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web  posted January 31, 2015

As a Johnston citizen that loves this town and would love to see crime lowered I have not noticed any rise in crime. I agree with others that this smells like a rat in this situation. It would be nice to have a good explanation of this from the town.
web  posted January 31, 2015
I agree that there's a lot more to the deputies being in Johnston and I think the sheriff needs to explain why this is so important all of a sudden. There's not a big crime wave going on. I think it's personal! Did the sheriff have to get approval to spend all the overtime money before he did this?

Editor's note: No, it was mentioned that he was going to put some deputies in Johnston, but I do not believe it was explained in full.
web  posted January 31, 2015
I agree with the editor. There's got to be a better way to handle the situation in Johnston. Maybe just add deputies on the weekends not every day around the clock. That seems stupid. I see them and they're just doing traffic stops.
web  posted January 31, 2015
RE: Merriwether woman raped--
That is such a scary story! And now to know we have fewer deputies on the road        

Just a thought from someone who was single for many years:  a good watch dog is your best bet.  Even a 10 lb. yappy dog creates enough noise to alert you.  Even better is a 70, 90 + lb.  loyal variety that makes a crook think twice before tangling with exposed teeth.   A dog chained to a tree out in the back yard somewhere is useless for protection, if a crook breaks into your house. You need the dog inside, particularly at night---they are far better than house alarm systems [we've had those, too].   You can be pro-active by protecting yourself if a cop is not readily available.

Editor's note: Always remain armed at home or in your vehicle. If you have a permit, carry at all times.
web  posted January 31, 2015
Personally, I am thankful for the guardrails on the south part of Sweetwater Road. To those of us who have lived here for awhile, we remember some serious, and fatal , accidents on the stretch of road. I do not know what blunt ends of the guard rails are being complained about.  As I drove around  Edgefield and Aiken counties today, I observed the guardrails. Funny, I never paid attention to them before but as I looked at them, I noticed that they are consistent in their construction. They all have a square (yellow with black stripes) on their ends. If anyone hits those head on, then the driver is  either drunk or they have taken their eyes off the road. In either case, without the guardrails, they would be in a similarly dire situation probably going  down an embankment.  That has happened . I think rather than fewer guard rails on Sweetwater, there could be more. Like I said, I do know of at least one fatality on the curve where the new guardrails have been installed. Thank you SCDOT. 
web  posted January 31, 2015
Great summary by a Notre Dame University engineer.  Here are the 10,535 pages of ObamaCare condensed to FOUR simple sentences.  As humorous as it sounds, every last word is absolutely TRUE!
1.  In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured.

2.  Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured.

3.  To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.

4.  The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be insured, so it will be ‘free-of-charge’ to them.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is called "redistribution of wealth" ...or, by its more common name, SOCIALISM, the politically correct name for COMMUNISM!
web  posted January 31, 2015
People need to be very careful condemning David Fallaw and assuming that he will be the next assistant superintendent. He belongs to a local church that many people are calling somewhat of a “cult”. It is known that his pastor took another pastor before the local Baptist Association and made some unfounded accusations. So, nothing will stop him from defending Mr. Fallaw to  the hilt.
web  posted January 31, 2015
Will it be necessary to call in the National Guard to save Johnston from the black criminal element? Most small towns and large cities where blacks are in charge..have high crime statistics. For instance..if Detroit were a country..it would be second in the world for murders.
Atlanta, Washington DC, New Orleans, Houston, St. Louis are also cities competing for high murder rates. For years the black thug environment has felt comfortable in Johnston and nothing was done to get rid of them. Why? Ask the former police chief. Johnston has more registered sex offenders than any other location in Edgefield county. Why? They are comfortable and happy in Johnston. All of this contributes to a horrible
real estate market, businesses moving elsewhere and citizens being scared. And what if Ford Motor company moved from Detroit to Johnston..do you actually believe any of these street creatures would apply for a high paying job? They are comfortable stealing, robbing and beating up each other. Wonder why the Large Peach Industry in our area does not hire these people..it ain't because they get cheap labor. Is the current Johnston Police Chief up to the job? Who knows! One thing for certain..Johnston needs to clean up its Section 8 housing, run off those sex offenders, and drug dealers who feel welcome in our town. And what does Cocaine Jackson's Mayor have to say about Johnston's criminal element and town's appearance? And..how many town Council Members actually have a brain or are they just a bunch of Slum Lords? How is this town going to survive if the people who live in it don't have pride. How about that section 8 house on the corner of Butler street and Calhoun where there are two junk vehicles in the yard..a bathtub under the tree..and a poor dog tied to a tree on the side of the house. Does anyone care? You slum lords deserve to be shot at by your tenants and you slum lords deserve the middle finger.
web  posted January 31, 2015
Fox Creek has formed a committee to find a new football coach. Why isn't Principal Josh Trahan in charge of hiring or even our elected board of directors? Who's on this football searching committee? Its not on there website. Maybe Sherolyn Bishop's trash truck driving husband will not allow it. I know he was bragging in sportsman's corner about how he hired coach Russ Schneider, hired coach Wesley Brown, started the football program, built the baseball field, was the original AD, has credit cards & keys to the school, without him thered be no football or baseball, and babbled on and on. Now he has talked board president Greg Hurt into forming a committee so he can throw his famous temper tantrums and get his way like he did on county council. Maybe Hurt and Trahan are scared of the Bishops? Maybe their trash wont get picked up? Fox Creek, the pride of Merriwether.
web  posted January 31, 2015
Editor's post: I have received a lot of email (that are not for the Wandering Minds) over Sheriff Dobey putting two deputies in Johnston 24/7, extra deputies meaning a lot of overtime pay that will have to be paid by the county. I know there have been complaints, but is this the best way to resolve the situation? Could there be a better way to allocate resources?
web  posted January 30, 2015
In a community where we have seen crimes increase, one would think that encouraging our youth to find positive alternative activities would be a priority. Most Sunday afternoons, a rather large group of youth (Black, White, and Hispanic) gather at the Edgefield Soccer Complex to play soccer for hours...good, clean fun. But they will be unable to do so anymore, as our fine town officials have locked up the soccer goals and forbid anyone to disturb the precious grass fields. Isn't the soccer complex maintained with our taxes? How does
forbidding our youth playing soccer on a Sunday afternoon set a positive example? Would town officials rather the youth run the streets? I guess the grass is more important.
web  posted January 30, 2015
I live in the town of  Johnston and am very surprised to read the article on crime in town . It basically is saying Johnston is the trash of South Carolina and lets bring in the national guard. Every town has problems and I would like to see improvement, but as far as I know the crime here is average compared to others. HIDE YOUR KIDS, YOUR HUSBANDS, YOUR WIVES AND ALL YOUR BELONGINGS BECAUSE THEY ARE SHOOTING AND STEELING EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IN THIS TOWN. Where is the evidence that the chief asked for this help?
web  posted January 30, 2015
Fox Creek Vs. Fox Creek. Where can I buy tickets? They can solve all their financial problems with the hiring of the new football coach. I'd pay good money to see Board Chairman Greg Hurt and Board Treasurer Sherolyn Bishop's husband battle it out over who the next coach will be. Let the lying and stealing begin!
web  posted January 30, 2015
Been thinking about the article from the other day about ECSO deputies patrolling Johnston on a temporary basis. At the end of the 30 days, if it seems that the extra help is in fact needed in Johnston, will they the. Hire to more deputies? Or will they just continue to use off duty ECSO officers? If it doesn't help, will they then request more deputies from Sheriff Dobey? Another question is who is flipping the bill for the overtime? Is ECSO charging Johnston since they can't seem to handle their own town? From a business standpoint, anytime we bring out of town help in to assist, our local office pays for all expenses.

Lastly, I know Columbia county in Georgia was discussing absorbing Harlem police. Would this be something Edgefield would consider if it appears Lamaz Robinson can't manage his city?
web  posted January 30, 2015
I don't see a big crime wave in Johnston. Maybe the Sheriff should add extra deputies in the southern part of the county where there is a big crime wave. A woman getting raped, cars broken into, drugs are everywhere. Hotheaded parents at the schools, burglaries galore and on and on. There's more people down here than in Edgefield and Johnston combined! At least that would make sense!
web  posted January 30, 2015
Unfortunately..the thugs and their drugs have settled in Johnston. For years..I have been posting this problem and how it has gotten out of control. For years..Edisto Street has been the gathering place for all these low lifes and nothing has been done to clean it up.
Don't blame this problem on the new Chief...he just inherited a mess and is taking control. Why the need for two deputies when the town has seven officers..is anybody's guess. First priority..take the trash out of town. Make life miserable for all the thugs. Harass them until they leave and go to the Big Thug Hole in Richmond County Ghetto. For years I have been posting the large number of sex offenders who live in Johnston and they are still here. The old Chief did not want to ruffle the Thug feathers and now the problem has been brought to a boil. Time to kick butt and clean up Johnston. The other problem is...those CLOWN Magistrate Judges and
Judge Easy Keesley. These Pretend Judges let criminals go as fast as they are arrested. Whoever appointed these people into their over rated positions needs to be fired. Wonder how many criminals who are give low bails..show up for their hearings? The Johnston crime problem is very simple to solve...Start Kicking A$$ and don't worry about hurting anyones feelings. I have two deputies with me each day and suggest all other to do same...their names are Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson and they know how to deal with thugs.
web  posted January 30, 2015
Well it looks the town of Johnston should have run the posting for Chief of police for the 90 days  and hired a qualified person to be Chief. But when thugs and criminals run things this is what you get!! Hiring your "Homie" is not always the best. The town should pick up the tab on the extra deputies also not the whole county!
web  posted January 30, 2015
This thing about putting 2 deputies in Johnston around the clock smells like a rat to me! What's REALLY going on? There hasn't been any huge increase in crime in town. I was told that Chief Robinson didn't even ask for any help! If that's true then why do all of this all of a sudden? Like I said, I smell a rat!
web  posted January 30, 2015
The M1 Garand is a clip fed rifle that feeds eight rounds directly into the receiver, there is no magazine, unlike the M1&2 carbine which are magazine fed weapons.  Stripper clips are, however, used to load the carbine magazines.  The poster was correct in stating that the clip was ejected from the Garand after the last round was fired.  "One clip, eight rounds load"  was the customary command to load the Garand.  No magazine, just the receiver and the loaded clip fed the rifle.  Nomenclature: The M1 rifle is a gas operated, semi-automatic, clip-fed rifle.
web  posted January 30, 2015
If Johnston needs extra cops they should pay for them. How hard is that?
web  posted January 30, 2015
I saw the Johnston Chief on the news tonight talking about all the crime and how he needed help. He said he's got 7 officers for Johnston but can't get a grip on crime? The previous Chief didn't have this kind of trouble running things. Sounds like somebody just can't handle the job if you ask me. And we get to foot the bill. The editor said that the 2 deputies that were going to be assigned to Johnston were EXTRA deputies. That means overtime and tons of it. Johnston should get the bill not the county!
web  posted January 29, 2015
Guard rails can be a useful tool for highway safety. The new rail on the south end of Sweetwater road is anything but. It may be the standard distance from the roadway, but it seems very close. The end of the guard rail that faces oncoming traffic is a blunt object that would devastating in a head on encounter. It should be tapered to make it somewhat safer. As it is, it is the same as an oak tree two to three feet off of the roadway. If more people would stop texting, cell talking, and ogling new houses, and just drive, the chances of leaving the roadway and needing a guard rail diminish greatly.
web  posted January 29, 2015
I , too, am becoming weary of the comments by one that seem to be so off base. This person obviously has a bone to pick with some in Edgefield but their attacks are unfounded. I have said this over and over but to say it again, Mr. Anderson does not need to be certified or to have a Phd for his position as Superintendent of schools. Anyone who has been involved either here or in other school districts knows that. The editor is not forming opinions, rather he is allowing opinions to be shared.  Wandering minds is an opinion page. Now how hard is all of  that to understand?  Doesn't seem hard to me unless one is closed minded and not very wise. I say knock it off. If one has something intelligent to say, say it. Otherwise they shouldn't display their foolishness. I guess everyone still has free speech and it just makes others aware of the ignorance of some.
web  posted January 29, 2015

If the football coach at Fox Creek was making $100,000 a year something is very very wrong.
web  posted January 29, 2015
Re: Shane Massey’s Reform for Law Suit Abuse

Hog Wash !  This is just a way for the Good Old Boys to use and abuse individuals without being financially/legally responsible for damage, pain, suffering  they cause.  It reduces the amount of insurance costs for Employers by capping the maximum amount due for a specific harm.  Also, if one has to bring all evidence to table before judicial system will allow just cause; how does one manifest PAIN!  The 89% of Americans that are for this probably OWN Companies that are anti-workers!
web  posted January 29, 2015
This is great! This is what good people in America are all about.

