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Editor's post:  Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great Valentines Day weekend!
web posted February 12, 2016
JUNKY JOHNSTON:  I have been holding on to this memo for awhile thinking no one else cared about the town of Johnston and how it is perceived by outsiders.  Evidently, the topic has come up lately at the town meetings.  What's going on with the people in charge of this town?  Their allegiance should be to the resident taxpayers not to absentee landlords.  Many residents have invested considerable time and money in their properties only to have a few drag the rest of the properties down by ignoring their rental property's upkeep and  junky tenants' lifestyles. The Main Street of town is Calhoun and should be kept up by all property owners in a neat and clean manner.  One home on the corner of Butler and Calhoun which is an obvious rental is in such disrepair and the front yard so junky as to put a "black eye" on the whole town.  Why do the leaders in this town not care about the upkeep and beautification of this town like those in Edgefield do?  Sure, there are a lot of rental homes in Edgefield but they are maintained in a neat manner and tenants not allowed to live in such squalor.  There has to be changes made or this town will go the way of so many historic towns and cease to exist!  Come on Mayor and town council; are you happy in doing nothing to further the Town of Johnston in bringing back the beautiful ambiance that it once had and still could have?  I don't believe nothing can be done about absentee landlords' properties.  I think that is a copout.  Have some pride and get on the ball!  Visit rundown properties and encourage the tenants to have more pride in their hometown.  Show them the proper way to exist in a civilized manner.  Don't sit back on your laurels and settle for the status quo.  Once you do, the property values will go up instead of down and you will be thought of in a positive vein instead of the negative one you now are in.
web posted February 12, 2016

Re:  phone scams

To the person who responded that nothing is ever done about phone or internet scams.  Really?  What can be done?  These people could be anywhere in the world.

How are they supposed to be tracked down?  Educate yourself and don’t become victim to such ridiculous acts of crime.
web posted February 12, 2016

RE:  It's a proven fact that big-box chain stores put smaller family owned shops out of business

That is a false statement.  There are more family operated businesses than "Big Box" stores in Aiken.  Just drive down Laurens Street, Whiskey Road or Pine Log.  "Big Box" stores always get this slap, but it is also a proven fact that they provide more jobs, are open when the family owned shops are closed and usually have a wider variety merchandise.  They also draw out-of-towners, who then may then find the family owned stores.  I would much have the community needs met through sales tax revenue than an increase in property taxes.
web posted February 12, 2016

I read about the lady that had been a victim of phone scam threatening her family and using a bomb??? I see that as a terrorist attack. Where is home land security??? Nothing is ever done about phone or internet scams. Just too bad that you are told to just block the number. I know I have been the victim of one for 10 years. Every institution contacted just ignores it.
web posted February 11, 2016

Disgusted at the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year.  Why were they allowed to prance around in uniforms representing the black panthers?  If it was the other way around they never would have been allowed on stage!!!!
web posted February 10, 2016
It's true that Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo was sworn in as a New York State Judge on 10 December 2015, and that Walker-Diallo is Muslim .
Oh!, My poor grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  I feel for them.  All I can do is vote.

Since the Quran forbids all law but Sharia Law, I guess she will head the first  Federally sanctioned Sharia Court. Kinda makes you proud, doesn't it? Gives me chills.
No media coverage on this ......
Another chink in the armor, no one cares, until it's too late ! step by step by step....this is how our culture will end.
First Muslim Woman Judge Carolyn Walker, hand-picked by President Obama sworn in as judge of the 7th Municipal District, Brooklyn by holding the Holy Quran at Brooklyn Boro hall on December 10, 2015, it was a Historic Day!!
You Obama supporters, your dream is coming true.
web posted February 10, 2016


If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a healer?
If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a deliverer?
If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer?
If you never felt sadness, how would you know that I am a comforter?
If you never made a mistake, how would you know that I am a forgiver?

If you never were broken, then how would you know that I can make you whole?
If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what I went through?
If you never went through the fire, then how would you become pure?
If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?
If you had all power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?   
If your life was perfect, then what would you need me for?
web posted February 9, 2016

I don't think the National Guard will come to help at a school. Just saying ...  Maybe that was just an exaggerated way of saying they need help with discipline at the middle school????  I think the only higher course of action would be the superintendent or school board, not the National Guard.
web posted February 9, 2016
Re: What Edgefield needs are some decent retail businesses.
Yes it would be nice. With all the empty store fronts and buildings you would think the landlord would ask a reasonable rent. But that is not the case. He is making it that much harder for any business to survive with his high rent.
web posted February 9, 2016

Re: "RE:  Aiken County with all it's convenient shopping is right up the road."
Just because you want a piece of what Aiken county has doesn't mean everyone else does.
It's a proven fact that big-box chain stores put smaller family owned shops out of business when they come to town.
I for one am happy to give Aiken that 1% to keep all that nonsense out of here.
web posted February 9, 2016

Please  send  the  national  Guard  to help  with  the discipline  at  J.E.S.School my daughter came  home and told me about students  throwing chairs  at teachers,and nothing  happened to the student.my son told me the same thing  students PARENTS allowed to hollow and scream and disrupt them
Why is this  type of behavior being allowed? I send my children  to school to try  to  get  a good education not  to be afraid  to go to  school because the students  have taken over .Please help or I will be forced  to take  this higher. Tried talking to school officials but was not  satisfied .Parents talk  to your  children !
web posted February 8, 2016

What Edgefield needs are some decent retail businesses. Ever since Belk closed its doors, Edgefield has been in a tailspin. There was a reason to stay here and shop. Now there isn’t too much to choose from. If I need a shirt and tie, I have to go to Aiken or North Augusta. It saddens me to see some of the businesses that we do have in town closing up because of a lack of patronage. Store owners also have to realize this is a small town and not too many businesses are going to make it selling merchandise that only a handful of people can afford to buy.
web posted February 8, 2016
I agree with the idea of first jobs for young people often being in fast food type businesses. My kids' first jobs were in fast food restaurants. Trouble is these days, with the lack of job opportunities out there, many older people are taking those jobs to survive. Where do young people, older people etc find jobs in Edgefield? I had not thought of that. That is where a little growth may be a good thing-that is reality folks.

I do wonder how many young people these days actually want jobs. How many have the mind set of getting assistance through life? I know there are many that still want to work, but that segment of society seems to be disappearing. Just look at all the young people supporting the thinking of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. It is scary in reality.  The liberal, socialist view is that government will take care of you (many are already living that so called dream and they are living off of the rest of us) . Many of those working to pay for those on the take are waking up to the reality that they are supporting a bunch of people who should take care of themselves. Why should they work to support lazy, entitled people who should  take care of themselves?  Since when should we pay for everyone to go to college? Is that some  "right"  all should have?  Kind of like healthcare being some kind of "right" ?  Why are places like Venezuela the goal of so many Americans? Do we look at Cuba and say, "Wow, I want to live like that"? I would think not.   We need to look at the reality of what socialism is and does. May sound good because of the freebies but it is terrible for a country.  I know people understand this but sometimes I get so frustrated that that thinking is becoming so popular. Maybe I am just too old and I remember the good things that made America a great country.
web posted February 8, 2016

RE:  Aiken County with all it's convenient shopping is right up the road.

And for every dollar every Edgefield resident spends in one of the neighboring counties that have these amenities, 1% of the sales tax goes to that county.  It is never seen, or able to be used by Edgefield.  I think those $ could be well used in our community to make much needed improvements.
web posted February 8, 2016

The littering in this county is out of control. Someone needs to enforce the laws on littering. Can't something be done? 
web posted February 5, 2016
Wow, I hit a nerve about wishing we had just another choice for fast food. I am NOT advocating trying to have all our youth to buy the biggest happy meal they can buy! In a perfect world, we would love for our kids to come home on a Friday night, learn how to cook and mix up a casserole meal with mom, and sit down as a family and look through family photo's and play a game of Sorry together as a family. That is NOT the real world! I know one of my first jobs was working at a fast food place and being able to earn some money. Where are our youth supposed to go after ball games or where are they to work around here other than McDonald's or the Dollar store? I love Edgefield but this town unfortunately still lives by the rule of some "rich" families that, while not spoken, pretty much says what goes on in this town. Are many of them great people, sure BUT we all know that is the case. 
web posted February 5, 2016
Re: "The same reason Aiken County has three WalMarts  ...."
Edgefield is unique in it's smallness.
Aiken County with all it's convenient shopping is right up the road. I for one, (and there are many others) would like to see Edgefield maintain it's uniqueness. Besides, just how many WalMarts does an area need? Three is plenty enough. Growth, more money, fast food...these things are located conveniently close already and more is not needed. Marketing~shmarketing. I like Edgefield just fine the way it is.
web posted February 5, 2016

To someone who did not grow up here ( yes a dreaded outsider to these parts)I think Edgefield is stuck back in time. That is not a bad thing, just a fact. If the people in Edgefield like it that way,  I think it is fine. Who is to say they need to change in any way? However, to many people, growth and improvements are good things. I know for myself that when I need to shop, I don't  pick Edgefield as a destination. It isn't because I don't like Edgefield, it is because there is no place to go in Edgefield. It is just a fact. There are a lot of beauties to a small town and there is comfort in that. There are plenty of options within driving distance of Edgefield for those who are looking for more. So, if you want to go to Wal Mart, Lowes, Kroger, Chick Fil A, Burger King, restaurants, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Costco, Sam's, Macy's, Belk etc (the list keeps growing in my mind as I think of some of the places I go )  then go to Aiken or Augusta. They seem to want the growth and improvements, so support them. I say Edgefield needs to do what the majority of people in Edgefield want to do in regard to growth. The issue is that with real growth comes a lot of change. If change is threatening or unwanted, then any push for real growth is going to be thwarted. Maybe just some small changes could bring some positive things to the community.

Again, there is nothing wrong with a small town staying small and comfortable. I just hope these small towns will be able to sustain themselves. So far, so good for Edgefield. I do wonder what young people in Edgefield think. I agree that fast food places etc are not healthy options, however there is more to it than that. They are places kids can gather with their friends and have fun. Seems to me Edgefield is pretty lacking in places like that. I don't know many teenagers that want to go home and cook a meal for their friends. Seriously...get real.
web posted February 5, 2016

The last thing Edgefield needs is another fast food chain… How on earth would the youth benefit from something like that?  The youth and parents need to spend more time teaching / and learning to cook home meals.  Not spending more money, taking the easy way out, and growing bigger waist lines. 
web posted February 4, 2016
RE:  Why does Edgefield have only 1 fast food place to eat?

The reason is the same one that gives Aiken county 3 Walmarts, 2 Lowe's, 2 Publix,  2 Home Depots and numerous other business and restaurants that are not available here.  The reason is marketing.  The county council must market this location to those businesses.  Why they don't do that is beyond me
web posted February 4, 2016

The Cruz campaign showed their dishonesty in the Iowa caucus. They misled caucus goers by telling them Dr. Carson had dropped out of the race.  Question-why in the world would Carson drop out the night of the caucus when he had worked so hard? That made no sense at all.  The Cruz campaign had to know this was not true, but it didn't serve their purpose, did it? And they had the cover of blaming CNN, however the whole truth of what CNN said was not shared. OOPS

 The untruth served the purpose of the Cruz campaign.  I am disgusted by these actions. Cruz claims to be a Christian? Well , Christians do not lie to benefit themselves. His apology was sugary and  insincere. He said they should have forwarded the subsequent story and regrets they didn't. Oh sure he regrets that. He won didn't he? So the lie worked.  Easy to apologize when you have been caught, when you need to apologize in order to win, and when the damage done has served your purpose. I think South Carolinians are able to see through this.

This one action just helped me make a decision on Cruz. Not planning to "Cruise to the White house with Cruz".  How is he any different than any other politician?  And he is not an insider? Really? He sure acts like he knows the ropes of what you need to do to win at any cost.
web posted February 4, 2016

Population is one factor but that area is a major route for families from Aiken to and from the lake and what about the traffic the shooting gallery is sposed to bring in?
web posted February 3, 2016

RE:  ...." this wonderful woman" ...Go Hillary

Just a thought: if one of those Bengazi young men killed had been the poster's son; and after Hillary's comments,  "What difference does it make?!!",  would the poster still think of Hillary as a "wonderful woman"??

