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Editor's post: I have nothing more to add to the conversations below.

web posted April 27, 2015
Thank you very much for the Bible verse each day. Everyone needs that !!

Editor's note: You are welcome, and I agree. Reading God's word is a great way to start your day.
web posted April 27, 2015
Someone needs to hold the logging company working Cold Springs road accountable for the mess they have made on the road. The road is covered in red mud and the asphalt is torn up in spots from the trucks.

Editor's note: You can call the SCDOT office in Edgefield at (803) 637-6511 to file a complaint. I am assuming Cold Springs Rd is a state road.
web posted April 27, 2015
Personally, I think anyone that would vote for Hillary, or any other liberal at this point, is either undereducated on the facts or uninterested in the facts or just plain close minded. Facts are facts. I know. I know,  some of the facts are not actually out there in black and white with all this Hillarygate stuff,  but who cannot connect the dots? I learned in Kindergarten than when you went from A to B to C etc. or 1 to 2 to 3 and then kept connecting the dots to the end, you ended up with a picture. Anyone not able to see the picture we have when we connect the dots on all this Hillary stuff?  If you cannot see it, go back and start over… 1, 2, 3, and so on. Eventually you will get it. I think it is all pretty clear!!  Let’s hope it is not too late.  Our county is so lost at this point. I would guess the founders would be turning over in their graves if they could see where we are today. They gave us safeguards and protections to avoid the pitfalls we are seeing take place today.They saw the pictures of problems we would face without having to connect the dots. They were wise, smart men who knew human nature and wanted to protect this country from the likes of people like the Clintons.  God had a part in all the founders did, and they can rewrite history all they want, but that is a fact. No need to connect the dots on that one. It is a little different today as we see God taken out of almost every aspect of our culture.

We need to pray for this country, not just say we are praying , but seriously get on our knees and ask God to bring revival to this country- our leaders and the citizens in this country. Revival starts with each of us. I am praying for revival in my own heart.

Editor's note: I pray for this nation to cry out for God to heal our country every night as well.
web posted April 27, 2015
Its not right for the sheriff office to do that I have lived here 55 years I don't vote but I pay taxes that all I have to say

Editor's note: What is it that the Sheriff's Office is doing?
web posted April 27, 2015
Good info on the train wreck. I guess it's been out of sight out of mind. Do you know what kinds of dangerous stuff is still there and how much?

Editor's note: Thank you. I did not ask about specifics on the chemicals that are still in the rail cars on site.
web posted April 27, 2015
RE: Dog taken from guy in jail
If the guy in jail has a roommate, why didn't they make her feed the dog? It [the report] said she was the one that reported the dog not having water or food. She should've gotten a ticket for cruelty to animals in my opinion for letting it go so long with nothing to eat or drink and she's there every day!
web posted April 27, 2015
RE: "I misspoke in saying that I was concerned about the “teacher” with the still. He is an employee not a teacher. My point remains the same (as Hillary would say, “What difference does it make?”)  No one employed by the school district should be allowed to bring alcohol into a school building without serious consequences............"

Amazing how stupid some people can be.  You rattle off a litany of questions making yourself sound like you're some super sleuth, when in fact, the one poster got it right -DID YOU READ?  All of your answers are there in black and white.  And why do you constantly assume the "stash" was at school?  A "stash" and "still" found at the residence, implies the "stash" was at the home. The intoxicated student was at STHS, while the employee was identified as working at MMS/MES.  So how could your continued stupid question of a "stash" being on school property be even logically correct.  What, the employee had a "stash" at STHS, and every time they needed some they drove from MMS/MES to STHS to get some?  You're a blooming idiot! No, you're just a gossip hound who is mad because the name of the employee has not been released so you can banty around and spread the gossip.  Picture a rooster running around the coop looking for a hen. Gossip, gossip, gossip. Gossip here, gossip there, gossip everywhere. Gossip, gossip, gossip.

If you were half as smart as you think you are, you really could have figured it out like most others. If you're as smart as you think you are you'd also do a little research.

https://americanhomedistillers.com/home-distilling-laws-is-it-illegal-to-make-moonshine-in-south-carolina/

No one is sweeping anything under the rug by only charging the party with a misdemeanor - IT'S STATE LAW!

So take your tinfoil hat and black helicopters and go somewhere else to start your own little controversies or conspiracies.
web posted April 27, 2015
Re: Cat doused with acid
This was just sick. Breaking into somebody's house is bad enough, but to pour acid all over the cat? That takes a pretty sick and twisted mind. Do they have any idea who did this yet?

Editor's note: To my knowledge no arrest has been made in the case.
web posted April 27, 2015
Bill Clinton was driving past the White House when he accidentally ran over the Obama’s new puppy, Sunny, crushing it flat as a fritter. He climbed out of his BMW and sat down on the grass totally distraught. He knew Michele would go friggin' ballistic. Then Bill noticed a lamp half-buried in the ground. He dug it up, brushed it off and immediately a Genie popped out.
You have freed me from thousands of years of imprisonment," said the Genie
As a reward I shall grant you one wish.

Well," said Bill, "I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this [removed] dog.
They walk over to the splattered remains of Sunny.
Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me? Bill asked.
The Genie looked at the remains and shook his head. This critter is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life. Maybe there's something else you'd like?
Bill thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos. I had an affair with this beautiful young girl called Monica, said Bill, showing the genie the first photo, but I’m actually married to this woman called Hillary and he showed the genie the second photo.
You see what Hillary looks like, so do you think you can make her look like Monica?
The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said, Let's have another look at that dog!
web posted April 27, 2015
Queen Hillary
AS you know my dear people, the last year for me has been an "annus horribulus".   We have been tormented by questions about the royal house of Clinton.   We have been subjected to tiresome questions about the tragic events in Benghazi.   Nevertheless, I will not be daunted by my desire and commitment to serve you the people.   For the next 18 months I will be traveling among you as one of you to listen to your deepest longings and needs.  I will be with you on your Walmarts and besides you in your Burger Kings.   I will drive with you down the busy interstate highways four lanes sharing your poverty and need with you.   How well I remember the days when the Duke of Arkansas and I were impoverished after we were expelled from our Washington Palace.   We hardly had two mansions to rub together.  We were so poor that we had to take the thousands of dollars worth of china, flayware, carpets and gifts from our Washington Palace.just to survive.  Now, happily benefactors from around our empire and China have given us enough for us to scape by.   During those difficult times we were able to cut back when our only daughter was married.  We only had three million dollars to spend on her wedding and remember our hopes as she moved into her $10 million Manhattan apartment that one day she would be able to move on from the humble abode to something more fitting.  So as travel across our land to meet you all, I will be sharing with you.  Then when the time for the royal election comes, I know you will crown me as your rightful monarch and we will all live happily ever after as we continue to make America pay for it's sins.
web posted April 27, 2015
Democrats’ War on Morality. Can you trust someone who wants you to change your beliefs for them? Hillary Clinton said this week that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" to provide abortion to all women.

Liberals/Democrats don't believe in any practice of conscience. There is no moral guidance. No sense of humanity or goodness. All that matters is their own political ideology.

Read more of this post http://thewatchlog.com/2015/04/25/democrats-war-on-morality/

Editor's note: Christians in this nation are under attack by all those on the left, and I don't trust anything they say.
web posted April 27, 2015
Sometimes, you have to do what's necessary to protect livestock or animals on your property. It's not a pleasant experience to take an animal's life, but after repeated requests for responsibility it's certainly with in your legal rights. (I'm in no way suggesting poison or some other inhumane method either.)
Law enforcement can't stand guard over chickens, rabbits, etc twenty four-hours a day and it's ridiculous to imply that they need to.
People need to be responsible for their pets. If not, someone else will.
web posted April 25, 2015
I misspoke in saying that I was concerned about the “teacher” with the still. He is an employee not a teacher. My point remains the same (as Hillary would say, “What difference does it make?”)  No one employed by the school district should be allowed to bring alcohol into a school building without serious consequences.  I am not saying that this person did that, but if he did there should have been immediate  and strong consequences. The school board does not file charges but they have the ability to fire people or put them on leave until the facts come out. I am sure it is still being looked into. Surely the school has been searched for any alcohol on the premises.

My point is that it was a serious incident and cannot be swept under the rug.  It sounds like the still issue has been dealt with.  What I  want to know is how that student got the alcohol  in the first place and if he got it from a “stash” on school property.  If true, I would hope there would be  employment consequences for these kinds of actions.  If  this person  is still an employee working in the school  he should be on leave until it is sorted out , in my opinion.  Maybe that question has been answered and I missed it. That would not be unusual.

Editor's note: I did not see anything in Anne Waits' report on the BOE meeting about the matter.
web posted April 25, 2015
Re: more chickens killed at same woman's house

I've read the stories on this woman's chickens getting killed over and over. I think it's a shame that animal control can't take the time to stop by and put out a trap. That's not too much to ask if the woman keeps filing reports. May I make some suggestions too.
1. build a better pen. 2. put the trail cam where it can get a picture of the entire pen. 3. take a day off from work and sit with a loaded gun and wait on the dog or dogs to come back and end it once and for all.
web posted April 25, 2015
Re:Do we know all the information about the still and the teacher involved?

Did you read any of the articles written about this issue?
EVERY one of your questions is answered in the articles written about this story. Go back and read the story.
web posted April 25, 2015
thanks to the sheriffs office edgefield going to hell in a hand bastet  that all I have to say
web posted April 25, 2015
Mr. Editor do you mean to tell me as long as a person with a illeagal liquor still can get away with a misdemeanor as long as they cooperate with law enforcement WOW  something smells fishy. Whatever happen to SLED or ATF being contacted. Then theirs or school districts school officals found a student drunk on the floor from this person, do you really think it was a random theft. Listen you know its a cover for all parties involved just like the firing of the principal we were never told why Mr. Editior I trust that you will not let this travesty of justice happen Sometimes it takes pulling one string will unravel the whole truth.

Editor's note: I have reported on what took place.
web posted April 25, 2015
Something should be done about parents not being called about the bus crash. Every time I turn around it looks like something should be done at this school or that school from the employee with a still, not calling parents about the bus crash or bullies.... but nothing IS being done.
web posted April 25, 2015
RE: Pit Bulls
Interesting facts on the pit bulls. I've said there's no good reason to own them because they are so dangerous. That just proves my point.
web posted April 25, 2015
Oh great! Now we have to worry about grandma infecting her computer with ID theft programs from emails from "the county court". What is it that makes people want to do this kind of stuff to start with?

Editor's note: Money. They want to steal your money. It is that simple. They use this scam over the phone as well, but say there is a warrant for your arrest unless you pay the money right now to have the warrant dropped.
web posted April 24, 2015
Do we know all the information about the still and the teacher involved? I think it was said the student had stolen the liquor? My only question is where was it when it was stolen? Was it on school property?  If it was on school property, why was it there? If it was there, then there is a problem that does not seem to be addressed with only a ticket to the teacher.  No teacher should bring liquor of any kind onto school property for any reason and there should be serious consequences from the school district.  If the student took it from the teacher’s home, then it opens another question. What was the student doing there? How did he have access to steal anything?  Would he have known there was liquor there?  These are all suppositions but I am really puzzled at how the student got the liquor. When someone is drunk , they are not in control of their senses, and it makes me think that the student was not lying. I hope they are continuing to investigate this completely and that all the facts come out. I am certainly not accusing the teacher of anything more that what he has been ticketed for, but I sure have some questions about how and why this student got the liquor. Too many unanswered questions about a very serious incident

Editor's note: The person is an employee, He IS NOT A TEACHER.
web posted April 24, 2015
I would like to know what law book the superintendent  used to come to the conclusion  that you can have a still and not be charged. Let's go back to prohibition days, is that not the revenue people did, bust up still and arrest the people that had stills. They didn't ask are you making moonshine? No they were arrested, they didn't  get to continue to work at Edgefield County District offices. No, they were paraded  downtown. Maybe we should look back to the history of Edgefield. Breaking the law is just that, if it had been me I would be under the detention center.

Editor's note: Charges are filed by the Sheriff's Office, not the School District.
web posted April 24, 2015
What will happen to the bus driver falling asleep behind the steering wheel of a school bus?  Will the bus driver be terminated or charged with a criminal offense?  The supervisors Tanja bryan and James Courtney are only trying to put this under the rug knowing they should answer to the incident or they too should be reprimanded or terminated.   I would not allow my child to ride a bus with this negligent driver.  Why put it under the rug we have a right too know I feel the children are not safe we need answers

Editor's note: The driver was probably cited for too fast for conditions or failing to maintain her lane by SCHP. Unless she tested positive for drugs she will probably keep her job as a bus driver. I do not know any of that, just me guessing.
web posted April 24, 2015
In 2013, pitbulls, which make up about 6% of the dog population in the US, accounted for 78% of the human deaths caused by dogs. Over 1/3 of the fatalities were when friends or family were visiting/living with the owners of the dogs.
 
Over a 9 year period, of the human deaths caused by dogs. 62.2% were killed by pit bulls and 11.7% by Rottweilers.
The number of non-fatal attacks is similarly skewed toward pit-bulls and pit-bull mixes. As several local stories point out, they can be tough on other animals as well.
 
Although they make up a very small percentage of the dogs in the US, Cane Corsos and Presa Canarios have been disproportionately involved in attacks, fatal and otherwise, on humans. Some parts of the country have restrictions on them mirroring the restrictions on pit bulls in those communities.
 
