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Edgefield Daily.com Archives
2005


September


Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 30, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to rise over the last few days and the average price of gas rose from an average of $2.72 a gallon to $2.78 across the county. Prices are said to be going to top $3.00 everywhere by Monday. The Northside BP in Edgefield took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.79 and the 3-Way Food Mart in Johnston topped the list at $3.09. Several stations reported prices of $2.99. Prices are expected to go up an additional .16 cents over the weekend. Some retailers spoke of prices as high as $3.50 in the making. Below is the report of all reporting stations.
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Edgefield Daily.com continues to set records for readership
web posted September 30, 2005
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily.com has again, for the seven month in a row, achieved record numbers in readership, files accessed, and hits. We continue to hold over 5000 readers and have seen an increase over the last week of new readers.
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No action taken at Johnston Town Council special called meeting
web posted September 30, 2005
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday night to discuss a possible disciplinary action involving a member of the police department. Mayor Campbell told Edgefield Daily.com that the meeting was basically an “informational” meeting in executive session and that “no votes were taken” in the matter. Edgefield Daily.com is following our leads and is digging further into reports in the matter.
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web posted September 30, 2005
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More charges filed on runaway teens
web posted September 29, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Additional charges have been filed in the recent incident involving two local teenage runaways. The two teens, a male age 14 and a female age 15, ran away two days before they were found on September 23rd with Justin Brock, 29, at a home on Gardner Road just off Macedonia Road. According to booking records Mr. Brock has been arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal sexual conduct with a minor, which is a felony. Another arrest was said to be coming today in connection to the case.
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Johnston Police Department may face more allegations of impropriety
web posted September 29, 2005
JOHNSTON – The troubles with the Johnston Police Department seem to be growing rather than diminishing. The recent suspension of long-time Police Chief Butch Easler by Mayor Dean Campbell with the announcement last Thursday of a SLED investigation on allegations of perjury and violation of a victim's rights by Chief Easler seemed to be the worst thing that could happen to the town. It now seems that was not the case.
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Discovery of body turned over to Edgefield County Sheriff's Department
web posted September 29, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The recent discovery of the remains of a black female on the county line between Edgefield and Aiken Counties has resulted in the investigation being turned over to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office by Aiken County Officials late Tuesday. The discovery of a badly decomposed body of a 5 foot tall black female by area hunters initially were thought to be in Aiken County. As the investigation continued it was determined that the body was located in Edgefield County and the investigation was handed off to Sheriff Dobey on Wednesday.
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County millage rate stay flat, overall taxes go up
web posted September 29, 2005
EDGEFIELD – With the Edgefield County School Board finalizing their budget and millage rate County Auditor Bill Gilchrist says he has good news, taxes are going down not up. The millage rate in 2004 was 309.56 mills while the rate for 2005 came in at 305.56, “The School Board remained flat (no increase) and the county dropped 4 mills,” Mr. Gilchrist said. Though that is good news, with good news also comes bad news.
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Discovery of shoe leads family to hope in finding Marion Key
web posted September 28, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Family members of Marion Key, who has been missing since July 12, 2005, reported finding a shoe they hope might be a clue in the disappearance of Mr. Key. While distributing flyers to popular local gathering places of hunters family members spotted a black shoe on the side of the road about two miles past Sportsman’s Corner. It turned out to be a black Dr. Shoals shoe with two Velcro straps, the same kind Mr. Marion Key was wearing when he went missing.
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Local teen walks away from crash (Photo story)
web posted September 28, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A little after 3:00 pm Tuesday a sixteen year old lost control of his southbound truck trying to avoid hitting a deer and ended up overturning the truck on the northbound side of Sweetwater Road about three miles from Edgefield. Miraculously he walked away without injury. “When the Highway Patrolman pulled up he said he figured there would be a death involved,” Edgefield County Deputy George Dedmondt said, “so did I.”
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Today is Early Release day
web posted September 27, 2005
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District will have the second of four Early Release days on Tuesday, September 27, 2005. The early release ranges from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Parents are advised to note the times and prepare accordingly.
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25 kids on School Bus spared in collision with tractor trailer (Photo story)
web posted September 27, 2005
SWEETWATER – An Edgefield County School Bus was involved in a three vehicle crash on Highway 25 at Haynes Road Monday afternoon. A black BMW 325i was preparing to stop when a northbound tractor trailer truck was unable to stop and crashed into the BMW driving it into the busload of students. The driver of the BMW was removed from the vehicle after being placed in a K.E.D. (a vest type extraction device) and placed on a backboard and transported to MCG. Her condition was not available at this writing. None of the children on board the bus were injured nor the drivers of the bus or the tractor trailer.
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"Prosecutorial misconduct" cited as reason to for mistrial in Jury Trial
web posted September 27, 2005
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County Magistrate’s Court jury trial took another unforeseeable twist for the second time in eleven days. Monday at 10:00 a.m. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resource's Office, represented by Officer Larry Davis, had charged Dan Morgan Foreman with simple possession of marijuana for an arrest that dated back to July 5, 2003 in a jury trial. In the end it was DNR Officer Davis who managed to have the case tossed as a mistrial within minutes of it beginning.
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Vandal damages several cars in Johnston
web posted September 27, 2005
JOHNSTON – Several cars on Lee Street, in Johnston, were vandalized by what is assumed a ride by keying on a bicycle to at least five cars. Officer Fred Bryant informed Officer David Willis that a car had been vandalized at Jim Satcher Motor’s on 511 Calhoun Street but not reported at the time. Officer Willis contacted the owners and found they were unaware of the damage. Upon further investigation he found there were several cars in the area that had been damaged as well.
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From bad to worse
web posted September 27, 2005
From bad to worse – There are times when you just have to face the fact you are going to jail. The best thing to do at that point is take the advice the police officer gives you at that time; “you have the right to remain silent.” But, throw in a few too many drinks and, well, here were are.
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Tuesday is Early Release day

COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District will have the second of four Early Release days on Tuesday, September 27, 2005. The early release ranges from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Parents are advised to note the times and prepare accordingly.
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Fire at local motel probable arson (Photo story)
JOHNSTON – Sunday morning brought some local residents to an early and unexpected awakening with the sound of sirens and fire trucks. The Budget Inn, located at 249 Lee Street in Johnston, was the scene of an apparent arson which left one room nearly gutted. When firemen arrived they were told there was somebody in the room. Firemen's attempts to open the door found mattresses and furniture piled against the door to stop entry.
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Crash on Highway 25 ties up traffic for over an hour
(Photo story)
SWEETWATER – Sunday evening just after 6:00 p.m. a half a mile north of Stephen’s Road at the 1500 block of Highway 25 at Fox Terrace a 1984 Pontiac Bonneville was turning right off of highway 25 when a Chevy W/T 1500 4x4 slammed into the rear end pushing both vehicles off the northbound side of the road. The County Line Fire Department, Edgefield Sheriff’s Department, SC Highway Patrol, and Edgefield County EMS responded to the call.
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Over half of screened evacuees entering South Carolina have criminal backgrounds
SOUTH CAROLINA – According to a reports in the Charleston Post and Courier and WorldNetDaily, South Carolina got more than expected with the flood of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina; criminals. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division screened a sampling of the evacuees and found over half of the sampling had criminal backgrounds. 301 of the 547 had records for anything from petty theft to rape and two had outstanding warrants for burglary.
Edgefield Daily.com

ACLU can take a hike: Cherokees vote to display Ten Commandments
'We are sovereign nation and can pretty much post anything we want'
If you are nostalgic for the days when the Ten Commandments were posted in public buildings, you might want to consider visiting the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.
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Big Steven's Creek Baptist Church site of weekend burglary (Photo story)
web posted September 24, 2005
MERRIWETHER – A burglary took place Friday night or early Saturday morning in the back parking lot of Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church where a large storage container held equipment for R.D. Brown Construction Company and Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church grounds crews. The container was noticed open by a R.D. Brown worker around 7:00 a.m. he but thought church members were cutting the grass. Ray Brown, owner of R.D. Brown Construction and a Deacon at Big Stevens Creek, said he discovered the break in when he investigated the container about mid-day.
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Strom Thurmond 31  Silver Bluff 17

Teen runaways found, Sweetwater man charged

web posted September 24, 2005
SWEETWATER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies located two runaway teens Thursday afternoon on Gardner Road and arrested the owner of the home. The two teens, a male age 14 and a female age 15, ran away two days before they were found at the home of Justin Brock, 29 of Gardner Road, just off Macidonia Road. Investigator Robin Newton said the parents of both teens had been in the area searching for the two shortly before they were located.
Edgefield Daily.com

