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July 2008 Archive


Back to School Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday
web posted July 31, 2008
STATE – The Sales Tax Free weekend for South Carolina will begin Friday so parents can stock up on school supplies. For allowed items there will be no sales tax added to the purchase total, with limitations. The tax free weekend will run from 12:01 am Friday morning and end at midnight Sunday, August 3. Georgia’s tax free week being Thursday and will end on Sunday as well. Below is a list of items allowed to be purchased tax free as well as items that will remain taxed.
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Back to School Supply List
web posted July 31, 2008
COUNTY – In an effort to provide a school supply list for students prior to the sales tax holiday that will begin on Friday, Edgefield County School District Public Information Director Sandra Friar asked that the supply list from last year be published. The list of requested supplies, Mrs. Friar said, did not vary much from last year. A mailer was sent to parents and should arrive by this weekend. Last year’s supplies are listed below.
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Rep. Barrett, Press Secretary, named in Top 10 of "The Most Beautiful" on Capitol Hill (Photos)
web posted July 31, 2008
WASHINGTON DC – South Carolina touts “Smiling faces, beautiful places” and according to The Hill newspaper, we can prove it. US Rep. Gresham Barrett, who will be in Edgefield on Monday, was voted as one of the Top 10 “Beautiful People” on Capitol Hill according to the newspaper. Rep. Barrett came in ninth in the list of fifty, and was outdone by Brecke Latham, who came is second. Brecke is Congressman Barrett’s press secretary.
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Strom Thurmond Football 2008 - The Opponents
web posted July 31, 2008
COUNTY – What is in store for the Strom Thurmond Rebels this year? Nobody really knows, but Tim Crane offers this view of the upcoming season with stats and records.
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New Edgefield County Palmetto Leadership Program
web posted July 31, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is prepared to offer another Palmetto Leadership Program this Fall. Our records show that it has been 4 years since the last class was held in Edgefield County. The cost per participant will be $125 and will include a nine session agenda, food, and handouts similar to the format of the last class. This class will meet once a month, usually at locations of importance to the county. 
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Back to school tax exempt items examined
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 31, 2008
COLUMN – It is that time of year when parents scramble to fulfill the daunting task of gathering the long list of back to school items each school, and in some cases even the teachers, require for a return to class. Pens, paper, pencils, notebook paper, book bags, and other necessary items can add up at the checkout counter so our illustrious leaders in Columbia have seen fit to exclude sales taxes to help lessen the burden. And you know anytime politicians get to add “back to school” items to a list it is going to be hilarious, so I thought I would examine some of the items and how they relate to “back to school”.
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Photo of Edgefield bank robber released
web posted July 30, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police released a photo on Tuesday of the armed bank robber that struck the Regions Bank on Monday afternoon. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said Monday that the suspect covered his entire body with his disguise, including gloves.
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School Board expected to hire STH Principal at Called Meeting Thursday
web posted July 30, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield Count School Board will be holding a Special Called meeting on Thursday evening, July 31 at 5:30 pm, to discuss the hiring of the new principal for Strom Thurmond High School and other teacher recommendations for the new school year. The position became vacant with the sudden resignation of Principal Greg Thompson who left just weeks ago to join the Richmond County School System
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Trenton man robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning
web posted July 30, 2008
TRENTON – Sheriff’s Investigators began work on an armed robbery of a Trenton man around 3 am Tuesday morning. The man was parked at the Los Sancohos Mexican Store at the Corner of Woodyard and Pine House Road waiting to meet with an acquaintance when five or six black males are said to have drug him from the car at gunpoint.
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Congressman Barrett coming to Edgefield to discuss transition to Digital TV Monday
web reposted July 30, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Congressman Gresham Barrett will host three seminars in the Third District during the month of August to provide information on the Transition to Digital Television (DTV). DTV will take effect beginning February 17, 2009, and will universally improve television sound and picture quality. The first of the three seminars will be held in Edgefield on Monday, August 4.
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Johnston woman discovers man hiding in her home – business target of burglary
web posted July 30, 2008
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called 911 to report finding a strange man inside her Dove Street apartment around 4 am, Friday. The woman told police that she saw the man when she opened her refrigerator door and the light made it possible to see him crouched down in a corner.
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Somebody been eatin' my Vienna's
web posted July 30, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – A Johnston woman called for police to come to her house because of a theft. A Johnston Police Officer arrived a few minutes later and met with the woman at the Lanier Road apartment and was informed someone had stolen food belonging to her and wanted something done about it.
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Second Edgefield bank robbed at gunpoint this year, reward offered (Photos)
web posted July 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield is becoming popular, unfortunately it is becoming popular with bank robbers too as the Regions Bank on the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road was robbed at gunpoint around 2 pm Monday for the town's second bank robbery this year. Edgefield Police and Sheriff’s Deputies swarmed the area in an attempt to locate the robber as he fled the area on foot.
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Man robbed at gunpoint at Trenton store Tuesday morning
web posted July 29, 2008
TRENTON – A man called the Sheriff’s Office after being robbed at gunpoint by at least three black males just before 3 am Tuesday morning. The man was at a store on the corner of Woodyard Road and Highway 121 in Trenton when the robbery took place. At least two of the men were armed with handguns, early reports indicate. The suspects fled on foot towards a nearby apartment complex. The man was reporting his keys, cell phone, and money were taken during the robbery. EdgefieldDaily.com will have more on this story as information becomes available.
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Edgefield Resident Featured on National Television Show
web posted July 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – John Cheatham of Edgefield will be featured on Get in the Game, a National Wild Turkey Federation television show on the Outdoor Channel next Tuesday, August 5 at 12:00 pm Additional broadcasts will be provided on Saturday, August 9, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 10, at 2:30 am. Cheatham, a forester with American Forest Management, explains the benefits to landowners when they hire a professional forester to manage their timber.
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Teens escape injury in roll-over crash (Photo)
web posted July 29, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Two Edgefield County teens escaped injury in a crash Monday afternoon that left the Ford Focus they were in upside down after the driver lost control on Deer Springs Road around 4 pm. The two teens were restrained in the car information from the scene showed.
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Edgefield "Drive-in" a big sucess (Photo)
web posted July 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Friday night drive-in movie “Grease” on the Edgefield Town Square seemed to be a well-received event with hundreds attending the movie. Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham said, “I was very pleased with the turnout.” Mayor Durham gave an estimate on the crowd at nearly 300 people. The production was sponsored by the Edgefield Community Development Association.
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Lost Dog - Update: FOUND
web posted July 29, 2008
WESTSIDE – Please help me find my baby. She's a white and black spotted Great Dane missing in the Garrett Rd area. Please call 803-637-3470. A reward is being offered for the return of the dog. Answers to the name of Jinx or Jinxy.

