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2008 September Archives


Johnston Police arrest three for August armed robbery (Photos)
web posted September 29, 2008
JOHNSTON – Three men have been arrested and will be facing charges for the armed robbery of the Johnston Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant owner and his family on August 14 at the family home. Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Monday evening that his Department, with the help of the Edgefield Police, the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division, and SLED, “got a break in the case that lead to us solving the crime.”
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New leadership tapped for Johnston and Douglas Elementary
web posted September 30, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of Superintendent Mary R. Crenshaw to name Mr. Bruce Lee as Principal of Johnston Elementary and Mrs. Cherya Clark, Principal of Douglas Elementary at the September 23, 2008 Board Meeting.
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Sgt. Harris named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (Photo)
web posted September 30, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Sergeant Elijah Harris was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by The Military Order of World Wars last week. Sgt. Harris has worked with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years and was honored at a dinner ceremony in Augusta, Georgia, by the Order.
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Gun and drugs found at party: one arrested
web posted September 30, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A weekend party on Macedonia Street led to one arrest and the discovery of drugs and a pistol before the party was closed down by Edgefield Police. Edgefield Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was on Augusta Road shortly before 1 am Saturday morning. When officers approached the vehicle they were met by a “strong odor of marijuana” coming from inside the car.
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Free Volunteer Training Teaches Child Advocacy Skills
web posted September 30, 2008
PSA - COUNTY – The Edgefield County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program teaches every day people to become positive, effective advocates for children living in foster care. The GAL volunteers advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and are now involved with the Family Court system. These dedicated volunteers provide hope, strength and support to children in desperate need of a caring adult in their lives.
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Miller Recognized as Wal-Mart District Teacher of the Year (Photo)
 web posted September 30, 2008
JOHNSTON – On September 23 a grand announcement was made at Johnston Elementary School. Mrs. Tyra Miller was recognized as a Walmart District Teacher of the Year. This honor came from the nomination made by Mr. Billy Bledsoe, a driver for the Walmart Company. Mr. Bledsoe recognized Mrs. Miller for her outstanding educational qualities because she was a teacher of one of his daughters, and a mentor for his other daughter who now teachers at Johnston Elementary.
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Police seize SUV in drug arrest
web posted September 30, 2008
JOHNSTON – As Johnston Police and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a warrant sweep last Thursday, a suspicious SUV caught their attention as the vehicle began backing up on Slide Hill Road. Police took notice of the SUV and stopped the driver for improper backing and a window tint violation. That traffic stop led to two arrests and the seizure of the vehicle when 11 grams of crack cocaine was discovered inside.
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Grant Recipients “In The Spotlight” with $4,591,240 awarded (Photo)
 web posted September 30, 2008
COUNTY – The 2008-2009 school and district grant recipients were found “In The Spotlight” at the September 23, 2008 Edgefield County Board of Trustees meeting. The grand announcement of a total of $4,591,240.00 in grant monies received throughout the schools and community sounded a loud round of applause and congratulations to these educators and community leaders who have gone above and beyond to secure extra funding for projects.
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The money crunch: Monopoly money and the Federal Reserve - Editor's Column from 2005
web posted August 16, 2005
A column by the Editor
“In God We Trust, Federal Reserve Note, The United States of America, This Note is Legal Tender for all debts, public and private”. These are the phrases imprinted upon our money. What is inauspiciously missing since 1964 is the all important phrases that gave our “money” its value, “The United States of America will pay to the bearer on demand (the value on the Note 1, 2, 5, 10, ect.) Dollars” and “is redeemable in lawful money”.
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Get Involved – Register to Vote
web posted September 29, 2008
COUNTY – This is the last week to register to vote before the November 4, 2008 General Election. The Voter Registration & Election Office, located at 129 Court House Square, Suite 106 (in the basement of the Courthouse), Edgefield, will be open from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am until noon on Saturday, October 4. For more information please call 803-637-4072 or 803-637-7154.

Water Authority worker charged in theft
web posted September 29, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An employee of the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority has been arrested and charged after allegedly stealing almost $1,000 in new brass fittings and then selling them as scrap metal at an area recycling facility in Augusta, Georgia. Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigators were tipped to the sale of the new fittings when the employee wore his Edgefield County Water Authority uniform drawing the attention of the recycling company workers.
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Rep. Barrett on the Bailout: Treat the Disease, Not Just the Symptoms
By Rep. Gresham Barrett
web posted September 29, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – My wife, Natalie, is always trying to make sure I eat right and exercise. She knows how fast paced and stressful it can be in Congress, and she’s seen me pick the french fries over the fruit too many times. If it wasn’t for her oversight and concern, I’d probably be a prime candidate for heart disease by now. But Natalie keeps me in check, and I am truly grateful for that.
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Sports:
Rebels Blank Silver Bluff for Third Shut Out
Rebels remain perfect at 5-0 entering region play
Region Play Begins This Week - Plus Region Standings
By: Tim Crane
web posted September 29, 2008
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Youth Rally to host 2008 World Natural Sports Fitness Champion (Photo)
web posted September 29, 2008
PSA - JOHNSTON – The Project 100 will be sponsoring a Youth Rally at JET Middle School on October 25 with the featured guest speaker being 2008 World Natural Sports Fitness Champion Diana Chaloux, of San Antonio, Texas. There is no admission to the rally and parents and youth are invited to attend.
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All God’s Creatures 3rd Annual Golf Tournament
web posted September 29, 2008
COUNTY – The Third Annual All God’s Creatures Golf Tournament will be held next month on Friday, October 24 at the Persimmon Hill Golf Club in Saluda. Those registering to play will be eligible for a drawing for week’s vacation in Hilton Head.
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Off The Wall - Pastors to IRS: You can't tell us what to preach
web posted September 29, 2008
This weekend a select team of 33 pastors in 22 states will be preaching on politics in a direct challenge to a federal tax statute that forbids churches from interfering with political campaigns.
Off The Wall

U.S. Congress Seals Bailout Deal
web posted September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The White House and congressional leaders agreed on a deal to authorize the biggest banking rescue in U.S. history. The $700 billion program would effectively nationalize an array of mortgages and securities backed by them -- instruments whose deteriorating value has clogged the nation's financial system.
Wall Street Journal

Law puts thousands of Florida voter IDs in question
web posted September 29, 2008
TALLAHASSEE --  About 3,200 new voters are in the cross-hairs of Florida's new and controversial ''no-match'' law, which could force them to cast provisional ballots on Election Day if officials can't confirm their identities.The law, designed to prevent potential election fraud and remove joke names from voter rolls -- ''Ricco Suave'' and ''Joe Blow'' among them -- requires local elections officials to mail letters to anyone whose registration information doesn't match the state's driver's license or Social Security databases.
Miami Herald

Scores from across the state for Week 5
By Tim Crane
web posted September 27, 2008
SPORTS – Scores from across the state for Week 5
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Strom Thurmond 7 Silver Bluff 0 
web posted September 27, 2008
PETTICOAT JUNCTION – The Strom Thrumond Rebels remain perfect for the season improving to 5-0 after winning a defensive battle that lasted the entire game by a score of 7-0. EdgefieldDaily.com's Tim Crane will have all the action on Monday.

NOTICE: Football Jamboree canceled due to gas shortages 
web posted September 27, 2008
COUNTY – The Saturday Football Jamboree set for today has been canceled. Edgefield County Recreation Director Nick Wates issued the following press release Friday afternoon.
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Seatbelt prevents injury in Friday afternoon crash (Photos)
web posted September 27, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A North Augusta man escaped serious injury Friday afternoon due to wearing a seatbelt. The man was traveling southbound on Murrah Road and ran off the right hand side of the road after rounding a curve and the wet grass then caused the car to begin to slide out of control.
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Valentine Named NWTF Spokeswoman (Photo)
 web posted September 27, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Brenda Valentine, the outdoor industry's "First Lady of HuntingTM," has been named the official spokeswoman for the National Wild Turkey Federation. Valentine made her official debut as spokeswoman on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C., where more than 300 women had gathered for a weekend of fun, fellowship and learning at the Women in the Outdoors national event.
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Wagner man 24th to die on Aiken County roads this year
web posted September 27, 2008
AIKEN – A 59-year-old Wagner man became Aiken County’s 24th to die as a result of a crash in the county this year. According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, Donnie Ray Swartz of Wagner was driving a Jennings Sanitation truck westbound on highway 278 when he lost control of the truck on a narrow bridge on Friday afternoon around 3:15.
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Community and Cultural Partners to host “Fall” First Friday festivities
web posted September 27, 2008
GREENWOOD – Various cultural organizations and businesses have partnered to present a large variety of activities and exhibits during the upcoming First Friday activities on Friday, October 3, 2008 in Uptown Greenwood. Some new organizations, including Meridian!, Greenwood’s first artist incubator facility, will be celebrating their grand opening during this evening.
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Over a dozen arrested as second sweep for wanted suspects in a week takes place in Johnston
web posted September 26, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and Johnston Police were involved in a warrant service sweep on Thursday night that took a number of wanted suspects off the streets and into custody. The sweep began around 7 pm and lasted around three hours and required the Sheriff’s Office to bring an inmate transportation van to the area to assist in transporting those arrested to the county jail.
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SPORTS: Strom Thurmond - Silver Bluff game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted September 26, 2008
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

