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June 2010 Archive

Gamecocks take National Title
web posted June 30, 2010
OMAHA: NEB – The South Carolina Gamecocks won its first ever national championship in baseball Tuesday night after an 11-inning battle with UCLA. The Gamecocks defeated the UCLA Bruins 2-1, winning the College World Series championship after a walk of Scott Wingo set up the scoring run.
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Funding, estimates place Calliham project over $200,000 in the red before it starts
web posted June 30, 2010
EDGEFIELD – As Edgefield County moves forward on the Calliham building remodeling project that has been under recent scrutiny, the amount of money available for the project is also important to consider. The county received roughly $625,000 to replace the office spaces lost during the fire on Church Street on July 5, 2007. The county used $315,000 of those funds to purchase the building and property leaving an estimated $310,000 to cover the cost of remodeling.
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Fighter’s death ruled “accidental”
web posted June 30, 2010
AIKEN – Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the death of 30-year-old mix martial arts fighter Michael Kirkman would be ruled accidental following an autopsy performed on Tuesday in Newberry. “Michael Kirkham died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain due to the injuries/blows to the head he received during the MMA match,” Carlton said.
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Farming ATV stolen from Johnston barn
web posted June 30, 2010
JOHNSTON – The theft of a Honda Rancher was reported to the Sheriff’s Office Monday morning just before 9 am after workers found the ATV missing from a barn on the 500 block of Younce Pond Road. According to incident reports, there were no signs of forced entry to the barn.
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Religion: Life On A Cliff
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted June 30, 2010
RELIGION – When I was in college I went through various phases. One of these phases was when I used men’s hair wax, it was pretty bad. During my sophomore year, I was a long haired mountain climber. I enjoyed this phase. I liked my curly locks, and climbing mountains was really amazing.  I never did anything too big, but I loved it.
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Slade Lake Pedal Boat Company Opens on Slade Lake – “Just 36 Acres of Leisure”
web posted June 30, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Slade Lake Pedal Boat Company is pleased to announce its grand opening on beautiful Slade Lake in Edgefield, SC on July 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. The Slade Lake Pedal Boat Company is excited about the opportunity to provide safe pedal boat rentals for the residents of Edgefield and in neighboring communities.
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Sign-up for 4-H Camp Fire starts this week
By: Stephen Pohlman, Jr.
web posted June 30, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Clemson Extension Office is pleased to announce this year’s summer camp as 4-H Camp Fire. 4-H Camp Fire is a chance for youth to spend two days learning the role of fire in a forest ecosystem and its effects on wildlife. Youth will participate in hands-on activities that teach them the importance of fire. Camp will be centered on forestry, wildlife, and 4-H Shooting Sports activities.
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Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program: McCormick & Edgefield County
Child Abuse-What You Can Do
web posted June 30, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Child abuse and neglect; you’ve read about it in the newspaper, magazine articles, maybe on the internet.  You probably have seen special reports or entire shows devoted to it on television.  It’s something that happens in another state, another town, but never in our community. The grim reality is that it does happen to children in our communities—maybe even next door.
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Storms wreak havoc across the county
web posted June 29, 2010
COUNTY – Severe thunderstorms made their way across Edgefield County Monday afternoon causing downed trees, power outages, roads blocked, flooding, and several homes reported struck by lightening. The storms began moving into the county around 3:30 pm and by 5 pm dispatchers were overwhelmed by calls that kept several fire departments, SCDOT, and Deputies trying to keep up as the storms intensified.
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Martial Arts Competitor dies from injuries in competition
web posted June 29, 2010
AIKEN – Michael Kirkham, 30, of Gaston SC, was pronounced dead on Monday morning at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken. Mr. Kirkham was a participant in the Professional Mixed Martial Arts Competition at the USCA Convocation Center on Saturday June 26, 2010.
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Thefts continue over weekend
web posted June 29, 2010
COUNTY – More thefts were reported over the weekend with the first coming from the Trenton area and two more in Johnston by Saturday reporting over $5,000 in property being stolen.
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Edgefield tops Johnston 13-2 in Dixie Youth All Star Qualifier
web posted June 29, 2010
RIDGE SPRING – The Edgefield Dixie Youth Minor League All-Star team qualified for the District Tournament Monday night with a resounding 13-2 win over Johnston. Starting pitcher, Jud Childress went the distance for Edgefield as he scattered 3 hits over 4 innings of work. 
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Johnston Farmer’s and Artist’s Market returns by popular demand
web posted June 29, 2010
JOHNSTON – Due to the tremendous success of the first market, the Johnston Development Corporation is again sponsoring another Farmer’s and Artist’s market this week.
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Reed suing Aiken County: Sought Assessor job back last year
web posted June 28, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Building Director Michael (Mike) Reed is suing Aiken County after resigning as Tax Assessor in 2007. The basis of the lawsuit is his claims of a hostile work environment by the county administrator and county council chairman. Reed, who left the job as Edgefield County’s Assessor to assume the Aiken County position, was rehired in Edgefield County in 2007 as Building Director.
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Two adults, two children injured in Saturday crash
web posted June 28, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A notoriously sharp 90-degree turn on Briggs Road was the scene of another crash that left the woman driver, her two children, and a passenger being immobilized and transported to MCG Hospital in Augusta for treatment of various injuries. The curve shows countless skid marks and recent impacts of several crashes, many of which go unreported or are otherwise minor in nature.
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Edgefield Dixie Youth All Stars named
web posted June 28, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball has announced All-Star selections for its 9 & 10-year-old team. The squad will be competing in Ridge Spring and will face off against teams from Batesburg, Saluda, Ridge Spring, and Johnston.  If successful, the team will then move on to District play at Whitmire.
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Cooking Section continues to grow
web posted June 28, 2010
WEBNEWS – There have been more recipes added to the Country Cooking Section this week, including a timely Blueberry Crum Cake, just as blueberries are ripe for the picking. Looking for that special July 4 cookout recipe? Edgefield Daily has nearly 700 to choose from in the only online local cooking section in Edgefield County and all for free. Send in your special recipes to share with others.
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18-wheeler fire causes evacuations in Edgefield
web posted June 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An ethanol tanker truck with overheated brakes ended up closing down the Highway 25 Bypass and the evacuation of businesses and homes in the general vicinity around 11 am Thursday. The first call to the Sheriff’s Dispatch stated a truck was stopped at the 4-way stop and not moving. A deputy arrived on the scene first and reported there was “smoke showing” on the rear wheels of the truck and the Edgefield Fire Department was called to respond.
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Aiken County home invasion leads to Edgefield County
web posted June 25, 2010
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a report of two black males in a red 4-door car being seen in a wooded area with several guns around 1 pm Thursday. The men matched the description of two suspects in a home invasion just across the Edgefield and Aiken County line. Aiken County Deputies were already responding to the scene after the initial report of the crime.
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Opinion: Problems mount in Calliham building project
A Column by the Editor
web posted June 25, 2010
COLUMN – Is there any end to the convoluted way the majority of the Edgefield County Council and the County Government conducts itself? Since the entire fiasco surrounding the drawn out tax liens, tax sales, foreclosure, and purchase of the Calliham building that took years to complete, and being voted down many more times than it was approved, more problems rise to the surface - much to the chagrin of some elected officials.
