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Editor's post: I am so glad the weekend is over. Saturday was a rough day that I blame on the spinal tap as the worst pain was in my spine, not my ordinary pain. At least Sunday was a good day and hope that continues on into Monday. I will be back in Greenwood on Wednesday for a test I do not want to take and will be going back again on the 2nd. I will be glad when all this is over and I can just get my life back. As I told my bride the other day, I do not remember what it is like to feel as good as I did before all of this happened to me. Now a "good day" is just a painful day that I can keep the pain under control and be able to work. It has been ten months, and I try hard to remain optimistic, although at times it is very difficult.

web posted November 24, 2014

Rich people do not hate poor people.  Many rich people are the ones helping poor people. Middle class people, who are not rich, help poor people. The problem is that poor people are listening to and trusting a political party (Democrats) to help them. In reality they are and have only hurt the poor with all their programs. The Democratic philosophy has just kept the poor and keep them relying on the government. It is really sad to see that we have more poverty today than ever before and the poor are not getting out of the cycle of poverty. There are a lot of people lying to poor people today.  There are also a lot of people lying to minorities today and it is just making the racial divide worse in this country.   I pray people begin to wake up to the reality of what is going on.
web posted November 24, 2014
WOW!  I read Sunday’s Augusta Chronicle , the Opinion Section top of page; “A Matter of Record” about the current President of GRU.  It wasn’t pretty.  However, the last three paragraphs really hit home about ECH’s CEO.  You could actually replace GRU’s President’s name with Brandon Clary’s name and it would still fit.  For example, any prospective employer engaged in due diligence would do well to read Wandering Minds constructive but quite damning summary of Brandon Clary’s stewardship.

ECH CEO handling of his job and mishandling of the community, is a matter of record—a record that, for good or ill, will follow him to any job interview.

The black cloud is of his own making.  AMEN BROTHER!
web posted November 24, 2014
RE: Report of Suspicious Person Lands Three Burglary Suspects Behind Bars
A lot of good that will do. They will ask for a jury and walk free. Well...... maybe not, they're white: Only white people go to jail around here!
web posted November 24, 2014
I see the law rige by my house I gest they don't have time to help a poor man

Editor's note: Is there a point to your short rants?
web posted November 24, 2014
Heard they had a big pow-wow with the doctors and the CEO  Friday afternoon.   Hope they got something settled.  The CEO seems to be making more enemies every day.  We need that wonderful hospital - hope he doesn't do anything to jeopardize its existence.
web posted November 24, 2014
CONGRATS to JET Middle School's Mock Trial Team! Between JET and MMS Thurmond will always have "the team to beat"! It's great to see these younger kids getting involved so early. These are kids that won't drop out and will make something of themselves one day! Kudo's to all the schools and teachers involved!!
web posted November 24, 2014
Well I am very proud of Wandering Minds; it actually does work by making certain individuals be aware that they are not fooling anyone.  The Former Controller was not seen at ECH all day Wednesday; so either she was sick or she stayed at the Hitchcock Bldg. where she is supposed to be.  However, Thursday we saw her all day at ECH listening to the various vendors trying to peddle their retirement plans to ECH.  Apparently she doesn’t have any work to do at Hitchcock because she is seen chatting with her friends in offices, hallways, etc.  What a waste of money.  Maybe she’s planning on which retirement plan suits her.
web posted November 24, 2014
All this stuff at the hospital reminds me of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
web posted November 24, 2014
Change For A Dollar is a wonderful short film that follows a man as he affects multiple peoples’ lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn’t take much to be the change in someone’s life.
http://biggeekdad.com/2011/12/change-for-a-dollar/

Editor's note: The best two minutes I spent all day was watching this clip. No words, but full of emotion. Thank you for sharing.
web posted November 24, 2014
Bowvember: SC High School Students Helping Kids With Brain Tumors
Chapin High School students who have initiated this loving tribute to two small members of their community.  It’s an effort to show support for two children in the same South Carolina elementary school each with brain tumors, one inoperable.  Although donations would be wonderful, what they are asking for is a simple photo.  It’s easy to do and will mean so much to these children.
http://thewatchlog.com/2014/11/20/brovember-sc-high-school-students-helping-kids-with-brain-tumors/
web posted November 24, 2014
A primary reason for this expected trend lies in the growing unpopularity of Barack Obama and, in turn, the leftist Democrats who support his agenda. This frustration was on full display when a self-described “82-year-old black senior citizen grandmother” named Joyce called C-SPAN to explain why she voted for the Republican candidate in every race on the ballot this cycle.
http://conservativevideos.com/82-yr-old-black-grandma-takes-shots-obama-explains-just-voted-straight-gop/
web posted November 24, 2014
Editor's post: So much for hoping Friday was going to be a better day. As you can see from the Headlines, I had to limit how much time I could work. The same goes for reader comments. A few have been placed, the rest will be placed for Monday. Thank you for understanding.
web posted November 22, 2014
A cowboy from Texas attended a social function where Barack Obama was trying to gather support for his Health Plan. When Obama discovered the cowboy was from President Bush's home area, he started to belittle him by talking in a southern drawl and single syllable words.
As he was doing that, he kept swatting at some fly's that were buzzing around his head. The cowboy says, "Y'all havin' some problem with them circle fly's?"
Obama stopped talking and said, "Well, yes, if that's what they're called, but I've never heard of circle fly's."
"Well, sir," the cowboy replies, "Circle fly's hang around ranches. They're called circle fly's because they're almost always found circling around the back end of a horse."
"Oh," Obama replies as he goes back to rambling. But, a moment later he stops and bluntly asks, "Are you calling me a horse's a**?"
"No, sir," the cowboy replies, "I have too much respect for the citizens of this country to call their president a horse's a**."
"That's a good thing," Obama responds and begins rambling on once more.
After a long pause, the cowboy, in his best Texas drawl says,
"Hard to fool them fly's, though. "
web posted November 22, 2014
Just an FYI-Obamacare and the “Affordable Care Act” are one and the same. The term “Affordable Care Act” is a term used to lie to the American people-there is nothing affordable about it unless you are on the take and get your health coverage “free” from the government. Nothing is free-someone is paying the tab and it looks like it is the middle class of this country.

Sure hope the folks in Edgefield can solve the issue with the ECH. It is sad to see the issues they are going through.  I sure hope they are dealing with people that can actually do something to solve it.
web posted November 22, 2014
RE: why do rich people hate poor people

Maybe the question should be why do black people hate white people?

