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One man flown to MCG from single car crash Friday morning
web posted November 30, 2009
TRENTON – One man was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash Friday morning on Airport Road in Trenton. The Trenton Fire Department, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene shortly after 9 am with reports the man driving the truck was trapped inside. As Trenton Firefighters began the extrication process a call went out to have a helicopter in route to transport the man once he was removed from the wreckage.
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FBI: Unknown male sought for three bank robberies
web posted November 30, 2009
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Division of the FBI is seeking information that will help in the capture of an unknown bank robber being sought in connection with three bank robberies along Interstate 95. On November 24, 2009, at approximately 1:00 pm, the Wachovia Bank in Pooler, Georgia was robbed.  Approximately one hour later, the same alleged male robbed the Bank of America in Bluffton, SC. 
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Merriwether Middle School student takes trophy buck
web posted November 30, 2009
MERRIWETHER – 13 year-old Houston Lewis killed his first deer, an 8-point 210 pound buck, in Beech Island, SC on Thanksgiving Day. He is a Merriwether Middle Student and the son of Shawn and Kathy Lewis. He harvested the buck with a single shot from a .270 WSM at 80 yards.
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Christmas Lighting Celebration tonight in Johnston
web posted November 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation is proud to usher in the Christmas season with its annual Town Lighting Celebration tonight at 6:00 pm in the warehouse located next to the municipal parking lot.
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Sports - Rebel’s Represent: More Rebels on All Region III Team than Any Other School
By Tim Crane
web posted November 30, 2009
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond wrapped up the season last week with a heart breaking loss to Central Pageland, but the outstanding coaching, talent and athleticism of this team did not go unnoticed. There were 36 total players selected from the six region schools. Thurmond sent 10 players which left the other five schools to battle for the remaining 26 slots.
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All Region lll Team Roster
By Tim Crane
web posted November 30, 2009
SPORTS – Below is the Roster of Players of the All Region lll Team. Strom Thurmond Players in bold.
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December Cake Winner Announced
web posted November 30, 2009
WEBNEWS – The December Cake Winner has been drawn and Elena and Katie Medlin are the recipients in honor of their 6th Birthday on December 16. The entry was sent in by their mother. In order to claim the custom cake “Mom” will need to contact EdgefieldDaily.com for instructions on how to complete the custom order to Jari’s Bakery in Edgefield. January birthday and anniversary wishes are now being accepted. Send in a message for your loved one and have them automatically entered into our monthly drawing.
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Strom Thurmond Art Students to hold art show during First Friday events in Augusta
web posted November 30, 2009
AUGUSTA – Art Students from Strom Thurmond High School will be having an art show at Artistic Perceptions, Inc., 551 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia. The show will be held on December 4, 2009 during the First Friday events from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Several students have also planned to entertain us with their musical talents. Refreshments will be served.
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Calliham’s: Buying the lie rather than facing reality
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 30, 2009
COLUMN – On Tuesday night the ruling majority of the Edgefield County Council will take the third and final vote to buy the beleaguered Calliham property in spite of the ominous over one million-dollar debt that will hit the taxpayers within the next two to three years. There will be a public hearing held prior to the vote, but do not count on any of the ruling majority to hear, much less listen, during that period. They are following a fantasy, not reality, and their minds are made up.
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The Twain Award Goes to an Illinois Idiot
By Carl Langley
web posted November 30, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Each time some liberal speaks I recall the sage wit of master American storyteller Mark Twain. It was Twain who warned, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” The newest holder of the Twain award is Illinois U.S. Sen. Richard (Dustbin) Durbin, a rather muddled soul who once remarked on the floor of the Senate that American soldiers were murderers.
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From New York's 5th Avenue to Edgefield
web posted November 30, 2009
EDGEFIELD – For nearly a century Doncaster has been recognized as the originator of direct sales in high-end ladies apparel.  The company remains privately held by its founders, the Tanner family, and still calls Rutherfordton, NC its corporate headquarters, with the Design and Marketing offices on New York's illustrious 5th Ave.  Although much has changed, the company's unyielding dedication to elegance, style, and quality continue to be the driving forces behind its success.
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A No-Miss Holiday Musical this Weekend
web posted November 30, 2009
BATESBURG – The dancers of Palmetto Dance Academy and Fine Arts Center will present their annual charity concert this Saturday, December 5th at 6:30 pm in the Batesburg Leesville High Fine Arts Center.  The no-miss Grinch Musical has been in preparation for several months and is believed to be one of the best ever presented by the studio.  Over 100 little whos, dancing snowflakes, prancing presents, cuddly dogs, and the mean ole Grinch himself will take to the stage in a magical setting which features a back drop painted by nationally recognized theater artist Charles Stewart. 
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No updates during Thanksgiving Holiday
web posted November 27, 2009
WEBNEWS – There are no updates. Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. Updates will return on Monday, November 30. 

Westside man shoots himself while cleaning pistol
web posted November 26, 2009
WESTSIDE – A Benny Dorn Road man was rushed to the MCG Trauma Center after suffering a gunshot would to his thigh Tuesday around 9:39 pm. Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, and Westside First Responders were dispatched to the scene and found the man calm and coherent suffering from a “through and through” bullet wound. Emergency personnel called for a helicopter arrive to transport the injured man.
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Negotiations for County Administrator hire turned over to County Attorney
web posted November 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council met in executive session Wednesday afternoon to discuss the negotiations regarding their previous offer to Alton Brown as the new Edgefield County Administrator. After the county council emerged from the closed-door meeting they voted to turn the offer negotiations over to County Attorney Michael Medlock.
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Aiken County investigating fifth homicide in two weeks
web posted November 26, 2009
AIKEN – Aiken County has recorded another murder, the fifth in two weeks, when a 24-year-old Aiken man was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Emergency room at 6:40 pm Wednesday. Donald Hickman, of Aiken, was discovered around 6 pm near 125 Green Rd. in Aiken County by a passing motorist.
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Local recording artist to perform in Johnston Friday
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web reposted November 26, 2009
JOHNSTON – Local recording artist Jason Rushton and the "Jam Band" will be appearing at the Johnston Sports Club located at 158 Lee Street in Johnston on Friday for a night of original hits, country music, and classics performed live on stage. The group will be sure to please all comers. The performance will be from 8:30 until 12:30 pm. The Johnston Sports Club will also be open on Thursday after 4 pm. For more information call 803-275-4636.

November cake winner all smiles
web posted November 26, 2009
WEBNEWS – We love to see those who win our contests and drawings enjoy their winnings, our latest cake winner is among them along with a photo and a short thank you note. “We just wanted to send you a picture of Haylie Baxter, the November cake winner, with the cake she chose, and also to say Thanks to EdgefieldDaily.com and Jari's Bakery for making it possible.”
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Found Hunting Dog
web posted November 26, 2009
WESTSIDE – FOUND: Walker coonhound (female) found with collar with unreadable name tag around hwy 23 Modoc area. Please call (803) 341-2096 if you have lost a dog in this area.

