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Editor's post: Happy Friday! Have a great week everyone! Special Birthday Wish to one of my best friends Kathleen Hill.  Have a great birthday!
web posted September 30, 2016
Dobey is a joke. Attend a council meeting you say. How many has Dobey attended? I will wait. He doesn't go. Why not compare Edgefield to Aiken County as we are growing, especially on the South End of the county, and we do get a lot of the criminals funneling this way. How about fix the radio system on the South End before someone gets killed. The radio system in place is trash and is going to get someone hurt. The busiest part of the county and the deputies can't even talk on their radios. Been an issue for a decade now. Even with the new repeater in place it's a joke like Dobey leading. Look inside and this could a great place with some quality deputies still in place and not a wait for a call and do the paperwork people wake up this county is getting beat down with break ins and thefts. Make a difference get out and vote for a change.
web posted September 30, 2016

To poster who stated commit a crime and u will see the sheriff. Why should someone have to commit a crime to see someone who holds a public office. I am pretty sure even if I did commit a crime I wouldn't see him anyway I would only see deputies.
web posted September 30, 2016
I wish people cared as much about real issues in this country as they do the attire of the STHS football coaches, or whatever it is they seem so concerned about.  Some of this kind of stuff is really pretty insignificant in the scope of what we are facing as a nation.  Even the elections in Edgefield have consequences for all of us. Has all the griping about the coaches clothes changed anything? I hope so because then maybe we can think about real problems.  I know there needs to be a certain amount of decorum but seriously….
web posted September 30, 2016

There is a dangerous spot uptown near the pool room and the antique shop.   There are parking places there that should be eliminated.   If a car is coming up the hill, it presents a problem.   Couldn't we do without these parking places.   We can't see what is coming, and the parked vehicles cause us to get into the other lane.
web posted September 30, 2016

To the poster who thinks its ok for our deputies to make 28k a year while putting there life on the line. Take the sheriff canidates out of it for a second. People at walmart are making that a year. Yes aiken county is bigger which means more officers and they have a nice goverment building that they fund also and a new top of the line jail. Edgefield on the other hand has a jail thats rotting away and working on technology 20 plus years old. The courthouse is also in need of a face lift. Saying all that where does the money go in our county. Why cant our deputies be paid a decent salary. The sheriff does not fight for it. If he did it would have increased in the last 10 years which is hasnt. They did a survey a few years and and the county sheriffs department was so far from being on track with averages it was embarassing. Dobey has not stood up for his deputies and fought for more competive pay. He is the sheriff and has the power to do so. Yes its ultimaly the county consuels choice in the end but if he was asking and fighting for it then we would have seen some type of increase in the last years.
web posted September 30, 2016
I too served in the Cuban Crisis at the age of 20 and also served one year in Vietnam. I agree 100%
with this writer. In reference to the Cuban Crisis it is forgotten how close the United States could have
been destroyed. If Gitmo is given back to Cuba it will Russia will take control and it is all over as we know
the United States today.
As time passes we forget who fights and gives their all for this Country, Our children and Grandchildren
will face times we do not want them to face. It is up to you, the people to save the future of our Nation.
Let us go back and feel in your hearts to those who gave all  for us to be free today. Will it be free
tomorrow, next week, four years or less. What is this "Black Lives Matter". I served and protected this country along with my servicemen of all races during the Cuban Crisis (1962) which America could have been destroyed and this generation does not have a clue that it could happen again once Gitmo is
given back to Cuba and Russia moves back in with ballistic missiles.
web posted September 30, 2016

To the poster who addressed Coach Hillary, we really couldn't care less about the attire, we just want a WIN!! (like most normal people)
web posted September 28, 2016

Coach Hillary, Please make sure that all coaches including yourself have your shirts neatly tucked in and also have your players to have their uniforms tucked in neatly as well. We would like to make a good impression for the people including our alumni. Remember we are supporting you and the game but we also would like to make sure that you  and the team look you're very best.
web posted September 28, 2016

To the poster that is concerned about Sheriff Dobey (not Doby). How do you know what the Sheriff does at the County Council Meetings? Do you attend them? All of them? For your Information Sheriff Dobey (not Doby) constantly goes before County Council to ask for raises, cars, and other things to help better his department. Sometimes the County Council may grant the decision and sometimes they may not. Also realize that Aiken County is bigger than Edgefield therefore, it is like comparing apples to oranges. To find the real truth attend a meeting. Or better yet, talk to him Sheriff Dobey(not Doby).
web posted September 28, 2016

As I said in my last post, I made an observation about the coaching staff’s attire. I also said that it was my opinion which I am entitled to form just like you! I NEVER said anything about race nor did I insinuate that race played ANY role in my opinion! But like with most people these days, YOU brought race into it!! I don’t care what color the coaches are! They could be purple with green polka dots for all I care!! They should still look presentable!! I don’t care what Lane Kiffin wears on the sidelines. He’s not the coach of our High School. And NO, I certainly don’t expect to see suits and ties on the sidelines. And as far as why am I there, I love STHS! I am an alumni and I have every right to my opinion. Also, I have every right to want the impression that its employees make to be one that is positive and appropriate!
web posted September 28, 2016

As I said in my last post, I made an observation about the coaching staff’s attire. I also said that it was my opinion which I am entitled to form just like you! I NEVER said anything about race nor did I insinuate that race played ANY role in my opinion! But like with most people these days, YOU brought race into it!! I don’t care what color the coaches are! They could be purple with green polka dots for all I care!! They should still look presentable!! I don’t care what Lane Kiffin wears on the sidelines. He’s not the coach of our High School. And NO, I certainly don’t expect to see suits and ties on the sidelines. And as far as why am I there, I love STHS! I am an alumni and I have every right to my opinion. Also, I have every right to want the impression that its employees make to be one that is positive and appropriate!
web posted September 27, 2016

Vote for Sheriff Dobey and McCain and Beck.
web posted September 27, 2016

Re: The STHS Football Coaching Staff..........have you seen how Lane Kiffin of Alabama dresses? How about 90% of all collegiate coaching staffs? They all dress loosely now for a reason. The days of Lombardi and The Bear are over. Coaches today do much more than walk onto the field, holding a clip board and call plays. The primary reason they dress the way they do is so they can help warm up their players prior to the games. You can't do that in a suit and tie and even a tucked in shirt would be difficult to perform in.

I understand the need to "look" presentable when representing our school, however this style of "coach dress" is now the norm.
web posted September 26, 2016
To the poster who is so concerned about the staff at the football games. Why are you there? With all the running around the coaches are doing,  why would you be concerned with shirts being tucked in. The only reason you are concerned is because we have a black coach. All the years that Sawyer was there, you never complained about the staff’s attire. Now that Hillary is the coach, you are concerned. Just do us all a favor and stay home. We know what your real agenda is.
web posted September 26, 2016
Lets talk about the upcoming election for Sheriff. Sheriff Doby is not a bad sheriff just stuck in the old times. The turnover is so high in the county for officers because the salary is 28k for a new officer. Thats $11 an hour which is ridiclious when aiken and north augusta are neighboring counties and start at 38k. They cant say its because the lack of money. The taxes in the county are higher than aiken and we have no big buildings in the county that need taken care of. The deputies are driving old cars and used gear.Sheriff Doby wont go before the county counsel and fight to get more. There is no traffic enforcement in the county by anyone. The SCHP is short also and has a maxium of 3 troopers for edgefield saludia and Mccormick county. Read more.

