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June 2009 Archive

Showing true allegiance - Obama Lashes Out at Honduras; Sides with Chavez, Castro
web posted June 30, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a "terrible precedent" of transition by military force unless it was reversed.
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Animal Control investigates animal cruelty case
web posted June 30, 2009
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified of possible animal cruelty by the owner of a dog on Whitlock Road this weekend. When the deputy arrived she saw the elderly owner of the dog releasing him from a chain and rope that was used to keep the dog from leaving the yard. The dog had obvious injuries and, “had trouble standing up on his hind legs,” an incident report stated.
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Deputy discovers fireworks stand burglarized
web posted June 30, 2009
COUNTY LINE – As the Fourth of July approaches people across the county are preparing by purchasing fireworks to light up the night and round out a day of celebration. At least some are, others, it seems, prefer to steal their fireworks as an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy discovered while on routine patrol early Sunday morning.
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“Freeze Pop” leads to arrest of suspected thief
web posted June 30, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – An insurance saleswoman called the Sheriff’s Office to report money stolen out of her car while at a home on Mt. Zion Road late Friday afternoon. The woman told deputies that while she was inside the home discussing insurance with the owner a teen walked in, went to the kitchen, and walked back out with a blue “freeze pop” from the freezer. When she went to leave she discovered $159 missing from inside her car and an unopened “blue freeze pop” lying on the passenger seat of her car.
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SC Festival of Discovery chosen as a ‘Top 20 Event in the Southeast’ for July
web posted June 30, 2009
ATLANTA – Southeast Tourism Society has named the SC Festival of Discovery as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July, 2009. This year's SC Festival of Discovery will take place July 9-11, 2009. The Festival features a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition, BBQ vendors and a Blues Cruise around Uptown Greenwood on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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NewsBusters
web posted June 30, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent national news. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Justices Rule for White Firemen In Bias Lawsuit
Sotomayor's Decision Is Overturned
web posted June 30, 2009
The Supreme Court yesterday restricted how far employers may go in considering race in hiring and promotion decisions, a ruling that puts workplaces across the nation on notice that efforts to combat potential discrimination against one group can amount to actual discrimination against another. The court ruled for white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., who said city officials violated their rights when it threw out the results of a promotions test on which few minorities scored well.
The Washington Post

North Augusta man dies in fiery crash Sunday
web posted June 29, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – A North Augusta man became the 20th fatality in Aiken County this year when he lost control of his 1995 Honda coup around 9:45 Sunday morning resulting in a fiery crash. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said 35-year-old Gregory A. Maree was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash.
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Lunch options in downtown Edgefield this week makes for slim pickings
web posted June 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Looking for a quick bite to eat in downtown Edgefield this week? You better head to the Edgefield Pool Room because every other restaurant on the square will be closed from Monday, June 29, until July 5 for vacation.
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Should Gov. Sanford resign?
A Column by the Editor
web posted June 29, 2009
COLUMN – With the revelation by Governor Mark Sanford of infidelity on Wednesday, I took a little time to gather a few more facts, at least as we know them at this time, before commenting. Mark Sanford is a man I have admired since he was elected to the US Congress with the Republican “Contract with America” in 1994 and kept his promise to serve only one term. Over the past five years I have had many face-to-face conversations with Gov. Sanford about issues at the state level, some we agreed on, some we did not. I still admired him because he always stood on principle. And then he goes and does something stupid that shows a total lack of principles.
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Wise Tech Tips: Test Your Internet Connection Speed
By James Wise
web posted June 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Are you curious how fast your Internet connection is? Do you want to make sure you are getting the speed you’re paying for? Do you need to troubleshoot an Internet connection or speed issue? If so, there are a number of free websites you can use to see how fast you’re running on the “Information Super Highway.”
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Final Honor Rolls released
web posted June 29, 2009
COUNTY – The Final Nine Weeks Honor Rolls have been released for Edgefield County Schools. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates each student for their scholastic achievements. Each school is listed individually. JET and STH are not included.
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Lost Dog: Merriwether - Mill Creek area
web posted June 29, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A grey Shitzu-Pekingese mix breed male was lost in the area of the Mill Creek subdivision on Friday evening. The dog lost its collar when escaping. A reward is being offered for the safe return of the family pet. Please call 803-279-6274 or 803-279-9617. Click photo for larger view.

