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Editor's post: Off to see another specialist today to try to find the root cause of the malady, for lack of a better word, that has consumed my body since the first of March. Hoping for a better outcome this time.

web posted July 23, 2014

I attended the 1st annual Edgefield Cruise-In with my old car.  We both had a great time in spite of the shaky weather.  I congratulate the event organizer Ms Beth and all her volunteers.  They did a really good job.  All I saw for most of the day was big smiles.  I had good and plentiful food.  If it had not rained the amount of attendees/cars would have been very large.
I hope this can be a beginning of something great for the town of Edgefield.  Hey maybe we can do this twice a year.  If you missed this then you......... well you just missed good fun.

Editor's note: I was told if it had not been for some rain, there would not have been enough parking places for the cars. From countless emails, fun was had by all. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but did provide several free promotional articles leading up to the event.

I have no doubt the car show will be back.
web posted July 23, 2014
What kind of a jerk throws rocks at little kids? Especially when they're your nieces!! If it was another kid maybe it wouldn't be so bad but this is a grown MAN!! I hope the judge puts his butt in jail for what he did. How could you hurt a 5 YO little girl by throwing a rock? You could kill a little kid that age. This made me so mad when I read it! I'd like to say a lot more…… I am SO MAD! 
web posted July 23, 2014
I thought u were on the cops side. they make u mad or something? 2 stories in a row about kids getting arrested fo helping their moms?

Editor's note: I am on the side of truth. Neither story you mention was intended to be a negative on the respective law enforcement agency handling the calls. That is what happened and it was reported just like any other incident that is covered.
web posted July 23, 2014

I can understand the kid in Johnston being arrested for hitting the guy in the head with a brick. I know that he saw his mama being jumped on but he could have jumped on the guy rather than hit him upside the head with a [darn] brick. What if he killed him? He'd prob be facing murder [charges]. I don't agree with the other kid being [charged] for hitting the guy attacking his mom. That doesn't make any sense. I would have done the same thing.
web posted July 23, 2014
The analysis is at the end.  Hopefully you keep up with IRS computer crashes and its implications.

    The Odds
    The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480.
    The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510.
    The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850.
    The odds of a disk drive failing in any given month are roughly one in 36. The odds of two different drives failing in the same month are roughly one in 36 squared, or 1 in about 1,300. The odds of three drives failing in the same month is 36 cubed or 1 in 46,656.
    The odds of SEVEN different drives failing in the same month (like what allegedly happened at the IRS when they received a letter asking about emails targeting conservative and pro-Israeli groups) is 37 to the 7th power, which equals 1 in 78,664,164,096.   (That's over 78 Billion).  In other words, the odds are greater that you will win the Florida Lottery 342 times than having those seven IRS hard drives crashing in the same month.

Editor's note: As the investigation has expanded, so has the number of hard drives that have now been reported to have crashed suddenly. They can keep everything about you for 80 years, but, dog gone it, they just can't seem to be able to keep those pesky emails. According to the Democrats, it's all because those "extremist Republicans" refused to give the IRS more money.
web posted July 23, 2014
As of today Obama has made 41 changes to ObamaCare to avoid it being implemented to help the DEMONcrats that shoved this down our throats in another election. As soon as the elections are over and he's scott free, we're going to get hammered for insurance and people are going to lose their jobs. Thanks to the DEMONcrats!
web posted July 23, 2014
Editor's note: The article in this post refers to Titan Farms
Hats off to all those hard working migrant workers!!! They're just here doing the jobs that Americans can't handle! God bless each and everyone of you!
web posted July 23, 2014

Mother of 8 - - This is a commentary by a urologist named Sebastian J. Ciancio, M.D about a woman in her twenties who he says is having babies just to be supported by the welfare system.  The mother already has seven children who have been released to the custody of their grandmother and the doctor says the Department of Child and Family Services in Illinois is paying the family $1500 per child plus groceries. Total yearly income: $144,000 tax-free, not to mention free healthcare (Medicaid) plus a monthly "Link" card entitling her to free groceries, etc, and a voucher for 250 free cell phone minutes per month. This does not even include WIC and other welfare programs.
web posted July 23, 2014
Editor's post: It is scary what is happening to our youth right here in Edgefield County. I am not talking about the two teens recently either charged or arrested allegedly defending their mothers from being attacked. Those cases can be debated on their own merits. No, I am talking about a much broader and far deeper problem. I hear the calls dispatched, I read the incident reports and see the ages of those involved get younger and younger over the past ten years. Parents had better wake up and pay attention as to where your children are and, more importantly, who they are with. 
web posted July 22, 2014
I don't know about anyone else but if I had a loved one murdered on the Malaysian flight that was shot down, I would be horrified by the way the bodies of the dead are being treated. I am horrified and I didn't lose anyone on that flight. Where is the U. S.  in getting in there and retrieving our dead? What in the world is wrong with this picture? This is the most inhumane and disgusting event I have witnessed in a long time. Maybe I don't know all the facts as to why we are not part of this investigation, but we seem to just sit by and let all the bullies have their way. I forgot, this country no longer seems to value the lives or deaths of its citizens. I also forgot that we really have no power in the world anymore. So sad!!
web posted July 22, 2014
Re: lazy machines
If your machines are lazy it's because you are lazy.

Editor's note: What does life feel like without humor?
web posted July 22, 2014
Remember, LEGAL immigrants get a green card.  Illegal immigrants costs the TAXPAYERS about $250 BILLION each year.  Who pays?  Mostly the local citizens pay for the schooling, mostly the local state taxpayers pay for the policing of these illegal immigrants.  Mostly somebody else pays.

"What difference at this point does it matter?"
"What difference at this point does it matter" if we have laws, or don't have laws?  Who must obey the laws and who may violate the laws?
"What difference at this point does it matter" if we have a border or immigration policy or not? 
"What difference at this point does it matter" if we run up huge deficits and borrow to pay for illegal immigrants invading our nation? 
"What difference at this  point does it matter" if these illegal immigrants bring disease into our nation?
"What difference at this point does it matter" if these illegal immigrants have no jobs waiting for them, no means of taking care of themselves, and in the case of the children, Child Labor Laws prohibit them from taking jobs.
So, back to the original question:  WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS INVASION BY ILLEGALS? 
web posted July 22, 2014

I've noticed that sometimes there is very little news and then I read your [Editor's] post [Monday] and wondered if that was because of your problem or because there just isn't any news? I'm not complaining, just curious and think others might be too.

Editor's note: There are days where there really is not any news worthy incidents to report. If and when there is a reduction of reporting due to my condition it is stated at that time.
web posted July 22, 2014
RE: A good night's sleep.
Down a pint of rum and take 2 aspirin 30 mins before going to bed. You'll sleep like a baby and wake up without a headache!!

Editor's note: Thanks for the advice but, no, I don't think so.
web posted July 22, 2014
Editor's post: I remember a good night's sleep. It is right up there with having a good day. As time goes by those memories are beginning to fade. Off to see yet another specialist this week and, no doubt, another round of tests. About to wrap up month number five without being any closer to finding out what is going on than we were from the beginning.

I, and my beautiful bride, cannot thank Dr. Tami Massey enough for her ongoing care during all of this. She is far more than a "Primary Care Physician", she has been a God-send to us.
web posted July 21, 2014
Before DOE there was ERDA which was in charge of the nuclear weapons complex . It was not around for long. Prior to ERDA the nuclear weapons sites were run by the AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) . Under Carter many agencies were consolidated to form DOE due the energy crisis . The point is that SRS and the other sites in the weapons complex have always been under contract to private companies but the government has been in charge since the Manhattan Project.
web posted July 21, 2014

My gun.
Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Remington 30.06 right in the doorway. I left 6 shells beside it, then left it alone... and went about my business.While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor boy across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the stop sign near the front of our house. After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there, right where I had left it. It hadn't moved itself outside. It certainly hadn't killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented to do so. In fact, it hadn't even loaded itself. Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the media hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong or I'm in possession of the laziest gun in the world. Well, I'm off to check on my spoons. I hear they're making people fat. The United States is 3rd in Murders throughout the World. But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the bottom for Murders. These 4 Cities also have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the United States . ALL 4 are controlled by Democrats. It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data – right?

Editor's note: We have the same problem. Not only that, but with other pieces of machinery. My lawn mower, weedeater and hedge trimmer are super lazy. Hasn't cut the grass, walkway or shrubs in two weeks and I had to go out there and do it myself the last time it got done. Same with the vacuum, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Lazy, lazy, lazy and lazy. At least the refrigerator and ice maker works.
web posted July 21, 2014

I cannot believe Edgefield County Sheriffs Office charged the son for aiding his mother from being attacked by the drunk husband.  The husband could have killed this woman if it had not been for the son being a hero only to be charged with a crime?  Sheriff Dobey and the entire Sheriffs Office has lost my respect I will remember this come election!  You all could do better!

Editor's note: I doubt this charge will ever result in a guilty verdict if it even gets that far. It was a judgement call by the deputy as far as who to charge after his investigation. The story was reported because I thought about how the mother, who was just attacked by her husband, had to sit down and discuss with her son why he was being punished for doing the right thing once the father had been arrested and deputies left the scene.
web posted July 21, 2014

George Bush : When you rearrange the letters it spells He Bugs Gore
President Barack Obama : When you rearrange the letters it spells An Arab Backed Imposter
web posted July 21, 2014
Bob Lonsberry on Two Americas - Worth Reading
web posted July 21, 2014
I am extremely disappointed in Edgefield's Sheriffs Dept and the decision to charge that son with assault for protecting his mother. I just read a link to another story in which a dad beat a suspect unconscious for molesting his son. Law enforcement chose not to charge him so why can't that be done here? It seems the son was in a hard situation, darned if he did and darned if he didn't. Law enforcement should be afforded some discretion in cases such as these.


Editor's note: The deputy (or officer on the scene) has full discretion on whether or not to file charges.
web posted July 19, 2014
Why would they charge the poor kid for protecting him mom? That's just stupid! I had to read that 3 times to make sure I didn't miss something. If anything they should have given the kid a pat on the back.
web posted July 19, 2014
RE: "What a bitter, unhappy individual you must be!!  You're probably the reason you never had an important job.  Couldn't handle it?  Couldn't perform well enough?

