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Edgefield’s Quail Unlimited flock flying the coupe?
web posted October 31, 2009
EDGEFIELD – According to recent reports, it appears that Edgefield’s Quail Unlimited is dire straights with leadership and board members resigning in droves, or coveys, as the case may be. According to Covey Rise, an online Quail Hunting Publication, “The nation's oldest and largest quail organization has found itself in turmoil, facing at least one federal investigation, and no on-site senior management left to run Quail Unlimited.”
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Rebels finish Region play undefeated, 8-2 overall
web posted October 31, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels completed their Region play with perfection ending the season 5-0 in Region play and finishing season play at 8-2 and home field advantage in the play-offs after defeating the Gilbert Indians 21-7 on the road. Friday night. Rebel Quarterback Raleigh Yeldell was taken out of the game before the first half with a left should sprain. The Rebel defense stepped up in the second half to hold Gilbert scoreless and walked away with the win. EdgefieldDaily.com‘s Tim Crane will have a full report on the game Monday morning.

Towns to observe Halloween from 6 to 8 pm on Oct. 31 for children 12 and under
web reposted October 31, 2009
PSA – The area towns will observe Halloween on Saturday, October 31, between the hours of 6 and 8 pm for children 12 years of age and younger. Children should be supervised by an adult and costumes should have reflective material on them. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston reminds Johnston residents that it is illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to wear a mask. The Trenton Community Development Association will hold their annual Halloween Carnival at the Trenton Gym tonight.

Trenton Halloween Carnival and Bingo tonight
web reposted October 31, 2009
The Trenton Halloween Carnival and Bingo is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30, at the historic Trenton Gym, located on East Wise Street. Bring the whole family and join the town for loads of games and prizes, great food and home-baked goodies, bingo, a cake walk, the infamous jail, and costume contest with cash prizes. We'll see you there. For more information, please call (803) 275-5303. All proceeds benefit the Trenton Community Development.

Trenton Flyers Annual Candy Drop today
web reposted October 31, 2009
TRENTON – Kids and the young at heart are invited to join the Trenton Flyers Association Saturday Oct. 31st at the Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field in Trenton, for a special Halloween treat. Planes will be on display and candy will drop from the sky at 12:00 noon for the children. Rain or shine the candy will flow.
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Found Dog
web reposted October 31, 2009
PSA – An adult male chocolate lab with a John Deere collar was found near Pendarvis Thursday. He was turned over to Animal Control. The dog has no tags or micro chip. To claim please contact the Edgefield County Sheriff's Animal Control at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625.

Merriwether voters back Councilwoman Blackwell in opposition to rezoning 4 to 1
web posted October 30, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell held her town hall meeting Thursday night with County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft at her side as he represents a portion of the Merriwether community. Councilwoman Blackwell thanked everyone for attending and announced that County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece would not be in attendance due to having a procedure performed on his back. After introducing other officials in attendance Mrs. Blackwell methodically covered the issues related to Merriwether at the county level. The current rezoning and fears of annexation of Merriwether into North Augusta topped the list of concerns from citizens.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted October 30, 2009
SPORTS – Rebel Football is well underway, and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels travel to Gilbert with kick-off at 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6:30 pm.

Wanted man arrested after short car chase
web posted October 30, 2009
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to be on the look out for a reckless driver on Highway 25 south near Murphy Village. While patrolling in the area a deputy spotted a red truck matching the description and attempted to make a traffic stop. After initiating blue lights and sirens the driver refused to stop.
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State Senators Making Government More Accountable With Restructuring Effort
web posted October 30, 2009
COLUMBIA – A key South Carolina State Senate subcommittee passed three government restructuring bills yesterday, a move many are applauding as a strong effort to make state government more efficient, accountable, and responsive.  Chaired by Senator Danny Verdin (R-Laurens), the Medical Affairs subcommittee refined the operations of South Carolina’s health care services, moving two agencies under the Governor’s cabinet.
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Merriwether Mustangs topple JET to break 10-year domination
By Dennis Farrer
web posted October 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Merriwether Middle School football team turned the tide on the ten year domination of Edgefield County football by defeating the J.E.T. Middle School team 14 to 6 in a thriller Thursday night. MMS dominated the first half with touchdowns scored by Nate Bright and Kenyatta Dunbar. Michael Almond added the extra points with perfect soccer style kicks to put MMS ahead of JET 14 - 0 at the half.
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Lady Rebs Golf Team takes 3rd in State Tournament
By Nick Lorimer
web posted October 30, 2009
SPORTS – The Lady Rebel Golf Team from Strom Thurmond High School finished 3rd  at the 3A State Tournament that was played in Conway at Quail Creek Golf  Course. There is not a 2A State tournament and we are the only 2A team to qualify for this tournament so we call ourselves the” 2A State Champs” We were only 6 shots out of the lead and shot 324 the first day and 314 the final day.
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Johnston home burglarized twice in three days
web posted October 30, 2009
JOHNSTON – A homeowner on Old Plank Road called the Sheriff’s Office to report his house being broken into on Wednesday. The owner showed the deputy where a person or persons gained entry into the home by breaking a window. The same home was burglarized on Monday.
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Vintage Victors for a Cure Golf Tournament raises over $11,000 for cancer research
web posted October 30, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A reception to thank volunteers who helped the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition put on the first Vintage Victors for a Cure Golf Tournament was held Tuesday, October 27th in the lobby of the new Medical College of Georgia Research Center. The tournament had 108 participants. All of the money will go directly to cancer research being done at MCG.
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“Child Find” Clinic to be held at W. E. Parker Elem
web posted October 30, 2009
EDGEFIELD – All Children deserve a chance to reach their full potential.  Some children are born with conditions that can interfere with their growth, development, and learning. Fortunately, many problems can be minimized or overcome if help is sought early.
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Garrick Crowned Miss Georgia Carolina State Fair
web posted October 30, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA – The 2009 Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair was crowned on Saturday night at the Fairgrounds. She is Miss Lindsay Garrick, daughter of Lynn & Tony Garrick of North Augusta. Lindsay is a Senior at North Augusta High School. She plans to pursue a career in neonatal nursing. Her hobbies include water sports and volunteering.
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Lost Pet: Family seeks lost cat in Merriwether
web posted October 30, 2009
MERRIWETHER - Lost  Female Black and White Cat, no collar.   Lost in the area of Springhaven Dr and Hidden Circle.  If found please contact (803) 278-4722 or cell (803) 634-3991

Towns to observe Halloween from 6 to 8 pm on Oct. 31 for children 12 and under
web posted October 30, 2009
PSA – The area towns will observe Halloween on Saturday, October 31, between the hours of 6 and 8 pm for children 12 year of age and younger. Children should be supervised by an adult and costumes should have reflective material on them. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston reminds Johnston residents that it is illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to wear a mask. The Edgefield Police Department will be at W.E. Parker on Tuesday, October 27, to deliver their annual trick or treat bags with candy, stickers, and information on safety.

Crash leads to report of stolen truck
web posted October 29, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Wednesday afternoon crash had a Highway Patrolman and an Edgefield County Deputy trying to find not only the scene of a crash but also the driver. It was not long before the crash scene was evident, a guardrail that had been struck head-on at the entrance of the Summer Lake Subdivision on Martintown Road but there was no wrecked vehicle. A short time later they found a mid-sized Chevy truck with heavy damage parked in the back lot of Sportsman’s Corner with no one around.
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Preview:  Last Regular Season Game, Thurmond at Gilbert
By Tim Crane
web posted October 29, 2009
SPORTS – Gilbert (5-4, 1-3) will be looking to finish the season on a good note.  After starting the season 4-1, the Indians have ran into hard times during region play; only producing one win against Saluda.  “We haven’t been effective on offense the last three weeks, but I think we have some things worked out now and should be a lot better this week.” Gilbert head coach Barry Harley said.  
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Found puppies
web posted October 29, 2009
EDGEFIELD - PSA – Found at Hwy 23 and Hunters Run two 5 months old sheppard/lab mix beautiful puppies. Please claim or adopt. Call 637-2085.

Edgefield trestle to be addressed by town after death
web posted October 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – With the death of a local man at the old trestle in Edgefield on Monday, residents have been voicing their concern about the structure at a fevered pace. Some have called for it to be torn down and others want it raised. Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham said the trestle has been discussed for years. “We’ve had several close calls,” Durham said adding that this was the first fatality caused by the trestle. “Even before I was mayor I was complaining.”
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Merriwether Town Hall Meeting announced
web reposted October 28, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether's Edgefield County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with fellow Councilman Rodney Ashcraft on October 29 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road. The announcement also included a notice that a majority of the Edgefield County Council may be in attendance.
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Burglaries on the rise again
web posted October 28, 2009
COUNTY – The number of burglaries has continued to rise with four more reported this week bringing the total to at least seven in the last two weeks, many in the Merriwether area. Deputies responded to a call of a burglar alarm going off at a home on the 700 block of Murrah Road and arrived minutes later to find the back door with “forced entry” just after 10 am Tuesday. It appears the alarm scared the intruder away and nothing was taken from the home, but evidence was collected at the scene. Other homeowners have not been as fortunate.
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Wates Receives SRR Star Grant
web posted October 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Mrs. Wanda Wates, a W. E. Parker Math Coach, has been announced as a recipient of a $1,000 “Students, Teachers Achieving Results STAR Grant. This grant is made possible from Savannah River Remediation, LLC, and will help promote education in science and mathematics at the local elementary school.
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Sheriff’s Deputy involved in rear end collision
web posted October 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – With the rain falling on Tuesday it was just a matter of time before the Sheriff’s Office began getting calls of crashes, unfortunately for them the first call was a collision involving a deputy. The good news is no one was injured and the woman driving the SUV that was struck was laughing about it. Seeing that her Toyota Sequoia had a barely noticeable scratch made laughing a lot easier. The deputy was not as happy, nor as lucky.
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SC Concealed Weapon Permit class Saturday Nov 7
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted October 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit class will be held on Saturday November 7, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. by Palmetto State Training LLC. Cost is $80.00 per person, we will provide classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate. You will need to bring your S.C. Drivers License, A Pistol, 50 rounds of compatible ammunition and Hearing & Eye protection. For detailed directions, questions or for information about future classes and private group class; e-mail at scps.training@yahoo.com or call 803-480-2095. Please leave your full name (as you wish it to appear on your certificate), address, daytime and evening phone number.