Break-in results in almost $5,000 in stolen property
web posted June 27, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy man arrived home Thursday morning to discover he had been the victim of a break-in and almost $5,000 worth of property was missing. The man said he spent the night at a friend’s house in North Augusta and discovered the theft when he arrived at the Bettis Academy Extension home around 7 am.
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Bath man takes own life after stand-off with police
web posted June 27, 2009
BATH – A Bath man, who held Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies at bay after barricading himself in his Railroad Street home for five hours, took his own life Friday morning, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. The standoff began around 2 am when Columbia County Investigators and Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies tried to serve arrest warrants on 36-year-old Martin Jarrett.
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Congressman Barrett: Energy Bill will raise costs and kill jobs
web posted June 27, 2009
GUEST OPINION – Friday, the American people have been burdened with what is essentially a national energy tax. I opposed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, because I believe there is a better, less costly and more viable way to conserve energy and reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign oil.
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Sheriff’s Deputy attacked upon arrival at call
web posted June 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy received minor injuries after being attacked shortly after arriving to a call about a possible mental subject just before 9 pm Wednesday night. The deputy arrived and spotted the subject walking along the side of the road on the 300 block of Morgan Bussey Road and pulled over to speak with the subject. When the deputy exited his patrol vehicle and turned around, the subject was on a “dead run” towards him and attacked, trying to take the deputy’s pistol from its holster.
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Authorities in two states investigate possible kidnapping and sexual assault
web posted June 26, 2009
GREENWOOD – Greenwood and Columbia County authorities are investigating a possible sexual assault and kidnapping that began at a grocery store in Columbia County, Georgia, crossed through Edgefield County, and culminated in the sexual attack just inside the Greenwood County line on Highway 25 Wednesday night. Details are incomplete; however, initial information says a man abducted the woman at gunpoint and drove to the deserted wooded location where the attack was said to have taken place.
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Public Auction, Saturday, June 27
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web posted June 26, 2009
MONETTA – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Frances Smith of Monetta, SC. The sale will be held at her home located at 237 Main St., Monetta, SC, 29105. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time (9:30 am). Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Sanford to reimburse state for conference trip that touched off affair
web posted June 26, 2009
COLUMBIA – As a result of Gov. Mark Sanford’s confession of infidelity on Wednesday, he released a statement saying he was going to refund the money for the official trip that ultimately lead to his first intimate meeting with his Argentine lover, 42-year-old Maria Belen Chapur.
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Two injured in late night crash
web posted June 26, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A two car collision on Sweetwater Road at Murrah Road Extension snarled traffic for over half an hour Thursday night when the driver of a Ford Focus station wagon attempted to make a left turn from the northbound lane of Sweetwater Road onto Murrah Road Extension when the driver of a Ford Explorer slammed into the rear of her car.
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CNA Jobs in Demand, Quick Jobs Training Available
web posted June 26, 2009
COUNTY – Today’s economy continues to leave many competent, qualified people out of work. Going back to school is always an option, but time and money are often major concerns for those who have been out of work for an extended period of time.  For this reason, Piedmont Technical College is offering a new series of courses called Quick Jobs designed to equip students with the skills needed to get back to work fast.
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Gov. Sanford admits affair in press conference
web posted June 25, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford returned to Columbia on Wednesday to shock the state by admitting to a yearlong affair with a woman that lives in Argentina. At the press conference to explain his recent absence, Gov. Sanford took full responsibility for his actions and apologized to his wife, family, staff, and the people of South Carolina. The announcement has drawn numerous comments from members of the Legislature, including many ranking Republicans.
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County Council to tackle rezoning request in Merriwether (Photo)
web posted June 25, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The issue of the rezoning of two parcels of property in Merriwether will be heading for the agenda of the Edgefield County Council for their July 7 meeting after the County Planning Commission approved the changes at their June 11 meeting. The rezoning request involves two parcels of property. The current property where Hagler Systems currently operates on Five Notch Road and a second five acre parcel that adjoins the current property but borders on Murrah Road. The latter is currently zoned Residential. County Administrator John Pettigrew said the council would have to approve two separate ordinances in order to make the changes.
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Texas Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps Invite the Community to Their Local Rehearsals
web posted June 25, 2009
JOHNSTON – The 150 marching members and staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps invite the community to visit during their upcoming rehearsal in Johnston, South Carolina. On July 8th and 9th, 2009, the World Famous Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps of San Antonio Texas, will be visiting Strom Thurmond High School, 1131 Columbia  Rd, Johnston, South Carolina 29832  as part of their 22 state eleven-week 15,000-mile national competition tour. The corps is composed of college and high school students from all over the world, who come to spend their summers in musical competition.
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Bar-B-Que and Summer Fun
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Park Row Market No. 1 will be featuring Bar-B-Q, all the fixings, and live entertainment on Thursday night beginning at 6 pm. Take-out orders of Bar-B-Q by the pound will also be available.

