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Editor's post:  I have nothing to add to the conversation below.

web posted July 8, 2015
Enjoyed meeting and hearing Governor Huckabee this morning. He is a man of integrity and faith. I hope he does well!!! We need a strong leader. He has beaten the Clinton machine in AK and have a background governing. Seems like a win, win
web posted July 8, 2015
Look at the picture of the Charleston shooter again. I guess it's time we ban Flowers from ALL government properties now. Funny how certain people only noticed the flag in question. Your rights DO allow you to plant some on your own property or in the bed of your truck though.
web posted July 8, 2015
The Greeks want the world ((all of us) to bail them out. Well, welcome to the entitled mentality we see everywhere these days. They voted against austerity. Yep, keep living off others and enjoying your lifestyle at the expense of others. Ring any bells?
web posted July 8, 2015
I wish I could have made it to Edgefield to see Huckabee.

Editor's note: So do I, but we will not have a report on the meet & greet unless someone there would like to submit something.
web posted July 8, 2015
Congress needs to stop Obama on his Iran deal! And fast!
web posted July 8, 2015
As you know, budget cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at large events.  Well, there's a group of guys in Kansas City who do some formation flying, in their own planes,and decided they'd volunteer to pick up the slack.  They invited a couple of other groups to join them and before they knew it they had 48 guys with their homemade airplanes signing up to join in.  If they had more time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group as people kept joining and a 49th was added near the event.  One additional feature of the flyover
was the use of pink smoke for cancer awareness.                                                        

The folks from the Guinness Book were there and are expected to confirm it as the largest formation flight ever.  And to top it off the crowd later set the record for the loudest gathering at a football stadium.  Be sure
your speakers are turned up... best if watch at 'full screen'.

Click below and
I hope you enjoy this short video.
 
http://www.youtube.com/embed/VImNBuJW3sQ?rel=0
web posted July 8, 2015
This seems to have worked at producing outcomes I like.

Lower teen pregnancies.  Lower pregnancies out of wedlock.  Lower number of abortions.

All issues conservatives champion.

We need this in SC. 

We need this in Edgefield County.

It works better than what we are doing now.
Click here.
web posted July 8, 2015
Do you know what is being taught in your child's school?  Do you care? Have you been lulled into a sense of calm and safety.  Do you think that your values are being upheld and taught in the public schools?  Have you made any visits to your schools?  Have you attended an school board meetings?  We keep wondering why it is that our society is in the mess it is in and we wonder why it is that society has fallen into the modern day liberalism.  First you must remember that our schools curriculum and rules are set not just by your local board but by the head of education in Washington, DC.  Life skills have been taken out of the schools and we now teach to get a job.  While this issue is across the nation and we think our values matter here, what really matters is how much taxpayer money is given back to the schools and what is required to be taught to get that money.  What if you found out that what is being taught in your child's school were along the lines of this video.  What would your reaction be if your school board behaved as this one is doing.  Can it happen here?  You betcha it can.  When is enough enough where it concerns the education of your child.  Take this as a warning that you need to stay abreast of your surroundings.  If your child cannot balance a checkbook but can be taught this we are really in trouble.
web posted July 8, 2015
Who Should You Vote For?
A short quiz to match your selections with the candidate that fits you best.
Take the quiz and see who your candidate should be.
http://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz?from=VDZtMDkVR
web posted July 8, 2015
Car fire
I hope it wasn't one of the new cars!

Editor's note: It is my understanding it was an older Crown Victoria.
web posted July 7, 2015
So what happened with Kevin Butler at MMS? I thought he was well liked and doing a good job for the school. What is it about him that people didn't like or maybe they did like? Maybe he left on his own accord. I was just wondering.
web posted July 7, 2015
Trump is really gaining popularity. I have to wonder if all this press isn't good for him. Macys dropping him (he is a good friend of the CEO of Macys and maybe Trump bowed out rather than forced out, one thought) .  The funny thing is that everyone else is cowering in fear to say what is really going on in the country . Trump calls it like it is. Maybe people are ready for that. Personally, I still like Ben Carson. He calls it like it is in a gentle way.  So many say he doesn't have a chance but who knows, maybe it is one of those David and Goliath things. I would love to see a smart man with integrity and wisdom in the White House.  I wouldn't totally give up on him-he has a  powerful leader in his personal life that he listens to, ie God.  He is a much better advisor than any of the high paid, over rated advisors a lot of the others have.  It will be interesting to watch!!!!!
web posted July 7, 2015
Re: Police car fire
Obviously the deputy was driving too fast to be on Stephens Rd.  Why not tell us who it was?

Editor's note: I'm not certain which deputy it was and I did not get a report on it today.
web posted July 7, 2015
Cop car burns up
You'd think they'd have a fire extinguisher in the car to keep this from happening.
web posted July 7, 2015
“Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will guard you.
Love her and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring , get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:5-7

There are 31 Proverbs-one for each day of the month. What guiding words these are on the day that celebrated the independence of our country. We have come a long way but have drifted from the wisdom of our forefathers. Oh that we all could focus on the wisdom in God’s Word and not the wisdom of the world. No wonder there is so much confusion and blindness in our world today. We need wisdom and understanding. The only way we will get that is by spending time in The Bible.
web posted July 7, 2015
A great letter to America for the 4th of July....

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/07/03/aussies-love-letter-to-america-why-love-usa.html
web posted July 7, 2015
I gotta love FOX news. They have broadcasting from Patriot’s Point in SC today. They also featured the giving of a home to a black janitor of a  SC high school. Her students and community came together to raise the money for her new home. Good for SC. Keep the unity going and don't get sidetracked with all the crazies out there. The left hates the positive things here. The left hates any place where there is a faith base and a lot of conservatives.
web posted July 6, 2015
Now folks are pushing for a school named “Woodrow Wilson” to change its name because he was supposedly a racist. Hmmm   He is also considered to be the father of the progressive movement, ie the democrats of today,  in this country.  So, all this political correctness coming from the left and the roots of the leftists was possibly a racist?  Can people not connect the dots? So interesting in my opinion.
web posted July 6, 201
Most people have never heard of Kathryn Steinle. She died in San Francisco the other day. She was walking on a popular boardwalk with her daddy when she was gunned down by an illegal alien. He had been deported five times and had seven felony convictions. Obama's open borders policy killed this American woman. This story is heartbreaking. It is time to say enough is enough and close the borders. If it takes a wall, then so be it. Our national as well as personal security depends on it.
web posted July 6, 2015
An illegal alien shot and killed an innocent young woman who was just walking with her father at a pier in San Francisco.   This violent illegal alien had been deported 5 times and was suppose to be deported for the sixth time. He was also a convicted felon.  The city of San Francisco wanted him on a drug warrant. He was eventually turned over to  San Francisco deputies. ICE requested notification before he would be released, but apparently San Francisco doesn't honor those requests and they released him. If you read the account of this it will make you sick to your stomach. I am sorry , but Donald Trump is calling it like it is. Maybe some do not realize how many illegals do criminal acts here…not once but over and over again. This guy had just been released from federal prison. So , how did he get back in the country four more times?  How did he get in the first time. More than that, why did the San Francisco sheriff’s dept. release him?

Our border is so porous and it is not just Mexicans coming in.  Thank you liberals for one more bleeding heart issue that endangers American citizens. I think this young lady’s blood is on the hands of those who are on this politically correct band wagon. Notice there are no riots going on in San Francisco. 
web posted July 6, 2015
This is a really interesting take on things from a young woman who is, as she says, educated.  There is hope for America as long as we have young people who use the brain God gave them to break out of the mold.  Well worth the listen.  What do you think?
 'George Takei, you're a RACIST
' - Young black woman responds to liberals' bigotry against Clarence Thomas
web posted July 6, 2015
hope all pot heads drunks and crucks had a good 4 of july that all I have to say
web posted July 6, 2015
We can all rest easy now that Robert Redford addressed the UN on climate control, oh wise one that he is.  All these actors, George Clooney and friends, seem to be so in the know on all these topics. They address Congress etc.  Just remember, actors are masters of portraying people they are not. They are masters at fooling people into believing they are people they are not. Makes you wonder a little where the expertise ends and the acting begins .   What makes Robert Redford qualified to speak on this topic? All I know about him is he is an old, liberal actor that speaks out on political issues.  Honest question-do liberals really trust these folks and put a lot of weight in what they say? If so, please explain why they are experts in things like climate control.  Granted, actors have a platform (I love Clint Eastwood and others) but to speak to the U. N.????????

And to anyone who had a hot dog or hamburger on the 4th, do you realize, according to some, you are contributing to climate change?  Get those yummy bean burgers on the grill. Apparently they don't contribute to climate change.  Anyone think PETA is involved in this?

Editor's note: The actors always have all the answers because they played a smart person on TV or in a movie.
web posted July 6, 2015
RE: I will obey God, not the government.

My point exactly and I agree. I think some Americans have many tough choices to make in the coming years.
web posted July 6, 2015
How ironic is this. Guess who had to get help from the police? Those who were burning the flag and demonstrating to disarm the NYPD. Ironic So, all this hate for the police comes back to bite the folks when they need them.  This isn't on the news much but Baltimore is a mess-the police are standing down in some ways and the city is hurting. Duh!
web posted July 4, 2015
Hail Obama, the new Caligula! Hail America, the new Rome! Bow, kneel and celebrate his flag. It will give the Emperor great joy to see the country flying his flag in celebration and endorsement of his rule.

The flag, America, has been taken from you while you quietly sat, cowered in a corner and allowed the wool to be pulled over your eyes. Every church in the United States should pull the U. S. flag down, it has no place in front of places of worship. Who do you worship?

Editor's note: As I have said, I will obey God, not government. The pastors need to rise up as well. They are the next targets of the gays. How does 3% of the population garner so much power?
web posted July 4, 2015
Memory jog .  The person who started the birther movement was Hillary Clinton and her campaign for President in 2008. With all the criticism of the “whackos” who got off on that issue, the liberals may want to do a little check on the first “whacko” that accused Obama of not being born in the U. S. A.  Just makes a conservative smile to see one more case of hypocrisy on the liberal side of things.
web posted July 4, 2015
I looked at ch 12 and 6 to see if they had anything new on the 4wheeler crash last night [Thursday] and they didn't even have anything on it even happening. I'll stick with the [Edgefield] Daily for news I guess!

Editor's note: Thank you for reading Edgefield Daily.
web posted July 4, 2015
This morning I was sitting on a bench next to a homeless man, I asked him how he ended up this way.
 
He said: Up until this last week, I still had it all !!!
A cook, cooked my meals, my room was cleaned, my clothes were washed, pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had TV, Internet, I went to the gym, the pool, the library, I could still go to school.
 
I asked him, "What happened? Drugs? Alcohol,? Divorce?
  
No, no ... I got out of prison.
web posted July 4, 2015
I've written the tech guy and never get an answer either.
web posted July 4, 2015
Where does most of the crime take place?

Editor's note: That's hard to say. It's spread out across the county. Sometimes a lot of it will be in the towns and sometimes it will be on the south end of the county.
web posted July 4, 2015
Why don't they drop the whole flag thing, even the poll you have shows the vast majority wants it to stay.

Editor's note: the media and the politicians have too much invested in the agenda.
web posted July 4, 2015
The hardship of the signers of The Declaration Of Independence-Truth! and Fiction!
http://www.truthorfiction.com/patriots/
web posted July 4, 2015
RE: Homeowner Interrupts Burglary in Progress
Why didn't he follow them when they left so the cops could catch them? I mean, whatever's been taken from the house had been taken. Or at least get a tag number? Do something other then just sit there! I know I would've followed them.
web posted July 3, 2015
Homeowner Interrupts Burglary in Progress
Have they gotten any leads on the robbers yet?