Devil's Pool: A hidden historic treasure uncovered (Photos)
 web posted September 26, 2008
TRENTON – The legendary “Devil’s Pool” in Trenton has always been a location that was known only to a few. Anyone that grew up in Trenton was familiar with the “pool” and its cool waters used by local children to escape the summer heat, who rarely shared its location with “outsiders”. Nestled in a deeply wooded area, access to the pool was a difficult hike and landowners refusing to allow the public to venture on private property kept the secret location, well, a secret over the years. That may be changing.
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Massey: US Department of the Interior should include South Carolina in 5-Year Plan for Offshore Drilling
web posted September 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey has asked the United States Department of the Interior to include South Carolina in its 5-year plan for offshore drilling. Experts believe large natural gas reserves sit off South Carolina’s coast, and we have a chance to lead the nation in reducing our dependence on foreign oil. At the same time, collecting royalties from these resources could move our economy forward and jumpstart job creation in our region. Unfortunately, state officials have stayed on the sidelines while other states like Virginia have actively petitioned to become part of the Department of Interior’s 5-year Plan.
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Another stolen Mercedes Benz found in Edgefield County
web posted September 26, 2008
WESTSIDE – It seems Edgefield County is fast becoming the dumping ground of stolen Mercedes Benz’s out of Georgia with the discovery of a second car found on the 3300 block of Martintown Road on Wednesday. A $70,000 Mercedes was found destroyed by fire earlier in the week off Murrah Road on Monday that resulted in about three acres of the landscape being consumed in the resulting fire.
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Heritage Hoe-Down 2008 to Take Place October 14th
web posted September 26, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Region 2, the Freshwater Coast Region, of the SC National Heritage Corridor will hold its 2nd annual Heritage Hoedown fundraising event on Tuesday, October 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the National Wild Turkey Federation Museum in Edgefield, SC.  The evening will feature live music by the Trentopia String Band, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction.  Tickets to the event are $20.00.
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Edgefield County Warriors USSSA travel team seeks players
web posted September 26, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Warriors USSSA travel team is looking for several dedicated and quality players, ages 13, 14 and 15 years old. The majority of the practices will be on Saturdays and, or Sundays for three to fours hours. The majority of the tournaments we will compete in will be on the weekends and they normally start at 8 or 9 AM.
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Opinion: Letter writer says, South Carolina CECAC Recommendations Costly, Do Nothing for Climate
web posted September 26, 2008
Dear Editor.
Proposals intended to avert a feared climate “catastrophe,” delivered to Gov. Mark Sanford this week by the South Carolina Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee (CECAC), promote initiatives that would raise costs and regulation in government, increase gasoline and energy prices, and restrict individual freedoms.
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Get your October Birthday and Anniversary wishes in now for cake give-away
web posted September 25, 2008
WEBNEWS – Time is running out to have your loved one entered into our monthly cake giveaway for a birthday or anniversary. The winner will be announced on October 2 so time is running out to send in your wishes and automatically enter them into our monthly drawing of a cake from Jari’s Bakery. Please be sure to include the date of the birthday or anniversary in your email.
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Six injured in three car crash in Johnston (Photos)
web posted September 25, 2008
JOHNSTON – A total of six people were treated for injuries following a three-car collision Wednesday evening at the intersection of Addison Street and Edisto Street. According to information gathered at the scene, a white Saturn sedan driven by a Hispanic male traveling East on Addison Street failed to stop at the stop sign and was broadsided by a silver Nissan truck traveling North on Edisto Street. The third vehicle, a maroon Chevrolet Malibu that was stopped at the opposite stop sign facing west on Addison Street, was then struck following the initial collision.
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3rd annual Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo gearing up for next month's event (Photo)
web posted September 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Tickets will go on sale today at several CSRA locations for what has become one of Edgefield County's most anticipated annual events - the Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo at the Lazy J Arena. Organizer's Wesley and Sandy Quarles will be putting on their signature event for the third year.
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Governor, Legislators, Policy Council Call for Voting Accountability
web posted September 25, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford joined with S.C. House Representatives Nikki Haley, Nathan Ballentine, and others, as well as S.C. Policy Council President Ashley Landess, on Wednesday to call for on-the-record voting in the S.C. General Assembly.
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Edgefield woman escapes serious injury in crash (Photos)
web posted September 25, 2008
TRENTON – An Edgefield woman escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon after running off the road, striking a sign, and then crossing the road to hit a large pine tree head-on. The woman was traveling north on Highway 19 around 3 pm when she left the right hand side of the roadway. Debris from the car was scatter along the 200-yard crash scene.
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Burned Benz stolen from Georgia
web posted September 25, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The owner of the Mercedes Benz found completely burned in a logging area off Murrah Road resulting in a large brush fire on Monday has been located. According to the Sheriff’s Office the owner was from northern Georgia and reported the car stolen on September 15 after returning from a trip to Florida. The value of the car was listed at $70,000 in an associated police report.

Sports: Preview of Strom Thurmond at Silver Bluff
By Tim Crane
web posted September 25, 2008
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond travels down to Petticoat Junction and will put their unbeaten record on the line against the 3-1 Silver Bluff Bulldogs this Friday. This will be Strom Thurmond’s first test against a 2A opponent this year. Both teams have the ability to put a lot of points on the board and they each have very strong defenses.
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Flu shots available in October
web posted September 25, 2008
PSA – DHEC Region1 will offer flu shots for $25. For those who meet the criteria for a Pneumonia and/or Tetanus shot, there will be no additional charge. Please bring your Medicare and Medicaid cards and other supplemental cards to make sure your plan covers the vaccine. Cash or check (made to DHEC) will be accepted. Flu shots will be offered to anyone ages six months and older. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. The locations and times for Edgefield, Saluda, and McCormick Counties are listed below.
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Edgefield Community Development Association launches web site on Wednesday
web posted September 25, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA) has announced the launching of their web site on Wednesday. The web site features businesses that make up the association, upcoming events, and other tourist information. The site is still under development and will continue to grow in the near future. Please take time to visit the site and give their initial launching a big shot in the arm that only EdgefieldDaily.com readers can provide.
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Sheriff’s SWAT raid leads to manhunt (Photo)
 web posted September 24, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s SWAT Team executed a search warrant at a home on Murrah Road not far from the Merriwether Elementary School that led to a manhunt when the suspect fled the home on foot. Deputies converged on the area and the Sheriff’s Bloodhound Team was also called to track the man in his escape from arrest.
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North Augusta man’s death ruled as homicide
web posted September 24, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – North Augusta Police are investigating the murder of 50-year-old David P. Hett who was discovered dead at his Buena Vista Avenue home by a friend around 7:30 pm Monday evening. An autopsy conducted Tuesday confirmed the death was a homicide Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Tuesday.
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Republicans make history in Edgefield (Photos)
web posted September 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party made history Tuesday with the grand opening of their party’s first ever headquarters. “We’ve looked back and to our knowledge the Republican Party has never had one in the county.” The office is located on the Edgefield Town Square next door to the Park Row Market. Ralph McFarland, the Edgefield County Party Chairman, welcomed everyone in attendance and stated the headquarters would be open each day (excluding Wednesday and Sunday) from 10 am until 2 pm and would be a place for people to get information about the party, candidate yard signs, bumper stickers, and flyers.
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Loaned Executive joins United Way of Edgefield County Campaign
web posted September 24, 2008
COUNTY – The United Way of Edgefield County has added a Loaned Executive this year to help with fund-raising activities for the local United Way. George Harakas, Human Resource Manager for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), will be working part-time during the month of October.  In addition to assisting in raising money, Harakas will raise awareness of the work accomplished by the local United Way.
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Copper and scrap metal thefts continue
web posted September 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Another Aiken Electric Cooperative substation has been targeted for copper theft this week, this time on the 1600 block of Highway 25 north of Edgefield. Workers arrived at the substation Monday afternoon and found a lock to the gated area cut and about 130 feet of copper wire removed from the location.
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Republican candidates attend public forum
web posted September 24, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A Meet the Republican Candidates forum was held Tuesday night at the National Wild Turkey Federation with around fifty people attending to hear from a wide range of candidates seeking election this November. Two state level local candidates face opposition this year, House Representative Don Smith and Sen. Shane Massey.
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Brush fire leads to discovery of Mercedes Benz (Photos)
web posted September 23, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department was called to a brush fire on the 600 block of Murrah Road around 2:30 Monday afternoon and when firefighters arrived on the scene they called for a Sheriff’s Deputy to respond due to finding a Mercedes Benz with the doors open and the car completely burned in the middle of the fire.
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Governor Sanford Accepts Climate Report
web posted September 23, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford accepted the report Monday of his Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee (CECAC), a group tasked with reviewing possible climate change impacts in South Carolina and formulating strategies to address those changes going forward.
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Greg Anderson Replies to Negative Mailer
 web posted September 23, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield small businessman and candidate for state Senate District 25, Greg Anderson, responded today to the negative special interest mailer sent on behalf of Shane Massey. The mailer attacks Anderson for the endorsement he received from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.  The Conservation Voters are
South Carolina's leading non-partisan conservation advocates.
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Boozer to be Edgefield County Alliance speaker for October 6 meeting
web posted September 23, 2008
PSA - EDGEFIELD – The next meeting of the Edgefield County Alliance will be held at Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Campus, Monday October 6th at 7:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone currently working with an organization, as well as the public, is welcomed to attend and those who have been successful in the past are asked to bring your ideas and enthusiasm to move Edgefield County forward together. Everyone interested in making Edgefield County the best place to live, work and play in South Carolina is encouraged to attend.
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Fantastic Shakers Concert to Benefit MEG’s House
web posted September 23, 2008
GREENWOOD – On October 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm the Fantastic Shakers will perform at the Greenwood Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit MEG’s House, Shelter for Abused Women and Children. They have performed from New York to Florida as well as throughout the southeast. Their hit “Myrtle Beach Days” catapulted the Shakers to top of the Carolinas musical groups.
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Corrections Department to sell playing cards illustrated with information about unsolved crimes
web posted September 23, 2008
COLUMBIA – It's been almost five years since Tom and Lorraine Lucas' son, Brian, and three other victims were shot to death at the Superbike Motorsports store in Spartanburg County. Despite the couple's tireless push to find his murderer, including public pleas for help and a handsome sum of reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction, the crime remains unsolved.
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Sports: This week across the region
By Tim Crane
web posted September 23, 2008
SPORTS – Region III flexed its muscle last week and showed why it is one of the toughest regions in AA football, as all region teams won their games.  This week the schedule looks favorable for a repeat. After four games each, no region team has a losing record.  Strom Thurmond is the only unbeaten team remaining in Region III and is one of only 6 unbeaten teams in Class AA.
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Sports: Wardlaw J.V. Patriots Football Team Gets 1st Win of Season (Photos)
By Student Correspondent Daniel Wooten
web posted September 23, 2008
SPORTS – On Thursday, September 18th, Wardlaw’s J.V. football team traveled to Jefferson Davis Academy in Blackville, to take on the Raiders. The J.V. Patriots won by a score of 36 - 6. The leading rusher for the Patriots was Cody Johnson with 5 carries for 54 yards and 1 touchdown. 
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Fall Recreation Leagues ready to kick off season
web posted September 23, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield County Recreation's Fall Leagues is getting ready to kick off their 2008 fall schedules next week. The Football and Cheerleading League is having its opening day jamboree this Saturday, September 27, starting at 9:30 am at the Edgefield County Recreation Park on Bettis Academy Road.
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Off The Wall: Dos Palos students protest after school forces sophomore to remove American flag shirt
web posted September 23, 2008
DOS PALOS -- Students at Dos Palos High School protested Thursday -- by wearing patriotic regalia to school -- after a sophomore student was forced to remove a T-shirt depicting the American flag. The assistant principal thought Shelly's T-shirt violated a clause of the school dress code that does not allow "shirts/blouses that promote specific races, cultures, or ethnicities."
Off The Wall

