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September 2006 Archive

STH 49 Chapin 6; Rebels move to 3-3 for season

Burglary suspect may be wanted man
web posted September 30, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman arrested on Monday from her Sertoma Drive home had her home burglarized on Wednesday, according to police reports. Amanda Lashawn Phillips, 24, is currently being held on a custody order since her arrest on September 25 and remains in custody. It is believed Ms. Phillips boyfriend, who is evading arrest on charges from several local agencies, was responsible for the theft.
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Crash blocks highway for five hours (Photos)
web posted September 30, 2006
JOHNSTON – An early morning crash blocked Highway 121 in Johnston for several hours while wreckers worked to clear the scene. Just after 7 am Friday morning a tractor-trailer truck towing two trailers overturned blocking the roadway. The driver said a car pulled out in front of him and he swerved off the shoulder to avoid the car. With the early morning dew making the grass shoulder slippery the driver lost control of the truck. The driver was not injured in the crash.
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Fire destroys logging equipment (Photo)
web posted September 30, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Fire Department was called to a tractor fire Friday morning a little after 10 am. Timber crews were cutting trees off Walker Road when one of the cutter tractors caught fire deep in the woods.
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Edgefield NWTF Chapter to Host JAKES/Xtreme JAKES Event Saturday
web posted September 29, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting a JAKES/Xtreme JAKES field day event full of hands-on, outdoor activities on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C.
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One week left to register to vote
web posted September 29, 2006
COUNTY – With the midterm elections just six weeks away, time to register to vote is also nearing an end. Trish Gordon of the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office said the last day citizens can register to vote is October 7, 2006. Ms. Gordon said the Voter Registration Office would open on that Saturday to allow last minute voters the opportunity to register.
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Statewide Constitutional Amendments
web posted September 29, 2006
PSA – Below are the five Statewide Constitutional Amendments that will on the ballot November 7, 2006.
1. Must Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding Section 15 so as to provide that in this State and its political subdivisions, a marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized;
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Strom Thurmond vs Chapin 7:30 pm at Chapin
Live web broadcast by WKSX Oldies 97.2 and the E.C. School District
web posted September 29, 2006
JOHNSTON – The STH vs Chapin game will be broadcast via the web begining at 7:30 pm. To listen follow this link. (High speed and dail-up internet connections)

Johnston Officer injured in chase of wanted man
web posted September 28, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police officer on patrol spotted Maurice Lorenzo Culbreath, 19, of Brier Wood Road in Trenton, walking down Slide Hill Road Tuesday night. A second officer also responded to the location when it was confirmed that Mr. Culbreath had outstanding warrants for his arrest for drug violations. The officers spoke with Mr. Culbreath and later informed him he was under arrest. When the officer pulled out his handcuffs Mr. Culbreath broke from the officers and ran into a wooded area nearby.
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Barber visits Edgefield in campaign stop for Lt. Governor (Photos)
web posted September 28, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor  Robert Barber paid a visit to Edgefield County on Wednesday with appearances at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce in Johnston and the Edgefield County Senior Citizen’s Center in Edgefield. Mr. Barber, a James Island resident and business owner, told citizens gathered in Edgefield that he has been on the campaign trail for, “one year, two weeks, and one day,” visiting “110 main streets across South Carolina.”
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Flour Mill ordered demolition deadline to end with little or no progress made (Photos)
web posted September 28, 2006
JOHNSTON – The demolition of the Old Flour Mill in Johnston, which has been the focal point of countless complaints from citizens and some Johnston Town Council members, is fast approaching a critical deadline for owner Alex Hamilton. Originally ordered to complete the demolition almost two years ago, Mr. Hamilton was granted extensions by the town on at least two occasions. In March of this year Mr. Hamilton was found guilty of noncompliance of the town ordinances and permits. Hamilton was ordered to finish the demolition by June 30. That deadline was extended when SC DHEC found toxic waste on the site. The deadline given by the Town of Johnston and the Edgefield County Magistrate Court was September 30, just two days away and obvious evidence shows Mr. Hamilton will not be meeting the deadline.
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US House Passes Military Commissions Legislation
Barrett: Bill Will Bring Terrorists to Justice
web posted September 28, 2006
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC, 3) voted Wednesday for H.R. 6166, the Military Commissions Act of 2006.  The legislation will help create a system of justice for suspected terrorists that will protect our nation's intelligence capabilities while giving the suspected terrorists basic legal protections.  The bill was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 253-168.
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Weekly gas survey; Gas prices drop below $2.00 a gallon
web posted September 28, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices continued to drop across the county this week as prices fell below $2.00 a gallon with the lowest reported price at $1.96. Prices varied fifteen cents among retailers. Four Seasons in Edgefield, Billy’s Superstore in Trenton, Greg's Gas plus and Sportsman's Corner in Merriwether had the lowest reported price this week at $1.96 a gallon. Prices are expected to continue to fall over the next two months. Two locations reported the highest prices at $2.11. Below is the full report of the 18 reporting stations.
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Keesley submits resignation as Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools (Photo)
web posted September 26, 2006
COUNTY – Dr. Sharon W. Keesley submitted her letter of resignation as Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools effective June 30, 2007 at the September 26 Board of Trustees meeting.
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Escapee turned tables on Aiken County authorities after Johnston arrest
web posted September 26, 2006
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Narcotics Officers along with Aiken County Narcotics and ATF Officers arrested 30-year-old Dewayne Langford Monday morning in relation to two drug raids in Johnston. Two homes were raided, one on Johnson Street and another on Sertoma Street. As a result of his arrest, Mr. Langford began working with narcotics officers on a series of drug stings in Edgefield and bordering counties when Mr. Langford stole an Aiken County Public Safety Cadillac SUV used in the stings from a North Augusta parking lot on Highway 1 and escaped to Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia Aiken County authorities said Tuesday. Mr. Langford is still on the run.
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Johnston man considered "armed and dangerous" after escape from Aiken County authorities
web posted September 26, 2006
NORTH AUGUSTA – Aiken County authorities are looking for a Johnston man that escaped during an attempted arrest Monday afternoon. Dewayne Langford, 30, escaped in an Aiken County Narcotics Unit’s SUV in North Augusta and then drove the SUV across the state line and abandoned it on Broad Street in Augusta, Ga. It is believed Mr. Langford may have taken weapons that were in the SUV, but that has not been confirmed. Mr. Langford is considered armed and dangerous and all area law enforcement agencies have been placed on alert in an attempt to locate him.
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Traffic stop results in drugs, gun, and cash confiscated
web posted September 26, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police made a traffic stop Sunday night on Railroad Avenue near Highway 121 around 10:30 pm. The Chevrolet Malibu was occupied by four individuals at the time. A nearby Sheriff’s Deputy also responded to back up the Johnston Officer. As the deputy walked by the left rear passenger’s window he noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car. The particular passenger was acting “extremely nervous,” reports indicate.
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Councilman complains about teens playing at public park
web posted September 26, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – Edgefield County Councilman Willie Bright called the Edgefield Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon to complain about a small group of Hispanic teens playing on the football field at Bettis Park. When a deputy arrived Mr. Bright explained he wanted the teens removed from the ball field. The deputy asked if the park was a pubic park and Councilman Bright stated it was, but that did not give the teens the ability to jump the fence and play on the field.
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Philippi Baptist Church 192nd Anniversary Homecoming Sunday, October 1
web posted September 26, 2006
JOHNSTON – Philippi Baptist Church, Johnston, will be having their 192 Anniversary Homecoming Sunday, October 1, Jimmy Hanf, former pastor will be the guest speaker.  Services begin with Sunday School at 10 AM followed by the morning worship at 11 AM, following the morning worship there will be a covered dish meal in the fellowship hall.  All our former members and friends are invited to attend.

