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September 2007 Archive


Crash stalls traffic near Johnston (Photos)
web posted September 29, 2007
JOHNSTON – A South Carolina Department of Transportation worker making a left turn ended with three lanes of Highway 23 being blocked after colliding with a car heading towards Johnston. None of the occupants of either vehicle were injured in the crash.
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Service of warrant leads to three arrests
web posted September 29, 2007
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputy serving an arrest warrant got more than he bargained for on Thursday afternoon when he arrived at the woman’s home on the 100 block of Wren Street in Johnston. According to police reports when the woman opened the door the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the home.
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Fire destroys Merriwether home (Photos)
web posted September 28, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether family is without a home after an early afternoon fire swept through their ranch style home on Forrest Drive leaving it completely gutted and all contents of the home in ashes. The fire was reported after one of the owners arrived to take a shower around 3 pm and saw flames coming from the rear of the home. He was able to make entry into the burning home and save the family dog.
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Sheriff's Office Relay for Life Team sponsors balloon release at Heritage Festival
web posted September 28, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Relay for Life Team will be raising funds at the Edgefield Heritage Festival on October 5th and 6th with pumpkin painting, face painting, trick or treating, and capped off with a ceremony and the release of sponsored balloons in memory or honor of a special person or cancer patient. The balloons are available for a donation of $1.
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Strom Thurmond vs Chapin Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted September 28, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Silver Bluff Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST pregame and broadcast at 8:30 EST. A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Recent theft in Moore Road area unrelated to rash of crimes
web posted September 28, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Moore Road area continued to be a source of thefts, break-ins, and larcenies recently with a report of a stereo and CD collection taken from a car at a home on the 300 block of Cheves Creek that came in on Wednesday. Due to the rash of thefts in the area an investigator was also summoned to the scene.
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Ranking School Board member lays out claims of racial bias as key on voting and asks, "When Are We Going To Learn?"
Below is a release to EdgefieldDaily.com by veteran School Board member Brad Covar
web posted September 27, 2007
EXCLUSIVE –  After Louise Talbert did not seek re-election in 2006, I became the longest serving member of the Edgefield County School Board.  Though this title was never a goal of mine, it certainly allows me to provide the people of our county with a history of their school board actions, both good and not so good.  My intent in issuing this press release is to inform the people of board actions in the past four years which have led us to a racial divide that must come to an end for the sake of our children’s education.  When are we adults going to learn from our youth the art of getting along?
EdgefieldDaily.com

Residents warned of potential scams
web posted September 27, 2007
COUNTY – Edgefield County continues to be just as susceptible to scams as any big city, and the Sheriff’s Office is constantly getting reports and information of attempts to steal money or personal information from local residents. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said they have reports ranging from Wal-Mart money orders for up to $750 to very real looking checks for thousands of dollars being offered if the soon-to-be victim agrees to deposit them and send back a small percentage. “They are fake”, Inv. Doran said.
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Commercial air conditioning units targeted for copper theft
web posted September 27, 2007
COUNTY LINE – It seems a cooper thief has returned to Edgefield County with two six-ton air conditioner units found dismantled and all the copper tubing removed. The crime is believed to have occurred over the weekend but was not discovered until Monday. When the first Sheriff’s Deputy arrived he reported finding the two units “completely gutted out.” Two other units at the business were left undisturbed. The county suffered a string of similar thefts earlier this year that left almost a dozen churches with tens of thousands of dollars in damages in its wake. Sheriff’s Investigators do not believe the latest theft is related.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston man charged with "lewd act" and sexual assault on teenage boy (Photo)
web posted September 26, 2007
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has been arrested and charged with sex crimes involving a teenage boy last week. Perry Craig Morris, 53, of Johnston Highway, Johnston was arrested last Thursday on one count each of sexual assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and a lewd act on a child. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said the alleged criminal acts took place at a business where Mr. Morris worked on September 17.
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Series: Fighting drugs in Edgefield County
web posted September 26, 2007
JOHNSTON – With a recent drug raid resulting in over a dozen arrests earlier this month, EdgefieldDaily.com is taking a look into area law enforcement’s ongoing battle to eradicate drugs in the county and local municipalities. The series will begin today and continue over the next two weeks. With the most recent raids taking place in Johnston we spoke with Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston who said his commitment to curtail drug use and sales relies heavily on the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, “They are a tremendous help to us.”
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Collision with deer lands car on its hood (Photos)
web posted September 26, 2007
WESTSIDE – A North Augusta man heading east on Garrett Road had two deer run out in front of him just after passing Bennie Dorn Road just before 8 pm. The man said he swerved to miss one of the deer and struck the other causing him to lose control of his Infiniti 4-door coupe and then rolling over on its hood.
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AmbioPharm, Inc. Opens Headquarters in North Augusta
Biotech Company to Create 50 Jobs Manufacturing Peptides
web posted September 26, 2007
NORTH AUGUSTA – AmbioPharm, Inc. held a ribbon cutting to officially open its recently acquired facility in North Augusta, South Carolina.  The 20,000 sq ft facility is located in the North Augusta Industrial Park.  It includes office and laboratory space to support the manufacturing of pharmaceutical-grade peptides.  Peptides are amino acid chains used as active ingredients of pharmaceuticals.
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Top Ten Gets Shot Down: Part 1
By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web posted September 26, 2007
COLUMNIST – I saw a survey the other day entitled, “The Top 10 Fears that Keep People from Getting What They Want in Life.”  As I read through the survey, I discovered that the fears listed not only serve to keep us from getting what we want but they are fears that we experience everyday. Fear is a highly restricting and confining emotion. It can virtually paralyze us and hold us captive. Most people are too afraid to admit to such fear because we have been taught that fear is a sign of weakness. And yet, it is something we experience daily.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Seized 'art porn' owned by Sir Elton John
A photograph by a controversial American artist which is part of Sir Elton John's private collection has been seized by police from a gallery on suspicion it may have breached child pornography laws. The image, which featured two young girls one of whom was sitting down with her legs wide apart, was taken by the renowned photographer Nan Goldin.
Off The Wall

