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Edgefield Daily.com Archives
2005


October

Happy Halloween! Trick or treating safety tips
web posted October 31, 2005
COUNTY – Halloween is upon us and children will be dressing in their costumes and going from door to door trick or treating tonight. Area towns are asking that children seek the candy and fun times between the hours of 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Area residents are asked to reduce their speeds on local roads and be aware of the children who sometimes go unsupervised. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said the town will be reducing speed limits during the hours children will be on the streets.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether man stabbed over the weekend
web posted October 31, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Saturday night saw the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responding to a call of a stabbing in Merriwether. Details of the episode are still sketchy but initial information is two individuals who were drinking heavily were outside in or near a car when one began stabbing the other for no apparent reason at a home on Briggs Haven Circle.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gas under $2.00 a gallon?
web posted October 31, 2005
COUNTY – Gas under $2.00 a gallon? Yes, that is what many retailers and suppliers are telling us will be a reality in the next week or two, maybe sooner.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Strom Thurmond 41  Midland Valley 14

Happy 22nd Anniversary
web posted October 28, 2005
A Column by the Editor:
Twenty-two years ago Genia Adams, of Merriwether, married the luckiest man in the world and the rest is anything but history. High school sweethearts that never lost a love that began in 1977 in one day is a rare find.
If you do not believe in love at first sight, you should.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wedding Photo: 1983
EdgefieldDaily.com


Dumb crook repeats crime
web posted October 28, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Under the heading of dumb crooks is a man that has already been arrested for theft of a check and forgery that has now been found passing off another check from the same theft. A Trenton man who had already been the victim of a previous forgery resulting from theft of checks from his checkbook was notified that he had an outstanding bad check at an Edgefield grocery store.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office Deputies volunteer to scare residents to benefit the American Cancer Society
web posted October 28, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, who is usually there to calm your fears when you are afraid, is jumping to the other side of the fence for Halloween and a cure for cancer. Friday and Saturday night the Sheriff’s Office is putting on a Haunted walk and Scream for a Cure at the Edgefield American Legion Hut on Penn Street. The admission will be $3.00 and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted October 28, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have still continued to fall over the last few days as the average price of gas dropped another six cents from an average of $2.37 a gallon last report to $2.31 across the county. A total drop of 12 cents this week. Prices varied as much as sixteen cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks as supply continues to far exceed demand and oil prices continue to drop. The new Greg's Gas Plus in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported prices again at $2.23 and Billy's Super Store in Trenton topped the price list at $2.39. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Teens and a gun in Johnston
JOHNSTON – Wednesday afternoon found teens in Johnston in the middle of threats with a gun. At 2:30 pm deputies responded to a call on the 200 block of May Street in which a 17 year old male stated he and a friend went to the address to visit a friend, Once in side another teen stuck a gun into his stomach and threatened to, “shoot him”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Deputies find driver of "rolling wreck"
web posted October 27, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Shortly after 1 am a report of a car crash on the 400 block of Murrah Road came in with possible entrapments and smoke. First Responders and Firemen in the area found no wreckage, but the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department had better luck. It seems after the driver had taken out the school warning sign on the southbound side of Murrah Road then turned around and tried to make a quick get away.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Evolution is for people who have never had children
web posted October 27, 2005
A Column by the Editor
I am a firm believer that evolution is impossible. I do not base that on scientific evidence but rather historical evidence. Since written history has been known to mankind the plight of the teenager has been played out repeatedly throughout the ages.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Recreation Committee unable to find quorum for meeting
web posted October 27, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Recreation Committee attempted to hold their October meeting Wednesday evening but due to not enough members showing up they were unable to have a quorum so only discussions could be heard. Commissioners absent were Norman Dorn, Tony Fryer, and Chairman Mitch Herring.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Martintown Road home burglarized
web posted October 27, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A Martintown Road home was discovered to have been burglarized Monday while the owner was away. At least two bedrooms were ransacked and jewelry totaling more than $3,300 was missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society releases new book
web posted October 26, 2005
EDGEFIELD – "The Palatines of Londonborough" by Hortense Woodson is being released by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society at its meeting on Sunday, November 13th, at 3:00 p. m. in the Lynch Building Annex of the Tompkins Library.
EdgefieldDaily.com

On the beat; 4 reports, From larceny to burglary
web posted October 26, 2005
JOHNSTON – It seems someone was more concerned with bringing home the bacon, in a more figurative sense, which led to a larceny in Johnston. A Johnston woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report that someone had entered her home and stolen $10.00 in dimes and five packs of bacon.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Multiple senseless vandals continue around county
web posted October 26, 2005
COUNTY – A local restaurant was vandalized over the weekend. Vinny’s Bar and Grill on the 1300 block of Martintown Road was the scene of a burglary last month and a property check on Sunday night revealed the door to the establishment had been egged by unknown persons.
EdgefieldDaily.com

