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November 2007 Archive

Sen. Massey takes Oath of Office at alma mater Thursday (Photos)
web posted November 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – District 25 Senator Shane Massey was sworn in to office Thursday at Strom Thurmond High School in front of a packed room of the school’s cafeteria. Circuit Judge William P. Keesley was present to administer the oath of office as Sen. Massey’s wife Blair held their family Bible during the ceremony.
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Transcript of Sen. Massey's remarks at swearing-in ceremony
web posted November 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – Thank you for coming out today ... a day we can officially say is the beginning. I'd be remiss if I didn't begin with a few thank yous. First, to all of you, I sincerely appreciate the support you showed me during the recent elections. I'm gratified, and I'm humbled. I thank the faculty and students of Strom Thurmond High School for allowing us to be here today. I am proud to be an alumnus of this school.
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Suspected burglar arrested in Johnston
web posted November 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Edgefield County Deputies apprehended a suspected burglar Wednesday afternoon. The event played out just after 4 pm when a woman on the 1100 block of Calhoun Street called to report their lawnmower and a weed-eater stolen as she and her husband witnessed the theft.
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Second Merriwether homeowner returns from work to find back door open
web posted November 30, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Another Merriwether resident reported returning home from work and finding a rear door open. The call came in to the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch just before 3 pm Thursday and deputies were sent to the Phoenix Court home in Currytown Station to make sure no one was inside.
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Richmond County woman charged in murders of her two children
web posted November 30, 2007
AUGUSTA – Augusta police were on the scene of an apparent murder of two young children at a Texaco gas station in south Augusta, at the intersection of Richmond Hill Road and Lumpkin Road Thursday afternoon. They say a woman used a knife to stab her two children resulting in the one-year-old child's death at the scene, and the three-year-old was rushed to MCG in critical condition, where the second child later died.
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Daytime burglary reported in Merriwether
web posted November 29, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A young Merriwether couple arrived home after work Wednesday to discover their home on the 400 block of Sweetwater Road had been the scene of a daylight burglary. The couple arrived at the home just after 4 pm to find the side door of the home forced open and called the Sheriff’s Office to report the crime. Deputies arrived and called for an investigator to respond to the scene after checking to make sure no one was still in the home.
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Suspected car thief captured
web posted November 29, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An arrest has been made in an investigation that has continued since late September into the theft of cars from the Edgefield area Sheriff’s Investigator Jimmy Smith said Wednesday. 52 year-old Larry Robert Lewis, of Augusta, Ga., was taken into custody on Tuesday and is being charged with the theft of a white Cadillac that was taken from a Jeter Street home in Edgefield on September 18.
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9-year old suspended for 'hate crime' for saying “brown people”
web posted November 29, 2007
A Glendale elementary school principal has admitted to telling a 9-year old boy that it is OK to have racist feelings as long as you keep them to yourself. “As we said to (the boy) when he was in here, in your heart you may have that feeling, and that is OK if that is your personal belief,” Abraham Lincoln Traditional School Principal Virginia Voinovich said in a tape-recorded parent-teacher conference. The boy was suspended for three days this month for allegedly committing a “hate crime” by using the expression “brown people.”
Off The Wall

More Democrat "plants" discovered: Hillary plants question in Republican debate
web posted November 29, 2007
It turns out that Keith Kerr, retired Colonel., U.S. Army; retired Brigadier General, California National Reserve, who submitted a YouTube question about gays in the military, is actually a member of Hillary Clinton's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Americans For Hillary Steering Committee.  He's also part of a film production crew trying overturn the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
TownHall.com

Strom Thurmond High School Receives Exxon Mobil Grant (Photo)
web posted November 29, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Strom Thurmond High School received a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program to support the school’s Mock Trial program. Kent’s Corner of Edgefield worked with school officials to secure the grant which is one of 4,000 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The grants were made possible by funding from the Exxon Mobil Corporation.
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Opinion: It’s Christmas Stupid!
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 29, 2007
COLUMN – It is that time of year, Christmas - when everyone is running around talking about peace, joy, and goodwill towards mankind, that giving is better than receiving, and the birth of Jesus. And then you ride by our county high school and see a sign that says, “Winter Break”. I’m sorry, that just gets my goat. Just how “politically correct” has our rural, heritage rich, county become? It is not just our schools, our local municipalities and county government are also just as “PC” and it makes me sick.
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"Good Bill" vs "Bad Bill"
web posted November 29, 2007
DES MOINES, Iowa - As only he can do, Bill Clinton packed campaign venues across eastern Iowa and awed Democratic voters with a compelling case for his wife's candidacy. He was unscripted, in-depth and generous. He also was long-winded, misleading and self-absorbed.
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Arrest made in steel tank thefts (Photo)
web posted November 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Tuesday that they have arrested one man in connection to the November 17 theft of four large stainless steel tanks from a Trenton company. The tanks were discovered in Richmond County on 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road after a tipster saw a repeat of EdgefieldDaily.com’s report on a local television news broadcast. Charged in the theft was Teddy Jeff Miller, 22, of the 2400 block of Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.
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One injured in near head-on collision in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted November 28, 2007
MERRIWETHER – One woman was injured in a near head on collision on Martintown Road early Tuesday morning around 7:30. The crash stalled heavy morning traffic for over an hour as deputies directed traffic through the scene which closed most of the roadway during the busiest hour of the day.
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Governor Asks Court to Revisit Decision on Budget and Control Board
web posted November 28, 2007
JOHNSTON – Gov. Mark Sanford called on the S.C. Supreme Court Tuesday to revisit its decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the existence of the S.C. Budget and Control Board, and said if they do not he will continue pushing for legislative change to the chronically inefficient and unaccountable agency.
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Man run over by pick-up driven by grandfather
web posted November 28, 2007
WESTSIDE – An Edgefield County man was injured Monday night when his elderly grandfather ran over him with a pick-up truck while spreading fertilizer in a field near Walker Road and Highway 283 around 7 pm. An ambulance responding to the scene became stuck on the dirt road due to the rain on Monday and EMS personnel continued towards the scene on foot to provide first aid to the injured man.
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High School Students Ready for Mock Presidential Debate
web posted November 28, 2007
JOHNSTON – Members of the Strom Thurmond High School Aspiring Political Leaders of America will present a 2008 Presidential Mock Debate on Saturday December 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the JET Middle School Cafeteria.
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NJROTC Thanksgiving Food Drive a Success
web posted November 28, 2007
JOHNSTON – Since November 1st, the cadets have been collecting food for Thanksgiving from students, faculty, janitors, administrators and parents. The National Wild Turkey Federation donated 40 turkeys through the Turkey Hunter’s Care Program to Strom Thurmond’s NJROTC Unit. This year the cadets, boosters and instructors delivered food to 46 families in Edgefield County. This was the largest food drive in the past seven years, surpassing last years’ delivery to 36 families.
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Notice from Edgefield Fuel and Convenience
web posted November 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – After months of renovations at our store on Main Street, we are getting ready to move in! Beginning Wednesday, November 28th, we will start the process of moving all of the stock from our store across from Piedmont Tech to the renovated store. We anticipate both Main Street stores being closed Thursday and Friday while this is going on. On Saturday, December 1st we will open for business at the location next to Carolina First Bank and our other Main Street store will remain closed. Please use our other Edgefield stores during this 2 day transition and thank you for very much for your patience.