Friar and Henderson awarded honorary state FFA Degree (Photos)
web posted September 26, 2006
COLUMBIA, SC – Mrs. Sandra Friar and Mrs. Deborah Henderson of  Edgefield, SC, were awarded the prestigious Honorary State FFA Degree at the South Carolina FFA Association Conference at  Clemson recently, according to John W. Parris, state director  of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.
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Vandals total Cadillac
web posted September 26, 2006
WESTSIDE – Just before 1 am Sunday morning a deputy was dispatched to check on an abandoned vehicle on Red Oak Grove Road near Garrett Road. When the deputy arrived he found a white Cadillac with all of the windows broken out.
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Follow up report on Friday night car chase
web posted September 26, 2006
EDGEFIELD – As EdgefieldDaily.com reported Saturday of a car refusing to stop for an Edgefield Police Officer’s blue lights which then later crashed, the full report was obtained on Monday. According to the official report an Edgefield Officer noticed a silver Chevrolet Cobalt traveling on Macedonia Street speeding and blaring loud music. When the officer attempted to stop the car using his blue lights the car sped through the stop sign at Macedonia Street and Addison Street.
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School board member bills district for suites, upgrades during conferences
web posted September 25, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County elected officials are allowed to go to conferences to sharpen their skills and to network with other similar government bodies in the state. The Edgefield County Council usually attends one or two a year. In the past Edgefield County School Board members attended one or two a year. With the additions of Scott Chitty and James Bibbs to the school board that average has changed and the funds expended have some questioning the amount billed by at least one member.
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Opinion: School Board member living the "suite" life
web posted September 25, 2006
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County to see $30,000 savings with new administrator
web posted September 25, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece told EdgefieldDaily.com that the deadline for the County Administrator’s job has closed and there have been about twelve applicants seeking the job. Hiring the new county administrator will also save the county over $30,000 a year with the offered salary being advertised at $64,000, far below former Administrator Wayne Adams’ more than $94,000 salary.
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Two early Sunday morning burglaries believed related
web posted September 25, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A man armed with a sledgehammer attempted to break into Sportsman’s Corner around 4 am Sunday. The man is seen smashing the glass front door in an apparent attempt to enter the store. The man is seen hitting the glass door twice and then kicking the door twice. Then the man then walks away and is believed to have then driven a few miles down Martintown Road and burglarized another business.
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What’s In It For Me?
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
web posted September 25, 2006
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STH drops to 2-3 in 14-8 loss to Silver Bluff
web posted September 23, 2006

