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

web posted September 18, 2014

That was such a nice thing to say about the Emergency Department at ECH and several people had a little pep in their step today after reading it. With all the negative things being said it was especially nice hearing something positive, and with it coming from you it just made it that much better. Thank you.

Editor's note: My bride and I are both supporters of the hospital and have nothing but the utmost respect for those who care for our fellow citizens with professionalism and honest concern for their well-being.

Don't forget the Hospital is offering free Prostate Cancer Screenings this month. Early detection is the biggest part of being a survivor rather than a statistic.
web posted September 18, 2014
RE: Edgefield Grill
Thank god its back and running! Support the new owners with your business..
web posted September 18, 2014

You can keep your doctor, but you can't. You can keep your insurance, but you can't. The IRS admitted targeting conservatives, but they didn't. The economy is great, but it's not. Benghazi was about a video, but it wasn't and "what difference does it make anyway"? The VA let our veterans die waiting to see a doctor for the first time, but they didn't, but they're fixing it anyway. The border is more secure than ever in history, but it's not. ISIS is "JV", but they aren't. We're at war with terrorists, but we're not. (Do they even use the word terrorists?) They are the Islamic State, but they're not Islamic. At what point do the American people wake up that Obama and the media groupies are just a bunch of clueless liars?
web posted September 18, 2014
Who knew the first black mayor [in Johnston] would appoint the first black police chief. They can say what they want but the NAACP is running the show. You can kiss Johnston goodbye.

Editor's note: Terrance Culbreath is not the first black Mayor of Johnston. Willie Campbell beat former Mayor Dean Campbell in 2006 to gain that honor. Willie Campbell was a good Mayor and is a very decent man whom I respect tremendously. He was the Mayor that hired former Police Chief Chris Aston after a difficult situation he inherited from the previous Mayor and the previous Chief of Police.

Mayor Culbreath, to his credit, will always make himself available to the press.
web posted September 18, 2014
I am very disappointed in the relationship that the Mayor and Police Chief have in this town.  Mr. Culbreath has done nothing but lie since taking office, and his leadership has turned out to be worse than expected.  The first problem, Police Chief Lamaz Robinson, assisted in obtaining votes for Mayor Culbreath in the Mayoral election, while on and off company time.  That alone, should call for termination as being unethical, for the then Lieutenant.  It is no wonder that the Mayor passed along a personal favor by making him Chief.  To make matters worse, we have a town council without a backbone that has allowed him to do it.  I was raised in a time where we learned at a very young age that we had to work hard for what we wanted.  Handouts were unheard of.  This is no different.  Should Mr. Robinson want to carry the title of Chief, he should have to work for it. 
Another problem is that Mr. Culbreath had told everyone in the town that he would be opening the position of Police Chief up in 90 days, after Chris Aston left the department and in the meantime, Lamaz Robinson would be filling in as interim Chief.  There have been numerous people, with as much as 10-20 years more experience than Mr. Robinson who was waiting to apply for that job.  With that being said, it looks to me that the Mayor has had a plan up his sleeve since the beginning.  In fact, the position was never opened up, and the day before the announcement, Mr. Culbreath plainly told citizens of this town that he had yet to make a decision, when in fact, he waited about 60 days from Mr. Aston’s resignation, until his friend, Mr. Robinson moved into the town, to make him Chief. 
You can say that this could be personal, but there are people who are abundantly more qualified and the facts still remain that Mr. Culbreath is a liar, and the only decision he is capable of making, is insuring that he puts friends before priorities.  So, before the next election, I ask everyone to remember that he stands for personal gain and the gain of his friends, and we as citizens, need to do a little more thorough searching and vote for someone who will put our town first.  Our opportunity is coming soon to take Mr. Culbreath out of office and send him to the unemployment line.  Protecting our town and citizens should be the first thing on the new Mayors agenda.  We need a leader, not an opponent who works against the town.

Editor's note: As far as your comment, "Our opportunity is coming soon to take Mr. Culbreath out of office," is four years away. I agree Mayor Culbreath said on the record that the job of Chief of Police would be advertised and applications would be taken. I confronted the Mayor on that point in an interview following his appointing Chief Robinson. Some have raised the specter that not advertising the position could be a problem for the town as an EEOC violation. I am still looking into that matter. 
web posted September 18, 2014

I ride by the [Sweetwater] community center on Sweetwater Rd everyday going to and from work and I stopped by to take a look around today. It's a nice size building and looks like it's going to be really nice when it's finished. I guess since it's a historical building it's a good thing to save it, but my question is why? What purpose is it going to serve and why should the county be paying for the renovations?

Editor's note: The county owns the property and it will be (or should I say already is) the first county owned community center in the county. It will be used for meetings, family gatherings, weddings, special occasions, group functions, company parties and the list could go on endlessly. There have been people already interested in renting it when it is complete.
web posted September 18, 2014
What's going on with all the robberies [burglaries] going on in Merriwether? It like everytime I turn around there's another one. Where's the police when you need them?

Editor's note: Merriwether contains the largest amount of the counties population in a single location and therefore provides ample targets for thieves. Burglaries seem to run in spurts in certain locations. Next week it may be the Westside, or the Northside, or Bettis Academy. With 507 square miles of rural county, even the Sheriff will tell you we live in a "target rich environment" for property crimes due to being rural. On the good side, Sheriff's Investigators rank top in the state for solving those crimes.
web posted September 18, 2014
What's this…. "Food Week" on the [Edgefield] daily? The Edgefield Grill and the Stevens Creek Grill almost back to back? Is the news that slow? I'm not fussing, it's good to know about places to eat and all that, just thought it was weird to see reviews in the news.

Editor's note: It was not planned that way, but things happen for a reason I suppose. Chef Travis Bethune contacted me about he and his bride buying the Old Edgefield Grill and asked if we could help get the word out. I saw it as a news item more than anything as the restaurant had been closed by then owner Bettis Rainsford and Chef Travis made the move to purchase the business and make a go of it on his own, saving the jobs of all those who worked there. The Stevens Creek Grill was a planned article, somewhat along the same lines. The location had been closed and was reopening under new ownership.
web posted September 18, 2014
Publisher's Corner: I S I L Instead of Their former name I S I S? Obama Knows the difference...

Editor's note: Interesting read. The only thing Omaba knows all about is Islam.
web posted September 18, 2014
Editor's post: Our son came home from work with a nasty gash on his leg after being cut with a cutting tool. He wanted me to patch him up so I got my "crash bag" (First Responder equipment) and took off the bandage. About the best I could do was cover the wound and told him he needed stitches, and a lot of them probably. We sent him straight to the Emergency Room at ECH and was in and out in no time and received a total of 10 stitches. It is so nice to have a great hospital so close for situations like this after hours.  As always, the doctors, nurses and staff did a great job and gave great care.

Some comments have been held back. A bad day turned into a bad night and I just have to call it for the night. Thanks for understanding.
web posted September 17, 2014
I want to say thank you to you  and all the viewers of Edgefield Daily ! Our dogs have been returned! They appear to be doing well and are very happy to be home! We are so thankful to have them back!!

Editor's note: We have about a 90% recovery rate for lost or found pets thanks to our readers.
web posted September 17, 2014
I happen to be one of those speaking to others about your wife and have made a few phone calls as well and have encouraged others to do the same. I think this is a very important time in our county and she is a big part of why things have made such a turn around since she was elected. I hope the trust I have in her is being spread to others when I speak with them. I have never heard anyone say a negative thing about her even when they disagreed with something, they still said nice things about how she handles herself. You have a right to be proud my friend. We are all proud of her. [Removed]
web posted September 17, 2014
What a great story on Steve's [Stevens Creek Grill] place. the best [dang] hamburger anywhere. Ain't been for dinner, but breakfast is awesome too! That's what he needed is getting the word out. Nobody knows its open.

Editor's note: They do now.
web posted September 17, 2014
We usually go to Augusta or Martinez on Saturday night to eat out to get away from the kids and sometime catch a movie. This week we're going to the Edgefield Grill instead. I've always heard the food was great, and expensive. The expensive part has never been the problem for me, it was the fact that Bettis Rainsford owned it and I wouldn't give that man a penny if I found it on the ground. Chef Travis Bethune impressed me by his open profession of being a Christian, a family man, and stepping up to keep the employees from losing their jobs. I look forward to eating in the county for a change.
web posted September 17, 2014
Obama is an idiot! The ISLAMIC TERRORISTS aren't Islamic!? And we're bombing the [mess] out of them but we're not at "war". No American boots on the ground, but there's American boots on the ground. This guy will lie about anything!
web posted September 17, 2014
Editor's post: There seems to be a lot of attention being paid to my beautiful Bride recently around the county. Many of the comments being made to others and those bringing her up in conversations that get back to me reassure what I already know, you cannot hide integrity, honesty, wisdom and true business acumen. People can spot a leader anywhere in a crowd. As well as I try to keep up with things going on in the county, this one really slipped under my radar until very recently. As If I needed another reason to be proud of my Bride, but it always makes me smile.
web posted September 16, 2014
Re:  Football Parking
I am not surprised Painter and Courtney came up with this crazy parking plan.  I guess our AD thinks he needs to change things to try to prove his worth.  His entire family is notorious for trying to change tried and true policies and procedures in everything they are involved in because they think their way is the only way.
web posted September 16, 2014

All you folks crying and complaining about the changes at STHS for football really need to try moving into the current century with the rest of us.  Amazing all the great things that Mr. Anderson, Mr. Courtney and Coach Painter have done for STHS athletics recently and people "lose their minds" about a change in a ticket gate and parking.  Here's a thought, if it doesn't work out, I'm sure they'll go back to the previous system. 

As for the individual who will no longer sponsor meal night, that's no problem, I'll gladly step up and take your place. Have fun sitting at home on game nights with the others who are upset, I'll be at the game with 3,000 of my closest Rebel friends watching great football.
web posted September 16, 2014
Let me make sure I got this right. This Barnes guy gets his death penalty and all the other cases thrown out because he had lawyers and didn't want them, Right? The Supreme Court agreed and gave him all new trials. And NOW he is asking for lawyers?  Doesn't that prove he's a liar and is just seeing how much time he can spend in court wasting even more of our tax money because he's go nothing better to do than die? I think since he asked for lawyers the Supreme Court should say that he has to do it alone or have the convictions reinstated and get on with the execution of this animal!

Editor's note: Sounds like a solid motion for the State to file, which would be heard and then summarily dismissed.
web posted September 16, 2014
Re:  AND TO THINK SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT - "...put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history, and like the 50 of you, none of them were born American. "

Don't really like doing this, but I must come to the defense of the "First Lady".  The signers of the Declaration of Independence were not born American.  Though born on American soil, they were still considered colonists, born subjects of the Crown.

Editor's note: I believe they were the American colonies. The American spirit had been building for a few generations by the time 1776 rolled around. They were Americans, more so than many of so-called Americans today.
web posted September 16, 2014

Get involved and call or email your Rep. tonight and demand they vote YES on the Audit the Fed vote tomorrow.
web posted September 16, 2014

The President is a Puppet!

Our president is just a puppet who daily flits among pedestals reading speeches prepared by his handlers, the 24 Zars! Although he doesn't know why or what he is talking about, nor does he care, his delivery is cinstantly improving. He is not a leader  and even failed as a community organizer. He has never had a meaningful Cabinet meeting, nor does he take oral briefings. Straight out of the Wizard of Oz, but gobbled up by many.