Editor's Note: The county council has just recently looked into a salary study for law enforcement.  I am not sure if it has been implemented at this time

web posted September 26, 2016
I have to agree with the other person who stated that the STHS Football staff looks sloppy with their shirts untucked. I noticed the same thing at the STHS vs. N.A. game tonight. It looked so unprofessional that I was embarrassed for them.
web posted September 26, 2016
Re: volleyball team: Who is the assistant coach(s)?
web posted September 26, 2016

To the poster who says he’s never seen the sheriff. Commit a crime and you will definitely see him. Stop showing your ignorance!!!!!
web posted September 26, 2016

What does it take to get the idiots in this county council (Dandy Dean)to take notice that you are undeserving the citizens of this county? I was listening to the scanner and you have a wreck and need more help and a ambulance is sitting at the Strom Thurmond football game and it doesn't respond are you kidding me!  

This is a emergency it doesn't matter if STHS hired a COUNTY AMBULANCE to be at a ball game the FIRST response is to a COUNTY emergency if you can call EMS workers in on mass casualties from home but can't redirect COUNTY personnel that have COUNTY EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT in the county ? I want to be that LAWYER at that trial. Im not one but you wouldn't have to be ! Why doesn't the school hire one of the transport companies that serves the county oh I forgot they don't do squat for the county an are not required by ordnance to do anything but continue to work in the county.  Thanks Dean !

I guess it will take a family member of a county council to not get a ambulance that will change the current EMS service or one family that has the resources.  I say make a change in County Council vote Dandy Dean out! Get someone in that spends money for services that serve all not a few.

Editor's Note: Try contacting Tommy Paradise, administrator for Edgefield County (803) 637-4000.  He may be able to help you with your concerns.
web posted September 26, 2016
I would say that if someone has not seen the Sheriff in person, that is a good thing. Apparently this person has never had an issue that required the Sheriff’s attention. What in the world does seeing the Sheriff in person have to do with voting for him or not?  I don’t understand that logic.  Also, do candidates running for Sheriff normally debate? I am asking because I am just wondering if that is a normal activity.  Who would moderate something like that?  Just trying to think about the details of something like that.

Editor's Note: Debates are normally held on a national or federal level, but I guess anyone can have a debate if both parties are willing.  The media normally moderates debates. 
web posted September 26, 2016
To the reader who posted in response to the Football staff’s appearance, I saw more than one staff member with their shirts tucked in. I was referring to those who didn’t. Whether they wear a pull over or a straight tailed shirt, doesn’t mean that they can’t look professional. My observation and my opinion is that it looks sloppy! Apparently they don’t take as much pride as they should in how they look. They represent our school as well as our children and in my opinion, their sloppy appearance doesn’t give a very good impression of our school or our children. 
web posted September 23, 2016
All this talk about how our sheriff is so good. I live in Edgefield county and have never seen him in person so I have no idea what he looks like. So if I can't pick him out in a crowd why should I vote for him?? 
web posted September 23, 2016
You stated "Vote for..........and anyone running against Sonny Reel". Well, lets look at your other two choices...#1 has sticky fingers at work and at church,bad credit, criminal record and racist.  #2 has no vested interest in Edgefield County, i.e. pays no taxes here, and supposedly still lives with mom and dad.

With choices like that and as a past juror....I'm voting for Mr. Reel, as he was very professional in his duties.
web posted September 23, 2016

It doesn't matter what the event is blocking the parking spaces in front of the library is wrong. Especially the handicap space. The town has done this in past with a bandstand. Which was very disturbing to anyone using the library.
web posted September 23, 2016
So let me get this right.  The guy running against sheriff Dobey challenge him to a debate but he refused. What is the sheriff afraid of.  kind of makes you wonder???  Also want to know why theses  settled lawsuits never made headlines.???
web posted September 23, 2016

I find some of the posts about the Sheriff’s race fascinating but not very helpful.  I do have concern about some of the cases that have not been solved. The disappearance of Tamera Kingery is very troubling to me. Is it just a cold case at this point? So sad for all who knew her. We need to remember that this is a small town and community. Maybe the resources needed aren’t  available for cases like this.

I am just not convinced that the person running against the current Sherriff would do a better job. This is a very confusing race to me.   One correction to make though, this page is called Wandering Minds, not Wondering Minds. I am guessing it was a typo or people are new to the page. Anyway, just a clarification. I know we are all wondering about things, but I think the original idea is that it is a place for “wandering minds” to express their thoughts. I have read it for years and often write in. My mind wanders a lot, I guess.  😊
web posted September 22, 2016
Vote for Sheriff Dobey and anyone running against Sonny Reel.
web posted September 22, 2016

To Avid Fan:
At home games the STHS Varsity Football staff wears white all-weather pull-overs not shirts like usual. They wear other shirts underneath the pull-overs tucked into their pants. Most of them also wear belts with their pants. This is their “uniform”. They are ALL wearing them with either khaki pants or khaki shorts and they all have matching shoes and hats. Worry about something else. Spoiler Alert-They will be wearing the same thing this week at home too!
web posted September 22, 2016

In reference to the post on the 15th, you stated it sounded like a deputy or a staff member at the Sheriffs Office wrote into wondering minds. You stated: “the deputy’s and the Staff thank you”. When in reality on the 12th; the comment actually stated: "To the Edgefield County Sheriffs Deputies and Command Staff thank you and keep up the good work to protect my family and I." Sounds like to me you changed it up and now your hand is called on it. And if your wondering I did not write the original post on the 12th, it just happened to catch my attention. As for me, Thank You Sheriff and Staff for your unnoticed sacrifices that you provide to our county.
web posted September 19, 2016

Dedicated to Colin Kaepernick and other low-life's that refuse to honor our American Flag and respect those who have fought for our freedom and those who are still on the battlefield.

Toby Keith - Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)
web posted September 19, 2016

Re: Lady Rebels Volleyball Plays Augusta Prep Fall Classic
Who are the coaches, head and assistants, of the STHS Volleyball team?

Editor's Note: Nick Lorimer is the head coach for the volleyball team
web posted September 19, 2016

Looking at the post that starts out { For the people of Edgefield Co if you want a bunch } posted on 9-15, I'm sure I would value this persons opinion. Learn to spell, people might take you serious. The end of the post stated !!!! More to come !!!!! looking forward to this, everyone needs a good laugh.
web posted September 19, 2016

I am an avid fan of STHS football and attend all home games as well as travel to many away games. The last 2 weeks, I have observed the coaching staff looking less than appropriate on the side lines with their shirts not tucked in. They look sloppy and unprofessional!!! They want the players to look good on the field and they should give more thought to how they look as well.
web posted September 19, 2016

The people at the sheriff's office would stay to work because they love the job. The few who don't work are the ones saying people would leave to scare the people to vote to keep the same system where supervisors avoid calls, go off the radio, and sit in dispatch. The people who will stay and stand up outweighs the lazy ones who will leave or be terminated. Winds of change are blowing
web posted September 19, 2016

One post mentioned the missing woman in the south end of the county meaning Tamera Kingery  but she is not alone. The ball has been dropped more than once in the past few years. A time back a gentleman left his job at Walmart and got lost on Sylvan Road off of Sweetwater Road and was not found until long after his death and  another was Brodise McCain lost on Rainbow Falls Road and given up on after  Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey said his office was using every available resource, agency, and deputy in order to find Mrs. McCain. "We're going to keep looking until we find her," Sheriff Dobey said. Well that statement wasn't true, she was found by volunteers after our Sheriff gave up. Its not all about the loss of life or lost people but this should make every voter think. We get lied to and halfheartedly protected. Its time for change and I know I am not the only one that feels this way.
web posted September 19, 2016