Count 1, 2, 3 to Deal with Holiday Stress
web posted November 26, 2009
PSA – In a perfectly imagined world, the holidays are cast in a rosy glow where all children are sweet, you whisk off a spotless apron to serve the bronzed turkey on a perfectly garnished platter, and everyone gathers fireside to sing songs as snow gently falls.
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EdgefieldDaily.com announces publishing schedule for Thanksgiving holiday
web posted November 25, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com will reduce updates during the Thanksgiving holiday with only major breaking stories, obituaries, and the Wandering Minds being updated daily for Friday and Saturday as we spend time with family giving thanks. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Investigators working to identify recovered stolen property
web posted November 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The recovery of reported stolen property on Monday night might not contain items taken during a rash of recent burglaries in the Merriwether area, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Tuesday. One man was expected to come to the Sheriff’s Office in an effort to identify property that may belong to him Tuesday afternoon.
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Religion Column Returns: Expressing Thankfulness
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 25, 2009
RELIGION – Happy Thanksgiving Edgefield Daily Readers! I am Phillip Howle pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. I was thinking of things that I was thankful for today, when I realized that I forgot so many things I should have expressed gratitude for. I can be very ungrateful at times, which is a particularly disgusting sin. I had the displeasure of remembering one incident in my life as a child.
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Snow falls in Edgefield Tuesday afternoon
web posted November 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Winter came a little early on the Edgefield Town Square Tuesday afternoon when snowflakes began to fall around the Christmas tree. The flurries continued off and one for over an hour and some children, as well as a few passing motorists, took delight in the falling snow. That is until the machines were turned off.
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Public Notice: Called meeting of Edgefield County Council
web posted November 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A called meeting of the Edgefield County Council will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2009, in the conference room of the administrative office, 124 Courthouse Square, Edgefield. Council may convene in executive session pursuant to code section 30-4-70 (a) (1) of the SC code of laws 1976, as amended, concerning a personnel matter. Council may return to regular session at the discretion of the chairman.

Deikory Williams Player of the Week
By Tim Crane
web posted November 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Deikory Williams, senior free safety, had one interception, two broken up passes and multiple tackles in Thurmond's 14-9 loss to Central on Friday night. Thanks to Deikory's efforts, Strom was in the game until the final minute of play.
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Matt Holmes Earns All Super Region II Honors
By Tim Crane
web posted November 25, 2009
NEWBERRY – Matt Holmes, former Rebel standout and member of the 2005 State Title team, was named to the 2009 All South Atlantic Conference team for his outstanding play at Newberry College.  Holmes (only a junior) has started 20 consecutive games at center and graded out at 90% for the season.
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Letter to the Editor: Edgefield Mayor touts town's Christmas Spirit
web posted November 25, 2009
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 news media, 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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Mrs. Claus and elves give Courthouse Christmas makeover
web posted November 25, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Mrs. Santa Claus and some of Santa’s elves began decorating the Edgefield County Courthouse on Monday stringing garland, lights, and hanging wreaths on the doors. It is definitely starting to look a lot like Christmas. Shirley Newby, Clerk of Court, dressed the part of Mrs. Claus and her staff dressed as elves as they busily gave the courthouse a Christmas makeover. The lights will not be turned on until the Christmas Tree lighting.
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Northorp Awarded As Channel 6 Scholar Athlete
web posted November 25, 2009
JOHNSTON – Samuel Northrop has been recognized as a WJBF Channel 6 Scholar Athlete of the Week. The Strom Thurmond High School Senior was the Varsity Rebels kicker and is also a member of the Varsity Soccer team. The award is presented to an outstanding athlete who also excels in academics.
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Strom Thurmond HSAP Scores Show Increase in Performance: Scores Above State Average
web posted November 25, 2009
JOHNSTON – The State Department of Education has released HSAP scores and 77.2 percent of Strom Thurmond High School 10th graders passed both sections of the state’s exit exam scoring at Level 2 or higher on the test’s four achievement levels. These results represent and increase of .9 percent from the 2008 percentage of 76.3. Strom Thurmond High school 10th graders were above the state average of 76.1.
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Thanksgiving Closings
web posted November 25, 2009
COUNTY – The following government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
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Locals come to victim’s aid in attempted robbery on Edgefield Town Square
web posted November 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The peaceful and festive atmosphere of the Edgefield Town Square turned ugly just after 4 pm Monday when a witness saw two men push a woman to the ground and then try to force her into the backseat of her car. As the witness called 911, several people came to the woman’s aid and began chasing the men down Penn Street on foot. The men were unable to take the woman's pocketbook containing a large sum of money before they fled.
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Aiken man murdered in alleged, “drug deal gone bad”
web posted November 24, 2009
AIKEN – A shooting has left one man dead and Aiken County Investigators looking for a suspect. 35-year-old Paul Joseph Lirley of Marvin Drive in Aiken was shot in what the Aiken County Coroner’s Office is calling a “drug deal gone bad.”
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“Large amount” of stolen property recovered at Merriwether home
web posted November 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Investigators with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office may have been handed the evidence they need to solve a number of burglaries reported in the Merriwether area recently when a man reported a “large amount” of stolen property found at his home on the 900 block of Murrah Forrest Drive Monday evening. After deputies arrived and were shown the items, investigators were called to the scene.
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Deputy’s patrol car struck by suspected DUI driver
web posted November 24, 2009
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a 911 hang-up call and possible assault and battery on Sandy Springs Road late Saturday night received information the suspect may be fleeing the area in a green Chevrolet Lumina. After turning on Knight Lane to respond to the call the deputy spotted the car which was swerving into his lane and he began evasive maneuvers but was struck by the oncoming vehicle anyway.
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County Council to hold Executive Session to discuss offer to new County Administrator
web posted November 24, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be holding a special called meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues surrounding the job offer to Alton Brown as the new Edgefield County Administrator, interim Administrator Barbara Stark said Monday.
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Local recording artist to perform in Johnston
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web posted November 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – Local recording artist Jason Rushton and the "Jam Band" will be appearing at the Johnston Sports Club located at 158 Lee Street in Johnston on Friday for a night of original hits, country music, and classics performed live on stage. The group will be sure to please all comers. The performance will be from 8:30 until 12:30 pm. The Johnston Sports Club will also be open on Thursday after 4 pm. For more information call 803-275-4636.

Lost Dog
web posted November 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A tri-colored Jack Russell Terrier has been reported as missing in the Currytown Road area. The 5-month-old dog answers to the name of “Buster” and was last seen near the Old McDonald Fish Camp. Anyone with information or spotting the dog is asked to call 803-275-7631.

Jack Bernard Jr. Earns Elite Rank of Eagle Scout
web posted November 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Over thirty people gathered together Sunday afternoon to witness a rare honor in Scouting. Jack Allen Bernard, Jr. was bestowed the highest honor a Boy Scout youth can receive, the rank of Eagle Scout. In its near 100-year history, less than five per cent of all scouts ever achieve the honor. Reed Miller, BSA Council Board Representative, opened the “Court of Honor” and spoke of the significance of an Eagle Scout.
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“Friend” charged in fatal stabbing death
web posted November 23, 2009
AIKEN – One man is dead and his friend is in custody after a day of drinking and “roughhousing” ended in tragedy Saturday. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Dancer Wayne Richter, 20, was transported to MCG from the front yard of a home on Partridge Bend Rd. near New Ellenton around 9 pm after being stabbed several times. He was pronounced dead at 9:59 pm shortly after arriving.
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Offer of County Administrator’s position remains unaccepted
web posted November 23, 2009
COUNTY – Almost a week after the Edgefield County Council voted to offer former Georgia’s White County Manager Alton Brown the job as Edgefield County Administrator, the offer still remains to be consummated. Mr. Brown has said in previous reports he was “leaning” towards taking the job, but no official acceptance has been confirmed to date.
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Sports: Turnovers Seal Thurmond’s Fate, Central Wins 14-9 - Rebels end season at 10-3
By Tim Crane
web posted November 23, 2009
SPORTS – A huge crowd made the long trip to Pageland to watch the Rebel’s third round showdown with the Eagles. But they saw something they hadn’t witnessed all season; an abundance of turnovers. Four turnovers proved to be the difference in the game for Rebels on a night when it seemed they couldn’t get traction from spinning their wheels.
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South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit class offered
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web posted November 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Palmetto State Training LLC. will be offering a concealed weapon permit class on Saturday, December 12th  from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost is $80 per person. We will provide classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate. You will need to bring your S.C. Drivers License, a pistol, 50 rounds of compatible ammunition and Hearing & Eye protection. For detailed directions, questions or for information about future classes and private group class; e-mail scps.training@yahoo.com or call at 803-480-2095. Please leave your full name as you wish it to appear on your certificate, address, daytime phone number and evening phone number.

