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March 2008 Archive

Online Business Directory continues to grow
web posted March 31, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Online Business Directory (Located just below the Featured Sections) continues to grow each week. The Business Directory can make finding what you need easier and is available 24 hours a day.  For less than the cost of a Classified ad in the local papers you can list your business on the most widely read media outlet in Edgefield County.
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Rushton announces candidacy for District 3 County Council seat (Photo)
web posted March 31, 2008
JOHNSTON – James “Jamie” Rushton Jr. has announced his candidacy for the District 3 County Council seat which encompasses Johnston and part of Trenton. “My decision to run for the County Council Seat in District 3 was made after many hours of prayer and conversations with family and friends,” Mr. Rushton said.
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Non-filing leads to re-election of three county offices, four of five county council seats up for grabs
web posted March 31, 2008
COUNTY – With the filings completed, three county positions are almost certainly assured re-election in November. Edgefield County Sheriff Adel Dobey will not see a challenger nor will Edgefield County Clerk of Court Shirley Newby. Edgefield County Councilman Willie Bright saw a hotly contested race grow cold assuring him yet another term in office. Without a filed opponent each will be re-elected with just one vote in November.
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Edgefield’s Sen. Shane Massey progresses to General election, Anderson faces challenge from Johnson for Democrat nod
web posted March 31, 2008
STATE – The race for the District 25 SC Sate Senate Seat has come down to two Edgefield County candidates and an unknown newcomer. Republican Senator Shane Massey took the seat after a special election to fill the seat after veteran Democrat Senator Tommy Moore resigned last year. Democrat State House Representative Bill Clyburn conceded the election after a short contention and recount.
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County Council Chairman Kneece denies closing date set for Calliham property
web posted March 31, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An entry in last week’s The Edgefield Advertiser’s “Around the Square” listing has raised some eyebrows and brought a flood of emails to EdgefieldDaily.com. In the column entry, J. P. Calliham was speaking of his 56 years in business and what changes in products he would be making for the spring with the writer. Then he dropped the proverbial bombshell on the sale of the property to the County. “They have done the appraisals, inspections and environmental checks, and we close on June 4,” if all goes well, the quote reads.
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Edgefield County Recreation lists T-Ball, Dixie Youth Schedules
web posted March 31, 2008
SPORTS – The Edgefield County Recreation Department has provided the schedules for the upcoming season. The schedules will remain atop the Sports Section for readers to follow the progress of the season. Standings will be provided and updated as the season continues.
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Lady Patriot's hold opponents scoreless
web posted March 31, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The home team rolled through the opposition at the Lady Patriot Invitational softball tournament Saturday. Wardlaw's pitchers did not give up a run and allowed only four hits in winning their three games.
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Special Saturday Afternoon Update; Twelve seek four of five council seats: Sunday may bring challenge of fifth
web posted March 29, 2008
COUNTY – More candidates have joined the race with four of five county council seats now challenged. Others are still in talks about running. For those, time is running out as filing for office closes Sunday, March 30 at noon. Not all candidates that have filed have made official announcements at this time and EdgefieldDaily.com will carry each as they make it formal. Below is a complete list of those currently filed and their respective race as of 6 pm Saturday. A full report will be online Monday.
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Cockrell files in District 1 County Council race (Photo)
web posted March 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Brunson Community resident Jeanette S. Cockrell announced her plans this week to challenge Norman Dorn for the District 1 County Council seat of Edgefield County. “I have filed to run as a Republican candidate to represent Edgefield County in the District 1 County Council Seat,” Mrs. Cockrell said in a prepared statement at the time of her filing with Republican Party Chairman Ralph McFarland.
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Flood of candidates file on Friday
web posted March 29, 2008
COUNTY – A rush of candidates filing for election took place on Friday with others still having paperwork out or still in talks about running. For those, time is running out as filing for office closes Sunday, March 30 at noon. Not all candidates that have filed have made official announcements at this time and EdgefieldDaily.com will carry each as they make it formal. Below is a complete list of those currently filed and their respective race.
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Veterans Park needs to become a reality, Veterans Officer says (Photo)
web posted March 28, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Veterans Affairs Officer John Rikard Jr. says it is time for Edgefield County to have its own Veterans Park and he has found the land, has the preliminary proposal, and is ready to make it a reality. “We started on this about three years ago,” Mr. Rikard said, but since the fire at the Church Street offices, “we lost everything so I’m starting from scratch.”
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Johnston Farmer suffers major loss in labor camp housing facility due to burglary
web posted March 28, 2008
JOHNSTON – A burglary of a labor camp has left one local farmer with a loss of almost $8,000 in stolen goods and damage to a worker housing facility. The theft, believed to have occurred recently found over 40 beds stolen and over a dozen doors damaged in the process.
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The "nuts and bolts" of the County Council election process
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 28, 2008
COLUMN – Republican Senator Shane Massey’s wining campaign slogan of “Shake up Columbia” may have filtered down to his base constituency in Edgefield County as it seems things may be set for a “shake up” of the Edgefield County Council. The political races in Edgefield County have grown to a fervor unseen in the county in decades. A flurry of activity has taken place over the past week with eight challengers either filing or contemplating filing in four of the five county council districts with a ninth being in talks to run in the last unchallenged district. The unbelievable numbers of potential candidates sends stern messages to incumbents; the voters are not happy with the present entrenched leadership and want a change. 
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Keck resigns from Turkey Federation after 30 years of service (Photo)
web posted March 27, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Rumors spread quickly around Edgefield on Wednesday of a shake-up at the National Wild Turkey Federation of two high level dismissals on Tuesday and the resignation of Rob Keck, the Federation’s CEO, Wednesday morning. The NWTF confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Mr. Keck has tendered his resignation effective June 1. Mr. Keck led the organization at the helm for twenty-seven of his thirty years onboard.
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County’s illegal alien problem continues to grow
web posted March 27, 2008
COUNTY – The ongoing problem with illegal Hispanics in the Edgefield County area is, well, ongoing and is getting worse instead of better. Just since the first of this year there have been a growing number of incidents of Hispanic males being arrested for no driver’s licenses, DUI’s, fraudulent Social Security cards, and identity theft among others.
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Rebels improve season with 14-8 win over Swansea
web posted March 27, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond baseball team improved their record to 5-6 for the season with a 14-8 win over Swansea Tuesday night with pitcher Mike McCary, a Senior, on the mound.
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Edgefield Library hosts “Starbooks” Coffee House today
web posted March 27, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Library will be holding their StarBooks" Coffee House today from 5 – 7 pm. The Friends of the Edgefield County Library welcome poets, comedians, musicians, singers, and others to come and share their talents at the event. The public is invited to attend.

Married man pregnant with his wife’s baby
web posted March 27, 2008
A married man who used to be a woman says that he is pregnant and will give birth to a baby girl in July.
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April cake winner: Ryan Myers on April 22
web posted March 26, 2008
WEBNEWS – The April Birthday / Aniversary cake winner is Ryan Myers. Each month EdgefieldDaily.com chooses one listing in the Birthday and Annivesary Section to receive a cake from Jari's Bakery and Catering in Edgefield at random. Ryan Myers or her sponsor has 48 hours to contact EdgefieldDaily.com to claim the cake. Place your birthday or annivesary wishes and instantly enter them for our monthly drawing to recieve a free cake from Edgefield's premier bakery.

