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Two Charged in Sexual Assault of Young Teen
web posted March 26, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Two men have been arrested and charged in a criminal sexual conduct case that has been under investigation since January of this year involving the men and a young girl between the ages of 13 to 16. The case remains under investigation and a third man is expected to be brought to Edgefield County to face charges as well. Cody Wilson Hammond (left) and Cory James Stone, both 26, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon and remain behind bars at the Edgefield County Detention Center as of Wednesday.
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Man Reports Possible Scammer Depositing Checks into His Account
web posted March 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man has contacted Johnston Police after believing he has been caught up in some type of a scam. The man said he had been looking for work through Craigs List and took a "job" working as a "personal representative" for an individual to handle their affairs. The man said the job paid $400 a week and he even underwent a background check. He would receive checks to deposit into his account and then pay money to others as directed and keeping $400 for himself.
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Edgefield Daily Seeks Part-Time Writer
web posted March 26, 2015
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily is seeking a part-time free lance writer to cover a variety of subjects and possible meetings. No professional writing experience is required. For more information email the Editor at editor@edgefielddaily.com with contact information.

Sports: Rebels Move to 3-0 in Region Play with 4-1 Win over Saluda
web posted March 26, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels picked up another region win Tuesday night with a 4-1 win over Saluda. Tucker Paul got the win pitching 5 innings and giving up only 1 run and struck out 10.
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Strom Thurmond STC FFA Floriculture Team Wins State Title
web posted March 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Floriculture team was named State Champions in the State Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) held at Spartanburg Community College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Team members Alana Thurmond, Leigh Northrop, Maggie Hightower and Scott Sherman were coached by their FFA Advisors Mr. Jeremy Brooks and Dr. Darla Steele, Agricultural Education instructors at Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center. 
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Sports: Rebel Soccer Drops Close Game to Batesburg
web posted March 26, 2015
SPORTS – A well played game by the Rebels Soccer team Tuesday ended up with a victory for Batesburg. Goals by Alex Vera, Chris Hernandez and a Batesburg own goal helped to put the game into overtime.
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The Official BLUES BROTHERS Review Wednesday, April 15
web posted March 26, 2015
NEWBERRY – There is only one duo sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues. The Official Blues Brothers Revue will be at the Newberry Opera House on Wednesday, April 15th at 8pm.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 26, 2015
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Strom Thurmond STC FFA Wins Back-to-Back State Titles in Nursery / Landscape
web posted March 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Nursery / Landscape team captured the state title for the second year in a row at the State Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event (CDE) held at Spartanburg Community College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Team members Mary Ashlyn Goforth, Julia Crim, Misty Henderson, Hannah Sexton were coached by their FFA Advisors Mr. Jeremy Brooks and Dr. Darla Steele, Agricultural Education instructors at Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center.
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Animal Control Dog Trap Stolen
web posted March 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – It is not often we receive an incident report filed by the Sheriff's Office for a theft from the Sheriff's Office. But on Tuesday there it was. Animal Control had to report that one of their dog traps had been stolen after it had been set to catch a stray dog.
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Dog At Large Injures Pet Rooster, Owner Charged
web posted March 25, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Lands End Court woman called the Sheriff's Office Monday morning after a large dog attacked her rooster and "severely injured it" around 9 am. The woman said she had never seen the large white and grey dog in the neighborhood before, but apparently had the dog penned up waiting for the deputy to arrive.
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High Paying Nuclear Industry Jobs Coming Back to Edgefield Area
web posted March 25, 2015
JOHNSTON – Certified Nuclear operators are urgently needed in the CSRA. Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center is working hard to fill that need. “It’s a perfect storm in terms of the industry’s lack of people to fill the positions at nuclear power plants that are opening up now and in the near future,” explained Bob Collins Department Head of the Nuclear Engineering Technology at Augusta Technical College.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Disagrees with "Tech Professor" George Craig's "Net Neutrality" Column
web posted March 25, 2015
Dear Editor,
I am terribly disappointed in "Tech Professor" George Craig's posting about "Net Neutrality."  It misses the point completely. "Net Neutrality" is a high-sounding misnomer for heavy-handed government regulation of the internet.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: What's in a Name Part Eleven
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 25, 2015

RELIGION – I am writing this on Monday morning. Sunday was a wet and dreary day! It was the kind of day that if it was not a Sunday, you might want to stay in your jammies all day long and not leave the house. Now some of you might have attended Bedsheets Baptist church, if so set the alarm for next Sunday and if you don’t have a church home, you might as well come on out to Antioch. But let’s come back to the important subject of Jammies.
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National Work Zone Awareness Week March 23-27
web posted March 25, 2015
COUNTY – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) joins the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and other safety partners in observing the 2015 National Work Zone Awareness Week.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
web posted March 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through March 31. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Edgefield County Theatre Company Seeks Actors / Actresses
web posted March 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Auditions for Edgefield County Theatre Company`s production of Deathtrap directed by Dave Engelman, will be April 11th at 1pm & 12th at 3pm. The auditions will be held at 405 Main St., Edgefield. For more info call 803 336 8726. Complete details on the cast members sought can be found below.
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Lost Dogs - Martintown, Garrett Road Area - FOUND
web posted March 25, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Lost Dogs: Family is frantically searching for 2 missing dogs in the Martintown Road Garrett Road area near Buck Tyler's. One is German short hair pointer (brown and white) the other an English Setter (black and white) Dogs may possibly be together. Answers to the names Hank and George. Anyone with information is asked to [RETURNED] please call . Thanks! Click on photo for larger view.

