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Attempted Break-in, Shots Fired Reported
web posted November 30, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to an attempted home invasion with shots fired Tuesday night just after 9 pm on Mt. Zion Road. Details in the case are limited, however; at least three black males were seen trying to kick in the door to the home and then fired at least one round from a shotgun into the home before fleeing the scene.
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Second Report Filed on Graham, Felony Charge Possible
web posted November 30, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A second person has filed a report against the man accused of intentionally running over and killing a $15,000 hunting dog in front of its owner last week. A Merriwether man who owns property near the incident location called the Sheriff's Office Tuesday to file his complaint and wanted Edward Graham, 74, who was charged in the previous incident, put on trespass notice for all of his properties. The man claimed that Graham was responsible for the shooting of a family pet.
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Observant Driver Prevents Theft
web posted November 30, 2011
COUNTY – A woman driving along Highway 23 just outside of Edgefield spotted three men around a car broke down on the side of the road Tuesday afternoon with one of the men underneath the car. When they noticed she was watching them they jumped into a white Dodge pickup and fled. She followed them to get a tag number while calling 911 telling the dispatcher the men were trying to steal something from underneath the car.
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Edgefield, Johnston Welcome Christmas with Tree Lightings
By Anne Waits
web posted November 30, 2011

EDGEFIELD-JOHNSTON – The Christmas season in Edgefield County was officially ushered in with several events over the weekend, including the tree lightings in Edgefield and Johnston, respectively. In Edgefield Friday night, Mayor Ken Durham opened the annual tradition by thanking everyone for coming out, followed by the singing of several Christmas carols led by Tony Baughman. The carols included such favorites as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
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Religion: Remember Whose Birthday It Is
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 30, 2011

RELIGION – My 30th birthday was a good one. Our Sunday night services ended as usual, all except for a group who was abnormally talkative after Bible study. They were telling me how good the Bible study was (this was odd) and asking lots of follow up questions. Our Youth Pastor interrupts them and tells me he needs some help. So I walked away with him. He tells me that one of the sweetest girls in the youth group had gotten upset at him and then proceeded to cuss him out.
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"Fruitcakes" Opens Dec 2 at Edgefield County Theatre Company
web posted November 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A Christmas play written by a South Carolinian and set in South Carolina will take center stage soon at the Edgefield County Theatre Company. “FRUITCAKES,” written by Julian Wiles of Charleston, will be presented Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 at the William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main Street in Edgefield. Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees both weekends at 3 p.m.
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Edgefield Continuing to Celebrate the Season
web posted November 30, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The tree is lit, Santa Claus has arrived.  Edgefield’s shopping season is in full swing as local business owners greet locals and visitors to the Town.  Heritage Holidays 2011 continues this weekend with the opening of the Festival of Trees, the premiere of Fruitcakes at the Edgefield Community Theatre and the Tour of Churches.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Caring for Carolina honor Cancer victims with Tree of Hope
web posted November 30, 2011
AIKEN – Aiken Regional Medical Centers and their Caring for Carolina partners, Maxwell Law Firm and WJBF News Channel 6, are sponsoring the annual Tree of Hope. The event is Thursday, December 1, 5:30pm at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina located at 111 Miracle Drive in Aiken, South Carolina.
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Spring Admissions Fair to be held at Aiken Technical College Dec. 3
web posted November 30, 2011
AIKEN – Aiken Technical College will hold an Admissions Fair to prepare prospective students for the spring 2012 semester which begins in January. The Spring Admissions Fair will take place at Aiken Technical College on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Those who are interested in pursuing their education at Aiken Technical College can meet members of the faculty, learn about how to be admitted and how to pay for college, apply and start the enrollment process, and meet with advisors. Campus tours will also be provided.  Attendees will enjoy a free lunch and door prizes will be awarded.
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Local Woman Makes Aiken County's Ten Most Wanted List
web posted November 29, 2011
COUNTY – An Edgefield County woman has made the Ten Most Wanted list by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office this week that was released on Monday. 36-year-old Rene Satterwhite, of 1646 Edgefield Road, is wanted on four counts of check fraud. Warrants have been issued for her arrest. Her previous convictions include 11 counts of check fraud as well.
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JET Middle Heads to S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition
web posted November 29, 2011
COLUMBIA – Ten middle schools from the across the state will compete in the S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition Dec. 9-10 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center located at 205 E. Main St. in Lexington. Participating schools include Crayton Middle School, Dutch Fork Middle School, Forestbrook Middle School, Hammond Middle School, Johnsonville Middle School, Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School (JET), Lexington Middle School, Marrington Middle School, Springfield Middle School and St. Anthony Catholic School.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for December 3 Training
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web posted November 29, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Edgefield Home Burglarized: One Arrested, Two Others Identified
web posted November 29, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man returned to his Augusta Road home Friday afternoon after work and discovered he had be burglarized after finding a window open and items missing. He flagged down a passing Edgefield Police officer to report the crime. The man walked the officers through the house identifying things that were taken. The scene was processed for fingerprints with several being obtained.
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Burglar Strikes Thanksgiving Day
web posted November 29, 2011
TRENTON – A Windy Ridge Road man returned home after being gone for only three hours to find his front door open and called the Sheriff's Office 8:49 pm to report the crime. A deputy arrived a short time later and observed the front door which appeared to have been pried open rather than kicked in to gain entry into the home.
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Highway 378 West Targeted for Car Thefts
web posted November 29, 2011
NORTHSIDE – Over the past week two residents, just one and a half miles apart, have reported a total of four vehicles stolen from their respective properties. The most recent came on Friday when the owner returned to her home on the 700 block of Hwy 378 West to find two of her vehicles missing.
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Best Christmas Parade Ever: Record Crowds and Entries
web posted November 28, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Promoted to be the best Christmas Parade Edgefield ever produced, the billing came true on Sunday afternoon as thousands of people lined the town square and Main Street three and four deep all the way to Columbia Road. Calvin Henderson, co-emcee with Jane Herlong, said it far exceeded even his expectations. "We started out with 125 entries, but (by parade time) we ended up with over 150," Henderson said.
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Three More Burglaries Reported on Sunday
web posted November 28, 2011
COUNTY – With the number of burglaries climbing at an alarming rate this month, three more were reported on Sunday afternoon alone. One on the 1000 block of Columbia Road in Edgefield, another on the 300 block of Waterworks Road in Johnston, and a third around 9 pm on Powell Place near Merriwether. The burglary on Columbia Road took place in a matter of minutes as the woman left the home and returned about fifteen minutes later to find her door kicked in and the house ransacked.
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County Council Leadership to meet with citizens Wednesday, December 7, in Merriwether
web posted November 28, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice Chair Genia Blackwell will hold a joint meeting for citizens to discuss issues. It will be held at the Merriwether Fire Department Training Room, 1879 Martintown Road, December 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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Opinion: Did BOE Member Cooks Abuse Elected Authority?
A Column by the Editor
web posted November 28, 2011

COLUMN – Allegations raised by Edgefield County School Board member Chris Hoffmann concerning Board member Sallie Cooks at a recent board meeting continues to fester, so much so that Hoffmann is threatening to boycott the meetings until they are addressed. In the meeting Hoffmann stated that Cooks used her position to have a family member placed on the Merriwether Middle school basketball team after failing to make the cut - and is reportedly academically ineligible to even have tried out for the team to start with.
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Rebels End Season 12-1
By Tim Crane
web posted November 26, 2011

