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March 2009 Archive

Edgefield man sues Town of Edgefield, Mayor, Police Department, and Sheriff’s Office seeking $25 million
web posted March 31, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the Edgefield Police Department, Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, the Town of Edgefield, and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office for harassment, discrimination, and “cruel and unusual punishment” during incarceration among other alleged charges. William Edward Singletary Jr., of Edgefield, is seeking $25 million in punitive damages.
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Middle School student dies during P.E. class
web posted March 31, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – A 14-year-old North Augusta Middle School student was pronounced dead after participating in a physical education class Monday morning and collapsing in front of an instructor. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the teacher immediately began CPR to try to revive the student as EMS workers were summoned to the school. The student was identified as James C. Fox by Coroner Carlton.
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Report of suspicious vehicle leads to drug arrest
web posted March 31, 2009
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down by a resident Sunday afternoon to report a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity at the Trenton Car Wash on the 1300 block of Edgefield Road. The complainant stated the person was driving a white Ford Crown Victoria with a Georgia tag. The deputy arrived and found the car and driver still at the location and when he approached the driver he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car.
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Armed robbery leads to manhunt in Edgefield County
web posted March 31, 2009
AIKEN – The Huddle House located at the intersection of Highway 19 and Interstate 20 was the site of an armed robbery Monday night around midnight when a black male entered the restaurant armed with a silver revolver and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money the man left in a silver color car heading towards Edgefield County.
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Department of Special Services Recognized (Photo)
web posted March 31, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Department of Special Services has received a letter of commendation from the State Department of Education’s Office of Exceptional Children. The department has been recognized for meeting all the standards for compliance of indicators designated for offering special services to children.
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NewsBusters
web posted March 31, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Fox Creek School Improvement Council and Sweetwater Baptist Church to host Palmetto Family Council April 13
web posted March 31, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Dr. Oran Smith will be the keynote speaker at the April monthly meeting of the School Improvement Council, Fox Creek (Charter) High School .  During this presentation, Dr. Smith will address the current moral, cultural and legislative trends in South Carolina in light of recent national events and how they affect us on local levels; together with parents’/students’ rights in the classroom.  He will also provide information regarding the critical issues facing South Carolina and what its citizens can do to protect its greatest resource, our families.
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Letters to the Editor:
- Writer supports funding for Piedmont Tech
- Writer supports funding for Tompkins Library
web posted March 31, 2009
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Ellis crowned Miss Peach Blossom Saturday (Photos)
web posted March 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – Though the scenery outside was dreary all day Saturday, the scenery inside the Johnston Elementary Gym was sunshine and smiles where some of the areas most beautiful young ladies competed for individual titles in the 2009 Miss Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant. Seventy-nine contestants competed in three divisions with Edgefield’s Ainsley Ellis being crowned Miss Peach Blossom with Simbia Thomas, 1st runner-up, and Mary Margaret Davis, 2nd runner-up rounding out her court.
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Johnston woman charged in murder (Johnston)
web posted March 30, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – A Johnston woman has been arrested and charged in connection to the murder of 26-year-old Julius Walker of North Augusta last month. Walker was found shot to death in his Samuels Street home in late February. Denira L. Pixley, 20, of Pats View Loop, was arrested as an accessory after the fact of a murder for her alleged role in the murder by letting accused murderer Tyrone S. Wade, 23, of Greenland Drive, North Augusta, use her car to leave South Carolina in an effort to flee prosecution.
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Great Sponsors are at the heart of the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – Let’s face it: Festivals are fun. That’s no different at the Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival, which will be held May 2, 2009.  But underlying all those good times are sponsors who make it possible to keep the Festival free or low-cost for patrons.  In addition, it helps raise additional money that can be used to help the Johnston area.
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Hugh Bland Receives State Conservation Award (Photos)
web posted March 30, 2009
COLUMBIA – Hugh Bland of Edgefield, Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA advisor at the Strom Thurmond Technology Center, has been named recipient of the prestigious State Conservation Education Merit Award by the SC Chapter of the Soil and Water Society of America. The presentation of the award was made to Mr. Bland at the Edgefield County School Board meeting on March 24th by Hugh Smith, president-elect of the Society.
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Pizza Hut and Relay for Life team up for fundraiser
web posted March 30, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The first day of Easter Break will be used by the Edgefield County Relay for Life to help raise funds to fight the battle against cancer. The Edgefield Pizza Hut will be donating 20% of “eat in or carry out” orders that are accompanied by the downloadable coupon made available below and members of the Relay for Life Team will be bussing tables for tips.
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Strom Thurmond Career Center FBLA Students Attend State Conference (Photo)
web posted March 30, 2009
CHARLESTON - Thirteen Future Business Leaders of America members traveled to North Charleston for the FBLA State Leadership Conference on March 20. Over 1,000 members and advisors from across South Carolina were in attendance. The Strom Thurmond Career Center Chapter was recognized and awarded the Gold Seal Chapter.
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Tech Tips: Online Backup with Carbonite
(Step by step video available)
By James Wise
web posted March 30, 2009
TECH TIPS – Previously, we’ve talked about backing up the data files on your computer using the built in Windows Backup Utility. This is a good option for local backups but unless you store that backup on an external drive which you then store in a secure location, there is still a chance of loosing information. If your computer is stolen or damaged in a fire or flood, your backup could be wiped out as well. Do you want to be absolutely sure you don’t loose a file? If so, online backups may be your best option. In today’s backup column, we’ll discuss Carbonite, a simple and secure method of backing up your files over the Internet.
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Letter to the Editor: Practice what you preach
web posted March 30, 2009
By Rep. Gresham Barrett
South Carolinians are justifiably outraged that executives at American International Group, a company that shares a bulk of the burden of responsibility for our current economic condition, would be rewarded bonuses for mismanagement using taxpayer dollars.
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Missing pet
web posted March 30, 2009
Lost cat - Columbia Rd. area. Older kitten, black and white, piece missing from left ear PLEASE call 637-9552.

Felon arrested with a pistol after 911 call of man trying to enter home
web posted March 28, 2009
JOHNSTON – 911 dispatchers received a frantic call Thursday morning from a Yonce Pond Road woman telling them there was a strange man outside of her home banging on the door, the windows, and the side of the house demanding to be let inside. As deputies raced to the scene dispatchers informed them the woman mentioned something about bullets or possibly a gun and was still on the line.
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Run from police, go to jail tired
web posted March 28, 2009
TRENTON – There is an old saying in law enforcement, “don’t run from police, you’ll just go to jail tired.” That turned out to be the case for Linus William Bean, 29, of Edgefield, after a traffic stop by Trenton Police. Once it was discovered Bean had outstanding warrants Sheriff’s Deputies were called to assist in the arrest. When a Deputy told Mr. Bean he was under arrest he began backing up and said he is “not going to jail” then turned and ran.
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Strom Thurmond students learn about history from those who were there (Photo)
web posted March 28, 2009
JOHNSTON – Dr. Wiley Turner and his wife Becky visited with students in Denise Jackson’s classroom last week to share moments in history that they had lived through. Mrs. Turner began the presentation by setting the stage with the year of 1962. She told the students that if it had not been for the courage and the work of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and advisors that not a one of them would probably be here today. The students’ eyes opened wide, and their attentions were locked on the presenters to hear their story. The speakers were referring to the Cuban Missle Crisis.
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Suspected burglar arrested, more charges possibly pending (Photo)
web posted March 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A Waterloo man wanted in connection to several thefts from self-storage units in Trenton has been apprehended. Steven Luther Rodgers, 31, was arrested in Ninety-Six Thursday evening, Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. Rodgers is wanted for a string of thefts earlier this month at the Trenton Self Storage. A unit allegedly rented by Rodgers at the same location was found to house a motorcycle stolen from a storage unit in Greenwood County.
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Sheriff’s Investigators nab wanted man (Photo)
web posted March 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested a wanted man Thursday at the Amoco Station as he prepared to get gas at the Main Street store Thursday around 1 pm. Daniel Russell Reel, 57, was arrested without incident after confirmation of a warrant for his arrest in Saluda County for a false report of a stolen US Treasury check being cashed in Saluda County - a check that he also reported stolen in a report of a burglary at his home on Hunters Run in Edgefield on February 5 of this year.
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Investigators continue to amass evidence in armed robbery
web posted March 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Few new details have been released in the armed robbery of the Dodge’s Store on Augusta Road Wednesday night. Sheriff’s Investigators were at the store trying to retrieve video recorded by surveillance cameras at the store during the time of the robbery. Though the incident was captured on video, investigators are trying to isolate the footage of one particular camera to provide the local press with a picture of the suspect.
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Public Auction Saturday, March 28
1861 Springfield rifle carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property of Mark and Deborah Wangerin of Edgefield, with some additions. The sale will be held at their home located at 225 Sheppard Drive, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Just off Columbia Road in Edgefield). Look for signs! Viewing will be day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:00 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! We will be selling a very special 1861 Springfield rifle which was carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Actions of County Council Chairman called into question
An Opinion of the Editor
web posted March 27, 2009
COLUMN – A community correspondent for the Edgefield Advertiser, Linda Nidiffer, presented an interesting question in her column this week - can County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece make motions, or vote for that matter on issues before the council. She correctly asserts that Chairman Kneece has made motions and voted on the matters more than once in recent meetings. She queried if Robert’s Rules of Order allowed Chairman Kneece to afford himself the liberties he is taking as Chairman of the County Council. We decided to look into the matter and the findings are quite interesting.
