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July 2009 Archives

Officers receive “shocking” training (Videos)
web posted July 31, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A joint training class on the use of Tasers was held on Thursday at the Edgefield Police Department that included members of the Edgefield and Johnston Police Departments as well as the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. The class certifies officers to be able to use the Taser in the line of duty. The all day class is closed to the public, but EdgefieldDaily.com arrived just in time to be allowed to film various officers volunteering to be shot by the Taser delivering its 50,000 volts used to subdue noncompliant suspects or inmates.
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Georgia and South Carolina hold tax free back to school holidays
web posted July 31, 2009
COUNTY – The Tax Free Holiday for back to school shopping is underway with Georgia stores removing sales tax this weekend for goods needed for students returning to school. The tax free purchases (meeting the requirements) will run throughout the weekend ending at midnight Sunday, August 2. South Carolina stores will observe the same tax free holidays starting next week on Friday August 7 through August 9.
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Woman reports burglary, ID’s burglars but refuses to cooperate in investigation
web posted July 31, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night to report her home being burglarized around 9:30 pm. As deputies were dispatched, the woman reported a neighbor saw the two men, described as black males, both wearing jeans with one wearing a green shirt and the other a red shirt, walking away from the home carrying computer electronics fleeing on foot.
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"That Darn Cat" returns to Downtown Edgefield
web posted July 31, 2009
EDGEFIELD – “That Darn Cat” returns to Edgefield for the final installment of the 2009 Downtown Drive-In summertime movie series. Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square Friday, August 14th  for the showing of the 1997 movie “That Darn Cat” which was filmed right here in historic downtown Edgefield. This classic Walt Disney Productions film is a story about bank robbers, a kidnapping and a mischievous cat. The film was based on the book “Undercover Cat” by Gordon and Mildred Gordon and was originally released in December 1965. 
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Piedmont Technical College Commencement Relocates to Erskine College
web posted July 31, 2009
GREENWOOD – Commencement exercises for Piedmont Technical College have been relocated to the Robert Stone Galloway Center at Erskine College in Due West. The change is due to problems with the air conditioning unit at the Greenwood Civic Center.
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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: Obama falling fast
web posted July 31, 2009
COUNTY – The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President and 40% Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.
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Accused molester in custody after release from hospital
web posted July 30, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Accused child molester Joseph Connell Williams, 41, of the 400 block of Bausket Street in Edgefield was released from the MCG Hospital Wednesday and apparently walked off without police being notified. Williams was wanted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct with minors under the age of 16.
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McCormick County Deputy arrested for harassment and misconduct in office
web posted July 30, 2009
MCCORMICK – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has confirmed the arrest of a McCormick County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of harassing a woman. Calvin Henry Moore, 44, of Carver Street Extension has been charged with Misconduct in Office by a Public Officer and Harassment in the First Degree.
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Rebels kick off football season with Jamborees starting next week
Sports: By Tim Crane
web posted July 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – Football season is fast approaching and the Strom Thurmond Rebels are getting prepared for another exciting year of high school football, Rebel style. The Rebels will begin football practice on Friday morning and will then travel to Laurens for a scrimmage on Saturday August 8.  They will scrimmage Ware Shoals, Chester, and Laurens. The scrimmage starts at 10 am. 
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Ten Governor’s Café now offering breakfast and Dinner Buffet
web posted July 30, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Ten Governor’s Café will be increasing their footprint as an Edgefield restaurant beginning next week. Famous for their daily lunch buffet and short order grill from 11 am through 2 pm featuring a wide assortment of local favorites, starting next week the Ten Governor’s Café will be serving breakfast Monday through Saturday and on Wednesday through Friday a Dinner Buffet.
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Fiery crash closes Bypass for hours
web posted July 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A fiery crash around noon Tuesday left one man injured and the Highway 25 Bypass closed for several hours. Dispatchers for 911 began receiving calls on the crash just after noon reporting multiple vehicles involved and at least one in flames. Edgefield Police, Firemen, Sheriff’s Deputies, and EMS raced to the scene and arrived to find not only one of the trucks involved on fire but also the roadway and surrounding brush as well.
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Crash victim wanted on molestation charges
web posted July 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A 41-year-old Edgefield man taken to the MCG Trauma Center after a fiery crash Tuesday that closed the Highway 25 Bypass for several hours will have a lot more to deal with than recovering from non-life threatening injures he received in the collision. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Cater said the injured man, who initially gave rescuers a false name, turned out to be a man wanted for the rape of two young teenagers on Monday. “That’s him,” Chief Carter said referring to 41-year-old Joseph Connell Williams, of the 400 block of Bausket Street in Edgefield, who is suspected as being at fault in the crash.
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Webber not alone in burglaries: Sheriff’s Office confirms team effort
web posted July 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – In a story EdgefieldDaily.com has followed exclusively for a month, we can now confirm police believe there is a connection between accused serial burglar Robert Webber, who was arrested on June 3, and 36-year-old Martin Jarrett, who took his life after a five-hour standoff with Aiken and Columbia County Deputies on June 26 after they tried to serve arrest warrants at his home in Bath SC. According to information obtained, the two men worked together and may be responsible for at least a dozen of the numerous burglaries earlier this year.
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People with Disabilities Enjoy a Day of Outdoor Fun (Photo)
web posted July 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD –  Fifty-three people with disabilities recently enjoyed a day of outdoor fun at the Wheelin' Sportsmen Fun and Learn Day at the National Wild Turkey Federation's headquarters in Edgefield. "This great event gave people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a day outside, which many of them wouldn't have the chance to do otherwise," said Illana Burkhart, Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF coordinator.
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Religion: "Vision"
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted July 29, 2009
RELIGION – I want all of you to know how much I appreciate your kind comments about this column that appears each week in our weekly newsletter, The Herald. I have also heard from many, who do not receive the Herald, who read the column on EdgefieldDaily.com and on my blog. I know there are many who look forward each week to reading the words contained in this short forum.
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Johnston Town Council passes Hospitality Tax, bar closings
web posted July 29, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held a special called meeting on Monday for the purpose of addressing a pair of town ordinances and one resolution. A public hearing for Ordinance No. 2009-03, an ordinance providing for a local hospitality tax on the sales of all prepared meals and beverages sold in the Town of Johnston was read with Mr. Andy Livingston being the only member of the public to speak on the matter.
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President Truman comes to life in Edgefield (Photo)
web posted July 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Harry Truman came to life for a number of Edgefield residents and visitors last Thursday night at the Edgefield Courthouse. Dr. Mims Mobley of Greenwood, a native of Edgefield, portrayed Truman in a one-man play entitled, "Man of Decision: Harry S. Truman, Our 33rd President," sponsored by the Edgefield Regional Arts.
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Last week to enter for Birthday - Anniversary cake give-away for August
web posted July 28, 2009
WEBNEWS – This is the last week to enter your loved one in our monthly Birthday - Anniversary free cake drawing for August. Get a head start and enter your wishes for September. Simply send in your greeting and your loved one is automatically entered to win.