California woman returned to Edgefield to face felony theft charge after internet chat (Photo)
 web posted September 22, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Catherine Ann Brosemer, 49, of Imperial Avenue in San Diego, California, has been returned to Edgefield after serving three months in the West Valley Detention Center for parole violations after her arrest there in June following a brief illegal visit to Edgefield in May. Brosemer is accused of meeting an Edgefield man on the internet that led to his paying for a bus ticket for her to come and visit. A visit that left him allegedly drugged and his car, electronics, medications, and other goods being stolen.
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Sports: Rebels remain perfect with 35-0 shut out of South Aiken
By Tim Crane
web posted September 22, 2008
AIKEN – On a night when the horses couldn’t get out of the gate for South Aiken, their best chance for a score came with 5:24 remaining in the 4th quarter, when a Thoroughbreds defensive player picked up a Rebel fumble and ran it 59 yards to Strom Thurmond’s 26 yard line. That was about the only highlight South Aiken conjured up all night. Although in a hole, the Blue Steel Defense stepped up once again and held for a three and out and their second shutout of the year. 
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Republicans to hold "Meet and Greet" at NWTF tomorrow
web reposted September 22, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be holding a "Meet and Greet" of Republican candidates at the National Wild Turkey Federation on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. The public is invited to attend. Expected to be in attendance are unopposed County Council candidates Rodney Ashcraft and Genia Blackwell and County Council District 1 candidate Trace Faust as well as District 25 Senate candidate Sen. Shane Massey. For more information visit the Edgefield County Republican Party web site. The Edgefield County GOP will also be marking the grand opening of their Party Headquarters on the Edgefield Town Square at 11 am Tuesday.

Citizens Invited to Join Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Committee
web reposted September 22, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization, is expanding its Peach Blossom Festival by adding a new Committee that will steer the Festival. The public is encouraged to attend.
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"Green Approved" Candidates for November Elections
web posted September 22, 2008
STATE – Conservation Voters awarded its “green seal of approval” to 30 endorsed State House and State Senate candidates in contested November elections.  “Candidates earned our support because of either their records or their desire to work with us on a variety of issues – from protecting land and water resources to upholding the rights of communities to plan for sustainable growth to promoting energy efficiency measures to lessen our dependence on dirty fossil fuels,” said Executive Director, Ann Timberlake.
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Hatchell Recipient of First Scholarship (Photo)
web posted September 22, 2008
GREENWOOD – Hank Hatchell of Greenwood is the first recipient of the Self Regional Health Care Management Scholarship. Hatchell, a Programmer Analyst in the Information Systems Department at Self Regional Healthcare, is enrolled in his final class this fall and will receive a certificate in Health Care Management from Lander University in December.
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Opinion: Democrats can lie- but not hide- as architects of mortgage collapse
A Column by the Editor
web posted September 22, 2008
COLUMN – While Democrat Presidential hopeful Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats blame the collapse of the housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack on President Bush and Sen. John McCain, they are obviously having a mental block for truth. The Democrats fingerprints, and mostly Democrat President Bill Clinton’s, are all over what lead to the crisis. But do not take my word for it; let’s look at the history that is recorded even in the liberal papers like the New York Times among others.
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Spring Was Breaking Out All Over
By Carl Langley
web posted September 22, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Fifty Aprils have long since disappeared from the calendar, but I can still recall spring breaking out all over on a beautiful Sunday morning in Aiken’s historic district. On this glorious day trees and shrubbery were busy putting on their coats of green, the early flowers were forming in carefully cared for nooks and crannies on lawns along Colleton Avenue and York Street.
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Off The Wall: Broward Democrats mock Palin and God in "prayer"
web posted September 22, 2008
Florida - At the Broward Democratic Party's monthly meeting Tuesday night, it started right at the beginning — with the invocation, delivered by Mike Moskowitz, the state committeeman for the county. He called for a "blessing on the elk and moose in Alaska who have been decimated by Sarah Barracuda" and included a prayer that Palin doesn't turn her sights on the squirrels in Washington, D.C. "We pray that her journey takes her across the bridge to nowhere," he said.
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Suspect arrested during manhunt still not charged in armed robbery
web posted September 20, 2008
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Friday that the man arrested in Thursday night’s manhunt following the second armed robbery of a local business owner returning to his home in the last few weeks has not been charged in relation to the robbery. “At this point we aren’t sure if he had anything to do with it or not,” Chief Aston said but added that, “Everything he was telling us has turned out to be a lie.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Par for the course: N.A. Country Club stuck yet again
web posted September 20, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The repetitive vandalism of the North Augusta Country Club has occurred for a fifth time in a month, and the third time this week. The vandals repeated the crime Thursday night almost taunting the Sheriff’s Office to catch them. They seem to strike at will in spite of stepped up patrols and have left over $40,000 in damages at the country club.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Scores around the state: All three area schools come away winners
Sports By: Tim Crane
web posted September 20, 2008
SPORTS – All three Edgefield County Schools walked away winners Friday night with Strom Thurmond shutting out South Aiken by a score of 35-0, Wardlaw trouncing St. Paul’s 70-6, and Fox Creek posting only their second victory in years with a big win over C.A. Johnson by a score of 40-22.
EdgefieldDaily.com Sports

Here’s Your Card: That ain’t me!
 web posted September 20, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – It is one thing to commit a crime. It is another doing it knowing that there are surveillance cameras watching you. There is nothing to explain your viewing the video of your crime and denying knowing anything about it other than to say… Here’s your card.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SPORTS: Strom Thurmond 35 - South Aiken 0
web posted September 19, 2008
WEBNEWS – Strom Thurmond (4-0) remains unbeaten after shutting out South Aiken 35-0 Friday night. A full recap of the game will be available Monday.