Letter to the Editor: Writer bemoans “ultra-rich”, supports healthcare takeover
web posted November 23, 2009
Dear Editor:
Over the past month or so, both Houses of Congress have just; by the slimmest of margins; passed the “green light” to consider Health Reform. I am taking this opportunity, during this Holiday Season, to say just how I feel about this very controversial issue.
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Missing or Lost Dog
web posted November 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An English bulldog is missing from a backyard on Gray Street in Edgefield. He is white with brown spots and answers to Snoopy.  Please call 803-336-4949 if you can help them find the family pet or provide information.

Library Offers Showings of Recently Released Movies
web posted November 23, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Are You Aware of One of the Greatest Treasures in Your Community? Many are still unaware of some of the services offered at the public libraries here in Edgefield County. In addition to well known services; such as computers, Wi-Fi, interesting books, DVDs, and books on CD, ECPL is now providing regular free showings of movies recently released on DVD.
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All too familiar: Homeowner finds “door kicked in”
web posted November 21, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A Longleaf Road resident returned to his home on Thursday afternoon to find the door to the home “kicked in” and valuables missing. It is the leading complaint in a continuous flow of reported burglaries over the last few months. The homeowner left around 7 am and did not return until around 5:30 pm when the break-in was discovered.
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Central ends Rebels hopes with 14-9 defeat
web posted November 21, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels went down fighting in the third round of the playoffs Friday night against last year’s opponent Pageland Central with a score of 14-9. After trailing 14-3 at the half, the Rebels came alive in the fourth quarter to tack on another 6 points but failed to score on a 2-point conversion. With only minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Rebels took over after an interception and inspired the Rebels supporters that a win was still within their grasp.
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Teen escapes rollover crash without injury
web posted November 21, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Columbia County teen was uninjured in a late night single car crash on Deep Step Road. Dispatchers received notification from McCormick County saying the crash was located inside the Edgefield County line. Deputies arrived on the scene to find the driver walking around the wreckage talking on the phone to his father informing him of the crash.
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Suspicious death of Warrenville man ruled homicide
web posted November 21, 2009
AIKEN – Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Friday afternoon that the discovery of a 68-year-old Warrenville man found dead in his home has been ruled a homicide. John Barrs was found dead in his home early Friday by a caregiver who notified authorities.
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FBI seeks wanted fugitive
web posted November 21, 2009
STATE – The Charlotte Division of the FBI and the Cary Police Department are seeking information that will help them track down 36-year-old Phillip Thomas Williams, aka: “Scoob”.  Williams is a wanted by the FBI for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on attempted murder charges. He may be in the South Carolina area a release by the FBI on Friday stated.
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Notice: Rebel Roadtrip Bus Canceled
web posted November 20, 2009 - 9:21 am
JOHNSTON – The bus planned to take riders to the Thurmond-Central game has been canceled due to lack of seat commitments.

Snow is on its way to Edgefield
web posted November 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – It looks like the promise of snow in Edgefield is going to be a reality, according to Edgefield Community Development Association member Sharon Nunnamaker. “We pick the machines up on Monday,” she said. The group was initially going to buy a single machine, but opted for two smaller ones. “It cost us a little more,” she said, raising the cost from $3,000 to $3,500.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted November 20, 2009
SPORTS – The Rebels travel to Pageland Central tonight in the third round of playoffs on thier march to another possible state championship. If you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. WKSX 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and Highspeed internet users. Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6:30 pm.

Thieves busy as bees
web posted November 20, 2009
TRENTON – A theft that is believed to have taken place sometime between Sunday and Thursday was all the buzz, quite literally, around the Sheriff’s Office after the report was turned in. Somebody entered the farming area of Hardluck Hill on Highway 25 just south of Trenton and made off with eight beehives. The person or persons that stole the hives would either have known a great deal about bees, or learned a lot pretty fast.
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First Nine Weeks Honor Rolls released
web posted November 20, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District released the First Nine Weeks Honor Rolls on Thursday for county schools. EdgefieldDaily.com congratulates each student on his or her achievement in academic excellence. Each school is listed individually below.
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Time is running out to enter December Cake Give-away
web posted November 20, 2009
WEBNES – The time to enter the drawing for our monthly birthday or anniversary cake give-away is drawing to a close in the next few days. To enter your loved one into our drawing simply send in a birthday or anniversary wish and they are automatically entered. Entries for our January drawing are now open as well.
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Piedmont Technical College’s Student Pottery Sale
web posted November 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Piedmont Technical College’s Professional Pottery program will host a student pottery sale on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Center for Creative Economies in Edgefield.  A second sale will be Wednesday, Dec. 9 in room 116-C of PTC’s James C. Self Conference Center in Greenwood from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Obamacare: Payoff for vote, forced funding for abortions
web posted November 20, 2009
Reid's Government-Run Health Plan Requires Monthly Abortion Fee

$100 Million Payoff to Buy Sen. Landrieu's Vote

Trenton man arrested for burglary
web posted November 19, 2009
TRENTON – A Trenton man is in jail after being found with a gun that was reported stolen in a recent burglary. Hank Eric Veal, 25, was taken into custody around noon Wednesday, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. The burglary is believed to have taken place on Sunday at a small building used by its owner for hunting activities.
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Another Trenton burglary reported
web posted November 19, 2009
TRENTON – Another burglary on the 2500 block of Edgefield Road was reported on Tuesday afternoon that resulted in almost $3,000 in property being taken from the home, including two shotguns. The burglary was discovered after a family member stopped by to check on the home while the owner is out of town and found a door forced open.
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Sports Rematch: Playoffs Round III, Thurmond at Pageland Central
By Tim Crane
web posted November 19, 2009
SPORTS – It’s the third round of the South Carolina AA State Playoffs and Strom Thurmond (10-2) will take the road to Pageland to face the Central Eagles (10-2). It’s approximately a 2 hour 45 minute drive, so leave early to make it on time.  Last season, the town of Pageland shutdown as nearly all of its citizens were in Johnston, packed into Strom Thurmond’s stadium. Now it’s our time to return the favor by packing out their stadium.
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Driving Directions to Strom Thurmond at Pageland Central
By Tim Crane
web posted November 19, 2009
SPORTS – Rebel football fans can find their way to the Playoff Game Friday night the easy way, let Sports writer Tim Crane show you the way. Tim has provided downloadable easy to read directions that will take you from Strom Thurmond High to the parking lot at Central.
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Rebel Roadtrip Bus Available
web posted November 19, 2009
JOHNSTON – There will be a tour bus leaving Johnston on Friday heading to Pageland SC for the Strom Thurmond vs Central Pageland showdown. Tickets are $25 (doesn't include game admission) and there are plenty of seats available.
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13-year-old bags 12-point buck
web posted November 19, 2009
ALLENDALE – Brett Spires, bagged his first large buck on October 16, 2009 while hunting with his father, Clay, in Allendale. This 13 year old hunter dropped the deer with a single shot at 180 yards. The twelve point buck weighed 195 pounds. Brett is the grandson of Larry and Iris Spires of Trenton.
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Thanksgiving Traditions Show Way to Help Others
Press Release web posted November 19, 2009
COUNTY – In my family we have a Thanksgiving tradition.  Before we begin our turkey dinner with all the trimmings we gather in a circle, hold hands, and each of us tells one thing for which we are thankful that begins with the first letter of our first name.  Most of the responses are predictable:  friends, family, football, health, love, memories, opportunities, safety, turkey.  Just imagine if this Thanksgiving you were not with your family but with strangers.  Imagine you’ve been taken from your home *for your own safety.
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Overcome Habits to Successfully Quit
By Dr. William Schiff
web posted November 19, 2009
AUGUSTA – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 adults in Georgia and South Carolina are smokers. While rates of smoking have slowly declined over the past 10 years, they have not kept pace with the numbers of people who try every year to quit smoking.  It’s a struggle that affects not only the general population but also those with disabilities. In fact, according to the CDC, those with disabilities are 50 percent more likely to smoke than those who do not have a disability.
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County Council votes to hire new County Administrator
web posted November 18, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council emerged from their executive session interviews Tuesday evening and voted to offer Alton Brown, of Cleveland, Georgia, the position as the new County Administrator. County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell made the motion that was seconded by Chairman Monroe Kneece and the vote was unanimous.
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Witness names suspect in burglary
web posted November 18, 2009
TRENTON – A woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary on Monday on the 2500 block of Edgefield Road and was able to provide a witness who not only saw the burglary take place, but also knew the identity of the man accused.
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Crime Blotter arrest reports now available
web posted November 18, 2009
WEBNEWS – A backlog prevented the release of the Crime Blotter arrest report for Tuesday on time. We appologize for the delay. The bookings are now available.
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Player of the Week: Nick Williamson
By Tim Crane
 web posted November 18, 2009
SPORTS – Tim Crane has chosen Nick Williamson, senior running back, as Edgefield Daily's Player of the Week for his standout performance in Thurmond's win over Broome in the second round of the class AA playoffs.
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Public Notice
web posted November 18, 2009
PSA – The Johnston Town Hall will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2009, for Thanksgiving.  The recyclables will be picked up on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

