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Chairwoman Blackwell Issues Statement on Devolution of Roads to Counties Discussed on Senate Floor
web posted May 22, 2015
GUEST ARTICLE – Edgefield County Council Chairwoman Genia Blackwell issued the following statement on the report released on Thursday on state roads being turned over to the counties. That report follows her statements. "It's unfortunate but the County does not have the equipment, the engineering, or the resources to maintain state roads," Chairwoman Blackwell said.
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Flashback: Roads Bills In Senate Are About More than Taxes: Transfer of State Roads to Counties Possible
web reposted May 22, 2015
Originally posted on May 5, 2015

COLUMBIA – Road Bills currently being discussed in the South Carolina Senate on their face seem to be about restructuring SCDOT, the Gas Tax, Fees and possible Tax Breaks for some. But it could also see the state trying to reduce the number of miles of road the state has to maintain by passing them off on the counties. According to Edgefield County Administrator Lynn Strom, if the state gets their way, Edgefield County could see the number of miles of roads taken care of by the county more than double.
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Woman Says Posting as Escort Takes Harassment Too Far
web posted May 22, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield woman who says she is being harassed by a Warrenville man said an internet posting on a website in for adults in Augusta for "Escorts" has gone too far and now she is getting calls and texts to her personal phone. The posting even includes a photo of her.
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Sports: STHS Baseball Camp Open for Registration
web posted May 22, 2015
SPORTS – Fresh off of a very successful first season, STHS Baseball Coach, Mack Hite is offering his "5 Tool Baseball Camp" for players 6 - 12 years of age.  Coach Hite, along with STHS's Pitching Coach, Chris Thomas, will hold the two day camp on June 13 and 14 at the Rebel Baseball Complex on the grounds of Strom Thurmond High School.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Car Show This Saturday
web reposted May 22, 2015
JOHNSTON – Herlong Chevrolet Buick, Herlong Ford, Pendarvis Chevrolet, and Jim Satcher Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Edgefield County’s four local auto dealers are sponsoring Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Automotive Technology program’s car show on May 23rd. The 1st Annual Car Show will be located in the parking lot in front of Strom Thurmond High School.
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Life Down South: My Fine-Feathered Friends
By Tom Poland
web posted May 22, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – If you like to watch birds does that mean you are really old? I used to think so. Back when I worked at South Carolina Wildlife we staffers talked a bit disparagingly about birders, as birdwatchers are known. A stereotypical bird watcher, we said, had white hair, binoculars, a field guide, and tromped through the wilds wearing one of those pith helmets Marlin Perkins occasionally donned. We were in our thirties and birders to us seemed really old. You know, like in their sixties. Well, the ravages of time get us all, don’t they.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 22, 2015
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Metal Thieves Target Johnston Church
web posted May 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – After a lull in reports of metal thieves was a welcomed occurrence, recently they have been making a comeback in the past couple of weeks. This time it is a burglary and metal theft at Lotts Grove Baptist Church.
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Sports: Strom Thurmond Rebels to Hold Spring Football Game this Friday
By Tim Crane
web posted May 21, 2015

SPORTS – That buzz you hear is not the bees pollinating but rather the excitement about this year’s Strom Thurmond Fighting Rebel Football team.  The boys got off the bus when it returned from Winnsboro on that cold November night and went straight to the weight room, where they’ve been ever since thinking about last season while getting bigger, better and stronger.  The new season is now just a few short Summer months away.
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Religion: Fight for Your Happiness Part 2
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 21, 2015