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Scammer poses as US Marshall to gain personal info
web posted June 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man reported what he believed to be a scam from a man posing as a US Marshall seeking personal information in order to deliver prize money from a sweepstakes. The caller left several messages beginning on June 17 and continued through Thursday. The man never called the return number but did provide it to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Edgefield: Estate Sale Saturday, June 26
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web reposted June 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling personal property belonging to James & Betsy Martin and Michelle Satcher.  Many items came from the old Mims corner store and Stars Antiques in Edgefield, plus many pieces of quality furniture which Michelle Satcher used in her interior decorating business.  The sale will be held at Mr. Martin’s warehouse located on Coral Street in Edgefield, S. C. 29824.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time.  Look for signs!  Bring your trucks and trailers and enjoy the day.  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details.  Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Trailer, 420 bails of straw stolen from Merriwether business
web posted June 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a 21-foot trailer loaded with 420 bails of pine straw was taken from the Rock and Turf business located on Edgefield Road sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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Kneece on Calliham building project: “Let us handle it, you stay out of it”
web posted June 24, 2010
COUNTY – In a Wednesday afternoon interview with County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece on the decisions that have been made concerning the Calliham building remodeling, Kneece said all members of the county council had “agreed” on all decisions made so far. However, he was unable to say when the agreements took place and was unsure if it was discussed during public meetings.
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Gun used in armed robbery recovered
web posted June 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A shotgun said to have been used in the armed robbery of the Dodge’s Store in Edgefield on May 30 has been recovered, Edgefield County Chief Investigator Randy Doran said on Wednesday. The 16-year-old arrested with two other men after a high speed chase through three counties and two states was brought back to Edgefield County earlier this week, “and he took us right to it,” Doran said.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held on Saturday
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web reposted June 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, June 26, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Arrest made in attempted burglary
web posted June 24, 2010
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators have made an arrest in an attempted burglary Saturday on Broadwalk Drive this past Saturday. Investigators say Jack Benjamin Holt, 21, has been charged with burglary in the second degree in the case.
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Gov. Sanford Signs Economic Development Competitiveness Act
web posted June 24, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford joined Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor and other economic development advocates on Wednesday to sign H.4478, a bill aimed at enhancing South Carolina's ability to attract jobs and investment and compete in an increasingly global marketplace. The bill takes several positive steps, the Governors Office said.
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FBI Warns: Latest Phone Scam Targets Your Bank Account
web posted June 24, 2010
COUNTY – Imagine getting hundreds or thousands of calls on your home, business, or cell phone, tying up the lines. And when you answer, you hear anything from dead air to recorded messages, advertisements, or even phone sex menus.
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PTC Pottery Student Accepted at Gallery
web posted June 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – It is the dream of every artist to be accepted into a gallery to display their work. Laura Bachinski has achieved that dream. The Ninety Six resident is enrolled in the professional clay program at the Piedmont Technical College Edgefield County Center. As part of an assignment on marketing their work, students are required to submit an application to a gallery out of their area.
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Smell the BBQ, Sing the Blues
web posted June 24, 2010
GREENWOOD – Greenwood, SC will be getting the “Blues” in July. While tasting some of the best barbecue in the nation, one will “chill out” to the soothing sounds of the blues during the award winning S.C. Festival of Discovery July 8-10, 2010.  Recently featured on Food Network’s Challenge BBQ competition, the S.C. Festival of Discovery has garnered national attention and a larger crowd is expected than in years past.
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Haley wins big for Governor; Duncan takes nod for District 3 Congressional seat
web posted June 23, 2010
STATE – The vote counts are in for the Republican Run-Off and Rep. Nikki Haley took a commanding victory over former US Congressional Rep. Gresham Barrett for Governor with 65% of the votes. State Rep. Jeff Duncan defeated Richard Cash in the race to replace Barrett with a 51% to 48% majority.
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Who is in charge? County Council moves forward on Calliham project without votes
web posted June 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – With work beginning on the remodeling of the lower section of the Calliham building to make room for new county office space, there have been more questions than answers as to who is in charge of the project and who made the decision to place individual bid requests for the work to be performed online by the county. Several attempts to meet with County Administrator Alton Brown on Tuesday were unsuccessful, a call to County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece went unanswered, and county council members who did respond gave disturbing answers to serious questions as to who is in charge.
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Sheriff’s Office charges two in recent attempted theft
web posted June 23, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The two men Sheriff’s Investigators say were involved in an attempted grand larceny theft of a trailer at a Merriwether home on Friday have been arrested. Chance Smith (Right) and Eddie Smith (Left), both of the same Royal Place address in Murphy Village, were taken into custody on Monday afternoon and booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center.
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Historic church bell recovered
web posted June 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An over 100 year old church bell from the Pleasant Lane Baptist Church stolen on Saturday has been recovered, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Tuesday. “We were able to locate it at a scrap yard in Greenwood.” Leroy Anderson, a member of the church who filed the report, said the bell has not been returned to the church at this time. “I know we’re going to get it back,” he said.
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Religion: Learning from Prostitutes
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted June 23, 2010
RELIGION – "Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious (materialistic), the self-righteous, are in that danger." C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain
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Edgefield: Estate Sale Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted June 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling personal property belonging to James & Betsy Martin and Michelle Satcher.  Many items came from the old Mims corner store and Stars Antiques in Edgefield, plus many pieces of quality furniture which Michelle Satcher used in her interior decorating business.  The sale will be held at Mr. Martin’s warehouse located on Coral Street in Edgefield, S. C. 29824.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time.  Look for signs!  Bring your trucks and trailers and enjoy the day.  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details.  Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Fourth Nine Weeks Honor Rolls
web posted June 23, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District has released the final quarter of Honor Rolls for County Schools.
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June is "Adopt A Cat Month"
web posted June 23, 2010
PSA - JOHNSTON – June is ADOPT-A-CAT month!  We at All God's Creatures are celebrating the life of the cat by offering a 2 for 1 adoption fee or half off the adoption fee for one cat or kitten.  We have so many adult cats as well as kittens that deserve good, loving homes.
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Republican Run-Off Election Today
web posted June 22, 2010
COUNTY – The Run-Off Election for the Republican statewide candidates and US Congress District 3 will be held today from 7 am until 7 pm at all county precincts. All those who voted in the Republican Primary on June 8, and those who did not vote at all in the primaries, are eligible to vote in the run-off. Anyone voting in the Democrat Primary on June 8 will not be allowed to cast a ballot.

