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Two men, teen, arrested in Edgefield armed robbery Sunday morning
web posted May 31, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has charged two men and a 16-year-old Jackson teen in the armed robbery of Dodges Store in Edgefield Sunday morning. John Fitzgerald Jr., 21, of Augusta, Georgia, and 20-year-old Corderral Stallings, of Jackson SC are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. The 16-year-old teen, also of Jackson, is being charged as adult.
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Aiken teen drowns at Langley Pond
web posted May 31, 2010
AIKEN – A 16-year-old teen was pronounced dead at the scene after a drowning at the Langley Pond Sunday. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Da'than S. Harris of Aiken was at the recreation center on a family outing when he and three other unidentified family members were walking across the Langley Pond dam when the incident took place.
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Memorial Day: from those who served
web reposted May 31, 2010
COUNTY – With America honoring those who served today, Edgefield Daily asked serveral 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”
Commentary
web reposted May 31, 2010
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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Melissa Turner June Cake Winner
web reposted May 31, 2010
WEBNEWS – The June Birthday/Anniversary Cake Giveaway Winner is Melissa Turner. “Al, Gracie, and Ethan” sent in her birthday wish for June 21 and selected as our winner in a random monthly drawing. Ms. Turner has until Wednesday to contact Edgefield Daily in order to claim her custom birthday cake provided by Jari’s Bakery and Catering in Edgefield. Enter your loved one in our July drawing by simply sending in a birthday or anniversary wish.

Writer sees both sides of "50-cent" visit
web posted May 31, 2010
Dear Editor,
Let me begin by saying that I applaud Mr. Jackson (A.K.A. 50Cent) for his interest in the genealogy of his family.  Far too many times it seems that celebrates we see on television or hear on the radio are disconnected with those of us who lead common, simple lives.
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FBI-SOS Free “Internet Challenge” Program: Learn how to protect your children
web posted May 31, 2010
PSA – The Florida Attorney General's Office and the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) program at Nova Southeastern University are conducting a FREE web presentation about how to keep kids safe online.
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Armed robbers in custody
web posted May 30, 2010 : 10:10 am (Last updated 1:50 pm)
EDGEFIELD – Three men accused of robbing the Dodges Store in Edgefield just before 7:30 Sunday morning and leading police on a two-state high speed chase are now in custody, Edgefield County Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. Their identities have not been released at this time. “We should have them back over here (Edgefield County) in about an hour.” The black Pontiac Grand Am the men were in will also be brought back to Edgefield County for processing.
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Dodges Store robbed at gunpoint
web posted May 30, 2010 : 8:29 am
EDGEFIELD – Three armed men robbed Dodges Store in Edgefield just before 7:30 Sunday morning and made their escape in a black Pontiac Grand Am heading south. Two Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted the car traveling on Highway 25 leading to a two state pursuit involving several local agencies.
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Aiken woman killed on Moped
web posted May 29, 2010
AIKEN – A 39-year-old Aiken woman has been killed after a collision on Banks Mill Road Friday night. Donna Zimmer, of Aiken, died at 1 am Saturday morning at the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta from injuries sustained in the collision. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Ms. Zimmer died from multiple body trauma.
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Fox Creek School Board elections raising more questions than answers
web posted May 29, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A controversy that arose from this week’s run-off elections for the Fox Creek Charter High School Board of Directors has deepened after a Freedom of Information request honored by FCHS Principal Tim Murph resulted in the disclosure of a “Pubic Reprimand” of an announced Write-In candidate for one of the remaining seats that was posted inside the school on the day of the election. According to election officials such a posting was not permissible under state election laws.
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STCC Health Occupations Students Complete CNA Course
web posted May 29, 2010
JOHNSTON – Nineteen Strom Thurmond Career Center Health Occupations II students have completed the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. This intense training and curriculum prepares students for entry level jobs into the health care field and qualifies them to sit for their CNA Exam.
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American Legion Essay Winners Announced
web posted May 29, 2010
COUNTY – The local American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 American Legion Essay Contest. Shown left to right are Will Rutland, 3rd grade State Winner, Cole Hughes local 3rd place, Lilli Pendarvis 9th grade State Winner (all from Wardlaw Academy); and Ashley Thomas, local 4th grade winner from W. E. Parker Elementary. Absent from photo was Paloma Luna 11th grade State Winner from Strom Thurmond High School.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer asks others to support Baldwin for House 83 Seat
web posted May 29, 2010
Dear Editor,
I wish to add my voice to those who have expressed support for Dea Baldwin, Republican candidate for the South Carolina House District 83.  Others have highlighted Dea’s education, achievements, and involvement as qualifications for the office she seeks.  I want to share my perception of Dea’s character and why she has earned my trust and my vote.
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Johnston Elementary Gifted and Talented Class Present Jamie O’rourke and the Big Potato
web posted May 29, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston Elementary Gifted and Talented students were creative and masterful characters as they presented the play, Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.  The story is about Jamie O’Rourke, who is the laziest man in all of Ireland. O’Rourke’s poor wife’s back gives out and she is unable to help with the farming. O’Rourke traps himself a leprechaun and wins a single wish.  He did not get a pot of gold, but a “pratie” (potato) seed which proves to show Jamie that he may have bitten off more than he can chew.  The play is a colorful Irish folktale filled with humor and a touch of blarney.
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Local Artists Raise Nearly $24,000 for Camp TBI
web posted May 29, 2010
AUGUSTA – Thanks to works donated by local artists, celebrities and community leaders, Walton Foundation’s Fourth Annual Undercover Artists Show raised nearly $24,000 to help support Camp To Be Independent, the foundation’s annual weeklong summer camp for children and young adults ages 8 to 21 who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.
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No good news given for those attending School Town Hall meeting
web posted May 28, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary PTO held a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in the cafeteria with State Sen. Shane Massey and Rep. Don Smith informing those attending that last year’s budget cuts were the good news. With the effects of the recession taking hold and stimulus money running out things were only going to get worse, not better, in the near future. Rep. Smith said that education funding represents half of the state’s $21 billion budget and proportionately has been the lightest hit by cuts in the past.
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McLaurin sworn in as Magistrate Thursday
web posted May 28, 2010
EDGEFIELD – In a quiet ceremony in the historical Edgefield County Courthouse, James “Jay” McLaurin Jr. was sworn in as the next Edgefield County Magistrate by Clerk of Court Shirley Newby while family members looked on. “I’m very excited,” McLaurin said right after the ceremony held in the main courtroom.
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Augusta man killed in single vehicle crash in Aiken County Thursday evening
web posted May 28, 2010
AIKEN – A 33-year-old Augusta man has become the latest to die on Aiken County Roads Thursday evening after a single car crash on Interstate 20 near the 34-mile marker. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carton said Glen A. Sizemore was pronounced dead on the scene after being partially ejected from the company truck he was driving at the time of the crash.
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Candidates and parents cry foul over school board elections at Fox Creek Charter School
web posted May 28, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A “Run-off” election of school board members at Fox Creek Charter High School has drawn growing criticism for not only the way the election took place but also the actions of some of the school officials and candidates on the ballot.
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Public’s help sought in locating suspected burglar
web posted May 27, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators have obtained warrants for Marc Anthony Cagle, 55, in connection to a burglary on Horn Creek West Monday morning. Cagle is wanted for charges of burglary, fail to stop for blue lights and siren, and possession of burglary tools. After a deputy spotted Cagle driving on Sweetwater Road Cagle crashed the truck and ran into the woods leading to a several hour manhunt.
