettigrew said.
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Paperwhites to hold ribbon cutting today (Photos)
web posted July 27, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Paperwhites, an antique and arts mall, will be holding their Grand Opening today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 pm and feature a “Wine and Cheese Party” to celebrate the opening.  Pamela Moore and Jo Ann Amos, owners, and Kim Deschaine, manger eagerly await meeting customers and showing them around the vast array of pottery, artwork, carvings, and even photo restorations that are available from various booths at the mall.
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Prescription drug thefts from vehicles rise at area shopping centers
web posted July 27, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators are following leads in several cases of the theft of narcotics from automobiles at Apple Square and the Bi-Lo parking lots. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said that in the last two months alone there have been at least eight cases reported of someone entering unlocked cars and trucks and stealing the prescription drugs after the victims leave a nearby pharmacy. “The best thing people can do is to secure their vehicles and to keep prescriptions and other valuables locked in the truck or stored out of sight,” Doran said.
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Truck knocks out power and cable service to community, leaves scene (Photos)
web posted July 27, 2007
COUNTY LINE – An errant tractor-trailer driver left several residents without power and cable television around 2:30 Thursday afternoon when the driver struck a cable company’s wire and supporting cable pulling down a power pole, power, and cable lines over a quarter mile stretch of Casalina Drive. The driver did not stop and was located a short time later in Trenton.
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Off The Wall: Grim rea-purr: The cat that can predict death
The footsteps down the corridor of the Steere House Nursing And Rehabilitation Centre are light but purposeful as Oscar makes his way towards the end of the hallway and stops outside room 310.
Off The Wall

Thieves make off with over $5,000 in tools
web posted July 26, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A work trailer at the construction site of apartment buildings in Merriwether was the site of a burglary and over $5,000 worth of tools and equipment was stolen. Edgefield County Deputies and an investigator arrived on the scene and began collecting evidence.
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Car thefts continue
web posted July 26, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a car being stolen from her Hilltop Drive home around 4:30 am Wednesday morning. The woman told deputies she heard a noise outside and when she looked out she saw a light blue truck towing the 1988 grey Ford Taurus away from the home.
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County Youth Football and Cheerleading registration opens next week
web posted July 26, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Youth Football League will be holding registration for football and cheerleading starting in August. The youth program is for youths 6 to 12 years of age and September is the cut-off date. The dates for registration are Saturdays Augusta 4, 11, and 18. The cost is $60 per child.
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UFO sightings bring town to a standstill
web posted July 26, 2007
A crowd of 100 stunned stargazers brought a town centre to a standstill when five mysterious UFOs were spotted hovering in the sky. Drinkers spilled out of pubs, motorists stopped to gawp and camera phones were aimed upwards as the five orbs, in a seeming formation, hovered above Stratford-Upon-Avon for half an hour.
Daily Mail

Off The Wall: 'Compliment Machine' Dispenses Kind Words
Harry Truman once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." In the absence of a pet, Washingtonians can get their warm fuzzies on 14th and Q Streets NW, thanks to the newly installed interactive art piece, the "Compliment Machine."
Off The Wall

Arson ruled out as cause of fire (Photos)
web posted July 25, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators have ruled out arson in the latest of three fires in the County Line Fire District. Investigator Jimmy Smith said, “there is nothing that indicates any criminal activity.” Investigators were at the scene on Square Circle Ranch Road digging through the rubble in order to find the cause of the fire. Chief Investigator Randy Doran said there was nothing linking the three recent fires.
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Audio Internet Broadcast testing in the Wandering Minds Section underway
web posted July 25, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is testing Audio Broadcasts in the Wandering Minds Section. Now you can not only read the most recent news on EdgefieldDaily.com you can listen to news updates, and in the near future we will have expanded internet broadcasts available.
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Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted man in Edgefield
web posted July 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police arrested a wanted man after a traffic stop just after 9 pm Monday night. While an officer was running stationary radar on Buncombe Street he noticed a car traveling south with only one headlight and conducted a traffic stop. The driver provided a provisional license and stated she was not supposed to drive after 9pm. The officer then had the young woman and her passenger step out of the car.
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Stereos stolen from cars parked at local business
web posted July 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The owner of a salvage and auto repair business on the 1100 block of Jeter Street in Edgefield called the Sheriff’s Officer to report the theft of radio equipment from several cars on the parking lot.
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Rev. Skip Myers: Words Are Words - God is Still God
By: Rev. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted July 25, 2007
COLUMN – It has finally happened. I am beginning to show my age and I don’t like it. Age can be a great excuse for certain things like our ever-expanding waistline or our ever-receding hairline. But, when you begin to fight against technological advance and use phrases like, “It used to be that we just picked up the phone and called someone,” it’s time to check your view of life. I just don’t get text messaging. I love cell phones and email but I just don’t get text messaging when you are holding a perfectly good working phone. There I said it and revealed that I am no longer 30, 35, uh, 40. You get the picture.
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Off The Wall: Boxer shot in head after asking drinkers not to smoke at bar
web posted July 25, 2007
A former heavyweight boxing champion was shot after asking three men to stop smoking in a wine bar. James Oyebola, 47, was having a drink in the garden area of the venue when a dispute erupted over the new smoking ban.
Off The Wall

