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County Council Chairman Campbell Proposes 1% County-wide Sales Tax
web posted July 31, 2013
COUNTY – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell is proposing an additional 1% sales tax on everything you buy in Edgefield County to fund yet to be determined capital improvement projects. This is in addition to a bond just being passed for $1.2 million for "capital improvements" to include the Kneece/Calliham building and "other county buildings". As always, the devil is in the details.
Edgefield Daily

Another Home Targeted for Prescription Narcotics Theft
web posted July 31, 2013
TRENTON – A Trenton man called to report coming home Monday night and discovering nearly 60 narcotic prescription pain killers from a locked "hardcase" being stolen while he was away from the residence.
Edgefield Daily

Woman Reports Internet Scam
web posted July 31, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman reported a possible scam to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after receiving and email from a man wanting to take advantage of tutoring services the woman provide. In the end, all he wanted to do was just take advantage of the woman's money. As usual, the email or phone call always results in a check being sent to the person for thousands more than the price of the services or the item listed for sale.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market Features Spaghetti Buffet Thursday Night
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 31, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market will feature all you can eat spaghetti and fixings for just $8.95, plus beverage, for their Thursday night buffet. Buffet consists of spaghetti, bread and salad. Check out their daily specials by clicking on their banner above.

Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell Issues Update Supporting Additional Tax
web posted July 31, 2013
EDGEFIELD – In this issue of my Update, I wanted to focus on one item by providing some basic information on an important item County Council will discuss at its meeting on August 6: A 1 percent Capital Sales Tax. It’s a concept worth discussing, and the best thing is that you, the voter, get to decide if it’s put into place!
Edgefield Daily

Religion - Apostle's Creed 10: Raised from the dead
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 31, 2013

RELIGION – Bumper stickers, they stay on a car for a while. One common bumper sticker you see every few years is the campaign sticker. The Gore/Liebermann or the McCain/Palin stickers can still be seen. The people who put these stickers on really cared and hoped for the candidates and hoped they would bring change. But they failed to get elected and henceforth failed to do much real good. The people now are simply too lazy to go through all the work of scraping them off.  Their hopes were ended and dashed.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 31, 2013
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One Arrested, Two Sought in Beating of Saluda Man in Johnston
web posted July 30, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has been arrested following a July 12 attack on a Saluda man at the Ridge Road Apartments that left him treated at one hospital and then transferred to a second due to his head injuries. According to an incident report released on Monday, one of the three attackers picked up a brick and struck the victim in the head causing him to fall to the ground and then all three began kicking and hitting the victim in the head and face.
Edgefield Daily

Man Flees Police with Woman and Baby in Vehicle
web posted July 30, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A Trenton man is wanted following refusing to stop for blue lights and siren for a traffic stop and then eluding capture by jumping from the vehicle and running into a nearby wooded area and avoiding arrest Saturday night. Left behind in the SUV was a woman and her one-year-old baby.
Edgefield Daily

Burglar Steals Narcotic Meds, Coin Collection from Stephens Mill Home
web posted July 30, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Mill Drive man reporter returning home Saturday afternoon and discovering a back bedroom window open and items knocked off a nearby table. After doing his own walk through the house he discovered several items missing and called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report the burglary.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond Career Center Agriculture Students Attend Commissioner’s School of Agriculture
web posted July 30, 2013
JOHNSTON – Karson Barrett and Brittany Hutchins, seniors at Strom Thurmond Career Center, were recently selected by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University to attend the 2013 South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. Barrett and Hutchins, Thurmond FFA members and students in the agriculture program at the Strom Thurmond Career Center, were selected from a group of students from across the nation to participate in the week long summer residential program held on the campus of Clemson University.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 30, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Sheriff's Most Wanted List Released
web posted July 29, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office released their Most Wanted list Friday afternoon with four individuals topping the list. Take a close look at the suspects who have felony warrants for their arrests, some with multiple warrants, and help bring them in by providing tips. If you have any information call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625. You do not have to give your name to provide information.
Edgefield Daily

Richmond County Sheriff's Office: 2 Dead in Motorcycle Crash
web posted July 29, 2013
AUGUSTA – Two people are dead following a tragic motorcycle crash where the driver lost control and slammed into two pedestrians and a vehicle Sunday night The driver of the motorcycle and one of the pedestrians were killed. The second pedestrian was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
Edgefield Daily

Whatley Finds Some Success in St. Louis, Eyes Future at Webster
web posted July 29, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County’s Tori Whatley stood her ground at the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational chess tournament in St. Louis, Missouri last week. She yielded nothing to players considered her peers, but didn’t pull off any upsets against higher rated players finishing the tournament in the 48th position where she started.  Her par performance was played out among a field of 60 contestants representing six countries.
Edgefield Daily

Former County Treasurer Frances Q. Holmes Passes
web posted July 29, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Frances Q. Holmes, 86, wife of the late Harold O. Holmes died Saturday July, 27, 2013.
Obituaries

Letter to the Editor: Senate to hold "secret meetings" on Tax Code Changes and Backroom Deals
web posted July 29, 2013
Dear Editor,
"The Senate's top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform."  This is the opening sentence in a piece published by THE HILL, a Washington DC on-line newspaper.  Re-read that first sentence.
Edgefield Daily

Vandals Target Mail
web posted July 27, 2013
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Rolling Hills Drive area Friday morning with the report of someone taking mail out of mailboxes and littering the street with the remains.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 27, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Rezoning of Industrial Site Clears Planning Commission
web posted July 26, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The possible rezoning of four parcels of land along the east side of Highway 121 between Trenton and Johnston cleared the first hurdle Thursday night following a Public Hearing, a discussion, then a vote to approve the zoning change. The matter will now be turned over to the County Council, who could take the matter up in their Augusta 6 meeting.
Edgefield Daily

Wesley Spires Speaks Out on Riverwalk Attack
web posted July 26, 2013
WESTSIDE – Two people, 27-year-old Wesley Spires and 25-year-old Ashley Solesbee, were viciously attacked and beaten during their first date. News 12 sat down with Spires on Wednesday afternoon at Solesbee's house. The two are now officially a couple and are slowly helping each other heal.
WRDW News 12

