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Editor's post: Saturday started out as such a great day. "Date day". We enjoyed our date and enjoyed some of the afternoon. The things just did not go well as the night grew long. We did enjoy laying in bed watching a couple hours of comedy on TV before calling it a night at 1 am. Not that it mattered, I was back up at 2:24 - 4 am, from 5 - 5:30- am, 7:30 - 8:30 am and then slept until 11:20 am. Pain was just part of the problem. Our oldest 4-legged son was driving us both nuts. My bride was up when I was asleep letting him in if I had let him out when I was up and vice-versa. Got to sleep tonight, we celebrate my beautiful bride's birthday on Monday - 11 am. Her actual birthday is not until Thursday, so mark your calendars to send her an Happy Birthday greeting. She'll be 39 again. And she can still get away with it while I look like an old coot. On the brighter side, I got me a younger woman!    

web posted September 1, 2014

Re edtor's post: I cannot bring myself to watch another SEC game this weekend.

So, did you actually turn off the tv and didn't watch a single game all weekend? I bet not!

Editor's note: You would lose. I did not even watch TV this weekend, other than late Saturday night with my bride for a couple of hours before turning out the lights and going to bed.
web posted September 1, 2014
Anyone surprised that the Democrats are going to use Ferguson to get out the black vote .  New motto - "Michael Brown can't vote, but you can!". The Conservatives better have an answer!
Don't have all the info on what really happened but it won't matter. Either way it will be politicized into more than it should be!

Editor's note: The Democrats are more than happy to raise money by dancing on the grave of anyone while claiming the Republicans are the callous ones. There is no low the Dems won't reach in election times.
web posted September 1, 2014

We stopped by the [Sweetwater] community center this weekend and walked around and went inside. I couldn't believe how big it is and even bigger on the inside! It's all one big room now with a nice deck on the back! My husband grew up here and he said he didn't know it was 2-stories on the back.

I don't know if we were allowed to go in it but it's just wide open so we walked around and took a little tour. Thank you Mrs. Blackwell [County Council Vice-chair] for making this happen!

Editor's note: I stop by taking pictures every workday and have not noticed any no trespassing signs. However, it is under construction and can be hazardous with an open torn-out stairwell and no railing on the decking. Both could make a fall possible that could result in injury. I would limit myself to looking in from the doorways and not enter the building itself, just to be safe.

The building is much larger than it looks from the outside and will be rated to hold 100 people for seated dining, party, or function. All interior walls were removed to make it one large open space to make it seem even larger.
web posted September 1, 2014

On this opening Saturday, I would like to send out my congrats to the 8 former STHS football players that played on this opening college football Saturday.  I'm very proud of these young men.
web posted September 1, 2014
Looks like them kitty cats didn't do much better then your chickens!!  WOOF WOOF!
web posted September 1, 2014
The Platters - 1955 Song

Little did the Platters know in 1955 that this song would be so popular and
appropriate in 2014, 59 years later.

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web posted September 1, 2014
For you out-of-towners  ABC and the Washington Post are, virtually, one and the same
Now we know part of the reasons that ABC will not say anything negative against Obama.
Did you know these connections?
ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
CBS President David Rhodes is  the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications. (Ben Rhodes changed Benghazi talking points)
ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (Jay Carney no longer Press Secretary)
ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.
ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s  Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood. (do no think he works for ABC any more)

CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.
And now you know why it is no surprise the media is in Obama's pocket.  ARE YOU SURPRISED? JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!
web posted September 1, 2014
Jakar Hamilton suspended 4 games
Let this be a lesson to all up rising players !

Editor's note: Hamilton is a great guy and always cordial to his fans. I have met him a number of times and hope this blunder will not keep him off the team. You do have to take responsibility, you do not take an illegal substance by "mistake", so I don't buy the "mistake" characterization.
web posted September 1, 2014
Re:  Really makes you feel proud of this administration

Secretary Hagel did attend General Greene's funeral.  See the article in Stars and Stripes.

web posted September 1, 2014
Editor's post: While in deep sadness over the loss of a historic home winning streak record, at the hands a quarterback that did not deserve to play past the first quarter, I cannot bring myself to watch another SEC game this weekend.

web posted August 30, 2014
The point was missed about the situation in Utah. In Ferguson, all the after effects happened and no one really knows the truth. That young police officer has been demonized by the media, the Black Panthers, , the NAACP,Al Sharpton and crew etc. We don't know the full story about the Utah incident,  but we do know know that the cop involved has not been demonized by any angry groups, there have not been riots, there has not been looting, and it definitely has not been in the headlines.  The point is the obvious agenda in Ferguson. Educated, wise people see what is going on, Wake up and smell the roses!

