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May 2007 Archive

Trenton man discovers home burglarized
web posted May 31, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton man arrived at his Winding Road home Tuesday afternoon and found it had been burglarized and called the Sheriff’s Office to report the crime. A deputy was dispatched and met with the homeowner. After discovering the home had indeed been broken into an Investigator was called to the home to process it for evidence.
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Girls, Guns and Fun
web posted May 31, 2007
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Edgefield Local chapter is hosting a Women in the Outdoors handgun defense and safety event at the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C., June 9. Through the event, South Carolina residents can earn the required certification to apply for a South Carolina concealed weapons permit from expert instructors in a stress-free environment.
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Gov. Sanford to Visit Aiken to Address Impact of State Budget
web posted May 31, 2007
AIKEN – Gov. Mark Sanford and Senator Greg Ryberg will be in Aiken today to talk about the need for taxpayers to make their voices heard on the state budget. Negotiations on the budget between the House and Senate have begun on the budget that includes roughly $1.5 billion in new dollars to work with, above and beyond the $6.3 billion spent by the state last year.
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The Citizen News - Sheriff: More deputies needed
web posted May 31, 2007
The Citizen News – In 2006, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office responded to 8,264 calls, and 2007 is on track to easily surpass that number. According to Sheriff Adell Dobey, he currently has enough manpower for “three to four” deputies per shift. That's too few to adequately cover the 500-square- mile area that is Edgefield County, the Sheriff said.
The Citizen News

Community Input Requested
web posted May 31, 2007
COUNTY – Each year the School District of Edgefield County must make application to the South Carolina Department of Education for No Child Left Behind Title V funds. The application along with policies and procedures for implementation are available for inspection by parents or the general public. You may make arrangements to view the plans or make suggestions concerning this content by contacting Sandra R. Friar at 275-1767 Ext. 502.

Edgefield County Adult Education Department to hold summer classes
web posted May 31, 2007
COUNTY – Edgefield County Adult Education will have summer classes
at the Johnston Learning Center, June 4 - June 28, 2007. For more information, please contact the Adult Education office at 275-1788, ext. 23 or 24.

Merriwether teen sent to MCG after crash (Photos)
web posted May 30, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen was injured in a morning crash on Gregory Lake Road around 9:30 Tuesday morning. The 15-year-old girl was driving a Chevrolet 1500 Silverado pick-up truck south on Gregory Lake Road when she ran off the road and over-corrected causing her to lose control. The truck went off the southbound lane and then rolled twice before coming to rest upside-down in the road.
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Can you hear me now?
web posted May 30, 2007
TRENTON – A cellular phone is a great way to stay in touch with others, it is also a great way for others to stay in touch with you, including law enforcement. Saturday evening an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy was on his way to a noise complaint when a man on a motorcycle passed him going about 100 mph on Highway 19 near Trenton. The Deputy turned around and turned on his blue lights to make a traffic stop but the rider was not going to stop and sped up.
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Sheriff' SVU Investigator joins SLED
web posted May 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – While everyone’s attention was on graduation this past Friday, very few noticed another graduation, of sorts, when the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office saw one of their Investigators leave work for the last time. Investigator Robin Newton, of the Special Victims Unit, has accepted a job with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division as a Special Investigator. “I am very much looking forward to what is ahead of me,” Investigator Newton said.
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Gov. Sanford Calls for Passage of State Immigration Reforms
web posted May 30, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford joined with legislators on Tuesday to call for passage of S.392, a bill aimed at addressing illegal immigration on the state level. The bill, sponsored by Senators Jim Ritchie, Chip Campsen, Ronnie Cromer and others, would require that all South Carolina employers be able to verify the citizenship of their workers. The bill would also deny business expense deductions to employers of illegal workers, and would mandate withholdings on wages paid to illegal workers.
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A hint to the Relay for Life Riddle
web posted May 30, 2007
WEBNEWS – The location of the riddle is found within Edgefield County. No one has sent in the proper location and some are way off the mark. So here is another clue. I really want to give this money to Relay for Life so put on your thinkning caps.
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Edgefield Police seek two stolen trucks
web posted May 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD –Edgefield Police are working on two vehicles reported stolen over the past week in Edgefield. The first report came in late Thursday night when a man reported a truck stolen from the parking lot of the Edgefield County Hospital. The man told police he left the keys in the truck and came out about a half an hour later to find it missing, along with $7,000 in unsigned payroll checks and over $3,000 in tools that were left in the truck.
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More deer see Edgefield as dining choice (Photos)
web posted May 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Tuesday afternoon seemed as good a time as any to stop by in Edgefield for a bite to eat for two deer spotted grazing on grass beside the Masonic Lodge on Penn Street. At first glace only one deer was visible with the other laying down. The two deer gave little concern for the passing traffic.
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Judge just doesn't see failure to treat people with dignity, respect
web posted May 30, 2007
The District Judge Elizabeth Halverson saga is starting to creep beyond the borders of Nevada and into the California news media, while locally the docudrama is the first thing many of us read each day. When they make a TV special of it, I'd like to suggest a name: Power and Paranoia.
Off The Wall

Who is guarding the hen house?
Questions raised over recent hires by School District
web posted May 29, 2007
COUNTY – Questions have been raised about recent hires by the Edgefield County School Board and District Office, including the salaries of present positions and those who are being hired to replace them. So, EdgefieldDaily.com began investigating. The continuing investigation has brought about some startling revelations that will be published over the next few weeks. For now the salaries of key hires and positions will be contained in this report as a foundation and reference point for reports that will follow.
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Water Restrictions announced for county water customers
web posted May 28, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority has issued mandatory landscape watering restrictions for all county water customers. The restrictions are effective immediately. Failure to adhere to the restrictions will result in fines and could lead to the termination of water services.
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Painting the town purple
web posted May 29, 2007
COUNTY – If you have driven on the main street of any Edgefield County town this week you have noticed the purple bows on the light poles. The bows are a reminder of the Relay for Life fundraiser that will be held this weekend to support research for a cure for cancer. You can support Relay for Life by purchasing bows at a cost of $5 each at the Edgefield Bi-Lo, the Chamber of Commerce Office in Johnston, and the Trenton Town Hall. The Relay for Life will be held at Strom Thurmond High School beginning at 7 pm on Friday and continue through 7 am Saturday June 2.

Solve the riddle and EdgefieldDaily.com will give $100 to Relay for Life
web posted May 29, 2007
WEBNEWS – If someone can answer the riddle posted below EdgefieldDaily.com will donate $100 to Relay for Life.
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PR Prince Hill Millie takes top honors at UKC Hunt (Photo)
web posted May 29, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Red Hill Houndsmen Association’s UKC Coon hunt held Saturday at the Brunson’s Community center brought eleven entries for the title. Huntmaster Kenneth Walker, of New Ellenton, SC oversaw the event. In addition to the hunt, participants also enjoyed a bench show.
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A Close Up Look at One of Nature’s Miracles
By Columnist Carl Langley
 web posted May 29, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Several years ago on a Saturday morning my wife and I loaded up some household throwaways and headed for one of Aiken County’s recycling centers. We drove into the center, pulled up to a huge bin and tossed away what once had been treasured items. We got back in the station wagon and started to pull away when my wife said, “Hold on a minute.”
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32 Inducted Into STH Millennium Club (Photo)
web posted May 29, 2007
COUNTY – Thirty-two students were recognized as new members of the STHS Millennium Club last week. In order for a student to earn the privilege of becoming a Millennium Club member they must score a 21 or better on the ACT, or 1000 or higher on the SAT.
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Poland to probe if Teletubbies are gay
web posted May 29, 2007
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's conservative government took its drive to curb what it sees as homosexual propaganda to the small screen on Monday, taking aim at Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies. Ewa Sowinska, government-appointed children rights watchdog, told a local magazine published on Monday she was concerned the popular BBC children's show promoted homosexuality.
Off The Wall