SPORTS – A sellout crowd gathered at WL Varner Stadium in Woodruff to watch the highly anticipated matchup between two heavyweights from the upstate and they got their money’s worth for 48 total minutes of nonstop action.  In the end, the relentless passing attack of Woodruff Quarterback Ryan Perkins proved to be too much the Rebels as he hit Thurmond with 35 of 51 passes for 393 yards, three touchdowns versus one interception.
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Batesburg Man Dies in House Fire
web posted November 26, 2011
BATESBURG – Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said a Batesburg man was pronounced dead at the scene of a mid afternoon house fire. The victim has been identified as 71 year old George R. Corder of Fishhook Lane near Batesburg SC. The fire began at approximately 3:00 pm Friday afternoon when an unidentified neighbor observed smoke coming from Mr. Corder's residence.
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Edgefield Christmas Parade Sunday!
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web posted November 14, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The annual Edgefield Community Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Edgefield Community Development Association, will be Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM.  Lineup will begin at 3:00 PM on Columbia Road. The parade will travel down Main Street turning left at the courthouse and end at the American Legion. All school groups, merchants/businesses, beauty queens, and community groups are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee to participate. Trophies will be awarded to the best entries. Applications are available at Edgefield Town Hall, or you can call 637-3400. Let's make this the largest parade ever!

Football Friday Night: Upper State Title Game - STH at Woodruff
web posted November 25, 2011
SPORTS – The undefeated Strom Thurmond Rebels travel to Woodruff tonight seeking to continue their undefeated season and take the Upeer State Title. Kick off at 7:30 pm (EST). If you cannot make it to the game or are outside of the listening area of WKSX 92.7 FM you can listen to the game online here. Edgefield Daily will have Tim Crane's report on the game on Saturday morning.

Headline News Limited to Breaking News Only During Holiday
web posted November 25, 2011
COUNTY – With Edgefield Daily being closed on Thanksgiving there are no headline news stories for Friday. Only breaking news items will be carried during the holiday weekend. All other sections of Edgefield Daily will continue to be updated on a daily basis. Regular coverage will return on Monday.

Arrest Made in Hunting Dog Killing Incident
web posted November 24, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The man accused of intentionally driving off the road to run over a man's hunting dog and then trying to hit the owner on Monday evening has been arrested. Edward W. Graham, 74, was booked into custody on Wednesday on charges of assault and battery in the second degree and animal cruelty.
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Upper State Title Game: Strom Thurmond at Woodruff
By Tim Crane
web posted November 24, 2011

SPORTS – When early August rolled around and high school football was getting underway, many experts and prognosticators circled Woodruff and Strom Thurmond to meet in the Upper State Title game, with both possibly being undefeated.
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Weekend Festivities are Plentiful in Historic Edgefield
web posted November 24, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield will light the community Christmas tree on Friday, November 25th.  Black Friday and Local Shopping Saturday will usher in shoppers from throughout the state, region and community on Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th.  And, the Historic Edgefield Christmas Parade will usher in the season on Sunday, November 27th.  There’s plenty to do in Edgefield as the holiday season shifts into overdrive this weekend!
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'Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone'
web posted November 24, 2011
WACO, Ga. – A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company's trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates:"New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone."
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Man Kills $15,000 Hunting Dog in Front of Owner, Witness
web posted November 23, 2011
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Forks Area Trails on Woodlawn Road Monday night after an irate man intentionally ran over a hunting dog in front of its owner and another witness and then tried to hit the owner. The incident took place around 8 pm when the driver pulled up to the two men and began cussing at them which escalated into violence.
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Arson Possible Cause of Vehicle Fire
web posted November 23, 2011
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Mosley Drive man heard an explosion early Tuesday morning and looked out to find his 2001 Dodge pickup truck on fire. He called 911 bringing the County Line Fire Department and a deputy to the scene. The truck was extinguished, but not before it was a total loss. As information was gathered from the owner an arson investigator was called to respond.
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Religion: Alphabet Praise
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 23, 2011

RELIGION – Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for writing this column and the feedback that I get. But this week I ain’t writing! I am a little tired and instead of me trying to convince you that you ought to be thankful or telling you what you should be thankful for, you do it. Write your own column this week! Here’s how it goes down.
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ECDA Seeks to Make Christmas Parade Best Ever
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web posted November 14, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The annual Edgefield Community Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Edgefield Community Development Association, will be Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM.  Lineup will begin at 3:00 PM on Columbia Road. The parade will travel down Main Street turning left at the courthouse and end at the American Legion. All school groups, merchants/businesses, beauty queens, and community groups are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee to participate. Trophies will be awarded to the best entries. Applications are available at Edgefield Town Hall, or you can call 637-3400. Let's make this the largest parade ever!

Tickets On Sale Now for Edgefield Christmas Play
web posted November 23, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A Christmas play written by a South Carolinian and set in South Carolina will take center stage soon at the Edgefield County Theatre Company. “FRUITCAKES,” written by Julian Wiles of Charleston, will be presented Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 at the William Miller Bouknight Theatre, 405 Main Street in Edgefield. Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees both weekends at 3 p.m.
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FFA Offers Fresh Cut Christmas Wreaths for Sale
web posted November 23, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond FFA is holding a Christmas Wreath sale and are taking orders now and will continue through December 15. Large wreaths are $25, or two for $40, and the smaller wreaths are $15, or two for $25. Choices of material used in the wreaths are a Christmas Mix, Fraser fir or Magnolia.
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Six More Burglaries Over Weekend
web posted November 22, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were busy working at least six burglaries over the weekend, bringing the total for the month beyond thirty, compared to only eleven for the entire month of October. Sheriff Adell Dobey has stepped up patrols across the county and arrests are being made. However, the number of burglaries continues to rise in number and frequency.
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DUI arrest leads to deportation of illegal alien
web posted November 22, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police Officer on patrol Sunday night spotted a vehicle running two stop signs turning off Crest Road and initiated a traffic stop on Buncombe Street just after 7 pm. The driver, who identified himself as Jose Gomez, 25, turns out to have been arrested multiple times under different names and is in the country illegally.
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Sports: Rebel Season Stats Climb on Each Win
By Tim Crane
web posted November 22, 2011

SPORTS – The high scoring offense and lights out Blue Steel defense has led the 2011 Strom Thurmond Rebels to the 2A Upperstate Title game. Versatile quarterback
 Raleigh Yeldell has contributed total of 29 touchdowns and over 2300 yards to the offense. Defensively, James Bates (9 sacks), Hykeem Brooks (4 interceptions and Nick Clark (99 tackles) lead the Rebels.  Jamal Jackson, Demetrius Leysath and Aaron Cook all have 2 interceptions each, on the stingy defense.
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Burn Cases Increase At Thanksgiving
web posted November 22, 2011
COUNTY – With Thanksgiving just days away and families making their plans for the holiday, doctors hope they’ll add one more item to their menu: an extra serving of caution. “Every Thanksgiving, we see the same thing: People get a little careless or they get distracted for just a second and disaster strikes,” said Dr. Fred Mullins, Medical Director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. “Some of the burns are minor, but many are very severe and require a lot of healing and recovery.”
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Thanksgiving Closings
web posted November 22, 2011
PSA – The Edgefield County Government Offices will be closed in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Among the offices that will be closed are the County Administration Office, Auditor's Office, Clerk of Court, Probate Court, Magistrate Office, Veteran's Affairs, Tax Assessor, Treasurer's Office, and Tax Collector's Office. All offices will be open for business on November 28 at 8 am. The Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton Town Halls will also be closed.