Oh, and has anyone seen a current picture of Mr. Brown? I have, and although you can't judge a book by its cover, a picture is worth a thousand words!
web posted August 30, 2014

For a team that was going to win the SEC your chickens looked like chicken poop. I'm a Clemson fan, but I actually feel bad for ya a little bit. I'll get over it when we beat the snot out of Georgia.
web posted August 30, 2014
What was going on all over Johnston tonight [Friday]? There were cops flying around everywhere.

Editor's note: Just check the Headlines. It is all there.
web posted August 30, 2014
There is a business in edgefield that has been making 17 year old girls serve beer and wine on Thursday night.  Older guys are up there getting drunk and touching these girls very inappropriately.  Then comes the worst of all when they complain to there boss about the issues he will not do any thing to defend these girls that he always says are like daughters to him.

Editor's note: I believe I know the place you speak of, and it is a family business. The young ladies work there, they are not "made" to work there. I do not know if the servers are making complaints. Personally, if I saw a man touch a young lady in a way he should not, I would stand up to him right there. Since the manager has been made aware of the situation I'm sure he is addressing it and I will follow up to be sure.
web posted August 30, 2014

‘Fess up!

One (or more – likely more given the final score) of you Gamecock “fans” is responsible for the disgusting loss to Texas A&M in the first game of the 2014 season.

 Somebody out there cursed our team leaving a home win streak, opening game streak and our dignity in the crapper, and we need to know who it is!

Read more of this post
web posted August 30, 2014

Barack Obama has just been named in a RICO lawsuit that alleges his involvement in "criminal activity."
We've got the latest on this newest twist in his scandal-plagued presidency.
web posted August 30, 2014

Be careful, Tim Crane is one of those nutty Clemson fans. They lose again to carolina, you'll be putting in a headline of "Crazy Clemson fan breaks in to my house and Burns my favorite shirt!!!" Roll Tide
web posted August 29, 2014
Re: Where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson - Dillon Taylor shooting

Dillon Taylor was no choir boy as you make him out to be.  Your post is no different than the liberal media releases on the Michael Brown shooting.  You did not give all the information, especially the last paragraph in the Salt Lake Tribune article.  Don't be like them.  If you are going to provide info, provide it all and accurately.

web posted August 29, 2014
As a Master Electrician and familiar with code books,in the first few pages Of everyone that I have ever read it states all local codes supersedes the National code.......also the code sets a min.standard ,not a max .standard.
web posted August 29, 2014

Have you heard when the new General Store is supposed to open? I hope it does well. I am thrilled when a new business opens up in Edgefield. Lord knows we don’t need another antique store or pottery business.

Editor's note: No, I stopped by today but no one was there that could answer questions.
web posted August 29, 2014
Really enjoyed in Metro Spirit,keep up the work.

Editor's note: I wish the article never ran. If I had to write an article to explain how many things they got "not right" - that should tell you allyou need to know.
web posted August 29, 2014
What happened at the ECH Board of Trustee’s Meeting last Monday?  A staff ,member noticed the Board Chair arrived late wearing shorts and flip flops (that’s impressive); his attire apparently reflects the respect he lacks for the Title he holds.  Get rid of him!  Dr. Hair is so clueless that he is not able to comprehend the multiple problems facing ECH much less develop a problem solving strategy…Get Rid of Him! Chris Yonce lives in Saluda County , and his mother works full time at the hospital. Get rid of him.  Staff believed  a raise for the hospital employees was going to be discussed (even if it was only a cost of living allowance).It wasn’t!  The morale is the lowest ever and employees are starting to believe the only way to earn better salary is to leave and be rehired but it’s obvious one requirement is to live in Lexington and/or be prior friends of the CFO.  Maybe if the CEO, CFO, HR gave up some of their high paying salaries; the lower rank and file (who do all the work) could receive a much overdue pay increase.  The CEO and HR have been saying for months they were comparing Hospital salaries to other CCAH’s; but, talk is cheap We hope they do a better job comparing staff salaries than they did trying to extort Physicians based on non-comparable comparisons.  It’s time for a new CEO. He’s done nothing but hoodwink The Good Old Boys on the Board that he is doing great. But he has brought it down in reputation, quality of atmosphere for Physicians, Patients, Visitors and Staff.
web posted August 29, 2014
Preacher stuns with 'Michael Brown is Jesus' rant
The Sunday sermon began predictably enough, but then the preacher decided to tackle "white privilege" and the police-shooting death of Michael Brown. That's when all hell broke loose.And we've got the audio …