Editor's note: The world is in crisis and Obama is golfing, talking tough, but like a good liberal is saying everybody else will do the heavy lifting - America is going to lead from behind again. "Americans" do "lead from behind", we lead. But the world has nowhere to look for strength as Obama fiddles with our nation and our futures. That's what sad.
web posted September 16, 2014

In reference to the death of Charleston Police Officer Joseph Matuskovic, there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support throughout the state and the country.  I was riding through town, and noticed that Johnston Police Department didn't have their flag at half staff in memory of the man that lost his life in the line of duty.  I believe that the "brothers and sisters" in blue should always stand by each other.  Departments sent people on behalf of their town/county to show support at the funeral for this officer, from Florida, to Maine, to Texas.  Did the great police chief of Johnston send someone?  No. This is a sad time for all Law Enforcement Officers in the state, because when one department loses an officer, the entire community, state and region feel that loss.  This should be a time that all law enforcement comes together as one to support each other, because they are all in it together.  There is only one officer that deserves to have the title of police officer in this town, and he has been there less that a year, and has been doing this job for longer than anyone there.  If he decided to leave there, I couldn't blame him with the crooked people he has to work under.  I would much rather think that the lack of support came from an oversight of the Mayor and/or Chief, instead of them being flat out stupid.  But, I wouldn't put anything past them now.  As you can see, the "Strong Mayor" is flexing his pen!
web posted September 16, 2014

I want to congratulate Fox Creek's former principal Dr. Tim Murph for winning the WYFF News Channel 4 Golden Apple Award for excellence in education! His new school district is reporting his students' test scores rose 12% over the school's previous years' scores. He was also elected by his students as a "Hornet Hero" of some kind. It is unfortunate what a few select Board members of Fox Creek tried to do to his reputation last year. I'm glad Dr. Murph got a big settlement check from the Board for it's actions at least. I'm happy that he has found a place in Greenwood County where he seems happy getting to spend time with the kids each day. WYFF's video of his Golden Apple Award at: Golden Apple Award Winner: Dr. Tim Murph, Ware Shoals High School is inspiring. I think every teacher in Edgefield County and Fox Creek should watch it. I wish that they would have had the foresight to have kept Dr. Murph, but Fox Creek has shot itself in the foot many times in the past and I guess this was no different. I liked Dr. Murph's plan to expand Fox Creek to a 6-12 school and to add a second phase. Too bad that's all gone now.
web posted September 16, 2014

The origins of some of our strange customs.  Some words are not misspelled but English spelling.

Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.  Because wealthy women were dressed by maids,dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right!  And that's where women's buttons have remained since.

Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?
This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'

Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'?
BECAUSE: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the centre of attention

Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'?
BECAUSE: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

WHY: In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?
BECAUSE: When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.' He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie.
web posted September 16, 2014
The Strom Thurmond Athletic Booster Club would like to Thank our Banner Sponsors for the 2014-2015 Season.
Aiken-Co-OP, Allen Simmons All State, Banks Pharmacy, Chuck 's Trailers, DL Vinal Siding, Edgefield Billard Parlor, Edgefield County Hospital, Freeman Septic Tank,Hatcher Plumbing, Herlong Ford, Holsenback Heating and A/C, Jim Satcher Motors, Kevin Beck, McDonalds Of Edgefield, NWTF, Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop, Old Macedonia Baptist Church, Old McDonalds Fish Camp, Peachtree Pools & Spas, Pendarvis Cheverlot, Southern Roofing, Southern States, Strom Thurmond FCA, Sumner Law Firm, LLC, Sweetwater BP, Sweetwater Church Of God, Tidwell Jewelers, Tom Long State Farm, Veterinary Health- Care Associates, Inc. WKSX 92.7

Editor's note: Edgefield Daily advertisers names have been linked to their advertising pages, support them for supporting us and the Rebels!
web posted September 15, 2014

From an email:
We tried the Old Edgefield Grill Friday night and the food was wonderful.  The service was a little uptight because they were just getting started and were new and kind of nervous, but the chef was right on!
web posted September 15, 2014
Wasn't Edgefield Construction (EC) the ones that worked on the hotel about 10 years ago? I think they gutted a lot of it and I thought put a new roof on part of it.

It was sold to a couple in VA or WV and EC did go in and gutted the buildings, shored up main supports, but never put a roof on. As such, that area below fell into the basement (two story hole now) and another section of the roof has collapsed into the second floor.

It would take anywhere between $3 to $5 MM to just bring it up to code. Nobody is going to put that kind of money into it, you'd never get it back in Edgefield - no matter what you turned it into. I have not been able to follow up on where things are at this time. I will make a note to do so now that court is over.
web posted September 15, 2014
Wow!!    Connell williams found not gulity another Edgefield County jury has let another child rapist go free.  I do not understand the citizens of Edgefield someone did something wrong against children and they just let the rapist go free to do it again!  I feel sorry for the victims!  Idiots on the jury!  Whats wrong with you all.

Editor's note: As an added bonus, he gets to go back to the home to live with his victims. "Justice", or "social justice" as it is called, served to a tee.
web posted September 15, 2014
After reading the story about Joseph Williams being found not guilty and all the others I read about, its no wonder why sex offenders flock to Edgefield County. [Heck] even if they catch you you won't go to jail! When was the last time someone got convicted by a jury?

Editor's note: It is after 2 am, so I am tired and taking a shot from the hip. It has been a while. There have been trials and convictions, but those convictions came by the suspect ending the trial to plead guilty in hopes of getting a lighter sentence. But they were never convicted by the jury. Those that do go to the jury, a majority seem to be found not guilty. You have no idea how many molestation cases have been thrown out because it is a "he said, she said" case. Isn't that 99.99% of sex assaults? It's not like they seek out a crowd to witness it or video tape the attack (which has happened once). A man attacks a child, there are only two witnesses, the child and the man (or woman). They're all "he said she said" cases.
web posted September 15, 2014

Doug Painter with James Courtney's assistance chose to move booster club parking! Does that tell you anything? I for one have been a long time meal sponsor and have chosen to discontinue this unless booster parking is changed back to the original area! I hope Mr Anderson can see the magnitude that this decision will have on supporters that don't have children in school! Some can't come to the games, but provide financial support!!!!
web posted September 15, 2014
Are we at war or are we not at war? Is ISIS Muslim or not? Seriously, are those even things we should be asking?We have been attacked on our land (New York, Boston, Fort Hood, the embassy in Benghazi etc.) and people do not think we are at war? Of course we do not act like we are at war. We just talk and change our minds and waffle around, however it does not change our situation. The problem is that this administration and the liberals who support them are anti war even when it is to protect ourselves. Folks, if this had been the attitude during WWi or WWII we would all be communicating in German or Japanese. If we had had the mindset to protect what we had fought for in Iraq, this would not be a question. Pulling everything out got us here and waffling around is just making it worse. Our President and his Secretary of State (remember John Kerry's military background???) have no backbone or interest in talking down these terrorists.  Did President Bush waffle around and act like this was a workplace violence incident? I really miss his leadership!
How about these mosques on our homeland that are promoting these terrorists and training the homeland terrorists? If we were taking this war seriously, they would be gone. It would have been like Nazi training camps being tolerated in this country during WWII.  It is the same thing.
Google what happened to Brenden Tevlin. There is a Facebook Page dedicated to this young man. And people have the nerve or stupidity to say we are not at war??  Are you feeling safer these days?

Editor's note: I do not, and neither do most of the 38 countries that joined Bush in Iraq.  The again, President Bush could say the words, War, Islamic Terrorist, Muslim, and Win. Obama draws invisable "red lines" that disappear when crossed. Bush warned about everything we are seeing now if America were to pull out as Obama did. He nailed it. Obama ignored it and still ignores it. Either Obama is stupid (you can't teach stupid) or he is ignoring it for a personal reason.
web posted September 15, 2014
Your chickens got lucky my friend. They looked good and there were a lot of bad and no calls that hurt ya'll. But when it came to getting the job done the Gamecocks rose to the challenge. They should have won by more, but they have a long way to go to get the SEC Title. The Tigers got a week to lick our wounds and have to face FSU this weekend. I don't see how they ranked UGA over USC after USC beat them. That's just stupid.
web posted September 15, 2014

Can't something be done about these people from Augusta coming over and riding bikes up and down the worst roads in the county like Sweetwater, Garrett, Woodlawn, Currytwon and Hwy 28? They back traffic up forever because you can't pass on all the blind curves! Some people have to get to work not ride a [removed] bike!

Editor's note: As long as they follow the law there is nothing you can do anymore than you can force people to stop driving a tractor on the road.
web posted September 15, 2014
Going 80 MPH

Why do we ' Home School '?
(Filmed in Danville , Il .)

Question: How long does it take you to drive 80 miles if you are driving 80 MPH?
web posted September 15, 2014
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday, Diane Foley, mother of James Foley, one of the journalists recently beheaded by ISIS, said the Foley family was threatened with criminal charges if they attempted to pay the ransom on their son's head. According to Foley, a military official issued forbade the family from going to the media and threatened to prosecute them for supporting terrorists ... Read More
web posted September 15, 2014

Re: Mayor Takes Heat
[Johnston] Mayor Culbreath should be taking heat, legal heat! He hired somebody for a government job that was never advertised as being open. That's illegal! You have to advertise the job before you can hire anyone for it even if you know who you are going to hire when you advertise it. I know for a fact that people were told they could not apply for the job everybody knew was open until it was advertised, which Edgefield Daily said never happened. If that's true then anybody who wanted to apply should sue the pants off the town in Federal Court under the Equal Employment Opportunity Act. Mr. "strong mayor" might just find out how weak his decision making is real quick. I bet the town has to reverse the hire and advertise it the right way. I think it's already too late.

Editor's note: This is an issue that has been raised by others to me personally, by phone and email while I made my rounds on Friday. I think this could very well be a problem. It is sad because Chief Robinson is caught in the middle just for doing his job.
web posted September 13, 2014
Thanks goes to Edgefield Daily for the interview with the mayor of Johnston. Liar, liar, pants on fire.
web posted September 13, 2014
....well, after reading the article on Mayor Culbreath and his "unilateral" decision to appoint the Police Chief, in direct contradiction to his campaign promise.  Looks like we got an "Obama wanna be."   His words..."strong mayor....so I just did it."  Sounds eerily similar to Obatsh*t's position on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.  To quote Forrest Gump, "Stupid is, as Stupid does."  Johnston, you voted for this knucklehead....enjoy!
web posted September 13, 2014
Who ever came up with the new Booster Club parking is a Blooming Idiot ! By the baseball field and down road by Bus parking would be so much easier and use that corner gate , the poor ROTC kids were lost as they could be ! Someone please get it right before the whole state talks about the sorry parking ! Out front would make a lot of sense for visitors and non booster members .
web posted September 13, 2014
RE:  We as Edgefield County residents have more to worry about than ECH CEO and CFO’s salary.

You apparently do not use ECH as your hospital of choice or work there.  Ray Price wore 2 hats when he was CEO (He was CEO and CFO).  Financially he made money for the hospital.  However, he lacked people skills and created havoc for Physicians, no raises for the staff, BUT HE RAISED MONEY. IF the hospital was soooo broke when B. Clary was hired, how was he able to be paid the sum he is paid, how is the CFO paid what she is; and don’t forget the HR who is working on his dissertation based on rural health politics and culture.(while being paid).  I have the greatest respect for all of the service workers you mentioned.  ECH is a place that qualified staff keeps you safe and alive; many there are barely making slightly more than minimum wage and have been doing so for years.  So that is why the employees are long overdue for a raise. AND SO ARE THE SERVICE WORKERS.