Editor's note: I enjoy the show Shark Tank, but never saw this one. Touching the way this man looks at farmers and them being the backbone of America.
web  posted January 29, 2015
I am not trying to be disrespectful or condescending but You know that boxy rectangular thingy that holds cartridges and slides into the bottom of your semi-auto pistol? It’s not a clip — no matter how often the term is misused. It’s a magazine.

A magazine holds shells under spring pressure in preparation for feeding into the firearm’s chamber. Examples include box, tubular, drum and rotary magazines. Some are fixed to the firearm while others are removable.

A cartridge “clip” has no spring and does not feed shells directly into the chamber. Rather, clips hold cartridges in the correct sequence for “charging” a specific firearm’s magazine. Stripper clips allow rounds to be “stripped” into the magazine. Other types are fed along with the shells into the magazine — the M1 Garandfamously operates in this fashion. Once all rounds have been fired, the clip is ejected or otherwise released from the firearm.

In essence, clips feed magazines. Magazines feed firearms.

Read more: http://www.gunsandammo.com/gun-culture/9-misused-gun-terms/#ixzz3Q7LV7Enc
web  posted January 29, 2015
Merriwether woman raped
That is such a scary story! And now to know we have fewer deputies on the road because Johnston can't get their Chief to do his job and train his officers! If we have to put deputies over there full time then they need to pay for the extra deputies so WE can have our deputies back on our end of the county! This is bull!!! Pay up Johnston!  This is your mess and we're having to pay for it!  I say force the sheriff to pull the "full time deputies" back to where they belong.... on the road, not Johnston. How can we make that happen? A petition? The county council? Something has to be done.

Editor's note: It is my understanding that the deputies working Johnston are those who would normally be off duty and will be paid overtime. There will still be the same number of deputies covering the county. You are not alone, there is another comment further down saying the same thing. I agree the town should pick up the extra cost to county tax payers.
web  posted January 28, 2015
Re: Douglas Elementary AP

I just want to say that she is a phenomenal, supportive AP for the school, the students, and the teachers. She is stretched in many directions, yet still tries to find ways to encourage the close atmosphere that makes Douglas a wonderful, small school.  She is a wonderful, positive, and knowledgeable educator and administrator.
web  posted January 28, 2015
What is the district going to do when they keep letting good teachers leave? This will be the second English teacher to leave. The students really liked their English teacher and are sadden that she is gone. It hurts the morale in the class, and students are less motivated when they have to start over with a new teacher. If parents have a problem with a teacher or an assignment, talk to the teacher. I am pretty sure that they will talk to you and explain in detail what they are doing. We want our children to enjoy going to school and there are some teachers that make it worthwhile for them.
web  posted January 28, 2015
Fox Creek High School's Head Football Coach Russ Schneider's leaving does not make any since to me. There has to be more to this story. He has been there like 10 years. All administrators get 12 sick days per year. If he used half of them each year as most educators do, then he would still have accumulated 60 sick days. There are only about 75 days of school left. Why didn't he use his sick days? He would get paid, keep his insurance and retirement, and stay on payroll to support his 5 kids. Or under the Family Medical Leave Act he could take a leave of absence the remainder of the year and come back next year to the school he loves in another capacity to reduce his stress. Why burden your family by quitting your job and having no income? Does anyone else thing this is strange?
web  posted January 28, 2015
I would encourage the teacher who responded to the lies regarding her lesson plan to send her Wandering Minds submission back to the Editor under the subject line: Letter to the Editor.

That way the community can at least see which teacher we've lost and hopefully convince her to stay.  The lesson and assignment she outlined in her Wandering Minds post was insightful and well thought out.  Take it from a parent that knows folks, you'd do well to take most of what your children report about their teachers with a grain of salt.  The mere fact that the individual complaining chose to write a post on a public forum, before speaking with the teacher in question, tells you all you need to know. 

The Wandering Minds forum is a great community service but it's not the place to post rumors.
web  posted January 28, 2015
So Johnston has a mayor and a police chief that can't get the job done and the sheriff is having to take over again. Why are those of us in the county having to do without police because Johnston is so screwed up? They elected them, let them deal with it!!! Not my problem!
web  posted January 28, 2015
Does anyone know why the batting cages at STHS haven't been completed by James Courtney and his CREW? Tryouts start on Feb.2,2015 and  the players will not be able to use the NEW cages due to the fact that they are not complete. James Courtney has had enough time to get this job done.
web  posted January 28, 2015
When I was teaching, I would tell parents that I would believe 50 % of what kids told me about them if they agreed to believe 50 %  of what the kids said about me. It was a joke but it meant that one needs to clarify things before going off the handle and accusing, assuming and judging what was going on at school or at home. I know there are many problems with a lot of things these days. Be careful to have the whole story and all the facts because you might end up looking pretty foolish if you start yapping about too much. Just speaking from experience.
web  posted January 28, 2015
Re: There is not a corrupt bone in Greg Anderson's body.

Such bias, Mr. Editor.  Again, shaping the minds of Edgefield.  Oh...you have to love this forum.  Posting anything and minds "wander" if there is any truth.  Of course [the editor] is going to defend his "good ole boy" buddies.  

The satirical post about Greg talking to the softball girls.  Isn't that nice!   He still isn't certified.

If anything, he is a liar.  When he dictated to the board that they were to hire him three years ago, he said he would step down after three years.  Now he is on board for two more. That would be a lie.

Editor's note: You are wearing out your welcome. And there wasn't a lot when you started under your "new" persona.
web  posted January 28, 2015
Editor's post: I spent all day Monday taking my second treatment and it went well as I slept through almost all of it, getting some much needed rest. However, it did cause some items to be delayed. Things should be back to normal tomorrow.
web  posted January 27, 2015
RE: Essay on Muslims in US
I just wanted everyone one to know that I am the English teacher referred to in the recent anonymous post about having school children write an essay about mustlims.  Since we had just finished a story called "Farewell to Manzanar", which was about the internment camps set up by the U.S. during World War II to hold Japanese Americans, I instructed my class to adapt the mindset of the people who lived back then (most likely their great grandparents or grandparents) and bring it to the present day and relate it to the terrorist problem we are facing today.
I at no time instructed them to put anyone in jail.  It was an internment camp and I never instructed them that they had to believe that was the right thing to do.  I just asked them to adapt the mindset of the people from World War II.  The ironic thing is that the person who posted the anonymous comment protesting the assignment didn't contact me to clarify it and called me a racist, which just demonstrated his or her ignorance, because Islam has nothing to do with race but rather religion. It amazes me that a community that declares itself so christian can stoop so low as to allow cowards to slander and libel people only knowing half of the facts and allow them in such cowardly fashion that they don't have to sign their names.  I have never done anything in my lifetime that I have been afraid to sign my name to.  You can relay to whomever wrote the letter that they have nothing to fear, I will not be back at Strom Thurmond High School next year, even though I previously said that I would be.  This article has shown me that there is no redemption here.  Christ once told his apostles  that if they went to a town and no one wanted to listen to his message they should go the the edge of the town and kick the dust out of their sandals and move to the next town.  In June I will be kicking the dust out of my sandals. By the way, I have no problem signing my name to things that I believe in, I am not a coward.

Editor's note: Name removed as required by the rules for posting.
web  posted January 27, 2015
Re: DES Assistant Principal
Surely, the Superintendent should look into the morning, afternoon, and evening duties of the assistant principal at Douglas Elementary! She gets to school at 7 am, puts the cones out for morning duty, unlocks the side doors for those on morning duty so students can enter the building, answers the phone until the secretary gets there, and then monitors the hallway and cafeteria.
After morning duty, she locks the side doors back before doing her daily housekeeping duties, class observations/walk thru’s, and covering classes if needed, etc.  Then she heads to GLEAMNS to do RTI.
Once she returns, she gets a bite to eat and then starts all over again. And don’t forget having to call for subs when teachers call her home at night or early in the mornings. Where are those write up going for discipline problems? To the AP’s office! Finally, who dismisses students by calling buses, you got it! So, please check into the duties of the AP at DES… and those cinnamon rolls, they are a fund raiser for the American Heart Association. Who is paying for the ingredients and baking them on her own time? You got it again, the AP at DES.
P.S.  If you don’t want to support a worthwhile organization, don’t buy one!
web  posted January 27, 2015
Fox Creek High School Head Football Coach Russ Schneider resigns effective immediately in the middle of the school year from a job where he is making close to $100,000 per year without a new job announcement after winning the region championship and being named SC Coach of the Year by the Augusta Chronicle. Stress related health concerns are his reasons after the season has been over 3 months lol! I have some ocean front property for sale on Currytown Road if you believe that one. Last time Russ Schneider was named Coach of the Year in 2010 he had to forfeit the entire football season for playing multiple illegal players and cheating. That cheating was discovered in April 2011. Of course rumor mill said that these illegal players were Board members children, so I guess you can't blame him with that salary they kept giving him. I wonder if there is any coincidence this time? Or maybe all that good Christian Karaoke fun Schneider has at the honky tonk bar on Washington Road every Saturday until 2am with his young, single, female teachers has come back to haunt him? Matt Schilit anyone? No transparency and no accountability to anyone, that's the Fox Creek way. Principal Josh Trahan had better cover this "resignation" up quick!
web  posted January 27, 2015
It was good to read intelligent and insightful responses to the negative poster who complained about certain people in leadership in the schools. I personally felt some of the comments were bordering on slander and I would hope the poster would know better than that! Mr. Anderson is a very  nice man and from every dealing we have had with him, he is honest and caring. When people go after someone like that, it shows the ignorance of the attacker. I thank Mr. Anderson for his service and sacrifice for the county.  Always remember that when one points their finger at someone to criticize. that they have three fingers pointing back at themselves. Love those little saysings-so much truth in them!!!
web  posted January 27, 2015
We have absolutely no need for a sidewalk to be installed on Hwy 25. Our roads are in deplorable shape so taxes are going up in one form or another to 'fix' them: DOT wants to install sidewalks? Just how much land will be taken from another private landowner to accomodate this grant offer from our concerned federal government?
web  posted January 27, 2015
I pray that the couple Bud and June Runion, from Georgia are found alive and unharmed. Please folks, never trust anyone from websites such as craigslist, or ebay. If you must do business with them, meet in a public place, never go alone, and always carry a weapon. Please continue to pray for this family!