Wardlaw students to share Christmas across the world
web posted November 18, 2009
JOHNSTON – Wardlaw Academy is stepping up again with student involvement in helping others, this time by filling Christmas boxes for children overseas through the Samaritans Purse program. Trudi Belcher, the FCA sponsor teacher at Wardlaw, said the boxes began coming in on Tuesday and will continue through Friday. “We’re planning on having thirty to thirty nine by the week’s end,” she said.
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Thurmond FFA Soils Team Take State Honors
web posted November 18, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center FFA Soil Identification and Land Treatment team members Ryan Burns, Dustin Lalonde, Gaurang Patel, and Christian Speight were named the state champions in the competition held in Saluda County recently. The team members and advisor Dan Henderson were awarded expense-paid trips to represent South Carolina in the National Finals to be held in Oklahoma in May 2010. Ryan Burns was the second place high scorer and Dustin Lalonde took third place individual honors.
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New Tradition to Honor Teachers of the Year
web posted November 18, 2009
JOHNSTON – In a spirited ceremony held at the November 10 Edgefield County Board of Trustees meeting, a newly established tradition has unfolded to honor the School Teachers of the Year and the District Teacher of the Year. The program, to be known as “Excellence in Teaching”, is a celebration of the educators who hold the distinguished titles of being representatives of their schools as Teachers of the Year and the educator who is selected as The Edgefield County School District Teacher of the Year.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer thanks those who supported fundraiser for Brody Johnson
web posted November 18, 2009
Dear Editor:
The employees of the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority would like to say “Thank You” to everyone that supported the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser that was held on Sunday, November 15th to benefit Brody Johnson.
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Strom Thurmond Rebel fan shows pride with tattoo
web posted November 18, 2009
COUNTY – There are fans, and then there are super fans. It seems the Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels has one major super fan in Charles Hammond. Unlike most fans who sport bumper stickers, foam fingers, or pom-poms, Mr. Hammond made is “fanship” permanent, a tattoo.
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Calliham property mysteriously missing from published tax sale rolls in local paper
web posted November 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – After public notices of property sales for delinquent taxes were published, an anomaly was found that demanded further investigation concerning the controversial Calliham property being purchased by Edgefield County. As it turns out, the county requires that the title to the property be free of any and all liens or debt. According to tax information obtained on Monday, that is not the case. In addition, County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece is said to have requested the property not be listed in the tax sale and Vice-chairman Willie Bright has signed up as a bidder on the tax sale for that day.
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County Council to hold interviews of five candidates for Administrator and second reading of Calliham purchase
web posted November 17, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council will be conducting additional interviews of candidates considered for the position of County Administrator after the initial interviews failed to bring forth a viable candidate. Though the names of the candidates have not been revealed, an executive session will be held on Tuesday to begin the process to find someone to fill the position left open after former County Administrator John Pettigrew resigned.
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Pregnant Merriwether woman attacked by pit bull
web posted November 17, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A 19-year-old pregnant Merriwether woman was transported to an area hospital after being bitten repeatedly by a pit bull on Sunday afternoon as she walked along Murrah Road. She screamed at the dog’s owner, whom she said was standing in the yard watching, to call the dog off but the woman did nothing. “She stood there looking at my like I was crazy,” Crystal Ivey said. Once able to get away from the dog, the injured woman sat down on the edge of the road away from the scene of the attack and called 911.
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Covar Signs golf scholarship with Wofford College
web posted November 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – Anne Marie Covar, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield signed a National Letter of Intent to play Women’s Golf at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was a six year starter for the Strom Thurmond girls’ golf team and four year starter for the boys’ team. 
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Wise Tech Tips: Boost Computer Performance by Adding Memory (RAM)
By James Wise
web posted November 17, 2009
TECH TIPS – There are several things that affect the performance of a computer. We’ve talked about some things you can do software wise before. Today, we’ll talk about Memory (RAM) which is one of the physical components of a computer.
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W. E. Parker is Winning School in United Way Fund Drive
web posted November 17, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The United Way of Edgefield County Campaign Chairman Dean Campbell presented a $500 check to W.E. Parker Elementary School Principal Gaye Holmes at the Nov. 10 Edgefield County School District Board meeting. The $500 award can be used by the school to benefit students.
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Annual FFA Poinsettia & Wreath Sale gets underway
web posted November 17, 2009
JOHNSTON – The annual FFA Plant Sale starts Monday November 23 with a choice of Poinsettias or you can order a fresh cut Christmas wreath hand-made by local students. A list of times and availability of items for sale are listed below.
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Shots fired after man challenges claimed armed intruder
web reposted November 16, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A man arriving home around 9:15 Saturday night said when he entered the home he found a black male with a ski mask armed with two pistols. After a short confrontation the two struggled and shots rang out once the men were outside the home. The homeowner told deputies he was sure the intruder was hit in the gunfire.
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Thurmond Sweeps Broome Out of the Playoffs, 31-12
By Tim Crane
web posted November 16, 2009
SPORTS – Martinez Gallman took the second half kickoff 85 yards down the right sideline towards the scoreboard, out running everyone on the field, including multiple players that had angles on him, for Strom’s third score of the night. After Northrop split the uprights the Rebels led 21-0 with 11:48 remaining in third and they were well on their way to Pageland SC for round three of the playoffs.
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Funeral Service to Begin Pet Cremation Services
web posted November 16, 2009
GREENWOOD – The South Carolina Center for Funeral Service Education, also known as the Funeral Service curriculum at Piedmont Technical College, is taking one of the current cutting-edge trends in the industry and using it to teach students. Beginning in the spring, the program will begin offering pet cremation services through the People That Care Pet Crematory. This is the first pet crematory at any of the 56 accredited funeral service programs in the country.
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Opinion: Obama bows, again!
web posted November 16, 2009
OPINION – President Obama and the White House tried to claim his bowing to the Saudi king Abdullah earlier this year wasn’t a bow. Oboma, they claimed, was just so much taller he was trying to look the king in the eye. The excuse did not stand up unless one’s eyes are on the floor. So this weekend Obama went to Japan and met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and, once again, assumed the subservient role by a deep bow. In 233 years no American president has bowed to a leader of any country, especially “royalty”.
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ECDA says snow will fall on Edgefield Town Square
web posted November 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) is promising snow on the Edgefield Town Square for the Christmas shopping drive. They are close to making that a reality, but are seeking additional donors to purchase a “snow machine” which costs around $3,000. Many of the local businesses have already joined in on the drive.
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Rebels advance in play-offs with 31-12 victory over Broome
web posted November 14, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels have advanced in post-season play by defeating Broome 31-12 to move on to round three towards a state championship Friday night. The Strom Thurmond Rebels will take to the road next week in an effort to defeat Central before they can move towards the state championship game. As always, Tim Crane will have a full recap of the game on Monday.