Editor's note: Just when you think Democrats can't get any lower, there they go again. Not sure where the passage of Jesus robbing a store by force is found in the Bible.
web posted August 29, 2014
Editor's post: It is that time of year - SEC Football and the South Carolina Gamecocks take the field tonight against Texas A&M. USC is favored by 10.5 points in spite of having a lot of unknowns on the field. As I do every year I have worn my Carolina shirts every day of the week of the first game. Tuesday got a bump as I was unable to leave home so I wore my USC pajama pants all day as well.

But most important is my game day shirt. It was given to me by my good friend and Edgefield Daily Sports Editor Tim Crane - a die hard Clemson fan. Since he gave me the shirt, USC has always beaten Clemson and has gone 11-2 for the year - every year.

I will wear it proudly today. Thank you Tim, for the best good luck charm I ever received. A USC shirt from a die-hard Clemson fan.  - UPDATE - A lot of good all that did!
web posted August 28, 2014
Obama didn't play a round of golf after the beheading of James Foley, he played 9 rounds of golf. That's not just an insult to the Foley family but the whole US and the World. Obama: "[Darn] idiot killed some reporter and I have to go say something. Keep my beer in the golf cart cold, I'll be there in about 5 mins." What a President!
web posted August 28, 2014
Is the H.L. Hunley exhibit traveling around the country or just SC? I think it is an interesting thing but wonder what the cost was to replicate the original one. Was it paid for by tax payers? Just seems kind if odd to have a replica traveling around ( more cost) when people can go see the original. Charleston is not that far from any part of SC!  I know it is historical, but I sure hope I didn't pay for this! I would rather pay for copies of the Constitution to be handed out and explained. Seems like that would be a lot more valuable these days!

Editor's note: I have no idea where else the tour goes beyond our area. I believe it was built by donations and the tour is sponsored. There is another mock-up outside the Charleston Museum, but you can not enter or do what the soldiers (or sailors as the case may be) did during that historic night.
web posted August 28, 2014  
RE: "does anyone know if Pettigrew announced whether or not he was going to run against that thug Carroll Waites on the School Baord?
It was circulating that Pettigrew was going to run for Carroll's seat. Carroll said if someone ran against him, he wouldn't run.  That's a shame if no one announced.  Carroll needs to go, he's just so sleezy and can not be trusted. He's such a lady's man.
web posted August 28, 2014

When I first read about the [Sweetwater] Community Center being renovated I thought it was great that something was being done to improve Merriwether for a change. Everything is always for the towns or Bettis Park. It was nice to see the county do something for us for a change and I thank Mrs. Blackwell [County Council vice-chair] for making that happen! But as I ride by on my way to work every day I see how fast things are happening I am actually becoming very excited about this. I can't wait to see it when it is done!!
web posted August 28, 2014

Where are Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton ? ? ?
I heard about this, but it was not on any of the major news outlets. It was only carried on local Utah TV stations!
Our nation has really become Morally bankrupt. Where is the justice and rule of law for all the local merchants whose homes and businesses were free targets because the Ferguson, MO local police were intimidated by a small number of racist blacks into not enforcing the law so as to “minimize” the damage. Well it have taken over 2 weeks for this “strategy” to start to work. In the meanwhile, an entire communities’ inner city infrastructure has been decimated. How many years do you think it will take for a lower middle class town to rebuild?  
Ever heard of a kid named Dillon Taylor?
He was a white unarmed kid, 20 years old, who was killed by a black policeman on August 11, in Salt Lake city , Utah
This happened two days after Michael Brown was killed.
Dillon Taylor was a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was leaving a 7-11 convenience store. Officers were in the area because there was a report of a man with a gun. Taylor had headphones on and did not hear the police when they asked him to lay down on the ground.
Taylor, unfortunately, reached into his pocket, for a cell phone, and that was the last thing he ever did. He had no gun. He did not rob any stores. He did not assault a police officer.
He was killed by a black policeman. Have you heard about the protests and looting. No! Because they didn't happen  Have you heard about this from the media, No! Because they are morally bankrupt.