Sports: Around Region III This Week
By Tim Crane
web posted October 28, 2009
SPORTS – The final week of regular season play has arrived in 2A football and as usual, Strom Thurmond has things wrapped up. Strom Thurmond captured their fifth region title in the previous six seasons, last Friday putting the Rebels 28-1 under Lee Sawyer in region play and will look to make it 29-1 this week.  They have earned a #1 seed and will be guaranteed two home playoff games; if they win the first one, of course.
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Halloween comes early at Parker Elementary
web posted October 28, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Halloween came a little early for students at W. E. Parker Elementary, day care facilities, and preschool at Edgefield First Baptist Church on Tuesday. The Edgefield Police Department was at Parker Elementary handing out bags of goodies to the students after they finished their lunches. Police Chief Ronnie Carter and Officer Wallace Middleton handed out around 500 bags to the children.
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Trenton Flyers Annual Candy Drop Saturday
web posted October 28, 2009
TRENTON – Kids and the young at heart are invited to join the Trenton Flyers Association Saturday Oct. 31st at the Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field in Trenton, for a special Halloween treat. Planes will be on display and candy will drop from the sky at 12:00 noon for the children. Rain or shine the candy will flow.
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Edgefield man dies in crash at Edgefield trestle
web posted October 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A tractor-trailer truck hauling a container struck the trestle on Augusta Road early Monday morning breaking the container loose from the flatbed trailer and landing atop a Ford Ranger pickup killing the driver instantly. Deputy Coroner David Burnett identified the driver as 27-year-old Jeremy W. Jay, of Church Street, Edgefield. Mr. Burnett stated the cause of death was massive head trauma.
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Strom Thurmond Rebel Regiment heads to State Championships with police escort
web posted October 27, 2009
JOHNSTON – “We are going to the state championship,” Rick Argo said in a press release on Monday for the Rebel Band. The Strom Thurmond Rebel regiment Band will compete in the state championship on Saturday Oct 31st at 8:00 pm. The Band will be leaving Strom Thurmond High School at 5:30 pm with Sheriff and Johnston Police escort until they exit the county.
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Good Samaritan helps stranded trucker
A Column by the Editor
web posted October 27, 2009
COLUMN – Out of tragedy there often comes a glimpse of kindness. Such was the case on Monday following the fatal crash at the trestle in Edgefield. The tractor-trailer driver involved in the crash was taken to the parking lot of the abandoned Star Fibers plant so repairs could be made to his trailer. A section of the rear left lighting housing was torn off in the collision. Several calls for assistance were placed finding no one able to assist.
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Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office seeks deadbeat dad
web posted October 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a deadbeat dad who is over $39,000 in arrears in child support and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Charles Jones Jr., 41, has a last known address on Addison Street in Johnston.
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Edgefield County Alliance to meet Nov. 2
web posted October 27, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance invites the public to their monthly meeting Monday November 2nd  at 7:30 a.m. at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus.   Light refreshments will be served.  A small donation of $3 to help cover the cost is requested. The speaker for the meeting will be Mary Mitchell, Warden of the Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield.
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Public Notice: Town of Johnston
web posted October 27, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston’s leaf machine has been out of service due to major repairs being made. The machine will be operational shortly and our regular schedule will resume. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our citizens.

Sports: Raleigh Yeldell earns Player of the Week
By Tim Crane
web posted October 27, 2009
SPORTS – Sports writer Tim Crane has chosen Rebels sophomore quarterback Raleigh Yeldell as Edgefield Daily's Player of the Week. Yeldell had an exceptional performance in Thurmond's victory over Newberry, which captured the region title for the Rebels and secured home field advantage during most, if not all of the playoffs.
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Cash and liquor stolen in nightclub burglary
web posted October 27, 2009
COUNTY LINE – More information on the burglary at Woody’s Bar and Grill on Highway 25 Sunday morning has been released. According to incident reports, the person used a tool to pry the back door open and then turned off the alarm system. Reports state the burglar knew codes to more than the alarm system.
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Reserve Officer killed in motorcycle crash
web posted October 27, 2009
AIKEN – A 52-year-old Williston man was pronounced dead on the scene of a collision between a motorcycle and a car Monday morning. Joseph D. Randall, of Williston, was traveling north on Old Barnwell Rd. in Aiken County when he lost control of his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle. He slid into the southbound lane and was struck by a 1994 Lincoln four door vehicle, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a release.
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PTC Thanks Area Officials at Johnston BBQ
web posted October 27, 2009
JOHNSTON – Thomas and Jane Herlong, along with the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission, recently hosted a barbecue dinner at Harmony Acres, the Herlong home in Johnston, for local, state and federal legislators to raise awareness of PTC’s vital role in the workforce development of South Carolina’s Lakelands region. The event was attended by more than 120 attendees, including legislative officials, the Piedmont Technical College Area Commission and members of the PTC faculty and staff.
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Edgefield man killed in early morning crash
web reposted October 26, 2009 8:25 am
EDGEFIELD – An early morning collision has claimed the life of a Edgefield man. According to available information from the scene, a tractor-trailer truck carrying a large piece of equipment misjudged the height of the trestle in Edgefield and the equipment container struck the trestle and fell atop a small truck following behind killing the driver instantly. The crash occurred around 7 am Monday morning. The driver was identified as 27 year old Jeremy W. Jay of Church Street, Edgefield. This is the second fatality on Edgefield County roads this year. An update will be available later.  

Hearts of Champions: Rebel’s Reign Over Region III
Rebels claim Region Crown and Home Field Advantage in Play-offs
By Tim Crane
web posted October 26, 2009
SPORTS – The Rebels were backed up to their 31-yard line with only 12 seconds remaining in the first half, trailing 14-7 after a Newberry touchdown. But, champions always rise to the occasion. Rebel Quarterback Raleigh Yeldell hooked up with wide receiver Dez Davis on two consecutive throws to set Thurmond up first and ten at the Newberry 31 yard line with one tenth of one second remaining.
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The 4th Annual Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo Parade Comes to town Saturday
web posted October 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County’s only professional sporting event will take place this weekend and kicked off the week with a parade on Saturday. The Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo Parade filed down Main Street in Edgefield with cowboys (and cowgirls), horses, wagons, and even a bull rider. The parade, the second held so far, was to spotlight the fourth year of the rodeo.
Read more on the Rodeo here

Merriwether Town Hall Meeting announced
web reposted October 26, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether's Edgefield County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with fellow Councilman Rodney Ashcraft on October 29 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road. The announcement also included a notice that a majority of the Edgefield County Council may be in attendance.
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Nightclub burglarized Sunday morning
web posted October 26, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A local nightclub was burglarized early Sunday morning and was reported to the Edgefield Sheriff’s Office after the owner of Woody's Bar & Grill on Highway 25 south arrived to find the back door kicked in to gain entry into the building. A deputy arrived on the scene around 11:30 am and after a brief examination of the situation called for investigators.
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SC Concealed Weapon Permit class Saturday Nov 7
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted October 26, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit class will be held on Saturday November 7, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in Edgefield, S.C. by Palmetto State Training LLC. Cost is $80.00 per person, we will provide classroom material, fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, target and CWP training certificate. You will need to bring your S.C. Drivers License, A Pistol, 50 rounds of compatible ammunition and Hearing & Eye protection. For detailed directions, questions or for information about future classes and private group class; e-mail at scps.training@yahoo.com or call 803-480-2095. Please leave your full name (as you wish it to appear on your certificate), address, daytime and evening phone number.