I think Dobey, has been a great sheriff, and truly cares about people, their families, and Edgefield county as a whole. I will vote for him in this up coming election, because I do not believe there is any one else who could do a better job as he has. He's not just our sheriff in Edgefield County he is like a lifeline. Because he is the one in the background getting things done and making the decisions. Anyways I hope everyone will vote for Mr. Dobey he is a great man, intelligent, honorable, with a high character of morals, and integrity.
web posted September 16, 2016

I see in one of the last posts on Wondering Minds that someone wrote in defending Sheriff Dobey and referenced his achievements over the past sixteen years, but failed to name one. So, what are his achievements? It was also written originally to sound like a citizen wrote it, but there was a give-away in the last sentence, “the deputy’s and the Staff thank you”. Looks like someone needs proof their work. And if the command staff has time to play twiddle-winks on the computer, does that mean they have located the missing woman on the south end of the county? Does it mean they have identified and arrested the people responsible for the Winn Grocery incident? Looks like to me if they have time to do mortal combat on Wondering Minds they could be out on the road running down leads, LAUGH LAUGH.
web posted September 15, 2016

RE: Armadillo problems? Shoot them!  They are in season year round.
We have a friend who works with the gov't environmental dept. in DC.  She says that when armadillos invade, coyotes are not far behind.  Coyotes are already here: We recently  lost a pet to them.

Editor's Note: So sorry for the loss of your pet.
web posted September 15, 2016
I have talked to a professional dillo trapper, bait doesn't work dillos don’t eat anything that they don't dig. The scent from another dillo previously caught helps.  Catching armadillos.  Contact: The Armadillo Trap Co.  Tel. 601 408 1070   the armadillotrap@gmail.com  Excellent Reviews

Editor's Note: Great information, thank you.
web posted September 15, 2016
For the people of Edgefield Co if you want a bunch of people that have not lived here very long an knows no one in this county RAFFIELD is your man but if you had rather have home town guys an gals by all means Sheriff DOBEY is our guy none of the ones let go are demoted were from here that should tell you something the Sheriff's office is an always has been ran in a very professional manner RAFFIELD is a joke ask anyone that works with him are knows him an for the other three are jokes !!!! More to come !!!!!
web posted September 15, 2016

While i am so PROUD of the local Students picking up garbage on Star Road (the road between China 1 and Bil-Lo), there lives are seriously being put in danger by having them do it during afternoon traffic. I was so worried about them last Friday afternoon around 4:00 PM, as 2 young girls were walking across the bridge at the bottom of the Hill and cars were "fortunately" going slowly around the girls. I can't say enough how proud of them I am for volunteering their time but I implore the teacher or their sponsor to allow them to do this at a more quiet time for their sake. Sadly, years ago a good friend lost their mother to a hit and run driver while she was doing the same adopt-a-hwy. I just don't want to see anyone get hurt. All drivers won't be as careful as they all were that day.
web posted September 14, 2016

Mike Raffield has our vote. Thank you for all that you have done helping my family and me.
web posted September 14, 2016
Armadillo problems? Shoot them! Pg 68 on SCDNR, Rules and Regulations. They are in season year round.
They can also be trapped. A cage trap for Raccoons work. Bait with over ripened fruits, worms and even shelled corn works. Place the cage against wall, fence. Go to Armadillo Trap.com, for videos on trapping. They also sell wooden traps.

Editor's Note: Thank you for sharing
web posted September 14, 2016

I'm scratching my head & have a question to ponder. How has the last four deputies fired or demoted; from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office been hired immediately by Saluda County Sheriff John Perry? If there was something truly wrong with their performance or conduct, would not a neighboring county police department pass on hiring them? Two of the four were promoted in Saluda from what I understand. Doesn't the new employer have to check out what happened at the academy? Kind of mas you wonder exactly what is going on.
web posted September 14, 2016

Well folks if you like the wasteful spending and law suits the current sheriff have put on our county tax payers please vote for him .  I bet the public have no ideas on the thousands of dollars the sheriff was sued for and had to settle because of his incompetence as a leader .  Lets don't mention the lack of patrolling he does .  He's no different then crooked Hillary . 
web posted September 14, 2016
Sheriff Adell Dobey has done an amazing job in the last 16 years. Sheriff Dobey has brought many things to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and also to the community. Sheriff Dobey has proven himself as a leader within this community. Michael Raffield was terminated by the Edgefield County Sheriff's Department. Michael Raffield has an extensive work history, and I'm sure the public would like to know the real reasons for him not working at any of the other department listed on his résumé. Sheriff Dobey has held the current office of Sheriff since 2001 and I plan on voting for him in November 2016 and have him in office until he so chooses to retire. To the Edgefield County Sheriffs Deputies and Command Staff thank you and keep up the good work to protect my family and I.
web posted September 12, 2016

This column would be better if people’s comments were much shorter.  I’m not interested in reading their “books”.  Otherwise, I  look forward to reading Wandering Minds.

Editor's Note: Thank you for reading, glad you are enjoying for the most part!
web posted September 12, 2016

The comment that begins with "No need to go into statistics" is so absurd that it begs for a rebuttal. Edgefield County as well as the town of Edgefield statistically, which means by objective standards, does better in terms of crime than the national and state averages. Places where the challenger works and has worked do not fare as well by objective standards, aka statistics, despite his impressive resume. It would appear that by objective standards, aka statistics, the methods being used in Edgefield County and the Town of Edgefield outperform the methods used by the challenger in his current employment and previous employment.
The author is correct that the Sheriff's Department works for us and does not own us. It is also true that the Sheriff's Office as well as the Police Department work with what the Town and County can afford to provide in terms of resources. Could the challenger do a better job with the resources available to him? Perhaps, but there is no evidence of it from his current performance.
web posted September 9, 2016

The crime rate has gone up in Ridge Spring people getting ran over. Wait didn't those guys get put in jail facing murder charges. Well what about the armed robbery, wait that was solved too. If we are going to speak about records then let's pull some records. How many cases were solved that Dobey worked. I will wait. So as for the churches, hey least he knows how to use facebook isn't both candidates showing up to churches that's right election year. Better than going to Gary's hamburgers everyday when you don't eat there. Or drive around in 5 cars not to be seen. Mike you got my vote. Clean this mess up please.
web posted September 9, 2016
Mr Raffield anybody that ever worked with you knows it has always been about you brother what you have done an how you done it nobody knows how to police but you its not that way it's a TEAM effort not just you !! You were demoted at Edgefield S O after making a VERY bad call on a case made leave Saluda S O by Sheriff Perry so Mr smell good an skirt chaser it ain't happening in Edgefield co Brother Dobey all the way in 2016 OUR SHERIFF !!!
web posted September 9, 2016

I am a little confused about the Sheriff’s race. I didn’t realize we had any issues with our current sheriff. At least my family doesn’t. I would like to see the department staffed more and have enough patrol cars etc. but I am thinking it is up to the county to provide the funds for those things. I was concerned about the challenger lying about being invited to a church-not saying I believe he did lie or not, but if by chance he did, then I will not vote for him. We have enough lying going on in our country and in our leaders right now. What a sad state of affairs we are in.
web posted September 9, 2016

I would like to get this out there...armadillo has no business here.   Animal rights..whatever..I have worked on a  yard for 2 years..only  to find it torn up in 2 nights..these creatures are destructive....I would like to know who...where..what..to get rid of these

