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Editor's post: I enjoy a good joke as well as anyone. But today's comments seemed to be loaded with them. I do not mind allowing them in if I find them humorous or fitting to today's news. But I prefer to have readers expressing their own thoughts on the news of the day and debating issues that are directly affecting our county, state and nation - in that order.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the company of someone you love. That is my plan as always.  

web posted August 23, 2014

I call BS on the call that the ref made on the return for a touchdown tonight [Friday]. He didn't even throw the flag until right before the touchdown was scored! If it was a penalty why didn't he throw the flag when it happened and not when he saw we were going to score a touchdown? The pass interference calls were also BS! I didn't know we were going to Aiken to play flag football! We won anyway so they only made themselves look bad. Way to go big Rebs!!!!
web posted August 23, 2014
I read the article by the Metro Spirit and didn't think it was all that complimentary to you or Edgefield Daily. I got the feeling he was saying that Edgefield Daily was a big hit in spite of all the negative stuff he said about it. He made sure to point out that on the mountain bike story [Edgefield Daily] broke and everybody else picked up on only got the attention it did because of them, not [Edgefield Daily]. I can see why you said you were embarrassed by it, I would be too!

Editor's note: I would have liked to have known I was doing an interview when I was under the assumption I was talking to a reporter that I was going to be working with on the ongoing story. That is the reason I wrote an intro above the link to their story in order to fill in the blanks and correct certain aspects in the story.
web posted August 23, 2014
Do you think that pot should be legal across the country? Some states have made it legal like CA, CO, AK, WA and they are getting money from the taxes on selling it instead of the dealers making all the money at high prices because it's illegal. Why not make it legal everywhere and tax it like beer and cigarettes? It's the same thing. Prohibition only made the criminals rich and the regular people criminals. You claim to have all the answers, answer that!

Editor's note: I have never claimed to have all the answers on anything. I have always said I would be happy to try to find an answer to any question asked.

Having said that, I agree that the federal government has no authority to make a native weed, and that is what marijuana is, a weed, illegal. If it is legal they do have a say on interstate commerce. It is a State's Rights issue, and maybe even as local as the county level, and should be decided there. When it comes to alcohol, even to this day, counties have the ability to ban sales within their boundaries.

I have no dog in this hunt and I think (since you asked what I think) we should be more focused on the ISIS (new and improved Al-queda) threat and an open board to our south with a disconnected President who openly claimed in Berlin he was a "citizen of the world", not "just" an American. We have much bigger issues to deal with as a nation than somebody smoking a joint. That's called a distraction from reality.
web posted August 23, 2014 
A father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended by saying, "God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa."
 
The father asked, 'Why did you say good-bye Grandpa?'... The little girl said, "I don't know daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do."
 
The next day grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence.

A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this, "God bless Mommy, God Bless Daddy and good-bye Grandma." The next day the grandmother died.

"Holy crap" thought the father, "this kid is in contact with the other side." Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed, the dad heard her say, "God bless Mommy and good-bye Daddy." He practically went into shock. He couldn't sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day, had lunch and watched the clock. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be okay.

He felt safe in the office, so instead of going home at the end of the day he stayed there, drinking coffee, looking at his watch and jumping at every sound. Finally midnight arrived; he breathed a sigh of relief and went
home. When he got home his wife said, "I've never seen you work so late. What's the matter?" He said, "I don't want to talk about it, I've just spent the worst day of my life."

She said, "You think you had a bad day, you'll never believe what happened to me. This morning my golf pro dropped dead in the middle of my lesson!"
web posted August 23, 2014
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, "I can’t accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.”
 
The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a “Thank You" card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
 
Later that week, a cop dropped in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber said, “I can’t accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week." The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a “Thank You" card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
 
After that, a Congressman went in for a haircut. When he went to pay his bill, the barber told him, “I can’t accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week." The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
 
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
 
Congress to trim free haircuts?
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2010/08/04/Congress-Living-High-on-the-Backs-of-Taxpayers
web posted August 23, 2014

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."

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
                                             
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 Welfare..."
 
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 the President and/ or Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million unlawful invaders called "illegals" - and they vote - then we can say Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
web posted August 23, 2014

I'm sure we all have our favorite Robin Williams moments, but here's one.
 http://biggeekdad.com/2012/03/robin-williams-american-flag/#.U-n9PYlMz1k.aolmail

Editor's note: No doubt, one of the best and cleanest comedians of my lifetime. Thanks for sharing.
web posted August 23, 2014
Part of what I love about reading the [Edgefield] Daily is that there is a broad range to the news and that when a Congressman comes to town you don't ask simple questions about why he's here, but on the big issues in the national news. I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with [Rep] Jeff Duncan. I thought it was timely and very informative. It's nice to know where our congressman stands on the things that matter.
web posted August 22, 2014

Started wondering how these "protesters" in Ferguson have all this time to spend in the streets, out late at night and all through the night. Don't they have to get up early for work the next day (tongue in cheek). We all need to remember that taxpayers are paying these folks "salaries". I would imagine the majority of them are on assistance paid for by those that do work and pay taxes. Oh, and I know that the young man that was initially killed in this incidence was supposedly on his way to college. I would guess he had a "scholarship" or some other kind of tax payer help? I wonder why we have not heard more about his school plans. I wonder where he was enrolled. I am being sarcastic, but the left puts out all the propaganda. How come the pictures we see of Mr. Brown are of when he was younger? Same thing happened in Sanford. Mr. Brown was a  "Gentle Giant"? I wonder if the police officer involved would call him that. I am sure the store clerk he pushed around would not call him that. A Giant- yes, Gentle-didn't appear to be.

Editor's note: The officer nearly lost an eye due to the attack and had several facial injuries. The media ignores the facts to focus on the agenda they seek to promote.
web posted August 22, 2014

Why do we have so many sex offenders to be a small county?

Editor's note: Many offenders move to rural areas to escape their past.
web posted August 22, 2014   
RE: "For many on this side of the river, their first experience with the Edgefield Daily, edgefielddaily.com, came with the story about the mountain biker allegedly attacked on the bike trail in Modoc, S.C."

I read the story by the Metro Spirit and have to say that I live in Columbia County and have been reading Edgefield Daily for years. I thought the story was good to a point that it gave the editor his kudos, but it jumped around so much it was hard to follow.  I like the way the website is set up. It's easy to read and everything is right there every morning. Don't change a thing!

Editor's note: I have felt so embarrassed by the article. I do not like being the focus of a story.
web posted August 22, 2014

Nine things to ponder
Number 9 - Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

Number 8- Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 7-  Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 6-  Men have two emotions: hungry and horny, and you can't tell them apart.  If you see a gleam in his eye, just make him a sandwich.

 Number 5 -  Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.  Teach a person to use the internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

Number 4 - Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
       
Number 3- All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 2-  In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

Number 1-  Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today might burn your rear tomorrow.

...and as someone recently said to me:  Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.
web posted August 22, 2014
Outrage Over Obama Sing Along Facebook - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whHNhWZOH7M

Editor's note: Still outrageous, but years old.
web posted August 22, 2014
I can't wait to hit the rodeo this weekend! The kids love walking around seeing all the bulls and horses and the clowns. Its like going to the fair but with cowboys.
web posted August 21, 2014
Edgefield Hotel
This is such an eyesore and something needs to be done. Either tear it down and build something new or fix it up.

Editor's note: It would take over $2 to $2.5 million just to bring the building back into code. There is no way an investor could make that money back in a reasonable amount of time in Edgefield.
web posted August 21, 2014
RE: "The homeschool student has as much right as any child to participate in FFA."

Girlfriend, you haven't talked to Mr. Covar have you? "That was your choice when you decided to homeschool."

It's well known most homeschoolers achieve higher academic results than those in our public schools and that's not a reflection on our teachers. It's a reflection on the Mr. Covars in our country that impose stupid regulations and silly standards, that takes away time our teachers might otherwise spend teaching. Get the Covars off our boards of education and our schools and children would be better off.
web posted August 21, 2014
Most schools have rules about not allowing children into school without immunizations. There should be a zero tolerance of children in school who do not have current immunizations. In areas that have been impacted for a long time, this is usually the case. Check with your local schools or school board and see what the policy is. If it is not a requirement, and I mean a requirement that keeps children from coming to school without their shots (no grace period) than fight to get that as a policy. It is a public health issue and one may need to also work through the health dept.  Also make sure that secretaries and enrollment people do not opt to have parents or guardians sign the waiver for immunizations because of a language barrier. Sometimes it is difficult to get the information to the parents in their language and it is just easier to have them sign the waiver. Scary, huh?

This area has not been highly impacted by second language families in schools. Some areas around here are-like the Clearwater area-but I don't think Edgefield has been. Just wait-it is really an issue for schools. There are so many things that come into play and frankly there are not near enough resources available to deal with them. It is easy to just bring these kids in, send them to school etc and let the districts just deal with it. No money for all of this, folks.

Oh, and it is not a new idea or law that these kids are entitled to a free education through our public schools. That has been federal law for a very long time. Schools are allowed to ask once for documentation. If it is not presented, the child is simply enrolled and no questions asked. Schools are not allowed to contact INS. Those kids are also entitled to all benefits (special ed etc.) of a public education.
web posted August 21, 2014
I was at the drugstore and noticed a young male cashier staring at the pretty girl in front of me. Her total came to $16.42, and after handing over a $100 bill, she waited for change.

“Here you go,” said the cashier, smiling as he returned the proper amount. “Have a great day!”

Now I placed my items on the counter. The tally was $32.79, and I too gave the cashier a $100 bill.

“I’m sorry, Ma’am. We can’t accept anything larger than a fifty,” he told me, pointing to a sign stating store policy.

“But you just accepted that last girl’s hundred,” I reasoned.

“I had to,” he said. “It had her phone number on it.”

Editor's note: Perfectly logical explanation.
web posted August 21, 2014
YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN A REDNECK CHURCH WHEN...

~ People wonder, when Jesus fed the 5000, whether the two fish were bass or catfish.

~ People grumble about Noah letting coyotes on the ark.

~ The preacher says, "I'd like to ask Bubba to help take up the offering," and five or six guys stand up.

~ Opening day of hunting season is recognized as an official church holiday.

~ A member of the church requests to be buried in his 4-wheel-drive truck because: "It ain't never been in a hole it couldn't get out of!"

~ Prayers regarding the weather are standard practice.

~ The choir group is known as the "O.K. Chorale."

~ The pastor wears boots.

~ Four generations of the same family sit together in worship.

~ There is no such thing as a "secret" sin.

~ Baptism is referred to as "branding."

~ There's a special fundraiser for a new septic tank.

~ Finding and returning lost sheep isn't just a parable.

~ High notes on the organ can set the dogs to howling.

~ The final words of the benediction are, "Ya'll come back now, ya hear."
web posted August 21, 2014
Editor's post: Eric Johnson, of The Metro Spirit, will have a feature on Edgefield Daily in their edition this week. I did speak with Mr. Johnson earlier this week in what I thought was a casual conversation between two reporters concerning the recent mountain biker attack story we broke only to learn at the end he was doing an interview. I'm not sure what to expect as to what will be revealed to be honest. However, I am humbled that they would seek me out to feature our publication. Sadly, the publication is not available in Edgefield County. If they make it available online I will provide a link when it is posted.  
web posted August 20, 2014
I do not have children in school but do have grandchildren in school systems – Question:  all these illegal children coming into the school systems around the country – they are making sure they are getting their immune shots aren’t they?

The Federal Government (Obama) will not even tell the Governors of the states that are being used as dumping grounds for these illegal children (70 to 75% of whom are 16-18 years old) or how many are being dumped in the state or where. The children are not being given proper screenings or check-ups at the boarder and are bunched up and busses and flown off to their new home in your neighborhood. According to Obama, you have no right to know who they are or where they are to protect their privacy. Your privacy, however, is an open book to his NSA spying.