Merriwether firefighters called to early morning fire (Photo)
web posted November 27, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department was called to a home on the 1000 block of Cannon Mill Drive just after 5 am Tuesday with a report of a structure fire. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene the family was outside of the home and the father was using a water hose to stop the fire underneath the home from spreading.
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Hit and run driver identified, charged
web posted November 27, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The hit and run driver has been identified and is facing multiple charges stemming from the incidents. Virginia A. Key, 36, of Dusty Lane in North Augusta, was identified as the driver of the blue Oldsmobile that crashed on Stephens Road after fleeing a minor fender bender at Greg’s Gas Plus on Saturday evening.
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Merriwether home burglarized during holiday
web posted November 27, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road man called the Sheriff’s Office over the Thanksgiving holiday to report his mother’s mobile home being burglarized. The report came in to the Sheriff’s Office just after midnight on Friday.
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A Season to Begin Working Together
By Senator Shane Massey
web posted November 27, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – We are so behind on our Christmas shopping. As you know, my wife, Blair, and I have been pretty busy since July.  Three elections and a whirlwind of activity since has been the order of the day.  We haven’t had much time for anything else.
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Southern Bank & Trust Welcomes New Bankers (Photos)
web posted November 27, 2007
AIKEN – Mr. Frank Townsend, President of Southern Bank & Trust, has announced the addition of three new bankers to his growing team. Beginning in December, all three will be serving customers at the bank’s new downtown Aiken branch located at 149 Laurens Street NW.
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Donations and Awards Received by School District
web posted November 27, 2007
JOHNSTON – Three local citizens were special guests at the last Edgefield County School District Board of Trustees meeting to present donations to county schools through various fund raising projects and an incentive program. Mr. Joel Jolly, Chairman of the Edgefield Heritage Jubilee presented the district with a $6,000 check from funds raised at the local festival to go towards the “Children’s Book Program”.
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Obituary
Col. Thomas Calhoun Wright
web posted November 27, 2007
WARD –  Tom C. Wright, USAR (Ret.), 86, husband of Julia Anne (Judy) Wright, died Sunday, November 25, 2007. He is also survived by a daughter, Judith (Stuart) Smith; a granddaughter, Andrea (Nick) Wates; two great-grandchildren, Seth and Avery Wates; a brother, Jacob Wright (Eleanor); and sister, Lois Kaiser (Wilson). He was predeceased by a son, Thomas C. Wright, Jr.; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Graham.
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Off The Wall: Chapin man's dog painted orange after USC-Clemson game
web posted November 27, 2007
CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - One Chapin man says the big Carolina-Clemson rivalry was taken a little too far Saturday night when he woke up to find his dog spray-painted orange.
Off The Wall

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Hit and run driver airlifted after second crash (Photos)
web posted November 26, 2007
COUNTY LINE – A minor collision at Greg’s Gas Plus on Highway 25 Saturday ended with one of the drivers being flown to MCG Trauma Center after fleeing the scene and crashing on Stephens Road. A Sheriff’s Deputy on routine patrol spotted the collision and radioed for Aiken County Deputies to respond to the scene. Then one of the drivers took off in a blue Oldsmobile heading north on Highway 25 at speeds over 100 mph.
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Vandals strike Merriwether Middle School over holiday (Photos)
web posted November 26, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Vandals struck the Merriwether Middle School sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. School officials reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office around 11 am and met with a deputy who processed the scene for evidence. Several windows were shot, one broken completely out, and a large area of the windows were “egged”.
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STH students to host blood drive to honor Shawn Patton
web reposted November 26, 2007
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond students are preparing to host a blood drive for one of their own next month. Shawn Patton, 19, who was critically injured in a horrific crash on August 26, is still recovering from his injuries at MCG where he was kept in a drug-inducted coma for nearly two months. Shawn has made tremendous strides in his recovery recently and his recovery was made possible by blood donors. To help Shawn, and the countless others that depend on the gift of blood, the Shepeard Community Blood Center and Health Occupations Class will have a blood drive at STH on December 14 from 8 am until 3 pm.
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Town of Edgefield to Host Christmas Parade Saturday
web posted November 26, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Historic Edgefield is gearing up for this weekend’s main event – the Edgefield Christmas parade.  Downtown Edgefield will be transformed this Saturday, December 1st with the joyous sounds of parade participants and spectators.  The parade is set to begin at 4pm on the square. 
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EdgefieldDaily.com Sports
Rebels kick-off basketball season with loss to Glenn Hills
web posted November 26, 2007
AUGUSTA –  Things started well for Strom Thurmond, but the Glenn Hills Spartans took control and went on to a 95-65 victory in the100 Black Men of Augusta
Tournament Friday. The tournament, played at the Richmond Academy gym, was tied 4-4 when the Rebels went on a 7-2 spurt that started with a 3-pointer by Justin Smith.
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A Chatty Girl Helps Spring the Jaws of Justice
By: Carl Langley
web posted November 26, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – With the threat of jail removed by a judicial order, Tim loitered around town for several weeks, always managing to elude the mayor’s watchful eye Meanwhile, the mayor and several of his friends turned into night riders. He and his buddies patrolled at night with axe handles, hoping to come across Tim and his friends spray painting cars, overturning dumpsters, leaving bags of feces on people’s porches and engaging themselves in other civic pursuits.
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Americans get fed up with 'Happy Holidays'
But many Democrats in new poll can't stomach 'Merry Christmas'
web posted November 26, 2007
A new poll finds Americans overwhelmingly prefer that stores use the phrase "Merry Christmas" in their seasonal advertising rather than "Happy Holidays. The Rasmussen survey found 67 percent favor "Merry Christmas" while just 26 percent prefer "Happy Holidays."
WorldNetDaily.com

Study: Democrats the "party of the rich"
web posted November 26, 2007
Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts.
Washington Times

Off The Wall: 15-year-old girl jailed with 20 men
web posted November 26, 2007
A 15-YEAR-old girl was put in a Brazilian jail cell with more than 20 men, and for a month was raped relentlessly and forced to have sex for food, human rights groups say. "She was raped from day one'' at the jail in Para state, a Children and Adolescent Defence Centre spokeswoman said.
Off The Wall

Off The Wall: Jim Rex Believes In “Hope …”
WELL, AS LONG AS SHE’S “PHOTOGENIC” AND BETWEEN THE AGES OF 4-6
FITSNews - We hate to spoil a nicely-themed press event for S.C. Superintendent of Education Jim Rex, but we figure the more time he spends fixing our state’s pathetic public schools as opposed to spoonfeeding meaningless drivel to a fawning press corps, the better off our state’s kids are going to be.
Off The Wall