Editor's note: That does not fit the Democrat.. um, media narrative. Just as the dozens killed or shot every weekend in Chicago, Detroit, or Washington DC. This is an election year you understand, and media is there to tell people how
Republicans are stupid, racist, homophobic, bigoted, mean, nasty, hate the poor and women. Of course, all the while providing "fair coverage". They can't help the Republicans are neanderthals. 
web posted August 28, 2014
How can the house up on blocks on Simkins St not be dangerous? That’s a temporary support system to move a house or build a new foundation. That's not done as a way to preserve a building. I think the building inspector might want to dig a littler deeper in his rule book because I don't think you can keep a building like that for at least 8 or 10 years. The blocking is not a permanent foundation and do not meet code as a foundation support of a building or house. I bought a house in Saluda and had it moved and the move took about 2 months longer than expected, They were wanting to fine me for keeping the house on blocking for so long. I thought the building codes were the same everywhere.

Editor's note: The State and National Code are uniform, however; a town, city, or county can impose stricter codes of their own. I'm not saying that is the case here, just pointing out that codes can vary.
web posted August 28, 2014
That old hotel should have been torn down years ago. They never did anything after it caught fire and it just rotted out from there. I was a kid when that happened. I know it's considered historic, but the historic hotel burned a long long time ago. What's wrong with replacing it again with something new, just like that building was new when it was built to replace the original? Edgefield needs to get out of the 1800's and get with today! web posted August 28, 2014
The Obama bank shakedown
The $16.65 billion settlement by Bank of America over financial-crisis-era mortgage securities "highlights a pattern of the government extorting the banks," Dick Kovacevich said on CNBC this week. Kovacevich is the former Wells Fargo chairman and CEO. I've known him for years. He ran a great bank. He kept Wells Fargo clean during the credit meltdown. And unusual for a big-bank CEO, he strongly supports free-market principles.
web posted August 28, 2014
Wake up people. If this happens, it will be the end of this country as we know it. Contact your congressmen and complain about their do nothing policies. Tell them DO  NOT LET THIS happen.

web posted August 28, 2014
Editor's post: Today (Tuesday) was a pajama day. I would spend time working, then in bed, rotating that throughout the day and into the night. It is hard to type when your hands don't wont to do what you want them to do. Sometimes having to type with one finger to make sure the right keys are being touched. Here's hoping today is a better day.

UPDATE: I don't know how or where, but August 25, 26, and 27 somehow melded into just two days, the 25th and 26th.

web posted August 27, 2014
Re: From your story August 26, 2014:
"As portions of the building continue to crumble, the falling glass is the least of the worries from the Building Office. With so little interior structure holding the building together there is little to prevent an entire wall or sections of the building to give way. If that were to happen on Penn Street as drivers line up to enter from the yield sign, just a portion of a wall falling would cause great injury if not death to anyone unfortunate enough to be below."

What is the Town of Edgefield waiting on to do something,  lives could be lost this way.   It's time to wake up.
web posted August 27, 2014

I "wander" if the house on blocks behind the Discovery Center owned by "Mr. Harvard" is on the list of properties like the Inn?  Its only been on blocks for what 5 or 6 years? I wonder how many mosquitos have been bred under there in that hole? Is it going to take a little kid playing under there and getting hurt before anybody does anything about it? 

Come on Edgefield - it's time to do something about that place.

Editor's note: That building is not among those 10 being listed as dangerous. It very well may be an eyesore, but the way it is supported, it is safe. The town could push the owner to either move the building or complete the project on site. They should have an ordinance that limits how long a structure can be left on jacks and supports, in my opinion.
web posted August 27, 2014

They'll never do anything about the old hotel. [Edgefield Mayor] Ken [Durham] and Bettis will just make it all go away again. I'm glad the county at least tried but it's useless.