Third fire in two days leads to investigation (Photos)
web posted July 24, 2007
COUNTY LINE – The County Line and Merriwether Fire Departments were called to a third structure fire in the area in less than 36 hours prompting County Line Fire Chief Tim Malcolm to call for Sheriff’s investigators to respond to the scene. The house, located on the 700 block of Square Circle Ranch Road, was reported on fire at 11:35 pm. When firefighters arrived they found the vacant ranch style house fully involved.
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Castleberry expands recall of canned foods
web posted July 24, 2007
PSA – The Augusta based Castleberry’s canning facility has been closed and will not reopen until the source of bacterium that causes botulism at the facility can be identified. An earlier recall has now been widened to cover over 90 products produced at the canning factory. Workers were told Monday not to report for work until notified. According to reports, 16 of 17 canned samples taken tested positive for the bacterium that causes botulism.
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Main Street Auto opens in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted July 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield has seen its business community continue to grow recently and most recently with the addition of Main Street Auto, located at 602 Main Street. James Turner, along with his wife Rhonda, just recently opened the business providing all facets of automobile repair including oil changes and service, brakes, air conditioner repairs, tires, and most any minor or major auto repair.
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Stolen SUV tracked to Edgefield County
web posted July 24, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified Saturday of a reported stolen vehicle being tracked down by a company called Lo-Jack, a stolen vehicle recovery company. The stolen 2007 Lincoln Navigator was found at a trucking company on Stephens Road near Highway 25. Deputies confirmed the SUV was stolen and discovered a driver for the company had been driving it to and from work for over a month.
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Huddle House suffers break-in
web posted July 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Huddle House in Edgefield was the scene of a break-in that resulted in the theft of cash from the business on Friday morning. When workers arrived to open the business it was discovered someone had pried open the back door and the door to the manager’s office and stolen the cash from the safe.
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The Late Terry Haskins Spared Many from Misery
By: Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist

web posted July 24, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – There is joy in our land these days. Video poker, the beast that at one time looked like it would not die, is on life support and fading fast. Which means that the profiteers of this long-running scandal, once sheltered by the Duke of Clarendon and his not-so Merry Men in our state legislature, soon may have to find honest work.
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Here's Your Card
web posted July 24, 2007
JOHNSTON – EdgefieldDaily.com has another Here’s Your Card nominee, this time from Johnston late Saturday night. Gregory Arnold Aiken, coincidentally from Aiken, SC, drove up to a traffic safety checkpoint around 11:20 pm at the intersection of Highway 121 and Edisto Street. As Mr. Aiken got to the officers a Sheriff’s Deputy, assisting in the checkpoint, asked for license, insurance, and registration.
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IPhone Flaw Lets Hackers Take Over, Security Firm Says
web posted July 24, 2007
 
A team of computer security consultants say they have found a flaw in Apple’s wildly popular iPhone that allows them to take control of the device. The researchers, working for Independent Security Evaluators, a company that tests its clients’ computer security by hacking it, said that they could take control of iPhones through a WiFi connection or by tricking users into going to a Web site that contains malicious code. The hack, the first reported, allowed them to tap the wealth of personal information the phones contain.
New York Times

Driver in fatal crash identified (Photo)
web posted July 23, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The identity of the driver of the fatal truck crash on Sweetwater Road early Saturday morning has been released. Deputy Coroner Luther Beason said the driver of the truck was 21-year-old Daniel L. Thompson of Garrett Road. Mr. Thompson died from “massive body trauma” Beason said and most likely died prior to the fire. “The fire was secondary,” Mr. Beason said.
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Boaters discover sunken truck (Photos)
web posted July 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Beverly Watkins and Doug Wikander reported finding what turned out to be a submerged work truck early Sunday afternoon, bringing Sheriff’s Deputies and a Department of Natural Resources officer to the boat ramp to Stevens Creek on Woodlawn Road. “We found it Tuesday,” Ms Watkins said, and they contacted DHEC in Aiken to report what they thought was oil leaking into Stevens Creek. The Aiken office referred them to the office in Greenwood. “They (DHEC) said they would call us back but never did,” Ms. Watkins said. So they returned on Sunday and hooked a chain to angle iron that was about a foot below the surface and tried to pull it out.
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Neighbors call fires "suspicious"
web posted July 23, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – County Line and Merriwether Firefighters were called to the second of two house fires in the Bettis Academy Road area Sunday morning around 9:20 am. The house, located on the corner of Bettis Academy Road Extension and Highway 25, is right next door to County Line Fire Department Station 2. The first fire, which was reported just after 2 am Sunday, is on the other side and across the street of the fire station. Both fires appear to have started in the rear of the homes.
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Article calls STH football players, and students, "ignorant" about Strom Thurmond, history
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 23, 2007
COLUMN – Several readers sent me links to an article in The State on Sunday by Kent Babb titled “What’s in a name”. Before I got 100 words into the piece I could see where it was going, a thinly veiled call for blacks to rise up and do away with the name “Rebels” at Strom Thurmond High School, and before it is over – probably the school’s namesake Strom Thurmond. The article quotes SC NAACP President Lonnie Randolph comparing Sen. Strom Thurmond with Adolf Hitler. Aside from the fervent racial rantings of Randolph that peppered the article, Babb also has errors that have to be corrected.
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Off the Wall: Shopping cart "road rage" - Cops say man ran over woman with shopping cart at Somers supermarket checkout
SOMERS - Call it a case of shopping-cart rage. State police said a 45-year-old Dutchess County man became enraged at a 72-year-old woman who was in front of him at the checkout line of the Super Stop & Shop on Route 6 last night and ran her over with his shopping cart.
Off The Wall