Edgefield Daily Endorsements
web posted June 22, 2010
Haley: The right choice for South Carolina Governor

Duncan: A clear choice for Congress

Duncan visits Edgefield seeking support in today’s run-off election
web posted June 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Jeff Duncan, Republican candidate for the US Congressional District 3 seat, made another appearance in Edgefield County on Monday at a meet and greet held by John Pettigrew Jr. at his Real Estate office on Penn Street. “I think it shows that Jeff Duncan knows where Edgefield County is and he cares about the people of Edgefield County and the things that are important to us,” Mr. Pettigrew said. Rep. Duncan thanked Mr. Pettigrew and said he has made numerous trips to the county including the Trenton Peach Festival on Saturday.
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Historic 700-pound Church bell stolen
web posted June 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The church bell for the Pleasant Lane Baptist Church was reported stolen after a member arrived at the church Saturday morning. The bell, weighing over 700 pounds, was sitting behind the church on the ground at the time of the theft, believed to have taken place between Thursday afternoon and 7 am Saturday.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Wins Silver Telly Award
web posted June 22, 2010
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers won a Silver Telly Award for their “Got a Minute” DVD produced by Koelker & Associates, LLC. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film production, and work created for the web.
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Burglary numbers continue to rise
web posted June 22, 2010
COUNTY – Four more burglaries were reported over the weekend with three of the four taking place in Merriwether. With the announcement that Marc Anthony Cagle, 55, who is accused of at least two burglaries in the area, one violent, was taken into custody it was hoped the number of burglaries would slow. However, the numbers continue to rise at a dramatic pace.
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Birth Announcement: Allie Marie Wise
web posted June 22, 2010
BIRTH – James and Angela Wise proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Allie Marie Wise, who was born at University hospital in Augusta at 12:55 pm Monday. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces.
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Men try to steal trailer while family member at home
web posted June 22, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Two men made a brazen attempt to steal an 8’ by 12’ trailer while the owner’s son was at the Merriwether home. According to a report released on Monday, the two white males arrived at the home around 9 pm and were met by the owner’s teenage son. The teen asked the two men what they wanted and they stated they were seeking permission to fish in the pond behind the house.
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Trenton Ridge Peach Festival draws record attendance
web posted June 21, 2010
TRENTON – The 40th Annual Trenton Ridge Peach Festival saw record crowds as thousands converged on the town to watch the parade, shop with vendors and crafters, view displays, and take home delicious Trenton grown peaches. Melody Boylston, this year’s Festival Chairwoman, welcomed visitors to the town from the main stage after the parade. Mrs. Boylston was joined by local dignitaries, including Trenton Mayor Helen Summer, who also welcomed visitors to Trenton and Edgefield County.
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Klan rally ends early after confrontation, organizers say they will return in large numbers
web posted June 21, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The KKK held a rally on the Edgefield County Courthouse steps Saturday with fifteen “robed” members and about an equal number of members standing by or mingling amongst about twenty-five onlookers. Individual members gave speeches on their views of illegal immigration, unemployment, the federal government, elected officials, and racial issues. As time went by and the temperatures continued to rise, so did the ire of some onlookers.
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Edgefield: Estate Sale Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted June 21, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling personal property belonging to James & Betsy Martin and Michelle Satcher.  Many items came from the old Mims corner store and Stars Antiques in Edgefield, plus many pieces of quality furniture which Michelle Satcher used in her interior decorating business.  The sale will be held at Mr. Martin’s warehouse located on Coral Street in Edgefield, S. C. 29824.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time.  Look for signs!  Bring your trucks and trailers and enjoy the day.  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details.  Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Burglaries and thefts continue
web posted June 21, 2010
COUNTY – Burglaries, auto thefts, and larcenies continued last week with over $50,000 in property stolen, recovered, or damaged, according to reports from the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. At least five burglaries or attempted burglaries took place during the week.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held on Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted June 21, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, June 26, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Duncan returns to Edgefield to stump for US Congressional seat
web reposted June 21 2010
EDGEFIELD – 3rd Congressional District Republican candidate Jeff Duncan will be in Edgefield Monday at Pettigrew Properties, 306 Penn Street, from 2:30 – 4 pm and the public is invited to come meet, ask questions, and talk with him. This will be Duncan’s third appearance in Edgefield County during his campaign for the congressional seat. Edgefield Daily has endorsed Duncan for the seat over his challenger Richard Cash in the June 22 Republican run-off election.