Scholastic Clay Target Shooting Team Sign-up Meeting Scheduled
web posted September 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD — More than 19 million Americans safely participate in target shooting. If you’re one of these people who enjoys shooting and loves the outdoors, and  wants to pass on these interests to your children, then make plans to attend the first ever Edgefield County Scholastic Clay Target Shooting Team meeting to find out how you can sign your child up.
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Aiken man in jail after running from police
web posted September 25, 2007
JOHNSTON – An Aiken man is in jail after running from police near Johnston Saturday night. Willie James Harrison Jr., 36, was arrested on Monday and is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on charges of resisting arrest, driving under suspension, failure to register a vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle, and improper display of a tag that did not belong on the car he was driving. Harrison is said to have fought with officers when they tried to arrest him and then fled the area.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Top Ten Health Threats for Men to Be Addressed at the Men’s Health Day Event
web posted September 25, 2007
AIKEN – Men may be catching up in lifespan. The life-expectancy gap between men and women has shrunk to 5.2 years, the narrowest since 1946. However, men still need to pay more attention to their bodies.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Traffic stops across county result in arrests
web posted September 25, 2007
COUNTY – Traffic stops continue to add to the number of those arrested and this past weekend was no different.  At least seven people landed in jail with charges ranging from DUI, drugs, and one for an outstanding arrest warrant.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Car stolen from Edgefield home
web posted September 25, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A Sourwood Drive woman reported to Edgefield Police that someone stole her mother’s 2007 Honda Accord sometime Saturday night. According to police reports she said she returned home with two men after visiting an area club, one she knew and one she did not know. When she awoke Sunday morning both men were gone and so was the car.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Garrick crowned Miss Harvest Festival Queen
web posted September 25, 2007
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE – North Augusta High School sophomore Lindsay Michelle Garrick recently competed in the Batesburg-Leesville Harvest Festival Pageant where she was crowned "Teen Miss Harvest 2007"  She is the daughter of Tony and Lynn Garrick of North Augusta.
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ATV, mower, trailer reported stolen across county
web posted September 25, 2007
COUNTY – A Merriwether man called the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of an ATV from his backyard over the weekend. The yellow 2004 Honda Rancher 400 4x4 was taken from the back yard of the man’s home on the 2500 block of Martintown Road during the early morning hours on Saturday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Clinton campaign kills negative story
web posted September 25, 2007
Early this summer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president learned that the men’s magazine GQ was working on a story the campaign was sure to hate: an account of infighting in Hillaryland. So Clinton’s aides pulled a page from the book of Hollywood publicists and offered GQ a stark choice: Kill the piece, or lose access to planned celebrity coverboy Bill Clinton.
Politico

Prayer nixed at rite for victims
web posted September 25, 2007
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has removed religious content from a memorial service for murder victims planned for next week after a watchdog group complained. A religious hymn called "This Too Shall Pass" and a closing prayer by a Lutheran pastor will not be included in the ceremony as initially planned, department spokesman Kevin St. John said Friday.
Off The Wall

More recipes added in the Country Cooking Section
web posted September 24, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com continues to grow the county's largest, and only, online archive of local favorite recipes for your use free of charge. Forget cutting one or two out of the local paper each week, have hundreds available at the click of a mouse! Send in your favorites to share with others.
County Cooking

NOTICE: Edgefield County Magistrate's Office limit business hours during training
web reposted September 24, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Magistrate's Office will be closed from 8:30 am until 1 pm beginning on Monday, September 10 through October 5, 2007, in order to attend training sessions for the Case Management Computer System that is being implemented by the SC Court Administration. The office will open at 1 pm during this time.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rebels back on track after win over Silver Bluff
web posted September 24, 2007
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond ended a two-game losing streak with a 14-7 victory over the Silver Bluff Bulldogs Friday night. Both teams have productive offensive units, but it was the defenses that took the spotlight.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Local racer airlifted from crash at Modoc Speedway
web posted September 24, 2007
MODOC – A Johnston man was airlifted to MCG after a violent crash at the Modoc Speedway Friday night. Jamie Rushton, 33, of Johnston, was “bumped” and “hit the wall” which resulted in his injuries. Witnesses said Mr. Rushton exited his car after the crash and as emergency workers assessed his injuries they called for a helicopter. Rushton was flown from the scene to the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Elementary presents “Sounds of the Season” Christmas CD
web posted September 24, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The students, faculty, staff and administrators of Merriwether Elementary have teamed up to combine school spirit with Christmas spirit in a 13-song holiday CD. "Sounds of the Season" is the stocking-stuffer that gives back: Proceeds will directly benefit Merriwether's music education program. Packaged professionally in Nashville, the CD will feature traditional, multicultural and fantasy songs of Christmas. The songs, including “Jingle Bells”, “Up on the Housetop”, and “Deck the Halls”, were rearranged and recorded by music specialist Johnny Carr.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Opinion: Hixon should apologize for "classless" letter
web posted September 24, 2007
OPINION – With the Republican run-off election just over a week away, Shane Massey sent Bill Hixon a letter saying he would like for both to sign stating they would not be involved in attack ads or negative campaign tactics during the two-week period. Rather than sign on, Bill Hixon released a letter that accused Mr. Massey of attacking him and then proceeded to attack Mr. Massey.  A truly classless act to say the least.
EdgefieldDaily.com

So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted September 24, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score. If you know your local politicians a couple will be easy!
EdgefieldDaily.com

Stories we are following for Tuesday
web posted September 24, 2007
WEBNEWS – Two arrests were made for drugs after a traffic stop by Deputies near James Drive and Woodyard Road at 12:17 am Saturday morning. A man ran from police after a traffic stop near Johnston around 10:45 pm by an Edgefield County Deputy that lead to a manhunt. These stories and more coming for Tuesday.

Off The Wall: Judge OKs 'Hitler Youth' Buttons
web posted September 24, 2007
NEWARK, N.J. -- Two students in northern New Jersey can wear buttons featuring a picture of Hitler youth to protest a school uniform policy, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Off The Wall

Strom Thurmond 14  Silver Bulff 7
web posted September 22, 2007
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels broke a two game losing streak Friday night with a 14-7 win over Silver Bluff. The Rebles move to 2-3 for the season and begins Region play next week while hosting Chapin. A full recap will be online by Monday in our Sports Sesction.

