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May 2009 Archive

Johnston business targeted for burglary, theft total could reach $100,000
web posted May 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – A burglary at the Mid-Atlantic Saw and Seal Company, located at 390 Park Avenue in Johnston, may well lift the total of property stolen in the last two months beyond a quarter million dollars. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 10 am of another burglary when the owners discovered the business had been robbed, vandalized, and over $50,000 worth of property stolen. Early estimates say the total could reach closer to $100,000 once an inventory is done of stolen property and damages.
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One man injured, another jailed in early morning crash (Photos)
web posted May 30, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A near head-on collision on Woodlawn Road Friday morning sent one man to MCG and a second man to jail. Merriwether Fire Fighters, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to the crash around 9 am and arrived to find the road partially blocked in a blind curve and one man bleeding from a head wound. The debris from the two trucks littered the crash scene.
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Letter to the Editor: Journalist proclaims liberal bias in media
web posted May 30, 2009
Dear Editor,
For almost 20 years now I've worked entirely in the television business.  And while the vast majority of that has been in the outdoors field, I often worked weekends at my local NBC affiliate as a field producer when I first got into the business.  Even at the local level I was surprised to find that the vast majority of the decision makers at the station were liberals who leaned far left in their political views.  Hence, I often failed to notice stories that I'd produced in the field after the final editing process had taken place.
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Burglary numbers continue to climb, two more reported Thursday
web posted May 29, 2009
COUNTY – Two more burglaries were reported on Thursday in an almost daily onslaught of a crime trend that has been taking place since the first of this year and has increased to dramatic levels in the last two months. The first reported burglary came in about a home on the 1000 block of Stephens Road early Thursday morning when a family member arrived and found the back door kicked in.
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Counterfeit $100 bills continue to be reported
web posted May 29, 2009
MCCORMICK – Still more counterfeit $100 bills are turning up in the area with two men entering Bussey’s Store on Highway 28 in Modoc trying to pass one of the bills on Tuesday. The men, described as a white male and a black male with dreadlocks, entered the store and presented the fake bill around 5 pm. When the clerk told the men the bill was fake they took the bill and fled.
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Estate Sale
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web posted May 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Happy Jack) Greene of Edgefield,S.C. The sale will be held at their home located at 588 Norris St.,Edgefield,S.C.29824 on Saturday May 30. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!!  We will be selling a very nice National Reso-phonic guitar. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Drug dealer pleads guilty before trial ends
web posted May 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Randall Biangelo Yeldell, 21, of Courtney Road in Trenton, will be spending the next five years in prison after pleading guilty before his jury trial was over on Wednesday. Yeldell was charged with seven felonies after he sped away from officers, nearly striking two, during a traffic stop for loud music on June 13, 2007. The chase ended a short time later and resulted in Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston sustaining injuries during the apprehension of Yeldell.
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Chrysler Conservatives Axed - Only Blogs Investigate
web posted May 29, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – The blogosphere has, once again, proven itself a worthy investigator.  Unsurprisingly, that same investigatory spirit is nearly nonexistent in the mainstream media.
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Aiken County to hold Memorial and Burial service for unclaimed deceased
web posted May 29, 2009
AIKEN – The Aiken County Coroner's Office will be holding their annual Memorial and Burial service today at 9:30 am at the Calvary Cemetery on Gregg Highway in Aiken SC. The service is for the indigent and unclaimed Aiken County citizens that died in 2008 and 2009. "These are citizens who lived and died in Aiken County and we hope to honor their memories with this service," Aiken County Coroner Tim Clarton said in a released statement.
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Third counterfeit $100 bill surfaces in a week
web posted May 28, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – Another fake $100 bill has turned up in Edgefield County, this time at the La Pasadita store located at 2003 Edgefield Road on Tuesday. The clerk told deputies that two black males and a white male entered the store asking for change for a $100 bill, which he suspected as fake. The clerk told the men he did not have that much change in the register but would go and get change from the office, which is when he called 911.
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Elderly Merriwether woman reports attempted lottery fraud
web posted May 28, 2009
COUNTY – Even though economic times may be a little tight, scammers are still out on the prowl even in Edgefield County. A 76-year-old Merriwether woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a possible, if not certain, fraud attempt. The woman said she received a phone call on Tuesday afternoon from a man claiming to be from Global Lottery informing her she had been selected to win $4.5 million and a Mercedes. In order to claim the prizes the woman needed to send $1,320 by Western Union to pay for the taxes. The man continued to call and the last woman he spoke with happened to be an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy.
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Estate Sale
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web posted May 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Happy Jack) Greene of Edgefield,S.C. The sale will be held at their home located at 588 Norris St.,Edgefield,S.C.29824 on Saturday May 30. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!!  We will be selling a very nice National Reso-phonic guitar. Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Citizen’s group launches online petition in effort to remove school superintendent
web posted May 28, 2009
COUNTY – A citizen’s group has started an online petition in an effort to encourage the Edgefield County School Board to terminate the contract of Edgefield County School Superintendent Dr. Mary Rice-Crenshaw. The group, spearheaded by local businessmen Charles Kemp and Jim Jackson, operate under the name “Edgefield County Citizen Taskforce Against Corruption in Education” and has launched a website with an online petition seeking Dr. Crenshaw’s removal.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer says sale of Girl Scout Camp Cofitachiqui "disgraceful"
web posted May 28, 2009
Dear Editor,
It is disgraceful that the SC Mountains to Midlands Council of Girl Scouts of America wants to sell Camp Cofitachiqui in Edgefield county two years after an administrative switch transferred it from Augusta’s Central Savannah River Council.  The Carolina Council is in a rush to sell off its lands in an effort to bring scouting “inside” to facilities like Columbia’s Urban Leadership Center.   Only three of its camps will remain.
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Sports: Fox Creek Football Spring Practice gets underway
By Tim Crane
web posted May 28, 2009
SPORTS – The Fox Creek Predators are working hard this spring, preparing for the challenges of another tough season in Region IV 1A.  The main objective; to get everyone acclimated with the new offensive system (Wing T) that will be in place this fall.  Coach Schneider is scouting the talent and moving guys around to see who fits best at each position.
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Governor's Counsel Removes Second Case to Federal Court
web posted May 28, 2009
COLUMBIA – The Counsel for Governor Mark Sanford removed the second of two actions regarding a disputed $700 million in stimulus funds to federal court on Wednesday. The governor was made a respondent in the suit - originally filed by former S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian and former video poker operative Dwight Drake - and after consideration filed to remove that suit to federal court as well, because it primarily deals with federal law.
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Merriwether home found burglarized Tuesday, number of crimes continue to climb
web posted May 27, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Another Merriwether home was found burglarized Tuesday afternoon, this time on the lower end of Sweetwater Road. Deputies were called to the scene around 6 pm and they in turn called for the Forensic Investigator to respond to process the scene. The home was located between the 300 and 600 block of Sweetwater Road.
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SC Supreme Court tosses out convictions in largest drug bust in Edgefield County history
web posted May 27, 2009
COLUMBIA –The South Carolina Supreme Court tossed out the drug trafficking convictions and 25-year prison sentences for three illegal Mexican men who were arrested, tried, and convicted in Edgefield County. The 900 pounds of marijuana seized at the time of the arrest is the largest drug bust in Edgefield County history.
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Graniteville woman killed Friday night near Sweetwater Road ruled accidental death
web posted May 27, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Graniteville woman was killed when she was struck by a Ford Explorer driven by a Trenton man Friday night. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Tuesday that 51-year-old Cathy Barnes was struck in the northbound lanes of Highway 25 near the Sweetwater Road intersection around 11:30 pm and was pronounced dead on the scene. “The circumstances surrounding her death are currently under investigation by the Aiken County Coroner's Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol,” Mr. Carlton said.
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Armed robber gets 4-years in plea agreement
web posted May 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – David Ronney Smith, 50, of Greenwood, was in General Sessions Court Tuesday where he was facing charges of burglary in the first degree, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and illegal possession of a pistol from a January 8, 2009 burglary. Rather than risk going to trial, Mr. Smith opted for a plea negotiation and stood before Circuit Court Judge William P. Keesley for sentencing.
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Peach harvest underway, but harvesting your own could land you in jail
web posted May 27, 2009
JOHNSTON – The peaches are ready and the harvest is coming along nicely, but as you drive down the road you might want to think twice about pulling over into one of the peach fields that are found across the county and picking a few of the tasty treats on your way home. You could end up in jail.
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Legal battles begin with Gov. Sanford and Legislators over "stimulus money"
web posted May 27, 2009
COLUMBIA – Counsel for Governor Mark Sanford today responded to one of the two suits brought regarding a disputed $700 million in stimulus funds, filing to remove it from the S.C. Supreme Court to federal court where it belongs.
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Religion: Sabotaging our Faith part 2
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted May 27, 2009
RELIGION – In last week’s column,  I wrote about seven things that the Christian can learn from the article Seven Career Killers, by Erin Burt, with Kiplinger.com. The author’s focus is on subtle ways to sabotage a career. The purpose of my column is to show that we can sabotage our Christian lives with some of the same problems.
Previously, I covered the first four, which are procrastinating, having a sense of entitlement, settling into your job description, and avoiding office politics. This week, we will cover the remaining three. The words from the original career article by Erin Burt with Kiplinger.com are in italics.
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Letter to the Editor: Singletary explains billion dollar lawsuit, names additional defendants
web posted May 27, 2009
Dear Editor,
Tell the truth and shame the devil! I've asked the editor to write my words and not that of his or the words of other reporters that I feel he receives his additional information resources. I originally filed my lawsuit because living in this town is like living in a warped time zone. In Edgefield, time has just stopped and instead of going forward. This back in the time undercover redneck town, it goes backward! Edgefield is a town where African Americans are unaware; they have equal and the same legal rights as whites!
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Midday crash sends husband and wife to hospital (Photos)
web posted May 26, 2009
NORTHSIDE – A husband and wife traveling to a funeral Monday afternoon ended up being taken by ambulance to the Greenwood Hospital after their Mercury Mountaineer rolled over after it was struck by a Ford Mustang GT at the intersection of Highways 25 and 378 around 1:30 pm. The initial call went out to Edgefield County EMS, Northside Fire Department, Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Highway Patrol reporting the couple was trapped inside the overturned SUV.
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Sheriff’s Office investigates two burglaries Monday
web posted May 26, 2009