Memorial Day; Remembering those who served (Photo)
web posted May 28, 2007
COUNTY – Today is Memorial Day, a time when we pause to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, freedom that is granted by God and enumerated in our Constitution. It is the soldier that protects our freedom and we should all pay tribute to not only those who have given their lives but those who bravely serve today. EdgefieldDaily.com continues our tradition of posting what Memorial Day means to those who have served in our Armed Forces in their own words.
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Crash victim identified
web posted May 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The identity of the man killed in a crash Saturday morning has been released. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Jermaine Carroll, 32, of Lilly Loop Road died of neck and head trauma. The collision took place just before 10 am Saturday on the southbound lane of Highway 23 just outside of Edgefield near Promised Land Road.
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Water Restrictions announced for county water customers
web posted May 28, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority has issued mandatory landscape watering restrictions for all county water customers. The restrictions are effective immediately. Failure to adhere to the restrictions will result in fines and could lead to the termination of water services.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man airlifted after car fire
web posted May 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A report of a car fire on the Bypass in Edgefield Friday night sent Edgefield Firefighters and EMS rushing to the scene and resulted in one man being airlifted to the Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta.
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Graduation speeches by STH top graduates, scholarships and awards
web posted May 28, 2007
JOHNSTON – Three student speakers gave their speeches to the Strom Thurmond Class of 2007 at graduation under the common theme of "Our greatest mission yet", playing on the 007 in the date and James Bond. Below are the speeches along with the recipients of scholarships awarded at the ceremony.
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Governor, Solicitor Call for Passage of DUI Legislation
web posted May 28, 2007
COLUMBIA – With only six working days left in the legislative session, Governor Mark Sanford joined Solicitor Trey Gowdy and other law enforcement officials in Spartanburg on Friday to call for swift passage of stronger DUI legislation before the session ends.
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Letter to the Editor: Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Director thanks community for support on ETV Day
web posted May 28, 2007
Dear Editor; On behalf of the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank everyone who helped pull together the ETV Road Show event.  We had a great turnout for the live performances. 
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Tiny town worries feds
DERBY LINE, Vermont (AP) -- Step through the front door of the Haskell Library and you're in the United States. Walk across the carpeted floor to the circulation desk and you're in Canada. But if you sit down on the couch, you're back in the U.S.
Off The Wall


Saturday morning crash leaves one man dead (Photos)
web posted May 26, 2007
EDGEFIELD – One man is dead after a tragic crash on the southbound lane of Highway 23 just outside of Edgefield on Saturday morning. According to officials on the scene, a man driving a Lincoln Navigator struck the rear of a small flatbed truck that was carrying metal rods, sending some of the rods into the windshield of the Navigator. The Navigator then left the southbound lane of the highway and went down a 20-foot embankment before striking a tree.
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THEY MADE IT!!!! STH Class of 2007 (Photos)
web posted May 26, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Class of 2007 has started their new lives after graduating Friday night in front of a capacity crowd attending the ceremony. After speeches and awards the Class of 2007 rose to their feet and began crossing the stage to receive their Diplomas. Below is a short photo essay of the night’s ceremony. A full report, including the keynote speeches, will be placed online for Monday with additional pictures. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates all the graduates for their accomplishments.  The photos contained on this page are larger than normal and will take longer to load.
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Two escape injury in near head-on collision (Photos)
web posted May 26, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Two people escaped serious injury after a near head on collision Friday afternoon on Highway 23 around 2:20 pm. A woman traveling north in a Chevrolet Tahoe said she saw a line of cars coming towards her and the rear vehicle, a Ford F150 pick, began to enter her lane as if to pass. She assumed he would see her and reenter his lane, but he did not.
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Memorial Day closings
web posted May 25, 2007
COUNTY – The following County and Town Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. All Edgefield County Offices and agencies, the Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton Town Halls, and the US Post Office will be closed for the day. A National Moment of Remembrance will take place at 3 pm. Flags are traditionally flown at half mast.

Agencies combine efforts to stage mock crash scene to teach dangers of teen drinking
web posted May 25, 2007
COUNTY LINE – The County Line Fire Department, in association with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, and the Edgefield County EMS will be staging a wreck scene to teach teens about the dangers of drinking and driving. Lt. Gerry Stevens of the County Line Fire Department said it would be, “the biggest event this summer”. The mock scene will be held on June 22.
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Gov. pushes for open enrollment
web posted May 25, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford issued the following statement Thursday on the open enrollment bill, set to be debated in the S.C. Senate: "We are pleased that the debate on choice in education has come as far as it has, because six years ago in my original campaign for Governor, one of our proposed public education reforms was in fact open enrollment," Gov. Sanford said.
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“In the Hills of Carolina Lies the School I Love…”
by Frank G. Roberson, Ph.D.
web posted May 25, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – More than 40,000 young men and women will exit the halls of South Carolina high schools over the next few days.  Many of them will have graduated before this column appears in the press.  We wish all of them well, as they embark upon the journey beyond high school.
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Here's your card offers advice to wanted persons
web posted May 25, 2007
TRENTON – I would like to take the Here’s Your Card stories one step further, perhaps some could use the stories as “advice columns” for things not to do if you are wanted. Of course, you would always want to make sure you are not “wanted” by not breaking laws in the first place, but, hey, everyone makes mistakes right? So, for our wanted friends, if you happen to step outside the law and have a warrant hanging over your head, here a few tips for you.
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Mayor tells driver's "Speeders beware!"
web posted May 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The following message does not apply to everyone who drives through Edgefield so if you are one who consistently tries to obey the posted speed limit signs, please disregard the following.
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Miss Liberty Princess Beauty Pageant set for June 23
web posted May 25, 2007
RIDGE SPRING – The First Annual Miss Liberty Princess Beauty Pageant will be held on June 23 and features eleven divisions of titles. The pageant will be held at the Ridge Spring Civic Center beginning at 10 am and a second division at 2 pm. For more information contact Shannon Hodson at (803) 275-4537 or Missy Cleveland at (803) 275-1640. An application for entry and rules is available for download here.