Strom Thurmond vs Silver Bluff Football game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted September 21, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - Silver Bluff Football game will be available online beginning at 7:30 EST. A full recap of the game will be available Monday by EdgefieldDaily.com's Sports. The score will be posted online within 3-5 minutes of the game ending. The webcast is made available by the Edgefield County School District and 92.7 FM.
Strom Thurmond/92.7FM

Edgefield Downtown Shop Around a "big success" (Photos)
web posted September 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Down Town Shop Around was a big success Thursday with local businesses seeing a huge influx of customers throughout the day, not just during the three-hour event. Local businesses hosted artists during the 5 pm – 8 pm event in each establishment and people from Aiken, Augusta, and other surrounding communities flocked to Edgefield. Adding to the event was live entertainment provided by Bill Johns and Sid Jackson, otherwise known as “Southern Conduct”.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bill Hixon attacks Shane Massey's "Clean campaign" offer
web posted September 21, 2007
WEBNEWS – Republican District 25 Senate run-off candidate Bill Hixon has reportedly responded to a letter from front runner Shane Massey who asked Mr. Hixon to sign on to an agreement to run a clean campaign over the next two weeks. According to a SCHotLine Press Release, Mr. Hixon accused Mr. Massey of being the one associated with running false attack ads against him. In his open letter to Mr. Massey, Mr. Hixon is reported to have said, “Will you promise the voters that all negative attacks against Bill Hixon will cease?  Will you instruct those PACs and websites which are supporting you to end their negative attacks on your behalf?” However, along with the letter came an attack on EdgefieldDaily.com.
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Hixon's response to Massey's "clean campaign" promise
web posted September 21, 2007
WEBNEWS – Below is a copy of the letter reportedly sent by Republican candidate Bill Hixon in responce to candidate Shane Massey calling for a "clean campaign" during the run-off period as reported by SCHotline Press.
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Teen with assualt weapon leads to arrest
web posted September 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Deputies were faced with a tense situation Wednesday night when a woman called 911 to report being assaulted by her son. She told dispatchers her son was, at the time, outside the house with an AR-15 assault rifle and her husband also had a gun and was in a confrontation with the son. Deputies raced to the scene and called for the SWAT Team to be notified of the situation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford Signs Executive Order for Objective Standards
web posted September 21, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanfordjoined with business groups from across South Carolina on Thursday to sign Executive Order 2007-16, mandating that the Workers' Compensation Commission and its commissioners follow state law in applying objective standards when making workers' compensation awards.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vision 20/20 Kick-Off a Success
web posted September 21, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a public forum on Monday, September 17, 2007 at J-E-T Middle School. More than fifty elected officials and citizens attend this very important meeting to discuss the future of Edgefield County.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Moore Road burglaries continue, believed to be connected
web posted September 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A series of break-ins in and around Moore Road continues with another resident reporting that their home was broken into and the similarities fit the pattern of several other cases the Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The most recent case involves someone entering the home and leaving the residence locked on departure.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Veracity Payment Solutions Announces Service Center in Aiken, S.C.
web posted September 21, 2007
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Commerce today joined the Economic Development Partnership of Aiken and Edgefield Counties in announcing that Veracity Payment Solutions will establish its customer service center in Aiken, S.C.  The company’s $3 million investment will bring 100 new jobs to the region.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Afternoon crash stalls traffic in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted September 21, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A collision on Augusta Road stalled traffic for about an hour Thursday afternoon when a man driving a Chevrolet IROC-Z failed to stop and smashed into the back of a woman in a Ford Explorer in front of the McDonalds. The driver of the Chevy said he saw the woman slowing down but when he hit his brakes the car did not stop due to what he claimed was wet road conditions.
EdgefieldDaily.com

$6,950 in cash and jewels reported missing in theft
web posted September 21, 2007
MERRIWETHER - A Cheves Creek Circle resident reported almost $7,000 in goods and cash stolen from his home. Cheves Creek Circle is located in the Moore Road area, which has been the focus of several recent burglaries.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Massey signs “Clean Campaign Pledge”, asks Hixon to sign on
web posted September 20, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Shane Massey has signed a “Clean Campaign Pledge” promising not to engage in any personal attacks during the Republican primary run-off for State Senate.  Mr. Massey said he also faxed a letter to Bill Hixon asking him to sign the pledge.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sheriff’s Office closes in on suspected serial car thief
web posted September 20, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is closing in on a suspect they believe is responsible for some of the recent car thefts taking place across the county. An off-duty deputy spotted a black rollback tow truck leaving a Jeter Street home in Edgefield Tuesday morning with a white Cadillac. This drew the attention of the alert deputy as a similar tow truck was seen at the scene of another theft the day before.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Driver in fatal crash identified (Photo)
web posted September 20, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The identification of a driver killed in a late night crash on Stephens Road in Merriwether has been released. The fatal crash, which occurred just after midnight Tuesday, closed all traffic on the road for almost two hours as the South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the incident. Nearby residents just returning from “coon hunting” said they heard the crash and went to investigate and found the man pinned underneath the truck.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford recognizes Whitney as Edgefield County Economic Development Ambassador (photo)
web posted September 20, 2007
AIKEN – The South Carolina Department of Commerce kicked off its 17th Annual Industry Appreciation Week on Monday, September 17, with the presentation of this year’s Ambassadors for Economic Development by Gov. Mark Sanford. The ceremony took place at the Governor’s Mansion Complex and highlighted individuals from each county that have made exceptional efforts to further community and economic development in their communities.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Gov. Mark Sanford - Educating Voters Key to Needed Changes
web posted September 20, 2007
Dear Editor,
A few interesting headlines jumped out at me last weekend, and thought I would write to put them in a perspective that is important to understanding some of the back and forth in Columbia on what comes next in our state government.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Server "glitch" disrupts EdgefieldDaily.com on Tuesday
web posted September 19, 2007
WEBNEWS – A server "glitch" disrupted traffic on EdgefieldDaily.com for a few hours on Tuesday evening that resulted in readers not being able to access the website and requesting a "password". The error was corrected quickly and we want to assure readers we will never require a password, registration, or pay to access EdgefieldDaily.com. We apologize for the problem.