Heritage Trail Pottery Tour & Sale in Edgefield and Greenwood Counties
web posted March 25, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Local potters in the Greenwood and Edgefield area are collaborating to host the fourth Annual Heritage Trail Pottery Tour & Sale, a series of events on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2015. The weekend events also include pottery demonstrations and kiln openings at five host studios with 23 potters selling their recent work.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 25, 2015
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Edgefield Police Investigating "Walk-by Shooting" Incident
web posted March 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies converged on the area of the Gary Street apartments following reports of shots fired from one group of individuals towards another group. No one was hit and it is unknown just how many shots were fired. "We will make an arrest," Edgefield Police Chief Ronnie Carter said. "Right now it's under investigation and we're sorting it all out."
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Motorcyclist Uninjured in Collision with Car
web posted March 24, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A motorcyclist was extremely fortunate to escape a collision with a Chevy Malibu with only very minor injuries Monday evening just before 7 pm. EMS arrived on the scene and treated him for a small cut and scrapes. The man was traveling northbound on Woodlawn Road at a high rate of speed and as he rounded a curve he was closing in fast on the Malibu that was making a left turn into a driveway.
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Stolen Car Leads to More Question than Answers
web posted March 24, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield man went to the Johnston Police Department on Saturday morning to report his 1999 gold Saturn SL2 4-door stolen overnight while parked on the 100 block of Lee Street with the keys left inside. Johnston Police began the investigation until it was discovered the location it was stolen from was actually in the County. As the investigation got underway the story behind the car became more suspicious with at least four different people buying and selling the car yet no one ever registering it in their name.
Edgefield Daily

Annual FFA Plant Sale at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center
web posted March 24, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Annual FFA Plant Sale at STCTC is going on now! FFA students will be available to help you select spring plants now during school hours or Saturday – March 28th from 8AM-2PM (at the Greenhouses behind the ST football field-house). Our plants look beautiful and people are welcome to come anytime to make their purchases. Below is a list of a few things you can expect to see:
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Public Notice: Solicitation for Request for Proposal 03-26-2015
web posted March 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Solicitation for RFP 03-26-2015 - Request for Proposals Janitorial and Cleaning Services Term Contract has been cancelled and withdrawn due to the need to revise the specifications. 
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Public Notice: First Reading of County FY 2015-2016 General Operating Budget
web posted March 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council will hold first reading of the FY 2015-2016 General Operating Budget at its regular meeting Tuesday April 7, 2015.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the County Council Chambers at 225 Jeter Street.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 24, 2015
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Additional Charges Filed Against Driver in Car Chase
web posted March 23, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The driver of a stolen SUV that led police on a wild car chase that ended after crashing the SUV on the Edgefield Rail Trail Thursday night has been served with additional warrants by Edgefield Police. 25-year-old Matthew Henry Ceasar, who fled the crash scene on foot and was later taken into custody, has been held since his arrest and was released on Sunday after posting bond on the additional charges.
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Rainbow Falls Road Home Found Burglarized
web posted March 23, 2015
COUNTY LINE – Family members checking on another family member's house on the 1300 block of Rainbow Falls Road Friday evening discovered someone had broken into the house and a car that was parked in the back yard  and called the Sheriff's Office. The callers advised dispatchers they would be waiting for the deputy outside and had not entered the house or the car.
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Suspects in Bar Beat-down Identified, Two Arrested
web posted March 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – The suspects in an unprovoked bar beat-down that sent an Edgefield man to the hospital on March 12 have been identified and two of them have been arrested. A Sheriff's investigator was able to download video surveillance footage from security cameras and that led to the suspects being identified. As of Friday, two of the men have been arrested and warrants have been issued for the others.
Edgefield Daily

Tech Professor: Net neutrality. Net what?
By George Craig
web posted March 23, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – You hear the words net neutrality in the news all the time lately. They talk about it on the radio station, in the newspaper and in news reports on TV, but what does it mean? They just keep using the term Net Neutrality but no one ever explains it. So here I go. All in all net neutrality simply means that everything on the internet is fair and equal and that nothing gets prioritized.
Edgefield Daily

