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May 2008 Archive


Strom Thurmond Class of 2008 (Photos)
web posted May 31, 2008
JOHNSTON – They entered the Strom Thurmond Stadium as students Friday night and left as Graduates. The Strom Thurmond graduating Class of 2008 has now officially begun their journey into the future as adults and will become the leaders of our county in the years to come. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates each and every graduate for his or her achievements. A photo essay of the night’s event can be found below.
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Suspects arrested after theft from Church
web posted May 31, 2008
JOHNSTON – Thieves struck again by making off with another air conditioning unit, this time just before 1 pm at the Rosa Springs Baptist Church. In spite of a church member seeing the two men loading the unit and speaking with them, they were still able to get away - but only for a short time. The church member thought the two men were supposed to be picking up the 5-ton HVAC system. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators closed in on the area hoping to find the black Toyota pick-up with a refrigerator and HVAC unit in the back along their way.
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Here’s Your Card
web posted May 31, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – By the time the Strom Thurmond Graduation was over I had worked a full twelve hour day. Knowing that once I left I had another six hours to go I was anxious to leave and get to work back at the office. I arrived early and parked way off in the back corner of the parking lot. “I know I will be able to get out from here,” I thought to myself. But, I never factored in the Here’s Your Card recipient, so I guess I had it coming.
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Police seek public’s help in identifying armed robbers
Photos and VIDEO Included
web posted May 30, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two armed suspects in Wednesday night’s armed robbery of the Amoco store on Lee Street. Video retrieved from surveillance cameras showed the two men approaching the south door as the clerk was exiting the store just before midnight to go home. One of the men placed a gun to her head and told her to, “go back in the store or they would kill her.”
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Compromise reached on Slade Road basketball court closing (Photo)
web posted May 30, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The basketball court on Slade Road that was closed after several complaints will reopen after a neighborhood meeting held Thursday evening by Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham. Though the chain and lock on the gate will remain, residents will be able to have use of the court under an agreement reached by residents, community leaders, and the town. Mayor Ken Durham said the gate was locked after several complaints and, “a child got beat up by some thugs.”
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Fox Creek Seniors take center stage Thursday night (Photo)
web posted May 30, 2008
MERRIWETHER - Though it was only Fox Creek High School's third graduating class which graced the podium Thursday evening, a total of 43 seniors accepted diplomas in front of a packed house for commencement exercises at the Sweetwater Baptist Church gymnasium as if they'd done so for years.
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Garrick to compete for Teen Miss South Carolina title (Photo)
web posted May 30, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – Teen Miss North Augusta and rising Junior, Lindsay Michelle Garrick, will be competing for the title of Teen Miss South Carolina at the state Little Miss South Carolina Pageant June 17th thru the 21st in Hartsville.  The Little Miss-Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant is a scholarship pageant that promotes  community service, academic excellence and positive self-esteem, with over $38,000 in scholarships expected to be given away.
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Public Auction Saturday, May 31
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web posted May 30, 2008
Murrell's Auction will be conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Tommy Penick and Mr. Robert Penick which belonged to and is located in their mother's home (the late Mrs. Helen P. Doff) and has been in place since her death 5 years ago.  This will be an excellent sale with many quality pieces of vintage furniture and glassware.  The sale will be held at 113 Chinquapin Street, Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  The sale will begin at 9:00 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM until sale time. Turn off highway 1 onto Chinquapin Street, which is near the Police department.  Look for signs!  Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Visit our website for detailed information, terms, and pictures. Call for a flyer: 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Congressman Barrett speaks on education, the economy, taxes and aid to rural counties (Photo)
Part 2 of Tuesday's exclusive interview
web posted May 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – In part two of our exclusive interview with US Rep. Gresham Barrett, the congressman touched on several issues other than oil prices ranging from education, the economy, taxes, and engaged in questions concerning rural infrastructure such as water for outlying areas of the county with Merriwether County Council candidate Genia Blackwell.
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Johnston Store site of Armed Robbery
web posted May 29, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Edgefield Fuel Convenience store on Lee Street late Wednesday night. When officers arrived just before midnight they saw the attendant “crying” on the phone. At first officers believed the two suspects might still be in the store, and began setting up a perimeter to block their escape. It was later learned the two men, described as black males with masks, dark clothing, and armed with a handgun, had already fled the scene.
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Now you see it, now you don’t – HVAC unit installed then stolen during lunch break
web posted May 29, 2008
TRENTON – A Woodward Lake Road man reported the theft of an air conditioning unit within two hours of it being installed Tuesday afternoon. The call to the Sheriff’s Office came in just after 2 pm when the man and his brother-in-law returned to the newly constructed home he was helping to build for his daughter and found the unit they installed just before lunch missing.
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Burglary results in theft of thousands from “lockbox”
web posted May 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Promise Land Road man reported his home burglarized on Tuesday evening after finding the rear door of his home damaged and a large amount of cash stolen from a lockbox located inside. The man’s girlfriend left the home around 5:20 pm to pick him up from work, and when they returned the theft was discovered.
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Gov. Sanford vetoes 69 items from the legislature's spending Wednesday
web posted May 29, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford vetoed 69 items from the legislature's spending plan on Wednesday, for a total of $72 million - saying that money should be put toward agencies like the Department of Education and the Department of Corrections that are already projecting deficits for next year.
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US Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC) interview - Main Street USA Energy Security Act 2008 (Photo)
Exclusive
web posted May 28, 2008
EDGEFIELD – US Third Congressional District Representative Gresham Barrett (R-SC) sat down with EdgefieldDaily.com for an exclusive and candid interview Tuesday afternoon to talk about many of the issues facing Edgefield County residents and the nation, “There’s some complicated issues we’re dealing with right now,” Rep. Barrett said. A top priority was the Main Street USA Energy Security Act 2008 which is currently in the House. “What we are trying to do is re-adjust the portfolio of the United States. 85% of our natural resources are off limits,” Barrett said.
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Burglary also includes theft of catalytic converter from car
web posted May 28, 2008
WESTSIDE – Sheriff’s Investigators are actively seeking leads in a burglary of a home and “out buildings” of a home on Gilgrist Road last week. When the call was first reported the owner found the home with a lock to the door of the home cut and obvious evidence that three other structures on the property had been entered. However, due to the late hour, it was unknown what had been taken.
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Correction: Edgefield Mayor to hold Neighborhood Meeting
web posted May 27, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Ken Durham, Mayor of Edgefield, will conduct a Neighborhood Meeting at 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 29, 2008 to discuss the Basketball Courts located at Slade Road. The pubic is invited to attend and to make oral or written comments regarding the Courts. The meeting will be at the Basketball Courts on Slade Road. An earlier release by the Town of Edgefield incorrectly stated the meeting would be at the Tennis Courts. The basketball courts were ordered closed due to repeated problems of fights, disturbances, and drug activity.

