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Editor's post: Have a great week everyone!
web posted October 24, 2016
To the person who is more interested in the local election than the national election, all I can say is I am still scratching my head. Both are important but what happens on a national level is definitely going to affect localities. Our local election, however, will have no affect on the nation.  Also, to go into the gutter with some vague accusation about a candidate on business trips is pretty low. That is enough for me to vote for the one that is being attacked. And I thought the liberals had taken this national election into the gutter-guess they weren’t the only ones. What happened to focusing on issues?  And for heaven sakes-please wake up and  think about the importance of the national issues that are at stake. If many people are as naïve as this writer, then I can understand why our country is in so much trouble.
web posted October 24, 2016
Will someone in education please tell us why, in this day of modern educational methods, school projects are consistently rewarded when they are obviously done by parents.   The rough-looking ones done by the child are completely eliminated.  In this instance, I am referring to pumpkin carving.
web posted October 24, 2016

The poll for the Sheriffs race has been very interesting to watch over the past few days. This will be am interesting election for sure
web posted October 21, 2016
Just curious; now that the first two Raffied Town Halls have been held, how is the attendance?

Editor's Note: There was a decent turnout at the first town hall, and a lighter crowd at the Merriwether Community Center. 
web posted October 21, 2016

Michael Raffield if you're such a great guy and such a great officer how come you can't stay at one department.  Is it because you can't remain trustworthy and get the boot. You speak on the pay of deputies compared to that of North Augusta and other surrounding departments but in your resume it shows where you left North Augusta to work for the Edgefield County Sheriffs Office so what happened there.  Did they run you off too? Michael Raffield you also speak on the matter of the deputies and administration staff do not have a relationship with other Emergency personnel in Edgefield County and I will say I have seen all parties work together on numerous occasions. Michael Raffield you have no idea how to run a department. How about you attempt to solve Crime in the big ole Town of Ridge Spring and not have SLED do all your work and leave the real policing to Sheriff Dobey and his guys. Sheriff Dobey 2016.
web posted October 21, 2016

I'm more interested with the local elections than the national elections...
Sheriff Dobey has been called out by the Jail Report, but bringing up something that may or may not have happened 46 years ago is just dirty. Let's bring up what Michael Raffield may or may not have done on his many trips as an Air Marshall, when he was away from his family.
And please re-elect Albert Talbert for County Council over Norman Dorn....we don't his needless rambling again.
Dean Campbell vs TC McCain....who knows?
School Board...3 way toss up
Clerk of Court...Charles Sonny Reel (the incumbent) is the best choice. Mims can't handle her own finances and plays the race card too much, and Beck lives off his parents (son...grow up).
web posted October 21, 2016

Absentee voting is taking place now. Remember if you are over 65 you can vote absentee because of your age. Thank goodness you need a photo ID to vote-wouldn’t it be wise if every state required that?  I hope everyone exercises their right to vote.  It is a right that many have died to protect. 
web posted October 21, 2016
Is it illegal for Deputies while working in marked cars to put out campaign signs and advertising on facebook for people to contact them for Dobey signs.  Was just wondering seen several doing that this weekend. Just wondering if my tax money should be used that way? If so I think they should do it for both candidates not just their boss. Are they scared for their jobs?
web posted October 18, 2016

If anyone is following Congressman Duncan on Twitter, they would know he is speaking out. The problem is , a lot of folks don’t twitter. I would urge Congressman Duncan to put out a statement to Edgefield Daily and other local outlets and repeat some of what he is twittering about. He makes very good points and is a good leader-some of the responses he is getting are negative and ridiculous. We need to continue those that are speaking out for we the people.
web posted October 18, 2016

Re:   Mrs. Mims did not do an interview. Makes you wonder if she has something to hide?
web posted October 17, 2016
The ST Homecoming court wore tasteful dresses, with the exception of one. She was constantly pulling down her way too short and way too tight dress. I thought there had to be a dress code - it definitely was NOT fingertip length.
web posted October 17, 2016
Recently I have been exercising and taking jogs along the Merriwether community, and the other day I noticed while jogging on the road that a good many of Sheriff Adell Dobey's campaign signs had been knocked down and were lying in the ditch, I think its odd how it was only his signs I saw that had mysteriously been removed and lying in the ditch, and in many cases where his campaign signs once were there were two of Michael Raffields signs. A coincidence? I don’t think so. I believe that Mr. Raffield is running a dirty campaign, and at all cost. I just want to know if he thinks that by removing his opponents signs if he has a better chance of winning? because if that is the case than he is wrong. The people of Edgefield County know Sheriff Dobey and his reputable reputation that many respect. Sheriff Dobey doesn’t just do his job he goes beyond his job and cares for his community as a whole. So Mr. Raffield all your campaign signs that you post at every corner wont help the fact of your reputation of resigning from the E.C.D.C Police force, that you so diligently want to serve now, and playing a dirty campaign. My vote has been, an always will be for Sheriff Dobey.
web posted October 17, 2016

Question: If it true that if a patient of the Edgefield Medical Clinic needs a physician, he must go to the Edgefield Hospital Emergency Room  if he doesn't have an appointment?  

Editor's Note: I have not heard of this being true. However, you can contact the Medical Clinic at (803)-637-3146.
web posted October 17, 2016
If our Congressman cannot openly support the chosen presidental candidate of the Republican Party he should immediately resign from the Party, and that goes for all of the the other Republicans who have stated that they cannot support  Donald Trump and that includes Senator Lindsey Graham. Stand by your Partys chosen candidate or get out!
web posted October 13, 2016

I think Donald Trump won that debate Clinton didn't know how to respond well to the things Trump would say about her. She just smiled, and did her fake laugh. We would be in big trouble if she got in the white house
web posted October 12, 2016

I would like a statement from Congressman Jeff Duncan regarding his support or non support of Donald Trump. His constituents need to know where he stands. Hopefully he is supporting the choice of the people but I would appreciate him letting us know what he thinks.
web posted October 12, 2016
Some people are paying one third of their check for healthcare. They cannot afford to go to the emergency room with a 3,000 dollar copay and are still paying a third of their  pay check for coverage . We talked to a guy today who is dealing with that. Easy for liberals who aren't facing those things to support HRC. Wake up people- it is going to get worse! Bill Clinton is right- Obamacare is a crazy system. But remember,  the Clintons want socialized medicine instead. That is the scary part- goodness!
web posted October 11, 2016

The Gala held last night by the Edgefield Theater Group at PRCC was ‘wonderful’.  The whole event was absolutely perfectly planned.  The attendance was awesome and the show was a definite ‘must see’.  Can’t wait until their next event.
web posted October 7, 2016

I enjoyed reading the interviews of Mr. Beck, and Mr. Reel, disappointed that Mrs. Mims did not do an interview. this has made me think a little harder about who I will vote for.