Legal Notice: NOTICE OF SPECIAL REFEREE SALE
CIVIL ACTION NUMBER 2006-CP-19-117
web posted May 25, 2007
BY VIRTUE OF A DECREE of the Court of Common Pleas for Edgefield County, South Carolina, heretofore issued in the case of SunTrust Bank against, Ridge Tractor, Inc., Robert L. Smith, Ronda K. Yonce, GrandSouth Bank, Carolina First Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, BB&T by its Recovery Department and Havird Oil Co., Inc., I, the undersigned, as Special Referee for Edgefield County, will sell on, June 4, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., at the Edgefield County Courthouse in Edgefield, South Carolina, to the highest bidder:
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More details in death released by EdgefieldDaily.com
web posted May 24, 2007
TRENTON – EdgefieldDaily.com has more information on the industrial accident that took the life of 53-year-old Sandra Taylor on Tuesday at the Edgefield Manufacturing fiber mill in Trenton. EdgefieldDaily.com warns readers that the information is descriptive in nature.
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Investigation launched into misuse of government charge card
web posted May 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and the Edgefield Police Department are looking into a possible misuse of an Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council charge card. Though no dollar amount is available at this time there are believed to be multiple improper charges to the card.
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Woman killed in local fiber plant accident
web posted May 22, 2007
TRENTON – A Saluda woman was killed after a manufacturing accident at the Edgefield Manufacturing plant in Trenton Tuesday morning. 53-year-old Sandra Taylor, of the 700 block of Johnston Highway, Saluda, died from injuries she received when her right arm was caught by fibers running over a series of exposed rollers and was pulled into the machine. Nearby workers did not see the accident happen but ran to her aid when they saw her lying underneath the machinery.
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Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2007
web posted May 23, 2007
County – Below is a listing of the Strom Thurmond Graduating Class of 2007 in alphabetical order, denoting Honor Graduates, Salutatorian, and Valedictorian. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates all the graduates for their accomplishments and wishes them well as they start the next phase of their lives. We feel confident they will achieve great things.
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STH Class of 2007 photos of Honors, Speakers, and Excellence (Photos)
web posted May 23, 2007
COUNTY – EdgefieldDaily.com presents a photo gallery of students achieving excellence during their four years at Strom Thurmond High School. Including Valedictorian, Solitarian, Honor Graduates, Beta Graduates among others. Due to the number of photos they will be listed on two pages to improve download times for dial-up internet users.
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Second strong-armed robbery reported in Johnston
web posted May 23, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman was the alleged victim of a strong-armed robbery while attempting to get gas at a store on Lee Street on Saturday morning. The woman called police after her ex-boyfriend followed her from Ridge Spring to Johnston and when she stopped at the store the man pushed an elderly man out of his way and then took the woman’s pocketbook and tried to flee the scene.
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Who's been sleeping in my bed?
web posted May 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman reported that someone has been sleeping in her bed, but it is not Goldie Locks or the three bears. Early Monday morning the McCain Road woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report someone entering her home, turning on the air conditioning, and then sleeping in her bed.
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Amnesty would come with $89 Billion cost to taxpayer
 web posted May 23, 2007
NATIONAL – The Heritage Foundation, through Robert Rector, a well respected authority in Washington on welfare, poverty, and marriage, released a study on the costs of amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens in the United States. According to the study, the cost of giving citizenship to those already in the country would cost taxpayers over 89 billion dollars due to the majority being low skilled households. An Executive Summary may be found here. The entire report (.pdf format) is available here. The national media is largely ignoring the report.

Off The Wall: "Have sex, do drugs," speaker tells students
 web posted May 23, 2007
A guest speaker at an assembly at Boulder High School in Colorado has told students as young as 14 to go have sex and use drugs, prompting school officials to say they will investigate. "I am going to encourage you to have sex and encourage you to use drugs appropriately," Becker said during his appearance at the school as part of a recent panel sponsored by the University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs.
Off The Wall

EMS Week activities, screenings, CPR class offered
web posted May 22, 2007
COUNTY – May 21 through May 26 is EMS Week and the Edgefield County EMS personnel are busy providing blood pressure screenings, providing “Vials of Life”, and visiting local schools talking about safety and letting students tour the ambulances. Activities and screenings will take place across the county each day of the week. Friday they will be hosting a Family and Friends CPR Class, pre-registration is required and the class will be limited to twelve participants. Call 803-637-4098 to register. An EMS Appreciation Day cookout will be held Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Edgefield Soccer Complex and all Emergency Personnel and their families are invited to attend. A schedule of locations for screenings may be found below.
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Wanted man eludes arrest, again (Photo)
 web posted May 22, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a wanted man. Rico Antonio Norris, 25, has several outstanding narcotics warrants for his arrest since he fled a drug raid in late January of this year. A Johnston Police Officer on patrol spotted Mr. Norris walking on Sandra Drive Friday night and stopped his patrol car telling Mr. Norris he was “under arrest and to not move.” Norris took off running into a nearby wooded area and escaped. A search by Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies failed to locate Mr. Norris.
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STCC Welding students receive competition awards (Photo)
web posted May 22, 2007
The Strom Thurmond Career Center Welding Department held their year-end awards program on May 15th with Bill Cheatham, Welding Instructor, presenting the following awards.
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One arrested, one sought, in strong-armed robbery
web posted May 22, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested a Trenton man and are seeking another in connection to a strong-armed robbery and lynching that took place over the weekend. Crooze Watkins, 19, of Courtney Road, Trenton was taken into custody Monday morning and has been charged with lynching in the second degree and strong-armed robbery. Police are still seeking Maurice Lorenzo Culbreath, 21, also of Trenton in relation to the crime.
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Here's Your Card: Trooper’s Super Stupor
web posted May 22, 2007
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Although the Here’s Your Card awards are directed at Edgefield County residents showing that the gene pool is in need of a little chlorine now and then, this one goes to a Tennessee State Trooper, James Randy Moss. Here is a little advice for Trooper Moss; if you are going to have sex with a porn star after pulling her over for speeding make sure no one will tell, no one is taking pictures, and never brag about it. According to various reports, Trooper Moss did all three.
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Letter to the Editor
Writer: It’s Important to Know Where Our Legislators Stand on Illegal Alien Amnesty
web posted May 22, 2007
Dear Editor:
I’m not sure how many of my fellow South Carolinians are aware, but last week a compromise immigration bill was crafted and sponsored by Senators Kennedy (D-MA) and Kyl (R-AZ). At stake is the legal status of anywhere from 10-12 million “undocumented” workers - read-illegal aliens, a future work-force in many low skilled areas, and the quality of life and future of our country.  Balancing the competing priorities of human/civil rights, a growing economy, maintaining the concept of “rule of law”, and honoring the rich tradition of this country as a melting pot of immigration is what this legislation is seeking to address. 
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Police called to youth baseball game
Officer stands by after coach "tossed" from game
web posted May 22, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A baseball game at the Edgefield Dixie Youth baseball field brought Edgefield Police to the field twice Friday night after reports of a fight. After the second call an officer stayed at the game to prevent any further disruptions to the children’s game. According to police reports and some witnesses a coach for a Johnston team was causing a disruption. Referees informed the officers that they had to remove the coach, which led to further confrontations between the “Johnston fans” and the “Edgefield fans”.
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Man arrested after microwaving baby
web posted May 22, 2007
GALVESTON — Two weeks ago, the words “baby in a microwave” were the stuff of urban legend, the kind of thing that someone occasionally mentioned had happened to a friend of a friend, but which no one could verify. A week ago, urban legend turned into reality in a Galveston hotel room. Police said they learned that an infant girl’s injuries were not caused by scalding water, as originally claimed. On May 10, the 2-month-old girl was placed in a microwave oven and burned for 10 to 20 seconds.
Off The Wall

