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Editor's post: I will be taking the weekend off to spend time with my bride as we celebrate our 31st anniversary, which is actually not until early next week. We have been together for 37 years. I told her the first time I saw her I was going to marry her. She was talking with a friend of her's from MMS (Renee) while standing in the breezeway at STH at lunch on a very sunny and beautiful September day in 1977. I could not take my eyes off of her (I had two back then) and walked away from my friends almost in a trance and the next thing I knew I was standing in front of her and without even saying hello, introducing myself or anything, the words just came out. It took me several weeks to convince her I was not crazy, just crazy about her. Truth be told, I am crazy about her, but there are a number of people who would argue I really am crazy, and some of their arguments I could not refute.

But, on the night of her graduation from STH in 1981 I asked her the proper way, on one knee with the ring in hand, and she said yes. Two years later we were wed and the rest, as they say, is history.

However, the infatuation I had for her then has only grown over the years. She is without question the best wife a man could ever ask for or dream of in a lifetime. She's a wonderful mother to our three children, son-in-law and our only granddaughter. She's beautiful, smart, accomplished both professionally and in public service and still finds time to be there for me.

Also of Note:
Info on pond at Sweetwater Road home: DHEC and SCDNR do issue permits for ponds except for AG use. This pond was issued a permit for 1-1/2 acres. Edgefield County Building and Planning only controls the issuance of a CO for the residence, Approx. 8000 sq. ft. When the homeowner asks for a CO and states that his primary access is to be over the pond dam then the local fire chief must certify that the dam/driveway will accept the fire department's heavy equipment (fire trucks) in the event of a fire for a CO to be issued.

web posted October 25, 2014

Canada can sure call things "terrorism" but we can't. It takes strong leadership to be able to call something what it is. We are led by folks who either sympathize with these attacks we see going on in our country,  or they are afraid to call it what it is. I don't see any other explanation for the iablilty of our leaders to name the enemy that is attacking us. They may think they are hiding the truth but if you talk to most Americans, they know darn well it is terrorism. How many work place incidents have involved a beheading? I betcha the hatchet in the New York City attack on the police was intended to behead someone. But you watch... this will just be some poor mentally ill person. Wouldn't anyone doing these attacks be mentally ill in some way or another? ISIS is a group of mentally ill people (I use the term 'people' loosely) if you really think about it.
How do you fight an enemy you can't even name? It is hard to win a war when you don't apparently know who your enemy is. So, we will just sail along and allow these thugs to attack us under the guise of other things. We are one crazy country these days. So sad, and so scary. I sure don't feel safer these days!!!! If I don't get Ebola, I stand the risk of getting beheaded at the mall. Overstated but for some it has been true!
web posted October 25, 2014
Fox Creek High School good ole boys strike again. They would not hire their Volleyball Coach full time, because she was not a certified teacher, even though the school has multiple uncertified teachers. Instead, the volleyball coach goes to Wardlaw Academy and just won the State Championship in volleyball. Then, the school Board triples all the coaching salaries and hires its former Board member [removed - unable to confirm person was a past board member] to coach the team. Now the former Board member is the highest paid volleyball coach anywhere. I would post the salaries, but Principal Josh Trahan took them off the school website. Then the Fox Creek volleyball team loses in the first round of the playoffs to an underdog Brasier nobody. Sounds like they should have kept the coach that went to Wardlaw, but I guess the Board members couldn't make any money that way.
web posted October 25, 2014
The NWTF seems to be in the process of a large expansion.  I understand a sporting clay course is being installed along with other buildings be constructed.  I hope the organization continues to thrive for Edgefield County's sake.  Locally, I still hear some comments about the personnel changes made in the last few years as a reason not to support them.  I hope we can get past any lingering items and support one of the most notable things that puts Edgefield on the map. 
web posted October 25, 2014
Re: ECH prepares for Ebola.
I read the article on the hospital by Mr. Clary but I wanted to know when the "countywide meetings" were held. ie: "The management team has also organized and led county wide meetings to make sure all of the agencies involved are prepared and working together to make sure the citizens of Edgefield County are as safe as possible." Because I never heard of any meetings being held or seen them announced. Did I miss them or did the [Edgefield] Daily just not post the meetings? I would have been very interested in attending such a meeting and I know my wife would because she's a nurse in Augusta. It says protocols have been put in place and they are training on them, but what are they? Would the person stay at ECH, where would they be isolated (I assume in one of the many patient rooms that aren't used anymore) and how soon would they release that someone with Ebola has been treated at the hospital?

Editor's note: (The comment above is one of seven sent in asking the same questions, but this one contained all the questions raised and was selected to be published rather than all seven.) I do not know of any county-wide meetings held by the hospital or staff for the general public, however; he could be talking about meetings with EMS, EMS, First Responders and the like. As far as notification to the media that someone suspected or diagnosed with Ebola has been treated at the hospital, I would expect it to be the same day as has been done by all of the hospitals where a patient has been received. Those who have come in contact with the patient would need to be notified ASAP so they can report to the CDC or their local hospital.

Edgefield County has many residents who do mission work on a regular basis in Africa. To think that because we are a small rural county and therefore safer than most cities would be to underestimate the dangers we are faced with from this deadly virus.

I thought the article was informative.
web posted October 25, 2014
RE: "One of the many new positions that Mr. Clary, CEO, ECH , CFO and HR have come up with is an assistant to the assistant to the assistant (This is true)......." [Comment posted October 23]

I've read all the stuff being said about what's going on at the hospital and the CEO but this just takes the cake. Is it true? Do you even check to see if something like this is true before you let someone say it? If it is true then I agree there are big problems there and whoever is in charge needs to put a stop to it. Just don't know what to believe!

Editor's note: If the comment is just an opinion by a reader saying what they feel or believe no check on the content is made. There is no way to see if the person actually believes what they think or feel, but they have a right to say what they think under the 1st Amendment. As far as a position being said to be open, I did check with one or two who would know and was told there was a position open.
web posted October 25, 2014
Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama's resignation in searing open letter about his handling of ISIS
'Your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole'

Editor's note: If you think Obama cares one wit about our military, you are very sadly mistaken. He wants to destroy it along with our world power. He was raised to hate everything America stands for, and his own writings and speeches show his disdain.
web posted October 25, 2014
Let's see if we hear anything about this from the gun control politicians.
web posted October 25, 2014
How is this for parents' and grandparents'  revenge???

Editor's note: Amen!
web posted October 25, 2014
The elections are only a couple weeks away and I haven't seen anything on who is running or anything. What gives?

Editor's note: We will have information on the elections starting on Monday. There are only three contested races in the county elections that we will be following on election night. The Edgefield County Council will be holding their November meeting that same night.
web posted October 24, 2014
How does a bus driver not report hitting somebody for two hours and only did it because the boss said so. OMG! Do we have people that stupid driving our kids to and from school? Glad to know this was a Johnston bus, otherwise I'd be driving my precious cargo to and from school until I found out what school it was.
web posted October 24, 2014
Let [name removed] run the hospital and everything will be all good then.  Shes so full of ideas and knows everything.
web posted October 24, 2014
Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

        First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
        First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
        First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
        First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
        First President to violate the War Powers Act.
        First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling  in the Gulf of Mexico.
        First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
        First President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.
        First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
        First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
        First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
        First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
        First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
        First President to terminate America 's ability to put a man in space.
        First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
        First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
        First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
        First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
        First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
        First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
        First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
        First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
        First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
        First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
        First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
        First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
        First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
        First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
        First President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours.
        First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
        First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
        First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
        First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
        First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
        First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
        First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences."
        Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

It's hard to comprehend all this guy has gotten away with.   Any other president would have been impeached!  What in God's name is wrong with our government that they allow this guy carte blanch.  It absolutely boggles the mind!
web posted October 24, 2014
A Hong Kong movie theatre asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye opening ad... This ad should should be viewed by all and passed to friends and family.

Editor's note: This has been listed before, but worth seeing again.
web posted October 24, 2014
Editor's post: I knew I should have kept my mouth shut about feeling better. Things started going downhill Tuesday evening and has continued through now. I'm hoping Thursday will turn around and be a better day. If not, it was nice while it lasted. We have our 31st wedding anniversary (37 years together) coming up next week and I really hope it will be a good day for my Bride's sake. She deserves that after all she has been put through by me being in so much pain.
web posted October 23, 2014
Re: Agency to oversee the construction of ponds.

I am not sure which agency if any oversees pond construction. But when a pond dam is built close to a road, it is regulated by DNR. You must regesitor you pond with them. They will require your contact information as well as the contact info for anyone who might be impacted by a breach of the dam or overflow. DNR when give you info on how to handle such an event. They inspect the pond once every three years, looking for anything that might compromise the integrity of the dam. I would know as I have such a pond.
web posted October 23, 2014

Well, No Surprise.  One of the many new positions that Mr. Clary, CEO, ECH , CFO and HR have come up with is an assistant to the assistant to the assistant (This is true) has 2 non-ECH employees applying and one long time ECH employee (who is highly eligible for the position)…..guess which one will be awarded this highly creative position…..drum roll…….the non-ECH employee who lives in Lexington and is friends with the new Controller from Lexington (who bumped out another long term employee that didn’t see eye to eye with the bullies and the CFO from Lexington….The long time employee will be bumped out onto the unemployment line, but Mr. Clary “you’re a name and not a number” guy could not care less. Pretty soon ECH will need to change ECH name to LCH.
web posted October 23, 2014

I disagree that electing a Republican Senate will solve our problems. It may be a step forward but there is too much in the culture to combat from the liberal viewpoints. We need a transformation in this country, a transformation that includes getting back to God and patriotism and value of this country. The schools and universities are brainwashing our young people in liberal thought. Television is just trash for the most part. Our culture is like Billy Graham said, "a Sodom and Gomorrah". We need to pray for a true healing of the culture of this country and it starts in the homes. It is important to vote and to vote conservatively, but it will not change this country. So much damage has been done. And, remember there is a man in the White House with a pen that can veto anything sent to him. Does anyone really believe that just changing the numbers in the Senate is going to fix things? Again, it is a first step... but folks, we have lots and lots of work to do to get our country back.
Remember the ground game the Democrats have. I am not counting on the results from this election until I actually see them. Just look at CO and how they are messing with elections-total mail in ballots and you can print your ballot off at home and mail it . Good grief!!! Talk about an open door to fraud.

Editor's note: I found it interesting Obama goes and votes and tells people in Illinois to vote early. Then when a Republican candidate goes to vote - his voting machine changed EVERY vote for a Republican candidate to the Democrat opponent. Most people probably would not be as observant and this would have continued. But the Dems say there is no such thing a voter fraud, but time and again after each election, Democrat poll workers, activists and others such people get arrested and convicted for voter fraud.
web posted October 23, 2014 
I hope the updated Ebola Crisis Report that Brandon Clary is going to write is more accurate than the last one the CEO had passed to staff.  Mr. Clary is a lot of things but one thing he is NOT is a Medical person. Mr. Clary has his HR write all his reports, news letters, alligator tears choreographed dialogues, etc. The HR worked for Frito Lays or Pepsi Cola or some other non-medical facility.  HR didn’t even know the significance of DHEC arriving unannounced on a safety complaint made against ECH by someone from the public. This new, accurate Report ‘written in tandem by the CEO/HR will definitely NOT make him/them eligible for the Nobel peace prize. [I believe] the CEO was searching for a 100 yr old antique saw that had been packed away for over 2 years last week to give to a Surgeon to complete his operation on a patient at ECH. THIS SOUNDS SCARY, I’m glad this wasn’t on anyone in my family. (Very appropriate for Halloween……and supposedly Mr. Clary used to earn $90,000/yr selling state of the art medical equipment to hospitals.)  EGADS!  When is the County Council, ECH Board of Director (since only Tim Williams seems to be responsible for this Charlie Foxtrot of a CEO) going to let him join the ranks of the unemployed. The CEO is supposedly, according to CFO and Tim Williams Chairman of BOD doing such a wonderful job especially while simultaneously attending school to obtain his Masters (and only works 4 days). The, CFO [removed] works 4 days and HR is writing his dissertation and only work 4 days. Tim Williams, Pres. BOD, spends most of the day with the CEO and CFO on the day the ECH Board of Directors are to meet. I guess they are getting their BS stories together and which secret ones need to be sent to Executive Session. What a joke this Administrative staff is allowed to become.
web posted October 23, 2014

CEO, CFO, CNO, Controllers, Admin assistants, and more being hired to the front office begs the question: Why does it take more people in the Admin Office to run a hospital that has more people in the Admin office than they have admitted to the hospital? Am I the only one that finds that strange? I heard that at any given time there are only 2 or 3 people in the hospital. So why should there be 7 people to oversee the nurses who are taking care of only 2 or 3 people? And they are making money? That doesn't pass the smell test! Where's the [hospital] board? If they can't see this maybe they need to be replaced and fast! Why doesn't the [County] council do something about this train wreck?

Editor's note: The Edgefield County Council has very little control over the hospital. They appoint the members of the Hospital Board and control the 6.5 mils of tax money (roughly half a million dollars) that the hospital receives from the county. That is in addition to the loans the county backs for the hospital.
web posted October 23, 2014
For birthday on October 28th, 2014

We all would like to wish you an absolutely fantastic & blessing filled 18th birthday Jacob Harrison Hanks! Can't believe how the years have flown!  Love you bunches, Mom, Vincent, Lane, Tim and the little guys.
web posted October 23, 2014

Re:  Who Decides? (post Oct. 22)
I'm with you brother!
web posted October 23, 2014

Brett Decker recently interviewed me as part of his “5 Questions” series that has included figures from Mitt Romney and Donald Rumsfeld to Donald Trump and former Czech Prez Vaclav Klaus. 
Read more ...