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Clean up of fuel spill continues
web posted May 27, 2010
COUNTY – Though the wreckage has been removed and the barricades came down, the work continues at the scene of a tanker truck that overturned spilling thousands of gallons of Ethanol on Sweetwater Road Sunday. Workers were removing the contaminated soil from the crash scene all day Wednesday.
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District 2 County Councilman Ashcraft to hold Town Hall meeting Tonight
web posted May 25, 2010
PSA-EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft of District 2 will be holding a Town Hall meeting at the County Council Chambers in Edgefield on Thursday the 27th of May at 6:30pm. If you are not able to make it to the meeting on time then feel free to arrive during the meeting as it should last approximately an hour. The public is invited to attend.

Religion: Lessons For A Sick Bed
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 27, 2010
RELIGION – I am writing as I lie in bed with tonsillitis, feeling terrible, and trying to choke antibiotics and pain medicine down a throat that seems to be closing. Now, I don’t say that to gain sympathy, but because I am rarely sick and many of you have health struggles daily that far suppress this temporary infirmity that I am dealing with.  This down turn has got me thinking, how can I redeem this time spent in bed besides watching History channel and old Journey videos on YouTube? What good can come from this?
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Merriwether Elementary PTO to hold Town Hall Meeting tonight
web posted May 27, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary PTO is sponsoring a Town Hall meeting tonight that will address budget cuts and other educational issues. A host of speakers are scheduled to speak and answers questions. Among the speakers are Sen. Shane Massey, Rep. Bill Clyburn, Rep. Don Smith, and candidates for House District 83 Dea Baldwin and Bill Hixon.
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Gov. Sanford Signs Bill Improving Foster Care to Adoption Transition
web posted May 27, 2010
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford joined legislative leaders and children's advocates on Tuesday to sign S.1172, legislation aimed at speeding up and improving the process transitioning South Carolina children in foster care into permanent adoptive homes.
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Surface Water Bill Demonstrates True Commitment to the Environment and Economy
web posted May 27, 2010
COLUMBIA – The SC House on Wednesday approved S.452 , the SC Surface Water Withdrawal, Permitting, Use and Reporting Act.  This bill establishes a new surface water withdrawal permitting program at DHEC and is the culmination of almost four years of intense negotiations among industry, regulatory agencies, Farm Bureau, public water suppliers, and the environmental conservation community.  The bill now goes to the Governor for signature before becoming law.
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Strom Thurmond Class of 2010
web posted May 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – It is that time of year again when Strom Thurmond High School Seniors prepare to take that final stroll across the grounds of Strom Thurmond as they graduate next week. Though all will choose a diverse path in their futures, they will always remain one of the "Fighting Rebels" of Strom Thurmond High.
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Trestle wins again in collision, blocks traffic for hours
web posted May 26, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo container became the latest to take on the Edgefield trestle and lose. Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon the southbound 18-wheeler slammed into the structure causing the container to become dislodged from the trailer and fall into the oncoming lane. A similar collision in October of last year left an Edgefield man dead when the load fell on top of his vehicle.
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Nikki Haley takes 20 point lead in poll two weeks before primary
web posted May 26, 2010
STATE – Rep. Nikki Haley has increased her lead over three Republican establishment candidates for the Republican nomination as South Carolina Governor in a just released independent poll. Once considered a “dark horse” and “unknown”, Haley’s message seems to be reverberating with a massive grassroots effort that is challenging the status quo in state politics.
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Write In: Stewart for Fox Creek School Board
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web posted May 26, 2010
MERRIWETHER – I have been involved with Fox Creek High School since it began operation. I served in officer positions on the School Improvement Council and chaired many committees.  In particular, I worked with the Communications SubCommittee for five years as my passion is to keep the parents informed and involved.  One of my proudest achievements is the design and implementation of the Mentor Program which pairs dedicated, caring adults with struggling teens.
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Johnston woman barricades herself in bedroom during burglary
web posted May 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – An Edisto Apartments resident reported two people entering her home on Slide Hill Road during a home invasion shortly after midnight Tuesday that brought Johnston and Edgefield Police as well as Edgefield Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators responding to the call. According to available information, two subjects entered the home causing the woman to lock herself in the bedroom and calling 911.
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Nationally acclaimed Rapper visits Edgefield County
web posted May 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – Rapper 50 Cent was in town on Monday for the filming of a documentary exploring his roots. "Fittiy cent's"' ancestry has been traced back to Edgefield County. In an interview Monday, Mark Anstendig, supervising producer of VHI who is making the documentary, said 50 Cent’s grandparents are from Edgefield and his great-grandfather, Will Jenkins, worked for Maxwell & Halford Drugstore in the 1940s and 1950s.
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School photo features students promoting gang signs
web posted May 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – You just have to wonder about the fine upstanding students making their way through the public education system in Edgefield County. A recent photo provided by the School District included some students flashing “gang signs” when they were photographed delivering a chicken coop to a local resident. According to local law enforcement, at least two of the students displayed known gang symbols in the photo.
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STH Class of 2010 Awarded Scholarships Totaling $2,506,886
web posted May 26, 2010
JOHNSTON – Graduates of the Strom Thurmond High School 2010 class have totaled $2,506,886 in scholarships and awards. Following is a listing of students and their scholarship awards. This total does not include graduates who may qualify for the Hope and Life Scholarship. Eligibility for these awards is not established until final transcripts are issued. At present ninety-two members of the senior class are eligible for Life or Hope Scholarships. Additional scholarship announcements will be made during graduation and are not included in this listing.
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Burglary suspect crashes truck and runs leading to manhunt
web posted May 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A three hour manhunt was underway Monday around noon after a Horns Creek West resident called to report a man burglarizing the home. The man reported entered the home through an unlocked door and then left and drove a blue Toyota pickup truck back the home and went back inside. The unknown man exited the home a second time and the resident ran and locked the door behind him, causing the man to flee. Fortunately the man was able to get the first three letters of the license plate before the truck sped off.
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Knife wielding robbery suspect arrested
web posted May 25, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for an armed home invasion while the elderly homeowners were inside. Lawrence Etheredge Jr., 32, of Long Cane Road was taken into custody twelve hours after the robbery was reported. He has been charged with burglary in the first degree, armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and kidnapping.
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Cheatham to reveal Revitalization Plan for Edgefield June 7
web posted May 25, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Andrew Cheatham, Edgefield native and recent graduate of the renowned Landscape Architecture program at Clemson University, will address the June meeting of the Edgefield County Alliance at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2010 at Piedmont Tech Edgefield campus. Mr. Cheatham will discuss the much anticipated plan he developed for the town as a senior project.
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Silver SUV or “Crossover” suspected in recent Merriwether thefts
web posted May 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A number of thefts of lawn mowers, air compressors, pressure washers, and other such items are being linked to a silver newer model SUV or “crossover” vehicle according to several recent reports and information obtained during the investigations, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Monday.
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District 2 County Councilman Ashcraft to hold Town Hall meeting Tonight
web posted May 25, 2010
PSA-WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft of District 2 will be holding two town hall meetings this week. Colliers Center on Martintown Road will be the location of the meeting on Tuesday, May 25th at 6:30pm. The next meeting will be at the County Council Chambers in Edgefield on Thursday the 27th of May at 6:30pm.  If you are not able to make it to any of the meetings on time then feel free to arrive during the meeting as they should last approximately an hour.