Summer Graduation
web posted July 29, 2008
COUNTY – Strom Thurmond High School and Edgefield County Adult Education will hold a summer graduation on Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 PM, at Strom Thurmond Cafetorium. All students that completed their course requirements for graduation
during the summer will participate.

County Recreation Football and Cheerleading registrations to begin Saturday
web posted July 29, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Recreation Football and Cheerleading registrations will begin this coming Saturday for the upcoming fall season and will continue through August 23 with a cut-off date of September 1 for children ages 6-12. Registration forms can be download from EdgefieldDaily.com and a complete list of registration locations and dates are provided.
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August Cake Winner announced
web posted July 28, 2008
WEBNEWS – The monthly drawing for the August Birthday or Anniversary cake from Jari’s Bakery is Ashton Tobias who will be turning 18 on August 21. Miss Tobias’ birthday wish was sent in by “Al, Mom, and Garrett”. Miss Tobias or those who sent in the birthday wish has to contact EdgefieldDaily.com for instructions on how to receive the cake. Send in your special message and automatically enter your loved one into our monthly drawing.

Edgefield County Alliance to Meet August 4
web posted July 28, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its August Meeting on Monday, August 4, 2008 at Pine Ridge Country Club at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be served.This meeting will be focused on completing the organizational structure and governing bodies of the Alliance. The final By-Laws (linked below) will be approved; the Board of Directors nominated and elected; and the Officers nominated and elected.
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CSRA Fall Youth Baseball League opens registration
web posted July 28, 2008
PSA – The newly formed CSRA Youth Baseball League is a fall competitive youth baseball league in the CSRA, Lexington, Edgefield areas. The league is for players ages 7-18 and each team will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting from mid September into early November. 
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Off The Wall: Document forensics expert: Obama "birth certificate" a "horrible forgery"
web posted July 28, 2008
Barack Obama may be on a world tour surrounded by a fawning media, but Sunday an expert in electronic document forensics released a detailed report on the purported birth certificate -- actually a "Certification of Live Birth" or COLB -- claimed as genuine by his campaign. The expert concludes with 100% certainty that it is a crudely forged fake: "a horribly forgery,"
Off The Wall

Merriwether man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault on a minor  (Photo)
web posted July 25, 2008  UPDATED - 10:55pm
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators and Deputies executed a search warrant at the Merriwether home of Bobby Wallace Hickson, 37, of Acorn Knoll, off Woodlawn Road Friday evening. Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Mr. Hickson is being charged with criminal sexual conduct on a minor in the first degree and one count of kidnapping. Mr. Hickson was not present at the time of the search but turned himself in to authorities around 10:30 pm Friday night.
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SUV stripped of over $9,000 in parts
web posted July 26, 2008
NORTHSIDE – A McCormick woman took her Cadillac Escalade to be worked on by a local auto repair shop on Highway 378 and ended up having over $9,000 worth of parts stolen sometime Wednesday night. The owner of the repair shop noticed the theft when he arrived at work.
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Found Dog
web posted July 26, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Large male huskey with red collar found in the Fox Creek/Country Club Hills Drive area. Very friendly. Please contact (803) 270-0590.

Congressman Barrett coming to Edgefield to discuss transition to Digital TV
web posted July 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Congressman Gresham Barrett will host three seminars in the Third District during the month of August to provide information on the Transition to Digital Television (DTV). DTV will take effect beginning February 17, 2009, and will universally improve television sound and picture quality. The first of the three seminars will be held in Edgefield on Monday, August 4.
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Minimum wage jumps to $6.55 - $7.25 by next year
web posted July 25, 2008
WASHINGTON DC – The federal minimum wage jumped 70 cents to $6.55 an hour on Thursday, the second of three scheduled increases mandated by last year’s Fair Minimum Wage Act. A third increase, bringing the wage floor up to $7.25 an hour, is scheduled to go into effect in July of 2009.

Off The Wall: Palm City man's stolen credit card used to buy program to prevent identity theft
web posted July 25, 2008
PALM CITY — An identity thief apparently used a Palm City man's credit card to charge a program used to prevent identity theft, according to a Martin sheriff's report. James Sarner told deputies he found unauthorized charges on his Visa for food, music, movies and skin care products ordered on the Internet, according to the report filed Tuesday.
Off The Wall

Trenton man charged with murder (Photo)
web posted July 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the June 22 murder of 60-year-old Raymond Merriweather. Mr. Merriweather’s body was found that Sunday afternoon when his wife returned from church. Phillip Anthony Merriweather, 30, has been charged with one count of murder in the crime. The investigation is continuing.
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SC Supreme Court - Four day work week for county offices not permitted
web posted July 24, 2008
COUNTY – During this year’s county council budget debate the notion of a four-day workweek for county employees was brought up for discussion. With the budget process well underway at the time the issue got very little attention. However, due to other counties also considering the move the South Carolina Court Administration of the SC Supreme Court issued a memorandum that will no doubt stop the discussion with a “can’t do” attitude from here on out.
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Merriwether Elementary School 2008-2009 student supply list
web posted July 24, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School released its 2008-2009 supply list on Wednesday for grades K through 5. A printer friendly list is also provided. EdgefieldDaily.com will make all supply lists available as soon as they are released.
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"Grease is the word": Downtown "Drive-in" movie in Edgefield tomorrow
web reposted July 24, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) and the Town of Edgefield have joined together for the showing of the movie “Grease” - drive-in style - on the town square Friday. Best of all it is all free. Activities will begin at 7 pm and include “throw backs” to the 1950’s setting of the movie theme including a hula-hoop contest, bubblegum bubble blowing contest, and a “look-a-like” contest for your favorite Grease character.
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US has largest untapped oil supply in the world - 300 years worth - Dems block access
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 24, 2008
COLUMN – Tired of high gas prices? Tired of food prices going up because of energy costs? Blame the Democrats. The United States is sitting on the world’s largest supply of oil and Democrats and their ecomaniac left wing special interests (make America fall from within) are the ones who do anything and everything to stop our country from becoming “independent of foreign oil”. In fact, the US has enough oil reserves untapped that could supply our country for 300 years without importing a single gallon of gas.
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American flag disappears from Obama campaign jet
web posted July 24, 2008
As part of a month-long aircraft makeover, a painted American flag was removed from the tail of Sen. Barack Obama's official campaign airplane and was replaced with the presidential candidate's trademark "O" symbol. The refurbished 757 was unveiled to members of the press, 41 of whom boarded the craft and took off to meet Obama in Amman, Jordan, where the presidential candidate will stop as part of a Middle Eastern and European tour.
Off The Wall