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Tractor-trailer crash closes Highway 25 Monday morning (Photos)
web posted July 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An early morning crash on Augusta Road took officials nearly six hours to clear and closed all traffic for several hours. Edgefield Police were notified around 8:45 am Monday that a tractor-trailer truck had struck the trestle and was lying on its side in the northbound lane blocking traffic. According to the driver of the rig, who spoke very little English, he tried to swerve into the northbound lane when he saw he was not going to be able to clear the 13-foot overpass.
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County Council member voices support for food drive
web posted July 28, 2009
Dear Editor,
This letter is written to voice my support of the Edgefield County Employee Local Food Drive that began last week and will run through the end of July. I am pleased that our county employees have undertaken this food drive in order to help those in need in our county in addition to serving the citizens of our county on a daily basis. It speaks to the quality, integrity, and compassion of our employees.
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NewsBusters
web posted July 28, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent national news. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Unconscious man found lying on side of road with over $7,000 in cash
web posted July 28, 2009
JOHNSTON – Early Sunday morning a passerby called 911 to report a man lying unresponsive on the side of Clark Road near Johnston. Edgefield County EMS and a Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the scene and found the man unconscious. As EMS workers tried to assess the man for any injuries the deputy located the man’s wallet in an effort to identify him. They found his identification along with over $7,000 in cash.
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Truck reported stolen after crash
web posted July 28, 2009
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified Saturday afternoon by a Trenton woman stating she was out of town and her sister called to say someone had stolen the couple’s green 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup truck from the couple’s Tanglewood Drive home. The woman told the Sheriff’s Deputy that she left the keys in the truck before going out of town on Friday evening.
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School Registrations begin this week
web reposted July 28, 2009
COUNTY – It is that time of year again as summer gets shorter every year and before vacation can wrap up the Edgefield County School District is releasing the dates for registration to area school which begin later this month. Below is each school and the registration dates for each grade. School Supply list is also provided.
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Strom Thurmond Class of 1976 hosting cookout - day of fun at Lick Fork Lake, Aug 22nd
web posted July 28, 2009
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Class of 1976 is hosting a cookout and a day of fun at Lick Fork Park, Aug 22nd at 2:00 pm; we are requesting a donation of $10.00 per person; kids under 12 are free. We will be discussing plans for our next high school class reunion. For more information contact Lenard Lanham - (803) 221-3717; Gregory Lindsey - (803) 920-0605; Patricia Simmons-Daniels - (706) 631-8199; or Bruce Jackson - (240) 298-3622. 

New Nigerian scheme utilizing “Craigslist” being perpetrated in South Carolina
web posted July 27, 2009
COLUMBIA – David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in South Carolina, advises homeowners and/or prospective renters in South Carolina to be cautious of a new scheme being perpetrated by Nigerians utilizing “Craigslist”. 
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“That Darn Cat” to show in Downtown Edgefield
web posted July 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – EdgefieldDaily.com and the Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) will be offering a unique free movie experience, a chance to watch a Disney movie at the location it was filmed. As a supporter of the Downtown Drive-In movies offered by the ECDA, EdgefieldDaily.com has sponsored the showing of “That Darn Cat”, filmed in historic downtown Edgefield in 1997, starring Christina Ricci and Doug E. Doug.
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Veteran Hollywood Actor Speaks with Area Pastors at Movie Screening held by Sweetwater Baptist
web posted July 27, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Pastors and lay leaders enjoyed a conversation with one of the most beloved Hollywood actors of the last few decades on Tuesday, July 21 during an exclusive screening of the next Christian blockbuster movie, “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” at Sweetwater Baptist Church.
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Wise Tech Tips: Improving Computer Performance by Defragmenting Your Hard Drive
By James Wise
web posted July 27, 2009
TECH TIPS – The fastest computers can be slowed down dramatically by their hard disk drive. Since moving parts are involved with disk drives, a disk drive is generally the slowest component in any system. The slower the hard drive is, the longer you’ll find yourself waiting. If you are purchasing a larger drive or a new computer, you can shop around for the fastest hard drive. But even if you aren’t buying a new drive, a helpful performance tip for everyone is regular disk defragmentation. Despite the big name, this is easy to do. Today, we’ll talk about the free program “Power Defragmenter” which handles this task more quickly than the standard Windows Defragmenter.
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GPS recovers $40,000 tractor stolen from Fox Creek HS
web posted July 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Thursday evening with information saying a $40,000 tractor stolen from the construction site of Fox Creek Charter School earlier this month had been located in Waynesboro, Ga. It was located through a GPS unit on the 2007 John Deere backhoe. The tractor reportedly went missing from the construction site around July 3.
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Sen. DeMint "pleased" with removal of “President’s False DNC Ad”
web posted July 25, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint released a statement after South Carolina cable providers announced they were pulling the ad attacking Sen. DeMint after reviewing information provided by DeMint’s lawyers and the content of the ad. “The President’s attack ad was false and misleading and I’m pleased it will be pulled off the air,” Sen. DeMint said.
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Gold Rush Beauty Pageant registration deadline extended
web posted July 25, 2009
MCCORMICK – The Gold Rush Beauty Pageant being held in McCormick County at the Savannah Lakes Activity center on August 1, 2009 has extended their deadline to Wed. July 29 with no late fee to be applied.  All ladies between the ages of 3 to 21 need to contact Karen Scruggs at 864.852.0404 or visit our website for more details.

Guest Opinion: Congressional candidate takes Sen. Graham to task on Supreme Court vote
web posted July 25, 2009
By: Richard Cash
OPINION - Sen. Lindsey Graham has gone from asking tough questions to concluding that Judge Sotomayor is “very well qualified.” With the political winds blowing in favor of Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, it appears that he has become muddled in his thinking, or else he is simply playing politics with his vote. Sen. Graham is ready to celebrate the historic pick, and that has a certain appeal, but he is going to face some tough questions himself.
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Homeowners robbed second time since May
web posted July 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A report of a third burglary on the 100 block of Crest Road since late May was received by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. The home targeted was also burglarized on May 28. The homeowner arrived home after work and saw a window broken out. Being the victim of a burglary so recently, the 911 call was made and the owner waited outside until officers could clear the home of any intruders.
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FBI releases complete list of bank robberies (Photo)
web posted July 24, 2009
COLUMBIA – David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in South Carolina, announced that Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Georgia, who was apprehended last Friday afternoon by the Mount Pleasant Police Department following a bank robbery in Mount Pleasant, SC is suspected of being responsible for 23 bank robberies across the Southeast dating back to 2006.  Haire was arrested on state robbery charges after a witness saw him leave the National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC) in Mount Pleasant, and provided authorities with his license plate number.
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Records of arrest no longer exist
web posted July 24, 2009
COUNTY – All records associated with the 2006 arrest of Greg Morris for indecent exposure and drug possession at a North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Fall Leadership conference at Atlantic Beach are gone. It appears that the reports and booking photo have been expunged from the official record. However, the record of the arrest and the incident are still available on the internet. At this time it is unknown if the charges were dropped, reduced, or found guilty with conditions that would allow the record to be expunged after a time period.