Editor's Note: Thank you for reading.
web posted October 7, 2016

It’s Boarder bash week - Turn it up

Editor's Note: Can't wait to watch Carolina beat Georgia this week!
web posted October 5, 2016

I agree that the Clinton campaign is trying so hard to discredit Trump but if one thinks of all the scandals the Clintons have had or caused it is almost laughable. What they do is put things out there about Trump that they are actually guilty of in many ways and worse. Liberals must have blinders on. I just cannot understand how this election is as close as it is. What about pay for play with the Clinton Foundation? And the Trump foundation is in trouble? Seriously, all one needs to do is a little research and figure out what is going on. Things are so upside down these days.I just pray that this country can be saved from the liberals. Look at the mess they have us in. I think the Editor is right - there are not many intelligent people any more. There are a lot of folks that think they are intelligent. They are good at talking down to the rest of us.  However, many self proclaimed intelligent folks seem to lack wisdom and a good foundation of our history. Maybe they are just brain washed and have quit thinking.  Either way, I wish they would wake up and honestly look at the realities around them.  It is not stupid to look at both side of things and truly evaluate what is going on. Maybe it is just scary to do that because one's beliefs might have to change.  Just a mind wandering...
web posted October 5, 2016

Just saw the Kevin Beck ad and clicked the link. Under his Mission Statement Mr. Beck seems to think using a Deputy Sheriff for security would save the county money...Not So At All! Basic Salary is around $30k, then add the cost of uniform, equipment, insurance, retirement, training, and vehicle brings the cost up to about $75k. Oh yeah...keeping the money in Edgefield County??? All Deputies don't live in Edgefield County!  He also wants to implement online child support payments....According to those at the courthouse, this is already in the works when the NEW STATE system is put in place by 2018. Lastly, Mr. Beck would collaborate with the Judicial Dept to bring E-filing to Edgefield County....Again, when asked the courthouse said that E-filing will be implemented on a schedule that has already been determined by the SC Court Administration, so Mr. Beck has no power to get it done faster that the state is able. Before making statements, it would be imperative to know what you are talking about before making promises you can't keep! Just because you have a law degree (laugh) does not mean you know anything.
web posted October 5, 2016

This is reference to the posts about the Sheriff's upcoming election. All these people are posting about how great Dobey is and that he's the best. If he is the best then why does he not talk at any meetings he attends he refers everything to Wash. Is it because no one can understand what he is mumbling about or makes no sense. Also he doesn't know half of what is going on at his department because Wash covers everything up so he doesn't see it. I was at the Edgefield Festival this past weekend and saw only a few people talking to Dobey it was mostly his employees that were made to campaign for him or to secure their spot in the trash that is going on. Read more
web posted October 5, 2016
Curious to know  if Mike Raffield got permission from Parker Brothers to use the "Get Out of Jail Free" cards that he is passing out.  If not, he could be breaking copyright law.
web posted October 4, 2016

I feel compelled to speak because of some of the negative posts I've read here concerning our current Sheriff. He's done a fine job and he certainly has this Republican's vote. I didn't move here for economic growth or residential growth, or any 'growth' for that manner. I like the small town rural feel here and I hope our local government officials are able to see past the dollar signs and maintain it. I've had the displeasure of dealing with the opponent when he was a deputy here. His arrogant and demeaning manner of dealing with people is certainly not welcome. Please remember, everything that glitters...is not gold.
web posted October 3, 2016

You were fortunate to tag along with your dad and to gain his insights.  What I most appreciated about him, although I never met him off the pages of the EdgefieldDaily, is he was not afraid to let light shine into the dark crevices around Edgefield.  It is much easier to turn away but truth is infinitely superior to any discomfort assured the holder of the light. Many of his readers/posters were not always objective and let prejudices, emotions ambition and sometimes anger taint their posts, but even out of such failings a glimmer of light shown forth adding to the light of your dad and those who desired truth over their limited sight of the time.  I always thought EdgefieldDaily was a rare treasure among its peers in media because it was strong enough to allow the truth to told.Grow strong in the shadow of your dad, remembering: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Editor's Note: Thank you for your kind words
web posted October 3, 2016

This going to be short Sheriff DOBEY has done more for the sheriffs office than any other past sheriff just do your home work more people on the road two sub stations animal control more investigators it goes on an on Raffield is not even from Edgefield co he moved here all the people he will bring in will be out of town people an for as Raffield being fired he was demoted because of Bad Bad decisions he made an I think Ridge Spring has a murder not been cleared a body two blocks from the police dept wow an he wants to throw rocks I guess Sled was not called quick enough wake up folks VOTE DOBEY OUR SHERIFF!!!
web posted October 3, 2016

The biggest concern I have in this election is the appointment of Supreme Court judges and all judges that will be put in place in the next administration. That is the key to protecting this  country. We are so close to losing the country we know-so much is already lost! Wake up liberals- you stand to lose as much as the rest of us. Liberal policies have harmed this country, not helped it.  How can intelligent people not see this?

Editor's Note: Unfortunatley there are not many intelligent people anymore. 
web posted October 3, 2016

We have all heard stories about the Travelers but no matter what is said, they are a family oriented group of people. I have had many friends in Murphy Village and feel very sorry for them for the way outsiders want to change their life style. Give them their children back and good christian people don't be judge, jury and God with these people, they deserve fair treatment. If it were you or one of your family members you would expect the same.
web posted October 3, 2016
I was recently in the huddle house during a storm and I thought I was in a rain forest!! The water was pouring out the ceiling from the lights the employees had to put small trash cans or whatever they could find to caught the water pouring down.. you can plainly see its been doing this for some time.. In the back where the bathrooms are at the back exit (emergency exit no doubt) was pouring down the door!! there were buckets all the way across the door to caught the rain and a caution sign that clearly looked like it has been used for a while because looked faded hardly could tell wut it was on there.. now my concern is the safety of the customers and employees...I would be afraid to use the emergency door for fear of electricution in case u couldnt use the entrance door.. the condition of the building and roof are of a big concern and personally want to know why its not being fixed!! and iknow the building has had to be inspected at some point...why has not the inspector made the owner fix this building? why are their rating graded so good when clearly the building needs attention!! can someone tell me how anyone is safe in the huddle house Iam quite upset and concern for all whom eat in there!! The owner needs to fix it!! we do not have a lot to choose from to eat out in town ar least make it safe where we go.. personally i do not feel safe in that building...can someone make a suggestion to.the owner to improve the roof and the building for all of us who ear in there!! thanks
web posted October 3, 2016
Kevin Beck is a lousy attorney. Just ask anyone at the Aiken Courthouse. He just wants a steady paycheck. Why do you think he tried for Probate Judge just 2 years ago. Hell, Mims tried for school board in 2012 and got beat by her party's president. People better wake up or we are in big trouble!
web posted October 3, 2016

I am appalled by the general tendency of the media to decry Donald Trump over non criminal issues such as legal tax avoidance, and comments made about a beauty queen twenty years ago. Why are Hillary Clinton’s previous alleged criminal activities never discussed by today’s media?  I’m talking about White Water, and Travel Gate. Are the advertisers and owners of these news outlets that in bed with the Democratic party?
And in more recent times, what has occurred with Hillary’s emails and Benghazi is much more serious than whatever crime Trump did or did not commit with Trump University. Trump never threatened the security of America, never left four Americans to die in Benghazi. Think  about it.
web posted October 3, 2016