Editor's note: I do not know if they have any leads at this time.
web posted July 3, 2015
Think of the time and money that had to be spent of identifying the illegal man that died in the car accident in April. DNA tests, searching for a relative, sending the remains to Raleigh and getting the remains home to his legal country. Goodness! Don't our resources here have more important things to do here for those of us that are here legally. Guess who pays-you and me. So sick of that .
web posted July 3, 2015
With Kevin Butler gone from Merriwether Middle let's see if Derek Forrest can do a better job with communication and discipline.  It's past time for a change at that school.   Hopefully next year will be a lot better.
web posted July 3, 2015
You can’t make this stuff up. Still smiling about the guy stopped for driving with a suspended license .  Question is how did that happen? Seems like it is such a production to get a license  (at least SC almost requires a blood sample to get one).  Surely there is communication between the states.  Must have been an “ oversight”.  But I wonder how many others out there have two licenses. Mind wandering.

Editor's note: They are supposed to take the "other license" when you get the new one.
web posted July 3, 2015
Good morning,I have sent the computer tec. several msg. with no response,don't know if You know him but if so do you know if he is still around.

Editor's note: I've never met him face to face, just through email. I've contacted him several times over the past month and have not heard back from him. I do not know what is going on. At some point he's got to write or get dropped.
web posted July 3, 2015
An Arab walks into a bar and is about to order a drink when he sees a guy close by wearing a Jewish cap, a prayer shawl and traditional locks of hair.

He doesn't have to be an Einstein to know that this guy is Jewish.

So, he shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear:- 'drinks for everyone in here, bartender, but not for the Jew over there'.

Soon after the drinks have been handed out, the Jew gives him a big smile, waves at him, then says:- 'thank you', in an equally loud voice.

This infuriates the Arab.

He once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Jew. As before, this does not seem to bother the Jewish guy. He continues to smile, and again yells:- 'thank you'.

The Arab asks the bartender:- 'what is the matter with that guy? I've ordered two rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar but him, and all he does is smile and thank me'.

The bartender replies:-. 'he owns the place'.
web posted July 3, 2015
God Bless America,
 
Click Here:   http://biggeekdad.com/2014/09/john-wayne-1970/#.VCHJXVfNNJ8.email
 
Have a Safe 4th of July Y’all…
web posted July 3, 2015

God Is in Everything, Even Molecule That Holds Us Together.
Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/EuDtlHtWR64
web posted July 3, 2015
Why didn't the Jackson fellow get charged with child endangerment if he had two small children in the car with him when he was arrested?  Anyone else they would have called DSS and charged the person with that too.

Editor's note: It is up to the officer to make the charges.
web posted July 2, 2015
There are a lot of people trying to instigate civil unrest in our country. Between the flag issue here, the police issue in some minds, now the flag burning planned for Wed night etc. etc.  Feelings are not being expressed due to fear of retaliation from the left,  but folks are mad. I sure pray that we do not fall into their trap. What better way for a total take over, than a country in total civil unrest?  Wisdom is from God and let us be sure that is where our actions are coming from.  We need to stand up by staying on our knees.
web posted July 2, 2015
This decision on gay marriage  by SCOTUS is really bad. To rewrite the Bible and change God’s definition of marriage is blasphemy in my opinion .  God will judge and we need to seriously pray for revival in this country. Our White House is now a Rainbow House and many people missed that picture. OK now requiring the ten commandments removed from the statehouse there, even though the SCOTUS had a ruling on that topic years ago. Our country , our legal system our foundation is Christian. Sorry to those who want to rewrite history about that, but that is a fact.  We have been a shining beacon in the world (sure we have had issues but overall those in trouble in the world look to us for help)  but in the last eight years [6 and a half actually] we have become a corrupt nation.  I truly fear for the future of this country.
web posted July 2, 2015
A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?"
"No," replied Johnny. "How could he, with just two worms.

Editor's note: Nets were used back then.
web posted July 2, 2015
After all the reports on scammers and the scams they use this guy that got taken for $3,000 must not pay attention to the news. Get off Facebook some and read the news sometimes. What company just wants to give money to people who need it. But in Obamaland some people think they should get everything for free. When reality bites it really hurts. Welcome to being an adult!
web posted July 2, 2015
RE: Now John Boehner and Mitch McConnell can stop acting like petulant children and get on with the work they're paid to do.

They got elected to majorities in both houses of Congress to STOP OBAMA!!! I wish they would get to work too!!!!
web posted July 2, 2015
I hope the whole flag thing blows up in the face of Everybody pushing it.The poll shows the vast majority wants it left alone!
web posted July 2, 2015
Rush Limbaugh was ridiculed and accused of fear mongering this week when he made the prediction that the left would soon be calling for a ban of our American flag. On his broadcast Tuesday Rush spoke a truth that is becoming more apparent by the day.
It’s Happening: The Left is Now Calling For an American Flag BAN
http://xtribune.com/2015/06/its-happening-the-left-is-now-calling-for-an-american-flag-ban/
web posted July 2, 2015
So, as I watched the doctor’s press conference about the capture of Mr. Swift, the escapee, it reminded me that we are a humane country .  Those police could have let this man just bleed to death. He is  a convicted killer who has led law enforcement on a long,  expensive manhunt for the past couple of weeks. I sat here listening to the medical care this man is receiving and wondered about  the cost to taxpayers for his medical bills. It is mind boggling in some ways. I am sure some would say that not all prisoners or people in custody would be shown this humane treatment. I understand that. But if one looks at this, it is ironic. Here they are trying to save the life of someone who by all rights should be on death [row] waiting to die. It is so bizarre-a man who killed is getting care to try to preserve his life. He is being shown grace, although with what his future holds I wonder if life is a gift to him. I guess he would still have a chance to find the Lord and have a better eternity. Hmmm
web posted July 1, 2015
Kudos to the Supreme Court for affirming Obamacare and legalizing gay marriage. Now John Boehner and Mitch McConnell can stop acting like petulant children and get on with the work they're paid to do.
web posted July 1, 2015
To locked up my neighbor, posted on the 29th:
 
Matthew 5:11-12: "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
web posted July 1, 2015
I have recently heard that the Democrats created the Confederate flag and the Democrats own it. Am I incorrect in remembering that it was a Democrat that first raised the Confederate flag at the SC statehouse in 1961 to commemorate the Confederate War Centennial? I believe that Democrat was the Governor at the time, Fritz Hollings. From the reading I have been doing, I have come to realize that the Confederate flag is actually Democrat created and Democrat owned. Do people remember any of the Clinton/Gore campaign materials that used the stars and bars as a background? Even Hillary used a semblance of it in some of her campaign material in her run for President in  2008.  Remember Democrat  Senator Byrd of West Virginia, the KKK Grand Cyclops? Oh, and how about the illustrious group that stood with Hollings in raising the flag in their states ie  Governor George Wallace of AL (Democrat) ,   Senator Albert Gore Sr. of TN (Democrat)  and others. So , to my conservative friends who say that those who want the flag moved are RINOs...well  hello! Seems like some folks are a little confused.  To my liberal friends who want the flag moved  and have their bleeding hearts bubbling all over the place, do some research on your own party and its past. Not so pretty. And don’t give me the line that the parties were different then. The only thing that changed is that the Democrats decided they needed the votes from the south. The Clintons are a good example of that, at least from some of their campaign material (along with Al Gore Jr). I know the south does not like this President, but remember Abraham Lincoln? He was a Republican (just a little memory jog for the liberals out there). A few things to ponder as we deal with some issues these days.

Hey, one good thing for the Confederate flag supporters-at least Sports Illustrated only disrespected the United States flag in their recent “patriotic” display. How disgusting was that? If you haven't seen it that is good, as it is really sad to see the rules of the flag so blatantly disrespected and abused.

Editor's note: It was Republicans that freed the slaves, passed the Civil Rights Bill and stood with Dr. King. It was Democrats who tried to push equal but separate.
web posted July 1, 2015

DISGRACEFUL! Liberals Create Map of "Offensive" American Landmarks To Attack Next
Click here to read more.
web posted July 1, 2015
We are in so much trouble as a country. We need to just stay on our knees!!!!
web posted July 1, 2015
RE: Train Crash
I can't believe it is taking so long to clean up this mess.I guess it is what it is.
web posted July 1, 2015
Ker-splash
Theses guys were lucky they slide down the embankment and not straight into the pond.It could've been a lot worse and if the car went under the water it may have been days before anyone found them.
web posted July 1, 2015
Everybody should read this. 5 ways to respond to the Supreme Court ruling on "Gay marriage".
http://www.faithit.com/5-ways-to-respond-to-the-supreme-courts-decision-on-same-sex-marriage/

Editor's note: I will obey God, not SCOTUS and not the government. I urge all Christians and pastors to stand up and do the same and push back hard. There is nothing about marriage to be found in the Constitution meaning it was left to the states or the people. SCOTUS had no business taking this matter up to start with.
web posted July 1, 2015

Probably don’t see this too often – not sure I want to see it in person!
http://www.chonday.com/Videos/baybearcigolf2                                  
    
On a golf green . . Note the others in the background; probably why nobody was asking to play through.
web posted July 1, 2015
Last time I was at the courthouse there was a sign displayed on the door that no Concealed carry was allowed . Since then I always drop my payments in the outside box.
web posted June 30, 2015
With the recent terrible tragedy in Charleston, the anti-gunners are at it again. Obviously, for any sane person, one gun death or any homicide no matter how it happens, is one too many. But, I digress. Here, I present, a small video for your enjoyment, "America, One With a Bullet"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE

Oh and never has a flag ever killed anyone. We can let the Incorporated States of America run and ruin our freedoms when they take our First though Nineteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and enslave everyone and re-enslaving especially the Blacks. The American flag now represents them particularly the ones with the gold braid around the perimeter. That represents our true owners and controllers.

Might I suggest we take the Confederate Battle Flag, make it our own, Black, white, Asian, Native American; heck all Americans, use it as our symbol of defiance and take back our country from the ones who control this country and will enslave ALL of us. No hammer and sickle, rainbow colored, corrupted stars and bars for me. I want to see everyone free again in this country, not having to bow down to a plethora of puppets cobbled together to supposedly represent us. God Bless us all and God help us all!
web posted June 30, 2015
My first reaction to the craziness over the flag issue was to boycott Wal Mart, Amazon etc. Then I had to think about it and realized that a company can decide what to sell . We as consumers have the right to choose where we shop. Wal Mart is apologizing like crazy, and you can bet your bippy , that they are afraid of losing business, especially in the south. Truth is, they very well may lose business but that is the risk a business takes in setting some policies.  They will absorb the loss, as will Amazon, if  folks choose not shop there. However, businesses do have the right to sell what they want (or at least so far that is the case).  We must be careful because with the gay rights agenda and the SCOTUS decision last week, Christian companies are going to come under more attacks for not providing services for gay weddings. It is a slippery slope. Wait until churches stand the risk of losing tax exempt status if they don't perform gay weddings. This is a whole other topic but is one of real concern.

The Gettysburg bookstore is another story in my opinion. To remove Confederate memorabilia from the bookstore of a battleground (now a National Park) is extremely disturbing. This shows a huge over reach by the government in my opinion. Who owns Gettysburg? The government, the people, and it is not a private business. Different owner, different rules. Private companies can do what they want, but a National Park cannot rewrite history or diminish one side of a historic battle. This is really, really disturbing in my opinion.