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School Board fills administration openings Tuesday night
web posted July 23, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board voted to fill new administrative positions Tuesday night on a 6-1 vote on each hire with School Board member Brad Covar voting in opposition to all hires. Patty Gibbs, of Edgefield County, was named as the new Administrative Assistant at Merriwether Elementary, Betsy Jones, of Greenville, was named as Assistant Principal at JET Middle School, and Dr. Karen Cohen, of Clinton, was tapped for the assistant principal at Merriwether Middle School.
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Google search leads to possible rejection of job offer of Assistant Principle
web posted July 23, 2009
COUNTY – Within hours of the Edgefield County School Board voting to hire Greg Morris as the Assistant Principle of Merriwether Elementary, parents and teachers began to “Google” the names of those hired - including Morris. What many found disturbed them and they began contacting school board members with concerns of an arrest of Morris for indecent exposure and possession of drugs and paraphernalia in 2006 at a North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Fall Leadership conference at Atlantic Beach.
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Allen awarded “Sprit of Junior Miss” at state competition
web posted July 23, 2009
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina American Junior Miss Program held July 17 and 18 in Lexington found Jessica Allen, North Edgefield County Junior Miss, being awarded the "Sprit of Junior Miss" as voted upon by her fellow 19 competitors in the state competition and resulting in her receiving a $1,000 scholarship for the award.
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Gov. Sanford Raises Concerns over Federal REAL ID / PASS ID law
web posted July 23, 2009
COLUMBIA – In light of ongoing revisions to the federal REAL ID law, now renamed PASS ID, Gov. Sanford today outlined three main concerns as policymakers in Washington, DC continue modifying what is now widely regarded as an impractical, intrusive federal mandate.
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Overturned truck found with no driver (Photos)
web posted July 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A Single vehicle crash had Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies searching for the driver of a Toyota Tundra truck that was found overturned on Walker Road just before 3 pm Wednesday. When deputies arrived the driver was nowhere to be found and the truck was left with the keys in the ignition in the on position, the radio playing, and witnesses saying they saw a man leaving the scene of the crash.
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Stolen car found in Bettis Academy (Photos)
web posted July 23, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – Officers looking for a possible hit and run driver stumbled upon a stolen car on Bettis Academy Extension Wednesday afternoon. The stolen late model Cutlass Supreme was found on blocks well off the roadway and reportedly was stolen from Columbia County in Georgia. A check of the vehicle information confirmed the car had been reported as stolen. Another stolen vehicle from Richmond County was reported as being spotted in Edgefield County on Tuesday in the same area.
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DHEC orders School District to clean up and shut down illegal dump (Photos)
web posted July 22, 2009
JOHNSTON – Questions as to whether or not a dump operated by the School District was illegal or not have been answered. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has ordered the Edgefield County School District to clean up the dump located behind JET Middle School “immediately”. South Carolina DHEC Spokesman Thom Berry said that following an initial investigation of the site by staff on Monday, that Mr. Courtney was contacted by phone Tuesday morning. “We had a telephone conversation with Mr. Courtney this morning (Tuesday) and instructed him to begin cleaning up that area immediately,” Mr. Berry said.
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Ignorance is not an excuse, or an explanation
web posted July 22, 2009
OPINION – It did not take long after EdgefieldDaily.com broke the story of an illegal dump located behind JET Middle School on Monday for local TV media and others to take notice, including law enforcement and DHEC. By Tuesday morning the School was ordered to shut down the illegal dump and pay for its clean up. That is just what the school district needs right now, to have to pay to clean up a dump that never should have existed in the first place.
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Youth Rally set for Saturday
web posted July 22, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The 8th Annual Youth Rally sponsored by the Women In Unity will be held at the Edgefield Soccer Complex beginning at 10 am and running throughout the day until 5 pm. The event will feature motivational speakers, entertainment, games, and a water slide. The event is free and lunch will be provided for children 17 years of age and younger.

Religion: Fly me to the moon
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted July 22, 2009
RELIGION – This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the first man to ever set foot on the lunar surface. I was not old enough to remember the event. However, my parents watched on television, along with about 500 million other people, as Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar lander, The Eagle, to place the first human footprint on the moon.
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Corvettes converge on Edgefield (Photos)
web posted July 22, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The long line of Corvettes going into Edgefield Saturday was headed to Beth Padgett’s house for the annual Eatin’ Greetin’ gathering of the CSRA Casual Corvettes Club. “I can’t tell y’all how much this excites me,” said Padgett just before grace was said and food was served. “This is the biggest crowd we’ve ever had. I especially want to thank The Renegades for coming.”
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Southern Gospel Music’s 2008 Soloist of the Year, Ivan Parker, to perform at Republican Baptist Church
web posted July 22, 2009
WESTSIDE – The exciting sounds of Southern Gospel Music will ring loudly on Friday, August 7 at the Republican Baptist Church in Clarks Hill, SC, as popular Southern Gospel recording artist, Ivan Parker, will be featured in a special concert event, which will begin at 7:00pm. Ivan, who burst onto the Southern Gospel Music scene in 1982, has spent more than two and a half decades ministering in churches and arenas, sharing his testimony and rich vocal talents.
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Edgefield Ball Cap Bank Robber apprehended (Photos)
web posted July 21, 2009
CHARLESTON – The Ball Cap Bandit has been captured and, according to Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter, he has admitted to the bank robbery at the local Carolina First Bank on January 3 of 2008. “He’s confessed to a total of 24 robberies,” Chief Carter said Monday.
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Courtney on trash pit: “If we’re doing anything illegal, I didn’t know it” (Photos)
web posted July 21, 2009
JOHNSTON – James Courtney, Director of Maintenance for the Edgefield County School District, stated Monday that the district has operated the pit discovered behind JET Middle School for years, but was not responsible for a majority of the material currently contained within the dump pit. “We started it about five years ago as a yard debris and wood type burning pit,” Mr. Courtney said adding, “We do have trouble with other people putting stuff there.”
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Concessions sales oversight fingers point in every direction
web posted July 21, 2009
EDGEFIELD – As the investigation into the accounting, or non-accounting, of funds derived from the county owned mobile concession stand at Bettis Park continues, it is becoming increasingly clear that what is taking place should never be allowed. However, everyone involved is now pointing fingers at everyone else, including pointing to former Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams.
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Notice of Public Hearing
web posted July 21, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 5:00 PM, Monday, July 27, 2009, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2009-03, an ordinance adopting a local hospitality tax on the gross proceeds of the sale of prepared meals and beverages in establishments within the Town of Johnston licensed for on premises consumption of alcoholic beverages, beer or wine.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Tip leads to discovery of possible illegal dump by school district (Photos)
web posted July 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An anonymous tip has led the Sheriff’s Office to the discovery of what appears to be an illegal dump operating on property owned by local taxpayers. To make matters worse is who appears to be the one behind the dump, the Edgefield County School District. When the dump was found it became obvious that the materials in the large hole may be there illegally; chemicals, electronics, roofing material, tires, mercury vapor light bulbs, and a wide array of other items.