Ghost, goblins, and hauntings: Here comes Halloween
web posted October 26, 2009
COUNTY – Halloween will be here before you know it and the streets will be filled with ghosts, goblins, and all sorts of other characters with the familiar “trick-or-treat” request when they arrive at resident’s homes. There will also be other events taking place including a Halloween carnival, haunted house, and no doubt local teens visiting favorite haunted areas in the county in hopes of catching a glimpse of a real ghost.
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Wise Tech Tips: Update the Alt-Tab Program Switcher
By James Wise
web posted October 26, 2009
TECH TIPS – If you run more than one program at a time, I’m sure you are familiar with holding down the ALT key and hitting TAB to cycle between programs. This is a really useful keystroke but you can make it even better with a great free program called VistaSwitcher (and despite the name, it also works with XP and Windows 7).
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Here’s Your Card: Three time’s a charm
web posted October 26, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Our latest Here’s Your Card nominee comes to us from Trenton, via Mexico. It seems Jose Manuel Zamora-Vega, 28, of McDaniel Drive in Trenton, has a bad habit emerging, getting arrested. Not once or twice, but now three times on the same charge.
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Trick-or-Treaters, Ghosts, and Goblins to converge on Uptown During 9th Annual “Boo Bash”
web posted October 26, 2009
GREENWOOD – The Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation (UGDC) and Cornerstone present the 9th Annual “Boo Bash” in Uptown Greenwood Thursday, October 29th beginning at 5:30 PM.  The event provides a safe venue for children to trick-or-treat.  It also stresses a positive message to children, “Say Boo to Drugs.” The message is used as a part of the Red Ribbon Week celebration in Greenwood County schools to reinforce youth staying drug and alcohol free.  Well over 5,000 youth participated in the 2008 event.
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“Suspicious death” ruled “accidental”
web posted October 24, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Friday that the body of a 58-year-old Bettis Academy man found in his home on Thursday will most likely be ruled an accidental death. “Right now that’s the way it looks,” Inv. Doran said, “unless something else turns up.”
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Rebels Clinch Region Championship in 27-20 win
web posted October 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Rebels captured the Region Championship Friday night by defeating Newberry by a score of 27 to 20 in a dramatic fourth quarter nail biter. The Rebels tied the game 14 to 14 at the half with only seconds on the clock after trailing by 7. The fourth quarter proved just as dramatic after Newberry scored a late fourth quarter touchdown that left the score at 27-20. after a turnover by the Rebels. The Rebel defense stood strong and was able to take control of the ball and run out the clock with less than 2 minutes to play. EdgefieldDaily.com’s Tim Crane will have a full recap of the game on Monday.

Strom Thurmond High honors Seniors at championship game
web posted October 24, 2009
JOHNSTON – Memories were made at Strom Thurmond High School Friday evening when senior football players, cheerleaders, band members, volleyball players, golf, cross-country, and NJROTC members were escorted by family members and recognized for their school involvement and service.
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Merriwether Fire Department Open House Today
web posted October 24, 2009
PSA- MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department will be holding an Open House on Saturday, October 24, from 10 am until 1 pm at the Main Fire Station on Martintown Road. Fire Equipment and fire safety will be on display and lunch will be served. The public is invited to attend. Come out and meet your local firefighters. There will be activities and instructional events for children.

Gov. Sanford Names New Appointment to Horry County School Board after indictment
web posted October 24, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford today named Loris engineer Neil James to the Horry County School Board, filling a recent vacancy created when a Board member was indicted for breach of trust with fraudulent intent, and subsequently suspended. The term to which Mr. James has been appointed expires in November, 2010.
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Sheriff’s Office investigating “suspicious death”
EdgefieldDaily.com exclusive on scene reporting
web posted October 23, 2009
BETTIS ACADEMY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they are classifying as a “suspicious death” after a 58-year-old Bettis Academy man was found dead inside his home by his sister. The 911 call came in to dispatchers around 12:30 pm Thursday Sheriff’s Captain Chris Wash said. “We had a good bit of blood,” at the scene Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted October 23, 2009
SPORTS – Rebel Football is well underway, and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels host Newberry with kick-off at 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6:30 pm.

Public Auction Saturday, October 24
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted October 23, 2009
AIKEN – We are selling personal property, consisting primarily of vehicles, equipment, tools, bar equipment, and miscellaneous, belonging to W. D. Cope (D & G Enterprises) of Aiken, S. C.  The sale will be held at 3900 Augusta Road (Highway 1) Aiken, S. C.  29801.  Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until 9:30 am sale time. Concessions will be provided. Visit http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Ridge Spring man held on multiple charges after car chase
web posted October 23, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Ridge Spring man remains behind bars after refusing to stop after an Edgefield County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop after the driver running an oncoming car off the road around 1 am Thursday morning. The deputy observed the driver cross the centerline and after the near miss turned on his blue lights and siren to stop the man, both of which were ignored. The man fled and entered into Saluda County along Highway 23.
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Marching Rebels get police escort send-off this Saturday for Lower State competition
web posted October 23, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Marching Band Regiment will be heading out to the Lower State Competition Saturday morning, including a police escort as they drive through the Town of Johnston. The convoy of busses and family members will be leaving Strom Thurmond High School at 9 am and will enter Johnston shortly afterwards.
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Wednesday burglary total nears $5,000
web posted October 23, 2009
MERRIWETHER – More information on the recent midday burglary of a Murrah Road home was released on Thursday with the initial estimates of property stolen approaching $5,000 and is expected to grow. The burglary took place between 8:30 am and 2:12 pm Wednesday, according to incident reports.
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Merriwether Fire Department Open House this Saturday
web posted October 23, 2009
PSA- MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department will be holding an Open House on Saturday October 24 from 10 am until 1 pm at the Main Fire Station of Martintown Road. Fire Equipment and fire safety will be on display and lunch will be served. The public is invited to attend. Come out and meet your local firefighters. There will be activities and instructional events for children.

Ariel Fox crowned Miss Harvest Festival
web posted October 23, 2009
RIDGE SPRING – Ariel Fox was crowned Miss Harvest Festival Saturday with Mae-Ann Web and Madison Boatwright taking first and second runner-up positions respectively. Among the other queens named was Kathryn Mode; Teen Miss, Raegan Addy; Young Teen Miss, and Texanna Miller; Pre-Teen Miss.
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OSHA Training - More Important Than Ever - Offered Locally
web posted October 23, 2009
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College will begin offering Occupational Safety and Health Administration training regularly to fulfill area businesses’ needs as OSHA regulations tighten. The South Carolina Department of Labor reported 85 occupational related fatalities in South Carolina and issued 3,280 violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards during 2008. These statistics represent a large need for OSHA training in area industries.
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Sheriff’s Office investigating “suspicious death”
web posted October 22, 2009 4:45 pm
BETTIS ACADEMY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they are classifying as a “suspicious death” after a 58-year-old Bettis Academy man was found dead inside his home by his sister. The 911 call came in to dispatchers around 12:30 pm Sheriff’s Captain Chris Wash said. The Forensic Crime Scene Unit and Investigator arrived to process the scene before the body was moved, Capt. Wash said. “We have some blood in another part of the house, but we don’t know enough to say one thing or the other.” An autopsy will be conducted in Newberry on Friday to establish the cause of death.
Developing---  Update on Friday

Merriwether home of most recent midday burglary
web posted October 22, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Another Merriwether home was found burglarized on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies and Investigators were called to the home on the 300 block of Murrah Road after the owner returned and found the front and back doors open. A complete list of items taken has not been compiled at this writing, however; several firearms are reportedly missing.
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Towns to observe Halloween from 6 to 8 pm on Oct. 31 for children 12 and under
web posted October 22, 2009
PSA – The area towns will observe Halloween on Saturday, October 31, between the hours of 6 and 8 pm for children 12 year of age and younger. Children should be supervised by an adult and costumes should have reflective material on them. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston reminds Johnston residents that it is illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to wear a mask. The Edgefield Police Department will be at W.E. Parker on Tuesday, October 27, to deliver their annual trick or treat bags with candy, stickers, and information on safety.