COUNTY – Two more burglaries were reported Monday morning, one in Trenton and one in Edgefield. Shortly after 1 am Monday morning Sheriff’s Investigators were called to a home on Watson Street in Trenton after the owners returned home from a trip and discovered the home burglarized. A scene and report that was repeated shortly after 1 pm Monday afternoon at a home on the 100 block of Crest Road that is getting to be all too familiar to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Johnston Police cruiser damaged after stop of stolen car, manhunt follows
web posted May 26, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police patrol car was damaged after an officer attempted to stop a car on Ridge Road Monday night just before 10 pm. Two black men jumped from the car and fled, leaving the car in reverse which struck the patrol car. A check of the license plate found the car to be stolen out of North Augusta. Johnston Police and Sheriff’s Deputies converged on the scene to set up a perimeter after calling out the Bloodhounds to track the suspects.
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The Best of the Class of 2009 (Photos)
web posted May 26, 2009
COUNTY –High Schools in Edgefield County have named the best of the Class of 2009 with their Valedictorians and Salutatorians from each school. Wardlaw Academy held their graduation ceremonies this past Friday evening and Strom Thurmond and Fox Creek will hold their graduations next week. EdgefieldDaily.com salutes the excellence each of the students has achieved as the Best of the Class 2009.
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Sports: Spring Football - Rebel Style
By Tim Crane
 web posted May 26, 2009
SPORTS – After a very successful season in 2008, the Strom Thurmond Rebels finally hit the gridiron again for Spring Practice over the past two weeks. Approximately 100 young men came out for the varsity and junior varsity squads. There have been a few changes to the coaching staff with the departure of Doug Painter.  Louis Scott will take over as Athletic Director and defensive assistant. Chad Leaphart will take the reins as Offensive Coordinator.
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Strom Thurmond Seniors prepare for Graduation
web posted May 26, 2009
COUNTY –The Strom Thurmond Class of 2009 is preparing for graduation next Friday June 5 and EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates each student for their achievements as they enter the world of adulthood. The 187 graduates are listed below.
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Honoring those who gave all: Memorial Day
web posted May 25, 2009
COUNTY – With America honoring those who gave all today, EdgefieldDaily.com asked several local veterans; What does Memorial Day mean to you? Though originally published in 2005, these veteran's words ring just as true today. Please take time to thank a veteran today for it is they who keep you free, not the politician.
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Closings for Memorial Day
web posted May 25, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County, State, and Federal Offices will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day. A full listing of closures can be found below. The Edgefield County School District Schools will be open for classes as normal.
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Looking for last minute additions to your cook out? Check out the Coutry Cooking Section for recipes
web posted May 25, 2009
WEBNEWS – Edgefield County's only online Recipe Archive has almost 700 recipes to help you make your grilling and cooking the best it can be. Send in your favorites to share with others.
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June Cake Winner Announced
web posted May 25, 2009
WEBNEWS – The June Birthday cake winner has been drawn and the winner is “Uncle Tom” whose birthday wish came from Cody, Katie, and Livie. “June 8, Lordy, Lordy Look Who's 40!!! Happy Bday Uncle Tim - We love you - Cody, Katie, Livie.” Uncle Tom, Cody, Katie, or Livie will have to contact EdgefieldDaily.com by Thursday in order to claim their Birthday cake from Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield.
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“Downtown Drive-In” returns this week
web posted May 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) and the Town of Edgefield are excited to bring back the “Downtown Drive-In” summer movie series. The movie series brought hundreds of people to Edgefield’s downtown square last summer and fun was had by all. 
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Dancers to Present Inspirational Show
web posted May 25, 2009
SALUDA – The dancers of Palmetto Dance Academy will present their annual Spring Showcase of Talent on Sunday, June 7th, 3pm at the Batesburg Leesville Fine Arts Center.  The show features quotes from Rick Warren’s book “Purpose Driven Life” and is a culminating event each year for the studio.  After being inspired by Corey Smith’s song “Be the Change”, the dancers have worked since July to increase their volunteer projects while also developing their dance talent.
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Wise Tech Tips: Recover a backup image (Windows, Programs, etc…) with Reflect
By James Wise
web posted May 25, 2009
TECH TIPS – Last time (see last weeks column), we talked about how to make an “image backup” with a free program called Reflect. Today, we’ll talk about how to use this backup including exploring an image, creating a restore CD, and recovering an image. 
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Editor's Column; The US is broke: Obama and Democrats answer - keep spending
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 25, 2009
COLUMN – Just two years ago the Democrat Party was clamoring about “huge” spending from the Bush Administration because the national debt was nearly a half billion dollars. After the election of Barack Obama, and two years of Democrat control of the Congress, the national debt has skyrocketed to nearly two trillion dollars and is heading even higher. So much so that President Obama said Saturday that the United States was “out of money”. Not that he cares, nor do the Democrats. Their solution? To keep spending America into bankruptcy.
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British banks revolt against Obama tax plan
web posted May 25, 2009
British banks and stockbrokers may refuse to take on American clients if new international tax proposals outlined by President Obama are passed.
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Funny money turns up again Friday
web posted May 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Another counterfeit $100 has turned up, this time at the Greg’s Gas Plus in Merriwether. According to available information, the bill was taken sometime Friday and was discovered later in the day. Edgefield and Aiken County authorities are investigating after Keith Bert Brand, 24, and Christopher M. Morgan, 21 were arrested the day before for allegedly trying to pass a similar counterfeit $100 at the J&L Market.
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Free Customer Service training class offered in Edgefield
web posted May 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The SC National Heritage Corridor is offering customer service training for tourism sites on June 9 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Edgefield Town Hall. The training will provide tips, ideas and skills to help local tourism destinations provide high quality customer service.
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Edgefield County residents graduate Piedmont Tech
web posted May 23, 2009
COUNTY – Several Edgefield County residents were honored at Piedmont Tech in Greenwood along with other graduates. The new local graduates are listed below.
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Parent complains of inaction of school officials
web posted May 23, 2009
Dear Editor,
This letter to the editor is being published with the hope of soliciting input from other families whose children have been bullied or harassed within the Edgefield County School System. Since moving here in 2007, my youngest son, who has attended middle school within ECSD and now attends Strom Thurmond H.S.  
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NewsBusters
web posted May 23, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Two men arrested after allegedly passing fake $100 bill
web posted May 22, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two men accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at two local stores Thursday evening. The two men, initially described only as a white male and a black male, first tried to pass a fake $100 at the old Barton’s Store at the top of the four-lane section of Highway 25. Having no success, they headed southbound and tried again at the J&L Market, and that is where their luck ran out.
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Couple discovers being victim of burglary days later
web posted May 22, 2009
COUNTY – Late Wednesday night a Long Cane Road couple called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary to their home with a pistol and cash being taken. Unfortunately for investigators, the call came at least three days after the crime had taken place and made collecting evidence virtually impossible. The couple went out of town last weekend and returned on Sunday. They noticed the metal around the doorknob was bent but gave it little concern when they arrived home.
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Editor's Column: Force in place to derail vote on recent budget to fund employee benefits
web posted May 22, 2009
COLUMN – Kudos to Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece for seeing the need to reach a compromise in the impasse regarding the county budget for Edgefield County. Chairman Kneece and County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell were able to reach a compromise that partially funded several of the non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and fully funded the promised insurance benefits to county employees. They were joined with the support of Councilman Rodney Ashcraft.
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North Augusta man killed in freak accident
web posted May 22, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – A 52 year old North Augusta man was pronounced dead at his home after his Dodge pickup truck rolled down the driveway trapping him between the driver’s door and a tree. Mr. James Honaker, of Buckthorn Court, North Augusta, was said to have died of asphyxiation according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer claims School Board in "Collusion with School District to Play Race Card", Accuse Concerned Citizens of Bigotry
web posted May 22, 2009
Dear Editor,
You know you are getting close to proving corruption, fraud, malfeasance, and incompetence of individuals when they play the race card.  Yes they did. James Bibbs, Sally Cooks, and Mary Rice-Crenshaw have played the race card, accusing Charles Kemp and Jim Jackson of bigotry, and that Kemp and Jackson are only going after Superintendent Crenshaw because she is an African American.  That’s their only line of defense - play the race card, because what they have engaged in has been documented and is indefensible. 
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SC Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell Responds to Governor's Lawsuit
web posted May 22, 2009
STATE – South Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell today issued the following statement in response to Governor Mark Sanford's lawsuit: “Governor Sanford says this court case is about the “balance of power.” The truth is that this case is about his power. The Governor wants more of it, and he’s willing to trample over states’ rights to get it."
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Governor Sanford Files Suit to Stop Stimulus Spending
web posted May 22, 2009
COLUMBIA – In response to a planned lawsuit to be filed in the S.C. Supreme Court, Governor Mark Sanford has filed a federal suit to stop a disputed 10 percent of total stimulus funds from being spent in South Carolina unless they're used to pay down debt, saying the General Assembly's attempt to compel him to apply for the money oversteps federal law and our state constitution.
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Cavies spotted on Woodlawn Road (Photos)
web posted May 21, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Woodlawn Road is in the news again today, but this time not for a burglary, instead it is for sightings of Patagonian Cavies. Several readers spotted one of the animals in the driveway of a home near Deep Step Road and two took photos with their cell phones around 3 pm Wednesday. Richard Berry, of Edgefield, and Joe Henderson of Merriwether were among those who spotted the curious looking creature. “When it walked it moved like a dog, however, when in a hurry, it bounced equally on all four. Kind of like a kangaroo meets rabbit meets deer”, Mr. Berry wrote in an email.
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Aiken County woman dies from injuries in May 15 crash
web posted May 21, 2009
AIKEN – Ms. Tonya Bragg of Warrenville SC was pronounced dead today at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia SC. Ms. Bragg was the driver of
a 2006 Nissan Altima that was involved in a single car crash near Wagener SC on May 15, 2009. She remained hospitalized until her death Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Wednesday.
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Religion: Sabotaging our Faith
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted May 21, 2009
RELIGION – I recently read an article from the Kiplinger organization, which specializes in personal finance and business forecasting. The article was titled, “Seven Career Killers”. At the beginning of the article, the author mentioned obvious things that could get you fired from a job, like lying on a resume or stealing from the company, but focused the article on more subtle ways to sabotage a career.
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“The Country” opens Friday in Edgefield
web posted May 21, 2009
EDGEFIELD – “The Country”, a new family owned petting farm will hold their Grand Opening on Friday May 22 at 5:30 pm with nature trails, over 50 animals on the farm, and a wide assortment of activities for young and old. There will be a free movie at the outdoor theatre and fireworks afterwards to celebrate the event.
The Country