There is nothing even the least unusual in restricting specific breeds of dogs. According to various sources online, an estimated 860 US Cities, 26 Counties, 2 States, virtually all military bases, and over 40 Countries have restrictions or laws regarding specific breeds, overwhelmingly against pit bulls. Some ban pit bulls completely and some require that they be sterilized. There is nothing unusual about insurance companies refusing homeowner's insurance if you have a pit bull or requiring additional coverage. There is nothing unusual about motels and hotels that normally allow pets to not allow pit bulls and many apartment projects specifically ban them. That includes Pit Bulls, American Pit Bulls, and  American Staffordshire Terriers which are not identical but very closely related.
 
I am certain that there are many pit bull owners who will be outraged. I am equally certain that the owners of the majority of the pitbulls who have killed or maimed people were equally sure their pit bull would never harm anyone.
web posted April 24, 2015
Steroids or PED has been a hot topic with the Law Departments around the CSRA. I am not a betting man but if I were I would bet the farm on ECSO has 2 that would not pass...It is right there in front of there eyes day after day....
web posted April 24, 2015
I've never heard of $1,000 pigeons. There must be a million bucks worth of pigeons flying around the town square pooping on cars!
web posted April 24, 2015
Quote of the day:

“My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in
which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants
of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have
overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud.  I would say that’s
a major accomplishment.”

- Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014

Editor's note: That makes my head hurt.
web posted April 24, 2015
The Fence Test   You can't get any more accurate than this!
This is straight forward country thinking.

Which side of the fence? If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test! If a Republican doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a Democrat doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat. If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels. A Democrat demands that those they don't like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church. A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a Republican reads this, he'll tell his friends so they can have a good laugh. A Democrat will get mad because he's "offended".
web posted April 24, 2015
Editor's post: I was wrong for letting my emotions get the best of me and banning the poster yesterday. I have removed my comment from his post and apologized in his post for today. The post is toward the bottom of today's comments, not on purpose it just worked out that way, which is why I wanted to say it here as well.
web posted April 23, 2015
RE:  Editor's note: The employee is not a teacher
Even more reason to fire the employee, they are 100% replaceable!
web posted April 23, 2015
As a parent I am glad I home school my child in Edgefield County.  Edgefield County school District is a joke and it's ashamed my taxes are being wasted.  Storm Thurmond ' s principal was fired after only being here for a few months after the last principal ran good employees off and the principal before that having affairs with female staff he was fired, the female guidance counselor sent to Douglas had an affair there Merriweather affair with the Assistant Principal then finally tetminated.  We have a School Bus Supervisor not calling parents of an accident by a bus driver that fell asleep and nothing done to either one!  A school employee giving moonshine to students causing a student to pass out and only given a ticket and slap on the hand what a joke!   The charter school Fox Creek no better they seem to forget what taxpayer money is being spent.  I'm glad to not have my child in any of Edgefield County Schools whether public or charter they are all the laughing stock of South Carolina!  I'll remember this when I vote for my next board member and it won't be Carroll Wates either, Greg you need to do something and quickly
web posted April 23, 2015
The Edgefield School District has gone off the deep end. A Senior STHS student stopped attending school over a month ago...basically quit, thus failing all classes. The student is being allowed to walk at graduation AND take the CNA Exam. Now, I believe in helping our youth, but allowing the Exam after the class was failed due to quitting is wrong. What about all the other students who went to class, did their clinicals, etc. This sends the wrong message! Will the FAILED senior year show up on the GPA? or will it be swept under the rug? or given passing grades?!? Now every student knows they can quit and still graduate. STHS has set a new standard!
web posted April 23, 2015
RE:  School Employee Given Ticket over Seized Still, No Disciplinary Action to Follow

That is a bunch of BS…….The fact that a student was found drunk, unresponsive, ON SCHOOL PROPERTY and DURING SCHOOL HOURS, due to this school employee should be more than enough for the school to fire them. [removed]

If that would have been my child, I would be the one locked up.  I mean what class was he suppose to be in and who and where is the “teacher” (used loosely).
web posted April 23, 2015
I am very concerned that the school district employee with the moonshine is a cousin to the newly appointed assistant superintendent, Mr. David Fallaw. Therefore, we knew that nothing would happen to the employee. How would the story be different if the employee had no family connections? This employee should have ensured that the moonshine, whether purchased or provided as a gift, was secure so that [the student] could not have access to it. Furthermore, a decent employee would not have the moonshine in his home at all. His wife’s parents are good, God-fearing people. I know that she would never have seen moonshine in her home as a child. Again, the  “good ole-boy mentality strikes Edgefield County schools. But yet, our taxes keep going up to provide more services to the schools. Greg Anderson and Mr. Fallaw need to step up and admit the truth in this matter. And I wonder if every employee “tells the truth” will their cases be dropped? What about the teachers who have been previously fired? Were they given “fair” chances to cooperate and tell the truth? It really makes me wonder.
web posted April 23, 2015
STHS JV Soccer was victorious over Batesburg 10-0.
Varsity did not fare as well, again.
web posted April 23, 2015
While pulling out of a convience store yesterday, I noticed a lady with a walker being assisted by her husband.  They were having trouble stepping down from the curb.  By the time I had pulled in to assist, she had feel back and sit down.  She was ok...My thing is this, the restaurant was full of people who had to of noticed their situation but yet no one bothered to step out to help.  Is this where we have came to as a society.....God Bless!!!
web posted April 23, 2015
I know that the negative poster is banned again from posting but I would guess that they are still reading. They probably  can’t help themselves. I just want to say that I appreciate all that this online newspaper provides to the readers and the time and effort the Editor puts into this. People have different opinions and ideas. That should not threaten anyone, maybe just make one think about things. I have learned new things, that is for sure!  I will say this, I do not believe any news is created by anyone on this site other than posters in Wandering Minds. That is an opinion page, not a news page and there are rumors and misunderstood things said there.  Anyone who reads editorial pages in any newspaper knows the difference between opinion and news.  I know I have made mistakes in what I have written due to a lack of understanding  about a topic. To berate the Editor the way this one poster has done is unfair and ungrounded.

We continue to pray for you and your family, Mr. Blackwell. Thank you for continuing to keep us informed of county news. I am sorry that some people do not see the value of what you do and that people have to attack you to feel better about themselves. Thank you for your hard work. We pray you feel better and stronger soon.

Editor's note: Thank you. I was wrong for what I said to him and have removed my comment and lifted the ban as you will see below.
web posted April 23, 2015
You banned me?   Please tell me how I violated your rules?

Editor's note: You did not break the rules. I was wrong for letting my emotions get the best of me. James 1:19-20 says 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. I should have placed your comment and not said a word. I removed my comment from your post.
web posted April 23, 2015
Any idea what time the car show is on Saturday at STCTC?

Editor's note: It is 8 am until 12:30 pm. It was not included in the information provided, but has since been added.
web posted April 23, 2015
RE: Stay Way Back
This has to be one of the most dangerous things I've seen on the roads in a long time. At first I thought it was funny and then I thought about what would happen if you were driving down Hwy 25 with traffic behind you and coming at you and these things started sliding off the top of the van. Somebody could get killed! There has to be a law against doing this. 
web posted April 23, 2015
Here is something from WSJ.com that might interest you:

41% of men and 29% of women have experienced love at first sight, a 2014 survey found.
http://on.wsj.com/1J2JGqa
web posted April 23, 2015
No wonder it is hard to find and keep a good principal at STHS!!!

The principal supplement is 1/3 of that of Fox Creek and not nearly what  the surrounding counties pay!!!
web posted April 22, 2015
Oh for Pete’s sake! “The Affordable Care Act” is the term used by this administration (to put spin on what it really is, and it is not “affordable”)  and Obamacare are the same thing.  There is no difference-it is government healthcare under the watch of Obama, thus it termed Obamacare. Anyone who thinks Obamacare is only subsidies needs to go sit down and talk to the doctors and professionals who are implementing this monstor of our healthcare take over.  But , if liberals want to keep drinking the Kool ade , what is one to do but allow them to spout the dribble.  Anyone else out there, who is not on some subsidy or in denial , seeing any affects of Obamacare.  Take a look at the VA system. That is what we are all going to be dealing with as this monster progresses and does totally take over our healthcare system. All I can say is good luck and just wait. Everyone will see it one day and then it will be too late. Oh, I forgot… it s already too late. And, again, to the wise one who thinks some local hospital is going to be able to avoid the effects… I wonder.  They forget, the goal is to control all of healthcare and ECH is not going to get some miraculous exemption or have some miraculous way of avoiding being part of the rest of the country.   All of healthcare is just that-ALL of healthcare.  ECH may appear to stay independent  but there is no way that it will be. 
web posted April 22, 2015
Re:I am a school bus driver
The problem with Edgefield county school buses is communication. As a parent who child rides the bus it is very frustrating to call the transportation department and no one answer's the phone. There is no way to find out why a bus is late. Why don't they have a central communication center? Do buses have radios still?
web posted April 22, 2015
Why can't the authorities release the name of the Edgefield County District Employee? Not only was the employee breaking the law with the moonshine still, one of his students was able to obtain some of the product  from his stash. Shame on Greg Anderson and Chris Wash. I smell another cover up.

Editor's note: The employee is not a teacher.
web posted April 22, 2015
I love it when these know-it-all types just go off telling you how much they know and how bad things are going to be because they're no longer in the driver's seat only to see things get better and better because they're no longer in a position to do anything but complain. It's so obvious who some of these people are like the know-it-all guy. I pegged him after his 1st or 2nd post WAY BACK!
web posted April 22, 2015
Me again.... It seems since you have nothing but some photo, you have created news.  This is poor journalism at its finest.  This employee and many others that work with the school district are trashed on this wrag of a news site constantly.

You and your buddy Greg Anderson also trashed the Director of Transportation recently.   Whatever she did or did not do in the past is a personell issue, not something to be smeared all through your soap operetta faux news.   If this instance was handled incorrectly, and I highly question that, James Courtney is as responsible as he is over the Director of Transportstion.  He is as worthless as Greg Anderson who is a liar....Mr. 3 Years!! 

Please stop creating news.  Your screwing with peoples lives. 

I do find it humorous that you place scripture on your main page but create all this drama that goes against the teachings.

And by the way...one FOIA request can get the entire district salary above $50,000.  Oh yeah...and one for FoxCreek.  That's two FOIA requests.  Doesn't take long to fill out.  But this is another area that you like to stir the pot.  Get real and get off the drama teet.

Stop creating news and just report it.
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web posted April 22, 2015
I have the distinguished honor of being on the Committee to raise  $50,000,000 for a monument to Hillary R. Clinton.
We originally wanted to put her on Mt. Rushmore until we discovered  there was not enough room for two faces.
We then decided to erect a statue of Hillary in the Washington , D.C.  Hall of Fame. We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be  placed. It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George  Washington, who never told a lie, or beside Barack Hussein Obama, who never  told the truth, since Hillary could never tell the difference.
We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the  greatest Democrat of them all. He left not knowing where he was going, and  when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing  where he had been, and did it all on someone else's money.

Hillary R. Clinton Monument Committee 

P.S. The Committee has raised $ 0.16 so far.
web posted April 22, 2015
Whoever this district member is they need to be identified because he has probably supplied moonshine to more than this one child. MR Editor hold the sheriff Dept and the School Board to the fire, dont let them
sweep this under the rug.

Editor's note: He did not supply the student with anything. The student stole it and admitted to stealing it.
web posted April 22, 2015
Hilarious Voicemail Only Gets Better And Better
http://www.break.com/video/hilarious-voicemail-only-gets-better-and-better-2846365

Editor's note: Thanks for the great laugh. I needed that tonight.
web posted April 22, 2015
Editor's post: With all the talk about the "gay agenda" recently I have not entered the fray. However, I read the comments and pray about the situation. As I stated before, we read a chapter from the Bible every night and discuss it before saying our prayers. We just finished the Book of Acts on Saturday (which was awesome) and started on the Book of Romans. The first two chapters are quite an indictment on those pushing the gay and anti-Christian agenda of the media, activist and politicians. Take a few minutes to read them together.
web posted April 21, 2015
Referring to the bus accident,everyone talks about protocol, protocol but an interview was done on hear say before the superintendent even communicated with his bus supervisor and I give the bus supervisor props for understanding how strenuous being a bus driver can be and backing the drivers. let's face it, bus drivers are at the bottom of the totam pole.
web posted April 21, 2015
I am a school bus driver and my question is to those who are condemning the driver and/or her supervisor.  Has anyone bother to check to see if the local law enforcement agency has filed any charges or has there been any disciplinary action taken against the driver.  Before you post these outlandish comments try driving a school bus and/or supervising them.  There is more to driving/supervising bus drivers.  Most of you wouldn’t last one day let alone years driving some of these buses and/or these children.  Try checking out what actually goes on behind the scenes of operating school buses before you criticize us.
web posted April 21, 2015
Great week for our Educational System on Wandering Minds! In summary, Fox Creek's Board Chairman Greg Hurt doesn't know how much he spent for a luxury bus for athletics, but it was somewhere between "$70,000 and $80,000". That's only two teacher salaries, so we shouldn't worry about those pennies. Besides, they sold donuts for $5 a box to pay for it. Really? We've also learned that Edgefield County School District shouldn't notify parents during a bus accident because their phone number may have changed and that might be a bother to some educators. We've also learned that Fox Creek teacher salaries are average, while its administrative and coaching salaries are about 25 to 50% Higher than any other public school, but we should not publicly list those in the news because "If we did one school we would have to do them all and I just do not see the need". The school system is only the largest employer of public tax dollars in the county, so sure I agree. We've also learned that no one in Edgefield really cares anyway, "Who cares anyway? Seems like more speculation than anything". I must go now, I hear the Dukes of Hazard coming on TV and I need to keep up with my Edgefield neighbors mindsets.