Editor's note: At the last board meeting, there was talk of an across the board raise for employees in the coming fiscal year.
web posted September 13, 2014
For those of you who throw out the racial card every time a Black person gets a position of authority and say that Johnson is going down the tubes, PLEASE sell your house and move! Its your stereotyping that probably has more to do with the town not moving forward than the current Mayor or the previous 2 Mayors  in my opinion . This is not the 1950’s or 1960’s, if you haven’t noticed the town of Johnston has Majority Black population 62.5% and hasn’t changed which is more so to do with the white mayors and town council doing the same thing year after year and expecting the town to grow. Today  if  the town does not grow and improve now it will be Mayor Culbreath  shoulders and if  he doesn’t improve the quality of life in this town for all the citizens he can’t blame it on anyone but himself. Mayor Culbreath has the opportunity to lead and has admitted to breaking his promise about the chief of police, again a decision he has to own up to if his choice lets him or the town down.  He says he is a “strong mayor” then lets see it.  Get the drunks out of the streets,the clubs cleaned up,  get trash picked up more than once a month, get the burned houses removed, neglected buildings cleaned up.  Remember  it was not just the majority that put you in office, the minority 34.5% that want to see things change!
web posted September 13, 2014
I am so very very proud of STHS and all of its accomplishments.  We have had SO many of our students to become professionals.  It would be interesting to go back to the beginning of STHS and see exactly how many and who became professionals.  I don't believe any other high school could reach our records.
web posted September 13, 2014
I have a feeling you may have had an a meeting with an angel yesterday. I know some may say I am crazy but I have experienced that a couple of times in my life. I know others who have too. I think God wants to reassure us of His presence and His caring for us. He is all powerful and can do things like that. What a wonderful thing to think about..."God likes you". That is powerful when you think about what that really means. It is not a message one hears in church so how better than a "chance" meeting to have God let you know that He likes you. Wow!
So glad to hear about the Edgefield Grille. I am also thrilled about the new venue! We rarely went for dinner due to the cost but would go there for lunch. The food was always good and I like the atmosphere. I always wondered what the walls would tell us if they could talk!

Editor's note: That's a nice thought, but I spent most of my time looking down at my mail and thinking about what he said and didn't even think about looking up. He could have walked right by me and I would not have seen him. I don't have a right eye so I am literally "half blind". It was one of the nicest things someone has ever said to me.
web posted September 13, 2014
[A Johnston establishment] is in new hands.  The management is stepping up to the plate and making positive changes.  A wonderful band is going to be there Sept.  19th.  They are Preston, Weston and Sandra from Aiken.  We need some positive entertainment in Johnston as all we hear is about the bad changes in our town.  Please come out and support a positive change in our town on September 19th.

Editor's note: The name of the business cannot be used unless it has been mentioned in the news.
web posted September 13, 2014
Could someone tell me isn't this year time to vote for District 2 in Johnston we need a big change . Lord please help this town . Don't you just love to see our cop's with the windows down just riding and talking on a cell phone and what's so great where were they when Tedwell's got broken into and he was the last one to get there. I can go on and on but see people look what we have don't ya just love it.oh yes this is the best town to live in. Obama when you coming to live here with the rest of your family. Lol

Editor's note: Do you mean Ward 2 for the Town Council? Since they do not hold elections during general elections, and run on staggered terms it is very difficult to keep up. Which is why politicians like staggered terms. It confuses voters and they are less likely to be voted out of office. Thankfully the county has rejected that five times at least for county council elections at the polls. Dean Campbell was the last to push it for this year's elections but got shot down by the rest of the county council. 
web posted September 13, 2014
College Football

Alabama beat Arkansas and Arkansas fired their coach.
Alabama beat  Tennessee and Tennessee fired their coach.
Alabama beat Auburn and Auburn fired their coach.

Then Alabama beat Notre Dame,  and the Pope resigned.

Question: How do we get the White House to play Alabama?

Editor's note: Yeah, I don't think we want to go there.
web posted September 13, 2014
Editor's post: I was checking my mail at the post office Wednesday and dropped some of it on the floor. Unknown to me there was an elderly man to my right checking his mail. Understand, I do not have a right eye, so I am oblivious to anything going on to the right of me.

I grabbed the remaining mail and shut my post office box and began trying to bend down to retrieve the dropped letters, which was not easy. The man reached down like a teenager, grabbed the letters and handed them to me. "There ya go," he said. "Looks like your not having a good day." I thanked him and said it was in fact not a good day, but it wasn't over yet and things could always improve.

That's when he looked at me and said, "You know God likes you." I said I sure hoped so and that I always try to do the right thing. He said, "God loves everybody, He has to. But He doesn't have to like you."  He said that he loves everybody in his family, but here are some he could not stand to be around.

"Be happy today because God likes you," he said as I walked away. I thanked him and left. I sat in my truck thinking about that exchange for several minutes. It was something that really struck me deeply. I have never seen the man before and did not see him exit, but I was going through my mail so there's nothing mysterious about that.

It was the seed he planted in my brain that continues to resonate with me. I've never thought about God "liking" someone in addition to loving them. It made me feel good. I still think about it to this moment. I wish I could see him again to thank him for giving me such an uplifting comment.
web posted September 12, 2014
Could someone tell me isn't this year time to vote for District 2 in Johnston we need a big change . Lord please help this town . Don't you just love to see our cop's with the windows down just riding and talking on a cell phone and what's so great where were they when Tedwell's got broken into and he was the last one to get there. I can go on and on but see people look what we have don't ya just love it.oh yes this is the best town to live in. Obama when you coming to live here with the rest of your family. Lol
web posted September 12, 2014

Johnston has gone in the toilet. The "white flight" has been going on for years and before long the rest of us will have to suffer being run by a bunch of NAACP plants. It didn't take long for our new mayor to show his true color and hire his buddy without giving [name removed] a chance to apply. Everybody knew he was going to apply and would be the next chief. That's why the mayor didn't want to take applications because then he knew there was no way to get his chauffeur in the job with a REAL qualified chief standing in front of him. I don't know if we can survive the next 4 yrs. What is it about our mayors in Johnston. They've all been liars. Willie Campbell was the only one that never lied to me. And they voted him out! I'm selling out and moving. I've had enough.
web posted September 12, 2014

RE: Editor's post: "I have nothing to add at 3:54 am"
What are you even doing up at 4 am in the morning? I see you around town during the day, surely it doesn't take you that long to get all your work done at night. Nobody can go without that much sleep. Get some rest and take care of yourself! We need you!

Editor's note: Thank you for your concern. No, I completed my work a little after midnight, which is my goal every night. However, pain has a way of not letting you sleep. So out of boredom I checked email and added a comment that came in a little after 3:30. I then noticed I did not change my daily post, and posted the above comment. I did get me rest, I was in bed until noon Thursday, which puts me behind schedule during the day and limiting the time I can spend gathering the news for that day.
web posted September 12, 2014
Blah, blah, blah. Who believes the talk and hoopla from this administration? Sounds to me like we are going to count on the boots on the ground being the Iraqi army etc. Gee, that makes me feel safe. Unless our leader can actually name the enemy (just cannot bring himself to call them Islamic Terrorists) does he have the will or desire to really take them out? Does he understand the real threat? Maybe and maybe he does not really care.
I appreciated FOX news today and the fact that they replayed their coverage from the morning of 9/11. We cannot forget and it just brought the reality of it all back to me. Are we safer today? Not in my opinion because we have leadership (I use that term very loosely) that will not admit the danger, recognize the enemy or do anything of any consequence to protect us. They warn our enemies of any actions we might take. Who are these people?????
Oh, interesting fact. The financial show on FOX news on Sat. mornings has a higher rating than any CNN prime time program. What does that tell you? So glad to see Jay Carney on CNN. What a joke is that? CNN is a joke.

Editor's note: There is a revolving door between the White House and the "national media". Cabinet members married to reporters that cover the President, cabinet members leave and become reporters covering their old boss (Obama) as "objective journalists". The national media is a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. At least Fox plays it down the middle with both sides getting a say. Of course, because they do that, they're "extreme" far right.
web posted September 12, 2014
" Raised on the South Side of Chicago, she is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School,"

AND TO THINK SHE WOUULD LIKE TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT Is it not required to graduate from High school before attending Harvard??  I  doubt this lady made it past the 6th grade.

Harvard educated First Lady Michelle Obama reminded attendees of a naturalization ceremony Wednesday that the Founding Fathers were not born in America . The ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens was held at the National Archives in Washington , D.C

She said during her speech, referring to the Declaration of Independence, "It's amazing that just a few feet from here where I'm standing are the signatures of the 56 Founders who put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history, and like the 50 of you, none of them were born American - they became

Did she actually mean that those who signed the Declaration of Independence and participated in the drafting of the Constitution were not born in America ?

Benjamin Franklin was born in Pennsylvania. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison were born in Virginia. John Adams was born in Massachusetts. Surely she knows this?

But maybe not. After all, she is a Harvard graduate.

Editor's note: My bride is actually related to President John Adams (or John Q. Adams) and one of her sisters has his wife's wedding ring. I guess being a true leader is in her DNA.
web posted September 12, 2014

For all of us who regrettably do remember the attack on 9-11… it’s the 13th anniversary …the 12th was last year!

Editor's note: So noted.
web posted September 12, 2014

Congratulations to Strom Thurmond High School and the whole administration for the Great ACT scores and the record amount of scholarships given out. It is so exciting to know that over 4 million dollars was given out to the students of Strom Thurmond High School. Thank you for all of your hard work and to our senior class. It was remarkable to see the difference in our scores and other schools. It is good to know that our children are being prepared for college and beyond. Keep up the good work.
web posted September 11, 2014

RE: ACT Scores Released   
Way to go STH ! Thurmond dominated every surrounding school but one in a couple places. Fox Creek sure didn't have bad scores, but I think they went down from last year. The bad thing is that for "Edgefield County Schools" their scores get tied to Thurmond's and it brings our score down in the state. That's not right if you ask me.
web posted September 11, 2014
So very proud of the students that took the ACT and exceeded not only their expectations but the staff as well. The 4 Guidance Counselors all have been awesome to my child and his educational dreams and accomplishments. I cannot ask for better guidance from them and the teachers. My child has already been offered a couple of scholarships this early and I believe it is in large part to  both my child and the support he has received from his time at STHS!
web posted September 11, 2014

I know one member of the johnston town council is happy now. Their chauffeur is now in charge.
web posted September 11, 2014
Re: Reader Banned
God bless you and get well soon. 
web posted September 11, 2014
My my the new Chief is Lamaz the town of Johnston is gone to pot now. He doesn't know what the crap he is doing. I came through town Friday night at 11'30 and the club up town across from the new BBQ place in town was rocking down you had to go very slow are you could have hit [some] one. so as I was ridding by I saw 3 town cops there so I turned around and pulled on the other side from them and sit there and watch to see what the cops were doing. well they all were laughing the women was all over them so then one of the cops were dancing . So you see what we have in Johnston cops that don't even do their jobs. lord I pray I never have to call on them. Lamaz your nasty back ground will come out [removed] but it's coming out. The mayor you better enjoy these four years cause you won't never be mayor again. there is only one good cop in Johnston and if he leaves which I can't blame him. Wake up Johnston cause the Johnston town has the whole Obama family here so get ready cause the mayor and the so call Chief don't know [removed].
web posted September 11, 2014
"Breaking News" not!
I read the "breaking news" thing today [Wednesday evening] and thought that ain't "breaking news" I said that the day [Johnston Mayor Terrance] Culbreath got elected. The NAACP owns the town now. I said Chief Aston needed to start looking for a job because the new mayor was going to replace him with a black. I said it again when they named [Lamaz Robinson] as "interim chief". I said the fix was in. Lo and behold they done just what I said they was going to do. We're going down the tube so fast it ain't funny.
web posted September 11, 2014
We as Edgefield County Residents have more important things to worry about then how much the CEO makes @ the county hospital! We have families that work themselves to the bone and can bearly put food on the table. We have hard working people who can't afford insurance but can't get help because they make to much to qualify for assistance but not enough to pay for insurance because it comes down to food or health care coverage! I understand that unless you are one of us who struggle everyday, you may think that we don't try but your gas station clerks, grocery clerks, food service workers, and so on work for $7.25 an hour to provide others with services that most of us can not afford! We work days, nights, weekends, & holidays just to support our families! Most of us don't have time to worry about how much anyone makes cause we are to busy minding our own business and supporting our families!
Here's an idea: offer free medical screenings, found a family that needs clothes/food, donate school supplies to the schools, and THANK THE PEOPLE THAT PROVIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE TO YALL EVERYDAY, WHO GET OVERLOOKED BY EVERYONE BUT EVERYONE NEEDS!
web posted September 11, 2014

Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on....

The first surgeon, from New York , says, "I like to see accountants On my operating table,
 because when you open them up, everything inside Is numbered."
The second, from Chicago , responds, "Yeah, but you should try Electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."