Strom Thurmond students prepare banners for welcome home ceremony for soldiers
web posted March 26, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond students took on a project at the request of Mrs. Joan S. Moody of the SC Army National Guard Family Readiness Group to make patriotic banners for the upcoming “Homecoming Ceremony” honoring SC Army National Guard HHC 218 IN Bde Soldiers who are returning from a year of duty in Afghanistan.
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Bettis Academy Heritage Preservation to host fundraiser April 19
web posted March 26, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – In celebration of the National Walk for Parks, The Bettis Academy Heritage Preservation Team will sponsor a fund raising drive in support of the Biddle Hall Museum, located on the Bettis Academy Campus on Bettis Academy Road in Trenton, South Carolina. This event will take place on Friday, April 18, 2008, and Saturday, April 19, 2008. On Friday, beginning at 5:30pm, an old time fish fry will be held on the park grounds. Come out and get your fish dinners or your fish sandwiches until 8:00pm.
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Trenton residents join forces to help one of their own
web posted March 26, 2008
PSA - TRENTON – Wayne Carpenter, of Trenton, has suffered a major medical calamity and has been in critical care at University Hospital since Saturday. The residents of Trenton have joined together, as they so often do, and have established a fund to help offset the cost of the mounting medical bills at the First Citizens Bank. Donations are being accepted at any First Citizens Bank location under the name of the Wayne Carpenter Medical Fund. All donations go directly to medical costs.

Every Email: An Opportunity
By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted March 26, 2008
COLUMNIST – When I was a kid Spam came in a can and everyone laughed at you if you ate it. I used to like Spam until someone attached its name to those annoying emails we all get by the dozens. I never thought for one minute as I chewed on a delicious Spam sandwich that one day I would have to take measures to insure that Spam was blocked on my computer. It just goes to show you how times have changed and technology has invaded every area of our lives. 
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Johnston Police go high-tech to search for missing children
web posted March 25, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston has formalized an agreement with the A Child Is Missing alert program that has led to a high tech method now in place to search locally for missing children, missing elderly (often With Alzheimer’s), school students and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled. Chief Aston said, “We generate about five missing person calls a year,” most being school aged children that are found hours later. “With the help of citizens we can cover a vast area very effectively,” Chief Aston said.
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Arrests may end rash of recent thefts
web posted March 25, 2008
COUNTY – A recent rash of larcenies and burglaries over the weekend has resulted in the arrest of two men Sunday morning. The arrests came after two white males were spotted in a white truck in the back yard of a Silver Fox Circle home around 3:15 am and the homeowner reported going outside to try to stop the two men as they fled the scene. The men reportedly had been inside an outbuilding on the property.
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Bloody pentagram found inside Horn Creek Baptist Church (Photos)
web posted March 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Historic Horn Creek Baptist Church continues to be a place widely regarded as haunted and that draws many thrill seekers, mainly teens, and some self-proclaimed ghost hunters to the 218 year-old rural church. However, some of those drawn to the grounds have repugnant intentions. Edgefield County Deputies encountered several carloads of teens in the area on Saturday night during the full moon. After telling one group of ghost seekers to stay away, the deputy went to the church and found a pentagram drawn in blood inside the sanctuary and what appeared to be parts of a dead animal scattered about inside.
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A new look at how we help each other
By: SC Senator Shane Massey
web posted March 25, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – There’s the old joke that goes like this: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help. We rightly snicker at that line because it seems that much of what government does is backwards when you compare it to common sense.  We’re trying to shake things up in Columbia to see if we can give our state government a wake-up call.  But what I want to discuss briefly is something more important – how we help each other.
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Brush fires keep area departments busy
web posted March 25, 2008
JOHNSTON – A brush fire on the 400 block of Weaver Road consumed at least an acre of land, came very close to two homes, and started burning a shed just before 2 pm Monday. Johnston firefighters arrived a short time later and began fighting the fire as it traveled up a hillside.
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2008 Edgefield County Dixie Youth Baseball-Softball Opening Day Saturday
EdgefieldDaily.com to offer online schedules, scores, and standings for season
web posted March 25, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Baseball and Girls Softball League is hosting its opening day jamboree this Saturday, March 29th at the Edgefield Baseball Complex in Edgefield.
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No injuries in Gregory Lake Road collision (Photos)
web posted March 25, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A rear-end collision on Gregory Lake Road stalled afternoon traffic when a North Augusta High School Student ran into the back of a fellow student at the entrance of the North Augusta Country Club Monday afternoon on Gregory Lake Road. No injuries were involved.
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Douglas Elementary Participates In Pennies For Patients Project
web posted March 25, 2008
TRENTON – Douglas Elementary participated in Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients raising over $600 for the cause. The students had the unique opportunity of making a difference in the lives of those battling blood cancers.
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NOTICE: Freeze Warning tonight
web posted March 24, 2008
WEBNEWS – Temperatures will drop below freezing tonight according to forecasters. Cover budding flowers and plants. Temperatures are expected to reach between 26 and 28 degrees. Bring pets indoors or provide warm bedding.

Online Business Directory continues to grow
web posted March 24, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Online Business Directory (Located just below the Featured Sections) continues to grow each week. The Business Directory can make finding what you need easier and is available 24 hours a day.  For less than the cost of a Classified ad in the local papers you can list your business on the most widely read media outlet in Edgefield County.
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Free Classifieds - Country Cooking more popular than ever
web posted March 24, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Free Classifieds continues to add, and sell, items each week along with announcements of Yard Sales. The Country Cooking Section, now boasting well over 600 local recipes, also continues to be a favorite of readers. Send in your favorite recipe to share with others. Already the largest source of local favorite recipes available online we hope to grow to over 1,000 by the end of this year.

Two hurt in single car crash Sunday (Photos)
web posted March 24, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A single car crash on Stevens Creek Drive Sunday evening sent two people to MCG, one seriously injured. The crash occurred just before 7 pm when the woman driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ceria lost control of the car after topping one of the steep hills on the residential roadway.
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Complete Porposed Budget now online
web posted March 24, 2008 
COUNTY – The Proposed Edgefield County 2008-2009 budget of the Edgefield County Council has been released and the individual and collective budget items are presented for the public's review. All information is provided by the county.
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Three Sths Students Named South Carolina Teaching Fellows
web posted March 24, 2008
JOHNSTON – Laura Wintrow, Joshua Clark and Graham Holson, all seniors at Strom Thurmond High School, have been named South Carolina Teaching Fellows, the state’s most prestigious fellowship for future teachers. The SC General Assembly, recognizing the shortage of teachers in the state and the importance of quality teachers in every classroom, annually funds the Teaching Fellows Program for South Carolina.
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Future Business Leaders of America Capture Awards at State Conference
web posted March 24, 2008
JOHNSTON – March 14-16 FBLA members traveled to Charleston for the FBLA State Leadership Conference and Competition. There were over 1,000 members and advisors in attendance. All FBLA members did an excellent job of representing Strom Thurmond Career Center and High School.
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Langley: Is High Court Poised to Disarm the Lawful?
By Carl Langley
web posted March 24, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The Supreme Court of the United States is considering a lawsuit brought by a Washington, D.C., man and others who want to preserve the right to keep a handgun in their homes for protection against the nation’s increasingly brazen criminal element.
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Sports brief
SPORTS –  The Lady Rebels of Strom Thurmond came up on the short end of a 7-1 softball road decision against Fox Creek Thursday. Both teams had trouble on defense with a combined 12 errors, but the Lady Predators were able to score runs off the Thurmond miscues. Strom Thurmond scored in the top of the first, but Fox Creek came right back with three in the bottom of the inning. Fox Creek added four insurance runs in the bottom of the second inning.
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Good Friday - Easter Sunday
web posted March 22, 2008
WEBNEWS – There will be limited updates during the Easter weekend.

