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Editor's post: I hope everyone has a great weekend. If you get the chance, go meet Carlos Milanes at the Meet and Greet at the Hospital from 3 to 5 pm.

web posted May 30, 2015
Ben Anderson's number certainly should be retired along with Ira Hillary. Also 2 numbers that certainly should be considered if numbers are going to be retired are Monk Coleman Sr. and Jackie Jackson.
web posted May 30, 2015
So glad to see positive things happening at the hospital!!!! The change was a good thing. The hope is to see this situation just continue to get stronger and better!  It will benefit all of us.

Editor's note: There's more coming. I'm not sure but I think the next good news will come out at the County Council meeting on Tuesday.
web posted May 30, 2015
We're going to try to go see the new [Hospital] CEO at the meet and greet Saturday. I hope he does stay on permanently. I read the story on him and he sounds like just what we needed.
web posted May 30, 2015
Now that they've indicted [Justin] Craven when will his trial be? I think he's getting off light either way. He'll probably never serve a day in prison even if they find him guilty! Just my opinion on the whole thing.

Editor's note: I have no idea when his trial will come up. The Solicitor's usually try the older cases first, so there are a lot in front of him.
web posted May 30, 2015
I read where the 4YO and the other child wasn't wearing seatbelts in the bus crash. I think all school buses should have them, not just the ones with handicap kids.
web posted May 30, 2015
Re: car break-ins
People should have learned by now you have to lock your car doors.
web posted May 30, 2015
Editor's post: I was told the only jersey that's been retired is that of Ira Hillary.
web posted May 29, 2015
I already knew that Cory stone was innocent. I tried to tell everyone that he did not do it. He had to deal with people thinking that it was all true about him and thinking he is a bad person when he is not. They could not even try to go after him because they had NO EVIDENCE they did not even get his side of the story.  So next time the law needs to have actual evidence on someone, both sides to the story,and question others about the situation before they try to ruin someone else's life. Cory had a lot of prayers going up and people to keep him lifted up all the time.

Editor's note: Seemed like a nice guy every time I talked to him. But anyone can sound nice over the phone.
web posted May 29, 2015
I am most grateful for the new CEO, Mr. Manles (sp)  who is not only smart, but well experienced in the field of healthcare.   He seems to be going in the right direction in getting special doctors to cover special cases at our hospital.  We all need to support him as he tries to build not only on our health care but the community as well.  Welcome Mr. Manles, we are behind you 100%.
web posted May 29, 2015
I've long said that Craven should have been charged with murder. There was no reason for him to shoot the old man and shot him through the door of the car. I've read all the reports and they all say the same thing. He had no reason to shoot. They've got it all on video. Why don't they release the videos?

Editor's note: Before the new charge they might have released the video, but now they will say it is under investigation or that it might taint the jury pool.
web posted May 29, 2015
Why is Ray Cleveland being held in Saluda and not here? He was indicted here.

Editor's note: He is facing charges in Saluda County as well.
web posted May 29, 2015
Re: Cory Stone
Everybody kept saying Cory [Stone] was innocent and that he never should have been arrested. They also said the girl was making it all up. If it turns out she is making it all up what then? They get out and nothing happens to her?

Editor's note: If it turns out she made the stories up she would probably be charged with false info to police and be charged as a minor.
web posted May 29, 2015
I heard that Cory had video showing he was somewhere else when [the girl] claimed she was raped and that's why they dropped charges against him.
web posted May 29, 2015
The story on the 4 YO getting killed in the bus crash is so sad. Have they charged the school bus driver yet? If so what did they charge her with?

Editor's note: I do not know what charges have been filed. It is an Aiken County case making it harder for me to find out.
web posted May 29, 2015
The new CEO has been here only a few weeks and he's already got new doctors coming in. Good for him and us. Where's Mr. Know-it-all now? County council didn't know what they were doing, the new board didn't know what they were doing, but they sure hired the right guy for the job so it looks like they were all doing the right things.
web posted May 29, 2015
I like the idea and making Ben Anderson's number an honor to wear after proving you're worth wearing it… and it should be for their Sr. year only. That solves the whole debate.
web posted May 29, 2015
Why did they wait so long to charge [Justin] Craven? It happened over a year ago and they're just now charging him? Maybe the family settled the lawsuit a little too early?
web posted May 29, 2015
If a teacher broke something that belonged to my kid I'd file a formal complaint and he'd be buying a new one!  Outbursts like that shouldn't happen!
web posted May 28, 2015
I wonder what the whole story is concerning the first grader's calculator being smashed to pieces by a teacher. My first thought is that the calculator was not to be used or played with during class. I can see taking it and holding it until later- I would have had he parents come to school to get it and explain that if it showed up in the classroom again, it would be permanently confiscated. If it is true the teacher intentionally broke it, sounds like in anger, then there is a problem.  There are teachers out there who need to retire or who need to find other jobs. My son had one but she had tenure and was protected. It was a very long year. The teacher's unions yield a lot of control in some of these issues, although the unions do not seem as strong in SC as where I came from. If this first grade teacher is truly a problem, then the parents (past and present) should go together, first to the principal and then to the school board . A united front is good- but there also need to be facts presented. Things should be documented and the teacher should be dealt with. First graders are too young to be subjected to this behavior, if indeed it happened the way it was described , and there is a pattern of this behavior. I also know that strict teachers often get a bad rap and things are exaggerated. So again, I wonder what the whole story is.
web posted May 28, 2015

It does seem like there is a lot of crime to go around, not just one area. The sad part is the cops lock them up and then the judges let them out on bond and they do it again. Then when they go to court they get a slap on the hand and the whole thing starts all over.
web posted May 28, 2015
Re: Sunset Gardens
I think they do that every year and on veterans day too! They're really nice there.
web posted May 28, 2015
Robbing your house while you're at church. That's almost as bad as robbing the church! People need to get alarms. Times have changed my friends. Lock your doors on your cars at night too!! People will steal anything now a days.
web posted May 28, 2015
I never saw an answer on how many jerseys have ever been retired at STH? Does anybody know?

Editor's note: I asked Sports Editor Tim Crane but haven't heard back from him yet.
web posted May 28, 2015
How long is it going to take before Obama wakes up and puts "boots on the ground" in Iraq and gives them weapons so we can start taking ISIS out before they start hitting us here? He's a joke of a pResident!
web posted May 28, 2015
It was nice to see Rep. Duncan come thank the 1st responders. It's not even an election year so it must be from the heart. He's done a good job and has done what he said he would. Now if some of the other so-called Republicans would do their jobs!!!!
web posted May 28, 2015
It does seem like there is a lot more crime than there used to be. Or is it just me?
web posted May 28, 2015
Wow.. I mean WOW! At least someone else sees through the Obama smoke screen.
Egyptian news station reacts to Obama's speech on global security
web posted May 28, 2015
A Marine was convicted at a court martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer because it could have easily been seen as "contrary to good order and discipline" . It was an Old Testament verse that slightly changed that said " no weapon formed against me shall prosper".  seems like a pretty good motto for our Marines , Bible or not. Hmmmm...and Fort Hood was "workplace violence". Anyone else think Christians are under attack in this country? Just saying...

Editor's note: We are under attack. From the media, the Democrats and Obama. Pray hard.
web posted May 27, 2015
Re: Who can retire a jersey
I don't know officially but would think the AD Doug Painter and Head Coach Antwaun Hillary would be the two who could get it done.
web posted May 27, 2015
I say leave the jerseys just the way they are. I like the idea of making it a special honor to wear #25 after they earn it some way.
web posted May 27, 2015
Now we have kidnappers to worry about! The south end of the county seems like Augusta.

Editor's note: The shootings and meth labs are all on the north end, ie: Edgefield.
web posted May 27, 2015
I.     Thou shalt love people, not just use them. The greatest thing in the world is a person.
II.    Thou shalt develop thine understanding.
III.    Thou shalt compliment more than criticize.
IV.    Thou shalt not get angry:  If you are right, you don't need to, if you are wrong, you can't afford to.
V.    Thou shalt not argue:  Its no use to win an argument and lose a friend.
VI.     Thou shalt be kind.  Its nice to be important, but its important to be nice.
VII.    Thou shalt have a sense of humor.  A sense of humor is to a man what springs are to a wagon: It saves a lot of jolts.
VIII.    Thou shalt smile. No man is fully dressed until he has a smile on his face.
IX.    Thou shalt practice what thou preaches. One example is worth a thousand arguments.
X.    Thou shalt go to school to the Headmaster of the Universe, the Master of men, the Secretary of Human Relations, namely Jesus Christ.  He is the Greatest Leader the world has ever known. 
(from the files of C.D. Barr, Jr.)
web posted May 27, 2015
Would-be carjacker picks wrong car
web posted May 27, 2015
I went to Sunset Gardens to place a flag on my dad’s grave, and found that flags had already been placed on all the servicemen’s graves. What a thoughtful act of kindness and respect! Thank you to someone or some group for your Memorial Day gesture.  The meaningful observance on the square, by the way, was superbly planned and executed, and the STHS welding class has made a remarkable contribution with the new crosses bearing deceased vets’ names. To all who had a part in this year’s Memorial Day observance…well done.
web posted May 26, 2015
Such a sad story coming out of New Orleans this weekend- a Housing Authority police officer killed just sitting in his marked police vehicle. I wonder if there will be riots , looting and lawlessness to protest this tragic shooting... Of course there won't be. I am now going up to police officers, state patrolmen etc and thanking them for their service. A friend of ours who is a police officer in another state said a lot of people are doing that! We need to let these public servants know that the majority of Americans appreciate their work and sacrifice! I agree we should do the same for veterans and anyone in the armed services.

Editor's note: During the course of a normal day for me I talk to a number of officers (deputies and police officers) and the last thing I always say is, "stay safe out there". I worry about them even here in Edgefield County. It only takes one nut hyped up on meth and a bad attitude. I pray for them often. As soon as I finish this reply I'm writing them down on my prayer list so I don't forget to do it every day.
web posted May 26, 2015

Here we go AGAIN! My 1st grader came home last Friday and told me that his teacher (Parker Elementary) took a classmate calculator that was purchased from the book fair and slammed it on the corner of her desk and smashed it to pieces. I wanted to call the principal but I knew she wouldn't do anything.  Mr. Anderson is this type of action acceptable in your school district? Thank goodness school is almost over! Can't wait to get him out of that classroom!
web posted May 26, 2015
Re: Retire Anderson's jersey
How many jerseys have been retired and who were they? There's only so many numbers to go around. Wouldn't it be better to make it a honor to get to wear the number 25?
web posted May 26, 2015
That Sherlock guy is a genius. By spraying gas all over the cab of the truck anything could make it blow up. He's lucky it didn't blow up when he was driving it back to the camp. Turning on the radio causes a little spark in the radio that could ignite the fumes. BOOM! He's lucky that when he lit the piece and threw it in it didn't blow up and set him on fire at the same time. I'm still trying to figure out how that didn't happen.
web posted May 26, 2015
RE: Retire Anderson's number.

Who makes the decision to retire a number?

Editor's note: I don't know. I will ask around.
web posted May 26, 2015
“ In this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer...

Almighty God... Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor... To set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true... give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness to their faith.

They will need Thy blessings... They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest... until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violence of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and for tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home... fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas... whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them... help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice...

Thy will be done, Almighty God...

