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November 2006 Archives



Wednesday arrest may solve several recent crimes (Photos)
web posted November 30, 2006
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man and woman they believe may be linked to several recent burglaries and larcenies in the County. Ricky Dwane Saxon, 31, and Brandi Wilson, 24, of Edgefield are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on custody orders. The arrests stem from a contractor riding by a home under construction on the 700 block of Columbia Road and noticed a suspicious vehicle at the job site. The pair drove away from the scene with the contractor following while calling 911.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ribbon cutting marks opening of Hospice Care in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted November 30, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, Chamber of Commerce Director Donna Livingston, and Dina Reynolds, Community Relations Director for Hospice Care of South Carolina were among many present for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Hospice Care office in Edgefield on Tuesday. Mayor Durham presented Ms. Reynolds with a Proclamation naming November as National Hospice Month at the ceremony as well.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police investigating forgeries
web posted November 30, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are investigating two cases of forgery connected to a Trenton man that took place over the last month. The first case involves a check written drafted against the South Carolina Department of Transportation for $378.70. According to police reports the man entered a Johnston grocery store and purchased $31.66 worth of groceries and presented the check and received $347.04 in cash. The man offered a drivers license at the time of the transaction.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Senior thanks community for support
web posted November 30, 2006
Dear Editor,
As a senior on the Ridge Spring-Monetta Fighting Trojan football team, (I) would like to applaud all of the “Ridge” community for supporting our football team.  No, the Trojans didn’t bring home the State Championship, but we did bring together a community for a common cause.  Friday, November 24, the entire community made the journey to Orangeburg, SC to see our team play for the Class A Division II State Championship.  When we as a team looked into the stands, we saw a multitude of people.  People that include yesteryears’ Trojans, mothers, fathers, preachers, teachers, and other community members.  All the people gathered to watch and cheer on our team.
EdgefieldDaily.com Opinions

Naked man smoking crack cocaine attacked by alligator
web posted November 30, 2006
LAKELAND (Fla) -- A man who was attacked by an alligator this morning was naked and smoking crack at the time, Polk County deputies who rescued him said today.
EdgefieldDaily.com's Off The Wall

Keesley named as Grand Marshall of Edgefield Christmas Parade
web posted November 29, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Christmas Parade Committee announced Tuesday that Dr. Sharon Keesley will be honored as the Grand Marshall in this year’s Christmas Parade. The parade will be held this coming Saturday at 1 pm on Main Street in Edgefield and will end with the arrival of Santa Claus.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Group seeks to provide Christmas to disadvantaged
web posted November 29, 2006
COUNTY – With Christmas closing in fast Debbie Courtney and Parents Have a Mission (PHAM) are helping people get into the giving spirit. The organization delivers Christmas presents to needy families in the area. Last year PHAM and Angels helping Sarah’s Santas were able to serve thirty-five families and the group seeks to increase that number to over one hundred families this year.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Three vehicle collision stalls traffic on Hyw 23 Monday afternoon (Photos)
web posted November 28, 2006

JOHNSTON – A three-vehicle chain-reaction collision stalled traffic on Highway 23 for about two hours Monday afternoon just before 3 pm. According to witnesses a small Ford Ranger pickup slowed near the bottom of Dorn’s Hill and a white Dodge Ram 250 van behind it also slowed. Unfortunately a Johnston Town garbage truck also heading west down the hill could not stop and struck the van sending it crashing into the pickup truck. The impact pushed the pickup about twenty yards up the road, injuring the driver who was taken to the hospital.
EdgefieldDaily.com

State Squirrel Hunt Championship set for Saturday
web posted November 28, 2006
COUNTY – The South Carolina State Squirrel Hunt Championship is set to take place this coming Saturday at the Brunson Community Center. The hunt is licensed by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and is limited to UKC registered Cur or Fiest dogs, however, dogs can be registered the day of the hunt before 6 am Saturday. There will be two scored hunting periods beginning at 6 am and the second at 1:30 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield ready for parade, activities, and shoppers
web posted November 28, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield will sparkle once again this weekend with a special focus - children.  A children’s celebration will be held throughout the town on Saturday, December 2nd to include the annual Christmas Parade, Santa, caroling, refreshments, and activities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether man discovers 3 am break-in
web posted November 28, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man reported that as he was driving by his home on the 500 block of Sweetwater Road around 3 am Sunday morning when he noticed two white males backed up to his garage and standing inside. The man notified the Sheriff’s Office and tried to block the men in at the driveway. The men jumped into a late 90’s model black Thunderbird and “spun out” around him. The man then gave chase of the car down Sweetwater Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Eleven arrested in traffic stops over holiday weekend
web posted November 28, 2006
COUNTY –  Routine patrols by local police and Sheriff’s Deputies paid off for citizens as dangerous drivers, drunk drivers, and even drug dealers were removed from county roads over the weekend. Beginning on Friday and ending Sunday night, at least eleven arrests were made by local law enforcement agencies police reports show.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Area Christmas Light Displays
web posted November 27, 2006
WEBNEWS – Now that Thanksgiving has passed and the rush is on towards Christmas shopping, EdgefieldDaily.com will place our annual Christmas Lights Display page back online. As you travel the county keep an eye out for homes or businesses that place Christmas Light Displays in their yards and send us the location. We will place them by area or town to make a driving tour possible for our readers. We may even award a special prize to the most dazzling display. Please send in the address if possible, if not, at least the road the display may be found. The link to the page will remain on the top of the main page just below the date, so check back often.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond FFA Poinsettia sale underway
web posted November 27, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond FFA Poinsettia sale is getting underway with the flowers available for sale each day between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm in the FFA greenhouse. The greenhouse is also open on Saturday from 8 am until noon. All proceeds directly benefit the STH FFA Chapter. For more information you may call Strom Thurmond High School at 803 - 275 – 1768.

Crash halts traffic in Johnston (Photos)
web posted November 27, 2006

JOHNSTON – A late night crash blocked traffic on Monument Drive in Johnston on Saturday for over an hour. Just before midnight an 18-wheeler hauling seed overturned after rounding a curve spilling fuel and seed across the roadway. Johnston Police rerouted traffic around the crash site as Johnston Firemen began spreading several bags of oil dry on the road to absorb spilled fuel and hydraulic fluid.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Three school board members account for 86% of all travel expenses
web posted November 27, 2006
COUNTY – Since the 2001-2002 school year Edgefield County School Board members have rung up $44,056.34 in travel, dues, and fees. This does not include the travel and fees for the 2006-2007 school year. In just two years on the school board James Bibbs accounts for almost 20% of all expenses over the past five years, or $5,949.50. Three school board members account for 86% of all funds spent; Sallie Cooks, Scott Chitty, and James Bibbs turned in $12,898.44 of the total $14,888.21 for 2005-2006.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: Be Local Shop Local Schedule of events
web posted November 27, 2006
Shop Local this Holiday Season! Join Downtown Edgefield’s businesses and enjoy their Holiday Open Houses to kick off your Holiday shopping!
EdgefieldDaily.com

New Column coming to EdgefieldDaily.com; Point-Counterpoint
web posted November 27, 2006
WEBNEWS – Coming this week is a new column, Point-Counterpoint, where a reader takes on the Editor. The column will periodically analyze two opposing views on a current event or topic. The current topic under discussion is the issue of raising the minimum wage. A link will be placed under the Featured Columns listing when the first column is published. Also check out the Country Cooking Section with more than two dozen new recipes being added bringing the page to almost 300 recipes! Many Christmas cookies, cakes, candies, and more are available. Send in your favorite to be added.

