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Edgefield Teen Arrested in Armed Robbery, Second Suspect Sought
web posted January 29, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield teen has been arrested in connection to the November 24, 2014, armed robbery of the Northside BP and a second suspect remains at large. Damion Lamar Edwards, 17, of Walker Road, has been charged with armed robbery and has been released on a $20,000 bond. His partner in the robbery has yet to be identified at this time, Edgefield Police said.
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Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center Begins Sporting Clays Team
web posted January 29, 2015
JOHNSTON – Baseball, softball, golf and soccer…  These are the traditional spring sports of Strom Thurmond, but a new offering is making its debut at Strom Thurmond Career & Technology Center this spring. The Career & Technology Center will participant in the South Carolina Scholastic Clays Program as part of an initiative with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and South Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports.
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Thieves Target Baseball Equipment
web posted January 29, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Gregory Lake Road man called the Sheriff's Office after arriving home and finding over $1,000 in baseball equipment stolen from the family's garage. The theft took place sometime between 7 am and 5:45 pm Tuesday while no one was at home.
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Gov. Nikki Haley, State Officials Tout Plan to Make S.C. Competitive
web posted January 29, 2015
COLUMBIA – State officials, including Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce, Janet Oakley, Secretary of Transportation, and Duane Parrish, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism joined Governor Nikki Haley at the Statehouse on Wednesday to discuss the importance of passing the governor’s three part plan to make South Carolina more competitive.
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Military community provides $19 billion economic impact to South Carolina
web posted January 29, 2015
COLUMBIA – South Carolina's military footprint accounts for a significant portion of the state's total economic activity - generating an impact of more than $19 billion annually - according to a study released Wednesday.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 29, 2015
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Hightower Road Home Found Burglarized
web posted January 28, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man returned to his Hightower Road home after being gone for just over three hours to find his back door standing open. Upon looking inside he noticed items missing and called the Sheriff's Office to report the burglary.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Drugs, Gun
web posted January 28, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston Police Officer on patrol spotted a Chevy Caprice speeding on Lee Street and turned around to make a traffic stop. However, due to the driver speeding (47 in a 35 mph zone) it took the officer outside the town limits before he could pull the driver over. Upon walking up and explaining the reason for the traffic stop the officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car and called for another unit.
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Sen. Massey's Comprehensive Tort Reform to Be Debated in SC Senate
web posted January 28, 2015
COLUMBIA – On the first day of the legislative session, South Carolina Senator Shane Massey introduced two comprehensive tort reform bills, The Court Transparency Act (S.281) and The Liability Reform Act (S.282), aimed at balancing the South Carolina civil justice system.
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Community Unites for Race
web posted January 28, 2015
AIKEN – “We’re excited about bringing a half marathon event to Aiken,” says Aiken Electric Cooperative CEO Gary Stooksbury.  “And the best part is, we’re donating all the registration fees to United Way of Aiken County.”
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Religion: What's in a Name - Part Three
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 28, 2015