Oh how wrong you are, and obviously being with the govt. for soooooo long you definitely know what assuming does.  You are right, I couldn't handle it.  Seeing a one page document go through four different layers, coming back with this word or that word being changed.  I surely knew there was a better use of my time elsewhere.  And if you truly are not an O supporter, then you'd also know what Ronald Reagan said.  Govt is not the solution to our problems, Govt. IS the problem.  Not all govt employees are useless, but even you have to admit there is a helluva lot of deadwood that needs to be culled.  But unlike private enterprise, try getting rid of that deadwood. And the bloat of govt bureacracy is perpetuated.

As to govt always running the nuke sites.  Not exactly true.  Yes they contracted DuPont, so it was de facto govt run.  However, the day to day operations were by a private enterprise and they did it with 4000 personnel.  And to get your facts really right, when did the DoE come into existence - under Jimma, Jimma Carter which was late 70's.  Uncle Dupey helped with the nuke effort for WWII.  If you want to cut govt waste - abolish the DoE.  It's not doing what it was initially set up to do anyway, which was to make this country energy independent.  The only thing it did was grow itself and our tax burden.
web posted July 19, 2014
This is about the kid being charged or arrested or whatever for hitting his dad who was beating on his mother. Is that the message the sheriff wants to send to kids in homes where domestic violence may be an ongoing thing? That if you do something to stop it you get arrested?

Editor's note: The son was charged on a ticket, which is considered an arrest, but was not booked into custody. He does still have to go through the process as if he was booked and released on bond until court.
web posted July 19, 2014
Our hands on, concerned for the middle class,  President's schedule for this week.  No day starts earlier than 10 AM.  Friday isn't even planned.  He has a 16 day vacation coming up at Martha's Vineyard.  How do you like paying for that?
    * A civilian jet with approx 20 Americans (295 total people)  is shot down with a Russian made high altitude guided missile.
     * Israel is responding to rocket attacks against civilians by invading Gaza to kill Hamas terrorists.
     * Libya is falling to the same islamo-fascists that are over taking Iraq.
     * China is asserting authority over the South China Sea.
     *  Vietnam is asking US for help against the Chinese.
     *  Islamo-fascists are on the move.
the truth is what it is.  there is no political spin to solve this

web posted July 19, 2014
What's going on at the hospital board?

Editor's note: Things are quiet right now. The next meeting of the ECH Board will be Thursday, July 28. We will have a report the following Friday morning.
web posted July 19, 2014
Editor's post: WIN up to $100 - I would like to publish a list of the ten dumbest things you could say to a police officer. To do that, I am asking for your help. The person with the #1 saying will win $100. Members of law enforcement are encouraged to send in things they have encountered or heard from other officers. There will be prizes for second and third place as well. Winners can keep their names confidential if desired.
Officer: Is that your bag of dope? Person: No, mine's much bigger. 
Officer: Driver's license, registration and insurance please. Person: No problem, can you hold my beer while I get it?
web posted July 18, 2014
Re: "This is why so many people let their dogs run loose…… because they're going to get warned a million times before anything is done!"

Amen to that! We have complained about our neighbor who lets his dogs run loose for over a year. They've killed some of our chickens, tear up stuff in the yard, scare and chase our cat so bad that we have to keep her inside now, and crap in our yard for us to have to clean up. They [law enforcement] come out and say we have to be able to prove his dogs are the ones doing it. While the dogs are running around loose!!! Everybody else keeps their dogs in a fence or on a runner. HELLO! My husband was keeping a gun in the kitchen and saying he's gonna shoot the dogs the next time they get in the yard. I made him put it up because they'd probably arrest him if he did! Everybody has rights unless you obey the law ! !

Editor's note: You probably gave your husband good advice. You cannot shoot a dog just because it is in your yard. You can shoot only to protect yourself, someone else or property (including pets) that are being attacked or you are in fear of an attack due to obvious aggressive behavior. You can call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office (803-637-5337) or your local law enforcement agency to be properly informed of your rights.   
web posted July 18, 2014
Re: RE "All Federally employed employees are considered .......retirement plan."
What a bitter, unhappy individual you must be!!  You're probably the reason you never had an important job.  Couldn't handle it?  Couldn't perform well enough? To place all government employees into one category is just like saying one tomato on the vine is rotten so the entire plant is no  good and will not produce decent fruit.  I have seen many federal employees (myself one of them) who did an honest day's work and something worthwhile was accomplished.  I guess supporting our military in a civilian capacity is not doing anything of value to you.  All the people you mention are part of the Obama regime and democrats.  I was and am not.  I also am not a democrat nor do I vote for them nor believe in the way they are ruining this country. Your drivel reveals just how biased, and one minded you seem to be.  Are there any bad or unproductive workers in whatever your consider your occupation to be?  Maybe everyone in that occupation should carry a derogatory label because if some are bad they are all bad.
web posted July 18, 2014

I never knew that government employees were "public servants". Elected officials are the ones that are considered "public servants" in my opinion. I agree that the folks in Congress should not get the benefits they get. The person who ranted about SRS sounds like they have sour grapes to me. The idea that DOE took over the site from Dupont is just evidence that this person does not know what they are talking about. SRS has always been run by the government. Dupont had a contract with the government to run the site as is always the case with these nuclear weapons sites. They have a contractor now, it is just no longer Dupont.

One thing to keep in mind is that government employees at least have jobs. Many try to do a good job, even though there is a lot of red tape etc. These folks are not on the roles of welfare. All this talk about the illegals getting subsidies is definitely a huge, huge issue. Let us not forget, however, that there are currently a majority of people in this country (legal residents) that are already on the take from the government. Government employees pay taxes just like everyone else and they too are all supporting the leeches that are sucking the blood out of this country. The whole system needs to be overhauled but that won't happen. Think of the riots in this country if someone took away the freeloaders' hand outs.

Granted, there is a lot of waste etc with the government but be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater (love those old sayings!).Many good people are government employees. To throw them all under the bus is as ridiculous as throwing all teachers under the bus. The system may not be perfect, in fact it is far from perfect, but  a person working to support their family is not the same as some of these people that are doing illegal activities.  Come on, how can you compare the two? All government employees are not doing illegal activities.
web posted July 18, 2014

To the individual who falsely accused the Editor of "tearing down the community" 

That's a pretty bold statement when you consider that the [Edgefield] Daily gives our community the ability to keep up with things such as our local youth baseball team, school news, breaking news, weather, other sports from around the county, as well as a format for public discussion on topics that would most often be "swept under the rug" or simply ignored.  The Daily provides readers with exactly what its name implies, daily news, up to the minute in an easy to read format, that keeps me informed. 

I've read opinion pieces, political commentary, I can see who died within 24 hours of the death, find out if school is open or closed when I get up in the morning, read editorials from local preachers, and even look through classifieds.  Now tell me again what it is that your "once a week" paper does that Edgefield Daily doesn't? 

The future is so bright here in Edgefield County, we have to wear shades.

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments.
web posted July 18, 2014

It's really upsetting to see all the negative comments everywhere about the illegal aliens...when you have Americans that live off the government. Living off those millions of dollars that those illegal aliens can't claim during tax refund season. People on food stamps and section 8 and riding around in brand new cars,wearing name brand clothing, and with 2 cell phones. What's wrong with that picture? People "complain" about not being able to find a job becauae illegals take their jobs, there are plenty of jobs but nobody wants to do the hard dirty work. Mostly all the fruit and vegetables you pick up at the grocery store are being picked by those illegal aliens. Those illegal aliens that work their butts off to make min wage or less just to be able to provide for their families. Coming from a Mexican background myself it just breaks my heart to see negative posts about illegals. In God's eyes we are all the same, he doesn't discriminate why should we!?
web posted July 18, 2014

An 87 year old lady was speeding in Texas and was pulled over by a State Trooper. When the State Trooper requested the woman’s driver’s license, the Trooper noticed a pistol in her front passenger seat, a sawed off shot gun in the back seat.  The Trooper then requested this elderly woman to open her trunk for his inspection.  The 4 ft 10 inch, 85 lb. lady  responded quickly and showed another sawed off shot gun in the

Trunk.  The Trooper was shocked by all of this fire power and asked the octogenarian “What are you afraid of?  The sweet little lady looked up at the tall, robust Trooper and replied, “NOT A [removed] thing."

Editor's note: Thanks for the laugh. However, I am looking more for "one liners" for the contest. Some of those submitted already are quite funny. Keep them coming.
web posted July 17, 2014

Bears in Edgefield. I wonder if people are reporting seeing bears just to get in the newspaper?

Editor's note: I do not have information on who called in the latest report, however; the name of the persons making the reports have never been mentioned. One report was due to a photo taken of a bear in January, as linked in the report. I have no reason to doubt the validity of the callers making the reports.
web posted July 17, 2014
Re: Bear sightings in Edgefield
I've lived in Edgefield my entire life and have seen bears around here since I was a little kid and I'm 64. Maybe with more people moving in they panic if they see a bear. So what? It's a bear. Leave it alone and it'll leave you alone.
web posted July 17, 2014

This is about the dog owner getting arrested because of his out of control vicious German Sheppard. First of all that's not a little dog. That's a big dog that can kill a grown man much less a small kid. Why did it take "several" complaints before he was arrested? He should have been arrested when the dog bit the girl jogging. The cop should have shot the dog when it charged him and then made the man bury the dog before going to jail. This is why so many people let their dogs run loose…… because they're going to get warned a million times before anything is done!
web posted July 17, 2014
Re: Editor's comment on not buying the local paper:
You may not buy, but you DO read it. At least the paper prints some good news and is more concerned about building community than tearing it down.
Thankfully, that hold themselves to journalistic standards.