Car chase ends when driver crashes in curve
web posted September 23, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Shortly after 9 pm an Edgefield Police Officer radioed into dispatchers he was involved in a car chase with a silver Chevrolet Cobalt that refused to stop for his blue light. The driver took off during an attempted traffic stop and turned onto Youngblood Road headed towards Woodyard Road.
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Three bike riders lost on FORKS Bike Trails
web posted September 23, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Just after 8 pm Merriwether Fire Department and Edgefield County Deputies were called to the FORKS Riding Trail off Woodlawn Road due to three riders on the trails being missing for over two hours. After Deputies arrived on the scene the riders’ cars were spotted in the parking lot but no one was found nearby.
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STHS Robotics Team kicksoff year with visit from "Making Magic" guests
web posted September 22, 2006
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond High School Robotics Team held their kick-off meeting last week in the school cafeteria. The students and parents were joined by the Aiken County Robotics Team, better know in their county as “Makin’ Magic”. A special quest with the Aiken Team was their robot that the team has used in competition and to make guest appearances at events throughout their county.
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Congressman Gresham Barrett wants secure borders
web posted September 22, 2006
WASHINGTON DC – In Congress today, Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC, 03) will vote in favor of three pieces of legislation the U.S. House of Representatives will bring to the floor for consideration that will focus on border security. If passed, the three bills; (H.R. 6095) The Immigrant Law Enforcement Act; (H.R. 6094) The Community Protection Act; and (H.R. 4830) Border Tunnel Prevention Act, will enhance boarder security, strengthen enforcement and ensure the safety of the American people. These bills share a common initiative with (H.R. 6061) The Secure Fence Act passed last week by the House to strengthen operational control of all borders and ports through additional physical barriers and fencing.
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Reports of "shots fired" results in one charged
web posted September 22, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A report of shots fired from a pick up truck in a subdivision off Currytown Road brought Edgefield County Deputies swarming to the area to locate a red truck with at least two teens in the back of the truck and a third driving. With almost a half a dozen calls from residents reporting the incident, one took it upon themselves to follow the truck giving police updates on the direction of travel until deputies could arrive.
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Weekly gas survey; Gas prices drop 60 cents in three weeks
web posted September 22, 2006
COUNTY – Area gas prices dropped drastically across the county this week as prices plummeted sixty cents a gallon in the last three weeks with the lowest reported price at $2.02. Prices varied nine cents among retailers. Curgins Corner in Trenton, Greg's Gas plus and Sportsman's Corner in Merriwether had the lowest reported price this week at $2.02 a gallon. Prices are expected to continue to fall over the next two months. Three locations reported the highest prices at $2.11. Below is the full report of the 17 reporting stations.
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Another driver suffers smashed windshield on Highway 25 from thrown rock
web posted September 22, 2006
TRENTON – A Johnston woman traveling north on Highway 25 Wednesday night got a surprise as she passed the 1900 block when a rock smashed into her windshield. The woman pulled off the road and called the Sheriff’s Office to report the event.
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Fraud reported in Merriwether
web posted September 22, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man notified police to a theft and fraud that has been taking place by someone using his mailbox and credit card information. The Eagle Road resident told the deputy that a man has been ordering items using his credit card and then removing the items from his mailbox.
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Server crash plays havoc on county employees paychecks
web posted September 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – An e-mail from Personnel Director Lee Ann Anderson was circulated to Edgefield County employees on Tuesday informing them that the County’s server for the County Finance Department and Payroll had crashed. Due to the crash of the server, employee checks would have to be written or typed and direct deposits would not be made. Hourly workers were said to only be paid for the hours they worked the previous week, with adjustments being made at a later date.
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Truck, guns, debit card reported stolen from Edgefield man
web posted September 21, 2006
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called the Edgefield Sheriff’s Office to report his green 2003 Ford F-150 pick-up truck stolen Tuesday morning. The man told the deputy that he loaned his truck to an acquaintance to go to Clarks Hill and he never returned the truck. The man also said the acquaintance had used a debit card he left in the truck by spending $200. The card and the account were closed upon the discovery.
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Stark follows Adams' personal vendetta against EdgefieldDaily.com in his absence
web posted September 21, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has, over the past two years, made several written, personal, and e-mail requests to be listed on the county’s “press room” web page and to be advised of county meetings and announcements. Of course with former County Administrator Wayne Adams’ long personal grudge against the Editor, the legal obligation to do so has been long ignored, just as complaints to the Edgefield County Council has allowed them to be.
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Two homes broken into in Merriwether
web posted September 21, 2006
MERRIWETHER – An area builder discovered two homes in Stephens Mill subdivision broken into on Tuesday afternoon. The two homes were located close to each other on Stephens Mill Circle. The first discovery came when the door to one home was found to be “kicked in”.
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Stereo stolen from workers car, blood found inside
web posted September 21, 2006
TRENTON – An employee at Urban Outfitters called police to report someone breaking into her car while she was at work Tuesday night around 10 pm. The car was found with a broken window and a car stereo missing. The perpetrator evidently received a cut while breaking out the window as blood was found inside the car and a blood trail led away from the crime scene.
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Business owners catch landlord in theft (Photos)