Edgefield restaurant robbed of tip jar
web posted March 22, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The China Buffet, located at 301 Edgefield Road in Edgefield, was the scene of a robbery of sorts when two young men came in and ordered chicken wings then reportedly staged a complaint when they returned in order to steal the tip jar located at the restaurant.
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Four STHS Students Selected for Governor’s School
web posted March 22, 2008
JOHNSTON – Four students from Strom Thurmond High School were recommended for the Governor’s School of South Carolina and all four were selected to attend. The Governor’s School of South Carolina at the College of Charleston is a four week residential summer program designed for academically and intellectually gifted high school students. 
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Eighth traffic death for Aiken county comes days after crash
web posted March 22, 2008
AIKEN – A delayed fatality has been reported by Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. 62 year-old Robert Widener of Salley was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia from injuries he received in a single car crash on March 14.
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Closings
web posted March 21, 2008
COUNTY – The following Offices will be closed today in observance of Good Friday:
All Edgefield County government offices
Edgefield Town Hall
Trenton Town Hall
Johnston Town Hall

EMA warns of scammers targeting tornado victims
web posted March 21, 2008
COUNTY – Emergency Management Director Mike Casey said scammers have been reported in the areas affected by last weekend’s tornados and citizens should be wary of some of those offering to help. Among the reported scams is offering tarps to cover damaged property at a highly inflated cost of $350 or offering to cut a tree for $1,800.
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Joint Assessment Teams to Survey Damage in Edgefield County today
web posted March 21, 2008
COUNTY – Joint assessment teams from the South Carolina Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local government representatives will be surveying damage caused by this past weekend’s storms in Edgefield County today.
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Deputy uninjured in singe car crash (Photos)
web posted March 21, 2008
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy was uninjured in a crash on Currytown Road around 8 pm Thursday while responding to a call of a woman saying a man was trying to force her into a car on Trailside Road. The crash occurred as the deputy was rounding a curve about a half mile south of Mealing Road.
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Storm debris burning allowed under controlled conditions
web posted March 21, 2008
COLUMBIA - Tree branches, leaves and other vegetation left behind in the wake of last weekend’s storms in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties may be burned under the supervision of county or municipal authorities using specific guidelines, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday.
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Merriwether Elementary Receives EOC Recognition
web posted March 21, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School will be recognized by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) on April 14 in Columbia for special efforts to close the achievement gap among students of differing economic, racial and ethnic groups.
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Budget debate begins; previous budget offered as comparison
web posted March 20, 2008 
COUNTY – The Proposed Edgefield County 2008-2009 budget of the Edgefield County Council has been released and the individual and collective budget items are presented for the public's review. All information is provided by the county. EdgefieldDaily.com is not responsible for omissions, mistakes, or inaccurate information provided. All previous information can be compared to the 2007-2008 budget passed last year.
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Town Square barren as work continues (Photo)
web posted March 20, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The landscaping of the Edgefield Town Square is well underway this week with the trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass all being removed by Wednesday. Rankin Jolly of Rock Creek Landscaping said they would begin the installation of the irrigation systems later this week and continuing into next week.
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Starbooks at the Edgefield County Public Library
web posted March 20, 2008
EDGEFIELD – On Thursday, March 27, from 5-7 PM, Friends of the Edgefield County 
Public Library will sponsor a coffee house at the Library called "Starbooks", to raise money for the library and to promote the annual Friends' membership drive.  Coffee will be sold in attractive new mugs designed for the Friends by local graphic artist, Linda Ely.
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Governor Sanford Requests FEMA Assessment, Aid for tornado victims
web posted March 20, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford made a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Wednesday to assess damage caused by this weekend's tornados. The governor is asking for the damage assessment as a step toward getting a presidential disaster declaration and federal aid for those affected by the storms. The National Weather Service confirmed 17 tornados in South Carolina this weekend, with touchdowns all over the state causing damage to hundreds of homes and millions of dollars in property damage.
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Missing Dogs
web posted March 20, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Two young dogs missing from the Sweetwater Rd & Horn Creek West area. One black 8mo. with orange collar, and one yellow 6mo. with orange collar .Dogs are very friendly. Please call Lorrie at Crouch Hardware 637-3331. Home phone number is on tags. Please call me if you spot my boys.

County Council unsure of how to handle Planning Commission appointment blunder
web posted March 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a special called meeting on Tuesday night prior to the scheduled budget workshop to discuss two matters. The first, additional funding for beds to be added in the county detention center, and the second an issue surrounding a situation that evolved around a vote to replace a planning commission member that had agreed to continue serving. The second matter drew the most contentious debate.
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County Council gets first look at next year's budget
web posted March 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council got their first look at the proposed budget submitted by County Administrator John Pettigrew Tuesday night at a workshop. Overall the budget requirements his office was suggesting grew only 25 over last years, or an increase of $169,514, cut down from a requested increase of a little over $610,000. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Adell Dobey was on hand to answer any questions the council may have on his budget, which was cut prior to the meeting by Administrator Pettigrew.
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County cuts funding for Heritage Corridor, Heritage Jubilee, United Way 211 system
web posted March 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – With the budget debate ongoing there were some rather large losers. Among them were the Heritage Corridor, the Heritage Jubilee, and the United Way 211 system. Councilman Kitchens said though he agreed to cut the funding for the 211 system he would be interested in looking into it further and perhaps bring it back up at a later date.
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Fulfill a Dream fundraiser for STH Athletics Department set for May6
web posted March 19, 2008
COUNTY – Mr. Doug Painter, Athletic Director of Strom Thurmond High School and the members of the STHS Booster Club are excited to announce the first Annual Fulfill a Dream/Fundraising event to benefit Strom Thurmond High School’s Athletic Department. The event will be held on May 6, 2008 at Strom Thurmond High School and the doors open at 6:00pm. 
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A Horn's Creek Church Ghost in the mirror? (Photos)
web posted March 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – EdgefieldDaily.com received a picture sent in by some area young adults that they claim shows a ghost when the picture was taken at the Horn Creek Baptist Church. The identities of the two pictured have been confirmed. However, the picture provided does give rise to an interesting question… who is in the mirror?
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Gov. Sanford Urges Passage of Immigration, DUI Reforms
web posted March 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Governor Mark Sanford joined with Spartanburg Solicitor Trey Gowdy and Beaufort Sheriff P.J. Tanner on Tuesday to call for the passage of both DUI Reform and Immigration Reform - two parts of Governor Sanford's "First 30 Days" agenda he called for in this year's State of the State address. Both DUI Reform and Immigration Reform have passed the Senate and House and are awaiting action in conference committees, where the two chambers will work out their differences on the bills.
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Sports: Rebels drop game to Tigers Monday night
web posted March 19, 2008
JOHNSTON – Swansea High's Tigers ended a six-game losing streak with an 8-4 baseball win at Strom Thurmond Monday evening. Rebel starter Josh Wilson and reliever Mike McCary combined to strike out 14 hitters, but two big innings were enough for the Tigers to come away with a victory.
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Certified Private Applicator Training set for Saturday, April 12
web posted March 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service in Edgefield County will be offering a Certified Private Applicator Training and Certification on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 9:00 AM at the Edgefield County Agricultural Building located at 304 Gray Street in Edgefield.  The eight-hour course must be successfully completed prior to taking the exam.
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Genia Adams Blackwell announces bid for Merriwether County Council seat (Photo)
web posted March 18, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Genia Blackwell announced her intentions to seek the Edgefield County Council Fifth District seat on Monday. “After careful consideration, prayers, and conversations with my family, friends, and supporters I am announcing that I will be filing as a Republican candidate to represent the Merriwether area on the Edgefield County Council. I feel that with my extensive business, leadership, and financial experience I am uniquely qualified to represent the people of the Merriwether,” Mrs. Blackwell said.
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Senator Shane Massey files for re-election
web posted March 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – ­Senator Shane Massey today filed for re-election to the State Senate, promising to continue his hard work for constituent services and government reform.  Despite being the youngest and newest member of the Senate, Shane is already shaking things up and getting results for South Carolina and District 25 through his hard work on spending and DUI reform.
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Fire call ends in arrest (Photos)
web posted March 18, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – An afternoon fire on the 100 block of Mt. Canaan Road brought the County Line and Merriwether Fire Departments to the scene. The fire was located in a rear bedroom of the home and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. However, what they found inside the home brought Sheriff’s Deputies and an Investigator to the scene.
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Clean up from tornados continues (Photos)
web posted March 18, 2008
COUNTY – The clean up from this weekend’s tornados was ongoing on Monday with homeowners trying to remove the debris that littered a wide swath across the county. Power crews and the Department of Transportation were also hard at work trying to clear roads and bring electrical power to some homes still without power. Several homes suffered major damage and were left uninhabitable.
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County Council to hold Called Meeting tonight
web posted March 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a called meeting tonight to address two matters. The first is the need for additional funding for the installation of bunk beds at the Edgefield County Detention Center. The county council approved $875 and an additional $1,266 is needed. The second matter is consideration of a Planning Commission appointment. The meeting will be held at the Edgefield County Council Chambers at 6 pm. A budget work session will follow the called meeting.

