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June 2013 Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS – It took 6 days to play all the games of the Sub-District Tournament in Batesburg this past week, but when the rain cleared both Johnston and Edgefield had qualified to move on to the next round. On Friday, Johnston would fall to Batesburg/Leesville in their first tournament game but get into the winners column the next morning after defeating Edgefield 7-5. 
Edgefield Daily

School District to Purchase Express Bus for Merriwether School Students to Strom Thurmond
web posted June 27, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District announced today that the school board has given final approval for the purchase of a new district activity bus to be used primarily by the elementary and middle schools located in the Merriwether area of the county. Of particular importance for the Merriwether students, this bus will provide express transportation for those students living in the Merriwether area to and from Strom Thurmond High School.
Edgefield Daily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duncan Releases Statement on President Obama’s Energy Remarks
web posted June 27, 2013
Washington, DC – Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina released the following statement on today’s remarks from President Obama on energy policies: “Actions have consequences and the President's new policy will turn out the lights on South Carolina families and businesses, creating a new standard that's impossible to achieve. 
Edgefield Daily

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

"SC Free at Last": Supreme Court Ruling Guts Voting Rights Act - Impacts to South Carolina
web posted June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON DC – The Supreme Court today threw out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 ruling invalidating Section 4 of the act means all or part of 16 states with a history of discrimination no longer need federal approval to make any changes, no matter how small, to their voting procedures.
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Critter Crashes Leave Drivers Uninjured
web posted June 26, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Two crashes on Tuesday in Merriwether were claimed to be caused by critters entering the roadway and the drivers loosing control trying to swerve to miss them. In both cases the cars left the roadway and each flipped at least once with one ending up down at the bottom of a steep drop-off on Sweetwater Road. In both crashes the driver was able to walk away with little or no injuries.
Edgefield Daily

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

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

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

SPORTS – When the District 3 Coach Pitch All Star Tournament began in Ridge Spring this past friday night, 12 players and 4 coaches had one goal in mind; reach the Dixie Youth State Tournament for the second consecutive year. After two weeks of hard practice and two scrimmage games that saw Edgefield outscore their opponents 31-1, a first round loss to Clinton (12-7) did little to dampen the teams spirits. Over the next 3 nights of play, Edgefield would go on to post wins over Laurens, Ridge Spring and Batesburg/Leesville and punch their ticket to the Georgetown. 
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Daily Booking Report
web posted June 26, 2013
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Herndon Seeks Murder Charge Dismissal
web posted June 25, 2013
EDGEFIELD – John David Herndon, who is charged with the murder of Mark Justin Meadows, 29, on Memorial Day last year was granted a two day hearing claiming the killing of Meadows was self defense. Edgefield County Clerk of Court Shirley Newby stated that Circuit Court Judge Keesley heard the "Castle Doctrine hearing" for the murder charge and his decision is pending.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Woman Discovers Burglary Sunday
web posted June 25, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman in the process of moving reported finding the family's West Five Notch Road home burglarized Sunday evening when she stopped by to pick up a few items. Upon entering the home she noticed "things seemed out of place" and called the Sheriff's Office.
Edgefield Daily

Church Targeted for Burglary
web posted June 25, 2013
COUNTY LINE – Church members arrived at the House of David Ministries on Edgefield Road on Saturday afternoon for choir practice and discovered the church had been burglarized. An investigator was called to process the scene for evidence.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market: BBQ and Hash by the pound/quart for July 4 - Order Now
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 25, 2013

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

Strom Thurmond FFA Association Farm Business Management Team Wins State Competition
web posted June 25, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Farm Business Management team took first place honors in the State Farm Business Management Career Development Event (CDE) held at Clemson University on Thursday June 13, 2013 as part of the 86th annual South Carolina FFA State Convention. Team members Trent Miller, High Individual Scorer in the state event; Scott Sherman, Second High Individual Scorer; Geddings Jhant, and Allie Jhant successfully outscored teams from high schools throughout the state.
Edgefield Daily