Bass Fishing Tournament Returns to Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Anglers who want to show their fishing abilities can sign up for the 2nd Annual Bass Fishing Tournament, part of the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival. The Tournament will be held May 2, the same day as the popular Festival. Check-in is at 6 a.m. that day with weigh-in held in downtown Johnston shortly after 2 p.m. The entry fee is $50 and is limited to 30 boats. This Tournament is pond fishing and for Jon Boats only.
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Sports: Rebels Baseball Team Moves to 2-0 in Region with 8-0 Shutout
web posted March 23, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team picked up another region win over Cresent Friday evening. The win moves the Rebels to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in region play. Tannor Byrd got the win on the mound tossing a complete game shut out and striking out six.
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Sports: Rebel "C" Team Splits Double Header with Ninety Six
Staff Report
web posted March 23, 2015

SPORTS – Dedication, determination, nurturing, patience, coaching and plenty of support, things needed to build a championship baseball program. For Coach Mack Hite and his staff, Strom Thurmond High School took a huge step towards realizing those championship goals at Rebel Field Saturday morning, when the first "C" team in the history of the school took the field.
Edgefield Daily

Late Night Crash on I-20 Kills North Augusta Man
web posted March 21, 2015
NORTH AUGUSTA – A late night multiple vehicle collision has claimed the life of a 40 year old North Augusta man. Carl Furillo Polite Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that happened just before midnight on Friday night. The location of the crash was I-20 east near mile marker 5.
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Car Chase Ends with Crash on Walking Trail
web posted March 21, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a stolen brown Chevrolet Tahoe Thursday night after it had been reported stolen by the owner earlier in the evening. Around 10:30 an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the SUV at the red light on the town square and turned around to make a traffic stop while alerting Edgefield Police he had located the stolen SUV. When the deputy turned on his blue lights the driver took off with the deputy in pursuit.
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Stolen Jeep Recovered in Columbia County, Driver at Large
web posted March 21, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Briggs Haven Circle man called the Sheriff's Office Thursday evening to report his 2000 white Jeep Grand Cherokee stolen. He spotted the Jeep on Highway 25 and when he attempted to catch up to the SUV the driver, Mark Ervin Worthy, 21, of Trenton, sped off heading towards Edgefield. That's when he contacted the Sheriff's Office to report the vehicle stolen.
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A Country Store Carries On
This column was slated for publication on Friday and was accidentally left out.
By Tom Poland

web posted March 21, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – It’s been called the best country store in South Carolina. You can buy Virginia cured hams there, and you can buy gas, diesel, propane, shotgun shells, wrenches, and frying pans. Why you can even buy hog heads for headcheese, red hash, fig jam, hoop cheese, Blenheim’s Ginger Ale, and cheap wine there. As country stores in this part of the South go, it’s famous. Its fame, in fact, earned it a spot in the esteemed Southern magazine, Garden & Gun.
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Did Mother Get Over on Scammer?
web posted March 21, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Broad Walk Drive woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report a possible scam Thursday evening after looking at her bank statement and finding $6,744.66 had been deposited into a bank account she shares with her son who is away at college. Thinking there may be a scam involved the woman "froze" the bank account with the extra money still in the account.
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Lost Dog - Edgefield - FOUND 3/21/15
web posted March 21, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Lost Black Labrador Retriever. Last seen Thursday night, March 19, on Buncombe Street in Edgefield. 11 years old. Friendly. Black with grey muzzle. Please call [Removed - Dog returned to owners by Edgefield Daily reader] if you have any information. Click on picture for larger view.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 21, 2015
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County to Add Third Ambulance Crew
web posted March 20, 2015
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Council has plans to add a much needed and well over-due third ambulance crew to the County EMS. County Council Chairwoman Genia Blackwell has pushed for the additional crew for years to cut down on "third out" calls or having to summon an ambulance from a neighboring county with Edgefield County residents having to wait extended periods of time for help to arrive when both ambulances are already out on calls.
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Man Photographs Truck Before Theft of Tools
web posted March 20, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Delaughter Point Drive man noticed a strange truck pull into his driveway Wednesday afternoon and a unknown man get out and walk toward his house. The homeowner pulled out his cell phone and took a picture of the truck as the man walked towards his garage. By the time he went out to see what the man wanted he was gone, and so were some of his tools.
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Suspicious Vehicle Spotted Prior to Discovery of Burglary
web posted March 20, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Trenton man working on a mobile home that belongs to his brother on Wednesday spotted a burgundy van pull to the back of the trailer at an adjacent lot, that also belongs to his brother. After awhile he felt the situation was suspicious and walked over and found the driver and informed him he needed to leave, which he did without incident. Later his brother arrived and was informed of the van and when the brother went to check on the property he found it had been burglarized.
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Edgefield County Clemson Extension Talks Pollinators
web posted March 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – We talk a lot about soil and soil health for gardens, both vegetable and flower, here at the Extension Office. It is important to have the right nutrients at the right amount to grow healthy plants. But did you know that other factors contribute to your garden’s wellbeing? Several come to mind such as: location, moisture, sun, and one that we rarely talk about, pollinators.
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Sports: Rebels pick up Region win over Abbeville 7-3
web posted March 20, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team picked up a win in the first game of Region play Tuesday evening by defeating Abbeville 7-3. The Rebels posted 12 hits on the night with 7 of those crossing the plate in the win.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 20, 2015
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Winners of 9th Annual Shamrock Run Released
web posted March 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Though the weather might not have cooperated as much as everyone would have liked, the runners, walkers and supporters still turned out to make the event a success. A total of 122 people entered to either run or walk the 2.4 mile distance. William Hammond took first place by completing the course in just over 12 minutes followed by Holton Manly and Ray Outzs. A full listing of each division and their times are listed below.
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Bipartisan DOT Reform Package Advances in State Senate
web posted March 19, 2015
COLUMBIA – A Senate Transportation subcommittee advanced a bill Wednesday that would restructure the Department of Transportation. The 4500 employee agency faces increasing criticism from taxpayers and lawmakers frustrated with lack of accountability and transparency.
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Religion: What's in a Name Part Ten
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 19, 2015