Dobey is a joke. Attend a council meeting you say. How many has Dobey attended? I will wait. He doesn't go. Why not compare Edgefield to Aiken County as we are growing, especially on the South End of the county, and we do get a lot of the criminals funneling this way. How about fix the radio system on the South End before someone gets killed. The radio system in place is trash and is going to get someone hurt. The busiest part of the county and the deputies can't even talk on their radios. Been an issue for a decade now. Even with the new repeater in place it's a joke like Dobey leading. Look inside and this could a great place with some quality deputies still in place and not a wait for a call and do the paperwork people wake up this county is getting beat down with break ins and thefts. Make a difference get out and vote for a change.
web posted September 30, 2016

To poster who stated commit a crime and u will see the sheriff. Why should someone have to commit a crime to see someone who holds a public office. I am pretty sure even if I did commit a crime I wouldn't see him anyway I would only see deputies.
web posted September 30, 2016
I wish people cared as much about real issues in this country as they do the attire of the STHS football coaches, or whatever it is they seem so concerned about.  Some of this kind of stuff is really pretty insignificant in the scope of what we are facing as a nation.  Even the elections in Edgefield have consequences for all of us. Has all the griping about the coaches clothes changed anything? I hope so because then maybe we can think about real problems.  I know there needs to be a certain amount of decorum but seriously….
web posted September 30, 2016

There is a dangerous spot uptown near the pool room and the antique shop.   There are parking places there that should be eliminated.   If a car is coming up the hill, it presents a problem.   Couldn't we do without these parking places.   We can't see what is coming, and the parked vehicles cause us to get into the other lane.
web posted September 30, 2016

To the poster who thinks its ok for our deputies to make 28k a year while putting there life on the line. Take the sheriff canidates out of it for a second. People at walmart are making that a year. Yes aiken county is bigger which means more officers and they have a nice goverment building that they fund also and a new top of the line jail. Edgefield on the other hand has a jail thats rotting away and working on technology 20 plus years old. The courthouse is also in need of a face lift. Saying all that where does the money go in our county. Why cant our deputies be paid a decent salary. The sheriff does not fight for it. If he did it would have increased in the last 10 years which is hasnt. They did a survey a few years and and the county sheriffs department was so far from being on track with averages it was embarassing. Dobey has not stood up for his deputies and fought for more competive pay. He is the sheriff and has the power to do so. Yes its ultimaly the county consuels choice in the end but if he was asking and fighting for it then we would have seen some type of increase in the last years.
web posted September 30, 2016
I too served in the Cuban Crisis at the age of 20 and also served one year in Vietnam. I agree 100%
with this writer. In reference to the Cuban Crisis it is forgotten how close the United States could have
been destroyed. If Gitmo is given back to Cuba it will Russia will take control and it is all over as we know
the United States today.
As time passes we forget who fights and gives their all for this Country, Our children and Grandchildren
will face times we do not want them to face. It is up to you, the people to save the future of our Nation.
Let us go back and feel in your hearts to those who gave all  for us to be free today. Will it be free
tomorrow, next week, four years or less. What is this "Black Lives Matter". I served and protected this country along with my servicemen of all races during the Cuban Crisis (1962) which America could have been destroyed and this generation does not have a clue that it could happen again once Gitmo is
given back to Cuba and Russia moves back in with ballistic missiles.
web posted September 30, 2016

To the poster who addressed Coach Hillary, we really couldn't care less about the attire, we just want a WIN!! (like most normal people)
web posted September 28, 2016

Coach Hillary, Please make sure that all coaches including yourself have your shirts neatly tucked in and also have your players to have their uniforms tucked in neatly as well. We would like to make a good impression for the people including our alumni. Remember we are supporting you and the game but we also would like to make sure that you  and the team look you're very best.
web posted September 28, 2016

To the poster that is concerned about Sheriff Dobey (not Doby). How do you know what the Sheriff does at the County Council Meetings? Do you attend them? All of them? For your Information Sheriff Dobey (not Doby) constantly goes before County Council to ask for raises, cars, and other things to help better his department. Sometimes the County Council may grant the decision and sometimes they may not. Also realize that Aiken County is bigger than Edgefield therefore, it is like comparing apples to oranges. To find the real truth attend a meeting. Or better yet, talk to him Sheriff Dobey(not Doby).
web posted September 28, 2016

As I said in my last post, I made an observation about the coaching staff’s attire. I also said that it was my opinion which I am entitled to form just like you! I NEVER said anything about race nor did I insinuate that race played ANY role in my opinion! But like with most people these days, YOU brought race into it!! I don’t care what color the coaches are! They could be purple with green polka dots for all I care!! They should still look presentable!! I don’t care what Lane Kiffin wears on the sidelines. He’s not the coach of our High School. And NO, I certainly don’t expect to see suits and ties on the sidelines. And as far as why am I there, I love STHS! I am an alumni and I have every right to my opinion. Also, I have every right to want the impression that its employees make to be one that is positive and appropriate!
web posted September 28, 2016

As I said in my last post, I made an observation about the coaching staff’s attire. I also said that it was my opinion which I am entitled to form just like you! I NEVER said anything about race nor did I insinuate that race played ANY role in my opinion! But like with most people these days, YOU brought race into it!! I don’t care what color the coaches are! They could be purple with green polka dots for all I care!! They should still look presentable!! I don’t care what Lane Kiffin wears on the sidelines. He’s not the coach of our High School. And NO, I certainly don’t expect to see suits and ties on the sidelines. And as far as why am I there, I love STHS! I am an alumni and I have every right to my opinion. Also, I have every right to want the impression that its employees make to be one that is positive and appropriate!
web posted September 27, 2016

Vote for Sheriff Dobey and McCain and Beck.
web posted September 27, 2016

Re: The STHS Football Coaching Staff..........have you seen how Lane Kiffin of Alabama dresses? How about 90% of all collegiate coaching staffs? They all dress loosely now for a reason. The days of Lombardi and The Bear are over. Coaches today do much more than walk onto the field, holding a clip board and call plays. The primary reason they dress the way they do is so they can help warm up their players prior to the games. You can't do that in a suit and tie and even a tucked in shirt would be difficult to perform in.

I understand the need to "look" presentable when representing our school, however this style of "coach dress" is now the norm.
web posted September 26, 2016
To the poster who is so concerned about the staff at the football games. Why are you there? With all the running around the coaches are doing,  why would you be concerned with shirts being tucked in. The only reason you are concerned is because we have a black coach. All the years that Sawyer was there, you never complained about the staff’s attire. Now that Hillary is the coach, you are concerned. Just do us all a favor and stay home. We know what your real agenda is.
web posted September 26, 2016
Lets talk about the upcoming election for Sheriff. Sheriff Doby is not a bad sheriff just stuck in the old times. The turnover is so high in the county for officers because the salary is 28k for a new officer. Thats $11 an hour which is ridiclious when aiken and north augusta are neighboring counties and start at 38k. They cant say its because the lack of money. The taxes in the county are higher than aiken and we have no big buildings in the county that need taken care of. The deputies are driving old cars and used gear.Sheriff Doby wont go before the county counsel and fight to get more. There is no traffic enforcement in the county by anyone. The SCHP is short also and has a maxium of 3 troopers for edgefield saludia and Mccormick county. Read more.