Sex offender arrested for failure to register (Photo story)
web posted September 24, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A registered sex offender who failed to register, for two years, has been arrested by Edgefield Sheriff Investigator Randy Doran Thursday afternoon. Alonzo Chinn Jr., 33, of 287 Virgil Wall Road, Edgefield, was booked into the Detention Center for failing to register each year as required as a condition of his release.
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Local vet provides public service to injured deer for animal lover
web posted September 24, 2005
EDGEFIELD – During our normal travels often times we will ride up on an accident or event taking place. This day was no different, at first. Just before arriving in Edgefield on Sweetwater Road Friday morning we found two vehicles stopped in opposite directions and assorted people on the edge of the road about a mile and a half from the bypass. It turned out a small fawn had been hit but was still alive. Self-described animal lover and County Archivist Patricia Glenn was seeking help from passerby’s so we obliged.
Edgefield Daily.com

BREAKING STORY!

Johnston Police Chief Easler suspended due to SLED investigation

web posted September 23, 2005
JOHNSTON – Mayor Dean Campbell announced Thursday that Johnston Police Chief Butch Easler has been suspended with pay due to an investigation that is underway by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Mayor Campbell said the investigation stems from allegations of perjury and violation of a victim’s rights on behalf of Chief Easler. Chief Easler has been the Johnston Police Chief since 1990 and has served on the force since 1985.
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Councilman Hudson responds to Edgefield Daily.com readers
web posted September 23, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Fifth District Councilman Joel Hudson sat down with Edgefield Daily.com for an interview Thursday afternoon. Edgefield Daily.com took questions from readers as well as having our own.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 23, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have begun to rise over the last few days and the average price of gas rose from an average of $2.55 a gallon to $2.72 across the county. The S&S Truck Stop in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.55 and once again Billy’s Superstore in Trenton topped the list at $2.99. Several stations reported prices in the $2.69 to $2.75 range. Prices are expected to go up an additional thirty cents over the weekend. Some retailers spoke of prices as high as $4.00 in the making. Below is the report of all reporting stations.
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Ask Ma and Pa returns to Edgefield Daily.com
web posted September 23, 2005
WEBSITE NEWS - The advice column of two Edgefield County “seasoned” citizens has returned to Edgefield Daily.com. Ask Ma and Pa has agreed to return for a weekly column to answer reader’s questions or give helpful, and often times humorous, advice rooted in multi-generational experience in Edgefield County. No topic is off limits for the pair who tackle anything from how to keep a neighbor’s pet off your property to world politics.
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Monthly Featured Dining for September
web posted September 23, 2005
Edgefield Daily.com welcomes the newest member of our Dining Review Team and their first review.
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web posted September 23, 2005
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Edgefield County Red Cross begins fundraiser for hurricane relief
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Red Cross has announced a fund raiser that will kick off at the Jamboree at Strom Thurmond on Saturday, September 24, 2005 and will continue at Edgefield Youth Football League games which are played at the Bettis Academy Recreation Field. In addition the Edgefield County Red Cross will hold a fund raiser at the Edgefield Heritage Festival on October 14 and 15, 2005. Stacey Coleman, who volunteers with the Edgefield County Red Cross, said the funds would be used for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and those who will have to deal with Hurricane Rita on Saturday as well al local people in need.
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Want answers from a County Councilman?
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Councilman Joel Hudson has agreed to sit down for an in-depth discussion on key issues involving Merriwether, the 5th District area, and the county with Edgefield Daily.com. Edgefield Daily.com will seize the opportunity and would like readers to send in questions or concerns you feel are important to the 5th District, the County Council, or the county as a whole regardless of where you live in the county.
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Still no leads on Marion Key disappearance
Family deals with the unexpected
(Photo story)
MERRIWETHER – There are still no leads surfacing in the disappearance of Marion Key who has been missing since 11:30 pm July 12, 2005 after leaving his job at Wal-Mart due to feeling ill. Mr. Key’s car was found in a field at the end of Sylvan Road just off Sweetwater Road in Merriwether on September 2.
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Edgefield County has a very popular man in custody
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County has a very popular man in custody. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has finally taken a long wanted man into custody with the help of Charleston County authorities. On November 3, 2004 Pioneer Rental, located at 1514 Edgefield Road, called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department to report a breach of trust case. John Robert Armstrong had rented a 3000 PSI pressure washer and a 5000 watt generator for a half day use and never returned the $2,400 items.
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County Convenience Center issues addressed
COUNTY – Dozens of readers over the last few months have written Edgefield Daily.com with questions, complaints, and story ideas on the Convenience Centers around the county. Some were frustrated that when they took large items like hot water heaters or dryers the containers would be full or complained of people outside of the county using the facilities
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Sheriff Dobey chosen for National Focus Group
web posted September 20, 2005
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey was one out of fourteen Sheriffs and Chiefs throughout the United States that was recently selected by the Rural Executive Management Institute to serve on its National Focus Group. The meeting was held on September 7-9, 2005, in St. Louis Missouri. The groups focus was to help determine the training needs of rural law enforcement executives throughout the country.
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Johnston couple burglarized twice in two days
web posted September 20, 2005
JOHNSTON – A Johnston couple awoke to find their home had been burglarized during the night Thursday morning last week. According to police reports Mrs. Triplett stated she and her husband awoke to find both sets of her car keys on the steps to their front door. As they began to look around the home they noticed a camera and her pocketbook missing. As they continued to search they also discovered a .22 caliber rifle and one hundred dollars in cash were gone.
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Third party removes article from Edgefield Daily.com
web posted September 20, 2005
WEBNEWS – A story posted on our website regarding Edgefield County Planning Commissioner Jim Oliver disappeared Monday morning from our website. We did not remove the story and it has been reloaded. A quick call to our hosting company found there had been a breach in the website security by a third party.
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Woman attacked outside Johnston business
web posted September 20, 2005
JOHNSTON – A woman was attacked Saturday afternoon at C&J Party Shop on Railroad Avenue. The 48 year old woman told police that she was walking around the back of the store when a man approached her and began talking. After a short time he reached out and grabbed her.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 20, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to fall over the last few days and the average price of gas dropped again from an average of $2.70 a gallon to $2.55 across the county.Sportsman's Corner in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.29 and once again Billy’s Superstore in Trenton topped the list at $2.99. Several stations reported prices in the $2.46 to $2.49 range. Below is the report of all reporting stations.
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Local brilliant crook news
web posted September 20, 2005
COUNTY – A collection of some of our favorite recent local brilliant crooks.
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Judge Peeler honored at conference of elected officials