South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund recognizes the Town of Johnston for workplace safety
web posted July 25, 2013
COLUMBIA – The Town of Johnston was recognized by the South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund for workplace safety in the Division I category. Division I was for cities and towns with less than 50 employees. The South Carolina Municipal Insurance and Risk Financing Fund, sponsored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina, is the town’s property and liability insurance provider.
Edgefield Daily

Murph Out at Fox Creek
web posted July 25, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A special called meeting of the Fox Creek School Board Monday night ended with a vote to terminate "Employee A", who was later confirmed as being Principal Tim Murph. Edgefield Daily broke the news of his suspension back in May. Although Murph has been terminated, it is unknown if the school board will move to terminate his contract was well.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Majors Eliminated at State Tournament
STAFF REPORT
web posted July 25, 2013

SPORTS – Who would have dreamed that in a game that would see 4 EDYB Major League players hit home runs, the team would lose.  But that's exactly what happened Tuesday afternoon in Clemson at the South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. After defeating Clemson in an elimination game on Monday afternoon, Edgefield would once again meet Lake Marion, the team who handed EDYB its first loss Monday morning. And just like in the first game, Edgefield would fall behind early, on a first inning Grand Slam. 
Edgefield Daily

Carolina Conservatives United Announces Launch of DefeatLindseyGraham.org
web posted July 25, 2013
YORK, SC -- Carolina Conservatives United launched today with a grassroots effort to Defeat Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican Primary. Carolina Conservatives United is a non-profit political organization based in South Carolina whose mission is to support political candidates who support conservative values and oppose those who do not.
Edgefield Daily

Naked Moped Rider Arrested on Main Street
web posted July 24, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An unusual call went out to law enforcement in and around Edgefield to be on the lookout for an unknown white male driving a moped naked around town just before 1 am Tuesday. An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the man on his moped on Main Street and conducted a traffic stop at Mims Street. When the deputy approached the driver, Jeffery Thomas Griffis, 54, of Jeter Street, he was completely naked.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Majors Defeat Clemson 12-8 in State Tournament Play-Offs
STAFF REPORT
web posted July 24, 2013

SPORTS – If there was ever a year that making the EDYB Majors All-Star team would be tough for an 11 year old, this would be that year. Heavy with 12 year olds for the first time in several years, the odds of any of the younger players being named to the team could have been viewed as a long shot at best. For 11 year old Michael Feagin, those odds were made even longer by a mid-season ankle injury that sidelined the hard throwing right-hander for 2 weeks.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market to Feature Prime Rib Thursday Night
web posted July 24, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market will feature Prime Rib as the main course of their Thursday night dinning with sides. Serving starts at 5 pm. Click on our banner above to view our daily specials listed daily.

Religion - Apostle's Creed 9: Descent into Hell
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 24, 2013

RELIGION – You go to hell!!! At some point in our lives we either have said this, had this said to us, or have heard it said. As an expression of derision it is deeply theological. It presupposes that there is a God, that God is a judge, that God can reward with heaven or that God can damn to hell. In using that expression, one is denoting their belief in God and their desire for that God to send a certain individual to hell. It is not a nice thing to say.
Edgefield Daily

Joe Summers to Perform at The Purple Fence Friday Night
web posted July 24, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Purple Fence, a new visual and performing arts venue located on the historic Edgefield Town Square, will host musician Joe Summers for a live music performance Friday, July 26th. Showtime for the concert is 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm.
Edgefield Daily

Lost Dog: Bettis Academy Area : Found 7.42.13
web posted July 24, 2013
BETTIS ACADEMY – Lab/shepherd mix tan in color with greying face and leather collar. Spayed female. Afraid of loud noises of any kind. Lost 7/22/13 Nichols/Weeks Rd/Bettis Academy area. FOUND

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 24, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Sheriff's Most Wanted Accused Molester Arrested
web posted July 23, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has cleared another name off of their Most Wanted list with the arrest of accused child molester Edward James Gilkerson, 27, of Woodruff, South Carolina. He remained on the Sheriff's Most Wanted list for at least a year and escaped capture once by running from deputies trying to take him into custody. He was captured in Florida and was transported back to Edgefield County over the weekend.
Edgefield Daily

Girlfriend Discovers Burglary at Westside Home Sunday
web posted July 23, 2013
WESTSIDE – An Edgefield woman arriving at her boyfriend's house Sunday morning reported finding the front door open. Her boyfriend arrived a short time later and found that his 50 inch flat screen TV was missing from the entertainment center and they called the Sheriff's Office to report the burglary.
Edgefield Daily

Hunting Lodge Found Burglarized
web posted July 23, 2013
NORTHSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a burglary at a hunting lodge Saturday after the owner arrived and noticed several items missing from inside, including a rifle. The owner, a Pickens County man, told the deputy that he leases the property as a hunting lodge and weekend "get-a-way" location and was last at the property  on Saturday, July 13, and everything was in order.
Edgefield Daily

Owner Offers Reward for Stolen Scooter
web posted July 23, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Bouknight Road man reported a blue 2004 scooter being taken from his front yard Sunday and is now offering a reward. An Edgefield County Sheriff's deputy took the call around 2 pm Sunday.  The Yamaha Zuma scooter was parked in the front yard when it went missing.
Edgefield Daily

Request for Bids: Courthouse Re-roof
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 23, 2013

EDGEFIELD – The County of Edgefield is accepting bids for the re-roofing of the Courtroom area (approximately 3300 s.f. area) and front porch portion (approximately 325 s.f. area) of the Edgefield County Courthouse located at 129 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, South Carolina.
Edgefield Daily

Sheriff's Press Release on Drug Warrant Sweep
web posted July 23, 2013
EDGEFIELD – On July 18th the Edgefield County Sheriff’s office along with officers from the Edgefield, Johnston and Trenton police departments , the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division conducted narcotics raids and warrants sweep in the county. A total of 18 people were arrested on the 25 outstanding warrants.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 23, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Dixie Youth Defeats Edisto at State Tournament - Advances Towards State Title
Staff Report
web posted July 22, 2013

