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July 2011 Archive


Bettis Academy Man Arrested for Rape of Teen
web posted July 30, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy man has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct for the alleged rape of a teenage girl early Wednesday morning. Stanley Survell Rolland, 47, was taken into custody within hours of the incident and booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center. According to records, he has a large tattoo on his chest that reads "Thug Life".
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Congressman Duncan Speaks Out on Budget Control Act
web posted July 30, 2011
Washington, DC – Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the passage of the Speaker’s debt limit plan, the Budget Control Act, which narrowly passed on a vote of 218-210 Friday. Duncan voted against the plan.
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Safety Checkpoint Leads to Arrest, Suspected Drugs Seized
web posted July 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A vehicle safety checkpoint conducted by Edgefield Police late Thursday night landed one man in jail on charges of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. After being unable to provide a current valid insurance card, and officer's reporting a strong odor of marijuana, the man was asked to pull over to the side of the road.
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Johnston Home Target of Break-In
web posted July 29, 2011
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman's brother called Johnston Police after he checked on his sister's home and found the back door kicked in and was unsure if anyone was still inside. A Sheriff's Deputy arrived a short time later and the two officers cleared the home and found no one inside.
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Gang Tagging Appears in Merriwether
web posted July 29, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Murrah Forest Drive resident called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday night to report gang messages being spray painted on the sign at the entrance of the neighborhood. Although there have been vandalism reports in the Merriwether area over the years, a search of our database showed this to be the first "gang tagging" in the peaceful community.
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Loftis Announces Audit of State Treasurer’s Office
web posted July 29, 2011
COLUMBIA – State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced his office has engaged the independent accounting firm Elliott Davis to begin an immediate two part audit of the Agency. The first phase will be an audit of the financial statements of the State Treasurer’s Office, as of June 30, 2011. Such funds have not been independently audited since 1988. 
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Online Learning: A Solution for South Carolina
By Jameson Taylor, Ph.D.
web posted July 29, 2011

GUEST COLUMN – Imagine a public education system able to provide access to high-quality instruction, regardless of where a student lives. Imagine schools able to give individualized instruction to potential dropouts. Or course offerings that encourage students to master their studies, instead of simply show up for class. In fact, this vision for the state’s public school system already exists; it’s called online learning.
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SRR Donates $10,000 For Nuclear Training at Aiken Technical College
web posted July 29, 2011
AIKEN – Savannah River Remediation (SRR) is helping Aiken Technical College’s new nuclear quality control program by providing $10,000 for curriculum development. According to Dave Olson, SRR president and project manager, “Savannah River Remediation is pleased to step forward to help ATC get this program off the ground successfully. In these times of austere budgets, we know this gift will aid their work to train students in this important nuclear area.”
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Thieves Target Peach Stands for Burglary
web posted July 28, 2011
COUNTY – Peach stands have been targeted for burglary recently with the third reported this month on Tuesday morning. Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Younce Peach stand located on Highway 25 at Bogus Hill when a worker arrived and discovered the crime.
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Shepeard Community Blood Drives In Edgefield Friday
web posted July 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Shepeard Community Blood Center will be holding two blood drive this Friday in Edgefield. With blood donations down during the summer months, and needs rising, now is a great time to give the gift of life.
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STH Pressure Cooker About to Blow Up
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 28, 2011

COLUMN – Some elected and appointed officials underestimate the public's views, concerns, and in some cases their intellect. The formal announcement of the removal of Matthew Schilit as Principal at Strom Thurmond has reverberated far beyond the walls of the halls of the school. Reader comments repeatedly say "everybody knew" what was allegedly taking place and the School District and the School Board is doing their dead-set best to put a lid on the boiling pot.
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The Dixie Swim Club next to hit the Edgefield Stage
web posted July 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Five friends. One special place. A half-century of memories. The women of the Pemberton College swim team have celebrated their friendship the same way every August -- by gathering at a beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks for a weekend of unbridled conversation, strong martinis and group swims. Through the trials and triumphs of lives well-lived, their devotion to each other has grown only stronger over 50 years together.
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One Arrested in Shooting Incident
web posted July 27, 2011
COUNTY – A Ridge Road man has been arrested and charged in connection to a shooting incident on Murrah Road over the weekend. Marcus Avin Mims, 21, was booked on charges of pointing and presenting firearm at person and disorderly conduct following the reported shooting that appears to have been related to the victim giving a sworn statement which implicated one of Mims' family members in a burglary.
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Religion: Big Words 9 - Hedonism
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 27, 2011
RELIGION – Today’s big word is Hedonism. Now, as a philosophical word it means living life in the total pursuit of happiness. Hedonism is also evidently a resort in the Caribbean, where evidently clothes are optional. Honestly, the thought of sand and sunburn without britches on is just uncomfortable! But we are not speaking of either of these things. I want us to look at hedonism as foundational for the life of a Christian. 
That is living life with the aim of finding out greatest joy and happiness in God.
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Congressman Duncan Issues Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Plan
web posted July 27, 2011
NATION – South Carolina Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling plan:
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Accused Kidnapper Facing up to 120 Years in Prison
web posted July 26, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office released their formal charges against 46-year-old Mike Maxwell for the frightening and brutal attack and kidnapping that took place on Red Hill Road Saturday night. And with four major felony warrants issued on Monday, each charge carries 30 years behind bars, and one can carry a life sentence, if convicted.
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Kayaks Stolen from Merriwether home
web posted July 26, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Townes Road woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's office Saturday afternoon to report three kayaks had been stolen from her property. The total value of the kayaks was reported at $1,050 or $350 apiece.
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Town of Johnston Equipment for Sale: Sealed Bids Accepted until August 3
web posted July 26, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston has the following property for sale:
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GLEAMNS Head Start Accepting Applications for 2011 – 2012 School Year
web posted July 26, 2011
COUNTY-PSA – GLEAMNS Head Start is accepting applications for the 2011 – 2012 school year. To be eligible for Head Start, children must be 3 years old on or before September 1, 2011.
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Women in Unity "Youth Explosion" July 30
web posted July 26, 2011
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Join us Saturday July 30th as W.I.U. and Trinity Community Church presents the Edgefield Countywide Youth Explosion at the Edgefield Soccer Field on 696 Mims Street in Edgefield, SC!!! For more information contact 803-637-2010.

