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No updates for Saturday
web posted November 29, 2008
WEBNEWS – There are no updates for Saturday. Regular reports will return on Monday morning.

Two arrested in crash after leaving Edgefield hospital
web posted November 28, 2008
JOHNSTON – A man accused of crashing into Patsy’s Place in Johnston has been taken into custody after leaving the Edgefield County Hospital shortly after the wrecked car he was said to be driving was found abandoned around midnight Thursday - allegedly causing over $10,000 in damages after crashing into the facility - which also led to the arrest of a woman when she came to offer aid, police said.
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Limited updates for Friday
web posted November 28, 2008
WEBNEWS – There are no obituaries for today. The Wandering Minds, birthdays, classifieds, and other sections have been updated. Any breaking news will be reported as it happens over the holiday weekend. 

The first official Thanksgiving Day
web posted November 27, 2008
WEBNEWS – Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor -- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
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Do you know who lost in the elections?
web posted November 27, 2008
COUNTY – The local elections are over and all the winners are known, but are you sure you know who lost in the elections? Did you know “someone else”, “Elmo”, and “Bob The Builder” lost? Here’s a bit of news, Obama also lost as did Norman Dorn.
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Kenyan Ambassador Ogego says Obama’s Kenyan birthplace "well known"
web posted November 27, 2008
WEBNEWS – On Nov. 6, only two days after the election, Detroit radio talk-show hosts Mike Clark, Trudi Daniels and Marc Fellhauer on WRIF’s “Mike In The Morning” called the Embassy of Kenya in Washington, D.C., to speak with Ambassador Ogego. The radio hosts were surprised when their light-hearted interview with Ogego reignited suspicions that Obama may have been born in Kenya. Ambassador Ogego says in the interview that putting a marker at Obama’s birthplace in Kenya, “would depend on the government. It’s already well known”.
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Games of interest across the state
By Tim Crane
web posted November 27, 2008
SPORTS – Games of interest across the state Friday November 28.
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Sarah Palin to visit Augusta
web posted November 26, 2008
AUGUSTA GA –  According to a media release on Tuesday, former Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be visiting in Augusta Georgia on December 1. Gov. Palin, the hugely popular Alaskan Governor that brought life to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s failing campaign, retains her broad support even after the election and is hoping to help US Sen. Saxby Chambliss retain his seat in the Senate in a December 2 run-off.
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"Senior Shield" website launched by state to prevent elder fraud
 web posted November 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre’ Bauer was in Edgefield Tuesday to get the word out about Senior Shield, which was launched a week ago. The state mandated Senior Citizen directive is designed to let seniors and family members check out businesses in the state of South Carolina to prevent seniors from being taken advantage of, “Will we catch every senior fraud person?” Lt. Gov. Bauer asked, “No. Will we substantially reduce it? Yes.” The service is free and available online or by telephone through a toll free number.
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Elderly woman reports possible identity scam
web posted November 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An elderly Edgefield woman contacted the Edgefield Police on Tuesday after fearing she was targeted by possible identity thieves. According to the woman’s complaint, she received a call from an unknown subject that told her she would be receiving a free home security system and they needed her Social Security number to process the order, which the woman provided.
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Edgefield County EMS “Holiday Helpers” reach out to aid the needy
web posted November 26, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has teamed up once again with the Edgefield Bi-Lo in order to help ten families for Christmas. The Edgefield Bi-Lo will have a box set up for toy donations and another to help with providing the needy families with a Christmas dinner. A box for donations will also be available at the EMS Main Station on Star Road in Edgefield and the Merriwether main fire station on West Martintown Road near Big Stephens Creek Baptist Church.
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Picture of "namesake" Griffis completes AL Post 30 Photo)
web posted November 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Just try to imagine the consternation that rippled through the ranks of Edgefield's Hezzie Griffis American Legion Post No. 30 when it was learned that the one picture in the unit's possession which was believed to have captured the image of their namesake - Hezzie Franklin Griffis - actually didn't.
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Soldier suggests Holiday Mail for Heroes
web posted November 26, 2008
COUNTY – The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, we're collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible. Our goal is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.
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Letter to the Editor: Recreation Director responds to request of recreation expenditures
web posted November 26, 2008
Dear Editor,
In response to your request for a summary of the budgeted expenditures for the Recreation program, I appreciate the opportunity to explain several items to you and your readers. 
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American Legion Receives Check from Heritage Jubilee Committee
web posted November 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The American Legion Hezzie Griffis Post #30 is $5,000 closer to healing its financial woes. The Post was presented with a check Thursday night from Joel Jolly, chairman of the Heritage Jubilee 2008 committee. Approximately 30 people were present for the presentation and regular meeting. "It was an easy choice for us to make after seeing the need described in an article in the newspaper," said Jolly. "We had a meeting and decided in less than a minute where the money was going."
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Johnston Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1
web posted November 26, 2008
PSA - JOHNSTON – The annual Johnston Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Johnston Development Board, will be held this year on Monday, December 1 at 6pm in the municipal parking lot.In addition to the reading of the Christmas Story by Mayor Willie Campbell and the singing of carols, the Town's tree will be officially lighted by this year's grand marshals, Principal Bruce Lee, Assistant Principal Kippy Kelley and student representatives from each of the grade levels at Johnston Elementary School.  Those representatives include: Marisol Palma, Katherine Fischer, Note' Gordon, Weston Whitfield, Noah Whitfield, Stephen Barwick, Keonee Bush, Ashlee Chinn, Hunter Herrin, Sherry Glanton and Malcolm Axen. Please join us in celebrating the 2008 Holiday season!

Russian Analyst Predicts Decline and Breakup of USA
web posted November 26, 2008
NATIONAL – A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.
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Liberalism run amuck - "Thanksgiving" Racist
web posted November 26, 2008
For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won't be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests. Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent.
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County Football Board hears concerns over Championship game dispute
web posted November 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Recreation Football Board met Monday night to hear parents and coach’s concerns at the “end of season meeting”. Topics on “Football Rules” were pushed back along with other items to address issues surround the officials for the games, and one official in particular, and most recently at the county championship game last week.
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County Recreation funds questioned
web posted November 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – During the County Recreation Football Board meeting Monday night the issue of money and the millage rate for recreation was brought up and the board was asked to account for the expenditures of the recreation program and how the tax money was being used when, according to Recreation Director Nick Wates, the football program made money this year.
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Edgefield County 4-H Pullet Show and Auction Results
By: Stephen Pohlman
Clemson Extension County Agent - Edgefield

web posted November 25, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County 4-H Pullet Chain participants put on a show November 8th at the Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick Pullet Show and Auction. The Edgefield County youth were judged on: completion of record books, a pen of 5 birds, and on chicken showmanship. The youth have had to learn how to care for their birds, build chicken coops, how to collect eggs, document data and how to show a chicken.
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Edgefield teen arrested on counterfeit money charge
web posted November 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield teen was arrested Saturday evening after passing counterfeit money at a local store. The 18-year-old went to a local store and made a purchase only to have the clerk notice that the money he gave was actually fake a short time later and called police.
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Man requests deputy to escort him on drug pick-up
web posted November 25, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – EdgefieldDaily.com offer’s our Here’s Your Card nominations to those who exhibit sheer stupidity. Our latest nominee ranks among the best of those who have come before him. The man causing the disturbance actually asked for an escort from police to retrieve his drugs from another man.
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Peeler Names Verdin Senate Majority Whip
web posted November 25, 2008
COLUMBIA – Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) has announced that Senator Danny Verdin (R-Laurens) will serve as the new Majority Whip for the Senate Republican Caucus. The announcement came during an informal meeting of the Senate Republican Caucus, who had gathered to discuss the current election cycle and Caucus organizational matters.
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EdgefieldDaily.com Thanksgiving Holiday schedule
web posted November 24, 2008
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com announces Thanksgiving Holiday schedule.
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Sports:
-Undefeated Wardlaw claims State Title
-Rebels out of State Title run, end season 12-1
-Play-off scores across the state
By Tim Crane
web posted November 24, 2008