Editor's Note: Try getting in touch with animal control, or SCDNR to see what legal processes need to take place.  They should be able to help more. 
web posted September 9, 2016
Twice this week we have received phone calls stating that "This is an auto-call from the IRS...", stating that we owe money to the IRS, and threatens us if we, or our lawyer, don't call back the given number to 'settle' this with them immediately.
As someone who has in real life, dealt with the IRS in the past, I can tell you that the IRS DOES NOT--REPEAT--DOES NOT!!!, leave robot calls on your answering machine demanding settlement NOW!!  Unlike these scammers, the IRS moves at its own pace, taking their own sweet time: they do not demand immediate settlement.
Instead, the IRS does things the old-fashioned way: THEY SEND LETTERS TO YOU IN THE MAIL, asking you to make an appointment to meet with them in their office.  You sit down face-to-face with the IRS man, go over all the facts & figures of your case, and then at the end, you will receive another letter in the mail from the IRS stating exactly how much you owe.  
These calls are scams!!!  Please, please, please people, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY!!!  You CANNOT negotiate with these scammers; you CANNOT reason with them.  They only want one thing: to scam you out as much of your money as they can.  
Your best defense is to hang up immediately!  If someone knocks on your door, you--hopefully, use some discernment and don't invite just anyone in; then, WHY would you possibly talk to someone on the phone who threatens you??!!??  
Just a word to the wise.
web posted September 8, 2016

No need to go into statistics, we all know the truth about our outdated way of running the Sheriffs dept. Its time to get rid of Andy and Barney. Lets step up to the plate and change the leadership and not be afraid of repercussions. Remember, they work for us they don't own us.
web posted September 8, 2016
Vote for Sheriff Doby!  He’s our man!
web posted September 8, 2016

Wow looks like the crime rate in Ridge Spring has gone up lady in a dumpster people run over in the road an this guy thinks he can be the Sheriff of Edgefield Co !!! This boy don't have a clue VOTE OUR SHERIFF ADELL DOBEY MORE TO COME !!!!!!!
web posted September 8, 2016

So sad to learn that Peachtree Medical Center in Ridge Springs is closing their doors.  The people especially in these small towns don't have the necessary transportation to travel to other areas.  Hopefully, Edgefield and or Self Memorial  can find a way to keep the doors open at least a few days a week.  May need to get a traveling bus like they have for mammograms if this keeps up in rural areas.    Yes the affordable care act that isn't so affordable for patients nor doctors nor hospitals will continue to affect those who it was suppose to help most of all.
web posted September 8, 2016

Citizens of Edgefield County please take time if you are a member of Facebook to go and look at Michael Raffield's page regarding being invited to a church within our county. It was said within his post he was invited to a certain church and if you scroll down and read the comments it clearly shows where he was not invited and politics were not needed in the church. If Michael Raffield lied about being invited into a place of worship just imagine what else he will lie about. Please take time and consider this as we do not need someone in office that is not afraid to publicly lie. Sheriff Dobey has my families vote in November.
web posted September 8, 2016
The comments being written and published on Edgefield Daily about the sheriff's race make interesting reading.
The challenger wrote a long explanation of why he is running touting his long resume only leaving out the part about being able to walk on water, leap tall buildings with a single bound, and being really fond of small puppies. He is especially adept at Monday morning quarterbacking when commenting about the current sheriff, and were he in control, there would be a 500% crime resolution rate...in fact he would catch the criminals even before the criminal knew they would be committing a crime.
He is the Chief in Ridge Spring, population fewer than 800 and is very up-front about having "political ambitions." Well, he has already proven to be a politician...making attacks on the incumbent, having supporters make anonymous posts critical of the incumbent, and trying to link the incumbent to every negative thing in the County while giving no credit for anything good. Maybe, just maybe, we want a sheriff and not a politician with "political ambitions."
According to best places.net, Ridge Spring, SC...population close to 750, the violent crime rate of Ridge Spring is 55.2 with the national average being 41.4. The property crime rating is 41.5 national average being 43.5. One would think that a police chief with super-human skills and extraordinary qualifications in a tiny population town would do better than the national average.
According to city-data.com Edgefield has a lower crime rate than Johnston, Saluda, and North Augusta  and is far below the national average in pretty much all crime categories. In fact, were it not for the crime rates in Saluda and North Augusta, both where the challenger worked for years according to his resume, the crime rate of Edgefield would be miniscule.
So, maybe the challenger can walk on water and leap tall buildings. Maybe he and his supporter's claims about how terrible the incumbent is could be directed at the challenger as well based upon the statistics about where he previously worked. Running the sheriff's department in Edgefield County is a far larger job than being Chief in Ridge Spring. According to the Internet, the challenger is doing about average in a tiny community.
 Maybe the nastiness of his supporters is justified. Maybe the nastiness is just nastiness. Edgefield does indeed need a sheriff. We have one. 
web posted September 6, 2016
I find it to be just terrible journalism that the columnist that covers the ECH makes the statement about the hospital "The current “situation” being one of a tight balance between debt, revenue, and meeting governmental requirements demanding of both time and monetary resources."  However  never questions anything about how ECH or no one in the county offices and that's you Dandy Dean questions the expansion of the hospital facilities to build a facility they obviously can not afford.  

"The CEO stated another update presented on the CEO Report is the plans for the groundbreaking for the medical offices planned to be constructed in front of ECH. If everything moves along as planned, construction of the new building will begin in November, 2016".

The county has to sign the Bond for the hospital to afford to build a building with SELF or lease the land to SELF and let them finance it. What in the heck is going on Ms. Editor ?  The hospital will let a bid in less than 60 days and no one has questioned on how and who is going to finance it? You stated more was coming maybe someone should ask before a building breaks ground!

The hospital can't afford a multimillion dollar building and doesn't have any revenue to support leases Where is the county council you have a board leading you into debt and where are you?  Dean and Gena  hated the previous CEO and removed the board when they wouldn't do what you wanted and now you all are out to lunch when this one leads you into the poor house.  

Self Memorial is not dumb, they are growing the base services of their hospital and Edgefield is going to pay for it.  I want the hospital to survive but not raise taxes to do it. It could all be leased to Self and save a huge tax burden to Edgefield. But Dean wouldn't see if you spelled it real slowly. It s time for a change!

Editor's Note: "Self Regional will purchase the land and fund the construction of the building, which is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2017."  Here is a press release that may help answer some of your questions.  Release: Self Regional Healthcare and Edgefield County Hospital announce new medical office building. The hospital only needs the council's approval if they are going to sell the building.  They do not need their approval for what they are doing with the land sale.
web posted September 6, 2016

Re: "Their" and "there"; To the writer who gave us an outstanding grammar lesson, Thank You!
web posted September 6, 2016

This is regarding the 2016 Sheriff election. Sheriff Adell Dobey has been the Sheriff of Edgefield County since 2001. Before then he was employed by the Edgefield County Sheriffs Office. I have seen the deputies of our great county out patrolling neighborhoods, businesses, and last but not least making traffic stops. I have also seen the Sheriff on multiple occasions throughout the county patrolling himself and speaking with many citizens regarding concerns.  For those of you readers who think our County needs a change maybe you need to change and move out of Edgefield County. Sheriff Dobey has done many great things within Edgefield County and continues to do so. Rumor has it that if Mike Raffield gets elected many of our deputies will not work under his command. I for one believe our deputies do an exceptional job protecting the citizens of Edgefield County under Sheriff Dobey. With that being said Sheriff Dobey you have my families utmost respect and look forward to supporting and voting in November to keep you in Office.
web posted September 6, 2016
To the writer who spouted out the statistics of robberies, break-ins, etc. to try to show the Sheriff Dobey is not a good leader, you need to post all the stats. There is not a Sheriff in the world who can STOP crime from taking place. That isn't something the "leadership" can control. The more important statistic is how many of those crimes were solved and how long it took. Sheriff Dobey has done a great job. I can't see where the other candidate could do better.
web posted September 6, 2016

What better way to hear what both sides want to do and how they plan to do it. Then have a forum set up in different parts of the County where it would allow the public to ask questions to both Dobey and Raffield. Then all this talk about who wants to do what and how can be brought forward to the public and then let them make their  decision to whom is best suited to do the job. No one to hide behind just one on one. This County deserves a Sheriff who is going to stand for something. Help the Public and be a leader that the men and women working with that Person can stand beside. I am on the fence but might be leaning a certain way. Just want the public to be informed by the people running instead of jumping to conclusions. Get to know before you vote. Dear Editor is there any debates set or meet the candidates scheduled? I would be interested to see,hear,and question both parties running before making my final decision. I have only met Raffield and he seemed like he knew what to do and how to get it done but would still like to hear Dobey.