Fiery crash kills one (Photos)
Additional photos added
web posted July 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A fiery crash has left one dead just before 7 am Saturday on Sweetwater Road. The Edgefield Fire Department, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene to find a red Dodge pickup truck overturned and “fully involved”. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and began trying to find the driver. At first rescue workers believed the driver was ejected from the truck until they discovered the body on the passenger side of the truck.
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One vehicle crash sends two area teens to MCG (Photos)
web posted July 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An early morning crash sent two area teenagers to MCG after the Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck they were riding in sideswiped a group of large pine trees. The 17-year-old girl was reportedly thrown from the truck at the time of the crash. She suffered from several abrasions on her arms and legs and a head injury. She was flown from the scene to the MCG Trauma Unit in an AirMed helicopter.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Host a Dinner with the Doc Education Program
web posted July 21, 2007
AIKEN – Oolorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States. Regular screening exams may help detect pre-cancerous polyps or cancer in its earlier, more treatable stages. That's why Aiken Regional Medical Centers is offering a free educational seminar that will give you the facts about colorectal cancer, what you can do to help prevent the disease and what you should be doing to screen for it. 
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Sanford issues more Executive Orders Friday
web posted July 21, 2007
COUNTY – Gov. Mark Sanford issued two Executive Orders Friday transferring the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Labor Market Information programs to the Department of Commerce, a move that will better consolidate South Carolina's economic development efforts into a more consistent and cohesive mission and maximize the effect of federal and state dollars aimed at economic development.
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Chili, canned foods, recalled by Augusta manufacturer
web posted July 20, 2007
PSA – The Federal Drug Administration has issued a warning of a recall by Augusta’s Castleberry for their Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030099533), and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 1111083942) with “best by” dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009 due to possible botulism contamination. Botulism can be fatal. The “best by dates” can be found on the can lids.
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Bloody hat, footprints, smears leads to investigation in Johnston
web posted July 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – Early Thursday morning the Johnston Police Department began receiving calls from businesses reporting large amounts of blood at the locations. The first call came from Goodfellas Laundromat on Lee Street where blood was found on the floor and other areas of the business around 6:30 am, including bloody shoe prints, a bloody hat, a large wooden stick with blood on it, and a blood trail.
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County EMA opens training for Community Emergency Response Teams
web posted July 20, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Emergency Management Agency is now ready to begin training Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers to serve in case of local disasters or mass casualty situations. The training to volunteers will be free.
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Checkpoints result in arrests, confiscation of drugs and cash
web posted July 20, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Checkpoints have resulted in arrest and confiscation of drugs and money this week, the most recent in Edgefield late Wednesday night. Around 9:30 Wednesday night a Sheriff’s Deputies and Edgefield Police checkpoint at the intersection of Brooks and Rosa Hill Street saw a 1998 green Chevy Malibu pull up to police. That is when officers noticed a “heavy odor of alcohol” coming from the car. Officers asked the three occupants to exit the car. That is when Frank Oliphant, 26, of Greenwood, is said to have begun shouting curse words and cursing police.
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Traffic problems to continue during sewer repairs in Johnston
web posted July 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – Traffic will continue to be stalled on the 100 block of Calhoun Street until the first of next week. The Edgefield County Sewer and Water Authority is working to clear sewer lines in the area. Flagmen will continue to direct traffic while the construction continues and traffic will be reduced to two staggered lanes.
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Executive Order Establishes Department of Social Services Task Force and Advisory Committee in SC
web posted July 20, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford issued an Executive Order on Thursday creating the Children in Foster Care and Adoption Services Task Force and its accompanying Advisory Committee - groups tasked with identifying ways to improve the efficiency and quality of the state's foster care and adoption processes, and in particular reducing the time it takes to find permanent adoptive homes for the most vulnerable children across South Carolina.
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Gov. Sanford's Legislative Session Recap
By: Gov. Mark Sanford
web posted July 19, 2007
STATE – Legislative sessions represent a way of bringing change to our state – and given that our last one ended a few weeks ago, I write to give you my take on what happened and what it means going forward.
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Johnston Town Council members to hold training session
web posted July 19, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will hold a training session today, July 19, at 5:00 pm. Howard Duvall with Municipal Association will present the training. The session will be at the Johnston Town Hall and is open to the public.