Editor's Note: The county council has just recently looked into a salary study for law enforcement.  I am not sure if it has been implemented at this time

web posted September 26, 2016
I have to agree with the other person who stated that the STHS Football staff looks sloppy with their shirts untucked. I noticed the same thing at the STHS vs. N.A. game tonight. It looked so unprofessional that I was embarrassed for them.
web posted September 26, 2016
Re: volleyball team: Who is the assistant coach(s)?
web posted September 26, 2016

To the poster who says he’s never seen the sheriff. Commit a crime and you will definitely see him. Stop showing your ignorance!!!!!
web posted September 26, 2016

What does it take to get the idiots in this county council (Dandy Dean)to take notice that you are undeserving the citizens of this county? I was listening to the scanner and you have a wreck and need more help and a ambulance is sitting at the Strom Thurmond football game and it doesn't respond are you kidding me!  

This is a emergency it doesn't matter if STHS hired a COUNTY AMBULANCE to be at a ball game the FIRST response is to a COUNTY emergency if you can call EMS workers in on mass casualties from home but can't redirect COUNTY personnel that have COUNTY EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT in the county ? I want to be that LAWYER at that trial. Im not one but you wouldn't have to be ! Why doesn't the school hire one of the transport companies that serves the county oh I forgot they don't do squat for the county an are not required by ordnance to do anything but continue to work in the county.  Thanks Dean !

I guess it will take a family member of a county council to not get a ambulance that will change the current EMS service or one family that has the resources.  I say make a change in County Council vote Dandy Dean out! Get someone in that spends money for services that serve all not a few.

Editor's Note: Try contacting Tommy Paradise, administrator for Edgefield County (803) 637-4000.  He may be able to help you with your concerns.
web posted September 26, 2016
I would say that if someone has not seen the Sheriff in person, that is a good thing. Apparently this person has never had an issue that required the Sheriff’s attention. What in the world does seeing the Sheriff in person have to do with voting for him or not?  I don’t understand that logic.  Also, do candidates running for Sheriff normally debate? I am asking because I am just wondering if that is a normal activity.  Who would moderate something like that?  Just trying to think about the details of something like that.

Editor's Note: Debates are normally held on a national or federal level, but I guess anyone can have a debate if both parties are willing.  The media normally moderates debates. 
web posted September 26, 2016
To the reader who posted in response to the Football staff’s appearance, I saw more than one staff member with their shirts tucked in. I was referring to those who didn’t. Whether they wear a pull over or a straight tailed shirt, doesn’t mean that they can’t look professional. My observation and my opinion is that it looks sloppy! Apparently they don’t take as much pride as they should in how they look. They represent our school as well as our children and in my opinion, their sloppy appearance doesn’t give a very good impression of our school or our children. 
web posted September 23, 2016
All this talk about how our sheriff is so good. I live in Edgefield county and have never seen him in person so I have no idea what he looks like. So if I can't pick him out in a crowd why should I vote for him?? 
web posted September 23, 2016
You stated "Vote for..........and anyone running against Sonny Reel". Well, lets look at your other two choices...#1 has sticky fingers at work and at church,bad credit, criminal record and racist.  #2 has no vested interest in Edgefield County, i.e. pays no taxes here, and supposedly still lives with mom and dad.

With choices like that and as a past juror....I'm voting for Mr. Reel, as he was very professional in his duties.
web posted September 23, 2016

It doesn't matter what the event is blocking the parking spaces in front of the library is wrong. Especially the handicap space. The town has done this in past with a bandstand. Which was very disturbing to anyone using the library.
web posted September 23, 2016
So let me get this right.  The guy running against sheriff Dobey challenge him to a debate but he refused. What is the sheriff afraid of.  kind of makes you wonder???  Also want to know why theses  settled lawsuits never made headlines.???
web posted September 23, 2016

I find some of the posts about the Sheriff’s race fascinating but not very helpful.  I do have concern about some of the cases that have not been solved. The disappearance of Tamera Kingery is very troubling to me. Is it just a cold case at this point? So sad for all who knew her. We need to remember that this is a small town and community. Maybe the resources needed aren’t  available for cases like this.

I am just not convinced that the person running against the current Sherriff would do a better job. This is a very confusing race to me.   One correction to make though, this page is called Wandering Minds, not Wondering Minds. I am guessing it was a typo or people are new to the page. Anyway, just a clarification. I know we are all wondering about things, but I think the original idea is that it is a place for “wandering minds” to express their thoughts. I have read it for years and often write in. My mind wanders a lot, I guess.  😊
web posted September 22, 2016
Vote for Sheriff Dobey and anyone running against Sonny Reel.
web posted September 22, 2016

To Avid Fan:
At home games the STHS Varsity Football staff wears white all-weather pull-overs not shirts like usual. They wear other shirts underneath the pull-overs tucked into their pants. Most of them also wear belts with their pants. This is their “uniform”. They are ALL wearing them with either khaki pants or khaki shorts and they all have matching shoes and hats. Worry about something else. Spoiler Alert-They will be wearing the same thing this week at home too!
web posted September 22, 2016

In reference to the post on the 15th, you stated it sounded like a deputy or a staff member at the Sheriffs Office wrote into wondering minds. You stated: “the deputy’s and the Staff thank you”. When in reality on the 12th; the comment actually stated: "To the Edgefield County Sheriffs Deputies and Command Staff thank you and keep up the good work to protect my family and I." Sounds like to me you changed it up and now your hand is called on it. And if your wondering I did not write the original post on the 12th, it just happened to catch my attention. As for me, Thank You Sheriff and Staff for your unnoticed sacrifices that you provide to our county.
web posted September 19, 2016

Dedicated to Colin Kaepernick and other low-life's that refuse to honor our American Flag and respect those who have fought for our freedom and those who are still on the battlefield.

Toby Keith - Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)
web posted September 19, 2016

Re: Lady Rebels Volleyball Plays Augusta Prep Fall Classic
Who are the coaches, head and assistants, of the STHS Volleyball team?

Editor's Note: Nick Lorimer is the head coach for the volleyball team
web posted September 19, 2016

Looking at the post that starts out { For the people of Edgefield Co if you want a bunch } posted on 9-15, I'm sure I would value this persons opinion. Learn to spell, people might take you serious. The end of the post stated !!!! More to come !!!!! looking forward to this, everyone needs a good laugh.
web posted September 19, 2016

I am an avid fan of STHS football and attend all home games as well as travel to many away games. The last 2 weeks, I have observed the coaching staff looking less than appropriate on the side lines with their shirts not tucked in. They look sloppy and unprofessional!!! They want the players to look good on the field and they should give more thought to how they look as well.
web posted September 19, 2016

The people at the sheriff's office would stay to work because they love the job. The few who don't work are the ones saying people would leave to scare the people to vote to keep the same system where supervisors avoid calls, go off the radio, and sit in dispatch. The people who will stay and stand up outweighs the lazy ones who will leave or be terminated. Winds of change are blowing
web posted September 19, 2016

One post mentioned the missing woman in the south end of the county meaning Tamera Kingery  but she is not alone. The ball has been dropped more than once in the past few years. A time back a gentleman left his job at Walmart and got lost on Sylvan Road off of Sweetwater Road and was not found until long after his death and  another was Brodise McCain lost on Rainbow Falls Road and given up on after  Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said his office was using every available resource, agency, and deputy in order to find Mrs. McCain. "We're going to keep looking until we find her," Sheriff Dobey said. Well that statement wasn't true, she was found by volunteers after our Sheriff gave up. Its not all about the loss of life or lost people but this should make every voter think. We get lied to and halfheartedly protected. Its time for change and I know I am not the only one that feels this way.
web posted September 19, 2016