Welcome to hope and change.
web posted August 20, 2014
I see now that they have barrels all along the side of the old hotel on Penn St coming up on the square to keep people from getting hit from falling glass and stuff from the building that is falling down piece by piece every day. I heard the county condemned the building. Is that true? What are they going to do if someone is driving by when the wall falls down? They need to tear that building down along with a couple others.  If you want to know why people don't come to visit, maybe it's because they don't want to see buildings that are falling down or put up on blocks. The only thing missing is half buried tires painted white in the front yard!

Editor's note: I do not know if the county has condemned the building at this time.
web posted August 20, 2014

So much for the President who was going to bring this country together. I would like to know why no one is concerned about all the murders in Chicago, New York etc. The black on black crime is OK with them, or so it appears. What if a young Hispanic, Caucasian, Native American or Asian person was killed by a Black police officer? Would there be riots, looting, killings etc to protest before knowing all the facts? I wonder. The distrust of the police in areas like Ferguson may be the root of all of this. Poverty may play into this.  It is, however,  egged on and promoted by black activists who seem to encourage these kinds of things going on. It is really troubling and we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Hang on...we are ready to burst.

One good thing to keep in mind-the Governor of MO is a Democrat.  Good job, Democrats! Maybe the next election will change things.

Oh, and with all the news in Ferguson, we are missing a lot of the news on Iraq, Israel, the border (school is starting and I wonder what is going on in the schools with all these new "residents"). We sure can be distracted from many major issues, can't we? This indictment of Rick Perry is actually a big deal. Can all leaders be indicted for these kinds of things? If so, what about our national leaders? That would really be interesting wouldn't it? Crazy world we live in!
web posted August 20, 2014
Re: I've asked several "in the know" people about the situation with this lady's request.  This is what I found out... first the FFA is an intracurricular activity (meaning in class) unlike football or band which are extracurricular.  Secondly, I was told this particular lady was given other options and after making some disparaging remarks about teachers and public education rejected the options.  Since she didn't get exactly what she wants of course she goes to the school board.
 
Fact #1- Band has South Carolina State Curriculum Standards and is defined as a core subject by No Child Left Behind.  It is not an extracurricular activity.  You receive required high school credits for band.
 
Fact #2-  FFA is not a course.  It is an organization and fits the description of a previous poster as an "interscholastic activity" and is permitted by law in Act 203, the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act which permits home-school students to participate in interscholastic activities.
 
Fact #3- Homeschool students can take courses inside a public school.  There is no law stopping them and plenty of legislation supporting it.
 
FFA may be intracurricular but it is an organization and by South Carolina law, homeschool students are permitted to participate in any organization on a public school campus.  The information on the FFA website does not trump State Law.  It is a description of its purpose and only that.
 
The homeschool student has as much right as any child to participate in FFA.
web posted August 20, 2014
Why all the black girl at [a Johnston store] are pot smoker dont [the owner] test them girls how can he trust drug heads around his money
web posted August 20, 2014
NOMINATED THE BEST JOKE OF THE YEAR:

And the joke is on us!

A Russian arrives in New York City as a new immigrant to the United States It's 11:00 AM on a Wednesday.

He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, "Thank you Mr. American for letting me come into this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and a free education!"

The passerby says, "You are mistaken, I am a Mexican."

The man goes on and encounters another passerby. "Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America ."  The person says, "I not American, I Vietnamese."

The new arrival walks farther, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand, and says, "Thank you for wonderful America ! That person puts up his hand and says, "I am from Middle East. I am not American."

He finally sees a nice lady and asks, "Are you an American?" She says, "No, I am from Africa .."

Puzzled, he asks her, "Where are all the Americans?" The African lady checks her watch and says:

"Probably at work."

Editor's note: You know it is a joke when they all spoke English.
web posted August 20, 2014

I"ve never quite figured out why the sexual urges of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing or why men think with their head and women with their heart.

For example…One evening last week, my wife and I were getting into bed. Well, the passion started to heat up, but then she said "I don't feel like it, I just want you to hold me."

I said "WHAT??!! What was that?!"
                       
So she said the words that every husband on the planet dreads to hear..."You're just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man." She responded to my puzzled look by saying, "Can't you just love me for who I am and not what I do for you in the bedroom?"
                         
Realizing that nothing was going to happen that night, I went to sleep.

The very next day, I opted to take the day off of work to spend time with her. We went out to a nice lunch and then went shopping at a big, high-end department store. I walked around with her while she tried on several very expensive outfits. She couldn't decide which one to take so I told her we'd just buy them all. She wanted new shoes to compliment her new clothes, so I said let’s get a pair for each outfit. We went on to the jewelry department where she picked out a pair of diamond earrings.
                       
Let me tell you...she was so excited. She must have thought I was one wave short of a shipwreck.  I started to think she was testing me because she asked for a tennis bracelet when she doesn't even know how to play tennis.  But, I think I threw her for a loop when I said, "That's fine, honey."
                         
She appeared to be almost nearing sexual satisfaction from all of the excitement.  Smiling with excited anticipation she finally said, "I think this is all dear; let's go to the cashier."
                         
I could hardly contain myself when I blurted out, "No honey, I don't feel like it."
                 
Her face just went completely blank as her jaw dropped with a baffled, "WHAT?"
                       
I then said "Honey, I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while. You're just not in touch with my financial means as a man enough for me to satisfy your shopping needs as a woman."  And just when she had this look like she was going to kill me, I added, "Why can't you just love me for who I am and not for the things I buy you?"

Apparently, I'm not having sex tonight either…

Editor's note: I'd break out the calendar, "tonight" is the least of your worries.
web posted August 20, 2014

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

Samuel Adams, 1776
web posted August 20, 2014
Editor's post: Monday was a great day. My lovely bride was off and rode with me as I made my rounds during the day and we had a great lunch at Park Row sitting outside with a nice summer shower coming down. The rain, a nice breeze and great conversation - it doesn't get any better than that. The better news, she's off again today and we will be spending the day together again. I got a hankering for pizza! 
web posted August 19, 2014
"Why should we provide your children with an opportunity to attend FFA?"
Did Brad Covar really say this to a homeschool parent at a board meeting, and then state it will take at least two meetings to change his ludicrous ILLEGAL policy? With all due respect sir, get it together!
web posted August 19, 2014

RE: "I'm really disappointed in the comments and attitude from Brad Covar concerning homeschoolers. As a homeschool family and a client (or should I say a former client) of Covar's, I'm glad he has shown me his disdain for my rights as a taxpayer."

You could get the school board to fast track the home school issue if you could tie it to some type of bronze plaque memorializing Covar or Waites. Covar forgets two things as he sits a high in his own little erected ivory tower. He serves at the pleasure of the taxpayer of whom pays him, and if it wasn't for taxes he wouldn't have a profession either. The pleasure of the taxpayer needs to show their displeasure with Covar and Waites. Homeschoolers unite.
web posted August 19, 2014

I'm disappointed that so many people seem to be so quick to view the school board so negatively.  Though some times this may be warranted from what I've been able to determine it is not in this case this time.  I've asked several "in the know" people about the situation with this lady's request.  This is what I found out... first the FFA is an intracurricular activity (meaning in class) unlike football or band which are extracurricular.  Secondly, I was told this particular lady was given other options and after making some disparaging remarks about teachers and public education rejected the options.  Since she didn't get exactly what she wants of course she goes to the school board.  Unfortunately in this life some things are all or none; register and take advantage of the opportunity or don't period.  I have no problem with a family choosing to homeschool, however, with that choice there are some consequences.  4H is available to these students and there are just as many opportunities in 4H as FFA.  Lastly Mr. Editor, I'm very disappointed in your comment "You pay the same school taxes as anyone else. You should be allowed into any program the school district you pay for offers. If not, I'd want my tax dollars back."  I can't say I'm often disappointed in you, but this one is the exception.  A homeschooler has chosen not to utilize the public school system.  Should people who don't have children or whose children are grown not have to pay either?

It took me less than two minutes to find this link to the National FFA Organization where question #4 explains how FFA is different https://www.ffa.org/Donate/Foundation/Pages/Foundation-FAQs.aspx

Or if she really wants her child in the FFA maybe she can start her own virtual chapter like these people did - http://allagonline.com/ffa-2
web posted August 19, 2014
Re:  Geez enough about ECH: 

I disagree with his/her posting because that writer assumes the comments are ALL from employees.  The Board, CEO and Administrators establish the attitude and the Standards of behavior through their decisions, interactions with employees as well as Physicians, patients and the Community.  Whoever wrote the posting obviously runs from any problems that cross his/her path.  How sad.  ECH is subsidized by taxpayer money (county residents); the local Physicians are the ones that truly make the hospital exist; the staff make the patients feel cared for, and provide excellent care for these patients.  Sooooo, if the CEO, CFO and the Board are only money driven (which money is a necessity; but it is a non-profit hospital); then the high quality of care the hospital has always prided itself on, is over.  The warm family atmosphere is gone.  OK your bottom line might look better ($); but the smiling, happy, relaxed faces of Physicians, Employees, Patients and Visitors  have been sold for the price of the birth of a ‘Corporate Culture by the CEO and CFO’.
web posted August 19, 2014
RE:  Why is it there are only protests when a black person is shot while committing a crime? Why not white people? And the bad guy is the cop trying to stay alive from a thug attacking him and Al Sharpton and the media just rush to point fingers at the cops and white people calling us racists? They're the [removed] racists!!

As long as we have Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jessie Jackson, there will never be racial equality in this country.  They have to go around getting people stirred up over things to make sure that they still have something to “fight” for.  As long as they go and get people agitated over things that are simple crimes and make it a race issue, they still get paid and have a job.  The race card will always be thrown whenever there is a black victim and a white person to blame.  If the black population would understand this and realize that all white people aren’t “out to get them” then maybe, just maybe, we could be on the right path to racial equality.

web posted August 19, 2014
How refreshing to read the information on home schooling rights. It is so good to know that there are informed, knowledgeable people out there. The school board better take note and honor the rights given to these students by the states. I lived in a state where our local school board tried to limit charter schools and guess what, the state school board intervened and protected and promoted the charter schools. Our county, a huge county, begrudgingly had to comply. Charter schools are now an important, successful part of school choice in that county and in the state as a whole. There is also a very large home school group in that state.

As far as the alleged comment made to this parent, if true, just shows the prejudice and ignorance of the person making the comment.  How sad that someone in a leadership position in the school system is ignorant of state laws. I would hope there would be a  "work day" for all the employees and elected officials to educate them of the rights of all the students. Maybe someone from the state could come in and speak.  Hmmm  That would be interesting.  Even teachers need to know because I have heard unbelievable comments made by teachers about home schooling. I wonder what religious rights etc are protected by state laws. I bet there is a lot we don't know.

Information is so enlightening. Changes everything, doesn't it?????
web posted August 19, 2014
I know you try to sound like such a sweet guy doting over your "bride" but to me it seems like you're whipped. She's got you by the shorthairs and you just wish you were the man of the house. It's OK, if you're happy, I'm not saying you're wrong.

Editor's note: I had to laugh. Anyone who knows me knows that "whipped" would be the last word to describe me. That is what I admire about my bride. She's a strong woman with a mind of her own and we challenge each other, debate issues, and even agree to disagree at times. But we always support each other even when we disagree out of respect for each other. Either way, I still got the better end of the deal. When the day is done, I get to snuggle up to her to go to sleep.
web posted August 19, 2014
Two good ol' boys in an Edgefield trailer park were sitting around talking one afternoon over a cold beer after getting off work at the nearby chicken packing plant.After a while the 1st guy says to the 2nd, "If'n I was to sneak over to your trailer Saturday and jump yo wife while you was off huntin' and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us kin?"
         