SPORTS – Behind the strong pitching of both Payton Smith and Jud Childress, combined with Jordyn HIll's 4 RBI performance, Edgefield would defeat Edisto 13-7 during day one of the South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament in Clemson. 12 year old right hander Payton Smith (left) would run his no hit streak to 10 innings, dating back to last weeks District Championship win over Iva, where Smith pitched 7 innings of no hit ball.
Edgefield Daily

Collision Blocks Currytown Road Saturday
web posted July 22, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Two drivers escaped injury in a near head-on collision Saturday in a notorious curve on the 500 block of Currytown Road around noon. The collision blocked all traffic for an hour as EMS, Merriwether Firefighters, Sheriff's Deputies and Highway Patrol worked to clear the scene. The driver of a white Ford Explorer was heading north when he ran off the road entering the curve and overcorrected, sending the SUV sliding sideways out of control.
Edgefield Daily

Arrest Made in Saturday Fatal Hit and Run
web posted July 22, 2013
AIKEN – According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, Sandra Huntington, 39, who was driving the 2011 Kia Sportage is alleged to have hit a Moped carrying Robert Brooks, 48, and 32-year-old Katherine Bentley just after midnight. Brooks was pronounce dead following the crash after Huntington is said to have fled the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Business, Community Leader Mourned, Henry Duncan Wofford, Sr. Dies at 92
web posted July 22, 2013
JOHNSTON – Henry Duncan Wofford, Sr., 93, of Johnston, SC passed away on July 20, 2013. A civic leader, church leader, and business man, Henry served his community and state in many ways and received numerous honors. As a business man Henry owned and operated Wofford’s Men’s Clothing and Furnishings in Johnston for over sixty years.
Obituary

Strom Thurmond Booster Club Applications Available Online
web posted July 22, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Booster Club has released the application for membership, season tickets, preferred seating, and much more. To download an application click here. All Applications must be turned in by August 2, 2013. With the new stadium, bleachers, and scoreboard, this is going to be a very exciting year of Rebel Football.

Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database
web posted July 22, 2013
WASHINGTON DC – Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial and medical information? Under Obamacare you won’t have any choice.
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Names of Those Arrested During Sweep Released
web posted July 20, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A check of the bookings at the Edgefield County Detention Center on Friday showed the names of those arrested during the hours long raids on warrant services that took place Thursday afternoon. Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey told Edgefield Daily that he would be have a press release on the raids on Monday. "We try to do this about every six months," Sheriff Dobey said.
Edgefield Daily

Death of Family Friend Limits Reports
web 20 posted July , 2013
MERRIWETHER – A long-time family friend of Edgefield Daily's editor has limited reports for Saturday following his death. Charles Carter, 62, was found at his home on Wiley Place Friday morning deceased of natural causes. Stephen Posey's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Edgefield Daily may be closed on the day of the funeral.

Warrant Raid Nets 17 Arrests
web posted July 19, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with Edgefield, Johnston and Trenton Police as well as SLED and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office conducted a warrant sweet Thursday afternoon that began around 4 pm and lasted into the early evening hours. In all, 17 people were arrested out of 25 warrants hoped to be served. Most were drug related, although one was for robbery and another was a search warrant that ended in arrest.
Edgefield Daily

Douglas Elementary Burglary Suspects Identified
web posted July 19, 2013
TRENTON – The three men arrested following a burglary at Douglas Elementary in Trenton have been identified. Audie Solomon Posey, 19, Andrew Eric Sturgill, 25, and Daniel Hyman, 18, were all taken into custody at the scene. All three have been charged with burglary in the second degree and have been released on bond Thursday.
Edgefield Daily

Yabba-Dabba-Do - Flinstones come to Edgefield's Saturday Night Movie on the Square
web posted July 18, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association along with our special sponsor, Bluegrass Material’s Edgefield Quarry, invites everyone to our Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday July 20, 2013. Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the YabbaDabba fun filled showing of “The Flintstones.” Dress up as your favorite character for a chance to win a Yabbadabba dazzling prize!
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 19, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Law Enforcement Conducting Warrant Sweep in Johnston
web posted July 18, 2013    8:33PM
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office, Johnston, Edgefield and Trenton Police were conducting a large number of warrants being executed Thursday afternoon. We will have more on the situation on Friday.

Is New Industry Heading to Edgefield County?
web posted July 18, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Planning Commission released their agenda for the July 25 meeting that includes a Public Hearing on rezoning four parcels of land on the west side of Highway 121 just outside of Trenton. The land, located just north of Briarwood Road and just south of Watson Road, fits the description of a September 2012 announcement of a new industry locating in that same area.
Edgefield Daily

Three Arrested Breaking into Douglas Elementary
web posted July 18, 2013
TRENTON – Three people have been arrested after a possible break-in at Douglas Elementary Wednesday night. Trenton Police requested back up from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and Edgefield Police after discovering a possible burglary in progress at the elementary school. Officers found a Jeep parked close to the building behind the school and no one around.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Dixie Youth Majors Travel to Clemson
STAFF REPORT
web posted July 18, 2013

SPORTS – For the overachieving 12 year old members of EDYB's District 3, Major League Championship team, the journey has been one of both highs and lows. For six years they've played side by side in Edgefield, growing together, becoming teammates, becoming brothers.  The mere fact that the core group has stayed together year after year has come to symbolize the promise of hard work, good parenting and quality coaching.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 18, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Golf Cart Thieves Strike Again
web posted July 17, 2013
WESTSIDE – A homeowner on the 2000 block of Highway 23 west called the Sheriff's Office on Monday morning to report someone stealing his golf cart, charger, and some tools from an open shed behind his house. The theft is said to have taken place sometime between 7 pm Sunday night and 6:45 am Monday when the discovery was made.
Edgefield Daily

Internet Scammer Targets Merriwether Teen
web posted July 17, 2013
MERRIWETHER – An 18-year-old Merriwether teen placed an ad on Craigslist in hopes of finding a part-time job. We received and email mail from a "Dr. Walter" offing to pay him to run personal and business errands for him and would be paid $450 a month for about 15 to 20 hours work.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Technical College Hosts Fall Admissions Fair for Prospective Students on July 20
web posted July 17, 2013
AIKEN – Aiken Technical College will host a Fall Admissions Fair on Saturday, July 20 for prospective students to learn about the college’s offerings and begin the enrollment process. The Admissions Fair will be held in ATC’s Enrollment Services Center in the Ashley J. Little Administration Building (Building 100/200, 1st floor) from 10 a.m. to noon.  A “Starting College” presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Edgefield Daily