Estate Sale
Paid advertisement
web posted May 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Happy Jack) Greene of Edgefield, S. C.  The sale will be held at their home located at 588 Norris St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 on Saturday May 30. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!!  We will be selling a very nice National Reso-phonic guitar.  Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

ECH recognizes employee contributions
web posted May 21, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital recognized all its employees and handed out service awards at its annual Employee Appreciation Dinner at Pine Ridge Country Club last Tuesday night. Board member Tim Williams welcomed everyone and Board member Richard Bohn gave the opening prayer.
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Gov. Sanford Issues Statement on Veto Overrides, Files Lawsuit
web posted May 21, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has issued a statement on the recent budget veto overrides by the Legislature and has announced that he is filing a Federal lawsuit to challenge the House and Senate for their actions to usurp the constitutional powers of the governor over the stimulus money.
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NewsBusters
web posted May 21, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Sports - Edgefield County Warriors take State Directors Challenge National Invitational Tournament
web posted May 21, 2009
SPORTS – Congratulations to the EC Warriors 16U AA USSSA Travel baseball team for their exceptional efforts this past weekend by winning the State Directors Challenge National Invitational Tournament at Chapin High School.  For the past eight months over 25 baseball players ranging from 13 to 16 years old have been practicing and trying out for the team.  Finally twelve playersand their family proceeded to Chapin, South Carolina for their very first National Invitational Tournament.
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The Classfieds - More than just free kittens
web posted May 21, 2009
WEBNEWS - Be sure to check out the Free Classifieds Section on EdgefieldDaily.com. Buy, sell, or trade and find information on things such as South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Classes now being available in the Edgefield area.
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Summer Camps Registration Deadline Extended
web posted May 21, 2009
South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Classes available in the Edgefield area.
GREENWOOD – The registration deadline for three summer camps at Piedmont Technical College has been extended.  Three special career-oriented camps in automotive and engineering technology will be offered with something for everyone.
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County Council votes to fund employee insurance, NGO’s at budget workshop
web posted May 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council has found a way to balance the budget and restore fully paid insurance for county employees as well as fund several of the Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) at a reduced level. County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell presented the budget amendment that she and fellow Finance Committee member County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece had worked on for over a week. “This to me is a good balanced budget, it gives everybody a little bit but not what they wanted,” Kneece said. “I think this is very fair the way it’s done.”
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Merriwether residents arrive home to find burglary in progress (Photos)
web posted May 20, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Burglaries continue to be reported across the county with the most recent coming Tuesday night when a Merriwether couple pulled into their driveway, heard a “loud bang” around 9:30, and then saw two people dressed in dark clothing running from their garage. Sheriff’s Deputies converged on the area in an effort to capture the suspects. Deputies began stopping vehicles in and around the Woodlawn Road area as the Bloodhound Team were called to track the suspects.
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Edgefield resident finds burglars in home
web posted May 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – While Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating a burglary in the Merriwether area Tuesday night, a homeowner on Buckeye Street near Jeter Street reported arriving home and reported hearing someone inside their home. After calling police it became obvious that someone had thrown something through a window to gain access to the home and was in the process of ransacking the home when the owners arrived.
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Greenwood woman injured in crash with logging truck (Photos)
web posted May 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A call of a collision involving a car and a tractor-trailer was received by Edgefield County 911 around 2:30 pm Tuesday afternoon that reported a wreck on Highway 25 just north of Highway 378 was completely blocking the highway with the driver of a Jeep Wrangler involved in the crash complaining of back injuries.
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Relay for Life Tops $60,000 goal
web posted May 20, 2009
JOHNSTON – Even under normal circumstances the words rain and relief are not likely to be used in the same sentence for Sharen Fay, but the statement is most applicable on a Relay for Life weekend. But there she was on Saturday afternoon, visibly comforted by the sheets of rain falling outside.
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Estate Sale
Paid advertisement
web posted May 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the personal property estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Happy Jack) Greene of Edgefield, S. C.  The sale will be held at their home located at 588 Norris St., Edgefield, S. C. 29824 on Saturday May 30. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day!!  We will be selling a very nice National Reso-phonic guitar.  Please visit our website for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Strom Thurmond High School and Career Center Honors and Awards 2009
web posted May 20, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School and Strom Thurmond Career Center held the 2009 Honors and Awards Program on May 18, 2009. The following students were honored.
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Gov. Sanford to veto state budget
web posted May 19, 2009
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford will be holding a press conference today to announce that he will issue a veto on the state budget. The press conference will take place today at 3 pm.

