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Edgefield Daily.com Archives
2005


May

Remember on Memorial Day
”Greater love hath no man than he give his life for another,” the Bible tells us and today being Memorial Day it is so befitting those who have given their life so that we may enjoy the freedom we take for granted.
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From Those who served; "What does Memorial Day mean to you?"
Edgefield Daily.com asked serveral local veterans; What does Memorial Day mean to you?
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Local resident named Teacher of the Year
Helen Garvin, of Trenton, was named Teacher of the Year 2005 for Belvedere Elementary Friday, May 27th.
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Merriwether resident assists rescue of three in boating accident
web posted May 30, 2005
Mr. David Almond said he was called by a neighbor around 9:00 pm on May 25th concerning some young men who were in trouble at the dam on Steven's Creek. Mr. Almond stated, “We borrowed a neighbor’s canoe,” and, “paddled down to the dam by the pumping station,” where they encountered three young men in the water. “Two of them had already gone over the spillway and one was positioned on the top holding on to a log,” Almond said.
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"I got the biggest one!"
web posted May 30, 2005
Vito Franco, 6, shows off the biggest catch of the day, a 2 pound large mouth bass
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The Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2005

web posted May 28, 2005
The Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2005 graduated Friday night, May 27, 2005. The weather was cooperative and a gentle breeze helped cool the high 80’s temperature. A full list of award winners will be posted later on Tuesday. However, below is a photo essay of the night.
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Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams takes third wife
web posted May 27, 2005
Edgefield County Administrator Ronald Wayne Adams married Margaret Hardman, of Merriwether, in a quiet private ceremony at the Home of friend Patricia Glenn. This is the third marriage for Adams and the second for him since he married Jennifer Elaine Vincent in May in 1998, whom he divorced just recently. Margaret Hardman Adams, of Phoenix Court in Currytown Station, Merriwether, is said to be recently divorced as well.
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Edgefield County School District map
web posted May 27, 2005
The new map discussed in recent articles has been uploaded and may be obtained here

“Road Rage” delivers trip to hospital and possible charges
web posted May 26, 2005
Around 7:40 pm a case of road rage, or pride, ended in a dangerous crash on Briggs Road. According to witnesses two cars were spotted “racing side by side” just before the crash which occurred right at Gurosik’s Berry Plantation, 345 Briggs Road. One car lost control and flipped into Gurosik’s property. Clyde Gurosik has signs posted at the entrance to his business that warns people to slow down through the area of hills and blind curves.
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Fireworks erupt at School Board Meeting

The confrontation rose as Covar stated he felt Bibbs was working, “on your own self interest,” and not of that of the board. ‘Did you go by yourself?” Covar asked sternly. “What business is that of yours,” Bibbs said insisting member Covar had no right to ask whether there were other school board members in the meeting. “The hell it ain’t!” Covar shot back, saying what any member does affected all members and no one should be allowed to represent their agenda as that of the board. “I acted on behalf of the county,” Bibbs stated. “WE are a board, James.” Covar insisted.
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Death Penalty sought in local murder case
web posted May 24, 2005
Steven Louis Barns, 26, was arrested by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Department on  May 18 for the murder of an Augusta teen off Rainbow Falls Road in 2002.
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Johnston Man Killed in Early Morning Train Accident EXCLUSIVE!
web posted 4:15 am May 23, 2005
At about 1:59am Monday morning Edgefield County dispatchers put out a call of a pedestrian who had been struck by a westbound Norfolk Southern train In Johnston SC. The call which was sent to deputies and EMS workers stated at the time it was a “signal nine” or a “dead on arrival” and the Edgefield County Coroner was called to the scene to pronounce the victim’s death.
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Crime without punishment
Part 2 in Series: Putting the Puzzle together
web posted May 23, 2005
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Fire Department reponds to call at Mount Vintage Golf Club
web posted May 21, 2005
Around 3:00pm Friday fire fighters were called to the Mount Vintage Pro shop and clubhouse due to smoke. The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department responded with three units and searched the building to find the source of the smoke.
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Storm wreaks havoc on Merriwether
web posted May 21, 2005
 Severe thunderstorms moved through the county this afternoon causing some major disruptions in power and phone service for some local areas. At one point the Merriwether Fire Station lost power and phones and had only radio communication. The southern end of the county took the brunt of the storm which produced small hail, heavy rains, and winds which were gusting up to 50 MPH.
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Did Myers allow a conspiracy of Edgefield County government officials to hide arrest and conviction? Part 1 in Series: Putting the Puzzle together
web posted May 20, 2005
Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams has been pulled into the investigative aspect of the number of dismissals Solicitor Donnie Myers oversees.
Solicitor Myers, who is also embattled with DWI charges in North Carolina as well an inordinate amount of dismissals of criminal domestic violence charges, is facing questions about possible problems involving his office and a possible cover up of an arrest of a county official in Edgefield County.
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Edgefield County Council and School Board hold joint meeting
web posted May 19, 2005
The Edgefield County Council and School Board had their joint meeting 6:00 pm tonight at the School district meeting room. Dinner was catered by the Strom Thurmond cafeteria workers. After the meal Superintendent Sharon Keesley thanked everyone for coming and stated she would prefer to keep the meeting casual. She asked County Administrator Wayne Adams to brief the school board on issues concerning the county.
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Edgefield Daily.com tops 10,000 readers a month