Tips lead to recovery of stolen tanks
web posted November 22, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Wednesday that the four stainless steel tanks stolen over the weekend from Trenton have now been recovered thanks to tips from the public. The tanks were found on Deans Bridge Road in Augusta Georgia behind a car lot. No arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing.
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STH students host blood drive to honor Shawn Patton
web posted November 22, 2007
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond students are preparing to host a blood drive for one of their own next month. Shawn Patton, 19, who was critically injured in a horrific crash on August 26, is still recovering from his injuries at MCG where he was kept in a drug-inducted coma for nearly two months. Shawn has made tremendous strides in his recovery recently and his recovery was made possible by blood donors. To help Shawn, and the countless others that depend on the gift of blood, the Shepeard Community Blood Center and Health Occupations Class will have a blood drive at STH on December 14 from 8 am until 3 pm.
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Story leads to tips; Sheriff's Office seeks additional public support to solve crime (Photo)
web posted November 21, 2007
COUNTY – After our story on the theft of four large stainless steel tanks from Trenton on Sunday, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said they have received information as a result and are seeking more of the public’s input in trying to identify the person or persons responsible. A black “farm type” flatbed truck, possibly an early 1980’s model, was spotted carrying a tank matching the description of the one shown on Highway 25 Sunday afternoon around 1pm.
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Sportsman's Corner prepares for reopening (Photos)
web posted November 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Sportsman’s Corner is set to reopen this week as the finishing touches are being worked out owner Greg Kenrick said Tuesday. “We should be able to open midday Wednesday,” Mr. Kenrick said, but added a few details and permits were still awaiting approval. The landmark location, known for a rich history in the Merriwether Community and as a favorite gathering spot for local hunters and fishermen, still maintains its country appeal, but with many modern amenities.
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Edgefield Police Officers act as good Samaritan to lost woman
web posted November 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Though enforcing the law often places police officers on the unpopular list with some residents, it is the simple and kind gestures they undertake that often go unnoticed by the media. One such incident, that almost went overlooked, occurred in Edgefield last week.
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Relay for Life "Kick-off" set for Nov. 30
web posted November 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Relay for Life will be holding their annual Kick off with the theme of “Stars and Stripes for a Cure” on Friday November 30 at 6:30 pm at the Edgefield Gym. Entertainment, refreshments and information about the 2008 event will be available. The public is invited to attend and to join the volunteers to aid in finding a cure for cancer. EdgefieldDaily.com will be featuring our Relay for Life Riddle again next year and more than doubling our donation to the cause. Come out and help support those who are seeking a cure to cancer.

"Sarah's Santa's" gears up for Christmas
web posted November 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Sarah’s Santa’s is gearing up for Christmas and is seeking donations and information regarding those in need during the Christmas season. Founded in 2004, the non-profit group has delivered Christmas joy to hundreds of area children who would not otherwise have such a bountiful Christmas.
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Closings for Thanksgiving
web posted November 21, 2007
PSA – The following government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. EdgefieldDaily.com will also be making limited updates during the holiday period to allow for our contributors to spend time with family. Coverage of breaking news and the Wandering Minds will continue uninterrupted.
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Off The Wall: Nude Man Accused of Causing I-95 Crashes
web posted November 21, 2007
BRANDYWINE HUNDRED, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have arrested a Chester, Pennsylvania, man who they said was running naked and drunk on Interstate-95 and caused three accidents.
Off The Wall

National: Former Aide Blames Bush for Leak Deceit
web posted November 21, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA "so-called" operative.
MyWayNews

"Kicks 99" knocked offline by $80,000 theft
web posted November 20, 2007
COUNTY LINE – Workers for WKXC “Kicks 99” radio station called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office around 10 pm Sunday to report almost $80,000 of radio transmitting equipment being stolen from the station’s radio tower located off Highway 25. The discovery was made when the radio station lost its signal and went off the air. When the deputy arrived he was shown where the door had been pried open to gain entry into the building.
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Business sees 24,000 pounds of stainless steel stolen overnight (Photo)
web posted November 20, 2007
TRENTON – The theft of metals has continued with one business on the 5000 block of Edgefield Road being hit twice since Thursday. In the Thursday theft over $200 worth of copper was taken from the business. When the owner arrived he found a warehouse door pried open and around eighty pounds of copper missing. That was nothing compared to the theft that occurred over the weekend when 28,000 pounds of stainless steel tanks were discovered missing from the business on Sunday.
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Local Authors Showcased with a Book Signing in Edgefield Saturday
web posted November 20, 2007
EDGEFIELD -- The Region 2 Discovery Center is showcasing two authors, Bobby Edmonds and Orville Vernon Burton with a book signing on November 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm at 405 Main Street. Light refreshments will be served. Bobby F. Edmonds, a student of local history, has spent his life recording local history, combing through records in courthouses, archives, and private collections, searching in graveyards, reading microfilm and volumes of books, collecting historic photographs, and photographing historic sites. Edmonds was born in a two-room cabin on the family farm, "Cedar Hill" in McCormick County, South Carolina, during the Great Depression to fifth generation South Carolinians.
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Vandalism at STH now crash scene (Photos)
web posted November 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – What at first appeared to be vandalism to the fencing at Strom Thurmond High School late Sunday night is now being investigated in a new direction. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the State Highway Patrol that there was a large amount of fencing in the roadway on Par Drive just after 11 pm. Additional Deputies and Troopers arrived on the scene and thought someone had intentionally pulled the fencing down, possibly with a chain. By Monday morning that changed. “They actually drove through the fence,” Sheriff’s Resource Officer Sonny Reel said.
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Dr. Skip Myers says, "Thank you!"
By:  Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted November 20, 2007
COLUMN – There are some people when given the opportunity to speak focus on the same thing each time. You know pretty much word for word what they are going to say or at least the topic they will choose.  I knew a wonderful gentleman in another state who has worked for the department of agriculture for many years.  Each time you spoke to him, he would begin by quoting the same Bible verse, Colossians 3:16.  From there he would share his opinion about the church and its worship.  Then somehow the conversation would always turn to Mediterranean fruit fly infestation of whatever and how he had battled the invading hoard. 
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Off The Wall: Hispanic names surpass top 10 in US in births
web posted November 20, 2007
Smith remains the most common surname in the United States, according to a new analysis released yesterday by the Census Bureau. But for the first time, two Hispanic surnames — Garcia and Rodriguez — are among the top 10 most common in the nation, and Martinez nearly edged out Wilson for 10th place.
Off The Wall

