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Child Molester Sentenced, Must Register as Sex Offender
web posted April 15, 2014
EDGEFIELD – A Westside man accused of molesting a young girl under the age of 11 plead guilty to a lesser charge on Monday and was sentenced to prison and must register as a sex offender when he is released. Leymond Wesley Snodgrass, 34, plead guilty to a single count of a lewd act on a minor under the age of 16. Charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (two counts) and disseminating harmful material or exhibiting harmful performance to minors were then dropped in exchange for the plea.
Edgefield Daily

One Arrested in Fake Prescriptions Drug Case, Investigation Continues
web posted April 15, 2014
EDGEFIELD – One person has been arrested after an apparent scam to obtain prescription pain killers by pretending to be a doctor and calling in the drugs for a patient. A pharmacist at the CVS in Edgefield contacted the Sheriff's Office when he became suspicious when the person claiming to be a doctor in Greenwood called the prescription in, and it was not the voice of the doctor that he was familiar with.
Edgefield Daily

Woman Reports Gunshots, Bullet Just Missing Her
web posted April 15, 2014
COUNTY LINE – A Johnson Circle woman called the Sheriff's Office Sunday afternoon to report hearing gunshots near her house and while outside a bullet "went by her". A deputy arrived and while he was speaking to her two more gunshots were fired and the deputy could hear the bullets "coming through the woods" from the area of Catland Woods. The deputy told the woman to stay indoors as he went to investigate.
Edgefield Daily

The Tax Man Cometh: Keep Working "Tax Freedom Day" Not Till April 21
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 15, 2014

COLUMN – Today is the day that 49% of Americans dread, Tax Day - April 15. That's the day that working Americans have to settle up with the Federal and State governments for wage confiscation (taxes) that will then be redistributed to the 90+ million Americans who are not working and depend on you (ie: the government) to provide for them. Obama alone has accounted for 42 million people being added to the welfare rolls during his term and the great "recovery" he's overseen for the past 5 years.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Rebel Ladies Fall 14-12 in Softball Shootout
web posted April 15, 2014
SPORTS – Twelve hits weren't enough for Strom Thurmond as it lost a shootout, 14-12 in seven innings, to Aiken on Monday at STHS. Brooke Benenhaley racked up three RBIs on four hits for Strom Thurmond. She singled in the first and fifth innings and doubled in the third and seventh innings.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 15, 2014
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One Dead in Motorcycle Crash
web posted April 13, 2014  6:30 pm
MERRIWETHER – One man is dead following a motorcycle crash on Gregory Lake Road Sunday afternoon. 911 dispatchers got the call of the crash around 4 pm. Shortly after EMS arrived on the scene dispatch was notified the driver was deceased and to notify the coroner. All traffic on Gregory Lake Road was closed off until around 7 pm as the Highway Patrol investigated the fatality.
Edgefield Daily

Truck Driver Thanks Good Samaritan, Rescuers
web posted April 14, 2014
WESTSIDE – The driver of a dump truck that overturned Friday afternoon on Highway 23 says he is home and recovering from a separated shoulder, some lower back pain and "bumps and bruises," after being released from MCG Friday evening. "I just want to thank everybody involved, especially the guy that climbed in the truck with me," Josh Futral said. "He and his wife brought me a pillow and water."
Edgefield Daily

MAU holding Job Fair at Milliken Tuesday
web posted April 14, 2014
JOHNSTON – MAU is holding a Job Fair at Milliken Johnston Plant on Tuesday, April 15. 10AM-2PM.  Support Operators, Weavers, Sr. Operators Warp Services, and Technicians positions.  No fee/EOE. www.mau.com/johnston

Crash Closes Highway 23 During Rescue
web posted April 12, 2014
WESTSIDE – Edgefield County EMS, Sheriff's Deputies and area fire departments were called to the scene of an overturned dump truck with the driver trapped in the cab around 3 pm Friday. The crash took place on Highway 23 at the entrance of Sandy Oaks Rodeo and as rescue crews began to arrive it was necessary to close off the highway to all traffic while getting the driver out of the truck.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 12, 2014
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STCTC Creates Employment and Education Opportunities for County’s Youth
web posted April 11, 2014
JOHNSTON – The average cost of in-state college tuition and room and board is $73,572 and the average student debt for a four year degree is$26,500. (Forbes)   U.S. News and World Report recently published the “Top 100” jobs in America. Ninety-eight percent of the jobs listed require education or certification past a high school diploma. Annually almost ninety percent of ninth graders state they intend to obtain a four year college degree while the percentage of Americans who actually have a four year degree has dropped to twenty-six percent.
Edgefield Daily