June Birthday – Anniversary cake winner announced
web posted May 28, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s Monthly Cake Winner was sent in for Karaleigh and Benjie Holmes for their 23rd wedding anniversary. Below are the instruction of how Mr. and Mrs. Holmes can claim their free cake and the notification entered in the drawing. Be sure to enter your July entries for our next drawing.
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Southern Eagles First Annual Kids Day this Saturday
web posted May 28, 2008
PSA- EDGEFIELD – The Southern Eagles Motorcycle Club of Edgefield will be holding their fist annual Kids Day this coming Saturday, May 31 from 10 am until 3 pm at the Region 2 Discovery Center at 405 Main Street in Edgefield.
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Gov. Sanford Vetoes Cigarette Tax Increase
Praises Senate for passage of "Strong Immigration Bill"
web posted May 28, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford vetoed H.3567 Tuesday, a bill that he said would have increased the state's cigarette tax by 50 cents - but dedicates the money to expanding Medicaid and other healthcare programs in such a way as to guarantee future tax increases.
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Senate Democrats React to Sanford's Cigarette Tax Veto
web posted May 28, 2008
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Senate Democrats today called on members of the SC House to override Governor Mark Sanford's veto of increasing the state's cigarette tax for affordable health care. Democratic Senators issued the following statements:
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Public Auction Saturday, May 31
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted May 28, 2008
Murrell's Auction will be conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Tommy Penick and Mr. Robert Penick which belonged to and is located in their mother's home (the late Mrs. Helen P. Doff) and has been in place since her death 5 years ago.  This will be an excellent sale with many quality pieces of vintage furniture and glassware.  The sale will be held at 113 Chinquapin Street, Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  The sale will begin at 9:00 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM until sale time. Turn off highway 1 onto Chinquapin Street, which is near the Police department.  Look for signs!  Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Visit our website for detailed information, terms, and pictures. Call for a flyer: 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Buck Limehouse, SC Secretary of Transportation, to address Edgefield County Alliance, June 2
web posted May 28, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its June Meeting on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Pine Ridge Country Club at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be served. H. B. “Buck” Limehouse, Jr., South Carolina Secretary of Transportation, will speak on the transportation issues facing Edgefield County.
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Final week of Dixie Youth baseball, tournament to begin June 2
web posted May 28, 2008
WEBNEWS – This is the final week of games in Dixie Youth Regular Season play which will wrap up Thursday night. An end of the season tournament starting next Monday, June 2nd in Johnston.  It will be a double elimination tournament.  There will be 4 games a night, all in Johnston. The Recreation program will alternate locations each year between the 3 locations. The Championship games are set for Friday the 6th. Below is the most current standings of all teams.
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Edgefield Mayor to hold Neighborhood Meeting
web posted May 27, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Ken Durham, Mayor of Edgefield, will conduct a Neighborhood Meeting at 6:00 pm, Thursday, May 29, 2008 to discuss the Basketball Courts located at Slade Road. The pubic is invited to attend and to make oral or written comments regarding the Courts. The meeting will be at the Tennis Courts on Slade Road, Edgefield, SC.

Michael Ott to Attend National Young Leaders Conference (Photo)
web posted May 27, 2008
JOHNSTON – Michael Ott, an 8th grade student at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School has been nominated to represent the state of South Carolina as a National Scholar at the National Young Leaders Conference to be held in Washington, DC.
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Governor Vetoes Bill that Adds to Retirement Debt
web posted May 27, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford vetoed H.4876 on Monday, "because having a retirement system that retirees can indeed depend on rests on paying for the promises already on the table, and not wishfully changing a few numbers as the way of growing the system. This veto, at its core, is about bringing fiscal responsibility and stability to the state's woefully underfunded retirement system, and it is my strong hope that those who care about fiscal responsibility will join me in this veto," the governor said.
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Merriwether County Council candidate lays out qualifications, plans for change
web posted May 27, 2008
Dear Editor,
My name is Genia Blackwell and I am offering to serve the Merriwether Community as the representative for the County Council 5th District. Having been born and raised in Merriwether, and now raising our own family here, I have seen the changes our community has experienced over the years.
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Mars Trip Opens Up the Sky to All
By: Carl Langley
web posted May 27, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The good news is that America's Phoenix space ship made a great landing on Mars on Memorial Day. This is a great testament to American technology and the reason this nation, equipped with the finest minds in the universe, leads the world in just about everything.
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Memorial Day; from those who served
web posted May 26, 2008
COUNTY – With America honoring those who served today, EdgefieldDaily.com is running a previous article that asked several local veterans; What does Memorial Day mean to you?
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”Greater love hath no man than he give his life for another” (Photos)
web posted May 26, 2008
COUNTY – ”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 a description of those who have given their life so that we may enjoy the freedom we take for granted.
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Country Cooking Section: Make your Memorial Day cookout the best it can be
web posted May 26, 2008
WEBNEWS – As family and friends gather today to honor those who have so valiantly served our country, many will be firing up the grill. For those looking for last minute ideas, or just a way to make your Memorial Day cookout the best it can be, EdgefieldDaily.com’s Country Cooking Section is here to help. With almost 700 local recipes ranging from great Bar-B-Que, vegetables, salads, almost three dozen breads, and homemade ice cream and deserts there is something for everyone. Send in your favorites to share with others.
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Produce market site of weekend burglary
web posted May 26, 2008
TRENTON – While most were enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend, crime never slept. When workers arrived at Jackie’s Peach Stand on the 1100 of Edgefield Road they on Sunday they discovered someone had broken into the popular roadside market and made off with an assortment of produce.
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Calf. Rep. Waters: “this liberal will be about socializing” oil companies
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 26, 2008
COLUMN – In a “dog and pony show” questioning of oil executives by a House panel Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., slipped up and gave America an insight into the “liberal” agenda she, and her liberal friends, holds. A report by Fox News posted on YouTube.com shows Waters challenging the president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, to guarantee the prices consumers pay will go down if the oil companies are allowed to drill wherever they want off U.S. shores.
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Five injured in Saturday crash (Photos)
web reposted May 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD - One adult female and four male juveniles were transported to the Medical College of Georgia Saturday afternoon following a single car crash which took place on the 1100 block of Augusta Road.
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Public Auction Saturday, May 31
ADVERTISEMENT
web posted May 26, 2008
Murrell's Auction will be conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Tommy Penick and Mr. Robert Penick which belonged to and is located in their mother's home (the late Mrs. Helen P. Doff) and has been in place since her death 5 years ago.  This will be an excellent sale with many quality pieces of vintage furniture and glassware.  The sale will be held at 113 Chinquapin Street, Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  The sale will begin at 9:00 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM until sale time. Turn off highway 1 onto Chinquapin Street, which is near the Police department.  Look for signs!  Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Visit our website for detailed information, terms, and pictures. Call for a flyer: 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801; Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

South Carolina High School Principal to Resign Over Formation of Gay Club
web posted May 26, 2008
IRMO – A South Carolina high school principal said he'll resign from his post after the district approved an organization for gay students that conflicts with his religious beliefs.
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Johnston liquor store burglarized Friday
web posted May 24, 2008
JOHNSTON – Early Friday morning Johnston Police were notified of a burglary of the Party Shop at 602 Railroad Avenue in Johnston that left the front glass door shattered and the cash register, a pistol, hundreds of dollars in cash, and an assortment of returned checks missing from the desk behind the counter. County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece was notified of the theft and met with officers at the scene around 2 am.
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Strom Thurmond High School Students Of Character (Photos)
web posted May 24, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School proudly announced the 2007-2008 recipients of the coveted “Student of the Month” award. This award is given to students who demonstrate excellent citizenship characteristics. They are selected on qualities of honesty, dependability, following instructions, showing respect for others and having the ability to get along with others. Sixteen students are selected each month.
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Troopers make arrest in deadly hit and run
web posted May 24, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – A suspect has been arrested in a deadly hit and run collision around 1 am Thursday morning. Ginger Carpenter is reportedly in custody in connection to the case but no other information is available at press time. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the hit and run collision that left James Cohrs dead and a fellow cyclist in serious condition.
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Last four days to enter your Birthday or Anniversary wishes for June give-away
web posted May 24, 2008
WENEWS – There are only four days left to send in your birthday or anniversary wishes for your loved one to be eligible for our monthly cake give-away for the month of June. The winner will be announced on May 28 and will receive a cake from Jari's Bakery in Edgefield. Instructions on how to claim the prize will be included in the announcement. EdgefieldDaily.com is now accepting July wishes so send yours in now and automatically enter your loved one in the cake give-away.