Investigators seek to locate getaway truck in Friday’s armed robbery (Photos)
web posted July 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Sheriff’s Investigators are actively investigating the armed robbery at Kent’s Corner last Friday night and have released video footage in hopes of gaining information to identify the robbers or locating the getaway truck, Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Tuesday. The truck was said to be a late 80’s or early 90’s model Ford F-150 short extended cab, burgundy in color with a wide light color strip along the bottom of the body. “It is a real nice truck,” Inv. Doran said adding that it appeared to be well kept and in very good condition.
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Motorcycles targeted again for theft this month
web posted July 23, 2008
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man returned to his Rope Horse Road home after being away for the weekend and found two motorcycles missing from a garage behind the home. Though the value of the motorcycles topped $10,000, several items in the building were valued much higher and were untouched.
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Sen. Massey explains vote on Lord's Prayer
Letter to the Editor
web posted July 23, 2008
Dear Editor, 
I read the recent Wandering Minds comment about my vote on the Lord’s Prayer, posted 7/21/08.  The poster stated that I was one of only 12 senators who voted against having the Lord's Prayer in public schools. The comment and vote require a response to clear up any confusion.
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Quiet on the set - independent filmmakers utilize Edgefield County Hospital as movie set (Photo)
web posted July 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Chris Forbes is full of energy and intensity. He just isn't moving around all that much at the moment. His eyes are focused and his mind is already three frames ahead of the camera. The scene that follows is a critical one in which one of the main characters learns that he may have lost both of his sons to tragic events. All is quiet except for some background chatter next door.
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Storm blocks traffic, knocks out power in Merriwether area (Photo)
web posted July 22, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Firefighters, Edgefield Sheriff’s Deputies, South Carolina department of Transportation, and Aiken Electric Cooperative workers were all summoned to the Springhaven Drive and Martintown Road area after a short but powerful storm moved through the area downing trees and power lines and closed all traffic on Martintown Road for well over an hour Monday afternoon.
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Another home burglarized in Big Oak Subdivision
web posted July 22, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Another home in Merriwether was burglarized on Sunday when the owner returned to find items missing from her home. The woman notified the Sheriff’s Office of the crime around 9:15 pm on her arrival and was away from the home only a few hours.
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Dog attacks injure child, family pet
web posted July 22, 2008
COUNTY – Dog attacks continued this weekend with a family pet being injured and a child being bitten in two separate incidents. The first occurred Friday afternoon when a juvenile was walking down Wind Road and two dogs reportedly charged him with one of the two biting him on his leg. When deputies responded to the home of the dogs’ owners the dogs charged the deputies and one of the dogs was shot.
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Volleyball tryouts for STH team slated for first week in August
web posted July 22, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Volleyball Team will be holding tryouts the first week of August. Tryouts will begin on August 4 and run through August 6 from 8:30 am until noon. For more information please call Coach Mooney at 803-640-1904

Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Attends the National FFA Washington, D. C. Leadership Conference
web posted July 22, 2008
RIDGE SPRING – Six members of the Ridge Spring-Monetta High School FFA Chapter recently attended the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference.  The Conference took place July 8th through the 13th.  The weeklong program provided information for the RS-M FFA members improve their leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles in their chapters, communities and their future careers. They attended workshop sessions on persuasive communication, character leadership, building relationships, participated in discussions on citizenship, and they also participated in service learning events.
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Insult to injury: Democrat controlled Congress to debate raising gas taxes as price skyrockets
web posted July 22, 2008
WASHINGTON – The political vision of a summer gas tax holiday died a quick death in Congress, losing to a view that federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel will have to go up if they go anywhere.
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Five injured, one ejected, in one car crash Sunday (Photos)
web posted July 21, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Five people were injured in a single car crash Sunday afternoon on Briggs Road when the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee ran off the southbound lane and over corrected. A witness said the Cherokee then slide sideways, hit an embankment on the northbound side and became airborne before slamming into a fence line. A young woman, who was a rear passenger and unrestrained, was ejected in the crash. Merriwether Firefighters, First Responders, and Edgefield County EMS were the first to arrive on the scene.
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Find what you need when you need it on EdgefieldDaily.com
web posted July 21, 2008
WEBNEWS – Need wedding pictures, landscaping, or others services? Just click on Edgefield County’s only Online Business Directory and find what you are looking for when you need it 24-hours a day. Want to sell your personal items, advertise a yard sale, or find employment – EdgefieldDaily.com has the only free Classified Listing available online.

Back to School: Registration for classes begin as early as next week
web posted July 21, 2008
COUNTY – Summer is coming to a close for Edgefield County school children as registration for classes will begin as early as next week and continue through the second week of August. Below is a listing of each Edgefield County School District School and the registration dates and times.
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Hospital’s Uninsured Patients Get Added Discount
web posted July 21, 2008
GREENWOOD –  In the midst of a challenging economy, Self Regional Healthcare is taking steps to make health services more affordable to uninsured patients. Beginning July 21, uninsured patients at Self Regional who pay within 20 days of their initial hospital billing date will receive a 20 percent discount off their balance, according to Camie Patterson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. This 20 percent discount offers a substantial saving from the 7.5 percent discount offered in the past. 
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Repaving Woodlawn Road – death in the making
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 21, 2008
COLUMN – Living in a rural area such as Edgefield County has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the principal complaints seems to be getting a road paved, and there is a long waiting list. One road that is not on a waiting list is Woodlawn Road in Merriwether, but I wish it were. It is in the final stages of planning and repaving will take place sometime next month. This is a disaster in the making.
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Marine Survives Iraq, Dies at the Hands of Street Rats
By: Columnist Carl Langley
web posted July 21, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Robert Crutchfield’s aunt and other family members say that the young Cleveland, Ohio, Marine had long held dreams of being a member of America’s most fabled fighting force. The young man who had just started his journey on the American dream only lived long enough to serve with distinction as a member of a Marine battle unit in Iraq. After more than a year spent surviving enemy firepower, he came home and died at the hands of two of the army of street thugs that prowl our nation’s major cities.
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McCain says: Obama 'more left' than a socialist
web posted July 21, 2008
Republican White House hopeful John McCain says his Democratic rival Barack Obama is further to the left than the only Socialist US senator.
Asked by a reporter for the Kansas City Star newspaper if he believed Senator Obama was an "extremist," Senator McCain, 71, compared him to self-proclaimed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. "That's his voting record. All I said was his voting record is more to the left than the announced Socialist in the United States Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont," Senator McCain said according to a video of the interview posted online.
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Off The Wall: Man Tries To Get Divorce Using Fake Wife
web posted July 21, 2008
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - An Indian man who took an impersonator to court to get a divorce faces legal action after his real wife found out, lawyers said on Friday. Sanjib Saha presented a woman as his wife in a lower court in the eastern city of Kolkata this month. Both said they sought a mutual divorce, something the court granted immediately.
Off The Wall