Audit Bettis Park and un-named non-profit
A Column by the Editor
web posted October 22, 2009
COLUMN – It looks as if I am starting to get under the skin of Edgefield County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright questioning the things that have been going on at Bettis Park. It is not as if that is un-chartered waters for me, in reality it’s more of Déjà vu. But this time it is different; there is more information, more statements on the record, far more questions, and an investigation. There has also been an open call for an audit of Bettis Park activities by a county council member. Maybe it is the pressure and the accountability that is getting to him and I’m just an easy target.
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Preview: Senior Night - Newberry at Strom Thurmond
By Tim Crane
web posted October 22, 2009
SPORTS – Two teams that epitomize what Region III football is all about will meet Friday for a showdown with a lot at stake. The Bulldogs and Rebels are hard nose, physical and defensively gifted teams. This is not the playoffs, but the atmosphere will be equal to that of post season play with so much on the line. Newberry comes to Johnston riding a four game win streak and Strom enters on a five game win streak. This is is the one regular season game that is a must see. 
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Discovery Center Offers Art Classes
web posted October 22, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Freshwater Coast Discovery Center is offering a gourd-making class on Saturday, October 31st from 10a.m. until 1p.m.  This is the first of a series of fall/winter creative classes the center will offer this year.
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Garrick named 2009 Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair
web posted October 22, 2009
AUGUSTA – The 2009 Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair was crowned on Saturday night at the Fairgrounds. She is Miss Lindsay Garrick, daughter of Lynn and Tony Garrick of North Augusta. Lindsay is a Senior at North Augusta High School. She plans to pursue a career in neonatal nursing. Her hobbies include water sports and volunteering.
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11-year-old takes 8-pointer as first deer
web posted October 22, 2009
WESTSIDE – A young hunter’s first deer is always a memorial event, but even more so when the harvest is an eight-point 170-pound buck with a spread of 18 inches. The trophy buck seems almost synonymous to the young sportsman’s name, Hunter Reville, in the Westside Community.
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Collection of Used Appliances For Habitat For Humanity
web posted October 22, 2009
AIKEN – Between now and November 6, Prestige Appliance of Aiken will be collecting working condition, used appliances in preparation for making a major donation to Habitat for Humanity. The planned donation will be  part of Prestige's Grand Opening Celebration for its new store, Prestige Appliance Outlet, on Saturday, November 7 at 2575 Wiskey Road.
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County Councilman requests audit of concession funds
web posted October 21, 2009
COUNTY – An Edgefield County Council member has requested an audit of the recreation department according to a letter to members of the county council obtained through a Freedom of Information request on Tuesday. “The present practice of concessions collection is wrong and not indicative of the public trust,” the letter by District 2 county councilman Rodney Ashcraft read in part. The issue of the monies derived from the concession stand at Bettis Park has increased in scrutiny including an open investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
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One injured in early morning crash
web posted October 21, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman was injured and transported to MCG Wednesday morning after swerving in an attempt to miss a deer and crashed into a culvert around 6:30 am. The crash closed all traffic on Martintown Road as Merriwether Firefighters and EMS worked to extract the woman from the wreckage.
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Laptop stolen in Merriwether burglary
web posted October 21, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man reported a burglary to his home on the 80 block of New Delaughter Drive Monday night. The damage to the front door was observed by a Sheriff’s Deputy and photographed for evidence.
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Merriwether Town Hall Meeting announced
web reposted October 21, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether's Edgefield County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with fellow Councilman Rodney Ashcraft on October 29 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road. The announcement also included a notice that a majority of the Edgefield County Council may be in attendance for a public meeting.
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Public Auction Saturday, October 24
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted October 21, 2009
AIKEN – We are selling personal property, consisting primarily of vehicles, equipment, tools, bar equipment, and miscellaneous, belonging to W. D. Cope (D & G Enterprises) of Aiken, S. C.  The sale will be held at 3900 Augusta Road (Highway 1) Aiken, S. C.  29801.  Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until 9:30 am sale time. Concessions will be provided. Visit http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Thurmond battles Newberry for Region Title Friday
By Tim Crane
web posted October 21, 2009
SPORTS – This week the region title will be on the line when Newberry visits Thurmond.  Both teams are undefeated in the region and will battle it out for the number one seed in the playoffs.   The top seed from region three is guaranteed home field in the first two rounds of the playoffs.  The second seed will probably be traveling in round two.
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Windows 7 launches tomorrow
By James Wise
web posted October 21, 2009
TECH TIPS – Windows 7, the next version of Microsoft’s “Windows” Operating system is set to launch tomorrow (Thursday, October 22nd). Windows 7 includes the user interface enhancements from Vista as well as some extra features like a brand new taskbar. Windows 7 should also run better and faster than Vista and address some of the complaints people had about the operating system.
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Psi Beta Sponsors Campus-wide "Baby Shower" to support CrossRoads Pregnancy Center
web posted October 21, 2009
GREENWOOD – The Piedmont Technical College chapter of Psi Beta National Honor Society recently sponsored a campus-wide mock baby shower to support the CrossRoads Pregnancy Center. “Each year the club looks for a service project. Several of them did an internship or are currently working as interns with CrossRoads,” said Beverly Burton, department head for Public Service. “The baby shower idea was a way to involve the entire campus.”
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Concession sales tracking hits snag: County Councilman Bright can’t remember name of 501(3)c “we used” to collect funds
web posted October 20, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Recreation Board met Monday night with the clarification of the new ordinance amendment dealing with concession sales drawing a great deal of discussion. Board Chairman Thomas Holmes stated that it was his understanding they were recommending the ordinance be changed to reflect the decision that he believed was made in 2006 by Administrator Wayne Adams and hoped “at some point and time through the county council,” to give up the running of the concession stands. The current ordinance states concession sales “must” be turned over to the county.
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Merriwether Fire Department Open House this Saturday
web posted October 20, 2009
PSA- MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department will be holding an Open House on Saturday October 24 from 10 am until 1 pm at the Main Fire Station of Martintown Road. Fire Equipment and fire safety will be on display and lunch will be served. The public is invited to attend. Come out and meet your local firefighters. There will be activities and instructional events for children.

Grill Projects Ready for Bids
web posted October 20, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career Center Welding II class has completed their first two projects of the new school year. Project #1 is a trailer mounted smoker-grill combo ready for use. The grill is fully painted with all the extras. Project #2 is a freestanding patio charcoal grill 48” by 24” painted and ready for use.
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Sports: Williamson named Player of the Week again
By Tim Crane
 web posted October 20, 2009
SPORTS – Sportswriter Tim Crane has named Nick Williamson, a Senior running back, as EdgefieldDaily.com's Player of the Week for his exceptional performance against Saluda. This is Williamson’s second week in a row as Player of the Week for outstanding play.
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Middle school students gear up for South Carolina Bar Mock Trial Competition
web posted October 20, 2009
COLUMBIA – Twenty-two middle schools from across the Midlands, including Merriwether Middle School, will compete in the South Carolina Bar Regional Middle School Mock Trial Competition Saturday, October 31. The competitions begin at 8:15 a.m. and are being held at two separate Columbia locations--the Richland County Courthouse located at 1701 Main St. and the University of South Carolina Law School located at 701 Main St.
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Public Schools increased spending despite budget cuts
web posted October 20, 2009
COLUMBIA - Numbers released by the South Carolina Budget and Control Board indicate that K-12 public schools across the state grew their spending by 4.5 percent last year to $8.4 billion for 2008. The figures, published by the Office of Research and Statistics, show that South Carolina's 85 public school districts actually exceeded their annual rate of spending growth despite the highly publicized local and state budget cuts.
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SC Sheriff’s Association does not use telemarketing for contributions
web posted October 20, 2009
COUNTY – The South Carolina Sheriff’s Association has issued a press release stating that they do not solicit contributions over the phone and are depending on a “direct mail solicitation”. A press release issued on Monday stated, “Our Association does not conduct telemarketing solicitations.”
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Motorcycle crash sends woman to MCG Sunday
web posted October 19, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Sunday afternoon saw another motorcycle crash on Woodlawn Road, popular with owners of racing bikes who are notorious for taking the hilly and curvy road at high rates of speed. Three riders were traveling towards McCormick when one rider lost control in one of the curves and was thrown from the racing bike.
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67-year-old captures suspected burglars with hoe handle
web posted October 19, 2009
BELVEDERE – A 67-year-old Belvedere man ran down and captured two suspected burglars armed only with determination and a hoe handle Sunday afternoon. After a short sprint into the woods the man emerged with the two 18-year-old suspects and he and his wife held them until Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies could arrive on the scene.
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Finger pointing of missing concession stand sales money comes full circle
A Column by the Editor
web posted October 19, 2009
COLUMN – Maybe we will be able to get some answers on where the money taken in from the county owned mobile concession stand at Bettis Park is going. It is obvious the Edgefield County Council doesn’t know where the money is going and, according to County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece, it seems no one does. Tens of thousands of dollars just “disappears” since 2006 and no one is accountable.
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Public Auction Saturday, October 24
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted October 19, 2009
AIKEN – We are selling personal property, consisting primarily of vehicles, equipment, tools, bar equipment, and miscellaneous, belonging to W. D. Cope (D & G Enterprises) of Aiken, S. C.  The sale will be held at 3900 Augusta Road (Highway 1) Aiken, S. C.  29801.  Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 AM until 9:30 am sale time. Concessions will be provided. Visit http://www.murrellsauctioncompany.com for details, terms, and pictures. Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Sports: Rebels trounce Tigers 40-0: Looks to Region lll Championship Friday night
By Tim Crane
web posted October 19, 2009
SPORTS – “I told my guys at halftime, this game is too close and we cannot continue to let them hang around.” Strom Thurmond head coach Lee Sawyer about Thurmond’s 9-0 halftime lead. The entire team got the message. Demarkus Smith returned the second half kickoff 25 yards to the Saluda 41 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Raleigh Yeldell took a quarterback keeper around the right end for a touchdown. Sam Northrop kicked the point after and Thurmond led 16-0 with 11:43 remaining in the third. The Rebels never looked back from that point on.
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Wise Tech Tips: Passwords and Password Safety
By James Wise
web posted October 19, 2009
TECH TIPS – In the world of computers, passwords are like the key to your house. Passwords are used for logging on to your computer, checking your email, logging on to various websites including banking sites. With your password, other people could read your mail, send mail or other updates as if they were you, access personal and financial information.
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Rebels tame the Tigers in 40-0 rout
web posted October 17, 2009
SALUDA – The Strom Thurmond Rebels trounced the Saluda Tigers Friday night in a 40-0 shutout victory after leading by only 9 points at the half. We’re not sure what Coach Lee Sawyer said in the locker room, but the Rebels came out and scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to move the Rebels to 6-2 for the year and undefeated (3-0) in Region play. Tim Crane will have the full recap Monday morning. Next week Strom Thurmond takes on Newberry at home with the smell of a region championship in the air.

Merriwether Town Hall Meeting announced
web posted October 17, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether's Edgefield County Councilwoman Genia Blackwell will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with fellow Councilman Rodney Ashcraft on October 29 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at the Merriwether Middle School on Murrah Road. The announcement also included a notice that a majority of the Edgefield County Council may be in attendance for a public meeting.
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Douglas Elementary Fall Festival Oct. 31
web posted October 17, 2009
TRENTON – Douglas Elementary will have a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 31 from 10:00-2:00. There will be a yard sale from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm in front of the school. There will be games, food, Space Walk jumpers and slides and of course, prizes. Come out and enjoy the festivities.

Gov. Sanford Sets Groundwork for Enhanced Health Information Exchange
web posted October 17, 2009
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford signed Executive Order 2009-15 Friday, establishing an Interim Governance Committee for statewide implementation of Health Information Exchange tasked with both overseeing the state's existing exchange (SCHIEX) and setting the groundwork for plugging SCHEIX into the national exchange in the coming years.
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Piedmont Tech Welcomes New Presidential Ambassadors
web posted October 17, 2009
GREENWOOD – Each year, Piedmont Technical College chooses some of its best and brightest to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus functions, provide tours and speak about their experiences to potential students. This year’s select eight are from a variety of backgrounds, representing many program areas and hometowns, but they all have one thing in common. They all echo a common message of gratitude for the impact Piedmont Tech has had on their lives, both personally and academically.
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Edgefield storage facility site of 14 burglaries
web posted October 16, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A storage space renter at Storage Solutions on Star Road discovered several of the units had been burglarized and called the Sheriff’s Office around noon Thursday. When investigators arrived it appeared five units on the back of the buildings were the only ones entered. By the time they left the number had grown to at least fourteen. The total amount of property stolen is unknown at this time, but is expected to reach well into thousands of dollars.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted October 16, 2009
SPORTS – Rebel Football is well underway, and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels host the Saluda Tigers with kick-off at 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Broadband (DSL or Cable) to hear the action. Pregame show kicks off at 6 pm.