Great Sponsors Support the Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted April 11, 2014
JOHNSTON – Festivals are fun for everyone, but great sponsors make it possible.
The sponsors of the Johnston, S.C., Peach Blossom Festival, which will be held May 3, 2014, make it possible to keep the Festival free or low-cost for patrons. In addition, it helps raise additional money that can be used to reinvest in the Johnston area.
Edgefield Daily

Fire Alarm Leads to Arrest of Wanted Man
web posted April 10, 2014
COUNTY LINE – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and the County Line Fire Department were sent to a home on Casalina Drive Tuesday with an alarm call of a possible fire. Once the fire department and a deputy arrived it was confirmed there was no fire, but a man working at the home ended up in the back of a patrol car heading to the county jail before the call was over.
Edgefield Daily

Cattle Reported Stolen
web posted April 10, 2014
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man checking on his cows in a pasture on Old Chappell Ferry Road found that a lock to the gate of his pasture had been cut and he was missing three calves from the pasture. The man believed the theft took place over the weekend.
Edgefield Daily

23rd Annual Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo May 10
web posted April 10, 2014
COUNTY – The Jimmy Shay Memorial Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 10, 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.
Edgefield Daily

Found Dog - Merriwether
web posted April 10, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Found blonde "mutt" with blue harness and flea collar in Woodlawn Road area. Dog has malformed lower jaw. Very friendly. Contact Edgefield Daily to claim.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 10, 2014
Edgefield Daily

The New Face of Johnston: Culbreath Wins in Near Landslide
web posted April 9, 2014
JOHNSTON – First term Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston was shown the door in his re-election bid Tuesday night when he lost the election by a near 2 to 1 margin. According to unofficial results, newly elected Town Councilman Terrance Culbreath received 410 votes to Livingston's 229, or a 64% advantage.
Edgefield Daily

Father Shot, Wife Arrested for Murder
web posted April 9, 2014
NORTH AUGUSTA  – A North Augusta man is dead and his wife, 20-year-old Terry Cook, has been charged with his murder. 21-year-old Dakota Cook suffered a single gunshot to the head and later died at the Trauma Center in Augusta from his injury. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said the shooting was the result of an ongoing "domestic" situation.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Town Council Considers Budget, Mayor Comments on 1% Sales Tax
By Anne Waits
web posted April 9, 2014

EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Town Council met Monday night with Council approving several requests from community members and Mayor Ken Durham handing out copies of Draft Budget FY2014-15 to Council members to take home and look over.
"The department heads, Charlotte, we all worked hard on this budget, with them commenting and offering suggestions," said the mayor. "It is a good, solid budget"
Edgefield Daily

A "Berry" Good Time in Merriwether
web posted April 9, 2014
MERRIWETHER – It’s a “berry” good day in the neighborhood, if the neighborhood is Merriwether and you are on Briggs Road turning into Gurosik’s Berry Plantation at 345 Briggs Road, just off Martintown Road in Merriwether. Edgefield Daily.com was taken for a tour of the plantation and facilities by owner Clyde Gurosik and his wife Marilyn, and a very impressive tour it was.
Edgefield Daily

Sexual Assault Charges Dropped after Suspect Dies
web posted April 9, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Charges against 47-year-old Jackie Garlington, who was arrested after sexually assaulting a heavy sedated 71-year-old woman at a local nursing home in December, have been dropped. Garlington was in rehab at the center at the time of the assault and was caught in the act by one of the nurses. The case drew the ire of many as Garlington was arrested, booked, then released and placed back to the same facility with his victim.
Edgefield Daily

Mother, Daughter Charged with Lynching in Pine Ridge CC Attack
web posted April 9, 2014
JOHNSTON – A fight that broke out in the kitchen area of the Pine Ridge Country Club was broken up by other kitchen staff, but not before Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies could be called to the scene. Once the victim of the attack went outside, the mother and daughter team attacked again, leading to their arrest and firing.
Edgefield Daily