Teen lands Harley while fishing, suspicious vehicle turns out stolen
web posted June 21, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Dogwood Glen Drive teen was fishing in a pond behind the family home when he hooked a Harley Davidson motorcycle Thursday afternoon. After discovering the motorcycle the young man pulled the bike from the pond and informed his parents of the discovery.
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Trenton Ridge Peach Festival Schedule of Events
web reposted June 19, 2010
TRENTON – Below is the 40th Annual Ridge Peach Festival Entertainment schedule beginning Friday, June 18, through Saturday, June 19.
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Duncan returns to Edgefield to stump for US Congressional seat
web reposted June 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – 3rd Congressional District Republican candidate Jeff Duncan will be in Edgefield Monday at Pettigrew Properties, 306 Penn Street, from 2:30 – 4 pm and the public is invited to come meet, ask questions, and talk with him. This will be Duncan’s third appearance in Edgefield County during his campaign for the congressional seat. Edgefield Daily has endorsed Duncan for the seat over his challenger Richard Cash in the June 22 Republican run-off election.

KKK comes to Edgefield for Saturday rally
web posted June 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Klu Klux Klan, more widely known as the KKK, will be holding a rally in front of the Edgefield Courthouse on Saturday between 1 and 3 pm. The rally will be “peaceful” and is being held to address political and racial issues, not “racist ones”, according to organizer Bobby Nash in an interview on Friday.
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Town and County Officials respond to KKK rally
web posted June 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham and county officials have responded to the KKK rally scheduled for today in Edgefield and the common theme of responses was that the First amendment allows anyone to be able to speak their minds in public regardless of the message. “The Town of Edgefield doesn’t support anything that does not have a positive message,” Mayor Durham said. “But they are not doing anything that requires a permit.”
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Edgefield: Estate Sale Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling personal property belonging to James & Betsy Martin and Michelle Satcher.  Many items came from the old Mims corner store and Stars Antiques in Edgefield, plus many pieces of quality furniture which Michelle Satcher used in her interior decorating business.  The sale will be held at Mr. Martin’s warehouse located on Coral Street in Edgefield, S. C. 29824.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time.  Look for signs!  Bring your trucks and trailers and enjoy the day.  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details.  Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

No Headlines for Friday
web posted June 18, 2010
WEBNEWS – No Headlines are available for today. Full reports will return on Monday, June 21, 2010.

Cagle in Custody: "Not going anywhere"
web posted June 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A man who has been the focus of two manhunts and is suspected in at least two burglaries, one in which he bound an elderly woman before stealing her car, is now in custody. Marc Anthony Cagle, 55, was arrested in Columbia County on Tuesday night, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Wednesday morning.
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Edgefield family returns to find bullet holes in home, baby bed
web posted June 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield family returned to their Old Stage Road home Tuesday evening to find bullet holes in the house, one that went through a child’s crib-like bed. “If the child had been in the bed we’d be going to a funeral,” Jack Quattlebaum, the homeowner’s father, said. “I put a baby doll in there (the bed) and there is no question.”
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Aiken County teen killed in two car crash Wednesday night
web posted June 17, 2010
AIKEN – An 18-year-old Beech Island teen has become the latest fatality on Aiken County Roads this year. Steven A. Burleson was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Aiken Regional Medical Center late Wednesday evening, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. A 17-year-old female passenger was also transported to ARMC with non-life threatening injuries.
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General Assembly Overrides Veto of Cass McCarter Bill
web posted June 17, 2010
COLUMBIA – Cass Elias McCarter worked tirelessly for 20 years to establish South Carolina’s guardian ad litem program. Today this program is nationally recognized as one of the finest in the country. Last week, the General Assembly honored the memory of Mrs. McCarter by naming the program the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program.
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Cagle in Custody 
web posted June 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A man who has been the focus of two manhunts and suspected in at least two burglaries, one in which he bound an elderly woman before stealing her car, is now in custody. Marc Anthony Cagle was arrested in Columbia County on Tuesday, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Wednesday morning. Details are still being obtained and Edgefield Daily will have a full report on Thursday.

Edgefield man arrested for shooting incident while intoxicated
web posted June 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – For the second time in a month Edgefield Police hve made an arrest due to discharging a firearm in the town limits. Timothy Dale Brown, 32, of Pine Street was taken into custody after Edgefield Police and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to gunshots and a report that someone had been shot.
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County Republicans return to the polls Tuesday
web posted June 16, 2010
COUNTY – The Republican voters of Edgefield County will be returning to the polls this coming Tuesday to vote in the June 22 Run-off elections. Only those who voted in the Republican Primary, or did not vote at all in the primary, will be allowed to vote in the run-off elections that will determine the Republican candidates for five offices; Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Superintendent of Education, and US House of Representatives District 3.
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Magistrate Davis Parkman offers Open Letter
web posted June 16, 2010
To All Citizens of Edgefield County
It has been an honor and a privilege to have served each of the citizens of Edgefield County for the past 18 years as your magistrate. It is with mixed emotions that I retire at this time.
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Father’s Teach Your Children Well
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 16, 2010
RELIGION – A bunch of old hippies used to sing (no offense meant to hippies old or young at all) “Teach your children well. Teach your children what you believe in. Make a world that we can live in.” Well, I agree with them on this point. Having two boys, I try my best to teach them all kinds of cool things. Though Luke, at nine months of age, can only make spit bubbles, I have taught my three year old Cason to apply a Brazilian Jiu-jitsus arm bar as well as how to eat Krystals. I love it!
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Edgefield: Estate Sale Saturday, June 26
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web posted June 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling personal property belonging to James & Betsy Martin and Michelle Satcher.  Many items came from the old Mims corner store and Stars Antiques in Edgefield, plus many pieces of quality furniture which Michelle Satcher used in her interior decorating business.  The sale will be held at Mr. Martin’s warehouse located on Coral Street in Edgefield, S. C. 29824.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time.  Look for signs!  Bring your trucks and trailers and enjoy the day.  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details.  Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Lost Dog
web posted June 15, 2010
TRENTON – We have lost our Sheltie (miniature Collie).   Her name is Holley.  She disappeared between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Please call Beth at (803) 275-7159 if you find her.