Amen ”

Synopsis of Prayer on D-Day
Franklin D. Roosevelt
June 6th, 1944

Editor's note: You would never hear such words cross Obama's lips.
web posted May 26, 2015
Even has a great flock of birds at the end...Enjoy , Appreciate and Remember. The Texas Tenors...Get ready for goose bumps... This is just outstanding!!!
web posted May 26, 2015
A military tribute video to the Veterans that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their service set to the song “Arlington” from Trace Adkins. If you have never visited Arlington National Cemetery and have the chance to do so i encourage you to make the visit as it is a very powerful and moving experience.
web posted May 26, 2015
Re: Ben Anderson's number should certainly be retired by Thurmond High. He was a great athlete but more important he was a great person.
web posted May 25, 2015
With Ben Anderson being an All-American at Clemson and a star for our 1st state championship I have no problem if they want to retire his jersey.
web posted May 25, 2015
What is Senator Massey doing to protect his constituents in regard to the road issue and gas tax hikes? I get lots of calls from Americans  for Prosperity and they seem concerned about his stand- encouraging us to write or call him ( usually means someone is not standing strong on something) I am confused about this issue. I do appreciate Councilwoman Blackwell speaking out. Seems like the state is just passing the buck. Higher  taxes on anything is never s good thing for us average folks!

As far as crime in Edgefield- the headlines today are pretty discouraging. Maybe that is just the majority of news, but it is sad!
web posted May 25, 2015
Re: crime reports
I for one want to know what crimes are taking place and where. If it wasn't for the [Edgefield] Daily I'd never know what is happening or where. If they're breaking into houses in my area I really want to know to take extra steps to secure our house before we leave each day.
web posted May 25, 2015
I disagree with the statement that DNR brought the coyotes into the area. Think about it. They (coyotes) were brought in to cull the deer population. What amount of damage do deer cause vehicles? Who has to
pay aside from you and me? Insurance companies? Hmmmmm......
web posted May 25, 2015
What was going on at the prison in Trenton today [Sunday]. There was an ambulance, med chopper and the fire department out there.

Editor's note: I do not know. When I inquired with Dispatch I was told it was an EMS call.
web posted May 25, 2015
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
web posted May 25, 2015

They need to do programs in the schools about these drugs to stop these kids from ever trying the drugs in the first place. This stuff is beyond dangerous!
Ice (Meth) addict ‘gouged out eyes and ate them

Editor's note: I agree.
web posted May 25, 2015
Thank You For Your Service (A retired U.S. Navy CPO)!
web posted May 25, 2015
Ann Corcoran on Refugee Resettlement

Editor's note: This has been placed not too long ago but I will let it go in once more because it is important information
web posted May 25, 2015
Re: Three Pastors
I bet that was an awesome experience.  May God continue to heal you and bless you spiritually.  It is awesome to see His powerful work in the lives of others.
web posted May 23, 2015
Many thanks to the welding class students at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center for the beautiful new crosses on the Square in Edgefield.  What a meaningful gift to the community.

Editor's note: Expert Collision donated / provided the specialized paint job.
web posted May 23, 2015
Enjoyed Tom Poland’s column on birding. I don’t think he and I have met, but we’re birds of a feather. He was at South Carolina Wildlife; I worked for many years at Florida Wildlife, where our art director, the late Wallace O. Hughes, got me into bird-watching and attracting birds, a relatively cheap hobby I will always enjoy. By the looks of Tom’s photo, I’m definitely 15 years his senior, so by his French definition I qualify as a bona fide codger, which, by the way, is better than being called an antiquated flatulator.

Editor's note: One thing is certain, you never know where he's going with his next column.
web posted May 23, 2015
Heh Tom, an old bird-watcher here (73). But I have been engaged in the
activity for over 35 year:>). I am convinced that the 'yellow bird' is not
a Goldfinch, they are smooth breasted. It may be a Pine Warbler. I'll
wander on out to the bird feeder now.
web posted May 23, 2015
I think Ben Anderson's no. 25 ought to be retired at STHS. Maybe you can help do something about that.

Editor's note: What do you, the readers think? Should it be retired?
web posted May 23, 2015
Re: Roads being pushed on the County
I read and agree w/ Mrs. Blackwell, there is no way the county can afford to take on state roads. Everybody knows you can't trust the government. PLUS they want to raise taxes. Way to go Shane! Thought you were a Republican! Republicans are for LOWER taxes!

Editor's note: She said (not in the article) that people need to stand up against the gas tax too. But she wanted to focus on the roads first.
web posted May 23, 2015
Stop the madness of sex offenders in our county!!!!!!!!!!

Editor's note: They are arresting them. That's the best way to stop them.
web posted May 23, 2015
RE: I don't vote guy
If you don't vote you don't have the right to fuss! It makes you part of the problem! But I'm glad you don't vote by the way you type.
web posted May 23, 2015
Re: Interesting and Enlightening
web posted May 23, 2015
This was reportedly put together by a Pastor¹s wife and is excellent!
Watch it before it's pulled from the internet.

Editor's note: It's been up a long time. People say that to make sure everybody rushes to view the video.
web posted May 23, 2015
As a Domestic Violence Survivor I am glad to see that SC is stepping up the Domestic Violence Laws.  The laws have come a long way but still have a long way to go.  Please let your government officials know you support tougher domestic violence laws.  Love should NEVER hurt!  For those still in the battle please know you are not alone.  Trust me I know it is hard but I chose to love myself more than the man beating me.  You can to.  You are stronger than you know, you are worth it, stand up for yourself.
web posted May 22, 2015

Re: Guy who can't write
I wonder if this guy is for real or if he's just pulling our chains.

Editor's note: I have had several email exchanges with him. He's for real.
web posted May 22, 2015
I can't believe there's been another child molester arrested. Eventually there's got to be an end to how many there are in the county. At least I hope this is the last for a long time.
web posted May 22, 2015
I would guess that the Edgefield crime rate is in line proportionately with a bigger city but I don't know. I know it was said it is so rural that break ins etc are more common or maybe more likely. I would agree with that as it is less likely in a neighborhood with close neighbors to have people feel as comfortable breaking into a house because of visibility. Seems like a lot of “traffic stops” yield drugs but in other places maybe there are just as many drugs and not as many “stops”. I do wonder about all the child molesters but then again it is a small area. Maybe less go reported in the news in other places. I will say this,  seems like crime is up everywhere and that is sad. I am not sure one will find a totally safe area to live in. They may need to look at the whole picture.

These so called door to door sales people are just scoping things out or they are trying to gain entry into homes. It is a huge scam and everyone of the “visits” should be reported. Trying to control it with them getting an approval to sell is silly. They are not really selling anything. If they are selling anything it is a scam too . They don't want to get any approval because whatever they are up to is suspicious.  People just need to be aware and report them immediately. I would never open my door to anyone I don't know.
web posted May 22, 2015
YEHA!!!!!!!! It's Rebel Football time already!!!!!!
web posted May 22, 2015
coyotes are getting really bad around here. The best way to deal with them is shoot them on site. They're killing young deer and turkeys and will even rip up a nest. I think DNR brought them in and now they've gotten out of hand they don't know what to do about them.

Editor's note: We did a report on the growing problems created by the coyotes. You can find that article here.
web posted May 22, 2015
1.  Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout our journey.

2.  So why is a car's windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.

3.  Friendship is like a book. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

4.  All things in life are temporary. If they're going well, enjoy them... They will not last forever. If they're going wrong, don't worry... They can't last long either.

5.  Old friends are gold! New friends are diamond! If you get a diamond, don't forget the gold! Because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!

6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, god smiles from above and says, "relax, friend, it's just a bend, not the end!"

7. When god solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities; when god doesn't solve your problems he has faith in your abilities.

8.  A blind person asked st. Anthony: "can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" he replied, "yes, losing your vision!"

9.  When you pray for others, god listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10.  Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles... It takes away today's peace.
web posted May 22, 2015
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."   --
Thomas Jefferson
web posted May 22, 2015
Parents furious over school’s plan to teach gender spectrum, fluidity
Read more here
web posted May 22, 2015
Do you know what is coming to Edgefield on Buncombe Street? Where they are adding the green to the building & renovating it?

Editor's note: It is a new pottery business that will also teach classes (I was told the classes at PTC were done away with). There are other things that will be offered, but that is all I have right now.
web posted May 21, 2015
Re the Hill of Crosses…I agree that Christ can and does miracles every day and every where. Our family actually experienced a small one yesterday. I think sometimes we make it about a religion and not the personal relationship Christians have with Christ. He cares about every hair on our heads so why wouldn’t He perform miracles right where we are?  I think sometimes the rituals and symbols get in the way of Who He is and how He works. People worship and serve Him in many ways, but I think it is important to remember what a loving and personal God we have.  Sometimes it is hard to believe that when we are struggling, but His Word is true and His ultimate plan for us in the end is perfect. I have walked with Him for a long time and I have always found him faithful. We just need to remember to “be still and know He is God”.  If going to the Hill of Crosses benefits people than I think that is wonderful. I say whatever brings people closer to the Lord is a good thing.
web posted May 21, 2015
Thought for today: "Even in the eye of the storm, we call our hearts to remember that no matter how hard life gets, we win!"  (Because of what Jesus has already done)
web posted May 21, 2015
Another day another child molester. The thing that really bothers me is how young these girls are. It was smart for the girl to record what was happening on her tablet. I'm sure he will plead not guilty and we will have to pay for a lawyer for a couple years or more and he will bill hours and hours to make as much money, our money, as he can. Do you have a total on how many have been arrested this year?

Editor's note: I have lost count. The good news is they are getting caught and most are still sitting in jail where they cannot hurt anyone else.
web posted May 21, 2015
Why would anyone molest little girls or boys? It just doesn't register in my brain. If they are guilty they should never get out of jail.
web posted May 21, 2015
RE: Not coming to Edgefield County over crime.
Has this person seen the news about Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken, Columbia County? They have so much they can't report it all in a day. We might have burglaries and stuff but they're shooting and killing people all the time over there. Give me Edgefield County any day!
web posted May 21, 2015
Editor's post: We had three pastors come to our house Tuesday afternoon to lay hands on me and anoint my head with oil while praying for my healing. It was an incredible experience. All glory be given to God!
web posted May 20, 2015
The tribute to Ben Anderson was beautiful. He loved Edgefield County.

Editor's note: The "tribute" was his actual obituary. There was no way to improve on it so it was placed in the Headlines as well as the obits.
web posted May 20, 2015
On Saturday evening, May 16, 2015 my family and I attended a wedding reception at [a country club]. I was shocked to find the deplorable conditions of the dining hall. The floors were extremely dirty and our shoes literally stuck to the carpet. The whole dining area seemed greasy and was too dim.

I was in disbelief as the club as always been so well maintained. Does anyone know what is going on? The “chef” was dressed in what looked like lounging pants.
web posted May 20, 2015
Re:  yes some people don't like me I have never been marred or drunk or voted I am 55 years old if they don't like me that there lost

Considering the incomprehensible 'sentence' that you attempted to write, I am extremely thankful that you have never voted!
web posted May 20, 2015
[This past] Sunday, May 16, the pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Dr. Glenn Mosteller, was honored for 60 years of active ministry. The planning staff was very disillusioned that the Edgefield Baptist Association did not run the event in their newsletter, even though the information was sent to them well in advance. They did put in on the website, but not everyone has access to the site. Someone from the Association should have honored Dr. Mosteller for the momentous occasion. I also think that other pastors should have attended and shown their support.
web posted May 20, 2015
I have been looking for a home in Edgefield County with a decent amount of land for about a year. I have always loved the area and the hometown feel associated with it. I recently (within the past 6 months) started reading the Edgefield Daily. While I enjoy keeping up with the news there, I am finding the amount of crime that is reported on a daily basis to be rather disturbing. Has the work ethic gone to pot there? It seems that many of the locals would rather steal from their neighbors rather than get a job and buy their own things. It is truly sad to see such a wonderful community plagued by losers and their shenanigans. I have decided to quit looking for land there and start looking elsewhere. I know that crime is everywhere, but I would rather live somewhere that it does not consume the homepage of the local newspaper everyday.