Edgefield Library activities
web posted July 19, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Library will begin their bag book sale August 1 through 3. The summer reading program will come to a close with Porkchop Productions on Tuesday, July 24 at 10 am. Refreshments will be provided for children.
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Congress poll numbers hit lowest in history
web posted July 19, 2007
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most U.S. voters think the country is on the wrong track and remain deeply unhappy with President George W. Bush and Congress, but still feel good about their finances and optimistic about the future, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
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Teen Girls Accused Of Setting Kitten Ablaze
web posted July 19, 2007
COTATI, Calif. -- A three-month-old kitten is fighting for his life after allegedly being set afire by two teenage girls last week. The male shorthaired kitten, named Adam, received second- and third-degree burns over 75 percent of its body and was being treated at an animal hospital in Cotati, in Northern California's Sonoma County, officials said.
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End of an Era - days numbered for local landmark (Photo)
web posted July 18, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The original Sportsman’s Corner, a multigenerational landmark in Merriwether, will soon be a fond memory as owner Greg Kendrick broke ground Tuesday on the modern store that will take its place. “It’s still going to be called Sportsman’s Corner,” Mr. Kendrick said, “but it (the expansion) is long overdue.” The new larger store will be a modern, but yet still rustic, design and will be built behind the location of the current store.
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South Carolina Named First State for Medicaid Innovation
web posted July 18, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford today announced Tuesday South Carolina has won approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for two new innovative Medicaid health care plans - the Health Opportunity Accounts program and the Benchmark Plan - both key to the state's Medicaid reform efforts. "This is a project we've been working on for over four years," Gov. Sanford said, "and we're pleased for what it means in impacting the viability of the Medicaid system, the quality of coverage for Medicaid recipients, and taxpayer wallets over the long run."
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Break-in results in theft of motorcycle
web posted July 18, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of her husband’s motorcycle Monday afternoon. The woman said the motorcycle was in the garage of the couple’s home on the 3300 block Highway 19 when she left for work and when she returned home around 2:30 it was gone.
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Carl Langley: Blood Sports Are an Evil Inheritance
By: Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted July 18, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Cockfighting and dogfighting are the evil hand-me-downs from ancient times, and despite laws prohibiting them in most of our states they still flourish. I am animal lover, so each time I hear law enforcement officers have raided and broken up one of these horrid events I give a rousing cheer. I long for the day when this despicable blood sport is purged forever, but I fear it will take a dramatic change in some people‘s attitudes.
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Edgefield County's Massey to seek State Senate seat (Photos)
web posted July 17, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County resident Shane Massey has officially announced his candidacy for the 25th District State Senator today on the Edgefield Town Square. He will be seeking the seat left open by the sudden resignation of Sen. Tommy Moore (D-Clearwater). “I see many problems that need solutions. But to find solutions we must change the way Columbia works. It is with that belief and with the willingness to do the hard work that I announce my candidacy to serve the people of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda counties in the South Carolina Senate,” Massey said in the speech he delivered to supporters and media present for the announcement.
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Massey's speech
web posted July 17, 2007
COUNTY – Transcript of Shane Massey's speech to begin his bid for State Senator
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Fire consumes Merriwether home Monday night (Photos)
web posted July 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department was called to the scene of a house fire just after 8:30 Monday evening and arrived to find the backside of a two-story home on Phoenix Court, in Currytown Station, fully engulfed in flames. Just before firefighters arrived a car in the garage of the home exploded and sent a plume of fire reaching the tops of trees some sixty feet above the home. The family was at home at the time the fire was discovered and was able to escape injury along with their 7-week-old newborn child.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether homes report break-in's within hours Sunday
web posted July 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Two Merriwether homes reported break-in’s Sunday afternoon just hours apart. The first report came in to the Sheriff’s Office at 2:11 pm when a Merriwether woman found her brother’s Shannon Drive home broken into when she returned home from church. Her brother was out of town at the time. Deputies found the rear door had been pried open in order to gain entry into the home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Mount Vintage Plantation Racquet Club Junior Doubles Championship set for August 10-12
web posted July 17, 2007
MT. VINTAGE – The second annual USTA & SCTA sanctioned Tournament, at Mount Vintage Plantation Racquet Club Junior Doubles Championship, will be held at the Mount Vintage Athletic Club in North Augusta, SC on August 10th-12th. This 3 day tournament will have events for players in 4 different age groups:  Boys & Girls 18's, 16’s, 14’s &12's.  All players are guaranteed 2 matches.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cow crash turns into bull
web posted July 17, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy and a South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper arrived at the scene of a car crash involving a cow just before 1pm Sunday. The woman driving stated to officers that as she was driving she hit a cow that was in the roadway. The woman then said she stopped before striking the cow, but it grew angry and kicked the side of her car.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NEW! Stolen Property Section launches today
Items reported by local Law Enforcement Agencies
web posted July 16, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has launched the Stolen Property Section today in an effort to help law enforcement recover items listed as stolen or missing and return them to their rightful owners. Only items reported to a law enforcement agency will be listed. All items (with the exception of AKC animals) must have a serial number or inscribed identifiable marks. Help law enforcement and your neighbors by checking the page often. Updates will be made when items are reported.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Winner announced in Wandering Minds Photo Caption Contest
web posted July 16, 2007
WEBNEWS – The winner of the Wandering Minds photo caption contest has been confirmed after several rounds of judging. Connie Underwood of Edgefield took top honors and $25 with the caption “How long did 205 say we had to hold this thing up?” EdgefieldDaily.com would like to thank all those who submitted entries in the contest; some gave us all quite a laugh. Below are some of the other entries that made it to the final round of judging.
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Vandals target retirement community
web posted July 16, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Several residents at the Vintage Garden Apartments on Murrah Road Extension in Merriwether have been reporting acts of vandalism to their homes and vehicles in the past week and over the weekend. So far total damages are nearing $1,000.
EdgefieldDaily.com

"Strangers" least likely to commit sex crimes
web posted July 16, 2007
STATE – Parents, teachers, and churches all teach children and others adults to beware of strangers, but according to data from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) strangers seem to be the least of worries when it comes to sex crimes. Strangers make up only 4 to 7% of those committing sex crimes across the state. Almost half of all sex crimes are committed by someone the victim knows. Roughly 33% of the remaining crimes are committed by a family member and approximately 10% are unknown.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: Parents are first line of defense in child safety
web posted July 16, 2007
OPINION – With the recent arrest of Nicki Smith on allegations of sexual assault, Sheriff Adell Dobey issued a press release stating any business that provides services to children should be checked out before allowing your children to participate. We agree. This should not be limited to karate or dance classes, but any program – including those offered by government agencies. Know about those whom you are turning over the care or training of your children.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Adult Education announces fall registration
web posted July 16, 2007
PSA – The Edgefield County Adult Education will hold registration for Fall GED and High School Diploma classes on Saturday, August 4th at 9:00 a.m. at the Johnston Learning Center, 119 Cardinal Drive, Johnston, S.C. For more information, please contact the Adult Education office at (803) 275-1788, ext. 23 or 24.