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING PRIOR TO FINAL ACTION BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY TO ENTER INTO AN ORDINANCE
web posted April 9, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Notice is hereby given by the County Council of Edgefield County (the “County Council”) that a public hearing for the below-referenced Ordinance will be held at the Council Chambers of the County Council, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield, SC 29824, at 6:00 p.m. on May 6, 2014 in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the County Council.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Council Meeting and Public Hearing
web posted April 9, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Pursuant to Section 6-1-80 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, Edgefield County Council will hold a public hearing and second reading on Ordinance No. 12-13-666, “An Ordinance Providing for the FY 2014-2015 General Operating Budget and Establishing Ancillary Budgets for Debt Service, E-911 Administration, Solid Waste Disposal, Victims’ Bill of Rights, Emergency Medical Services, Countywide Recreation and Road Maintenance,” at its regular meeting Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m., in the County Council Chambers, 225 Jeter Street, Edgefield.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Sleeping In My Office
By Pastor Phillip Howel
web posted April 9, 2014

RELIGION – I know us preacher’s have a bad rap for not working hard. I get it all the time: “Must be nice to only work two days a week.” And “What do you with your time?” I had one friend at church who told me his daughter would ask when they drove by the church “what does Pastor Philip do all day?” He responded “he sleeps.” He said after a few trips by the church his young daughter said “He must be real tired because he sleeps a lot!”
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 9, 2014
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Has New Mayor; Culbreath Demolishes Livingston
web posted April 8, 2014  8:00 pm
JOHNSTON – Johnston Mayor Andy Livingston was defeated by resounding numbers as he sought his first re-election as Mayor on Tuesday. Town Councilman Terrance Culbreath took 410 votes to Livingston's 229, according to unofficial results that will be certified later.

Beating Victim Remains on Life Support
web posted April 8, 2014
MERRIWETHER – It has been a little over a week since a handicapped man was found beaten and unconscious at his Currytown Road home on March 30. The crime scene tape has been removed from around the home, but little else has changed, including the condition of the victim, Gregory Wallace. According to information from family members, he remains in a coma and on full life-support.
Edgefield Daily

Whatley Will Join Nation's Top Ranked Chess Program At Webster University
web posted April 8, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Strom Thurmond High School senior, Tori Whatley, has been accepted to study at Webster University, and through the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) program, will receive a  $14,000 per year scholarship to study and play with the Webster chess team, which, has been ranked #1 in Division I College Chess since it's inception in August, 2012. The St. Louis-based powerhouse, led by nine Grandmaster team members from nine different countries, has never relinquished the top ranking, and has never lost a match. 
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
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web posted April 8, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook.
Edgefield Daily

Political Races Handicapped; Can Winners and Losers Be Predicted?
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 8, 2014

COLUMN – Although Edgefield Daily does not endorse any local candidate for political office, that does not stop me as Editor from putting on my "bookie" hat and start looking at the odds on favorites given the current information. County elections are far more interesting and have a much greater impact on things in the county, and I have studied polls and outcomes for over fifteen years. This year things have seen a surprise in the make-up of candidates like never before.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 8, 2014
Edgefield Daily

Peach Blossom Queens Crowned Saturday
web posted April 7, 2014
JOHNSTON – The Peach Blossom Beauty Pageant was held Saturday seeing a number of queens crowned over the day's events. Miss Johnston Peach Blossom 2014 is Taylor Murrell, daughter of Mitch and Cindy Murrell from Trenton. Taylor is a junior at STHS. All of the winners are pictured and listed below. A special thanks to Janice Cleveland.
Edgefield Daily

Lady Rebs Outlast Brookland-Cayce in High-scoring Game
web posted April 7, 2014
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond and Brookland-Cayce lit up the scoreboard on Friday as they combined for 25 runs. In the end, Strom Thurmond won the offensive battle 13-12 in seven innings. The teams totaled 30 hits in the game, which was back-and-forth heading into the sixth, with five lead changes.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond Agriculture Students Rework Rock Pond at NWTF
web posted April 7, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Agriculture Students assisted in an effort to renovate the rock pond at the National Wild Turkey Federation on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Eighteen STCTC Ag students moved and structured rocks for the NWTF's pond at the main entrance of their building.
Edgefield Daily

