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March 2010 Archive


Filing closes: Candidate names now finalized
web posted March 31, 2010
COUNTY – The guessing games and rumors of who is and is not going to run for local elected offices are over as filings closed at noon Tuesday. Four of the five county council seats are up for grabs and the campaigning will begin in earnest as three of those seats will be decided in the June Primary elections. Five officials are unchallenged and will return for another term in January.
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Two Merriwether homes burglarized Tuesday morning
web posted March 31, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Two homes were burglarized Tuesday morning, the first on Murrah Road around 8 am and the second discovered midday on Stevens Creek Drive. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said a man entered the Murrah Road home shortly after the woman left to take a child to school. While she was gone the woman’s boyfriend heard someone in the house and walked into the living room to find a strange man inside the home.
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County Council holds first budget workshop: Administrator cuts off funding for non-profits
web posted March 31, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council got their first peek at the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year budget Wednesday afternoon. County Administrator Alton Brown told the council the $6,673,070 county operations budget was balanced, although $231,155 would be moved from unrestricted reserves in order to make it balanced. The proposed budget also zeros out all non-profit organization funding for the coming year.
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Religion: A Sanitary Cross
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 31, 2010
RELIGION – After a few hours spent in Haiti I was dirty, really dirty. I was covered in sweat, spf 70 sunscreen, and bug spray. That was not all. Then there were the out houses (old school toilets) we used and the absence of sinks to wash hands in. We used hand sanitizer or “germy squirt” as I call it. My American notion of cleanliness had to be abandoned. Things were just different; priorities were not on germs, but on food and survival. Hand sanitizer in the states is everywhere you go. Every few feet in hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants and in my wife’s purse, always ready to do battle with the gross and the germy.
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Gov. Sanford Signs Employment Security Commission Reform Bill
web posted March 31, 2010
COLUMBIA – After nearly two years of debate, Gov. Sanford signed a government restructuring measure that overhauls the notoriously troubled Employment Security Commission (ESC) and creates an accountable, Cabinet-level Department of Employment and Workforce focused on connecting willing workers with open jobs across South Carolina on Tuesday. 
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Lost Dog
web posted March 31, 2010
MERRIWETHER -  Missing: Fawn and white female boxer missing from the Murrah Rd area,if found please contact 803-613-9968

Former Marine challenges Vice-chairman Willie Bright for District 4 County Council seat
web posted March 30, 2010
TRENTON – Byron Robinson made it official Monday afternoon when he filed to challenge Edgefield County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright for the District 4 County Council seat, trying to unseat the near twenty-year veteran as a Democrat. This election process has four of the five county council seats challenged. 
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Aftermath: Tornado leaves families displaced
web posted March 30, 2010
MERRIWETHER – County EMA Director Mike Casey, state weather officials, Merriwether Fire Chief Faye Fulmer and Asst. Chief Joey Smith were out assessing the damage from a now confirmed tornado that struck the area Sunday night. “It was an EF-2 (tornado) with winds of 115 miles per hour,” Mr. Casey said. At least three homes heavily damaged are uninhabitable, and others suffered moderate damage to the homes, outbuildings, and vehicles.
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Warrant sweep apprehends 15 suspects
web posted March 30, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office conducted a “warrant sweep” over the weekend and claimed the apprehension of fifteen individuals who were wanted on an assortment of drug related charges as part of an ongoing investigation by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division.
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Edgefield County Jailer arrested Monday morning
web posted March 30, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Detention Officer has been arrested and is currently on administrative leave following an incident Monday morning. Detention Officer Steven Christopher Turner, of Johnston, was charged with criminal domestic violence and was booked into custody by Johnston Police. “It was a verbal altercation that turned physical,” Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said.
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Here's Your Card: Woman arrested in Sheriff’s parking lot
web posted March 30, 2010
HERE’S YOUR CARD – An Aiken woman was arrested at the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon as she sat in a car while a friend was visiting an inmate. Though that is not illegal, 25-year-old Ashley Logue made sure she was noticed and with an outstanding warrant for her arrest, having alcohol, and what Sheriff’s Deputies believe to be marijuana, which has earned her one of our Here’s Your Card nominations.
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Junior Scholars Recognized
web posted March 30, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District Board of Trustees recognized Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School and Merriwether Middle School Junior Scholars during the “Spotlight” program held at their last board meeting. These eighth grade students have received one of the most prestigious titles that can be awarded at this level.
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Reported tornado hits Merriwether
web posted March 29, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Shortly after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the Edgefield County area around 10:20 pm, 911 Dispatchers began receiving calls reporting a tornado on the ground in the Merriwether area. Trees were reported down blocking Martintown Road and a report of a roof off a home on Deer Springs Road. A tree heavily damaged a home on Wildlife Trail forcing the family to leave the home.
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Murray announces candidacy with slogan, Fairness for All at Town Hall
web posted March 29, 2010
JOHNSTON – Bryan Murray, candidate for Johnston Town Council Ward 2, made his initial release on his candidacy this week with the slogan, Fairness for All at Town Hall. His introduction letter spells out who he is and why he is running for elected office.
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Bath man killed in car-motorcycle head-on collision
web posted March 29, 2010
AIKEN – A 24-year-old Bath man was killed Saturday afternoon on Storm Branch Road near Lanier Road. Thomas Keenan died at 5:05 pm Saturday afternoon at the MCG Trauma Center from injuries he received in the collision, Aiken County Tim Carlton said. The cause of death was listed as “multiple body trauma”.
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Fort Gordon Band Headlines Entertainment at this year’s Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 29, 2010
JOHNSTON – Peach Blossom Festival entertainment for the day is now set, with the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band from Fort Gordon headlining the May 1 event. The United States Army Signal Corps Band serves as a musical outreach for United States Army Signal Center, headquartered at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. The 30-member ensemble performs numerous concerts for the Central Savannah River Area as well as abroad.
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Spending caps bill passes State Senate
web posted March 29, 2010
COLUMBIA – The State Senate gave key approval on Friday to legislation authored by Sen. Glenn McConnell that would institute spending caps and a "rainy day" fund.  Several years of dwindling revenues and tough decisions on budget cuts have spurred this dramatic change to the state budgeting procedures.
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Dixie Youth Baseball season underway
web posted March 29, 2010
COUNTY – The Dixie Youth Baseball League has kicked off its season and players, parents, and fans can keep up with all the action through their website, including schedules and announcements. You can visit their site here. If you forget to bookmark the site as a favorite, the link appears at the top of our sports page for easy access.

Nationally Recognized Golfers with Disabilities Showcased During Adaptive Golf Challenge
web posted March 29, 2010
AUGUSTA – Dennis Walters is a trick golfer who can hit precision shots blindfolded, through fire, and with unusual golf clubs made from a fishing rod or radiator hose, while Brad Clayton is a PGA Master Professional who has been named The Carolinas Section Teacher of the Year. But their golf expertise isn’t their only similarity. Both Walters and Clayton have had to overcome disabilities to achieve their successes. Walters is paralyzed from the waist down, and Clayton is a right-arm amputee.
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Summer Camps Provide Options
web posted March 29, 2010
GREENWOOD – Young people looking for something different, fun and exciting to do this summer will find several options available on Piedmont Technical College’s Greenwood campus. Three special career-oriented camps in automotive and engineering technology will be offered with something for everyone.
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Country Club Road home latest target of burglary
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators were called out to another burglary, this time on the 200 block of Country Club Road near Pine Ridge Country Club around 1:30 Friday afternoon. The owners left the home around 9 am and one returned during the day and discovered after being home for a short time that they had been the victim of a burglary.
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Estate Auction Today
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 27, 2010
LEXINGTON – We are selling personal property of Virginia Smith of Lexington, S. C., with some additions. The sale will consist primarily of items from the estates of Mr. And Mrs. Smiths’ late parents. The sale will be held at the home of Mrs. Smith’s parents located at 3968 Mineral Springs Road, Lexington, S. C. 29073.  From I-20 exit 61 take Highway 378 towards West Columbia about .4th mile, turn right onto Leaphart Road, travel about 1.1 miles, turn right onto Mineral Springs Road, go about 1.1 miles–auction site on left–look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am.  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.