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Sarah’s Santa preparing for Christmas with annual yard sale
web posted November 24, 2008
COUNTY – As families begin preparing for Thanksgiving, some of Santa’s Elves are busy gearing up for Sarah’s Santa for the twelfth year in a row. Founder Debbie Courtney said she was looking, “to visit any church that will have me to tell them about our program. “ Last year Sarah’s Santa delivered gifts and stockings to over 140 local children, including hygiene items, a new coat, and a gift from their letter to Santa.  “We want to make sure they have something to help them stay clean, something to keep them warm, and something fun,” Ms. Courtney said as the group gathered last year to sort out presents.
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MES PTO-Staff raise funds at Bruster's
web posted November 24, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School and Bruster's teamed up for a night of fun and fundraising on Thursday night. The school received 20% of the sales as their PTO and staff members waited on customers. This was a great way to enjoy some good ice cream while helping the school.
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Dr. Mary Rice-Crenshaw to be featured speaker at SEE Group meeting
web posted November 24, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Citizens Seeking Excellence in Education is a volunteer group dedicated to keeping citizens informed of the important issues impacting the quality of education in Edgefield County. The December meeting of the SEE Group will be Tuesday, December 2, 2008. Our goal is to provide a forum for sharing information in an effort to improve education for the students of Edgefield County schools.
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Obama's next chant, "No we can't"
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 24, 2008
COLUMN – President-elect Barack Obama ran on a vacant promise of “Yes we can” that is quickly becoming “No we can’t”. Although history shows the election of a Democrat President has a negative impact on the stock market, never in history has one had such a devastating impact as the election of Barack Obama. That is because never before has such a left-wing, anti-capitalist, anti-business and industry candidate been elected to the White House.
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STHS Salutes 2008 Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winners
web posted November 24, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is extending special congratulations to Elizabeth Lynn and Tra’ves Bush, who were named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. To be eligible for this award, students must display academic aptitude, athletic talent and community leadership.
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Letter to the Editor: “And a Child Shall Lead Them”
web posted November 24, 2008
Dear Editor,
Who could have ever determined the current economic state of affairs for the United States and the rest of the world?  When you find any one of the four or 5 people who predicted this economic downturn, please do me a favor and ask them what this means to the Young World.  Or better yet, can someone please answer this question for me on behalf of the Young World, “How will today’s economy impact the Young World?”
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Strom Thurmond 7 - Central Round 12
web posted November 21, 2008
SPORTS – The run for another state championship ended for Strom Thurmond after losing the 3rd round play-off game to Central by a score of 12-7. It was an exciting year of Rebel football seeing the team end the year with a 12-1 record. Congatulations to the Rebels player and coaches on a job well done. Complete coverage of the game will be pubished by Monday.

No headlines update for Saturday
web posted November 22, 2008
WEBNEWS – There are no headlines published for Saturday. Regular reports will return on Monday. The Wandering Minds and obituaries has been updated.

Merriwether woman dies as a result of injures from house fire (Photos)
web posted November 20, 2008 5:30pm Updated 11.21.08
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman who was badly burned when her Martintown Road home caught fire Wednesday afternoon has died as a result of those injuries. Mrs. Mae Bunch, 87, passed away at the Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta just before 5 pm Thursday. Many in the Merriwether area were saddened by the news as it spread across the community.
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SCDOT worker gives funeral procession “the finger”
web posted November 20, 2008
JOHNSTON – A southern tradition long observed is to pull over as a funeral procession passes in route to the graveyard. The tradition is to show respect for the grieving family members, loved ones, and friends who follow behind the hearse. That tradition was not only disregarded but denigrated by a South Carolina Department of Transportation worker on Wednesday afternoon when, according to police reports, the driver of a tractor that was asked to pull to the side of the road, did so, and then proceeded to give “everyone in the procession the finger”.
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Strom Thurmond - Central Round 3 Play-off game available live online
web posted November 21, 2008
SPORTS – The 3rd round state championship playoff game hosted by Strom Thurmond (12-0) against Central (12-0) will be broadcast live on the internet at 7:30 pm EST (Pregame show 7 pm). The score will be posted online shortly after the game ends with a full report available by Monday.
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They’re baaaack…cavy’s spotted in Merriwether subdivision (Photo)
web posted November 21, 2008
MERRIWETHER – It seems the Patagonian cavy population is growing and has now spread to the easternmost parts of Merriwether. EdgefieldDaily.com has received reports that the animals have been spotted in the Windtree Subdivision off Five Notch Road. A report by EdgefieldDaily.com in May of 2006 drew national attention when the mysterious animals were reported in the Clarks Hill area of Edgefield County and nearby McCormick County.
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NWTF Edgefield Chapter Donates 173 Frozen Turkeys to Local Organizations (Photo)
web posted November 21, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation stepped up to help less fortunate families in the area by offering warm smiles and hearty meals this holiday season. Through the Turkey Hunters Care program, the Edgefield Chapter provided 173 turkeys - a total of 1,038 meals - to families in the area to help complete the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
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County Rec Football turmoil continues to grow
web posted November 21, 2008
COUNTY – The brouhaha at the County Recreational Football Championships at Bettis Park Wednesday night has not lost any steam in growing and, according to one official involved in the matter, “it’s going to get ugly”.
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Letter to the Editor: Parent expresses concern of ref's actions
web posted November 21, 2008
Dear Mr. Editor,
As a father of a 9-10 year old, I would like to make this comment. If two teams come together and play their hearts out and one team wins and the other team loses, it’s okay. That is what footballs all about.
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Elderly woman burned in house fire being treated at Still’s Burn Center (Photos)
web posted November 20, 2008
MERRIWETHER – An elderly Merriwether woman suffered severe burns to her upper body in a house fire just before 3 pm Wednesday on the 1400 block of Martintown Road. When the first Merriwether Firefighters arrived on the scene the woman was in her car driving across the yard, in shock, and flames were seen rolling out of several of the windows on the front of the house.
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Suspected robber captured (Photo)
 web posted November 20, 2008
AIKEN – Suspected robber Timothy L. Lakes, 23, of Aiken, is now in custody at the Aiken County Detention Center and is being charged with armed robbery and strong armed robbery. A bond hearing is being scheduled. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Wednesday that Aiken County deputies located Mr. Lakes at his girlfriend’s house on Sandy Lane around noon.
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Edgefield Tree Lighting tonight (Photos)
 web posted November 20, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield will be holding their official Christmas Tree Lighting tonight at 6 pm on the Town Square. Town workers were busy putting the final touches on the new 22-foot Christmas tree Wednesday afternoon and helping with the decorating were Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, David Coleman, and a few local children who wanted to get involved.
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County Recreation Football Championship marred by disputes, disruptions, and ejections
web posted November 20, 2008
BETTIS ACADEMY – The Edgefield County Recreation Football Championships were marred as those on the Merriwether side of the field began protesting what they felt were biased calls and non-calls favoring the Bettis Academy team. One players’ grandfather was expelled from the game for calling the main referee “pig eared” and “blind” attendees reported. The ensuing ruckus brought Edgefield County Deputies to the ball field in an attempt to control the situation after a Merriwether player was injured in what they claimed was a “questionable” non-call.
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Sports: Play-off match ups for Friday night
By Tim Crane
web posted November 20, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The field is narrowing for those in contention for state titles. Below is a listing of Semi and Quarter Finals in title races. Two Edgefield County teams, Strom Thurmond and Wardlaw Academy, remain undefeated in their quests.
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South Carolina Division Children of the Confederacy marks 100th anniversary of marker
web posted November 20, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The South Carolina Division Children of the Confederacy is proud to announce a marker rededication on November 23, 2008 at 3 p.m. This dedication will be held in Willowbrook Cemetery also called the Edgefield Cemetery behind the Baptist church. The seven foot marker was erected August 25, 1908 and the original dedication ceremony was held Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1908. EdgefieldDaily.com