JET Middle School student charged with gun at school
web posted May 23, 2008
JOHNSTON – A JET Middle School student has been charged with bringing a gun to school on Monday. The 14-year-old Johnston boy is currently being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in Columbia. Details of the event did not surface until late Wednesday.
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Drug sweep nets one at Strom Thurmond Thursday
web posted May 23, 2008
JOHNSTON – School is already over for one Strom Thurmond student after drug dogs were used to sweep every car in the parking lot at Strom Thurmond Thursday morning. Edgefield County Deputies and North Augusta Police Officers joined forces during the sweep.
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Edgefield County Chamber Of Commerce Women In Business Luncheon June 6
web posted May 23, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Annual Women In Business Luncheon on Friday, June 6th at Pine Ridge Country Club beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Aiken Regional Hospital.
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Correction of Letter to Editor
web posted May 23, 2008
WEBNEWS – Edgefield County Council District 2 candidate Rodney Ashcraft submitted a letter to the editor that was inadvertently not published in its entirety. The complete letter has been placed online.
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Notice
web posted May 23, 2008
NOTICE – The Ten Governor's Cafe' will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Closings: The following will be closed in observance of Memorial Day Monday May 26
web posted May 22, 2008
COUNTY – All Edgefield County Government Offices, the Town of Edgefield, the Town of Johnston, the Town of Trenton will be closed on Monday May 26 for the observance of Memorial Day. Most banks, financial institutions, and the US Postal Service will also be closed. EdgefieldDaily.com will also limit updates for Memorial Day.

More burglaries, thefts reported
web posted May 22, 2008
COUNTY – The workload for Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators continues to grow this week with two burglaries, the theft of two vehicles, and a theft from the Edgefield County School District shop on Wednesday morning.
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Fox Creek to hold Awards Ceremony tonight
web posted May 22, 2008
MERRIWETHER  – Fox Creek Charter High School  will hold their awards ceremony tonight at the Sweetwater Baptist Church tonight at 6 pm. A list of those recognized will be posted on Friday.

Edgefield County Economic Leader announces Veracity Payment Solutions Opens Service Center in Aiken
web posted May 22, 2008
AIKEN – Edgefield County Economic leader Fred Humes announced Veracity Payment Solutions has officially opened their new customer contact center in Aiken, S.C. with a ribbon cutting ceremony this week. The company’s $3 million investment will bring 100 new jobs to Aiken County.
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Dumb Driving Dumber?
web posted May 22, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – There are some people that just deserve a card and then those that deserve to have to wear a sign. Floyd Goodwin Jr., 55, of Bettis Academy is one of the latter. Tuesday morning while working a collision at the intersection of Currytown and Mealing Roads, deputies noticed a white four-door Ford speed through the crash scene. The posted speed limit, without a crash in the area, is 35 mph.
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Voodoo economics alive and well in Edgefield County
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 22, 2008
COLUMN – “I think we’ve done a fairly good. The county is in good shape financially, we’re not in trouble there.” That is what Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece said last Thursday night at the Democrat Party candidate forum held at Strom Thurmond. Fast forward to Chairman Kneece on Tuesday night at the County Council budget work session and we find Kneece and the rest of the county council trying to trim tens of thousands of dollars from an unbalanced budget. You do not make budget cuts if the county is in good financial shape.
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Camp Success Opens Registration to Area Students
web posted May 22, 2008
PSA  – The Silver Crescent Foundation is teaming up with the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (USC Aiken) to host Camp Success, an educational and engaging program that fosters interest in science and engineering among seventh and eighth graders. The weeklong camp will run daily from Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Graduation will be Saturday morning June 14 when campers will present their project reports to parents and other invited guests.
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Dixie Youth Baseball teams close ranks
web posted May 22, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield County Recreation Minor and Major League Baseball standings show teams gaining ground and the Johnston Orioles remaining undefeated.
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Barnwell man dies in fiery crash north of Edgefield (Photos)
web posted May 21, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County suffered its third traffic fatality Tuesday after a collision of a Cadillac and a tractor-trailer truck on Highway 25 just north of Plumb Brach Road around 4 pm. When the initial call to 911 came in there were reports of an entrapment of a driver and the car on fire. The Edgefield Fire Department, EMS, Edgefield Police, and Sheriff’s Deputies raced to the scene.
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County Council makes budget cuts due to rising fuel costs
web posted May 21, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held another budget work session Tuesday night and began cutting budgets to cover expected shortfalls due to the rising cost of fuel and found that the contracts awarded on May 6 were $12,580 more than what was budgeted. The extra money for the contracts was easy enough to deal with by moving funds from the County Council contingency fund. Dealing with the cost of rising fuel was a completely different matter.
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The cigarette tax: A lesson in failing to plan for the future
By Sen. Shane Massey
web posted May 21, 2008
Spending money is pretty easy for all of us.  It’s especially easy when it’s not your money you’re spending. In the S.C. Senate, we’ve made some bad spending decisions recently that I’ve taken issue with.  I always try to remember I’m spending the hard-earned money you pay in taxes.  I wish more of my Senate colleagues thought that way.
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Man escapes serious injury after crashing into gas tanker truck (Photos)
web posted May 21, 2008
COUNTY LINE – A man escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon around 3 pm when a tanker truck pulled out of Rainbow Falls Road attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Highway 25 and his Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck crashed into and then under the tanker. The truck proceeded to hit and embankment and came to rest on the hillside. The crash blocked all northbound traffic.
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“Legal issues” delays Calliham purchase
web posted May 21, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The special called meeting of the County Council was held Tuesday night prior to the budget workshop and after calling the meeting to order Chairman Monroe Kneece said there was going to be an executive session to discuss a legal matter regarding the third reading of the ordinance to purchase the Calliham property.
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Warrenville woman dies in single car crash in North Augusta
web posted May 21, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – A 35-year-old Warrenville woman was killed in a single car crash on Highway 1 near Martintown Road around 1:13 pm Tuesday afternoon. The death marks the twelfth death for the year in Aiken County and, “the second in the past 72 hours,” Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said.
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Relay for Life raises $53,000, fundraising continues through August
web posted May 20, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Relay for life held its annual walk Friday night through Saturday morning and raised $53,000 for cancer research with more money expected before the August yearly deadline. Sharen Fay, Edgefield County Relay for Life leader, said nineteen teams participated and raised $38,000 before the relay and raised another $15,000 during the overnight event.