The 2nd guy crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head, and squinted his eyes thinking real hard about the question. Finally, he says, "Well, I don't know about kin, but it would make us even!"
web posted August 19, 2014
Immigrants Have Deadly Diseases We Haven't Seen in Years
http://survivaljoe.net/blog/senior-border-patrol-agent-immigrants-have-deadly-diseases-we-havent-seen-in-years/

Editor's note: I have made mention of this several times. We are forcing third world kids into our public schools with no vaccinations or even having to prove they are here legally, much less a resident of the county like you have to do under penalty of law. They're special, according to Obama. He cares nothing about the health of your children. Only creating future Democrat voters who have no right to be here.
web posted August 19, 2014
Editor's post: I had a very good weekend with my bride. Drugged, but enjoyable as we were spending a lot of time just talking to each other at lunch, at home and well into the early morning hours of Sunday. She's such a special woman. I am one very lucky man.
web posted August 18, 2014
I'm really disappointed in the comments and attitude from Brad Covar concerning homeschoolers. As a homeschool family and a client (or should I say a former client) of Covar's, I'm glad he has shown me his disdain for my rights as a taxpayer. I'll also make a greater effort to educate other homeschoolers of their need to be involved in the school board elections.

This school board needs to tread very carefully, because there are state laws that address the rights of homeschooler's when it comes to involvement in tax-payer funded schools.

Editor's note: You pay the same school taxes as anyone else. You should be allowed into any program the school district you pay for offers. If not, I'd want my tax dollars back.
web posted August 18, 2014

Geeez people. Enough already about ECH. If it's so miserable to work there, quit and go somewhere else. Then you won't have to worry about the CEO or board.

Editor's note: We ask taxpayers have a monetary reason to be interested. They're spending our tax dollars.
web posted August 18, 2014

Some of the halls at DES look awful. The assistant principal should be made to do the cleaning after all she ran off last year cleaning lady.
web posted August 18, 2014
I am writing this to expose some corrupt behavior (otherwise known as cooperate bullying) among the administration of the Edgefield County School District. On too many occasions, the Asst. Superintendent, along with the help of others, has bullied and made employees feel very uncomfortable. Many employees are aware of this already. However, they feel intimidated and are concerned to stand up for what is right due to losing their jobs. Jobs have been threatened, many capable teachers have left, and many want to leave. My concern is that the board is unaware of mislead of what is really happening. Surveys are performed by survey monkey but many are afraid to do it and many are afraid to be honest due to the ability to trace results back to email accounts (and exactly who are the results being reported directly to). There are some wonderful things going on in the district due to hard working teachers. Our district has always been a family oriented district which is not the case anymore. Unless you are one that kisses up or can benefit the upper administration in some way or a family member/family friend, then you often fall victim to their need to abuse their power and their wrongdoing. Jerking employees around not only affects them but their family members as well. They take no ownership of mistakes of intentional misconduct and never try to fix their errors. In the end, doing the right things always perseveres.
web posted August 18, 2014
It is troubling to see that a local homeschool student is being denied access to participate in the FFA at our local high school.  The district superintendent as well as the board needs to keep up with state laws concerning equal access.  The excuse given that two readings would be needed to change policy when state law already provides access for students to this activity further shows that either our board does not support all students in our county, they are intentionally ignoring the law, or they aren’t aware of the law.

Homeschool students may participate in public school activities.  Act 203, the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities Act, permits home-school students to participate in extracurricular and interscholastic activities.

Homeschool students may participate in “interscholastic activities” at their local public school if they have been homeschooled “for a full academic year prior to their participating in the scholastic activity” (Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976 Annotated § 59-63-100 (A)(3), (B)).  For the purpose of this statute, the term “interscholastic activities” is defined as including, BUT NOT LIMITED TOO, “athletics, music, speech, and other extracurricular activities.” Id. § 59-63-100(A)(4)

Homeschool students may not be denied access by a school district the opportunity to participate in interscholastic activities if the student meets all school district eligibility requirements with the exception of the school district's attendance requirements, class and enrollment requirements, and the student must reside within the attendance boundaries of the school for which the student participates.

To participate, the student must notify the superintendent of the school district in writing of his intent to participate in the activity as a representative of the school before the beginning date of the season for the activity in which he wishes to participate. The homeschool student is required to fulfill the same responsibilities and standards of behavior and performance.

School choice is prevalent today in our society.  Choice brings a wide array of options that a parent can choose to best fit the needs of their child.  Whether it’s a charter school, private school, or home school, local school boards cannot deny students access to activities within the public school building.  Change is here in regards to traditional public school being the “norm”.  Edgefield County was made aware of change needed years ago with the addition of Fox Creek High School to meet the needs of the Merriwether area that the district refused to tackle.  Refusing to address this need, the ECSD forced parents to make choices when they simply needed a school built that wasn’t 40 minutes away, thus a charter school was built.  I point this out because it mirrors the same behavior that the current board and superintendent are exhibiting towards this home school student.  Parents in our county also have the choice to send their children to Wardlaw, a private option.  Students can take virtual courses through the SC State Department of Education and parents also have the choice to homeschool as well as their being other “choice” options.  The point being, no matter the parent’s choice, students still have rights within the local public school that a school board cannot deny a child of, even if the policy has not been updated.  State law overrides irrelevant board policy every time.

Update your policy because it violates South Carolina law.
web posted August 18, 2014
I don't know why you keep trying to cover it up but the cop [Sheriff's Deputy] that was fired got fired because of the memo he gave to Ch. 12 that made the [S]heriff look bad. I know you know what goes on behind the scenes but why not tell the whole truth?

Editor's note: I have spoken to Sheriff Adell Dobey three times since the memo (non) "story" was reported by WRDW News 12, and twice was after a deputy was released shortly after. Sheriff Dobey would not discuss personnel matters other than to confirm that a deputy had been terminated and that it had absolutely nothing to do with the memo. At this time, Sheriff Dobey said he still does not know who gave the simple internal policy memo to News 12.

The memo did not make Sheriff Dobey look bad, quite the opposite. 
web posted August 18, 2014
The indictment of Rick Perry, a new report about the "toxic legacy of the Kochs" etc etc are just showing the fear of the democrats for this upcoming election and the one in 2016. Harry Reid has been yapping about the Kochs forever, and now some democratic research group (trustworthy group I am sure since they are such a trustworthy party...not!)  has come out with some bogus report about Koch industries. It just never ceases to amaze me how low these folks go. Rick Perry is calling it what it is and he is protecting,or at least trying to protect , the Texas border. That makes him a threat to the democrats and shows how strong he is. Twill be interesting for sure. I really like what he is doing and hope he runs for President.

Side note...all it takes is one incident here, especially in Augusta, to have a similar situation as the one going on in Ferguson. It can, and I imagine will, happen in more places soon. This country is a boiling pot and is simmering over. We don[t need a militarized police force but we do need protection. Somehow the lines are smeared, at least in Ferguson.

Editor's note: Ferguson: Eric Holder's DoJ tried to stop the MO police from releasing video of the armed robbery this "teen" and "gentle giant" was involved in just prior to him attacking the cop and trying to take his gun before the thug was shot. Obviously, Holder seeks to hinder real investigations for Obama and thugs.

As for Gov. Rick Perry, nobody reveals the truth behind the Democrat drunkard D.A. that forced officers to restrain her during the booking process and then refused to resign after being convicted and sent to jail even though the law said she must like Newsbusters.org spells out with video. We all know Democrats hate the "rule of law" (laws are for the stupid voters) and ignore it and then attack Perry for abiding by the law as required by the job as Governor.
web posted August 18, 2014

Black [Pastor] Goes on EPIC Rant Against Ferguson Rioters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f0mVn0HH6U

Editor's note: How could you argue with that?
web posted August 18, 2014
District drops federal lunch program - Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/education/2014/08/09/district-drops-federal-lunch-program/13847169/

Editor's note: All school districts should do the same. School Districts should be run at the local level, not by Obama. He hasn't gotten anything right in 6 years, this is just another example of incompetence.
web posted August 18, 2014
Google "Hey Jackass" and you get a very well done website which provides all sorts of statistics for Chicago, Illinois.  Illustrates the murders, homicides, gun crime, gun violence, filth, corruption, obscenity, idiocy, moronic buffoonery, and barbaric crime of Chicago.  Pretty sad, I must say.......  NOT something to be proud of. Home of Obama but he won't address the problems with crime there.
web posted August 18, 2014
Three sisters age 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together.
One night the 96 year old draws a bath, puts her foot in and pauses. She yells down the stairs, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?"
The 94 year old yells back, "I don't know, I'll... come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses, then she yells, "Was I going up the stairs or coming down?"
The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful." She knocks on wood for good measure. She then yells,
"I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door."
web posted August 18, 2014
Editor's post: I am so glad the weekend is here. This has been the most painful night I have had in recent memory. Several items have not been reported and comments have been cut short. Here's to hoping tomorrow is a better day.
web posted August 16, 2014
It has to be discouraging as a race of people, that when we choose to take up the mantle of inequality and racism, to use as a club, it inevitably backfires. The case in point is the ugliness in Ferguson, MO. All the looting, protests, and let's not forget Al Sharpton, cannot cover up the fact that the "gentle giant" was a thug just like all the rest. The video of the strong armed robbery seals the deal. If in fact, he was fighting the police officer in his car, going for his weapon, then the officer was fully justified to shoot him as many times as it took to nullify the threat. It is a real shame that as a whole, people like these are thugs and proud of it. I am so sick and tired of having to listen to this crap about discrimination and inequality. Because I'm black, I deserve my forty acres and a mule. Well, you grew up just like I did and you don't deserve no forty acres and a mule, no more than I do. Work for what you got and I don't give a crap what color you are. If you earn it then I am proud of you , don't care what color you are. There you go, done said my piece.
web posted August 16, 2014
RE: "During the Public Comments portion of the meeting, a parent who is home-schooling her children asked the Board to consider allowing her children to take classes necessary to participate in the FFA program...."

Oh no he didn't girlfriend. Did you hear what Brad Covar say to the woman that, hey, that was your decision to homeschool, why should we provide your children with an opportunity to attend FFA. Guess since there's nothing in it for him, he can be that callous.  So much for the children girlfriend.
web posted August 16, 2014

I sure hope the school board gets going on allowing home schooled students to take classes needed or be part of activities they want to take part in at the local schools. The parents of home schoolers are also tax payers and they should have rights within the public school domains. Frankly, I was surprised that the school board has not made provisions for these things sooner. Is this really the first time something like this has come up? Goodness sakes, get with the real world out there!! Now, with all the "readings" etc necessary to get this thing through, this poor student will probably be out of high school by the time the participation in the program is approved. Seriously????? Come on Edgefield school board, can't you do something about this sooner?  Kind of shows the attitude mentioned in another post about "no change".
web posted August 16, 2014

Why is it there are only protests when a black person is shot while committing a crime? Why not white people? And the bad guy is the cop trying to stay alive from a thug attacking him and Al Sharpton and the media just rush to point fingers at the cops and white people calling us racists? They're the [removed] racists!!
web posted August 16, 2014

So y'all get a load of this. The other day [removed] a [patient] came in to the ER at the ECH and they did an "all call" for all male employees to come help. All the males went Except the CEO who hide in the cafeteria and peeked through the blinds. Now that's what I call setting an example through leadership. NOT!
web posted August 16, 2014

Illegal immigrants are boycotting Arizona by the thousands, showing their outrage with Arizona's controversial new SB-1070 law by moving elsewhere. In the small town of Guadalupe , AZ, south of Phoenix , Manuel Renaldo is one of those who is punishing Arizona by leaving. As he loaded his car with his belongings
and family of ten, Renaldo told a reporter through an interpreter "It's a matter of principle; I refuse to be supported by a state that treats me like a criminal!"