I think Dobey, has been a great sheriff, and truly cares about people, their families, and Edgefield county as a whole. I will vote for him in this up coming election, because I do not believe there is any one else who could do a better job as he has. He's not just our sheriff in Edgefield County he is like a lifeline. Because he is the one in the background getting things done and making the decisions. Anyways I hope everyone will vote for Mr. Dobey he is a great man, intelligent, honorable, with a high character of morals, and integrity.
web posted September 16, 2016

I see in one of the last posts on Wondering Minds that someone wrote in defending Sheriff Dobey and referenced his achievements over the past sixteen years, but failed to name one. So, what are his achievements? It was also written originally to sound like a citizen wrote it, but there was a give-away in the last sentence, “the deputy’s and the Staff thank you”. Looks like someone needs proof their work. And if the command staff has time to play twiddle-winks on the computer, does that mean they have located the missing woman on the south end of the county? Does it mean they have identified and arrested the people responsible for the Winn Grocery incident? Looks like to me if they have time to do mortal combat on Wondering Minds they could be out on the road running down leads, LAUGH LAUGH.
web posted September 15, 2016

RE: Armadillo problems? Shoot them!  They are in season year round.
We have a friend who works with the gov't environmental dept. in DC.  She says that when armadillos invade, coyotes are not far behind.  Coyotes are already here: We recently  lost a pet to them.

Editor's Note: So sorry for the loss of your pet.
web posted September 15, 2016
I have talked to a professional dillo trapper, bait doesn't work dillos don’t eat anything that they don't dig. The scent from another dillo previously caught helps.  Catching armadillos.  Contact: The Armadillo Trap Co.  Tel. 601 408 1070   the armadillotrap@gmail.com  Excellent Reviews

Editor's Note: Great information, thank you.
web posted September 15, 2016
For the people of Edgefield Co if you want a bunch of people that have not lived here very long an knows no one in this county RAFFIELD is your man but if you had rather have home town guys an gals by all means Sheriff DOBEY is our guy none of the ones let go are demoted were from here that should tell you something the Sheriff's office is an always has been ran in a very professional manner RAFFIELD is a joke ask anyone that works with him are knows him an for the other three are jokes !!!! More to come !!!!!
web posted September 15, 2016

While i am so PROUD of the local Students picking up garbage on Star Road (the road between China 1 and Bil-Lo), there lives are seriously being put in danger by having them do it during afternoon traffic. I was so worried about them last Friday afternoon around 4:00 PM, as 2 young girls were walking across the bridge at the bottom of the Hill and cars were "fortunately" going slowly around the girls. I can't say enough how proud of them I am for volunteering their time but I implore the teacher or their sponsor to allow them to do this at a more quiet time for their sake. Sadly, years ago a good friend lost their mother to a hit and run driver while she was doing the same adopt-a-hwy. I just don't want to see anyone get hurt. All drivers won't be as careful as they all were that day.
web posted September 14, 2016

Mike Raffield has our vote. Thank you for all that you have done helping my family and me.
web posted September 14, 2016
Armadillo problems? Shoot them! Pg 68 on SCDNR, Rules and Regulations. They are in season year round.
They can also be trapped. A cage trap for Raccoons work. Bait with over ripened fruits, worms and even shelled corn works. Place the cage against wall, fence. Go to Armadillo Trap.com, for videos on trapping. They also sell wooden traps.

Editor's Note: Thank you for sharing
web posted September 14, 2016

I'm scratching my head & have a question to ponder. How has the last four deputies fired or demoted; from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office been hired immediately by Saluda County Sheriff John Perry? If there was something truly wrong with their performance or conduct, would not a neighboring county police department pass on hiring them? Two of the four were promoted in Saluda from what I understand. Doesn't the new employer have to check out what happened at the academy? Kind of mas you wonder exactly what is going on.
web posted September 14, 2016

Well folks if you like the wasteful spending and law suits the current sheriff have put on our county tax payers please vote for him .  I bet the public have no ideas on the thousands of dollars the sheriff was sued for and had to settle because of his incompetence as a leader .  Lets don't mention the lack of patrolling he does .  He's no different then crooked Hillary . 
web posted September 14, 2016
Sheriff Adell Dobey has done an amazing job in the last 16 years. Sheriff Dobey has brought many things to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and also to the community. Sheriff Dobey has proven himself as a leader within this community. Michael Raffield was terminated by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Department. Michael Raffield has an extensive work history, and I'm sure the public would like to know the real reasons for him not working at any of the other department listed on his résumé. Sheriff Dobey has held the current office of Sheriff since 2001 and I plan on voting for him in November 2016 and have him in office until he so chooses to retire. To the Edgefield County Sheriffs Deputies and Command Staff thank you and keep up the good work to protect my family and I.
web posted September 12, 2016

This column would be better if people’s comments were much shorter.  I’m not interested in reading their “books”.  Otherwise, I  look forward to reading Wandering Minds.

Editor's Note: Thank you for reading, glad you are enjoying for the most part!
web posted September 12, 2016

The comment that begins with "No need to go into statistics" is so absurd that it begs for a rebuttal. Edgefield County as well as the town of Edgefield statistically, which means by objective standards, does better in terms of crime than the national and state averages. Places where the challenger works and has worked do not fare as well by objective standards, aka statistics, despite his impressive resume. It would appear that by objective standards, aka statistics, the methods being used in Edgefield County and the Town of Edgefield outperform the methods used by the challenger in his current employment and previous employment.
The author is correct that the Sheriff's Department works for us and does not own us. It is also true that the Sheriff's Office as well as the Police Department work with what the Town and County can afford to provide in terms of resources. Could the challenger do a better job with the resources available to him? Perhaps, but there is no evidence of it from his current performance.
web posted September 9, 2016

The crime rate has gone up in Ridge Spring people getting ran over. Wait didn't those guys get put in jail facing murder charges. Well what about the armed robbery, wait that was solved too. If we are going to speak about records then let's pull some records. How many cases were solved that Dobey worked. I will wait. So as for the churches, hey least he knows how to use facebook isn't both candidates showing up to churches that's right election year. Better than going to Gary's hamburgers everyday when you don't eat there. Or drive around in 5 cars not to be seen. Mike you got my vote. Clean this mess up please.
web posted September 9, 2016
Mr Raffield anybody that ever worked with you knows it has always been about you brother what you have done an how you done it nobody knows how to police but you its not that way it's a TEAM effort not just you !! You were demoted at Edgefield S O after making a VERY bad call on a case made leave Saluda S O by Sheriff Perry so Mr smell good an skirt chaser it ain't happening in Edgefield co Brother Dobey all the way in 2016 OUR SHERIFF !!!
web posted September 9, 2016

I am a little confused about the Sheriff’s race. I didn’t realize we had any issues with our current sheriff. At least my family doesn’t. I would like to see the department staffed more and have enough patrol cars etc. but I am thinking it is up to the county to provide the funds for those things. I was concerned about the challenger lying about being invited to a church-not saying I believe he did lie or not, but if by chance he did, then I will not vote for him. We have enough lying going on in our country and in our leaders right now. What a sad state of affairs we are in.
web posted September 9, 2016