Off The Wall: Robber demands cash — but settles for a glass of wine and a group hug
web posted July 16, 2007
WASHINGTON: A would-be robber was disarmed by hospitable hosts who offered him a glass of wine and sent him off with a group hug but no cash. A group of friends was finishing a dinner of marinated steaks and jumbo shrimp on the back patio of a Washington, D.C. home when a hooded man slid through an open gate and pointed a handgun at the head of a 14-year-old girl.
Off The Wall

Computer problems delay updates
web posted July 14, 2007
WEBNEWS – Due to computer problems no additional updates will be placed online for Saturday. The Wandering Minds has been updated. We apologize for this delay and should have the problem resolved sometime Saturday night. All pages of EdgefieldDaily.com will be available during this period.

Martial Arts instructor questions Smith's credentials, criminal record revealed
web posted July 13, 2007
COUNTY – After the arrest of Nicki Ray Smith, 26, of Trenton on a sexual assault charge EdgefieldDaily.com launched a two-part investigation into the martial arts school / dance academy and Mr. Smith after receiving complaints and claims of irregularities. The first part of the investigation was into Mr. Smith’s credentials as a third degree black belt, a very distinguished and honorable title in the field of martial arts, and the second part was a check of court records in Edgefield County.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Local restaurant site of recent burglary
web posted July 13, 2007
JOHNSTON – Wades Southern Supper on Weaver Road in Johnston was found to be the sight of a recent break-in. The owner notified the Sheriff’s Office after returning from out of town when he was informed of the crime. The back door of the business was found open and money, liquor, and other items were taken from the business.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor Calls for Repeal of Corporate Welfare
web posted July 12, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford visited Charleston and Duncan on Wednesday to push for the repeal of recent legislation that forces our state's small businesses to subsidize larger corporate competitors, and urge concerned citizens not to take the bait when it comes to subsidizing big box retailers at the expense of local small businesses and taxpayer dollars.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston PD hires two new officers
web posted July 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department has two new officers Police Chief Chris Aston said Wednesday. The new officers are Casey Williams and Maurice Merriwether. Though the additional officers help, Chief Aston said he is still shorthanded.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Sweetwater business owner discovers break-in
web posted July 12, 2007
SWEETWATER – The owner of the Pitt Stop on Highway 25 near Stephens Road called police after she discovered the business had been broken into earlier this week. The woman told deputies that when she arrived at the business a tan and brown conversion type van with Georgia license plates drove away from the building.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Deputy responds to tacky situation
web posted July 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a disturbance at a home on Sunview Drive late Tuesday night. A deputy arrived at the home just before midnight and was met by a young woman who told the deputy that her brother had placed approximately ten thumbtacks in her bed. She stated she did not want to press any charges but wanted the deputy to speak to her 17-year-old brother. The deputy informed the teen that putting tacks in his sister’s bed was “not a good practice” and departed the scene.

Pope: Catholics have the only tickets to Christ
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 12, 2007
COLUMN – Pope Benedict XVI has deemed the Catholic Church as the only path to Salvation and other Christian Churches defective or not true churches. I have a suggestion for the Pope - pick up a Bible. Jesus is the path to Salvation, not a church, pastor, minister, or priest. Jesus is the church and if I recall my Sunday school lessons well enough, the thief on the cross didn’t ask the Pope to get him into heaven.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Missing pets from Old McDonald’s Fish Camp area
web posted July 12, 2007
A German Short-haired Pointer; male; brown and white ticking; name is Sully and a  Mixed breed spaniel; female; black; name is Aggie. Can identify more specifically.
Family pets. Please call 803-279-1491 or 706-722-1588 (work) with ANY information about them. Thank You.


This day in history - July 12, 2006: 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 asserted intentional manipulations of the Probate Court Judge’s computer.
EdgefieldDaily.com

DUH!  Fake cop arrested after pulling over police officer
web posted July 12, 2007
BOHEMIA, N.Y. (AP) _ A driver posing as a police officer tried to pull off a bogus traffic stop, but he ran into trouble when the other motorist turned out to be a real off-duty detective, police said.
Off The Wall

Family members come to defense of Smith over sexual assault charge
web posted July 11, 2007
COUNTY – The report of the arrest of Nikki Ray Smith, 26, of Trenton, on a criminal sexual assault charge has drawn the ire of his family members and the concern of parents of students at the martial arts and dance business on Edgefield Road that Mr. Smith and his wife operate. Jessylyn Smith contacted EdgefieldDaily.com on Tuesday morning to claim the charges are false and was requesting the picture of her husband be removed from the publication, “It’s one thing to put the report on (EdgefieldDaily.com) it’s another thing to put my husband’s picture on there.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sen. Moore no more
web posted July 11, 2007
AIKEN – South Carolina State Senator Tommy Moore has called it quits and resigned his position as Senator on Monday. Moore, who has served in Columbia for the past 29 years, now has many of his supporters questioning his newfound career. Mr. Moore will be taking a job in Virginia and will work in Washington D.C., according to reports, supporting the payday cash loan industry, possibly as a lobbyist.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Blackwell honored for artistic talents
web posted July 11, 2007
COUNTY – The United States Achievement Academy announced this week that Matthew A. Blackwell, 18, of Merriwether, has been named a US National Winner in the filed of Art. “Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history. Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement,” Dr. George Stevens, Founder of the US Achievement Academy said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Global Warming?  Buenos Aires sees rare snowfall
web posted July 11, 2007
Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, has seen snow for the first time in 89 years, as a cold snap continues to grip several South American nations. Temperatures plunged to -22C (-8F) in parts of Argentina's province of Rio Negro, while snow fell on Buenos Aires for several hours on Monday.
Off The Wall