The third surgeon, from Dallas , says, "No, I really think librarians Are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order."

The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in: "You know, I like Construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over."

But the fifth surgeon, from Washington , DC shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong. Democrats are the easiest to operate on...There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the butt are interchangeable.

Editor's note: And they are elected by a similar base of voters who expect to get paid for their support and do.
web posted September 11, 2014
Re: Doctors of Edgefield County
Let us not forget the Doctors Witlock, Dunovant and Nichloson. They served the county seven days twenty hours a day .
web posted September 11, 2014
Where is the Sweetwater Community Center?

Editor's note: It is across from Cooper Place at 296 Sweetwater Road. There are two signs marking the location. Visitors are requested to stay out of the building while it is under construction. We will have a report on the progress of the project later this week.
web posted September 11, 2014
Editor's post: A certain person has been officially banned from Edgefield Daily after an email received on Tuesday as a comment to the Wandering Minds. I'm sure many know of whom I speak. Many have requested this person be banned from commenting for "cheap shots" he has taken at me. However, the comments always followed the rules and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I have defended that right up until now, and I take banning someone very seriously. In our 10 year history, only one other person has ever been banned from sending comments.

However, due to the situation, in addition to banning this person from posting comments, I have passed along the reader's IP address and other information to our IT department to have them blocked from being able to access the website. Today was the wrong day to push the envelope. Enjoy your new found freedom from my comments from now on.
web posted September 10, 2014
RE: No Back Gate at Football Games
Who is the [less than smart person] that came up with this ? I have always came in that gate and parked back there all with a lot of other FANS the one that's that every game rain cold and when its hot. STHS is not the little school down the road where when you got 250 fans there its a sell out. This will not work the back gate folks as we are called all need to let them know call the school and let them hear it Go REBELS
web posted September 10, 2014
If people want to know so bad what the salary is for the CEO and CFO of The Edgefield County Hospital why don't they submit their own FOIA? Instead of having the intestinal fortitude to ask for themselves, they hide behind the anonymous wandering minds and then criticize the editor when he did his job to find out the information.  It doesn't matter how the FOIA is worded, they are not going to tell the truth.  As CEO of a hospital, and with the responsibilities given to a CEO, Mr.  Clary should be making in excess of the figure given.  I would have been embarrassed if I were him to give the figure that was given. Tell the truth Mr. CEO.  Be proud of what you do.
web posted September 10, 2014
Oh how sad for the Democrats in Edgefield! Missing beer! Well, at least it gives us a clue as to why the Democrats make such stupid choices! Drinking can influence your decision making. Ha! Gee, and how did the thieves know there was beer there? Maybe it was just an added bonus when they broke in? Seems like a political meeting place would not be a huge target for thieves unless they knew what was there. I wonder if the thieves are Democrats???? Maybe the Democrats in Edgefield are going to have to come together and give money to get more beer for their next meeting!
Too bad about the Edgefield Grille. Not too many choices in Edgefield for a nice lunch or dinner. It was a place to take visitors. Seems odd-if they are doing renovations etc. wouldn't that have been announced awhile ago?
Oh, and to the poor person who had a tummy ache and went to work the next day. What a strong and brave person you are!!! I wonder how you would do if you had anything as serious as the editor! To take the time to write anything as uncaring and thoughtless just indicates your mind set. Just remember that unless you have walked in someone's shoes, you have no idea what they are dealing with. Sounds like someone is just angry or bitter to me.
web posted September 10, 2014
Re:  We had a family member at ECH

This Reader has NOT READ anything ‘ugly’ about the Physicians nor the Staff, nor the care provided at ECH.  Please correct me and tell me the date it was written.  However, I have noticed many concerned County Citizens write in about the apparent abuse of power by the CEO and CFO.  What will it take to get rid of this despot?  If he and the CFO are so highly credentialed; other business’ should be panting to hire them.

I am concerned with the status of the Editor’s health.  He brings the County (and others) together and allows them to voice their opinions. At least this way you know when people are talking about you and what is said instead of stabbing you in the back. I am concerned that he has not been able to find a cause of his illness.  His editor notes adds credibility or NOT to what individuals write. Feel Blessed to have the Editor in your county and keep him on everyone’s prayer list.

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments and for reading Edgefield Daily. 
web posted September 10, 2014
Why did they change all the parking and gate/ticket areas? This is just going to make it harder to get everybody in if you ask me. I liked it the way it was.
web posted September 10, 2014
An arrest has been made in a brutal mob beating in Memphis in which three people were attacked by a large group of teens on Sunday. WHBQ-13 in Memphis is reporting that at least one juvenile has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated riot in connection with the beating, of which part was caught on film by a woman with a cell phone camera.

Editor's note: This is Obama's America.
web posted September 10, 2014
Editor's post: I have nothing to add to the conversation below. I did notice after updating that very few readers are voting in the poll for the Dumbest Thing to say to a Cop. It's interesting as the ones that shot to the top in the first round of voting are sinking and the ones that just got in are now surging with far fewer votes. If one of the sayings are yours, by all means, tell your friends to vote for you. The more votes the better. Somebody is going to walk away with the cash prizes, might as well be a friend - or you!
web posted September 9, 2014
Does anyone have any information on the Old Edgefield Grill?  It says it is closed for renovations, but does anyone know for how long, and  what might possibly be the re-opening date.

Editor's note: I have heard at least three different stories since they did not open this week. I have not been able to contact one of the owners at this time. I hope to know more tomorrow and will pass on any information I receive.
web posted September 9, 2014
We had a family member at the Edgefield Hospital a few weks ago and they were wonderful. It's a shame so many people are talking so ugly about them and they don't deserve it. They are great nurses and doctors. I wish people would just stop all the bad mouthing. It doesn't help any one!

Editor's note: At the first of March I was admitted to ECH with a severe lower leg infection that turned into so much more. I was there for nearly a week and it was the best care I have ever received at a hospital, and I have been in every hospital in the CSRA over the past 30 to 35 years with major and even life-threatening problems. The doctors and nurses at ECH are the best, and I would know.

That is why I always remind people to keep the staff at ECH out of the discussion of the management. Management is open for debate, but please avoid casting a wider net on the people who are there just doing their job. If I had to be in the hospital for a few days for some reason tomorrow, bet you bottom dollar I would be heading to ECH because of the great nursing staff and the fact that my Doctor is right next door.
web posted September 9, 2014
So, does one wonder if there is any connection between a virus (no treatment for) outbreak in children (not an unknown virus but an uncommon one) and a recent placement of "international" children in some of our states?  Of course we don't know where these children ended up (big secret) but apparently 1,000 children have been affected by this virus in various states (we do know what states are affected)  Georgia is one state affected. Hmmmm  I guess the CDC is involved in trying to find out what is happening.  Are the sick children U. S. citizens for new residents? Could citizens be at risk for things like this with all the new people coming in?  Wouldn't it be nice if our government was transparent on where the alien children were placed? Then we would have facts. Otherwise it is just another conspiracy theory. So many things to form conspiracy theories about these days. So much for the transparency!!! I sure feel safer, don't you??

Editor's note: It is a historical fact that mass migration brings epidemics, some with devastating death tolls throughout history. What Obama is doing is a walking time bomb just waiting to go off, and he knows it as the warnings have been long stated.
web posted September 9, 2014
Months in a year!
Last time I looked there were 12 months in a year.
web posted September 9, 2014
RE: Antonio West story
This story happens ever day ,maybe one day America will wake up.

Editor's note: I don't know if American can wake up. As Pink Floyd predicted... welcome to the machine. The media is in your head - social media, your phone, emails, TV, movies, "news" is now propaganda, and they know more about you than you know about yourself. I drive an old truck (no GPS or blackbox), I have a very old slider cell phone with no GPS or internet, I do not own a credit card and I carry cash. I am not paranoid, I just don't need all the fancy stuff they want me to have that can be used to track everywhere I go. I prefer to be "off the grid" as much as possible.
web posted September 9, 2014
Re:  CEO and CFO’s average pay

This is another example of the Board Chair (TW) afraid to admit he made a mistake by hiring the current CEO.  It also shows the blatant coverups that have gone on at ECH that the majority of the Board has allowed to occur.  At least Ray Price had the integrity to voluntarily leave ECH doing what was best for the Hospital.  It’s time for the Board Chair and his ‘good ol boys club to step down and take the overpaid, arrogant CEO with him. The Physicians are bullied, the employees appear to be bullied and on the new CEO Hospital sign advertising ECH is where you are a name, not a number.  Yeah, Right.
web posted September 9, 2014
I believe that [ECH CEO Brandon] Clary was hired at more than $134K a year. That was right before I took a job at another hospital and didn't work around him but a few weeks before I moved on because it was more money and better benefits. It had nothing to do with him, I never met the man. I agree with the mathematician though, Clary is probably making a lot more than he is saying. I think they all are. 
web posted September 9, 2014
I think this whole hospital thing is a cluster muck. It's like reading about the IRS. Nobody has a simple answer and the answers turn the question around to make it seem like they answered the question they wanted to answer and not the question that was asked! This whole country is [removed]. You can't trust anybody in a government position. This country is going to hell in a hand basket in a rocket car!
web posted September 9, 2014
Dear Mr. Editor,
I had an upset stomach today and it kept me up most of the night. I got up and went to work. I dealt with it. Never said a word to anybody. And got all my word done before going home. I don't want to be a part of your little pity party. Most people just deal with it. Try it. You might like it!

Editor's note: I don't know why I never thought of it being that simple.
web posted September 9, 2014
Editor's post: Lose against Texas A&M, go down in the polls. Win against a 10-2 team from last year - East Carolina - go down in the polls. Makes perfect sense to me. If I lived in an upside down world. It was nice to see the Gamecocks start looking like the Gamecocks as the game progressed. We're not going to have that luxury hosting the Bulldogs this Saturday. It is going to take a full four quarters of old fashioned football to come out on top. Those Tigers didn't look bad either.

Sunday was one of the worst days in recent memory. It seemed to start Saturday evening but got a little better late night. That was until 3:30 am Sunday. My bride brought me something later in the morning as things got worse. Staying bed was probably the better option, but I got up and tried to act human. It did not work and I was in and out of bed all day and by 7 pm it was obvious laying down and talking with my bride, this is not going to be a very good night, and I had work to do. If you find mistakes in any article I authored for Monday, please send me an email so it can be corrected. I hope and pray Monday will be a better day.
web posted September 8, 2014
Ferguson, MO - Loot List

After compiling a list of stolen items during the riots it was noted that the following items have NOT been stolen by the looters: -- pens, pencils, resume kits, work boots, work gloves, work coveralls, and father's day cards.

Editor's note: Bet you can add this to the list, Bibles.
web posted September 8, 2014

I have no problem with high salaries for those who bring in higher revenues....however...
That certainly explains why my four hour stay at the ER which included:
1 IV tap and bag of saline
1 Connection to monitor
3 Pills
1 Simple blood test
3 total minutes of doctor time
Cost me $2700
web posted September 8, 2014
Re: ECH CEO, CFO’s salary

Best  Operational Income turnaround in 12 yrs?????  PULLLLLEEEEZE!!!!!  Once again, the Board Chair (TW) glosses over the information requested and provides an average.  Also, Brandon Clary has a BA in Human Resources (he must have been asleep during the Human part of the lectures) and supposedly in Marketing (which taught him how to spend money wastefully; lawyers, lawyers, lawyers, oh and did I say lawyers.  I don’t know if you would call this being ‘highly credentialed’.  It’s time for a new Board Chair and by the way…..the CFO only works 4 days a week and the CEO averages 3 ½ days a week at ECH because I guess he’s trying to earn his Master’s at the hospital expense.  Wow what a joke.
web posted September 8, 2014
RE: "Almost everyone said they read it every day too. But [one person] said it was just a blog and wasn't real news and most of it was lies. I defended [Edgefield Daily] and so did everybody else. He just walked away with his drink and scoffed at us."