Governor Nikki Haley signs transportation infrastructure bill H.3360
web posted June 25, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today joined the chairman of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Mike Brenan, president of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Otis Rawl, CEO of Cox Industries Mikee Johnson, SCDOT Secretary Robert St. Onge, president of G&P Trucking and SCDOT Commission appointee Clifton Parker, and president of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance Lewis Gossett at the official bill signing for H.3360, a transportation infrastructure funding bill.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond High School Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls
web posted June 25, 2013
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls.
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Daily Booking Report: June 14 - June 20 listed separately
web 25 posted June , 2013
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Burglars Hit Johnston Home, Steal over $8,000 in Property
web posted June 24, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man returned to his Henry Lane home to discover and discovered the home had been burglarized. The owner did not enter the home and called 911 to report the incident, thus preserving evidence in the case. An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy arrived a short time later and cleared the home finding no one inside and investigators were called to process the scene.
Edgefield Daily

SC Lawmakers Celebrate Arrival of Gun Manufacturer
By Shawn Drury
web posted June 24, 2013

STATE – In January, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-3) invited a New York gun manufacturer to relocate to South Carolina after the Empire State passed gun control legislation. That company hasn't taken Duncan up on his offer, but a company in a neighboring state has.
Edgefield Daily

IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address
web posted June 24, 2013
(CNSNews.com) - The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The top 10 addresses used received a total of $86.1 million in "refunds" to illegals.
CNS News

Sheriff's Office Seeks Help to ID Burglary Suspect
web posted June 21, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect that made off with over $10,000 in guns, hi-tech hunting bows, jewelry and other property sometime last Thursday. Investigators have released photos of the suspect and the car he was driving at the time of the theft thanks to the owner having a trail-cam in his back yard of their Virgil Wall Road home.
Edgefield Daily

Gov. Nikki Haley signs Equal Access to the Ballot Act
web posted June 20, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley joined with Senator Larry Martin, Senator Shealy, Senator Campsen, Senator Paul Thurmond, and former Attorney General Henry McMaster on Thursday in a ceremonial bill signing for S.2, the Equal Access to the Ballot Act. The bill is in response to the 2012 elections when 200 or more candidates were kicked off the ballot on a technicality.
Edgefield Daily

Lawmakers Offer School Choices to Special Needs Students
web posted June 20, 2013
STATE – Students with special educational needs will be eligible for privately funded tuition scholarships through a program included in this year’s South Carolina state budget.
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Gov. Nikki Haley signs Military Occupation, Education, and Credentialing Act
web posted June 19, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley joined with National Guard Colonel Thad Myers, Senator Thomas Alexander, and U.S. Department of Defense liaison Kevin Bruch on Tuesday in a ceremonial bill signing for S.417, the Military Occupation, Education, and Credentialing Act.
Edgefield Daily

EDYB All Star teams ready to take the Field
By John Brown
web posted June 19, 2013

COUNTY – For both the EDYB Coach Pitch and Minor League All Star teams, two weeks of hard work, practice and preparation is about to be put into action when both squads open post season play this weekend. For Coach Dean Patterson's Coach Pitch team, Ridge Spring will be the destination as his 7 and 8 year olds look for a return trip to the Dixie Youth State Tournament.
Edgefield Daily

Religion - Creator of heaven and earth: Apostles Creed 4
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 19, 2013

RELIGION – We continue in our slow moving study of the Apostles’ Creed by looking at the next phrase “creator of heaven and earth.” Now, how do we know God is the creator of heaven and earth? Our universe is of God’s most preeminent apologists. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). I mean when we look at a house we can deduce that it had a builder, right? Just like when we look at a painting we figure it had a painter. Doesn’t creation imply a creator?
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Edgefield Daily Announces Partial Daily Publication Suspension June 15 - June 22
web posted June 11, 2013
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily will be suspending daily news reports for the week beginning Saturday, June 15, and ending Saturday, June 22. Breaking news and reader comments (Wandering Minds) will still be published during the break in reporting. Obituaries will also be maintained during this time. Regular daily reports will return on Monday, June 24. There will be a complete shutdown from June 15 through June 16 for regularly scheduled server maintenance.