RELIGION – We will continue looking at happiness this week as I share some insights from “The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World” by David Murray.  I’ll get going with some news for you, some of your happiness is already determined. Cleary for my wife, each day is pure bliss as she gets to live with me! But Murray notes that “Scientists also discovered that each of us has a baseline happiness that is difficult to change.
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Rep. Bill Clyburn Injured in Vehicle Crash Wednesday
web posted May 21, 2015
COLUMBIA – Rep. Bill Clyburn was injured in a collision Wednesday afternoon and was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries "out of an abundance of caution", a member of Clyburn's staff said. An attempt to reach him by cell phone found that his voice mailbox was full and unable to accept any more messages. We have sent an email to his personal email, but have not heard back at this writing.
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Former Clemson player laid to rest on Cemetery Hill
web posted May 21, 2015
CLEMSON SC – Former Clemson Academic All-American Ben Anderson, the Tiger football player most responsible for the tradition of “Running Down the Hill,” as it exists today was laid to rest in the cemetery behind Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
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House Passes Domestic Violence Compromise, Sends Comprehensive Bill to the Senate for Final Approval
web posted May 21, 2015
COLUMBIA – House Speaker Jay Lucas (District 65-Darlington) issued the following statement after the House passed S.3, the Criminal Domestic Violence Offenses and Penalties Act. In April, the House passed its own version of domestic violence legislation (H. 3433) that included recommendations from the House Criminal Domestic Violence Ad Hoc Committee. This group spent over six months studying and investigating ways to improve our laws so that we can better protect victims and their families from abuse.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 21, 2015
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Trenton Man Arrested for Molesting Two Girls, Incident Recorded
web posted May 20, 2015
TRENTON – A 63-year-old Trenton man has been arrested for two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree following a complaint that was filed in March by the mothers of two very young girls. Jerry Dean Heard is being held without bond at this time, according to online court records. When the complaint was filed the mothers provided the responding deputy with a recording of one of the incidents.
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Sports: Chinn and Nathaniel Sign With Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy
web posted May 20, 2015
SPORTS – Deion Chinn and Jonte Nathaniel have signed to play football at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy. Chinn's mother and Nathaniel's mother and brother were in attendance as they committed to their future football careers at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep.
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Congressman Duncan Launches Thanking Our First Responders Tour
web posted May 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – On Tuesday, May 26th, Congressman Jeff Duncan has announced the start to this year’s Thanking Our First Responders Tour. The tour plans on encompassing counties in the 3rd District by highlighting the crucial work and sacrifices made to serve local communities.
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web posted May 20, 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 May 26. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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STCTC Alumnus Gives Back
web posted May 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – Joseph Campbell, STHS Class of 2014, recently visited Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center and shared his experiences at Aiken Technical College. “Tech school is great. I pulled a 4.0 this year,” boasted Campbell. Campbell completed the Welding program taught by Bill Cheatham.
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Edgefield Clemson Ext. Office: Coyotes and Humans Co-Existing
web posted May 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – In the southeastern part of the United States, the coyote is becoming the new predator in our rural, urban, and suburban areas. With the manifestation of coyotes in these areas becoming more common, the possibility for human to coyote contact and encounters are increasing. To decrease such encounters between humans and coyotes, it is time we learn their behavior and biological history.
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Found Dog: Johnston Area
web posted May 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – FOUND - Looking for owner of male border collie dog found near Bouknight Rd and Highway 121. Dog has collar but no tags. Call to identify 864-378-2235

