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Editor's post: I have nothing more to add to the conversation below. The Month of July has been archived and some content has been removed.

web posted August 1, 2015
I am sorry for Edgefield schools that Greg Anderson is retiring because he has been a good leader. I am concerned about him, though, and hope his health issues improve. I would imagine the job is very stressful and thankless in many ways. I want to thank him for all the hard work he has done through his life .  I wish he and his family all the best in the future.
web posted August 1, 2015
Please help readers understand the resignation of Greg Anderson as school superintendent.  Is there another person who has been brought in to do the job until Anderson "retires" in four months?  Is this because he was not certified by the state?  Did this mean possible sanctions and loss of accreditation?  What does this mean to the tax payer in terms of money for salaries? 

Editor's note: Read the press release again. He is taking another position right now and someone else is stepping in while a search for a replacement is underway. It answers all your questions.
web posted August 1, 2015
The "surprise" announcement at 11 at night by Mr. Covar that Greg Anderson was stepping down has obviously been in the works for a while, because they already had his replacement lined up, meaning they have known about it for a while. I have been unable to find anything in the previous comments by either Mr. Covar or Greg Anderson pointing out that the Superintendent was not qualified and was supposed to be working on alternative certification in order to continue in his role of Superintendent and there was certainly no public comments as to the fact he had not completed the alternative certification. Some have reported that the District was faced with possibly losing accreditation because of the lack of Certifications on the part of Greg Anderson and purportedly another District Office Administrator. If you access the State of South Carolina Department of Education website, you will see that the Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools and the
Special Education Director were not properly certified and the District was warned by the State. You will also see a listing of other communications between the State Education people and the Edgefield County School District regarding various people without certification, expired certifications, and the schools where  employed at the time of the report. Merriweather M.S. for example was warned about having an uncertified staffer and no GT Program. Thurmond had two administrative assistants not properly certified.
web posted August 1, 2015
I am so sorry to learn that Greg Anderson feels he must retire due to health reasons.  He has been such a true and loyal  supporter of Strom Thurmond High as well as Edgefield County.  We will miss you Greg.  Thanks for all you have done.  We love you..
web posted August 1, 2015
Reply to: All this outrage from animal rights groups about the killing of the lion in Africa.

There are more issues in this world than just those that seem to concern you most. Trophy hunters are animal murderers. That man should have to hide and his business should go broke. Time and time again it has held true that those who do not care for animals are not the best people. Animals cannot speak for themselves, humans can.
web posted August 1, 2015
Don't be sidetracked by the death of this lion in Africa. Planned Parenthood and their practices, plus abortion as a whole, should be the outrage in this country. People seem to have some idea that giving an animal a human name, or even just naming it, somehow gives humanness to the animal. Animals are animals. Humans are created in the image of God. We need to remember the difference. I love animals, primarily dogs. They are loyal. They give us companionship. Sometimes they are helpless and should never be mistreated. However, lets keep perspective on the difference between humans and animals.  They are not equals.  Abortions take millions of human lives a year. That is murder. They talk about a woman's right with her body. Well, if she is pregnant , there is another body that has the same rights she does. We are guaranteed the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"  yet there are many being denied the right to live.  Why is that so hard to believe?  It is because of selfishness and a disregard for God and Who He is.  Rather than a mother choosing to murder her own child, how about responsible birth control in the first place? Abortion is not birth control...call it what it is, murder. This country better wake up.
web posted August 1, 2015
Well, well, well.  It is great to know that the 'good ole boy' system is alive and well within the Edgefield County School District.  What a coincidence that Mr. Anderson's 'health problems' came just as he finished his third year as superintendent without the proper credentials.  A fourth year of this would have caused the district to lose accreditation.  This may not seem important to many people but one of the main results of losing accreditation would have been that this year's seniors would not have been able to receive diplomas.  As a parent of a child at STHS, I am glad that he is out and Dr. McMullen is an excellent choice to lead our schools.

As the board members begin a search for a permanent superintendent, I hope that they take into account the importance of hiring someone with the proper credentials.  It makes me sick to think that the past few years of drama could have been avoided if they had only hired David Mathis when Dr. Wall retired.  He certainly has had the 'intestinal fortitude' to lead the Saluda School District to be one of the best in the state.

Editor's note: Maybe David will put in for this one.
web posted August 1, 2015
Michael Almond Bio University of South Carolina
I know you are a gamecock fan so I thought you’d like to know that Merriwether’s Michael Almond will be playing for USC!
http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/michael_almond_976056.html

Editor's note: Good for him. He went to Merriwether Elem and Middle Schools. He kicked for the MMS football team and we have done stories on him in the past I was told.
web posted August 1, 2015
I know that Greg was having health issues, I didn't know they were this bad. We should all pray for him.
web posted August 1, 2015
It was great news to read that Carlos Milanes was taking the job as CEO full time. He's done a great job. I can't believe all the things he's done in just a few months. Funny how you don't see all those bad mouthing the county council and the new board as not knowing what they were doing and the hospital was going to close. I wonder what crow tastes like?
web posted July 31, 2015
Good for the lady who reported the scam. If indeed it is “Mexicans”  I would doubt they will track them, but who knows. The main thing is not to fall for anything so obviously crooked. The IRS does not call you, they will notify you by mail.  Even then be sure to check it out. Don't send money to anyone. Also, be careful not to give out personal information of any kind over the phone-your living situation, whether you are handicapped, etc. It makes you more vulnerable. Any call like that should just be hung up on. If you are worried, contact the IRS directly, or if you cannot reach them,  check with local law enforcement and ask them what to do. Don't allow anyone to bully you.
web posted July 31, 2015
RE: sick and twisted
What I have read is that he sent the e-mails to an adult bragging about what he did- Now if he sent them to a child he could be arrested- Now that the police have told him to stay away - do not text this lady & he does then he could be arrested- I agree that he is sick- but until he breaks the law nothing the police can do I will say in the state of Ga if you arrested  what he did you can not be on the phone or computer- I do not know SC law on this-
He is being watch now closely I bet-
web posted July 31, 2015
Re: sick and twisted
This guys shouldn't be allowed to have anything electronic. To brag about what he's done just makes him even sicker.
web posted July 31, 2015
All this outrage from animal rights groups about the killing of the lion in Africa. Yes, it is too bad but what in the world is wrong with this picture?  We are routinely killing babies in this country , and now we learn that Planned Parenthood is harvesting organs and body parts from the dead babies and selling them .  Where is the outrage from the left? This poor guy that shot the lion had to go into hiding? What kind of people are these animal rights radicals?  I think it is a shame to be so focused on the animals of the world and not focused on valuing human life. So twisted!!!!

Editor's note: To them, people are the problem.
web posted July 31, 2015
What's That Sound?
 
"What is that sound?" a woman asked at our nature center.

"It's the frogs trilling for a mate," Patti, the naturalist, explained. "We have a pair in the science room.
 But since they've been together for so long, they no longer sing to each other."

The woman nodded sympathetically, "The trill is gone."
web posted July 31, 2015
I felt so bad for the elderly woman that was targeted by the scammers. To hear her tell it it must have been very scary until she figured it out. Thank you Edgefield Daily for reporting on the scams so that people like her can figure it out pretty quick.
web posted July 31, 2015
Re: Murder Victim's House Targeted for Theft again
Stealing from the dead is pretty low. That’s almost as bad as stealing from a church!
web posted July 31, 2015
Re: Sick and twisted
I think he should have been arrested.  He has a record for being a sex offender!!
web posted July 30, 2015
The conspiracy theories about Fox Creek are hilarious. Goodness, a simple question to someone who knew what was going on was all it took. I am glad they are able to expand. It isn't affecting tax dollars from Edgefield County so what difference does it make?  Fox Creek is not under Edgefield County Schools.  My guess is that if or when they open either a middle school or an elementary school, it will be in the news. After all , it is hard to do something like that “undercover” and they would be recruiting students. Seriously people, get a life.
web posted July 30, 2015
You know if you'd give the TV stations a heads up on stuff like the plane crash they'd give you credit and free advertising.

Editor's note: I did, they didn't
web posted July 30, 2015
Club 21 is nothing but trouble. Every time they open a club its guns, fights, and shootings.
web posted July 30, 2015
“That’s the liberal way of silencing free speech”…Boy , do I agree with that poster! This politically correct junk is what is causing Trump to soar in the polls. He doesn't have to be afraid of offending anyone or losing donors. I hope it is teaching other candidates to stand up and tell the truth.  It is like Trump is teaching folks what people in the country want to hear.

Governor Huckabee is following lead (although I believe he would be speaking out for Israel no matter what) and has spoken out about Israel and this nuclear deal with Iran. He is absolutely correct in comparing it to the Holocaust but is getting criticized.  What amazes me is that Jews are criticizing him and saying that he should not dishonor the Holocaust . What????  The goal of the memorials etc is to never forget. Have they forgotten?  He is stating the truth. The goal of Iran is to annihilate  Israel. What was the goal of the Holocaust?  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck it is probably a duck. People who do not agree with the Governor are blind to history and the real threat in the Middle East.

Ted Cruz is speaking the truth about what is going on in the Senate. Things are no different than when Harry Reid was in charge. Since the Republicans have had control of the Senate and House, what has happened to change anything? Think about it. Nothing.  The shame of the left, and the fear of the attacks of the left, have caused people to stand back. They have bullied everyone into being quiet, standing back etc and we have lost this country. We would have been speaking Russian or German, but the fear now is that we will be speaking Arabic.
web posted July 30, 2015
The towns need to find a better cable company next time the renew the contracts.

Editor's note: I think Northland is all there is.
web posted July 30, 2015
Not sure what the “Yankeeland” cable company is but you know, there is always satellite TV. The cable we have does not require a contract. Both Dish and Direct TV offer some really good deals . Just a thought.
web posted July 30, 2015
God Whispers.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/zf_0jzPQ8lo?rel=0
web posted July 30, 2015
If you are going to talk about foreign policy with Obama supporters, always remember this.
Most of them believe that "Iran"   is what they did after they robbed the local liquor store.
web posted July 30, 2015
A little ironic in these days to call our military  “armed forces”. I guess they are as long as they are not in their own country.  I heard someone say “the sitting ducks should be the shooting ducks”.  How truly ridiculous and dangerous some of these liberal ideas are. Notice where most shootings take place-no gun zones like schools, military bases and now recruiting sites.  It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.
web posted July 29, 2015
Re: Sick and Twisted texts
Sick and twisted doesn't even come close. Was he trying to pick her up with this stuff? He's texting a woman and telling her he likes "little girls"? Somebody needs to put up signs at his house warning people.
web posted July 29, 2015
Sick and twisted
Can he be charged for some of what he said?

Editor's note: I don't know.
web posted July 29, 2015
I have heard that FCHS is trying to stay under the radar with their project they have going on . I have heard its the K thru 8 school they have been wanting but I also have heard they are building a Fox Creek junior college also . I did see a group of them selling doughnuts at Walmart the other day so there is no telling.
web posted July 29, 2015
RE: Fox Creek
Here is what I was told:

They are adding more classrooms, a new gym, band&art rooms and a new commons/lunch area. And a new computer room. Most of the land clearing is for storm water control.