Car chase, foot chase, and fight with deputies leads to felony charges
web posted May 20, 2008
COUNTY LINE – A Winding Road man is in jail and facing multiple charges, including resisting arrest with injuries to deputies after an early Sunday morning traffic stop that began on Highway 25 and ended with a foot chase in the woods on Winding Road. As two deputies were leaving a call of a disturbance on Casalina Drive they observed a green truck cross the centerline on Highway 25 several times and one of the deputies turned on his lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop. The driver would not stop and turned on to Jacob McKie Road and sped away.
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Pennsylvania couple held after report of robbery, beating of Johnston man
web posted May 20, 2008
JOHNSTON – A Pennsylvania couple is currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center after a report of a robbery that took place Thursday night behind John’s Club on Addison Street in Johnston. Theodore Keith Orr, 39, and Bridget Jean Jones, 33, both from Chambersburg, PA have been held at the Detention Center after their arrest shortly after the alleged robbery.
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Edgefield County Council to hold third reading of Calliham purchase in called meeting
web posted May 20, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a Called meeting at 6 pm tonight for a final reading of an ordinance to purchase the heavily debated Calliham property on Penn Street. The third reading is expected to pass again by yet another unanimous vote. Passage of the ordinance will direct insurance funds for the rebuilding of the county building destroyed by fire on Church Street last year towards the Penn Street property. Only one of the three readings of the ordinance has been held during regular scheduled meetings of the Edgefield County Council.
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Strom Thurmond Awards Night recognizes achievement, announces numerous scholarships
web posted May 20, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School held their annual Awards Ceremony Monday night and the announcement of numerous scholarships to the Fighting Rebel’s Class of 2008. EdgefieldDaily.com salutes the academic achievements of all those recognized and wish them, and all graduates, well as they continue their journey into adulthood and higher education. Below is a listing of all awards and scholarships announced.
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County Council candidate clarifies claims in local media report
web posted May 20, 2008
Dear Editor,
My name is Rodney Ashcraft and I would like to introduce myself as a candidate in the current primary race for the county council seat district two.  The primary election is going to be held on the 10th of June and it is an important race in that the incumbent and myself, are both running as republicans.  This race will decide who runs as a republican in the general election in November.
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Governor: Put State Government's Structure in a Museum
web posted May 20, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford called on the state Senate to take a step toward putting South Carolina's antiquated government structure in a museum where it belongs Monday by passing the Department of Administration bill.
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North Augusta woman dies in tragic crash Sunday
web posted May 19, 2008
GRANITEVILLE – A 54-year-old North Augusta woman became the eleventh to die on Aiken County roads this year. Susan M. Earley of North Augusta was pronounced dead at the scene of a one car crash Sunday afternoon at 1:54 pm.
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Farmer's Market arrives on Edgefield Square (Photos)
web posted May 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The first Edgefield Farmer’s Market took place this past weekend on the town square with over a dozen vendors setting up shop for the event. The bi-monthly event will be held the first and third Saturday from 8 am until noon for the rest of the summer. The Farmer’s Market was the brainchild of the Edgefield Community Development Association.
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Hi honey, guess who I ran into? (Photos)
web posted May 19, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A couple on their way to return a rental van ran into a little trouble along the way, each other. Around 7:30 pm Sunday evening the couple was approaching the 2800 block of Martintown Road when a rainbow distracted the wife and she suddenly found herself slamming into the rear of the van her husband was driving.
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Certified Nursing Assistant Recipients Recognized (Photo)
web posted May 19, 2008
JOHNSTON – Thirteen Health Occupation students at Strom Thurmond Career Center have received their CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) completer certificates following a year long intense training program. With their certificate in hand, these students are eligible to sit for the certification exam.
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Josh Wilson Selected to Participate in Regional Tournament
web posted May 19, 2008
JOHNSTON – Baseball Factory would like to announce that Josh Wilson of Edgefield was recently selected to participate in the Under Armour Southeast Regional Tournament. The Under Armour Southeast Regional tournament is a national tournament for the country’s top high school players.
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Letter to the Editor: National Safe Boating Week underway
web posted May 19, 2008
Dear Editor,
May 17th is the beginning of National Safe Boating Week. We are fortunate in our area to live within a short drive to Lakes Thurmond, Murray, and Greenwood each of which offer excellent places for fishing, skiing or just sitting back and enjoying a nice cruise of the lake. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Langley: United Nations to investigate the US for racism
By Carl Langley
Guest Columnist
web posted May 19, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The United Nations, long a haven for the planet’s worst criminals, including liars, thieves and sex offenders, is back at it again, and again the United States is the target of its arrogance and pomposity. The Reuters news agency, always willing and able to circulate any information derogatory to our country, reports that the UN is sending one of its own to investigate racism in America.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Middle School students suspended for field trip sex
web posted May 19, 2008
NEWBERRY - Several Mid-Carolina Middle School students have admitted they had sex on a school sponsored field trip. Now another parent is speaking out about what she calls unfair punishment.
WIS10 News

Off The Wall: Now being fat contributes to "global warming"
GENEVA (Reuters) - Obesity contributes to global warming, too. Obese and overweight people require more fuel to transport them and the food they eat, and the problem will worsen as the population literally swells in size, a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine says.
Off The Wall

Child molestation arrests average at least one a month with latest arrest (Photo)
web posted May 17, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield Sheriff’s Investigators are exploring yet another child molestation case in Edgefield County this year, this time with a 10-year-old victim that allegedly was molested over a two year period. Arthur Williams, 32, is currently being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center for an aggravated child molestation charge by Grovetown Police. Williams is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of eleven in Edgefield County.
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Jolly to Chair “Foundation of Edgefield County Public Schools” Initiative (Photo)
web posted May 17, 2008
JOHNSTON – Over the course of the past months Dr. Crenshaw has studied the implementation of an Educational Foundation for the Edgefield County School District. She researched the groundwork involved, and spent a great deal of time talking with both Newberry County and Charleston County Foundation managers to learn what their key of success was based upon.
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South Carolina gets first ever Veteran’s Cemetery
web posted May 17, 2008
ANDERSON – To help ensure that all South Carolina veterans can be buried in a veteran’s cemetery honoring their service, the South Carolina Office of Veterans' Affairs and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs will be dedicating the new South Carolina M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson on Friday, May 23, at 11:00 am.
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Relay for Life kicks off tonight at STH
web posted May 16, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Annual Relay for Life will begin tonight at 7 pm at Strom Thurmond High School and will continue throughout the night with volunteers and teams walking throughout the night to raise money for the fight against cancer. Come out and support your local teams and it is not too late to make a donation. EdgefieldDaily.com will be presenting our $200 donation to Relay for Life for readers solving our annual Relay for Life Riddle.

