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Shots Fired at Woman Asking Directions
web posted December 20, 2014  - 3:00 AM
BETTIS ACADEMY – A woman called 911 around 1:30 am Saturday after pulling up to a couple parked on the side of Sable Lane at Fish Farm Road to ask for directions and said she was shot at by the couple inside the other vehicle. The woman fled the area and waited on Sheriff's Deputies in front of a home on Sable Lane.
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Edgefield Troop 30 Boy Scouts Hold Court of Honors
web posted December 20, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Troop 30 Boy Scouts had their Court of Honors Thursday December 18th. Eleven Scouts earned their next rank badge and 41 merit badges were received for the work they completed through the year. It was a proud moment for parents and scouts alike.
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Suspected DUI Driver Leads Deputy on Slow Speed Chase
web posted December 20, 2014
JOHNSTON – Edgefield County Dispatchers began receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a car parked and blocking one lane of traffic on Long Cane Road Thursday night with drivers having to swerve to avoid hitting the car. Some reported not knowing if anyone was even in the car. When a Sheriff's Deputy arrived he found the driver slumped over the wheel, the car in gear and still running.
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Counterfeit Bills Found at Local Industry
web posted December 20, 2014
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was called to Urban Outfitters Thursday afternoon after several employees reported to a supervisor that they had found counterfeit $20 bills laying around on the floor in different locations of the plant over the past two days. In addition, as the deputy was shown around the plant, several "small" $100 bills were found and were also seized. All of the $20 bills had the same serial number, JL 0900505 B.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Offers Letter of Thanks
web posted December 20, 2014
Dear Editor,
At this holiday season, we, the Board of Directors and staff of Women In Unity, extend a heartfelt thanks to the people of Edgefield County who have generously supported our work this past year. 
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 20, 2014
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Christmas Prank Draws Attention on Town Square
web posted December 19, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An ongoing volley of pranks between an employee of the cleaning company that takes care of county offices and one of the offices in the County Courthouse drew a lot of attention on the Edgefield Town Square while the worker was taking her lunch break. Employees of the office snuck out of the Courthouse and decided to wrap a present for the worker, her own car parked in front of the County Administration Building.
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Merriwether Sanitation Cited for Spilling Trash on Roadway
web posted December 19, 2014
EDGEFIELD – A driver for Merriwether Sanitation was caught spilling trash on the roadway. The company's sole garbage truck has been in and out of commission (more out than in) since February. The owner has been using his personal pickup truck, a Dodge Ram, and a large open top trailer to pick up and dump the trash at the transfer station in Johnston, often times leaving a trail of trash along Sweetwater Road.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s FBLA Chapter Helps Others
web posted December 19, 2014
JOHNSTON – Each year STCTC’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Chapter participates in a community service project they call “Adopt-A-Family” for Christmas.  Working with one of the elementary schools in the county, a family is chosen.  Once the family is chosen FBLA members sign-up for items to purchase, shop, and then wrap the gifts to be given to a deserving family in the county.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted December 19, 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 December 24.
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Home Business Owner Reports Attempted Burglary
web posted December 19, 2014
MERRIWETHER – The owner of a local home business owner called the Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning to report walking out to his shop and finding someone had attempted to pry open the door to his shop.
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Man Reports Theft of Equipment
web posted December 19, 2014
EDGEFIELD – A Morange Street man arrived home and discovered his pressure washer and a 5500 watt generator missing from beside his back door and called the Edgefield Police. An officer arrived and was shown where the items were taken, but nothing else was found to be missing.
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Christmas Happenings
web posted December 15, 2014
COUNTY – Due to a problem with the Happenings Section, Christmas events are being placed on this page and will be brought back to the top of the Headlines between now and Christmas. Send in your Church function to be added.
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Woman Complains After Patrol Check
web posted December 19, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A Mullens Street woman called the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning after waking up and finding two bricks laying on her deck and her storm door being shattered from an incident the night before. The woman called the previous night after hearing a loud noise and deputies came out and patrolled the area and found nothing.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 19, 2014
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No Headlines for Thursday - Updates Return on Friday
web posted December 18, 2014
COUNTY – Due to circumstances beyond our control, there are no Headline News for Thursday. Reports and updates will return on Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A few reader comments have been placed.