More Recipes added to the Country Cooking Section; Let EdgefieldDaily.com help plan your Thanksgiving Dinner with over 500 local favorites online
web posted November 19, 2007
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Former South Carolina Governor Robert McNair dies
web posted November 19, 2007
COLUMBIA -- Former South Carolina Governor Robert McNair, 83, died on Saturday after suffering complications with a brain tumor. Governor Mark Sanford said Saturday, “Governor McNair not only showed incredible leadership through an important time of transition in our state, but he also stayed actively engaged in the betterment of South Carolina throughout his life. He will be missed, and I’d ask people across South Carolina to join our family in keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks.” In accordance with South Carolina law, flags on the Statehouse and other state buildings will be lowered to half staff on Tuesday, the day of Gov. McNair’s funeral.
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Rider escapes injuries, charges in motorcycle crash (Photos)
web posted November 19, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Just before 3 pm Sunday reports of a motorcycle crash on Woodlawn Road began coming into the E911. Edgefield County EMS and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The crash occurred just inside the Edgefield County and McCormick County line as four motorcyclist riding racing-style motorcycles were heading towards Highway 28 and one lost control in one the many sharp curves.
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ECCHO Director wants end of trespassers at charity facility
web posted November 19, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Churches Helping Others (ECCHO) Director Diane Stephens said the recent arrest of two men rummaging through the dumpster of the charity’s building is an example of an ongoing problem. “Sometimes there is trash strewn out all over the place,” Stephens said. “We just want to get the word out that it has to stop.”
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Sports:
Rebels fall short in third round play-off, ends season with 8-5 record
web posted November 19, 2007
JOHNSTON – A late rally came up short as the Wilson High Tigers defeated Strom Thurmond 21-14 to advance in the Class AAA State football playoffs Friday night.
Wilson, now 10-3, will get the chance to avenge an earlier loss to Crestwood who downed previously unbeaten Myrtle Beach 37-28.
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Meet the Rebels Basketball teams tonight
web reposted November 19, 2007
JOHNSTON – Basketball season is now here and on Monday, November 19th, the Strom Thurmond High School Booster Club would like to invite everyone out to "Meet the Rebels". The Rebel opponents for the event will be "The Predators" from the independant Fox Creek Charter High School. The Lady Rebels will start at 7:00 and the Rebels will take the court at 8:00 pm.
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District releases Honor Rolls for first nine weeks
web posted November 19, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District has released the Honor Rolls for District Schools. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates all students that excel in their academic achievements. Also included is Fox Creek Charter High School
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Local Jack Russell handlers place in Camden event
web posted November 19, 2007
CAMDEN – The Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeple Chase races were held on Sunday November 18, 2007 at the Springdale Race Course in Camden SC. In the Jack Russell racing division Hideaway Farms’ “Hummer” placed third, shown here with his handler 8 year-old David Dickau, son of Heather Dickau. Hideaway Farms’ “Rush” placed sixth in her first race.
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Open Letter from Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham
web posted November 19, 2007
Dear Edgefield Citizens:
Our town is decorated beautifully again this year and we have a full agenda of upcoming activities scheduled for the holiday season.  You can find a complete list of these activities by reading your local newspapers, viewing channel 16 on the local cable network, watching our commercial on channel 12, or by calling the Chamber of Commerce or Edgefield Town Hall. 
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Carl Langley: A Brave Mayor Takes on the Criminal Element
Part 1 of a four-part short story
By: Columnist Carl Langley
web posted November 19, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The sun was an hour away from filtering through the large stand of pines along the side of the street as the mayor wheeled his ramshackle Vega around the curve leading to his home. The Vega, a piece of junk bought during the midst of a divorce, wheezed and gasped at every stroke of a piston.
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Off The Wall: Police to search for guns in homes without warrants
web posted November 19, 2007
Off The Wall -- Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms. The program, which is already raising questions about civil liberties, is based on the premise that parents are so fearful of gun violence and the possibility that their own teenagers will be caught up in it that they will turn to police for help, even in their own households.
Off The Wall

Seasons end: STH 14  Wilson High 21
                        RS/M 14  Great Falls 42

Trenton, Johnston battle brush fire (Photo)
web posted November 17, 2007
TRENTON – Trenton and Johnston Firefighters were summoned to a quickly spreading brush fire Friday morning around 11:30 on Airport Road near Highway 191. With no appreciable rain falling over the past few months the dry conditions allowed the fire to spread towards a wooded area.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Crash leaves police seeking driver (Photos)
web posted November 17, 2007
TRENTON – Shortly after noon residents near the county line on Highway 191 reported a car crashing through a fenced cow pasture and coming to rest in the middle of the field. A witness said she saw someone standing near the car after the crash but the person left before she could reach the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond Rebels vs Wilson High Tigers Third-Round Play-off Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted November 16, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Wilson High Play-off Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST (Game 8pm). The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and WKSX 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Massey now Senator-elect; First Republican ever to hold Dist 25 seat
web posted November 16, 2007
EDGEFIELD – After more than a week of waiting Republican Shane Massey has been officially declared the winner in the District 25 Senate race. The State Election Commission is expected to certify all results today. Rep. Bill Clyburn told EdgefieldDaily.com Thursday morning that he called Senate-elect Massey and conceded the race. "I know we are 138 votes short and that's not going to change," Rep. Clyburn said as the four counties were in the process of the mandatory recount. “I’m eager to get to work for the people,” Senator-elect Massey said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Nov 26
web posted November 16, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Board will present the Town’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the municipal parking lot on Monday, November 26 at 6pm. The festivities will include music by the Johnston Elementary School Chorus, the reading of the Christmas story by Rev. Lawrence Carrigan of Rocky Creek Baptist Church and the sing-a-long of traditional carols.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Boulder School District Ends Valedictorian Honor
web posted November 16, 2007
Off The Wall – BOULDER, Colo. Boulder Valley School District will no longer give valedictorian awards to its top graduating seniors starting with the class of 2010. Boulder Valley had previously abolished class rankings to reduce "unhealthy competition," and the committee said keeping the valedictorian system no longer made sense.
Off The Wall

Edgefield County School District Maintains Status Against Higher Standards
web posted November 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – The State Department of Education released Report Card ratings November 15th.  The Edgefield County School District maintained their status of Average for the absolute rating and Below Average for the improvement rating from last year.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Downtown Edgefield Kicks-off the Holiday Season
web posted November 15, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The autumn air has begun to arrive in South Carolina and so has the holiday shopping season for Edgefield’s downtown businesses.  This weekend the merchants of Edgefield will kick off the holiday season with a Merchants Open House event on Friday, November 16th from 4pm until 8pm. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