Edgefield Man's Property Targeted Twice in One Day for Metal Thefts, Two Arrested
web posted November 22, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Scrap metal thieves targeted an Edgefield man's property twice on Saturday for metal thefts, once in the morning and a second time in the afternoon, with both suspects being apprehended after being spotted by the owner or a family member. The same property owner has been targeted for other thefts this month.
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4-Wheeler, Vehicle Tag Stolen in Weekend Theft
web posted November 22, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Ridge Road woman called the Sheriff's Office around 9 am Sunday morning to report someone coming on the family home site and stealing a green 1997 Honda 300 FourTrax 4-wheeler and the tag off of one of the vehicles parked in the driveway.
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Church Services Held in Spite of Burglary
web posted November 21, 2011
MERRIWETHER – With the rising number of burglaries taking place, many people seek solace in attending church on Sunday mornings for worship and fellowship. However, at Bible Baptist Church on Sweetwater Road the first church member to arrive just after 10 am found a window pried open and the church burglarized.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for December 3 Training
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web posted November 21, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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SC Highway Patrol Offers Advice for Thanksgiving Driving
web posted November 21, 2011
COUNTY – Thanksgiving is fast approaching and drivers should expect more traffic on the road.  This year alone in Troop 2 which covers Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick Newberry and Saluda our communities have experienced 49 fatalities due to speed, alcohol and occupants not wearing seatbelts. The have been 10 fatalities in Edgefield County alone. Fortunately, during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2010 there were no fatalities in Troop 2. South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Corporal Scot Edgeworth offers advice for drivers during the holiday period.
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Johnston Tree Lighting Next Monday
web posted November 21, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation will continue the tradition of opening the Christmas season with the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 28 at 6pm n the municipal parking lot.
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ECDA Seeks to Make Christmas Parade Biggest and Best Ever
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web posted November 14, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The annual Edgefield Community Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Edgefield Community Development Association, will be Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM.  Lineup will begin at 3:00 PM on Columbia Road. The parade will travel down Main Street turning left at the courthouse and end at the American Legion. All school groups, merchants/businesses, beauty queens, and community groups are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee to participate. Trophies will be awarded to the best entries. Applications are available at Edgefield Town Hall, or you can call 637-3400. Let's make this the largest parade ever!

Rebels Advance to Upper-State Title Game, Rout Emerald 49-21
By Tim Crane
web posted November 19, 2011

SPORTS – After four consecutive years of not advancing out of the third round, Strom Thurmond made up for years of frustration in their 49-21 victory Friday night. The victim was a resurgent Emerald Viking team that had played turnover free football and scored 40+ points in their first two playoff games. Their Cinderella story came to a crashing halt at the hands of a fired up Blue Steel defense and a high powered Rowdy Rebel offense on a cold night in Johnston.
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Reading Council Honors Top Teachers on Reading
web posted November 19, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield Reading Council hosted a reception honoring the district's Distinguished Teachers of Reading on Tuesday, November 15. Two of those recognized, Julie Jackson and Nancy Cowart, will move on to the state level SCIRA conference in February and represent the Edgefield Reading Council.
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PTC Offers New Couponing Class in Edgefield
web posted November 19, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Continuing Education Division of Piedmont Technical College will offer its new Couponing 101 class at the Edgefield County Campus on December 15. Instructor Elizabeth Anderson has been couponing for two years and believes that consumers can cut their shopping expenses in half quickly if they learn to spend just a little more time preparing before they grab the shopping cart.
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Football Friday Night Play-Offs: STH vs Emerald
web posted October 28, 2011
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (11-0) will host the Emerald Vikings (7-5) tonight seeking to continue their undefeated season and improve to 12-0 in the third round of post-season play. Kick off at 7:30 pm (EST). If you cannot make it to the game or are outside of the listening area of WKSX 92.7 FM you can listen to the game online here. Edgefield Daily will have Tim Crane's report on the game on Saturday morning.

County Council and Legislative Delegation Hold Joint Meeting
web posted November 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A Edgefield County Council quorum held a short meeting with the local Legislative Delegation Thursday night at the County Council chambers. County Council Chairman Dean Campbell welcomed the delegation made up of Sen. Shane Massey and Representatives Bill Clyburn and Bill Hixon. The first question that Chairman Campbell had for the Delegation was what could Edgefield County do better in terms of economic development.
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Trenton Home Burglarized Wednesday
web posted November 18, 2011
TRENTON – A Courtney Road woman arrived at her home around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon to find the tell-tell signature that her home had been the target of the ongoing burglaries taking place this month, the front door to the home had been kicked in by the person or persons robbing the home.
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Edgefield Area Clay Guild Open for Business
web posted November 18, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Area Clay Guild opened the doors to a showroom of locally produced pottery, bowls, plates, and even small sculptures just in time for the Shop Around in Edgefield Thursday evening. The Guild is a growing group of local artists who have joined together to make their wares more available to shoppers, and traffic in the store was steady throughout the day.
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Wanted Metal Thief Caught Speeding with Car Load of Scrap Metal
web posted November 18, 2011
HERE'S YOUR CARD – It has been quite some time since Edgefield Daily has had a Here's Your Card nominee, that changed Thursday afternoon. An Edgefield County man wanted for stealing scrap metal in McCormick was spotted driving down Martintown Road in his newer model Cadillac with scrap metal sticking out of the truck and out of the windows of the back seat while speeding.
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Tree Lighting To Usher In The Holiday Season In Johnston
web posted November 18, 2011
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation will once again sponsor the annual Tree Lighting celebration which officially starts the holiday season in the Peach Capital of the World. The event will be on Monday, November 28 at 6 pm in the municipal parking lot and adjacent warehouse.
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Federal debt tops $15 trillion
web posted November 17, 2011
NATION – The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the federal debt has climbed to a record $15 trillion - a staggering figure that caps a precipitous decade-long rise. The exact total stood at $15,033,607,255,920.32 as of the end of business Tuesday, marking a jump of $56 billion over Monday’s tally. All told, federal debt has risen $4.407 trillion since President Obama took office.
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Johnston Man Reports Burglary
web posted November 17, 2011
JOHNSTON – Another burglary has been reported, this time outside of Johnston on Tuesday afternoon. A Mile Bridge Way resident called the Sheriff's Office after arriving home and finding the front door to the home kicked in just before five o'clock.
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Great American Smokeout Today
web posted November 17, 2011
PSA – More than 46 million people across America smoke every day, but local doctors are urging smokers to focus on one day that could be the beginning of the rest of their lives. For 36 years the American Cancer Society has asked smokers to put down their cigarettes during The Great American Smokeout on November 17th.
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Concealed Weapons Class Accepting Applications for December 3 Training
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web posted November 17, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Palmetto State Training LLC is offering a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. Cost of the class is $100.00 per person. Classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate will be provided.
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Sports - Playoffs Round 3, Emerald at Strom Thurmond: Winner Advances to Upper-State Title Game
By Tim Crane
web posted November 17, 2011

