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May 2012 Archive


Charges Mounting on Murder Suspect
web posted May 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – More details on the Memorial Day murder have been released and the charges against suspected murderer John David Herndon are starting to mount for him, and his girlfriend. So far Herndon has been charged with the murder of Mark Meadows and manufacturing marijuana after Edgefield Police discovered 25 marijuana plants in a back room of the Holmes Street home.
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Fire Guts Johnston Mobile Home
web posted May 31, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnston and Trenton Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire on Sunview Lane in Johnston Wednesday around 1:30 pm. A Sheriff's Deputy arrived a short time later and reported that the family was safely out of the burning home. Johnston firemen arrived on the scene and cut power to the home while they began fighting the fire, concentrated mainly in the back portion of the home.
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Woman Stabs Boyfriend, No Charges Filed
web posted May 31, 2012
BETTIS ACADEMY – A dispute between a Bettis Academy woman and her boyfriend led to her grabbing a "small knife" and stabbing the boyfriend in the "left side of his chest", according to an incident report. The injured boyfriend left the scene before Sheriff's Deputies could arrive.
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Identity of Man Found Deceased in Mobile Home Remains Unknown
web posted May 31, 2012
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Deputy Coroner Burnett said Wednesday that they were still unable to give a positive identification of the body found in a partially dismantled mobile home on Casalina Drive Tuesday afternoon. "We have a pretty good idea of who it is," Burnett said, but the condition of the body and no family being located locally makes identification difficult.
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Merriwether Home Targeted for Burglary
web posted May 31, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A Rainforrest Lane man returned home from work around midnight Tuesday to discover the family home had been burglarized and called 911. The person or persons responsible for the burglary forced open a rear window to the home to gain entry.
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Religion: Empty Lives
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 16, 2012

RELIGION – I have two good looking sons. They take after their mother and this is a good thing. My oldest son wants to be a logger when he grows up. His favorite outfit (much to my wife’s displeasure) is worn out work boots, blue jeans with holes in them, camouflage t-shirt with sleeves cut off and his Log Creek Timber visor that “a real logger” gave him. He loves to get all dressed up and just look at himself in the mirror.
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SCE&G announces plans to retire a portion of its coal-fired generation due to Obama's Regulations
web posted May 31, 2012
STATE – As part of its annual Integrated Resource Plan filed today with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina, South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) announced plans to retire up to six coal-fired generating units at three locations by the end of 2018. The units range in age from 45 to 57 years and are SCE&G’s oldest and smallest coal-fired units.
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Red Cross Raises $38,000 from Heroes Jr. Golf Outing
web posted May 31, 2012
AIKEN – The American Red Cross, Aiken County Chapter’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they raised over $38,000 at the sixth annual Heroes Jr. Golf Outing this Memorial Day.  The money raised will support disaster relief services in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield Counties.  On average, the Aiken County Chapter responds to 10 house fires and other local disasters each month.
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Murder Suspect in Custody Awaiting Charges
web posted May 30, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The man stabbed to death Monday night has been identified as Mark Justin Meadows, 29, of Edgefield, Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Tuesday morning. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to certify the manner of death. The time of death is estimated to be around 10:25 pm. Edgefield Police have charged 23-year-old John David Herndon, of Holmes Street, with Meadows' murder. He remains behind bars awaiting formal charges and a bond hearing in Circuit Court.
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Decomposing Body Found in Abandoned Home
web posted May 30, 2012
COUNTY LINE – A decomposing body was found in a mobile home on Casalina Drive Tuesday afternoon by a neighbor who called to report finding the body. Sheriff's Deputies taped off the scene and called for the Crime Scene Unit and Investigators to respond to process the scene. A short time later the Coroner's Office arrived and took control of the body, believed to be that of a black male.
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Dist. 1 County Council Candidate Announces Possible Independent Run
web posted May 30, 2012
EDGEFIELD – District 1 County Council candidate William Smith announced Tuesday that he may back out as a Republican candidate for the Dist. 1 County Council seat currently held by Norman Dorn (D-Edgefield) and run as a petition candidate in the November election. The following press release was received Tuesday night.
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Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball All-Stars
By John Brown
web posted May 30, 2012

SPORTS – Edgefield Dixie Youth Baseball recently announced the members of its 2012, Major League All-Star team. According to league President, Scott Mims, the squad is young but one of the more talented groups the league has come through the ranks over the past several years. The team is made up primarily of 11 year olds, who over the past two seasons have qualified for the District tournament and posted a record of 9 wins, 7 losses.
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Northside Man Interrupts Theft of HAVC Unit
web posted May 30, 2012
NORTHSIDE – A Northside man pulled in to check on a house he owned and spotted two black males and a black female parked around the back of the unoccupied home. When he drove up the three jumped into a 1997 gray Nissan Altama and fled the scene. One of the men had a pair of bolt cutters in his hand as he jumped into the car.
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Johnston Farmer's & Artist's Market June 2
web posted May 30, 2012
JOHNSTON – Johnston Farmer's & Artist's Market will be held on Saturday morning, June 2nd, during Peachtree 23 from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The regular summer season will begin on Thursday, June 2nd, from 4-6 p.m. and each Thursday thereafter.  If you are interested in being a vendor, call 803-275-4097.

Found Dog: Merriwether - Claimed
web posted May 30, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Female Beagle multi color brown, black, and white with graying around face. Think she is older and a bit blind. She was found in the area of Country Club Hills Dr., Mealing Rd and Murrah Rd. on May 27. Returned to owner.

Edgefield Man Murdered on Holmes Street
web posted May 29, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man is dead following a stabbing that took place on Holmes Street in Edgefield around 10:30 Monday night. Details on the incident are sketchy, however, it has been confirmed that one man is dead following the attack and at least three people have been taken into investigative custody, though none have been charged at this time.
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Edgefield Man Shot During Possible Burglary
web posted May 29, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman called 911 to report a man trying to enter her home on Silverbell Street around 4:30 Monday afternoon. The woman identified the man by name and advised she had a gun. Edgefield Police and Sheriff's Deputies raced to the scene and encountered the man on Highway 23 as he drove away from the scene. The man refused to stop for blue lights and siren as he drove towards his home on Cow Path.
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Injured Cyclist Flown to Trauma Center after Crash on FATS Trails
web posted May 29, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Memorial Day holiday was used by many people to bike and hike on the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) on Woodlawn Road. Around 10:30 am 911 dispatchers got a call reporting an injured cyclist at least two miles into the trail known as the "Skinny", one of the most remote trails in the 30 plus miles of trails. As Merriwether Fire and Rescue crews arrived on the scene a call for an AirMed helicopter went out for the injured cyclist.
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Merriwether Donates Over $2,000 towards Southeastern Firefighters Association in Boot Drive
web posted May 29, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department held a Boot Drive on Saturday collecting funds for the Southeastern Firefighters Association, which helps those sent to the Joseph M. Stills Burn Center at Doctor's Hospital. A total of $2,115.50 was collected during the morning hours at three Merriwether locations.