McTheft $6.23 short of felony
web posted November 15, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Aiken woman has been arrested and charged with the theft of a deposit bag containing just under $1,000 in cash. Kim Logan, 38, of Outing Club Road, Aiken, was booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center Wednesday morning and released the same day on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond. The theft is alleged to have occurred on October 30, but was not reported until Monday of this week.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Makison Wins State Nursing Award (Photo)
web posted November 15, 2007
COUNTY – Susie Makison won the state 2007 Virginia C. Phillips Excellence in Public Health Nursing Practice Award. Ms. Makison is a registered nurse with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in Region 1. This award represents outstanding contributions to the health of the community or state and the utilization of the Standards of Public Health Nursing Practice established by the American Nurses’ Association.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cheering non-progress: New direction of school district examined
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 15, 2007
COLUMN – The Report Cards for our local schools were released today and our new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Crenshaw, is ecstatic. “Once we have studied all the test data, and review instructional programs, the instructional staff will implement best practices to address the identified needs of our children,” Dr. Crenshaw said in a prepared statement. You can read that again if you need to. Crenshaw continues, “Yes, the bar is being raised every year…but the track record of Edgefield educators proves that we can meet if not exceed the bar.” Somebody needs to teach Dr. Crenshaw how to read a report card and proper sentence structure.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off the Wall: Man Trying To Escape Police Killed By Gator
web posted November 15, 2007
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. -- A man who allegedly was fleeing police was attacked and killed by an alligator in a pond, Local 10 reported. Miccosukee police, assisted by Sweetwater canine units, responded to a call on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation about vehicles being broken into. Local 10's Todd Tongen said police captured one man, but another fled on foot and dove into a retention pond. Signs warned of the danger of live alligators in the pond behind the casino and hotel.
Off The Wall

O.J. ordered to face trial in alleged Vegas heist
web posted November 15, 2007
LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson must face trial on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges stemming from a suspected sports memorabilia heist, a justice of the peace ruled Wednesday.
MSNBC.com

Judith Regan sues Murdoch for $100 million
Says News Corp. official wanted her to lie to protect Giuliani 
web posted November 15, 2007
Judith Regan, the former book publisher, says in a lawsuit filed yesterday protesting her dismissal by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate, that a senior executive there encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with Bernard B. Kerik after he had been nominated to become homeland security secretary in late 2004. The lawsuit asserts that the News Corporation executive wanted to protect the presidential aspirations of Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Kerik’s mentor, who had appointed him New York City police commissioner and had recommended him for the federal post.
New York Times

High-Tech training comes to Edgefield County law enforcement officers (Photos)
web posted November 14, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies and police officers from Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton are currently undergoing some high-tech training this week with the help of the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center, a division of the US Department of Justice. The mobile trailer arrived at the Edgefield Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and two by two officers are given realistic situations they have to try to diffuse or possibly resort to firing on armed criminals. Sheriff Dobey was able to secure the program to be made available area officers.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trash bins, dogs tops concerns of Johnston residents at council meeting
web posted November 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their November meeting Tuesday night with a short agenda but long on public comments from local residents. Faye Hatcher Adams took the floor during the public comment period to offer what she called “constructive criticism” on the matter of the town residents having to purchase the replacement trash bins. “These were bought on a grant twenty years ago,” Adams said, “and you have had twenty years to plan for them to be replaced.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Morris Elected District 3 Director (Photo)
web posted November 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – Penny Morris, Physics teacher at Strom Thurmond High School, has been elected the District 3 Director for the South Carolina Science Council. The South Carolina Science Council is the largest professional organization in our state dedicated to the improvement of science. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Meet the Rebels Basketball teams set for Nov. 19
web posted November 14, 2007
JOHNSTON – Basketball season is now here and on Monday, November 19th, the Strom Thurmond High School Booster Club would like to invite everyone out to "Meet the Rebels". The Rebel opponents for the event will be "The Predators" from the independant Fox Creek Charter High School. The Lady Rebels will start at 7:00 and the Rebels will take the court at 8:00.
EdgefieldDaily.com

So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted November 14, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

A new found respect for officers exhibited during training exercise
web posted November 14, 2007
COLUMN – I had the opportunity to train beside one of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies on Tuesday to get a better idea of what these fine men and women go through in the course of their duties each day. I have gained a much higher respect for their calm demeanor in very high-pressure situations. Though able to draw upon my experience as a former private investigator involved in past armed conflicts, it was not enough to prepare me for the situations the training thrusts upon me so quickly.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Fire Department offering reflective address signs (Photos)
web posted November 13, 2007
MERRIWETHER – In order to help residents become compliant with an Edgefield County ordinance providing for all residents to clearly mark their addresses for 911, the Merriwether Fire Department is selling highly reflective signs that meet the county requirements and will aid emergency workers in finding homes in need of their services. “A lot of the time you can’t find (the home) because they are not marked,” Merriwether Fire Chief Faye Fulmer said. With the reflective signs that will not be a problem.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Spilled Milk and Just Horsing Around
By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted November 13, 2007
COLUMNIST – You made a vow as a young person that when you got to be a parent there were certain things you would never say to your child. Your list included all those tired phrases your parents said to you time after time. It got to the point that you could even anticipate what phrase they would throw your way based on what you did at that moment. My dad had such a phrase he would use every time I would make some type of mess. And believe me, as a kid I gave him an unlimited number of opportunities to use this phrase.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rebels to host third round play-offs Friday
web posted November 13, 2007
JOHNSTON – The third round play-off series will continue Friday night when the Strom Thurmond Rebels hosts the Wilson High School Tigers at Strom Thurmond. The Tigers are 9-3 for the season with the Rebels posting an 8-4 season. Advanced tickets are available at JET Middle, Merriwether Middle, Strom Thurmond High School, Monks in Johnston and Edgefield Office Supply. Tickets are $6.00 each. Booster Club season passes are not valid, but Booster Club seating will remain the same as regular games. South Carolina High School League Passes are valid.

Off The Wall: The Islamic World’s Dirty Little Secret; They’re The World Champions When It Comes to Surfing Porn
web posted November 13, 2007
Despite all their protestations of piety and clean living as well as their condemnation of anything they deem to be “Unislamic” it seems that our friends from the Religion of Peace have a keen desire to dive right in to internet porn In fact, it looks like they surf porn more than anyone else.
Off The Wall

Veterans Day (Photos)
web posted November 12, 2007
PSA – Today is the observance of Veterans Day. Eighty-nine years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany was signed ending the hostilities of the Great War, later referred to as World War l. Over 21 million lives were lost with almost 10 million military deaths and over 19 million civilian casualties. It was said, at the time, to be the war to end all wars. That was not the case and today we honor all those who served and continue to serve in our military forces.

Closings for veterans Day
web posted November 12, 2007
PSA – The following government offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, Monday November 12, 2007
EdgefieldDaily.com

More Recipes added to the Country Cooking Section; Let EdgefieldDaily.com help plan your Thanksgiving Dinner with over 500 local favorites online
web posted November 12, 2007
Country Cooking

Rebels advance in chase for state title
web posted November 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – The football season continues for the Strom Thurmond Rebels following their 17-14 win over the Marlboro County Bulldogs in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs Friday night. The Rebels improve to 8-4 with the win and takes them
to a matchup with the Wilson High Tigers this Friday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ridge Spring-Monetta Trojans keep dreams of Class A title alive
web posted November 12, 2007
RIDGE SPRING – The Ridge Spring-Monetta High School Trojans moved closer to returning to the Class A State Championship following a 30-24 playoff win over the Whitmire Wolverines Friday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Team Defeats 5 Teams – Retains 1st Place
web posted November 12, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Veterans Alex Thibodeau (4 wins) and Tori Whatley (3 wins) led the Merriwether Mavericks Chess Team to another 1st place finish over 5 other teams in the middle school section of the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Tournament held on Saturday in Statesboro, Georgia.  Alex also won 2nd place individual.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bus Drivers Receive Recognition for Perfect Attendance
web posted November 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Transportation Department of the Edgefield County School District held a recognition program on November 9 to honor twenty-nine bus drivers for having perfect attendance for the first quarter of this school year.  The drivers received a certificate and award from Tanja Bryan, Supervisor of Transportation and Mr. James Courtney, Director of Transportation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Financial Aid Night
web posted November 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – A financial aid night will be held for Strom Thurmond High School and Fox Creek Charter High School college-bound seniors and their parents on Monday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m at Strom Thurmond High School. The program will be held in the chorus room, Room 401. Mike Fox from the SC Student Loan Corporation will be conducting the meeting. Information on grants, scholarships, and loans will be shared. Come and gather important financial aid information and have your questions answered.