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 20, 2015
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Edgefield Favorite Son, Ben Anderson, Passes on Saturday
web posted May 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Ben Anderson, the leading rusher and tackler for the first Rebel football team to win a state championship in 1968, has passed away. Officially named Benjamin Waldrep Anderson, II, Ben died peacefully on May 16, 2015, after a five-year battle with lung cancer.  Born in Edgefield, SC on August 25, 1951, he was the son of the late Joe F. Anderson, Sr. and Carmen Wilkerson Anderson. He was named after his uncle, Benjamin Waldrep Anderson, who many may remember was one of the leading rushers for Edgefield High School but tragically died during the D-Day invasion of World War II.
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Burglars Clean Out Inmate's Home
web posted May 19, 2015
TRENTON – A man currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center will be coming home to an almost empty house after a family member discovers someone burglarizing the man's Rock Creek Road home on Friday afternoon. The family member called the Sheriff's Office after finding a door damaged and looked inside and noticed several items missing.
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Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary Dept. Of South Carolina Honor Local Deputy
web posted May 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – On Saturday May 16, 2015 Deputy James Florida was awarded with a plaque from the Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary Dept. Of South Carolina at our State Convention held at the Double Tree in Columbia, SC for going above and beyond the call of duty for our veterans in Edgefield County.
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Family Robbed While Eating Out
web posted May 19, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A family left their Finley Drive home around 7 pm to enjoy a meal out together Saturday evening. Little did they know that while they were gone a person or persons were breaking into their house and stealing nearly $3,000 in electronics and jewelry. When they got home around 11 pm the father noticed the front door was open and did the smart thing by calling 911 to report the burglary and waiting outside until deputies could arrive, preserving the entire crime scene.
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Running From Checkpoint Means Going to Jail Tired
web posted May 19, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were conducting a Safety Checkpoint at the intersection of Murrah Road and Five Notch Road around Midnight Saturday when the driver of a Ford F-150 opened the passenger door and took off running. Two deputies gave chase and were able to run him down a short distance away, but not before he could throw a black cloth bag over a fence.
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Jewelry Targeted in Miller Street Burglary
web posted May 19, 2015
TRENTON – A Trenton woman called the Sheriff's Office on Sunday after finding someone forcing their way into a locked hallway and bedroom door and making off with several pieces of jewelry she kept in her bedroom. The woman stated she left the house around 9 am and when she returned a little after noon she found the burglary.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 19, 2015
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Fishing Rodeo Draws Huge Crowd, Possible Record Attendance
web posted May 18, 2015
COUNTY – Although the official tallies were not available on Sunday, over 340 children 12 years old and younger signed up for free cane poles and bait in addition to having their names entered in the drawings for free prizes including the ever popular bicycle giveaway at the end of the day.
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Truck Driver Charged in Train Crash, Railway Reopened
web posted May 18, 2015
JOHNSTON – The driver of the Trans United 18-wheeler that got stuck on the railroad tracks on Lee Street (Hwy 121) Thursday morning causing a 59-car Norfork Southern train to collide with the trailer and take out several parked cars, railway equipment, and damaged the tracks has been charged as being at fault, the company said in a released statement. The crash closed all traffic on the roadway and the railway all day Thursday and most of Friday.
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More Complaints Filed over so-called "Door-to-Door" Sales People
web posted May 18, 2015
MERRIWETHER – There were more reports of "suspicious persons" walking through neighborhoods, subdivisions and even major roads in the Merriwether area this weekend. Some people complaining wanted to just have the person "checked out", others wanted them checked out and to meet with the deputy afterwards.
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Tech Professor: Gone Phishing
By George Craig
web posted May 18, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – My very first article was about email and spam but there are so many more dangers out there. According to the Canadian website www.getcybersafe, 156 Million phishing emails are sent everyday but only about 16 Million make it through email filters. Of the 16 Million only 8 million are opened and only 800,000 links are clicked. All in all about 80,000 people fill out the personal information request and get taken.
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Apartment Residents Steal Woman's Property after Eviction
web posted May 16, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A 22-year-old woman who had been evicted from her Brookstone Apartment Thursday morning was told by the manager she could leave her property in the breezeway while she made trips back and forth to a storage unit she had rented. However, after making just a couple of trips those living in nearby apartments stole almost all of her property while she was gone.
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24th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo Today!
web reposted May 16, 2015
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held today, Saturday, May 16, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”. Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
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Burglars Steal Rifle
web posted May 16, 2015
TRENTON – A Georgia woman coming to visit her father Thursday found that he was not home at the time, however she did find the back door to his house had been broken into and called him to meet her at his house. Her father arrived a short time later and after confirming someone had been in the house they called the Sheriff's Office.
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Metal Thieves Strike Same House for Second Time This Week
web posted May 16, 2015
TRENTON – Metal thieves have struck the same house on Edgefield Road for a second time this week, this time making off with an antique plow that was kept out by a shed behind the house. Due to the weight of the plow it would have taken more than one person to load it into a truck or trailer.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 16, 2015
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Truck Driver on Phone with R/R Trying to Stop Train Wreck
web posted May 15, 2015
JOHNSTON – The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling an oversized cooling unit that had gotten stuck on the raised railroad crossing on Lee Street (Highway 121) was on the phone with Norfork Southern dispatchers in an effort to stop the train on a 46 mph collision course with his truck and trailer. At that point all everyone could do was to sit back and wait for train to collide with the trailer, dragging it, the truck and pieces of the cooling unit down the tracks hitting four vehicles parked in the town's municipal parking lot.
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Burglars Steal Motorcycles, Gear from Merriwether Home
web posted May 15, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Sylvan Road woman arrived home a little after 2 pm Wednesday and noticed that the side door to the family's garage was open and went to investigate. When she did she found that the door had been kicked in, breaking the door jamb, and two dirt bikes and some brand new riding gear was missing and called the Sheriff's Office.
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Collier Represents County With Academic Excellence
web posted May 15, 2015
COUNTY – Zachary Collier, a 2009 graduate of Strom Thurmond High School and an Edgefield County native, is proudly representing his county with academic honors. Collier received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Winthrop University in 2013 as a McNair Scholar and his Master Degree in Statics from the University of Florida in 2015. Now a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida, Collier was recently awarded The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. This fellowship was based on his academic achievements and promising future.
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Life Down South: Heroes Of The Soil
By Tom Poland
web posted May 15, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – Many of my lunches this summer will be simple but delicious. Tomato sandwiches. I grow my own in the back yard. The instinct to grow things is hardwired into us. Somewhere along the highway running from hunter to gatherer, we learned to stay in one place and grow things that sustain us. Of course, it’s easier than ever to let others grow what we need.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 15, 2015
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Train Hits 18-Wheeler Downtown Johnston - No Injuries or Derailment
web posted May 14, 2015     UPDATED 10:32 am
JOHNSTON – A Norfolk Southern train has hit an 18 wheeler truck hauling a large piece of equipment at the intersection of Calhoun and Lee Street in downtown Johnston.  According to information from the scene there are no injuries and no derailment. All traffic is being diverted around Hwy 121 (Lee Street) and Calhoun Street. Authorities are asking all non-emergency personnel to stay away from the scene.
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Fourth Arrest in Meth Raid, More Charges Possible
web posted May 14, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Police have made a fourth arrest in connection to the raid of an Addison Street home on May 5 and additional charges may be filed against all four occupants of the home as the investigation continues. Rhonda Randall Ricketson, 45, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and has been charged with manufacture / distribution / possession of methamphetamine. Additional charges may be possible, investigators said Wednesday.
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Man Reports Wooden Fence Missing
web posted May 14, 2015
MERRIWETHER – The old saying "good fences make good neighbors" can be found in many cultures throughout history. Whether it is true or not is debatable. However, a Merriwether man may not be the one to ask right now - he's just trying to find his fence.
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Rep. Jeff Duncan: Vote ‘No’ on TPA
By Congressman Jeff Duncan
web posted May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON DC – President Obama is requesting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “Fast Track Authority” to assist him with negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals. The Administration is asking Congress for this extraordinary power, abdicating some of the traditional Congressional involvement, so that this huge trade deal might be consummated.
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Sports Notables Make Their Mark in Golf and Track Competitions
web posted May 14, 2015
SPORTS – Colin Trahan earned All Region Honors when he shot an 82 and an 80 for a total of 162 in the region golf tournament. His score qualified him as an individual to go to the state tournament at Charleston National Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant. Trahan will compete on May 18th and 19th representing Strom Thurmond as the only Rebel on the course.
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Farm Bureau - More Than Auto, Home and Life Insurance
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web posted May 14, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Your local Farm Bureau Agency Manager Byron Sheppard can do more than give you great rates on your Home, Health and Auto insurance, he can introduce you to a great career where you can be a part of South Carolina's top insurance sales team. Click below for more information.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 14, 2015
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Drug Raid Nets Three Arrests, Drugs and Cash Seized
web posted May 13, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The culmination of a six month long undercover drug operation by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Narcotics Division led to the execution of a search warrant being served on a home on the 1100 block of Jeter Street Friday afternoon. The operation involved the Edgefield County Sheriff's Narcotics Division, Deputies, Edgefield Police Department, Saluda Sheriff's Office and the Saluda Police Department all participating in the raid.
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Johnston Town Council Meeting Filled with Controversy
By Anne Waits
web posted May 13, 2015