Park Row Market BBQ Buffet Tonight
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web posted December 18, 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 Kevin Taylor from Aiken will begin at 7 pm.

Woman Confronts Possible Burglar
web posted December 17, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman arrived at her Henry Lane home Monday a little after 2 pm and found a black male in her yard and confronted him about what he was doing at her house. The man did not answer any of her questions and then left towards the back of the house on his bicycle and she called the Sheriff's Office. When she went to the back of the house she found the back door had been unlocked and was left open, suggesting he had been inside the house.
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Merriwether Man Reports Possible Burglary in Progress
web posted December 17, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatchers received a call from a Big Oak Drive man saying he was watching an unknown man snooping around his neighbor's property around 9:30 pm Monday. He told dispatchers that his neighbor was not at home, but he could see the man then begin to look around the shed in the back yard.
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Woman Assaulted by Man Refusing to Leave her Property
web posted December 17, 2014
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on the 1600 block of Augusta Road after a woman reported a man at her home who had been warned not to return to the property. As the woman confronted the man and was telling him to leave a verbal argument took place that then turn physical.
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Religion: Stop Being A CEO
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 17, 2014

RELIGION – I work for a good boss, My CEO is God. I can’t complain about much. But, when I used to work in various factories, it was not uncommon at all to hear complaints about the CEO of the company. Things like “He has no clue what we do.” “He thinks he is better than us in his fancy car and front office.” Then there were other comments that I can’t repeat or print. Let me say that I have no idea how to run a company and the majority of you don’t either.  But, I am saddened by the many CEOs I encounter as a pastor.
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Thursday Edition and Updates May be Delayed
web posted December 17, 2014
COUNTY – Due to the Editor undergoing an intrusive medical procedure today it is unknown if an overnight stay may be required. Even if an overnight stay is not required, there is the possibility that "at home recovery" may prevent updates for Thursday due to pain or requirement of total bed rest. If that is the case, we apologize for any inconvenience this may case and appreciate your understanding.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 17, 2014
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And The Winners of the Christmas Giveaway Are…
web posted December 16, 2014
JOHNSTON – The winners of the Tidwell Jewelers - Edgefield Daily 2014 Christmas Giveaway were drawn at 3 pm at Tidwell Jewelers' Johnston location. Edgefield Daily would like to thank Danny and Linda Tidwell for their continued support for the annual giveaway, which would not be possible without them. We would also like to thank the several hundreds of readers who entered this year.
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Man Reports Identity Theft on Ebay
web posted December 16, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Not all fraud comes in the way of phone scammers, some take place on the internet by simply using your information and name, or basically becoming you, to buy and sell on auction sites. That is what a Merriwether man learned over the weekend and called the Sheriff's Office to report someone else using his identity.
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Thieves Steal $800 in Yard Equipment from Johnston Home
web posted December 16, 2014
JOHNSTON – The brother of a Johnston man who is out of town went by to check on the property and found that someone had entered a shed next to the house and stole the yard equipment on Saturday. It is believed the theft took place sometime overnight.
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NOTICE: Johnston Road Closure
web posted December 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm

JOHNSTON – Ridge View Lake Road between Waterworks Road and McCreight Road is closed due to flooding. Local traffic only. It is not expected to reopen for traffic until sometime Tuesday. Please use an alternate route in this area.

Portucel, S.A. establishing operations in Greenwood County
web posted December 16, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A. is investing $110 million to open a manufacturing facility in Greenwood, S.C. The investment is expected to create 70 new jobs.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 16, 2014
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Winners of Tidwell Jewelers - Edgefield Daily Christmas Giveaway to be Drawn Today

web posted December 15, 2014

COUNTY – The winners of the Tidwell Jewelers - Edgefield Daily Christmas Giveaway will be drawn today at Tidwell Jewelers in Johnston. The winners of the $500 and $250 Tidwell Jewelers Gift Certificates will be notified shortly after the drawing and their names will be published on Tuesday. We would like to thank all those who entered and wish everyone good luck!