web posted September 20, 2006
BELVEDERE – North Augusta Rock and Turf, located at 522B Edgefield Road in Belvedere, had been experiencing a series of vandalisms and thefts for the past several months. Owners Steven Taylor, Tony Mercier, and Greg Kelly came up with an idea; stake out the property and see if they could catch the person responsible. On the first night of the stake out, they had their man in just 20 minutes.
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Grocery clerk accused of taking over $3,000 in false Wic voucher scam
web posted September 20, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A clerk at an Edgefield grocery store has been arrested for breach of trust with fraudulent intent by allegedly taking over $3,000 from the business and inserting false WIC voucher numbers to replace the cash she was taking.
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Report of suspicious person leads to arrest of wanted man
web posted September 20, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Community activism paid off when Edgefield County dispatchers were notified of a suspicious man on Horne Creek West approaching homes with a gas can asking residents for gas. One resident called dispatchers to notify them that the man had approached her home and stating she turned the man away and asked that a deputy investigate the matter.
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Trenton business reports theft of $24,000 in goods
web posted September 20, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton property owner reported a burglary to Coatings Application and Waterproofing Company and $24,000 worth of equipment taken. The business, located on Pinehouse Road in Trenton was reported having been broken into over the weekend.
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2006 4-wheeler stolen from Hunter's Run home
web posted September 19, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Sunday morning a Hunter’s Run resident called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a 4-wheeler from his residence. The theft was discovered just after 2 am. The owner stated to the deputy that the dark green 2006 Yamaha Grizzly 660 was kept in an out building behind the home.
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Three charged with drugs at license check
web posted September 19, 2006
JOHNSTON – A license check resulted in the arrest of three on drug charges late Saturday night in Johnston. The Johnston Police along with the South Carolina Highway Patrol were conducting the checkpoint at the intersection of Edisto and Lee Streets when a vehicle with three men drove up. When the driver rolled down the window the officer smelled a smoke smell permeating from the vehicle. The officer asked if there was anything illegal in the car and the men stated no.
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Strom Thurmond Class of '86 deadline for 20th reunion closing in fast
web posted September 19, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Class of 1986 is having its 20th class reunion and organizers wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for reservations is nearing an end. 1986 graduates are asked to contact organizers as soon as possible for reservations.
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Edgefield County students out perform State
web posted September 18, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County students in grades 3-8 outperformed the state average on the vast majority of the PACT tests. In the area of English Language Arts and Math students showed improvement in 5 of 6 grades tested.
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Fire reported with children trapped inside home (Photos)
web posted September 18, 2006
MURPHY VILLAGE – A late afternoon fire in Murphy Village sent Merriwether and County Line Fire Departments, EMS, and Edgefield County Deputies racing to the scene with a report that two small children were trapped inside the burning home on Kennedy Drive around 4:30 pm Saturday.
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Edgefield Heritage Jubilee SCBA Whole Hog Cook Off offers $2,000 grand prize
web posted September 18, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Heritage Jubilee SCBA Whole Hog Cook Off is taking applications for cooks competing for a $2,000 Grand Prize. The South Carolina Bar-B-Q Association sanctioned event also features a second place prize of $1,000 and a third place prize of $500.
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Time running out to register to vote
web posted September 18, 2006
COUNTY – With the general elections coming in November the deadline to register to vote is fast approaching. In order to be eligible to vote in November you must register before October 7, 2006. If you are a registered voter but have not voted in the past two general elections you may need to re-register in order to vote.
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Barrett Votes for More Accountability in Spending Process
web posted September 18, 2006
Washington, DC - Thursday afternoon the House of Representatives voted on a comprehensive earmark reform package that will apply to appropriators, authorizers, and tax-writers.  Last week the House passed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 2590), which would increase accountability and transparency by establishing a public database to track federal grants and contracts.  Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC, 3) has been working with members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) and Leadership to bring about common sense reforms.
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Opinion
SC Sen Graham supports "terrorist bill of rights"
web posted September 18, 2006
OPINION – Republicans who get elected to office and then act like Democrats are known as Rino’s (Republican in name only). Among such Rino’s are Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and John Warner who in the latter part of last week got together with the liberals on the Democratic side of the isle and presented to the Senate a bill that could be rightly named “The Terrorist’s Bill of Rights”. No one questions the liberal leaning of McCain and Warner, but South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham comes from conservative South Carolina and holds the esteemed seat left by Sen. Strom Thurmond.
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Obituaries
Angele Blacks
web posted September 18, 2006
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C. William Eubanks
web posted September 18, 2006
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Strom Thurmond 29 South Aiken 14; STH moves to 2-2
web posted September 16, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Strom Thurmond Rebels broke a 17 year losing streak against South Aiken with a 29-14 win Friday night. The win takes STH to 2-2 for the year. Among the standout plays were a 42 yard field goal before the end of the half to give STH a 10 point lead and two key interceptions, one in the last 2 minutes of the game which sealed the victory. Strom Thurmond will face Silver Bluff next week with an away game.