JOHNSTON – Johnston Town Council met Monday night, with a presentation of an update on SLED requirements for Law Enforcement Agencies, tension over the FY2015-16 Draft Budget and other items on the agenda. Under the Public Comments portion of the meeting, Annette Moton addressed Council wanting to know why she was fired from her position. Council member Tommy Burton spoke up and said he thought she was doing a god job. Mayor Terrence Culbreath responded that this was a personnel issue to be taken up in Executive Session.
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Edgefield Native and STH Grad - SCANA Names Kenneth R. Jackson Senior Vice President of Economic Development
web posted May 13, 2015
COLUMBIA – SCANA Corporation has named Kenneth R. Jackson senior vice president of economic development, governmental and regulatory affairs. In this role, Jackson is responsible for the rates and regulatory functions, including rate design, cost of service, fuel cost recovery, rate administration and regulatory accounting for SCE&G. He also oversees economic development activities while developing and maintaining strong relationships with all levels of government – federal, state and local – for South Carolina and North Carolina.
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Religion: Fight for Your Happiness
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 13, 2015

RELIGION – People like to be happy. I try to be a portly and jovial fellow (I have been trying a little hard at the portly part lately.) But it is hard sometimes to be happy. Yet that is all people really long for, happiness. One attempt at happiness was captured years back in the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy ” by Bobby McFerrin. It was a favorite song of mine years back. With its infectiously happy tune and positive, upbeat message I could hum it all day (you are probably humming the tune right now)!
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Strom Thurmond CTC FFA Agronomy Team Finishes Strong in State Finals
web posted May 13, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Agronomy Team finished strong in the State Career Development Events (CDE) held at the Clemson Pee Dee Rec Center in Florence, SC. The Thurmond FFA Agronomy Team was named the State Runner-Up in the South Carolina FFA State Agronomy Finals.
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Rash of Fraud and Scams on Elderly Increase
web posted May 13, 2015
COUNTY – In the past several days the number of frauds, identity thefts and scams running the gambit have been reported and totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately those that were able to access the bank accounts of the elderly were able to be recovered, but the next one may not be so lucky.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted May 13, 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 May 19. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 13, 2015
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Clean Up of Train Derailment Continues, HAZMAT Material Still on Site
web posted May 12, 2015
TRENTON – It has been over a month now since the April 10 derailment of a Norfork Southern train hauling some hazardous materials, some of which leaked from the massive pile-up of 31 railcars in the 82 car train. According to Edgefield County EMA Director Suzy Spurgeon on Monday there is one car that contains hazardous material. "There is still one Sodium Chlorate car that is being monitored by Hepaco," Spurgeon said, adding cars around it have to be removed before its contents can be removed.
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Two Vehicle Collision Blocks Traffic on Murrah Road, Again
By Matthew Blackwell
web posted May 12, 2015