Enter your Birthday and Anniversary wishes now for the December Cake Drawing
web posted November 19, 2008
WEBNEWS – The month of December is closing in fast and now is the time to enter your loved one, friend, or co-worker in our monthly cake give-away. Simply send in your birthday or anniversary wish and the person will be automatically entered into our monthly drawing. December's winner will be annouced on Friday Nov. 28, so enter now.
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Towns join together on tornado early warning system
web posted November 19, 2008
COUNTY – With recent years of severe weather and several tornados hitting the county, a tornado warning system has been put in place for the towns of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton. “We’re calling this phase one,” Edgefield County EMA Director Mike Casey said Tuesday. Phase two is hoped to implement the warning system to other heavily populated areas of the county in the future. “When a warning is issued the (fire) siren in all three towns will sound off with a continuous 2-minute blast,” Mr. Casey said.
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Your Sports First - Play-Off Preview: Pageland Central at Strom Thurmond, Round III
By Tim Crane
web posted November 19, 2008
SPORTS – The Eagles of Central High will bring their unbeaten 12-0 record to Johnston, Friday, to battle the undefeated Strom Thurmond Rebels 12-0.  This is the premier game in the state as it features the only matchup of two unbeaten teams in any classification. These two teams are a statistical tie on paper, so the game must be decided on the field. If this was a heavyweight fight, it would be on pay per view because it’s 12-0 versus 12-0 and somebody's gotta go
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Aiken Electric Co-op Reaches 100% Local United Way Support
web posted November 19, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield Area Office of Aiken Electric Cooperative, always a strong supporter of the United Way of Edgefield County, reached 100 percent participation in this year’s campaign. This significant milestone is even more impressive since the Edgefield Office has not only achieved that level of participation for the past several years, but also increased their giving.
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Theater project introduced to the public (Photo)
web posted November 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The most recent effort to bring a community theater to Edgefield County, spearheaded by local organization Edgefield Regional Arts, already has a leg up on initiatives of the past - it has a building. It is hoped that all else - including around $3 million dollars in funding - will come in time.
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Strom Thurmond Rebels Sports Fundraiser
web posted November 19, 2008
COUNTY – A fundraiser for the Strom Thurmond Sports Program will be held this Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 am until 1 pm offering Chicken Dinner Plates at a cost of $7. Plates include chicken and two sides. Advance tickets are available at the Fairway Food Center in Edgefield or at the Main Office at Strom Thurmond High School. Tickets will be available the day of the sale.

Public Auction Saturday, November 22
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Mr. Raymond Timmerman has chosen us to begin selling the contents of his antiques and collectibles.  Mr. Timmerman has been a long time dealer and collector and feels the time has come for him to cut back somewhat.  This will be the first of several sales, and is designed to to free up space for future sales.  The sale will be held at his store located at 1231 Highway 25 North, Edgefield, S, C.  29824.  LOOK FOR SIGNS!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am til sale time.  Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Edgefield County School District Honor Rolls - First Nine Weeks
web posted November 19, 2008
COUNTY – The Honor Rolls for Edgefield County School District Schools have been released. Each school is listed separately. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates each student on their academic excellence and wish them continued success.
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IMAGINE, a Drug Free Community Choir seeks members
web posted November 19, 2008
COUNTY – IMAGINE a Drug Free Community Choir will be rehearsing on Saturday November 29 at The Rosa Spring Baptist Church in Johnston,SC  at 12 Noon. All present members and any one interested in becoming a member of this dynamic group needs to be at this very important meeting. IMAGINE is interested in growing and becoming a more diverse organization therefore we are recruiting any youth who are interested in helping us to promote a drug free lifestyle at school and in our community. For more information contact Annette Holloway at 8032753847 or any present member of the IMAGINE Committee.

Early morning crash sends one to MCG (Photos)
web posted November 18, 2008
MERRIWETHER – An early morning crash sent a Garrett Road man to MCG and left another driver and her passenger uninjured. The collision took place shortly before 7:30 on Martintown Road at the entrance to Millcreek Subdivision. EMS, Merriwether First Responders, and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived minutes later.
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American Cancer Society's Relay For Life needs you
web posted November 19, 2008
PSA – To help reach our 2009 Relay For Life of North Augusta / Midland Valley goal, we need 100% school participation, 30 teams, 100 survivors and total donations of $50,000. The only way to reach these goals are through the work and dedication of volunteers and the support of the community. Please come join the Relay For Life kick off celebration on Monday, December 1, 6pm at North Augusta Middle School.  For more information, please contact Astrid at 803-292-0659.