STCC Nursery and Landscaping Team takes State Title (Photos)
web posted March 18, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Nursery and Landscaping Team competed this past weekend at Spartanburg TEC in the state Nursery and Landscaping competition and were victorious with the State’s First Place winning team honors.
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Dr. Myers Easter Column: And You and Nobody Else But You
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Columnist

web posted March 18, 2008
DR. SKIP MYERS – Getting caught is a terrible feeling. We all experience it from time to time especially when we were children. We would think we had gotten away with something only to find out that our parents really did have eyes in the back of their heads. How my parents found out half of what I did growing up is still a mystery to me. But it did instill in me the realization that someone is always watching you as a believer and they will judge you and the Lord by what they observe in our lives.
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Wearin' the green (Photos)
web posted March 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Not as many people were found wearin' the green as we have found in the past, however; We did spot Catline Christy and Michelle Pontenstein with their St. Patty's Day green on while working at the Park Row Market in Edgefield. Also found was Judy Holmes with her green on while working at The Citizen News.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day
web posted March 17, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com will be out photographing those who are "wearing the green" today for our annual St. Patty's Day report Tuesday.

County suffers over a quarter million dollars in damages from tornados
web posted March 17, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield County suffered major damage to the northern areas of the county as reported tornados downed trees, power lines, and left at least thirteen homes either destroyed or suffering major damage Saturday afternoon. Edgefield County EMA Director Mike Casey said Sunday, “monetary damage has exceeded a quarter of a million dollars as of 5 pm today.” Mr. Casey said he and other officials were still trying to compile a list of property damage for reporting purposes only.
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13-year-old Trent Miller finishes in top 5 of 2.4 mile Shamrock Run (Photos)
web posted March 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Second Annual Shamrock Run was held Saturday with the largest group of entrants participating. Organizer Kerry Klein said 145 people entered this year’s event. “The weather was great and we had a great turnout”. The 2.4 mile run / walk got underway at 11 am at the Bi-Lo on Columbia Road in Edgefield and ten minutes and thirty-eight seconds later Sammy Nyomongo crossed the finish line at the Edgefield Town Square to the applause of spectators.
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Second suspect arrested in recent shooting
web posted March 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in last Thursday night’s shooting on Sweetwater Road. Orlando Scott Jr., 24, of Edgefield was taken into custody late Saturday afternoon. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said they received a tip that Mr. Scott was staying at the Woodland Apartments and made the arrest without incident.
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North Augusta Well Represented in Cotillion Club (Photo)
web posted March 17, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – Social Incorporated of Augusta held a photography session for its Cotillion Club members Sunday in Augusta. Female Cotillion Club members representing North Augusta are Emily White, Brie Campbell, Margaret Ann Williams, Elizabeth Towles and Meagan Snyder. Male Cotillion Club members representing North Augusta are James Smith, Frederick Grimm, Samuel Lamunion, and Tip Frank.
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Adios Amigos – Two set for deportation after conviction of weapons charges
web posted March 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Two illegal aliens will be greeting family and friends in their native country of Mexico after pleading guilty to weapons charges in General Session Court last week. Jose Luis Rodrigues Resendiz, 27, and Fermin Labra Lopez, 25, plead guilty to possession of illegal weapons from a December 2007 arrest. The arrests came after a Department of Natural Resources Officer notified the Sheriff’s Office he found nearly a dozen Hispanic males shooting automatic weapons at a rural location.
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Online Business Directory continues to grow
web posted March 17, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Online Business Directory (Located just below the Featured Sections) continues to grow each week. The Business Directory can make finding what you need easier and is available 24 hours a day.  For less than the cost of a Classified ad in the local papers you can list your business on the most widely read media outlet in Edgefield County.
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Guest Column: Preacher of Hate Doesn’t Have a Clue
By Carl Langley
web posted March 17, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Dr. Jeremiah Wright, the raving lunatic who pastors a Chicago church, is about to do to Barack Obama what Hillary Clinton has not been able to do: deliver a knockout punch in the Democratic presidential primary. Wright, who spouts foaming at the mouth sermons blaming white people for everything from starting wars to AIDs infestations, has put Barack in an untenable position.
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WANTED: Sheriff’s Office seeks help in locating accused drug dealer (Photo)
web reposted March 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division is seeking the help of the public in locating a wanted man accused of distribution of crack cocaine. Johnathan Bryan Marshall has active warrants for his arrest.
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2nd Annual Shamrock Run today
web posted March 15, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The second annual Shamrock Run will be held today in Edgefield beginning at 11 am. The finish line of the run is at the Edgefield Town Square and several festivities are planned for the afternoon. Organizers encourage everyone to bring the family and enjoy the event.