Helicopters fly injured from head on collision Saturday (Photos)
web posted July 19, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – A head on collision early Saturday morning sent three people to the MCG Trauma Center just after 8 am. The driver of one of the cars had to be cut out using the Jaws of Life as two helicopters were called to the scene. All traffic on Highway 25 was blocked as rescuers worked to get the three injured people out of the cars.
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Kent’s Corner site of armed robbery Friday night
web posted July 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield’s Kent’s Corner was the scene of a daring armed robbery just after 10 pm Friday night when two masked men entered the store and produced a handgun demanding money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash before the two fled the store on foot.
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Callers track reckless driver, report crash (Photos)
web posted July 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – E911 Dispatchers began getting calls of a possible drunk driver just before 5 Friday afternoon by several drivers in and around Edgefield. Callers were tracking the black SUV while dispatchers notified Edgefield Police. Before they were able to locate the vehicle it turned on the bypass and began making its way past Parker Elementary before entering Highway 23. As Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area the truck turned down Two Mile Road and crashed a short distance later.
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Big Oak Drive home burglarized second time this week, neighbor in custody (Photo)
web posted July 19, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A home on the 400 block of Big Oak Drive was reported burglarized for a second time this week on Thursday, and within hours Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Phillip Gregory Jones, 37, of nearby Hickory Drive, and charged him with burglary in the third degree and grand larceny in the previous burglary.
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Johnston man has short trip to jail
web posted July 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – 22-year-old Pierre Cardain Edwards, of Butler Street in Johnston, had a very short trip to be booked into custody after hitting another man on Wednesday afternoon. He was already in jail from a probation violation in June.
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Proved: There is no climate crisis
web posted July 19, 2008
WASHINGTON - Mathematical proof that there is no “climate crisis” appears Tuesday in a major, peer-reviewed paper in Physics and Society, a learned journal of the 10,000-strong American Physical Society, SPPI reports. Christopher Monckton, who once advised Margaret Thatcher, demonstrates via 30 equations that computer models used by the UN’s climate panel (IPCC) were pre-programmed with overstated values for the three variables whose product is “climate sensitivity” (temperature increase in response to greenhouse-gas increase), resulting in a 500-2000% overstatement of CO2’s effect on temperature in the IPCC’s latest climate assessment report, published in 2007.
SPPI

Off The Wall: S&M Barbie lashed by public
BARBIE’S new S&M look has whipped up a storm – with protesters dubbing it “filth”.
The doll’s image is transformed with kinky fishnets, motorcycle jacket, black gloves and boots. Makers Mattel say Black Canary Barbie, out in September, is based on a DC comic superhero of the same name. But religious group Christian Voice said: “Barbie has always been on the tarty side and this is taking it too far. A children’s doll in sexually suggestive clothing is irresponsible – it’s filth.”
Off The Wall

Dorn criminal slander investigation closed, second investigation possible
web posted July 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The criminal investigation into comments made by District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn at the July 1 county council meeting has come to a screeching halt after the Solicitor’s Office informed SLED and Edgefield Police that the criminal law for slander has been overturned as unconstitutional, although it remains listed in the criminal Code of Laws. However, that does not mean Mr. Dorn’s troubles with law enforcement are over.
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Kenneth Collier to challenge Chairwoman Sallie Cooks in School Board election (Photo)
web posted July 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – It is official, Edgefield County School Board Chairwoman Sallie Cooks has filed for re-election and she already has a formidable challenger, former School Board member Kenneth Collier. Four of the seven seats on the school board are up for election this year including seats held by Sallie Cooks, Brad Covar, James Bibbs, and Scott Chitty.  Mr. Collier filed for the non-partisan election on Thursday at the Edgefield County Courthouse.
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Amazing Talents of The Glassmen performed at STH in practice session (Photos)
web posted July 18, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Glassmen, a drum and bugle corps, from Toledo, Ohio made Strom Thurmond High School their practice stop for a competition event held in Irmo, South Carolina on July 9th.  The corps of 150 members kept viewers amazed and spellbound to every step of their routine and the thunderous sounds of their selected music.
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"Grease is the word" in downtown Edgefield next Friday
web posted July 18, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) and the Town of Edgefield have joined together for the showing of the movie “Grease” - drive-in style - on the town square next Friday. Best of all it is all free. Activities will begin at 7 pm and include “throw backs” to the 1950’s setting of the movie theme including a hula-hoop contest, bubblegum bubble blowing contest, and a “look-a-like” contest for your favorite Grease character.
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New medications may offer hope to those battling alcohol dependence
web posted July 18, 2008
CHARLESTON SC – Individuals who experience the physical, mental and social symptoms associated with alcohol dependence are offered hope through the results of two recent studies by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). In separate investigations, researchers found favorable results for a medication to help heavy drinkers who are trying to modify their consumption, as well as a medication to reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
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Man arrested for attempted murder, with a guitar
web posted July 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man was arrested for assault and battery with the intent to kill. His weapon of choice according to police? A guitar. When Edgefield Police arrived at the location on Gary Street and found the victim with a blood soaked towel around his head and blood on the front and back of his shirt they called to have an ambulance respond to the scene.
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Sisters killed in violent crash, driver survives – Speed and alcohol considered factors
web posted July 17, 2008
AIKEN – A late night crash on Tuesday left two New Ellenton sisters dead near Aiken. The single car crash occurred just before midnight at the Southlawn Cemetery. 19 year old Angela Manley, New Elllenton was pronounced dead at the scene and her 18 year old sister, Margaret Manley, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Medical College of Georgia. The driver of the car, David Cummings of Aiken, was taken to MCG with non-life threatening injuries.
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Casalina home targeted for theft for second time this month
web posted July 17, 2008
COUNTY LINE- Yet another burglary has taken place, the second this week on Casalina Drive, and the most recent home was victim to a burglary less than a month ago. The owner arrived at the home around 4 pm Tuesday and discovered the theft.
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Crenshaw Receives Top State FFA Award (Photo)
web posted July 17, 2008
JOHNSTON - Dr. Mary Rice Crenshaw, Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools, was awarded the prestigious Honorary State FFA Degree at a special ceremony during the recent State FFA Convention at Clemson University.
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Congressman Barrett offers solutions for energy problems
web posted July 17, 2008
By US Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC)
WASHINGTON DC – People are hurting all over our country as the national gas price continues to increase, and is now over $4 a gallon. The increase in gas prices has caused a rise in the price of groceries, transportation, and consumer goods, everything that Americans depend on to live their lives. I haven’t talked to one constituent that is not feeling the financial pressure – in some cases, people are losing 1/3rd of their paychecks to pay for gasoline.
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Citizens for Sound Conservation Announce Campaign to “Bury the Ban”
web posted July 17, 2008
CHARLESTON-SC – Citizens for Sound Conservation announced Wednesday that it was starting a “Bury the Ban” campaign in order to expedite lifting the moratorium on oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf.
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More guns reported stolen this week
web posted July 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield business owner made a simple trip to the Bi-Lo in Carolina Square Monday evening to pick up a few items and after leaving the parking lot discovered that a bank bag and pistol were missing from his truck and called the Sheriff’s Office.
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"Grease is the word" in downtown Edgefield
web posted July 16, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) and the Town of Edgefield have joined together for the showing of the movie “Grease” - drive-in style - on the town square next Friday. Best of all it is all free. Activities will begin at 7 pm and include “throw backs” to the 1950’s setting of the movie theme including a hula-hoop contest, bubblegum bubble blowing contest, and a “look-a-like” contest for your favorite Grease character.
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Send in your Birthday-Anniversary wishes for August
web posted July 16, 2008
WEBNEWS – Get your August Birthday and Anniversary wishes in this week as the August winner of the monthly cake give-away will be announced soon. To have your loved one, friend, or coworker entered simply send in their birthday or anniversary by July 27. A winner will be announced on July 28. The winner will receive a cake from Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield.

