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Football Friday Night: Rebels Host Batesburg-Leesville in Region Showdown
web posted October 17, 2014
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (5-3, 2-1) play host to Batesburg-Leesville (6-2, 3-0) for a region showdown tonight. (Read Time Crane's preview here). Kick off is at 7:30 pm (EST). If you cannot make it to the game or you are outside of the listening area of WKSX 92.7 FM you can listen to the game online here or you can watch the game live during home games. Edgefield Daily will have Sports Editor's Tim Crane's report on the game for Saturday. Go Rebels!

Rash of Car Break-Ins Reported: Officer's Patrol Weapon, Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Prescription Meds and ID's Stolen
web posted October 24, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Beginning on Tuesday and continuing Thursday, residents in and around the Murphy Village area have reported a number of car break-ins with the person or persons stealing debit cards, credit cards, personal documents, prescription drugs and even a shotgun "patrol weapon" issued to an officer that were all left in unlocked cars. The thefts appear to be taking place very late at night and into the early morning hours.
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North Augusta Police Chase Suspects into Edgefield County, Two "Detained"
web posted October 24, 2014
MERRIWETHER – North Augusta Police alerted the Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatch that they were in pursuit of a wanted man out of Aiken County who was refusing to stop for them and the chase was entering Edgefield County on Highway 25 around 10:28 pm Thursday. Before an Edgefield County Deputy could arrive in the area, the chase turned off Highway 25 northbound and onto the dead end Macedonia Road.
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Stevens Creek Grill Hosts 90th Birthday Party for Local WWll Veteran - Public Invited to Join Celebration
web posted October 24, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Steve Gray, owner of the newly opened Stevens Creek Grill, is hosting a 90th Birthday celebration for WWll Army Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Fontaine Reese this Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Mr. Gray said, "There's very few of these guys left (WWll veterans) and I love them all and wanted to do something special for Fontaine." The public is invited to attend to show your appreciation for our veterans and enjoy dinner as well with the full menu being available. Stevens Creek Grill is located at 2006 Martintown Road, next door to Sportsman's Corner. Click on their banner above.

Strom Thurmond NJROTC Cadets Take First Place in Drill Meet
web posted October 24, 2014
JOHNSTON – Congratulations to The Strom Thurmond High School Rebel Cadets who took first place overall on Saturday in the drill meet hosted by Greenbrier High School. Fourteen JROTC units competed in the meet, which included military drill events, athletic events, an academic exam, and a postal shoulder-to-shoulder rifle match. Below is a brief overview of the results.
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Trenton Flyers Annual Candy Drop Saturday
web posted October 24, 2014
TRENTON – It is that time again when kids and the young at heart are invited to join the Trenton Flyers Association for their special annual Halloween treat. This Saturday Oct. 25th at the Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field in Trenton, candy will drop from the sky at 12:00 noon for the children (12 and under).
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United Way of Edgefield County Supports Programs That Help Local Citizens
web posted October 24, 2014
COUNTY – The United Way supports many endeavors in the county, and tries to assist those programs that help citizens with many special needs. The local United Way contributes money to MEG’s Shelter for Abused Women, Cumbee Center for Abused Persons, Edgefield County Churches Helping Others and Helping Hands.  In addition, contributions also support Women in Unity, Edgefield County First Steps and the Johnston Food Bank.
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Westside Fire Department Turkey Shoot This Saturday
web posted October 24, 2014
WESTSIDE – The Westside Fire Department will hold a Turkey Shoot Saturday starting at 7 pm at the main station located at the intersection of Martintown Road and Highway 23. Prizes will vary but will be, "good quality and a generous portion", Asst. Chief Bobby Allen said. Bring your own gun (which must be shared) or just show up and choose a gun for your shoot. Great family fun and fellowship. Shoots will continue for the next five Saturdays.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 24, 2014
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School Bus Driver Reports Striking Pedestrian Two Hours Later
web posted October 23, 2014
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County School District bus driver called Johnston Police to report striking a pedestrian as she made her way to Johnston Elementary for her afternoon route. According to the time listed on the incident report, the driver did not call to file a report until 4:15 pm and the incident time is reported as 2:15 pm.
Edgefield Daily

Sports Preview: Batesburg-Leesville at Strom Thurmond
By Sports Editor Tim Crane
web posted October 23, 2014

SPORTS – This is just about as big as it can get in region play. Region standings, playoff seeding, and bragging rights between to traditional football powerhouses will be on the line, in front of a packed house on cool October night.
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Murder Investigation Continues, No Arrest Made So Far
web posted October 23, 2014
EDGEFIELD – It has been nearly two weeks since the body of Johnny Hydrick was found on the floor of the den of his Windy Ridge home on Saturday, October 11. According to information provided in the case, Hydrick had been killed on Friday and was not discovered until the next morning. Investigators have been working leads and help from the public has been instrumental in the case, Edgefield County Chief Investigator Randy Doran said Wednesday.
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Edgefield County Hospital Prepares for Ebola
By Brandon Clary
web posted October 23, 2014