Editor's note: Things are not looking good at this point. 2 bodies found near pond after their car was found underwater at another location. 1 man is in custody, but not for foul play concerning the couple.
web  posted January 27, 2015
A great message about life
Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America - If you remember, she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11.
She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came Home, and her children running to meet him.
  Lisa recalled this story: "I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.
With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.
Perhaps this is God's way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, 'So I would like you all to make me
a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.
It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the "stuff" of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted.
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
 The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts, The safest place to be is in someone's prayers, and the very best place to be is.... In the hands of God.
web  posted January 27, 2015
Careful who you brag to.........
Dan was a single  man happily living at home with his father & working in the   family business. 
When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly   father died, he   decided he
needed a wife with whom to share his   fortune. 
One evening at an investment seminar he spotted the most beautiful   woman   he had ever seen.
Her natural beauty took his breath away.
"I may look like just an   ordinary man," he said to her, "but in just a few years, my father will   die,
 and I'll inherit $65 million."
Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and 3 days later,   she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at financial planning than men.
web  posted January 27, 2015
Editor's post: This is too important to leave up for just one day, so it remains here again today. - God works in mysterious ways when He answers your prayers. Due to having the same problem swallowing that landed me in the hospital two weeks ago, that started up Thursday evening, I asked that you pray with us that the problem and the blockage be cleared so I would not have to see the doctor again. Well, at 6:15 to 6:30 Friday morning I awoke and still had problems when trying to take one of my medications. My bride called Dr. Brown's answering service to have him call us when he got to the office.

Much to our surprise he called back in about 15 minutes. He said he had several patients scheduled for procedures Friday morning at University Hospital, which is where he was at the time, and that his nurse would be calling us later. About and hour or so later she called and they had scheduled me to come in so he could take a look at me around 11 am. We arrived, got checked in, and an hour later I was in the procedure room. God answered our prayers and the blockage was gone, however; the opening to my stomach was so small it was a wonder that I was ever able to even drink, much less eat.

He inserted a "balloon" and opened the entry point up to "normal" size in about 15 minutes. He said he'd never seen an opening to the stomach that small and that his instrument would not even fit inside the opening at first. After recovering I was allowed to go home and eat what ever I wanted and should not have any more problems with it again. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

To boot, it was obvious before he did the procedure Dr. Brown is a Christian and referred to us praying about the situation though we never said a word about doing so. Everything just fell into place perfectly and it was clear that God was in control of the situation the entire time.

After arriving home, and eating and having a couple protein drinks, I dropped to my knees to thank God for being in control and answering the many prayers we prayed during the afternoon, night and into the very early morning hours prior to His making  the procedure available in perfect timing and no appointment.
web  posted January 26, 2015
I really hate to see all the negative comments regarding Greg Anderson.  As the parent of a female athlete at STHS, Mr. Anderson has spoken to her team on several occasions, explaining plans for the improvements being made to the softball facilities.  I can't remember another Superintendent coming out to speak to the girls and their coaches.  Having worked with Greg on a couple of projects in the past, I can tell you that he has been honest and trustworthy..  I'm afraid we've become so enamored with the sheepskins hanging on the wall that we've forgotten about the importance of character. 

Also, I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better.
web  posted January 26, 2015

ECSD superintendent need to look into just what are the morning duties of the assistant principal at Douglas Elementary School. The only thing she does is crockpot challengers the best baking contest and she will be baking and selling cinnamon rolls to the teachers and staff. surely this is not what she's paid to do.
web  posted January 26, 2015
Just fruit for thought;

With the recent flare of robberies, assaults, kidnappings, and just crime in general, i believe its time for folks to make it a priority to get your C.W.P (concealed weapons permit). Many of these incidents could be minimized. Practice one of the few rights we do have! Support the 2nd amendment! Don't forget ladies, this is YOUR right too!

Editor's note: I agree, which is why my bride carries and our youngest daughter is about to go through the class as well. I'm a believer in carrying a weapon while at home if you feel so inclined, most certainly at night if you live alone.
web  posted January 26, 2015
Re:  the article of 6 proposed "enhancements" in SC with Federal funds.  $163,000 in Federal funds to make a side walk in Edgefield.  Exactly how many people will this benefit?  If you have that number, divide it by 163,000.   Congress and the state is asking to raise the gas tax to "invest"  (that magic word that is really <spend>) in "infrastructure", "roads and bridges".   I remember a few months ago, Neil Cavuto, on Fox, was interviewing an Obama crony who wanted more money for "infrastructure".  Cavuto said, well maybe, but "where has the money in the Highway Trust Fund gone, can you show us?"  The administration moron could/would not answer.  Cavuto went on to ask this question 3 more times.

     Wait a minute, you say,  in the Federal budget $163k is nothing.   Well, in this instance, no it is not.  But you add up this drop in the bucket to the drops all over this country and you get a bucket running over.  Every year.  The Federal govt has no Constitutional authority, obligation or mandate to spend money on sidewalks in Edgefield, SC.   Nor bike paths.  Nor rail trails.  Nor public transit.  These are local and state issues.

      Funny how most citizens do not want the Federal govt sticking their nose into areas that belong to state and local govts like school agendas, property rights etc.  But attitudes sure do change when money is handed out.  Remember, nothing comes from the Feds without strings attached.

      And the next time you hit a pot hole remember that it could have been fixed, but $163k was spent for a couple people to have a sidewalk.
web  posted January 26, 2015
RE: " Gaye Holmes is much more qualified than Strom and should have gotten that position when she interviewed for it."

Guess now we can looker closer at where all the venom is being spewed from.  The absolute unjustified and even personal attacks ladened with such inaccuracies clearly shows the poster probably "was" an employee of the district.  It also shows they are promoting someone based on race and not qualifications.  Sadly, the poster appears to be a very disturbed, hateful, and an emotionally unstable person.  For someone to carry such hatred and animosity around with them is such a pity.  I pray for their family and their children.  I couldn't imagine living with such a bitter and hateful person.  I hope they raised their children differently.  I hope their children, if they do have any, have learned that if you get passed over for a promotion, or lose your job because of incompetence, that you don't look for someone else to blame, but better yourself, clear the hurdle and drive forward. If this poster spent as much time trying to better themselves than they spend on trying to get even, they would probably be a better person and someone people would want to work with or around.  As it appears, this is a very lonely person.  Actually, this person appears to pose a threat to people around them.  Someone with so much hatred could be willing to strike out in dangerous ways.  We all need to remain alert and vigilant.
web  posted January 26, 2015
In response to a couple of previous posts:

First of all, there is a huge difference between sharing thoughts and opinions about a situation versus launching a vicious attach against individuals.  These attacks hurt families and prevent many good candidates from applying for top positions across the county.  Who wants to subject themselves to others "personal" opinions when it takes only one irate person to sway others' opinions, especially if the person being attacked is not known to them?

Secondly, it take a small minded person to complain about a charity group that puts in more time and hard work than you can imagine.  This charity has provided countless children with a special Christmas morning and memories that will last a lifetime.  The organizing, wrapping and delivering of all the packages and bikes is nothing short of a miracle for many.  I applaud the entire family and volunteers for their hard work and huge hearts!

Last but not least, I hope Mr. Editor continues to share good news about his health.  It's true, if we band together in prayer for the good of others, we will see great things happen.
web  posted January 26, 2015
it is so encouraging to hear about God’s answers to prayer. What a blessing and what a reminder of the great God we have and the great God that loves us.  There are so many issues in the world today, whether they are personal problems or world problems. It is a good reminder to put all things in His Hands and trust Him . He is the one in control.

I have said this before,  but keep your eyes on Israel. There is so much going on in that part of the world and it is significant to the future. I am amazed at the backlash this administration is showing toward Israel.  I am proud of Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Hopefully, even with the dislike this current administration seems to have for Israel.  we will do all we can to thwart Iran’s nuclear abilities.  A nuclear Iran is one of the scariest scenarios for not only Israel, it is the same for the world as a whole. Has anyone seen the people in Yemen yelling for the death of Israel and for the U. S.?  That is a common feeling in that part of the world.  Israel is, or always was , our only ally in the Middle East. We better wake up and recognize who our enemies are and who our allies are. I just wish our President knew the difference.  Is everyone feeling safer with this administration in power?  I know I sure don’t.  We are sitting ducks in the world right now.  At least Israel has a strong leader that wants to protect Israel. Watch and see what they ultimately do about Iran. It will be interesting.  The Bible actually has a lot to say about these types of things. It is truly the Word of God.
web  posted January 26, 2015
Regarding Freedom of Information Act:
I am not the assistant principal at JET Middle School but felt the need to respond to your comments. For the past 20 years, Angels helping Sarah’s Santas has been serving the underprivileged children of Edgefield County. During that time, Edgefield County School District has graciously allowed the use of their facilities. During the time the school is being used, there are no adjustments made to the heating system. That is set by the district to go on and off on a schedule. The lights are used but turned off as quickly as possible. As for who secures the building, that would be the assistant principal because she does have the key and is the one responsible for making sure everything is clean and secure when the work is done.

Editor's note: I agree. This wonderful charity helps hundreds of poor children every Christmas and families year round. Some people have nothing better to do than put others down, it is small minded people like that think it makes them bigger - when it just makes them smaller and more insignificant.
web  posted January 24, 2015
So happy to see Sweetwater Rd getting attention on keeping the roads clean...Please continue to do great work...I can actually see the deer before they jump right out in front of me.... Would like to see more guard rails put up...Especially around the S curve by the creek...

Editor's note: Indeed there are many places along Sweetwater that needs railings and SCDOT has been made aware by citizens and county officials for years. I'm not sure what the criteria is to have them placed, but funding is also an issue.
web  posted January 24, 2015
I have to laugh at the hang up some have with PhD’s. Now, maybe a teacher has one and is only in a regular teaching position.  They might be compensated financially for their extra education and are happy being a classroom teacher. There is a unique thought, huh?  Or, maybe there aren't positions for PhD’s in the system right now.  Does having a PhD automatically guarantee a particular position? Not in the real world. I know PhD’s who cannot find a job at all.  I would hope that if someone cannot get the job they want in Edgefield, that they have the gumption to apply elsewhere. There could lots of good opportunities in other counties, states etc. It is actually healthy to expand yourself a little and get out in the world. I am sure a PhD would be smart enough to search other places. Universities offer a lot of help to PhD’s in finding good positions. Just saying….  I would hope color would not enter in to this whole issue.  I remember the other side of that (not so long ago) in the leadership in the district and it was not a pretty picture. Seems like racism is always the quick blame for everything that doesn't go the way some want things to go.

With all the complaints about the Superintendent not having a PhD in education, it sounds like some might be setting someone  else  for the position. Just a mind wandering…….
web  posted January 24, 2015
Re: There is one particular teacher at Parker Elementary ...

I so totally agree with you!! I have also witnessed her being very hateful to her students. The principal always takes up for her and lets her get away with very unprofessional situations. Something is going to have to give soon, because it is really getting out of hand. Also on another note, what is the deal with teachers being late to school??? When I drop my child off in the mornings, I’ll see certain teachers flying through town around 7:45 several times during the week. Really??? Can't understand why a principal would put up with her teachers coming in late??? If the students are made to be there on time, all teachers should too!!!!!
web  posted January 24, 2015
Great report cards for our schools? Those are a joke! The administration is only concerned with making those "grades" and not with the actual health of the local school. MES use to be the premier school and now it seems the police are there all the time. There was a problem in the parking lot yesterday, police and all. Do you think parents were even made aware of what was going on? No! Maybe Edgefield daily can find out why the "man" in the parking lot was not arrested after his disruptive behavior. Another great example to show the children that your behavior has no consequences!