Editors Note:  The person who sent in the wandering minds post about Hillary was being sarcastic with their post.  If you check out the video they sent in to go along with it, in the link, you will see it is making fun of Clinton. 
web posted February 3, 2016

Interesting that our Senator Tim Scott has endorsed Marco Rubio. That tells me something because I really respect Tim Scott. Trump should have manned up and gone to the debate. What a ridiculous, prideful thing to do. Showed his ego for sure. It hurt him in Iowa. Two young, first time Senators did well in conservative Iowa. Interesting, huh?

So Bernie and Hillary would have tied without the six coin tosses she won. I worry about their ground game etc. in the general. Promising all the freebies is just so appealing to people who do not understand what a disaster that will be for us. We are already experiencing the results in some ways. Take a quick trip to Cuba. They have done wonders there. Wonders in the worst way. I think Biden is in the wings just waiting to jump in. What is the difference in any of those people?

I think Cruz had a strong ground game here. One big problem I have with him is that some of his caucus people were telling folks that Carson was dropping out of the race. Ugly, ugly tactics.  Politics, yes, but that is the problem-it is politics and we are all suffering because of all that garbage.
web posted February 3, 2016
Why does Edgefield have only 1 fast food place to eat? I have been told multiple times that someone( name removed ) is responsible, as he controls what chains can come in to Edgefield? Is this true? Does one powerful landowner really hold that power? If not, someone tell me to put this known rumor down as fiction. if it is true, someone has to realize the Civil War ended over 100 years ago and Edgefield needs to move on. Don't say it is to save the mom and pop restaurants, they will absolutely survive as McDonalds did not kill any of them off. Working people and the youth could benefit with a Burger King, KFC, or Wendy's.

Editors Note:  Most fast food restaurants will not open in areas unless they see the population for it.  It has more to do with the population rather than just one man. 
web posted February 2, 2016

I am praying for the wisdom of the people in Iowa. I do believe God is in control. People that dismiss God in a lot of areas of life need to really think about one question. Do you know where you will spend eternity? We will all die and we do not know when or how. But, we will all die. Some of us are older and know that death is getting closer-fact of life.  Like something once said, "the only sure thing in life are death and taxes." So true, yet even if there weren't taxes, there is always death. Surely people want to have a hope. Who does not want the hope of eternal life? Many think they do not need God, but how do they miss the point that the One in control of their life and death is God? It isn't just chance happenings.  One interesting thing to think about-what one believes about God does not affect Who He is. He doesn't change based on our belief. He is and always will be God, and He is and always will be in control.  However, what one believes about God does affect their own life and their eternity. It is when we see our inability to live a good life, one that is totally without sin, that we see the need for forgiveness in our lives. Only He can forgive, through His Son, and bring peace in our life. It is not a sign of weakness to need forgiveness. We all need it. We are stronger when we are forgiven. Only God can forgive.

Do you know where you will spend eternity?
web posted February 2, 2016

Why would someone go to the effort to make fun of this wonderful woman?
Oh, where is my airsick bag?
She is ready! Go Hillary
Click Here:  She's Ready for the 'TOP' Job
web posted February 2, 2016
The new Dollar Store is nice but where did all the former employees go? All they usually have is 2-4 employees walking around and some doing some stocking of the shelves and literally only 1 person at the check out with 3-6 people in line. I have been in 3 times and each time I have heard people in the lines complaining to one another that this is a daily event and ridiculous.
web posted February 1, 2016
Anyone else tired of Presidential debates where the moderators end up debating the candidates? Seems like that is what FOX has been doing. Why do the debates have to be organized to try to get folks to go after each other? Instead, how about debating the real issues in this country? These debates are not reality shows!

I watched CNN after Trump decided to avoid the debate. Funniest comments on CNN-they wondered how a candidate could be so bold as to try to dictate moderators, questions etc. at a debate.  Really CNN? Do you not see what the Democrats control in their debates, gatherings etc. The crowds are controlled, the questions are controlled etc. I just found this response from CNN to be profoundly hypocritical and naďve on their part. Are they really that dense?  Is it so ingrained they can't or won't see what goes on with the democrats? No, but their narrative sounds good to uninformed folks.  I guess it is still the "Clinton News Network". With all the news on the email scandal, and it gets worse every day, and the political interference with the FBI investigation (Josh Ernest should not be commenting on this), how can people still support the Democrats? I do not understand how honest people can accept a lot of this stuff.

I am sick of all the manipulation of the press-FOX included. Many staunch conservatives do not see FOX as that conservative any more.  I just cannot get on the CNN bandwagon though, because they are so obviously slanted left. What does a wandering mind do????
web posted February 1, 2016

RE: I'm 73 and I'm Tired
This is so true, people worked and respected one another. We left our doors unlocked and no one would even think of breaking in. People make there own choices, it's sad they choose drugs and government  entitlements. No other country worries about global warming.( Another lie we are being told.)  I'm 73 and I'm Tired, I agree totally. Thank you for your service Marine.

From: An Army Veteran
web posted January 30, 2016

Barack Obama, at a recent rural elementary school assembly in South Carolina, asked the audience for total quiet. Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands once every few seconds, holding the
audience in total silence. Then he said into the microphone, 'Children, did you know that every time I clap my hands together, a child in America dies from gun violence!' Then, little Darrell, with a  proud South Carolina drawl, pierced the quiet and said:​ "Well, then dummy, stop  clapping!!!!
web posted January 30, 2016
I agree with the Marine veteran who wrote the Letter to the Editor. I am also very tired of all the things listed and I am not yet 73. If I make it to 73, I will be even more tired! This whole thing is why folks like Trump are so popular. I am not sure I agree with some of his techniques, but he stands up to the establishment.  What have the Republicans in office done for those who have voted for them?  I am tired of their excuses. They have a majority in the House and Senate and they hold the purse strings. How has the last four years been any different that if Pelosi and Reed were still in charge? I am talking to the local Republicans we have elected. Come on people.. do something for we the people.
web posted January 30, 2016
Kinder morgan donated to Strom Thurmond...does that happen to be the same company that is trying to put pipeline through south carolina?
web posted January 29, 2016
I would hope they don't raise taxes on gas. My guess is there are other places to get money for roads. I don't know anything about the school bus thing-sounds like some hearsay to me so I would want to see real facts about that whole thing. However, I agree that raising gas taxes is not a good thing. I am so tired of the everyday citizen getting hit for more money when some of our leaders have done some wasteful things that affect our money situations in government. How about cutting back on some of the entitlement programs (Social Security  is not an entitlement since we all pay for that and welfare is a give out with no input what so ever)  Our elected officials forget who put them in there. Why else would  the Trump phenomena be such a big thing?  If Shane is trying to get this through , than shame on him. If he is fighting against it, than good for him. I hope he lets us know what he is doing about it.
web posted January 28, 2016

I don't know if the good people of Edgefield parts of Aiken that voted and trusted Shane Massey realize that he  is in talks about raising the gas tax to repair roads in South Carolina!  I believe we are already taxed enough and if they would spend taxpayer money wisely would not have this problem!!  What they do is waste waste look at the school buses for instance the state a few years ago purchased school buses from Kentucky, a state that has salt on roads during winter,  we know what happens to vehicles with salt RUST!  well our legislators saw on the Internet Kentucky buses for sale well without test driving inspecting them sent the over million dollar check with Kentucky laughing too the bank.  Bus drivers went too Kentucky and found the junk with rust flat tires dirty nasty in a field.  You taxpayers probably didn't know they broke down on the way back to South Carolina doors fell apart from rust.  The engines ran hot and because they discontinued these buses couldn't find parts for them.  Maybe if they had spent a little more bought brand new buses with warranty but no spent money on junk with mechanical problems for our children too ride into school late because they break down.  We also still have buses 28 years old that keep children from education!  So I'm sure our government will spend the money wisely they always do don't they.
web posted January 27, 2016

Loved Hillary's quote of the day, month, year, century. Just sitting here wondering how any intelligent and honest person could ever support anyone like her. Just a mind wandering, but seriously...think about it. How??? Too bad the other option is a self defined socialist. Yep, that is what this country was founded on...socialism. NOT!  Our founders must be rolling over in their graves. We are so far off base!
web posted January 27, 2016

Our police force in Edgefield is great! You who have so little to do that you sit around all day to count the number of times a police car goes by, have you ever needed them? Most likely not, because had you then you would know just how kind and caring the officers are. These officers are dedicated to serving the citizens of Edgefield and all who enter the town. You should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking of posting negative words against the Edgefield Police Department.

Editors Note: We really do have a great police department out there, not just Edgefield, but Johnston too, and for all of those counting patrol cars on a daily basis, I personally make my way up to Edgefield several times a week, and I always see several police patrolling the area.  They do a wonderful job keeping us all safe, and they should be thanked more often!
web posted January 27, 2016
This is a beautiful way in saying "Live a Life That Matters".  Enjoy and as I watch and read the words I think of the wonderful people that has gone before me.
web posted January 26, 2016
Quote of the day.   No ... of the week! Wait!   Make that a month.   Actually, it qualifies as quote of the year.
No!  DECADE. Wait a minute.  It's the greatest quote EVER!
"My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know. the remnants of prior situations and mind-sets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture, and we didn't do that, and I'm proud of that. Very proud. I would say that's A major accomplishment." - Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014

Could someone please tell me what she just said?  And she is running for President???
web posted January 26, 2016

Under US Code (Law) Hillary Clinton is ineligible to run for President.  Please contact our Congressman, Jeff Duncan and ask him to sponsor application of this law.  It is his job to do so as our elected Representative.  Please note, this link comes off the House website.  We know Jeff probably won't....and that my fellow citizens is why Trump's support is so high, because our elected official WILL NOT DO THEIR JOB and place their political futures ahead of "the Rule of Law."  

§2071. Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term "office" does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

web posted January 25, 2016

Re: safest town in SC
Statistics can be manipulated and they must have missed the report on meth being sold from a storefront between the police station and sheriff office. Edgefield had a history  of keeping bad news hidden until Roy Blackwell created Edgefield daily.com
web posted January 25, 2016
The movie 13 Hours is a must see. The following is a must see also. It is very thought provoking and troubling.

Regarding the police in city of Edgefield:Wasn't Edgefield recently named the "Safest Town in South Carolina"? Ronnie Carter and his staff must be doing something right.RIGHT?

Editors Note: City of Edgefield Ranks Number 1 On Safest Cities In South Carolina Report
That's correct, this article is only a few months old. I'll leave the link here in case anyone wants to read it.
web posted January 22, 2016

Has anyone else noticed most of the TV debates for Democrats is on free public stations and the Republican debates are on pay cable stations? I and many people in this country don't have cable. (And don't want it) Great way to get informed about the candidates thoughts and make an informed decision on who to vote for, don't ya'll think?
web posted January 22, 2016

Crazy thought...if folks are working and busy during the day, who has time to watch for police cruisers driving around the city? Another crazy thought...have incidents happened that the police have either not shown up for or could have prevented by "cruising" the city? Just wondering why the concern? If it is a legitimate concern than it needs to be addressed. If it is just someone finding something to complain about , than consider the source. Seems like in this day and age the police get attacked from all sides. Either they are too aggressive and abusive (which I don't agree with ) or they are not around enough. Good grief!