EDGEFIELD – To quote the South Carolina Hospital Association, “Every patient counts, and every employee counts.” Edgefield County Hospital is working diligently to train and prepare every employee, from the Emergency Room staff to employees in the Laboratory, to Housekeeping, and to the Dietary staff who may come in contact with an Ebola patient.
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Grades Continue to Improve In Edgefield County School District
web posted October 23, 2014
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Schools continue to show dramatic signs of improvement as it has reported even more gains on the 2014 Federal Report Card at both the elementary and high school levels for the 2013-2014 school year. Additionally, the school district received confirmation this week that Strom Thurmond High School exceeded expectations on the SAT testing.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row Market BBQ Buffet Tonight
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web posted October 23, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Park Row Market BBQ Buffet will be on the menu starting at 6 pm Thursday night. Bring the whole family for the All You Can Eat buffet for just $9.95 per person. Click on their banner above for daily specials and Like them on FaceBook. Live entertainment with Bogie from Aiken will begin at 7 pm.

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted October 23, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices good through October 28. Friday Only Sale - Fresh Family Pack Boneless Chicken Breast just 1.99 lb. Saturday Only Sale - Fresh Green Peanuts .99 lb.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 23, 2014
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Trenton House Fire Draws at Least Four Fire Departments
web posted October 22, 2014
TRENTON – A home on Country Way was reported as being fully engulfed in flames after an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the report of the fire just after 3 pm Tuesday. Trenton and Edgefield Firefighters arrived on the scene minutes later and quickly called for additional fire departments to respond.
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County Building Inspector Helps STCTC Students
web posted October 22, 2014
JOHNSTON – Wayne Collins, Edgefield County Building Inspector, recently visited Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center students. Mr. Collins is assisting
STCTC Building Construction students by personally conducting each phase of the home the students are constructing. Collins explained, “There are opportunities in the construction industry for young people today.” 
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Local FFA Chapter Attends FFA Day at the SC State Fair
web posted October 22, 2014
COLUMBIA – The Thurmond FFA Chapter attended the annual FFA Day at the SC State Fair in Columbia on Oct. 14th.  Forty-three members from the Thurmond FFA traveled to the State Fair Grounds with advisors Jeremy Brooks and Darla Steele. The students enjoyed free admission to the fair, lunch from the SC Soybean and Pork Boards, and many different exhibits showing the diversity of agriculture field.
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Trick or Treating Hours for Edgefield, Johnston
web posted October 22, 2014
EDGEFIELD / JOHNSTON – Halloween is next Friday, October 31, and the towns of Edgefield and Johnston will observe the holiday with trick or treaters allowed from 6 pm until 8:30 pm Friday. In Edgefield, Mayor Ken Durham will be on the Town Square handing out candy on behalf of the town from 6 pm until 7:30 pm. All children should be accompanied by an adult and should carry a flashlight and/or wear reflective costumes.

Religion: Bored With God
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted October 22, 2014

RELIGION – Bored. I am bored; this may be the most constant refrain that we hear today. This is true not just for the 10 year old hooked to an IPod, but for the adult who spends each and every second of their day and weekend running around looking for the next thrill or excitement. The reality is that we do so much all the time it takes a lot to shrug off boredom and to be thrilled. We find ourselves hyper stimulated and nothing at all brings a thrill to our hearts.
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Edgefield Daily Classifieds Has it All
web posted October 22, 2014
COUNTY – The Edgefield Daily Classifieds has everything you could want from Yard Sales, Homes for sale or rent, Household items, Job Opportunities and so much more. Check them out everyday or place your own ad for FREE!
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 22, 2014
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Ruby Cook Berry Passes at 101 Years Old
web posted October 21, 2014
JOHNSTON – Mrs. Ruby Cook Berry, 101 years old, of Johnston, S.C., wife of the late J. Broadus Berry, entered into eternal rest on Sunday October 19, 2014 in Saluda.
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Military Golf Tournament at Pine Ridge Club November 7
By Tim Crane
web posted October 21, 2014

JOHNSTON – Looking for a fun day of golf in the beautiful Autumn weather of early November while being able to support our military members and their families? Well, get a team together and make plans to play in the 3rd Annual Military Care Golf Tournament at Pine Ridge Club on Friday November 7. 
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Johnston Woman "Cuts" Victim over Loud Music
web posted October 21, 2014
JOHNSTON – A 55-year-old Johnston woman got into an short argument over someone playing music too loud at an apartment at 605 Ridge Road around 1:20 am Saturday, which was turned down due to the complaint. However, a short time later the woman came back out with a knife and allegedly cut the other woman several times and then left. When the first officer arrived the 28-year-old victim met him with a bloody towel wrapped around her hand and was bleeding from at least thee deep cuts.
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Sports: As Rebels Improve, So Do Their Stats
By Tim Crane
web posted October 21, 2014