Family home destroyed, fireman injured while battling blaze  (Photos)
web posted May 21, 2007
COUNTY LINE – The County Line, Merriwether, and Belvedere Fire Departments were called to a house fire early Saturday evening that destroyed the home of a family on the 50 block of Rolling Hills Road, just off Jacob McKie Road. The call came into 911 around 6:41pm and when the first firemen reached the scene they reported a “working structure fire” with heavy smoke and requested additional departments to respond.
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Reception honors Dr. Sharon Keesley for 34 years of local service (Photos)
web posted May 21, 2007
JOHNSTON – A reception for retiring Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sharon Keesley, was held Sunday afternoon at the Strom Thurmond High School with dignitaries, co-workers, and friends turning out to thank Dr. Keesley for her 37 years of service to Edgefield County. SC Senator Tommy Moore and Rep. Bill Clyburn both presented Dr. Keesley with proclamations from their respective legislative bodies acknowledging her service.
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Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Team takes more honors
web posted May 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Team competed on Saturday, May 19th at Schofield Middle School in Aiken, S.C.  The C.S.R.A. Chess Scholastic Open was a U.S. Chess Federation-rated event, and once again, our team performed admirably taking home one-third of the twelve trophies that were offered at the event.
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Pipe Crawling Robots Visit STHS Physics Classes (Photo)
web posted May 21, 2007
JOHNSTON – Penny Morris' Physics classes at Strom Thurmond High School were visited by pipe crawling robots on Wednesday, May 16th. Mr. Montenius Collins from the Savannah River National Laboratory came to the school and talked with the students about college and careers in engineering. Mr. Collins is an electrical/computer engineer at the site and is part of the design team that built a robot to reach areas that are unsafe for humans to enter and repair.
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When Rest Really Isn’t Rest
By Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist
web posted May 21, 2007
COLUMNIST – Everyone remembers the game Hide and Seek. Or at least those of my generation and older had the fun of playing this sometime annoying little game. The game goes something like this: one person is “it.”  They then cover their eyes and begin counting to some predetermined arbitrary number while all their little friends run and hide. Once the magical number is reached IT yells, “Ready or not, here I come.” And with that startling announcement IT begins to search. Upon finding a person, that person has to run back to a base of safety before IT can tag them because if they get tagged they then become the dreaded IT for the next round. 
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Legal Notice: NOTICE OF SPECIAL REFEREE SALE
CIVIL ACTION NUMBER 2006-CP-19-117
web posted May 21, 2007
BY VIRTUE OF A DECREE of the Court of Common Pleas for Edgefield County, South Carolina, heretofore issued in the case of SunTrust Bank against, Ridge Tractor, Inc., Robert L. Smith, Ronda K. Yonce, GrandSouth Bank, Carolina First Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, BB&T by its Recovery Department and Havird Oil Co., Inc., I, the undersigned, as Special Referee for Edgefield County, will sell on, June 4, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., at the Edgefield County Courthouse in Edgefield, South Carolina, to the highest bidder:
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ETV Day a success in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted May 19, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Square was teeming with activity Friday as SC ETV broadcast several segments of shows live as vendors and artists displayed their wares. Several local talents also provided entertainment throughout the day. Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham said he was pleased with the turnout and anticipated a much larger crowd for the street dance that began at 8pm featuring the popular Brass Tyme band.
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Two injured in crash at Mount Vintage (Photos)
web posted May 19, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A man and his two-year-old daughter were injured Friday afternoon when a small pick up truck pulled out of Mount Vintage and struck the Pontiac Grand Prix they were in sending it tumbling down a steep embankment. EMS personnel immobilized the man and his young daughter and transported them to MCG for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the truck, a Hispanic man, had no drivers license nor did any of his five passengers.
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ETV arrives in Edgefield today for live broadcasts of festivities and street dance
web posted May 18, 2007
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina ETV’s Horse Country Road Show will be in Edgefield today with several live broadcasts on the public television network. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said earlier that the Town Square would be closed off to traffic for the daylong event. 
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Crash stalls school traffic in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted May 18, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman was uninjured after being struck from behind while attempting to make a turn from Martintown Road onto Springhaven Drive just after 3 pm Thursday. The woman stopped her Mazda Protege in the eastbound lane of Martintown Road to wait on oncoming traffic to pass to complete her turn. The woman told officers she saw the Ford Ranger approaching and knew it was going to hit her before the impact.
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X-boxes target of break-ins Wednesday
web posted May 18, 2007
COUNTY – X-box gaming systems and games seem to be the item of choice in two recent break-ins in the county Wednesday. The first was reported on Jacob McKie Road just before 2 pm when the resident called to report his front door being pried open. The only thing missing in the home was an X-box game system and a game.
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Illinois issues gun owner card to 10-month-old baby
CHICAGO (AP) — Bubba Ludwig can't walk, talk or open the refrigerator door — but he does have his very own Illinois gun permit.
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County Courthouse evacuated after false fire alarm
web posted May 17, 2007
EDGEFIELD – County employees and the public were evacuated from the Edgefield County Courthouse Wednesday morning after a fire alarm brought Edgefield Police and Firemen as well as Sheriff’s Deputies to the courthouse to evacuate the building around 9 am. The alarm was coming from the third floor where Family Court was being held at the time.
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Three charged for tossing drugs during traffic stop
web posted May 17, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Three people, including an Edgefield teen, have been arrested for felony charges on Tuesday following a traffic stop on Sunday night. The car the three were in was stopped for failing to dim the headlights as they passed an Edgefield Police Officer on Bauskett Street. When the officer initiated the traffic stop he saw one of the occupants throw something out of a window on the passenger side of the car.
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Editor's column: The left exposes their hatred of Christians with the death of Rev. Falwell
web posted May 17, 2007
WARNING: As Editor of EdgefieldDaily.com I warn all readers that the content of this column contains direct quotes that are profane and very offensive even when edited. Following the links the quotes were taken from also contains graphic and vile content.
COLUMN – Jerry Falwell, 73, who created the influential Liberty University and founded the Moral Majority which is credited with helping elect Ronald Reagan in 1980, died suddenly while at his office on Tuesday. Many on the left considered the Rev. Falwell as being hateful and bigoted for standing on his Christian beliefs. Many are mourning. However, some of the Democrat base will never miss out on an opportunity to bash a Christian, especially when they die.
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Governor Sanford to Sign Virtual Schools Bill today
web posted May 17, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford will be joined via internet simulcast today by students from the S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics for a demonstration of technology that can soon be utilized by students across South Carolina to expand learning opportunities.
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Illegal aliens sue U.S. factory after immigration raid
web posted May 17, 2007
BOSTON (Reuters) - Workers including 361 illegal immigrants were cheated of hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay at a factory at the center of a high-profile raid in Massachusetts, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.
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Crash sends woman, 4-year-old to MCG (Photos)
web posted May 16, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A two car collision just after noon in Edgefield Tuesday sent a woman and a four year old boy to MCG Hospital in Augusta. The crash occurred when the driver of a Saab 93 was traveling southbound on Highway 25 and a woman driving a Ford Escort pulled out from the Dollar General store and tried to cross the highway and the cars collided. All three people in the Ford, the woman driver, another man, and a four year old boy, all struck the windshield upon impact. No child seat was found inside the car.
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ETV comes to Edgefield Town Square this Friday
web posted May 16, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The ETV Horse Country Road Show will be arriving in Edgefield on Friday and will be airing live broadcasts during the day. The production will be spotlighting all of Edgefield County and its rich history. The Edgefield Town Square will be closed off for the daylong event which includes several local performers, live entertainment, artists, and vendors and will be capped off with a street dance with music provided by Brass Tyme. Everyone is invited to attend the festivities.
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Man shoots his foot while watching gun safety DVD
web posted May 16, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man has earned his place in the ranks of Here’s Your Card stories early Tuesday morning. Shortly before 2 am 911 received a call for EMS at a home on Old Five Notch Road. Shortly after EMS personnel arrived they discovered the victim had been shot and radioed for a Sheriff’s Deputy to respond to the scene.
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STH announces scholarships at awards ceremony Monday night
web posted May 16, 2007
COUNTY – Strom Thurmond High School held their Honors and Awards program Monday night. Below is a listing of students receiving scholarships and a list of the benefactors. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates all 2007 graduates for their accomplishments.
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2007 STH Academic Honors
web posted May 16, 2007
COUNTY – The complete list of 2007 Academic Honors awarded to Strom Thurmond students.
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STCC announces new FBLA Officers 2007-2008 (Photo)
web posted May 16, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Srom Thurmond Career Center Future Business Leaders of America held their year end program on May 7. Outstanding Members recognized for the year were Reona Broadwater, Lucas Benjamin, Paige Brighthop, Selena Dietrich, Kathleen Hill, Heather Martin, Bianca Murray, Bennie Padgett, Patricia Tamayo and Samantha Trobough. Taking top Members of Year honors was Brandy Snodgrass. Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year member was Cherry Blocker.
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Governor Calls Senate Filibuster "A Mockery"
web posted May 16, 2007
COLUMBIA – Going into a third straight week of Department of Transportation reform being filibustered in the Senate, Gov. Mark Sanford Tuesday called on the Senate to end its mockery of a filibuster and to take a vote on DOT reform.
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Evangelist Falwell Dies at 73
web posted May 15, 2007
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and used it to mold the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. He was 73.
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Staged gun attack 'is beyond absurd'
web posted May 16, 2007
Off The Wall – A teacher and an assistant principal at a Tennessee school have been suspended for about two weeks because they staged a gunman's attack on their sixth-grade students for a "prank" or a "learning experience," depending upon the explanation.
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Number of young girls reported as victims of sex crimes by older males climbs
Police launch multiple investigations
web posted May 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Monday that his department is currently investigating two criminal sexual conduct cases that involve minors, one being a 13-year-old girl. In that case, Chief Aston said, the alleged contact was made by a 19-year-old male. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.
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Johnston Council passes first reading of budget and tax increase for town residents
web posted May 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council passed first reading of their 2007-2008 Fiscal Year budget Monday night that will include a tax increase for town residents. Councilwoman Tyra Miller stated during the meeting, “I wanted to make sure we are voting on a tax increase,” and wanted to make that clear to all council members. Mayor Campbell stated the budget would raise taxes a total of three mills.
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Edgefield Mayor offers open letter to county residents for ETV Day in Edgefield
web posted May 15, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The following is an open letter to county residents from the Mayor of Edgefield: ETV has been filming segments throughout our county over the past several weeks leading up to a live broadcast this Friday. The square will be closed to through traffic all day on Friday with over 30 artists and vendors setting up in the streets around the ETV crew. In addition, there will be live entertainment all during the day with Brasstyme Band providing a street dance Friday night.
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Edgefield Police Officers first to subdue suspect with Taser
web posted May 15, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police Officers are now the first in the county to successfully deploy the use of Tasers in an arrest. Officers were called to a disturbance on Sourwood Drive and found a man standing in the doorway of the home. When they asked him what was going on inside he began yelling at the officers. As they continued to try to talk to the man he began cursing as he was yelling.
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Johnston Police arrest two robbery suspects
web posted May 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested two men suspected of a strong-armed robbery that occurred late Thursday night. The elderly couple reported that a man opened the passenger side door of the car while the husband was sitting in the car and took $400 from the console. The money was from a check that had just been cashed at a store. The man reportedly fled the scene down Addison Street.
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DUI suspect picks wrong time to run from arrest
web posted May 15, 2007
EDGEFIELD – If you are going to run from a police officer, here is a bit of advice; be able to run from a police officer. That small bit of information might have been useful to a Johnston woman arrested Saturday night after leaving a local bar. Johnston Police were called to the Johnston Pool Hall to assist an Edgefield County Deputy and as he arrived he spotted a white Mazda pull away from the scene and run off the road in the turn. The car then crossed the centerline several times before the officer could initiate a traffic stop.
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Dozens of recipes added to the Country Cooking Section
web posted May 14, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Country Cooking Section now boasts 400 local cooking recipes and continues to grow. Additional categories have been created and EdgefieldDaily.com would like to start a category for local homemade jellies, jams, and preserves. Send in yours.
Country Cooking