Editor's Note: There is new information regarding this topic in the headlines.
web posted September 3, 2016
To " I am glad..."
Vote for who you want. But don't lie. No deputy has been forced to put a sign in their (not there) yard.  I know some deputies and they don't have signs in their (not there) yards And apparently you don't watch the news.  Law enforcement officers are being targeted by idiots who want to hurt them. I don't blame them for parking away from the road.  Especially if they have families.  And apparently the author could be stalking Deputies to see where they park their (not there) car. Thanks for telling potential idiots where the officers parks. Yes, you may see Deputies at Golds Gym.  There (not their) is not a low cost option for gyms in the county. If they did not work out, then someone would harp on why they don't work out. And pay for the deputies suck.  But they are given a benefit, like using their (not there) patrol cars when off-duty. Even off-duty, just the presence of a patrol can be valuable.  Have you ever passed an on-coming patrol car and checked your speed? Oh by the way, the fired school resource officer you referred to, used his patrol car many many times while off duty to get food in and around the Walmart.  Did you complain about that? This is a rural county.  It is tough to patrol everywhere.  Calls like the following don't help:
false alarms,
Spouses abusing their (not there) significant other
parents who don't have the intestinal fortitude to make the children go to school so they call police,
Parents who call because their (not there) children won't mind, so they call the police
People who can't control their (not there) drinking, drug use,
shooting at their (not there) spouse
People who shoot themselves then want to fight the officers that come to help him
Why don't people who drive in schools zones just follow the speed limit? Take time to go slow. Or avoid the area.  Some people think law enforcement is the answer but then complain law enforcement is in everybody's business. The school officer is for the school making sure the kids inside the school is safe. Do you really want a school officer directing traffic while a active shooter is in the building, or the kids starting fighting or parents argue with their (not there) ex-spouse over the children. If you have a complaint about real issues, go to the sheriff. But when you make wild inaccurate statements and you support an opposing candidate, your agenda is hidden and I can't respect that candidate, especially if you are speaking on their (not there) behalf.
As for My Family and me, We will support Sheriff Dobey and his deputies.

web posted September 3, 2016

Tell me if I am wrong, but why did The Honorable Mrs. Newby retired mid-term?
What is the connection between the two. Close friends? family?
This was no coincidence. Planned planned planned.
Now you know why we don't like you.
Reel has openly been in the web-design business.
Would love to see the taxes on this business.
You want to run our Clerk of court office...
I will show you my tax return and vote for Reel if he opens his for public viewing.
web posted September 3, 2016

I also remember watching segment on wrdw in refrence to the current sheriff sending a memo out about not making traffic stops.  Its election time now he's back tracking I guess.   Also what is the policy on officers using government vehicles on personal use?  I also haven't seen our sheriff out and about .  When Billy parker was sheriff you seen him always out and  about in the country .  Far as the comment no one would work for the new sheriff your wrong .  There's plenty of people at the dept that don't care for the  current sheriff.
web posted September 3, 2016

Who is going be the soccer coaches for strom Thurmond High School boys and girls?
web posted September 3, 2016

well, to the person who said the Sheriff won't allow deputies to make traffic stops, this statement is false….. my friend and I got pulled over by an edgefield county deputy the other week on currytown road for speeding.
web posted September 1, 2016
Could the writer please take a moment to learn the difference between “there” and “their”?  Their means that it belongs to the person(s), as in their patrol car.  There refers to a place.  Also, the patrol car is probably “his”, not “their”.
web posted September 1, 2016

I'm so glad we have a choice for a new sheriff in Edgefield.  Everyday I see how much wasteful spending our current sheriff puts on the tax payers and I'm sick off it.  The deputies are allowed to use there patrol cars for whatever they like and where ever.  I see the patrol cars at the gold gyms in north Augusta ,Walmart, and even grocery shopping.  But when they get home they park there cars behind there houses.  Lets don't mention the memo he put out telling the deputies to not pull over anymore cars .  Also when has the last  time you seen the sheriff out patrolling.  Then he just fired a school resource officer because he thought he was campaigning for someone else .  Not the first time he's done this .  Other officers are scared if they  don't put Dobey  signs in there yard they are next .  Everyday I go to merriweather  schools the traffic is dangerous  why not have that school officer directing traffic instead of in the back of the school not do anything.  Break ins has been so bad but sheriff not doing anything .  People we need change and get rid of the Obama factor that's in our sheriff office.  Get out and vote.
web posted August 31, 2016
Thank you so much for the information on the owner of the building the library is located in. I had asked because if it was owned by a private citizen, then that owner needed to step up and do something. I understand the issue if the county owns it. It sounds like a pretty expensive endeavor to replace the unit or to do what is necessary. Then it is really all of our problem and we need to be understanding.  The county is working on it and that is all they can do right now.  I had just heard that some of the landlords in that area of town often neglect their properties and  I was hoping that was not the case in this situation. I am glad to hear that it is not owned by a private citizen who is ignoring the issue.
web posted August 31, 2016

The up coming Sheriff's election we have a proven leader with a great staff if this other guy running you will lose all your local home town people they will not work for Raffield under no circumstances that's a known fact is this what everyone wants to do…
web posted August 31, 2016

I see in the article about fake phone calls, it is suggested we block callers from calling.   How do we do this?

Editors Note: Most smart phones have a phone feature in their settings, if you click on that something should come up and say block number, and you type in the number that you want to have blocked, for regular house phones, I believe you dial *60 and enter the number to have it blocked.  Your phone provider should be able to help you if you are having trouble blocking any numbers.
web posted August 31, 2016

This County is not the safest county in South Carolina. The amount of thefts or burglaries is almost two a day. The coverage of the South End, largest population,is two deputies waiting at the Substation at Merriwether for a call. The reports generated are passed up for others to type and then sent to SLED. People of this County WAKE UP! The drug problems in Johnston alone with no help from the Sheriffs Office. Oh wait they did help didn't they. The sheriff's office put two deputies in town to help deter the Armed robberies but did over 160 traffic stops looking for dope and made no cases. The Sheriff wanted to send a message not to criminals but the officers and Chief in Johnston for hiring a certain someone and for a certain case that someone made where a large sum of money and drugs were seized. People of Edgefield County I ask that you WAKE UP and see what's going on. With the election year here cases will be solved that could have been a while back and not to mention the raids and arrests that will be made to impress the people to vote. Make a smart decision and vote for whom you believe is best for the job just don't buy into the false hopes and false promises thinking everything is okay when it could be really great. Thank you and good day
web posted August 31, 2016