MERRIWETHER – For the second time in three weeks a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Murrah Road and Five Notch Road blocked traffic at the busy intersection during rush hour. A small GMC S-15 pickup was traveling west on Five Notch Road and as it entered the intersection the driver of a Nissan Exterra ran the stop sign from Murrah Road Extension and broadsided the pickup, causing it to flip three times before coming to rest on its roof, partially collapsing the cab around 5:30 Monday.
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Burglars Steal Items from Inside and Outside of Trenton Home
web posted May 12, 2015
TRENTON – A Trenton man called for Sheriff's Deputies to meet him at his home on the 4700 block of Edgefield Road on Sunday afternoon after he arrived to check on the uninhabited house and found several items missing. He stated that he was at the property the day before and did not notice anything out of place.
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SRNS Presents $75,000 in SRNS "Mini Grants" to CSRA Teachers: Many in Edgefield County
web posted May 12, 2015
AIKEN – U.S. Department of Energy contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) is pleased to announce that multiple grants, totaling $75,000, were recently presented to 118 Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) educators as part of this year’s SRNS “Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program.”
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 12, 2015
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Budget One Step Closer to Passage: 1% Pay Increase, Third EMS Crew and County Commercial Planner Added - No Tax Increases
web posted May 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council gave unanimous approval to a second reading of the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget last Tuesday night that includes some positive changes for county residents including adding a third EMS crew and a new County Commercial Planner position to entice commercial business growth in the county.
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Instant Admission Day to Be Offered at Piedmont Tech May 12
web posted May 11, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Piedmont Technical College will once again be offering Instant Admission Day this spring to make enrolling in college easy. Instant Admissions Day will be Tuesday, May 12 for summer classes which begin on May 20. Fall classes begin Aug. 24. Admissions and financial aid counselors will be on hand to help students through the entire enrollment process in just one day.
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24th Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo May 16
web reposted May 11, 2015
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 16, at Lick Fork Lake Recreation Area from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The rodeo theme is “Get Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”. Children 12 years and under will be allowed to fish with bait and tackle furnished. Lunch will be served at no cost to children and their families.
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Gov. Nikki Haley Announces May as the Month of the Military Spouse
web posted May 11, 2015
COLUMBIA – Governor Nikki Haley issued a proclamation Friday designating May 2015 the Month of the Military Spouse, encouraging all South Carolinians to honor the courage and sacrifice of our military spouses. “With deep dedication and selfless  sacrifice, military spouses act as both mother and father during deployments, serve  as caregivers to wounded veterans, and make untold contributions to their families  and the communities in which they live,” read the governor’s proclamation.
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Tech Professor: Tips and Tricks 2
By George Craig
web posted May 11, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – Computers are a bit more tricky than most things. Whatever you do be careful and make sure you’re doing it just right. If you have a question then stop and ask and if you have a doubt then stop and find someone that can help. Here are a few tricks and tips that can help you keep things moving with your computer.
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Sports: Alejandra Llaneza Becomes 3rd from Mexico to Win in Symetra Tour History
web posted May 11, 2015
SPORTS - GREENWOOD – On the 72nd hole of the biggest tournament on Tour, Alejandra Llaneza (Mexico City, Mexico) hit the greenside bunker shot of her life to leave herself a tap in birdie to win the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic in Greenwood by one stroke on Sunday. Llaneza carded a 1-under 71 to finish at 10-under 278, just edging Casey Grice (College Station, Texas), who closed at 9-under 279 and made par on the final hole.
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Alleged Augusta Carjacking Victim Arrested on Narcotic Charges
web posted May 9, 2015
WESTSIDE – A 50-year-old Augusta man who claims he and a friend were carjacked at gunpoint outside an Augusta bar Thursday night is still being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on charges of disorderly conduct and manufacture / distribution / possession of a cocaine based drug. Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies found Tony Eugene Miller, of Augusta, in the parking lot of the Antioch Baptist Church on Highway 23 west around 8 am "highly intoxicated".
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Mt. Vintage, County Reach "Agreement" to Complete Roads in "New Nine" Section of Development
web posted May 9, 2015
EDGEFIELD – In a battle that has been waged between the residents of the "New Nine" Section of Mount Vintage, the Developer and Edgefield County looks as if the battle has ended and the roads will finally be completed and paved by the end of the year. At least that is the proposal submitted to the County Council.
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Strom Thurmond CTC FFA Attends Augusta GreenJackets Game
web posted May 9, 2015
AUGUSTA – A group of Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center attended the Augusta GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium. STCTC’s students also invited the eighth grade students from both Merriwether and JET to attend the game with them. The group of thirty students left Strom Thurmond, JET and MMS immediately after school to travel to Augusta with their FFA Advisors, Dr. Darla Steele and Mr. Jeremy Brooks.
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Flowers by Janet Makes Mother's Day Extra Special
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web posted May 7, 2015