I would like to get this out there...armadillo has no business here.   Animal rights..whatever..I have worked on a  yard for 2 years..only  to find it torn up in 2 nights..these creatures are destructive....I would like to know who...where..what..to get rid of these

Editor's Note: Try getting in touch with animal control, or SCDNR to see what legal processes need to take place.  They should be able to help more. 
web posted September 9, 2016
Twice this week we have received phone calls stating that "This is an auto-call from the IRS...", stating that we owe money to the IRS, and threatens us if we, or our lawyer, don't call back the given number to 'settle' this with them immediately.
As someone who has in real life, dealt with the IRS in the past, I can tell you that the IRS DOES NOT--REPEAT--DOES NOT!!!, leave robot calls on your answering machine demanding settlement NOW!!  Unlike these scammers, the IRS moves at its own pace, taking their own sweet time: they do not demand immediate settlement.
Instead, the IRS does things the old-fashioned way: THEY SEND LETTERS TO YOU IN THE MAIL, asking you to make an appointment to meet with them in their office.  You sit down face-to-face with the IRS man, go over all the facts & figures of your case, and then at the end, you will receive another letter in the mail from the IRS stating exactly how much you owe.  
These calls are scams!!!  Please, please, please people, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY!!!  You CANNOT negotiate with these scammers; you CANNOT reason with them.  They only want one thing: to scam you out as much of your money as they can.  
Your best defense is to hang up immediately!  If someone knocks on your door, you--hopefully, use some discernment and don't invite just anyone in; then, WHY would you possibly talk to someone on the phone who threatens you??!!??  
Just a word to the wise.
web posted September 8, 2016

No need to go into statistics, we all know the truth about our outdated way of running the Sheriffs dept. Its time to get rid of Andy and Barney. Lets step up to the plate and change the leadership and not be afraid of repercussions. Remember, they work for us they don't own us.
web posted September 8, 2016
Vote for Sheriff Doby!  He’s our man!
web posted September 8, 2016

Wow looks like the crime rate in Ridge Spring has gone up lady in a dumpster people run over in the road an this guy thinks he can be the Sheriff of Edgefield Co !!! This boy don't have a clue VOTE OUR SHERIFF ADELL DOBEY MORE TO COME !!!!!!!
web posted September 8, 2016

So sad to learn that Peachtree Medical Center in Ridge Springs is closing their doors.  The people especially in these small towns don't have the necessary transportation to travel to other areas.  Hopefully, Edgefield and or Self Memorial  can find a way to keep the doors open at least a few days a week.  May need to get a traveling bus like they have for mammograms if this keeps up in rural areas.    Yes the affordable care act that isn't so affordable for patients nor doctors nor hospitals will continue to affect those who it was suppose to help most of all.
web posted September 8, 2016

Citizens of Edgefield County please take time if you are a member of Facebook to go and look at Michael Raffield's page regarding being invited to a church within our county. It was said within his post he was invited to a certain church and if you scroll down and read the comments it clearly shows where he was not invited and politics were not needed in the church. If Michael Raffield lied about being invited into a place of worship just imagine what else he will lie about. Please take time and consider this as we do not need someone in office that is not afraid to publicly lie. Sheriff Dobey has my families vote in November.
web posted September 8, 2016
The comments being written and published on Edgefield Daily about the sheriff's race make interesting reading.
The challenger wrote a long explanation of why he is running touting his long resume only leaving out the part about being able to walk on water, leap tall buildings with a single bound, and being really fond of small puppies. He is especially adept at Monday morning quarterbacking when commenting about the current sheriff, and were he in control, there would be a 500% crime resolution rate...in fact he would catch the criminals even before the criminal knew they would be committing a crime.
He is the Chief in Ridge Spring, population fewer than 800 and is very up-front about having "political ambitions." Well, he has already proven to be a politician...making attacks on the incumbent, having supporters make anonymous posts critical of the incumbent, and trying to link the incumbent to every negative thing in the County while giving no credit for anything good. Maybe, just maybe, we want a sheriff and not a politician with "political ambitions."
According to best places.net, Ridge Spring, SC...population close to 750, the violent crime rate of Ridge Spring is 55.2 with the national average being 41.4. The property crime rating is 41.5 national average being 43.5. One would think that a police chief with super-human skills and extraordinary qualifications in a tiny population town would do better than the national average.
According to city-data.com Edgefield has a lower crime rate than Johnston, Saluda, and North Augusta  and is far below the national average in pretty much all crime categories. In fact, were it not for the crime rates in Saluda and North Augusta, both where the challenger worked for years according to his resume, the crime rate of Edgefield would be miniscule.
So, maybe the challenger can walk on water and leap tall buildings. Maybe he and his supporter's claims about how terrible the incumbent is could be directed at the challenger as well based upon the statistics about where he previously worked. Running the sheriff's department in Edgefield County is a far larger job than being Chief in Ridge Spring. According to the Internet, the challenger is doing about average in a tiny community.
 Maybe the nastiness of his supporters is justified. Maybe the nastiness is just nastiness. Edgefield does indeed need a sheriff. We have one. 
web posted September 6, 2016
I find it to be just terrible journalism that the columnist that covers the ECH makes the statement about the hospital "The current “situation” being one of a tight balance between debt, revenue, and meeting governmental requirements demanding of both time and monetary resources."  However  never questions anything about how ECH or no one in the county offices and that's you Dandy Dean questions the expansion of the hospital facilities to build a facility they obviously can not afford.  

"The CEO stated another update presented on the CEO Report is the plans for the groundbreaking for the medical offices planned to be constructed in front of ECH. If everything moves along as planned, construction of the new building will begin in November, 2016".

The county has to sign the Bond for the hospital to afford to build a building with SELF or lease the land to SELF and let them finance it. What in the heck is going on Ms. Editor ?  The hospital will let a bid in less than 60 days and no one has questioned on how and who is going to finance it? You stated more was coming maybe someone should ask before a building breaks ground!

The hospital can't afford a multimillion dollar building and doesn't have any revenue to support leases Where is the county council you have a board leading you into debt and where are you?  Dean and Gena  hated the previous CEO and removed the board when they wouldn't do what you wanted and now you all are out to lunch when this one leads you into the poor house.  

Self Memorial is not dumb, they are growing the base services of their hospital and Edgefield is going to pay for it.  I want the hospital to survive but not raise taxes to do it. It could all be leased to Self and save a huge tax burden to Edgefield. But Dean wouldn't see if you spelled it real slowly. It s time for a change!