Sheriff’s Office seeks help in finding suspected robber (Photo)
web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Monday that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 23-year-old Timothy L. Lakes, of Aiken, for the strong-armed robbery of the Crossroads Motel in Trenton last Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on Mr. Lakes’ whereabouts to give them a call.
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Shooting investigation at “The Center” continues, ownership of property becomes a question (Photo)
 web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Very few new details have been released in the drive-by shooting at “The Center” on Macedonia Street this weekend in Edgefield. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said Monday that the case was still under investigation. “We still have a lot of people to interview,” Carter said. One thing that is for certain is that there will be no more parties at The Center from this point forward.
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NWTF Helps Veterans with Disabilities Enjoy Special Deer Hunt
web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Thirty hunters with disabilities from across the Southeast enjoyed two days of sharing stories, lots of laughs and some white-tailed deer hunting during the eighth annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF Ultimate Team-Up, held Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2008, at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s headquarters in Edgefield.
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Overturned tractor, crash closes Hyw 23 (Photo)
 web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – School traffic was slowed to a crawl Monday afternoon when a South Carolina Department of Transportation worker flipped a tractor and mower while cutting the shoulder of Highway 23 around 3 pm near Bi-Lo. Shortly after the initial report came in, a second report of a collision was received.
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One arrested in Friday night clash at The Center
web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – One arrest was made in the Friday night party at The Center where gunshots were also reported this weekend. According to incident reports made available Monday, 18-year-old Antonio Demarco Alvelo, of Rosa Hill Street, Edgefield was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday after the shots rang out.
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Traffic stop leads to arrest, gun and ski-mask confiscated
web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A simple traffic stop Friday night on Mims Street in Edgefield led to one man being arrested after a pistol and a mask was found under the driver’s seat. An Edgefield Police Office on patrol spotted a vehicle pass by with no tag light and a cover over the tag traveling south on Hyw 25. The officer turned around and was able to stop the car after it turned onto Mims Street.
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Opinion: Gov. says - Bailout for States the Wrong Idea
By SC Gov. Mark Sanford
web posted November 18, 2008
Dear Editor,
I find myself in a lonely position. While many states and local governments are lining up for a bailout from Congress, I went to Washington recently to oppose such bailouts. I may be the only governor to do so. But I suspect I'm not entirely alone, as there are a lot of taxpayers who aren't pleased with Christmas coming early for politicians. And I hope these taxpayers make their voices heard before Democrats load up the next bailout train for states with budget deficits.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Auction Saturday, November 22
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Mr. Raymond Timmerman has chosen us to begin selling the contents of his antiques and collectibles.  Mr. Timmerman has been a long time dealer and collector and feels the time has come for him to cut back somewhat.  This will be the first of several sales, and is designed to to free up space for future sales.  The sale will be held at his store located at 1231 Highway 25 North, Edgefield, S, C.  29824.  LOOK FOR SIGNS!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am til sale time.  Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Rebels Trounce Tigers 61-27 - Move to Round 3 (Photo)
By Tim Crane
web posted November 17, 2008
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels proved they are worthy of their undefeated record by dominating the Southside Tigers by a score of 61-27 Saturday night. The play of the game came with 8 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter with Rebel’s leading 28-13 and the momentum shifting towards Southside. The Southside Tigers forced the Strom Thurmond punt in a scoreless third quarter. After an errant snap, Rebel kicker Ren Fell was forced to chase the ball catching up with it at the Rebel 20 yard line while he was being chased by four, huge and hungry, Southside Tigers.
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Broadwater crowned “Miss Statesman” (Photo)
web posted November 17, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond crowned its beauties Saturday night with Re'ona Broadwater capturing the title of Miss Statesman. A larger picture and the names of all five winners can be found below.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cyclist injured on Forks Trails Sunday (Photos)
web posted November 17, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County EMS and Merriwether First Responders were called to the Forks Trailhead on Woodlawn and Deep Step Roads Sunday afternoon with a report of a cyclist injured on one of the advanced trails. Due to the steep hills Merriwether First Responders were asked to bring 4-wheelers in order to reach the injured man.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Editorial: Edgefield should close “The Center”
web posted November 17, 2008
OPINION – The inevitable happed early Sunday morning when shots once again rang out just before 1 am at “The Center” on Macedonia Street in Edgefield, one man was shot and had to be airlifted to the MCG Trauma Center in Augusta. This is the fourth shooting incident there in five weeks and the second this weekend. It is time the Town of Edgefield steps up to the plate and rids the town and surrounding neighborhood of this deadly threat.
EdgefieldDaily.com

“Heritage Holidays” Events Start This Week
web posted November 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – This Thursday, November 20th, the merchants of Edgefield will hold a Holiday Open House from 4pm to 8pm. Come and get a head start on your holiday shopping with big sales and holiday refreshments. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1
web posted November 17, 2008
PSA – JOHNSTON - The annual Johnston Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Johnston Development Board, will be held this year on Monday, December 1 at 6pm in the municipal parking lot. In addition to the reading of the Christmas Story and the singing of carols, the Town's tree will be officially lighted by this year's grand marshals, Principal Bruce Lee, Assistant Principal Kippy Kelley and student representatives from each of the grade levels at Johnston Elementary School. Please join us in ushering in the holiday season!

Sports: Play-off scores from around the state
By Tim Crane
web posted November 17, 2008
SPORTS – The field of teams is narrowing as the second week of play-off games came to an end last weekend. Below is a recap of all play-off game scores. Strom Thurmond and Wardlaw advance.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Share the love: Teen told she should be "crucified" or "burned" for supporting McCain
web posted November 17, 2008
Off The Wall – When a 14-year-old girl wore a "McCain girl" T-shirt to school, students told her she should be "crucified" or "burned" for supporting the Republican – but when she wore an Obama T-shirt, everyone complimented her. Illinois 8th grader Catherine Vogt's mother supported Obama, while her father supported McCain. The teen conducted an experiment to test tolerance among her peers and teachers, the Chicago Tribune reported. But she was surprised by their strong reactions.
Off The Wall

Found Dog
web posted November 17, 2008
PSA – Found: Black puppy (about 6 mos old) in vicinity of Rainsford and Vann road. Call to identify 637-5701

One man shot at popular party spot in Edgefield
web posted November 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – For the second night in a row, shots were fired at the popular party location “the Center” on Macedonia Street in Edgefield. This time one man was shot and had to be transported by helicopter to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta. The shooting was a “drive-by” that involved a white convertible with the top down and possibly a black Nissan truck. The suspects were believed to be from Aiken County and were able to elude deputies and police as they converged on the area just before 1am Sunday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond defeats Southside 61 - 27
web posted November 15, 2008
SPORTS – The 2nd round play-off is history and the Strom Thurmond Rebels (12-0) advance to the 3rd round, one step closer to a state title. A full report on the game will be online by Monday. Congratulations to the Rebels!

Saturday: Strom Thurmond - Southside Round 2 Play-off game available live online
web posted November 15, 2008
SPORTS – The 2nd round state championship playoff game hosted by Strom Thurmond (11-0) against Southside (7-4) will be broadcast live on the internet at 7:30 pm EST. The undefeated Rebels have secured home field advantage in the next rounds of play-off games as well. The score will be posted online shortly after the game ends with a full report available by Monday.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Gunshots erupt at party location for third time in a month in Edgefield
web posted November 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Another disturbance erupted in gunfire early Saturday morning at the “Center” on Macedonia Street in Edgefield that brought Edgefield Police and Sheriff’s Deputies to the scene. Details of the incident are still being collected and EMS was called to respond for an injury. At this time, no one was reportedly hit by the gunfire. This is the third report of shots fired at the popular party location since October.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Single car crash sends one to MCG (Photos)
 web posted November 15, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Bath woman was taken to MCG Hospital after crashing her 2002 Honda Accord on Woodlawn Road Friday afternoon. According to a witness following behind the woman, she was traveling between 55 and 60 mph and ran off the eastbound side of the road, overcorrected, and lost control of the car. The posted speed limit on the roadway is 45 mph.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Middle school students gear up for South Carolina Bar Mock Trial Competition
web posted November 15, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Middle school students from the Midlands region, including Merriwether Middle School, will compete in the South Carolina Bar Regional Middle School Mock Trial Competition Saturday, November 22, at the Richland County Courthouse.The competition will begin at 8:45 a.m. The courthouse is located at 1701 Main St. in Columbia.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Heritage Holidays Celebrates Its Third Year
web posted November 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) is proud to present the third annual “Heritage Holidays.”  The “Heritage Holidays” events bring the spirit of the season into Edgefield stores, restaurants, and heritage sites. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Free speech?: Remarks against Obama probed
web posted November 15, 2008
Durham police conducting internal investigation; chief says it wasn't a slur
DURHAM - Derogatory remarks toward President-elect Barack Obama made on a social networking Web site are now the subject of an internal police investigation.
NewsObserver