Editor's note: There are a lot of good news reports in the Headlines, however crime is everywhere and some days that may be the only news available. I wouldn't give up on our county quite so fast. I could hide the crime, but that would be doing a disservice to everyone. There are 507 square miles of communities in the county. I'm sure you can find one to your liking.
web posted May 20, 2015
I agree, the fishing rodeo is great and I know there is a lot of hard work that goes into making it happen. You'd think the tv stations would be all over it. Then again, they don't do a lot in Edgefield [County].
web posted May 20, 2015
Congrats to Deputy Florida. I wish the story would have said what he did that was so special.

Editor's note: The report was submitted and accepted for publication. I could only place what they provided.
web posted May 20, 2015
I know Deputy Florida and I know Jimmy would do anything he could to help anyone out if he can. Congrats Jimmy! You made the entire county look good, not just the Sheriff's Office. In case people don't know, he worked that day and then drove up there to be given the award.
web posted May 20, 2015
Re: "Door-to-Door" Sales People

I think the county should do something to make it harder for these people to just walk around and knock on doors. I remember a while back it was carpet cleaners that were doing this and enough people called they gave up and moved on. I can see why they make people nervous.
web posted May 20, 2015
Mysterious hill of crosses where pilgrims actually believe Christ can perform miracles
The Hill Of Crosses in northern Lithuania has been a site of pilgrimage for hundreds of years.
Click here

Editor's note: Christ can and does perform miracles every day somewhere. He has been doing so since He was raised from the dead following the crucifixion. He is alive and well.
web posted May 20, 2015
The fishing rodeo is such a wonderful event. We don't have any young kids but we still go to support them. Thanks guys for all you do! I don't understand why the TV news doesn't cover it.
web posted May 19, 2015
SCDOT has nothing to do with CDL drivers. That would be SCDMV.Please get your stories straight

Editor's note: We never stated the driver was ticketed by SCDOT.
web posted May 19, 2015
RE: Truck driver should loose his license for at least ten years. !

When applying for oversize permits, the trucking company tells the states they are going through, all of their dimensions (size of load and what type of truck/trailer). Then they provide the starting point and ending point for the load and a "proposed" route. The states then pick and approve the route that the load must take and there are very large fines for deviating from this route. We, (truck drivers) don't get to just travel any route when hauling oversize or any other loads. My qualifications for this clarification is 28 years of accident free and citation free  hauling of everything you have in your house. Remember this: If you have it, a truck brought it to you. Next time try thanking a driver (most of us are veterens as well) instead of cutting us off in traffic. And use your turn signal.
web posted May 19, 2015
I want to thank the Tech Professor for his column and the good information he gives us concerning the internet. It is such a different avenue for some of us and all the input is so helpful. I really appreciated the advice today and I hope lots of people are reading and learning.
web posted May 19, 2015
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.  'I've gone for 30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them so, I think I'm wasting my time and the priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column.
Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
'I've been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this...they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.  If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!'

When you are DOWN to nothing....God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
web posted May 19, 2015
On May 14th a teacher from Strom Thurmond  High Schools house caught on fire.
There is a page set up to accept donations given that everything was lost in the fire including family pets.
Click Here
web posted May 19, 2015
yes some people don't like me I have never been marred or drunk or voted I am 55 years old if they don't like me that there lost
web posted May 19, 2015
I think the county should pass an ordinance to make the door to door sales people pay a fee. I'm thinking maybe $500 ought to do it.
web posted May 19, 2015
What an incredible generation - thank you for your service!
Click here
web posted May 19, 2015
The subject has been around for a while.  Please note, near the end, the funny question.  Made perfectly good sense to me – Probably won't happen due to a lack of coverage via Obama care!!
I have a job. I work, they pay me.
I pay my taxes & the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.  
In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem).
What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.  
So, here is my question:
Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their BUTT----doing drugs while I work..
Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?  
I guess we could call the program   "URINE OR YOU'RE OUT"!
web posted May 19, 2015
BALTIMORE, featuring some of Maryland's finest young citizens!!
web posted May 19, 2015
I found the story about the woman. who left her belongings in the hall as she moved things to a storage unit, to be very sad. What awful neighbors to steal all her belongings-they will get theirs in the end I guess.  It is just sad to see how some take advantage of others. Maybe it is not just those evil  ‘rich” people that take advantage of the poor. The poor obviously take advantage of each other.  I think anymore the “rich” are just those that have a business, work at a job, support their family and actually pay income taxes. The “rich” are suppose to take care of the “poor”.  Those of us that are so called “rich” are getting pretty depleted these days. What happens when the “rich” can’t keep supporting everyone else?

I do hope that woman has a place to stay. She obviously has issues if she got evicted, but she is a person and maybe was just in a tough spot.  I guess she won’t be staying with a neighbor. Just saying…
web posted May 18, 2015
I am not racist at all but it does get so tiring of seeing so many African-Americans standing in convenient store lines or gas station lines holding up others while they buy scratch off tickets or cash in simple Lottery tickets. When a long line of people waited for someone buying $110.00 in scratch off tickets, I was saddened when another customer stated that the church had paid that persons electric bill the previous month and here she was buying over a hundred dollars in scratch off tickets. President Obama has sadly taught so many that it is ok to do nothing and get handouts such as Food Stamps and Welfare. It is sadly seen all over Edgefield and Johnston. (Does anyone other than me see this?)

Editor's note: I see this with whites and blacks.
web posted May 18, 2015
If there were "witnesses" watching the sorry people living around this woman that got evicted why didn't they pick up the phone and call to report her stuff being stolen? Or go over there and run them off?
web posted May 18, 2015
Re: Evicted woman robbed at Brookstone Apts.
I'm so glad the name of the apartment complex was named so that people know where NOT to live. Let me guess, this is section 8 housing. I guess since the government is paying their rent, power, and everything else they figured her stuff was just more free stuff for them to get.
web posted May 18, 2015
Evicted woman
Stealing from a young mother down on her luck is pretty sorry. Do they have cameras in the breezeways of the buildings? If they don't they should. That would make catching these people real easy.

Editor's note: As far as I know there are no cameras around the buildings. With all the 911 calls and calls about drugs, property damage, thefts and other crimes it would certainly make the work of the deputies and investigators go a lot faster.
web posted May 18, 2015
I read the story on the train crash and it said the speed limit of the train is 55 MPH! I knew they come through town way too fast but 55 is way WAY too fast for the trains. They need to slow them down to about 30 or 35. Even that is probably too fast. Who controls that? The railroad, the state, both?

Editor's note: I do not know, but I will try to find out.
web posted May 18, 2015
All that news recently about Idaho being a hot spot for refugee resettlement must
have stirred the pot there and thus the Idaho Press-Tribune ...
web posted May 18, 2015
web posted May 18, 2015
Explaining the real reason for the Baltimore nightmare: Click here
web posted May 18, 2015
Meth labs and drug houses.
It's sad that there are so many around. If I got arrested there is no way I could come up with $300,000 to make bail in a couple days. My house isn't worth half that much but this drug dealing woman can? That should tell you something.
web posted May 16, 2015
In Germany they had book burnings to censor folks . Now we have our government wanting to control things like FOX news. The idea of censorship seems to be alive and well. We need to keep praying!
web posted May 16, 2015
Truck driver should loose his license for at least ten years. ! This is photo from Tuesday where he spent half a day hung up coming off GA Ave onto Hwy. 25 - had to have 2 wreckers to free truck - DOT should investigate him / company for choosing poor route to transport such heavy and low cargo ! Also intentional danger of train personnel , 2nd hung up there in 2 days ? Shame on him

Editor's note: Photos are not allowed in the Wandering Minds. It has been reported that the driver has been charged for causing the crash. I have not been able to independently confirm that at this time.
web posted May 16, 2015
In regards to the train/truck crash in Johnston...... excellent point made by a poster here yesterday where he/she pointed out that the truck (or one similar) became stuck on the tracks the day before, yet the driver felt compelled to try it again the following day. 

Folks, let me tell you about truck drivers and I know I'm going to catch [heck] for it........  These truck driving schools are in the pockets of the SCDOT!  I've seen first hand the way applicants from these schools are hurried through the commercial license tests simply because of the amount of "business" they send the SCDOT each year.  I would go further and accuse the "test givers" of [helping out] these driver school students in order to pass their commercial tests.

As someone who rides the roads 100,000 miles per year, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, these "big rig" drivers are the worst on the road.  For the most part, they don't own their own truck and could care less about the cargo in the back.  Remember, these are the same geniuses that routinely ran their trucks into the old railroad bridge on the walking trail in Edgefield.  the same ilk that drives up and down Sweetwater Road above the speed limit while carrying 100,000 gallons of gas or some other chemical. 

Now I understand that not all truck drivers are stupid, but what we saw yesterday in Johnston is inexcusable IF THE TRUCK WAS STUCK ON THE TRACKS THE DAY BEFORE!  Sounds like one heck of a lawsuit to me, it's called negligence. 
web posted May 16, 2015
It's been a while , but was wondering if there is anything new going on in the [Kingery] case or has everyone given up.

Editor's note: There has been nothing new provided in the case. It remains open and active. But without new leads there is not a lot that they can do.
web posted May 16, 2015
Recorded on my telephone at 4:54pm on 5/15/15 . Call paraphrased "This is an official call from the IRS that a final notice of a law suit against you. To get more information on this case file call our secure number 202 470 0729 ."
Repeated number.  Voice was female,  deliberate, accent free, calm and serious.
I have it recorded.  Notified sheriff, they will file a report and send an investigator at their convenience to listen and report.
Some how they or somebody be able to least find out what is going on.
Understand this has been going on for some time.
web posted May 16, 2015

The Eagle Is Gone
I couldn't have said it any better myself. This is absolutely… perfect!!!
The skunk has replaced the Eagle as the new symbol of the American Presidency.
It is half black, half white, and everything it does stinks.
web posted May 16, 2015
Congrats to Zachary Collier for being a role model for so many!
web posted May 16, 2015
I guess practice makes perfect. They stuck the truck on the tracks the day before, but there was no train, so they tried it again the next day with success. If it had derailed to the right into town, it would have been tragic. You can't make it up. I don't even know what kind of idiots these people are. It defies belief. This actually happened. I am speechless. Wow.
web posted May 15, 2015
It is sickening to see so many meth labs in Edgefield County.  But they are all over the place due to its over powering addiction.  I hope all four will get the same treatment as the first three.  I know the last one has a family member working at the sheriffs department.  I know the sheriff will be fair he's a good sheriff.  I pray for these people it over powers their life.  Hopefully in the end they will be able to kick this addiction.  But if they are let out they will do it again and again.  Thougher penalties need to be in place for these and other people who make this deadly stuff.  It's a death sentence in the end. 
web posted May 15, 2015
We hope the editor is feeling better! It sounds like it is very rough! You are still in our prayers!