Criminal sexual conduct charges filed on instructor of Trenton martial arts facility
web posted July 10, 2007
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Trenton man and charged him with sexual assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Nikki Ray Smith, 26, of the 1000 block of Youngblood Road, Trenton, was taken into custody on July 3 after an investigation that began in early June jail records show.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cause of fire at Senior Citizens building "undetermined"
web posted July 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has not been able to provide a cause of the fire that destroyed the Senior Citizen Council’s Building on Church Street this past Thursday. The cause of the fire remains “undetermined” at this point an Edgefield Fire Department Official said Monday. Edgefield County Chairman Monroe Kneece stated that claims of complaints of problems at the building not being addressed were news to him. “I have not had one single complaint by anyone,” Mr. Kneece said. A check at the Edgefield County Building and Planning Office also showed no reports of electrical or other complaints filed regarding the building.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Aston praises Officers at town council meeting, “They are an inspiration to me.”
web posted July 10, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston addressed the Johnston Town Council Monday night and thanked them for their support during his first year as Chief of Police. “I want to say to the citizens and the council; On behalf of the Police Department we appreciate everything you do for us. If it wasn’t for the citizens and the council we wouldn’t where we are today.” Chief Aston noted that today, July 10, will mark his first anniversary as Chief of Police.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Director and Chairman of Senior Citizens Council offer Open Letter
web posted July 10, 2007
COUNTY – As most of you know by now, the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council, along with several other governmental agencies suffered a major loss in a fire on the night of July 5, 2007. Despite the valiant efforts of virtually all of the fire departments in the county, the blaze was not able to be suppressed. Fortunately, an adjoining building and a home next door were spared any damage by the skill of the firemen led by Edgefield Fire Chief Roger Ellis.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Another black bear sighting reported
web posted July 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police and Edgefield County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a black bear in the back yard of an Edgefield residence on the 800 block of Maple Avenue in Edgefield just before 1:30 am Tuesday morning. The caller was requested to “stay inside” until officers could arrive on the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

A Dark Cloud Falls Over My Old Home Town
By: Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist

web posted July 10, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The Mafia, in all its hideous glory, could have learned a thing or two about the crooks, criminals and others who have run afoul of the law in my old home town.I am thankful that unlike the New York crime syndicate, the crooks in my old home town are the stupidest people one could ever imagine. I daresay that if you picked out six of them their collective IQs wouldn’t tally up to 100.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Deputies arrest wanted Merriwether man Saturday night after foot chase
web posted July 9, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Benjamin Paul Beckler, 24, of Thurmond Road, Saturday evening after he fled from a pick-up truck when it was stopped by deputies. Beckler was wanted on felony warrants after an alleged attack on a Merriwether woman on Sunday, July 1. He has been charged with assault and battery with the intent to kill, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and burglary in the first degree. Beckler is awaiting a bond hearing at the Edgefield County Detention Center.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Thompson energizes young Republicans, calls Democrats 'party of despair'
web posted July 9, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Not yet a 2008 candidate, Fred Thompson energized young Republicans with a speech Saturday that was heavy on rhetoric and short on policy pronouncements. He branded Democrats as "the party of despair." Chants of "Fred" and "Run, Fred, Run," greeted the actor and former GOP senator from Tennessee from many among the 350 people at the Young Republicans National Convention. The crowd interrupted his nine-minute speech with wild applause and mobbed him when he left.
Palm Beach Post.com

Police arrest robber disguised as tree
web posted July 9, 2007
MANCHESTER – Police said this morning a tip has led them to an arrest in the leafy robber case. The robber had duct taped tree banches to his head and torso to disguise himself, police said.
Off The Wall

Roberson named "interim superintendent" after snubbing district
web posted July 6, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District met Friday afternoon and after a near three-hour meeting emerged from Executive Session to announce that the contract negotiations with Dr. Frank Roberson ended after a letter was received on July 3 from Dr. Roberson’s attorney. However, in a stunning vote, the School Board voted 4-2 to hire Dr. Roberson as the interim superintendent while the new search for a superintendent gets underway.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Motorcyclist critically injured in Friday afternoon crash in Merriwether (Photos)
 web posted July 7, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Around 7 pm Merriwether First Responders, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene of a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Murrah Road and Springhaven Drive. The 39-year-old Merriwether man was riding a Kawasaki Ninja westbound on Murrah Road when he was unable to navigate a curve at the intersection, lost control, and crashed off the eastbound side of the road. He was unconscious and unresponsive when the first rescuers arrived on the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Senior Citizen's Council, others determined to move forward after fire (Photos)
web posted July 7, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Firemen were still on the scene of the tragic fire that destroyed the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council building on Friday. The fire was reported to 911 just after 11 pm on Thursday night and by the time firefighters arrived just minutes later the entire building was ablaze. Investigators from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrived Friday morning in an effort to find the cause of the fast moving fire.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office arrests Merriwether teen for setting fires
web posted July 7, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen has been arrest in connection to recent fires in the Merriwether community. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators said they began to question the repeated fires that were located in the Millcreeek Subdivision area and started to investigate the matter. By Friday afternoon they arrested the 15-year-old teen charged him for setting the fires.
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Senior Citizen Building destroyed in late night fire (Photos)
 web posted July 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Senior Citizen Building on Church Street was razed by fire late Thursday night. Edgefield, Johnston, Trenton, and North Side Fire Departments were summoned to the scene with the entire building already engulfed in flames when the report came in just after 11 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