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County Employees kick off Food Drive to help needy families
web posted July 20, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County employees are kicking off what they hope will be an annual Food Drive today that will continue over the next two weeks to gather canned goods and non-perishables for needy families in Edgefield County. “I think it’s a good thing”, Nancy Luquire of the Sheriff’s Office said, one of the five members of the committee heading up the effort. Mrs. Luquire said the effort came about after budget cuts eliminated funds for the food bank and this gave county employees a chance to give something back to the community.
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Recreation Director: Concessions money used to “buy things that the county was not responsible for buying”
web posted July 20, 2009
COUNTY – Nick Wates, the Edgefield County Recreation Director has offered a deeper insight into the funds created from concession sales at the County owned concession stand at Bettis Park. According to Director Wates the operations of the concession stand was turned over to the Mt. Canaan Baptist Association in 2006. “(Former County Administrator) Wayne (Adams) decided back in ’06 that the county was not making enough money off of concessions once you consider my time and gas, etc to deal with it,” Director Wates said.
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Wise Tech Tips: Free Outlook Add-In Xobni
By James Wise
web posted July 20, 2009
TECH TIPS – Email is an important part of my personal, and especially professional, life. I love the fact that I can have “documented” conversations with people that I can refer to afterwards if I need to. However, sometimes looking back and finding the mail I’m after can be difficult. The good news is that since I use Microsoft Outlook as my email program, there is a free add-in called Xobni which helps makes my life easier.
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Op-Ed - Gov. Sanford: "God can make good of our respective wrongs"
web posted July 20, 2009
Dear Editor,
I have struggled with how best to convey my regret in letting so many down, and in that regard I realize this op-ed does not do justice to the process of saying “I am sorry.” A handwritten note or phone call would ultimately be more appropriate, but given the number of people I need to apologize to I write this to begin the journey of trying to get things more right with you and others.
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Dispute call results in arrest of three wanted men
web posted July 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A simple call of a dispute on Plum Street Thursday night unexpectedly led to three arrests unrelated to the original call. Just before 8 pm dispatchers notified Edgefield Police of the call on the 500 block of Plum Street, as the responding officer arrived a man saw the officer and began running towards a wooded area. The officer recognized the man and was aware of a warrant for his arrest.
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Joel Sawyer departing as Communications Director for Gov. Sanford
web posted July 18, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford and his Communications Director Joel Sawyer announced Friday that Sawyer will be departing the Governor's Office to pursue other opportunities in the private sector, effective Wednesday, August 5.
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Johnston awarded $465,980 Infrastructure Grant
web posted July 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – “It’s my pleasure to announce that the Town of Johnston will receive a $465,980 Community Infrastructure Grant from Community Development Block Grant Program. Funds will be utilized to upgrade sewer lines in the Blank-Walker Street area”, Governor Mark Sanford said when announcing the grant.
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Public Auction this Saturday
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web posted July 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are continuing to sell the contents of Mr. Raymond Timmerman's antiques and collectibles business on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 9:30 am. Mr. Timmerman has been a long time dealer and collector and feels the time has come for him to cut back somewhat. The sale will be held at his store located at 1231 Highway 25 North. Edgefield, S. C.  29824. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM til sale time.  Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Unaccounted concession stand sales at Bettis Park for 2008 could reach beyond $19,000
web posted July 17, 2009
COUNTY – More information has been made available for the Edgefield County Recreation Department and the concession stand at Bettis Park. According to the Edgefield County Administration Office, the county stopped receiving revenues from the Bettis Park concession stand at the end of fiscal year 2006. Total revenues for 2006 (football games only) were accounted at $9,494 and $9,901.74 in 2005.
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Shane Massey to Launch Common Sense Chats
web posted July 17, 2009
EASLEY – What are the answers to the most pressing problems facing South Carolina’s families? Questions Republican State Senator and Congressional candidate Shane Massey wants to talk about with voters across the district as he launches a series of "common sense chats" with voters starting Tuesday.
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Burton Center Foundation: Helping People with Special Needs
web posted July 17, 2009
COUNTY – Mary Margaret Jackson, Chairperson of the Burton Center Foundation, has announced the kick off of the Foundation's Annual Campaign. "The Annual Campaign provides assistance to people with lifelong disabilities and special needs. This year Burton Center has experienced over half a million in funding cuts. Services have been reduced, staff positions eliminated and there continues to be a tremendous waiting list for services. Your help is needed now more than ever," stated Jackson.
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Editorial: VP Biden: “We have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt”
web posted July 17, 2009
OPINION – Vice President Joe Biden gave a rather frank look inside the mind of the Obama Administration and how they look at the American economy that they, along with Congressional Democrats in control of both houses of Congress, have wrecked havoc upon in the last six months spending trillions of dollars we don’t have, “We have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt,” Biden said. In other words, “we’re going broke so let’s run up the credit cards as high as possible before we get caught.”
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Receive Approval for Second Linear Accelerator
web posted July 17, 2009
AIKEN – The Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional has received a Certificate of Need (CON) to purchase and install a second Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator. Installation is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009.
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County Council candidate arrested for second time in 30 days
web posted July 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A candidate for the Edgefield County Council last year was used to getting his picture taken during the campaign, however, twice in the last thirty days he’s had his picture taken by someone other than the media – the Edgefield County Detention Center. James Rushton, 34, who challenged County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece in the 2008 General Election, was arrested again on Wednesday after a Sheriff’s Investigator spotted the truck he was driving “all over the road”.
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Volleyball conditioning, clinic, and tryouts announced
web posted July 16, 2009
JOHNSTON – Volleyball conditioning will be held at Strom Thurmond High School next week and open to interested girls 7th - 12th grade. The dates to attend are July, 21,23, 28, and 30 from 9 am until noon at the Strom Thurmond gym.
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Letters to the Editor:
- Writer expresses concession sales problems from   personal experience
- Writer calls for Govenor's resignation
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Religion: By The Sea
By Pastor Stacy Wiliams
web posted July 16, 2009
RELIGION – I had the opportunity to experience the beach twice in the last two weeks. The first was a short, two-day trip with my wife and kids. The second was with our youth group, as we traveled to Garden City, for our annual beach retreat.
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Lost Dog
web posted July 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Boy's Lost Dog - beagle/jack russell mix, micro chipped, left his collar at home, goes by the name Boogie.  Boogie lives on Columbia Rd. near Butler Street and Sheppard Dr.  If you see him please call 637-9552. Click on picture for larger view.

Cornerstone offers hot topics at summer seminar
web posted July 16, 2009
GREENWOOD – Cornerstone is sponsoring a summer seminar that will address relevant topics for those who are responsible for keeping youth safe in today’s society. “This year’s summer seminar will focus on five areas,” said Joyce Dilleshaw of Cornerstone. “We will be addressing topics on keeping youth safe on the Internet, recognizing the signs of child abuse, getting help for those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, accessing social services, and preventing substance abuse.”
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Turkey Shoppe on Main to Open in Downtown Edgefield
web posted July 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation will open Turkey Shoppe on Main, a new retail store featuring products for outdoor enthusiasts, in early September on the square in historic downtown Edgefield, S.C.