SPORTS – The Rebels have started a new winning streak and look toward a region showdown with Batesburg-Leesville Friday night. Last week wide receiver Jequez Harris took Offensive Player of the Week while linebacker Chandler Talbert earned Defensive Player of the Week. Their efforts contributed to Strom Thurmond's 24-16 win over Saluda as the Rebels jumped back into the region title race. Cole Fell Takes Scoring Lead at 43 points.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Home Burglarized Within an Hour and a Half
web posted October 21, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A Stephens Road woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after arriving back home after being gone for just over an hour and a half Saturday evening and found her front door damaged. She waited outside until deputies arrived and cleared the home and found no one inside.
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Johnston Woman Reports Burglary During Hospital Visit
web posted October 21, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Franklin Road woman left her home on Friday morning to visit with someone at the hospital and when she returned home on Saturday evening she noticed she had been targeted by thieves. The person or persons gained entry into the home by tearing out part of the door frame.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 21, 2014
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Emergency Preparedness Meeting for Merriwether/Sweetwater to be Held October 30
web posted October 20, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell (R-Merriwether) will be holding a Town Hall Emergency Preparedness meeting on October 30 at the Sweetwater Baptist Church Sanctuary at 6 pm until. The meeting will cover the hits and misses by EMA in the Merriwether area during the Ice Storm in February of this year and ways citizens can be better prepared and offer suggestions to county and local officials who will be on hand at the meeting.
Edgefield Daily

Trenton Flyers Annual Candy Drop This Saturday
web posted October 20, 2014
TRENTON – It is that time again when kids and the young at heart are invited to join the Trenton Flyers Association for their special annual Halloween treat.  This Saturday Oct. 25th at the Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field in Trenton, candy will drop from the sky at 12:00 noon for the children (12 and under).
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Republican Women of Edgefield County Hosts Viewing of Educational Debate on Monday
web posted October 18, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Republican Women of Edgefield County ( RWEC) will hold its'
Oct. 20th meeting at 6:30 pm. The meeting place has been moved to The Edgefield Inn, conference room, where the ETV Education Debate can be viewed at 7:00 p.m. Members and the public are invited to come and watch the debate.
Edgefield Daily

Fox Creek State Swimming Contender
Staff Report
web posted October 20, 2014

SPORTS – On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Hampton Ratcliffe traveled to Columbia, SC to compete in the South Carolina High School 3A State Championship Swim meet. Hampton is a sophomore at Fox Creek High School. This is the first year the school has had a swim team for several years and Hampton was the only swimmer who qualified for the state meet. 
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) Offers Students College Duel Credits
web posted October 20, 2014
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) students have the opportunity to earn college credits this year. Duel enrollment allows students to earn a credit needed for high school graduation and have the same class count as a college credit. As college cost steadily increase the opportunity to earn college credits in high school is critical.
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"Momma Always Said, Stupid is as Stupid Does"
web posted October 18, 2014
EDGEFIELD – One of the many famous quotes from Forrest Gump, "Mamma always said stupid is as stupid does," fits Jason Charles Booth, 27, to a tee. Booth, who was in Family Court on Thursday, decided that he would express his true inner thoughts verbally while in court and was ordered removed from the courtroom after telling Judge Robert Newton, "F--- You!" He also wanted to express those same feelings to just about everyone else in the courtroom while he was at it.
Edgefield Daily

Resilient Rebels Hold Off Saluda, 24-16
By Sports Editor Tim Crane
web posted October 18, 2014

SPORTS – Strom Thurmond (5-3, 2-1) remained in the region title hunt with a 24-16 win over a feisty Saluda (2-6, 0-3) squad Friday night in Saluda. The Rebels looked to be on cruise control after clicking on all cylinders, jumping ahead 24-0 midway thru the 3rd quarter, but two Saluda scores with successful two point conversions followed by a blocked punt put the game in question late in the 4th.
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Edgefield County School Board Praises SAT Scores Rising, New Programs and other Achievements at Tuesday Night's Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted October 18, 2014