Second Johnston business owner robbed at gunpoint at family home
web posted September 19, 2008
JOHNSTON – For the second time in just over a month a Johnston business owner has been the victim of an armed robbery after arriving at their home. 911 dispatchers received a call from the victim at 10:10 Thursday night bringing Johnston and Edgefield Police, as well as Sheriff’s Deputies racing to the scene.
EdgefieldDaily.com

No bond for accused kidnapper (Photos)
web posted September 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Accused kidnapper Brian Bennett, 31, who was arrested in Wentzville, Missouri on September 3, is being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center and after a bond hearing Thursday afternoon he will be there for a while. “I am going to deny bond,” Magistrate Judge Brenda Carpenter told Mr. Bennett during the hearing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

SPORTS: Strom Thurmond - South Aiken game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted September 19, 2008
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - South Aiken 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

Trace Faust announces campaign meetings
web posted September 19, 2008
EDGEFIELD – County Council Republican candidate Trace Faust has released a list of meetings he has planned to help reach voters of District 1 and answer their questions. Mr. Faust said it was his way to try to get “everyone involved in the upcoming election”.  Mr. Faust said he would be attending other functions as well, which are included along with the dates and times.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Several passing vehicles damaged on Highway 25
web posted September 19, 2008
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield Sheriff’s Deputies and the Highway Patrol were called to Highway 25 near Fox Terrace Drive with reports of multiple vehicles being struck in their windows as they traveled in the area around 10:30 Wednesday night. One caller thought someone shot at the car.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Accused kidnapper returned to Edgefield (Photo)
web posted September 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – 31-year-old accused kidnapper Brian Bennett, of California, was booked into custody at the Edgefield County Detention Center Wednesday on a single charge of kidnapping after waiving extradition in the case involving local 17-year-old Latasha Lynn Hilliard who disappeared earlier this month.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Country Club vandalized again, total damages now near $40,000
web posted September 18, 2008
MERRIWETHER – It has happened again, vandals have hit the North Augusta Country Club for a second time this week and for the fourth time in a month. The total amount of estimated damages has now risen to nearly $40,000 for the four crimes and over $16,000 was left in the wake of Monday night’s attack.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Police arrest five in two hour sweep
web posted September 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police were busy Tuesday night rounding up people with outstanding warrants arresting five in a span of a little over two hours. The process began just before 8 pm when police arrested Wallace Hardy Jr., 40, for an outstanding bench warrant for driving under suspension. He was taken to the Edgefield County Detention Center for booking, a scene that began to get more common over the hours.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Republicans to open headquarters on Edgefield Town Square
web posted September 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Coming next week the Edgefield County Republican Party will be making its presence known on the Edgefield Town Square as it opens its campaign headquarters Tuesday, September 23. Party Chairman Ralph McFarland said the grand opening would be at 11 am and the public is invited to attend. The headquarters will be located next to Park Row Market in the former location of the Ten Governor’s Café which recently moved over to Main Street.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Wreck not so “peachy” for emergency crews (Photos)
web posted September 18, 2008
TRENTON – Trenton, home of the Ridge Peach Festival, was the scene of a rather unwanted “peachy” event when a refrigerated truck carrying peaches overturned injuring the driver and spilling peaches along Airport Road for about a hundred yards. The call to 911 reporting the crash came in around 3 pm and Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS, the Trenton Fire Department, and the Highway Patrol arrived on the scene and found the entire roadway blocked by the wreckage.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Discovery Center hosts Books, Band and Barbeque Event today
web posted September 18, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Freshwater Coast Regional Discovery Center will host a Books, Band and Barbeque event showcasing author and renowned barbeque and grilling expert, Rick Browne today, September 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 405 Main Street. The evening will be complete with live music and a meet and greet with the author. Barbeque plates will be available for purchase.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Flu shots offered by DHEC in Saluda and Edgefield County
web posted September 18, 2008
COUNTY – Flu shot will be made available for the upcoming flu season at area Health Departments beginning October 8 in Saluda and on October 9 in Edgefield. DHEC Region 1 will offer flu shots for $25. For those who meet the criteria for a Pneumonia
and/or Tetanus shots, there will be no additional charge. Please bring your Medicare and Medicaid cards to make sure your plan covers the vaccine. Cash or check will be accepted. Flu shots will be offered to anyone ages six months and older. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Business Leader Honored by Gov. Sanford and DOC (Photo)
web posted September 17, 2008
COLUMBIA – John Culbertson was honored as Ambassadors for Economic Development by Gov. Mark Sanford and the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina’s 18th Annual Industry Appreciation Week.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vandals strike Merriwether Elementary
web posted September 17, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Vandalism was discovered at Merriwether Elementary School Monday morning when workers arrived and discovered damage to buses in the parking lot. Over $1,200 in total damages were reported.
EdgefieldDaily.com

McConnell Requests Statewide Energy Plan from Utilities Review Committee
web posted September 17, 2008
COLUMBIA – Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) has requested that a joint legislative body provide members of both the General Assembly and the state’s Congressional delegation with a comprehensive overview of South Carolina’s energy resources.  Findings of the Public Utilities Review Committee will be used to draft legislation for the upcoming session of the General Assembly in January of 2009 and to formulate a message to the state’s Congressional delegation about the challenges that South Carolinians would face if certain federal energy policies are adopted.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Auction Saturday, September 20, 9:00 Am
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted September 17, 2008
JOHNSTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of  Zach and Shirley Bush of Johnston, S.C. Due to Doctor's orders, Zach and Shirley are downsizing.  They have been avid collectors for many years and their home is filled with many outstanding pieces. The sale will be held at their home located at 136 Derrick Road, Johnston, S.C. 29832. Property is located off Highway 191 about 5 miles south of Johnston. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Concessions will be provided by American Legion Post 154 of Johnston, SC. Please visit our website for details and terms.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Win free gas and help support STH Baseball
web posted September 17, 2008
COUNTY – The Strom Thurmond High School Baseball program is currently raffling four Gas Gift Certificates as a fundraiser. Four winners overall (Three $100 gift certificates and One $50 gift certificate) will be able to use the certificates at any of the gas stations owned by Edgefield Oil and Convenience in the surrounding areas. The winners will be announced at half time of the October 31st home football game between the STHS Rebels and the Gilbert Indians.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: A preview of Strom Thurmond at South Aiken  and Region Standings
By: Tim Crane
web posted September 17, 2008
SPORTS – This week, the undefeated Strom Thurmond Rebels travel down to Thoroughbred Country to face South Aiken.  The T-Breds have not won a game this year, but their 0-3 record may be a deceptive tool when trying to determine the strength of their team.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Fun in Store for NWTF Women's Event Attendees
web posted September 17, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Only four days remain for women to register for a fun weekend of everything from beekeeping to personal defense during the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women in the Outdoors national event. The event, which will be held Sept. 25 to Sept. 28, 2008 at the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C, provides women the opportunity to experience exciting outdoor activities such as fly fishing, kayaking, archery and much more in a welcoming and relaxed environment.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Edgefield Fuel explains gas pricing
web posted September 17, 2008
Dear Editor.
These past few days have been filled with a great deal of confusion and speculation in regards to local fuel pricing. There is no doubt that some of this is due to simply not understanding what is going on; therefore I will try to address some of your questions below.   
EdgefieldDaily.com

Free Drive-in Movie set for Saturday postponed
web posted September 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Sharon Nunamaker of the Edgefield Community Development Association said Monday that the Edgefield Downtown Drive-in Movie “That Darn Cat” planned for this coming Saturday has been postponed due to unforeseen problems. A new date will be announced. The movie "That Darn Cat" was filmed in Edgefield.

Country Club vandalized for third time in a month
web posted September 16, 2008
MERRIWETHER – For the third time in a month vandals have struck at the North Augusta Country Club. Since mid August the repeated vandalism has caused over $20,000 in damages. The most recent case followed the same process as the previous two cases but the person or persons responsible were unable to breach the gated area where golf carts are stored which limited damage to around $500.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gov. Sanford Outlines State Efforts: Renews Call for Conservation, reporting of price gouging
web posted September 16, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford called for restrictions on non-essential state travel, as well as continued work to make it easier to get fuel into South Carolina on Monday. Gov. Sanford has issued a directive to each of his Cabinet agencies to curtail non-essential travel for the coming week, and has sent a request via the state Budget and Control Board for non-Cabinet agencies to do the same.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Massey Calls on House and Senate Leadership to Force Study Committee to Convene Immediately
web posted September 16, 2008
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey today called on Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to call a meeting of a special committee to study the feasibility of natural gas exploration off the coast of South Carolina so that the General Assembly can take immediate action if Congress fails to renew the twenty-five year ban on offshore drilling.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Career Center Students Officers Take Oath of Offices (Photo)
web posted September 16, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career Center Health Occupation Students of America held their 2008-2009 Installation Ceremony for officers on Wednesday, September 10. Officers to serve this year are President-Stacie Morgan; VP-Social-Brittany Johns; VP-Fund Raising-Deborah Tollison; VP-Individual Development- Anna Stillinger; VP-Community Service Elizabeth; Bennie Padgett-Secretary; Margaret Turner-Treasurer; Perrin Gibson and Stacia White-Historians.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Internet scam takes $1,800 from Murphy Village woman
web posted September 16, 2008
MURPHY VILLAGE – Internet scammers have cost a Murphy Village woman $1,800 and was about to cost her more when she discovered the scam. The age old set up is a promise of easy money and although the internet is inundated with warnings and stories to protect people, some still fall prey.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond High School Open House
web posted September 16, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond High School will hold Open House on September 22 from 6:00-8:00. The newly formed Open House schedule of 10 minutes per class, starting with first period for A days and running through eighth period B days, has been implemented.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Games of Interest Around the State Week 4
Sports: By Tim Crane
 web posted September 16, 2008
SPORTS – Games of interest across the state in week 4
EdgefieldDaily.com