Calls from residents aid in investigation of burglaries
web posted May 19, 2009
COUNTY – Calls from residents to the Sheriff’s Office reporting suspicious vehicles and persons have increased and it has helped in the ongoing investigations in the rash of burglaries and thefts recently. A tip called in Monday has given investigators information of possible suspects when a passing driver called to report two men who looked suspicious. When a deputy arrived to investigate the men were gone, but property, assumed stolen, was found stashed on the side of the road at the edge of the woods where the men were reportedly standing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Aiken man murdered in drive-by shooting
web posted May 19, 2009
AIKEN – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that took place around 3:35 Monday afternoon when a dark blue Chevy Tahoe reportedly drove by a home at lot 9 T&S Drive and fired several shots at the home striking John Henry Anthony, 57. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the man was pronounced dead at his home.
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School Board calls special meeting for “legal advice”
web posted May 19, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board has scheduled a “special called meeting” for Wednesday, May 20, and 6 pm to receive legal advice in executive session. Though the announcement of the meeting provided to local media does not specifically denote a particular legal issue, a recent report of a letter advising the School District that a “ballot” delivered to teachers to take a cut in pay in order to save jobs may have been illegal, appears to be the focus of the meeting.
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Winners announced in Coloring Contest (Photo)
web posted May 19, 2009
COUNTY – The Commissioners of the Edgefield Soil and Water Conservation District are pleased to announce the winners of the annual coloring contest sponsored by the Conservation District. The Edgefield Conservation District reaches out to every grade level with programs and projects each year in an effort to boost the overall knowledge of natural resource conservation.
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Tobias awarded Cheerleading scholarship to Newberry College (Photo)
web posted May 19, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Ashton Tobias, a senior at Fox Creek High School, has been awarded an $11,000 scholarship to cheer at Newberry College for the upcoming school year. Ashton has been an all-star competitive cheerleader for 5 years and cheered her senior year at Fox Creek High School.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether distributorship targeted in weekend burglary
web posted May 18, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether business was the target of the most recent burglary when workers discovered a window to the office of the Coburg distribution office on Restmaster Lane was broken out Sunday morning. After a deputy arrived and observed the scene investigators were called to process for evidence in the obvious burglary.
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Final work session of contentious $8 million county budget tomorrow night
Current budget includes reduction in employee benefits/pay to balance budget
web posted May 18, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding its final fiscal year 2009-2010 budget workshop on Tuesday night, 6 pm, at the County Council chambers on Jeter Street. As the budget stands after two formal readings Edgefield County employees will be paying $94 a month towards their benefits package offered at the time of their hiring and Piedmont Tech will receive close to $45,000. In addition, a tax increase is included to provide funding for the Edgefield Civic League at $17,500. A Public Hearing on increasing the road maintenance fee from $10 to $20 will also be held prior to the workshop.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burglary and attempted burglary reported at Merriwether homes
web posted May 18, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A burglary and an attempted burglary were reported over the weekend in the Merriwether area in addition to the burglary of a local dairy distributorship. Friday night residents along Big Oak Drive reported two suspicious vehicles at a nearby property and when deputies arrived the vehicles were gone.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wise Tech Tips: Backup your Entire Hard Drive (including Programs) with Reflect
By James Wise
web posted May 18, 2009
TECH TIPS – Would you be prepared if the hard drive in your computer failed? Do you have extra time on your hands to spend installing Windows and all your programs? If not, you might want to consider creating an image of your hard drive. Today, we’ll talk about a free program to do this called Reflect.
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NewsBusters
web posted May 18, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Gov. Sanford's "Waste of the Day" is state-run golf courses
web posted May 18, 2009
STATE  – Gov. Sanford's "Waste of the Day" is state-run golf course parks that lose nearly $500,000 annually. The state owns and operates golf courses at two state parks - Hickory Knob State Park and Cheraw State Park.
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Klauber Named Senior Vice President at Piedmont Tech
web posted May 18, 2009
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Ray Brooks has named Jim Klauber the college’s senior vice president. Klauber is a 1989 graduate of The Citadel, where he received bachelor’s degrees in political science and history, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the SC Army National Guard. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993 and serves as general counsel for PTC. In 2005, he completed the graduation certification in higher education leadership and is currently working on his doctorate from USC.
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Deputies, Police sweep county serving warrants
web posted May 16, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Edgefield and Johnston Police, were busy serving arrest warrants Friday evening and continued on into the night. How many had been apprehended at this writing is unknown, nor was the nature of the warrants being served. General Sessions Court is scheduled to begin on May 25 of this month and will run through June 5 which may have something to do with the timing of the sweep.
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Reduction in pay forms distributed to teachers may have been illegal
web posted May 16, 2009
COUNTY – Several issues have come to light since the Tuesday night meeting of the Edgefield County School Board. One of the top issues was a form that was presented to all teachers in the school district which asked if they would be willing to voluntarily take a $1,250 cut in pay in an effort to save jobs. After the forms were distributed, collected, and used in the budget process the District was advised in a letter that the action might be illegal.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston child struck by car after running stop sign on bicycle (Photos)
web posted May 15, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston child was struck by a car at the intersection of May and Smith Streets and was transported by ambulance to MCG for treatment of his injuries. Johnston Police and Edgefield County EMS arrived on the scene and began treating the 10-year-old boy within minutes of the 3 pm call. May Street was closed for forty minutes to through traffic as Johnston Police investigated the incident.
EdgefieldDaily.com

June cake winner to be annouced soon - enter your loved ones now
web posted May 15, 2009
WEBNEWS – Get those June Birthday and Anniversary wishes in now for our next drawing for a cake winner in June. The winner will be announced on May 25 and to enter all you have to do is send in a birthday or anniversary wish for your loved one and they are automatically entered into the drawing to receive a cake made just for them from Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield.
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Early morning crash spares local man from injury (photos)
web posted May 15, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man escaped serious injury in an early morning crash on Martintown Road just before 5 am. When EMS workers arrived on the scene there was no one in the truck but a man was seen walking west towards Sportsman’s Corner. Sheriff’s Deputies began searching the sides of the road and located the driver about 200 yards away with bumps and bruises. Alcohol is suspected to be involved in the crash.
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Thurmond student featured in newscast on bullying
web posted May 15, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen attending Strom Thurmond High school was featured in a news report by our news partner WJBF News 6 on Thursday. The report comes on the heals of an Atlanta student that committed suicide after constant bullying at school.
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Relay for Life Saturday
web posted May 15, 2009
JOHNSTON – A correction to an earlier report on the Relay for Life is in order. EdgefieldDaily.com was contacted with information the hour of the Relay has been changed to Saturday from 1 pm until 1 am at the Strom Thurmond Football stadium. The event organizers hope to raise $60,000 this year and there will be a wide assortment of games and activities throughout the event. Please come out and support this worthwhile fight to find a cure for cancer.