RELIGION – We have been discussing names of God over the past few weeks, so I have to share this story from Time Magazine. “A recently-born baby named Nutella was renamed by a court in the French city of Valenciennes after a judge ruled that the parents’ decision to the name the child after a food was against the child’s interest, according to a new report in the newspaper La Voix Du Nord.“The name ‘Nutella’ given to the child is the trade name of a spread,” the court’s decision read, according to a translation.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 28, 2015
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Beech Island Man Arrested in Alleged Home Invasion and Rape of Merriwether Woman
web posted January 27, 2015
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after returning home from a bar in Aiken early Sunday morning where she saw a man she once dated and left because she did not want to be anywhere near him. When she arrived home just off Murrah Road later she discovered that two windows to her home had been broken and called to report a possible burglary.
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Sheriff Assigns Deputies to Patrol the Town of Johnston Full Time
web posted January 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – Because of the increase in armed robberies, shootings, drugs, other illegal activity and several citizens complaints, effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Sheriff Adell Dobey has assigned two deputy patrol units to work in the town of Johnston to assist the Johnston Police Department and the citizens of Johnston. The move came as a surprise when the Sheriff released the information on Monday afternoon.
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School Bus Struck in Hit and Run, Driver suffers Minor Injuries, Children Unhurt
web posted January 27, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Edgefield County School Bus making its rounds around 3:50 Monday afternoon along Highway 121 near Johnston was struck by a passing 18-wheeler hauling tractors or tractor parts in the opposing lane. The very large mirror on the bus was struck causing it to slam into the window by the driver shattering both and sending glass all over the driver who was able to get the bus stopped before checking on his injuries. The truck did not stop.
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All Four Suspects in Car Break-ins and Stolen Credit Card Shopping Spree Identified
web posted January 27, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Through diligent investigative work and tips from the public, all four of the men involved going on a shopping spree with stolen credit cards at Augusta Mall have been identified and warrants have been issued for their arrests. All four are from Aiken County and at least one is already facing an outstanding warrant in Aiken County.
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Schneider Resigns as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach from Fox Creek
By Russ Schneider
web posted January 27, 2015

SPORTS – I have resigned as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach from Fox Creek. The decision was made with sadness and celebration. As some of you know, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation last March. I spent four nights in the University Hospital Cardiac Center trying to get my heart rate down. There have been on and off episodes since and more as of late.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
web posted January 27, 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 February 3. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen! Check out our One Day Specials as Well!
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 27, 2015
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Man Tazed After Trying to Attack Officer
web posted January 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – Workers at a local restaurant called Johnston police due to a well-known trouble maker being inn the restaurant causing problems and cursing at customers. When the officer arrived the man had left but was spotted walking in the parking lot of a nearby gas station where the officer confronted him. The man, 57-year-old Lester Williams, was found to be unsteady on his feet and intoxicated. When Williams was told he was under arrest he cussed the officer and tried to run.
Edgefield Daily

Recycling Company Reports Possible "Insider Job" in Theft of 100+ Tires
web posted January 26, 2015
JOHNSTON – The owner of a Johnston Recycling Company notified the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after discovering well over 100 tires, maybe lots more, missing from the company in just the past ten days. After becoming suspicious the owner began reviewing surveillance video footage and found that at least one employee, possibly two, making off with the tires.
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Sports: Strom Thurmond High School Girls Varsity Basketball beat Wildcats 50-39
web posted January 26, 2015
SPORTS – The Lady Rebels erased a 6 point 1st quarter deficit to defeat Ninety Six 50-39 Friday night. Freshman Cyntherria Sullivan scored 10 of her career high 27 points in the second period to lead the charge back to tie the game at the half. For the game, Sullivan connected on seven three pointers, while Kayla Adams added two more.
Edgefield Daily

SRR Accepting Applications for School Grants
web posted January 26, 2015
AIKEN – Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), is accepting applications for educational grants from area public elementary school teachers.
Edgefield Daily

Burned Out Family Needs Your Help with Donations, Clothes - Please Give Today!
web reposted January 26, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The family of five that was burned out of their Brooks Street home last Thursday lost all of the contents of their home and had no renters insurance. Donations of clothes for the three children, the father and mother are needed. Below are the ages, sizes, and sex of children and parents as well as a drop off location if you would like to help.
Edgefield Daily

Merriwether Woman Dies in House Fire
web posted January 24, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Merriwether and County Line Firefighters were called to a structure fire on the 1500 block of Edgefield Road Wednesday afternoon. The fire was brought under control fairly quickly and when firefighters made entry while fighting the fire they found the woman on the floor near the front door.
Edgefield Daily