Looks like a mighty big project, good for them.
web posted July 29, 2015
I am so happy we have that wonderful "Yankee"land Cable.otherwise I would lose service on a regular basis, including channels like the major sports network, on the day they have ACC coaches. I mean, who wants to watch anything about college football. silly me. it seems we don't warrant a full time service tech for Edgefield or Saluda so we have to wait for them to come to the area on a Tuesday or Thursday. It's now late Tuesday and the channel is still out and taken another one hostage with it. lovely. A call to the semi non existent customer service revealed that issue was in Greenwood- NOT Edgefield, and the ONE TECH that works on that problem is - ON VACATION!, so instead of having someone to cover for said employee, they had to call someone in from another area and are "working on it". Even though it's just a few cents on your cable bill, call and tell them you want credit for your inability to get channels you pay for, they have to credit your bill, let them know this is not acceptable! boy, sure happy that the renewed the contract with that wonderful company.
web posted July 29, 2015
Re:It's good to see you covering some Saluda stuff for a change.
The name of this page is Edgefield daily. So it mainly cover Edgefield. If you want Saluda covered start Saluda daily.

Editor's note: It was a story they needed help with. So we covered it.
web posted July 29, 2015
sick and twisted texts
What a sick sick sick individual...
web posted July 29, 2015
RE: "You may or may not love Donald Trump but it warmed the shackles of my heart to see him shut up that “reporter” from MSNBC on Thursday."

There are people like that in our sate and county.  They say what is on the minds of others who think it but won't say because they are afraid of what people will say, especially those that will twist the words so that they are offended.  Then you have those that say, oh they should say that, that may offend someone.  That's the liberal way of silencing free speech. They know they can't infringe on your right to free speech by censorship, they just use the new tactic-shame them into not saying anything. Glad to see those Trumps, at least someone is watching out for us.  If we relied on those that say someone may be offended, we' d probably be speaking German or Russian by now.
web posted July 28, 2015
I was job searching on the One Stop page and saw a couple of ads for jobs at the Johnston Family Dollar. The dates are current but does anyone know if it's reopening. I don't want to give my information and end up being scammed.

Editor's note: Call the store. They have not sent me an ad.
web posted July 28, 2015
Any idea what is being built beside the FCHS?   We thought new subdivision at first but the land is showing to be owned by FCHS.

Editor's note: I have no clue.
web posted July 28, 2015
I just wanted to say that with the treatments you are going through and everything else that is associated with it, I think it is amazing that you have been able to keep up with the basic demands of EdgefieldDaily and what is involved each day to bring us the news of our county and Wandering Minds. Thank you for still thinking of your readers and prayers for healing as you go through this difficult time.

Editor's note: Thank you for reading.
web posted July 28, 2015
Don't you just love liberals? So quick to say something about wrong doers being Christian etc. I just have to wonder what this world would be like if all of a sudden all the true Christians were gone (will happen one day). People think things are bad now? Just wait and see what it is like in the future.  One must remember (but many won’t because they unfortunately dismiss God)  that God is a just God. People can dismiss Him but that is just so sad for them. He loves them and wants a relationship with them but they need to recognize that they need Him .  We live in amazing times.  One day…   all will understand but for some it will be too late. That is just so heart breaking. 
web posted July 28, 2015
If you add up all the percentages of those running against Trump, you have a lot of people that are interested in someone other than Trump. That tells you that if the rest of the Republicans could get behind someone who is actually a leader who has some experience in governing, there would actually be some hope.  As much as Trump changes his positions on things, all I can say is we need to be wise. Sometimes we jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Those old sayings have so much truth in them.
web posted July 28, 2015
Did you see this?  Bold statement from La Gov Jindal.
I think a lot of people may agree.
http://conservativetribune.com/jindal-hostile-takeover-obama/
web posted July 28, 2015
Congrats to LTC David Mason, Jr. getting his degree. Always good to read good news about a local making it high up in the military. 
http://edgefielddaily.com/johnston072415.html
web posted July 28, 2015
Why do we have so many sex offenders in the county? Is it because we're a small county and they think they can hide better? I guess I should say accused sex offenders. I read about them getting arrested but never convicted.

Editor's note: They do get convicted, it just takes a while with our slow moving court system.
web posted July 28, 2015
Now that they've done the interviews for county administrator when are they going to pick one.

Editor's note: They interviewed three I think. They have about a dozen more to talk to in order to narrow it down to two or three.
web posted July 28, 2015
It's good to see you covering some Saluda stuff for a change. There's a lot that goes on that no one ever says a word about.
web posted July 28, 2015
This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable..

A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
"Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty.. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser." That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"   
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome 's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."   
"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.."   
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant.       Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome .
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.
And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."
"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.
Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me."
"Oh, really! What'd he say ?"
He said: "Who in their right mind would have cut your hair?"
web posted July 28, 2015
I don't know much about the Sheriff’s department or the leadership. I would imagine the resources are spread pretty thin as this is a big area and so much of it is pretty rural. I, too, am bothered by all the child molesters and the recent shootings. Drugs is a big issue everywhere these days.  I thought folks were unhappy with the Johnston police situation a while back. Maybe my memory is not serving me correctly.

One good thing is that all the crime reported is crime that has been stopped. To me that says things are being done. If it wasn't caught, reported etc. then where we would be? It is kind of hard to do much until something happens unless there are clues that something is going on.

One thing for sure-don't open your door to anyone at 1:00 in the morning. Actually, don't open your door to anyone unless you know them. Don't put yourself out there online in ways you can get hurt.  Don't give out personal information over the phone. And maybe some people need to find new boyfriends who won’t get their house shot up.  Sometimes we just need to be our own advocates and try to avoid bad things .
web posted July 27, 2015
Maybe you need to do a contest to liven things up.

Editor's note: Maybe so. Let me get through my next treatment next Monday.
web posted July 27, 2015
You may or may not love Donald Trump but it warmed the shackles of my heart to see him shut up that “reporter” from MSNBC on Thursday. I wish more candidates would be like that with the press. I don't know what kind of President Trump would be, but he is resonating because he is saying exactly what a lot of country loving Americans feel and have been feeling. The John McCain comment was uncool, but the border issue is being blown out of the water thanks to him. I sure hope he takes on the Iran nuclear deal.  We have a country being run by a small group of narcissistic socialists. I love that term! If one  doesn't  know what that is , then they probably are one.
web posted July 27, 2015
The establishment is scared to death of him.
Fearing Walker and Trump....
web posted July 27, 2015
New Immigrant Citizens Won’t Have To Bear Arms To Defend U.S. If Called Upon
If they really want to, immigrants who want to become U.S. Citizens might be able to leave out a few sentences from the citizenship oath. No biggie, right?

The Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is planning on telling folks that they’re able to omit some key sections of the oath if they have any religious objections.

Here’s the oath, with the “omit-able” part

    I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

The phrase that may be omitted is a reference to the draft, which all 18-year-old males are required to register for.

The agency is taking “feedback” on the new “guidance” before making the change official.

This amounts to citizenship without allegiance, which sounds like something liberals and Democrats have been supporting for some time.
web posted July 27, 2015
It's a slow day in a little Greek Village.
The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted.
Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a $100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the $100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the $100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the tavern. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him
"services" on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the $100 note.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 note back on the counter just as the traveler comes back down the stairs. He picks up his $100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the Greek bailout package works.
web posted July 27, 2015
Was in town between 7and 8pm tonight (Sat). Both police and Sheriff dept. Cars were driving around with lights and siren's. Who were they looking for? Saw them in 3 different spots doing

Editor's note: I think they were helping trying to find the missing elderly man from Aiken.
web posted July 27, 2015
The  truth is out there.
http://www.youngcons.com/meme-about-the-confederate-flag-is-so-true-its-scary/
web posted July 27, 2015
Ted Cruz gets it! I'm liking him more and more each day.
web posted July 27, 2015
With shootings now happening fairly common place in Edgefield County, and burglaries & larcenies being reported daily, what is the Sheriff directing his employees to do? Or is he? Looks like business as usual riding around in pretty cloths, which is sad for the citizens of Edgefield County. The county law enforcement has good deputies, but it definitely needs new leadership! Here is a clue, if you do the same thing the same way over and over you should not expect a different result. The citizens are ready for a different result with less burglaries, less larcenies, and little to no shootings. Maybe Johnston P. D. can move into the county and offer some leadership.
web posted July 25, 2015
It makes me ill to see another little girl molested by a full grown man. You can't replace her innocence.
web posted July 25, 2015
Another child molester arrested. How many does that make this year? It seems like there's one every month. And the girls seem to get younger and younger. I hope they keep him in jail so he can't do this to another little girl.

Editor's note: Minick remains at the Edgefield County Detention Center but has a bond set at $20,000.
web posted July 25, 2015
Just heard a good term for many liberals today- “narcissistic socialists”. What a good term and boy does it fit. They are narcissists because they only think about what is good for their agenda and they cannot even fathom that anyone would think differently than they do. I think some even wonder why anyone would ever listen to someone like Rush or watch FOX news. They cannot comprehend that. They are socialists because they support socialistic ideas.  What a perfect definition. Funny thing is, none of them reading this realize that that is what they are. Funny how such “smart” people are so dense .
web posted July 25, 2015
what did my country neighbor do to get arrested on the 13th, I think. Larry Hayes. Your arrest report didn't say and  the arrest doesn't show up on SC judicial Dept. web site.

Editor's note: I cannot find anything in online court records. Maybe somebody knows.
web posted July 25, 2015
I wonder who paid for Lindsey Graham’s funny response to Donald Trump giving out his cell phone number.  That took a lot of time and is probably considered a political ad so it was probably campaign money. Seems more like a “pay you back” schoolyard antic to me.  I think the more these politicians respond to Trump the more fuel they give him.  Do you think maybe Trump (and possibly others) are just playing these other candidates?  I say keep your eye on the ones that are staying out of the fray.
web posted July 24, 2015
Re “See how this tickles you”  Please do not fall into the politically correct label for the illegal aliens that are in this country. They are not just “ undocumented workers”. They are here illegally and they are illegal aliens.  They broke the law in coming here and yes, they work hard but the move is to make them “documented workers”. That is a nice word for amnesty.  They have not waited their turn or done things the right way to get here.

Now, there are a lot of workers that are here legally and have gone through the right steps to get here. I think we really need to be careful not to paint them all with the same broad stroke. I think there is a danger to be so accusatory against a whole race of people. Many of the hard workers we see are actually legal.  Some of them are second and third generation of those that came here legally. So we need to be sure not to categorize all of them as illegal.