Parents, Watchdogs Question Luxurious Educational Conference
Contributed Article
web posted June 25, 2009
COLUMBIA – Deep budgets cuts have forced schools to furlough, even fire, hundreds
of classroom teachers. That’s what frustrated parents of public school children across South Carolina have been told throughout the last eight months. From the first signs of sinking state revenues in the fall of 2008, through to the week after lawmakers forced Governor Sanford’s hand and secured the full portion of federal stimulus funding, public education officials have insisted student achievement would suffer from tighten
budgets.
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Johnston passes final budget, raises millage increase from 2.9 to 3.1
web posted June 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – Members of town council voted by a 4-0 margin during a called meeting Monday afternoon for second reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 2009-02, for the FY 2009-10 Budget. Councilman Tommy Burton abstained from voting. Councilman Morris Holmes was not in attendance.
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First burglary in three weeks reported Monday
web posted June 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – After nearly three weeks of no burglaries being reported following the arrest of Robert Webber earlier this month, a report of a burglary was received on Monday afternoon. When the homeowner arrived home on Thursday after a trip to the lake he observed the back door open, “but didn’t pay attention to it and didn’t see anything missing,” incident reports state. However, when a friend who was still at the lake returned on Monday he reported over $1,700 in cash, jewelry, and electronics missing.
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Merriwether man recovering from Sunday collision, family questions initial report (Photos)
web posted June 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man injured in a near head-on collision Sunday is still recovering from his injuries at the MCG Medical Center in Augusta and has been released from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular room on Tuesday. Thomas Tabb Sr., of Currytown Road, suffered a broken neck, several broken ribs, and a number of lacerations and bruises, Thomas Tabb Jr. said Tuesday evening. “They let him out of ICU today and right now everything looks good,” Mr. Tabb said. The family is also questioning how the collision took place.
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Public Auction, Saturday, June 27
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 24, 2009
MONETTA – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Frances Smith of Monetta, SC. The sale will be held at her home located at 237 Main St., Monetta, SC, 29105. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time (9:30 am). Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Rebel Has Big Week at UGA Football Camp (Photo)
web posted June 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Octavious Brown a rising Junior at Strom Thurmond High School attended the University of Georgia Football Camp on June 7- June 10. Rodney Gardner UGA's Defensive Line coach stated, "I'm very impressed with Octavious he has great foot work and he is tremendoulsy strong for his age."
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Religion: What's In Your Hand
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted June 24, 2009
RELIGION – In October of 2004, I went on a hike to the top of Table Rock. Table Rock is located in Pickens County in South Carolina and is one of the most popular parks in the state. The hike to the summit is rated moderate to strenuous, but I would say it is more strenuous than moderate. However, the view from the top is incredible, and well worth the climb.
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Letter to the Editor: Iran, A Look Back
web posted June 24, 2009
Dear Editor,
Thirty years later, my most vivid memory of Tehran, Iran was that beautiful October Day when I had gone downtown to interview with the Iranian Navy for a job to teach English.  After the interview, I walked outside of the building and turned the corner to be faced with a protesting crowd marching down the street.  Even though I could not understand Farsi, the signs were clear. “Yankees we hate you, Americans go home!”  Obviously, this was no place for a twenty year old gal from South Carolina.
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NewsBusters
web posted June 24, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Two county car chase ends in Edgefield County (Photos)
web posted June 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Monday afternoon car chase that crossed county lines ended in Merriwether after the suspect turned off Woodlawn Road onto a dirt road, drove through private property, and then jumped from the Chevrolet van and tried to flee on foot. A McCormick County Sheriff’s Deputy called in the chase after a failed traffic stop for speeding on Highway 28 and continued into Edgefield County. Not long afterwards Donnie Lewis, 50, of an unknown Georgia address, was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges.
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Dollar General employee arrested over missing deposits
web posted June 23, 2009
TRENTON – The new Dollar General store in Trenton has seen its first arrest for theft, however, rather than it being a shoplifter it turned out to be an employee who allegedly made off with over $8,500 from at least four deposits that never made it to the bank. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the theft Monday around 10 am and after arriving on the scene took Latitia Denise Williams, 29, into custody. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Williams has been charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent over $5,000, a felony.
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National media wrongly says Gov. Sanford “missing”
web posted June 23, 2009
COLUMBIA – The national news outlets were all reporting South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford “missing” on Monday, alluding that something was amiss. The only thing amiss was the national news media reports according to Gov. Sanford’s Communications Director Joel Sawyer. “The governor is hiking along the Appalachian Trail,” Mr. Sawyer said in an email to EdgefieldDaily.com. Sawyer apologized for waiting to release any information on Gov. Sanford in hopes of being able to provide what part of the trail he was on before doing so.
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Threat of lawsuit over elections of Fox Creek School Board continues
web posted June 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The threat of a lawsuit over school board elections at Fox Creek Charter High School continues to gain momentum as board of directors’ candidate Suzie Stewart continues to call the election “invalid” and says her attorney calls it “illegal”. As EdgefieldDaily.com reported earlier this month, Stewart’s attorney informed the Charter School they were in violation of their own By-Laws in the way the election was conducted.
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Letter to the Editor: Johnston Mayor distances himself from financial woes of town finances
web posted June 23, 2009
Dear Editor,
It is my pleasure to keep you abreast of how the Town of Johnston has faired these past three years during my term as your Mayor. Yes! Most of the spending priorities during my administration as Mayor have been focused on priorities internal to basic services provided to citizens by the Town rather than the external.
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Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition meets to expand knowledge of disease
web posted June 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition met at the Mount Vintage Plantation Grille on Wednesday, June 17, for a luncheon meeting. The group’s leader, Nita Zachow, introduced Jane Faircloth who was the keynote speaker. Ms. Faircloth, who has been in the medical field for 40 years, told the inspirational story of her battle with melanoma and how it changed her life.
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39th Annual Peach Festival attracts record crowds (Photos)
web posted June 22, 2009
TRENTON – The 39th Trenton Ridge Peach Festival, held on Saturday, was a huge success with perhaps the largest crowds ever to attend. Festival Chairwoman Melody Boylston thanked everyone for coming as dignitaries gathered on the stage in the park after the parade. “The weather is great,” Mrs. Boylston said, “God is so good.” The town was teeming with activities with over 100 vendors and rides for children of all ages covering the town park in addition to live entertainment throughout the day.
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One man injured in near head-on collision Sunday morning (Photos)
web posted June 22, 2009
MERRIWETHER – One man was transported to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta early Sunday morning after a near head-on collision on Currytown Road. Dispatchers began getting 911 calls of the crash shortly after 8:30 am reporting at least one injury and a possible entrapment bringing the Merriwether Fire Department, First Responders, EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies and the Highway Patrol to the scene. The crash scene littered about 100 yards of Currytown Road shutting down all traffic as rescuers worked to treat the injured driver and immobilize him for transport. The second driver was uninjured in the collision.
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Community Voice Mail coming to Edgefield County to help unemployed, homeless
web posted June 22, 2009
COUNTY – Richard Garcia, Community Voice Mail Site Manager, announces that they have received a grant to expand Community Voice Mail service into Edgefield County. "We hope to make extensive progress in the next month and be well along by the end of the year. At this point we are trying to identify agencies and individuals who have a passionate or vested interest in providing 24/7 personal, confidential, local voice mail boxes, in either English or Spanish, to people who are  going through either a crisis or a transition period".
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Allendale woman killed in Sunday crash
web posted June 22, 2009
AIKEN – A 54-year-old Allendale woman was killed in a single car crash in Aiken County Sunday evening according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Vicki Gregory Welch, of Allendale, was pronounced dead on the scene after being ejected from the Chevy S-10 Blazer in the crash on Colbert Bridge Road.
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Trenton man arrested in Armed Robbery (Photo)
web posted June 22, 2009
AIKEN – A Trenton man has been arrested and charged in connection to the April 15, 2009, armed robbery of the Greg’s Gas Plus located at 1186 Edgefield Road in North Augusta. Rickey Brunson, 52, of S.E. Diggs Road in Trenton, was taken into custody last Thursday and has been charged with possession of a weapon during the commissoin of a violent crime and armed robbery, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
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Public Auction, Saturday, June 27
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 22, 2009
MONETTA – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Frances Smith of Monetta, SC. The sale will be held at her home located at 237 Main St., Monetta, SC, 29105. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time (9:30 am). Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Guest Column: Today Everyone Is an Iranian
By Amil Imani
Contributor to The American Thinker
web posted June 22, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy. Today, all Iranian expatriates are united in solidarity with the Iranian people in Iran. Today, we are all standing tall to let the world hear our continuous aspiration for a free and democratic Iran. Today, we pledge ourselves, under the divine inspiration, to stand beside the Iranians in Iran and echo their voices around the globe. Today, we make history, yet again.
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Wise Tech Tips: Summarizing Backups
By James Wise
web posted June 22, 2009
TECH TIPS – “My computer blew up and I lost all my files including all the pictures of my children! What was that backup thing I was supposed to be doing?” No one wants to be in this position. We’ve talked about different backup options before, but today’s the day we summarize it all into one complete backup strategy. We can handle all of this using free programs.
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Vacation is over, way too soon
A Column by the Editor
web posted June 22, 2009
COLUMN – Vacation is over and it is good to be back home. Although, I will say that I miss the cool days, and even cooler nights, in the mountains of North Carolina over the past week. Returning home from highs in the 70’s to attend the Peach Festival on Saturday with temperatures reaching triple digits was quite a drastic change for my body to adjust to so rapidly. As we got to the bottom of the mountain Friday morning and temperatures were already in the high 90’s I radioed back to my lovely bride who was following behind, “let’s go back up."
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NewsBusters
web posted June 22, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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No Headline updates for Friday
web posted June 18, 2009
WEBNEWS – No Headline stories are available today. No further updates will be available until Monday, June 22.