Editor's note: I do not lie. We report the news, weather and sports as well as features (which are always positive). As such, the news can be good, bad or indifferent as can the weather and sports. It's not sunny every day and our hometown teams do not always win. We also do not withhold a report because of who it involves, regardless of their stature or position. Welcome to reality in the news.
web posted July 17, 2014

RE: Man arrested in bed w/13-YO
How did this thug get in the girls bedroom without her momma knowing? She had to have let him in her window or the door and was not a "victim" if you ask me! I can tell you what would happen when I was growing up…. the last person that would be called was the police. That stupid SOB would have never been heard from again.
web posted July 17, 2014
Re:  (July 11, 2014) Johnston is suffering from bad management

The writer made the comments: “Shouldn't the owner of the burned down Section 8 home be required do something about it?...yet many slum lords have no requirements for their renters to keep up property...like cut grass, and keep vehicles off the front yard…Many of the issues have been presented to the Johnston Town Council...who still do nothing.  Why? It could be some of the Town Council are also slum lords.”
If you want to know who the “slum lords” are in Johnston, and Edgefield too for that matter, simply click on (or paste to your browser) the following link to access the webpage for the Edgefield County Assessor’s Office, http://qpublic.net/sc/edgefield/. At the top of the page, click on “Search Records”.  Then click on “Yes, I accept the above statement.”  By clicking on “Search by Location Address”, you can enter the street number and street name to find out exactly who the owner is for the properties referred to.  Be advised that when you enter the street name, abbreviations are used.  For example, “Edisto Street” should be entered as “Edisto St”.  Spelling out the name will result in “No Record Found”.  You can also search by “Owner Name”.  Simply enter a last name, and a list of properties owned by everyone with that last name will appear.

It is very interesting to see that the majority of the “slum,” rundown, and section 8 properties are owned by only three individuals.  And yes, the writer is correct, “it could be some of the Town Council are also slum lords.”  At least one is anyway.  Of course new Mayor Culbreath and new Councilman Attaway don’t apply, as neither of them own any property in Edgefield County.  At least they don’t pay taxes on any.  Hmmmm…
web posted July 17, 2014

Why is it that law enforcement of Johnston is allowed to say that [a former officer] resigned? He has.not been held accountable for his actions and has been able to avoid any criminal charges. The reason he "resigned" is due to a "Order of Protection" that was issued to protect his victim. He is not allowed to have or carry a firearm, which makes it impossible for him to remain a cop. If he had been a regular citizen, then he would be held accountable for his actions but being a "cop" puts you above the law. Johnston Police Dept needs to be completely over hauled! The citizens deserve to have officer's that enforce laws, not break them.
The citizens of Johnston deserve to have a Police Dept. that protects and serves the community not harass, intimidate, and bully the citizens.
web posted July 17, 2014

RE: "All Federally employed employees are considered to be in "public service" and are frequently referred to as "public servants".  I guess those who faithfully work for 30-40 or more are just supposed to walk away and have no retirement.  Having been a "public servant" for more than 30 years I  thank God that the federal sector does have a retirement plan."

"Faithfully work" my @$$!  Unless you were military, you're part of the problem!  30 years at sucking the govt.'s teet doing probably mostly nothing of any importance.  Well, except your own self-importance. I took a govt. job for three years and couldn't stand it.  Most of them pontificated about being "experts" because they were govt., but most couldn't pour [water] out of a boot with the instructions glued to the heel.  And day in and day out they slogged to work, pretending to do work, but doing nothing.  (Example:  DuPont ran the nuke site at SRS for 40 years when they were in fact making something.  Govt. (DoE) took it over and it ballooned to 22,000 employees, MAKING NOTHING!) You know why I quit? One year I was supposed to write national policy on certain issues.  The next year, I was charged with re-writing that same policy, changing words from should, to could, to would, and on and on and on, essentially manufacturing my own job, perpetuating my own self importance, and hence my on justification of why I should remain employed as a govt. employee.  Most govt. employees are no different than union workers, they demand a high salary and produce absolutely nothing, and you can't fire them for incompetence.  Go ahead.  Go ahead [removed] and try to argue that point!  Has Lois Learner, IRS, been held accountable? Nope!  Has Eric Holder been held accountable for his fast and Furious? Nope!  Has the Shenseki been held accountable for the VA debacle? Nope!  They need to be held accountable and [treated] like the pigs they are! And you are not much different. You've fed at the govt. trough and you are protecting your own. What is your alleged expertise?  Seems your drivel is no different than the Soviet politburo and party members.
Isn't your claim of "public servant" and govt. employee an oxymoron?
web posted July 17, 2014

An illegal immigrant picks up a  hooker. "Hey, how much you charge for DA  hour, sister?" he asks.
"$100" she replies.
In broken English, he says, "Do  you do immigrant style?"
"No" she says.
"I pay you $200 to do immigrant style."
"No," she says, not knowing what immigrant style is.
"I pay you $300."
"No," she says.
"I pay you $400."
"No," she says.
So finally he says, "OK, I pay $1,000 to do immigrant style".
She thinks, "Well, I've been in the game for over 10 years now. I've had every kind of request from weirdoes from every part of the world. How bad could immigrant style be?" So she agrees and has sex with him.
Finally, after two hours, they finish.
Exhausted, the hooker turns to him and says, "Hey, I was expecting something perverted and disgusting.  But that was ok. So, what exactly is immigrant style?"
The illegal immigrant replies,  "You send bill to Government."
web posted July 17, 2014

RE: Editor's note: The called meeting of the ECH Board was cancelled
OK, what was the meeting about?

Editor's note: I have an idea, but no agenda was ever released. I have requested myself and municipal/feature reporter Anne Waits be sent the agendas of all meetings starting in July.
web posted July 16, 2014

If they [Edgefield County Sheriff's Office] knows who killed Greg Wallace why don't they arrest her? I read that he died because of being hit in the head so hard I don't get why she hasn't been arrested. What's the hold up?

Editor's note: There is this thing called probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant that includes evidence to support the charge. At this time there is not enough evidence to support the arrest of anyone be they male or female.
web posted July 16, 2014
I bet I can tell you everything that is going to be in [the paper] today. Everything that's been on the [Edgefield] Daily in the past week. If it wasn't for the news they get from you there wouldn't be anything but gossip in the old fishwrap. Don't you get tired of doing all the work for them?

Editor's note: It's called the news business. You cannot inform the people without informing other media outlets. Besides, by the time they go to print, it's all old news anyway for readers of Edgefield Daily. I have not purchased a copy of the publication since 2006.
web posted July 16, 2014
Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on Alinsky writings and Obama writes about him in his books.
Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today....... Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S. ?

All eight rules are currently in play
How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:
There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.
1) Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people.
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States ?
Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots."

The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
web posted July 16, 2014
I had to listen to it twice .. to be sure that I heard what I thought I had heard.  Why was I stunned?  I know better, but I guess I don't learn that quickly after all. 
This is the most amazing statement ever uttered by Obama, by any American.


Editor's note: At first I too was shocked. I had to listed to it several times to really let it sink in.
web posted July 16, 2014
What happened to the promised report on the [Edgefield County] hospital Friday?

Editor's note: The called meeting of the ECH Board was cancelled. There will be a report on the regular meeting scheduled for Monday, July 28, at the Hospital Conference Room. The public is invited to attend.
web posted July 15, 2014
Re:  Editor's comment about "public service"
All Federally employed employees are considered to be in "public service" and are frequently referred to as "public servants".  I guess those who faithfully work for 30-40 or more are just supposed to walk away and have no retirement.  Having been a "public servant" for more than 30 years I  thank God that the federal sector does have a retirement plan. I am aware that initially our founding fathers did not envision congressional members as being "full-time" however over time that is what has evolved.  Thus, today members of congress  are considered to be "employed" and draw their paycheck from the federal government just like other federal workers.

Editor's note: My comment was about elected officials, specifically members of Congress. "Editor's note: I do not care how long you "serve" in Congress, when you leave your pay should end. I thought that is why it is called "public service".

Nowhere did I mention public employees at any level.
web posted July 15, 2014

I heard that [a local grocery store] is closing. Do you know anything about that?

Editor's note: Yes, and all information points to the business closing in the very near future.
web posted July 15, 2014

Buddy Turner and Ned Nicholson were so instrumental in getting a hospital in Edgefield.  Why then are their pictures hanging down a hall where no one can see them except those who go to rehab?  Those pictures should be hanging in the front lobby of the hospital for everyone to see.  They earned it!
web posted July 15, 2014

Seems like the only "racists" are the ones who keep calling people like southerners, conservatives, FOX news watchers etc . "racist". Who are the real racists in this country? Seems like the real racists are the ones (usually black or at least always liberals) that keep bringing up the race card. Why is it that when that term is used it is always assumed it is whites being racist against blacks? Racism is a two way (and now with the Mexican culture so much a part of ours it will be a three way) situation. I personally see more black against white racism these days. No one talks about that, do  they? No, because that would not give anyone a political advantage.

Anyone catch Bernadette's rant last week?  She is a black woman from Houston who sees a threat to the assistance programs coming from all these new "Immigrants". If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.

I am ashamed of the Republican establishment in MS for race bating in this last primary. I guess they are choosing to get down in the gutter with the liberals. Apparently there is at least one good Republican on the RNC who is questioning the practices of the establishment in the Republican party and trying to hold them accountable for actions in that primary.  He is the head of the Republican party in MO and is on the RNC. Good for him . I hope the SC representatives on the RNC are also holding these folks accountable-I sure have not heard that anyone from SC is speaking out about it.  Conservatives better take the higher ground but then that is assuming the folks on the RNC from SC are Conservatives. Probably a bad assumption without the facts.

Unfortunately, I see a lot of racial issues locally. I hope some of the banter stops. Again, someone has to take the higher ground and if not the Conservatives, than who?

Editor's note: I agree, and on the illegal immigrants pouring into our country, the liberal media is negligent in not reporting how many thousands of these teens and children entering have contagious diseases this country has not battled in decades. This is a health crisis more than a "humanitarian crisis", brought to you by Barack Obama.  
web posted July 15, 2014
Re:  Costco has started carrying the book again.
I don't care. They are still on my nasty list and they are one of the biggest supporters of DemocRATS and Obama.  I will go to Sam's to spend my money and will encourage others to do the same.
web posted July 15, 2014

Only in California, the land of fruits and nuts.