The effects of the exodus are being felt by Arizona retailers, who are reporting dwindling sales of beer, spray paint, and ammunition. Also hit hard are the states hospitals, which have reported a dramatic decline in births and emergency room visits. Tattoo parlors are in a state of panic. Renaldo told a reporter through an interpreter that he and his family are moving to California, a Democratic state that will support him and his family with dignity!

Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it!
web posted August 16, 2014

How does somebody get arrested by a trooper and not found to have 22 bags of pot on him until a strip search? That's just crazy! 1 or 2 maybe…….but 22!!!??? That's a lot of dope!
web posted August 15, 2014
RE: "... people fussing about the run down houses and buildings...."

Not long after we had moved here a number of years ago, there was a front-page article of the local newspaper featuring some guys running for mayor of Edgefield.  Was surprised that the one who had the motto of "no changes", won the job.  We've seen too many times,  when "no changes" is the attitude--be it organizations, towns, or buildings, deterioration eventually sets in.    So.....seems you either work to pro-gress, or by default you will re-gress.  Just maybe it's time for some residents there to change directions and make some changes, eh?
web posted August 15, 2014

After I read about the girl that got [allegedly] raped by 2 men [in Edgefield] I asked our kids if they knew who she was. They're 12, 14 and 15. All three said yes that they knew BOTH of them. What they said shocked me to my core. I don't know if I can say what they said here or not, but I sure hope the police know [removed]. I went back and read the story again and saw that you mentioned the sister was there too. I missed that I guess. They said all the kids around here know about it and a whole lot more. That's when I took their phones and wrote down all their contacts and put them so I can track them on my phone anytime I want.

I can't believe that more people aren't upset about this right here in the heart of Edgefield. I am outraged!!!!!

Editor's note: No, you cannot place the information that was removed from your post. We cannot allow a victim of a criminal sexual conduct assault to be identified, even by innuendo.
web posted August 15, 2014
I rode by the Sweetwater [Community] Center today to see for my self that this was actually being done. I can't say how excited I was. It brings back so many memories from my childhood. I can remember as a little girl in the 50's being told to go outside and play as the important men held meetings and then we'd all get to sit down and eat the bar-be-que or fish or chicken they cooked behind the building. We had a lot of family gatherings and family reunions there too. Everybody did and other families would always join us because friends were like family back then. By the time I was a teenager I forgot all about it. I'm older now and realize just how important that place is in my heart and I know the hearts of many of my childhood friends who still live here. We never left home like so many young people do today. A family tree needs roots to keep our history alive. Thank you Mrs. Blackwell for saving this building for us. This will be ready for my first great granddaughter's 7th birthday. It will be special because that's where I had my 7th birthday and that was the first birthday we didn't celebrate at home with just family.
web posted August 15, 2014
Re:  Tim Williams board Chair

I disagree with the writer that Brandon Clary is ‘smarter’ than Tim Williams.  I believe Brandon Clary is sneakier, more conniving and out of control. Tim Williams isn’t qualified to handle this type of personality.
web posted August 15, 2014
I really worry when I see these riots in Ferguson, MO. We have people like Al Sharpton there fueling the fires. How does it solve a problem to riot, destroy property etc? Is this an intelligent way to deal with an issue like this? Yes, an unarmed young man was killed. Yes, this is very sad and troubling, yet we don't have all the facts-there are two very different reports.  Why does violence have to be the answer for some of these people? It is like violence after a football win. What is wrong with our society, that violence is a way to express either anger or happiness? Good night, what is wrong with this picture? Martin Luther King's niece is pleading with Al Sharpton and the likes to go about things in a peaceful way.  Somehow I doubt people like Sharpton listen to anyone reasonable.  The more violence and uproar the better, in their opinion. SCARY!!! And they wonder why they do not release the policeman's name? Duh!!!!

Anyone think about what would happen if welfare runs out or subsidies are cut? Can one imagine what would go on if people who think they have all the "rights" to things somehow don't get what they think they deserve? Look at the illegals that are going after police in the west. We have illegals in front of the White House and Congress demanding their rights??? Do taxpayers have any rights. Hmmmm. This country is a boiling pot and the lid is about to come off resulting in an explosion.

Editor's note: Welcome to the "total transformation of America", as promised by Barack Obama.
web posted August 15, 2014

Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know.  Be honest, it's kind of fun and revealing.
If you don't know the answer make your best guess. Answer all of the questions (no cheating) before looking at the answers (located at the bottom).
  
Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

            A. Karl Marx
            B. Adolph Hitler
            C. Joseph Stalin
           D. Barack Obama
            E. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few......   And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity."

            A. Lenin
            B. Mussolini
            C. Idi Amin
            D. Barack Obama
            E. None of the above

3) "(We).....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

            A.  Nikita  Khrushev
            B.  Joseph Goebbels
            C. Boris Yeltsin
            D. Barack Obama
           E. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

            A. Mao Tse Dung
            B. Hugo Chavez
            C. Kim Jong II
            D. Barack Obama
            E. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

            A.  Karl Marx
            B. Lenin
            C. Molotov
            D. Barack Obama
            E. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

            A. Pinochet
            B. Milosevic
            C. Saddam Hussein
            D. Barack Obama
            E. None of the above

Got your answers ready? Scroll down to see how you did.


Answers
(1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton  6/29/2004
(2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
(3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
(6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

Want to know something really scary?  She might very well become next president.
web posted August 15, 2014

Pastor Howle’s column about memorizing scripture should challenge all of us, young and old. I offer one additional suggestion on the subject: When you memorize a verse or passage, also memorize where it is found. A lot of us can quote some verses but can’t cite the chapter and verse--and sometimes not even the book. I made that mistake growing up. I failed to commit to memory the citations, and I’ve always regretted it. Tip: A Bible concordance answers my “Where-is-that-verse-found?” questions. If you don’t have a concordance (or an app), maybe you should get one. I use a printed book and an on-line version.

Editor's note: Very good advice.
web posted August 14, 2014
I have a friend who's a deputy and he told me that the deputy that got fired got fired because of the memo too. Why do you say it wasn't the memo when it's obvious?

Editor's note: I said that according to the information I have on this at this time does not lead to the memo as a reason for the dismissal. I attempted to talk to Sheriff Dobey on Wednesday but missed him at the office twice. If information is released that says the dismissal was due to the leaked memo, that will be reported. Count those chances of being slim to none.
web posted August 14, 2014
We live in Merriwether and do all our grocery shopping at [a grocery store] in North Augusta. After buying groceries two days ago I pulled over to the pumps and filled up for $2.55 a gallon! If you use coupons and shop smart you can save hundreds of $$$ a month!  I save about $50 a week on groceries by using coupons alone.

PS We love Edgefield Daily!

Editor's note: Thank you for reading and offering readers advice on saving money.
web posted August 14, 2014  
Costco has really good prices on gas, even though it is in GA. Also, you can earn gas credits with both Bi Lo and Kroger. There are lots of ways to save money on gas and if shopping locally is costing too much or the businesses are not giving you good service, check around for sure. With the cost of everything getting so high, it is wise to look for the best deals. One may also find better prices on food and goods, which would make a trip to North Augusta or Augusta worth it.

As far as "hundreds or thousands" of people coming through Edgefield on US 25 from Maine to Florida, I wonder. I would guess that the majority of the "hundreds or thousands" of people going from Maine to Florida (or places in between)  would be on I 95. If they are not on I 95 I would think they would be on the US 25 truck route (also a pretty depressing route) for sure. Maybe the poster is talking about people trying to get to I 95 and I misunderstood. Thing is, if one is starting out from anywhere other than somewhere near Edgefield, I would doubt that Edgefield would be along the route. Most of those folks would have already seen Edgefield anyway. It is embarrassing though, because it is embarrassing for anyone  to have to look at it. It is embarrassing for any of us that live here to have to see it.

The eyesores are actually the worst for those of us that live here. That is what is really bad. Too bad we all have to enjoy the results of the neglect of others. Again, some of the ones who say they  "love and cherish" this place seem to be the ones who do not give a hoot about what it looks like. Seems a little hypocritical to me but then I tend to let my mind wander.
web posted August 14, 2014

I understand you [the editor] are not going to post this, but to answer many questions of your readers. [holding something over someone] may very well be one of the reasons you have a hospital administrator with a coat of armor. Just take a second and think about Board members and their affiliations with ( Social Clubs ). That you have in your quaint little Community. Want to know more ask. I will answer as much as the editor will post.
web posted August 14, 2014

Tim Williams' inaction and apathy is no surprise.  He has been apathetic and not taken a stand in other situations not related to the hospital.  He acts like a tough guy but doesn't follow through and take charge.  As the saying goes, it is dangerous to have someone working for you (Clary) that is smarter than you.
web posted August 14, 2014

It’s time for Tim Williams, chairman of the board, to be relieved of his position.  In his place should be Dr. Sharron Walls who is a fair, strong , intelligent leader that will not be intimidated by Brandon Clary’s temper tantrums and will lead the Board  in what is best for the hospital.  Tim Williams has failed numerous times mediating problems that could have gone a lot smoother and much cheaper to the hospital if he had  the wisdom Dr. Walls has.
web posted August 14, 2014

I would hope our Sheriff believes like this guy does.
 
Pro-Second Amendment Democrat Sheriff Wins Primary Despite Bloomberg Funding Opponent
http://www.tpnn.com/2014/08/13/pro-second-amendment-democrat-sheriff-wins-primary-despite-bloomberg-funding-opponent/

Editor's note: Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey raised eyebrows after giving Edgefield Daily an interview during the height of the 2nd Amendment debate in Congress in 2013, saying he would be "the first to go to jail" if gun confiscation of any kind became law. After our report, television and other print media picked up on the story as well. Sheriff Dobey, a Democrat, wins landslide elections when challenged in an overwhelming Republican county.
web posted August 14, 2014 
AN ILLEGAL'S POEM
By an Illegal Immigrant
 
I cross river, Poor and broke, Take bus, See employment folk.
Nice man Treat me good in there, Say I need Go see Welfare.

Welfare say, 'You come no more, We send cash Right to your door.'
Welfare checks, They make you wealthy, Medicaid It keep you healthy!

By and by, Got plenty money, Thanks to you, TAXPAYER dummy.
Write to friends In motherland, Tell them 'Come, fast as you can'

They come in buses And Chevy trucks, I buy big house With welfare bucks.

They come here, We live together, More welfare checks, It gets better!

Fourteen families, They moving in, But neighbor's patience Wearing thin.

Finally, white guy Moves away, I buy his house, And then I say,

'Find more aliens For house to rent.' In my yard I put a tent.

Send for family, They just trash, But they, too, Draw welfare cash!

Everything is Very good, Soon we own Whole neighborhood..
 
We have a hobby, It called breeding, Welfare pay For baby feeding.

Kids need dentist? Wife need pills? We get free! We got no bills!

TAXPAYER crazy! He pay all year, To keep welfare Running here.

We think America Darn good place! Too darn good For white man race.
 
If they no like us, They can go, Got lots of room In Mexico.
web posted August 14, 2014

Why would the Edgefield Heritage Jubilee Festival be scheduled on a Saturday when Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia all have a home game? This certainly won't help the attendance problem.
web posted August 13, 2014

What are 16 and 19 year olds doing at a party that has alcohol. Is this not illiegal?