Editor's note: Broad brushed are never a good idea to paint with.
web posted November 22, 2014
For a look at past president's executive orders on immigration,  read https://patriotpost.us/posts/31152.
Happened a lot in the past . ..
web posted November 22, 2014
This is one of those "YOU GOTTA SEE IT" to believe it. Biker crashes into the back of a car and land on his feet on the hood!! What a trip!
http://video.foxnews.com/v/3739983035001/real-or-fake-biker-flips-onto-car-after-crash/#sp=show-clips
web posted November 22, 2014
Editor's post: Things have been cut short tonight after spending another day in Greenwood for tests and having a spinal tap. Sitting is not included in the doctor's instructions for the next 48 hours. I did what I could and had to stop to get some rest. Hoping tomorrow is better. I want to thank everyone who send emails, Wandering Minds posts, or phone calls about praying for not only me but for my Bride also. I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to have so many offering up prayers on our behalf.
web posted November 21, 2014
What is going on at Edgefield County Hospital has nothing to do with neither Obama Care nor the Affordable Care Act.  Nice try though.
ECH administration needs to realize ECH is a small 25 bed hospital with staff who are loyal to their patients and this community.  ECH administration, stop playing ‘make believe’ as if ECH is a big 600 bed hospital. CEO, CFO, HR Director, 2 Executive assistants, Controller (old term from the 1970’s), General Accountant and a Business department off site (which is an inconvenience to patients).   Too top-heavy for a 25 bed hospital, money wasted on several of these positions!
 
Hospital Board, please continue to stand up for this community; Edgefield County citizens deserve to have their rural home town hospital back!

Editor's note: Well said.
web posted November 21, 2014
Still have you and your family in my prayers. Every time we see a new day we have HOPE, as long as we have a chance there is HOPE.  Love you and keep the faith.

Editor's note: Thank you. I cannot begin to tell you how much your prayers are appreciated, especially right now.
web posted November 21, 2014
Emperor Obama wears the concerns from Conservatives that he is breaking the law as a "badge of honor" (according to his spokesman). So, now it is " honorable" to go against the Constitution, break the laws, lie and ignore the will of the people? Our founders knew the dangers of one person with all the power and they constructed the government to avoid this happening. This country was formed in response to the power of a king. We don't want a king now!!! Especially a king that has no real regard for the American people or their desires. He is throwing the current election results in the face of the American people. Our leaders in Congress and the Court need to wake up and do their job as branches of the government. Maybe they all need a history lesson. This election did not tell to them to roll over and let this continue. Congress needs to stand up, be firm and do the job the were sent there to do..stop Obama! Any intelligent person just needs to listen to him in the past and now. He knows he is breaking the law. What happens (or at least used to happen) to law breakers? They were stopped from breaking the law. That is what the branches of government are in place to do.  Hello!!!!
 
As far as I am concerned, many of these elected folks are still believing the hype that the liberals put out there. They are so afraid of the backlash. Hey, the backlash was shown in this election. Wake up!!! The core of this country does not want this mess continuing. Do what you were elected to do. Stop Obama!!! Quit cowering in the corner like you lost. You won!
web posted November 21, 2014
Re:  To the person watching who does what

Actually, there are a group of concerned employees at ECH that closely monitor the going/coming, interaction, gossip, concerns, satisfactions, even the quality of the food and we report it on this website.  Employees have been asked repeatedly to do more with less; we do that, we understand.  However, it’s a tough rock to swallow when the favorite children of Administration aren’t expected to and get paid more than we do .  By the way, visitors also make comments about employees ; these comments are passed onto this site because employee satisfaction surveys certainly wouldn’t be.
web posted November 21, 2014
why do rich people hate poor people I would like to know

Editor's note: Is that a question or the premise of an opinion posed as a question? Who are the "rich", and who decides who is "rich". Is there a part of being "rich" that includes a prerequisite to hate "poor" people? Who are the "poor", and who gets to deem them "poor"? Do the "poor" then also hate the "rich", who hate them, according to you? And, if the "rich" hate the poor, why do billions of dollars get donated by Americans to help the poor on top of trillions of tax dollars since the "New Deal" - which has done nothing but create more "poor" people.

Maybe a better question would be, why do you hate people?
web posted November 21, 2014
Re:  Teddy Roosevelt and immigration

Our imperial President will speak to the nation Thursday night and announce his unconstitutional intent to legitimize millions of illegal aliens.  No doubt he, as many of his liberal, blind following ilk have done, will blur the lines of the history of US immigration.

Ellis Island was a proving ground.  Immigrants had to be healthy, self sufficient, able to ply a trade and have a sponsor.  Such requirements now would be decried as discriminatory by the left.

I heard SC Representative Trey Gowdy interviewed yesterday.  He talked about a bill the House had passed  and that Harry Reid's Senate tabled that would give work visa preference to foreigners with Masters and PhD's in math and science.  He cited other developed nations doing the same and accepting these people while the US is flooded with mostly undereducated, illiterate and low skilled illegals.

But see, this isn't about any excuse the Democrats tell us.  It's not about compassion.  It's not about "the right thing to do.  It's about ideology and votes.  Hell, legal hispanics in the US don't support Oblama's amnesty.  They know that those newly legitimized millions will be competing with them for jobs.  Cesar Chavez and Ralph Abernathy knew this and were anti-illegal immigrant  activists in the 60's and 70's.

US Rep James Clyburn is likening this to the Emancipation Proclamation and Sheila Jackson Lee is claiming illegals are being treated like blacks under Jim Crow.  Why the black community doesn't wake up to this scam is beyond me.  Black unemployment is soaring under Oblama and he's going to throw millions more into the competition for jobs.

Oblama and his party has always claimed to be for the middle and lower class "working people".  Yeah, but he never said "American" in that statement.  In a purely ideological swipe, he's adding millions to the pool of low skilled labor that Americans, both youth and unemployed, need to start their own life paths.

To all you minorities that ignore the history of the Democratic party and how it has used you:  you are getting the results they intended and you deserve.  To the whites who have been duped by the liberal lies, wake up.  You are enablers.
web posted November 21, 2014
Editor's post: I spent the day in Greenwood again (second day in a row) and will be going back today. Already there are more tests coming. A nurse will claw, I mean, draw blood at my home for two DNA work-ups and then off to Greenwood for a spinal tap - I just can't wait. Other tests are already being lined up as well. With the holidays upon us, they are testing my good nature and do not even know it, but should take notice.
web posted November 20, 2014
If something was read in an executive session it is illegal to disclose the information or to obtain it. So how did YOU get a copy of the "secret letter"?