Wesley Spires to be Released from Hospital Soon
web posted June 14, 2013
AUGUSTA – According to a family member Thursday night, Wesley Spires is set to be released to return home within a matter of days. Wesley will have to continue outpatient treatments for some time, but returning home will no doubt be a great advance in his spirit and recovery.

South Carolina outpaces nation in manufacturing growth
web posted June 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  South Carolina has one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S. and has one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors in the region and nation, according to a recent U.S. Commerce Department report. South Carolina’s Real GDP growth rate of 2.7 percent put it above the national average of 2.5 percent and the southeastern regional average of 2.1 percent.
Edgefield Daily

Accused Murderer Gets $35,000 Bond
web posted June 14, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A woman accused of murdering her live-in boyfriend and father of her two children will likely be getting out of jail within days following a bond hearing on Thursday. 23-year-old Ashley Renee Butler is charged with murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Otis M. Key Jr. at the couple's home in Johnston in April. Butler is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Edgefield Daily

Burglar Gets 2 Years in $16,000 Theft
web posted June 14, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A burglary case from last June in which over $16,000 in property was stolen came to a close this Wednesday when Douglas Edmund Peterson, 28, plead guilty to the burglary and was sentence to prison. An associated charge of grand larceny was dropped in the plea agreement. He has previous theft and drug convictions.
Edgefield Daily

School Board Gives 2nd Nod to Budget, No BOE Pay Increases
By Anne Waits
web posted June 14, 2013

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board met Tuesday night in regular session. Among other items on the agenda, the Board approved on second reading a 2013-2014 Budget. The budget was revised on second reading, down to $26,515,914 from the original $26,662,758.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Booking Report
web posted June 14, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Boyfriend
web posted June 13, 2013
EDGEFIELD – After nearly two years of being held without bond at the Edgefield County Detention Center, Lakashia Rochelle Walker, 29, plead guilty in the death of her boyfriend in November of 2011. Walker had been charged with the murder of 35-year-old Barrett Scott Stephenson after his body was found in a ditch around 3 am on November 6, 2011, near the couple's home.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Town Council Passes Budget, Rewards Firefighters
By: Anne Waits
web posted June 13, 2013

JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council Meeting Monday night centered around the approval of the FY 2013-14 Budget, requests and concerns by several citizens, discussion of the status of aging equipment and discussion of Streetscape.
Edgefield Daily

Gov. Nikki Haley, Harvard Kennedy School, Rockefeller Foundation announce launch of social impact bond initiative
web posted June 13, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley announced this week that South Carolina is one of six winners of a national competition run by the Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (SIB Lab) at the Harvard Kennedy School to provide state and local governments with technical assistance to develop pay-for-success contracts using social impact bonds.
Edgefield Daily

Religion - Almighty Father: Apostles Creed 3
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted June 13, 2013

RELIGION – As I write today I am suffering from a vacation hangover. My family had a great vacation last week, but it wore me out. I have two boys who go non-stop! The high temperatures last week stayed in the low 80’s and with beach breeze it was not hot. Furthermore, the water temps were pretty low, which meant that my wife got in the water very little, and when she did it sent her into hypothermic shock.
Edgefield Daily
 

Crouch Hardware Paint Sale
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 13, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Clark-Kensington paint+primer is rated number one in a leading consumer reporting magazine. Available only at Crouch ACE Hardware. We offer custom color match services and knowledgeable advice for all your painting needs. Prices start at $25.99. See the "helpful hardware folks" for friendly service at Crouch Hardware on the Edgefield Town Square.