Letter to the Editor: Writer Supports Dea Baldwin for House District 83
web posted May 25, 2010
Dear Editor,
We will soon have the opportunity to elect a new representative to the SC House 83 seat. I am asking you to join me in supporting Dea Baldwin to represent our community. Dea is intelligent, hard working and an experienced advocate for education. 
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May Birthday cake winner enjoys custom cake from Jari’s
web posted May 25, 2010
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily’s May birthday cake winner Justin Moody posed with several of his friends for his May 22 birthday with the cake provided by Jari’s Bakery. Justin’s mother, Helen Moody, sent in the winning entry. The June winner will be announced in one week so it is not too late to get your loved one entered by simply sending in their birthday or anniversary for our June drawing.
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Tori Whatley Bids Farewell to Mavericks, Will Represent South Carolina Again in Invitational National Tournament
web posted May 25, 2010
MERRIWETHER – For the second time in three years, Tori Whatley will represent South Carolina at the prestigious Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational on the campus of Texas Tech in Lubbock.  She earned her invitation by being the top-finishing female in the high school section of the S.C. Scholastic Chess Championships.
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Thurmond Standouts recognized for excellence at Awards Ceremony
web posted May 25, 2010
JOHNSTON – The 2009-2010 Strom Thurmond High School Honors and Awards Program was held on May 17th. Principal Matthew Schilit welcomed students, parents and guests to the prestigious ceremony.
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18-wheeler crash, fuel spill closes Sweetwater Road
web posted May 23, 2010
COUNTY – An 18-wheeler fully loaded with ethanol lost control while traveling southbound on Sweetwater Road overturned injuring the driver. Merriwether and Edgefield Fire Departments responded to the scene and learned in route that the tanker was leaking the highly flammable cargo resulting in the closing of Sweetwater Road from Jeter Road to the south and Mays Way to the north.
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Sweetwater Road expected to be open for School Traffic Monday morning
web posted May 24, 2010
COUNTY – EMA Director Mike Casey said Sweetwater Road should be available to traffic in time for regular school traffic by 6 am Monday. "If all goes well we should have it open," he said late Sunday night. Crews were still on the scene at 12:30 am Monday and were expected to be on the scene for several more hours clearing the scene.

Fox Creek student charged in shooting
web posted May 24, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Fox Creek Charter High School student has been arrested and charged in a shooting incident that left one teen injured and Aiken and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies searching the area for the shooter. Jeffery Britt Jr., 18, of Mealing Drive in Merriwether, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and is facing multiple felony charges stemming from the incident.
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McLaurin Confirmed as Edgefield County Magistrate: Parkman to step aside
web posted May 24, 2010
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Senate has confirmed Governor Mark Sanford’s appointment of James A. (Jay) McLaurin, Jr. as a Magistrate for Edgefield County on Friday. McLaurin, chosen by Sen. Shane Massey, has received a B.S. from The Citadel in 1997 and has worked with the South Carolina Highway Patrol since 1999. He lives in Trenton with his wife, Angela and they have one daughter and are expecting their second child in the near future.
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Merriwether Voting Precincts 1 & 2 to be located at Merriwether Middle School for June 8 Primaries
web posted May 24, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Voter Registration Office wants to remind Merriwether residents that the Merriwether voting precincts will be located at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road for the upcoming June 8 Primaries. Trish Butler, Director of the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office and Elections said the Merriwether Fire Station 2 was no longer available for voting.
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Right The Wrong - Write In: Stewart for Fox Creek School Board
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web posted May 24, 2010
MERRIWETHER – I have been involved with Fox Creek High School since it began operation. I served in officer positions on the School Improvement Council and chaired many committees.  In particular, I worked with the Communications SubCommittee for five years as my passion is to keep the parents informed and involved.  One of my proudest achievements is the design and implementation of the Mentor Program which pairs dedicated, caring adults with struggling teens.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class Saturday May 29
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web posted May 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, May 29, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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“Those were the Days” takes main theme of Republican Women’s group meeting
By Megan Lott
web posted May 24, 2010
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County added a new organization to its political arena Thursday night. The Republican Women of Edgefield County held its first official meeting May 20, at Pine Ridge Country Club. The group has grown from a small rally held in December of 2009 and will receive its charter shortly.
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“Razzle Dazzle Days” on Edgefield Town Square draws crowd
web posted May 24, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Second of three celebrations scheduled for the 225th anniversary of Edgefield County and the Town of Edgefield was held Saturday with rain dampening attendance at the event on the Edgefield Town Square earlier in the day. As the skies cleared the people began filling the square with the children having a grand time on the many inflatable slides and attractions.
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He’s Back! Man steals wallet and credit cards, racks up $1,000 in purchases
web posted May 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help to identify a man they claim is responsible for the theft of a woman’s wallet while she was at work on Thursday and charged almost $1,000 in merchandise before the credit cards were cut off. “We believe it’s the same guy that stole the wallet from the Edgefield County Hospital,” Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said.
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Merriwether theft report numbers continue to climb
May 22, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A recent rash thefts of yard equipment continues to spread in the Merriwether area with three more reported on Thursday. In one case, a paving contractor arrived back at a worksite to find his equipment being loaded into a silver SUV type vehicle. When he interrupted the crime the vehicle sped off. He pursued the vehicle but lost contact with 911 dispatchers due to a poor cell phone connection.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class Saturday May 29
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web posted May 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, May 29, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Dunk the Editor at Razzle Dazzle 225th Birthday Celebration today
web posted May 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) will be holding a celebration of the 225th Anniversary of Edgefield and Edgefield County on the Town Square today from 10 am until 4 pm. Edgefield Daily has sponsored the dunking booth to help raise funds for the ECDA and Editor Roy Blackwell will take to the platform at 12:30 pm.
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Walgreens sponsors Golf Tournament for Edgefield County resident
web posted May 22, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA – Walgreens is sponsoring a golf tournament for Russell Calliham of Edgefield County. He is in need of a kidney and pancreas transplant. The golf tournament will be held on June 10th at 12 pm. Location is Augusta Municipal Golf Course, commonly known as “The Patch”.
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Ashcraft discusses “uncomfortable” issues in county budget at Town Hall meeting
web posted May 21, 2010
MERRIWETHER – County Council District 2 Councilman Rodney Ashcraft held a Town Hall meeting at the Merriwether Middle School Thursday night where he highlighted the current budget debate taking place by the county council and his strong belief in government transparency. Melding the two issues together, Councilman Ashcraft said that is why he has been “asking the tough questions” during the budget debates, even though they may be “uncomfortable ones”.
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Haley “Jumps out in front” with double digit lead in Rasmussen Poll on SC Governor’s Race
web posted May 21, 2010
STATE – State Rep. Nikki Haley was launched into the forefront of contenders for the Governor’s Race on Thursday when the most recent Rasmussen Poll showed her to have a double digit lead over Republican establishment party favorites SC Attorney General Henry McMaster and current US Third Congressional House member Gresham Barrett. Haley holds an average of a 2 to 1 majority of likely voters in the field of the four candidate field.