Dist 1 County Council Candidate William Smith Town Hall Meeting Tonight
web reposted May 29, 2012
EDGEFIELD – District 1 County Council Candidate William Smith will hold his next Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, May 29th at the Edgefield County Council Chambers. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Mr. Smith wants to give constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.
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Memorial Day: For Those Who Gave All
web posted May 28, 2012
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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Tropical Storm Beryl on Track for Edgefield County
web posted May 28, 2012
COUNTY – The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Sunday that Tropical Storm Beryl had intensified with maximum sustained winds now reaching 65 to 70 mph. Beryl was located approximately 110 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla. at 2 pm Sunday. Landfall is expected sometime early Monday morning in lower Georgia before moving northward towards South Carolina before moving out to sea sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The system could bring much needed rainfall to the area.
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Dispute over Speeding Drivers Lands One Man in Jail
web posted May 28, 2012
COUNTY LINE – Two neighbors that have spoken out against speeders on Timberland Lane at Edgefield County Council meetings have often said if the county did not do something about the speeders, they would. In the past two weeks the Sheriff's Office has responded to complaints about the two men, leaving one of them arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly following through with one of the threats made during the meetings.
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Thurmond FFA Sports Turfgrass Team Places 2nd in the State
web posted May 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – The 2012 State FFA Sports Turfgrass Career Development Event was held on Saturday May 19th, at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, SC. The Sports Turfgrass CDE is a competitive activity that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
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Notice: Public Hearing on Johnston Town Budget Tuesday
web posted May 28, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 6 pm at the Johnston Municipal Building to receive oral and written comments concerning the budget. No vote will be taken according to the released agenda.

Merriwether Fire Dept Holding "Boot Drive" Today
web posted May 26, 2012
MERRIWETHER – As Merriwether residents make their way around the community today, expect to see Merriwether Firefighters at major intersections conducting a "boot drive" collecting money. "We're collecting money for the Southeastern Burn Foundation," Merriwether Fire Chief Joey Smith said.
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EMS Week ends with "Appreciation Dinner"
web posted May 26, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County EMS Office ended EMS Week with a Bar-B-Q dinner at the main station on Star Road Friday afternoon with law enforcement agencies, firefighters, and other emergency responders invited to join the festivities. The dinner followed a week of EMS personnel holding a health fair tent at Bi-Lo on Tuesday, visiting the Senior Citizens Center, teaching a CPR class, and more.
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Suspected DUI Driver Busted for Drugs During Booking
web posted May 26, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A man arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol on a DUI and open container charge was found to be in possession of crack cocaine while being booked into custody early Friday morning. Isaac Hillary, 51, was arrested by the Highway Patrol and the drugs were discovered after arriving at the Edgefield County Detention Center.
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Absentee Voting Underway for Democrat Primary
web posted May 25, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Absentee voting is underway for the June 12 Edgefield County Democrat Primary at the Voter Registration Office on Penn Street. Voter Registration Director Trish Butler said that turnout has been very light in the first week of voting.
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Fallen Tree Sparks Brush Fire
web posted May 25, 2012
MERRIWETHER – A fallen tree hitting power lines along Martintown Road Thursday afternoon sparked a brush fire and interrupted power in the area for less than an hour. The Merriwether Fire Department arrived and quickly extinguished the fire and stood by awaiting power crews from Aiken Electric Co-Op to arrive and cut off the power and removed the tree.
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Dist 1 County Council Candidate William Smith Town Hall Meeting Tuesday at County Council Chambers
web posted May 25, 2012
EDGEFIELD – District 1 County Council Candidate William Smith will hold his next Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, May 29th at the Edgefield County Council Chambers. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Mr. Smith wants to give constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.
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Edgefield County Law Officers Association Donates to the Local FFA Chapter
web posted May 25, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Law Officers Association presented a $300 donation to the Strom Thurmond FFA Chapter at the Annual Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 12th to help support their trip to the National FFA Convention in Kentucky this coming fall. The Association, founded in 1989, is made up of present and retired Law Enforcement Officers from local police agencies, SLED, Department of Natural Resource, and Firefighters.
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Wardlaw Athletes Earn Accolades
By John Brown
web posted May 25, 2012

SPORTS – Several Wardlaw athletes were recently named to SCISA, Class A, All State teams for the 2012 season. Senior, Katelyn Rearden was honored for her play as a member of the Lady Patriot's softball team. On the year, Rearden would lead the team in all offensive categories. In 18 games she would post a .469 batting average while scoring 30 runs, stealing 22 bases and have 27 RBI's. 
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Logjam Ending After Visit by Chinese Inspectors
web posted May 25, 2012
COLUMBIA SC – A ban by China on imported South Carolina- and Virginia-grown logs is close to ending now that a small delegation of Chinese authorities has visited Virginia and the Carolinas. The South Carolina Forestry Commission organized the meeting, partnering with ports officials, the US Department of Agriculture, and SC forest industry.
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County Government Closings for Memorial Day
web posted May 25, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The following Edgefield County Offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2012 in observance of Memorial Day:
Auditor
Building Department
Courthouse
County Administration
Magistrate
Recreation
Veterans Affairs
Voter Registration

Public Notice
web posted May 25, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority’s 2011 Water Quality Report is available for public review at the Administrative Office located at 100 Waterworks Road, Edgefield, S.C. 29824, M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cyclist Struck by Car Flown to MCG
web posted May 24, 2012
JOHNSTON – Sheriff's Dispatchers received a 911 call around 9:50 Wednesday night stating a man had been struck by a car while riding his bicycle along Highway 191 near Derrick Road. Edgefield County EMS arrived on the scene and called for a helicopter to transport the man to the Trauma Center. Sheriff's Deputies, Johnston Firefighters, and the Highway Patrol also responded.
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AEC’s 2012 Annual Meeting a family celebration
web posted May 24, 2012
COUNTY – Aiken Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, held its 74th Annual Meeting Saturday, May 19, 2012.  3,723 member-owners registered and family members enjoyed the many festivities.  The meeting was highlighted with energy-saving themes, music and door prizes.
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72 STH Students Named to Millennium Club
web posted May 24, 2012
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is pleased to announce that an additional twenty-one students have been named to its most recent Millennium Club roster. To qualify for this club, a student must have a combined Math/Verbal SAT score of at least 1000 or a composite ACT score of at least 21. To this date, seventy-two outstanding students have been recognized for their exemplary SAT or ACT scores.
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Religion: Summer Loving
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 24, 2012

RELIGION – “Summer loving have a blast, summer loving happened so fast.” Now, you can blame me for getting this song stuck in your head all day, but as I was humming this tune the other day a thought came to me about how much people love summer. I am more of a spring and fall guy, my propensity to sweat, aversion to mosquitoes, and skin that abhors the uv rays does not make this time of year my favorite season.
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Public Hearing: Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget
web posted May 24, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held before the Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors, the governing body of the Authority at 5:30 p.m. on June 25, 2012 . The hearing will be held in the office of the Authority, which is located at 100 Waterworks Road, Edgefield, S.C.
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Outside Groups Spent $130,000 on Lawmakers' Travel in 2011
by Rick Brundrett
web posted May 24, 2012