I agree that the concern about open attacks on Christianity are very, very disturbing. That, combined with the treatment of Israel , negotiating with Iran, following the principles of radical liberals, etc etc make me wonder too if this country can come back. So much damage has been done. This racial strife and the ideas regarding economic divides are all part of an agenda. Prayer is the only solution- God is a big God . We need revival in this country before anything will change. I pray for that.
web posted May 15, 2015
I have never seen a headstone yet that said "I wish I had more time at work".
web posted May 15, 2015
I think meth labs are like child molesters. For every 1 you find there are 3 or 4 more that are close by. There's too much of this stuff going on and being sold around here. At least they're trying to close them down. Obviously it's not doing a lot of good. One story said one of the guys had already been arrested 2 times before. So they get a slap on the wrist and go right back out there and do it again.
web posted May 15, 2015
2nd train wreck in a month. I can think of better ways to put Edgefield County on the map.
web posted May 15, 2015
Be weary of really mean and unhappy people. I went out late this afternoon and saw a home that looked empty and possibly for rent so I took a nice note to leave in the door, as it was right on hwy 23. Within 15 feet of getting out of the car, a truck honked and pulled up. I waved and went up to introduce myself and the first thing this man said was "I guess you can't read". I apologized and said I was just stopping by and wanted to leave a note if this home was possibly for rent. He looked a me and said "It appears not" and said "here is what I brought to almost greet you with", as he picked up and showed me a Glock 9 mm pistol he had in his hand. I again apologized and said I sure understand and introduced myself but He looked at me with hatred in his eyes and said " I don't care who or what you are". I again said "sorry" and headed toward my car. I realized that there are some people who are really purely mean spirited and very unhappy in their own life. Beware of who you approach, I felt he could have shot me dead right there and never even skipped a heartbeat. Scary.
web posted May 15, 2015
The "Civil War" wasn't civil and it'll never be over until the racebaiters, Democrats and Obama are gone.
web posted May 15, 2015
I believe
web posted May 15, 2015
O'Reilly tells it like it is:
web posted May 15, 2015
No argument on the Civil War- I have read America and totally agree with Dr. Carson. My original point was that some people groups have not moved beyond old hatreds and grudges. In a time when this wonderful country stands close to the brink of failing, one would hope it doesn't matter where in America one is from. We are all Americans and love  this country. That should unite us , not divide us. Seeing all the divides in this country, especially the growing racial divides, is extremely troubling. My comments were based on personal experience and observations from moving here. It was just surprising for me to see some of the attitudes I have encountered here. The responses I got to my comments just confirmed my observations. Pretty sad!  Remember..."United we stand. Divided we fall".
web posted May 14, 2015
RE: Out of uniform
I've seen deputies doing the same thing. They'll have their badge and a gun on but be in jeans and a regular shirt. Sometimes it might be a t-shirt that says Sheriff's Office but most of the time it's just a regular shirt.

Editor's note: I don't know about the Johnston Officer making a traffic stop like that, but I do know that deputies will dress like that on days that they are training and there is no need for them to be in full uniform.
web posted May 14, 2015
While I am a fan of Bennett, I found "America, The Last Best Hope" to read more like a trivial pursuit game rather than a solid piece of guiding history.  The years spent obtaining my history degree was filled with professors, all professing to have the answers to the Civil War.  By the way, I don't believe anyone was arguing about Sherman.  I simply pointed out that he was an "outsider" and not well liked here in South Carolina.  LOL
web posted May 14, 2015
never tough I would live to see this day but its here Edgefield full of drunks and pot heads people don't care they need love in there hart that all I have to say
web posted May 14, 2015
Dear Abby,

My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning, and, when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, everyone knows that he cheats on me. It is so humiliating. Also, since he lost his job 14 years ago, he hasn't even looked for a new one. All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around and shoot the bull with his buddies, while I have to work to pay the bills.
Since our daughter went away to college he doesn't even pretend to like me, and even hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do?
Signed: Clueless

Dear Clueless:

Grow up and dump him. Good grief, woman! You don't need him anymore! You're running for President of the United States. 
Act like it.
web posted May 14, 2015
Re: Johnston Town Council meeting. How could a tie vote turn into a yes vote. I thought Ms. Sumner was a better lawyer than that.
web posted May 14, 2015
I would say Obama has done a ‘masterful’ job in using Sol Alinsky’s principles in taking the military down along with Congress' Sequestration, which he is very quiet about.  Not to mention what is going on with the State Dep’t, IRS, Homeland Security, EPA and all the other Agencies, again Obama and his leftist socialists did a masterful job in socializing us, and this was at the right time. I guess this is why Obama was elected using the low information and uneducated voters, combined with left wing radicals with their political agendas.  Even if we get the most conservative person in as our next President, can they turn around the mindset that Obama has engineered these last two terms?

Editor's note: It's Obama's openly hateful attacks on Christians that disturbs me the most. I pray for this nation every night. We (Christians) are under attack by the media, the left and our own President.
web posted May 14, 2015
Edgefield is such a pretty town. It's a shame that around 4 o'clock it looks like a ghost town. I know they can't have something going on all the time but there needs to be stores where you can buy clothes, office supplies, stuff like that. I had such high hopes the [new store] was going to be like that when I saw the name before they opened. I remember when the Belk was here, Turners, ect. We need to get back to the good old days.
web posted May 14, 2015
Bill Bennett was a great American. Not many like him around anymore.
web posted May 14, 2015
An imperial eagle named Darshan captured phenomenal views of the capital of the United Arab Emirates while taking cues from his trainer on the ground.  The eagle flight was arranged by the nature conservation group Freedom Conservation with the purpose of drawing attention to eagle conservation.  This white-tailed eagle has been critically endangered for the last 50 years.   With a height of 2,722 feet (830 m), the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is currently the world’s tallest building.

Editor's note: That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
web posted May 14, 2015

on Monday night at the Johnston Town council meeting, the vote to give first reading on the 15/16 budget, there was three votes to pass the budget and three votes not to pass the budget for several different reasons, after the vote was take, the Mayor stated that the budget stands, when the Mayor was ask was he saying that the budget pass he said yes, a lot of people in attendance was a bit puzzle, along with my self because I had always though that Robert Rule of Order stated that a tie vote was a no vote. may be the editor of any one that knows what the rules are please enlighten my self and others.

Editor's note: The motion should have failed due to a lack of a majority. Also, the request to be heard by Annette Moton should have been allowed. As the employee she can have her case heard in public, not behind closed doors if she so chooses.
web posted May 13, 2015
I have seen a johnston police riding around in his car without his uniform on, the other day he had someone stopped without his uniform on but was with another cop who did have on a uniform. Are they suppose to be riding around in the cop car while not "on the clock" without there uniform. And I didn't think that they could pull someone over without there uniform not on either. Is there anything to do about this cop?
web posted May 13, 2015
To the two arguing about the reasons for and background to the Civil War, might I suggest you both read "America - The Last Best Hope" by Dr. William Bennett for a balanced and well-researched history of that period (and indeed the entire history of the US).  In my opinion this book should be required reading for all high school students and all prospective citizens of the United States.  It is devoid of all political correctness and 'tells it like it was'.  It will give all readers a timely reminder of how the greatest nation this world has ever seen came about and what made it what it is today.
web posted May 13, 2015
Pride is a funny thing. It so often blinds us from the truth of things. I know it does in my life. I think about our national leaders and wonder if they can hear or see the truth of what is really going on around them. They are so focused on themselves, their legacies etc. It affects their decisions and actions. I wonder how often we do that in our everyday lives. I think we often miss what others are trying to say because we interpret things through our own pride. It is such a sneaky thing. Just a thought.
web posted May 13, 2015
Remembering Baltimore and Ferguson:
I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community & their culture to our society.
Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture.
Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people.
Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer, as a nation.
Google how they are presently enriching the cities of:
 Spokane WA,
Chicago IL,
Philadelphia PA,
Washington D.C.,
St. Louis MO,
New Orleans LA,
Los Angeles CA,
Flint MI,
Baltimore MD,
Pontiac MI,
Gary Ind.,
Newark NJ,
Cleveland OH,
Atlanta GA,
Richmond VA,
Memphis Tn,
Birmingham AL,
Camden NJ;
and let’s not forget Detroit, the tourism capital of the world.
web posted May 13, 2015
Re: treatments

When I read that you were taking cisplatin as part of your treatment I was shocked that you are even able to work after having a treatment. That's a seriously strong drug with bigtime side effects. It says a lot about your commitment to keep the Daily going every day. But you should be resting and letting your other writers pick up the slack. I saw where your son is even helping out. Good for him. Get some rest my friend, you obviously need it! That's also the first I've heard you were taking chemo.

Editor's note: Thank you. Even if I did not write a thing, I am the only one who has access to the server so I'd still have to build the pages and put them online. As far s my condition, I wrote an editor's column a few weeks ago. It can be found here and is worth reading for everyone.
web posted May 13, 2015
My husband and I would like to send a Kudos to the staff working the ER at ECH on the morning of Friday, May 8. They did a fantastic job in tending to his needs and in a very timely manner. Thanks to all of you.
web posted May 12, 2015
The intersection of Murrah road and 5 notch had another terrible wreck this afternoon. Who makes the call on when to install stop signs or a traffic light there?  It is an extremely dangerous intersection that needs attention soon.

Editor's note: I believe all are state roads with the exception of Murrah Road Extension, which I believe is a county road.
web posted May 12, 2015
Regarding General Sherman........ Sorry, I must have hit a nerve.  You went from talking about Mr. Sherman and being an outsider to telling me I need to read my bible and go to Church.  Now do you understand why we don't care for outsiders?  Here's a little history lesson for you.  Edgefield is no different than most southern towns. In the minds of its oldest families, it is the original southern aristocracy.  That comes with a great deal of pressure.................

On a serious note, if I offended you I am truly sorry.
web posted May 12, 2015
I smile reading comments from people who are not involved in something, know nothing about the issues, and have no idea how they actually may benefit from something they are complaining about. Good thing this is just an opinion page and has nothing to do with setting policy or handling legal issues in this county!  At least this page is a place folks can vent,  but I am just thankful that people in leadership have the authority and wisdom to lead the county. Edgefield County has moved forward in positive ways in the last few years! The leadership is looking out for the county and the best interests for the county as a whole . Good leaders do that, good old boys didn't do that! Just my opinion.
web posted May 12, 2015
I just wanted to say to the editor that I thoroughly enjoy reading The [Edgefield] Daily every morning with its broad range of coverage of news, crime, government meetings, school issues and sports and state issues. I know the editor is ill and the additional reporters seem very capable to help take up the slack. I love reading the columnists, most of all Pastor Howle with his uplifting religion column. I will say I hope he is running out of names for God.

Keep up the good work Mr. Editor and may you heal soon.

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind words and for reading.
web posted May 12, 2015
Rioting and protests in Baltimore over another fine, upstanding citizen unfairly target by racist police officers.
The real Freddie Gray of Baltimore:

Freddie Gray had a pre-existing spinal and neck injury and had severe nerve damage and scar tissue from an accident that Allstate Insurance was paying him for, in a structured settlement. This monthly payment and drug money were his means of support.

Freddie had had several unsuccessful spinal fusion surgeries over the past 4 1/2 years. His most recent spinal/cervical operation was a week and a half before he was arrested on April 12.
He was on doctor's orders to remain home and in bed to speed recovery from that major operation. Instead, Freddie was out manufacturing and distributing drugs on the streets of Baltimore, and strenuously resisting arrest.
Freddie had a long criminal history (rap sheet) for manufacturing and distributing drugs and controlled substances, including heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. He had been convicted of numerous other felonies including assault, firearms violations, breaking and entering, armed robbery, receiving stolen property, and the list goes on and on from his 18th birthday. In Baltimore County, juvenile records are forever sealed except by judicial order.
Freddie, known on the streets as "Pepper", was 25 years old, 5'8" and weighed 145 lbs. when last arrested. He had been incarcerated at least 12 times, the longest stretch being 2 years in prison in Maryland.
Freddie had recently tried to convert his structured settlement from Allstate into a lump sum payment from Peachtree Funding, of Atlanta. Friends say he was confused by the paperwork and legal terminology.