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Estate Auction Saturday, May  22, 2010
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web posted May 21, 2010
WARD – Mr. Charles Duffie has chosen us to sell the personal property which belonged to his late parents and grandparents. The sale will be held at their home place located at 126 Buttercup Dr., Ward, S. C. 29166; just off highway 23.  From I-20 exit 33, take highway 39 to Monetta, turn left on highway 23, go through Ward–LOOK FOR SIGNS!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until the 9:30 am sale time. Bring your trucks and trailers–everything to be sold–this will be an old fashioned country auction! Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Merriwether teen injured in single car crash Thursday
web posted May 21, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen was injured in a single vehicle crash on the 500 block on Currytown Road Thursday afternoon. The Strom Thurmond High School Sophomore was traveling west on Currytown Road entering an infamous curve when she lost control of the Ford Freestyle minivan and went off the right hand side of the road going down and embankment and striking a tree.
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Burglary victim ticketed for drug possession after investigation
web posted May 21, 2010
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man reporting a burglary ended up being charged with possession of drugs Wednesday night. The Beaver Dam Road man called police after returning to his home after being absent for around 20 minutes and finding his back door broken into and a TV and a gaming system being stolen.
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Langley: Current political leaders "Nut jobs"
By Carl Langley
web posted May 21, 2010
GUEST COLUMN – If you are wondering just how bad it has gotten in this country when it comes to fixing blame for outrageous acts, then I hope you heard some of the inane, absolutely stupid comments made by people you would expect to know better.
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Sheriff’s patrol vehicles top discussion at budget work session
web posted May 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a mid-afternoon budget workshop Wednesday at 3:30 with only one member of the public attending. Chairman Monroe Kneece said he felt the meeting would be over quickly as there is to be no changes in the budget since the May 4 second reading. “We don’t have anything to go through so we’ll just open the work session.” Councilman Ashcraft asked if two patrol vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office had been included and Chairman Kneece said they had not.
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FFA Public Speakers Take Top Honors at Region Contest
web posted May 20, 2010
JOHNSTON – On Thursday, April 29th, 3 public speakers from Strom Thurmond Career Center competed at the region contest. All three did very well and will now advance to the state competition at Clemson University in June to represent Strom Thurmond.
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Concealed Weapon Permit class Saturday May 29
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web posted May 20, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, May 29, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer supports Dea Baldwin for SC House
web posted May 20, 2010
Dear editor,
I was excited to learn that Dea Baldwin is running for the SC House District 83 seat, the seat that is being vacated by Don Smith. In the 15 years that I have known Dea, I have been very impressed with her determination to make our community a better place.  She is not satisfied with the status quo nor is she willing to just complain.
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Sample Ballots for June 8 Primaries
web posted May 20, 2010
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily has produced, with the cooperation of the Edgefield County Voter Registration and Elections Director Tricia Butler, sample ballots that will be available for voters in the primary elections on June 8. The ballots are samples only. Voters can choose which primary they wish to vote in - Democrat or Republican. Voters cannot vote in both party primary races.
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Republican Women of Edgefield County to meet tonight
web posted May 20, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Republican Women of Edgefield County will meet at the Pine Ridge Clubhouse today, May 20th at 6:15 p.m. A delicious dinner buffet will be served. The program for the meeting will include light entertainment, followed by a talk from John Pettigrew on the history of The Republican Party in Edgefield County.
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MEG’s House Collaborates with the DSS to Reach Victims of Domestic Violence in McCormick and Edgefield Counties
web posted May 20, 2010
COUNTY – MEG’ House shelter for abused women and children has joined with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide access to services and information for victims of domestic violence in McCormick and Edgefield Counties. Ontinell Hill, MEG’s House DSS Liaison will be onsite at the McCormick DSS office on Mondays and the Edgefield DSS office on Thursdays to meet with domestic violence victims and provide information about services.
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Construction trailer target of latest break-in
web posted May 19, 2010
COUNTY – A commercial construction trailer was found broken into on Monday with almost $6,500 in construction tools being taken over the weekend. The construction superintendent arrived Monday morning to discover the theft at the worksite on the 1600 block of Edgefield Road and called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.
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Merriwether man claims harassment by Census workers
web posted May 19, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff’s Office to report being repeatedly harassed by US Census workers. The man told a Sheriff’s Deputy that the Census Bureau has sent him letters, made phone calls, and twice made visits to his home.
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Sports: Rebels’ Future Bright As Spring Football Practice Kicks Off
By Tim Crane
web posted May 19, 2010
JOHNSTON – With the school year winding down, it's time for spring football to start up. The Rebels (10-3 in 2009) hit the gridiron over the past two weeks with a slew of talent for the 2010 season. Led by rising junior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell, Strom Thurmond will begin the season ranked #1 in AA and #12 overall in the state.
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Two Edgefield County Schools Win Red Carpet Awards
web posted May 19, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District is proud to announce that Strom Thurmond High School and W. E. Parker Elementary School were honored on Monday, May 17th with Red Carpet awards to recognize their success at creating family-friendly environments and providing excellent customer service.
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Estate Auction Saturday, May  22, 2010
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted May 17, 2010
WARD – Mr. Charles Duffie has chosen us to sell the personal property which belonged to his late parents and grandparents. The sale will be held at their home place located at 126 Buttercup Dr., Ward, S. C. 29166; just off highway 23.  From I-20 exit 33, take highway 39 to Monetta, turn left on highway 23, go through Ward–LOOK FOR SIGNS!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until the 9:30 am sale time. Bring your trucks and trailers–everything to be sold–this will be an old fashioned country auction! Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Religion: What If Gossip Were A Crime?
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 19, 2010
RELIGION – This week I came across a story from a few years back and I found it incredible. The Associated Press reported back on May 17, 2005 that in a small town in the Nation of Colombia, gossip had become a criminal offense. That is right. The town had had enough of malicious gossip and passed a law making gossip a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.
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Computer Use: How You Work Can Affect How You Feel
By Dr. Jennifer Yang
web posted May 19, 2010
AUGUSTA – As more and more people use computers in their everyday lives, it is important that we become more aware of the injuries that can occur in those who spend most of their workday in front of the computer. Computer work may appear to be a low-effort activity when viewed from a total body perspective, but maintaining postures or performing highly repetitive tasks for extended periods can lead to problems in specific areas of the body.
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Fundraisers continue for Edgefield teen injured in crash
web posted May 18, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, June 15, to help offset the medical bills of 16-year-old Candace Cordell who was critically injured in a single car crash on Sweetwater Road on May 8. An account has also been set up to receive direct donations. According to the latest updates, Miss Cordell remains in serious condition and will remain hospitalized for an extended period of time.
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Teen arrested after shooting incident
web posted May 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether teen has been arrested after a shooting incident on Townes Road late Saturday night. 911 Dispatchers got the call just before midnight reporting that the 16-year-old had pulled a pistol on his father and shots were fired. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Augusta Police Officers converged on the home as the ordeal played out.
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Merriwether thefts continue
web posted May 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Thefts continue in the Merriwether area with over $5,000 in money and property reported stolen since Thursday. In one theft a Springlake Court woman reported two men stealing an air compressor and then waving to her before driving away.
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County Councilman Ashcraft to hold Town Hall Meeting Thursday in Merriwether, two more scheduled
web posted May 18, 2010
MERRIWETHER – District 2 County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft will be holding a Town Hall Meeting Thursday. The meeting will be held at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road at 6:30 pm. County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell will also be available at the meeting. The public is invited to attend.
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Greenwood to host eGolf Tournament
web posted May 18, 2010
GREENWOOD – The Patriot at Grand Harbor will be hosting the Grand Harbor Open Tournament May 26-29 as part of the eGolf Tour which is based out of Charlotte, NC.  Over 200 players are expected to participate in the event and additional visitors will also be in attendance during the tournament as well.