Northside Church Found Broken Into
web posted January 24, 2015
NORTHSIDE – A member of the Berea Baptist Church called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Wednesday to report finding a side door forced open and several items had been "messed with". He also found a file cabinet opened.
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Shop Burglarized on Jacob McKie Road
web posted January 24, 2015
COUNTY LINE – A Jacob McKie Road man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon to report finding his shop broken into after the person or persons pried on the door and lock before resulting to kicking the door open, damaging the door and the door frame. Once inside over $4,500 in tools were reported stolen.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Strom Thurmond High School Boys Varsity Basketball beat Wildcats 54-41
web posted January 24, 2015
SPORTS – Strom Thurmond improved to 5-0 in Region 2 AA. After a slow start to the game Friday night, down 14-3, the Rebels stormed back to take the lead and never looked back. It was a good win against a very good Ninety Six team.
Edgefield Daily

Local Backwoods Bar-B-Que Team Among Tops in State
web posted January 24, 2015
COLUMBIA – Backwoods Bar-B-Que headed to the South Carolina State House to be presented with an award earlier this month. Lake High, president, with the South Carolina Barbeque Association presented, Gene and Tesa Culbertson, Backwoods Bar-B-Que with a trophy for the First Runner Up of the undisputed top barbeque teams in South Carolina for 2014.
Edgefield Daily

SCDOT Seeks Public Comment on 6 Transportation Alternative Programs Project Applications for FY 2015
web posted January 24, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on six (6) project applications approved by the Commission for the Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). One of the projects is located in Edgefield.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 24, 2015
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Help to ID Thieves
web posted January 23, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Thieves targeted at least 14 cars, trucks and SUVs in Currytowne Station in the early morning hours of Wednesday with the first report coming in around 5 am. As the deputy finished taking the first report he noticed lights on inside a few neighboring vehicles and called for additional deputies to respond and eventually an investigator due to the number of thefts discovered. Now the Sheriff's Office has video footage of the four suspects racking up over $1,800 in charges at Augusta Mall and needs your help identifying the suspects.
Edgefield Daily

Johnston Man Wanted for Attempted Murder
web posted January 23, 2015
JOHNSTON – Johnston Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a Robin Drive home in Johnston after the landlord reported he was shot at by the son of the woman renting the home. The man said following a short confrontation in the front yard with the son, the son went inside the home and came back to the door and fired one shot at him and then fled the scene on foot. Now Johnston Police are looking for 18-year-old Bernard Chinn for attempted murder and a weapons charge.
Edgefield Daily

Bar-B-Que Restaurant Opens in Edgefield
web posted January 23, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield has a new restaurant as of Thursday, CB's Bar-B-Q opened its doors officially and will be open each week from 10:30 am until 8 pm. Owners Charlie Brown and Harvey Sprouse were on hand Thursday feeding a good size crowd on the first day though no advertising has really been done other than word of mouth so far. All bar-b-q is cooked on site at their location at 312 Augusta Road, right across the street from Keeseley's Automotive.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web reposted January 23, 2015

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

American Red Cross Needs Disaster Response Volunteers in Aiken
web posted January 23, 2015
AIKEN – The Central South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers in Aiken and is inviting the community to attend the New Volunteer Orientation on February 18 to learn more about opportunities to provide Red Cross services to friends, neighbors, and others affected by disasters.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 23, 2015
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Jury Finds Lilly Guilty on Drug Charges
web posted January 22, 2015
EDGEFIELD – It did not take a jury very long to determine Leon Alvin Lilly's innocence or guilt after a jury trial Wednesday. Once the jury was handed the case they deliberated less than an hour to come back with a guilty verdict against 60-year-old Lilly. Lilly was taken into custody following sentencing,  8 years in prison, and will be housed at the Detention Center until he can be transferred to the South Carolina Detention Centers.
Edgefield Daily

Suspicious Vehicle Turns Out Stolen
web posted January 22, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Red Chevy C1500 pickup truck parked on the side of Weaver Road had not been moved since Friday, January 16, and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to check out the truck by an anonymous caller Tuesday. A quick check of the tag and VIN showed the truck to have been stolen from Aiken County.
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Notice: A Community Meeting Hosted by the Town of Edgefield at the NWTF Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
web posted January 22, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Mayor Durham to give information on the expansion of NWTF and offer an open discussion on what steps the community can take to be prepared for the large number of visitors that will be visiting NWTF in the near future.