Trenton Peach Festival Kicks off Saturday
web posted June 14, 2010
TRENTON – Grab your hat and your kids and head for Trenton, South Carolina, because it is time for the 40th Annual Ridge Peach Festival, and you don’t want to miss the fun, Saturday, June 19th, beginning at 9 am.
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Trenton Ridge Peach Festival Schedule of Events
web posted June 14, 2010
TRENTON – Below is the 40th Annual Ridge Peach Festival Entertainment schedule beginning Friday, June 18, through Saturday, June 19.
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Edgefield: Estate Sale Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – We are selling personal property belonging to James & Betsy Martin and Michelle Satcher.  Many items came from the old Mims corner store and Stars Antiques in Edgefield, plus many pieces of quality furniture which Michelle Satcher used in her interior decorating business.  The sale will be held at Mr. Martin’s warehouse located on Coral Street in Edgefield, S. C. 29824.  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:30 am sale time.  Look for signs!  Bring your trucks and trailers and enjoy the day.  Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details.  Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Edgefield County Library System seeks help in restoration of funding from state
web posted June 14, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Library system has issued a call to residents to contact their state representatives in an effort to restore funding that has been cut by the state. As local, state, and national revenues continue to dwindle, the funding provided to local agencies continues to increase.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held on Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, June 26, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Edgefield Daily announces limited updates for coming week
web reposted June 11, 2010
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily will be undergoing our annual upgrades to our network systems on Friday, June 11 that will continue through Sunday, June 13. During this time there will be no updates to our publication. Regular limited updates will return on Monday June 14 through June 18. Edgefield Daily will be back with full news reports on June 21. Contributing reports, obituaries, and the Wandering Minds will be updated daily begining Monday.

Arrested man escapes from moving patrol car
web posted June 11, 2010
JOHNSTON – A man arrested Thursday night set off a manhunt after he kicked the widow out of a Sheriff’s patrol car transporting him to the Edgefield County Detention Center and escaped. Though details are incomplete, initial information says he was being charged with criminal domestic violence from an incident earlier in the day.
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Beware of scammers
web posted June 11, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An 84-year-old Edgefield woman was called and given great news; she won $2.5 million and a 2010 Mercedes. All she had to do to claim her prize was to send $1,500 by Western Union to a man named Ben Johnson. Fortunately the woman’s daughter convinced her to call the Sheriff’s Office before responding to the call. It is a con and the woman would have lost her money.
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Road Advisories
web posted June 11, 2010
COUNTY – The South Carolina Department of Transportation said they would be continuing their resurfacing of Highway 23 from Strom Thurmond High School and Lanier Road in Johnston today and next week. Motorists are suggested to take an alternate route to avoid delays. Beginning on June 15, the SCDOT will be tarring cracks in the roadway of Highway 121.

Lost / Stolen dog: Reward
web posted June 11, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Missing or stolen Pomeranian with tags. Family pet is missing since June 3rd. $500 reward offered for safe reurn. Dog last seen in the area of Big Branch drive in Edgefield County. Any information call Kenny at 278-0489. Click on picture for larger view.

SC Dropout Rate Worsens
By Neil Mellen
web posted June 11, 2010
STATE – Just 55 percent of high schools students in South Carolina graduate on time. That’s according to the nationally recognized “Diplomas Count” study, a 50-state annual report released by Education Week in early June. Minority students in the state face even grimmer odds; only 45 percent of African American students and 39 percent of Hispanic students earn a state diploma in four years.
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Kidnapping, assault and battery, burglary charges to be filed in Tuesday burglary
web posted June 10, 2010
MERRIWETHER – More information on the burglary and kidnapping of an 80-year-old Republican Road woman Tuesday afternoon has become a top priority of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. At this time investigators believe Marc Anthony Cagle is their main suspect, but have refrained from making that direct connection officially. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said they are awaiting a recent photograph of Cagle to present a photo line-up to the victim for identification purposes.
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Gov. Sanford Announces 107 Budget Vetoes
web posted June 10, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford today announced his decision to veto 107 line-items and provisos in the legislative budget, including the entire section of the budget depending on Medicaid money that may or may not come from Washington D.C. The Governor's vetoes were made after productive meetings with legislative leaders and a growing recognition that tough budget decisions must be made this year, and not pushed off until next year.
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Local business burglarized
web posted June 10, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – The La Pasadite store at the end of the Highway 25 four-lane was the scene of a burglary Sunday night. An unknown person or persons entered the business from the back door and stole money from a cash register and a moneybox during the night.
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Second biker involved in single vehicle crash this week
web posted June 10, 2010
MERRIWETHER – For the second time this week another rider of a racing bike has been seriously injured in a single vehicle crash after losing control of the motorcycle with speed being considered a contributing factor. Wednesday afternoon a report of a motorcycle crashing on Martintown Road came in to 911 dispatchers just before 5 pm.
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Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office supports defensive driving class to reduce traffic fatalities among young people
web posted June 10, 2010
COUNTY – There’s a grim statistic that Deputy Sonny Reel can’t quite get out of his head. Nearly 30 young people in the United States between the ages of “15-24” die each day in motor vehicle crashes - the leading cause of death for that age group. In many cases, Reel knows, many of those 11,000 annual deaths could have been prevented. Reel has become certified for the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to begin offering “Alive at 25,” a national driving awareness program now in its third year in South Carolina.
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Edgefield Daily announces limited updates for coming week
web posted June 10, 2010
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily will be undergoing our annual upgrades to our network systems on Friday, June 11 that will continue through Sunday, June 13. During this time there will be no updates to our publication. Regular limited updates will return on Monday June 14 through June 18. Edgefield Daily will be back with full news reports on June 21.