Donna Livingston named Business Woman of the Year (Photo)
web posted June 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – There is a simple way to lose weight," Nancy Goslen of the Diabetes and Nutrition Teaching Center at Aiken Regional Hospital told a roomful of women at the Women in Business Luncheon held Friday at Strom Thurmond High School. "Push away from the table (eat smaller portions) and avoid being a couch potato (develop a regular exercise program). "How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off" was the focus of the luncheon, even down to the healthy, nutritious meal of baked chicken, brown rice, green beans and a fruit medley.
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First Fill-A-Bus Cruise-in a success (Photo)
web posted June 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The first Fill-A-Bus Cruise-in held at the SRP Federal Credit Union in Apple Square Plaza Saturday was a success, said representatives of the four sponsors involved. It was the first such event, planned to raise money to help children return to school in the fall with adequate school supplies. It was sponsored by Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, SRP Federal Credit Union, Southern Eagles Motorcycle Club of Edgefield and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
"For the first one, it was a great success," said Donna Livingston, director of the Chamber of Commerce.
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Convicted car thief arrested again
web posted June 16, 2009
JOHNSTON – A convicted car thief has been arrested again over the weekend, this time in Johnston, Timothy Lamont Boyd, 27, was taken into custody on Saturday and has been charged with possession of stolen vehicle and simple possession of marijuana. He was still being held Monday night jail officials said.
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Religion: True Deadline
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted June 16, 2009
RELIGION – I watched a video online last week of WYFF, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, SC, flip the switch to change all of their broadcasting from analog to digital. They did it with a lot of ceremony. They had the reporter in the room with the CEO of WYFF and a host of other people. They then showed a gentleman, in the transmission room on top of Caesar’s Head, who shut down the analog signal for good at exactly 7am on Friday June 12th.
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39th Annual Ridge Peach Festival Gets Underway Saturday
web posted June 15, 2009
TRENTON – The 39th Annual Ridge Peach Festival is perfect for the entire family, with something for all ages. The festival begins at 9 am and features 115 unique arts and crafts, vintage antiques, a quaint country store with homemade peach desserts and preserves, fresh local peaches from Titan Farms, Mayfield peach ice cream, a bounty of delicious foods including barbecue, funnel cakes, sausage dogs and boiled peanuts, live entertainment all day, plus carnival rides, inflatables, bungee jump and climbing wall.
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Wise Tech Tips: Free Photo Tools
By James Wise
web posted June 15, 2009
TECH TIPS – In today’s world, many of us are using digital cameras to take pictures of our family, trips, events, and more. Quite often our skills or cameras aren’t at a professional level. In that case, some simple editing might be in order such as redeye removal, sharpening, straitening, among other tools. Recently, a reader wrote to ask about suggestions for a photo editing program. In today’s column, I wanted to offer a couple of different options for this: Picasa and Windows Live Photo Gallery. Both of these programs are free and offer some easy to use tools for photo editing, organization, and sharing.
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No Saturday update this weekend
web posted June 12, 2009
WEBNEWS – There will be no updates for Saturday, June 13, due to regular scheduled upgrades and maintenance that will begin at midnight Friday and run through noon Sunday. Updates will return Monday, June 15. All content of EdgefieldDaily.com will be available to access during this time period.

Citizens asked to help locate suspected murderer
web posted June 12, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – Aiken County Authorities are looking for Dewayne “Dottie” Isaac in connection to a murder that took place at 374 Woodberry Lane and a BOLO (Be on the lookout) was given to area law enforcement agencies with his description being a black male standing 5’ 7” tall with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen driving a Town and Country mini-van with a Georgia license plate of AXK 1426. He is wanted in the shooting death of 32-year-old Exzradrian Holloway of 542 Hugh St. North Augusta.
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Zoning change in Merriwether now heading to County Council after approval by Planning Commission
web posted June 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Planning Commission held their regular monthly meeting Thursday night with the topic of discussion being a public hearing regarding the rezoning of two parcels of land owned by Hagler Systems on Five Notch Road. George McCall gave about a twenty minute presentation about the company and the pumping equipment they produce. The public hearing opened and those opposed to the rezoning began taking the podium to voice their views.
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NWTF Names Tony Brown New Director of Human Resources (Photo)
web posted June 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation has named Tony Brown, PHR, of Graniteville, S.C., as its new Director of Human Resources. In his new role, Brown will oversee matters including recruiting, hiring and employee relations. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of South Carolina and a certification from the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources.
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“Kung Fu Panda” Movie on the Square Saturday night
web posted June 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – This Saturday, June 13th, the Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) will show “Kung Fu Panda” on Edgefield’s downtown square. This will be the second movie of the ECDA’s free summer “Downtown Drive-In” series. 
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Found Cat
web posted June 12, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Black female cat found on Woodlawn Road, very sweet and loving. Appears to be spayed. Call 803-442-3899.

Three sent to MCG in afternoon collision (Photos)
web posted June 11, 2009
MERRIWETHER – An afternoon collision sent three men to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta and closed all traffic on Sweetwater Road shortly before 5 pm. Merriwether First Responders, Firefighters, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol all responded to the scene to find the three men in two SUV’s complaining of back and neck pain and possible broken bones.
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Rezoning request in Merriwether to have Public Hearing tonight
web posted June 11, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Public Hearing will be held at the Edgefield County Planning Commission on the rezoning of two parcels of property owned by Hagler Systems on West Five Notch Road and the corner of Murrah Road. The parcels are currently listed and were purchased as residential property. Hagler Systems requested to rezone the two lots as Industrial at last month’s meeting.
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Shane Massey Voices Opposition to Socialized Medicine
web posted June 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina State Senator and Republican Candidate for Congress Shane Massey voiced his opposition to President Barack Obama’s plan to nationalize America’s healthcare system on Thursday. "This past weekend President Obama revealed an early draft of his government-operated healthcare plan, and today I announce my firm opposition to this unfair government takeover of America’s healthcare system,” Massey said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Recent article on Johnston Town Council budget clarified
web posted June 11, 2009
JOHNSTON – A recent article on the Johnston Town Council’s vote to approve a 2.9 millage rate increase is in need of clarification on points brought forward by the town leaders. In the report the budget, “does not provide for the use of town savings”, suggesting the town has a reserve fund. The Town of Johnston does not have “savings” and is operating without reserve funds, according to town officials.
EdgefieldDaily.com

STH Wrestling Team to hold car wash as fundraiser
web posted June 11, 2009
PSA – The Strom Thurmond Wrestling team will be having a yard sale/car wash/raffle on Saturday June 20. We will be raising money for the team to go to wrestling camp at Newbery College this summer. It will be held hat 305 Calhoun Street (Clark's Cuts & Kennels) in Johnston From 7:30 am until 12:30. Please come out and support these boys. Get Dad's car washed for Father's Day.