Editor's note: I heard the call for a deputy due to an "irate parent" being at the school. I have not received a copy of the incident report yet so i cannot comment on what took place.
web  posted January 24, 2015
So editor...you got that proof on that Ph. D that good ole Greg has?  I haven't seen it.  Maybe you should do a feature on Greg.    An article that gives his life story.  And anyone who can defend Strom, Anderson, or any of their minions are completely sucked into an alternate reality.   That includes Covar who is as intelligent as a sack of bricks. 

Hoffman looks like a pirate.   Wates is the biggest philanderer.  He makes Schilit look like a wiener.

Brother Bibbs knows. He knows that the board has been set up to where it will be racially divided and not in his peoples way. Greg had a hand in that. Bibbs is probably the most intelligent board member we have but sister Latoya hasn't a clue.

Anderson is an illegally hired superintendent and is corrupt as they come.  Strom is the Angel of Death that is no more qualified than Crenshaw was but being white helps I guess.  Derrick Forrest is benefiting from the fact that his mother is the ass. superintendent.  Everyone knows this. 

But let's keep our eyes on that crazy principal at MES. She is going to be after the angel of death's job.

Editor's note: If only everyone could be as perfect as you. There is not a corrupt bone in Greg Anderson's body. You making all these wild claims makes me wonder about you.(This next was sent in by another reader) Do Not Judge …2"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?…
web  posted January 24, 2015
Re: D. Strom
I’ve had the blessing of knowing and working with Mrs. Strom since her guidance days at Merriwether Elementary and I know without a doubt that Edgefield County Schools are much better off because of her selfless dedication to educating our children.  She would absolutely never make a decision without the benefit of our children in mind. If someone has taken the time to criticize her in public, they should probably take a look at themselves. If you were let go or not promoted, it’s because you were the one negatively impacting our children, not Mrs. Strom.  She has been nothing but a blessing in all aspects of our district and has set the example of what all educators should strive for.  We are very blessed to have her AND her son working in our county.  Why do you think Parker has been such a great school in recent years?  We have had such a positive influence in our county because of them. Those that mooch off the education system at the expense of our children should be ashamed of themselves. Thankfully, Mrs. Strom has advocated for our children and development of teachers, even if that means making “positive changes”. 
web  posted January 24, 2015
The Strom Thurmond High School female gym teacher is now calling other people fat, including one of her bosses.  This is crazy we need to put a change to this.
web  posted January 24, 2015
Attention:   WWII History Buffs
Left click, hold and drag your mouse gently from left to right on the original photos and it will become the exact location today!  Drag it back over and you are in 1944 again!
(Note the soldiers carrying bicycles coming onto the beaches!  Never knew they used them during the war.)


Editor's note: I have seen this before. It is really interesting and cool. Thanks for sharing.
web  posted January 24, 2015
Appreciating our law enforcement officers.

web  posted January 24, 2015
Editor's post: Looks like I may be having to see the doctor that treated me at University again. Praying it is not necessary (please, pray the same after reading this), but it very well may be needed depending on how things go this morning.
web  posted January 23, 2015
When did it become wrong for folks to share opinions on an opinion page? Surely everyone, including the Editor, has the right to share opinions on Wandering Minds. Last I checked, Wandering Minds was not a news reporting page. I would say that one needs to be able to form their own ideas and opinions. It is good to read and evaluate ideas from others . We learn from that kind of interaction.  Discussion and disagreement can be thought provoking and  mind challenging. I think Wandering Minds is a great avenue for discussion of issues. I have never looked at it as a source for my news.  When people share an opinion on an opinion page, aren't they sharing ideas in order to cause people to think and possibly be persuaded? What is wrong with that?  Hopefully readers have enough sense to make up their own minds about things. For goodness sakes.  We cannot be afraid of free speech and must be careful not to censor ideas and interactions. 
web  posted January 23, 2015
I read with interest Mr. Bettis Rainsford's Guest Editorial in The Edgefield Advertiser.  The title of the editorial is "Let's Keep Our Town Beautiful".  I find it interesting he is complaining about a temporary power pole.  Doesn't he own the eyesore that Ike Carpenter operates on Main Street?  Doesn't Mr. Rainsford also own the unsightly and dangerous house on stilts beside the Episcopal church?  Isn't Mr. Rainsford the owner of the majority of of the vacant stores in Edgefield that are vacant because he charges exorbitant rent?  Even though I understand and tend to agree with his editorial, doesn't he to clean up his own properties before being critical of a temporary power pole?
web  posted January 23, 2015

A Muslim immigrant kid in Toronto asks his mother, "Mama, what's the difference between Democracy and Racism?"

Mother (in Burkha) - "Well, son, Democracy is when American tax payers work hard every day so that we can get all our benefits..... you know, like free housing, free healthcare, free education and grants to build mosques and community centers, more welfare payments than American pensioners get, & so on & so forth, you know… that's a Democracy".

"But Mama, don't the American tax payers get angry about that?"

"Sure they do…. that's what we call Racism!"

Never more simply explained!
web  posted January 23, 2015
RE:  Editor’s Note

This is to the one who wrote Wandering Minds blew the hospital situation out of proportion.  You must be related to the late and great CEO or CFO because NOTHING written was out of proportion.  Edgefield depends on each other to promote business, logging, cows, produce, bank loans, voted into power positions, etc. that people are afraid to say what they really witness, believe, improper behavior that would end up having a detrimental ripple effect on their family socially and financially.  Wandering Minds is the only BRAVE, CONSISTENT reporting vehicle available to Edgefield Citizens to be able to rant or rave in a safe venue.  GET IT?  Ps.  That’s why your post was posted!
web  posted January 23, 2015
To the person with all the praise for Anderson and Strom, what about the person who is over a school, proceeds to get  their PhD, then gets demoted to being a high school teacher. Granted the person is a great teacher, but why would getting a higher degree cause this person more problems.  You need to talk to the teachers and then you will see how great Anderson and Strom really are. Just like the previous poster, good ole boy (have to be the right color) system is in place and always will be.
web  posted January 23, 2015
A freedom of information request (FOIA) should be sent in to the school district as to why JET Middle was used during Christmas break.

Was this charity work approved?  It should be since the facility was used that has no connection to the district.  Who pays for the heating? Lighting? Who secures the building?  Just because the assistant principal has the key does not mean she has free access to the building whenever she wants.

Maybe instead of a FOIA request, the board can look into it.  Charities still have to get permission to use the facilities.
web  posted January 23, 2015
I am very disturbed by the recent personal attacks against school district administration.  I have seen the school district grow by leaps and bounds since Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Strom took the helm.  Report card grades have increased tremendously, professional development has been provided ten-fold from the previous administration and we are now fully accredited.   Each and every school has been given unlimited support instead of being left on their own.  That is more important than ever given these unstable times in education due to legislative changes and constant changes in standards and assessment.  While I understand that there will always be differences of opinion on professional matters, I am utterly speechless that such hatred could be spewed towards four people who love and have worked tirelessly to help make this district better.  I would like to personally thank Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Strom for their dedication to the children of Edgefield County.   There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that that is exactly where their hearts are!
web  posted January 22, 2015
I will check a page like the crime blotter and it won't show me any updates and then a few days later it might. Why?

Editor's note: You may have to "refresh" or "reload" the page to see the latest updates. Sometimes your computer will pull content from the cache on your computer and not the information on the server.
web  posted January 22, 2015
I know of one drop off location for old glasses-a yellow collection box in front of Kroger in North Augusta.

With so much going on in the world today, prayer and Bible reading are the best things to focus on. God is ultimately the One in control and focusing on Him and His Word makes life joyful and bearable.
web  posted January 22, 2015

Re: Editor's note: I did not say Mr. Anderson had a PhD in education. I said he had a PhD in law, so I was correct.

You never mentioned anything about law.  You allowed the reader to assume it was a Ph. D in education.

I still call bull$*i! so prove it.  Stop spouting off and prove it. 

As a "credible news source", stop eluding.  Stop creating the news and report facts or don't report.

Over half of the issues at the hospital, you allowed this page to report or others post that blew that situation way out of proportion.  Similarly, anything within the schools, if it is something against your "good ole boys" then it is less pushed as an issue.  If it is something that could really increase readership or support an agenda, you push it and create more of an issue of it.   A lot of the issues Edgefield County has is often stirred from this medium. 

Creating news is not news.

Wandering minds is not "news".  But when you enter the conversation with an "Editors note:", you are shaping thoughts and opinions, which many are just poor journalistic practices.

But hey--- it's Edgefield. 

There is no need for an editors note. 
web  posted January 22, 2015
Re: Old glasses:
Where can they be taken so the Lions Club can use them?

On Martintown Rd., just beyond Bank of America, and before Georgia Ave [US25],  is a strip mall with Fred's, Rite Aid, Teresea's, etc.
When you turn off Martintown into the parking lot of the mall, next to the mall sign is what appears to be an old mail box painted yelo with the Lions Club logo, that accepts old glasses.

Editor's note: I would like to find a location in Edgefield County. If you know a local member, please have them contact me.
web  posted January 22, 2015
I cannot understand why our community will not pray for our school system instead of negative comments all the time. If we would take the time to pray for the problems , the teachers, administration at all levels and our students we could see improvement. How does bashing the school system show the love and concern we should demonstrate for our school system? Support all the schools in the county whether we think they are the best or not. Pray for our schools and students!!!
web  posted January 22, 2015
I think the negative attacks on Donna Strom and her son are personal. She is a very sweet lady and the children love Mr. Forrest! He recently filled in at the elementary school and in just a few hours, he had made a positive impression on the children. I think he would do good to get MES straightened out! I think male leadership in our schools is a necessity. I am all for female equality but when it comes down to it, those little ones (especially boys) would do best with a male authority. As far as Fallaw, I think he will do a great job! He and his wife are both educators and have the children's interest at heart! I recently heard an administrator say, " I came here for the money." That is when they should be shown the door! We need more people involved who are truly in our education system for the love of the children, their futures & and their education.
web  posted January 22, 2015
Please take a few minutes to watch this amazing video, think you will be glad you did!!!
This one is very special.  Do Not let that 4-letter word (golf) put you off.   This speaks of determination, consideration, respect and, dare I say, love, from and for humanity.

 All it takes is HEART!!!
web  posted January 22, 2015
Tell your Senators how you feel.
web  posted January 22, 2015
Are Today’s Young Adults Better Off Than Their Parents? Yes and No
web  posted January 22, 2015
Editor's post: Today was a pretty good day. Pain kept under control. Someone brought home-made chicken soup and then fellowship followed by prayers. Right after that another local pastor stopped by for more fellowship and prayers. Made our nightly Bible reading much more enjoyable and our prayer time was really blessed due to all of the fellowship. We praise God that He has placed so many wonderful people around us.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Re: Old glasses:
Where can they be taken so the Lions Club can use them?