Opinion: County Council candidate challenges conduct of county council meetings: "What happened to openness?"
web posted June 10, 2010
Dear Editor:
The Edgefield County Council is becoming less and less transparent in its decision-making. One way elected bodies can legally do the citizen’s business in the shadows is by calling special meetings, then holding those meetings at times that discourage citizens from coming to listen or provide input. That’s what our County Council is now doing.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Names New Lab Director
web posted June 10, 2010
AIKEN – Michelle Mexcur was named the new Laboratory Director at Aiken Regional Medical Centers this week. Before joining the ARMC staff, Mexcur was the Lab Manager at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, Minnesota and the Lab Supervisor at Northwest Medical Center and JFK Medical Center both in Florida.
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Suspected burglar strikes again
web posted June 8, 2010 Update: June 9
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said they believe Marc Anthony Cagle, 55, is responsible for a home invasion on the 700 block of Republican Road around 4 pm Tuesday. The elderly woman at the secluded home was bound with duct tape while the burglary took place. She was able to get to a bedroom phone and call 911.
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County Council Primary Elections comes down to the wire: Ashcraft, Bright, and Dorn retain seats
web posted June 9, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Primary elections proved to be among the most exciting in years. With three county council seats up for grabs the county courthouse was filled with supporters as the result began to come in Tuesday night. The most closely watched race was that of District 2 County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft and Scott Mims of Edgefield, which had Mims leading the vote tally for most of the night.
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Haley takes commanding lead for Gov, Hixon takes House 83 seat
web posted June 9, 2010
STATE – Rep. Nikki Haley has proven recent polls to be correct by taking a huge victory in the Republican Primary for Governor with 49% of all ballots cast - more than doubling her closest contender US Congressman Gresham Barrett with just 22%. Henry McMaster took 17% followed by Andre Bauer with 12%. Anything short of a concession by Gresham Barrett, Haley and Barrett will face off in a run-off election on June 22. 
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Bank Robber Pleads Guilty to 23 Robberies
web posted June 9, 2010
COLUMBIA – United States Attorney William N. Nettles stated today that Cecil Stephen Haire, age 52, of Douglas, Georgia, pled guilty June 8 in federal court in Charleston, to 23 counts of bank robbery. United States District Judge Sol Blatt of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence at a later date after he has reviewed a presentence report.
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Religion: Jealousy
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 9, 2010
RELIGION – I am at Topsail Beach, NC as I write this week. I am having a blast with my family and enjoying the new Speedo my wife bought for me to wear. In the process I am finding out that I can be a jealous person sometimes. I mean we are in a great house with all my family, I could not ask for more. But, there are lots of nice cars, tan athletic bodies, and houses for sale that I will never be able to afford. So, I started to feel a little jealous. So, I have pulled a Barney Fife and “nipped it in the bud,” because I am not going to let jealousy ruin my vacation.
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Edgefield Daily Live Election Returns
Final Returns Available
web posted June 8, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily will be hosting a live time report of election returns starting at 7 pm tonight until all precincts have reported to the Edgefield County Election Center. This page will be updated as vote counts are announced and constantly updated throughout the process. This page will cover only county council elections. A report on statewide and federal elections will be published on Wednesday.
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Found truck launches second manhunt for suspected burglar
web posted June 8, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office acting on a tip was able to locate a vehicle that has been linked to a man wanted in a burglary and car chase last month. Details remain incomplete; however, the tip led deputies to the Chevy Blazer in the area of Republican Road  that is linked to Marc Anthony Cagle who is wanted in connection to the car chase and burglary on May 24.
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Absentee voting off by 60% in primary elections
web posted June 8, 2010
COUNTY – In a surprising turn of events, absentee voting for the county has dropped to an all time low, according to election officials on Monday. With just a half hour left in absentee voting on Monday, only 422 people had cast votes compared to over 1,000 in other “off-year” elections, Elections Director Trish Gordon said.
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Edgefield finalizes budget, hears Revitalization Plan
web posted June 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council gave their final approval of the coming fiscal year budget Monday night with no changes in actual revenue or expenditures but did it did include a change in town employee insurance carrier. In the past town employees were covered under the Municipal Association policy but due to a 26% increase in costs the town has swapped to the State Insurance plan with better benefits to employees.
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Burglary and theft reported Friday as totals continue to climb
web posted June 8, 2010
MERRIWETHER – More thefts and burglaries were reported over the weekend in the Merriwether and Westside areas. One of two burglaries reported on Friday was a home on Forest Drive where a person or persons put a ladder on the house and entered through an attic vent. Once inside at least $1,700 in cash and jewelry was taken.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class to be held on Saturday, June 26
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, June 26, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program McCormick & Edgefield County
web posted June 8, 2010
COUNTY – Many studies and surveys over the last few years have clearly shown that volunteering has great benefits for your health!  People who are giving of their time, talents and energy are not only helping their community, but they are reaping the rewards of their efforts.  It’s the old adage of a “win-win”.
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The Wizard of Oz kicks off 3rd Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square Saturday, June 12th
web posted June 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 3rd Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Saturday, June 12th.  Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of  “The Wizard of Oz.” This classic 1939 movie celebrates over 70 years of entertaining young children and parents alike.
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Diamondbacks Win Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Championship
web posted June 8, 2010
COUNTY – With a record of 13-4, the Diamondbacks captured the Edgefield Minor League Championship for the 2010 season. The team, sponsored by Moorecraft Cabinets, came back after losing four games in a row earlier in the season. In the end the team rallied back and took the title.
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Find Help When Living With Chronic Pain
By Dr. William Schiff
web posted June 8, 2010
AUGUSTA – Most of us can’t imagine living in constant pain. But according to the American Academy of Pain Management, for more than 50 million Americans, there is no imagining—that is their reality. Chronic pain impacts a person’s ability to work, sleep, concentrate, socialize and their overall quality of life. Depression and anxiety follows, and a vicious cycle is created—depression can actually worsen pain conditions, which can lead to more depression and so on and so on.
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Strom Thurmond Seniors become Graduates Friday night
web posted June 7, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2010 took their final stroll on the grounds of Strom Thurmond Friday night with menacing clouds threatening rain. As a light rain began to fall, Samuel Northrop gave the invocation asking that the ceremony be spared from rain, and his prayer, and that of almost all attending, was answered. 1968 Strom Thurmond graduate, and now Federal Judge, Joseph Anderson gave the keynote address challenging this year’s seniors to set their sights high.
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Featured Student Speakers at STH Graduation
web posted June 7, 2010
JOHNSTON – Edgefield Daily is proud to feature the three student speakers at Friday night’s graduation ceremony. Janki Patel, Valedictorian, Sarah Turner, Salutatorian, and Third Honor graduate Kyle Christie all addressed their fellow classmates and families attending the commencement. The texts of their respective speeches are listed individually.
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Biker injured in single vehicle crash
web posted June 7, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County EMS, Merriwether Firefighters and First Responders were called to a single motorcycle crash that injured the rider Sunday afternoon. The crash occurred just after 1 pm on Deep Step Road about a mile from Woodlawn Road as the rider lost control of the racing bike exiting one of the many sharp curves on the road.
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Sheriff’s patrol car strikes deer, taken out of service
web posted June 7, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy struck a deer Sunday night causing the patrol car to be taken out of service. The deer strike took place just before 9:30 pm knocking out the front left headlight and causing damage to the front left quarter panel. The Deputy was not injured in the incident.
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2010 Primary Election Coverage