Editor's note: It is my understanding they are not allowed to sell alcohol at the parties.
web posted August 13, 2014

Highway Patrolman stops a car and asked the driver, "are you drinking"?
Driver says, "you buying"?

Editor's note: This was sent as a comment, not an entry to the contest.
web posted August 13, 2014

Why do places of Business continue to serve patrons of such businesses with outdated equipment, such as [a gas station] across the road from [a restaurant]?  The last 5 times that I have fueled up there,  a  receipt failed to present itself, if the card reader even works. If I wanted to go inside to receive my receipt I would Pay inside! I try to be a consumer locally, but getting tired of this and know of several stations in North Augusta that is cheaper!

Editor's note: Don't bet on cheaper gas by heading south. I live in Merriwether and gas in Edgefield is 10 cents a gallon cheaper than here. I buy all my gas at a location near your store.
web posted August 13, 2014

I took a look at the pass scores yesterday and it looks like Parker had by far the best scores.  Way to go Ms Holmes!  Wonder when the state results come out?

Editor's note: I have already been in touch with Edgefield School Superintendent Greg Anderson since questions were raised by readers. He did not have any final results at this time and said as soon as they are released he will make them public. He was very upbeat on the progress at our local schools.
web posted August 13, 2014

About the lady's letter on the eyesore on Main in Edgefield:

She is correct. In fact. there are several more on the square. But the ones on the far side of the square ar not as readily seen by those who are passing thru. The building she refers to is on Main Street which is US HWY 25 running from Maine to Florida. Hundreds, perhaps thousand of people passing thru get to enjoy the sight of this property. The "wood carver" who operates from here is a talented person and as such has won numerous awards. I have seen school classes and tour groups there watching his demonstations and listening to his talks. He himself can be a true assest to Edgefield and so should this property. Will the powers-to-be take this opputunty to turn a liability into a positive aspect of the town? Well, it hasn't happened yet and something tells me it may not.
web posted August 13, 2014

So now Brandon Clary has [allegedly] fired one of the best nurses at the ECH? Oh, yeah, I forgot, we can't have an Edgefiedian working there. They will just agree with him and move on. I have lost total respect for Tim Williams, chairman of the board. Brandon must have something on him.
web posted August 13, 2014

If the parties at Kendall Mill are such a problem, I would think the police would be involved. It sounds like it is a real problem. I would hope the police are called when things are going on. If properties are being damaged, it sounds like vandalism. Hopefully the people who can do something to stop this, the police, are being contacted when the situation is going on. I would sure hope so!!!!

Editor's note: It is my understanding that the person renting out the building provides armed guards. However, due to ongoing problems with the parties, police keep an eye on things, especially later in the night.
web posted August 13, 2014

The American  Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012) in Ohio . The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of  the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of  mankind.
 
A coalition  of Blacks,  Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood ,  uninformed  young  people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed,  illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman  Rockwell's America.
 
The Cocker  Spaniel is off the front   porch... The Pit Bull is in the back yard.  The  American Constitution has   been replaced with Saul Alinsky's  "Rules for Radicals" and Chicago  shyster, David Axelrod, along with  international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on  their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of    the New World  Order.
 
Our side ran two candidates who couldn't even win their own  home states, and Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a  glowing "post Sandy  " tribute that elevated the "Commander-in-Chief" to Mother Teresa  status. (Aside: with the way the polls were run, he  didn't need any  help!)

People like  me are  completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again  comment on or  concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which  has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without  a shot being fired.
 
You will  never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of  defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not
moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this  ship and restore our beloved country to its former status. Those who  come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and  their sacred honor
to bring back the Republic that this generation  has timidly frittered away due to "white guilt" and political  correctness..........

An American Veteran......... Semper-Fi
web posted August 13, 2014

I  was this person 1/2 boy 1/2 man. Born and raised in Johnston, SC, joined the U.S. Navy barely 17  retired Chief Petty Officer after 20 years Vietnam Veteran.

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit
or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his
canteens full and his feet dry.
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can
cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.
He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run
low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his
hands.
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find
ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.
He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and
is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to' square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except Our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.
Prayer Wheel
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'


Editor's note: Thank you for your service to this Republic, governed by law, not men.
web posted August 13, 2014

Has anyone heard any more about the big breach in security that was on the news (Fox at least) last week. I never heard what the specifics were on that. Must have missed it somehow but if it was as big as they said, you would think it would be all over the news. You would think a lot of things would be on the news but the stories are controlled. This situation of Christians being killed in the Middle East is not new-lots of discrimination against Christians for a long time. It just isn't reported. They have controlled the news for a long time. Now they are watching what pastors preach about, they want to control what we eat, and they control our healthcare. It is all about control.

I am glad our sheriff focuses on serious things-if resources are limited why would not. we want them focusing on the minor things. Someone just had a bone to pick and they thought they were holding a smoking gun. I am surprised that a known news outlet would go with that story in the first place. Seems like a lot of hoopla over nothing.
web posted August 12, 2014
I laughed so hard reading that [Edgefield Police Chief] Ronnie [Carter] got shot in the head with a taser by one of his own cops and it bounced off. I always said he was a hardheaded [man] now he can't deny it.

I received several emails about this incident with them taking pot shots at the Chief. Chief Carter actually took a call getting more ribbing while we were talking on Monday. He's had a great sense of humor about the incident. But I'm sure it's going to be a highlight at this year's Christmas party.
web posted August 12, 2014
I heard the sheriff fired the deputy that leaked the memo last week. How come you haven't reported that?

Editor's note: I have no information that anyone has been fired in connection to the simple single sentence policy internal memo given to News 12. A deputy has been dismissed, however, it had nothing to do with the memo.
web posted August 12, 2014
To the person new to Edgefield fussing about people fussing about the run down houses and buildings you should know this isn't new. It's been going on for years and years. Look at who owns the properties and then you'll understand why nothing ever gets done about them. Some things never change around here and we have a right to complain.
web posted August 12, 2014
I think it's great how you give your wife credit for everything she does. Most men just take what we do as mothers for granted like it was easy and just part of life as a mother. It's a lot of work to take care of a family AND work. Praying for a speedy recovery for you.

Editor's note: Thank you for your prayers. It means a lot to both of us as we seek a remedy to this ailment.
web posted August 12, 2014

Re:  Speech by JFK

True, it was a great speech; but, look what ended up happening to him.  Many good people do try to improve Edgefield County (by becoming Board Members, Council Members, School Superintendents, Teachers,,Editors ,etc.)  However, often these people are labeled  ‘disgruntled, problem employees, maligned, etc.’ fired, or targeted by such hostile treatment they eventually give up and go elsewhere to help.  If this note sounds like ECH  leadership…..it’s because it is.
web posted August 12, 2014
RE: Kendall Mill parties
I do not if this went threw but writing it again. The parties are getting out of hand and need to stop. I have keep my mouth shut about what goes on down there but it is getting worst. They drive threw your yard and when they do the headlights shine right threw the windows so that awakes you. The hollowing and the screaming at each other outside like they take the party outside the mill is awfull. When they open the doors the music is right in your living room. I have gotten up and turn the tv on to drown the music out but it is louder. When they leave the horns blowing and what not is awfull. They have knock my mailbox down once and ran over it once so I had to move it. I have also look out the window and saw them peaing out by the trees.What ever happen to the twelve noise ordince in town. When I bought my house two years ago it was not like this but now it is awfull. I have even left home when they had one and can back to find someone had ran over my flowers when leaving. Something has got to be done...If you do not believe me you are welcome to come stay at my house why they go on
web posted August 12, 2014
Special video - a real heart breaker. Get your tissues out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9FCxuVSkT7k

Editor's note: That is a great story. Thanks for sharing with our readers.
web posted August 12, 2014

Pearl Harbor:   This is what takes place after the tourists have gone for the day.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/MgE2KiPd3xg
web posted August 12, 2014
Editor's post: I often sit and watch my lovely bride in awe as she handles her position as a vice-president with a global company, deals with matters pertaining to the county council on a daily basis (weekends included), maintains a loving home for our family, and still finds time to tend to me as I deal with an ongoing unknown medical condition. She is amazing. She can go from being an executive to being a loving grandmother faster than I can say, "how'd you just do that?"

There is no question about it, I "married up". And I am a better man for it, thanks to her.
web posted August 11, 2014
For those who complain about various things in Edgefield County, I would like to remind them of a speach that Kennedy made:  Don't ask what my country (Edgefield) can do for me, but what I can do for my country (Edgefield).  Make a difference!  Do what you can to improve things".  We need all the help we can get.
web posted August 11, 2014
Last night [Saturday night] my two daughters and son-in-law went and fed two Bassett Hounds (females) that some good for nothing dumped out at the end of New Cut Road. They milled around all day on Key Road right at the entrance of New Cut Road. An older model white pick-up truck (jacked up) with big tires was seen driving down Key Road. Not sure if they dropped out the dogs but the truck is unfamiliar to us.
 
The dogs have been nursing puppies, maybe weaned them . One is older than the other but both are very friendly and sweet.  They are skinny as church mice, and fleas are jumping off them.  We have them here and have feed and watered them and put Frontline on them for fleas and ticks.
 
We have three dogs here and have spent lots of money recently on one. We are hoping to find good homes for them. We will take care of them and take them to the vet. If someone is interested please respond to Edgefield Daily with contact info. and I will get in touch with you.
 
Also, if anyone was on Key Road yesterday around New Cut Road and saw anyone put these dogs out please let us or the Animal Control Officer at the Edgefield Sheriffs office know that. Surely there is a law against this.
web posted August 11, 2014

Re: Sheriff memo
I wrote an email to CH12 complaining about the report on Sheriff Dobey and the memo. I also complained on their FaceBook page. I've never gotten a response. The editor said they said that Sheriff Dobey wouldn't give an interview on camera, that's not what they said. They said he wouldn't give them an interview and then they said they spoke to him over the phone. I agree with the editor that talking to him on the phone is an interview the same way it is if he talked to them on the street. I can't figure out why this was even an issue. I've followed the comments to their [WRDW's] FaceBook page and almost everybody agrees with Sheriff Dobey! I think this made them look bad not Sheriff Dobey!!

Editor's note: I agree, and you are correct. I reviewed the video again and they did say he refused an "interview", period, not an "on camera interview". Basically saying, he refused to talk to us, but when he talked to us this is what he said.
web posted August 11, 2014
As a parent of children in the Edgefield County School system, I had heard from a friend that pass scores were out.  I had not heard anything from the district or in the papers about them, but I did look them up myself.  Here is a link to go to the Edgefield County scores:

 http://ed.sc.gov/data/pass/2014/show_district_pass.cfm?ID=1901

If that doesn't work, just go to the South Carolina Department of Education website and go to the research portal.

I am not an expert by any measure, so I was not quite sure how the scores looked compared to the past or to other schools.  Can anyone help?
web posted August 11, 2014

Two Texas Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Hwy 77, just south of Kingsville, TX.

One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles, approaching the town of Kingsville. The officer was surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour and climbing.

The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then it suddenly turned off. Just then a deafening roar over the Mesquite treetops on Hwy 77 revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet. The plane was engaged in a low flying exercise, near the Naval Air Base, in Kingsville TX.
The head of the Texas Highway Patrol fired off a complaint letter to the Navy Base Commander for shutting down his equipment.

The reply came back in true Marine style:
‘Thank you for your letter, you may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Hornet had
detected and subsequently locked on to your hostile radar equipment. It automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.
Furthermore, an Air-to-Ground missile aboard the aircraft had also locked on to your equipment's location.
Fortunately, the Marine Pilot recognized the situation for what it was and quickly was able to override the automated defense system.Had he not done so, the missile would have launched and destroyed the
hostile radar position on the South side of Hwy 77, near Kingsville. The pilot suggests you tell your officers to cover their mouths when they cuss at him. The video systems on these jets are very high tech. Also, Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left rear molar.
It appears his filling is loose and the snap on his holster is broken.’