Rumors of resignations no longer rumors - School District CFO, MES Principal make it official
web posted June 10, 2009
COUNTY – Three resignations were received recently at the Edgefield County School District. Rumors circling of the School District’s Chief financial Officer Teresa Clark, well over a week ago, became reality when she tendered her resignation at the District office. Parents in Merriwether were already talking about a double whammy at Merriwether Elementary.
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Good news: No burglaries reported in a week
web posted June 10, 2009
COUNTY – It has been strangely quiet across the county this week after the arrest of Robert Webber on June 3. Not a single burglary has been reported. Some say that would indicate that Mr. Webber must have been behind the recent crime wave. They would be wrong. Sheriff’s Investigators say that Webber is not behind all of the recent burglaries and are they are still investigating the crimes. 
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NOTICE: Upgrades, maintenance, and vacation to limit updates next week
web posted June 10, 2009
WEBNEWS – It is time for the annual maintenance of EdgefieldDaily.com, and vacation. Although the upgrades and maintenance, which will begin on Saturday June 13, should take only two days, the full content of EdgefieldDaily.com will be available online without interruption. Updates from June 15 through June 20 will be limited due to vacation. As always the Wandering Minds will be updated each day during that time. Any major breaking news story will also be posted within hours during the time period.

Pastor Williams : Good Riddance
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted June 10, 2009
RELIGION – Chen Fuchao felt as though he had no reason to live. He was $290,000 in debt from a failed construction project, and saw no way out but to kill himself. He climbed to the top of the Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou, China, where eleven other people have attempted suicide since April of this year. Fuchao intended to be the twelfth.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Large controlled burn gets underway today at Lick Fork
web posted June 10, 2009
COUNTY – Anne B. Kiser, the Long Cane District Ranger for Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, announced a large prescribed burn that will be taking place today in the Lick Fork Lake area. “This is the latest and largest burn we on the Long Cane Ranger District have ever conducted. We are doing it for ecological reasons. This is the time of year when, if left alone, nature would do it for us via lightning. We are attempting to re-create what nature does best. We know that these growing season (or "lightning season") burns control undesirable hardwoods and stimulate grasses in the understory,” she said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Regatta Season Is Here – Be Safe
web posted June 10, 2009
PSA – Regatta is defined as: “A boat race or an organized series of boat races.”  In our CSRA there a number of such regattas during the summer months.  Last weekend it was drag racing at Wildwood Park, which was well-attended by spectators on shore and on the lake. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Found Dog
web posted June 10, 2009
PSA – FOUND near Turkey Federation 6-7-09 brown & white border collie. Please call 803-480-5741 or 480-1514 with identifying info.

Popular Postman moving on (Photo)
 web posted June 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Local people will miss a familiar face at the Edgefield Post Office as of yesterday, and hospital and nursing home patients will miss the healing lunch-hour music that he provided faithfully. Wallace Watkins has accepted a temporary position with the potential to become permanent at the Vaucluse Post Office in his hometown.
"I've dealt with it," he said. "I hate to leave. But I will be three and a half miles from home."
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bettis Academy science building gets makeover (Photo)
web posted June 10, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – The second of the original buildings of the former Bettis Academy and Junior College to be restored to its original character was dedicated Sunday on the Bettis Academy campus. Approximately 150 people attended. A "walk-through" and reception followed the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated Science Building, located adjacent to Biddle Hall Museum. Biddle Hall was the first of four historic buildings remaining on the campus at the turn of the 21st century to be restored.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Obama Tells American Businesses to Drop Dead
web posted June 10, 2009
(Bloomberg) -- I’ve finally figured out the Obama economic strategy. President Barack Obama and his team have been having so much fun wielding dictatorial power while rescuing “failed” firms, that they have developed a scheme to gain the same power over every business. The plan is to enact policies that are so anticompetitive that every firm needs a bailout. Once that happens, their new pay czar Kenneth Feinberg can set the wage for everybody and Rahm Emanuel can stack the boards of all of our companies with his political cronies.
Bloomberg.com

Full Report - Johnston Council passes first reading on new budget with deep cuts, 2.9 millage increase
web posted June 10, 2009
JOHNSTON - What was expected to be a contentious town council meeting, with Council holding first reading on a budget that includes a 2.9 millage increase, a two-percent hospitality tax on all prepared food and drink sold in restaurants and bars and a dramatic decrease in funding on most everything else, turned out to be simple government in action - only without any of the fuss.
EdgefieldDaily.com

EXCLUSIVE: Teacher Advisory Cabinet member says Dr. Crenshaw, School District, architects of “Voluntary Submission Form”
Claim makes "voluntary" teacher initiative illegal
web posted June 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – A voluntary submission form given to all Edgefield County School District teachers to forego half of their local supplement pay, or $1,250, touted as a teacher initiative has now been called into question by a member of the Teacher Advisory Cabinet. “It was presented to the Teacher Advisor Committee by Dr. Crenshaw. She even said it was illegal for them (the district) to do it that’s why she was bringing it to us. It was not our idea,” a Teacher Advisory Cabinet member stated.
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Five burglaries solved: Sheriff thanks citizens who aided in arrest
web posted June 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has solved at least five recent crimes since last Wednesday’s arrest of Robert Anthony Webber on Garrett Road following an exhaustive manhunt. Webber is currently being held without bond at the Edgefield County Detention Center and has been charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary. More charges could be forthcoming as the investigation progresses, Sheriff Adell Dobey said Monday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Town Council passes first reading on new budget with deep cuts, 2.9 millage increase
web posted June 9, 2009
JOHNSTON –  What was expected to be a contentious town council meeting, with Council holding first reading on a budget that includes a 2.9 millage increase, a two-percent hospitality tax on all prepared food and drink sold in restaurants and bars and a dramatic decrease in funding on most everything else, turned out to be simple government in action - only without any of the fuss.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Five killed in Aiken County crash
web posted June 9, 2009
AIKEN – Five people were killed in a three car crash Monday night according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. The crash happened at approximately 9:30 pm on New Holland Rd. in Aiken County approximately a mile north of Highway 302.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Edgefield County Red Sox win 2009 USSSA All-Star Challenge (Photo)
 web posted June 9, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Red Sox entered their 1st USSSA tournament this past weekend and ended up going 4-0 and winning the 2009 USSSA All-Star Challenge in Greenwood SC. The team was made up of players from Edgefield, Johnston, Bettis Academy, and Merriwether.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Space Still Available for Aiken Camp Success
Seventh & Eighth Graders to Explore Opportunities in Technology, and Engineering & Science
web posted June 9, 2009
AIKEN – There is still space available for students interested in attending Camp Success, an academic day camp for middle school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Hosted by the Silver Crescent Foundation, the Ruth Patrick Science Center at USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College, Camp Success is a fun and engaging program that helps young people explore how science and math make the world a better place to live.  
EdgefieldDaily.com