Court shocker: 10 months for kiddie porn producer
Democrat activist faced 81 years in jail on charges involving kids as young as 6
web posted November 27, 2006
A Democrat community leader who would "offer a homily during worship services" and facilitated his congregation's "opening our doors to all people regardless of sexual orientation" has been given a slap on the hand after pleading guilty to extensive child pornography offenses involving children as young as six.
WorldNetDaily

First time fisherman lands 8 foot, 226 pound catfish
web posted November 25, 2006
When Carl Smith hooked his first catfish, it took two friends to hold him back as the 226lb (102kg), 8ft (2.4m) monster tried to turn the tables and instead drag him into the River Ebro in Spain.
TimesOnline

Wednesday arrest may solve several recent crimes (Photos)
web posted November 30, 2006
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man and woman they believe may be linked to several recent burglaries and larcenies in the County. Ricky Dwane Saxon, 31, and Brandi Wilson, 24, of Edgefield are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on custody orders. The arrests stem from a contractor riding by a home under construction on the 700 block of Columbia Road and noticed a suspicious vehicle at the job site. The pair drove away from the scene with the contractor following while calling 911.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ribbon cutting marks opening of Hospice Care in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted November 30, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, Chamber of Commerce Director Donna Livingston, and Dina Reynolds, Community Relations Director for Hospice Care of South Carolina were among many present for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Hospice Care office in Edgefield on Tuesday. Mayor Durham presented Ms. Reynolds with a Proclamation naming November as National Hospice Month at the ceremony as well.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police investigating forgeries
web posted November 30, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police are investigating two cases of forgery connected to a Trenton man that took place over the last month. The first case involves a check written drafted against the South Carolina Department of Transportation for $378.70. According to police reports the man entered a Johnston grocery store and purchased $31.66 worth of groceries and presented the check and received $347.04 in cash. The man offered a drivers license at the time of the transaction.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Senior thanks community for support
web posted November 30, 2006
Dear Editor,
As a senior on the Ridge Spring-Monetta Fighting Trojan football team, (I) would like to applaud all of the “Ridge” community for supporting our football team.  No, the Trojans didn’t bring home the State Championship, but we did bring together a community for a common cause.  Friday, November 24, the entire community made the journey to Orangeburg, SC to see our team play for the Class A Division II State Championship.  When we as a team looked into the stands, we saw a multitude of people.  People that include yesteryears’ Trojans, mothers, fathers, preachers, teachers, and other community members.  All the people gathered to watch and cheer on our team.
EdgefieldDaily.com Opinions

Naked man smoking crack cocaine attacked by alligator
web posted November 30, 2006
LAKELAND (Fla) -- A man who was attacked by an alligator this morning was naked and smoking crack at the time, Polk County deputies who rescued him said today.
EdgefieldDaily.com's Off The Wall

Keesley named as Grand Marshall of Edgefield Christmas Parade
web posted November 29, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Christmas Parade Committee announced Tuesday that Dr. Sharon Keesley will be honored as the Grand Marshall in this year’s Christmas Parade. The parade will be held this coming Saturday at 1 pm on Main Street in Edgefield and will end with the arrival of Santa Claus.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Group seeks to provide Christmas to disadvantaged
web posted November 29, 2006
COUNTY – With Christmas closing in fast Debbie Courtney and Parents Have a Mission (PHAM) are helping people get into the giving spirit. The organization delivers Christmas presents to needy families in the area. Last year PHAM and Angels helping Sarah’s Santas were able to serve thirty-five families and the group seeks to increase that number to over one hundred families this year.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Three vehicle collision stalls traffic on Hyw 23 Monday afternoon (Photos)
web posted November 28, 2006

JOHNSTON – A three-vehicle chain-reaction collision stalled traffic on Highway 23 for about two hours Monday afternoon just before 3 pm. According to witnesses a small Ford Ranger pickup slowed near the bottom of Dorn’s Hill and a white Dodge Ram 250 van behind it also slowed. Unfortunately a Johnston Town garbage truck also heading west down the hill could not stop and struck the van sending it crashing into the pickup truck. The impact pushed the pickup about twenty yards up the road, injuring the driver who was taken to the hospital.
EdgefieldDaily.com

State Squirrel Hunt Championship set for Saturday
web posted November 28, 2006
COUNTY – The South Carolina State Squirrel Hunt Championship is set to take place this coming Saturday at the Brunson Community Center. The hunt is licensed by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and is limited to UKC registered Cur or Fiest dogs, however, dogs can be registered the day of the hunt before 6 am Saturday. There will be two scored hunting periods beginning at 6 am and the second at 1:30 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield ready for parade, activities, and shoppers
web posted November 28, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield will sparkle once again this weekend with a special focus - children.  A children’s celebration will be held throughout the town on Saturday, December 2nd to include the annual Christmas Parade, Santa, caroling, refreshments, and activities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether man discovers 3 am break-in
web posted November 28, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man reported that as he was driving by his home on the 500 block of Sweetwater Road around 3 am Sunday morning when he noticed two white males backed up to his garage and standing inside. The man notified the Sheriff’s Office and tried to block the men in at the driveway. The men jumped into a late 90’s model black Thunderbird and “spun out” around him. The man then gave chase of the car down Sweetwater Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Eleven arrested in traffic stops over holiday weekend
web posted November 28, 2006
COUNTY –  Routine patrols by local police and Sheriff’s Deputies paid off for citizens as dangerous drivers, drunk drivers, and even drug dealers were removed from county roads over the weekend. Beginning on Friday and ending Sunday night, at least eleven arrests were made by local law enforcement agencies police reports show.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Area Christmas Light Displays
web posted November 27, 2006
WEBNEWS – Now that Thanksgiving has passed and the rush is on towards Christmas shopping, EdgefieldDaily.com will place our annual Christmas Lights Display page back online. As you travel the county keep an eye out for homes or businesses that place Christmas Light Displays in their yards and send us the location. We will place them by area or town to make a driving tour possible for our readers. We may even award a special prize to the most dazzling display. Please send in the address if possible, if not, at least the road the display may be found. The link to the page will remain on the top of the main page just below the date, so check back often.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond FFA Poinsettia sale underway
web posted November 27, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond FFA Poinsettia sale is getting underway with the flowers available for sale each day between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm in the FFA greenhouse. The greenhouse is also open on Saturday from 8 am until noon. All proceeds directly benefit the STH FFA Chapter. For more information you may call Strom Thurmond High School at 803 - 275 – 1768.