Editor's note: I disagree. The county has never formally, under the law, deemed the building "dangerous". The owners basically have tow choices, fix it up, or tear it down. I suppose they can refuse, leaving the town having to push the matter and had the building demolished and then file to recover the money from the owners. That could take years.
web posted August 27, 2014
Not only an eyesore, now The Plantation House is "dangerous". When you see the damage caused to historic buildings (actually restored ones) in Napa, you wonder how this building survived not collapsing with our earthquake last winter. I wonder what would happen to the square in general if we were to have another earthquake. You know, once you have one you can sure have another one. Hmmmm.  Hopefully all the "dangerous" buildings will be dealt with in a timely manner. Think of all the asbestos etc lurking in those places. A lot of history there but maybe we just need to start over. If not, actually do good renovation of a lot of the buildings. People actually work and spend time in those old buildings in Edgefield. Are they healthy places to work or spend time in????
web posted August 27, 2014

In regards to the complainer of eye sore property, there have been other complaints made years ago (10).  The mayor was told of this and his reply was "you can't make them clean it up".  I asked why they had such an ordinance if they would not honor it  He had no answer.  I suppose people don't have the money to handle such, so I say let the prisoners clean it up and make the owners pay them or the town.  I noticed prisoners cleaning up the roads the other week.  That's great.  They need something to do  besides sit in a cell all day.
web posted August 27, 2014
I have been trying to keep up with the problems you're having but get confused sometimes. Is it you arms or legs that are giving you so much pain? I'm sorry if you have already answered this or maybe it is too personal and you don't want to. I will understand, but I think I'm not the only one confused.

Editor's note: I have been very open about the situation we are going through. I say "we" because it is just as hard on my bride as it is on me.

The easy answer is all of the above. The pain is in my feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, every muscle on the outer edges of my back, my shoulders across the back and into the arms, forearms, wrists and hands. Different areas hurt more than others at any given times. Sometimes it may be joints, other times muscles and sometimes a combination of several.

Thank you for your concern.
web posted August 27, 2014
I bet Obama is funding ISIS. He's a muslim and the only muslims he likes are the terrorist muslims.
web posted August 26, 2014
Hey, does anyone know if Pettigrew announced whether or not he was going to run against that thug Carroll Waites on the School Baord?

Editor's note: That would be news to me. Since he last made a run against Sen. Shane Massey until the election debacle of 2012 saw him disqualified with hundreds of others on a technicality. I don't see him running for school board when his next chance for the Senate seat is in 2016. He has not said he i seeking any seat in any of our most recent conversations, including lunch recently.
web posted August 26, 2014


U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, including a caisson,  two escort platoons, casket team, firing party, colors team, and a caparisoned  horse.
The U.S. Army band, “Pershing’s Own,” played softly as the funeral  procession made its way down the long hill past the rows of simple white  gravestones to bring General Greene to his final resting place.

The graveside service began with a few words, followed by a  13-gun salute. The major general’s widow, Dr. Susan Myers, was seated in  the front row. To her right was their son 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, his daughter  Amelia Greene, followed by Major General Greene’s father, also Harold Greene.

After three rifle volleys and the playing of “Taps,” the  American flag, once placed on the major general’s casket, was carefully folded as  the band played “America the Beautiful.” U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno presented the flag to his widow, and additional flags to his  children and father.

General Greene, 55, became the highest-ranking fatality in the war in Afghanistan after an Afghan military police officer opened fire on Aug. 5th, 2014.

Some people were missing:  No President; No Vice  President; No Secretary of State; No Secretary of Defense. 

It WAS confirmed, however, that President Obama was playing golf at the time of the funeral.

Editor's note: Everybody deserves a vacation. Besides, Obama's staff was attending the funeral of the "gentle giant" that attacked a cop and was shot dead in Ferguson, MO. Priorities are priorities don't cha know?
web posted August 26, 2014
I am confused...Two White House aides will be at Michael Brown's service today. Yet, no White House aides were at Jim Foley's service,  General Greene's service, two former aides at Margaret Thatcher's service etc. Mr. Brown's parents call for peace yet they marched with Al Sharpton (such a peaceful guy) in New York City this weekend. Hmmmm  Does it seem a little lopsided to anyone else? Doesn't the White House actions tell us something about where they stand on things and even maybe some pre judgement in a case that is just in the beginnings of being investigated. So confusing (not really if you understand what is really going on but just sayin....)

