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May 2011 Archives

Chris Aston to Stay on as Chief of Police
web posted May 31, 2011  6:10 pm
JOHNSTON
Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston announced Tuesday that he will be staying on as Chief and withdrawing his resignation. A full report with his thoughts will be available in tomorrow's edition.
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Strom Thurmond Class of 2011
web posted May 31, 2011
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond High School Class of 2011 will be graduating this Friday. Edgefield Daily salutes these students on their achievements and wish them the best as they continue their education or enter the work force. Below is a listing of each graduate in alphabetical order. Congratulations to the 50th Graduating Class of Strom Thurmond.
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County Administrator Roger LeDuc to Address Alliance Meeting
web posted May 31, 2011
EDGEFIELD – On Monday, June 6th, 2011, the Edgefield County Alliance will host its monthly meeting at 7:30 am at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus.  Everyone interested in learning about plans and issues which affect Edgefield County is invited to attend.  Breakfast will be served.  A small donation of $3 - $5 is suggested to help cover the cost.  The speaker for this meeting will be Mr. Roger LeDuc, Interim Administrator for Edgefield County.
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Dr. Elizabeth Gordineer to Speak on Heat Related Medical Issues
web posted May 31, 2011
EDGEFIELD – What happens when communities come together?  Resources become abundant.  Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Edgefield County Hospital invite you to hear Elizabeth Gordineer, MD speak as part of the Lecture Series and enjoy a light dinner.
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Johnston Development Corporation donates ‘Welcome’ banners to Town
web posted May 31, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation has donated a second set of banners for downtown Johnston to welcome visitors to town. The first set of banners was used to promote the annual Peach Blossom Festival. The funds to buy the custom-made banners come from proceeds from the Festival, which is sponsored by the Development Corporation. The first set of banners was installed the week before the Masters golf tournament.
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Crime Blotter Update Delayed
web posted May 31, 2011
COUNTY – The Crime Blotter has been delayed until Wednesday due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Crime reports have also been delayed.

Memorial Day: For Those Who Gave All
web reposted May 30, 2011
COUNTY – With America honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrafice for our country today, Edgefield Daily asked several local veterans; What does Memorial Day mean to you?
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Estate Auction Friday And Saturday, June 10th And 11th
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web reposted May 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker. The sale will be held at their homeplace in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles.  Included in the sale is a fine piece of Edgefield pottery: Large Dave Pot, Signed "Lm, September 15, 1857, Dave".  Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 pm. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am each day. Please visit  www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

HVAC Thieves Back at Work
web posted May 30, 2011
COUNTY – A rash of thefts of HVAC units from rural churches and a Merriwether Fire Station lasted from late January until the first week of April when they suddenly stopped. The thefts, leaving tens of thousands of dollars in damages behind, were most likely done by the same individuals with the process of stealing the entire HVAC units repeated at every scene. On Friday morning a home under construction on Vann Road near Trenton was targeted much the same way.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for June 11 Training
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web posted May 30, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, June 11, 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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Memorial Day BBQ will cost you 29% more this year thanks to inflation
web posted May 30, 2011
You may be lucky to get half at this weekend's Memorial Day cookout, which is set to cost 29 per cent more than last year, thanks to inflation. Those thinking of hosting a BBQ - even a modest one - can expect to fork out an extra $45 on food to serve a dozen guests.
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Closings for Memorial Day
web posted May 30, 2011
COUNTY – The following local government offices will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. All Offices will be re-open on Tuesday, May 31.
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SCHP Offers Tips for Drivers During Memorial Day Weekend
web posted May 28, 2011
COUNTY – The 78 hour Memorial Day weekend is underway and Lance Corporal Scott Edgeworth of the South Carolina Highway Patrol offered tips for drivers to make sure they reach, and return from, their destinations safely. Last year 10 people lost their lives over the holiday, which ends at midnight Monday. "We hope that number is lower this year," Edgeworth said. So far this year six people have died in traffic related incidents in Edgefield County, more than all deaths reported in 2010 for the county, which was five.
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Merriwether Firefighters Boot Drive Today
web posted May 28, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Volunteer Firefighters will be out at several key intersections around the Merriwether area today with a "Boot Drive" to help collect money for the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation which benefits burn patients at the Joseph M. Stills Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia.
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Congressman Duncan Votes Against Patriot Act Extension
web posted May 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC  – Freshmen Congressman Jeff Duncan voted against extending three provisions of the USA Patriot Act for four years during a measure that came up on Thursday in the House of Representatives. The Patriot Act was enacted after September 11, 2001 as a tool to assist law enforcement in combating terrorism.  While portions of the law have been credited with disrupting terrorist activity, some groups from both sides of the aisle have criticized some of the law’s provisions over concerns of potentially eroding civil liberties.
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Country Cooking Section: Find That Special Recipe to Make Your Cook-out the Best
web posted May 28, 2011
COUNTY – Looking for that special recipe to round out your Memorial Day cook-out? Find that and more in our Country Cooking Section with nearly 700 local favorites available from main courses, Bar-B-Q's, sauces, salads, deserts, and more. Have a recipe you would like to share? Send it in and grow the largest online resource for recipes in Edgefield County.
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Found Young Black Lab Male
web posted May 28, 2011
MERRIWETHER – He is neutered and 1 to 2 years old.  Found in Delaughter Drive area, very friendly and wants to come inside. Obviously a very well taken care of loved pet. Please call Felicia at 803-279-7362.

Fireworks Erupt at Called Johnston Town Council Meeting
web posted May 27, 2011
JOHNSTON – In what was expected to be a very short and cordial public hearing and first reading of the budget as well as a discussion on the resignation of Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston, turned into an exchange of terse words from Town Councilman Tommy Burton. And the fireworks did not end when the meeting was adjourned, Burton continued to make accusations of the town being run on a "buddy buddy system" and implied secret meetings were being held.
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Metal Thefts Back on the Rise: Edgefield Business Owner Interrupts Thieves in Action
web posted May 27, 2011
EDGEFIELD – With copper and other metal prices on a sharp rise, those seeking to steal rather than earn a living are back at their craft of taking from others to enrich themselves at other's expense. This was the case on around 10:30 Thursday morning when Everett Keesley went to retrieve a part from his stock yard of cars and discovered two black males in the process of attempting to steal an assortment of car parts and gave chase.
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Estate Auction Friday And Saturday, June 10th And 11th
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web reposted May 27, 2011
EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker. The sale will be held at their homeplace in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles.  Included in the sale is a fine piece of Edgefield pottery: Large Dave Pot, Signed "Lm, September 15, 1857, Dave".  Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 pm. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am each day. Please visit  www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Post Office Strong Armed Robbery Case Closed: No Suspects or Charges Filed
web posted May 27, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The investigation into the strong armed robbery in the parking lot of the Edgefield Post Office one week ago is being "administratively closed" with no suspects, no arrests, and no charges filed, Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said Thursday. "The victim is not cooperating and there are too many inconsistencies in his account of what took place."
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William "Billion Dollar Man" Singletary Arrested Again
web posted May 27, 2011
EDGEFIELD – It seems that William Singletary, who launched himself into the public stoplight by suing just about every public official he came in contact with in the town, law enforcement, the Sheriff's Office, jailers, doctors, and a host of others for a "Billion dollars" keeps finding his way back to jail. And no doubt, more people to sue.
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Found Dog
web posted May 27, 2011
TRENTON – Found: very friendly male dog at 73 Greenhouse Rd.  Please call 803-275-0656 or 706-394-6088 to identify