Our President’s comments about “his house” referring to the White House, shows the over reaching attitude and mentality of this administration. He does not own the White House. You and I own the White House. He does not own National Parks. You and I own National Parks. There is a  disconnect somewhere in the thinking of this administration and it is spilling into the historical facts of our nation. The arrogance of this is beyond comprehension as far as I am concerned.
web posted June 30, 2015
I do not think the flag issue is a RINO issue or a woman’s emotional response to the media. As a conservative woman, I really resented both of those comments. I support moving both the flag and the “African American Monument” to the history museum or just creating a special site to honor both of these historical icons.  It is a battle flag, not our state flag, and the statehouse is for all the citizens of SC.  To me, it represents a  time of division in this country. War is ugly and a civil war in a country is the ugliest kind of war in my opinion.  Both sides suffered deeply, but one side moved on and the other side seems to have gotten stuck in the pain of the past. It is very sad that there are still two sides of this issue in some minds.   Our country is on the brink of its demise and we have arguments about  honoring a time of division instead of uniting against the real enemies we face.  The flag had nothing to do with the massacre in Charleston but there is an undercurrent in this state (and other southern states) that keeps old wounds alive. I do think the craziness over the flag in other venues (Gettysburg, Wal Mart and Amazon)  is part of an agenda but for SC, could we just move on? I really see those as two different issues.  One is playing off the other, but we need to look deeper.

 Fighting over the flag on state grounds is playing right into the liberals’ hands. There are two ways to look at that . If it stays on the grounds, there will be such an outcry it will fuel the agenda even more than it already has.  The busses of agitators will start arriving.  Do people not understand that Gov. Haley did not want riots and the press and liberals going crazy  here?  Do people not understand that she represents all of us?  Maybe she has a little more foresight than some. She wasn't “emotional” , she was wise. Both incidents in SC that could have exploded did not explode.  Do people want a Baltimore situation here?  The fact that Charleston was not a tinderbox waiting to explode made the press and liberals mad. This action was truly one that could have justified action in some way, but faith overcame that. There wasn't time to bus in the agitators to get something going because she took the lead.  Come on! Look at the whole picture.

To say that Shane Massey is not representing his constituents is a little arrogant and ignorant.  I actually know a lot of his constituents who agree with him. That “unified” action in 2000 was a band aide at the time, in my opinion.  To me history is history, and yes we need to remember and honor it , but we don't need to continue to live in it. Right now our nation is at great risk of failing. Our prayers and passion right now should be to protect and retain the United States of America . How about that Iranian nuclear deal?  How about our liberal Supreme Court and recent decisions? Now there are some things to be concerned and outspoken about.
web posted June 30, 2015
What does Bill Hixon say about the flag issue? Is he supporting it or selling us out like Shane Massey?

Editor's note: I do not know. I have contacted him twice and he has not responded to either inquiry.
web posted June 30, 2015
Why are we wasting our time on the flag issue? This has been settled over 15 years ago.I don't care what the liberal media or the outsiders think about what we do in SC. Leave us alone to bury our dead. The blacks and whites get along here. There are a few that like to stir the pot, but over all we get along and love each other.
web posted June 30, 2015
What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision? Four key things to consider.
Read more here.

Editor's note: I cannot disagree with any of them. I could actually add more.
web posted June 30, 2015
When the hideous crime of the 9 murdered in Charleston hit the news our Governor Haley handled herself with compassion and poise.  As the pressure mounted from the media and from RINO Graham just to make a self-gratifying, self-righteous attempt to turn this horrific event into a racial divide, our governor took the bait.  Now she has opened a Pandora's box that will not be easy to close.  As for Gov Haley, her reputation has been harmed because she acted out of emotion.  I've always been a huge supporter of Gov Haley and believe that she has held herself to high standards of poise and grace, but to take such quick action on such a compassionate issue as our southern heritage was just irrational.  Stop, Wait, Listen!  The eyes of the nation were on her.  She had a real opportunity to being people together and show real leadership but because of her quick reaction to the pressure of the liberal media she has not only hurt herself but she has hurt the confidence of all women in a position of authority.  This will certainly hurt any female presidential candidate because "women (like Haley) act out of emotion".  We've all heard it before and she just proved it. 
web posted June 29, 2015
I am so thankful that the Edgefield officer who was attacked by the crazy man with the machete was not injured. The officer handled the situation so well !  Fortunately the man who attacked him did not end up getting shot, or Edgefield would be the next riot spot in the country. We would have folks coming in like Al Sharpton claiming it was police brutality that was racially motivated. I am so sick of the criminals that hurt and kill police officers who are doing their job to protect us. I for one want to thank the officers in this county that risk their lives and work so hard to protect the rest of us.

Editor's note: I see you read on Sunday. Yes, they face danger every day and we should pray for them.
web posted June 29, 2015
I see they locked up my neighbor yesterday. Got him for trespassing and some kind of damage to something. I watched the hole thing. The only damage he could have done was bend some blades of grass with the tires on his scooter. I don't really blame the PD. I blame the home owner being a [jerk].
web posted June 29, 2015
Obama says that the White House is his house, and then lights it in the colors of homosexuals. It is the people's house, you moron.
web posted June 29, 2015
Hi, I wanted to donate to the Committee to raise money for the Hillary Clinton memorial.

Do you have change for a nickel?
web posted June 29, 2015
We here in Edgefield County are like frogs that have been slowly brought to boil. We did not realize that it had happened. A perfect example is the killing zone that is all of our government offices and facilities. Who decided that our citizens should have their right to defend themselves taken away when doing their county business. People that are legal concealed weapon holders are not allowed to carry in government buildings. Does anyone really believe that a sign will stop an evil person from harming innocent people. People just carrying out their daily business must trust that the government will protect them. I think we know the folly of that. This no weapons policy needs to change and change soon. People have the right to defend themselves and other innocents, wherever they are. I challenge the County Council to change this misguided policy.

Editor's note: I do not know if there is a sign on the door stating no CWP's allowed. I will have to check.
web posted June 29, 2015
I was glad to read the article from the school district . I thought it was a matter of not following the rules and veering from what was agreed to. Consequences are consequences! Seems like someone fanned and is fanning the fires! A lot of hoopla over a student who could not honor their word and follow the rules! A future leader should know better. Ridiculous in my opinion.
web posted June 29, 2015
Please try to spread the word to your family and friends to support [the new owner] in trying to keep this wonderful restaurant open here in town.
Since it reopened, he is slowly trying to build the business back up. The food is very good!  Thanks!
web posted June 29, 2015
hope all pot heads and drunks and crucks have a good 4 of july
web posted June 29, 2015
RE Shane Massey
Concerning the  Confederate Flag, Apparently the people Massey represents mean little to him. He votes for what he wants (or where his money comes from wants), not what the people he represents indicate they would prefer to take place. This is not the first time this has happened with him and I really hope that come re-election time people will not have forgotten his stands on the flag and several other things that would benefit the people of his district. Reminds me of some other RINO's that claim to represent us.
web posted June 27, 2015

Walking tours through Johnston? Who is smoking crack? How about walking down Edisto Street and if anyone gets to the end... and is not beaten up or attacked by the drunks and crack heads..they get to have a free lunch with the Mayor. Too many section 8 and unkempt houses for anyone to consider Walking Tours are a good idea. Make the slum lords have their lazy tenants keep the property where they "stay" to clean it up. Of course the slum lords have to be found first....since most have Post Office Box addresses. Mr. Mayor...Johnston is not Disney Land, but a old historic southern town needing a face lift. Ohhhh...and Senator RINO Massey...you are going to lose your next election. How about running as a Democrap...that label suites you much better. Our cowardly governor caved in to the radical left and did not allow the voters decide our flag issue. And the big racist Obama, his close pals..Potato-Head Sharpton & Jackass Jackson are doing an excellent job stirring hatred & division throughout America over a Confederate Flag and against White Americans. Who does the Charleston murders benefit? Obama and his racists are getting more mileage from this attack. They get to blame White America and push to disarm mostly White America. Obama has interjected himself into this horrible situation and will use it to further his National Socialist agenda. Time to buy more ammo...not flags.
web posted June 27, 2015
Shane Massey says that the majority of the people that he represents believe that the flag issue should be left alone. In his arrogance, he has forgotten at whose will and pleasure he serves. He is an employee of the people. This arrogance is seen from Washington to Columbia and even in the halls of our local government. These politicians feel so self important that they decide that it is only their opinions that are important, not those simple rubes, the people that elected them. What Shane and other people on this bandwagon do not seem to realize is that this is a concerted attack on Southern culture and history. The left will use any opportunity, even the murder of innocents to further their agenda. The South is the last bastion of conservative ideals. The must bash us into submission. The flag is merely the beginning. Before long there will not be a statue or monument left that honors Southern history or the men and women that sacrificed for what they believed. This policy of appeasement does not work and never has. There is never an end to how much we have to give or change. Southerners are proud of their culture. It is telling that the city of Charleston came together to deal with this horrible tragedy in the way that it did. They came together as one people in spite of the hate-mongers best efforts. The left was besides themselves. This could not be happening in the racist South. I have news for them, we get along better here than they do in liberal strongholds like, for example, Baltimore.
web posted June 27, 2015
It's a Sad time in America as for the Supreme Court's ruling for Same Sex Marriage. In my opinion this so-called right has absolutely noting to do with Constitutional Rights. Well maybe I can benefit from the ruling by investing in KY Jelly stock.
web posted June 27, 2015
I wanted to comment on a post about the amount of shootings that have taken place in recent weeks. Each is tragic, and it is terrible that people, left and right, use them to further a cause rather than pausing to
reflect on the true nature of the problem. The "guns don't kill people, people kill people" phrase so many of us Conservatives use is lost in translation. We are focused on the "guns don't kill people" aspect, and the
second half of the phrase becomes " so we should be allowed to own whatever we want". The issue isn't the weapon. The issue is the lack of appreciation for the fellow mans life that my misguided generation and the generations after has. Only through understanding the person next to you, below you, above you, and the One above all, can we break this string of evil. All religions of the world boil down to one thing; Love. If we all took the time to know and love our fellow man, rather than look at race, religion, sexual orientation, political stance, etc., these actions could cease. Criminals will not obey laws, as proven by the criminal nature, an even after you outlaw the weapons, they wil always find a new one. Outlawing  guns won't solve the issues. Under regulating firearms will make it easier to obtain and subsequently use them to commit crimes, so lessening restrictions won't solve the issue. Maybe focusing on the "people" aspect, realizing that both
sides of the equation are people, that we are all equal, that we are all supposed love each other and care for each other, maybe then we can end these tradgedies.
   