All this effort in MO and yet we are all at risk from ISIS. It won't matter what color or political view we have when we get attacked by them. I sure feel safer that we have a criminal investigation started to go after the monster that beheaded Jim Foley. We need to go after the whole group, folks, not just this one person. Personally I wish we had the resources Great Britain seems to have to deal with this stuff. We sure seem to get more info from them than our own intel.

Open borders, absent President, lopsided affiliations, etc...boy, I feel so much safer with this administration. Ha!
web posted August 26, 2014

How long is the burnt up home on Roland Ave in Johnston going be left as an eyesore and hazardous area? The famous Johnston Town council took one year to find the owner of this piece of Section 8 crap and still can not get the Slum Lord to clean up the mess. Is there one of you on the council who has a brain? Have any of you Einsteins ever heard of the Edgefield County Courthouse where all properties are filed? Let me solve this problem for you. Give the Slum Lord 30 days notice to begin clean up and if he doesn't begin..fine him daily. Think of all the potential income you will get. Bet the slum lord is a friend of someone on the Town Council. If this is so hard for you Council clowns to solve..Johnston is in big trouble. Ohhh...if the town of Johnston wants extra revenue, how about setting up speed traps and catch all those fast driving obama Pajama Mamas speeding to nowhere. But that is a job for the Acting Chief of Police, who is or isn't qualified for the job, but his good buddy the Mayor who has no job, appointed Acting Chief Robinson into a job which the Town Council has yet to fill. Makes perfect sense in an upside down world where obama supporters are in charge. And how long is Edisto Street going to be the location for all the worthless babies daddies who hang out there smoking weed and crack. On any given day beginning at about 1 pm..all the worthless babies daddies begin their migration to Edisto Street which they call "The Brother's Hood'. Now tell me again..what exactly does the new Johnston Mayor do and what is his long term vision for the town?
web posted August 26, 2014

During a long day of looking around the new Bass Pro shop, my friend and I stopped in at 'Hooters' for some Hot Wings. After being there for a while, the friend asked me which waitress I would like to be stuck in an elevator with. I told him "the one who knows how to fix elevators."
I'm old, tired, and pee a lot.
web posted August 26, 2014

Editor's post: I have never been to a place claiming to be a restaurant that presented what was supposed to be "food" to the table that looked worse than it was about to taste. The Blue Sky Café on Broad Street in Augusta is one place I will never return to, ever. Not only could we not eat the "food", the tab was almost $25. I would have argued about the bill, however; if I were to sit there one minute longer I was going to throw up. My bride and I both came home feeling sick all afternoon, and I had only two bites of the "food" on my plate and she didn't have much more than that on hers. Save yourself a bad experience, do not go there. There is no way to put into words how bad it was. Just thinking about it makes me want to puke.

If I added what my bride told me about the women's bathroom, which she refused to use, it would make you want to throw up. 
web posted August 25, 2014
That is a good looking high school football team up there in Johnston, South Carolina.
Congratulations to Coach Hillary. That offense looks real familiar, like the OC might be a Spurrier disciple....
This is a well coached team. They could've blown out Aiken on the scoreboard. Very good looking team. The Senator [Strom Thurmond] would be proud. He really would.
web posted August 25, 2014

I am glad the [Edgefield County] Council and Edgefield [Daily] Editor/representative will attend Monday’s ECH’s Board Meeting because I think the County taxpayers should understand the justification for ECH hiring a Controller, they already have a CFO and Business Manager.  Also, two full time Billing and collection positions are being hired.  ECH has only 25 beds and most of those beds appear to be empty.  No raises have been given to long term staff. The CEO, CFO and HR appear to rotate weekly days off so there must not be too much work for them to do and Lord knows how much they are paid.  ECH appears to have more Bosses than staff or patients.
web posted August 25, 2014

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

Are you trying to tell us what we can say from now on? A new rule or something? I thought anything goes!