Crash halts traffic in Johnston (Photos)
web posted November 27, 2006

JOHNSTON – A late night crash blocked traffic on Monument Drive in Johnston on Saturday for over an hour. Just before midnight an 18-wheeler hauling seed overturned after rounding a curve spilling fuel and seed across the roadway. Johnston Police rerouted traffic around the crash site as Johnston Firemen began spreading several bags of oil dry on the road to absorb spilled fuel and hydraulic fluid.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Three school board members account for 86% of all travel expenses
web posted November 27, 2006
COUNTY – Since the 2001-2002 school year Edgefield County School Board members have rung up $44,056.34 in travel, dues, and fees. This does not include the travel and fees for the 2006-2007 school year. In just two years on the school board James Bibbs accounts for almost 20% of all expenses over the past five years, or $5,949.50. Three school board members account for 86% of all funds spent; Sallie Cooks, Scott Chitty, and James Bibbs turned in $12,898.44 of the total $14,888.21 for 2005-2006.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: Be Local Shop Local Schedule of events
web posted November 27, 2006
Shop Local this Holiday Season! Join Downtown Edgefield’s businesses and enjoy their Holiday Open Houses to kick off your Holiday shopping!
EdgefieldDaily.com

New Column coming to EdgefieldDaily.com; Point-Counterpoint
web posted November 27, 2006
WEBNEWS – Coming this week is a new column, Point-Counterpoint, where a reader takes on the Editor. The column will periodically analyze two opposing views on a current event or topic. The current topic under discussion is the issue of raising the minimum wage. A link will be placed under the Featured Columns listing when the first column is published. Also check out the Country Cooking Section with more than two dozen new recipes being added bringing the page to almost 300 recipes! Many Christmas cookies, cakes, candies, and more are available. Send in your favorite to be added.

Court shocker: 10 months for kiddie porn producer
Democrat activist faced 81 years in jail on charges involving kids as young as 6
web posted November 27, 2006
A Democrat community leader who would "offer a homily during worship services" and facilitated his congregation's "opening our doors to all people regardless of sexual orientation" has been given a slap on the hand after pleading guilty to extensive child pornography offenses involving children as young as six.
WorldNetDaily

First time fisherman lands 8 foot, 226 pound catfish
web posted November 25, 2006
When Carl Smith hooked his first catfish, it took two friends to hold him back as the 226lb (102kg), 8ft (2.4m) monster tried to turn the tables and instead drag him into the River Ebro in Spain.
TimesOnline

Murphy Village woman jumps to death from bridge
web posted November 24, 2006
NORTH AUGUSTA – A Murphy Village woman was discovered by Aiken County authorities sitting on the edge of the overpass of Interstate 20 at exit 5 Wednesday morning around 9 am. An Aiken County deputy arrived on the scene and reportedly walked towards the woman before she jumped to her death.
EdgefieldDaily.com

No Grades, No Tests At 'Free School'
web posted November 23, 2006
(AP) One recent day at the Brooklyn Free School, the "schedule" included the following: chess, debate, filming horror movies, and making caves for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not that the students had to go to any of these sessions. At this school, students don't get grades, don't have homework, don't take tests, don't even have to go to class. Unless they want to.
CBSNEWS

EdgefieldDaily.com to limit reports over Thanksgiving
web posted November 23, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com will be making limited updates over the Thanksgiving weekend. A limited number of breaking stories and news will be presented as everyone involved in the production of EdgefieldDaily.com will be enjoying the holiday giving thanks with family and friends.

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests an additional $106,000 in the Third Congressional District of South Carolina
web posted November 23, 2006
Washington, DC - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $477,000 in investments to the State of South Carolina, of which the Third Congressional District will receive $106,000 to boost economic development planning efforts.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hall released on $25,000 bond Tuesday afternoon
web posted November 22, 2006
COUNTY – Ollie Dwight Hall, 59, who is charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of Gregory Jones in Johnston on Saturday night, has been released on a $25,000 bond by Circuit Court Judge McMahon in Lexington on Tuesday morning. Magistrate Judge Brenda Carpenter said after bond was set Mr. Hall was returned to Edgefield County where he was released after paying the bond.
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Lynn Rearden is Liz Claiborne’s Most Admired Woman
web posted November 22, 2006
EDGEFIELD – EdgefieldDaily.com reported earlier this month about Connie Stillinger nominating Edgefield native Lynn Rearden for the Liz Claiborne’s Most Admired Woman Contest. Both Stillinger and Rearden were overjoyed that the nomination made the top five nationally.  Thinking little about the entry form Ms. Stillinger entered a short paragraph about Edgefield native Lynn Rearden. “I filled it out and figured that would be the end of it,” Ms. Stillinger said in an earlier interview. Readers were asked to go to the web site to vote for one of the top five entries. The winner of the contest was announced Tuesday and Lynn Rearden has added another award for her tireless efforts helping others.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Driver to face charges after short chase and crash (Photos)
web posted November 22, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A clerk at Sportsman’s Corner, a popular Merriwether store, reported a customer harassing her and customers to the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night around 7 pm. Just before deputies arrived on the scene the man attempted to leave the store and struck a light pole knocking out one of his headlights. The man then reportedly drove across the street and into a ditch where he remained stuck for a few minutes giving police time to arrive in the area. The man was able to free the Ford Bronco just before deputies arrived and proceeded down Woodlawn Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Downtown Edgefield Gears Up for State Sales Tax Holiday
web posted November 22, 2006
EDGEFIELD -- Merchants throughout the downtown Edgefield area will be participating in South Carolina’s One Time, Thanksgiving Sales Tax Holiday this weekend only!  Beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, November 24th and ending at midnight on Saturday, November 25th, area residents are encouraged to take advantage of this state sales tax reduction.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Mayor sends open letter to Citizens (Photo)
Home decorating contest
and award announced
web posted November 22, 2006
Dear Edgefield Citizens:
The town looks great!  I want to personally thank the many volunteers and merchants who have given their time and talents to make our downtown area so attractive for the upcoming Christmas season. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Thurmond FFA Soil Judging Team Headed To National Finals (Photo)
web posted November 22, 2006
COLUMBIA - The Thurmond Technology Center FFA Soil Judging and Land Treatment Team was awarded an expense-paid trip to the National Land and Range Judging Finals scheduled in Oklahoma, May 2-3, 2007, as one of the two top teams in the state competition held in Anderson County recently, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.  “Soil Judging is among the most difficult and competitive of all career development events conducted by the SC FFA Association each year,” Parris said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

STHS Mock Trial Team Members Selected (Photo)
web posted November 22, 2006
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High is proud to announce the members of the 2006 – 2007 Mock Trial Team.  These students have begun the tedious process of preparing for the Mock Trial Competitions to be held in the Spring of 2007. This year a murder case involving a college student spiking beverages at a Halloween Party will be presented.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Closings for Thanksgiving Observance
web posted November 22, 2006
The following will be closed for Thanksgiving: Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, 2006
Edgefield County Auditor
Edgefield County Building and Planning
Edgefield County Courthouse
Edgefield County Administrator's Office
Edgefield County Magistrate's Office
Office of Veteran's Affairs
Edgefield County Department of Recreation
Johnston Town Hall
Edgefield Town Hall
Trenton Town Hall
US Postal Service: Thursday only