2009 -2010 Sixth Grade Orientation set for JET Middle School
web posted June 9, 2009
COUNTY – A fun day for students to meet the teachers and principals, work with lockers, tour the school, and participate in media center and gym activities.  Parents are welcome to attend a parent question and answer session and tour the school separate from student activities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

South Carolina Loses 122 Students Every Day
web posted June 9, 2009
STATE – According to a recent release by the South Carolinians for Responsible Government, 122 public high school students are lost each day in South Carolina. That’s according to a new report on high school dropouts by Education  Week magazine, entitled “Diplomas Count 2009.” The nonpartisan report looked at how successfully public high schools in  South Carolina and across the nation prepare students for college. The  data was based on state reporting to the federal government for students in the freshmen class of 2005-06.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Superintendent sought legal advice from outside firm: state investigation on grants confirmed
web posted June 8, 2009
COUNTY – A recent Freedom of Information request (FOIA) made on May 18 to the Edgefield County School District for documentation of the “Voluntary Submission Form” distributed to every teacher in the district in early May was received on June 2. Among the documents requested was the number of teachers who agreed, disagreed, and did not respond to the form. According to results provided, just over half (163) agreed to forego half of their local supplement (or $1,250); there were 98 who said no and 51 who did not respond.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Town Council faces unprecedented budget dilemma tonight
web posted June 8, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will be debating their first reading of the town’s 2009-2010 budget tonight that, by all observations, looks to be a lively discussion with the town forced to adhere to the most restrictive budget in recent memory. With nearly no substantial reserves, and the town council with only $111 in contingency funds and all department miscellaneous funds cut to zero, the town is on the brink of one of its most important fiscal decisions ever.
EdgefieldDaily.com

The anatomy of the arrest of Robert Webber (Photos)
web posted June 8, 2009
COUNTY – The arrest of Robert Webber, caught in the act of an active burglary last Wednesday, has taken on a life of its own in some respects. EdgefieldDaily.com is the only media able to provide a step-by-step record of the events that led to his capture and the names of those involved due to being the only media outlet on the scene.
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The Class of 2009
web posted June 8, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Class of 2009 crossed the stage to receive their diplomas Friday night and proud parents and students alike saw it as a beginning of the next generation of those who will lead our community, state, and nation, in the years to come.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wise Tech Tips: Backup your data with SyncBack
By James Wise
web posted June 8, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Are you backing up your data yet? We’ve talked about some ways of doing this in previous columns. Today, we’ll talk about SyncBack, the free program I use for backing up the data my computers. SyncBack is a free, easy to use, feature rich program for synchronizing or backing up folders.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Obama given new status by media: he is “sort of God”
A column by the Editor
web posted June 8, 2009
COLUMN – The bias of the national media towards socialists, Marxists, and communist dictators has reached a pinnacle. During the election cycle they declared Barack Hussein Obama their messiah and made sure photos used in love letters disguised as “news” coverage made it appear Obama had a halo around his head. Now, they have gone way too far declaring Obama is a “sort of God”. Yes, you read that right, God. Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, on Friday, declared on MSNBC: "I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God." Host Chris Matthews can be heard agreeing saying, “Yeah”, in the clip.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NewsBusters
web posted June 8, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Webber to be charged in at least two more burglaries, investigation continues (Photo)
 web posted June 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Robert Webber, 35, is still being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on charges of burglary in the second degree and grand larceny from his arrest on Wednesday. According to jail officials no bond has been set as of Friday. The investigation continues to expand with Investigator Phil Ireland saying Friday that they have tied Webber to at least two other burglaries. “We’re going to be filing for the warrants,” Inv. Ireland said adding that it could be as late as Monday before the formal charges are filed.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Graduation: Congratulations to the Class of 2009
web posted June 6, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Class of 2009 have now entered the world of adulthood as they walked across the stage and received their diplomas. Many will seek higher education and others will enter the workforce as they begin their new lives. EdgefieldDaily.com salutes each student on their accomplishments and a full report will be published Monday including the speeches given at the graduation.

Booking photo released, burglary investigation expanding
web posted June 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The investigation into the burglary on Republican Road that led to the arrest of Robert Anthony Webber, 35, of Jennings Road in Augusta, Ga., is expanding at a rapid rate and has now crossed state lines. Sheriff Adell Dobey said there have been many new developments in the case but due to the information being obtained progressing so fast his office would be fairly tight lipped to protect the integrity of the investigation. The booking photo was not released for publication until Thursday afternoon for the same reason.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Reassessments underway
web posted June 5, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County is in the process of our Countywide Reassessment Program which all counties are required under South Carolina law to implement every five years. Our last reassessment was done in 2006 and we expect to complete the current reassessment by December 31, 2010.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wagener man dies in single car crash Thursday evening
web posted June 5, 2009
AIKEN – A Wagener man became the 13th fatality on Aiken County roads Thursday evening. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said 40 year old, Stanley A. Jones of Wagener, was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle crash that happened around 6:15 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor, legislators comment on Supreme Court ruling on Stimulus money
web posted June 5, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford responded to the Supreme Court's verdict Thursday that he must apply for a disputed $700 million in stimulus funds, allowing the General Assembly to spend those dollars rather than use them for state debt relief. "Some very clear handwriting was on the wall with respect to how the Supreme Court would come down on this issue, and while we're not surprised by the verdict we're certainly disappointed," Gov. Sanford said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

“Rendezvous on the Rooftop” to be held for STH Class of 1979
web posted June 5, 2009
PSA – A gathering hosted for the Thirtieth Reunion honoring the Strom Thurmond High Class of 1979 will be held on Saturday, June 13th. The evening will begin around 4:30 until. All Class of 79 classmates, and especially those who may be in town for the Alumni weekend events, are invited to a preparty celebration “Rendezvous on the Rooftop”. The party will be on the rooftop of Edge Salon and Spa located at 43 Crystal Lake Drive in Hammond’s Ferry in North Augusta. The gathering will be held rain or shine.  All 1979 graduates are welcomed. For further information, directions, or to RSVP, call 803-640-6453 and leave a message for Valerie Smith Towles.