Husband Attacked, Wife Kidnapped, Suspect in Jail
web posted July 24, 2011
WESTSIDE – A young couple arriving to relax in the Red Hill Road home they recently purchased turned into a nightmare in a matter of moments around 10 pm Saturday. Unknown to them, a man was hiding in a closet where the home's breaker box was located. The man cut off the power, and when the husband opened the door to check the breakers, the man attacked him with what is believed to be a tire iron and beat him repeatedly in the head and then kidnapped his wife.
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County Administrator Answers: Is Your County Tax Bill Going Up?
By Roger LeDuc : Interim Edgefield County Administrator
web posted July 25, 2011
COUNTY – Nobody wants to pay more taxes. However, the recent property assessments mailed in the past few weeks have some citizens understandably concerned. But I want to separate some fact from fiction so everyone at least understands what the assessments are, how they were done and what they mean.
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Patricia Morris One of Ten Teachers Selected for National SSP Fellowship
web posted July 25, 2011
WASHINGTON DC – The ten teachers selected in March as part of Society for Science & the Public’s (SSP) 2011 class of the SSP Fellowship, including Patricia Morris of Edgefield County, South Carolina will attend the Fellows Institute this week in Washington, DC. The Fellows Institute provides intensive training to teachers and enables each Fellow to earn graduate level credit for their work.
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Letter to the Editor: Residents Unhappy With Progress on Red Oak Grove Bridge
web posted July 25, 2011
Dear Editor,
Does anyone know when the bridge over Gundy Creek on Red Oak Grove Road will be repaired and opened? Today (Sunday) my husband and I arrived home from church to find our mailbox laying in the ditch at the side of the road.
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South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Officials to Address Edgefield County Alliance
web posted July 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – On Monday, August 1st , 2011, the Edgefield County Alliance will host its monthly meeting at 7:30 am at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus.  Everyone interested in learning about plans and issues which affect Edgefield County is invited to attend.  Breakfast will be served.  A small donation of $3 - $5 is suggested to help cover the cost.  The speakers for this meeting will be Ms. Michelle McCollum, Director of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and Ms. Elizabeth Harm, Director of Field Development for the Corridor in the Upstate Regions 1 and 2.
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Duncan Works to Reform Foreign Aid
web posted July 25, 2011
Washington, DC – This week, freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced multiple amendments to the FY12 Foreign Relations Authorization Act that passed the full House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Each of the amendments passed and were adopted into the final version of the bill that passed out of the full committee late Thursday evening.
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Edgefield County Republican Party Reminds of Membership Renewals
web posted July 25, 2011
PSA – The Edgefield County Republican Party is reminding current county party members, and those wishing to join, that it is time for membership dues to be paid. Membership dues run from July 1 until June 30 of each year. Membership forms are available at the Edgefield County Republican Party website.

Man Critically Injured in Crash Air-Lifted to MCG
web posted July 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A single car crash Friday morning left the driver critically injured and being flown to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta. Edgefield County EMS and Merriwether Firefighters were called to the scene on Currytown Road when callers to 911 stated the driver was trapped inside of the mangled minivan after hitting a tree around 11 am.
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Fox Creek Charter School Vandalized
web posted July 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek Baseball Coach Robert Brown arrived at the school's baseball field on Thursday evening and found a storage building broken into and spray paint stolen used to paint vulgarities on the storage building and the home dugout at the ball field.
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Leonard Lane Home Found Burglarized
web posted July 23, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A man noticed a window broken at a home on Leonard Lane Thursday afternoon and called the Sheriff's Office to investigate. Once deputies arrived on the scene they cleared the home and found no one inside.
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Edgefield County Students Make President's, Dean's, and Merit Lists at PTC
web posted July 23, 2011
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2011 spring semester have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full-time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.
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Headline Reports and Updates Delayed until Saturday
web posted July 22, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily is closed today and will resume normal publication on Saturday, July 23.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Expands at Aiken County Plant: Will Add 122 New Jobs
web posted July 21, 2011
AIKEN – Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Aiken County and the Economic Development Partnership today announced that Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) will expand its facility in Aiken County.
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Car Hits Farming Tractor, Bursts into Flames
web posted July 21, 2011
JOHNSTON – At least two people were injured Wednesday morning when a car slammed into the back of a farm tractor pulling a sprayer on highway 23 at the Edgefield and Saluda County line. Johnston and Saluda Fire Departments were called to the scene when the car burst into flames after the crash.
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Edgefield man Charged in snatching 82-Year-Old Woman's Purse
web posted July 21, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A 19-year-old Edgefield man has been arrested for stealing the purse of an 82-year-old woman while she was getting gas on Monday in downtown Edgefield. Tobias Demetrist Johnson, of Brooks Street, was identified after Edgefield Police reviewed surveillance video of the store and the parking lot and spotted Johnson reach into the car and remove the purse while the woman was distracted by another man.
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Edgefield Dixie Youth All Stars Out of Tournament Play
By John Brown
web posted July 21, 2011