Religion - Apostles' Creed 8: Crucifixion
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 17, 2013

RELIGION – Let me begin with a very morbid thought. Imagine for a moment holding a gathering where the sole purpose of the meeting was to celebrate and go through in vivid details the events surrounding a tragic death of someone you loved.  That would be very messed up right? But this is oddly what goes on at churches every week.  We celebrate the death of Jesus of Nazareth. 
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 17, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Man Arrested after Exposing Himself to Woman
web posted July 16, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Man has been arrested for public drunkenness and indecent exposure following an incident on Academy Street in Johnston. According to an incident report released on Monday, Johnny James Fuller, 54, of Dove Street, entered the yard where two children were playing at the family home. When they saw Fuller they ran inside to tell their parents there was a strange man in the yard.
Edgefield Daily

Home of Dead Greenwood Man Showed Signs of a Struggle, Burglary
web posted July 16, 2013
GREENWOOD – The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the death of 68-year-old Phillip Joseph Baer who was found dead on his living room floor Sunday night. According to the Sheriff's Office, the inside of the home showed evidence of a struggle and items were missing including a laptop computer, a television and Baer's Ford truck. The truck was found hours after a BOLO was issued for a possible murder suspect.
Edgefield Daily

Whatley Improves But S.C. Team Falls In Defeat
web posted July 16, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Local chess player Tori Whatley competed this past weekend in a North Carolina tournament slightly improving her personal rating but failing to help the South Carolina team in their bid for bragging rights in an event known in the two-state chess community as the “Border Battle”.  The North Carolina team won 34 of the 52 games played.
Edgefield Daily

Scam: Woman Reports "FBI Locked Down" her Computer, Demands Money
web posted July 16, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman called police to report that after turning on her computer the screen went to a "FBI Cyber Crime" site claiming that someone had been viewing child porn and the FBI was in control of the computer and that charges were pending. The screen also included the so-called charges and the woman's information.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Electric Cooperative sponsors six students for trip to D.C.
web posted July 16, 2013
COUNTY – Six local students were among more than 1,500 high school seniors visiting Washington, D.C., June 15 – 20 for the Rural Electric Youth Tour, sponsored by Aiken Electric Cooperative and hundreds of other electric cooperatives across the country. Erin Sweeny, of Strom Thurmond High School, was among those sponsored by Aiken Electric Co-op to attend the all-expenses-paid Washington Youth Tour.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 16, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Alerted to BOLO for Murder Suspect
web posted July 15, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office was alerted to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a possible murder suspect driving the victim's vehicle in order to flee the scene of a Greenwood County murder. The vehicle is described as a blue 1998 "step side" Ford Ranger with a South Carolina tag number of 4368 FY. The BOLO was issued just before 10 pm Sunday.
Edgefield Daily


Edgefield County Resident Witnesses Drowning of Father, two teens
web posted July 15, 2013
COUNTY – An Edgefield County family on vacation at a favorite location at Huntington Island reported witnessing the drowning of a 38-year-old man, his 17-year-old son and his 17 year-old friend Sunday afternoon shortly after a rain at the beach. The resident, who did not want to be identified, said after returning to the beach they were approached by a frantic woman claiming her brother was drowning. His attempt to save the three was thwarted by the swift tide.
Edgefield Daily

Opinion: Zimmerman Acquitted, Media Guilty
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 15, 2013

COLUMN – Saturday night the jury in the murder trial of George Zimmerman did exactly what legal experts and anyone with a brain expected, they found Zimmerman not guilty of any crime. There were no riots, unless you count the media's verbal rioting of how the jury released an already convicted cold blooded killer, that they themselves convicted over a year ago. Now the mainstream media and the NAACP want Obama to charge an innocent man with yet another crime.
Edgefield Daily


Yabba-Dabba-Do - Flinstones come to Edgefield's Saturday Night Movie on the Square
web posted July 15, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association along with our special sponsor, Bluegrass Material’s Edgefield Quarry, invites everyone to our Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday July 20, 2013. Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the YabbaDabba fun filled showing of “The Flintstones.” Dress up as your favorite character for a chance to win a Yabbadabba dazzling prize!
Edgefield Daily

Catfish Stew Benefit for Tommy Hammond
web posted July 15, 2013
EDGEFIELD – There will be a Catfish Stew Benefit held for Tommy Hammond on Saturday, July 20th from 12:00pm until sold out.  The Benefit will be held at the Edgefield Masonic Lodge Concordia #50, Penn Street in Edgefield.  The catfish stew will be sold for $7.00 per quart and will be take out only.  All proceeds will go towards Tommy’s medical expenses.  For more information please contact Wes Seigler at 480-4767.

Found Dog: Edgefield
web posted July 15, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Found dog: found near Pizza Hut in Edgefield. She is a dachshund mix. Very friendly. Contact 803-480-3859. Click on photo for larger view.

No Headlines for Saturday
web posted July 13, 2013
COUNTY – There are no Headline news reports for Saturday. Other sections have been updated.