Edgefield NWTF Chapter to Host JAKES/Xtreme JAKES Event
web posted September 16, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting a JAKES/Xtreme JAKES field day event full of hands-on, outdoor activities on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C.
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SC, GA Delegations Announce MOX Agreement between U.S. and Russia
Good news for Savannah River Site
web posted September 16, 2006
WASHINGTON D.C. – 
Friday morning, the United States and Russia signed an agreement that formally resolves liability issues which delayed construction of the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
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Strom Thurmond vs South Aiken 8 pm at STH
Live web broadcast by WKSX Oldies 97.2 and the E.C. School District
web posted September 15, 2006
JOHNSTON – The STH vs South Aiken game will be broadcast via the web begining at 8 pm. To listen follow this link. (High speed and dail-up internet connections)

Youth football team split causes uproar, county caves to demands
web posted September 15, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Youth Football League Board ruled earlier this week that the youth football team from Edgefield would have to be divided into two teams much to the chagrin of parents. According to the board, the team had more than thirty-five players. Parents protested saying the team had only 32 eligible players. In spite of providing the number of players that paid to be on the team, the ECYFLB ruled the team would have to split and said their ruling could not be appealed setting off a firestorm of phone calls and protests by parents.
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Planning Commission; Merriwether resident cannot give children two acres each before death
web posted September 15, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Planning Commission held their September meeting Thursday night with an amended agenda. Building and Planning Director Howard Gibson asked that a lot division of 6.6 acres of property on Murrah Road be added. The property owner wants to divide his property giving his three children just over two acres each before he passes away, Mr. Gibson said. Under the zoning of Merriwether the man cannot divide his property for his children. The commission voted to add the item to the agenda.
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Barrett Continues Strong Support of Border Security
web posted September 15, 2006
Washington, DC - Over the summer, House Republicans held a number of field hearings and site visits to assess our current border security situation.  Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC, 3) traveled to Laredo, TX where he met directly with border patrol agents.  While in Laredo, Barrett was able to ride along on patrols and see first hand the challenges agents face everyday.
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One injured in two car crash Thursday morning (Photos)
web posted September 15, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A collision on Currytown Road injured one woman around 11:30 Thursday morning.  A woman driving a Chrysler Concorde was traveling east on Currytown Road when the driver of a Nissan 300ZX entered the road from Mealing Road. The driver of the Concorde tried to avoid the car but was struck in the side by the 300ZX.
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None injured in Martintown Road crash, second collision in half an hour Thursday (Photos)
web posted September 15, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Before Deputies could clear the call from a collision on Currytown Road Thursday morning a report of a second crash came in just a few miles away at the intersection of Martintown Road and Delaughter Drive.
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Third, forth, and fifth crash for the day keeps police and EMS busy (Photos)
web posted September 15, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A third crash occurred in Edgefield around 5 pm Thursday afternoon on Penn Street when an 18 year-old Merriwether man said he fell asleep as he approached the curve just before the town square and left the right side of the road and jumped the curve before slamming into a tree. The young man was not injured in the crash.
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Analyst predicts plunge in gas prices, price could fall to near $1.00 a gallon
web posted September 15, 2006
WASHINGTON — The recent sharp drop in the global price of crude oil could mark the start of a massive sell-off that returns gasoline prices to lows not seen since the late 1990s — perhaps as low as $1.15 a gallon.
The Seatle Times

Political Correctness run amuck: US passes on chance to kill 190 "high level" terrorists at funeral for dead terrorist
web posted September 15, 2006
U.S. military officials tell NBC News they had “high-level” Taliban fighters in their gunsights during a July reconnaissance flight but decided not to fire. The decision to pass on the target angered some in the military, but commanders say they have “no regrets.”
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Congressman Barrett Supports 9/11 Resolution
Video link included
web posted September 14, 2006
WASHINGTON D.C. – Wednesday evening the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H. Res. 994 which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks launched against the United States on September 11, 2001.
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Strom Thurmond Class of '86 reminds graduates of deadline for 20th reunion
web posted September 14, 2006
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Class of 1986 is having its 20th class reunion and organizers wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for reservations is nearing an end. 1986 graduates are asked to contact organizers as soon as possible for reservations.
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Brothers given life sentence for kidnapping of man murdered in Edgefield County
web posted September 14, 2006
AUGUSTA – Two brothers, Alexander and Julio Hunsberger, were convicted of kidnapping with bodily injury in a Richmond County Superior Court on Tuesday. The pair received a life sentence for the kidnapping of 16-year-old Samuel J. Sturrup Jr. on September 3, 2001. Mr. Sturrup’s body was found after a dog discovered a skull in November of 2001 just off Rainbow Falls Road and Community Road in Edgefield County.
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One injured in midday crash (photos)
web posted September 14, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A midday crash sent one woman to MCG for injuries she received after trying to avoid a car on Sweetwater Road. The crash occurred just after noon Wednesday as rains continued to fall just below the new Shaw’s Estates subdivision at the bottom of the hill. Both vehicles were traveling north on Sweetwater Road at the time of the crash.
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Family friendly event in Johnston set for October 7
web posted September 13, 2006
JOHNSTON – David and Sherry Taylor appeared before the Johnston Town Council to request the use of the field next to the armory for the Johnston Fall Jam on October 7, 2006. Mr. Taylor told the council and mayor that the event was free to everyone and will be family oriented. The daylong event will have entertainment for children and several vocal artists throughout the day.
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Stolen car found ablaze in Merriwether (Photos)
web posted September 13, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether Firefighters and Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a car on fire at the boat landing of Big Steven’s Creek on Woodlawn Road Tuesday night around 9:30. A local resident passing over the bridge noticed the car and what appeared to be a fire very close to the car. When he investigated he found the car just beginning to burn.
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Stabbing leaves victim and suspect in jail
web posted September 13, 2006
JOHNSTON – A stabbing that took place last week in Johnston took an unusual twist with both the victim and the suspect ending up in jail. The arrests stem from a call to police on Labor Day morning around 2:30 am reporting that a man’s stepdaughter had stabbed him twice, resulting in the stepfather needing medical attention to close the wounds.
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Stolen car recovered in two hours by deputies
web posted September 13, 2006
BETTIS ACADEMY – A Bettis Academy resident called the Sheriff’s Office to report his car stolen around midnight Monday. The responding deputy spoke to the victim that stated that he left his residence around 8 pm and when he returned around midnight he found his car, a 1999 Suzuki Esteem, missing.
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Woman reports second theft of narcotics in 11 days
web posted September 13, 2006
MURPHY VILLAGE – A Murphy Village woman reported that someone had broken into her home and stole prescription medications while she was away. The home, located on the 20 block of Blanch Street, was said to have been found with the front door open when the homeowner returned around 11 pm Monday.
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Navy chaplain on trial for praying "in Jesus name"
web posted September 13, 2006
A Navy chaplain has pleaded not guilty at his court-martial today to a charge of disobeying orders by wearing his uniform at a protest on the steps of the White House in which he prayed "in Jesus name."
WorldNetDaily.com