EdgefieldDaily.com tops 100,000 hits
web posted October 25, 2005
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com exceeded 100,000 hits for the month of October, a record number of hits in one month, and the month is not over. A check of records showed that at 11:00 pm on Monday night a total of 100, 315 hits were recorded for the month of October. We are trying to identify the 100,000th viewing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Veterans Day Celebration at STH November 5, 2005

web posted October 25, 2005
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Veterans Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 6:00 pm at the Strom Thurmond Football field. All veterans are asked to attend so they may be honored along with patriotic music, fireworks, and the guest speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient Major General Jim Livingston, USMC Retired. The event is free and the pubic is invited to attend and participate in honoring our veterans.

Halloween Trick or Treating schedules announced
web posted October 25, 2005
COUNTY – Area Towns have announced Halloween schedules for Trick or Treating for area youths. Halloween is this coming Monday, October 31 and trick or treating is generally expected to be limited to children twelve and younger.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted October 25, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to fall over the last few days as the average price of gas dropped another six cents from an average of $2.43 a gallon last report to $2.37 across the county. A total drop of 72 cents since thirty days ago. Prices varied as much as forty-two cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks. The new Greg's Gas Plus in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported prices again at $2.27 and Billy's Super Store in Trenton topped the price list at $2.69. Below is the report of all 17 reporting stations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether man bags his biggest buck
(photo story)
web posted October 25, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Chad Morehouse, of Merriwether, took a massive six point buck Monday afternoon hunting private land on Stevens Creek. The buck weighed around 165 pounds and had a tall six point rack with a spread of 13 1/2 inches. The girth of the rack was 5” and the bow tines were 4 1/2 inches. The rack raised more than 13 inches from the base.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office releases convictions from General Sessions Court
web posted October 25, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office released the names of prison sentences handed down during the last sessions of General Sessions Court for the weeks of October 10 through October 20, 2005. Sheriff Dobey said, “I would like to compliment the work of my officers and investigators on their cases. I am very pleased with these convictions.” Sheriff Dobey added, “I would also like to thank all the jurors and court personnel for their services.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Serial gas thieves arrested?
web posted October 25, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Sheriff’s Office believes they have apprehended a serial gas thief with an arrest on Friday afternoon. Several times over the last two weeks area gas stations have reported a blue Ford Focus that has been filling up with gas and then leaving without paying. Kent’s Korner has been hit twice with reports listed on October17 and again on October 20. A third attempt was foiled as Deputy Jimmy Smith apprehended the individuals involved.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether business burglarized
web posted October 25, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether business was burglarized over the weekend with the burglar or burglars making off with more than $10,000 in assorted goods. Carolina Auto Sales, located on the 800 block of Five Notch Road, was discovered to have been broken into over the weekend when the owner returned from being out of town.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Police take suspected dealers off the streets
web posted October 25, 2005
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department made two arrests of suspected drug dealers in the town. The firs came from an undercover operative making a drug purchase which led to a warrant for the man’s arrest. That warrant was served on Wednesday which netted another charge for the man.
EdgefieldDaily.com