Editor's note: The writer, Charlie Speight, is an Edgefield County native currently living in Columbia and writes the conservative Watch Log blog.
web posted October 23, 2014

I've wanted to send in comments [to the Wandering Minds] but I was told that if someone wanted to find out who wrote something [Edgefield Daily] has to say who it was. Is that true? You can sign me informed but scared.

Editor's note: Anyone expressing their own opinions on any topic or public official has the right to do so. We make the comments by readers public and we do not release any information on anyone making comments. The First Amendment does not add the caveat that you must sign your name to your opinions.
web posted October 22, 2014
If an idiot hits himself in the head and nobody sees it, does it hurt?

Editor's note: I have no idea. I guess you would have to ask an idiot.
web posted October 22, 2014
I too hope the county and state have a say in a pond being created at the big house on Sweetwater Rd., if indeed that is the case. I have to smile every time I drive by that house. They certainly cleared the trees so that it is visible from the road. It is kind of like a postcard.  Seems just a tad pretentious to me but to each his own. If water is involved though, I too hope things are done carefully and correctly, also lawfully. After some of the disastrous things we have seen in our neighborhood, that the county did not prevent from happening, I would hope there is good information and concern for neighbors, road safety etc. in the total construction of this "estate". I think the county council is a much better group of people now, than when our neighborhood came into existence.

Editor's note: I have contacted the Edgefield County Building and Planning Office, who oversees the construction of the home, to find out what agency or agencies would be involved in approving the pond. Either way, it will be a grand view for the owners, and as people have pointed out, a grand distraction to drivers.
web posted October 22, 2014
Can you find out how many times the [Edgefield County] hospital has been sued and had to pay since Mr. Clary took over? I know for a fact that at least one [person] got hundreds of thousands of dollars in a settlement because of him and I've heard there are more that are suing or have sued because of him. If he's doing everything right then why are people suing and getting paid? Hello! Anybody home?
web posted October 22, 2014

Mr. [Editor], I am praying that things work in your favors. I'm sure that it's having on you and your family. I pray that God give you all the strength and get you through this problem. Your health is more important although i like reading this paper, [removed] I love and praying for you and family. Be Blessed

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind words and prayers. 
web posted October 22, 2014
I read something in last Sunday's Augusta Chronicle which made me think of [Edgefield Daily].  "Journalism done well always breaks the rhythm.  When done exceptionally well, the reaction's impact is swift and deep".  That saying is sooooo true about your journalism.  Please get well.

Editor's note: Thank you.
web posted October 22, 2014
Immigration and Ebola:
Sixty million Americans are first and second generations Americans. Foreign-born population in the United States reached 40 million in 2010; an increase of 8.9 million since 2000. About one million immigrants arrive in the USA yearly. Most come from Latin America, Asia and Africa.
This year the top four languages spoken by New Americans are:
1. Arabic
2. Nepali
3. Karen
4. Somali
Many are on welfare, food stamps, section 8 housing, free phones, etc. Obama wants to allow millions more illegals to enter so more can feed off the Taxpayers and vote DemocRAT.
Now we are seeing Ebola being introduced in the USA. It is not being handled properly and it is going to spread. The Prez. is still allowing flights into this country from Africa where the disease is rampant.
This disease is color blind. It can strike without regard for rich or poor, black or white, brown or yellow  equally and it is deadly.
We will soon see ISIS action somewhere in our country. The Prez. is only interested in the his next tee time.  He can't be bothered by such trivial matters as those above.  The Democratic controlled Senate and the lame stream media covers for him.  All this is part of his plan to bring down our country.  The Dem. Senate controlled by Harry Reid is helping him.
The only thing citizens can do to stop the destruction of the USA is to VOTE for a Republican controlled Senate.  Get the corrupt Harry Reid out of the Senate majority leader job.  Seven million Republican voters sat home in the last election and look what is happening. Don't make that mistake again. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE and encourage everyone you know to do the same.
web posted October 22, 2014
Who Decides?

Earlier this year a political science study found that ordinary Americans have virtually no influence over what the federal government does in the US. This is validated with fact that 100 million registered voters sat out the 2012 presidential elections, discouraged and disheartened.

Who decides what kind of country America should be? Washington, D.C. thinks they get to decide, which means they’ve forgotten who they work for and as such deserve nothing less than a PINK SLIP on November 4th. While politicians and their ilk are lining their pockets with power and money, two-thirds of our country sits at the edge of extinction vs. exceptionalism.

Article V provides the path back to exceptionalism through cultivating a grassroots army of Americans fed up with The People vs. Capitol Hill mentality. Article V, Section 2 compels that Americans through the states have a way to rein in the federal government when it oversteps its bounds.

Me vs. DC? I decide the America that I want. I choose Article V and the re-founding of Constitutional self-governance for all Americans. Join me.
web posted October 22, 2014
Obama is saying that queer "marriage" is a "constitutional right". How? Marriage isn't a constitutional right. It's God's law and it's recognized throughout history by every single government, nation and every culture. How did this guy got elected is a mystery to me, how he got elected twice is downright horrifying. He's living in the twilight zone.

web posted October 22, 2014
BOOM! Very graphic! Not for the squeamish!

A suicide bomber was shot dead by Israeli forces. Muslims took up his body and started protesting. These Dumbos did not know that the suicide belt was still on the bomber's body they were carrying. What happened next is in the video. Allahu Akbar!


Editor's note: Stupid is as stupid does.
web posted October 22, 2014
Could not have said it better than this.  This is a must listen especially for those dyed in the wool democrats.  Here is a real call to action that all should be willing to get behind.  Doesn't matter if you are black, white no matter.  Our nation deserves better.
web posted October 22, 2014
Editor's post: We will be seeing the new Doctor in Greenwood next Wednesday. For those who are praying, pray he and his partner will be able to help us resolve the mystery behind my ailment. If they do not, there is a chance (no, make that a given), that I will have to step down as Editor while we seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic, MUSC or Duke. Emory got kicked off the final list due to them treating Ebola patients. Nothing against Emory, but I am not going to get anywhere near a place that is treating someone for the disease. I know my luck all too well.

I was actually working on a story about how well the Edgefield County Hospital would be prepared for a patient walking in with the disease and was trying to work out interviews with CEO Brandon Clary and his staff when Mr. Clary asked to take on the story himself and distribute it to all media outlets rather than it just appearing on Edgefield Daily. He said he thought he would have the story ready in a few days. My concern was getting the information out to the public, if he would prefer to write the article, it is one less that I have to produce.

I'm sure it will be very informative and will give county residents information on the capabilities of ECH in such a volatile situation. Of course, I have offered to help in any way I can in the writing of the story, statistics, or other research that may be needed.
web posted October 21, 2014
Any news on the DES bus riding incident?  Nothing in the news, if there was a crime, why hasn’t it been in the news?

Editor's note: In my last meeting with ECSD Superintendent Greg Anderson he had interviewed most if not all of the families involved (students and parents). The bus driver was a substitute and this was his/her first time on this bus. The students have assigned seating, but they took advantage of the substitute and sat where they wanted and there was no camera on the bus. The issue of the substitute not knowing where the children were to sit and making sure they were in their proper seats was an issue that needed to be corrected across the board.

The District has not released a statement on what actions have been taken to this point in their investigation. I have no information on where the Sheriff's Office is on their investigation. It seems that every time you turn around another major case pops up, most recently the Hydrick murder. So finding an investigator at the office, even top brass, is a rarity lately.
web posted October 21, 2014
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Does that mean they have figured out what was wrong? I hope so. I know you need to put some weight on. Brother, you are flat out skinny. How much weight have you lost? I saw you today at (a store) and you looked frail. I'm sorry, but it's obvious you need some meat on them bones.

Editor's note: Thank you. No, the feeling better part is the treatment for pain that Dr. Massey is providing as we work our way through the next specialist hoping to get a diagnosis. The pain has continued to get worse as the months pass and it has been hard to get in front of the pain. We're almost there. I have lost about 30 pounds the last time I weighed. I am trying to eat well, but I'm having a hard time gaining much of it back.
web posted October 21, 2014
Our President wants people to relax and not be so worried about the Ebola issue. Well, if he were to actually take measures to keep the citizens of this country safe, maybe people would relax. Who can relax when we have all these inept people in charge. Nice to know we now have an Ebola czar who has absolutely no medical background. Just another political hack. Good grief!!

Editor's note: When it comes to watching Obama handle our government it is like watching a dumb, dumber, and dumbest contest.
web posted October 21, 2014

I rode by the huge house on Sweetwater Rd this weekend and they are putting in a pond with the dam coming all the way up to the road. That's a big and deep pond when it fills up. How can they put a pond so close to the road? The way it looks the road is acting like part of the dam. I'd think that could make the earth under the road soft and could cause major problems. [SC]DOT would have to put up guardrails along there because there is no shoulder and if someone ran off the road they're going to sink in the deep pond and will probably die. Did the county approve for them to do this? I don't see how.

Editor's note: If it is a pond I firmly believe SCDOT would have to approve it being built right next to a state highway. I do not know if the county approves a pond, I think another state agency does the permitting. I have never built a pond so I do not have much information on the matter. It could just be a driveway, but that is a lot of dirt to move to build what certainly does look like a dam. I will see what I can find out. Interesting question and I always like learning something new.
web posted October 21, 2014
Re: If we don't have the heart to beat Saluda
Our Rebels played with plenty of heart. True fans stick with their team through ups and downs. We had plenty of true fans in the stadium last night! And to recap: ST beat Midland Valley. Midland Valley beat Brookland
Cayce. Brookland Cayce beat Batesburg. This season is not over yet. Go Rebels!!!

Editor's note: The Rebels are still in position to take the Region Title. The players will always do better when they are surrounded by a stadium full of fans who believe they can win and will put in that extra effort to make it a reality.
web posted October 21, 2014

Edgefield needs to really do better all up here are Racist and you show it daily. But the difference with us now is who the [removed] cares.....
web posted October 21, 2014
Editor's post: It was such a shock to feel the way I did on Friday. Mind you, I was still in pain and still had to take pain pills to keep the pain tolerable. The difference is, for the most part the pain was tolerable, something that has not happened in the past. There are times where I can actually get "in front of the pain", which I have not been able to do in the past. Over the weekend I felt better, but then overdid it and ended up right back in the boat I was in before I got to feeling better.

We will be seeing two new doctors in Greenwood that we hope will be able to give us a diagnosis and a treatment that will cure what ails me. Then there will be no pain to treat and life will be good again.
web posted October 20, 2014
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Strom Thurmond JV Volleyball team on an outstanding season (11-1) with 8 shutout games. They played each game with heart, good sportsmanship and they are a wonderful group of girls.

Editor's note: This type of information not being made available to the media was part of the discussion that was held at a lunch meeting at the Edgefield Grill on Wednesday with myself, Sports Editor Tim Crane and ECSD Superintendent Greg Anderson. I felt it was a very productive meeting

Congratulations to the JV Lady Rebels for a stellar year, which will transfer to even better records as the team moves up into the varsity team.
web posted October 20, 2014
Wanted to let you know STHS NJROTC took 1st place OVERALL at the Greenbriar meet today [Saturday, Oct. 18]. They went against some regional powerhouses and the team that also beat them in finals last year.

Editor's note: Thank you for sharing. I sent an email an hour after receiving your but have not heard back. Of course, it was the weekend so hopefully I will get more information on Monday. I really enjoy the NJROTC performances. These young men and women put in a lot of work and are top class all the way. You would be surprised to know some of the military careers that were launched at Strom Thurmond and where they are today. I know some personally. 
web posted October 20, 2014
Re: Anticipated lost to Saluda

FYI...24-16. Maybe next time you will rally behind the Rebels instead of claiming defeat. Although this season has had some bumps in the road, the Rebels never give up on "the will to win". Great job Rebels...there is a community of TRUE fans that are behind you 100%!!!!

Editor's note: The Rebels are still in the hunt for the Region Title. Pulling together as a team is what we need. And one of the biggest parts of the team is the fans.
web posted October 20, 2014
I am so glad that you are finally feeling better.........answered prayers.  Praise the Lord, our Great Physician,
and Dr. Massey!

Editor's note: The prayer we want answered is what is causing this condition that has taken over my body. Having a good day fighting the pain is wonderful. But it is temporary. We need a cure and then there will be no more pain to control. Thank you for your prayers and continued prayers. Please pray for Dr. Massey as well. I pray hard and I have a feeling that somehow, someway, she will be a big part of finding that cure.
web posted October 20, 2014

First of all, we are just so happy that the editor is feeling better. We hope this becomes the norm and that he just continues to be dealing with less pain!
The mayor of Houston is really out to get pastors, or so it sounds. The mayor, a lesbian, is mad because of a public outcry against open restroom policy passed by the city. Apparently folks did not like this idea and signed a petition to have restrooms for men and women (not what people perceived themselves to be but actual men and women), The petition was dismissed due to lack of signatures (even though they had many more than required). The solution  for the mayor was to have pastors sermons scrutinized for "political" speech. So much for free speech! Many Biblical issues are now considered political due to political correctness. Pastors have free speech rights too and they should not be in fear of teaching Biblical principles. Where is the ACLU when we need them? Oh right, they are the arm of the political left. I forgot... actually who could forget that?
web posted October 20, 2014
Is there anything new on Johnny's [Hydrick] murder? It's like a woman goes missing and is all in the news for a couple weeks then nothing. The Big time burglary and then a murder for a couple weeks then nothing. Now Johnny gets killed and after about a week or so there's nothing. I know you just report the news, but are they ever going to SOLVE anything?