Congressman Barrett Remembers September 11, 2001
web posted September 12, 2006
WASHINGTON DC– Congressman Gresham Barrett (SC, 3) released the following statement in remembrance of the fifth anniversary of terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
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Crash with 18-wheeler sends one to hospital (Photos)
web posted September 12, 2006
TRENTON – Just after noon Monday a report of a collision between a small car and an 18-wheeler near the intersection of Highways 121 and 19 came in to 911 operators. EMS and Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene and arrived to find the driver of the Dodge Neon complaining of head and shoulder injuries.
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Johnston Town Council addresses several issues
web posted September 12, 2006
JOHNSTON - The Johnston Town Council held their September monthly meeting Monday night. After the call to order and pubic comments Mayor Campbell directed the council’s attention to the approval of the previous month’s meeting minutes and financial reports which passed without comment. A review of the August bills was not available due to a virus on a computer, Mayor Campbell said. That report would be made available as soon as the problem has been corrected.
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Grand larceny report at Edgefield Plant
web posted September 12, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A worker for an Edgefield business, Trantech, called the Sheriff’s Office to report a grand larceny from her office while she was at lunch on Friday. The woman told the deputy that she left her office unlocked while she left to eat and when she returned a projector was missing when she came back.
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Teen arrested on drug charge, mother angry at police for discovery
web posted September 12, 2006
JOHNSTON – While Johnston Police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were conducting a license check on Edisto Street and Slidehill Road a Johnston Police Officer noticed a car make a quick turn into a driveway of a home just before the location of the check point. The officer, being familiar with the homeowner, knew the three teens that exited the car did not live at the house. The teens were walking towards the back of the house in a hurried fashion.
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Dog said to be responsible for pool, house damages
web posted September 12, 2006
TRENTON  - A Trenton woman notified the Sheriff’s Office about a neighbor’s dog damaging her pool, underpinning of her home, and spreading trash all over the yard. When the deputy arrived at the Skyview Road home he met with the woman who then showed him the damage done. The woman stated she has had an ongoing problem with the dog.
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Woman walks in on burglars
web posted September 12, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman called police to report a burglary of a friend’s house Saturday night just after 9 pm. The woman went to her friend’s house to retrieve some clothes with the owner’s permission and key. When the woman went inside the home and walked down the hall to the back of the house she encountered two black males in the house. AS soon as she saw them she ran out of the house and called her friends to inform her of what she saw. The homeowner then called the police.
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Edgefield United Daughters of the Confederacy turns 100 (Photos)
web posted September 11, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The United Daughters of the Confederacy Edgefield Chapter celebrated their 100th anniversary Sunday at the historic Oakley Park.  UDC Chapter 1018 President Carolyn Piekielniak welcomed everyone to the celebration as did Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham. Following their welcome the 13th SC Volunteer Infantry, Palmetto Battalion, presented the Colors followed by the invocation by Rev. David Bauknight of the Edgefield United Methodist Church.
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Remembering 9/11; keeping the focus
web posted September 11, 2006
COLUMN – Today is five years following the terrorist attacks on America by Islamic fascists who brought down the World Trade Centers, destroyed a section of the Pentagon, and saw brave citizens seizing control of Flight 93 sending it crashing into the ground rather than hitting the Capitol or the White House, its believed target. The attacks killed more people than any act of war upon our nation in history. For a brief moment in time the nation was united in fighting the Islamic fascists, until elections came along. That is when the left of America decided to part ways with a majority of Americans.
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EdgefieldDaily.com suffers major setback in computer systems crash
web posted September 11, 2006
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com has suffered a major setback over the past week which has hampered our ability to update as normal. On September 4 the main computer system for the web site went down and a second back-up system was unable to be used to make updates. This left us with a third system, which was used solely for audio and video files, to make the daily updates. Over the weekend we worked around the clock trying to repair the main system to no avail; it has crashed and cannot be restored, a rather ironic note being the day before 9/11.
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Yemeni held on weapons charge
web posted September 11, 2006
Detroit – The FBI is investigating the case of a 21-year-old Hamtramck man with a one-way ticket to Yemen who, according to officials, tried to board a plane at Metro Airport with a knife hidden in a phone book. Mohammed Ghanem, a native of Yemen, remains in the Wayne CountyJail after a Romulus judge set a $500,000 bond on Saturday.
Detroit Free Press

Strom Thurmond 15   Lucy Laney 21
STH drops to 1-2 for season

Weekend happenings:
Mama's Truck,
UDC 100th annivesary, Yard Sale
COUNTY – Mama's Truck will be offering free vegetables and bread Saturday at 401 Jeter Street 8-10 am and at Mt. Alpha in Ward SC from 10:30 until 12 noon.

The United Daughter of the Confederacy will celebrate their 100th anniversary at Oakley Park in Edgefield Sunday beginning at 3:00 pm.


Yard Sale and more in the Classifieds.

Strom Thurmond vs Lucy Laney 8 pm at STH, Live web broadcast by WKSX Oldies 97.2 and the E.C. School District
web posted September 8, 2006
JOHNSTON – The STH vs Lucy Laney game will be broadcast via the web begining at 8 pm. To listen follow this link. (High speed and dail-up internet connections)

Bush files appeal on Election Commission ruling
web posted September 8, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Johnston resident Zach Bush has filed an appeal to the Election Commission's ruling on the residency of school board candidate Nathaniel Jackson this morning. In his appeal he has requested the matter be heard by a jury in the Court of Common Pleas. It is unknown at this time if part of the appeal was filed due to a closed door vote by the commission.