Spending caps bill passes Senate
web posted March 27, 2010
COLUMBIA – The State Senate gave key approval to legislation authored by Sen. Glenn McConnell that would institute spending caps and a "rainy day" fund.  Several years of dwindling revenues and tough decisions on budget cuts have spurred this dramatic change to the state budgeting procedures.
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Fine Arts Festival Thursday Evening
web posted March 27, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District will hold their annual Fine Arts Festival on Thursday evening, April 1 in the Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton (JET) Middle School gym. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.
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Merriwether home burglarized Thursday
web posted March 26, 2010
MERRIWETHER – As the news of a number of arrests and burglaries solved is reported, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators were called to another burglary Thursday on the 200 block of Sweetwater Road. The homeowner arrived and reported finding pry marks on the front door around 7 pm. After a deputy arrived an investigator was called when it was found the home had been burglarized.
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State House members pass Spending Accountability Act unanimously
web posted March 26, 2010
COLUMBIA – Democrats and Republicans in the South Carolina State House came together on Thursday to unanimously pass the Spending Accountability Act proposed by Rep. Nikki Haley (R-Lexington) nearly two years ago. "Today is a great day for the voters and taxpayers of South Carolina” Rep. Haley said, adding, “because our legislators were voting anonymously more than 90% of the time and the citizens of our state could not see the spending habits of their elected officials."
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Do’s and Do Not’s if you are a victim of a burglary
web posted March 26, 2010
COUNTY – Thefts and burglaries are an unpleasant fact in any community, town, or county. How you deal with it is a different story. If citizens and law enforcement work together, the prevention or apprehension of those responsible of such acts can be achieved. Often times a homeowner arrives to discover their home has been violated, and without thinking, they do more to help the criminal than law enforcement.
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SCE&G customers eligible for up to $800 in appliance rebates and credits
web posted March 26, 2010
COUNTY – SCE&G customers who purchase new appliances next week as part of the S.C. Energy Office rebate program could be eligible for up to $800 in rebates and SCE&G bill credits, plus up to $1,500 in federal tax credits.
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Opinion: Claims of “Racial Slurs” towards Democrats ring hollow as videos show otherwise
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 26, 2010
COLUMN – By now the news of racial slurs, anit-gay remarks, and even a member of Congress being spat upon on Sunday as members filed into the Capitol for the vote have dominated the airwaves and print media. It is the work of the radical Tea Party members who are racist. Democrat offices being vandalized is even more proof, the media and Democrats claim. Every news channel in the northern hemisphere was covering the event, yet not one snippet, not one slur, not one spit, can be produced to support the claims and many are crying foul, and rightfully so.
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More burglaries solved as third man arrested
web posted March 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police Department and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is quickly solving several recent burglaries adding another to the list of those already arrested. Travis Pixley, 20, of Edgefield was arrested on Tuesday on charges of first and second degree burglary in relation to two recent burglaries in the county.
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Abortion 24-Hour Waiting Period Passes State Senate
web posted March 25, 2010
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that extends the waiting period for abortions from just one hour to twenty-four hours. South Carolina is currently the only nation in the country to have a one-hour waiting period for abortions - the shortest waiting period of all states with a waiting period. The new law would require a 24-hour waiting period upon the completion of an ultrasound or the giving of materials about abortion to the patient.
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NOTICE: Tonight’s County Council Budget Work Session Postponed
web posted March 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A budget workshop session scheduled for this evening by the Edgefield County Council has been postponed until Tuesday, March 30, at 6 pm.

Johnston man uninjured in rollover crash
web posted March 25, 2010
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a one-vehicle crash, leaving the Chrysler Town and Country minivan was overturned on Watson Road around 12:40 pm Wednesday. Early reports indicated that the driver was able to exit the minivan unhurt. Deputies arrived within minutes and were being informed the driver was walking away from the scene, however; the man was never found along the roadway leading to the crash sight.
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Aramis Hillary leaves Gamecocks
web posted March 25, 2010
COLUMBIA – Aramis Hillary has left the South Carolina Gamecocks and will be heading to a lower level college although he had been reinstated after an alcohol related arrest earlier this month and returned to spring practice.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer makes the case for “Political Human Sacrifice”
web posted March 25, 2010
The phrase for today is “Political Human Sacrifice” (I emphasize the word political, because I don’t want any of the sensitive people in the county thinking that I’m advocating harming anyone, because I’m not).  After what the Democrats have done to our country this past week, I believe it appropriate to quote John F. Kennedy, “President John F. Kennedy, in Bonn, Germany on June 24, 1963, at the signing of the charter that created a German Peace Corps, remarked, "Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality."
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FOUND DOG: Beagle
web posted March 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Found March 19: Beagle in the Sweetwater Rd/Moore Rd./Cheves Creek area. Please call to identify 803-613-1843.

Mims officially in: two county council seats up for grabs in June, another in November
web posted March 24, 2010
COUNTY – Scott Mims made his bid for the District 2 County Council seat official Tuesday afternoon, Republican Party Chairman Ralf McFarland said. Mims, a political newcomer, is challenging County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft who won a landslide victory over long serving councilman Everett Kitchens in the 2008 Republican Primary. The challenge is one of two races that will be decided in the June 2010 Primary. District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn is facing another challenge from Albert Talbert, both filed as Democrats.
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Pastor Howle reports on Mission trip to Haiti
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted March 24, 2010
RELIGION – Well, I am back from Haiti. Let me begin by saying that everyone I encountered from Atlanta to Haiti and back made fun of my voice. This group includes: Haitian children who were pretty sure I was an American professional wrestler, old men and women, Haitian pastors, flight attendants, and other just random people who heard me speak. They had no trouble just laughing in my face. I did make a few small girls cry when I told them “God bless you” in English. I am starting to develop a complex. 
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Two Edgefield men arrested in recent burglaries
web posted March 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Two men have been arrested and two others are being investigated in connection to a number of recent burglaries, Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said Tuesday. Devonte J. Hall, 17, and Jeremy Lopez Thomas, 20, both of Edgefield have been charged with second degree burglary and grand larceny. Two other men have been named in the case, though no arrests have been made at the time.
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Kaitlyn Johnson crowned Miss Peach Blossom
web posted March 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – After a full day of judging, the winners on the 2010 Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant were announced. Kaitlyn Johnson of North Augusta was crowned as Miss Peach Blossom as well as the rest of her court.
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Estate Auction set for March 27
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 24, 2010
LEXINGTON – We are selling personal property of Virginia Smith of Lexington, S. C., with some additions. The sale will consist primarily of items from the estates of Mr. And Mrs. Smiths’ late parents. The sale will be held at the home of Mrs. Smith’s parents located at 3968 Mineral Springs Road, Lexington, S. C. 29073.  From I-20 exit 61 take Highway 378 towards West Columbia about .4th mile, turn right onto Leaphart Road, travel about 1.1 miles, turn right onto Mineral Springs Road, go about 1.1 miles–auction site on left–look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am.  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.