STATE – A newsletter promoting the 20th annual National Speakers Conference last year in Charleston – hosted by S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, then the conference president – promised a good time to all who attended the four-day event.
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Shepeard Community Blood Center Blood Drives Tomorrow
web posted May 24, 2012
EDGEFIELD – There will two blood drives held tomorrow in Edgefield. With the need for blood always increasing during the summer, take time out to donate. Each donation can save up to three lives.
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Crash Victim Critical, but Stable
web posted May 23, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Lori Brazell Hutto, who was critically injured in a horrific head on collision with a Colonial Bread truck Monday, remains in intensive care in critical, but stable condition at MCG in Augusta. Lori's father, Robert Brazell, said Tuesday that the families are overwhelmed by the outpouring of the support from the community around them. "I can't tell you how humbled I am," Mr. Brazell said.
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Pettigrew Weighs Options in Senate Race
By John Pettigrew
web posted May 23, 2012

GUEST COLUMN – Over the past few weeks, many have asked me what was going on with the Senate election and what was the ballot controversy all about? I appreciate your interest and concern and in the next few paragraphs I will explain as best I can.
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Democrat Primary Sees Just Two Candidates
web posted May 23, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The only Primary that will be held in Edgefield County June 12 is on the Democrat ticket, and then only two candidates for the 3rd Congressional District are included. All other candidates will square off in the General election this November.
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STH Honors Sr. Football Players at Banquet
By Bill Hart
web posted May 23, 2012

SPORTS – After Monday's rebels spring game a banquet followed in the school cafeteria. The 2011 thirteen seniors were presented certificates, patches and a four peat shirt. Coach Sawyer praised his outgoing senior teammates. In the four years they played four regional championships, were accomplished with a 44-8 region record, never loss to Batesburg-Leesville or Saluda, made the quarter-final playoffs each year and outscored opponents 285-38.
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Strom Thurmond Summer Reading Announcement
web posted May 23, 2012
COUNTY – Students who have been recommended for English Honors courses for the 2012-13 school year are reminded that they must check out summer reading books before they leave for the summer. Books will be available the week of May 20 at STHS, MMS, and JET.
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Lost Puppy: Edgefield
web posted May 23, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Bella was lost Monday, May 14, 2012. She is about 7 months old and has brown eyes and white fur. She did have a leather and flea collar on when we lost her. If you finder her please cal 803-637-9820. She is very missed so if you have her please call. Click picture for larger view.

Two Flown from Head-On Collision, Third Transported by Ambulance
web posted May 22, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A head-on collision left three people injured; two of them being flown to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta and the third transported by ambulance to an area hospital. The collision took place on Star Road at Parker Road just before 1 pm Monday. The Edgefield woman driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer was trapped inside the SUV and firefighters worked for over half an hour to free her from the wreckage.
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Suspected Shoplifter Charged Twice in One Week
web posted May 22, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman accused of shoplifting, and featured as a "Here's Your Card" nominee for dumb criminals, has been arrested again. Gerri Lynn Johnson, 32, of Edgefield was arrested on May 16 for a previous shoplifting charge and again on May 17 after being accused of shoplifting around $200 or more of merchandise from the Turkey Shop on Main Street in Edgefield.
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Farm House and Barn Burglarized
web posted May 22, 2012
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a farm house on the 200 block of Mile Bridge Way Sunday afternoon. The owner arrived to check on the property and found the door to the house "kicked in" and the bard broken into as well. Deputies searched the house and barn and found no one inside.
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Car Break-ins Reported in Merriwether
web posted May 22, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether residents called the Sheriff's Office Saturday morning after finding their vehicles entered by unknown persons overnight. A total of four vehicles were entered in two nearby subdivisions, River Hills off Martintown Road and Stonewood located off Woodlawn Road.
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Young Angler's First Catch 4 Pound Bass
web posted May 22, 2012
WESTSIDE – Nolan Grandy, son of Paul and Tracy Grandy from the Westside of the county, landed his first bass on Saturday while fishing with his dad and Uncle George. The Largemouth weighed in at 4lbs even and was caught on a tiny torpedo lure with an open faced reel. 
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Lost Puppies : RETURNED
web posted May 22, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Have you seen me? Chewbecca and Blue Eyes were last seen May 20th on Horn Creek West. Chewbecca is 8 week old female, with a brown body, and black markings on both her face and legs. She is extremely furry and very friendly. Blue Eyes is a light brown-reddish short hair, and is an 8 week old male, who has human- like blue eyes. [Contact Info Removed] Click on photos for larger views.

Edgefield County Unemployment Drops to 8.5%
web posted May 21, 2012
COUNTY – Unemployment numbers in Edgefield County fell to 8.5, down from 8.8 in March, according to the seasonally adjusted numbers released last Friday. This places Edgefield County as one of the top ten counties with lowered unemployment numbers and below the state average of 8.8%. "This is great news for the county," Edgefield County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell said. "It shows we are heading in the right direction."
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Edgefield Teen Arrested During Manhunt Following Burglary
web posted May 21, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A burglary at the softball field in Edgefield has left one teen being taken into custody and at least one other being sought. Witnesses began calling 911 shortly after 3 pm Sunday reporting the crime. Police converged on the scene which led to a two hour manhunt in the area and the Edgefield County Sheriff's Bloodhound Team being called to the scene. One 16-year-old was taken into custody shortly after the burglary was reported.
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Sports: Wardlaw Takes Second for First Time in 8 Years of State Championship Runs
By John Brown
web posted May 21, 2012

SPORTS – In the Wardlaw Academy gymnasium, State Championship banners hang side by side, covering 3 walls of the building. Hidden within those banners are seven that represent an accomplishment seldom obtained by any private or public school athletic program. Starting in 2005, the Wardlaw Lady Patriots softball team would begin a run that could only be described as dominating. Seven consecutive state titles in softball. That run came to an end here Saturday afternoon when the Lady Pats would fall to Clarendon Hall in the finals of the SCISA, Class A Softball Championship.
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Three Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Students Advance to State Level
web posted May 21, 2012
RIDGE SPRING – The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA had an outstanding showing at the Lower State Regional FFA Leadership CDE on Tuesday, May 8, at Edisto High School in Cordova, SC. Finishing first in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE was FFA junior Ethan Derrick.  He had thirty minutes to prepare a four-minute speech related to an agriculture topic.
Edgefield Daily

Duncan Amendment Protects American Sovereignty
web posted May 21, 2012
WASHINGTON DC – The United States House of Representatives adopted an amendment on Friday by a vote of 229-193 authored by South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan to the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act to block all funding for organizations established by the United Nation’s Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).  The Law of the Sea Treaty was last submitted to the Senate in 1994 but has  never been ratified. However, President Obama requested in 2009 and 2010 that American tax dollars be spent on two organizations created by LOST (the International Seabed Authority and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea).
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Lost Dog: Siberian Husky Mix
web posted May 21, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Mandy is an 8yr old female husky recently clipped. She has blue eyes a black and white head and a grey body where she has been clipped. She was last seen Wednesday May 16th on Pine Grove rd in Saluda SC. She has 2 collars on with a blue I'd tag with her name and our phone number on it. We brought her from TN to SC on Sunday May 13th. We miss her like crazy and will not stop looking until we find her. If you have seen her or know where she is please call us at 864-445-9094 or email us at huntingman32@yahoo.com Click on picture for larger view.