Editor's note: I am not sure. There used to be a location in Edgefield but it is no longer there. I hope a member will respond so we can get a full listing of locations.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Many school systems are claiming to have a handle on students being bullied--but what about teachers as bullies? Yes, you read correctly--teachers as bullies! There is one particular teacher at Parker Elementary who seems to be called into the office year-after-year about something she has said or done to her students. I also heard that each time this happens,  this particular teacher squirms her way out of it ---leaving the "gullible" principal believing her instead of the students or their parents. (Every year???---same teacher???---different students??) But the principal thinks "she's a good teacher". Well, I have a child that will be attending Parker in a couple of years and I hope that he will be in her class because  I'll own ECSD! I'm tired of working anyway. So Mrs. Principal---keep ignoring the students you are suppose to be protecting and wait until my child gets there.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Edgefield County is so much smarter than our surrounding counties!!! Look at the recent news of Dr. Ricardo Azziz and his $1 million dollar firing. That Board was so stupid for not covering that up and keeping it secret like we do. Aiken County School District has done a good job so far with Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt and why they are firing her. Don't tell me you believe that retirement crap. Only 12 months ago in December 2013 she had her contract extended through 2017 and now surprise she is retiring? Coincidentally right after the school board change last November. How many hundreds of thousands did that cost us taxpayers? NO, Edgefield does it so much better! Look at former Edgefield County Superintendent Dr. Mary Rice Crenshaw. The Board paid her six figures for nearly a year to stay at home and do nothing because they didn't like her, then paid her rumor six figures to not sue them for their personal vendetta against her. Coincidentally right after the school board election. Crenshaw is now doing well with her education business. Then Fox Creek High School did the exact same thing with Dr. Tim Murph. They paid him to stay home for many months. He was then paid an unbelievable amount of money not to sue them and "resign". Coincidentally right after their school board election. He just one a television station award for being a great educator. Now we have Brandon Clary at Edgefield Hospital. They didn't like him, so now he will get an unbelievable settlement not to sue them. Coincidentally, right around the time of talks of Edgefield County Council changing its policy for appointing hospital board members. I'm curious what he'll do next. The best part, unlike Azziz, we taxpayers have no idea how many millions Edgefield County paid Crenshaw, Murph, and Clary. Think about all of the good things we could have done in this county with this money. Now Azziz still has a six figure salary as an employee of GRU. I think that we should have our Edgefield leadership go to the Board of Regents for GRU and teach them how to properly and secretly fire someone with YOUR TAX DOLLARS when they don't like you. These GRU Board members are double stupid, not just stupid with taxpayer money like we are.

Editor's note: Nobody is getting "millions" from the county. Dr. Crenshaw got around $50K to settle the lawsuit and it was paid by insurance, not the ECSD, and certainly not by the county. The same goes for former CEO Clary. I do not know the figure, but it was not a huge payout and was paid by the Hospital, not the county.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Re: Donna Strom

You are concerned that David Fallaw is not certified when the Angel of Death Donna Strom nor Greg Anderson are certified?  Fallaw may not be certified but he is much more qualified than those two that have done nothing more than Crenshaw did.  Donna boasts about her ability to bridge others together and grow administrators and teachers.  She has no idea how to do any of that because she has never been any of that.  Donna is nothing more than a pot stirrer.

Anderson is no better and now we have another two more years of an uncertified superintendent that DOES NOT have a Ph. D.  The editor was wrong about that.  He does not have a doctorate that is accepted in the education  community.   All that he has is a juris doctorate that has nothing to so with education.  He is not certified and is illegal in our state to be in education without being certified.  He is also a failed politician that Shane Massey put in his place years ago.

I still laugh at this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OqqZMrOCTHY

Massey is referring to Anderson in that video.  Greg is nothing more than a crooked politician overseeing the 3500 children in our community.   Nah--  nothing could go wrong there. 

I wish Donna Storm the best.  You are the reason the schools continuously have drama.  Just think, if that effort would go to being the best.  We would be awesome.

Edgefield County is no where near the best because of people like Strom and Anderson: The good ole boys! 

It seems Robin Ball would see this.  You and Hoffman are the only two grounded ones but continue to allow these disasters to lead our district. 

Happy Retirement Strom!!  And take your sorry assistant principal son Derrick Forrest from MMS with you. He is as worthless as you are.   Until Edgefield County wakes up, we will not be at the top of this state.   Even Parker, our best school, couldn't compete with the state for Palmettos Finest.  Gaye Holmes is much more qualified than Strom and should have gotten that position when she interviewed for it.

We can accomplish more than acting as if Fox Creek is the only school we are competing with.   There are hundreds of others schools that are the states top and little old Edgefield County continues to play in the dirt.  Enjoy your mud pie!

Editor's note: I did not say Mr. Anderson had a PhD in education. I said he had a PhD in law, so I was correct.
web  posted January 21, 2015
RE: 7th Annual Carolinas-Georgia Junior Golf Tournament
I am disappointed that Edgefield Daily did not cover this event featuring some of the college stars of tomorrow.
It was conveniently held this past weekend at Mt. Vantage.

Editor's note: I was unaware of the event and I did not see any signs on Sweetwater Road at Mt. Vintage last week. Even so, it would have still have been difficult due to me just getting out of the hospital and Sports Editor Tim Crane was not made aware and would have not been able to cover it due to his personal schedule. Maybe if they would send us a notice or an advertisement in advance we could work something out.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Do you know if the Advertiser is going to be a part of the collection effort for the Johnson family?

Editor's note: I sent them all of the information in hopes that they would. It will be up to them. We did not want credit for the info, just wanted it out to as many as possible.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Re: House on Sweetwater
That's going to be a beautiful house. I think people are just jealous. I'm not, way too big of a house for me! I'm happy with my little house in the woods with the wife and 2 kids.
web  posted January 21, 2015
Editor's post: What started out as a pretty good day didn't end that way. First it was a day 3, then a tummy ache in the evening. At least prayer time with my bride was enjoyable. It is always good to pray together. It brings us closer together and closer to God.
web  posted January 20, 2015
So apparently an English teacher at Strom Thurmond has assigned his students to write a paper about rounding up Muslims and putting them in jail. He freely admitted in class that it was a racist assignment. Somehow Dr. Ross does not seem to think it is a problem. However, many parents seem to think it is a problem. What If it were blacks? Asians? Christians? Where's the point where an assignment like this crosses the line? If you aske me, it already has.
web  posted January 20, 2015
Thank you for posting the info on the Johnson family. I hope everybody will help this poor family out!
web  posted January 20, 2015
I understand that Mrs. Donna Strom had abruptly resigned as Assistant Superintendent of our schools. Is it true that David Fallaw will be the next Assistant Superintendent? If so, someone needs to check out his personal credentials. Always remember that “all that glitters is not gold!” And I hate to see our schools make another fatal mistake. How can someone go from a teacher, to an assistant principal, to a financial officer, and then Assistant Superintendent. Why do our schools always feel as though they can do whatever they want. Why hasn’t the position been advertised?  Sounds like the “good ole boy” craze has hit us once again.

Editor's note: It is my understanding that Ms. Strom had made her intentions to retire long before it was announced and she informed the board at the last meeting to give them plenty of time to fill the position. The position will be advertised and everyone interested will have to apply and interview. Nobody "has" the job already.
web  posted January 20, 2015
Re:  What is the big deal about Genia Blackwell being Chairperson                    

The BIG DEAL Darlin is that Ms. Blackwell is a natural born leader that is NOT intimidated by bullying, threats, insults etc.  She cannot be snowed by false smooth talkers ‘good ol boys’.  She has the knowledge and can easily recognize bogus data when she sees/hears it….and will call you out on it.  Too much wasteful spending, whining, and corruption has gone on for too long and she cares about the greater good for Edgefield Citizens.  She is always available to the citizens of Edgefield and will follow through what needs to be done.  Being married to the editor is just icing on the cake; how refreshing it is to hear from a man proclaim his intense love and respect for his wife .  Very few married couples are able to say the same about their respective spouses.  You need to be more observant and take lessons.
web  posted January 20, 2015
Glad you're back at work. You've got to take care of yourself. Can I ask why you were in the hospital?

Editor's note: It was due to a hernia acting up.
web  posted January 20, 2015
Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, "Lord, prop us up on our leaning side."  After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

He answered, "Well sir, you see, it’s like this...   I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time. It’s withstood a lot of weather, it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years. It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall.

Then I got to thinking about how much I was like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms, and I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing, too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop me up on my leaning side.

I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t. So we need to pray, "Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again to glorify You.”

We need You, Lord, to give us the strength to stand whenever we get out of balance.  In those times, “Lord, prop us up on our leaning side.”

Editor's note: What a nice thought.
web  posted January 20, 2015

*The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
*The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
*The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
*The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
*The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
*The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
*The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
*The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
*The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
*The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
*The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
*The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
*The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
*The Beirut U.S. Embassy Bombers were Muslims
*The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
*The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
*The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
*The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
*The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
*The Beirut Marine Barracks Bombers were Muslims
*The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
*The First World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
*The Bombay, Mumbai, India Attackers were Muslims
*The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
*The Nairobi, Kenya Shopping Mall Killers were Muslims
*The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims
*The Sydney, Australia Lindt Cafe Kidnapper was a Muslims
*The Peshawar, Pakistani School Children Killers were Muslims
*The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
web  posted January 20, 2015
Editor's post: This will be my first full week back at work after being in the hospital for 6 days for an unrelated ailment. Still recovering - slowly but surely. Things should be getting back to normal very soon as I get back into my regular treatment plan.
web  posted January 19, 2015
Mr Roger Lamb probably hopes that every member of that Hug-A-Thug jury reads about Dublin's latest encounter with the legal system.

They can now bake cookies and take them to him in the prison on visiting day. Thank goodness we had a new judge this week and a new jury. that has common sense.

Editor's note: There was no jury. Dublin plead guilty in front of the judge.
web  posted January 19, 2015
I know you work hard getting the news together every day about Edgefield county. But I'm curious about what news sites you read every day? Thanks, and glad you are out of the hospital and feeling better.

Editor's note: On the local side I read WJBF, WRDW, and NBC26. On the national news I read FoxNews, Drudge, Newsbusters, and an assortment of others national sites depending on how much time I have in the mornings or evenings.
web  posted January 19, 2015
Sorry but some of us have seen first hand where "corners have been cut" to accommodate builders or developers in this county, I don't care about the big house on Sweetwater having issues but I do care about the safety of residents and the cost and inconvenience if the road is affected in any way! I don't have the blind faith of some that all has been done correctly to avoid a water issue with the road. Oh,  and while they are putting up guard rails hopefully they are putting some next to that pond!  A little ice or some other misstep and someone will be driving into it. Whoever wrote that they are "sure" all has been done correctly is either a good old boy or someone new to the county! I am not as "sure".
web  posted January 19, 2015

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,"
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fears...
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Editor's note: Amen.
web  posted January 19, 2015
What's the bid deal about Mrs. Blackwell being elected chair of the [County] council other than she's married to the editor?

Editor's note: She is the first woman in the history of Edgefield County to hold that position.
web  posted January 19, 2015
Strong statement on reality…..
Our enemies don't fear us and our allies don't trust us.

Editor's note: Sad, but true.
web  posted January 19, 2015
It's good to see people going to jail for a change in Edgefield County.
web  posted January 19, 2015
Steal a car, and tires, rims, other stuff, get caught and only get 18 months in jail? Maybe if they [Judges] would actually throw these crooks under the jails for a lon time they'd quit robbing us! But when it's just a slap on the hand they'll be back at it in no time. Makes me sick!

Editor's note: At least they went to jail.
web  posted January 19, 2015
Obama's military removing God.... again....Army commanders order removal of 'God and country' recruiting sign.  What a disgrace!!!!!!!! This guy's GOTTA GO!!!!
web  posted January 19, 2015
This is a rather short video that we all should watch, appreciate and fully understand its meaning.  It is also one that everyone in our government should be forced to watch several times, at least until they get it!!!  If you are one of those that do not forward e-mails, please make this an exception and pass this along to everyone in your address book.                                                                                                                    
web  posted January 19, 2015
Do our children have a support system like this whether they be a parent, friend, family member or mentor?