Fishing Rodeo big hit with area families (Photos)
web posted May 14, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Law Enforcement Association held its annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday with great weather and lots of family fun. Almost 800 family members turned out for great fishing, free ice cream, hot dogs, drinks, and the much anticipated bicycle giveaway.
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Luna to Attend Notre Dame University
web posted May 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – This week Adriana M. Luna accepted an offer to attend Notre Dame University on a NROTC scholarship. To reach this goal, Adriana completed a rigorous high school program with excellent grades, very high standardized test scores, and a high level of physical fitness.
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Here’s your card!
web posted May 14, 2007
TRENTON – As a rule EdgefieldDaily.com does not report on criminal domestic violence cases because doing so would reveal the name of the victim. But every now and then one falls under the Here’s Your Card category and it just has to be reported. Our latest recipients’ story starts late Thursday night when a 60-year-old woman flagged down and Edgefield Police Officer to say her 66-year-old husband hit her with his cane at their Windy Ridge Road home in Trenton. A red mark on the woman’s arm was noted by reporting officers.
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School District Honors 20 Year Pin Recipients and Retirees
web posted May 14, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District held their annual Employee Retirement and Appreciation Banquet on May 10. Dr. Sharon W. Keesley extended the welcome to honorees, their families, friends and school colleagues. O’Shawn McClendon STHS NJROTC gave the invocation followed by dinner.
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Opinion: Cutting wants to provide for needs
web posted May 14, 2007
OPINION – There is very little “debating” going on during the three month debate by the Edgefield County Council for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. That is not a good thing. County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece has publicly stated that the Sheriff’s budget is scrutinized more than any other and the county council removed the much-needed additional deputies from the budget unless they are provided through a grant. Perhaps the County Council needs to take a look at cleaning up their own back yard before they scrutinize another elected official’s budget. If they do they will discover almost half a million in waste and pork in their own budget.
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Columnist Carl Langley: Court sentencing recalls bad political times
web posted May 14, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – In 1998 I was covering the South Carolina political campaigns for the Aiken Standard newspaper, and my focus was on the battle for governor between incumbent Republican David Beasley and Democrat challenger Jim Hodges.
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'Gay' cowboy love scenes 'traumatize' schoolgirl, 12
Family sues district for $500,000 after 'Brokeback' shown in class.
web posted May 14, 2007
"What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class," is what the substitute teacher told eighth-grade students at Ashburn Community Elementary School after showing the R-rated movie, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.
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Woman Survives Decapitation
web posted May 14, 2007
DENVER, Colo. -- Miracles do happen. That's what doctors said about 30-year-old Shannon Malloy. A car crash in Nebraska on Jan. 25 threw Malloy up against the vehicle's dashboard. In the process, her skull became separated from her spine. The clinical term for her condition is called internal decapitation.
Off The Wall

Parker students tour town (Photo)
web posted May 12, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The second grade class at Parker Elementary was treated to a tour of the Edgefield Town Hall, Police Department, the Discovery Center, and other points of interest. Afterwards the students were treated with a ride on one of the town’s fire trucks back to the school. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said the tour is an annual event for the students. Click here to view the photo.

Burt Recognized By US Air Force (Photo)
web posted May 12, 2007
JOHNSTON - Mr. Lewis Burt, Building Construction instruction at STCC has been honored with one of top three Outstanding Teachers Awards in South Carolina, presented by the US Air Force.
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Corey Ashe Places 2nd In Creed Speaking Event (Photo)
web posted May 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – Corey Ashe, a member of the STCC FFA participated in the Mid-State Region Creed Speaking contest on May 10. He placed 2nd in the regional event and will now compete in the state competition to be held on June 14 at Clemson University.
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STH 7th Annual Rebel Basketball Camp set for June
web posted May 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Boys Basketball Program will sponsor their 7th Annual Rebel Basketball Camp beginning Monday June 11-Thurday June 14. The camp will be held in the STHS high school gym from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. It is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 16.
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Jimmy Shay Fishing Rodeo, Peach Festival Beauty Pageant to be held tomorrow
web posted May 11, 2007
COUNTY – Two big events are planned for Saturday. The Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo will be held at Lick Fork Lake all day Saturday with tackle and bait provided for all youth participants as well as free give-aways. A great Family event located off West Martintown Road. The Trenton Ridge Peach Festival will also be holding their beauty pageant on Saturday at the Trenton Gym on Wise Street beginning at 10 am.