Union fights for Pa. bus driver who hit third pedestrian, firing "unfair"
web posted November 15, 2008
ERIE, Pa.—A union is fighting the firing of municipal bus driver in northwestern Pennsylvania who struck and killed a surgeon three years ago and then hit another pedestrian in September. That was the third time the driver hit a civilian since 2000. The union's grievance against the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority says last month's firing of 49-year-old David Justka was "unfair".
Off The Wall

Augusta man escapes injury in one car crash (Photos)
web posted November 14, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Augusta man escaped injury in a one car crash Thursday afternoon on Sweetwater Road that snarled traffic for over an hour. The driver said he was traveling southbound when he ran off the road just south of Horns Creek West and overcorrected causing him to lose control. That was the last thing he remembered. Two drivers following behind had to fill in the rest of the details for him.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Teens’ late night trip to Horns Creek Church turns out scarier than they planned
web posted November 14, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Six Aiken County teens coming back from a visit to Horns Creek Church in the early morning hours Thursday found themselves at another scary place, the Edgefield County Detention Center. According to information obtained, the six are co-workers at a North Augusta restaurant.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Games of interest around the state play-offs
By Tim Crane
web posted November 14, 2008
SPORTS – Games of interests around the state play-offs Friday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Estate Auction Saturday, November 15
Including: 1965 (Commonly Referred To As 1964 ½ ) Ford Mustang Convertible–260 V8, 3 Speed Manual, One Owner
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Barbara J. McCarthy of Edgefield S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 29 Legacy Lane, Edgefield, S. C.  29824.  From I-20 exit 1, travel north on Martintown Road (Highway 230) toward Edgefield about 9 1/2 miles to Garrett Road; turn left onto Garrett Road at Buck Tyler's Taxidermy, then 2 1/2 miles to Legacy Lane on left.  LOOK FOR SIGNS!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Trenton motel site of strong armed robbery (Photos)
Video Included
web posted November 13, 2008
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man that robbed the Crossroads Motel on Oscar Drive in Trenton on Tuesday. The suspect, described as a black male with a goatee around 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 230 pounds wearing a white tee shirt and black jeans, entered the motel and inquired about renting a room. After partially filling out the required forms he jumped the counter and pushed the female clerk aside as he robbed the business. She fled to a nearby room and locked the door and called 911.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Estate Auction Saturday, November 15
Including: 1965 (Commonly Referred To As 1964 ½ ) Ford Mustang Convertible–260 V8, 3 Speed Manual, One Owner
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Barbara J. McCarthy of Edgefield S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 29 Legacy Lane, Edgefield, S. C.  29824.  From I-20 exit 1, travel north on Martintown Road (Highway 230) toward Edgefield about 9 1/2 miles to Garrett Road; turn left onto Garrett Road at Buck Tyler's Taxidermy, then 2 1/2 miles to Legacy Lane on left.  LOOK FOR SIGNS!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Drug raid nets two arrests, drugs and money seized
web posted November 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Details of the execution of a search warrant on an Eastview Road residence that resulted in two arrests Friday are now available. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and Narcotics Division Investigators arrested Orlando Scott Jr., 25, and Shantear Denise Martin, 24, both of 26 Eastview Road, Edgefield. Two small children present in the home at the time of the raid, a son and daughter less than three years old, were turned over to a family member after being cleared through a background check, records show.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Outgoing School Board member is "Proud of this County and Proud of my Service"
web posted November 13, 2008
Dear Editor, Edgefield County School District, the Board, the Administration, and residents,
I would like to take a few minutes and express a few thoughts in reference to my tenure as an Edgefield County School Board Trustee. These past four years have gone by very fast, during which we have endured many challenges. Many of those were imposed on us by the state, some were local challenges, and several others came from within our own district. The common denominator of them all, however, is that all of those challenges have been met by the same entity, this board, who has always tried to do what is right and to make the best decisions for this district.
EdgefieldDaily.com

DHEC Region 1 Health Department Campuses Go Smoke Free
web posted November 13, 2008
PSA - ANDERSON - The Great American Smokeout offers tobacco users an opportunity to "quit for keeps" starting Thursday, November 20, Region 1 S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today. November 20, also starts the policy of “Tobacco-Free Campuses” at all Region 1 Health Departments. A campus is defined as the interior and exterior of all buildings and grounds to include parking lots and walkways.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hundreds turn out to honor veterans (Photos)
web posted November 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Hundreds attended the Veterans Day Celebration at Strom Thurmond High School to honor veterans and those who actively serve in our Armed Forces today. Jane Herlong emceed the event that gathered over a hundred veterans to honor their contribution to our nation saying, “America is great because it is good and if we cease to be good, we will cease to be great.” 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston to begin enforcing “junk car” ordinance
web posted November 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Just one day after the Johnston Town Council let a motion to amend the town’s zoning ordinance on unregistered vehicles die for a lack of a second, the town is now moving forward to enforce the current ordinance, according to Town Administrator Keith Coones. “I will be meeting shortly with Chief Aston and we will begin to formulate a plan to enforce the Zoning Ordinance provision on unlicensed vehicles that has been in place since the Town of Johnston adopted the current Zoning Ordinance in 2001,” Connes said in an email to the local media Tuesday. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Preview of Southside at Strom Thurmond: Playoffs Round 2
By Tim Crane
web posted November 12, 2008
SPORTS – The undefeated Strom Thurmond Rebels (11-0) will host the Southside Tigers (7-4), in the second round of the AA playoffs. Southside comes to Johnston ranked ninth in the entire state for offensive scoring.   
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston's Matt Holmes named in All-SAC honors
web posted November 12, 2008
SPORTS – Newberry College senior linebacker Will Newell was named the 2008 South Atlantic Conference Football Defensive Player of the Year, as the league announced its annual football honors Monday. A total of eight Newberry players made all-SAC teams, with five earning first team accolades.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: Obama's National Security Force
By Carl Langley
web posted November 12, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – First, let me congratulate Barack Obama for winning the 2008 presidential election, thanks to a well-oiled machine that went into full attack mode nearly two years ago. Second, let me chastise John McCain for running the most inept political campaign in history, one dragged down the incompetents he surrounded himself with and who are now busy trying to lay the blame for their stupidity on poor Sarah Palin.
EdgefieldDaily.com