They should.
web  posted January 19, 2015
They DON'T MAKE CARS Like They Use To!
No problem with air bags, ignition keys or suspension systems here! Technology has really advanced since then, hasn't it!
As this video demonstrates, our roads have come a long way in 94 years. One must wonder if many of our 4 wheel drive and ATV's could do as well as this old Dodge sedan did. This is amazing old footage! I sure give the driver a big hand of approval.
CLICK ON: https://www.youtube.com/embed/nq2jY1trxqg?rel=0
Oilfield Dodge1920

Editor's note: That's really something to see. I've seen 4x4's today that would be stuck many times unlike this car.
web  posted January 19, 2015
I had the misfortune to get very sick this week, but I got to see why we as residents of Edgefield County are so very lucky to have a hospital. The staff, doctors, and PA's at PeachTree Clinic, the ER staff at ECH, and the floor staff at ECH were excellent and it was some of the best care of any hospital I have ever had. I am very thankful they were there for me in my time of need and in awe of their compassion and work ethic. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Editor's note: The same was true when I was there last year.
web  posted January 17, 2015
I just read Pastor Howle's column for this week. As I read, I could not help but smile thinking of how Awesome our God is! Pastor Howle, thank you for your writings and thank you Edgefield Daily for the publishing.

All my best to you both!
web  posted January 17, 2015
Sorry but some of us have seen first hand where "corners have been cut" to accommodate builders or developers in this county, I don't care about the big house on Sweetwater having issues but I do care about the safety of residents and the cost and inconvenience if the road is affected in any way! I don't have the blind faith of some that all has been done correctly to avoid a water issue with the road. Oh,  and while they are putting up guard rails hopefully they are putting some next to that pond!  A little ice or some other misstep and someone will be driving into it. Whoever wrote that they are "sure" all has been done correctly is either a good old boy or someone new to the county! I am not as "sure".
web  posted January 17, 2015
Why does Strom Thurmond high school female gym teacher act the way she does.  She demeans students and talks to them the way she wants.  Does nobody in leadership find anything wrong with this.
web  posted January 17, 2015
It was good to see the editor out & about today. Don't overdo it! Get some rest. We need you!
web  posted January 17, 2015
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."

The Obituary follows:
Born 1776,  Died 2016
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by:         Obama: 19               Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by:    Obama: 580,000      Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million   Romney: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Obama:  13.2              Romney:  2.1                         

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government

 Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase..

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
web  posted January 17, 2015
He missed the vote, but not his chance to slap Obama.
web  posted January 17, 2015
Dear editor,
I find it very interesting and ridiculous that so many people have concerned themselves with the new house on Sweetwater Road. Most complaints are about people “almost” running off the road because they are looking at it and wanting guard rails put up. I say STOP RUBBERNECKING!

Now someone has expressed concerns over erosion because of the house and its pond. I am sure the builders know what they are doing. This looks like an expensive build so I seriously doubt the contractors of the house and pond cut corners!

Why is this house so special to people, aren’t there more important things to worry about folks?!
web  posted January 16, 2015
I too am thrilled that Mrs. Genia Blackwell was elected the chairwoman of the County Council. I feel like we are in good hands and am thankful for her service. My congratulations go out to her!!

I am laughing to myself about the word “certificated”. As a retired teacher, I was never referred to as being “certificated”, but rather it was always “certified”. Positions for teaching were always advertised as needing “certified” teachers, not “certificated”. That being said, and it really is not that big of a deal, I have never known of a school board member being required to have a teaching certification. In fact, I do not recall many, is any, members in the district I taught in having a teaching background. School board members are usually citizens willing to donate time to serve their districts and are often business people. I personally do not think Mr. Anderson needs a certificate to do his job. He is definitely an educated man.

I do wonder though if school board members lose sight of the children in some of their decisions. For that matter, I think the folks in the education hierarchy (certified people for the most part) also lose sight of the children and the classroom as a whole.  Just one example is that some districts are taking things away like recess in order to improve test scores. How ridiculous is that?  The leadership, no matter who they are, need to be in the classrooms and dealing with the day to day goings on. Children need advocates who remember that they are children. It does not take a certificate to be able to do that. All one needs to do is think about their own childhoods. I loved school but I do not think I would love or even like school in the environment of today.

Editor's note: V-chair Dean Campbell's support for her should also be noted.
web  posted January 16, 2015
RE: "What a shame that there is a teacher at STHS that cannot write with complete sentence structure and in complete sentences.  I have received several e-mails from this teacher this school year and I have been appalled by the lack of writing ability. If we expect our students to be able to write coherently to get out of high school, they have to have teachers that can write coherently."

Would that be a teacher or a substitute?  They had a substitute for 10th graders recently that could not even pronounce the words they were dictating for a spelling test.  The grades were apparently so bad when the teacher came, they had to give the test over.  Bad thing, the students were making fun of the substitute and laughing because they couldn't pronounce basic words.
web  posted January 16, 2015
I feel so bad for the family that was burned out of their home. Do you know where donations can be made yet or who it is?

Editor's note: No, I was not able to get the information on Thursday. I will place an update in the Headlines when it is available.
web  posted January 16, 2015
It must be nice to drive a police car and fly on 23 between Edgefield and Johnston like the one that ran up on me today [Thursday]. No car number just "sheriff". No lights or siren, just in a big hurry I guess. Like I said, it must be nice!!

Editor's note: You can always get a tag number and report it to the Sheriff's Office.
web  posted January 16, 2015
God Bless our Military and what they do to keep us safe.

This is some amazing video from one of our gunships supporting ground troops and wiping out a bunch of ISIS. You can run....BUT you can't hide.  Attacking ISIS at night. Not a pretty sight, but well deserved with all the ISIS killings/beheadings of innocents.Hope we will get them all!
Worth watching this payback at its finest - Centcom attack on ISIS fighters.
What level of sophistication without any collateral damage. Even the mules & donkeys are spared. Hope they don't see this video, lest they dress up like donkeys to escape the fire.

Editor's note: Long video.
web  posted January 16, 2015
Former FBI Agent K. Dee McCown published an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Editor's note: Telling it like it is.
web  posted January 16, 2015
I sure hope that the big house on Sweetwater is on firm ground. The rivets running down in front of it,  that appeared after the first rain,  would make one wonder. It is no one’s business but the owner’s and the builder’s, but it would be a shame to see structural problems in the future. The water in the pond is awfully close to the road. What was done to protect the ground by and under Sweetwater Road? I would wonder.  I did see SCDOT working on the edge of the road there last week. I just think of the roads that washed out in Edgefield County not that long ago.  It is my concern ( the house is not my problem) if the road is affected, as Sweetwater is the main access to homes etc.for many of us in the county. Is the county making sure Sweetwater Road is protected from a disaster because of this ridiculous pond in front of the house? I sure hope so!!!!! Many residents (taxpayers)  could be affected.  Again, the house is no one’s business but the road is the business of every resident that uses Sweetwater Road.  It is also the business of every tax payer in Edgefield County because, God forbid, there is a washout or other problem with the road (how about a sink hole?) think about who will pay to fix it.  It will not be the homeowner, I am sure. Remember that little song that warns of building your house on sinking sand (spiritually of course but it applies) ? Well, think about it!!!! Everyone that drives on Sweetwater Road could be driving over sinking sand. ​

I am glad the editor is back but am sure sorry he was in the hospital. We sure hope he heals quickly and completely. Take all the time you need to get better. Prayers are with you and your family.
web  posted January 15, 2015
Dear Editor,
It is SOOOOOOO good to see you back!!!!  We had heard you were hospitalized, and were/are praying for you.  Sure missed the news updates, as your site is the only place where we can keep up with what's currently going on in our area. Trust that the Lord will intervene in your situation, and that you will be around for a l-o-n-g time! :-))))))
Welcome back!
web  posted January 15, 2015
I saw the guardrails they're putting up on Sweetwater [Road]. Do you know how far they're going? It's way past time and they're needed everywhere.

Editor's note: I believe it is just the short distance that is laid out as of Weds morning. I agree they are needed in a number of places.
web  posted January 15, 2015
Yay He's Back!
web  posted January 15, 2015
Re: Mr. Anderson is not certificated
I believe the word is “certified”

Both are correct according to daily writing tips.com this is what they say.
" In use, however, certificated seems to belong to the educational sphere, while certified is the word used to describe standards and qualifications in other occupations and industries.

Until recently, I’ve thought of certificated as chiefly British usage, but the term occurs very frequently now in the U.S. educational context. "
web  posted January 15, 2015
The person complaining about Trey Gowdy missing the vote does keep up with the news. I know he had a delayed flight, yet this time of year one would think he might have gotten back a little earlier if there was an important vote . It would have been an important vote for him had he planned to stand with the real conservatives in the House.   Apparently the one pointing out that he missed his flight did not read his whole statement. He said had he made it to D.C. to vote, he would have voted for Boehner. See, two things happened here. First, he knew his vote didn't matter because he was not going to vote the will of his constituents and there were plenty of votes for Boehner.  Second, it is rather convenient to miss the vote because one is not on record as to how they voted. Hmmm    Kind of makes one wonder.

Thanks, though, for the opportunity to explain the whole story. The whole story makes it worse than just missing a flight. Missing a flight is somewhat understandable. The rest is disillusioning. Read the whole story.
web  posted January 15, 2015
RE: "Congratulations to Genia Blackwell! I am  happy to hear that someone as deserving as she "finally" gets recognized for her commitment and hard work for all the citizens of Edgefield County."

Could this be a crack in the dam?  Maybe wishful thinking.  Merriwether picked up a seat on the school board and now council has a chair from Merriwether. Sure would be nice to have Merriwether seize control of the county and the school district.  Too much corruption by the good ole boys in Edgefield, especially on the school board.  What, Covar has been on the Board for 20 years now, right?  They know Courtney [could be] corrupt, but never do anything about it.  Oh that's right Covar is buds with Courtney. Campbell's a fine piece of work himself and ten years down the road, he'll be another Covar.  A lifetime member, but a do nothing unless it benefits them.  Look how long it took to get rid of Kneece, and that was only because he retired.  Edgefield.  Talk about corruption.
web  posted January 15, 2015
RE:  Ms. Blackwell is Chairman she wanted it…..

This sounds like it was written by someone whom is making it personal.  Maybe someone (male) who has been brought to task for inappropriate reporting, behavior, etc.?  Well, Ms. Blackwell and the other members of the County Council are excellent and Edgefield is lucky to have them. Excellent justification was given for 2 members at large for ECH Board (especially one being an employee and one having medical background)  If you are so smart and knowledgeable, why don’t you offer justification for your comments on additional members for Council.  Sounds like sour grapes to me, boy, GROW UP!
web  posted January 15, 2015
Ref..Armed robberies in Edgefield & Johnstoon..
Yes crime is rampant everywhere..especially in areas where there are lots of young black men who got no jobs, don't want no jobs, ain't ever gonna get no job and do what they do best..rob for a job. Very hard for law enforcement to catch criminals who meet the general description. For all we know they are all walking up and down the streets dressed in their hoodies and sagging pants. More reason for those who have a brain to get a concealed gun license. If you can't afford a gun license..buy a taser and keep it in your hands when in areas that look hostile. Most tasers look like a large cell phone and no one will know what you have in your hand. Yes..yes..what happened to the two suspects who beat a baby? Are we to trust Johnston's newest Police Chief to solve even such a 'slam dunk' case? This clown should never be any cities Police Chief..but Cocaine Jackson's Mayor of Johnston hired him..just the same..even after stating the Police Chief would be advertised. Why is the Johnston Mayor to be suspect as a stooge for Cocaine Jackson? After the Johnston mayor was elected by his black base of fools...Cocaine Jackson was heard to tell a local church gathering that "he now owns Johnston". Guess what Mr. Cocaine...many of us own Mr. Smiths & Mr. Wessons. And people
in Johnston 'wonder' why crime is so high and black thugs are everywhere. Wonder why these dum-bass juries let guilty thugs go? There is a solution for Johnston...should have hired a 'kick thug arse' police chief and never voted this mayor into office. Hey Mr. Mayor..tell us more about your world travels and all the jobs you have held. And please don't pray for me sisters.
web  posted January 15, 2015
Watch to the end - Obama doesn't lie?
web  posted January 15, 2015
In the front end of the 21st Century, America is struggling, probably more than ever, with bad actors who either reject those principles or are ignorant in their understanding of them. Be it political nuance, philosophical hubris, religious fundamentalism or simply selfishness, the ultimate result of the bastardization of our Constitution could well lead the destruction of the Republic itself.