Democrat candidates make case for national and state offices at forum
web posted May 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Democrat Party held their Democrat candidate forum Thursday night with a total of eight of the eleven invitees attending. Edgefield Democrat Party Chairman Willie Bright welcomed the candidates and the public to the gathering and explaining the rules which would give each candidate five minutes to speak and would then open the floor to attendees to ask questions.
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Democrat County Council candidates square off in open forum
web posted May 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Democrat candidates for local county council races were on hand at Thursday night’s Democrat Party candidate forum and made their platforms known to voters in attendance. District 1 incumbent Norman Dorn chose not to attend to address voters concerns while his challenger Albert Talbert did and was the first of the local candidates to address the public.
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Senate takes steps to end PACT Testing in SC schools
web posted May 16, 2008
COLUMBIA – Across South Carolina, students began taking the PACT test this week. The PACT is an expensive and outdated test that lacks the child-specific diagnostic data required by teachers. Unlike tests used in other states, PACT is South Carolina specific, and doesn't provide educators with a comparison of our schools to regional and national test scores.
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Edgefield's first Farmers Market begins Saturday
web reposted May 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Things could look a bit different on the Edgefield Town Square on weekends in the coming weeks if Joannah Holmes and the Edgefield Community Development Association have anything to say about it. Ms. Holmes appeared before the Edgefield Town Council to ask permission to bring a Farmers Market to the town square the first and third Saturday of May through August or September. “We really want to stimulate things downtown,” Ms. Holmes said.
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South Central Region SCORE To Host Workshop
web posted May 16, 2008
PSA – “Is Owning My Own Business The Right Decision For Me?” A workshop on this subject will be presented June 9 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Calhoun Street in Johnston.  This workshop is appropriate for those who are just in the planning stages of starting a business or those already in business.  This is an overview of things that need to be addressed to insure success.  The workshop will be presented by a panel of SCORE experts in the field of management, finance and business planning. 
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MES "Tack Talk" available online
web posted May 16, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary School’s Newsletter, “Tack Talk” is available online for parents to catch up on what is going on in their local school. To find the latest release click on the link below
Merriwether Middle School

Edgefield Library announces Summer Reading Events
web posted May 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Library in Edgefield is gearing up for the summer with several activities for children of all ages. From reading programs, magic, puppets, and even a guest appearance from Scooby Doo all programs are scheduled and registration for participation in summer reading begins on Tuesday, May 27th Natalie Pulley said. 
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Judge falls victim to check fraud
web posted May 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – Though everyday citizens often find themselves victims of criminal activity, this time one of those appointed to fulfill justice appears to have fallen into the victim category. Any lawyer will tell a client the last thing they want to do is make the judge mad, imagine what it must be like to tell your client that the person they allegedly stole from is a judge.
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Governor Signs Bill for "Better Hair"
web posted May 15, 2008
COLUMBIA  – South Carolina took one giant step toward cleaner, shinier, healthier hair today with Governor Mark Sanford's signature of H.3803, a new law removing the legal requirement for shampooers to receive the same state-mandated 1,500 hours of training that cosmetologists receive.
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Democrat Candidate Forum tonight at JET Middle School
web posted May 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Democrat Party will be hosting a Democrat Candidate Forum tonight at JET Middle School at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend. Though no confirmed list of candidates attending has been provided, among those expected to attend are Edgefield Democrat District 25 Senate candidate Greg Anderson and Edgefield County Council District 1 candidate Albert Talbert. Refreshments will be available.

Edgefield County Student raising funds for National Championship in Chess
web posted  May 15, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Twelve-year-old Tori Whatley, the recent appointee to represent South Carolina in the Susan Polgar National Invitational Chess Tournament in Texas, is selling Papa John’s Pizza fundraiser coupons to help defray the cost of her trip.
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Wacky Laws in SC show over-reach of Government control
web posted May 15, 2008
COLUMBIA – There has always been the watchful eye of individuals over government intrusion into personal rights in South Carolina, but with Gov. Mark Sanford signing a bill to remove the required 1,500 hours of training for someone to wash your hair, several other laws suggested and even enforced seem to run amuck of common sense and may also be in need of review.
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Full Rebels football schedule released
web posted May 15, 2008
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond High School Rebels have released their 2008-2009 schedule including a matchup of the Ninth Grade team of STH and Fox Creek. There will be no game played on the "Meet the Rebels" night on Aug. 14. Spectators will view a practice session prior to the event.
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Summer Lake to have road placed into county road system
web posted May 14, 2008
EDGEFIELD – After ten years of trying, Summer Lake Subdivision will have their road accepted into the county road system as soon as the deed is turned over to the county. “Everything was done ten years ago,” Zoning Administrator Guy Mueller told the planning commission stating that for some unexplained reason it was never followed up on. “Who dropped the ball,” Commissioner Tracy Freeman asked. “The county,” Mueller answered.
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Law Enforcement treated to “appreciation dinner” at the Edgefield Grill
web posted May 14, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Area law enforcement officers were treated to a free meal at The Edgefield Grill Tuesday night as an expression of appreciation by Chef Sean Wight. “We just wanted to show our appreciation for all you do,” Chef Wight told the officers as they gathered for a few words and a blessing before being served.
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Large hail and violent winds surged into Edgefield County early Sunday morning
web posted May 14, 2008
COUNTY – Fortunately, a pair of tornado warnings issued for the county (the first for the Town of Edgefield itself and for the Town of Johnston) only led to one touchdown according to emergency officials. As such, the damage sustained by the area for such powerful storms was relatively light.
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Windows Into JET” Literary Book Dedicated to Virginia Culbertson at annual Young Authors’ Night
web posted May 14, 2008
JOHNSTON – Mrs. Virginia Culbertson was overwhelmed with surprise at the annual Young Authors’ Night Program at JET Middle School when the announcement was made that the literary publication of the school, “Windows Into JET” has been dedicated to her. The announcement was made by English teacher Cindy Ellis.
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Governor: Retirement Bill, Corrections Deficit Show Need for Fiscal Responsibility
web posted May 14, 2008
COLUMBIA – Tuesday Governor Mark Sanford highlighted two issues that point to fundamental flaws in our state's spending practices, and urged people to make their voices heard on the budget as it heads into its final stages.
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Top Award for March of Dimes Fund Raiser
web posted May 14, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) were recognized as the Top Fund Raising School Organization of the Greenwood March of Dimes District.
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Florida Hospital Executive Selected to Lead Self Regional Healthcare
web posted May 14, 2008
GREENWOOD—James A. Pfeiffer of Palm Harbor, Fla. has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Self Regional Healthcare, according to Len Bornemann, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees.
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Internet chat leads to theft, possible drugging of victim
web posted May 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police are investigating a case where the victim may have been drugged before the suspect began stealing thousands of dollars in electronics, prescription drugs, other items, cash, and his car. The suspect is a 50 year old woman from San Diego California that the victim met over the internet.
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Johnston Town Council members donate pay to balance budget
web posted May 13, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston is one step closer to finalizing next year’s budget when it received its first reading Monday night. “I don’t think the budget is perfect, but I don’t think we can make it perfect,” Councilman Morris Holmes said just before the unanimous vote to pass the ordinance. Mayor Willie Campbell said at the end of the meeting that the budget, as proposed, is balanced. To make that happen the members of the town council donated their pay, totaling $3,700, back to the town. The Mayor was not as generous and will continue to receive his pay.
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Johnston Town Council addresses wide range of issues in May meeting
web posted May 13, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their May meeting Monday night and tackled an assortment of matters ranging from tractor-trailer trucks “Jake breaking” on Highway 121, tornado warnings, to moving up the time of the monthly meetings.
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School District holds Employee Appreciation Banquet
(Photo)
web posted May 13, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District held their 2007-2008 Employee Appreciation Banquet on Thursday evening with fifteen employees being recognized for 20 years of Service. Superintendent Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw acknowledged the service that the educators have given to the molding of local students into successful adults.
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Johnston teams top rankings in Dixie Youth Standings
web posted May 13, 2008
SPORTS – The latest standings for the Dixie Youth Baseball has been released. The Johnston Orioles remain udefeated at 9-0 in the Minor League with the Edgefield Braves just two games back. In Major League play the Johnston Red Sox hold a one game lead over the Edgefield Braves and a 1.5 game lead over the Edgefield Mariners.
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Fishing Rodeo huge success for county youth (Photos)
web posted May 12, 2008
COUNTY – Though the early morning brought strong storms, lighting, and hail, the skies cleared and the sun shinned upon the Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo Saturday. “I think we might have more people than last year,” Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said. The event is organized each year by the Edgefield County Law Officers Association and is sponsored by several local businesses and agencies providing an opportunity for youth to “Get hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs”. With hundreds of local youths turning out and the fish biting, it was a grand day for all.
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Edgefield Couple holds “appreciation luncheon” for workers (Photo)
web posted May 12, 2008
EDGEFIELD – On Friday Edgefield Town employees and Sheriff’s Deputies were treated to a home cooked “appreciation lunch” at the home of John and Susan Edwards on Mims Street in Edgefield. As the noon hour rolled around several workers began filling the couple’s front yard as John Edwards was busy on the porch cooking hamburgers and hot dogs.
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EdgefieldDaily.com seeks freelance writer
web posted May 12, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is seeking a freelance writer for the week of June 16 – 21. Duties will include covering a single location story over the week with daily deadlines. For more information email EdgefieldDaily.com or call 803-634-0964. Great opportunity for journalism students. Position could lead to future assignments.