From what I read today, it sounds like the police were able to break up the problem in front of Pizza Hut last weekend. I don't know, but it sounds like they did their job. Am I missing something?
web posted January 21, 2016

The police force in Edgefield have developed an “act and react” mentality. Instead of being out patrolling, most of Edgefield’s finest are parked somewhere waiting on a crime to be committed, then they react to it. In some of these cases patrolling may prevent some of the crimes being committed.
web posted January 21, 2016
Re: night police in Edgefield.
Edgefield has almost no police presence during the day. Never see police cars patrolling during the day.
web posted January 20, 2016

I don't know the Mims family but I do send condolences to them . It is heartbreaking to lose a loved one. They are in my prayers and thoughts.  May God give them peace and comfort during this tough time and in the months ahead.
web posted January 19, 2016

It is heartbreaking to read about the death of Drayton Mims.  He comes from a good family and my heart goes out to this family with sincere condolences and sympathy. My God give them a peace that only He can provide.
web posted January 18, 2016
This is one of the best speeches I have heard in a long time and everyone in America should hear it also.  Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University speaking on Common Core
Can someone show this to our elected official Nikki Haley and remind her that we are HER boss and the citizens ( the employers) don't want these " poor refugees"


web posted January 18, 2016

we must not have any night police in edgefield  people pass on dubble yellow line driving too fast at 630 am every day

Editors Note: Unfortunately, the police can't be everywhere at once.
web posted January 18, 2016
RE: Republican Debates
I saw it as The Donald "I'm bigger and better than you"Trump show
web posted January 18, 2016

For anyone wondering about the SC state standards teachers are REQUIRED to teach. They are on the SC department of education website. Go there and print yourself a copy, especially for your child's grade level, and then get yourself a copy of the common core standards (Google that). Look closely at both. Granted there are not a lot of differences. Get it through your mind that it is NOT the choice of the teachers! The SC State Department of Education mandates what teachers must use! If you don't like the standards then the State Department should be where you voice your complaint
web posted January 18, 2016

I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure SC is not doing Common Core.  I think our Governor (who I am very disappointed with right now) even said that ,or alluded to that, in her response to the State of the Union address. If I understand it correctly, a state has to be using it, it is not up to individual districts to choose to use it. I am not positive about that though. My guess is that somehow it is tied to money the feds give a state for education and if they were not to use it, the funds would not be there.  Maybe individual districts can get the federal money if they use it.  I would certainly hope that those in charge of Edgefield schools would not choose to use it, if they have the choice.

 Common Core is a ridiculous and actually dangerous program, so any candidate that supports it does not get my vote. I say that in regard to the primary.  I will vote for anyone in the general election that gets the Republican nomination. Anyone is better than the liberal alternative, whoever that may be.  Right now the liberals have a suspected criminal and a socialist to choose from. I wonder if either of them will actually be their nominee.
web posted January 15, 2016
Obama is "rebranding" gun control.

web posted January 14, 2016

A couple of years ago, I left a posting regarding the "corruptness" of common core...and several teachers/administrators (as they identified themselves) took issue to the point of being patronizing that they knew best and we were all dummies. Well ECSD teachers and administrators....here you go.....ANYBODY who supports common core is an idiot and moron. Apply some critical thinking and explain how 3,4,5 steps in getting to a simple math problem makes sense??  ...and you guys teach our kids? Anybody running for the school board should be made to answer whether they support or criticize common core...if they support it, then they would not get my vote.  The link below demonstrates, it's all about the money, and taking it from us, the unwashed masses. As it's been said, a fool and his money shall soon be parted, that's Edgefield County voters and SC voters in large.


Editors Note:
First car built with common core math
web posted January 14, 2016

Re: http://gamecocksgloryroad.com/index.php/2016/01/12/the-mystery-of-the-vanishing-flags/

They are all on the way back from Arizona. Where are the gamecocks? No bowl, no SEC championship,a losing record,  and a coach (the best ever) that quit because the team was so sorry he couldn't even face it.
web posted January 14, 2016
web posted January 13, 2016

I wish I had read the final print issue of Newsweek magazine. I always knew it was a pretty liberal publication, but apparently their final edition was pretty honest about Obama. I say "honest" because most of the media is so slanted toward the liberal side of things and the reality of what is going on is not good. Liberals talk about job creation yet the jobs created are not good jobs. They talk about help for veterans yet many are either ignored and nothing is really being done. Suspended VA bosses have returned to agency jobs. Seriously??  The plan for gun control is just talk and an attempt to control things. None of the so called new ideas are not already on the books. None of the new ideas on guns would have stopped any of the recent events involving guns. Obamacare has destroyed one of the best healthcare situations in the world.  Anyone who is intelligent and really wants to understand what is going on in this country needs to be honest enough with themselves to read or listen to some of the conservative voices out there. They might be amazed at how truly wise and smart some of these folks are.  I think most liberals think they are smarter than the rest of us.  Yet they support people who are being investigated for crimes, people who are self proclaimed socialists (not the foundation of this country) and people who spout good words but do not produce good results. Are race relations better in this country today? Are people better off financially today in this country? Are we safer in this country today?  Is it at all possible that conservatives have some wisdom?  Maybe give it a fair shot and search it out. Just a mind wandering...
web posted January 13, 2016

Christin, As I shared with your Mom when I saw her last week, I think of all of you every day and as each day comes to an end, I say a prayer for God to continue to protect and comfort the Blackwell family.  Your Dad was such a gentle, caring man who kept God and his family in his heart.  Even during the difficult times, your Dad never wavered in his Faith.

You are following in your Dad’s footsteps in doing a wonderful job keeping Edgefield Daily updated with the most current news and happenings in our county.  Know as you sit at your Dad’s desk, he is there, your Angel, with his hand on your shoulder. Unfortunately, there are selfish, greedy and inconsiderate people who thrive on negativity, these are the people who are never satisfied in life.  Please do not get discouraged by their behavior.

Your priority is to earn your degree, what better way to honor your dear Dad.  Stand tall, reaching your goal is just around the corner!

Editors Note:  Thank you so much for your encouragement, and kind words.
web posted January 12, 2016

Now here is an idea we should get behind.  Wonder what the statistics would be around here?  Updated: New outreach set for panhandlers in Albuquerque
RE: I share the sentiments….

Your dad is VERY proud of you!!!! It is very hard to follow in anyone’s footsteps let alone a man who is very well known in this area. As your dad ( Roy Blackwell ) would often say. There will always be people out there that have negative things to say about you. Continue to lean on GOD he is stronger and more powerful than anyone’s words. You do  things to the best of YOUR ability and ignore what people may say before thinking!!!!! Your education is more important than getting ALL the news out in a timely manner. Your dad did not get Edgefield Daily to this point over night. You have the love and support of the community.  
GOD Speed

Editors Note: Thank you for those words of encouragement, and for your support!

web posted
January 12, 2016

I admire you for trying to pick up where your dad left off.  You are a strong woman to be going to school full time and trying to carry on with Daily.com.  You are doing a great job.  If anyone else thinks they can do better, let them try it a few days.  They will find out it's not a bed of roses, especially since you are still in  school.  Don't be discouraged by what others say.  You are running the race and doing a great job.

Editors Note: Thank you for your support.
web posted January 12, 2016

I am now a little more concerned about Peachtree Medical. I called last Tuesday to have a prescription refilled, and as of Saturday it had not been called in, nor had I received a call from them to state if anything was wrong. I think the professional thing to do would be to at least communicate with me if a problem exists. I also am concerned how the staff addresses their clients. They are seldom friendly or polite. As a patient, I make the choice to use their establishment. We could at least get a kind hello when we enter. The front office is always packed with workers laughing and having fun. But yet the work does not get done. I wonder who is over Peachtree? I observed the other day that the office manager had been awarded an Employee of the Month at the hospital. That seems a little ridiculous with all the mishaps occurring at Peachtree.
web posted January 12, 2016
You are doing an awesome job with Edgefielddaily! I read it every day and I have been amazed at how you have been able to keep it up and going in such a professional way. One thing I have learned in my long life is that there will always be naysayers  and people who criticize, but just be true to yourself and to what you know is true. Your Dad is proud of you not matter what. Your college education is the most important thing for you right now as it will help plot your future. I know why it was important to your Dad. My life verse is  "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope'." Jeremiah 29:11

Yes your Dad is missed, but he is missed for the person he was to each of us who encountered him .  You and your family miss him more than any of us out here. We benefited from his life and work,  but he left a hole in your hearts that will take time to heal, and even then, you will still miss him.  Don't listen to anyone who discourages you.  I am just amazed at how selfish some people are in how they only see what seems to affect them. I think the longer you live, you realize what self centeredness is, and the one thing it is not, it is not focusing on God or on how He wants us to live our lives. You hang in there and know that the majority of us out here appreciate your hard work and the sacrifices you are making to honor your Dad.

Editors Note: Thank you for your support, and your kind words. 
web posted January 12, 2016

I applaud you for what you are trying to do, I am sure your dad prefers you getting an education. Just because the paper is not updated the way Mr.Roy did I still say kudos to you Don't let your grades slip.People can be so hard hearted. God Bless you and your family.

Editors Note: Thank you for your support!
web posted January 11, 2016

It has been at least two months since I and numerous other Johnston citizens have seen any Police presence. Does Johnston still have a Police Department and if so..where are the Policemen? Maybe it is time to get the Sheriff involved protecting Johnston.

Editors Note: They've been out and about, check the crime blotter and you'll see where they've been doing things.
web posted January 11, 2016

I share the sentiments of all those who grieve the death of Roy Blackwell. My fear is that the result of his loss, will soon be the loss of Edgefield Daily. With Roy we could count on timely reports, that included pertinent facts, and that is no longer the case. I hope my fear is not realized.

Editors Note: I don't think anyone grieves more for my father than I do.  Sitting in his office every night trying my best to keep up his legacy is not the easiest thing in the world.  I also am in school full time, attending my senior year of college, trying to keep my GPA up, because to my dad, me graduating was the most important thing and I will honor him with that.  I was taught very little about the website before the passing of my dad, I am trying to get to know the same contacts he had, and was just given the necessary tools to do what he did for so long.  I apologize if the website is not as great as it once was, but it has been less than 4 months since his passing so excuse me for not being able to jump right in and know everything.
web posted January 9, 2016

I loved the letter to the editor that applauded Roy Blackwell. Yes, he is missed!

I see that Congress repealed Obamacare and defunded Planned Parenthood. However, the big budget deal just passed by this congress did just the opposite. It funded both these things. Doesn't it seem strange to fund something and then turn around and pass legislation in the opposite vein?  Nice gesture, and beneficial for politicians when they are running for  reelection, but seems to me like it is just that, a gesture that will be vetoed, and is a little late in the game. The budget is where it should have gone down, not in an empty legislative game. I hope people are wiser than just thinking these folks are doing the right thing. There is power in the purse and unfortunately all these politicians see their own "power" and importance as more of a priority than actually doing anything for the American people. The Republicans have control of both the House and the Senate. What good has come out of that? An empty legislative gesture yesterday. That is all I see that has happened. Think it through.
web posted January 8, 2016

Oh how scary to see a drive by shooting so close to my home.  It's so ridiculous that people want to harm others for no apparent reason. I pray for these families who probably don't feel very safe in their homes right now.
web posted January 7, 2016
With all the news on Hilary, it seems like there is never any positive remarks that are said about her by the media, and how can there be?  She's pure evil!  How could anyone possibly support someone like that?  We need a president like Trump!!!
web posted January 7, 2016
I am a Strom Thurmond High School cheerleader. I am selling tickets for the GASC Border Bowl that will be held on January 9, 2016 at 12pm. Tickets are $5 in advance. At the gate they are more. I'm trying to win the most spirit and the most ticket sell for my area! Need help with selling them. They can contact me @803-624-0251 or @803-624-0336
web posted January 6, 2016
I know the nursing home gets alot of well deserved complaints however the first shift cna's on Magnolia Wing are the most polite and helpful group who care about their patients. Sure there are some slackers but overall a great group. Peach Wing needs to take a lesson.
web posted January 4, 2016

One thing I have never quite understood. What is the point of getting drunk on New Year’s Eve? Is it just an excuse (probably),  is it to forget the previous year or is it a form of dread for the new year ahead? I was just thinking about it as I read some of the sad coverage of all the drunk people around the world  so called “celebrating”.  I see going out and getting drunk as an escape mechanism. How can it be fun to get so drunk you either pass out or get sick? It isn’t fun, it is really  very sad.  Celebrating with a glass of wine or champagne is one thing but getting drunk, losing control, driving drunk, getting sick, passing out etc…how is that celebrating anything? We all know it is an escape mechanism or a disease.  New Year’s Eve is totally an excuse for some to drink. What is sad is when an innocent person suffers as a consequence.