Daily Booking Report
web posted June 13, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Accused Child Molester Pleads Guilty
web posted June 12, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A former Edgefield man charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree with a minor under 16 has plead guilty and will be spending the next 7 years in prison. William Michael Hillis, 40, entered a guilty plea on Monday in General Sessions Court and was sentenced to 10 years, suspended on service of 7 years behind bars and 3 years probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.
Edgefield Daily

EDYB Announces 2013 Minor League All-Star Team
By John Brown
web posted June 12, 2013

SPORTS – The Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2013 Minor League All-Star team roster. The team, comprised of 9 and 10 year olds will begin tournament play on June 21, in Batesburg-Leesville and will be managed by Jonathan Harling.
Edgefield Daily

ATC to Host Early Care & Education and Criminal Justice Information Night on June 13
web posted June 12, 2013
AIKEN – Prospective students interested in pursuing a career in Early Care and Education or Criminal Justice can learn more about the programs offered at Aiken Technical College during an information session on June 13.
Edgefield Daily

Holmes-Hughes Engagement
web posted June 12, 2013
COUNTY – Dr. and Mrs. George Tillman Hughes are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Lynn, to Jonathan Lindsey Holmes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Frank Holmes.
Edgefield Daily

Bush More Popular than Obama
web posted June 12, 2013
NATION – In a Gallup tracking poll released Tuesday, former-President George W. Bush currently stands with a favorability rating of 49%, compared to 46% who see the 43rd president unfavorably. Meanwhile, another Gallup poll shows President Obama with only a 47% approval rating, with 44% disapproving.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted June 12, 2013
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempted Murder
web posted June 11, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for his part in the armed robbery and shooting of the victim at a Jeter Street home in October of 2011. Tyrone Quintavius Holloway, 27, showed no emotion as Circuit Court Judge Thomas Russo handed down the sentence following a guilty plea. Holloway's attorney, Greg Seigler, tried to downplay the incident as a drug deal gone wrong. Judge Russo said during the sentence that regardless of the situation, "It's not okay to shoot people."
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Daily Announces Partial Daily Publication Suspension June 15 - June 22
web posted June 11, 2013
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily will be suspending daily news reports for the week beginning Saturday, June 15, and ending Saturday, June 22. Breaking news and reader comments will still be published during the break in reporting. Obituaries will also be maintained during this time. Regular daily reports will return on Monday, June 24. There will be a complete shutdown from June 15 through June 16 for regularly scheduled server maintenance.

Crouch Hardware Paint Sale
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted June 11, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Clark-Kensington paint+primer is rated number one in a leading consumer reporting magazine. Available only at Crouch ACE Hardware. We offer custom color match services and knowledgeable advice for all your painting needs. Prices start at $25.99. See the "helpful hardware folks" for friendly service at Crouch Hardware on the Edgefield Town Square.

Laws Give Tax Breaks for Land Conservation
web posted June 11, 2013
COUNTY – It can pay to protect your farm and forest land from industrial and commercial development. Tax legislation signed at the beginning of the year renewed generous federal tax breaks for landowners who permanently preserve scenic, environmentally sensitive, prime farm land or historical properties. But landowners need to take action now as the “enhanced” conservation easement incentives will end December 31, 2013.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Public Meeting Notice: Zoning Change
web posted June 11, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 PM, at Johnston Municipal Building, 500 Mims Avenue, Johnston, SC, to consider a zoning reclassification submitted by Christ Central of Saluda, Edgefield County Tax Map Number 179-09-01-006-000, located at 816 Young Street from RS (Residential Single) to MU (Multi-use).

Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
web posted June 11, 2013
COUNTY –  This month, I’m taking a break from the usual County Council update to discuss one topic: Your opportunity for more involvement in County Government. Before I go there, I want to point out that what the County Council decides each month does affect your life.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted June 11, 2013
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Two Crashes on Same Curve Sunday
web posted June 10, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A 90 degree turn on Briggs Road in Merriwether is well known for people missing the curve and crashing. Sunday was no different other than there was not one, but two in the same day. The second came after a resident on the 600 block called to report a possible drunk driver who had at least two children in the car, which had pulled into the driveway. As deputies converged on the area the caller reported a truck pulling in behind the car and children were being swapped between the two vehicles.
Edgefield Daily