Helicopter flies injured Johnston man from crash scene (Photos)
web posted May 11, 2007
JOHNSTON – Shortly after noon Thursday Johnston Police, Johnston Fire Department, and County EMS personnel were called to the scene of a two-car crash at the corner of Edisto and Academy Streets. One of the vehicles, a Chrysler van, overturned and the driver was trapped inside.
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Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators take more drugs off the streets (Photos)
web posted May 11, 2007
JOHNSTON – Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators took more drugs off the street, literally, on Thursday afternoon after spotting a man they knew had an outstanding warrant for his arrest traveling on Highway 23 towards Johnston. After stopping the car they discovered the driver was in possession of a considerable amount of marijuana.
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13 year old charged with attempted sex crime in Edgefield
web posted May 11, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A 13-year-old Edgefield boy has been arrested and remains in custody at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia for an attempted criminal sexual conduct charge that occurred earlier this week. The boy’s alleged victim was under the age of 13 Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said.
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Here's Your Card; How to attract attention when you are breaking the law
web posted May 11, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Not too long ago when someone was doing something illegal or was wanted they were said to be “laying low” so not to bring the attention of police or others to themselves. That definitely is not the case with the latest Here’s Your Card submission. Late Wednesday night a deputy on routine patrol on Highway 25 south heard a very loud noise in the area and stopped to investigate. It was not long before the deputy spotted a tan Crown Victoria breaking the quiet night with loud thumping music.
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Gov. Sanford Calls for Additional Tax Relief, Money Towards Liabilities
web posted May 11, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford called on the General Assembly on Thursday to provide more money toward tax relief and toward the state's unfunded liabilities with the additional new dollars projected to come into Columbia this year.
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Congressman Barrett supports petition by troops
Video available
web posted May 11, 2007
WASHINGTON DC – In anticipation of an Iraq War Supplemental that does not fully fund the request made over 90 days ago by President Bush being brought to the floor late Thursday, Congressman Gresham Barrett delivered the following speech. Video of the statement is also available.
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Gas station owner told to raise prices
web posted May 11, 2007
MERRILL, Wis. - A service station that offered discounted gas to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports has been ordered by the state to raise its prices.
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Aiken County Sheriff's Office seeks shooting suspect
web posted May 10, 2007
AIKEN – The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a shooting suspect from an incident that took place on Wednesday in Aiken County. Authorities are seeking a black male last seen wearing brown pants and a white T-shirt driving a blue 1996 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck with a camper shell on the back that was stolen from the scene of the shooting. The truck has the SC license plate number 880 UCY. The suspect is said to to armed with a shotgun and is considered armed and dangerous. If you see the individual or the truck call 911. Do not attempt to make contact with the suspect.

Burnett takes second at Prepared Speaking event, advances to state (Photo)
web posted May 10, 2007
RIDGE SPRING – Danessa Burnett of the Ridge Spring-Monetta High School FFA Chapter took second place in the Region 4 FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event held at Edisto High School on Monday. Her delivered speech was entitled “The Politics of Illegal Immigration in South Carolina.”
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My Tax Appeals Board hearing
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 10, 2007
COLUMN – Having very little that I can report on tonight due to the nature of the incidents that have occurred and suffering from severe back pain, I thought I would let my readers know how my hearing at the Edgefield County Tax Appeals Board went. I had a whole list of items ready to attack the assessment with; a recent appraisal, every receipt and check written to build the home, comparisons, and other information. Then, as I stood to testify, I through it all out the window.
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Governor tells Filibustering Senators to Read DOT Audit Report
web posted May 10, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford Tuesday called Senators who are impeding Department of Transportation reform - Jake Knotts, John Land, and other Democrats - to pick up and read a copy of the November audit report on the millions wasted at that agency, and then to sit down and end their filibuster.
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Accused pot farmers busted in Merriwether
web posted May 9, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning after Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators raided a home on Ryan Ranch Road in Merriwether. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Narcotics Investigators were acting on information they had obtained that indicated the residents were growing marijuana at the home.
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Investigator wraps up vandalism case at Fox Creek, three students to be charged
web posted May 9, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said he has identified the vandals that spray-painted vulgarities on exterior walls at Fox Creek Charter High School last week. All of the teens are current or former students of Fox Creek.
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"A taste of Edgefield" live ETV Radio broadcast from town square Tuesday (Photos)
web posted May 9, 2007
EDGEFIELD – ETV Radio “Your Day” was in Edgefield on Tuesday with a live broadcast from the Edgefield Town Square by Producer Bob McAnally, Bob Schuster, and ETV Executive producer of the Road Show Don Godish. The noon broadcast was touted as a “Taste of Edgefield” with local eateries Ten Governors Carfe, Park Row Market No. 1, The Edgefield Grill, and the Edgefield Billiard Parlor providing local culinary delights to the cast.
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Future organ donors making local roads raceways (Photos)
web posted May 9, 2007
A Commentary by the Editor
MERRIWETHER – If you ever wanted to see what a fool looks like, EdgefieldDaily.com is here to please, and has more than one to show the world. After returning from a call of a possible break-in with the intruder still in the home (which turned out to be a false alarm), I was traveling east on Woodlawn Road when I attempted to make a left turn. To my surprise, racing up behind me were three of the dumbest people I have seen in the last week. Three racing bikes were going so fast it was impossible for them to stop as I was making my turn.
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"Day & Night at the Museums" set for Friday
web posted May 9, 2007
EDGEFIELD – In honor of International Museum Week the National Wild Turkey Federation will be a part of the three museum tour on Friday, May 11th. The three Edgefield museums involved will be the NWTF's Museum, the Region 2 Discovery Center, and Oakley Park. 
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Newest Family Physician to Meet the Community This Saturday (Photo)
web posted May 9, 2007
AIKEN – Bela K. Udani, MD, the newest member of Aiken Regional Medical Centers’ medical staff, will be at ARMC’s Health Information Center, located inside the Aiken Mall, this Saturday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm to meet the community
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Gov takes Senate to task over SCDOT reform
web posted May 9, 2007
By SC Gov. Mark Sanford
GUEST COLUMN – Leaders in the Senate seem determined to keep you stuck in traffic.They also seem determined to keep a system in place that has squandered millions of dollars simply so that they can maintain control of your money.
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ETV Day and live broadcasts, May 18, schedule of events
web posted May 9, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Beginning at 10:00 AM – Arthur from his popular books and TV series as seen on ETV Kids will be at the Edgefield County Library for a meet and greet session. Starting at noon with Walter Edgars Journal – visiting historic places in Edgefield County. At 1:00 Project Discovery showcasing more of the history of Edgefield County with Bettis Rainsford and Tonya Browder doing live interviews and taped parts of the Region 2 Discovery Center with Whitney Ellis and also segments of Dave the Potter. Whitney and Stephen Ferrell will also have live interviews during this hours show.
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ETV Radio to broadcast live from Edgefield today
web posted May 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The ETV Radio show will be in Edgefield today for a live broadcast from the Edgefield Town Square at noon. The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Edgefield invite everyone to come and enjoy in the event.