Phone Scammers Strike Again - Steal Nearly $1,000 from Local Woman
web posted December 15, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after discovering she had been the target of a phone scam that started with a call in October. The woman told the deputy she was contacted by a so-called representative from Microsoft telling her she needed to update her firewall on her computer and to do so they needed to install a program on her computer. Microsoft does not call the owner of any computer about updates.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond Sports Medicine Program Off to Great Start
web posted December 15, 2014
JOHNSTON – STCTC’s Sports Medicine students are making an immediate impact for athletes. A total of 45 students have put time in to working Rebel games or practices. ”I have several students who have over 30 hours already,” explained Lisa Nichols the certified Athletic Trainer and teacher of the Sports Medicine program. Students take the athletic training skills learned in the classroom and apply them to games and practices.
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Metal Thieves Steal Aluminum Gutters
web posted December 15, 2014
TRENTON – A Trenton man reported someone entering his property on Thursday without him knowing and stole approximately 100 feet of aluminum gutter that was loaded on a trailed next to his Rachel Avenue home.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Health Science Students Receive Certification
web posted December 15, 2014
JOHNSTON – STCTC Health Science students recently completed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Basic Life Support Certification. The students are preparing for their clinical experience in local nursing homes and hospitals. In the students’ clinical experiences they perform basic nursing skills as part of the requirements for obtaining Certified Nursing Assistant certification.
Edgefield Daily

Christmas Happenings
web posted December 15, 2014
COUNTY – Due to a problem with the Happenings Section, Christmas events are being placed on this page and will be brought back to the top of the Headlines between now and Christmas. Send in your Church function to be added.
Edgefield Daily

Found Dogs: Edgefield - Recovered
web posted December 15, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Two found dogs on Bauskett Street. One yellow mix and one chocolate lab (possible mix) both have bark collars on. Recovered.

18-Year-Old Charged in Edgefield Burglary
web posted December 13, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An 18-year-old Edgefield man has been arrested and charged with burglary in the first degree following a traffic stop Thursday night. Justin  James Thornburg was taken into custody after he was found to be a passenger in the vehicle and was wanted for a December 3 burglary of a Mims Street home where four weapons were stolen.
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Teacher with Gun at School Charged
web posted December 13, 2014
EDGEFIELD – A teacher that brought a loaded gun to Merriwether Elementary School and then accidentally left it in a faculty restroom has been charged and released on Friday. Twyla Tuten, 63, turned herself in at the Edgefield County Detention Center Friday morning and was released on a total of $6,000 in personal recognizance bonds. She was also ordered not to return to the property.
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Stevens Creek Grill Now Open On Sundays
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web posted December 13, 2014

MERRIWETHER – For those seeking the perfect meal after church, the Stevens Creek Grill will be featuring Beef Briskets this Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm. Eat in or take-out to eat at home. The Stevens Creek Grill is located at 2006 Martintown Road next door to Sportsman's Corner. Call ahead at 803-202-0111. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great meal without the long lines.

School Board Recognizes NJROTC Drill Team at Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted December 13, 2014