Editor's note: The point of my comment about not seeing the need to post the salaries of every single teacher in the county still stands. The comments on salaries were directed at Fox Creek. You act as if I have nothing better to do than sit around filling out FOIA forms just to make one person happy… you.
web posted April 21, 2015
RE:  Hospital
You are so blatently egotistical that you would never admit the former Board at ECH did what was best for the Board  and Former Administrative Staff…..NOT what was best for ECH.  The NEW BOARD has recognized and identified the numerous problems and has quickly taken steps to resolve many of them.  The New Board  was an action taken under the leadership and guidance of Excellent Council Members that recognized and identified these numerous problems.  You are definitely one of the former ‘good ol boys’ who is no longer considered a viable candidate for making ‘smart decisions’.  You Sow what you Reap!
web posted April 21, 2015
Just want to bring up something on the Van with all the ladder's. He must be a CARLINA fan he has the stickers on the back door and the rear window to prove it.LOL
Just saying or who knows he may have went to school there to learn how to stack ladders like this
web posted April 21, 2015
I wish Miss Francis would have cut loose on all the dirt she knows about all the mayors and police chiefs and the crooked stuff they did or tried to do. Now THAT would have been a real going away story to read.

Editor's note: I have no doubt she has plenty she could have said, but she has this thing called class. The story was about her, not the mayors and police chiefs.
web posted April 21, 2015
The new ECH Board seems to have hit the ground running and Mr. Smarty pants is mad because all the doom and gloom didn't and isn't happening. Maybe the next time he opens his mouth he can change feet.
web posted April 21, 2015
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.  The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
 
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.
 
He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"
 
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.
 
"When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. Then they get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

"The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."
 
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America. The  government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy  subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements,  medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
 
One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

If you see that all of this wonderful government "help" is a problem confronting the future of  democracy in America, you might want to share this with your friends.  If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this.
 
BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!  The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.
Carl Marx said, "Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom, and no one will have noticed."

When all the freedoms are gone, forced labor begins and the free ride ends.

Editor's note: I believe the origins of this comes from a story called the great duck dinner. Same principle.
web posted April 21, 2015
FREE PUPPIES.
Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.
web posted April 21, 2015
Editor's post: In regards to the post about a JPD officer being suspended for racism, Chief Robinson said, "We do not have an officer that's suspended for being a racist." He said there is one currently suspended, but neither the Department nor the Town will discuss personnel matters in public.
web posted April 20, 2015
I teach in this district.  I would like to encourage all parents who claim they were not notified of the bus accident to make sure they school has their correct phone number.  While I have not kept an accurate count over the years, I can comfortably estimate that about 1/3 of the time I try to call a parent of one of my students – using the phone number/numbers listed in Power School – the number has been disconnected/changed, or the voicemail has not been set up so I can’t leave a message.  If parents do not keep the school updated when contact information changes, it is not the district’s fault when you are not notified of something.  It just takes a quick phone call to your child’s school to update your contact info, when it does change.  Please double check before taking any action.  (Also, if/when you send a note by your child to notify the school of any changes, it might not get to us.  Not all students want the school to call their parents.)
web posted April 20, 2015
All parents should be notified when a school bus crashes especially when the bus driver falls asleep at the wheel.  The superintendent or transportation supervisor should notify us parents when this happens.  I didn't know about the accident until my son let me know he was involved, I quickly went to the doctor to make sure he was not injuried.  The students should have been sent by ambulance and parents notified.  What is wrong with the school district Greg Anderson you should investigate this because we want answers my children do not need to be riding on an unsafe bus with a careless bus driver.  Someone innocent could have been killed it's a miracle that didn't happened!
web posted April 20, 2015
Transportation supervisor Tanja should have lost her job a long time ago. She supposedly can't contact drivers while our children are on theses buses. The person that answers the phone knows nothing. I would like to know who Tanja's supervisor is.
web posted April 20, 2015
I don't think anyone can accurately predict the effect the Affordable Health Care Act (which has been incorrectly referred to as Obama Care) will have on ECH until the Supreme Court decisions are announced.  Obama Care is a subsidy and has nothing to do with actual health care except to approve insurance claim costs by approving health care procedures THEY deem necessary and setting caps on health care procedures.  However, the so called "death panel" because it does not include medical professionals and only pencil pushers will decide what health care claims are covered and will no doubt make cost effective decisions which will affect the bottom line and not take into account the patients' emotional state during an illness and/or  ability to make individual decisions which affect them personally.  Any one familiar with the Hillary Clinton Health Initiative can see the policies of this administrative style will  certainly come about if she is elected President and  the decision to force people to get health insurance is overturned.  If overturned, people will look for alternative lower priced policies which will cover each individuals' particular needs.  This will change the nature of the Affordable Care Act causing mass confusion in a one payer system.  If it is not overturned, the health care system will become a numbers game possibly forcing the Government to enforce the overall number of patients a medical facility can handle to participate in order to get revenue for health care which in turn can affect the quality of health care of patients as well as being able to operate and stay open.  Hence, the justification of what is going on now by forcing the sale of smaller medical facilities to form groups to handle increased number of future contracted patients. ECH with administrators with the foresight to make the needed changes and manage these changes to meet these challenges will be ready..  Unfortunately, the HR director at ECH now has already proven that he can't even handle this job now.  Hopefully, the new administrator can see this in time to bring about change and be successful.  ECH is already behind the 8 ball as 2016 is rapidly approaching.  The new Interim CEO will  soon determine if ECH will be ready by making smart executive decisions now!
web posted April 20, 2015
Why didn't the town advertise all the activities on the square last Saturday? The Pottery guild sent a mailing on the pottery tour. Maybe more people would come out to town events if someone spent a few bucks to advertise. 
web posted April 20, 2015
My daughter called me right after the crash said bus driver fell asleep and was swerving before the crash I immediately called 911 and reported the accident  I have yet to hear from the school my husband went to the crash sight and took my daughter to the hospital where she was said to have a contusion on her foot which as of today she is still in pain I am glad she had a phone to call. ME I even got a callback from 911 that officers had arrived at the scene but nothing from jet middle school I wonder........
web posted April 20, 2015
Fox Creek is not a private school, it is a charter school. There is a big difference- parents pay for private school but children attend a charter school at no charge.  There is a lot of misunderstanding with charter schools, at least in this area. They are schools of choice- and the thought was to give parents an option in schooling without having to go private. Other options that have been discussed are things like vouchers but they never pass. With the government basically controlling the education system in this country, some people want other options than public schools for their children. Private school is expensive. In states where charter schools are understood and successful there are long, long waiting lists for admission. Too bad SC seems to have missed the boat on this one.

I am upset that parents were not notified of the bus accident. These were minors in the temporary custody of the schools. And folks are worried about some new bus Fox Creek has? Seriously?
web posted April 20, 2015
A DOCTOR’S ANSWER TO AN AGE OLD QUESTION:  GUTS OR BALLS?
There is a medical distinction between “Guts” and “Balls”.
 
We've heard colleagues referring to people with “Guts”, or with “Balls”. Do they, however, know the difference between them? Here’s the official distinction; straight from the British Medical Journal: Volume 323; page 295.

GUTS - Is arriving home late, after a night out with the lads, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the “Guts” to ask “Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?”

BALLS - Is coming home late after a night out with the lads, smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the bum and having the “Balls” to say, "You're next, Chubby."

I trust this clears up any confusion.  Medically speaking however, there is no difference in outcome; both are fatal.
web posted April 20, 2015
re: DEA  agents , First the DEA agents are not unionized .If they were they would have been suspended until the facts were investigated  and then fired if cause was found .  If you would learn about unions instead of bashing them you might be surprised how honest and how much good they have done for all workers , not  just union members .  Next time you should look before you speak or don't speak at all .
web posted April 20, 2015
RE:Hospital

I never stated I was a expert, just a citizen with a opinion that may have some insight however the editor feels it important to add his two cents to any opinion that doesn't agree with his. I stated fact about the CEO position it does not exist under the current ordinance , the editors council  representative made sure of that. The rest is a OPINION,  I will call out council as I see actions they take that are without merit or just plain dumb.  When the editors spouse  was not a member of council he was more engaged with the errors in judgement made by council or any county operation.

Editor's note: I'm still waiting to see the "errors" in replacing the board. Looks like things are getting done the right way for a change. You just let their decision get personal with you and have done nothing but criticize and call all involved names.
web posted April 20, 2015
If you go on the Fox Creek website and go to Teacher Information, you will find the salary information on the teachers.

The website is: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3CIvVyPsfT8T3JJTlJlOVpUQU0&usp=sharing

Honestly, if a person looks at the salaries based on years of experience and education, then the salaries for teachers are comparable to the salaries of teachers in Edgefield County and other surrounding counties.
web posted April 20, 2015
While we sleep, while we concentrate on the slight of hands that are taking place in our nation, this is just one danger facing our citizens.  Listen carefully and determine for yourself what is happening.
Border Patrol Agent Claims FEMA Expects '200 Million Deaths' ⋆ UFP NEWS
http://universalfreepress.com/watch-border-patrol-agent-claims-fema-expects-200-million-deaths/#
web posted April 20, 2015
It's the "ole IRS scandal" back again. Got home tonight and had a message on the answering machine (number blocked), that I owed the IRS money and to call immediately to avoid a lawsuit.  Number  I was to call was 253-656-4763. I reported to ECSO. Do not fall for this scam. The IRS will not call you. Instead, they will send you a letter.

Editor's note: You are correct, and did the right thing. Always report it to law enforcement.
web posted April 18, 2015
I find it interesting to read all these "expert" opinions on the hospital,  charter schools etc. First of all,  Edgefield County has no power over Fox Creek- salaries or buses or anything else. From what I know of other charter schools, teachers salaries are often less than public schools. Who cares anyway? Seems like more speculation than anything. 

 As far as  the hospital- seems like things are moving ahead. That seems better than before!  I say that is a good thing! I hope we see progress moving ahead.
web posted April 18, 2015
Fox Creek is a private school. The voters of Edgefield county had no input on it being built, nor how it is operated. It was dumped on the back of us taxpayers thanks to the Koch brothers buying the education system in our state. Best gov. money can buy.
web posted April 18, 2015
The Fox Creek bus cost $325,00 and it was bought with money earned from selling doughnuts.

Editor's note: I spoke with Greg Hurt who told me the bus is 5 years old and was bought from Rock Hill for between $70,000 and $80,000 and "someone" paid to have the graphics put on the bus.
web posted April 18, 2015
I heard that an officer with Johnston was suspended for being racist.  It was just brought to my attention that this officer has a biracial child.  How racial could he be?  I have seen him around town and he has always been polite.  Actually, he is the only one I see around town.  Maybe he should go on vacation or stay in the office all the time like the rest of the trash working for the department.
One thing I have learned living here in the last 63 years, is that the person who pulls the race card is more racial than the one that is being talked about, and you can’t be an honest police officer working for this town.  I am a black man and I have had more problems out of the black officers than the white when I have called for police.
Since I’ve seen officers wearing cameras, is there proof?  Is it hearsay?
Personally, I believe the reason this was brought up is because they are trying to keep a good man down, and make him lose his job so they can get a good officer out and the entire police department can be corrupt.    I hope he has sense enough to get him a lawyer because now you are talking about his character.  I see a law suit against the town in the near future, and that serves them right.  If he needs help, he is more that welcome to contact me.  I have more dirt on this administration, that a false race claim will be the least of their worries.

Editor's note: This is news to me. Until I can find out something, which would be reported if true, I would treat it as a rumor.
web posted April 18, 2015
bus crash
If I had a kid on a bus that crashed, especially if they got hurt, and I didn't get a phone call right away I'd probably be on Edgefield Daily after I got arrested at the school! I'd like to know who decided whether or not the middle school kids needed to be checked out or not? I think I read that the ambulance was turned back and never got there to check on the kids…. not all injuries are obvious and some kids might have existing conditions that need to be checked on after a big jolt like that. That's something only a parent would know about not some lackey. It makes me mad just thinking about it. Whoever did that opened the school up for a lawsuit bigtime and needs to be fired. Just saying.
web posted April 18, 2015
Bush Crash
Sounds like the Dir. of Transportation needs to be in the unemployment line if this is not the first time she didn't call parents right away like the story said she's supposed to. And why would you let the same driver finish the route after she [allegedly] fell asleep at the wheel. She should have been on her way to get the required drug test. Do you know if she was drug tested at all?

Editor's note: I do not know if she was drug tested or not. I have not talked to Mr. Anderson to follow up on the crash at this time.
web posted April 18, 2015
Two policemen call their station on the radio.