New On The Record Page created; Latest updates available

On The Record

web posted October 24, 2005

Cub Scouts present funds to Hurricane Victims (photo story)
web posted October 24, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Local Cub Scouts went the extra mile to find a family directly affected by Hurricane Katrina to present them with funds they raised from collections and chores performed. Cub Scout Pack 601 presented Bill and Lindsey Durden with a total of $188.00. “We wanted to let the children actually meet the people they were helping rather than just give it to the Red Cross or another group,” Den Leader Debbie Reville said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Fire Department holds Open House
(photo story)
web posted October 24, 2005
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department held an Open House on Saturday with Fire Prevention tips and demonstrations with fire extinguishers. On display was the Departments assorted Fire Trucks and Service Vehicles. Local children were enjoying the trucks as well as the brownies, candy, sandwiches, and drinks provided.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Single car crash sends man to trauma unit with head injury (photo story)
web posted October 24, 2005
SWEETWATER – A single car accident sent a man to the MCG Trauma Center with a head injury. The Chevrolet Camero was traveling north on Highway 25 just south of Stephen’s Road when he lost control of the car and left the right side of the roadways striking a culvert and a seven foot embankment. The driver ended up pinned between the car and the bottom of the culvert. The other occupant refused medical treatment. The County Line and Merriwether Volunteer Fire Departments responded along with EMS.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Flying squirrels rescued (photo story)
web posted October 24, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Lara Yost rescued two baby flying squirrels from her parent’s lake house at Clarks Hill and is bottle feeding the two squirrels who she said were only a few weeks old. She said that by keeping the two together they would both survive, “The last two I found, I gave one to a friend to raise, and mine died,” she said. Together the two seem to be adjusting well and are eating on a regular basis
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office issues advisory on telemarketers
web posted October 22, 2005
Edgefield, SC (October 20, 2005) - Sheriff Adell Dobey and the South Carolina Sheriffs' Association want you to know that the United States Deputy Sheriffs' Association has no affiliation with the S.C. Sheriffs' Association, nor is it supported or endorsed by the S.C. Sheriffs' Association. The USDSA is located in Houston, Texas, and uses a post office address in Columbia.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sex offender pleads to second crime; given 18 months (photo story)
web posted October 22, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Convicted sex offender David Strom Jr., 28, of the 300 block of Burt Street in Edgefield faced charges stemming from an August 27, 2005 Peeping Tom arrest in the 500 block area of Pine Ridge Road. Strom, a registered sex offender was caught peering into a window of the home of a woman home alone. She contacted 9-1-1 and Mr. Strom was arrested a short time later. He faced those charges in General Sessions Court this week and plead guilty to the charges.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stolen car recovered
web posted October 22, 2005
SWEETWATER – A Sweetwater woman reported her car stolen Thursday morning. According to police reports the woman said her boyfriend left in the car on Monday and had not returned. On Tuesday she spotted him at Ridge Road and Highway 25 and tried to flag him down to no avail. On Thursday morning she said the boyfriend came to her house with his niece expecting her to be at work and when she tried to call 9-1-1 he snatched the phone out of her hand and left with the car yet again.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Councilman Bright has larceny at his business
web posted October 22, 2005
BETTIS ACADEMY – Councilman Willie Bright had a larceny at his laundry mat on Community Road Thursday night. At 8:05 pm Mr. Bright called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report several chairs and a crock pot that were taken from the premises.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Getting your goat
web posted October 22, 2005
JOHNSTON – Wednesday evening a Johnston woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report someone had gotten her goat, or more accurately something, her neighbor’s five dogs. Deputy George Dedmondt responded to the call on the 900 block of Airport Road and found the dead goat with what appeared to be dog bites.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted October 22, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to fall over the last few days as the average price of gas dropped another eleven cents from an average of $2.56 a gallon last week to $2.43 across the county. A total of 25 cents drop since Friday. Prices varied as much as thirty-five cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks. The new Greg's Gas Plus in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported prices at $2.34 and Billy's Super Store in Trenton topped the list at $2.69. Below is the report of all 16 reporting stations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County student honored in Atlanta (photo story)
web posted October 21, 2005
ATLANTA – Strom Thurmond Beta Graduate Leia Blackwell and family traveled to Atlanta on Thursday to be honored for her being awarded a five thousand dollar scholarship from the Georgia Securities Association. With dignitaries from across the country present GSA President Warren Hamilton presented the check to Leia Blackwell saying that she, “attends the University of South Carolina (at Aiken), being a Georgia graduate we’ll have to work on that.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Fire Department Open House Saturday
web posted October 21, 2005
The Merriwether Fire Department will be holding an Open House Saturday, October 22, 2005 at the Main Fire Station on Martintown Road from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Fire Chief Faye Fulmer said light refreshments would be provided and residents are asked to come view the equipment and meet the local volunteers who provide fire protection.

How other schools deal with criminal football players; More teens will face charges
web posted October 21, 2005
A day after two Greenbrier football players were indicted on a variety of sex charges, four other students, including three girls listed previously as victims in the case, faced new charges, authorities said Thursday.
Augusta Chronicle