For anyone who thinks that Adell Dobey has lead well take his works into account and let the facts answer the question. Since January of 2016 there has already been 36 burglaries, 16 involving storage units. There has been over 20 vehicle thefts that include cars, trailer, boats and four-wheelers. There have been 11 serious acts of violence, with 3 completed during an armed robbery. There have been numerous car break-ins, unresolved shooting incidents and malicious damage to property. These stats came directly from Edgefield Daily's archives and only cover those incidents that were available to the public through edgefielddaily.com. Additionally, the Sheriff still has a missing woman and an unsolved murder/ armed robbery because of his direct failure to lead, participate and seek additional resources when needed. Finally, Edgefield County did not get the prestigious award of being the safest “county” to live in the last 2 years, the truth is “Edgefield City” received the honor, (www.safewise.com). It’s time for new law enforcement leadership in Edgefield County, and the current Sheriff and his friends can not hide from the truth with unfounded statements, because the information is available to the public.
web posted August 31, 2016
About the house up on blocks behind the Discovery center. Is there a code enforcer in the town of Edgefield or Edgefield County? There has to be some code violations pertaining to that house. There just has to be!!!  It's an eyesore and accident waiting to happen. If someone gets hurt there the lawyers will have a field day with the owner, city, and county.
web posted August 30, 2016

Wandering.  From the 50's it seems as if  Chicago was pretty bad back then. Could it possibly be that the violence was passed down so today ole Leroy's legacy would continue and more violent.

web posted August 30, 2016

I think our current Sheriff, Adell Dobey, is doing a wonderful job!  He has kept this county very safe.  In fact, we have been voted safest county in South Carolina for the past two years.  That doesn't happen with poor leadership!!! Sheriff Dobey has my Vote!!!
web posted August 30, 2016
I would like to know why they put stop signs in the medium on Hwy.25? The trucking company on Brighthop road doesn't  apply to the rules.  Twice I was at the road to go across and like to have been clipped by a tractor trailer, not even slowing down much less stoping for the stop sign. I think the police could rack up on tickets, also for speeders on 25 and people passing on double yellow line. Just saying.
web posted August 30, 2016

Clemson University going off the deep end, just like Univ of Missouri.....telling students when or where they can pray.  Me thinks once an institution takes public money....unrestricted 1st Amendment rights kick in.  I'll bet that administrator wouldn't tell a muslim or atheist organization they would have to move to a "free speech area." http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/08/clemson-university-administrator-stops-man-praying-campus-isnt-free-speech-area-video/  Until Alumni and parents start withholding $ then administrators won't get it, school officials live in a bubble that is not the real world.  Just ask officials at Mizzou.....after their BLM crap....their enrollment is down 25% and they're having to close dormitories.
web posted August 30, 2016

Question…Who owns the building that the library is located in? Does the library, county or someone else pay a rental fee to reside in the building or is the space donated?  Whatever the scenario, it sounds like the owner of the building needs to fix the air conditioning.  It could be they are working on it? If people are having a hard time being in the building, maybe a few complaints to the owner would help?  That is the reason for the question…who owns the building?  I would guess those affected the most, the employees , have said something. I just think it often helps if a lot of people express concern over something that is an issue. You know that old saying about the squeaky wheel.  So we all just need to know who to complain to in order to get a solution to the problem.

Editors Note: From County Administrator Tommy Paradise: "Edgefield County owns the building that the library is located in. We have had the air conditioner worked on several times this summer and recently received another complaint. Our maintenance contractor for the HVAC systems told us last week the unit, which is about 20 years old, needed to be replaced and gave us a quote. We needed to get several other quotes and we received the last one over the weekend. We have told the low bidder to proceed with the work and it will be two days before the replacement equipment arrives. We hope to have the equipment installed and operating by the end of the week."
web posted August 29, 2016

Finally, Edgefield County has a valid choice for Sheriff.  The first choice is one of voting for the current sheriff who will continue his pattern of obstruction of facts with the main goal being to make himself look good and cover up his misdeeds. Voting for the current sheriff will allow him to continue his pattern of gross and incompetent mishandling of county assets, as well as just plain lying to the citizens of Edgefield County about what he will do. The current sheriff never follows through with the promises he makes. Why would we want to keep a sheriff who has proven time and again that he will protect his chosen few from arrest or prosecution, just because he likes them or they protect him? The current sheriff further has a history of petty vindictiveness and outright abuse of office, towards those who work for him or towards the citizens of the county.
Thankfully the citizens of Edgefield County have another viable option. We can choose a veteran law enforcement official who has proven over the years that he will enforce and uphold the laws of this state and nation in a fair and equitable manner. This choice is currently the Chief of Ridge Springs Police Department. He has federal law enforcement experience, as well as experience with North Augusta Public Safety. Another extremely important aspect is his experience as a shift supervisor in Edgefield County. This gives him direct knowledge of the county. Which is the geography, as well as the needs of the citizens and problems of the county.
A vote for Adell Dobey is a vote to continue the poor and gross incompetent practices of his leadership as sheriff of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. A vote for Mike Raffield will be a vote to bring the Edgefield County Sheriffs Office into the modern age of police practices which will only enhance and strengthen the protection and greatly enhance services to the citizens of Edgefield County. A vote for Mike Raffield for sheriff will go a long way in making everyone in Edgefield County more safe and secure
web posted August 29, 2016

Today's Bible study lesson for wandering minds:
Remember what Jesus said: 'Goats on the left, sheep on the right' (Matthew 25:33).

Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat.   They did and filled the boat with fish. John 21:6 (NIV) ... He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish."

Origin of Left & Right...

I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left". By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:   Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) - "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."

Thus sayeth the Lord.   Amen. It surely can't get any simpler than that. Spelling Lesson :
The last four letters in American..........  I Can
The last four letters in Republican........ I Can
The last four letters in  Democrats......... Rats

End of lesson !  ....Test to follow on November 8, 2016 .

Remember,  November 2016 is to be set aside as rodent removal month.
web posted August 29, 2016

About 3 years ago when we asked the AD about getting a new girl's soccer coach he told us we had to keep what we had or we wouldn't have a team!
web posted August 25, 2016

"Pete the service manager" scary scenario about a President elect Hillary being indicted and somehow becoming disqualified to assume the presidency is ridiculous! Does he think we are the Banana Republic of the United States?  If you do a little simple research you will realize that the 20th amendment of the Constitution of the United States takes care of this issue.  It's amazing that there are people in this country that would think that this type scenario had not already been seriously considered and taken care of by our Constitution.  If for whatever reason the President elect can't be sworn in, there is a system already in place to determine who will assume the office of President of the United States. Bottom line the U.S. Constitution would prevent the current President from staying in power for a third term.
web posted August 25, 2016
Re: Scary: you think this cant happen here: In case you readers couldn’t tell, this is a viral email going around the country.  This is not a real person’s experience with a real service manager.  It’s all made up.