Editor's note: I opened my mailbox and there was an envelope addressed to me. I opening it and it was a copy of the letter. I do not know who sent the letter and I could care less. I confirmed the letter's authenticity, and when able, made it public. There is nothing illegal about me having the letter that was, in my opinion, illegally taken into executive session by the board.
web posted November 20, 2014
As the Edgefield county 'dum-bass' juries continue to let 'thugs' back into our community..I have one question...Is it possible someone is tainting (for you Democraps..this means polluting) the juries? Solicitor Meyers should be investigating this unusual jury bias to criminals who are already proven guilty by their own words or technology. Or is it possible..Edgefield County has one of the highest 'dum-bass' populations in the county...country? Whatever...thugs beware..many of us are heavily armed [removed]. Since the Edgefield county judicial system is broke and worthless...there is one recourse...Armed personal protection. Still waiting to see a response about what a great judge Keesley is...and how about that traveling Johnston Mayor who has traveled the world...and talks like obama? Don't pray for me sisters.
web posted November 20, 2014

Please do not belittle used car salesmen of the world by calling the ECH CEO a used car salesman.  He is a pharmaceutical salesman.  A used car salesman could do a better job than he does.
web posted November 20, 2014

edgefield has rich people who don't like poor people but don't care they can all kiss my [behind]

Editor's note: There is enough hate to go around. I dislike criminals and stupid people, but I don't hate them. I do hate to see stupid people let criminals walk free in spite of overwhelming evidence against them - DNA, video, two co-defendants admitting guilt to being invoved in the crime with the third. A recorded 911 call, and a jury let them go?

You can fix ignorant, but stupid is forever.
web posted November 20, 2014
No one is blaming Obamacare about the issues at the Edgefield hospital. However, anyone really following what is developing in the medical world, due to the continuing implementation of this monster plan, knows that many small hospitals, clinics, independent doctors' offices etc are greatly being affected by the rules, regulations, requirements and new leaderships . Not following the events at the ECH very closely, as it just seems to go on and on, I was just asking if any of the deception and control issues could be connected. Not an unrealistic question in these days of Obamacare.
 
The new post today, comparing ECH to what has gone on in the VA, makes one wonder even more.ONe does know that the VA is an example of what we are all going to be dealing with (no matter where we go for medical help in the future) as Obamacare continues to be implemented in this country. Hello... the VA is government run healthcare. What do folks think Obamacare is other than government run healthcare?
 
Sounds to me that there are people out there that Gruber was talking about. Seems like some are still drinking the koolade. One does know that those drinking the koolade were the ones targeted to lie to because they were not able to discern the truth. The things they lied about are exactly the things a lot of people (oh those dreaded Conservatives stirring the pot) questioned and were concerned about. Good thing Gruber and crew lied to the press so they could keep folds in the dark and on their side. The press had to keep the uninformed in the dark. Sounds like some folks still need to see the light.
web posted November 20, 2014
I commend Tim Williams, Dr. Sharon Walls and Connie Sutton for standing up against ECH’s administration’s attitude,‘you either do it my way or I quit’!  The rest of the Board sit on their laurels and are as concerned with the Hospital’s welfare as they are with what the weather is in Alaska .  They need to be replaced, especially Henry, Alva, and CJ (who is Brandon Clary’s Bestie).  The Board needs a medical representative; not CEO from NWTF, nor any more Finance people.  The restructuring of the Business Office needs to be reevaluated and speak to someone who knows the business, strengths, weakness and unneeded personnel.  A 25 bed hospital does not need a CFO, Controller (2 of them, which 1 has nothing to do except chat and eat) and a General Accountant plus a Business Office Manager.  Cut the pork, those are wasted overcompensated employees.  EGADS!

Editor's note: I can tell you that Tim Williams is very dedicated to the job at hand. There is so much more that has not been released. I believe the board had an awakening recently that they could not ignore. I think CFO Cox did not think the Board would accept her resignation and would back-peddle to keep her and they just said, "thank you". According to sources, CEO Clary has been AWOL the past couple of days too.
web posted November 20, 2014
RE: "I have been wondering the same thing! Parents are talking (finally) and noticing the same strange behavior."

Finally talking?  No, I think parents are finally saying enough! She's been a ding bat from the beginning, but she's also been an expert manipulator. She's ruined the substitute staff of which a lot don't even want to come to MES to fill in or even volunteer. The teachers walk around like they are walking on egg shells.  And she is constantly trying to take control of the PTO and thinks it's her personal piggy bank. Has anyone ever looked into why she "left" Anderson County? Or why Saluda, her own back yard, wouldn't even entertain the thought of hiring her? [removed] Our babies are under her control!
web posted November 20, 2014
Interesting progression of events-a young man in Ferguson, MO is shot by a police officer. This young man had just committed a robbery and possibly attacked the police officer in his police vehicle prior to the shooting. Riots and violence took place following the incident, including looting and destruction. A grand jury has all the facts and are deliberating whether to indict the police officer. All the powers to be are afraid of the aftermath once the grand jury has given their decision and are preparing for violence and riots, not only in Ferguson but in other areas. So, what do the powers to be know about the case that makes them think the grand jury will not indict the police officer? What is it about these people that rioted will only accept one outcome from the grand jury ? If they don't get what they want (whether it is right or wrong) there will be a violent reaction? It is their way or the highway? Seriously, what does this tell us about the state of law in our country? It doesn't matter what the truth is... what matters to these people is nothing more than it was a black man that was shot. The grand jury has facts and information that the people don't have, yet this is being portrayed as a civil rights stand of some sort. It is crazy.
 
Now, a Muslim group is planning to join in the reaction to the grand jury decision. Of course they are doing it in a peaceful way. Oh sure, who believes that? Maybe folks hope the American people are stupid (like with the healthcare push) enough to believe that. No, the American people are too smart and they know better. Just like the healthcare debate-many of us knew from the get go exactly what was going on and what would go on. They needed to lie to their supporters, the press etc in order to keep them on board. Same thing in Ferguson. Just watch how this all plays out and continue to question the involvement of a Muslim group.  Peaceful? I wonder. All one need to do is listen to Al Sharpton and catch some clips of what he has said and done in the past. What a great leader in all of this mess for sure.
web posted November 20, 2014
The person/persons that is posting all these comments about the hospital and the employees there, I would like to ask when are you doing your job, because obviously you have too much time on your hands. How do you know what each person is doing? You are obviously walking the hallways of the hospital too much to know whose there or not. I also thinks it's funny that all the complaining of the administration did not start until certain people where let go. Hmmmm.
web posted November 20, 2014
Why have all the deputies been all over town the past 3 weeks. Are they giving away doughnuts or something?

Editor's note: Family Court is in session this week. The two weeks prior General Sessions Court was in session for what ever that was worth.
web posted November 20, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907 http://www.thepowerhour.com/news2/roosevelt_1907.htm
web posted November 20, 2014
Racial quotas, Obama’s ‘educrats,’ Dems’ war on charters, and race-based college admissions
Only in an ObamaNation
https://www.aei.org/publication/assorted-tuesday-night-links-race/
web posted November 20, 2014
Editor's post: Try as I may, there were so many comments about ECH that I could break them up only so much, a vast majority of comments went that way today. I did the best I could.
web posted November 19, 2014
Thanks, Tim Crane, for that information. Just wanted to make sure everything was done fairly.