That must have been School Board member Mr. Herrin.  He always has to have a few bottles of liquid courage before he goes to the school board meeting.  Guess that's the only way he can be engaged, and most of the time when he opens his mouth at the school board meetings, it's to smart off with a wise crack.  Maybe the liquid courage takes him back to the days of being the class clown.  Guess he thinks just because the word school is in his title, he's back in class. Good thing though, he more than likely won't win a second term. He was only lucky before-Nathaniel Jackson was his opponent. Guess voting for the lesser of two evils was at hand, and Herrin barely won that!
web posted September 8, 2014

What is an "average" salary? When I was in Mrs. Edwards' class at ST, an average meant there were higher numbers and lower numbers added together and the total divided by the number of number sets (2,3,4,5 or however many) to come up with an average. That means the CEO and CFO are either now making more than they say or making less, which I very seriously doubt. I don't think either of them have been there very long.

If you take the salary at the time first hired and lets say it's $100,000 a yr and I worked 4 months I would have made about $25,000 for that year. Then the next year I did not get a raise so I made $100,000 for that year. This year, I got a big fat raise to $250,000 a yr!  But when you asked about how much I made I had only made a little over half that (8 months I am guessing by when you reported it?), or $166,666.

The number sets to gain the "average per year" would be, $25,000 + $100,000 + $166,666 = $291,666. Divide that by 3 and you get $97,222 a yr "average". If you drop the first part year out you're left with $100,000 + $166,666 = $266,666 divided by 2 is $133,333 a yr "average" even if I'm making $250,000 this year.

Maybe you didn't ask the right question. Maybe you should have asked what is their salary for this year only.

Editor's note: The FOIA request stated I was seeking the "total salary". I did not ask for an "average". I am following up on the request.
web posted September 8, 2014
Does anyone remember Detective Melvin
Santiago? He was a Jersey City police officer who was shot to death just a month ago, on July 13th. Santiago was white. His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black. Does anyone recall Obama appearing before national television and calling for justice for Officer Santiago’s family? Does anyone recall Eric Holder rushing to Jersey City to see that justice was done?
How about Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.  He was a Gary, Indiana police officer who was shot to death last month on July 6th.  Westerfield was white. His killer, Carl LeEllis Blount, Jr. was black.  Where was Obama? Where was Holder?
Or Officer Perry Renn?  He was an Indianapolis, Indiana police officer who was shot to death just last month on July 5th, the day before Officer Westerfield was killed. Officer Renn was white.  His killer, Major Davis, was black. I don't recall any mention by Obama about the untimely death of Officer Renn. And, I doubt that Eric Holder rushed
to Indianapolis to make sure justice was done.  Or, maybe I just missed it.
Vermillion Parish Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares was gunned down by two men just last June 23rd in Louisiana.  Deputy Bares was white.  His two killers, Quintlan Richard and Baylon Taylor, were black.  Was Obama outraged?  Did Eric Holder rush to Louisiana to make sure that the family of Deputy Bares found justice?
And then, Detective Charles Dinwiddie of the Killeen Police Department was murdered by Marvin Lewis Guy, a black male.  Officer Dinwiddie was white.  This happened on May 11th, just over two months ago. I don’t even recall seeing anything about that on the news. Certainly, the white citizens in Killeen didn't take to the
streets to loot and burn businesses. Again, I don't recall any mention by Obama or Holder.
Then, there is Officer Kevin Jordan of the Griffin, Georgia Police Department.  He was gunned down just two months ago on May 31st. Officer Jordan was black.  His killer, Michael Bowman, was white. This was a white man murdering a black police officer.  Where was Jesse Jackson?  Where was "The Reverend" Al Sharpton?  Was there looting and burning on the streets of Griffin, Georgia?  No.  In fact, I don't recall hearing about this one in the news, as well.  Why?  You can draw your own conclusions.

Over the past 60 days, there have been five reported deaths of police officers by gunshot in the US.  Of those, four were white officers who were murdered by black men.  Blacks complain that white officers threaten black men more aggressively on the street.  You can draw your own conclusions on that one, as well.
web posted September 8, 2014
I wanted to write to say that I think the story on Officer Justin Craven was unfair and biased against a good man and a good officer whose career is just starting. I haven't seen anyone else report about where the bullets hit or what [Officer] Justin [Craven] did when it happened. Everybody agreed that the man who almost killed no telling how many people tried to grab his gun to kill him! Maybe you should think about him and his family for once. He's out there trying to protect you while you make him out to be some sort of monster!

Editor's note: Edgefield Daily has followed this case closely since it happened on February 9, 2014. Other news media covered it happening and the indictment. They were not interested in the investigation and therefore do not have the information Edgefield Daily has. We reported the facts and the findings of the Grand Jury. Facts are not biased, they are facts.
web posted September 8, 2014
I'd like to know who the cop was that left his cell phone on a table in a courtroom full of crooks and didn't even know it was gone for an hour! OMG! And he's [or she's] supposed to be looking out for me?

Editor's note: Internally I joked about it as well. However, the deputies that monitor the metal detector as people enter or exit the Courtroom sit at a table while court is in session. Deputies often communicate by text rather than radio not to interfere with court. After hours of sitting at a table with the phone on the table (most don't wear it because of all they have on their duty belt already) it'd be easy not to miss it until you went to use it.

I'm sure the story will be a big hit at the Christmas Party.
web posted September 6, 2014
Who is Antonio West?

Hello. Don't recognize me? That's OK, I understand.

My name was Antonio West. I was the 13-month old child who was shot in the face at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. I think my murder and my mommy's wounding made the news for maybe a day, and then disappeared.

A Grand Jury of my mommy's peers from Brunswick, Georgia ruled the black teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty... too bad it was me who got the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn't have the money they demanded.

See, my family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder wasn't ruled a 'hate crime'. Oh, and President Obama didn't take a single moment to acknowledge my murder. He couldn't have any children who could possibly look like me - so why should he care? I'm one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation's history, but the media didn't care to cover the story of my being killed in cold blood.

There isn't a white equivalent of Al Sharpton, because if there was he would be branded a 'racist'. So no one's rushing to Brunswick, Georgia to demonstrate and demand 'justice' for me. There's no 'White Panther' party, either, to put a bounty on the lives of the two black teens who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller - I no longer have my life.

So while you're out seeking "'justice" for Michael Brown, please take a moment to remember me.

Antonio West
web posted September 6, 2014
RE:  Only those few football fans who can spell will be aware of the error

I don't know who the jerk is that wrote this and I'm glad I don't.  Maybe he/she doesn't care for
football, but this was an insult to many, many people and was totally uncalled for.  Some people
just don't know when to keep their opinion to themselves.
web posted September 6, 2014
I tried to sign up for the smart 911 thing and had problems. I think I did it but how can I check to make sure it actually worked? I kept getting told I did something wrong but the last one I did didn't say anything.

Editor's note: I will send EMA Director Spurgeon and/or E-911 Director Forest your question, but I believe if you successfully created a profile you should be able to log in to the account to make any changes. If it tells you that you do not have an account, I would tend to believe your registration was no successful.
web posted September 6, 2014
RE: "Get a room"
I enjoy reading about the editor's affection he is so open with about his "bride". Most men would never say things like that around "the guys" much less in public or in the newspaper! Good for him and her! Maybe YOU should sit in a room and read about how to talk about YOUR BRIDE!

We've been married for 54 years and my husband dotes over me all the time.

Spoken like a true "man" who thinks everything is about sex. If that's all you think about you'll never see the love and that's what keeps families together.
web posted September 6, 2014
What's up with the 10 dumbest [thing to say to a] cop thing?

Editor's note: The final poll will be placed on Monday. Readers will vote for their favorite saying and the votes will be public during the voting.
web posted September 6, 2014
I thought the biggest laughs this election season were going to come from Thomas Ravenel. The petition candidate for U.S. Senate, reality show player, polo enthusiast, disgraced politician, convicted felon, cocaine aficionado and Will Folks’ party planner is tailor-made for stupid campaign stunts. But, alas, T-Rav has been bested by state representative Bakari Sellers, Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor.
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web posted September 6, 2014
Editor's post: I was informed today that the Associate Press was at the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office on Thursday requesting information on NAPS Officer Justin Craven's shooting of 68-year-old Earnest Satterwhite, Sr. on the night of February 9, 2014. Obviously our report made it a lot further up the media food chain than expected. Every other news report locally downplayed the incident and the charge and only Edgefield Daily knew that a vote on a charge of manslaughter was presented to the Grand Jury and failed by one vote after one jury member was allowed to leave after lunch and before the vote to indict was taken. Or, if they did know the same information, they certainly did not inform their readers or viewers of all the facts. Craven should have, in my opinion, been indicted on all counts, and an indictment on manslaughter would have been a gift.

There is no question that the family will sue and win. It may be only then, in civil court, that the public will learn what really happened.
web posted September 5, 2014
I was pleased to see that Mrs Wilhem was named teacher of the year. She is a very dedicated teacher with a beautiful spirit. Congrats! You truly deserve it.
web posted September 5, 2014
After reading about the smart 911 I logged on and created a profile for our kids cell phones and our house phone. It was somewhat slow going and some things didn't work like they were supposed to or at least how I thought they were supposed to work. When I got it all done I felt a lot better about our kids' safety. I didn't include a picture but I did include a description. If I report one of my kids missing the first thing I will do is hand them a picture!

I think this is a great idea. We live off the main road and our driveway is sort of hard to see because there are two more next to it. I pointed that out in my profile too! Thanks to whoever got this for us.

Editor's note: The county, the Sheriff's Office and E-911 have been working on bringing Smart911 to Edgefield County for at least two years.
web posted September 5, 2014
I tried filling out the 911 account and found it to be a headache.  I tried to do exactly as instructed, but it came up "error".  I tried again and got the same response.  The ones in charge need to make more clari-fication so that anyone could fill it out.  It's too important for anyone to give up on.

Editor's note: I have received emails on both sides. It may be that the system was just launched on Wednesday and it may take their computer systems a few days to catch up to the new location. That is a guess, not anything official by any means.
web posted September 5, 2014
I want to know why aint nobody doing anything about them selling liquor at the Ridge Rd Apts? I done what I was told and aint nothing being done! Why not?

Editor's note: Even after reporting suspected criminal activity, officers have to have probable cause for an arrest. Sometimes that includes an investigation and surveillance to confirm the accusations.
web posted September 5, 2014
"With many people now acting as if it is time for 'a woman' to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics, instead of individual qualifications.

It would not matter to me if the next five presidents in a row were all women, if these happened to be the best individuals available at the time. But to say that we should now elect 'a woman' president in 2016 is to say that we are willfully blind to the dangers of putting life and death decisions in the hands of someone chosen for symbolic reasons. ...

No public official should be considered to be above criticism - and the higher up that official is, the more important it is to hold his or her feet to the fire when it comes to carrying out duties involving the life and death of individuals and the fate of the nation."

Columnist Thomas Sowell:
web posted September 5, 2014
Who is now the acting Tax Assessor & are they fully qualified?

Editor's note: At this time all I have is a first name and I have no idea what qualifications he holds.
web posted September 5, 2014
Re: “Visitor’s” Tickets. Let’s hope someone makes that Visitors’ Tickets soon. It will leave a better impression on at least some of our visiting football fans.

Only those few football fans that can spell will be aware of the error.
web posted September 5, 2014
I was talking to several people at [a social gathering] and the [Edgefield] Daily came up. I said I read it everyday drinking my coffee before I read anything else. Almost everyone said they read it every day too. But [one person] said it was just a blog and wasn't real news and most of it was lies. I defended [Edgefield Daily] and so did everybody else. He just walked away with his drink and scoffed at us.