SPORTS – The Emerald Vikings are 7-5 on the season and have won three of their last four games. They will roll into Johnston with a second consecutive upset on their mind this week. In the second round, Emerald as #6 seed defeated #3 Pendleton with a convincing 48-26 drubbing of the Bulldogs in the second half. The Vikings only led 21-17 at half before they opened things up on the top finisher from region one in the final two quarters.
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Aiken Regional Medical Centers Reducing Back Pain In Patients With New Procedure
web posted November 17, 2011
AIKEN – November was the beginning of a new life without back pain for a few patients in Aiken.  Aiken Regional Medical Centers now offers Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) for those with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. 
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Walker Charged With Murder
web posted November 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Lakashia Rochelle Walker, 27, of Rock Creek Road, Trenton, has been formally charged with the murder of 35-year-old Barrett Scott Stephenson after his body was discovered in the early morning hours of November 6. Walker was taken into custody earlier in the night after being found hiding in a closet at an undisclosed location in Aiken County. She is being held without bond at this time.
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Burglary Count Rises Again
web posted November 16, 2011
COUNTY – Though burglaries usually rise across the county as Christmas nears, this year the thieves are getting an early start on their seasonal shopping for homes to target. Two more burglaries were reported Monday afternoon, again with the front door being kicked in to gain entry into the homes. Sheriff's Investigators say that some of the burglaries may be connected, others are not, meaning there is more than one group targeting homes.
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Sheriff’s Office Advice on Theft, Burglary Prevention and Protection
web reposted November 16, 2011
COUNTY – As the number of burglaries and thefts continues to rise, as well as the frequency, there are a number of ways you can protect your property and make it more difficult for burglars to find valuables. When it comes to handguns, “Don’t hide them in the dresser, nightstand or under the mattress,” Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Wash said. “That’s the first three places they’re going to look.”
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Metal Thieves Nabbed In the Act
web posted November 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man saw four black males loading up scrap metal from property he owns on Highway 23 west Monday morning and used his vehicle to block in a truck hauling a trailer to prevent their escape. As he did, three of the men fled the scene on foot and got into a second vehicle to escape. But not for long.
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NOTICE OF SUBMISSION: County Council District Map
web posted November 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council has, on November 11, 2011, submitted its proposed county council voting districts redistricting plan to the United States Attorney General, via the United States Department of Justice, and requested expedited preclearance of said plan pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
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Religion: Joy 3 - Joyful Growing
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 16, 2011

RELIGION – I am not much of a gardener or a flower grower. But when my wife plants flowers in the spring, I do enjoy watching them grow.  They start as little flowers spaced out and by summer they cover the whole bed with beauty. I also love watching the fields around Antioch that have set empty for months be tilled up and planted. Then in a few weeks, there is life and nourishment that seemingly comes from nothing. Of course the most joy I have is watching my two sons grow.
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Edgefield County Theatre Wins State Association's Highest Award
web posted November 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Having just completed its first season, the Edgefield County Theatre Company added another feather to its cap this week – in fact, the largest feather given by the state's principal theater organization.
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Armory Rentals Gets Nod by Town Council
web posted November 16, 2011
JOHNSTON – Members of Johnston Town Council met Monday for the regularly scheduled November meeting to discuss several issues including the re-opening of rentals at the Johnston armory and the announcement of accepted dates and times for fireworks.
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Legislative Delegation to Meet Tomorrow Night in Edgefield
web posted November 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Legislative Delegation will meet on Thursday at the Edgefield County Council Chambers at 7 pm. Members of the Edgefield County Council will also be present and the public is invited to attend. The chambers are located behind the court house at 225 Jeter Street.

Found Cat: Edgefield
web posted November 16, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Found: diluted calico, female adult cat with gray, tan and white markings.  Very friendly and very hungry.  Found on N. 25 on 11/3. Call 864-557-4943

School Board Hires Interim Superintendent at Called Meeting
By Melody Boylston
web posted November 15, 2011

JOHNSTON – In a special called meeting, the Edgefield County School Board went into Executive Session to interview Dr. Walter L. Tobin, candidate for Interim Superintendent. He was later hired, but not before festering complaints about an ongoing ethics issue surrounding school board member Sallie Cooks had one board member walking out of the meeting.
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Burglary Numbers Continue to Surge
web posted November 15, 2011
COUNTY – The recent rise in burglaries has continued to grow quickly over the holiday weekend with five more reported by Sunday and two more reported on Monday bringing the total to at least 22 since the first of the month, not including an equal if not greater number of scrap metal thefts. As the number of reports keep growing so does the amount of property stolen, now topping well over $150,000 in burglaries alone.
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Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting Incident
web posted November 15, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident after a man arrived at the Edgefield County Hospital Sunday night with what was believed to be a gunshot wound to his hand and the Sheriff's Office was contacted. According to the injured man, a fellow Hispanic man wanted to sell him a .270 caliber rifle at a home on the 200 block of Breezy Oak Court in Trenton and told him there was a bullet in the chamber.
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Driver in Fatal Collision Identified
web posted November 15, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The identity of the man killed in a Sunday night collision has been released. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the deceased was 75-year-old Elva Peterson, of Graniteville. He placed the cause of death as severe head trauma. At this time there have been no charges against the driver of the 18-wheeler and Peterson failing to yield right of way was the cause of the collision.

Nominations Wanted for 2011’s Environmental Awareness Award
web posted November 15, 2011
COLUMBIA – The State of South Carolina’s top honor for stewardship of the natural world will be awarded again soon and sponsoring agencies are putting out a call for your nominations!  The Environmental Awareness Award recognizes South Carolinians who are doing extraordinary work on behalf of our environment.  Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2011.
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Duncan Visits with Troops in Afghanistan & Iraq
web posted November 15, 2011
Washington, DC  – Congressman Jeff Duncan returned home this weekend from a seven day trip to Afghanistan and Iraq where he visited with US Military personnel.  The primary purpose of the trip was to see firsthand the status of military operations in the region, ensure that US troops have the resources needed to accomplish all their objectives, and thank military personnel for their service to the nation.
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Sports: Strom Thurmond Football Statistics Week 12
By Tim Crane
web posted November 15, 2011

SPORTS – As the Rebels prepare for the 3rd round of the playoffs they have totaled over 4100 yards of offense while holding opponents to less than 2000 on the season, thru the first eleven games. Senior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell is 78-116-1424 yards 17 touchdowns and 4 interceptions passing, while talleying 745 yards and 9 touchdowns on 77 carries rushing. Malcolm Watkins is leading the way rushing with 824 yards on 117 carries and 14 touchdowns. The kicking game has been stellar with Trent "Miller Time" Miller nailing 70-71 point after attempts.
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Fatal Crash Blocks Traffic Sunday Night
web posted November 14, 2011
MERRIWETHER - One man is dead following a collision on Highway 25 at Ridge Road Sunday night. The driver of a Ford Explorer is believed to have pulled out of Ridge Road into the path of a northbound tractor-trailer truck which struck the Explorer broadside at the driver's compartment, trapping the driver inside just before 11 pm. The Merriwether Fire Department arrived moments later and performed the fastest extrication one firefighter said he'd ever seen.
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School Board Called Meeting on Interim Superintendent Tonight
web posted November 14, 2011
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School Board will be holding a called meeting tonight at 5pm to discuss hiring an interim superintendent of schools. According to an agenda released, the meeting will move into executive session and include an interview with a potential candidate. The school board will reconvene in open session to vote on any executive session discussion items brought forward.