Citizen holds suspected burglar at gunpoint, aids in arrest (Photos)
web posted June 3, 2009 4:50 pm
MERRIWETHER – Citizens doing their part to stop the rash of burglaries paid off after a Richmond County man was taken into custody by an armed homeowner Wednesday afternoon. Jamie Tyler, of Garrett Road, said he saw the man the Sheriff’s Office was hunting run from behind a shed in his yard and pulled his Glock 9 mm pistol and ordered the man to the ground. “I had my gun on him and yelled at him to get down, get down, or I’ll put you down.” When the suspect turned around and saw the gun pointed at him he complied and deputies arrived moments later to take him into custody.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police arrest 15 year old in connection to burglaries
web posted June 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Wednesday that they have solved a few of the recent burglaries with the arrest of a 15-year-old on Tuesday. “He’s cooperating with us,” Chief Aston said and that the information is being used for further investigations. “Right now we’ve tied him to burglaries on Monks Way, Hill Drive, and China Berry,” Aston said, “and possibly one more.” Chief Aston also asked that residents be on the look out for teens walking together that look out of place and are carrying backpacks.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston man found not guilty of sex with 13 year old
web posted June 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The two day trial of Justin Broadwater ended Tuesday afternoon when a jury returned to the court room to announce a verdict of not guilty. Broadwater was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old Johnston girl in April of 2007. The girl discovered she was pregnant and told her mother who notified police. Broadwater was 19 at the time. Mr. Broadwater gave a sign of relief as the verdict was read as his father smiled and shook the hand of Defense Attorney Lance Sheek.
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Business owner offers $3,000 reward after burglary
web posted June 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – The owner of Mid Atlantic Saw and Seal Company in Johnston is offering a $3,000 reward to anyone offering information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a burglary at the business last week. Jamie Rushton said the total of tools and materials stolen from the business has topped $125,000. “They knew what they were doing,” he said. The stolen truck used to haul away the materials was found abandoned in Beech Island on Tuesday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NewsBusters
web posted June 4, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Local Youth Foundation wins celebrity golf tournament (Photo)
web posted June 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – During Memorial Day Weekend, mentors from local area youth foundation, CHOICES-A LifeTime Development, Inc. participated and were named champions of a celebrity golf tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida. The actual tournament was held at the very pristine Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach, Florida and was named for former NFL great Ottis "OJ" Anderson. 
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ERA Sponsors Shopping Extravaganza
web posted June 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – ERA Sponsors of the upcoming Shopping Extravaganza says "Y’all come!"  On Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, from 10 AM to 6 PM, Edgefield Regional Arts will sponsor a 50% off sale of beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories by famed Southern in-home shopping designer, Doncasterr.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Found Dog: Beagle
web posted June 4, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Found, Brown, black, and white female beagle with pink collar in the area of Horns Creek and Buck Tylers. Call 803-637-9058 to identify and claim.

County Council votes for final reading on budget after two-hour debate
web posted June 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council passed the final reading of the County Budget in the most convoluted and disorderly fashion ever seen in recent history. The $8.2 million dollar budget received a passing vote at the work session two weeks ago and was thought to have easy passage at Tuesday night’s meeting. That didn’t happen. The first motion by Councilwoman Genia Blackwell to approve the balanced budget died for lack of a second. At that time Chairman Monroe Kneece moved on with the business of the meeting.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police question suspect after six burglaries in three days
web posted June 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are working six burglaries that have taken place over the past three days but have a suspect they were interviewing shortly after the last burglary on Hill Drive Tuesday morning. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Tuesday as he arrived at the Police Department that a tip led them to a 15-year-old suspect. “We got a tip and we were able to identify some of the stolen property,” Chief Aston said. He would not elaborate other than to say that there is a possibility that the teen may be tied to some of the recent burglaries in the area. “We won’t know until we talk to him,” Aston said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lawsuit may loom over Fox Creek School Board elections
web posted June 3, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A candidate for the Fox Creek School Board of Directors has obtained a lawyer and is threatening legal action over the way the school board elections were handled by the current administration. A Letter obtained by EdgefieldDaily.com from attorney John Long to the Fox Creek School Board lays out a complaint that states the elections held were improper and seeks to have the results found to be “null and void”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: Johnston marches toward financial disaster
Guest Article
by Former Johnston Mayor Dean Campbell