Walker Street scene of reported Sunday shooting
web posted March 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are still investigating a report of a shooting that allegedly took place Sunday afternoon on Walker Street. Johnston Police were called to the reported shooting at 1:48 pm and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene. Once officers arrived they could not find a victim and found it difficult to obtain information on the incident. Early information was the man was bleeding from the face, but it was unknown if he was shot or possibly hit with a brick.
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Lesson Plans, Part 3: Motivation Continued
By Ben Dawson
web posted March 24, 2010
EDUCATION – What can a parent do to motivate a child?  Just as we discussed how to help the child mentally in our previous article, you must also sacrificially give of yourself to the emotional well being of your child.  You have to give up the negative and be a positive example.  The child has to hear you talk favorably about things in your own life.  If you complain about work, friends, church, your spouse, and life in general, the child learns all about a negative world, and he will not respect this negative environment.  It is broken.
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Georgia man calls Sheriff’s Office, demands Murphy Village man wed his teenage daughter
web posted March 24, 2010
MURPHY VILLAGE – A Villa Rica, Georgia man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon after finding his 17-year-old daughter spent the night with a 21-year-old man on Murphy Street in Murphy Village. The Georgia man told the responding deputy that he expected the Murphy Street man to marry his daughter after the overnight stay.
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Suspect claims shoplifting over $400 in goods, just “a joke”
web posted March 23, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A man suspected of filling a cart full of items and then just walking out the door of the Fred’s Department store was reported to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Sunday evening. The woman gave a description of the man who was located standing outside the nearby Movie Gallery, but without the shopping cart full of goods.
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Stabbing victim target of armed robbery, reports state
web posted March 23, 2010
JOHNSTON – A man stabbed multiple times at Billy’s Superstore in Johnston a week ago has turned into an armed robbery investigation, according to reports released on Monday. The 23-year-old man told police he went to the store to purchase beer and as he exited his car two black males approached, took his wallet, and stabbed him three times before fleeing the scene.
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Rev. Sharpton claims America “voted for socialism” by electing Obama
web posted March 23, 2010
NATION – Rev. Al Sharpton claims that America wants Socialism because they elected Pres. Obama. "They (America), overwhelmingly voted for Socialism because they elected Obama.” Sharpton said, “I think this is the transforming of the county that he ran on.”
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American Diabetes Association Alert Day Today
web posted March 23, 2010
AIKEN – It’s not our birthday.  It’s not our anniversary.  It’s our wake-up call.  March 23 is the 22nd annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day and Aiken Regional Medical Centers is reaching out to the Aiken and Edgefield Community. 
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Local Woman Honors Nephew in Military, Supports Husband with Multiple Sclerosis
web posted March 23, 2010
AIKEN – Jeannie Cato, a long-time resident of Aiken, S.C., encourages her 2010 Walk MS team to fight multiple sclerosis for everyone struggling with the disease – including her husband Tony, diagnosed with MS in 2002. Within three years, the disease had severely impaired his ability to walk, confining him to a wheelchair. As her husband’s condition worsened, Cato’s determination to get involved increased.
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Democrats plunge US into Socialism: dozens of Democrats join Republicans opposing bill
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 22, 2010
COLUMN – No matter how you slice the results, over 2/3 of Americans oppose the bill approved by the liberal Democrats in the US House Sunday night. When America showed its repudiation of Obama’s Marxist agenda by throwing out three Democrat “safe states” governors and moreover the election of Sen. Scott Brown to the “Liberal Lion” Sen, Ted Kennedy’s former seat, Obama said he heard the people. Jobs is what they wanted him to concentrate on. So, as a typical dictator, Obama and his liberal left-wing party leaders returned their focus on the healthcare takeover by the federal government. The people be dammed.
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Vote in our poll: Federal takeover of healthcare right or wrong?
web posted March 22, 2010
WEBNEWS – Sound off on the Healthcare takeover by Democrats. Do you support the government takeover or should Congress have listened to the will of the people?  Take our live real-time poll and see where you stand with other readers. Readers will only be allowed to vote once in the poll.
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Edgefield Birthday Bash well attended
web posted March 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield 225th Birthday Bash was held Saturday night at the Town Gym with close to 200 people attending the party and dance. The Keys West Band provided the entertainment for the evening, several local restaurants and businesses donated the food, and, what birthday party would be complete without a huge birthday cake to be shared by all.
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Two Merriwether Middle students names among “Palmetto’s Finest” Cloggers
web posted March 22, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Two Merriwether Middle School students have been named in the 2010 South Carolina's "Palmetto's Finest" clogging team. The announcements were made at the SCCC Stampede this weekend held at the University of South Carolina at Aiken's Etherredge Center. The team consists of eight dancers who live in the state of South Carolina and have attained special recognition for leadership, enthusiasm, clogging skills, team spirit, and team dedication.
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Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon’s Class
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted March 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Great Sponsors are at the heart of the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 22, 2010
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 1, 2010.  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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Estate Auction set for March 27
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 22, 2010
LEXINGTON – We are selling personal property of Virginia Smith of Lexington, S. C., with some additions. The sale will consist primarily of items from the estates of Mr. And Mrs. Smiths’ late parents. The sale will be held at the home of Mrs. Smith’s parents located at 3968 Mineral Springs Road, Lexington, S. C. 29073.  From I-20 exit 61 take Highway 378 towards West Columbia about .4th mile, turn right onto Leaphart Road, travel about 1.1 miles, turn right onto Mineral Springs Road, go about 1.1 miles–auction site on left–look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am.  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.

Friends of the Edgefield County Public Library membership drive underway
web posted March 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The annual membership drive for Friends of the Edgefield County Public Library is underway. Please sign up at the library to support the ongoing efforts of the Friends to enhance your public library’s service to the community.  This is your library – and it includes the branch libraries in Johnston and Trenton as well as the library on the town square in Edgefield.
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Miss Relay for Life Beauty Pageant set for May 1
web posted March 22, 2010
PSA – A Miss Relay for Life Beauty Pageant is planned for May 1 with 11 divisions for contestants ranging in age from infants to “23 and up” to benefit Relay for Life events in Edgefield, North Augusta, Midland Valley, and Aiken. Deadline for entry is April 23, 2010.
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Large barn destroyed by fire in Edgefield
web posted March 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield and Westside Firemen were called to a structure fire just after 2 pm Friday on the 100 block of Promised Land Road. When the first firefighters arrived they reported the large barn “fully engulfed” in flames. A large plume of black smoke could be seen from miles away.
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Mays Way home burglarized Friday morning
web posted March 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man arrived back at his Mays Way home just after noon Friday to find his front door kicked in and his home burglarized. The man told investigators he left home around 9 am.
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Found Dog: Merriwether Area
web posted March 20, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Found: Pitbull mix young dog in the Merriwether Elementary School Area.  Very friendly. Misses her home. Please call 803-613-0574  to identify.