Three Rebel Baseball Players Sign to Play College Ball
By Tim Crane
web posted June 10, 2013

SPORTS – Although the weather forecast was steady rain on Friday, there was an abundance of sunshine in the Strom Thurmond Media Center as three Rebel baseball players committed to play at the next level. First year Head Coach Chris Zylstra was all smiles. "I'm very excited and proud of these guys for earning the opportunity to play college ball. Roberto is a strong left fielder and has a good bat, Grant was our go to pitcher and is a workhorse and Graham is excellent behind the plate and has great power when hitting. I know they will all be successful."  
Edgefield Daily

Downtown Drive-In Movie on the Edgefield Square – Friday, June 14
web posted June 10, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association along with our special sponsor, Family Dentistry of Edgefield, invites everyone to our Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Edgefield Daily

18-Wheeler Hits Motorcycle After Pursuit
web posted June 8, 2013
TRENTON – A Johnston Police officer attempted a traffic stop on two motorcycles when they took off and entered Highway 121 towards Trenton. Johnston Police broke off the pursuit when speeds reached in excess of 100 mph and within minutes a report came in of an 18-wheeler "running over" a motorcycle in the curve near Reynolds Drive just after 10 pm. When officers arrived on the scene, the driver of the motorcycle was nowhere to be found.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Man Digs up Explosives
web posted June 8, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Stevens Creek Drive man was working on a waterline in his front yard Saturday morning when he hit a metal box while digging. He dug the box up an found it to be a military ammo box. When he opened the box he found it contained military grade explosives and detonation cord. He moved the box away from his home and called 911 to report the find. Edgefield County Deputies, Merriwether Fire Department and EMA responded to the scene.
Edgefield Daily

Good News: Wesley Spires Walking
web posted June 8, 2013
AUGUSTA – According to Westside Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Allen, Firefighter Wesley Spires has been released from the hospital and has been transferred to the Walton Rehab facility as his condition continues to improve. Allen said Wesley is talking to family and has been able to walk with assistance. "He's doing great considering how short of a time it's been," Mr. Allen said.

Collision Injures Three Friday Morning
web posted June 7, 2013
COUNTY – A two vehicle collision on Highway 25 south brought southbound traffic to a crawl Friday morning around 8 am. A southbound Ford F250 4-door truck struck a Chrysler Town and Country in the left side as the driver entered the road from a driveway. The driver of the Chrysler was left trapped in the driver's seat. The truck careened out of control and spun to a stop in the center median.
Edgefield Daily

STH Graduation Ceremonies Online Streaming
web posted June 7, 2013 UPDATED WITH LIVE FEEDS 6:14 pm
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District will be streaming the graduation ceremonies live online starting just before 7 pm Please you the following links to watch the ceremonies live with video and audio. High speed internet strongly suggested.
mms://www.edgefield.k12.sc.us/STHSGC2  or  http://tinyurl.com/lwentoh
 
Bridge Out: Portion of Merriwether Area Road Closed
web posted June 7, 2013
MERRIWETHER – The South Carolina Department of Transportation has closed a portion of Country Club Hills Road between Gregory Lake Road and Murrah Road Thursday afternoon due to damage of the bridge. The bridge will remain closed until a decision can be made to repair the bridge or replace it entirely. A center support to the right side of the bridge has washed out and disconnected from the bridge.
Edgefield Daily

Rain May Dampen STH Graduation Ceremonies
web posted June 7, 2013
JOHNSTON – With the Class of 2013 expected to receive their diplomas during the graduation ceremonies tonight at the football stadium and rain in the forecast, Edgefield County School Superintendent Greg Anderson said they are in constant touch with the weather bureau, "for an hour by hour update". In the event of rain, the ceremonies will be moved to the JET Middle School Gym, requiring all who enter to have the tickets supplied to graduates.
Edgefield Daily

County Roads Damaged by Heavy Rains Could be Damaged Further
web posted June 7, 2013
COUNTY – Several county roads were damaged by heavy rains earlier this week, with at least two being partially closed or drivers being advised to avoid the areas altogether. With more heavy rain expected early Friday morning those damaged roads could see the extent of the damage grow.
Edgefield Daily