I'm not saying this to get credit for defending [Edgefield Daily], but to let you know how much I look forward to reading and think you give a great extent of coverage of all areas of news. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments.
web posted September 5, 2014
Just by reading the remarks in regards to the ECH, just how many new employees has been hired within the last four months that are out-of-townies? Also, wonder why the CEO, CFO,and the HR would hire out of town people when we have so many unemployed in Edgefield Cty. that we know would be well qualified to hire? Are they really trying to hide something? Makes you wonder? THIS IS IF WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS TRUE!
web posted September 5, 2014
Several months ago Edgefield Daily published a story regarding animal cruelty, involving an estimated 70 horses, at High View Farm.  The owner  was charged, and was supposed to divulge the whereabouts of many of the animals that were unaccounted for.  Has a follow-up been done?  What was the outcome of that case?  Were the missing horses ever located?

Editor's note: The horses were given away to other people and the owner was charged with a misdemeanor and got a slap on the wrist.
web posted September 5, 2014

I'm glad you love your wife and all that, but, seriously, get a room and spare us the details!
web posted September 5, 2014
TSA Illegals allowed to fly without ID - Are we safe or what???
web posted September 5, 2014
Editor's post: Today is a very special day. 39-and-holding years ago my beautiful bride was born. Just 15 years later I saw her for the first time in the old "breezeway" at Strom Thurmond High School (her first day at school) and walked up to her and told her I was going to marry her. I did not even ask or know her name. It didn't matter. Once I saw her my life ended and "ours" began. She thought I was nuts and walked away with a friend. It took me six years to convince her I wasn't nuts, other than being crazy about her, and she married me. Over the past 31 years it became obvious that I could not hide the fact that I really was nuts, but she loved me anyway.

Happy Birthday Genia. You have been a gift by God to me, our family, and all those who you come in contact with on a daily basis or just in passing. Everyone notices that "special something" in you, that is the "gift" God gave you when you were born.
web posted September 4, 2014
Teachers of English and serious readers always notice misspellings and punctuation errors—and they are legion. Three examples: Simkins Street in downtown Edgefield was incorrectly marked “Simpkins” Street for many years. That was finally fixed. Highway signs on U. S. 25 now point the way westward onto “Plumbranch” Road, yet another nearby sign gets it right—Plum Branch Road. Somebody at the sign shop should have noticed. Our family drove through the STHS campus Monday to see the new athletic complex up close. There’s another prominent, and quite common, error in a painted sign on the ticket booth on the visitors’ side: “Visitor’s” Tickets. Let’s hope someone makes that Visitors’ Tickets soon. It will leave a better impression on at least some of our visiting football fans.
web posted September 4, 2014
Re:  Things couldn't get worse, but they did.  What course of treatment has your doctor come up with?  I hope it's not just wait and see!  Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be working.

Editor's note: Right now we are still seeing specialists trying to get a diagnosis. My personal Doctor, Dr. Tami Massey, is treating me in the interim. There are not enough adjectives to say how great she is and the compassion she shows as we go through this with her at our sides. She has been involved every step of the way, that's what a great doctor does for his or her patient. There is no way I would be able to work right now if it were not for her. If you have enjoyed reading Edgefield Daily over the past 6 months, thank her, not me.  
web posted September 4, 2014
RE:  Edgefield Medical Clinic

After reading the article about Dr. Rainsford and Dr. Massey: and so many wonderful things have been said about them in the community; I believe ECH’s CEO and CFO need to beg them to follow them around and take notes so they can learn how to truly lead and  improve employees morale.
web posted September 4, 2014
So is everyone feeling safer with this President? Now we have two beheadings, an Ambassador killed, an open border, terror threats all around us, violence in the streets, and on and on. Wow, I sure feel safer! Not!!  Oh, I forgot, he gave another speech yesterday in response to the latest beheading. Now I feel safer! Not! Blah, Blah, Blah!!!! So much talk, so little action. We are just sitting and waiting for the next 9/11 attack. Did you hear about all the jetliners in Libya that went missing? Oh, and we have the recent missing jetliner that I guess just fell into the ocean? Maybe we will just get more "reassuring" speeches from our President and then we can just relax as we sit and wait for the next attack. What in the world is going on?

Isn't the main job of our President to protect the USA? Hmmm   Do you feel protected or just more and more vulnerable? I wonder. Actions speak louder than words-that is for sure!!!

Editor's note: It's tough when you are trying to pull for both sides and still try to make people think you are supporting America.
web posted September 4, 2014

RE: "Board Member Brad Covar stated “I cannot believe this is happening. To award one of our teachers the use of a vehicle for an entire school year is unprecedented in our district.”
Yeah, I cannot believe this is happening to someone other than me.  I need to think of a way to get one, you know one with a  bronze plaque emblazoned on the side, and maybe a vanity plate that says Covar#1. I better hurry before Carroll beats me.  Oh wait, maybe he's already tried to slip one into next years budget for himself.
web posted September 4, 2014
I was watching the news tonight [Wednesday] on chl 12 and they had this big report on the NA cop being charged for shooting the guy on [off Hwy 25] as breaking news that was just released an hour before they went on the air! I thought WOW!! I read that at 5:30 TUESDAY morning on the [Edgefield] Daily! They made it sound like he was in big trouble and didn't say anything about how it happened or anything else [Edgefield Daily] had. They never said the dead guy didn't have a gun or anything but that he was wanted for DUI! That's why when it comes to news in Edgefield [County] I watch their news, but I READ the real news here!! You get it right!

Editor's note: I've received other emails on this report and another by a different channel. It is not their fault, other than getting the date wrong, because they never followed the case to start with. They reported it and moved on to the next story. Crime is my beat, and I follow the cases and gather bits and pieces of information along the way including charges and attending trials. This is information they will never get because they moved on and are not concerned about being "in" Edgefield County.

Edgefield County is my home. I, and my bride, care deeply about what happens here and that is why I make the extra effort to not just report the news, but to follow each case from the initial investigation, to arrest and until trial.
web posted September 4, 2014
Re: County council meeting.
I agree with Mrs. Blackwell that the county council needs to be in control of the primary functions of county government, including EMA. That's the way it is at state and federal levels. The DHS [Department of Homeland Security] is appointed by the president. I applaud her and Mrs. Butler for wanting the job of director advertised above board. I'm sure that Ms. Spurgeon would have gotten the job in the end, but at least give others who may be better qualified a chance to apply. Maybe there is someone better. Maybe not. I guess we'll never know now.

Editor's note: County Council forecasted they intended to hire then Finance Director Lynn Strom as Administrator long before the job came open and created the position of Assistant Administrator as she was trained by interim Administrator Roger LeDuc. However, when he left, she had to apply with others in order to get the job.

I know Suzy Spurgeon and I know she will be a great asset to the county having trained under former EMA Director Mike Casey plus her own EMA background.
web posted September 4, 2014
Editor's post: I have learned my lesson. I made the comment on Tuesday morning that I did not know how things could get any worse. Then I found out, things can always be worse, and they did. What a horrible day. To my favorite fan, I'm sure you are tickled pink.
web posted September 3, 2014
I've noticed that you've started putting W/M, B/M ect in the arrests. I take that means white male, black male, ect. Why? Is it so you can make a point of what race is being arrested to prove some point you have?

Editor's note: No. The reason is simple. Over the years I have been contacted by people who have the same name as someone in the bookings, but were a different race or different gender. To keep this problem from happening again, the race and gender of the person arrested is being listed.
web posted September 3, 2014
I think the article about Edgefield County doctors should have included Dr. Steadmon, Dr. Garrison, and Dr. Fairy. These men gave their all for Edgefield County, and it's citizens. If it is love fest for doctors time, let's be fair and mention them also. I am sure that there are others that should be mentioned also. Love them all and thank them for their service.
web posted September 3, 2014
RE: North Augusta Officer Indicted on Lesser Charge in Shooting of Unarmed Man
I am shocked (sarc) that the NA cop got away with shooting a drunk old black guy. I heard the cop was a rookie and new to the job. He screws up and a man dies and he gets a slap on the wrist. What I'm really shocked about is that they charged him with anything! They all cover up for each other.

Editor's note: It is my understanding Craven was a new officer at NAPS, but I do not believe it was his first job in law enforcement. To be honest, I don't know for sure one way or the other.
web posted September 3, 2014
I really wish the individual that keeps making light of the editors health issues would just write a letter, with his name and address signed to it.  That way, he and I could have a "come to Jesus" session involving the manners.  Don't you know being married to this person has to be one big walk in the park.  LOL

Editor's note: Some people just have a chip they can't seem to get off their shoulder no matter what you do.
web posted September 3, 2014
Is our world full of selfishness or what? Some lady, sitting and knitting on a flight (so one can carry knitting needles on a flight but not over 3 oz of a liquid) gets cussed at and abused by the lady behind her. All because the knitter reclines her seat? She reclined a seat that reclines and that she paid for?  Hmm The flight gets detoured to another city to remove the unruly passenger?  How many folks missed connecting flights due to this ridiculous situation?

You fly=no leg room. Hello!  If you pay a lot for your seat and the seat reclines, you have paid for the privilege to recline that seat. Sorry. The solution is that the airlines lock the reclining mechanisms. I would rather sit upright (like reclining your seat really makes much difference in the comfort on a plane) and get where I am going. It is not fair that one crazy person can mess up someone's flights over something this ridiculous!!  People these days really need to get a life, focus on the real issues in life and quit worrying about something this stupid.

Airlines need to either lock the seats or install a holding cell in the back of their planes for folks to have time outs if they get unruly. I am kidding about the holding cells, but seriously, allowing one rude, angry person ruin everyone else's plans?
web posted September 3, 2014
A woman asks a man who is traveling with six children, "Are all these kids
yours?"  The man replies, "No, I work in a condom factory and these are customer
web posted September 3, 2014
Black Man Goes on EPIC Rant Against Ferguson Rioters
web posted September 3, 2014
Editor's post: The final polling for the 10 Dumbest Things to Say to a Cop has been delayed. There will be 11, not 10, entries to be voted on due to a three way tie in the initial poll. The final poll should be ready later this week.

I have nothing more to add to the conversation below.
web posted September 2, 2014
Can someone please tell me if there is a law in Edgefield County on dogs that continuously bark non stop??  Is there a noise violation of some sort??

Editor's note: Yes. Edgefield County has a nuisance ordinance that covers that very issue. Call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625 when the dogs are barking to make a complaint. That will be passed on to Animal Control for investigation. If, during that time, it continues call again to make a complaint for the record. This will aid in the investigation.

Notice to all, do not call 911 to report barking dogs.
web posted September 2, 2014
RE "Editor's Post"
Nobody gives a [removed] how your day went. If you don't have something news worthy to comment on why don't you just say so and shut up!?

Editor's note: The news can be found in the Headlines. The Wandering Minds is a reader comment section where readers have direct access to me and my opinions on matters. It also allows me to interact with readers. If you do not like the subject matter of a post, just use your thumb and scroll past that entry. It really is just that easy.
web posted September 2, 2014
I stopped by the [Sweetwater] community center on our way to my parents house for the labor day weekend after reading all the comments and seeing the pictures. We live in Atlanta and don't get home a whole lot. It's nice to see the old building  brought back. I remember as a kid playing stick ball in the back while our dads were cooking BBQ on the old pit. Are they going to redo that too? I hope so!

I thought the building fell down years ago and didn't even know it was still there until I read it was being renovated. I drove past it for over 15 years never even knowing it was still there.
web posted September 2, 2014
Do you know if any of the people in the bus crash are still in the hospital? I heard some were hurt pretty bad.

Editor's note: I have no information on anyone involved in the collision other than there were no life-threatening injuries at the time of transport.
web posted September 2, 2014
Now that we killed the kittens we're coming to eat your chickens!!!!!!  WOOF WOOF!!!!!
web posted September 2, 2014
Obama Skips Funeral Of Top General Killed In Combat | Truth And ...

Major General Harold Greene is the highest-ranking officer to fall in combat since... The 2-star general was killed in Afghanistan on August 5 and was laid to rest this ... President Obama was too busy golfing at Vineyard Golf Club with elites, ...