Rain, Rain and More Rain
web posted July 12, 2013
MERRIWETHER – For over 32 days the Stevens Creek basin has seen rain every day with totals reaching above 30 inches of rainfall and for the next few days there is no relief in site. According to one local fireman, his rain gauge showed a total of 3 inches of rain falling Thursday afternoon during downpours that last about 2 hours. Thursday morning Merriwether firefighters were already out dealing with a portion of Dock Drive being washed out, making access by emergency vehicles impossible.
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Man Faces Weapon Charges
web posted July 12, 2013
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County 911 received a call about a black male with "dreads" pulling a pistol on another man on Ridge Road late Tuesday night. An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the scene and met with the victim. A short time later a vehicle matching the description he gave was spotted pulling into a driveway on Sandra Drive and the driver getting out and running behind the home.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken-Electric Co-Op Gives Back to the Community
web posted July 12, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Aiken-Electric Co-Op Area Director Todd Scoggins presented Merriwether Community Center Board member Ray Johnson with a $500 check for the community center that has been in operation for generations. "We service this area, but we also serve here as well," Scoggins said about the donation. "We do more than serve, we want to help too." Mr. Johnson was grateful for the much needed donation.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Dixie Youth Moves on to State Tournament
STAFF REPORT
web posted July 12, 2013

SPORTS –  If you weren't at the Edgefield versus Iva game Thursday night, we apologize.  Simply put, the two teams played the single best youth baseball game this writer has ever witnessed.  So intense was the contest that many fans fled the bleachers, favoring to stand or pace. When the game finally ended, Edgefield had defeated Iva 1-0 in a 10 inning contest for the ages and secured their spot in the South Carolina Dixie Youth State Tournament for the second straight year. 
Edgefield Daily

Owner Charged after Dog Attack
web posted July 11, 2013
COUNTY LINE – A Hayes Drive man was charged after his German Sheppard was witnessed killing a neighbor's Yorkie Terrier Tuesday afternoon. The witness, who is a friend of the owner of the Terrier, called 911 to report the attack. When a Sheriff's deputy arrived, the Terrier was dead and the officer was able to capture the German Sheppard.
Edgefield Daily

American Red Cross Urges People to Get Ready for Tropical Weather
web posted July 11, 2013
AIKEN – The American Red Cross is urging residents, businesses and organizations in the Aiken Area to make sure they are prepared for rain, strong winds and possible flooding from Tropical Storm Chantal.
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Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Seniors Announced
web posted July 11, 2013
STATE – Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell announced Wednesday that applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance program, which is administered through the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging (LGOA), are now available. The Emergency Rental Assistance program is funded through the South Carolina Housing & Finance Development Authority and provides assistance to low-income seniors age 60 and older.
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Lost Dog: Edgefield
web posted July 11, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Lucy a tri color black, white and brown Jack Russel/Beagle Mix lost in the vicinity of Sheppard Drive and Columbia Road. She is very friendly, but does not like cats. Call Francis Allred at [Removed - FOUND].

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 11, 2013
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Accused Serial Flasher Charged in Edgefield County
web posted July 10, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Appling man arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in late June prompted a string of warrants in at least two surrounding counties on both sides of the state line for a man accused of sexually exposing himself to unsuspecting women in public places, including to a Merriwether woman at a local store on Martintown Road back in April. Chad Eric Stefani, 24, turned himself in at the Edgefield County Detention Center on Monday afternoon to face the local charge.
Edgefield Daily

Garbage truck top item at Johnston Council Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted July 10, 2013

JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council spent the better part of the regularly scheduled meeting Monday night discussing the need for a a new garbage truck. Council was in agreement that the truck they have now is a very old one and a new one is needed.
Edgefield Daily

Central Savannah River Area (CRSA) workshop offers lender matchmaking with small business owners
web posted July 10, 2013
AIKEN – The South Carolina Department of Commerce along with area partners, are hosting a day-long workshop this month to help small business owners with strategies on financing their businesses and meeting lenders. The event will be July 16, at Aiken Technical College.
Edgefield Daily

Religion - Apostles' Creed 7: Mary
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 10, 2013

RELIGION – What about Jesus' mother Mary? In the Baptist church (and I suspect many Protestant churches), Mary gets a nod at Christmas, and a sermon every few years. We do not honor the importance of Mary and the wonderful example of faith that she was nearly enough. On the other hand, many from the Catholic tradition say the “Hail Mary” daily. As a little Baptist boy all I knew of this expression was a long pass in football. The origin of this expression came from a long unlikely to be completed pass from Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach in a 1975 divisional playoff game.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 10, 2013
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Ruling: Herndon Will Face Murder Charge
web posted July 9, 2013
EDGEFIELD – During a hearing heard by Circuit Court Judge William Keesley on June 17 and 18, John David Herndon's defense team argued Herndon was acting in self defense and the "Castle Doctrine" when he fatally stabbed 29-year-old Mark Justin Meadows on Memorial Day 2012. If the motion was granted, Herndon would be acquitted of the murder charge. Judge Keesley handed down his order just before the July 4 holiday and denied the request. The murder charge stays.
Edgefield Daily

Soldier Killed in Interstate Collision Monday Morning
web posted July 9, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA – A military member returning from Ft. Bragg North Carolina was killed near exit 1 on westbound I-20 Monday morning after slamming in to the rear of a stopped 18-wheeler, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release. Andrea E. Powell, 43, apparently was returning to her home in Conyers, GA, from Ft. Bragg, NC. "We are currently attempting to determine what branch of service she was in and her rank," Carlton said in the latest release Monday night.
Edgefield Daily

Metal Thieves Target Wind Road Home for Burglary
web posted July 9, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Wind Road woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report metal thieves stealing radiators, a battery, and an air compressor sometime between July 3 and July 6 when the discovery was made. In all, the person or persons made off with nearly $1,000 in property.
Edgefield Daily

Fox Creek Teacher Nancy Cowart Becomes Teacher Leader Fellow
web posted July 9, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA – Nancy H. Cowart, English teacher and Teacher Cadet instructor at Fox Creek High School, has recently completed a two-year teacherleader fellowship grounded in Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach. Ms. Cowart was nominated by a former SC Teacher of the Year. After receiving the invitation to apply, she submitted the required application documenting her past and present leadership in schools and in the community. She became one of sixteen to complete the two-year program.
Edgefield Daily

Public Notice: Re-roofing Bid for Edgefield County Courtroom and Front Porch
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web posted July 9, 2013