web posted September 19, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Probate Court Judge Robert Peeler was given an award Friday by the South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives (SCACEE) for, “service and dedication of your fellow man,” and “selfless work,” on behalf of the SCACEE to do what is right the award read in part.
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Dry conditions and winds spread fire rapidly on north end of county
web posted September 19, 2005
NORTHSIDE – The Northside Fire Department had a full day on Sunday. The first call was of an inured boy on Ebony Road. The injury turned out to be minor and just fifteen minutes after returning to the station a report of a structure fire at 1226 Highway 378 East came in around 12:30 pm. That fire turned out to be much bigger than expected.
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Westlake resident charged in felony lynching in Garrett Road attack
web posted September 17, 2005
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County Deputies were called to the 200 block of Garrett Road on a report of a group of young men attacking another young man last weekend. Deputy Willie Callaham and Sgt. Marty English responded to find a seventeen year old with, “severe injuries”, according to police reports. The young man stated he and a friend were hunting on property and had wandered off onto an adjoining piece of property when they were approached by the owner’s son. The son told the two to leave and they complied.
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Sheriff's Department recovers stolen goods before they are known to be stolen
web posted September 17, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department is solving crimes before the victims know they have even been a victim of a crime. Thursday Edgefield County Deputy Marty English was dispatched to a report of a found tractor and trailed in a peach field. Investigator Randy Doran also responded to the 1800 block of Mt. Calvary Road.
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Strom Thurmond 21    South Aiken 35
Thurmond drops first game of the year to South Aiken

County Council Special Called Meeting
web posted September 17, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held a special called meeting Friday. As it turned out the meeting, from start to finish lasted just under four minutes.
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Two walk away from near head-on collision (photo story)
web posted September 16, 2005  9:30 am
MERRIWETHER – An early morning collision on Sweetwater Road tied up traffic for well over an hour and a half Friday morning. The drivers of both vehicles involved in a near head-on collision walked away with minor injuries. The call was received at 9-1-1 dispatch at 7:14 am.
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Edgefield County Council calls special meeting today
web posted September 16, 2005
The Edgefield County Council will hold a Special Called Meeting today, Friday September 16, 2005 at the County Council Chambers at 12:30 pm. Edgefield Daily.com was notified of the meeting but not the content. It was also announced that the Tri-County Solid Waste Authority Board will also hold a called meeting at 1:00 pm. Both will be held at the Edgefield County Council Chambers located at 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield.