Editor's note: I can tell you all three investigations are under very active investigation. To Mr. Hydrick's murder specifically, I feel there will be an arrest in the near future.

As to Tamera "Tammy" Kingery case - it is a lot more complicated at this point. They are still following leads and I have no doubt the person responsible will be arrested in what I believe is a murder. That's a hunch on my part. I just believe that if she was alive she would have tried to make contact to the children. According to everything I have been told, everybody interviewed about her has said the children were "her life". I don't believe she would just walk away and leave them behind.

Those involved in the Abel Drive burglary are in custody and it is just a matter of gaining access to the suspects so that arrest warrants can be issued. That case is basically solved as far as the crime that took place in Edgefield County.
web posted October 20, 2014
Have you seen the anti-texting video at WJBF that's gone viral? Pretty good work for a tv station in Augusta to come up with such a awesome grab your attention video. Well done!

Editor's note: It was a well made ad, however, it was not original. The idea was stolen from an ad campaign in Australia on speeding. They just changed it from speeding to texting and changed a few words. You can view the two ads below and make your own judgement.

Speed Ad - Mistakes, published Jan. 5, 2014
WJBF Texting Ad - Publish date uncertain, but within the last 30 days.

Both are great ads and hopefully our younger, as well as all drivers, will take notice. It takes less than 1 second to make a fatal mistake. And when it happens, you will live with that instant for the rest of your life, if you are lucky enough to survive. Trust me, I know first hand.
web posted October 20, 2014
Another Obama lie. I ended the war in Iraq - I didn't end the war in Iraq.

Editor's note: Obama has not told the truth since being elected. Well, once, when he said he wanted to "fundamentally change" America. He is well on his was to destroying our place as a world power and has crippled the middle class, destroyed jobs, and helped the black community go from an unemployment rate of around 9% to nearly 18% today.
web posted October 20, 2014
A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed.  They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would just walk home.
On the way home he stopped at the hardware Store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.
While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, 'Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?'
The farmer said, 'Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot.'
The old lady suggested, 'Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?'

'Why thank you very much,' he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home.  On the way he says 'Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time.'
The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, 'I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me.. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't have your way with me?'
The farmer said, 'Holy smokes lady! I'm carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly do that?'
The old lady replied, 'Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens!
web posted October 20, 2014
It's Shocking What Illegals Can Get Away with in Airports
web posted October 20, 2014
Editor's post: What a fantastic day I had Friday. I felt the best I have felt in 9 months even though I was still suffering from pain, but it was almost tolerable. I saw Dr. Tami Massey and her husband having lunch at the Old Edgefield Grill on the porch and made a point to turn around and go back to tell her I was having a "great day" because of her. My bride was just as excited as I was. We may not be any closer to a diagnosis, but Dr. Massey has almost got my pain under total control. That is huge. I felt human today.
web posted October 18, 2014
So, shouldn't someone (like Wal Mart) require a picture ID to cash a SS check? I would hope so. Are the checks  being taken out of mailboxes or prior to delivery? Hmmmm just being a devil's advocate!
web posted October 18, 2014
Owner of Pit Bull Report Responds - still blames victim:
My dog did not attack my neighbor and it wasn't in the least bit vicious. It was not my brown pit bull. It was a black lab mix 7 month old puppy!  I was out side the entire time during it not in the house he got in my way of getting the dogs and then took off running. My puppy thought he was playing and ran with him there was no growling no biting. He fell on the ground and one of my puppies teeth some how made some contact with his arm a tiny dot on his arm his other arm was completely fine. If a dog "attacks" you why would you refuse medical treatment. My dog has had his puppy shots and I do have the shot record so I suggest everyone gets facts straight before we post any more articles.
Morgan McDaniel

Editor's note: All of the information contained in the report came directly from the incident report filed by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy that took the call (S20-1410259). It includes written statements from those involved. Nowhere is there any mention of a puppy in the report of the attack and specifically stated the brown Pit Bull was the dog in the attack. Perhaps I should attend court when the date is released so we can see how your, "it's his fault" defense works out for you. I'm not a fortune teller, but, you will be found guiltily of the charge. According to the report, you have already admitted guilt.

But, it would be fun to watch if I am able to attend. The writer was allowed to use her name in the comment as she has been charged with a violation that was reported. Perhaps she does not realize that anything she says here can, and will, be used against her in a court of law.
web posted October 18, 2014
RE:  If you spot the wrecker in the Edgefield County area, especially in the more rural areas driving slow or pulling into driveways, you are asked to call the Sheriff's Dispatch and advise them of its location and direction of travel.

WHY, this person followed them from Edgefield to Trenton while on the phone with “dispatchers” and he still got away!  BS

Editor's note: It is true that from the time of the first report and the six or so minutes it took to get to the Pine House crossroads there was not a deputy in a position to intercept the wrecker before the driver lost sight of the vehicle. You have to remember, there are only four deputies covering 507 square miles of the county at any given time, they cannot be everywhere at all times. The caller was able to provide them with the tag number, which identifies the owner of the wrecker. That was information investigators did not have prior to this incident. Sometimes it is the small things that can have the greatest impact on a case. So never think any detail in any case is not important.
web posted October 18, 2014

Looks like the STCTC is starting the build of the house.  That'll be a great project for the students. I'm wondering though, where is the statue?  Surely before one footing could have been poured for the house Carroll and Boss Hog would have had some type of monument erected.  Oh wait.  Maybe it's one of the corner stones.  Poor owners.  They will always have a house with Waites and Covar's name on it.
web posted October 18, 2014
I Am Coming!
Dear Terrorists,
I am a Navy Aviator. I was born and raised in a small town in New England . I come from a family of five. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my mother and father. My dad worked a series of jobs in finance and my mom took care of us kids. We were not an overly religious family but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small Episcopal Church. I have a brother and sister and I am the youngest in my family.
I was the first in many generations to attend college. I have flown Naval aircraft for 16 years. For me the flying was never a lifelong dream or a "calling," it just happened. I needed a job and I liked the challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because, although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable.
I do it because many of my friends have left for the airlines and someone has to do it. My government has spent millions to train me to fly these multi-milliondollar aircraft. I make about 70,000 dollars a year and after 20 years will be offered a pension. I like baseball but think the players make too much money. I am in awe of firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like teachers, they just don't get paid enough. I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger.
I'm not sure about kids these days but I think that's normal for every generation. I tell you all this because when I come for you, I want you to know me. I won't be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending to be something I am not. I will be in a U.S. issue flight suit. I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane.
I wish we could meet up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat and slowly squeeze the life out of you, but unfortunately, you're hiding in a hole in the ground, so we will have to do this a different way. I want you to know also that I am very good at what I do. I can put a 2,000 lb weapon through a window from 10,000 feet up. I generally only fly at night, so you may want to start sleeping during the day.
I am not eager to die for my country but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect it from animals like you. I will do everything in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I take aim at you. My countrymen are a forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept 11th. But I will not forget!! I am coming.
I hope you know me a little bit better, see you soon...sleep tight.
A U.S. Navy Pilot
Our Soldiers are one of our greatest assets!
God Bless
web posted October 18, 2014
It seems like the Sheriff's Department has written off the Kingery woman as dead and are just sitting back doing nothing until somebody finds her body. Why haven't they put the husband through the ringer and make him take a lie detector test? I believe he killed her. He just creeps me out. The first week or so he was all over the news and then he just shut up and won't talk to anyone. I'd be on TV everyday if it was my wife or child if they'd let me. What's hiding? Do you know if he's still talking to police?

Editor's note: I have not been as active on this investigation since the murder in Trenton, which is moving much faster. I know he was cooperating with investigators two weeks into the case, but have not heard much since then. I need to follow up for a new update on the case.
web posted October 18, 2014
Editor's post: I am so glad to see the weekend get here. I look forward to getting a lot of rest over the weekend so that I can hit the ground running (okay.. walking) on Monday. Make sure you fill the visitor side of the Saluda football field tonight to support the Rebels. The fans are the 12th man on our team.
web posted October 17, 2014
Interesting about the SS checks being stolen.  My husband's check did not arrive last April. When he called they stated the check was mailed and was cashed.  SS sent him a copy if the cashed check. Cashed at a Walmart In Ga.  The store number was in the check so I googled it.  It was a Walmart I'm Madison, Ga. I called the Madison police. They investigated and came up with nothing. We sent a police report to SS, know what he was told. Sorry that is not our problem.  They did issue him another check before we found out the check had been stolen and cashed. However they held another month on him to get their money back. Scary to read this because the check he was suppose to be receive in the 3rd if this month again has not shown up. Direct deposit I know, but he is from the old school. Bet he will go this way now.
web posted October 17, 2014
I haven't seen anything on the missing Kingery woman lately. Have they just quit looking for her? What's going on?

Editor's note: Investigators have search everywhere they know to search. They have followed all leads and continue to investigate to case. I feel that the case is moving towards speculation that she is dead and it is just a matter of time before someone finds her. I hope that is not the case, and that is not something anyone at the Sheriff's Office has suggested, just my opinion, for the little it is worth.
web posted October 17, 2014
RE: animal at large.
What does the animal control person even do? Why wasn't he/she called out to take custody of this animal? Is the sheriff's department not allowed to go to Johnston? Are there any leash laws in this county?

Editor's note: The owner of the dog was charged for letting the dog run loose. The case is a Johnston Police case, not a county case, although Animal Control was notified. There is a report in today's Headlines of a Pit Bull attacking and taking a man to the ground. The incident report states that Animal Control was notified as was DHEC due to a bite. Why that dog was not seized would be the better question.
web posted October 17, 2014
OK, first of all a healthcare worker who helped Mr. Duncan in TX, was allowed to fly to Cleveland. This after one other healthcare worked had come down with Ebola. Then, the worker who flew to Cleveland had a slight fever and called the CDC to see if it was OK to fly back to Dallas. She was given a green light because "her fever was not high enough". She was exhibiting symptoms which they say is the time someone is contagious.  Now, they are having to look for all the passengers who flew on that flight etc. etc. The CDC is the most inept group of bozos out there and they are still in charge. We are becoming a third world country -our president's goal is being reached. This disease was limited, for the most part, to Africa. That is not a racial issue, it is a third world country issue. Read what Dr. Ben Carson says about all of this.
Frontier Airlines have now grounded the plane (which flew all over the place directly after this incident) and rest assured they have even replaced the carpet around the area this young woman sat. A little late and a little overkill at this point. But they did that because no one knows? If that is necessary than why are these people at the CDC still in charge? They have basically said we are safe unless we are exposed to bodily fluids. They don't seem to know up from down.  Anyone else tired of hearing the terms "protocols"? What protocols are in place and who knows for sure they will work? Even our President keeps harping on that.
At least TX is taking this into their own hands and legally keeping folks that have been in contact with someone with Ebola from traveling etc. We should have never had our country breeched by Mr. Duncan and if we had true leadership, we would not be talking about this.
web posted October 17, 2014
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.
One is from Chicago, another is from Kentucky, and the third is from New Orleans.
All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The New Orleans contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $9,000. That's $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me."
The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $7,000.
That's $3,000 for materials, $3,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me."
The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$27,000."
The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?
"The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$10,000 for me, $10,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Kentucky to fix the fence."
"Done!" replies the government official.
And that, my friends, is how the Government Stimulus plan worked.

Remember... Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.
web posted October 17, 2014

Well it seems CEO Brandon Clary of ECH has finally found another Executive Secretary.  The previous one who was to work for him decided based on the CEO’s history [removed] not to.  So now another one is being hired.  Run girl Run.  It’s a suicide (both professionally and spiritually) career move no matter what you think. 
web posted October 17, 2014
If we can't beat Saluda our season is over. It's like these guys [players] just don't have the heart that past teams had. I blame coach Hillary for that!
web posted October 17, 2014
RE: Is there anything new on the missing woman? [Tamera "Tammy" Russell Kingery]

This scenario sounds eerily familiar to other wives across the country who have mysteriously disappeared under suspicious circumstances.  Just curious: at what point is the FBI called in to investigate cases like this??

Editor's note: SLED has two agents assigned to aid in the case and the investigation (linked above). Unless there is evidence she was taken or crossed state lines on her own, there is no reason for the FBI to get involved. I have a feeling that she will be found - when I do not know - but that shortly after that there will be an arrest made in the case. That is just my own "gut feeling" and not from any information provided by the Sheriff's Office. As a former private investigator, I always work them as if it was a case I was working on. I do not see this coming to a happy conclusion by any means.
web posted October 16, 2014
I was proud of the newly appointed Chief Robinson of Johnston when he decided he did not want to cry.  I guess he saw how that was received by attendants of ECH CEO, Brandon Clary’s crying episodes at his meetings.
web posted October 16, 2014
It looks like Fox Creek Charter High School is the laughing stock of Edgefield County "again". Strom Thurmond High School beat Fox Creek in SAT scores "again".