Burglars caught within 24 hours of crime
web posted October 20, 2005
TRENTON – A Woodward Lake Road man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday afternoon stating someone had broken into his shop and stolen several tools and other items. Deputy Willie Callaham responded to the call and found a door that had been “kicked in” to gain access to the building.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Greg's Gas Plus location opens in Merriwether Friday (photo story)
web posted October 20, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether will have a new local store on Friday, Greg’s Gas Plus at the intersection of Sweetwater Road and Highway 25, will open for business. “We thought it was going to be tomorrow,” owner Greg Kendrick said, “but it will be Friday.” The new store will also have a restaurant located in the building. “We are in talks with a few different companies,” he said.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Identity theft reported in Merriwether
web posted October 20, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman discovered an identity theft of an internet account Tuesday that had been taking place as far back as July 1 of this year. The Clay Court resident stated that due to an overdrawn PayPal account in the amount of over $500 she had traced the use back to an unusual suspect, her brother.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Cooper Loop home robbed
web posted October 20, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A Cooper Loop Road home was the site of a break-in in which the perpetrators made off with almost $10,000 worth of valuables. The homeowner reported the break-in around 9:30 pm when she returned home to find her door opened. When she went inside the breadth of the burglary became apparent.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man drops pants at laundry mat: literally
web posted October 19, 2005
JOHNSTON – A woman washing clothes at a local laundry mat had a rather indecent proposal and advance made towards her last week in Johnston. While doing her laundry a man exited the restroom and proceeded to drop his pant and began moving towards the woman. The woman ran around a table to get away from the man and then ran out of the building seeking help.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burglary spree put to an end
web posted October 19, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A man investigators say was responsible for several local burglaries faced first degree burglary charges in General Sessions Court on Monday. Attorney James Huff, who was named to defend the man, prepared Monday for a jury trial and a jury was picked earlier in the day.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gas trucks targeted in theft
web posted October 19, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A gasoline transport company on Edgefield Road was targeted by unknown persons who made off with several items off of transport trailers valued at more than $2,000.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gas thefts continue as prices fall
web posted October 19, 2005
COUNTY – With the price of gasoline falling thefts of gas continue. Driving off without paying for gas increased as prices topped three dollars a gallon for a short time, but as prices have fallen more than sixty cents since then some still feel the need for free gas. Monday about noon a white female driving a dark blue Ford Focus pulled into Kent’s Korner and filled up with $32 of gas and drove away.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fugitives end chase in Merriwether (photo story)
LEFT: Sheriff Adell Dobey arrives on the scene  EdgefieldDaily.com photo
web posted October 18, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Shortly before 4:00 pm the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an active pursuit originating in Richmond County. The car being chased, a blue-green Mazda 626, was lost once it entered Edgefield County and Richmond County Deputies abandoned the chase at Murrah Road. A few minutes later a call came into the Sheriff’s dispatch that two white males had driven the car through a yard on the 500 block of Murrah Road and continued down into the woods.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Young hunter bags first buck with first shot on first hunt (photo story)
web posted October 18, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Noah Ireland, 8, went on his first deer hunt and bagged a four point buck with his first and only shot fired while hunting. Noah, and his proud father Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigator Phil Ireland, went on their first official deer hunt and we were unsure who was more proud, Noah or dad.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Man get 15 years for attack of Trenton woman
web posted October 18, 2005
EDGEFIELD – EdgefieldDaily.com reported the August 11 attack of a Hispanic woman on Hayes Drive after she walked her daughter to the school bus stop. When she returned she was attacked by Charles Dewayne Curry, 29, of Indian Hill Court in North Augusta. Mr. Curry plead guilty to the charges that stemmed from that attack Monday in General Sessions Court.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Car thieves get five years, must pay restitution
web posted October 18, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Tow Augusta men were sentenced to five years in prison for car thefts in Edgefield County this week. Andre Henry Poitra and Daniel Christopher Hill were charged in the thefts of at least two vehicles in early August.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Crack dealer gets ten years
web posted October 18, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Another repeat drug dealer was taken off the streets this week as Brandon Simpkins decided to back out of his scheduled jury trial in which he faced a possible 25 year sentence if convicted. Mr. Simpkins, who has previous arrests for drugs, decided he was better off taking the offer for a plea agreement rather than face having the maximum sentence for his crime if the trial were held due to circumstances of some witnesses.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted October 18, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to fall over the last few days as the average price of gas dropped another twelve cents from an average of $2.68 a gallon last week to $2.56 across the county. A total of 23 cents drop since Friday. Prices varied as much as twenty cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks. Dodge's Store in Edgefield took the award for the lowest reported prices at $2.44 and Sue's Country Store in Trenton topped the list at $2.69. Below is the report of all 16 reporting stations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Fall Carnival sees large crowd (photos)
web posted October 17, 2005
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary Fall Carnival was a huge success this past Saturday as parking overflowed onto Springhaven Drive and Murrah Road. Throngs of families filled the parking lot and the cafeteria with games, raffles, slides, and entertainment from several local youth groups.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Heritage Jubilee may have found new home (photos)
web posted October 17, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Heritage Jubilee was a great success this past Friday and Saturday as crowds circled through the Old Kendall Mill location. “I really like this" location, John Seawright said, a comment echoed by most we spoke with. The shade trees and the larger more spread out grounds made the event more pleasant. “It kinda feels like (the Peach Festival in Trenton),” one visitor said.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Merriwether man given 45 years for criminal sexual conduct conviction
web posted October 15, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Friday saw the end of the two day criminal sexual conduct trial of Tommy S. Adams, 50, of Clarks Hill. The case, prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Irvin Maye, was based completely on the testimony of the young girl who made the accusations with the absence of any supporting physical evidence. The case stems from her accusations that molestation had taken place beginning in 1999 through 2002. The girl was seven years old at the time. With the jury reaching a verdict of guilty after four hours of deliberation over two days Judge John Few sentenced Mr. Adams to 45 years in prison, basically a life sentence for Mr. Adams.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Two vehicle crash ties up Martintown Road at rush hour (photos)
web posted October 15, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A two car crash tied up traffic on Martintown Road during rush hour today for over an hour. The rear end collision took place at the entrance to River Hills Subdivision about half a mile east of Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church. Reportedly a Chevy 2500 pick-up truck owned by Tri Star Construction of Edgefield was stopped at the entrance attempting to make a left turn when the Chrysler Sebring convertible topped the hill and could not stop before crashing into the rear of the truck.
EdgefieldDaily.com