JOHNSTON – The Edgefield County School District, in its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night following executive session, voted to extend the contract for Superintendent Greg Anderson for two more years. Members of the Board expressed that they made this offer based on the fact that Anderson has had a positive effect on the overall operations of the district and that they felt he has done a good job of returning the District to the basic principles of education.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 13, 2014
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Guns, Electronics Stolen in Burglary on Stephens Road
web posted December 12, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on the 1300 block of Stephens Road around 3:30 pm after a family member arrived Wednesday afternoon and found the back door standing wide open. After entering the home it quickly became obvious several items were missing, including a number of guns and the son called his mother who arrived a short time later to meet with deputies.
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$17,000 in Motorcycles Stolen, 1 Recovered, No Arrests
web posted December 12, 2014
JOHNSTON – Two motorcycles being kept at a Mount Calvary Road home were discovered missing and reported to the Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon around 5 pm. When a deputy arrived he was informed that two suspects were reportedly overheard talking about stealing the motorcycles prior to them going missing.
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Metal Thieves Target Johnston Home
web posted December 12, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston woman checking on a house on the 1300 block of Highway 191 she owns with her sister Wednesday arrived to find the alarm going off inside the home. The doors and windows were secured and there were no signs of forced entry. When she went inside she could find nothing missing. It wasn't until she walked around the house that she found the reason for the alarm, the entire HVAC unit to the house had been stolen.
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NOTICE: Edgefield County Council having Special Called Meeting with Edgefield County Hospital Board of Trustees
web posted December 12, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council is having a Special Called Meeting with the Edgefield County Hospital Board of Trustees on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:00PM. The meeting will be held in the County Council Chambers located at 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield. A copy of the agenda can be found here.(Pdf file)

Registration for the 2015 SRS Public Tour Program Begins Dec. 29
web posted December 12, 2014
AIKEN – Registration for the Savannah River Site's 2015 public tour program will begin Monday, Dec. 29.  More than 1,000 seats will be available during 22 tours to be held throughout the upcoming year at the Department of Energy site near Aiken, S.C. Driving tours are offered each year at SRS to provide members of the public an opportunity to see many of the site's facilities and learn more about the site’s history, current activities and future missions.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 12, 2014
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Teacher Fired After Gun Found at Elementary School
web posted December 11, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A substitute teacher that was hired about a month ago to take over for a full time teacher out on maternity leave has lost her job and will never be allowed to substitute in any school in the county following an incident on Tuesday involving a handgun left in the faculty restroom. The gun was found by another teacher and reported immediately. In addition to losing her job, criminal charges may be filed pending the outcome of an investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
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Autopsy Results Inconclusive in Infant Death Investigation
web posted December 11, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The autopsy of the 4-month-old infant that died at a local In-Home Daycare on Tuesday did not provide a cause of death, Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said Wednesday evening. "Right now it's inconclusive until we get all the results back," Burnett said, "and that could take two weeks or more." Burnett added, "I can tell you what it didn't show, and that's nobody did anything to the child," which rules out any type of foul play.
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Edgefield County School Board Extends Superintendent’s Contract
web posted December 11, 2014
JOHNSTON – At its regular monthly meeting, the Edgefield County School Board voted to offer current Superintendent Greg Anderson a two year extension on his existing contract. Such an extension will mean that Anderson will remain the superintendent for the school district until June 30, 2017.
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Phone Scammers Continue Targeting Locals
web posted December 11, 2014
COUNTY – Three more reports of phone scammers calling local residents were reported on Tuesday, one being an 80-year-old woman who was told her grandson in law was in jail and she needed to purchase $2,000 in Green Dot cards and provide him with the numbers on the back in order to gain the grandson's release.
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Johnston Town Council Closes Year with Long Agenda at Meeting
By Anne Waits
web posted December 11, 2014

JOHNSTON – The Johnston Town Council met Monday night, approving several items of business and accepting still others as information. During the public comments portion of the meeting, Johnston resident Georgia Mason said she thought it would have shown more unity if more Council members had been present at the Johnston Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 30.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 11, 2014
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Infant Dies at In-Home Daycare
web posted December 10, 2014
CORRECTION - A typo previously listed the infant at 14 months - we regret the error
EDGEFIELD – A 4-month-old infant died Tuesday afternoon after being discovered unresponsive and not breathing by the caregiver at her in-home daycare on Cedar Creek Road around 3 pm. Edgefield County EMS and Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the scene as first aid was given to the infant. The baby was rushed to the Edgefield County Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
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Religion: Be Thankful You Can Go To Church at Christmas
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 10, 2014