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Robinson presents his campaign as District 4 County Councilman at Town Hall meeting
web posted May 17, 2010
COUNTY – Byron Robinson, Democrat candidate for Edgefield County Council District 4, held a town hall meeting Friday evening to, “let everyone know who I am and what I’m all about. I’d also like to crush false rumors that some have been saying.” The top of that list was a claim that he wanted to close Bettis Park. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Mr. Robinson said.
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Gov. Sanford and Anderson County welcome $1 billion investment in industry
web posted May 17, 2010
STATE – Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Anderson County today announced that First Quality Tissue SE LLC will locate its manufacturing operations in Anderson County.  First Quality Tissue will establish a manufacturing facility utilizing a state-of-the-art Thru-Air-Dried (TAD) technology and a complete line of converting equipment, significantly expanding its capacity and commitment to the tissue and towel industry.  The company plans to invest $1 billion and create 1,000 new jobs to support its new production facility in Anderson County, South Carolina. 
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Bless the Beasts and the Children
Guardian ad Litem Program seeks volunteers
 web posted May 17, 2010
GUEST ARTICLE – In the song Bless The Beasts and The Children performed by The Carpenters, one of the lyrics speaks about ‘children who have no voice, who have no choice’.  A lot of media and social attention is given to the plight of children who live in poverty, especially in Third World countries.  It is a tragedy in our world today that any child could go hungry.  Just as tragic, but with less media and social attention is the abuse and neglect children suffer, often at the hands of the people who are supposed to love and protect them.
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Merriwether Voting Precincts 1 & 2 to be located at Merriwether Middle School for June 8 Primaries
web posted May 17, 2010
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Voter Registration Office wants to remind Merriwether residents that the Merriwether voting precincts will be located at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road for the upcoming June 8 Primaries. Trish Butler, Director of the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office and Elections said the Merriwether Fire Station 2 was no longer available for voting.
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Edgefield Daily endorses Haley: The right choice for South Carolina Governor
web posted May 17, 2010
EDITORIAL – With the crowded field of candidates seeking to be the next governor, only one stands out as a leader that can take on the establishment of politics as usual in Columbia, Rep. Nikki Haley. Haley has shown she can defy the good old boy system and win victories for citizens, not special interests groups or the party insiders. She is the only true citizen candidate for governor.
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Estate Auction Saturday, May  22, 2010
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted May 17, 2010
WARD – Mr. Charles Duffie has chosen us to sell the personal property which belonged to his late parents and grandparents. The sale will be held at their home place located at 126 Buttercup Dr., Ward, S. C. 29166; just off highway 23.  From I-20 exit 33, take highway 39 to Monetta, turn left on highway 23, go through Ward–LOOK FOR SIGNS!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until the 9:30 am sale time. Bring your trucks and trailers–everything to be sold–this will be an old fashioned country auction! Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Leter to the Editor: Writer supports Scott Mims for County Council
web posted May 17, 2010
Editor,
As we quickly approach the primary date for the District 2 County Council race, I feel compelled to share with you a personal experience regarding Mr. Scott Mims. Let me begin by saying that at one point in time, Scott and I didn't exactly see "eye to eye."  I was upset over the way certain business was being conducted at our local Dixie Youth Baseball program, which Scott serves as President of, and was very vocal in my criticism of Scott and most of the Board of Directors at the time.
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Republican Women to meet Thursday
web posted May 17, 2010
JOHNSTON – The May Dinner Meeting of the Republican Women of Edgefield County will be held Thursday evening at Pine Ridge Country Club beginning at 6:15 pm. There is no charge to attend the meeting and it is open to the public. Those choosing to dine will be responsible for covering the cost of their dinner. A list of speakers has not been announced at this time.

One injured in Briggs Road crash
web posted May 15, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A woman suffered minor injuries in a single vehicle crash early Saturday morning when her husband failed to navigate a notoriously sharp curve on Briggs Road. Passing motorists reported the crash stating the small truck had overturned. The woman was helped from the truck by her husband and those on scene while waiting on an ambulance and the Merriwether Fire Department.
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Serial burglar sentenced to 15 years in prison
web posted May 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A man responsible for a number of burglaries that plagued the Merriwether area last year has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for his crimes. Robert Webber, 36, pleaded guilty to burglary in the first degree in General Sessions Court on Friday. Classified as a violent crime, Webber will have to serve 85% of the sentence before being considered for release.
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Edgefield teen fights off rapist
web posted May 15, 2010
EDGEFIELD – What was first believed to have been a possible carjacking on Mims Street in Edgefield late Thursday night turned out to be an attempted rape of an Edgefield teenager. Edgefield Police were unable to locate the suspect, described as a “large build” black male standing about 6 feet tall, dressed in all black, with a mustache and a goatee. He was wearing black gloves at the time of the attack.
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Carpenter reappointed, new Magistrate expected to be appointed next week
web posted May 14, 2010
COLUMBIA – Edgefield County Magistrate Brenda Carpenter has been reappointed for another four-year term State Sen. Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) said Thursday. “Judge Carpenter has served Edgefield County well as Magistrate. I’m very pleased Gov. Sanford has confirmed the appointment.”
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Sara Palin to endorse Nikki Haley for Governor
web posted May 14, 2010
COLUMBIA – Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be joining Representative Nikki Haley in Columbia today in support of her candidacy for Governor. Rep. Haley, a strong grassroots candidate, welcomed Gov. Palin’s support.
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Woman target of possible car-jacking Thursday night
web posted May 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A woman driving along Mims Street in Edgefield had a man in all black or dark clothing approach her car from the passenger side and strike the woman’s car as if he was struck by her. When the woman stopped to see if the pedestrian was okay, he attacked her and was reportedly wearing gloves. Limited information was available; however, the woman made her way to the Edgefield Police Department to report he crime. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and local agencies converged on the scene in an effort to apprehend the culprit.
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County Council candidate to hold Town Hall Meeting tonight
web posted May 14, 2010
TRENTON – Democrat District 4 County Council candidate Byron Robinson will be holding a Town Hall Meeting tonight at the Wedding Chapel located at 1512 Edgefield Road. The open forum is to allow Mr. Robinson to present his vision of the future of Edgefield County, the district, and an open dialog with voters. The meeting will begin at 6 pm tonight and the public is invited to attend. Mr. Robinson will be facing off against 18 year incumbent Willie Bright in the June 8 Democrat Primary.

Stage of Southern History to be shown at Edgefield’s Razzle Dazzle Day
web posted May 14, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The recently released documentary, Edgewood: Stage of Southern History, will be shown in Edgefield, S.C. on Saturday, May 22, 2010 as part of the Razzle Dazzle Day festivities. One of three events in the yearlong celebration for the town’s 225th birthday, Razzle Dazzle Day will be a family fun event on the square with activities for children available.
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Benefit to be held Saturday
web posted May 13, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A Chicken plate sale will be held on Saturday to benefit Teresa Culver at the Crouch Hardware Store. Chicken plates cost $5 and ticket sales are available. The meal includes a chicken leg quarter, choice of two vegetables, bread, tea, and desert. Pick up will be between 11 am and 2 pm Saturday.

Jury Deadlocked In Sexual Assault Trial
web posted May 13, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The trial of Rev. James R Hooper got underway at 10 am Wednesday and ended at 8 pm with a hung jury. Mr. Hooper is under indictment on a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree from an incident that took place on March 23, 2007. Circuit Court Judge Cordell Maddox sent the jury back into deliberations earlier in the day after they sent a note stating they could not reach a unanimous decision.