RELIGION – Let me start with a huge thank you to each reader who has so generously supported my trip to East Asia. The prayers and contributions of you all have made my trip possible and will help it be a success. I have been brushing up on my systematic theology to teach the Pastor’s and I will also be able to preach the whole book of Ephesians. The Lord has provided for me through you all.
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Sports: Thurmond Beats Fox Creek 1-0 in Soccer
web posted March 19, 2015
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Boy's Varsity Soccer team defeated Fox Creek 1-0 on Wednesday evening. The Rebels took an early lead in the 1st half and held Fox Creek scoreless for the rest of the game. Both teams are to be congratulated for superb sportsmanship during the match.
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O Positive Blood Donors Urged to Donate for Local Patients
web posted March 19, 2015
COUNTY – Shepeard Community Blood Center is asking donors who are O Positive and eligible to give to donate as soon as possible. Fresh off the heels of a recent urgent need plea for O Negative blood donors, area hospitals are now in need of O Positive blood donors to roll up their sleeves.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 19, 2015
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Owners Report Nearly $22,000 in Damaged, Stolen Property from Johnston Home
web posted March 18, 2015
JOHNSTON – The owners of a Holmes Pond Road home came down from West Virginia to check on their property and found over $8,000 in damages and over $13,000 in property missing from the home and called the Sheriff's Office. The last time they checked the property was in September or October of last year after a couple they were renting the home to moved out.
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Be Aware of Frauds Posing as Family of Deadly Fire Victims
web posted March 18, 2015
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily has been made aware that there are those who are setting up fake GoFundMe.com pages in an effort to prey upon the hearts and sympathy of good people who are donating to the Watkins and McKie families on their actual GoFundMe.com page. There is only one page that has been set up by the family and the link is http://www.gofundme.com/olwb40 .
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Strom Thurmond To Host First Ever Alumni Baseball Game and Home Run Derby
web posted March 18, 2015
JOHNSTON – On Saturday, March 21, Strom Thurmond High School will host the first ever alumni game for anyone who has played baseball for the Rebels. The day will kick off at 11:00 a.m. when the new Strom Thurmond C Team (7th and 8th graders) will play a double header against Ninety-Six.
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Strom Thurmond Career & Technology FFA Students Aid in Sweetwater Community Center Beautification
web posted March 18, 2015
MERRIWETHER – FFA students at Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center planted all the new shrubbery at the newly renovated Sweetwater Community Center on Sweetwater Road. Under the direction of Dr. Darla Steele, these students assisted Marion Eargle from the Edgefield County Maintenance Department to achieve this goal. The county had a landscape drawing and received plants from Costa-Layman's in Trenton, SC. 
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Sports: Lady Rebels Defeat Abbeville 4-2
Staff Report
web posted March 18, 2015

SPORTS – For Taylor Driggers, her first error of the night couldn't of come at a worse time.  After playing perfect defense for 6 innings, the 7th grader "booted" a routine ground ball with her team clinging to a 4-2 lead in the last inning of play.  Driggers, was about to grow up fast and bring her Rebel teammates along for the ride.
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Sports: Rebels Baseball Routs Aiken 12-2
web posted March 18, 2015
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond defeated Aiken 12-2 during Monday night's game, moving the Rebels to 6-2 on the season. The team continues to improve working together as a team and the wins keep coming.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
web posted March 18, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through March 24. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Tom Poland's "Life Down South" Columns Start Friday
web posted March 18, 2015
COUNTY – Tom Poland's "Life Down South" columns will start publication this Friday. Tom writes about the South, its people, land, and culture. He travels back roads looking for forgotten places, captivating people, and vestiges of bygone times, many of which appear in his columns and features. Much of that work finds its way into his books.
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From Silver to Lead, SRS turns Potential Trash into Recycled Treasure
web posted March 18, 2015
AIKEN – During fiscal year 2014, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) recycled $1.4 million of precious metals through the Department of Energy (DOE) Business Center for Precious Metals Sales and Recovery. Additionally, SRNS recycled more than 115,000 pounds of electronics, over 970,000 pounds of scrap metal and approximately 13,000 pounds of spent (ammunition) shell casings.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 18, 2015
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Fire Victims to be Laid to Rest Today
web posted March 17, 2015
JOHNSTON – The funerals for Ms. Laterrious Watkins and her two children, Jacob and Aubrey McKie, who were killed in the deadly fire last Wednesday morning, will be held today at the Civic Center in Ridge Spring due to such a large crowd expected to attend. Ms. Watkins' fiancé, Jacob McKie, as well as extended family will meet with mourners prior to the funerals. Over $13,000 has been raised through donations from across the web on a GoFundMe.com page put up by family members to help pay for the funeral expenses.
Edgefield Daily