Byron Robinson responds to Candidate Survey
web posted June 7, 2010
COUNTY – County Council District 4 Candidate Byron Robinson responds to Edgefield Daily candidate survey. The survey asked five short questions on county matters and allowed candidates the opportunity to make their case for being elected. Councilman Willie Bright never responded to the survey. Mr. Robinson’s responses are found below.
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Merriwether Voting Precincts 1 & 2 to be located at Merriwether Middle School for June 8 Primaries
web reposted June 7, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Voter Registration Office wants to remind Merriwether residents that the Merriwether voting precincts will be located at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road for the upcoming June 8 Primaries. Trish Butler, Director of the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office and Elections said the Merriwether Fire Station 2 was no longer available for voting.
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Sample Ballots for June 8 Primaries
web reposted June 7, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily has produced, with the cooperation of the Edgefield County Voter Registration and Elections Director Tricia Butler, sample ballots that will be available for voters in the primary elections on June 8. The ballots are samples only. Voters can choose which primary they wish to vote in Democrat or Republican. Voters cannot vote in both party primary races.
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Dea Baldwin makes her case for District 83 House Representative
web posted June 7, 2010
By Dea Baldwin
Education is the issue which led to my growing interest in politics. Without quality education for every child in South Carolina the future prosperity of our state will remain in jeopardy.
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Letters to the Editor
- Writer says Grimaud right for US Congress
- Writer "excited" to support Baldwin for House
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Opinion: Editor reviews County Council Primary Elections
A Column by the Editor
web posted June 7, 2010
COLUMN – With just one day to go before the primary elections take place, county council candidates are squaring off in three hotly contested races. Albert Talbert is challenging District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn and newcomer Byron Robinson is making his bid to unseat District 4 County Councilman Willie Bright in the Democrat Primary. Scott Mims will attempt to unseat District 2 County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft in the Republican Primary.
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Body unearthed in Aiken County
web posted June 5, 2010
AIKEN – As part of a joint investigation in Aiken County, a body was unearthed near Nautilus Dr. in Aiken County, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. At this time there has been no positive identification of the remains.
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County Council passes budget: No patrol cars for Sheriff’s Office
web posted June 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their called meeting Friday morning to finalize the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year budget. County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece opened the meeting stating he was surprised they were meeting just three days after a regular meeting. Chairman Kneece asked County Administrator Alton Brown if he knew anything about the meeting and Mr. Brown said he, like Chairman Kneece, was absent from Tuesday night’s meeting. “Who called this meeting?” Mr. Brown asked. “I did", Councilwoman Genia Blackwell said.
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Strom Thurmond Class of 2010
web posted June 5, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2010 made it official Friday night as they crossed the stage to be presented their diplomas. Due to the late hour Edgefield Daily is offering a short photo essay of the night’s events. A full report, including the text of speakers, will be published on Monday. Congratulations to all the graduates.
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County Council to hold called meeting on budget 11 am today
Sheriff’s patrol vehicles last hurdle to overcome before passage
web posted June 4, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a called work session followed by a special called meeting today at 11 am for a final reading of the 2011 Fiscal Year operational budget which was delayed after Tuesday night’s regular scheduled meeting. At times the meeting drew heated debate between County Councilmen Norman Dorn and Rodney Ashcraft. Vice-chairman Willie Bright seemed incapable of keeping the meeting orderly and included a controversial vote on a budget amendment to replace patrol cars for the Sheriff’s Office.
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“Concerned Republican leaders” said to challenge Grimaud on residency
web posted June 4, 2010
GREENWOOD – A press release from “Concerned Republican leaders from 3rd Congressional District” stated they will be holding a press conference today outside the apartment they claim is rented by U.S. House candidate Joe Grimaud. According to the release, they he say lives in Chapin, not Greenwood.
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Editorial: Duncan, A clear choice for Congress
web posted June 4, 2010
EDITORIAL – With just four days until the Republican Primary, the choice for the US Congressional seat for District 3 seems clear. South Carolina House of Representative Jeff Duncan stands above other candidates as a firm oak in a field of pliable saplings.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer adds to letters of support for Baldwin in SC House 83 race
web posted June 4, 2010
Dear Editor,
I would like to urge the voters of South Carolina House of Representatives, District 83 to vote for Dea Baldwin in the Republican primary on June 8, 2010. Dea is running for the seat currently held by Don Smith, who is retiring after many years of meritorious service. District 83 includes North Augusta, Belvedere, and the Merriwether area of Edgefield County.
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Piedmont Technical College Students Receive Bachelor’s Degrees through Online Completion Program
web posted June 4, 2010
COLUMBUS, OH – Two Piedmont Technical College students were awarded bachelor’s degrees at a commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 9, 2010. The graduates, Nancy Lapsley, of Johnston (Accounting and Forensic Accounting), and Rhetta Hughes, of Ninety Six, (Business Administration and Human Resources Management) received their bachelor’s degrees from Franklin University.
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Lost Dog: Johnston Area
web posted June 4, 2010
JOHNSTON – LOST DOG: male chocolate lab has taken missing. He is about 7 years old (resuce so not sure of exact age), light chocolate with white star on his chest.  Had a day glow orange collar on with nameplate on it when he took missing. His name is Ozzie and is very friendly. Lost in the Dogwood/Edisto Street area of Johnston. Will pay a reward for his safe return. Call 803-480-1116 or 275-2314 and leave message. 