Heritage Jubilee changes date, town gets new Police Officer, and 5 foot turkeys
web posted May 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held its May meeting and a Public Hearing on the FY 07-08 budget Monday night. Joel Jolly, Chairman of the 2007 Heritage Jubilee, was the Visitor of the month and told the town council that the date of the festival has been changed from the third weekend in October to the first weekend. The location has been changed as well.
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Two teens charged for string of mailbox vandalisms
web posted May 8, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Two area teens have been arrested and charged with vandalizing mailboxes in the Merriwether area over the weekend. Several reports of damaged mailboxes began coming into the Sheriff’s Office late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. At least fifteen mailboxes were reported to authorities as being vandalized or run over.
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2nd annual All God’s Creatures’ Charity Golf Tournament set for Friday
web posted May 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The 2nd annual All God’s Creatures’ Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 11 at the Pine Ridge Country Club. All proceeds will benefit All God’s Creatures pet rescue and adoption program and help build a shelter for “orphans” and rescued pets. The format will be four-man Captains Choice.
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Teens found intoxicated at large party, three charged
web posted May 8, 2007
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Deputies were given an anonymous tip that two suspects who allegedly damaged over a dozen mailboxes on Saturday night were at a home on the 3100 block of Martintown Road. When the deputies arrived around midnight they spotted about forty people in the front yard of the home with beer bottles and plastic cups, most of whom were juveniles. When the teens saw the deputies they began running behind the house or into the woods with the deputies in pursuit.
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Brown Selected as a YEScarolina’s Top Young Entrepreneurs of the Year (Photo)
web posted May 8, 2007
COUNTY – Whitney Brown, a STCC marketing student has been selected as one of the “YEScarolina’s Top Young Entrepreneurs of the Year”. This award recognized her for her efforts in studying entrepreneurship and creating a business plan.
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Planning underway for the June 9 Peachtree 23
web posted May 8, 2007
PSA – Mark your calendars for the largest yard sale in the CSRA, the Peachtree 23, to be held on June 9th, 2007.  The Friends of Ridge Spring is sponsoring one of the longest yard sales in the local area with a yard sale running the length of Highway 23 beginning in Modoc, extending through Edgefield, Johnston, Ward, Ridge Spring, Monetta, Batesburg-Leesville, and many yards along the open highway.
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Brochure Swap to be held Wednesday
web posted May 8, 2007
PSA – The Joanne T. Rainsford Region 2 Discovery Center will be hosting a brochure swap Wednesday begining at 10 am. Orginizers said to bring as many brochures from your location area or business that you can part with and be prepared to swap with your regional partners! This is a great way to defray shipping costs, to network will colleagues and to gather brochures for other area locations. It’s co-operative marketing at its best!  Please call (803) 637-1237 to RSVP.

Environmentalists: Children 'bad for planet'
web posted May 8, 2007
HAVING large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags, says a report to be published today by a green think tank.
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"Caught In The Act" a big hit STH
web posted May 7, 2007
JOHNSTON – If you missed the three-day production of Caught In The Act by the Gifted and Talented Drama class at Strom Thurmond this weekend, you missed a real treat. But not all is lost; DVD’s of the production are available for purchase and well worth the cost to support the Performing Arts Program and the many talented students from Strom Thurmond High and JET Middle School that participated in the production.
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A "tour" of duty, no help needed
web posted May 7, 2007
COLUMN – I have heard comments that the need for additional deputies is overstated, and some even question if any are needed at all. When people are challenged with the examples of the recent multiple bomb threats, missing children, and other crisis situations they discount them as rare, even though the number of such events is in double digits in the last twelve months. So, join me for about two hours of “routine patrol” on Saturday night with Edgefield County’s finest and let me know if additional deputies are needed.
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When Rest Really Isn’t Rest
By Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist
web posted May 7, 2007
COLUMN – The word “I” is the most used word in the English language. That tells us something about the nature of our conversations and interests. But what is the most used phrase in the English language? You would hope it would be something like “I love you” or “Thank you very much.” Let me submit one that could very well be on its way to becoming one of the most use phrases in the English language—“I’m tired.”
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Gov. Sanford, Sen. DeMint Call for Spending Slowdown
web posted May 7, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford and US Senator Jim DeMint joined together in Greenville County Friday to talk about the need for fiscal restraint and the problem of wasteful spending at both the state and federal level.
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Girl killed for "loving" the wrong boy
web posted May 7, 2007
A 17-year-old girl has been stoned to death in Iraq because she loved a teenage boy of the wrong religion.
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Edgefield County ETV Road Show Promotional Video now online
web posted May 5, 2007
COUNTY – With the ETV Road Show live broadcasts coming just two weeks away, EdgefieldDaily.com spoke with Rob Schaller, Director of Communications for ETV, to see if the promotional video shown at luncheon hosted by Bettis Rainsford at Mount Vintage last week could be made available to readers. On Friday Mr. Schaller provided a streaming video feed from ETV with the first promotional production now available online.
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Crash slows school traffic Friday morning (Photos)
web posted May 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An early morning crash on Murrah Road slowed traffic around Merriwether Elementary when a driver of a Honda Accord lost control and left the eastbound lane before flipping and striking a tree. The crash occurred around 7:30 am just as school was taking in for the day and traffic on the road is the busiest.
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Acrylic Painting Workshop announced
web posted May 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD - On Saturday, May 19, 2007, the Region 2 Discovery Center will be hosting a Step by Step Acrylic Painting Workshop with Sharon Padgett of Aiken from 10 a.m. until noon.
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Merriwether rancher reports 17 cows missing
web posted May 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether cattle farmer is missing seventeen cows from his Sweetwater Road farm. The cows are red in color and have been missing for at least two days. The farm is located on Sweetwater Road between Mealing Road and Randall Road. The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the missing cattle late Friday afternoon.
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All Leaders Need Prayer
Guest Article by Frank G. Roberson, Ph.D.
web posted May 5, 2007
COUNTY – The nation paused on Thursday, May 3, to pray for America, her families, communities, and governmental agencies.  I do not know of any other national, state, or local observance that is more consistent with the philosophical founding of America (even during it colonial existence) than the occasion to petition for God’s blessings.
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County Transportation Committee unaware of roads removed from county system
web posted May 4, 2007
COUNTY – It appears that a vote by the Edgefield County Council may be rescinded after the quarterly meeting of the Edgefield County Transportation Committee on Thursday evening. At the January 2 County Council meeting Building and Planning Director Howard Gibson presented a plan, said to be from the Transportation Committee, to scale back maintenance of certain county dirt roads and a few to be maintained only “as needed”. What took place was a list being submitted by Mr. Gibson that actually took eleven roads out of the county road system improperly.
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Fishing Rodeo set for May 12
web posted May 4, 2007
COUNTY – The annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held next Saturday, May 12, at Lick Fork Lake off of Martintown Road (Hyw 230) from 9 am until 1 pm. The event is organized by the Edgefield County Law Officers Association and is sponsored by the Merriwether Fire Department, U.S. Forestry Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and several corporate and individual donations.
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Tractor overturns in transit (Photos)
web posted May 4, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A man hauling a backhoe on a trailer northbound on Highway 25 Thursday afternoon ended up facing southbound when the trailer disconnected from the hitch and overturned on the shoulder of the road near Square Circle Ranch Road. The trailer actually struck the rear of the Ford F-150 pickup truck spinning the truck around as the trailer went down an embankment.
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Confederate Memorial Day celebration Sunday, May 5
web posted May 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sons of Confederate Veterans will be holding a Confederate Memorial Day celebration this coming Sunday, May 5 at the Old High View Cemetery on Jacob McKie Road (off Hyw 25 South). The public is invited to attend. In the event of rain the memorial will be held at Oakley Park Museum in Edgefield. Come out and enjoy re-enactors and participants dressed in period dress as they honor the Confederate War veterans from Edgefield County.

Gov. Sanford calls for end Filibuster and Vote on DOT Reform
web posted May 4, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford issued the following statement Thursday on efforts being led by Senate Democrats to stop reforms of the SC Department of Transportation. The Senate is currently locked down under a filibuster that is keeping DOT reform bills from advancing. Gov. Sanford called on Senators to end that filibuster next week so that reform ideas can be voted on.
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Pet Found: Cockatiel found on April 24th.
Call 803-275-4255 to identify.