Edgefield Republican Women host candidates for US Congress and State Superintendent of Education
web posted March 19, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Republican Women held their third planning meeting with two guest speakers, Jeff Duncan, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, and Kelly Payne who is seeking the seat for State Superintendent of Education. After covering the initial business of the meeting, Mary Alice Pettigrew turned the floor over to the candidates who gave a short summary of the platforms and then took questions from the attendees.
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Four of Six Candidates Answer Call to Johnston Forum
web posted March 19, 2010
JOHNSTON – In a forum where six candidates for mayor and town council were invited to speak on the issues surrounding the Town of Johnston, perhaps the loudest words were spoken by those candidates who were not in attendance. Current mayor Willie Campbell and town council candidate Robert Oliphant did not attend Thursday's forum at the American Legion Hut sponsored by the Johnston Lion's Club.
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Building and Planning, Voter Registration voted to relocate to Calliham building
web posted March 19, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a special called meeting Thursday afternoon to hold readings of three ordinances currently being discussed as well as a discussion of the offices to locate in the lower 4,000 square feet of the newly purchased 13,000 square foot Calliham building. Over two-thirds of the building is being leased back to Mr. Calliham for free for three years.
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Candidates continue to file for county offices: two races remain unchallenged
web posted March 19, 2010
COUNTY – More candidates have made their intentions official on Thursday by filing for election. Among them was Democrat Albert Talbert filing to try to unseat District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn for the second time in two years. Talbert came within less than 100 votes of unseating Dorn in the 2008 primary. With no Republican challenger in the primaries, cross over votes could end Dorn’s 20-year political stranglehold on his county council seat.
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Legendary Golfer Billy Casper Joins Adaptive Golf Challenge Kickoff on Masters Monday
web posted March 19, 2010
AUGUSTA – Legendary golfer and 1970 Masters champion Billy Casper will help kick off the State Farm Adaptive Golf Challenge, presented by Walton Foundation for Independence, on Monday, April 5 at 9 a.m.
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Three arrested for riding on train
web posted March 18, 2010
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies and Trenton Police Chief Albert Tanks were called to the railroad crossing at Wise Street in Trenton after the Norfork Southern train conductor was alerted that three individuals were spotting riding on the train as it left a stop at the Bridgestone plant in Aiken County.
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Two MES students on Championship Travel Baseball Team
web posted March 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Two Merriwether Elementary students Peyton Doolittle and Jontae Herrin will be heading the Georgia Director’s Cup Tournament in May with the Carolina X-Plosion (11-U) Travel baseball team. The team won the Rumble on the River Tournament on March 6 and 7, and the championship qualifier for the Director’s Cup held on March 13 and 14 at Diamond Lakes in Augusta.
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Currytown curve scene of another crash
web posted March 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The curve on the 500 block of Currytown Road has claimed another vehicle around 1:20 am Thursday as the driver of a Hyundai Accent rounded the curve traveling southbound and lost control after running off the road. The car rolled several times and landed upright facing northbound. The driver, a young man living in Currytown Station, miraculously walked away without injury.
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60-year-old woman arrested after theft of car
web posted March 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County woman has been arrested after a Trailside Drive man reported his Ford Taurus stolen in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man told the responding deputy the woman entered his home, took the keys out of his bedroom, and then drove away in the car just after midnight. Within the hour the woman was spotted driving the car on Highway 25.
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Sen. Massey: It's time to step aside
By Sen. Shane Massey
web posted March 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Ronald Reagan is credited with describing America as a “shining city on a hill.”  I have always had a similar vision about what America should be, coupled with the recognition that we reach that goal only through the hard work of ordinary citizens who are willing to step off the sidelines and make their communities better.  That belief has led me to get involved in my community; it led me to run for the State Senate; and it led me to run for the U.S. Congress.
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Meetings and Candidate Forum tonight
web posted March 18, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a called meeting today at 4 pm in the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street and will discuss offices to be located in a portion of the Calliham building. The Johnston Lions Club will be hosting a Candidate Forum for candidates for Mayor and Town Council seats at 7 pm. The Edgefield County Republican Women will hold their meeting at 6:15 pm at the Pine Ridge Country Club. The public is invited to attend all functions.

Gov. Sanford urges citizens to get involved in Healthcare debate
By Gov. Mark Sanford
web posted March 18, 2010
GUEST OPINION – Given that all signs point to this week being the week a decision is made in Washington D.C. on healthcare reform, I ask South Carolinians - who will bear substantial costs if this legislation passes - to make their voices heard before the gavel falls.
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Lost Dogs: Edgefield
web posted March 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Missing (Edgefield town limits): Our two Family Dogs, 6 Month Old Fawn Boxer-Male (Name: Trouble) 3 Year old small white and brown Pit-bull-female (Name: Karma) Please call 803-480-9359 if you have seen either dog.

Massey bows out of US Congressional race
web posted March 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina State Sen. Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) said he is officially dropping out of the race for the 3rd US Congressional race. “I’ve put a lot of thought into it and prayed about it,” Massey said, “and decided that now is not the time.” Sen. Massey said he would have an official announcement available later on Wednesday.
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Wanted Sex Offenders Sought
web posted March 17, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating two wanted sex offenders who have failed to register, Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Tuesday. Elliot Van Chandler, 51, and Egnacio Jose Alfonso Covey, 35, have warrants for their arrest. Mr. Covey is also wanted for a probation violation in Edgefield County and charges by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
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Three County Council Seats to be challenged in elections
web posted March 17, 2010
COUNTY – The filing for local county elections opened on Tuesday and according to incumbents contacted, they are intending to file by the end of this week. One incumbent will not be filing for re-election, Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece (D-Johnston) in County Council District 3 - who is retiring after 20 years on the council. Two have filed to seek to claim the seat in the November election as of Tuesday evening.
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Mims Seeks Election for County Council Seat
web posted March 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Life long Edgefield resident Scott Mims officially announced his candidacy for the District 2 Edgefield County Council seat to help improve the quality of life for Edgefield County residents. Mims plans to make these improvements through a “Common Sense Approach” by assisting in strengthening the Edgefield County school system, law enforcement division and fire department, creating a stronger medical community by working with the hospital and EMS, as well as providing more recreational opportunities for our youth and senior citizens.
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Shamrock Run releases offical results
web posted March 17, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Final Results from the Shamrock Run were made official on Tuesday and race organizer Kerry Klein said almost 200 participants signed up for the event. ”It was fantastic”, she said. The following are the official results reported in the event.
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Religion: White Noise of Life
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted March 17, 2010
RELIGION – I have a loud voice. It is really loud. I make kids cry, but all the seniors at the nursing home can hear me. It sounds like I have gravel in my throat or like I am a professional wrestling ring announcer. However, even with this obnoxious booming voice, there is one time my voice can’t be heard. That is in my son Luke’s room.
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County Council to discuss County Offices in Calliham Property in Called Meeting
web posted March 17, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a Special Called meeting on March 18 at 4 pm at the Edgefield County Council Chambers to hold readings on three ordinances and a discussion on the occupancy of the county offices that will be located in the proposed renovations of the lower section of the Calliham building.
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Crow claims "Guitar Hero" title at Edgefield Library event
web posted March 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – Cody Crow scanned the room and glazed over the competition. There were some players on hand. A nice kid named Malik was playing well and was hitting plenty of notes during warm ups. Another youngster a few chairs over named Carter was solid with his instrument as well.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers to Host First Lecture Series in Edgefield
web posted March 16, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Aiken Regional Medical Centers strives to educate Aiken and the surrounding communities on health issues that we face everyday.  Aiken Regional Medical Centers will host its first lecture series in Edgefield on Thursday, March 18 at 5:30pm.  “Heart Disease in a Nutshell” will be presented by Dr. Gregory Eaves, Interventional Cardiologist, and held at the First Baptist Church in Edgefield.
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Local cutting horse trainer takes win at NCHA Eastern National Championships
web posted March 16, 2010
JACKSON MS – Eddie Braxton, of Edgefield, S.C., and cutting horse Mississippi Cat, owned by Vick L. Etheridge of Corinth, Miss., scored 225 points to win the $3,000 Novice Horse class and a check for more than $7,000 at the NCHA Eastern National championship on March 11. 
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Two burglaries reported over weekend
web posted March 16, 2010
COUNTY – Two more burglaries were reported over the weekend with nearly $8,000 worth of property being taken. $6,700 of that from a burglary to a Rolling Hills home where, according to official reports, the burglar or burglars spent a fair amount of time inside the home.
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Owner finds home with bullet holes, window shot out
web posted March 16, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Trenton man called the Sheriff’s Office after checking on an unoccupied property on Bettis Academy Extension Friday afternoon to discover the home splattered with bullet holes and a security light shot out.
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Merriwether Middle School’s Math Team Places Second
(Photo included)
web posted March 16, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Middle School MathCounts team placed second in the area MathCounts competition held at Aiken Technical College. The 2010 team members are Andrew Buist, April Arthur, Tessa Adams, Tori Whatley, Justin Farrer, Erin Sweeney, Justin Passmore and Morgan Bookstaver.
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Letter to the Editor: ECDA thanks Edgefield and Edgefield County councils for support
web posted March 16, 2010
Dear Editor:
On behalf of the Edgefield Community Development Association we would like to thank the Edgefield Town Council as well as the Edgefield County Council for their generous financial support in helping sponsor our year long community events planned in celebration of 225 years of historic Edgefield and Edgefield County.
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Lost Dog: REWARD
web posted March 16, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Lost old gray poodle wearing blue collar MillCreek Subdivision off Martintown Road. Call Michelle  706-294-2371