EDGEFIELD – No matter what plans you have for Mother's Day this Sunday, one thing for sure is flowers will top off any gift or celebration. Flowers by Janet, located at 328 Augusta Road (across from Slade Lake) has a special arrangement to mark the occasion for just $23.99. Cash and carry. Call now to order ahead at 803-637-4144. Click on the photo for a larger view of the arrangement.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 9, 2015
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Drug Raid Seizes Meth, Lab, Other Drugs, Three Arrested
web posted May 8, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Three people have been arrested and a small child has been turned over to other family members following a raid at an Addison Street home Tuesday night by Edgefield Police. The raid took place around 11 pm and found all four occupants at the home, including a 6-year-old child that is believed to have been present during the manufacturing of methamphetamine. "We recovered a substantial amount of meth," Chief Ronnie Carter said.
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Strom Thurmond Turfgrass Management Team Sweeps State Championship
web posted May 8, 2015
JOHNSTON – For the third year in a row, the Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Turfgrass Team is named the top team in the South Carolina FFA State Turfgrass Management Career Development Event. The Strom Thurmond team took first place honors in the competition held on May 2nd at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Darlington South Carolina.
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Suspects Sought in Murder of 81-Year-Old Trenton Man
web posted May 8, 2015
AIKEN – WJBF News 6 is reporting Aiken County Sheriff's Office investigators have identified two suspects in connection with the murder of 81-year-old Claude G. Ward from Polks Lane, in Trenton, in Aiken County. Investigators have obtained warrants for 33-year-old Sandra Ann Marie Evans, of Graniteville (Left) and 36-year-old Donald George Hurtekant Jr.. Hurtekant is wanted for Murder and Burglary First Degree and Evans is wanted for Accessory After the Fact Murder. Both should be considered armed and dangerous.
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Animals at Large Call Results in Discovery of Burglary
web posted May 8, 2015
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was called to a Stephens Road home Wednesday evening after a woman said a neighbor's pit bull was on her porch, but it had left and gone back to the neighbor's house by the time the deputy arrived. When the deputy went to the neighbor's house the dog's owner had just arrived and reported someone had broken into the house and had let the dogs out in the process.
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Merriwether Woman Reports Craigslist Fraud Attempt
web posted May 8, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman notified the Sheriff's Office of a man attempting to scam her out of over $1,400 after she placed some items for sale on Craigslist recently. It is a twist on an old scam that others should take note of in the event a scammer tries it on you. After posting the items for sale she was contacted by a man via email claiming he wanted to buy a $50 wall ornament she was selling.
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Life Down South - Historic Camden: War, Horses, Heritage, & More
By Tom Poland
web posted May 8, 2015

LIFE DOWN SOUTH – Camden gives me the feeling I’m in Charleston. As soon as I arrive, I think, “Here’s where history happened,” and indeed it did, for Camden played a role in this country’s founding. When I think of Camden, horses and Aiken, too, come to mind and vice versa. Camden, like Aiken, is widely known for equestrian activities. Camden, the “Steeplechase Capital of the World,” is a 98-mile drive away.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 8, 2015
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Parker Stevenson Films in Edgefield
web posted May 7, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Film and television actor Parker Stevenson was in town recently filming scenes for two upcoming movies: Confederate Cavalry and Perfect Disguise.   Stevenson, who portrays General Sherman in both movies, was at Oakley Park Museum in Edgefield, SC to shoot some of the final scenes on Tuesday, April 21st.  Director and producer Christopher Forbes, owner of Forbes Films located in Augusta, Georgia, has used the beautiful mansion in the past to film scenes for The Battle of Aiken. 
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North Augusta Woman Sought After Hit and Run of Pedestrian
web posted May 7, 2015
JOHNSTON – A North Augusta woman is being sought after getting into an argument with her on-again-off-again boyfriend on the way of taking him home Tuesday afternoon. Before reaching the house he decided to just get out of the car on Block Plant Road and walk the rest of the way home. As he began walking he reported hearing the engine of her Nissan rev and turned around just in time to see her driving right at him and he jumped causing him to be thrown onto the hood and into the windshield, breaking it.
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Dump Truck Cited for Spilling Gravel on Road, Damaging Patrol Car and Others
web posted May 7, 2015
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy traveling north on Highway 25 Tuesday morning noticed a red "Mack truck" hauling gravel and gravel spilling out of the back. As the deputy passed the truck while heading north gravel began hitting the patrol car cracking its windshield and the deputy turned around to make a traffic stop on the driver. By the time the deputy caught up to the truck another driver had gotten the truck to pull over at Vann Road as their vehicle had also been damaged.
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Traffic Stop Raises More Questions than Answers
web posted May 7, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police Officer observed a black Pontiac with Missouri plates run a red light at the intersection of Lee Street and Ridge Road with blue lights flashing Friday evening. The officer turned around and turned on his blue lights and stopped the car a short distance away. When he approached the car to talk to the driver he reported "the odor of marijuana" coming from the car.
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SCE&G Launches Energy Efficiency Program in Johnston
web posted May 7, 2015
JOHNSTON – Residents of Johnston gathered Thursday evening at the Johnston Learning  Center to learn more about an energy-efficiency program that SCE&G will offer at no cost to more than 700 homes in the area. SCE&G started the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program in 2013 to provide eligible neighborhoods with energy audits and energy-saving improvements for residential customers at no cost.
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Flowers by Janet Makes Mother's Day Extra Special
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web posted May 7, 2015