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Letters to the Editor:
- Writer contends funds for "operational expenses" of county government should be ignored to support Tompkins Library
- Author says historical value of Tompkins Library deserves funding
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NWTF Hits the Links for a Good Cause
web posted March 27, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The National Wild Turkey Federation's members, partners and volunteers will tee off to raise money for those with disabilities during the Conservation Cup golf tournament, Monday, April 20 at beautiful Mount Vintage Plantation in Merriwether.
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NewsBusters - Funny as always
web posted March 27, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Abortion 24-Hour Waiting Period Passes Senate Subcommittee
web posted March 27, 2009
COLUMBIA – A key South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee today passed a new proposal that extends the waiting period for abortions from just one hour to twenty-four hours.
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Senate Gives School Districts Spending Flexibility to Endure Tough Economic Times
web posted March 27, 2009
STATE – Thursday, the South Carolina Senate pushed through legislation giving the state’s eighty-six school districts the ability to use state funds in a manner that would best ensure classroom instruction does not suffer.  Under this proposal, state mandates can be suspended at the district level in order to maximize every dollar appropriated from the state.
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Dodge's Store sight of second armed robbery in four months
web posted March 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – 911 operators began receiving calls of an armed robbery at the Dodge’s Convenience Store on Augusta Road in Edgefield around 9:40 pm Wednesday night. According to early information, a black male wearing all black clothing and a “hunting mask” entered the store and robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen running from the store towards the nearby McDonald’s. Edgefield and Johnston Police as well as Sheriff’s Deputies swarmed the area to try to cut off the suspect’s escape.
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Anonymous tips lead to arrest of suspected car thief
web posted March 26, 2009
MERRIWETHER – An anonymous caller to Sheriff’s Dispatchers early Tuesday morning about a suspicious vehicle resulted it the recovery of three stolen vehicles and the arrest of the alleged culprit. The first call came in around 6 am reporting a wrecker entering the former Miranda Trucking shop on Stephens Road. A short time later another call was received stating the wrecker was leaving the property with two cars in tow.
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Chainsaws targeted for thefts, one in custody
web posted March 26, 2009
COUNTY – Chainsaws seem to a hot item for thieves this week with six saws being taken in the last six days. The first report was received on Friday afternoon with a Cheves Creek Road man reporting two saws valued at around $800 taken from a shed at his Merriwether home. There were no suspects or witnesses to the theft. Sheriff’s Investigators had better luck from a theft of four saws from a Georgia Road man the same day and have one man in custody.
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Notice: Stamp prices to rise again by 2 cents - Forever stamps on sale now
web posted March 26, 2009
PSA – The price of a first class stamp will be going up from 42 cents to 44 cents on May 10. Those who purchase the “Forever” stamps now will be able to use them for postage even after the price increase to mail letters. Edgefield Postmaster Mandy Pennington said Wednesday that additional supplies of the Forever stamps have been received and are available for sale at the Edgefield Post Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5 pm and from 10 am until noon on Saturdays. The Forever stamps come in booklets of 20 for $8.40.

Birth: Lacee Morgan Mattson
web posted March 26, 2009
BIRTH - Welcome to the world Lacee Morgan Mattson, daughter of Joel and Leia Mattson. Lacee was born Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:39 am at University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. She arrived weighing 9 lbs 12 oz and was 21 ½ inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Roy and Genia Blackwell of Merriwether and paternal grandparents are Wayne and June Mattson of Edgefield. Mother and daughter are in good health and should be released from the hospital sometime Friday or Saturday.
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Tech Tips: Sending a Text Message to a Cell Phone Using an Email
By James Wise
web posted March 26, 2009
TECH TIPS – Text messages to cell phones can be a great way to communicate. If you need to send a quick message to someone but don’t want to call them and possibly catch them at a bad time, a text message can be a good alternative. However, typing out a message on a normal cell phone keypad can be difficult and time consuming. If you have a computer in front of you though, there is an easier solution which might also save you money.
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Opinion Column: Let’s Talk the Rats Out of the House
By Carl Langley
web posted March 26, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Let us take up this morning what may become one of the burning issues of our time. In brief, do chickens have the right to bring a class action lawsuit against the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain? Can pigs sue the snouts off of those so brazen as to cook barbecue?
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Deputy suspended after arresting teens for party, details released
web posted March 26, 2009
SALUDA COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth says one of his deputies has been suspended over an incident involving the arrest of about 13 teenagers.Booth says on Friday, March 13, five teenagers broke into a house off Walnut Neck Road by Lake Murray and began text messaging friends, inviting them to a birthday party."It was just a bad situation. Several young kids made some very bad choices on that night. To burglarize this home, and conduct a party at a house that didn't belong to them," says Sheriff Jason Booth.
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Holmes Pond Road to remain closed as conditions worsen (Photos)
web posted March 25, 2009
JOHNSTON – The problems with the dam on Holmes Pond Road have gone from bad to worse and continue to deteriorate as each day passes. The water level in the pond is much lower, the road remains closed, and there is no estimate of when repairs will be made and the road reopened. Mark Dezurik, District Maintenance Engineer with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), said the owner of the dam, Layman’s Nursery, would have to make the necessary repairs before the road can be reopened.
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Pro football star honored by CHOICES, community (Photo)
 web posted March 25, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Roddy White, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, told young people at an appreciation dinner in his honor at Old Macedonia Baptist Church Saturday night not to wait until the last minute to obtain good grades in school. "If you can get the grades early, get them early," he said. "And keep them up." He also encouraged the grown-ups present to stick with the kids and help them along.
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Scout Receives Eagle Award (Photo)
web posted March 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Samuel Northrop was recognized for obtaining the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America on Sunday, March 22, 2009. Samuel, a member of Troop 30 in Edgefield, served as Senior Patrol Leader for a year and assisted the Trenton Community Development Association by refurbishing the entertainment stage used in the Annual Peach Festival for his Eagle Project.
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Turkey season gets underway next week (Photos)
web posted March 25, 2009
COUNTY – It is just one week away from the opening day of turkey season and hunters are gearing up in hopes of having that prize turkey walk within range. As a public service, EdgefieldDaily.com has listed the regulations for hunting in Edgefield County below. Also included are pictures of turkeys spotted around the county on Tuesday.
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Clearwater man dies in farming accident
web posted March 25, 2009
CLEARWATER – An 83-year-old Clearwater man was killed in what has been classified as a farming accident according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Lewis Atkinson, 83, was pronounced dead on the scene around 1:30 pm Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Atkinson was preparing his garden when the accident took place.
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Mount Canaan Groundbreaking Ceremony (Photo)
 web posted March 25, 2009
BETTS ACADEMY – Mount Canaan Baptist Church rejoiced Sunday at the groundbreaking of a project that has been five years in the planning stages. Land clearing has finally begun for a 100-car parking lot in front of the church and a youth center adjacent to the church with a game room, rest facilities, showers, a canteen and a gym.
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Religion: Pop Quiz
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted March 25, 2009
RELIGION – In college, I worked as a server at a restaurant in Anderson. As the evening staff came in, we were pulled aside and informed that the restaurant would be closing forever at the end of the evening. Needless to say, it was an interesting night. We provided lousy service, and horrible food. One customer complained, and asked to see the owner. When the owner refused to do anything to correct the woman’s order, she exclaimed, “I’m never coming here again!” The owner just smiled and said, “You know what? You’re right!”
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Letter to the Editor: Writer rails against cigarette tax increase
web posted March 25, 2009
Dear Editor,
Congratulations South Carolina!  We’ve received our 49 cent per carton increase in cigarette tax income without even a single vote.  That’s right, the recently imposed federal tax increase in taxes on each carton of cigarettes sold adds 49 cents in sales tax revenue for the coffers of South Carolina. And now our legislators want to get more.
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NewsBusters - Funny as always
web posted March 25, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Family pet euthanized after pit bull attack
web posted March 24, 2009
TRENTON – A Woodyard Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report her dog being attacked by a pit bull that resulted in the family pet being euthanized after the attack. The pit bull was still on the scene when the deputy arrived.
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Traffic stop leads to arrest of fugitive
web posted March 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol Sunday afternoon spotted a driver disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of St. Anthony and Miller Streets and initiated a normal traffic stop. After the driver pulled over a check of records found Johnny Jude Gorman, 22, was wanted in Catoosa County, Georgia for a felony forgery charge with extradition.
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Public Auction Saturday, March 28
1861 Springfield rifle carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property of Mark and Deborah Wangerin of Edgefield, with some additions. The sale will be held at their home located at 225 Sheppard Drive, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Just off Columbia Road in Edgefield). Look for signs! Viewing will be day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:00 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! We will be selling a very special 1861 Springfield rifle which was carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Hole-N-One Family Fun Center Presents 1st Annual Spring Swing Classic
web posted March 24, 2009
PSA – The Spring Swing Classic is an upbeat miniature golf tournament that is designed to be a fun night out to raise money for a worthy cause. The event will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 3197 Whiskey Rd. Aiken.