JOHNSTON – The road to a District Championship ended here Wednesday night with the Edgefield Dixie Youth All Stars falling to Laurens 12-2. Edgefield entered the contest with a 3 and 1 tournament record and looking to punch their ticket to the South Carolina Dixie Youth State Tournament. It was a familiar place for Manager Robbie Harter and seven members of his squad who finished second to eventual District 3 Champion Saluda last season.
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Man Reports Daytime Burglary on Rainbow Falls Road
web posted July 21, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A 67-year-old Rainbow Falls Road man notified the Sheriff's Office of a burglary after arriving home around 2 pm Tuesday and found the rear door of the home "forced open". A Sheriff's Deputy arrived a few minutes later and cleared the home finding no one inside. A short time later the deputy requested and investigator respond to process the home for evidence.
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Letter to Editor: Writer Seeks "Leader" in Fight Against Assessor's Increased Property Values
web posted July 21, 2011
Dear Editor,
I, like everyone else was stunned at the reassessment of my property in Edgefield County. For example, I bought a piece of land full of gullies and a beaver swamp 10 months ago for $1220 per acre for hunting purposes in a depressed market, land prices have fallen more since then. Would you believe the assessment is about twice that according to the Tax  Assessor?
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HVAC Unit Stolen From Ruby Road Home
web posted July 21, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Thefts of HVAC units continue in the county, this time from a home on Ruby Road on Tuesday afternoon. The owner of the home, which is used as rental property, reported arriving around 4 pm and finding the entire HVAC unit gone and called the Sheriff's Office.
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Schilit Removed as STH Principal
web posted July 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School Principal Matthew T. Schilit has been removed from his position and has been reassigned to the Adult Education Department as of Friday, the School District confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. Assistant Principal Jill W. Jett will assume the duties of Interim Principal at Strom Thurmond High School effective immediately. A carefully worded press release was issued Tuesday evening following a second called meeting of the school board since Friday.
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Bettis Academy Home Burglarized
web posted July 20, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy woman and her daughter returned home Monday morning to discover the back door had been kicked in and their flat screen TV was missing and called the Sheriff’s Office. Fortunately the woman had the make, model and serial number for the television making it traceable if located or pawned.
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Edgefield Dixie Youth Major League All Stars Advance to District 3 Championship
By John Brown
web posted July 20, 2011

JOHNSTON – For the second year in a row the Edgefield Dixie Youth Major League All Stars will compete for the District 3 Championship after a thrilling 6-5, come from behind win over Clinton. After being dominated by the Clinton team on Monday night, Manager Robbie Harter knew his team would have to overcome not only the Clinton pitching staff but the memories of a 15-3 loss as well. "Our coaching staff really challenged the team to come here tonight and show Clinton what type of team Edgefield really is."
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Duncan Votes for Cut, Cap, and Balance: Obama Vows to Veto
web posted July 20, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan voted for the conservative spending reform bill backed by Senator Jim DeMint, Governor Nikki Haley, and conservative Tea Party activists known as Cut, Cap, and Balance. The Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal that passed the House is a three-step plan to solve the debt crisis by permanently changing how Washington spends money.
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Religion: Big Words 8: Sola Fide
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 20, 2011
RELIGION – I’ve only stood before a judge once in my life. I had rear-ended a car and been charged with driving too fast for conditions. It was raining and as most sixteen year olds, I was not paying the attention I should have been, and I nailed the car in front of me. I went and sat in court for half a day by myself. I was guilty. That was not even up for debate in my mind, but I had been told if I appeared before the judge I could receive fewer points taken off my license and maybe a reduced fine.
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Donations for Janet Coleman Benefit Remains Open for 30 Days
web posted July 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Donations can still be made for the Janet Coleman Benefit for the next 30 days. Donations can be made at the Wachovia Bank in Edgefield, Edgefield Town Hall or contact Sharon Davis at 480-0218. Mrs. Coleman succumbed to her battle with cancer on July 10, the day following the benefit held on her behalf.

Star Wars Lands in Edgefield
web posted July 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Movie Night on the Square held by the Edgefield Community Development Association and sponsored by Edgefield Daily over the weekend was a big success. The weather was perfect and cooler temperatures brought a larger crowd out to see the original Star Wars movie. Some of the local children participated in coming as their favorite Star Wars character including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vadar, and Storm Troopers.
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Area Scouts closer than ever to grand re-opening of Penn St. building
web posted July 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – On Saturday, July 9, local Scouts gathered donations on the Edgefield Square to help pay for much needed repairs to their building on Penn Street, the cornerstone project in the revitalization of the Scouts in the county. And judging by the response the youngsters received that day (and since), the area is full of supporters.
“Out there on the Square these kids raised $480,” said Adam Fay, who is heading up the local effort to rejuvenate the Scouts in Edgefield County.
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False Alarm Calls Could Cost Property Owners $25
web posted July 19, 2011
COUNTY – With the passage of an amendment to the false alarm call ordinance next month, the county will begin billing residents, business owners, and even churches, if deputies are required to come out to numerous false alarm calls. Each location will be allowed to have a deputy respond to an alarm for free twice each quarter and, after that, the owner will be fined $25 for each additional false call.
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Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Edgefield
web posted July 19, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A wanted fugitive was apprehended in Edgefield over the weekend after the man walked out of the woods acting suspicious. An Edgefield Police Officer was on patrol Friday night on Bauskett Street when he saw the man emerge from the woods acting as if he was injured - and when approached turned and began "pulling and tugging on his pants". As it turned out, the man had five outstanding felony warrants in Missouri and Nevada, including burglary of churches.
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Laymen's Targeted Again for Burglary
web posted July 19, 2011
COUNTY – In the past three months Laymen's Nurseries has been targeted three times as the intended victim of serious crimes. On Sunday it was that someone broke into one of the buildings on Edgefield Road and made off with almost $7,500 worth of equipment. Last month $25,000 in golf carts were stolen and in May over $30,000 worth of forged payroll checks were cashed in Trenton and Johnston.
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Edgefield Major League All Stars sufferes first defeat of the District 3 Tournament
By John Brown
web posted July 19, 2011