Pit bulls reported responsible in another animal attack
web posted July 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Turkey Creek Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report her two dogs kept in a kennel being attacked by two pit bulls, injuring both dogs Monday afternoon. The dogs, two Labradors, were found still inside the kennel but wounded. It turns out this is not the first time the two pit bulls have attacked her dogs.
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Hit and run victim marks 17th death this year and 3rd this week in Aiken County
web posted July 16, 2008
AIKEN – An early morning hit and run collision has left a bicyclist dead and police seeking a hit and run driver. 43-year-old Noel E. Barrett of 448 Audrey Dr. in Beech Island SC was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision on Urquhart Drive in Beech Island. Mr. Barrett was returning home from an unknown location when the bicycle he was riding was struck from behind by a motor vehicle.
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4-wheeler stolen from Courtney Road home
web posted July 16, 2008
TRENTON – A Courtney Road family returned home from a weekend trip to find their 4-wheeler missing and called police. The responding deputy, while at the location, spotted a suspicious truck pulling a flatbed trailer and conducted a traffic stop to identify the driver.
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Johnston Dixie Youth All-Stars makes return to State Championship for third year in a row (Photo)
By Ty Face
web posted July 15, 2008
GREENWOOD - James "Fish" Herrin is a true believer. He knows that no matter the situation, his ballplayers have what it takes to get the job done. Herrin, head coach of the Johnston Dixie Youth Majors All-Star team (Under 12), got yet another lesson in the toughness and perseverance of his troops during District Three play in Greenwood. Playing in its first game against Clinton, lost 3-1 and found itself in the loser's bracket after just the first game. But the team returned on Sunday and won their game 18-5 against Calhoun Falls.
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Johnston hires new administrator and tackles volatile issues (Photo)
web posted July 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their July meeting Monday night and after exiting from an executive session made their first order of business to take a vote to hire Keith Coones, of Aiken, as the new town administrator. After his hiring, Mr. Coones took his place among the town council for the meeting. The town council also discussed a personnel matter in executive session but no action was taken.
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More burglaries reported in Merriwether area
web posted July 15, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Burglaries continue in the Merriwether area this past weekend with one being reported on the 400 block of Big Oak Drive Friday evening. When one of the residents arrived home around 5:30 pm he discovered lights in the driveway had been damaged. As he checked around he discovered that a shed behind the house had the doors pried open and several items missing.
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Livestock killed in dog attacks
web posted July 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – A Holmes Pond Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report dogs that are allowed to run loose have attacked her farm animals leaving 16 dead over the past week. When the deputy arrived the woman informed him that three black dogs have been attacking her animals leaving eight goats and eight assorted foul dead.
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Here’s Your Card: Help, my car has been stolen
web posted July 15, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to a stolen car from Deer Springs Road in Merriwether around 7 pm Friday night. Dispatchers informed deputies to be on the look out for a white 1998 Pontiac Grand Am that had just been stolen and could still be in the area. The owner told dispatchers he took a nap for a few minutes and came out to cut the grass and the car was gone.
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Edgefield County Councilman center of criminal investigation (Photo)
web posted July 14, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A criminal investigation has been turned over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) after the Edgefield Police Department signed an affidavit seeking a warrant for the arrest of Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn last week. The Edgefield County Magistrate’s Office, who initially was preparing the warrant, suggested that the case be turned over to SLED after consulting with the Solicitor’s Office due to the case involving an elected official.
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Proud to be an American (Photos)
web posted July 14, 2008
MERRIWETHER – At a time when any mention of immigration seems to draw negative connotation, the atmosphere on Saturday on Homeward Bound Drive was jubilant and exciting. And no one was more excited than Richard Wilson who has just become a citizen of the United States of America. Richard and his wife Trischa were joined in the celebration by about a hundred family, friends, and neighbors.
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21-year-old 16th to die on Aiken County roads
web posted July 14, 2008
AIKEN – The passenger in a late model Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle crash in Aiken County late Sunday night. The crash happened at approximately 10:35 pm when the unrestrained passenger, 21 year old Andre Garrett, of 104 Hampton Ave, Aiken died after a crash involving a vehicle driven by Brandon Curry of 427 Jehossee Dr., Aiken SC.
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Edgefield Firefighters busy with vehicle fires over weekend
web posted July 14, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Fire Department was busy this weekend with vehicles fires, the first coming Saturday night when 911 received a call around 9:54 pm stating there was a truck on fire in the middle of Lloyd Road, just south of the town limits on Highway 25.
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Augusta woman dies in single car crash
web posted July 14, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA - An 83 year old Augusta woman was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the Medical College of Georgia on Saturday becoming Aiken County’s 15th traffic fatality this year, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Sunday. Ms. Lillian P. Gilchrist of 2110 Providence Dr., Augusta Ga. was the driver and sole occupant of a 2005 KIA Sedona traveling west near the 5000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta when she apparently lost control and struck a guardrail.
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Richard Wilson, already a great American
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 14, 2008
COLUMN – My wife I were honored to attend the celebration of Richard Wilson becoming a citizen of the United States of America on Saturday. Watching and listening to Richard speak on what it means to him to finally be an American was heartfelt and moving. Almost everyone, at some point during his speech, reached up to wipe tears from their eyes. It was then that it dawned on me that those who seek for years to legally become an American citizen have a better grasp of what it means than some of those who are born into the privilege.
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Naked woman with knife arrested
web posted July 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police received a rather unusual call just before 2 am on Thursday, that of a naked woman sitting on the porch of a Bland Avenue home. When an officer arrived a few minutes later he found the woman sitting on the porch in a chair.
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Copper, scrap metal thefts continue
web posted July 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Copper thefts continue to strike air conditioning units across the county and the thieves are getting brazen enough to strike the same location after repairs have been made. The most recent theft this week found Stone Manufacturing targeted and a $7,000 HVAC unit destroyed for the copper tubing.
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Second victim surfaces in molestation case (Photo)
web posted July 11, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston man arrested in September of last year is now the focus of another investigation, this time in the Town of Edgefield. Perry Craig Morris, 53, of Johnston Highway, Johnston was arrested on September 20, 2007 on one count each of sexual assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and a lewd act on a child by Johnston Police. According to Edgefield Police a second victim has come forward prompting a new investigation.
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Three injured in afternoon crash (Photos)
web posted July 11, 2008
COUNTY LINE – Three people were injured when a woman driving a Nissan Titan truck lost control and rolled the truck three times on the 1400 block of Highway 25 just after 2 pm. Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies, Merriwether Fire Fighters, and the Highway Patrol were all summoned to the scene.
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Estate Auction Saturday July 12
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web posted July 11, 2008
JOHNSTON - We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Nora Derrick of Johnston, S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 345 Lee Street, Johnston, S. C., 29832.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time.  Look for signs.  Bring a chair. Please visit our website for details and terms.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Pit Bull seized from owner
web posted July 11, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – A pit bull has been seized from its owner after repeated offenses of allowing a domestic animal to run at large. The dog was taken after a Nicholson Road man reported the dog chased after him and forced him to retreat to his vehicle for protection. According to police reports, the man said this is the fourth time the pit bull has tried to attack him in his yard.
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Governor: Three Key Laws Passed, but Spending, Structure Unaddressed
web posted July 10, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford offered his take on the closing of the 2008 legislative session on Wednesday, pointing to both its successes with three key pieces of legislation - and its deficiency in leaving unresolved larger issues of unconstitutional deficit spending and restructuring.
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Calling all Cheerleaders - Jennifer Pettit Memorial
web posted July 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School Cheerleaders are hosting a summer cheerleading camp from Tuesday, July 22nd through Thursday, July 24th from 9 am to 11 am each day. The camp is for future cheerleaders grades 1 through 6. The cost of the camp is $30 (Discount for 2 or more children in same family). Camp includes a t-shirt, pep rally for parents on Thursday at 11:15 am, your picture in the STHS football program, and an opportunity to cheer at a STHS football game. A registration form is available for download below.
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Choices  - A LifeTime Development, Inc. Presents PROJECT 100
web posted July 10, 2008
PSA- EDGEFIELD – Choices-A LifeTime Development, Inc (Choices-LTD) is a  public service non-profit organization that aims to encourage, motivate, and inspire the Youth of this world to become more productive citizens by promoting academic, social, and spiritual balance.
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Jesse Jackson Says He Wants to Cut Obama's '(testicles) Out'
web posted July 10, 2008
WASHINGTON - In a vulgar tirade caught on tape by Fox News, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he wanted to "cut his [Barack Obama's] nuts out" and he accused the fellow Chicagoan of "talking down to black folks" by giving moral lectures to African-Americans, source said Jackson's shocking quotes were picked up by a hot mic before an interview on health care in Fox's Chicago studio last Sunday
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Off The Wall: 'Gay' man sues Bible publishers
web posted July 10, 2008
A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin.
Off The Wall