web posted June 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – When I left the Johnston Mayor’s office three years ago, I told the Johnston Town Council I’d be keeping an eye on them. I have. Now, I think it’s time our citizens get a glimpse of a financial fiasco that we citizens are about to pay for.
For three years, the Mayor and Council have apparently shut their eyes when it came to budget management, so they ended up raising taxes they didn’t need and spending money they don’t have.  How do I know?  Let’s look at the facts.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fox Creek HS targeted for vandalism again
web posted June 3, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek Charter High School was targeted yet again for vandalism Tuesday night when Sheriff’s Investigators were called to the school after a parent called to report suspicious activity at the school. When Deputies arrived they found the school had been vandalized by students in what police believe to be a “senior prank”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Religion: This little light of mine
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted June 3, 2009
RELIGION – Do you remember singing the song, “This Little Light of Mine”, when you were a kid? How long has it been since you sang it? Do you remember the words? The song repeats “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” Several times, followed by “Let it shine, shine, shine, let it shine.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: EC Warriors are building a strong team character early in the season
web posted June 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – This past weekend the EC Warriors 16U AA travel baseball team from Edgefield County traveled to Aiken High School to play in the USSSA's Dixie Diamond Classic.  Manager Ty Face and Coach Danny Wilson gave the team goals to accomplish during this tournament.  The teams goals this weekend was; no errors (15 total last tournament and this tournament only had 1), pitchers get ahead in the count,
be enthusiastic during the game, and communicate out on the field when the ball is in play.
EdgefiledDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer clarifies points in earlier letter
web posted June 3, 2009
Dear Editor,
Perhaps I should have been more clear with my recent letter regarding the mainstream media and its liberal bias.  First off, I have never met, nor do I know the gentleman who formerly served as the ROTC Instructor at STHS. In addition, I have only this morning learned of the problems he and his son have had with the Edgefield County School District. Furthermore, I did not see the recent television interview with his son concerning his problems at school.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Just Dessert with the 2010 Census
web posted June 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – "You have one chance to make a difference in the next 10 years," U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Doris Jones told a small group gathered at the Edgefield County Public Library Thursday night. The occasion was a Just Dessert with the 2010 Census to help educate the community about how participation in the upcoming Census will benefit them, their businesses and family.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office appeals to citizens for help on burglaries
web posted June 2, 2009
COUNTY – To all citizens, we need your help. Due to an increase in the number of burglaries happening throughout the county, surrounding counties and the state of South Carolina, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s office is asking citizens to be on the look out for any suspicious activity happening around their neighborhoods.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Five more burglaries reported across the county
web posted June 2, 2009
COUNTY – As Edgefield County Sheriff Dobey issues a call for citizens to be ever watchful for suspicious vehicles, persons, or activity due to the recent crime wave, several more burglaries were reported and one was prevent due to a tip from a man who saw two men kicking on a door as he passed Sunday afternoon.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Town Council approves final reading on budget
web posted June 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council gave final approval to their $1,257,100 budget that assesses not property taxes for residents and includes a 2% raise for town employees. The vote to approve the budget was unanimous with Councilman Otis Yeldell being absent due to a work conflict. A public hearing held just prior to the vote drew no comments from local citizens at the meeting.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff Adell Dobey “Visitor of the Month” at Edgefield Town Council meeting
web posted June 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Sheriff Adell Dobey was the “visitor of the month” at the Edgefield Town Council meeting Monday night and explained the operations of his office and the departments under his supervision as well as providing some eye opening statistics including almost 20,000 calls to the dispatchers last year requesting area law enforcement. The call volume totals did not include calls for EMS or Fire Departments Sheriff Dobey said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Congressional Candidate Shane Massey Releases Statement on General Motors Bankruptcy
web posted June 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield), Republican Candidate for Congress, released the following statement today regarding the General Motors bankruptcy. "This is a sad day for America. It’s sad not only because a great company that once stood as a global symbol for American prosperity has declared bankruptcy, but also because our government is now the majority owner of the nation's largest auto manufacturer."
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor Sanford Won't Appeal S.C. Supreme Court Decision
web posted June 2, 2009
COLUMBIA – After a federal judge today sent two stimulus lawsuits back to the state Supreme Court, Governor Mark Sanford said he would not make any state or federal appeals of whatever is decided by the state's top court, and will abide by whatever their decision is regarding a disputed $700 million in federal stimulus funds.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Russia: American capitalism gone with a whimper
web posted June 2, 2009
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
Pravda.Ru

Burglary reports continue over the weekend
web posted June 1, 2009
COUNTY – At least two more burglaries were reported over the weekend with one taking place on the 700 block of Edisto Street in Johnston and a second on Lovers Lane off Macedonia Road in the southern portion of the county that has been plagued with burglaries over the past two months.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County to hold final reading on $8.2 million budget Tuesday night
web posted June 1, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding the third and final reading of the County’s 2009 - 2010 fiscal year budget tomorrow night after unprecedented scrutiny by county council members over the past few months. Something that has not taken place during a budget process in over a decade. Due to revenue reductions the county was forced to make almost $600,000 in cuts. Two weeks ago the county council voted on a budget amendment that would fund county operations, no charge-back to employees (reduction in pay) for insurance, some funding for NGO's and accomplished it all without a tax increase.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County EMS offers free CPR Classes for the Summer
web posted June 1, 2009
COUNTY – CPR for Family and Friends will be taught at the Edgefield County Emergency Services located at 35 Starr Road, Edgefield, South Carolina. There is no charge for the class. This is a basic course on CPR that is suggested for ages 12 years and up. For teenagers that will be baby sitting younger siblings this summer this would be an excellent class on how to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, injuries and choking.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Organizers say Petition signers names to be held in confidence
web posted June 1, 2009
Dear Editor,
The on-line Petition to Terminate Crenshaw’s Contract has been secured so that anyone - teachers, staff, board members, whoever, can sign the petition with absolute confidentiality, unless of course the signer tells someone they signed it.  As of May 29, 2009 at 1223 hours, the site has been changed to no longer allow the viewing of signatures by any signatory except one person.  The signature database has been secured and will not be released to anyone outside of a court order.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wise Tech Tips: Start Programs the Easy Way with Launchy
By James Wise
web posted June 1, 2009
TECH TIPS – Do you have a lot of programs on your computer? Do you find yourself wasting time finding and starting your programs? If so, you might want to checkout one of my favorite free utilities called Launchy.
EdgefieldDaily.com


US Coast Guard Auxiliary Teaches Boating Safety Course
web posted June 1, 2009
COUNTY – Warm weather, the end of the school year, Memorial Day, each one
signally the unofficial start of boating season. Do you know how to be safe on the water? It’s never too early or toolate to take a boating safety class. You didn’t’ get behind the wheel of a car without proper instruction, yet each year thousands of people operate a boat without a prior instruction or formal training. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Palmetto Dance Academy to present “Be the Change”
web posted June 1, 2009
SALUDA – Palmetto Dance Academy of Saluda will present their annual showcase of talent on Sunday, June 7th, 3pm at the Batesburg High School Fine Arts Center.  The show is a culminating event not only for the dancers and their talents but also for their year of outstanding community service work. This year the studio has had a focus of increasing community service and volunteer efforts. While volunteering is essential to the dancers’ curriculum each year, this year it has been extended to involve family and friends of the studio. Together the efforts of the dancers, their families, and the community have contributed to nearly 800 total volunteer hours or twenty 40-hour work weeks.
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When to Seek Help for Your Headache
By Dr. Harold McGrade
web posted June 1, 2009
AUGUSTA – “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” used to be the prescription of choice for headache sufferers. But as anyone who has ever experienced a debilitating headache knows, sometimes that old advice just isn’t enough. According to the National Headache Foundation, 29.5 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from migraines, headaches that are severe enough to affect your work or your enjoyment of daily activities.
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