Manhunt Underway in Edgefield
web posted May 20, 2012 3:45 pm Update: 4:57 pm
EDGEFIELD – UPDATE - Search has been called off - Residents are advised there is currently a manhunt underway in the area of Addison Street, Macedonia Street, Columbia Road, and Main Street in Edgefield. One juvenile has already been taken into custody and police are searching for at least one more. Edgefield and Johnston Police, along with Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and the Bloodhound Team are trying to locate possible additional burglary suspects. One suspect is a black male wearing red shorts with possible stripes and a white tank top t-shirt. We will have more on this breaking story as information becomes available.
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Murder Suspect Shot and Killed in Aiken
web posted May 18, 2012
AIKEN – Aiken Public Safety Officers and Aiken County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Pine Log Road at 10:17 am Thursday morning. By 10:30 am Officers made entry into a home at 221 Cherry Hills Drive and exchanged gunfire with an armed individual inside the home. The suspect, 64 year old Craig Jarvis, was shot and later died during surgery. Police later discovered the body of his ex-wife in the home.
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Two Saluda County Teens Killed in Head on Collision
web posted May 18, 2012
RIDGE SPRING – Two teenage brothers have died following a head on collision in Ridge Spring Wednesday evening. 13-year-old Daniel Allen Dunn and 18-year-old Travis Dunn died after the car they were traveling in crossed the center line and struck a mini-van head on around 8 pm on the Saluda Highway.
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Born in Kenya? Obama's Own 1991 Bio Says Just That
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 18, 2012

COLUMN – When President Barack Obama was named as the "first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review" his biography published at the time says Obama was, "born in Kenya". While the main stream media dismissed those challenging Obama's birthright as "Birthers", claiming the TEA Party was racist, the un-vetted Obama cruised into the Oval Office in 2008. All records of his past were sealed, including the Harvard Law Review, and the internet was "scrubbed" of all mentions of him.
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Thieves Steal Well Pump and Grill
web posted May 18, 2012
COUNTY – A member of a hunting club on Long Cane Road called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after arriving on the property and finding burglars or metal thieves making off with property from the clubhouse, including stealing the submersible well pump from the well.
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Rebel Spring Report:  Looking Good Going into Blue-Red Game on Monday
By Tim Crane
web posted May 18, 2012

SPORTS – It’s funny how the site of your favorite team standing on a football field can immediately bring back detailed memories of games, plays and players from time gone by. This phenomenon occurred again Wednesday afternoon, just as it does each Spring, when I ventured to get a peek of the 2012 Strom Thurmond Rebel football team. 
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Lady Pats Softball State Title Game Rained Out: Players Take the Field Tonight
By John Brown
web posted May 18, 2012

SPORTS – The State Title game between Wardlaw Academy and Clarendon Hall was postponed Thursday night and is set to take place tonight. The tie-breaker game for the title will be played tonight and the results will be available on Saturday morning. Edgefield Daily wishes the Lady Patriots the best of luck with an unprecedented 8-in-a-row championship run. Clarendon Hall and Wardlaw will meet tonight at 5:00 in Hammond to decide who will be crowned the SCISA, Class A Softball Champions of 2012.

Trapped Driver Airlifted to MCG Trauma Center
web posted May 17, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An early evening crash on Ridge Road near the Long Cane Road intersection left the driver of a pickup truck trapped between the truck and a tree. 911 dispatchers began calling rescue personnel around 7:35 pm and shortly after arriving on the scene a call to get a medical helicopter in the air "ASAP" went out. Johnston Firefighters and the Merriwether Extraction Team were also called to the scene.
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Johnston Man Tops Aiken County's Most Wanted
web posted May 17, 2012
AIKEN – A Johnston man wanted in connection to a burglary near Trenton that was caught on surveillance cameras is still on the run and may be hiding out around the Johnston area. Roger Sentel Culbreath, 27, is wanted for burglary in the first degree and grand larceny in connection to the crime. His last known address is 68 Holmes Pond Road in Johnston.
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Sports: Lady Pats One Game Away from 8th State Title
By John Brown
web posted May 17, 2012

SUMMERTON – For the second night in a row the Wardlaw Lady Patriots would face off against Clarendon Hall in a best of 3 series to decide the SCISA, Class A State Softball Championship.  However this time they would do so as the visitors, a position the team hasn't been in during the duration of the state tournament. On Tuesday night the Lady Patriots would come from behind in the home half of the final inning to register a thrilling victory. Now, needing only one win to claim the programs eighth straight state title, Wardlaw would lose a heartbreaker to Clarendon Hall in extra innings.
Edgefield Daily

South Carolina welcomes national, international trade partners this weekend
web posted May 17, 2012
STATE – South Carolina will open the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) trade conference on Sunday in Myrtle Beach. Sen. Lindsey Graham will address conference attendees during the Sunday dinner.
Edgefield Daily

Guest Column: A Not-so-Humble Valedictorian Speech
By Nick Thomas
web posted May 17, 2012

GUEST COLUMN – As the school year draws to a close, high school valedictorians across the country are industriously preparing speeches filled with humility and generous praise for others. But in reality, these brainiacs secretly harbor the desire to tell the world what they really thought about their classmates and teachers.
Edgefield Daily

Second Molestation Arrest Links to Edgefield, Edgefield County
web posted May 16, 2012
EDGEFIELD – In an unrelated child molestation investigation, a former Jeter Street man is behind bars for multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Dale Moses Hammers Jr., 32, was taken into custody by Aiken County authorities on April 27. Oddly enough, Hammers is a former neighbor to William Michael Hillis who was arrested on similar charges last week.
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Lawsuit Filed Against All God's Creatures over $1 Million Donation
web posted May 16, 2012
EDGEFIELD – A lawsuit has been filed naming All God's Creatures (AGC) and Denise Holcomb as defendants by Frances Weber, who transferred property and trust funds in excess of $1 million in 2009 from her pet rescue foundation ARK. According to the suit, Weber makes the claim that Holcomb has breached the agreement under which the transfer took place and is asking the funds and property be returned.
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Sports: Wardlaw Takes Game 1 in 8th Consecutive State Championship Run
By John  Brown
web posted May 16, 2012

JOHNSTON – For the third time in as many games the Wardlaw Lady Patriots softball team took their fans on yet another roller coaster ride of emotions. The "Cardiac Kids", as some have named the team, allowed Clarendon Hall to climb back into a game that Wardlaw had dominated. At least until the 6th inning.
Edgefield Daily

Gov. Haley: Put taxpayers and small businesses first or “go the way of Washington”
web posted May 16, 2012
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley today said senators, who began debating the state budget, have a choice to make: show the people and small businesses of South Carolina that they come first and pay for $93 million in tax relief for taxpayers and businesses or go the way of Washington and spend the funds.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Love Rejoices With The Truth
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 16, 2012

