Spotlight on South Carolina's horse counties

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, May 18, 2007

EDGEFIELD, S.C. --- The city of Edgefield, South Carolina is in the statewide spotlight as ETV makes its second stop on a tour of horse counties. They're calling it the ETV Road Show; a program launched in 2004.

"Everybody's just here to show what the county has to offer," says Donna Livingston of the Chamber of Commerce.

From Clint Rhodes' paintings to native artifacts to the cranes holding cameras... South Carolina's statewide network ETV is spotlighting the heart of Edgefield. "People love watching about what's in their own backyard," says executive producer Don Godish. "We look at it as outreach and just going back to the community we serve and spending time with them and learning about the people who watch ETV."

Artist Clint Rhodes is thrilled. "We'd love for people to come visit us," he says. "We are home of ten governors and five lieutenant governors," says Donna Livingston. "And of course the famous Strom Thurmond is from Edgefield County." Now everyone in South Carolina will know that. ETV launched its road show two years ago and hasn't slowed down since. They work with eleven transmitters and multiple generators.

"It really does move us to see how appreciative they are and we enjoy being here," says Godish.

ETV's live programming continues through May 23rd. Crews will also visit Aiken, McCormick, Barnwell and Saluda Counties. All will be spotlighted as thoroughbred regions.

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