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October 2007 Archive

Three bodies discovered in apparent double murder-suicide in Edgefield (Photos)
EdgefieldDaily.com first media outlet with story, alerts all other media of event
web posted October 31, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Three people are dead in what authorities are referring to as a double murder-suicide at a home on the 200 block of Pickens Street in Edgefield. 911 received the call from a neighbor around 4:48pm stating that the three bodies had been discovered. Edgefield Police and Sheriff’s Deputies raced to the scene and found the bodies of a man, a woman, and a female teenager. 
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Victims identified
web posted October 31, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The names of the three people found shot to death at the family home in Edgefield has been released. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the identities are Robert Herring, 44, his wife Lesley Arangilan, 34, and Jade Arangilan, 17.
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Burglar sought in manhunt arrested (Photo)
web posted October 31, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said one of the men responsible for the early morning burglary of the Johnston IGA Food Store on Lee Street on October 17 that led to an all night and all day manhunt is now in custody. Maurice Anthony Odom, 32, of Texas Lane, Williston SC, was taken into custody Tuesday morning and is currently being held on a total of $200,000 bonds at the Edgefield County Detention Center. “He won’t be gong anywhere anytime soon, “Aston said.
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More Schools Meet Federal NCLB Standards in Edgefield County
web posted October 31, 2007
COUNTY – More schools in Edgefield County met the National No Child Left Behind standards this year. Johnston Elementary, Merriwether Elementary and W. E. Parker Elementary schools met 100% of the US Department of Education objectives. Last year only one school met 100% of the objectives.
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More check scams found in Edgefield
web posted October 31, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman gave EdgefieldDaily.com a letter and a check for $2,500 that came in the mail to her daughter and asked if it was a possible scam. The enclosed letter stated that a Company named ICM was hiring for a “Quality Assurance Analyst” and all they asked was that she make a money transfer and then send in a report about the company “Money Gram” which was to be used for the transfer. In return, she would keep $250 of the $2,500 check that was also enclosed.
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“Spirit Week” a success at JET Middle School
web posted October 31, 2007
JOHNSTON – Spirit week was four days of fun and excitement as JET Middle School anticipated playing their rival Merriwether Middle on Thursday afternoon. Faculty and students were willing to show that Eagle spirit by dressing up. Spirit days were organized by the cheerleaders and their sponsors Jill Cockrell and Jessica Johnson:
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BBB warns of scams using their name
web posted October 31, 2007
COUNTY – The BBB has received several complaints from businesses and consumers about a spoofing scam using the BBB name and a false FTC e-mail address to entice recipients to access potentially damaging hyperlinks and attachments. The message reads: “A complaint has been filled against you and the company you are affiliated to by Mr. George Hanson and sent to Federal Trade Commission by fax, in witch he's claiming that he has been cheated by you and your company in paying a greater amount of money than the one appearing on the invoice you gave him for using your services.
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Letter to the Editor:
Edgefield County Recreation Director seeks help with Youth Basketball League
Director claims: "We are not a baby sitting service"
web posted October 31, 2007
Dear Editor,
The County Recreation department over the past three years has offered a basketball league for our youth.  Within those three years we have averaged around 80 kids per season but we have had a big problem with parental or adult support for the program.
EdgefieldDaily.com Opinions

Edgefield deals with power outage and possible Hospital fire Monday morning (Photos)
web posted October 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A limb falling on a power line on Railroad Avenue started a chain of events that had the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Edgefield Police and Fire Departments, and the Trenton Fire Department called to service. The power line gave way under the weight of the limb and caused one of the transformers on the pole to erupt in flames around 11 am Monday and knocked out power from Railroad Ave to the entire Edgefield Town Square. While Edgefield firefighters were arriving on the scene another call came in of a possible fire at the Edgefield Hospital and the patients were being evacuated.
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Sheriff's Office continues to seek public's help in apprehending alleged child molester (Photo)
web re-posted October 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted man accused of molesting a ten-year-old Edgefield County girl. Howard Russell Bodie, 56, may be in the lower Edgefield County area or the western end of Aiken County. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said a warrant for Mr. Bodie’s arrest has been issued.
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Johnston woman wins in battle over EMS charge, wants others made aware of billing practice
web posted October 30, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston woman’s son was in a wreck on April 8, 2007, when he “rear-ended another vehicle.” The two occupants of the car he hit asked for an ambulance and Edgefield County EMS responded. Michelle Clark, of Johnston also responded to check on her son and said, “I was on the scene of the accident before the police or EMS was. When the EMT asked me if my children needed treatment, I said no.” Mrs. Clark says she then signed a form stating they were refusing treatment. That form, she said, became a nightmare ever since.
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Governor Sanford Issues Statement on Students' Deaths
web posted October 30, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford issued the following statement on Monday following the fire in North Carolina that claimed the lives of seven South Carolina college students in Ocean Isle Beach, six of which were from the University of South Carolina, the other from Clemson. 
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Halloween Trick or Treat schedules set for area towns
web posted October 30, 2007
PSA – COUNTY – The Three local towns, Edgefield, Johnston, and Trenton have set the hours for Trick or Treating for the hours of 6:30 to 8 pm Wednesday. Area businesses have instituted a policy of no masks for patrons entering their stores during the Halloween celebration. Parents are advised to accompany their children during the night and to use flashlights and reflective clothing in addition to the costumes. Speed limits in some areas of the towns will be reduced during the hours of trick or treating.

Rebels to host North Charleston for First Round Playoff game
web posted October 30, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond High School Rebels will play North Charleston in the first round of playoffs this Friday evening, November 2. The game will be held Strom Thurmond home stadium beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be $6.00 each. Only South Carolina High School League passes are accepted.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers points out the Importance of Flu Shots
web posted October 30, 2007
PSA - AIKEN – The best way to prevent the flu or lessen its effects is to get a flu shot.
According to the CDC, the ideal time to be immunized against the flu is as early as October, however, November or December are also acceptable times, since it takes 10 to 14 days after immunization to reach peak levels of immunity. The flu season usually is over by early to mid-February, and the real flu season with large numbers of confirmed cases does not begin ordinarily until the middle of December.
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Letter to the Editor: Jubilee gave “a great opportunity” for others to discover the history of Oakley Park, writer says
web posted October 30, 2007
Dear Editor,
This is in response to Clarice Wise’s letter published in your site. I realize this was one persons view of the recent “Jubilee” held at Oakley Park so I do hope you will do me the courtesy of publishing another view.
EdgefieldDaily.com

So You Think You Know Everything?
A Column by Carl Langley
web posted October 30, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

US Congressman Barrett visits Edgefield in support of Shane Massey (Photos)
web posted October 29, 2007
EDGEFIELD – US House Rep. Gresham Barrett was in Edgefield on Saturday attending a “Meet and Greet” for District 25 State Senate candidate Shane Massey.  “What a beautiful day, what a beautiful state, and what a beautiful town. Thank you for being here,” Rep. Barrett said after being introduced. “I’m excited to be here today, and the reason I’m excited is for that gentleman right back there (Shane Massey).”
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Rebels take second place in Region with 38-14 win over Midland Valley
web posted October 29, 2007
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond secured second place in Region 4-AAA with a 38-14 win over the Midland Valley Mustangs in the regular season finale for both teams Friday. The second place finish ends a run of three consecutive region titles for the Rebels who finish 6-4 overall and 4-1 in region play.
EdgefieldDaily.com Sports

Lower State playoff preview
web posted October 29, 2007
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School opens the first round of the Class AAA Lower State football playoffs this Friday at home. The Rebels finished second in Region 4-AAA with a 4-1 record; their opponent, the North Charleston High Cougars finished 2-3 in Region 7-AAA.
EdgefieldDaily.com Sports