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield Major League All Stars suffered their first defeat of the District 3 Tournament here Monday night, dropping a 15-4 decision to Clinton. This would mark the second meeting of the tournament for the two teams, with Edgefield taking a 4-3 win in the initial contest. Now, three teams have one loss each in the double elimination tournament.
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Johnston Taking Bids on Property, Vehicles, and Equipment
web posted July 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston has the following property for sale:
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Women in Unity "Youth Explosion" July 30
web posted July 19, 2011
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Join us Saturday July 30th as W.I.U. and Trinity Community Church presents the Edgefield Countywide Youth Explosion at the Edgefield Soccer Field on 696 Mims Street in Edgefield, SC!!! For more information contact 803-637-2010.

Resident Comes Face-to-Face With Intruder
web posted July 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A 19-year-old Edgefield man called 911 after entering the front door of the home he shares with two others on Gray Street and found himself face to face with an intruder around 2:45 Sunday afternoon when he returned home from work. The intruder turned and ran out the back door as the resident ran out the front and called police.
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Sports: Edgefield All Stars Capture Exciting Win in Tournament Play
By J. Brown
web posted July 18, 2011

SPORTS – In what is being described by many as one of the best Dixie Youth baseball games played in years in Edgefield County, the Edgefield Dixie Youth All Stars took a thrilling 6-5 win over a heavily favored Laurens team here Sunday night.  Both teams entered the contest undefeated and knowing all too well that the winner of the game would have the inside track to the District Championship.
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Letter to the Editor: Homeowner Challenges Reassessment Values
web posted July 18, 2011
Dear Editor,
I have had my house in Johnston for sale for thousands less than the new assessed taxable value assigned in yesterday’s mail. I have had it for sale for 2 years and have not had a firm offer. I bought the house for $200,000 at the height of the real estate bubble, and now with the economic down turn and real estate crash, I am sadly resigned that it will finally sell for less than my initial purchase price despite thousands of dollars from my pocket maintaining and improving this over 100 year old house!
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Colliers Man Reports Daytime Burglary
web posted July 16, 2011
COLLIERS – A Sprouse Road man arrived home from work Thursday afternoon to discover his home had been burglarized and called the Sheriff's Office. The seventh home burglarized in the county in the past two weeks, with most of them in the Merriwether and Westside communities.
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Woman Claims "the Lord" Assaulted Husband, Not Her
web posted July 16, 2011
COUNTY LINE – "The Devil made me do it," excuse has obviously outlived its use and now the good Lord is responsible. An Old Macedonia Road man called the Sheriff's Office to report being attacked by his knife-wielding wife that left him with minor injuries, after he was able to escape the attack Thursday night. When the woman was confronted about her husband's injuries she stated "the Lord did it".
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Edgefield Daily Suspending Reporting for Two Days Next Week
web posted July 16, 2011
NEWS – Edgefield Daily will suspend all reporting, columns, contributors, and comments beginning on Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24. Comments to the Wandering Minds Section may be posted for Saturday, July 23.
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Edgefield Major League All Stars Record Win in Tournament Play
By J. Brown
web posted July 16, 2011

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield Major League All Star team got things started with a victory here Friday in a thrilling 4-3 win over Clinton. Playing in the first game of the District 3 Tournament, Edgefield would send Kashawn Johnson to the mound for the start. The 12 year old right hander would not disappoint, pitching 3 innings, allowing only 1 hit while walking 3 and striking out 8.
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Star Wars Featured in 4th Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square Tonight
web reposted July 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 4th Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday July 16, 2011. Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of “Star Wars”, sponsored by Edgefield Daily. 
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Robertson Guilty in Brutal Armed Robbery at the "PK": 40 Years in Prison
web posted July 15, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The man responsible for the brutal beating and armed robbery of 84-year-old Carol Knight at the PK Restaurant on February 16 of this year is heading back to prison, and probably for the rest of his life. Circuit Court Judge Edward Cunningham sentenced 48-year-old Leroy Robertson to forty years in prison and calling his crime "heinous" and "despicable".
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Town Councilman Burton Guilty of Assault and Disorderly Conduct
web posted July 15, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Johnston Town Councilman Tommy Burton entered a plea of not guilty for the charges of assault and battery in the third degree and disorderly conduct issued to him following an incident involving his assaulting a young family member in his back yard while allegedly intoxicated on July 3rd. Chief Magistrate Brenda Carpenter presided over the case that ended with Burton being found guilty on both counts after the hour long trial.
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Shooting of Family Pet Under Investigation
web posted July 15, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Currytown Station subdivision Wednesday evening after a family pet being cared for by a neighbor was shot and killed. A witness told a responding deputy that the black lab was simply walking along the edge of the pond when it was shot for no reason at all. The dog was rushed to the vet but later died from the gunshot wound.
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Road Rage Incident Results in Felony Stop
web posted July 14, 2011
COUNTY – A Clearwater woman and her passenger called 911 to report a man stopping in the middle of Highway 25 near Trenton and getting out and pointing a pistol at them and then speeding way Tuesday evening. Sheriff's Deputies began to converge on the area and called North Augusta Police to monitor the county line in case the driver was able to get by them.
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Area Teen Injured in Rollover Crash
web posted July 14, 2011
WESTSIDE – An area teen was taken to MCG Hospital to be treated for injuries she received after loosing control of the pickup truck she was driving on Garrett Road shortly after 2 pm Wednesday. Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, and Highway Patrol were summoned to the scene at the bridge on Lloyd Creek.
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County Council Chairman Campbell's July Edgefield County Update
Industry Still Considering Edgefield County for Location
By EC Council Chairman Dean Campbell
web posted July 14, 2011