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Local Library seeks public support
web posted March 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – If it’s spring, it must be time to join the Friends of the Edgefield County Library. From now through Memorial Day, you can stop by the Library at any time, and for a mere $25 you can be part of the Friends of the Library supporting fun activities to the increasingly beleaguerd local Library.
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Three Schools Receive Palmetto Gold Awards
web posted March 23, 2009
COUNTY – Two Edgefield County School District schools and a Charter School have been recognized by the Palmetto Gold Awards Program. Schools receiving the honor are Strom Thurmond High School, Fox Creek Charter High School and Strom Thurmond Career Center. Strom Thurmond High School is also a recipient of Closing the Achievement Gap Award.
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Public Hearings Set Next Two Mondays for Social Gambling Bills
STATE – Currently it’s against the law to play a friendly game of cards in your own kitchen, even when no money is at stake. It’s against the law for charities and nonprofit organizations to hold “casino nights” or “Monte Carlo” events to raise money for charity. It’s even against the law for a charity to raffle of a cake during a fundraising drive.
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Tech Tips: Windows Vista Backup Utility
By James Wise
web posted March 23, 2009
TECH TIPS – Previously, we’ve talked about how important it is to backup the data on your computer and how to use the Windows XP Backup program. In this column, we’ll cover the backup utility built into Windows Vista.
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Piedmont Technical College Admissions and Financial Aid staff at Edgefield Campus this week
web posted March 23, 2009
PSA - Piedmont Technical College Admissions and Financial Aid staff will be on the Edgefield County campus on Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 -8:00 pm providing information and answering questions on the admissions process, financial aid, placement testing, College Transfer Articulation Agreements and much more.
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Merriwether Elementary Students Enjoy Career Day Activities
web posted March 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Students at Merriwether Elementary School enjoyed a day of exploring different types of careers with an event planned by Guidance Counselor, Nicole Muns, which has received rave reviews from students, teachers and parents.
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Editor's Column: The "Ten Planks"
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 23, 2009
COLUMN – President Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress is wasting no time in trying to use a crisis of their own making to devour control over every aspect of the private sector they can under the guise of “fairness” and to stop rewarding “failure”. Nothing in life is fair and the Democrats are the torchbearer for rewarding failure for the last 60 years through welfare, food stamps, public housing, Medicare, education and a whole host of other programs paid to those who sit at home feeding from the taxpayer trough to show up to vote every four years.
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Investigators release name, picture of burglary suspect (Photos)
web posted March 21, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Friday they have issued arrest warrants for the man they say is responsible for several recent burglaries of self-storage units. Steven Luther Rodgers, 31, of Waterloo, SC, is wanted for one count of burglary in the third degree and grand larceny. “That’s all we have right now,” Inv. Doran said, “but we have multiple pending charges for burglary and grand larceny.” He is wanted in Laurens County on at least one count of forgery.
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Gov. Sanford Won't Seek Stimulus Money
web posted March 21, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford announced Friday that since the White House has denied his request to use $700 million of the $2.8 billion in stimulus dollars to pay down state debt, he will not be seeking certification of that quarter of stimulus funds. Instead, if the General Assembly chooses to seek the funds in his place, he is asking the legislature to use other money for debt repayment so that the state does not dig itself further into a budget hole.
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Bettis Academy home burglarized Thursday afternoon
web posted March 21, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report her home on Bettis Academy Extension had been broken into after she left the home for a little over two hours Thursday afternoon. When the woman arrived back home around 6:20 pm she noticed a screen door open and the door unlocked. The door was locked when she left.
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W. E. Parker Presents Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” (Photo)
web posted March 21, 2009
EDGEFIELD – W. E. Parker Elementary presented Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids musical production on Thursday of this week. Sixty student cast members “brought the house down” in both morning and evening performances. Principal Gaye Holmes said the students and teachers had been working since January on the production.
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Edgefield County 4-H is Sponsoring a Youth Wildlife Food Plot Contest
web posted March 21, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County 4-H is sponsoring the South Carolina 4-H FACE for Wildlife contest.  The 4-H Food And Cover Establishment (FACE) for Wildlife contest is an annual state-wide contest that educates youth on the proper techniques of food plot establishment to benefit small game and other wildlife. 
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NewsBusters - Funny as always
web posted March 21, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Thurmond Lake Local Notice To Mariners
web posted March 21, 2009
PSA – Buoy “SR108” has been relocated southwest to position N33-52.357 082-26.025 anchored in 53’ of water.  Buoy scope is 58’.  Relocating the “SR108” southwest 1800 yards closer to “SR109” funnels traffic away from treetops and safely into the mid-channel buoy scheme in upper J. Strom Thurmond Lake.

Lost Dog
web posted March 21, 2009
NORTHSIDE – Female Beagle, tri color, has a red collar with rhinestones and current rabies tag. Her name is Jenny but she has been abused in the past and will not come to strangers. Lost on Hyw 430 on Monday night. If seen, please call 637-5784 any time.

Massey announces bid for US Congressional seat
EdgefieldDaily.com first media outlet to be informed of annoucement
web posted March 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina State Senator Shane Massey officially announced Thursday afternoon that he will be seeking the South Carolina Third US Congressional House seat that will be up for grabs in 2010 after Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) announced his bid for South Carolina’s Governor. Sen. Massey said that watching what is taking place in Washington D.C. drove him to take his “Shake up Columbia” style of representation that has won him two elections to the state senate to the US House. “It seems to me that we are heading towards a type of European socialism that I don’t want to see happen. As opposed to sitting by and whining about it, I’m going to step up and try to do something about it.”
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Sen. Massey's letter to constituents
web posted March 20, 2009
SC State Senator Shane Massey has released a letter explaining his intentions to run for the US Congressional seat being vacated by US Rep. Gresham Barrett. The letter is published in its entirety below.
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Armed robbery suspects trailed to Edgefield County
web posted March 20, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to an armed robbery just before 1 am Friday morning when dispatchers reported that the blue 1990 Oldsmobile was being followed by a caller as it passed Sweetwater Road and made a right turn on Ridge Road. A short time later the caller reported “shots fired” from the car being following that was allegedly involved in the robbery.
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More property reported stolen at Trenton self-storage business (Photos)
web posted March 20, 2009
TRENTON – Sheriff’s Investigators were back out at the Trenton Self Storage on Thursday with the report of another theft. However this time it was not one of the storage units, it was a generator that was stored with a work truck and trailer. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said that with the number of recent thefts the business owners are contacting customers who have not been to the location recently, which led to the recent discovery.
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New Members Inducted in Phi Theta Kappa
web posted March 20, 2009
COUNTY – Fifty-six new members were recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Piedmont Technical College. Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 to honor two-year college students and boasts more than 1,200 chapters today. The Carolinas region includes 75 active chapters in the two-state area. Piedmont Tech’s Omega Chi chapter became the first among South Carolina’s technical colleges in 1974. Joining the group from Edgefield County are Deborah K. Hipps of Johnston; and Cindy R. Richardson of Trenton.
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Public Auction Saturday, March 28
1861 Springfield rifle carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property of Mark and Deborah Wangerin of Edgefield, with some additions. The sale will be held at their home located at 225 Sheppard Drive, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Just off Columbia Road in Edgefield). Look for signs! Viewing will be day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:00 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! We will be selling a very special 1861 Springfield rifle which was carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Another storage unit burglarized: same truck and driver caught on video (Photo)
web posted March 19, 2009
TRENTON – Sheriff’s Investigators were back out at the Trenton Self Storage business again Wednesday morning with another report of a break-in of a storage unit, this time stealing a 4x4 ATV. Chief Investigator Randy Doran said the theft took place just after 4 am when the suspect from the earlier theft returned driving the same Ford F150 truck, “It’s the same guy, same truck,” Inv. Doran said. This is the second theft at the storage facility in a week and the third in the county this month with a total of eight units being targeted for thousands of dollars in goods.
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Winning and losing NGO’s in budget process
web posted March 19, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council announced numerous cuts to non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) at their work session on Tuesday night that would have equated to $210,921 in savings in an effort to find a balanced budget. $150,513 is all that remains as being cut from funding. EdgefieldDaily.com has compiled a list of the winners and losers so far in the budget process.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer suggests funding solutions to county baseball program
web posted March 19, 2009
Dear Editor,
I read with great interest your recent story concerning our county councils task of balancing the budget for the coming fiscal year. Most interesting to me was the fact that at least one individual in attendance of this meeting considered our recreational funding to be, "cookies and potato chips."  While I can't speak for how the sports of football, basketball or softball have been run, I can give some insight as to our local youth baseball program. 
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NewsBusters
web posted March 19, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Edgefield County Friends of the Library today
web posted March 19, 2009
EDGEFIELD - PSA - The Edgefield County Friends of the Library will have their March meeting today at the Edgefield County Library at 5:00 pm.