Former Deputy Files Suit Against Sheriff's Office
web posted May 26, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A former Sheriff's School Resource Deputy has filed a civil lawsuit against the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office according to court filings obtained on Wednesday. Former SRO Deputy Jason Rushton has filed through his attorney, Robert Cook ll, of Batesburg-Leesville, a "non-jury" civil suit seeking back pay and damages for caring for a "drug dog" placed in his care even after he was retired for a work related injury.
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Drifter's Bar Burglarized Early Wednesday Morning
web posted May 26, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The Drifter's Bar & Grill  on Edgefield Road was the scene of an early morning burglary Wednesday, and not long after a deputy responded to an alarm call at the business and found it secure and continued on patrol. At 2:37 am the deputy was called back to the bar after the owner arrived after being notified of a malfunction in the alarm system and found a front window "kicked in" and the business burglarized.
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Miller Street Woman Reports Burglary
web posted May 26, 2011
MURPHEY VILLAGE – A Miller Street woman returned to her home after a visit at the hospital to find her rear door forced open and her home burglarized. The woman told the deputy that she left to go visit at the hospital around 12:30 pm on Wednesday and called as soon as she got home around 9 pm and discovered the door open. She did not enter the home until the deputy arrived.
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Closings for Memorial Day
web posted May 26, 2011
COUNTY – The following local government offices will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. All Offices will be re-open on Tuesday, May 31.
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Missing Dog
web posted May 26, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Lost or Stolen: 5 month old Black Lab puppy. Discovered missing on Friday, May 20. Anyone with information is asked to call 803-334-5709.

Man Flown to MCG After 4-Wheeler Crash
web posted May 25, 2011
TRENTON – A 53-year-old Rock Creek Road man was flown to the MCG Trauma Center after crashing his 4-wheeler around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon. Merriwether First Responders and EMS were called to the scene with reports of the man suffering a severe head injury. Shortly after arriving on the scene the call went out for a LifeNet helicopter to transport him to MCG.
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University of Illinois and archaeologists researching the Pottersville site in Edgefield
web posted May 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Researcher George Calfas adjusted his St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap and looked out over the hill to a warm Edgefield County sunrise. It was a stunning view. And it was only the beginning. The grand, six-week archaeological dig meant to uncover the hidden mysteries of Edgefield’s historic Pottersville site may have set off to a rather inglorious start on Monday behind several hours of tough weed-eating and brush-clearing.
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Johnston Town Council to Hold Called Meeting Thursday
web posted May 25, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will be holding a special called meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 pm to hold a Public Hearing on the proposed 2011-2012 budget, a first reading of the budget, as well as a consideration of the resignation of Police Chief Chris Aston that was submitted on Thursday of last week. The public is invited to attend.

Estate Auction Friday And Saturday, June 10th And 11th
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted May 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker. The sale will be held at their homeplace in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles.  Included in the sale is a fine piece of Edgefield pottery: Large Dave Pot, Signed "Lm, September 15, 1857, Dave".  Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 pm. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am each day. Please visit  www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Edgefield Historic Society and the U of Illinois present the Pottersville Archaeology Speaker Series
web posted May 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Historical Society and the University of Illinois will host a five-part, weekly public lecture series each Thursday during the month of June, beginning on Thursday, June 2 at 6 pm in the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center. Invited speakers will share engaging perspectives on Edgefield and stoneware from their viewpoints in the fields of Pottery Production that flourished in the Edgefield District in the 19th Century.
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Guest Column: A Parable for Responsible Budgeting
By S.C. Senator Shane Massey
web posted May 25, 2011

GUEST COLUMN – Recently, while searching the internet for new books for my little girl, I came across a story about a family of squirrels. The mother and father squirrels prodded their offspring to gather nuts during the Fall, when the nuts were plentiful, and store them for the Winter months when food would be scarce. The young squirrels were reluctant, of course, because they didn’t understand the lesson. But you and I recognize the parable: it’s important to save during good times so we can survive the difficult times that will inevitably come.
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Religion: Big Words 1 - "Ex Nihlo"
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 25, 2011

RELIGION – We are going to be looking at some big words, Latin phrases, and fancy theological lingo over the next few weeks.  Now, the obvious question is why? Well first off, my hope is not just that you will sound smarter (and you will!), but that you will come to know God better. Every person born is a theologian; all people think thoughts about God. The question is, will you be a good theologian, bad theologian, or a heretic (we will discuss heresy at a later time)?
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"Moonlight & Magnolias" Next to Hit the Stage at Edgefield Theater
web posted May 25, 2011
EDGEFIELD – "Gone With The Wind" is one of the all-time greatest films ever to come out of Hollywood's creative machine. But have you ever wondered exactly how Margaret Mitchell's epic novel became a Tinseltown legend? The Edgefield County Theater Company explores that question with its next live stage offering, "Moonlight & Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson. The madcap comedy play opens Friday night, June 17 for two weekends at the William Miller Bouknight Theater in Edgefield.
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Found Dog: Layman's Nursery
web posted May 25, 2011
TRENTON – Found: healthy well kept dog at 2198 Edgefield Road (Hyw 25) on Saturday, May 21. No description offered. Call 706-831-2765 to identify. Dog is said to be an obviously well kept family pet.

No New Leads in Strong Armed Robbery at Post Office
web posted May 24, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The investigation into the reported strong armed robbery at the Edgefield Post Office on Friday is ongoing, but police are left with very little new information, Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said Monday. Asked if any further details have been made available he said, "Not right now. We're still working on it, but we don't have a whole lot to go on."
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2010-2011 STHS Awards Night Recognizes Students
web posted May 24, 2011
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School held their 2010-2011 Awards Night on May 17 in the high school gymnasium. Students were honored for their achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and scholarship awards.
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Woman Reports Scrap Metal Theft from Relative's Property
web posted May 24, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – A woman leaving her Mount Zion Road home spotted two men loading scrap metal from a relative's home into a pickup truck as she was leaving for work on Saturday. She confronted the two men and called the Sheriff's Office in an effort to have the two men stopped before they could get out of the area.
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MES Running Club Teams Make Their Mark in Competitions
web posted May 24, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School’s Running Club competed recently in the local Elementary School’s Running Club Track Meet. It began at 9:30 am at the North Augusta High School track. Merriwether Elementary School placed 3rd out of the 6 schools in the team relay results. Merriwether had 2 students who placed in events. The 4th and 5th graders placed in six events.
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STHS FFA Forestry Team Takes Top Honors
web posted May 24, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Thurmond FFA Forestry team took top honors at the State Forestry FFA CDE. As a team, they finished 3rd overall. The competition took place at the Poe Creek State Forest in the upstate. Team members include: Allie Jhant, Julia Miller, Cody Smith, Kelly Brady, & Kevin Smith.
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Missing Pet: Merriwether Area
web posted May 24, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Missing Male Teacup Chiuauah. White with beige spots with apple shaped head and around 3lbs. Blue collar if wearing one. Missing since Thursday May 19th from the Merriwether area. Please contact one of the following numbers, 803-278-2175 or 803-571-2638, if you have any information on his location. A reward is being offered. Click on picture for larger view.