Obama to move terrorist to South Carolina
web posted November 13, 2009
WASHINGTON DC – The South Carolina Legislative Delegation will be holding a press conference at 2:30 this afternoon to discuss President Obama’s decision to bring terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to American soil. The decision could have some detainees moved to Charleston, South Carolina. “Moving these terrorists to New York City or Charleston, South Carolina or anywhere in our country puts our citizens at greater risk for future terrorist attacks and that is irresponsible, ill-advised and simply unacceptable,” Representative Gresham Barrett said.
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Search warrant nets confiscation of drugs and cash
web posted November 13, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A drug raid on a suspected dealer has netted the Sheriff’s Narcotics division with the recovery of drugs and cash and one man arrested. Michael Antonia Blaylock, 31, was arrested after Narcotics Investigators and the Edgefield County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at his home on the 200 block of Murrah Road late Tuesday night.
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Guns targeted in Edgefield burglary
web posted November 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man reported a break-in that resulted in at least $3,200 worth of guns being taken from a gun safe at the family home on Columbia Road on Thursday. A total of five weapons were taken and at least two others were left behind.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted November 13, 2009
SPORTS – The play-offs underway and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. WKSX 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels host Broome in round two of the play-offs with kick-off at 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6:30 pm.

Body found in River ruled Homicide
web posted November 13, 2009
AIKEN – The body of a man found floating in the Savannah River has officially been ruled as a homicide, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Thursday. 52 year old, Gregory Brabham, of Beech Island, was discovered floating in the river Wednesday by workers at the power station of Kimberly Clark. Aiken County Coroner said Thursday the, “death is a homicide”.
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Editor calls out County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 13, 2009
COLUMN – The Edgefield County Council, in tried and true fashion, will subvert the normal procedures just to get their way on the Calliham property purchase. They will be holding a Special Called meeting this coming Tuesday to hold a second reading on the ordinance. And to make it even more appealing to the public, it will be held at 2:30 in the afternoon. As the “church lady” would say, “Well, isn’t that special”.
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Here’s Your Card: How to be arrested
web posted November 13, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Your license is suspended, your tags are expired, and the best way to avoid detection by police is to drive recklessly up and down a roadway with an open beer. Sounds like a plan that cannot fail. But fail it did for our most recent Here’s Your Card nominee on Wednesday, landing him in jail.
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Uptown Greenwood Plans Unprecedented Kick- Off Weekend to the Holiday Season
web posted November 13, 2009
GREENWOOD – Uptown Greenwood will be filled with local sounds and festivities Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th as many events are planned to kick off the holiday season and allow folks to get a jump start on their holiday shopping.  Uptown is partnering with numerous agencies and merchants to put together a mixture of cherished Uptown holiday traditions with an infusion of exciting new activities.  
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Suspected shooter surrenders to authorities
web posted November 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A suspected shooter is in custody after turning himself in to authorities Wednesday night. John Dwight Floyd, 48, of Amelia Drive in Murphy Village arrived at the Edgefield County Detention Center shortly after 7 pm and was booked on multiple charges including attempted murder. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said the gun used in the shooting has not been recovered at this time.
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Flooding worries continue as water levels rise
web posted November 12, 2009
COUNTY – As the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida passed over the Edgefield County area dropping between two to four inches of rain, the waterways began to rise and the trees began to fall. By early morning Wednesday Stevens Creek surpassed flood stage and began flooding the low-lying areas. “I think it’s going to continue to rise a while,” EMA Director Mike Casey said Wednesday evening, “I don’t think the bulk of the rainfall has gotten downstream yet.”
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Merriwether man arrested after fleeing traffic stop
web posted November 12, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A man that jumped from a small red truck as he approached a swarm of Deputies has been arrested. According to available information, The Edgefield County Narcotics Division and deputies were in the process of conducting a drug raid around 1 am at an unknown Merriwether home when Noe Aquinaga, 26, of Murrah Forrest Drive, entered the area. A deputy attempted to stop the vehicle which led to a short chase and Aquinaga jumping from the truck and running.
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Body found floating in river identified
web posted November 12, 2009
AIKEN – The body of a man found floating in the Savannah River around noon Wednesday has been identified as 52 year old, Gregory Brabham of Beech Island, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said. His body was found by workers at the Kimberly Clark power station.
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Sports Preview: Playoffs Round II, Broome at Thurmond
By Tim Crane
web posted November 12, 2009
SPORTS – Its round two of the South Carolina AA State Playoffs and the Centurions of Gettys Broome High School, from Spartanburg, will make the trip to the Midlands to face our Strom Thurmond Rebels.  It has been 29 years since Broome and Thurmond faced off on the football field.
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Opinion: General Puts His Foot in His Mouth
By Carl Langley
web posted November 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – In the awful aftermath of the shooting deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., by a Muslim serving as a major in the U.S. Army, I was shocked at the words of the Army’s top general, George Casey. Gen. Casey’s words, in which he declared that the shootings would not deter the military on its path to diversity, would have been better left unsaid. He should have spent his face time on television deploring the act of a mad man.
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Award-winning Cobra Could Be Yours for $100
web posted November 12, 2009
GREENWOOD – Time is running out on the opportunity to purchase a ticket to win a 1965 Cobra Replica offered by the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. The Foundation is offering up to 400 tickets for a $100 donation per ticket for the purpose of a drawing to select one winner to win the student-built Cobra. Less than 130 tickets remain and the deadline for purchase is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
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Suspected shooter in custody
web posted November 11, 2009 7:15 pm
EDGEFIELD – According to Edgefield County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran, shooting suspect John Dwight Floyd, 48, is now in custody after turning himself in to authorities shortly after 7 pm Wednesday afternoon. The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered. We will have more on this developing story on Thursday.
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Sheriff’s Office seeks suspected shooter
web posted November 11, 2009 2:10 pm
MURPHY VILLAGE – A 77-year-old Murphy Village man is recovering at MCG after a shooting early Wednesday morning. The shooting took place around 4 am at a home on Amelia Drive after a heated argument among family members, Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. “He (the victim) was shot in the arm and left side.”
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Government Office closings for Veteran’s Day
web posted November 11, 2009
COUNTY – All Edgefield County government offices will be closed today as well as the Town Halls of Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton in observance of Veteran’s Day. Offices will reopen for business on Thursday, November 12, 2009. The United States Postal Service and local banks will also be closed.

Merriwether home target of another burglary Tuesday
web posted November 11, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Another Merriwether area burglary was reported Tuesday bringing the total this week to four. So far this month there has been ten thefts or burglaries reported in the area. The most recent burglary was discovered when the homeowner arrived back at a home on Sweetwater Court around noon and found the door kicked in and called the Sheriff’s Office.
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NOTICE: Veteran’s Day Celebration today - Fireworks Canceled
web reposted November 11, 2009
PSA – The popular Veterans Day Celebration is returning this year today at the Strom Thurmond High School Gym at 6 pm. All veterans who wish to participate are asked to arrive at 5:30. The fireworks display has been canceled due to weather. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge for admission.