Bus drivers report possible repeated indecent exposure on bus routes
web posted September 8, 2006
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police were notified on Wednesday that two bus drivers have reported to school officials that they believe a man is standing on the side of the road exposing himself as the school busses go by. According to the report, this has been ongoing for the past school year.
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Johnston man arrested in alleged razor attack
web posted September 8, 2006
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man is under arrest for using a razor to attack another Johnston man on Saturday. James Earl Lott, 52, of the 600 block of Ridge Road, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bullet found lodged in side of Merriwether home
web posted September 8, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Copeland Circle family contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report a bullet being found in the side of their home on Wednesday afternoon. The mother and young son were outside kicking around a soccer ball when she noticed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the side of the home. She alerted her husband who looked and discovered a bullet inside of the hole. He then called 911 to report the find.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Car stolen from Johnston home
web posted September 8, 2006
JOHNSTON – Late Tuesday afternoon a Shepard Drive resident called the Johnston Police to report his Lincoln Town Car being stolen from his home on Tuesday morning. The man did not report the theft in the morning around 8 am because he believed his sister might have used the car.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinions: County Officials need a refresher course on rules and laws of meetings
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Weekend notes:
Mama's Truck, Yard Sale
EDGEFIELD – Mama's Truck will be offering free vegetables and bread Saturday at 401 Jeter Street 8-10 am and Mt. Alpha in Ward SC 10:30 until 12 noon.
Yard Sale and more items in Classifieds.

More questions arise from votes and appointment in September County Council meeting
Interim Administrator denies duel offices
web posted September 7, 2006
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council held a series of votes that have raised questions concerning budgetary items requested at the regular September meeting by several department heads and the ordinance providing for the Fiscal Year budget of 2006-2007. On the agenda was a Public Hearing that was scheduled to be held before a second reading on the amended budget ordinance. The Public Hearing was never held and a vote was held in its place.
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Edgefield Town Council presented with more good news and ideas from private sector
web posted September 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their September monthly meeting Wednesday night and after making quick work of the approval of minutes and the financial report Mayor Durham gave the floor to this month’s visitor of the month, Mrs. Cassondra Simpkins with a presentation on Shade Tree for Girls.
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Pixley given 10 years in kidnapping of Johnston teen
web posted September 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD - Ronald Pixley, 45, of Johnston, had his day in court last week during the week of General Sessions Court. Mr. Pixley, a registered sex offender for a second degree criminal sexual conduct conviction, was charged in the kidnapping of a 17-year-old female from Johnston that occurred on March 30 of this year. Mr. Pixley was arrested in less than an hour after that attack. His initial assault charges were increased to kidnapping after the completion of the investigation.
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Edgefield Mayor seeks addresses of service members for letter campaign
web posted September 7, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham read a letter he requested be run in the local media Wednesday night at the September meeting of the Town Council. The letter reads in its entirety: Dear Edgefield Citizens, The town of Edgefield has always supported our military and is very proud of the men and women from our community who have chosen to risk their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. On behalf of the citizens of Edgefield I would like to correspond with those presently serving.
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Philippi Women on Mission sponsors "Season of prayer"
web posted September 7, 2006
COUNTY – The Philippi Women on Mission will be sponsoring a season of prayer for local schools in Edgefield County over the next two months. Beverly McGee said, “we did it a few years ago and the schools were involved,” but due to federal rulings that is not possible so this was being done independent of the school system. Each week the group will be praying for a specific school.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Neighbor reports break-in
web posted September 7, 2006
TRENTON – A Trenton man reported his friend’s house being broken into on Tuesday. The homeowner is presently in the hospital and the neighbor has been watching over the property while he is away. The last time he checked the property was on Saturday and everything was found to be secured. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, he stopped by and found the window of the back door broken and the back door unlocked.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff's Office gets long distance burglary report
web posted September 7, 2006
MURPHY VILLAGE – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on Tuesday afternoon by a woman in Louisville Kentucky regarding a burglary that had taken place at a Royal Street address in Murphy Village. According to the woman, she has a camper trailer parked on property at the location with the property owner’s consent. When her daughter arrived in Kentucky the woman was informed of the burglary and she then contact authorities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Council takes questionable votes, Department heads get requested funds
web posted September 6, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their September meeting Tuesday night with an extended agenda that took nearly two hours to cover. Several agencies in the county spoke to the County Council to have additional funds provided for budgetary items not covered in the present budget or items that were deleted from the budget submitted. The meeting was not conducted according to the agenda and items were added or ignored at the Chairman’s will.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ridge Spring Council alters ordinance ending Police Department, delays passage
web posted September 6, 2006
RIDGE SPRING - The crowd filled the town hall conference room and spilled out into the hallway, but anxious Ridge Spring residents still don't know the ultimate fate of their police department.  Rather than make a motion to give second reading to the proposed ordinance to eliminate the Ridge Spring Police Department and municipal court, Councilman Jim Saul took the issue in an entirely different direction.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Adams presented with plaque for service

Left: County Council Chairman Monroe kneece presents Former County Administrator Adams with a plaque

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eb posted September 6, 2006
COUNTY – Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams was recognized at the County Council’s September meeting for his eleven years of service to Edgefield County. Edgefield County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece presented Mr. Adams with a plaque in commemoration of that service. Mr. Adams stated he had no job when he returned to Edgefield County and remembered getting the call from Chairman Kneece informing him he had been hired as the Administrator. Mr. Adams stated he was living at home with his parents due to being unemployed when he got the call.