Rep. Nikki Haley announces bid for Governor of South Carolina (Photo)
web posted May 15, 2009
LEXINGTON SC – The field of candidates for South Carolina grew after Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley announced she wouild seek the Republican nomination. "After months of encouragement from supporters all across the state and countless discussions with friends and family, I have decided to run for Governor of South Carolina," Representative Haley said.
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Saturday last in series of poetry readings
web posted May 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Saturday, May 16, marks the last poetry reading in the Inaugural spring series at Paperwhites. Hosted by Jo Ann Amos and Pamela Urban Moore, proprietors of Paperwhites, and sponsored by Edgefield Regional Arts, the reading will feature award-winning poets Linda Lee Harper and Ed Madden.The reading, introduced by Laurel Blossom, will take place at 2 PM downstairs at Paperwhites, 102
Courthouse Square in Edgefield.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Greenwood Collection Center Expands Operational Hours and Encourages the Community to Donate Blood
web posted May 15, 2009
GREENWOOD – On Sunday, April 5th, The Blood Connection began operating under expanded hours in its Greenwood center in order to better accommodate donors.  The hours have been changed to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in an effort to be more donor friendly.  During difficult economic times, extending hours gives donors a better chance to donate without forfeiting working hours. 
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Gov. Sanford's Waste of the Day: Gameday Traffic Control
web posted May 15, 2009
COLUMBIA – Gov. Sanford is pointing out waste he sees in state government and today's Waste of the Day is taxpayer subsidized traffic control for football games and other special events. Rather than allowing the Highway Patrol to recoup its costs from event organizers and the Universities, each year it costs the Patrol nearly $1 million to provide this service for special events across the state.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Democrats Work To Kill Early Voting
web posted May 15, 2009
COLUMBIA – On the heels of the 2008 presidential election when voters across the state stood for hours in unprecedented long lines, Senate Democrats are working hard this week to kill important and time sensitive early voting legislation.
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Merriwether burglaries continue, crimes now linked
web posted May 14, 2009
COUNTY – Another day in Merriwether resulted in yet another reported burglary along the Martintown Road corridor. A Merriwether woman called to report a burglary she suspects happened last week at her home on the 2200 block of Martintown Road. According to the investigator working the case on Wednesday, between $3,000 and $5,000 worth of jewelry was taken from the home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Truex to Drive Turkey Car in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Showdown (Photo)
web posted May 14, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) flying turkey logo will appear on the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet driven by two-time Nationwide Series Champion and current Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr. on Saturday, May 16. Truex will be competing for a win in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown in order to earn his way into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race later that night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
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Suspected car thief captured after confrontation with owner
web posted May 14, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A resident on Dupriest Circle was awoken shortly after 1 am on Wednesday to the sound of his Dodge truck being started and driving out of his driveway. The man told Sheriff’s Deputies he was laying on the couch at the home when he heard his truck being stolen and he and his girlfriend jumped into a second vehicle to follow the truck in an effort to help apprehend the suspect. The truck was located with the suspect inside at the Greg’s Gas Plus on Highway 25 at Sweetwater Road by the owner who called Aiken County Deputies and then confronted the suspect. Something law enforcement does not advise anyone to do.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Readers solve annual riddle, Relay for Life to receive $200 donation
web posted May 14, 2009
WEBNEWS – The Edgefield County Relay for Life will be given a check for $200 after a number of readers correctly answered this year’s Relay for Life Riddle. The Relay for Life event will take place starting on Friday evening and will run through Saturday at the Strom Thurmond High School Football field.
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Gov. Sanford issues “Waste of the Day” releases to show wasteful spending in state budget
web posted May 14, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has started a series of “Waste of the Day” excerpts from the state budget to expose what he feels is frivolous spending in an effort to rein in the state legislature, even though it pits him against members of his own party who sit in control of both houses of the state legislature.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Senators Commit to Closer Examination of School Choice
web posted May 14, 2009
STATE – At the request of chief sponsor Senator Robert Ford (D-Charleston), a group of seventeen Senators agreed to more closely consider details of legislation offering School Choice to parents across South Carolina.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Three more burglaries reported
web posted May 13, 2009
COUNTY – Three more burglaries have been reported, one from Monday and two more discovered on Tuesday. In the most recent case, the homeowners left their Scotts Ferry Road home around 10 am to return just a few hours later to find a door kicked in, muddy shoeprints inside the home, and property missing. Sheriff’s Investigators arrived at the home and began collecting evidence that was said to include the footprints and tire tracks. There was no property list available Tuesday afternoon to determine the value of the items stolen.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Victims and taxpayers share the cost of rise in crime
web posted May 13, 2009
COUNTY – As the number of burglaries continues to rise on an almost daily basis, two more reported by 2 pm Tuesday, the cost left in the wake goes beyond the emotional feeling of being exploited, invaded, and loss of property by the victims. There is a cost to taxpayers as well - and the cost is one the county is not balking at paying. Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey has added additional patrols, and with no new deputies, that means overtime.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Lady Pats take fifth straight state title (Photo)
web posted May 13, 2009
COLUMBIA - The Wardlaw Lady Patriots and head coach Ron Conley probably could have won a fifth straight softball state championship over the weekend without a phone call and personal pep talk from Arizona softball legend and Olympic champion Jennie Finch, but it certainly didn't hurt matters.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County breaking ground for new offices? Yes, and no (Photos)
web posted May 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The arrival of two pieces of heavy equipment Tuesday at the proposed site of the new county office building on Railroad Street and subsequent clearing of small trees and excavation work next to the parking lot had many asking if the county was already breaking ground on the new building. The answer, as it turns out, is yes - and no.
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There's nothing like Paris in the spring (Photo)
web posted May 13, 2009
MERRIWETHER – At 2 years old, Paris Marchant has spent more time in a hospital than many people do in a lifetime. And in February of last year, she fell victim to two strains of influenza, Types A and B, along with bacterial pneumonia. She spent a total of 129 days in different hospitals, having to be placed in an induced coma and being on a ventilator. At one point, her lungs collapsed and her parents were told there was nothing doctors could do.
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Religion: Say what you mean & mean what you say!
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted May 13, 2009
RELIGION – Have you ever said something to someone that was hurtful? Maybe you were trying to get a reaction from them, but you had no idea they would be devastated by your words. Once you realized how much you had hurt them, you tried to make them feel better by saying, “I’m sorry, I was only kidding with you!”
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NewsBusters
web posted May 13, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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“Feed-a-Kid” program seeks summer host sites
web posted May 13, 2009
PSA – The Carey Hill Development Corporation will sponsor the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition “Feed-a-Kid Program for Edgefield, Saluda, and McCormick counties. The program provides free meals for children 18 years of age and younger during the summer.
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Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement May 21
web posted May 13, 2009
GREENWOOD – More than 450 graduates of Piedmont Technical College will receive certificates, diplomas and associate degrees during spring commencement exercises on May 21. Commencement exercises will begin at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Civic Center, and graduates as well as guests are encouraged to arrive early. Once occupancy reaches capacity, additional guests will not be permitted to enter. 
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Obama controls private sector: Halves Chrysler's Planned Marketing Budget
web posted May 13, 2009
NATIONAL – DETROIT (AdAge.com) -- Chrysler wanted to spend $134 million in advertising over the nine weeks it's expected to be in bankruptcy -- the U.S. Treasury's auto-industry task force gave it half that.
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FAA Approves Plan to Give Stimulus Funds to Airport Named After Murtha
web posted May 13, 2009
NATIONAL – The Washington Post reported last month on more than $150 million in federal funds that Murtha directed to the airport, which has six arriving and departing flights per day. Among the improvements, Murtha directed the Pentagon to give the airport a new, $8 million, state-of-the-art radar tower that has not been used since it was built in 2004, and $30 million for a new runway and tarmac so the airport could handle large military planes and become an emergency military base in case of crisis.
Washington Post