Edgefield County’s Most Wanted Deadbeat Dads
web posted November 11, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has updated their website again this week with a new list of “most wanted” that includes deadbeat dads topping the list. Twenty men with Family Court warrants for unpaid child support owe over $600,000 collectively. James Brown, of Johnston, (Left) tops the list owing a total of $42,092.55, records show.
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Sports: Future Looks Bright, JV Rebels Finish Season 8-1
By Tim Crane
web posted November 11, 2009
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond’s JV football team finished the season 8-1 and captured the Region Championship when they defeated Newberry 16-13.  They followed that win with an impressive 39-0 shellacking of Gilbert's JV team to end the season.
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DHEC Offering Special Day Care H1N1 Clinics
web posted November 11, 2009
COUNTY – DHEC Region 1 will be offering H1N1 flu vaccine on Monday, November 16 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at your local health department for Day Care staff and children who attend a Day Care. Region 1 Health Departments are in Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee (Walhalla office) and Saluda counties.
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Early Detection, Treatment Can Help Prevent Dementia Onset
By Dr. Jeremy Hertza
web posted November 11, 2009
AUGUSTA – You forget where you put your keys. In conversation, someone asks, “So when did you get married?” and you draw a complete blank. You can’t come up with a word you are trying to think of. And you know something important is supposed to happen on Friday night, but can’t for the life of you recall what it is.
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Burglary numbers continue to climb on Monday
web posted November 10, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The number of burglaries continues to rise as deputies and investigators were busy Monday morning after being called to three burglaries within two hours in the Merriwether area. The first call reported a home broken into on the 100 block of Briggs Road. The owner arrived and found the door kicked in and called the Sheriff’s Office.
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Johnston hears complaints of loitering around town, unkempt properties
web posted November 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held their November meeting Tuesday evening with councilmen Morris Holmes and Buddy Smith being absent. During the open public comment period held first in the agenda, one woman rose to bring two concerns in order to have them addressed, loitering at certain locations and properties that are not being tended to as they are required.
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Sports: Desmond Davis Player of the Week
By Tim Crane
web posted November 10, 2009
SPORTS – Tim Crane has named EdgefieldDaily's Player of the Week as Desmond Davis. The junior wide receiver turned quarterback did an exceptional job while filling in for the injured Raleigh Yeldell. Davis was 7 of 8 attempts for 81 yards passing with no interceptions. He also rushed 16 times for 145 yards with two touchdowns. He topped his night off with a two-point conversion run.
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Weekend thefts and burglary reported
web posted November 10, 2009
COUNTY – Two more thefts took place over the weekend with thousands of dollars in goods taken from the properties. The first reported theft came from a Tower View Road man after finding his truck and boat missing equipment. Someone during the night had entered his truck and stole a Pioneer stereo and also went into a toolbox, however, it was unknown what items, if any were removed.
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South Carolina’s rural school children most at-risk academically study says
web posted November 10, 2009
STATE – Students attending rural public schools are among the most academically at-risk of all children - particularly in South Carolina. That's the conclusion of a new national study released by the Rural School and Community Trust, investigating the role of poverty and population density in public education across the fifty states.
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Pressure Mapping At Walton Seating and Equipment Clinic Helps Wheelchair Users Find the Right Fit
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web posted November 10, 2009
AUGUSTA – On the computer screen, a spot glows an angry red, and physical therapist Margaret Blagg points it out. “Here you can see that there’s an area of increased pressure,” she explains to a patient during an assessment using the Walton Seating and Equipment Clinic’s pressure mapping system. “Let’s make some adjustments and see if we can alleviate that pressure.”
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Wanted sex offender turns himself in Sunday evening
web posted November 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A Sex offender wanted for a second offence of failing to register turned himself in to authorities Sunday evening. George Arthur Whitmore, 40, of Edgefield is in custody and is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Additional unrelated charges are also said to be pending against Whitmore.
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Death threats to Editor creates concern for County Council member’s safety
web posted November 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Continued death threats to the editor of EdgefieldDaily.com have now been turned over to the Edgefield Police Department after it was determined that the threats were being made by a resident of the Town of Edgefield. The death threats began at the same time an Edgefield resident began a blog making false claims about the editor of EdgefieldDaily.com and two county council members. The most recent threat stated to the editor, “You are a dead man”.
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North Augusta man dies after being struck by passing car
web posted November 9, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – A Seymour Drive man is dead after being struck by a passing neighbor while he was doing yard work, Aiken County Tim Carlton said. Mr. William Adams of Seymour Drive was pronounced dead at the Medical College of Georgia Trauma Unit at 3:43 pm Sunday.
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Sports: Shamrock’s Luck Runs Out: Thurmond Rolls 43-7 to advance in playoffs
By Tim Crane
web posted November 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Shamrock’s came to Johnston looking for their first postseason win since 1970 against a Thurmond team without multiple starters.  What they didn’t count on was the young Rebels stepping up and pushing the Rebel win streak to eight games.
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Will Crowder enjoys winning entry in Birthday club
web posted November 9, 2009
WEBNEWS – Will Crowder enjoyed his 7th birthday on October 15 with family and friends attending the party. Will posed with the cake he won through EdgefieldDaily.com's Birthday and Anniversay announcements. Jari's Bakery provides our monthy winner each month with a custom cake for that special occasion. "It was a delicious cake! Thank you so much!" Mrs. Crowder said. Send in your loved one's birthday or anniversary and automatically enter our monthly drawing for December.
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Sheriff’s Office seeks wanted sex offender (Photo)
web posted November 7, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of a wanted sex offender that has failed to register and cannot be located. George Arthur Whitmore, 40, is currently wanted on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, second offence. Anyone with information to Whitmore’s whereabouts is asked to call the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office.
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Sports: Shamrock’s Luck Runs Out: Thurmond Rolls 43-7 to advance in playoffs
By Tim Crane
web posted November 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Shamrock’s came to Johnston looking for their first postseason win since 1970 against a Thurmond team without multiple starters.  What they didn’t count on was the young Rebels stepping up and pushing the Rebel win streak to eight games.
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Local Dancer competes on national dance show
web posted November 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Kathryn McCormick of Augusta is in the Top 16 on the hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance. Kathryn got her start dancing at Augusta West Dance Studios in Martinez, Ga. Megan is the niece of Wayne and Nancy Luquire, owners of the Ten Governor’s Café.
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Warrenville man found dead ruled natural death
web posted November 7, 2009
AIKEN – The discovery of a body near Warrenville around 7 am Friday morning has been ruled a natural death, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. Phillip Pennington was found near the intersection of Howlandville Road and Highway 421 by a passerby.
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Rebels romp in 43-7 win: Advance to 2nd round of playoffs
web posted November 7, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Rebels have advanced to the second round of playoffs in a decisive victory over Eau Claire with a score of 43-7 Friday night. The Rebels remain atop the rankings with a 9-2 record. They will host Broome at Strom Thurmond on November 13. Tim Crane will have a full recap of the game on Monday morning. The win leaves the Rebels with just three games to win to battle for another state championship.