2015 Homeless Point In Time Count to Get Underway: Homelessness in Edgefield County Under-counted in Prior Years
web posted January 22, 2015
COUNTY – Each year, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a count of homeless individuals across the nation. The resulting data allows the government to assess local service provider’s funding needs. On January 28, 2015, the Upstate Homeless Coalition will coordinate a street and shelter count of homeless individuals in 13 counties.
Edgefield Daily

Burned Out Family Needs Your Help with Donations, Clothes
web reposted January 22, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The family of five that was burned out of their Brooks Street home last Thursday lost all of the contents of their home and had no renters insurance. Donations of clothes for the three children, the father and mother are needed. Below are the ages, sizes, and sex of children and parents as well as a drop off location if you would like to help.
Edgefield Daily

Senate Judiciary passes Criminal Domestic Violence Bill
web posted January 22, 2015
COLUMBIA – Recognizing the need for immediate movement on the issue of domestic violence, the Senate Judiciary today passed legislation that would get tougher on offenders, as well as restrict gun ownership for many of those convicted of criminal domestic violence.
Edgefield Daily

Gov. Nikki Haley's State of the State Address
web posted January 22, 2015
COLUMBIA – Below is Gov. Nikki Haley's  State of the State Address As Prepared for Delivery Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at The Statehouse, Columbia, in its entirety.
Edgefield Daily

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 22, 2015
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Johnston Police Seize Drugs, Gun During Traffic Stop
web posted January 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – A Johnston man failing to stop at a stop sign on Addison Street drew the attention drew the attention of an officer on patrol who then initiated a traffic stop on Calhoun Street around Midnight Saturday. When officers approached the car they noticed a "strong" smell of marijuana coming from inside the car and coming from the driver, identified at Wesley Omar Brown, 34, of Dove Street in Johnston.
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Drug Jury Trial Gets Underway Tuesday
web posted January 21, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Merriwether man arrested in mid July of 2013 during a warrant sweep that netted 21 people is getting his day in court with his jury trial kicking off Tuesday afternoon. Leon Alvin Lilly, 60, of Murrah Forest Drive, is facing two counts of manufacture / distribution / possession Methamphetamine  2nd offense.
Edgefield Daily

Two Nearby Johnston Homes Burglarized on Same Day
web posted January 21, 2015
JOHNSTON – Two nearby homes were reported being burglarized in Johnston after the owners returned home to make the discoveries. The first home was located on Monks Way after the owner arrived back home from doing laundry and the second was close by on Lanier Road, discovered when the owner arrived home from work. Both homes had a door pried open for the person or persons to gain entry.
Edgefield Daily

Religion: What Is In A Name - Part Two
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 21, 2015

RELIGION – My sophomore year in college I took up rock climbing.  It was an excuse to grow long hair and skip classes.  I had a new buddy named Bobby. And though I had known him about a week, I thought this guy was my new best friend!  He had really cool long hair and seemed to know lots about rock climbing. But it was short a lived “bromance.”
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Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 21, 2015

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

Sports: Strom Thurmond Girls Varsity Basketball beat Batesburg-Leesville in Lopsided 59-27 Win
Staff Report
web posted January 21, 2015

SPORTS – The Lady Rebels trounced the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers Tuesday night, 59-27, to improve to 2-2 in region play. Ashlee Chinn drained 2 three pointers on her way to leading all scorers with 18 points. Michaela Griffin provided a dominate inside presence with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Freshman Cyntherria Sullivan finished the game just short of a double-double with 9 points and 9 steals while Kayla Adams grabbed 5 steals to go along with 9 points.
Edgefield Daily

Sports: Strom Thurmond Boys Varsity Basketball beat Batesburg-Leesville 61-50
Staff Report
web posted January 21, 2015