I guess I can understand folks wanting to forget a lot of what happened in 2015. It was a difficult year for this country. We need to pray that 2016 is better and that God will become the focus of our country.  I think that is a better way to handle the issues than to go out and get drunk.  Just my opinion.
web posted January 4, 2016

This will boggle your mind and it will keep you trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart
your foot, but you can't. It's pre-programmed in your brain!

1). Without anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY....) and while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.   
2). Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand.
Your foot will change direction.  And there's nothing you can do about it!  You and I both know how stupid it is, and before the day is done you are going to try it again.
web posted January 4, 2016

Just heard an interesting clip of news. The Chicago mayor , Rahm Emanuel who Is Obama's friend and former chief of staff, is returning to Chicago (due to the racial issues from the shooting by the policeman a while back) from his vacation in Cuba.  I know things are "normalizing" with Cuba but just found that kind of funny. A mind wandering...
web posted December 30, 2015

"Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."  -- Oren Arnold
web posted December 30, 2015
I've never  understood the mechanics of how that (Clinton Foundation) foundation works - - now I do.

Recently, Charles Krauthammer alluded that he had no doubt some of the 30k  e-mails Hillary deleted from her private email server very likely had  references to the Clinton Foundation, which would be illegal and a conflict  of interests.  The Clinton  Foundation is "organized crime" at its finest, and we are financing  it.  Here is a  good, concise summary of how the Clinton Foundation  works as a tax free  international money laundering scheme. It may eventually prove to be  the largest political criminal enterprise in U.S.
History. This is a  textbook case on how you hide foreign money sent to you, and repackage it to  be used for your own purposes. All tax free. Here's how it  works:
1. You  create a separate foreign  "charity."  In this case one in Canada.  2.  Foreign oligarchs and governments, then donate to this Canadian  charity. In this case, over 1,000 did  -- contributing mega
 millions. I'm sure they did this out of  the goodness of their hearts, and expected nothing in return. (Imagine
Putin's buddies  waking up one morning and just deciding to send untold millions to  a Canadian charity).
3. The  Canadian charity then bundles these separate donations and makes a  massive donation to the Clinton Foundation.  4. The  Clinton Foundation and the cooperating Canadian charity claim Canadian  law prohibits the identification of individual donors. 5. The  Clinton Foundation then "spends" some of this money for  legitimate good works programs. Unfortunately, experts believe this is on  the order of 10%. Much of the balance goes to enrich the  Clinton's, pay salaries To untold numbers of hangers  on, and fund lavish travel, etc. Again, virtually all tax  free, which means you and I are subsidizing it. 6. The  Clinton Foundation, with access to the world's best> accountants, somehow fails to report much of this on  their tax filings. They discover these "clerical  errors"  and begin the process of re-filing 5 years of tax> returns. 7. Net result  -- foreign money, much of it from other countries, goes into the  Clinton's pockets tax free and untraceable back to the original donor.  This is the textbook definition of money laundering.

 Oh, by the  way, the Canadian "charity" includes as a principal one Frank Giustra. Google him. He is the guy who was central to the formation of Uranium One, the Canadian company that somehow acquired
massive U.S. Uranium interests and then sold them to an organization controlled by Russia. This transaction required U.S. State Department approval, and> guess who was Secretary of State when the approval was granted. As an aside,  imagine how former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell feels. That poor schlep is in jail because he and his wife took $165,000 in gifts and loans  for doing minor favors for a guy promoting a vitamin
company. Not  legal but not exactly putting U.S. Security at risk. Sarcasm aside, if you're still not persuaded this was a cleverly structured  way to get unidentified foreign money to the
Clinton's, ask yourself this: Why did these  foreign interests funnel money through a Canadian charity? Why not  donate directly to the Clinton Foundation? Better yet, why not  donate money directly to the people, organizations and countries in  need? This is the laundering and influence peddling. Now you know  why Hillary's destruction of 30,000 e-mails was a risk she was willing  to take. Bill and Hillary are devious, unprincipled, dishonest and criminal, and they are  Slick! Warning: They could be back in the White House in January 2017. Don't let it happen.

Warm Wishes and May God Bless America
web posted December 29, 2015

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas . It can be a difficult time for some and I pray God’s grace will bring peace and an inner joy to those who have suffered loss or sadness this year. We are blessed to have a Savior born on Christmas . That led to the resurrection and to our eternal hope and our hope for each day. Merry Christmas to everyone. Cherish this celebration for what it means to each of us who put our hope and trust in Christ.

Editor's Note: Merry Christmas to you!  Thank you for your reminder of what this time of year is truly about!
web posted December 24, 2015
If you do not think that mentoring our youth is important, take a look at this:  How a high school student won more than $1 million in college scholarships - NBC News

Just think how important a part you can play in a child's life.  Look beyond the surface, look beyond hurt.  One word may be all it takes to inspire.  If you do not know the story of Senator Tim Scott, Dr. Ben Carson, and so many more......look it up.  Parents/grandparents/teachers/church leaders or just a caring person can make a difference and change a youth from an offender into a positive role model for others.  Where would you prefer to invest your dollars.
web posted December 24, 2015

Anyone surprised that we are getting a few refugees here? I would guess they will be arriving in all 50 states. We are not getting inundated and hopefully they have been vetted. I just thought it took a long time (heard one source say two years) to vet them. Doesn't seem like it has been that long-unless they started vetting them two years ago. Ya right! Like that happened.

 How about all the refugees that arrived last year from Central America ? Were they vetted? Oh, and where did they end up? Mystery of the century!!
web posted December 21, 2015

Editor; I have to disagree with your comment; Ordinance states not more than six lots in 10yrs. So now if I have 70 acres I invested in; I want to make 10ac estate lots; I can't sell them quicker than 10yrs without jumping through a bunch of oppressive planning rules. The amendment only fixes a technicality in the definition so there are no loopholes in getting around the code as currently defined. Main Point : Why is the county prohibiting the growth of the tax base by restricting how parcels are split? Yes we should restrict trailer parks and have standards, but making it difficult to take a parcel that would be assessed on probably ag use and changing it to 4%, doesn't make much sense.

Editor's Note: Well, I can agree to what was said previously about attending the council meetings and voicing your opinion on the subject.

web posted December 18, 2015
Is there he medical clinic in Edgefield going out of business? They used to have at least 4 doctors on staff. Now you are lucky if one is even  in the office. Most of the time it is just a Physician Assistant.
web posted December 18, 2015
Attention!!!!!!! People of Edgefield County; Pay attention to what's going on with your county council meetings and ordinances being passed. The upcoming council reading on Ordinance 15-16-700 is government creating more ways to tell you want you can and can't do with your property.  A final reading and acceptance will allow the so called "planning" dept to make a decision of whether you can split your land into separate parcels. It's my right to split my land into as many lots as I want whenever I want if I need the money, not the counties business.
Editors Note: The amendment of this ordinance is actually less restrictive than what is currently in place.  This change will allow large tracts to be subdivided without restricting how many lots can be developed.
web posted December 18, 2015

don't know if it would help the situation at the doctor’s office, but sometimes it is good to talk directly to the doctor about it . It also helps if you have specific dates and people to mention. Sometimes the doctors are not aware of the problems. I wonder if there is new management over the clinic that is controlling what the doctors can do.  I know my doctor joined University Hospital and he lost control of a lot of the hiring. Things are better in there now but at the beginning it was tough to know how to maneuver it. Healthcare situations anymore are really getting hard. Many small hospitals and clinics have to join the big conglomerates in order to survive. Things like good service we used to get are gone.  I hope the situation gets better for the patients in that doctor’s office as I think your doctor is a crucial part of your life.  Thank you Obamacare for messing up a good health system.
web posted December 18, 2015
The person who complained about the customer service there being terrible is correct. You call with a question about test results or medicine concerns never receive a call back. It doesn't matter who you talk to or how many times you call. They have at least 10 to 15 people working there and most of the time just standing around. I've moved my medical needs to Georgia. They really need to rethink their priorities.
web posted December 17, 2015

With the current leadership at the hospital the WISE MEN decided to move on from a lost cause, as you say they were wise men.
web posted December 17, 2015

I agree with the idea that the Muslim refugees should be closer to their own homes. The issue isn't really about what is best for them.  People need to understand apocalyptic Islam. Their whole goal is to have the world is controlled by Islam and  then the door then is open for the appearance of their last Imam. This whole idea goes back to the foundations of the faith. Do research on the Crusades and what the fight was over. Our leaders better understand what is really going on. It is extremely important,.  Some of our current leaders, unfortunately, may understand this whole thing and support it.   An interesting person to listen to is Joel Rosenberg. He is very wise.

Dr. Carson said last night that the refugees he actually met (over there) don't want to leave their homeland.  I heard a warning that if we were to set up safe sites over there we would be stuck paying for them forever.  Well, we are paying for the refugees that come in here and now some are paying with their lives through terrorism. We now live in fear of attacks in our homeland. There should be a coalition of countries setting safe zones over there-good grief- look at what is happening in Europe-they are flooded with refugees.  It is coming here.
web posted December 17, 2015

Blah, blah, blah. I think we have all gotten the point about Greg Anderson and the school board. It is old news but seems like someone just has to have the last word (and so, so many words!) . OK, you got the last word so now could you please move on to something constructive?  One can keep repeating the same information but like I said before, I don't think anyone really cares.  For goodness sakes, is this person not aware of some real problems we face? Watch the national news and maybe there will be an issue that really matters and that will get your attention and energy.  How about that terrorism thing? How about the obvious attack on Christianity in this country? How about the refugee crisis in this country? How about illegal immigration? How about killing innocent babies?  Oh my, the list continues and these are actually issues that will affect our way of life in this country.  Whether or not Greg Anderson and the school board made mistakes is not a big concern to me  (what can be done now other than make some point about it?)   as much as the worry about the kind of country my grandchildren live in and will inherit.
web posted December 16, 2015
Probably 80+ percent of the world’s Muslim population is within 6,000 miles from Syria.  Why aren’t these “refugees” going to countries with languages and cultures more like their own?  Remember, Western culture harbors infidels and practices behaviors that are the antithesis of the teachings of the Koran.  So why come here?
web posted December 16, 2015

I am wondering where are the 3 wise men that have always been in front of the hospital.
web posted December 15, 2015

The reason that the interest in a Charter School in the Merriwether area of the county first became a reality was because the closest high school is over 30 minutes away for many students.  It was ridiculous that the tax base in this area was the highest but there were not enough students to warrant another high school.  I am thinking this was when the parents in the community started a petition to consider a charter High School.  I too have heard so much controversy over Fox Creek but now that I have a child there I can see it is an excellent school.  The teachers really want to be there and they look to the needs of the student.  The school is clean and well disciplined.  I am very pleased!
web posted December 14, 2015

In reference to the letter regarding Peachtree Med.center,I was a new patient there in Sept.of this
Year,was given a misdiagnosis and have tried on several occasions to talk to someone about it ,after
Leaving messages several times I received a call back with the promise to look into it and get back to
Me ,as of yet I have heard nothing.  I was treated with a smile at the Clinic
web posted December 14, 2015

I keep reading comments about Greg Anderson being a good person and that he cares a lot about the kids and the like. I see comments from people who make comments to the effect that he was doing a wonderful job, implying that the courses he did not take were no big deal, etc. What those posters are ignoring is a little thing called the law and the consequences for not following the law. Friendship is a wonderful thing and it is actually good to see people rise to the defense of their friend, but there are greater issues at stake than friendship. Perhaps the posts of some are from people with an axe to grind or people who do not like Mr. Anderson, but those attacking the posts should also consider that perhaps those posting are pro-education and pro what is best for the District with losing certification hardly being a desirable outcome.