Strom Thurmond 1497
Fox Creek          1325
North Augusta    1428

Fox Creek is going to crap. Athletics is all Principal Josh Trahan cares about. Their SAT scores went from 1430 in 2013 to 1325 this year. That is a decrease of 105 [points]! This is 209th of 222 schools for improvement in South Carolina. The stats are in and Fox Creek is all show and no substance. Maybe one day it will be a real school, but not with the football coach running the school and taking orders from the entitled Board members like Greg Hurt and Sherolyn Bishop. If you don't believe it, look for yourself. It is on the South Carolina Department of Education website:  https://ed.sc.gov/data/national-assessments/
web posted October 16, 2014
If the County Council is over the ECH Board of Directors, why can’t Council request to sit in and be allowed to attend the ‘secret behind the closed doors’ Executive Session meetings?

Editor's note: The County Council appoints the board members, but I would have to read the ordinance forming the board to see where the "control" so to speak ends. They can be invited to attend Executive Session discussions by any board member on a "without objection" motion that does not require a vote.

There are questions being raised about if the board if following the law, which put very strict limits as to what can be taken behind closed doors. Of the ones I have been made aware of, there could be problems. I do not think it is nefarious, just more of the old, "that's the way we've always done it" way of thinking. A particular letter that was to be read in public at the last meeting was taken behind closed doors and there is nothing in the law that allows that to happen. I am trying to obtain a copy of the letter, and if received, I will release it to the public for whom it was written to inform.
web posted October 16, 2014
This excerpt from the Supreme Court opinion in New York v. United States (1992) written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor should upset every American:

"This [Constitutional] framework has been sufficiently flexible over the past two centuries to allow for enormous changes in the nature of government. The Federal Government undertakes activities today that would have been unimaginable to the Framers in two senses; first, because the Framers would not have conceived that any government would conduct such activities; and second, because the Framers would not have believed that the Federal Government, rather than the States, would assume such responsibilities.  Yet the powers conferred upon the Federal Government by the Constitution were phrased in language broad enough to allow for the expansion of the Federal Government's role."

It is time we reined in this activist court and amend the Constitution to restore the Framers' intents--a limited federal government.  Congress wont do it. It is up to us and our state legislatures to rein in the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through an Article V Convention of States.  Learn more by visiting http://www.conventionofstates.com.
web posted October 16, 2014
To  any Black people who still support Obama and the Democrats-take a listen to some of the Black Republicans in LA and see what they think about how much help the Democrats have given to Blacks. Quit drinking the koolade and wake up to what Democrats are doing to the Black community as a whole. They are keeping Blacks on the plantation and if Blacks don't see this, then they are blind. The only way to get ahead and get out of poverty is to get off of assistance and take care of oneself. Assistance is there to help those in need but it should not be a way of life. Human dignity comes into play. It is very important in one's life and in the lives of people's families.
Black role models should be people like Ben Carson, Tim Scott, Condolezza Rice, and many more. Guess what... these smart, wise and successful leaders are Republicans that care about this country and really care about dealing with the issues facing the Black communities in this country. They want solutions, not riots. People like Al Sharpton and his likes are only out there to get things stirred up. Nothing positive comes from people like him. We need to be careful who we listen to and who we respect in this country. We are seeing the results of trusting someone only because of their skin color. Just because someone is a certain color  (or not a certain color) does not mean they have good intentions for folks. That is true for any person of any race that is running for office. Think about if you are really better off, feel safer etc.
Vote but only vote once, vote carefully and vote wisely. It makes a difference!!!!
web posted October 16, 2014
I haven't seen anything on the [Abel Drive] burglary and the murder up in Anderson that Chelsea Clary is involved in in the news lately. I still can't believe she has anything to do with it but she was caught running from the cars on fire, but it's still hard to believe. Is there anything new? I saw [Chelsea's mother] last week at [a store in Merriwether] yucking it up with thug friends while her daughter is in jail and her son just died a couple few months ago. I guess if ya got enuf drugs reality don't matter. Why aren't they looking at her? I'd bet the farm she is in on it from the git go!

Editor's note: All I know is the case is under active investigation.
web posted October 16, 2014
Edgefield County couldn't find a suspect uless they left their name, number and address behind. What a joke!

Editor's note: The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office ranks among the highest in the state in solving crimes. Beating out some of the largest and richest counties in the state. You do not do that by accident, it is through good police work.
web posted October 16, 2014
It's gonna suck when we lose to Saluda Fri nite. I've lost all hope of even making the play-offs. Sad, sad, sad.
web posted October 16, 2014
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! - - USC vs Furman this Saturday at noon. Great seats. I have to work and cannot go. Great way to take the kids to a game on the cheap plus get into the STATE FAIR for FREE. First caller gets them....Editor's note: TICKETS SOLD - and whoever got them got a steal of a deal.
web posted October 15, 2014
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Merriwether Middle School volleyball team on an outstanding season. They played their final game of the season Tuesday night and finished with an impressive victory over Paul Knox Middle School. With that victory the girls finished the season with only one loss, which was to Paul Knox Middle School, on the opening game of the season. The girls didn't let that deter them and practiced hard to improve. They played each game with class as well as good sportsmanship and always tried to better each other. Congratulations young ladies on a job well done!!!!

Editor's note: That's great news. Not sure why MMS or the School District did not make an announcement on such a great achievement.
web posted October 15, 2014
Why isn't the Sheriff's Dept releasing more about the murder of Johnny Hydrick? I've heard all sorts of rumors but there isn't hardly anything in the news. Maybe if they would tell people more people might be able to help.

Editor's note: If they release details of the actual murder it would hinder the investigation. When someone calls in a tip, and they have any information that has not been released, it gives that tip credibility. When it is all said and done all of the details will be released and you will understand why it is being withheld.
web posted October 15, 2014
Look on the bright side, your chickens didn't lose this weekend!

Editor's note: Thanks.
web posted October 15, 2014
8 year old Mohammad entered his classroom on the first day of school. "What's your name?", asked the teacher.
"Mohammad," he replied..
"You're in Ireland now," replied the teacher. "So from now on you will be known as Mike."
Mohammad returned home after school. "How was your day, Mohammad?", his mother asked. "My name is not Mohammad. I'm in Ireland and now my name is Mike."
"Are you ashamed of your name?  Are you trying to dishonor your parents, your heritage, your religion? Shame on you!" And his mother beat him. Then she called his father, who beat him again. 

The next day, Mohammad returned to school. The teacher saw all of his bruises. "What happened to you, Mike?", she asked.......  "Well shortly after becoming an Irishman, I was attacked by two stinking Arabs." 
web posted October 15, 2014
The Democrats have nerve blaming the Republicans for the Ebola outbreak. Think about it, CDC's budget went up, the cuts did not go into effect etc. The CDC seems to be the most incompetent group of so called medical experts out there. Just listen to the leader of the CDC. Makes one feel warm and fuzzy for sure. I sure feel safer knowing folks like this man are in control of all of this. NOT!
I read about a new idea to give folks a lie detector test to see if they were exposed to Ebola before letting them in the country. So, we really don't trust these folks coming in? Duh! Wouldn't it be easier, cheaper and a whole lot safer to just ban flights from these areas from coming here? Wouldn't that just be common sense? Leading medical professionals, and I mean "professionals", are recommending this and have been from the beginning-Dr. Ben Carson for one.  Oh, I forgot...a ban would not fit the political agenda. Just remember that our illustrious leader said we would not see Ebola in this country. Just one more of his lies, I guess.
web posted October 15, 2014
I've kept up with your condition over the many months and I don't see how you are able to publish so much every day. I commend you on your dedication to your job and to the [Edgefield] Daily. You remain in our prayers and thank you for the incredible service you provide to the people of this county. And you do it for free. I don't know how you do it, but I am glad you do. God Bless you and your family while you go through this difficult time.
web posted October 15, 2014
A group of Pekin, Illinois bikers were riding west on I-74 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Murray Baker Bridge. So they stopped. George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks through a group of gawkers, past the State Trooper who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and says, Hey Baby..whatcha doin' up there on that railin'?" She says tearfully, "I'm going to commit suicide!!" While he didn¹t want to appear 'sensitive', George also didn't want to miss this 'be-a-legend' opportunity either so he asked...Well, before you jump, Honey-Babes why don't you give ole George here your best last kiss?"
So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss followed immediately by another even better one.
After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even the State Trooper, and then says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had, Honey! That¹s a real talent you're wasting, Sugar Shorts. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why the hell are you committing suicide?"
"My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl."
web posted October 15, 2014
A friend of mine sent me an email update that you sent out on your condition. I had no idea just how bad things are for you. Why don't you put that online? I know it sure opened my eyes to what you are going through.

Editor's note: That update was meant for a select few and was private. It was not intended to be shared with others. I thank you for your concern expressed in your email prior to your comment and we are grateful beyond words for your prayers.
web posted October 15, 2014
With all the things I see about the Hospital CEO and what's going on there and the doctors at the clinic I don't know what to believe. Why haven't you reported on anything? If any of what's being said is true, that sounds like a real news story to me. Why aren't you?

Editor's note: It is a very complicated situation. I have started attending the meeting of the Hospital Board, although I did miss last month, and there is very little information released during the meetings. They seem scripted and assures that you walk away with only the information they want you to have. Anything pertaining to items commented on here are discussed in executive session, out of the public view.
web posted October 15, 2014
Is there anything new on the missing woman? [Tamera "Tammy" Russell Kingery] Are they still searching for her?

Editor's note: No, there are no new developments in the case. I spoke with the lead investigator in the case Tuesday and nothing has changed information wise. There are no physical searches being undertaken by the Sheriff's Office as the area around the home have been searched a number of times with no results. The case remains an active investigation and they continue to follow any lead that comes in from the public. Although it remains a "missing person's" case, it leans more towards a criminal investigation in my opinion. That means that very little of what they are doing is made available.
web posted October 15, 2014
Maybe the family of the nurse that got Ebola caring for Mr. Duncan should sue Mr. Duncan's family since she would not have been exposed to it had he not come to this country.  He would not have come to this country if he had not had a family to visit (maybe he would have come anyway because we all know why he came-we do have better healthcare than Africa). It makes as much sense as Mr. Duncan's family suing the hospital he died in. It is also the hospital that cared for him better than any care he would have gotten in Africa. And guess who is paying for all the care he got there? The taxpayers of this country. Seems like his family is really a class act for sure!!! [Editor's note: Are they hear legally or citizens?]
How confident are you to be sitting on a plane with someone with Ebola? So it is not airborne? So it is not easy to get? Well, this nurse had all the protective gear and I am sure she was extremely careful not to expose herself.  After all, she actually knew what she was dealing with. They are saying it was her own fault?  If you listen to the CDC's explanation of this is as ridiculous as most everything he has said. Really?   Hmmmm
Is our world crazy or not?

Editor's note: In the Omaba Administration nothing is their fault, there's always someone else to blame.
web posted October 14, 2014
Its gonna take [the Sheriff's Office] forever to track down everybody connected to Johnny [Hydrick] Start with the half that didn't like him and save a lot of time! I didn't know him, but I knew who he was and we spoke at the store. Always seemed like a 70's "love child" that never grew up. I hate it happened and it makes you wonder if you should lock up every night these days. We like the cool breezes at night. No air conditioner or nothing, just let the wind blow. That's why we moved here, to feel safe.

Editor's note: You should lock every vehicle in your drive, remove all valuables from the vehicles before going inside, lock all doors to you house, and open doors and windows for the fresh air ONLY while you are awake.
web posted October 14, 2014
What a bummer. I saw where Joe Dansby died in a motorcycle crash over in Aiken. He was a good guy. He would ride up to Edgefield with some rides we'd put together and go eat at the Pool Room. Didn't know him that good, but it's sad news anyway.
web posted October 14, 2014
Why aren't they saying how Johnny [Hydrick] died but they know it’s a murder? How do you do that? I don't get it. Why ain't they just sayin what happened?

Editor's note: We have an update today saying that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Some information has to be withheld to aid the investigation. As times passes, more information wick be released.
web posted October 14, 2014
Rode by the new [renovation] at the [Sweetwater] community center today [Monday] and it's really pretty.Is that a copper roof? It sure stands out. I walked around back and i love the all glass back wall and deck. I can't wait to bee it finished! I looked inside and it looks bigger than I thought it was.

Editor's note: The roof is metal, but only copper colored. I think it looks sharp myself.
web posted October 14, 2014
Hillary Clinton Explains Her Accomplishments » moralmatters.org

1 day ago ... Quote of the day, no, of the week, make that a month. Yet it probably is quote of
the year! No….. DECADE. ... Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014.

web posted October 14, 2014
Editor's post: It seems that all of a sudden Edgefield County is the center of attention with major crimes all taking place in a short period of time. The high profile Abel Drive burglary that ended in a murder presumably in Anderson County, Tamera "Tammy" Kingery going missing, and now a murder in Trenton. I know some people may think that the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office is not equipped to handle so many major cases taking place in such a short period of time. I have received many emails making that very argument.

No doubt investigators are running around with their hands full right now, but believe it or not, they can walk and chew gum at the same time. In reality, the Abel Drive burglary is basically solved, it is just a matter of gaining access to those in custody in order to wrap that case up. Tammy Kingery going missing is an active and ongoing investigation that has a lot going on behind the scenes that cannot be released at this time. Much as the case in the murder of Johnny Hydrick.