Attempted murder charge filed on alleged shooter, additional suspects still sought (Photo)
web posted March 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The suspected shooter in Thursday night’s attempted murder of an Edgefield man is currently being held at the Saluda County Detention Center on drug charges and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office obtained additional warrants for assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Friday afternoon. John David Fulmer, 24, of Batesburg, was arrested after a traffic stop near Ridge Spring by Saluda Deputies not long after the shooting took place.
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Living Estate Auction Saturday, March 15
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web posted March 15, 2008
GREENWOOD – We are selling the personal property estate of Mr. Benjamin H. Jones of Greenwood, S.C. The sale will be held at his home located at 3106 Highway 25 South, Greenwood, SC, 29646. The sale will begin at 9:30 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM till sale time. Please visit our website: www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for detailed information, terms, and pictures. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Strom Thurmond NJROTC Pass-In-Review (Photo)
web posted March 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School NJROTC held its annual inspection and Pass-In-Review on March 11, 2008. The inspecting officer was Area Commander Garth Jones from Charleston. Those attending and receiving arrival honors were Dr. Carroll Wates, Mrs. Suzanne O’Neal, Dr. Mary Rice Crenshaw, Mayor Willie Campbell, Chief Warrant Officer McClendon and Commander Jones.
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Governor's Foster Care and Adoption Task Force Reports Findings
web posted March 15, 2008
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford today announced the findings of his Children in Foster Care and Adoption Services Task Force - a group he formed last year and tasked with identifying ways to improve the efficiency and quality of the state's foster care and adoption processes, and in particular reducing the time it takes to find permanent adoptive homes for the most vulnerable children across South Carolina.
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One man in custody, two sought in shooting of Edgefield man (Photos)
web posted March 14, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies, Investigators, EMS, and the Merriwether Fire Department were called to the scene of a shooting on Sweetwater Road in front of Mount Vintage late Thursday night. When they arrived they found an Edgefield man bleeding from gunshot wounds to the head and arm lying on the front porch of a home on the 700 block of Sweetwater Road. The man was rushed to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta for treatment of his wounds.
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County Planning Commission begins work on Comprehensive Plan
web posted March 14, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission began the first phase of rewriting the county’s Comprehensive Plan Thursday night with Rick Green of the Upper Savannah Council on Governments’ help. Housing and population, two of the nine aspects to be covered, were up for discussion and only minor changes were included to the near ten-year-old plan.
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New Members Join STHS BETA Club
web posted March 14, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Senior Beta Club is pleased to announce their new members for the 2007 – 2008 school year. The Beta Club is a national organization that recognizes high school students for academic achievement and service in the community.
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WANTED:
Sheriff’s Office seeks help in locating accused drug dealer (Photo)
web reposted March 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division is seeking the help of the public in locating a wanted man accused of distribution of crack cocaine. Johnathan Bryan Marshall has active warrants for his arrest.
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"Aggressive" dog shot by Edgefield Police
web posted March 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Another Edgefield Police Officer has been forced to shoot a dog during an animal call early Wednesday morning. The officer arrived at the Edgewood Apartments on W. A. Reel Drive at 12:32 am after a caller complained about a large aggressive dog that would not let her leave her apartment. When the officer stepped out of his patrol car the dog began advancing.
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Living Estate Auction Saturday, March 15
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web posted March 13, 2008
GREENWOOD – We are selling the personal property estate of Mr. Benjamin H. Jones of Greenwood, S. C.  The sale will be held at his home located at 3106 Highway 25 South, Greenwood, SC, 29646.  The sale will begin at 9:30 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM till sale time.  Please visit our website: www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for detailed information, terms, and pictures. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Gov. Sanford looks to Senate to trim budget after House passage on Wednesday
web posted March 13, 2008
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford said he was pleased with the House for accepting some of his budget recommendations but says the budget is still bloated and not fiscally responsible. “We continue to hold absolute reservations about this budget’s ability to protect the people served by government and the taxpayers of this state,” Gov. Sanford said.
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Cayce Announces Amateur Photography Contest
web posted March 13, 2008
CAYCE – The City of Cayce is looking for a few great photos, 12 in fact, of life in Cayce for its 2008-2009 citizens’ calendar. The photographs should feature locations in Cayce or Cayce residents as its subject matter, but the contest is open to amateur photographers from all over the state.
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Basic Computer Class Offered
web posted March 13, 2008
PSA – The Edgefield County Adult Education will be offering a Basic Computer class beginning on April 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Call 275-1788, ext. 23 to register. Cost is $30.00

Off The Wall: Boulder says no to pink poodle
web posted March 13, 2008
OFF THE WALL – Even in Boulder, there are some things that just aren't cool. Like coloring your poodle pink with beet juice to raise awareness of breast cancer. Joy Douglas, owner of Zing Hair Salon at 1100 Spruce St., has received a $1,000 ticket from an animal-control officer for coloring her white poodle, Cici, pink by using organic beet juice.
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Three announce candidacy at Republican Party quarterly meeting
web posted March 12, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party held their quarterly meeting Tuesday night and three candidates announced their intentions to file for office. County Councilman Everett Kitchens, who represents district two, said he would be filing for his fourth term. Rodney Ashcraft, who had an impressive showing two years ago as a write-in, said he would file to challenge Mr. Kitchens. David Franklin said he would be filing for the new school board district created last year. A challenge to unseat freshman Republican SC Senator Lindsey Graham was also announced.
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Replanting of Edgefield Town Square gets underway Monday
web posted March 12, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Many of the final touches of the replanting of the Edgefield Town Square were finalized on Tuesday when the Town Square Advisory Committee, Mayor Ken Durham, Suzanne Holmes of the Clemson Extension Office, and Rankin Jolly of Rock Creek Landscaping, met to sign off on the details. The work will begin this coming Monday Mayor Durham said.
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Tori Whatley to Represent South Carolina in National Chess Tournament
web posted March 12, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Middle School student Hannah “Tori” Whatley has been playing chess for about four years in the school’s chess club. After her performance in Saturday’s 2008 South Carolina Scholastic Chess Championships, she learned that she would represent our state at the Susan Polger National Invitational for Girls. The event will be held July 27th-August 1st at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
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Women In Unity to offer GED
web posted March 12, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Women In Unity has announced they will be offering a class for those seeking to earn their General Education Development exam (GED) that will begin on April 14 at the Women In Unity building at 323 Glover Street in Edgefield. Registration for the class will begin on March 17 through April 4. For more information contact Essie Nicholson or Gussie Washington at 803- 637-2010.

Found Dog - Edgefield
web posted March 12, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – This dog has been found in the Bauskett Street area in Edgefield. The dog has a leather collar with no identification tags. The dog was found this week and the owner can contact those caring for the dog at this email address. The sex of the dog is not being released to aid in the identification of the proper owners. Click on the picture to view a larger view of the dog. EdgefieldDaily.com has over a 90% success rate of finding lost pets or returning pets to their rightful owners.

Anderson announces bid for State Senate (Photo)
web posted March 11, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield businessman and attorney Greg Anderson announced his candidacy for State Senate District 25 to EdgefieldDaily.com on Monday. Anderson says education, health care access, job growth, and combating gang activity are his top priorities. “I’m running to serve. My loyalty and best efforts will be directed toward being a strong and independent advocate for the people of senate district 25,” said Anderson.
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Johnston Town Administrator Retires (Photo)
web posted March 11, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Administrator Olin Gambrell attended his last Town Council meeting on Monday night when he was awarded a plaque in honor of his retirement by Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell. Mr. Gambrell has been the administrator for the town since November of 2001. “With sincere appreciation the Johnston Town Council recognizes Olin E. Gambrell lll for his unselfish and loyal dedication to the Town of Johnston,” Mayor Campbell said before presenting the plaque.
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Johnston Town Council announces lower ISO fire ratings, Fair Housing, and Cleanup campaign
web posted March 11, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council met Monday night with a short agenda and kicked off two resolutions for March and April. The town council passed resolutions in support of the March Johnston Clean Up Campaign and recognizing April as Fair Housing Month. The Clean Up Campaign date is set for Saturday, March 31 and town residents are encouraged to help clean up the town for the Peach Blossom Festival and for tourists passing through on their way to the Masters Golf Tournament. The town has also increased its ISO fire rating that will lead to lower insurance rates for residents.
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Motorcycle crash results in death and investigation
web posted March 11, 2008
AIKEN – A Belvedere man was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Trauma Center shortly after 4 pm Monday. 26-year-old Jerry Lee Kemp of 203 Greenland Drive died from injuries he received in a collision with Nancy Griffin, also of Belvedere, on Fairview Drive. Ms. Griffin is reported to have swerved to avoid a pedestrian that may have been acting as a lookout for Mr. Kemp as he raced along the roadway, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said late Monday.
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21st Fine Arts Festival set for March 20
web posted March 11, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District will present the 21st Annual Fine Arts Festival on March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School Gym. Chorus groups from all elementary, middle and high schools will present lively music while the talented artwork of students from all schools will be shown in a special production. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the STHS Jazz Band and a performance by the STHS Show Choir. A grand finale will feature all chorus groups performing together. The host school for this year’s event is Johnston Elementary. Make plans to attend the celebration of music and art in our schools. There is no admission charge.