The facts of the matter include the fact that Greg Anderson is an attorney. He was the School District Attorney for years. That means that he knew the law about the requirements for being Superintendent. As an attorney, Mr. Anderson knew the requirements to become certified plus they were spelled out for him by the State. As an attorney, and in addition because the State communicated directly with the District about the issue, Mr. Anderson knew the District was at risk of losing its certification due to his being Superintendent and not following through with the legal requirements for certification. As the School District Attorney for decades, Mr. Anderson knew full well the consequences to the students and residents of this School District if the District lost certification. Much has been made about Mr. Anderson's long tenure with the District as their attorney. As the School District attorney for decades prior to becoming Superintendent, Mr. Anderson also provided the legal advice behind the actions of the previous Superintendents and School Boards for those decades. The comments about Mr. Anderson knowing about the problems are true, the fact that Mr. Anderson was on the payroll as the person giving the District legal advice for those years seems to somehow get lost.

The actions of the School Board are even more objectionable than Mr. Anderson's.The School Board knew Mr. Anderson was not certified. The School Board knew the requirements for certification were not being met and were not met because they were informed by the State in writing. The School Board chose to offer Mr. Anderson an extension to his contract anyway knowing it would put the District at risk because they were told so by the State. The School Board knew that they had recently hired another Central Office person and at least two building level administrators since the Superintendent as well who were not certified because they were informed by the State in writing, but as with Mr. Anderson they knew when they hired them they were not certified. The School Board is elected to serve a function beyond making sure people with family and political connections to the community are taken care of.

There is no such thing in SC or most other States as an Administrator shortage. There is no reason to hire uncertified Administrators at any level...None.
web posted December 14, 2015
Check out this video on YouTube:

web posted December 14, 2015

Don't know if others have seen this but there is this young white dude who skateboards down the middle of Sweetwater Road late at night  I've come home late from work, after dark, and he is literally in the middle of the road  He's always around where the sign for the fish camp is located on Sweetwater. It's really dark and he has no reflectors on.  He is going to get ran over by soon one if he doesn't stop this. At  least wear some light clothing.
web posted December 11, 2015

You say Greg Anderson should have taken only two courses to get certified.  Well maybe he should have since he said he would.  If you want to criticize him for not keeping his word, go ahead.  As far as those two courses making any difference in his running our school district.  The man had been the board’s attorney for years and knew how to run the district.  Obviously you have never taken an education course. Are you one of those deadbeats he fired when he first took office?  I believe thats where all this criticism is coming from.  Shame!
web posted December 11, 2015

I often do not like the way Donald Trump says things. I am not sure I trust him. Yet, I totally agree with his comments about having a temporary hold on allowing Muslims into the country. This is not a new idea (Jimmy Carter did this during the Iranian hostage crisis and Roosevelt did it during WWII). It is Constitutional to do this to protect the citizens of this country. Protecting the country is the number one job of our President. At least Trump seems to understand that one. We have become so politically correct we are totally vulnerable. Look at France. What happened there is actually no surprise do to the policies they had prior to the attack. Now they are closing mosques etc. So, is that a little late? Shouldn't we try to be a little more ahead of the game? San Bernadino was a wake up call.

Paul Ryan and the establishment of the Republican party don't get it. I heard yesterday that Trump supporters are not necessarily conservatives (I know many that don't support him) but he has independents, Hispanics, union workers etc. Seems like a cross of the American culture and the votes the Republican party is always trying to get.  Not being a Trump fan, I am having to relook a little at what he is saying in some things. Most of his talk seems like hot air with no real substance but on this one, he is the only candidate with an actual plan to protect us, or at least to attempt to protect us.
web posted December 11, 2015

I have not looked at the Edgefield Daily in a while.  I thought a lot of Roy.  He was a friend of mine and I respected him.  To the Blackwell family you stay in my prayers.  I decided tonight to go look at the daily.  I'm glad I did.  I just seen a comment about our local Peachtree Medical Clinic.  For one I have been a patient there for several years.  The staff has ALWAYS  been super nice and courteous everytime I have been there.  Whoever it was that made this comment about the service there, you should have went to talk with a supervisor about the problem instead of putting it on here.  Did you go talk with a supervisor about your issue?  You need to be more specific about who you had the problem with.  That would have been the right thing to do.  See we are only hearing your side of the story.  In all actually you may have been the one who was being rude and disrespectful to the staff there.  Maybe you just need to go to another facility.  I know people can have their days but who's to say the person who made the comment about Peachtree Medical Clinic's service wasn't having a good day and was rude and disrespectful to the staff there.  Two sides to the story.  Just saying.
web posted December 10, 2015

I am very concerned about the changes at Peachtree Medical Center. The staff has become very rude, and it is though they just do not care about anyone’s feelings. I waited five months to have a medical form completed. And then finally, they admitted that they could not locate it. Dr. Gordoniner is a great doctor, but the staff one must go through in order to see her is the problem.  I am thankful that we have a medical facility in our county, but the customer service must be changed in order to meet the demands of those it serves. I am in hopes that changes can be made soon. I realize that the office has gone to a new computer system, but I do not understand how that system has changed the personalities of those employed there. When one is sick, one does not need to be greeted with rudeness and disrespect. When I was there recently, the office personnel opened the glass and hollered very loudly, “We need your copay!” No privacy or respect exists. Their call system is not good at all. When one leaves a message, a call back is never received. The nurses and staff need to have proper training in customer service, and not so much on the computer.
web posted December 9, 2015
please consider starting next years Christmas parade earlier in order that the end of the parade will occur during daylight hours.
web posted December 9, 2015

Just wanted to saw how nice the Christmas Parade was with all the floats and everything. The weather was perfect. The only problem I has was that the children couldn’t enjoy the parade with all the older “kids” standing in the road, walking up to floats asking for candy with their bags, then throwing the hard candy down on the ground and just stepping on it!! There was this grandfather that brought his granddaughter to the parade, they were sitting behind us. He would bring his granddaughter up to get candy. I offered her to stay up front with us so that she could see and have candy thrown to her. She was a very delightful child, sat there and asked when is Santa Clause coming, I just want to see Santa Clause! We were getting upset because the “kids” were all in the way, and just would not MOVE!! The anticipation of seeing the parade coming was not there, as we just saw it as it got in front of us. There needs to be something done about this!
web posted December 8, 2015

What possible purpose does it serve to keep beating up on Greg Anderson? No one is listening and frankly, no one really cares.  Advice to the grudge holder- get a life, move on and like the little song in Frozen says "Let it go, Let it go!...."  The only person hurt by holding a grudge is the one holding the grudge. How about putting all your "knowledge" and energy into helping schools in a tangible way? Do something positive and get off the negative band wagon! Your wagon isn't moving forward!
web posted December 8, 2015

Boy, people have to keep beating a dead horse. I for one like and appreciate Greg Anderson a lot. He cleaned up a terrible mess left by the previous superintendent. He is no longer in office and the negativity toward him should stop. Don't people have better things to do than continue to attack? I actually think this is one person who has an axe to grind and can't let this go. Move on.  Believe me, life is too short!

As far as the Confederate flag issue-move on. Our country has some real issues. Time, money and effort should be focused on current issues, not the past.
web posted December 7, 2015

Sure hope SC DNR is monitoring the deer hunters that are hunting through out Mt Vintage neighborhoods . Awful lot of activity with bow hunting in the area ?
web posted December 7, 2015

RE:  Editors Note:  I however, would like to say that Mr. Anderson poured his heart and soul into the Superintendent job.  He looked out for the best intentions of the county, and the students.

I beg to differ. Any superintendent who looked out for the best interest/intentions of the county and its students would have followed through on the agreement he made with the board, which was to become certified. I believe he only had to take 2 classes and the Praxis. That is not a asking much given he had 3 years to complete the requirements.  Another interesting fact is South Carolina State retirement is based on the highest 5 years/20 quarters. Maybe that was another reason to work beyond the original 3 years since that requirement changed during the original contract period.
web posted December 7, 2015

President Obama has appointed a foreign policy advisor known to be a friend of the terrorist group Hamas to be the administration's new czar in charge of countering ISIS. The appointee, Robert Malley, has a history of
sympathizing with Islamists, which makes the appointment all the more appalling. According to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, the White House downplayed the controversial appointment by "burying it deep in a press briefing delivered at a Paris hotel during the recent climate summit." Malley is an old lefty, who should never have been appointed to any post in the government. His appointment as ISIS "czar" is especially insulting. I'm sure the insult was intentional.
web posted December 7, 2015

Why would the Sheriff fire a good deputy and not give him a reason for firing him. There have been deputies that have done a lot of bad things and are still on the force. I am very confused and will not vote for our present Sheriff again. I think it is time for a change.
web posted December 7, 2015

Someone please correct sign for Candy Grams at STHS. I think it should read 1 for $1, 6 for $5 (not 3 for $5).Inflation is bad but hopefully not this bad . And let's hope it was not a Math teacher that suggested this.
web posted December 4, 2015

I had the opportunity to eat at the Edgefield pool room twice in the past month and a half or so. Both times they were extremely busy with a good crowd eating in and the take out orders keeping the telephone ringing. You would think as a business owner that this would be the perfect scenario. Not this crowd. The busier they got and the more the phone rang, the angrier they appeared. Muttering and cursing under their breath, and even slamming the phone down. This happened both times I was there. It was as if they were doing the customers a favor to make their meal. This is one customer that will need no favors for the foreseeable future.
web posted December 4, 2015

Re:  "Donald Trump is getting worse in his rhetoric and his crazy claims".
Just to clarify how I feel about the above quote. Bah Humbug. Therefore, I will stand in line, in rain, in sleet, in hail and/or, in snow to vote for Donald Trump. Why? Because like he says, nobody owns him, he doesn't owe anyone anything and he will make America great again and repeal all the damage Ohomo has done to our country. 

Editors Note: If you like Trump, look in the headlines, he'll be in Aiken on the 12th.  You can register to go listen to him speak.
web posted December 4, 2015
Greg Anderson may have cited health reasons for stepping down as Superintendent, but he managed to stay on at a large salary through the end of the year with no apparent health issues. Absent from the article is the fact that the School District was looking at losing its certification due to Greg Anderson not being a certified Superintendent and having done little or nothing since taking the job to earn that certification.The School Board knew from day one he was not certified as did Greg Anderson. Anderson initially said he would step down after three years, the amount of time given by the State to become certified. He then stayed on at the request of the Board, even though the Board knew he was not certified and they had been contacted by the State about the deficiency and Greg Andrson's not fulfilling his obligations to work on certification. The information is easily available on the State education website as were the other issues with uncertified administrators at the District Office and at some of the schools. The actions of Greg Anderson and the School Board putting the certification of the District at risk are hardly praiseworthy.

Editors Note:  Well. I certainly hope you are right that Mr. Anderson does not have health problems.  I however, would like to say that Mr. Anderson poured his heart and soul into the Superintendent job.  He looked out for the best intentions of the county, and the students.
web posted December 4, 2015

How sad to read about the lady who died being pinned under a falling tree. I am so sad for her family.  I pray she did not suffer. Very , very sad.   Also concerned  about the e-coli thing with Food Lion. I had heard recently there was also a scare with chicken salad made by Costco.