Editors Note: Thank you for clarifying.  Some of our readers do like to share viral messages, when they believe it makes a good point. 

web posted August 25, 2016

I'm not sure who's in charge of things functioning properly at the library, but will somebody please fix their Air Conditioner because they've been without air since Wednesday, August 17, 2016. I don't see how the employees are functioning, and I'm pretty sure they're losing business because who wants to come into a place where it feels better outside then inside? I'm not sure if it's a county issue or a regional issue, but somebody, somewhere, please help these people and their patrons!
web posted August 25, 2016

Dear Writer of “School Administrative Bullying Our Students at Strom Thurmond High School”,
I am a public high school teacher and former coach.  Your complaint speaks to one singular coach of one sport and one singular Administrator. Why is this important? There are many coaches and many administrators that walk the halls of Strom Thurmond High School. Not ALL coaches or ALL Administrators have a part in the coaching of the Varsity Volleyball team, however by you stating: “it’s the Coaching staff at Strom Thurmond high school that is bullying our students/players” you are incorrectly accusing them all of bullying.
Also, you state “…stop letting our school administrators raised them”. For years now, educators and administrators alike have been asking our communities to get involved, participate, and make sure someone is raising your children! Today’s students have children of their own that they’re supposed to be raising and they’re taking care of their younger brothers and sisters. I have my own children that I take care of every day and every night. I should not be responsible for raising the 15-20 students in my classroom as well. Also, don’t just step up now that you’re unhappy about something, step up for Open Houses and Title I meetings. Step up and show up to practices where you support what’s going on with your child. Step up to IGP meetings where your child and guidance counselor plan what classes and activities your child will take to better their future. Step up and make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for school according to the dress code.
As for your comment about going to News 12 next, please! This is the real world and everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame don’t they? If you don’t like the coach or how he/she coaches, take your child out of the school sponsored sport and sign up for a travel team out of Aiken, North Augusta, Augusta, or Greenwood. I know for a fact that college recruiters show up to watch travel teams. Maybe then when you have to “step up” and pay hundreds of dollars out of your own pocket for tournaments, travel, uniforms, practice locations, team meals, and so on, you’ll appreciate what my county tax dollars are doing to give your child a free opportunity to better themselves and represent their high school.
web posted August 25, 2016
SCARY...You think this can't happen, think again.
Here’s a very scary thought and something to think about.I had to take my vehicle to the mechanic the other day for service. The Service Manager, we'll call him Pete, gave me a ride home and on the way he told me his theory about the upcoming election and the next four years of U.S. government. At first I thought it a bit farfetched. But as I listened to him it began to make sense, scary sense...Read more here.
web posted August 22, 2016
I commend the well written post about the trials and tribulations that Rural Health Hospitals face.  However, since the author admits to never entering ECH, little is known about the dynamics or lack thereof of the decision makers, the glut of overly paid duplicate positions that ECH enjoys.  The regular staff are the ones in the trenches and perform all the wonderful, compassionate care ECH gives and when ECH brags about their increase in accounts receivable (bottom line); why aren’t the warm, hard working employees enjoying a raise.  The county employees received a raise.  ECH has too many Chiefs, Directors, Supervisors, CPA’s, Comptroller no wonder no money is left for raises.
web posted August 19, 2016

I have read with interest the comments regarding ECH. I would encourage folks to do some research on the extraordinary difficulties of keeping a rural hospital open these days. To say it is a battle would be an extreme understatement.

Unless you have been in some way involved in healthcare, particularly hospitals, it is difficult to have a sense of the complex battle that takes place daily to simply keep the doors open. The morass of regulation  and rules associated with Medicaid, and Medicare, the daily battles with insurance companies to pay bills, the oversight from CMS, JCAO and other entities, and the list goes on. Unfortunately the demands of so many outside entities and the difficulty of simply getting reimbursed have brought about the need to use payroll to maintain people with experience and expertise in the bureaucratic weight that threatens to drown our rural hospitals. I don’t condone it in principle, I don’t like it, it simply is what the system has morphed into. Hospitals have to respond to survive.

Rural hospitals continue to close in this country. Survival requires collaboration and creative and strategic positioning. Without it, another closure occurs and the process continues. Hospitals like ECH are becoming a rarity. Just do a little research on hospital closures, particularly smaller rural hospitals. Look at the communities in a 50-100 mile radius. We are fortunate. I can promise you, the struggle of maintaining a small rural hospital greatly exceeds those of larger institutions, which are struggling also. Read More here.
web posted August 17, 2016
( Name Removed ) blogged about scuttles island and the names of some of the rides. why is it that we keep hearing its coming then its not. What is the point of stringing the city along? some are questioning if its a joke or a fake business trying to see how far it can get. when you break ground blog that.
web posted August 15, 2016

I would like to know what exactly is that place called Choices in Johnston heading out towards Edgefield? During the day I see the cutting hair through the windows but at night the men there are drinking heavily in the parking lot, throwing the beer cans on the ground and getting behind the wheel of their cars. One night I saw a local kid in his silver mustang pull out behind a black SUV and both of them were all over the road and could hardly function. I know the one boy lives with his parents and they are aware of his on goings. These young men are going to someday kill a family if the police do not handle this problem at this place of business. Do they even have a liqueur license? From a concerned parent.
web posted August 15, 2016

This is also for whoever complained about the young lady on the golf cart. I live on Penn St myself. Also I know this young lady personally and she is a good mother and wife. Next time you and your hubby are riding the golf cart stop by and give me a ride up and down Penn. On top of everything she has done nothing wrong and is within the limits of the law regarding golf cart use. So whoever complaining im with the other person who made a comment: mind your own business. Have a great day!
web posted August 15, 2016

In response about the woman on the golf cart get a life. I know pretty much every body that rides a cart on that road. They are responsible mothers or grandparents. Mind your own business
web posted August 12, 2016
Guess I don’t know much about what is going on in Edgefield. What happened that the theater group is moving their performances to Pine Ridge? Did the Discovery Center have an issue with them or did they have an issue with the Discovery Center?  Maybe the rent went up or something ?  Maybe the Discovery Center does not need business like that?   Not a big deal, in fact Pine Ridge will be a better venue, but was just curious if anyone knows what happened. 
web posted August 12, 2016
Very sad to hear of Tim not writing on Friday night games anymore. You're stories will be missed Tim!
web posted August 11, 2016

This is a response about the lady riding the golf cart on penn st. That lady is a wonderful wife, awesome mother and a good Christian!! If whomever wrote that, please describe the golf cart. Will probably ride today. Just a family ride is all we want to do!!
web posted August 11, 2016

Im excited for Edgefield's first beach blast, sounds like it'll be a lot of fun
web posted August 10, 2016
Rant:  This is to the female that is apparently trying to attract the attention of some of the residents on Penn St, who obviously does not have the sense God gave paste.  This particular female, continuously drives her golf cart up and down the busy street of Penn St at all hours of the day (mainly in the evening around dusk).  I am addressing this issue because she has a child with her as well.  In my opinion she is being incredibly reckless, foolish and irresponsible by contributing to the delinquency  of a minor, and endangering the the welfare of the child.  There are no lights on the cart, as she drives erratically up and down the road.  She has succeeded in getting my attention.  To the point of reporting her to child protective services. If the child is hers, shame on her.  If the child belongs to someone else, I hope by me writing into the Edgefielddaily it will make the parent brutally aware of what she is doing. it does concern me for the child sake and well being.
web posted August 10, 2016

We need another Paul Harvey

Should be shown and played ten times a day for a month on every television and radio station licensed by the FCC......with no provision for "equal time" for Jackson, Sharpton, Obama and Black Lives Matter.
web posted August 9, 2016

Re:  ECH/Self Regional

A new Medical office building is much needed and will be a positive step, not only for ECH and Self Regional, also for healthcare options for the citizens of Edgefield County.

It is not that the Council or the Hospital Board are not telling the whole truth.  Where does the Council or Hospital Board get their information from, concerning ECH?  The ECH Admins feed the Council and Hospital Board.  The Council and Hospital Board make their decisions based on what they have been told by ECH Admins.