Holland Named Recycling Professional of the Year (Photo)
web posted March 19, 2009
GREENWOOD – Brenda Holland has made the recycling program at Piedmont Technical College one of her top priorities. Her efforts have now earned her the title of Recycling Professional of the Year for Colleges/Universities by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
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Live After 5 Series Kicks off today in Uptown Greenwood
web posted March 19, 2009
GREENWOOD – The streets in Uptown Greenwood will be jam packed again this season with the return of the Live After Five free concert series. On the third Thursday of each month from March 19th through October 15th, the air will be filled with music as award winning performers take the stage from 5:30 – 8 pm at the Countybank plaza. Not only does the music line up for this year’s series include a broad spectrum of music ranging from country, R & B, beach, and rock, but it will also feature special performances by area school and church groups.
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County Council votes to restore funding for non-profit while imposing reduction in county employee take-home pay
web posted March 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their first of three budget workshops Tuesday night with several elected officials offering their views on the budget cuts to their respective offices. Although those present stated they could continue the current level of service under the limitations placed, all officials stated they wanted to be sure their respective employees were protected. Magistrate Brenda Carpenter made her point very clear. “I hope this budget is not balanced on the backs of the employees,” she said. Others alluded to a rumor that there would be possible lay-offs.
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Hospice Care of S.C. supports grieving kids (Photo)
web posted March 18, 2009
COUNTY – Each and every one of us grieve in a different way. Some withdraw, while others reach out. But what goes through the mind and heart of a child at such a time? It was exactly this sort of question and mission - helping children handle loss - which led to the founding of Katherine's Camp in 2006 as a community outreach effort by Hospice Care of South Carolina. The camp was named in memory of a little girl who passed away from leukemia at age 4.
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New Organization works to raise money for public schools (Photo)
web posted March 18, 2009
COUNTY – Whitney Houston once sang the lyrics, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside ..."  A new organization in Edgefield County - the Foundation for Public Schools in Edgefield County - is following these exact words and is working to ensure that our schools have the resources and funding to help our children lead the way.
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County Council's priorities out of whack
A column by the Editor
web posted March 18, 2009
COLUMN – The budget process for Edgefield County is underway and is already proving to be a battle of the status quo supporters and those who want to see real change in how the county operates. As usual, the majority of the county council is looking at county employees to carry the brunt of budget cuts once again by forcing county employees, who probably won’t get a raise this year, to cough up $121,000 of their pay to help balance the budget. Last year the cuts came by reducing the measly 1% raise to only half of the year. Yet the same majority supports giving away half that amount in free money to those who do not work for the county. It must be nice to be politically connected.
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Local Academic Honor Students Recognized
web posted March 18, 2009
COUNTY – Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2008 fall semester have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full-time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.
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Religion: Be Prepared
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted March 18, 2009
COLUMN – I was never a Boy Scout, Cub Scout, or otherwise. For some reason, my generation thought that it wasn’t “cool” to be a Boy Scout. I’m not sure if it was the uniform or the outdoor skills that we thought we were above, but my friends and I refused to be associated with them. However, my son is now a Cub Scout and I am having a great time experiencing scouting with him.
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Public Auction Saturday, March 28
1861 Springfield rifle carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property of Mark and Deborah Wangerin of Edgefield, with some additions. The sale will be held at their home located at 225 Sheppard Drive, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Just off Columbia Road in Edgefield). Look for signs! Viewing will be day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:00 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! We will be selling a very special 1861 Springfield rifle which was carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Letter to the Editor: Writer thanks those making Shamrock Run a success
web posted March 18, 2009
Dear Editor,
There are wonderful people I need to thank because Shamrock Run would not have been possible without them. First the volunteers that beard thru the cold and rain.
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Gov. Sanford narrows stimulus request, repeats call for Obama to condemn ads
web posted March 18, 2009
STATE – Governor Mark Sanford has once again appealed to President Obama on the deficit spending bill labeled as stimulus to allow for a broader use of the funds to pay down the state debts rather than increase unfunded federal mandates and requested the President’s disapproval of unfair attack ads aimed at South Carolina by the Democrat Party. A copy of his letter to the President is presented in its entirety below.
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Strom Thurmond High School's School Improvement Council Sponsors Information Night at Merriwether Middle School
web posted March 18, 2009
PSA- MERRIWETHER – Strom Thurmond High School's School Improvement Council will sponsor an informative meeting to be held Monday, March 23, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at Merriwether Middle School. All are invited to attend to learn of the exciting opportunities for your student at Strom Thurmond High School.  Mr. Schilit, Principal, and various members of his Staff will highlight many programs that STHS has in place now and the future plans to add additional internal academies to its curriculum.   Come join us to enter the "Rebel Zone" and the renewed enthusiasm and energy in the administration and staff at STHS. We look forward to seeing you there

10-year-old caught with “kitchen knife” at school
web posted March 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A W. E. Parker Elementary student was removed from school last week after school officials were tipped that the 10-year-old boy had a “kitchen knife” at the school. According to police reports, several students became concerned after discovering the boy had the knife and alerted their teachers. School officials brought the student to the office and were able to retrieve the knife before Edgefield Police arrived on the scene.
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Driver reports hit and run by school bus (Photos)
web posted March 17, 2009
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County School bus and a delivery truck traveling in opposite directions on Sweetwater Road came very close to a serious collision Monday afternoon after the delivery truck called 911 to report his mirror was struck by a passing school bus and the driver failed to stop. The incident happened as the delivery truck was traveling southbound near the entrance to Mt. Vintage and the driver stopped a short distance away to wait on law enforcement.
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County Council to hold first budget workshop tonight
web posted March 17, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding the first of their budget workshops for the 2010 Fiscal Year tonight at 6 pm at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street in Edgefield. With the county facing drastic proposed cuts in funding from the state and a reduction in revenues from in county sources the budget being presented for first review is the one requested by Merriwether County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell that excludes all non-governmental agencies from funding.
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Brandy Bonczek Runner-up in Regional Spelling Bee (Photo)
web posted March 17, 2009
COUNTY – Brandy Bonczek, Edgefield County School District Spelling Bee Champion, was first runner-up in the Regional Spelling Bee competition held at the Augusta Chronicle this past Saturday. She was awarded a $200 savings bond.
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Johnston Oyster Roast to Feature Local Entertainer
web posted March 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – Trenton musician Joel Summer and friends will play easy listening blues-rock music at the Johnston Oyster Roast, March 28, from 1 until 4pm on Mims Street beside Sawyer’s Alley. Summer is the principal singer-songwriter for the group. His song, “Filthy Mouth” is the title song of the new CD the band has recorded, tracks from which the group will play live at the event. Demos of the CD, which may someday be valuable collectors’ items, will be available for sale.
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Edgefield man charged after threat with knife
web posted March 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man has been arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on a Morange Street woman Sunday afternoon and making threats. The call to 911 was dispatched at 5:21 pm with the woman stating the man was still on the scene. A nearby Sheriff’s Deputy was the first to arrive on the scene followed shortly by two Edgefield Police Officers.
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Governor Sanford Responds to DNC Attack Ad
Video of Ad included
web posted March 17, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford issued the following statement Monday on the Democratic National Committee attack ad that began airing in South Carolina this week. The ad by the DNC berates Gov. Snaford for refusing to accept federal funds that would impose greater unfunded mandates on the state by the Obama Administration.
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$17,000 in materials and trailer stolen
web posted March 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man reported the theft of a $7,000 trailer from Old Plank Road that was loaded with an estimated $10,000 in lumber and tin over the weekend. The trailer and building materials were last seen on the property on Wednesday and was discovered missing on Saturday.
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2009 South Carolina Fallen Soldiers Ceremony and Luncheon
web posted March 17, 2009
STATE – On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, the General Assembly will honor the seven brave young men from South Carolina who sacrificed their lives while protecting and defending our country overseas.
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Holmes Pond Road dam instability grows with more rain (Photos)
web posted March 16, 2009
JOHNSTON – The dam on Holmes Pond Road continued to degrade in condition over the weekend with the sinkholes on both sides of the road to increasing in size forcing the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to keep the road closed until the damage could be assessed again on Monday. Though the owner of the pond has brought in a large irrigation pump to try to lower the water level by pumping water through a separate piped spillway, rains over the weekend offset any progress made on Friday.
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Hephzibah woman injured in Sunday crash (Photo)
web posted March 16, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Hephzibah woman was taken to MCG after losing control of her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu and crashing through a fence before striking several trees Sunday afternoon on her way home from church. The 911 call came in around 1:40 pm bringing Edgefield County EMS, Deputies, Merriwether First Responders, and the Highway Patrol to the scene.
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Shamrock Run a success in spite of cold and rain (Photos)
web posted March 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Though the weather was not as accommodating as last year, the Third Annual 2.4 mile Shamrock Run was held Saturday morning. Wet conditions, misting rain, with temperatures in the 40’s driving the attendance of onlookers down this year, many still braved the cold to cheer on the runners. “Edgefield may be a small town,” event organizer Kerry Klein said, “but it has a huge heart.”
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Public Auction Saturday, March 28
1861 Springfield rifle carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property of Mark and Deborah Wangerin of Edgefield, with some additions. The sale will be held at their home located at 225 Sheppard Drive, Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Just off Columbia Road in Edgefield). Look for signs! Viewing will be day of sale from 8:00 am until 9:00 am sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day! We will be selling a very special 1861 Springfield rifle which was carried by a Confederate soldier during the War Between the States. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Rebel Zone to be held at MMS March 23
web posted March 16, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Strom Thurmond High School will be holding a “Rebel Zone” informational meeting at Merriwether Middle School on Monday, March 23, starting at 6 pm. The program is to explain the many opportunities available to students through Strom Thurmond High School that are unavailable elsewhere in the county.