Johnston skips out on first reading of budget - Financial woes continue
web posted May 12, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their May meeting with only two items on the agenda, a public hearing for the 2009-2010 budget and the first reading on the ordinance accepting the budget. No one spoke at the public hearing portion of the meeting for or against the $918,997 budget that also increases taxes by 2.9 mills. There was a great deal of discussion on the budget itself, which never obtained a reading by the time the meeting ended. The budget must receive two readings before June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
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Johnston man remains jailed in alleged molestation of Edgefield teen (Photo)
web posted May 12, 2009
JOHNSTON – The official report on the arrest of 37-year-old Gustav Paul Sawvell on Saturday for criminal sexual conduct with a minor has been released. Sawvell continues to be held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on bond, although no bond amount was available Monday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

A Spotlight on Secondary Stroke Prevention
By Dr. Fredrick Phillips
web posted May 12, 2009
COUNTY – The CSRA is centrally located in the buckle of the Stroke Belt, a wide swath covering eight states - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and Tennessee - where the risk of having a stroke, and dying from stroke, is 40 percent higher than anywhere else in the U.S.
EdgefieldDaily.com

$7,000 in stolen property added to recent burglary totals
web posted May 12, 2009
COUNTY – Four more burglaries have been reported over the weekend, however half of the most recent reports are outside the Merriwether area which has been hit with a string of burglaries and thefts over the past five weeks. One of the reported burglaries in the Merriwether area seemed to have been foiled by the homeowners alarm system going off and scaring away the person or persons attempting to rob the Gregory Lake Road home. In all of the reports, over $7,000 in property was stolen or damaged.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor: Spending All of Stimulus Money Wastes Chance for Reform
web posted May 12, 2009
STATE – Governor Mark Sanford pointed out Monday a number of wasteful and inefficient proposals contained in the state budget, saying they were evidence that spending every dollar from the so-called "stimulus" package will result in a missed opportunity to make much-needed changes and reforms.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Piedmont Tech to offer "Quick Jobs" courses
web posted May 12, 2009
GREENWOOD – Many people who are out of work may decide they need to go back to school, but time and money are often major concerns. Piedmont Technical College is working to offer a series of Quick Jobs courses designed to put people back to work in a matter of weeks.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Families flock to Fishing Rodeo (Photos)
web posted May 11, 2009
WESTSIDE – The Edgefield County Law Officers Association held its annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo Saturday with an estimated 900 adults and children in attendance. The weather was perfect with partly cloudy skies, warm temperatures, and a gentle breeze. Children twelve and under were provided with free fishing poles, bait, and the fishing was great as Lamarkus Jones, (left) who landed the largest fish caught - a 4 1/2 pound catfish - can attest to.
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Johnston man charged in child molestation
web posted May 11, 2009
JOHNSTON – A 37-year-old Johnston man has been arrested and charged with an alleged molestation involving a young girl between the ages of 13 and 14 years on Saturday. Gustav Paul Sawvell has been arrested and is currently being held awaiting a bond hearing on the charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age, jail officials said Sunday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Power-Packed Chess Tournament Debuts in Edgefield County (Photo)
web posted May 8, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Middle School welcomed some of the strongest scholastic chess players in the two-state area to its facility Saturday as the first annual Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess tournament made its debut.  The field contained, among others, the 2008 S.C. female Scholastic Champion, the Georgia  Elementary Champion and a youngster who finished 10th at the 2008 National Scholastic Chess Championship in Florida.  “Forty percent of these players recently competed at the U.S. Chess Federation’s Super-nationals IV in Nashville, Tennessee,” added Maverick’s Coach David Whatley.   
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Poetry at Paperwhites to feature “Open Microphone” this Saturday
web posted May 11, 2009
EDGEFIELD – This Saturday, May 16, marks the last poetry reading in the inaugural spring series at Paperwhites.  Hosted by Jo Ann Amos and Pamela Urban Moore, proprietors of Paperwhites, and sponsored by Edgefield Regional Arts, the reading will feature award-winning poets Linda Lee Harper and Ed Madden. The reading, introduced by Laurel Blossom, will take place at 2 pm downstairs at Paperwhites on Courthouse Square in Edgefield.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NewsBusters
web posted May 11, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Wise Tech Tips: View Satellite and Street View Images with Google Maps
By James Wise
web posted May 11, 2009
TECH TIPS – If you are you going somewhere for the first time, you might like to see what your destination looks like. You could just be interested in seeing what someplace looks like from the air or street. If so, the free Internet site, Google Maps, might help (oh, and you can use it for directions as well).
EdgefieldDaily.com

Editor's Column: Dictators, Socialists marvel at Obama's destruction of America (Photo)
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 11, 2009
Below: Obama portrayed as Christ with outstretched arms and a crown of thorns
COLUMN – President Obama is enjoying his lofty position with a pandering national media who fails to report his socialist, if not Marxist, agenda making great strides to nationalize major portions of our nation’s private industries within 100 days of being in office. And he makes no bones about wanting tight-fisted control of even more, including our nation’s healthcare providers. European Socialist nations have warned Obama is moving too far left too fast and Dictator Hugo Chaves is amazed at the ease in which Obama is given carte-blanc by the US media.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo this Saturday
web reposted May 8, 2009
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 9, 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

Total in burglaries and thefts top $12,000 so far for the week
web posted May 8, 2009
COUNTY – Sheriff’s Investigators have tacked on another $5,650 of stolen goods recently with the reports of a stolen golf cart, riding mower, and guns on Wednesday bringing the total number of thefts and burglaries this week to an even dozen with over $12,000 in items stolen and property damaged.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off to a bad start: youths 11-14 accused in recent crimes
web posted May 8, 2009
COUNTY – It seems the age of criminals is getting younger these days as two reported crimes involving juveniles between 11 and 14 years of age. Both cases were reported Tuesday, one in Edgefield and one in Johnston. Tuesday night a Johnston woman called to report a window was broken in her home and someone had been inside.
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Letter to the Editor: Peach Blossom Festival Chair thanks supporters
web posted May 8, 2009
I needed to write a letter to say thank you to everyone that helps make the 26th Annual Johnston Development Board Peach Blossom Festival such a success.
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Senators Cracking Down on "Novelty Lighters"
web posted May 8, 2009
COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s State Senators are moving legislation through the General Assembly that will keep novelty lighters out of the hands of children by making it illegal for stores to sell them, even to adults. The bill’s author and subcommittee members believe the lighters are marketed to appeal to children.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Investigation: Is Terror Closer Than You Think?
web posted May 8, 2009
COLUMBIA – About an hour north of Columbia, a small community goes about its daily business. But their neighborhod is like no other in our state. They have no elected leaders; instead, they answer to a man who lives in Pakistan. A man a law enforcement report says is a terrorist.
WXLT.com