Opinion:
Rep. Clyburn should concede Senate race
web posted November 12, 2007
OPINION – The election for the District 25 Senate seat has been held, counted, and certified. Republican Shane Massey has won. Though there is now a mandatory recount that will take place this week there is little hope that the certified results will change. Rep. Bill Clyburn (D-Aiken) has openly admitted that he does not have the votes to win, yet he refuses to concede the election. Campaigning on always doing what is right, Rep. Clyburn could have shown that and saved the tax payers a lot of money by admitting defeat when the results were certified. But he didn’t.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Grandparents Are Special People
By: Carl Langley
web posted November 12, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Sitting on the worn stool, I watched the old man’s tanned and leathery hands guide the heavy crimping tool around the end of a piece of tin pipe. As the tool worked along the edge the tin collapsed in a succession of tiny folds, alike in length, width and depth. The three-foot sections of pipe were joined and held tight by the fluted ends to make venting for wood stoves, heaters and other fireboxes.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Dolphins save surfer from becoming shark’s bait
web posted November 12, 2007
Surfer Todd Endris needed a miracle. The shark — a monster great white that came out of nowhere — had hit him three times, peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone. That’s when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life.
Off The Wall

Hillary Clinton campaign admits to planting another question in "Q&A" with "voters"
web posted November 12, 2007
One day after Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign confirmed that a staffer planted a question for the presidential candidate at a recent campaign stop, another person has come forward with a similar story.
ABC News

Strom Thurmond 17  Marlboro 14; Rebels advance into third round play-off
web posted November 9, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels took the lead in the third quarter and held on to defeat Marlboro County 17-14 and secure home field advantage for the third round play-offs and is now one step closer to another state title. Strom Thurmond will host Wilson next Friday night.

Counties certify election results; Massey keeps majority of votes (Photos)
web posted November 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – As the Edgefield Election Commission met on Friday to certify the results of the District 25 Senate race Democrat Bill Clyburn picked up votes and Shane Massey saw votes taken away. When the certification was over the margin of victory for Shane Massey dwindled from 150 to 138. Voter Registration Director Trish Butler made the final announcement for Edgefield County results, “We are certifying Mr. Massey with 2,619 and Mr. Clyburn 2,184 votes.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Petal Pushers Floral and Gifts holds Ribbon Cutting on first anniversary (Photos)
web posted November 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The newly expanded Petal Pushers Floral and Gifts store held a ribbon cutting Friday morning to mark their first year anniversary. Owner Ginger Lynn used the ceremonial scissors provided by Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Director Donna Livingston to cut the ribbon as Tammy Satcher, Designer, looked on.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governors Sanford, Perdue Announce Proposed Port Agreement
web posted November 10, 2007
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue joined together Friday to announce a recently-completed bi-state agreement whereby the two states would cooperatively develop a new port on the Savannah River in Jasper County.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County High School Students Post Significant Gains on State High School Exam
web posted November 10, 2007
JOHNSTON – “Effective teaching and a high level of student engagement paid off for students in Edgefield County’s two high schools,” said Dr. Frank G. Roberson, former Interim Superintendent. Both Strom  Thurmond High School and Fox Creek students posted higher scores on the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections on the first attempt of the High School Assessment Program, (HSAP) this year. The State Department of Education released HSAP scores Thursday, November 8.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Clinton Camp Admits To Planting Questions
web posted November 10, 2007
The Clinton campaign has admitted to planting questions in Iowa. They have confirmed that a campaign staffer approached a student to ask Sen. Clinton a question about global warming during a campaign stop at a biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, on Nov. 6.
Off The Wall

Strom Thurmond vs Marlboro second round Play-off Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted November 9, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Marlboro Play-off Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and WKSX 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Shane Massey declares State Senate victory; “Building Bridges” is primary goal
web posted November 9, 2007
AIKEN – Shane Massey announced Thursday that he has declared victory in the District 25 State Senate race. “After reviewing the numbers, we are certain that we won the special election. I'm looking forward to working with Representative Bill Clyburn and the other members of our local delegations to serve all the constituents of Senate District 25,” Massey said in a prepared release.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Honors fallen sons for Veterans Day (Photos)
web posted November 9, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Veterans Affairs Office has placed their annual crosses honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their state in the defense of the United States of America during World War l and World War ll on the Town Square in Edgefield for Veterans Day. In respect of their service and sacrifice EdgefieldDaily.com lists each by name for recognition.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Closings announced for Monday
web posted November 9, 2007
PSA – The following government offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, Monday November 12, 2007
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letters to the Editor:
Shedding light on the SCRG and Shane Massey

School Choice Opponents Grasping At Straws
web posted November 9, 2007
Opinions

Off The Wall: Teen Dies after being slapped by Teacher (Video)
web posted November 9, 2007
According to reports, when the teacher noticed that the student had tried to forge his parent's signature with a blue ink pen, he became angry and slapped the boy, who fell down and sustained a fatal injury to his spine.
Off The Wall

Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming ‘Greatest Scam in History’
web posted November 9, 2007
If the founder of The Weather Channel spoke out strongly against the manmade global warming myth, might media members notice?
NewsBusters