Editor's Note: "Self Regional will purchase the land and fund the construction of the building, which is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2017."  Here is a press release that may help answer some of your questions.  Release: Self Regional Healthcare and Edgefield County Hospital announce new medical office building. The hospital only needs the council's approval if they are going to sell the building.  They do not need their approval for what they are doing with the land sale.
web posted September 6, 2016

Re: "Their" and "there"; To the writer who gave us an outstanding grammar lesson, Thank You!
web posted September 6, 2016

This is regarding the 2016 Sheriff election. Sheriff Adell Dobey has been the Sheriff of Edgefield County since 2001. Before then he was employed by the Edgefield County Sheriffs Office. I have seen the deputies of our great county out patrolling neighborhoods, businesses, and last but not least making traffic stops. I have also seen the Sheriff on multiple occasions throughout the county patrolling himself and speaking with many citizens regarding concerns.  For those of you readers who think our County needs a change maybe you need to change and move out of Edgefield County. Sheriff Dobey has done many great things within Edgefield County and continues to do so. Rumor has it that if Mike Raffield gets elected many of our deputies will not work under his command. I for one believe our deputies do an exceptional job protecting the citizens of Edgefield County under Sheriff Dobey. With that being said Sheriff Dobey you have my families utmost respect and look forward to supporting and voting in November to keep you in Office.
web posted September 6, 2016
To the writer who spouted out the statistics of robberies, break-ins, etc. to try to show the Sheriff Dobey is not a good leader, you need to post all the stats. There is not a Sheriff in the world who can STOP crime from taking place. That isn't something the "leadership" can control. The more important statistic is how many of those crimes were solved and how long it took. Sheriff Dobey has done a great job. I can't see where the other candidate could do better.
web posted September 6, 2016

What better way to hear what both sides want to do and how they plan to do it. Then have a forum set up in different parts of the County where it would allow the public to ask questions to both Dobey and Raffield. Then all this talk about who wants to do what and how can be brought forward to the public and then let them make their  decision to whom is best suited to do the job. No one to hide behind just one on one. This County deserves a Sheriff who is going to stand for something. Help the Public and be a leader that the men and women working with that Person can stand beside. I am on the fence but might be leaning a certain way. Just want the public to be informed by the people running instead of jumping to conclusions. Get to know before you vote. Dear Editor is there any debates set or meet the candidates scheduled? I would be interested to see,hear,and question both parties running before making my final decision. I have only met Raffield and he seemed like he knew what to do and how to get it done but would still like to hear Dobey.

Editor's Note: There is new information regarding this topic in the headlines.
web posted September 3, 2016
To " I am glad..."
Vote for who you want. But don't lie. No deputy has been forced to put a sign in their (not there) yard.  I know some deputies and they don't have signs in their (not there) yards And apparently you don't watch the news.  Law enforcement officers are being targeted by idiots who want to hurt them. I don't blame them for parking away from the road.  Especially if they have families.  And apparently the author could be stalking Deputies to see where they park their (not there) car. Thanks for telling potential idiots where the officers parks. Yes, you may see Deputies at Golds Gym.  There (not their) is not a low cost option for gyms in the county. If they did not work out, then someone would harp on why they don't work out. And pay for the deputies suck.  But they are given a benefit, like using their (not there) patrol cars when off-duty. Even off-duty, just the presence of a patrol can be valuable.  Have you ever passed an on-coming patrol car and checked your speed? Oh by the way, the fired school resource officer you referred to, used his patrol car many many times while off duty to get food in and around the Walmart.  Did you complain about that? This is a rural county.  It is tough to patrol everywhere.  Calls like the following don't help:
false alarms,
Spouses abusing their (not there) significant other
parents who don't have the intestinal fortitude to make the children go to school so they call police,
Parents who call because their (not there) children won't mind, so they call the police
People who can't control their (not there) drinking, drug use,
shooting at their (not there) spouse
People who shoot themselves then want to fight the officers that come to help him
Why don't people who drive in schools zones just follow the speed limit? Take time to go slow. Or avoid the area.  Some people think law enforcement is the answer but then complain law enforcement is in everybody's business. The school officer is for the school making sure the kids inside the school is safe. Do you really want a school officer directing traffic while a active shooter is in the building, or the kids starting fighting or parents argue with their (not there) ex-spouse over the children. If you have a complaint about real issues, go to the sheriff. But when you make wild inaccurate statements and you support an opposing candidate, your agenda is hidden and I can't respect that candidate, especially if you are speaking on their (not there) behalf.
As for My Family and me, We will support Sheriff Dobey and his deputies.

web posted September 3, 2016

Tell me if I am wrong, but why did The Honorable Mrs. Newby retired mid-term?
What is the connection between the two. Close friends? family?
This was no coincidence. Planned planned planned.
Now you know why we don't like you.
Reel has openly been in the web-design business.
Would love to see the taxes on this business.
You want to run our Clerk of court office...
I will show you my tax return and vote for Reel if he opens his for public viewing.
web posted September 3, 2016

I also remember watching segment on wrdw in refrence to the current sheriff sending a memo out about not making traffic stops.  Its election time now he's back tracking I guess.   Also what is the policy on officers using government vehicles on personal use?  I also haven't seen our sheriff out and about .  When Billy parker was sheriff you seen him always out and  about in the country .  Far as the comment no one would work for the new sheriff your wrong .  There's plenty of people at the dept that don't care for the  current sheriff.
web posted September 3, 2016

Who is going be the soccer coaches for strom Thurmond High School boys and girls?
web posted September 3, 2016

well, to the person who said the Sheriff won't allow deputies to make traffic stops, this statement is false….. my friend and I got pulled over by an edgefield county deputy the other week on currytown road for speeding.
web posted September 1, 2016
Could the writer please take a moment to learn the difference between “there” and “their”?  Their means that it belongs to the person(s), as in their patrol car.  There refers to a place.  Also, the patrol car is probably “his”, not “their”.
web posted September 1, 2016

I'm so glad we have a choice for a new sheriff in Edgefield.  Everyday I see how much wasteful spending our current sheriff puts on the tax payers and I'm sick off it.  The deputies are allowed to use there patrol cars for whatever they like and where ever.  I see the patrol cars at the gold gyms in north Augusta ,Walmart, and even grocery shopping.  But when they get home they park there cars behind there houses.  Lets don't mention the memo he put out telling the deputies to not pull over anymore cars .  Also when has the last  time you seen the sheriff out patrolling.  Then he just fired a school resource officer because he thought he was campaigning for someone else .  Not the first time he's done this .  Other officers are scared if they  don't put Dobey  signs in there yard they are next .  Everyday I go to merriweather  schools the traffic is dangerous  why not have that school officer directing traffic instead of in the back of the school not do anything.  Break ins has been so bad but sheriff not doing anything .  People we need change and get rid of the Obama factor that's in our sheriff office.  Get out and vote.
web posted August 31, 2016
Thank you so much for the information on the owner of the building the library is located in. I had asked because if it was owned by a private citizen, then that owner needed to step up and do something. I understand the issue if the county owns it. It sounds like a pretty expensive endeavor to replace the unit or to do what is necessary. Then it is really all of our problem and we need to be understanding.  The county is working on it and that is all they can do right now.  I had just heard that some of the landlords in that area of town often neglect their properties and  I was hoping that was not the case in this situation. I am glad to hear that it is not owned by a private citizen who is ignoring the issue.
web posted August 31, 2016

The up coming Sheriff's election we have a proven leader with a great staff if this other guy running you will lose all your local home town people they will not work for Raffield under no circumstances that's a known fact is this what everyone wants to do…
web posted August 31, 2016

I see in the article about fake phone calls, it is suggested we block callers from calling.   How do we do this?