Sending my Best
       
Anon, the right wing, gun loving, gay marriage supporting, marijuana legalization supporting, bomb the [heck] out of ISIS supporting, guy that wants a better world for his children.
web posted June 27, 2015
Re: Through a child's eyes  
Your story was such a refreshing read after all the violence going on in the world today. I love the photo of your granddaughter driving the boat, she looks so serious. I thought of my daughter who is 6 when you explained about her not liking flying bugs. I pictured it in my mind just as my daughter would do: screeching loudly while flailing her arms madly in the air and yelling get it away from me. LOL. We also grow mint on our porch and I have taught her to stop for a moment in our busy lives to smell the flowers, look at the baby birds in the nest, or just blow on a wishing dandelion. Our days become hectic and we sometimes forget to teach our children to take a moment and appreciate the small things in life are actually great big wondrous adventures.
web posted June 27, 2015
Re: Wallace Percival
New charges were brought against him. It's not over with him.
web posted June 27, 2015
I have been reading articles and posts about the confederate flag being removed from  flying over the state house. I understand that an unbelievable atrocity has taken place recently in Charleston, but I am having issues with trying to wrap my head around a new trend that seems to be taking place all over the country. I see it in news articles written for Yahoo, Huffington Post, etc. It seems to me that there is a recent collective mindset that if anything offends someone, then individuals begin jumping through hoops to make things right because they want to be politically correct. Personally, I think if what happened in Charleston had happened in any other state, the kind of flag flying over the state house would not have been an issue. Since it happened in South Carolina, the shooting gives the press and a collective public mindset ammunition to push for the removal of the confederate flag.

People might ask what I think personally and I would have to say that I just don't know. I can see both sides of the argument. It is frustrating for me because the flag will not be taken down for the right reasons, but only because it is the politically correct thing to do as well as the only thing that will shut the media up. If someone could stand up and say, "This flag is a symbol of a time in our history when people were not considered equal and that some people were considered less than human. We need to remove the flag out of respect for what it symbolizes to the descendants of the people who were wronged and mistreated while our country was embroiled in slavery as a form of human capital."

In reality, politicians will only vote for the removal of the flag because they don't want to lose their political footing in their districts or they think they might get more votes from other than white constituents. On top of that, they will spin a fancy tale (like Senator Massey) to justify their actions instead of just standing up and flat out saying that it is wrong. If you are going to say it, then mean it and back up your words with actions. I'm sure many SC politicians have "suddenly" had an epiphany that the flag must be removed, but I think they are only being politically correct.

I guess I am just getting sick of pretty words and politically correct deeds. I think it's time that we, One Nation Under God, the United States of America, grow a pair and stand up for what we truly believe. To do this, we need to go back to what one very important document states, "We the people of the United States of America in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."  To me and in my own personal opinion, this is a statement for EVERY American, no matter the color of your skin.
web posted June 27, 2015
I have the distinguished honor of being on the Committee to raise $50,000,000 for a monument to Hillary R. Clinton.  We originally wanted to put her on Mt. Rushmore, until we discovered there was not enough room for two more faces.

We then decided to erect a statue of Hillary in the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame. We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be placed.  It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside her husband William J. Clinton, who never told the truth, since Hillary could never tell the difference.
 
We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the greatest Democrat of them all.  He left not knowing where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was.  He returned not knowing where he had been, and did it all on someone else's money.

Thank you,

Hillary R. Clinton Monument Committee
 
p.s. The Committee has raised $0.16 so far
web posted June 27, 2015
Re: Piedmont Tech Warehouse
In response to some questions on Wandering Minds, it has been said that Piedmont wants to tear it down to establish more parking space, which is beyond crazy because they already don't have enough people to park in the lots that the town lets them use for free and assumes liability for. Once Piedmont destroys this building, it is gone! Please sign the petition. We are running out of time, and Piedmont is moving forward way to quickly to demolish!
web posted June 27, 2015
Re:  Car A/C...Must Read

Snopes has designated this urban legend  as "Unproven".  Wonder if this legend is disproved by the sheer number of old folks happily driving about?

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.asp
web posted June 27, 2015
Why does PTC want to tear down the old warehouse? Are the going to expand the classrooms? Or do they just want to tear it down just to tear it down and save on taxes?

Editor's note: That's a good question and one our reporter will no doubt ask. As far as taxes, PTC does not pay taxes on the property (town or county) because they are a 501(3)c non-profit.
web posted June 26, 2015
Not being Catholic, my take on things may be much different than Catholics. I am having a hard time understanding some of the views of the Pope. He seems pretty political ( speaking to the UN on global warming, I believe???) to me.  Some of his recent  statements about income inequality and sharing the wealth are a little extreme, in my opinion. Yes, Biblically we are to be good stewards of the earth .  It is just that some of the things he has said in regard to those issues makes me wonder.  Since I don't regard the Pope in the same way Catholics do ( I see him simply as a religious leader) maybe it allows me to be a little more curious about his actions. Just an opinion.
web posted June 26, 2015
Re: Wallace Walker Percival, 39, who has been out on bond from a 2011 arrest on allegedly raping three victims.
Why is someone accused of 3 rapes even out on bail?
Why hasn't he been to court? Not exactly a timely trial date. He should be in jail.
web posted June 26, 2015
Wallace Percival had all his other charges dropped. That's why he never went to court. The editor needs to do his homework.

Editor's note: He had all but one charge dismissed, that was until Thursday. On Thursday they dismissed the remaining charge from the previous arrest. It was still pending at the time the story of his current arrest was published. He had been indicted (#2011GS1900188) in April of 2011 and the charge remained "pending" until Thursday.
Percival, Wallace Walker-- Defendant-2011GS1900188--12/09/2011--Disposed--06/25/2015--Criminal-Clerk   
web posted June 26, 2015
Wallace Percival
Are these charges coming from the same victims?

Editor's note: I am told it is a different victim.
web posted June 26, 2015
RE: Not so fast Gov Haley….
Having to get 2/3 of both houses in the legislature to do ANYTHING with the battle flag I think pretty much slams the door on removing the flag. Even if you count the Democrats and the RINO's I don't think there's enough support to remove it.
web posted June 26, 2015
This is to Mr. "I don't vote"
I'm glad you don't vote. But to call a beloved eye doctor names before he's even been buried is crude. Maybe that's the reason nobody ever married you, you have no respect for anyone.
web posted June 26, 2015
Re: Traffic stop leads to felony arrest
I love the line that he [Barry Abney] "don't get along with the police" and then you read this is his second arrest for possession with intent to distribute. If they arrested me for the same charge before I wouldn't "get along" with the police either.
web posted June 26, 2015
Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!!

Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.

Here's why: According to research, the car dashboard, seats, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen - take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).

In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.
Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. Ft.

A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.
If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

People who get into the car, keeping windows Closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.
Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

So friends, please open the windows and door of your car - give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff - before you enter.
web posted June 26, 2015
Whoa: this is how the slain pastor felt about the Confederate flag…
Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers” and it would appear Pastor Clementa Pinckney was definitely one of those. In 2000, during his first term in the South Carolina State Senate, Pinckney actually voted in favor of H5028, the May 2000 compromise which placed the flag at its current location.
http://allenbwest.com/2015/06/whoa-this-is-how-the-slain-pastor-felt-about-the-confederate-flag/
web posted June 26, 2015
You want to pay CLOSE attention to the last 20 seconds!
Please watch this very short video.... it is a real eye opener and it is not a joke......
France's Reckoning: Rich, Young Flee Welfare State
http://cbn.com/tv/3255110732001
web posted June 26, 2015
RE: Arturo Pineda
It is still spoken of the murder of nine people in Charleston for a racist that saw no human, he saw people of color. Now another "white person" questions to Arturo Pineda, an American citizen "non-white" who by his merit got full scholarship to Yale University. How to understand? "There are two things infinite: the universe and human stupidity, of the universe i am not sure": Albert Einstein. My God enlightens the racists.

Editor's note: I'm not sure the person(s) asking questions about the scholarship program are racist for wanting to know if the program made its choices based on race.
web posted June 25, 2015
Obama and Hillary pushing to remove the battle flag are disrespecting the 9 people killed in the Chas shooting. But by pushing things like the flag means the media doesn't have to cover the CHRISTIAN values the families are displaying, cutting God and Jesus out of the picture. They hate anything Christian so it's right up their alley again. Let us bury our dead before you come in and try to tell us how to run our state!!
web posted June 25, 2015
I agree that the young woman who gave the graduation speech in question should not be called names. If there was a question by the young woman about changing "God" to "Him" in the graduation speech being discussed, that should have been handled prior to the ceremony. Seems like the progression of events is a bit fuzzy- did she agree to follow district guidelines? Was that the"contract" she signed? ( seems likely that was the case)  If so, and the speech needed to be changed to meet guidelines, than there is no issue. Or did the district sign off on her original speech and then come back and change it? Then there would be an issue, but still should have been dealt with prior to the ceremony,

She will get her diploma, right? Seems like a lot of hoopla over something not that important.

Editor's note: She got her diploma by that Monday I believe.
web posted June 25, 2015
Wallace Percival never should have been allowed out of jail. Not only did he get out he didn't have to pay a penny. Has he had a bond hearing on the new charges yet? If so, please tell me it's so high he won't get out.

Editor's note: According to online court records he has not had a bond hearing yet and remains in custody. Remind me from time to time and I will check again.
web posted June 25, 2015
I don't know if there is any way that we can request an article, but this subject is too unknown to press on. If not, please post this on wandering minds.
" Please help us help Edgefield! We are trying to stop Piedmont tech from tearing down the Adams building that we want to use as an open market to bring tourists to town! Many ideas also include one floor of this building being a pottery museum. Unfortunately, Piedmont wants to demolish instead of donate to the town of Edgefield. Follow the link to sign the petition to stop Piedmont Tech!

Editor's note: I have asked our newest reporter to look into doing a report on this issue.
web posted June 25, 2015
Re: graduation speech
Has Greg Anderson written his reply yet? He's had long enuf to write an email.

Editor's note: We have exchanged emails, but the one for here has to be approved by the BOE, he said.
web posted June 25, 2015
I can't believe how much some of these burglars are getting robbing houses…. $20K and $25K namely. Who keeps that kinda cash sitting around?

Editor's note: In the case of over $25,000, the person had a coin collection of un-circulated gold coins. I know people who keep a lot of cash in their house. When my wife's aunt died we found over $20,000 in cash in different places in the house. I remember the Able Drive burglary where they got away (until they got caught) with about $125,000 in property and cash. I don't think they recovered much of it and those responsible remain in custody in Anderson County, I believe.
web posted June 25, 2015
Now that Gov Haley folded on the flag issue like wet towel the liberals want to wipe out anything and everything about the Confederacy. They want to wipe out our heritage as if it never existed. They want to remove the flags, monuments, even names of famous Generals. Is this America or Nazi Germany?
web posted June 25, 2015
So we've gone from shootings all the time back to child molesters again. It's crazy!
web posted June 25, 2015
The families of the people killed in the church shooting are setting the example of how Christians should act.
web posted June 25, 2015
I know the student discussed in the article and I would like to post the actual results of the National College Match, so people can draw conclusions as to whether race had an impact in the decision of the scholarships. Some students claimed multiple races/ethnicities, so there will be discrepancies.

http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-applicant-profile/1586-match-student-profile
web posted June 24, 2015
As a citizen of Edgefield, I wanted to pass on some thoughts on our local Edgefield Police Department. They do NOT get enough credit for all the work they do and its so important to remember that when we call them or see them on duty.

I was semi-involved in a small incident tonight, where I was able to speak to them and watch them and I could not have been more impressed or appreciative of their professionalism and understanding. To see them work, to hear their understanding, and to see how professional they were as they talked to people involved, it gave me goose bumps. Contrary to many, our Police are not out there just to write us tickets or take people to jail, they are true "Peace-Officers".