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board met Tuesday night, Oct. 14, addressing a number of issues, among them an elementary alternative classroom which was approved by the Board. One Board member called the new alternative classroom “long overdue.” During the public comments portion of the meeting, a potential program that would utilize a certified therapy dog to promote reading with children was presented by Laura Arthur, a teacher at Merriwether Middle School.
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Republican Women of Edgefield County Meeting Hosts Viewing of Educational Debate on Monday
web posted October 18, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Republican Women of Edgefield County ( RWEC) will hold its'
Oct. 20th meeting at 6:30 pm. The meeting place has been moved to The Edgefield Inn, conference room, where the ETV Education Debate can be viewed at 7:00 p.m. Members and the public are invited to come and watch the debate.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 18, 2014
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Pit Bull Attacks Man, Takes Him to The Ground - Owner Blames Victim
web posted October 17, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man living on the 300 block of Highway 121 was standing in his yard when he noticed his neighbor's brown Pit Bull had gotten out of the fenced area next door and was running around in his yard. All of a sudden the Pit Bull began circling him and out of fear tried to run back inside his house. The Pit Bull closed in quickly and jumped up and bit the man's arm causing him to fall to the ground and also leading to a cut on his other arm. He was able to escape the attack and get inside to call 911.
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Suspicious Wrecker Driver Spotted Again
web posted October 17, 2014
EDGEFIELD – A worker at Urban Outfitters just outside of Trenton on Highway 25 called the Sheriff's Office after security officers informed her a wrecker was attempting to load her car out of the parking lot Tuesday morning. When security officers approached the wrecker driver, described only as a black male, he got in the wrecker and drove away. An investigator working the case placed a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) for the wrecker and its driver fearing the man may be stealing cars.
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Football Friday Night: Rebels Travel to Saluda in Region Play
web posted October 17, 2014
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (4-3, 1-1) travels to Saluda (2-5, 0-2) for a region showdown. (Read Time Crane's preview here). Kick off is at 7:30 pm (EST). If you cannot make it to the game or you are outside of the listening area of WKSX 92.7 FM you can listen to the game online here or you can watch the game live during home games. Edgefield Daily will have Sports Editor's Tim Crane's report on the game for Saturday. Go Rebels!

Edgefield Man Discovers Social Security Number Being Used by Five Other People
web posted October 17, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man arrived at the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report discovering at least five other people using his Social Security number, one as far away as California. The 66-year-old Hispanic man told an investigator he discovered his number being used when he made reapplication to the government subsidized apartment he lives in.
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Old Edgefield Grill Weekend Specials: Surf or Turf
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web posted October 17, 2014

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Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Class this Saturday
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web posted October 17, 2014

EDGEFIELD – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon.
Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearms Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 17, 2014
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Social Security, Disability Checks Stolen from Mail
web posted October 16, 2014
JOHNSTON – So far this week, two people have called the Johnston Police to report their Social Security or Disability checks never reaching their mailbox and when they call to inquire they are told the checks were delivered and had been cashed. Only not by those needing the money to get by each month.
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Dog At Large Causes Problems with Neighbors, Charges Officer
web posted October 16, 2014
JOHNSTON – An Addison Street man called Johnston Police to complain about a dog that was in his yard barking at him when he went outside and he wanted something done. When the officer arrived at the home the dog, whose breed was absent from the incident report, was in the road and began barking at the officer as he spoke to the complainant. The man told the officer which house the dog belonged to and as the officer went to get in his patrol car the dog charged him, forcing him to draw his gun, at which time the dog stopped the charge but continued to bark.
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Sports Preview: Backyard Brawl, Rebels to Saluda
By Sports Editor Tim Crane
web posted October 16, 2014

SPORTS – The long lasting and heated rivalry returns Friday night when Strom Thurmond (4-3, 1-1) travels to Saluda (2-5, 0-2) for a region showdown. Both schools have 1st year head coaches; Antwuan Hillary leads the Rebels and Stewart Young is head man for the Tigers. 
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County Council Members Ashcraft, Butler Hold EMA Preparedness Meeting today
web posted October 16, 2014
COUNTY – County Councilwoman Betty Butler and Councilman Rodney Ashcraft will both be holding EMA and Emergency Preparedness meeting in their respective Districts today. The meetings are to inform the public about emergency services during a disaster, such as the Ice Storm in February that paralyzed portions of the county for days and left many without power for over a week. Mrs. Butler's meeting will be at 4 pm at Mount Canaan Baptist Church at the Brightharp Youth Center, 2451 Edgefield Road and Mr. Ashcraft's will be held at 7 pm at the Colliers Community Center (Behind Peace Haven Baptist Church at 3181 Martintown Rd.). Information on the meetings can be found by clicking on the links above.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 16, 2014
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Murder Victim to be Laid to Rest Thursday - Tips Aid Investigation
web posted October 15, 2014
TRENTON – Johnny Freeman Hydrick, 50, of Windy Ridge Road in Trenton, will be laid to rest on Thursday at 2 pm at Napier Funeral Home, Inc., 315 Main St., Graniteville, with internment at Aiken Memorial Park in Aiken. Very few details in Hydrick's death have been released since he was found dead at his home by his brother on Saturday morning. Investigators say they have been making progress in the case and tips from the public are helping.
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Woman Robs Winn's Grocery Tuesday
web posted October 15, 2014
NORTHSIDE – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 call around 12:30 Tuesday from the clerk at Winn's Grocery saying she had just been robbed and the female suspect left the store in a white car heading west on Highway 378 towards McCormick. Sheriff's Deputies converged on the area from different directions in an effort to intercept the robber as she fled.
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Robinson Sworn in as Chief at Johnston Town Council October Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted October 15, 2014

JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council welcomed an overflow crowd Monday night for the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed Police Chief Lamaz Robinson, followed by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Rep. Bill Clyburn was among the distinguished guests present. “I’ll try not to make it long and I’ll try not to cry,” said Robinson.
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Edgefield Resident Performs at Ryman Theatre
web posted October 15, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The curtain came down on a musical career Saturday night in Nashville for John Brown Sr.. During his 40 years of work, Brown played drums for Donna Fargo, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and countless other country superstars. Born and raised in Richland Parish, Louisiana, Brown moved to Edgefield several years ago in order to be closer to family.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) Receives 27 Honda Engines
web posted October 15, 2014
JOHNSTON – STCTC’s Automotive Technology Program received a donation of 27 Honda GS 190 engines. “My students will get the opportunity to take an engine apart and put it back together. This activity will help my students get comfortable in turning a wrench,” explained Nick Lorimer, STCTC Automotive Technology Center teacher.
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Religion: Customs Trouble
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted October 15, 2014

RELIGION – I got a bit of a record with US Customs. When I was in college, I tried to order (smuggle) a Cuban Cigar from Great Britain and have it shipped to my house. Well, the website guaranteed delivery or your money back. I was a young student of legal cigar smoking age at a Baptist college. My only rebellion was smoking cigars with buddies at the tops of mountains when we went hiking. Discussing theology in creation with fine tobacco seemed so sophisticated.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's Weekly Specials
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web posted October 15, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices good through October 21.
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Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Class this Saturday
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web posted October 15, 2014

EDGEFIELD – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon.
Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearms Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
Edgefield Daily

George Fridlender to Speak at Edgefield First Baptist this Sunday
web posted October 15, 2014
EDGEFIELD – George Fridlender was born and raised behind the "Iron Curtain" in the former Soviet Union. His father was persecuted for his Christian faith and spent 17 years in a Siberian concentration camp before being released. George lived through a similar experience when he was arrested by the KGB and sentenced to years in prison. But, like his father, he was delivered from prison, left the oppression behind, and came to the United States.
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SCDOT Launches Streaming Video for 511 Traveler Information System
web posted October 15, 2014
STATE – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has begun providing online streaming video of traffic as part of its 511 Traveler Information System.
The streaming video from SCDOT's traffic cameras replaces still images that were updated online every few seconds.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 15, 2014
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Autopsy Confirms Cause of Death in Trenton Murder
web posted October 14, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Monday that the initial report from the autopsy of Johnny Hydrick in Greenwood showed he died from "blunt force trauma to the head," Burnett said. When asked if there was more than one blow that caused the death or multiple blows and only one was fatal he said, "Until we get the final report we won't know. Right now all we know is he died from blunt force trauma."
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More ATV's Stolen While Owners Sleep
web posted October 14, 2014
COUNTY LINE – A Linds Pond Circle man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Sunday morning after waking and going outside to notice two of the family's for ATV's had been stolen overnight. The called told the deputy that they went to bed around 11:30 pm Saturday night and awoke at 7:50 am Sunday they were gone. Two other ATV's remained untouched, with the exception that one of the stolen ATV's was locked with a chair to one of the remaining ATV's.
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Sports: Rebels Week 7 Stats Continue Climb
By Sports Editor Tim Crane
web posted October 14, 2014

SPORTS – Week 7 Stats Continue Climb with the Rebels averaging 350.9 yards of total offense per outing. Deion Chinn was named Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts at running back, while defensive back Deandre Ryan was named defensive player of the week. The (4-3 , 1-1) Rebels travel to Saluda Friday night with one of their oldest rivalries.
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News From The Edgefield Clemson Extension Office:  Composting
By: Nanette Hughes
web posted October 14, 2014