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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted October 15, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to fall over the last few days as the average price of gas dropped another eleven cents from an average of $2.79 a gallon last week to $2.68 across the county. Prices varied as much as forty cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks. Edgefield Fuel Mart No. 1, No. 3, Dodge's Store, and Kent's Korner in Edgefield took the award for the lowest reported prices at $2.59 and Billy's Superstore in Trenton topped the list at $2.99. Below is the report of all 16 reporting stations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Department gets conviction on largest drug bust in county history
web posted October 14, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff, Adell Dobey was pleased to announce that a conviction had been granted in Edgefield County’s largest drug bust ever. On May 18th, 2002, a tractor trailer got stuck on Padgett Road in Trenton. Inside the truck was 800 lbs. of marijuana, the largest single capture of drugs in Edgefield County history. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Criminal Sexual Conduct trail moves into second day of deliberations
web posted October 14, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A criminal sexual conduct case involving a child under 11 got underway today in Edgefield. The man is accused of sexually molesting his then seven year old step-daughter over a three year period. The girl, now 14, took the stand to recount the events as she remembered them taking place from 1999 to 2002.  
EdgefieldDaily.com


Zoning creates Planning Commission meeting debate
web posted October 14, 2005EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission held its October meeting Thursday night and after the usual approval of past minutes and reports and reports opened the floor to the public on the matter of a new proposed zoning classification, Rural Residential.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Commissioner Jim Oliver misses sixth meeting this year
web posted October 14, 2005
MERRIWETHER – After the Edgefield County Planning Commission concluded the business of their regular monthly meeting the fact Merriwether Commissioner Jim Oliver had missed yet another meeting drew the ire of Chairman James Burt. “I have just one statement. Our commissioner, Mr. Oliver, is not here tonight. We have guidelines on commission members so, we’d like to find out what his commitments are,” Chairman Burt said. Mr. Oliver has missed six of the ten meetings held this year, most consecutively
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man unhurt by stray bullet
web posted October 14, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Wednesday night a man on the 500 block of Pine Ridge Road called the Edgefield County’s Sheriff’s Department in reference to a shooting incident. The man stated he was sitting in his chair in his bedroom watching a movie when he felt something hit him. The man said he looked up and noticed a hole in his window that appeared to be a bullet hole.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Heritage Jubilee location changed
EDGEFIELD – The Heritage Jubilee’s location has been changed organizers announced today. EdgefieldDaily.com was asked to inform county residents that the location has been relocated from the Edgefield Soccer Field to the old Kendall Mill located on Norris Street Sunny Seawright said. The field of the soccer field has not dried out from recent rains and would not be able to be used organizers said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Homeowners "gassed" over SCE&G price hikes
web posted October 13, 2005
STATE – SCE&G is soaking “the little guy” with rate increases that have been agreed on by SCE&G and the Office of Regulatory Staff, several customer representatives and the U.S. Department of Defense some homeowners said. Under the agreement, which was approved Wednesday, rates for residential users will rise 11.3 percent while commercial and industrial users will see a meager 4.8 to 6.4 percent increase.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Parker sentenced to three years for burglary of neighbor
web posted October 13, 2005
EDGEFIELD - Sabrina Maria Parker, 33, who was arrested July 10, 2005 for a burglary on the 600 block of Springhaven Drive, had her day in court Wednesday. Mrs. Parker was charged with burglary and grand larceny in the theft of over $10,000 of goods from a next door neighbor.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Jury finds man guilty of third drug offence, judge gives 25 year sentence
web posted October 13, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A jury found Joshua Devar Gordon, 21, who was arrested on July 7, 2005, guilty of trafficking in crack cocaine and resisting arrest in a two day jury trial that ended Wednesday afternoon. The jury of six men and six women deliberated just under two hours before reaching a verdict.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Law Officers Association awards past presidents (photos)
web posted October 12, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Law Officers Association presented awards to past Association Presidents Tuesday night at their meeting. The Association, founded in 1989, is made up of present and retired Law Enforcement Officers from local police agencies, SLED, Department of Natural Resource, and Firefighters. Most people in the county know the Association for the Jimmy Shay Fishing Rodeo put on the second Saturday in May at Lick Fork Lake for area youths.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Officer interrupts burglary of Dollar General
web posted October 12, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Around 11:22 pm Tuesday night an officer doing a routine property check of the Dollar General store on Augusta Road in Edgefield found an unidentified man inside the store. The man, described as a black male about 5’ 7” tall weighing approximately 180 to 185 pounds with a dark ball cap and a dark (blue or black)  jacket ran out of the store through a hole that had been torn into the back and entered the woods to the left rear of the store. Edgefield Police Officers as well as Sheriff Deputies converged on the area and set up a perimeter within minutes.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Republican Road site of daytime home burglary
web posted October 12, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Republican Road was the scene of a burglary Monday as a homeowner returned home to find his residence had been entered and items stolen. Deputy George Dedmondt responded to the call and observed a broken window at the back of the residence as being the point of entry into the home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stupidity is not against the law, what you do with it sometimes is
web posted October 12, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Velasco was on patrol Sunday night when he observed a gray Dodge van parked in the parking lot of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and a man step out of the van. From there the situation went from bad, to worse, to outrageous.
EdgefieldDaily.com