Editor's note: Not at all. Readers are free to talk about any topic they so choose. I just do not want people passing off jokes or "chain letters" as original thoughts.
web posted August 25, 2014
I sure hope the refs at our next game are better than the ones in Aiken. It got so obvious they were playing on the Aiken bench not calling a game. How can you report crooked refs?

Editor's note: That would be a question for Sports Editor Tim Crane. I will pass along the question.
web posted August 25, 2014
Don't know if this is true or not. But does the mayor Johnston not have a driver's license?
Just a Wondering Mind

Editor's note: I know he has a car and that he drives. I have no way to check DMV records to see if someone has a valid drivers license.
web posted August 25, 2014

OK, we have been warned about the danger of ISIS coming after the USA. Now, we have been watching our open border in the past few months. Chuck Hagel and others are warning of the danger (note it is not Obama or Holder making these dire warnings) but none the less, we have "leaders" warning every American to beware. So, why do we not have a solid line of National Guard on the border, wall, not a just a fence,  tunnels closed (they are sure doing that in Israel), people immediately detained and sent back, schools reporting undocumented students and families sent home, unaccompanied children sent home, etc etc? Holder has the nerve to say we are a country of "cowards"? Who are the "cowards" in this issue?

We better wake up and not wait for another 9/11 or worse. People are so into their own little worlds and their own little lives. It may take something like a 9/11 to wake this country up again. I sure pray not.  Hmmmm  Trouble is, we are not the same country we were, we don't have a strong leader, and we are so weak around the world at this point that I wonder if we would be capable of doing anything. After all we have a President who appears in the Rose Garden with the parents of an assumed deserter who was traded for terrorists that are put back into the population and whose father speaks Arabic during the Rose Garden get together. Yet we have a wonderful young man beheaded by monsters and our President stops his golf game to make a comment and then go back to golfing. Seriously?  We have an Attorney General who goes to Ferguson but doesn't go to the border. Seriously? We better wake up!

Fascinating book to read is The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.
web posted August 25, 2014
With the type of leadership we have in the White House and in the controlling faction of Congress, these type situations are going to continue. This is a "Loud and Clear" truthful message. Why is there no convincing evidence that the officer was attacked and only trying to defend himself from being killed? You can bet that the doctors in the hospital that treated the officer's damaged eye socket and other results of the attack might know! The daily stealing by blacks in the stores in that area are mafia-like payment for not having the stores destroyed. Maybe Brown was just collecting his daily payment with the cigars, huh? Would you want to confront that thug without a weapon to defend yourself? Not me brother!

Listen to this and hear how much trouble this country and our society are in . . . . .

web posted August 25, 2014

You know – by God, I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against.  By God, I do.  We’re not just going to tackle the [removed] – we’re going to knock their helmets off – and use them as toilets.

Read the rest... The WatchLog

Editor's note: Be advised cursing is laced throughout this post.
web posted August 25, 2014
Editor's post: I enjoy a good joke as well as anyone. But today's comments seemed to be loaded with them. I do not mind allowing them in if I find them humorous or fitting to today's news. But I prefer to have readers expressing their own thoughts on the news of the day and debating issues that are directly affecting our county, state and nation - in that order.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always Temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent Form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority Always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally Collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning The last Presidential election: 
Number of States won by:          Obama: 19     Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by:  Obama: 580,000   Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million  Romney: 143 million
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low Income tenements and living off various forms of government Welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population Already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase...
If the President and/ or Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million unlawful invaders called "illegals" - and they vote - then we can say Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
web posted August 23, 2014

I'm sure we all have our favorite Robin Williams moments, but here's one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number 8- Life is sexually transmitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

...and as someone recently said to me:  Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.
web posted August 22, 2014
Outrage Over Obama Sing Along Facebook - YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editor's note: Perfectly logical explanation.
web posted August 21, 2014

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

~ People grumble about Noah letting coyotes on the ark.

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

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

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

~ Prayers regarding the weather are standard practice.

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

~ The pastor wears boots.

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

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

~ Baptism is referred to as "branding."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the joke is on us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Probably at work."

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently, I'm not having sex tonight either…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black [Pastor] Goes on EPIC Rant Against Ferguson Rioters


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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