Most Popular Weekend Story - Johnston Police Chief Resigns: Gives Three Week Notice 
web posted May 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – In a surprise announcement, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston submitted his resignation to Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston late Thursday that will be effective on June 9. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Town of Johnston. I really don't have the words to say how much I really did enjoy it or how to say goodbye," he said Friday. "There comes a time in your lifetime where you come to a crossroads and you have to decide which way to turn."
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Two Injured in Rollover Crash Sunday
web posted May 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A single vehicle crash on Currytown Road around 3:50 Sunday afternoon sent the driver and is young daughter to MCG to be treated for injuries and blocked traffic for the better part of an hour. Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's Deputies, and Merriwether First Responders and Firefighters arrived on the scene minutes later. Southbound traffic on Currytown Road was diverted at Sweetwater Road while the man and girl were being readied for transport by ambulance.
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Merriwether Teen Develops Leadership Strategies
web posted May 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Olivia Bernard, of Merriwether Middle School, took part in a unique leadership development program given for the Carolina Region in Charlotte, NC. Held in 35 cities across the country, the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC) was themed Courageous Leadership. Activities at the conference helped young scholars take an introspective and highly-personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities.
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SCDPS Highlights Need to Get Young Drivers to Buckle Up
web posted May 23, 2011
COLUMBIA – An effort to encourage South Carolinians – especially young people – to buckle up got off to a flying start Friday as the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) kicked off its annual safety belt enforcement campaign at a regional airport and South Carolina Highway Patrol's Lance Corporal Scott Edgeworth brought their Roll-over Crash Simulator to Merriwether Middle School.
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Estate Auction Friday And Saturday, June 10th And 11th, 2011
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted May 23, 2011
EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker. The sale will be held at their homeplace in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles.  Included in the sale is a fine piece of Edgefield pottery: Large Dave Pot, Signed "Lm, September 15, 1857, Dave".  Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 pm. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time at 9:30 am each day. Please visit  www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Obama Picking the Wrong Side, Again
web posted May 23, 2011
EDITORIAL – President Obama's downwardly poll numbers are not helped by his continuous exhibition of being unqualified to do the job of president. He has spent more than any president in history with record debt, issued an unconstitutional ban on our own drilling of oil in the Gulf of Mexico costing tens of thousands of jobs (with near 10% unemployment), and now he shows his condescension for Israel by telling them they have to cede portions of their borders to terrorists. His words of loving America are one thing, his actions are another.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for June 11 Training
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web posted May 23, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, June 11, 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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STH Class of 2011 Scholarship Awards
web posted May 23, 2011
JOHNSTON – Scholarship awards received by the Class of 2011 prior to the presentations on Monday of last week are listed below. A full list of all awards and recognitions will be published on Tuesday.
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Millennium Club Members Honored
web posted May 23, 2011
JOHNSTON – Sixty-three Strom Thurmond High School students have been recognized as members of the Strom Thurmond High School Millennium Club. Also recognized were students scoring in the 1200’s, 1300’s and 1400’s Millennium Club. In order to earn the privilege of becoming a Millennium Club member, students must score a 21 or better on the ACT, or 1000 or higher on the SAT.
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Johnston Police Chief Resigns: Gives Three Week Notice 
web posted May 20, 2011
JOHNSTON – In a surprise announcement, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston submitted his resignation to Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston late Thursday that will be effective on June 9. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Town of Johnston. I really don't have the words to say how much I really did enjoy it or how to say goodbye," he said Friday. "There comes a time in your lifetime where you come to a crossroads and you have to decide which way to turn."
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Man Robbed at Edgefield Post Office Friday Afternoon
web posted May 21, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A man going to the Post Office on Bacon Street to mail a letter was robbed by two men after he exited his car in the parking lot just before 3 pm Friday. The man told Edgefield Police that one man grabbed him around his neck from behind as the other helped in the attack. During the "tussle" the man was forced to the ground with one of the men kicking him in his ribs before they made off with well over $400 they ripped from his pocket.
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Perry Man 10th to Die on Aiken County Roads This Year
web posted May 21, 2011
AIKEN – A 25-year-old Perry man was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer truck at 1:30 am Friday after being struck as he entered the intersection of Poole Road and Highway 389. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Michael A. Farmer of Depot Avenue in Perry, was pronounced dead on the scene.
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Lost Dog: Johnston: Update - FOUND May 23, 2011
web posted May 21, 2011
JOHNSTON – Family pet lost:  5 year old English Bulldog lost in the vicinity of Academy and Roland Ave in Johnston on Thursday evening (5/19).  He is brindle and answers to the name of Sarge.  He is a family pet and is very friendly.  If you have seen Sarge please call (803) 480 0700 or (803) 480- 0988.  A reward is offered if found.