COUNTY – The County Council has now hired a person to fill the newly created position of Assistant Administrator/Finance Director: Lynn Strom. Many of you may know Lynn, a native of the area. She is a graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, and has degrees from USC Aiken and USC Columbia. She has been the Edgefield County Finance Director for 6 years. 
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Crest Vue Townhomes Accepting Applications This Week
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 14, 2011

EDGEFIELD – Crest Vue Townhomes, the newest community in Edgefield, will be accepting application on Thursday, July 14th from 9:00 - 2:00. You may come to the office on property on Crest Road and complete the application there. Please bring  a picture ID (drivers license) social security card. A $25.00 required application fee will be collected at that time as well (cash or money  order only). We are anticipating leasing to begin in July.

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint Announces 2012 Presidential Forum to be Held in Columbia, South Carolina on Labor Day
web posted July 14, 2011
COLUMBIA – U.S. Senator Jim DeMint has announced a Presidential Forum – The Palmetto Freedom Forum – to feature the top Republican candidates for President.  The Forum is being sponsored by the American Principles Project and will take place on the afternoon of Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2011) in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. South Carolina ETV will broadcast this innovative event live on the South Carolina channel. 
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Doctors Hospital Burn Center Receives Designation
web posted July 14, 2011
AUGUSTA – Doctors Hospital is pleased to announce that the Joseph M. Still Burn Center is formally recognized as a participant in the Georgia Trauma Network as a designated Burn Center. This designation makes the burn center part of the Georgia Trauma Care Network, a group of hospitals and medical centers statewide with the resources to care for the most traumatically injured patients.
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Deputy Assaulted During Arrest of Suspected Drunk Driver
web posted July 13, 2011
TRENTON – A report of a possible drunk driver ended with the deputy involved calling for emergency backup due to having to fight the driver of the vehicle around 7:30 pm Monday. The deputy spotted the suspected driver at the Pine House intersection and conducted a traffic stop at the Trenton Carwash. When the deputy attempted to take the driver into custody the man punched the deputy in the face and fled on foot with the deputy chasing.
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Brewers Struck Again for Metal Thefts
web posted July 13, 2011
TRENTON – For the fourth time this year, and the second time in a week, Brewers Scrap Metal was the target of yet another theft of scrap metal early Monday morning. When workers arrived they noticed about $600 in various parts missing. A review of the video surveillance footage showed a black male taking the items stating at 1:40 am and continued until 2:15 am.
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Religion - Big Words 7: Vivification
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 13, 2011
RELIGION – We come to our next big word of the week: Vivification. It is antithetical to our word two weeks ago, mortification. Whereas mortification was putting to death sin in your life, vivification is being made alive in the grace of God! Vivification is a great, yet neglected truth of our faith.
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Lively Discussion at Johnston Town Council Meeting
web posted July 13, 2011
JOHNSTON – In a short meeting Monday featuring a limited agenda, members of Johnston Town Council considered a few minor items and heard from an irate resident on what she claimed was a “corrupt” police department at work. But before the meeting could even begin, during the approval of the agenda, Councilman Tommy Burton began referring to a media report by an unnamed agency on how many years Chief Chris Aston had actually served the town.
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Star Wars Featured in 4th Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square Saturday July 16
web reposted July 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 4th Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday July 16, 2011. Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of “Star Wars”, sponsored by Edgefield Daily. 
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Crest Vue Townhomes Accepting Applications This Week
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web posted July 13, 2011

EDGEFIELD – Crest Vue Townhomes, the newest community in Edgefield, will be accepting  application on Thursday, July 14th from 9:00 - 2:00.  You may come to the office on property on Crest Road and complete the application there. Please bring  a picture ID (drivers license) social security card. A $25.00 required application fee will be collected at that time as well (cash or money  order only). We are anticipating leasing to begin in July.