EDGEFIELD – No matter what plans you have for Mother's Day this Sunday, one thing for sure is flowers will top off any gift or celebration. Flowers by Janet, located at 328 Augusta Road (across from Slade Lake) has a special arrangement to mark the occasion for just $23.99. Cash and carry. Call now to order ahead at 803-637-4144. Click on the photo for a larger view of the arrangement.

Religion: What's in a Name Part Fifteen
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted May 7, 2015

RELIGION – This week’s name of God is much needed “The Lord The Judge.” The Hebrew is Yahweh Shophet. I try not to rant or use this forum as a soapbox, but forgive me this week. I am so disturbed by the trend in our nation to reject authority. We look at the events in Baltimore and the one conclusion from many is that it is all the fault of the police. I find this completely unfathomable.
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Metal Thieves Steal Brass, Copper other Metal from Shed
web posted May 7, 2015
WESTSIDE – A Cold Springs Road man mad called for a deputy to meet at his property after discovering around $500 worth of scrap metal being taken out of a shed behind his house on Tuesday. The theft is believed to have taken place between Saturday and Tuesday.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
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web posted May 7, 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 May 12. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Cosmetologist Earn Licenses
web posted May 7, 2015
JOHNSTON – Seven STCTC Cosmetologist students earned their licenses on April 20, 2014. The students passed the four and a half hour Practical exam in Columbia, South Carolina on March 30th. The students returned on April 20th to complete the two hour Theory exam.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 7, 2015
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Three in Custody in Johnston Burglary, Investigation Continues
web posted May 6, 2015
JOHNSTON – Three men Johnston Police say were involved in the video taped burglary of a home on the 800 block of Academy Street Monday night are in custody and facing three felony charges each. All three were arrested within a few hours of the burglary. "I decided when I got there we were going to work the case until we had everybody involved locked up," Johnston Police Chief Lamaz Robinson said Tuesday afternoon.
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Edgefield Town Council Gives Budget First Reading, Walking Trail Expansion, Fire Detector Program among other Approvals
By Anne Waits
web posted May 6, 2015

EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Town Council met Monday night with several items on the agenda including the first reading the FY 2015-2016 Town Budget; the consideration of an agreement with the South Carolina Department of Transportation for a US 25 Pedestrian Walkway Project; the consideration of a smoke detector campaign; and several requests for proclamations and use of Town property.
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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Car Show Scheduled for May 23
web posted May 6, 2015
JOHNSTON – Herlong Chevrolet Buick, Herlong Ford, Pendarvis Chevrolet, and Jim Satcher Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Edgefield County’s four local auto dealers are sponsoring Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center Automotive Technology program’s car show on May 23rd. The 1st Annual Car Show will be located in the parking lot in front of Strom Thurmond High School.
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Sports: Rebels Defeat Powdersville 5-3 to Advance in Play-Offs
A VNN Report
web posted May 6, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels chalked up a win over Powdersville Monday night with a score of 5-3 in the AA playoffs. Pitcher John Autrey Yonce picked up the win on the mound for the Rebels.
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Sporting Clays Program at Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center Off With a Bang
web posted May 6, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center has assembled their newest team on campus, a sporting clays team. The team has participated in four sporting clays tournaments so far this year and will participate in three more in the upcoming months as part of the South Carolina Scholastic Clays Program, the South Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports Program, and the South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation.
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Reports of Suspicious People Starting to Worry Residents
web posted May 6, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Door-to-door sales people are nothing new, however; the number of people reporting having someone knocking on their door trying to sell them cleaning products on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day, is making people nervous as the "sales person" is always wanting to come inside the home. Some believe their home is being cased for a later burglary and call the Sheriff's Office to have the people "checked out".
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 6, 2015
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Johnston Police Make Arrest in Home Invasion, Robbery
web posted May 5, 2015
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a home invasion and robbery of an elderly Johnston man who had just cashed his monthly government check back on January 2 of this year. Leon Broadwater Jr., 22, was spotted by officers hanging out around The Chicken Place around 10:20 Friday night and they moved in to take him into custody.
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Man Calls 911 to Report Active Burglary to His Home While Watching it on His Cell Phone
web posted May 5, 2015
JOHNSTON – An alert sent to an Academy Street man on his cell phone late Monday night led to a manhunt that went on well into the early morning hours of Tuesday. When the man looked at the alert he could see the cameras placed inside of his home were recording a burglary underway at his home and called the Sheriff's Office to alert them of what was taking place as he watched it live on his phone around 11:30 pm.
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Roads Bills In Senate Are About More than Taxes: Transfer of State Roads to Counties Possible
web posted May 5, 2015
COLUMBIA – Road Bills currently being discussed in the South Carolina Senate on their face seem to be about restructuring SCDOT, the Gas Tax, Fees and possible Tax Breaks for some. But it could also see the state trying to reduce the number of miles of road the state has to maintain by passing them off on the counties. According to Edgefield County Administrator Lynn Strom, if the state gets their way, Edgefield County could see the number of miles of roads taken care of by the county more than double.
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Man Interferes with Arrest, Gets Charged with Felony
web posted May 5, 2015
JOHNSTON – When Johnston Police located Leon Broadwater, who was wanted for a January 2 home invasion and took him into custody without any problems from Broadwater, his cousin decided to thrust himself into the situation creating a whole new problem for officers. Richard Broadwater, 21, refused to move away from officers and ended up grabbing the arm of one officer and then began fighting officers while repeatedly using the F-word loudly with everything he said.
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Flowers by Janet Makes Mother's Day Extra Special
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted May 5, 2015