Editors Note:  There was one at Costco right before Thanksgiving. We wrote a story on it Thanksgiving day to make our readers aware.
web posted December 3, 2015
If it wasn't for those ST Rebels players putting their heart and soul into the games, Nobody would have a game to go to. Those kids start lifting weights in December to get ready for next year. They are NOT getting paid to play. They play because they love the game. I would love to see some of you get out there and play. I wonder how games you would win!!!! ZERO
web posted December 3, 2015

Re:"so-called Rebel Fans"
What do you expect with sports? Especially football when winning is everything.  Players are not held to the same standard of good behavior as other students. If they have poor grades or behave bad excuses are made to keep the players on the field. Because winning is the most important thing. The game is not about the players but it is about winning. Winning equals money.
web posted December 2, 2015
Edgefield #9


Editors Note: Thats awesome!  Edgefield is beautiful at Christmas!
web posted December 2, 2015

Donald Trump is getting worse in his rhetoric and his crazy claims. I hope smart people will wake up and see that this man is not a good option for President. I am a strong conservative and I actually pray for a strong, conservative and wise leader for this country. We have been on a terrible path downward these past 8 years and we need a change.  Trump is not afraid to speak out and much of what he says hits a nerve with folks because things have gotten so bad. That being said, however, he is making wild claims, criticizing people in unfair and really pretty childish ways. Is that really what we want in a leader? Really?????   Maybe sit back and search out some of his claims. Don't make excuses for him. I am not sure he tells the truth all the time. Do we need to lied to any more than we already have been?
web posted December 2, 2015
How scary about the E. Coli outbreak in food lion!! Seems like this is happening to often anymore..
web posted December 1, 2015

The Christmas tree in Johnston was beautiful this year.  All the events were a blast.  Good time all around.
web posted December 1, 2015

I think this is so true- Pat Caddell said NBC  should stand for “ Nobody But Clinton” and  CBS  should stand for  “Clinton Broadcasting System”.  Just gave me a little smile this weekend.
web posted November 30, 2015


And this is moving OUR way.  Not all the illegal's crossing our boarders are Latinos.
web posted November 30, 2015

Re: Fans leaving early.  I agree.  I attended every game.  I especially remember all our road games.  People on our side would chant at the other side for leaving the game early when STHS had a lead.   To each his or her own, but high school sports are about the students in that sport, not you.  If you attend, they deserve your support, winning or losing.  Treat a pro team by leaving early if you wish.  If you come to a school event, have the decency to stick with the kids.   They watch, they see you give up on them.  These are our future leaders.  They need to know we stand behind them when they win and when they lose.   Responsible parents teach their children to see things thru, start to finish.  Many adults in that crowd gave up on the finish.  Those kids didn't.
web posted November 26, 2015

Thank you to the editor for posting the black Friday sales early.  It was great to look at these and pre-plan the best route for the rush.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Editors Note:  Thank you for reading.  Happy Thanksgiving!
web posted November 26, 2015

Our President thinks climate change is a bigger threat to us than radical Islam. I agree with Jeb Bush (and sometimes I don't) when he says that is the most ludicrous statement this President has said yet. How out of touch and so far left can this administration be? What in the world are they thinking? How do rational, intelligent people continue to support these ideas? Do we have to have a major attack here (again) for anyone to see the real dangers we face?

Editors Note: It's just like what Limbaugh said, "Barack Obama's No. 1 enemy is the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. You see he gets animated, he does not need cue cards, he does not teleprompter when he starts ripping into them, but when you get ISIS on the board or anything in the Middle East, very cautious, very precise, very don't want to offend them, don't want to make them mad."  Its pretty scary having a leader like him. 
web posted November 26, 2015

Our world is in so much turmoil. So many things are going on in and from the Middle East. I would think people would be really thinking about eternal things and about what our futures will be. I would encourage people to learn what they can about Biblical truths.

As people face the future (and for some as they face their own deaths-actually none of us know when we will die and it could be today) it is important to think about where they will spend eternity. The only way to be sure is to understand and accept what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Sin is the problem of mankind-not sins, sin singular). It is such a miracle that God loves us so much that He provides a way for us to know Him and have the assurance of our future with him. All we have to do is accept Christ as our personal Savior for our sin. He paid the price to cover what separates us from God. The church does not save anyone, being good does not save anyone, being intelligent does not save anyone. Only Christ saves someone. It is the most important decision you will ever make. It is your eternity and it is peace and assurance while you are here.
web posted November 25, 2015
I sure hope that EVERYONE watches this video . This is happening here with the mexicans .If the millions that are fleeing syria would stand and fight for their own country I could see supporting them but they rather take over our country.
web posted November 25, 2015
This is in response to the "so-called Rebel Fans" comment. I totally agree with you. These boys put their heart and soul into this season, even when at the beginning of the season, everyone said they wouldn't win but a game or two. What a shame it is to see our community "rudely" leave the stands when the scoreboard is not in our favor. I feel the community just turned their backs on their Rebels. If that is the way you feel, don't fill a seat in the stands when they are winning...they don't need this type of support. They need a true REBEL fan that will stick with them to the end.
web posted November 25, 2015

For all the "so-called" Rebels fans that left the Newberry game during the 3rd quarter, that was very disrespectful to our team!! The players felt as though you deserted them when things went awry. Being a Rebel parent, I was disappointed in you, but more so angered when my Rebel expressed his feelings. It's not over until the clock says 0:00.

Even the commentator gave up on us. He never called the name and number of the Rebel who scored our last touchdown. By the way, it was #15.

These young men put their hearts and souls into Football Friday night, and this is how you thank them, especially after a 10-2 Region Champ record. Next season, just stay home and listen to us on the radio.
web posted November 24, 2015
I am so disappointed in WKSX radio station.  Even after calling in the score from the RSM win over McCormick Friday night,it was not announced until about an hour later when the  a different program from the state scores started coming in.  However, other local schools were announced.  RSM,even though a very small school, has just as much pride with what they have accomplished as a larger school and never gets the recognition deserved.Thanks for your time.  "GO TROJANS".
web posted November 24, 2015

YouTube has just taken down this video of so called refugees. If you would like to know the truth about the invasion of these " victims" please watch this link. Then please remember you elected official Nicky Haley and her thoughts on this matter. She needs to go ASAP !
web posted November 24, 2015

I am so happy to see the cleared and leveled lot on Roland Ave.  The burnt remains of the house are gone.  I'm glad and I'm sure the close neighbors are happy too!!  A big thank you to all of those involved that got this taken care of.
web posted November 24, 2015
I hope the charter school movement in SC is better in other areas than it has been in Edgefield. I don't know what to think about Fox Creek. I am in favor of any school that gives people a choice for their children’s education but there has been so much misunderstanding and controversy with this charter school.  I think the core problem  was a misunderstanding of charters at the beginning. What I have never understood is why they started with a high school and not an elementary school as the first charter in this area.  Often when charter schools have been started they start out as elementary, then add middle school and then move into high school. Hopefully school choice can grow in this state and this county. We need options other than government schools.
web posted November 24, 2015

Love this guy!
web posted November 23, 2015

So cool to see the Thurmond Dam in the Hunger Games movie!!!!  I love those movies and I cant wait to see the new one, I'll be keeping my eye out for it in this movie.  
web posted November 23, 2015

I don't think our President needs to catch on. He knows exactly what he is doing. How sad for this country.
web posted November 21, 2015

I went to Edgefield today and it's been quite a while since I have visited.  The town square looked very nice with all the Christmas decor.
web posted November 21, 2015
Ever wonder why Republicans want voter ID.?

* In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility).
* In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were             illegally removed from their polling locations
  and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (Another statistical impossibility).
* In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters.
* In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.
* The National SEAL Museum, a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout.
* Palm Beach County, FL had a 141% voter turnout.
* In one Ohio County, Obama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters.
 NOTE: Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote . Imagine that.....
web posted November 20, 2015
The poster who reminded us to go back to Genesis to learn about the Muslims and their belief system is on solid ground. Read also Psalm 83. I do not judge the sons of Ishmael; that’s God’s job. But as Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf famously said during Operation Desert Storm, it’s our job to arrange the meeting. We are at war. Pray that our President soon catches on. I salute the armed forces of every nation having the hardware with which to fight Islamic terrorists and the guts to use it.
web posted November 20, 2015
Re: Again the teacher at Parker Elementary is up to the same old thing.
This is why teachers, principals, office staff and all other school employees should not be covered by privacy rules. Bad behavior should be shared with  parents. Too many employees are just shifted to other schools when caught misbehaving. These are our children you are caring for. We have a right to know who is at the schools. If you have something to hide and need privacy get a different job.
web posted November 20, 2015
According to Breitbart News, this past Monday,  8 Syrian refugees were captured crossing the Texas border on in Loredo. There is concern among border agents over the Syrians crossing into the U. S. over the southern border.  Open borders and the play on the humanitarian hearts of Americans is dangerous. We need to be compassionate, but our enemies play off that and will kill Americans as a result. The political correctness of this country is so imbedded that people are no longer rational in some of these issues. Being nice to terrorists does not work.

The refugees coming in are hoping for jobs. I say good luck on that one. There aren't jobs for the American citizens that live here. We need some rational thinking in this country folks. For goodness sakes.

Editors Note:  I wrote a story on the captured refugees as well with some remarks from Jeff Duncan.  Also, the refugees who come here will immediatley be put into our wellfare system, meanwhile, thousands of vets stay homeless.  How much sense does that make? Like you said, we need some rational thinking in this country and fast!
web posted November 20, 2015
It seems like until someone sues the school district, this "teacher" will continue her behavior with no real consequences
web posted November 20, 2015

Again the teacher at Parker Elementary is up to the same old thing.  Terrifying her students! So sad.I wonder how many vacation days (if any) will she be given THIS time!
web posted November 19, 2015

It ain't just FOX News.............  WOW !!
Egyptian TV on the illustrious "leader" of the Free World - priceless and very much to the point!


web posted November 19, 2015
I like Mark Rubio and what he stands for but does he stand a chance? Doubtful with all these other clowns that are running.
web posted November 19, 2015

To my beer drinking friends, should you need to find a good, local ale, wherever you are!

web posted November 19, 2015

Some may be too young to remember, but does anyone hear about the Black Muslims anymore? Something to ponder. What happened to that movement? Where are all those folks today?
web posted November 19, 2015

We need to understand the whole idea of the caliphate the Muslims hope for. It is hard to say this, but there is a reason many do not speak up in support of the non violent ones. Are they scared or do they all have the same intolerance of anyone who does not follow their belief system?  We need to study and learn what are the real goals of these people. Study the Crusades and the enemies fought in those. They get a bad rap on the Christian side of things but who was the enemy? This philosophy, mind set and belief system is not new. It goes back to Genesis . So many do not know the history or actual tenants of the Muslim faith. Maybe check out their religious writings and see what it says about killing the infidels. Who are the infidels? Non Muslims are infidels.
All this talk about not allowing new refugees here. That is a no brainer but the bigger question to me is how many terrorists are already here? Who has vetted them? Who vets all the illegals that come through our southern border. How about the Canadian border?
web posted November 19, 2015
Sounds like the Governor’s aide (or whoever was answering the phones) didn't realize she is not supporting bringing in refugees. I would like to know how many are currently in the state and in the U.S. as a whole. I am sure our Governor will do the right thing and not because of one person calling to share their feelings on the topic. I may have heard wrong information but I think our Governor is against bringing refugees to the country, not just SC. Many of the Governors are just saying their own states will not take them.  Trouble is a lot are already in some states, like KY, LA etc.

We are currently at 33 states that do not want to accept the Syrian refugees. Seems like that is a majority. Shouldn't majority rule? Just kidding but seriously, more and more states are taking this stance. There are no Constitutional grounds for the President to do this. People need to learn their history. Our forefathers were afraid of Federal interference (that is what they escaped from) and set things up to protect the states. The only power the Federal government has in this issue is to determine the guidelines for immigration as far as what the immigrants need to do to come here. There is no power given to the President or the Federal governmetnt to make this kind of decision to bring them and dump them in the states.
web posted November 18, 2015
If we use the Leftist/Liberal argument about gun control and apply it to Muslims (since they have proven to be dangerous weapons)...

can we limit the Muslims to single shot no semi-auto Muslims?
also, if the Constitution permits Muslims to emigrate to the US (like the 2nd Amendment permits firearms), can we adopt the Connecticut rule after Sandy Hook and limit high capacity magazine (er Muslims) to 7 Muslims or less???
web posted November 18, 2015

I posted yesterday about speaking with Governor Haley's staff member, "Ryan"....all I can say is Governor Haley had to get to the point of refusing the Syrians by being drug "kicking and screaming".  No doubt by an avalanche of negative correspondence by concerned citizens.  Here's some additional points to ponder after watching Governor Haley's press conference:

1.  She only refers to Syrians.....here's the cold hard facts. MUSLIMS do not assimilate.  It should be a ban on all Muslims. Truth hurts but we're in a "birth-rate demographic fight for our lives" [Western Civiliztion].
2.  She keeps talking about "adequate background checks and vetting"  Really, these "refugees" are coming from a 3rd World Country in the midst of a Civil War...how in God's name to you run a sufficient background check on people with no ID who only speak a Middle-East Language/Dialect? It's not like they have a local DMV or Sheriffs office which DHS could call and ask about Mohammed Al-Jazeera......there's probably over a million "Mohammeds" in Syria. Heck, we can't even due sufficient background check on illegal aliens coming from down South, and we're familiar with the Spanish language and culture.
3.  Knowing that Governor Haley is going to do what she damn well pleases because she want's to maintain her viability as potential VP "timber"...may I suggest the following vetting process, which I will volunteer to help with....