MES Students learn about fire safety
web posted October 16, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary students were treated to a visit from the Merriwether Fire Department last week and not only learned about fire safety but also had a chance to speak to firefighters and explore a fire truck. The yearly event is always a big hit with students.
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Registration still open on EMT Basic Classes offered by Edgefield County EMS
web posted October 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County EMS is still accepting additional students for an upcoming Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic) class starting this fall. The classes will be held on Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm and Tuesdays from 6 pm to 10 pm. The cost of registration, books, and instruction is $750. For more information contact EMS Director Jewel Plaxco by email at jplaxco@edgefieldcounty.sc.gov

Vehicles targeted for theft on Edgefield Road
web posted October 16, 2009
COUNTY – A person or persons unknown targeted two vehicles at Chuck’s Cars and More on the 1500 block of Edgefield Road in attempted thefts discovered Wednesday. Thursday night another report of an attempted theft of a vehicle came in around 9:40 pm on the 2600 block of Edgefield Road. No vehicles were stolen, but in all cases the vehicles were damaged including one that had the “steering column removed”.
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Sports: Thurmond Rebels and Saluda Tigers face off Friday night
By Tim Crane
web posted October 16, 2009
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond will take their (5-2) record up highway 121 to battle the Tigers of Saluda High (2-5) on Friday night for a decades old rivalry. Saluda head coach Doug Painter was offensive coordinator at Strom Thurmond for the three previous seasons. He took the job at Saluda because he was ready to get back on the field as a head coach and is looking to build up the Tiger program.
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Merriwether Elementary Fall Carnival this Saturday
web posted October 16, 2009
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Elementary School PTO will be hosting their Fall Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 from 10 am- until 2 pm. Tickets for activities are $.25 per ticket or an all day unlimited stamp for $10.00.
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STH Class of 1990 - 20th Reunion fund raiser to be held Saturday
web posted October 16, 2009
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Class of 1990 is currently planning a 20-year reunion tentatively scheduled for June 11, 12, and 13 of 2010.  We are planning a fund-raiser for October 17, 2009, where we will be selling dinners for $7 a plate. The dinner will include chicken off the grill, green beans, mac&cheese, a roll and a desert. The central location will be at Big Rod's barbershop off highway 25; however we can deliver the dinners to you. For more information please contact Rodney Tillman at 803-663-0079 or Twila (Presley) Lesayth at 803-215-3805.

No contamination found in illegal dumpsite at JET Middle School
web posted October 15, 2009
COLUMBIA – The Edgefield County School District will not be fined for the illegal dump that was being operated behind JET Middle School, Thom Berry, Director of Media Relations, said Wednesday. “There will be no further action.” The dump was discovered when EdgefieldDaily.com, acting on an anonymous tip, reported on its existence on July 20. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) ordered the dump to be cleaned up and launched an investigation.
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Autumn Downtown Shop-Around Oct. 29
web posted October 15, 2009
EDGEFIELD –The Edgefield Community Development Association invites the public to the Autumn Downtown Shop-Around on Thursday, October 29th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Pick up your passport at any participating business that will be identified by orange & brown colored balloons and enjoy the crisp cool autumn air while sipping the Mayor’s hot apple cider being served on the town square. Shop at Edgefield’s fine retail shops, artisans, and gift boutiques and support your favorite merchants and restaurants.
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SC Heritage Corridor Ambassadors Tour Filling up Quickly
web posted October 15, 2009
GREENWOOD – In an effort to further educate the public about its attractions and cultural arts areas in Greenwood County, the SC National Heritage Corridor will be hosting its second annual Ambassadors Tour on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Only a limited number of seats are available on this free tour of Greenwood County.
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Letter to the Editor: Deputies drive too fast
web posted October 15, 2009
Dear Editor,
I find the two recent serious accidents by Edgefield County sheriff's deputies disturbing. I think it is a result of a larger trend of law enforcement in general thinking that they are invincible. I have witnessed countless incidents of police officers driving at the peril of the general public to make it to a call only moments faster than if they drove with some sense.
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Where are they now: Tommy Grandy
By Tim Crane
 web posted October 15, 2009
SPORTS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s Tim Crane continues his look into past champions at Strom Thurmond, this week focusing on Tommy Grandy who played runningback for the Fighting Rebels until his graduation in 1970. Mr. Grandy was the MVP his senior year and scored two touchdowns in the Rebels state title victory in 1968.
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Langley: Give them an F
By Carl Langley
web posted October 15, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – The year is almost over, but I have been gifted with my 2009 nominees for the stupidest people on the planet. The certain winners are the members of the Christina (Delaware) School Board, who ordered a 45-day sentence to an alternative school for a first grader. Poor little Zachary Christie, the target of the school board's wrath, committed the "dastardly crime" of bringing to his elementary school a small utility tool given to Cub Scouts.
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Logistics, Speakers Announced for Unemployment Discussion
web posted October 15, 2009
COLUMBIA – Governor Sanford announced Wednesday that the upcoming Unemployment Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Governor's Office and the Department of Commerce, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, in Room 252 of the Edgar Brown Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia.
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Flood Watch issued for Edgefield County
web posted October 14, 2009
COUNTY – A repeat of rainy weather on Monday will take place today and Thursday as a stalled front will drop between 1 to 2 inches of rain, and as much as 3 to 4 inches in some areas, as it passes over Edgefield County. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch for all of Edgefield County especially in low-lying areas and creeks. The chance of rain is 100% according to the NWS.
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Deputy remains hospitalized after collision
web posted October 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Deputy injured in a head on collision on Highway 25 south on Monday remains hospitalized suffering from various injuries including a head injury which remains closely watched. The driver of the pickup truck struck in the collision was treated and released.
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Trenton Halloween Carnival set for Oct. 31
web posted October 14, 2009
TRENTON – The much anticipated Trenton Halloween Carnival and Bingo is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30, at the historic Trenton Gym, located on East Wise Street. Bring the whole family and join the town for loads of games and prizes, great food and home-baked goodies, bingo, a cake walk, the infamous jail, and costume contest with cash prizes. We'll see you there. For more information, please call (803) 275-5303. All proceeds benefit the Trenton Community Development.

Johnston business hit by smash and grab burglary
web posted October 14, 2009
JOHNSTON – A Johnston business was the scene of a weekend burglary after the front door glass was found shattered and a portion of the store ransacked when officers arrived to check out an alarm call a 1:42 am Sunday. Police found a large stone inside the store they believed was used to break into the H&K Foodmart on Lee Street.
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Sports: Around Region III This Week
By Tim Crane
web posted October 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Last week Thurmond beat Batesburg 24-17, in hard hitting slobberknocker.  With three games remaining in region play, four teams still have a shot at capturing the region crown.
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Letter to the Editor: Edgefield Mayor invites public to express "positive" and "proactive" comments at forum
web posted October 14, 2009
Dear Edgefield:
As your mayor and more importantly, a proud citizen of Edgefield County, I want to personally invite you to attend an upcoming event sponsored by the Town of Edgefield.  This informal meeting will be held next Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 PM in the old Kendall Mill facility and light refreshments will be served.
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Don’t drink and drive: especially at 83 mph
web posted October 14, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – Yet another person has been bestowed with a Here’s Your Card nomination, this time a 45 year-old Graniteville woman. As a public service, EdgefieldDaily.com always offers tips for readers to avoid being arrested for similar incidents. This time the helpful hint is of course don’t drink and drive. If you do drive, don’t drive at 83 mph because it just might draw the attention of police.
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Public Hearing and Meeting Notice
web posted October 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council will conduct a Public Hearing to consider
amending the text of the official Zoning Ordinance, adopted on June 4, 2001. The text change being considered would change Section 2.3, Table 1, page 2-6, under Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate from an "N" (not to allow)  to a "P" (to allow) a real estate office to be located in a D-1 zone, General Development.
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Edgefield man reports non-delivery of illegal drugs to police
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield man called Johnston Police to report not receiving marijuana he paid for and the man he gave the money to refused to give the money back and never delivered the drugs. The alleged incident took place on Addison Street in Johnston at 2:30 am.
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Fourth Annual "Starbooks" set for October 29 Will Feature Vintage Coffee Set
web posted October 14, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Friends of the Edgefield County Library will sponsor the fourth annual Starbooks Coffee House on Thursday, October 29, from 5 pm until 7 pm, to coincide with Edgefield’s Fall DownTown Shop-Around, and to raise money for library activities and projects.
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Deputy injured in head on collision
web posted October 13, 2009
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy lost control of her patrol car while in route to a single car crash and slammed head on into a Ford pickup truck Monday morning. The collision closed all traffic on Highway 25 for over an hour as emergency workers and EMS treated the injured drivers. The collision took place at approximately 11:40 am during a steady rain.
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Johnston gets good news in Audit report
JOHNSTON – The Town of Johnston got good news from Toni McKinley, of McKinley, Cooper, Inc., in her presentation of the audit for Fiscal Year 2008-2009. Ms. McKinley stated the town has 26% in available fund balance, “so that would carry you almost a quarter of the year if your revenue sources dried up.”
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Jim DeMint Announces for Reelection in Web Video
web posted October 13, 2009
STATE – U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced Monday in a web video that he will officially seek reelection to the United States Senate in 2010.  This video has been posted on the home page of http://www.jimdemint.com and the campaign will email it to over 250,000 of the Senator’s online supporters. 
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“Mammoth” transport delayed due to rain
web posted October 13, 2009
JOHNSTON – The massive generator that is currently parked just outside the Johnston Town Limits will be sitting idle due to the heavy rains that fell on Monday. According to forecasts, it may be sitting in Johnston for the rest of the week. EdgefieldDaily.com will continue to follow the transport as it moves through the area with updates from the South Carolina Department of Transportation as they become available.