EDGEFIELD – The County of Edgefield is accepting bids for the re-roofing of the Courtroom area (approximately 3300 s.f. area) and front porch portion (approximately 325 s.f. area) of the Edgefield County Courthouse located at 129 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, South Carolina.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted July 9, 2013
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Rising STHS Senior Receives Two Special Invitations and Battles British
web posted July 8, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Accepting a personal invitation from the S.C. Chess Association's Vice President, Tori Whatley will participate in this year's "Border Battle" which pits the best North Carolina and South Carolina class players against one another in an event that is known for some creative play and world-class bragging rights. The tournament will be held July 13-14 in Cornelius, N.C. Being the first female invited to play at this event 3 years ago, Whatley took her share of ribbing, but returned the favor by knocking off the N.C. Chess Association's Vice President in one game.
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Opinion: Should Some State Government Workers Helping the Unemployed be Unemployed?
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 8, 2013

COLUMN – I recently received a copy of a letter sent from a local state government worker helping the unemployed. I'm not going to name the agency, although some may be able to read between the lines due to the content. After "trying" to read the illiterate letter, I came to the conclusion that the person sending the letter should be unemployed and the educated, trained professional applying for services should be hired instead. To make matters worse, this appeared to be a "form letter", which means it is sent to everyone seeking services.
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
web posted July 8, 2013
COUNTY –  Since July begins a new fiscal year for South Carolina governmental entities – such as our County, towns and School District – budgets are always the focus as June ends. Each of these entities has its own budget, and is accountable for how they put their budget together. But no matter which governmental entity you’re talking about, we all want to know one key piece of information: Are my taxes and/or fees going up?
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Religion - Apostles' Creed 6: Virgin Birth
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 8, 2013

RELIGION – “Don’t talk about my momma!” This has been heard on many a playground for years.  Usually in response to a comment like some of the following: (Disclaimer, I don’t know your momma but I bet she is a wonderful lady!) Yo mama is so ugly that when she went to a beautician it took 12 hours... to get a quote! Yo mama is so ugly that when she looks in the mirror, the reflection looks back and shakes its head.
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Public Meeting Announced - Rails to Trails
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web posted July 8, 2013

EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield and Edgefield County will be holding a public meeting at Edgefield Town Hall on July 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm to receive public input on the possibility of extending the Ten Governor’s Trail.   If you have any questions or concerns about the Rails to Trails project in the Strategic Plan please contact LaKeisha Bryant at 803-637-2125.  A copy of the Strategic Plan can be found at www.edgefieldcounty.sc.gov.

Guardian ad Litem Program Open House: Seeks Volunteers
web posted July 8, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program is made up of Volunteers who serve as Child Advocates in Court for children who have been abused or neglected. The Edgefield/McCormick/Saluda Guardian Program has recently relocated and would like to invite the public to an Open House Drop-in on July 23, 2013 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Our new address is 204 Buncombe St., Edgefield, SC 29824. Our telephone number is 803-637-9614. All are welcome.

Found Dog: Edgefield - RECOVERED
web posted July 8, 2013
FOUND DOG - EDGEFIELD – Medium size male dog found in the Columbia Road and Addison Street area.Color tan with some white spots, very friendly. [Contact info removed]  Click on the photo for a larger view.

Rains Continue, Stevens Creek Floods Low-lying Areas
web posted July 6, 2013
MERRIWETHER – With an extremely wet June, and nearly daily rains across the county, Stevens Creek has been at or near breaching its banks for at least the past three weeks. A very heavy downpour in the very early hours of July 4, sent the waterway well over its banks and swallowed the Woodlawn Road boat landing under 6 feet of water. The swift moving water made use of the waterway too dangerous to venture into anyways.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Dixie Youth Majors Set to Defend Title
Staff Report
web posted July 6, 2013

EDGEFIELD – For the past 4 years July has been a month to remember for Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball.  It's the time of year when all the hard work from playing travel ball, taking private instruction or spending countless hours in the batting cages comes to fruition. When summer vacations take a backseat and a families schedule revolves around All-Star tournament play. The rules are simple, win and advance, lose and go home. 
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Gallup: Republicans more proud to be American than Democrats
web posted July 6, 2013
NATION – In recognition of Independence Day, Gallup has released a poll on whether American citizens are still proud to be American. Ninety-three percent of Republicans indicate that they are “extremely/very proud” to be American while only 85 percent of Democrats feel the same way. Only 76% of Liberals feel proud.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted July 6, 2013
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No Headlines today
web posted July 3, 2013
COUNTY – There are no Headline news items for today due to being closed on the 4th of July. The Wandering Minds has been updated with the day's comments.

US Senator Tim Scott visits Edgefield
web posted July 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina US Senator Tim Scott stopped in Edgefield on Wednesday as part of a statewide tour after being appointed by Gov. Haley to fill the seat of Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned his seat last year to head up the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation. Senator Scott spoke briefly about his upbringing, including coming from a poor single mother home and how he overcame obstacles to become a successful businessman and then his steps through elected offices.
Edgefield Daily

Wanted Burglar Captured at Myrtle Beach
web posted July 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A man wanted in an early May burglar of a Hardy Place Road home has been arrested and is now at the Edgefield County Detention center on a first degree burglary charge. Michael Dewayne Williams, 25, was arrested after a Myrtle Beach officer ran his information and was informed of the outstanding warrant in Edgefield County. An Edgefield County Sheriff's deputy transported Williams back on Monday.
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Heavy Rain Leads to Crash
web posted July 4, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A woman and two young children escaped injury after the woman said the Trailblazer she was driving hydroplaned causing the SUV to spin across the oncoming lane of Martintown Road and then down a steep embankment. The vehicle may have rolled at least once and struck at least two trees before landing upright around 25 feet below the roadway. The crash took place around 2:30 pm during a heavy downpour.
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Lost Dogs: Brunson Area
web posted July 3, 2013
WESTSIDE – Lost on Highway 283 near Brunson's Crossroads. Male black lab answers to the name "King". Female chocolate lab answers to "Weezy". Please call Chuck at 803-275-6071