RELIGION – Christmas is a time that most people get a little religious. Churches will be a little fuller as folks feel the need to come out, if for nothing else a nice little break from the Christmas chaos and maybe a nap during the sermon. Just kidding of course and we are glad to have you any time! But we do live in a place where you can freely take or leave any religious commitments you may choose. Not all nations have that privilege; we should not take it for granted. It is sadly being taken away daily in our nation.
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Farmer To Remain Director Of S.C. Department Of Insurance
web posted December 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley today announced that Ray Farmer will continue serving as the director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance during the second term. Appointed to the position by the governor in November of 2012 and confirmed by the Senate in February of 2013, Director Farmer has focused on improving the agency’s customer service and creating a business-friendly environment where South Carolina companies can succeed.
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Carolina Moon Distillery Hosts Madison Latimer Saturday
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web posted December 10, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Carolina Moon Distillery, Madison Latimer, artist, aka "The Chicken Lady", is coming to meet with folks, sell her paintings and discuss her philosophy on life. Dec 13' from noon until 3pm. Additionally, free tastings offered this Saturday to celebrate Carolina Moon Distillery's one year anniversary as well as Chocolate Moonshine cake! Y'all come!

SCE&G Places 180,000-Pound CA05 Module at V.C. Summer Unit 2
web posted December 10, 2014
COLUMBIA – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), and its partners placed on Dec. 6 the CA05 structural module on the V.C. Summer Unit 2 nuclear island. This is one of several milestones achieved this year in the construction of nuclear reactors that are among the first in the U.S. in 30 years.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 10, 2014
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Tis' the Season for… Fraud
web posted December 9, 2014
COUNTY – It is that time of year. People busy shopping either in stores or over the internet, but it is also the time of year scammers come out of the woodwork stealing your credit card information and going on shopping sprees of their own - only leaving you with the tab. Such is the case over the weekend with scammers either already having your credit card numbers or enough of your personal information to open additional cards on your account for them to use.
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Wesley and Ashley Spires' Attackers Sentenced to 30 Years
web posted December 9, 2014
AUGUSTA – Ashley Solesbee Spires and Wesley Spires were beaten with a baseball bat and robbed on Augusta's Riverwalk in May 2013. The couple was on their first date. After the attack, the couple faced weeks in the hospital and multiple surgeries. Despite those challenges, they married this year. Countless fundraisers were held across the county to help pay Wesley's medical bills.
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Got Pot? Got Munchies? Go to Jail
web posted December 9, 2014
TRENTON – A clerk at Billy's Superstore on Saturday morning called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report a man suspected of shoplifting in the store around  9 am. The woman reported seeing the man walk from the back of the store with a can of Pringles and then walk out the front and sat down and starting eating the potato chips.
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Gov. Nikki Haley Announces New Department Of Labor, Licensing And Regulation Director
web posted December 9, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today named Richele Taylor as the acting director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR).  Taylor has served as the Deputy Director of Administration at LLR since March of this year.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
web posted December 9, 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 December 16.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 9, 2014
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Phone Scammers Con Edgefield Woman Out of $4,000
web posted December 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An elderly Edgefield woman reported being targeted by phone scammers in a report that is repeated far too often in Edgefield County and across the nation. The woman called Edgefield police after she had purchased $4,000 in Green Dot cards and given the scammers the numbers on the back of the cards so they could cash the cards in and steal her money.  
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Holiday Safety Tips from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital
web posted December 8, 2014
COUNTY - PSA – The signs of the season are popping up everywhere: lights on Christmas trees, candles in windows and stockings hung with care. The holiday season brings fun and joy as well as increased burn risk.
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41st Edgefield Christmas Parade Draws Large Crowds Sunday
web posted December 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Town of Edgefield held its 41st Christmas Parade Sunday with sunny skies, cooler temperatures and crowds that stretched the entire length of Main Street with children just waiting to get a chance to see Santa at the end when he took a seat on the Town Square next to the Christmas Tree. This year's parade had 84 entries and lasted well over an hour for all to pass the grandstand on the square.
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Johnston Man Reports Break-in, Gun Stolen
web posted December 8, 2014
JOHNSTON – An elderly Johnston man called the Sheriff's Office a day after coming home and finding his front door kicked in and items missing from his home, including a handgun. In addition to waiting until the day after to report the crime, the man fixed the front door, picked up everything thrown on the floor and cleaned up any evidence the person or persons may have left behind.
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Found Dog - Edgefield - RECOVERED
web posted December 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Found - yellow female lab in Edgefield. Well fed and friendly.  Call [removed] to identify and claim. Found on Dec. 6. No other information provided. Click on photo for larger view. Owner found!