The border needs to be closed, protected and honored as our border. Also many other issues with illegal immigration need to be addressed. Sanctuary cities are a huge one.  They are similar to the no go zones in Europe.
web posted July 24, 2015
RE: Playstation
This is why all parents need to watch what and WHO their kids are talking to on the internet. Obviously this person has enough info to find him if he wanted and it's too late to call the cops then.
web posted July 24, 2015
Re:Why would any unemployed American want to go to work at 6 till 7 or 8 in these100 degree days picking peaches, vegetables, or mow lawns, etc. ? When they can sleep till 9 or 10 in their government provided houses with government provided A/C. Wake up & get on their government provided cell phone. Then roll down to the IGA or BILO in their pajamas. Carry out two full shopping carts with steak, pork, chicken, pie, ice cream, snacks, etc. All paid with their government provided EBT card. Barely breaking a sweat. Hell we all should get on that plan & let the immigrants do all the work for us!! But no most of us take pride in that we want to work & provide for our families & not have to live off of others or the government.

AMEN!!!  Couldn't have said it any better.
web posted July 24, 2015
Johnston seeks 24 YO on gun charge & shooting in Merriwether over drugs. What's this county coming to?
web posted July 24, 2015
We keep letting illegals in and they'll take over. "The Donald" is right. We've got to stop them at the border.
web posted July 24, 2015
The "music" the blacks listen to is full of the "n" word and calling girls ho's. Then they get up and dance to it. Where's the self respect?
web posted July 24, 2015
Civics Education Legislation
It should be a REQUIREMENT to graduate. How can you be expected to vote right if you don't know how our government works!!
web posted July 24, 2015
Good for our Governor for supporting  the new Civics Education Legislation. It seems like a good way to make sure students are getting at least the basic civics instruction.

Two comments about the test itself.  We need to hope the 100 questions are the same as they used to be and not peppered with ones that play into the agenda.  Also, we need to push for more immigrants to be motivated to take test and become citizens. It used to be only given in English (hopefully that is still the case)  and they had to be here legally for 5 years. I am not sure that some immigrants are motivated to become citizens.  Why would they? I know that many are not learning English as they should be. The illegals can’t and won’t even think about any of this .  They don't need to right now because in a lot of ways they are better off than many citizens.  Many parts of this country has pockets where English isn't even spoken anymore. No reason to learn it if you don't need it.

Just one other thing on immigration, let’s be careful to remember that there is a big difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration. We also have a broken system. Many hateful comments about “immigrants” are not fair to those that do things right, come here legally and work hard.
web posted July 23, 2015
SEE HOW THIS TICKLES YOU.......  I pick my own vegetables, out of my own garden.  And can someone tell me why all of a sudden, with more people having dropped out of the workforce in America than ever before, we have immigrants doing all this work? It's a BS ploy by the politicians to allow a voting block into our country.  The real reason you want them here, picking your vegetables and peaches is so the cost of hiring an American isn't passed directly on to you.  I'd rather pay more and see Americans filling the positions.  Again, take the BEST and BRIGHTEST only.  Surely you don't have a problem with American exceptional ism?  And no, I don't consider hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers pouring across our southern border each year to be that.
web posted July 23, 2015
had a good time at the cruise in Saturday July 18 saw a lot of crucks pot heads and drunks but I enjoy it just the same
web posted July 23, 2015
Why would any unemployed American want to go to work at 6 till 7 or 8 in these100 degree days picking peaches, vegetables, or mow lawns, etc. ? When they can sleep till 9 or 10 in their government provided houses with government provided A/C. Wake up & get on their government provided cell phone. Then roll down to the IGA or BILO in their pajamas. Carry out two full shopping carts with steak, pork, chicken, pie, ice cream, snacks, etc. All paid with their government provided EBT card. Barely breaking a sweat. Hell we all should get on that plan & let the immigrants do all the work for us!! But no most of us take pride in that we want to work & provide for our families & not have to live off of others or the government.
web posted July 23, 2015
Re: Slaves had more dignity
Blacks had more dignity before the Democrats started the "New Deal" to help them. All they did was break up the black families and make sure they stayed poor.

And don't forget, President Lyndon Johnson (DEMOCRAT) signed legislation and remarked, That'll keep the N******* voting Democrat for decades.

Guess if you're black or a democrat it's ok to use the N word.
web posted July 23, 2015
Here’s an idea. Instead of adopting a wild animal that belongs in the wild, how about going to a shelter and adopting a dog or cat that need a home. Seems better all the way around. The wild is called the wild for a reason.
web posted July 23, 2015
I think Donald Trump is right. They're afraid of him because he's right on illegals.
web posted July 23, 2015
Black TV Rips Michelle Obama for doing nothing but telling others what to do.
web posted July 23, 2015
This is a YouTube video about knowledge and future knowledge and technology and it don't say so but the Bible tells us that knowledge will increase in the last days , very interesting video.
http://safeshare.tv/w/ntjwDrwEwh
web posted July 23, 2015
Real hope for our nation when the younger generation gets it and speaks up :
Watch this Blond Anchor DESTROY Obama on Live TV
web posted July 23, 2015
Good for our Governor to protect our National Guard. How sad that those who are there to protect us need to be protected by us.  Seems a little topsy turvy . So the President is speaking to the VFW today? I hope he makes the same good decision to protect our national armed forces from being “soft targets”.  How sad is it that our country has come this far from our beginnings.  Where are the second amendment rights for our military? Can they not protect themselves? Obviously not in their own country.

Editor's note: That's Democrat "thinking" for you.
web posted July 22, 2015
RE: We were all immigrants
THIS PART REALLY TICKLED ME..."We should ONLY take the best and brightest who have something positive to contribute to our society, something beyond mowing a yard or picking peaches. Mow your own [removed] yard or hire an American to do it."  First of all...hats off to all those IMMIGRANTS who work their butts off every single day in the strenuous heat to mow yards, build houses, and pick those delicious peaches/vegetables that Americans eat...etc..!! I sure would enjoy watching a bus full of AMERICANS go out and pick peaches from 6 AM and finish the work day at 7-8pm!! Something that's not going to happen!!! Those immigrants are just doing the jobs no one else will do!! I'm pretty sure that Mon-Sun on your dinner table you are stuffing your face with something that was picked out of a field by an immigrant!! To me that's a positive contribution made by them to you :) !!!
web posted July 22, 2015
Re: Slaves had more dignity
Blacks had more dignity before the Democrats started the "New Deal" to help them. All they did was break up the black families and make sure they stayed poor.
web posted July 22, 2015
Re the post about immigration and the lecture on immigration. Good grief, you missed the whole point I was making about the comment on this page that was made that Gov. Nikki Haley couldn't speak about the heritage in SC because her family were immigrants. You know, I actually agree with you about immigration today. It is a huge problem and I agree with many of your points. What I was talking about, if you read more carefully, was the idea that some in SC think anyone from the outside either couldn't possibly understand things here,  doesn't have a right to opinions about things here or they don't belong here. What I meant, sorry to have to explain but seems necessary, is that everyone in SC came from a family of immigrants at one time. That is to say that new people (i.e. anyone whose original immigrant roots were not in SC) have just as much a right to their opinions as any one else, and guess what , some ideas might actually have some value to the future of this country.  I think Gov. Haley did exactly what she needed to do to protect this state.  My comment was a reaction in order to support her.  My comment had absolutely nothing to do with the immigration situation we have today For heaven’s sake!!  Maybe we all need to read more carefully before reacting.

At least we are on the same page as far as what is going on with immigration today. It isn't even good to call what is going on “immigration”, we must remember that most of it is “illegal immigration”.  SC hasn't even experienced first hand  much of what some states are dealing with and have been for a very long time. This issue is not new, but it is getting a lot more publicity.  Slowly SC is experiencing the effects of illegal immigration . Anyone who has lived and worked in border states or others highly impacted by illegals knows a whole lot about the issue of immigration.
web posted July 22, 2015
Blindly following the Democrat lies that Republicans hated the blacks…….
In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.
web posted July 22, 2015
RE: having a pet raccoon
People will try to raise anything raccoons, squirrels, opossums, you name it. I had a friend that had a pet squirrel that would get out of its cage all the time. They let it stay out a lot anyway. But it would chew through wires on just about anything…. speakers, lamps, TV, you name it.
web posted July 22, 2015
Now they're shooting up Merriwether. 33 rounds shot into the house! It's a miracle nobody got hit or worse, KILLED!!!
web posted July 22, 2015
5 ways to respond to same sex marriage ruling. Like I said before. I will follow God, not the government.
web posted July 22, 2015
Why not give the address of the house in Merriwether rather than just saying the 2500 block. That's a bunch houses to pick from.

Editor's note: That's the norm unless somebody gets shot.
web posted July 22, 2015
Well, now Merriwether knows what it's like to live where shootings happen all the time. Don't feel good does it?
web posted July 22, 2015
Is there a reason a Johnston cop was in Greenwood County on 178 instead of patrolling the town of Johnston?

Editor's note: He could have been on a transport. Other than that, you got me.
web posted July 21, 2015
To answer the question is Bettis Rainsford suing George Thornton over the Plantation House--yes!  Bettis is also suing another of our upstanding citizens who also tries to make Edgefield a better and more beautiful place.  Who is next?
web posted July 21, 2015
Maybe I am crazy but who would want a pet raccoon? They are such nasty little animals. That is too bad the owner got bitten and exposed to rabies (definitely not a fun situation!) but it just doesn't seem like a smart decision to try raise a raccoon in the first place.  I guess it is one of those live and learn situations. We can learn from other’s mistakes.
web posted July 21, 2015
My first thought on removal of the African American monument was yes, it should have been moved too. However, as I thought more about it , that may have opened the door to remove monuments in other areas of SC.  See, if you remove one, you have to potentially remove all. Some may not view the flag as a “monument”.  It also would have just fired up more of a reason to have racial riots here. My opinion is that the statehouse grounds should just be benign of any Civil War memorabilia period. SC has a lot of history other than that and it is the future of the state we need to be concerned about. It is the future of this country that we need to focus on. Please wake up. 

 One thing to think about is that SC was not praised for leaving the monument . I wonder how many people in the country even know it is there. See, that is part of the agenda. They want unrest in certain parts of society and to admit that the monument is there, is to say that SC has moved forward. The reaction to the shooting was not the expected or hoped for reaction (by the left) to such a horrendous action. Anger and riots are incited and encouraged by the left.  To keep the fire (argument) going just plays into their hands.  At least our state leaders are aware and not adding fuel to those kinds of things.  Please wake up.
web posted July 21, 2015
I think it's naive for folks to continue telling me that "we were all immigrants" at one time or another.  REALLY?  You must be joking.  Every developed country in the world was populated by immigrants at one time or another, however in case you haven't noticed, America is well populated now and we no longer need immigrants here.  Oh sure, you'll call this view "short sighted" but the bottom line is, we no longer need hundreds of thousands of immigrants piling across our border each year.  Coming to America in this day and age should be like winning the lottery.  We should ONLY take the best and brightest who have something positive to contribute to our society, something beyond mowing a yard or picking peaches. Mow your own damned yard or hire an American to do it.  The tax payers of America can no longer support the cost of immigration.  Shut it down now! 