Massey confident: “I think the numbers are that we won” (Photos)
web posted November 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A day after the election for the District 25 Senate race came to an end Republican Shane Massey said he remains confident he will be declared the winner but will wait until the state certifies the results to claim the seat. With reports of the final count showing a 150-vote advantage, “I think the numbers are that we won,” Massey said. However, Mr. Massey said he would wait until Friday to make any official statement towards claims of the seat.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Questions raised towards possible county council vote in executive session
Audio recording included
web posted November 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A government body is allowed to go into executive session to discuss matters for a limited number of reasons. The laws are very strict on what can and cannot take place behind closed doors. The one thing that cannot take place behind closed doors is a vote or “polling” of the public body. According to some that attended the meeting and a recording of the November 6 Edgefield County Council meeting Tuesday night - that is what may have taken place.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fire destroys one home, spreads to second (Photos)
web posted November 8, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether home was destroyed in a midmorning fire that spread to an adjacent home that brought firefighters from four area departments responding to the scene on Faye Drive. The first 911 call came in just before 11 am stating the first home was engulfed in flames. After the Merriwether Fire Department began responding another call came in reporting the second home was now beginning to burn.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Doing Do-Overs Differently
By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted November 8, 2007
COLUMN – Have you ever pondered the question, “If you had your life to live over what would you have done differently?”  I think many of us would be surprised at what we would change and just as surprised at the things we would want left alone. The course our lives have taken is a product of the choices we have made along the way. It would be great if life could be lived in a straight line that is pointed towards the Lord and we never deviate from that course. But unfortunately, most of our lives look like something a two-year old tried to draw on an Etch-a-Sketch.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Mother says Student Disciplined for Hugging male friend who recently lost a parent
web posted November 8, 2007
Off The Wall – The debate of public displays of affection in school is hitting home in Alabama. The mother of a student in Autauga County says her daughter was disciplined for simply hugging a friend.
Off The Wall

Massey winner in District 25 Senate race
web posted November 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Shane Massey appears to have won the District 25 Senate seat election by just over one per cent of the vote. According to vote counts provided, Shane Massey collected 7,117 to Bill Clyburn’s 6,907 to win by 210 votes. All results are unofficial. Reached after the results were gathered Shane Massey said he would prefer to wait until Wednesday to make any comments. “It’s just too close at this time,” Massey said, even though unofficially he is the winner.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Water Authority target of $63,000 theft
web posted November 6, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators are trying to find over $63,000 in equipment that was stolen from the Edgefield County Water Authority Sunday night. Chief Investigator Randy Doran said the equipment was being stored inside the locked fenced area at the water tower located on Brightharp Road and was last seen late Sunday afternoon.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council hears of new “project”, audit results, and critical needs of radio towers
web posted November 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their November meeting Tuesday night and approved another “project” that is interested in coming to Edgefield County. “Project Tee” was approved for a six percent fee in lieu of taxes with a first reading of ordinance 07-08-594. The county council did not discuss the nature of the possible business connected. “Project Normandy” which has received two reading is on hold and the county is expected to make an announcement regarding the company in December.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Evening of Art set for Thursday at Discovery Center
web posted November 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Region 2 Discovery Center will be hosting an Evening of Art on Thursday, November 8 from 5 until 7 pm. The evening will feature feather craft works of artist Jackie Jordon. The Discover Center is located at 405 Main Street in Edgefield. For more information please call 803-637-1237.

Christmas Comes Early for Agency Heads
web posted November 6, 2007
COLUMBIA – Christmas came early for 10 agency heads today, as the Budget and Control Board approved a total of $117,000 in salary increases - a more than 20 percent increase for some - despite no performance review for the raises, despite some of those affected only being on the job for a few months, and despite no one asking for the raises.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Man simulated sex act on pavement, has to register as sex offender
Steven Marshall, 18, of Woodstock Avenue, Galashiels, admitted the offence in his home street on 17 June.
Off The Wall

EdgefieldDaily.com "Live-time" District 25 Senate race results coverage returns for election
web posted November 6, 2007
WEBNEWS – The election for the District 25 Senate race arrives today and all area polling places will be open from 7 am until 7 pm. As Edgefield County’s number one local daily news outlet we will once again be featuring our live-time coverage of the vote count as it is made available in Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda, and Aiken Counties. This page will become active after the polls close at 7 pm and will be updated until the final totals are posted. Please be advised that you must refresh your browser each time you visit the page to assure you are getting the most current information.
EdgefieldDaily.com

"Anonymous" attack signs appear the day before Senate election (Photos)
web posted November 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Republican District 25 Senate candidate Shane Massey said his campaign began getting calls about signs that popped up in Aiken County on Sunday and more that were found around Edgefield on Monday morning. The red and white signs, the same colors that Mr. Massey uses in his campaign say, “Amnesty for Illegal Workers Vote Republican” on one side and “Amnesty for Illegal Workers,” and then gave Mr. Massey’s home phone number. “We don’t know who is doing it,” Mr. Massey said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Truck vs. Railroad-crossing arm creates traffic problems in Johnston (Photos)
web posted November 6, 2007
JOHNSTON – Traffic at the main intersection of Lee and Calhoun Street became snarled for over an hour just before 3 pm Monday when a large gravel truck struck the railroad-crossing arm on Lee Street. “By the time I saw it coming down I was already on the tracks,” the truck driver said. One bystander said the crossing arms had been going up and down for a short while before the accident happened due to a train sitting on the tracks a short distance away.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield hires new Officer, gives final nod to Comprehensive Plan
web posted November 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield has a new police officer. Officer Mike Lipscomb will be joining the force after being confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Town Council at their regular monthly meeting Monday night after an executive session held at the end of the meeting. After exiting the executive session Councilman Rogers, and member of the Police Committee, said, “We had the best applications ever for a position,” and made the recommendation to hire Lipscomb. Officer Lipscomb is a former Edgefield County Deputy Sheriff. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Line resident finds truck on blocks and $1,600 in tires, rims, and equipment stolen
web posted November 6, 2007
COUNTY LINE – A Shortcut Road man notified the Sheriff’s Office that someone had entered his property and stole four tires, rims, covers, and other items from his 1995 Chevrolet 3500 series pick-up truck Saturday. In all the value of the items listed totaled over $1,600.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Northside Community Meeting to be held to seek water service for area residents
web posted November 6, 2007
NORTHSIDE – There will be a Northside Community Meeting on Tuesday November 13th at 7pm at the McKendree UMC Family Life Center to discuss the issue of getting a main water line installed for this part of the county. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Organizers hope to gain enough support to present to the Edgefield County Council and the Edgefield County Water Authority about the water needs of the local residents. For more information contact Ginny Wall at 803-480-1691.

Off The Wall: Oops! Seminole deputies flatten tires on wrong cars
web posted November 6, 2007
Seminole County deputies blew out the tires of two cars Thursday while trying to stop a vehicle they thought was stolen. Neither, however, was the vehicle they were targeting.
Off The Wall

Big Brother Report: Personal homes targeted in continued smoking crackdown by government
web posted November 6, 2007
Jill and Joanie Shockley just want to breathe clean air in their homes. Neighboring tenants want to smoke in theirs. The Shockleys are sisters who live down the hall from each other in an apartment complex in a suburb of St. Paul, where tobacco smoke from other units wafts daily into their homes. “It’s frustrating,” said Joanie Shockley, 59. “I like to have my grandchildren come over, and I don’t like for them to be exposed to people smoking.” The Shockleys are part of a growing movement to restrict smoking in apartments and condominiums that is having some success.
New York Times