RELIGION – I have wasted much time in my day, especially in college. I spent much of time in a pair of red shorts (which at most got washed five time in four years) I don’t recommend that as they just sort of harden and become brittle by the time I graduated. My wife would not marry me apart from disposing of them.  But one thing I enjoyed wasting time doing was watching skateboarding.
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Notice of Public Hearing
web posted May 16, 2012
PSA / EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinance will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on June 5, 2012 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council.  Such Ordinance Number 11-12-650 is titled as follows: “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AN AGREEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT FOR JOINT COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK OF AIKEN AND EDGEFIELD COUNTIES SO AS TO ENLARGE THE PARK.”
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Caring for Carolina Make “Healthy” Fun for 4th Year
web posted May 16, 2012
AIKEN – Healthy can be fun and we are here to prove it! Saturday, May 19 Aiken Regional Medical Centers invites you to come out to the LIFE: Healthy Lifestyle Expo and enjoy a day of free fun with our Caring for Carolina partners, WJBF News Channel 6 and Maxwell Law Firm. 
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Clarke - Hunsburger Wedding
web posted May 16, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Sandy Burke Clarke of Edgefield County was wed to Joseph Anthony Hunsberger of Edgefield County at the Marion Hatcher Center on Greene Street in Augusta Ga on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3pm. The Bride's parents are mother Rhonda Garner (step father Keith Garner) and father Richard Burke. The Bride is a senior at USC Aiken and a 2002 graduate of Strom Thurmond High School.
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Edgefield Man Charged in Child Molestation Investigation
web posted May 15, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man has been arrested following an investigation into child molestation. William Michael Hillis, 39, was taken into custody on Friday and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age in the first degree. Hillis was booked at the Edgefield County Detention Center and released on a $20,000 bond the same day.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken County Man Found Murdered, Second Victim Hospitalized
web posted May 15, 2012
AIKEN – An Aiken man was found dead inside his Churchill Commons Apartment, 24-year-old William E. Holmes Jr.; originally form Beaufort SC and a former student at USCA in Aiken. A second unidentified man was also found injured in the apartment and was transported by ambulance to MCG in Augusta for treatment. His condition has not been released.
Edgefield Daily

Haley, Zais, Owens celebrate Charter Schools bill signing
web posted May 15, 2012
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley, State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, House Education and Public Works committee Chairman Phil Owens and State Rep. Garry Smith celebrated the signing of H. 3241 on Monday, the Charter Schools bill, into law at Greenville Technical Charter High School.
Edgefield Daily

Family Member's Seeking Personal Justice Leads to Emergency Call by Officer
web posted May 15, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police received a call Friday evening of a possible sexual assault and met with the victim at the Edgefield County Hospital Emergency Room where she was being treated. As family members gathered at the hospital and learned more about the assault, some went to the suspect's house seeking their own form of justice.
Edgefield Daily

Copper Thieves Target Johnston Church
web posted May 15, 2012
JOHNSTON – Copper thieves struck the Coleman Ridge Baptist Church leaving an estimated $8,000 in damage after stealing copper from two HVAC at the church. The theft is believed to have taken place between Sunday, May 6, and Friday, May 11.
Edgefield Daily

Lady Pats Championship Game One Rained Out, Players Take the Field Tonight
web posted May 15, 2012
JOHNSTON – Game one of the Wardlaw Lady Patriots SCISA Class A State Championship "best of three" series against Clarendon Hall at Wardlaw was rained out for Monday. The Lady Pats take the field tonight at 6 pm. Game two will be at Clarendon Hall and, if necessary, game three will be at a neutral field. John Brown will have a report of all the action as the Lady Pats seek their 8th straight State Championship.

Fishing Rodeo: Great Weather, Great Crowds and Great Fishing
web posted May 14, 2012
WESTSIDE – The 16th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo was held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area with nearly 500 children fishing and entering for the prize give-aways after lunch. "The weather is great," Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said. "Not too hot, a nice breeze, you couldn't have asked for better." Total attendance is estimated at over 1,200 people.
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Missing Sex Offender
web posted May 14, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing sex offender who was last seen shortly after his last registration on March 8, 2012. The Sheriff's Office received a missing person's report last week stating 48-year-old Vernon Phillips has not been seen since the latter part of March.
Edgefield Daily

Sports Weekend Update:
- Lady Pats Keep Winning: Next Game Tonight
- Lady Patriots on Course for 8th State Title
By John Brown
web posted May 14, 2012

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Obama Gets His Godless Halo
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 14, 2012

COLUMN – If there has ever been a question of just how in the tank the "main stream media" is when it comes to worshiping President Obama, all questions have been removed. While the country is in worse shape now than three years ago, the number of people unemployed is at historic levels, rising fuel costs, medical costs skyrocketing as well as our debt, Obama declares he supports "gay marriage" and the media gives him his halo. To them, he no longer just "sort of God", he is their god.
Edgefield Daily

9th Annual Merriwether Boys Camp, and Camp Grace for Girls Taking Applications
web posted May 14, 2012
MERRIWETHER – This is the 9th year for the Merriwether Boys Camp and the 4th for Camp Grace for Girls. The camp is directed by Debbie and Chris Hoffmann and this year's spear for the girls will be Trina Snyder from North Augusta. "I will be the speaker for the boy's," Mr. Hoffmann said.
Edgefield Daily

ECH Recieves Award for "Smoke-Free Campus"
web posted May 14, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Nancy Cheney, Director of Government Relations for the South Atlantic Division, American Cancer Society presented a certificate to Pat Robinson, CEO of Edgefield County Hospital congratulating and recognizing the hospital for their efforts in providing a Smoke Free hospital and campus as of January 1, 2012. Click on photo for larger view.

Pettigrew Joins - Then Drops - Federal Lawsuit on June Primary
web posted May 12, 2012
EDGEFIELD – John Pettigrew Jr., who was disqualified as a candidate in a Republican Primary bid to unseat Sen. Shane Massey for the Senate 25 seat, signed on to Federal lawsuit filed by Columbia attorney Todd Kincannon. The suit is said to be very vague and broad, but did receive a hearing by U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie on Thursday. By Friday afternoon Pettigrew asked to be removed as a plaintiff.
Edgefield Daily

County Could See Increase in Funding if Senate Budget Passes
web posted May 12, 2012
COLUMBIA – A South Carolina Senate version of the state budget cleared the Senate Finance Committee and is scheduled for debate on the floor next Tuesday. If the budget is passed, it would include an additional $40 million to the Local Government Fund (LGF) that would provide a significant increase in the state funding Edgefield County receives.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Police Officer Helps Nab Reckless Driver on Way to Work
web posted May 12, 2012
TRENTON – An Edgefield Police Officer on his way to work Thursday afternoon observed a reckless driver heading north on Highway 25 and radioed in the driver's location. Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were in position after responding to a possible vehicle fire at the Billy's Superstore in Trenton at the time of the report.
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Lost Dog: FOUND 5.15.12
web posted May 12, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Missing: Female, 10 month old German Short Haired Pointer, White with brown. Brown face, mostly white body with brown specs. Missing since May 10, 2012 at about 7:30 pmon the 100 block of Mill Creek Drive. Please call [Removed] A reward is offered for the safe return of the dog. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Pettigrew Off the Ballot - No Republican Primary in Edgefield County
web posted May 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – It is official; John Pettigrew Jr. is off the primary ballot in the Republican race for the Senate 25 seat. Voter Registration Director Trisha Butler said Thursday that official notice has been received stating that Mr. Pettigrew is not certified as a candidate in the race.
Edgefield Daily

Mt. Vintage Leads Planning Commission Discussion
web posted May 11, 2012
EDGEFIELD – In what was thought to be a relatively short meeting of the Edgefield County Planning Commission with no scheduled votes to be taken, it turned into over an hour and a half of discussion with two-thirds or more being about Mt. Vintage. A sizable contingent of residents of the development was in attendance and had plenty of questions on how to force the developer to complete the required infrastructure.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Weekly Specials
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web reposted May 11, 2012