"Hello. Is this the Sarge?"
"Yes?"
“We have a case here. A woman has shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just mopped clean."
"Have you arrested the woman?"
"No sir. The floor is still wet."
web posted April 18, 2015
Here’s a short prayer for anyone who feels lost or broken. I pray that this helps you.
Dear Lord,
Enlighten what’s dark in me.
Strengthen what’s weak in me.
Mend what’s broken in me.
Bind what’s bruised in me.
Heal what’s sick in me
and lastly
Revive whatever peace and
love has died in me.
Amen
web posted April 18, 2015
And blacks wonder why they are looked down on? Just watch this black man help a white woman to her car because she's afraid of all the black teens whooping it up in the parking lot of a store. Guess she had a good reason to be scared.
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4178375297001/good-samaritan-brutally-beaten-by-mob-of-teens-speaks-out/?#sp=show-clips
web posted April 18, 2015
Food stamp use plummets under Maine's get-to-work mandate
Under the new rules of the food stamp program implemented by Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration, the number of participants plummeted to 2,680. This happened after the requirements for weekly work and volunteering were enforced — down from approximately 12,000 Maine residents before January 1. This constitutes a drop of nearly 80 percent in the sparsely populated state of 1.3 million.
http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/04/17/food-stamp-use-plummets-under-maines-get-to-work-mandate#.VTHWTZOrEuA
web posted April 18, 2015
Re: How can Fox Creek get away with paying outrageous salaries? Aren't they a public school? Isn't there some sort of pay schedule for certain positions?

It is not the outrageous salaries that are the problem, it is that charter schools do not use a salary scale. Charter schools pay each employee whatever they want. This creates a popularity contest and I think Shane Massey should introduce a bill next year to end this practice. I would love to be on Fox Creek's Board and pay my childrens' teachers whatever amount of your taxpayer dollars I wanted to ensure my child gets a good grade or as they say, a good education. Why don't they just post every employees' salary? Why doesn't the local newspapers publish it, like they do Aiken County's sometimes?

Editor's note: If we did one school we would have to do them all and I just do not see the need.
web posted April 17, 2015
Just wondering if the Fox Creek Charter Bus is a new thing? Just passed it on hwy 25 & was surprised. Never seen it??

Editor's note: I saw it the other day on Sweetwater Road headed towards Edgefield the other day. Very nice custom bus. Unless the laws have changed, the money the school gets from taxpayers cannot be used for buses and that bus had to cost over $200,000. They must have a very good fundraising program to be able to afford such a bus for activities.
web posted April 17, 2015
Shaken baby
I read all the stories on the shaken baby. The mama and the boyfriend should have both been arrested when the police took the baby away from them. Let the jury sort it all out. That's what trials are for, right?
web posted April 17, 2015
RE: Shaken baby
I find it hard to believe that the doctors at GRU are hiding behind HIPPA. It clearly states under HIPPA:
Law  Enforcement: We may discolse your medical information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official: in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar legal process, but in some instances involving sobpoenas and similar process in state criminal proceedings for which you will be entitled to notice and an opportunity to object; to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material withness or missing person; about the victim of a crime, if under certain limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person's agreement; about a death we believe may be the result from criminal conduct; about suspected criminal conduct on our premises; and in emergency circumstances to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims or the identity, description or location of the person who commited the crime.

I also went through a similar incident with my nephew. His mom was living with a new boyfriend she had just met a few months prior and while she worked nights  she entrusted her children to her new boyfriend. One morning after getting off work when she arrived home the baby was seizing. She jerked the child up and rushed to GRU. Once there they scanned the babies head and found he had several head bleeds and a stroke from being shaken so hard. He had to have emergency surgery.GRU notified the police and questioned his mom, my brother, and mom's boyfriend immediately. Social services, Aiken County and Richmond County were all notified. They also found what they thought was only a few weeks old bleed. They determined through questioning the older children and everyone involved that the boyfriend was responsible and he was arrested the same day. He is still in jail now. He only got 8 years but he was arrested immediately. They also threatened to arrest the mother, because of her carelessness and leaving her children in the care of someone she barely new was considered neglect. Her children were removed from her custody and I got guardianship of the two older children and her mother took custody of the now disabled chlld. This child is now 4 and just learning to walk.

In our case GRU protected the child. The doctors were very helpful and worked  with the police and social work. They even kept the baby in the hospital and extra two days until his grandmother could arrive with the special car seat and go through classes to learn to feed the baby through feeding tubes and care for him. The grandmother took him home to Texas and all records were sent and the doctors went the extra mile in helping the grandmother set up appointments with doctors there that would take over the care for the baby.

Since GRU has its own police force they help coordinate all sorts of police related matters. So it sounds like Robinson/SLED are just being lazy

The link to GRU privacy practices (also known as HIPPA), which are pretty much the same at any hospital is located here.
http://www.grhealth.org/legal-notice/privacy-statement
web posted April 17, 2015
RE: CEO
The former CEO at Aiken Regional will never be a CEO of Edgefield  County Hospital. Council made sure of that in the Ordinance he will be the ADMINISTRATOR if he stays, he will only be successful if gets more doctors admitting patients to the hospital  and  get surgical services and the ER accepting patients into ECH.  It is a step no different than the previous board but reality is a 25 bed hospital is behind the eight ball in todays medical environment.  His best bet alliance with a regional hospital the previous board knew it and this board will too. The problem was county council didn't like the previous CEO and could not get the board to fire him so they fired the board. But he is interim ECH doesn't have the money to keep him unless he retired from Aiken otherwise he  will work to do what the previous board was trying to do which is join a regional hospital system.

Editor's note: If you say so. After all, you know everything there is to know about ECH and how things should be run, including the county council.
web posted April 17, 2015
RE: Pit Bulls
I don't agree with registering pit bulls or any dog for that matter. But I don't see why anyone would want one. They're mean and unpredictable. I Googled Edgefield Daily and pit bull and got 8 pages or stories on pit bulls. Hello! That should tell you all you need to know about pit bulls and why you don't need to own one. But if you do own one and it bites somebody or kills somebodys dog or cat or other animals you should have to pay thru the nose and they should put the dog down. No second chances. It bites or attacks it gets put down. Period!
web posted April 17, 2015
I've seen surveyors. I read that if the pipeline was going to go across your property they would contact you. Is that when they are surveying or later? If it crosses your property are they going to pay you for crossing your property?

Editor's note: I would think they will contact the property owners once they finalize the actual route they intend on using or if they need to enter your property in order to do surveying. As far as being paid for the Right of Way, that will be between the property owner and the company.
web posted April 17, 2015
I read the post by the person preaching about politics and it made me think. Black people are supposed to be so religious but they vote almost 100% Democrat which is the anti-God party. They push everything that is against the Bible. They push being gay, abortion, no prayer or mention of Jesus or God (but you can teach Islam in school because that's being "inclusive") and Obama attacks Christians every chance he gets like he did on EASTER ! He says Christians say hateful things, but he and the Democrats are the ones saying hateful things about anyone who doesn't agree with them. Look at all the hateful things Obama's preacher says [removed]. Maybe the preacher poster should preach on that.
web posted April 17, 2015
New hospital board
The new hospital board must be doing things the right way to get somebody like the new CEO to come to work for them.
web posted April 17, 2015
This is why government workers should never be allowed to have unions. If you can't fire DEA agents for having sex parties with hookers paid for by the drug cartels who can you fire?
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/15/dea-chief-tells-house-committee-says-hands-are-tied-when-it-comes-to-firing/
web posted April 17, 2015
I kinda like the idea of registering all dogs. It would make it easier to find owners of dogs that are running loose or killing chickens or whatever. But irresponsible pet owners are not going to do it because they are irresponsible to start with. Then what are you going to do? Let animal control spend all their time running down those who won't register their dogs? I like the idea but it'd never work.
web posted April 16, 2015
Re: shaken baby
What difference does it make where the old injuries to the baby happened. Weren't they here when the baby went limp or whatever that forced the parents to take it to the hospital in the first place? Charge them here and then figure out the other stuff. It just sounds like a bunch of excuses to not arrest somebody if you ask me.
web posted April 16, 2015
It was great to see an article about the Lennon Sisters.  The only thing is they are celebrating their 60th year in show business!  [name removed] in Ohio

Editor's note: We just ran the press release as it was presented to us.
web posted April 16, 2015
Interesting read, of late, with many weighing in on sin that offends us. All sin is deadly, yours, mine and theirs. Jesus puts clarity to our propensity to judge/compare others to ourselves as opposed to comparing ourselves to Christ and His righteousness to wit: Luke 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

A standard we should compare ourselves to is recorded in Galatians 5: 22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

Note that these are fruit of the Spirit is not something we attain by our will or by our church membership. If this fruit is not showing up then perhaps something is amiss. Was condemnation, self-righteousness and pride excluded by mistake or oversight? Can any of the aforesaid fruit be obtained without repentance? Are our political arguments mostly devoid of the Spirit's fruit?  Is it only politicians and terrorists that deface religion by including it into self serving arguments or, perhaps, also we simple ones consumed by pride?

“But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
web posted April 16, 2015
How can Fox Creek get away with paying outrageous salaries? Aren't they a public school? Isn't there some sort of pay schedule for certain positions?

Editor's note: They are a public school, however they have their own school board and they can pay what they want I suppose.
web posted April 16, 2015
Registering pit bulls
I think the editor is right, you can't make people register just one breed.
web posted April 16, 2015
RE: CEO at ECH
Why hire the guy as an "interim" CEO, why not just hire him AS the CEO and be done with it? He sounds like a professional to me.
web posted April 16, 2015
The shooting thing at the NWTF is great and I hope it's a success. My question is where are they going to put everybody? If there's 450 kids shooting you can bet that most will parents with them That's another 900 people. If they bring at least 1 other kid with them that's another 450. Now you're talking about almost 2,000 people. Sounds like a windfall for hotels in Aiken and Augusta.
web posted April 16, 2015
The Challenges of Being A Golfer..
13,000 people go to the emergency room each year from the golf course.
http://safeshare.tv/w/lNQxKkFRoZ

Editor's note: That's pretty funny. The sad part is I have seen a few of these things happen at the golf course.
web posted April 16, 2015
Editor's post: Running very late and a couple comments have been held back so I can update by 12:30 am, which has already passed.
web posted April 15, 2015
Well, I guess we need to get ready to read more comments about the hospital.  I still say that down the road  this little hospital will be part of some conglomerate.  I love the comments about the small town (so many good things about small areas) but I think it is naïve to think that small towns are going to be protected in some way from what is happening in this country. It is really important for all U.S. citizens to be fully aware of what is taking place everywhere in this country.  Please do not think it is business as usual. It used to be that places could be untouched by the outside world. That is not the case any more. People need to think outside the box, know what is going on in our government and realize it is going to (already is) affect everyone, even citizens of small rural areas. There is no hiding out or avoiding the world around us.   Be wise.
web posted April 15, 2015
Looks like the county council did a good job appointing the new hospital board who did a great job by hiring someone who is actually qualified to be a CEO! I wonder what Mr. know-it-all has to say now? He must be busy eating crow!
web posted April 15, 2015

Fox Creek pays its administrators and coaches astronomical salaries, because they laud the Board members who set their salaries to the parents (aka voters) right before the elections. Principal Trahan was just given a huge raise  and now he will praise the Board members and they will get re-elected. The election registration is now through next Friday, April 24th, but Principal Trahan never put that on the school's homepage, or facebook, or weekly fastrack newsletter, or marquee, or newspaper article, or the automated phone system. Yet he did update all of these communication tools for parents as I received them all or saw the school in all, he just conveniently left off the Board elections? It was all just baseball jargon or talent show nonsense. The ELECTION FOR SCHOOL BOARD that controls like $5 million dollars annually is only listed on an obscure sub-page of the website. Don't the taxpayers, parents, administrators, yada yada feel this is more important than the school talent show? Maybe Trahan and the Board doesn't want the public to know. Maybe Edgefield Daily should post Fox Creek's 2014 public tax returns that lists all of the names of its public employees making over $50,000 per year and their salaries as Edgefield Daily did a few years ago. I think that would open some eyes in this community of the good ole' boys involved with our community's tax dollars. Why do the administrators and coaches at Fox Creek makes tens of thousands more than at North Augusta or Strom Thurmond? Same reason Obama gives away free cell phones. Its called VOTES. Post last years 2014 tax records Mr. Editor and let's see what the public thinks.
web posted April 15, 2015
I wish that the Edgefield County school district (Superintendent) was there for the students. You know, when you do evil to people, it will come back to you. We may not see it, but you can rest assured that the most important one sees it. It makes you wonder how some people sleep at night. As imperfect people we occasionally hurt someone by mistake. But to intentionally cause someone harm, physically, emotional and mentally, that's reprehensible. The worst part is that these ones are in charge of our children.
web posted April 15, 2015
Re: Gay agenda
If you think your tired of hearing about gay rights,try living without legal protection in regards to property inheritance tax benefits , tax breaks afforded married individuals,non-access to your deceased loved ones pension and social security benefits,and many other civil benefits afforded heterosexual people.This state has spent over half a million (by conservative estimates) to defend so called traditional marriage and deny equal access to protection under the law. Lets take a look at some facts versus anti-gay rhetoric. It is estimated that 40 - 50% of heterosexual marriages end in divorce. Still think gay marriage is a threat to that institution? I have worked all my life never asking for a handout or a handup. The government has always been more than willing to accept my gay earned tax money all without the civil benefits afforded other Americans.I have never tried to push my beliefs on anyone but resent when others don't offer me the same respect.If you think you are going to deny me access to any public establishment as an American citizen, expect a fight on your hands.Too many gay men and women have offered their service in the armed services defending your right to your beliefs to be denied theirs.Want another fact to ponder? Consider Alan Turing who broke the enigma code of the Nazi government helping end WWII at least 2 to 3 years earlier than it would have by most estimates.This in effect saved 14 - 21 million allied lives. Yes he was gay and later committed  suicide as a direct result of the effects of chemical castration forced upon him by the government in Britain he helped to save. Lastly, don't claim to speak for all Christians in your sweeping moral judgments. There are many Christains (including myself) who take offence at your saddling Christ with your own bigotry.It is time for Christains to get back down to the basics of "helping the least of these" rather than being in the business of electing politicans who, truth be told,spout out scripture that they neither understand nor live by.
web posted April 15, 2015
RE: The "gay agenda" and civil rights
Nobody is denying "gays" civil rights on anything. Our civil rights are covered in the Constitution in the Bill of Rights. There is no "right" to get married listed the last time I checked. If it's not in the constitution then it is up to the states to decide if they want to recognize a marriage, which has been between a man and a woman for thousands of years and is ordained by God Himself! I don't care what you do in your own bedroom, and the liberals have always said government needs to stay out of the bedroom, until it's about "gays" and then they want government to force me to accept or condone a sin. How about government staying out of my religion, which is in the Bill of Rights!!!
web posted April 15, 2015
Re: gays
If you want to be queer be queer. I don't want to hear about it, I don't want to know about it, and I don't want to see it. Why do I have to be "retrained" or go through "diversity training" if I don't agree with being queer? When does me being offended matter?
web posted April 15, 2015
Americans are outraged after a clip of a black judge lecturing white victims of a robbery about “racism” after letting the black thug off with no jail time went viral.
http://conservativetribune.com/black-judge-racist-ruling/