Cause of death released in murder case
web posted November 21, 2006
JOHNSTON – More information was revealed on Monday in connection to the alleged murder of Gregory Jones in Johnston on Saturday. Presently Ollie Dwight Hall, 59, of McCreight Street, Johnston, remains in custody at the Edgefield Detention Center on a single count of murder in connection to the death.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SADD STHS Chapter plans community event featuring hard hitting Documentary ‘SMASHED: Toxic Tales of Teens and Alcohol’
web posted November 21, 2006
JOHNSTON – To combat the deadly, national problem of underage drinking and teen crashes, S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is proud to join communities across the country in screening the hard-hitting HBO Family documentary SMASHED: Toxic Tales of Teens and Alcohol, a stark look at the life-long repercussions of underage drinking and alcohol related driving. The SMASHED program, including the documentary, has been generously provided by the RADD Youth Coalition, a partnership of RADD, HBO, federal agencies and national organizations. The goal of the program is to foster dialogue between parents and teens and teens and their peers on the importance of curbing underage drinking and practicing safe driving, and to develop pro-active solutions that work in individual communities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

New County Administrator's home site of back to back break-ins
web posted November 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Newly hired County Administrator John Pettigrew and his family’s new home near Pine Ridge Country Club was one of several scenes of break-in’s over the weekend on homes newly constructed in the area. At least three homes nearby also had thefts reported.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police still working armed robbery cases
web posted November 21, 2006
JOHNSTON – In spite of the recent murder in Johnston on Saturday, Johnston Police are still working an armed robbery that took place Friday afternoon, just before 5 pm at the Ridge Loan Company on Sawyer Avenue. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said his department is working on leads to try to solve the crime. In the robbery a black male wore a burgundy dress, a long wig, sunglasses, and white tennis shoes. He is described as slender built, 5’ 7” and 5’ 9”, and clean shaven.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer has message for "gang of five"
web posted November 21, 2006
To our County Council,
It may come as a surprise to our Council ”Gang of Five”  that other citizens around the state are just as angry with their County Council’s attempt to “stick  it” to the property owners.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Padgett Selected For Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (Photo)
web posted November 21, 2006
COUNTY - Strom Thurmond High School is proud to announce that Bennie Padgett has been selected to be the school’s representative at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar to be held in the Spring of 2007 in Charleston.
EdgefieldDaily.com

“In The Spotlight” Program Recognizes Students
webposted November 21, 2006
JOHNSTON – Outstanding students from Strom Thurmond Career Center and Fox Creek High School were recognized at the November 14th Edgefield County School District Board of Trustees Meeting. The program spotlights the achievements and accomplishments of students who have excelled in various academic and extra-curricular activities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Court Bailiff charged in murder of Johnston man Saturday  (Photo)
web posted November 20, 2006
JOHNSTON – Retired police officer and Court Bailiff Dwight Hall, 59, of McCrieght Street in Johnston has been arrested and is charged with murder. 911 dispatchers received a call of a shooting on the 100 block of Aiken Avenue at 6:20 pm Saturday night. When police arrived they found Gregory Jones, 54, of Walker Street, dead from gunshot wounds.  Mr. Hall was taken into custody across the street from the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

South Carolina Shoppers Get Second Chance at Tax-Free Savings for Christmas
web posted November 20, 2006
Columbia, SC -- As part of continued tax relief for South Carolina taxpayers, the South Carolina Legislature has approved the state's first, and one-time, Thanksgiving sales tax holiday which gets underway beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 24, 2006 and ending at midnight on Saturday, November 25, 2006.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Barrett weighs in on new Republican Leaders
web posted November 20, 2006
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC) issued a statement on the recent election of House Leaders for the Republican Party on Friday.  "House Republicans know the public lost their faith in us.  The election of our leadership team allows us to refocus and return to our conservative roots.”  Rep. Barrett said in his release, “We stand together, more unified than ever and ready to get to work to regain the trust of the American people.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hugh Bland Receives Honor Of Conservation Teacher Of The Year (Photo)
web posted November 20, 2006
JOHNSTON – Mr. Hugh Bland, Strom Thurmond Career Center Agriculture Instructor has been awarded the honor of Conservation Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts. The local educator was nominated by the Edgefield County Soil and Water Conservation District.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bi-Lo Charity Classic Awards $1,000 to Johnston Elementary
web posted November 20, 2006
JOHNSTON – The BI-LO Charity Classic recently awarded Johnston Elementary with $1,000.00 donation from the annual BI-LO Charity Classic. The donation was received at the local BI-LO store in Edgefield. This money will go towards helping the school buy materials to assist teachers in their work to improve math skills of the students.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rev. Skip Myers: Thanksgivers Giving Thanksgiving
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