EDGEFIELD – Fair Price Food Center, formerly Fairway Foods in Edgefield, is under new ownership with the same great service and new low prices. Check out our Weekly Specials and click on the printer friendly download for a shopping list! Sale Prices Start on Tuesday, May 8 and are good through Monday, May 14.
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Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels Named 2012 All Region
web posted May 11, 2012
JOHNSTON – Three Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels Softball Team members have been named as All Region players for 2012. Left to right are: Jerrilyn Dobbs, Dayna Barnhart, and Brooke Benenhaley. Benenhaley was also nominated for the All State team to be voted on later this month.
Edgefield Daily

Thurmond FFA Forestry Team to Compete In National Finals
web posted May 11, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center FFA Forestry Team took first place honors in the state finals held at the Harbison State Forest near Columbia, SC, on Saturday, May 5th, 2012. Team members Allie Jhant, Colton Kirkland, Logan Pollack and Kevin Smith along with Darla Steele, Agricultural Education instructor and FFA advisor at the Center, were awarded expense paid trips by the SC FFA Foundation to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY later this year where they will compete in the National FFA Forestry Finals.
Edgefield Daily

US Fibers to Make $5.5 million Expansion and add 48 Jobs at Local Plant
web posted May 10, 2012
TRENTON – US Fibers, a recycler of PET Post Industrial and Post Consumer material,  announced plans to expand its current operations in Edgefield County on Wednesday. The $5.5 million investment is expected to generate 48 new jobs.
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Smith May Withdraw, Run as Independent Due to Filing Controversy
Guest Article by William "Bill" Smith
web posted May 10, 2012

EDGEFIELD – As many of you know, there are questions in our state over who is considered a “certified” candidate for the upcoming primary and eventually the November General Election.  It is a state wide issue that also reaches deep into Edgefield County including my campaign.  I have been asked many questions about the future of my campaign and felt the need to give my take on this debacle and answer any lingering questions.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebels Fall 3-2 at Palmetto, End Season
By Tim Crane
web posted May 10, 2012

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebel baseball team fell 3-2 Wednesday night at Palmetto High School, ending their playoff run just one game short of the semi finals.  The Rebels led Palmetto 2-0 after the third inning, but the Mustangs battled back to get one run in the fourth and fifth innings then finally the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Edgefield Daily

First Citizen's Holds Grand Opening in Edgefield
web posted May 10, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The new First Citizen's Bank held its official Grand Opening of the new Edgefield branch Wednesday morning with a large attendance of area banking officials, elected officials and a host of other dignitaries and business owners on hand for the celebration. Consolidated Marking Director for First Citizen's Kelley Mobley welcomed everyone to the ceremony and promoted having a "full service" branch that includes banking professionals on the inside as well as a drive-thru and ATM.
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Merriwether Community Coalition Holds Second Public Meeting: North Augusta a Major Focus
web posted May 10, 2012
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Community Coalition held its second pubilc meeting Monday night. Linda Anderson, opened the meeting stating “ We know what Merriwether looks like today, we don’t know what we have lost and the question is what will it look like tomorrow?"
Edgefield Daily

Daytime Burglars Steal $14,000 in Motorcycles
web posted May 10, 2012
COUNTY LINE – A Hummingbird Drive man called the Sheriff's Office after returning home from work around noon and finding a shed behind his house broken into and over $14,000 in motorcycles stolen. The man told the deputy that responded he left his home around 8 am on Tuesday and everything was in order.
Edgefield Daily

16th annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo This Weekend
web reposted May 10, 2012
COUNTY – The 16th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, 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.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Business Gutted by Fire
web posted May 9, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Fire Department was called to a structure fire around 3 pm Tuesday at a shop off Cardinal Drive owned by a local businessman. When firefighters arrived they saw thick black smoke coming from the building. Firemen quickly began to battle the blaze from the outside at first. The smell of burning rubber and chemicals were evident at least fifty yards from the shop door.
Edgefield Daily

Callers Report Possible Prison Escapee Running Along Highway
web posted May 9, 2012
NORTHSIDE – Sheriff's Dispatch radioed Deputies that they received a report of a while male with blonde hair wearing a State Corrections prisoner jumpsuit running along Highway 378 near Callison Highway Monday afternoon around 4:30. Deputies rushed to the scene while informing dispatch to notify all area prisons to see if they were missing an inmate.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Weekly Specials
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web reposted May 9, 2012

EDGEFIELD – Fair Price Food Center, formerly Fairway Foods in Edgefield, is under new ownership with the same great service and new low prices. Check out our Weekly Specials and click on the printer friendly download for a shopping list! Sale Prices Start on Tuesday, May 8 and are good through Monday, May 14.
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Religion: Love For Mothers
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 9, 2012

RELIGION – We are going to take a one week break from our series on 1 Corinthians 13 and pay mothers the homage they deserve. My mom still often reminds me that she brought me into this world and that she can take me out!
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Strom Thurmond Has Four Licensed as Cosmetologists
web posted May 9, 2012
JOHNSTON – Four Strom Thurmond seniors traveled to Columbia, SC, on Monday, March 16, to take their Practical Exam for their Cosmetology License; they all passed.  They had to return to Columbia on April 16, to take their Theory Exam and again they were successful. The school release stated, "We are proud to announce the first class of Licensed Cosmetologists from Strom Thurmond Career Center."
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Edgefield County Alliance will hold its next meeting - Monday, May14
web posted May 9, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance will hold its next meeting - Monday, May14, 2012, at 7:30 am Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus. Speaker for the meeting will be James Russell “Rusty” Denning, Associate Vice-President for Continuing Education and Economic Development at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC.
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Quality of Life After Stroke Is Possible
By Dr. Pamela Salazar
web posted May 9, 2012

COUNTY – Every day in the U.S., more than 2,000 people suffer a stroke. Stroke is also the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S., and remains of particular concern in the South, where higher rates of stroke and stroke mortality persist.
Edgefield Daily

Candidate Controversy Continues: More Candidates Added to Ballot
web posted May 8, 2012
EDGEFIELD – If you are a candidate for local office and did not follow the letter of the law in order to file for office - who cares - you are on the ballot in spite of a SC Supreme Court ruling saying you are to be ruled ineligible. Of six candidates who originally entered into the races for local offices, five were initially ruled to be disqualified under the court order. As of now, only one of the six has been kept off the ballot by the Democrat and Republican state committees.
Edgefield Daily

Taxes Return to the Town of Edgefield under New Budget
web posted May 8, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Having eliminated all property taxes on town residents and businesses in 2006 when there was a year's worth of reserves in the bank and local option sales tax credit funds were covering the amount brought in through property taxes, it was a grand idea. With the recession and dwindling revenue sources, reserves are down and taxes are coming back.
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Sports: Three Run 6th Inning, Pushes Rebels Past Pendleton
By Tim Crane
web posted May 8, 2012

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels remained alive in the Class 2A Upperstate Finals by putting together a three run sixth inning to overcome the hosting Pendleton Bulldogs 4-3.
Edgefield Daily

Wardlaw Academy Targeted for Burglary
web posted May 8, 2012
JOHNSTON – Staff arriving at Wadlaw Academy on Friday morning discovered the main school building had been broken into and a safe in the front office was found pried open, and called 911 to report the crime. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the safe.
Edgefield Daily