Editor's note: If anybody knows, Tim knows. That's why we're glad he's on our team!
web posted November 19, 2014

The problems with the ECH are a microcosm of the VA.  The medical staff is sincere in providing quality and timely care.  The administrative (ruling branch) is more interested in their careers and image.  VA whistle blowing medical personnel were retaliated against.  Our local doctors may have feared the same.  Thanks for standing up.
web posted November 19, 2014
I don't know what's going on with these crazy juries and judges. But these are our streets, neighborhoods and communities y'all are letting these thugs run free on. How do you let somebody ON VIDEO walk away not guilty? What's it going to take?
web posted November 19, 2014
I commend Tim Williams, Board Members and Doctors for standing up to those who would try to change our beloved ECH!  Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "if you are a lady and have to tell people you are, then you are not."  Therefore, if Mr. Clary and Ms. Cox have to solicit a vote of confidence and stand up in a meeting and tell people how successful and what great administrators  they are...then it is quite evident they are not!   Enough said!
web posted November 19, 2014
Re:Is there any way us parents can rally and get rid of that dizzy principal at Merriwether Elementary?  Every day it's something different.  Some days it seems she's off her meds, others she zoned out. How can she even be in that position?  Don't they have drug tests?

I have been wondering the same thing! Parents are talking (finally) and noticing the same strange behavior. But from what everyone is told, you can't complain because Tucker and Donna Strom are besties and she is protected. Not a good thing and hopefully Anderson is seeing it! Teachers are definitely seeing it too but scared to talk because of the link to district.
web posted November 19, 2014

Why is this used car salesman running the hospital? Come on Henry, I won't let him kick ur butt. I mean he lives down the road from you, but so do I.
web posted November 19, 2014
Now you want to blame decisions and actions taken by the CEO and Former CFO on Obamacare??  Oh Please!  I guess Obama’s blamed for everything else so why not.  Brandon Clary and Kelly Cox can always put on their new resume the reason they left ECH was Obamacare just made them incompetent.  WOW, that’s better than telling the teacher ‘my dog ate my homework’.
web posted November 19, 2014
RE:  It's a shame to see such a wonderful hospital about to close.  I wish all the rumors would have stopped in time for a truce.  Whether you are a whining physician or an ex disgruntled paid to go away employee the betterment of the community is now in jepoardy.  I do hate it for this community.

From the outside looking in, it does not appear to me that the problem is with the Doctors or employees but with the CEO.  Everybody was HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY when Ms. Robinson was in charge or at least we didn’t hear about it here.
web posted November 19, 2014
Someone asked for proof; well the excellent journalism accurately reported the Good, the Bad and the Ugly at ECH.  The CEO was not at the hospital today I guess he’s visiting Lexington licking his wounds.  The new controller spent most of her time flapping her jaws to any staff who wished to discuss the current situation.  It appears the former controller doesn’t have much to do either because she is seen walking the halls at ECH most of the work day or eating in the cafeteria.  We thought she was moved to the Hitchcock Building .
web posted November 19, 2014
Everybody at the hospital is walking on eggshells! Somebody needs to do something!  This is getting out of hand!
web posted November 19, 2014
Editor's post: I suppose now that more information of the situation at ECH shows it is not just a few "disgruntled" employees, but includes the area doctors as well sharing the same concerns and going even further into the ability of CEO Clary to do the job he was hired to do. There is more coming on what is taking place. I commend ECH Board Chairman Tim Williams for doing the right thing for this county and the hospital. The division that has taken place at ECH should have never been allowed to happen. Running a hospital is like running a business, you need your employees to buy into what is taking place and be part of the team. You cannot force teamwork.
web posted November 18, 2014
Re: Coach Hillary.
I thought he got fired for roughing up a student? What is the whole story?

Wrong Hillary, that was coach Coco Hillary, and he resigned and was not fired.
web posted November 18, 2014
RE: Jones Not Guilty
Edgefield county residents are very lucky to have a source of news that prints the bare truth but we are so screwed when it comes to jury selections. Seems like we have so many persuadable bleeding hearts for our criminal element that the good people are at the mercy of these morons. I think we are wasting our limited county funds to go through the judicial system, if a scumbag is caught on a camera committing a crime we need to stretch their neck with a rope and be done with our problems instead of having them return to go through the same washed out process again and again. This is just my opinion but I would volunteer to tie the knot.

Editor's note: It seemed to work in the old days. But now lawyers run everything from the legislature all the way down to the local courts.
web posted November 18, 2014
So, is any of this craziness at the Edgefield hospital a result of Obamacare and the control it has of things going on in the medical world? Just wondering how much of this has more behind it than one sees (or doesn't see). A crazy question, but in the medical world today, things are really out of control. Just seems like a really crazy, involved issue to me. This is so sad for a small town hospital and an area where other choices are not readily available.
web posted November 18, 2014
Is there any way us parents can rally and get rid of that dizzy principal at Merriwether Elementary?  Every day it's something different.  Some days it seems she's off her meds, others she zoned out. How can she even be in that position?  Don't they have drug tests?
web posted November 18, 2014
It's a shame to see such a wonderful hospital about to close.  I wish all the rumors would have stopped in time for a truce.  Whether you are a whining physician or an ex disgruntled paid to go away employee the betterment of the community is now in jepoardy.  I do hate it for this community.

Editor's note: You do not "pay" an employee to go away. You pay an employee that sued the CEO and won with a settlement out of court. I'm told there are more lawsuits coming against the CEO. When they are filed, you will be the first to know.
web posted November 18, 2014
RE: Why was Thurmond in division 1 and the rest of the teams they played in their conference in division 2. They played against each other in the playoffs and Thurmond was in the division where most of the teams were 10 and 1. Not very fair. Batesburg was #1 and they were in division 2. Doesn't make any sense. What do you think?
Editor's note: I will leave that one for Sports Editor Tim Crane.
web posted November 15, 2014

Sports Editor Tim Crane's reply:    
Conference play is a regionally drafted alignment pairing teams geographically from each class.

In AA this season the top four teams from each region qualified for the playoffs.  There are four regions in the upstate and four regions in the lowstate, thus providing 16 playoff teams in the upstate and lowstate.  After the initial qualifer (top four from each region making the playoffs) the largest eight schools in the upstate and largest eight schools in the lowstate were deemed division one, the remaining teams went to division two. 

The enrollment numbers used were from the previous year (2013) ADM.  Fairfield Central is the 5th largest school in AA with 791 students.  Strom Thurmond is the 13th largest school with 750 students-only a difference of 41 students.  Batesburg on the other hand is the 47th largest AA school with an enrollment of only 494 students.  They would have had a very tough time with FFC too!  FFC has an outstanding football team this season. 
web posted November 18, 2014
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web posted November 18, 2014
I thought the victim in any crime had the final say on if a plea deal can be done. I've always been told that and I believe I've seen the editor say it or put it in a story. Either way, if that's true then how did Judge Russo and Solicitor Donnie Myers strike a deal that let the crook go back to the streets to rob again. Wasn't he on probation already when he got arrested for these burglaries?