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Tech Tips: Windows XP Backup Utility
Video Included
By James Wise

web posted March 16, 2009
COLUMN – In the previous column, I talked about how important it is to backup the data on your computer and I said that there were a lot of options for doing this. In this column, we’ll talk about one free option for Windows XP users that you probably already have, the Windows XP Backup program. Note that these instructions are for backing up the DATA on your computer. These are normally the files you can’t otherwise replace such as pictures, documents, email, bookmarks, etc.
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Jackson named February Culture of Excellence Award Recipient (Photo)
web posted March 16, 2009
JOHNSTON – Denise Jackson has been selected the February “Culture of Excellence Award” recipient at Strom Thurmond High School. She was nominated for the award by fellow teachers. She is a history instructor at the high school and the Mock Trial Coach.
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Busbee Selected to Attend Science P.L.U.S.
web posted March 16, 2009
JOHNSTON – Roper Mountain Science Center, a facility of Greenville County Schools is pleased to announce that Jimmie Busbee, who teaches at JET Middle School, has been selected to attend the Science P.L.U.S. Institute during the summer of 2009. The Institute, 100% funded by a South Carolina Education Improvement Act (EIA) grant, gives intensive training in science teaching methods and activities to public school science teachers from throughout the State of South Carolina. The Institute emphasizes the Center’s belief that all students deserve a good science education.
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Helping Hands Given To W. E. Parker Elementary
web posted March 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Landscaping class, under the instruction of Mr. Hugh Bland, has been giving a “helping hand” to W. E. Parker with their landscaping project.  This landscaping project was made possible through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant received by W. E. Parker.
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Holmes Pond Road closed after breech in dam (Photos)
web posted March 14, 2009
JOHNSTON – Holmes Pond Road has been closed due to the failing dam that the road crosses a short distance from the Hardy Place Road intersection. Edgefield County authorities were alerted to the situation early Friday morning as sinkholes began to appear on both sides of the road as the soil became increasingly unstable. No concrete reason was given for the dam’s failure and utility companies, county officials, and other agencies were still assessing the situation during the day Friday.
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Disturbance calls ends with four charged with drug possession
web posted March 14, 2009
TRENTON – Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on Murrell Road Thursday just before 8 pm regarding a disturbance that was taking place. While deputies were responding to the scene dispatchers informed them a 911 hang up call from the same location had just been received.
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Rebel Robotics Team competes in FIRST Tech Challenge at SC State (Photo)
web posted March 14, 2009
ORANGEBURG – University on Friday, February 20th.  FIRST Tech Challenge is a mid-level robotics competition that challenges the students’ creative problem-solving skills by enabling them to build robots that do amazing things. Students design and construct robotic devices which can be autonomously programmed or operator-controlled to perform various tasks that expand the boundaries of experimental intelligence.
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Rep. Barrett calls “Card Check” Bill “Job Killer”
web posted March 14, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC, 03) issued the following statement this week regarding congressional Democrats’ introduction of the “Employee Free Choice Act,” also known as the “Card Check” bill, which would strip workers’ rights to a secret ballot when determining whether or not to unionize and result in job losses throughout the country.
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Students of the Month (Photo)
web posted March 14, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to announce the February Students of the Month. These students are selected for portraying honesty, dependability, showing respect for others, following instructions and having the ability to get along with others. The Character Trait Award is by far one of the grandest awards anyone can receive.
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Incomplete drawings of controversial Mt. Vintage’s “New Nine” tentatively approved
web posted March 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission met Thursday night with the sole agenda item being Mt. Vintage and Building and Planning Director Mike Reed said the first of two items he had to present was the transfer of two parcels of land designated as future development, roughly 11.5 acres each, has transferred ownership last year and the plats have been brought in for approval so they can be recorded in the Clerk of Court’s Office. “Just because of the controversy with Mt. Vintage,” Mr. Reed said he wanted to make the Planning Commission was aware in case they had any reservations or questions regarding signing off on the plats. The second item was the incomplete drawings submitted for the controversial “New Nine” by Mt. Vintage Development.
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NewsBusted Friday edition
web posted March 13, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Tune in to Jodi Miller's most recent take on news in her pragmatic and humorous way. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
Enjoy.
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Governor Sanford Announces Stimulus Transparency Group
web posted March 13, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford announced Thursday a new task force charged with overseeing the expenditure of stimulus money in South Carolina. The group, to be chaired by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, will be established by Executive Order and comprised of agency heads whose departments are affected by stimulus dollars.
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Patient Care Technology Program Is Stepping Stone Into Health Care
web posted March 13, 2009
GREENWOOD – Many people are interested in pursuing a career in health care, but the wealth of options can be overwhelming to some. The Patient Care Technology program at Piedmont Technical College may be the perfect starting point for those who feel a calling to go into the industry, but aren’t sure which area they are best suited to enter.
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Doug Painter Leaving Rebels to Become Saluda Tiger
By Tim Crane
web posted March 11, 2009 Update 5:15 pm
JOHNSTON – Doug Painter, current Athletic Director/Offensive Coordinator, will be leaving STHS, to take over the Saluda High football program.  Painter will finish out the school year at Thurmond and then proceed as the Athletic Director/Head Coach of Saluda High. 
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Rev. Hooper appointment revisited after indictment of sexual assualt revealed
web posted March 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Rev. J. R. Hooper addressed the Edgefield County Council last week in their March meeting asking why “wealthy folk” do not have their “taxes sold” (property sold for delinquent taxes) but “po folks do”. After a long rambling diatribe with baseless accusations of “favoritism” for the wealthy, Councilman Norman Dorn nominated Rev. Hooper to serve another term on the Tax Appeals Board and the vote to approve the appointment was unanimous. Now it seems the county council may be voting to undo the appointment after learning Hooper has been indicted in a sexual assault case.
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Investigators seek public’s help in identifying burglary suspect (photos)
web posted March 12, 2009
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in trying to identify a suspect in the most recent burglary of a self-storage facility. Sheriff’s Investigators were called to Trenton Self Storage near the Pine House Intersection Wednesday morning when the renters arrived to find their storage unit had been burglarized. This is the second report of similar thefts this week, but this time investigators have video footage and hope someone can offer a lead in the case.
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House restores portion of funding to counties and towns in recent vote
web posted March 12, 2009
COUNTY – The South Carolina House of Representatives gave a second reading of the state budget at 2:45 am Wednesday morning that restored a large portion of the expected cuts to the Local Government Fund. The previous cut was expected to be $122 million statewide which would have cut over $621,000 from the county funds and cut significant amounts to the towns of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton. Under the most recent vote, $72.4 million was restored to the funding program of counties and towns.
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Governor Sanford: Use Stimulus to Pay Down State Debt
web posted March 12, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford announced Wednesday his decision on seeking roughly $700 million in stimulus money under his discretion, saying he will ask for a waiver from the White House so that the stimulus money can be used to pay down the state's debts and contingent liabilities.
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SC Jewelry-maker debuts show at Discovery Center
web posted March 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Trunks full of hand-crafted jeweled treasures by SC artisan Sarah Jolley are being displayed at the Freshwater Coast Regional Discovery Center beginning on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Guests will be able to meet the artist, watch her work, and enjoy refreshments.
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Shane Massey Plan Will Fight Wasteful Spending
web posted March 11, 2009
COLUMBIA – While Congress continues to put our nation further in debt with exorbitant spending, South Carolina’s Senate Republicans are taking common-sense steps to stop irresponsible spending at the state level. On the opening day of the 2009 legislative session, the South Carolina State Senate passed a monumental rules change increasing spending transparency with “on the record” voting. The Senate took another huge step toward spending accountability Tuesday by passing Senator Shane Massey’s (R-Edgefield) earmark reform plan out of the Senate Finance Committee.
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Double HH Feed & Supply to close as another victim of poor economy (Photos)
web posted March 11, 2009
TRENTON - Josephine Brincat says goodbye to another customer and looks at the dwindling contents of her warehouse. It's a warehouse that used to be full of every kind of feed and seed supply imaginable. Now all sales are final - and cash only. She thinks of this and says she feels like crying again. But then the tears won't come.
So she smiles instead.
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Public Notice: Homestead Exemption
web posted March 11, 2009
PSA – Please be advised that the sign-up for Homestead Exemption is now open and will continue through December 31, 2009.
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Religion: Daylight Saving Time
By Pastor Stacy Williams
 web posted March 11, 2009
COLUMN – Daylight Saving Time, either you hate it or love it. There are many who simply wish that we would never have to change our clocks ahead or back an hour. We usually hear these arguments in the spring, when we “lose an hour of sleep”. However, there are many more who enjoy the extra time in the sun at the end of the day.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Calls for Edgefield County School Superintendent’s Resignation
web posted March 11, 2009
Dear Editor,
When a fellow citizen wrote and suggested that we should watch the scores of our schools and their possible downturn, it was suggested we wait and watch during the next two years. It is imperative this community gets involved and demands the Superintendent’s resignation NOW!