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Gov. Sanford Vetoes Legislation Increasing Court Fees
web posted May 13, 2010
COLUMBIA –  Gov. Mark Sanford joined legislators onWednesday to challenge the roughly $45 million in "back-door tax increases" currently in the budget, and to veto H.3161, legislation that would in large part fund the Judicial Branch through fee increases.
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Absentee voting underway
web posted May 13, 2010
COUNTY – Absentee voting got underway this week at the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office and will continue through June 7, Election Director Trish Butler said. Although most people think of absentee ballots being mailed out, which is one way to vote, registered voters can cast their ballots for the June 8 Primaries at the office in person.
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J-E-T Offers New Program for Motivated Students
web posted May 13, 2010
JOHNSTON – Stephan Hampton has major changes in the works for J-E-T Middle School for the 2010 – 2011 school year. The new program called the Eagle Leadership and Achievement Academy provides for an Academic School within the school. “We want to promote academic achievement in the classroom through increased rigor and innovative instructional strategies,” stated Hampton who is completing his first year as principal of J-E-T.
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Aiken Regional Addresses Natural Medicine Practices
web posted May 13, 2010
AIKEN – Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in natural medicine among both the general public and the medical profession. Natural medicines can be beneficial, but they also post the risk of potential negative interactions with either prescription or other over-the-counter medications. Physicians and patients must understand both the benefits and risks.
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Edgefield Police seek public’s help in identifying suspect
web posted May 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they believe is responsible for financial credit card fraud following a theft of a wallet from a female employee at the Edgefield County Hospital last Friday. Within the hour following the theft the suspect charged around $1,000 in beer, cigarettes, and other items before the cards could be cancelled.
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Visit to prison lands woman in jail
web posted May 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A trip to visit an inmate at the Edgefield Federal Prison on Sunday landed a 27-year-old Norway SC woman in jail after it was discovered she was allegedly delivering drugs to an inmate. Shoneka Shannell Yon, of Jonquil Drive in Norway, was arrested and transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center for booking.
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Sanford vetoes 50 cents per pack cigarette tax increase
web posted May 12, 2010
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed what he called the “largest tax increase in a generation” on Tuesday after rejecting a fifty cents per pack increase in cigarette taxes proposed by the legislature. “With the state's economy just beginning to emerge from one of the worst recessions in modern history, we're holding to that principle more firmly than ever. In these difficult economic times, we believe it would be sheer folly to impose the largest tax increase since 1985,” Gov. Sanford said.
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Ashcraft to hold series of Town Hall Meetings this month
web posted May 12, 2010
COUNTY – District 2 County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft will be holding a series of Town Hall Meetings this month to hear the concerns of citizens. The first meeting will be held at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm.
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Religion: Pleasing Man Or God?
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 12, 2010
RELIGION – Alright, I am going to be very transparent today. I got slapped in the face this morning by a little phrase of a little verse in the Bible from 1 Thessalonians 2:4 “Our purpose is to please God, not people.” As a pastor, one of the daily hurdles (wrongly and sinfully) I face is seeking to please people. If you have never been a pastor you don’t really know how it feels to have 250 people who all know how to do your job and spend your time better than you, and many of them have no problem telling you this often.
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40th annual Trenton Peach Festival draws near
web posted May 12, 2010
TRENTON – Excitement is building as the 40th Annual Ridge Peach Festival quickly approaches, scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010, in Trenton, SC. Whether you enjoy perusing the unique Arts and Crafts vendors and Antique Alley, watching the hands-on demonstrations, or enjoying the rides, Trenton has become everyone’s favorite place to be the third Saturday in June.
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Former Edgefield County resident to have film short featured at Cannes Film Festival
web posted May 12, 2010
LONDON – Matthew Lindsey, a former Edgefield County resident, directed and produced a short film that has been accepted into this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Festival, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals, is held each year in May in the resort town of Cannes in the south of France along the French Riviera. Cannes is a privileged meeting place for international professionals and representatives in the film industry.
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Johnston resident lands 41 pound bass
web posted May 12, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston resident Wes Herlong was more than happy to share his catch of the day after landing a 41 pound striped bass on the waters of Lake Russell. The monster bass registered a full 43 inches in length and was caught using live herring as bait. Mr. Herlong stated he was fishing with Guide Eddie Mason.
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Painted turkeys in Edgefield not the only ones drawing attention
 web posted May 12, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The addition of a number of fiberglass turkeys placed around the Town of Edgefield drew considerable attention recently. However, a real live turkey is turning some attention as well. A long time reader snapped this photo of a turkey on the side of Highway 23 west of Edgefield recently.
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Edgefield Police arrest second suspect in August shooting incident
web posted May 11, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A second man Edgefield Police say was involved in the shooting of a man during a robbery at the Edgewood Apartments on August 15 of last year was taken into custody when he arrived at the Edgefield County Courthouse on Monday to face charges in a separate incident. Tory Madison, 20, of Trenton, was arrested and taken to the Edgefield County Detention Center for booking on multiple charges stemming from the incident.
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Several changes announced by Mayor at Johnston Town Council meeting
web posted May 11, 2010
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their May meeting Monday night with Councilman Frank Nicholson absent. Mayor Andy Livingston made an announcement after calling the meeting to order that a sign up sheet will be now provided for those wishing to make public comments at the meeting, “Just put a check by your name and we will know you want to speak,” Mayor Livingston said. Another change announced was moving the meeting time back to 6:30 pm starting at the June 14 meeting.
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Account set up for Fox Creek student critically injured in crash Friday night
web posted May 11, 2010
COUNTY – An account has been set up for Candace Cordell, 16, who was critically injured in violent single car crash on Friday, May 7, on Sweetwater Road. She underwent surgery on Sunday and remains in serious condition. She is expected to remain hospitalized for an extended period of time with multiple severe injuries, including spinal injuries. Friends of the family have set up an account to receive donations to help in paying medical expenses at the Bank of America, 441 West Martintown Road, North Augusta, SC 29841, or call (803) 279-0034.

Anderson Tea Party to hold first ever Congressional Debate
web posted May 11, 2010
ANDERSON – The Anderson Tea Party will be hosting the first non-partisan Congressional debate of 2010 for candidates of the Third District on Thursday, May 13th, from 7:00 PM. - 8:30 PM. at the Anderson County Library. "Most debates are hosted by a political party, a media outlet, or a university," said Anderson Tea Party organizer Jonathon Hill. "It's high time 'we the people' step up to the plate and ask pointed, direct questions that get to the heart of the issues we are concerned about."
Six candidates have committed to participate in the debate.
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Trenton home burglarized Friday
web posted May 11, 2010
TRENTON – An elderly man living on the 3500 block of Highway 19 in Trenton called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report arriving home and finding the front door to his home kicked open. A deputy arrived a short time later and confirmed forced entry into the home.
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Billy’s Super Store owner stops theft
web posted May 11, 2010
TRENTON – Just two weeks after being robbed at gunpoint, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to another theft at the Billy’s Super Store in Trenton this weekend. This time it was the owner who was armed. Billy Williams, over of the store, called 911 after seeing an oil truck drive to the back of the store and saw the driver and passenger attempting to steal used oil from a tank behind the store.