And by the way, spare me the old, "but you wouldn't be here if America didn't allow immigration" statement.  That "straw man" is worn out.  As I've already pointed out, there was a time when we needed immigrants to build this nation.  We no longer need them, at least not the number of them that continue to come here.  The bottom line is that the Democrats want them here as a voting block and for no other reason.  They've become nothing more than a political toy, one that honest, hardworking taxpayers will support, while they vote in Progressive Liberals. 
web posted July 21, 2015
I am the worst terrorist attack the United States will ever face.
SO TRUE!!!!! And very scary.....
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8dCCmLCYAAicRf.jpg:large

Editor's note: I could not agree more!
web posted July 21, 2015
This week we learned that thousands of Social Security recipients might be prohibited from owning guns. How utterly absurd! Can’t wait to find out exactly who floated this idea, which certainly can’t have to do with crime control. The only seniors I recall who made any gun-related news were defending themselves in their homes. I applaud them, and am prepared to do the same.

Editor's note: That would be gun-grabber Obama.
web posted July 21, 2015
Re Coming clean
I like reading a good news story now and then. I wish more young men would own up to what they've done and get the help they need.
web posted July 21, 2015
Thank you Speaker Lucas. It's nice to know our monuments are safe and they will stay where they are!
web posted July 21, 2015
Slaves Had More Dignity Than Blacks Today
On July 4, 2014, I was a guest speaker at the Racial Reconciliation and Healing event hosted by Rev. James David Manning of ATLAH Ministries held at Gettysburg Battlefield, in Gettysburg, PA. In the course of my speech, which I gave from the same place President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, I quoted Booker T. Washington saying: “We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.”
(Address to Hamilton Club, Chicago, 1895)
Read more.
web posted July 21, 2015
My heart aches every day I drive down Calhoun street in Johnston headed to Edgefield where I see a brown dog tied to a iron front porch pole railing in the sun with no shade or protection from hot or cold weather at a single story house located two doors from the Masonic building.  And this dog has no more than three feet of chain enslaving him to this pole every day and night in the hot sun or rain. Is this animal cruelty?  If this poor enslaved dog were a child...You think anyone in Johnston would care?  There are many other dogs living similar cruel existences throughout Johnston.  They are used for one thing only...guard dogs.  Not pets to be loved, but living statues never getting to live a normal dogs life.  I ask all animal lovers to drive by this house and see for yourself.  Call the Sheriffs office or whoever, and make an anonymous plea for the dogs owners to have some compassion.  I am in no way criticizing our law enforcement, they have thugs and drugs to chase, but someone in law enforcement needs to do something for this dog and others throughout Edgefield County. This dog's sad life represents how insensitive people can be.
web posted July 20, 2015
Re: Plantation house.
The town looks like it is dying. Crumbling buildings. Empty store fronts. Behind the genealogy library what looks like an empty apartment building. The big house up on blocks. Drug dealing out of a store front. Shootings on nearby streets. Very very sad.
web posted July 20, 2015
I continue to support Governor Halley. The remark by someone that her family were“ immigrants” is pretty naïve. Weren’t all of our families immigrants at one time? Seriously, I think she can understand and appreciate the heritage here without having her roots go back to the beginning of SC. I am glad she is our Governor. She is forward thinking and not backward thinking.  Have the original “immigrants” in this state noticed that we have not had riots, people bussed in here to incite things, and that SC continues to be an example of how to handle a tragedy? Good for the Speaker of our House, Jay Lucas. He seems to understand the issue very clearly and positively.

I continue to say that those who cannot think things through a little more deeply and only see the surface issues are just hanging on to old thinking. Maybe the “immigrants “ in this state, whether those from other countries or those from other states, can balance some of the thinking here.  I am not talking about illegal immigrants, but those that are legally here.  Many of those from other states actually bring a lot to SC, but some here only see them as intruders. I think that is sad.
web posted July 20, 2015
It's nice to know that the State is not going to even consider anything to do with street names or monuments across the state. The simple fact that Mr. [Speaker] Lucas had to issue a statement like he did shows the NAACP and others were going after monuments. I wish they'd showed the gonads to stop Haley on the flag. Our monuments are safe, at least for now. Thank you Mr.Lucas!
web posted July 20, 2015
I heard that Bettis supports tearing down the old Adams warehouse. I don't know why they want to tear it down so bad but they own it and can do whatever they want with it. Like Dr. Brooks said, that's pretty much the end of the story. Why Bettis' name would pop up again is beyond me.

Editor's note: I believe that Bettis is the one who donated the land and buildings to get PTC here in the beginning. I wasn't very active back then so I can't say that for sure.
web posted July 20, 2015
Remove The African American Monument
The African American Monument on the South Carolina State House grounds was erected in 2001 as part of a bi-partisan compromise reached in 2000 to move the Confederate battle flag from the State House dome and place it at the Confederate Soldier's Monument. Given the recent outcry to remove the battle flag from the State House grounds completely, the people of South Carolina view this as a reneging of the 2000 compromise. Therefore, the people of South Carolina implore the South Carolina State Legislature to pass legislation calling for the removal of the African American Monument from the State House grounds. It has been stated that the battle flag must be removed due to it being offensive to the African American community, and invoking upon that community reminders of the dark history of slavery. To the same point, the African American Monument depicts slave ships, mistreatment and words such as "segregation" and "Jim Crow". This being the case, it is undeniable that this monument can and does serve to invoke in the white community feelings of shame, humiliation and offense, serving as a constant reminder of the dark history of slavery. Therefore, we the people of South Carolina and citizens the world over implore the Legislature of South Carolina to order the removal of this monument from State Grounds.
Click here for more.

Editor's note: Speaker Lucas has said there will be no more discussions about monuments. Period.
web posted July 20, 2015
Interesting that the term “radical Muslim” or “radical Islam” is not allowed or used by this administration. These mosques where much of the radical thinking is spouted are not gone into and checked out. Yet there is a threat to the Christian community if churches talk about actual Biblical principles such as the Biblical definition of marriage. Christians in this country are under tremendous attack yet the Muslim community is continually protected. Christians worshiping and living their faith are not going into places like army bases, recruiting stations etc and shooting people. I have not heard of any Christians beheading anyone at work in Oklahoma . Remember that poor woman and the other one that was almost beheaded?  We have illegal felons being protected in sanctuary cities in this country and killing innocent Americans, We have the Boston Maraton bombed. Does anyone feel like we are living in a whole different country that the one we grew up in? The changes are somewhat subtle but are extremely stunning.
web posted July 20, 2015
RE: "End of Discussion"
I think that if the legislature was to start discussing moving even 1 monument somebody would have gotten shot and the kid that shot the people at the church would have gotten his race war. It's already bad enough with the flag. The article "It has begun" hit the nail on the head. Just think how bad things are going to get already!
http://edgefielddaily.com/county070715.html
web posted July 20, 2015
When you vote for an incumbent you are perpetuating our government as it is now. Nothing will change.

      Below are 3 short sentences, you may find interesting.    These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
      1.)   We are advised NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
    Funny how that works!
    
    2.)   Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
    How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't.
    
    3.)   Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping payments to illegal aliens such as monthly payments for each child, money for housing, Food Stamps, free education including college and also the right to vote?
    Am I the only one missing something here???
    Number 3 is why I keep saying we do not need to build a wall on the southern border!
    If we knock that stuff off ---  they will be no more desperate to come here than the Canadians are.
    Do we have a wall up there?
web posted July 20, 2015
If this doesn’t say it, nothing will. AMAZING NRA Support from where you'd least expect it.  Obama didn't see this coming.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/9RABZq5IoaQ?feature=player_embedded
web posted July 20, 2015
Iran’s president goes on TV to tell his nation Iran got everything it wanted from nuclear deal and much more.
Read a lot more here.
web posted July 20, 2015
I am so extremely happy that Debbie Courtney is the new principal at JET Middle School!  She is an awesome person that should have had it years ago, my children attended the school and received so much from Debbie Courtney being Assistant Principal.  She is truly an inspirational individual with knowledge, skills, and personality, I congratulate Ms. Courtney for hanging in there truly great things will be happening at JET Middle School
web posted July 18, 2015
Re: Plantation house
I know George Thornton paid the taxes and began the process to purchase it and now Bettis has put a law suit against him. His same old BS. He doesn't like to lose.
web posted July 18, 2015
Bettis Rainsford stopping the Plantation House improvements is a rumor going around lately. Can anyone give proof it is true? Does he have financial interest in Plantation House?  It now looks as good as the house on blocks (for about 10 years)  behind the Edgefield theater. Is that project his too? He is still trying to stop any progress in Mt. Vintage and his properties there are not maintained.  His 15 minutes has been up for a while, [removed].
web posted July 18, 2015
I just read that 8 in 10 Democrats approve of the President . What is it they can't see! Boggles my mind . And these are suppose to
be intelligent people. I would challenge them to be intellectually responsible and listen to Rush for a week. Now there is an intelligent person.
web posted July 18, 2015
Fraud president Obama was quick to label the lone gunman who murdered the Charleston Church members as a domestic terrorist...quick to talk about gun control and quick to label the Confederate flag as evil. HOWEVER..Fraud Obama responds with "lone gunman" as the person who murdered four Marines in Chattanooga...says nothing about a Muslim as the attacker...says nothing about how the Muslim got a gun and certainly said nothing about ISIS or their evil flag being flown in our country. There is no doubt Obama is an enemy of America who will have more blood on his hands because he will not close our borders or allow the Worthless FBI and DEH to profile Muslims, but rather send these two traitorous agencies after those who fly a Confederate flag and to spy on White Conservative Christian Americans. The enemy is on our soil, we have a traitor in our White House...and White America is Obama's enemy...NOT Radical Muslims. Time to have your Weapons Ready and carry at all times. By the way..did you know the Director for Homeland Security is Muslim and the CIA Director is Muslim?
web posted July 18, 2015
Prime Minister Netanyahu called this Iranian agreement "a stunning and historic mistake".  Israel is not bound by this agreement.Israel will continue to protect itself. Congress had no role in this agreement, Obama went directly to the UN. If congress caves in this we are truly doomed. We just negotiated with a rogue, terrorist nation.

The release of the four Americans being held by Iran were not part of this deal. So, again, the rest of the world is reminded that we now leave our own behind.

"Fundamental Change" has happened. Thank you liberals!!!
web posted July 18, 2015
I've heard the same thing about Bettis and the Plantation House. He wants a "piece of the pie" but I don't see how because the bank foreclosed on it and this new guy bought it from the bank. He shouldn't have any claim in any of it. But anytime Bettis sees somebody with money he lights up like a Christmas tree. It's never about Edgefield it's always about Bettis. I don't wish anything bad on him, but I wish he'd just go away.
web posted July 18, 2015
Have you ever followed up on the woman with the 3 pit bulls?