I walked away tonight, after seeing them in action with a profound sense of respect. My hope is that in the future, when those responsible are calculating the towns budget, they need to really look at everything the Local Police do when evaluating pay raises. They are vastly underpaid and sadly, under appreciated for all that they do. I was humbled to watch them in action.
web posted June 24, 2015
I know there are Hillary supporters out there. Could any of you please tell me one thing, just one,  that she accomplished as a Senator or as Secretary of State? I imagine there are some but I scratch my head trying to come up with anything. I know her foundation has raised a lot of money. As one radio host calls it " The Clinton Family Crime Foundation" sure seems to have padded their own pockets! What a bag of worms that is!
web posted June 24, 2015
AP runs pic with gun pointed at Cruz's head.. claims they didn't even notice… yeah, right. Imagine if this was Obama, Hillary or any Dem, the left would be going nuts.
Click here.

Editor's note: AP started taking them down after the uproar, but still claimed it was all an accident and they did not notice the photo was offensive.
web posted June 24, 2015
Amazing Grace in Charleston by
Cal Thomas | Jun 23, 2015
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

It is such a rare act that most do not know how to respond, except in stunned silence. Relatives of the nine people murdered while attending a Bible study and prayer meeting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, told the accused killer they forgive him.

In violent streets we have become used to calls for retribution, appeals for justice, rioting, looting, marches and self-appointed civil rights leaders hogging cameras and microphones with angry people standing behind them and chants of "no justice, no peace."

But this; this act of forgiveness by grandsons and sons, daughters, husbands and other relatives of the dead is so out of character, so distant from the "norm" we have come to expect, so not Ferguson, Missouri, or Baltimore, so not the Middle East, that it makes the world stop and pause.

Preachers call it "grace," which they define as "unmerited favor." The accused killer doesn't deserve it, but he is offered forgiveness nonetheless. It speaks volumes about the character and spiritual strength of those extending grace to him. In a normal person, grace might bring repentance and, yes, salvation, which is what at least one of the relatives said she was praying would happen to Dylann Roof, a deeply troubled 21-year-old who is accused of the murders.

When the world sees such acts of kindness, it doesn't know what to say. For many it is unfamiliar territory. And yet it is precisely the outworking of what those in that prayer meeting found in the Bible they were studying and the God to whom they prayed. It is a part of the nonviolence taught and practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His refusal to respond to violence with violence helped turn the hearts of many and change the laws of a nation.

Pictures of church services following the killings showed a racial diversity and a coming together that might not just heal Charleston, but serve as a model for the rest of the nation about how to react to senseless violence. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's emotional response to the murders also served as a needed balm that can help heal Charleston's deep wound.

"Amazing Grace" is a hymn sung in churches, at funerals and on other occasions. It is familiar even to those who are not regular churchgoers and may not fully appreciate its meaning. The author, John Newton, was a slave trader. The story of his remorse, repentance and salvation has been told in books and films, but never better than in the first verse of his hymn:

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see."

Those sweet people who unknowingly but graciously welcomed Dylann Roof into their prayer meeting, only to come face to face with a man who in the parlance of the church must have been possessed by a demon, if not Satan himself, are now receiving the fruits of God's grace. Relatives of the dead who have extended grace to Root have also modeled it to the rest of the country. In doing so they are examples of the One they follow, who, though innocent of any wrongdoing, said to His Father while hanging on a cross, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
web posted June 24, 2015
I gest you don't like what I say well this is a free county I don't vote but I say what I wont well edgefield might be a better place to live with cork screw gone.
web posted June 24, 2015
The story on the heat wave was really good and brought up a lot of good info on dealing with the heat, or should I say Dr. Massey did. I never thought about the old people with no air conditioning and where they can go during the day. All these places that would let them in was nice but it was obvious the county doesn't have places set up. They think about it during a winter storm but not the heat. Like I said tho, I didn't think about it either. Thanks for the story.

Editor's note: The story was supposed to be on how people working outside could keep cool, it was Dr. Massey who brought up the elderly. That left me contacting people on Sunday about cooling centers and discovered there were none.
web posted June 24, 2015
RE: McDonalds picture
Walmart is already doing this around here with self serve checkouts. I've seen them at other places too.
web posted June 24, 2015
Most companies will make workers take breaks when it gets hot like this and provide ice water and salt tablets. A wet towel around your neck helps a lot too.
web posted June 24, 2015
Robbing Satcher's of $6,000. If they know who he why don't they just arrest him. It was kinda dumb to leave that much money laying around in a folder anyway. It should have been put in the register right away if you ask me.

Editor's note: They have to find him first. If someone would call with information on his whereabouts they will arrest him.
web posted June 24, 2015
This local black middle school kid has Obama's number.
Click here.
web posted June 24, 2015
In watching the U.S. open, it was so impressive to see Jason Day. His performance on Saturday, after collapsing on Friday and feeling sick Saturday, was amazing! It shows what a person with dedication and persistence can accomplish. His caddy/coach has been a big help to that young man. I sure enjoy watching these young guys like Jason, Jordan, Ricky, etc.
web posted June 23, 2015
I saw k-9 Edgefield sheriff's deputy in an Edgefield County car at Gold's Gym in North Augusta. The dog was not with him and he was in work out clothes. My question is did he have permission for this trip and why was he not using his personal vehicle?
web posted June 23, 2015
SO, how many POOR whites have actually received this scholarship?

Editor's note: I have no idea.
web posted June 23, 2015
Re: DUI at 114 MPH
Thank you to the deputy that took this drunk driver off the road. If he'd hit somebody going that fast everybody in both cars would be dead! It was only by the grace of God nobody got hurt.
web posted June 23, 2015
Graduation speech
If you were given a set of rules and you broke them why complain? She got her diploma a few days late, that's all. I don't see going to the tv station and the NAACP. Act like a grown up. This is the adult world.
web posted June 23, 2015
What does a flag have to do with honoring 9 people killed in the church shooting? That's what we need to be talking about. And what does it have to do with running for President? In a word for both? NOTHING! Now shut up and let us bury our dead in peace and love without trying to divide the people which is all you're doing.
web posted June 23, 2015
Re: McDonald's picture. I think it's fitting. And what happens to the one time employees? They had to go on welfare because nobody else is going to be able to pay $15 an hour for unskilled workers and those companies are doing the same thing. That's what happens when the government goes messing around in the private sector. Oh, it all sounds good until reality sets in and unemployment goes thru the roof. Would you rather have a job that pays $7.50 or no job at all?
web posted June 23, 2015
$15 minimum wage
Why stop at $15? Why not $20? $25? When they were talking about $10 I thought they were crazy. Now I know they're just plumb nuts.
web posted June 23, 2015
Was riding through the Swimming area...Many picnic tables were put in place...Others were grouped up together along the side of the woods where people couldn't use them.As we ride over the camping park of the lake...I see a few people camping with no power no water...My question is there's so much potential there for the community to use the facility...Why not have water lines and power poles installed...Have someone to come in and completely clear the other side of the lake and produce more campgrounds...Lick Fork would really draw alot of attention which means bring in more people...Land is wasting when the community could all join in to make it a better place...
web posted June 22, 2015
I am very interested in knowing who specifically wanted the young lady to remove 'God' from her speech and replace it with 'Him'.

Editor's note: I sent Superintendent Greg Anderson an email on Sunday and he wanted to discuss the matter on the phone Monday. I sent him an email back saying I would not be available Monday and to please send the explanation in an email. As soon as I have that I will share it with all of you.
web posted June 22, 2015
Oh these sweet family members of the victims in the Charleston tragedy. They forgive and reach out to this sick young man with their words and tears . They shared the gospel with him. They shared their pain and the truth of what they are feeling right now. This is the most heart wrenching thing I have seen for a long, long time.  What this young man meant for evil ( and it was evil) is turning out to be going against the hate he carries. This was not the response he hoped for or expected.   These families  lives will forever be impacted by this young man’s actions yet many said they hope he finds the Lord.   What a strong, graceful and loving church this must be.  So, so sad and so, so unnecessary in a civilized country.  Just hard to believe someone is capable of such awful actions, but that is what sin breeds.

God does forgive and even as hard as it is to comprehend, if this young man would turn to Him and accept Christ, he would be forgiven.  Do we see that in any other religion? No, but then Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with an almighty, loving God.  The church in Charleston knows that and they live that.  Such a witness to a lost world. Maybe this will help bring our country to its knees. We can only pray that it does. That is the only way this country will survive.
web posted June 22, 2015
Bringing up battle flag after church shooting
These people bringing up getting rid of the battle flag before the people shot in the church can be buried are giving this racist little twerp just what he wanted. This isn't about a flag, it's about one person killing 9 people in a church. Everybody I know, black or white, is praying for the families of the victims, and talking about healing. So what if the Roof guy was a racist? If your issue is all about the battle flag you are disrespecting the memories of those who were killed. "Who cares about them, let's get rid of the flag" and "let's make this political". Just like Obama, who makes everything political or about race or both. He should stay out of our state, we'll handle this on our own, thank you very much.
web posted June 22, 2015
Re: Arturo Pineda admitted to Yale University awarded a full, four-year QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship

Why only offer to help "low income" ie: black or Hispanic? Why not whites?

Editor's note: There are plenty of low income whites. The partnership does not mention race once on their website.
web posted June 22, 2015
This Roof kid is evil. That's what it all boils down to, evil. I believe it’s the same evil killing Christians here and in the middle east. Satan is driving all of it. We need to join together and pray [for God] to protect us from evil. Let us all be more Christ-like!
web posted June 22, 2015
LEGENDARY 28-LITRE FIAT S76 'DRIVES' FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS!!!
This MASSIVE old race car has a 1700+ cubic inch engine with only FOUR cylinders!!
That's over 425 cubic inches per cylinder!! Good GRIEF, and I thought the Allison V-12 with the 1400+ cubic inch airplane engine was big!! What a sound this huge beast makes as it fires directly out the side of the block (no exhaust system whatsoever!) and there's several videos and links to watch as this old "Beast of Turin" is brought back to life after 100+ years!
Turn the sound up!
Click here.

Editor's note: Turn the sound DOWN! Nice car, but just too much noise for me to be able to watch for very long.
web posted June 22, 2015
RE: Good News
It was so nice to read the story on Arturo Pineda getting a full ride to Yale! That's huge news! With all the bad stuff happening it's good to see one of our local kids get a full ride to anywhere, but Yale? That's REALLY BIG! No sports involved, just for using his brain.
web posted June 20, 2015
What a tragic event we have seen in Charleston and in our state. All I can say is that the reaction in SC and in Charleston shows the hearts of people who know the Lord. The Coroner said she was impressed with the way these families of the victims were handling all of this. Our Governor shows her compassion as she speaks and says we are a prayerful state. She was visibly touched about this. Our President had to make this about gun control. This is about hearts of people, not gun control. We need to focus on changing hearts of people. This was a racist and hate issue. This was done by an evil young man who was full of hate.

Charleston is handling this in a very different way than Baltimore handled (and is handling ) their incident.  The attack in Charleston was not an incident, it was a brutal, hateful attack. Maybe witnessing how we in this state can deal with this horrible, unthinkable killing with help to bring the dialog full circle into a discussion about the hearts of people. Reacting with hate and violence is not doing anything to heal the divide in this country. Even our President had to make this political. We have not made progress in the last six years toward healing a race problem and the divide has just become worse. I am proud of our state and our Christian community in the midst of this pain. Christ makes the difference and as much as the non Christian world wants to crush that, God wins and we know the end of the story. These precious saints that were killed in that church are with Him, safe with Him and will be with Him for eternity. That is our hope and our assurance as Christians. Praise God!!!!