Edgefield County Hospital Auxiliary - Candles for Caring
web posted December 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Hospital Candles for Caring program is back for the 2014 Holiday Season in support of the ECH Auxiliary. Those being honored and remembered will have their names displayed on banners in the hospital lobby during the month of December.
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Birth Announcement - Charlie Crane
web posted December 8, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Charlie Hillsman Crane was welcomed into this world November 10 2014. He was born at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup Georgia. Charlie was born at 8:10 am and weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces. He was 20 inches long.
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Trenton Man Tries to Outrun Police with Infant in Unrestrained Car Seat
web posted December 6, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An 18-year-old Trenton man remains behind bars after refusing to stop at a Safety Checkpoint at the intersection of Columbia Road and Main Street in Edgefield around 11 pm Thursday night leading police on a chase until he was corralled on Scurry Lane a short time later. After conducting a felony stop to get the driver, Malcolm Jamar Holloway, 18, out of the car officers spotted something moving in the back seat of the car, an infant in an overturned car seat that was unsecured to the back seat.
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Letter to the Editor: Writer Gives "Civics 101" Advice for County Residents
web posted December 6, 2014
Dear Editor,
A social glue that holds together a community, whether that community consists of a town, a county, a state, or a nation, is a bond between that community and its "good" citizens of all races and creeds. Those "good" citizens give tirelessly of their time, energy , and personal money for the betterment of that community. Without those citizens and their contributions, the quality of life for all would be diminished.
Edgefield Daily

Lost Dog - Westside
web posted December 6, 2014
LOST DOG - Our blond lab, Duke, went missing Wednesday, Dec 3rd.  Duke pulled my grandson and he had to let him go. He has a choker chain with a blue leash on. His ID tag has come off his collar, but the does have his rabies tag and the blue tag where he has been micro chipped. We are afraid that he may have gotten hung up somewhere. We live about 1/2 mile from the Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm off Garrett Road. Anyone can call any time if they see him. Our home phone is 803-637-2452 and cell is 803-640-3921. Click on photo for a larger view.

Country Christmas 2014 - December 4th Thru December 27th
web posted December 6, 2014
SALUDA – John and Susan Bennett invite you to share the holiday season at
our 9th Country Christmas. This yearly walk thru event is offered free to the public during the month of December. We will open nightly Monday thru Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  We will open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Santa Claus is coming to Town, Sunday, December 7th at 4:00 p.m.
web reposted December 6, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Bring your family, your friends and your chairs! This year’s parade will be the best ever! There will be singing and dancing in the Town Square beginning at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy music from Mr. Joe Bolen, Edgefield First Baptist Youth Hand Bell Choir, Old Macedonia Male Choir, Timmerman’s Performing Arts, and Tasha’s Little Angels. The parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. with our Grand Marshal being Mr. J. P. Calliham, owner and operator of Calliham’s TV and Furniture.
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Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update - Another Measure of Growth: Building Permits
BY Dean Campbell
web posted December 6, 2014