If I Were the Devil; How I would Destroy America
web posted April 7, 2014
NATION – Nearly 50 years ago, well known commentator Paul Harvey gave an incredible and prophetic commentary on April 3, 1965, titled, "If I were the Devil". Those at the time never thought any of what he spoke of could ever become a reality in America. Sadly, it all has, and more. As you read or listen to his words, the words "the Devil" and "a Democrat" are demonstrably interchangeable.
Edgefield Daily

Hitchcock Healthcare Offers Tips on Youth Sports Safety
web posted April 7, 2014
PSA – April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. With baseball, softball and soccer seasons under way, it is important to remember the safety of the athletes playing these sports. Safety is the key to helping prevent sports injuries.  Below is a safety checklist for coaches and parents.
Edgefield Daily

Chairman's Update: Council works on $9 million budget
By: Dean Campbell
web posted April 7, 2014

COUNTY –  At last week’s meeting, County Council took up first reading of the $9 million annual budget. We have worked to trim the budget, find money-saving alternatives to some work, fit in needed work, and saved money along the way.
Edgefield Daily

Firemen Rescue Dog in Uncovered Well, Property Owner Could Face Fines
web posted April 5, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield Firemen were called to uninhabited property next door to White's Auto and Emmons' Welding Friday afternoon with a report of a medium sized dog found at the bottom of an open well. Shane Emmons called in the report after hearing a dog yelping earlier in the morning. After hearing it again he went searching for the source and discovered the open well.
Edgefield Daily

Sheriff's Office Warns of Possible Verizon Credit Card Scam
web posted April 5, 2014
COUNTY – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a possible scam involving Verizon Wireless customers. Some Verizon Wireless customers have reported they have received calls from an unfamiliar number containing a recording stating there has been a breach in the customers MasterCard account and instructs the customer to press #1. This is all the information the Sheriff's Office have at this time.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 5, 2014
Edgefield Daily

No Headlines for Friday
web posted April 4, 2014

COUNTY – There are slow news days and there are no news days. Thursday was the latter. As a result there are no Headline news reports today. All other sections have been updated.

Aiken Electric Cooperative, Santee Cooper and Edgefield County School District dedicate Green Power Solar School at Merriwether Middle School
web posted April 3, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Aiken Electric Cooperative, Santee Cooper and the Edgefield County School District dedicated a Green Power Solar School at Merriwether Middle School Wednesday. The school has been equipped with a solar cell array which is already producing electricity from the sun’s rays, providing students with a firsthand look at the opportunities and challenges of solar power. Students, educators and utility representatives gathered around the pole-mounted solar array to officially commemorate it and observed a demonstration of the solar cars.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County Honored for Zero Fatalities in 2013
web posted April 3, 2014
COLUMBIA – SCDPS Director Leroy Smith, left, and SCDOT Acting Secretary Christy Hall, second left, recognized law enforcement and county officials from Edgefield County on April 2, 2014, for have no traffic fatalities for more than a year. The recognition was done during the 9th Annual DUI Enforcement Recognition and 2013 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremony at Seawell's in Columbia. There were no traffic fatalities in Edgefield County in all of 2013 with a total of 445 days without a death on Edgefield County highways.
Edgefield Daily

Park Row BBQ Buffet, Live Entertainment Tonight
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web posted April 3, 2014

EDGEFIELD – Park Row Market will be hosting their all you can eat BBQ Buffet tonight starting at 5:30 pm until. In addition to great food, live entertainment will feature vocalist Keith Gregory from 7 until 10 pm. Bring the whole family! Buffet is $8.95 per person.

Baseball: The Rebels are Heating Up
By Tim Crane
web posted April 3, 2014
SPORTS – The Strom Thurmond Rebel baseball team moved to 8-5 on the season after hammering Midland Valley 7-1 Tuesday and beating Batesburg Leesville 16-9 on Wednesday night.  The Rebels are now 3-2 in region play and control their own destiny in making it to the post season.
Edgefield Daily

Opinion: Mayor Takes Issue with One Sentence of Report with 684 Word Retort
web posted April 3, 2014
Dear Editor,
As you know, I seldom respond to any comments made by you or your readers because I realize that it is impossible to overcome the “SPIN PEN”,  as you are always afforded the opportunity of having the last word. However, the following description of my exit from last night’s meeting is so inaccurate that I felt compelled to respond. If nothing else your spin on this letter, especially through your own letters to Wandering Minds, will be interesting reading for your readers. In any event, it will be nice for them to have a few facts along with the entertainment.
Edgefield Daily