Semper Fi
web posted August 11, 2014

What Happened?????????????????? Everyone needs to see this one, and it only takes a second!

Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cellphones ON when they enter the movie. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye opening ad...  More than 1.5 million views in 3 days!
https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

Editor's note: Scary home anyone can gather your cell phone information just by walking in a building. This is why I do not have a "smart phone", it broadcasts all your information anywhere it can find an internet connection logging you in to the Wi-Fi. I have a stupid phone. I want it to do two things, ring when someone calls and connect me when I call someone.
web posted August 11, 2014

Re: MemoGate
I read the article about the Sheriff's memo and totally agree with the editor. This is much ado about nothing! Then I saw the video and was flabbergasted. They really did do everything they could to try to make the sheriff look bad. Is he up for reelection this year?

Editor's note: Sheriff Adell Dobey will seek re-election in 2016. He is not on the ballot this November. "MemoGate: that's funny.   
web posted August 9, 2014
The deputy should be fired for leaking the memo. WRDW should be fired for a non-news story, as they have been from my house for a while. I want our deputies patrolling for crooks breaking in to our houses while we are gone. I am tired of worrying every time I leave the house. As far as Kendall Mill goes, the thugs have taken over Johnston from top to bottom, and it must not be allowed to happen in Edgefield. Just look at the for sale signs as proof. I am fed up and it is time to call things like they are and put a stop to it. Put them in jail and leave them there. Who the baby daddy?
web posted August 9, 2014

RE: News12
I didn't see the news because at 5 and 6:00 I am still at work. I did watch the video and played it over and over again to try to figure out why they thought this was such a big deal. I thank the editor for calling them out for such a sleazy hit piece disguised as news. We love OUR sheriff and know he is doing his best to keep us safe, that's why he wins big every time he runs!
web posted August 9, 2014
Thank you Mr. Editor for having the decency to stand up for the sheriff. I read you and him are friends so I can understand why you did it, but it was the right thing to do either way.

Editor's note: Sheriff Adell Dobey did not know I was writing the column and he did not ask me to write anything. He learned of it when he read Edgefield Daily on Friday, just like everyone else. I did not write the column because Sheriff Dobey is a friend, I wrote it because it needed to be said.
web posted August 9, 2014
Just how stupid do you have to be to carry pot with you to meet with a probation officer? I almost spit out my coffee when I read the title thinking it was a joke but it was real! Holy cow! With all those convictions why isn't he in prison?

Editor's note: This stupid.
web posted August 9, 2014
Edgefield is a nice community with very nice people. I am one who has pointed out some of the negative things in Edgefield. I would never want to discourage anyone from living here. Recently I have talked about the reality of whether Edgefield is a tourist destination. The truth is, it could be, but it is not happening because some of the older supporters of the idea of tourism in Edgefield seem to have a blind eye to what needs to be done to make it happen. Actually, I think one of the people pushing the idea is also responsible for some of the shabby appearances of the square. Sometimes the truth hurts.  Edgefield really does have a lot of interesting history and again, many great people live there.

To the new person who moved to Edgefield... It is a small town and folks get upset about things that matter to them. I don't know about the politics of the hospital situation, but I have heard it is a great hospital!! I don't know about the schools but I know graduates of STHS who have gotten excellent educations!!  Sometimes  some of us complain and we really should be more careful to also remember the good things. I think you will find it nice place to raise children and a very nice community to live in. No place is perfect, but most don't have an outlet like Edgefield Daily to share concerns. Sometimes sharing concerns can lead to improving things that need improvement.  Edgefield Daily is an excellent news source and you will find that you will get news that is not published in other area outlets. What is shared in Wandering Minds are not the editor's opinions.  He has just opened an avenue for people to share openly. Whether one agrees with the posters or not, one has to admit that the posts are always unexpected and often interesting. I learn from the posts I read. I applaud Edgefield Daily for the publication and for the way it is set up.
web posted August 9, 2014

Being from Edgefield is something my husband and I have always been very proud of. We love our little town, even more so after a recent move to Atlanta! The feeling of coming home to no traffic and being surrounded by beautiful acreage after nothing but city and suburbs is wonderful! However, after we came home for a weekend visit a couple of weeks ago, it was extremely disheartening to see the shape of the "woodworker's" shop right there on main street. The plants are all extremely overgrown and everything looks messy. Can someone not force him to clean up this trash??! It's one of the first buildings you see coming into town from towards Trenton, and it's a huge eyesore. I feel like there are a lot of people in town who truly care about it and its appearance, and he is clearly not one of them. If he isn't using the building anymore, perhaps find a different use for it; or at least just clean up your mess and move on!
web posted August 8, 2014

We live about a mile away from where the 15yo girl was attacked in her own house. We have a 14yo daughter that for the first time we allowed her to stay at home alone this summer. After this she will not be home alone next summer or in the afternoon when she gets home from high school this year. We moved to Merriwether to escape this kind of crime. And now to know it happened so close to home is frightening.

Editor's note: The teenager in the report was 16years old, not 15
web posted August 8, 2014
The camera on the square isn't working? What a shame! It was so useful! You could watch cars stopping at the stop light , Maybe it is a good thing it isn't working- folks might see the condition of the buildings on the square and we do want to be sure Edgefield remains a tourist destination ! Safety might be a reason for a camera, but if memory serves me, the push was to encourage tourism by having it on the website. Maybe I am thinking of some other idea that was to encourage tourism- there have been some for sure! Who is going to come here to see broken down buildings? Would you?

Unless one grew up in Edgefield, most people have never heard of Edgefield.  I hate to burst the bubble but the history, though rich is not well known.  Some of the history, when known, is not thought of as positive.  Many around the country do not have a love of Strom Thurmond or the Red Shirt movement, if they know anything about them to start with!  Those are among other historical parts of Edgefield that many are not aware of.  I am not being critical- just realistic.
web posted August 8, 2014
Wandering Minds??  My wife and I moved to town three months ago for our jobs.  Like any big endeavor in our lives we try to research our possibilities and way out all of our options before making a decision.  We have researched living in areas such as Aiken, North Augusta, and Edgefield to determine which would be better for our family.  In doing our research we stumbled across an article titled Wandering Minds.  As a parent, I am beginning to wonder if Edgefield is the best place to live because the Hospital is in shambles, the elementary school is corrupt, the high school orientation is terrible, and the politicians rarely do anything right (According to Wandering Minds).  I understand that negative news "sells", but cannot understand why a local entity would publish so much negativity about a town.  As a concerned citizen, this is not the type of publicity that makes people want to move to Edgefield County.  As an outsider looking in, Edgefield does not look like the 2nd "Safest Town" in S.C. nor does it appear to be a pleasant place to live.  Edgefield has many great things to offer that are never posted for families looking for a place to call home.  The community should get behind our local schools and businesses and support them to improve Edgefield County.

Editor's note: The Wandering Minds is a section of reader comments, not an "article" as you state. There is plenty of good news in our News Section - otherwise known as Headlines. That is where our "articles" are published. It is true that some accurately identify areas of the county or towns that need attention. However, restricting our readers from being able to express their opinions is as un-American as it gets. That will never happen.

Welcome to our wonderful county and we hope you become active in the community where you live and help to make Edgefield County the best it can be. I love this county as do those who comment. I look at people being engaged as a positive, not a negitive, even though some comments may be negative at times.
web posted August 8, 2014

RE:  Seriously, who comes up with this stuff? If it wasn't true it would be laughable! It is a serious problem that serious people need to think about.

What part of "I intent to F-U-N-D-A-M-E-N-T-A-L-L-Y change this country" do we STILL not understand?!??!?
What part of the meaning of "FUNDAMENTAL" do we not comprehend?!?!?  The dictionary's meaning of fundamental" has to do with the basic building blocks, the essential components of a structure or system.

This speech was given 5 days before the election, and people mindlessly cheered, not bothering to ask, "what kind of fundamental changes are we making?"   

The first time we as a nation elected him, shame on him.  The second time we knowingly, willingly elected him, shame on us!!!

So, in answer to your question, all of "this stuff" is deliberately designed by the powers-that-be to fundamentally change our country.
web posted August 8, 2014

Stand proud, noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls!
Recent studies found average golfers walk 900 miles a year.
Another study found golfers drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year.
This means, on average, golfers get 41 miles to the gallon!

Kind of makes you proud.  Almost makes you feel like a hybrid.
web posted August 8, 2014
What our President told the GERMANS !
From one small-minded American to another!  Ordinary people are too small-minded to govern themselves???  What an arrogant a--!!!! Please see what the president thinks of us!!
 
IS ANYONE LISTENING !?!?
 
Only 19 seconds long. PLEASE WATCH. Not reported by US media -- the German Press had to do it.
The German caption reads: "Obama declares the New World Order".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfRtbIQ1kTw&feature=youtu.be
web posted August 8, 2014

Please watch this.  It should lift your spirits!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=593804164022454&set=vb.100001786271545&type=2&theater

Editor's note: More "right-wing extremists". God bless them!
web posted August 8, 2014
Editor's post: Wednesday was not a good day. I never even got to go outside. It is nice to have all of the pillows we have on the bed to myself while no one is here. I would much rather be working.
web posted August 7, 2014
Wow, it was so exciting (not!) to hear that our President wants to give so much help to Africa! Africa? Since we don't have needs here in our own country, as we become a third world nation in our own right, we should give Africa a lot of financial help.? They will be our new trade partner- seriously? I think some folks have spent too much time in states that have legalized marijuana! They are not thinking clearly! Maybe we as a country should be thinking about what is happening with Russia, Iran, Ukraine, Israel etc. Seriously we are making Africa a priority and we can afford to give them a lot of money? Seriously, who comes up with this stuff? If it wasn't true it would be laughable! It is a serious problem that serious people need to think about! Lets get serious!
web posted August 7, 2014

on my return trips to edgefield  to enjoy a cheese burger at the pool room I notice that the hotel is falling in on itself. what has happened?

Editor's note: In a word, neglect.
web posted August 7, 2014
I can't believe the father that beat the kid and had both kids taken away got charged with simple assault? Are you flippin serious? Isn't there a law called CHID ABUSE!!?? They should have thrown him under the jail. They had to take the kid to the hospital….HELLO! Are they going to wait until he kills the kid before they do something? I bet they put the kids right back with the father so he can do it again. He'll probably go to court and a a slap on the wrist and told not to be a bad boy anymore. I'd say what a joke but this is no joke! It's real! I just feel so sorry for the kids that are having to go through this.
web posted August 7, 2014

To the individual complaining about the STHS Freshman Orientation........

God bless your heart.  I was wondering if you tried speaking with the Principal or staff about what measures could be taken to alleviate the problem, or did you simply run home to your computer and "whine" about what happened?  I hear Fox Creek has a GREAT Young Criminal program in place, maybe you'd be more happy there.  Freshman Orientation is always hectic at best.  I'm not sure what you were expecting from public education but if what you saw at that orientation "freaked you out" I'd suggest Wardlaw Academy. 

You make the statement that the school "knew how many students would be attending."  False, despite the best efforts of the school to make parents aware of what to expect and get some type of head count, more always show up.  You can only plan for what you know.  It AMAZES how every year parents show up without having done their "homework" in regards to what they can expect and what information they need in order to make the process run smoothly. I'm not accusing you of not being prepared, simply making the point that the number of folks who do show up unprepared creates a strain on the staff.
web posted August 7, 2014
What happened to the contest on the 10 dumbest things to say to a cop?