Editor's note: Unreal. I would say unbelievable, but nothing that happens in a courtroom surprises me anymore.
web posted April 15, 2015
Sunday, Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro gave Hillary Clinton a warning about her upcoming congressional hearings. Trey Gowdy isn’t playing around.

Judge Pirro openly criticizes Hillary’s argument that she had opted for the convenience of using her personal email account so that she only needed one device. After all, one device can use multiple email accounts.
http://conservativetribune.com/video-judge-jeanine-puts-the-fear-of-god-into-hillary-with-big-announcement-about-trey-gowdy/
web posted April 15, 2015
Editor's post: We have been reading the Book of Acts during our Bible and prayer time every evening. It has been an uplifting, exciting and, at times frightening, study. In the past we would just read verses and read from other books on the Bible. But taking a book of the Bible and reading a chapter at a time is so much better. I don't know how many books we've read so far, my bride keeps up with that, but we intend on reading the entire New Testament. I'd suggest you give it a try.

Happy Birthday Leia. May God give you a special blessing today.
web posted April 14, 2015
I sure hope our Senator Graham is not supporting Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. I had heard he was and I called his office a while ago. I better call again.  I heard John McCain say he was supporting Lindsey Graham for President. What world do these people live in? Who seriously thinks Lindsey Graham has a snowball’s chance of getting elected in this country?  The liberals do not want him and the conservatives do not want him. Only the old RINOs would possibly want him and I think Jeb Bush has their votes.  I am thankful for the troop support Senator Grahams shows and his calls on Benghazi, but President? No way. We have to watch a lot of his voting on issues as it is. This Attorney General vote is a big deal and I doubt many folks are paying attention to it.
web posted April 14, 2015
What ever happened to the guy and woman that almost killed that baby by shaking it so hard? Have they ever been arrested? If not why not? Why is it taking so long for them to do anything? That baby almost died and ain't right even today. Last time I asked the chief about it he said SLED was working on it. What's taking them so long then?

Editor's note: The case is a Johnston Police Department case, not SLED's. SLED will assist in a case, but that is the extent of their involvement. I will follow up on the case. There is no reason an arrest has not been made in the case, in my opinion.
web posted April 14, 2015
Re: registering pitbulls
Not all Pitbull dogs are vicious. But ALL dogs bite. If they have teeth they can bite. The fluffy Cocker Spaniel has made the top ten list of dogs who bitten someone for years. Chihuahuas are another snappy breed. Yes, how you raise a dog makes a big difference on its willingness to bite. But even the best trained dog can be pushed too far and will bite in self defense. So people who say my dog would never bite are delusional. The difference between a Pitbull and Cocker spaniel is both genetics and size. Cocker spaniel's were bred to be bird dog's. The breeder choose dogs who did not maul the birds and developed dogs with a soft mouth. The Pittbull was developed to grab a bull by the nose and hang on. Pit bull breeders looked for strong jawed heavily musled dogs with a tenacious personality.
The point I am trying to make is when when a cooker bites it's instincts tell it to let go and run away if possible. The Pitbull grabs a bigger bite and hold on till beaten off.  They will also shake their prey to kill. It might be possible to kick a cocker spaniel to escape but that would not phase the average Pitt. I doubt the average Pitt owner knows the temperament of his dogs ancestors beyond its mother or father. It is conceivable you loving pet is a generation or two away from one bred for fighting. If you are going to own any dog research the breed history. Find a breed that fits your life style. You cannot change genetics even with the best trainer. Lastly it is your responsibility to keep your dog confined and be prepared to deal with any consequences even if it accidentally escapes. 
web posted April 14, 2015
Re: Gays
I'm sick of all the gay crap too. I've always seen signs that said "we reserve the right to refuse to do business with anyone" or something like that in stores for as long as I can remember. Oh, but if you're gay, you're special and can sue! Every show has to have gays in them. I bet I know 300 people and out of all them none are gay.
web posted April 14, 2015
I saw the story about the train wreck and that deputies are providing security 24/7. Why are we having to pay deputies all this overtime to guard the train crash site?

Editor's note: Norfork Southern is paying off duty deputies to provide security, not the county. I should have made that clear in the report. I have gone back and made that correction. Thank you for pointing it out.
web posted April 14, 2015
Re:  "I am so sick and tired of the gay agenda....."

Most true part of the referenced post: You are sick.  Christ's agenda was one of love.  Quit sitting on your shoulders.  What is the difference between what GLBTs are doing today with the civil rights activists of the sixties.  One is based on sexual preference the other based on race.  Both were about equality under the law.  To deny a person any one of their basic freedoms is the most egregious of wrongs.  How many so-called Christians violate their marriage vows every day by coveting their neighbors spouse?  Let your mind wander over that.
web posted April 14, 2015
Re: Sick of gay agenda
I get tired of all the news stories when someone refuses to bake a cake or something. It's telling how the leftists in the media and the Dems are so nasty and call people names when they're the ones calling other people intolerant and they claim to be the tolerant ones. They think everybody who doesn't agree with them should sit down and shut up. Uh, ever heard of the 1st amendment?
web posted April 14, 2015
Not All Officers Are Racist': Black Man's Defense of Police Goes Viral
A 22-year-old African-American man recorded a video after a recent encounter with a police officer and the video has gone viral.
http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/04/13/not-all-officers-are-racist-black-mans-defense-police-goes-viral

Editor's note: I believe someone sent in a link to another story on this recently. It is worth watching again as this is an interview with the man and the video is also included in the story.
web posted April 14, 2015
This woman should be thrown under the jail! Talk about sick!!! This should be attempted murder!
Police seek arrest of mother of disabled son left in woods in Philadelphia
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/12/woman-left-quadriplegic-son-in-philadelphia-woods-before-visiting-boyfriend/?intcmp=latestnews

Editor's note: I agree.
web posted April 14, 2015
Re: Sex offenders
How many sex offenders are there in the county?

Editor's note: I believe the last count I saw was 93 registered sex offenders. That does not include people who have been charged and are awaiting trial. They are innocent until proven guilty. And some of those may plea to a lesser charge and not have to register.
web posted April 13, 2015
I hate to hear about the fraud with tax returns. The IRS has been contacted. A phone number is given to call yet from what I have heard , the IRS is not answering many calls. It sounds like they are underemployed (or some such excuse) and are not able to answer questions. So, I wonder if the IRS will do anything with any fraud issues. The IRS, the department that has been so corrupted recently, has so much control of our lives.  I like the candidates campaigning to abolish the IRS. That is not the current issue though. I just have to wonder how much the IRS is really doing to investigate these complaints. I would doubt much. so, if someone’s identity has been stolen, they have a lot of work to do on their own to remedy this. It takes forever to clear this up!! So sad for those affected. Don’t you wonder how it happened in the first place. Makes one really wonder. web posted April 13, 2015
RE: One thing media pundits won’t say about Walter Scott’s shooting
http://allenbwest.com/2015/04/one-thing-media-pundits-wont-say-about-walter-scotts-shooting/

Editor's note: Well said.
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What was the criminal justice system's story before the video came out?

It's here.  http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150404/PC16/150409635

How did the "system" work without the video from the citizen who tried to give the video to the police but was ignored? The pre video police story doesn't sound the same to me as the video. The police are the "system", the video is not the "system", The "system" created the story that came out pre video.  It sounds like every other cop shoots citizen story we've heard. 

The truth is the video. The truth and the system are mutually exclusive of one another.

Without the video, what do you think the story would be right now?

Editor's note: The video is part of the system, it's called a witness. It may have taken a little longer for the truth to come out, but the autopsy would have shown Scott was shot in the back, at quite a distance and the officer's story would have then fallen apart. The video just got us there faster. The witness should have turned the video over to SLED the next day rather than sit on it and then give it to the media.
web posted April 13, 2015
RE: Mensa Wandrering
Great story,  an example for every organization and all people.
The KISS principle (Keep it simple stupid)!
web posted April 13, 2015
Great job on keeping us informed on the train wreck. We kept that page open and just refreshed it now and then to see what was going on. It could've been a lot worse! Thanks for your hard work!

Editor's note: Thank you. Just part of doing my job.
web posted April 13, 2015
One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.
 
Although not familiar with the lake, his wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors and reads her book.
 
Along comes a game warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, “Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”

“Reading a book,” she replies, thinking, Isn’t that obvious?
 
“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.
 
“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”
 
“Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”
 
“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.
 
“But I haven’t even touched you,” says the game warden.
 
“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.”
 
“Have a nice day, ma’am,” the game warden replied, and he left.
 
Never mess with a woman that reads because there’s good reason to believe she thinks as well!
web posted April 13, 2015
I can't find where you are archiving the verse for the day. Can you point me to it? Some of them are really good.

Editor's note: I would hope all of them are really good, they come from God's word. They are not archived. If you want to keep them you can open a document and copy and paste them in there so you can refer back to them whenever you want.
web posted April 13, 2015
Time for a new crusades? With ISIS going around the Middle East and north Africa killing Jews and Christians like they did 1600 yrs ago, maybe it's time for another crusades to wipe out the violent Islamic extremists again this time once and or all! That's the birthplace of Christianity and ISIS wants to rid it of anyone that doesn't want to bow to them, including so-called moderate Muslims. But that would take guts and Obama is a coward. That's what the crusades was all about and anyone that knows history would know that. Now history is repeating itself.
web posted April 13, 2015
I am so sick and tired of the "gay" agenda being shoved down our throats. You would think they are the majority in this country by how loudly they protest if anyone says anything about "gay" marriage or anything "gay". First of all they're not "gay", they're homosexual. Gay is being happy and the vile things they say about anyone that disagrees with them sure sounds like an unhappy person. Second, they are less than3% of the population. If you're a Christian you are deemed to be filled with hate and "hate speech" even if you're just quoting the Bible. Obama has made it clear he doesn't like Christians with all the things he's said and to take a swipe at us on Easter was about as low as anyone can go and he's supposed to be a Christian? He's a muslim.
If you want to be a homo or queer fine. But stop trying to shove it down our throats day in and day out!
web posted April 13, 2015
Ever notice how a 4-year-old's voice is louder than 200 adult voices?
Several years ago, I returned home from a trip just when a storm hit, with crashing thunder and severe lightning.
    As I came into my bedroom about 2 a.m., I found my two children in bed with my wife, Karey apparently scared by the loud storm.
    I resigned myself to sleep in the guest bedroom that night.
    The next day, I talked to the children and explained that it was O.K. to sleep with Mom when the storm was bad, but when I was expected home, please don't sleep with Mom that night.  They said OK.
    After my next trip several weeks later, Karey and the children picked me up in the terminal at the appointed time.
    Since the plane was late, everyone had come into the terminal to wait for my plane's arrival, along with hundreds of other folks waiting for their arriving passengers.
    As I entered the waiting area, my son saw me, and came running shouting, "Hi, Dad! I've got some good news!"
    As I waved back, I said loudly, "What's the good news?"
    Alex shouted, "Nobody slept with Mommy while you were away this time!"
    The airport became very quiet, as everyone in the waiting area looked at Alex, then turned to me, and then searched the rest of the area to see if they could figure out exactly who his Mom was.
web posted April 13, 2015
HIDDEN CAMERA: Gay Wedding Cake At Muslim Bakeries
Watch what happens when gay Crowder goes undercover in Dearborn, MI to see if Muslim bakeries will make his gay wedding cake.
http://louderwithcrowder.com/hidden-camera-gay-wedding-cake-at-muslim-bakery/
web posted April 13, 2015
If they'd lock up these sex offenders and throw away the keys never letting them out maybe the problem wouldn't be so bad. They let them out and then the police have to monitor them forever. Maybe they should get the death penalty.
web posted April 11, 2015
Re: Pit Bulls and dog registration

Pit Bulls are not vicious dogs. Anyone who believes this just shows their ignorance. Dogs do what they are taught. If people think Pit Bulls are vicious, then what about Rottweiler and other breeds? We do not have enough police to enforce a law for registration. They have more important things to do. And “YES” I do value animals more than humans. Humans can take care of themselves and animals can not. I will never register my dogs. When the law can start telling you what you can and can not own, what will be next? I would like the idea of dogs being taken from owners that do not take care of them and especially that keep them in small enclosures or on a chain.
web posted April 11, 2015
Why does the head football coach/AD at Fox Creek a 1a school make more than the people in the same positions at North Augusta and Strom Thurmond High Schools.