Thurmond FFA Agronomy Team Places 2nd in the State
web posted May 8, 2012
JOHNSTON – The 2012 State FFA Agronomy Career Development Event was held on Saturday April 21, at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. The Agronomy CDE is a competitive activity that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.Participants' knowledge of agronomic sciences was tested through several levels of competition including developing solutions for problematic scenarios; identification of seeds, insects, soil and crops; and other management practices.
Edgefield Daily

Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging Awards Senior Center Grants
web posted May 8, 2012
COLUMBIA – The Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging has approved grants for the renovation of four senior centers in South Carolina through the Senior Center Permanent Improvement Program (PIP). 
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Rebels Fall to Palmetto 6-0, Still Alive in Upperstate Playoffs
By Tim Crane
web posted May 7, 2012

SPORTS – The Rebels fell 6-0 to Palmetto Saturday night after the Mustangs were able to put up three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, while not allowing Thurmond to cross home plate. Eighth grader Tannor Byrd pitched a strong first three innings for the Rebels, holding his opponents scoreless and only allowing one base runner.
Edgefield Daily

SWAT Raid Locates Moonshine, Drugs, Cash at Edgefield Home
web posted May 7, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The product of an ongoing undercover investigation by Edgefield Police resulted in a SWAT raid Friday evening where drugs, cash and moonshine were seized and two men arrested. Heyward Strom, 49, of 55 Morange Street, was taken into custody at his home where the raid took place. Derwin Danelle Patten, of Circle Street in Edgefield, was also arrested as he tried to flee the scene.
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Peach Blossom Festival Draws Thousands
web posted May 7, 2012
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival was a huge success Saturday with great weather and great attendance by patrons and vendors lining main street. It all kicked off with Johnston Police Chief leading the parade followed by the Strom Thurmond Marching Band to get the crowds in the mood for the celebration. Johnston Mayor welcomed everyone to the festival at center stage on the corner of Lee and Mims Street.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Weekly Specials
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web reposted May 7, 2012

EDGEFIELD – Fair Price Food Center, formerly Fairway Foods in Edgefield, is under new ownership with the same great service and new low prices. Check out our Weekly Specials and click on the printer friendly download for a shopping list! Sale Prices Start on Tuesday, May 8 and are good through Monday, May 14.
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Opinion: Challengers Added Back to Ballot Should be Disqualified at Once
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 7, 2012

COLUMN – With the South Carolina Supreme Court ruling handed down last Wednesday, both political parties have certified candidates that did not meet the required standards to be placed on the ballot, and knowingly so. This, in my opinion, is a slap in the face of the law and in the end will hurt not only the candidates, but the voters as well. It is time for county election commissions to do the job the political parties have abdicated doing for their candidates.
Edgefield Daily

16th annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Fishing Rodeo This Weekend
web posted March 15, 2012
COUNTY – The 16th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, 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.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County GOP Meeting Tuesday Night
web posted May 7, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County GOP will be conducting a quarterly meeting on May 8th at 7pm at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce in Johnston. We invite all to attend and hear about the latest for the GOP in SC and our county. For more info please visit:www.edgefieldgop.com

Local Candidates Certified Friday: Challenges Expected
web posted May 5, 2012
COUNTY – With the whirlwind of who is and who is not a candidate after a SC Supreme Court (SCOSC) ruling on Wednesday, local political parties certified their candidates with the Voter Registration Office on Friday. Davis Parkman, a Republican candidate for Sheriff, was added back to the list of eligible candidates as was George Attaway, a Democrat challenger for Dist. 3 County Council Chairman Dean Campbell.
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15-Year Old Charged in Friday Morning Armed Robbery
web posted May 5, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An Armed robbery at the Greg's Gas Plus on Martintown Road around 1 am Friday has led to the arrest of a 15-year-old North Augusta teen. He was taken into custody by North Augusta Police and turned over to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office shortly after his arrest.
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Lost Dog: Reward - RETURNED! 5/8/12
web posted May 5, 2012
EDGEFIELD – This German Shepherd took missing into the woods behind Edgefield Veterinary Clinic. His name is Psycho and he is a full grown, intacted male with out a collar on. Psycho is very friendly and has not shown any signs of being aggressive but he is very timid. [REMOVED] Click on photo for larger view.

Local Challengers Removed from Ballots, Hundreds More Statewide
web posted May 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – With greater details on the ruling handed down by the South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday, local political parties are disqualifying those who sought to challenge an incumbent in the primary or general election in November. By Thursday afternoon Edgefield County Republican Party Chairman Rodney Ashcraft said they have already sent a letter to the Edgefield County Voters Registration Office removing three from their rolls. Incumbents were not affected by the ruling and remain on the ballots.
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Rebels Clinch District Baseball Title with "Heart of a Champion"
By Tim Crane
web posted May 4, 2012

SPORTS – After dropping a 5-4 decision in the 8th inning of the first game, then being down 3-0 to start the second game, the Strom Thurmond Rebels roared back with the heart of a lion to knock the state’s third rated team from the playoffs, securing their first District Title in many years.
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Fair Price Food Center Weekly Specials
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web reposted May 4, 2012

EDGEFIELD – Fair Price Food Center, formerly Fairway Foods in Edgefield, is under new ownership with the same great service and new low prices. Check out our Weekly Specials and click on the printer friendly download to get a special $5 off Coupon! Sale Prices Start on Tuesday, May 1 and are good through Monday, May 7.
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Suspect Arrested after Armed Robbery in Merriwether
web posted May 4, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An armed robbery was reported at the Greg's Gas Plus on Martintown Road at the Edgefield County line Thursday night around 1 am. The suspect, said to be a white male armed with a large knife, robbed the store and then fled the scene. He was last seen wearing kaki pants and a black hoodie.
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Merriwether Community Meeting Monday, May 7
web posted May 4, 2012
MERRIWETHER – Planning for our future and giving a voice to Merriwether are goals of the Merriwether Community Coalition.  This is an open invitation to join in this process.  Spread the word. Our next meeting will be Monday, May 7th at 6:30 pm at the Merriwether Middle School - cafeteria.
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Estate Auction, Saturday, May 5
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web posted May 4, 2012

GRANITEVILLE – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Mitzi Brennan along with some additions and May 5, at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with many pieces of nice furniture, elegant glassware, vintage advertising memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home located at 137 Midland Dr., Graniteville, S.C. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801

Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update, May 4, 2012
web posted May 4, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell has issued his most recent "Chairman's Update" on county government.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Regional Medical Centers to Host Appreciation Picnic for Local Heroes
web posted May 4, 2012
AIKEN – Each year hospitals around the country celebrate National Hospital Week but this year Aiken Regional Medical Centers has decided to take National Hospital Week to a whole new level.  Rather than just celebrating internally, ARMC wants to show not only our associates, but also our local emergency personnel just how much we appreciate all that they do. 
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Gas Leak Leads to Evacuations
web posted May 3, 2012
MERRIWETHER – An irrigation company installing a sprinkler system on Coronet Drive Wednesday morning hit a gas line causing the evacuation of several homes on the street and nearby business advised not to perform any welding or activities until the leak could be contained.
Edgefield Daily