Editor's note: Obama has to make it political and race. The people of SC spun that around to show that we heal through the love of Christ. The Roof guy wanted a "race war" and the Church and people are not going to give it to him, he loses. We love each other and that is what is taking over.
web posted June 20, 2015
I find it highly offensive for the writer to call Antonia Adams a racist bigot! My son, who is WHITE is her boyfriend and has been for months. Antonia is one of the most brilliant students to come out of the Edgefield school system this year. While I would not have chosen the NAACP to help with the diploma issue, she, Antonia, is the least racist person I know. She and her Mother have been in our house many times and with us celebrating my sons Conformation in our church. She has attended with her Mother many times to Catholic Masses with us.
As for the diploma issue, the school emailed her AFTER she signed the contract and they changed it, they wanted her to say Him instead of God and if you know anything about contract law, at that point the contract was voided. She is a deeply religious person and God is her daily guide and her speech reflected that. She prayed long and hard about what to say and her speech was not much a deviation from the speech she presented the school for review.
Calling a wonderful young lady names is the lowest of low! Ironically she herself would forgive and embrace the writer as a Christian and pray for him or her. She is nothing but a class act and felt changing Him to God in her speech was the right thing to do. She did chose the right thing to do and all probably would do it again.
web posted June 20, 2015
Re: Beautiful Detritus.
 
Nice article. Being born and raised in the country, I have seen numerous old homes left to sit there and rot, especially those off the beaten path.  I love driving down less-traveled roads and looking at them.  If only they could talk. Quite frequently my mind wanders as I think of the previous inhabitants, their children, dogs, etc. Their life in general. Here's my opinion on why so many are left to fall into disrepair: Husband and wife built their home, raised children, grew old. Passed away. Children don't want the home because they have their own home and life. House goes on the market, but due to the age or location, it is not a desirable place to live. House goes off the market, electricity is turned off, house starts to decay.
 
Like was mentioned in the article, an abandoned home in the country actually has its own beauty. An abandoned inner-city home, not so much.
web posted June 20, 2015
Re Trespasser Responsibility Act
We've needed this for a long time. All it takes is a "hunter" getting on your property and getting hurt and YOU are the one that gets sued whether you have no trespassing signs or not. You put them up and they just take them down. I used to put them up all the time but in a few weeks they'd be gone even if you used a ladder to put them up. I just gave up.
web posted June 20, 2015
Trespasser Responsibility Act
Thank you Gov Haley for signing this into law!
web posted June 20, 2015
Re: Young charged with attempted murder.

Can't they charge the person driving the car that Dominique Young was in when he tried to kill the guy and his girlfriend? I read both stories and it says Young was the passenger and after he shot at them they followed the car for a while before turning off so he or she is just as much involved in the shooting as the Young guy.

Editor's note: I doubt Young is going to give up who was driving the car. The victim said he believed it was Young's brother, or step-brother. That's part of the reason the Sheriff's Office is seeking witnesses, but that's not the only reason. If you drove past the two cars parked in the road on Hwy 191 around 4 or 4:30 Saturday you need to call the Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625. You do not have to have seen Young shooting at the car or not. You never know when anything you saw could be helpful.
web posted June 19, 2015
Re bronze rat. Maybe the poster looking for a bronze Christian should follow the rats! This country was built on Christian values and it far past the time to get back there. It is also time to stop the political correctness and start applying some simple common sense. If you do not like our Christian values, there are boats and planes leaving the good old USA everyday. GET ON ONE and do not come back. Land of the free and home of the brave!!
web posted June 19, 2015
As a white Conservative Republican, man and father, I want the Black community in Charleston to know that I stand totally beside you and love you, as the tragic events in Charleston literally breaks my heart. These wonderful, innocent parishioners went too what is supposedly, the safest and most sacred place we have, their Church, to worship and pray. I find it ironic, this racist 21 year old who evidently sought segregation and spewed what is being reported as white supremacy, was "accepted" without prejudice in with the prayer group of all African-Americans. Yet he waited and gave them no chance. What chance could an elderly 87 year old Black women have in that circumstance? Sadly absolutely none, as she sadly waited her turn to be shot.

I own guns but maybe it is time to really have better "screening" on who buys them. If this father bought his son a 45 Caliber pistol for his birthday, knowing his son had a restraining order in place by the area Mall, as well as had a criminal problem already with Prescription Drugs, what was he "thinking" giving him, what turned out to be a murder weapon.

Psalms 57:1
web posted June 19, 2015
Antonia Adams, Salutatorian.  One would covet the title.  Most would attribute brilliance and smartness with any name associated or tied to the title "Salutatorian".  In this case, it would be wrong.  She's nothing but a racist bigot.  She broke the rules, tried to use God as cover for her actions, and when that failed, she went with the race card.  Wonder who she learned that from?  Could not use facts to substantiate her argument so she uses the NAACP to get herself out of trouble.  She got her 15 minutes of fame, and she may have damaged her career for the rest of her life. Since her actions are very public now, employers will have to do nothing but conduct a Google search on her. People will not hire her because she's black, they won't hire her because she lacks character.  She made a decision, but will not accept responsibility for her actions, and so her final recourse, play the race card.  So if she engages in a contract for an auto loan, and she breaks that contract, when they come after her what's she going to do, accuse the bank of being racist for trying to collect on the loan? The other student broke the rules, but accepted the consequences for her actions.  And she could have very easily went to the NAACP since now there is no skin color attributed to who can be in the NAACP.  One has character and class, the other, well, watch her over the course of the next few years.  And everything she does wrong or fails at will have a racist slant.  That's a shame-to waste a good mind on something so outdated and cheap.
web posted June 19, 2015
Regarding the diploma being held.........

First, I'm sure that in this day and time the vast majority of schools have "contracts" with their graduation speakers.  The reason I say this is because Edgefield County doesn't do anything "first", at least I haven't seen it in the last 15 years. So if you feel like this graduate is being singled out, you're wrong in terms of standard public school policy.

Secondly, as a business owner I can tell you that regardless of what this graduates GPA was, I'd have a hard time hiring them simply because they've shown an inability to not only follow the rules of their school, but more importantly they broke their word. Give me someone who may not be as "book" smart but has been taught to respect the bond of a promise.  At this point I'm sure we will now hear from the, "but they're only 18 year olds" cut them slack.  LOL

Time to grow up kids and understand that your word is your bond.  You break it, you pay the price.
web posted June 19, 2015
To answer the question about a contract with speakers at graduation, yes other school districts do have agreements with the students that speak and consequences if the agreements are broken. A contract is an agreement and in this day and age, when things are as crazy as they are, a contract is a good idea. It is good to have something signed agreeing to the rules to be followed. That way we won’t see folks on FOX news telling their woeful story about how the mean old school district held their diploma for no reason (just kidding but just saying). Too many graduation speeches end up being hurtful to others, or a complaining session.  The point of the speeches is to be uplifting and challenging to the graduates.

Sounds like there are disgruntled employees in the school district, as is true in all jobs. To complain about a contract for speakers tells me there may be a little issue with authority for some folks.  No one is going to run the district to everyone’s liking. I think the district is in much better shape than it was and I contribute that to smart leadership. Do people remember the mess the district was in prior to Mr. Anderson’s leadership?  So quickly we forget.

I don't  know about anyone else, but I am sick of people who cannot deal with authority. These people we see in these altercations with the police.  For example  the pool incident in Texas and now in Ohio. These people that are fighting with the police have no regard for the law. It isn't racist, it is an arrogant attitude of thinking they are above the law. Racism  is just a cop out attitude in my opinion.
web posted June 19, 2015
The guy from SCE&G said JFD put the transformer fire out. There ain't no way I'd put water on that fire no matter how many times they promised me the power was off.
web posted June 19, 2015
I read where the DOJ is going to investigate the church shooting as a "hate crime". Granted, this kid needs the death penalty if anyone ever did, but 99.9% of the time when somebody shoots to kill somebody else there's "hate" involved. It's murder plain and simple. I believe that the person this kid hates the most is himself. Would it be any different if he did it at a white church? I may be wrong but I doubt that he studied up on this church and who went there. I think he had the gun and was just dead set on going somewhere and killing people. I'd like to know where he got the gun. Don't you have to be 21 in SC to buy a gun? I read where he was only 20.

Editor's note: In South Carolina you can buy a gun at the age of 18, long gun or pistol. He is 21.
web posted June 19, 2015
Well, Donald Trump does not hold back with his arrogance. That is for sure. Maybe  he is the most honest of many of the folks in politics as he just lays it out there and says what a lot of people are thinking . Personally I don't think he would make a good President but maybe he would be a good advisor. So glad to know that he would be the best job creator that God has ever made. Really humble man, not! One thing-maybe he will raise the awareness of things happening that others won’t. He is not afraid to say what he thinks, that is obvious. He just seems to think an awful lot about himself and lets everyone else know how great he thinks he is. Entertaining if nothing else.
Very sorry to hear about Laura. The family remains in our prayers.

Editor's note: Thank you for your prayers.
web posted June 18, 2015
There is a STHS graduate who should be celebrated. I do not know this young man but understand he got offers from THREE Ivy League schools. Many Graduates of Ivy League schools go on to do great things. This is a person STHS should be proud of. Seems like the only students being promoted are football players. The chance of a ball player turning pro is slim to none.
web posted June 18, 2015
 Regarding the story of the person removing a "junked" double wide from his own property; makes it easy to REALLY dislike government. I realize there are two sides to every story but sometimes it seems if you give someone a little bit of authority they loose all common sense . I wonder how much a " Demolition Permit " costs? Sounds like a "money" deal to me. I personally applaud the person for cleaning HIS property. I would continue to clear the property and let them arrest me.
 P.S. Hope you are doing well.
web posted June 18, 2015
Re: bronze rat post:
"Ahhh," said the owner, "You come back for story?" "No sir," said the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Christian."
web posted June 18, 2015
Wandering minds postings are allowed for people to vent. Some truth comes out and some people's craziness comes out. However, your editorial comments clearly show your bias in supporting the school district administrators. Specifically, your comment on trusting the higher ups to put the right people at the right schools shows this clearly. Man, the problem is people who work for the school district have learned from experience NOT to trust Anderson and Strom for ANYTHING!! Let people's posts stand without your comments that come from total ignorance of the truth about the school district. Also does every district have a contract with graduation speakers or is it just because a LAWYER is running (poorly, I might add) the district?
web posted June 18, 2015
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a message regarding the looming Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: We will not obey.

Editor's note: Read the first two chapters of Romans. It fits like a glove with what is taking place today by the media, Democrats and the Left.
web posted June 18, 2015
The Aiken County Board of Education is now proposing a hefty increase in administrator's and Brookhaven flunkies' salaries yet the hourly folks (cafeteria works, custodians, etc.) haven't had an increase in 7 years. The teachers are also behind 1 year in step increases but no one seems to care, particularly the media.  Explain this to me like I am a 3rd grader so I can understand. Aiken County Public Schools has never had a problem attracting candidates for admin jobs and has a low turnover rate in that area, yet the ACPS School Board (composed of former administrators and retired SRS employees - both non-profit sectors) constantly want to pass out raises to this group like Christmas gifts.  I will remind everyone that ACPS just hired a Deputy Superintendent from one of the best, well-funded districts in the state, Spartanburg 7, but that seems to be ignored.  It is bad enough the district is wasting tax dollars by building football field houses and putting down artificial turf, but to give huge raises to the most undeserving employees while the little people (custodians, cafeteria workers, aides, teachers, maintenance workers, etc.) continue to suffer and ignored is discouraging.

Why hasn't the Aiken County Council decided to take surplus revenue and pay down debt instead of acting like Washington, DC politicians?  Secondly, why haven't they fired Tim Carlton who is insubordinate and seems to be telling Council what he will and will not do?  Can all County employees act like this or just Mr. Carlton? 