EDYB Major League All Stars Seek Wins in Tournament
web posted July 13, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Major League All Stars begin their quest to capture a District title this Friday afternoon in Johnston, with a 4:00 pm contest against Clinton. The team, comprised of 11 and 12 year old players has been practicing for almost 3 weeks and according to Manager Robbie Harter is loose and relaxed.
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Murrah Forrest Home Targeted for Theft
web posted July 13, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The number of burglaries continue to rise recently and Monday added to that growing number. A Murrah Forrest man called the Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon to report finding his home broken into and the inside of the home ransacked.
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Bettis Academy Home Burglarized Monday
web posted July 13, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Sandy Springs home was discovered being broken into Monday morning when a family member went to check on the home of a deceased relative and found a back window broken out. The man left and went to his home a short distance down the street and had his wife call to report the crime. By the time he returned minutes later a front window was found broken out.
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Daytime Burglary of Edgefield Residence
web posted July 12, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman arrived at her Rabbit Trail home Friday afternoon to discover the front door to the home kicked in and the home burglarized and called 911. A Sheriff's Investigator arrived a short time later and found no one inside the home.
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HVAC Unit, Tools Reported Stolen From Merriwether Home
web posted July 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A former Hickory Drive man approached a deputy responding to a different call around 11 pm Sunday evening and informed him that his previous home, which had been foreclosed on about a week earlier, was targeted by thieves. In all, the items stolen totaled $4,300 in value and included the home's HVAC unit.
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Birth Announcement: Brian Alan Miller
web posted July 12, 2011
BIRTH – Joseph Alan and Amy Lynn Miller of Johnston welcomed their newest son Brian Alan Miller this Monday at 8:33 am weighing in at 7lb 10oz and 20 inches long.  Sherrie Lynn Taylor is that Maternal Grandmother and Anna Lea Barrett is the Maternal Great Grandmother, both of Johnston. Little Brian shares his first name with his Paternal Grandfather Brian Gale Miller of Morrisvale, West Virginia. 
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Mother Dog and Puppies Found Abandoned, Three Dead
web posted July 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Hickory Drive woman notified the Sheriff's Office after finding seven puppies and the mother dog at a home nearby on Thursday. Three of the puppies were dead due to malnutrition and there was no food or water for the dogs. The home was vacant and the past resident left the dogs behind when he moved, a report indicated.
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Caller's Tip Takes Suspected Drunk Driver Off the Road
web posted July 12, 2011
COUNTY LINE – The Sheriff's Office Dispatchers received a call from On Star stating that a driver was reporting a white Crown Victoria traveling southbound on Highway 25 Sunday evening was "all over the road". Fortunately a deputy was close by and was able to get behind the car and monitor his driving before making a traffic stop. The driver, at first, refused to stop for the blue lights and siren.
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Trenton Man Arrested for Armed Robbery Jailed Again in Charleston After Manhunt
web posted July 11, 2011
CHARLESTON – An Edgefield County man who ran from Deputies and fought with them while armed in March of this year for an armed robbery warrant is behind bars again. This time for being a party to ramming the gate at the US Coast Guard Station in downtown Charleston. Trenton native James Van Deese, 20, was arrested along with Christopher Coward, who was the driver of the vehicle used to ram the gate.
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New Assistant Administrator/Finance Director Selected: Salary Released
By Roger LeDuc, Edgefield County Administrator
web posted July 11, 2011

EDGEFIELD – On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, County Council unanimously selected Lynn Strom for the newly created position of Assistant Administrator/Finance Director. She was one of only four persons interviewed, out of the 31 excellent applications for the position. Lynn is a lifelong resident of Edgefield County, a graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, has earned her Master’s degree from the USC Columbia and worked for Edgefield County as the Finance Director for the past six years.
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Parking Wars: Alleged Criminals vs Edgefield Business Owners
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 11, 2011

COLUMN – Every three months residents and business owners located in downtown Edgefield feel the pressures of the antiquated processes of General Sessions Court being held at the County Courthouse. Every person on the docket (nearly 250) is required to appear starting Monday. With very limited parking finding a space to park to shop or eat lunch is going to be difficult, if not nearly impossible in the downtown area.
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Next Edgefield County Newsletter Coming July 13
web posted July 11, 2011
COUNTY – The next Edgefield County Update, a newsletter that discusses County government business, will be issued July 13, 2011, and posted on the Edgefield County Government website and Edgefield Daily. In addition, it will be emailed to those who want to receive it.
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Found Dog: Brunson's Crossroads
web posted July 11, 2011
NORTHSIDE – Found Dog off Plum Branch Rd, near Brunson's Crossroads: Male Corgi - lemon/white with a collar, Friendly. Email spanieltrainer@yahoo.com or call 803- 637-2007. Click on picture for a larger view. Reported found on Saturday, July 10.

Scrap Metal Dealer Targeted for Third Time
web posted July 9, 2011
TRENTON – The Brewer Scrap Iron business on Woodyard Road in Trenton has been targeted for metal theft for the third time since December. The theft was discovered Thursday morning after several items were discovered missing and the Sheriff's Office was notified. After reviewing the video surveillance footage, the scope of the theft grew larger.
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Wanted Sex Offenders in Custody
web posted July 9, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Two wanted sex offenders are in custody with one being arrested and the second turning himself in at the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. Charles Dozier, 34, and Robert Hill Jr., 50 are both currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center with one facing mandatory prison time for failing to register. Warrants for their arrests were issued on Friday of last week.
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Guest Opinion: Low spending, low taxes? Don’t be fooled
web posted July 9, 2011
By Ashley Landess
GUEST COLUMN  -- Legislative leaders are busy spinning their new budget as “fiscally conservative.”  Taxpayers shouldn’t be fooled.  What’s really true? At around $22 billion, this year’s budget is the largest in state history.  Spending grew by almost $1 billion.  Lawmakers funded much of state government with hidden taxes through fees.  More than one-third of state government is paid for with federal dollars that come with heavy mandates and costs for SC taxpayers.
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Plum Branch Road Home Burglarized
web posted July 8, 2011
WESTSIDE – A Plum Branch Road man called the Sheriff's Office around noon Wednesday to report that his house had been burglarized. The man told a Sheriff's Investigator that he was unaware of the burglary until he went inside to get a gun to shoot a snake that was in his yard and they were all missing. According to a report filed by the investigator, entry was made into the home through a back door using a screwdriver or a knife.
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Westside Woman reports Someone Tampering with Water Supply
web posted July 8, 2011
WESTSIDE – A woman on the 2700 block of Highway 23 West called the Sheriff's office early Thursday morning to report suspecting that someone had tampered with her home's water supply. The woman stated she washed some clothes and then took a shower and discovered the water was red and that it had left her clothes with a reddish tint.
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County Selling Excess Cars, Trucks, Equipment Online
web posted July 8, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield County is selling off excess vehicles and equipment online at the popular GovDeals.com website. Currently there are 20 items listed for bidding from used Sheriff's Patrol cars, trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment.  
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Part-time Local Reporter Wanted
web posted July 8, 2011
NEWS – Edgefield Daily is seeking a local part-time reporter to cover local events and government meetings including the Edgefield County School Board. Prior writing experience is preferred and a writing sample will be required. For more information about the position please contact us here.