1% Sales Tax Rejected by County Council
web posted April 2, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council made short work of the proposed list of Capital Projects presented by the 1% sales tax committee Tuesday night with Chairman Dean Campbell, who introduced the idea, stating outright he could not support the list presented and would be voting against it at the meeting. Vice-chair Genia Blackwell agreed saying she saw more "wants than needs" and she would not lock taxpayers into an 7 or 8-year tax.
Edgefield Daily

Beating Victim Remains Unresponsive: Investigation Continues
web posted April 2, 2014
MERRIWETHER – The discovery of a handicapped man found beaten and unconscious in a pool of his own blood on Sunday morning remains in critical condition at the Trauma Center and on life support, according to family members. The home at 896 Currytown Road remains taped off as a crime scene and the investigation is ongoing. The victim, Greggory Wallace, remains unconscious and the only other person that knows what happened is the one responsible.
Edgefield Daily

No Charges to be Sought in Turkey Prank
web posted April 2, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Residents and workers arriving Tuesday morning in Edgefield were treated to find five of the painted fiberglass turkeys that adorn certain corners of the businesses on the town square lined up on the square in a nice neat row and plenty of corn for them to feed on. Many town officials when alerted to the caper thought the news was an April Fools joke, but the joke was on them.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: Sign The Dotted Line
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 2, 2014

RELIGION – Last year I sold my house in five minutes. When my wife and I moved to Edgefield we left behind a town home in Wake Forest, NC. We had only lived in the home for a year when the church I was pastor of closed. We did not know what to do with the home. We could sell it and lose money or rent it out to poor seminary families. We chose the latter. The downside was we had to pay for maintenance and I only saw the home once in a seven year period. This was very less than ideal.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 2, 2014
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Elderly Woman Targeted by "Insurance Sweepstakes" Scam
web posted April 1, 2014
COUNTY – An Edgefield County woman met with an Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy after receiving a check and a letter purporting to be from her current insurance carrier telling her she had won over $42,000 that included a check in the amount of $4,216.08 in the envelope.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond FBLA Members Stand Out at State Leadership Conference
web posted April 1, 2014
JOHNSTON – On March 28th ten FBLA members traveled to North Charleston for the FBLA State Leadership Conference. Over 1,000 members and advisers were present for the conference. Students attended workshops and competed against students from around the state on Friday and Saturday. All students did an excellent job of representing Strom Thurmond High School and Career and Technology Center.
Edgefield Daily

Private "Gentlemen's Club" Coming to Edgefield?
web posted April 1, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Could a high end members only "Gentlemen's Club" be coming to Edgefield? According to plans leaked to Edgefield Daily it could become a reality. A call to the businessman behind the club resulted in all questions being referred to his lawyer. "This is a very exclusive venue and will include a 26,000 square foot facility with four bars and ten private rooms. This will be a first rate operation," Attorney Ben Lyons said Monday.
Edgefield Daily

Silver Bluff Defeats Rebels 14-1 Monday
web posted April 1, 2014
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond wound up on the wrong side of a 14-1 score on Monday at STHS, tasting defeat at the hands of Silver Bluff.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Railroad Diner hosts free Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ Competition for area youth
web posted April 1, 2014
JOHNSTON – Pitch, Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®.  This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. The event will be Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm at Watson Park in Johnston (Academy Street).
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted April 1, 2014
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Handicapped Merriwether Man Found Beaten, Unresponsive in Own Home
web posted March 31, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A handicapped Currytown Road man was found bloodied, unconscious and unresponsive lying face-down in a pool of blood Sunday morning by a woman arriving to take him to church. The woman arrived and knocked on the door but got no response and entered the home and saw blood in a number of rooms before finding the man and rushed to his aid and called 911.
Edgefield Daily

Douglas Guidance Counselor Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia
web posted March 31, 2014
TRENTON – A Douglas Elementary Guidance Counselor was arrested for drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop by a Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy on 15th Street in Augusta on March 18, according to charging papers obtained by Edgefield Daily. Edgefield County School Superintendent Greg Anderson confirmed the arrest and stated Kathryn Lynn Cross is currently on paid leave.
Edgefield Daily