Gov. Sanford Calls on Senate to Act on Restructuring
web posted March 11, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford called on the S.C. Senate on Monday to act quickly on the issue of Constitutional officer restructuring, and thanked the House for passing the measure last week. Last week the S.C. House passed a measure that would allow South Carolina voters to decide for themselves whether to continue electing the Superintendent of Education and the Secretary of State or to have future governors appoint those positions.
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Small Businesses Are the Lifeblood of Capitalism
By Carl Langley
web posted March 11, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Charles Wilson, a high ranking cabinet official during the Eisenhower Administration of the early 1950s, is famous more for one statement than any of his many accomplishments in the private and public sectors of American life.
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Online Business Directory continues to grow
web posted March 10, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Online Business Directory (Located just below the Featured Sections to the left) continues to grow each week. Need your ice maker or small appliance repaired? Maybe you are looking for a great round of golf as Spring warms the air. Need your taxes done? Planning a birthday, anniversary, or wedding? The EdgefieldDaily.com Business Directory can help make finding what you need easier than ever before. Business owners, need to make your business available to the largest readership available in Edgefield County? We can help you too, for less than the cost of a classified ad. List your business today.
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WANTED: Sheriff’s Office seeks help in locating accused drug dealer (Photo)
web reposted March 10, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division is seeking the help of the public in locating a wanted man accused of distribution of crack cocaine. Johnathan Bryan Marshall has active warrants for his arrest.
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Driver killed in Saturday crash identified (Photo)
web posted March 10, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Identification of the man killed in a tragic crash on Martintown Road early Saturday morning has been released. Sherman Drawdy Barrett, 52, of Republican Road, was pronounced dead on the scene by Edgefield Coroner Thurmond Burnett. Mr. Barrett died as a result on massive body trauma after being ejected from the Dodge van he was driving when it left the roadway and hit several trees as it continued down a steep embankment.
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Gabrielle Riedel crowned Miss Peach Blossom 2008 (Photos)
web posted March 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – The 2008 Miss Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant was held Saturday with almost 120 local beauties vying for several different crowns. By the end of the day Gabrielle Riedel, of North Augusta, walked away with the crown of Miss Peach Blossom. Miss Riedel, a senior at North Augusta High School, is the daughter of Steven and Gail Riedel.
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March Birthday cake winner announced
web posted March 10, 2008
WEBNEWS – The first monthly winner of a Birthday cake from Jari’s of Edgefield is from March 22. The winner is the person listed in the Birthday wish below which was chosen at random. Enter your Birthday or Anniversary wish to be eligible for the next drawing in April. We are now accepting May dates at this time. Please include the date of the birthday or anniversary.
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Veterans History Project seeks to interview World War II Veterans in Edgefield, surrounding counties
web posted March 10, 2008
COUNTY –  A Veterans History Project, part of a national program to interview World War II Veterans living in Edgefield County and the Greater Augusta Area. Fred Gehle,
Project Coordinator, said the project began last summer and is continuing to reach veterans of World War ll to provide a historical record of their accounts of the war. “Each veteran will be individually contacted for background information prior to a video interview at a site appropriate or at the home of the veteran if travel to Augusta or nearby is a problem,” Mr. Gehle said.
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On The Record Section links to real time court records
web posted March 10, 2008
COUNTY –  The On The Record Section has now linked to a real-time court reporting site provided by the Clerk of Court. The new database is provided by the county and is searchable. More details are listed on the On The Record Page.
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Merriwether Chess Club Battles South Carolina’s “Best and Brightest” In State Scholastic Championships
web posted March 10, 2008
COLUMBIA – Seven schools were represented in the middle school section of the 2008 S.C. Scholastic Championships held in Columbia on Saturday. Three of those teams greatly outnumbered the Merriwether Mavericks. Using the standard procedure of compiling the scores of each team’s top four players, the Mavericks out-played two larger Beaufort County Schools to take 2nd Place.
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Living Estate Auction Saturday, March 15
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web posted March 10, 2008
GREENWOOD – We are selling the personal property estate of Mr. Benjamin H. Jones of Greenwood, S. C.  The sale will be held at his home located at 3106 Highway 25 South, Greenwood, SC, 29646.  The sale will begin at 9:30 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM till sale time.  Please visit our website: www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for detailed information, terms, and pictures. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Fashion Show on Tap at STHS
web posted March 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Family and Consumer Science Department and the Strom Thurmond Girl’s Volleyball Team will be sponsoring a Dress Swap/Sale and Fashion Show on March 16 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond High School Cafeteria.
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What Can I Do for YOU?
By Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist
web posted March 10, 2008
COLUMNIST – In every church in which I have served, it has been my honor to watch them give their all to the Lord. They serve tirelessly and with an attitude that is an example to us all. Their job may not be glamorous and often taken for granted but it is essential in the life of the church. I can’t remember the names of many of the church leaders I have known over the years but I do remember the name of every custodian in every church I have served.
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Off the Wall: Picture of gun on T-shirt lands student, school in court
web posted March 10, 2008
One day in December, Donald Miller III wore a gun to school. As you might imagine, it got him in trouble. But the gun wasn't loaded; indeed, it wasn't a real gun at all. It was the image of a gun, printed on the front and back of a T-shirt — a shirt the Penn Manor freshman wore to honor his uncle, a soldier in the U.S. Army fighting in Iraq.
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Edgefield County man first fatality in county (Photos)
web posted March 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County suffered its first traffic fatality early Saturday morning when a report of a van down an embankment came into 911 dispatchers at 4:36 am. Merriwether Firefighters, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived a few minutes later to find the driver ejected from the Dodge van lying beneath the windshield about ten yards from the crash scene.
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Rain and wrecks keep deputies busy (Photo)
web posted March 8, 2008
COUNTY – As the rains came down Friday morning the number of crashes climbed. Just after 10 am the report of the first crash came in to dispatchers stating a pickup truck left the roadway on Highway 25 just past Beagle Club Road. A few minutes later another crash on Martintown Road near the Millcreek Subdivision was reported. A third wreck was reported just after noon near Trenton.
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Fox Creek student injured in Friday night crash (Photos)
web posted March 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The wrecks continued Friday night with a Fox Creek student losing control of his Chevrolet S10 pickup on Stephens Road and crashing into a tree. The crash brought Sheriff’s Deputies, Merriwether Firefighters, and a State Trooper to the scene. The teen was complaining of upper back pain after the crash.
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Senator Massey Announces More Neighborhood Chats
web posted March 8, 2008
COUNTY – State Senator Shane Massey today announced another series of his Neighborhood Chats across the district. During his campaign for State Senate, Shane Massey promised to make hard work and constituent service his top priorities. He’s keeping that promise by holding Neighborhood Chats across the district to find out what¹s on voters minds.  He has already held 8 chats and today he is announcing 8 more.
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Rutland On Her Way to State Competition (Photo)
web posted March 8, 2008
JOHNSTON – Samantha Rutland, a sophomore at Strom Thurmond High School, placed 2nd in the Mid-State Region Upper Creed Speaking CDE on March 6. The event was held at Blythwood High School where Miss Rutland was judged on public speaking skills, stage presence, expression and voice.
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Two Bettis Academy men to serve 23 years for burglary, kidnapping of elderly Trenton couple (Photos)
web posted March 7, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Two Bettis Academy men will be spending more time in prison than they have been alive after pleading guilty to burglary, kidnapping, and weapons charges on Thursday. Rio Tyrone Bing, 20, and Keith Rocquell Thomas, 18, were sentenced to 23 years in prison for an April 2007 burglary of an elderly Trenton couple.
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Strom Thurmond student ejected in violent crash
web posted March 7, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Strom Thurmond teen is at the MCG Trauma Unit after a violent crash early Thursday morning on Republican Road. The first report of the crash came in to 911 just after 7 am and EMS, Deputies, and the Merriwether Fire Department arrived a short time later to find the teenage girl that was driving the SUV ejected and lying on the ground.
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Miss Peach Blossom Pageant to be held Saturday
web posted March 7, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Miss Peach Blossom Pageant will be held Saturday at 10 am and 3 pm at the Johnston Elementary School Gym. Come out and support our local beauties.