My background check is a foolproof three (3) step process.  1) Feed the candidate a Pulled Pork sandwich from Maurices, 2) Let them wash it down with some of Carolina's finest moonshine, and 3) spit on the Koran.  If the candidate can do all three without hesitating or mumbling "Allahu Ahkbar", I say let them in!
web posted November 18, 2015

It's nice to know France has a president with the ability to make a decision in a timely manner and see it carried through.  Right after the attack on France, President Hollande made a statement that France would take no pity in it's actions against the terrorists.  It's refreshing to see "backbone" being portrayed by a leader that sent a clear message the French people aren't going to turn the other cheek.
web posted November 18, 2015

While we’re considering tragedies in other places—bombs on loaded airliners killing 200+, terrorist raids killing 100+, consider this home-grown tragedy that has hardly been noticed: The city of Baltimore just recorded its 300th homicide this year, a new record, with a month left that will see more killings. Come, Lord Jesus! Come on down!
web posted November 18, 2015

To the Editor's question regarding the Paris attacks....this former Muslim lady, Ms Brigite Gabriel...puts it nicely and succinctly....https://www.mrctv.org/sites/default/files/embedcache/127748.html
web posted November 17, 2015

To the person who remarked about $25 seat belt fine.  Consider this, it is a total money making scam by the state of South Carolina.  1. They keep the fine low enough so people won't complain and just pay it.  2. As you stated, it's the one violation they will cite regardless. 3.  It is not reported to insurance nor takes points on your license...why, they want you to still work and keep your license to pay the fine. 4. If they were truly concerned about your safety, it would be points and reported to your insurance. 5. The law was originally crafted to be a "secondary" infraction...e.g, you could only be cited after they pulled you over for another infraction.  Now I've seen cops to U turns in intersections to run someone down for a seat belt infraction...now what's more dangerous, their actions (active) or my inaction of not wearing a seat belt...which has NEVER been the cause of an accident (passive).  Last but not least 7.  I can get cited for not wearing a seat belt for "my safety"...but in South Carolina plummenting down the road on a motorcycle at 55 mph with NO HELMET is legal and "safe".   This is all a municipal money making scam and they want to keep it going...and the cops know it, because they have quotas for it.
web posted November 17, 2015

Just as I was just coming home and worrying about all the stuff going on in my life, my family's lives, my friends’ lives, and what's happening  in Paris, Washington, Moscow, Ukraine, the Middle East, Hillary Clinton's scandals, Jeb, Trump, Fox News, the downgrading of our military, the terrorists infiltrating our border, the illegals, the refugees, and how our country is rapidly losing its sanity and its Christianity, I saw a yard sign that said:         
Out of curiosity and desperation, I called the number.
A Mexican showed up with a lawnmower.
web posted November 17, 2015

Not sure if many of the readers recall, but Governor Haley has supported bringing Syrian "refugees" (aka...invaders and terrorists) into the Greenville-Spartanburge area.  After the Paris attacks this past weekend, I called the Governor's office at 803.734.2100.  I spoke with on of the staff and put the question to him, after the Paris attacks, does Governor Haley still support bringing the Syrians to South Carolina?  Ryan said, "Governor Haley's position is unchanged."  I asked, so that means she still supports that endeavor, Ryan replied, "Yes"  I further informed him of the article below whereby the Governors of Michigan, TX, Indiana and Alabama have refused to take any Syrians.  Ryan said he would look into it.


I sent the following note to the Governor's office after speaking to "Ryan."  Remember, Muslims do not assimilate, the seek to subjugate, it is the nature of Islam.
"I just spoke with "Ryan" in the Governor's office and he stated that the Governor's position has NOT Changed....that she still supports bringing Syrian "refugees...aka...invaders" into the Greenville-Spartanburg area.  I questioned her judgment before the Paris attacks....now I question her sanity."
web posted November 17, 2015

Should we bomb ISIS over there? Most certainly we should be doing that and we should have been doing that! We need to aggressively go after them and wipe them out. I know there is concern about collateral damage but we saw collateral damage in Paris. Seriously , they play on our concern for human life. These people, if you can call them people, have no regard for human life. One should study their belief system and see what their goals are. They will do anything to accomplish their “faith” goals. A faith that promotes these actions is not a faith I am interested in! I think the Muslims that are not part of this thinking need to stand up and do something positive to help stop this.  
Since when is the U. S. a follower in these things? France is leading now. Do most people know that we do not even have an air carrier in that region right now? It was taken out for “maintenance”. So, there is not another one to take its place? How can we have successful air attacks without an aircraft carrier there?
Our leader is releasing 5 detainees from Guantanamo. We are probably taking in refugees from Syria. Why? Do we need more poor folks to support? Maybe a safe zone over there makes more sense. Duh! Why open ourselves up to more ISIS coming into this country. Good grief!!!!
web posted November 17, 2015

How awful for Paris and for the world as a whole. It really wasn't a surprise to many as ISIS wants to take the world. I pray we won’t see it here but with all the sanctuary cities, open borders and the talk of bringing Syrian refugees here, why would we think we won’t experience it? There are large Somalian communities in MN and OH. Goodness, we already have been hit,  with Ft. Hood, Boston, the woman beheaded at work, Texas etc. Too bad we have leaders who cannot call terrorism, terrorism .  We are stupid to just be sitting and willing ducks, waiting to get attacked. We need a leader who will actually do something other than telling us they are contained. Yep, contained…so contained they hit France. Good grief!!!!!!
web posted November 16, 2015
How could anyone support Hillary?  Better yet how is she even still in the race?!! What is wrong with our country! Wake up people!!
web posted November 16, 2015
Donald Trump's rage against Dr. Carson was stupid, uncalled for, and nothing more than a desperate attack. Anyone who honestly believes Trump is a good candidate should listen to some of his accusations and ridiculous plans! I mean, rationally listen to him. Smart people should be able to see through him!  I think he is just a "Republican" version of Obama- lots of empty promises and lots of hype!! I hope conservatives are smart enough to not fall into his trap!
web posted November 14, 2015

I was talking with someone today who said that if Trump was not the GOP nominee then he would vote for Hillary. Perhaps Hillary convinced Trump to run for this very reason. He causes all this drama then when he's not chosen all of his followers will jump over to vote for her and slam dunk she's our next president. Anything is possible in this country.
web posted November 13, 2015

RE: Carson is a liar and idiots will vote for him

Just wondering: What evidence --not hearsay or opinions, but verifiable facts / figures-- does the poster offer for his/her adamant statement? 
web posted November 12, 2015
Dr. Carson has answered the lies about him with articles( in print!) and other written things from the times and institutions in question. Seems like he can answer back with proof showing the press is lying! I guess one can call him a liar but I say,  prove it! So far the ridiculous stories are being shot down and retracted.

Dr.Carson has a good sense of humor  though. His Facebook page has some funny pretend articles from various "news"  sources. One says (breaking news) Dr. Carson borrowed a book from the library in 1967 and returned it two days late!  Another "article" says he called a cupcake a muffin and offended cupcakes! He is showing how silly this all is. Seriously,  compare this man to Hillary and see who is a liar! What about the lies about our healthcare not changing with Obamacare. Think about it!

Editors Note: I've enjoyed reading his humorous headline responses on facebook as well.
web posted November 12, 2015

I'm not sure if it's true or not, but a $25 fine hardly seems enough considering that it's the same fine for a seat belt violation.
When I'm not wearing my seat belt, I'm endangering MY life. When I speed(another infraction the patrolman will ignore so long as you're wearing your seat belt) or text while driving, I'm endangering my life AND everyone else on the road around me.
web posted November 12, 2015
RE: Carson is a liar and idiots will vote for him
web posted November 11, 2015

And this is from a Hillary Supporter.  Blahaha
web posted November 12, 2015

Carson is a liar and idiots will vote for him
web posted November 11, 2015

It's awfully scary hearing stories like the one about the man in Johnston who was arrested for drinking and driving.  Makes you wonder just how often this occurs, especially on a Saturday morning. 
web posted November 11, 2015
Thank you to all the Veterans out there.  If you see a Veteran, shake their hand and tell them thank you for their service.  We should always honor our service men and women.  
web posted November 11, 2015

The left, the establishment in the Republican Party etc must be afraid of Dr. Carson. The lies are starting- he has good responses to the lies, first off acknowledging them as lies. The one I loved, Dr. Carson referred to the press going after him and West Point  (Politico is now back peddling on what they "reported") and wondered why our President's college records are sealed and no questions about that. Such a double standard!!!! Who is surprised?
web posted November 9, 2015

Kudos to the town council for standing up for the freedom of business owners. While I believe that no business should allow smoking, I also believe that it's not the government's place to tell a person what they can or can't do with their own property.
web posted November 9, 2015

The meeting that the state legislative delegation held on Thursday was informative.  I appreciate all three state delegates and their willingness to keep the citizens of Edgefield County informed.
The meeting was well attended by the public as well as other county dignitaries.
web posted November 7, 2015
Two Reasons Why It's So Hard To Solve A Redneck Murder:

1. The DNA all matches.

2. There are no dental records.
web posted November 7, 2015

Just wanted to personally thank the Ridge Healthcare Foundation for their support and funding of the Employee Appreciation Dinner for Edgefield County Hospital.

The recognition of dedicated employees for years of service is such an important and enjoyable event. The employees of Edgefield County Hospital provide quality healthcare with compassion and kindness. It is our prayer that we will be able to continue these services for many years to come.
web posted November 6, 2015

How about Ben Carson? Everyone said they liked him but he could never make it. Well, I wonder. He sure seems to be doing well. Think about it…who do most people trust in their lives? I would say their doctor. So he could beat Hillary at this point? That is what the polls are telling us now.  Well, who are you going to trust-a doctor (and a wise one at that) or a liar? When he doesn't know something, he admits it and then researches it. Does anyone not get that he would put people around him that know answers to things he doesn't? Another plus for Dr. Carson is that he knows and follows God. That is all I need to know.

Editors Note: I think Carson would make a wonderful president. It would be great to get a religious man back in the office, and turn this back into one nation under God again.  
web posted November 6, 2015
Kudos to Antioch, the town of Edgefield, and any others involved in the Trunk or Treat event in town!  It was great!  Nice to see businesses, etc. come together for the better of the community.  A good time was had by all, including the hard-working Trunk or Treaters!

 The movie was a nice ending to the evening.  Unfortunately, it started earlier than the time that was posted and advertised, so we ended up missing a good portion of it.  Next time give the Trunk or Treaters and the Trick or Treaters, some thought before starting the movie earlier than scheduled!  Good movie and we appreciate the efforts and business sponsorships for the movie.  However, the one in charge of starting the movie should do the right thing and start the movie at the right time!
web posted November 5, 2015

Good way to begin thinking about Veterans' Day. On Veterans day take time to thank all Who served. A hand shake or hug, visit a Veterans Cemetery but show your respect for those who give you Freedom.
U.S. Navy CPO Ret

Worth every minute to watch!
web posted November 4, 2015

Just read there is a no texting and driving law in SC. However, they lowered the fine for it to $25. Gee, there is a law with some real teeth to it. Give me a break!!!  I see people texting almost every time I am out on the roads.  
web posted November 4, 2015
1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble,but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.
2. So why is a car's windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.
3. Friendship is like a book. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If its going well, enjoy it, that won't last long. If its going badly, don't worry, that won't last long either.
5. Old friends are gold ! New friends are diamond! If you get a diamond, don't forget the gold !
Because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!"
7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn't solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St. Anthony, "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?"
He replied, "Yes, losing your vision!"
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace .
web posted November 3, 2015

When will the bridge be completed on Garrett Rd and opened for traffic?