web posted May 18, 2005
Edgefield Daily.com is pleased to announce that readership on Edgefield Daily.com has topped the 10,000 reader mark for the past 30 days. For the last 30 days Edgefield Daily.com has received 10,291 readers and is well on the way to topping 12,000 for the month of May.
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Strom Thurmond holds awards ceremony to honor excellence

web posted May 18, 2005
Strom Thurmond High School held its annual awards ceremony to announce awards and scholarships. For a complete list of recipients click the link below.
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Trenton man arrested for shootout in Aiken
web posted May 18, 2005
 Maxwell Luchie Darnell, 22, of Trenton was arrested by Aiken Public Safety Officers in relation to a shootout that occurred at Ballagio, a local Aiken bar on York Street in Aiken on Saturday morning around 2:15 am. Mr. Darnell and Jimmy Maurice Carter, 26, of Aiken are charged with exchanging gunfire outside the bar among other charges which are said to be pending.
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Pet Shooter investigation goes criminal
web posted May 17, 2005
As Edgefield Daily.com reported on a suspected individual who is claimed by local residents as shooting pets at random over the last few years, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department has handed the case over from animal control to one of its top investigators for criminal investigation.
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Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to watch for signs of meth lab activity
web posted May 17, 2005
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to watch for signs of meth lab activity. Methamphetamine, also known as “crank”, “crystal meth”, or “ice” is no longer a big city problem according to Sheriff Adell Dobey, “This drug has the potential to cause the complete and total destruction of lives, not only for the users, but for those around them,” he said.
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Merriwether to get new restaurant

web posted May 16, 2005
Last fall Sportsman’s Bar-b-que closed its doors for good, or so many thought. A new owner and a new management team bring the local eatery back to life in two weeks.
Butch Bone, who also owns Al’s Restaurant in North Augusta, said they will keep the “Sportsman’s Bar-b-que” name but will go beyond the previous owners menu of bar-b-que. “We are going to have bar-b-que, of course, but we’re also going to do a picnic menu as well, fried chicken and items people can stop off and buy on their way to the lake,” he said.
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Pet shooter closer to identification
web posted May 14, 2005
The recent article Edgefield Daily.com reported on involving an alleged serial pet shooter is beginning to build against the unnamed resident of a Merriwether community neighborhood. Though most pet owners whose animals ended up shot, dead, or missing in close proximity of the alleged shooter have very little recourse according to Edgefield County deputies, a case seems to be building against the area resident many have claimed is shooting area pets for no reason.
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Filibusters set to begin over higher gas taxes for South Carolina
web posted May 14, 2005
Senate Majority Leader Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence along with Senate Minority Leader John Land, D-Manning are pushing an increase on the current 16.8 cents per gallon tax on gasoline at the pump. That has many South Carolina Republicans set to take on their own leadership.
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A good day fishing
web posted May 14, 2005
Daniel Peace had a great day fishing and sent Edgefield Daily.com these photos.
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Sweetwater Zoning takes center stage at planning commission meeting
web posted May 13, 2005
The Edgefield County Planning Commission met Thursday night, May 12, with the Sweetwater Road zoning being the main focus of the meeting and the sole reason for public attendance.
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Merriwether residents complain of "trigger happy" neighbor shooting animals

web posted May 12, 2005
 The small community just across the bridge over Big Stevens Creek that borders Woodlawn Road and Stonewood has seen a rash of pets that turn up shot at, wounded, and dead.
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The Town of Trenton Council Meeting May 11, 2005.