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Shamrock Run/Walk gets underway Saturday
web posted March 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Lace up your running shoes-the Third Annual Shamrock Run/Walk will be held in Edgefield Saturday, come rain or come shine. All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.  This year's run will be in memory of Tom and Jennie Rodgers of Edgefield. Mr. Rodgers, founder of the National Wild Turkey Federation, died Dec. 25 at the Edgefield County Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 64. His wife, Jennie Stiner Rodgers, 56, died from the results of a tragic horseback riding accident June 18, 2007.
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Jodi Miller is back and on target
web posted March 11, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller is back. Tune in to her most recent take on recent news in her pragmatic and humorous way. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
Enjoy.
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Teacher-Student Sex and 10th Amendment Bills Moving Fast Through State Senate
web posted March 11, 2009
COLUMBIA – Two important bills are continuing their fast journey through the State Senate. The teacher-student sex ban and 10th Amendment resolution both cleared a key hurdle Tuesday when they passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell.
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SC NRCS Announces Sign-Up for Floodplain Easements
web posted March 11, 2009
COLUMBIA – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold a signup for floodplain easements, a component of the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. Sign-up began Monday, March 9, and will run through March 27, 2009. Funding comes from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, part of the economic stimulus, and provides both technical and financial assistance to eligible applicants.
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Young World: “Queens Raise Kings”
web posted March 11, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – The 21st century family structure is more complex and diverse than anyone could have ever imagined. The standard image of mom, dad and 2.25 kids is fleeting and nearly non-existent. Instead, the more common image is that of 2.25 parents for every family. Step-parents, live-in “friends” of single parents, grandparents serving as parents, foster parents, uncle daddy, auntie momma and 17-year old high school students who live on their own all contribute to the varied visualization that we know today as “The Family”.
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Nursing Students Participate in Blessing of the Hands
web posted March 11, 2009
GREENWOOD – Nursing students enrolled at Piedmont Technical College are being prepared not only in mind, but in spirit through a recent Blessing of the Hands service, presented by the Pastoral Services Department of Self Regional Healthcare. “The purpose of today is to remind you that what you do is sacred,” said Chaplain Steve Lemons, director.
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Five injured in two car crash (Photos)
web posted March 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – A two car collision sent five people to MCG Monday afternoon, three of them very small children. The crash took place on the 700 block of Highway 121 just before Hill Drive when a Johnston man driving a northbound Cadillac was making a right hand turn into his sister’s driveway when an Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight slammed into the rear of his car.
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Johnston Town Council hears complaint of speeders
web posted March 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – Denny Clark of Lakeview Drive addressed the Johnston Town Council Monday night telling them, “Lakeview Drive has become nothing but a racetrack.” Mr. Clark said people are driving between 50 and 60 mph on the road marked with a speed limit of 35 mph. “We’re just asking for your help,” Mr. Clark said during the public comments.
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Burglar hits Edgefield storage units
web posted March 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were called to the Edgefield Mini Storage on Augusta Road Monday afternoon when it was discovered that several storage units had been burglarized. When police arrived the investigation showed a total of five units had either been entered or had the locks tampered with in an effort to gain entry.
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Relay for Life of Edgefield seeks entertainers
web posted March 10, 2009
COUNTY – Do you sing, play an instrument, have a band, perform magic, dance, juggle, perform martial arts, have a choir, perform gymnastics or any other talent? Then the Relay for Life of Edgefield wants to hear from you.
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Police called when customer walks out with moneybag
web posted March 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were called to the Goodfella’s Laundry on Lee Street when a worker was removing coins from the machines when four individuals walked and began doing laundry. When the worker turned his back, he heard the sound of the moneybag being picked up and saw the four walking out of the business.
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Walmart Employee and Edgefield Fuel make field trip possible (Photos)
web posted March 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – Mr. Billy Bledsoe, a truck driver for Walmart, has been an outstanding volunteer at Johnston Elementary having given 25 hours of his time to work with students at the school. Walmart gives back to the community by encouraging their workers to volunteer in the schools.
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STCC Ag Students Attend Day at the State House Events
web posted March 10, 2009
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond Career Center Agricultural Education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony and FFA Celebration in Columbia February 25. The students accompanied by Mr. Dan Henderson, Agricultural Education instructor and FFA advisor at STCC, began the day by viewing legislators on the house floor while they were in work session.
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Four Edgefield County Students Recognized at Augusta State
web posted March 10, 2009
AUGUSTA – Strom Thurmond High School students, Kristin Symone Lanham and Bennie Lee Padgett, and Fox Creek High School students, Thaddeus Adams and Johnny Wooden were recognized in the African American High School Scholar Program at Augusta State University.
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Local Youths Win Artists Awards at NWTF Convention
web posted March 10, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two local youth artists took home awards from the National Wild Turkey Federation's Youth Art Contest, which was judged during the NWTF's 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.
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Allen, Broadwater take North and South Edgefield Junior Miss titles (Photos)
web posted March 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Junior Miss Class of 2010 was held Saturday evening at the Strom Thurmond High School auditorium with a larger than expected crowd as workers added additional chairs as attendees continued to fill the room before the program got underway. Emcee John Brown Jr. welcomed everyone to the scholarship program along with 2009 North and South Edgefield County Junior Miss winners Caroline Herlong and Haylie Wheeler.
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Aiken woman dies in weekend fire, second in one week
web posted March 9, 2009
AIKEN – A fire on the 800 block of Kedron Church Road has claimed the life of an unidentified white female, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Sunday. The fire broke out around 10 pm Saturday night and by the time firefighters arrived on the scene the mobile home was completely consumed in flames.
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The law just 80 years ago
web posted March 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Do you think laws today are tough? Try to think of living in Edgefield just 80 years ago. Ride your horse to the Town Square and give it an apple... go to jail. Wander about the town in "idleness" and you will be deemed "guilty of a misdemeanor"
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Former United Way of Edgefield County Chairman Recognized
web posted March 9, 2009
COUNTY – Bob Welsh, former Chairman of the United Way of Edgefield County, has been recognized by the local United Way Board of Directors for lifetime of outstanding service to the community. Welsh, who was instrumental in the founding of the local United Way more than 25 years ago and was its first Chairman, is now retired.
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Rebels Capture Third at The Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Championship
web posted March 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – Teammates Alex Thibodeau and Kentrel McCain's combined efforts led to Strom Thurmond High School's first scholastic chess trophy this Saturday when the pair finished third at the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Championship in Statesboro, Georgia.  Out of the 16 players in the high school section, Alex finished 3rd and Kentreal finished 7th. 
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Chili Title Goes To W.E. Parker First Grade (Photo)
web posted March 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – W. E. Parker Elementary held a Chili Cook-off last week and after all recipes were tasted, re-tasted and debated; the title of 2009 Chili Cook-off Champs went to the team of 1st grade teachers. Judges for the event were Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Superintendent, Mr. Andy Livingston, member of the Board of Trustees and Mrs. Sandra Friar, Public Information Officer.
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Ridge Spring- Monetta FFA Alumni to hold fundraiser to benefit RS-M FFA Youth Programs
web posted March 9, 2009
RIDGE SPRING – Monetta–Michael Crim, advisor of the Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Alumni chapter, is excited to invite you to the 2nd Annual Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Alumni Celebration Fundraising Event. The event will be held on March the 28th at the Ridge Spring Civic Center.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 
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United Way of Edgefield County’s 211 Help Line Makes Impact
web posted March 9, 2009
COUNTY – In its first five months of operation, the Edgefield County 211 Help Line has proven to be an important and used resource by Edgefield County citizens. From Oct. 1, 2008, when the Help Line was established, through Feb. 28, the 211 Call Center has received 234 calls from Edgefield County citizens. 
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Letter to the Editor: Consumers Union invited to Washington DC to Lobby for the Infection Bill
web posted March 9, 2009
Dear Editor,
As part of the Consumers Union Patient Safety Summit group that has been working together for several years now; we all gathered together last Wednesday, and immediately began gathering information to take to each of our own congressmen and senate representatives from South Carolina. As we all began visiting our respective state offices in the Capital buildings; I was amazed at the level of activity around “the Hill”. It was a sight to see as everyone was scurrying here and there, taking care of business as if it were a regular day at work; especially with all the health care administrators, Insurance representatives and medical personnel among the crowd.
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Tech Tips: Windows Download - Cleanup your desktop without loosing icons
By James Wise
web posted March 9, 2009
TECH TIPS – I can’t stand a cluttered desktop. It seems just like a disorganized, messy desk to me which I also can’t take. It can also make it difficult to find things therefore reducing productivity. However, sometimes it can be useful to have files/shortcuts on your desktop. So, what can you do? There is a program I recently discovered called Fences which might be the answer.
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Opinion: Obama: 2009’s “Wizard of Oz”
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 9, 2009
COLUMN – I have to wonder sometimes if it is too late for our country, our state, and sometimes even our local government, to get their heads out of the big government mindset and start thinking about things from reality and our founding documents, not the scripted fantasy playbill our government leaders have fallen so accustomed to reading from that are “made for TV”. President Obama will not address the public in any manner since elected without the use of his teleprompter. A classic scene from the Wizard of Oz, “Ignore that man behind the curtain,” the “great and powerful Oz” told naive Dorothy and her newfound friends, brainless, cowardness, and heartless.