Editor's note: The final list is being compiled and reviewed to remove duplicate entries. Once that has been completed the list will be presented for reader voting. That will then narrow the list to the top 10 and determine the winners of the contest.
web posted August 7, 2014
Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy.  That's gone.  It's been gone for a long time anyway..  There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone.  But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are,
  right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View.  If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits..  "They" will try to get you to buy something else.  Again and again.  All we will have left that can't be  changed are memories.
web posted August 7, 2014
Editor's post: Keith Gregory will be performing at Park Row Market this Thursday night. If you have not seen him before, you are in for a treat. I would suggest getting there early.
web posted August 6, 2014
Interesting...ECH is not the only place that hires non-certified individuals. ECSD does the same thing {"you can have the job but you'll have to take a few courses"}. I heard that there will be many new faces at JET, Thurmond, and Parker this school year. Of course, I'm surprised that so many teachers wanted to leave Parker Elem. Parker Elem use to be the school where teachers wanted to "flock" to. I would also like to know why some teachers at Parker are being allowed to pick the students that will be in another teacher classroom. My neighbor knew who her son teacher was going to be and who his classmates were going to be BEFORE school ended last school year. How did she know? (Friends of the teachers...perhaps)  Do other principals in the district allow this to go in his/her school? Are all teachers picking another teacher class roll?  Why is the principal allowing this practice to happen at her school? If teachers are making sure that certain children
stay together...then these EDUCATORS are forming "cliques" at an early age. The EDUCATORS at Parker should take some responsibility in "spearheading" groups because once these children are placed together...they stay together throughout their entire elementary school years. Thanks to the folks at Parker Elementary.
web posted August 6, 2014

I can understand you not naming the father accused of beating his kid to protect who they are, but you never said what they charged him with.

Editor's note: According to booking information, he was charged with simple assault and battery in the third degree. He has a court date in Magistrate Court of August 27 at 2 pm. There were three others asking the same general question, only one has been posted.
web posted August 6, 2014
Just wondering what happen to edgefield town square camera

Editor's note: According to the website, the camera is down for repairs. It does not state for how long.
web posted August 6, 2014
I thought the story on coyotes was very informative. I didn't know they were this big of a problem until now. I read that the number of coyotes have jumped but I never saw an estimate on how many there are. Do you know?

Editor's note: I do not have any information on population estimates. The report was filed by our Feature and Municipal reporter Anne Waits.
web posted August 6, 2014
The Freshmen registration held last Monday evening at STHS was horrendous. Even though they knew the number of incoming students they were not prepared for the large crowd. Somebody really dropped the ball. They did not send any information out to parents regarding registration during the summer and many parents were not prepared to pay $45 in fees. I hope this is not how things are going to be for the next four years. According to a previous wondering minds post some parents should not have  been charged at all. This is outrageous. According to the link http://ed.sc.gov/agency/gc/documents/principalinductionprogram.pdf
OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL
S.C. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
web posted August 6, 2014
A husband walks into Victoria 's Secret to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife.He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price the more sheer, the higher the price. He opts for the sheerest item, pays the $500, and takes it home. He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs, put it on, and model it for him.

Upstairs, the wife thinks (she's no dummy), "I have an idea ... it's so sheer that it might as well be nothing. I won't put it on, I'll do the modeling naked, return it tomorrow, and keep the $500 refund for myself."

She appears naked on the balcony and strikes a pose.

The husband says, "Good Grief! You'd think for $500, they'd at least iron it!"

He never heard the shots. Funeral is on Thursday at Noon -------The coffin will be closed....
web posted August 6, 2014
Why we are broke - - Here Is Every Foreign Country That Gets More Federal Aid Than Detroit
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/here-is-foreign-every-country-that-gets-more-federal-aid-than-detroit

Editor's note: Interesting.
web posted August 6, 2014

SC DSS: The Gift That Keeps On Taking
As first noted on The Statehouse Report and subsequently here, ABC News has broadcast a piece on the failings of South Carolina’s Department of Social Services; failings that have led to the abuse and even deaths of children in the Palmetto State.
Read more - The Watch Log
web posted August 6, 2014

RE: Editor's comment. "That's the kind of a deal a no-nonsense experienced car buying man gets, not a sweet southern belle who bats her big green eyes."

For someone who likes to claim to dote over his "bride" it seems when she's not "batting her big green eyes" at you and shows she doesn't need a man you get all passive aggressive. Why is it only a "man" can get a good deal on a car? Is it because all the "salesmen" are MEN and there's this bias against women because we're all stupid when it comes to cars? I'm 43, never been married, and I have bought plenty of cars on my own without the help of a man.

Editor's note: I'm not complaining. I would have never thrown out such a ridiculous "take it or leave it" offer to start with. She did, and won. In fact, I got fussed at for even suggesting them meet somewhere in the middle. She made me proud.
web posted August 5, 2014

Oh man, you got owned by a girl! LOL
web posted August 5, 2014
Regarding the Coyote situation.........

Congratulations to all the "geniuses" out there who were in favor of making it legal to bait deer, you've now created "fast food" dining for the coyote population.  And please don't waste my time by comparing a baiting station to a food plot in terms of predators being able to accomplish the same results, it's not the same.  With baiting you've now scaled down the size of an area to about 6 feet where the deer will be standing versus at least a half an acre.  So the last the thing I want to hear is someone who wanted to bring deer baiting to Edgefield County, complain about the coyote problem.
web posted August 5, 2014
I really enjoyed the story about the problem coyotes are around here. I'm glad [Edgefield Daily] took the time to bring this out in the open. I've been hunting since I could carry a gun and over the past 20 years I find more and more young deer dead with almost everything but some of the skin stripped from the carcass. I've found dogs, cats, foxes and rabbits ripped apart. I know the guy from the turkey federation say it's not a big problem there but I've seen them [turkey?] dead too.

People better wake up to whats going on or there won't be any of the native animals around here anymore. The coyotes will kill off their competition just for the [heck] of it. It won't be long before foxes will be a thing of the past. If DNR knows it's hurting deer populations why aren't' they doing more to encourage people to shoot them?
web posted August 5, 2014
Great article on the coyotes. I think the problem with calves is the biggest problem. I've lost at least 10 or 12 over the past 2 or 3 years. I can drive through the fields and see 2 or 3 walking along the edge of the woods at least every couple days. I shoot at every one I see. They're not these little dogs at 30 lbs, they are as big as german sheppards and twice as mean.
web posted August 5, 2014
The Army has cut 1200 Captains and now 550 Majors from their jobs . Some of these folks as currently deployed. When they signed up and resigned up was there not a kind of contract? Was it only that they were obligated to the Army , not vice versa? When did it become policy that folks can be laid off from the military ? How many are close to being able to retire? What does this do to troop morale?

Think of the ramifications of this. With the world on fire, we are laying off the leaders in our Army. With this country still at war, whether one agrees with the war of not, we are laying off leaders on the front lines. With this country basically being invaded on our southern border, we are cutting troops. The president asks for billions to help on the border, yet he cuts our defenses to save money?  Think it through- what is going on????

It is like allowing more diseases into this country as our healthcare system is dying a rapid death. Makes no
logical sense to anyone who knows what our leaders are suppose to do-protect the American people.

Editor's note: But you are looking at it from the standpoint of someone looking out for America.
web posted August 5, 2014
As I was looking at what I need to register my child for school in Edgefield county, I noticed that they ask for a Social Security number.  Federal law states that you do not have to provide this.  (Plyler v. Doe)  School districts in SC also should not be charging students who are on free lunch school fees and there is a reduction in school fees for students on reduced lunch.

For more information, look at the following links:

http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/edu/documents/plylerfact.pdf
Pages 7 and 12 of this document:
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/gc/documents/principalinductionprogram.pdf
web posted August 5, 2014
Empty headed Democrats won't understand this at all.  It is too plain, unambiguous, devoid of gray area, does not conform to a Marxist agenda and contrary to the great leader's assurances of peace, peace, peace when there is no peace.  After all only conservatives can be haters and besides our only enemy is global warming and cup cakes.

http://allenbwest.com/2014/08/muslim-brotherhood-leader-mothers-must-nurse-children-hatred/
web posted August 5, 2014
Editor's post: My wonderful bride likes to go car shopping, not to buy a car, just to go shop and take a few test drives. When I am able we will go after our Saturday lunch dates we started about two years ago. Once we went to the Mercedes dealership. She got out and walked over to the most expensive car on the lot, without even trying. "I've got good taste," she said when the salesman told her just how much the car cost.

This past Saturday I was feeling a little better (taking a little more pain meds) and we stopped again at a dealership because she wanted to drive a Volvo XC60 she had driven before, once again. She wanted to know if we should see how far we could talk them down and I said why not. As the salesman put her through the usual sit and wait in my office game, I would get up and walk out to grab a cigarette or text one of my daughters saying, "She's at it again".

I walk in one time and she's got two salesmen in there with her and she's handing them their offer back saying she didn't have time to play games. "That's my girl," I thought to myself and smiled as I sat down knowing we were not really looking to buy a car. The next time she writes down a number and said take it or leave it. I laughed inside, they walked out with the offer and I told her there was no way and left to take another break outside. I knew full well that by the time I got back she would be thanking them for their time and saying how sorry she was we couldn't make a deal.

It always made good conversation on the ride back home.

The next thing I know we are the proud new owners of that Volvo. When she told me the deal she worked out I was stunned - and there was no way I was going to turn it down. That's the kind of a deal a no-nonsense experienced car buying man gets, not a sweet southern belle who bats her big green eyes. But, I had nothing to do with it. I'm still trying to figure out what happened.
web posted August 4, 2014
So now there is a quarantine for "chicken pox and TB" in the Artesia, NM camp where these illegal aliens are being held. Just wait-we are going to see so much more disease in schools, communities etc. It is the tip of the iceberg. Hang on-we are in for quite a ride with all of this!!! TB is a little harder to see right away....I thought we were suppose to screen folks as they come in. OH, that must have been what we used to do. Who remembers stories of what they did at Ellis Island? Too long ago, I know. Oh my. I would imagine that they will be adding to the immunization card at school things like a TB test. It will probably be just routine with any physical but the problem is, will Obamacare pay for it? What a mess.
web posted August 4, 2014

Mr. Editor, I applaud your efforts to go to the ECH board meetings, but you are wasting your time. The agenda is pathetic, and anything worth discussing is either assigned to an ad hoc committee, done outside the meeting with just the CEO and Board Chair, or hidden in executive session. I know you mean well and you really do keep your readers informed, but you might as well stay at home and pet your dog. You like to deal in truth and with the facts, and you will glean nothing from this meeting.
web posted August 4, 2014

mr editor your words" I have confirmed that the CEO's salary is not $225,000. I also confirmed that the ECH Board did in fact vote to pay for him to return to school to get his masters degree. How much that is costing was not disclosed." obviously Your source is incorrect , you printing a retraction when called on it, however when you say you confirmed a fact you have done the same thing you are so critical of others. You should have offered a appolgy for incorrectly reporting the information Not "That I want to give mr Clary's position" hears your card!

Editor's note: There was not a retraction because at this time there is conflicting information. Mr. Clary simply stated there has not been a formal vote on repaying his tuition and he is paying out of pocket, until such time as there is a "vote" to repay him. The information I have stated it was approved by "unanimous consent", which is an informal approval. That was confirmed a second time, but to make sure I will check it a third time.
web posted August 4, 2014

"Hamas is attacking.  Israel is defending.  Russia is invading.  The Middle East is smoldering.  Boko Haram is massacring.  ISIS is marching.  Iran and N Korea are threatening.  American cities are crumbling.  Our southern border is dissolving.  Our debt is skyrocketing.  Obama Care is falling apart.  (The VA is showing us how Obama Care will wind up.) The IRS is violating the law.  Americans are hurting.  Our enemies are laughing."