Rebels trounce Cougars to advance in play-offs
web posted November 5, 2007
JOHNSTON – After sloppy play early on, Strom Thurmond rolled to a 49-14 win over the North Charleston High Cougars in the first round of the Class AAA Lower State Playoffs Friday night.The Rebels, now 7-4, will travel to face Marlboro County this Friday in a second round game. Strom Thurmond took advantage of a turnover to put the first points on the board.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Edgefield resident disputes quote by Augusta Chronicle report on murder - suicide
web posted November 5, 2007
Dear Editor,
After reading your latest article on the tragic murders/ suicide, I must respond. I never said "911 asked me to go into the home". What the dispatch said, as I recall, and a friend confirmed after watching the news cast again on Comcast, could I go back and confirm there was three people in the house, and call her back. Dispatch never said for me to enter the house.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Carl Langley: Abuse Mindset Seems a Twisted Dilemma
web posted November 5, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The stepmother thought the three children were sneaking snacks, therefore to punish them she beat them. She beat them with a wooden stake, the type used to mark the corners of property boundaries, before resorting to a belt after a warning from an Aiken County Family Court judge.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Professor offered extra credit to class members if they burned the American flag or the U.S. Constitution
web posted November 5, 2007
ORONO, Maine - A University of Maine student alleges her former professor offered extra credit to class members if they burned the American flag or the U.S. Constitution or were arrested defending free speech.
Off The Wall

Reality check: Peace loving Muslims offer video on proper way to beat your wife
web posted November 5, 2007
MemriTV

Rebels trounce Cougars 49-14 to advance in first round play-off
web posted November 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Rebels took a firm lead as the second seed in the 4-AAA  play-offs with their commanding defeat of the North Charleston Cougars. They will face the number one seed Marlburo County, who defeated North Myrtle Beach 42-10, in the upstate for round two of the play-offs. EdgefieldDaily.com Sports will have a full recap on Monday.

Police name suspected "Flim-flam" thief (Photo)
web posted November 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said they have identified the man they claim is swindling stores out of hundreds of dollars as Tyrone Eugene Reid, 40, of Augusta, Georgia. Inv. Doran said the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office holds five warrants for Reid’s arrest and that the Johnston and Edgefield Police Departments are also holding warrants.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office still seeking accused sex offender (Photo)
web posted November 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Sheriff’s Office is continuing to seek the public’s help in locating a wanted man accused of molesting a ten-year-old Edgefield County girl. Howard Russell Bodie, 56, is still wanted on a felony warrant for criminal sexual conduct to a minor under the age of 12.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor Sanford to Embark on 30-plus City 'Harvest Tour' to urge citizens to get involved for reform
web posted November 3, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford announced Friday his plans to embark next week on a "Harvest Tour," aimed at bringing his message of change to people across South Carolina. For the next two weeks, the governor will be visiting with citizens around the state in more than 30 cities to talk about his goals and agenda going forward, specifically the need for more fiscal responsibility in Columbia, the need to restructure our antiquated government, the need to protect and preserve South Carolina's unique quality of life, and the need to reform our educational system.
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Obituaries
Jade Ryan Arangilan (Photo)
web posted November 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD - Miss Jade Ryan Arangilan, 17, of Pickens Street, entered into rest Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Funeral services will be held at today at 2:00 p.m. at Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Phillip Burden officiating.
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Leslie Alecia Young Arangilan (Photo)
web posted November 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD - Mrs. Leslie Alecia Young Arangilan, 34, of Pickens Street, entered into rest Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Funeral services will be held at today at 2:00 p.m. at Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Phillip Burden officiating.
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US Sen. Jim Demint seeks citizens’ support in “100,000 Strong for Earmark Reform”
web posted November 3, 2007
Dear citizens,
I need you to join 100,000 Strong for Earmark Reform today by visiting www.jimdemint.com. In 1987, Ronald Reagan vetoed a bill that had 121 earmarks, saying "I haven't seen this much lard since I handed out blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair."
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Strom Thurmond vs North Charleston Play-off Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted November 2, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - North Charleston Play-off Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST (pregame - game time 8 pm EST). A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and WKSX 92.7 FM.
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EMA Incident Command trailer now operational (Photos)
web posted November 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County EMA Incident Command trailer is now operational and ready for use EMA Director Mike Casey said Thursday. “It will always be a work in progress, but it is now ready to respond to a mass casualty situation if it is needed.” The 18-foot trailer is a self-contained operational command center in addition to housing a vast supply of emergency first aid materials and has a six-kilowatt propane generator for power.
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Copper thieves target same company twice
web posted November 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Copper thieves struck again on Thursday morning when a transportation company in Edgefield found two of their industrial air conditioning units gutted. To make matters worse, the company was the target of a similar theft last month. In the theft last month two other units were gutted of the copper tubing and other parts that can be sold as scrap metal. Investigators arrived on the scene a short time later.
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Small Business Endorses Shane Massey in Senate District 25
web posted November 2, 2007
COLUMBIA – The National Federation of Independent Business, South Carolina’s leading small-business advocacy group, today endorsed Shane Massey in the Senate District 25 special election.  Massey will be a solid supporter of small business in Columbia.
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School District threatens to sue web site for posting parent’s opinions
web posted November 2, 2007
GALVESTON — The public school district has officially demanded that parent Sandra Tetley remove what it says is libelous material from her Web site or face a lawsuit for defamation… One legal expert said the district’s move to sue Tetley is rare and unlawful. Under the 1964 Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan, government entities cannot sue for libel.
GalvestonDailyNews.com

The invisible primary—invisible no longer: Media biased towards Democrats
web posted November 2, 2007
On the front pages of newspapers, Democrats tended to get more coverage than in other media, somewhat more positive coverage than elsewhere, and more stories tended to contain information that explained how they would be affected if that candidate were elected than was true in the press coverage overall.
Journalism.org

Father noted as suspect in double murder-suicide (Photos)
web posted November 1, 2007
EDGEFIELD – More information is being released and uncovered since the tragic double murder-suicide on Pickens Street in Edgefield on Tuesday. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the identities of the family members are Robert Herring, 44, his wife Lesley Arangilan, 34, and Jade Arangilan, 17. Autopsies were performed in Newberry on Wednesday morning bringing more information pointing to Mr. Herring as the perpetrator of the heinous killings.
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Governor Sanford Urges Passage of Stronger DUI Laws
web posted November 1, 2007
COLUMBIA – As parents across South Carolina prepared to go out on the streets with their children tonight, Governor Mark Sanford today joined with law enforcement officials and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to continue their call for making DUI reform a top order of business in the coming legislative session.
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DREAMS President thanks public for support
web posted November 1, 2007
Dear Editor,
On the behalf of DREAMS, I would like to personally thank you for all of the kind contributions, support, and help that you have given to those with dreams that one day dysautonomia will be known by the world and taken seriously. You have helped others have more hope that one day their condition will be cured.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Dr. Skip Myers: Up a Tree without a Paddle
web posted November 1, 2007
COLUMN - The cry of despair coming from our bathroom made me bolt from the chair and run to see what had happened.  Such screams in my household usually indicated the presence of a creepy crawly visitor of some type.  I am always expected to come and rescue my girls from the impending danger such intruders present.  This time I was pleasantly surprised to discover the scream had nothing to do with the need to play exterminator. 
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