Editor's note: The Animal Control Officer has been out due to an ankle injury. I asked Capt. Wash and he said he would be back at work on Monday (light duty) and he would see what has been done, if anything. It is very rare to see an incident report from Animal Control for some reason. I hope to see that change.
web posted July 18, 2015
They got the flag removed. Be happy and move on. Pushing for more is giving this Roof guy the race war he wanted. The NAACP and politicians pushing for more need to just shut up and go away. I sure Hope Nicky Haley is happy now. She keeps talking about "heritage". She doesn't have any heritage here. Her family are immigrants.
web posted July 18, 2015
Here’s Why Politicians Hate the Confederate Flag
http://www.infowars.com/heres-why-politicians-hate-the-confederate-flag/
web posted July 18, 2015
The old plantation house on the Edgefield square had bright plans for renovation which would have been a huge improvement to beautify the town square rather than looking at plywood windows. It is my understanding that this has come to a screeching halt as Bettis Rainsford has taken action to stop this. Why in this world would he do this?  This only hurts the town and the quality of life for the citizens. I certainly hope this is not true.
web posted July 17, 2015
Can some pro abortion person help me understand how Planned Parenthood can rationalize that they are not killing human life yet they are harvesting body parts from the very ones they say they are not murdering? Are they body parts or not? If they are, are they from human beings or not? Any reasonable, rational , intelligent person can see the hypocrisy of the pro abortion people. I order to get body parts, someone ( some human being) has to die.

Selling unborn body parts is the most grotesque and barbaric thing yet. The tape of the woman eating her lunch and discussing how they murder the babies in a way to preserve the lungs, heart etc is absolutely horrifying!!! Is God's heart breaking or what?
web posted July 17, 2015
NAACP, enough is enough already. Now you want the Confederate Stone Mountain taken down. Well, I want every

Martin Luther King statue taken down, every street with his name renamed and the phrase I have a dream never spoken again.
web posted July 17, 2015
Please, please , please don't give personal information out on the Internet, over the phone etc.!!!! In a world where we need to overly protect person information, why just hand it out?
web posted July 17, 2015
Re: slaves changing

It seems that people who receive government benefits are essentially still slaves just to our government and to the people who pay taxes.

It's a different type of slavery because the "owners" do not require anything in return other than the obedience to keep there "masters" in office. 
web posted July 17, 2015
How do you share"ilk"? Hmmm.
web posted July 17, 2015
What's the big deal on "saving" the old falling in warehouse? Other than a few people it seems like no big deal.
web posted July 17, 2015
I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60's alive. Gone. It's offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men's lives.

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.

As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women's athletic teams to something other than "the Beavers” (especially when they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???)

I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the Redskins name I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the [removed] heads in Congress.
web posted July 17, 2015
The question about the information about the Edgefield County School post.  I posted this on the Merriwether Community Coalition facebook page also.

Here is the link if you are interested:  Five of Edgefield County Schools to Have New Leadership

Editor's note: I posted the link.
web posted July 17, 2015
Supper this evening consisted of our home-raised chicken, corn on the cob, and sliced ripe tomatoes. My wife commented on how good it was and I asked her what Obama would have said about it. She shrugged and I told her. " You didn't grow that!"
web posted July 16, 2015
A teenage boy had just passed his driving test  and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.
His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car."
The boy thought about that for a moment, decided, he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.
After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut."
The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair."
(You're going to love the Dad's reply!)
"Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"
web posted July 16, 2015
Remember the State of Israel being proclaimed on May 14, 1948? Remember the Six Day War between Israel and her Arab neighbors in 1967? It was all actually pretty miraculous. Hmmm All was prophesied in the Bible. In the days ahead, keep in mind that the nation of Israel are God's people and He is not finished with them. Much prophecy to still be fulfilled!!! Some balk at that, as some balk at Christianity. Someday they will see the truth of what the Bible says, but it will be too late for them. That will be a sad, sad day for those who did not have the wisdom to at least check things out ! God wins in the end!!!!! Gives some of us a lot of hope!
web posted July 16, 2015
I saw this in the Advertiser. Why didn't you have anything on it? Five of Edgefield County Schools to Have New Leadership

Editor's note: I didn't know. I had my treatment Monday and that's when she put the story together. There it is. Not sure if I will put a story up on it or just link to theirs.
web posted July 16, 2015
Some comments on this page are not worth responding to. Unfortunately some of the comments  have name calling and rudeness and that is not necessary. People can have different perspectives and even different views of history. Even if we disagree, we should be mature enough to show each other "southern hospitality" - or is that just a an empty term that isn't true? Maybe another  thought is whether some are being "southern gentlemen and ladies"?  I have always believed some of the unkind stereotypes of the south weren't true. Now I wonder about some in the south after reading some of the childish comments on this page. Not sharing  "ilk" , just making an observation.
web posted July 16, 2015
If Johnston is doing a loan for 10 yrs for cars, why don't they do like the county and do a bond at a much lower rate?
web posted July 16, 2015
It doesn't sound like PTC is going to move on tearing down the old warehouse. They've made up their mind and that's pretty much it.
web posted July 16, 2015
I can't believe that people are still falling for internet scams. Anything that says "Mr. Pawn" and wanted my information would just get skipped over. I looked it up and they  try to hire you to make all this money to get your info.I sure hope this was a young guy that just didn't know better.

Editor's note: The man is in his 40's.
web posted July 16, 2015
You looked like you were dragging today [Wednesday].

Editor's note: I was not feeling my best. Just had a treatment on Monday. New drugs so I'm not sure what the side affects are going to be.
web posted July 16, 2015
Well we may have just pushed Israel into doing something to protect herself. So glad our President has made a legacy for himself . Too bad he has put the whole world at risk by doing so!!!!
web posted July 15, 2015
People don't like the actions of their politicians? Well , that is what elections are for, at least they used to be before things have gotten so corrupt. Anyway, to the people who want to live in the past I say elect a good (if you can find one) Democrat who will continue to pander to old thinking.  Or, maybe you can find some good old boy to run.  We all know what those people can do to a town, a county and a state if they have a chance.  We have experienced that.  Talk about pandering.

People won’t listen to explanations of things anyway. Just like with Shane Massey. I wondered why he was absent from the big vote but when I heard why, I understood. He made his view clear, and in writing, so he took a stand. Now if you don't like his stand, fine, vote for someone else. But quit name calling-good grief some people act like they are still on a children on a playground and aren't getting their way. The state leaders do have vacation time and guess what…the flag vote was not on the schedule until the last minute.  They all had to be called back. Maybe the state should have flown him in from Hawaii to vote. Maybe you would like your tax dollars spent that way.  He let us know his thoughts and that took a lot of guts in the atmosphere of this county.  I say grow up and act like an adult.  All the vitriol some are spouting is falling on deaf ears. 
web posted July 15, 2015
I'm sure my fellow citizens of Johnston would like to know that while one of their officers should be protecting and serving their town he comes home during "work hours" to feed his dog. This probably explains why JPD can't be found when needed as another writer said in one of their comments earlier this month. Just go down a certain street and you'll see his patrol car running and parked there for hours at a time.
web posted July 15, 2015
Wonder why our young people are skipping marriage and are just living together?

Follow these 13 proven steps to financial well-being:

1. Don't get married to her.
2. Use your mom's address for mail.
3. Guy, (YOU) buy a house.
4  Guy rents out house to his girlfriend who has 2 of his kids.
5. Section 8 will pay $900 a month for a 3 bedroom home.
6. Girlfriend signs up for Obamacare so guy doesn't have to pay for
family  insurance.
7. Girlfriend gets to go to college free for being a single mother.
8. Girlfriend gets $600 a month for food stamps.
9. Girlfriend gets free cell phone.
10. Girlfriend gets free utilities.
11. Guy moves into home but uses mom's house to get mail sent to.
12. Girlfriend claims one kid and guy claims one kid on taxes. Now
they  both get to claim head of household at $1800 credit!
13. Girlfriend gets disability for being "crazy" or having a "bad back" at  $1800 a
month and never has to work again.
This plan is perfectly legal and is being executed now by millions of people.
A married couple with a stay-at-home mom yields $0.00 dollars
An unmarried couple with stay-at-home mom nets:$21,600 disability +$10,800
free housing +
$6,000 free Obamacare +
$6,000 free
food +
$4,800 free utilities +
$6,000 Pell grant
money to spend +
$12,000 a year in college tuition free
from Pell grant +
$8,800 tax benefit for being a single
mother
=$75,000 a year in benefits

Any idea why the country is   18+ trillion $$$ in debt ???
web posted July 15, 2015
Some two hundred years ago the White People sat on their porches and watched the Black People do the work that needed to be done so the Whites could live the life they wanted.  If the Blacks didn't produce enough to keep the Whites happy,  they complained about it.  In those days it was called slavery.

Today the Black People sit on their porches and watch the White people work to pay the taxes that are necessary for the Blacks to live the life they want.  If their welfare check is not enough to keep them happy, they complain about it.  

It would appear to me that the only thing that has changed is the color of the slaves. Just sayin..............
web posted July 15, 2015
Just wondering where all the outrage and "ilk"  is from readers on what has and is happening to the U.S. flag. It is being desecrated every day, not only in places like Iran ( did folks see the protests and flag burnings there this weekend?) but in our own country. Now that is a flag issue we should all agree on. We should be a "United States" on that issue!!!!
web posted July 15, 2015
Why all the changes at MES? I thought everything was just fine there?
web posted July 15, 2015
I agree the school district website needs to be update more often.
web posted July 15, 2015
I have heard rumors of MES getting the JES principal. And new MMS administration. The school board needs to do a better job at getting the information out there as quickly as possible. They do have a website to post on, even though it is scarcely used in a productive way.
web posted July 14, 2015
What would make someone jump from a moving vehicle? A domestic dispute? Wow, cannot wait for these details.

Editor's note: I had to place a correction as it was a man not a woman. I have the report, but having a treatment today has prevented me from reading it over in detail, but there's not a lot more to it.
web posted July 14, 2015
 According to History.net this an approximate breakdown of the deaths in the Civil War. These are not hard numbers but approximate numbers.

Confederate battle deaths- 95,000
                       other deaths - 165,000 (mostly disease)

Union battle deaths-110,000
                      other deaths-250,000 (mostly disease)

So the totals are approximately:

Confederate deaths- 250,000
Union deaths-360,000

I guess the Union suffered just as much life loss (maybe more?)  from a war that was being fought to divide this nation. Gives a little different perspective. Those in the south seem to think they are the only ones who suffered. Yes they lost, but both sides suffered.  To me , the flag we need to protect ( and one that is under attack and has been for some time) is the United States flag. We are not living in the 1860s and the battles we face today are too big to get side tracked. Fly any flag you want , but be sure your first loyalty is to this country today and realize the attack she is under.
web posted July 14, 2015
people need to quit fighting over that flag  people need more love in there heart hope God will help them to do better in life
web posted July 14, 2015
In light of this attack on a historical symbol, Republican Rep. Christopher Corley proposed an alternative to replace the Confederate flag:
Click here.

Editor's note: Rather fitting.
web posted July 14, 2015
Obama and Haley are ruining SC.
web posted July 14, 2015
If you don't have private property rights you don't have any rights.
web posted July 14, 2015
Ever find out anything on the pit bulls yet?