Garrett Town Road home burglarized of guns
web posted October 13, 2009
COUNTY LINE – A Garrett Town Road man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary in which a number of firearms were taken in addition to cash and ammunition. The man told the deputy he left the home on Tuesday, October 6, and did not return until Friday and discovered the theft.
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Sports: Williamson named Player of the Week
By Time Crane
web posted October 13, 2009
SPORTS – Tim Crane has chosen Nick Williamson, a senior running back for the Strom Thurmond Rebels, as EdgefieldDaily's Player of the Week in honor of his standout performance in Thurmond's win over Batesburg-Leesville.
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Wise Tech Tips: Connecting to a Remote Computer over the Internet
By James Wise
web posted October 13, 2009
TECH TIPS – Do you ever need to connect to a remote computer over the Internet? For example, maybe someone you know needs your assistance. Perhaps there are also times when you would like to give someone access to your computer. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there are some great, free options that could help you.
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Potential Jurors for October term of court announced
web posted October 13, 2009
COUNTY – Below is a list of potential jurors to report at 11:00 am on October 19, 2009, for a two week term of Common Please Court to be held in Edgefield County, South Carolina beginning the week of October 19, 2009. The Honorable William P. Keesley presiding. If your name appears on this list and you have not receive notification in the mail please contact the Edgefield County Clerk of Court Office at 803-637-4080
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Concealed weapons permit class to be held Oct. 17
web posted October 13, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A concealed weapons permit class will be held in Edgefield on Saturday, October 17, from 9 am until 5 pm. An application for the permit can be found here and must be presented at the time of enrollment. Cost of the class is $80. For more information or to enroll call 803-480-2095. Fingerprint cards and fingerprinting will be provided. [This notice is being repeated due to a link for the SLED application not being properly linked. We apologize for the error.]

Greenwood man 29th killed on Aiken County roads this year
web posted October 13, 2009
AIKEN – A Greenwood man was killed in a single car crash on Interstate 20 Sunday night near the 17 mile marker. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said 28-year-old Justin Ryan Heinz, of Greenwood SC, was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia around 9:27 pm. Mr. Heinz died in surgery.
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Governor's School for the Arts Wind Ensemble to perform at JET Middle School
web posted October 13, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Governor's School for the Arts Wind Ensemble will be performing at JET Middle School on October 27th at 2:00 p.m. The school extends an invition to the community to come and enjoy this concert.

Dems scramble after warning from health insurers
web posted October 13, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies aren't playing nice any more. Their dire message that health care legislation will drive up premiums for people who already have coverage comes as a warning shot at a crucial point in the debate, and threatens President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. Democrats and their allies scrambled on Monday to knock down a new industry-funded study forecasting that Senate legislation, over time, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a typical policy.
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"Mammoth” transport reaches Johnston
web posted October 12, 2009
JOHNSTON – The massive transport of the generator on its way to North Carolina saw its much anticipated arrival in Johnston Sunday afternoon and attracted the attention it has garnered throughout its journey. Local residents gathered in an open area at the intersection of Highways 191 and 121 armed with cameras and video recorders to record the massive endeavor. After repairs and rest by workers, the transport will make its way through downtown Johnston early Monday morning if all goes well.
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Sports: Lomax Pick Secures Win for Rebels
By Tim Crane
web posted October 12, 2009
SPORTS – Marquise Lomax read Batesburg-Leesville quarterback Jamal Bryant eyes perfectly and jumped the intended receiver’s route at the 31 yard line, intercepting the ball and returning it for a Rebel touchdown with only 2:53 remaining in an eight point game. This pick stretched Thurmond’s lead out in front to a score of 24-9 and would prove to be enough separation for Strom to remain unbeaten in region play.
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United Way of Edgefield County names new officers
web posted October 12, 2009
COUNTY – The United Way of Edgefield County Chairman Dean Campbell, left, thanks two retiring officers on the local United Way Board and welcomes their replacements. Ann Adams, who served as Secretary, and Dick Beals, who served as Treasurer, are both stepping down from their respective offices but are staying on the Board.  Together, they served as Executive Committee members for over 50 years.
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Opinion: North Augusta’s sneak attack on Merriwether aided by County Council
A column by the Editor
web posted October 12, 2009
COLUMN – The encroachment of the City of North Augusta into the Merriwether area is being paved with the blessings of three county council members who do not even live in the community. Two county council members, who are part of the community, have voted against matters that will continue to expand the annexation by backdoor measures. Merriwether residents seem helpless to defend against encroachments from North Augusta and our own county leaders who rule, not represent. As if that is new in Edgefield County politics.
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Local woman suffers minor injuries in rollover crash
web posted October 12, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Saturday afternoon single car crash sent one woman to the hospital with minor injuries. The woman was traveling south on Thurmond Road, a secondary unpaved roadway, when she lost control and overturned the Ford Escape she was driving. The SUV came to rest on its side and the woman was able to crawl out of an open window.
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Edgefield County School District Celebrates 43rd Annual School Bus Safety Week
web posted October 12, 2009
COUNTY – In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week, the Edgefield County School District would like to bring attention to the support of School Bus Safety Week and to help highlight the importance of school bus safety awareness and education. This year’s theme, Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm, emphasizes the importance for drivers to follow the rules of the road and stop when the red lights flash and the stop sign deploys as children are getting on and off the bus. The stop arm requires drivers in all states to stop.
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Students of the Month at STHS
web posted October 12, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School is proud to announce the September Students of the Month. Students are selected by their teachers on the criteria of displaying good citizenship characteristics each month.
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Edgefield Soil & Water Conservation District announces website
web posted October 12, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. “We will keep you up to date on the latest conservation news for the county. Check us out for information on natural resource management and conservation, natural resource education opportunities, and contests for students. Note our Affiliate member page, which shows those groups, business, and individuals who support conservation directly in Edgefield through their membership,” a press release stated.
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Concealed weapons permit class to be held Oct. 17
web posted October 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A concealed weapons permit class will be held in Edgefield on Saturday, October 17, from 9 am until 5 pm. An application for the permit can be found here and must be presented at the time of enrollment. Cost of the class is $80. For more information or to enroll call 803-480-2095. Fingerprint cards and fingerprinting will be provided.

Local Academic PCT Honor Students Recognized
web posted October 12, 2009
COUNTY – Piedmont Technical College students with outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2009 summer semester have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full-time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.
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Rebels remain unbeaten in Region play, 5-2 overall
web posted October 10, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Rebels move to 2-0 in Region play and 5-2 overall with a 24-17 win over Batesburg-Leesville Friday night. The hard fought battle raged all night with the Rebels leading 17-9 at the half. Defensive stands on both sides of the field remained tight until a fourth quarter interception by Marquise Lowman that was returned for a 31-yard touchdown gave the Rebels a 24-9 lead with only 2:53 left in the final quarter. Batesburg -Leesville marched down the field to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion to move within seven, but an onside kicked rolled out of bounds giving Thurmond the win. Tim Crane will have a full recap of the game on Monday.

County Administrator candidate list drops to three
web posted October 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The list of finalists for the Edgefield County Administrator dropped to three after Alton Brown of Cleveland, Georgia, withdrew his name for consideration. That leaves Edward L. Sealover of Fernandina Beach Florida, Hal Mason of Garner North Carolina, and John C. Brumbaugh of Aiken, South Carolina as the final three.
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Wanted man surrenders Friday
web posted October 10, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Richard Glenn Hester, 49, wanted in connection to a burglary on Monday is now in custody after surrendering to authorities Friday afternoon. Hester has been charged with burglary in the second degree and grand larceny and remains in custody. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators armed with evidence were able to name Hester just two days after the burglary was discovered and warrants were issued for his arrest.
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Football Friday Night Live Online
web posted October 9, 2009
SPORTS – Rebel Football is well underway, and if you can’t get to the game you can follow the action live on the internet. 92.7 FM and the Edgefield County School District have joined together again this year to provide live streaming audio broadcasts for dial up and broadband internet users. Tonight the Rebels host Batesburg -Leesville with kick-off at 7:30 pm. To listen in just click Rebel Football Dial up or Rebel Football Broadband (DSL or Cable) Pregame show kicks off at 6 pm with highlights from the tailgating show. For just $3 tailgaters can get a burger, chips, and drink in the back parking lot of the stadium.