"Coffee" with Chairman - Vice-chairwoman Well Attended in Merriwether
web posted May 20, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice-chairwoman Genia Blackwell held a "Coffee with the Chairman" Thursday morning at Sportsman's Corner in Merriwether and both were pleased with the turnout. Campbell said that this is the third one held and response has always been good, "but I think this one particularly was well attended."
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Thurmond FFA Presented with Adopt-A-Highway "Group of the Year" in Columbia
web posted May 20, 2011
COLUMBIA – The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) named the Strom Thurmond FFA  the 2010 Adopt-A-Highway Group of the Year for Edgefield County, and the Outstanding District Two Group of the Year. They were presented the at the Adopt-A-Highway awards ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in Columbia. The annual event is hosted by SCDOT to recognize the volunteer-citizen groups, coordinators and SCDOT employees for their participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program.
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Letter to Editor: Breast Cancer Survivor Decries Removal of Treatment Drug
web posted May 20, 2011
Dear Editor:
As a breast cancer survivor, I have closely followed any developments in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Currently there is a battle with the FDA over the use of Avastin for the treatment of incurable metastatic breast cancer. Avastin is the only approved antiangiogenic drug for MBC, meaning that the drug interferes with blood flow, essentially starving tumors of their life-line. In addition, the drug is at least as effective and shows fewer side effects than other drugs approved by the FDA.
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County Update by Chairman Campell
web posted May 20, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean released his most recent "County Update" today covering the county's work on the next Fiscal Year budget, the search for a new administrator, the budget and other issues the county is facing.
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Edgefield Rappers Nominated for SC Music Awards
web posted May 20, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Local hip-hop artists Mendez Curry (Shawt) and Thomas Glover (G) of Edgefield County have been nominated for two 2011 South Carolina Music Awards Pulling in the title and honor of the 2010 South Carolina Music Awards "Group of the Year." Rebellious has again been nominated for two awards surrounding this years 2011awards show. Since its inception in 2008, The South Carolina Music Awards has grown rapidly in popularity; attracting music connoisseurs from all over the country. Last year, over 2,000 people attended the weekend gala of events and this year promises to surpass that amount.
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County Budget Set for Final Approval June 7: State Funding Still Unknown
web posted May 19, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding the final reading of the county's 2011-2012 Fiscal Year budget at their next meeting, and though almost all of the details have been ironed out, one major issue remains a constant unknown. The funding from the state on the Local Government Fund (LGF). Early reports from the State was that the fund to aid subdivisions (municipalities and counties) would be cut 19% over last year's cuts. A large portion (roughly 12%) of the county budget is based on the state funds.
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Johnston Man Provides Teachable Moment on Dealing with Animal Control
web posted May 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has inadvertently provided a very teachable moment for those who find themselves having to deal with pet issues and the Sheriff's Animal Control from time to time. Be courteous, respectful, and responsive. However, in this situation the dog owner failed in all areas and it landed him in court.
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Johnson - Pryer Engagement
web posted May 19, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Mr. Jeremiah Johnson of Blackville SC and Ms. Brenda Pryer of Elko SC will like to proudly announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter,Nikema Pryer to Lamont Brannon of Edgefield, South Carolina. He is the son of Mrs. Gladys Jones of Johnston SC.
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Soldier Surprises Children After Return from Afghanistan
web posted May 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Corporal David Seigler quietly advanced on Room 242 at W.E. Parker Elementary School on Monday with a mission in mind – one of surprise. Having just arrived home from his forward base in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border after the rousing moral boost provided by the death of Osama bin Laden he’d already had an exciting start to the month. But it was about to get even better.
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Traffic Stop and Safety Checkpoint Nets Over Half Pound of Drugs
web posted May 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Traffic stops and Safety Checkpoints have resulted in suspected drug dealers being taken off the streets with drugs and cash being confiscated. In just two such instances recently, police seized several bags of marijuana that, all together, tips the scales at just over a half pound and nearly $1,000 in cash. In those two cases three people were charged with drug offences.
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Religion: Advice for Graduates
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 18, 2011
RELIGION – Graduation time is upon us. This is a huge season of change in the lives of particularly High School students everywhere. The change for high school graduates is leaving the home for college or joining the work force and for your parent’s sake experiencing some financial freedom. The further challenge for graduates will be accepting full responsibility for their lives and careers going forward.  So, in hopes of making this change as smooth and successful as possible, please allow me to offer ten pieces of advice.
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BBQ Chicken Plate Sale to Benefit JET Middle Athletics this Saturday
web posted May 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD –  A BBQ Chicken Plate sale will be held this Saturday at Fairway Food Center in Edgefield. All proceeds to be donated to JET Football program.  As you may know, middle school athletics receive very limited funding and with so many budget shortfalls, fundraisers have become necessary. The JET Eagle’s football helmets are in need of refurbishing after many years of play.
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Next ‘Coffee with the Chairman’ Set for Thursday in Merriwether
web reposted May 18, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The next Coffee with the Chairman will be held Thursday, May 19, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Sportsman Corner, 2002 Martintown Road. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice Chair Genia Blackwell will attend. The Coffee time is held monthly to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
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Lacey-Reese Wedding
web posted May 18, 2011
NORTH AUGUSTA – Miss Brittany Leigh Lacey became the bride of Mr. Michael William Reese, Jr. at 6 o'clock, Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta.  Dr. Robert Fuller, Jr. and Dr. Daniel McCall officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Edward Bowser and Mr. Pete Walter Lacey of North Augusta, SC.  She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Peggy Wade Kitchens and the late Mr. Rodney Owen Wade of Hephzibah, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lacey and Mr. Dean Carver and the late Mrs. “Oma” Renate Schardt Lacey of North Augusta.
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Wanted Sex Offender Sought
web posted May 17, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a known sex offender. Jeffrey Lamont Butler, 42, is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender second offence and has an outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant. He was previously convicted in Virginia in June of 2003 as a violent sex offender failing to register. His last known address is 518 Addison Street, Johnston, SC and has failed to register since March of 2009 (last recorded registration).
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Donald Trump Cancels Columbia TEA Party Event: Not Running for President
web posted May 17, 2011
COLUMBIA – Donald Trump has publicly announced he will not run for president of the United States and has cancelled his scheduled appearance at Thursday's Columbia TEA Party event. Columbia TEA Party Chairman, Allen Olson said he was disappointed to learn the news.
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Notice: Public Hearing Date Changed to June 2
web posted May 17, 2011
COUNTY – A Public Hearing scheduled by the Planning Commission to take place on May 31 has been changed to June 2, Edgefield County Administrator Roger LeDuc stated Monday. The public hearing is to receive comments on a possible zoning change to a tract of land on Courtney Road, Trenton. The hearing will be held at the County Council Chambers on Jeter Street at 6:30 pm. There will also be a called meeting of the Planning Commission immediately following. The public is invited to attend.

Attempted Car Theft Reported Sunday Morning in Edgefield
web posted May 17, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A report of an attempted car theft on Sunday left the alleged victim arrested on an outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant and a story on the attempted theft that changed a number of times during the investigation. William Edward Singletary Jr., 44, is well known to police and the public after he was deemed by the press as the "Billion Dollar Man" for his now countless lawsuits against every law enforcement agency he has come in contact with over the years, asking for over $1 billion in damages.
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Young Farmers Chicken BBQ Fund Raiser
web posted May 17, 2011
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Young Farmers will sponsor a Chicken BBQ on Saturday May 28th, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Costs of the plates will be $6.00 for ½ chicken with sides, or $8.00 for a whole chicken. Plates can be picked up at the NAPA store in Johnston. Proceeds go towards the local student Young Farmer Scholarship Fund. For more information call 803-275-1767 ext. 526.

Here's Your Card: Cursing Officer While Drinking and Driving Not Advised
web posted May 17, 2011
HERE'S YOUR CARD – It seems a North Augusta man is the latest nomination for our infamous "Here's Your Card" award. 54-year-old Neely Kevin McCormack, of Gardner Road, was arrested for several offences after he had "abusive and profane" words with a Sheriff's Deputy trying to direct traffic on Stephens Road during a house fire on Friday. According to the report released on Monday, McCormack did so while intoxicated and driving with an open beer.
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Providence Baptist to hold 911 Emergency Responder Recognition Service
web reposted May 17, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Providence Baptist Church of Johnston will be holding a 911 Emergency Responder Recognition Service on Sunday, May 22, at 11 am. The service, and dinner to follow, is their way of thanking all those who serve Edgefield County as Highway Patrol, Sheriff's deputies, police officers, firefighters, and EMS, "for all you do for Edgefield County".
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Thank Congress: New Required 100 Watt Light Bulbs to Cost $50 each
web reposted May 17, 2011
NEW YORK – Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace "energy-guzzling" (emphasis added) 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January. Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect. The new bulbs will also be expensive - about $50 each.
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Pauper Burial Ceremony in Aiken County June 3
web posted May 17, 2011
AIKEN – Five deceased Aiken County men and one woman whose bodies have gone unclaimed will be laid to rest on Friday June 03, 2011 at 10:00 at the Calvary Cemetery on Gregg Highway as part of a pauper burial. Friends and family of the deceased who could be found will be notified, but many had no one to claim them.
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Fire Chief Says Bedenbaugh House Fire "Suspicious"
web posted May 16, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The fire that destroyed the Bedenbaugh house on Stephens Road Friday is being considered suspicious and an investigation has been asked for by Merriwether Fire Chief Joey Smith. The investigation is being undertaken by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Arson Investigators, Chief Smith said. "We've turned it over to them." The woman living in the home died the Tuesday before the fire and no one was else was living there when the fire broke out. "It's definitely suspicious," Chief Smith said Saturday.
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Fishing Rodeo Draws Children from Entire CSRA
web posted May 16, 2011
WESTSIDE – Though an early morning shower threatened to dampen spirits for the 15th annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo, hundreds turned out for a great day of fishing and fun at Lick Fork Lake Saturday. Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said he was pleased at the turnout as did Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston. "I think the number of kids are about the same as last year," Chief Aston said.
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State Superintendent Writing Winners Recognized By Board of Trustees
web posted May 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Board of Trustees honored the State Superintendent Writing Award winners during the Spotlight Program of their May 10 meeting. School winners and the District Eighth and Fifth Grade winners received framed certificates signed by State Superintendent Mick Zais.
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Next ‘Coffee with the Chairman’ Set for May 19 in Merriwether
web posted May 16, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The next Coffee with the Chairman will be held Thursday, May 19, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Sportsman Corner, 2002 Martintown Road. Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice Chair Genia Blackwell will attend. The Coffee time is held monthly to listen to citizens and be available for discussion on topics of interest.
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School choice headed for floor vote in Columbia
web posted May 16, 2011
COLUMBIA – A bill designed to help parents choose independent schools for their children was voted out favorably from a House Committee today in Columbia. Now it’s headed to the floor of the state legislature for a roll call vote. The proposal offers tax credits to donors that finance K-12 tuition scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools. It provides modest tax credits for families paying out of pocket for independent school tuition or homeschooling.
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Local Students Graduate PTC
web posted May 16, 2011
GREENWOOD – The Finis Horne Arena at Lander University was the setting for the culmination of many dreams for the more than 450 Piedmont Technical College graduates who took center stage, including several from Edgefield County. Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate a milestone in their lives.
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Adult Education Summer School
web posted May 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – Registration will be held Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Summer classes will be held Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 30. Course offerings will include GED preparation and HSAP remediation. For further information and/or appointment to register call 803-275-1788, ext. 24 or 25.