Purchase of Calliham property unable to be reconciled by costs estimates
web posted November 6, 2009
COUNTY – Now that the Edgefield County Council is moving forward with the purchase of the Calliham building, the released figures on the costs of the project cannot be reconciled to the ordinance given first approval on Tuesday night. The ordinance provides for $625,745.51 for the purchase of the Calliham property and remodeling of a 4,000 square foot portion of the building, however; according to the cost estimates provided by the architectural firm 2KM the initial costs ring in at a whopping $892,810.63, not including the future costs of remodeling the remaining 9,000 square feet of the building.
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More burglaries and theft reported on Wednesday
web posted November 6, 2009
COUNTY – More burglaries have been reported this week in addition to attempted burglaries. The most recent burglary reports were received on Wednesday along the Highway 25 south area, one on Coronet Drive and another on Finley Court. A theft was also reported on Wednesday in the same area from a local business. In all over $2,500 in goods and damages were listed.
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Sports: Preview of Round 1 Playoffs - Eau Claire at Strom Thurmond
By Tim Crane
web posted November 6, 2009
SPORTS – Eau Claire (1-9, 1-4) grabbed the number four seed in region IV with a victory over Lee Central in region play.  There was a three way tie for the final playoff spot in region IV and the Shamrocks beat out Andrew Jackson and Lee Central by allowing the fewest points in their games among each other.  The Shamrocks are now in the playoffs and on their way to Strom Thurmond (8-2, 5-0) this Friday.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted November 6, 2009
SPORTS – The play-offs are here and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. WKSX 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels host Eau Claire in round one of the play-offs with kick-off at 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6:30 pm.

Considering Family Caregiving? Here’s What You Need to Know
By Dr. William Schiff
web posted November 6, 2009
AUGUSTA – Caring for a loved one with health needs is perhaps one of the noblest things family members can do for one another. Yet family caregiving shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Careful planning and consideration helps ensure that both the caregiver and the family member not only survive but thrive in this new relationship.
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Lost Dog
web posted November 6, 2009
WESTSIDE – Lost family pet, brindle female Boxer answers to the name of Maggie. She has a black collar with a tag that reads “Diva” and has owner’s phone number on back. Last seen on Friday, October 30 in the area of Plum Branch Road and Highway 283. If found please call 803-507-0855.

EXCLUSIVE: Quail Unlimited Founder speaks out on “Misleading” stories on web
web posted November 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – With the recent controversy that has come from an article published by the Covey Rise on the financial shape of Quail Unlimited, EdgefieldDaily.com sat down with the Quail Unlimited Founder, Jerry W. Allen, on Monday to get to the bottom of the stories and rumors. Mr. Allen stated the article by Covey Rise was “not factual” and “misleading” and was actually the work of a disgruntled employee who has been trying to ruin the conservation group as a “vendetta”.
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Investigator catches alleged thieves in the act
web posted November 5, 2009
TRENTON – Two Georgia men have been arrested after an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigator spotted them removing items from the yard an uninhabited home on Highway 25 near Trenton Wednesday afternoon. The investigator contacted the property owner and was told no one was supposed to be on the property.
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Employees of Water Department come to aid of injured child
web posted November 5, 2009
PSA – The Employees of the Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority are sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to benefit Brody Johnson. Brody is the 1 1/2 year old son of one of our employees. He fell into a swimming pool on September 9, 2009 and has been hospitalized at MCG Children’s Center since that date.
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Well Represented: Strom Thurmond at the North South Allstar Game
By Tim Crane
web posted November 5, 2009
SPORTS – Two players and one coach from Strom Thurmond have been selected to participate in the 62nd Annual North South Allstar game, which will be played at Myrtle Beach High School on December 12th.  Eighty eight of the state’s top players and twelve of the state’s top head coaches are selected to participate in this prestigious game. 
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Wardlaw students treated to martial arts demonstration
web posted November 5, 2009
JOHNSTON – Students at Wardlaw Academy were given a special treat last Friday. Shodai Soke Terry Taylor from the American Ken Tae Do Center in Johnston gave a wonderful demonstration of his skills to the Wardlaw Academy students and their teachers.
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Veteran’s Day Celebration set for Nov 11
web posted November 5, 2009
PSA – The popular Veterans Day Celebration is returning this year on November 11 at the Strom Thurmond High School Football Stadium at 6 pm. All veterans who wish to participate are asked to arrive at 5:30 to line up to march in together Golf carts will be available for veterans who need assistance. A fireworks display will follow the memorial service. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge for admission.

Wates receives Grant
web posted November 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Mrs. Wanda Wates, a teacher at W. E. Parker Elementary, is shown receiving a $1,000 “Students, Teachers Achieving Results STAR grant check from Mr. Jim French of Savannah River Remediation, LLC. Mrs. Wates was recognized on October 29 at a reception at Newberry Hall in Aiken, SC along with fifteen other award winners from throughout the CSRA. She was joined by her W. E. Parker Principal, Mrs. Gaye Holmes, for the special event.
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Special Guests To Attend Superintendent’s November Chat Time
web posted November 5, 2009
JOHNSTON – Joining Dr. Crenshaw for the November Superintendent’s Chat Time will be Senator Shane Massey, Representative Bill Clyburn and Representative Don Smith.
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Letters to the Editor:
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The Indians of the Old Edgefield District
web posted November 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A Presentation to the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society will be held November 8, 2009. This will be an overview of the history of those American Indian tribes associated with the Old Edgefield District.  The background of the pre-historic Native Americans will be explored with some discussion of Indian artifacts.  In this portion of the presentation, the Stallings Island people and their culture will be reviewed.
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Johnston man charged in kidnapping and attempted rape
web posted November 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man remains in custody on Tuesday after being arrested on charges of kidnapping and attempted rape. Melvin Willis Alewine, 37, of Aiken Avenue in Johnston was taken into custody after warrants were issued for an alleged attack that took place on October 22 behind the Club New near Walker Street in Johnston.
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County Council remains divided on major issues: Merriwether Reps and voters ignored
web posted November 4, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their November meeting Tuesday night with a deeply divided council on major issues once again. The first ordinances read for final reading were the hotly contested rezoning of properties belonging to Hagler Company in Merriwether. A recent town hall meeting held by County Council members Genia Blackwell and Rodney Ashcraft, who represent the area, found the community overwhelmingly against the passage of the changes, yet that had no affect on council members Monroe Kneece (D-Johnston), Willie Bright (D-Bettis Academy) and Norman Dorn (D-Northside), who voted to approve the changes.
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Trenton man sent to Trauma Unit after motorcycle crash
web posted November 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Trenton man was injured Tuesday afternoon after losing control of his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle exiting a curve on Watson Road near Highway 121. Though the man told Troopers on the scene he was only traveling between 55 and 60 mph, from his initial loss of control the motorcycle spun and flipped for a total of 166 yards.
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Johnston man arrested after sword attack
web posted November 4, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has been arrested after attacking his wife’s son after he barged into the family home on Monday night only to be confronted by the father with a sword. The first report to officers stated the son was attacked with a chainsaw, but after officers arrived they found the son with a large gash to his left hand caused by a double edge sword and bleeding heavily. According to incident reports, the father told officers, “he intended to kill the victim for disrespecting his mother, but missed”.
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Sports: Around Region III This Week—Playoffs Week 11
By Tim Crane
web posted November 4, 2009
SPORTS – The regular season has come and gone and the real season has begun.  Each of the eight regions in Class AA will send their top four teams to represent them in the playoffs.
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Live After 5 And Taste Of Greenwood Thursday, Nov 5
web posted November 4, 2009
GREENWOOD – Where else in the area can you enjoy sampling foods from Greenwood restaurants while listening to music from a group called the “Beach Band of the Decade”? The Taste of Greenwood returns to Main Street in Uptown Greenwood on Thursday, November 5th as part of the final Live After Five concert of the year.
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Election Director gets $17,488 grant for handicap voting upgrades for the county
web posted November 3, 2009
COUNTY – Edgefield County Election Director Trish Butler was showing off the new equipment that was purchased through a $17,448 Help America Vote grant she applied for to make handicapped voters experience at the polls a less challenging task. Best of all, “Mrs. Butler said, “There was no cost to the county, no money up front, and no matching funds.”
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Trenton home most recent reported burglary
web posted November 3, 2009
TRENTON – Another home has been added to the list of recent burglaries, this time one on Lloyd Road Friday afternoon. The homeowner arrived home around 2:30 pm and the home was secure and she went inside. It did not take long to notice a number of electronics missing and called the Sheriff’s Office.
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Edgefield Town Council address issues, zoning changes, and donating $15,000 to the county
Donation to help county buy "dilapidated" Calliham building
web posted November 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their November meeting Monday evening with all members present and moved right into a public hearing after approval of the minutes to the previous meeting and the financial report. The Public Hearing was held due to a change in the General development zone to allow real estate offices after a request by John Pettigrew Jr., of Palmetto Tree Properties, LLC.
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Lost and Found Dogs
web posted November 3, 2009
LOST: A family pet is missing from the Rainsford and Vann Road area since Sunday morning. The 3-year-old beagle is described as being white with orange and brown spots and answers to the name “Spot”. If found or located please call 803-270-8419 to reunited the beloved family pet to its home.