Letter to the Editor: Standardized Test Cheating in Edgefield, can it happen here?
web posted July 8, 2011
Dear Editor,
I used to be the NJROTC instructor at STHS several years ago.  During that time, I had two senior students who had expressed interest in an officer commissioning program (ROTC scholarship).  To qualify, an applicant had to take either the SAT or ACT exam.  That score (plus many other qualifications) would be factored in as to whether the student would qualify and receive a scholarship to attend a 4 year college and receive an officer's commission. 
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Edgefield Senior Center Hosting Quilting Class
web posted July 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Senior Center is offering beginning Quilt Classes to people of all ages on Monday afternoons in August. The six-week quilt classes will take place August 1 through Sept. 12 (no class on Sept. 5) from 1- 4 pm at the Edgefield Village Cup at 15 Center Spring Road.
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Aiken Tech to offer Youth Girls Softball Camp
web posted July 8, 2011
AIKEN – Aiken Technical College will host a youth girls’ softball camp Aug. 1-4 on the ATC softball field. Girls ages 8-16 are welcome to participate. The cost of the 4-day softball fundamental skills camp is $75 per person.
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Strom Selected as Assistant Administrator
web posted July 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County now has an Assistant County Administrator following interviews conducted Wednesday night by the Edgefield County Council that got underway at 6:30 pm. Four candidates made the "short list", as Chairman Dean Campbell called it, and each were given 30 minutes to make their case as to why they would be the best fit for the position. Interviews ended at 8:30, however; council did not return to public until nearly an hour later and as it turns out, the county is still looking for a Clerk to Council.
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County Council visits Edgefield Town Council Meeting
web posted July 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council hosted the Edgefield County Council at their regular meeting Wednesday night. After opening the meeting Mayor Ken Durham thanked the county council for attending and turned the floor over to Chairman Dean Campbell who stated the main topic he wanted to discuss was economic development.
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Edgefield Minor League All Stars fall to Abbeville
By J. Brown
web posted July 7, 2011

COUNTY – The 2011 Tournament season came to an end here Tuesday night for the Edgefield Minor League All Stars after losing to Abbeville, 9-0 in the semi-finals. The team, made up of 9 and 10 year olds finished their All Star run with victories over Johnston, Batesburg-Leesville, Ridge Spring and Iva, with their only losses being registered to Mid Carolina and Abbeville, who will now compete for the District 3 Championship.
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Crime Blotter Updated
web posted July 7, 2011
NEWS – The Arrests and Bookings contained in the Crime Blotter did not update as scheduled Tuesday night. The actual page containing the report did go online, however; the Crime Blotter Section failed to update due to an unknown difficulty making the link unavailable. The problem has been corrected and the bookings are now available. We apologize for the delay.