Greenwood man injured in motorcycle crash at town hall
web posted October 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A 69-year-old Greenwood man was transported to MCG Hospital after a motorcycle crash around noon in front of the Edgefield Town Hall. According to information available, the man was traveling south on Main Street when a car apparently slowed in front of him and he “laid the bike down” to avoid hitting the car.
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$20 counterfeit bill turns up in Johnston
web posted October 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – Another counterfeit bill has turned up but this time it was a $20 bill rather than the reports on fake $10 bills. A hairstyling business finished working with a regular customer and received payment in the form of twenty-dollar bills. Later the business discovered one of the bills appeared to be counterfeit. After contacting the customer, a call was placed to the Sheriff’s Office.
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Potential Jurors for October term of court announced
web posted October 9, 2009
COUNTY – Below is a list of potential jurors to report at 11:00 am on October 19, 2009, for a two week term of Common Please Court to be held in Edgefield County, South Carolina beginning the week of October 19, 2009. The Honorable William P. Keesley presiding. If your name appears on this list and you have not receive notification in the mail please contact the Edgefield County Clerk of Court Office at 803-637-4080
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Edgefield Police make “forced entry” to make arrest
web posted October 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police responding to a 911 call ended up having to make a forced entry into the suspect’s home in order to make an arrest of an adult in an assault case on a juvenile. As officers arrived at a home on the 400 block of Mims Street the suspect met them at the doorway then slammed the door in the officer’s, locking it to prevent them from entering.
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Where are they now: Damein Bowman
By Tim Crane
web posted October 9, 2009
SPORTS – EdgefieldDaily.com’s Tim Crane continues his look into past champions at Strom Thurmond, this week focusing on Damien Bowman who played Free Safety and Quarterback for the Fighting Rebels until his graduation in 1997. Mr. Bowman played College football at Georgia Military before returning to Edgefield County to work in the local school system as a Special Needs Instructor. 
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Doomsday in Denmark
By Carl Langley
web posted October 9, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Holy Shazam, Batman, did you see what just happened to SuperObama? said Robin, unable to believe his eyes. On the craggy, rock-girded  cliffs of the Danish isle, our modern day version of Superman ran headlong into an international version of kryptonite.Barack Obama, our president and our media darling, used up five luxury class jets and more than $1 million dollars in flight costs in his vain effort to sell Chicago to the nations of the world.
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Culture of Excellence Awards Presented
web posted October 9, 2009
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Principal Matt Schilit is shown congratulating the September Culture of Excellence Award honoree Marcie Burnip and Support Culture of Excellence Award honoree Susan Keck. Ms. Burnip, school Media Specialist and Mrs. Keck, school nurse were nominated by the faculty for their commitment and dedication to their school.
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Autumn Downtown Shop-Around set for October 29
web posted October 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association invites you to the Autumn Downtown Shop-Around on Thursday, October 29th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.  Pick up your passport at any participating business that will be identified by orange & brown colored balloons and enjoy the crisp cool autumn air while sipping the Mayor’s hot apple cider being served on the town square.  Shop at Edgefield’s fine retail shops, artisans, and gift boutiques and support your favorite merchants and restaurants.
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Photography Exhibit Kicks-off One Book, One College Series at PTC
web posted October 9, 2009
GREENWOOD – Piedmont Technical College kicked-off its One Book, One College series Tuesday with the photography exhibit “Welty.” This collection of 14 photographs was selected from Eudora Welty’s negatives on file at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Welty took the photographs during the Great Depression as she traveled across Mississippi, her native state, as a publicist for the WPA. The use of excerpts from Welty’s fiction makes this a literary, as well as a photographic exhibition.
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Sheriff’s Office seeks burglary suspect
web posted October 8, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted in connection to a burglary earlier this week on Sunset Circle in Merriwether. Richard Glenn Hester, 49, is being sought on charges of burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in connection to the case. His last known address was on the 200 block of Flores Lane in Martinez.
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Fire destroys Murphy Village home
web posted October 8, 2009
MURPHY VILLAGE – A home on Kennedy Drive was destroyed by fire Wednesday night bringing the Merriwether, County Line, and Belvedere Fire Departments to the scene. A person reporting the fire stated the home was fully engulfed in flames and that an explosion was heard. According to officials on the scene, the home was uninhabited and did not appear to have electrical service connected.
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Gov. Sanford Announces 1,000 New Jobs, Major Investment
web posted October 8, 2009
LANDCASTER – Gov. Mark Sanford joined with the Department of Commerce and Lancaster County community on Wednesday in welcoming Red Venture LLC as they expand operations and move their headquarters to South Carolina. The decision by Charlotte-based Red Venture LLC, an internet technology company named the 17th fastest growing private firm in the United States by Inc. magazine last year, will mean 1,000 new high-paying jobs and a $27 million investment for Lancaster County.
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Player of the Week: Deikory Williams
web posted October 8, 2009
SPORTS – Senior Free Safety Deikory Williams is EdgefieldDaily's Player of the Week. Deikory had 19 tackles and one interception during Thurmond's victory over Mid Carolina.
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Preview:  Showdown in Region III Batesburg at Thurmond
By Tim Crane
web posted October 8, 2009
SPORTS – The Panthers of Batesburg-Leesville (4-2) will travel to Johnston this Friday for a big time region matchup that showcases two of the top teams in AA football.  A lot of football remains to be played, but some professionals think the winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat to the region crown.
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Don’t Get Sick-Give the Swine Flu a Kick!
web posted October 8, 2009
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Elementary students participated in a Swine Flu poster contest. The fourth grade class of Jenny Menger was the winning class and their work featuring precautions against the spread of flu is shown on their school bulletin board for visitors, students and employees to see. The theme of the project was “Don’t Get Sick-Give The Swine Flu a Kick!” Congratulations to the ME Fourth Grade Class of Ms. Menger.
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2009 Miss Harvest Festival Pageant seeking contestants
web posted October 8, 2009
RIDGE SPRING – The 2009 Miss Harvest Festival Pageant will be held at 10 am Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the Ridge Spring Civic Center. Applications for contestants from age’s infant to twenty years are still open. Winners will be featured in the Harvest Festival parade on October 24 to represent the community. The Miss Harvest Festival Queen will receive a $500 scholarship.
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Edgefield Public Library Events
web posted October 8, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Public Library has a list of activities to entertain and teach the young and old including making a Haunted Gingerbread House. (All ages)
There will be two opportunities to participate this year.
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County releases estimations on proposed Calliham project; Hidden numbers exposed
web posted October 7, 2009
COUNTY – The figures produced by 2KM Architects comparing cost estimates on the proposed Calliham building and a alternate new building were released Tuesday night at the Edgefield County Council meeting. According to the dating, they are not the original numbers provided to the county weeks ago and have been revised. However, they do give an insight to information obtained by EdgefieldDaily.com early on that makes it appear the numbers were altered in an effort to hide costs related to the Calliham building.
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County Council splits votes on major issues
web posted October 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council met Tuesday night with a full house in attendance and a full six page agenda. Ordinances up for passage on major issues saw debate and split votes and one defeated for a lack of a majority. Although the new second set of numbers for the estimations for the Calliham building and a newly constructed building were handed out to the press, the matter was never brought up for discussion.
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Monster transport to arrive this weekend in Johnston
web posted October 7, 2009
JOHNSTON – The mammoth moving of a generator from the South Carolina coast to its North Carolina destination will be arriving in Johnston sometime Saturday afternoon. Pete Poore, of the South Carolina Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the convoy would get back underway on October 10 at 9 am. “They have to jump a bridge,” Poore said, “and after that they should be on their way to your area.” There were some rerouting issues that have been worked out in Aiken County allowing the shipment to continue on its route.
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County Auditor reveals tax rates for coming year
web posted October 7, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Auditor Bill Gilchrist presented the county council with the proposed millage rates for the coming year tax bills. The overall millage rate increased by 9.59 mills with 9.3 mills being directly related to increases in the School District millage rate which the county council has no control. “They pretty much set their own millage rate,” Gilchrist said. The County millage rate increases a mere .29 mills. The total rate on the tax bills will be 322.11 mills. Roughly a $38.36 increase on a home valued at $100,000.
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Merriwether home site of most recent burglary
web posted October 7, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Sunset Circle property owner called the Sheriff’s Office to report a break in to a shed on the property that left over $10,000 in goods taken in the theft. The burglary was discovered when the owner returned to the property on Monday evening after being away for three days. Sunset Circle is located in the Moore Road area off Sweetwater Road.
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Edgefield doles out contributions, considers land sale
web posted October 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – Christmas came early for entities requesting funds from the Town of Edgefield Monday night as the council approved $3,850 in donations to various groups. Those receiving the funds were the Edgefield Lions Club, $100, The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) $3,000, and the Federal Corrections Employees Club, up to $750. Mayor Ken Durham also informed the town council that he was contacted by Housing Consultants Inc. interested in purchasing town property for as much as $30,000 and acre.
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Johnston Bridge and Road closure announced
web posted October 6, 2009
JOHNSTON – Construction to replace the bridge on Route S-19-40 (Bland Baptist Rd.)  near Johnston, SC will begin on October 12, 2009. The bridge will be closed to all traffic for the entire time of the project. Advanced sign notifications will be provided for the local residents and traveling public.
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The demise of the dollar
In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading
 web posted October 6, 2009
NATION – In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.
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Jacob McKie home burglarized
web posted October 6, 2009
COUNTY – A Jacob McKie Road homeowner reported a burglar to his home after discovering the back door to the residence “kicked in” and found a number of firearms and other property stolen on Sunday. A Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the call and then requested an investigator to process the scene. Early estimates place the total value of the guns and other property stolen at over $2,000.
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"Bloody Revenge of Hanibal Hyatt" comes to Edgefield on Halloween
web posted October 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Employee Club of the Federal Correction Institution in Edgefield is sponsoring a haunted house and hayride this year on October 23, 24, 30, and 31. Adam Martin, of the FCI, said, “Our organization has recognized the need for a haunted house in the local community,” and “we feel we need to do something locally” as other areas in the CSRA sponsor similar events.
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Speeding biker arrested after 112 mph ride
web posted October 6, 2009
COUNTY LINE – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy parked on Highway 25 early Saturday morning spotted a motorcycle headed northbound on Highway 25 at a “high rate of speed”. After observing the motorcycle the deputy engaged his radar and clocked the speeding biker at 112 mph. The deputy initiated his blue lights and attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver of the motorcycle continued at high speeds.
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Smoking car, gun, and whiskey lands Leesville man in jail
web posted October 6, 2009
WESTSIDE – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigator sitting at a stop sign on Flatrock Road and Highway 23 Friday evening spotted a black Ford Mustang traveling at a “high rate of speed” with “lots of smoke” coming from underneath the car. The Investigator initiated a traffic stop but the driver continued for over a mile before pulling over. The driver reportedly stopped only after weaving into the oncoming lane and almost striking a westbound vehicle.
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Sports: Around Region III This Week
By Tim Crane
web posted October 6, 2009
SPORTS – Last week Thurmond and Mid Carolina were locked in an epic defensive battle, which is the epitome of what Region III football is all about. Newberry handled Saluda with ease (42-17) and Batesburg did the same to Gilbert (38-7).  Region 3 remains the only region in AA football in which three teams have given up fewer than 100 points on the season.
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Edgefield County Alliance meeting covers Census and a varity of other topics
web posted October 6, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Alliance held their monthly meeting Monday, October 5, 2009. Ron Creswell introduced the first speaker Angela Pride, Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau for the Census 2010.Ms. Pride explained that the census will define who we are as a nation. The census is required by the constitution and is taken every 10 years.  
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EdgefieldDaily.com: Records set – “Affluent” readership ranks 215% of internet average
web posted October 5, 2009
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com continues to set all time records going from an average of 60,000 hits a day in August to 83,000 in September and October starting off with over 100,000 hits a day from thousands of daily readers. Independent ratings list EdgefieldDaily.com among the top 75,000 listed websites in the US and our ranking continues to rise.
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United Way of Edgefield County Supports Programs That Help Local Citizens
web posted October 5, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The United Way of Edgefield County 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. “People with handicaps, abused children and abused women are among the people we should all do what we can to help,” said 2009 Campaign Chairman Dean Campbell.
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Special Designer Showing at Tidwell Jewelers Thursday
web posted October 5, 2009
JOHNSTON – Tidwell Jewelers will be hosting a special Caerleon Trunk Show and an opportunity to meet Designer Davis Steinhauer on Thursday, October 8, from 9 am until 6 pm at their Johnston store located at 422 Calhoun Street. The show will be debuting hundreds of new bezel designs and colors, with thousands on hand to choose from. There will be special show values to take advantage of to add to your existing collection or start a new one.