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Daylight Savings Time – Set your clocks tonight before retiring
web posted March 7, 2009
PSA – Before going to bed tonight be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time.

Historic well unearthed (Photos)
web posted March 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The historic well that was the center of the Edgefield Town Square for an estimated 150 years, and has remained buried for another 88 years, was found to be the cause of the sinkhole that swallowed up a ten-foot diameter area. With the aid of the Edgefield County Water and Sewer authority, a Bobcat was brought in to dig out the sinking ground and found the remains of the well.
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Early morning collision leaves scooter rider fatally wounded
web posted March 7, 2009
BATESBURG – A 52-year-old Aiken County man was pronounced dead on the scene of a collision on Highway 1 at 5:58 am Friday at the intersection with Chinquapin Church Road when his 2008 Yamaha moped hit the driver side door of a 1999 Chevrolet S10 pickup which threw the man into the roadway where he was struck by a tractor trailer truck.
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Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team Advances to State Competition (Photo)
web posted March 7, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Mock Trial Team has advanced to the State Tournament to be held on March 13 and 14 in Columbia, SC. Team members are Ca'Shara Lott, Garrett Dorn, Alexis Wren, Ryan Key, Diana Brazil, Miguel Garcia, Zach Burns, Lavon Coleman, Desmond Taylor, Nicholas Johnson, Zach Collier, Nery Hernandez and Todd Johns.
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Merriwether Middle Receives Book Donation (Photo)
web posted March 7, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Mr. Turner, principal of Merriwether Middle School is shown accepting The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling, from Mrs. Linda Nidiffer. Mrs. Nidiffer created the Jeanette Fund in honor of her mother to reward excellence in language arts in public middle schools in Edgefield County. She is a Mt. Vintage resident that has been instrumental in establishing volunteer services from people in her community for the middle schools in Edgefield County.
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STH Student among PTC High Q Team Taking Second at Competition (Photo)
web posted March 7, 2009
COLUMBIA – The High "Q" Team from Piedmont Technical College’s Educational Talent Search program recently competed against other ETSP students from around the state in the South Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs Personnel Educational Talent Search “High Q” Competition in Columbia. The team from Piedmont Tech took second place in the competition.
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Historic well deemed probable cause of sinkhole in town square (Photos)
web posted March 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The CSRA Testing and Engineering firm met with Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham and Public Works Director David Coleman on the town square Thursday morning to examine the sinkhole that appeared over the past week, which grew to an area between eight and ten feet in diameter. Core samples were taken as well as a testing of the stability of the soil in the area. It is believed that the old town well may be the culprit. “We’ll know more when we hear back from the engineers,” Mayor Durham said.
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Deputy cited at fault in wreck (Photos)
web posted March 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a wreck Thursday just before noon at the intersection of Center Springs and Chapel Ferry Roads. Neither the patrol car nor the Ford Explorer involved ever made contact, however the Explorer veered off the roadway and went up an embankment stopping short of a stand of trees.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 7- Strom Thurmond family heirloom up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Peeler of Edgefield, S.C., with additions from another local estate. The sale will be held at her home located at 647 Jeter St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Hishway 25  truck route bypass in Edgefield). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.
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Calliham's may remain open after public sale
web posted March 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The public sale of the Calliham store and properties went forward on Thursday with Fletcher F. Lawrence, Jr., of Greenwood, who foreclosed on the property and forced the sale, purchasing everything for a stated $125,000. The Calliham TV and Appliance store property sold for $50,000. According to information provided, but yet unconfirmed, Mr. Calliham will be able to remain operating the business at the location. Calls to Mr. Calliham’s attorney were not returned for confirmation of the continued operation of the business by press time.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer claims School District and Sheriff's Office ignoring threats to student
web posted March 6, 2009
Dear Editor,
Strom Thurmond High School parents beware!  A very dear friend of mine has a daughter who is new to Strom Thurmond high and has unfortunately found herself to be the target of a high school coward.  This coward has attempted to extort money from this young lady and has made a serious threat against her if she doesn't pay.  He has threatened to "tie her up and he and his friends will rape her".
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McConnell Bill Will Help Charities Raise Money During Tough Economic Downturn
web posted March 6, 2009
COLUMBIA – Currently it’s against the law to play a friendly game of cards in your own kitchen, even when no money is at stake. It’s against the law for charities and nonprofit organizations to hold “casino nights” or “Monte Carlo” events to raise money for charity. It’s even against the law for a charity to raffle of a cake during a fundraising drive.
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Tech Tips: The All Important Backup
By James Wise
web posted March 6, 2009
TECH TIPS – Pictures of my son’s first birthday party, videos of the school play, wedding photos, tax returns, programs I wrote, emails I refer to all the time; these are just a few of the files on my computer which I would be lost without and they could all be gone with a single hard drive failure, computer virus, house fire, accidental deletion, etc… But have no fear if you have a backup near.
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Department Of Consumer Affairs Seeing More Economic Stimulus Scams
web posted March 6, 2009
COLUMBIA – With so much news about economic stimulus packages and the country’s economic recovery plans, consumers are hoping some of this stimulus money will funnel down to them. This is the perfect opening for con artists to try to scam the vulnerable. The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) has received numerous reports of scams using the stimulus package – each with a different twist – to steal personal information and/or money.
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Barrett announces bid for Governor
web posted March 5, 2009
WESTMINSTER – SC Congressman Gresham Barrett announced Wednesday that he will be running for Governor of South Carolina in the 2010 election. “I believe South Carolina has tremendous potential, despite our serious challenges. I feel God has blessed me with strong experiences – in running a small business, raising a family, serving in our military, and leading in elected office– that give me a unique conservative perspective on the challenges we face and how to fix them,” Barrett said in a prepared statement.
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Sinkhole causing problems on Town Square (Photo)
web posted March 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Workers for the Town of Edgefield were busy Wednesday working to pull up part of the concrete walkway on the town square after a sinkhole began to appear on Monday and by Wednesday the ground beneath the sidewalk was collapsing. Director of Public Works David Coleman said an engineer would be in town to view the sinkhole and try to determine how serious the problem is and the possible cause. The hole appeared just to the west side of the Confederate monument that stands in the center of the square.
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End of an era? Calliham Store and properties to be sold today (Photo)
web posted March 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The end of an era in Edgefield will come to an end today on the Court House steps when the auction of the Calliham TV and Appliance store and other property will be sold to the highest bidder at 11 am. Fletcher F. Lawrence, Jr., of Greenwood was granted the ability to sell the property and Special Referee Kathy O. Rushton will be conducting the sale.
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Arson investigation leads to three teens
web posted March 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A fire at a closed Stephens Road business on February 21 has now been ruled to have been set and three teens said to be responsible have been identified, Sheriff’s Investigator Jimmy Smith said Wednesday. Smith said the three teens will not face arson charges but will be charged as juveniles. Their names are being withheld and they have not been formally charged at this time.
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Mt. Vintage topic off limits for discussion? Not hardly
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 5, 2009
COLUMN – With Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece preventing any discussions on the ongoing problems at Mt. Vintage citing litigation, it is clear all the deadlines set for MV Development that came and went were mere window dressing. The recent lawsuit by Mike Caldwell and Caldwell Design and Construction Inc. against the county and MV Development has nothing to do with the issues regarding the infrastructure and trying to get people into their homes.
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Letters to the Editor:
-Writer praises MV Security, EMS, and Merriwether FD in  medical emergency
-Takes School Board and Superintendent to task for economic impact
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Entertainers: We Want You at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 5, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival is ready dance, sing, juggle and otherwise genuinely entertain patrons at this year’s event. To meet that goal, the Festival wants to feature talented people, local and not-so local, as part of the day-long entertainment in the 26th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston.
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South Carolinians Overwhelmingly Support Offshore Drilling
web posted March 5, 2009
CHARLESTON – The Citizens for Sound Conservation released findings from a statewide poll on Wednesday that show an overwhelming 72 percent of South Carolinians favor increased access to offshore oil and gas resources as part of our overall energy strategy.  This comes on the heels of a separate national poll that places support for offshore drilling at 61 percent nationwide.
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County tackles issues, Mt. Vintage off list of topics to be discussed due to litigation
web posted March 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their March meeting Tuesday night and it quickly became apparent that there would be no discussion on anything pertaining to Mt. Vintage. Councilman Rodney Ashcraft brought up discussions he has had with contractors regarding the New Nine infrastructure at Mt. Vintage. “This is under litigation,” Chairman Monroe Kneece interrupted saying, “We’re not to discuss anything until we contact our lawyers.”
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Councilwoman Blackwell asks for clean budget with no non-governmental agencies funded
web posted March 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – It is time to begin the budget process for the Edgefield County Council and the outlook is not that optimistic with County Administrator John Pettigrew informing the county council Tuesday night that the proposed cut of the Local Government Funds (otherwise known as Aid to Subdivisions) the State could reduce revenues by $621,000 and the cut would be “very crippling to some services we provide in Edgefield County.” Merriwether Councilwoman Genia Blackwell spoke up and stated she would like to see an alternate budget presented to council that excluded all “non governmental agencies”.