TV/Celebrity Cake Chefs Compete at “Cakes for a Cure”
web posted March 16, 2010
GREENWOOD – With the popularity of TV programs Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes, “Cakes for a Cure” in Greenwood has scheduled an all-star lineup of cake chefs to participate in a full-day, April 24th event, to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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Woman killed - daughter critically injured in single car crash Sunday
web posted March 14, 2010:  Last Updated 6:24 pm 3/14/10
EDGEFIELD – One woman is dead and her daughter was critically injured after a single car crash on Old Chappell Ferry Road north of Edgefield around 2:10 Sunday afternoon. Edgefield County EMS, Edgefield Firefighters, Sheriff’s Deputies, and State Troopers responded to the scene which blocked all traffic for nearly an hour. The daughter was extricated from the car and flown by helicopter to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta in critical condition.
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4th Annual Shamrock Run draws hundreds to Edgefield
web posted March 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield was dressed in green Saturday for the 4th Annual Shamrock Run with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50’s and nearly 150 participants gathering at the starting line. The 2.4 miles race started at 11 am and just 11 minutes and 39 seconds later Larry Evans, of Augusta, Georgia, crossed the finish line. Evans took third in the event last year.
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Body found after fire ruled homicide
web posted March 15, 2010
WAGNER – A fire in Wagner on Saturday has now been ruled as a homicide investigation, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release on Sunday. The body of 57-year-old George Griffin was found inside the mobile home by firefighters. An autopsy performed on Sunday revealed, “Mr. Griffin died prior to the actual fire. Mr. Griffin had several suspicious injuries that were discovered by pathologists…,” Coroner Carlton said.
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Aid workers give “God the Glory” in trip to Haiti
web posted March 15, 2010
COUNTY – “I was heartbroken. It was horrible.” That is the first thoughts that went through the mind of Jewel Plaxco when she and other volunteers reached Port Au Prince - ground zero of the earthquake in Haiti - as part of a medical team. “Everything was gone.” Three weeks after making the trip Mrs. Plaxco said she was still “digesting” the things she saw.
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Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon’s Class
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web reposted March 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Historical Society seeks $70-$80K for statue of “Founding Father”
web posted March 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Historical Society has issued a letter seeking donations towards a proposed endeavor to place a statue of Arthur Simpkins, otherwise regarded at the “Father of Edgefield County”. According to the letter, Simpkins donated the 2.25 acres to the “Publlick Lot”, now known as the Edgefield Town Square which housed the first County Courthouse of Edgefield County some 225 years ago.
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Daylight Savings Time: Set Clocks Ahead 1 hour before retiring
 