Editors Note: Most smart phones have a phone feature in their settings, if you click on that something should come up and say block number, and you type in the number that you want to have blocked, for regular house phones, I believe you dial *60 and enter the number to have it blocked.  Your phone provider should be able to help you if you are having trouble blocking any numbers.
web posted August 31, 2016

This County is not the safest county in South Carolina. The amount of thefts or burglaries is almost two a day. The coverage of the South End, largest population,is two deputies waiting at the Substation at Merriwether for a call. The reports generated are passed up for others to type and then sent to SLED. People of this County WAKE UP! The drug problems in Johnston alone with no help from the Sheriffs Office. Oh wait they did help didn't they. The sheriff's office put two deputies in town to help deter the Armed robberies but did over 160 traffic stops looking for dope and made no cases. The Sheriff wanted to send a message not to criminals but the officers and Chief in Johnston for hiring a certain someone and for a certain case that someone made where a large sum of money and drugs were seized. People of Edgefield County I ask that you WAKE UP and see what's going on. With the election year here cases will be solved that could have been a while back and not to mention the raids and arrests that will be made to impress the people to vote. Make a smart decision and vote for whom you believe is best for the job just don't buy into the false hopes and false promises thinking everything is okay when it could be really great. Thank you and good day
web posted August 31, 2016

For anyone who thinks that Adell Dobey has lead well take his works into account and let the facts answer the question. Since January of 2016 there has already been 36 burglaries, 16 involving storage units. There has been over 20 vehicle thefts that include cars, trailer, boats and four-wheelers. There have been 11 serious acts of violence, with 3 completed during an armed robbery. There have been numerous car break-ins, unresolved shooting incidents and malicious damage to property. These stats came directly from Edgefield Daily's archives and only cover those incidents that were available to the public through edgefielddaily.com. Additionally, the Sheriff still has a missing woman and an unsolved murder/ armed robbery because of his direct failure to lead, participate and seek additional resources when needed. Finally, Edgefield County did not get the prestigious award of being the safest “county” to live in the last 2 years, the truth is “Edgefield City” received the honor, (www.safewise.com). It’s time for new law enforcement leadership in Edgefield County, and the current Sheriff and his friends can not hide from the truth with unfounded statements, because the information is available to the public.
web posted August 31, 2016
About the house up on blocks behind the Discovery center. Is there a code enforcer in the town of Edgefield or Edgefield County? There has to be some code violations pertaining to that house. There just has to be!!!  It's an eyesore and accident waiting to happen. If someone gets hurt there the lawyers will have a field day with the owner, city, and county.
web posted August 30, 2016

Wandering.  From the 50's it seems as if  Chicago was pretty bad back then. Could it possibly be that the violence was passed down so today ole Leroy's legacy would continue and more violent.

web posted August 30, 2016

I think our current Sheriff, Adell Dobey, is doing a wonderful job!  He has kept this county very safe.  In fact, we have been voted safest county in South Carolina for the past two years.  That doesn't happen with poor leadership!!! Sheriff Dobey has my Vote!!!
web posted August 30, 2016
I would like to know why they put stop signs in the medium on Hwy.25? The trucking company on Brighthop road doesn't  apply to the rules.  Twice I was at the road to go across and like to have been clipped by a tractor trailer, not even slowing down much less stoping for the stop sign. I think the police could rack up on tickets, also for speeders on 25 and people passing on double yellow line. Just saying.
web posted August 30, 2016

Clemson University going off the deep end, just like Univ of Missouri.....telling students when or where they can pray.  Me thinks once an institution takes public money....unrestricted 1st Amendment rights kick in.  I'll bet that administrator wouldn't tell a muslim or atheist organization they would have to move to a "free speech area." http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/08/clemson-university-administrator-stops-man-praying-campus-isnt-free-speech-area-video/  Until Alumni and parents start withholding $ then administrators won't get it, school officials live in a bubble that is not the real world.  Just ask officials at Mizzou.....after their BLM crap....their enrollment is down 25% and they're having to close dormitories.
web posted August 30, 2016

Question…Who owns the building that the library is located in? Does the library, county or someone else pay a rental fee to reside in the building or is the space donated?  Whatever the scenario, it sounds like the owner of the building needs to fix the air conditioning.  It could be they are working on it? If people are having a hard time being in the building, maybe a few complaints to the owner would help?  That is the reason for the question…who owns the building?  I would guess those affected the most, the employees , have said something. I just think it often helps if a lot of people express concern over something that is an issue. You know that old saying about the squeaky wheel.  So we all just need to know who to complain to in order to get a solution to the problem.

Editors Note: From County Administrator Tommy Paradise: "Edgefield County owns the building that the library is located in. We have had the air conditioner worked on several times this summer and recently received another complaint. Our maintenance contractor for the HVAC systems told us last week the unit, which is about 20 years old, needed to be replaced and gave us a quote. We needed to get several other quotes and we received the last one over the weekend. We have told the low bidder to proceed with the work and it will be two days before the replacement equipment arrives. We hope to have the equipment installed and operating by the end of the week."
web posted August 29, 2016

Finally, Edgefield County has a valid choice for Sheriff.  The first choice is one of voting for the current sheriff who will continue his pattern of obstruction of facts with the main goal being to make himself look good and cover up his misdeeds. Voting for the current sheriff will allow him to continue his pattern of gross and incompetent mishandling of county assets, as well as just plain lying to the citizens of Edgefield County about what he will do. The current sheriff never follows through with the promises he makes. Why would we want to keep a sheriff who has proven time and again that he will protect his chosen few from arrest or prosecution, just because he likes them or they protect him? The current sheriff further has a history of petty vindictiveness and outright abuse of office, towards those who work for him or towards the citizens of the county.
Thankfully the citizens of Edgefield County have another viable option. We can choose a veteran law enforcement official who has proven over the years that he will enforce and uphold the laws of this state and nation in a fair and equitable manner. This choice is currently the Chief of Ridge Springs Police Department. He has federal law enforcement experience, as well as experience with North Augusta Public Safety. Another extremely important aspect is his experience as a shift supervisor in Edgefield County. This gives him direct knowledge of the county. Which is the geography, as well as the needs of the citizens and problems of the county.
A vote for Adell Dobey is a vote to continue the poor and gross incompetent practices of his leadership as sheriff of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. A vote for Mike Raffield will be a vote to bring the Edgefield County Sheriffs Office into the modern age of police practices which will only enhance and strengthen the protection and greatly enhance services to the citizens of Edgefield County. A vote for Mike Raffield for sheriff will go a long way in making everyone in Edgefield County more safe and secure
web posted August 29, 2016

Today's Bible study lesson for wandering minds:
Remember what Jesus said: 'Goats on the left, sheep on the right' (Matthew 25:33).

Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat.   They did and filled the boat with fish. John 21:6 (NIV) ... He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish."

Origin of Left & Right...

I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left". By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) - "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."

Thus sayeth the Lord.   Amen. It surely can't get any simpler than that. Spelling Lesson :
The last four letters in American..........  I Can
The last four letters in Republican........ I Can
The last four letters in  Democrats......... Rats

End of lesson !  ....Test to follow on November 8, 2016 .

Remember,  November 2016 is to be set aside as rodent removal month.
web posted August 29, 2016