New book reveals the "inner circle" of J. Strom Thurmond - The man behind the lore
web posted November 12, 2008
COLUMBIA – The Centennial Senator: True Stones of Strom Thurmond from the People Who Knew Him Best gives readers unprecedented access into the public and private life of U.S. Senator J. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina through personal reflections from more than 150 friends, staffers, colleagues, and constituents. From the upper echelons of American government to Thurmond's legislative assistants and personal driver, the senator's inner circle speaks candidly about unforgettable interactions with the man behind the lore.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Elementary receives $500 from local United Way (Photo)
web posted November 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – Dean Campbell, Chairman of the Edgefield County United Way, presented Johnston Elementary with a $500 check for their contributions toward fundraising efforts for the organization in the School Challenge for the United Way. “This is the second year we have done this,” Campbell said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Heritage Holidays Celebrates Its Third Year
web posted November 12, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) is proud to present the third annual “Heritage Holidays.”  The “Heritage Holidays” events bring the spirit of the season into Edgefield stores, restaurants, and heritage sites. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Chitty recognized by School Board (Photo)
web posted November 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board recognized Scott Chitty Tuesday night with a plaque for is service on the board from 2004-2008. Chairwoman Sallie Cooks said though Mr. Chitty served only one term on the board, “it’s the dash that makes the difference,” referring to the years Mr. Chitty served.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trailer stolen from Plum Branch Road
web posted November 11, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man notified the Sheriff’s Office of a theft of a flatbed trailer that was parked at a home on Plum Branch Road home. The trailer, described as a duel axle trailer that is black in color.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Woman finds home scene of burglary
web posted November 11, 2008
MURPHY VILLAGE – A Murphy Street returned after being out of town and found her home had been burglarized and the interior of the home ransacked. According to the woman, she had been out of town since July and returned this past weekend.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Mayor orders Police Chief to remove town councilman from meeting (Photos)
Audio Recording available only from EdgefieldDaily.com
web posted November 11, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council had a standing room only crowd in attendance Monday night due to a public hearing on the final reading of a zoning ordinance to remove the two car 45-day limit on unregistered vehicles allowed to be parked at residential homes. Town Councilman Tommy Burton was urging the town council to pass the final reading of the new ordinance, which had been shot down by the town’s planning and zoning commission. Mayor Willie Campbell, who was trying to run an orderly meeting, ended up in a confrontation with Mr. Burton that led to the Mayor calling Johnston Police Chief Christ Aston to, “escort him (Mr. Burton) out of here”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Honors fallen sons for Veterans Day (Photo)
web posted November 11, 2008
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

Veterans Day Celebration Tonight
web posted November 11, 2008
JOHNSTON – Veterans' Day will be observed November 11, 2008, at 6:00 pm, at the athletic field at Strom Thurmond High School. Veterans are asked to be present by 5:45 pm. All veterans will march in together, and be seated on the field.  Spectators will be seated in the stands. There will be  assistance for those veterans needing it. This year, the observance will include speakers and highlight those who have served in the National Guard. Emcee for the event will be Jane Herlong. There will be fireworks after dark. The event is free to the public.

Johnston turns back new unregistered cars ordinance, approves motel-hotel tax (Photo)
 web posted November 11, 2008
JOHNSTON  - The Johnston Town Council held its November monthly meeting with a packed crowd and heated exchanges, but in the end were able to muddle through and complete their lengthy agenda. After voting on the normal procedural approval of previous meetings the Mayor Opened the floor to those who wish to speak in a public hearing on the final reading of and ordinance to remove a 45-day time limit on the number of unregistered cars that could be parked at residential properties.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Caller reports possible drunk driver, then crash (Photos)
 web posted November 11, 2008
TRENTON – Edgefield County 911 received a call reporting a possible drunk driver northbound on Highway 25 near Trenton just before 1 pm Monday. As dispatchers were trying to have Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers get in position to intercept the vehicle a report came in the car in question had wrecked at the bottom of the hill near Bream Oak Subdivision and an ambulance was summoned to the scene. The Merriwether Fire Department also responded after no other department responded to the calls for First Responders. The wrecked car was found at the bottom of a forty-foot embankment nose first in a creek.
EdgefieldDaily.com

A historical look back: Rebel Teams With Playoff Shutouts and How They Fared
By Tim Crane
web posted November 11, 2008
SPORTS – Last week Strom Thurmond shut Columbia out, 42-0 and that became the 14th postseason shutout in Rebel history.  This was the Blue Steel defense’s sixth shutout of the 2008 season.  Playoff shutouts are a rarity, due to the level of competition.  After all, only the top teams usually make the playoffs.  Here is a look at the other times Strom Thurmond has pitched a shutout in the postseason and how they finished the season.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Writer takes issue with "Spread the Wealth Around" column
web posted November 11, 2008
Dear Editor,
This is in response to the Editor's column in last week's edition concerning "Obama's Spread the Wealth" policies. Reading the article, my initial contention was - this is someone's opinion of a joke. After reading the complete article, I'm convinced this individual is nothing more than a sore loser. I guess spreading the wealth only applies when tax breaks go to the middle class and poor people. When it goes to the rich - we don't hear about it because its done in the dead of night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Governor Sanford: Make Voice Heard to End Bailout Excesses
web posted November 11, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford on Monday called on South Carolinians to make their voices heard to Congressional leadership about the "gaming of the nation's taxpayers" being spurred by Congress's lack of oversight of the recent federal bailout bill.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Veterans Day Closings
web posted November 11, 2008
COUNTY – Closings for Veterans Day
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

Rebels Crush Columbia, Cruise to Round 2
By: Tim Crane
Photo by: George Fell
 web posted November 10, 2008
SPORTS – After Strom took the lead Friday night, the only thing in doubt was a possible shutout. The Blue Steel defense, filled with experience gathering second stringers, calmed those fears with 1:30 remaining in the game while being backed up at their 3 yard line.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Authorities seek help in locating missing man
web posted November 10, 2008
AIKEN – An Aiken County man remains missing after leaving his Saddlebred Loop home in Aiken County on Halloween night to attend a Blackville-Hilda football game. Cary L. Mason, 37, has not been seen in the last ten days and authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating him. Mason borrowed his mother’s red 2006 Ford Expedition to go to the game. It was found the following morning overturned on Girlscout Camp Road, Trenton, near Highway 19.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Veterans Day Celebration set for Tuesday
web posted November 10, 2008
JOHNSTON – Veterans' Day will be observed November 11, 2008, at 6:00 pm, at the athletic field at Strom Thurmond High School. Veterans are asked to be present by 5:45 pm. All veterans will march in together, and be seated on the field.  Spectators will be seated in the stands. There will be  assistance for those veterans needing it. This year, the observance will include speakers and highlight those who have served in the National Guard. Emcee for the event will be Jane Herlong. There will be fireworks after dark. For further information, contact John Rikard (637-4012.)

SC Waste Pesticide Recovery continuing in Johnston/Fairfax
web posted November 10, 2008
COUNTY – Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture, announces that the South Carolina Waste Pesticide Recovery Program that has been successful in the Pee Dee and Orangeburg areas is now moving into Johnston and Fairfax. Old, outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides will be collected from farmers, foresters, nurserymen, and landowners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday, November 11-13.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Editor's Column: Supporting Obama, "Yes we can!"
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 10, 2008
COLUMN – Now that “spread the wealth around” Barack Obama has won the Presidency our local governments and companies should institute President-elect Obama’s policies starting now. The people have spoken and it is time we all get together and support our new president and his wonderful campaign promises. Yes, let’s institute “Change”, Obama style. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Estate Auction Saturday, November 15
Including: 1965 (Commonly Referred To As 1964 ½ ) Ford Mustang Convertible–260 V8, 3 Speed Manual, One Owner
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 10, 2008
EDGEFIELD – We are selling the real and personal property estate of the late Mrs. Barbara J. McCarthy of Edgefield S. C.  The sale will be held at her home located at 29 Legacy Lane, Edgefield, S. C.  29824.  From I-20 exit 1, travel north on Martintown Road (Highway 230) toward Edgefield about 9 1/2 miles to Garrett Road; turn left onto Garrett Road at Buck Tyler's Taxidermy, then 2 1/2 miles to Legacy Lane on left.  LOOK FOR SIGNS!!  Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Please visit our website http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com  for details, terms, and pictures.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747.  803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Play-off scores across the State: Rebels remain undefeated
By Tim Crane
web posted November 8, 2008
SPORTS – The first round of play-off games are history and the road to the State Championship is narrowing. Below are the results from the games around the state. Strom Thurmond (11-0) defeated Columbia 42-0 and will face off against Southside, who defeated Emerald by a score of 74-37. The two teams will take to the field at Thurmond this coming Friday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Child dies, two burned in tragic Saluda house fire
web posted November 8, 2008
SALUDA – A Saluda County community is morning the death of a 13-year girl that died in a house fire Thursday night. Saluda County dispatchers got the frantic 911 call and dispatched the local volunteer fire departments to the rural home. 13-year-old Mie'Cosha Pugh died in the fire and her mother and grandmother were both flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center by helicopters from the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Come On Down
web posted November 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Gas prices continue to fall and have now reached the level of gas prices dating back to October 5, 2006, less than $2.00 a gallon. By mid-morning Friday the sign at Sportsman’s Corner on Martintown Road in Merriwether sported gas for $1.99 a gallon. Prices are expected to continue to fall. All we can say is, “Come On Down”.