Editor's note: I do not know if Green was on probation or not. I was not in the courtroom when his Rap Sheet was read off before sentencing. I do know that pleading guilty to two burglaries at the same time should certainly land you in prison for at least a few years at best. 282 days just sends the wrong message.
web posted November 18, 2014
We're hoping your tests go well this week. You said the one on Tuesday really worried you. Sometimes we have to do things we don't want to in order to get to a better place. A few friends of mine eat breakfast everyday and read and talk about the news and we are all praying for your speedy recovery. We need you healthy my good man. The [Edgefield] Daily is the only news worth reading around here and if it weren't for you we'd just sit around and drink coffee and blab about Obama. Get well soon!

Editor's note: Thank you. Yes, the test scheduled for today may or may not be completed depending on how painful it becomes during the test. I may have to call it off if it gets too bad. I've already had the test done once and, personally, I do not see the need for a second test.
web posted November 18, 2014
I've been waiting for this for such a long time!!!
 
Finally, a genuine "cheer up" gift for me and you. It’s so easy.  Just click on the two words below whenever you feel gloomy and think you can't take it anymore.  Click here
web posted November 18, 2014
Editor's post: Saturday was a great day. Went out to eat with my Bride then went and did some shopping. It was a fun day and I have had fewer than I can count on one hand in the past year.  Most of Sunday was good, but by 9 pm things went downhill and continue that way. Day 3's are always hard on me. Hope Monday improves.
web posted November 17, 2014
The Edgefield County Hospital CFO has folded to the pressure and back to Lexington she goes. One down, with many more to go. Oh, please, the new Controller the CFO had hired, she needs to follow the CFO back to Lexington to continue their work partnership.
The recently created position, General Accountant, the hospital board needs to intervene and vote that position as not needed. Could be that person is already working their notice out and will show up at ECH soon. If they do show, send them back to where they came from.
The business/finance employees were forced to move to the Hitchcock therapy building two weeks ago with the reason given their vacated space at the hospital would be used for patient care. CFO decision and a horrible one. Fact is, empty space at the hospital is being fixed for administrative staff, not for patients. Fact is, business employees at Hitchcock, including the rent, is a waste of money.
Why is it the CFO, HR and new Controller work a four day week? Have all ECH managers been offered this same 'perk'? How about the ECH employees, have they been offered the same? Fairness, equality?
Shame on the current ECH administration!

Editor's note: We hope to have a report on this and more developments very soon.
web posted November 17, 2014
Just wanted to congratulate Coach Hillary and the Rebels! Had to play through a ton of injuries and other things throughout the season! No need to hang your heads or listen to the negative people it was a great season! Go Rebels!!
web posted November 17, 2014

I am outraged with another Edgefield County jury, why have the police investigate anything in Edgefield County only to have a stupid jury ignore evidence and actual facts of a crime and just let a thug go only to commit another burglary or possibly worse murder!  What is wrong with the people of Edgefield County, these jurors are incompetent and should be ashamed of themselves for letting this thug go free I hope next time they are victim to crime and understand the fear it brings on the innocent.  I would not move back to Edgefield County now….
web posted November 17, 2014

RE "What is Edgefield County School Districts policies on a teacher texting inappropriate and saying inappropriate things to a parent of student?"
I have personally had an aweful experience with a kindergarten teacher at [a school]. This certain teacher [removed] has spread confidential information. I have heard so many negative things about other parents' children, i fear for what she is saying about mine!!! I hope Mr. Greg Anderson puts a stop to this, and removes her from the wonderful falculty at [the school].
web posted November 17, 2014
I am really concerned about the court cases that have freed people lately. What in the world is going on? I know you are innocent until proven guilty, but seems like the proof is in the pudding in both these cases. Are the courts on a diet and avoiding the pudding? Good grief!!!!! What am I missing?
web posted November 17, 2014

It was pointed out to me that on election day the Democrat vote started out with a pretty healthy lead - and then the Republicans got off work...
web posted November 17, 2014

SIGN IN INDIANA STORE FRONT WINDOW
WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, NANCY PELOSI,
HARRY REID, ALL THE ELITES OF CONGRESS, THE MASS MEDIA, AND HOLLYWOOD , THAN WITH ONE CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN!

This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Whiting, Indiana .
 
You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. However,
we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty; and after
all, it is just a sign.
 
You may ask, what kind of business would dare post such a sign?

Answer: Owen's Funeral Home
web posted November 17, 2014
Maybe there really is such a thing as SANTA CLAUS!
web posted November 17, 2014
RE: the edgefield sheriff office don't like some people they them put trash on your land and die dog and cats that why I don't vote it don't do any good
web posted November 15, 2014
 
Let me guess.  This "person" served on both juries?  He don't vote, but I bet he/she has one of 'dem bama phones.
web posted November 17, 2014
1944 - 2014 .... 70 Years later-----     Well worth a look. Watch what happens!

Left click on each picture.... Hold it and drag your mouse gently  from  left to right on the original photos and it will become the exact same location today ... 70 years later.
Drag it back over and  you are in 1944 again.
A description of each  location is at the bottom of each picture

http://interactive.guim.co.uk/embed/2014/apr/image-opacity-slider-master/index.html?ww2-dday

Editor's note: That's pretty interesting
web posted November 17, 2014
his is quite a good quiz and the results are somewhat shocking.
Test your knowledge with the challenge of 13 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did: If you get less than half correct, please cancel your voter registration.

http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/the-news-iq-quiz/

Editor's note: I missed 2, so I'm in the top 4%.
web posted November 17, 2014
Why was Thurmond in division 1 and the rest of the teams they played in their conference in division 2. They played against each other in the playoffs and Thurmond was in the division where most of the teams were 10 and 1. Not very fair. Batesburg was #1 and they were in division 2. Doesn't make any sense. What do you think?

Editor's note: I will leave that one for Sports Editor Tim Crane.
web posted November 15, 2014
I am so greatful to the Board Of Trustees at ECH for standing up to the megalomaniac(s)  in Administration.  The Board did what they had to do to make sure the County kept the wonderful Physicians Dr. Massey and Dr. Rainsford and their wonderful staff.  The CFO has resigned YAYYYYYYY! (don’t let the door hit you on the way out girl) she stated it was because she didn’t see eye to eye with the Board from the last emergency meeting.  The CEO also stated he no longer saw eye to eye with the Board either, so let’s hope he’s the next one gone….There’s a job fair in Johnston that I am sure he would qualify for something. Supposedly the person taking the CFO’s place will be the new Controller (CFO’s friend from Lexington ).  We’ll be watching.
web posted November 15, 2014