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Bettis Park concession stand sales provide more questions that answers
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 15, 2009
COLUMN – As I continue to dig into the county recreation department as a whole, I become more frustrated over the lack of answers and lack of accountability when it comes to the (not so mobile) mobile concession stand at Bettis Park and where all the cash money goes. First known fact, the cash money taken in by the county owned “mobile” concession stand at Bettis Park does not go to the county. We paid almost $70,000 for it, we pay for its maintenance, we pay the power and operating costs, and get not one red cent in return. According to information received, “it just happened” to turn out that way.
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Vital records office hours changes in four counties
web posted July 15, 2009
COUNTY - Vital records offices at health departments in Abbeville, Saluda, Edgefield and McCormick counties will be changing days of operations July 20, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday.
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Public Auction this Saturday
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are continuing to sell the contents of Mr. Raymond Timmerman's antiques and collectibles business on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 9:30 am. Mr. Timmerman has been a long time dealer and collector and feels the time has come for him to cut back somewhat. The sale will be held at his store located at 1231 Highway 25 North. Edgefield, S. C.  29824. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM til sale time.  Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Felony charge dismissed on hit and run driver
web posted July 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Hit and run with great bodily injury charges against Raymond Lawrence Harris, 29, were dismissed by Chief Magistrate Davis Parkman on July 8 at a preliminary hearing and Harris was set free. He had been held on a $50,000 bond since the incident. An Edgefield teen was rushed to the MCG Trauma Center on April 28 after being struck by a pick-up truck and was left on the side of the road around 10:40 pm. Harris was later identified as the driver and was arrested the night of the incident.
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Bland Named To Pendleton Farmers Society (Photo)
web posted July 15, 2009
COUNTY – Agricultural leader Hugh Bland of Edgefield was recently installed as a member of the prestigious and historic Pendleton Farmers Society, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs for Agricultural Education in South Carolina.Organized in 1815, the Society meets at the Farmers Hall constructed in 1828 and is located on the square in downtown Pendleton. The building is the oldest farmers' hall in continuous use in the nation.
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Father Robert William Ninedorf remembered
web posted July 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD -- Around 100 people filed into St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edgefield Saturday to pay their final respects to a man described by many as a model of kindness and consideration. Father Robert William Ninedorf died last Tuesday at Edgefield County Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 81.
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Sports: STH star Hamilton choses UGA
web posted July 15, 2009
AUGUSTA Ga., - Former Strom Thurmond star Jakar Hamilton chose his next college home on Saturday at the Wild Wing Cafe on Washington Road and that home will be the university of Georgia.
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Four teens accused in strong-armed robbery in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted July 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were called to a strong-armed robbery around 1 pm Monday afternoon on Simpkins Street as a 17-year-old teen was leaving the Edgefield Library back parking lot. According to the victim, a carload of other teens drove up and one jumped from the car and started attacking him.
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Johnston Town Council punts Hospitality Tax to special meeting, adopts county ordinance on bar closings
web posted July 14, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council put off a reading on an ordinance to create a 2% Hospitality Tax for businesses in Johnston that provide food and beverages, including alcohol. The tax would be collected at the time of sale and would be paid to the town treasurer at the end of each month. Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell said that he wanted to hold the debate on the measure when all members of the town council could be present. Council members Morris Holmes and Tyra Miller were absent.
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Edgefield Police shoot at charging pit bull
web posted July 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police responding to a call of a pit bull jumping on a Mims Street man late Saturday night ended up with one of the officers firing shots at the dog when it made aggressive moves and charged the officer. The officer drew his pistol and fired at least two shots at the pit bull.
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Here’s Your Card: Making friends with police
 web posted July 14, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – It is not always the crime allegedly committed that lands one as a nominee for a Here’s Your Card recognition; it is what is done after the arrest that is the icing on the cake. Around 1:28 am Edgefield Police were called to an assault. Shortly thereafter it was determined that one Donnie Allen Clark, 26, of Edgefield, was the man they sought. He was found walking a short distance away and placed in handcuffs without incident. And that is where the pleasantries ended, according to police reports.
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Merriwether man escapes serious injury in one car crash (Photos)
web posted July 13, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A single car crash slowed traffic on the 500 block of Currytown Road around 11:30 pm Sunday night when the driver of a Chevrolet Caviler lost control of his car in a curve well known for similar crashes. The Cavalier skidded in what appeared to be an overcorrection and then overturned and struck a tree on the roadside.
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School Registrations begin this month
web posted July 13, 2009
COUNTY – It is that time of year again as summer gets shorter every year and before vacation can wrap up the Edgefield County School District is releasing the dates for registration to area school which begin later this month. Below is each school and the registration dates for each grade.
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Manage Contacts on your Cell Phone from your Computer with BitPim
By James Wise
web posted July 13, 2009
TECH TIPS – One of the benefits of having a “smartphone” (like a Blackberry or other type of cell phone with “PDA” like features) is the ability to synchronize data with a computer. Such data could include contacts, calendar entries, to do lists, ringtones (or songs in general), pictures, etc… But even if you have a regular cell phone, you might have some options for synchronization. Today, we’ll talk about one of my favorite free programs for this called BitPim.
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Obama better leader for faithful Catholics than the Pope
A column by the Editor
web posted July 13, 2009
COLUMN – I just find myself in an utter disbelief that the so-called “national media” can be so openly biased, complicit in promulgating propaganda, calls Obama “sort-of-God”, and then says Obama is a better leader for Catholics than the Pope.
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Public Auction this Saturday
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are continuing to sell the contents of Mr. Raymond Timmerman's antiques and collectibles business on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 9:30 am. Mr. Timmerman has been a long time dealer and collector and feels the time has come for him to cut back somewhat. The sale will be held at his store located at 1231 Highway 25 North. Edgefield, S. C.  29824. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM til sale time.  Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

NewsBusters
web posted July 13, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent national news. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Driver fleeing traffic stop now in custody
web posted July 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The driver of an S-10 Blazer that hit a deputy’s patrol car after trying to escape has been taken into custody Friday night. Dameyon Darrell Posey, 23, of Holmes Pond Road Johnston walked into the Edgefield County Detention Center and turned himself in to authorities. He was being served four warrants and booked into custody at this writing. Two passengers in the small SUV returned to the scene Thursday night and apologized for running and were later released without charges.
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North Augusta woman killed in two-car crash
web posted July 11, 2009
AIKEN – A 75-year-old North Augusta woman became the 21st traffic fatality on Aiken County Roads Friday morning after a two-car collision on Highway 421 in Aiken County. Ms. Daisy May Ingram, of North Augusta, was the unrestrained front seat passenger in a 2000 GMC Jimmy SUV driven by her grand daughter Daphne Ingram, also of North Augusta, who was attempting to make a left turn onto Old Aiken Rd when her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2000 Toyota Camry.
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Investigations of burglaries continues
web posted July 11, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators are following leads that a Bath man who held Aiken and Columbia County Deputies trying to serve a warrant for his arrest at bay for hours while barricaded in his Railroad Street home in Bath, before turning his gun on himself on June 26, may have be involved in the rash of burglaries in Edgefield County earlier this year. 36-year-old Martin Jarrett was pronounced dead on the scene by Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Since then, ties to Jarrett and Robert Webber, captured in the process of a burglary on Republican Road on June 3, have been a focus of the investigation.