Following his arrest, Freddie was placed into the paddy wagon by the police officers who had arrested him ---- black officers, all of them. He could have easily slipped on the floor or bench, or twisted his neck or shoulders to reopen his recently fused and weakened spine. Enroute to the County jail, the paddy wagon stopped once so that officers could put leg restraints on Freddie to calm him down and restrict his movement.
Freddie was a dangerous career felon, well-known to the BPD officers, with a damaged and healing spine and neck, and was supposed to be home healing a week and a half after surgery. He should not have been running around on the streets of Baltimore committing drug felonies and resisting arrest.
So why are so many residents of Baltimore destroying their own city with looting and arson? Likely, they don't have the facts. None of the eight BPD officers who arrested Freddy has ever had a complaint against them for brutality or use of excessive force.

Freddie Grays arrest record: (Source Maryland Dept. of Justice)

  03-20-15 dealing cocaine
  08-28-08 possession of narcotics
  10-05-12 illegal gambling
  01-25-14 possession of narcotics over 10 grams
  08-24-07 manufacturing and distribution narcotics
  08-29-07 distribution of narcotics
  09-16-08 distribution of narcotics
  04-16-08 distribution of narcotics
  05-09-12 distribution of narcotics
  01-04-15 distribution of narcotics
  12-31-14 distribution of narcotics
  05-13-14 stolen property
  07-16-08 distribution of narcotics
  03-28-08 possession of narcotics
  02-12-08 distribution of narcotics
  09-29-13 distribution of narcotics
  12-04-14 distribution of narcotics
  12-04-14 possession of narcotics
  03-20-08 burglary
  03-20-08 possession of narcotics
  09-21-07 distribution of narcotics
  04-30-08 unlawful possession (two counts)
web posted May 12, 2015
I was in Edgefield the other day and noticed that half the buildings were empty. It's really sad.
web posted May 12, 2015
The Best Commercial of 2015.  I don't know who did this but it is excellent and spot on!

Editor's note: I believe this has been posted before.
web posted May 12, 2015
Aunt Boo gives her opinion on the Baltimore Riots! lol .... Aunt Boo just lined up
the whole Baltimore crowd and spanked their sorry behinds!
web posted May 12, 2015
Editor's post: I will be in treatment today so if you need to contact me by phone you will have to send me a text. I try to sleep through a lot of it so don't expect me to text you right back. It may take a while. I will check email when I get home, I do not have email on my phone.
web posted May 11, 2015
Your Mother is always with you.

She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well.
She's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day.
She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow. She is Christmas morning.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every teardrop.
A mother shows every emotion...happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow...and all the while hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.
She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take.
She's your first love; your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space...not even death!
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"We must reject the idea that every time a laws broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.
It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
Ronald Reagan

Editor's note: Amen!
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We have a nice small park on Columbia Road. During any given week, quite a few people use it.
In the parking area, it is not unusual to see couples sitting in vehicles at various times of the day and night with the seat backs soon laid down and the occupants disappearing from sight. It is not unusual when walking down the sidewalk to see used condoms. When people use the park, it is not unusual for them to change diapers and leave the diapers either on the tables or thrown in front of their car in the parking area rather than placed in one of the several trashcans. It is not unusual for people to use the picnic benches, either bringing food with them from the fast food place or their own, and when finished simply walk away leaving their trash on the tables and on the ground. It is not unusual for the kids to throw their chip and candy wrappers on the ground, and it is not unusual for the adults to simply leave without anyone picking up the trash. It is not unusual to see very large adults and teenagers jumping up and down on the playground equipment and this morning, one of the spring toys designed for young children was broken off, sheared by the weight of the person who abused the child's playground toy. Shearing half inch or greater diameter spring steel takes some doing. That was not done by a six year old...thanks adults.
We have several baseball fields surrounded by nice grounds and a walking track. There are signs stating not to drive on the track. There is a gate across one of the interior roads to keep people from driving through. It has been wet. I am pleased that people own 4x4 pickups, but the clown who refused to walk a couple of hundred feet and drove his pickup through the ditch and the rainsoaked areas near the gate has sure rutted up the area near the gate as have the other 4x4 drivers who drove on the wet ground and the drainage areas rather than walking a few hundred feet. As with the park, people go to watch the games and leave their trash right on the bleacher seats or throw their trash on the ground rather than throwing it in the trash can a few steps away. People literally walk past the trash can and throw the trash on the ground on the way to their vehicle. I would say the parents should step in, but it is the parents as well as the kids. Of special note, one of the younger kids left their baseball uniform jersey over by the batting cage. The jersey was hung on the fence so it could be found. Some genius pooped in it and left it on the ground by the batting cage. On at least two other occasions, people have pooped on the ground over by the walking track, whiped their behinds with paper towels and left them there on the ground. There are portable toilets at the field.
I do not work for the city, I do not work for the county. I am not an employee complaining about having to clean up people's mess. I live here and my grandkids use the park as do many other people. Maybe if the adults showed a little class their kids would as well and we would not have the issues at the park and the ballfields. Pooping in some kids jersey if a bit hard to excuse. The attitude that it is someone else's responsibility to clean up your trash or pick up your kiddo's soiled diapers because you are too freaking lazy to walk over to a trashcan is sad. As far as the activities in the parking lot...get a room.
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The person who responded to the post about Parker Stevenson (plays General Sherman)  going to Oakley Park just shows their ignorance. Apparently they cannot read-it was a joke that it was probably the first time “General Sherman” was at Oakley Park. Can’t you take a joke? As far as saying some feel something is owed them, that was referring to Blacks who think they are owed something now because some of their relatives were once slaves. That was drawing the similarity of that attitude and those that somehow think “yanks” have anything to do with the Civil War. Lets see…the Civil War was how long ago?  As far as close mindedness, your post just proves that. We all know how you feel about General Sherman and President Lincoln (considered one of the best Presidents this country has had). New people don't care what you think about that.  History speaks for itself.

I didn't say anything about not loving my fellow man. If it is true that you can love Dixie and love your fellowman, maybe some need to really think about what that means.  I am not saying that to all, but people like this poster just show the attitudes I was talking about. Old grudges, false pride etc. can really hurt a society.  The history is rich here and it is important.  It is very sad that the south never really healed or totally recovered after the war. Outsiders will never be accepted by some but see, the outsiders don't care about that. They did not move here to fit into your life or to affect your life in any way. Maybe they might broaden your perspectives in some ways. Wouldn't that be something? The “yanks” that are around now are not criticizing the south or criticizing you.  Take a chill pill, go to church, read your Bible and think about what really loving your fellowman means.  Good grief!!!!!   And I am not even a “yank’…just an outsider.
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 Re:"Agreement" to Complete Roads in "New Nine" Section of Development.
If they want paved roads they need to pay for it themselves. Who other then a crook builds a housing development without putting the roads in first? Who is dumb enough to buy a house in a development that does not have  completed roads. All you have to do is Google Mt.Vintage to see all the problems they have had. If these homeowners did not do the proper research it is their loss.
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County, Mt. Vintage "agreement"
Why is the county "reimbursing" Mr. Raiford for anything he spends fixing HIS roads? Not only that, but 80% of the money. Why not just pave the roads for him? Same thing. Are these county roads? No, they're private roads. I read the "agreement but you can tell it's written by lawyers for lawyers and not in simple terms where Joe blow off the street can understand it. I disagree with this and I don't think the county should be involved in any way. If the county wants to lift the moratorium so he can sell lots that's one thing. But NO money should be changing hands.
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Is it my receiver or has the lateral image changed  so that it doesn't fit on page unless it is squeezed down so small that it is difficult to read?
Wow!  The Braves just tied it up.
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I've read the "agreement" with Mt. Vintage and the story and I still don't understand why the county is paying anything to anyone. That's [bull]!!!
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Tasty looking recipes
Stone-Ground Grits Recipes
web posted May 11, 2015
Food City is a Southern grocery store chain with headquarters  in Bristol, Tennessee.
This is ​their one-minute commercial. Not a word spoken ​and none is needed. Very few commercials deserve to go viral. This one does.

Editors Note: Very touching.   
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Bikes on Sweetwater. It'd be different if Sweetwater had shoulders on the road but there aren't any. If you run off the road you're going down a huge gully or up a steep embankment. Find a better place to ride!

Editor's note: We have the same problem on Woodlawn Road. Steep hills, tons of sharp curves and narrow roads. Thing is, there are bike trails for riders at the FATS Trails and they'll ride their bikes to get there.
web posted May 9, 2015
Regarding bike riders on Sweetwater Road-You know what? It is hard to share a road that is only wide enough (and in some places barely wide enough) for two cars to go by each other.  Apparently we need to just ride behind a bike rider and drive about five miles an hour until it is safe to pass.  Most serious bike riders have racks on their cars to transport their bikes. Maybe they should transport them to places that are safe to ride their bikes other than places like Sweetwater Road.  It is great to stay fit and ride bikes. Trouble is,  it is like asking for an accident and it seems like another case of a minority of people thinking the rest of us need to cater to them.   Are they sharing the road or just expecting the non riders to share? Hmmm I guess sharing means catering to them and avoiding hitting them .   I think it is just plain stupid  to ride bikes in places that are obviously not safe. I don't care about sharing the road or not sharing the road  The bike riders are taking their lives into their own hands .  The one solution, that will not happen, is to have more roads with actual bike lanes. The city I grew up in now has bike lanes on almost every major road in the city. That would be the smart thing to do but it takes money and right now it is hard enough to just keep up the roads for cars.
web posted May 9, 2015
Reading about the guy that got stopped [in Johnston] for having blue lights on his car and drugs in the car and being from NC and the car from MO and just gets a ticket then sent on his way doesn't make any sense at all. I could come up with 100 questions for him and probably 200 for the cop who just let him go. I thought if you got caught with blue lights on your car you would go to jail. Guess I was wrong. I bet if I got caught with pot and had blue lights on running a redlight I would go to jail. There's something really strange about that story and as Paul Harvey would say, I'd like to hear the rest of the story.

Editor's note: Right now all the information I have from the incident has been reported.
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Another meth lab busted. What a great place to live. Meth labs, shootings, rapists and child molesters. What's next?
web posted May 9, 2015
Well, I knew it wouldn't take long for a Yankee to come crawling out from under his rock and complain about living in the deep south with all the "closed minded" individuals.  In case you haven't studied your "southern" history, we don't care much for Mr. Sherman or Mr. Lincoln here.  The results of that war can still be seen upon the southern landscape and will be for many more years.  Contrary to your belief, we don't fee as though we are owned a single thing from the Federal Government or folks like yourself.  Rather, we simply wish to be left alone and have the state of South Carolina and her people determine our fates as we move forward.

Slavery, for all practical purposes would have waned away quickly enough with mechanization.  Instead, Mr. Lincoln denied the rights of the southern states to succeed, choosing to make war with his invasion, in turn creating the loss of a third of the southern male population.  Eventually, the southern states would have returned to the union, once they learned they couldn't invade Mexico without the help of the north.  Furthermore, with the aforementioned mechanization, southern states would have become more and more dependent on northern manufacturing.