I have faith in the Sheriff's Criminal Investigative Division and know they do not let cases like these whiter on the vine. They will be solved, no matter how long it takes.
web posted October 13, 2014
Johnny Hydrick R.I.P.
web posted October 13, 2014
I can't believe anyone would do this to Johnny. He would do anything to help anybody. This is so sad.
web posted October 13, 2014

Re: Girl attacked by thugs [touching her improperly]
It does not surprise me what happens on a school bus, the unruly children will not behave!  All school buses needs aids and not just special education why want the school board do that maybe they don’t think that is important but it is.   hire bus aids for all buses and maybe this won’t happen.  Greg Anderson do something about this!

Editor's note: Mr.Anderson has answered an email and is waiting to get a copy of the incident report and has a meeting with the school administration to get to the bottom of the matter. He said he will respond following gathering all the information.
web posted October 13, 2014
This is written for the many people who know, care about and love the fact that we have a Hospital in Edgefield County .  You all be the judge.  Several members all from Edgefield County (who are long time, influential and generous contributors both with their time and much money) have resigned from the so called Edgefield Hospital Foundation (which is operating under a different name).  Their reasoning has been because they do not agree nor feel comfortable with the way the CEO and CFO are choosing to handle the funds.  A Board member also was [said to be] bullied and grossly disrespected at their home and at the Hospital by the CEO so this person [supposedly] resigned out of fear.  The hospital now has a CEO, CFO, a 2nd Controller, 2 Executive Secretaries, and is now advertising for another General Accountant. (Under requirements for this position HR should have put….must know the CFO and/or live in Lexington , SC ). This is outrageous.  The Physicians have been disrespected by the CEO which has alienated them, their patients and employees.  The Managers of the Month selected by the CEO and CFO are the ones who are willing to give in and give up and comply with the new Bullying tactics by the CEO and CFO.  The Business Dept is moving into a building owned by Bettis Rainsford (scary) supposedly so the hospital will be able to get a higher return from Medicare.  Will the rent be less than the increased money from Medicare (doubt it).  I am so glad the [County] Council is continuing to watch this sideshow by the CEO, especially when he does his crying act when attempting to justify his decisions.
web posted October 13, 2014
How does 3 boys attack a little girl on a school bus and nobody sees a thing? Were these the last kids to be dropped off and that's why nobody else said anything? If that's the case, then the bus driver [darn] well should have noticed what was going on. If this girl tried to crawl down under the floor [seat?] and the boys kept grabbin all over her, even one glace back in the mirror should have been obvious that something was bigtime wrong. This doesn't sound like it was a few seconds of messing around it sounds like it went on for a while if she ended up down on the floor! The driver should be fired because this happened while she[/he] was responsible for that little girl's safety. The little perverts should get kicked out of school and sent to juvi jail! If they get away with this next time they'll rape somebody. This didn't happen when I was growing up. If you grabbed on a girl and she said no every boy on the bus would kick their [butt] if they tried it again.
web posted October 13, 2014
I've been following the missing woman [Tamera "Tammy" Kingery] from Merriwether very close because we live less than a half mile from them. I read all the websites and facebook pages they have set up plus the husbands page and her page. I noticed today that somebody has wiped her facebook page out clean. There's nothing there anymore. I suppose he did it, but why? Wouldn't that be evidence since she's missing? Even if it isn't, why would you want to wipe out things she's said and who she said them to so they can try to find her? I just found that strange.

Thanks for keeping us informed on her. We need to find her ASAP!

Editor's note: Has the information been removed or is it just not available to those who are not her "friend's"? If it has been removed, I would agree it would be suspicious. At least in my opinion. As far as continued coverage, Edgefield Daily has always kept any missing person from our county in the Headlines until they are found, even if it takes months, which has happened before in the case of Mr. Marion Key, also of Merriwether. His remains were found over 5 months after he went missing.
web posted October 13, 2014
Are there any updates or have the thugs been found associated with the Homeowner Chases Down Golf Cart Thief - Fires Shot During Chase?
Both the truck and the trailer had paper tags from a car dealership. It was unclear if they had been reported as stolen, according to the incident report. A search of the truck also found a box of business cards for an Augusta towing company in the cab. A cell phone was found over the visor on the driver's side and a bag with a change of clothes inside as well as a pool stick in a black case.

Were the truck(2002 Ford F150 XLT Supercrew cab) and trailer confirmed as stolen? Were the business cards legit or found as a cover? Who did the cell phone come  back to? 

Seem like with all this to go on, something should've turned up to provide some names.

Editor's note: I have not heard anything further on the case. I will see what I can find out. There are so many high profile cases right now, they have taken my attention off of this report. I have not seen an arrest that would match the charges that would stem from a case such as this in the past weeks.
web posted October 13, 2014
I read to story on the Hydrick guy being murdered. I saw where it said he's been convicted of criminal domestic violence  which means he can't have a gun. That's unconstitutional and proves that anyone can be a victim of a violent crime. This is something I have been working with our legislators here in Ga. to revoke the law because just because you broke the law doesn't mean the 2nd amendment somehow doesn't apply to you! Maybe if Mr. Hydrick was allowed to have a gun he might be alive today.

Editor's note: I agree with your premise about the 2nd Amendment in that even a person who may have a violent criminal past, and not referring to Mr. Hydrick here, can be the victim of a violent crime.
web posted October 13, 2014
When I read about Johnny being murdered it shocked me. I haven't seen him in weeks and was thinking about him Fri and thought about going by or calling him. Now I won't get to tell him goodbye.
web posted October 13, 2014
Re: Tammy Kingery [comment Oct 11]
"Maybe the cops need to search the woods between where she worked and where she lived instead of around the house. That's the last place everybody knows she was known to be alive.... when he picked her up from work because she was sick. Why didn't she just drive home?....."

I thought this person raised some really great questions. Why did he [Tammy Kingery's husband] have to pick her up from work if they lived so close to her work and she had her own car. I've never had to call somebody to pick me up because I was sick if I had my own transportation. I've driven home stopping along the way to throw up several times and I work in Aiken and live on the other side of Edgefield. I did have to call my wife when we first got married and had only 1 car. Even her own dad said nothing adds up. I agree. Something is really screwy about this.
web posted October 13, 2014
I would like to up the reward for Tammy [Kingery]by $100 and would challenge the residents of Edgefield County to join in and help up this reward and find her! She needs her community now more than ever.  Always heard money talks so lets find out.

Editor's note: You will have to find out the legal requirements to offer a reward and an account for others to chip in to. I'm sure your bank can give you all the information you need to open the account and then donations can be made at any branch of the bank you use. Once it is set up, we will be happy to publish it in the Headlines.
web posted October 13, 2014
Barack and Michelle are at a CUBS baseball game sitting in the first row with the Secret Service seated directly behind. One of the Secret Service agents leans forward and says something to Obama. Barack stares at the agent, looks at Michelle, looks back at the agent, and shakes his head no.

The agent then says, “It was a request from the team owner who is a big campaign contributor and the fans will love it” So, Barack shrugs and says, “Well, if it will help my poll numbers.”

He gets up, grabs Michelle by her collar and the seat of her pants, and throws her right over the railing into the field.  She gets up kicking, screaming and swearing.        

The crowd goes wild; cheering, applauding, and high-fiving.  Barack is bowing and smiling, and leans over to the agent and says, “You were right. I would have never believed that”!

Noticing the agent has gone totally pale, Barack asks what was wrong. The agent replies, “Sir, I said they want you to throw out the first PITCH"!

Editor's note: Like that sissy could pick up anything bigger than his family Koran. Compare GW Bush v Obama throwing first pitches.  
web posted October 13, 2014
How To Catch Wild Pigs - A Lesson In Socialism

You can catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods where wild pigs
frequent and placing an adequate amount of corn on the ground. The pigs find it
web posted October 13, 2014
Editor's post: I am so humbled by the outpouring of support I have received in the last 24 hours. I cannot put into words how much it means to me that so many people are praying for me. Many of the emails brings tears to my eyes because of how heartfelt their words are in letters of support or offering possible diagnosis's, doctors, friends of theirs who have been in similar situations and people I should call to talk to about how difficult this has become. There have been times when I have turned to my bride and said that I feel so alone in all of this. However, with all of you being there I know I am not alone. You encourage me, build my faith in Jesus and show me that people you do not even know care. I don't know how to thank you for that.
web posted October 11, 2014
RE: Coach Hillary
For one he can pick his players but can't play the game for them... All coaches aren't the same, but because we have lost a few games people want to say negative things about the coach /coaches..  His family has nothing to do with the team so his family shouldn't even been including in this post and by the way his family was there way before he became a coach.
web posted October 11, 2014
Re: Tammy Kingery
Maybe the cops need to search the woods between where she worked and where she lived instead of around the house. That's the last place everybody knows she was known to be alive.... when he picked her up from work because she was sick. Why didn't she just drive home? Why did he go pick her up if she had her own car? Ain't like they lived 40 miles from her work. From what I've read it was [on Five Notch Road]. That's a short drive from their house. Do they know how long he took to pick her up and get her home? If she made it home? I was told that all happened before any of the kids got up. He could have taken 2 hrs to get back home, nobody knows that, do they? I bet they haven't even thought about that! This is the kind of stuff murder mysteries are made of and it's happening for real in our own backyard.

Editor's note: I can only restate what I have already said, investigators are looking at all of the evidence (what little there is) and are not ruling out anything, well, maybe an alien abduction perhaps. Everything else is on the table. I am waiting to find out if the note left was actually in her handwriting. At this time, I have not been able to get that confirmed. 
web posted October 11, 2014

My guess is that ECH flu shots would be free if you are on Medicare, Medicaid or your insurance pays for it. That is the way it is everywhere else. Some employers give them free. I would think one could just call the hospital and find out for sure.
I am so, so sorry about that rude, arrogant specialist that the editor saw. Why do some doctors think they are gods?  I wonder how careless he would be if he were in that kind of pain or one of his loved ones was in that kind of pain. Maybe it would only be important if he were in pain. I am just so sorry there was no help given. I pray there is another route to go where the doctors might listen and actually do their job.

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments and your continued support over the years. When we walked in the nurse said, "Hello Mr. Blackwell, we knew it was you because you are our only patient." I got the feeling he was a front man to get people into the pain management program at GRU. I won't use his name because that way I call call him out as the quack I think he is.
web posted October 11, 2014
I am so sorry you continue to suffer and hurt with your health condition.  I read where you wasted your time at a Doctor's appointment earlier this week.  Have you had any leads with any Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia (GRU)?  The reason I ask, I used to work at MCG and I have a close girlfriend who is very familiar with the Physicians there. Is there anything I can do for you to get you the help you desperately need?
There is a post on Wandering Minds today about Flu Shots being given by Edgefield County Hospital, a citizen is asking if there is a Co-Pay.  Your note indicates you have reached out to ECH to get clarification, have you had a response from anyone at Edgefield County Hospital, about your inquiry?
If not, I can provide you with an answer.  The Flu Shots scheduled to be given at ECH on Wednesday, October 15th are for Senior Citizens of Edgefield County.  The Flu Shots scheduled to be given at the Chamber of Commerce in Johnston on Wednesday, October 22nd are for Senior Citizens of Edgefield County.  For any Senior Citizen with Medicare or a Medicare HMO such as Care Improvement Plus or Humana, the Co-Pay is .00.

Editor's note: The "doctor" we saw was from GRU. I have placed the info on the Flu Shots, but advise readers this information was not provided by ECH. Please keep that in mind. Thank you for your offer, you never know if we may take you up on it.
web posted October 11, 2014
This woman missing from Merriwether is pretty scary when you think about it. What if somebody just drove up and snatched her off the side of the road! That could happen to anyone even one of your kids with all the sex offenders that swarm to Edgefield County. I think they should be talking to every sex offender in the county to see where they were when she went missing. It's as good a place to start as any if you ask me!

Our family is praying for her and the family. I can't imagine what they are going through. I couldn't sleep in my own bed if my wife wasn't there next to me.The poor kids have to be scared out of their wits. I hope they find her soon. I hope that maybe she just ran away for a while and will turn back up. But the longer it goes on, the more scared she will be to admit she just ran off! Can they charge her for doing that?

Editor's note: She has not filed any incident report or made any statements that could lead to charges. She is simply listed as missing and endangered. If she showed up tomorrow the Sheriff's Office would debrief her, obtain statements of what took place, and happily close the case and move on to other unsolved crimes.
web posted October 11, 2014
Ye ha! somebody throwing dope or cell phone or both over the fence at FCI. What's new? I'm surprised they actually filed a report on it because they keep everything secret out there. Even when they're own people get arrested.

Editor's note: I did not receive a copy of an incident report from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office or the Edgefield Police Department on Friday pertaining to the incident. The information used in the report was publicly available and I just happened to be in the right place when it went down.
web posted October 11, 2014
Mr. Editor
I have been following your updates on your ailment for months. I know it must be frustrating to go this long and not have any answers. I have been praying for you since it all started and have added you to our Sunday school prayer list. I admire how you worry more about how this is affecting your family more than anything and that you're not afraid to show your emotions instead to trying to be some tough guy that acts like a baby when nobody is watching. I hope and pray that you will find all the answers soon and get back to being yourself again.

Never give up! No matter how hard it is, never give up! Your family needs you, your community needs you and the rest of us in the county need you. Get well soon!
web posted October 11, 2014
Editor's post: We went to see the new "specialist" on Thursday. To say that it felt like a kick in the gut would be an understatement. It was obvious from the time I sat down that this was a total waste of our time. He did very little as far as a physical exam, had none of my medical records other than notes provided by my personal doctor on my pain management, and seemed about as attentive as I would be on a soccer match. I hate soccer if that helps.