Golf tournament to help defray cost of cancer treatment
web posted September 16, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – Friends of John Redmond, of the Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield, are having a benefit golf tournament with the proceeds going to Mr. Redmond’s treatment for cancer. The four-man scramble tournament will be held on October 17 at the Midland Valley Country Club.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Bias in the media: Obama, their new god
A column by the Editor
web posted September 16, 2008
COLUMN – I find it hugely amusing that while the national media is so focused on Gov. Sarah Palin and hoping, and even distorting her words, to make her appear to be unqualified to be Vice President that they continuously ignore and explain away Sen. Obama’s constant, and often telling, off the cuff remarks and his lack of qualifications to be President. Let’s be honest here, the media will “correct” Obama, or even explain what he “must have meant”, when he goes off script. And just for the record, Sen. John McCain is running against Sen. Obama for President, not Gov. Palin.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Gas prices rise to record level, panic leads to claims of price gouging
web posted September 15, 2008
COUNTY – As panic set in with Hurricane Ike approaching Huston Texas Thursday night, people began to swarm to local gas stations creating a self-fulfilling prophesy of gas stations running out of gas. Area stations are on regular delivery routes and when an unexpected rush of gas purchases hit - prices rose and some stations were left without gasoline over the weekend. In turn this created a greater unwarranted panic with area gas prices rising to as high as $5.30 a gallon. Gov. Sanford issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying due to the rise in prices the state will be looking into claims of price gouging.
EdgefieldDaily.com

County employee fired after allegedly selling “new brass fittings” as scrap while in uniform
web posted September 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An employee of the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority has been fired after allegedly stealing almost $1,000 in brass fittings and selling them as scrap metal at an area recycling facility in Augusta, Georgia. Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigators were tipped to the sale of the new fittings when the employee wore his Edgefield County Water Authority uniform drawing the attention of the recycling company workers.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Rebels Sting Jackets 21-7 (Photo)
Sports: By Tim Crane
web posted September 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond calmed any fears of a second half letdown against the North Augusta Yellow Jackets Friday night when Maurice Brown scored on a one yard run with 8:16 remaining in the 3rd quarter to put the Rebels on top 14-7.  That score would give the Rebels all the confidence they needed to shut North Augusta down by scoring 21 unanswered points in the game.
EdgefieldDaily.com

"That Darn Cat" to be featured in Edgefield Down Town Drive-In movie this coming weekend
web posted September 15, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Community Development Association (ECDA), in cooperation with EdgefieldDaily.com, will be offering another of its Downtown Drive-In movies this coming Saturday with a showing of “That Darn Cat”, which was filmed in Edgefield, on the Town Square this coming Saturday. The movie will begin at dark and there is no admission to those wishing to attend.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County home of “Epic” mountain biking trails as final phase of FATS opened Saturday (Photos)
 web posted September 15, 2008
MERRIWETHER – After a decade of hard work, the Southeastern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) of the CSRA held a grand opening of two additional trails completed this year at The Forks Area Trail System (FATS) located on Woodlawn Road near Deep Step Road in Merriwether. The two additional trails are Big Rock and Tower and they combine with the previous trails for a total of six trail loops featuring roughly 39 miles of premier mountain biking and hiking.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Alcohol and speed considered factors in deadly Sunday crash
web posted September 15, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – A North Augusta man died in a single car crash at 1 am Sunday after leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree. 23-year-old Kyle Anthony of Spring Lake Court was pronounced dead in the hours following the crash at the MCG Trauma Unit in Augusta. Alcohol and excessive speed are considered contributing factors, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Sunday.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Auction Saturday, September 20, 9:00 Am
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted September 15, 2008
JOHNSTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of  Zach and Shirley Bush of Johnston, S.C. Due to Doctor's orders, Zach and Shirley are downsizing.  They have been avid collectors for many years and their home is filled with many outstanding pieces. The sale will be held at their home located at 136 Derrick Road, Johnston, S.C. 29832. Property is located off Highway 191 about 5 miles south of Johnston. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Concessions will be provided by American Legion Post 154 of Johnston, SC. Please visit our website for details and terms.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Edgefield County students above State Average in PACT
web posted September 15, 2008
COUNTY – Edgefield County Students in grades 3-8 were tested last May with PACT (Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test) and results released September 10 showed five of the six grades levels are above the state average percentage of standards met in English Language Arts, while four grade levels are above the state average percentage of standards met in math. Students in grades 3-8 take PACT.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Reward offered for lost pet
web posted September 15, 2008
TRENTON – A 5 month old puppy with long, white tipped tail that answers to the name “Call” is missing. The puppy is my 4 yr. old’s puppy that was last seen Tuesday morning 9/8/08 If found please contact Susan at 803-275-0197 The dog was last seen in the 3400 block of Hyw 19, in Trenton, at Wild Rose Performance Horses. A cash reward is being offered.

Scores of Interest Around the State Week 3
web posted September 13, 2008
By: Tim Crane
SPORTS – Scores around the state.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Strom Thurmond 21 North Augusta 7
web posted September 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Rebels remained perfect in the season improving to 3-0 defeating North Augusta by a score of  21-7. A full report of the game will be published on Monday.

Gov. Sanford Issues Statement on Gas Prices - asks citizens to report price gauging
web posted September 13, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford responded Friday to the rise in gas prices triggered by fears of damage and supply disruptions tied to Hurricane Ike. "It's unfortunate, but we've seen this movie before in South Carolina when supply disruptions were caused by Hurricane Katrina, and then by Hurricane Rita," Gov. Sanford said. "When that happened three years ago, we got through it as South Carolinians with common-sense conservation and patience - and I'd ask that South Carolinians do the same over the coming days."
EdgefieldDaily.com

Neighborhood Meeting on Slade Road Basketball Courts set for Tuesday
web posted September 13, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham said there will be a Neighborhood Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, at the Slade Road Basketball Courts to discuss removing the chain and lock from the gate. The community meeting will begin at 5 pm. Mayor Durham said it was his hope that the courts can be reopened with the support of the surrounding community.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Youth find New Orleans the right place to be
(Photo)
web posted September 13, 2008
By Marilyn Stewart
NEW ORLEANS – Two South Carolina youth teams, in New Orleans recently, discovered the open doors and open hearts that Baptists there describe when they say, “It’s a great time to be a Southern Baptist in New Orleans.” The slogan carried on the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans website refers to the new trust and acceptance Southern Baptists are experiencing in the city as a result of volunteers’ work there since Katrina.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Cub Scouts hold registration Monday at MES
web posted September 13, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Yamasee District Cub Scouts will be holding registration on Monday, September 15, at the Merriwether Elementary School at 565 Springhaven Drive from 6 – 7:30 pm. Registration is open to first through fifth grade boys.
EdgefieldDaily.com


United Way of Edgefield County Begins 211 Help Line
web posted September 12, 2008
COUNTY – On Oct. 1, 2008, the Edgefield County 211 Help Line will begin operating to help all Edgefield County citizens. The 211 Help Line is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week phone number that an Edgefield County resident can dial (from a land line or cell phone) and get instant answers on where to go locally for help with health issues, housing assistance, educational challenges, food, shelter, suicide prevention, crisis counseling or other needs.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Burglary discovered at Edgefield home
web posted September 12, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A couple in the process of moving from their Addison Street home in Edgefield arrived back there on Wednesday night and found they had been the victim of a burglary. An Edgefield Police officer arrived a short time later and was informed over $1,400 worth of merchandise, cloths, household goods, jewelry, and the kitchen table gone.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hospital Lab Awarded Accreditation (Photo)
web posted September 12, 2008
GREENWOOD—The clinical laboratory at Self Regional Healthcare has earned accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on the outcome of a recent on-site inspection.  
Linda McKellar, the laboratory’s director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

SPORTS: Strom Thurmond - North Augusta game available on live Webcast tonight
web posted September 12, 2008
WEBNEWS – The Strom Thurmond - North Augusta 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