Merriwether man reports theft of more than $13,000
web posted September 6, 2006
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Edgefield Sheriff’s Office Friday to report a fraud that had been perpetrated against him during the month of August. According to the victim, someone had taken over $13,000 from his account and transferred it to an unknown account.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Man kicks in door of home, stares at owners
web posted September 6, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Cold Springs Road home had their Labor Day interrupted by an man kicking in their front door. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the home on the 100 block of Cold Springs Road when the residents stated the man kicked in the door and just stood in the doorway, though not entering the home. When the deputy arrived the subject was found passed out on the ground.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Labor Day stained with threat with knife, gunshots
web posted September 6, 2006
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a home on the 700 block of Highway 378 east Monday night due to a report of a man making threats with a knife. The man making the threats had left the location before deputies arrived. When the first deputy arrived on the scene a shot rang out from the woods nearby. Additional deputies were called to the residence.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Lawn equipment stolen from Merriwether Church
web posted September 6, 2006
MERRIWETHER – Saturday afternoon a member of the Bethlehem Church on Murrah Road reported someone breaking into a shed behind the church that housed lawn care equipment for the upkeep of the church grounds. In all about $1,250 worth of goods were missing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

4-wheeler crashes Monday injuring two on roadway
web posted September 5, 2006
TRENTON – Emergency personnel were called to a crash involving a car and a 4-wheeler late Monday afternoon. Just after 6 pm a call came in to 911 stating the collision took place on James Drive near Woodyard Road and Highway 121. The 18-year-old rider and his passenger, his 12-year-old sister were injured in the crash.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Ridge Spring to vote on controversial ordinance
web posted September 5, 2006
RIDGE SPRING - The Ridge Spring Town Council will meet tonight at 7:30 pm in the conference room of the town hall.  The highly controversial second reading of an proposed ordinance to eliminate the town's police department and municipal court is on the agenda. Also on the agenda are regular committe reports, an update on the status of the library project and the introduction of an ordinance concerning the Set-Off Debt Program.

EdgefieldDaily.com's main computer systems down
web posted September 5, 2006
WEBNEWS – Updates for Tuesday are being made from a back-up system due to a major failure in EdgefieldDaily.com’s primary computer system. This secondary system is designed only for audio, video, and graphic transfers and has never been used for updates. If the pages look strange or fonts change, this is the reason. Several of the articles written for today’s edition were lost when the main system went down unexpectedly Monday night. We hope to have the problem corrected within the next 48 hours so please bear with us during this time.

Croc hunter Steve Irwin killed by stingray 
web posted September 4, 2006
Steve Irwin, the Australian animal wrangler who thrilled audiences worldwide with his handling of dangerous creatures in the wild, has reportedly been killed by a stingray.
WorldNetDaily

More recipes added to the Country Cooking Section !
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The Dirty Jobs of Faith
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted September 4, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
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NOTICE: All Edgefield County Government Offices and schools will be closed Monday, September 4, 2006 in observance of Labor Day
web posted September 4, 2006
Closings:
Edgefield County Auditor
Edgefield County Building and Planning
Edgefield County Administration Building
Edgefield County Courthouse
Edgefield County Magistrate Court
Edgefield County Recreation
Edgefield County Veteran Affairs
Edgefield County Public Schools
Wardlaw Academy
US Postal Service and Post Offices

74 year-old arrested for patriotic graffiti
web posted September 4, 2006
When crude graffiti began appearing on highway bridges and roads in Pine County, most people blamed it on teenage vandals.But this was not kid stuff. The alleged culprit isn't 16. He is 72 and is charged with criminal damage to property; and he thinks he is fighting liberals.
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Strom Thurmond 45  Batesburg-Leesville 51
web posted September 2, 2006

Ordinance nixing Police has other implications for Ridge Spring
web posted September 2, 2006
RIDGE SPRING - As residents await next week's meeting of the Ridge Spring Town Council, they may be unaware that the proposed ordinance to abolish the town's police department has other implications. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the conference room of the town hall. Nearly all of the 40 people (almost 15 percent of those who voted in the last election) who spoke out last week during the public hearing opposed the proposed ordinance. They will learn Tuesday night if they were heard.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Labor Day Weekend updates will be limited
web posted September 2, 2006
WEBNEWS - As the Labor Day weekend is upon us reports will be limited to mainly breaking events. Due to the limited updates they will continue through Sunday.

Election Commission rules Jackson eligible to run for school board
web posted September 1, 2006
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Election Commission held hearing on a challenge to the residency of School Board candidate Nathaniel Jackson by Zach Bush, of Johnston, on Thursday night at 6:30 pm. The hearing was held at the Edgefield County Council chambers on Jeter Street. Once the hearing began chairwoman Carroll Rhodes asked Mr. Bush to present his case to the full commission.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vote behind closed doors of public body raises questions  
web posted September 1, 2006
EDGEFIELD – A Residency Hearing was held Thursday night by the Edgefield County Election Commission due to a challenge of the residency of school board hopeful Nathaniel Jackson by Zach Bush. Though in the end the Election Commission ruled against Mr. Bush’s challenge, it was the manner in which they did it that raised eyebrows with some.
EdgefieldDaily.com

20 inch Nepal boy claims to be shortest in world
web posted September 1, 2006
KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's shortest boy is waiting for word from the Guinness World Records, where he has applied to be named the shortest in the world, his supporters said on Wednesday. Khagendra Thapa Magar, 14, is only 20 inches tall and weighs 10 pounds.
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