Johnston Resident Featured on National Television Show
web posted July 9, 2008
JOHNSTON –  Chris Yonce of Johnston will be featured on Get in the Game, a National Wild Turkey Federation television show on The Outdoor Channel. Yonce, of Yonce & Son Peaches and an NWTF member, gives tips on how to prune fruit trees to make them more beneficial for wildlife by increasing their yield. Also on the show, learn how to make a PVC stand that has many outdoor uses, including target stand, bow holder and wader drying rack. Finally, the chefs from Bruce Foods demonstrate how to add some international kick to your elk roast with a Japanese marinade.
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Estate Auction Saturday July 12
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 9, 2008
JOHNSTON - We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Nora Derrick of Johnston, S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 345 Lee Street, Johnston, S. C., 29832.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time.  Look for signs.  Bring a chair. Please visit our website for details and terms.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Fallen tree causes two crashes Tuesday night (Photos)
web posted July 9, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Shortly after 10 pm Tuesday a call to E911 Dispatchers reported a tree had fallen across Martintown Road about three miles north Briggs Road. Within minutes another report came in that the tree had been struck by a passing driver and the truck was in the ditch. While deputies were being dispatched another report of a wreck came in saying a second vehicle had also struck the tree.
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Currytown Road home burglarized
web posted July 9, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Currytown Road man returning to the family home around 1 am Tuesday and noticed the back door open and several items missing. The man exited the house and called 911 to report the burglary. A Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and “cleared” the house and found no one inside and then called for an investigator to respond to the home. In just the initial search of the home almost $10,000 in electronics and musical equipment was missing.
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Palmetto Surge Sails through SC State Championship (Photo)
web posted July 9, 2008
AIKEN – Palmetto Surge 10 U Travel Baseball Team sailed through the South Carolina State Championship in Aiken, SC this past weekend July 5-6. Finishing up with an undefeated 5-0 record, the boys are headed to the World Series in Lexington, SC next week, July 13-20.
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Student left off Honor Roll recognized 
web posted July 9, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County School District sent a notice to local media that a W. E. Parker student was accidentally left off the last nine weeks Honor Rolls. Olivia Love, a 5th Grade High Honor Roll student was omitted from the listing by the school by accident.