EDGEFIELD – No matter what plans you have for Mother's Day this Sunday, one thing for sure is flowers will top off any gift or celebration. Flowers by Janet, located at 328 Augusta Road (across from Slade Lake) has a special arrangement to mark the occasion for just $23.99. Cash and carry. Call now to order ahead at 803-637-4144. Click on the photo for a larger view of the arrangement.

Stray Dog Chases Child, Kills Chickens
web posted May 5, 2015
TRENTON – It seems the number of reports of dogs running loose and killing chickens are taking place more often than usual. On Saturday a Courtney Road woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office telling dispatchers that a stray dog was in her yard and it had chased her daughter and was now killing her chickens.
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Thieves Steal Over $700 in Property from Disabled Vehicle
web posted May 5, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Merriwether man called the Sheriff's Office Saturday after returning to his truck upon discovering several items, including the truck's battery, being stolen while it was parked on Yarborough Road overnight.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted May 5, 2015
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Meet Carlos Milanes, New Edgefield County Hospital Administrator - A Perfect Fit for ECH
By Anne Waits
web posted May 4, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Even as a child, Carlos Milanes knew what he wanted to do with his life—well, almost. Growing up in Miami, Florida in a family of four children in the 1960s and 1970s, he was eager to follow in his father’s footsteps. “My father was a physician and I learned about the medical field early in life,” he said. “I always knew it was something to do with health care for me.”
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The Dangerous Calls You Never Read About
web posted May 4, 2015
COUNTY – Crime in Edgefield County happens every day. From the small petty thefts to burglaries and the occasional shooting incidents that make Headline news. But all too often there are the seriously dangerous calls those who wear the uniform have to handle that you never read about because the stories are never written. In the past week there have been two such calls that put the nerves and metal of the officers to the test.
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Tech Professor: Tips and Tricks
By George Craig
web posted May 4, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR – I get asked a lot for tips and tricks to help with Internet, Computers, TV’s, Phones, Tablets and all kinds of things. I never wrote any of them down before but always thought I should. So here it is.
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Sports: Rebels Drop Second Round Play-Off Game to Mid-Carolina 9-5
VNN Report
web posted May 4, 2015

SPORTS – The Rebels dropped a tough play-off game on the road Saturday night to #1 ranked Mid-Carolina by a score of 9-5. After opening the play-offs with a win hopes were high to keep the wins coming.
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Sports: Edgefield Xtreme Down Carolina Cobras 12-11
Staff Report
web posted May 4, 2015

SPORTS – The Edgefield Xtreme, 12U team participated in its first USSSA tournament of the year this past weekend in Aiken and came away with a win over the Carolina Cobras. Kevin Ortega, Dalton Hitt and Joe Sauls would each pitch for the winners and combined give up 9 hits, walk 6 and strikeout 4.
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Farm Bureau - More Than Auto, Home and Life Insurance
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web posted May 4, 2015

EDGEFIELD – Your local Farm Bureau Agency Manager Byron Sheppard can do more than give you great rates on your Home, Health and Auto insurance, he can introduce you to a great career where you can be a part of South Carolina's top insurance sales team. Click below for more information.
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