Jury trial goes haywire with visiting judge
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Jury trial goes haywire with visiting judge
Full story

web posted September 16, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A jury trial held in the Edgefield County Magistrates Court did not turn out quite the way the plaintiff wanted. In fact it went from bad to worse before the trial even got under way. Dianne Ryan, of Merriwether, had a warrant taken out on her neighbor Susan Presnell for harassment regarding events that took place on May 23, 2005. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Randy Doran was instructed by Judge Parkman to prosecute the case for Mrs. Ryan. Judge Williams of Greenwood County said she would have none of that.
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Kuntry carwash?
web posted September 16, 2005
TRENTON – Edgefield County Deputies were called to an accident on private property in the Bream Oaks Subdivision around 7:20 pm. The call started out simple enough. However, as things do, they go from routine to strange pretty quick in Edgefield County.
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Edgefield Daily.com sees 64% increase in readership over August's record numbers
web posted September 16, 2005
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily.com continues our rapid growth with an increase in readership of 64% over last month and we are only half way into September. We have also seen our FREE subscription to the ALERTS!  double so far this month. Edgefield Daily.com would like to thank our readers who are responsible for our continued success and popularity.
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11th Circuit Judge Marc Westbrook killed in crash in Edgefield County
web posted September 14, 2005
 EDGEFIELD - Around 1:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon 11th Circuit Judge Marc Westbrook, 58, was killed in a horrific crash in Edgefield County near the county line on Highway 378 and Highway 25. Judge Westbrook was traveling back from attending court in McCormick County when the crash happened. According to reports the car in which Judge Westbrook was in was broadsided by a tractor trailer at the intersection. Judge Westbrook’s clerk, Randy Davis who was driving the car, was airlifted via an AirMed helicopter to the MCG Trauma Unit and died a short time later.
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Merriwether is not represented over half the time in county planning
web posted September 15, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Planning Commission member Jim Oliver, who is to represent the Merriwether Community on the commission, has a hard time attending the meetings. Although only one commission member, Norman Stephenson, has not missed a meeting and all others have missed one or two, Mr. Oliver misses more meetings than he attends. So far this year Mr. Oliver has missed five of the first nine meetings and missed many in a row.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 15, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have continued to fall over the last few days and the average price of gas dropped again from $2.84 a gallon to $2.70 across the county.  Monks Corner, Shell QP Express, and SOC Smith’s Coastal in Johnston took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.49 and once again Billy’s Superstore in Trenton topped the list at $2.99 along with Sue's Country Store. Several stations continued to report prices in the $2.70 to $2.79 range. Below is the report of all reporting stations.
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Oldest news provider spotlights newest provider
web posted September 15, 2005
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily.com was featured in The Edgefield Advertiser in their September 14, 2005 edition. We would like to express our extreme gratitude for the coverage of our daily website for Edgefield County and that they took to time to acknowledge our hard work. Moreover, we would like to thank the many who contribute to the publication of Edgefield Daily.com who go un-named by their own personal choice.
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Divorce results in "out of control" burn
“It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time”
web posted September 14, 2005
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department was dispatched to a controlled burn that got out of control at 9:03 pm Tuesday night at 19 Scupin Road. The address is the same as a fire in 2001 which destroyed the property owner’s former home. This time it was just contents of the present home, however, not by accident.
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County set to claim lower taxes after raising taxes
web posted September 14, 2005
COUNTY – Edgefield County Auditor Bill Gilchrist said County taxes were going to go down. However, that does not include an expected millage rate increase by the Edgefield County School Board which is to be levied at the September 27 meeting. Mr. Gilchrist stated most parts of the county operation, debt service, and other areas remained “flat” and that, “the County EMS was able to drop its millage rate by four mills,” he said.
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Complaints of dogs and attacks continue around the county
web posted September 14, 2005
MERRIWETHER – The dog days of summer has the dogs in the spotlight lately. Nelle Koons of Johnston confronted the Johnston Town Council on Monday night with several complaints of dogs in her yard. Two years ago she said dogs killed a litter of kittens on her front porch. The problem has gotten worse, not better. Misty Russo of Merriwether would agree, only her concern is the next victim of a dog attack in her neighborhood will be a child.