He flat out told us that there was nothing he could do to help me. He gave no diagnosis other than a possible thought, and suggested I seek out a pain management program so that I would be in control of the pain rather than it controlling me. I was stunned.

I stated that I wanted to know why this was happening to me, what it is, how to cure it or accept it if it cannot be cured. He repeated that there was nothing he could do and that I should seek pain management. I explained that the pain is increasing exponentially and there has to be a reason and that something has to be done to stop it from progressing further. He basically ignored what I was saying.

In other words, he was telling me to just deal with it. News flash kiddo, I've been "dealing with it" for almost a year. To say it was not an emotional ride home with my bride would be dishonest. I felt like I went in with a compound fracture to my leg and he says that he can't fix the leg, but I should seek "pain management" to deal with something he isn't qualified to fix.
web posted October 10, 2014
Re: Investigation into Abel Drive Burglary Linked to Murder and Drug investigation Stalls
Why wouldn't one law enforcement agency cooperate with another? From what I read it seems like our Sheriff is being disrespected. Is it because he's black or that they think we're some small hick county that we don't matter? It's not like Elbert County is some huge metropolis. I thought al law enforcement had to cooperate with other agencies when a crime covers different counties or states. Is that really true or just maybe a little embellishment of what's going on?

Editor's note: We report facts and information we are provided. This case has enough twists and turns as a crime story on its own merit. We do not "embellish" anything in reports, especially one as important as this one.
web posted October 10, 2014
I would like to wish my son, Jacob Hanks an awesome 18th birthday! I love you to the moon and back, a zillion times over! Love, Mom
web posted October 10, 2014
I watched the game this between FSU and Clemson and several times I asked myself, "How in the world did FSU win a national championship last year with the offensive line I am watching right now?"
Play after play the Clemson defense was on the unprotected FSU quarterback like a duck on a June bug. It is still a mystery to me how FSU ended up winning that game, or even more, how in the world did Clemson end up losing the game? I am not a fan of either team, just wondering.  

Editor's note: This comment was sent in late September, but did not show up in my inbox until today.
web posted October 10, 2014
Are the flu shots by the hospital [ECH] free or is there a co-pay?

Editor's note: I do not know. I did respond to the release stating it was unclear and did not get a response as to them being free or not.
web posted October 10, 2014
I sure hope Coach Hillary can  pull the team together for Friday's game. We can't afford to open region [play] being 0-2! He needs to get his house in order so he can concentrate on winning football games and not about making family members happy!
web posted October 10, 2014
I think everybody that wants to point the finger at the husband [Park Kingery] for his wife [Tamera "Tammy" Kngery]  vanishing should put that much effort in trying to find her instead of espousing dispersions at her husband. Nobody knows what happened, not even the police. So how about try to support the family instead of holding your own little court and convicting him on the internet. This family is hurting. These children miss their mother, he misses his wife, show a little compassion. Judge not so that you won't be judged!
web posted October 10, 2014
I don't know the Kingery family but I have followed this story everywhere there is something to read because it is not only sad but so intriguing. I keep going back to the husband knowing something was wrong as soon as he read a simple note that said love you and him saying that she might have killed herself. That's so bizarre. I know there has to be a lot more that isn't being said, but there has to be something [the editor] can shed some light on to make sense of all this.

Editor's note: There is a lot of information that is not being released by the Sheriff's Office due to the ongoing investigation. When they make information available, we follow up with a report in an effort to help locate Tammy Kingery.
web posted October 10, 2014
Edgefield County sure seems to be all in the news all of a sudden. Wish it would go back to being a quiet little rural county.

Editor's note: News happens.
web posted October 10, 2014
Mr. [Editor], I have followed your work for several years and then stopped reading for while after the death of a dear friend, Carl Langley, who wrote for you during his battle with cancer. He always talked so highly of you and the work you were doing in Edgefield County. In the past couple of years I began visiting [Edgefield Daily] again and was impressed at how far you have expanded your coverage. I know Carl would be proud, he always said you reminded him of his own no holds barred type of reporting. I have to say that I am proud of what you have accomplished. I am sorry to hear you are suffering from an ailment and pray you recover soon. To see the level of commitment you have for your publication just shows how deeply you love your work. That is rare these days. I wish you the best and know that Carl would be even prouder than you could imagine if he was still with us. Hang in there my friend, there are better days ahead.

Editor's note: I don't know how to respond to your comment. Carl was a very dear friend I met through happenstance. Beyond being a friend he was a mentor as I began Edgefield Daily and he gave me encouragement and advice that only a well seasoned veteran of the news media could offer. I am humbled by your comments. I am honored he considered me a friend
web posted October 10, 2014
Editor's post: Sorry folks. Wednesday night took a turn south again. I worked until a could not work anymore tonight. I apologize for not getting all the news available out there in a timely basis. Some posts have been withheld.
web posted October 9, 2014
I hope the Tammy Kingery case gets solved soon. Her family deserves answers. The husband seems like a very suspicious character because he cannot seem to get the story straight. He should've been investigated immediately after the disappearance of his wife. He seems to be worried for himself rather than his wife. The man seems guilty and that is pretty obvious. If my wife went missing I would be doing everything in my power to look for her and make it known that she is missing. Tammy's husband seems to be worried that he is going to get figured out himself because he won't even talk to the press now. Something is going on here and it needs to be investigated immediately to get this case solved.

Editor's note: Every angle and possibility is being investigated.
web posted October 9, 2014
RE: Tammy Kingery
I am curious if the police have questioned the people arrested in the Abel Dr. burglary/ murder.
Editor's note: No. Edgefield County investigators are not being allowed to speak with any of the suspects currently in custody. The unidentified body found in the trunk of burned out car has been identified as a male.
At this time there does not seem to be a connection.
web posted October 9, 2014
Why is it such a huge deal that Tammy Kingery would include, "Love you" in her note? So much focus on that from people claiming it to be strange and an indication that she planned on being gone for some time. My husband says, "love you" before he walks out to cut our grass.  Whether it be meaningful or just out of habit...i don't find it odd or telling at all.

Editor's note: I have no idea, unless she never told him (or him telling her) "love you". I leave my bride post-it notes all over the place several times a week telling her I love her, encouraging her at work and in serving the public, and even silly things just to make her smile and take her mind off my condition. On her mirror, in the bathroom, in her car and sometimes I even get her employees to help me at her work sometimes. They love her and they get a big kick put of helping. I guess I am "really odd" when it comes to the liberal media types. Maybe even a "freak". I'm good with that and I think she is too.
web posted October 9, 2014
Has anyone seen her husband's facebook page? His profile pic is of him throwing a Frisbee. Most of his pics are of him not her. I think there is 1 of her with the family and they don't look live the Ward and June Cleaver family. I agree with others that she's dead. I also think they need to take a long look at him. Call it a hunch, but they look like 2 people living together because they have kids. Did he have a big insurance policy on her? I know police can find that kind of stuff out. I felt sorry for him at first but the more I saw him on tv and the things he said I just started getting a weird feeling about him. If she was going to kill herself wouldn't she leave a suicide note not a going for a walk love you note? I agree with the dad, none of this adds up.
web posted October 9, 2014
Obama hates Wal-Mart. Be cause of ObamaCare Wal-Mart has dropped offering PART TIME employees insurance because Obama made it too expensive. That's they way to help the "working poor, most of them black! I think if he got caught raping little black boys and girls 90 of blacks would still vote for him! This country has gone to hell in a democrat hand basket!
web posted October 9, 2014
Editor's post: After three days of unbearable pain I have started to feel better. The bad news is it was not until about 1:30 am this morning, allowing me to get more work done but keeping me up until 3:30 am. I'd rather be tired than curled up in the bed in pain. I take the not so bad days whenever they come, day, night or early morning. [Later note - I did not get finished until a little after 4 am]

web posted October 8, 2014
Why haven't they started looking at Tammy Kingery's husband about her going missing. I thought ruling out family members was one of the first things they do. I haven't read anything about that. I noticed her dad didn't have much to say about her husband when they interviewed him. The guy just looks like he knows something he ain't talking about. He creeps me out.  Her dad said she never left notes she always texted her notes about going walking. Why leave a note when she had her cell phone before she left? Why not just text she's going walking like she always did? He's lying if you ask me.
web posted October 8, 2014
Here's a thought county council. Why not have a employee advocate ( a experienced nurse ?) seated on the hospital board? That would accomplish two things: it would eliminate the ability of the CEO to hide his activities in executive session and would give input from someone who actually understands the running of a hospital. If you want transparency that is the way to go.
web posted October 8, 2014
Is it true that child molester Bobby Hicks is getting out of jail early?  Only serving 3 years of a 6 year sentence.  And is it true the judge may allow him to be taken off of the sex-offender list?  Why does the child molester Booby Hicks get special treatment? Wonder if it's because the child molester Bobby Hicks' parents own/operate the local ambulance service so they have a little money.

I better never see that SOB around any of my children.

Editor's note: It is about time for him to be released. Registration as a sex offender was ordered by the court and I doubt it has been overturned. I know of no such hearing taking place.
web posted October 8, 2014
Look @ the picture of Tammy Kingerys family on her facebook page searching for Tammy. Do you notice any thing odd about family photo?  Her oldest girl stands in picture arms closed & she doesn't look happy. Right behind her Paul Kingery and he has a strange look on his face too. There's something that is definitely missing here.
No one saw her walk away. Where were the kids when she left. Why when it first started in print it mentioned she was on the National Crime Registrey? Doesn't that mean she is suspected or has committed some type crime?
She could be bidding [hidding?] in a house right down from where she lives on Gregory Lake Rd or the Village.
Someone had to pick her up or somewhere along the road in that neighborhood @ that particular time someone somewhere would of seen her. I don't think she was kidnapped or abducted in some sort of way. However she left I believe it was by a vehicle & whoever picked her up or took her away I feel she knew them. There would be some kind of sign of struggle if she didn't.
I don't know this couple.personally but it doesn't add up. Why was the husbands first comment she might kill herself? What kind of problem did she have to want to die?
I believe all this needs to be looked @ in a different light. It just doesn't add up.

Editor's note: Investigators are looking at every possible explanation for her disappearance. Nothing has been ruled out. I asked the lead investigator the other day, "What do you say to those who don't think you are searching hard enough" and he said frankly, "If someone wants to give us an area to search any why, we'll go search it." Every deputy and investigator are working on the case, listening to people that stop them to offer suggestions or answer their questions. I can assure you, everything that can be done to find Mrs. Kingery is being done. 
web posted October 8, 2014
In regards to Tammy Kingery's disappearance: I know there are things that cannot be revealed at this time but there are so many questions I have concerning the case. Have they gotten phone records yet? Did they ever search her husbands phone thoroughly? Has their home computer been taken for investigation? Why was it initially stated that she left with her keys and a backpack then all of a sudden had neither? Is there anyone who knows the family well enough to have insight on their marriage or her supposed history of depression? Any Co-workers that she may have vented to? How about her husbands whereabouts on the day of her disappearance; if he was running errands, have his locations been verified by security cameras? Have the children been spoken to?  There's a website specifically for updates with absolutely no information...plenty of people are wanting to help solve this mystery but have nothing to go from. Just so many grey areas.

Editor's note: I cannot speak to all of your questions, but for most of them, yes. Her phone, his phone, tracing his routes, viewing video footage confirming he was there when he said and the like are or have been undertaken. Yes, there is a lot of information that is not being released at this time because it would hinder the investigation. There is nothing strange about information released in the earliest hours of the investigation to change as a few days pass and more information is obtained, such as not having the keys, which made it more puzzling as to why she would lock up the house and not take keys to get back in or take her phone in case she needed to call someone if she were to sprain an ankle walking.

Investigators agree with most people, the story being given to them does not add up. My biggest question is why, after talking to every media available, he suddenly shut off all communication with the press and even told those searching for Tammy to refrain from talking to the press.

This report contains links to most of the stories Edgefield Daily has provided during the investigation.
web posted October 8, 2014
Does someone need to buy the Edgefield post office a new flag? I go by everyday to check work, personal and my Dad's mail and there is no flag most days. I see one now and then so I know they have one. It has to come down to somebody just being plumb lazy!
web posted October 8, 2014
Woman: Do you drink beer?
Man: Yes

Woman: How many beers a day?
Man: Usually about 3 draft Bock beers

Woman: How much do you pay per Draft Bock beer?
Man: $5.00 which includes a tip
(This is where it gets scary !)

Woman: And how long have you been drinking?
Man: About 20 years, I suppose

Woman: So a Bock beer costs $5 and you have 3 Bock beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5400  correct?

Man: Correct

Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?

Man: Correct

Woman: Do you know that if you didn't drink so much Bock beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?

Man: Do you drink beer?
Woman: No

Man: Where's your Ferrari?

Editor's note: Maybe the last question should be, "Where's your man?"
web posted October 8, 2014
The dog that was attacked on promiseland road was a pitbull/boxer mix. I find it interesting that the owner didnt include that piece of information.