Also, same for administrators? Why does the principal make more than that of North Augusta High School where they have almost 4 times as many students?

Does Fox Creek have a salary schedule for teachers, administrators, or coaches posted anywhere?

Editor's note: I don't know if they post that information online.
web posted April 11, 2015
Re: Remembering the Family Farm [Living Down South column]
I enjoyed reading that.
Occasionally I worry about my little town, with so many people moving here to get away from city life and even long time residents wanting growth and change. Not that growth and change are bad things, but sometimes all that glitters is not gold.
There's nothing wrong with a county making an effort to maintain its rural landscape and its citizens being able to live simply without government meddle.
web posted April 11, 2015
There is a lot I do not understand about this pit bull situation.  One thing I read this morning gave me chills. I know any breed of dog can have some aggressive ones in it, but pit bulls do have a reputation for aggressiveness. Knowing that, what parent would give their children pit bull puppies? Who knows if the puppies will be aggressive or not as they grow. That seems like child endangerment in some ways. How irresponsible are some of these dog owners? I am amazed at some of these things.

This whole topic is a dilemma. I think confiscating dangerous animals is a necessity. There should be a hefty fine to get the animals back. Not sure what the ticketing is accomplishing. I doubt it is accomplishing anything. I also think dogs running loose is bad and they should be picked up. I just wonder if animal control has the resources to deal with all of this. Would registering the dogs or making them illegal be fair to the responsible owners of these dogs?  Just a lot to ponder. Do you punish the whole because of a few? Where does public safety come into the picture? Lots to think about.

Oh, and now dogs have attacked a car? Seriously???? If that is true, that is really troubling!!! Sounds like a pack mentality.  That is the trouble with dogs running loose. So much more to think about.
web posted April 11, 2015
edgefirld is a gate little town  the sheriff don't like people that don't vote  I am glade I did not vote for him One day he will have to tell god I hope he get that far
web posted April 11, 2015
Some years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco .  
Mensa, as you know, is a national organization for people who have an IQ of 140 or higher.
Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe.   When they sat down, one of them discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper, and their pepper shaker was full of salt.    How could they swap the contents of the two bottles without spilling any, and using only the implements at hand?   Clearly  --  this was a job for Mensa minds.
The group debated the problem and presented ideas and finally, came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer.
They called the waitress over, ready to dazzle her with their solution.
"Ma'am," they said, "we couldn't help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker  "
But before they could finish,..........the waitress interrupted.   "Oh  --  sorry about that."   She leaned over the table, unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.  There was dead silence at the Mensa table.
Reminds me of our government, solutions could be so simple, but the brilliant minds  have to make the situation difficult.
web posted April 11, 2015
Looks like Edgefield Daily made it on CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09/us/police-use-of-force-cases/index.html

Editor's note: We've been there, and others, a number of times over the years. Thanks for letting us know.
web posted April 11, 2015
Man's candid, honest video about race and traffic stops goes viral - wistv.com - Columbia
http://www.wistv.com/story/28772115/mans-candid-honest-video-about-race-and-traffic-stops-is-going-viral#.VSh05AzxTpw.mailto
web posted April 11, 2015
Here we go again! ANOTHER man arrested for molesting ANOTHER little girl! That makes 4 in the past few weeks and there's another one that is still in Saluda that's supposed to be here! What in the world is going on around here? I feel like I live in the child molester capital of the US. This is crazy…….. plum crazy!
web posted April 10, 2015
All of these sexual assault cases are so, so sad. What people forget is that the abuse stays with the victims through life.  It can devastate a person and affect all their future relationships. Yes, arrest the monsters that do this but also, remember the victims and pray they can get good counseling and help to deal with the violations they have experienced. So, so sad and yes, we read about way too many of these situations.
web posted April 10, 2015
I have a question-are animals required to be tagged and have rabies shots in Edgefield County? If so, then pit bulls would already be registered . If not then I don't think the county can single out one breed of dog to register. I say if they register one breed, they need to register all dogs. Otherwise, won’t there be outrage from the liberals that the county is profiling pit bulls? Yes, pit bulls are known to be aggressive, but there are a lot of aggressive dogs (and even cats) that hurt other animals and people.  I think there should be consequences for any animal attacks and I would hope all animals would have their rabies shots, but that would be a stretch.  What are county regulations regarding animal attacks?

We have a friend whose son was viciously attacked by two dogs (neither of which were a pit bull, just mean dogs) and the boy almost died. It was awful. Personally, I think the dogs should have been put down. I think the owner of the dogs should have paid all medical bills. Maybe that is what should happen in these instances. The owner should be held responsible, no matter what breed the dog is, and the dog should be dealt with.  I personally do not have a problem with a vicious animal being put down, but then I don't put animal rights ahead of human rights or human safety.
web posted April 10, 2015
Re. Can't the county make having a pit bull illegal?
I think the answer is to confiscate the dogs. Right now all they do is issue tickets and obviously this does not do any good. If your dog attacks a person or another animal then it needs to be confiscated until you go to court to deal with the situation. If you are repeatedly given tickets for your dog being loose and it needs to be confiscated. Edgefield needs to either build a shelter or contract with Aiken to hold these animals. People will do a better job confining their animals if they think they may lose it. Giving them tickets does nothing and that is why there are so many repeat offenders.
web posted April 10, 2015
I would support the mandatory registering of pit bull dogs and paying a registration fee to do so. I would also support a hefty fine for those caught with a pit bull dog that did not register it. Not only would it be a way to keep owners accountable for these dogs,  but may cut down on parents letting children have these puppies. It is not uncommon to see young boys with these dogs on a leash and have two dogs taunting each other around Edgefield. The thing is that those boys simply won't be strong enough to control the dogs as they reach grown dog size. It is also not uncommon to see dogs (a mixture of breeds) running loose on 23 past the caution light going west from edgefield. Register action of pit bull dogs and a tougher leash law could be beneficial to Edgefield County.
web posted April 10, 2015
It sounds like whoever the HIPPA officer for Edgefield County is dose not have a clue to what he is doing or teaching employees of Edgefield County.  The director dose not have a clue to what a HIPPA violation is.  Someone needs to go into that agency and teach the HIPPA officer and the director what HIPPA is all about.  It's a shame they have no idea. 
web posted April 10, 2015
I went to (the new sandwich shop on the square) for lunch today and it was really good and the prices were even better!  I'll definitely be going back. I was also pleased to see by the collegiate items.  I'll be buying some gifts to go with my lunch sometimes!
web posted April 10, 2015
Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells 'Theirs...'
web posted April 10, 2015
The American Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012) in  Ohio . The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.

A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media,  Hollywood , uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's  America . The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch... The Pit Bull is in the back yard.

The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and  Chicago shyster, David Axelrod, along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.

Our side ran two candidates who couldn't even win their own home states, and Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing "post  Sandy " tribute that elevated the "Commander-in-Chief" to Mother Teresa status. (Aside: with the way the polls were run, he didn't need any help!) People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired. 

You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.

Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to "white guilt" and political correctness... An American Veteran......... Semper-Fi
web posted April 10, 2015
One thing media pundits won’t say about Walter Scott’s shooting
http://allenbwest.com/2015/04/one-thing-media-pundits-wont-say-about-walter-scotts-shooting/

Editor's note: Well said.
web posted April 10, 2015
Editor's post: What a blessing it was to get a column from Pastor Phillip Howle on Wednesday. To let you know how committed he is to his readers, he typed it on his iphone. It is also the first time there are photos in his column. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
web posted April 9, 2015
Is there something in the water that we have so many sex offenders in the county?
web posted April 9, 2015
I was glad to see the way North Charleston dealt with the death of the young man that was shot in the back by a police officer.  Seems like when something like that happened (unlike the lie promoted about “hands up don’t shoot” in Ferguson) things were done the right way following the incident in North Charleston. The officer was arrested and no bail.  He was charged with murder. That is unusual for an officer to be arrested immediately and no bail,  but is appropriate for sure. The video is telling. I am actually surprised that it took this long to file these charges against the police officer in the Satterwhite case. That case has seemed a little strange from the get go. Seems like the lawsuit triggered something in this case but who knows.  Is NA doing a little covering of themselves? Just thinking…   I, too, think that Edgefield County should not have had to pay anything. It took place in Edgefield County but our officers were not involved. Crazy world we live in for sure. Just my opinion.
web posted April 9, 2015
RE:  Compromise of EMS Patient Data. 
EMS agencies should have a “Forms Control Officer” who is the liaison between the EMS agency and DHEC.  This officer has access to all Patient Care Forms and is responsible for transmitting the information to DHEC per state regulations.  Is this what the EMT is accused of?  Ultimately, it is the current director’s responsibility to know who has access to what information, and to allow or deny access to such information.  Surely the director was aware that this EMT had access to this sensitive information, if he was meeting all the requirements of his job description.  Was this access to information a part of the EMT’s job description?  If so, I do not see any issues.  Most of the EMS personnel that I know tell me that they all have access to their own documentation at home via the internet or via their personal smart phones anytime and anywhere.  The director most certainly would know this, and I would guess has, at times, accessed this information this way himself.  There is no way any confidential information could be “stolen” as the only people who would have access to it are employees who are granted access by the director.  Is someone trying to make a mountain out of a molehill?
web posted April 9, 2015
Re: house on Sweetwater
I can't believe people are still talking about this house.
web posted April 9, 2015
I'm so glad for the [Edgefield] Daily. If all I had was the paper to get news I wouldn't know about 3/4 of the stuff that goes on around here. It's like they're afraid to print crimes. It's all good news and gossip. Thanks for reporting the real news.

Editor's note: Thank you for reading.
web posted April 9, 2015
The EMS HIPAA violations are True!! Ask ANY current EMS employee, Training Officer & current EMS Director!

Editor's note: I have asked Administrator Lynn Strom who oversees all of those you mention. I posted her reply.
web posted April 9, 2015
Here we go again, another report on a pit bull attacking, this time it’s a person and not a dog. Can't the county make having a pit bull illegal? The dogs are dangerous and people get them and then let them roam free to attack at will. If one comes in my yard he won't be leaving alive. There's no reason to have a pit bull period!

Editor's note: I don't think the county can make ownership of a Pit Bull illegal. I suppose they could make you register them, but I do not see that happening. See the post below.
web posted April 9, 2015
Edgefield County should make anyone that owns a Pit Bull register them and pay a fee to cover the cost of the registration and include a picture of the dog so that if one attacks someone like the woman in Johnston they could look up the dogs registered in that area to locate the owner and charge them. The owner of that dog is not just going to come forward and say yeah, that's my dog charge me and make me pay the woman's doctor bill. I've been to the ER in Edgefield and it's expensive! Plus you don't know if the dog has gotten a rabies shot or not!

Editor's note: I doubt the county council would take up an ordinance like that, but you can contact your county council member and lobby for one.
web posted April 9, 2015
Editor's post: Cody Hammond and Cory Stone had an initial hearing on their bonds on Tuesday. Once the bonds have been set we will have an update in the Headlines.
web posted April 8, 2015
It is so troubling to read about the various crimes in the county. I understand but it is still troubling. One thing I wonder about- were the owners of the vehicles that Mr. Satterwhite reportedly collided with also reimbursed for damages? Just a mind wandering.  I am glad the issue between his family and those responsible for his death is settled. Sad that someone had to die over something so needless. Isn’t that the way things go sometimes?  Needless death and destruction because of wrong doing out of control.  I feel badly for all involved. 

What a great verse for the day today [Tuesday]. If only we could incorporate God’s Word more into our daily lives. Maybe there would be less needless and sad stories of crime and wrong doing.  God’s Word does not return to Him void.  Isaiah 55:11 is a great promise.
web posted April 8, 2015
So the family of Mr. Satterwhite settled for $1.1 million. How much of that do they get? And how much does the lawyer get?

Editor's note: According to the court papers, the law firm will collect 40% of the settlement plus another $5,000 in court costs.
web posted April 8, 2015
Why does the county or the sheriff's office have to pay anything in the lawsuit by the [Satterwhite] family? I know $2,500 is not much but I don't see why we have to pay ANYTHING just because some trigger happy cop from North Augusta shot him in our county!

Editor's note: I have no idea. I agree that we should have been removed from the lawsuit by the judge.
web posted April 8, 2015
Recently all EMS patient records were breached by an EMT that shouldn’t have had access to them.
The previous Director gave access to this person, even though they shouldn’t have had it.
The current Director and County Administrator wanted to act on this, but the County Attorney refused to allow this.
Not sure if he (County Attorney) is friends with the family or not.
If you went by ambulance in the past year, your personal information was stolen.
This individual accessed these records while off duty, on their personal device.