Editor's note: President George W. Bush quit playing golf during the war because he did not want to be seen enjoying golf while our men and women in uniform were fighting a war. Obama is ticked because he has to delay his tee time because some terrorist beheaded an American on film. 
web posted September 2, 2014
Editor's post: Saturday started out as such a great day. "Date day". We enjoyed our date and enjoyed some of the afternoon. The things just did not go well as the night grew long. We did enjoy laying in bed watching a couple hours of comedy on TV before calling it a night at 1 am. Not that it mattered, I was back up at 2:24 - 4 am, from 5 - 5:30- am, 7:30 - 8:30 am and then slept until 11:20 am. Pain was just part of the problem. Our oldest 4-legged son was driving us both nuts. My bride was up when I was asleep letting him in if I had let him out when I was up and vice-versa. Got to sleep tonight, we celebrate my beautiful bride's birthday on Monday - 11 am. Her actual birthday is not until Thursday, so mark your calendars to send her an Happy Birthday greeting. She'll be 39 again. And she can still get away with it while I look like an old coot. On the brighter side, I got me a younger woman!    
web posted September 1, 2014
Re edtor's post: I cannot bring myself to watch another SEC game this weekend.

So, did you actually turn off the tv and didn't watch a single game all weekend? I bet not!

Editor's note: You would lose. I did not even watch TV this weekend, other than late Saturday night with my bride for a couple of hours before turning out the lights and going to bed.
web posted September 1, 2014
Anyone surprised that the Democrats are going to use Ferguson to get out the black vote .  New motto - "Michael Brown can't vote, but you can!". The Conservatives better have an answer!
Don't have all the info on what really happened but it won't matter. Either way it will be politicized into more than it should be!

Editor's note: The Democrats are more than happy to raise money by dancing on the grave of anyone while claiming the Republicans are the callous ones. There is no low the Dems won't reach in election times.
web posted September 1, 2014

We stopped by the [Sweetwater] community center this weekend and walked around and went inside. I couldn't believe how big it is and even bigger on the inside! It's all one big room now with a nice deck on the back! My husband grew up here and he said he didn't know it was 2-stories on the back.

I don't know if we were allowed to go in it but it's just wide open so we walked around and took a little tour. Thank you Mrs. Blackwell [County Council Vice-chair] for making this happen!

Editor's note: I stop by taking pictures every workday and have not noticed any no trespassing signs. However, it is under construction and can be hazardous with an open torn-out stairwell and no railing on the decking. Both could make a fall possible that could result in injury. I would limit myself to looking in from the doorways and not enter the building itself, just to be safe.

The building is much larger than it looks from the outside and will be rated to hold 100 people for seated dining, party, or function. All interior walls were removed to make it one large open space to make it seem even larger.
web posted September 1, 2014

On this opening Saturday, I would like to send out my congrats to the 8 former STHS football players that played on this opening college football Saturday.  I'm very proud of these young men.
web posted September 1, 2014
Looks like them kitty cats didn't do much better then your chickens!!  WOOF WOOF!
web posted September 1, 2014
The Platters - 1955 Song

Little did the Platters know in 1955 that this song would be so popular and
appropriate in 2014, 59 years later.

 http://safeshare.tv/w/fHyHhEzssd <http://safeshare.tv/w/fHyHhEzssd>
web posted September 1, 2014
For you out-of-towners  ABC and the Washington Post are, virtually, one and the same
Now we know part of the reasons that ABC will not say anything negative against Obama.
Did you know these connections?
ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
CBS President David Rhodes is  the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications. (Ben Rhodes changed Benghazi talking points)
ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (Jay Carney no longer Press Secretary)
ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.
ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s  Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood. (do no think he works for ABC any more)

CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.
And now you know why it is no surprise the media is in Obama's pocket.  ARE YOU SURPRISED? JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!
web posted September 1, 2014
Jakar Hamilton suspended 4 games
Let this be a lesson to all up rising players !

Editor's note: Hamilton is a great guy and always cordial to his fans. I have met him a number of times and hope this blunder will not keep him off the team. You do have to take responsibility, you do not take an illegal substance by "mistake", so I don't buy the "mistake" characterization.
web posted September 1, 2014
Re:  Really makes you feel proud of this administration

Secretary Hagel did attend General Greene's funeral.  See the article in Stars and Stripes.

web posted September 1, 2014
Editor's post: While in deep sadness over the loss of a historic home winning streak record, at the hands a quarterback that did not deserve to play past the first quarter, I cannot bring myself to watch another SEC game this weekend.

web posted August 30, 2014
The point was missed about the situation in Utah. In Ferguson, all the after effects happened and no one really knows the truth. That young police officer has been demonized by the media, the Black Panthers, , the NAACP,Al Sharpton and crew etc. We don't know the full story about the Utah incident,  but we do know know that the cop involved has not been demonized by any angry groups, there have not been riots, there has not been looting, and it definitely has not been in the headlines.  The point is the obvious agenda in Ferguson. Educated, wise people see what is going on, Wake up and smell the roses!

Oh, and has anyone seen a current picture of Mr. Brown? I have, and although you can't judge a book by its cover, a picture is worth a thousand words!
web posted August 30, 2014

For a team that was going to win the SEC your chickens looked like chicken poop. I'm a Clemson fan, but I actually feel bad for ya a little bit. I'll get over it when we beat the snot out of Georgia.
web posted August 30, 2014
What was going on all over Johnston tonight [Friday]? There were cops flying around everywhere.

Editor's note: Just check the Headlines. It is all there.
web posted August 30, 2014
There is a business in edgefield that has been making 17 year old girls serve beer and wine on Thursday night.  Older guys are up there getting drunk and touching these girls very inappropriately.  Then comes the worst of all when they complain to there boss about the issues he will not do any thing to defend these girls that he always says are like daughters to him.

Editor's note: I believe I know the place you speak of, and it is a family business. The young ladies work there, they are not "made" to work there. I do not know if the servers are making complaints. Personally, if I saw a man touch a young lady in a way he should not, I would stand up to him right there. Since the manager has been made aware of the situation I'm sure he is addressing it and I will follow up to be sure.
web posted August 30, 2014

‘Fess up!

One (or more – likely more given the final score) of you Gamecock “fans” is responsible for the disgusting loss to Texas A&M in the first game of the 2014 season.

 Somebody out there cursed our team leaving a home win streak, opening game streak and our dignity in the crapper, and we need to know who it is!

Read more of this post
web posted August 30, 2014

Barack Obama has just been named in a RICO lawsuit that alleges his involvement in "criminal activity."
We've got the latest on this newest twist in his scandal-plagued presidency.
web posted August 30, 2014

Be careful, Tim Crane is one of those nutty Clemson fans. They lose again to carolina, you'll be putting in a headline of "Crazy Clemson fan breaks in to my house and Burns my favorite shirt!!!" Roll Tide
web posted August 29, 2014
Re: Where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson - Dillon Taylor shooting

Dillon Taylor was no choir boy as you make him out to be.  Your post is no different than the liberal media releases on the Michael Brown shooting.  You did not give all the information, especially the last paragraph in the Salt Lake Tribune article.  Don't be like them.  If you are going to provide info, provide it all and accurately.

web posted August 29, 2014
As a Master Electrician and familiar with code books,in the first few pages Of everyone that I have ever read it states all local codes supersedes the National code.......also the code sets a min.standard ,not a max .standard.
web posted August 29, 2014

Have you heard when the new General Store is supposed to open? I hope it does well. I am thrilled when a new business opens up in Edgefield. Lord knows we don’t need another antique store or pottery business.

Editor's note: No, I stopped by today but no one was there that could answer questions.
web posted August 29, 2014
Really enjoyed in Metro Spirit,keep up the work.

Editor's note: I wish the article never ran. If I had to write an article to explain how many things they got "not right" - that should tell you allyou need to know.
web posted August 29, 2014
What happened at the ECH Board of Trustee’s Meeting last Monday?  A staff ,member noticed the Board Chair arrived late wearing shorts and flip flops (that’s impressive); his attire apparently reflects the respect he lacks for the Title he holds.  Get rid of him!  Dr. Hair is so clueless that he is not able to comprehend the multiple problems facing ECH much less develop a problem solving strategy…Get Rid of Him! Chris Yonce lives in Saluda County , and his mother works full time at the hospital. Get rid of him.  Staff believed  a raise for the hospital employees was going to be discussed (even if it was only a cost of living allowance).It wasn’t!  The morale is the lowest ever and employees are starting to believe the only way to earn better salary is to leave and be rehired but it’s obvious one requirement is to live in Lexington and/or be prior friends of the CFO.  Maybe if the CEO, CFO, HR gave up some of their high paying salaries; the lower rank and file (who do all the work) could receive a much overdue pay increase.  The CEO and HR have been saying for months they were comparing Hospital salaries to other CCAH’s; but, talk is cheap We hope they do a better job comparing staff salaries than they did trying to extort Physicians based on non-comparable comparisons.  It’s time for a new CEO. He’s done nothing but hoodwink The Good Old Boys on the Board that he is doing great. But he has brought it down in reputation, quality of atmosphere for Physicians, Patients, Visitors and Staff.
web posted August 29, 2014
Preacher stuns with 'Michael Brown is Jesus' rant
The Sunday sermon began predictably enough, but then the preacher decided to tackle "white privilege" and the police-shooting death of Michael Brown. That's when all hell broke loose.And we've got the audio …

Editor's note: Just when you think Democrats can't get any lower, there they go again. Not sure where the passage of Jesus robbing a store by force is found in the Bible.
web posted August 29, 2014
Editor's post: It is that time of year - SEC Football and the South Carolina Gamecocks take the field tonight against Texas A&M. USC is favored by 10.5 points in spite of having a lot of unknowns on the field. As I do every year I have worn my Carolina shirts every day of the week of the first game. Tuesday got a bump as I was unable to leave home so I wore my USC pajama pants all day as well.

But most important is my game day shirt. It was given to me by my good friend and Edgefield Daily Sports Editor Tim Crane - a die hard Clemson fan. Since he gave me the shirt, USC has always beaten Clemson and has gone 11-2 for the year - every year.

I will wear it proudly today. Thank you Tim, for the best good luck charm I ever received. A USC shirt from a die-hard Clemson fan.  - UPDATE - A lot of good all that did!
web posted August 28, 2014
Obama didn't play a round of golf after the beheading of James Foley, he played 9 rounds of golf. That's not just an insult to the Foley family but the whole US and the World. Obama: "[Darn] idiot killed some reporter and I have to go say something. Keep my beer in the golf cart cold, I'll be there in about 5 mins." What a President!
web posted August 28, 2014
Is the H.L. Hunley exhibit traveling around the country or just SC? I think it is an interesting thing but wonder what the cost was to replicate the original one. Was it paid for by tax payers? Just seems kind if odd to have a replica traveling around ( more cost) when people can go see the original. Charleston is not that far from any part of SC!  I know it is historical, but I sure hope I didn't pay for this! I would rather pay for copies of the Constitution to be handed out and explained. Seems like that would be a lot more valuable these days!