SPORTS – Strom Thurmond defeated Batesburg Leesville behind 22 fourth quarter points, with the leadership of Rod Dobbs and Dante Stover. The Rebels (4-0 Region II, AA) will face off against region foe Ninety-Six Friday at 8pm.
Edgefield Daily

AFC Responds to Obama’s State of the Union Address
web posted January 21, 2015
WASHINGTON DC – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address from executive counsel, Kevin P. Chavous:
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 21, 2015
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Second Suspect in Woodlawn Road Burglary Sentenced
web posted January 20, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The second burglar involved in an attempted burglary to a Woodlawn Road business in late October of last year has had his day in court and will not see any time behind bars. Christian Lee Rodgers, 21, of Dupriest Circle, turned himself in at the Edgefield County Detention Center following being identified by tipsters after a photo ran in a story on Edgefield Daily. He was booked and released on the same day, November 1, 2014.
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Johnston Peach Blossom Festival Accepting Applications
web posted January 20, 2015
JOHNSTON – The Johnston Peach Blossom Festival is now taking applications for individuals, organizations and businesses interested in being a part of the historic 32nd annual event. The Festival will be held May 2, 2015, in Johnston, known as the Peach Capital of the World.
Edgefield Daily

Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop's weekly specials
web posted January 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 January 27. All meats are Fresh - Never Frozen!
Edgefield Daily

Sports:
Strom Thurmond High School Boys Varsity Basketball beat Tigers 73-63
web posted January 20, 2015
SPORTS – The Rebels had a tough road test at rival Saluda Friday night. The Rebels came back from down 8 points in the second quarter and fought back with aggressive defense in the the second half. After Saluda scored 38 first half points, the stifling Rebel defense held Saluda to 25 second half points.
Edgefield Daily

Strom Thurmond High School Girls Varsity Basketball falls to Tigers 44-54
web posted January 20, 2015
SPORTS – The Lady Rebels girls basketball team has struggled
 to score consistently this season and again went through a tough stretch in the first half and waning minutes to drop a 54-44 decision to Saluda Friday night. The Rebels kept it close with effort and intensity while shooting only 31% from the field and 38% from the charity stripe.
Edgefield Daily

Despite Decline in CPI, Food Index Increases in December
web posted January 20, 2015
(CNSNews.com) -- Despite a decline in the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) in December, the food index increased and the price index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs hit a record high, according to data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 20, 2015
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Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream"
web posted January 19, 2015
NATION – Most Americans will be off today in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To mark this day, we have Dr. King's entire "I Have a Dream" speech given on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Also provided in a YouTube Video of the speech so you can either follow along while reading or just watch the video. The Civil Right's Icon's words ring just as true today as they did 52 years ago.
Edgefield Daily

Burned Out Family Needs Your Help with Donations, Clothes
web posted January 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The family of five that was burned out of their Brooks Street home last Thursday lost all of the contents of their home and had no renters insurance. Donations of clothes for the three children, the father and mother are needed. Below are the ages, sizes, and sex of children and parents as well as a drop off location if you would like to help.
Edgefield Daily

Sweetwater Church Burglar Convicted, Sentenced
web posted January 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – A Murphy Village man arrested after leading deputies on a foot chase and resisting arrest in late November of last year will be spending the next four years in prison. Eddie Shawn Sherlock, 20, plead guilty to the October 8, 2014, burglary of Sweetwater Baptist Church in which several thousands of dollars in equipment and property was stolen, some of which was recovered during the investigation.
Edgefield Daily

Utah Concealed Weapons Permit Offered
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
web posted January 19, 2015

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

Edgefield County Alliance Meeting with NWTF on Tuesday
web posted January 19, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Mr. George Thornton, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation,  will be the speaker for our next Alliance meeting on Tuesday January 20th at 8:00 a.m. in the County Council building on the corner of Jeter and Railroad Streets. Mark your calendars now, you will not want to miss this opportunity. 
Edgefield Daily