Trenton Flyers host "Candy Drop" at Trenton Airport (Photos)
web posted October 29, 2007
TRENTON – The Trenton Flyers held their annual “Halloween Candy Drop” at the Trenton Airport much to the delight of countless area children. As members flew overhead in ultra light aircraft and a helicopter dropping their cargo of candy, area children rushed to the field to scoop up the goodies.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Libraries Sponsor Contest to Promote Self-Checkout Machines
Grand prize winner will receive a laptop during November contest
web posted October 29, 2007
PSA – Library patrons in Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Edgefield have a chance to win an Acer Laptop by visiting their local public library between November 1 and November 30, 2007 and checking out library materials on the new self-checkout machines.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Halloween party goodies
web posted October 29, 2007
WEBNEWS – With Halloween coming this Wednesday EdgefieldDaily.com took some of our over 500 recipes and selected those with the Halloween theme and placed them here for those planning a gathering or party for Halloween. Be sure to check out the rest of the great cooking, punch, appetizers and other ideas in the Country Cooking Section. Send in your favorite and help Edgefield County’s only local online recipe web page grow.
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Edgefield Library hosting an assortment of events
web posted October 29, 2007
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Library has several activities and events planned for the next few weeks. Oct. 31st  from 4-6 p.m. there will be Storytelling (5 -5:30) and TrickorTreat@yourlibrary. Visit the Edgefield County Library in your costume and receive a prize. Dress up as a storybook character and receive two. Win "Best storybook character" and receive 3!  All ages.
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Rebels pound Midland Valley 38-14: Advance to home field advantage in next week's play-off game
web posted October 26, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Rebels pounded Midland Valley Friday night in the regular season closer with a 38-14 final score, after leading 24-7 at the end of the third quarter. With the regional win the Rebels end the season with a 4-1 region record, 6-4 overall, and has secured a home field advantage in next week's. EdgefieldDaily.com Sports will have a complete report Monday.

One man injured in fiery crash
web posted October 27, 2007
NORTHSIDE – One man was seriously injured in an early morning fiery crash on Highway 378 just before 9 am Friday. According to available information, the driver of a black Ford F150 was crossing Hyw. 378 from Walker Road when a westbound green Chevrolet Z71 pulling a Ranger bass boat hit the Ford broadside. The boat came dislodged from the truck and both trucks left the edge of the road with one bursting into flames.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rep. Barrett and Shane Massey to be in Edgefield today
web posted October 27, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC) will be attending a “meet and greet” with Republican District 25 State Senate candidate Shane Massey in Edgefield today. The event will be held at the Edgefield Town Gym at 4 pm and free hot dogs and refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to attend. For more information call 803-637-3772.

Letters to the Editor
Writer offers contradictions to UDC President's claims

Writer says Massey has the “right kind of experience” for Senate
web posted October 27, 2007
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Off the Wall: District Attorney says schools run afoul of Maine law with middle school birth control
Schools must report anyone under age 14 who's having sex
web posted October 27, 2007
After King Middle School moves to offer birth control, the District Attorney says schools must report anyone under age 14 who's having sex. Maine law prohibits having sex with a person under age 14, regardless of the age of the other person involved, Anderson said.
Off The Wall

Pit bulls shot by deputy during attack on farm animals
web posted October 26, 2007
TRENTON – An Edgefield Sheriff’s Deputy has been forced to shoot dogs again, this time in Trenton. Deputies responded to a call from a Courtney Road resident saying that dogs had entered a pen with several pigs and one had already been killed by the pit bulls.
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DHEC Flu shot schedule to end in two weeks
web posted October 26, 2007
PSA – With influenza season approaching, South Carolinians and especially those with a higher risk for flu-related complications along with those who live with or care for people at high risk are encouraged to get their flu vaccinations. DHEC is only one of many flu shot providers. Check to see if your medical practitioner is offering flu shots as well.
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Angel's Helping Sarah's Santa seeks donations
web posted October 26, 2007
PSA – Angel's Helping Sarah's Santa needs everyone’s help. We are gearing up to collect gifts for special children throughout our community.  We have helped many children in the past years, but again we come to the great citizens of Edgefield County to ask for help.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Holiday events planned for McCormick
web posted October 26, 2007
MCCORMICK – The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Town of McCormick to sponsor several Holiday Events. Mark your calendars for both December 1, and December 8th. On Saturday evening December 1 there will be Christmas tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. in the MACK Park. The community will come together to sing Carols and light the tree and celebrate the season.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Turkeys spotted (Photos)
web posted October 26, 2007
COUNTY – Several turkeys were spotted along Sweetwater Road on Thursday afternoon. While at least a dozen evaded being photographed, two were captured in a wooded area unfazed by the presence of the photographer. With Thanksgiving coming, the two turkeys might want to be a little more careful.
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Strom Thurmond vs Midland Valley Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted October 26, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Midland Valley Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST (pregame - game time 8 pm EST). A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and WKSX 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Off The Wall: So much for a "higher education"
So much for higher education: Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, a University of Florida graduate, confessed today he didn't know until Tuesday that people spoke English in London and that he would not need a "translator" while in the UK.
Off The Wall

KKK's first targets were Republicans
Democrats credited with starting racist group that attacked both blacks and whites
web posted October 26, 2007
The original targets of the Ku Klux Klan were Republicans, both black and white, according to a new television program and book, which describe how the Democrats started the KKK and for decades harassed the GOP with lynchings and threats. An estimated 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites died at the end of KKK ropes from 1882 to 1964.
WorldNetDaily

Sheriff's Office seeks public's help in apprehending alleged molester (Photo)
web posted October 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted man accused of molesting a ten-year-old Edgefield County girl. Howard Russell Bodie, 56, may be in the lower Edgefield County area or the western end of Aiken County. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said a warrant for Mr. Bodie’s arrest has been issued.
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Crash halts traffic on Highway 25 during morning rush hour (Photos)
web posted October 25, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An early morning crash halted traffic on Highway 25 near Short Cut Road Wednesday morning just before 8 am. A man driving northbound on Highway 25 lost control of his Ford Crown Victoria when it left the right hand side of the highway striking a power pole and landing the car on its side. The power pole snapped near the top and the power lines and a transformer hung perilously over the crash site.
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Sandy Oaks Professional Rodeo starts Friday
web posted October 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Sandy Oaks Professional Rodeo kicks off this weekend and advance tickets are still available at a reduced rate. Make plans to participate in Edgefield County's only organized professional sport.
Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo


Turkey Federation adds to Operation Rudolph Mission for Troops in Iraq
web posted October 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – As part of Operation Rudolph, members of the Marine Corps League Detachment 939, picked up a donation of 8,000 hats and 8,000 National Wild Turkey Federation magazines from the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield. The items will be sent with other donated items collected by Marine Corps members throughout South Carolina to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, Iraq.
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Clyburn Calls on Massey to Denounce Private School Voucher Group
web posted October 25, 2007
AIKEN – Representative Bill Clyburn, candidate for Senate District 25, today called on his opponent, Shane Massey, to denounce the anti-public education group South Carolinians for Responsible Government’s latest misleading attack mailer and their private school voucher agenda.
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Johnston home site of recent burglary
web posted October 25, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man reported a burglary to his Aiken Street home Monday. The man left the home around 7 am and returned just before noon and discovered his back door, window, and frame broken.
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Off The Wall: Obama: No flag pin and now no hand on heart for National Anthem
web posted October 25, 2007
Off The Wall