Blue Steel Goal Line Stance Secures 21-20 Victory
By Tim Crane
web posted October 5, 2009
SPORTS – With 1:22 remaining in regulation, Mid Carolina throws a touchdown pass on 4th and 9 from their 11, to double covered Kendrelle Neal, which pulled Mid Carolina within one point. The touchdown drive covered 59 yards, 6:03 minutes of the clock and saw Mid Carolina convert on three fourth down attempts.
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Improve your System Performance and Reduce Problems with a Software Tune-Up
By James Wise
web posted October 5, 2009
WISE TECH TIPS – Has your PC gotten slower and slower over time? If so, it might be time for a tune-up. Today, we’ll cover a few of my suggestions for whipping your computer into shape with minimal work and without shelling out any cash.
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Will Crowder October Cake Winner
web posted October 5, 2009
WEBNEWS – The October Cake Winner is Will Crowder who will turn 7 years of age on October 15. The winning entry reads, “Happy 7th birthday to my little MonkeyFoots, Will Crowder!!!  I Love You, Mom.” Will Crowder, or “MonkeyFoots”, should contact EdgefieldDaily.com to claim the custom cake from Jari’s Bakery. We are accepting birthday and anniversary wishes for November and all entries are entered into our monthly drawing.
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Strom Thurmond 21 Mid-Carolina 20
web posted October 3, 2009
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels defense held strong stopping a drive by Mid Carolina on a two-point conversion with less than two minutes left in the game to hold on to a 21 to 20 lead and move to 4-2 on the season. It was a battle all night with Mid Carolina controlling the ball for most of the game and the Thurmond Rebels coming up with the big plays when needed. EdgefieldDaily.com’s Tim Crane will have a full recap of the game available Monday.

Anonymous letter writer threatens EdgefieldDaily.com advertisers
web posted October 3, 2009
WEBNEWS – An unknown person sent letters threatening the advertisers of EdgefieldDaily.com which began arriving on Friday. Upon the first one being received the editor of EdgefieldDaily.com was notified and faxed a copy. Others who received the letter on Friday said they took it as a threat and one even contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Some letters have been handed over unopened to aid a possible investigation. “I will not be intimidated,” one advertiser said.
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Sandy Oaks Professional Rodeo prepares for biggest year ever
web posted October 3, 2009
WESTSIDE – The fourth annual Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo is coming to Edgefield County later this month bringing professional Rodeo stars from across the nation to compete on their way to a national title in the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA). This rodeo will be held on October 30 and 31 with additional activities this year. “We’re having some special stuff for the kids on Halloween,” Sandy Quarles said. “We’re having haunted trail rides, a hayride, the clowns and other people dressed up are going to hand out candy, a costume contest, and a whole lot more. We want them to have fun.”
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Here’s Your Card: Arrestee flashes gang sign in booking photo
web posted October 3, 2009
HERE’S YOUR CARD – It is bad enough someone would allegedly steal meat from a grocery store. It is even worse that they would resort to fighting police when they are apprehended, kick the window out of a patrol car damaging the door frame, and making death threats to officers and hospital personnel. But to flash a gang sign when your booking photo is taken, we’ll that is just plain stupid. Meet EdgefieldDaily.com’s most recent inductee for a Here’s Your Card mention.
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Missing Dogs
web posted October 3, 2009
TRENTON – Missing: Two beagles. They went missing on Tuesday afternoon from the Highway 191 area near the Aiken line. A picture of the older beagle, Jack, is provided. The other is a younger female named Blossom. They are much loved and very much missed. If found please call 803-275-7514 with any information. Thanks for all you do for Edgefield.

Gov. Sanford to Host Unemployment Roundtable
web posted October 3, 2009
COLUMBIA – Given the continued lack of meaningful reform at the Employment Security Commission (ESC), an Unemployment Insurance Fund deficit fast approaching $1 billion, and the potential of counterproductive tax increases on the state's businesses, Gov. Mark Sanford announced Friday plans to host an Unemployment Roundtable with the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
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Increase in web traffic demands upgrades
web posted October 1, 2009
WEBNEWS – Due to the explosive increase in web traffic EdgefieldDaily.com is undergoing an unexpected maintenance from 10 pm Thursday until 10 am Friday. Due to the upgrades there are no updates to EdgefieldDaily.com for Friday. We apologize for this inconvenience and regular updates will begin again Friday evening. The Cake winner for October will be announced on Monday.

Four finalists named for County Administrator’s job
web posted October 1, 2009
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council released a list of finalists for the County Administrator’s job Wednesday night after an executive session meeting. County Attorney Michael Medlock emerged after the closed door meeting to say there were four finalists rather than three, “but we’re going to release the names anyway.” Of the four finalists, only one has local connections. None of the candidates seem to come to the table without issues.
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County Council “magically” chooses finalists for Administrator's job
web posted October 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council emerged from an executive session meeting Wednesday night to provide a list of four finalists to be interviewed for the county administrator’s position. Council members Monroe Kneece, Willie Bright, Norman Dorn, and Rodney Ashcraft, along with County Attorney Michael Medlock emerged from the Archive area of the Administration Office and announced the finalists. However, according to an interview after the meeting, no vote was ever taken to choose the finalists.
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Reported stolen steaks ends in felony arrest
web posted October 1, 2009
EDGEFIELD – A call of a shoplifter aound 7 pm at Fairway Food Center on Augusta Road led Edgefield Police to a nearby apartment where a suspect was taken into custody after fighting with officers, leading to a felony arrest for around $15 in streaks allegedly being taken from the grocery store. After the reported theft, store personnel gave a description of the suspect and a review of the video surveillance taken gave officers enough to identify the suspect.
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Sports Preview: Strom Thurmond at Mid Carolina
By Tim Crane
web posted October 1, 2009
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond (3-2) will make their way to Prosperity this Friday night for the first region showdown of the year against Mid Carolina (3-2). The MC Rebels run a double wing t offense and play hard nosed physical football. They have the ability to shutdown offenses and keep defenses on their heels. Last week they racked up over 400 yards of total offense, but couldn’t hold off Chapin as the Eagles made a late comeback.
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Tourism study brings Gamecock and Tiger archrivals together
web posted October 1, 2009
STATE – They may be fierce foes on the football field, but the University of South Carolina and Clemson University are proving that they can be partners in the boardroom as they work together to promote economic development in South Carolina.
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Strom Thurmond FFA Pansies & Snapdragons on sale
web posted October 1, 2009
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond FFA will begin selling Pansies & Snapdragons to the public on Monday, Oct. 5. There is a mixture of colors and the prices are as follows: Single 4" pots - $1.00, Flat of 10 - 4" pots - $8.00, Pre-arranged pansy & snapdragon 10" bowl mixes - $8.00. Checks may be payable to: STCC. Poinsettias will be ready towards the end of November.




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