FOUND: Black, female lab type dog found in Key Road area 10/26/09. White marking on chest and wearing a red collar. Please call 803-637-7521 or 803-645-4250.

Wise Tech Tips: Turn off New Program Highlight in Windows XP/Vista/7 Start Menu
By James Wise
web posted November 2, 2009
TECH TIPS – Today’s tip is a quick tip for disabling something I find annoying. Whenever you install new programs, Windows highlights this fact when clicking the start menu. This might be a useful addition to some but with all the programs I install, I don’t like the highlighting. Luckily, it’s very easy to turn this on or off from the start menu properties page.
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Town of Edgefield remains strong with 88% of budget held in reserves
web posted November 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council received their audit for the past fiscal year on Monday night showing the town has 885 of needed operating funds held in reserves, or $1,166,916. “That’s a good position to be in,” Toni R. McKinley, of McKinley, Cooper & Company said.
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Intoxicated man arrested on his way to jail
web posted November 3, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Our most recent Here’s Your Card nominee hails from Johnston and earned his nomination on Friday evening. As a deputy was at the Edgefield County Law Enforcement center he noticed a man “stumbling down the hill from the courthouse towards the jail”. The location was handy because not only was that were he ended up, but it also was where he was heading.
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Sports: Nick Williamson Player of the Week
Added bonus - Follow Rebels in Playoff Brackets - See link in Sports Section
By Tim Crane
web posted November 3, 2009
SPORTS – Nick Williamson is EdgefieldDaily's Player of the Week for his performance in Thurmond's win over Gilbert. Williamson was the workhorse as he rushed 24 times for 125 yards.
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STCC Soil Team sweeps all tops honors in competition
web posted November 3, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Soil Judging Team placed first in the Mid State FFA Soil Judging Contest on October 27. Eight teams from the mid-state region competed. Each of the four members of the STCC team had the highest individual scores at the contest.
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AMERICORPS Members Participate In Community Service Projects
web posted November 3, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Members of The Success By Ten AmeriCorps Program participated in two community service projects recently. The members assisted W. E. Parker Elementary School with their annual Fall Carnival. They enjoyed helping set up for the event, and assisting the young students at game locations.
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Man jumps from moving patrol car to escape
web posted November 2, 2009
NORTHSIDE – What started out as a typical traffic stop for a possible intoxicated driver turned into a three-hour manhunt in the rain Halloween night. The initial arrest was made on Highway 378 near the Edgefield County line around 8 pm after a supervisor for the Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene. Deputies arrested 34-year-old Tony L. Brice on suspicion of DUI and having an open container of alcohol in the car. He was handcuffed and placed in a deputy’s car for transport to the Detention Center for booking. However, Mr. Brice had other plans.
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County issues ordinance to buy beleaguered Calliham property
web posted October 31, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council is quietly moving forward on the purchase of the Calliham property despite their own report showing over $1.3 million in debt that will be cast upon the backs of the county taxpayers. Ordinance No. 90-10-614 is set for first reading on Tuesday night that will provide for the purchase of the Calliham property at a cost of $315,000. It mentions an additional $307,000 for “remodeling, although estimates provided show the cost to be $454,885.63 and the ordinance does not include additional costs related to the remodeling of the additional 9,000 square feet.
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Trenton Flyers Halloween Candy Drop draws best crowd ever
By Linda Anderson
web posted November 2, 2009
TRENTON – If the Trenton Flyers tell you there will be a candy drop rain or shine on Halloween, there will be a candy drop.  Saturday the air was full of moisture.  The clouds hung low. Visibility was limited. Weather predictions were dismal with a major system making its way towards Trenton. The planes were out of the hangars on static display. As 12:00 noon approached, the Trenton Flyers were preparing the candy and proceeding towards plan B, just in case. Play A was for the candy to drop from a plane. 
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November Cake Winner Announced
web posted November 2, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has drawn our November cake winner and it is soon to be 7-year-old Haylie "Boo" Madison Baxter on Nov. 21, who was entered into our drawing by her parents. Mom and Dad have three days to contact EdgefieldDaily.com to receive instruction on how to claim the cake. Happy Birthday Haylie “Boo”.
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SC Concealed Weapon Permit class Saturday Nov 7
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 2, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit class will be held on Saturday November 7, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. by Palmetto State Training LLC. Cost is $80.00 per person, we will provide classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate. You will need to bring your S.C. Drivers License, A Pistol, 50 rounds of compatible ammunition and Hearing & Eye protection. For detailed directions, questions or for information about future classes and private group class; e-mail at scps.training@yahoo.com or call 803-480-2095. Please leave your full name (as you wish it to appear on your certificate), address, daytime and evening phone number.

Sports: Big Plays Push Thurmond Past Gilbert 21-7
By Tim Crane
web posted November 2, 2009
SPORTS – Sophomore talent Raleigh Yeldell didn’t play two full quarters, but that was all the time the starting quarterback needed to lift the Rebels to their seventh straight victory.  Yeldell went down after a 50 yard run at the six minute mark of the second quarter and did not return for the remainder of the game.
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Gov. Sanford Names Replacement for Union County Supervisor
web posted November 2, 2009
STATE – Gov. Mark Sanford named educator and Brigadier General Thomas L. Sinclair as the new Supervisor for Union County on Friday. The previous supervisor, Donnie Betenbaugh, was suspended earlier this month after being indicted on corruption charges.
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STHS Lady Rebel Golf Team Places Third In State
web posted November 2, 2009
SPORTS – Congratulations to the Strom Thurmond High School Lady Rebel Golf Team who brought home a third place finish in the 2009 State Golf Competition. The event was held October 26 and 27 on the Quail Creek at Coastal Carolina course.
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United Way of Edgefield County receives $61,100 check
web posted November 2, 2009
COUNTY – United Way of Edgefield County Campaign Chairman Dean Campbell, left, and Campaign Vice Chairman Ken Durham receive big help in the 2009 local United Way fund-raising drive with a $61,160 check from the employees of the Savannah River Site.
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School News:
JET Middle School Students Hear Governor’s School Wind Ensemble
 web posted November 2, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Governor’s School of South Carolina brought their Wind Ensemble for a special program at JET Middle School on Tuesday of this week.  Shown are local students talking with some of the musicians after the program.
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Leadership Luncheon Held at Douglas
web posted November 2, 2009
TRENTON – Twelve Douglas Elementary students, who have shown outstanding leadership during the first nine weeks period, were honored at a luncheon with Senator Shane Massey recently. These students were selected for their leadership skills by their teachers.
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VIP Registration Continues Through November 30
web posted November 2, 2009
PSA – Piedmont Technical College is inviting students to become VIPs again for the spring semester. VIPs receive their first choice of classes and the $25 registration fee is waived. VIP registration begins November 2 and runs through November 30. Open Registration begins December 1. To become a Piedmont Tech VIP, register in the month of November by visiting the location closest to you or call the Admissions Office at (864) 941-8369.





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