Sex Offender Arrested, Other Still Sought
web posted March 17, 2015
COUNTY – Johnston Police arrested a sex offender for failing to register while at the home to serve a Magistrate Court bench warrant. Meanwhile, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is still seeking the whereabouts of another sex offender who has failed to register after moving back to the county back in December of 2014. Johnston Police went to a home on the 500 block of Addison Street to serve and outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant for Jeffrey Lamont Butler (left), 46, when they discovered he was unregistered in the county after moving back from New York.
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Stray Bullets Hit Family Home
web posted March 17, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Copeland Circle man called the Sheriff's Office  Sunday evening after hearing gunshots in the area and the later discovering at least two bullets had struck the family home around 7 pm. Fortunately the bullets did not penetrate the interior of the home and no one was injured.
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Sports: Lady Rebels, Benenhaley Cruise to Another Win
Staff Report
web posted March 17, 2015

SPORTS – For Coach Holley Pace and her Lady Rebel softball team, business is about to pick up. After getting off to a blistering 5-0 start, Region play begins Tuesday when Abbeville comes to town.
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Third Annual Agriculture Day Spreads Community Awareness for Agriculture
web posted March 17, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center Agriculture Department along with the Edgefield County Young Farmer Association held the Third Annual Edgefield County Agriculture Day on Saturday March 14, 2015 on the campus of Strom Thurmond High School with an estimated 1500 in attendance.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 17, 2015
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Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team Takes State Title
web posted March 16, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team won the State Championship on Saturday after facing off against the best teams in the state. They defeated North Myrtle Beach High School (last year's state champion and national runner-up), Chapin High School, Socastee High School, and River Bluff High School before competing against Bob Jones in the championship round.
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Burglar Interrupted, Hits Victim With Gun
web posted March 16, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman heard a noise outside her home around 10:30 Saturday morning and looked out to see a man standing on her front porch who then walked away. She asked her son if anyone had knocked at the door and he said no. A short time later she heard a noise underneath the house and she said aloud that she was going to call 911 and that is when the man returned to the front porch and she confronted him and told him to leave the property which he did, or so she thought.
Edgefield Daily

Tech Professor: Internet in the Country
By George Craig
web posted March 16, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – Internet is everywhere these days. Or is it? If you live out in the country then maybe not. There are a lot of wide open spaces that have service options but in our area they are limited. Lets go over some of these.
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Baseball: Rebels Drop Close Game to Greenwood 3-2
web posted March 16, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team dropped a close game to Greenwood 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. This puts the team at 5-2 so far for the season.
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School Board Covers Long Agenda, Recognizes Spelling Bee Champs
By Anne Waits
web posted March 16, 2015

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School Board kicked off its March meeting last Tuesday night with a special order of business spotlighting the Edgefield County Spelling Bee winners and the Junior Scholars from JET Middle School and Merriwether Middle School.
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Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival Returns to State Farmers Market
web posted March 16, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 4th annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival is Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the State Farmers Market. Cook teams from across the southeast will compete for the State Championship title and other top prizes. The cook off is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network.
Edgefield Daily

Family Seeks Help for Funeral Expenses after Deadly Fire
web posted March 14, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Due to the ongoing investigation of the deadly fire that claimed the lives of Laterrious Watkins, 24, and her two small children Aubrey Mckie, 2, and Jacob Mckie, 1, information being gathered for a follow up report is difficult to come by. However, the issue at hand for the family is paying for the three unexpected funerals.
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Man Transported to Hospital after Beating at Bar
web posted March 14, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield man was taken by ambulance to the Edgefield County Hospital to be treated for several cuts to his face and head after being jumped by five unknown men while at a Johnston bar on Lee Street Thursday night. The victim said his attackers were all black and accused him of being a "snitch" and that he "told on SpongeBob". He ignored them and that is when the attack began.
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Lost Dogs: Airport Road Area - RETURNED
web posted March 14, 2015
JOHNSTON – LOST - Two female Pit Bull mix dogs missing from the Airport Road area in Johnston. Older female answers to Bella and younger female answers to Eve, both are very friendly dogs. Last seen on Wednesday night 3/11. They escaped from their enclosure and our children are devastated as they are cherished family pets. Please contact [FOUND and RETURNED] if you have any information. Click on photos for larger view.