Edgefield Couty's Massey and Hixon advance to run-off
web posted September 19, 2007
STATE – The Republican Primary is over and Edgefield County’s Shane Massey and Bill Hixon were the top two vote getters when ballots were totaled. According to results provided to EdgefieldDaily.com Shane Massey took 38% of the total votes cast and Bill Hixon placed second with 30%. Chris Corley placed third with just over 20% and candidates Bernie Hamby, Susan Swanson, and Jack Montgomery split the remaining 12% with single digit percentages.
EdgefieldDaily.com


Edgefield County Republican Primary Voting Results
web posted September 18, 2007
WEBNEWS – Below are the results of voting in the Edgefield County Republican Primary for District 25 Senate Race. All results are unofficial and are only those cast in Edgefield County not the entire 25th Senate District. A complete report will be available on Wednesday morning for the entire district.
EdgefieldDaily.com

North Augusta man becomes fifth fatality on county roads (Photo)
web posted September 19, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A North Augusta man became the fifth fatality on Edgefield County roads this year after losing control of his Nissan Titan pick up truck on Stephens Road just after midnight Tuesday. Edgefield County Deputies, EMS, Merriwether Fire Department, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were summoned to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

STH cast members invited to private performance in Aiken (Photo)
web posted September 19, 2007
AIKEN – The Strom Thurmond Fine Arts Department cast of "Little Shop of Horrors" were personally invited by Director Bradley Watts to a private performance and cast meet and greet of the Aiken Community Playhouse production of "Grease" held at the Aiken Community Playhouse; Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken, South Carolina last Thursday. The students were given a personal backstage tour and Mr. Watts treated them to a "Grease Trivia" discussion and all things theater question/answer session prior to the performance.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor:Edgefield Mayor touts coming events
web posted September 19, 2007
Dear Editor,
The hot summer days are all but gone and we are entering the fall season here in Edgefield. With the cooler temperatures comes a lot of excitement in the community. The town in conjunction with the Edgefield Community Development  Association, the SC Heritage Corridor, the Chamber of Commerce and many dedicated citizens are gearing up to make the upcoming months full of events and excitement.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Rebel Regiment to perform at Mustang Classic Band Competition
web posted September 19, 2007
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond Rebel Regiment will be performing at the Mustang Classic Band Competition this coming Saturday, September 22, at 9 pm. The competition will be held at the Midland Valley High School L. L. Willis Stadium beginning at 3 pm. Eighteen bands are scheduled to appear in the competition.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Tower Pointe Medical Center - A Novel Approach to the Delivery of Outpatient Healthcare
web posted September 19, 2007
GREENWOOD – Almost two years ago, a group of Greenwood physicians identified a need for a more efficient, patient-centered means of delivering state-of-the-art medical services to doctors, healthcare providers, patients, and industry in the Lakelands area. This group came together from different medical practices and specialties but had a unified ideal - they envisioned a new model for the delivery of outpatient healthcare services in Greenwood.
EdgefieldDaily.com

American Freedom? - Hillary Clinton wants to force citizens into healthcare plan
 WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that a mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance was the only way to achieve universal health care but she rejected the notion of punitive measures to force individuals into the health care system.
Yahoo!News

Republican Primary Election Today
web posted September 18, 2007
COUNTY – Today is the Republican Primary for the District 25 Senate race and all normal polling places around the county will open at 7 am, in spite of local schools remaining open. Election officials said Monday that precincts located in schools will be available though some arrangements had to be made to accommodate the election process and students.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford Responds to Budget and Control Board Suit
web posted September 18, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford commented Monday on the recently filed lawsuit seeking to dissolve the state Budget and Control Board, calling the suit one that could have "real consequences for every taxpayer in South Carolina."
EdgefieldDaily.com

Traffic stop results in drug distribution charges
web posted September 18, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police on routine patrol made a traffic stop for a faulty tail light early Saturday morning and ended up taking three people to jail on drug charges. Brandy Henderson, 26, of Belton S.C., Tonya Patterson, 40, and Chase Patterson, 21, both of Augusta Georgia were taken into custody after police found what they believe is marijuana packaged for sale inside the car.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Rebels suffer second loss in final seconds of game
web posted September 18, 2007
AIKEN - For the second week in a row, a miracle finished turned into a loss for the Strom Thurmond High Rebels. The South Aiken Thoroughbreds scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game to take an 18-16, rain-soaked win last Friday night.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Moore Road resident target of break-in
web posted September 18, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff’s Office to report a break-in to his home on the 300 block of Moore Road over the weekend. The man told police that when he returned home he noticed coins laying about when he entered the locked door and later discovered the theft of several containers of coins.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Citizen's call results in discovery of stolen truck
web posted September 18, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether man reported a suspicious vehicle parked on the 1700 block of Martintown Road Saturday morning and after a deputy responded to the report he found a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that had windows damaged and spray paint on the exterior among other damage inside and outside of the truck.
Edgefielddaily.com

Off the Wall: Federal Prosecutor Arrested In Child Sex Sting
DETROIT -- A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a minor. The detective, acting as the child's mother, allegedly arranged a sexual encounter between Atchison and her 5-year-old daughter, police said.
Off the Wall

More recipies added to the Country Cooking Section
web posted September 17, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Country Cooking Section has grow to almost 500 local recipes including a new Wild Game section. Hunters are asked to send in your favorite wild game recipe to share with others.