Obama Out of Control: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge
web posted June 7, 2013
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.
Washington Post

Daily Booking Report
web posted June 7, 2013
Edgefield Daily

D-Day: 06:30 June 6, 1944
web posted June 6, 2013
NATION – Today marks the 69th anniversary of one of the most dramatic battles in history, the landing on Normandy. Nearly 10,000 Allied forces were killed or missing during the invasion. The victory by "America's Greatest Generation" began the downfall of Nazi Germany and ultimately the end of World Ward ll.
US Army

Edgefield Passes Budget During Hour and a Half Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted June 6, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Town Council held what Mayor Ken Durham jokingly called "their longest meeting ever" on Monday night. The meeting lasted an hour and a half, with several larger agenda items taking a longer than usual amount of time. In the first item of business, Willie Calhoun was presented a plaque for his 26 years of service with the Town of Edgefield.
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Local Bar-B-Que Team Ranks 2nd in State
web posted June 6, 2013
TRENTON – Backwoods Bar-B-Que, a local competitive BBQ team from Trenton, SC, is now listed as 2nd in the State. Gene and Tesa Culbertson travel to various BBQ competitions hoping to throw out the best BBQ there is. While this year they have focused on staying within the South Carolina Barbeque Association sanction cook offs in hopes to win the Governors Cup at the end of the year.
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Notice Of A Public Hearing Prior To Final Action By The County Council Of Edgefield County To Enter Into An Ordinance
web posted June 6, 2013
COUNTY – Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinances will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on July 2, 2013 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council. 
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Notice: Edgefield County FY 2013-2014 GO Budget
web posted June 6, 2013
COUNTY – The Edgefield County FY 2013-2014 General Operating Budget was adopted by the Edgefield County Council at the Regular Council meeting held on June 4, 2013.  A copy will be available on July 1, 2013 for public viewing at the County Administration Building, 124 Courthouse Square, Edgefield and on the Edgefield County website, http://www.edgefieldcounty.sc.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