Letter to the Editor: Business Owner Expresses Concern over Lack of Parking in Edgefield
web posted July 7, 2011
Dear Editor,    
One of the prime ingredients of commerce is transportation. Trains and trucks to move raw materials to manufacturers. The same modes to move goods to distributors and retailers. Automobiles to transport consumers to retailers and the most important ingredient is a place to park the consumers vehicle. When parking is non existent or limited to consumer will look elsewhere to spend their money.
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Johnston Councilman Charged with Assault and Disorderly Conduct
web posted July 6, 2011
JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Councilman Tommy Burton has been charged with assault and battery in the third degree and disorderly conduct after a disturbance was reported at his Ripley Street home on Sunday evening. A Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to handle the call at 6:30 after the mother of one of the two juveniles reported Burton grabbed her son forcefully and used "profane language” during the confrontation. According to a report made available on Tuesday, Burton was intoxicated at the time.
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Terse Debate Surrounds Issues at County Council Meeting
web posted July 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – In what at times became rather terse debates, the Edgefield County Council was able to move through their agenda and give approval to several ordinances, a number of them on split votes along party lines. The first split came on the removal of a requirement for non-emergency ambulance transport providers having to maintain a dispatch office within the county. Councilman Willie Bright objected saying that it was unfair to remove the requirement for one company when the others had not followed the law. It was pointed out that all three companies currently staff on office within the county by Administrator LeDuc.
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Religion - Big Words 6: Simul Iustus et Peccator
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 6, 2011
RELIGION – We will return to our Latin roots this week as we study the phrase,” Simul Iustus et Peccator” which translated means “simultaneously saint and sinner.”  This was coined by one of my favorite theologians and reformers, Martin Luther. With church history and Latin in the same article, I can barely contain myself!
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Jailed Woman’s Home Burglarized
web posted July 6, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The landlord of a home on Fox Terrace Drive he rents to a woman currently incarcerated in Aiken County reported the home had been burglarized sometime during the past week. The landlord has been checking on the home each week since May for the woman when he discovered the back door kicked in on Friday morning.
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Star Wars Featured in 4th Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square Saturday July 16
web posted July 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 4th Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday July 16, 2011. Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of “Star Wars.” 
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King of Catfish Strikes Again
web posted July 6, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The King of Cats is on the prowl again. A few weeks ago we brought you a article on the 50lb plus Monster catfish caught in Stevens Creek by Billy “King of Cats” Herron and he has done it again. This time with the Queen of Cats Kathy “Colt” Herron by his side. The cat fishing duo landed this 37 flathead catfish the morning of July 4th in the back waters of Stevens Creek.
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Edgefield Minor League All Stars Advance In Tournament Play
By J. Brown
web posted July 5, 2011
SALUDA – After suffering their first loss of the District 3 Tournament to Mid Carolina on Saturday night, the Edgefield Minor League All Stars bounced back with a 4-1 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta Sunday afternoon. Once again Edgefield would use multiple pitchers to keep the Ridge Spring batters off balance.
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Next ‘Coffee with the Chairman’ Set for July 13 in Edgefield
web posted July 5, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The next Coffee with the Chairman will be held Wednesday, July 13, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Huddle House, Edgefield. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell said he is holding this "Coffee time" every other month to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
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Bookings Delayed due to Holiday
web posted July 5, 2011
NEWS – The weekly arrests and bookings in the Crime Blotter Section has been delayed due to the July 4 weekend. The bookings will be available on Wednesday rather than today. We apologize for the delay.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers: Only Storm Ready Facility in the CSRA
web posted July 5, 2011
AIKEN – June was yet another important month for Aiken Regional Medical Centers.  After a year of preparation, the National Weather Service has certified ARMC as a Storm Ready Facility; the only healthcare facility in the CSRA and the second in the State of South Carolina to have obtained this goal.
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Piedmont Tech to Provide Scholarships through Grant
web posted July 5, 2011
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College has been awarded nearly $600,000 as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant, awarded through the NSF program Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), will fund 130 scholarship awards over the next four years in an effort to increase recruitment and retention.
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Four Women Murdered: Suspect Commits Suicide after Chase
web posted July 4, 2011
WAGNER – Four women and the suspected killer are dead following a murder-suicide that took place overnight Saturday with two murder scenes. 47-year-old Kenneth (Ken) Meyers, of Old 96 Indian Trail Road, Wagner, is believed to have arrived at the home of his wife's mother and shot his wife, her twin sister, and their mother before fleeing the scene. Aiken County Sheriff's Deputies were called about the shooting around 6 pm Saturday.
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Two Homes Burglarized over Weekend
web posted July 4, 2011
COUNTY – Two homes were discovered being broken into late Saturday night and early Sunday afternoon. The first report came in around Midnight Saturday when a woman came back to her Goodwin Road home and found the home ransacked.
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The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In Congress, July 4, 1776
web posted July 4, 2011
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, 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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County Council to Attend Three Meetings Tuesday and Wednesday
web posted July 4, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will hold their regular July meeting Tuesday at 6 pm at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street at the corner of Railroad Street. Several ordinances will be voted on including a final reading on a $750,000 bond issue to provide for Sheriff's patrol vehicles for the next three years and a possible ambulance for EMS. Sheriff Adell Dobey will also be presenting a report on possible savings for the meals at the county jail.
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EDYB Minor League All Stars Shine at District Tournament
web posted July 4, 2011
SALUDA – The Edgefield Dixie Youth Minor League All Stars got the District 3 Tournament off on the right foot here Friday afternoon with a thrilling 7-6, come from behind win over the Iva All Stars. Edgefield would use 4 different pitchers to help quiet the Iva bats, allowing only 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 11.  William Prince, Michael Feagin, Jud Childress and Peyton Smith would all see action from the mound.
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4th of July Recipes Abound in Country Cooking Section
web posted July 4, 2011
WEBNEWS – Need that last minute special desert or recipe to make your cook-out stand out? Check out over 700 local favorites in the County Cooking Section.
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Help in Locating Wanted Sex Offenders
web posted July 2, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating two wanted sex offenders who have failed to register. Charles Dozier, 34, and Robert Hill Jr., 50, have failed to registers since April of this year. Dozier is wanted for a third offense and also has an outstanding Family Count bench warrant for his arrest.
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Closings for 4th of July and Fireworks Displays
web posted July 2, 2011
COUNTY – The following is offices that will be closed on Monday in observance of the 4th of July. Also included are fireworks displays that are in the area and free of charge to attand.
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Congressman Duncan Blocks President Obama's Ability to Make Recess Appointments
web posted July 2, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan will return to Washington Tuesday to preside over the House of Representatives, preventing President Obama from making recess appointments. “I took an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States” said Duncan.  “Every Presidential appointment requires strict scrutiny, but that’s not possible when the President bypasses the constitutional screening process.  I’m going to do everything possible to hold the President and his nominees accountable to the people and to the Constitution.”
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Merriwether: Lost Dog FOUND July 5
web posted July 2, 2011
MERRIWETHER – MISSING: Yorkshire Terrier from Merriwether elementary/middle school area. Female. Collar has name "Brianna" and contact phone number 803-480-1574. Medical alert!!! Severe food allergies and epilepsy. Reward for safe return. If found or located please call 803-480-1574 or 803-634-3991. Click on picture for larger view.

Second Church Targeted in Lawn Equipment Theft
web posted July 1, 2011
NORTHSIDE – Just two weeks after a burglar attempted to steal lawn tractors from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on highway 25 north, the Willow Spring Baptist Church on Gold Mine Road was targeted. This time the thief or thieves were successful.
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Town Lifts Fireworks Ban for 4th of July
web posted July 1, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston will allow fireworks to be used to celebrate the 4th of July from 6 pm until 10 pm within the town limits. The fireworks can only be used on Monday, July 4th, and not during the weekend prior.

Clearing the Smoke and Mirrors of Merriwether Fire Training Center
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 1, 2011

COLUMN – I have watched as a small contingent of "concerned citizens" is growing furious over the Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department hoping to build a training facility at the Station 3 on Murrah Road. Some have continued to send comments to the Wandering Minds making false accusations and claims even though County Administrator Roger LeDuc penned an article last week in hopes of clearing up the confusion.
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Peeler supports federal balanced budget amendment
web posted July 1, 2011
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler expressed his full support for the passage of a federal balanced budget amendment on Thursday, and gave his encouragement to the sponsors of a bill that would send an amendment for approval to the states. U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee are leading an effort by congressional Republicans to implement a permanent law requiring the federal government to pass a balanced budget.
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