EDGEFIELD – You bagged up lawn clippings and placed on the curb for pick up. Hmmm, you think wonder if those could have been used for compost. After making a salad you throw in the trash vegetable peels and wonder if that could have been used for compost. The answer to both of those questions is yes. What is composting?
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Congressman Jeff Duncan to Visit Edgefield County Tonight
web posted October 14, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Republican Party will be hosting a visit with Congressman Jeff Duncan at the Edgefield County Council Chambers at 225 Jeter Street in Edgefield (behind the Courthouse) on Tuesday, October 14. A social event with refreshments and open conversation will begin at 6:30 pm until the meeting begins at 7 pm.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 14, 2014
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Details Remain Limited in Murder Investigation - Friends React to News
web posted October 13, 2014
TRENTON – The details surrounding the murder of Johnny Hydrick remain very limited at this time, and it is not expected to get any better at least until sometime Monday afternoon. Edgefield County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran, who is leading the investigation, said releasing anything more than what is currently available could hamper their investigation.
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Georgia Man Dies in Aiken County Crash
web posted October 13, 2014
AIKEN – A Harlem, Georgia, man is dead following a motorcycle crash late Saturday night, the Aiken County Coroner's Office released on Sunday. Joe Dansby, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Aiken County Coroner's Office at approximately 11:27 pm. He died of "multiple body trauma", said Deputy Coroner Hammond said.
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1st Annual Hog 'N Bogg This Saturday, October 18
web posted October 13, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The 1st Annual Hog 'N Bogg will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014. It is a BBQ cook-off to benefit The Relay for Life. Gates will open to the public at 3pm at 146 Meeting St Rd. in Edgefield. Live Bluegrass and Music by Calvin will be playing in the afternoon. Cody Webb and band will play that night.
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Johnson Joins Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) Team as Engineering Teacher
web posted October 13, 2014
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s new Project Lead the Way (PLTW - Engineering) teacher is Scott Johnson.  Mr. Johnson attended the Intro to Engineering course training in July at the University of South Carolina. “The PLTW curriculum and training are great” said Johnson. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of Pre-Engineering programs. PLTW’s world class, activity, project, and problem based curriculum and high quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.
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Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Class this Saturday
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web posted October 13, 2014

EDGEFIELD – Would you like to carry your concealed weapon in Georgia? By obtaining the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit, individuals will substantially increase the number of states that they will be authorized to carry a concealed weapon.
Individuals may obtain a Utah Concealed Firearms Permit whether they possess a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit or not.
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United Way of Edgefield County Supports Programs That Help Others
web posted October 13, 2014
COUNTY – The United Way of Edgefield County understands how important it is to help those in need. The local United Way supports many endeavors in the county, but almost everyone can agree that helping others in need is some of the most important work a person or group can do.
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2014 West Central SC Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities – Saluda, SC
web posted October 13, 2014
SALUDA – The heavily populated deer woods in East Central, SC will be filled with disabled hunters Nov. 7th - 8th, 2013. They’ll be participating in the 4th. Annual West Central SC “Ultimate Adventure Deer Hunt.” The hunt is being hosted by the Edgefield/Saluda County SC Chapter and Outdoors Without Limits (OWL). The Saluda Shrine Club 1035 Johnston Hwy, Saluda, SC will serve as the events base of operations.
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Murder in Trenton 
web posted October 11, 2014  5:05 - Updated 10:30 pm
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigators were called to a home on Windy Ridge Saturday morning after the discovery of a body inside the home. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said the murder victim is 50-year-old Johnnie (Johnny) Hydrick, of Trenton. "The autopsy will be Monday morning at 8:30," Burnett said.
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Man Reports Daughter Repeatedly "Inappropriately Touched" by Group of Boys on School Bus Ride Home
web posted October 11, 2014
COUNTY – It's one of those stories that always happens somewhere else, "but not here", except it happened here. A female Elementary student trying to fight off three boys who are intent on folding the scared girl, and at one point kissing on her as she ended up huddled on the floor to try to escape their attacks. All the while, the bus driver notices nothing while continuing his or her route.
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Aiken County Inmate Found Dead in Cell
web posted October 11, 2014
AIKEN – An investigation is underway after an inmate at the Aiken County Detention Center died while in custody, the Aiken County Coroner's Office said in a release Friday. The inmate, identified as 31-year-old Derek D. Simpkins of Graniteville,  was pronounced dead on the scene after EMS arrived. Jailers found Simpkins unresponsive in his cell during meal service and provided life saving measures until EMS crews could arrive.
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Rebels Resurge, Beat Crescent 16-7
By Sports Editor Tim Crane
web posted October 11, 2014

SPORTS – Strom Thurmond (4-3, 1-1) got back in the win column with a 16-7 win over Crescent High (3-4, 0-2) Friday night, moving the Rebels back in the region title hunt. “This is something positive to build off of. We are getting better, still have some work to do, but I like our progress. We made some personnel changes this week and they seem to be working” Rebel Head Coach Antwuan Hillary said.
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Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta Welcomes New Member
web posted October 11, 2014
NORTH AUGUSTA – The North Augusta Habitat for Humanity welcomes new member Michelle Randup. Michelle joins the group with an impressive resume’ which includes a BS in Math, BBA Information Systems and a MBA. Michelle completed an outstanding 25 year career at EXXON/MOBIL working in various Information Technology functions including Client Support, Project Management and business systems supporting the refining, marketing and finance groups.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 11, 2014
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J.M. "Butch" Pendarvis Jr. Passes at 75, County Mourns
web posted October 10, 2014
EDGEFIELD – J.M. "Butch" Pendarvis died Thursday, October 9, 2014, peacefully in his sleep at Trinity Mission & Rehab in Edgefield. Probably Edgefield County's most politically connected citizen ever, Pendarvis was friends of local politicians, State elected officials, Governors, US Congressional Members and at times could probably bend the ear of a President here and there throughout his life.
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Burglars Steal from Sweetwater Baptist Church
web posted October 10, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A member of the Sweetwater Baptist Church on Sweetwater Road called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning after discovering two storage buildings located behind the church office had been broken into overnight and thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen. After a deputy arrived an investigator and the crime scene investigator were called to process the scene. Some of the stolen items were located in a wooded area across the street from the church office.
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Football Friday Night: Rebels Play Host to Cresent in Region Play
web posted October 10, 2014
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (3-3, 0-1) will  host Cresent (3-3, 0-1) tonight in Region play. (Read Time Crane's preview here). Kick off is at 7:30 pm (EST). If you cannot make it to the game or you are outside of the listening area of WKSX 92.7 FM you can listen to the game online here or you can watch the game live during home games. Edgefield Daily will have Sports Editor's Tim Crane's report on the game for Saturday. Go Rebels!