web posted May 4, 2007

Brits regret "founding America"
web posted May 4, 2007
After a raucous debate in front of a packed house, the motion - "this House regrets the Founding of America" - was overwhelmingly squashed.
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3% raise not a guarantee for county employees
web posted May 3, 2007
COUNTY – If you are an Edgefield County employee and are getting ready to treat yourself to something extravagant like a full tank of gasoline due to the three per cent raise contained in the Fiscal Year 2007-08 budget, you might want to hold off for a while. Edgefield County Administrator John Pettigrew said the budget only provides enough money for a three per cent raise for all county employees, but not everyone will get a raise, “some will get the three per cent, some may get more, some may not get any raise at all,” Pettigrew said.
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Johnston man arrested after accosting teen girls with knife
web posted May 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – Tuesday night two Johnston teenage girls flagged down a Johnston Police Office to report that a man with a knife accosted them at a laundry mat on the 500 block of Calhoun Street around 10pm. The two girls stated a man came into the laundry mat and began verbally abusing them before pulling a knife and threatening at least one of the girls.
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"Caught In The Act" opens tonight at STH
web posted May 3, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond High School Gifted and Talented Drama Class and Director Steven McKinney invite everyone to the 2007 edition of Caught In The Act which opens tonight at Strom Thurmond High School. The Vaudeville style show is written by members of the STH Gifted and Talented Drama Class and features comical skits, song and dance, and music provided by the STH Show Choir and Jazz Band.
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Driver sent to burn unit after car fire Wednesday afternoon
web posted May 3, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A car fire on Highway 25 just inside the Edgefield County line sent the driver to the burn center at Doctors Hospital just before 8 pm Wednesday night. According to sketchy details the driver’s car caught fire and burned the driver before he was able to escape the car.
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Barrett Re-Introduces Public Prayer Protection Act
web posted May 3, 2007
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Gresham Barrett re-introduced legislation that seeks to protect the right of elected and appointed officials to express their religious beliefs through public prayer by removing all establishment clause cases involving prayer by public officials to the jurisdiction of state courts.  The Public Prayer Protection Act was introduced this morning with thirty-five original co-sponsors.
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Gov. Sanford Invites All to Bike Ride, Run/Walk
web posted May 3, 2007
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford today issued an invitation to every South Carolinian to join him, the First Lady, their boys and quite a few other South Carolinians in Aiken this weekend for the 2007 Family Fitness Challenge.
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North Augusta Classic Soccer Club to hold try-outs
web posted May 3, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA – The North Augusta Classic Soccer Club announces try-outs for the 2007 fall season. The program offers placement for players 16 years of age and older in three catagories.
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“Brochure Swap” set for  May 9 at Discovery Center
web posted May 3, 2007
PSA- EDGEFIELD – The Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center will be hosting a “Brochure Swap” on May 9 at the Region two Discovery Center in Edgefield beginning at 10 am. The gathering is to provide for local networking of businesses and regional contacts. For more information call 803-637-1237. Coffee and pastries will be served. RSVP requested

Taxes, salaries, and Sheriff's Office top budget debate items
web posted May 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a Public Hearing on the 2007-2008 budget during their regular monthly meeting and it was obvious from the attendance the discussions were going to run long, and they did. After disposing of the approval of previous minutes Chairman Monroe Kneece opened the floor to public comment on the budget and there were plenty that came forward.
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Dr. Keesley to be honored for educational service
web posted May 2, 2007
PSA -- JOHNSTON – A reception honoring Dr. Sharon W. Keesley’s achievements and service upon her retirement as Superintendent of the Edgefield County School District from 1999 -2007 will be held on May 20 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Strom Thurmond High School. The public is invited to attend. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 275-4601.

2007 Rebels Boys’ Soccer Turns Corner (Photo)
web posted May 2, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond High School Boys’ Soccer team has reached a couple milestones during the 2007 season. The team won its thirteenth game on the season which included three wins over Region opponents. The Rebels under the fourth year of leadership of Arthur Northrop and Johnny Armstrong are thirteen and eight headed into the playoffs. The 3 -0 victory over Ninety-Six on April 24th ensured the first winning season for both coaches at STHS.
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Sheriff's Office recovers one of two stolen equipment trailers
web posted May 2, 2007
MERRIWETHER – One of two utility trailers stolen last week has been recovered by the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. The heavy-duty trailer was designed to carry tractors or equipment and went missing from a location on Sweetwater Road. The break in the Case came when a resident on Stephens Road called to report loud music over the weekend and a deputy responded to the area.
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Trenton Firefighters and Deputies respond to secluded car fire
web posted May 2, 2007
TRENTON – The Trenton Fire Department was summoned to a fire on Salters Pond Road Monday night just before 10 to discover a burning car. Once finding a car on fire the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was also called to the scene.
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Strom Thurmond High School Booster Club Ready to Launch 2007 – 2008 Year
web posted May 2, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Athletic Booster Club will meet on May 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the Baseball Complex Building. This is the first meeting for the 07-08 year and officers will be elected.
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Car stereo thefts spread to Trenton
web posted May 2, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton man has been the most recent victim of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle when he arrived home on Monday morning to find his Grand Marquis broken into and stereo equipment stolen. The man called to report the crime and a deputy arrived a short time later to find the driver’s side window broken out of the car to gain entry.
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County Council to hold second reading of budget; latest changes now available
web posted May 1, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding the second reading of the revised budget for the next fiscal year tonight at 6 pm at the Edgefield County Council Chambers at the corner of Jeter Street and Railroad Avenue. EdgefieldDaily.com has the latest revisions that will be voted on at the meeting. Each section of the budget is listed below for your review.
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Alleged car thief leaves wallet behind after chase
web posted May 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are looking for a man after he stole a car and led officers on a high-speed chase around town early Sunday morning. A Johnston Police Office on patrol spotted a white car pulling out of Heritage Trace and then run a stop sign at Lee Street. The officer gave chase as additional officers came to assist. The car chase ended on Long Cane Road when the driver jumped from the car and ran into a wooded area, but not before dropping his wallet which contained his ID.
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Fox Creek H.S. vandalized over the weekend
web posted May 1, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy was summoned to Fox Creek Charter High School on Sunday after a school official called to report that someone had spray painted obscenities on some of the buildings at the school. The deputy arrived at the school around 3:30 pm.
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Holmes Receives Scholarships (Photo)
web posted May 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – Jonathan Holmes, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School has received a $2,000 scholarship from the South Carolina State Fair Scholarship Program. He is one of fifty selected seniors that was awarded scholarships to be applied towards post high school education or training in a South Carolina university, college or technical college. Applicants were judged on overall performance and involvement, need, communication skills and an aptitude for completion of the application. The selected fifty recipients will be offered the opportunity to reapply for one of ten $2,500 scholarships to be paid prior to the fall semester of their sophomore year.
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Governor Sanford says Workers' Comp Reform Key to Growing Economy
web posted May 1, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford joined with business groups from across South Carolina on Monday to make another push for substantive workers' compensation reforms aimed at curbing increased premiums that harm businesses and consumers.
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Woman discovers jewelry and bonds stolen
web posted May 1, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Macedonia Road woman came home Sunday around 1:30 pm to find her home broken into and called to report the crime. A deputy arrived and was shown pry marks around the lock on the front door that was used to gain entry into the home. The woman said she was last at her home on Friday afternoon and did not return until Sunday.
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Merriwether Elementary Students Recognized
web posted May 1, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary students Caroline Yano and Martin Strauss have been recognized by the South Carolina Council on Economic Education. The two students had their posters selected for publication in the 2007 – 2008 Economics Concept Calendar. They both received a $50.00 savings bond and will have their birthdays printed on the calendar. The students were invited to an awards luncheon where they received their savings bond award.

Couple aids in recovery of stolen 4-wheeler
web posted May 1, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Eureka couple out for some four wheeling in the Sumter National Forrest Sunday afternoon helped the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office recover an expected stolen four-wheeler. The couple was traversing their way to the river when they came across the partially dismantled Polaris and reported it to police. The couple met with the deputy and he followed them two miles into the forestry road and then another mile into the forest by Jeep to recover the four-wheeler.
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Columnist Carl Langley:
Racial Rabble Rouser Could Use a History Lesson
web posted May 1, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Al Sharpton, the New York street preacher, racial gadfly and proven outright liar, was able to gin up so much verbal heat he cost a nationally syndicated radio talk show host his job, but poor Al still can’t pass a 5th grade history test.
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