Clyburn meets with supporters in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted October 24, 2007
MERRIWETHER – It was the Democrats turn at the popular Old McDonald Fish Camp in Merriwether Tuesday night with Rep. Bill Clyburn being joined by supporters for a catfish dinner and fundraiser. Clyburn, the Democrat contender for the District 25 Senate seat, said he wanted this election to be about the issues and to move the state “forward”.
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Edgefield Police Officer stops burglary in progress
web posted October 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police Officer on routine patrol interrupted a burglary in progress late Monday night and apprehended on of the suspects and recovered approximately $700 worth of stolen property. Just after 10 pm the officer pulled into the Star Fiber warehouse on Star Road and saw a brown pick up truck parked in the back. As he continued inside the warehouse he spotted a flashlight, which was on, lying on the floor and two men running trying to flee the building.
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Edgefield Police offer reward for information in theft case
web posted October 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said his department is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in a theft on Jeter Street in Edgefield last week. The Jeter Street resident had his blue 1991 Chevrolet pick-up truck parked in his driveway Tuesday, October 16, along with a work trailer containing a riding mower, chainsaw, blowers, weed-eaters, and various other lawn care equipment used in his business totaling more than $35,000 in value. When he awoke Wednesday morning the truck, trailer, and his entire business was gone.
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STCC Soil Team Wins Mid-State Region Competition (Photo)
web posted October 24, 2007
JOHNSTON - The Strom Thurmond High School FFA Soil Judging Team won the Mid-state Region Competition on October 9, at Union, South Carolina. Dustin Lalonde was the top scoring individual in the contest with a score of 193 out of 240.
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Johnston Elementary Receives Distinguished Arts Projects Grant
web posted October 24, 2007
JOHNSTON – Johnston Elementary has won a Distinguished Arts Projects Grant for 2007-2008. This $20,000 Fine Arts Grant is provided by the State Department of Education to "assist schools and districts to develop and implement large-scale arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that will significantly improve student achievement." The title of this grant for Johnston Elementary is “A Cultural Extravaganza.” The school will receive this funding for a period of three years, pending approval each year by the State Department.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer says Massey "man for the job" in Senate race
web posted October 24, 2007
Dear Editor,
I enthusiastically endorse Shane Massey for the District 25 Senate seat.  It is time we elect someone willing to challenge the powers that be and take on the broken system in Columbia. Given how bad it has become in the state legislature, we need some new blood in the state senate.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Troop surge results in 70% drop in violence in Iraq
web posted October 24, 2007
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
Reuters

Off The Wall: Fake turf watered as water supplies dry up
web posted October 24, 2007
It's not even real grass. But in the midst of what may be the worst drought ever in North Carolina, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are watering the synthetic turfs used by their field hockey teams.
Off The Wall

EdgefieldDaily.com crime story brings tips from two states (Photos)
web posted October 23, 2007
WEBNEWS – A story on a suspected Flim-Flam artist distributed by EdgefieldDaily.com on Monday has resulted in an onslaught of tips to local law enforcement agencies from the two state area Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said on Monday. “We’ve received at least a half a dozen calls this afternoon alone,” Doran said adding that the Sheriff’s Office has cases involving the same suspect dating back several years. Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter, who provided the videos, said he has also received tips that may lead to the identification of the suspect.
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Massey attends GOP hosted Fundraiser in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted October 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Shane Massey was in Merriwether Monday night attending a $15 a plate fundraiser hosted by the Republican Party for his District 25 Senate race. Supporters arrived at Old McDonald Fish Camp on Currytown Road and enjoyed fried catfish, hushpuppies, fries, and their famous grits. Edgefield County Republican Party Chairman Ralph McFarland welcomed the filled room of supporters and introduced the local and state leaders of the party that were present.
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Johnston man injured in Edgefield crash (Photos)
web posted October 23, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A Johnston man was injured in a crash Monday around 3 pm on Walker Road, just off Highway 23 near Edgefield. The 19-year-old man said he was heading back to work when he reached down for a cigarette lighter and the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving left the roadway. He then overcorrected which sent the SUV skidding across the road where it struck a steep embankment and overturned.
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Sheriff’s Deputy in near head-on collision with suspected intoxicated illegal alien
web posted October 23, 2007
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Deputy on patrol had to swerve off the road to avoid being hit head on by an oncoming vehicle at 3 am Sunday morning. The deputy turned around and began following the car. According to incident reports, the driver turned on his left turn blinker and drove into a ditch, “there was no road,” the report states. The driver then backed up and began driving along Highway 25 again.
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Rebel Regiment advances in state band competition (Photo)
web posted October 23, 2007
WEST ASHLEY SC – The Strom Thurmond High School Rebel Regiment competed in the South Carolina Class 2A Lower State Band Competition this past Saturday October 20th at West Ashley High School in Charleston SC taking a third place “Superior” rating to advance to Class 2A further competition.
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Merriwether home site of burglary
web posted October 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man returned to his home on the 40 block of Roper Court after being gone for a week to discover the home had been burglarized Sunday night. A window screen had been taken out of a front window on the front porch and the “glass had been busted,” reports indicated.
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STCC HOSA Students Attend Fall Conference (Photo)
web posted October 23, 2007
LEXINGTON – Five hundred and fifty members of HOSA from across the state gathered for Fall Leadership Conference on October 16th at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC. Among the attendees were Strom Thurmond Career Center students: Kenkaylia Lindsey, Treasurer; Stacie Morgan, Historian; Erin Armstrong, President; Savanna Phillips, VP of Fundraising Activities and Advisors, Robin Herrin and Diana Wintrow.
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North Augusta Teen Wins 2008 Jr. Teen Miss Augusta Crown (Photo)
web posted October 23, 2007
AUGUSTA – Lindsay Michelle Garrick, a sophomore at North Augusta High School recently won the title of "Jr. Teen Miss Augusta" in the "Wee Miss Augusta Pageant" held at the Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on October 20th.
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Rep. Bill Clyburn to attend Democrat Fundraiser in Merriwether tonight
web posted October 23, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Democrat State Senate Candidate Rep. Bill Clyburn will be attending a fundraiser being held at the Old McDonald Fish Camp tonight from 6 – 8 pm.  Mr. Clyburn, a release stated, will be bringing his positive message of proven leadership to supporters and voters in North Augusta. For more information, please contact Phil Bailey at 803-318-2763 or email philcbailey@yahoo.com

Ellis takes crown for Miss Statesman 2007 (Photo)
web posted October 22, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Miss Statesman Pageant was held Saturday night and saw Strom Thurmond Junior Ainsley Ellis taking the title and the overall crown and title for Most Photogenic. The “Pathway to Stars” theme kicked off at 7 pm and brought the beauties of Strom Thurmond onto the stage in a Sportswear competition divided between each class - Freshman to Senior - followed by an evening gown competition.
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Police seek public’s help in capturing “flim-flam artist” (Photo Slide Show)
web posted October 22, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying what they call a “flim-flam artist” that has cost at least one local convenience store chain hundreds of dollars. The unidentified black male gives the clerk a $100 for a small purchase. While the cashier is ringing up the purchase the man “palms” $1 bills in his left hand preparing for the scam.
EdgefieldDaily.com