Brown Out and Low Power Hampers Reporting
web posted July 3, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield Daily is operating on emergency power due to brown out and then intermittent, total and partial loss of power Tuesday night. Several reports have been postponed due to the problems. Aiken Electric Co-Op responded quickly and anticipates correcting the problem in an hour or so. However; due to the late hour ( 2:15 am) several sections have not been updated. A partial update has been made. Further reports will be placed as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen's Tip Leads to Arrest
web posted July 3, 2013
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was approached by a concerned  citizen saying that North Augusta police had asked questions about a neighbor and a truck that was involved in a hit and run collision in North Augusta. The neighbor in question had moved to Florida months ago. However, she did know of a truck matching the description and the owner had been seen working on damage to the front end.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Council Agrees to Move Forward on 4-Year-Terms on Ballot
web posted July 3, 2013
EDGEFIELD – In a rather short meeting the county council made quick work of second and third readings of ordinances that have already been discussed in previous meeting. County Council Chairman Dean Campbell did spend several minutes reading an obviously prepared statement when the discussion of placing a referendum on the 2014 ballot for staggered 4-year-tearms for county council members.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Town Council July Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted July 3, 2013

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their regularly scheduled meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, with several items on the agenda. Following the invocation and call to order, Council unanimously approved the June 3, 2013 minutes and the financial report for June 2013.  Marcella Edwards with Edgefield County Youth Empowerment returned with requested information from last month's meeting.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted July 3, 2013
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Photographed Burglary Suspect Arrested
web posted July 2, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's lead investigator on the first degree burglary that took place on June 13 at a Virgil Wall home, where over $10,000 in guns and property were stolen, made an arrest on Monday. Julius Lavern Rogers, 42, of McCormick, was arrested at a home he shared with his girlfriend in McCormick County. He has been charged with burglary in the first degree and is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
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SC US Senator Tim Scott to Visit Edgefield Wednesday
web posted July 2, 2013
EDGEFIELD: PSA  – Senator Tim Scott will be on a whirlwind tour through the state this week, the Edgefield County GOP Office said. He will be visiting 12 counties to include Horry, Richland, Jasper, Colleton, Bamberg, Allendale, Hampton, Barnwell, Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda and Lexington. His visit to Edgefield will be this Wednesday the 3rd at 3:15 in a meeting with Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham. After the meeting there will be time for a picture with our county party and a quick tour around the town with the Mayor.  He will be departing the area by 4:00 pm.

Counterfeit $10 Bills Show up in Merriwether
web posted July 2, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A clerk at the Greg's Gas Plus on Martintown Road called the Sheriff's Office on Sunday afternoon to report a man trying to pass counterfeit bills while trying to purchase a carton of cigarettes. The clerk reported she knew the bills were fake when the man handed them to her.
Edgefield Daily

Woman Enters Mt. Vintage Home and Claims She Owns it, Goes to Jail
web posted July 2, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Mt. Vintage man called the Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon stating that a woman walked into his house and claimed she owned the property. When the homeowner told her to leave she refused and he called 911. When a Sheriff's Deputy arrived he found the woman sitting in a chair on the front porch.
Edgefield Daily

Tow Truck Driver Repos Truck and Owner
web posted July 2, 2013
MURPHY VILLAGE – It's not the call Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies get very often, but a tow truck driver repossessing a black Ford F150 called to report finding the overdue owner inside the truck after leaving the home where the truck was found. When the driver pulled over a few miles away to check the harnesses, the owner popped up from inside the truck and accused the driver of kidnapping.
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Lost Dog: Edgefield - FOUND
web posted July 2, 2013
EDGEFIELD – LOST DOG near Sheppard Place and Columbia Road in Edgefield.  Tri color (white, brown and black) mix female Jack Russel and Beagle. She answers to the name LUCY. She is wearing a fraided pink colar. She stands about 18 inches high and weighs about 24 [Removed] lbs..call . (Lucy does not like cats, she was a rescue with a long history of wandering away.)

5K Run/Walk to be Held for Wesley Spires
web posted July 1, 2013
COUNTY – Wesley Spires, who was attacked on the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd while on a date and suffered severe head injuries, is still recovering from these injuries. A Benefit 5K Run/Walk has been organized to take place on September 21, 2013 at 8:00am. The race will start and finish at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta.
Edgefield Daily

SCDOT Launches Enhanced 511 Traveler Information System
web posted July 1, 2013
STATE – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has launched an enhanced 511 Traveler Information System, providing traffic camera images, travel time estimates and other technological tools to help motorists navigate South Carolina’s roadways.
Edgefield Daily

Opinion - Here We Go Again: Council Chairman Seeks to Put 4-year Terms on Ballot
A Column by the Editor
web posted July 1, 2013

COLUMN – Albert Einstein famously said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell evidently is oblivious to Einstein's wisdom and has placed an agenda item asking for a referendum on whether or not the county council members should be elected to 4 year staggered terms. Historically in Edgefield County the voters have said resoundingly and repeatedly "No".
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market: BBQ and Hash by the pound/quart for July 4 - Order Now
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted July 1, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market will be offering BBQ by the pound and Hash by the quart for your July 4 celebration. Accepting advanced orders now. Call 803-637-0040 to place your order. Pick-up time will be July 2 and 3 during normal business hours. The restaurant will be closed on July 4.

Daily Booking Report
web posted July 1, 2013
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Due to technical difficulties there are no Headlines or updates to Edgefield Daily today
web posted June 29, 2013

Johnston Teen Charged in Molestation Investigation
web posted June 28, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Johnston teen has been arrested and remains in custody in the alleged repeated molestation of a child between the ages of 5 and 8 years of age who is not related to the teen. The name of the 16-year-old has not been released due to his age, although Johnston Police Investigator Lamaz Robinson said they may try to charge him as an adult once the investigation has been completed.
Edgefield Daily

New Press Box Installed at Thurmond Stadium Thursday
web posted June 28, 2013
JOHNSTON – The new press box for the Strom Thurmond Football Stadium was hoisted into position Thursday morning as the renovations to the stadium and the new field house are getting close to completion. The press box will be outfitted with all the new technology needed for radio and sports coverage during the game for broadcast or print media. In addition to the new press box, the stadium will also see a new scoreboard with a video screen in the center.
Edgefield Daily

Benenhaley, Brown Honored at South Carolina All State Banquet
STAFF REPORT
web posted June 28, 2013