Merriwether burglaries continue
web posted May 7, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Two more burglaries have been reported this week and again along the Martintown Road area. Tuesday evening a man returned to the family home on the 2500 block of Martintown Road to find a shed door pried open with a shovel and the door to the home forcefully entered. Another Martintown Road property owner reported a burglary Wednesday night. The rash of ongoing burglaries in the community, many in broad daylight, has the Sheriff’s Office placing additional patrols trying to keep an eye out for the perpetrators.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stand up for an Abused Child
web posted May 7, 2009
COUNTY Be the person who changes a child's life. Learn to be an advocate for a child in foster care. The Edgefield County Guardian at Litem is seeking those willing to give their time to protect abused children and will be offering a class to train those interested.  The training is free and will begin on May 12.
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Reader submits addition to "The Norman Dorn Show" via YouTube
 web posted May 7, 2009
WEBNEWS – An avid reader who is among those to recieve digital recordings of the Edgefield County Council meetings sometimes converts a portion of the meetings (and also other events) into videos and places them on the popular video site YouTube. This video is allowing County Councilman Norman Dorn to display his qualifications as a county councman for all to hear. The recording used is from the May 5, 2009 meeting of the Edgefield County Council.
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Senate Moves On ‘Born Alive’ Bill
web posted May 7, 2009
COLUMBIA – A State Senate subcommittee gave key approval to the ‘Born Alive’ bill Wednesday. The bill ensures that a baby who survives an abortion attempt is not treated as medical waste and is entitled to treatment as any other child. The bill defines a child as a person breathing and with a heart beat.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NWTF Names Ellen Lintal New Controller (Photo)
web posted May 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation has named Ellen M. Lintal of Aiken, S.C., as its new Controller. In her new role, Lintal will oversee financial matters including collections, inventory and the Federation's general ledger. Lintal's background in finance includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and more than 20 years experience as a financial analyst, controller and budget manager.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NewsBusters
web posted May 7, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
EdgefieldDaily.com

PTC’s Award-winning Cobra Could Be Yours (Photo)
web posted May 7, 2009
GREENWOOD – The Piedmont Technical College Foundation is providing the opportunity for one lucky person to drive off in a 1965 Cobra Replica. The Foundation is offering up to 400 tickets for a $100 donation per ticket for the purpose of a drawing to select one winner to win the student-built Cobra.
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Opinion: Moving the trees to see the forest: County Councilwoman berates Editor for "mean" article
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 7, 2009
COLUMN – County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell has expressed quite a bit of angst and anger over the report of the county council’s decision to rebuild the Church Street building at a location on Railroad Street. “It was mean,” Blackwell said regarding the report. Mrs. Blackwell said that there was no vote taken prior to the meeting on the matter. “We were aware there was a proposal,” she said, “but we didn’t vote on anything until the meeting.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Palmetto Dance Academy Cheer and Dance Teams Wraps Up Competition Year (Photo)
web posted May 7, 2009
SALUDA – The cheer and dance competition teams of Palmetto Dance Academy had an exciting competition year.  The teams completed the year with numerous Platinum, High Gold, Gold, and Silver Awards plus ten top ten finishes and two judges awards from competitions throughout the state. The dancers began the year studying with the industry’s top master teachers and choreographers through the studio’s master teacher program which seeks to bring noted choreographers to the studio for master class sessions. 
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Obamanation: Homeschooler held under Patriot Act
web posted May 7, 2009
Oxford, N.C. — Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby's bedroom in his mother's Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. Images of American flags are everywhere – on the bed, on the floor, on the wall.
Off The Wall

Obama to be prayer day no-show
web posted May 7, 2009
President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning. All Mr. Obama will do for the National Day of Prayer, which is Thursday, is sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance.
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Two burglaries reported Tuesday, resident attacked after confronting strange men at isolated home
web posted May 6, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The number of burglaries in the Merriwether area continues to rise as two new reports were received on Tuesday, including one Martintown Road resident that was away from his home for a mere two hours and returned to find his home targeted by burglars. After a second home was reportedly targeted just two hours later, a call of a report of three black males entering a property along Woodlawn Road were confronted by one resident and was subsequently assaulted by the men before they fled the area. The man sought medical treatment at the Merriwether Fire Department for his injuries in the attack.
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County Council votes to approve construction of office space
web posted May 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council voted to begin construction of the new office space for the county to replace the building lost in the July 4, 2007 fire at the Church Street location at a location across the street from the Sheriff’s Office on Railroad Street. Chairman Monroe Kneece stated after the vote that the County Council “decided” on the new location prior to the meeting and Building and Planning Director Mike Reed presented prepared drawings including an initial study for the proposed location supporting the “decision” at the meeting. EdgefieldDaily.com questioned when the discussion and decision was made since there has been no public discussion on the matter.
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County to set closing hours for bars
web posted May 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a first reading of a new ordinance to set the closing hours of establishments that offer “on premise” consumption of alcoholic beverages at 2 am. Under the new ordinance all establishments, private and public, would have to close at the designated hour or face fines starting at $200, and can go up to $1,000, per incident for violations.
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Republican Senators Push For Right To Secret Ballot
web posted May 6, 2009
STATE – South Carolina’s Republican Senators today pushed a bill out of Judiciary Committee that protects workers from union intimidation. H.3305, introduced by Rep. Eric Bedingfield, is a constitutional amendment that would guarantee a worker’s right to voting by secret ballot during union organization.
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ECCHO holds ribbon cutting on new building
web posted May 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Local supporters from every walk of life gathered on Saturday morning to celebrate a new ECCHO building in town. A  massive renovation which included a new roof, walls, flooring, a bathroom and a ramp, began in June 2008, was done with a $100,000 grant that Rep. Bill Clyburn was instrumental in helping the organization secure.
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Jim Rex talks on School Reform
web posted May 6, 2009
JOHNSTON –  State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex made a stop in Edgefield County last week to speak with concerned parents about the state of the education budget and new funding ideas. Standing on the commons area stage at Strom Thurmond High School, Mr. Rex addressed the current state of economics in Columbia, his thoughts on school choice, his ongoing battle over stimulus funding with Gov. Mark Sanford and what progress he felt has been made during his tenure as the state superintendent.
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Religion: The Free Gift
By Pastor Stacy Williams
web posted May 6, 2009
RELIGION – When I was a kid, I used to read a ton of comic books. I had a few favorites like Batman and Sad Sack, but I basically read whatever I had. Comic books were always full of ads. Most of the time, the ads wanted you to send money for some cool toy or other items that you couldn’t find in stores.
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Aiken Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center Brings New Specialty to Aiken Area
web posted May 6, 2009
AIKEN – Aiken’s first physical medicine and rehabilitation physician launched his practice when the Aiken Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center opened its doors on May 4. Dr. John Nicholson, medical director of the new center, provides the area’s first physician-directed diagnosis and treatment of injuries or related disabilities requiring rehabilitation and/or physical therapy treatment. Adolescent and adult patients with acute and chronic pain and sub-acute neurologic and orthopedic conditions will be seen.
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State Sen. Shane Massey to answer questions on live internet broadcast this morning
web posted May 5, 2009
STATE – State Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) will be on “Senate Time” at 10 am for their live Internet broadcast. Senator Massey will talk a few minutes about the big issues of the week before answering your questions over the web. To participate in the live webcast simply click this link at 10 am and chat with Sen. Massey.