Classifieds Fully Updated
web posted January 19, 2015
WEBNEWS – The Classified Section has been updated to current status with many new ads.
Classifieds

Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal
web posted January 19, 2015
WASHINGTON DC – Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich? Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 19, 2015
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Man Steals Car to Avoid Sentencing for Prison
web posted January 17, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edwards Drive woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office around 5 am Thursday to report her boyfriend stealing her 2001 Jeep Cherokee to flee the area due to having a court date later in the morning for sentencing. The woman said her daughter woke her up saying the boyfriend just drove off with the vehicle. 
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Senate Begins Session Addressing Ethics Reforms And Domestic Violence
web posted January 17, 2015
COLUMBIA – Already this week, two major bills have cleared Senate Judiciary Subcommittees - and Republican leaders in the Senate called the bills the first of many reforms to come this year. Major reforms in the ethics bill, S.1, include independent oversight (rather than allowing legislators to police themselves) and additional income disclosure rules.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 17, 2015
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Burglars Arrested After Three County Chase Sentenced
web posted January 16, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Two men who led Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies on a chase through three counties in November of 2013 after being spotted in the process of burglarizing property on Woodlawn Road had their day in court on Wednesday and will be spending the next three years behind bars. Jason Pinion, 33, of Warrenville (left), and Daniel Campbell, 27, of Aiken, plead guilty to charges of burglary and grand larceny in front of Judge R. Knox McMahon.
Edgefield Daily

Burglars Sentenced to 18-Months
web posted January 16, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Two men that got their stolen get-away vehicle stuck that led to a 911 call of suspicious persons, and their arrests, were in General Sessions Court to enter guilty pleas on two of the four charges against them. Judge R. Knox McMahon handed down the 18-month sentences while two of the charges, drug related, were dropped.
Edgefield Daily

SCANA and its Subsidiaries, Including SCE&G, Paid Approximately $176 million in Property Taxes to South Carolina Counties in 2014
web posted January 16, 2015
CAYCE SC– SCANA Corp. and its subsidiaries, including SCE&G, paid approximately $176 million in property taxes in South Carolina for property assessed in 2014. “These dollars help support schools, police, fire and other critical public services and have a significant impact in the communities we serve,” SCE&G spokesman Eric Boomhower said.
Edgefield Daily

Gov. Nikki Haley's Inaugural Address
web posted January 16, 2015
COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley's Inaugural Address was given on Wednesday as she begins her second term as Governor. The speech can be found in its entirety below.
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LOST DOG - Johnston: Old Plank Area - RECOVERED!
web posted January 16, 2015   Update Jan 19
JOHNSTON – Lost Dog Please help us find our brown lap/pointer! She is 10 months old and answers to Macy. She is wearing her collar but not her rabies tag. Macy went missing on Tuesday with her German Shepherd "brother" named Logan on Old Plank Road in Johnston. Please contact us if you have seen them!  The Cornwell Family has RECOVERED the lost dog! A reward is offered! Click on picture for a larger view.

The following Edgefield County Offices will be Closed Monday, January 19, 2015, In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
web posted January 16, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Auditor, Building Department, Courthouse, County Administration, Magistrate, Recreation, Veteran Affairs, Voter Registration, Sheriff's Office (front office)

Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 16, 2015
Edgefield Daily

Edgefield Family's Home Destroyed by Fire
web posted January 15, 2015  - 4:30am
EDGEFIELD – A family's home on the 300 block of Brooks Street was destroyed by fire late Wednesday night bringing Edgefield and Johnston Fire Departments to the scene around 11:20 pm. When first reported there was only smoke showing from the roof, minutes later flames broke through. Just a few hours later the house was ablaze again, this time "fully involved". Family members were able to exit the home safely when the fire first started.
Edgefield Daily