Editor's note: No, nothing yet.
web posted July 14, 2015
Lynard Skynard caves!
http://www.examiner.com/article/fans-outraged-after-lynyrd-skynard-denounces-confederate-flag
web posted July 14, 2015
Today's lesson in irony :
the food stamp program is administered by the u.s. department of agriculture. They proudly report that "they distribute free meals and food stamps to over 46 million people on an annual basis."

 meanwhile, the national park service, run by the u.s. department of the interior, asks us "please do not feed the animals". Their stated reason for this policy being that... "the animals will grow dependent on the handouts and then they will never learn to take care of themselves." 
 this concludes today's lesson.

 any questions?
web posted July 14, 2015
I'm truly at a loss, just unbelievable!
"He aint do no wrong: He just shot a cop."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSzKWByXwNo
web posted July 14, 2015
Religious Freedom According to the DNC
http://www.gopusa.com/freshink/2015/07/13/religious-freedom-according-to-the-dnc/
web posted July 14, 2015
Since this whole uproar about the confederate flag, I have heard that Brynes Highschool (the Rebels) is having to change their Mascot, Will Strom Thurmond have to be called something else other than rebels?

Editor's note: I'm sure they will try.
web posted July 13, 2015
I am probably misreading something again, but if SRP knew the man withdrawing money from someone’s account was not the owner of the account, why did they allow the transaction? If they called the man, as he says, then they knew it was a fraudulent action in the first place. Don't you think they might have contacted him prior to giving the other person the money? Seems a little strange. When I go into to SRP, my picture shows up to the teller, at least in North Augusta it does. 
web posted July 13, 2015
The President’s main job is to protect U. S. citizens. Do you feel safer today? Too bad there are only sanctuary cities for illegals. Seems like we all need safe places these days thanks to the liberal agenda in this country. Between the fear of terrorism or getting shot by an illegal felon who runs around free in a sanctuary city (that is disobeying federal law), We need leaders who will protect us.  Instead we have anarchy in some cities in this country. The sanctuary cities sound eerily similar to the “no go” zones in Europe that protect the Muslims. It is very similar to me because these areas seem to over ride national law. We better get a hold of this in our country. More is coming to light about them and we need to know more.

What does Hillary say about this? Oh that’s right. She doesn't say anything about anything-wont even talk to the press (her friends) about anything. Gotta stay behind that rope!!! Her so called interview was with a former donor.  She just continued to lie. No subpoenas ?  Right!
web posted July 13, 2015
The dysfunctional mentality of we against them NEEDS to STOP.  It is time to think in terms of US!!!  Remember?  United States of America!
web posted July 13, 2015
Let’s lighten things up a bit., for heaven’s sake. This got results once before, so here goes again: Won’t somebody at the sign shop learn that some destinations are two-word forms? Clarkshill looks nutty heading west on SC 23…just as nutty as Plumbranch did before someone kindly fixed it.
web posted July 13, 2015
Just wanted to say Thank You to the Trenton Fire Department for a quick response to the brush fire on my property in Trenton ,Saturday ,they were well equipped and professional with their work . Again Thank You and you and God Bless you all !
web posted July 13, 2015
I will not be voting for Shane Massey nor Nikki Haley they both have let the voters down, wimp Shane Massey I am disappointed and regret I voted for you!
web posted July 13, 2015
I called this a week ago. The flag issue was only the tip of the iceberg. The Memphis city council has voted to dig up a Confederate general and his wife. They are also wanting to sell his statue to "whoever wants it". This is so despicable that it defies words. The only bright side to this story is that there are several laws governing the removal of graves and war memorials that apply. Nathan Bedford Forrest has been buried for 110 years and now these loonbats cannot rest until they stamp out all history that they do not agree with. I am reminded of a quote" those who control the present, control the past, those that control the past, control the present. Obviously, these people have no idea that Forrest Gump is a direct descendent of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When do we say enough! I say that it is now.
web posted July 13, 2015
I certainly hope that when the Edgefield town council votes on this smoke free ordinance that they keep in mind that they hold private property rights in the palm of their hands. This is a very slippery slope. Should the government be able to dictate what private business owners can allow in their place of business? Smoking is a legal activity whether we like it or not. I personally despise it. There is nothing worse than the smell of a nasty ashtray. It is not for us to decide. If Monks or the Huddle House or any where else that is privately owned decides to allow smoking, which is totally legal, that is their right. It is a complete overreach for our local government to decide that they can't. I remember the old moniker, No shoes, No shirt, No service. The private business decided what the rules were and that is how it was. As a consumer you understood these rules and shopped accordingly. That just makes common sense. Although, common sense is no longer something that is recognizable. I still think that individual rights trump the collective good.

Editor's note: The Constitution limits the power of government to protect the individual from the government. They see it the other way around.
web posted July 13, 2015
There's not a dime's difference between a Republican and a Democrat. We need to vote for Christian conservatives and not liberal Bible bashers from either "party".
web posted July 13, 2015
The Confederate Flag Needs To Be Raised, Not Lowered
http://megynkelly.org/179681/the-confederate-flag-needs-to-be-raised-not-lowered-2/
web posted July 13, 2015
I am one of the suckers who work and pay taxes.

This should make one think about the attitudes of a large part of population!

This is an example of our Tax Dollars at work.

Really makes you wonder why this is acceptable !!!!!!
  You gotta hear this?!
http://safeshare.tv/w/csrqsTAmSx
web posted July 13, 2015
Did anyone follow the tragedy the past few weeks?   Just imagine if the events in Charleston and what followed ,truly meant it is a new day in SC that truly exemplified a real uniting rather than another opportunity for stoking the fires of  division, what a very different outcome we would be experiencing.  There was such a positive opportunity to further the unity.    This young lady states it so well.  Kira Davis: The Language of Unity
web posted July 13, 2015
The ‘Confederate Flag’ Never Called Me a Nigger: But Blacks and Liberals Have
Click here to read more.
web posted July 13, 2015
Re: 'Banning' Smoking
Here we go again. What is so hard to understand about having the free will to go/eat/smoke/ where you please? If you don't own the building and someone is smoking in it...then leave. It is not yours. I repeat: it is not yours. You have the RIGHT to leave and whether it's the healthier thing to do or not, it is not your right to demand someone comply with what you want.
web posted July 11, 2015
Shane Massey's excuse for not voting is lame. A pre-planned vacation huh? The reason there was a session after the Fourth was because of him and his ilk. For or against the flag, as a representative of the people, he should have been there to vote.
web posted July 11, 2015
We need to keep praying for this country. Does anyone think God is happy with what is going on?  Some either wish to ignore this fact or they don't know, but God will judge sin. We need to be on our knees.  We need true revival in this country.

Editor's note: Amen. I pray for this country every day.
web posted July 11, 2015
Any idea why Shane Massey and Bill Hixon were missing in action in Columbia?

Editor's note: They claimed to be on vacation. At least Shane issued a statement saying he would vote to take it down if he was here to vote. Emails to Hixon were ignored.
web posted July 11, 2015
I must have missed the comments from Senator Massey about being on vacation during the vote. I made the wrong assumptions about him. His statement did say how he would vote and that is on record. Good for him.  HIs vote would not have mattered as the majority of the Senators and Representatives in this state voted for removal. If anyone is curious about the feelings of some of them, one lady they may want to listen to is Representative Jenny Horne ( R ), a descendent of  Jefferson Davis.  She seems to get it even though she is a life long SC resident and obviously a strong southerner.

As far as all the anger and angst against Governor Halley, well some think she did the right thing. Some think Senator Massey has the right opinion on this. That flag is not a badge of honor to all . As far as the editorial today, most of the fears about the flag have come true. Just don't be so quick to blame the Republicans. If that flag had never been put on the statehouse grounds in the first place, and had been put in a museum where it belongs, the rest of the actions against it would not be going on today. It was the fuel to start the fire.

 I heard the Klan is coming to Columbia, and sure I hope they don't , as it just continues to make  the south look like what the Democrats want to portray it as. The Democrats, not the Republicans, want the rest of the country to hate the south. They want the rest of the country to think we are racist and haters. Hopefully we are rising above that.  The reaction in Charleston made them mad. Don't you think they would have loved it if there would have been a big fight in our state congress to keep that flag at the statehouse?  Think the whole thing through.

If one now hates the Republicans, are they going to vote Democrat? Better really think about that one. RINOS or not, the Republican platform is so much better than the Democratic one. Don't let this next election be like the last one.
web posted July 11, 2015
Re:  I saw the charger from JPD at the gym in Saluda around 12:30-1:00 this morning.

Seriously? You mean the gym "in Saluda" that’s 5 miles from the red light in Johnston?  Don't you have anything better to concern yourself with?  Do you know how much those guys make?  They could probably make more money flippin burgers at a fast food restaurant.  How bout this, mind your own [removed] business.

Editor's note: He lives in a building that uses the same parking lot.
web posted July 11, 2015
To the person who wrote about being labeled a "flag hater"  You're a special kind of stupid aren't you?  You go as far as to announce your support for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State Grounds, but in the same post complain about Walmart, Amazon and the Dukes of Hazard.  I mean, did you really believe that the left wouldn't keep moving the goal posts on you gullible losers?  Furthermore, you're just another one of those special folks who has it all figured out.  I mean, you know exactly what the thoughts and feelings of men who lived over 150 years ago were.  You're so smart that you have a full understanding of what lived in the hearts and souls of every southerner who fought in the Civil War.  The fact of the matter is, you have no idea, nor do I, nor does anyone else.  Your opinion is as insignificant as mine is.  The problem though is that you, along with your weak minded ilk, convinced our politicians that it was the right thing do.  You never thought for one second beyond South Carolina and the ramifications this action would have across the nation.  Now, myself and thousands of folks like me, can no longer place even a small Confederate flag on the graves of our ancestors who fought and died in that war.

I'm so happy that you're now happy, that the feelings of African Americans who live in South Carolina no longer have hurt feelings over that terrible flag. 
web posted July 11, 2015
I don't know how many people saw the photo of the man who was accused of the shootings in Charleston, but the caption below seems to be getting truer every day.
Below his smiling mug shot the caption read "I just shot 9 people.....and they're BLAMING A FLAG!
web posted July 11, 2015
"Net Neutrality is a very bad idea.  We must fight it all the way."

This is like saying the way you have always had access to the internet is a very bad idea.  I don't think the writer understands that at every moment he has ever been online in his life it was under "net neutrality".  Net Neutrality is the status quo.  So fighting it all way, what does this mean? 

Someone explain how net neutrality is a change from the status quo? 
web posted July 11, 2015
RE: Flag is Just the Beginning of Attack on Freedoms
I agree. You give the left an inch and they'll take the country. Anyone who does not agree with them is a "hater", "homophobe" or racist. Welcome to Obama's transformed America. We better elect a strong Christian in the next election or things are going to get worse. Hillary is Obama 2.1. She will say and do anything to get power. It's not about the people. It's all about her.
web posted July 11, 2015
Privately owned businesses should be able to make the rules for their own establishments. If the Huddle House or Monk's want to allow smoking, then that is their right. You as a discerning shopper have the option to not patronize their place of business. It is not your right or place to force your opinion on them. This country hick town as you put it, may have it's share of problems but we like it. Since you just moved here, the way back should still be familiar.
web posted July 11, 2015
RE : "So I wonder if in the history of this country, can anyone find where a liquor license was denied because the person who issues the licenses says that drinking alcohol is against their religion."