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14-year-old charged after pulling pistol on 12-year-olds
web posted July 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A 14-year-old Edgefield teen has been charged after pulling a pistol on two 12-year-olds and one 16-year-old Wednesday night on Maple Street around 9 pm. An Edgefield Police Officer on routine patrol spotted a group of juveniles in the middle of the street and approached them about what seemed to be a verbal dispute when one of the youths said, “Go ahead and get your gun now,” to the 14-year-old, reports state. The teen then told the officer where he hid the handgun just seconds before the officer arrived.
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Public Auction Saturday, July 11
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 8, 2009
RIDGE SPRING -- We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lula Lybrand of Ridge Spring, S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 101 Bomar St., Ridge Spring, S. C. 29129.  This will be a very good sale with many, many vintage items!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Patrol car struck as men flee traffic stop
web posted July 10, 2009
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Deputy’s patrol car was struck by a truck after the three men inside fled on foot from a traffic stop. When the driver jumped out, he threw the truck in reverse and it crashed into the deputy’s car at the Village Apartments on Woodyard Road. As the three men ran into the nearby woods, two others reportedly ran from the apartment complex as well.
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Suspect sought after Aiken woman robbed at gunpoint (Photo)
 web posted July 10, 2009
AIKEN – The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has obtained warrants seeking the arrest of Tequan Martrell Holmes, 19, 283 Snipes Pond Road, Aiken, South Carolina after the victim picked the suspect out of a photo lineup. Tequan Martrell Holmes should be considered armed and dangerous, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said in a release seeking the public’s help in locating Holmes.
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Family returns from vacation to find home burglarized
web posted July 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield family returning from vacation early Wednesday morning discovered their Catalpa Street home had been burglarized while they were gone. According to police reports, the person or persons who burglarized the home not only stole an assortment of valuables, but took time to eat leftovers, ice cream, drank Kool-Aid, and were nice enough to place used utensils in the sink.
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School supply list for 2009-2010 school year released
web posted July 10, 2009
COUNTY – Though summer vacation is getting well under way for most area residents, the Edgefield County School District has released their student school supply list for the upcoming school year which starts next month. A printer friendly copy of the list is provided for parents to use to purchase the required items so their children can be prepared when school starts.
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EdgefieldDaily.com Classifieds get results
web posted July 10, 2009
WEBNEWS – Got something to sell? EdgefieldDaily.com free classifieds get results. Find great deals on just about anything. Buy, sell, trade and do it all for free. Readers’ comments say it all, “Please remove this ad. I have rented it. Thanks for allowing me to use (EdgefieldDaily.com) to obtain a renter!” Why wait for a yard sale when you can advertise your personal sale items around the clock on EdgefieldDaily.com.
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Show me the money
County cannot account for cash from county owned "mobile concession stand"
web posted July 9, 2009
COLUMN – The spectacle surrounding the Northside Park and Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn in search of a $19,000 toilet is over the top when the county is strapped for funds. And notice the word is toilet, not toilets, that is the cost for a single toilet for a park very few use, much less have even heard of. Of course, Norman Dorn is taking his queue from County Council vice chairman Willie Bright. There are problems with Bright’s pet project at Bettis Park too, unaccounted for monies.
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Tech Tips: Protect Your Computer with Free Antivirus Software
By: James Wise
web posted July 9, 2009
TECH TIPS – There are a number of things everyone should do to keep their computer running problem free. These things include applying operating system updates, using antivirus software, using antispyware software, defragmenting your disk drive, etc… Fortunately, these things can be done easily and there are a number of free options for these items. Today, we’ll talk quickly about a few free antivirus programs.
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Letter to the Editor: It is time school board members and administrators are held accountable
web posted July 9, 2009
Dear Editor,
Many in the community may be aware that last May, my son was featured on a WJBF news feature regarding school bullying. For several years my son had been subjected to his clothes being forcibly removed in school, his locker vandalized and most recently at STHS subjected to repeated thefts and sexual slanders.  In my research,  I came to discover that many of the incidents which had occurred (the clothes being forcibly removed and sexual slanders) were in fact a violation of a students civil rights under Title IX.  However, though STHS officials were notified (the instructor and Asst Principal, Mr. Green) the complaints were not filed or investigated as a sexual harassment complaint, required not only by school district policy, but also by federal law.
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Trenton burglary suspect in custody (Photo)
web posted July 8, 2009
AIKEN – A man sought for a burglary late Monday night in Trenton has been arrested in Aiken County. Edward A. Johnson, 31, is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center after law enforcement was able to track him to a motel on the outskirts of Aiken County Tuesday. A Trenton man arrived at his home to surprise a burglar and at one point fired at the man he claimed was armed with one of the guns stolen from the home. The report led to an all night manhunt involving multiple local and area law enforcement agencies.
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County rejects rezoning, approves bar closing hours, and other issues at July meeting
web posted July 8, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their July meeting Tuesday night tackling several watched ordinances. The first was an ordinance to set hours of operation of establishments that serve on premise consumption of alcohol in the county which passed its final reading on a 4-1 vote, Councilman Dorn voting against the measure rambling something about it was akin to telling people what time they have to go to sleep, wake up, or what they can eat. All such businesses cannot serve alcohol prior to 10 am and must close by 2 am the following day. The new law will take effect August 1.
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Texas Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps Invite the Community to Their Local Rehearsals starting today
web posted July 8, 2009
JOHNSTON – The 150 marching members and staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps invite the community to visit during their upcoming rehearsal in Johnston, South Carolina. On July 8th and 9th, 2009, the World Famous Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps of San Antonio Texas, will be visiting Strom Thurmond High School, 1131 Columbia  Rd, Johnston, South Carolina as part of their 22 state eleven-week 15,000-mile national competition tour. The corps is composed of college and high school students from all over the world, who come to spend their summers in musical competition.
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Public Auction Saturday, July 11
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 8, 2009
RIDGE SPRING -- We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lula Lybrand of Ridge Spring, S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 101 Bomar St., Ridge Spring, S. C. 29129.  This will be a very good sale with many, many vintage items!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Author recalls small town textiles in new book (Photo)
web posted July 8, 2009
COUNTY – Bill Barker has fond memories of the 10 years he spent in Johnston working for Riegel Textile. Many of them are chronicled in his new book, "A Life in Textiles." There were three things that prompted him to write the book, Barker said in a recent interview. One, he belonged to a writer's group in Rome, Ga. and he was looking for a writing project.
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Neighbors seek to reunite dog with owner
web posted July 8, 2009
PSA – To the family searching for their lost dog, Chico, last seen in the West Terrance area of Edgefield, he has been found. We have tried to call your number from the flyer but it is not in service. The dog has now been turned over to the Sheriff’s Animal Control and will be taken to the animal shelter. Please call the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Animal Control at 803-637-5337 to claim your dog.

