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Them Good Old Boys

A Column by the Editor
web 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 county.

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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