SPORTS – Brooke Benenhaley and Brice Brown were recently named to the HSSR South Carolina All State Softball Team for their accomplishments on the field during the 2013 season.  Benenhaley, a rising Junior at Strom Thurmond once again led her team in strikeouts, registering 58 on the year while also playing shortstop and batting 429 for the season.  Brown, a rising Sophomore, was honored for her work at the plate where she led her team in batting average (548), runs scored, stolen bases and posted the teams highest on base percentage.
Edgefield Daily

Hitt Pitches No Hitter, Edgefield and Johnston Advance in Play-Offs
STAFF REPORT
web posted June 28, 2013

SPORTS – It took 6 days to play all the games of the Sub-District Tournament in Batesburg this past week, but when the rain cleared both Johnston and Edgefield had qualified to move on to the next round. On Friday, Johnston would fall to Batesburg/Leesville in their first tournament game but get into the winners column the next morning after defeating Edgefield 7-5. 
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School District to Purchase Express Bus for Merriwether School Students to Strom Thurmond
web posted June 27, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District announced today that the school board has given final approval for the purchase of a new district activity bus to be used primarily by the elementary and middle schools located in the Merriwether area of the county. Of particular importance for the Merriwether students, this bus will provide express transportation for those students living in the Merriwether area to and from Strom Thurmond High School.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond FFA Takes Top State Honors At South Carolina FFA Convention
web posted June 27, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Association took home many of South Carolina’s top FFA honors this past week at the 86th Annual South Carolina FFA Convention.  The convention was held on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson South Carolina June 12 – 14, 2013.  There were fifteen FFA members representing the Strom Thurmond chapter as well as their advisors Darla Steele and Jeremy Brooks.
Edgefield Daily

EDYB Coach Pitch All Stars Hold Fundraiser for State Championships Trip
web posted June 27, 2013
EDGEFIELD – PSA - Our Edgefield County coaches pitch all star team is headed to the SC Dixie Youth State Tournament next weekend in Georgetown, SC and need your support. We are having a car wash this Saturday from 9-1 at Edgefield Fuel & Convenience in downtown Edgefield, across from PTC. Car wash is $5 and all donations are appreciated!

Philippi Baptist Church of Johnston to Celebrate 200th Anniversary
web posted June 27, 2013
JOHNSTON – On February 23, 2014, Philippi Baptist Church of Johnston will celebrate 200 years since the church was organized to serve a rural area of the Johnston community. The church began on February 26, 1814, which was founded by 25 charter members. During the past 200 years, it is believed that three church buildings have served as the Philippi Baptist Church Sanctuary. The present church sanctuary was completed in July of 1897, with several additions and upgrades that have taken place over the years to develop the beautiful church that we see today.
Edgefield Daily

Urgent Need For All Type Blood Donors
web posted June 27, 2013
COUNTY – here is an urgent need for blood donors right now. Shepeard Blood Center, the only contracted local blood provider for 21 area hospitals from Barnwell, SC to Baxley, GA, needs blood donors to help meet the needs of our area’s most fragile patients. Locally, there is less than a 1 day supply of type “O negative” blood and less than a 3 day supply of type “O positive” blood on the shelves. The blood must be donated, processed and on the shelf before it is needed. All blood types are in demand right now.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market: BBQ and Hash by the pound/quart for July 4 - Order Now
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 27, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market will be offering BBQ by the pound and Hash by the quart for your July 4 celebration. Accepting advanced orders now. Call 803-637-0040 to place your order. Pick-up time will be July 2 and 3. The restaurant will be closed on July 4.

Public Notice: Re-roofing Bid for Edgefield County Courtroom and Front Porch
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 27, 2013

EDGEFIELD – The County of Edgefield is accepting bids for the re-roofing of the Courtroom area (approximately 3300 s.f. area) and front porch portion (approximately 325 s.f. area) of the Edgefield County Courthouse located at 129 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, South Carolina.
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Duncan Releases Statement on President Obama’s Energy Remarks
web posted June 27, 2013
Washington, DC – Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina released the following statement on today’s remarks from President Obama on energy policies: “Actions have consequences and the President's new policy will turn out the lights on South Carolina families and businesses, creating a new standard that's impossible to achieve. 
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Seeks Warrant on Accused Sex Fiend
web posted June 26, 2013
EDGEFIELD – An Appling man arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office this week has prompted a string of warrants in at least two surrounding counties on both sides of the state line for a man accused of sexually exposing himself to unsuspecting women in public places, including to a Merriwether woman at a local store on Martintown Road back in April.
Edgefield Daily

"SC Free at Last": Supreme Court Ruling Guts Voting Rights Act - Impacts to South Carolina
web posted June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON DC – The Supreme Court today threw out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 ruling invalidating Section 4 of the act means all or part of 16 states with a history of discrimination no longer need federal approval to make any changes, no matter how small, to their voting procedures.
WLTX.com

Critter Crashes Leave Drivers Uninjured
web posted June 26, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Two crashes on Tuesday in Merriwether were claimed to be caused by critters entering the roadway and the drivers loosing control trying to swerve to miss them. In both cases the cars left the roadway and each flipped at least once with one ending up down at the bottom of a steep drop-off on Sweetwater Road. In both crashes the driver was able to walk away with little or no injuries.
Edgefield Daily

Religion - Apostles' Creed 5: Jesus Is Lord
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 26, 2013

RELIGION – This past Sunday evening during our first night of Vacation Bible School, I heard the name Jesus over and over as the children sang songs of praise and talked about Jesus. But I heard the name of Jesus even more when I came home and turned on the TV that evening. It was not using the Lord’s name in vain, but in praise and petition to Jesus for divine assistance. A man by the name of Nik Wallenda was walking on a tightrope across the Grand Canyon with no safety wire and battling wind gusts of 35 miles per hour.
Edgefield Daily

EDYB Coach Pitch All Stars Headed to State Championships
By John Brown
web posted June 26, 2013

SPORTS – When the District 3 Coach Pitch All Star Tournament began in Ridge Spring this past friday night, 12 players and 4 coaches had one goal in mind; reach the Dixie Youth State Tournament for the second consecutive year. After two weeks of hard practice and two scrimmage games that saw Edgefield outscore their opponents 31-1, a first round loss to Clinton (12-7) did little to dampen the teams spirits. Over the next 3 nights of play,