Biennial Posey Descendants National Family Celebration July 21-24
web posted May 16, 2011
COUNTY – During the week of July, 18, 2011 Augusta will be welcoming more than one thousand Posey descendants from all over the country. Many of those from Edgefield County. The first biennial gathering of the bands and commissioning of the Posey Descendants National Family Association (PDNFA) was started in 2005 consisting of the descendants of Bennie and Rosa-Walker Posey who established their roots in Blythe, Georgia in the late 19th century.
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Fire Destroys Well Known Merriwether Home 
web posted May 13, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether, County Line, and Belvedere  Firefighters were called to a two-story house fire Friday afternoon. 911 dispatchers got the call reporting the house was fully engulfed in flames at 5:47 pm and that the residents had made it safely out of the home. When firefighters arrived the home was beyond being saved and falling debris was starting several brush fires around the home.
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Mother and Son Killed in House Fire
web posted May 14, 2011
AIKEN – A mother and her 7-year-old son have died from a fire in the family's Hampton Avenue home around 2 am Friday. A second son, a 5-year-old, is in stable condition at the Joseph Stills Burn Center in Augusta. Aiken County Coroner said 35-year-old Joy L. Thomas and son Jesse J. Tracey lll died from smoke inhalation.
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Mid-morning Burglary to Trenton Home Thursday
web posted May 14, 2011
TRENTON – A Trenton man arrived back at his home on the 1900 block of Edgefield Road Thursday around noon to find the front door kicked in and the side door open and called 911. A deputy arrived a short time later and cleared the home and found no one inside.
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Titan Farms Visits STH Marketing Class
web posted May 14, 2011
JOHNSTON – Jason Rodgers, Farm Manager from Titan Farms, visited Ms. Vess’ Marketing class at Strom Thurmond Career Center on May 12, 2011 and made a presentation, complete with video and Power Point, to the students about the operations of Titan Farms. The video showed the students the actual processing and packing of the main crop, peaches, as well as broccoli and bell peppers.
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MJA Endowed Scholarship Awarded to Edgefield Student
web posted May 14, 2011
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College student and criminal justice major Charles Morgan from Edgefield recently received the MJA Endowed Scholarship. Awards were presented at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon where a record number of award winners were recognized for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Movie on the Square Still a Go for Tonight
web posted May 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Movie on the Square will go ahead as planned tonight. A storm that moved over the area should be gone before movie time at 8:30 pm. 

Corey Neal Selected as First Carl Langley Jr. Scholarship Recipient
web posted May 13, 2011
JOHNSTON – The winner of the first Carl Langley Jr. Scholarship was announce on Thursday. This year's recipient is Strom Thurmond High School Senior Corey Neal, who will be attending USC-Aiken this fall and will be majoring in communications and a double minor in political science. He will be seeking a career in journalism or media communications after graduation with his Masters Degree.
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Driver Survives Crash at Over 100 MPH
web posted May 13, 2011
NORTHSIDE – A Texas man serving in the military escaped serious injury in a single vehicle crash Thursday afternoon off Walker Road at the intersection with North Martintown Road. An Edgefield County deputy radioed in the crash after he met the driver on Walker Road driving at a high rate of speed. The unidentified driver stated he set his cruise control and it began to accelerate to speeds exceeding 100 mph just before the crash.
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Expanding Zoning Dropped from Planning Commission Agenda, But Takes Center Stage in All Decisions Up for Votes
web posted May 13, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Though the proposal to discuss expanding zoning in the unincorporated areas of Edgefield County was removed from the agenda of the Planning Commission meeting, it did little to deflect the discussion of zoning in other matters discussed, including the removal of zoning requirements on an adjacent property for an industry seeking to locate near Trenton that would provide new jobs for the county.
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Excitement is building for 41st Annual Ridge Peach Festival
web posted May 13, 2011
TRENTON – Excitement is building as the 41st Annual Ridge Peach Festival quickly approaches, scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2011, 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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Congressman Duncan leads fight to lower gas prices - achieve energy independence
web posted May 13, 2011
WASHINGTON DC – Freshmen Congressman Jeff Duncan applauded the House passage of three bills intended to provide immediate relief to families and small businesses suffering from soaring fuel costs. “As a small business owner, I know how $4.00 a gallon diesel impacted my business with just two trucks on the road” Duncan said. 
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North Augusta Man Dies from Injuries after Being Struck by 18-wheeler 
web posted May 11, 2011 - 12:40 pm
EDGEFIELD –  A North Augusta man struck by an 18-wheeler truck on Highway 25 last week has died from his injuries, Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett said. Zackary Mullan, 30, of Oakdale Avenue, was pronounced dead at 3:37 am Wednesday. Burnett said the cause of death was massive head and body trauma.
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Expanding Zoning In Merriwether Area on Agenda for Planning Commission
web posted May 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A revised copy of the agenda for the Edgefield Planning Commission meeting for tonight shows that an expansion of the current zoning in the unincorporated parts of Edgefield County is to be considered. This is the second time such a contentious move has been brought up in the past six years.
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Voter ID Bill Heads to Gov. Haley for Signature
web posted May 12, 2011
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Senate Republicans sent the Voter ID bill to Governor Haley for her signature on Wednesday, stopping years of roadblocks by Democrats and finally securing South Carolina's election process. By a vote of 26 to 16, the Senate passed the Voter ID conference report just an hour after giving second reading to the state budget.  Immediately after passing Voter ID, the Senate passed a bill by Senator Ryberg giving $100 Million in unemployment tax relief to South Carolina businesses.
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Sheriff Gets His Man - Or Snake As the Case May be
web posted May 12, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning to report that a 5-foot cottonmouth water moccasin had crawled up into the frame of his truck when he stopped on the roadway about a quarter mile from Sportsman's Corner. He drove to the store and called for help after being unable to locate the snake.
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$5,000 Dump Trailer Stolen from Local Landscaping Company
web posted May 12, 2011
COUNTY LINE – The Rock and Turf company on Edgefield Road was the scene of the most recent theft of a $5,000 dump trailer used in delivering top soil and mulch to area customers this week. The trailer, powered by an electronic system, was found missing when the owners arrived at the business Monday morning.
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Lost Dog: Westside
web posted May 12, 2011
WESTSIDE – Lost, female York Terrier. She was lost on Martintown Road near Westside fire department. She has a scar on her tummy and her name is Dixie. Please if you have found her call 480-9704. She is dearly being missed.