Keep stretching to achieve your agenda. The real issue that most are overlooking is "intolerance."

Walmart can decide to remove confederate memorabilia and not bake cakes with the confederate flag, at the request of a customer.  They're applauded. Yet a family bakery also makes a decision not to bake a cake for a gay couple.  They are excoriated and run out of business, and the gay couple who could easily have left and found a business where they were accommodated with the request, are applauded.

So where is the tolerance.  We must tolerate gay rights, but yet the heritage of a nation must be erased.

Personally, I don't care if the flag stays or goes. Personally, I don't care if your gay.
Personally, I don't care if you choose to have an abortion.

What I do care about is having you make me conform to your ways or else. Who are you to dictate to all others?

The way I see it, leave me [removed] alone, you do your thing, and in the end, both of us will answer to what we have done. If you're comfortable with that so am I, but while we are here on this earth, shut [removed] up, nobody gives a [removed] about a what you do, you're the one flaunting and making an issue of it.
web posted July 11, 2015
Senator Massey was in Hawaii on vacation, long-planned because they are never in session the week after July 4th.  I wrote to ask him the same question, thinking he had wimped out, and he answered right away to explain why he wasn’t there.  He would have voted to move the flag had he been here, as he explained in his statement previously.  I guess we should always ask before we assume we know what someone is thinking.
web posted July 10, 2015

I must correct a misunderstanding.  Those of us that support moving the flag from the statehouse to a museum or a historical site (where things of history are placed to be remembered) are not “flag haters”.  Some of us actually realize what the flag represents to many in this state. It represents a time of sadness and divide in this country. It represents the push to keep slavery in this country. I know it is a badge of honor to many, and yes it is part of our history so lets put it where it belongs-in a place that celebrates history and helps us remember things, the good and the bad.

To say that people are “flag haters” is inflammatory.  After seeing how Charleston reacted after the shootings shows me that SC has moved way beyond the divide and has healed. We don't need a Baltimore or Ferguson here. I appreciate Governor Halley standing up and protecting the state.  Maybe she looks forward and isn't living in the past. The war ended a long time ago, thankfully, and a lot of healing has taken place.  There is still a ways to go, but to keep fighting the war in the minds of some is not healthy for any of us.  How about this…pray for our country today. History is history. Learn from it and move forward.  We have too many other issues to be concerned about than to let this fill our minds.

What the left has done with the flag issue ( Amazon, Wal Mart, Gettysburg, Dukes of Hazzard, Bubba Watson, NASCAR etc) is another story. That shows a deep problem in the country that is much bigger than a flag.  The left are the haters.  They cannot imagine that anyone would disagree with them and they are ruthless in getting their way. Whole different story.
web posted July 10, 2015
I live in this neighborhood and have a small child who loves playing outside. I am very thankful that no one was injured, but who knows what these dogs may do if they continue to roam the neighborhood!  According to SC law, these dogs could have been killed legally as they were obviously threatening to cause harm to these people. I am sure they weren't chasing grown adults to tell them that Timmy fell in the well.  Editor:  is there an update on this story?  I would love to know if something has been done about these dogs. Thanks.
SC LAW STATES:
SECTION 47-3-530. Penalties for stealing or killing identifiable dog.
Any person killing any dog when owner may be identified by means of a collar bearing sufficient information or some other form of positive identification is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one  thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both. *****This paragraph does not apply to the  killing of a dog threatening to cause or causing personal injury or property damage.*****

Editor's note: I have not seen a report from Animal Control on this case. I will ask since I doubt he will arrest the owner, simply write a ticket.
web posted July 10, 2015
Jimmy Carter – what a complete idiot!!
The Bible says, “marriage is between a man and a woman”.
There is no way Jesus would “approve” of a gay marriage.

Editor's note: Read the first two chapters of Romans (Chapter 1 should be enough, but add chapter 2 because it fits with what is taking place today.)
web posted July 10, 2015
I saw the charger from JPD at the gym in Saluda around 12:30-1:00 this morning.  I thought they could only drive to and from work.  Since when did it become a personal vehicle?  Or better yet, if he was working, why was he out of his jurisdiction?  Maybe that's where he is when no one can find him for hours at a time.

Editor's note: I know officers are allowed to take their patrol car home. If you question the car being there, call Chief Robinson.
web posted July 10, 2015
So I wonder if in the history of this country, can anyone find where a liquor license was denied because the person who issues the licenses says that drinking alcohol is against their religion. 

If so, please point me in that direction.
web posted July 10, 2015
Regardless of which side of the Confederate flag issue you are on, the voters of House District 83 and Senate District 25 should be very disappointed that their elected Representative and Senator chose to go on vacation rather than fulfill their duty to the voters of Edgefield County during the historic events of this week. It is interesting that two members of the Edgefield delegation chose to do so. Were they afraid to cast a vote and go on record? What is more important your vacation or your duty to your constituents? How can a single house member who owns his on inherited business not be able to delay his vacation to fulfill his duty in regard to this historic legislation? Serving in the legislature is not an obligation that should be taken lightly and treated as if someone feels entitled to the position. The voters should remember this when the next election cycle comes around for both Bill Hixon and Shane Massey. 
web posted July 10, 2015
Banning smoking: I think it’s a great idea because who wants to eat while having smoke blown on your food. I also think they need to ban in anyplace that sells food. I have been to Monks in Johnston a couple of times and bought a loaf of bread and a candy bar and they tasted like a cigarette because all the employees smoke in there. It smells so bad in there and if you hold a food item up to your nose and sniff it is embedded with the cigarette smell.
web posted July 10, 2015
The Senate vote on the flag removal was 36 for removal, 3 against.  It appears that 5 Senators were absent including Shane Massey. He did make his statement on how he felt about the issue. I am disappointed that he did not stand up and vote. Maybe his personal views overrode his constituents desires but he should have voted for his constituents.  I am for removing the flag from the Statehouse grounds, but the majority of the constituents of Senator Massey are who he should be representing.  I am sure the majority of Edgefield supports leaving it there but I don't know about the rest of Senator Massey's constituents. Edgefield is not the only place he represents.  No matter how he would have voted (and according to his statement he would have voted for removal) it would have been better to vote, than to not show up. I think that is weak, unless he is ill or has some really good reason to be on leave. Seems a little too convenient but maybe there is a good reason. I sure hope there were no threats against him or his family. There are crazies on both sides of this issue. Not saying there were threats,  just saying I hope there weren't any.

So my question is why is he on leave and when did he go on a leave? Who represents us when he is absent?  Transparency on this one is really important! Unless he has a very good reason for being on leave, he has lost my vote in the future.  We need strength in our leaders not weakness.

Editor's note: I believe someone answered that above.
web posted July 10, 2015
I'm sorry to hear that al & jessy won on the flag issue even though they are from out of state .
web posted July 10, 2015
There is not a racist bone in my body. But with the Republicans caving in and voting to take the flag down, and will no doubt start going after other monuments because of a few outsiders, I am starting to feel that MY heritage has just been wiped out with a single vote. The short article "It has begun" is just the tip of the iceberg. When my black friends give me any lip about "winning" they are going to get an earful from me. Nobody "won" anything. "WE" lost a great part of our heritage. If the flag has to go, the monument for the blacks needs to go. Plain and simple. And to the House Republicans. I will work to see that everyone who voted for this is voted OUT of office.
web posted July 10, 2015
The difference between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ku Klux Klan is that the members of the Supreme Court dress in black robes and scare white people.
web posted July 10, 2015
I couldn't believe that the neighbors AND the deputy say the pit bulls are "vicious" and yet they have their own little "doggie door" to terrorize as they please and then just run home and hide inside. If anybody ever needed to be charge it's this person!
web posted July 9, 2015
Where is Shane Massey? Has he ducked out on some of the most important votes of his career?
During each Senate roll call vote on taking down the battle flag, our district had no representation as it was announced that Senator Massey was on leave. Looks like a cowardly surrender to me.
web posted July 9, 2015
Re: Vicious pit bulls with "doggie door"
The owner of these 3 pit bulls officially deemed "vicious" should have the dogs picked up and they should not be returned. The owner should be fined and before they're allowed to have any dogs the should have to install a fence.

Editor's note: I think they should be taken until a fence around the back yard is built. If there is one already in place it should have to be made secure.
web posted July 9, 2015
I remember someone wisely saying to me that if they encountered vicious pit bulls, they would shoot them Seems like that would take care of the problem. I have done a little checking on this issue and in at least one state, pit bulls are outlawed. I would hope no one gets injured again by these dogs that are not pets, but rather weapons. Not good!!! The root problem is not being addressed in this issue, That is what is the purpose of some of these dogs-and that leads to the drug issue, dog fights etc. Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.

Editor's note: No one was hurt in this incident, however, there are plenty of reports of pet and people being bitten.
web posted July 9, 2015
ON the smoking issue I just cant believe there is even a thought of not passing such a law.  I thought it was already illegal to smoke in restaurants but to my surprise My kids took me to the huddle house in Edgefield for fathers day breakfast and too my surprise while we were eating people started smoking and I couldn't believe it .  We just moved here and was in shock this is allowed in places serving food.  My kids have asthma   so we had to leave .   Next week later we are in the Mexican place and same thing people smoking .  What's up in Edgefield?????   I know this is kind of  a country hick  town but dang Stop making the air bad for other people especially sick kids.  My family should be ale to eat in a clean smoke free environment.

Editor's note: I don't think the Huddle House is in the town limits so they would not be affected. I'm not sure about the "Mexican place".
web posted July 9, 2015
Another child molester. What's up with these guys. I didn't look at little girls when I was a little boy! I liked the older girls!
web posted July 9, 2015
I hope the SC House will stand strong and take on the flag "haters". They're the "haters, not us for wanting to keep history alive.  Makes me sorry I ever voted for Haley!
web posted July 9, 2015
I think the flag issue should be put to a vote of the people. They won't do that because they know they'd lose.
web posted July 9, 2015

RE: Gov Huckabee
Though I do not feel comfortable doing an official report on Governor Huckabee’s Meet and Greet , I will share a few things about it. First of all, the atmosphere was comfortable and the Governor was very approachable.  He was very friendly and warm to the attendees. He allowed lots of pictures to be taken of himself with the people there. He took time and talked to the various people that came up to talk to him. It was impressive to see the ease he felt with the crowd.

Governor Huckabee appeared genuinely  concerned about this country. He spoke and shared his ideas of what needs to happen in this country such as dealing with the financial crisis we are facing, the debt that has occurred in the last eight years. He supports the Fair Tax, and is the only candidate supporting that.  He said the main problem in our country these days is a moral problem. That is the first thing that needs to be corrected before anything else can be fixed.