North Augusta teen killed in single vehicle crash
web posted March 12, 2010 11:30am UPDATED: 3/13/10
EDGEFIELD – A North Augusta teen has become the second to die on Edgefield County Roads early Friday morning, Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said. Brice Allan White, 19, was pronounced dead on the scene around 2 am.
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As rain falls Friday crash numbers rise
web posted March 13, 2010
COUNTY – Rain slick roads left one woman injured after a rear-end collision on Martintown Road just inside the county line Friday afternoon during rush hour. Traffic began to back up in both lanes east and west as the Merriwether Fire Department and First Responders worked to treat the woman in her Mazda Miata while she was guarded by a very agitated medium sized dog.
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Letter to the Editor: KKK are "terrorists" - "Nazis"
web posted March 13, 2010
Dear Editor,
Since its inception, the KKK has been nothing more than a stain on the landscape of this great country. The original terrorists, who hid behind hoods, burning black churches and homes, lynching blacks and doing their best to keep one race subservient to another. 
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PTC Academic Honor Students Recognized
web posted March 13, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2009 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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House Surprises Senate While Disappointing Small Businesses and Unemployed Workers
Submitted correspondent
web posted March 13, 2010
COLUMBIA – Last year, Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler's "Jumpstart Plan" passed unanimously in the S.C. State Senate. During a recessionary period, especially one in which South Carolina is among the top three hardest-hit states, it looked like the leadership in the General Assembly was finally going to help unemployed workers and small business, the backbone of our state's economy.
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KKK coming to Edgefield?
web posted March 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A planned KKK rally in Clearwater has been abandoned and they have their sites set on Edgefield for a rally in June. The proposed location is unknown. “They’re already here,” Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn said Wednesday night prior to the county council meeting. Vice-chairman Willie Bright said he has no problem with the Klan marching. “They’ve done it before, back in the 80’s, they walked right down Main Street.”
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Stabbing victim rushed to MCG
web posted March 12, 2010
JOHNSTON – One man was stabbed and rushed to MCG in Augusta after an unknown altercation at the Billy’s Superstore in Johnston overnight. The man, suffering from a stab wound to the left side of his stomach area, was taken to the Johnston Police Department by an acquaintance to call 911. EMS arrived a short time later and transported him to be treated for the stab wound.
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Former Rebel standouts arrested in Columbia
web posted March 12, 2010
COLUMBIA – Former Rebel quarterback standouts Aramis and Coco Hillary were arrested in West Columbia in the early morning hours Thursday on alcohol related charges. Coco Hillary was charged with DUI after a local policeman spotted a speeding car and conducted a traffic stop.
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Burglary suspect now wanted on vehicular homicide charge
web posted March 12, 2010
AUGUSTA – A man wanted on first degree burglary charges in Edgefield County is now wanted on a charge of first degree vehicular homicide stemming from a car chase in Richmond County on February 11 when James Brantley fled officers trying to make a traffic stop. Brantley disregarded a red light at the intersection of Wrighstboro Road at Heard Ave and struck another vehicle injuring the driver and his parents. Glenn Beard, 86, sustained broken ribs, contusions on his lungs, and blood in his chest cavity and died on Saturday.
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Johnston man arrested on felony assault charge after bar fight
web posted March 12, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has been arrested for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after a fight at the Johnston Sports Bar Wednesday night around 10 pm. Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the bar but the suspect, later identified as Carroll Mark Parkman, 35, had left the scene.
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County Council meeting covers broad spectrum of issues and debate
web posted March 11, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their snow delayed meeting Wednesday night covering assorted ordinances, contracts discussed, title changes and pay grades in the Tax Assessors Office, and expenditures totaling $12,500. The meeting lasted over two hours, as some discussions grew in depth and lengthy.
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Office locations in Calliham building draw hour-long discussion
web posted March 11, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council entered into a dead end discussion on the offices that would be relocated to the 4,000 square foot section of the 13,000 Calliham building recently purchased. One option involving the moving of the Edgefield County Magistrates Office drew the ire of Magistrate Brenda Carpenter who argued they were happy in the building they are currently occupying. Carpenter said they were happy in their present location and stated they did not want to have to “share” office space with another county office.
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County Council votes to extend $10k bonus to Clerk to Council
web posted March 11, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council emerged from an executive session Wednesday night with County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece asking Councilman Rodney Ashcraft to explain a discussion held regarding Clerk to Council Barbara Stark, who acted as interim administrator for nearly five months after the resignation of former county administrator John Pettigrew. In the end, the county council voted to award Ms. Stark with a bonus of $10,000 for her service during that time period.
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DOT workers find handgun if drainage pipe
web posted March 11, 2010
TRENTON – South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) workers reported the discovery of a handgun found in a drainage pipe to a pond on Woodward Lake Road Tuesday. At this time it is unknown how the handgun made its way to the piping and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office took control of the gun and launched an investigation.
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Religion: Looking back
By: Pastor Philip Howle
web posted March 11, 2010
RELIGION  – You might not think it now to look at me, but I once was a pretty good high school track runner. I ran the two mile, mile, and the half mile and looked great in a pair of track shorts (ask my wife!). My rapidly moving pale legs actually earned me the nickname “White Lightening.” I did have one problem in that my large head slowed me down as it increased wind resistance and drag. But I will move on. This week I came across a story about running that got me thinking. Don’t worry it was not about trying to find my old track shorts.
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Rain suspected as cause of single car crash
web posted March 11, 2010
NORTHSIDE – An Edgefield County man was transported to the MCG Trauma Unit Wednesday afternoon after a single car crash on Highway 25 shortly after noon. The man, who was traveling southbound on Highway 25 near Pleasant Lane lost control of his car after hydroplaning and struck several trees in front of a nearby home.
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Cheves Creek home target of third burglary in two weeks
web posted March 10, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Cheves Creek Circle couple found themselves the victims of a burglary Monday afternoon when they arrived home and found the French doors on the back of the house “kicked in”. It is the second home burglarized in two weeks in the neighborhood and the third in the Merriwether area.
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Firemen stay busy Tuesday afternoon
web posted March 10, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield, Westside, Trenton and Johnston Fire Departments had a full day with brush fires and a stove fire. Westside and Edgefield Firefighters fought the same fire twice after a noon brush fire on the 2700 block of Highway 23 West rekindled into a blaze and began advancing towards a nearby home.
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JET's Got Talent winners
web posted March 10, 2010
JOHNSTON – J-E-T Middle School hosted its first annual talent show J-E-T’s got Talent on Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6.  Mrs. Alicia Martin served as the program’s emcee. The two day event ended on Friday night with the winners retaking the stage to claim their awards.
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Windsor woman killed in single vehicle crash
web posted March 10, 2010
AIKEN – The Aiken County Coroner’s Office has identified a Windsor woman killed in a single vehicle crash early Tuesday morning as Teresa Coffey. She was pronounced dead on the scene after being ejected from the 1993 Chevy S-10 pickup she was driving at the time of the 6 am crash.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer supports statue for "Father of Edgefield"
web posted March 10, 2010
Dear Editor,
Apparently there are no limits to your negativity when it comes to the efforts of the Edgefield County Historical Society or the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society. I am proud to be a member of these organizations. Their efforts have provided financial and personal resources to our County and City. Your editor's comment in regard to the Edgefield County Historical Society's suggestion for a 225th anniversary project is unbelievable.
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4th Annual Shamrock Run\Walk March 13
Registration forms available online
web reposted March 10, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The 4th Annual Shamrock Run is just around the corner and registration forms to participate are now available. This year’s event is being dedicated to the memory of Jeff Daniels and all proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. Kerry Klein, who organizes the event, said registration fees have been lowered this year to just $10 and cash prizes will be handed out to the top male and female participants in nine categories.
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Johnston Mayor gives grim outlook on state revenues
web posted March 9, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their March meeting Monday night with Mayor Willie Campbell providing a dreary outlook on revenues from the state for the coming fiscal year. “In (fiscal year) ’08 we received $78,162” in the Aid to Subdivisions (also known ad the Local Government Fund or LGF), Mayor Campbell said. In the current fiscal year the town was budgeted $79,374 only to see that amount cut twice during the year to $63,503. “Based upon what they are looking at for us in the current year, it is $55,883.”
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Toddler drowns in gold fish pond
web posted March 9, 2010
AIKEN – A 17-month-old boy was pronounced dead after an apparent drowning incident in Windsor Monday afternoon. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the toddler and a seven-year-old sibling were at the grandmother’s home when the two went to feed goats kept on the property. The older child returned without his younger brother and family members found him in the goldfish pond with a depth of about 16 inches of water and emergency personnel were summoned to the scene.
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Sen. Massey wins Straw Poll in McCormick Congressional Debate
web posted March 9, 2010
MCCORMICK – State Senator Shane Massey took 56% of votes in a “straw poll” after a debate of six Congressional candidates for the 3rd Congressional District Thursday night in McCormick for the seat left open by Congressman Gresham Barrett opting to run for governor. The debate, moderated by former State Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, gave all republican candidates a chance to field questions during the 90-minute debate.
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Trenton Firemen fight heavy equipment fire Monday
web posted March 9, 2010
TRENTON – The Trenton Fire Department was called to Woodyard Road after a piece of heavy equipment caught fire and consumed the machine. Workers at the company were working on the large loader when the fire broke out. Unable to extinguish the fire they called 911.
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Rebels have two to place in state wrestling tournament
web posted March 9, 2010
JOHNSTON – Two Strom Thurmond Wrestlers placed in the State Wrestling Invitational Tournament as the sport continues to grow at Thurmond. Nick Clark and Dylan Barnhart were among those who made it into the finals.
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Students of the Month Announced at STH
web posted March 9, 2010
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to recognize the January Students of the Month. These students are selected by teachers for displaying outstanding leadership and citizenship characteristics.
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Children’s Art Show and Book Fair at Discovery Center
web posted March 9, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County third and fourth graders have a chance to show off their artistic abilities during a St. Patrick’s Day themed exhibit at the Freshwater Coast Discovery Center. The coloring entries will be on display from Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, March 20. Parents are encouraged to visit the center on Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. for special St. Patrick’s Day treats and a book fair.
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Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services Receives American College of Radiology Accreditation
web posted March 9, 2010
AIKEN – Women’s LifeCare Diagnostic Services located on Aiken Regional’s campus has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
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WANTED: Sheriff’s Office seeks information on suspected burglar
web posted March 6, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating James Richard Brantley, 29, who is wanted in connection to two burglaries that took place last Friday, February, 26, in Merriwether. “He may be in Columbia County (Ga.)”, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. Brantley is wanted for two counts of burglary in the first degree and two counts of grand larceny.
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Trenton woman charged in recent burglary
web posted March 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators have solved another burglary and has arrested one person at this time. Melissa Jean Bratcher, 33, of Courtney Road, Trenton, turned herself in to authorities at the Edgefield County Detention Center on Sunday. Bratcher is accused of a burglary to a nearby Courtney Road home in the early morning hours of February 22.
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Edgefield AmeriCorps Students Receive Training in Disaster Preparedness
web posted March 8, 2010
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County School District AmeriCorps Success By Ten Students went through an intense Disaster Preparedness training on February 20. Ms. Sandy Backensto of the American Red Cross was the trainer for the session. The students learned about the various duties that they would manager when a shelter was open in our county to receive residents.
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Understanding The Cause Part 2: Motivation
Lesson Plans: By Ben Dawson
web posted March 8, 2010
LESSON PLANS – How can a parent motivate a child mentally? As stated last week, there must be personal sacrifice on the part of the parent to change the child’s mental attitude. You must show the student what he is learning is worthwhile, that the process of studying pays off, and he does have the aptitude to progress.
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FFA Officer Team Attends Legislators Appreciation Ceremony (Photo included)
web posted March 8, 2010
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond Career Center’s FFA Officer team attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony and Celebration Luncheon in Columbia on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. They were accompanied by Dan Henderson, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at the career center.
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Palmetto State Training offers Concealed Weapon’s Class
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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NOTICE: Edgefield County Council meets this Wednesday night
web posted March 8, 2010
PSA – The Edgefield County Council’s regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, March 2, 2010, was postponed due to weather conditions. The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 10th, at 6:00 pm, in the County Council Chambers, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield.

Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Alumni Fundraiser March 20
web posted March 8, 2010
RIDGE SPRING – Michael Crim, advisor of the Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Alumni chapter, is excited to invite you to the 3rd Annual Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Alumni Celebration Fundraising Event. The event will be held on March the 20th at the Ridge Spring Civic Center.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
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God’s Little Angels Preschool open registration March 27
web posted March 8, 2010
PSA – God’s Little Angels Preschool at Edgefield First Baptist Church will have open registration for the 2010-2011 school year, Saturday, March 27th from 9:00-11:00am.  Classes offered are Parents Day Out (1 year olds), 2K, 3K, and 4K.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate. For additional information call the church office at 637-6139.

WANTED: Sheriff’s Office seeks information on suspected burglar
web posted March 6, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating James Richard Brantley, 29, who is wanted in connection to two burglaries that took place last Friday, February, 26, in Merriwether. “He may be in Columbia County (Ga.)”, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. Brantley is wanted for two counts of burglary in the first degree and two counts of grand larceny.
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Merriwether Middle Students Named To All-State Band
web posted March 6, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Four Merriwether Middle School students have been selected to the 2010 South Carolina Band Director's Association Region 2 All-State Band. The students were selected based on scores from a rigorous audition that took place at Northside Middle School, Greenwood, SC in January.
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Thefts continue as cases are solved
web posted March 6, 2010
TRENTON _ A Bream Oak Road home was burglarized and a 4-wheeler was stolen from a Breezy Oaks Court home in Trenton Thursday. According to reports released on Friday a total of almost $4,000 worth of property was reported missing.
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Mt. Vintage foreclosure moves toward sale
web posted March 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The on again off again foreclosure of large portion of Mt. Vintage will move forward after a ruling handed down last week and filed with the Edgefield County court system on Tuesday. Bettis Rainsford filed a motion to enforce a settlement he claimed had been reached with a K&H Development LLC and requested a “Stay of Proceedings” to stop the foreclosure. Mr. Rainsford’s motion was denied and the foreclosure was ordered to proceed.
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Burglary reports continue
web posted March 5, 2010
COUNTY – At least three more burglaries have been reported this week in Trenton, Bettis Academy, and Merriwether in spite of recent arrests. The first report came in on Wednesday morning on Nicholson Road in Bettis Academy when a man went to check on property for the owner and found the front door of the home open.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 6
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web reposted March 5, 2010
JOHNSTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lona T. Whittle of Johnston, S.C. The sale will be held at her home located at 504 Bland Avenue, Johnston, S.C. 29832 on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 am. There are many very nice pieces of furniture and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Woman wakes to find car stolen Thursday
web posted March 5, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy Road Extension woman called the Sheriff’s Office shortly before 5 am Thursday to report her 1999 Chevrolet Malibu missing from her driveway. She noticed the car missing after being awakened by her two-year-old. Deputies responding to the call requested an alert be placed to surrounding counties once the vehicle information was provided to dispatchers.
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Scheduled Maintenance accidentally deletes hundreds of emails
web posted March 5, 2010
WEBNEWS – During a regularly scheduled maintenance of email servers early Thursday morning several hundred emails were mistakenly deleted. Some of the emails have been recovered but on a very limited basis. Due to this error, if your email, request, submission, or comments have not been included in today’s edition we ask that you please resend the correspondence.
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Good Food is a tradition at the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 5, 2010
JOHNSTON – Any festival-goer knows the great smell of good cooking – no matter what the cuisine – means good eating is sure to follow. At the Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival, those mouth-watering smells and tasty morsels are a tradition. To be a part of this tradition, food vendors can sign-up now to be a part of the 27th annual event, held in historic downtown Johnston on May 1.
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Questions arise over who controls courthouse budget funds
web posted March 4, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An issue over who controls the Edgefield County Courthouse and its budget is brewing and lines in the sand are being drawn. According to County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright, the county council has control over repairs and how money is spent. Clerk of Court Shirley Newby takes an opposing view that she is in control of the courthouse and its budget. Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown stated once a budget is approved for an elected official, the county has no control over the expenditures.
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STHS Mock Trial Team Wins Region: On Their Way to State Competition
web posted March 4, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Mock Trial Team won the title of Regional Champions on February 27th and has now advanced to the State Competition to be held March 12 and 13 at the Matthew Perry Federal Judicial Center. The local team outscored eleven other teams in their region for the top honors and will face twelve opponents at the state level event.
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JET Talent Show March 4-5
web reposted March 4, 2010
JOHNSTON – JET Middle School will be holding a two-day Talent Show on March 4 and 5 at the school cafeteria beginning each night at 7 pm. Tickets will be sold in advance for the shows.
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Augusta man’s death marks fourth fatality on Aiken County roads this year
web posted March 4, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton released a statement on Wednesday that 65-year-old Ray Carr of Augusta, Georgia has died four days later from injuries he received in a collision on February 26. “Mr. Carr died from a head injury,” Mr. Carlton said. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital on Tuesday evening.
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Fallen Soldiers Ceremony and Luncheon
web posted March 4, 2010
COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 the General Assembly will honor the ten brave young members of the armed forces from South Carolina who sacrificed their lives while serving our country last year.  The ten courageous soldiers who will be honored this year are:
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Found Dog
web posted March 4, 2010
TRENTON – I have small black long haired male dog with a collar and hook, but no tag.  He has been in the Youngblood Rd area for about 2 weeks.  The end of Youngblood off of Star Rd toward Trenton.  I have called animal control, and still have him.  He acts like a house dog, is good with kids, and I am getting attached.  I can't keep him as I have 2 dogs.  Please if anyone knows this little fellow, call 803-336-8608.

Hole In One for North Augustan Cory Garrick
web posted March 4, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – The stars aligned themselves for Newberry College golf team member Cory Garrick as he shot his first hole in one. The shot was made using his 6 iron on the third hole, 180 yard, Par 3 at Newberry Country Club. The shot was witnessed by fellow golf team member Brandon Burnside and Ryan Bears. Cory is a 2006 graduate of North Augusta High School and the son of Tony and Lynn Garrick of North Augusta.