Charges Upgraded to Murder in Death of Westside Woman
web posted January 15, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Charges against Jody Ray Jones, 42, in the shooting death of 29-year-old Patricia Kay Love have been upgraded to murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime on Wednesday, investigators said. Jones is currently being held without bond awaiting a hearing in Circuit Court.
Edgefield Daily

Dublin Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges
web posted January 15, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Just two months after Willie Dewayne Dublin, 30, and Edward Terrell Chandler Jr., 27, walked out of court free men following being found not guilty of a brutal armed robbery, beating and kidnapping of an elderly Johnston man, Dublin's luck changed when it came time to face weapons charges from December of 2011 in Johnston. Dublin did not take his chances with a jury this time and plead guilty to the charges in front of Judge R. Knox McMahon.
Edgefield Daily

Savings Account Check Stolen from Mail Cashed in North Carolina
web posted January 15, 2015
EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office after he was notified that a Thrift Savings Account check for nearly $5,000 that was mailed to him on December 8 had been cashed by someone else at a Wal-Mart in North Carolina. It was unknown if the check even made it to his mailbox or if it was misdirected while in the custody of the US Postal Service.
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What Is In A Name: Strong Creator
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 15, 2015

RELIGION – I get called by a lot of different names. Most are nice, but some can be a little hurtful. I know how someone knows me by what they call me really. If someone says to me Reverend Howle, I usually don’t know them very well. That is a formal title, not used much around Antioch. I hear Pastor Phillip from most folks around the church and that is what all the little kids call me. Some folks at church will yell “Preacher” these are folks I cut up with a good bit.
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Bugs Invade the State Museum in New Blockbuster Exhibit Opening Jan. 24
web posted January 15, 2015
COLUMBIA – A 20-foot praying mantis, beetles the size of Volkswagen beetles, a mosquito head big enough to drain the blood from a bull and much more will captivate museum guests beginning Saturday, Jan. 24 when bugs officially invade the South Carolina State Museum in the new blockbuster exhibit, BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures.
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Fox Creek New Student and 8th Grade Expo Announced
web posted January 15, 2015
MERRIWETHER – Fox Creek High School will hold its annual New Student Orientation and 8th Grade Expo on January 20 at 6 pm. All potential new students and their parents are encouraged to attend a brief information session in the commons. 
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Daily Crime Blotter - Up To Date
web posted January 15, 2015
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Westside Woman Dies From Gunshot To Head, Boyfriend Held on Unrelated Charges
web posted January 14, 2015
WESTSIDE – A 29-year-old Red Hill Road woman has died following what appears to be an accidental gunshot that struck her in the left side of her head late Sunday night. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett identified the woman a Patricia Kay Love. She was rushed to the Trauma Unit in Augusta after Edgefield County EMS arrived on the scene and found her unresponsive at the scene. She was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon and an autopsy will be performed at 8:30 am Wednesday.
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Augusta Man Charged after High Speed Chase in Johnston Saturday night
web posted January 14, 2015
JOHNSTON – An Augusta man is behind bars following a chase through several Johnston Streets Saturday night trying to avoid a traffic stop around midnight. As Johnston Police and Sheriff's Deputies joined the chase one officer saw a shiny object being thrown from the vehicle that was later found to be a pistol. Raymond Cruz, 27, of Brandywine Place in Augusta was taken into custody after officers were able to get him to stop.
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Public Notice: RFB Number 1-28-2015 - Repeater (VHF)
web posted January 14, 2015
EDGEFIELD – Edgefield County is requesting bids for the purpose of purchasing, installation and programming of a new Kenwood TKR-750K VHF Repeater Base Unit.  This repeater will be used in conjunction with our present emergency services system.
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Daily Crime Blotter (Not Updated today)
web posted January 14, 2015
COUNTY – The Crime Blotter will be updated on Thursday. I have been in the hospital since Jan. 8 and was released on Tuesday. As such it was impossible for me to gather the arrests during that time. I apologize for the delay.
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Edgefield Daily is Closed Again Today
web posted January 12, 2015
COUNTY – Edgefield Daily will be closed today. Updates should return as soon as possible, it is hoped that full reporting will be back by January 14, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our readers, 

NOTICE: Two Hour Delay for Schools Today
web posted January 7, 2015 --- 12:20 pm
COUNTY – The Edgefield County School District will have a two hour delay for all students Thursday and Friday, January 8 and 9, 2015, due to temperatures expected to drop in the single digits. All staff will report at the regular time both days. If further information is needed, please contact your local school.