EDGEFIELD –  Last month, I discussed the millage rate as a measure of growth. This month, I want to take just a moment to discuss building permits as another measure on how well our local economy is doing. From January-October this year, the number of building permits (counting business and residential together) was the highest in at least 10 years, and the value of those building permits are the highest since 2007.
Also, the total value of those permits is the fourth best in the past 10 years. And there is still more to come in November and December permits!
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 6, 2014
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Edgefield County Hospital CEO Brandon Clary Resigns in Pre-arranged Deal
web posted December 5, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Following a contentious meeting of the ECH Board Wednesday night, the Board went into an executive session to discuss a "contractual matter" which turned out to be the pre-arranged buyout and resignation of CEO Brandon Clary. Although Edgefield Daily was aware of the resignation, we were asked not to publish anything until a press release from the board was sent out on Thursday morning.
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ECH Board Meeting Becomes Contentious
web posted December 5, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The ECH Board held a special meeting Wednesday night and shortly after the mundane reports on the ups and downs from different directors on admissions, revenues and the like, Chairman Tim Williams asked Edgefield County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft to take the floor as members of the board took turns excoriating him on the new changes to the Hospital Ordinance that was given first reading by the county council Tuesday night.
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Pond Lane Home Found Burglarized
web posted December 5, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man arriving home with his girlfriend Wednesday night  around 10 pm discovered a door to the house had been pried open to gain entry into the home. Once items were discovered missing the man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report the burglary.
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Company Uses GPS to Nab Employees on Theft of Company Property
web posted December 5, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston company called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report the theft of around $350 worth of company property after reviewing stops made by a company truck with a driver and another employee. The suspicious stop lasted a mere 10 minutes but was enough to catch the attention of the higher-ups.
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South Carolina Joins 16 States In Challenging President Obama’s Abuse Of Power On Immigration
web posted December 5, 2014
COLUMBIA – Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced that South Carolina has joined with 16 other states in taking legal action to challenge President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration. The case was filed Wednesday in Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 5, 2014
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Turkey Creek Christmas Tree Farm Delivers Christmas Tree to Governor's Mansion
web posted December 4, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Turkey Creek Christmas Tree Farm was honored to deliver a six foot, local-grown, White Pine Christmas tree to the Governor's Mansion. SC Governor Nikki Haley met local farm owner, Dale Cullum, in Columbia, Monday, December 1, to accept the tree. Each year, farmers throughout the state enter their Christmas trees in the SC State Fair agricultural competition. As this year's Best in Show Ribbon winner, Cullum received the honor of supplying the governor with a tree.
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55 Students Receive State Hunter Certification
web posted December 4, 2014
JOHNSTON – The Agricultural Education Department of the Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center is proud to announce that 55 students recently achieved South Carolina Hunter Education certification during the fall semester.  The South Carolina Hunter Education certification is administered as part of the curriculum in either the Environmental and Natural Resource or the Agriscience courses at the career center under the instruction of Darla Steele and Jeremy Brooks.
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FFA Selling Christmas Wreaths and More
web posted December 4, 2014
JOHNSTON – Beautiful items from the local FFA will be at the Holiday Market in Johnston, Thursday 12/4 from 11:00am-6:00pm. Come support the local FFA students with wreaths, floral arrangements, greenery, poinsettias & More!
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Santa Claus is coming to Town, Sunday, December 7th at 4:00 p.m.
web posted November 24, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Bring your family, your friends and your chairs! This year’s parade will be the best ever! There will be singing and dancing in the Town Square beginning at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy music from Mr. Joe Bolen, Edgefield First Baptist Youth Hand Bell Choir, Old Macedonia Male Choir, Timmerman’s Performing Arts, and Tasha’s Little Angels. The parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. with our Grand Marshal being Mr. J. P. Calliham, owner and operator of Calliham’s TV and Furniture.
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Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House Scheduled For December 8
web posted December 4, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, First Gentleman Michael Haley and their children, Rena and Nalin, invite South Carolinians and their families to join them for a Christmas Open House on Monday, December 8, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Governor's Mansion. The event is free of charge, open to the public and no reservations are required.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 4, 2014
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County Council Gives First Approval to Hospital Ordinance: Discusses Scope of Possible Audit
web posted December 3, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council covered a 7-page agenda during a two-hour meeting Tuesday nigh that covered the county audit, contracts, re-appointments and readings of several ordinances. However, the Ordinance amending the Hospital Ordinance drew the most debate with some pointed questions and consideration of looking into the breadth and scope of a possible audit of the hospital finances.
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Edgefield Seeks Grant for Sidewalk to Slade Lake
By Anne Waits
web posted December 3, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council met Monday night, with Mayor Pro Tem, the Rev. Jasper Lloyd, conducting the meeting in the absence of Mayor Ken Durham. Following the invocation by Councilman John Ellis and the call to order, Council approved the minutes for Nov. 3, 2014 and the financial report for November 2014.
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Religion: Pascal's Prayer
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted December 3, 2014