Chamber Sponsors Bingo and Relay for Life ‘Stroll’ at Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 14, 2015
JOHNSTON – Citizens can participate in two Peach Blossom Festival-related events in Johnston, both sponsored by the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce. First, the Chamber will hold A Night of Bingo Games on Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m., American Legion Building, 99 Edisto St., Johnston. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Chamber programs.
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State Museum Presents Inaugural South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, Show and Sale
web posted March 14, 2015
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum is excited to present the inaugural South Carolina Muzzleloader Conference, Show and Sale from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday April 10 and Saturday, April 11. The two-day gun show will feature a variety of workshops and sessions on 18th and 19th century muzzleloaders led by gun and history experts and will also feature displays of muzzleloaders and accessories by exhibitors and collectors from across the country.
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Merriwether Community Coalition Meeting Monday, March 16th at 6:00 pm
web posted March 14, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The long awaited Community Center renovations have now been completed and opened for use. With much appreciation to Ambassador Henry Cooper and Mrs. Bobbye Cooper for their donation of the Sweetwater Community Center and to the Edgefield County Council led by Mrs. Genia Blackwell, we look forward to utilizing this facility to preserve and celebrate the rich history of this community and to plan for the future. 
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 14, 2015
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David Fallaw Named New Assistant Superintendent
web posted March 13, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District has announced that current Chief Financial Officer for the school district, David Fallaw, has been appointed to serve as assistant superintendent effective July1, 2015. Mr. Fallaw will take the place of Donna Strom who notified the school board of her desire to retire at the end of this fiscal year. The unanimous decision was made at the last regular school board meeting Tuesday night.
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Lady Rebels Softball Blanks Ridge Spring - Monetta 17-0
Staff Report
web posted March 13, 2015

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels softball team stayed perfect after blanking Ridge Spring - Monetta, 17-0 Thursday night. The visiting Rebels would get things going early and often by scoring 10 runs in the their first at bat. Madelyn Wise would start in the circle and turn in one inning of work. On the night the 8th grader would face 4 batters, striking out 2 and allowing no hits.
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SC Senate Passes Bill That Bans Powdered Alcohol
web posted March 13, 2015
COLUMBIA – Thursday, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senators Larry Martin and Greg Hembree that bans the sale of powdered alcohol. Powdered alcohol was approved for labeling by the federal government this week, and without this ban it could be sold without regulation according to Senator Martin, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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STCTC’s Cosmetology Program Wows Audience with 3rd Annual Fashion Show
web posted March 13, 2015
JOHNSTON – Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s (STCTC) Cosmetology students flaunted their skills this past Saturday night. The show’s theme was Spring is in the Air in Your Hair. “Cosmetology is art,” stated Franquilla Williams, first year student. The cosmetology students exhibited their skills and creativity with live models and mannequins. “Judging this event is difficult because all these students are so creative,” explained Charlotte Cheatham, event judge.
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Amazon Expanding Lexington County Operations
web posted March 13, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Amazon, a global leader in e-commerce, has announced plans to hire 500 additional full-time employees at the company’s Lexington County fulfillment center. Since opening in 2012, the Amazon fulfillment center in West Columbia, S.C. has brought more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Lexington County. Amazon is adding the new positions to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders.
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Abbeville Cat Exposes Four People to Rabies
web posted March 13, 2015
COLUMBIA – Four people have been referred to their health care provider for consultation after being exposed to rabies by a stray cat from Abbeville County that tested positive for the disease, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported yesterday. The exposures occurred on March 6, 2015, and the cat tested positive for rabies on March 10.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 13, 2015
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Cause of Deadly Fire "Undetermined" Investigators Say
web posted March 12, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The cause of the deadly fire on Country Club Drive that took the life of Laterrious Watkins, 24, and her two small children Aubrey Mckie, 2, and Jacobe Mckie, 1, remains undetermined according to Edgefield County Sheriff's Fire Investigators. "There is no foul play," Inv. James Smith said Wednesday, one of the two investigators working the case. "The fire started in the living room area of the house," he said.