Editors Note: Good question. It was suppose to be completed by September
web posted November 3, 2015

RE:  A bit of Halloween trivia to
help you get in the spirit - Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate Halloween, I guess they don't appreciate random people knocking on their door at dinnertime.
“Love this- so true.”
web posted November 3, 2015

I am not sure about more federal intervention in cell phones as I don't like federal intervention in my life, but I do agree with the comments about texting and other distractions while driving. I cannot believe it is not a state law in both GA and SC that you cannot be on the phone while driving (in many more aware states, you have to be hands free-not sure that should even be legal)  .  Texting and driving, reading while driving (I have seen this, where someone is reading a paper or map or whatever while driving). If you are driving, you need to understand you are controlling a large , powerful machine that has the capability of killing you and others around you. I guess we have drunk driving laws so maybe no texting ability should be written. The idea of the phones not working while a car is moving is good. Just not sure how to go about it.   Oh , and what about walkers who cross streets while texting and have no idea what is going on around them? Car/pedestrian accident in the making!!!!
web posted November 3, 2015

It is time for people operating vehicles to wake up, protect themselves and their children by not texting and driving. So many, especially teenagers are losing their lives or fighting for their lives due to texting and driving. We have the technology to stop it and save thousands of lives. My proposal is for the federal government to step in and make it a federal law that all cell phones be equipped with an automatic GPS that monitors speed as in any GPS system whether portable or installed in a vehicle. If the speed registered is greater than 2-3 MPH text messages attempted to be sent or received will be locked out. This will FORCE drivers and
also passengers to only text while stopped. This only takes a few bites of code, simple, cheap and a life saving device.
You cannot fix STUPID so fix the cell phone.
Feel free to write your Congressman/Representive
web posted November 2, 2015

Many folks still do not have access to internet and probably cannot Google any information on expiration dates. There are many folks in our area that don't have those resources. They cant even be reading this to be informed. Hello!  Hopefully they read dates on things. I don't care if the dates are arbitrary or not. If something says it is expired , I will not buy it-it is obviously something that has been on the shelf for awhile. Things like chips do expire and taste awful (they get rancid) . Things with flour can get bad. Milk, eggs, meat, cheese, yogurt, etc have expiration dates for a reason. Yes, maybe a short time after is OK, but it is not smart to buy past due dairy or meat. Ugh!!!  So, if Bi Lo is guilty of leaving these items on the shelves past their expiration dates,  customers need to beware and read the dates carefully. I don't have unlimited resources to spend good money on old things. It is hard enough to have the money to buy fresh things. I think it is either careless or cost saving for Bi Lo not to be better at keeping track of these dates. Maybe they need a clearance area for the past due things-then those who don't care can shop to their hearts’ delight!
web posted October 31, 2015

RE: Items beyond the "best by" date on items can be found at almost any store.
There are three types of dates applied to products: "Use By", "Best By" and "Sell By".  The first two are indications of when the product, though still usable, may not be of the highest quality.  The "Sell By" date, whether assigned by the manufacturer or a government oversight department, is an indication that they do not want the product sold beyond that date.  It is the responsibility of the vendor to monitor those products and remove them from the shelf when the date has been reached in order to protect their customers.
web posted October 31, 2015

Halloween tradition, Our family stays home in the quiet and watches scary movies and eat junk food.
web posted October 31, 2015
Tradition for Halloween. We are probably going to the trunk or treat in Edgefield and to the airport candy drop.
web posted October 30, 2015
A bit of Halloween trivia to
help you get in the spirit - Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate Halloween, I guess they don't appreciate random people knocking on their door at dinnertime.
web posted October 30, 2015

Re: I agree that Bi Lo has expired items.
 Items beyond the "best by" date on items can be found at almost any store.  These are not "expiration" dates.  They are arbitrary dates put on by the manufacturer and are not required by any food agency.  Enough food is wasted in the United States annually by people misinterpreting these dates to feed even some countries.  I will agree that items like milk and fresh meat need some kind of date to help decide consumers know how to better  handle the item.  There are many articles on the internet which address this subject.  Just Google "best by dates on foods" and you can spend quite a bit of time reading. 
web posted October 30, 2015
So much for the “smart” left . Those moderators at the Republican debate were uninformed, biased and nasty. It was really telling!!! I don't think I have seen moderators booed before. It was unbelievable. They wanted a dogfight and they got a classy, smart group of people responding in smart ways. The candidates wanted to share ideas and solutions. What a debacle for CNBC. Anyone with half a brain should see through this. Good for the candidates for holding their own, answering them back and reprimanding the moderators. This debate just shows the true ignorance and bias of the liberal media. Anyone who would trust these kinds of people need to really think through their belief system. Seriously, if one cannot see through what is going on, then people deserve the mess we are in thanks to liberals. For example, who is in charge right now and what is happening to Social Security and Medicare? Don't give me any platitudes or accusations that Conservatives are allowing this. Note, I said Conservatives, not Republicans. This new budget deal is another liberal lie to the American people. Good grief , wake up!!!! Who are really the enemies of the American people and the American dream?
web posted October 30, 2015

The police officer in Columbia threw that student (a girl) to the ground from her desk. Yes , she was wrong, but it did appear to be a bit over the top as far as his reaction . Maybe there is more to the story but it did look a little excessive. I too am tired of this lawless attitude among so many, whether in school, on the streets or in our government. Seems like the Bible has some things to say about the days we are living in and the lawless attitudes and behavior. It is worth reading.
web posted October 30, 2015

The moderators during the GOP debates were awful!!  So glad Cruz called them out on it. 
web posted October 29, 2015
I think it's ridiculous the resource officer in Columbia was fired for doing his job!  When are people going to learn to comply with the law?  There are far too many of these instances, and they all have the same common factor;  They are all resisting arrest and refusing to obey orders from an officer of the law!  It astounds me how many people defend those people to.  This is why we no longer have any respect in our country. 
web posted October 29, 2015
How encouraging to read the safety results for Edgefield. That is great news and says a lot about the city as a whole!!! Very good news indeed!
web posted October 29, 2015

On Halloween Eve my family has a tradition of making spooky Halloween Cookies, then we have a pumpkin carving contest.  The winner of the pumpkin carving contest gets to decide what scary movie we will end our night with.  We always have a good time!
web posted October 29, 2015

Not knowing the whole story of the math teacher situation, it is hard to say for sure but it seems like it has been a long period of time to go missing an Algebra teacher. If indeed the teacher left after the first week of school than it makes one wonder why there has not be a person put in that position, as a full time sub if nothing else. Is there an issue with the lack of qualified people or is there another issue? Sounds like something to be looked into
web posted October 28, 2015

I think many of us are aware of the political things Obama is doing with our defense, the military etc. My question to Congressman Duncan is, with a majority in the House and Senate, why does this keep happening? We hear all the problems and issues and yet nothing in Washington changes. We are promised things will change if we elect certain people . Hmmmm- I have not seen anything change!
web posted October 27, 2015

STHS is in a bind. the algebra 1 teacher left unexpectedly and inexplicably after the first week of school. Mr. Black, the principal has been pulling double duty trying to teach algebra and manning the helm as principal. While we laud his efforts, the kids are falling behind. You can't get 15 minutes of class time a day and expect to learn higher math. The kids are struggling and their grades show it. Get these students some help before they slip any farther! You can't build on a weak foundation and expect success.
web posted October 27, 2015

I agree that Bi Lo has expired items. I have also had trouble with cheese that molds very quickly when I get it home and I wonder if it has been refrigerated properly. I don't have trouble with cheese from other stores. I think the problem is that they have a monopoly in Edgefield and we are kind of stuck with them unless folks want to drive somewhere else. I like the new Wal Mart in North Augusta and if I have a lot of shopping to do, I go to the Kroger or Publix. They have fresh items and good prices with their sales etc. I don't care for Bi Lo. The one in North Augusta is so much better. Who owns that building anyway? I wonder if it is maintained.
web posted October 26, 2015

Re: Based on my experience and monitoring, Bi-Lo needs to...
Based on my experiences, the customers patronizing our local Bi-Lo need to be very focused on checking expiration dates on the products sold.  Especially dairy and meats.  I have too often found items still on the shelves that have far exceeded these dates.  I have even engaged one of the employees stocking bacon that was two-weeks beyond the exp date.  Frozen foods have been found with large quantities of ice in the package which indicates the product has partially thawed and then refrozen.  I have brought this to the attention of the managers and even at the corporate level through their customer surveys.  I am ready to give up on this chain and expend the extra time to drive to other stores.   Just remember the old saying, "Buyer Beware."
web posted October 21, 2015

So glad to see the grass roots training going on in Aiken. We need it here too. It is the ground game, folks. That is how they win. Conservatives need to quit thinking in old ways and wake up to the reality of having a community organizer in charge. That is how you win-organize the community.
web posted October 21, 2015

It is wonderful that some dogs have been transported to the north to homes where people want them. How sad that there are so many animals here that need homes and are just dumped on roads, in neighborhoods etc.  You know one thing that might help-license animals. Encourage spaying and neutering animals. Coming from a part of the country where those things were done and there were fewer stray animals, it was amazing to see the exploding population of unwanted animals in this area. I think a lot of the excuses people make here not to do that are just excuses because it would cost something and would take a little work.  Gee, there is a novel thought-pay a little and do some work to correct a big problem we have in this area. Or, just sit and continue to allow a bad policy affect innocent animals and the people who encounter them.
web posted October 20, 2015

Based on my experience and monitoring, Bi-Lo needs to cut their prices
considerably more than the 17% they cited. I have found it necessary to
reduce my purchase of items from Bi-Lo to those few items I normally buy
and need when, and only when I really must have them immediately.
Otherwise I wait until I can go to Walmart. I know for a fact that I can
save 75 cents to a $1 each on most of the items I buy, therefore saving
money after gas expenses of driving to Walmart.
web posted October 19, 2015

With all the talk of spreading the wealth and criticizing capitalism, it is interesting to see how generous the people spouting all of this really are with their own funds. Easy for them to tell us to do that, but do they? Clinton gives the majority of her “sharing” to the Clinton foundation , so she just gives it back to herself. I hear Joe Biden try to justify his lack of giving and he said he had kids in college etc. So , those of us that just want to pay our bills and survive in this economy are suppose to give more?  Again, look at the situation for seniors next year. No increase in Social Security and Medicare Part B payments are jumping hugely. Great job Democrats! You can only blame Republicans for so long. Who is really hurting the seniors and the rest of the country?
web posted October 19, 2015

It was amusing hearing Hillary and Bernie Sanders denouncing capitalism.  There they were, on stage in one of the grandest casinos in Las Vegas.  Their debate was moderated by Anderson Cooper, who has a 7 figure salary and an inheritance worth 100's of millions from momma Gloria Vanderbilt.  It was broadcast by CNN who reaped a few dollars in ad revenue.  Hillary decries Wall St while being the biggest benefactor of its donations.  Child Chelsea was given a million dollar job at a Wall St hedge fund in 2006, despite no knowledge or education in economics.  Chelsea's husband is a hedge fund manager. Hillary doesn't need hedge funds, her & Bill's Clinton Foundation shakes down and strong arms people and nations for "donations".   Aw, but geez, remember Hillary told us how poor they were when they left the White House?
web posted October 16, 2015
Good for Bi-Lo who actually listens to their customers.  If only Kroger and Publix would follow.  Glad we have a Bi-Lo in Edgefield. Great story giving details attached.
web posted October 16, 2015

Anyone else notice the huge increase in Medicare payments next year? Could that be because so many new folks are on Medicaid? Hmmm. People actually pay into Medicare, Social Security etc when they work all their lives? How are those an entitlement when we pay into it?  Medicaid is an entitlement folks. It is just handed out, unless one really needs it. Then it is a long process to get approved. Can’t tell you how many folks who really need help have to fight for a long time to get it. Seems too easy for others to get it. Such a messed up situation.
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