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Massive search for missing children undertaken Monday afternoon
web posted September 13, 2005
SWEETWATER – At 1:02 pm Monday afternoon a call was received by 9-1-1 operators of two missing young children. Immediately the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department mobilized a massive search with all available deputies and also solicited help from SLED, who provided a helicopter, North Augusta Public Safety, Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, South Carolina Transportation Police, and bloodhound teams.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 13, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have remained fairly stable over the last few days although the average price of gas dropped again from $2.92 a gallon to $2.84 across the county. Sportsman's Corner Corner in Merriwether took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.66 and once again Billy’s Superstore in Trenton topped the list at $2.99 along with Sue's Country Store. Several stations reported prices in the $2.70 to $2.79 range. Below is the report of all reporting stations.
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Search for missing man continues
web posted September 13, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Marion Key, who has been missing for two months, is no closer to being found even with his car being discovered September 2nd off Sweetwater Road. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department is still treating the matter as a crime and continues to hold the recovered car in the county impound. Cpl. Robbie Harter told Edgefield Daily.com that the Sheriff’s Department would treat the location the car was found as a crime scene until evidence led them elsewhere in previous reports.
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Johnston Town Council September Meeting
web posted September 13, 2005
The Mayor then moved into the public comments section of the meeting and Mrs. Nelle Koons of Edisto Street addressed the council about reoccurring problems with dogs running around the town. About two years ago she said several dogs came on the porch of her home and killed ten kittens. She said the town as well as the Sheriff’s Department was wonderful during that episode. However, she said now the problem continues and she has found as many as nine dogs in her yard at a time.
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Memorial service to be held for Jessica Arnette today
web posted September 13, 2005
EDGEFIELD – A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am today at Ramey Funeral Home in Saluda for Jessica Mae Arnette, 34, who was killed last Wednesday night in a car crash as her boyfriend was trying to elude police in Saluda County. Her former place of employment, Dodges Store on Augusta Road, is taking donations to benefit the two young children. You can receive more information on how you can help by calling 803-637-9720.
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More counterfeit money turns up in Johnston
JOHNSTON – More counterfeit money turns up in Johnston as a clerk at the Shell Station at 437 Lee Street had a man pump $20 in gas and then tried to pay for it with a counterfeit bill. The clerk checked the bill with a pen designed to identify counterfeit bills and told the man it was no good. Johnston Police Officers were summoned to the scene.
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Weekend summary
web posted September 12, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Friday night there was a three car accident on South Highway 25 near Merriwether. The wreck tied up traffic flow on Highway 25 south for a while but no serious injuries were reported. Merriwether First Responders were called to the scene but most were turned back as unneeded.
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Woman killed in crash identified
web posted September 12, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The tragic death of a young mother of two small children last Wednesday night has been on the minds and hearts of many Edgefield residents. The 34 year old woman was identified as Jessica Mae Arnette. She was a clerk at Dodge’s Store on Augusta Road. She leaves behind two small children, a son in the forth grade and a two year old daughter.
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Local gas stations take action against drive-offs
web posted September 12, 2005
COUNTY – A noted difference in pulling up to the pump and getting your gas has taken place. Most locals are used to pulling into their local gas station and pumping their gas and then going in to pay for it. Not anymore. Not with gas prices going to new highs. Some local stations we spoke with said “all of our pumps are now pre-pay”.
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web posted September 12, 2005
COUNTY – A new law requires that credit reporting agencies must provide, free of charge, a copy of your information to you once a year. With the announcement of the law’s passage many companies and websites popped up to provide you with this information. However, most had one thing in mind, making money and if money is to be made, you are the one who will be paying. As of September 1, 2005 the official free website is complete and online.
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Edgefield woman killed in crash, man in critical condition