2nd Annual Cruise-In Poker Run a success (Photos)
web posted October 22, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Discovery Center hosted the second annual Southern Eagles Motorcycle Club’s Cruise-In “Poker Run” Saturday morning in Edgefield drawing almost fifty riders and two Classic car drivers. The Poker Run is used to raise money for local charities Crystal Arnold, Discovery Center Manager said. “All the money goes to local charities such as Meals on Wheels, local nursing homes, the elderly, and others,” Arnold said. Kelvin Thomas Sr., of the Southern Eagles, said they were pleased with the turnout.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fire destroys County Line home (Photos)
web posted October 22, 2007
COUNTY LINE – The County Line and Merriwether Fire Departments responded to a structure and brush fire on Belle Circle Saturday afternoon. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene and unoccupied mobile home was completely engulfed in flames and the brush fire had spread to approximately two acres and growing in the dry conditions.
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Investigators make additional arrests in recent copper theft
web posted October 22, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said additional arrests have been made in the recent theft of hundreds of pounds of scrap copper from an Edgefield manufacturing plant last week. Jamie Polatty, 28, of Addison Street Edgefield was arrested last week and charged with two counts of grand theft in connection to the alleged crimes. He is currently out on a $10,000 bond. Two others, Inv. Doran said, have now been charged as accessories.
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Obituary
Harmon Elwood Meeker II (Photo)
web posted October 22, 2007
BELVEDERE, SC  -  Mr. Harmon Elwood Meeker II, age 71, entered eternal rest on October 20, 2007 at Heartland IPU, Augusta, GA after a lengthily illness. He was the beloved husband of Ms. Mary J. “Connie” Meeker. Mr. Meeker was the son of the former Camille Arlen Martin Meeker and Harmon E. Meeker of Springfield, Ohio who predeceased him.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports
Rebels pound Tigers in 42-0 romp
Wardlaw JV squad undefeated for season, Varsity takes win Friday night
web posted October 22, 2007
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Carl Langley: So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted October 22, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Reminder: Edgefield County GOP to hold Massey fundraiser
web reposted October 22, 2007
PSA -  The Edgefield County Republican Party is hosting a fundraiser Dinner for Republican District 25 Senate candidate Shane Massey on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:00 pm at the Old McDonald's Fish Camp located on Currytown Road in Merriwether. Tickets are $15.00 and must be pre-purchased. Contact Mike Crim at (803) 637-9552 or Barbara Whitlock at (803) 275-4307 to purchase yours today. Join us to meet Shane and Blair Massey. For more information, log on to their website, http://www.edgefieldgop.com.

Final Score: Strom Thurmond  42     Swansea  0

Still Magnolias holds ribbon cutting at new location (Photos)
web posted October 20, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Sharon Nunnamaker, owner of Still Magnolias, held a Grand Re-opening Friday to celebrate a new location on Main Street in Edgefield. Mrs. Nunnamaker said Still Magnolias has been in operation since April of 2003 and was formerly located at the Edgefield Pavilion before the move. On hand for the ribbon cutting was Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Director Donna Livingston, and County Administrator John Pettigrew.
EdgefieldDaily.com

MySpace page lands local teen in trouble with authorities
web posted October 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston teen’s MySpace page has landed him and at least one other in trouble with the law. The 16-year-old Strom Thurmond student’s MySpace page showed photos of himself with a .38 caliber pistol and another picture showing three zip lock bags containing what police believed to be marijuana. The pictures were found as a Sheriff’s Deputy was reviewing MySpace accounts for possible gang activity. The teen, police reports indicate, was also pictured making hand jesters for the “J Town gang”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Students Participate In Ed-Op Day
web posted October 20, 2007
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County seniors had the opportunity to meet and talk with College and University representatives on October 18 at the annual Ed-Op Day held at Strom Thurmond High School. A total of 46 schools were present along with several branches of the military and the Student Loan Corporation. The event offers students information on educational opportunities available to them beyond high school.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond at Swansea Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted October 19, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Swansea Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST. A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and WKSX 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Edgefield County United Way Supports Programs That Help Others
web posted October 19, 2007
PSA – The Edgefield County United Way understands how important it is to help those in need. The local United Way supports many endeavors in the county, but almost everyone can agree that helping others in need is some of the most important work a person or group can do.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wrecks keep Deputies busy Thursday morning (Photos)
web posted October 19, 2007
COUNTY – Sheriff’s Deputies were busy Thursday morning working wrecks across the county. A Georgia woman was injured after running off the road and rolling her truck early Thursday morning. The one vehicle crash took place just after 7 am on Highway 25 near Vann Road as the woman was traveling northbound and possibly fell asleep. The tire tracks of the truck showed the truck gradually left the roadway before striking a culvert and overturning.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Meet the Edgefield Police Department (Photos)
web posted October 19, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter, at the behest of Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, presented local media with photographs of the Department’s Officers. Mayor Durham said, at the time, he wanted to recognize the officers and for the community to become more familiar with those charged with protecting the town. Combined the officers have sixty years of service to the town. Chief Carter has fifteen years of service with the town individually.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield woman reports cat held “hostage”
web posted October 19, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were dealing with a hostage situation, of sorts, late Wednesday night. Around 11 pm an Edgefield Police Officer was notified that E911 had received a call from a Gray Street woman that needed to speak with an officer. When the officer called he was informed that the woman believed her cat was being held “hostage” by a neighbor.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Maine school to offer contraceptives at Middle School
King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available, including birth control pills, patches and condoms. There are no national figures on how many middle schools provide such services. Most middle schoolers range in age from 11 to 13.
Off The Wall

75% of fake bombs missed by government screeners, private screeners find 80%
web posted October 19, 2007
Showing once again how ineffective the government is at running things, screeners at Los Angeles International Airport missed about 75% of simulated explosives and bomb parts that Transportation Security Administration testers hid under their clothes or in carry-on bags at checkpoints, a TSA report shows. San Francisco International Airport screeners, who work for a private company instead of the TSA, missed about 20% of the bombs.
USAToday

Johnston burglary leads to manhunt
web posted October 18, 2007
JOHNSTON – Two men burglarizing the Johnston IGA on Lee Street early Wednesday morning set off a manhunt that lasted well into Wednesday afternoon that involved the Johnston and Edgefield Police Departments as well as the Edgefield, Saluda, and Aiken County Sheriff’s Offices. Two men threw two cement blocks through the glass door of the IGA Food Store and took an estimated $2,600 in cigarettes. As Johnston Police were investigating the call, an Edgefield County Sheriff’s deputy discovered an attempted burglary at Billy’s Superstore less than a half mile away.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wild Turkey Federation Welcomes Area Residents to Moonlight Delight Festival
web posted October 18, 2007
EDGEFIELD – You can take a spooky night hike, learn about bats and other creepy creatures and play some games at the National Wild Turkey Federation's campus in Edgefield, S.C. on Thursday, Nov.1. This free event is geared towards getting families together to have fun and learn about wildlife species that are nocturnal or most active at night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield man suffers $35,000 theft
web posted October 18, 2007
EDGEFIELD – An overnight theft Tuesday night left an Edgefield man losing not only his truck, but also his entire personal business. The Jeter Street resident had his blue 1991 Chevrolet pick-up truck parked in his driveway along with a work trailer containing a riding mower, chainsaw, blowers, weed-eaters, and various other lawn care equipment used in his business totaling more than $35,000 in value.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Botanical workshop offered on SC plants
web posted October 18, 2007
PSA – The South Carolina Nature-Based Tourism Association and Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve are sponsoring a workshop on “Sowing Seeds of Knowledge – What You Should Know About South Carolina Plants” at Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, 820 John B. White Sr. Boulevard (Reidville Road), Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 10 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday, November 7. The agenda includes speakers of interest to listeners who range from professionals to lay botanists and gardeners. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stolen car recovered within hours
web posted October 18, 2007
JOHNSTON – A car stolen from the 200 block of Edisto Street in Johnston Wednesday morning was recovered later in Aiken County, Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said. Johnston Police were notified of the theft just before 7am. The owner said a truck parked in his driveway had also been entered, but nothing was missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Planning Commissioner victim of burglary
web posted October 17, 2007
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Planning Commissioner Tracy Freeman was the victim of a recent burglary to his business office on Square Circle Ranch Road Monday. Mr. Freeman told deputies the burglary had to have occurred between 11:30 am Thursday morning and 7:30 pm Monday when he returned to the office, reports state.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letters to the Editor
Writer supports School Board member Brad Covar's observations

Writer disputes desecration of "hallowed grounds" at Oakley Park
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County GOP to hold Massey fundraiser
web posted October 17, 2007
PSA -  The Edgefield County Republican Party is hosting a fundraiser Dinner for Republican District 25 Senate candidate Shane Massey on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:00 pm at the Old McDonald's Fish Camp located on Currytown Road in Merriwether. Tickets are $15.00 and must be pre-purchased. Contact Mike Crim at (803) 637-9552 or Barbara Whitlock at (803) 275-4307 to purchase yours today.  Join us to meet Shane and Blair Massey. For more information, log on to their website, http://www.edgefieldgop.com.