web posted May 12, 2005
Mayor Summer asked for an update on the enhancement project of the town square and Administrator Bernard Wellborn said, “Things are going very well as you can see,” and said the work should be completed by the end of May. Wellborn added that the clock should arrive and be installed between May 23 and May 25. “We should have everything completed before the Peach Festival,” which falls on June 18th he said. “I think everything looks great,” said Councilman Sexton.
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What God Can Do When I’m Not Sure He is There
web posted May 11, 2005
One of the things I have noticed about getting older is that every morning I am more aware of how I am feeling physically. When I was a teenager, I never gave much thought to the aches and pains I was feeling. But now, after a late night of softball or an intense day of yard work, I arise to an awareness of parts of my body I never considered before.
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Dr. Skip Myers joins Edgefield Daily.com as columnist
web posted May 11, 2005
Edgefield Daily.com is proud to announce that Dr. Skip Myers, Pastor of Pastor Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station Alabama, will be joining Edgefield Daily.com with a weekly column.
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Planning Commission tabulating results of questionaire

web posted May 11, 2005
The Edgefield County Planning Commission has received the responses from those affected by the proposed zoning along Sweetwater Road. Building and Planning Director Howard Gibson said, “We have gotten a pretty fair response. It will be a good representation of property owners,” he said.
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Edgefield County School Board Meeting

web posted May 11, 2005 The Edgefield County School Board held their regular scheduled meeting tonight, May 10, 2005. Missing from the board was Chairwoman Sallie Cooks and Vice-chairman Scott Chitty took over in her absence. After calling the meeting to order, the pledge of allegiance, and invocation Chitty stated, without motion or vote, to enter into an executive session.
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Johnston Town Council May Meeting
web posted May 10, 2005
The Johnston Town Council held their regular scheduled monthly meeting tonight, May 9, 2005. After opening the meeting being called to order the council held a pubic hearing on the ordinance for the town budget for fiscal year 2005-2006. There were no public comments and Mayor Dean Cambell closed the public hearing and moved forward with the meeting. After asking for any public comments from the pubic on any issue they may have for the council the mayor began the agenda items.
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Technology aids in locating missing children in Edgefield
web posted May 10, 2005
As Edgefield Daily.com reported earlier, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s office has issued a press release to announce the “A Child Is Missing” (ACIM) emergency phone service which can make up to 1000 calls per minute in the event of a missing child or others who are under the care of caregivers.
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Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department gets their man
web posted May 10, 2005
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department has been able to arrest two of its long sought burglars. Kenneth Jerome Youmans, 40, was arrested on long held warrants for burglary Wednesday, May 4th.
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Ethics heat turned up on U.S. Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn, D-S.C. over travel

web posted May 9, 2005
 As partisan politics go, when one side ratchets up the heat so does the other side. However, the House Minority has pushed ethics violation accusations at House leader Tom Delay only to have the very same accusations leveled back at Democrats with surprising figures. Democrats, the records show, are far more controversial in their trips, spending, and lobbying than Delay. Among the top 1% of those who accepted paid travel from questionable sources is none other than Edgefield County U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.
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Probe into Solicitor Donnie Myers shows 25% of all Domestic Violence cases in the state kept off the record in his jurisdiction.
web posted May 9, 2005
As embattled Solicitor Donnie Myers tries to shield himself from the revelations of his arrest of being almost twice the legal limit for “intoxicated drivers” in Asheville NC, another fact has come to light that also casts doubt on his judgment on criminal domestic violence cases.
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Myers returns car, could face disciplinary action from DWI
web posted May 9, 2005
Edgefield County Solicitor Donnie Myers has issued a statement to the Lexington County offices he intends to return the Lincoln Town Car that is provided to him by the county of Lexington and the state, and in association with Edgefield County, until the matter of his recent arrest is resolved.
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Kendrick to expand Sportsman’s Corner