Editor's note: I went back and reread the incident report. There was a one time mention of the Pit Bull/Boxer mix. Most of it refers to it as a boxer mix. I guess you can blame me for missing that in the story, not that it really has that much to do with the outcome or the attack.
web posted October 8, 2014
Not sure I am trusting the polls in this next election. There is too much voter fraud and crazy shananigans going on these days as far as elections go. I hope I am wrong, but all this confidence that Republicans will take the Senate makes me nervous. The Republicans just don't seem to get it that it is the ground game that wins. They have not dealt with the reality of how elections are won (fair or not) these days. Remember, we have a "community organizer" running this country. Community organizers do just that, organize and control communities.  Hang on!
web posted October 8, 2014
Is there anything new on Chelsea [Clary]? When is she going to be brought back here? I can't believe she's involved in all of this. This so not her!

Editor's note: We have an update that will be placed on Thursday. Due to the late hour it could not be placed today.
web posted October 8, 2014
Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free.
"A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."
The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
Am I the only one missing something?
web posted October 7, 2014
Hold on to your seats folks because this will rock you. The rumor Mill in Washington is that Obama wants a Supreme Court Judge to retire quickly (I.e., Ginsberg) so he can nominate his pick while Harry Reed and the Dem's still control the US Senate. Remember, this is a LIFE TIME appointment. Who is his rumored pick? Are you ready for this? "ERIC HOLDER!!!"Remember Harry Reid changed the rules of the senate so the Republicans couldn't stop it either. What then people? What do we do then if this happens?This was a discussion topic on "The Five" Fox News. It was brought up By Dana Perino, Bush's former press secretary. Bob Beckel also indicated this possibility on the show. I'll tell you what. If Obama want's a communist long term legacy, putting Eric Holder on the Supreme Court would do it. That possibility should scare the crap out of all of us. Can you say "Good-bye 2nd Amendment" for starters?
"Our only hope is that no one on the Supreme Court resigns or retires before January 2015 and that Republicans take the Senate in the November, 2014 elections. That is our only hope. If we didn't already have an incentive to vote, this sure as hell is a huge one.

Editor's note: I believe nominees to the Supreme Court can still be blocked under the new Senate rules that has been used to stack the courts with liberals.
web posted October 7, 2014
Please County Council do not vote George Thornton onto the Hospital Board.  ECH does not need anymore CEO’s, good ol boy businessmen who are too busy seeking their own fortunes and care little about the employees that provide all the services.  The Board needs someone who has a strong medical/nursing background and aren’t intimidated by demanding transparency from the CEO and CFO; and. who will hold the CEO accountable for his numerous poor decisions and the cause for the  employee’s feelings of job insecurity.
web posted October 7, 2014
Every time a crazy man comes to town and has some power Bettis Rainsford is the first in line to be his buddy. I guess he doesn't have any cards but wild cards in his deck.  I hope that George Thornton does not align himself with this type of people.  With the mayor working out there (NWTF) and Bettis Rainsford in the shadows and Brandon Clary with a full on come be my friend and be on the board invitation I don't see things working out for George. Where are the good people to tell George who's right and who's wrong in this county?  Why does evil always find evil?  George doesn't have to do the bidding of others.  He can be his own man.  He doesn't need anyone unless he is seeking to find approval amongst peers which will come cheap and at a low price in that circle so long as you have power.  I hope that he does the research because it will be very obvious who he should stay away from.  Save yourself now! Run George Run!
web posted October 7, 2014
My heart is always touched by the devotion you [the Editor] express for your bride throughout the column. In the midst of rants and raves (free speech and right to express opinions and ideas) you  scatter--when appropriate--your love and support for [your bride]. Other wives should be so blessed as she is.  I have to say whenever I see her out and around, her countenance and spirit are kind and gracious. You both are blessed.
My prayers for your good health and for deliverance from pain....

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind words and especially the prayers.
web posted October 7, 2014
Re: missing woman
Why aren't they looking more at the husband? I just have a feeling he's lying and had something to do with her going missing. Every time I've seen him on tv it makes my skin crawl.

Editor's note: I believe he has quit talking to the press as of the latter part of last week.
web posted October 7, 2014
Editor's post: What a terrible weekend. First Thurmond loses and then my Gamecocks fall apart after the first quarter and forgot how to play football. Let's hope both teams can get it together fast. I think personnel changes in the starting line-up is needed on both teams.
web posted October 6, 2014
County council please do not be fooled by promises the hospital board makes. It is all a smoke screen. They don't intend to give regular employees a raise. Maybe a few handpicked dept. heads or maybe next year or next,or the next? The business office end of things will definitely see money thrown at it. Please observe what is actually done with supposed money for raises. Follow through and ask questions. Many questions!
web posted October 6, 2014

[Removed] has been at ECH for 1 year this is the first time he asked staff to attend a Board meeting. Why now? Just to hear some of the staff talk [about] how they truly love their job. The Board needs to step up to the plate and do something for those people and the HOSPITAL.
web posted October 6, 2014

I have read the many posts about the cussing incident during a STHS football game and can not believe the coach has been relieved of his duties due to one emotional situation. This is a joke isn't it? Because if it isn't..who made the decision to overreact to what is a 'norm' in the world of sports? Would the coaches of Alabama, Georgia, SC, Tennessee, Penn State, etc get fired for cussing at a player? Of course not.
Why is Strom Thurmond so special..where any coach who gets too emotional will be fired for 'inappropriate behavior'? I know..cussing is not nice and I agree, but emotions in all sports where competition is 'everything' is expected..causing intense emotional velocity. Whoever made the decision to remove Coach Hillary...get him back on the field..I am sure he has gotten the message. This is football, not church service. And I will agree that 'cussing' has no place in sports, but it is there and to prevent it..all tongues must be cut out before each game. Will someone with a brain let this young coach get back on the field and do what he does best. Stop the hypocrisy. Most schools want a winning sports program and STHS is no exception. A coach is relieved for one incident? This is a joke isn't it? A long forgotten Football coach was quoted as saying.."winning isn't everything.....it's the only thing."  That's my two cents of logic 101. Pray for me sisters.
web posted October 6, 2014

Why would a school Douglas Elementary sell bubble gum to students to raise money for United Way, students chewing gum in school is against school policy  many children  have braces, caps, etc... bubba gum bad idea ! sounds like one of our Assistant Principal  ideas.
web posted October 6, 2014
With three straight loses, it is evident that the one dimensional offense does not work. The Rebels have many threats to use on the team.  Running the same play over and over, no adjustments to the defense?  Sounds a lot like one of the local college teams. Looks like we are trying to depend on only a few players to get the ball to. Favoritism?  Once the ball starts rolling down hill it can be hard to stop. If last nights game is any indication of what is to come the rest of the season is going to be a long road.

Editor's note: Same think I have been saying about my Gamecocks.
web posted October 6, 2014

What is the status of the cell tower to be erected off Five Notch Road near Murrah Road?  I have not heard any updates since it was first mentioned. Thanks for all your tireless efforts presenting the latest local information.

Editor's note: I know that the county has given them the green light to place the tower. I have no information on when they will actually start putting it in place. Normally it is within six to ten months. Verizon got approval in early May. I have not heard of any roadblocks to the project.
web posted October 6, 2014
I went thru high school with Chelsea Clary and I don't believe she had anything to do with any of the things they say she did. I know she got arrested with Jon but I don't believe she did anything to hurt anybody or stole anything from anybody. That's not her. Ppl are already saying mean things on her own facebook page knowing she can't delete them because she's in jail. I've seen the things on the [Edgefield] Daily that should be deleted. She's innocent until proven guilty, right? So start acting like it!

Editor's note: Edgefield Daily has reported the information that is being released by an assortment of law enforcement agencies.
web posted October 6, 2014
The Bible verses are for us to study and strive to live by on a daily basic. I would hope my dear friend that you are not insinuating the verses would only imply for everyone else and not our gracious leaders at ECH. First of all, LEADERS, should be the ones to show examples and if the CEO's example is any indication for the employees then the hospital is doomed! It is now stated that All problems should be taken up with department head supervisor only. Not the CEO, not the HR and certainly not the board. Why, again I ask WHY would any NORMAL human want to go to any ONE of the supervisors if everyone truly, truly knew how much and why their management supervisors is so far up the CFO, CEO, an HR's [rear end], Most of these supervisors have been very well trained in all these "all day, every day" meetings they have and are now, under their wings for protection. Some don't even have a clue as to what is happening, their mentality is "I got your back if you got mine". Employees need managers they can depend on and trust, and honestly who  and how many in their right mind can say that about the CEO,CFO & HR at ECH. Just as long as they can manipulate the paper work and move offices around for their grants to make the hospital accounting statements look good with a lot of assets but no cash flow, except through grants, it looks like CEO  & CFO Saved the hospital and that is what is important. They are nothing but a big bunch of hypocrites that has a CFO that knows how to work the government for grants, screw over a lot of people and THEY know it, of course you can always make things look good on books, but is the money there?  Can they give the raises that is very much deserved other than themselves? So tell me, how would you rate the employees morale. What's up with Edgefield, we need to make the CFO, CEO And HR accountable to us, not the board, they also need to be accountable in their thing on keeping this guy and possibly payment for his education. It is something wrong!  And they are getting away with it, all they are waiting for is for it to die down then laugh about how the dog got away with the STEAK and not the bone, I have seen it before!!!!!!!
web posted October 6, 2014
Mr. Campbell said to visit the county site to view the comprehensive plan That's required to be updated by federal law (Ridiculous, but hey, we must have wanted some grant money). I suppose he means the May 2014 pdf update shown? It's difficult to read due to (assuming) scanning issues but I could make out a possible .1 tax increase and discussion of ways to increase commericial business to the county.
Maybe our county should stop offering tax breaks to these large commercial business' and penny taxing the rest of us to death.
I like country living and I live here because of that. I'm certainly not the only one. While I understand our county needs some upkeep and planning, I don't want to see it turn into a county with lots of regulations, taxes, 'commercial' factories, and the like. Keep it rural, period.
Aesthetics such as that fountain in Slade Lake are unnecessary expenses on the people of this county and a penny tax increase is unnecessary as well. Spend wisely and you don't need to increase tax.

Editor's note: The Penny tax was a Dean Campbell initiative, the rest of council went along to see what the committee would come up with and then shot it down.
web posted October 6, 2014

Why were Edgefield County Hospital managers and employees encouraged to be present for the public portion of the hospital Board meeting this past Monday?  Merely a ‘show’ to make the Hospital Board, Town Council and community think these employees support the CEO.  Sad . . .
web posted October 4, 2014
Who knew that CEO stood for Crying Executive Officer? What a pitiful display by someone who is responsible for running our hospital. I almost felt sorry for him until I realized it was all just an act. He knows his charade is over and people are watching and when all else fails…. cry for sympathy. He even made employees show up to the meeting to watch his pitiful performance. How sad do you have to be to stoop that low? Nevermind, that was a stupid question.
web posted October 4, 2014
I think the [Strom Thurmond] players laid down and lost the game tonight [Friday] because of all of the hoopla about coach CoCo Hillary got him fired. He's a good coach and I don't blame them. To prove their point they did it with the worst team in the region.

Editor's note: I can understand players supporting their coaches, and I agree they should and see them as role models. Sometimes the coaches are the only positive male influence in some of these young men's lives. However, IF they were to join together to throw a game over something like that, they should sit the rest of the season out. This is a team sport with school pride and county pride on the line each week. I do not believe that had anything to do with the final score last night.

For you to support players willing to do such a thing I think is irresponsible on your part.
web posted October 4, 2014
I can't believe anyone would use scripture to defend the hospital CEO and government officals. Both seem to do nothing positive for the people. The hospital has money to rent another building to house the business office but cant afford a cost of living raise or to contribute to the workers retirement plans? It is not like the hospital is busting at the seams with patients.Seems like the CEO and his buddy are milking the system for what they can. The same is true for government officals. They also line their pockets at the expense of tax payers. The prophets spoke out against corruption when they saw it. Christains are not supposed to be mute and blindly follow orders. It ain't slander if it's true! Read your Bible but use some common sense in interpreting it's meaning. Speak the truth and live it.
web posted October 4, 2014
Re: Wandering Mind; Bible Verses

Reading all of your Bible verses are truly inspiring….but it works both ways.  Nazi Germany (Hitler) used the Bible also to exterminate millions of Jews while the quiet majority sat back and watched.  Every terrorist group and tribal wars use their Religion to justify many outrageous behaviors.  The CEO of ECH has violated almost everyone of your sited verses and the Board Chair knows it and goes along with it; So if you want to remain part of the silent majority have at it and hide from it.  The Physicians that admit to ECH  know he is an out of control, control freak.  He cries to get public sympathy when he knows he is faced by people who see through his BS.  May God bless ECH and bring new leaders to enable it to grow into the warm, caring, compassionate Hospital it had been where employees are not afraid of bullies.
web posted October 4, 2014
I wonder if this Ebola issue in Texas is incompetence or intentional. By intentional, I don't mean that the government wants it to happen, but intentional in the sense that the mind set of our leaders is that the USA is not a special place and that no one should be unable to come here. Intentional in the sense that other countries suffer and the USA should not be protected in any way from certain things. Therefore, things like quarantines etc would be discriminatory. There was actually a plan for some type of quarantines started by the Bush administration in response to the Bird flu. Obama and the ACLU apparently got rid of that four years ago.I guess it was not "fair"  or something?  The first job of our President is to protect the homeland. I think he missed that part of the job description.
The incompetence in this situation (and others) is a true problem. I have never seen such a bungling bunch of know nothings in charge of so many things. Some of the comments made by the head of the CDC don't make any sense or even follow a logical thought pattern. These people are just puppets anyway. The well being of this country and her citizens lie in the hands of these people. OH MY!
web posted October 4, 2014
Re: I joined the Army in 1978
I happen to be one of the ones that replied that you refer to. I also served 22 years in service and find your comments quite comical. Are you insinuating that Bobby Knight wasn’t successful? I beg to differ. Also, you’ve obviously never watched Coach K. I never miss Duke when they’re on TV and I can tell you, Coach K is very abusive and spouts profanity with the best of them. Evidently, Army Drill Sgts were a little softer than my Marine Drill Instructor. You, Sir, are entitled to your opinion as I am mine, but your argument doesn’t hold water. To each his own. Please feel free to retort, but I’m done with this asinine conversation.
web posted October 4, 2014
I have figured out how to tell the weather. If I drive by the Edgefield post office and the flag is up it's going to be nice weather. If I go by and it's not up, it rained or is going to rain.
web posted October 4, 2014

I enjoy reading the [Edgefield] Daily. I think it's great news and sports and community stuff all wrapped up in one. Thanks for all your hard work!'