Trenton woman reports nearly $4,000 in equipment stolen
web posted October 17, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton woman notified the Sheriff’s Office of a theft that had taken place at a home on the 10 block of Linds Pond Road Circle, Monday. The theft is believed to have occurred in the last week to ten days. According to incident reports, the woman said she met with three individuals who asked to remove scrap metal from the property and she agreed and specifically listed what “could and could not take”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Handgun reported stolen in Merriwether
web posted October 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Another report of a stolen or missing pistol has been reported, this time on Townes Road in Merriwether. The Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol is believed to have disappeared in the last two weeks.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: There are none so blind as those who will not see
web posted October 17, 2007
OPINION – The repeated actions of the Edgefield County School Board’s majority leans towards decisions that appear to be based upon race is hurting not only our schools, students, but also our entire county and it has to end. School Board Chairwoman Sallie Cooks denies any suggestion of racial preferences in their decisions and has told the press she does not listen to people that make such claims. Such a statement draws the immediate cliché; “there are none so blind as those who will not see.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: 6-year-old faces fine for sidewalk chalk “graffiti”
web posted October 17, 2007
A 6-year-old Park Slope girl is facing a $300 fine from the city for doing what city kids have been doing for decades: drawing a pretty picture with common sidewalk chalk. Obviously not all of Natalie Shea’s 10th Street neighbors thought her blue chalk splotch was her best work — a neighbor called 311 to report the “graffiti,” and the Department of Sanitation quickly sent a standard letter to Natalie’s mom, Jen Pepperman
Off The Wall

Gore: Universal Health Care a 'Right'
web posted October 17, 2007
Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore’s celebration weekend in Tennessee wasn’t all dinner and dancing. The former vice president managed to find time this past weekend to post a series of videos on his peer-to-peer video sharing site, Current.tv – including one calling for “government-funded” health care. Gore is chairman of Current.tv. In a setting reminiscent of a bored college student making a video in his dorm room, Gore is shown proclaiming that healthcare in America “ought to be a matter of right,” addressing what he thinks to be an “immoral” healthcare situation.
Business and Media.org

Trenton Flyers among featured attractions at Boshears Airshow
web posted October 16, 2007
TRENTON – The Trenton Flyers Association will be a featured attraction at the Boshears Airshow at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga. on Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st. This will be the ninth year the group has been asked to participate. Visit their tent to see the displays and view the planes. Trenton Flyer members, Greg Connell will be performing acrobatics and Dave Gardner will be presenting information on his cross-country trip. The Trenton Remote Control Flyers based at the Trenton Airport will be participants and demonstrate their remarkable skills. The group will hold their annual “candy drop” for Halloween again this year.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Aiken Regional Medical Center’s Celebrates Cancer Survivors Day Friday
web posted October 16, 2007
AIKEN – Over 300 area cancer survivors will join in a celebration of life at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Cancer Survivors Day, Friday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m.  Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends and healthcare professionals will unite in this symbolic event to show the community that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office investigates gun incident in Bettis Academy area
web posted October 16, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Sunday night incident where a Casalina Drive man reported an argument that led to a gun being pulled during the exchange just before 7 pm. The event took place on the 80 block of Casalina Drive as a group of young men were talking and witnesses said one of the men gave a small caliber handgun to another man who reportedly “cocked” the gun and aimed it at one of the other men.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether larcenies reported
web posted October 16, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Thefts continue in the Merriwether area with the reports of tools taken from one home and a gun taken from another. The cases are not considered to be related at this time, although one of the homes is next door to a previous theft last week.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Renowned Meteorologist: Global Warning “ridiculous”
web posted October 16, 2007
ONE of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works". Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth. "We're brainwashing our children," said Dr Gray.
The Sydney Morning Herald

Rebels lose to Airport in overtime
web posted October 15, 2007
JOHNSTON – The two best football teams in Region 4-AAA gave fans something extra as the Airport Eagles downed Strom Thurmond 26-19 in overtime for Homecoming Friday night. The Eagles improve to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with the win.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Parents and children enjoy Open House at MVFD (Photos)
web posted October 15, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department capped off Fire Prevention Week with an open house at the main station on Martintown Road Saturday. Parents and children alike enjoyed the instructional activities on fire safety and exploring the many fire trucks used by the department.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Being Before After the Fact
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted October 15, 2007
Skip-ology – Every time I look at my elbow I am reminded of my own stupidity.  My elbow is one big scar that serves to remind me that no matter how good the idea may seem you can’t ride your bicycle down a hill with your hands crossed on the handle bars.  The steering will begin to shake and the bike will shimmy and you will get severely injured.  So please learn from my ignorance and don’t try this at home or any other place for that matter.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Trenton hosts Halloween Carnival and Haunted House
web posted October 15, 2007
TRENTON – Trenton will play host to its annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House beginning on Friday Evening October 26, 8pm–Midnight, Haunted House only and Saturday Evening October 27th; Carnival 5:30pm – 8:00pm and the Haunted House from 8pm – Midnight. Bring your family and friends for Bingo, Prizes, Games, Great Food and Loads of Fun. Haunted House Admission $5.00

'Mom' and 'Dad' banished by California
web posted October 15, 2007
"Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose.
Off The Wall

NASCAR Flap Raises Caution Flag for Dems
web posted October 15, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - It got the GOP's engines revving - a Democratic official suggesting staffers get immunized for several diseases before heading south from Washington and into the Red State wilds of NASCAR country to conduct research at a pair of races.
MyWayNews

Strom Thurmond  19   Airport  26
web posted October 13, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Rebels held off a near seven minute drive by Airport that led to a missed 27 yard field goal with just 44 seconds left on the clock and leaving the score tied at 19 - 19. After three unsuccessful plays by the Rebels they punted to Airport and time ran out after their first play moving the game into overtime. Airport got the ball first in overtime and scored in short fashion. The Rebels we unable to return the favor and lost to Airport 26 -19, ending a 20-game Region play winning streak. A full report will be online Monday in our Sports Section.