Republican Primary Tuesday - Make your vote count - Read the Republican Candidate survey responses
web posted August 27, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com submitted ten questions to the Republican candidates for the District 25 Senate seat. Only three candidates, Shane Massey, Chris Corley, Bill Hixon, and Jack Montgomery completed the survey and returned it to us. Read their answers as an aid in making your choice in the September 18 Republican primary.
EdgefieldDaily.com

BUSTED! - Bloggers caught counterfeiting story from EdgefieldDaily.com
Faked story implied senate candidate Bill Hixon at center of fraud report
web posted September 17, 2007
WEBNEWS – A group of bloggers calling themselves The Clay Pit Crew may soon find themselves in more than just a little hot water after stealing material from EdgefieldDaily.com, changing the content of a story, and publishing it as if it was reported on EdgefieldDaily.com. Including a picture of the faked story on our website. The bloggers have been attacking several candidates in the District 25 Senate race for some time. They are free to do so, however, trying to pass off inaccurate, and possibly libelous, material and making readers believe it is coming from EdgefieldDaily.com is illegal. 
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Another rider lost in FORKS Bike Trail
web posted September 17, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The FORKS Riding trail on Woodlawn Road was the scene of another lost bike rider Sunday night when McCormick County received a 911 call from a man stating he was lost deep in the wooded trails. McCormick and Edgefield County Deputies responded to the area and tried to sound their sirens to lead the lost biker through the darkness towards the parking area to no avail.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vision 20/20 Kick-Off Meeting Tonight
web reposted September 17, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Edgefield County Council will conduct a public forum on Monday, September 17, 2007 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at J-E-T Middle School located at 1095 Columbia Road (SC Hwy. 23) between Edgefield and Johnston.  This will be the first of five meetings that lead to the completion of the Edgefield County Vision 20/20 Plan.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Saints shut out Patriots 34-0
web posted September 17, 2007
WEBNEWS – In a game that was delayed by a brief, but heavy rainstorm, the Clarendon Hall Saints rolled to a 34-0 win over Wardlaw Academy Friday night.
Clarendon Hall improves to 5-0 with the win while the Patriots suffered their third consecutive loss to fall to 2-3 on the season.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE
: Edgefield County Magistrate's Office announces limited business hours during training
web reposted September 11, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Magistrate's Office will be closed from 8:30 am until 1 pm beginning on Monday, September 10 through October 5, 2007, in order to attend training sessions for the Case Management Computer System that is being implemented by the SC Court Administration. The office will open at 1 pm during this time.
EdgefieldDaily.com

So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted September 17, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bill Hixon caught red-handed in inaccurate campaign mail out (Photo)
web posted September 15, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com does not support any candidate for elected office. However, when a candidate chooses to try to discredit EdgefieldDaily.com in campaign literature for reporting facts, we take exception to that candidate and will no longer sit on the sidelines. Republican Senate candidate Bill Hixon chose to do just that and we welcome the opportunity to show who is providing voters with “false” information, and it is not EdgefieldDaily.com.
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Strom Thurmond 16 South Aiken 18
web posted September 7, 2007
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thuromnd Rebels drop to 1-3 with a 18-16 loss to South Aiken in the final seconds of the game after an interception ending a drive by the Rebels to recapture the lead. A full report will be available in the EdgefieldDaily.com Sports Section on Monday.

Townhouses approved for North Augusta Country Club (Photo)
web posted September 14, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Planning Commission held their September meeting Thursday night and gave their conditional approval of a new gated community planned for the North Augusta Country Club. The new development will be 103 townhouses contained in 28 buildings and will be named The Pinery. David Simonean of Cranston Engineering Group gave the presentation to the commission.
EdgefieldDaily.com

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

McCormick Gold Rush Festival Saturday
web posted September 14, 2007
PSA / MCCORMICK – The McCormick Gold Rush Festival will be held on Saturday, in McCormick kicking off with a pancake breakfast starting at 7 am. The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce invites area residents to come enjoy the day panning for gold, touring the old gold mines, car show, crafts, vendors, food, and the parade.
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Power of the Press: School Rescinds Ban On Flag Clothing
web posted September 14, 2007
SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C – A North Carolina High School that came under national attention over their rule that prohibited students from wearing items with the American flag, or any flag from other countries, has lifted the ban.
NBC17.com

Dubai tower now world's tallest free-standing structure
web posted September 14, 2007
The world's tallest building, still under construction in the booming Gulf emirate of Dubai, has become the world's tallest free-standing structure, its developers said on Thursday. The Burj Dubai tower is now 555 metres (1,831.5 feet) tall and has surpassed the 553-metre- (1,824.9-feet) CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, which held the record for the world's tallest free-standing structure since 1976, developers Emaar Properties said in a statement.
Breibart.com

Choice for Superintendent has less than stellar record
web posted September 13, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board made its decision to hire Mary Rice Crenshaw as the new superintendent of schools on Tuesday night even after being advised of a poor record in test scores under her leadership. In spite of the glaring inadequacies the majority black school board members ignored the facts and seemingly hired the least qualified candidate based on race with a vote along racial lines.
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Related Opinion: "Intestinal fortitude" is not all it is cracked up to be
web posted September 13, 2007
OPINION – The hiring of Dr. Mary Rice Crenshaw as the new superintendent of schools for Edgefield County on a racial line vote has drawn the ire of a majority of Edgefield County parents and educators. School Board member James Bibbs stated that Dr. David Mathis did not have the “intestinal fortitude” to implement the changes the black school board members seek for the school district. Changes? With Strom Thurmond reaching record high SAT scores above the National average and PACT scores also gaining ground, what possible changes could the school board want to make?
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Drug dealers sentenced to decade in prison (Photos)
web posted September 13, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Two drug dealers arrested after an undercover operation last June met their fate in an Edgefield County courtroom Wednesday. Jason Nault, 26, of Trenton, and Adam Tiffany, 26, of Florida were arrested on June 26, 2006 in Trenton and were found to be in possession of 54.48 grams of cocaine along with weapons. A search of Mr. Nault’s Trenton home following the arrest found two pounds of marijuana which also lead to the arrest of Mr. Nault’s then 25-year-old wife, Meredith Nault.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County Line man discovers unsuccessful burglary attempt
web posted September 13, 2007
COUNTY LINE – A County Line man reported an attempted burglary of his Hayes Drive home to the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night. The homeowner left the residence around 7:30 Tuesday morning and arrived back around 6:30 pm to discover an unknown subject tried to pry open the front door.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: High School Bans American Flag
web posted September 13, 2007
SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.
Off The Wall

500 Scientists Publish Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears
web posted September 13, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun's irradiance. "This data and the list of scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since 1850," said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery.
Earthtimes.org