Sen. Peeler and Rep. Clemmons Honored as Top Leaders at GOP Convention
web posted May 12, 2011
COLUMBIA – Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler and Representative Alan Clemmons were honored this weekend at the SC Republican Party convention as the Republican Senator and Representative of the Year.  They were given the Terry Haskins Award for their leadership on issues critical to South Carolina and their leadership in the SCGOP.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers to Hold Children’s Day
web posted May 12, 2011
AIKEN – In honor of National Nurses’ Week, May 6-12, Aiken Regional Medical Center is hosting a Children’s Day on Saturday, May 14 and it’s free to the general public. The day full of fun and safety begins at 10 am.
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Adjunct Faculty Jobs Available at ATC
web posted May 12, 2011
AIKEN – Have you spent years becoming an expert in your field? Teach your skills to Aiken Technical College students as a part-time instructor. ATC hosts an adjunct faculty job fair Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room (1300 Building).
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Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo gearing up for Saturday
web posted May 11, 2011
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, 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.
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Johnston Receives Good News in Budget Discussion
By: Megan Lott
web posted May 11, 2011

JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council received good news at their monthly meeting on Monday night, May 9. Johnston’s FY 2011-2012 draft budget is down 3.077% from last year according to Mayor Livingston. As of first reading, the budget stands at $865,345 even though the town has suffered a “big cut in revenues.” Swapping over to the state health insurance plans has saved the town $1,226 per employee and Mayor Livingston said he hoped to give Johnston employees a 2% raise if possible.
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Spring Football 2011: Rebels Looking Good
By: Tim Crane
web posted May 11, 2011

SPORTS – Coming off a 10-3 season with their last game being a five point defeat by the eventual state champs, the Strom Thurmond Rebels come into 2011 with high expectations. Sixty Eight players came out for the team this spring.
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Religion - Lord's Prayer Part 8: Lead Into Temptation
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 11, 2011
RELIGION – We come this week to close our series of studies on the Lord’s Prayer. I have to admit that this final petition has confused me for a long time. We are praying and asking that God “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13). Jesus is including asking the Lord to not to lead us into temptation as one of the things we are to pray for regularly, along with forgiveness of sins, daily provisions, and seeking God’s glory and kingdom.
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Music Will Fill The Air During Live After Five Thursday
web posted May 11, 2011
GREENWOOD – The streets in Uptown Greenwood will be jam packed this week as the Amazing Rhythm Aces takes the stage during the May 12th edition of Live After Five. The Amazing Rhythm Aces play simply American music - equal parts pop, country, and blue-eyed soul. 
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Stroke Awareness Month Focuses on Preventative Screening
web posted May 11, 2011
AUGUSTA – It’s the third most common cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer, yet still many Americans don’t know they’re at risk of having a stroke.
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Sen. Massey Explains State Budget Debate at Town Hall Meeting
web posted May 10, 2011
JOHNSTON – State Senator Shane Massey held a town hall meeting Monday night at Strom Thurmond to cover the actions taking place during the budget debate in Columbia and state funding that will be available to the county and the school district. Though sparsely attended, Sen. Massey gave a rundown of where the state will be when their record budget is passed, and with 116 sections and roll call voting required, it will take at least 9 hours just to take the votes, "If there is no talking, just votes," he said.
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4th Annual Downtown Drive-In on the Edgefield Square This Friday
web posted May 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites everyone to the 4th Annual Downtown Drive-in movie night on the Square in historic Edgefield on Friday, May 13, 2011.  Bring your family, your neighbors, and your friends and gather around the Edgefield Square for the showing of “Gone with the Wind.” The 1939 American classic tells a story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era from a Southern point of view.
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Several Suspects Arrested in Johnston Melee Identified
web posted May 10, 2011
JOHNSTON – The number of those arrested in a melee that broke out Saturday night at John's Club on Addison Street is incomplete, though three individual police reports identified a number of those charged, including two who resisted arrest with one seen by officers firing a handgun in the air causing officers to draw their duty weapons in order to apprehend the suspect - identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Simpkins of Edgefield.
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Opinion: Should Driving Tests Include "Off Road Recovery"?
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 10, 2011

COLUMN – As the Editor and Publisher of Edgefield Daily, I have the unwanted task of covering the most horrific stories in the county up close and personal. The worst of which is a traffic fatality. The majority of these are caused by a driver running off the road and "overcorrecting", resulting in them losing control of the vehicle, ending with a deadly result.
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Suspicious Vehicle Calls Draws Attention of Sheriff's Office
web posted May 10, 2011
WESTSIDE – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office began receiving calls of a suspicious vehicle around Highway 23 west and LR White Road on Saturday morning. The first caller reported that a grey or white Toyota pickup truck with two white males had pulled into her driveway and then left and started pulling into other driveways in the area. The woman was able to use her cell phone to take a picture of the truck and tag. A check of the Missouri tag came back as stolen.
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First Historical Mural to be Unveiled
web posted May 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The artists of Edgefield Regional Arts (ERA) have completed the first in a series of three large-scale, outdoor historical murals funded by a grant from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.  This mural was designed by JoAnn Amos for the Israel Mukashy building (102 Courthouse Square in downtown Edgefield) and painted by a team of ERA artists led by Pamela Moore. 
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Opening Soon: Crest Vue Townhomes Located In Edgefield
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web reposted May 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Offering two and three bedroom, two and one half bath townhomes. Appliances including microwaves, washer and dryer connections, Cable hook-up, playground, outdoor grills, exercise room, computer lab and much more.
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Thousands Descend on Johnston for 2011 Peach Blossom Festival
web posted May 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – The 28th Peach Blossom Festival in Johnston saw thousands of people converge on the town to enjoy the parade, music, crafters, great food, games and a chance to fellowship with old friends and to meet new ones. "The festival is the best ever," Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston said. "The best weather, the best crowds, the best crafters and food vendors." Mayor Livingston also said it was nice to have so many of the past teachers and principals of Strom Thurmond High School's past 50 years serve as Grand Marshals of the parade.
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Nearly a Dozen Arrested After Melee in Johnston
web posted May 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – A fight that broke out just after midnight Saturday at John's Club on Addison Street in Johnston left nearly a dozen people arrested, two of them being arrested for resisting arrest, and one being charged after allegedly firing shots from a handgun. Around 12:20 am Johnston Police radioed a frantic call to other law enforcement officers for back up telling them to "hurry up!" Sheriff's Deputies, Edgefield Police, and State Troopers raced to the scene.
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Strom Thurmond High Celebrates 50 Years of Educational Excellence
web posted May 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – Past and present teachers, students, and principals gathered at Strom Thurmond High School to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the school and a rededication of educational excellence in Edgefield County. Following the ceremony, a time capsule was buried to be opened for the 100th anniversary in 2061.
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Opening Soon: Crest Vue Townhomes Located In Edgefield
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web reposted May 9, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Offering two and three bedroom, two and one half bath townhomes. Appliances including microwaves, washer and dryer connections, Cable hook-up, playground, outdoor grills, exercise room, computer lab and much more.
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Saluda Man Killed in Single Car Crash
web posted May 9, 2011
AIKEN – A Saluda man was killed in a single car crash early Saturday morning on Highway 191. Marcus A. Gilchrist, 23, was pronounced dead on the scene by Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
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Providence Baptist to hold 911 Emergency Responder Recognition Service
web reposted May 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Providence Baptist Church of Johnston will be holding a 911 Emergency Responder Recognition Service on Sunday, May 22, at 11 am. The service, and dinner to follow, is their way of thanking all those who serve Edgefield County as Highway Patrol, Sheriff's deputies, police officers, firefighters, and EMS, "for all you do for Edgefield County".
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Found Dog: Merriwether
web posted May 9, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Hound Found in Sweetwater area, please call to identify with description 803-278-6968.