Man suffers gunshot wound
web posted October 13, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Hospital workers notified the Sheriff’s Office of a man at the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound around 10:30 Thursday night. According to incident reports, the man was shot in the right upper arm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Suspected copper thief arrested
web posted October 13, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators called to the scene of copper thefts from Trantec in Edgefield and by the end of the day had their suspect in custody. Sheriff’s Chief Investigator said officials at the plant called and reported several hundred pounds of copper being stolen over a two day period. The copper was in drums that is used to collect copper shavings left over during the manufacturing processes at the facility.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford: Chickens Coming Home to Roost on State Budget
web posted October 13, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford issued the following statement Friday on state economists' predictions that the state revenue growth will go flat next year, something Gov. Sanford has warned state lawmakers of consistently over the past four budget cycles.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cops Pull Over Boy, 3, Driving Along Highway in Toy Mustang GT
OMRO, Wis. —  The candy-apple red Mustang GT is just a toy, but that didn't stop 3-year-old Jordan Will from taking his battery-operated wheels for a brief ride along a busy stretch of highway. Drivers stopped and neighbors chased down the car until an officer could pull over Jordan and his 2-year-old passenger on Sunday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Pivotal Region Strom Thurmond vs Airport Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted September 28, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Airport Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST with pregame and broadcast at 8:00 EST. A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and WKSX 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Crenshaw's contract for superintendent obtained
web posted October 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – EdgefieldDaily.com has obtained a copy of the employment contract for Dr. Crenshaw as Superintendent of Schools for Edgefield County. The contract, which has been approved and signed by all parties, lists Dr. Crenshaw’s salary at $125,000 and will increase annually by the same percentage received by teachers as decided by the School Board. With the salary stated, and excluding weekends, the 260 workdays beaks down to $480.77 a day for a year-round position.
EdgefieldDaily.com

More Mt. Canaan members respond to Rev. Brightharp's arrest
web posted October 12, 2007
BETTIS ACADEMY – Additional members of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church have spoken out on Rev. Brightharp’s arrest, and they tell a far different version of the situation. Two members spoke with EdgefieldDaily.com on Thursday and they claim some church leaders have overstepped their authority and that the charge against Rev. Brightharp will be dropped. EdgefieldDaily.com is not going to get dragged into the middle of a church dispute, but in fairness we will air the opposing views before dropping the matter completely.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SCGOP Chairman says Clyburn running scared; Clinton, Obama pandering to Jim Clyburn
web posted October 12, 2007
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson today released the following statement on State Rep. Bill Clyburn’s intention to use Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to campaign against Republican State Senate candidate Shane Massey:
EdgefieldDaily.com

Traffic stop ends in arrests of young adults
web posted October 12, 2007
TRENTON – With the recent tragic death of Kevin “Bubba” Easler last weekend most people would assume that the youth in the area would have learned a lesson, or at least taken notice. Apparently that is not the case as deputies possibly prevented four more teens from repeating the same fate late Wednesday night. With a report that the South Carolina Highway Patrol was in pursuit of a vehicle, an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy positioned his patrol car at a location near Trenton in an effort to intercept.
EdgefieldDaily.com

A Theory on Global Warming
By: Carl Langley
web posted October 12, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Now that Al Gore, an assortment of nut cakes from academia and far-left scientists, entertainment industry fruit loops and others have just about convinced many of us that we are going to bake, it is time for some direct action in this global warming business.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Elementary gets visit from local firefighters (Photos)
web posted October 11, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary School and the Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department teamed up this week for Fire Safety Week and arrived Wednesday morning with fire trucks, firemen, and fire safety advice for the children. The kindergarten classes were also treated to a visit to the “smoke house”, a small mock home that emits smoke allowing firefighters to teach children how to exit a home on fire safely.
EdgefeildDaily.com

Fighting drugs in Edgefield County
Part two in the series
web posted October 11, 2007
COUNTY – EdgefieldDaily.com continues our series on the battle against drugs in Edgefield County. This week Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey explained the work of his Narcotics Division and the extent of drug crimes in the county and how they affect not only the person using the drugs, but family members, the associated crimes that link back to drug use, and the cost of investigations.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Digital Storytelling and “The Next Greatest Generation” (Photo)
web posted October 11, 2007
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – On the heels of Ken Burns’ successful World War II documentary about the “Greatest Generation” for PBS called “The War,” teachers at last week’s S.C. Council for the Social Studies conference in Myrtle Beach learned first-hand from South Carolina’s award-winning digital storyteller Perry McLeod about how they too can involve their students in creating documentaries.
EdgefieldDaily.com

UDC member says "Scalawags" responsible for desecration of "hallowed grounds"
web posted October 11, 2007
Dear Editor,
In the preservation of our history and heritage in Edgefield and South Carolina, I think Friday’s and Saturday’s “Jubilee” in the guise of “heritage” was one of the most damaging.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Local National hero recognized
web posted October 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Nolan Herndon, 88, who was a member of the famed Doolittle Raiders that bombed Japan in 1942, died Sunday of pneumonia, Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home director David Burnett told The Associated Press on Monday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council approves additional deputies after grant rejection
web posted October 10, 2007
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey did not receive the four additional deputies sought under a Transportation grant, so the Edgefield County Council voted to add two additional deputies at last week’s monthly meeting. Sheriff Dobey said, “I am thankful they saw the need and gave me two deputies.” County Administrator John Pettigrew said the additional deputies would not increase the current budget.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Reverend Brightharp charged in church dispute
web posted October 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Rev. George Brightharp, 62, former Congressional candidate and pastor of the Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, turned himself into to Edgefield County authorities Monday afternoon for a charge of trespassing after notice. Church members have stated Rev. Brighthard was voted out as pastor on September 11, and again at a later vote called by Rev. Brightharp, which resulted in a larger majority for his ousting. Ordinarily EdgefieldDaily.com does not delve into local church issues, however, when they cross into criminal charges we feel obliged to report. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Forged checks examined by Johnston and Sheriff's Investigators
web posted October 10, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division and the Johnston Police Department are working cases related to forged checks drawn on a Saluda based construction company. The latest even took place in Johnston at a local liquor store when the operator cashed a $1,208 check and it came back forged last Friday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stolen dirt bike adds to case load
web posted October 10, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man summoned deputies to his home on the 500 block of Sweetwater Road due to the theft of a dirt bike. Deputies were notified of the call just after noon Monday. The theft is believed to have occurred between noon and 12:28 pm.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Adult Education to hold registration for GED and High School Diploma
web posted October 10, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Adult Education program will hold registration for GED and High School Diploma classes on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Classes for Session 2 will begin on October 22, 2007.

Off The Wall: Democrat appointee refuses to allow “God” on certificates of flags flown over Capitol
web posted October 10, 2007
Midland Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Camp is among lawmakers objecting because the U.S. Capitol's architect won't allow God to be mentioned in certificates of authenticity accompanying flags flown over the Capitol and bought by constituents.
Off The Wall

Johnston Town Council amends current budget by $31,466
web posted October 9, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council voted to amend the current year’s budget by $31,466 Monday night due mainly to remodeling of the Police Department and a repair for the town’s garbage truck. Mayor Willie Campbell said a little over $11,800 of the funds were for the remodeling and $8,000 for the replacement of a main cylinder of the truck for the Public Works Department.  
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford: State Immigration Reform Should Be First Priority
web posted October 9, 2007
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford urged leaders Monday in the General Assembly to make state-level immigration reforms a top priority in the upcoming legislative session before focusing on trying to convene a state-initiated nationwide Constitutional Convention - something that has never occurred in the country's history - to deal with the immigration issue that Congress has thus far been unable to achieve a simple majority on.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Several larcenies reported over the weekend across the county
web posted October 9, 2007
COUNTY – With the recent focus on break-in’s and thefts in the Moore Road area, they are not the only residents falling victim to similar crimes. Two homes on Square Circle Ranch Road reported incidents on Friday. The first was on the 700 block when a new resident reported someone breaking into the home he was moving into.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Passing the Bill of Rights today
A column by the Editor
web posted October 9, 2007
COLUMN – I heard an interesting question Monday. “If there were no Bill of Rights, do you think our current leaders would come up with the same rights, and could it be passed given the current congressional make-up?” It made me recall our Rights, as our Founders deemed them as given by God, not government, and the protections provided were from government’s intrusion over the people.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Gala Celebrations Planned For SC Artisans Center October 30th & November 3rd
web posted October 9, 2007
WALTERBORO SC – The South Carolina Artisans Center's official Ribbon Cutting for the new retail gallery is scheduled for 11am on Tuesday, October 30th and will feature recognition of officials and organizations that were instrumental in the development of the new retail gallery. The new gallery is attached to the existing historical Detreville House which will also serve as retail space.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: 52-cent doughnut may cost man 30 years to life
web posted October 9, 2007
FARMINGTON, MO. — Shoplifters at Country Mart tend to favor cold medicines and packaged meats. They used to steal cigarettes, too, until tobacco was moved behind the counter. But the doughnuts were never a target for thieves. Country Mart's doughnuts — fried fresh daily in the store — sell for just 52 cents each.
Off The Wall