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Johnston man reports burglary Saturday
web posted May 11, 2010
JOHNSTON – A Holmes Pond Road man called the Sheriff’s Office Saturday night to report finding his home burglarized and almost $2,400 in cash taken from various locations in the home. The 61-year-old man stated he believed the crime occurred between 1 pm Saturday afternoon and 10:30 pm.
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Edgefield County Republican Party to meet Today
web posted May 11, 2010
PSA – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be meeting on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm at the Edgefield County Council Chambers on Jeter Street. For more information, visit their website. The public is invited to attend.

Piedmont Technical College to Hold Commencement May 17
web posted May 11, 2010
GREENWOOD – More than 460 graduates of Piedmont Technical College will receive certificates, diplomas and associate degrees during spring commencement exercises on May 17. Commencement exercises will begin at 7 p.m. at the Finis Horne Arena at Lander University, 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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Dispute leads to discovery of portable meth lab
web posted May 8, 2010 - 7:45 pm
TRENTON – What started out as a dispute between a man and a woman Saturday afternoon led to the discovery of a small meth lab at Crossroads Motel on Oscar Drive in Trenton. Sheriff’s Dispatchers received the call at 3:47 pm and had a deputy to respond to meet with the woman. After speaking with her the deputy went to meet with the man who took off running as soon as he spotted the deputy, leaving the door to the motel room open. That led to the discovery of the portable meth lab.
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Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo draws youths from two state area
web posted May 10, 2010
WESTSIDE – The Edgefield County Law Enforcement Association held their annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo on Saturday with sunny skies and plenty of good fishing. Jeff Hughes reminded the parents and children the rodeo is offered to help show youth, “there are better things to do than drugs,” during the much anticipate bicycle drawings. “That is the whole point of this event, to say no to drugs.”
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Merriwether family enjoys catching “monster” catfish during trip
Submitted article
web posted May 10, 2010
MERRIWETHER – Cary Jones and stepdaughter Emma McClure of Merriwether landed a number of monster blue catfish during a two day fishing trip on the James River near Richmond Virginia. The trip, on April 23 and 24, had them fishing the James River in the scenic bluffs and battlefields of the War Between the States. The trip was a gift from Emma’s Grandfather, Chuck Craft of Virginia.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Wins Hermes Creative Award
web posted May 10, 2010
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers garnered a Platinum Award in the Hermes Creative Awards for the January-March 2009 issue of Quality of Life last week. The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for content and design of traditional materials, as well as emerging technologies.
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Fox Creek student critically injured in Friday night crash
web posted May 8, 2010:  Last updated 3:15 pm
MERRIWETHER – A Fox Creek High School student was critically injured in a single car crash Friday night just before 7 pm on Sweetwater Road.  The teen was traveling north just past the entrance to Mt. Vintage when she lost control of her Toyota Camery after running off the right side of the roadway and over corrected exiting a curve. The car then went down an embankment, struck several trees, and landed upside down.
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County Council Budget Work Session Rescheduled
web posted May 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Fiscal Year 2010-00 Edgefield County Council Budget Work Session scheduled for 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 18th has been changed to 3:30 pm, Wednesday, May 19th, at the Edgefield County Council Chambers, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield.

Midday crash injures four in Edgefield
web posted May 8, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A South Carolina Highway Patrolman had a front row seat view of a near head-on collision Friday around noon when a northbound Ford Taurus crossed the centerline and sideswiped a southbound Chrysler 300 in front of the Huddle House on Augusta Road. The Ford lost the front left wheel at impact, rolled, and landed on its roof.
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Man found dead after report of gas smell in the area
web posted May 8, 2010
COUNTY LINE – A report of the strong smell of propane gas and an alarm going off brought the County Line Fire Department to a home on 30 block of Longleaf Drive around 11 pm Thursday. Firefighters arrived and confirmed the smell of gas and while trying to locate the source found the body of a man inside the home and called for Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies to respond.
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Edgefield County Republican Party to meet Tuesday
web posted May 8, 2010
PSA – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be meeting on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm at the Edgefield County Council Chambers on Jeter Street. For more information, visit their website. The public is invited to attend.

Residents get first look at Highway 25 project plans
web posted May 7, 2010
BETTIS ACADEMY – Thursday afternoon area residents got their first peek at the plan to extend the four-lane section of Highway 25 from its current location to the County Industrial Park near Trenton. A second phase of the plan would continue the four-lane to the Pine House intersection with Highways 121 and 19. “Right now we’re only looking at phase 1,” SCDOT Project manager Clinton Scoville said. Construction is not planned to begin until 2012.
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Edgefield trestle demolishes trailer after being struck
web posted May 7, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A truck hauling utility trailers met its match Thursday afternoon when the driver tried to go under the Edgefield trestle heading southbound. The driver said he was “easing” under the trestle when he struck the lower beams overhead and demolished one of the three trailers he was transporting.
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MCA Sign Company Locates New Headquarters in Aiken County: 125 Jobs to be created
web posted May 7, 2010
AIKEN – The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership today announced that MCA Sign Company will locate its new company headquarters in Aiken County. The company will invest more than $12 million and expects to create 125 new jobs.
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The county’s new dump
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 7, 2010
COLUMN – It seems the county’s only tenant at the new county building on Penn Street is using part of the county property as a dumpsite. Edgefield County over paid for the Calliham building, and under the same senseless deal, J. P. Calliham is allowed to use 9,000 square feet of the building rent free. It would seem that with this cost saving deal Mr. Calliham could pay his workers to take his trash to the dump rather than stack it on the side of the 4,000 square foot portion of the building that is to be used as new county offices.
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AT&T warns customers of “Phishing” scams
web posted May 7, 2010
WEBNEWS – AT&T has issued a warning to its internet customers of an increase of “phishing” scams, some purporting to be AT&T, in an effort to gain your personal information. In the warning to customers AT&T said, “If you receive an email message that appears to come from AT&T and asks you to provide your email ID, email password, or other personal information, Do Not Reply to It and do Not provide your account information or password.”
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Search for new Magistrate in final phases
web posted May 6, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The search for a new Magistrate for Edgefield County continues Sen. Shane Massey said Wednesday. Twenty one candidates applied for the position left open with the surprise announcement of Chief Magistrate Davis Parkman’s retirement reported by Edgefield Daily on April 10. “Two of those withdrew before we started the evaluation process,” Sen. Massey said. “There were several others who inquired about the position.”
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Johnston resident among PCT Students Honored at Awards Ceremony
web posted May 6, 2010
GREENWOOD – At Piedmont Technical College’s 36th annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 60 student leaders.  The ceremony, which was held in the college’s James C. Self Conference Center, attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members. Becky McIntosh, vice president for student development, welcomed students and guests, and Lisa Toland, department head for social sciences, was principal speaker.
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Haley Calls On Barrett To Pull Co-sponsorship of Value-Added Tax
web posted May 6, 2010
COLUMBIA – In the ETV GOP Gubernatorial Debate Monday night, Representative Nikki Haley brought up Congressman Barrett’s continued support for a Value-Added Tax (VAT), which is often compared to a European-Style national sales tax and would constitute, in the Congressman’s own words, a “massive tax increase.”
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Honors Nurses
web posted May 6, 2010
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC) is planning a week of events in honor of our nurses for National Nurses Week. Beginning May 6 the nursing staff will have the opportunity to be pampered honored and remembered.
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Pauper Burial Services to be held May 28
web posted May 6, 2010
PSA: AIKEN – The Aiken County Coroner's Office will be holding their Pauper Burial Services on May 28th, 2010 at 9:30 AM at the Calvary Cemetery in Aiken, SC. Donations for the services were provided by St. Marys Help of Christians Catholic Church.