Libertarian Files for Probate Judge
web posted March 31, 2014
EDGEFIELD – With less than an hour to go before the books were to close on filing for elective office, Attorney Kevin Duane Beck threw his hat in the ring as the third candidate for Probate Judge Sunday morning. Beck filed as a Libertarian, skipping over the usual Republican or Democrat party label. "I identify as an Independent," Beck said, and more closely affiliates with the Libertarian Party.
Edgefield Daily

Filing for Elective Offices Closes Sunday, Surprise Candidate Files Last Minute
web posted March 31, 2014
EDGEFIELD – It is official. The list of candidates for local elective offices closed Sunday at noon with a last minute candidate filing with just over 45 minutes left to file. Local attorney Kevin Beck filed Sunday as a Libertarian candidate for Probate Judge. Four county seats are challenged and five are unchallenged.
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield County DUI Prevention Project Needs Public's Help
web posted March 31, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Cornerstone is seeking public input regarding the issue of impaired driving and DUI crashes in Edgefield County. The agency has created an online survey to collect information from citizens to get your views on matters involving impaired drivers and the availability of alcohol to minors. Your input is important.
Edgefield Daily

Citizens Can Now Enter the Relay for Life Event at Johnston Peach Blossom Festival
web posted March 31, 2014
JOHNSTON – Participants can now sign up for the Relay for Life Peach Blossom Stroll, a walk to help raise money to fight cancer, which will be held during this year’s Peach Blossom Festival.
Edgefield Daily

Three Vie for Dist. 1 County Council Seat in June Primary
web posted March 29, 2014
EDGEFIELD – In a stunning turn of events Friday, an unexpected candidate filed to seek to unseat 22-year incumbent Norman Dorn from the Dist. 1 County Council seat in the upcoming Democrat June Primaries. Joe W. Quarles, a political unknown, filed paperwork declaring himself a candidate in the race.
Edgefield Daily

BMW Announces $1 Billion Expansion Creating 800 New Jobs
web posted March 29, 2014
COLUMBIA – BMW announced Friday that the company will expand its plant in Spartanburg County with a $1 billion investment, which is expected to create 800 new jobs. The expansion includes the addition of a fifth vehicle platform at the plant – the X7 – and it will increase production capacity from 350,000 units to 450,000 units annually, making the Spartanburg facility the highest-capacity plant in the BMW global system by the end of 2016.
Edgefield Daily

Update on Editor's Condition
web posted March 29, 2014
COUNTY – Upon reader request, the following is an update on my condition and current recovery from a month long malady, who's origins remain unknown at this time, and how it continues to affect my schedule with Edgefield Daily. The simple good news is I continue to improve.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 28, 2014
Edgefield Daily

"Clean Up Merriwether" Day Cancelled
web posted March 27, 2014  4:04 pm
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether clean-up day for Saturday has been cancelled due to rain. No make-up date is available at this time.

Key Joins Race for County Council Dist. 3 Seat
web posted March 28, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Michael John Key, of Johnston, signed filing papers Thursday afternoon making his challenge against Dean Campbell official. Key, a Democrat, said that he has attended county council meetings over the years and, "I just felt that it's time I ran." This will be his first attempt at public office.
Edgefield Daily

Lady Rebels Fall 15-4 to Gilbert
web posted March 28, 2014
SPORTS – Despite a big day at the dish from Brooke Benenhaley, who finished 2-2, Strom Thurmond lost 15-4 to Gilbert at Home on Thursday.
Edgefield Daily

Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals
web posted March 28, 2014
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.
The Telegraph

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 28, 2014
Edgefield Daily

Whatley Astonishes All At Final Championships
web posted March 27, 2014
COLUMBIA – As the defending female champion in your final state championships, you are certainly looking for a way to add a crowning achievement to your career.  Something that would stand above past performances and meet your personal expectations and the expectations of your supporters.  Such was the position of Tori Whatley, on Saturday, as she entered the playing hall at the 2014 South Carolina Scholastic Chess Championships.  And did she ever deliver. 
Edgefield Daily