On a lighter note, I do love hearing the lovely strains of "morning Yank" around town once in a great while.  Folks, don't let these snowbirds take your southern pride.  Contrary to what they may think, it is possible to love Dixie while also loving your fellow man, regardless of the color of their skin.
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Yes, that is true cyclists have the right to share the road; however, cyclists also have the right to use common sense.  I don't drive the road often but when I do, even in my car, it can sometimes be a little unnerving with all the curves and most people in cars and trucks flying at high speeds. I too came up behind these cyclists one afternoon and if I had been a big truck flying at a high rate of speed I would have run right over them. With the way the sun is and the curves in the road it is sometimes almost impossible to see cyclists especially if they are riding side by side as if there is no traffic.  Yes, drivers of cars and trucks have to use common sense too but the fact is there are more of them than cyclists and we can't make motorists slow down. Common sense just tells me to be aware of where you are riding your bike. If it is in an area difficult for motorists to see you then use extra caution or I would recommend a different route than Sweetwater especially at certain times of day.
web posted May 9, 2015
People should have to pass a basic civics test in order to be able to vote. DEMONcrats have dumbed down so many people and they just vote DEMONcrat and walk out not knowing who they voted for. That's how you get people like the guy that worries an island is going to flip over if too many people are on it!
web posted May 9, 2015
The lawyer says to the wealthy art collector tycoon: “I have some good news and I have some bad news….”
The tycoon replies: “I have had an awful day, let’s hear the good news first?"
The lawyer says: “Well your wife invested $5,000 in two pictures this week that she figures are worth a minimum of $2 to $3 million.”
The tycoon replies enthusiastically: “Well done…very good news indeed! You have just made my day; now what’s the bad news?”
The lawyer answers: “The pictures are of you with your secretary.”
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This is incredible! The heart of the American people, represented by a cellular company, who would have ever thought it would be like this and not our own government making this kind of thing happen across the country? Wow!

How many of you have ever seen or heard anything about this beautiful Memorial???
This seems a little like a commercial but it’s not and they deserve the credit they’re given.....................
This is really something!
This is a story everyone needs to know; what and where it is!
My hat is off to all the Motorcycle Jockeys that had a hand in bringing this to our attention.
I have not seen this reported in any of the regular media, and Hollywood was not involved!
web posted May 9, 2015
Why can't the county do something about these people going door to door? Everybody knows it's a scam, so do something so that some old lady doesn't get scammed or robbed. If there's 2 of them and an old lady lets them in one will "go to the bathroom" and steal her money from her pocketbook and she probably won't know for days. Then its too late to do anything.
web posted May 8, 2015
That was fun to see Parker Stevenson in Edgefield. I will be anxious to see those movies. I had to smile a little as I am sure that is the closest “General Sherman” had ever been to Oakley Park.  It is a beautiful mansion and I applaud the ladies who care for it. It is obviously very important to Edgefield, her residents and her history. I must say that not being from here, I had never heard of Edgefield, the ten governors or Oakley Park and its owners. Since moving here I have learned a lot of local history and have appreciated knowing more. I am just glad I am not a “northerner” in the sense of being from a state that fought in the Civil War ( I know that is not what it is called here but I cannot recall the term used for it.  I apologize).  I am an outsider, though, and always will be.  That  is actually OK with me. I did not move here to interfere in any way or become something I am not.  I am happy being from where I am from (people actually didn't care where folks came from)  and now living in a beautiful place.  I have made friends with other outsiders and open minded locals so all is good. ​

 I do think it is unfortunate that people who had nothing to do with that war are looked down on simply because of where they were born or lived prior to moving here.  I was surprised that some here actually refer to people as “those northerners” and say it in a rather angry way.  It is  like thinking a certain race of people are owed something because at one time some of their relatives were slaves.  It is actually the same mindset. Can we move on and deal with the present and not dwell on the past?  Like I said , I have learned a lot about local history and appreciate it so much!  We need to know history so as not to repeat mistakes. But seriously, holding old grudges does nothing positive to help the future.  Close mindedness only limits those who have the closed minds. 
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RE: Door to door sales people
A couple of years ago we had a rash of this in Belvedere, Aiken County, SC. Then suddenly they hit Aiken City. The LEO’s got several calls about it and after enough complaints went out and arrested what they could find of them. Charged them with selling without retail licenses. Made them go on down the road if I’m not mistaken.

Editor's note: Edgefield County does not have (or require) business licenses.
web posted May 8, 2015
the edgefirld sheriff don't help people who need it I have never voted for him and I never will

Editor's note: Yes, we all know you do not vote. That is probably a good thing.
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Re bike riders
I agree 200%! these people really get under my skin. When you have to jam on your brakes and ride behind them for a little while because of oncoming traffic they don't pull over any or even turn around. Somebody is going to get run over one day when 2 tanker trucks meet on the road.
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RE: Bike Riders
The old guy that rides around Edgefield all day darting in and out of traffic is a menace and he's gonna get run over one day. He never stops at the stop signs, runs the redlight, just acts like he's the only one on the road. I've almost hit him several times. He'll get right there in front of the library and just ride in circles and then it's anybody's guess which way he's gonna take off. AT least you can see the people on the highway a long way off and prepare to slow down. You never know what this guy is gonna do!
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I have to give credit where credit it due. Johnston police have done a great job lately. Getting the 3 robbers within hours was good police work period. I say kudos for a job well done.
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Re cyclists on Sweetwater Rd.
It's called "Share the Road" Look it up!
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Its nice to see nothing but good things being said about the hospital for a change.
web posted May 8, 2015
Been around ,tells you a lot about the people who elected them.
The officer giving testimony deserves a medal for not falling on the floor laughing!!!
This is most educational about the stability of Guam. Amazing, even for Washington. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=176398459037933

Editor's note: This has been around the web a million times. And yes, people voted for him just like they elected Obama twice.
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To those fussing about the police in Johnston. Looks like they're doing a lot right. Making an arrest in the home invasion and now solving a burglary overnight. I say kudos and job well done Chief Robinson!
web posted May 7, 2015
I've seen these people selling door to door. I wouldn't open the door for any of them.
web posted May 7, 2015
Oh my, I am concerned for the people being harassed by the door to door “sales” people. It has to be a scam and there has to be some way to catch these people. I would hope folks would not answer the door and also hope that something like the permit to sell would be issued. There are so many crooks out there preying on innocent people. We need to have our guard up. If people call the sheriff’s office immediately when someone is at their door, maybe they can get a hold of more of these people.

I appreciate the sheriff’s department in Edgefield and the police in this country. It is so heart breaking to see the attacks these public servants are getting. I believe all lives matter and that the police are doing their jobs. What would have happened in TX recently if there were no police? Al Sharpton and the likes want a national police force . Sounds like martial law  coming to me. One question I keep thinking about. The new Attorney General, the chief law enforcer in the country, made a trip to Baltimore. Is she going to go to New York and help the situation for the officer that was killed because of his color?  We have a decorated young police officer killed by some thug and a drug dealer dead but not sure how he died. We have had riots due to the death of the drug dealer but no outcry for the poIice officer. I  doubt the Attorney General will go to New York because the police officer  was the wrong color and does not fit the agenda. Where are the marches for this young man who was shot for merely doing his job? Such a twisted world we live in.
web posted May 7, 2015
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.. He was always there for her.. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
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Way to go Rebels!!! Let's keep the wins going!!
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I wouldn't trust anyone walking around with no car trying to sell me anything. The whole thing does sound like a scam or something like trying to see who's home and what's in the house.
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National Day of Prayer
Lord, Here Our Cry
Edgefield County Event
Thursday, May 7
7:00 - 8:00 PM
JET Middle School
Come pray for our government and its leaders, the church, the military, families, education, the media, business and the economy. Casual dress - no cost.
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: Pretty Cool!  

Editor's note: That is pretty interesting.
web posted May 7, 2015
In Three-Car-Train-of-Death Racing, three cars are towed together with three foot chains. 1st car has steering and big engine, 2nd and 3rd car only have brakes and steering.
Teams actually race, head to head, against other competitors on a quarter mile oval track.
Yeeeee- Haw! What could possibly go wrong here?
Three-Car-Train-of-Death Racing
web posted May 7, 2015
Editor's post: Some comments and some news reports have been held back again due to the late hour. With only a few hours sleep and attending the County Council meeting, which also ran late, I have to get some rest. Hopefully I will be able to catch up tomorrow. The County Council meeting will be published on Thursday.
web posted May 6, 2015
This is to the guy who can't spell but pays taxes. I don't know if you're really as ignorant as you write or just like to pull everybody's chain. Please learn to spell and form a sentence. Maybe then somebody would take you serious.
web posted May 4, 2015

Shouldn’t that be “seriously”?
web posted May 6, 2015
These people riding bikes up and down Sweetwater Rd need to do it when traffic isn't so busy. 5 o'clock is busy and the road is so narrow anyway they just ignore that they are forcing drivers to come to a crawl if there is oncoming traffic because you can't get around them. I know they have the right to ride on the roads, but I wish they'd be a little more considerate of others.
web posted May 6, 2015
Re: Sheriff's Office and "Dangerous Calls"

Me, my wife, family members, and some neighbors have all had to call the Sheriff's Office for help and sometimes on pretty serious stuff. Once a family member caught someone trying to break in to their rental property next door late at night and had to hold the guy at gunpoint until deputies arrived (which didn't take long at all for them to get there). They have always been very professional, respectful, and never left until we were completely satisfied that everything had been taken care of to our satisfaction. They have a dangerous job to do every day and we should always support them. Remember that some of the cops in Aiken that were killed were killed on traffic stops. You never know what's going to happen. We should always keep them in our prayers.
web posted May 6, 2015
It is so nice to hear you talk about your "bride" the way you do. It shows how much you obviously love and respect her. I don't know if she is luckier to have you openly express your feelings or if you are luckier to have her.

Editor's note: Without question I am the luckiest man on earth to have such a beautiful, smart, wise and loving woman that agreed to be my bride.
web posted May 6, 2015
We've started a website that highlights nightlife and things to do in Augusta.  The website is Augusta Nightlife (http://augustanightlife.com) - you can search for us on Facebook and "Like" our page to find out what's going on (mostly 21+ events)
web posted May 6, 2015
I"d just like to say that the Edgefield Sheriffs Dept. is the finest and most professional that I have ever encountered. Every interaction that I have had with them has been unbelievably positive. Sheriff Dobey has done an exemplary job and his officers are polite and professional. It takes a certain type of man to be a LEO, a real man. Too many Depts. hire guys that are afraid of their shadow and shoot first. I don"t think that we have to worry about an officer with a bullet proof vest shooting a minor with a toy gun! They use common sense and are here to serve and protect as opposed to harass and beat. I have sung the praise for you guys at every opportunity.
Keep y"alls head held high b/c nobody can include this Dept. in the discussion taking place in this country. Thanks for all that you guys do and keep up the good work!
web posted May 5, 2015
I just wanted to give a special thanks to the Merriwether Fire Department.  My two year old son is obsessed with fire trucks; after passing by the station today [Monday], I decided to stop by and see if they would let him take a look at a truck. They did more than that, they pulled a fire tuck out, turned on the lights, and blew the siren for him.  They told him to stop on by anytime. They really went above and beyond when they didn't have to. It was a special moment for him and he was talking about it all evening, and will be for awhile. Thanks again to the Merriwether FD.
web posted May 5, 2015
I have read a couple of articles about some of the Silicon Valley gurus trying to extend their lives to at least 150 years. They are trying to conquer death . There is only one person that has been successful in doing that and it is Jesus Christ. If these were to accept Christ as their Savior they would have eternal life. What is better, living 150 years in a fallen world or eternal life with Christ?  Not much competition in that choice. I just watch these so called smart of the smart and feel so sad that they do not see the truth. I am not sure I would even want to live to be 150 but I sure am excited to have eternal life with Him . This world is a temporary home.  l Corinthians 1:27 says “but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”  No matter what is said, God’s Word is true and alive and we can count on it.
web posted May 5, 2015
I was so glad to read that Carlos Milanes would be interested in taking the job as CEO [at the Edgefield County Hospital] on permanently. I've met him and he is very professional and over qualified to run the hospital in my opinion. I didn't know just how qualified he was until I read the story on him today [Monday, May 4]. After running Aiken Regional running our little hospital should be a cake walk for him. I'm really excited about him being here.
web posted May 5, 2015
Re: dangerous calls that don't get reported.
Maybe you should report those kinds of calls the deputies go on. Not only do we have the best deputies who keep their heads and never shoot anybody, it shows that they are way under paid for what they do. They really are placing their lives on the line every day. I wouldn't do it for what they get paid.

