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Them Good Old Boys
A Column by the Editor
posted August 27, 2009
COLUMN – The Public Sale of property
foreclosed on by Carolina First Bank for $10 million in unpaid loans by
MV Development, Bettis Rainsford, and Tallmadge Knight is coming under
scrutiny since the notice has not appeared in the local papers as
required by law. The Citizen News, who was contracted to run the
notice, failed to place the ad on August 19 in order to make the sale
on September 8 possible.
According to information obtained by EdgefieldDaily.com, the legal
notice was set to run in the Citizen News but was omitted by mistake.
It was then run by the Augusta Chronicle who owns the Citizen News,
which is not the paper of general circulation in the county therefore
making the notice non-binding.
It is unknown at this time if the mistake will set the date of the
pubic sale back until the proper legal notices can be filed and
published in the local county papers as required by law.
EdgefieldDaily.com published the
notice of the sale on Monday, August 24. However, internet
publication, in spite of readership exceeding three times that of the
local papers is not recognized as legitimate public notification.
Although the Citizen News could not assure the legal notice of the
public sale of foreclosed property owned by Bettis Rainsford, his
company, or partner ran on time, they could certainly assure that a
personal attack on the Editor of EdgefieldDaily.com, who exposed and
announced the initial foreclosure notices before legal notices were
filed, appeared in print when requested.
Bettis Rainsford, who is under a foreclosure, is supporting a purchase
of property by the county that was sold at auction that was owned by
Edgefield businessman J. P. Calliham, also under foreclosure, and is
supported by Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham, who is half owned by Bettis
Rainsford in their joint venture in Edgefield Construction.
Rainsford is also chairman of the Economic Development Committee
appointed by the Edgefield County Council to promote industry in the
In reality, the county has the head of the Economic Development
Committee, Bettis Rainsford, who is now defunct in $10 million in
unpaid loans, sticking up for J. P. Calliham, who is defunct in unpaid
loans, pushing to have the county buy debt for the inner circle of the
powerful “good old boys” in Edgefield with taxpayer funds.
I may have fallen off the turnip truck yesterday, landed on my head,
but even I can see that this stinks to high heaven.
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