Residents, educators challenge vote to hire superintendent
web posted September 12, 2007
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board has made their choice for a new Superintendent of Schools and that choice has raised more than questions, it has raised the issue of racial preferences in hiring practices in the School District. Mary Rice-Crenshaw was hired on a racial line vote of 4 to 3 Tuesday night against the wishes of educators and parents in attendance at the meeting. School Board member James Bibbs stated that Crenshaw would better represent the “African-American” population better than 25-year Edgefield County School District veteran David Mathis. Some question why a school superintendent is to represent only one race.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Drug busts results in fourteen arrests and seizure of cash and drugs
web posted September 12, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on Tuesday on the drug sweep that took place on September 6 in the Johnston area. In addition to fourteen arrests in the sweep, officers seized approximately $1,500 in cash and “a substantial quantity of what is believed to be marijuana and cocaine.”
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Country Music Television casting for “My Big Redneck Wedding” in Edgefield County
web posted September 12, 2007
COUNTY – Do you consider yourself to be a “Redneck” and plan to be married soon? Well, Country Music Television (CMT) has an offer for you. EdgefieldDaily.com received a faxed request for citizens of Edgefield County that are planning their wedding and want to be on a television show called “My Big Redneck Wedding”. The catch? You have to have your wedding between the months of September and December of 2007 and be a Redneck. We have no idea why Edgefield County was selected as one of the areas for a casting call.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether neighborhood site of recent reported frauds
web posted September 12, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The 400 block of Big Oak Drive in Merriwether was the scene of two reported frauds on Monday. At the present time the two cases appear to be unrelated, however, both are currently under investigation.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cancer Care Institute at Aiken Regional Medical Centers offering free screenings for prostate cancer
web posted September 12, 2007
AIKEN – Take a few minutes to protect yourself Saturday, September 22. About one in six American men will develop prostate cancer and nearly all men will experience some sort of prostate problem during their lifetimes. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better the chances of successfully treating the disease.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Republicans demand resignation of Rep. Briley after DUI arrest
Report: Briley finished drink at gunpoint after 100 mph chase
web posted September 12, 2007
Republican leaders are calling for state Rep. Rob Briley to resign after his arrest for drunken driving over the weekend, a partisan move House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh called “pretty lowlife.”
KnoxNews.com

Never Forget Why We Are At War -  9/11/01 (Photos)
web posted September 11, 2007
NATION – Six years ago America was attacked by Islamic Terrorists lead by Osama bin Laden. Though the pictures of that day are rarely seen in the national media while they and liberal Democrats peruse their campaign to have America surrender the war, EdgefieldDaily.com has no problem reminding our readers why we are at war.
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Killers given 25 and 30 years in death of baby (Photos)
web posted September 11, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Mary Christina Dey, 21, and Devin Antoine Watson, 26, were sentenced on Monday in the Edgefield County Courthouse by Judge Doyet A. Early to 25 and 30 years respectively in the homicide by child abuse of their 13-month old son Darrell Watson in August of 2003. Judge Early, often times stating his disbelief in the brutality of the killing, challenged defense attorneys’ attempts to mitigate fault for their respective clients in the case. “You got the wrong judge,” Early said.
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Trenton man most recent victim as vehicle thefts continue
web posted September 11, 2007
TRENTON – Auto thefts continue across the county with the latest taking place in Trenton. A Trenton man went to the Sheriff’s Office to report his light blue 1980 Ford F250 pick-up was taken from his residence and a witness provided a name of the suspect.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Racing bike stolen from County Line resident
web posted September 11, 2007
COUNTY LINE – An Eagle Road man notified the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday to report the theft of a $5,000 racing motorcycle from the back of his truck while parked in his yard. The theft is believed to have occurred between 1:30 and 9 am that morning.
EdgefieldDaily.com

NOTICE: Edgefield County Magistrate's Office announces limited business hours during training
web reposted September 11, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Magistrate's Office will be closed from 8:30 am until 1 pm beginning on Monday, September 10 through October 5, 2007, in order to attend training sessions for the Case Management Computer System that is being implemented by the SC Court Administration. The office will open at 1 pm during this time.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Clinton to Return $850,000 Raised by Hsu
web posted September 11, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Monday it will return $850,000 in donations raised by Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is under federal investigation for allegedly violating election laws. Clinton, D-N.Y., previously had planned only to give to charity $23,000 she received from Hsu for her presidential and senatorial campaigns and to her political action committee, HillPac.
Associated Press

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Laney hands Rebels second loss of season
web posted September 10, 2007
AUGUSTA - The large crowd at new Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium was preparing for overtime with Strom Thurmond when Cameron Stallings found Courtney Roundtree on an 11-yard touchdown pass and 13-7 win. The touchdown pass came with just 3.5 seconds left on the clock. Stallings kept the play alive by putting his hand on the ground for balance after nearly going down in a tackle.
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Massey to spend final week of State Senate race advocating his 5 Point Plan to Shake Up Columbia
web posted September 10, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Shane Massey has announced that he will spend the final week of the Republican primary special election for State Senate advocating his 5 Point Plan to Shake Up Columbia.  Every day this week Massey will release one “point” and talk with voters about that issue at a “Shake Up Street Chat” in the district. The primary election will be held Tuesday, September 18.
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“Tune-up” Tournament Turns Gold For Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Club
web posted September 10, 2007
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Club competed Saturday, September 8th, at the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Association’s tournament in Statesboro, Georgia.  “I wanted our players, that are already U.S. Chess Federation members, to participate in a tough tournament so that we might get an idea of the things we need to work on”, said Coach David Whatley.  
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted September 10, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall:Abuse of sanity: paedophile gay couple allowed to adopt, abuse boys
web posted September 10, 2007
So politically correct has adoption become, a council allowed these gay paedophiles to foster young boys — even, as one mother reveals here, turning a blind eye when presented with evidence of their horrifying abuse.
Off The Wall

Lucy Laney 13  Strom Thurmond 7
web posted September 7, 2007
AUGUSTA – Strom Thurmond falls to a 1 - 2 record after losing to Lucy Laney with a touchdown by Laney with just 3 seconds on the clock. A full report will follow on Monday in the Sports Section.