Editor's note: This is the response I got from Administrator Lynn Strom: "The allegation is untrue.  No one outside of EMS personnel and other healthcare providers authorized by law has been allowed access to the patient health records. Any employee who takes action to compromise patient records will be subject to disciplinary action."
web posted April 8, 2015
RE: Sheriff's Office
they wont help me I don't vote but I pay taxes I don't think that right. people putting trash on my land this has been going on for five years  they tell me they can not help me because I don't vote

Editor's note: Whether you vote or not has nothing to do with the Sheriff's Office responding to a call. I would go see Sheriff Dobey if you feel his deputies are not helping you.
web posted April 8, 2015
WANTED:
German Co-pilot  to fly air force One
web posted April 8, 2015
Why do you put "Edgefield Daily" under each report rather than "read more" or something like that?

Editor's note: Sometimes we place reports that come from other news sites and doing so allows readers to know the source of the story, ie: WRDW, WJBF, FoxNews, ect.
web posted April 8, 2015
I noticed the big house on Sweetwater Rd has a pool right behind the house overlooking the pond. That is going to be an awesome house when it's done. All that's missing is a hot tub on the back deck! Must be nice, like they say, you can't hide money!
web posted April 8, 2015
Re: Stone
The reason the other guy got a bond is his mama works for the sheriff's office.
web posted April 8, 2015
Editor's post: Worth repeating - Please keep Pastor Phillip Howle in your prayers as he left Monday for his mission trip to Asia. Keep his family in prayer as well as they "keep the home fires burning", as the old saying goes, until his return. Pastor Phillip has told me a number of times that it was the donations from readers of Edgefield Daily that made the trip possible. Thank you for helping out.
web posted April 7, 2015
There are other means of protection that would turn an aggressive animal around if confronted which are easily carried.  Pepper spray or a tazer will do the trick.  I have a tazer,  rechargeable,  that just the sound of would scare something back. Sporting goods stores like Gander Mountain sell them. I bought mine at an auction. The pon shop in McCormick has had them before. Shooting an animal to protect mine or myself is something I would do only as a last resort.
web posted April 7, 2015
Really neat thing to watch was the Drive, Chip and Putt program at Augusta National yesterday. There are some really good stories surrounding some of these young people. How positive to see something like this .  I am so glad it was televised so that we could record it and watch it.
web posted April 7, 2015
Re: Cory Stone
Why are they holding him on no bond? I thought everybody got a chance to bond out of jail. Cory has never been in trouble before and the guy that raped the other girl got a [$20K] bond. That's not right at all. What's going on with the 3rd guy? When are they bringing him here?

Editor's note: Cory Stone and Cody Hammond are awaiting a bond hearing in General Sessions Court. It was my understanding they were to have a hearing on Monday, but a check of online court records Monday night did not show a hearing for either one.

The third suspect, Ray Cleveland, is still being held in Saluda County. He's not going anywhere anytime soon so I guess there is no rush to bring him to Edgefield County.
web posted April 7, 2015
I guess if Pastor Howle left today [Monday] for his mission trip there won't be any columns while he's gone or did he write some ahead of time? I look forward to them every week and was curious.

Editor's note: He did not send any advance columns before leaving, although he did say that he would try to send updates from time to time. If he sends those they will be placed on his page.
web posted April 7, 2015
Should our local public schools be investigated for this corruption?

http://sonsoflibertymedia.com/2015/04/convicted-nearly-a-dozen-atlanta-teachers-falsified-grades-to-receive-bonuses/
web posted April 7, 2015
Resurrection Painting--A MUST SEE!!!
 
To have such a gift and insight as this painter would be a privilege.
 
The Resurrection is a 12' x 40' mural, oil on canvas. It is a depiction of the moment of Jesus emerging from the tomb. This mural was commissioned by the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas , Texas .
http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnplayer/cbnPlayer.swf?s=/vod/MW131v2_WS

Editor's note: Awesome. Thanks for sharing the video.
web posted April 7, 2015
When is there going be another update on the Rebel baseball team. They have played several games since the last update.

Editor's note: Baseball updates, as well as soccer or any sport other than football, are made when the coaches email the information on the games through the VNN service set up for them. Sometimes they do don't send enough information for an update. I have not received anything on baseball since March 27. I did not realize it has been that long until I checked. Of course I do not think there are any games until after the Easter Break.
web posted April 6, 2015
WELL!  WELL!  WELL!   Obviously Mr. Anderson is not so truthful!!!!  There were several people around when he spoke with a parent about their son being bullying.  The conversation was recorded, just in case, the parents decide to hire a lawyer.  In fact, the bullying is still on-going and still nothing is being done.  I wonder what would happen if Edgefield County School District and the school principle was SUED if they would get the story straight then.
web posted April 6, 2015
Re: 3 YO drowns in pool
What a sad story to read on Easter. It was something that could have been avoided if an adult was outside actually watching the kids. It was a tragedy that did not need to happen. I feel bad for the family and I know they are probably blaming themselves too.
web posted April 6, 2015
RE: Cory Stone
He's not the only one arrested for molesting the girl. Is she lying on all of them? If she is she's asking for a whole bunch of trouble.
web posted April 6, 2015
I don't know if telling people to carry a gun when they walk their dog to shoot any dog that might attack their dog is such a good idea. That could just be asking for trouble.

Editor's note: If you have a concealed weapon permit there is nothing wrong with carrying a gun. As far as shooting another dog, I would suggest talking to someone at the Sheriff's Office to understand the laws regarding protecting your pet.
web posted April 6, 2015
I doubt anything will come of this,how about you?
http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/12/judge-rules-obama-social-security-card-fraud-may-finally-get-answers/

Editor's note: This report is two years old, nothing will ever be done about anything Obama does. No matter how lawless it is.
web posted April 6, 2015
Wow. Guess What Percent of Muslim “Refugees” in America Are Living on Food Stamps?
http://conservativetribune.com/muslim-refugees-food-stamps/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=936184&utm_campaign=0
web posted April 6, 2015
Editor's post: I hope you all have a great Easter with family. It is a great time to accept Christ as your Savior.
web posted April 4, 2015
So thankful for Easter !  What Christ did on the cross for all of us is the greatest gift to mankind. May all who do not know the reality of the cross, come to find the forgiveness and love that God has made available through His son. Christianity is a relationship with God, not a religion. The other religions are trying to reach God. In Christianity, God reached out to mankind and gave us the ability to come into a relationship with Him. All we need to do is recognize our need for forgiveness and accept His Son as our personal  Savior . Sounds too easy, and maybe it is, but it is more profound than anything. It is life changing and eternity changing.
web posted April 4, 2015
STHS JV Soccer 11-0 over Bamberg
web posted April 4, 2015
Pit Bull attacks Lab
When are they going to stop writing people tickets for letting their Pit Bulls run loose and attack other animals and start putting them in jail? The woman walking the dog is lucky the pit bull didn't turn on her when she hit it. The same goes for the neighbor that came to help her. I read about people getting killed by pit bulls all the time! These are dangerous dogs and they should be illegal to own! Why doesn't the county pass a law that if you have a pit bull and it attacks any animal or person that the owner should be locked up!

Editor's note: Any law the county passes can only use fines as a remedy. All county laws are civil matters. Only the state can pass laws that can result in jail time.
web posted April 4, 2015
RE: Pit Bull Attack
I read the story about the Pit Bull attacking the Lab while the woman was walking it down the street. My advice is next time take a gun not a shovel and when the dog attacks SHOOT IT!

Editor's note: If you are going to carry a gun you have to have a permit to carry it in public.
web posted April 4, 2015
Re: Cory Stone
" THIS Boy HAS PASSED 3 LIE DETECTOR TEST  WHAT MORE To YOU PEOPLE  WANT."

Lie detector tests can't be used in court. If you believe what you're saying is true even if it’s a lie you can pass a lie detector test.
web posted April 4, 2015
RE: Cory Stone
Don't you know that when the deputies don't have anything to do they just get warrants and lock people up willy nilly?
web posted April 4, 2015
RE: "I can't believe how many people are hung up on Bettis Rainsford.  Who cares?'

Don't know Mr. Rainsford; never met him; have no bone to pick with him.  However, since the poster asks his question, thought I'd submit this experience of a former tenant of his.

For years we have done business with a certain firm which was located in downtown Augusta in the SunTrust Bldg.  Recently they moved, so we went to their new location across town.  When we commended on the move, the owner responded that he did not want to leave SunTrust, as the location was convenient for him, and his business was well established there. Furthermore, he didn't want the hassles of uprooting and relocating while still trying to service his clients, plus the added expenses of a moving company boxing up everything and shuffling them to a different location. But he said he was forced to move because of the landlord's [--who turned out to be Mr. Rainsford], mis-actions resulting in foreclosure of the building. He was not the happiest of campers!

So, in answer to the poster's question, "Who cares?": this one business owner--and who knows how many more in his shoes? sure cares!!
web posted April 4, 2015
Re: No evidence
I can understand friends of Cory Stone supporting him but you all forget there's 3 people that have been arrested. Is there no evidence on any of them? Is it all just some made up story by the young girl? Do you think the police would just take one girl's claim and run with it and run around arresting people without even looking into it or investigating her claims? And how do you know nobody had the other side's story? Re: "they don't even know what Stone's side is"..... I bet they have talked to him and the others. He may not have told them anything, but who's fault would it be if he didn't defend himself?

I don't know if any of them did anything. But I also don't know if all of them did something. That's why we have court and a jury and everybody is innocent until proven guilty. And around here sometimes even when they're proven guilty they still get off. Where there is that much smoke there has to be some fire. I heard 1 of them has already admitted to it.
web posted April 4, 2015
Remember what Jesus said: 'Goats on the left, sheep on the right' (Matthew 25:33).
 
Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat. They did and filled the boat with fish.
 
John 21:6 (NIV) ... He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish."
Origin of Left & Right...
I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right"  and Liberals are called the "left".
 
By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) - "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."
Thus sayeth the Lord.   Amen.
 
It surely can't get any simpler than that.
web posted April 4, 2015
Editor's post: I have to say how proud I am of my youngest daughter who has been my nutritionist and has made sure I have gained a lot of my weight back. I had lost a lot of weight before I even started treatments and now I hover just under/over 150 pounds. She keeps a daily log of what I eat and between her and my bride they try to keep me eating at least 3,000 calories a day. Some days it's close to 4,000. When people say "you look good", they deserve all the credit.
web posted April 3, 2015
Recently we've had a lot of problems with our computer, and were reluctant to drop it off to have it checked out by someone we didn't know.  What fantastic timing, then, that the editor 'just happened' to add a new 'Tech Professor' computer column on this website!!  We contacted the professor, Mr. Craig about our problems.  Today he came out to our house and spent over 2 hours checking out the computer, making adjustments, and giving suggestions & recommendations as to improving it more.

What a pleasant & productive visit!  Mr. Craig is very friendly, personable, polite, professional, knowledgeable, honest, and an excellent teacher, explaining everything so that we could understand it the 1st time, plus very reasonable.  If we should have problems again down the line, he is the one we will call---we highly recommend his services! 

Thank you, Mr. Blackwell, for adding his column....already we look forward to it each week.

Editor's note: I'm sure he's glad he was able to help.
web posted April 3, 2015
What some people (the mob mentality of some) do not understand things like the religious freedom law in IN is that it is important to protect the rights of all citizens of this country. To see the hatred and attacks by the gay community ( and now the likes of Al Sharpton) against people of religious conviction is amazing to me. The gay community wants their rights protected and they have fought for this. This law is not taking away anything from the gay community. They cannot be denied service or be discriminated against for their life choices. One would think that they, above all others, would understand the need for all peoples’ rights and protections. If seems like the bashing is no longer against the gay community. The bashing is against the community of faith in this country. How can one group that has fought hard against discrimination be so hateful to another group that is fighting to not be discriminated against. If anyone has not heard Tammy Bruce , a gay woman, who has a national talk show, speak out on this issue they should listen to her. She has fought hard for gay rights, has a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to the current activities (Chick Fil A, Indiana Law, Arkansas Law etc) and recognizes the bullying going on by the gay activist community. She is a woman to be respected and heard, in my opinion.  The core of this country knows what is going on. All one needed to see was the out pouring of support for Chick Fil A .   It was not anti gay, it was pro freedom of religion.  Big, big difference.
web posted April 3, 2015
RE: "I really do not understand why you or you-all or all-you-all derive such pleasure in seeing two more "pieces of the Empire" fall to foreclosure. The man has tried to develop some good things  in this rural community...."