Trustee Walks Away from Work Detail
web posted January 8, 2015
TRENTON – An Edgefield County Detention Center inmate who had been in jail just one day decided he preferred being outside the jail better and walked away from a work detail Wednesday around 12:30. The inmate, Tobias Demetrist Johnson, 22, had been pre-cleared as a Trustee from serving time previously for Family Court charges. He was booked into custody on Tuesday on a Family Court bench warrant and was out on a work detail in Trenton when he got into a white car and drove away Wednesday.
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Update on Armed Robbery Suspect
web posted January 8, 2015
JOHNSTON – More information has been released on the suspect in the armed robbery of the 3-Way store worker Tuesday night that took place in the back parking lot after the owner closed up for the night. The suspect is a black male standing between 5' 7" and 5' 9" tall with a "husky" build. He was wearing a black shirt and dark clothing and carrying a small handgun. Johnston Police did give chase to a suspect shortly after the robbery.
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Internet Fraud Reported in Merriwether
web posted January 8, 2015
MERRIWETHER – It seems that phone scammers have taken a break from calling Edgefield County residents, at least from judging the contents of incident reports lately, that hasn't stopped internet fraud. A Merriwether woman called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday to report someone gaining access to her Amazon.com account.
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Extreme Weather Brings Higher Risk For Burns
web posted January 8, 2015
COUNTY – Meteorologists are predicting a severe drop in temperatures during the next few days, which means the risk of people getting burned and injured while staying warm will increase.
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State Museum Presents Museum Road Show: Winter Edition on Saturday, Jan. 17
web posted January 8, 2015
COLUMBIA – The Museum Road Show: Winter Edition, one of the South Carolina State Museum’s most popular events, is back from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 with a special Civil War theme to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia.
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Daily Crime Blotter
web posted January 8, 2015
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Severe Weather Alerts - Edgefield, SC. Source: U.S. National Weather Service Very Cold Temperatures on the way
web posted January 7, 2015
COUNTY – An arctic cold front will move through the state early Wednesday ushering in some very cold air. Wednesday night lows will be in the teens with wind chill temperatures approaching around 5 degrees above zero toward sunrise Thursday morning.
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County Council Votes Blackwell as First Ever Female Chair
web posted January 7, 2015
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council held their first regular meeting of the new year and after swearing in all members the annual vote for leadership positions of Chair and Vice-chair were held. In a surprise move, Genia Blackwell of Merriwether was voted as Chairwoman followed by Dean Campbell being voted as Vice-chair for the 2015 year. "First I'd like to thank my fellow council members for putting this trust in me, and I've had a great mentor in Mr. Campbell," Blackwell said. "We have always worked great together as a team and I look forward to continuing to work as a team."
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Armed Robber Steals from 3-Way Food Store Worker
web posted January 7, 2015
JOHNSTON – Right after closing the store for the night, the worker, who lives right behind the store was on his way home when he was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot. Very little information was available on the breaking story other than the robber was a black male dressed in all black and was armed with a small handgun. He had a yellow and white cover over his face and forced the worker to hand over an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot.
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Religion: Get Out What Is Inside
By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted January 7, 2015

RELIGION –  am writing today from my laptop as my wife drives our family to the Great Wolf Lodge. My Speedo is packed and I can’t wait for the water slides! I started this year using a Christian History devotional book. It is a pretty neat way to be reminded of the saints who have lived before us. Today’s devotion was about a