ECH is top heavy in management and for the most part, front line areas are over-staffed. Having Self Regional take over All management and All non-clinical support departments at ECH would be advantageous and would save ECH substantial money in overhead cost.
Self Regional Hospital Edgefield Campus, has a nice ring to it.
web posted August 9, 2016

With such busy lives, we often forget to stop and appreciate all of the little blessings God gives us everyday.  When you feel overwhelmed, try to find something that you know is a blessing and give thanks for it.  Pretty soon you will see the small blessings all around.  I have changed my frame of mind towards this and find I'm a happier person for it. 
web posted August 8, 2016
I am glad to hear that Self Memorial is beginning its takeover of ECH with the construction of a new Medical office building 16,000 sqft. I wasn't far off of my earlier post a few months ago that the CEO denied.  It is the only way that the hospital will succeed is to JOIN with another larger hospital system such that you consolidate  services to reduce overhead. The fact that ECH is a Critical Access Hospital , Self will be able to work that into a revenue bonanza for the physicians that participate and the services provided.  Wonder why they didn't have Dandy Dean Campbell  make a proclamation that Self Memorial was investing in excess of 3.5 MILLON dollars to build a new medical complex in Edgefield.  Wait ..... its coming and he will take credit for it.

Oh  and hospital is going to lease space for Peachtree Medical but why? Are they tearing down the current (EMC) its over 7,000 sqft. The doctors that LEASE it now are moving to the new building so who backfills that space that the hospital OWNS. It would make sense that (business name removed) move into the vacant space and not have a lease payment. I know the folks at (business name removed) and EMC doesn't play well with others never have never will.

Again, I am happy to see growth, however I don't think that the Council or Hospital Board is telling the whole truth , I still think it would be a opportunity to LEASE the entire Hospital Building to Self Memorial, on condition that they hire all the employees of ECH ,  The consolidation of services , billing, accounting, HR, CEO, CFO , Comptroller, Payroll, Purchasing ,insurance , ETC can be done from SELF Memorial  lowing the cost of overhead to ECH,  Don't think its not coming it will happen , clinic jobs , and the jobs that support them will stay.  We will have a hospital it will just say Self Memorial Edgefield Campus.

So Dandy Dean, what are you going to do about the EMS service in the county, I know of one life might have been saved if a ambulance was available and the Sheriff or EMS service tried to call one of the transport companies that services the county didn't even attempt to. Now that Self is going to use it like a taxi service what are you going to do?  Why isn't our Deputies and police trained as first responders you would think our wonderful sheriff would make that part of his platform but why , the only department that has first responders is Merriweather , Edgefield , Johnston, Trenton doesn't want to make it a part of the service they offer why? I know they are volunteer but most services I know as Merriweither have first responders.

Two ambulances 3 sometimes , since the 1980's that is a shame and Dean it is on you to change.  I would hate to say what I might do if someone I know doesn't get someone to respond if one of my family members needs EMS and they are transporting a non emergency to Greenwood. So voters remember he may talk the talk but he hasn't walked the walk.

Editors Note: Edgefield County Hospital and Self Regional are working together to bring the new medical office here.  I'm sure more information is soon to follow.
web posted August 8, 2016
I am glad to hear about the new medical facility that's coming. I have been driving to Aiken for over 8 years to receive care for myself and my family due to long wait times or services not offered here. I am looking forward to a break from traveling Hwy. 19.
web posted August 4, 2016

To the “conservative” Republican I would ask this. Who are you going to vote for? Yes, maybe Trump says some outrageous things, yet the people  have spoken. He is the candidate and I don’t care about all the moral platitudes from all the “conservatives” and righteous voices out there that are eating their own. Wise up-if the conservatives we have elected would do or had done the jobs they were elected to do , the sentiment in this country would be different. Do you notice that the Democrats never, and I mean never, turn on their own? They have an agenda and they will stop at nothing to destroy this country.  Wake up! Get off your high horse and quit thinking it is such a moral position to criticize the only real choice we have to stop the destruction of this country. He may not be perfect , but he is the people’s choice and he is the only choice we have unless you want to sit home and elect someone we know the history of.  How anyone could do anything to allow this woman to be elected is absolutely beyond me.  I have lost all respect for the so called “conservatives” that don’t have a real clue about what is going on.  Can’t they see beyond their own noses and look at the whole picture? Big, big talk and no action. Oh, and in the meantime the socialists are winning. Wake up, wake up, wake up!!!!
web posted August 3, 2016

I have noticed all of the new concealed weapons prohibited signs at all of the county facilities.Who sets these policies? Who thinks that this does anything but disarm law-abiding citizens? I am required to enter these establishments to do my county business. I have no choice. To have my right to self defense taken away is ridiculous. If this is the policy, then the county is responsible for providing security at each of these offices. As a matter of note, the courthouse "security" is a joke. This asinine policy needs to be changed. The signs need to go away, and citizens be allowed their God-given second amendment rights.
web posted August 2, 2016

I'm a conservative Republican. First the McCain comment and now this. Building hotels and casinos is not a sacrifice! That is an insult to the honor and memory of all Americans that gave their lives on the battlefield for our country! Trump is not fit to lead our country! The leader of the greatest and most powerful nation in the world can't make flippant sarcastic comments like he does every day. Every word POTUS says is taken seriously around the world! This man is running for President of the United States, not biggest loudmouth at the local breakfast hangout!  Out of all the good men Republicans had to choose from in the primary the low information fools in this country chose this disgrace!
web posted August 2, 2016

Mock outrage leads to Trump continuing to control the media. The whole outrage over Trump's comments is actually working against the Democrats! Brilliant !Trump is certainly getting good advice from someone! Why do the liberals, if so smart, fall for these things?  They all know what Trump meant, that he was being sarcastic ,  but all their "outrage" only took the press coverage away from the convention yesterday. Trump had rallies yesterday (covered by the press)  and even one that  MSNBC chose to run on their site instead convention coverage in the afternoon. Such smart liberals- keeping the deleted emails in the news plus acknowledging ( by their "outrage") that those emails could have contained security risks. Liberals are dumb (or at the least not wise) in my opinion- they obviously don't think things through. I wonder -did Trump control all this? Maybe he is not as inept as some think . Something to consider.
web posted July 29, 2016
Mailboxes are considered Federal Property and Federal Law Title 18 United States section 1705 makes it a crime to vandalize. Violators can be fined up to $250,000 and up to three years imprison for each incident.
Whoever these pranksters who are destroying mail boxes better think twice.
web posted July 27, 2016
I just wanted to comment on the conviction of Chandler Edwards.  Shame on the Jury that let this animal free two years ago .  You are what's wrong in this country when you protect your own even when they are guilty.  Remember OJ, this trial alone set race relations back 30 years.  Can you even imagine the fear his first Victim has had to live with for the last two years because you had to protect your own.
Letting guilty people go free for the perceived persecution of the black race is WRONG and it's racist.
web posted July 27, 2016

This Black Lives Matter movement has gotten way outta hands, all lives matter…. by labeling that your life matters more than the others, you are encouraging racism in this already divided country.. yet that's what our president wants, and that’s sure is what he's getting. 
web posted July 25, 2016
Just My Mind Wandering
There are important questions to be answered about this LGBT bathroom legislation and transgenders being able to use a restroom of the gender that they "identify" with.
Will public restrooms be required to have a Genital Inspection Station posted at the entrance to all public restrooms?
Who will have to pay these Pecker Checkers the people using the restroom, or the entity that owns the restroom?
And how much money will a Pecker Checker be paid to check peckers?
Or, do we pay a Pecker Checker by the number of peckers checked by each Pecker Checker?
How many peckers can a Pecker Checker check if a Pecker Checker could check peckers?
What has this  country come to when the U.S. Department of Labor has to create a  new job description of Politically Correct Restroom Service Inspectors?

Want to guess their  motto...........???
"If you gotta pee - We gotta see!"       
web posted July 25, 2016                          
What a terrifying thing that went on in Johnston last week, So very proud of our police officers and the wonderful job they did.
web posted July 25