Read more of this post
web  posted January 15, 2015
Editor's post: I would like to thank all those who called, emailed, offered prayers and wished myself a speedy recovery. I had to be hospitalized from Thursday of last week through Tuesday for an ailment that is unrelated to my current condition and treatment. It was a very difficult time and extremely painful. God answered those prayers to the Glory of His name.

I still have not recovered 100%, but I hope to be back full time very soon.

Several comments have been placed, however; due to the backlog some will be placed with comments received today.
web  posted January 14, 2015
We hope all is well with the editor. We have been concerned due to the closing of Edgefield Daily. We do pray for good health.

Also we are so pleased with the new chairwoman of the County Council. Congratulations to Genia Blackwell. We feel the that the county is in the best hands it has been in for a long time. We thank her for her service.
web  posted January 14, 2015
What a shame that there is a teacher at STHS that cannot write with complete sentence structure and in complete sentences.  I have received several e-mails from this teacher this school year and I have been appalled by the lack of writing ability. If we expect our students to be able to write coherently to get out of high school, they have to have teachers that can write coherently.
web  posted January 14, 2015
I have family that work at Urban Outfitters and there are rumors it will be closing this year and moving to another state where they've built a facility. This week they were told 100 workers needed to be laid off. Seems like the calm before the storm. I'm concerned for my family members and all the workers there because they're being told nothing's going on but I think that's because they don't want people to jump the ship before it goes down but be left looking for a raft when they lock the doors on them. Anyone heard or know anything?

Editor's note: I have heard such rumors before and there was nothing to them at those times. I will heck into this as I am able to get back to my regular schedule (hopefully) by the end of the week.
web  posted January 14, 2015
Will you be able to have sports signatures authenticated at the show or is this just for war relics?

Editor's note: The story is linked below and their contact info is linked in the story.
web  posted January 14, 2015
RE: This was posted on the FFA face page
Two boy are going house to house asking for donations for FFA.

Editor's note: I assume they are not with the FFA?

Re: yes, that is correct.  They are not associated with FFA. This was going on in Saluda.  The Saluda FFA Advisor made the statement it was not apart of their chapter and they did not know who the boys were so do not give them money & turn them in if they show up at your house.
web  posted January 14, 2015
Re: Mr. Anderson is not certificated
I believe the word is “certified”.
web  posted January 14, 2015
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
'Let me see if I've got this right.
'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.
'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.                   
'You want me to do all this, and then you tell me......               
web  posted January 14, 2015
A husband and wife went for counseling after 25 years of marriage. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into an angry tirade, listing each and every problem they had ever had in the 25 years they had been married.
She went on and on - neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, a long list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their quarter century of marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the therapist stood up, walked around his desk and, asking the wife to stand, embraced her and kissed her passionately on the mouth.
The woman shut up and, in a daze, quietly sat down. The therapist turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs at least seven times a week. Do you think you can do this?"
The husband thought for a moment and replied, "Well, doc, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on the other days, I play golf."
web  posted January 14, 2015

During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, "We the People of the U.S.A. " produced the following:
22 aircraft carriers,
8 battleships,
48 cruisers,
349 destroyers,
420 destroyer escorts,
203 submarines,
34 million tons of merchant ships,
100,000 fighter aircraft,
98,000 bombers,
24,000 transport aircraft,
58,000 training aircraft,
93,000 tanks,
257,000 artillery pieces,
105,000 mortars,
3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.
We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services,
invaded Africa,
invaded Sicily and Italy,
won the battle for the Atlantic,
planned and executed D-Day,
marched across the Pacific and Europe,
developed the atomic bomb,
and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

It's worth noting, that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama Administration couldn't even build a web site that worked.
web  posted January 14, 2015
Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. Romney gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.
Hillary was very impressed, so when they came to another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into Romney’s pocket and got out $20. She kept $15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless person $5.
Now, do you understand the difference?
web  posted January 14, 2015
Is this our future?
web  posted January 14, 2015
Every community whether white, black or whatever needs to see this.  Are we teaching the wrong lesson to our citizens, I think we are.  what would you do?

web  posted January 14, 2015
OK, maybe I am crazy, but one would think if someone had a person living in their home and asked her to leave and not come back, that the homeowner would change the locks. I mean, how does someone get back in a house and hide in a closet without a key or some access to the home?  I doubt this woman broke in. I just found that story a little amusing in that there are ways to protect your property.  I wonder if the woman did leave her personal things there and was back to get them? Seems like a phone call would have been easier. Hmmmmm  One just wonders how people get in these messes.  Was this woman a renter? Was she a relative? Were these people just helping her out?  Sounds like things ended in an ugly way when she was told to leave the home. That says something about this relationship. Goodness sakes! I would be leery about who I allowed to live in my home. Just saying….
web  posted January 8, 2015
Another armed robbery @ a gas station? This makes one in Edgefield & two in Johnston with no arrest or leads! Boy Oh Boy!
Another older gentleman robbed in his own home in Johnston! Boy Oh Boy!
Were there ever anyone charged with Child Abuse in the case of the infant from Johnston?
Where is Tammy?
More churches broke into?
Criminals are running wild through our community's! More times then not, I read the headlines where there has been a crime with no arrest.  Or jury's let criminals just walk?
Crime does happen every where but when small town headlines start looking like Aiken or Augusta then we have a huge problem in our community! As a community we need to take our towns back from the criminals! Instead of spending tax dollars on $7000.00 Christmas trees or other useless items, could we add more law enforcement with common sense & good work ethics? Could we stop worrying about peoples yards & use that officers time investigating say the drug dealers? I know we have law enforcement that does an outstanding job but they are not always on duty! If the criminals continue to get away with their crimes, then we are inviting more to come to our communities!
web  posted January 8, 2015
Congratulations to Genia Blackwell! I am  happy to hear that someone as deserving as she "finally" gets recognized for her commitment and hard work for all the citizens of Edgefield County.
web  posted January 8, 2015
This was posted on the FFA face page
Two boy are going house to house asking for donations for FFA.

Editor's note: I assume they are not with the FFA?
web  posted January 8, 2015
Kim Jung Un had NO military experience whatsoever before Daddy made him a four-star general.

This snot-nosed twerp had never accomplished anything in his life that would even come close to military leadership.

He hadn't even so much as led a Cub Scout troop, coached a sports team, or commanded a military platoon.
So he is made the "Beloved Leader" Of North Korea.


Oh crap!

I'm sorry.

I just remembered that we did the same thing.

We took an arrogant phony community organizer, who had never worn a uniform, and made him Commander-in-Chief. A guy, who had never had a real job, worked on a budget, or led anything more than an ACORN demonstration, and we made him "Beloved Leader" of the United States.

web  posted January 8, 2015
Congrats to Mrs Blackwell she wanted it and got the chair so lets see what she does to improve the county. Maybe she should start by increasing the county council by 2 at large members seems to work for the hospital why not the county?

I found it interesting that county administrator is applying for pagers for EMS worker to be on call for 3 and 4 out calls. So are you going to pay them to be on call? Is this because you don't want to deal with the real issue of not having enough EMS workers to cover the county you think this will fix it? BS the Director doesn't live in the county and more than half the employees. In addition  Its old technology everyone carries a cell phone you can text them or call them. Ms Strom do the study you need more EMS workers and Stations not pagers . The EMS service has no more members than they did 15 years ago. Do you think the county has grown any ?

The county has a ordinance that they don't enforce with transport companies they never take calls at the hospital never take emergent calls. Mr editor you know this and when the need comes for you to be picked up by EMS  hope they are not doing a transport out of the hospital for a non emergent transport for a toe nail infection! How bout county council look at that ordinance ?
web  posted January 8, 2015
Evidently the person complaining about Trey Gowdy missing a vote does not keep up with the news.
Cancelled flight causes Gowdy to miss speaker vote
web  posted January 8, 2015
The other day someone asked me, "Why would you kick Obama when he's down?" My answer: "Because he might get up."
web  posted January 8, 2015
This is not the same one I sent several weeks ago - - - How A Homeless Man Spends $100
A man gives a homeless man $100 as aChristmas gift and he heads straight to the liquor store to spend it but wait till you see what he does with what he buys.
web  posted January 8, 2015
Where was Trey Gowdy today when the conservatives needed his vote? Makes one wonder if Gowdy has been tainted by the beltway. I am so disappointed in him!! I am very proud of Jeff Duncan who did the hard thing and voted for the will of his constituents. Good for him!!!! He s actually a conservative and we need to encourage him and stand behind him. Gowdy, on the other hand, stood in a corner, did not show up for the vote and in my opinion looked cowardly. Maybe there is more to the story…. does anyone know? If not, he is just like the rest of the RINOs in Congress and it makes me sad.
web  posted January 7, 2015
A new first!  While sitting in a parked car yesterday in downtown Edgefield I watched a person walk by on the sidewalk wearin his pants on in the "Current hot fad" manner of hanging low. However, as he passed It was VERY apparent than they were extremely low and his BARE BUTTOCKS were also on display.  VERY NICE image!  removing this type of trash is also important.

Editor's note: You can report that to police, but chances are they will just tell them to pull them up and let them on their way.
web  posted January 7, 2015
Everywhere I turn, burglary here, break in there, theft there. What's this county coming to?
web  posted January 7, 2015
Another home invasion and robbery in Johnston. After Mr. Lamb, why bother catching them? They'll just get a jury that'll let em go! Carry a gun at all times!
web  posted January 7, 2015
What A Great Tribute!!
web  posted January 7, 2015
NYC Comrade Mayor Bill de Blasio - the Reddest of the Reds
Elementary character formed in Cambridge, MA, advanced subversive studies @ NYU
web  posted January 7, 2015
They should make robbing a church a special crime just because it is a church! I'm not talking about a hate crime, but make the punishment more and automatic so many years in jail when they get found guilty. Everything there belongs to God! It's just like the editor said, just how low can you go to steal from God!
web  posted January 6, 2015
There is so much litter on the roads. Why doesn't the sheriff do something like get the prisoners or trustees to pick up the litter?