Johnston Police investigate alleged armed robbery
web posted May 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are investigating an alleged armed robbery that took place in the early morning hours of May 7. The 26-year-old Johnston woman told officers she went to the Amoco Station on Addison Street around 1 am and found the store closed. It was then she claimed she was approached by two black males who demanded money.
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Edgefield County’s shining stars lead us nowhere
Editor's Column
web posted May 12, 2008
COLUMN – I just have to wonder about those in control of our county and the decisions they make. Only in Edgefield County could such an upside down local government exist. Our Tax Assessor cannot pass the test to be a State Licensed Appraiser, yet she is paid over $50,000 a year while we hire a Licensed Appraiser to be our Building Director when he is not licensed to be one.
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Off The Wall: 'My daughter deserved to die for falling in love'
web posted May 12, 2008
OFF THE WALL – A man following the practices as a “peaceful Muslim” is in the news again for a father killing his daughter because she “offended” him and the family by “falling in love”. 17-year old student Rand Abdel-Qader was beaten to death by her father after becoming infatuated with a British soldier in Basra. In this remarkable interview, Abdel-Qader Ali explains why he is unrepentant - and how police backed his actions.
Off The Wall

No headlines today
web posted May 10, 2008
WEBNEWS – There are no headline stories today. All Sections and the Wandering Minds have been updated and Saturday's reports will be published on Monday. To all the mothers, Happy Mother's Day Sunday.

STH to offer Baseball Camp for youths 8-14
web posted May 9, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Baseball Program will be holding a two-day baseball camp on June 16 and 17 for youth ages 8-14. The basic fundamentals of hitting, throwing, fielding, and base running will be incorporated.  The camp instructors will be a combination of varsity high school coaches, college baseball players, and varsity high school players.
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Monthly cake winner (Click on picture for larger view)
web posted May 9, 2008
WEBNEWS – Virginia and Johnny Johnson, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary on May 23, picked up their winning entry in EdgefieldDaily.com’s monthly drawing for a cake from Jari’s Bakery and Catering on Thursday. Be sure to get your birthday, anniversary, and even graduation wishes in for our next drawing of our June winner that will take place the last week of May. It is free to enter and you could win the best tasting personalized cake in the county for free! Click on the picture for a larger view.
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Rebels announce 2009 football season schedule
web posted May 9, 2008
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond High School Fighting Rebels football schedule has been released. The schedule is regular 2-A season play and does not include pre-season or post season play.
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Gov. Sanford threatens veto of fifty-cent per-pack increase in cigarette taxes if not “offset” by other tax relief
web posted May 9, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford reaffirmed his stand on not raising any tax without an offsetting tax cut Thursday by saying he would veto the Senate's cigarette tax hike if it comes to his desk in its current form. The governor also called the plan a "double tax increase" for the way it increases taxes immediately, but will also mean having to raise taxes later on to cover future growth in the programs it seeks to expand.
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Two arrested after alleged burglary interrupted by homeowner (Photos)
web posted May 8, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – Metal thefts are becoming more prevalent as scrap metal prices continue to rise and a Bettis Academy man knows that better than anyone does. In the last two days, his property on the 1400 block of Bettis Academy Road has been targeted for theft and at least $3800 worth a car parts, engines, and rims were taken. On Wednesday he felt a little better when he caught a man and a woman parked behind the home with scrap metal in the truck bed and called 911 just after 1 pm.
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All eyes set on Lick Fork Lake for Fishing Rodeo this Saturday
web reposted May 8, 2008
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held this Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”.  Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether home target of thefts: truck, 4-wheeler, gun stolen
web posted May 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether family awoke Tuesday morning to find they were the victim of burglary that occurred over night with the bandit or bandits making off with over $7,000 in vehicles, tools, and a gun. Deputies arrived at the West Five Notch Road home in the 800 block and began gathering information and seeking evidence.
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Palmetto State’s Most Talented Performers Awarded (Photo)
web posted May 8, 2008
WEBNEWS – On Saturday, May 3rd, the Palmetto Dance Academy and Fine Arts Center sponsored the first Palmetto State’s Most Talented competition.  The competition, scheduled to become and annual event, seeks to award cash prizes to outstanding performers of all ages.  The competition was a success with participants arriving from as far away as Barnwell, SC. 
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$2,400 in copper stolen from Johnston business
web posted May 8, 2008
JOHNSTON – A refrigeration company from Florida reported the theft of four rolls of “copper leads” from a Johnston business on the 200 block of Lee Street. The four 100 foot rolls of copper leads were valued at $6 per foot.
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Miss Summer Blast Queens Crowned (Photo)
web posted May 8, 2008
SALUDA – The Miss Saluda County Organization crowned the first ever Miss Summer Blast Queens on Sunday, May 4th.  The pageant served as a fundraiser for the Miss Saluda County scholarship fund.  It was also a chance for young girls from across the area to come to Saluda to meet our Miss Saluda County Queens and their princesses.  The pageant consisted of both eveningwear and an onstage interview.  The interview is an essential part of the Miss America system and was placed in the Miss Summer Blast competition to allow the young ladies a chance to gain confidence while speaking in front of a crowd.
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Letter to the Editor: Lodge leader thanks community for support of Family Matters Conference
web posted May 8, 2008
Dear Editor,
This letter is in reference to the Family Matters Conference that occurred on May 3, 2008. First things first I want to thank Edgefielddaily.com for what you did in posting this event on your website.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strong Immigration Bill by House applauded by Governor
web posted May 8, 2008
COLUMBIA - Governor Mark Sanford said Wednesday the House's immigration reform plan, which requires employers to check workers' legal status using e-verify as the only alternative to an S.C. driver's license, was the best way to protect the state from illegal aliens taking jobs from citizens.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Clinton Library Won't Release Documents Sandy "Burglar" Berger stole from National Archives
web posted May 8, 2008
(CNSNews.com) - The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will not make available to the public the documents that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger illegally took from the National Archives in 2003.
Off The Wall

Rebel Golf Team takes Lower State Title (Photo)
web posted May 6, 2008
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Golf Team took the Lower State Golf Championship on Monday and will now advance to the State Championship in Myrtle Beach next week. The Rebels took the title with a one stroke advantage over Chapin High School with a total score of 302. The Rebels were the only team competing with females on the team.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Council May meeting
web posted May 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their monthly meeting Tuesday night with a full agenda and three public hearings. The public hearings were held on the proposed budget ordinance, updating the building codes, and the purchase of the Calliham property.
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All God's Creatures Golf Tournament postponed
web posted May 6, 2008
COUNTY – Due to extenuating circumstances, All God's Creatures 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament scheduled this Friday, May 9th at Persimmon Hill Golf Club will be postponed.  A later date will be announced.