web posted May 9, 2005
Sportsman’s Corner owner Greg Kendrick has purchased two additional acres behind the present location of Sportsman’s Corner and is set to begin construction of a new modern look for the long time local mainstay.
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SC DOT worker loses both legs in work zone accident
web posted May 6, 2005
A South Carolina Department of Transportation worker lost both his legs in an accident on Highway 28 in McCormick County. Around 8:15 am on Friday, May 6, SCDOT maintenance crew member James Worden was placing signs on the shoulder of the road warning of mowing when a vehicle ran off the highway and slammed into the vehicle Worden drove pinning him between the two vehicles. Both his legs were severed in the accident.
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Edgefield County Solicitor Arrested for DWI   
web posted May 6, 2005
According to reports, Solicitor Donnie Myers was arrested for DWI during a traffic stop in Ashville, NC on April 29, 2005. Myers was stopped in his Lexington County issued car, with an open container, under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. After the stop police say Solicitor Myers blew a .11 or .12 percent blood-alcohol level on a Breathalyzer machine. A test police say they administered twice to Myers.
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Highway 25 expansion coming soon to Edgefield County
web posted May 6, 2005
An expansion of the multilane stretch of Highway 25 will be expanding in the near future according to Phillip Brooks, the SC DOT District Engineering Administrator. “There is a project on the books that will five lane Highway 25 from the present four lane area all the way to SC25/121 and SC19,” otherwise known as the Pinehouse Crossroads.
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Local resident takes on bureaucracies for traffic light at deadly intersection Part 2
web posted May 6, 2005
District Engineering Administrator Phillip Brooks stated they have studied the intersection since January of 1996 and the last study was done in March of 2005. Most of the problems revealed in their studies surrounded the turning radius of large trucks entering and exiting Highway 25 and that problem, Brooks said, has been resolved.
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Local resident takes on bureaucracies for traffic light at deadly intersection Part 1
web posted May 5, 2005
Saundra Curry is not afraid to take on the government and says she has been doing so for years. Her grievance with them is trying to get a traffic light installed at the intersection of Bettis Academy Road and Highway 25, an intersection she says has cost too many people their lives, many being neighbors or friends.
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SC Rep James Clyburn caught up in ethics probe

web posted May 4, 2005
SC Rep James Clyburn (D) has been caught up in the House Ethics probe into Republican House Leader Tom Delay. At issue is the lobbying firm that paid for travel for two Delay staffers also paid for a trip for area Representative James Clyburn to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in 1997. The trip, which was paid for by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff or his firm, was never repaid.
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Lacy gets shot down in zoning change request

web posted May 4, 2005
Lacy not happy when council votes 5-0 to deny his request for commercial development in Merriwether
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Edgefield Council Monthly Meeting
web posted May 4, 2005
Car tax and zoning change take center stage
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Edgefield County moves forward in “A Child Is Missing Alert”

web posted May 3, 2005
A Child Is Missing, Inc. has confirmed that the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department is set up and ready to utilize the Missing service whenever the need arrives. Such an example of how the system would benifit the area would have been the two missing children found dead in a retention pond in Warrenton, Ga when they walked off from their home.
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County seeks to settle suit on bonds
web posted May 3, 2005
The Edgefield County Council is trying to reach an agreement over the lawsuit brought by Edgefield County resident Roy Blackwell over the vote to support $200,000 in general obligation bonds for the planned theater project by developer Bettis Rainsford.
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Town of Edgefield settles lawsuit over theater property

web posted May 3, 2005
The Town of Edgefield has settled the suit they brought against Dr. Walter Mims in connection to the property condemned in order to make way for a theater project proposed and pitched by developer Bettis Rainsford.
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11th Circuit Court begins with volatile and connected cases
web posted May 2, 2005
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Strom Thurmond presents "Caught in the Act" May 7 and 8th
web posted May 2, 2005
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