Editor's note: Democrats will not be happy until all mention of Godly matters are ruled illegal and Christians are jail for their beliefs.
web posted July 15, 2014

This is amazing


Editor's note: Very entertaining.
web posted July 15, 2014

Office                                    Annual Salary         Retired Salary
President                                 $400,000                $199,700
Vice President                            $231,900                  Based on  service in the House or Senate
Speaker of the House                      $223,500                  Based on service in the House or Senate
Majority Leader                           $193,400                  Based on service in the House or Senate
Minority Leader                           $193,400                  Based on service in the House or Senate
Congressional Representative              $174,000                  Based on service in the House or Senate

According to the About.com U.S. Government Info site, "Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation."

Editor's note: I do not care how long you "serve" in Congress, when you leave your pay should end. I thought that is why it is called "public service".
web posted July 14, 2014

It is so sad to see this border issue continuing to get worse. It has raised a lot of questions in my mind, like how is this all being coordinated and orchestrated? Yes, this is definitely being orchestrated and it has been for a long time. Apparently this all started being put in place back in January, if not sooner. Where did all the Homeland Security buses come from? How are they flying all these folks around the country (many have been taken to OK, MD and VA etc.) Who is paying for all of this and where did they get the manpower to do this? How did they get all these military bases prepared to take care of them?

The southern border of Mexico is brutal to Guatemalans who attempt to get into Mexico. Now these children (and many others) are waltzing through Mexico to get here? Yes folks are being paid off but where did this idea even start? Why did our government start organizing the placement of all these people back in Jan? How did they know they were coming?  The drug cartels are involved but what would be their goal to bring children here? Things to ponder for sure.

The job of government is to protect its citizens, not provide services for them but to protect them. How safe are we when we have porous borders? We have disease coming in, dangerous people coming in etc. Schools, communities, jails, hospitals etc will all be impacted. There are too many unknowns that the American people are not being told. I feel awful for these children, but that is the point-Americans are compassionate and will care for children. The people behind this scam know that. The children are a ploy to accomplish another agenda. Liberals use the goodness of the American people to go against the American people. So sad.

Boy, I feel so much safer with this President, how about you?  Sarcasm!!!
web posted July 14, 2014

I see the "jerk" strikes again. He complains if you miss work, complains if you work and say you are hurting, or now, if you say something sweet about your wife. I like the way you say you love your wife and aren't afraid to put her up on a pedestal. I copy and paste some of your comments and email them to my husband as a hint. I'm not even going to comment on the JERK!

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments. The person sending the comment in question is not the same person who likes to dictate my working hours. 
web posted July 14, 2014
RE: YEA!!!!!!! Chris Hoffman is going to run again for school board !!

Wow.  Ole Carroll isn't going to like that. Didn't Hoffman expose Waites' attempt to sneak in a pay raise for the board members?  OMG! Covar's not going to like that either. Didn't Hoffman push the stadium project through even though Covar wanted to continue playing the lawsuit lottery and not have it fixed to avoid any potential lawsuits from injured children?  Oh but wait, Covar now struts around Edgefield boasting about the stadium, he did it. Right?  Oh and isn't it Covar that wants bronze plaques memorializing his being Chairman at the time the stadium was renovated?

Funny how Merriwether produces the most honest people to run our affairs.  Once they figured out the formula, they've got it right - Hoffman, Ball, Blackwell.  A shame they couldn't have drawn the line to pit Hoffman against Covar or Waites.
web posted July 14, 2014

Bob Beckel opens mouth and inserts foot. Guess he forgot he is paid to only badmouth Republicans.  Can't wait to see how he spins his say out of this one. :)

Editor's note: What I found most disturbing was the panel of liberals calling everyone in the south racists (we don't want black and brown people to vote, but we elect them to office) and that everyone on Fox News is a racist. Openly and knowingly lying and the entire panel agreed. Iiberals live in a world of lies, not reality.
web posted July 14, 2014

Editor's post: What a slow news day Friday. No breaking news by 4 am Saturday. Just the way law enforcement likes it after a crazy week. Have a great weekend.
web posted July 12, 2014
I watch the news every night on either [TV news channel] 6 or 12 and haven't seen anything about Greg Wallace dying or even his story. They all covered it when it happened and then just forgot about him. We didn't. I want to thank [Edgefield Daily] for keeping his story in the news even after he died. We were friends of Greg's and nobody seems to care that he was murdered except you.  I read today and yesterday [on Edgefield Daily] about the "shootout" in Edgefield. Nothing on the news either night. If a strange box is found at a building it's all the news you hear all day for days. But a murder or shootout in Edgefield County they look the other way. Why?

Editor's note: We advise our news partners on most breaking and substantive reports - sometimes before they are published. What they do with that information is up to them. In addition they can access Edgefield Daily every day just like anyone else.
web posted July 12, 2014
[RE: Greg Wallace death] How can they rule "blunt force trauma" as a cause of death and not rule it a murder?

The "cause of death" has been ruled, however; the "manner of death", whether the injury was caused by another person has not. According to information provided, the injury caused the death, but proving someone else caused the injury is a different story. You cannot arrest someone because you "think" they are responsible for a crime. You have to prove probable cause to obtain a warrant for the arrest and charge.
web posted July 12, 2014
I heard that the shooting in Edgefield was because of the stabbing of the guy at Club 21 in Johnston Sat night. DO you have anything about that? I never saw anything on the stabbing anyway.

Editor's note: We've had mentions of the incident at Club 21, however, to date we have not received any incident reports from the JPD or the ECSO and both responded to the call. No motive was suggested in the reports given on the shootout on Eastview Road, just the facts of what took place and what was recovered in the initial investigation.
web posted July 12, 2014
YEA!!!!!!! Chris Hoffman is going to run again for school board !!
web posted July 12, 2014
The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480.
The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510.
The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850.
The odds of a disk drive failing in any given month are roughly one in 36. The odds of two different drives failing in the same month are roughly one in 36 squared, or 1 in about 1,300. The odds of three drives failing in the same month is 36 cubed or 1 in 46,656.

The odds of seven different drives failing in the same month (like what happened at the IRS when they received a letter asking about emails targeting conservative and pro Israeli groups) is 37 to the 7th power = 1
in 78,664,164,096. (that's over 78 Billion)

In other words, the odds are greater that you will win the Florida Lottery 342 times than having those seven IRS hard drives crashing in the same month.
And, the odds of a Democrat telling the truth are even higher.

Editor's note: A political narrative held by the mainstream media and the Democrat Party cannot be distracted by facts.
web posted July 12, 2014

It is sad to know there are idiots that would make remarks to you about owning your wife. I thought it was rather pleasant to read comments from a husband, that still after years of marriage thinks of his wife in this manner. (However, I was able to have lunch with my beautiful bride and it made my whole day. Odd how sitting across from a smart, confident, accomplished and beautiful woman can just change your entire attitude for a little while.)
I would hope this person is not married, for they are thoughtless,inconsiderate,negative,and have a very non christian attitude. I would like to thank you for all the hard work you do keeping us up on what is going on in Edgefield. Very few of the reports from Edgefield Daily never make it on any news. If it does they have received the report from you. I have lived here for 42 years and I do not start my day without reading the Edgefield Daily. I will keep you in my prayers to be completely healed. Please don't let the few negative people get you down.

Editor's note: My beautiful bride and I have been together for 37 years, 31 of those married. What other people say about me means nothing to me. As long as my bride loves and approves of me, and our loving Lord loves me, I'm good.
web posted July 12, 2014

What a sad response to the editor's post about his "bride". When I read his post, I thought it was wonderful that a couple married for years still love each other and can enjoy lunch together . How refreshing. What is wrong with people that have nothing better to do than complain about comments like this. I would guess there is some jealousy and resentment somewhere down in this responder's reaction. Good for the editor in responding as he did to the complaint [comment]. We should all be thankful that the editor is still able to publish Edgefield Daily with his medical issues. I guess unless you walk in someone elses' shoes it is hard to understand what that person is dealing with. Constant pain is no fun and especially when you don't know how to fix it. Seems like the critical readers certainly keep reading and depending on Edgefield Daily. Maybe a thank you would be more appropriate than a criticism.  Gee, and Edgefield Daily is free. Hmmmmm  I guess it is just "all about me" with some folks.

Just a note-keep your eyes on Israel. With all the human trafficking going on in this country the news is focusing on the border (as it should) but do keep aware of what is going on in Israel. It is significant!

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments.
web posted July 12, 2014

Re: I was always told if you didn't have something constructive to say, don't say anything.

I agree, good advice. How 'bout taking your own advice. You had nothing constructive to say.
web posted July 12, 2014

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~ Henry Cate, VII
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any
inducement to go to heaven. ~ Will Rogers
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even where there is no river. ~ Nikita Khrushchev
Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~ Author unknown
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more land tunnel. ~ John Quinton
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~ Tex Guinan
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~ Charles de Gaulle
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~ Doug Larson
web posted July 11, 2014

HELLO!!!! This is a great big I TOLD YOU SO! I said when the naacp got their man elected mayor that Chief Aston was gone and the new chief would be black. Lo and behold I pull up the [Edgefield] Daily this morning and guess who the new chief is? HELLO!!!

Thank you, thank you very much. Elvis has left the building!