web posted November 20, 2006
We love food! We not only eat food but we love food. Stop and think about all the things we have so intimately coupled with food. We celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and graduations with it. It has become one of the central aspects of bereavement and grief. It is a stress relief and a comfort for many.  It no longer serves only to nourish the body and keep it going--we have made eating an event.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston home site of shooting death
web posted November 18, 2006  8:00 pm
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies, SLED, and all other available law enforcement officers were called to the scene of a shooting on the 100 block of Aiken Avenue, in Johnston, Saturday night. A Johnston man was said to have been shot twice at close range in his home just after 6 pm. A person of interest has been taken to the Johnston Police Department for questioning. SLED’s Crime Scene Unit was summoned to the scene and is said to be taking over the investigation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Loan company site of armed robbery Friday afternoon
web posted November 18, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston business was the scene of a second armed robbery in the town this week. Friday afternoon at 4:50 pm, 911 dispatchers received a call of the robbery at the Ridge Loan Company on Sawyer Avenue. A black male dressed in a burgundy dress and a long wig presented a small black handgun and demanded money. How much money, if any, was given to the man was not available. The man left running on foot down Sawyer Avenue towards Edisto Avenue. Johnston Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Edgefield Police swarmed to the area to set up a perimeter in an attempt to capture the robber.
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STH students get close up of Medivac Helicopter (Photo)
web posted November 18, 2006
COUNTY - Students in the “Real Life” class and CPR/First Aid class had the opportunity to talk with several airlift medical personnel from the Medical College of Georgia last week. The airlift helicopter landed on the practice field at STHS.
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Another teen involved in violent crash (Photos)
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield teen escaped serious injury in a crash on Jeter Street in Edgefield Friday afternoon adding to the number of crashes and collisions involving county teens. Just after 1 pm an Edgefield 18 year-old male traveling west on Jeter Street just outside the town limits drove off the right-hand side of the road taking out several mailboxes, clipping a telephone pole just above the ground, and uprooted at least two medium sized trees before stopping in a driveway on the 1100 block. The young man said he had not slept last night and fell asleep at the wheel.
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Fox Creek High School given 7 months to repay District for undeserved funds
web posted November 17, 2006
COUNTY – Fox Creek Charter High School is been granted a bit of a reprieve by the Edgefield County School Board in repaying funding it received above the schools allotment. According to Edgefield County School District Officials, the latest overpayment is between $75,000 and $100,000 dollars. The reason for the overpayment was due to student population figures given by Fox Creek being in excess of their actual enrollment. When the official numbers were confirmed the school was required to pay back the excess funding. Fox Creek is unable to do so in the fashion they received the funding, which was all at once.
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Miscreant steals ring during viewing before funeral
web posted November 17, 2006
SALUDA — A public viewing is meant as a display of respect.That it could, or would, turn into a moment of opportunity for a criminal is unthinkable. This past Sunday, as friends and family mourned the loss of Dr. Robert Lee Sawyer Sr. — one of Saluda’s most loved and respected residents — his family, as well as the staff at Ramey Funeral Home, noticed something was missing. Sawyer’s college class ring, there just moments before, was gone. “We had skipped church so the kids could go back and see him again and it happened while we were there,” Lawrence Yonce, Sawyer’s son-in-law, said Wednesday. “As soon as we realized the ring was missing we closed the doors and started looking for it. My wife (Cecelia) is all bent out of shape.
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Historic Church suffers from vandalism (Photos)
web posted November 17, 2006
COUNTY – Horn's Creek Baptist Church, incorporated in 1790 and placed on the National Historic Register in 1971, has seen the restoration done in 1988 completely washed away due to vandalism. Several years ago the Edgefield County Baptist Association transferred the deed to the church to the Edgefield County Historical Society. During the restoration the society put over $12,000 into the church. Today the church is falling into despair as local teens and others have spray painted and carved graffiti into the walls, broken grave markers, toppled headstones, and broken every window out of the historic church.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County EMS Relay for Life Golf Tournament this weekend
web reposted November 17, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County EMS Relay for Life Team will be holding a golf tournament on Saturday November 18 to raise funds for the Relay for Life. The tournament will be held at the North Augusta Country Club and the public is invited to participate.
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Elderly woman victim of armed robbery attempt 
web posted November 16, 2006
JOHNSTON – An elderly Johnston woman was the victim of a home invasion and armed robbery Wednesday morning. Johnston Police and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 2 am call of a man armed with a sawed off shot gun forcing his way into a 76 year-old Walker Street woman’s home and demanding money at gunpoint.
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Fire trucks put to the test (Photos)
web posted November 16, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Town Fire Department trucks were put to the test Wednesday as the town’s fire trucks underwent a recertification of their water cannon capabilities. One by one the trucks were brought to the Edgefield National Guard Armory where the tests took place. Edgefield Department Head and Firefighter David Coleman said the small pond was the perfect location due to the depth of the water and being able to release the water back into the pond. “We have to do this every year,” Mr. Coleman said.
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District Receives State Report Cards: schools move from "unsatisfactory to below average"
web posted November 16, 2006
COUNTY - The Edge field County School District has received the annual State Report Card for the 2006 school year. The districts performance held constant compared to last year. In terms of improvement, the district showed a slight increase from the previous year moving from a rating of unsatisfactory to below average.
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Plum Branch man suffers critical injuries in motorcycle crash (Photos)
web posted November 15, 2006
WESTSIDE – A Plum Branch man was said to be in critical condition after crashing his Harley Davidson Sportster while riding with two other friends on Highway 23 west Tuesday afternoon just after 4 pm. According to one of the man’s friends the three were headed west on Highway 23 at a speed between 45 and 50 miles per hour when the man ran off the right side of the road and crashed as they exited dead man’s curve. “I don’t know what happened,” the unidentified man told a Sheriff’s Deputy, “he just went down.”
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All in a day's work: Man claims CIA and terrorists involved in bike theft
web posted November 15, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man reported his bicycle stolen from his Country Club Road home on Monday afternoon. When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived the man reportedly told the deputy that two “Puerto Ricans” had taken the bike but could not provide any description of the men. The man also told the deputy that the “CIA and terrorist” were involved. The value of the bike was listed at $10 police reports indicate.

Students Hear Representative From SC Governor’s School For The Arts And Humanities (Photo)
web posted November 15, 2006
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School and Fox Creek High School gifted and talented students had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Ric Standridge, Area Representative of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities last week. Mr. Standridge presented a quick reference of the programs offered by the Governor’s School and noted the many benefits that students could gain from attending the school.
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Fire destroys abandoned boat (Photo)
web posted November 15, 2006
JOHNSTON – Heavy smoke brought several people to the old South C packinghouse on Highway 121 in Johnston just after 11 am to discover a 21-foot Master Craft boat ablaze. A call to 911 brought the Johnston Fire Department and Sheriff’s Deputies to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Local NWTF Chapter Shows Holiday Spirit Through Donation
web posted November 15, 2006
EDGEFIELD - The Edgefield chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is providing turkeys to local organizations that service needy families in the area to help complete the centerpiece of an All-American Thanksgiving dinner.
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Ernie Church Speaks To Marketing Class (Photo)
web posted November 15, 2006
JOHNSTON – Mr. Ernie Church from the Clemson Extension Service spoke to the STCC Marketing Class of Mrs. Jean Vess recently. The students were given a workplace personality indicator test that helps them understand themselves and how to relate to other people in the work place.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer claims Editorial holds "abundance of ignorance"
web posted November 15, 2006
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Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court
web posted November 15, 2006
NATIONAL - Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God's law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork carved into the high court structure.
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Fire destroys barn, contents (Photos)
web posted November 14, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Johnston and Ridge Spring Fire Departments responded to a call of a barn on fire at 963 McCreight Street Monday morning around 10 am. When the call to 911 came in the bard was reported to be fully involved. As firefighters raced to the scene billowing smoke could be seen from miles away.
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Historic Edgefield Merchants to Kick Off Holiday Season
web posted November 14, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield merchants will kick off the 2006 holiday season with a merchant open house this weekend, November 17th and 18th.  Visit many of the local shops and experience the beginning of what promises to be a fun filled holiday season in Edgefield.
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None injured in two-car collision (Photos)
web posted November 14, 2006
TRENTON – A two-car collision stalled traffic on Woodyard Road Monday morning just after 11 am when a woman driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck tried to make a left turn on Woodyard Road when it was struck by a Chevy Tahoe traveling south.
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Heritage Jubilee Presents Donation To Elementary Schools (Photo)
web posted November 14, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Mr. Joel Jolly, Chairman of the 2006 Heritage Jubilee proudly presented a $4,000 check to Dr. Sharon W. Keesley, ECSD Superintendent, to be used for the purchase of library books for the four elementary schools in the district.