20 to 38 million illegals claimed in US
web posted October 9, 2007
In separate rooms on overlapping morning hours at the National Press Club this week, two very different groups were launching the next rounds in the simmering immigration fight. In the Zenger Room, named for German immigrant John Peter Zenger, who helped establish free speech law, Californians for Population Stabilization released a study claiming there are 20 million to 38 million illegal immigrants in America, not the 12 million the federal government says.
Chron.com

Country Cooking Section tops 500 recipes
web posted October 8, 2007
WEBNEWS – The EdgefieldDaily.com Country Cooking Section has topped 500 local recipes with almost two dozen new favorites sent in over the past week including some for wild game, appetizers, seafood, dips, party favorites, low calorie dressing and many others.
Country Cooking

Heritage Jubilee a success (Photos)
web posted October 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Heritage Jubilee was a success as the weather provided moderate temperatures and expected showers never developed. “We had a real good turnout,” Festival Chairman Joel Jolly said Saturday. Jolly said considering the festivals they were competing with for attendees this weekend the jubilee was a success. Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham seemed to agree, “I was pleased. I think the location (Oakley Park and Museum) worked out very well.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Moulton in custody (Photo)
web posted October 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The hunt for 17-year-old Tyler Moulton ended Sunday morning, Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said. Moulton was wanted in connection to an alleged burglary on Moore Road on October 3. Inv. Doran said Mr. Moulton turned himself in at the Detention Center around 10 am Sunday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports
Rebels unbeaten in region play
Wardlaw falls to Laurens 54-6
web posted October 8, 2007
EdgefieldDaily.com Sports

Letter to the Editor: Former Fireman takes County Line Chief to task
web posted October 8, 2007
Dear Editor,
This writing is in reference to the five terminated firefighter from County Line Fire Dept.  I have gone from Chief, Board Members and also County Fire Association Board with my concerns and to no avail have I found anyone that is actually concerned about the problems and mismanagement at County Line Fire Dept.  So they have left me with no other choice but to take this to the media, with hopes of getting someone involved who is concerned enough to straighten out the problems, because I live in district 9.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Langley: Judge Tunes Out Radio Station Owner, Former Talk Show Host
By: Carl Langley
web posted October 8, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The owner of an Aiken radio station and its former loudmouth talk show host have been given a lesson in the American judicial system, and those who have followed this miserable case for months should be pleased that these two losers earned failing grades.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Defendant does push-ups in court; charges against him dropped
web posted October 8, 2007
A defendant dropped down and performed 50 push-ups in court Friday, and a prosecutor dropped the charges against him. The dismissal of Chase C. Allen's misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges apparently helped smooth the way for the 20-year-old Marine recruit to report to boot camp.
Off The Wall

Trenton man charged in fatal crash
web posted October 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The identity of the man killed in a fatal crash early Saturday morning has been released. Kevin B. Easler, 21, of Parker Road, Edgefield, was pronounced dead on the scene of the horrific crash by Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett. Mr. Easler suffered massive body trauma in the crash leading to his death. Charged in the crash was Travis Leischner, 21, of Windy Ridge, Trenton.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Obituary: Kevin B. Easler
web posted October 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Mr. Kevin Blake Easler, 21, of Parker Rd., died Saturday in Edgefield.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Local man killed in early morning crash (Photos)
web posted October 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A two-car collision on Highway 25 near Edgefield has left an Edgefield County man dead, two people injured, and one man arrested. The violent crash took place around 12:25 am Saturday morning and blocked all traffic on Highway 25 as the South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the incident.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond 35  Brookland-Cayce 7
web posted October 6, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Rebels took an impressive win over Brookland-Cayce Friday night. A full report will be available by Monday.

Edgefield County First Steps to School Readiness Partnership Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors
web posted October 6, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County First Steps Partnership is seeking nominations for people to serve on its Board. Nominees should reside or be employed in Edgefield County.
EdgefieldDaily.com

7th Annual Blessing of the Animals to be held Sunday
web posted October 6, 2007
TRENTON – The 7th annual “Blessing of the animals” will be held Sunday at the Our Savior Episcopal Church, on Church Street, in Trenton at 3 pm. Refreshments for all will be served.  An offering will be taken and donated to All God's Creatures, our local pet rescue and adoption organization.  The public is invited to attend.

WANTED by the ECSO:
Tyler Moulton

web posted October 4, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of Tyler Moulton, 17, of Moore Road who is wanted on a charge of second degree burglary in connection to a burglary that occurred in the Moore Road area on Wednesday. Additional charges may be pending. Moulton has two tattoos on his right arm; the letters TM with a crown above the letters on the top right arm and a cross on the inside of his right forearm. Anyone with information is asked to call the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625. You do not need to reveal your identity to provide information. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Teen ejected in Merriwether crash (Photos)
web posted October 5, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County teen was rushed to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta after being ejected from her car when it crashed. The 18-year-old female was traveling east on Currytown Road in a Pontiac Grand Prix when she lost control after rounding a curve and hit an embankment on the westbound side of the road. The car then began to tumble, ejecting the teen.
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Aiken narcotics investigators fired over "misconduct in office" charges
web posted October 5, 2007
AIKEN – Aiken Country Sheriff Michael Hunt is requesting the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to look into possible charges of misconduct in office and other allegations following the firing of four Narcotics Investigators and the suspension of a fifth. "I am asking SLED to investigate allegations of misuse of government money, misconduct in office and improper destruction of evidence," he said.
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Edgefield County United Way Supports Programs That Help Local Citizens
web posted October 5, 2007
PSA/COUNTY – The Edgefield County United Way knows how important it is to help those local citizens with special needs, from youth to senior citizens. The United Way supports many endeavors in the county, and tries to assist those programs that help citizens with many special needs.
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7th Annual Blessing of the Animals  in Trenton
web posted October 5, 2007
PSA – This fun and inspiring  annual event will be Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7th at 3:00 pm at Our Savior Episcopal Church, Trenton, SC. (The church is located off of Hwy. 121 on Church St.) Bring your pets on leashes or in crates.  Treats will be served for the creatures and owners.  An offering to benefit our local pet rescue and adoption organizaton "All God's Creatures" will be taken.  Everyone is welcome!