Three injured in rush hour traffic collision
web posted June 3, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – Three people were injured in a three car collision Wednesday afternoon on Highway 25 at Academy Street. A woman and a young child were attempting to make a left hand turn onto Academy Street when her Toyota Camry was struck from behind by a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck just after 5 pm Wednesday. A third driver in a Ford F150 could not stop in time and struck the back of the Chevrolet S10.
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Edgefield Daily spots person destroying campaign signs
web posted June 3, 2010
COUNTY – It happens every election cycle, candidates complain about their signs are being stolen or vandalized. The fingers start pointing and the blame usually falls on “unknown supporters” and is condemned by both candidates. This year is no different, with one exception; both candidates for the county council district seat 2 are seeing their signs being mutilated in the same fashion. On Wednesday Edgefield Daily saw the culprit in the act.
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Four burglaries reported on Tuesday
web posted June 3, 2010
COUNTY – Burglaries continued to plague the county with four more reported on Tuesday. The crimes took place in the Merriwether, Westside, and Edgefield areas with nearly $3,000 in property reported being stolen. Thefts over the weekend accounted for over $11,000 in stolen property.
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Aiken Regional Expands Services
web posted June 3, 2010
AIKEN – As your community hospital Aiken Regional Medical Centers continues to bring in the best physicians and technology to better care for our patients.  We are proud to announce the arrival of Neurosurgeon, James Daniel Dillon, MD.
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Woman arrested on warrants found to be shoplifting
web posted June 3, 2010
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigator spotted a woman he believed was wanted for outstanding arrest warrants at the Dollar General in Trenton. He exited the store and verified the active warrants and stood by until she left the store.
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Letter to the Editor: "A Public Response to Very Public Reprimands"
web posted June 3, 2010
Dear Editor,
For the first time in our school’s history it has issued two very public resolutions.  What a bully technique to demand what they have no right to, and to deny me what I do have a right to and that is to defend myself.  There are basically 3 charges leveled against me by the “FCHS board” at large:
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Gov. Sanford Signs Sentencing Reform Bill
web posted June 3, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford joined legislative leaders on Wednesday to sign legislation that reforms South Carolina's criminal sentencing laws. S.1154 is aimed at reversing the trend toward incarcerating non-violent criminals who pose little or no risk to the public, discouraging recidivism by providing inmates with a more closely supervised transition to society once their sentences have been served, and saving taxpayers more than $400 million over the next five years.
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County honors Fulmer for service at Merriwether Fire Department
web posted June 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council recognized Faye Fulmer, of the Merriwether Fire Department, Tuesday night by passing a resolution commending her twenty-five years of service with the fire department including six years as Chief. Edgefield County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright had Chief Fulmer join the council behind the bench as he read the resolution.
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County Council postpones final reading on budget in disorganized meeting
web posted June 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their June meeting Tuesday night in a dysfunctional and often times confusing manner. A night that was to see the county’s operational budget receive its final passage ended with no budget approval and a called meeting scheduled including a work session for later this week. With County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece being absent due to illness, Vice-chairman Willie Bright ran the meeting that had council members and the public asking questions to clarify votes taken.
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Dr. Carol Lenderman Named Assistant Superintendent
web posted June 2, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Board of Trustees has named Dr. Carol Lenderman as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services for The Edgefield County School District following the May 25 Board of Trustees meeting. The recommendation was made by Trustees Brad Covar and followed with a unanimous vote from the Board of Trustees.
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Writer seeks Guardian ad Litem volunteers
web posted June 2, 2010
Dear Editor,
South Carolina’s longest serving United States Senator, the late Strom Thurmond, introduced legislation in 1988 to proclaim May as National Foster Care Month.  Senator Thurmond did this to bring awareness, not just in our State, but also in our country, of issues and needs of children who are in foster care.  One of the most important things they need is to have someone to ensure they don’t get lost in the system.  That role is filled by a Guardian ad Litem.
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Religion: A "Stepford God"
By: Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 2, 2010
RELIGION – Thanks for the prayers last week. I am feeling better, but still have a little ways to go before my voice is back to normal (or at least as normal as my voice ever is).  Yesterday my wife and I had a little tiff, which grew into an argument. It was over whether she should take a nap or do some work that she needed to get done. I asked her to take a nap, and from that little moment on an argument ensued. The problem was me (as is 94% of most of our martial conflicts).
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Johnston to Hold Farmer's and Artist's Market
web posted June 2, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, in cooperation with the Town of Johnston, will hold a Farmer's and Artist's Market on Thursday, June 17 from 4pm until 7pm. Local growers and artists will gather on Calhoun Street in the shade of the parking spaces in front of the Johnston Library to offer fruit and vegetables as well as flowers and art for sale. Please come out and support the local trades and purchase art and fresh food for your home. For further information, contact Anne Rauton Smith at 275-4097 or Andy Livingston at 275-4870.

Ridge Peach Festival to hold "Idol Contest"
web posted June 1, 2010
TRENTON – American Idol has nothing on Trenton, SC. As part of the 40th Annual Ridge Peach Festival, the Trenton Community Development will sponsor the First Annual Ridge Peach Festival Idol Contest. The fun begins Friday evening, June 18th at 5pm when we welcome the WJBF Channel 6 News Crew to the Trenton Town Park as they showcase Trenton and the Ridge Peach Festival in their "Your Hometown" segment prior to Saturday’s festival in the park.
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County Council District 2 Candidates respond to Q&A
web posted June 1, 2010
COUNTY – Candidates for County Council District 2 have provided their responses to a questionnaire sent to all candidates in contested primary races. District 2 County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft and Scott Mims will face off next week in the Republican Primary. The winner will be unopposed in the November General Election. The candidates were asked to respond to the questions in their own words.
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Letter to the Editor: Dea Baldwin supporter encourages teachers, students, and youth to vote
web posted June 1, 2010
Dear Editor,
I want to challenge all college students, young adults, and educators to vote in the Republican primary on June 8th for our next District 83 State Representative. Recent statistics in South Carolina show many in these groups do not vote. Every vote is important because the decisions that our next representative will make directly affect all people in our community in the coming years.
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STH Students Inducted Into Millennium Club
web posted June 1, 2010
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to recognized students as members of the STHS Millennium Club, the 1200’s Club and the 1400’s Club. In order for a student to earn the privilege of becoming a Millennium Club member they must score a 21 or better on the ACT, are 1000 or higher on the SAT. The 1200’s Club students made a 27 or better on the ACT or a 12oo or better on the SAT. The 1400’s Club students made 1400 or better on the SAT or a 32 or better on the ACT.
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Additional updates delayed due to observance of Memorial Day
web posted June 1, 2010
WEBNEWS – Several updates have been delayed due to Edgefield Daily's observance of Memorial Day. The Crime Blotter and additional reports will return on Wednesday.







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