Forks Area Trail System opens final phase of trails
web posted September 12, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Forks Area Trail System (FATS), a 35-mile premiere biking and hiking destination in the Southeast, will have the final phase dedicated this Saturday, Sept. 13th. The third phase, which includes nine additional miles, completes the 3-year long project.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Public Auction Saturday, September 20, 9:00 AmM
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted September 12, 2008
JOHNSTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of  Zach and Shirley Bush of Johnston, S.C. Due to Doctor's orders, Zach and Shirley are downsizing.  They have been avid collectors for many years and their home is filled with many outstanding pieces. The sale will be held at their home located at 136 Derrick Road, Johnston, S.C. 29832. Property is located off Highway 191 about 5 miles south of Johnston. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Concessions will be provided by American Legion Post 154 of Johnston, SC. Please visit our website for details and terms.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Good Morning America: People are not smart enough to choose their own healthcare
web posted September 12, 2008
WEBNEWS – Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) advocates more patient choice and flexibility, but ABC’s medical editor, Dr. Tim Johnson, scoffed at that notion in a September 5 story. “The idea that individuals are going to have enough knowledge and enough savvy and enough insight and, frankly, enough guts to make choices all by themselves is pretty much a pipe dream,” Johnson said. ABC’s Web site touts Johnson as “one of the nation's leading medical communicators of health care information.”
Off The Wall

Never forget (Photos)
web posted September 11, 2008
NATION – Seven years ago today 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 the liberal Democrats peruse their campaign to have America surrender the war, EdgefieldDaily.com has no problem reminding our readers why we are at war.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Third Merriwether home burglarized this week
web posted September 11, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Another Merriwether home has been hit by burglars, this time with the thieves making off with almost $15,000 in goods on Monday night. The homeowners awoke Tuesday morning and discovered the theft. This is the third burglary in the Merriwether area this week with thieves making off with almost $80,000 total in cash, guns, electronics, jewelry, and other household items from the three homes.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Vandals on mailbox rampage (Photo)
 web posted September 11, 2008
MERRIWETHER – An all too familiar string of vandalisms has been reported with mailboxes being bashed, knocked down, or damaged in the Merriwether area. Most of the ongoing reports are in the Murrah Road area but extend to Stephens Road and Woodlawn Road.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Citizens Invited to Join Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Committee
web posted September 11, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization, is expanding its Peach Blossom Festival by adding a new Committee that will steer the Festival.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Computer Virus spreading using UPS and FedEx delivery status email
web posted September 11, 2008
WEBNEWS – A computer virus is circulating the internet disguising itself as an official notice from UPS or FedEx. According to official reports, the email notifies the recipient that a package that was intended for delivery was unable to be delivered and asks you to download a text document in order to retrieve your supposed package at the nearest UPS or FedEx terminal.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Volunteers Needed for Corps
web posted September 11, 2008
COUNTY – As the hurricane season moves toward its peek, the Western Piedmont Medical Reserve Corps, (WPMRC), is looking for volunteers. In cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, (DHEC), the WPMRC is a group of medical and non- medical volunteers who support the counties of Public Health Region 1 (Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, and Saluda) during times of emergency. 
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hospital CEO resigns - Ray Price: 'It's time to move on' (Photo)
 web posted September 10, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Hospital CEO Ray Price said Tuesday that he has resigned, effective October 10. The confirmation follows on the heels of unconfirmed reports that had begun to circulate around the county over lunch tables and store counters. Mr. Price sent out a memo to his employees on Thursday of last week announcing his decision, calling the employees "the best crew I have had the privilege to work with."
EdgefieldDaily.com

Merriwether Fire Department in great shape and improving (Photos)
 
web posted September 10, 2008
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Commission held their annual state of the department meeting and fire commissioner election Tuesday night with an overflowing crowd in attendance. The meeting was opened by Fire Commissioner Frank Maurer who said he wanted to thank everyone for coming to his birthday party, “I am 75 years old today.”
EdgefieldDaily.com

Greg Anderson Earns Conservation Endorsement
(Photo)
web posted September 10, 2008
COLUMBIA – Conservation Voters of South Carolina has endorsed Greg Anderson as the best choice for conservation minded voters in the District 25 Senate race. Anderson is challenging Sen. Shane Massey for the seat representing Edgefield, McCormick, Saluda and Aiken Counties.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield Potter Jane Bess launches web site (Photo)
 web posted September 10, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Potter Jane Bess has launched a web site touting her wares on the World Wide Web. Jane Bess’ handmade pottery is meant to be enjoyed everyday, the web site says, and each piece is unique and locally made in downtown historic Edgefield. Jane Bess Pottery is located just off Main Street at 206 Lynch Street.  All pottery is personally signed and dated.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Around the Region --Week 3 September 12th
By Tim Crane
web posted September 10, 2008
SPORTS –  After two games each, all region III teams now have at least one win on the season.  Strom Thurmond and Gilbert are the only teams not to suffer a defeat, thus far. A full report on standings can be found below.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports: Games of Interest Around the State Week 3
By: Tim Crane
web posted September 10, 2008
SPORTS – Games of Interest Around the State Week 3
EdgefieldDaily.com

31st Gold Rush Festival kicks off September 19
web posted September 10, 2008
MCCORMICK – The 31st Gold Rush Festival kicks off September 19 with the McCormick Children’s Home 10th anniversary BBQ cook-off ‘Anything but’ will be highlighted from 6- 10pm with a D.J. at the mill park. The Red Rooster Art Gallery will be having an artist reception with Diana Joslin and offering dessert and beverage to top off your evening. A full schedule of events is listed below.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: American Airline's typo lost wife, body's sent to wrong country
web posted September 10, 2008
American Airline's sent the body of a Brooklyn mom to the wrong country for burial - and then callously demanded more money to fix the screwup, the widower and others involved in a lawsuit charged Monday.
Off The Wall

Sen. Massey’s Town Hall Meeting covers broad range of topics (Photos)
web posted September 9, 2008
EDGEFIELD – State Senator Shane Massey held another of his popular Town Hall meetings Monday night at the Edgefield County Council Chambers covering a broad range of topics and questions from residents. Of all the problems the state faces there was a single common threat to most facing funding and deficit problems, irresponsible spending by the Legislature. Sen. Massey pointed out that last year the state had a surplus of $1 billion, “and they spent it all.” This year the state is facing a $238 million deficit that cut funding “across the board” three per cent, another thing Sen. Massey said he did not agree with.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office releases latest update on Sex Offenders
web posted September 9, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has released their annual report on sex offenders residing in the county on Monday. The release is a part of the required information given to schools, day care centers, and other services that provide access to children.
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Currytown Road burglary total tops $60,000 in stolen goods
web posted September 9, 2008
MERRIWETHER – As the investigation into a Sunday morning burglary on Currytown Road continues the total amount of valuables stolen has topped $60,000, according to recent police reports. It has also been learned that the alarm company did not notify the Sheriff’s Office of the burglary, only the homeowners.
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Johnston Town Council passes tobacco ban at recreational facilities
web posted September 9, 2008
JOHNSTON - Members of Johnston Town Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve Ordinance No. 2008-06, which bans smoking and "tobacco use" around the town's recreational areas. Second reading of the ordinance concluded with a 5-0 vote by Council.
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North Augusta Country Club struck again by vandals
web posted September 9, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Just two weeks after vandals caused over $12,000 in damages at the North Augusta Country Club golf course, vandals struck again with almost identical results and damages and used nearly the exact same motive of operation during the crime. This time the damage was estimated at just under $10,000.
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Major match-up: Strom Thurmond vs North Augusta Friday night
Sports by: Tim Crane
web posted September 9, 2008
SPORTS – This will be an early season test for both teams.  The Rebels and Jackets will enter Friday riding high expectations.  At 2-0, both teams have convincing wins over lesser opponents.  Friday night will tell the tale of just how good these two teams are.  On paper they are evenly matched: ST is averaging 36.5 ppg on offense and the Rebel defense is giving up just 6 ppg with one shutout.  NA is averaging 31 ppg and the Jacket defense is only giving up 3.5 ppg with one shutout.
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Second Merriwether home reports theft over weekend
web posted September 9, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A second Merriwether home was robbed over the weekend with jewelry and yet another handgun stolen. The Saturday night burglary occurred just before 11 pm on Coronet Drive only three hours before the Currytown Road burglary; however, there are no indications that the two crimes are related.
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Here’s Your Card: If you really want a DUI, you can get one
 web posted September 9, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – There is an old saying that persistence pays off. Although that may be a virtue in most circumstances, it is not always a good thing when it involves alcohol. Edgefield County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a possible intoxicated pedestrian just after 4:30 am Saturday on Highway 121 near Johnston and the next few hours saw a sequence of events that could only be described as “poetic justice”.
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Woman survives brutal Sunday afternoon crash (Photos)
 web posted September 8, 2008
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County woman survived a brutal crash Sunday afternoon on Star Road that left her entrapped in the wreckage. The Edgefield Fire Department, Edgefield Police, EMS, and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene within minutes of 2:26 pm 911 call and began extricating the woman from the car. All traffic on Star Road was diverted at Parker and Youngblood Roads during the rescue efforts.
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Merriwether home scene of most recent burglary
web posted September 8, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A home on the 500 block of Currytown Road was the scene of a burglary early Sunday morning with as much as $20,000 in goods stolen according to the earliest available information. The homeowners son arrived around 2:45 am and found that a door had been forced open after being contacted by the alarm company. Deputies and Investigators were summoned to the scene as well.
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Three injured in Community Road crash, live power lines downed (Photos)
 web posted September 8, 2008
COUNTY LINE – The County Line Fire Department and EMS were called to a Saturday afternoon crash on Community Road with a report of a car striking a power pole and electrical lines were down and their were injured people in the car. When the first rescuers arrived on the scene power lines were crisscrossing the road for over a hundred yards and the car and its three occupants had crashed into a tree after felling the power pole.
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Public Auction Saturday, September 20, 9:00 AmM
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web posted September 8, 2008
JOHNSTON – We are selling the living personal property estate of  Zach and Shirley Bush of Johnston, S.C. Due to Doctor's orders, Zach and Shirley are downsizing.  They have been avid collectors for many years and their home is filled with many outstanding pieces. The sale will be held at their home located at 136 Derrick Road, Johnston, S.C. 29832. Property is located off Highway 191 about 5 miles south of Johnston. Look for signs. Viewing day of sale from 8:00 am until sale time. Bring a chair and enjoy the day.  Concessions will be provided by American Legion Post 154 of Johnston, SC. Please visit our website for details and terms.  Jerry O. Murrell, SCAL 2747. Call 803-637-5640 or 803-480-0801.