Editor's note: Lt. Lamz Robinson has been appointed as "interim Police Chief". He has not been hired for the job. The position will be advertised and I can assure you more than one well qualified person will be applying for the job, including interim Chief Robinson.
web posted July 11, 2014
Johnston is suffering from bad management by people most of us would never allow in our homes or near small children. Mr. Attaway won his election from gathering absentee ballots..which should be checked to ensure they are valid. If Mr. Attaway is not the sharpest knife in the drawer..who helped him gather absentee ballots? No doubt..Johnston has evolved into a place where color is the electable ingredient and common sense does not exist. Driving the length of Calhoun street..there are at least seven homes for sale on the West end of Calhoun..and one Section 8 Home two doors down from the former mayor's house. No telling how many mamas and their babies live in this house...but there are a lot. No doubt the babies daddies are hanging around the 'burn barrel' on drug infested Edisto Street where anything goes. On the East end of Calhoun street there is the Haunted House, but someone has done an excellent job cleaning up the yard and that is a 'good thing'. On the other side of the Haunted house there is another Section 8 home with two unusable vehicles sitting in the front yard. Hey...Town council people...is there a Town provision prohibiting junk vehicles on the main street? (Doubt any of you fools read this anyhow) And what about the burned up home down the street from the Haunted House and Section 8 house? Shouldn't the owner of the burned down Section 8 home be required do something about it? I highly doubt the combined IQ for Johnston's Town Council members exceeds that of a Pine Tree.. or our town would not start taking on the appearance of some inner city urban area. Take a look at all the low lifes who walk the streets of Johnston with their underpants showing and in some cases their butt cracks exposed. Many of the morons even talk to themself.  Ohhhh...town Council...how about bringing our Police Force up to strength. So many low life thugs and sex offenders live in Johnston...a Police presence is needed. And for all you idiot voters who elected a mayor who has no job and no business experience...thanks butt-heads. But, the former mayor is partially to blame. He did nothing either, which helped open the door for a young man who is 'on the job training' as mayor. What is the answer? When morons are elected to office by other morons...and Johnston does have a lot of morons who only see race, and nothing else..nothing good grows. Wonder why homes in Johnston are worth half of what there were five years ago? Junked cars in front yards, thugs walking the streets, Section 8 housing, burned down homes...is there any wonder? Those of us who own property and homes in Johnston take care of our property..yet many slum lords have no requirements for their renters to keep up property...like cut grass, and keep vehicles off the front yard. Wonder why many home owners are frustrated and angry about low property values yet seem to pay a lot in taxes for over-inflated home values. Many of the issues have been presented to the Johnston Town Council...who still do nothing. Why? It could be some of the Town Council are also slum lords.  Pray for me Sisters

Editor's note: Once all the results were in there were only five absentee ballots. Four for Attaway and one for Crim.
web posted July 11, 2014

"My bride" this "my bride" that who cares? Since when did you start owning her anyway? I was always told if you didn't have something constructive to say, don't say anything.

Editor's note: Today is your lucky day. It is late, I am taking pain medicine and still in pain, I have slept a total of about three hours in the past 48 and you struck the last nerve I had open.

You have no clue about the relationship between me and "my bride". I do not "own" her. I am "her husband". We became one when she and I exchange our wedding bands and were married as God intended.

As far as the content of the editor's post. The last time I checked I am the editor and it is my post. If you do not like the content, scroll on down. Thanks for reading.

I needed that.
web posted July 11, 2014
RE:  Editor's note: Costco has starting carrying the book again. [Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her”]

Well they are still in bed with obafooma.
web posted July 11, 2014

Little Sisters of The Poor are named on NOW's "Dirty 100 list"!

Incredible but liberal:


Editor's note: That's a liberal for you. You know, the "tolerant" ones.
web posted July 11, 2014
Kyle Carpenter and Sheri Few: Class and No Class
When a candidate for state-wide office can't quit complaining about losing, lessons on humility become necessary.

Read more at the Watch Log
web posted July 11, 2014
Editor's post: Wednesday was not a good day for me health wise. However, I was able to have lunch with my beautiful bride and it made my whole day. Odd how sitting across from a smart, confident, accomplished and beautiful woman can just change your entire attitude for a little while.
web posted July 10, 2014
My comment is about Greg Wallace. I hope there is still an active investigation going on.  Firstly, I feel the family deserves closure.  I work with two of his cousins.  They say (yes, this is hearsay for me)  he had cigarette burns, bites and had been beaten. Then a couch placed in front of the door so he could not get out.  As I understand it, he was disabled from a car accident.  I know Edgefield County does not have a lot of money for DNA testing but they should have been able to get  saliva for evidence.  The family has suggested their suspected perpetrators.  I live within a half mile.  I pray the leads will be followed. Should we in Merriwether be alarmed?  I know our County has limited funds but  I really want to feel and be safe.

Editor's note: The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the case. When it comes to solving a case, money is not an issue.

I have no information of Mr. Wallace having burns or bites and nothing in official reports mentions such injuries or a couch being placed in front of the door. The woman that found him walked right in without being hindered by any furniture.
web posted July 10, 2014

[George] Attaway is a [removed] joke! No wonder Johnston is becoming a ghost town. Look at who gets elected. This whole town is a joke anymore. I'd move but nobody wants to buy a house in Johnston.
web posted July 10, 2014

Remember liberals, when seconds count, cops are only minutes away.
web posted July 10, 2014

How did George Attaway get elected [to the Johnston Town Council]? He couldn't solve a 4 piece jigsaw puzzle if you put 2 of the pieces together for him? Do the people that voted for him know anything about him or was it just because he was black?

Editor's note: He won because he got the most votes.
web posted July 10, 2014
This  IS True! Your vehicle MUST have been built to use this fuel – that means it must have been built AFTER 2012 and not all of those can safely use this fuel.
While this gas is currently sold in only a few states, it's important to know the harm it can do IF you are traveling through states and are faced with the option to buy it. This short video could save your car from damage and from voiding your warranty! Please watch & pass along.
web posted July 10, 2014
Never shop at costco again:

Editor's note: Costco has starting carrying the book again.
web posted July 10, 2014

I saw where a Capitol City Ambulance was stopped for a traffic violation and the driver was arrested. My first question would be what was the driver doing that would get him pulled over by the police in an ambulance. Must have been something really stupid glad there wasn't someone in there dying. The driver had a warrant out for his arrest this company must be really up on there employees. Its bad enough to have to be transported in an ambulance but then to have a thug driving it would have to be even worse. About 2 weeks ago I saw where one of there ambulances caught on fire can you imagine being in that ambulance. It would seem that a company dealing with transporting sick people an handling people in some of the worse times in the life especially when every second counts between living an dying that they would do a better job of hiring an maintenance on there equipment. I would hate to know that somebodys loved one died because of a companys greed an putting there profits ahead of the people there entrusted an paid to transport. I can only pray if I need an ambulance that Capitol City doesn't show up they just might as well let me die in peace at home instead of dying on the side of the road while there employee is in handcuffs or burning up in one of there ambulances.

Editor's note: Any emergency transport by ambulance is provided by Edgefield County EMS, not any outside company. Trust me, you are in the best hands possible in the CSRA when Edgefield County EMS is on the scene. For profit companies can operate in the county after applying for a permit, for non-emergent transport to and from area facilities. The report released did not say what the traffic stop that led
was for.
web posted July 9, 2014

I could say more about the mess in Johnston but let him hang his self and take her with him but the sad part these police here doesn't care about our town they rather be parked in somebody's yard are useing their house to sleep while working . Wake up people and Mayor you need to wake up as well .  !!!'
web posted July 9, 2014

So, has anyone noticed that our President does not seem to be concerned about his poll numbers etc? He walks into TX for a fund raiser but won't visit the border to actually witness the mess he has created. This was all planned-they have been gearing up for transporting these illegal aliens (not immigrants-illegals) around the country. This has been orchestrated and supported by those in charge. It all plays into the overall plan to transform this country.

The fact that this administration taunts the people with statements like "Sue me" the day after the Supreme Court went against his illegal actions , shows the arrogance and, I think a sense of confidence that they will continue to get by with all of these illegal actions. Court cases take a long time and in the meantime, a lot of damage is being done.

The White House calls this mess a "humanitarian" situation.  It is actually human trafficking . It should be called what it is . Using children and poor people as a ploy to get your legislation to pass and to undermine this country is deplorable. It is unbelievable yet not unexpected from these kinds of people.
web posted July 9, 2014

I sure hope the [county] council continues to follow what's going on at the hospital. Somebody needs to pay attention.

Editor's note: When Edgefield Daily first started, most of the time I was the only person present at most county council meetings. Today, the room is never less than half full and many times full.  There has been no coverage of the Hospital Board meetings. It is time for those who complain to attend the public meetings. Edgefield Daily  will be attending every meeting of the board starting July 1, join me and watch as tax dollars are spent.
web posted July 9, 2014
A 94-year-old Prophecy is Fulfilled
H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic and Democrat.
"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.  On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."
---H.L.  Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
So it was written, and so it has come to pass.
web posted July 9, 2014

Democrat from Ga at work

Editor's note: Makes me think he is related to DEFEATED County Councilman Norman Dorn.
web posted July 9, 2014

There is probably no more a suspicious, picky and even angry organization that the American Civil Liberties Union.  It doesn’t take much to light these folks off on even the slightest perception of Constitutional malfeasance.  In many ways, the ACLU is the Golden Calf to both the left and to Libertarians.  It is revealing, then, to read what a prominent member of the ACLU has to say about the National Security Agency, it’s mission and it’s adherence to the law
Read more…
web posted July 9, 2014

Lord we think the Town of Johnston is in a mess now wait till everybody see's who is going to take Chris Aston place for the time being and if the town Counils put him in shame on y'all but I do know one that will put him in cause she looks at him like a king and she needs to be out the door herself . He lives in Ga and drives a police car home I don't get it . JOHNSTON is in a mess big time. EVERYBODY that lives here you better get to praying if you won't our town get in a better shape everybody better hope they don't put him in.
web posted July 8, 2014

Re: That's what granddaddy does, right?

Oh boy, somebody has granddaddy wrapped around her little finger. LOL!

Editor's note: You know it.
web posted July 8, 2014
I have been silent for too long but now I feel that I have to speak out for ECH employees. I am an employee and [ECH CEO] Brandon Clary is the worst thing that has ever happened to Edgefield County. He was not so bad at first until he hired [CFO and HR Director] and things have been horrible ever since. Brandon is [in my opinion not telling the truth] and he covers up everything he does. He threatens us constantly and we are all fearful for our jobs. He knows exactly who to play up to but treats most of us like crap. I am so thankful that the County Council is questioning him and is standing up to him because the hospital board is not. I am hoping that the council will keep on shutting him down before he shuts the hospital down. I could not email this because [an employee] has forbid us for reading or having anything to do with Edgefield Daily. Brandon said he would subpoena any negative comments posted on Edgefield Daily but I hope you scan and post this any way. I do not believe you will be intimidated by him like we are forced to be.