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Rev. Skip Myers: The Good, The Bad, and The Incomplete
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

web posted November 14, 2006
Have you ever had something on your mind and you just can’t get rid of it?
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Trenton home burglarized Saturday
web posted November 14, 2006
TRENTON – A burglary was reported on Saturday afternoon at a home on the 200 block of Woodward Lake Road. The owner of the home stated someone had forced their way into a garage storage room and stole over $2,000 worth of tools from the room.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Town Council November meeting
web posted November 14, 2006
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their November monthly meeting Monday night and heard the results of the audit of the town.  Councilman Morris Holmes was absent from the meeting. Toni McKinley of McKinley, Cooper & Company gave the report to the mayor and council and explained each items during the report.
EdgefieldDaily.com

More recipes added to the Country Cooking Section
web posted November 13, 2006
WEBNEWS – More recipes have been added to the Country Cooking Section. Please visit the Section for tasty treats, cooking tips, and creative dishes. Send in yours to be added.
Country Cooking Section

2006 Miss Peach Blossom Beauty Queen dies in horrific crash Saturday (Photo)
web posted November 13, 2006
SALUDA – Johnston’s 2006 Peach Blossom Beauty Queen Autumn Winn, 16, was killed in a tragic car crash early Saturday morning. Miss Winn was on her way home from a friend’s house when the crash occurred on US Route 178 just a few hundred yards from her home in Saluda just after midnight. Miss Winn died from injuries she received in the horrific crash.
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Edgefield native makes top five in national search for Most Admired Woman
web posted November 13, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Everyone who has e-mail knows what it is like to get those forwarded messages about anything from chain letters to cute sayings. Most people simple delete them before reading. Connie Stillinger, of Edgefield, is glad she read one back in September. The e-mail was about women deserving of admiration from Liz Claiborne. Thinking little about it she entered a short paragraph about Edgefield native Lynn Rearden. “I filled it out and figured that would be the end of it,” Ms. Stillinger said. Then, last week, she received notification that Mrs. Rearden made the top five for national recognition.
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Two Merriwether teens lucky to be alive after high speed crash (Photos)
web posted November 13, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Saturday afternoon two Edgefield County teens were involved in a horrendous crash on Murrah Road about half a mile from Merriwether Elementary. The driver of the red Sonoma pick-up truck is a junior at Fox Creek High School and the passenger is a senior at Strom Thurmond High School, both escaped the crash with only minor injuries.
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State Releases HSAP Scores
web posted November 13, 2006
MERRIWETHER –  The State Department of Education has released the 2006 HSAP (High School Assessment Program) test scores. At Strom Thurmond High School, a total of 218 students were tested. 79.4% of those students met the standard in the English/Language Arts testing and 70.6% met the standard in the Mathematics Testing. 64.7% of the 218 students taking the test passed both sections on the first attempt.
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Wilson honored with “Excellence in Educational Leadership Award” (Photo)
web posted November 13, 2006
Dr. Ray L. Wilson, Jr., executive director of the Western Piedmont Education Consortium (WPEC), was recently presented the University Council for Education Administration “Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.” The award honors a distinguished school administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school administrator preparation programs. This is a unique award in that it affords national recognition, but the recipients are chosen by individual universities.
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Opinion: Win for Dems loss for America
web posted November 13, 2006
OPINION – The recent take-over of Congress by Democrats will have a devastating effect on America over the next two years. Two of the Democrat Patry's most liberal members, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, will be named House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader respectively.  Their stated goals prior to the election? Raise taxes, impeach President George Bush, surrender in Iraq and Afghanistan, kill the economy, and decimate the Second Amendment.
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Off The Wall: Brazilian woman survives after being shot in head 6 times
web posted November 13, 2006
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Merriwether business site of attempted robbery Friday afternoon
web posted November 11, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Shortly before 3 pm Friday afternoon a frantic call to 911 brought deputies rushing to a Merriwether business with a report of a robbery. The attempted strong-armed robbery took place at Superior Drywall on the 300 block of Currytown Road when two black males entered the office where the owner’s wife was working.
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Student suffers minor injuries in rollover crash (Photos)
web posted November 11, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Strom Thurmond High School senior escaped serious injury in a single car crash on Mae’s Way while on his way home from school Friday afternoon. The teen said he swerved after passing a car and lost control leaving the right hand side of the road.
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Strom Thurmond ends race to Championship
web re-posted November 10, 2006
COUNTY - The Strom Thurmond Rebels ended their chance to repeat as State Champions Friday night with a loss to Myrtle Beach by a score of 30 - 6. The Rebels led 6-0 just before the half and could not prevent 30 unanswered points in the second half. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates Coach Sawyer and the entire STH staff and football players for an impressive season.

Pass-In-Review and Veteran’s Day Ceremony
web re-posted November 10, 2006
COUNTY - Strom Thurmond High School’s NJROTC will hold a Pass-In-Review Ceremony and a Johnston-Edgefield American Legions Veteran Day Celebration on November 10, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held on the Strom Thurmond High School football field.
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Patel Pushers holds Grand Opening in Edgefield on Thursday (Photos)
web posted November 10, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Just in time for the upcoming Be Local Buy Local media campaign, Patel Pushers opened their door for business with a Grand Opening in the Piazza at 304-B Buncombe Street Thursday. Owner Ginger Lynn and designer Tammy Satcher were busy welcoming shoppers and showing them around the business.
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Crash stalls afternoon traffic on Martintown Road (Photos)
web posted November 10, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Just after 4:30 Thursday afternoon 911 operators received a call of a single vehicle crash on Martintown Road about two and a half miles north of Sportsman’s Corner. According to a witness traveling east on Martintown Road, the driver of a Ford F-250 pick-up truck swerved off the westbound lane and slid off an embankment and crashed the truck into several trees before coming to rest on its side.
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Burglars make off with over $3,000 in tools and equipment
web posted November 10, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man notified the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office of a theft from his garage Monday night. According to the man, someone broke into his garage at his home on the 500 block of Sweetwater Road and stole over $3,000 worth of tools and lawn equipment.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Mexico sees Democrat win as good for continued Mexican "immigration" into US
web posted November 9, 2006
NATIONAL - Mexico has been deeply disappointed by President George W Bush's failure to convince his own House of Representatives Republicans to accept a guest worker programme that would allow millions of mostly Mexicans to work temporarily in the United States. Instead, Republicans who controlled both the House and the Senate voted for a 1126km fence along part of the US-Mexican border to stem the huge flow of illegal immigrants.
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Off the Wall: Naked Man Arrested for Concealed Weapon
web posted November 9, 2006
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Edgefield County EMS Relay for Life Golf Tournament announced
web posted November 9, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County EMS Relay for Life Team will be holding a golf tournament on Saturday November 18 to raise funds for the Relay for Life. The tournament will be held at the North Augusta Country Club and the public is invited to participate.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Benefit for Kelly Hammond to be held Friday
web posted November 9, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Hash Benefit will be held for Kelly Hammond this Friday, November 10 at 12:00 noon at the Northside Service Center located at 944 Highway 25 North. A minimum $5 donation is required. “All you can eat” on site or a “to go” quart will be provided. Organizers invite everyone to come support a great benefit and enjoy great hash. For more information or to order call 803-637-5233.