Did anyone actually read and comprehend the Aiken Chamber of Commerce report that Aiken County has virtually zero growth as indicated in a study by USCA professors Dr. Jones and Dr. Porca?  This report hasn't changed in two years and should be a wake up call to all elected leaders, but instead they are begging and wanting more federal dollars from the US Government for a MOX project that has no future.  Clean SRS up, close it, and start attracting more companies in the area like Bridgestone that create wealth not dependent on dollars from Washington, DC.

Finally, will the majority of citizens in North Augusta band together and run Mayor Lark Jones and City Manager Todd Glover out of town?  Project Jackson is being railroaded through the process and only those that have the courage to object are being portrayed as lunatics?

It is no reason Columbia County is growing by leaps and bounds and Aiken County is dying a slow death in quick sand. 
web posted June 18, 2015
Michael Jackson on Beer Bottles - YouTube

just had to share this.  it's amazing.
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/NkbZlautuUc?rel=0
web posted June 18, 2015
Picture this; I own a double wide mobile home that has become uninhabitable. I also own the land that it is on. I begin removing this eyesore at my own cost. After the job is almost complete, I am issued a stop work order by the Edgefield Building people. The reason is that I do not have a demolition permit. What a bunch of crap! Leave me alone, let me take care of my business. Government that is this intrusive is not what the founding fathers had in mind. There is no reason for these people to be able to dictate what we are able to do on our own property unless it endangers nearby property. Our actions would have only been beneficial because it entailed getting rid of an eyesore and a potentially dangerous property. Somebody obviously does not have enough to do. This action has made me very uneasy, and the people of Edgefield County should be aware of the nature of a government that has the power to dictate such actions on what we think of as private property. Is there really any such thing as private property? Not in this case. I am afraid not in any other either.
web posted June 17, 2015
RE: New restaurant at Sportsman's
Better order take out. There was no A/C when we were there and with the temps hitting 100 it has got to be brutal inside the other day. We ended up taking ours and putting it in to-go boxes to eat at home.
web posted June 17, 2015
Just a follow-up on not judging others. Yes, It is absolutely up to God to be the ultimate "judge" but that does not erase that someones own selfish action can destroy others lives, including shattering children's world as they knew it. Of course we are all sinners, but as christians, we know by accepting Christ, part of that commitment is to "try" to live a Godly life and to please God. Years ago, a couple I had known for years suffered a serious blow when one spouse admitted to an affair years prior. While I loved them both, as a Christian, I "stood up" for the innocent spouse. With time and Gods help, they made it through and are still happily married.

Often a marriage can be fine for years BUT once a spouse crosses the "line", in order to fulfill there plan and desire to ultimately be with that other person, they first have to lay the ground work to "justify" to others why they must leave the marriage. Suddenly, they proclaim the marriage was "never good", the kids will be "much happier", and every past disagreement within he marriage becomes a "past public problem" they tell their friends and family of the marriage. They have to first "justify" their exit of the marriage in order to be ultimately be with the "new" love. Suddenly to close friends, they proclaim that the "new" person was only a "friend" that "understands" everything they went through, the new friend is "so good to the kids", and they start to proclaim that maybe it was "Gods work". That in itself borders on evil.
web posted June 17, 2015
We are excited about the new restaurant at Sportsman Corner. We have not had a chance to try it,  but will for sure. New businesses are always a positive thing for the county! It seems like there are a lot of good things happening in the county and that is so encouraging!
web posted June 17, 2015
I heard an interesting take on Lindsey Graham getting in the Presidential race. I think it is obvious he doesn't stand any chance of winning but some think he may have entered in order to skew things here in SC. Whether he did that or not, I would hope folks would vote their consciences and not for someone because they are local. Conservatives need to rally strongly around a candidate and Lindsey Graham is not that candidate, in my opinion. People around the country really don't know him or think he is a strong candidate.

The cost of running a campaign is enormous. In some ways, I think all these Republican candidates would better serve their country by rallying around fewer candidates. This is especially true if they know they really don't stand a chance of winning. With all this hoopla over income inequality (which is just part of the social engineering in this country) maybe our politicians should show some discretion in how they spend so, so much money. I am sure the Democrats would never do that (Clintons just pad their own pockets) so it would just give the libs more of an edge, but hey… just a thought. 
web posted June 17, 2015
There seems to be a lot of shooting going on anymore. The shootings in Edgefield, the murder the other day, the shooting on the road in Johnston and even the Aiken Deputy killing his wife. This is getting out of hand. I support gun rights, but this just gives the Democrats ammo to use against us. I know the guy that murdered the guy in Edgefield was a felon so he shouldn't have had a gun and then couldn't have shot anyone.
web posted June 17, 2015
Looks like Edgefield County is reliving history of being a place where everybody had a gun and used them. Look at all the plaques on the buildings in Edgefield talking about shootings. So after all these years nothings changed. But let's go after these smokers, that's what's important to our city leaders.
web posted June 17, 2015
A tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco . While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, "How much for the bronze rat ?" "Ahhh, you have chosen wisely! It is $12 for the rat and $100 for the story," said the wise old Chinaman. The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. "I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story". As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers and had begun following him down the street. This was a bit disconcerting so he began walking faster. A couple blocks later he looked behind him and saw to his horror the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began squealing. Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay . Again, after a couple blocks, he looked around only to discover that the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster. Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the Bay. Amazingly, the millions of rats jumped into the Bay after the bronze rat and were all drowned. The man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown . "Ahhh," said the owner, "You come back for story?" "No sir," said the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze muslim."
web posted June 17, 2015

WAL-MART NEW TRUCK (Not a joke),
Please watch this video thru the very end and see all the products involved in this new vehicle concept.
This is the wave of the future. Say what you will about Wal-Mart, but it takes a company like them to innovate.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/NER9X4_gtYk?feature=player_detailpage

Editor's note: That's awesome.
web posted June 17, 2015
At Strom Thurmond High School, the valedictorian and salutatorian write their speeches under the guidance of the Graduation Committee. There are guidelines to follow. The speakers, once the speech is vetted for appropriate content, are instructed to adhere to what they have composed. In fact, they sign a contract stating that he/she will not deviate from the script.  Breaking that contract results in withholding the diploma for a week. This is not the first time a speaker's diploma has been withheld for digressing. Often a speaker feels a reason to "stick it to" persons, policies, or situations he or she felt jaded by and will ad lib the speech at the ceremony. Graduation is a time of decorum, not the time for airing personal comments or grudges.  For this reason, speeches must remain true to the initial agreed upon document. The justification for the salutatorian’s diploma being withheld was not for a scriptural quote. It was, sadly, because she chose to defy procedure.
web posted June 16, 2015
I don't like gossip, especially framed as a Christian response to someone else’s actions. We are all sinners and no one should throw stones or judge others. I just read one comment today that really bothered me. We are all aware of God’s principles, but none of us are to judge each other.  That is God’s job and He lets us know that in scripture. Yes, sin is wrong and many are hurt because of others actions. However, the gossip that goes with that is as harmful to the victims of wrong doing as the actions are.  I wonder if we share our disgust with something in order to promote gossip. It is just hard for me when gossip is shared in a  ”Christian” context. We wonder why Christians are often perceived as judgmental. Well… Just a thought.

Editor's note: I agree. But they don't name anyone so it did not break any rules. I guess it was a, "you know who you are" kind of thing.
web posted June 16, 2015
Glad to see Mt. Vintage FINALLY get things going in the right direction. This has been a blight that all the realtors used to keep people from coming here. Good things are happening in the county. MV, ECH, the county, the good news keeps coming.
web posted June 16, 2015
There are some names missing from the honor rolls.

Editor's note: Contact the school or the District Office and let them know and I can make the changes.
web posted June 16, 2015
I couldn't believe there was another cop involved shooting. And to shoot his wife? Why the manslaughter charge and not murder again?
web posted June 16, 2015
We've eaten at the new restaurant at Sportsman's Corner. It's good.
web posted June 16, 2015
If we're getting another ambulance and crew, when do they start. I heard on the scanner a deputy call for one and they said they didn't have one. Were all 3 busy? I think the deputy drove them to the hospital!

Editor's note: I don't know about the call you are talking about, but the third crew will not begin until July 1 when the new budget begins. I do not know where they will be stationed. Even with three, I am sure there will be times that they have a fourth out call. I've heard them before.
web posted June 16, 2015
Obama is trying to make a deal with Iran while Iran is sending MORE arms and CASH to the Taliban to kill AMERICANS in Afghanistan. We should be putting MORE sanctions against Iran, not trying to make a deal to give Iran more money! Only in Obamaland could this happen. Where's the Republicans we elected to stop him?
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web posted June 16, 2015
I just wanted to second the comment that Douglas has been a dumping ground, and still is.  There are great teachers there, and then many leave for higher pay or for the fact that they lack support.  Mrs. Turner is a blessing to have.  She is fair, supportive and doesn't tolerate some things that otherwise go unaddressed. Hopefully the district and other school issues won't run her off. Many employees are sent to Douglas as a last resort from being moved from school to school doing unsatisfactory work.  This tends to make the good teachers and staff feel unsupported and unappreciated at doing well on the job and in the classroom when it is a repeated cycle of being treated like the red-headed stepchild in the county.
web posted June 15, 2015
Edgefield County is a big area and if responding to one car accident left the county without an ambulance until the ones dispatched returned from the hospital, I wonder if there is a need for another ambulance. I am probably late to the party in wondering about this, but it is concerning that there are not enough in the county. I would say this would be a first priority, along with what the sheriff’s department needs to respond to issues. What if something really major happened in the county where many citizens needed assistance? I would hope ambulances, first responder needs etc would be the first place my tax dollars would be going. Just sharing a concern.

Editor's note: Under the new budget a third ambulance crew has been added, but that is only one shift, not around the clock. But it is a start.
web posted June 15, 2015
About that super snake reported recently, timber rattlesnakes, a.k.a. canebrake rattlesnakes, commonly reach 3 to 4 feet  in length, with one occasionally reaching 5 feet, according to Snakes of Georgia and South Carolina, an excellent color-illustrated guide published by Dr. Whit Gibbons and his team at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. They should know.

The eastern diamondback, found in the coastal plain, can reach 6 feet in length, but more commonly are 3 to 5 feet long as adults. It’s in the book.
web posted June 15, 2015
It was stated that ridiculous lies were being posted about Dr T.... that statement in itself is a ridiculous.  Let me address several areas of apparent confusion.
"When parents go to her she listens to their concerns and takes action"...... this is where she would side with parents and even elementary students and not stand up for her teachers.  Not all the time I would think, but enough to leave teachers feeling left hung out to dry.

"Teachers who have not been teaching, have had numerous complaints, showing up late, not responding to parents, sending home grades or newsletters, and just not caring about students needed to be addressed."...
To my knowledge, all teachers were teaching.  The ones she targeted are excellent teachers with no complaints from parents against them.

" When teachers refused to follow guidelines and communicate with parents she did what was necessary"
What other guidelines?  TAP guidelines? That was a joke.  She took a program that was meant to not only help teachers but enhance learning and used it the way she saw fit.  Did you ever stop to think about what the master teachers were supposed to be doing (ie instructing 1 hour each day) but they were not held accountable to this.