Editor's note: He does (Litter Control) but they cannot work on days that it is raining or bad weather and they generally works the same areas over and again. I know Woodlawn Road after you cross the bridge heading towards the lake is about a 3/10 of a mile trash can that clogs our driveway ditch with trash piling up deeper than most places. If you have a road you think needs attention, call 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625 and give the Sheriff's Office the location. I'm sure they will make it a point to get there.
web  posted January 6, 2015
Coffee club - - And they all live in Florida! A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments at the Coffee Club."My arms have got so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said one. "Yes, I know," said another. "My cataracts are so bad; I can't even see my coffee." "I couldn't even mark an "X" at election time because my hands are so crippled," volunteered a third."What? Speak up! What? I can't hear you,” said one elderly man.“I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,"said one, to which several nodded weakly in agreement."My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!" exclaimed another."I forget where I am, and where I'm going," said another."I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man as he slowly shook his head.The others nodded in agreement. "Well, count your blessings," said a man cheerfully. "Thank God we can all still drive."
web  posted January 6, 2015
So glad to see Representatives Gohmert and Yoho standing up and running against Boehner for Speaker of the House. I wish only one would challenge, as the votes will be split. Wouldn't it be nice to see an actual Conservative in that role? I think Boehner has been around too long and is too eager to compromise.  He does not seem to understand the significance of the last election. He seems to think the country is saying compromise.  The country said to stop what is going on. There is an email circulating about tax hikes in 2015 because of Obamacare. When researched , these tax hikes go back to 2012 and 2013,  and unfortunately there was Republican support for a lot of it. Hmmm  Is there a problem here?  I hope our Representative, Mr. Duncan will support someone like Louie Gohmert. We need a change!!!!
web  posted January 6, 2015
I know of a Devaonte Green that hangs around Johnston a lot. I'm pretty sure that's his name but I don't know if that's the same spelling or how old he is. If I see him I'll call 911 and follow from a distance if I have to so they can catch him if that's him. People have just lost their minds anymore and now they want to make threats about killing cops to be an even bigger thug.
web  posted January 6, 2015
Are you ready for this? And it's waterproof too. Look what they have developed in Israel.  https://www.youtube.com/embed/9J7GpVQCfms

Editor's note: That is really cool. I have seen it done on a tabletop, but on your arm? Thanks for sharing the short video.
web  posted January 6, 2015
‘No payoff, no peace’: Paper nails Sharpton’s sorry record of race-baiting shakedowns
Race baiting is big business, and business is good. Just ask Al Sharpton, who has made a fortune promoting division and racial hatred. Now, according to some media reports, it appears he may be getting paid to protect the image of certain companies.
Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/01/04/no-payoff-no-peace-paper-nails-sharptons-sorry-record-of-race-baiting-shakedowns-170370#ixzz3O0tqJko6
web  posted January 6, 2015
Editor's post: Just how much lower can you go than to steal from a church? I must say I was surprised at how few comments came in over the weekend. Must have been a busy one for everyone. I'd still like to hear some of your New Years resolutions.
web  posted January 6, 2015
I feel badly for the lady who had her jewelry stolen. I do wonder about her aunt and the security in her home. Hmmmm   The aunt did not know it was missing? OK, then who visited the aunt’s home and had access (and knowledge about) to the boxes of jewelry?  No forced entry? Then it sounds like an inside job to me.  Actually stories like this are sad because one would hope they could trust a relative.. The reality is- sometimes relatives can take the worst advantage of their loved ones.  Unfortunately it happens too much. I have recently  heard some very sad stories of relatives taking terrible advantage of either elderly parents etc.  So, so sad for all.
web  posted January 5, 2015
With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?
web  posted January 5, 2015
So what are the Repubs. waiting for????
web  posted January 5, 2015
RE: Littering
I just want to thank the deputy that charged someone with littering. Most of the times the person just has to go pick it up or they don't do anything at all to them. Kudos for charging him! If more people got tickets for it our roads wouldn't look so trashy.

Editor's note: Most of the time if the Deputy can prove who left the trash that person is usually charged, and I read a lot of incident reports every week. The same is true in the towns as well. I don't know how to stop people who will look around and then purposely throw trash out of their window. That is a crime that should start at a $1,000 fine, not top out there.
web  posted January 3, 2015
It was so sad to read about the mad getting killed in Aiken. If he would have just stayed at home or where ever he was he'd be alive today. Please don't drink and drive!!
web  posted January 3, 2015
I wanted to thank Edgefield United Methodist Church for providing Christmas for our 3 children when we could not. It was the best Christmas they have ever had. I have never seen such generosity. I only wish there was someway that we could repay you all. Thank you again and Happy New Year!! We are truly blessed in so many ways.
web  posted January 3, 2015
At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science (AAFS), President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death ..
Here is the story :
On March 23, 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide .. He left a note to that effect indicating his despondency ..
As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly ..
Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers. Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned ..
The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife.
They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife and the pellets went through the window striking Mr. Opus .
When one intends to kill subject 'A' but kills subject 'B' in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject 'B'.
When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun .. He had no intention to murder her.
Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded. The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident.
It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother .. Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger ..
The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.
Now comes the exquisite twist .... Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus ..
He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder.
This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window.
The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself.
So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.

Editor's note: I've seen this and others like it circulate for years. I don't think it is true.
web  posted January 3, 2015
Re; Maybe it’s time to bring back the previous HR Person.

I don’t think that would be a good idea, [removed] She was making over $70,000 per year and something happened and she was placed on leave and the next thing we know, she [supposedly] gets a huge amount of money. The talk around and about is it had something to do with [removed].[removed]  Now she is in another medical office [removed]   Who paid for this?  Also why in the heck does the hospital have to pay Clary a severance package?

Editor's note: You really like trying to push it don't you? If there had been any more that I had to remove I would have deleted your entire comment. I like the new fake email address. Very clever.
web  posted January 3, 2015
Editor's post: My New Years resolutions are to pray more and remove the word "hate" from my spoken vocabulary. I have more, but those top the list. #3 is a bit more private.
web  posted January 2, 2015
A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!" His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?"
The son replied, "I do know!"
"Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy." the young boy replied excitedly, "It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'"
web  posted January 2, 2015
We are so proud of Senator Scott! He is a wonderful young man and a solid conservative voice in the Senate. South Carolina is so fortunate to have such a quality person representing us in the U. S. Senate. We support him, applaud him and thank him for who he is and what he is doing for our state! Thank you Senator Scott and we do hope you come back to Edgefield. We are proud of you!!!!!  Who knows, maybe one day we will be calling you President Scott. That would be awesome!!
web  posted January 2, 2015
The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my age I should be thinking of the hereafter.
I told him, "Oh, I do it all the time. No matter where I am - in the bedroom, upstairs, in the kitchen,
or down in the basement - I ask myself,"      'Now, what am I here after?'
web  posted January 2, 2015
A reminder for those who forgot or for many that didn't know. Here is what will happen on January 1, 2015 :
Top Medicare tax went from 1.45% to 2.35% 
Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6% 
Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2% 
Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28% 
Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6% 
Estate tax went from 0% to 55% 
Remember this fact: 
These taxes were all passed only with democrat votes, no republicans voted for these taxes. 
These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
web  posted January 2, 2015
Re:"The wall looks tremendous?" To whomever you are who feels the need to inform me of; the wall not being complete, no work permit, the sign on the door, BLAH BLAH BLAH; my intentions were NOT to somehow lawfully justify the issue, and to argue with the lawmakers of Edgefield. My intentions were to simply express my appreciation for my husband, my "daddy", and my friends for working their butts off. Whether the paper work is right or not, that's none of my concern. Those guys have done a good deed. I don't know about you, or anyone else reading this, but still, at 24 years old, my daddy is still my hero. I dont care what paper work says what, i watched my daddy work his tail off, and I'm damn proud! As far as him only working weekends and at night, that's because he works a full time job, and does these side jobs to give his family everything they need. I may have gotten a little off topic, i apologize. But my point is, things may not be perfect with the paperwork, but my daddy did a good job and worked hard, and I'm proud of him! Now, ill run and tell my daddy, just as you instructed. After i do, ill hug him, and ill remind him, that no matter what, ill be right there to support him and praise him just as he did me growing up.
web  posted January 2, 2015
Great news! Almost 90% of people "getting" 9not paying for) ObamaCare are given Federal Tax money to pay for it... WE"RE BUYING THEIR INSURANCE AND OURS!!!!
web  posted January 2, 2015
Editor's post: Obviously placing my post yesterday needed some editing as I could not even get my own phone number correct. It has been corrected.--- If you sell split firewood delivered, please give me a call at 803-634-0964 or email me at editor@edgefielddaily.com. I do not like putting this in the Wandering Minds because I do not allow such posting here. But I need the wood and I am unable to cut my own due to my condition.

Happy New Years! May 2015 be better than 2014. Send in your New Years resolutions.
web  posted January 1, 2015
We hope 2015 is a healthier year for the editor. We wish him and his family a very happy and healthy year ahead!!!! Hopefully these new procedures etc are helping!
I continue to feel so badly for Mr. Lamb. He is the victim of a serious crime, the court system fails him and he is trying to find some resolution to this awful situation.  I can understand the idea that he should not contact jurors.  Does anyone else wonder how the jurors sleep at night?  I hope no others experience anything as violent as Mr. Lamb did.  If so, it makes one wonder if the court system would work for them. I really wonder about the system in Edgefield. It causes one to just scratch their head and try to figure out how these thugs got off. To be honest, it is very troubling. We need to pray for peace for Mr. Lamb.  Poor man!!!!

Editor's note: Do not forget. Another jury did the same thing on the very next trial letting a burglar who was caught on video, had his two friends who admitted their guilt in helping him commit the crime, go free. 
web  posted January 1, 2015
Wow what a picture of Durham and Sen. Scott on the front page of The Edgefield Advertiser, dtd. Dec. 24, 2014. No communication going on by Durham.  Arms crossed, looking down his nose.( Body English 101. ) All communication closed off when arms are crossed like Durham has his. Probably will be awhile before the Sen. will return to Edgefield and then he'll bypass Durham.
web  posted January 1, 2015
E-Mail from a man in Sheffield, England  to his friend in Birmingham :

I was fed up with being burgled every other day in my neighborhood. So, I tore out my alarm system & de-registered from our local Neighborhood Watch. I've planted a Pakistani flag in each corner of my front garden and a large Black Flag of ISIL in its center.

Now, the Yorkshire police, the National Security Bureau, Scotland Yard, MI-5, MI-6, the CIA and every other intelligence service in Europe are all watching my house 24x7x365. My children are followed to school every day and my wife when she goes shopping.  I'm followed to and from work every day.  So no one bothers me at all. I've never felt safer.  
web  posted January 1, 2015
Having arrived at the Gates of Heaven, Barack Obama meets a man with a beard. 'Are you Mohamed?' he  asks.
'No, my son, I am St. Peter.  Mohamed is higher up.' Peter then points to a ladder that rises into the clouds.

Delighted that Mohamed should be higher than St. Peter, Obama climbs the ladder in great strides, climbs up through the clouds and comes into a room where he meets another bearded man.  He asks again, 'Are you Mohamed?' 'Why no,' he answers, 'I am Moses; Mohamed is higher still.'

Exhausted, but with a heart full of joy, he climbs the ladder yet again.  He discovers a larger room where he meets an Angelic looking man with a beard. Full of hope, he asks again,   'Are you Mohamed?' 'No, I am Jesus, the Christ; You will find Mohamed higher up.'

Mohammed higher than Jesus!   Man, oh man!   Obama can hardly contain his delight and climbs and climbs ever higher. Once again, he reaches an even larger room where he meets this truly magnificent  looking man with a silver white beard and once again repeats his question: 'Are you Mohamed?' he gasps as he is by now totally out of breath from all his climbing.

'No, my son, I am Almighty God, the Alpha and the Omega, but you look exhausted.  Would you like a cup of coffee?' Obama says, 'Yes, please!'

As God looks behind him, he claps his hands and yells out:  "Yo, Mohamed, two coffees!"

Keep your trust in God.   Your president is an idiot
web  posted January 1, 2015
Ben Taylor is not a Doctor.  He is a Physician’s Assistant.  He was going to leave last year but withdrew his resignation.  Dr. Beth is an excellent Doctor and is available to meet any medical challenges.  However, Tim Williams, HR, PhD, Acting CEO, is off again with a foot surgery and will be working from home…yeah right.  What a waste of Hospital funds; how much leave does this guy get anyway?  Maybe it’s time to bring back the previous HR Person.  Happy New Year!
web  posted January 1, 2015
Auld Lang Syne performed live by Sissel as part of a Happy New Year video greeting card. I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with many happy days.
web  posted January 1, 2015
Re: Mr. Lamb's letter to the jury
The letter the people on the jury for his trial should be getting is that they can never serve on a jury again because they don't have a brain!!!
web  posted December 31, 2014

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