Edgefield County Theatre to Host "Back Porch Shrimp Boil"
web reposted May 9, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Two of the South's most widely-traveled blues artists will bring their Lowcountry blues to the Edgefield County Theatre. Shrimp City Slim, whose real name is Gary Erwin, will headline the Edgefield County Theatre's Company's "Back Porch Shrimp Boil" on Saturday, May 14. The concert will be at the William Miller Bouknight Theare, 405 Main Street, Edgefield.
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Forgery Ring Suspected in $30,000 of Fake Checks Cashed Last Friday
web posted May 7, 2011
COUNTY – A story that Edgefield Daily broke on Tuesday has grown into a major investigation that includes not only the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office, but other agencies soon to include the South Carolina Attorney General's Office and Federal Immigration officials. So far this week, over $30,000 of forged checks have been turned over to investigators and it is believed that a ring of counterfeiters is behind the checks.
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Monster Catfish Caught in Stevens Creek
web posted May 7, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Billy Herron, who is no stranger to fishing Stevens Creek, landed a monster catfish in a recent fishing trip to the creek. A 50-pounder that was part of a haul of nearly 300 pounds of catfish caught during the outing. Mr. Herron stated the bait used was, "good ole chicken liver". Herron, who lives in the nearby Mill Creek subdivision, said he has been fishing the creek for over 40 years.
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Letter to the Editor: Family and Organizers of "Team Brody" Fundraiser Thanks Supporters
web posted May 7, 2011
Dear Editor,
Along with all of our fellow employees at the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority that help make this event possible, we would like to send out a special thanks to the following sponsors and also the following people who gave donations for the raffle for the 2nd Annual "Team Brody" Softball Tournament and Fundraiser.
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Pedestrian Struck by 18-Wheeler Thursday Morning
web posted May 6, 2011
TRENTON – An unidentified man was struck by an 18-wheeler Thursday morning on Highway 25 near Whitlock Road around 6:30 am. Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's Deputies, and the Countyline Fire Department rushed to the scene as helicopter was called to transport the injured man to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta.
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Trenton Home Burglarized of Over $5,000 in Property
web posted May 6, 2011
TRENTON – A Trenton man returned to his Windy Ridge Road home on Wednesday afternoon to find his home and a shed had been burglarized with over $5,000 in property missing. It is believed the burglary took place between 7 pm Tuesday and 4 pm on Wednesday.
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Opening Soon: Crest Vue Townhomes Located In Edgefield
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web posted May 6, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Offering two and three bedroom, two and one half bath townhomes. Appliances including microwaves, washer and dryer connections, Cable hook-up, playground, outdoor grills, exercise room, computer lab and much more.
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50th Anniversary Celebration of Strom Thurmond High School Today
web reposted May 6, 2011
JOHNSTON – The weekend of May 6 and 7 will be a special time for students, alumni, present and past administration and staff, as well as citizens of Edgefield County to take part in activities commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Strom Thurmond High School. This weekend of celebration invites graduating classes of the local high school to gather for reunions and to make plans to attend the events planned at the high school.
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Former ATC Basketball Player Signed to ABA
web posted May 6, 2011
AIKEN – Kennie Eberhart, an ATC guard/forward during the 2005-2006 season, was signed May 2 by the Seattle Mountaineers of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He will start for the 2011-2012 ABA season.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Open New Vein Center
web posted May 6, 2011
AIKEN – Varicose veins, spider veins or other vein conditions can be more than unsightly. They can cause swelling and pain, and pose other health risks as well. Aiken Regional Medical Centers is proud to announce the opening of the new Vein Center located on the second floor of the main hospital building.
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Johnston Store Scene of Attempted Armed Robbery
web posted May 5, 2011
JOHNSTON – A clerk at the H&K store on 240 Lee Street called 911 around 9:30 Wednesday night after a black male entered the store, jumped the counter saying he was armed, and demanded money. The clerk stated he did not have access to the money and the man then jumped on top of the counter and kicked merchandise off before fleeing the scene on foot.
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Sports: Rebel’s Season End With Double Header Loss to Palmetto
By Tim Crane
web posted May 5, 2011

JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond baseball team fell out of the AA State Playoffs Wednesday night when they lost back to back games to the Palmetto Mustangs at home. In game one, Thurmond pitcher Alex Cheatham held Palmetto scoreless for the first two innings, but the Mustangs put together four runs in the 3rd and 6th, to take an insurmountable lead on the Rebels.
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Northside Fire Station destroyed by Storm
web posted May 5, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Northside Fire Chief Neal Bartley attended the Edgefield County Council Tuesday night to provide the details on the substation that was destroyed in the storm that moved across the county on April 5 leaving downed trees and damaged homes in its wake. EMA Director Mike Casey said the straight line wind gusts that hit the fire substation were clocked at 105 mph, just 5 mph less than an F2 tornado.
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Donald Trump to Address Columbia TEA Party
web posted May 5, 2011
COLUMBIA – The Columbia TEA Party is proud to announce that Donald J. Trump will be the keynote speaker for its bi-monthly tea party meeting on May 19th in Columbia, SC. The location of the of the Columbia TEA Party bi-monthly meeting has been moved to the north steps of the South Carolina Statehouse grounds from 6:00-8:00 pm to accommodate for anticipated large crowds.
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Wanted Sex Offender Still Sought
web posted May 5, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has an active warrant for a wanted registered sex offender who has failed to comply with court ordered registrations. Egnacio Jose Alfonzo Covey, 36, of 81 Meeting Street, Edgefield currently has a warrant for his arrest. Covey was convicted in 2001.
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Sen. Massey to Hold Town Hall Meeting
web posted May 5, 2011
JOHNSTON – State Sen. Shane Massey will be holding a town hall meeting at the Strom Thurmond High School cafeteria on May 9 from 6:00 until 7:30 pm. He will be giving an update on the Senate’s actions so far this session, talk about upcoming issues, and take questions. The public is invited to attend.

Aiken Man Killed in Collision
web posted May 5, 2011
AIKEN – A 59-year-old Aiken man was killed in a to car collision on East Pine Log Road Wednesday afternoon around 1:30, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. Tony E. Young, of Joiner Pond Road, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was injured, though not seriously.
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Home Site Robbed of Building Materials
web posted May 5, 2011
TRENTON – A woman called the Sheriff's Office to report two black males removing building materials from an unoccupied home on the 1100 block of Brightharp Road. A deputy responded but was unable to locate anyone at the home. The woman told the deputy the men left the scene in a white pickup truck.
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Heart and Soul Proving Doctors Wrong
web posted May 5, 2011
AIKEN – Jekwella Riley is living proof that a quality education can be earned and a passion fulfilled even if doctors say it’s impossible. Riley will walk at Aiken Technical College graduation May 10 for earning certificates in medical administrative assisting and administrative office technology. While success in higher education is a worthwhile accomplishment, the obstacles Riley overcame to reach her goals make her story truly remarkable.
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County Council Gives Approval to Amended Budget: Tackles Divisive Issues
web posted May 4, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a near 3-hour meeting Tuesday night to tackle an 8 page agenda including a number of issues, including a second reading of the county's $8,318,690 budget for the next fiscal year. County Administrator Roger LeDuc told the council that the budget proposal he has presented to them was a balanced budget, though it dips $489,363 into the county reserves. $310,000 had to be removed due to a county resolution stating that the county could not hold more than 4 months in reserve, leaving $179,000 being taken from the actual reserve funds.
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Monroe Kneece Honored at Ribbon Cutting of Building Named for Him
web posted May 4, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Former County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece was honored Tuesday afternoon when a dedication and ribbon cutting was held at the county office building that now carries his name, the C. Monroe Kneece Building on Penn Street. Mr. Kneece was joined by his wife and family during the ceremony surrounded by members of the current County Council and President of the Chamber of Commerce, Donna Livingston.
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Edgefield County EMS Takes 4 of 4 awards for EMS Excellence in Region
web posted May 4, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was awarded a very rare award from the Midlands Region EMS Director Chris Cothran at Tuesday night's County Council meeting. Mr. Cothran stated that the area covering Edgefield County encompasses two of the four areas covered under the oversight and that all four awards presented for the areas were all being awarded to EMS personnel in Edgefield County. He stated that for all the awards to be delivered in one county in one third of the state was, "virtually unheard of," yet Edgefield County was honored to receive that recognition.
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Lord's Prayer Part 7: Praying For Unforgiveness
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 4, 2011