United Way School Challenge Winners Receive Check
web posted November 14, 2011
JOHNSTON – United Way of Edgefield County Campaign Chairman Dean Campbell  presented a $500 check to W.E. Parker Elementary School Principal Gaye Holmes (left) and Parker Teacher Faye Speight (second from left) with Acting Superintendent Dr. Carol Lenderman (right) at the Nov. 8 Edgefield County School District Board meeting. The $500 award can be used by the school to benefit students.
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Writer Senses Nation Becoming "too democratic and mob-like"
web posted November 14, 2011
Dear Editor,
I sense that our nation is becoming too democratic and mob-like in judging people and situations seen in the news media.  We believe our armchair opinions are more important and valid than the constitutional due processes of justice.  We are allowing television and news portrayals of people’s character to mean too much.
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Edgefield County School District Honor Rolls
web posted November 14, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield County School District Honor Roll 1st Nine Weeks 2011-2012 School Year. Listed by school.
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PTC Pottery Students Host Annual Christmas Show and Sale
web posted November 14, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Need to do some early holiday shopping? Why not purchase some creative and handmade crafts from local students. Piedmont Technical College pottery students will host their annual Christmas Show and Sale. The exhibit and sale will feature work designed and made by students enrolled in the Professional Clay certificate program at the college’s Center for Creative Economies.
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Edgefield County School District AYP Report Cards
web posted November 14, 2011
COUNTY – The SC Department of Educatoin has released the Report Cards for the school district and each school. All individual report cards are in .pdf format.
SCDOE

ECDA Seeks to Make Christmas Parade Biggest and Best Ever
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web posted November 14, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The annual Edgefield Community Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Edgefield Community Development Association, will be Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM.  Lineup will begin at 3:00 PM on Columbia Road. The parade will travel down Main Street turning left at the courthouse and end at the American Legion. All school groups, merchants/businesses, beauty queens, and community groups are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee to participate.  Trophies will be awarded to the best entries. Applications are available at Edgefield Town Hall, or you can call 637-3400. Let's make this the largest parade ever!

Johnston Elementary Honors Veterans on Friday
By Bill Hart
web posted November 12, 2011

JOHNSTON – More than fifty veterans and families from WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan attended Veterans Day program this Friday morning hosted by the Johnston Elementary School. After a sausage and juice breakfast veterans paraded through the hallways of the school while faculty and students waved American flags and cheered on the men and women.
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Rebels Remain Perfect: 11-0 Advances to 3rd Round of Play-offs
By Tim Crane
web posted November 12, 2011

SPORTS – An opening drive by the Raiders that went 78 yards in 20 plays while eating 11:37 off the 1st quarter clock brought uneasiness to the home team and crowd. It appeared the bye week had rusted the once powerful Blue Steel defense as Keenan converted two 4th downs and multiple 3rd downs all while milking the play clock on each snap.
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Edgefield Merchants Launch Seasonal Holiday Celebration
web posted November 12, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Ready or not, the holidays are rapidly approaching!  And the merchants of Edgefield are prepared to kick off the season with their annual Holiday Merchant Open House on Thursday, November 17th.  The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Patrons can take advantage of extended hours during which downtown merchants will showcase their newest holiday merchandise, unique gifts and artwork, and most will serve refreshments.
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Veterans Day 2011
web posted November 11, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Today is the observance of Veterans Day. Ninety-three years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany was signed ending the hostilities of the Great War, later referred to as World War l in 1918. Over 21 million lives were lost with almost 10 million military deaths and millions in civilian casualties. It was said, at the time, to be the war to end all wars. Today we honor all those who served and continue to serve in our military forces.
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Public's Help Sought in Locating Sexual Assault Suspect
web posted November 11, 2011
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Timothy Orlando Pinckney. Pinckney is wanted for criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for an incident that happened on Sandy Springs Road in Trenton on Nov. 2, after a woman in her 50's reported she had been sexually assaulted. She was transported to the Edgefield County Hospital for treatment after the report.
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Football Friday Night Play-Offs: STH vs Keenan
web posted October 28, 2011
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels will host Keenan tonight seeking to continue their undefeated season and improve to 11-0 in the second round of post-season play. Kick off at 7:30 pm (EST). If you cannot make it to the game or are outside of the listening area of WKSX 92.7 FM you can listen to the game online here. Edgefield Daily will have Tim Crane's report on the game on Saturday morning.

Red Cross: Thank American Service Members though the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program
web posted November 11, 2011
AIKEN – For the fifth year, the American Red Cross is delivering holiday cheer and greetings to service members, their families and veterans throughout the holiday season. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, many of whom will be far from home over the holidays, our nation’s veterans and their families.
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Woman Spots Thieves in the Act
web posted November 11, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A woman driving past the construction site of a new Greg's Gas Plus on Martintown Road at the Edgefield County line spotted three men dressed in all black loading items onto a trailer around 10:20 Wednesday night. She turned around and saw the men fleeing the scene and called 911. She attempted to follow the truck and trailer but lost them on Gregory Lake Road due to the high speeds involved.
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Double Rainbow Spotted in Trenton
web posted November 11, 2011
TRENTON – A reader submitted a photo of a "double rainbow" in Trenton around 8 am Thursday over a peach field. Double rainbows are considered to be relatively rare, however; with more people carrying cell phones with cameras or recording devices more are being reported. But that does not make them less rare - since rainbows are optical illusions to begin with - being in the right spot to see the anomaly is still rare.
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Call of Suspicious Car Leads to Arrest
web posted November 11, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Country Club Hills woman called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning to report a suspicious man pulling into driveways in the neighborhood. The woman told dispatchers that the man claimed he was looking for his dog, but when he pulled out she noticed the Ford Taurus he was driving had Georgia license plates and wrote down the tag number.
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Estate Auction Saturday, November 12
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web posted November 11, 2011
TRENTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Isabell Riley. Additionally, we will be offering the homeplace located at 403 W. Wise St., Trenton, S. C. 29847. Mrs. Riley collected and dealt in antiques and collectibles for many years and this will be an excellent sale with many pieces of antique furniture, elegant glassware, pottery, railroad memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am til 9:30 am sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Investigator: Herman Cain innocent of sexual advances
web posted November 11, 2011
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - Private investigator TJ Ward said presidential hopeful Herman Cain was not lying at a news conference on Tuesday in Phoenix. Cain denied making any sexual actions towards Sharon Bialek and vowed to take a polygraph test if necessary to prove his innocence. Cain has not taken a polygraph but Ward said he does have software that does something better. Ward said the $15,000 software can detect lies in people's voices.
CBS Atlanta

NOTICE: Strategic Planners to Hold Public Input Meeting Tonight in Merriwether
web reposted November 11, 2011
COUNTY – Beginning in September 2011, a group of over 30 persons, representing a variety of businesses, organizations, governments and other local community leaders began to discuss the best ways to take responsibility for the future of Edgefield County. The first meeting will be on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Meriwether Middle School.
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Wall Receives Distinguished Service Award
web posted November 10, 2011
COLUMBIA SC – W. Virgil Wall, Jr., Edgefield, SC received the South Carolina Forestry Association’s Distinguished Service Award on Nov. 4 at the group’s Annual Meeting held at Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC. Wall grew up on his family’s farm in Edgefield, SC working cotton, corn, and beef cattle and participating in 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs. He credits his family for instilling his strong work ethic and values.
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Garvin Receives Small Church Pastor of the Year Award
By Anne Waits
web posted November 10, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Rev. Jerry Garvin, pastor of Gilgal Baptist Church, received the Small Church Pastor of the Year Award during the Fall-Semi-Annual Meeting of the Edgefield Baptist Association. It was presented by Dr. Monty Hale, of the SCBC Pastoral Ministries and Bi-vocational Office. “It had to be purely a blessing from God and the work of the people at Gilgal,” said Garvin. “I give them all the credit for any success it appears that I’ve had. I don’t consider myself worthy to receive this.”
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Playoffs, Keenan at Thurmond Round 2
By Tim Crane
web posted November 10, 2011