American Legion presents Corporate Banner to Mayor, Council
web posted October 12, 2005
American Legion Post 154 Commander Zach Bush presented the Blue Star 
Corporate Banner to Mayor Dean Campbell and the Johnston Town Council Monday night during the Johnston Town Council in honor of their support for Councilman Frank Nicholson, who is on active duty and soon headed to Iraq. This banner, Bush said, shows corporate support  to the families and military personnel serving our country. Photo and caption provided by The Edgefield Advertiser

Opening day lands hunter with trophy buck (photo)
web posted October 12, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Opening day of deer season brought good luck to an area hunter as he missed the first deer he shot at only to be rewarded for his patience with a trophy buck. Andrew Simons said he was hunting land not far from Buck Tyler’s Taxidermy when he spotted the first deer he took a shot at. He missed and then returned to his stand to continue hunting when he spotted the buck that would give a lot of hunters “buck fever”.
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Merriwether split into two voting precincts
web posted October 11, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Republican Party Chairman Frank Maurer told EdgefieldDaily.com that the Merriwether Precinct was going to be divided into two precincts to alleviate the two and three hours long wait in lines to vote. Mr. Maurer said he had written a letter to the board of elections and requested the change, “We have over 4500 voters in the precinct and the standard is about 1500,” he said.
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Special election to be held for Johnston Town Council Seat
web posted October 11, 2005
JOHNSTON – A special election, of sorts, will be held to fill the seat left empty when Johnston Councilman Frank Nicholson left for service in Iraq. The beginning of filing for the seat will begin today and run through October 28th Mayor Dean Campbell said. Once those from Mr. Nicholson’s Ward are qualified a vote will be taken by the remaining council members and the mayor to fill the seat.
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Johnston Mayor Dean Campbell announces re-election bid (photo)
web posted October 11, 2005
JOHNSTON – Johnston Mayor Dean Campbell today announces he will seek re-election, saying he wants to continue to work with citizens to ensure Johnston continues to grow and improve.
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Merriwether Fire Department holds annual meeting (photos)
web posted October 11, 2005
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department held its annual meeting Monday night at the main Fire Station on Martintown Road. Firefighters were treated to a bar-b-que dinner before the meeting got underway.
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Burglar gets five years for Sportsman's Corner break-in (Photo)
web posted October 11, 2005
EDEGFIELD – The August 27 burglary of Sportsman’s Corner ended today when Raymond Stanford Crouch, 33 of Wagon Wheel Road in Edgefield, plead guilty to felony charges in General Session Court. Visiting Judge Few, of Greenville who is sitting in for the late Judge Westbrook killed in Edgefield Sept 14, gave Mr. Crouch five years to consider his crime.
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Body found near Trenton identified
web posted October 11, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said his office has positively identified the body of a woman that was found near Trenton. The woman’s name is Rosa "Duke" McKevie, 52, of Aiken who was last seen Aug. 25. “We got a positive ID out of Newberry on Friday,” Mr. Burnett said.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
COUNTY – Area gas prices have begun to fall over the last few days as the average price of gas dropped sixteen cents from an average of $2.95 a gallon last week to $2.79 across the county. Prices varied as much as thirty five cents between retailers. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks. Edgefield Fuel Mart No. 2 in Johnston took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.64 and Billy's Superstore in Trenton and the S&S Truck Stop in Merriwether topped the list at $2.99. Below is the report of all 16 reporting stations.
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Johnston sees rash of bike thefts
web posted October 11, 2005
JOHNSTON – A rash of bicycle thefts plagued Johnston as four bicycles were reported stolen over a matter of days. The first report came in of two bikes stolen on October 1, but were not reported until the 4th. The next two were reported on the 5th.
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web posted October 11, 2005
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web posted October 10, 2005
Buy this near new trac-hoe for a bargain price. Owner in deep debt. Tractor can be seen in pond behind house. As is. All sales final. Of course the item is not really for sale but you can have your item(s) listed on a page like this with up to 1000 words to describe your items in the ad.
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Motorcycle stolen on Lilac Loop
web posted October 10, 2005
TRENTON – A Trenton man who lives on Lilac Loop reported a dirt bike stolen from his back yard. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy Trek Bryant responded to the call and could not find the motorcycle in the area. The man said the last time he saw the motorcycle was the night before.
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Pistol taken at Trenton Motel
web posted October 10, 2005
TRENTON – Thursday a man staying at the Crossroad Motel in Trenton said he left his car unlocked and later found his .45 caliber pistol gone from the glove box of his Black Dodge Neon.
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web posted October 8, 2005