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web posted June 6, 2013
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County Budget Approved: Adds 2 Deputies, 2% Raise for Employees
web posted June 5, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council gave final approval to the 2013-2014 budget Tuesday night that provides for two new deputies for Sheriff Adell Dobey and a 2% raise for county employees. The vote to pass the budget was 4-1 with Councilman Norman Dorn voting no, stating he did not have enough information in spite of three readings and a budget workshop where the budget was reviewed "page by page". Dorn did not attend half of the meetings including the workshop.
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State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to Address Class of 2013 at Strom Thurmond High School
web posted June 5, 2013
JOHNSTON – State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais will provide remarks at commencement ceremonies for the class of 2013 of Strom Thurmond High School which is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2013 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The appearance of Dr. Zais will mark the first time in school history that a state superintendent has participated in graduation exercises.
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Opinion: Montessori, School-Choice, and Early-Childhood Education Eliminated by the District
web posted June 5, 2013
Dear Editor,
At the most recent meeting of the Edgefield County School District Board of Education, the Board voted 5-2 (Mr. Bibbs and Ms. Hammond were the dissenting votes) to eliminate the Montessori program at Douglas Elementary. This decision robs us of the only school-choice program in the district, and cuts the only early childhood education program not specifically targeting at-risk children.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted June 5, 2013
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Trenton Woman Charged in False Report of Drowning Child
web posted June 4, 2013
JOHNSTON – A Trenton woman has been charged following falsely reporting the drowning of her 2-year-old child during heavy rains Sunday night. Tonya Renee Kitchings, 32, was in rising waters when Sheriff's Deputies first arrived on the scene on Monks Way just after 10 pm. A Deputy entered the water and brought Kitchings out, all the while she was screaming her child was still in the water.
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Strom Thurmond High School Graduation Ceremonies To Be Streamed Online
web posted June 4, 2013
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District announced Monday that the public will be able to view the graduation exercises for the class of 2013 live on your home computer. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 7, beginning at 7 pm. For those not able to attend in person, the district has taken steps that will allow you to see the ceremonies in the privacy of your own home.
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Edgefield Man Tazed, Arrested after Breaking in Residence
web posted June 4, 2013
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police responded to a midnight 911 call after a man banging on her door and windows kicked in the back door and entered the home. Officers arrive moments later and could hear yelling coming from inside the apartment. When they knocked on the door the suspect opened it while yelling at the woman inside. When he was brought outside he began fighting the officers.
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IRS Targeting Hits Close to Home
web posted June 4, 2013
WASHINGTON DC – South Carolina Third Congressional District resident Dianne Belsom will be testifying before the House Ways & Means Committee today at 10 am about how her organization - the Laurens County Tea Party - was targeted by the IRS for extra scrutiny. The group has been waiting for three years for their tax exempt status to be granted while the IRS requested more and more personal information on members and their activities during the process.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted June 4, 2013
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Faked Call Sends Rescuers Looking for Three Lost in Water in Johnston: Charges Pending
web posted June 3, 2013
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Dispatchers received a 911 call of three people in an overflow area of a pond on Monks Way Sunday night sending Johnston Police, Edgefield County Deputies, Johnston and Edgefield Firefighters and Department of Natural Resources officers racing to the scene. At least one Sheriff's Deputy removed his gear and entered the rising waters in search of the victims risking his own life.
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Fundraiser Collects over $10K for Wesley Spires
web posted June 3, 2013
WESTSIDE – A Bar-B-Que Fundraiser for Westside Fireman Wesley Spires was a huge success on Saturday raising more than $10,000, with some expecting the total to grow a few thousand more. Firefighters from Westside, Merriwether and Edgefield Fire Departments along with other volunteers started cooking Friday around 7 pm and continued throughout the night.
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Edgefield Dixie Youth Announces 2013 Coach Pitch All Star Team
By John Brown
web posted June 3, 2013

EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Dixie Youth President, Jonathan Harling is pleased to announce the leagues 2013 Coach Pitch All Star team. The team, made up of 7 and 8 year olds will be led by Manager, Dean Patterson along with Coaches, Jason Mims, Travis Jones and Lane Rogers. This will mark Patterson's third league Championship in as many years, with the previous two coming during his tenure in the leagues 9 and 10 year old division.
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Edgefield County Theatre Company presents Pamela Parker’s “Second Samuel”
web posted June 3, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Theatre Company presents Pamela Parker’s “Second Samuel” opening June 6th and 8th 8pm, June 9th 3pm,  June 14th and 15th 8pm, and Sunday June 16th 3pm. Laugh, be moved, but don’t leave unchanged.
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Opinion: Why we don't want to simplify the Income Tax code?
web posted June 3, 2013
Dear Editor,
Congressman Tim Griffin [AZ-02] appeared on Fox News last week to talk about the effort in the House Ways and Means committee to simplify the income tax code, eliminate loop holes, lower the rates, etc.  He said that the Senate Finance committee is in similar agreement to which the Fox reporter replied, "I can't imagine any American would against that..."
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Three Injured in Friday Afternoon Crash
web posted June 1, 2013
NORTHSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies, EMS and Northside Firefighters were called to a single vehicle crash on Highway 430 just south of Long Cane Road at 5:50 pm Friday. One of the three injured in the crash was said to be suffering from a severe head injury and was unconscious. An Airmed helicopter was called to transport that patient to the trauma center in Augusta.
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Chairman Wates Pulls BOE Pay Increase from Budget
web posted June 1, 2013
COUNTY – In phone and email discussions with Edgefield County School Board Chairman Carroll Wates, he stated there was nothing nefarious in proposing the pay increase for school board members. "I've had several of the board members talk to me about this, so I had it placed in the budget. I thought it was going to be a topic of discussion." As it turned out, it was never brought up at Tuesday's meeting.
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Daily Booking Report
web posted June 1, 2013
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