After he spoke he opened it up for questions. He did not have pre picked questions or questioners in the crowd.  He was asked about what he believes about separation of church and state. He explained the true history of that concept. It was concern over the state having influence over the church , not the church having influence over the state. He quoted a letter from Thomas Jefferson which first used the term “separation of church and state” . The letter was written in order to protect the church. Things have gotten turned upside down on that issue, according to the Governor.

He answered questions about wildlife conservation and his love of hunting, fishing etc. He wants to protect the land but not have all the restrictions that are being imposed. He wants children in this country to be outside enjoying and learning from nature. He shared that nature is God’s creation for all to enjoy and protect.  Not knowing much about this topic, someone else who attended the meeting should share more about it. He did share how much he loves the Turkey Federation and he promised to come back to Edgefield. One thing he did not talk about climate control, but rather the responsibility of all of us to take care of God’s creation.

He was asked about the large number of candidates in the Republican primary. He made a couple of jokes about that and said he would be happy if they all dropped out and supported him .  He has a good sense of humor.  One thing he promised is that he will not bash a fellow Republican or mention names of his opponents in a derogatory way. He suggested that one way to keep the Republicans from hurting each other during the primary and ultimately in the general election is this--tell candidates when they come that if they are going to say anything bad about an opponent , you will automatically strike their name off the list of ones you might vote for.

All in all , he was open and honest in his approach to the people who attended . He did not avoid questions, or ignore questions. He listened and shared good solid answers. He also joked and seemed to have fun with the crowd.  I felt like he would be a person  that would be very easy to approach about any issue you might have. He was not threatened or evasive with the crowd (granted it was a friendly crowd, but he did not know if someone might be hostile or negative toward him). It was a productive time for those who attended and for the Governor.
web posted July 9, 2015
QUIZ: Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?
http://nbc26.tv/2015/07/03/quiz-could-you-pass-the-u-s-citizenship-test/

Editor's note: Obviously I could. I got 9 of 10 right.
web posted July 9, 2015
House Republicans investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya on Wednesday released a March subpoena issued to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, one day after she said in a nationally televised interview that she "never had a subpoena" in the email controversy.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Benghazi panel, said he had "no choice" but to make the subpoena public "in order to correct the inaccuracy" of Clinton's claim.

Clinton told CNN on Monday that she "never had a subpoena," adding: "Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation."
Click here to read
web posted July 9, 2015
Enjoyed meeting and hearing Governor Huckabee this morning. He is a man of integrity and faith. I hope he does well!!! We need a strong leader. He has beaten the Clinton machine in AK and have a background governing. Seems like a win, win
web posted July 8, 2015
Look at the picture of the Charleston shooter again. I guess it's time we ban Flowers from ALL government properties now. Funny how certain people only noticed the flag in question. Your rights DO allow you to plant some on your own property or in the bed of your truck though.
web posted July 8, 2015
The Greeks want the world ((all of us) to bail them out. Well, welcome to the entitled mentality we see everywhere these days. They voted against austerity. Yep, keep living off others and enjoying your lifestyle at the expense of others. Ring any bells?
web posted July 8, 2015
I wish I could have made it to Edgefield to see Huckabee.

Editor's note: So do I, but we will not have a report on the meet & greet unless someone there would like to submit something.
web posted July 8, 2015
Congress needs to stop Obama on his Iran deal! And fast!
web posted July 8, 2015
As you know, budget cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at large events.  Well, there's a group of guys in Kansas City who do some formation flying, in their own planes,and decided they'd volunteer to pick up the slack.  They invited a couple of other groups to join them and before they knew it they had 48 guys with their homemade airplanes signing up to join in.  If they had more time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group as people kept joining and a 49th was added near the event.  One additional feature of the flyover
was the use of pink smoke for cancer awareness.                                                        

The folks from the Guinness Book were there and are expected to confirm it as the largest formation flight ever.  And to top it off the crowd later set the record for the loudest gathering at a football stadium.  Be sure
your speakers are turned up... best if watch at 'full screen'.

Click below and
I hope you enjoy this short video.
 
http://www.youtube.com/embed/VImNBuJW3sQ?rel=0
web posted July 8, 2015
This seems to have worked at producing outcomes I like.

Lower teen pregnancies.  Lower pregnancies out of wedlock.  Lower number of abortions.

All issues conservatives champion.

We need this in SC. 

We need this in Edgefield County.

It works better than what we are doing now.
Click here.
web posted July 8, 2015
Do you know what is being taught in your child's school?  Do you care? Have you been lulled into a sense of calm and safety.  Do you think that your values are being upheld and taught in the public schools?  Have you made any visits to your schools?  Have you attended an school board meetings?  We keep wondering why it is that our society is in the mess it is in and we wonder why it is that society has fallen into the modern day liberalism.  First you must remember that our schools curriculum and rules are set not just by your local board but by the head of education in Washington, DC.  Life skills have been taken out of the schools and we now teach to get a job.  While this issue is across the nation and we think our values matter here, what really matters is how much taxpayer money is given back to the schools and what is required to be taught to get that money.  What if you found out that what is being taught in your child's school were along the lines of this video.  What would your reaction be if your school board behaved as this one is doing.  Can it happen here?  You betcha it can.  When is enough enough where it concerns the education of your child.  Take this as a warning that you need to stay abreast of your surroundings.  If your child cannot balance a checkbook but can be taught this we are really in trouble.
web posted July 8, 2015
Who Should You Vote For?
A short quiz to match your selections with the candidate that fits you best.
Take the quiz and see who your candidate should be.
http://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz?from=VDZtMDkVR
web posted July 8, 2015
Car fire
I hope it wasn't one of the new cars!

Editor's note: It is my understanding it was an older Crown Victoria.
web posted July 7, 2015
So what happened with Kevin Butler at MMS? I thought he was well liked and doing a good job for the school. What is it about him that people didn't like or maybe they did like? Maybe he left on his own accord. I was just wondering.
web posted July 7, 2015
Trump is really gaining popularity. I have to wonder if all this press isn't good for him. Macys dropping him (he is a good friend of the CEO of Macys and maybe Trump bowed out rather than forced out, one thought) .  The funny thing is that everyone else is cowering in fear to say what is really going on in the country . Trump calls it like it is. Maybe people are ready for that. Personally, I still like Ben Carson. He calls it like it is in a gentle way.  So many say he doesn't have a chance but who knows, maybe it is one of those David and Goliath things. I would love to see a smart man with integrity and wisdom in the White House.  I wouldn't totally give up on him-he has a  powerful leader in his personal life that he listens to, ie God.  He is a much better advisor than any of the high paid, over rated advisors a lot of the others have.  It will be interesting to watch!!!!!
web posted July 7, 2015
Re: Police car fire
Obviously the deputy was driving too fast to be on Stephens Rd.  Why not tell us who it was?

Editor's note: I'm not certain which deputy it was and I did not get a report on it today.
web posted July 7, 2015
Cop car burns up
You'd think they'd have a fire extinguisher in the car to keep this from happening.
web posted July 7, 2015
“Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will guard you.
Love her and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring , get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:5-7

There are 31 Proverbs-one for each day of the month. What guiding words these are on the day that celebrated the independence of our country. We have come a long way but have drifted from the wisdom of our forefathers. Oh that we all could focus on the wisdom in God’s Word and not the wisdom of the world. No wonder there is so much confusion and blindness in our world today. We need wisdom and understanding. The only way we will get that is by spending time in The Bible.
web posted July 7, 2015
A great letter to America for the 4th of July....

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/07/03/aussies-love-letter-to-america-why-love-usa.html
web posted July 7, 2015
I gotta love FOX news. They have broadcasting from Patriot’s Point in SC today. They also featured the giving of a home to a black janitor of a  SC high school. Her students and community came together to raise the money for her new home. Good for SC. Keep the unity going and don't get sidetracked with all the crazies out there. The left hates the positive things here. The left hates any place where there is a faith base and a lot of conservatives.
web posted July 6, 2015
Now folks are pushing for a school named “Woodrow Wilson” to change its name because he was supposedly a racist. Hmmm   He is also considered to be the father of the progressive movement, ie the democrats of today,  in this country.  So, all this political correctness coming from the left and the roots of the leftists was possibly a racist?  Can people not connect the dots? So interesting in my opinion.
web posted July 6, 201
Most people have never heard of Kathryn Steinle. She died in San Francisco the other day. She was walking on a popular boardwalk with her daddy when she was gunned down by an illegal alien. He had been deported five times and had seven felony convictions. Obama's open borders policy killed this American woman. This story is heartbreaking. It is time to say enough is enough and close the borders. If it takes a wall, then so be it. Our national as well as personal security depends on it.
web posted July 6, 2015
An illegal alien shot and killed an innocent young woman who was just walking with her father at a pier in San Francisco.   This violent illegal alien had been deported 5 times and was suppose to be deported for the sixth time. He was also a convicted felon.  The city of San Francisco wanted him on a drug warrant. He was eventually turned over to  San Francisco deputies. ICE requested notification before he would be released, but apparently San Francisco doesn't honor those requests and they released him. If you read the account of this it will make you sick to your stomach. I am sorry , but Donald Trump is calling it like it is. Maybe some do not realize how many illegals do criminal acts here…not once but over and over again. This guy had just been released from federal prison. So , how did he get back in the country four more times?  How did he get in the first time. More than that, why did the San Francisco sheriff’s dept. release him?

Our border is so porous and it is not just Mexicans coming in.  Thank you liberals for one more bleeding heart issue that endangers American citizens. I think this young lady’s blood is on the hands of those who are on this politically correct band wagon. Notice there are no riots going on in San Francisco. 
web posted July 6, 2015
This is a really interesting take on things from a young woman who is, as she says, educated.  There is hope for America as long as we have young people who use the brain God gave them to break out of the mold.  Well worth the listen.  What do you think?
 'George Takei, you're a RACIST
' - Young black woman responds to liberals' bigotry against Clarence Thomas
web posted July 6, 2015
hope all pot heads drunks and crucks had a good 4 of july that all I have to say
web posted July 6, 2015
We can all rest easy now that Robert Redford addressed the UN on climate control, oh wise one that he is.  All these actors, George Clooney and friends, seem to be so in the know on all these topics. They address Congress etc.  Just remember, actors are masters of portraying people they are not. They are masters at fooling people into believing they are people they are not. Makes you wonder a little where the expertise ends and the acting begins .   What makes Robert Redford qualified to speak on this topic? All I know about him is he is an old, liberal actor that speaks out on political issues.  Honest question-do liberals really trust these folks and put a lot of weight in what they say? If so, please explain why they are experts in things like climate control.  Granted, actors have a platform (I love Clint Eastwood and others) but to speak to the U. N.????????

And to anyone who had a hot dog or hamburger on the 4th, do you realize, according to some, you are contributing to climate change?  Get those yummy bean burgers on the grill. Apparently they don't contribute to climate change.  Anyone think PETA is involved in this?

Editor's note: The actors always have all the answers because they played a smart person on TV or in a movie.
web posted July 6, 2015
RE: I will obey God, not the government.

My point exactly and I agree. I think some Americans have many tough choices to make in the coming years.
web posted July 6, 2015