Rain makes way for accidents (Photo story)
web posted October 8, 2005
BETTIS ACADEMY – Wet roads provided the makings for double rear end collisions on Highway 25 Friday afternoon. The driver of a Chevy 1500 Silverado was trying to make a left turn when a Chevy Impala could not stop in time to prevent the crash which set off a chain reaction.
EdgefieldDaily.com

STH names Defensive Player of the Week
EdgefieldDaily.com calls pick most "offensive" of the year (Photo story)
web posted October 8, 2005
OPINION Kevin Jones, 18, starting senior defensive linebacker, was awarded for his aggressive play which resulted in five sacks in last weeks 37-0 romp over Chapin, by being named Defensive Player of the Week. Mr. Jones has two felony charges of threatening to “kill Dep. Jimmy Smith,” and also telling Sgt Marty English he was going to "kill" him too. In addition Mr. Jones was cursing and making other threats during dozens and dozens of 9-1-1 calls to dispatchers, providing a false name, and false information.
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Sheriff's Department offers a "Scream for a Cure" Haunted Walk to benefit Cancer Society
web posted October 7, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department’s Relay for Life Team announces they will be conducting a “Haunted Walk” titled A Scream for a Cure at this year’s Heritage Jubilee on October 14-15, 2005.
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Home under construction burglarized
web posted October 7, 2005
TRENTON – Burglars took advantage of a home under construction on the 1800 block of Edgefield Road in Trenton late last week. A home under construction by Jim Walter Homes had a houseful of windows stolen from inside the house.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted October 7, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have stayed fairly constant over the last few days and the average price of gas dropped six cents from an average of $3.01 a gallon last week to $2.95 across the county. Prices are said to be going to continue dropping over the next few weeks. Monk's Corner in Johnston took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.83 and the Northside BP in Edgefield topped the list at $3.09. Below is the report of all 16 reporting stations.
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Never register to view a news website again
web posted October 7, 2005
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has been asked by readers not to link to sites that require a registration in order to read some stories. The readers claim they do not like giving out their e-mail addresses or information in order to read the linked stories of other sites. We agree and have a solution.
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Store suffers break-in
web posted October 7, 2005
MURPHY VILLAGE – The Little Red Store, on Miller Street in Murphy Village was burglarized Friday night. Around 10:00 pm the owner of the Little Red Store called to report a broken window and that someone had entered the store and stole several items.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Second Trenton home burglarized
web posted October 7, 2005
TRENTON – A home for sale in Trenton was the scene of second burglary on Tuesday. A working hired by the Real Estate Agent noticed underpinning and the air conditioning unit was missing from the property. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Robert Velasco arrived at the location to find other damage to the property in addition to the theft.
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Musical houses and a trip to jail
web posted October 7, 2005
TRENTON – Mixing alcohol and a bad attitude never turns out well. On Saturday night a 50 year old man decided to have a few too many and came home with a bad attitude and obviously far to much to drink. The man’s daughter called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department to report that her drunken father was “yelling and throwing food around the house.”
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Disaster Team leaves today (Photo story)
web posted October 6, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Disaster Relief Team from Edgefield 1st Baptist Church left today to return to Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana to help in recovery work that has been taking place since Hurricane Katrina came ashore weeks ago. Ironically enough they will be driving through the remnants of the 19th tropical storm, Tammy, as is enters the Edgefield County area throughout the day today.
EdgefieldDaily.com 