Town of Edgefield gives budget first reading: No new taxes and a raise for town employees
web posted May 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council has passed the first reading of the town’s $1,257,100 budget Monday night. Mayor Ken Durham stated that the town was still uncertain of what revenues would be available from the state, “but I think we went on a conservative basis here.” The budget provides for no town property taxes to residents and a 2% raise for town employees. The budget did not receive any objections and passed unanimously.
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Rev. Brightharp fined $1,000 in Contempt of Court Order
web posted May 5, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – A court case involving Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Pastor George Brightharp brought by church Deacons and Trustees Thomas McCain, Joseph Curry, James Johnson, and Nathan Goodwin was back in court last week after the plaintiffs sought an order of contempt of court against Rev. Brightharp for disregarding the previous order handed down last year by Judge Manning. According to a ruling handed down on Monday, Rev. Brightharp was found to be in “wilfull Contempt of this Court’s Order dated June 3, 2008,” and issued a fine of $1,000 against Rev. Brightharp. The order also left open further fines that could be levied.
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Census count importance explained to Edgefield Town Council
web posted May 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Visitor of the Month at the Edgefield Town Council meeting for May was US Census specialist Doris Jones. Ms. Jones explained the importance of the census and stated that South Carolina was 49th in the nation ten years ago for participation in returning mailed forms. Ms. Jones made clear that a proper census was necessary for towns and counties to receive funding that is based on population and also sets the number of representatives each state has in the US House.
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More burglaries reported this weekend
web posted May 5, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Burglaries in the southern portion of the county continue to be reported with two more reported over the weekend. A Springlake Court man reported someone broke into a shed and stole $450 worth of new car batteries and on Sunday and Indian Ridge man reported over $1,000 in tools and yard equipment taken from his property. A Westside man on Key Road reported that someone stole the motor from a boat that was out for sale.
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County Public Hearings
web posted May 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will be holding two Pubic Hearings on current ordinances. The Pubic Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Budget will be held tonight at 6 pm at the County Council Chambers. A second Public Hearing will be held for the Road Maintenance Fee being raised from $10 to $20 per vehicle on May 19, at 6 pm just prior to the County Council Work Session on the county budget.

Merriwether Middle School to Host Chess Tournament
web posted May 5, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Barring any unforeseen circumstances, South Carolina Chess Association president, David Grimaud will be on hand as the Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Club hosts what is believed to be the first-ever U.S. Chess Federation-rated tournament in Edgefield County this Saturday, May 9th, at the Merriwether Middle School.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer thanks Dixie Youth Baseball and County for parent poll
web posted May 5, 2009
Dear Editor,
Let me be the first to publicly congratulate Scott Mims, Johnathon Harling and the entire Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball Board of Directors, as well as Nick Waites for their decision to poll parents on the recently completed T-Ball season.
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29th Peach Blossom Festival attracts large crowd (Photos)
web posted May 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – The 29th Annual Johnston Peach Blossom Festival was a big success with the chance of rain holding off as the days festivities got underway after the parade with Grand Marshal J.W. “Billy” Yonce leading the procession kicked off the day’s events. Calhoun Street was lined with festival goers as they waved and cheered as the parade passed by. Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell, who fell ill prior to the festival, was unable to give his scheduled welcome and announcement of the parade beginning.
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Man still held after standoff with police
web posted May 4, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Jerry Spille, of Thurmond Road, was still being held Sunday night after a more than 12-hour standoff with Sheriff’s Deputies and SWAT Team members Friday night that lasted well into Saturday morning. Spille reportedly fired shots out of the window of the family home early in the situation and later dared law enforcement to come and get him. He surrendered early Saturday morning without incident after being talked out of the home by a SLED negotiator.
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Opinion: County Budget, Public Hearing in disarray
web posted May 4, 2009
OPINION – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a Public Hearing on the coming fiscal year’s budget, as well as a second reading on Tuesday night, May 5, at 6 pm. Or is it the publicly announced date of May 19 at 6 pm? It appears our county administration is just as confused about what it going on with the budget process as some members on the county council are about what the budget includes.
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W.E. Parker QUEST Students Capture Elementary Level “Giving Your Best” Award (Photo)
web posted May 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – W. E. Parker Elementary QUEST students, under the instruction of Cherie Griffin, were selected as the elementary school division winner of the Channel 6 “Giving Your Best” Public Service Announcement contest. Channel 6 recognizes one high school, middle school and elementary school in the CSRA with this award. W. E. Parker Elementary will join Silver Bluff High School in Aiken County and Lakeside Middle School in Columbia County for recognition this year.
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Wise Tech Tips: Easily Install Software on a New or Re-Installed PC
By James Wise
web posted May 4, 2009
TECH TIPS – Do you find yourself having to install all your computer programs again and again because you’ve gotten a new PC or because you’ve reinstalled Windows? If so, the free program AppSnap could be just what you need to save time and frustration.
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NewsBusters
web posted May 4, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Reception Held (Photo)
web posted May 4, 2009
COUNTY – Newberry Hall in Aiken was overflowing with educators and administrators for the 2009 Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Reception held on April 30. The event, sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, honors teachers by presenting them grant monies to pursue innovation programs in the classroom. The company received 193 proposals this year and awarded 88 grants totaling $50,000.00
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Fox Creek HS volunteers hold 50’s Dance fundraiser
web posted May 4, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The Fox Creek High School volunteer recognition committee has announced a 50’s Party in North Augusta at the Grace United Methodist Church, May 7, at 7 pm, with a special appearance by “Elvis”. Tickets for the event are $7. For more information call 803-613-9465 or email fiftiesparty@foxcreekhs.org

12-hour standoff ends after peaceful surrender
web posted May 2, 2009 7:30 am
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man that was at the center of a 12-hour standoff with police has been arrested without incident at the Thurmond Road home Saturday morning. Jerry Dale Spille, 49, was taken into custody after he surrendered to Sheriff’s Deputies around 7 am. Spille was taken to the Edgefield County Hospital to be checked before being taken to the Edgefield County Detention Center where has was in the process of being booked.
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Sheriff’s Deputies, SWAT in standoff with armed Merriwether man
web posted May 2, 2009 1:40 am
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT Team were called to a situation on Thurmond Road Friday evening that ended up in a standoff with a man armed with two shotguns in the family home. No other family members were with the man inside the home at the time. The Edgefield County SWAT Team began a staging area in the back parking lot of Sportsman’s’ Corner and then moved further down the road to a local church on Woodlawn Road, closer to the scene.
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Merriwether burglary numbers continue to rise this month
web posted May 1, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The number of burglaries in the Merriwether area continue to grow this month when a home on the 500 block of Sweetwater Road was found robbed of over $6,000 of guns, jewelry, and sporting goods Wednesday evening bringing the total of burglaries and larcenies to over a dozen this month. 
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Strom Thurmond loses another coach to Saluda High
By Tim Crane
web posted May 1, 2009
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond’s Brent Wilder will be stepping down as head baseball coach of the Rebels and going to Saluda High.  Wilder wanted an opportunity to get back into coaching football as well as remaining in baseball, so he has decided to make the move to Saluda.  Current Athletic Director, Doug Painter, says Wilder will be an assistant baseball coach and an offensive lineman coach at Saluda.
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Peach Blossom Festival kicks off tonight, continues through Saturday
web posted May 1, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival kicks off tonight with a Street Dance from 8 until 11 pm and full festivities starting at 10 am Saturday with a welcome by Johnston Mayor Willie Campbell. Below is a full account of the scheduled events.
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NewsBusters
web posted May 1, 2009
NEWSBUSTERS – Jodi Miller gives her most recent humorous update on recent news by NewsBusters. Webcast by the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Brought to you by EdgefieldDaily.com and presented for your viewing pleasure.
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Letter to the Editor: Rep. Barrett stands against "Hate Cime Bill"
web posted May 1, 2009
Dear Editor,
Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 1913, better known as the Hate Crimes Bill. I opposed this legislation because I believe it creates a special class of victims, suppresses religious freedom and criminalizes thought.
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FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape
web posted May 1, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - "That wasn't me," President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One. It actually was him - and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years - who shaped a budget so out of balance.
AP News

Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Accepting Applications For Woman of The Year
web posted May 1, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Business Woman of the Year 2009 and Young Woman of the Year 2009. This project recognizes outstanding women for their contribution to the business world and community service; and young women who have served their communities. The announcement of both awards will be made that the annual Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon.
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Class of ’79 – ’89 Joint Reunion June 12-13
web posted May 1, 2009
COUNTY – A Class Reunion of the Classes of 1979 through 1989 from Strom Thurmond High School will be held June 12 and 13, 2009 and leading up to the reunion are an “Old School vs New School” Softball and Basketball game. Registration time is very limited and an application is available for download.
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