Public Hearing: Johnston
web posted July 8, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 6:00 PM, Monday, July 13, 2009, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2009-03, an ordinance adopting a local hospitality tax on the gross proceeds of the sale of prepared meals and beverages in establishments within the Town of Johnston licensed for on premises consumption of alcoholic beverages, beer or wine.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Resident interrupts burglary, shots fired
web posted July 7, 2009
TRENTON – A late night burglary on Billy Road off Highway 19 near the Aiken and Edgefield County line ended in gunfire and the suspect fleeing the residence armed with a stolen .38 caliber handgun around midnight Monday. Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey, Sheriff’s Deputies, Johnston and Edgefield Police, and Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to the burglary and responded to the area.
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Gaffney killer shot dead, McCormick Authorities seek three in Monday shooting
web posted July 7, 2009
WEBNEWS – Shortly after the news of a shooting in McCormick County surfaced on Monday, major and local news outlets began reporting that the Gaffney serial killer was shot to death in a confrontation with North Carolina Police. Though the news of the Patrick Burris, 41, being shot to death by officers investigating a burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, N.C., 30 miles from where the killing spree started June 27, only EdgefieldDaily.com was covering the shooting incident in nearby McCormick County.
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School District announces new principals, Chief Financial Officer (Photos)
web posted July 7, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School Board has announced three new hires including a new principal at Merriwether Elementary, another at JET Middle School, and a new Chief Financial Officer. All three new hires were approved by unanimous votes. The School Board approved Mr. Wayne Marchant as Principal of Merriwether Elementary School and Ms. Heidi Faber Kerns, CMA as Chief Financial Officer at a meeting held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Mr. Stephen Hampton of Spartanburg, SC has been tapped as Principal of Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School at the May 26, 2009 meeting.
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Edgefield hires new police officer, hears from Hospital CEO
web posted July 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Pro Tem John Ellis was at the helm of the town’s monthly council meeting with Mayor Ken Durham being out of town and Councilman Rev. Lloyd absent. The only speaker, Pat Robinson, CEO of the Edgefield County Hospital, was excited to be the “Visitor of the Month” so she could tell the many great things that are going on at ECH. “I don’t think everybody realizes how many services we actually do provide right here in town,” Mrs. Robinson said.
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Edgefield Mayor invites bikers to visit town and county (Photo)
web posted July 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield and Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham have been highlighted in Carolina Chrome, a free biker magazine in the Carolina’s. Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham invited Tommy Lee, the magazine’s Publisher, to Edgefield for a visit. The subsequent visit ended in an article that is featured in the July edition under “Road Trips” with a picture of the county courthouse and Mayor Durham on his Harley.
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Local Youth Get Feet Wet with Ecology (Photo)
web posted July 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Twenty-one youths from the Women in Unity Summer Enrichment Camp learned, laughed and had a great time stomping around Turkey Creek during the More Kids in the Woods Creek Stomp, hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation and funded by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.
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3rd Congressional District candidate opines on Gov. Sanford
web posted July 7, 2009
Dear Editor,
“There are moral absolutes, and . . .God's law indeed is there to protect you from yourself, and there are consequences if you breach that." –Governor Mark Sanford. I cannot recall a more painful public admission of adultery in my lifetime. Not only has Governor Sanford and his family suffered, the people of South Carolina have felt betrayal and embarrassment as well. Although I am saddened by the spectacle, I believe something good can yet come out of this.
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Senator Tom Davis Appointed To Port Oversight Committee
web posted July 7, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler announced today that he has recommended State Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) for appointment to the State Ports Authority Legislative Oversight Committee.  The 10-member legislative committee was recently created with the passage of the port-restructuring bill to help ensure stability and efficiency in state ports operations.
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Sheriff’s Office launches search for missing woman (Photos)
web posted July 6, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A late night 911 call started an exhaustive search for a missing woman Saturday night at the Forks Area Trail System on Woodlawn Road. Emergency Dispatchers received the call at 11:18 pm with a man, his wife, and another couple reporting finding a silver Nissan parked with no one around and then heard frightening screams of a woman coming from the woods. The man making the 911 call said the screams were those of a woman in fear.
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Trenton woman injured in 4-wheeler mishap
web posted July 6, 2009
TRENTON – A 21-year-old Trenton woman was critically injured in a 4-wheeler incident on the 400 block of Vann Road Saturday evening. While attending a July 4th celebration, the woman was reportedly riding the 4-wheeler when she, “fell off”, and suffered a severe head injury. Edgefield County EMS and Sheriff’s Deputies raced to the scene. A short time later the call for a helicopter was made to transport the injured woman.
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Edgefield Celebrates 200 years of Edgefield Pottery
web posted July 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – On Sunday, July 12, 2009, the 200th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Edgefield Pottery Tradition will be celebrated with a program which will be held at Piedmont Technical College’s Edgefield Center.  Jointly sponsored by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, the Edgefield County Historical Society and Piedmont Technical College, the program will begin at 3:00 in the Auditorium in the main building.  In conjunction with this program, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Groundhog Kiln at Piedmont Tech’s Center for Creative Economies Pottery School.
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Public Auction Saturday, July 11
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 6, 2009
RIDGE SPRING -- We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lula Lybrand of Ridge Spring, S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 101 Bomar St., Ridge Spring, S. C. 29129.  This will be a very good sale with many, many vintage items!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Langley: Harold Royce Gross: a true patriot and American
By Carl Langley
web posted July 6, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – With Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats off and running on the wildest spending sprees ever seen in the supposedly civilized world, it’s left to us seniors to recall the days of Harold Royce Gross, a country boy and World War I soldier from Iowa who served in the U.S. Congress for a quarter of a century.
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Wings and Wetlands event set for July 24-25
web posted July 6, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – The 2009 Wings and Wetlands event will take place July 24, 25, and 26 at North Augusta Community Center. It will be the first ecological tourist event highlighting unique wildlife in the region. The organizing committee’s mission is to bring awareness of the unique wildlife in the area by connecting the public to their habitats and also to bring a sustainable eco-tourism event to the region. Through the event, orginizers will provide a deeper understanding to the public of the natural resources, impacts to these habitats, and an increasing awareness of what individual actions everyone can take to protect them.
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Happy 4th of July
web posted July 4, 2009
COUNTY – EdgefieldDaily.com wishes everyone a happy 4th of July as we celebrate freedom unique to the united States of America. 233 years ago our forefathers wrote words that became a beacon of freedom for the world. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Below is the complete Declaration of Independence signed July 4, 1776.
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Letter to the Editor: Gov. Sanford should resign
web posted July 4, 2009
Dear Editor:
As a life long citizen of South Carolina, I would like to say that I whole-heartedly believe that S.C. Governor Mark Sanford should immediately resign from office!
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Public Auction Saturday, July 11
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 4, 2009
RIDGE SPRING -- We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lula Lybrand of Ridge Spring, S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 101 Bomar St., Ridge Spring, S. C. 29129.  This will be a very good sale with many, many vintage items!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!  Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Need last minute recipes for your cookout? Check out the Country Cooking Section
web posted July 4, 2009
Country Cooking

Sen. Massey weighs in on Sanford: “The time has come for him to step down”
web posted July 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) has broken his silence on Governor Mark Sanford’s revelation of an affair telling EdgefieldDaily.com, “The time has come for him to step down.” Sen. Massey said he remained silent on the issue until he had an opportunity to speak directly with Gov. Sanford, which he did on Wednesday. “We had a good talk,” Massey said.