Here's Your Card: Suspect leaves pictures of himself behind on cell phone
web posted September 8, 2008
HERE’S YOUR CARD – The weekend would not be complete without a Here’s Your Card nomination, this one coming out of Edgefield on Sunday morning. Edgefield Police Officers were manning a safety checkpoint on Jeter Street just after midnight Saturday when they observed a driver of a 2000 silver Lexus stop in the middle of the road, back up, and then flee the area. An Edgefield police offer got in his patrol car and attempted to make a traffic stop on the driver.
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Liberals take the low road: Anger at fake Sarah Palin photos as smear campaign
web posted September 8, 2008
Sarah Palin's credibility as a possible American Vice-President is being undermined by a series of (faked) photographs circulated on the internet. The saucy pictures, which exploit her glamorous image, have been published amid a concerted ‘dirty tricks’ campaign against the former beauty queen, following her surprise appointment as 72-year-old Republican candidate John McCain’s running mate.
UK:Daily Mail Online

Off The Wall: Boy doles out hundreds of fake $20 bills at school
web posted September 8, 2008
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say an 8-year-old boy was handing out hundreds of dollars in fake $20 bills at an Ocala elementary school. School officials reported the boy to police on Tuesday.
Off The Wall

Accused Kidnapper of Edgefield County teen may face Federal charges (Photo)
web posted September 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – 17-year-old Latasha Lynn Hilliard, who was kidnapped earlier this week, has returned home. She and her parents arrived back in Edgefield County late Friday and met briefly with Sheriff’s Investigators before returning to the family home. 31-year-old Brian Bennett, of California, was arrested in Wentzville, Missouri with Ms. Hilliard in his car along Interstate 24 west at a nearby store. Sheriff’s Investigator Phil Ireland said Friday that the FBI has increased their interest in the case.
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Child molester gets “time served” for second sexual assault (Photo)
web posted September 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – On Friday Circuit Court Judge C. J. Nicholson released a now twice convicted child molester and registered sex offender after serving just two years in the Edgefield County jail awaiting trial. Michael Lorenzo Washington, 32, of Johnston, was not ordered to register as a sex offender because he is already required to do so for his 1996 conviction on similar charges. In both cases Washington’s victims were children under the age of 16, his most recent victim was 8.
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Woman gets probation for burning baby’s body, hiding it under family home for months
web posted September 6, 2008
EDGEFIELD – Just over two years ago Edgefield County Deputies were summoned to a home on the 500 block of Frances Street in June of 2006 with the discovery of the decomposing remains of an infant being found underneath the family home. As Sheriff’s Deputies, Investigators, and the Coroner arrived on the scene it was later discovered the daughter of the owners had placed the baby in garbage bags and then under the home while the rest of the family was away. Tomecca Tandrell Jackson, 22 at the time, claimed the baby was stillborn and she panicked. A later autopsy showed the baby tested positive for cocaine and the body had been burned before being placed in the garbage bags.
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Scores across the state
By Tim Crane
web posted September 6, 2008
COUNTY – Scores of Week 2- 9/5
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2008 A Good Year for BBQ in Greenwood
web posted September 6, 2008
GREENWOOD – What do the 2008 winners of Greenwood’s SC Festival of Discovery
and the Danville Virginia’s Pigs in the Park have in common? Both will be representing
the area in one of the world’s most prestigious barbecue competitions, The Jack
Daniel’s World Championship Invitational.
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Historic 7-Gables Hotel destroyed in fire (Photo)
 web posted September 5, 2008
NORTH AUGUSTA – The historic Seven Gables Hotel on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta erupted into flames Thursday night and within the hour the entire structure was razed. The first North Augusta Firefighters arrived on the scene within five minutes and began calling for help from every adjoining fire district to battle the growing blaze.
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California woman set to return to Edgefield to face felony charges
web posted September 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – A California woman charged with an assortment of charges after allegedly drugging an Edgefield man and stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronics and other items from the man’s home as well as his car in May. Catherine Ann Brosemer, 49, is set to be released from the West Valley Detention Center in California in the next ten days and she waived extradition.
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Sen. Massey holding more “Town Hall” meetings
web posted September 5, 2008
EDGEFIELD – District 25 Senator Shane Massey will be holding another series of his “Town Hall” meetings over the next two months and invites the public to attend and express the issues most important to each citizen. The first meeting will be held in Edgefield at the Edgefield County Council Chambers, September 8 from 6 until 8 pm.
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County Council fall campaign gets underway (Photo)
web posted September 5, 2008
NORTHSIDE – Trace Faust, Republican candidate for the District 1 County Council seat, began his fall campaigning in earnest this month and was caught out in the evening putting up signs in the district with the help of his daughters Tracie and Brittney Faust. Mr. Faust is challenging long time Democrat incumbent Norman Dorn in the November 4 election.
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Gov. Sanford Issues Voluntary Evacuation for Parts of Coast
web posted September 5, 2008
COLUMBIA – Governor Mark Sanford issued a voluntary evacuation as of noon Thursday for Horry and Georgetown counties as Tropical Storm Hanna continued its approach toward the east coast. Both counties - primarily northern Horry County - are forecast to experience four-plus inches of rain and high winds when the storm makes landfall.
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Predicting a Riot Is a Foolish Proclamation
By Carl Langley
web posted September 5, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Fatimah Ali is a black female who poses as a columnist for the left leaning Philadelphia Daily News, a newspaper so intimidated by that city's majority black population that it takes the racist side to everything. So much for objectivity in the news business in one of America's signature cities. But, then again, what goes down in Philadelphia goes down in other major American cities.
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Southern Stars USA Pageant this Saturday
web posted September 5, 2008
RIDGE SPRING – There will be two Pageants in one day this Saturday at the Ridge Spring Civic Center. There will be a Blue Jean & T-Shirt Natural Pageant and the Southern Stars USA Summer Fun Pageant Saturday, September 6th. Contact Teresa at 803-312-3538 for more information or visit http://www.southernstars.synthasite.com

Sen. Verdin Seeks Public Input on Energy Policy in Statewide Tour
web posted September 5, 2008
COLUMBIA – State Senator Danny Verdin (R- Laurens) is asking the public to add a little spark to future energy and water legislation in South Carolina. Senator Verdin, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, will serve as the moderator for the three “South Carolina Water and Energy Public Comment Sessions” scheduled for later this month.
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SC Charity supports Pacific Island students
web posted September 5, 2008
COLUMBIA – Six decades ago, the remote Pacific Islands of Micronesia were the site of intense battles between American GIs and entrenched Japanese defenders. Now the region is better known for hosting the reality television show “Survivor” and its picturesque palm-lined beaches.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Off The Wall: Drunk Driving Suspect With 4 DWIs Kills Texas Newlyweds
web posted September 5, 2008
DALLAS A car driven by a drunk driving suspect with four previous DWI arrests raced away from a sheriff's deputy, ran a red light then went airborne after a wreck and landed on top of an SUV, killing a newlywed couple inside, authorities said. Second-grade teacher Erika Clouet, 24, and her husband of a little over a month, construction worker and aspiring musician German Clouet, 23, of Irving, were killed in the accident early Monday.
Off The Wall