On the beat in Edgefield
web posted October 6, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police Officers responded to a burglary call at a home on Gray Street where the resident called to say her estranged husband had broken into her home and had called her to say he would be waiting on her when she got home.
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County Council October meeting
web posted October 5, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night and addressed several issues and ordinances. After the usual invocation and pledge council voted to approve the minutes of the previous council meeting and the special called meeting and looked over reports before continuing on to the ordinances with votes of 5-0.
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Merriwether Fire Department returns to Moore Road area fires Tuesday (Photo story)
web posted October 5, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Firefighters were called to the Moore Road area twice again today as the two brush fires started yesterday by someone blowing up mailboxes with fireworks rekindled anew. The first call came in just before 10:00 am as the fire on Cheves Creek Circle sparked back to life. The MVFD arrived with two brush trucks and extinguished the flames.
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Johnston sees rash of erratic drivers
web posted October 5, 2005
JOHNSTON – It was off to the races in Johnston last week as Johnston Police Officers had their fill of those who not only disregard traffic laws but do not even bother to have valid driver’s licenses or insurance. Our first report comes on Friday September 30 as Officer Lamaz observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Radar confirmed the vehicle was traveling 62 mph in a 45 mph zone.
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Arrest made in Motel arson case (Photo story)
web posted October 5, 2005
JOHNSTON – As EdgefieldDaily.com reported on September 26 a probable arson was involved in a fire at the Budget Inn on Lee Street. The owner, Thakorbhi Patel, had stated the room that was set ablaze was rented on the previous Friday by James Brown of Aiken Street in Johnston and was to be vacated by Sunday Above: Picture of room 126 at the Budget Inn  before 11:00 am.                                            EdgefieldDaily.com

Several fires plague Moore Road area (Photo story)
web posted October 4, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Fire fighters were called out for a second time on Monday to a reported brush fire on the 200 block of Chavous Creek Circle around 2:40 pm. Upon arrival they found a brush fire burning about one hundred yards along the roadway and roughly 20 to 30 yards back into the woods.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Early morning fire claims home (Photo story)
web posted October 4, 2005
TRENTON – County Line and Merriwether Fire Departments were called out to an early morning house fire at 53 Sandy Springs Road around 8:30 am. The home was fully engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived and fire had breached the roof and was burning in the attic as well as the inside of the home. Neighbor’s stated they believed an elderly woman was in the home.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Heritage Jubilee schedule of events
web posted October 4, 2005
Heritage Jubilee October 14th & 15th, 2005
Edgefield Soccer Field Complex
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Drugs found in drain pipe
web posted October 4, 2005
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Deputies were called to the 90 block of Boughknight Road due to a report of a suspicious person. The homeowner stated two white males had stopped in front of the house and placed something in the drain pipe in front of the home around 9:00 pm on Friday night.
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Edgefield Town Council October meeting
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday night. After the invocation by Rev. Lloyd the meeting was called to order. The council voted to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and financial reports. Mayor McKie said the next item on the agenda was to replace Councilman Durham on the Recreation Committee with Public Works Director David Coleman.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burke pleads guilty to Dunstan murder
Body of woman was buried in shallow grave in Edgefield County
After more than 17 months in police custody, Ronald F. Burke finally admitted he murdered Tamara Dunstan, killing her unborn child in the process. On Monday, he began a life sentence without parole.
Augusta Chronicle

Turkey Federation JAKES Event a success according to parents (Photo story)
web posted October 3, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) held its annual JAKES Event Saturday. The event is put on by volunteers of the NWTF every year. Children who participate in the activities are divided in to six groups according to age. David Dickau’s group for six year olds contained about twenty two children with both boys and girls participating.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Missing woman found safe
web posted October 3, 2005
BETTIS ACADEMY - Just before 5:00 pm Saturday afternoon a call came in of a missing 67 year old woman from Mosley Road, just off Bettis Academy Road. Deputies and Investigators arrived a short time later. After an initial search of the area by Deputies being unable to locate the woman a call for the bloodhounds went out at 5:57 pm.
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Proactive citizenship
A column by the Editor
web posted October 3, 2005
As Editor of EdgefieldDaily.com I also participate in being one of the members of the Dining Teams. After all, if I have to pay for all the meals I might as well get fed once and a while. On Friday night my wife and I went to review a local restaurant in Johnston. I am not going to give away the location or results of the review other than to say the establishment did well overall. I want to comment on ignorant drivers. Everyone knows one or sees one in their daily travels. I cannot count the number of times someone has said to me, “I got behind this jerk on the way over.”
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Disaster Relief Team returning to Gulf Coast
web posted October 1, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Baptist Association’s Disaster Relief Team has been called once again to assist Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. The team from Edgefield County is being deployed to Metairie, LA, a suburb of New Orleans.
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