" Dr. Tucker and Mrs. Lowe go out of their way to give teachers all the materials they need, planning times, food, and unlimited supplies that other teachers at other schools do not get".....Let me preface this by stating I am not including Mrs Lowe in my retort. What materials?  The school year started off short on materials and pretty much never caught up.  Having to go to the office to beg copy paper and return with one pack if not less was inexcusable.  The PTO did a far better job of supplying what the teachers needed....thank you PTO!  Planning times? Really? How many 'planning times' were taken by this meeting or that meeting?  Teachers need breathing room....I feel these were pushed to their limits and not enough planning time was free for them to gather their thoughts.
[The rest of this post was removed due to it making the post too long to post.]
web posted June 15, 2015
Re: arrests on car break ins.
That Durden guy looks like a teenager. I know it says he's 19, but he looks like he's in high school and maybe 15. And why do these kids come from all over Aiken county to come here and go to the same subdivision? What makes Currytown Station so popular?

Editor's note: That's not the only subdivision that gets targeted, but it is a "target rich" area. A lot of cars in a sprawling neighborhood. A lot of car break-ins never get solved so we don't know if locals are doing them as well.
web posted June 15, 2015
It is so sad when a respected Christian claims that their marriage was never good ONLY after they start secretly seeing another person. What many fail to understand is they of course are not only NOT fooling God, they really lose a lot of respect from so many people that KNOW and see what they have done. If you are married and then separate, but are with another person just a month after the separation, everyone knows there was an adulterous relationship going on. A separation is just that, a separation. News flash to all; If you are legally married and separate, if you sleep or date another person "before" your divorce is final, that is still Adultery! What is even more hypocritical is all they do is proclaim that their new lover was "Gods Will". I love when I hear of a marriage that may have been rocked BUT both spouses stick it out and make it work and find a newfound, deeper happiness. God Loves them for that. Sadly, all too often, people run away from their marriage vows and run to please Satan.
web posted June 15, 2015
With what is going on in the world these days Heaven could end up a ghost town. My name is God. You hardly have time for me. I love you and will always bless you. I am always with you. I need you to spend 30 secs. of your time with Me today. Don't pray, just praise. Today, I want this message to go across the world before midnight.  
Will you help? Please copy and paste this note into an email and send it to all your friends and I'll help you with something that you are in need of. Just dare Me!  A blessing is coming your way. Please drop everything and send this note to everyone you know.
 
Why are prayers getting smaller, but bars and clubs are expanding? Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God? Think about it, are you going to copy and send this on or are you going to ignore it because you think you will get laughed at? Send this to all your friends. God said if you deny me in front of your friends, I will deny you on the day of judgment.
 
When one door closes, God opens two. If God has opened doors for you, copy and send this message to everyone... Send it if God's been good to you!  God has been very good to me, He has given me a wonderful family, great friends, great health for the most of my life and so much more!
web posted June 15, 2015
This is really profound.
This guy is a renowned faculty member at Harvard.  Don't know when this was made.  I have been thinking this for many years, with increasing urgency each year.
Harvard Professor: 90 seconds you won't regret seeing!
Now here is something that absolutely everyone should see -- often !! This could be used in so many ways, in so many places ... it is stunningly simply, and so totally profound ...!  Note that at the bottom of the clip it gives permission to use this clip provided it is not altered.    \\ 90 seconds you won't regret seeing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=YjntXYDPw44&sns=em
web posted June 15, 2015
REMEMBER SONG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yN-6PbqAPM
web posted June 15, 2015
Editor's post: What a lousy day Friday. I didn't sleep good to start with and then had to get up early (didn't get to bed until after 1:30 am). I had to be at the center for the PET scan at 9 am and was half asleep when I got there. Then I almost didn’t make it through the scan because of being in pain laying on the board for so long. It had my back, neck and shoulder hurting so bad we had to stop a few times to move my arms. Then it just had my whole day out of whack afterwards. But it is the results that matter and we won't get them until the 22nd. We are praying they will be even better than the last. Thankfully God is in control.
UPDATE on Laura - Friday:
There are no changes to report.
web posted June 13, 2015
DES has become a dumping ground for district Administrator that are on their last leg
web posted June 13, 2015
I read with interest your long praising statement concerning the MES principle. I thought to myself that here is a person who has an opportunity to watch and witness the daily actions of the principle. Then your almost last statement indicates that you do not even work in this district. Tells me you are just repeating what you are told and have a very limited understanding of the principle's actual performance.
You were kind enough to close your opinion by passing along a wise old saying. Let me give you the same consideration, along the line of "remain quiet and let people wonder about your intelligence or open your mouth and remove all doubt"
web posted June 13, 2015
I got a kick out of the person reporting a 20' Foot Rattlesnake in their yard. Now I must admit, even I have "stretched" the size of fish I have caught but saying you have a 20' Foot snake in your area is stretching it a tad too much :). I would have been just as intrigued if they had reported a 10' foot snake but a 20' footer? Too funny.
web posted June 13, 2015
In response to the graduation speech issue, yes, the school district read and heard the Salutatorian's speech beforehand. That is the issue.  The speech submitted was different than the speech given at graduation.  The student speakers are told if you give a speech different than the one you submit for approval beforehand, your diploma will be held.  It's as simple as that.  Mentioning God had had nothing to do with it.  As people has been pointed out, there was an invocation and mentions of God in other speeches.  This is about a willful decision to not follow the rules and nothing else.
web posted June 13, 2015
I wonder if speakers had specific rules to follow at the STHS graduation.  If so, and if those rules were broken, then the holding of the diploma seems reasonable. In a day when rules do not seem to matter, maybe it is a good thing for future leaders (successful high school graduates) to learn that rules do matter. Consequences are pretty much nil these days. I say that consequences teach us to be responsible and good citizens. Those qualities seem to be disappearing from society these days. Good for the school administration for having consequences and holding students to those standards.  My only question is why “God” could not be spoken of in a graduation speech. It used to be that teachers and administrators could not talk about God but students had the right to speak about God. Have the laws changed? How sad that this would be the case, if indeed this was the problem with the speech.

I see the handing out of water or expressing a thank you on a web site as something totally  different than a graduation speech.  The speech is actually something representing the school and the graduating class, where the other is just a church being kind and using their first amendment rights. Again, I think the issue comes down to what the district allows in a graduation speech. If the rules were made clear and were not followed, the consequences should be instituted. I would hope the consequences were made clear when the guidelines for the speeches were laid out.  

We pray for the Editor today and hope he gets good news and heals completely.
web posted June 13, 2015
Re: I am truly saddened by the negative responses posted about Dr. Tucker.

Your post is the sad one and I believe your post is from someone in that administration. The reason the school gets an A is because of the teachers! And the PTO is the ONLY reason the teachers received unlimited supplies this year and they had to fight the administration to even be allowed to do so! She (Tucker) had no control over the students either. Misbehaving students who were taken to her usually received no punishment and were promptly sent back to class. She lied to multiple parents regarding many different situations over the past year(s) and any complaints about a teacher not doing her job were ignored. No students fail anymore because that would drop the schools report card. When multiple veteran teachers walk away from the profession they love because of administration, there is a serious problem! Thank God someone saw the TRUTH! No more teenage drama in the principals office!
web posted June 13, 2015
20' rattlesnake
Was this a true story? I know it says there was no 20' snake, but was it an actual call?

Editor's note: It was an actual call. You would be surprised at some of the calls that go out over the radio. Once a woman called 911 because a cat was under her bed making noise and she couldn't sleep and wanted the deputy to come put the cat out. Thing is, if someone calls 911, they have to respond to the call.
web posted June 13, 2015
Life w/o parole
This Odom guy had 7 or 8 convictions in the last 12 years? I don't see how he wasn't already in jail for life. How'd he find time to do all these burglaries?

Editor's note: Not all convictions carry jail time. He could have been given suspended sentences and put on probation or sentenced to a year or so then probation. He would commit burglaries while out on bond as well. In any event, he won't be committing any more burglaries. 
web posted June 13, 2015
RE: MES
With so many people either saying the principal is good or bad I don't know what to think. I don't have any kids in school so I guess it's none of my business. But how do you know what to believe?

Editor's note: I guess you trust the higher ups to keep the right people in the right jobs. You see the same thing at the other schools from time to time. MES is just the one people are talking about right now.
web posted June 13, 2015
Class warfare at its best.
The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff , because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff. And the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the fee stuff. Now understand this.

All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.

The reason? ~
The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 238 years ago.
The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

ELECTION 2016 IS COMING

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves !

Editor's note: We are a Republic with a democratic process. A "Democracy" is what the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent from ever happening with the Constitution. That is why Obama and the Left hate it so much.
web posted June 13, 2015
Editor's post: I have to get up early in the morning for my next PET scan. Please pray it will show results that are far better than the last and all for the glory of God, who is in total control.

A couple comments have been held back (along with some reports). They will be placed with the new ones when they come in tomorrow.

UPDATE on Laura - Thursday:
There are no changes to report.
web posted June 12, 2015
Well, some of the news made me chuckle this morning, One can't make some of this up- the young man who calls the police over a dispute with his sister concerning a dog in the house? That in itself was a little ridiculous. Maybe he just "forgot" about the felony warrant that was out on him? Maybe he doesn't know how things work with the police? Surprise!  Maybe his sister was smart to leave the house, but I think the young man (if he was smart) would have left too!!! Crazy world! Actually, if he was smart he wouldn't have called the police in the first place. Hello!
web posted June 12, 2015
So where do the standards for our school district really lie? They hold a child's diploma for mentioning God, but they allow Philippi Baptist Church to hand out water and the use the district's web site to send out a huge thank you. So, where does the district draw the line. But since the new assistant superintendent attends Philippi, I guess it is okay. And did anyone from the school not listen to her speech before the ceremony was held? I think Philippi did a nice thing for the community, but do not punish a child if you allow a church to do, this at the ceremony.
web posted June 12, 2015
Isn't it hypocritical that all those that supports abortion were themselves given the right to be born?
web posted June 12, 2015
I am truly saddened by the negative responses posted about Dr. Tucker. The truth is the individuals that are posting such ugly, hurtful, and ridiculous lies are the ones that aren't doing their job. The people of Merriwether asked for a principal to raise the level of learning for our children as well as hold teachers and parents responsible. She has done this. The school was in a mess in numerous ways when she arrived. The school is now an "A" school, teachers are teaching, parents can talk to someone that listens and takes action, and students love her. When parents go to her she listens to their concerns and takes action. I have experienced this personally! She loves our children and wants the best for them. Teachers who have not been teaching, have had numerous complaints, showing up late, not responding to parents, sending home grades or newsletters, and just not caring about students needed to be addressed. She has taken three years to give teachers a chance to improve on their own and following expectations that any school in the state would expect of their teachers. When teachers refused to follow guidelines and communicate with parents she did what was necessary. The ones she had to deal with are upset. What the teachers of MES need to know is that the things they take for granted everyday are not normal at other schools. Dr. Tucker and Mrs. Lowe go out of their way to give teachers all the materials they need, planning times, food, and unlimited supplies that other teachers at other schools do not get. Teachers have been upset lately because they were going to change grade levels...well, I teach in another district and believe me that happens all the time. "Grow up!"

The old saying goes if you do not have anything nice to say about someone then do not say anything at all especially if it is a lie or slanderous.
web posted June 12, 2015
Lynn rearden is a great individual. She has done so much missions work overseas. She is kind, tender hearted, and full of love. People need to quit judging her so harshly. She has been a blessing to our family time and time again. Edgefield county is a better place because of Lynn.
web posted June 12, 2015
Praying so-o much for Laura's healing AND the family!!! Thanks so much for the update! Psalms  57:1

Editor's note: Thank you. We both need your prayers.
web posted June 12, 2015



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