Heritage Festival organizers seek public input
web posted November 9, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Heritage Festival committee will be holding an open meeting tonight at the Edgefield Town Hall at 6:30 pm. Committee Chairman Joel Jolly requests committee members and the general public to attend the meeting and voice their opinions on the past festival and suggestions for next year’s festival.
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Letter to the Editor
STH Band spotlighted for achievements
web posted November 9, 2006
Dear Editor,
As a parent, I want Edgefield County to know about the Strom Thurmond Marching Band.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Couny Closings for Veterans Day
web posted November 9, 2006
Closings for Veterans Day, Friday, November 10, 2006
Edgefield County Auditor
Edgefield County Building and Planning
Edgefield County Courthouse
Edgefield County Administrator's Office
Edgefield County Magistrate's Office
Office of Veteran's Affairs
Edgefield County Department of Recreation
Johnston Town Hall
Edgefield Town Hall
Trenton Town Hall

Write-in's make marked showing in county council races
web posted November 8, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County voters went to the polls today to cast their ballots on five Constitutional amendments and elect county leaders. With almost 7,000 voters turning out countywide and two challenges to county council seats the Edgefield County Courthouse saw councilmen, challengers, other hopefuls, and supporters awaiting election officials announcing the results. Election Commission member David Satcher read off the tallies as they came in from polling precincts.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Constitutional Amendments pass by wide margins across county
web posted November 8, 2006
COUNTY – The Constitutional Amendments placed on the ballot passed by large margins across the state and locally. The local results are posted below.
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South Carolina election results
web posted November 8, 2006
STATE  – Unofficials State Election results
SCVotes

Edgefield County Council November meeting
web posted November 8, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their November monthly meeting Tuesday night with a chamber full of residents. After dispensing with the usual approval of minutes of previous meetings and reports Chairman Kneece brought the county council’s attention to readings of ordinances.
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Edgefield Mayor supports "Shop Edgefield First"
web posted November 8, 2006
Dear Citizens and Merchants of Edgefield,
The holiday season is upon us!  It is hard to believe that 2007 is just around the corner.
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VOTE 2006 : Sample ballot of electors in November 7 election
web posted November 6, 2006
COUNTY – Election time is just a week away and EdgefieldDaily.com wants to help voters make an informed vote with five Constitutional amendments, a choice of Governor, and many other local, state, and Congressional races at stake. Candidates running under party affiliation will be denoted with the first letter of the party name. Also at stake are two challenged non-partisan School Board seats. Below is the sample ballot. Write-in candidates are not listed on the ballot; you must type in their name on the proper screen at the time of voting.
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VOTE 2006 : Statewide Constitutional Amendments
web posted November 6, 2006
PSA – Below are the five Statewide Constitutional Amendments that will on the ballot November 7, 2006. Please read each to make your decision prior to entering the voting booth. There are five amendments and seven questions. Understanding each question will make voting easier. An informed vote is a powerful vote.
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VOTE 2006 : Three seek positions as write-in candidates
web posted November 6, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County will see an unprecedented three write-in candidates trying to unseat incumbents and fend off challengers in tomorrow’s election. Two will challenge incumbent County Council members and a third will seek to take one of the challenged school board seats.
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Election Results
web posted November 7, 2006
Left: Koenig Richard places signs for last minute write-in candidate Rodney Ashcraft on Monday

COUNTY – EdgefieldDaily.com will have local election results posted as soon as they are made available on this page Tuesday night. As results come in readers will have to refresh the page to get the latest updates. EdgefieldDaily.com continues to bring readers the most up-to-date information on local news and events.
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Edgefield Town Council November Meeting
web posted November 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their regular monthly meeting Monday night to tackle a rather short agenda. Councilman Bill Jackson was absent from the meeting. After dispensing with the approval of minutes of previous meetings Mayor Ken Durham gave the floor to Sharon Nunamaker to give an update on Heritage Holiday, a month long promotion of keeping Christmas shoppers buying from local businesses.
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Fire destroys Edgefield home
web posted November 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Fire Department was called to a structure fire at a home located at 517 Simpkins Street Monday night around 10:30 pm. Firefighters arrived to find the home completely engulfed in flames and quickly began attacking the blaze. The home suffered heavy damage in the fire with no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was undetermined at press time. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and returned to the station just before midnight.
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Burglar makes off with over $3,000 in goods
web posted November 7, 2006
SWEETWATER – A Sweetwater man reported a burglary to the Sheriff’s Office on Sunday when he discovered his front door pried open and over $3,000 worth of electronics taken from the home. The theft was believed to have taken place sometime between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm Sunday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man turns himself in for vandalism
web posted November 7, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called police to report someone throwing a flowerpot through her kitchen window around 2 am Sunday morning. A Sheriff’s Deputy and a Johnston Police Officer responded to the scene and the Johnston Officer saw a black male fleeing from the scene on foot. The officer gave chase but lost the man in a nearby wooded area. The woman could offer no descriptive information on the suspect.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer offer's County Council options in tax debate
web posted November 6, 2006
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"Anything goes" set to hit the stage at STH this weekend (Photo)
web posted November 6, 2006
COUNTY -- Edgefield County will be treated with a taste of Broadway as the stage at Strom Thurmond High School comes to life with this fall’s production of “Anything Goes.”  Once again the talented cast is under the direction of Steven McKinney, choral and drama director at the school. The students and others involved with the production have put in many long hours practicing to make the show the high caliber that the public is so very used to expecting from Mr. McKinney’s work.
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STHS Athletic Booster Club sponsors "Meet the Rebels" night
web posted November 6, 2006
COUNTY -- A “Meet the Rebels Night” for the 2006-2007 STHS basketball teams will be held on Wednesday November 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond High School Gym. This event is sponsored by the STHS Athletic Booster Club.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Schools send in omissions to Honor Roll
web posted November 6, 2006
COUNTY -- The following students were omitted from the first nine weeks honor roll. The schools regret the error.
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Iraqi Tribunal Sentences Saddam to Hang
web posted November 6, 2006
WORLD – Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to hang for crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 people in a single Shiite town, as the ousted leader, trembling and defiant, shouted "God is great!"
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Ashcraft seeks District 2 County Council seat as write-in
web posted November 4, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County District 2 Councilman Everrette Kitchens will not be unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot with the announcement of Rodney Ashcraft running as a write-in candidate on Friday. Mr. Ashcraft, 35, of Mount Vintage said he was approached about running and after considering it agreed to run. With only four days to go before the election Mr. Ashcraft said he and his supporters are campaigning in earnest and began placing campaign signs at strategic locations throughout the day Friday.
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STH students learn dangers of drunk driving  with "drunk goggles"  - Video links available!
web posted November 4, 2006
SCHOOLS – Friday saw many “drunk drivers” smashing into barricades in the parking lot behind the Strom Thurmond Gym. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston, and Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Sonny Reel set up an obstacle course and students were allowed to wear “drunk goggles” and try to drive the course and also take a sobriety test by walking a straight white line. The event was part of the Drug Awareness week to show students how driving while intoxicated will result in crashes, or worse.
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STH advances in playoffs with 17-6 win over Lake City
web posted November 4, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (8-3) advance on the road to a repeat of a State Championship with a solid win over Lake City with a score of 17 - 6. Thurmond went scoreless in the first half with Lake City leading 6 -0 . The Rebels came out after the half and scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to lead 10-6. Late in the scoreless fourth quarter Thurmond intercepted a pass near the goal line and ran it back 15 yards for a touchdown for a lead of 17-6 that held. Congratulations to the Rebels.