FCI Reports Contraband Thrown Over Prison Walls
web posted October 10, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Officers at the Federal prison (FCI) called Edgefield Police and Sheriff's Deputies to try to locate someone who was seen throwing "contraband" over the prison walls Thursday night around 10:20 pm.
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Merriwether Fire Department Open House Saturday
web posted October 9, 2014
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department will be holding an Open House at Station 1 on Martintown Road to round out Fire Prevention Week on Saturday, October 11 from 9 am until 1 pm. In addition to talks on Fire Prevention there will be an equipment display, free hot dogs and hamburgers and "goodie bags" for the children. Come out and meet your local firefighters while enjoying great family fun.

Red Cross Kicks Off New Campaign to Reduce Home Fire Deaths and Injuries
web posted October 10, 2014
COLUMBIA – On Saturday, October 11, the American Red Cross will be kicking-off a new campaign in South Carolina and across the country to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans.
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Patsy Smith Marks 49th Anniversary at Wells Fargo
web posted October 10, 2014
EDGEFIELD – October 8, 2014 marked Ms. Patsy Smith’s 49th anniversary with Wells Fargo Bank. "This is a tremendous accomplishment and is something to be celebrated," a release from Wells Fargo stated. Patsy’s coworkers decorated her office with vibrant colors and put balloons on the wall that read “49”.
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National FFA President Brian Walsh Visits STCTC
web posted October 10, 2014
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Agricultural Education students welcomed National FFA President Brian Walsh, along with state officers Anna Catherine Wayne and DeShawn Blanding. Anna Catherine, SC FFA President is from McBee, S.C. and is a member of the McBee FFA Chapter. DeShawn, SC FFA Vice-President is from Manning, SC and is a member of the Manning FFA chapter.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 10, 2014
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Investigation into Abel Drive Burglary Linked to Murder and Drug investigation Stalls
web posted October 9, 2014
WESTSIDE – A report broken by Edgefield Daily on the burglary of an Abel Drive home on September 23, soon grew to a much wider investigation when an Edgefield County young woman was captured on September 28 running from two burning vehicles in Elbert County, Georgia, a truck and a car, with the car containing the body a dead man thought to be from Anderson County. Chelsea Clary, 23, and her boyfriend Jonathan Reid Cann (left), 26, were both arrested following a several hour manhunt and Clary was found to have a backpack containing property from the burglary, including gold coins and silver bullion.
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ECH Announces Flu Shot Schedule for Senior Citizens
web posted October 9, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital (ECH) announces their Flu Shot schedule for Senior Citizens to provide preventative case for local Seniors as Flu season fast approaches. Shot will be available in two locations. On October 15 they will be at the Edgefield County Hospital in the front lobby from 9 am until Noon. A second date is October 22 from 9 am until Noon at the Chamber of Commerce in Johnston. For more information contact ECH at (803) 637-3174.

Sports Preview: Rec Night as Cresent Invited to the Rebels New Stadium
By Tim Crane - Sports Editor
web posted October 9, 2014

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebels (3-3, 0-1) look to get back in the win column Friday night when the Crescent Tigers (3-3, 0-1) come to town. After a strong 3-0 start to the season the Rebels have sputtered offensively in their last three games, averaging only 13 points per outing during three consecutive losses. Strom Thurmond’s defense gave up a season high 33 points to Abbeville a week ago and will be looking for redemption this week. The Rebels have been down, but they are not out.
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Sports: Edgefield Xtreme Defeat North Augusta Chaos
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web posted October 9, 2014