Five-Hour Stand-off Ends in Arrest: Stolen Guns Recovered
web posted March 27, 2014
MERRIWETHER – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Investigator looking into two recent burglaries in Merriwether located a suspect at a remote trailer off Woodlawn Road Tuesday night. After extended talks with the suspect yielded no results, the suspect entered the home and refused to come out or let deputies in, in spite of pleas from the young man's father.
Edgefield Daily

Ashcraft Makes it Official
web posted March 27, 2014
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County Council Dist. 2 Councilman Rodney Ashcraft has made his re-election bid official by filing his paperwork Tuesday afternoon. Ashcraft was first elected in 2008, defeating a six-year incumbent, and defended the seat from another challenger in 2010. He is serving his third term and will be seeking a fourth this November.
Edgefield Daily

Aiken Woman Arrested in Stolen Car
web posted March 27, 2014
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to check out a suspicious vehicle on Windy Ridge and Nicholson Roads. After patrolling the area the deputy located a silver Chrysler van on Windy Ridge Road that was stuck in the ditch. The woman driver told the deputy she got stuck while trying to turn around.
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Sports: Lady Rebels Down Abbeville
web posted March 27, 2014
SPORTS – Behind the one hit pitching performance of Madelyn Wise and two base hits by Maggie Massey, the Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels softball team defeated Abbeville, 6-2 Wednesday night.  Wise, a 7th grader went the distance, giving up one hit, striking out 7, while walking 2 over 7 innings of work. 
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Merriwether Fire Dept. Seeks Volunteers for Annual "Clean Up Merriwether" Day
web posted March 27, 2014
MERRIWETHER – The Merriwether Fire Department will be holding a Clean Up Merriwether day on Saturday, March 29, and are looking for volunteers to join the firefighters in picking up trash along the roadways in the community. How many roads get cleaned depends on the number of those who volunteer.
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Edgefield Food Bank and Golden Harvest Announce "Mobile Food Pantry"
web posted March 27, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield Food Bank and Golden Harvest Food Bank are joining forces for a food distribution on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 10 am. The free food will be distributed at the Piedmont Technical College parking lot in Edgefield. For more information call Keith Coleman at (864) 872-1501. Food will be distributed on a "first come first serve" basis.

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 27, 2014
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Another Merriwether Home Burglarized, Guns, Cash Stolen
web posted March 26, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Another Merriwether home was burglarized on Monday with the person or persons responsible making off with guns, cash and jewelry. When the owner returned to the family's Martintown Road home he found the front door kicked off the hinges and immediately called the Sheriff's Office and waited outside. 
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1% Sales Tax Committee Releases Final List
web posted March 26, 2014
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County 1% Sales Tax Committee finalized their suggested list of projects to be included in a possible 1 cent sales tax if passed by voters in November. The tax, spearheaded by Edgefield County Council Dean Campbell last summer, has grown less popular with each list released during the process. The final list is very similar to the previous, with only minor modifications.
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NOTICE: Public Notice on County Budget
web posted March 26, 2014
COUNTY – Edgefield County Council will hold first reading of the FY 2014-2015 General Operating Budget at its regular meeting Tuesday April 1, 2014.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the County Council Chambers at 225 Jeter Street.

Lady Rebs Drop Close Game to Swansea Tuesday Night
web posted March 26, 2014
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond lost a battle of the bats on Tuesday at Strom Thurmond High School, falling short in a 10-9 ballgame against Swansea.
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Thurmond FFA Floriculture Team Places 2nd in State Competition
web posted March 26, 2014
JOHNSTON – The Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center FFA Floriculture team took second place honors in the State Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) held at Spartanburg Community College on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
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Religion: Do It Now
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 26, 2014