Obituary: Former Johnston Resident Mrs. Golda Lee Ratner Fox
web posted October 5, 2007
Obituary – Mrs. Golda Lee Ratner Fox, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.Golda was born October 11, 1928, in New Orleans, LA, and was the widow of Raymond Fox and the daughter of the late Rae E. and Jacobi Joseph Ratner. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Ratner of DesPlaines, IL, and devoted aunt, Bessie E. Danish, Savannah, GA.
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Edgefield Heritage Jubilee starts Friday
web posted October 4, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The 2007 Edgefield Heritage Jubilee will begin tomorrow and run through Saturday with fun, food, entertainment, vendors, and a sanctioned BBQ cook-off. The activities kick off on Friday at 5 pm with crafts, children’s amusement, rides, and food vendors and the night will be capped off with a free Street Dance from 7 -11 pm with live music from the band “The Swamp Critters”.
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Massey thanks voters for nomination
EDGEFIELD - An open letter to readers from Republican candidate Shane Massey on his nomination:
Friends,
I want to thank you for making me your Republican nominee for State Senate. Although we saw an amazing victory last night, the fight to shake up Columbia is far from over. That fight continues as we head into the general election, but only on November 7th, the day after the election, does the hardest work truly begin.
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Sportsman's Corner store demolished (Photos)
web posted October 4, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A multi-generational landmark disappeared from the landscape in Merriwether on Wednesday as demolition crews removed Sportsman’s Corner’s footprint on the community. The closing of the store came on Monday and preparations for the demolition soon began. Owner Greg Kenrick said he expects to have the new store open for business by Thanksgiving. “There’s never a good time to close,” Mr. Kenrick said but making way for the new 4,000 square foot replacement store was long overdue.
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Possible suspect identified in rash of break-ins (Photo)
web posted October 4, 2007
MERRIWETHER – Sheriff’s Investigators say they have identified a suspect in the rash of burglaries that have taken place in the Moore Road area recently after another home was burglarized Wednesday afternoon. The homeowner arrived at the home on the 300 block of Moore Road to find a white male inside. The man ran from the home and Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene.
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Needed rain brings unwanted crashes (Photos)
web posted October 4, 2007
COUNTY – As the much needed rain fell across the county earlier Wednesday, roads became slick, and at least two one-car crashes were said to be related to wet roads. One driver had a rather “electrifying” ride as his Toyota truck left the southbound lane on Highway 25 around 11 am and crashed into a SCE&G high voltage power station located between Edgefield and Trenton.
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Political "littering" needs to be addressed
A Column by the Editor
web posted October 4, 2007
COLUMN – The primary is over and Shane Massey has been given the Republican nod to challenge Democrat SC House Rep. Bill Clyburn for the District 25 Senate seat on November 6. Both are fine men and I expect a true issue based campaign to take place over the next few weeks. Finally voters can get down to issues and not have to be inundated with daily mailers with claims of being attacked while attacking your opponent. I, for one, am tired of the crybabies of the political arena and want to get down to issues. But a pet peeve of many should be addressed - when you lose, how about picking up your political signs as quickly as you put them out.
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Massey sweeps all four counties by wide margins taking Republican nod for Senate race
web posted October 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – With all of the reported 5,270 votes cast across McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, and Aiken Counties in Tuesday’s run-off election Shane Massey swept his way into the November election by winning all four counties handedly capturing 62%, or 3,295 votes. Reached for comment after the results were known Mr. Massey said, “Hard work pays off.”
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Gov. Sanford congratulates Massey on run-off win
web posted October 3, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford weighed in on the Shane Massey victory in Tuesday’s run-off election over challenger Bill Hixon saying Mr. Massey’s win shows the people of South Carolina are tired of the politics as usual in state government and the win was a “Mandate for change in Columbia”.
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District 25 Senate Republican Run-off Results
web reposted October 2, 2007
WEBNEWS – 8:50 PM- The votes are in and Shane Massey appears to have handily won the Republican nomination for the District 25 Senate race against Bill Hixon. Massey took 63% of the 5,270 uncertified votes. EdgefieldDaily.com will have a full report tomorrow
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Strom Thurmond Career Center FBLA Holds Induction Ceremony (Photo)
web posted October 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career Center held an Induction Ceremony last week for the 2007 – 2008 officers that will serve this school year.
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Top Ten Gets Shot Down:  Part 2
By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted October 3, 2007
COLUMNIST – As we continue our look at the Top Ten Fears that Keep People from Getting What They Want in Life, let me suggest something to you. Fear increases as we allow our minds to focus on it. The more we focus on fear the bigger it becomes. And the bigger it becomes the more isolated we feel as we try to deal with it on our own. Fear is blinding and distracting from reality and truth. It’s not that fear is a lie. It’s just that as we allow it to grow it crosses a line of truth. So, the best way to keep fear in check is to meet it with truth. Keep fear what it is and nothing more. Contain it with a barrier of truth.
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Collision injures three Monday (Photo)
web posted October 2, 2007
NORTHSIDE – A Two car crash stalled traffic on the 1500 block of Highway 25 north and sent three people to the hospital for injuries received in the crash. The wreck occurred about 1:15 pm when a northbound driver of a Chevrolet S10 pickup attempted to make a left turn into a driveway and a woman driving a Lexus IS300 tried to pass and collided.
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Edgefield Town Council approves Comprehensive Plan, promotes Police Officers
web posted October 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their October meeting Monday night and voted to enter into a Public Hearing to discuss the updated comprehensive plan as prepared by Rick Green with Upper Savannah Council on Governance (USCOG) and recommended by the Edgefield Town Planning and Zoning Commission.
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Mayor Durham hands out hoax resolution to rid Edgefield of "Clemson orange"
web posted October 2, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham took some free time prior to the regular monthly meeting to have some fun with council members and the Town Attorney Greg Anderson, who are "big-time Clemson fans". “I thought I’d take this time to unofficially pass this around,” and handed everyone a proclamation on orange, literally.
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Mill Creek suffers rash of thefts
web posted October 2, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Mill Creek subdivision was the scene of several break-in’s to vehicles on the 100 block of Mill Creek Drive. Well over $1,000 in assorted property was taken and some vehicles were damaged in the thefts.
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Strom Thurmond Career Center Selected As Top AG Program In Mid-State Region
web posted October 2, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Agriculture Department has been selected as the Top Outstanding Agriculture Department for the Mid-State Region. There are four regions in the state and the Mid-State Region consists of Agriculture Programs in the following districts: Lexington 1-5, Richland 1 and 2, Newbery, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Chester, Union, York and Cherokee. The Outstanding Agriculture Department in the State will be announced in early December.

NOTICE: Edgefield County Magistrate's Office limit business hours during training
web reposted October 1, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Magistrate's Office will be closed from 8:30 am until 1 pm beginning on Monday, September 10 through October 5, 2007, in order to attend training sessions for the Case Management Computer System that is being implemented by the SC Court Administration. The office will open at 1 pm during this time.
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Crash closes Highway 121 for over an hour Sunday (Photos)
web posted October 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – A woman traveling south on Highway 121 towards Trenton crashed her SUV after running off the road and overcorrecting just after 5 pm Sunday afternoon. The woman lost control of the SUV and overturned just feet away from the location of a fatal wreck on August 16 that claimed the life of Lynn McCord Byars. Fortunately, the woman driver of the SUV was uninjured.
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SPORTS: Rebels defeat Chapin 35-14 in region opener
web posted October 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – A second half outburst turned a close game into a 35-14 win for Strom Thurmond over Chapin Friday night. The game marked the region opener for both teams. The first points of the game came on a Strom Thurmond drive that started with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.
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County Schools Join Edgefield County United Way
web posted October 1, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County United Way and the schools in the Edgefield County School District are joining forces to benefit all. The local United Way is offering a $500 incentive grant to the Edgefield County School that raises the most money per capita for the local United Way.  The grant is made possible by AT&T, Campaign Incentive Sponsor for the 2007 Campaign.
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Local STHS Students Receive AP Scholar Awards
web posted October 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – Five students at Strom Thurmond High School have earned the designation of AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.
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Martha Butler Semifinalist in National Achievement Scholarship Program
web posted October 1, 2007
JOHNSTON – The National Achievement Scholarship Program announced the names of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated Semifinalist in the 44th annual Achievement Scholarship competition. These scholastically talented students now have and opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 scholarships worth over $2.5 million to be awarded next spring. Among these students is Martha Butler, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted October 1, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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