School Board to hold special called meeting
Sources say no deal reached with Dr. Roberson and negotiations are off
web posted July 6, 2007
COUNTY – Dr. Frank Roberson will not be the next superintendent of the Edgefield County School District if sources contacted Thursday are correct. The contract negotiations were said to have ended at Dr. Roberson’s request on Tuesday. Attempts to reach Dr. Roberson for comment were unsuccessful. The Edgefield County School Board has scheduled a special called meeting today at 3 pm to weigh the options available to the district.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hispanics account for majority of alcohol related arrests during 4th of July
web posted July 6, 2007
COUNTY – With the increase in police presence over the Fourth of July Sheriff’s Deputies were on patrol for possible drunk drivers and there were several arrested during the holiday. Surprisingly, the vast majority of those arrested for enjoying the holiday a bit too much were Hispanics, not local residents. One particular arrest came as a Hispanic man was arrested for his third DUI and a fifth offence of driving without a license. Julio Rodriguez, 29, is currently being held on a $6,000 bond at the Edgefield County Detention Center and faces felony charges in general Sessions Court this fall.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Internet fraud scheme targets another local resident with almost $5,000 lost
web posted July 6, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman has become yet another Edgefield County resident caught in an internet fraud scheme. The woman went to the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and told the investigator that she had been seeking a job on the internet and had been contacted by a company she reported as M&B International Limited.
EdgefieldDaily.com

45 Muslim doctors planned US terror attacks
web posted July 6, 2007
A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong "cyber-terrorist" gang. They were discovered at the home of Younis Tsouli, 23, Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London heard. One message read: "We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America.
UK Telegraph

Off the Wall: Unidentified sea creature captured near Hawaii
web posted July 6, 2007
It's a squid, it's an octopus, it's ... a mystery from the deep. What appears to be a half-squid, half-octopus specimen found off Keahole Point on the Big Island remains unidentified today and could possibly be a new species, said local biologists.
Off the Wall

One injured in 4th of July crash (Photos)
web posted July 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man lost control of the Ford F350 truck on Scoggins Road Wednesday evening and overturned. The driver and passenger were able to climb out of the truck before passersby stopped to help. Edgefield County EMS arrived a short time later along with Sheriff’s Deputies. The driver was transported by ambulance to the MCG complaining of low back pain. The passenger refused treatment.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Makeover event planned for local teens at Edgefield Library
web posted July 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Library will be holding another teen event at the Edgefield Library. The makeover workshop will be open to teens between the ages of 13 to 19 years of age. Specific topics that will be covered will include manicures, pedicures and hairstyles and will begin at 10am Wednesday July 18. For more information call Natalie Pulley, Edgefield County Library Manager at 803- 637-4025

Roberson's status in doubt
web posted July 5, 2007
by Frank Johnson, Editor/Publisher The Citizen News
EDGEFIELD – An impasse between Dr. Frank Roberson and the Edgefield County School Board means Roberson's status as the district's next superintendent is in serious doubt. According to sources close to the school district, Roberson's contract negotiations with the school board have stalled, and the prospects of either side changing its position are slim.
The Citizen News

Girl could give birth to her sister
web posted July 5, 2007
Off The Wall – A seven-year-old girl could one day give birth to her biological half-brother or half-sister after her mother became the first woman to donate eggs to her infertile daughter.
Off The Wall

Residents register complaints over explosions at test facility (Photos)
web posted July 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council heard from property owners surrounding the Force One testing facility in the north part of the county Tuesday night. Jennifer Fleming, who lives near the facility, said the frequent blasts and firing rage activity is more than just a problem, it can be a hazard. “We are fearful to walk around on our own property,” Mrs. Fleming said and later produced a .50 caliber round that entered the roof of a neighbor's home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Council July meeting
web posted July 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night with a short agenda and no ordinances. After the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting and review of reports Chairman Kneece directed the council’s attention to bids that have been submitted to construct a walk-in cooler for the Edgefield County Coroner.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Holmes Awarded Scholarship at Natural Resources Institute (Photo)
web posted July 4, 2007
GREENWOOD – Jonathan Holmes of Johnston, a member and past officer of the Strom Thurmond Technology Center FFA Chapter, was awarded a $500 scholarship at the closing session of the South Carolina Natural Resources Institute held at Lander University in Greenwood, June 25-29.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ashe is State FFA Speaking Finalist
web posted July 4, 2007
CLEMSON – Strom Thurmond Technology Center FFA member Corey Ashe was named Runner-up in the State FFA Upper Division Creed Speaking competition held at Clemson University recently, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization. Corey was coached by Dan Henderson, an Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA advisor at the center. The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Closings
web posted July 3, 2007
COUNTY – All Edgefield County Government Offices will be closed on Wednesday July 4th in addition to the Town's of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton. The US Postal Service will also be closed.