SC Supreme Court Ruling Could Remove Candidates from Elections
web posted May 3, 2012
COUNTY – A South Carolina Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday could affect local elections in a big way, including eliminating potential candidates from being placed on the ballot for the June Primary.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Elem Students Honored at Green Jackets Game
web posted May 3, 2012
MERRIWETHER – On April 28, the Most Improved Students from each class at Merriwether Elementary were honored by the Augusta Green Jackets. Each student was given a complimentary game ticket, and their names were announced during the ball game. The list of students can be found below.
Edgefield Daily

District 1 County Council Candidate Smith Town Hall Meeting Tonight at Johnston Chamber of Commerce
web posted May 3, 2012
JOHNSTON – County Council District 1 candidate William Smith will hold his next Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 3rd at the Johnston Chamber of Commerce. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Mr. Smith wants to give his constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.
Edgefield Daily

Opinion: Is Norman Dorn Ignorant or a Liar?
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 3, 2012

COLUMN – District 1 County Councilman Norman Dorn is either the most ignorant member of the county council or he is an opportunistic liar. Twenty minutes of the two hour meeting Tuesday night were wasted listening to his rants of falsehoods. Of course, all the while explaining to the citizens present how he is the only one on council that that is looking out for the taxpayer's money.
Edgefield Daily

Lieutenant Governor to Discuss Aging Issues and Initiatives
web posted May 3, 2012
COLUMBIA – This Week in the State House, a weekly production by South Carolina ETV, will air at 9:30 am today. The program will feature Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell as its host. This week’s show will feature the Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, Tony Kester, as he discusses pertinent issues relevant to our state’s senior population. 
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Humor: Horsing Around
By Nick Thomas
web posted May 3, 2012

GUEST COLUMN – Everyone has a method for picking the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Mine completely ignores form or pedigree, so I wouldn’t go betting the farm on my predictions. Take this year’s 138th Derby. Since it falls on Cinco de Mayo, this was clearly a sign for me that the colt “El Padrino” (Spanish for godfather) should win the 1.25 mile sprint around Churchill Downs.
Edgefield Daily

County Council Meeting Full of Split Votes and Protracted Discussions in 2-Hour Meeting
web posted May 2, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a two hour meeting Tuesday night that was not devoid of contentious issues and comments. The general operation budget was approved on a second reading with a split vote, as were votes on filling a position in the tax assessor's office and moving forward with a lawsuit against a land owner the county says is in violation of the nuisance ordinance. However, a first reading of a fee in lieu agreement on "Project Alpha" - a $6.4 million industry project - was passed unanimously.
Edgefield Daily

Chase Leads to More Charges for Suspect in Criminal Domestic Violence Case
web posted May 2, 2012
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police Officer making his rounds Tuesday afternoon noticed a suspect that had a warrant out for his arrest at the Northside BP where he had paid for $3 in gas but pumped $20 into the car. The suspect, Michael Thompson Jr., 31, of Jeter Street, made a point to keep the car between him and the officer. When the officer did make a move and informed him he had a warrant for his arrest, Thompson fled on foot with police giving chase.
Edgefield Daily

Fair Price Food Center Weekly Specials
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web reposted May 2, 2012

EDGEFIELD – Fair Price Food Center, formerly Fairway Foods in Edgefield, is under new ownership with the same great service and new low prices. Check out our Weekly Specials and click on the printer friendly download to get a special $5 off Coupon! Sale Prices Start on Tuesday, May 1 and are good through Monday, May 7.
Fair Price Food Center

Religion: Patient Love
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 2, 2012

RELIGION – This week we continue looking at love from 1 Corinthians 13. We have seen love is meant to define all areas of life if they are to be pleasing to God and have meaning and impact in the lives of others.  This love was also written to be shared in the context of your local church as well as with others.
Edgefield Daily

Estate Auction, Saturday, May 5
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web posted May 2, 2012

GRANITEVILLE – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Mitzi Brennan along with some additions and May 5, at 9:30 am. This will be an excellent sale with many pieces of nice furniture, elegant glassware, vintage advertising memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home located at 137 Midland Dr., Graniteville, S.C. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801

GOP to Hold Meeting in Johnston Next Tuesday
web posted May 2, 2012
JOHNSTON - PSA – The next meeting will be this Tuesday the 8th of May at 7:00pm. Come Join the Edgefield County Republican Party at the County Chamber of Commerce in Johnston and learn about what we've done and what we have in our future. We are honored to have speak for us the Mayor of Johnston, Andy Livingston. The attendance at our meetings has been growing so come help us make this the biggest meeting yet. Chamber of Commerce, 416 Calhoun Street Johnston, S.C. 29832

Post Office to Hold "Stamp Out Hunger" Drive May 12
web posted May 2, 2012
COUNTY – It's time again for our National food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger".  On Saturday, May 12th, we are asking the citizens of Edgefield county to donate non-perishable foods to support this drive.  The donations can be left at your mailbox for the carriers to pick up or they can be dropped at the Post Office.  Edgefield county citizens have been extremely generous in the past and all the donations will stay in our county to provide help to our own.  Thank you for your generosity and support!

New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism
web posted May 2, 2012
NATION – The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism. Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates.
Washington Times

Hit and Run Victim in Critical Condition; Driver Sought
web posted May 1, 2012
EDGEFIELD – The victim of a hit and run Sunday evening remains in critical condition at MCG after she was struck while trying to cross Augusta Road at 8:43 pm and was found lying in the road with a severe head trauma and other injuries. Edgefield Police are still investigating the case and have not found the driver of the car that struck the 30-year-old woman.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebels Move to 2-0 in District II Tournament, Playing to Win
By Tim Crane
web posted May 1, 2012

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels find themselves in familiar territory. Just last year they faced Palmetto at home in the playoffs, needing only one win to wrap up the district title.  But it wasn’t meant to be as the Mustangs took two games from the Rebels, knocking them from the playoffs.
Edgefield Daily

Suspected Burglar in Custody, Second Sought
web posted May 1, 2012
AIKEN – Maurice Lorenzo Culbreath, 26, who lead Johnston Police and Sheriff's Deputies on two manhunts hours apart on Friday, is now behind bars in Aiken County and is charged with burglary in the first degree and grand larceny. 27-year-old Roger Sentel Culbreath, of Johnston, is also wanted on similar charges for the Springfield Church Road burglary caught on film last week.
Edgefield Daily

Gardner Road Man Arrested for Threats of Terrorism
web posted May 1, 2012
COUNTY LINE – A Gardner Road man has been arrested for "threatened use of weapons of mass destruction for act of terrorism" on Saturday by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. Howard Allen Maurer, 52, was taken into custody around 9 am Saturday and has been denied bond by the Magistrate's Office. He remains in custody at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting a Circuit Court bond hearing.
Edgefield Daily

District 1 County Council Candidate Smith Town Hall Meeting Thursday at Johnston Chamber of Commerce
web posted May 1, 2012
JOHNSTON – County Council District 1 candidate William Smith will hold his next Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 3rd at the Johnston Chamber of Commerce. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Mr. Smith wants to give his constituents the opportunity to meet him, understand his campaign message and goals, and to ask him questions or voice their concerns.
Edgefield Daily

Lost Dog: Edgefield
web posted May 1, 2012
EDGEFIELD – Lost black and white shitz zu and chihuahua mix puppy last seen in the area of Star Road and Columbia Road. Anyone with information is asked to call Barbara at 803-637-9280.




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