Maybe because the empire builder was a PoS that screwed everyone so the empire could be built? Just sayin. Look deeply into the constant failures and look at what it cost all of us taxpayers.  Remember the people you step on to get to the top, cause you just might see'em again on your way down.
web posted April 3, 2015
To all the stupid people in this county that actually believe Bettis Rainsford ever did anything good for this county needs to wake up!!! All he ever did was find ways to get money from the government (our tax payer dollars) to support his hair brained ideas. All of which have failed. We paid for that you idiots!!! None of it came out of his pocket. His pockets were empty from the 1990’s. He has lived on the borrowing from Peter to pay Paul plan. You must all be Democrats. Truth is, I actually have known this man for twenty five years and he usually screwed a few people over on each and every endeavor. Anyone that really knows him, knows all of this. You other people must have moved here from somewhere else. Even most of his family can stand him. What does that say about a person? And most of them really DO have money and are good people.
web posted April 3, 2015
BY A 15-year-old SCHOOL KID who got an A+ for this entry (TOTALLY AWESOME)!
The Lord's Prayer Is not allowed in most US Public schools any more. A kid in Minnesota, wrote the following
    NEW School Prayer: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.  If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.  Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.. The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.  For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all.. In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the State..  We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks... They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable. We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King. It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..  We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles... But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd.  It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please take! Amen
web posted April 3, 2015
I can't believe how many people are hung up on Bettis Rainsford. Who cares?
web posted April 3, 2015
Did you ever hear back from Mr. Anderson?

Editor's note: Yes. It was more of a private email, but he said he has not been contacted by any parent about bullies.
web posted April 3, 2015
Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during police chase
ATLANTA –  An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.
Anthony Tremayne Stokes, 17, died Tuesday when the car he was driving hit a bank sign, a Roswell police officer wrote in an incident report. The officer noticed the black Honda Accord fit the description of a vehicle involved in a home invasion a short time earlier, the report says. The officer tried to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop, the report said.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/01/teen-who-got-heart-transplant-dies-in-crash-during-police-chase/?intcmp=latestnews
web posted April 3, 2015
Editor's post: I am really feeling the effects of my treatment on Monday on Wednesday. By 10 pm I knew there was no way I was going to complete all my work, including reading and pasting in comments. My mind is just not clear enough to sort through some. I'm going to bed.
web posted April 2, 2015
It's about time they start throwing the book at these burglars. 10 and 20 yrs is a pretty good start!
web posted April 2, 2015
They have nothing on him ( Cory Stone) all they have is what she said. That is no hard evidence. They still don't even have his side of the story yet. Innocent men are sitting in jail and prison because of people lying think if it was you. What if you had someone accusing you of something that you did not do. Then what would you do.!!!
web posted April 2, 2015
Re:17 year old charged

I think it needs to be made clear that this alleged "victim" is not a little girl, but a teenager just like the accused. And when you use the word "rape", you imply there was some type of force. There was no force, so no "rape". I guess the headline: Teens allegedly have a consensual  sexual encounter just doesn't  have the same shock value as the headline you chose. Please pray for both of these children (yes, the accused is still a child)

Editor's note: You are confusing the cases. This one is a little girl and the term "rape" is used in the official report.
web posted April 2, 2015
 I really do not understand why you or you-all or all-you-all derive such pleasure in seeing two more "pieces of the Empire" fall to foreclosure. The man has tried to develop some good things  in this rural community,and yes he has prospered along the way, but for you to be gleeful about someone else's troubles indicates to me that you for one have never ventured into the world to try anything. Least he had the fortitude to try and in todays economic and political climate I am amazed that many more people and business haven't gone under.
I hope that you and the rest of Edgefield do not falter along the way. Perhaps during this time of Resurrection we may all be lifted up and our troubles be left behind.

Editor's note: I'm sure it is just a temporary setback.
web posted April 2, 2015
The “empire” has had more forclosures than were listed in Wandering Minds today.  Just Google the “empire” and see all the failures it has had. Yet the “empire” keeps chugging along and even gets back into situations it ruined before.  It is amazing that this “empire” continues to yield so much power in this county. Some say the good old boy system is no longer in power in the county, yet there are still some (no longer the County Council, thank goodness) who think this “empire” hung the moon. Reminds me of Democrats that still think the Clintons hung the moon. Seriously??????  What is it about failure and dishonesty that some people do not get? Amazing to me! Maybe the admiration is more of a fear than a real admiration. Just my opinion.
web posted April 2, 2015
Check these out.  Some great pictures of history that we won't find in the history books anymore.
US Naval armada deployed for invasion of Japan, 1945
http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=52966
web posted April 2, 2015
Editor's post: Running very late and you know what that means. The Wandering Minds gets the least attention. Some comments have been placed, others have been held back. The Headlines and the Wandering Minds have been archived to make the pages load faster.
web posted April 1, 2015
I, too , thank you for posting the Bible verse in the headline section each day. Good reminders and what better way to start one’s day? As the world gets crazier and crazier, we need to know that God is in control and that His Word changes our lives. Thank you.

Seeing the outcry over Indiana’s attempts to protect religious freedom (do folks forget that that was the reason this country began as it did?) is just mind boggling. It is not an anti gay or racial issue. It is an attempt to protect the religious rights of all Americans. It is not just to protect Christians, but to protect all religions. All the protestors are out there making this something it is not. It is just a way to get another political agenda in the news and to bash anyone who is standing up for the Constitutional rights of Americans. People don't bother to understand what it really is doing to protect people’s religious rights. The lies about it are what will be remembered. It is just like the “hands up , don’t shoot” mantra . That never happened yet how many misinformed Americans think it did?
web posted April 1, 2015
In response to the person that commented this: So is the store closings ordered by the county if so why do they allow stores to ne open on Christmas. Christ birth is just as significant as His death & Resurrection.

What makes you think that the County Council would have this authority or that they would use it to close the businesses in Edgefield County?
You're a moron
web posted April 1, 2015
Two more pieces of the empire go into foreclosure.  According to the online Edgefield County court records, the Edgefield Fuel & Convenience, LLC is being foreclosed upon.  In addition, the Atlanta Postal Credit Union has filed a foreclosure action, presumably on the building housing the Post Office.  With the Edgefield Inn having been foreclosed upon last year and the loss of the Edgefield Grille, how much of the empire exists?
web posted April 1, 2015
When it comes to the Cory Stone case whatever happened to the things called EVIDENCE Like a SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT and a RAPE KIT  that should be the first thing  you gather  so one would think   HELLO!!!  These charges are to serious to be BASED ON JUST A GIRLS WORD DON'T YOU THINK SHE IS OUT TO RUIN His life no matter what  THIS Boy HAS PASSED 3 LIE DETECTOR TEST  WHAT MORE To YOU PEOPLE  WANT.

Editor's note: They must have something. A warrant like that is not just handed out like candy on Halloween.
web posted April 1, 2015
When Rev. Billy Graham and his then new wife Ruth were first married and starting out, Billy was often asked to come to speak at various churches. One night, as the offering plate came by them and just starting out, money being short, Billy reached in his wallet for one of the only 2 bills he had. Instead of picking out the $1.00 Bill, he picked out the $10.00. And dropped it in the plate. Worried, as they did not have much money, and not sure what they would do, he leaned over and quietly told Ruth of the financial mistake. Instead of being supportive, Ruth looked at Billy and said "Just think, God will only give you credit for giving $1.00, not $10.00, as that is all that you meant to give".
web posted April 1, 2015
My twin boys were only seven years old when their paternal grandmother announced she was getting remarried.  We were all thrilled for her, since she had seemed so lonely since Grandpa passed away a few years before.  We broke the news to our boys, who were sitting in the back of the car. "Grandma is getting married again," we said.

Jon had a look of thoughtfulness on his face for a while.  He finally asked, "Is she going to have more children?"

Before we had a chance to respond, his twin brother Mike shot back this answer: 
No !  She can't.  She already had them.  It's like chicken pox.  Once you get them, you can't get them again."
web posted April 1, 2015
Kayla’s big wedding day was only 8 days way! It was fast approaching and nothing could diminish her excitement, not even her parents’ nasty divorce at the time.

Kayla’s mother, Ashley, had found the PERFECT dress to wear, and she would be the best-dressed mother-of-the-bride in history.

Three days later… Kayla was horrified to learn that her father’s new “trophy” wife had bought the same dress as her mother, only in size 2.

Kayla then asked her dad’s new wife Kelsey to exchange her dress, and explained why. Kelsey refused. ”Absolutely not! I look like a million bucks in this dress, and I’m wearing it,” she said with a smile on her face . Kayla wondered whether Kelsey had found out what dress her mother Ashley planned to wear and deliberately gone out to buy the same dress out of sheer spite.

Kayla  told her mom, who graciously said, ”Don’t worry, sweetheart. I’ll get another dress. After all, it’s your special day.”

The next day, they went shopping, and found another gorgeous dress for Ashley.

When they stopped for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory,  Kayla asked her mother, ”Aren’t you going to return the other dress? You really don’t have another occasion where you could wear it.”

Her mom just smiled and replied, ”Of course I do, dear! . . . I’m wearing it to the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.”
web posted April 1, 2015
I like the new Bible verse for the day at the top of the Headlines. It's a great way to start your day.

Editor's note: I had been planning on doing that for a long time and just got around to it this weekend.
web posted March 31, 2015
If Cory stone was in Aiken Co in this same situation he would not be in jail right now. They would get actual evidence not just go on someones word. That just shows you how backwoods Edgefield really is. You need more than just someone's word especially when you don't have both sides of the story. His situation is not right and the law is unjust some real evidence needs to take place
web posted March 31, 2015
Re: Cory Stone. I'm here for you Cory. I believe in you.
web posted March 31, 2015
So is the store closings ordered by the county if so why do they allow stores to ne open on Christmas. Christ birth is just as significant as His death & Resurrection.

Editor's note: I think you are misunderstanding the closing of County Convenience Centers. These are the locations where citizens dump their trash, often called recycling centers, not the closing of any private business or convenience store.
web posted March 31, 2015
Congratulations to the Strom Thrumond, JV Soccer Team.  So far this team has only lost one game and beat Batesburg/Leesville 4-0 last Thursday.  The players and coaches are doing a GREAT job and we are very proud of you.
web posted March 31, 2015
What a wonderful testimony to God's love and mercies.  Thank you for sharing your story.  I knew you were struggling but did not know what the problem was.  I have never written in to Edgefielddaily, but read often.  May God continue to heal you, hear our prayers and bless you and your family.  

Maybe Edgefielddaily is your platform to share His word, and to accomplish His plan for you.

Editor's note: Thank you for your prayers. God is answering the prayers of many who are praying for me and our family. How could I not share the great news of His hand at work and showing He is in total control. It is an awesome thing to witness I had to testify! I am thankful God has given me such a platform to do just that.
web posted March 31, 2015
Mr. Cleveland is being held in Saluda on 2 counts of sexual misconduct with a child aged 11-14. For those who are unaware you can use the website South Carolina judicial case search and find out information on most all criminals across the state. It's very easy to use and quite informative.

Editor's note: You are correct. I use the one for Edgefield County often and have it bookmarked. I need to bookmark the one for Saluda and McCormick. But I'm not going to look them up at 11:30 pm for a comment.
web posted March 31, 2015
Of corse the 17 YO was released so quickly.  His mom is an employee of the ECSO.
web posted March 31, 2015
"The true measure of ones character is what one would do if no one else would never know".
web posted March 31, 2015
AFTER FLIGHT 77 HIT THE PENTAGON ON 9/11, THE FOLLOWING HAPPENED

A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11. A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers.

Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, "Well, here we are, on our own."
 
About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest
started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park nears the Potomac ... Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children. The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there." There wasn't a dry eye in the room.
The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensure our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
web posted March 31, 2015
4th Grader Gets Standing Ovation After Shaming School Board
http://conservativevideos.com/4th-grader-gets-standing-ovation-after-shaming-school-board-over-standardized-testing/
web posted March 31, 2015
RE: Cory Stone
To whom it may concern. how are you allowed to put his name (Cory Stone) and what he is being accused of for everyone to read. His situation is nothing but lie from the girl and people are judging him thinking he is a child molester. No one has even heard his side of the story they have no evidence on him all they have is what she is saying. He has not even been to court yet. he is an innocent man in jail. So when he gets off and gets his name cleared i want to see on here his picture and the truth about his situation.

Editor's note: When his case is resolved we will run a story on the findings, guilty, not guilty, charges dropped, ect..
web posted March 30, 2015
If Ray Cleveland has been charged along with Hammond and Stone why is he in Saluda and not here?

Editor's note: He was arrested in Saluda and has not been brought to Edgefield County to be served with the outstanding warrants. As I understand he is facing charges in Saluda County as well. I do not know what they are at this time. I checked with the jail Sunday night and he has not been transferred to Edgefield County yet.
web posted March 30, 2015
What is going on around here all of a sudden? a 17 YO raping a little girl, grown men molesting young teenage girl. I've read all the comments on all the sex offenders we have in the county but this is getting ridiculous!
web posted March 30, 2015
Another day another child molester arrested. Why don't you just come out and say how old the victims are instead of 11 to 14 and so on? It doesn't make sense. It's not like you are saying who it is.

Editor's note: Sometimes giving the exact age, coupled with the information in the story, could possibly lead to some people being able to figure out who a victim may be.
web posted March 30, 2015
Rape a young teenage girl, get thrown in jail and kept there. Rape a real LITTLE girl and get out the same day on a "personal recognizance" bond? That means you don't pay ANYTHING to get out, right? Something stinks! Why not let the others out on no money bonds?
web posted March 30, 2015
Re:  Child Molester
Be very careful, people, before you judge.   There is always "the rest of the story" that we have not been told. 
For starters,  I'd like to ask how many of you have ever taken a girl's word for her age, or do you ask for proof of age before dating her such as a driver's license or birth certificate?  How many of you are familiar wi