RELIGION –
We come this week to Matthew 6:12 “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This is a little verse that most people really don’t like to dwell on. It is truly life changing. I don’t have to do any wrangling with the Greek or historical grammatical analysis to get the power and impact of the petition. The teaching of this verse can be given in one simple sentence: Unless you forgive, God will not forgive you. Jesus is saying that unless you forgive, you will not be forgiven.
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Edgefield Gives Final Nod to New Taxes: Debates Funding Request and MLK Holiday
web posted May 3, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council gave a unanimous first passage of their budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as a Public Hearing, on Monday night. Mayor Pro Tem John Ellis was absent from the meeting. Mayor Ken Durham stated that he felt the numbers used at this time for the budget were not finalized due to the unknown amount of money that will be provided through the state via the Local Government Fund (LGF). However, he felt the revenue numbers were "conservative" and "I think we'll be better off than what you see."
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Rebel Baseball: Thurmond Advances in Post Season Play
By Tim Crane
web posted May 3, 2011

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebel baseball team continued their march toward a state title with two key victories over the weekend. They knocked off Cheraw 7-2 and then went to Williamston SC to play #3 in the state Palmetto High. After a convincing 13-9 win over the Mustangs, Thurmond earned a home field playoff game and a rematch with either Cheraw or Palmetto, in this double elimination tournament.
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Strom Thurmond High School Named Law Related Education High School of the Year
web posted May 3, 2011
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond High School has been named the 2011 High School of the Year by the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division. A $2,500 grant from the Bar will be presented to the school on May 16. Strom Thurmond High School has participated in the High School Mock Trial program for more than 28 years. The school has won three state championships and advanced to the state competition from the regional competition 25 times.
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Estate Auction June 10th and 11th
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web reposted May 3, 2011

EDGEFIELD – We have been hired to sell the personal property estate of the late Dr. John R. and Sara Blocker on Friday and Saturday, June 10th And 11th. The sale will be held at their home place in Edgefield, S. C. This will be an important sale with many fine pieces of antique furniture, high quality glassware, and collectibles. Since there is so much in the home to be sold, there will be a preview on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. As usual, you may also preview each day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Burglars Make Off With $2,500 in Flat Screen TV's
web posted May 3, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A Casalina Drive woman called the Sheriff's Office on Saturday afternoon to report returning to her home to find the front door pried open around 4 pm. Once the person or persons entered the home, they unlocked the back door during the crime.
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"Duplicated" Payroll Checks Discovered Cashed by Trenton Store
web posted May 3, 2011
TRENTON – The manager of Billy's Superstore in Trenton called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office on Saturday to report that "several" checks cashed for workers of a local wholesale nursery had duplicate checks cashed at the store. At the time of the report it was unknown how many checks had been duplicated prior to them being presented to clerks for cashing.
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Two Horses Reported Missing: Reward Offered
web posted May 3, 2011
MERRIWETHER – MISSING: 2 female horses have been reported missing near the North Augusta Country Club. They have been missing for five days. They are described as a brown horse with a black mane and tail. The other is said to be dark gray. The horses were last seen on Murrah Road on Friday, April 29. A reward is being offered. Please call Robert (803) 279-4473 or (706) 399-0400 with any information. Click on the picture for a larger view of the missing horses.

JET Middle School Sponsors Young Authors’ Night
web posted May 3, 2011
JOHNSTON – Johnston Edgefield Trenton (JET) Middle School held their annual Young Authors’ Night on April 28, 2011. The event marks the celebration of student writing. Young readers captured the audience’s attention and approval by reading outstanding pieces of writing works. Miss Delshawn Wardlaw welcomed guests. Mrs. Laurie Prince introduced special guest Tony Baughman, Own Clark and Linda Nidiffer.
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Osama bin Laden Shot Dead
WASHINTON DC – Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that murdered thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday. A small team of Americans killed bin Laden in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, the president said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
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Edgefield Woman Killed in One Car Crash Sunday Night
web posted May 1, 2011  10:46 pm
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman is dead following a single car crash on Walker Road about two miles north of Highway 23 Sunday night. Dispatchers received the call just after 8 pm stating a car struck the bridge and then went over the guardrail and landed in the creek some 30 feet below. Edgefield and Northside Fire Departments were dispatched as well as the Merriwether Fire Department's Extraction unit with a report that the woman was trapped inside the car.
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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival On Tap This Weekend
web posted May 2, 2011
JOHNSTON – This weekend, the Johnston, SC, Peach Blossom Festival will showcase great entertainment, arts and crafts, food concessions, a parade, rides for children, and a family-oriented street dance. The Festival kicks off on Friday night, May 6, with a street dance in the municipal parking lot in downtown Johnston, designed especially for families. The dance will be held from 8-11 p.m. and is free to attend. Music will be provided by Steele Justice, a popular local band.
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Johnston Man Flown to MCG With Head Injury from Moped Crash
web posted May 2, 2011
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man was flown to MCG Trauma Center Saturday afternoon after crashing  a Moped with a female passenger on back.  Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said the driver suffered what was considered a serious head injury when his head hit the pavement. Neither he nor his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
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Wagner Man Killed in One Car Crash
web posted May 2, 2011
AIKEN – A 20-year-old Wagner man was killed early Sunday morning in a single car crash on Coleman Bridge Road around 3:40 am. Addison W. Smith, of Wagner, lost control of his 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup and left the roadway and rolled before coming to rest.
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Providence Baptist to hold 911 Emergency Responder Recognition Service
web posted May 2, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Providence Baptist Church of Johnston will be holding a 911 Emergency Responder Recognition Service on Sunday, May 22, at 11 am. The service, and dinner to follow, is their way of thanking all those who serve Edgefield County as Highway Patrol, Sheriff's deputies, police officers, firefighters, and EMS, "for all you do for Edgefield County".
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Honeycutt Scholarship Awarded to Edgefield County Students
web posted May 2, 2011
COUNTY – Two Edgefield County Piedmont Technical College students were recently awarded the Honeycutt Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. Lisa Winn, a computer technology student from Edgefield is congratulated by Brenda Brooks, scholarship committee member and presenter.
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Motorcyclist Crashes on Deep Step Road
web posted May 2, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A soldier stationed at Ft. Gordon was slightly injured after crashing his Kawasaki racing motorcycle in the exact same spot as two riders a few weeks ago on Deep Step Road. The man was headed towards Woodlawn Road when he failed to navigate one of the many sharp turns. "It was a little sharper than I thought," he said. When asked how fast he was traveling the man said, "I really don't know."
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Local Mom Counting Her Blessings This Mother’s Day
web posted May 2, 2011
AUGUSTA – Not seeing your children grow up can be a mother’s worst fear, but thanks to some quick thinking doctors, Maureen Willingham can put that fear to rest. It’s been nearly a year since she and her husband, Raymond had their fourth child.  Already the mother of a 7-year old, 11-year old, and 16-year old, Willingham had normal pregnancies.  That is until July 2, 2010, when her life and her new baby’s nearly ended.
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