Editor's note: No one can subpoena the names of those who submit anonymous comments on public officials, including those that come anonymously through the US Mail or email. Others have tried and failed.
web posted July 8, 2014
Congrats to the Dixie Youth boys advancing to the state tourney! Everybody gets excited about Rebel football, but you better take notice of these kids. They're the next Rebels in football and baseball! Hats off to the coaches and the parents for a great job! These kids deserve to see us in the stands at their games to cheer them on.
web posted July 8, 2014
Johnston needs to shut down the club 21 on Lee St. Every time you turn around the cops are out there and I heard somebody got stabbed this weekend. I didn't see anything in the news about it. Why not? People better wake up around here!

Editor's note: There was a call to the bar, I believe it is called Studio 21, around 1:53 am Sunday morning with a report of a fight. EMS was called and requested the scene be secured, which it was, before they arrived. I have no idea if anyone was transported from the scene. Johnston Police and Sheriff's Deputies responded to the call. No incident report provided on Monday by both agencies contained information on the call.
web posted July 8, 2014
I'll believe there are bears in Edgefield when a half white half black kid from Kenya becomes President of the US.
web posted July 8, 2014
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
~ ~Abraham Lincoln
web posted July 8, 2014
To aware citizens it’s crystal clear: THE IRS MUST GO!  There is no place for an institution like the IRS in a society of free people such as the citizens of the USA.

The IRS can and does, WITHOUT CAUSE, bring financial ruin to any citizen or small business it chooses.  The congress, which both created and empowered the IRS, already has sufficient evidence to abolish the IRS but has made no move to do so.  We all must contact our congressmen, both representative and senators, and insist the IRS be abolished.  If he/she doesn’t make a move to abolish the IRS before the November elections, tell him/her you intend to vote for his/her opponent in November; then do it!  It’s that simple.

The legislation replacing the income tax with a national sales tax, the FairTax, has already been thoroughly researched and written.  It’s been stymied by the House Ways and Means committee for over ten years!  All citizens should inform themselves about the FairTax (see fairtax.org).  Then tell your congressmen, in the most forceful way possible, to adopt it.
web posted July 8, 2014

This is the answer everyone must see this video and you will elect a conservative.

"In his own words."  WOW WILL BE THE MOST VIRAL VIDEO FOR 2014
web posted July 8, 2014
Editor's post: I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. We enjoyed a day of our family gathering for grilling BBQ, corn on the cob, baked beans, hash and rice, deviled eggs, and homemade ice cream to round out the meal. Of course, watching our granddaughter's face bright-eyed for the fireworks display in the front yard was priceless. And then she wanted more and granddaddy got her more. That's what granddaddy is for, right?
web posted July 7, 2014
Please explain why I read so many comments about all these things that are supposed to be happening at the [Edgefield County] hospital but there's never a report of what is going on at the hospital? What's the truth?

Editor's note: There are problems, however; Edgefield Daily has never covered the ECH Hospital Board meeting in the past and only when issues came up at the County Council meetings - much to our, and our readers' detriment. That has changed as of July due to the growing public interest in the controversies that are rumored to be taking place. Our first report is scheduled for our Friday, July 11 edition.
web posted July 7, 2014
I've watched the news and haven't seen anything about Greg Wallace dying. I can't believe it wasn't bigger news. They still don't know who killed him and it seems like nobody cares! Somebody is getting away with murder!

Editor's note: Edgefield Daily reported on the death (several previous reports linked within the report) as soon as we were notified the following morning. That information was shared with a media group including some of the local television news broadcasts and a web based and print media outlet. At this time the death has not been ruled a homicide.
web posted July 7, 2014
Instead of complaining adopt your highway. Help pick up instead of complaining, ask law enforcement to charge people for littering. Calling and asking a few employees to pick up for hundreds of miles is stupid.I have picked up my 3 miles have you.
web posted July 7, 2014

Thought for the day:
Money can't buy happiness but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
web posted July 7, 2014

Famous Presidential Lies Contest
            We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )

            I am not a crook

        GHW Bush:
            Read my lips - No New Taxes

            I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski

        GW Bush:
            Iraq has weapons of mass destruction

            I will have the most transparent administration in history.
            The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
            I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
            The IRS is not targeting anyone.
            It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
            I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
            You didn't build that!
            I will restore trust in Government.
            The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
            The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
            It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
            Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
            We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
            I am not spying on American citizens.
            Obama Care will be good for America .
            You can keep your family doctor.
            Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
            If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
            It's just like shopping at Amazon.
            I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
            I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
            I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi .
            I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
            And, I have never lived with that uncle.  He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.

And the biggest one of all:

            "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America ."

I believe we have a winner!
web posted July 7, 2014
RE: You [the Editor] really should take some time off and get healthy
I couldn't agree more. You're family and your health are the only things you have your entire life. You need to take care of both and make it your first priority. I love the Edgefield Daily and thank you for everything you do!

Editor's note: Thank you.
web posted July 7, 2014

Food City, a Food Chain, is located in the Southeast, headquartered in Bristol, TN.  This is a great commercial.
Not a word spoken, and none needed.  Very few commercials deserve to go viral. This one does.
Take 1 minute & Click here : http://stg.do/OdQg
web posted July 7, 2014
I have called at least 10 times over the past 2 yrs to have the trash on our road picked up and they always tell me they will put it on the list and it never happens. But then they mow the roads the trash gets cut up into a million pieces and spread everywhere. So instead of having some trash it becomes a lot of trash. Why don't they pick up the trash BEFORE they mow the road?  [Heck] why don't they just pick up the trash to start with period!
web posted July 4, 2014
Re: [Edgefield County Hospital CEO Brandon] Clary being paid to get his degree … "I do not have a solid yes or no on the question of paying for continued education right now" - the "editor".

Why not? If the hospital board agreed to pay to send Clary back to school it would have to be done in public. It's county money right?

Editor's note: In the past Edgefield Daily has not covered the meetings of the Hospital Board. By the time the minutes of the meetings are made public (County Council agenda for July for example) they cover the meeting in April - a 2 month gap in information. Yes, the hospital receives 6.5 mills of tax money (between $500,000 and $600,000 a year). Edgefield Daily is working to cover the meetings, hopefully starting this month to keep the public advised of their actions. If all else fails, I will attend them myself.
web posted July 4, 2014
It's so sad how badly Edgefield County Public Library has fallen off in the last 6 months. I realize they've changed staff, but the staff aren't the problem they are actually what keeps the place running, as for the guy that's supposed to be the manager he's never there, so how can he manage? Hopefully with the new cameras I've seen in there the people who installed the cameras will see who's actually running the place. I tell you one thing background plus psychological checks need to be given to everyone staffed at government/federal/county buildings!
web posted July 4, 2014

I don't approve of political jokes. I've seen too many of them get elected.
web posted July 4, 2014
Picked the wrong guy to harass.
web posted July 4, 2014
I think that what Coach Hillary is doing for these younger kids is GREAT!!! I hope they continue to do that, and I hope the rebels have a great football season with him!!

Editor's note: I received several emails and calls on the story commending Coach Hillary for holding the day camp.
web posted July 3, 2014

I love the old sayings I learned as a child. One was - "Birds of a feather flock together". There is so much truth in that saying. Who one's  friends are says a lot about them. Friends have a lot of influence on our behaviors -sometimes good, sometimes not so good. I think it is true that birds of a feather flock together! That causes me to consider the source (another good saying) when I listen to people's statements about things or people. Lots of wisdom in those old sayings!

Editor's note: I agree. One of my favorites is, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when at first we practice to deceive!"
web posted July 3, 2014
RE: high school behavior
That's all Edgefield is, the old ST high school click from the 1970's. And Bettis is the ringleader. He couldn't get elected mayor so he just controls the mayors and the county council.

Editor's note: I can assure that Mr. Rainsford's influence on the county council and the boards under their control has vanished since 2008. His minions there have been replaced. 
web posted July 3, 2014
We were sitting on the deck last night looking out over the pond and listening to the bullfrogs, crickets and watching the lighting bugs. It was so peaceful. After about an hour or so we noticed that we weren't swatting at mosquitoes. The cold winter sure paid off !
web posted July 3, 2014 
I want to know if it is true that the hospital board is paying for [ECH CEO Brandon] Clary to get his masters degree. Shouldn't he have to have a masters degree in order to even apply for the job? Why should taxpayers pay to train him and send him back to school? Where was the OJT part of the job description? What executive experience did he bring to the table to get hired? So I have heard it was ZERO!!!!!!!! 

Editor's note: I do not have a solid yes or no on the question of paying for continued education right now.
web posted July 3, 2014
Bettis this, Bettis that. Who cares about Bettis? Unless he really is getting his hands on the hospital board and the hospital. Then I DO have a problem.
web posted July 3, 2014
To the Editor
You really should take some time off and get healthy. I've seen you around town and you look so pained walking around. Your health is the most important thing you have. Take care of it! I admire your determination and commitment to the [Edgefield] Daily, but you've hired people to fill in for you during vacation ect, maybe its time you take more time off and get back to 100%. You owe that to yourself and your family. Everything else comes second.

Editor's note: Thank you for your concern and kind commets. I have reduced my working hours each day drastically, however; there are some things I have to do if for no other reason than to stay active. If and when the time comes that I need to take time off I will do so.
web posted July 3, 2014
Welcome to government run healthcare and the future of ObamaCare!
I-Team: Acton Vet Finally Gets VA Doctor’s Appointment – 2 Years After He Died
web posted July 3, 2014
Isn't it funny that in life things always revert back to high school behavior? I was thinking about the cliques in high school. There was always a "popular", exclusive group that had one or two leaders. Everyone in the group seemed to adore the leaders and always came to their defense and played up to them. Some of that was due to a certain amount of fear of those leaders. No one wanted to be kicked out of the group or left out of activities. They for sure wanted to continue to be considered "popular".  There is a saying that some people don't just get mad, they get even and there is always the fear of crossing certain types of people. Again, is it respect or a little bit of fear of some the leaders of cliques.