Saluda Red Cross Silent Auction March 28
web posted March 7, 2008
PSA-SALUDA – The Saluda County Red Cross will be having their 2nd annual Silent Auction at Juniper in Ridge Spring, SC, March 28th 7 – 9 PM. Tickets are $35.00 eachor two for $60. Fundraising committee members are Monnie Romines, Chairperson, Danny Tidwell, Jerrold Watson, Jenny and Phillips Boatwright, and Jeanne Velie.  Tickets can be purchased from committee members and at Juniper. Jerry Pou, owner of Ace Hardware in Saluda will be our Auctioneer For the evening event. Chef Brandon Velie will prepare samplings from his menu for your  dining enjoyment.

Sheriff Dobey and Lieutenant Howard Attend Rural Law Enforcement Technology Institute
web posted March 7, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The United States Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center (RULETC) held its fifth annual rural law enforcement technology institute in Charleston, SC February 24-28, 2008.  The institute is designed for the command staff and supervisory personnel of rural and small law enforcement agencies containing less than 50 sworn officers. 
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NOTICE: Incorrect dates provided in recent ad in papers Filing for Elective Office begins March 16
web posted March 7, 2008
PSA-COUNTY – Filing for local and state elective offices begin March 16 at noon and will continue until noon on March 30, 2008. Anyone seeking to file for elective office should contact the party representatives or stop by their respective filing locations as listed. Filing fees are also listed. You must file in order to be eligible for the June 10 Primary Election and the November 4 General Election.
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Governor says Immigration Bill needs strong worker verification requirements
web posted March 7, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford said Thursday the immigration reform bills currently being deliberated by a House-Senate conference committee need to be strengthened. The bills aimed at addressing illegal immigration in our state were called for by the governor during his State of the State address as part of his "First 30 Days" agenda.
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EdgefieldDaily.com announces free Birthday or Anniversary cake give-away
web posted March 6, 2008
WEBNEWS- EdgefieldDaily.com, in conjunction with Jari’s Bakery and Catering, is announcing a monthly birthday or anniversary cake give-away each month to those who list their announcements in the Birthday and Anniversary Section. Each month an announcement will be chosen at random and announced on the Headlines Page as a winner.
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Edgefield Police shoots Pit Bull during attack
web posted March 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police Officer was forced to shoot and kill a pit bull dog as it attacked a neighbor’s dog Wednesday morning. According to police reports, this was not the first call Edgefield Police have responded to regarding a Crook Street resident’s pit bulls. Just before 10 am Wednesday a Rosa Hill resident called to say that two pit bulls were attacking her dog in the yard and when the officer arrived on the scene the attack by one of the pit bulls was ongoing.
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Prolific burglar sentenced to ten years, crimes include two burglaries to County Administrator's home
web posted March 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An accused prolific burglar, Ricky Dwain Saxon, 31, of Edgefield, finally faced Justice Wednesday. After Saxon’s late November arrest, a search warrant of his home lead Sheriff’s Investigators to a bounty of stolen goods. In the end Saxon was charged with thirteen charges ranging from simple larceny, to grand larceny, to house breaking, and five charges of burglary in the second degree.
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Internet scam artist gets six years for fraud charges
web posted March 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A four-year-old breach of trust case finally made its way to court this week when Jeffery Robert Cherry, 45, pled guilty to defrauding an Edgefield woman out of $67,670 in a bogus promotional scam. According to investigative reports, indictments, and evidence, Mr. Cherry was able to convince the victim to make several large investments into a promotional fraud that he claimed would be produced at the Augusta Richmond County Civic Center. The Edgefield County resident made several deposits with Mr. Cherry who was operating under the name Cherrytree Entertainment Group and promised an event called Stepfest4 featuring the group Youngbloodz on November 21, 2003.
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Living Estate Auction Saturday, March 15
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web posted March 6, 2008
GREENWOOD – We are selling the personal property estate of Mr. Benjamin H. Jones of Greenwood, S. C.  The sale will be held at his home located at 3106 Highway 25 South, Greenwood, SC, 29646.  The sale will begin at 9:30 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM till sale time.  Please visit our website: www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for detailed information, terms, and pictures. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Gov. Sanford: A Democrat Governor Gets It, So Why Don't We?
web posted March 6, 2008
COLUMBIA – Saying that responsible spending and sound fiscal management shouldn't be a partisan issue, Governor Mark Sanford Wednesday called on the House to look to the example of New Jersey's Democratic Governor Jon Corzine - who has just proposed $2.7 billion in budget cuts for his state.
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Entrepreneurs, Economic Developers Gain Big Ideas on Small Business Start-ups
web posted March 6, 2008
COLUMBIA – A diverse audience of more than 100 small business owners, economic developers, university staff and entrepreneurs participated in the state’s first “Conversation on Incubators,” hosted Wednesday at the Marriott by New Carolina – South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness.
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EdgefieldDaily.com celebrates third anniversary
web posted March 5, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com celebrates our third anniversary of providing Edgefield County with daily news reports today. As Founder and Editor, on behalf of our writers, columnists, and contributors, I would like to thank you, our readers, for your continued support for making EdgefieldDaily.com the most widely read media outlet in Edgefield County. I would also ask that you support our advertisers who make EdgefieldDaily.com available to you free of charge. Please click on their ads and shop with those who list their businesses in the Online Business Directory.