Johnston native victim of deadly July 4 shooting in Augusta
web posted July 8, 2008
AUGUSTA – A July 4 deadly shooting that is being classified by Augusta police as “accidental” took the life of a Johnston woman. 42-year-old Karen Franklin was shot and later died after her boyfriend’s sister was shooting a gun into the air after the fireworks celebration in Augusta.
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Town of Edgefield announces good news, events, and advances at July meeting
web posted July 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their July meeting and announced that the town had received the Competitive Grant sought to pay for the replanting of the Town Square, a summer “Downtown Drive-in Movie night” on the square, the coming implementation of the town’s tornado warning system, and possible live time webcams for downtown Edgefield.
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Mother and son arrested in alleged scrap metal theft
web posted July 8, 2008
TRENTON – A mother and son are in custody after a Trenton man found the pair on his property on Billy Road allegedly stealing scrap metal and called 911 just before 8:30 Monday night. Edgefield County Deputies began converging on the scene and were told initially that the property owner was holding the pair at gunpoint.
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Wrecked semi discovered on fire possibly stolen (Photo)
web posted July 8, 2008
JOHNSTON – The report of a semi-truck wrecked and on fire early Monday morning has now turned into an investigation of a possible stolen truck and trailer. The 2001 Mac truck was reported ablaze by a passerby just on Weaver Road. The Johnston Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire that left the truck completely destroyed. According to reports from the scene the truck suffered minimal damage in the crash.
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Edgefield woman reports sexual assault over holiday weekend
web posted July 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman called police after being sexually assaulted in the early morning hours of July 4. The Brooks Street woman told officers when they arrived that she was asleep on the couch when she heard a knock on the door just before 3 am. When she looked out of her window she thought it was her boyfriend at the boor. When she inquired if it was him by name the male answered, “yes, uh huh,” police reports state. It was then that she opened the door and the assault took place.
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Checkpoint leads to arrest of two suspected drug dealers
web posted July 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have taken two more alleged drug dealers off the streets during a checkpoint license check just before the July 4 holiday. While conducting a checkpoint with the assistance of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, police had two teens pull up in blue Mitsubishi. While asking the driver for his license and insurance the officer smelled a “heavy odor of marijuana” and asked the driver and his passenger if they had been smoking marijuana in the car. Both said no.
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Found Dog
web posted July 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Found dog: She is a medium size Walker Hound, Female. She has good markings and very shy but friendly. Found in the Cheves Creek Area off Sweetwater Rd about three weeks ago, which was about June 18th. Please call 706-339-0559 to identify and claim.

Fiery tractor-trailer crash leaves police seeking driver
web posted July 7, 2008
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were seeking to locate the driver of a tractor-trailer rig early Monday morning after a report of a fiery crash on Weaver Road Monday morning. A passerby called in the report of the rig burning in the woods just south of a bridge with the driver’s door open and no one found near the crash scene.
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Sunday crash injures two, update on July 4 crash victims
web posted July 7, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Sunday afternoon crash sent two people to the hospital for treatment of injuries after losing control of the car they were in on Highway 25 between Trenton and Edgefield. The vehicle hit a high voltage power pole snapping it at the top of the pole at a main transformer location. All traffic was shut down on the highway in fears the lines may fall across the highway as EMS, the Edgefield Fire Department, and workers from the power company were called to the scene just after 6 pm.
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Fire calls keep area departments busy over holiday weekend
web posted July 7, 2008
COUNTY – Dry conditions led to several fire calls over the July 4 weekend, but only one was related to fireworks and only in a secondary sense. Johnston and Trenton Fire Departments were called out to a brush fire on Mile Bridge Road where ten hay bails were on fire as well as two wagons and a field just after 5 pm July 4.
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Classifieds and Business Directory continues to grow
web posted July 7, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Classifieds continues to grow including concert tickets, boats, homes, and other items for sale. The only local Online Business Directory also continues to grow with more local businesses advertising their wares to local residents on the top rated internet news provider in Edgefield County. EdgefieldDaily.com is unmatched in the county with over 1 million hits per month from over 20,000 unique visitors.

Positive changes in the making
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 7, 2008
COLUMN – I made a comment last week that there were some positive things that would be taking place in Edgefield County. With all the emails, phone calls, and comments I got you would think I was giving away $100 bills. Before you get too excited, I said there were some positive things that would be taking place, I did not say some miracle has occurred and our county government and our long lasting ills were over. But things are looking up and there will be good news to report in the very near future.
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Seven injured in July 4 head-on collision (Photos)
web posted July 4, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Seven people were injured in a horrific head on collision at the intersection of Woodlawn and Martintown Road around 5:40 pm. The injured were transported by ambulances and two helicopters to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta. Merriwether Firefighters, First Responders, and EMTs worked for almost an hour to extricate two people from the Dodge Intrepid. At least three of the occupants of the car were in critical condition, one being an infant that reportedly was not in a car seat at the time of the crash.
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Happy 4th of July (Photo)
web posted July 3, 2008
The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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Custom motorcycle thefts totals nearly $100,000 from Westside home (Photos)
web posted July 4, 2008
WESTSIDE – Thieves made off with almost $100,000 in custom motorcycles in a theft that was discovered around 9 pm Thursday night at a home on Spouse Road. Though at least one other motorcycle was located under an open shed and other associated equipment was left untouched leaving investigators to believe the two custom bikes were targeted. The stolen custom choppers were kept in a locked “PODS type” trailer Chief Investigator Randy Doran said.
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Merriwether Firefighters hold cookout to raise funds
web posted July 3, 2008
PSA - MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers today and tomorrow at the Fox Creek Junction Fireworks store on Martintown Road from 3 until 7 pm each day. The cookout is being used to raise funds for the fire department. If you are in the area stop by and support your local fire department.

Gunshot prompts call, bullet holes found in car
web posted July 3, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Scenic Drive woman called the Sheriff’s Office after hearing a gunshot in her yard early Wednesday morning. When the deputy arrived the woman said she was inside her home when the shot rang out shortly after midnight and she did not see anyone or a vehicle around. However, when she went to investigate she discovered someone shot her car.
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Get ready for the 4th of July with local fireworks
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web posted July 3, 2008
COUNTY – Save money, gas and time this 4th of July.  Buy your fireworks locally.  Two locations to serve you - 811 Calhoun Street in Johnston (beside Morris Plumbing), and Apple Square Shopping Center in Edgefield. Wide selection at the cheapest prices. Buy 1 get 1 free offers or a free hat or T-shirt with a $150.00 purchase. Come look for yourself. Open June 24-26 at 4:00 daily, June 27-July 2 at 1:00 daily, July 3-5 at 9:00 am until. Please use caution with fireworks due to dry conditions and use only under adult supervision.