Obama is fundraising.
    
Please take it easy on Obama, it is his first job!
web posted August 4, 2014

A beautiful fairy appeared one day to a destitute Mexican refugee outside an Arizona immigration office.
 "Good man," the fairy said, "I've been sent here by President Obama and told to grant you three wishes, since you just arrived in the United States with your wife and eight children."
 
The man told the fairy, "Well, where I come from we don't have good teeth, so I want new teeth, maybe a lot of gold in them." The fairy looked at the man's almost toothless grin and -- PING !-- he had a brand new shining set of gold teeth in his mouth!
 
"What else?" asked the fairy, "Two more to go."
 
The refugee claimant now got bolder. "I need a big house with big three-car garage in Annapolis on the water with eight bedrooms for my family and the rest of my relatives who still live in my country.. I want to bring them all over here" --- and PING-- in the distance there could be seen a beautiful mansion with a three-car garage, a long driveway, and a walkout patio with a BBQ in an upscale neighborhood overlooking the bay.
 
"One more wish," said the fairy, waving her wand.
 
"Yes, one more wish. I want to be like an American with American clothes instead of these torn clothes, and a baseball cap instead of this sombrero.  And I want to have white skin like Americans" ---and --- PING -- The man was instantly transformed - wearing worn-out jeans, a Baltimore Orioles T-shirt, and a baseball cap.  He had his bad teeth back and the mansion had disappeared from the horizon.

"What happened to my new teeth?" he wailed.  "Where is my new house?"

The fairy said: "Tough, Amigo, now that you are a white American, you have to fend for yourself."
web posted August 4, 2014

This is a "queer" picture
 
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/kremlin-obama-tweet-poodle/2014/08/01/id/586327/?ns_mail_uid=64474672&ns_mail_job=1579896_08012014&s=al&dkt_nbr=orbiuzn4
web posted August 4, 2014

Editor's post: Friday was a not so bad day. It was wonderful. I could stand upright for periods of time and my medicines did a fair job of keeping the pain down. Things got worse as the day drug on, but I'm hoping Saturday will be a repeat so my bride and I can go on one of our (somewhat regular) Saturday lunch dates. No discussion of news, the county, work, even the children (who are all grown). The only topics are her, and me - usually about how I feel about her.
web posted August 2, 2014
Wandering Minds is perhaps the greatest comedy relief on the internet today.  I love it!!!!   Someone really needs to call Saturday Night Live and tell them to just fire all of their writers because the best comedy writers on the planet is right here Edgefield.  Thanks to the editor for hosting Edgefield Daily.  I know it's a lot of work and you do a great job.  Good luck also with your health issues.

Editor's note: Thank you all you kind comments. Those who read the Wandering Minds are far more informed than those reading just the Headlines. Every so often news is birthed by reader comments.
web posted August 2, 2014
I have had a crazy thought about the relocation of all these children coming to the U S. What about the ones going to Columbia, SC that are not be "reunited" with family? Could the Catholic church be involved in finding temporary homes for these children?  Maybe not in SC but in other places in the country? Or maybe it is happening in SC too.  I heard a retired doctor and his wife speak about this on a radio program a few weeks ago. Apparently their parish had a meeting with some folks and asked them to consider taking these children into their homes "temporarily", but not to talk to the press about it. The doctor was speaking out because of the fear of disease affecting people. If you notice, there have been other crisis situations on the news recently and we have not heard a whole lot about where these children are going. They sure have not stopped arriving in the U S.  It seems like this is all too planned out and there has to be some way to get these kids placed if they have no place to go. In the past some Catholic priests have "sheltered" illegals in their churches.  Hmmm  I know it is a stretch, but it is just a mind wandering.
web posted August 2, 2014

RE: Mountain Biker Attacked
I don't buy this guy's story for a minute. But why would he make up such a crazy story in the first place? Have they checked to see there was a lot of burglaries on the other side of the county when all this happened? The whole thing stinks.
web posted August 2, 2014
Brandon Clary, CEO, ECH [is said to have] told individuals he was making $150,000 but felt he deserved a $75,000. raise due to all the money he has brought to ECH.  There needs to be outside auditing of legal money he has spent/wasted on trying to extort Physicians;into either selling their practices or pay excessively high rent; slandering  and destroying employees reputations; over paid CFO (including bonuses); over paid HR especially if you check the actual attendance you will see Thursdays and /or Fridays the CEO, CFO and now HR is off until 8/14/14.  How many weeks vacation does one accrue (especially when you are a relatively new employee)?  Brandon Clary is rude and arrogant; to most employees.  His ‘ Chats with the CEO’, employees are not comfortable speaking their concerns because he labels them as ‘disgruntled employees’ and they become targets for termination.  The majority of the Directors come in at 9 and leave as early as 2pm.  I suggest employee satisfaction surveys be allowed to be anonymous and sent to [County] Council unopened so the true feelings can be expressed. Without fear of retaliation.   PS..  Just because an individual is overqualified for a position (HR); does not justify higher salary than the Job Description calls for.
web posted August 2, 2014
Here biker biker biker, SOOOOOOOOO WEEEEEE piggy piggy piggy, SOOOOOOOO WEEEEEEE ! I just keep seeing this "biker" guy as Ned Beatty in Dekiverance. I can't take it serious because it's just so [removed] funny!! He's packing a 40 cal, so I guess he's a cross of Beatty and Clint Eastwood on a really bad day. Soooo Weeeeee!  RONTFLMAO
web posted August 2, 2014
My,how the world has changed! In 1970, If this doesn't make you feel good. might want to consider a one-way ticket to somewhere else....

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203900770857211
web posted August 2, 2014
Editor's post: Edgefield County Hospital CEO Brandon Clary contacted me on Thursday to say that the Hospital Board has not approved paying for his returning to school to earn his Masters degree in hospital administration at this time. He did relay that if there is a vote to reimburse him for the costs it would be made in public at the meeting of the board. He also stated that since that vote has not been taken that those monies should not be reflected in his salary and benefits covered in a recent FOIA request that has been submitted. As such, I wanted to inform readers of Mr. Clary's stated position on the matter.
web posted August 1, 2014
Look who is speaking at National FFA Convention, 55,000-60,000 in attendance
https://www.ffa.org/Events/conventionandexpo/speakers/Pages/default.aspx

Editor's note: Some people overlook the star we have right here at home. Everybody just knows her as Jane Herlong. Good for her. She's a great ambassador for Edgefield County and SC.
web posted August 1, 2014

I'm not a law enforcement professional, but I am a 20 year military veteran.   I'm scratching my head over the events surrounding the man and woman arrested for burglary Monday.  It is reported they led police on a chase and drove their vehicle into a pond.  County, city, Johnston, SLED and SCHP searched for them.  Blood hounds too.  These two spent hours in that pond, undetected.
 
Then, a truck stolen before this happened, is reported on Slade Road 2 days later.  What's more, only blocks from where it was stolen.  Was there a BOLO on this truck?  Was EPD looking for it?  I see there is doubt about a 3d person involvement, so was this truck in plain sight for 3 days?  If so, [dang], residents, why did it take that long to report a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood?
 
I always want to give law enforcement the benefit of the doubt, but this doesn't look well managed.

Editor's note: There was a BOLO placed on the stolen truck as soon as it was reported later that morning when the owner awoke. You have to remember that the deputy spotted the pair trying to steal the trailer on Columbia Road. The investigators had no idea where the items in the back of the truck came from because the owners had not reported them missing. It was not until later in the day when the pair was arrested and property owners started filing reports that they were able to put the case together.

I don't know how they were able to go undetected in the search of the pond.
web posted August 1, 2014

My husband and I were coming from the lake on the night the biker was allegedly attacked. We saw a light flashing on the bridge, but no car around. I told my husband not to stop. We slowed and saw the biker, who appeared to have been running. He yelled, ‘Help me, please’, yet we just were not sure about stopping. I feel horrible that we didn’t feel safe stopping but that is what our society has come to. Anyway, I phoned 911 and asked them to go help him. Yes, there was a car parked at the bike parking area. No, there was no on chasing him. If it had been, where were they? He was coming from across the bridge on the Edgefield Co side. Why was he over there? Aren’t the trails on the McCormick Co side of the bridge? If it was indeed his car in the parking area, why not run there and leave? In this day and age, he had no phone? To call for help himself? And tonight I read he had a gun. If we had stopped...
 
I felt awful when I read about the attack and we hadn’t stopped to offer help. Yet, I couldn’t help but question the attack. And now, I really am glad we didn’t stop. If he really was attacked, I’m glad he’s okay. Either way, I hope the truth comes out.

Editor's note: I hope you have been in touch with the McCormick County Sheriff's Office with this information. If the claim by the alleged victim is false, he will be facing a charge of false report of a felony. Which is a felony.
web posted August 1, 2014

The cyclist who claimed he was attacked must have been under the influence or was on a tryst and didn't want his wife/girlfriend to know his whereabouts.  This is the dumbest thing I ever heard.
web posted August 1, 2014

RE: Mountain bike attack
There’s more to this story. I’ve been in that area many times and never seen hunters nor persons of interest in what I’am doin there,they themselves are enjoying nature.

P.S. hope you get well .
web posted August 1, 2014

Isn't it sad that the folks that really need the financial help these days are not the ones who easily can get it. We know a young man who has struggled with MS and do you think he could get on disability?  It was a year long battle to try to get some help for him and he cannot even walk. Yet some of these able bodied people have all kinds of financial aide. Seems so topsy turvey. I do not object to tax money going to folks who really need it. The key word there is "need". The problem today is that it is just expected and if one objects to that, they are racist or uncaring. The way someone can have self value is if they can work and take care of their families and themselves. By just living on handouts, if they are able bodied, we are taking their self worth away from them Sad cycle indeed.

Did you all catch the protests in front of the White House with illegals demanding their "rights"? Some even testified before Congress? Known illegals with no consequences what so ever! What rights do law breakers now in this country? I guess we are no longer a country of law keepers and the criminals seem to have the same rights as those who follow the law. Trouble is, the ones following the laws are supporting all the lawlessness and the law breakers. These protesters will get their "rights" and you and I will pay for it.  Topsy turvey for sure!
web posted August 1, 2014

Just how much more immature can the CEO at the ECH be? At the July 4th golf cart parade he was sitting in a child's blow up swimming pool shooting a water pistol as the carts rode by in the parade. We had spent time decorating our golf cart to involve our children and teach them about patriotism, the red, white and blue, etc., all to have this idiot wet the colored streamers and ruin our cart. [removed] When the heck will someone wake up and get him the heck out of dodge? If he is childish enough to do this, I can only imagine the goings on at the hospital. No thanks, I'll take my chances and go to Aiken or Augusta!

Editor's note: I was admitted to ECH at the onset of my problem the first of March by Dr. Tami Massey. I was treated by her and Dr. Rainsford and received excellent care from both before being transferred to University (I will never go back there again). The nurses, staff and volunteers at ECH were attentive, caring and professional. I hope people will remember to keep complaints about the administration and those that work at the hospital separate.
web posted August 1, 2014

DIAPER NAMES: Explanation
Rest Your Mind I know you have been laying awake at night wondering why baby diapers have brand names such as "Luvs", "Huggies," and "Pampers', while undergarments for old people are called "Depends".

Well here is the low down on the whole thing.

When babies crap in their pants, people are still gonna Luv'em, Hug'em and Pamper' em. When old people crap in their pants, it "Depends" on who's in the will!

Glad I got that straightened out so you can rest your mind.
web posted August 1, 2014 



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