Severe weather causes damage, power outages
web posted March 5, 2008
COUNTY – The threat of severe weather on Tuesday held up to its end of the forecast as high winds, hail, and heavy rain hit the county late in the day causing power outages, trees down, and damaged homes as storms moved across the county. Shortly after 7:30 pm reports of power outages began coming in around Edgefield including the E-911 dispatch center. Trees were reported down on Sweetwater Road where a passing motorist struck a tree falling in the road near Miller’s Store, a tree down on Currytown Road, and a home suffering extensive damage on Watson Road.
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Animal shelter takes center stage at county council meeting
web posted March 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their March meeting Tuesday night with opposing sides of the All God’s Creatures proposed animal shelter addressing the council to air their views. Rev. Michael Key of Hardy Place Road said the proposed shelter would be located next door to his home. “It is a good cause,” Rev. Key said, “just not on Hardly Place Road.”
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Local United Way seeks to partner with County for 211 call system
web posted March 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Dean Campbell, Chairman of the Edgefield County United Way, spoke to the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night about implementing a 211 system in the county. The 211 system is a 24-hour a day phone number that county residents could call to get instant answers for a variety of questions and resources. “The Edgefield County United Way Board believes it is time to establish a 211 Help Line in Edgefield County,” Mr. Campbell said, “and your local United Way has designated $10,000 for this 211 system.”
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County, EMS win awards for excellence (Photo)
web posted March 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County and the Edgefield County EMS were presented Safety Achievement Awards Tuesday night from John Henderson, Director of Risk Management Services from the SC Association of Counties. Mr. Henderson said the county participates in two self-insured programs, Workers Compensation and Liability.
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Strong armed robber gets 18 months after plea from Johnston Mayor
web posted March 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston man accused in a strong-armed robbery of a Johnston couple in a local convenience store parking lot last May had his day in court Tuesday. Henry Lamond Rhodes, 27, was arrested after being identified from video surveillance cameras that captured him committing the robbery.
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Clemson Extension offers 4-H FACE Program
By: Stephen Pohlman, Edgefield Extension Agent
web posted March 5, 2008
COUNTY – FACE (Food And Cover Establishment for wildlife) is a Program for youth between the ages of 5 and 19 who are interested in planting a wildlife food plot and habitat improvement on land that they have access to.  Youth enrolled in the FACE Program will be given a 5lb bag of wildlife food plot seed to which they must plant one plot.  They are encouraged to take detailed records of their plots including planting, fertilization, wildlife observations, and other aspects of conservation.
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Monthly Crime Statistics NEW!
web posted March 4, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com announces a new section beginning this month, Crime Stats - listed under our Featured Sections - covering calls law enforcement responds to each month. These statistics are being compiled by local Police Departments and the Sheriff’s Office for local news media outlets. Each agency is listed separately. Please note not all agencies report the same call types.
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Edgefield Town Council addresses Town Square, Shamrock Run, other issues
web posted March 4, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Kerry Klein, organizer of the 2.4 mile Shamrock Run, was the visitor of the Month at the Edgefield Town Council meeting Monday night and thanked the town council for their support last year for the inaugural event last year. “It was a huge success,” Kline said adding that she hoped this year would be even better. This year’s event, scheduled for March 15, will be held in honor of Kenneth L. Kaltz and all proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.
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Gov. Sanford Announces Completion of Spending Transparency Web Site
web posted March 4, 2008
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford announced Monday the completion of a new state Spending Transparency Web site, aimed at providing citizens with a greater degree of information about how their tax dollars are being used. The site was created pursuant to a Spending Transparency Executive Order issued last year by the governor, and developed in concert with Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom's office.
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38th Ridge Peach Festival Beauty Pageant set for April 12
web posted March 4, 2008
TRENTON – The 38th Ridge Peach Festival Beauty Pageant is set for Saturday, April 12, 2008. The pageant features eleven age categories ranging from infant to 20 years of age. The winners will be featured on a parade float during the Ridge Peach Festival on June 21, 2008. Deadline for entry is April 1 and no late entries will be accepted. Applications are available for download.
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Sheriff’s Deputies recover two stolen vehicles and make one arrest
web posted March 4, 2008
COUNTY – The report of a suspicious vehicle and a vehicle theft led to the recovery of two stolen vehicles and one arrest this weekend by the Sheriff’s Office. The first report came from Herring Road regarding a red Toyota pickup truck.
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Nicholson Road home burglarized
web posted March 4, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy man called the Sheriff’s Office to report his Nicholson Road home had been burglarized Saturday night. The man told deputies he was called by a neighbor that reported seeing two people entering his home and taking a high-end television and a DVD player and place them in the truck of a car and leaving the residence.
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Driver escapes injury, but not jail, in Saturday night rollover crash (Photos)
web posted March 3, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy man escaped injury in a late night crash on Nicholson Road Saturday when he lost control of his Nissan Maxima and careened off the roadway into the ditch before rolling the car. The first report of the crash came into dispatchers just after 10 pm saying the man was still inside of the car.
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More Americans seek news on the Internet as EdgefieldDaily.com continues to set new records
web posted March 3, 2008
WEBNEWS – According to a recent poll, over 70 per cent of Americans think the national media is “out of touch” with almost half seeking their news from the Internet. A new We Media/Zogby Interactive online poll showed that while most people think journalism is important to the quality of life, 64 percent are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities leading to a continued decline in those seeking their news from newspapers.
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Online Business Directory continues to grow
web posted March 3, 2008
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Online Business Directory continues to grow each week. Need your ice maker or small appliance repaired? Maybe you are looking for a great round of golf as Spring warms the air. Need your taxes done? Planning a birthday, anniversary, or wedding? The EdgefieldDaily.com Business Directory can help make finding what you need easier than ever before. Business owners, need to make your business available to the largest readership available in Edgefield County? We can help you too, for less than the cost of a classified ad. List your business today.
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Lady Patriots Take SCISA Class A State Title
web posted March 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – Wardlaw Academy's Lady Patriots blasted the Low Country Day Marlins 49-25 in the first round of the SCISA Class A State Playoffs on Monday. Wardlaw improved to 26-0 with the win and a second round game with Andrew Jackson on Thursday.
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Signs of the Times
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted March 3, 2008
COLUMNIST – Every once in awhile I get something on my mind and I have to let it out. This article is one of those times. Let me begin by issuing a warning: I will most likely say something in this article you do not agree with but rest assured nothing written here is meant to insult or accuse. I offer this only by way of reminder and encouragement. So take what is offered with a grain of salt and let it settle in your mind and heart.
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Off The Wall: Man swims for 12 hours in shark infested waters to get help for injured friend
web posted March 3, 2008
THE sister of one of two fishermen at the centre of an amazing survival story has revealed new details of their fight for life as authorities called off the search for a third crewman.
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Edgefield County Alliance Meeting to be held Monday
web posted March 1, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Alliance Meeting will be held Monday, March 3, 2008 at 7:30 a.m. at the Pine Ridge Country Club. Mr. Wade Brodie of the Aiken Corporation will make a presentation on the Aiken 20/20 organization and the associated community improvement efforts which have been undertaken during recent decades.  The Structure Committee will report on its findings and recommendations and, hopefully, a structure for the new Edgefield County Alliance will be agreed upon. Breakfast is being sponsored by Edgefield County. The public is invited to attend.

South Carolina agriculture official, relatives charged in animal abuse cases
Gov. announces departure of state’s two “top cops”
web posted March 1, 2008
COLUMBIA – A South Carolina agriculture official and two relatives have been charged with starving dozens of horses. Investigators found the bones of dozens of horses on land once owned by Hazelene and Terry Trexler, the mother and brother of Assistant Agriculture Commissioner James Trexler. They are charged with mistreating horses in two states, authorities released Friday. "There are tons of them," Kelly Graham, a Humane Society spokeswoman said.
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Off The Wall: Students Punished After Buying Lunch With Pennies
web posted March 1, 2008
Got pennies! It's plastered on their shirts and these eighth graders wear it proudly because on Thursday they pulled a prank at the Readington Middle School, paying for their lunches entirely in pennies. "At first it started out as a joke, then everyone else started saying we're protesting against like how short our lunch is," student Alyssa Concannon said. In fact, the penny prank has earned 29 students two days of detention. "There was no rule in the rulebook about it," student Sarah Henschel said. "It was just unfair. It's U.S. currency."
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