Drug raid yields a dozen arrests, more expected
web posted September 8, 2007
JOHNSTON – Authorities conducted a drug sweep Thursday night in Johnston arresting a dozen people and more arrests are expected over the next few days. The Johnston Police Department was joined by the Sheriff’s Office, the Edgefield Police Department, the SC Highway Patrol, and ATF officers to conduct the raids.
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Middle School Students in Edgefield County Defy the Odds
web posted September 8, 2007
EDGEFIELD – State and national trends show that middle school students (grades 6, 7 and 8) do not perform as well as other students on achievement tests. However, this appears not to be the case in Edgefield County based on recent PACT results. Middle School students in Edgefield County defied the odds and showed increases at each grade level in reading and mathematics. Reading and mathematics are used to determine progress for No Child Left Behind.
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Cub Scout School Recruitment Night At Merriwether Elementary
web posted September 8, 2007
PSA - MERRIWETHER – Cub Scout Pack 601 would like to invite all boys in the 1st thru 5th grades to    Merriwether Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 at 6:30pm for our School Night Recruitment. Cub Scouting is fun, exciting, outdoor experiences, and a program is winning is not everything. Where our motto is "Do Your Best", help others, and insure family values. Then Cub Scouting is right for you and your family. We work around all schedules (sports, work, etc.) because we are a family based program. If all this sounds good to you then we would like you and your family to join us on Sept.13 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria at Merriwether Elementary School or contact Chris Armstong at (803) 637-5203 or email pack601@bellsouth.net

Woman reports $10,000 in pearls stolen
web posted September 8, 2007
COUNTY LINE – A Catland Woods Drive woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of $10,000 of jewelry from her home. The woman told the responding deputy that she believes the theft occurred during a recent party in her home with at least thirty people attending.
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Deputy aids in rescue of elderly woman
web posted September 8, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Deputy helped rescue an 85-year-old woman after she fell and suffered a possible broken hip on Thursday. The woman reportedly fell sometime around 2 am Thursday morning and remained on the floor until the deputy was dispatched around 5 pm Thursday afternoon. Upon arrival the deputy forced his way into the home and found the woman lying on her bedroom floor.
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No tolerance, no sense
web posted September 8, 2007
OFF THE WALL – If you want to understand why an Arizona child could get kicked out of school for sketching a gun, you've got to know how we got here.
Off The Wall
 

Ravenel Guilty (Photo)
web posted September 7, 2007
COLUMBIA – Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is now a convicted felon after pleading guilty in federal court in Columbia Thursday to one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. Ravenel was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in June after a SLED investigation into cocaine sales and use in Charleston.
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Merriwether man arrested for sex crimes (Photo)
web posted September 7, 2007
MERRIWETHER – A 23-year-old Merriwether man has been arrested for soliciting someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl, but turned out to be an undercover agent in the state of Washington. Matthew Ryan Doyle, of the 1400 block of Old Martintown Road, was taken into custody at his home late Wednesday by Investigators from the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and SLED..
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PAC in senate race uses EdgefeieldDaily.com in attack ad (Photo)
web posted September 7, 2007
WEBNEWS – EdgefieldDaily.com was provided a mass mailing purportedly sponsored by the South Carolinians for Responsible Government Political Action Committee (SCRG PAC) that is asking questions about Republican candidate Bill Hixon’s property values and sources EdgefieldDaily.com. Calls to the SCRG PAC went unanswered to confirm they are the ones responsible for the obviously expensive two-page, four sided, glossy color mail-out.
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Raids result in a dozen arrests
web posted September 7, 2007
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston and Edgefield Police Departments, SLED, SC Highway Patrol, and ATF conducted raids across the county Thursday night rounding up suspected drug dealers and also recovered a stolen car from Washington D.C. in the process. According to information obtained by EdgefieldDaily.com there were between 12 and 16 persons arrested in the raids. We will continue to follow this breaking story and provide more information as it becomes available

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

Lake Trenton residents play "chicken" once again with farmer
web posted September 6, 2007
TRENTON – The on again, off again, and now on again controversy over a chicken farm in the Lake Trenton area has become an issue once again as Trenton business owner Rodney Cato’s 2004 application for a permit to place a chicken farm near the area was approved by the Department of Health and Environmental Control this April. Lake Trenton residents, who pushed to have zoning placed on the area to prevent the chicken farm in 2005, won a small battle when the regulations were imposed. They may have won that battle, but the war is not over.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield declares Chris Sizemore Day Sept. 18
web posted September 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – September 18 will be declared Christine “Chris” Sizemore Day in Edgefield with a proclamation passed by the town council Wednesday night. Chris Sizemore was the subject of the 1957 movie “The Three Faces of Eve” by Twentieth Century Fox. Sizemore is an Edgefield native and still considers Edgefield “home” Mayor Ken Durham said.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Parking tops Edgefield Town Council discussion
web posted September 6, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Parking in downtown Edgefield was discussed at the Edgefield Town Council on Wednesday night and Mayor Ken Durham said he was trying to raise the awareness of local business owners and their employees who park on Main Street. Mayor Durham said he has counted the number of cars parked that belonged to business owners or their employees. On one Thursday Durham said, “I counted an excess of twenty merchant cars right in front of the businesses.”
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$63,000 in equipment stolen from work site
web posted September 6, 2007
TRENTON – A Trenton man notified the Sheriff’s Office of the theft of $63,000 worth of heavy equipment from a work site on Cessna Drive on Tuesday. It is believed the equipment was stolen over the Labor Day weekend.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fred Thompson "I'm running for president of the United States."
web posted September 6, 2007
At 7:57 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, while taping "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for broadcast later in the evening, Fred Thompson finally said: "I'm running for president of the United States." The studio audience responded with thunderous applause.
Politico.com

Reserve funds, non-mobile "mobile" concession stand top debate at county council
web posted September 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their September meeting with extended public debate on everything from wording of a resolution to why the $48,000 mobile concession trailer at Bettis Park is not “mobile”. The debates were not limited to the county council as a number of residents present at the meeting offered their input.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Talbert recognized for fifty years of service at Sheriff's Office (Photos)
web posted September 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD – A surprise luncheon was held at the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office for Frances Talbert on Tuesday celebrating her fiftieth anniversary with the Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Talbert started work with former Sheriff Griffith in 1957, continued in her position under former Sheriff’s Parker, and is still employed under Sheriff Dobey. Sheriff’s Dobey said Mrs. Talbert is a very valued member of his staff and he depends on her extensive knowledge quite often.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether woman shot by Greenville Police (Photo)
web posted September 5, 2007
COUNTY – An Edgefield County woman is dead after being shot by a Greenville Police Officer on Friday. Sabrina Parker, 35, of Merriwether, was shot by Greenville Police Officer Russell Irvin when he responded to a call to investigate a burglary.  Cpl. Russell shot Mrs. Parker in her apartment on Stone Avenue where she was residing after being released from a three-year prison sentence she received in 2005 in Edgefield.
EdgefieldDaily.com