SPORTS – When these two met a few weeks ago during region play, Thurmond (10-0) walked away with a 55-8 blowout on Keenan’s field even without star Darrius Hammond suited up. This Friday though, the previous game, each team’s record or even what they’ve done to get to this point will not matter in the sudden death second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs in Johnston. All teams are equal at this point and it only takes one win to move on or one loss for basketball season to start.
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JET Middle School Advances to S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition
web posted November 10, 2011
COUNTY – Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School has advanced to the S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition Dec. 9-10 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center located at 205 E. Main St. in Lexington.
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11-12 year old Edgefield Bulldogs Capture Regular Season Championship
web posted November 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The 11-12 year old Edgefield Bulldogs captured the regular season championship and avenged there only lost of the season to Bettis Academy by defeating the Falcons 20-8 in the Championship game last Saturday. Lead by a strong defense and timely rushing attack the Bulldogs coasted to the victory.
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Lost Dog
web posted November 10, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Lost Dog: Cedar Creek Rd area. Her name is Flower. She is an Airedale. She and her brother went missing more than a week ago.  He has been returned to us but she is still missing. Someone had their hands on both dogs because he was returned wearing her collar. She was wearing two collars. One contained her Rabies tag as well as a separate tag with her name and our contact info inscribed on it. Any help would be appreciated! Call (cell phone) 706 267-7571 Click on picture for larger view.

Veterans Day Closings
web posted November 10, 2011
COUNTY – Closings for Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2011.
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

National Test of Emergency Alert System Today
web posted November 9, 2011
COUNTY – At 2 pm Eastern Time there will be a test of the Emergency Alert System over all broadcasts including television, cable, satellite, and radio. The test is expected to last three and a half minutes. After the test regular broadcasting will return. Be advised, this is just a test and not an actual emergency. For more information on the test click here.

14 Burglaries in One Week
web posted November 9, 2011
COUNTY – After a slow period in burglaries over the recent past, a rash of burglaries has Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and Investigators flooded with cases. In the first seven days of the month a total of fourteen burglaries have been reported with over $130,000 in property being stolen. Though most are residential homes, two Johnston churches have also been targeted.
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Ticket Prices Increase for Play-off Games at STH
web posted November 9, 2011
PSA – The Fighting Rebels will be facing off against Keenan High School in the second round of Class AA Football playoffs on Friday, November 11th at 7:30 pm. Pre-sale tickets are available at Strom Thurmond High School, JET Middle School, Merriwether Middle School, Monk's in Johnston, and all Edgefield Fuel locations. Please note that the price of each ticket for playoffs will be $7.00.  STHS Athletic Passes will not be honored at any playoff games. The only passes honored will be SCHSL coaching passes.

Jill Jett Hired as STH Principal
By Melody Boylston
web posted November 9, 2011

JOHNSTON – To begin the Edgefield County School Board meeting, Mr. Dean Campbell, United Way Chairman for Edgefield County congratulated and presented a $500 check to WE Parker Elementary School and Principal Gaye Holmes for raising the most funds of any school in the county in support of the United Way. Mr. Campbell stated, “This is our fifth year having this competition between the schools and this is the highest participation we’ve ever had and the highest amount of money raised.” He thanked everyone for a job well done.
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Metal Theft Solved Within an Hour of Report
web posted November 9, 2011
JOHNSTON – A McCrieght Street man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after seeing a gold colored minivan drive away with his Jon Boat Monday around 10 am. He was unable to see anyone inside the van and did not get a tag number. A deputy arrived a short time later and was told by the homeowner that a number of items were missing.
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Estate Auction Saturday, November 12
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 9, 2011
TRENTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Isabell Riley. Additionally, we will be offering the homeplace located at 403 W. Wise St., Trenton, S. C. 29847. Mrs. Riley collected and dealt in antiques and collectibles for many years and this will be an excellent sale with many pieces of antique furniture, elegant glassware, pottery, railroad memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am til 9:30 am sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Edgefield County School District Announces Pursuit of AdvancED District Accreditation
web posted November 9, 2011
COUNTY – Dr. Carol Lenderman, Acting Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools, announced that the district will be seeking re-accreditation through AdvancED District Accreditation. AdvancED District Accreditation provides nationally recognized accreditation for the district and all of its schools.
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ECDA Seeks to Make Christmas Parade Biggest and Best Ever
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web posted November 8, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The annual Edgefield Community Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Edgefield Community Development Association, will be Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM.  Lineup will begin at 3:00 PM on Columbia Road. The parade will travel down Main Street turning left at the courthouse and end at the American Legion. All school groups, merchants/businesses, beauty queens, and community groups are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee to participate.  Trophies will be awarded to the best entries. Applications are available at Edgefield Town Hall, or you can call 637-3400. Let's make this the largest parade ever!

Religion: Joy #2 "Forget About Joy"
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 9, 2011

RELIGION – So we saw last week that we ought to have joy, but how does one simply go about obtaining it. You could try shopping, but that just leaves you broke and in debt. You could drink yourself into a joyful stupor, but that leaves you hung-over and feeling awful. You could try church. Church has got to be the answer to find joy right? Yes and no. If you come to church to find Jesus and His unconditional love and acceptance of you, then you’ve got joy. However, church attendance apart from true worship of Jesus Christ will leave the pew warm but your heart cold.
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Edgefield Bulldogs take League Championship Undefeated
By John Brown
web posted November 9, 2011

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Bulldogs football team claimed the League Championship Saturday morning in a thrilling 14-6 victory over the Ridge Spring-Monetta Trojans. The win would cap off a perfect 10-0 season that would see only 4 touchdowns scored against Edgefield the entire year. In addition, the team would play 3 entire games in which their opponents would not gain a single first down. On offense, Edgefield would see touchdowns scored by 6 different players over the course of the season, while on defense "gang" tackling was the name of the game.
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Cause of Death Not Released after Autopsy
web posted November 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Deputy Coroner David Burnett said he still cannot release the cause of death of Barrett Stephenson, 35, who was found dead early Sunday morning on Rock Creek Road and Ashley Circle. "We're waiting on toxicology before we release anything," Burnett said. Stephenson's live-in girlfriend, Lakashia Rochelle Walker, 27, remains behind bars at the Edgefield County Detention Center in connection to his death. The investigation is still underway.
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Thieves Target Philippi Baptist Church for Burglary
web posted November 8, 2011
JOHNSTON – When the preacher arrived at the Philippi Baptist Church Sunday morning around 8 am he noticed glass all over the floor in the dinning hall and then noticed a large window broken out. Upon surveying the situation a little closer he noticed a 40 inch Westinghouse flat screen television and DVD player combination was also missing and called the Sheriff's Office.
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Edgefield Town Council Focuses on Tourism at Monthly Meeting
web posted November 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Members of Edgefield Town Council met Monday afternoon for the schedule November meeting with a light agenda, but a longer than usual list of information and upcoming events.
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Edgefield Woman Injured in Collision
web posted November 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – An elderly Edgefield woman attempting to cross Augusta Road from the Dollar General was struck by a northbound Ford F350 pulling a large trailer full of hay bails just before 2 pm Monday. The truck tried to swerve to miss the woman's Buick to no avail and sent the hay bails bouncing from the trailer and blocking all traffic. The truck ended up off the southbound lane while the woman's Buick came to a stop in the parking lot of the NAPA store.
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Merriwether Home Burglarized Over Weekend
web posted November 8, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Briggs Haven Circle woman called the Sheriff's Office after arriving home after being out of town for a few days and found her home burglarized. A deputy responded to the home and noted pry marks on the front door to the home where the person or persons made forced entry. In all, over $7,000 worth of property was reported missing.
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NOTICE: Strategic Planners to Hold Public Input Meeting Thursday in Merriwether
web posted November 1, 2011
COUNTY – Beginning in September 2011, a group of over 30 persons, representing a variety of businesses, organizations, governments and other local community leaders began to discuss the best ways to take responsibility for the future of Edgefield County. The first meeting will be on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Meriwether Middle School.
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Burglary Call Finds Wanted Man with a Gun
web posted November 8, 2011
COUNTY LINE – A neighbor called 911 to report a burglary in progress at a Leonard Lane home Sunday afternoon around 3:30 pm. The woman stated there were two people with a white truck backed up to the house and were breaking into the home. Deputies arrived on the scene a short time later and found a man and a woman who were ordered to come to the front of the truck.
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Edgefield County GOP Meeting at Fox Creek Tonight
web posted November 8, 2011
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be holding its quarterly meeting at Fox Creek High School on the evening of November 8, 2011 at 7:00pm. The Public is encouraged to attend.