Letter to the Editor: Writer seeks support group for Autism in Edgefield County
web posted May 7, 2008
Dear Editor:
My family and I have just started a journey that we were not prepared to start.  Our youngest child, our two year old son, has been diagnosed with Autism.
EdgefieldDaily.com

The Challenge of Meeting the Needs of Edgefield County Government
Editor's note: This document was provided to those attending the May 6 County Council Meeting and was signed by all five members.
web posted May 7, 2008
PSA – In recent months the Edgefield County Council has been considering the possibility of acquiring the building and property which has been occupied by Calliham’s TV and Furniture Store at the corner of Penn and Railroad Streets in the Town of Edgefield.  The Council has studied this matter carefully and has acquired an option to purchase the property. We are pleased to provide the following details of this proposal to the citizens of our County.
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Edgefield County Chamber Of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon Scheduled For June 6
web posted May 6, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Annual Women In Business Luncheon on Friday, June 6th at Pine Ridge Country Club beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Aiken Regional Hospital.
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Drug raids result in drugs, guns, and cash seized
web posted May 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information on the recent drug raids that took place Friday evening that netted a dozen arrests and the confiscation of drugs and weapons. An undisclosed amount of marijuana, crack cocaine, and cocaine were confiscated in the raids the release states in addition to three firearms.
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Edgefield Town Council passes first reading of 08-09 budget
web posted May 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their May meeting with a broad assortment of agenda items and the first reading of the town’s budget ordinance. Mayor Ken Durham called the meeting to order and then gave the floor to town attorney Greg Anderson to give the oath of office to Councilmen Jasper Lloyd, Herbert Yarborough, and Otis Yeldell who were unopposed for re-election this year.
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Johnston Town Council to raise millage rate: may discontinue commercial garbage service
web posted May 6, 2008
JOHNSTON - If the Town of Johnston keeps and passes its proposed FY 08-09 budget as it currently stands, Council members will be able to boast a true balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But it will only have come after tremendous sacrifice. And that may be just the beginning of more hardship to come, as doing business in the past (no millage increases and the provision of outdated services) may have finally caught up with the town.
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Farmers Market coming to Edgefield twice a month
web posted May 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Things could look a bit different on the Edgefield Town Square on weekends in the coming weeks if Joannah Holmes and the Edgefield Community Development Association have anything to say about it. Ms. Holmes appeared before the Edgefield Town Council to ask permission to bring a Farmers Market to the town square the first and third Saturday of May through August or September. “We really want to stimulate things downtown,” Ms. Holmes said.
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Peach Blossom Festival draws record crowd (Photos)
web posted May 6, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival was held Saturday and kicked off the festivities with the 11 am parade that featured dozens of entries and beauty queens as well as local dignitaries. Below is a photo essay of the event. Some said this was the largest turnout in recent years estimating the crowd into the thousands.
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Edgefield names flowerbed on town square for Charlie Mathis (Photos)
web posted May 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council, Mayor Ken Durham, and a crowd of onlookers gathered on the Town Square Monday afternoon to unveil a marker naming one of the new flowerbeds in honor of Charles “Charlie” Mathis. Mr. Mathis, soon to be turning 94, was a local merchant and also served on the Town Council for 34 years. He also grew and donated all the Day Lilies used in the replanting of the square. “We felt it was only fitting to name one of the beds for you,” Mayor Ken Durham said.
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Edgefield Police arrest one, others sought in racing 4-wheelers
web posted May 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A report of several people racing on the roadways on four-wheelers on Buckeye Street and Dogwood Lane brought Edgefield Police to the area. A short time later officers observed three subjects on four-wheelers racing along Dogwood Lane and clocked one of the individuals at 49 MPH on a roadway posted at 25 MPH. When an Edgefield Town Policeman tried to pull over the offending racers they fled and a pursuit followed. 
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Exclusive: Drug raids net a dozen arrests
web posted May 5, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, SWAT, Deputies, Edgefield Police Department, and K9 units from Aiken County conducted a series of raids Friday that resulted in a dozen arrests. The raids began early Friday evening after months of investigation by the Edgefield Sheriff’s Narcotics Division and continued into the night.
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Reporter wanted: EdgefieldDaily.com seeks freelance writer
web posted May 5, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com is seeking a freelance writer for the week of June 16 – 21. Applicant must have proven writing or reporting experience. Duties will include covering a single location story over the week with daily deadlines. For more information email EdgefieldDaily.com. No phone calls accepted. Great opportunity for journalism students that could lead to future assignments.

“All God’s Creatures” safe as fire razes building (Photos)
web posted May 5, 2008
JOHNSTON -- Cargo and Toolah sneezed in the smoke and leaned against the fence as Denise Holcomb caressed their heads and reassured them that everything was going to be okay. Despite all the excitement, somehow the dogs were calm. Their home was still intact as firefighters arrived just before 5 pm Sunday to fight the blaze that consumed the nearby structure.
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Business Directory continues to grow
web posted May 5, 2008
WEBNEWS – Looking for professional child care, storm shelters, or concrete work? The EdgefieldDaily.com Business Directory can help put you in touch. Edgefield County's only online service that puts you in touch with local businesses that can provide the services you seek when you need them. Have your Business listed today and take advantage of the largest readership available. Just click on the Business Directory button just below the Featured Sections and find what you want now.

All eyes set on corks for Fishing Rodeo this Saturday
web posted May 5, 2008
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held this Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”.  Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Last week to register to vote
web posted May 5, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – With the primary elections just over a month away those who are not registered to vote will have to do so before Friday. With several hotly contested races last minute voters should make an effort to register at the Voter Registration Office at the Courthouse.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Monthly Crime Statistics
web posted May 5, 2008
COUNTY – These statistics are compiled by local police departments and the Sheriff’s Office for local news media outlets. Each agency is listed separately. Please note not all agencies report the same call types. Each agency is listed by name and month.
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Off The Wall: Sheriff tells illegals to get out of town
web posted May 5, 2008
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio still isn't saying when he will take his crime suppression patrols to Mesa. He says there's a reason for the delay -- he's giving illegal immigrants a chance to get out of town. ``I'm giving them a chance to pack up and leave, so when I do go in there, there may not be a big problem," he said.
Off The Wall

Ridge Heritage Association dedicates historical marker for Johnston High School (Photos)
web posted May 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Ridge Heritage Association and a host of local dignitaries were among the many who attended a dedication ceremony at the Johnston Elementary School Gym to honor the old Johnston High School. Jack M. Tiller, President of the Ridge Heritage Association, said that the association has long awaited the day to place the historic marker on the school grounds.
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Correction: Birthday-Anniversary cake winner must notify EdgefieldDaily.com
WEBNEWS – The Birthday-Anniversary cake winner for the month of May was sent in by Virginia Johnson, which read; Happy 10th wedding anniversary Johnny. Thank you for the best 10 years. Looking forward for the next 10 years to come. Love Virginia Johnson. Mrs. Johnson will have to email EdgefieldDaily.com in order to retrieve notification in order to receive the free cake. We regret the omission in the announcement.