Five County Line firefighters voice objections to terminations
web posted July 3, 2007
COUNTY LINE – The County Line Fire Department and Fire Board held a mandatory attendance meeting Monday night that turned into a terse discussion when five firefighters addressed the Fire Board about receiving termination letters in the mail from County Line Fire Chief Tim Malcom. Former Lt. Gerry Stevens spoke on behalf of the firefighters and brought forward several issues and stated the firefighters were being released, “for telling the truth.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Suspect sought in attack of Merriwether woman
web posted July 3, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An alleged assault of a Merriwether woman has the Sheriff’s Office seeking charges on a Merriwether man for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, assault and battery with the intent to kill, burglary, illegal use of a telephone, and threatening a public official.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Thurmond FFA Poultry Team places in State Finals (Photo)
web posted July 3, 2007
CLEMSON – The Strom Thurmond Technology Center FFA Poultry Team was named Runner-up in the State Finals held at Clemson University recently, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Teens earn "Here's your card" nominations
web posted July 3, 2007
MERRIWETHER – If you are going to drive around with marijuana, and decide to litter, you might not want to throw the trash out right in front of and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy. However, that is what our three Here’s your Card nominees did, police say.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Suspected bike thief eludes arrest
web posted July 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police Officer on routine patrol spotted a man pushing two bicycles on Johnson Street around 1 am Sunday morning. When the officer approached the man and asked whom the second bike belonged to he refused to answer and then fled on one of the bikes with the officer in pursuit in the patrol car.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Home suffers fire, smoke, and water damage after kitchen fire
web posted July 3, 2007
COUNTY LINE – The County Line Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire at a home on Blossom Lane, just off Rainbow Falls Road, late Monday night. According to officials on the scene the family was cooking when a pan of grease ignited and they tried to put out the flames with water which spread the fire to the kitchen area. County Line units arrived within minutes of the 12:21 am call and requested mutual aid from the Merriwether Fire Department.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Clerk of Court records now available online
web posted July 3, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Clerk of Court’s Office has gone “live” on the internet Clerk of Court Sheryl Newby said Monday. Mrs. Newby said that she was notified that the task of getting all the information on the internet was concluded over the weekend. “We’re live now,” Newby said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

It's official: Edgefield County School District has no Superintendent and Dr. Roberson has no job
web posted July 2, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District and former Assistant Superintendent Roberson find themselves in a precarious situation. The District does not have a superintendent of schools and Dr. Frank Roberson does not have a job. Former Superintendent Dr. Sharon Keesley’s contract expired at midnight June 30 and Dr. Roberson has not signed a contract with the Edgefield County School District to fill the position.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fire destroys Trenton home (Photo)
web posted July 2, 2007
TRENTON – A Windy Ridge home suffered heavy damage from a fire late Saturday night as firefighters from Trenton and Edgefield battled a blaze well under way when they arrived. When the initial call came into dispatchers just after 11 pm the Trenton Fire Department was notified and the County Line Fire Department was called for mutual aid. When no County Line firemen responded, the Edgefield Fire Department was summoned to the scene. A caller to 9-1-1 stated they believed there was someone still inside the burning home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield takes brunt of storm on Saturday afternoon
web posted July 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield and outlying areas were pummeled by a strong storm Saturday evening. The first reported damage was a tree on fire after being struck by lighting on Gilchrist Road at 6:28pm. While North Side Firefighters and a Sheriff’s Deputy were responding to the call the deputy encountered heavy rain, hail and debris being blown in the roadway. Within minutes a report of a tree blocking Sweetwater Road a mile south of Edgefield had power lines also in the roadway.
EdgefieldDaily.com

The sinking ship, USS Edgefield County School District
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 2, 2007
COLUMN – Here we are in the beginning of July, the first days of the fiscal year 2007-2008, and the Edgefield County School District is in shambles. The School Board and newly hired superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson cannot come to terms with a contract. Officially, as of Sunday morning at 12:01 am, Edgefield County School District does not have a superintendent and Dr. Frank Roberson does not have a job. Is Roberson looking for a life raft from the ship with Sallie Cooks and crew at the helm? Who knows, but I would not blame him.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor
“Conservative” Court ruling will cripple the free market
web posted July 2, 2007
Dear Editor,
In last week’s Leegin v. PSKS ruling the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to overturn the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, reauthorize monopolies and collusion among them, end free market competition, cripple the law of supply and demand, and set our country on a course bound to cause inflation, decimation of the middle class and other unforeseen consequences.  In short, the ruling allows corporations and groups of corporations in an industry to set minimum retail prices for products and forbids retailers from selling those products at a discount.
EdgefieldDaily.com

God bless you, Duke Flannagan
By: Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted July 2, 2007
COLUMN – A few days ago I browsed through my hometown newspaper and came upon an obituary notice that left me stunned. It was a short piece about the death of a man I met many years ago, the kind of person who attracted others as easily as a magnet picks up iron filings.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: California Mom Charged in Gang Shooting
web posted July 2, 2007
PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - A mother faces firearms charges after she allegedly drove her son's friends to a rival gang member's house to take part in a shooting, authorities said.Michelle Wright, 37, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of assault with a firearm and one count of shooting a firearm at a dwelling, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Detective Robert Gillis on Friday. She was held on $250,000 bail. Wright drove her son's two friends to a rival gang member's house in Palmdale early Tuesday, authorities said.
Off The Wall




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