Mideast terror leaders to U.S.: Vote Democrat
web posted November 4, 2006
JERUSALEM – Everybody has an opinion about next Tuesday's midterm congressional election in the U.S. – including senior terrorist leaders interviewed by WND who say they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party's position on withdrawing from Iraq, a move, as they see it, that ensures victory for the worldwide Islamic resistance.
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Playoffs: STH vs Lake City broadcast live on the web
web posted November 3, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (7-3) will host the Lake City Panthers (4-6) tonight for a first round playoff game. A win would advance the Rebels towards a repeat for a second State Championship. A live broadcast of the game on the web may be found here with dial-up and high speed connections available. The broadcast will begin at 7:30 pm EST

Write-in candidate said to be challenging Kitchens for District Two county council seat
web posted November 3, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com was informed of a write-in candidate challenging District Two County Councilman Everette Kitchens on Thursday.  The named candidate could not be reached Thursday evening for comment so his name is being withheld until confirmation of his candidacy. Look for more on Saturday.

Clerk of Court's Office to go online with records
web posted November 3, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Clerk of Court’s Office will be going live on the internet Clerk of Court Newby said Thursday. “We should have it ready by December,” Mrs. Newby said adding that the programming is in place now but her office was currently working to make sure everything would work properly when the system goes online.
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Owner seeks missing dog  FOUND
web posted November 3, 2006
WESTSIDE – The puppy ran into the woods behind my house this morning and was seen once in the area and hasn't been seen since. This is in the Brunson Crossroad area. He is only 4 months old and very frightened. REWARD. Anyone with information is asked to call Pam at 803- 637-2007
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Identity released in fatal crash, visitation set for today
web posted November 2, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The identity of the young woman killed in a tragic crash Tuesday has been released Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Wednesday afternoon. Killed in the crash was Julia Kristyn Summers, 19 of Edgefield.
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Suicide halts traffic on I-20
web posted November 2, 2006
NORTH AUGUSTA – An Aiken man committing suicide on the westbound lane of Interstate I-20 just before the state line halted traffic for hours as Aiken County Authorities sorted out the details Wednesday morning. Martinas Curry, of Aiken, reportedly shot himself in the head with a .45 caliber handgun after pulling off on the median on I-20 after a domestic dispute. The bullet passed through the passenger seat and struck Mr. Curry’s wife in the leg.
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School Board to hold special called meeting on millage rates
web posted November 2, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School board will hold a special called meeting Friday on the General Fund Local Revenue. Since the approval of the FY06-07 school district's millage rate for operations, the county has provided the school district with new values for the mill. The meeting will be at the District Office at 11 am Friday. The public is invited to attend.

Fire destroys home in Trenton
web posted November 2, 2006
TRENTON – Fire destroyed a Trenton home Tuesday night on the 100 block of Academy Estates. The initial call to the Countyline Fire Department also resulted in the Trenton Fire Department being called out for mutual aid due to the home being “fully engulfed” in flames as firefighters arrived on the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Soldiers mock Kerry comment
web posted November 2, 2006
NATIONAL – Former Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) must have missed the Democratic National Committee memo to the most liberal among the party to stay quiet and remain in the shadows until the election was over. Sen. Kerry has ignited a firestorm over comments he made while addressing students at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College in Southern California.
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Editorial: Democrats dishonest on Fair Tax ads
web posted November 2, 2006
OPINION – With the election less than a week away candidates and political parties are in a full court “press” to sway voters to support their candidates or party platform through campaign ads. Most of the ads are misleading and some are outright lies. Politicians claim the outrageous statements made in their ads are true with the disclaimer, “I (insert candidate’s name) approve this message.” It would be nice to have candidates actually and factually address the issues for a change. The worst offenders in the latest round of dishonest ads come from the Democratic Party, though many come from Republicans as well.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Tragic crash claims the life of young mother (Photos)
web posted November 1, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Firefighters, Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Highway Patrol were called to a tragic single car crash on Highway 25 just after 1 pm Tuesday. A 19-year-old Edgefield County woman lost control of her Honda Accord for an unknown reason and left the right shoulder of the road, striking a culvert, and then rolling several times before coming to rest upside down about a mile north of Berea Baptist Church. The young woman was deceased, however, an infant’s bootie and some clothing was among the debris that littered the near 90-yard crash scene. With an empty car seat found in the car rescuers began a search for an infant that may have been thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
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More questions found in assessments of county officials' properties
web posted November 1, 2006
COUNTY – Wanted, one beautiful 1,632 square foot brick home on 2.56 acres of land in Merriwether for just over $25,000. Impossible you say? Not if you are Edgefield County Economic Development Committee member Bill Hixon. He owns the home at 770 Murrah Road, in the middle of Merriwether, and has an assessment set at a mere $25,443. Do you wonder what the Historic 3,435 square foot birthplace home of Strom Thurmond on Columbia Road in Edgefield is valued? $135,407.
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Town says Jackson residency allowed by new zoning
web posted November 1, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Officials have reviewed the issue raised by write-in candidate Zach Bush on school board candidate Nathaniel Jackson’s residency on Railroad Avenue. Mr. Bush claimed the Town of Johnston was sending Mr. Jackson a letter to inform him that his residency is not allowed in a place of business in the town’s Business District. “We are looking into it,” Johnston Town Clerk Frances Quarles said Tuesday morning, “but we haven’t sent any letters yet.” Town officials were trying to reach zoning consultant Dan Vismore, of Vismore and Associates, who helped develop the town’s zoning.
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Letter to the Editor
Writer questions if County Council's actions are, "Benign neglect, studied indifference or willful ignorance?"
web posted November 1, 2006
Dear Editor,
Benign neglect, studied indifference or willful ignorance?  Which of these phrases best describes the governance of Edgefield County over the last three to four years?  Given the proposed 34.6% increase in tax revenues for just the county operations fund the Edgefield County Council is proposing to approve on November 7, it may be that each of the phrases is an apt description.
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FFA Teams Represent State Of South Carolina in Nationals (Photos)
 web posted November 1, 2006
COUNTY - The ST Career Center Forestry Team and Agronomy Team represented their school, Edgefield County and the state of South Carolina at the 79th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana October 25-28. Advisors for the two teams are Hugh Bland and Dan Henderson, Instructors at STCC.
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Beth Wade Nominated in National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers
web posted November 1, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Strom Thurmond High School Art Instructor, Mrs. Beth Wade, has been nominated for inclusion in the 2006 – 2007 edition of National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers.
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Dr. Skip Myers: What’s In It For Me? Part 3
web posted November 1, 2006
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