SPORTS – The Edgefield Xtreme 12U baseball team defeated the North Augusta Chaos, 5-3 Tuesday night behind 5 strong innings from pitcher, Dalton Williams.  The 12 year old would get the start and go the distance, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 8 and walking 5.  Edgefield would take an early lead in the 1st inning when Daniel Herlong would single, steal second base and score on an infield ground out by Dalton Williams.  Kevin Ortega would follow Williams, draw a base on balls and eventually score on a Jacob Rushton single.
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Man Causes Crash, Stalls Traffic During Arrest
web posted October 9, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield County man gave his family, deputies and EMS quite a scare Tuesday morning after meeting with mental health workers who instructed the wife to take him to a facility in Aiken. Just after leaving Edgefield the man became enraged and started "snatching the steering wheel" causing his wife to run off the road and eventually hitting a ditch. A family member arrived moments later to try to calm the man down only to be threatened with a knife. All the while the man was walking into rush hour traffic on Highway 25, creating an even more dangerous situation.  
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Park Row Market BBQ Buffet Tonight
web posted October 9, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Park Row Market BBQ Buffet will be on the menu starting at 5 pm until 10 pm Thursday night. Bring the whole family for the All You Can Eat buffet for just $9.95 per person. Click on their banner above for daily specials and Like them on FaceBook. Live entertainment with Karaoke will begin at 7 pm, so get your vocal skills ready to wow the crowd.

Building Construction Students Break Ground for Home at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center
web posted October 9, 2014
JOHNSTON – The Building Construction students at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center (STCTC) are building a home in front of the school. “I’ve wanted to build a house with my students for years because they will learn so much” said Lewis Burt, Building Construction teacher. Log Creek Timber Company is the project sponsor. “We now how important education is for our community’s future and we are excited about supporting this project” explained Reg Williams, with Log Creek Timber.
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Hunter Reports Shotgun Stolen from Jeep near Lick Fork Lake
web posted October 9, 2014
WESTSIDE – A Round O man doing some scouting for hunting off Prescott Road near Like Fork Road this weekend left his Remington 1100 semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun laying on the back seat of his 2004 black 4-door Jeep Liberty. He parked the Jeep around 4 pm before going scouting and did not return until 7:30 pm and found a rear window busted out and the gun missing.
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Found Dog: Edgefield - Dog Died of Parvo
web posted October 9, 2014
EDGEFIELD – FOUND DOG - This dog was found in the West Terrace/Bauskett St. area. He is someone's pet. He was wearing a collar but had no id tags or microchip. He is sweet and calm. If you know who he belongs to please contact the [removed]. If he has not been claimed in 15 days we will begin trying to find him a home. Click on photo for larger view.

County Council Chairman to Hold Emergency Management Meeting in Johnston on Oct. 23
web posted October 9, 2014
JOHNSTON – County Council Chairman Dean Campbell will host a public meeting with Suzy Spurgeon, Edgefield County Emergency Management Agency Director, on October 23, 5:30 p.m., at the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, 416 Calhoun St., Johnston.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted October 9, 2014
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County Council Sets 2014-2015 Millage Rate: No Tax Increase - Decrease Possible
web posted October 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their October meeting Tuesday night with a couple of surprises, appointments, policies, but the one on everybody's mind was the tax millage rate which could increase your tax bill in a single vote. County Auditor Bill Gilchrist gave a short summary on revenues and the value of a mill which had actually risen from $71,834 last year to $72,957 this year - a 1.5% increase.
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Edgefield County Mental Health Building Evacuated Due to Smoke
web posted October 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – A little after 3 pm Tuesday a 911 call from the Edgefield County Mental Health building on Simpkins Street saying all employees and visitors had evacuated the building as the smell of smoke began circulating around the interior of the building. The call brought Edgefield Police and Firefighters racing to the scene. When they first arrived there was no smoke showing on the outside of the building, but the odor of smoke could be smelled several yard away on the outside of the building.
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Edgefield Hires New Police Officer, Mayor Says Turkeys Returned to the Square
web posted October 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council met briefly on Monday night, approving a number of requests and discussing other matters. At the end of the meeting, following executive session, a Public Works recommendation for part-time worker Scott Thomas and full-time worker Nathan Campbell to receive a promotional increase in pay was granted. Also, George Schultz III was hired as new police officer for the Edgefield Police Department.
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Sports: Strom Thurmond Football Statistics Week 6
By Tim Crane
web posted October 8, 2014

SPORTS – The Rebels (3-3, 0-1) look to get back in the win column Friday night against Crescent. Friday is Rec Night at the home field. Cole Fell was named Offensive Player of the Week and Montrez Coleman was named Defensive Player of the Week in last week's disappointing game.
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Driver Tip Takes Suspected DUI Driver Off the Road
web posted October 8, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatchers were called at 4:30 Monday afternoon with a report of a possible intoxicated driver who was described as being "out of it" traveling north on Sweetwater Road driving a white Chevy Impala. A deputy on patrol nearby was able to located the driver as they passed Moore Road, but the deputy was a half dozen cars behind the driver and there was nowhere to pass on the hilly and curvy road and watched the driver go from running off the road and then across the center-line several times.
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Religion: Encourage Your Pastor This Month
By Pastor Phillip