EMS suggests pulling out of Merriwether, EMA seeks protection of radio towers
web posted September 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County EMS Director Jewel Plaxco presented a proposal to the county council Tuesday night that would remove the EMS substation at the Merriwether Fire Department and relocate it to Highway 25 near the end of the four-lane. Director Plaxco said that due to having only two full time ambulances the Merriwether ambulance constantly had to go on “stand-by” at the County Line Fire Department because the Edgefield based ambulance would be on call.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Candidates report thefts, vandalism of political signs
web posted September 5, 2007
COUNTY – Republican candidates for the District 25 Senate seat left open by the resignation of Democrat Tommy Moore are complaining of political signs vanishing or being vandalized in Edgefield County as the September 18 primary draws near. On Tuesday candidate Bill Hixon called to report one of his political signs being vandalized and candidate Chris Corley wrote to EdgefieldDaily.com to report his signs being stolen, and in one case being placed on private property in what he described as an attempt to cause discourse with the property owner.
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Gov. Sanford to Lead State Delegation to World Economic Forum
web posted September 5, 2007
COLUMBIA – Gov. Mark Sanford will today lead a delegation of South Carolina business leaders and legislators to Dalian, China for the World Economic Forum's inaugural "New Champions" meeting.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Community Meetings Seek Input for “Educating the Whole Child”
web posted September 4, 2007
JOHNSTON – “Educating The Whole Child” will be the topic of discussion at four community meetings to be held in the month of September.  Under the guidance of Dr. Myrtis Brightharp, grants specialist for the ECSD, information is being sought from parents and citizens on various programs that to implemented for student enrichment. The programs may vary from academic enhancement to emphasis placed on the arts for students to explore.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Meet the Bus Drivers Night
web posted September 4, 2007
COUNTY – A schedule of three different meetings has been scheduled for parents to come out and meet their student’s bus drivers. The meetings are designed to give important information regarding bus procedures and policies. Parents are encouraged to attend and offer suggestions they may have to help strengthen the transportation system.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Five flee from crash scene after police chase
web posted September 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – Five people in a blue Chevrolet pick-up truck tried to outrun Edgefield Police during a traffic stop on Sunday night. After a three-minute chase the truck crashed and the five occupants ran from the scene. Edgefield police radioed that they needed additional units to respond and that two subjects were being held at gunpoint.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Crouch Ace Hardware Labor Day Sale
web posted September 1, 2007
ADVERTISEMENT – Crouch Ace Hardware will be open on Saturday & Monday as part of our Labor Day Sale. Stop by to take advantage of the special savings offered this weekend only. Crouch Ace Hardware – “The Helpful Place” for all your home and hardware needs. Visit us at 112 Court House Square, Edgefield, South Carolina. Call 803-637-3331

One car crash sends woman to MCG (Photos)
web posted September 3, 2007
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County woman was taken to MCG after losing control of her Chevrolet Aveo LS Saturday night and crashing into a tree line on Sweetwater Road. E911 dispatchers received a call from the woman around 11:45 pm stating the car was in the trees but she did not know exactly where she was. Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, and First Responders converged on the area and located the woman about a mile north of Big Oak Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

EdgefieldDaily.com Sports: Rebels dominate Panthers in 41-13 win at home opener
web posted September 3, 2007
JOHNSTON – After falling behind early, Strom Thurmond rolled to a 41-13 win over the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers in their home opener Friday night. Taking a cue from North Augusta two weeks ago, the Rebels put up 41 unanswered points before Batesburg-Leesville scored late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers put points on the board after their third possession of the game.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Firefighters hold "Fill the Boot" drive to benefit MDA (Photos)
Merriwether firefighters raise $2,300
web posted September 3, 2007
MERRIWETHER – While most people were heading off to the lake or the beach for the last long weekend of the summer, area firefighters were out giving of their time to collect money for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department held their “Fill the Boot” drive on Saturday morning. Drives were held on Sweetwater Road at Five Notch Road, the intersection of Martintown and Gregory Lake Roads, and Highway 25 at Kennedy Drive.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Deadline for STH Class of 1987 20-year Reunion nears end
web posted September 3, 2007
PSA – The deadline for the Strom Thurmond Class of 1987 twenty-year reunion on September 21 & 22, 2007 is drawing to an end. Alumni are asked to attend and, dance, eat, and enjoy catching up with old friends.  
EdgefieldDaily.com

EdgefieldDaily.com Sports: "Coco" Hillary key to Appalachian State -  #5 Michigan upset
web posted September 3, 2007
EDGEFIELD – In what will be one of the biggest upsets of the college football season, Division 1-AA Appalachian State upset number 5 ranked University of Michigan
34-32 on the road Saturday afternoon. Former Strom Thurmond High standout Cicory "Coco" Hillary was a key contributor for Appalachian State.
EdgefieldDaily.com

CAPTURED: Sheriff’s Investigators nab suspected burglar (Photos)
web posted September 1, 2007
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office said a man wanted in connection to at least two recent burglaries is now in custody. Charles Timothy Key, 51, of Graniteville, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in Richmond County and was scheduled for an extradition hearing on Friday. Investigators say Key is the man shown in video surveillance footage taken during an August 20 burglary at Sportsman’s Corner in Merriwether.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond  41 -  Batesburg-Leesville  13
web posted September 1, 2007
WEBNEWS – Strom Thurmond bounced back after a loss to North Augusta last Friday by defeating Batesburg-Leesville by a score of 41 to 13 to move to 1-1 for the 2007-2008 season. EdgefieldDaily.com will have a full report in Monday's Sports Report.

Bobby F. Edmonds book signing
web posted September 1, 2007
EDGEFIELD –  The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is hosting a book signing honoring local author, Bobby F. Edmonds, on September 15, 2007 from 10:00am to 1:00 pm at the Region 2 Discovery Center. There will be light refreshments served during the book signing.
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