Lowered State revenue expectations will increase size and duration of budget cuts
web posted November 8, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford commented Friday on the state Board of Economic Advisors' decision to cut this year's estimate for state revenue by an additional two percent saying the next round of budget cuts were “predictable”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Faust thanks voters, says a run in 2010 has "a ring to it"
web posted November 8, 2008
Dear Editor,
The election is over and I just want to tell the people that voted for me how much I appreciate the effort you put into this campaign. I am very proud of the amont of voter turnout in our district.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rebels Advance: Strom Thurmond 42 - Columbia 0
web posted November 7, 2008
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels advance into the second round of play-offs on their march for another state championship after decimating Columbia 42-0 in yet another shut-out game. The Blue Steel defense held Columbia to a four and out inside the 6 yard line to run out the clock. A full report will be online by Monday. Next up: Southside at Strom Thurmond.

Strom Thurmond - Columbia First Round Play-off game available live online
web posted November 7, 2008
SPORTS – The first round state championship playoff game hosted by Strom Thurmond against Columbia will be broadcast live on the internet at 7:30 pm EST. The undefeated Rebels have secured home field advantage in the next rounds of play-off games as well. The score will be posted online shortly after the game ends with a full report available by Monday.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Gary Hill Road man reports burglary
web posted November 7, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Gary Hill Road man called the Sheriff’s Office to report someone breaking into his home sometime between Tuesday afternoon and noon Wednesday. The homeowner arrived to find a broken window and evidence someone entered the home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vote tally in District 1 County Council race raises questions
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 7, 2008
COLUMN – Tuesday’s elections were historical with the United States electing its first bi-racial president, Democrat Barack Hussein Obama. But history was not reserved only for the national election; County Council District 1 seems to have made some history of its own by casting almost a third of all ballots cast in the county council races. That is incredible and curious as all county council districts contain approximately the same population, 5,000 people, and the other districts contain 80% of the population.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Democrat Rep. Moran: People who think they can keep the money they earn are "simplistic"
VIDEO INCLUDED
web posted November 7, 2008
NATION – Northern Virginia Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) states President-elect Barack Obama's "share the wealth" agenda better than Sen. Obama. Moran states, "The American worker has produced more per person than in any time, but it hasn't been shared, and that's the problem."
EdgefieldDaily.com

Free Tutoring Opportunity for Douglas Elementary School Students
web posted November 7, 2008
TRENTON – Under the No Child Left Behind Law, Title I schools, schools with high poverty rate that do not make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for three years in a row, are required to offer Supplemental Services to its students who receive free or reduced priced lunch at school. Supplemental services are also known as free tutoring services. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether hunter takes trophy buck (Photos)
 web posted November 7, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether resident Aaron Ingle was proud of his Halloween day trophy buck taken on family property off Murrah Road. The 8-point buck with an additional 2 spurs had been observed by Mr. Ingle while hunting the property. His persistence in hunting the deer paid off last Friday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hospice Offers Hope and Dignity at the End of Life
web posted November 7, 2008
COUNTY – November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, a time when care providers across the country are working to educate people about high quality end-of-life care. Hospice Care of South Carolina will host a community forum at the Edgefield County Library on Thursday, November 20th from 4pm – 9pm to help people understand options for care when facing a serious or life-limiting illness.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Second theft on Briarwood Road reported
web posted November 6, 2008
TRENTON – Another theft was reported on Briarwood Road area, this time leaving the homeowner missing $850 in tools. The man called the Sheriff’s Office to report the burglary after returning home from Charleston.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Veterans Day Celebration set for next week
web posted November 6, 2008
JOHNSTON – Veterans' Day will be observed November 11, 2008, at 6:00 pm, at the athletic field at Strom Thurmond High School.  Veterans are asked to be present by 5:45 pm. All veterans will march in together, and be seated on the field.  Spectators will be seated in the stands.  There will be  assistance for those veterans needing it. This year, the observance will include speakers and highlight those who have served in the National Guard. Emcee for the event will be Jane Herlong. There will be fireworks after dark. For further information, contact John Rikard (637-4012.)