CAPTURED: Edgefield County’s Most Wanted man captured in Florida
web posted March 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County’s Most Wanted man, Edward Fargo McKenzie, 25, wanted for two counts of attempted murder and a General Sessions Court bench warrant on an armed robbery charge is in jail in Palm Beach, Florida, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Tuesday.
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Schools to delay opening Wednesday due to weather
web posted March 2, 2010 - 6 pm
COUNTY – All Edgefield County Schools will be on a two hour delay for Wednesday due to winter weather conditions.

Snow causes wrecks, cancellations, and School opening delays
web posted March 3, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield and Johnston residents were inundated with snowfall starting around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon that made road conditions slippery causing a number of wrecks and forcing the Edgefield County Council to cancel the regular monthly meeting. Edgefield County Schools will delay their openings today for two hours due to the winter weather.
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Dea Baldwin announces run for State House Dist 83
web posted March 3, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – Dea Baldwin has announced her intention to file as a Republican candidate for South Carolina House District 83 left open after Rep. Don Smith announced he would not seek re-election. North Augusta businessman Bill Hixon has already announced his candidacy. The district includes North Augusta, Belvedere and part of Merriwether.
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Religion: TV or not TV
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 3, 2010
RELIGION – Last week we mentioned the importance of guarding your mind, and that I have a pumpkin that sits on my shoulders. Now, one of the most dangerous ways that your mind is infiltrated by sinful ideas and images is through your TV. First off, TV often gets treated like a pagan shrine.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 3, 2010
JOHNSTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lona T. Whittle of Johnston, S.C. The sale will be held at her home located at 504 Bland Avenue, Johnston, S.C. 29832 on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 am. There are many very nice pieces of furniture and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Johnston Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant accepting applications for contestants
web posted March 3, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant is taking applications for participants for the March pageant which drew well over 100 contestants last year. The event is sponsored by the Little Stevens Creek Baptist Church and proceeds go towards Mission Trips for the church. Applications are available for download in this report.
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More snow forecast for Edgefield County tonight
web posted March 2, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield County may be in the path of another dusting of snow tonight according to forecasters. A cold rain will fall across the area starting early today and as temperatures drop into the evening the rain may turn to a snow and rain mix and then to a full snow event with accumulations of one inch or less expected.
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Women in Unity building burglarized twice in three weeks
web posted March 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Women in Unity building was the scene of a burglary Saturday, and for the second time inside of three weeks. Founder and Executive Director Essie Nicholson said Monday the losses, now totaling over $2,500, would not be covered under their insurance. A worker arriving on Saturday morning to print off programs for a fundraiser later in the day found the computer missing and called 911.
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School Superintendent Crenshaw gets political: Endorses Democrat for Governor
web posted March 2, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield County School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Crenshaw turned up on a very controversial list of School District Superintendents endorsing State School Superintendent Jim Rex (D) for Governor last week. According to the “Progressive Blog” Indigo Journal, Dr. Crenshaw endorsed Rex for governor on behalf of the entire county, a move that has caused quite a stir locally and may lead to bigger problems.
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Plan to raise Edgefield Trestle progressing
web posted March 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A plan to raise the trestle that has been the focus of attention for many years in Edgefield may be coming to a resolution very soon, Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham said Monday night at the town’s regular monthly meeting. “It’s in design, they told me it would probably be in April,” Mayor Durham said, “and we will go from there.” According to the plans, the trestle will be raised a total of three feet to prevent trucks striking the structure, which caused the death of an Edgefield man in October of 2009.
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More Turkeys to descend on Edgefield
web posted March 2, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their March monthly meeting Monday night and voted to approve two more of the large fiberglass painted turkeys in the town. The first request was by Petal Pushers, who has just recently relocated to Main Street at the corner of Lynch Street. The second request was by the Edgefield Historical Society, who wanted to place one near the “Historical Wall” across from the County Courthouse. Both requests were approved.
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Weekend burglaries total over $13,000 in stolen property
web posted March 2, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The official reports of the two burglaries in the Merriwether area on Friday have been made available and show over $13,000 worth of guns, jewelry, and electronics stolen. Both crimes took place during the same time period and the items stolen from the homes were almost identical.
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WJBF News Channel 6 to Sponsor 15th Annual Show Your Heart Blood Drive
web posted March 2, 2010
AIKEN – WJBF News Channel 6 and our Caring for Carolina partner Aiken Regional Medical Center invites the community to come out and show their hearts. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, March 4th, 2010, 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., at the Odell Weeks Recreation Center in Aiken.
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Johnston Lions Club to host Candidate Forum March 18
web posted March 2, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Lions Club will be hosting a candidate forum for Johnston Mayor and Town Council candidates on March 18 at 7 pm at the Johnston American Legion hut on Edisto Street.
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Spring into the arts with the March edition of First Friday in Greenwood
web posted March 2, 2010
GREENWOOD – First Friday is blooming with activities with this month’s edition of First Friday.  From 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. this Friday, March 5, 2010, Uptown Greenwood will play host to a variety of events.
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Two Merriwether homes burglarized
web posted March 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – At least two Merriwether families started their weekend off by discovering their homes had been burglarized. Within hours of each other, a home on Mealing Drive and Cheves Creek called the Sheriff’s Office to report the crimes on Friday.
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Over 1,500 flock to Sweetwater Wild Game Supper
web posted March 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Over 1,500 men, women, and children attended the Sweetwater Baptist Church Wild Game Supper Saturday evening and were treated to wild game dishes with all the fixings, live musical entertainment, and great fellowship. Pastor Paul Noe welcomed everyone to the event which was followed by a Scripture reading and opening prayer by Greg Hurt. The highlife of the night was the message by Christian Comedian Dennis Swanberg.
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Lesson Plans: Understanding The Cause (Part 1 of a 4 part series)
By Ben Dawson
web posted March 1, 2010
EDUCATION – This is a special “Lesson Plans” article written with parents in mind, but I do hope a teacher somewhere will be able to use the content as well.  As teachers, we all have those “challenges” in our classroom that keep things lively. It might be the bully that constantly stirs the social environment, or the severely hyperactive student that continually gets off track. Most veteran teachers have learned “tricks of the trade” to keep this kind of interruption to a minimal; however, most of us are still perplexed by the child that is not a behavior problem, yet simply does not make adequate progress because s/he is unmotivated.
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Local Teen Plays Part In Historic Chess Match
web posted March 1, 2010
HILTON HEAD – Perhaps, it was the magic touch of the ceremonial first move in Game 1 by Tori Whatley of Merriwether, which helped propel chess Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov to victory in Round 1 against the most powerful female chess player in history, Hungarian Grandmaster Judit Polgar, as the two squared off in a Sicilian-theme match on Hilton Head Island.
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Estate Auction Saturday, March 6
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted March 1, 2010
JOHNSTON – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Lona T. Whittle of Johnston, S.C. The sale will be held at her home located at 504 Bland Avenue, Johnston, S.C. 29832 on March 6, 2010 at 9:30 am. There are many very nice pieces of furniture and glassware. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo gearing up for May 8 event
web posted March 1, 2010
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”.  Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
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Johnston Elementary PTO to hold Bingo night March 4
web posted March 1, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Elementary School PTO is having a hot dog supper at 5:30 and Bingo at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday March 4, 2010 in their cafeteria.  We sell the bingo cards for $3.00 and the hotdogs are sold for $1.00.  The drinks and chips are .50 each. Come out and enjoy an inexpensive fun family night and support our local school all at the same time. Thank you to all of the local businesses and parent involvement that help this night be such a success with their donations.






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