Editor's note: Thank you for reading and your kind comments.
web posted October 4, 2014
Here is one of the best videos that all african americans and democrats all over should be viewing especially at this time in our history.  We need reminders of truth.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_YQ8560E1w .  Take a real look at where our country is today and then think for yourself and your families.  On November 4th vote for a real future.
web posted October 4, 2014
I heard coach CoCo Hilary got canned for his Friday Night Antics. Do you know if that's true.

Editor's note: I can confirm he is no longer a coach at STH as of this week. There has been no official release yet.
web posted October 3, 2014
Three replies to the STHS football asst coach's actions last Fri night boast of false bravado and support the jersey grabbing, profanity tirade and shoving of a player.  Coaches and teachers at any school are role models for our youth.  They are in contract with students for a good deal of time.  Adolescents learn and shape their behaviors based on these experiences.  There is a reason John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski were/are successful coaches and Bobby Knight is chatisted.  An adult role model taking out anger and physically confronting errors of an adolescent leaves a lasting impression that this is how discipline is handled.  These impressions carry on into adulthood.
I joined the Army in 1978.  Drill Sgts physically abusing recruits had been a thing of the past for several years.  For the next 20 yrs in service, I carried with me the ability to correct a soldier's mistakes and use positive reinforcement.  HS football?  No.  Church league?  No.  Life and death?  Yes.  Their and others life, limb and death.
Leadership, mentoring, coaching is an art.  Public verbal assaults, physical assaults and angry rants do not produce a positive result.  Regardless of the "manly" attitudes of some, these actions create resentment towards authority, demoralizes the peer group and leads to team members being more wary of not committing errors than excelling at what has been taught.
I never had to strike a soldier, there was no need.  You make a team member aware of their mistake, the consequences to fellow soldiers and do what is needed to correct the problem.  Used effectively, fostering peer pressure takes care of many problems before they occur.
Effective leaders, mentors and role models set the example for young people.  The important part of HS sports and other extra curriculars is not the won/loss record, but how a young teen grows from the experience.   Mistakes and errors will always happen.  How they are corrected will have a lasting impact.   The military understood beating recruits didn't toughen them.   Tell me our armed forces are ill prepared because of it.
It seems a few local residents think it's ok for the football coaches to be physical with the player's discipline.  Is that ok for the band director?  FFA?  Cosmetology?   Where is the line?  Who defines the line?    Societal norms, common sense, and proven practices define the line and are reflected by local school board standards of conduct.  Those are the rules to be followed, not bent.   There is no exception for football, speech, chess or drama club. 
web posted October 3, 2014
Re: the child said something he shouldn't have in front of his classmates

Really!?! You must not have the whole story! He threatened to bring a weapon the next day! That is enough to get authorities involved or at least a response from the district to parents! Some parents were told a note was going to be sent home and some told nothing would be done. That is the main problem! No consistency in the way anything is handled! Oh, except berating and talking down; those two are very consistent.
web posted October 3, 2014
"wander" if these people bashing Brandon Clary and others in Wandering Minds have read their bibles lately:

Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Proverbs 6:16-19
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: … one who sows discord among brothers.
Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
Matthew 12:36
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.
Leviticus 19:16
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor.
Romans 1:29
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips.
James 3:8
But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
Ephesians 4:31
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
web posted October 3, 2014

Watch this video. Share it. Play it for Democrat friends and watch their heads explode (always a fun activity and great family fun!).  Although intended for Louisiana voters, any Democrat's name can be inserted and be just as accurate, just as powerful and just as damaging.
web posted October 3, 2014
It sure would be nice if the new principal at STHS would make sure that the teachers have their websites updated with information about their classes and assignments.  There are some parents that care enough to check it out.
web posted October 2, 2014
Well the latest Clary’s folly is to rent Bettis Rainsford’s building (Hitchcock Bldg) and move the whole ECH Business Department there.  Including 2 Controllers and the CFO.  Oh no wait, 1 Controller (the one that worked in Lexington with the CFO) will remain at the hospital and so will the CFO.  Oh no wait the  CFO will be moving, oh no wait the CFO will be staying. Does this sound like something from a Comedy Show; that’s how the so called great leadership rolls at ECH.  Clary and the CFO say ECH can receive more money from medicare by using the new empty space in the hospital for medical use. I guess it’s going to become the biggest Nursing Home and Short Stay Rehab in the State. Where are the real hospital patients?  Bettis Rainsford and Brandon Clary (birds of a feather flock together)…scary, so scary.
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One person cannot speak for the whole staff. CEO Clary only wants what he wants. Yes, the staff gives good care and he wants the credit. He wants you to ask questions but don't expect an answer.
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I think women & some other people are makinhg "the threat" @ Merriwether bigger than it is as they love.to gossip & sometimes it seems like to spread gossip blowing something up more so then what it needs to be. I believe the principal did the. Right thing because she knew the child's history & there were no weapons or nothing involved. The child said something he shouldn't of in front of some of his classmates & teacher he should not of said but don't we as adults do the same thing occasionally? The principal did take some action but most likely didn't feel this needed to be released to the public and cause an uproar & gossip in the district like what is happening here in paper. This is like a gossip colline. People looking for something to.say. If you don't have nothing nice to say don't say nothing at all.
The child had probally seen something like he said on TV or could of even heard it on the news.
Surprised [the Editor] let such gossip about our fine principal & school Merriwether Elementary that you let some "person" trying to cause more problems for the kids teachers & principal post that in this paper.

Editor's note: The post broke no rules.
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Went jogging yesterday afternoon on the walking trail in town and a car appeared behind me out of nowhere. I'm not really sure when the rules changed but I know it wasn't the grass cutting crew. So I would check your six [back] when walking or jogging now cause apparently we can get ran over.
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This virus that is spreading and affecting children is very troublesome. Now there is paralysis (some doctors say it could be permanent) associated with a number of cases in CO and now four children  in Boston have paralysis.  This is a real problem when you think about how quickly children pass viruses around. The outbreak comes after a huge influx of children from other countries. Hmmm There is no treatment for this other than steroids and managing the symptoms.
Now we have Ebola coming into our country. How can the CDC say there in not much concern of this being spread by this individual . Seriously? Who would have wanted to be on that plane-using the restrooms, sitting next to them, breathing the recirculated air (although it is spread by body fluids), and the people on the next flight. Were things sterilized (like lap trays, arm rests, etc.) Of course not because his symptoms showed up after he was off the flight.  All it takes is one sneeze, one wipe of the eyes or nose and touching something etc. How long is someone contagious before the symptoms appear? The disease was in his body. That flight took two days to get here. What about the folks in the emergency room? What about the people he was in contact before he went to the emergency room?  All one has to think of is how quickly the common cold spreads.
I don't mean to sound paranoid, but who trusts these government agencies to do their due diligence on these things? After listening to the CDC people yesterday, I wondered if they really understand how disease spreads. Now we have two issues in this country and I am not sure we are safe. Seems like the folks that monitor this or deal with this have a pretty nonchalant attitude toward these things. Good grief!!!!!!
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[Edgefield County Hospital] CEO Clary cries, he gets so emotional talking about how great he is.
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Re:  How sweet would it be if the nation passed Constitutional Amendments similar to those that follow.
I love it, but will it, could it, ever really happen? The politicians are only in the game for themselves. Both Federal and State level. They will never vote for anything that is not beneficial for them personally. Either financially or for votes to get reelected. It  will take a major revolt by the voters to get it done. Those voters that stay home and don't bother to vote at all get what they deserve. Can you say BO? Two things come to mind for what that stands for and both stink.
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Editor's post: I received a very nice card from a reader today with no return address. Since she mentioned following the Wandering Minds I would like to say thank you for your kind words of encouragement and your prayers. I've read the card several times today and have in the stack of things for my bride to read when she returns from out of town.

It is so nice to know that so many people are praying for me. I am humbled beyond words
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Why haven't you run anything on the Heritage Festival? I logged on first thing Monday morning expecting it to be on the top…. but there wasn't anything and there wasn't anything today. What gives?

Editor's note: Saturday was not a good day for me. I did drive the half mile to the local convenience store and came right back home. Sunday I never got out of my robe and slippers until I went to bed early Monday morning. I heard there was a great turnout and I would have loved to have been a part of it and had a story for Monday. I apologize for not being able to make the trip.
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Women and girls are always being accused of being drama queens and are too emotional to hold a significant job.  However, the CEO of ECH deserves the award for DRAMA KING!  He Cries, yes you read it right, he cried at the Hospital Board Meeting, required his whole family to be present; he required all Dept. Managers to be present; he had a nurse contact other nurses to be present, Dept. Managers were allowed to invite their family members…..(they weren’t allowed to speak) just to be there to show their support for what the CEO is doing because he knew the Town Council and Edgefield Daily would be there. He is pushing the Board to appoint the CEO of the WTF to be on the Board so the CEO can insure the ‘good old boys’ continue to rule in his favor.  He cried when he stated everyone wanted him to be the CEO and be the hatchet man; well he only did what the Board wanted him to do but he didn’t ‘layoff anyone’.  No he just fired them.  This man will never take responsibility for anything wrong, only what happens or turns out to be good…and the good comes from the hard working Physicians and staff.  The CEO of the WTF should be on the Hospital Foundation Group; not the Hospital Board.  What an embarrassment to this county.

Editor's note: I'm not sure where this "Hospital Foundation Board" came from as it is not listed in the ordinance creating the hospital and board. The Hospital Board, as I understand it, is the foundation board. Seems like more layers of bureaucrats to insulate those actually in charge.
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Re big house on Sweetwater [Road]
I was on my way back from picking up some parts this morning in Augusta when I noticed a car in front of me slowdown and then ran off the road looking at the house on Sweetwater Rd. Then the car behind it going even slower drifted off the pavement. I ride by it a couple times a week and look over and say "nice house". Maybe they should put up guardrails to protect these morons who just have to forget they're driving and run off the road. If I didn't know better I'd swear the car right in front of me, the woman driving was actually taking pictures on her cell phone!
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Betty Butler holding emergency planning meeting
What Does (County Councilwoman) Mrs. Butler about emergency planning?

Editor's note: Councilwoman Butler does her homework and she's pretty sharp about what’s going on in the county. As to the EMA meetings, these were suggested by council and each council member is to host one in their district to inform the people on how they can be a CERT member to help in delivering first aid and keeping local conditions to the Command Center during a disaster on a constant basis to help officials deploy the needed personnel and equipment where they are most needed.

I would strongly suggest attending the one in your area. The only member of council who is not holding a meeting? Norman Dorn.
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How sweet would it be if the nation passed Constitutional Amendments similar to those that follow? Requires balancing the budget; Requires an automatic 10% across-the-board cut in federal spending (including pay) if a balanced budget is not passed each year in Washington (no more “continuing resolutions”). And no making up for lost spending if a balanced budget is adopted past the budget deadline.

Moves the April 15 tax payment deadline to the day before federal elections.

Limits income tax rates to a maximum of say about 17%; Abolishes the IRS and institutes a flat tax or other simplified mechanism; Allows/directs the states to conduct uninhibited comprehensive financial audits of The Federal Reserve and all governmental agencies such as The IRS, Treasury Department, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education, etc.

Limits the amount of money the government can borrow; Requires term limits for all elected in Washington;
Prohibits corporate “bail-outs” of all kinds; Well, it can be done, and it does not have to be accomplished through Washington. Article V of the U.S. Constitution directs state legislatures to come together and pass amendments amongst themselves. Many state legislatures are signing on to the effort, and the ideas listed here are similar to many being discussed. Go to www.conventionofstates.org to learn more.
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I still don't believe the woman from Merriweather just disappeared. Somebody knows where she is. I think she's run off with some guy to get away from everything. If it was so bad her own husband said she probably killed herself, who could blame her? He never looked like he really cared about her one way or the other. If she did she needs to tell the cops she's OK.
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Re big house on Sweetwater [Road]
I was on my way back from picking up some parts this morning in Augusta when I noticed a car in front of me slowing down and then ran off the road looking at the house on Sweetwater Rd. Then the car behind it going even slower drifted off the pavement. I ride by it a couple times a week and look over and say "nice house". Maybe they should put up guardrails to protect these morons who just have to forget they're driving and run off the road where there ain't no shoulder and it's a big ole drop off right there. If I didn't know better I'd swear the car right in front of me, the woman driving was actually taking pictures on her cell phone!
web posted October 1, 2014

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