Another dum-bass Edgefield county jury let another thug go..when the evidence against the thug was overwhelming. Either the jurors are so stupid and have no idea what is going on within the courtroom or the judge is incompetent and doesn't have a clue...or both. No wonder so many thugs flock to Edgefield County (especially Johnston)...it's street knowledge that if you get caught..."ask for a jury trial" and you be gettin off. Thank you dum-bass jurors for letting another thug get back into society...you jackass jurors have proven what dum-basses you are...and have allowed guilty thugs back into our neighborhoods. Wouldn't it be great if a list of these jurors were published..so we can know what stupid people look like and where they live. Our law enforcement works hard to catch these thugs and The Judge Keesley's of the world are oblivious. Hey...why doesn't one of Judge Keesley's supporters write and tell me how wrong I am with my statement. Hey...let's get a word from a Dum-bass juror and read their side. Maybe...jury trials should be handled in another county or country...they are an embarrassment to those who try to follow the law. Don't pray for me Sisters
web posted November 15, 2014

What the heck is up with Edgefield County's "justice" system??? Who are the idiots being put on these juries?
web posted November 15, 2014

One can only expect crime rates to increase when the juries that are being selected let criminal go scott free. When you have “open and shut” cases and when the law breakers ADMIT they did it, what is wrong with this picture?? Is there an IQ test that future jurors have to pass? I think we need one.
web posted November 15, 2014

So, it's been a month and no news on the "sexual assault" on a school bus at an elementary school.  Was there an assault or not? Are the students still in school? Why hasn't the school, or district or someone said wether it happened or not?

Editor's note: It happened. I know the main one in the incident (boy) is no longer in school. I think everyone else is back in school and back to normal.
web posted November 15, 2014
The teacher responding to the Common Core questions has all the information and talking points down! As a former teacher, I know the jargon and the way things are supported by the education community . I know the standards look strong and good. However, I am more concerned about the parts of Common Core that deal with how students look at their role in community, how they see history (do the standards really reflect true knowledge of history, especially the history of this country, our Constitution etc. or the standards of the distorted views pushed by liberal educators for a long time?), how they see economics and social responsibility (distribution of wealth)  etc. etc. There is more to Common Core than just standards.
 
Standards can look strong. Standards can look good. No Child Left Behind had a lot of good goals, stronger standards etc. but did it really help education? Are students reading better, testing better, (of course tests like the ACT and SAT had to be daubed down)  etc. I wonder. There is more to Common Core than just standards.
 
As a former teacher, I have lived through a lot of this government involvement in education. Part of the liberal agenda involves education. Call me crazy but it is evident when we look at where education is today. There is more to Common Core than just standards.
 
Oh, and a question that has plagued me for many years, including all the years I taught school. Why is it so hard to teach children to read? Those of us in our 50's and above all learned to read. It was basic folks. Educators, the brilliant minds that teach and create curriculum, have made it way too complicated with all their great programs. Just go back to Dick and Jane and worksheets , basic grammar, sentence diagramming etc. etc. You would be surprised how the old ways worked. Some people are too smart for their own good.
 
Remember, there is more to Common Core than just standards. It is a whole educational system that involves how students see their role in the world and their community. It is a whole education system that affects how they think in general . Check out the parts that the schools and teachers don't promote.
web posted November 15, 2014
the edgefield sheriff office don't like some people they them put trash on your land and die dog and cats that why I don't vote it don't do any good
web posted November 15, 2014
You make me laugh, You have no argument that is based on fact but accuse without merit.  Just as I thought you can't make a case against the Hospital so you toss insults at the administration because you just don't like them and especially the CEO. . UnInformed I let my statements speak for me, I'm not a hospital manager, but I do know business and no place have you proven that anyone has done something wrong.  Your accusations are all personal in nature , lacking any fact, so as for growing up , you have a long road ahead.
web posted November 15, 2014
Editor's post:I will be spending all day today in Greenwood having more tests done. Which means there will be fewer reports for Saturday as a result. The tests I will undergo on Tuesday may prevent an update altogether on Wednesday, but I will not know until then. Go Rebels! Let's keep going all the way to the State. It can happen!
web posted November 14, 2014
How can the Johnston Police get called to GRU about a baby that'll be restarted for the rest of her life because this baby mama or the baby daddy shook the baby so hard it almost killed her and still say they aren't "suspects" yet? Why call in SLED unless the new chief can't do that [removed] job!? All I can think about is that poor baby. They should have arrested both of them especially if their stories didn't match. But no…… send em home so they can get their story together to try to explain how it was all just an accident.

Johnston is a joke anymore and I won't be going there for anything!
web posted November 14, 2014
re:  crosses in the square.

     Memorial Day and Veteran's Day are often confused.  Memorial Day began as Decoration Day after the Civil War.  The theme was honoring the war dead by decorating and maintaining grave sites.

     Veterans Day began after WWI to honor the soldiers of that conflict.  Decades later, it became Veteran's Day to honor all who were and had served, with the emphasis on living veterans.  It is ok to put up the crosses of the county's heroes, but not necessary.  Personally, I would stick to the crosses on just Memorial Day.

      It is fine to honor deceased veterans on Veteran's Day, but by design and tradition, it is a celebration of the living.  POW/MIA are a part of both.   I put out flags in the cemetery during both holiday weeks.  It is not an absolute protocol to do so.

http://www.memorialdayfoundation.org/education-and-history/memorial-day-and-veterans-day.html
web posted November 14, 2014
As a Soldier, wife of a Soldier, Daughter of a Soldier, Mother of a Soldier, and a Granddaughter of a Soldier I think I might have some experience of having the honor of attending some Veterans Day Observances. To the writer complaining of a politician speaking at an event, this is not a new occurrence nor is it unheard of. While I do not have personal knowledge of whether the politician in question has served, please do not let it detract from the wonderful program put on by ALL that made it possible.
The STHS NJROTC has a very special place in my heart, they along with all the Veterans made it one of the best I have ever attended. SGT Dolittle and COL Jerighen were an excellent representation of SC and what our Veterans have accomplished defending our great nation.
web posted November 14, 2014
Edgefield is NOT full of complainers.  We are for the most part an informed, educated, knowledgeable lot.  We see BS when it’s thrown in our faces.  We have a lot of great people here who are very supportive of County Council and especially of our wonderful Hospital.  We also recognize that employees recently brought in to ECH from Lexington and Evans are not devoted to the welfare of local citizens.  These new people are working for POWER and their high paychecks that they were NOT able to obtain from their hometowns because THEY were/are incompetent.  ECH supposedly moved the whole Business Office to another site under the pretense of ECH receiving more money for additional medical expertise at the Hospital.  So far, the empty offices are being filled with CFO, Controller, Controller Asst., Information System, Payroll, Customer Service….show us the beef.  Maybe it’s time to pull the taxpayer’s money from your coffers and you would have to take paycuts and actually work 5 day weeks. 
web posted November 14, 2014
Re:   Common Core State Standards -  The following was copied from the SC Department of Education website.

"Pursuant to Act 200 passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor in June 2014, Common Core will only be the basis for instruction and assessment in the 2014-15 school year; SC has initiated the process to develop new, high-level College and Career Ready standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics with the intent of putting those new standards in place for the 2015-16 school year."