Keg party for teens ends when police show up
web posted November 6, 2008
JOHNSTON – While three Sheriff’s Deputies and a Johnston and Edgefield Police were sorting out a Halloween party gone awry on West Martintown Road last Friday night, a Johnston Police Officer responded to a call on McCrieght Road near Johnston. An off duty Sheriff’s Deputy spotted two teens fighting at the edge of a wood line but the two ran off so he went to investigate. It was then he located a large group of teens in a field having a party and called for on-duty deputies to respond.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports Preview: Columbia at Strom Thurmond AA Playoffs Round 1
by Tim Crane
web posted November 6, 2008
SPORTS – The Columbia Capitals (6-4) travel to Rebel Country, to take on undefeated Strom Thurmond (10-0) this Friday night. This is the first round of the 2008 AA playoffs and a beginning of the new season for every team.  Throw the records out of the window because all teams all equal (0-0), at this point.  
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Letter to the Editor: Writer excited about Massey re-election
web posted November 6, 2008
Dear Editor,
I just wanted to shout - Senator Shane Massey For Four More years!  Yeh! Yeh! I have watched as this campaign has gone on through the monthes and weeks leading up to the election.  I saw people attack my friends in public forums and on television ads.  And I stand tall beside Senator Shane Massey and his family today as we celebrate his win in the State senatorial race.
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Senate Majority Leader Peeler Congratulates Massey on victory
web posted November 6, 2008
COLUMBIA – Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) congratulated Senator Shane Massey on his second win in two years. “Senator Massey won a hard fought campaign and I think the voters of Senate District 25 know that Shane Massey will continue to work for them and the good of the state by shaking things up in Columbia.”
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November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month
web posted November 6, 2008
COUNTY – Did you know that 1 in 10 adults in our state have diabetes? And only half of the people who have diabetes have taken a class on how to manage their diabetes. Here’s an opportunity for anyone with diabetes to step up and take classes to improve their health and better manage their diabetes.
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Massey retains Senate seat, Anderson concedes
web posted November 5, 2008
COUNTY – The Senate District 25 race between two Edgefield candidates was thought to be a lot closer than things turned out. Though not official, early ballot counts show Republican Shane Massey retaining his seat in the state Senate. “We’re really excited,” Sen. Massey said late Tuesday night. “We had a great team of supporters that got out there and worked hard.”
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Funding cuts hit classrooms: taxpayers left out of the loop - Fox Creek, ECBOE members exempt from cuts
web posted November 5, 2008
JOHNSTON – According to information obtained by EdgefieldDaily.com, Strom Thurmond High School and the Vocational Center have been warned of the additional cuts that have been passed by the Legislature and approved by the School District that will affect not only the extra-curricular activities of the schools, but the very basic of needs of teachers. These deep cuts, by fluke of legislation, will not affect charter schools until the next Fiscal Year placing a greater burden on local public schools to shoulder the majority of cuts. Cuts that show Fox Creek will be getting over $300,000 a month that would have been cut as a county school while Strom Thurmond is forced to absorb their own cuts and those of Fox Creek.
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Elections place new local leaders in office
web posted November 5, 2008
COUNTY – With the final results in on local county political races there have been new leaders elected in various races with all eyes on a few key races such as County Council District 1 and School Board races in Districts 4, 6, and 7.
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Voters reject 4-year terms of county council members
web posted November 5, 2008
COUNTY – The vote for four-year terms of county council members met another resounding defeat with almost two thirds of voters refusing to allow county council members to hold four year staggered terms. The repeated measure has been defeated every time it has been placed on the ballot over the last two decades.
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Local election winners
web posted November 5, 2008
COUNTY – A complete list of the elected leaders is presented below.
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Letter's to the Editor
web posted November 5, 2008
-Edgefield warns: Speeders Beware
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Edgefield Mayor touts upcoming events
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Election returns: Final results
web posted November 5, 2008
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Sample ballot for Nov. 4 Election
web reposted November 3, 2008
COUNTY – Below is a representation of the items and those seeking election as listed on the ballot in the November 4 General Election for Edgefield County. The listing is not a reproduction of the actual ballot, but is taken from the actual sample ballot provided by the Edgefield County Election Office. The listing is to inform voters of the content of the ballot. 
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Edgefield Town Council addresses noise, policy changes
web posted November 4, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield town council held their November meeting Monday evening passing several readings on ordinances and making wording changes to policies and the noise ordinance. Before the readings began Mr. Matt McGinnis, Commander of the American Legion, Post No. 30 in Edgefield and two other members thanked the town council and mayor for their support by providing them each a certificate of appreciation.
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Fox Creek School vandalized again
web posted November 4, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Fox Creek Charter High School has been the scene of another vandalism that resulted in an estimated $8,000 in damage. Deputies were called to the school Sunday morning when the administrator arrived and found the damage.
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Sports
-Playoff football match ups for week 11
-High School Football scores of interest across the state
web posted November 4, 2008
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Rebels Gouge Gilbert, Finish Regular Season with Perfect 10-0 record
State Play-off brackets available
By Tim Crane
web posted November 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – A potentially tricky night turned into a treat as the 2008 Rebels become the first Thurmond team to start 10-0 since 1985. The Indians would not let Strom Thurmond achieve perfection without a fight as they scored over twice as many points on the Blue Steel defense than any other team has this year. 
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Hundreds attend Trenton Flyers “Candy Drop” (Photos)
Video footage included
web posted November 3, 2008
TRENTON – The Trenton Flyers held their annual “Candy Drop” on Saturday with over two hundred people showing up, some in costume. “This is definitely the largest crowd we’ve ever had,” Johnny Anderson said. The Trenton Flyers, a group of flying enthusiasts, sponsors the yearly event. “Its one of the ways we give back to the community,” Anderson said. Local children were more than happy to receive what the group was giving back, lots of candy.
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Halloween adds to number of arrests at Westside home (Photos)
 web posted November 3, 2008
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Edgefield and Johnston Police were called to a home on the 3100 block of West Martintown Road just after midnight Friday with a report of an uncontrollable fight in progress. Deputies called for additional back up due to the volatility and the history of parties held at the location. The home, notorious to law enforcement for large parties involving young people, has been the site of arrests and problems in the past.
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Letters to the Editor
-Sister says Faust ready to lead
-Writer offers 'solutions' to America's woes'
-Writer says: 'Don’t Make a Chitty Decision'
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Opinion: Obama, another false prophet?
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 3, 2008
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November Birthday/Anniversary winner announced
web posted November 3, 2008
WEBNEWS – Florence and Tony Creasy of Eagle Rd have been selected as  EdgefieldDaily.com's  winner of the cake give-away for the month of November in honor of their 26th Wedding Anniversary on November 17. They will need to contact EdgefieldDaily.com to learn how to claim their free cake.
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Brave new schools: Boy Sent Home From School For Dressing as Jesus for Halloween - Devil, vampires OK
Eighth Grader Told His Halloween Costume Was Offensive, Distracting
PARAMUS, N.J. (CBS) ― A Paramus middle school student was sent home Friday after he came to school dressed up as Jesus for Halloween.
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10-0: A Perfect Season, Strom Thurmond 52 - Gilbert 28 (Photo)
web posted October 31, 2008
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels completed a perfect season Friday night after scalping the Gilbert Indians 52-28 in an impressive Halloween night game. After Gilbert struck first with a touchdown, the Rebels responded with 45 unanswered points by the third quarter, including a 42-yard field goal by Rebel kicker Ren Fell. Gilbert closed the gap late in the fourth quarter by scoring 14 points in less than one minute to put the score at 45-28. Maurice Brown scored for the Rebels on a 5-yard run to give them a 52-28 lead with just 2:39 left in the game that would remain to the end. A full report on the game will be online by Monday.

Trenton man arrested after Friday burglary (Photos)
 web posted November 1, 2008
TRENTON – A Trenton woman arrived at her home on the 300 block of Highway 121 just before 1 pm Friday and interrupted a burglary in progress. The burglar ran out the back door of the home and disappeared into the wooded area nearby. Sheriff’s Deputies began converging on the area setting up a perimeter and the bloodhound team was called to the scene. Within the hour the man accused of the crime was in custody.
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Serial gas drive-off suspect arrested
web posted November 1, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have arrested a man they claim has been a serial gas drive off suspect from area gas stations. Franklin Benson Beckles Jr., 36, of Aiken was taken into custody in North Augusta after being involved in a collision Friday evening. After Beckles’ information was checked it was discovered he was wanted in Edgefield.
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Trenton Flyers Candy Drop today
web posted November 1, 2008
TRENTON – The Trenton Flyers will be holding their annual "Candy Drop" at the Trenton Airport today at 4 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Governor Sanford Expresses Budget Reservations, Withholds Vetoes
web posted November 1, 2008
MERRIWETHER – While expressing "serious reservations" about a number of a flexibility-limiting provisions in the legislature's targeted spending cuts plan, Governor Mark Sanford announced Thursday he would allow the plan to become law and withhold any budget vetoes. Last week the General Assembly sent the governor a plan to cut nearly $500 million from the state budget.
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Man files complaint: Money intended for pot used to buy crack cocaine
web posted November 1, 2008
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man went to the Johnston Police Department to file a complaint against another man for the theft of $20 on Wednesday afternoon. According to the man’s complaint, he gave the second man $20 to buy marijuana but the second man “smoked it up on crack cocaine.”
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