RELIGION – I came across an awesome little prayer this week from a really interesting guy by the name of Blaise Pascal. He was a super smart 17th-century intellectual. Pascal made significant contributions in the fields of science and mathematics, so I read. I have not studied his work in that area. Amazingly, back then he established the groundwork for the development of mechanical calculators (thank the Lord) and modern hydraulic operations.
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South Carolina Senators Malloy and Kimpson File Body Camera Legislation
web posted December 3, 2014
COLUMBIA – Senators Malloy and Kimpson will pre-file legislation today requiring all law enforcement officers in the State of South Carolina to wear body cameras that can record any and all contact with persons in the performance of the law enforcement officers’ official duties.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 3, 2014
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Caper House Robbed at Gunpoint
web posted December 2, 2014
JOHNSTON – On Monday the clerk at the Caper House on Lee Street started the morning with a masked gunman entering the store around 5:35 am and demanding cash. The clerk obeyed the demands of the gunman and handed over a undisclosed amount of cash before the robber fled running behind the store and then disappearing in a nearby wooded area.
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Wanted Man Runs From Police, Busted for Cocaine
web posted December 2, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police Officer on routine patrol Saturday night spotted Cedric Sebastian Washington, 32, standing next to a car in the parking lot of the Amoco station and knew he had outstanding warrants from a collision a few days earlier. He alerted his partner and the two arrived at the store and approach Washington to talk about the warrants.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust
web posted December 2, 2014
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield Police Officer was running stationary radar on Columbia Road just before 8 pm Sunday when a white pickup truck approached and was clocked running 45 in a 35 mph zone. The officer made a traffic stop on the truck at the carwash on Main Street. When the officer approached the truck to tell the driver why he was being stopped the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the truck.
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Councilman-Elect Talbert to host Emergency Preparedness meeting December 4 at 7pm
web posted December 2, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Councilman-Elect Albert Talbert will host an Emergency Preparedness meeting December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 1347 Walker Road, Edgefield, SC 29824.  Topics to be discussed are emergency preparedness, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), SCDOT disaster response and the new Severe Winter Weather in South Carolina Guide.

S.C. Agencies Prepare Early for Winter Months
web posted December 2, 2014
STATE – The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, along with the agencies that comprise the State Emergency Response Team, encourages everyone in South Carolina to prepare for the upcoming winter season during South Carolina Winter Weather Awareness Week.  This is the first time the State of South Carolina has co-sponsored this week with the National Weather Service.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted December 2, 2014
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County Council Overhauls Edgefield County Hospital Board, Cuts Members to Five
web posted December 1, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council will hold first reading of Ordinance No. 14-15-687 which will reduce the number of members of the Edgefield County Hospital Board from Nine members to Five members and each will have to reside in the county council district of the council member that will make the appointment for his or her district. The move is said to have nothing to do with the recent resignation of CFO Kelly Cox or the ongoing complaints by citizens and workers alike over the past year.
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Dogs Attack and Kill $550 Worth of Goats
web posted December 1, 2014
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was called to a Hardy Place Road property after the woman at the home saw a Pit Bull and a "hunting dog" charging at their goats and retrieved a .22 caliber pistol and went outside and shot at the dogs nine times, but never hit either of them, as they were attacking the goats. While in the field she noticed that some of the goats had already been killed.
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Merriwether Man Reports Thanksgiving Burglary