Editor's note: I have no idea where else the tour goes beyond our area. I believe it was built by donations and the tour is sponsored. There is another mock-up outside the Charleston Museum, but you can not enter or do what the soldiers (or sailors as the case may be) did during that historic night.
web posted August 28, 2014  
RE: "does anyone know if Pettigrew announced whether or not he was going to run against that thug Carroll Waites on the School Baord?
It was circulating that Pettigrew was going to run for Carroll's seat. Carroll said if someone ran against him, he wouldn't run.  That's a shame if no one announced.  Carroll needs to go, he's just so sleezy and can not be trusted. He's such a lady's man.
web posted August 28, 2014

When I first read about the [Sweetwater] Community Center being renovated I thought it was great that something was being done to improve Merriwether for a change. Everything is always for the towns or Bettis Park. It was nice to see the county do something for us for a change and I thank Mrs. Blackwell [County Council vice-chair] for making that happen! But as I ride by on my way to work every day I see how fast things are happening I am actually becoming very excited about this. I can't wait to see it when it is done!!
web posted August 28, 2014

Where are Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton ? ? ?
I heard about this, but it was not on any of the major news outlets. It was only carried on local Utah TV stations!
Our nation has really become Morally bankrupt. Where is the justice and rule of law for all the local merchants whose homes and businesses were free targets because the Ferguson, MO local police were intimidated by a small number of racist blacks into not enforcing the law so as to “minimize” the damage. Well it have taken over 2 weeks for this “strategy” to start to work. In the meanwhile, an entire communities’ inner city infrastructure has been decimated. How many years do you think it will take for a lower middle class town to rebuild?  
Ever heard of a kid named Dillon Taylor?
He was a white unarmed kid, 20 years old, who was killed by a black policeman on August 11, in Salt Lake city , Utah
This happened two days after Michael Brown was killed.
Dillon Taylor was a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was leaving a 7-11 convenience store. Officers were in the area because there was a report of a man with a gun. Taylor had headphones on and did not hear the police when they asked him to lay down on the ground.
Taylor, unfortunately, reached into his pocket, for a cell phone, and that was the last thing he ever did. He had no gun. He did not rob any stores. He did not assault a police officer.
He was killed by a black policeman. Have you heard about the protests and looting. No! Because they didn't happen  Have you heard about this from the media, No! Because they are morally bankrupt.

Editor's note: That does not fit the Democrat.. um, media narrative. Just as the dozens killed or shot every weekend in Chicago, Detroit, or Washington DC. This is an election year you understand, and media is there to tell people how
Republicans are stupid, racist, homophobic, bigoted, mean, nasty, hate the poor and women. Of course, all the while providing "fair coverage". They can't help the Republicans are neanderthals. 
web posted August 28, 2014
How can the house up on blocks on Simkins St not be dangerous? That’s a temporary support system to move a house or build a new foundation. That's not done as a way to preserve a building. I think the building inspector might want to dig a littler deeper in his rule book because I don't think you can keep a building like that for at least 8 or 10 years. The blocking is not a permanent foundation and do not meet code as a foundation support of a building or house. I bought a house in Saluda and had it moved and the move took about 2 months longer than expected, They were wanting to fine me for keeping the house on blocking for so long. I thought the building codes were the same everywhere.

Editor's note: The State and National Code are uniform, however; a town, city, or county can impose stricter codes of their own. I'm not saying that is the case here, just pointing out that codes can vary.
web posted August 28, 2014
That old hotel should have been torn down years ago. They never did anything after it caught fire and it just rotted out from there. I was a kid when that happened. I know it's considered historic, but the historic hotel burned a long long time ago. What's wrong with replacing it again with something new, just like that building was new when it was built to replace the original? Edgefield needs to get out of the 1800's and get with today! web posted August 28, 2014
The Obama bank shakedown
The $16.65 billion settlement by Bank of America over financial-crisis-era mortgage securities "highlights a pattern of the government extorting the banks," Dick Kovacevich said on CNBC this week. Kovacevich is the former Wells Fargo chairman and CEO. I've known him for years. He ran a great bank. He kept Wells Fargo clean during the credit meltdown. And unusual for a big-bank CEO, he strongly supports free-market principles.
web posted August 28, 2014
Wake up people. If this happens, it will be the end of this country as we know it. Contact your congressmen and complain about their do nothing policies. Tell them DO  NOT LET THIS happen.

web posted August 28, 2014
Editor's post: Today (Tuesday) was a pajama day. I would spend time working, then in bed, rotating that throughout the day and into the night. It is hard to type when your hands don't wont to do what you want them to do. Sometimes having to type with one finger to make sure the right keys are being touched. Here's hoping today is a better day.

UPDATE: I don't know how or where, but August 25, 26, and 27 somehow melded into just two days, the 25th and 26th.

web posted August 27, 2014
Re: From your story August 26, 2014:
"As portions of the building continue to crumble, the falling glass is the least of the worries from the Building Office. With so little interior structure holding the building together there is little to prevent an entire wall or sections of the building to give way. If that were to happen on Penn Street as drivers line up to enter from the yield sign, just a portion of a wall falling would cause great injury if not death to anyone unfortunate enough to be below."

What is the Town of Edgefield waiting on to do something,  lives could be lost this way.   It's time to wake up.
web posted August 27, 2014

I "wander" if the house on blocks behind the Discovery Center owned by "Mr. Harvard" is on the list of properties like the Inn?  Its only been on blocks for what 5 or 6 years? I wonder how many mosquitos have been bred under there in that hole? Is it going to take a little kid playing under there and getting hurt before anybody does anything about it? 

Come on Edgefield - it's time to do something about that place.

Editor's note: That building is not among those 10 being listed as dangerous. It very well may be an eyesore, but the way it is supported, it is safe. The town could push the owner to either move the building or complete the project on site. They should have an ordinance that limits how long a structure can be left on jacks and supports, in my opinion.
web posted August 27, 2014

They'll never do anything about the old hotel. [Edgefield Mayor] Ken [Durham] and Bettis will just make it all go away again. I'm glad the county at least tried but it's useless.

Editor's note: I disagree. The county has never formally, under the law, deemed the building "dangerous". The owners basically have tow choices, fix it up, or tear it down. I suppose they can refuse, leaving the town having to push the matter and had the building demolished and then file to recover the money from the owners. That could take years.
web posted August 27, 2014
Not only an eyesore, now The Plantation House is "dangerous". When you see the damage caused to historic buildings (actually restored ones) in Napa, you wonder how this building survived not collapsing with our earthquake last winter. I wonder what would happen to the square in general if we were to have another earthquake. You know, once you have one you can sure have another one. Hmmmm.  Hopefully all the "dangerous" buildings will be dealt with in a timely manner. Think of all the asbestos etc lurking in those places. A lot of history there but maybe we just need to start over. If not, actually do good renovation of a lot of the buildings. People actually work and spend time in those old buildings in Edgefield. Are they healthy places to work or spend time in????
web posted August 27, 2014

In regards to the complainer of eye sore property, there have been other complaints made years ago (10).  The mayor was told of this and his reply was "you can't make them clean it up".  I asked why they had such an ordinance if they would not honor it  He had no answer.  I suppose people don't have the money to handle such, so I say let the prisoners clean it up and make the owners pay them or the town.  I noticed prisoners cleaning up the roads the other week.  That's great.  They need something to do  besides sit in a cell all day.
web posted August 27, 2014
I have been trying to keep up with the problems you're having but get confused sometimes. Is it you arms or legs that are giving you so much pain? I'm sorry if you have already answered this or maybe it is too personal and you don't want to. I will understand, but I think I'm not the only one confused.

Editor's note: I have been very open about the situation we are going through. I say "we" because it is just as hard on my bride as it is on me.

The easy answer is all of the above. The pain is in my feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, every muscle on the outer edges of my back, my shoulders across the back and into the arms, forearms, wrists and hands. Different areas hurt more than others at any given times. Sometimes it may be joints, other times muscles and sometimes a combination of several.

Thank you for your concern.
web posted August 27, 2014
I bet Obama is funding ISIS. He's a muslim and the only muslims he likes are the terrorist muslims.
web posted August 26, 2014
Hey, does anyone know if Pettigrew announced whether or not he was going to run against that thug Carroll Waites on the School Baord?

Editor's note: That would be news to me. Since he last made a run against Sen. Shane Massey until the election debacle of 2012 saw him disqualified with hundreds of others on a technicality. I don't see him running for school board when his next chance for the Senate seat is in 2016. He has not said he i seeking any seat in any of our most recent conversations, including lunch recently.
web posted August 26, 2014


U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, including a caisson,  two escort platoons, casket team, firing party, colors team, and a caparisoned  horse.
The U.S. Army band, “Pershing’s Own,” played softly as the funeral  procession made its way down the long hill past the rows of simple white  gravestones to bring General Greene to his final resting place.

The graveside service began with a few words, followed by a  13-gun salute. The major general’s widow, Dr. Susan Myers, was seated in  the front row. To her right was their son 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, his daughter  Amelia Greene, followed by Major General Greene’s father, also Harold Greene.

After three rifle volleys and the playing of “Taps,” the  American flag, once placed on the major general’s casket, was carefully folded as  the band played “America the Beautiful.” U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno presented the flag to his widow, and additional flags to his  children and father.

General Greene, 55, became the highest-ranking fatality in the war in Afghanistan after an Afghan military police officer opened fire on Aug. 5th, 2014.

Some people were missing:  No President; No Vice  President; No Secretary of State; No Secretary of Defense. 

It WAS confirmed, however, that President Obama was playing golf at the time of the funeral.

Editor's note: Everybody deserves a vacation. Besides, Obama's staff was attending the funeral of the "gentle giant" that attacked a cop and was shot dead in Ferguson, MO. Priorities are priorities don't cha know?
web posted August 26, 2014
I am confused...Two White House aides will be at Michael Brown's service today. Yet, no White House aides were at Jim Foley's service,  General Greene's service, two former aides at Margaret Thatcher's service etc. Mr. Brown's parents call for peace yet they marched with Al Sharpton (such a peaceful guy) in New York City this weekend. Hmmmm  Does it seem a little lopsided to anyone else? Doesn't the White House actions tell us something about where they stand on things and even maybe some pre judgement in a case that is just in the beginnings of being investigated. So confusing (not really if you understand what is really going on but just sayin....)

All this effort in MO and yet we are all at risk from ISIS. It won't matter what color or political view we have when we get attacked by them. I sure feel safer that we have a criminal investigation started to go after the monster that beheaded Jim Foley. We need to go after the whole group, folks, not just this one person. Personally I wish we had the resources Great Britain seems to have to deal with this stuff. We sure seem to get more info from them than our own intel.

Open borders, absent President, lopsided affiliations, etc...boy, I feel so much safer with this administration. Ha!
web posted August 26, 2014

How long is the burnt up home on Roland Ave in Johnston going be left as an eyesore and hazardous area? The famous Johnston Town council took one year to find the owner of this piece of Section 8 crap and still can not get the Slum Lord to clean up the mess. Is there one of you on the council who has a brain? Have any of you Einsteins ever heard of the Edgefield County Courthouse where all properties are filed? Let me solve this problem for you. Give the Slum Lord 30 days notice to begin clean up and if he doesn't begin..fine him daily. Think of all the potential income you will get. Bet the slum lord is a friend of someone on the Town Council. If this is so hard for you Council clowns to solve..Johnston is in big trouble. Ohhh...if the town of Johnston wants extra revenue, how about setting up speed traps and catch all those fast driving obama Pajama Mamas speeding to nowhere. But that is a job for the Acting Chief of Police, who is or isn't qualified for the job, but his good buddy the Mayor who has no job, appointed Acting Chief Robinson into a job which the Town Council has yet to fill. Makes perfect sense in an upside down world where obama supporters are in charge. And how long is Edisto Street going to be the location for all the worthless babies daddies who hang out there smoking weed and crack. On any given day beginning at about 1 pm..all the worthless babies daddies begin their migration to Edisto Street which they call "The Brother's Hood'. Now tell me again..what exactly does the new Johnston Mayor do and what is his long term vision for the town?
web posted August 26, 2014

During a long day of looking around the new Bass Pro shop, my friend and I stopped in at 'Hooters' for some Hot Wings. After being there for a while, the friend asked me which waitress I would like to be stuck in an elevator with. I told him "the one who knows how to fix elevators."
I'm old, tired, and pee a lot.
web posted August 26, 2014

Editor's post: I have never been to a place claiming to be a restaurant that presented what was supposed to be "food" to the table that looked worse than it was about to taste. The Blue Sky Café on Broad Street in Augusta is one place I will never return to, ever. Not only could we not eat the "food", the tab was almost $25. I would have argued about the bill, however; if I were to sit there one minute longer I was going to throw up. My bride and I both came home feeling sick all afternoon, and I had only two bites of the "food" on my plate and she didn't have much more than that on hers. Save yourself a bad experience, do not go there. There is no way to put into words how bad it was. Just thinking about it makes me want to puke.

If I added what my bride told me about the women's bathroom, which she refused to use, it would make you want to throw up. 
web posted August 25, 2014

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