web posted September 9, 2005
JOHNSTON – Shortly before 9:00 pm on Wednesday night Saluda County Sheriff’s Deputies began pursuit of a 1994 four door Ford that failed to stop for officers. Officers gave chase as the Ford began reaching high speeds in order to elude deputies. As the car traveled south on Rock Creek Church Road the driver lost control of the car and it left the right side of the road and struck a tree near the Edgefield County line. The passenger, a Johnston woman who was said to be living in Edgefield, was pronounced dead on the scene by Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner.
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Sheriff's Department wraps up another burglary investigation quickly
web posted September 9, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has wrapped up the latest burglary at Sportsman’s Corner in Merriwether. Investigator Phil Ireland said the investigation of the August 26, 2005 burglary culminated with the arrest of Walter Goodwin, 47, of Trenton for criminal conspiracy. Investigators made two other arrests in the case.
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 9, 2005
COUNTY – Area gas prices have remained fairly stable over the last few days although the average price of gas dropped from $2.98 to $2.92 a gallon across the county. Monk’s Corner in Johnston took the award for the lowest reported price at $2.70 and once again Billy’s Superstore in Trenton topped the list at $3.49. Several stations reported prices in the $2.70 to $2.79 range. Below is the report of all reporting stations.
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Lake Trenton residents are back asking for zoning at Planning Commission
web posted September 9, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission held its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. Absent from the meeting were Commissioners Freeman, Hudson, and Oliver. With just enough to form a quorum the meeting began with the invocation by Vice-chairman Roger Timpson.
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Trenton man involved in collision in McCormick County
web posted September 9, 2005
McCORMICK – A Trenton resident was involved in a collision on Highway 378 east about 2 miles east of McCormick on September 7. Bernard B. Bladney, 34, of Trenton S.C. was driving a tractor trailer truck on Highway 378 as Carolyn S. Fouler, 48 attempted to make a left turn onto another road. The truck tried to pass on double yellow lines and hit Ms. Fouler as both vehicles left the left side of the road. The tractor trailer overturned.
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Sheriff releases Annual Sex Offender Report
web posted September 8, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Sheriff Adell Dobey issued a release Tuesday, which is required by law, to distribute a current list of sex offenders in the county to the news media, schools, and daycare centers the release said.
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Edgefield Daily.com's updated Sex Offender Page
web posted September 8, 2005
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily.com has updated our Sex Offender page to reflect the latest list provided by the Sheriff's Department.
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Local brilliant crook news
web posted September 8, 2005
COUNTY – A collection of some of our favorite recent local brilliant crooks.
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Council members fall for promises, fuzzy math, and double standards
web posted September 7, 2005
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their regular monthly meeting tonight, Tuesday September 6, and passed several readings of varies ordinances. Rather than cover the meeting as we normally do, Edgefield Daily.com is going to focus on three issues of the meeting instead of the entire meeting. It seems our County Council has again been the victim of trusting our Administrator and now it has cost the taxpayer thousands of dollars.
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Edgefield Baptist Association Brotherhood seeks county support for Katrina shelter
Wayne Miller, Director of the Edgefield Baptist Association Brotherhood, asked the Edgefield County Council for their help in retaining a location of a shelter for those individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina, “we have been looking into the possibility of establishing a shelter in Edgefield County."
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Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 7, 2005
COUNTY – Gas prices began their yearly price decrease after Labor Day as prices began to fall by as much as thirty cents a gallon today. Prices are expected to continue to fall over the next two weeks as supply problems are being resolved and demand decreases. The lowest prices were again found in Johnston at Smith’s Soc Station and Monk’s Corner with both at $2.70 and the highest was at Billy’s Superstore in Trenton at $3.49.  The average price of gas is $2.98 a gallon. Below are the listings for the stations nearest you.
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Sex crimes against children continue in county
web posted September 7, 2005
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Police Department was dispatched to a home in Johnston in regard to a juvenile problem at 6:00 pm on September 4. Once on the scene Officer Lamaz Robinson discovered the call was more than just a problem.
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Falling gas prices results in store reopening
web posted September 7, 2005
EDGEFIELD – As Edgefield Daily.com reported earlier, Kent’s Korner had closed its doors with gas in the tanks until gas prices fell below $2.99. With the false panic of the general public believing gas was running out gas stations were inundated with hundreds lining up to pay outrageous prices, some prices being raised while they were in line.
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Marion Key's car found,  no sign of Mr. Key