RELIGION – Let me begin with a little bit of shocking news; I am not always the easiest guy to be married to!  Yes, I know every little girl wants to grow up and marry a Baptist preacher (studies show that second is the Prince of England.) And true, I may be handsome, funny, and can quote the Song of Solomon! But all that does not come without a price. That price is that I can’t fix a thing! Not even instant pudding!
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More Challengers Emerge on Monday for Elections
web posted March 25, 2014
COUNTY – Two more challengers have emerged on Monday seeking to unseat incumbents in the local 2014 election cycle. So far, as of the end of filing on Monday, the total of challenged races has grown to three with six days left for others to throw their hats in the ring for election.
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Philippi Baptist Church Celebrates 200 Years of Service
web posted March 25, 2014
JOHNSTON – On February 23, 2014, Philippi Baptist Church of Johnston celebrated 200 years since the church was organized to serve a rural area of the Johnston community. The Bicentennial Celebration began with the regular Sunday Morning Worship Services by Philippi Baptist Church’s Pastor, Rev. Josh McClendon. The church was filled with an estimated 300 persons in attendance. Following the morning service, dinner was served in the church fellowship hall to all those who were present.
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Debris Still an Issue, County Offers Advice on Disposal
web posted March 25, 2014
COUNTY – Almost all of the debris from the February ice storm has been removed from state roads, however; many county roads are still in need of attention. The County had a certified FEMA contractor come in and give an estimate on removal of debris from county roads at a cost of nearly $3.7 million. In order to receive the FEMA funds, the county would have to cough up nearly $1 million it does not have and the funds have not even been offered at this time.
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Burglars Target Guns Again
web posted March 25, 2014
MERRIWETHER – A Woodlawn Road man returned home on Sunday morning after being gone for less than two hours and found his front door open and called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office. The man told deputies he entered the home and noticed guns had been taken from a gun cabinet.
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Driver, Passengers Flee after Running Checkpoint
web posted March 25, 2014
TRENTON – Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and a Highway Patrolman were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Wise and Church Streets in Trenton just before midnight Saturday when a black Lincoln approached the checkpoint. Rather than stop, the driver ignored the order to stop and took off while the occupants were throwing beer cans out of the window.
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Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop Weekly Specials
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web posted March 25, 2014

EDGEFIELD – The Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials have been released below. Click on their banner above and "Like" them on FaceBook.
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Reward - Lost Dog: Northside
web posted March 25, 2014
NORTHSIDE – LOST - female black & white border collie. Missing from  Hwy.378/Hwy.67 area since Feb 5. Dog is wearing two black collars. If located please call 864-943-3300.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 25, 2014
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Edgefield County DYB Celebrates Opening Day
web posted March 24, 2014
EDGEFIELD – By the looks of the attendance, plenty of folks in Edgefield County were excited to see the start of a new Dixie Youth Baseball season. For the first time in several years the weather was perfect, allowing for all scheduled games to be played. With family and friends cheering them on, each team was introduced during the opening ceremonies, which marks the official kick off of the 2014 season.
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Sheriff Seizes Horses During Saturday Morning Raid
web posted March 22, 2014  12:55 pm
TRENTON – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the High View Horse Farm on 545 Van Road Saturday morning following a three month investigation of cruelty to animals. The investigation, which got underway in January, found 77 malnourished Arabian and Arabian mixed horses at the farm. A subsequent visit on March 11 found the same horses still at the location.
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7 Students Injured in Bus Crash
web posted March 22, 2014
COUNTY LINE – Seven students escaped with minor injuries following a southbound car on Highway 25 slamming into the side of the bus, also injuring the driver and the passenger of the car around 6:30 Friday morning. The Edgefield School District confirmed a total of 25 Merriwether Elementary students were on the bus at the time of the crash. The injured students and the occupants of the car were transported to MCG for treatment.
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Dog Bites, Injures Elderly Merriwether Man
web posted March 22, 2014
MERRIWETHER – An 89-year-old Merriwether man called the Sheriff's Office after going for a walk down his street for exercise when two dogs from a neighbor's yard charged him, one of them biting him and causing him to fall. the man suffered injuries from the bite and the fall.
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Annual FFA Spring Plant Sale
web posted March 22, 2014
JOHNSTON – From STH FFA: Wanted to go ahead and let everyone know the date for our annual Plant Sale at STCTC FFA students will be available to help you select spring plants now during school hours or Saturday – March 29th from 9AM-12PM (at the Greenhouses behind the ST football field-house). Our plants look beautiful and people are welcome to come on anytime to make their purchases!
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted March 22, 2014
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Candidates Begin Filing
web posted March 21, 2014
EDGEFIELD – With filing for elected positions opening this week, several expected candidates have either filed or announce they intend to file before the end of next week. At this time there is only one incumbent that has seen a challenger for the June 10 primaries.
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Blackwell Seeks Re-election to County Council
web posted March 21, 2014
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell has announced she will be filing to seek her fourth term on the Edgefield County Council this week. Blackwell represents Merriwether District 5 and is a Republican. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of three and grandmother of one.
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