Public Auction Today
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web posted May 3, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Jay Watkins, who with his father owned and operated several businesses over the years, including gift shop, antiques booth, kitchen supply, and lumberyard. The property is located at 567 Lanham Road, Edgefield, S. C.  29824. The sale will be held at his building located at 567 Lanham Road. The sale will begin at 9:30 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM til sale time. Bring your trucks and trailers as there are numerous items to be sold!  Visit our website for detailed information, terms, and pictures. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801;  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Off The Wall: 500-pound defendant has court date in parking lot
web posted May 3, 2008
It was a beautiful day for drive-through justice Thursday at the Suffolk County courthouse. Under a cloudless sky, the court stenographer sat in a padded office chair. The defendant, Bernard Musumeci, 44, sat in the passenger seat of his gray Ford F-350 truck, the window down. And the judge, wearing no jacket over his black robe, marked the 11 a.m. court appearance amid a backdrop of pine trees. "The record should reflect that this arraignment is taking place in the parking lot of the courthouse," said state Supreme Court Justice Robert W. Doyle
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Townes Road residents continue plea for road paving
web posted May 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Townes Road was the main issue brought before the Edgefield County Transportation Committee Thursday afternoon by residents seeking to find a way to get the road, or a portion of the road, paved. “We’re basically boxed in,” Dr. Bill Jackson said, by land owned by various members of a family that owns the first quarter mile of the road. The issue is based on the county being unable to obtain easements needed in order to pave the road.
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Edgefield Police nab suspected drug dealer at checkpoint
web posted May 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have taken a man they suspect as dealing drugs into custody after he arrived at a designated checkpoint Wednesday night. According to police reports, William Edward Singleton Jr., 22, of Edgefield entered the checkpoint on Jeter Street and could not produce a valid drivers license. A check of his records showed his license was suspended due to a “controlled substance violation,” reports showed.
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Beauties crowned in Ridge Spring Miss Liberty Pageant (Photos)
web posted May 2, 2008
RIDGE SPRING – The Miss Liberty Pageant was held this past Saturday with Megan Bryant taking the crown as Miss Liberty from the many beauties that graced the stage in several age groups. Below is a full listing of all the crowned queens.
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Relay for Life Riddle solved, $200 donation on its way
web posted May 2, 2008
WEBNEWS – It seems the Relay for Life Riddle has been solved. EdgefieldDaily.com has been inundated with answers, most of them wrong, but others that answered correctly. Since the idea of the riddle is to provide additional funding of the Relay for Life fundraiser that may be a good thing. A check for $200 has been issued for the event and will be delivered in the coming days to help fight cancer.  
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May cake winner announced
web posted May 2, 2008
WEBNEWS – The Birthday-Anniversary cake winner for the month of May was sent in by Virginia Johnson, which read; Happy 10th wedding anniversary Johnny. Thank you for the best 10 years. Looking forward for the next 10 years to come. Love Virginia Johnson. To claim your cake simply call Jari’s Bakery at least ten days in advance to have your cake prepared to your specifications.

Senate strips out heart of immigration bill
web posted May 2, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford said Thursday the time for citizens who care about real immigration reform to make their voices heard about the need for reform is now. "By stripping out the e-verify requirement last night, the Senate has taken out the single most effective part of this immigration reform bill," Gov. Sanford said.
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Public Auction Saturday, May 3
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web posted May 2, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are conducting a sale of personal property for Mr. Jay Watkins, who with his father owned and operated several businesses over the years, including gift shop, antiques booth, kitchen supply, and lumberyard. The property is located at 567 Lanham Road, Edgefield, S. C.  29824. The sale will be held at his building located at 567 Lanham Road. The sale will begin at 9:30 AM with viewing from 8:00 AM til sale time. Bring your trucks and trailers as there are numerous items to be sold!  Visit our website for detailed information, terms, and pictures. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801;  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.

Off The Wall: CBS reporter glad he was kidnapped by terrorists, not the US military
web posted May 2, 2008
Butler said he felt it was better to be kidnapped in Iraq then taken into custody by Americans in Afghanistan. "I was pleased I wasn't being mortarboarded in Guantanamo or being held for six and a half years like an Al-Jazeera cameraman, for instance," he said.
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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival kicks off tomorrow night (Printable map included)
web posted May 1, 2008
JOHNSTON – It is that time of year when Johnston comes alive for the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival complete with Beauty Queens, vendors, fund and games, and a parade. The fun begins tomorrow night with a street dance from 8 pm – 11 pm with the full festivities kicking off Saturday morning and ending with a concert featuring The Catalinas at the Johnston National Guard Armory.
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EdgefieldDaily.com annual Relay for Life Riddle
web posted May 1, 2008
WEBNEWS – With the Annual Relay for Life set for May 16-17, EdgefieldDaily.com is bringing back our Relay for Life Riddle. If any reader can guess the riddle, EdgefieldDaily.com will donate a minimum of $200 to Relay for Life. So put on your thinking caps and give Relay for Life the money.
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Tori Whatley makes impressive stand In Dallas in National Tournament (Photo)
web posted May 1, 2008
DALLAS TX – Merriwether chess standout, Tori Whatley, had originally planned to try to win half of her games in her first national tournament, the 5th Annual All-Girl National Championships, which was held April 25th – 27th in Dallas, Texas, and she very nearly succeeded.
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Officers are gearing up for next week’s Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo
web posted May 1, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Law Enforcement Association will hold its annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 10 at Lick Fork Lake, just off Highway 230, with great weather and lots of family fun. Almost 800 family members turned out for last years’ great fishing, free ice cream, hot dogs, drinks, and the much anticipated bicycle and gift giveaway.
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Gov. Sanfornd: Republican Senators may "talk the talk" but won't "walk the walk" on immigration
web posted May 1, 2008
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Governor Mark Sanforn is none too pleased with Republican State Senators saying many "talk the talk" but won't "walk the walk" when it comes to immigration. “We’ve had meetings, numerous phone calls and letters back and forth with Senate Republicans over the past couple of days about the need for a strong electronic verification system - but it’s clear now that while many in the Senate talk the talk on this front, few walk the walk,” Gov. Sanford said.
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Ten Candidates Confirm Participation in Taxpayers Forum
web posted May 1, 2008
AIKEN – The Aiken County Taxpayers Association has received confirmation from ten candidates running for seats in selected S.C. House and S.C. Senate districts about participating in the Taxpayers Forum scheduled for Thursday, May 1. The invitation mailed to each candidate stated that only those candidates who provide confirmation that they will attend-by no later than noon on Monday, April 28-will be permitted to participate. This event marks the third year in a row that the Aiken County Taxpayers Association has held its non-partisan Taxpayers Forum.
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