I have found that there is always that "popular" group whether it is in church, a neighborhood or in a town. I observe people a lot. For example at one time in our neighborhood there was a certain group that were led by a "king and queen". I would see people panting after these people and working so hard to be accepted and fit in. It was a little silly in my view but that is often what happens when you have groups of insecure people. Sometimes the leaders of these cliques are worth our respect and sometimes they are not. One really needs to be aware of leaders' actions. Blind support of anyone is naive and leads to allowing some of those leaders to abuse their leadership role.

I wonder if Edgefield has a clique of people and a leader. As I have observed the actions of one of the leaders in Edgefield I wonder if he is worth our respect or if he is being pandered to by his groupies. I cannot think what else would drive the thinking of some who support this leader.  Sometimes leaders have been in charge for too long. The power they wield is strong but, again, there is fear of crossing them.  I am sure this is not the case in Edgefield... but then it is a small town and people are people. There are a lot of insecure folks in the world. Seems like some never graduate past high school thinking and actions.
web posted July 2, 2014

Heads up parents of W.E Parker Elementry students. When your child comes home in tears and blames it on the new teacher/coach believe them.
web posted July 2, 2014

What's up with ECH? Brandon Clary, CFO and HR do not care about that Hospital. Like the editor I know first hand the STAFF gives excellent care. Know it's being said they change Banks and did not inform the staff of the change. If the board or somebody don't do something there won't be a hospital here and we need it.  Why do[es] he want to be so mean and evil?
web posted July 2, 2014
Editor's post: I have said this before and I will say it again. Regardless of all of the comments about the ECH Board and/or CEO Brandon Clary, the nurses and staff provide excellent service and care to patients. I know this first hand. Never let a dispute about administrative matters trickle down to those who actually provide superior care to those admitted to the hospital. They are the backbone of the hospital and deserve our support at all times.

web posted July 1, 2014
RE: Bettis Rainsford
Were you one of those who took a chance. Did you invest money in any of his projects or do any work for him. Did you get paid. Probably not.
Do you know that Edgefield County allowed Bettis and his partner thru Mount Vintage Properties  to deed and sell lots and collect the money up front before any roads or utilities were even in place. The county didn't even require them to bond the project. Try that anywhere in the state and see what happens. What about all the people that took a chance and bought these lots. They took a chance at a lavish wine and  cheese party, spent millions of dollars and today the lots they purchased are not worth close to what they paid for them. They took a chance.
What about the contractors that were working there that never got paid and the subcontractors working for the contractor that never paid. Some of them have never recovered from that. They took a chance.
Bettis and his partner took a chance on the project but they collected there money up front, never completed the project and a bunch of people lost there chance.
Not much respect for people like that.
web posted July 1, 2014

The Edgefield Police, Highway Patrol, and Edgefield Co. Sheriffs office needs to sit on Columbia Rd towards Main St. The shear numbers of speeding and driving reckless is astounding! Law enforcement are just as guilty as civilians and it is a tragic accident waiting to happen. I have called Edgefield Police and e-mailed the Sheriffs Office to no avail, and I am disgusted with this problem.
web posted July 1, 2014

Regarding Bettis' friend who can count on Bettis. Hmmmm  This person is obviously part of the ingrown group in Edgefield that drinks the kool ade and is part of the good old boy system there. This person's example and explanation about Mount Vintage is laughable. Mount Vintage brought in a lot of money to Mr. Rainsford. Mount Vintage brought in a lot of tax revenue to the county. There were more issues, due to his greed and poor management , than just the economy turning. He worked the system and used his "friends " to do things half way, allegedly illegal and unethical. He has hurt so many people and then just walks away. It appears he does that in most ventures he is involved in. I guess he can just go home (if he still owns a home) and live in the past that he loves so much.

These people that are coming to his defense have obviously not been hurt financially by this man. It is easy to stand up for someone when you only know half the truth.  I say maybe some of these folks need to get out in the real world (outside the sacred walls of Edgefield) and make new friends. Maybe they do not know what a real friend is like or maybe they don't have any more integrity than Mr. Rainsford has.

Edgefield has a lot of history. Good for Edgefield. If people were honest about it, they would realize that some of that history is not very commendable. That is true in most places.  Edgefield is still making history and some of it is not very pretty. I guess if your whole world sits in a small town, than maybe you can't see the forest for the trees. Maybe folks don't want to see the forest for the trees because then they might have to change some of their old, narrow minded ways.
web posted July 1, 2014

The recent items about Bettis Rainsford in Wandering Minds are entirely the work of a few ignorant people who are motivated by spite. They are inappropriate and unfair.  There are a great many friends, employees and supporters of Bettis who are appalled at the vindictiveness shown in these letters.  Over the course of his life he has done more for Edgefield and Edgefield County than any other person, living or dead. 
    He has created an amazing number of jobs and added significantly to the tax base of Edgefield County. The jobs and tax base of Trinity Mission Health and Rehab., Parkdale Mills, Mount Vintage Plantation, Edgefield Inn, Old Edgefield Grill and Edgefield Fuel and Convenience would not be here today but for his entrepreneurial efforts.  The jobs at the Federal Prison and Urban Outfitters would certainly not be here but for his development efforts and resolve.
    With regard to the hospital, were it not for his efforts in the late 1980’s the hospital would have closed at that time.  If it were not for Bettis we would not have the Strom Thurmond Statue on the Square, the Discovery Center, the Piedmont Tech Center, the Old Edgefield Pottery or the History Park on the corner of the Square.  The revitalization of Downtown Edgefield in the late 1980’s would not have happened without his leadership, nor would the streetscape of Main Street about ten years ago.  Those who show such malice towards him ought to come out with a list of what they have done for the betterment of Edgefield.
    Bettis has long recognized that one of the County’s greatest assets is our rich history, which can be used to promote future development.  Through his efforts we now have our popular tourism book, The Story of Edgefield, written by the History Class of the Edgefield County Historical Society.  He has also written a series of other books about our history, providing important additions to our knowledge of our past.
    On a personal level, he has been extremely generous to numerous individuals and businessmen, providing loans, advice and comfort to those in need.  He has provided rent-free space for years to a number of people in town who have been involved in the town’s tourism promotion, and he has permitted others to remain in their space at significantly below-market rates. Much of what he has done has been done anonymously.    
    These vindictive remarks about Bettis are way off base and uncalled for.  We have been asked by him not to respond because it only makes matters worse – but I had to write this – and I’d be proud to sign my name to it if allowed.
web posted July 1, 2014

Football is about to start in a few weeks. Strom Thurmond High School's new Head Coach Antwuan Hillary has a head coaching record of 0-0. What is Fox Creek Charter High School's Head Coach Russ Schneider's record. Maybe Tim Crane knows? This is what i got:
Fox Creek football under Russ Schneider
2004 School created but no football team
2005  0-8
2006  1-9 (Entered the South Carolina High School League)
2007  0-10
2008  2-8
2009  2-8
2010  8-4 Made Playoffs
2011  9-3 or 0-12 (Made Playoffs,but forfeited entire Football, basketball and half of baseball season for illegal player)
2012  2-8
2013  6-4 (Did not make the playoffs)

Career 21-71 or 22.8%
web posted July 1, 2014
Funny how everybody loves Bettis [Rainsford]. He screwed around on his wife until she divorced him. He walked around town with his MISTRESS in front of her and everybody else until she duped him. He's the lowest of low. What a guy to look up to. Only in Edgefield. I wouldn't trust that [removed] around my Lab when she's in heat!
web posted July 1, 2014
web posted July 1, 2014
I have lived in Edgefield for twenty-five years during which time I have run a business,volunteered for many different associations in the area and in general lived a relatively quiet, peaceful existence.

For most of this time I have known Bettis Rainsford as an acquaintance, as a business man, as an Edgefield Historian and in later years as a wonderful friend. A  friend that I could always count on and as an individual  that would " tell it like it is." I have butted heads with him on several occasions as he and I do not see eye to eye on all subjects , however he is always willing to "show me where I was wrong." Generally I was.

He has been a person that if asked to make something happen for the benefit of Edgefield he would " move heaven and earth" to make it happen.

As far as being open to taking risks, Mount Vintage was a Hell of one, and after the "fall" of our economy perhaps he was unable to meet all of his financial obligations. But if it wasn't for Bettis and his vision of a beautiful equestrienne/golf/retirement community you'd all be living in New Jersey.

No, he is not perfect, he can be very stubborn and he is not always correct. But I would take a dozen of him over the jealous, simpering, whining, do-nothing bloggers out there who could give a damn about what's going on in Edgefield past the end of their own drive-ways.