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County Council passes second reading of budget with funding for NGO’s, Piedmont Tech and 2% increase in employee pay
web posted May 5, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council had a near capacity crowd attending Tuesday evening but saw no one offering comments during the two public hearings held at the beginning of the meeting on the county operation budget or the multi-county industrial park agreement.
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Meeting on Highway 25 four-lane expansion to Trenton to be held tomorrow
web posted May 5, 2010
TRENTON – Thursday evening May 6, 2010 there will be a Public Information Meeting on the Highway 25 road widening project that will four-lane Highway 25 to the intersection of Highway 25s, 121, and 19 in Trenton. The meeting will be held from 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Educational Building Hwy 25 Trenton.
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Break-in’s reported in Trenton and Johnston
web posted May 5, 2010
COUNTY – The list of break-in’s and burglaries continue with the most recent report of a home on the 200 block of Courtney Road burglarized on Monday. The homeowner arrived after work and noticed the front door “kick in” when she went to unlock the door. She backed away from the door and called the Sheriff’s Office to report the crime.
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Religion: The Power of a Mother
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 5, 2010
RELIGION – I love being a dad. I enjoy taking my boys to parks and playgrounds (my wife also loves to have a break!).  I love watching moms at the playground. Let me clarify what I mean. I enjoy, from a pastoral, observational, and sociological stand point, observing the parenting habits of maternal guardians of a child. Got me? Good. Here are some observations I have made.
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National Day of Prayer to be held at JET Middle School Thursday
web posted May 5, 2010
JOHNSTON – The National Day of Prayer will be held at JET Middle School Thursday morning from 7 until 8:30 am. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952 to be held on the first Thursday in May. The public is invited to attend.

Sports: STH Standout wears “The Order of the Grey Stripe” at Newberry
web posted May 5, 2010
NEWBERRY – Years ago, real men didn't eat quiche. Today, real men are leaders. Todd Knight, head football coach at Newberry College ensures his program creates leaders. Inspired by North Carolina State's Dick Sheridan's Diamond Club, Knight has created the Order of the Gray Stripe. The Stripe symbolizes an earned distinction, it designates the wearer as one of the elite, as the "best of the best."
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School District Represented During Day at the Capitol Event
web posted May 5, 2010
COLUMBIA – Representatives of the Edgefield County Board of Trustees and Dr. Mary R. Crenshaw, Superintendent took part in the Day at the Capitol activity sponsored by the South Carolina School Boards Association on May 26. The event is designed for board members, superintendents and public school advocates to spend time at the State House meeting with their legislators to discuss legislation affecting public schools, as well as attend legislative committee meetings and increase the visibility and voice of local school boards.
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Edgefield County Council to hold Public Hearing on County Budget tonight
web posted May 4, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be meeting tonight at 6 pm at the County Council chambers on Jeter Street in Edgefield to hold a second reading and a Public Hearing on the county operating budget for the next fiscal year. With Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece’s budget amendment proposed at the April 21 budget workshop, the county will dip into the county’s $3.5 million in reserves for a total of $471,015 to balance the budget.
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Theft from pocketbook leads to nearly $1,000 in charges to credit cards
web posted May 4, 2010
EDGEFIELD – A stolen wallet from an employee at the Edgefield County Hospital on Friday has led to many problems for the victim and her husband. The woman discovered her pocketbook missing upon returning to her office and then found it in an adjacent room, but her wallet was gone. Within the hour the man believed to be responsible was charging hundreds of dollars in beer, cigarettes, and other items at several stores in the North Augusta and Martinez areas.
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Edgefield Town Council holds first reading of budget
web posted May 4, 2010
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield held its monthly council meeting Monday, May 3, with Mayor Durham and Councilmen Rodgers, Ellis, and Jackson being sworn in by town attorney Greg Anderson at the start of the meeting. Councilman Jackson was the only official to be challenged during the latest election cycle.
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STHS Teacher named South Carolina Bar High School Teacher of the Year
web posted May 4, 2010
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond High School U.S. History teacher Denise Jackson has been named the South Carolina Bar’s 2010 Law Related Education (LRE) High School Teacher of the Year. A $500 award from the Bar will be presented during an awards ceremony at the school on May 17.
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Deceased man’s home “destroyed” by vandalism
web posted May 4, 2010
TRENTON – A man checking on the home of a deceased relative on Sunday evening found the back door pried open and the interior of the home vandalized and called the Sheriff’s Office.
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Peach Blossom Festival “Biggest and Best” in years
web posted May 3, 2010
JOHNSTON – The 27th Peach Blossom Festival was held Saturday with a record number of vendors, crafters, and attendance as people filled Calhoun Street to enjoy the events. Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston said he was well pleased with the turnout. “This is the biggest and best in many, many years. This is great for the Town of Johnston.”
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Last week to register to vote
web posted May 3, 2010
COUNTY – If you are planning to vote in the June 8 Primaries and have not registered to vote, this is the last week to turn in your registration. All voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. You can also check your voter registration status online.
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Sheriff’s Office launches internet Anonymous Tips page
web posted May 3, 2010
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office website, launched in September of last year, continues to grow as a crime fighting tool and one that places Sheriff Adell Dobey and his staff as the most accessible in local law enforcement in the county via the internet. A new feature recently added is an anonymous tip page that allows anyone to provide information on criminal activity or investigations from the privacy of their home computer.
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Justin Moody May Birthday Cake Winner
web posted May 3, 2010
WEBNEWS – The May Birthday cake winner has been drawn and it is awarded to Justin Moody. A family member sent in the following announcement, “Happy Birthday to Justin Moody!!! Love, Your Family,” for his birthday on May 22. Justin Moody or family members sending in the announcement has until Wednesday night to claim the custom birthday cake by Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield. We are now accepting entries for our June drawing.
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Congressional Candidate Duncan signs Contract From America
web posted May 3, 2010
STATE – Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate Jeff Duncan signed the Contract from America on Thursday, aimed at promoting individual liberties, economic freedom and constitutionally limited government in Washington. He joins U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who last week became the first to sign.
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Gov. Sanford rejects ObamaCare mandate on South Carolina
web posted May 3, 2010
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford announced his decision to reject ObamaCare's demand that South Carolina create a separate but unequal high risk pool for the uninsured on Friday, arguing that this new healthcare law's unintended consequences and heavy costs to state taxpayers are too great a burden in an already horrific state budget year. In doing so, Gov. Sanford joins a growing and bipartisan group of states that are opting out of creating a state-based high risk pool in compliance with ObamaCare.
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Suspect in back-to-back manhunts now in custody
web posted May 1, 2010
MERRIWETHER – A North Augusta man who has been the focus of two manhunts within 12 hours is now behind bars. Michael H. Reeves Jr., 24, of Chalet North Court, was taken into custody by North Augusta Public Safety Officers after finding him at the Huddle House near I-20 a few hours after he ran from Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies for the second time.
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Bar owner demands ticket, claims County Noise Ordinance “unconstitutional”
web posted May 1, 2010
JOHNSTON – Johnston Sports Bar owner Alex Hamilton has been cited for a violation of the after telling a deputy he would not accept a warning and wanted a “ticket”. The Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a noise complaint about the bar around 12:30 am Friday morning and, after monitoring the noise from a distance, entered to inform Mr. Hamilton to turn the music down.
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