Pottery Group to Open New Store in Edgefield
web posted November 8, 2011
EDGEFIELD – A new store selling functional pottery and clay sculpture will open Thursday, November 17, on the square in Edgefield in time for the Shop Around that evening. Most of the artists are present or former students at the Piedmont Technical College professional clay program and all work in and around the Edgefield area.
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Johnston Elementary Seeks Veterans
web posted November 8, 2011
PSA – Calling all veterans! We want to honor you. Please join us on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:00 am in the cafeteria for biscuits and juice followed by an indoor parade and an outdoor program by the flagpole. Questions? Call Johnston Elementary School 275-1755 and ask for Kay Campbell or Linda Murphy.

Trenton Woman Charged in Murder Investigation 
web posted November 6, 2011 Updated 6:00 pm
BETTIS ACADEMY – An Edgefield County man is dead and Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigators continue their around the clock investigation into the second murder in the county this year. The Sheriff's Office is releasing very few details in the case, but they have taken a Trenton woman into custody in connection to the death. Lakashia Rochelle Walker, 27, of Rock Creek Road, Trenton, is being held awaiting formal charges, jailers said Sunday morning.
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update
By Dean Campbell
web posted November 7, 2011

EDGEFIELD – County Council has completed redrawing County Council voting districts. While no map is perfect – and there are probably hundreds of ways to draw it to meet federal requirements. As you may know, at a called meeting on October 25, we had a final discussion to complete the map. It is now on its way to the U.S. Justice Department for approval. We tried to finish the maps in time for the sign-ups for County Council seats early next year.
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Estate Auction Saturday, November 12
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 7, 2011
TRENTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Isabell Riley. Additionally, we will be offering the homeplace located at 403 W. Wise St., Trenton, S. C. 29847. Mrs. Riley collected and dealt in antiques and collectibles for many years and this will be an excellent sale with many pieces of antique furniture, elegant glassware, pottery, railroad memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am til 9:30 am sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

"Hamburg: What We Can Still Learn" Disucssion to be Held in Edgefield
web posted November 7, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The 3rd and final panel discussion in the Hamburg series will take place on Thursday, November 10th, from 7-9 p.m. at the William Miller Bouknight Theatre at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center in Edgefield. There is no charge to attend. 
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Female Inmate Dies at Edgefield County Detention Center
web posted November 4, 2011 - 6:50 pm
EDGEFIELD – A 26-year-old Edgefield County woman is dead following an apparent suicide while being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on a simple drug charge. Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Ashley Marie Williams, of Cooper Loop, was pronounced dead at the Edgefield County Hospital at 3:55 pm Friday. Burnett said the Coroner's Office is heading up their own investigation into the death.
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Move Clocks Back Saturday Night: Losing An Hour Doesn’t Have To Mean Losing More Sleep
web posted November 5, 2011
COUNTY – Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time. Doctor's Hospital offers the following suggestions to make the adjustment easier. It’s very common for people to be groggy or have difficulty waking up in the mornings following daylight saving time. Sleep is the most natural way to rest your body and when the time changes, our bodies do not always catch up as quickly.
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Estate Auction Saturday, November 12
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted November 5, 2011
TRENTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Isabell Riley. Additionally, we will be offering the homeplace located at 403 W. Wise St., Trenton, S. C. 29847. Mrs. Riley collected and dealt in antiques and collectibles for many years and this will be an excellent sale with many pieces of antique furniture, elegant glassware, pottery, railroad memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am til 9:30 am sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Director Harry Bell Retires after 44 Years of Service
web posted November 5, 2011
SALUDA – AgSouth Farm Credit Chairman of the Board, A. Harvey Lemmon, announced that Harry S. Bell retired from the Board of AgSouth Farm Credit as of October 31, 2011. Bell served as a Farm Credit Director since 1967 and exhibited a lifelong dedication and leadership to agriculture.  Bell, from Saluda County, SC was the former chairman of the Palmetto Farm Credit Board of Directors.
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SC Supreme Court Sets Hearing Date on Presidential Primary Challenge
web posted November 4, 2011
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Supreme Court has scheduled the hearing of the lawsuit over the SC Election Commission mandating counties in the Republican presidential primary to pick up the cost of the election. The suit was filed by Beaufort, Chester, Greenville and Spartanburg counties and several other counties have offered their support. Edgefield County Council voted Tuesday night to pass a Resolution supporting the Amicus brief being filed on behalf of other counties.
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Man Charged in Burglary of Merriwether Home, Again
web posted November 4, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman returning to the family home on Big Branch Court Wednesday afternoon around 4:30 discovered their home had been burglarized and called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office while she waiting in her car. Deputies arrived a short time later and cleared the home finding no one inside. The woman, joined later by her husband, found well over $100,000 worth of property stolen. By midday Thursday Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran had one of the suspects in custody.
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Five Burglaries Reported in Three Days
web posted November 4, 2011
COUNTY – At least five burglaries have been reported between Monday and Wednesday across the county including four homes and one business in Trenton. On Monday Murrell's Garage on Berry Farm Road reported someone breaking into the business and making off with over $11,000 in tools. A lock had been cut off the door to gain entry to the building.
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Lady Predators Season Ends in Semi-Finals
By Julie Williams
web posted November 4, 2011