Editor's note: They do the job because they love their jobs and they love this county.
web posted May 5, 2015
It doesn't matter what party you belong to - this is good  political humor from a show on Canadian TV, where a black comedian said he misses Bill Clinton.
"Yep, that's right - I miss Bill Clinton!"
*He was the closest thing we ever got to having a real black man as President.
*He played the sax.
*He smoked weed.
*He had his way with ugly white women.
*Even now? Look at him ... his wife works, and he doesn't!  And, he gets a check from the government every month.
*Manufacturers announced today that they will be stocking America's shelves this week with " Clinton Soup," in honor of one of the Nations distinguished men. It consists primarily of a weenie in hot water.
*Chrysler Corporation is adding a new car to its line to honor Bill Clinton. The Dodge Drafter will be built in Canada.
*When asked what he thought about foreign affairs, Clinton replied, "I don't know, I never had one."
*The Clinton revised judicial oath: "I solemnly swear to tell the truth as I know it, the whole truth as I believe it to be, and nothing but what I think you need to know."
*Clinton will be recorded in history as the only President to do Hanky Panky between the Bushes.
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Editor's post: The best laid plans can always go awry. I planned on attending the Peach Blossom Festival but slept late. I ended up in Martinez having lunch with my bride and the visiting with my mother and step father, which was a much bigger blessing as it turned out.
web posted May 4, 2015
This is to the guy who can't spell but pays taxes. I don't know if you're really as ignorant as you write or just like to pull everybody's chain. Please learn to spell and form a sentence. Maybe then somebody would take you serious.
web posted May 4, 2015
Re: "employee caught with still"
I've read where there was not going to be any disciplinary action taken against [the employee] but he hasn't been back at work since it all happened. Was he suspended from working? Wouldn't that be a "disciplinary action"? This wandering mind would like to know.

Editor's note: The school district has not announced any disciplinary action against the employee. He may be taking person time off to reflect on the situation.
web posted May 4, 2015
Everyone should see the movie "Little Boy".  It is an excellent message of faith and hope that reminds us of what more movies should aim for.
web posted May 4, 2015
I read the article on the hospital board by April Tomkinson and have to say you made a wise choice. It was very informative and very well written. I'm sure a good editor can make just about any writer look good, but for her first article she did a great job making me feel like I was at the meeting. I look forward to reading more from her. I notice the women are taking over. I've always loved reading anything written by Anne Waits for years and was glad to see the [Edgefield] Daily picked her up when the Citizen News closed.

Editor's note: I do not recall having to edit anything in April's report. I too look for good things from April in the future. She's a natural.
web posted May 4, 2015
Too many conflicts of interest for this State’s Attorney in Baltimore. Of course she does not want a special prosecutor. Her political statements yesterday colored her charges against the police officers with predjudice in my  opinion. Where are the protests in the streets for these police officers? Oh , that’s right , civilized and wise people know enough to let the system work. We do have a system and it should not be tainted or changed by thugs who have to have their own way.  Again, it is not “justice” , it is “just us”. These officers may be guilty, they may not be. Aren’t they innocent until proven guilty? Do they even have a chance for that? I sure hope they get a fair trial and if guilty, there should be serious consequences. But if they are found innocent???? OH MY!!!!!
web posted May 4, 2015
Hillary Clinton was sworn in today as President. She has disposed of Bill and is spending her first night alone in the White House. She has waited several years for this!
The ghost of George Washington appears to her, and Hillary says,
"How can I best serve my country?"

Washington says, "Never tell a lie."
"Ouch!" Says Hillary, "I don't know about that."

The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson appears...?
Hillary says, "How can I best serve my country?"

Jefferson says, "Listen to the people."
"Ohhh! I really really don't want to do that."

On the third night, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln appears...?
She says, "How can I best serve my country?"

Lincoln says,
"Go to the theater."
web posted May 4, 2015
I know this story is a little OLD but with all the BS that has surfaced lately concerning Obama, his presumed devotion to Islam and Iran, his choices of advisors that are Muslims themselves, especially that hideous toad Valerie Jarrett, and the infiltration of our government and military BY Muslims, this is worth a read again.

Barack Hussein Obama and America’s Rich Muslim Heritage
web posted May 4, 2015
Where's my phone?
Some British Humor is the best.......
The look on Grandpa’s face is priceless.......
Click here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/MbdoO8IiyrQ
web posted May 4, 2015
Is the county going to adopt some sort of rainwater runoff ordinance? I read Mr. Peterson's letter to the editor but I haven't seen anything in the news about this. Did I miss something?

Editor's note: The County is not planning any ordinance on water run-off or retention ponds. That is covered by DHEC.
web posted May 2, 2015
Re: Sheriff coming back to Johnston
After the way everybody acted the last time the Sheriff went to help out Johnston, why would he want to go back?
web posted May 2, 2015
RE Log Trucks
It's not just the log trucks. Hwy 25 and Sweetwater Rd are loaded with 18-wheelers that will ride your bumper or try to run you over. I know police can't be everywhere all the time, but they should at least make their presence know on both of these roads.
web posted May 2, 2015
I read the article on the hospital board and it sounds like the new Admin/CEO is going to whip everybody into shape. I've also noticed that all the naysayers have been very quiet.
web posted May 2, 2015

I went to see [a new business] in town today. I was very disappointed. Nothing really useful or interesting in the store and the prices on what they have is outrageous. I don't see this as a long term business unless they change the merchandise and pricing to be more affordable for most folk.
web posted May 2, 2015

You ever notice that riots always take place in places where Democrats are in total control?
web posted May 2, 2015
You gotta love Michael Moore (tongue in cheek). He tweeted that they should let the black prisoners (who were falsely charged out of jail and then disarm the police. Didn't we already see the results of that kind of action on Monday night in Baltimore? Criminals running free  (who should have been arrested) and the police not doing anything because they were told to stand down. Wow, Michael, how did that work out? Destruction, mayhem, people injured, fear, fires, many innocent people’s lives ruined  etc. etc. What will be the cost of all of this “protesting”?  Easy for him to say as he lives in a mansion and probably has his own guards. He is not in the fray. Talk about the clueless, and he is just an example of the left and their failed policies for the people in Baltimore. The Clintons, the Obamas, etc have lots of money but they sure “feel” for the poor. That is the lie-the false talk, throwing money at a problem but not fixing the problem. Such a complicated issue but so far the liberals have failed miserably and we are seeing the results in our streets. Al Sharpton has the nerve to blame past mayors? Weren’t they democrats? Seriously??????

I keep hearing the word “justice” thrown around by those in the streets and now the mayor who vows “justice” for Freddie Gray. Sounds like she has made a decision in this case, yet the facts aren't out there (although promised… look out more riots coming) . To me the word “justice” has a new meaning and that  is “just us”! No one else matters to these folks.  It is “just us” as far as those in the streets are saying. They won’t accept the truth either way. They have a sad and scary agenda that has been pumped into them by the likes of Al Sharpton and crew. Violence is not the answer. Running around with a huge chip on your shoulder is not the way to make things better. Whining and having the victim mentality just makes you more of a victim. Who wants to be a victim? Apparently many do.

Any good movies on TV? I am sick of watching all this mess. There is a lot of other news out there and unfortunately, or conveniently, we are distracted by all of this mayhem. We might want to put some effort in Nepal. We might want to keep out eyes on Iran and now this new trade deal in the works. Lots of other things to be aware of for sure.
web posted May 2, 2015

A US Navy cruiser anchored in Mississippi for a week's shore leave.The first evening, the ship's Captain received the following note from the wife of a very wealthy and influential plantation owner: 

"Dear Captain, Thursday will be my daughter's Debutante Ball.
I would like you to send four well-mannered, handsome, unmarried officers in their formal dress uniforms to attend the dance." "They should arrive promptly at 8:00 PM prepared for an evening of polite Southern conversation. They should be excellent dancers, as they will be the escorts of lovely refined young ladies. One last point: "No Jews please."

Sending a written message by his own yeoman, the captain replied:
"Madam, thank you for your invitation. In order to present the widest possible knowledge base for polite conversation, I am sending four of my best and most prized officers."

"One is a lieutenant commander, and a graduate of Annapolis with an additional Masters degree from MIT in fluid technologies and ship design." "The second is a Lieutenant, one of our helicopter pilots, and a graduate of Northwestern university in Chicago, with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. His Masters Degree and PhD. In Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering are from Texas Tech University and he is also an astronaut candidate."

"The third officer is also a lieutenant, with degrees in both computer systems and information technology from SMU and he is awaiting notification on his Doctoral Dissertation from Cal Tech."

"Finally, the fourth officer, also a lieutenant commander, is our ship's doctor, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree is from the University of North Carolina . We are very proud of him, as he is also a senior fellow in Trauma Surgery at Bethesda ."

Upon receiving this letter, Melinda's mother was quite excited and looked forward to Thursday with pleasure. Her daughter would be escorted by four handsome naval officers without peer (and the other women in her social circle would be insanely jealous).

At precisely 8:00 PM on Thursday, Melinda's mother heard a polite rap at the door which she opened to find, in full dress uniform, four very handsome, smiling Black officers. Her mouth fell open, but pulling herself together, she stammered, "There must be some mistake."

"No, Madam," said the first officer. "Captain Goldberg never makes mistakes."
web posted May 2, 2015
Someone needs to do a better job regulating the log truck drivers. they are an absolute menace on the roads. They drive way too fast on the back winding little roads.
web posted May 1, 2015
I was on Five Notch road on Tuesday shortly after that bad accident happened. I was glad to hear there were no serious injuries. It seems there have been a number of serious accidents at that corner. I was wondering if a four way stop would help things at that corner. I know I always make sure people have stopped if I am going down Five Notch because that corner makes me nervous. 
web posted May 1, 2015
I think I will go over the sheriffs head and talk to the coroner and my lawer

Editor's note: I think you should do just that.
web posted May 1, 2015
McCormick hired former Fox Creek coach last night.
web posted May 1, 2015
"Great" Orators of the Dumbocrap Party!
Democrat Party - PAST:  
"One man with courage makes a majority." ~ Andrew Jackson
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The buck stops here." ~ Harry S. Truman
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." ~ John F. Kennedy

Great Orators of the Democrat Party - -PRESENT:
"It depends what your definition of ‘is’ is?'' ~ President William Jefferson Clinton
"Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage." ~ John Edwards
"What difference does it make?" (re:  Benghazi ) ~ Hillary Clinton
"I invented the Internet." ~ Al Gore
" America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." ~ Barack Hussein Obama
"I have campaigned in all 57 states." ~ Barack Hussein Obama (Quoted 2008)
"You don't need God anymore; you have us Democrats." ~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006) (A really, really stupid remark.)
"Paying taxes is voluntary." ~ Sen. Harry Reid
"Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is.” ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton (Quoted1998)
"You have a business. You didn't build that. Someone else did!" ~Barack Obama (Quoted 2012)
And the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the "Mother Superior Moron ”
“We just have to pass the Healthcare Bill to see what’s in it.” ~Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March,2010)

(As one Doctor said: That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.)