web posted September 2, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a report of an abandoned car at the end of Sylvan Road off Sweetwater Road at 12:14 pm. When Deputies arrived they discovered the car belonged to Marion Key, who has been missing since July 12, 2005. There was no sign of Mr. Key.
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Key family seeks answers as investigation continues
web posted September 5, 2005
MERRIWETHER – As the reporting of the location of Mr. Marion Key’s car were widespread headline stories on all local media outlets Friday, Edgefield Daily.com is having a bit of uneasiness. Two weeks ago we were approached by several individuals who stated Mr. Key’s car had been found about two miles from Mealing Road, roughly the location that the car was discovered.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625   

Local church sees September 11 as reason to celebrate
(photo story)

web posted September 5, 2005
MERRIWETHER – As September 11 rolls around most Americans are joining together to remember the attack on America by Islamic terrorists directed by Osama bin Laden. But not the Merriwether Community, they are celebrating and looking ahead. September 11, 2005 marks 243 years of worship at Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church and the beginning of a $2.4 million dollar addition to the church building.
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Be On the Look Out For Stolen Vehicle : update FOUND!
web posted September 5, 2005
The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is looking for a stolen black 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, SC tag number 280 RDL. It was reported stolen at 2:00 am Monday morning from Johnston. Anyone seeing the vehicle or having information should call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625. You need not reveal your identity to give information.

Store said to have closed over gas prices
(photo story)
web posted September 5, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Gas prices are said to have closed one local store an employee said. Edgefield Daily.com received several calls about Kent’s Corner, 916 Columbia Road, closing due to the gas pumps not being able to set prices above $2.99 a gallon. Employees called to say they have lost their jobs and that the gas tanks were full.
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County Offices and other closings for Labor Day
web posted September 5, 2005
PSA - COUNTY – Below is a list of County Offices and other closings for Labor Day
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Strom Thurmond 21
Batesburg-Leesville 7

Bi-weekly gas survey
web posted September 2, 2005
County – Gas prices took a sharp turn upward under a false panic created by media reports. As many residents scurried to fill their tanks they drained stations and caused a disruption in the distribution market. As a result, station owners raised prices to record highs to take as much profit as possible from the panicked consumers. Some stations were taking profits of more than fifty cents a gallon just because they could.
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Man injured in single car accident  (PHOTOS)
web posted September 2, 2005
MERRIWETHER - Shortly after 6:00 pm dispatchers called for Fire and EMS personnel to respond to a vehicle crash and fire on Woodlawn Road at Deep Step Road. Edgefield Daily.com arrived on the scene before Fire crews and EMS did and being a certified first responder the reporter cast aside his camera and assisted the injured man who was in the floorboard of the vehicle. A considerable amount of blood was being lost by the patient and that bleeding was stopped.
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Sheriff's Department ridding schools of drugs and dealers
web posted September 2, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County School Resource Officers had their hands full yesterday tracking down two female students that were signed out of Strom Thurmond High School by a friend and were unable to be located. In addition, Officers arrested another student for possession of drugs at Fox Creek High School. Their names cannot be released due to their ages.
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More arrests coming in burglary
web posted September 2, 2005
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Investigator Chris Aston told Edgefield Daily.com they have wrapped up the burglary that occurred on August 26, 2005. Raymond (AKA Stan /Stanly) Stanford Crouch, 33, of Wagon Wheel Road in Edgefield was arrested and is charged with burglary 2nd degree, grand larceny; more than $1000 but less than $5000, and passing stolen lottery tickets. Investigators say he was not alone in the crime. He is being held on $50,000 bond.
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Edgefield Daily.com continues to set new records each month
web posted September 2, 2005
WEBSITE NEWS – Edgefield Daily.com continues to grow and August was no different. By the month’s end we identified 3945 county readers and with those outside the county places us with well over 5500 readers. We owe it all to you, the reader.
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Local stations price gouge citizens
web posted September 1, 2005
COUNTY - As Edgefield Daily.com was made aware of what was going to take place today we watched several local outlets. Over and over we saw stations, who had received no deliveries of new fuel raise their prices as much as eighty cents a gallon before the day was over. The gas in their tanks was not purchased at the higher prices and the profits that were taken were huge.
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Accomplices sought in burglary after one arrest
web posted September 1, 2005
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Investigators continue to expand the search for those involved in the burglary of Sportsman’s Corner on August 26, 2005. Sources outside of the Sheriff’s Department say the burglary just four days earlier may be connected. Investigators were questioning others who were in possession of stolen lottery tickets taken during the latest crime today and more arrests are anticipated.
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Johnston Town Council asks citizens to attend Council Meeting
web posted September 1, 2005
JOHNSTON - The Johnston Town Council has again issued a press release requesting citizens attend the Town Council Meting on Monday September 12, 2005 at 6:30 pm.
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