Here’s Your Card: Get out of jail to go back to jail
web posted July 3, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – An Augusta man seemed to be having a problem staying out of the Edgefield County Detention Center last weekend. Donnie Allen Clark, 24, of Lumpkin Road, Augusta was arrested on Friday, June 27 for breach of peace and was released Saturday morning. By 4 pm he was back in jail.
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Governor Sanford: New Budget Bill Confirms Need for Budget Vetoes
web posted July 3, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford signed H.4355 on Wednesday, an acknowledgment by the General Assembly that this year's budget failed to address core state needs like putting fuel in school buses.
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Closings - 4th of July
web posted July 3, 2008
COUNTY – All Edgefield County government offices, the town halls of Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton, and the US Post Office will be closed Friday, July 4, for Independence Day.

County Council approves smoking ban, referendum on four year terms
web posted July 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their July meeting Tuesday night and quickly approved a final reading of the new building codes and a first reading of an ordinance adopting a supplement to the Code of Ordinances. Chairman Monroe Kneece then brought the attention of the council to an ordinance providing for a referendum on  “whether the terms of office for Edgefield County Council Members shall be changed from two year terms to four year staggered terms.”
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Sheriff's Office to add Forensic Investigator through grant
web posted July 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office will be getting a forensic investigator, a fully outfitted forensic truck, training, and equipment thanks to a grant. The Edgefield County Council voted to supply the matching funds (an 80/20 participation grant of county and federal funds) with the understanding that the Sheriff forgoes one of the replacement cars that would have been purchased this year to offset the cost to the county.
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Residents face search to enter courthouse for county business starting Tuesday (Photo)
web posted July 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Get ready to empty your pockets and open your bags when you visit the Edgefield County Courthouse to pay your taxes, register to vote, or conduct any other business with the county. Beginning on Tuesday the Edgefield County Courthouse has been reduced to a “single point of entry” and everyone entering the building will be subject to search and be forced to walk through a metal detector in order to conduct your county business.
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Edgefield, Johnston teams advance to region playoff in Dixie Youth All Star play (Photos)
web posted July 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Two Edgefield County Dixie Youth Baseball Teams have advanced to region play after the four day tournament held in Edgefield this weekend. The Edgefield Minor League team advanced after defeating Ninety Six 13-9 and the Johnston Major League Team advances with their 7-3 victory over Abbeville.
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Patient Safety Day Set for Friday, July 4 in Aiken
web posted July 2, 2008
AIKEN – A Patient Safety Day barbecue will be held on Friday, July 4, in honor of those who have been harmed by medical errors and those working to improve patient safety in South Carolina and around the country.  The event is being organized by Dianne Parker in memory of her late husband Willie Parker, who died from multiple medical errors and hospital acquired infections following surgery in 2002.
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Letters to the Editor
Sen. Jim Demint encourages domestic drilling of oil

Jane Dyer - Choosing Independence
web posted July 2, 2008
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Mexican gang “tags” Johnston businesses again (Photos)
Suspect vehicle caught on tape
web posted July 1, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Mexican 18th Street gang has paid another visit to Johnston over the weekend vandalizing two businesses in the early hours of Sunday morning. The first business struck was the Johnston Car Clean car wash at 275 Lee Street and the IGA Food Store just down the street a few minutes later.
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EdgefieldDaily.com continues to set readership records
web posted July 1, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has continued to set new records throughout 2008 and has recorded over 1 million hits each month this year as well as setting similar records reaching back to October of 2007. In 2008 alone over 6.48 million hits have been recorded from an average readership of 20,000 or more each month making EdgefieldDaily.com the indisputable leader in local news. EdgefieldDaily.com has the broadest readership of any local news outlet and continues to build that readership each month. We owe that growth to our readers, as EdgefieldDaily.com does not advertise on the web, in newspapers, radio, or TV advertisements and depends solely upon word of mouth recommendations. Thank you for making EdgefieldDaily.com #1.

NWTF Will Not Host 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
web posted July 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – NOTICE:  Due to drought conditions and the timing of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s summer regional field staff meetings, the NWTF will not host a community 4th of July fireworks celebration this year. The U.S. Drought monitor currently lists portions of Edgefield County as having severe or extreme drought conditions.
George Harakas
NWTF Human Resources Manager

Burglary suspect arrested just yards away from jail
web posted July 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have made an arrest in a first degree burglary case that took place late Thursday night. Douglas Carter, 19, of Beaverdam Street in Edgefield was taken into custody on Saturday and was booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center. Carter is one of two men police believe broke into a home on Beaverdam Street while the owner was asleep inside. The owner said ordinarily he would have been at work at that time of night.
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County Council seeks referendum on four year terms
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 1, 2008
COLUMN – In case you did not know, the Edgefield County Council will be considering a resolution to place a referendum on the ballot in November for county council members to serve four year staggered terms at their monthly meeting tonight at 6 pm. Where did this come from with two already lame duck councilmen and a third facing a serious challenge that could unseat a majority of the current county council in the same election? The last thing this county needs is for any council member to serve anything longer than a two-year term.
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Edgefield Police release partial description of church service burglar
web posted July 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police are searching for a suspect in last week’s thefts from two local churches during Sunday services. According to police reports someone entered the choir room in one church and stole purses, credit cards, debit cards and other items from members of the choir as they sang during the service. Unknown at the time of the report, a short time later the same type of theft happened just a couple blocks away at another church.
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Edgefield’s First Baptist Church opens enrollment for Parents Day Out
web posted July 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – PSA – God’s Little Angels Preschool at Edgefield’s First Baptist Church has open enrollment for Parents Day Out class.  PDO is Tuesday and Thursday,  8:00am-12:00pm, ages 9 months to 24 months.   This is a program for moms and dads who need a little time to run errands, grocery shop, clean house, etc., and feel comfortable leaving their child in a loving Christian environment. Parents Day Out begins August 19th.  For more information or to get a registration form please call 637-6139 or go by the church.

Suspected drug dealer gets - Here’s Your Card
web posted July 1, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – You have a bench warrant for your arrest for failing to show up to court for felony charges. So you drive through downtown Edgefield, where every policeman knows you, on a motorcycle and never think you are going to be stopped. Well, that did not work out too well, and it went all downhill from there.
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Burglaries continue across county
web posted July 1, 2008
COUNTY – Burglaries and thefts continued across the county over the weekend with over $10,000 in valuables stolen from three locations. The first came Saturday morning when Bettis Academy Ball Park on Nicholson Road had one of the storage shed and made off with two weed eaters and a can of gas.
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Off The Wall: Police crack down on sagging pants
web posted July 1, 2008
FLINT, Michigan -- The city's new police chief is saying no to crack. Acting Flint Police Chief David R. Dicks announced Thursday that officers will begin arresting people wearing pants or shorts that sag too low exposing rear ends. "This immoral self expression goes beyond free speech," said Dicks in a statement released Thursday. "It rises to the crime of indecent exposure/disorderly persons."
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