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Economy forcing layoffs at Milliken (Photo)
web posted March 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – As part of a company-wide reduction in workforce, Johnston's Milliken & Co. plant will lose just under 40 employees according to a member of the plant's management team. A press release issued last week by the Spartanburg, S.C., based company stated that an adjustment of its workforce - through a reduction of approximately 650 employees - would be effective immediately.
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South Carolina forges ahead on States Rights Resolution
web posted March 4, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina is stepping up once again and joining over a dozen other states reasserting their constitutional rights under the US Constitution. On Tuesday a key Judiciary subcommittee passed out Senator Lee Bright’s (R-Spartanburg) resolution affirming South Carolina’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution. 
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 7- Strom Thurmond family heirloom up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Peeler of Edgefield, S.C., with additions from another local estate. The sale will be held at her home located at 647 Jeter St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Hishway 25  truck route bypass in Edgefield). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.
Murrells Auction

Haley sponsors Fiscal Accountability Act
web posted March 4, 2009
COLUMBIA – Rep. Nikki Haley sponsors Fiscal Accountability Act in the second of a series of reforms to make South Carolina Government More Accountable. Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington gears up for round two in making South Carolina government more accountable to the people it serves.
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SC DOT Commission Seat Opening in District 3
web posted March 4, 2009
COLUMBIA – A seat on the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission will soon become vacant. The Joint Transportation Review Committee is accepting notices of intent from residents in the DOT Commission’s Third District who would like to apply to fill an unexpired term. 
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Religion: False Advertising
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted March 4, 2009
COLUMN – In North Augusta, SC there’s a Pizza Hut that is advertising their “Family Value Meal”. The sign reads, “Family Value Meal $2199”. (You and I both know that they mean twenty one dollars and ninety nine cents, but that is not what is on the sign.) That doesn’t sound like a value to me!
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Sports: Wardlaw girls win second straight SCISA title 45-26, unbeaten streak rises to 51 games (Photos)
web posted March 4, 2009
SPORTS – Jimmy Lisenby had problems selecting a starting five all season long.
And he never did end up nailing down a set lineup to start basketball games - all the way through to the state championship game. In fact, the first-year Wardlaw varsity girls' basketball coach didn't even use the term "starting five" the entire year.
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Letters to the Editor:
-Writer offers "heart warming story"
-Sends accolades to STH Lady Rebel Basketball team
web posted March 4, 2009
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Edgefield Town Council votes on zoning changes for new business and development
web posted March 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their March meeting Monday night and gave first reading of an ordinance to rezone property at 217 Simpkins Street owned by Mary Altalo that would change the zoning from R1 (residential) to B2 (business). The purpose of the change of zoning request was to turn the structure into an office for Edgefield Environmental Associates, dealing with bio-fuels, and a coffee shop that would be named Barrister’s.
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Wanted man leads deputies on chase through Murphy Village
web posted March 3, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Murphy Village man is in jail facing local charges after running from deputies, crashing into a vehicle, driving over a fence, while trying to escape. He is also facing felony probation warrants from Delaware and officials there want to extradite.
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STHS Band Students Participate in USC-Band Clinic (Photo)
web posted March 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – Five Strom Thurmond High School Band students participated in the USC-Band Clinic February 19-22 in Columbia. The students were among 400 other students from six different states that were nominated for the program. They worked with college band directors from Colorado State, University of Tennessee Martin, and Kennesaw State.
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ERA To Host Oyster Roast in Johnston
web posted March 3, 2009
PSA-JOHNSTON – The Oyster Roast sponsored by the Edgefield Regional Arts (ERA) is back by popular demand. The Oyster Roast held on Edgefield’s Courthouse Square in February to benefit the Edgefield Arts and Cultural Center, then known as the Theatre Project, was so successful that ERA is repeating the good times in Johnston on Saturday, March 28, from 1 until 4 pm. 
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Letter to the Editor: Writer express thankfulness for outpouring of support
web posted March 3, 2009
Dear Editor,
Since Dec.23rd of 2008 I have had more people in Edgefield, Augusta,Columbia reach out to me with more love than ever in my life before. During my father's death and my hospital stay and time I had to spend recovering I have received cards, plants, flowers, phone calls and good soup and cornbread to make me well.
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Paperwhites to Feature Poetry Series This Spring
web posted March 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Beginning Saturday, March 21, and continuing on Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, May 16, Paperwhites will feature South Carolina award-winning poets reading from their books and from more recent work.  The series, conceived by local poet, Laurel Blossom, is being sponsored by Edgefield Regional Arts in association with Paperwhites and will benefit the Edgefield Arts and Cultural Center, formerly known as the Theatre Project.
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PTC Nursing Student Receives State Scholarship (Photo)
web posted March 3, 2009
GREENWOOD – Adriene Pratt, an Associate Degree Nursing student from Abbeville, was recently awarded the 2009 Palmetto Gold Scholarship presented by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation (SCNF). “This scholarship means I can focus more on my education,” Pratt said.
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Mudbogger identified after getting stuck in field
web posted March 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston farmer called the Sheriff’s Office on Sunday to report finding a Chevrolet Tahoe stuck in a soybean field on Slide Hill Road after the driver had been “mud-bogging” in the field the night before. When the deputy arrived he found a black 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe in the field with no one around.
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Weather Closings
web posted March 1, 2009
COUNTY - Emergency Management Director Mike Casey announced that all Edgefield County Schools and Edgefield County Government Offices will be closed Monday due to winter weather. Conditions are expected to improve during the day as temperatures rise above freezing. EdgefieldDaily.com expects no snow accumilations overnight but warns of possible icy conditions as wet roads and bridges could freeze. We will have more weather updates as they become available.

EdgefieldDaily.com enters fifth year of service to Edgefield County
web posted March 2, 2009
WEBNEWS – It hardly seems that four years have passed since Edgefielddaily.com first went live. But more than 34 million hits and thousands of news stories later the website has become a daily fixture in the lives of so many Edgefield County residents.
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Mt. Vintage home destroyed by fire after suspected lightning strike (Photos)
web posted February 28, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A devastating fire that is believed to have been touched off by lighting destroyed a home on Tillman Court in Mt. Vintage Saturday morning. The Merriwether Fire Department received the call after a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home around 11:20 am. As the first fire crews arrived on the scene they requested mutual aid from Edgefield and Belvedere Fire Departments to battle the fire in the two story home.
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Heavy rains and storms bring flooding, toppled trees, and fire (Photos)
web posted March 2, 2009
COUNTY – Heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled across the county Friday night and Saturday leaving one home burned after a lightning strike, trees toppled across several roads, and creeks breeching their banks bringing flood warnings.
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Tip leads to another felony arrest
web posted March 2, 2009
JOHNSTON – A suspected burglar was arrested Saturday afternoon after he filled the SUV he was driving with gas and then tried to cash a check at a local Johnston convenience store. Alex McCain Glanton, 42, was taken into custody when police moved in for the arrest after receiving an anonymous tip.
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Math-A-Thon event at Johnston Elementary ‘adds up’ to hope for kids battling cancer at  St. Jude (Photo)
web posted March 2, 2009
JOHNSTON – Johnston Elementary kindergarten, first, and fourth grade students participated in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon program and raised $403.60 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the premier center for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
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Fishing Rodeo seeks sponsors
web posted March 2, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Law Officers Association (ECLOA) is in the process of soliciting donations for its annual children’s fishing rodeo “Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs”. This event is in its sixteenth year and was named in honor of SC State Trooper Jimmy Shay who passed away while on active duty. He and fellow officers started this event in 1991 because of their love for children and keeping them educated on all the dangers of drugs and how it affects their lives.
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March Birthday-Anniversary cake winner announced
WEBNEWS - EdgefieldDaily.com announces our March Birthday-Anniversary cake winner. The winning entry is: "Happy 9th birthday to Nicholas Edwards on March 23rd. It is not often you see a young man show such loving kindness and consideration of others.. May you have a wonderful day filled with fun and love with family and friends. Love ya," Mamaw and Papaw" Culver." The sender or recipient has 48 hours to contact EdgefieldDaily.com to claim the cake.
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Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers boating class
web posted March 2, 2009
PSA – A seven hour family oriented boating safety course will be held at the Thurmond Dam Visitors Center located on route 221 on the South Carolina side of Thurmond Dam. Class will start at 8:30 am and be completed by 4:30 pm, on Saturday March 28, 2009. Bring a lunch or drive a few miles to a restaurant. If you are unable to attend the March course additional ABC courses will be offered the last Saturday of the month beginning in March through August of 2009.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 7- Strom Thurmond family heirloom up for bid
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Peeler of Edgefield, S.C., with additions from another local estate. The sale will be held at her home located at 647 Jeter St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 (Hishway 25  truck route bypass in Edgefield). Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.
Murrells Auction

Advice: Man to Man
By Wayne Levine
web posted March 2, 2009
Wayne Levine answers letters from men seeking advice from: "Dad in Pain" and "Bummed Out"
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Tech Tips: Windows Download - Move programs around on your Windows Taskbar
By James Wise
web posted March 2, 2009
COLUMN – Do you ever want to re-order the items on your taskbar? I like Outlook to be the first program on my taskbar when I’m running a lot of other programs. If I mess up and close Outlook or something and have 20 other programs running, that means I have to close everything else down. That’s not worth it! Luckily, there’s a solution.
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