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Limited updates during Fourth of July weekend
web posted July 3, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com will be scaling back news reports during the Fourth of July weekend with only major breaking news, Obituaries, and the Wandering Minds being updated daily. Other sections will be updated sporadically throughout the weekend. Take time to thank those who gave their lives to bring individual freedoms to the United States and those who continue to serve in order to preserve those individual freedoms during the holiday.

Obama Administration Calls for Universal Access to Abortion at U.N. Meeting
web posted July 3, 2009
At United Nations headquarters this week, the Obama administration continued its push for ever increasing access to legal abortion around the world. The Obama team has introduced language that has thrown a high level negotiation into a roil. The US proposal calls for “universal access” to “sexual and reproductive health services including universal access to family planning.” The document under consideration will culminate in the 2009 Annual Ministerial Review, which convenes next week in Geneva.
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Deputy injured in fiery crash while responding to call (Photos)
web posted July 1, 2009 5:20 pm
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy responding to a call of a wreck on Republican Road lost control of his patrol car, hit an embankment, and reportedly was ejected from the car as it burst into flames. An ambulance responding to the first wreck happened upon the deputy lying on the side of the road and began treating him for his injuries.
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Update on condition of deputy injured in crash
web posted July 2, 2009
AUGUSTA – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy injured in a fiery crash Wednesday afternoon was said to be in good condition at the MCG Hospital in Augusta Ga. where he was taken after the crash.
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Bank robbery leaves one dead, two in custody
web posted July 2, 2009
JACKSON – An Aiken County man was shot and killed by a Jackson Police Officer after a high-speed chase following a bank robbery at the First Citizen’s Bank in Jackson around noon Wednesday. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the man as 30-year-old Jelani Edwards of Aiken. He was pronounced dead on the scene after firing at a Jackson Police Officer and the officer returned fire, killing Edwards.
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Johnston Police seek man in shooting incident
web posted July 2, 2009
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are investigating a shooting incident that took place Saturday near the popular John’s Club on Addison Street. According to official reports, a woman called police just after 1 am claiming a man she approached pulled a handgun, pointed it in her chest, then backed up a few feet and fired three shots into the air.
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Buyer has Sheriff’s Office run check before purchase, discovers stolen ATV
web posted July 2, 2009
NORTHSIDE – A Walker Road man who was interested in buying a $4,500 4-wheeler with a friend decided to check with the Sheriff’s Office before making the purchase Tuesday night to assure that the ATV was not stolen. A deputy arrived at the home and ran the vehicle identification number for the prospective buyers. Dispatch radioed back that the ATV was in fact stolen.
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Senate President Glenn McConnell suggests Sanford “Do the right thing”
web posted July 2, 2009
COLUMBIA – SC Senator Glenn McConnell has issued a statement asking Gov. Mark Sanford to “do the right thing”, though he does not directly say that Sanford should resign. “I would beseech the Governor to do the right thing for himself, his family and our state. I believe he knows what the right thing to do is and I hope that he will do what is right."
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July Cake Winner Announced
web posted July 2, 2009
WEBNEWS – The July cake winner is Judy Murrell whose birthday is July 18. The birthday greetings came from her sister.  Ms. Murrell or her sister needs to contact EdgefieldDaily.com before Saturday for instructions on how to receive the free custom cake from Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield. It’s not too late send in your birthday or anniversary wish for July and we are accepting wishes for August. Your loved one is automatically entered into our monthly drawing when the greeting is posted.
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Closings for Friday
web posted July 2, 2009
COUNTY – In observance of Independence Day, July 4, the following offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. All offices will reopen on Monday, July 6.
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Gov. Sanford ignores calls for resignation
web posted July 1, 2009
COLUMBIA – The calls for Governor Mark Sanford to resign continue to mount with Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler and four other senators issuing public statements Tuesday for Sanford to step down. Gov. Sanford said that he does not intend to resign and applauded the inclusion of a SLED investigation into his travel expenses during the time of the affair.
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Candidate questions Fox Creek election process, school’s “insolvency”
web posted July 1, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Susie Stewart, a disenfranchised candidate for the Board of Directors for the Fox Creek Charter High School, has filed a letter with the school board threatening legal action if the elections she says were conducted improperly are not rectified. On Monday night she addressed the school board in an open meeting and expanded her concerns about the problems at the charter school, including the “insolvency” of the school's finances.
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Spill of animal waste by-products closes intersection for second time this year (Photos)
web posted July 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A spill of chicken and pork by-products closed traffic in Edgefield for the second time since April and involved the same company. A Carolina By-Products truck, out of Ward SC, hauling the waste material was traveling through the 4-way stop at Jeter Street, Highway 23, and the Highway 25 Bypass when the spill took place around 8 pm. The spill closed a majority of traffic until midnight as the clean up took place.
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Investigators explore possible connection of suicide victim and local burglaries
web posted July 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators were in Aiken County Tuesday looking over possible stolen property that was recovered when 37-year-old Martin Jarrett took his own life after a standoff with police on Saturday morning in Bath.
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Construction trailers at Fox Creek HS targeted for theft (Photos)
web posted July 1, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The new Fox Creek Charter high school was the location of a theft on Tuesday when workers for Edgefield Construction discovered two of the storage trailers located on the property had been broken into and called the Sheriff’s Office.
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Pastor Williams: Rescued
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted July 1, 2009
RELIGION – This past Sunday morning, I was going into the kitchen to make breakfast. When I entered the room, I noticed something move in a place where nothing should be moving. I looked again in the direction of the movement, and saw nothing unusual. However, in a few moments, I saw it again.
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Public Hearing: Johnston
web posted July 1, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 6:00 PM, Monday, July 13, 2009, Johnston Town Hall to solicit comments on Ordinance No. 2009-03, an ordinance adopting a local hospitality tax on the gross proceeds of the sale of prepared meals and beverages in establishments within the Town of Johnston licensed for on premises consumption of alcoholic beverages, beer or wine.  A copy of the ordinance is available for review at Town Hall, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC.  Citizens are invited to submit written or oral comments.

Barristers Coffee House and Tea Room opens in Edgefield
web posted July 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – When Mary Altalo moved to Edgefield one year ago, she was looking for a place to have a latte and a scone for breakfast one morning and couldn't find one. "I decided if I was going to have to make my own, I might as well make enough for the whole town," she said.
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Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Well represented at State Convention (Photo)
web posted July 1, 2009
RIDGE SPRING – The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Chapter had a busy State Convention this year at Clemson University June 10 - 12. During the first session, Sally Yon received recognition for receiving three scholarships to assist her financially with her education at Clemson: the Hilton V. Rogers Scholarship, the South Carolina Young Farmer Scholarship, and a National FFA Scholarship sponsored by Monsanto.
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