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Strom Thurmond Advances to SC Bar State Mock Trial Competition
web posted March 12, 2015
COLUMBIA – Strom Thurmond High School will join 11 other schools to compete in the SC Bar State High School Mock Trial Competition March 13-14 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia. Participating students from Strom Thurmond High School include Antonia Adams, Delshawn Anderson, Maegan Carter, Kristal Herrin, Jamarr McCain, Arturo Pineda, Grace Russ, Michael Stradley, Royden Watkins and Keyson Whiteside.
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Trooper Unknowingly Arrests Theft Suspect Making Getaway
web posted March 12, 2015
TRENTON – A South Carolina Highway Patrolman making a traffic stop in Lexington County ended up arresting the suspect of a theft of nearly $2,000 worth of tools from a Trenton woman earlier that night. James Leighton Parlin, 41, was arrested by the Trooper just before 3 am Wednesday morning for driving under suspension. Little did he know at the time that Parlin was actually making his getaway after getting loading up his van with tools from a farm on Girl Scout Camp Road in Trenton.
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3rd Annual Agriculture Field Day Saturday - Rain Or Shine
web posted March 12, 2015
JOHNSTON – Join the Edgefield County Young Farmers and FFA at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center this Saturday, March 14th, 2015 for the 3rd Annual Edgefield County Agriculture Day. The event will take place rain or shine in front of Strom Thurmond High School from 12-4pm. If raining, many of the events will be moved inside and under tents.
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Sports: Baseball - Rebels beat Silver Bluff 11-4
web posted March 12, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team moves to 5-1 on the season with a 11-4 win over Silver Bluff Wednesday afternoon. John Autrey Yonce picked up the win on the mound going six innings striking out 8.
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3rd Annual STCTC Agricultural Department Silent Auction to Benefit Agricultural Scholarships
web posted March 12, 2015
JOHNSTON – On Saturday March 14, 2015 join the local community for an amazing day of fun, food, and friends – all to support student scholarships. The 3rd Annual Strom Thurmond Agriculture Department Silent Auction will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Strom Thurmond High School as part of the 3rd Annual Edgefield County Agriculture Field Day.
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Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos Debuts at the State Museum on March 28
web posted March 12, 2015
COLUMBIA – Witness the raw power of the cosmos in the South Carolina State Museum’s new full-dome planetarium show, Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos, debuting Saturday, March 28 in the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium. Guests can spend their spring break exploring the great forces that hold the Universe together and occasionally try to destroy it.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 12, 2015
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Three Dead in Early Morning Fire
web posted March 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Young mother and two small children are dead following an early morning house fire. Laterrious Watkins, 24, and her two children Aubrey Mckie, 2, and Jacobe Mckie, 1 were all pronounced dead on the scene by the Edgefield County Coroner's Office early this morning. The fire broke out around 4 am bringing Edgefield and Johnston Firefighters racing to the scene with reports the three were trapped inside the home. The father of the children was able to escape the fire.
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Minor Traffic Infraction Locates Fugitive from Justice
web posted March 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police officer patrolling on Bauskett Street early Monday morning and a minor traffic infraction led to the arrest of a fugitive from justice who was wanted by the New York Police Department (NYPD). The officer spotted a gold car driving 46 in a 35 mph zone and fell in behind the car to make a traffic stop. Before stopping the car the officer ran the tag which came back as suspended since January. The officer then pulled the car over on Augusta Road and told the driver why he was being stopped.
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Family Mourns Passing of Patriarch, County Mourns Passing of Educator, Mentor and Friend
web posted March 11, 2015
JOHNSTON – Marvin T. (Inky) English, 88, of Johnston, passed away Tuesday morning leaving behind a large family and a legacy that most men can only dream of achieving. English was born in Anderson in April of 1926 and was the son of Floyd and Eva Cartee English. After serving the country in the Navy during World War ll he attended Newberry College where he lettered four years in baseball and basketball. He was drafted in the first round in 1948 by the Boston Bullets but turned his attention away from professional sports and went into Education.
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Sports: Lady Rebels Softball Takes Two in Double-Header
Staff Report
web posted March 11, 2015

SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels softball team remained undefeated by taking both games of a double-header from Brookland-Cayce Tuesday night.  Madelyn Wise would start in the circle and turn in 3 innings of work. On the night the 8th grader would strike out 5, while walking 6 and allowing 2 hits. The Rebels would struggle through a first inning that would see Brookland-Cayce plate 4 runs off a walk, a hit batter, 1 error and 2 base hits. But Wise would settle in and eventually strikeout the side.
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Log Creek Pushes To Move Forward
web posted March 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Reflecting back a little over a year ago to the night of the 5th of January 2014, the local fire departments were dispatched to the shop of Log Creek Timber Company and Williams Brothers Farm. With great effort, the firefighters saved a portion of the shop and once again should be applauded for their hard work that night.
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Dogs at Large Kills Penned Rabbits
web posted March 11, 2015
TRENTON – A Sandy Hill Court teen called the Sheriff's Office after finding two boxers inside the pen attacking his father's rabbits Monday morning. By the time he noticed what was taking place at least one of the rabbits was dead so the teen grabbed his cell phone and started filming the two boxers inside the pen attacking and then ran them out of the pen, but not before more damage was done.
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Religion: What's in a Name Part Nine
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 11, 2015

RELIGION – We live in a world of bullies. We always have. Technology has made bullying all the more evil! When I was in school not that long ago, the hurt inflected was limited to a beating or being bad mouthed by classmates. While this was far from pleasant, bullying today, via social media, makes it possible to inflect permanent harm on someone’s reputation with a simple click of the mouse. The bullying among girls is now an epidemic. Young girls viciously tear down each other to the point where girls change schools to avoid the vitriol of the bully.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
web posted March 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook. Prices below are good through March 17. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 11, 2015
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Wanted Man Spotted at Johnston Bar
web posted March 10, 2015
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police spotted a man going into Studio 21, a bar located on Lee Street in Johnston, just before closing time and thought he was wanted by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. He alerted a Sheriff's Deputy that was close to Johnston at the time and passed on the information. When the deputy ran a records check on Joseph Herrin, 31, of Merriwether, it was found there were actually multiple warrants for his arrest.
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Sheriff's Office Still Seeks Wanted Sex Offender
web posted March 10, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is looking for a sex offender who has failed to register his current location, again. Alexander Morgan lll, 48, is a black male standing 5' 8" and weighs 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is 104 Tanglewood Drive in Trenton, according to paperwork he signed with the Sheriff's Office. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.
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Threat of Break-In Ends in Arrest of Wanted Man
web posted March 10, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after having an argument with a man in North Augusta on Saturday night. When the argument was over and both left the scene, the man told the woman he was going to break into her Briggs Haven Circle home. Just to be on the safe side the woman called and advised dispatchers as she was on her way home. When a deputy arrived at the home the man was found sitting in his car in front of her house.
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Fox Creek's Weddel Heads to State Competition
web posted March 10, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Blythe Weddel, a Fox Creek freshman, began her journey to the state Poetry Out Loud competition with a recitation in Miss Meredith Harris’ English class in October. In November, she competed with 28 Fox Creek classroom winners and won first place. In January, Blythe entered the Region 2 Poetry Out Loud competition where she was named a finalist and invited to compete at the state level on March 14 in Columbia. 
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Rebels Baseball Team Wins One, Loses One
web posted March 10, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels baseball team improved their preseason record to 4-0 with a win over King Academy on Saturday shutting them out with a score of 9-0. John Autry Yonce picked up the win on the mound with a complete game performance. However, on Monday the Rebels traveled to Lake Olmstead Park in Augusta to take on Aiken in the first regular season game but did not keep the winning streak going.
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Found Animals RETURNED: Sweetwater and Rainsford Road Area
web posted March 10, 2015
MERRIWETHER – RETURNED Dog and Sheep - A Rainsford Road family has found a dog and a sheep in their yard on Sunday. The area is near the back side of Mt. Vintage. They are currently being cared for and kept in a barn. Click on photos for larger views. Very little in the way of descriptions were provided. If one or both belong to you please contact [Animals Returned] Jo Ashley at .

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 10, 2015
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High Speed Chase Ends with Crash, Arrest
web posted March 9, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police officer on patrol Sunday morning around 1:20 am spotted a dark colored step-side pickup truck on Penn Street spinning his tires and "fishtailing" at the stop sign. The officer turned around and turned on his blue lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver, James Bradford Rice ll, refused to stop and took off down Sweetwater Road at speeds reaching 100 mph. However, it did not take long for the driver to lose control of the truck and crash into the ditch.
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Brush Fire Spreads to Abandoned Mobile Home
web posted March 9, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A brush fire reported around 6:30 pm Sunday spread quickly to an abandoned mobile home on the 50 block of Jacob McKie Road bringing County Line and Merriwether Firefighters to the scene. When the first firemen arrived on the scene they reported the structure was "fully engulfed" in flames.
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Edgefield Daily Welcomes George Craig, The Tech Professor, as Newest Columnist
web posted March 9, 2015
WEBNEWS – Edgefield Daily is proud to introduce the newest member of the Edgefield Daily line-up of columnists starting today. Craig, a Florida native, married a Johnston woman and has been in our area for ten years. His column, Teachings of the Tech Professor, will appear on Mondays and deals with things related to computers and the internet. You can read his full bio on his archive page. His first column can be found below. We hope you enjoy reading his work.

Tech Professor: Email, Spam and the Evils Within
By George Craig
web posted March 9, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – Email, email and more email. That’s what the world is turning into. Over 120 Billion emails are sent every day. 98 Billion of those emails are spam. That’s over 80% of all emails sent every day. No matter how you slice it that’s a lot of Spam.
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Lady Rebels Start Season with 7-6 Win over Wagner Salley
Staff Report
web posted March 9, 2015

SPORTS – The Lady Rebel softball team got the season off to a winning start Friday night by defeating the Wagener Salley War Eagles 7-6. Madelyn Wise would start in the circle for the Rebels and turn in 5 innings of work. On the night, Wise would register 4 strikeouts while walking 3 and giving up 7 hits. Wise would begin the game by striking out the first two War Eagles before giving up back to back hits. Amanda Horton would end the threat from her position as second base after Wagener Salley would plate one run and take an early lead.
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Fox Creek Student Charged with Possession of Marijuana at School
web posted March 9, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Fox Creek student who appeared to have fallen ill during class ended up going home with more than just a possible fever. As a teacher gathered his things from his English class due to the student "sweating profusely", he discovered a pill bottle in the student's coat pocket.
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Vandals Set Mail, Mailbox on Fire
web posted March 9, 2015
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff's Office to report someone setting the mailbox at her Paces Creek Road home on fire. She did not discover the vandalism until she went to check her mail around 9 pm.
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Child Development and Kindergarten Registration March 27
web posted March 9, 2015
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District will hold registration for Child Development and Kindergarten on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Douglas Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Merriwether Elementary and W.E. Parker Elementary.
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GOP Meeting Tuesday