Missing girl found, man arrested for kidnapping
web posted September 3, 2008 8pm
EDGEFIELD – 17-year-old Latasha Lynn Hilliard, missing since Tuesday has been located and a 31-year-old man is in custody. Missouri police located the two at a convenience store off interstate 24 in Wentzville. Brian Bennett, 31, of Hayward, California is awaiting extradition back to Edgefield County where he will be charged with kidnapping. Miss Hilliard’s parents left Wednesday afternoon to bring their daughter back. Edgefield County Sheriff’s investigator Phil Ireland said a break in the case came when the girl made a call to her mother on Bennett’s cell phone.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Edgefield considers deer hunting in town
web posted September 4, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council held their September meeting Wednesday night and hired Jonathan Jackson as Edgefield’s newest member of the police force after an executive session discussion. He was present at the meeting accompanied by Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter. But it was the end of the meeting that was the most interesting. Mayor Ken Durham said he wanted the town council to consider allowing deer hunting in the town limits.
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Motorcycle crash injures rider (Photo)
web posted September 4, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A motorcyclist lost control of his BMW motorcycle on Currytown Road around noon on Wednesday injuring the rider. A passing motorist saw the man lying in the ditch and called 911, “he was moaning so I knew he was still alive,” she said. Merriwether Firefighters and EMS arrived on the scene a short time later.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Sports - Games of Interest Around the State - Standings have Rebels on Top
web posted September 4, 2008
By Tim Crane
SPORTS – Games of Interest Around the State- Week 2- Sept. 5
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Writer questions - Gresham Barrett for governor?
web posted September 4, 2008
Dear Editor,
The election of Gresham Barrett for governor of South Carolina in 2010 will only serve to keep South Carolina as one of the least progressive states. This is so because of his maniacal drive to cut taxes and his failure to distinguish between simply spending and investing.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Hastings inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (Photo)
web posted September 4, 2008
HORRY-GEORGETOWN – Hastings, from Edgefield, majoring in Business, is the daughter of Stanley Hastings and Renae Peckham. Established in 1918 by two-year college presidents, Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.  The Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.
EdgefieldDaily.com

The Role Model: Willie Underwood still comes up big when it counts (Photo)
web posted September 4, 2008
JOHNSTON - You won't find Willie Underwood on the lecture circuit. And you won't find him hawking a book or bragging about the fact that it was he and then Clemson University football teammate Jeff Davis in 1980 who originated the idea for the Tigers to wear their signature orange pants, or the fact that his two interceptions helped humble the Gamecocks that same year.
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Former Police Chief sues Town of Johnston, Town Councilman, and Sheriff
web posted September 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – Former Johnston Police Chief Lelex “Butch” Easler has filed a lawsuit naming the Town of Johnston, Johnston Town Councilman Thomas “Tommy” Burton, Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey, and the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office as defendants. The nine-page suit was filed in Edgefield County and all parties have been served. The suit asks for a jury trial and seeks an unspecified award for damages.
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Merriwether woman loses fight for life after saving son in pool (Photo)
web posted September 3, 2008
AUGUSTA – The mother that saved their 10-year-old son from a family pool under construction last Friday, and then drowned, was pronounced dead at University Hospital on Tuesday morning. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Doris Martin was removed from life support and died a short time later due to injuries that resulted from the drowning. “It (the death) is going to be ruled accidental,” Coroner Burnett said.
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Police seek missing 17-year-old girl
web posted September 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Sheriff’s Investigators were continuing the search for a Johnston teenage girl that disappeared Monday evening after calling her father to say she was being followed by a black car that was making her nervous. As the teenage girl approached Trenton, two large hills disconnected the cell phone call and the father was never able to restore the connection. 17-year-old Latasha Lynn Hilliard has not been scene since. Tuesday morning a Saluda County helicopter was searching the area trying to locate the red 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving without success.
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Tobacco ban booted from agenda, Airport takes center stage at County Council meeting
web posted September 3, 2008
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their September meeting Tuesday night and deleted a resolution to ban all tobacco product use at county recreation facilities from the agenda. County Council Chairman Monroe Kneece, prior to the meeting, was asked how the county would enforce a smoking or total tobacco ban in the prescribed areas if passed by resolution. County Council Vice-chairman Willie Bright stated that it would be the same as enforcing the “rules” of the recreation parks. Informed that the county park “rules” and the tobacco ban were unenforceable Chairman Kneece called County Administrator John Pettigrew to verify the veracity of the information.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Johnston Development Corporation prepares for future (Photo)
web posted September 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Development Corporation, a non-profit volunteer organization that has helped the Town of Johnston grow in many ways for over 20 years, heard from the S.C. Department of Commerce that the Town of Johnston is poised for a better future.
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Former business reports over $14,000 in materials stolen in possible scrap iron theft
web posted September 3, 2008
JOHNSTON – Over $14,000 worth of motors, farm equipment, tools, and other items were found stolen from a former business operation on Water Works Road near Johnston Sunday evening. What was first believed to be a simple larceny grew as the tally of items grew.
EdgefieldDaily.com

Coaches or Meteorologists?
By Tim Crane: Sports
web posted September 3, 2008
COUNTY – It appears that the Rebels could not have planned on taking a better week off.  With Hurricane Hannah, possibly, headed for the Carolina’s this week, the Rebels will avoid the mass panic of trying to reschedule or play.  Coincidental or good omen?  Could be both, but the coaching staff made a great decision when setting this schedule, so far in advance.
EdgefiedDaily.com

Wardlaw trounces Long Cane 42-20 (Photo)
Photo by Trudi Belcher
web posted September 3, 2008
McCORMICK - The Wardlaw Academy Patriots started the 2008 football season off with a bang after defeating Long Cane Academy 42-20 on Friday night. The first quarter proved to be exciting and competitive, with the Patriots and Long Cane trading touchdowns. But the Wardlaw defense adjusted and clamped down on the home team in the second quarter, while the Patriots turned things up a notch on offense with three scores.
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Merriwether woman clings to life after saving son (Photo)
web posted September 2, 2008
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman is still fighting for her life after saving her young son from the family pool which was still under construction at their Whitewood Way home just off Gregory Lake Road on Friday. The woman has been identified as Doris Martin and she is currently in critical condition at University Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Augusta where family and friends have been standing vigil.
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Writer supports Democrat Dyer as "independent" in Congressional race
web posted September 2, 2008
Dear Editor,
Since it is election season, it is a good occasion to look at why we vote the way we do: Democrat, Republican, or Independent. My political party has become a part of my identity of who I am. The Independent likes to hold the middle of the road and have the flexibility to vote for the person and not the party. The rest of us seem to dig in our heels and hope that our party does what we think it should do.
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Rebels rank 5th in state 2A poll
web posted September 2, 2008
The Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebels have secured a number 5 ranking in the 2A poll in the state. The Rebels dominated the Ridge Spring Monetta Trojans in a 49-12 victory Friday night following a 24-0 shut-out over the Chapin Eagles last week.
Rivals.com

September Cake winner announced
web posted September 2, 2008
WEBNEWS - The cake winner for September goes to the following entry: Happy 1st Birthday Za'Dauren Tra'Quon Coates From Grandma,  Tarsha, Demetria, Laquavis, Marquashia, Quonatavis, Quintez,& Quantashia. We Love You Baby Boy!!!!!!!!

The entrant needs to contact EdgefieldDaily.com by calling 803-634-0964 or email the editor to receive instructions on how to claim your free cake from Jari's Bakery. Send in your October Birthday and Anniversary wishes now and enter your loved one into our next monthly drawing.

Motorcyclist killed in weekend crash
web posted September 1, 2008
AIKEN – 37-year-old Terrance S. Williams, of Aiken, became the 22nd fatality on Aiken County Roads Sunday evening. Mr. Williams was pronounced dead on the scene of a crash involving his Suzuki 1300 motorcycle and another car as he attempted to pass in a curve at a high rate of speed, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Monday night.
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Rebels dominate Trojans 49-12
Rebels outscore opponents 73-12 in first two weeks of season
By: Tim Crane
 web posted September 1, 2008
RIDGE SPRING – The Strom Thurmond Rebels continued to show their dominance on the gridiron Friday night with another resounding victory, this time with a 49-12 win over Ridge Spring Monetta. The Rebel’s Dylan Durham put the game away early in the 2nd quarter with a 42 yard punt return for a touchdown that gave the Rebels a 35-0 lead. Strom Thurmond dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball all night and through the first half of play Ridge Spring had only two first downs, 29 rushing yards and 26 receiving yards.
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No update on condition of mother drowned after saving son in pool available
EdgefieldDaily.com exclusive on scene coverage and photo
web reposted September 1, 2008
MERRIWETHER – No updates on the condition of the mother that was found downed in a backyard pool on the 600 block of Whitewood Way in the Oak Creek subdivision  just before 5 pm Friday have been made available over the weekend. When the first officer’s arrived on the scene Friday they found the woman face down in the near empty pool.
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Teacher of the Year to be named Tuesday night from field of nine
web posted September 1, 2008
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District Teacher of the Year will be announced tomorrow night at the Fifth Annual Citizen of the Year and Teacher of the Year Banquet held at the Pine Ridge Country Club. The event is sponsored by The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce and the Edgefield County School District - and with nine outstanding candidates for Teacher of the Year, judges had thier work cut out for them.
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Opinion: “Reflect the Summer Sun”
web posted September 1, 2008
GUEST EDITORIAL – The passing of the Labor Day holiday is a general wake-up call that summer is officially over.  I know that the calendar tells us that several weeks remain in summer 2008.  However, as far as the young world is concerned, summer is gone and school is now the focus.
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Closings for Labor Day
web posted September 1, 2008
COUNTY – The following offices will be closed on Monday September 1 in observance of Labor Day.
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