MERRIWETHER – The Fox Creek volleyball team was defeated by No. 1 ranked St. Joseph's Catholic School in the state semi finals on Wednesday night bringing to a close their most successful season in school history.
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Treasurer Loftis Not Satisfied With DOT's Explanations
web posted November 4, 2011
COLUMBIA – On Thursday State Treasurer Curtis Loftis led questioning into the financial mismanagement and lack of transparency at the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Treasurer Loftis requested DOT leaders come before the Budget and Control Board to explain how the cabinet level agency had a cash shortfall which resulted in contractors and vendors not getting paid on time in addition to the DOT needing a $52 million bailout from the federal government.
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McConnell and Peeler: Federal Government Forces States To Act On Immigration
web posted November 3, 2011
COLUMBIA – This week the United States Justice Department challenged South Carolina’s new immigration law, preventing it from going into effect. The Justice Department argues that the new law preempts the federal government’s overview of immigration. Both Senator Glenn McConnell and Senator Harvey Peeler believe that the federal government would be the perfect governing body in the country to initiate immigration policy, but for years it has been failing to act.
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Three Car Crash Stalls Traffic on Martintown Road
web posted November 3, 2011
MERRIWETHER – A three car crash reduced traffic on Martintown Road to one lane for over an hour Wednesday afternoon when the driver of an eastbound  Safelite Auto and Glass van struck the two other two cars, one nearly head on. According to the driver of the first vehicle, he was sitting in the westbound lane waiting to turn left on to Delaughter Drive when he noticed the van drifting over into his lane.
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Mother Turns in Son for Marijuana Possession
web posted November 3, 2011
MERRIWETHER – In a "mother knows best" situation, a Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report finding marijuana after searching her son, who is on probation, when he returned home from work Tuesday afternoon.
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Estate Auction Saturday, November 12
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web posted November 3, 2011
TRENTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of Mrs. Isabell Riley. Additionally, we will be offering the homeplace located at 403 W. Wise St., Trenton, S. C. 29847. Mrs. Riley collected and dealt in antiques and collectibles for many years and this will be an excellent sale with many pieces of antique furniture, elegant glassware, pottery, railroad memorabilia, collectibles, tools, and household items. The sale will be held at her home. Preview day of sale from 8:00 am til 9:30 am sale time. Please visit our website at www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for pictures, terms, and other details. Jerry O. Murrell. SCAL 2747; 803-480-0801.

Two Rebels Make North-South All Star Game
By Tim Crane
web posted November 3, 2011

SPORTS – Strom Thurmond senior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell and senior offensive lineman Chris Herrin have been selected to the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All Star game. The game, which pits the top upstate players from all classifications against the top lower-state players from across all classifications, will be held to be held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, in Myrtle Beach, on Saturday December 10. 
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Lady Predator's Move to Final Four in Tournament Play
By Julie Williams
web posted November 3, 2011

MERRIWETHER – The Fox Creek Lady Predator's volleyball team defeated the North Central Knights in 5 sets on Monday night to move to the Final Four with their win over North Central scoring 18-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-17, and 15-7. The Predator's are now 24-4 on the regular season and 30-4 including tournament play. The Lady Predators have made school history by earning a first time ever appearance in the state semi-finals.
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Found Beagle: Merriwether
web posted November 3, 2011
MERRIWETHER – We have found a male, Beagle dog wearing a collar but no id. Five Notch Road area near Sweetwater Baptist Church. He wants to come home!!  Please call us at 803-279-1613.

Audit Places County in Good Financial Shape
web posted November 2, 2011
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their November meeting which included a report from Elliot Davis LLC on the recent county external audit for the past Fiscal Year that ended in June. Laurie Smith ran through the findings which placed the county in good financial shape with total assets at $26.3 million, which was up by 2.1% from the previous year. The unrestricted reserves rounded out the year at $3.6 million, or a little over 3 months of operating cash available.
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Herlong Chevrolet-Buick Purchases Yonce Ford
By: Anne Waits
web posted November 2, 2011

EDGEFIELD – Herlong Chevrolet-Buick in Johnston has announced that it has purchased Yonce Ford in Edgefield. Joe Ben Herlong, owner of Herlong Chevrolet-Buick, said the purchase was official Monday.
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Religion: Joy #1 The Missing Trait
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted November 2, 2011

RELIGION – One of my favorite songs goes by the name of “Down in my Heart.” You have sung it before I am sure.  You know, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.” It is catchy and speaks of something that we all want. JOY (On and interesting side note, it was written by a Unitarian minister, they deny that Jesus was God and that is no reason for joy at all!). Now hopefully the song will be in your head all day.
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Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo Sees Large Crowds
By Anne Waits
web posted November 2, 2011

EDGEFIELD – Despite the fact that Friday night’s performance was rained out, the Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo last weekend turned out to be a great success, said Sandy Quarles, organizer and co-owner of the Lazy J Arena. ‘The rodeo turned out good,” she said. “Friday night was called off because the rain was coming in and we didn’t want to start and have to stop.”
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Letter to the Editor: Family Offers Thanks for Outpouring of Support in Loss of Son in Crash
web posted November 2, 2011
Dear Editor,
As most of you are aware by now the events that occured in Calhoun County Florida on highway 69 will forever change the lives of the Edwards family, Hilton family, Wenzel family, as well as everyone who knew John Hilton and myself and Melinda.
I just wanted to take this time to update everyone of you in South Carolina as to exactly what happened and our current condition.
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Edgefield County Alliance Meeting Monday
web posted November 2, 2011
EDGEFIELD – On Monday, November 7th, 2011, the Edgefield County Alliance will host its monthly meeting at 7:30 am at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus. Everyone interested in learning about plans and issues which affect Edgefield County is invited to attend. Breakfast will be served. A small donation of $3 - $5 is suggested to help cover the cost. The speaker for this meeting will be Mr. Brett Ardrey, owner of Outspokin’ Bicycles in Augusta, GA and advocate for improving road safety and creating bike-friendly routes for area cyclists.
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Sasco Safety Announces New Facility in Barnwell County
web posted November 2, 2011
BARNWELL – Sasco Safety, a maker of highway safety products, today announced its new operations in Barnwell County. The $1.9 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs.
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Attempted Murder, Other Charges to be Filed After Shooting
web posted November 1, 2011
EDGEFIELD – Suspected shooter Tyrone Holloway, 26, of Johnston, remains behind bars awaiting a slew of very serious felony charges to be leveled against him from the home invasion and shooting of a 51-year-old Edgefield man Sunday night. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said leading the charges would be attempted murder, "that's the first one."
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Shooting Incident Reported in Trenton
web posted November 1, 2011
TRENTON – A second shooting incident was reported over the weekend, this time in Trenton on Windy Ridge Road just after 9 pm Saturday. According to one of the victims, she and others were riding together and stopped at a home on the 200 block of Windy Ridge Road and were getting out when a man fired on them with a 12 gauge shotgun. She told dispatchers they all ran from the scene.
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Strategic Planners to Hold Public Input Meetings
web posted November 1, 2011
COUNTY – Beginning in September 2011, a group of over 30 persons, representing a variety of businesses, organizations, governments and other local community leaders began to discuss the best ways to take responsibility for the future of Edgefield County. The group has reviewed a 2008 plan that was the results of efforts by the Edgefield Chamber of Commerce and the State Department of Commerce, and its established goals in the areas of Economic Development, Education and Quality of Life. While that plan began with three timely areas of focus, it suffered in several places from a lack of “ownership” beyond those directly involved in its creation.
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Johnston Elementary Seeks Veterans
web posted November 1, 2011
PSA – Calling all veterans! We want to honor you. Please join us on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:00 am in the cafeteria for biscuits and juice followed by an indoor parade and an outdoor program by the flagpole. Questions? Call Johnston Elementary School 275-1755 and ask for Kay Campbell or Linda Murphy.

Obama Justice Department Sues South Carolina Over State's Strict Immigration Law
web posted November 1, 2011
COLUMBIA – The federal government filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop implementation of South Carolina's tough new immigration law, arguing that the legislation that requires law officers to check suspects' immigration status is unconstitutional.
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State’s Water Quality Protected By Forestry Commission Courtesy Exams
web posted November 1, 2011
COLUMBIA – In what continues to be a long-running success story for the timber industry and the Forestry Commission, the voluntary guidelines known as Best Management Practices are protecting South Carolina jobs, land, and water every day of the year.  In fact, South Carolina’s logging industry has a strong record of being proactive about protecting water.
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