"Life is tough! It's even tougher when you're stupid.'' ~ John Wayne
web posted May 1, 2015
Re: Sheriff needs to come back to Johnston
I agree! It's a mess.
web posted May 1, 2015
Sounds like the hospital board is off to a GREAT start! Looks like things are finally getting done.
web posted May 1, 2015
Please don't waste this on a small screen, like a phone. Get the biggest screen you can, enjoy.
Photography is outstanding...but the bike riding skills are unbelievable .            
web posted May 1, 2015
"Carlos was very straightforward as he explained independent, rural hospitals trying to remain isolated won’t be able to make it in the new healthcare environment.  As a result, he plans to start looking at which partner in the surrounding area would be good for Edgefield County Hospital. 

The hospital must partner with a larger, stronger unit to survive. “Partnering does not mean selling. Partnering means a bigger player helps the smaller player survive,” Carlos said. The Board accepted the CEO report. "

I think I have heard this some place before just can't put my finger on it!  Funny how you say something and no one believe you until you hear it  again, but then its different.
web posted May 1, 2015
I know Carlos has only been there one week and 3 days BUT……..Praises for County Council for the NEW BOARD, Kudos for the NEW BOARD for CARLOS!  Kudos for Carlos for providing positive and experienced leadership.
web posted April 30, 2015
What is wrong with this picture? Byrd is arrested for rape of a teen on Friday and home by Monday. Turman is arrested for intent to distribute, illegal possession of a fire arm, and open container and is still in jail as of Monday. Should Turman still be in jail, heck yes! Should Byrd still be in jail, HECK YES!! 
web posted April 30, 2015
The sheriff needs to come back to Johnston. The Keystone Cops running the show and it ain't funny! PLEASE HELP!
web posted April 30, 2015
The blacks in Baltimore burn down businesses then complain there's no jobs.
web posted April 30, 2015
So, the police in Baltimore stayed back Monday night because so many of the protestors were “just kids”. Those “kids” were sure capable of doing some terrible damage and hurting people. What a ridiculous excuse . If those “kids” had been taught right, disciplined and had consequences growing up maybe they would not have been out on the street breaking the law. I don't care how old they were. They should have been dealt with immediately. Oh, and to the  Baltimore City Council President who came out and apologized for calling these criminals “thugs”- no need for an apology.  He said they were “misdirected youth”, not “thugs”. Well, these  “misdirected youth” did a heck of a lot of damage to their own neighborhoods, the innocent business owners in the area and even a senior center that was being built to help some of these “misdirected youth’s” grandparents and other seniors. The police just watched. I say that is more that misdirection. That councilman stood next to self proclaimed gang members as he spoke?  Supposedly the gangs have come together against the police (have they ever not been against the police?)  but they stood in front of businesses to protect the businesses? It does not appear they did much good in that role. Of course gangs are against the police. Gangs are lawless. Who cannot connect the dots on this one?

Even America’s pastime has been hurt by these “misdirected youth”. For the first time ever a baseball game is being played today with no fans allowed to attend. The fabric of our society is being destroyed. It is sad, sad, sad.  Oh, and the Democrats have been in control in Baltimore since 1967. They have really helped the issues in the city, haven't they?
web posted April 30, 2015
OK, so the rule of the seas supposedly translates an attack on appropriately flagged vessel as an attack on the sovereignty of the vessel's flagging nation . . .
Given that, and the fact the US supposedly protects the Marshall Islands, you might think that USN assets in the area might intervene to some extent. Nope. Law of the Sea and permissive Rules of Engagement notwithstanding, the National Command Authority probably checked with the White House for further guidance ... whereupon the pansies said stand down.
 This is a sad state of affairs, bodes ill for our relationships with allies when we refuse to protect allied shipping we're under treaty to protect.
web posted April 30, 2015
for five years people put trash on my land The sheriffs office does not do a [removed] thing about it  they said I don't vote but I pay taxes that what the sheriffs office did to me
web posted April 30, 2015
A woman who had been married three times walked into a bridal shop one day and told the sales clerk that she was looking for a wedding gown for her fourth wedding. "Of course, madam," replied the sales clerk, "exactly what type and color dress are you looking for?" The bride-to-be said, "A long frilly white dress with a veil." "Please don't take this the wrong way, madam, but such dresses are usually more fitting for the first time bride who is more innocent in the ways of life, if you get my meaning." "WELL!," replied the customer, a little peeved at the clerk's directness, "I can assure you that a white gown would be quite appropriate. Believe it or not, despite all my marriages, I remain as innocent as a first-time bride. You see, my first husband was so excited about our wedding, he died as we were checking into our honeymoon hotel. My second husband and I got into such a terrible fight in the limo on our way to our honeymoon hotel that we had that wedding annulled immediately and never spoke to each other again." "What about your third husband?" "That one was a DEMOCRAT, said the woman, "and every night for four years, he just sat on the edge of the  bed and told me how good it was going to be, but nothing ever happened.
web posted April 30, 2015
This is an incredibly great video.  It humbles you down to your toes.  It is one of the finest tributes I have seen.

Editor's note: And by one of the greatest Presidents we've ever had.
web posted April 30, 2015
The Best Commercial of 2015.  I don't know who did this but it is excellent and spot on!
web posted April 30, 2015
Editor's post: I was approached by two women today who told me they were praying for me every day. The concern on their faces almost moved me to tears. I wish I could express in words how much it means to me to have other people lifting me up in prayer.

Some reports were held back due to running so late and having internet issues to boot.
web posted April 29, 2015
A radio spot heard in Augusta advertising the play at STHS, and mentioning the director numerous times:   When does a high school program become so much about the instructor and not about the kids?

Editor's note: I don't believe they have sent me anything on the play.
web posted April 29, 2015
Instead of focusing on the disaster in Nepal and the pain and suffering going on in that poor country, we are watching a bunch of criminals burning and looting their own city. This is the epitome of selfishness. This excuse of anger toward the police is just that, an excuse for lawlessness.  Baltimore got to see first hand what happens when the police stand back. What in the world is going on there? Who is calling the shots? Is that mayor totally inept? I heard her call for anyone, including Al Sharpton, who wants to come to help bring peace to come to Baltimore. All she is doing is fanning the flames. Unbelievable.

I pray for the citizens who now have no CVS, no new senior center, business owners who now have no livelihood etc. etc. These people who think they have a right to loot and burn what belongs to others are criminals and should be arrested. Look at the aftermath in Ferguson. Many good people are left with nothing. This is certainly not a new issue.  I was doing mission work in Watts shortly after the riots out there and the area was devastated.  Watts has never recovered.  None of the cities that have gone through this have recovered.  Yet somehow it is everyone else’s fault. They have some right to be angry at whites and even their own black police force? It is not OK to burn down a city every time there is an issue with the police. Blacks are not the only ones who have had issues with the police.  So twisted.

This is some sort of “civil rights” issue? I am sorry. There is absolutely nothing civil about these criminals who think nothing of hurting their own neighbors and families. That is not civil rights, it is lawlessness. I understand the frustrations of many  but don't call any of this a new civil rights movement. 
web posted April 29, 2015
Congrats to STHS Varsity girls Soccer team! We love you ladies- from your fans!!
web posted April 29, 2015
I know the whole thing with the school district worker caught with a moonshine still is all said and done, but I still think the guy should have been arrested. [Edgefield Daily] has reported on other stills being found and those people were arrested.

Editor's note: Technically he was "arrested", he just wasn't taken to jail. A ticket is an "arrest".
web posted April 29, 2015
It's been only 1 day since the riots in Baltimore and I'm sick of hearing about it already. No matter what channel you turn on that's all you see. Its like there's nothing else is happening in the world.

Editor's note: If the media would cover it and move on, most of these trouble makers would go home. The media fans the flames by giving them 24/7 coverage.
web posted April 29, 2015
Another day another rapist in the county. This seems to be happening every week! And they keep getting younger and younger!! I guess they'll kick him out of school since she told somebody at school unless she's in middle school. How old is the girl?

Editor's note: The victim is between the ages of 13 and 17 inclusive. Byrd does not attend school.
web posted April 29, 2015
Re: rape
I hope the story is true & the girl didn't just tell her boyfriend she was raped, bc she cheated & didn't want to admit it. That young man will have to carry the rep of a sexual predator the rest of his life. But if a 17 year old really did rape a young girl, man what is he capable of next? See way too many juveniles going to prison before their 18th birthday nowadays. And it's completely normal in society. That's what really sad. And even worse, the short sentences the justice system gives rapists & child molesters. They parole out in 3 years bc "they're cured", yet they always reoffend & it takes someone losing their life for those predators to be locked away for good. But people get more time for selling weed? Something's wrong with that picture.
web posted April 29, 2015
Ben Carson ‘Makes Big Impression’ at Sharpton’s NAN Convention

Editor's note: I really like Dr. Carson.
web posted April 29, 2015
Re: inmates dog taken
I read the story and notice it said the dog was taken to the Aiken shelter. What ever happened to a shelter here? I though it was going to be built last year, what happened? Did they scrap the shelter? As far as taking the dog, this guy doesn't have a buddy that could go by and feed and water the dog? Obviously the woman he lives with isn't going to do it. From the story it sounds like they had already talked to him about the dog if he refused to give it up when he went to jail.

Editor's note: The animal shelter has been approved and the funding set aside. I believe it is set to go out for construction bids very soon. It should be built this year. Any time government is involved things move at a snails pace.
web posted April 28, 2015
To the poster responding to my post about misspeaking about the student at STHS, You are absolutely right about me not having all the information. I apologize for my misunderstanding the situation and for commenting on something I did research enough. Actually, I was not trying to be smart, I was really concerned about the situation and the student.  You are totally right though, I did not have my facts straight at all.  I do apologize and will think twice about commenting on things I don't know  enough about.  I was wrong and I take the blame for my comments. I am glad you pointed it out to me.
web posted April 28, 2015
Looks like JPD Cheif and Mayor have done it again.  It's a good thing they tell us what good christians they are.  By their actions of lying and being dirty, no one would ever know!
web posted April 28, 2015
I think police wearing body cams should be required. With all the problems and complaints having a video of what the officer does when he's on a call would be cleared up by watching the video. It would have cleared things up with the cop in Charleston that shot the guy in the back rather than a video from someone watching and recording it on their phone.
web posted April 28, 2015

Go Rebels!! Coach Hite has done a great job with the baseball team. Starting the play offs as the #2 team ain't too shabby!
web posted April 28, 2015
Just as our basic vocabulary grows and evolves on an almost daily basis, so too does our usage of technical terminology and acronyms. 
Example: In recent American history, the president of our once-great nation has been identified by the acronym "POTUS", which of course stands for President Of The United States.
However, during the current presidency, many may not be aware of the subtle change in meaning that has come about with that term.
The occupant of the Oval Office is still referred to as the POTUS, but the term has become much more descriptive of the man holding this once revered position. POTUS now means: 
Piece Of Totally Useless [removed]
web posted April 28, 2015
Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak.
But, all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic. 
And since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday.
The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest.
The Priest came to visit Bubba, and suggested that he become a Catholic.
After several classes and much study, Bubba attended Mass ... And as the Priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said, "You were born a Baptist, and raised a Baptist, but now you are a Catholic.
Bubba's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood.
The Priest was called immediately by the neighbors, and, as he rushed into Bubba's yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement.
There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted:  "You wuz born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you is a catfish."
web posted April 28, 2015