Get out there and make a mistake, but DO SOMETHING other then crying about someone who cares!
web posted June 30, 2014

Who are the idiots who call themself Edgefield Magistrate Judges? One of you morons let an animal abuser get her three dogs back so she could abuse them some more. I have always thought the Magistrate system flawed, but you clowns take the cake. Do any of you jokes have a law degree?
Or do you just make it up as you go along? How many animal and child abusers have you clowns let off the hook? Thanks Senator Massey for putting some of these clowns in office. Ohhhh....many of us are still waiting for You..Sentator Massey..to initiate a bill designed to prohibit convicted felons from being eligible for School Board positions. Do something Senator Massey and you may get reelected...or not. Why are you Magistrate Judges so lenient on people most of us would never allow near small animals, children or in our homes. Why don't one of you take one of these low lifes home with you and let them roam about in your home for a while. You may have a different outlook on the low lifes you give a break to..when the only break they deserve is one with a baseball bat to their body. Now I feel better....
web posted June 30, 2014

Re: Officer relieved of duty "nobody's business"

I will tell whose business it is, mine and my family's. We live in Johnston and have to put up with all kinds of reprobates walking our streets, stealing from our yards and cars, selling drugs and running down the town. It's MY business if one of those supposed to "protect and serve" is unstable in any way and kudos for Edgefield Daily informing everyone about this officer. Unlike the mayor, I hope he never comes back to work.
web posted June 30, 2014
To the writer talking about people whining about the current conditions at the ECH, I have a news flash for you. The local doctors are fed up with the way the CEO is treating them. And they really are doing very little referrals/admitting to ECH. That will force it to close. No patients, No hospital. Just ask the docs how Brandon Clary has treated them. You will get an ear full! If Brandon Clary has any honor in him, he would do like Ray Price, our former CEO, and resign because of the low census. Mr. Price did not want to see the hospital close, Brandon Clary doesn't care as long as he is getting where he wants to be. And as far as Brandon and Bettis being chums, Brandon is quickly edging out Bettis as the most hated man in Edgefield! He needs to go back to where he came from. We were much better off before he took over. So sad to see our beloved county Hospital go down the tubes because no one cares to correct the problems. Sad, sad, sad.
web posted June 30, 2014

Here is what happened on January 1st 2014:
                                         2013      2014
Top Income Tax bracket    35%             39.6%
Top Income Payroll Tax    37.4%          52.2%
Capital Gains Tax:             15%             28%
Dividend Tax:                    15%             39.6%
Estate Tax:                           0%             55%
Remember this;
If you have any money, the liberals want it!
All of these taxes were passed with only Democrat votes.
Not one Republican voted for these taxes.
Remember this come election time.
Make sure your friends and neighbors know this also!
We need to reverse this Federal government expansion during the next election!
These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, also known as, Obama care!
web posted June 30, 2014

I would like to say Thank You to the editor of Edgefield Daily for keeping people informed. I live in Aiken now and visit this site DAILY to keep up with the town I grew up in. Please know that it is greatly appreciated!

P.s. If you try to read more than 5 articles on Aiken Standards website you are asked to pay and yet your site remains free and people still complain.

Editor's note: Thank you. When Edgefield Daily was founded 10 years ago I promised that readers would never have to register or pay to view our content. I am a man of my word.
web posted June 28, 2014
I am excited about the general store being planned. I hope they can find a spot for a few computer supplies. My H-P printer uses # 21 black and #22 color ink and all-purpose paper.
web posted June 28, 2014

Do you think it’s time for Edgefield County to have beer and wine sales on Sunday? I would believe

It might open restaurants normally closed on Sunday and possibly  bring in  new  business.  It’s nice to have a glass of wine with your dinner or a cold beer at the golf club. At this time you must go to Aiken or Augusta for any of the above.

Editor's note: I believe people can order alcohol on a Sunday if they are a members of a private club, but I will have to confirm that. To get Sunday sales allowed county-wide would take the county council voting to place the question on a referendum for voters to decide. I don't see that happening in the near future. You may open more doors than you want.
web posted June 28, 2014

RE: "Some of you folks must have really gotten your rear ends chapped by Bettis Rainsford. I really don't know Bettis Rainsford very well......"

 What a dichotomy. You don't know him very well, yet you know him well enough to come to his defense and explain his personal motives? And the "culture of Edgefield" coupled with.... was his downfall?  Are you kidding?  He set the culture.  Just because people stood up to his selfish bullish tactics they don't have guts or a backbone?  Well, Bettis didn't have a backbone either-he's a snake. Lucky thing Bettis isn't black.  If he was and people disagreed with his policies/politics/and sleazy business deals, they'd all be labeled racists. Screwing the people in Mount Vintage took guts and a backbone? Not paying taxes, fees, and licensing to complete MV was taking a risk? Maybe you are right " I really don't know Bettis Rainsford very well......"
web posted June 28, 2014

I don't see where a police officer being "removed from duty" is anybody's business if it is a personal thing. How do you think that makes him feel? Maybe you should think about that!

Editor's note: The complete story has yet to be told. Edgefield Daily did not make his personal situation public, he did by posting to FaceBook for all to see. Being relieved of duty with your gun and badge taken while on duty is a public interest matter. He is a police officer and left the town without police protection due to the situation he created.
web posted June 28, 2014
The problem in MS is not the potential of voter fraud in the general election! The problem in MS is the same faulty primary system that we have in SC where primary elections can be manipulated ! More Republicans actually voted for McDaniel than for Cochran!  The people's voice was stifled by the these shanagans! The establishment  Republicans ( we all know about RINOs) recruited liberal democrats and uninformed blacks to vote for Cochran.  Again , this has national implications for conservatives.

The manipulation of the primary in Edgefield only had local implications. I understand why people did that, but the system leaves the door open for things like what happened in MS! Fortunately the situation in MS had made national news and drawn attention to this unfair, faulty system of primaries.. People should have to register for their party of choice and only those registered for a particular party should be allowed to vote in that party's primary.

I don't understand how there will be voter fraud in MS . Both candidates will be on the ballot, right? In a US Senate race , both candidates should be on the ballot. If not the system is really flawed.  Can't people still vote for their choice of candidate? Surely there won't be ballots with only Democrats or Republicans listed.

Editor's note: There is no way to challenge to vote in November, that is why the challenge is now. They will be looking at voters who voted in Democrat primaries in previous elections, and then voted in the Republican run-off to disqualify them. It just might work.
web posted June 28, 2014

A guy enters a Roman Catholic Church confessional booth in D.C
He tells the Priest, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. Last night, I beat the [heck] out of an Obama supporter!!!
The Priest responds, "My son, I'm here to forgive your sins, not to discuss your community service."
web posted June 28, 2014

Yaaaaaa, the cheese man is back!!!!! Long live the cheese man.

Editor's note:
web posted June 28, 2014
These are truly amazing and rare historical pictures.
Rare Historical Images. - Imgur
web posted June 28, 2014

Does my heart good to see Johnston and Edgefield playing together in all stars. This has been needed for many years. Good luck kids.
web posted June 27, 2014
Since Norman Dorn got booted off (county council) do you think he'll even show up for the meetings? When does Mr. Talbert take over?

Editor's note: Councilman-elect Talbert will be sworn in with the rest of council in the first meeting in January 2015. To the first question: That's a discussion I've had with many people, including my bride who is Vice-chair. She's now leaning towards Dorn not showing up until January to get his plaque for being on (not serving) the county council for 24 years. My bet is he will be at the July meeting to rant and rave like never before. After that, it's anybody's guess. 
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RE: "Edgefield County should be proud.  We have a Senator who stands for what is right.  Thank you Senator Shane Massey for representing us well."

Blah, blah, blah, blah.  He's just another politician playing out a role to get your accolades.  The only thing he is interested in is advancing his own political career.  After seeing what just happened in MS with Thad Cochran-you should be able to see the whole picture now.  Massey, McCain, Graham, McConnell, Cochran, etc have been doing nothing but a Kabuki dance for their constituents.  All this time you thought they were representing you.  Have you noticed the pattern. Just about once a quarter these politicians who call them self Republicans, get some face time on tv, the newspaper, youtube and throw their constituents some red meat. And the constituency, being the trusting souls they are, lap it up. It's been said time and time again, these Rinos are in it for themselves, and the Thad Cochran primary just proved that beyond any shadow of a doubt.  It's no longer Dems v. Reps, they're one in the same, the politic elite.  They put on this great show for the American people to make you all believe they are representing you.  It's no longer Dems v. Reps - It's the American people against the political class.  And the only thing they will understand is very harsh action.  [removed]
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Some of you folks must have really gotten your rear ends chapped by Bettis Rainsford. I really don't know Bettis Rainsford very well, and doubt he would even nod a hello if he met me on the street.  In regards to the post that stated "Bettis' biggest problem - he was too small minded." "He wanted to own and control Edgefield and lost" actually speaks volumes about why he may be having hard times now. Bettis obviously believed in and wanted Edgefield to grow and prosper. The problem with that vision was not Bettis himself but the community he wanted that prosperity for. Sure he wanted to profit himself, but what is wrong with that if the community as a whole prospers along with him? Bettis' problem was a community of jealous and envious people who drive a half hour to Augusta/Aiken to spend their dollars instead of supporting the local economy because they are afraid their neighbor may benefit. Instead of "everything he touches turning to s**t", maybe his problem was you can't make gold out of s**t! The culture of Edgefield coupled with the Great Recession was Bettis Rainsfords downfall. So why don't all of you critics go out and take a risk and invest in  Edgefield? I doubt you will because you probably have never had the guts and backbone to do so!
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Re: "You are partially correct"... Maybe the point was missed. I was referring to the primary process that , in my opinion, is being abused. I did not say anything about the general election in SC or in MS. Primaries determine a lot in this country. Just look at Eric Cantor's race...big consequences! Now the primary in MS...big consequences for Conservatives.

The point I was making is that the crossover voting may have worked to the advantage of folks in Edgefield. There was a lot of gloating over those wins in this past primary. However, in MS the Conservatives were really hurt by liberals who took advantage of same system. Like I said, tables turned.

If it is true that in MS you have to stick with the party you vote for in the primary for the general election , I think that may be better. It would make folks really weigh their votes in the primary. It would give some checks and balances to the process. Otherwise it is a free for all.

In MS ,liberals who voted Republican must feel very comfortable with Senator Cochran if they are willing to have to vote in the same party for the general. election. That really tells you something about Senator Cochran and how devastating  this loss really is for Conservatives!!!!

Editor's note: The problem is there is a Dem on the ballot in November. How many will break the law to vote for him? What it shows is the "establishment Republicans" are the same as Democrats, interchangeable. That's what the Dems and the media call "compromise", surrender the core Republican Party and agree with them.
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Conundrum - Merriam-Webster Online

A riddle whose answer is or involves a pun. 2. a : a question or problem having only a conjectural answer. b : an intricate and difficult problem. The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
     Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
     1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
     2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
     3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
     4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
     5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in
     other countries only dream about.
     6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about -
     yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
     Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in
     the 21st Century.
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.  These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few  lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions  of a few lunatics.
 Funny how that works.
And here's another one worth considering...  2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps  running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked  for" their money, but the second didn't.

 Think about it..... and Last but not least,

 3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our  military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but  we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.

 Am I the only one missing something?
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