Last week, the state department released the drafts of the new ELA and Math standards for review and input.  The new standards are very much like the CCSS and, just like CCSS, are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills as well as being prepared for college when they finish high school.

I would really like to know how many people, especially parents, who complain about CCSS have actually read the standards.  As an educator, I, as well as many of my peers, have very few problems with the CCSS.  It seems to me that the ones who complain the most are the constant complainers who are looking for a new bandwagon to jump on.  If someone has a legitimate complaint about the standards I would love to know the VALID reasons why.  I am sure most of the complainers cannot give one.

I invite you to go to the State Dept. of Education website to read the drafts of the new standards and provide input through the form provided.  Comments and suggestions will be accepted through November 30.
web posted November 14, 2014
Reading the recent interview by 'whoever' (The Edgefield Advertiser) wrote the article about the 'Famous World Traveler' Johnston Mayor...there are some missing facts pertaining to this BS article. There are some people who read this paper who have a brain and after reading this BS article..have just had our intelligence factor insulted. First of all...the article says "after high school he traveled all over the United States and the world gathering new ideas back to the rural county". Was Culbreath working for the CIA? Joined the Navy? Or just a modern day Christopher Columbus? Who funded his travel adventures? Come on...Edgefield Advertiser...you let the Mayor speak a lot of information, but no facts. "Doing more with less....thinking outside the box"...these are terms most used by the US Government...and can be attributed to the Democrap ideology of doing business..and most recently to a person who has 'Community Organizer' type of background. Sound familiar? So far..the man who "thinks outside of the box" allows the town of Johnston to resemble outer 'Detroit'...Junk cars in front yards on Calhoun Street with bath tub yard art...abandoned homes on Calhoun street complete with uncut yards..a street (Edisto) dedicated to 'Thugs & Drugs' where the finest Babies Daddies gather to discuss how they gonna support their mamas....and to a town where the most convicted Sex county offenders reside. So far..you be doing a great job Mr. Mayor. Your idea about a YMCA makes as much sense as bringing new business and tourism to Johnston. A YMCA would be just another hangout place for 'Drugs & Thugs'. Ohhhhh...I forgot to add how you hired the Police Chief without advertising the job first...as you had promised before your were elected by your Moron Supporters. "You must be joking" about a Johnston Job fair..in a town where most are on Welfare and are happy living off the Gov-ment..and the last thing the Edisto Street Brothers want is "a Job".  If Johnston is ever to become the town it once was...get rid of the Sex Offenders..run off the thugs...and stop Section 8 housing from being within the City Limits. But..the Famous World Traveler will never take these suggestions...his base of supporters comprise many of the 'low lifes' wandering the streets of Johnston. Now...all you Sisters pray for me.

Editor's note: I didn't think anybody actually read that rag, run by the most looney liberal to ever live in the county.
web posted November 14, 2014
If this won't keep you in shape nothing will. Go to the gym and try this out. This made my day.


 http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/openGraph/wid/0_u0r71mg5

Editor's note: That's a workout alright.
web posted November 14, 2014
A poster had asked for clarification on ECSD adherence to common core....here's the link from the Superintendent's Office...

http://www.edgefieldcountyschools.org/pages/Edgefield_County_School_Distri/9131054609886150274/Instruction/Common_Core_State_Standards

What's even more interesting....look at all the links, and test listed on the left side of the webpage....particularly the company "PEARSON" the one currently being fined
for "Testing for Dollars" in Colorado....previous link from a few days ago in Wandering Minds.
web posted November 14, 2014
Editor's post: I would like to apologize to readers for the way the Wandering Minds was set up on Wednesday. I was tired, it was late, and I was not thinking. I placed a couple of comments about the hospital and then other comments. Then as I kept opening emails there were more and more about the hospital and I just bunched them together. I normally try to spread them out so that readers don't start reading and think that day's comments are all about the hospital, which was not the case.

There are those who are growing weary over the situation, and you can count me among them. However, things will get worse before they get better. The pendulum has reached its high point and is starting to swing the other way.
web posted November 13, 2014
I know the guy building the house on Sweetwater Road [Removed], he lives in Mt. Vintage right now. I wouldn't put it past him to start all the ruckus about his house just so everybody will see it and talk about it. I don't know that, but it wouldn't surprise me!
web posted November 13, 2014
I'd like to pass along my thanks and appreciation to 1SGT Mario Luna,  USMC (Ret) for his efforts, planning and execution of the Edgefield County Veteran's Day ceremony at STHS Tuesday. I am very proud to have been a part of it.
 
A word of advice to politicians. Either stay home or take heed to the mantra "be seen and not heard". As a veteran, the last thing I want to hear is a politician on Veteran's Day. I do not see politicians as dignitaries, VIP's, luminaries, etc.

In the past, I have attended Augusta's parade. It features FT Gordon soldiers and its band, local high school performing groups, boy and girl scouts, veteran's groups....and politicians. Why? Stay home, stay in your offices, watch from the sidelines. It is Veteran's Day, not politician glad handling and spot light sharing day.

North Augusta has a wonderful Veteran's Day and Memorial Day ceremony. Speakers are military related and NO POLITICIANS, except in the audience. 

One thing I need to correct.  A speaker thanked the Supt of Edgefield Co schools and the STHS principal for the use of "their" facility.  Uh, it's "our", taxpayer, facility, not "their's".
web posted November 13, 2014
I need clarification...I understood that SC was not doing Common Core. A poster said that Edgefield County Schools were adhering to Common Core. If so, is that just a choice of the school district? Maybe there is confusion on what "adhering to Common Core" means. I was hopeful SC had the sense not to embrace this destructive education system. Maybe I misunderstood. If SC is not doing Common Core,then I would certainly hope Edgefield is not doing anything similar to it . Sometimes folks think one thing but the reality is something different.
web posted November 13, 2014
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  He is the CEO at ECH bringing all his ‘favorite children’ all the toys they wish for.  However, Virginia , now that you are getting older you should learn now that Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa are all paying for those wonderful new toys you have.  I realized when I came back from the Land of OZ , that there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME Virginia .  People you have known all your life, loved, adored and trusted ARE REAL but when you face reality you will learn the CEO AIN’T NO SANTA CLAUS; he’s the Grinch.  So Virginia , keep living in your uninformed, imaginative dream world because some day soon you will have to grow up.  Love always, Dorothy.
web posted November 13, 2014
For the person who shamed the town and mayor for not putting out the crosses on the square for Veterans Day…we honor living veterans on Veterans Day, and those who are deceased on Memorial Day, when the crosses are always put out. People have always had a hard time separating the intent of those two important events in their minds. Just saying…

Editor's note: Good point.
web posted November 13, 2014
If you complainers are not happy living in Edgefield County or with local politics, there are roads leading out of this county in every direction. If you are not happy, stop trying to make everybody else as unhappy as you seem to be. The complainer groups of Edgefield County should get together and find out the type of people you really are and do you really want to live in this state of mind. And say something nice for a change, it could open up a whole new world. Come on please give it a try. God bless Edgefield County and the citizens that truly love and support it!!!!!
Keep your eyes on the big picture and the road. My goodness.
web posted November 13, 2014

OK, so yet another post that originates with the management of the hospital. Get off the wizard of oz theme please! If you want a comparison though, your all sleeping in a field of poppies like Dorothy! We keep hearing how wonderful things are and how the hospital is thriving yet nobody can produce real figures. Keep following that yellow brick road because it aint gold your throwing at the employees and physicians!
web posted November 13, 2014

The Magic Bank Account
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:  Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use.  However, this prize has rules:

The set of rules:
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!"  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?  Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL ...
Shocked?
YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*.  We just can't seem to see it.
The PRIZE is *TIME*
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds
as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.
3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending”....

"DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD…!" SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THE PRIVILEGE!
web posted November 13, 2014
Thought for the day:
I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people.....I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.
web posted November 13, 2014
You just cannot make this stuff up.  Between lies and scams the American people have way too many battles with this administration.  It is not the Republican nor the Tea Party that are racist it is clearly the White House and all those czars he appointed.  This is why they think there is voter suppression.  Problem is Obama is the one suppressing voters.
Here is another example just what they think of "their people".
http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/12/in-third-video-obamacare-architect-talks-about-basic-exploitation-of-american-voters-video/

Editor's note: Yes, he's trying to now explain away why he (and Obama - Dems) had to lie to the "stupid voters" because the people are too stupid to understand how great they are and their plans to take over all medical care.
web posted November 13, 2014
Editor's post: Tuesday was another good day. I think I just set a new record of good days in a row. I will begin the next set of tests this Friday then again next week on Tuesday (that one is really going to hurt) and Thursday. I am also awaiting to have two full DNA workups done as soon as it is cleared with our insurance company. We are pushing hard to get it all done before ObamaCare kicks in full force this January.

There were several news reports not placed for today due to not being able to start working until very late. I spent about three hours or more working on information concerning an upcoming report, or perhaps reports, that I cannot publish yet, but the work had to be done.

It is after 2 am and I have to get some rest.
web posted November 12, 2014
Well Dorothy your not in Kansas anymore!, Because you obviously don't know you can't run a hospital on payment with chickens and cows  The problem you have is change, the hospital board is a mixture of long time residents in Edgefield County an business people and they have done what is necessary to continue the operations of the hospital.  What you call money hungry is making decisions to hire competent administration and yes you must pay more to attract qualified staff  and the last I looked ther is not a thriving medical operation in Edgefield county to draw upon . The clinical staff under this new administration continues to give the best care Dorothy as they have always done,  however they will have have more money to improve that care. The previous CEO's secretary did not do three jobs but had three titles and could not perform all those positions as necessary, but has moved elsewhere in a position more compensate with the abilities the secretary has.

Dorothy , as for the Administrations treatment of physicians  and lawsuits the last I looked there is 2 at the Medical Clinic in a space that could house 6 and they have no plans to hire anymore, The one that is employed by the hospital needs 3X the space to see the patients that want to see her. If the previous administration was in place today the hospital would be closed or owned by University. Hospitals are subject to lawsuits someone always wanting to get something for nothing. As far as the previous admin no one knew really how bad it was until the new board an chairman took over, the vilification didn't start until you and the wicked witches friends started berating the new administration at the hospital with the changes they had to make.
I would like to know how the hospital has been degraded if anything it's been upgraded, spending money if giving raises to well deserved employees is out of control and holding doctors accountable to the laws then you Dorothy are still living in the land of Oz

Yep Edgefield has a thriving collection of talent  a brain trust , the almighty Oz says so! 
web posted November 12, 2014
The New CEO at ECH is not so NEW!  He was on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital before he sold the idea he would build ECH into something greater than it was.  He still has uncontrolled spending, new Signage (34 new signs out front); highest payroll for all of the Top Administration and their new assistants, Controller, Asst. Controller, yeah he stopped overtime that the underpaid employees received so they could afford to meet their monthly obligations; but, he then gave it to his upper echelon. There is no new business brought in, lab, xray, sleep study, surgeons, and Physicians have always been there.  So where are all these new money making wonders he professed to bringforth?  The Physicians are alienated, the employees are alienated, it’s turned into mostly a nursing home, and it’s not a Critical Care Hospital by the way, it’s a Critical Care Access Hospital (which is very different).  Also, you may not care how the CEO treats his neighbors or people at the grocery store (perhaps you are of the same mold); but it definitely shows one’s character and Christian values or lack of.
web posted November 12, 2014

I'm not an employee of ECH. But I'm almost positive that the majority of the posts on Edgefield Daily defending the actions of the CEO and CFO have been submitted by upper management.  Only those positions would have access to financial information. I would think one would not have to defend themselves if they haven't done anything wrong.
From all the "talk" around the community and the posts we see here it would definitely lead you to believe there is significant reason to be concerned . There is usually more smoke when a fire is trying to be smothered.
web posted November 12, 2014
In response to the persons that wrote in "Wondering Minds" about Edgefield County residents. It is obvious that "the gossip" is hitting below the belt to you. You are either kin, one of them, best friends or one of the puppets on the string people......to claim no one in Edgefield is qualified, is just about the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Already, I know the whole first graders are a lot smarter than you! No one (and I mean no one) would be stupid enough to write in and insult the people of Edgefield County and not expect any backlash. We may not be much to you, but we are very fine, proud and smart people. All we want is to be treated fairly, respected, and know that we KNOW when things are wrong. Which leads us back to the hospital, THINGS ARE VERY WRONG. Too many people in the hospital that is not in the upper crust have been complaining. It is not just one. All they want is for someone to actually look into it and not look at papers.  You can make financial papers look good for a few years, and you can rob Peter to pay Paul for only so long, and then it will catch up. Why not let Edgefield County Council hire an auditor and audit the CFO/CEO. My question is why would such great employees leave a wonderful job from a wonderful hospital be willingly just to leave their jobs to come to another hospital that is supposedly just getting back on its feet and is shaky at that!?  I would love to know the truth. I don't work there, but I know just about everyone that does, and I sure do have a lot of concern in regards to what goes on there and all around our County. You may stick your head in the sand and only want to see what's in front of your nose, but when other people, not just one, start talking, something is up. If you don't want to read what is written, don't go to "Wondering Minds" . No one is making you, this is a free country. So, YOU quit whining, and if these people want to vent,  YOU shut the heck up!!
web posted November 12, 2014

Roger lamb is a wonderful person that has done so much for this community. It hurts me to read about this tragedy. Everyone should be ashamed that had any dealings with this trial. It is hard to keep a small town surviving without people like him. Thanks for all you have ever done for our community and I hope you reconsider moving to continue being a wonderful patron to our town.
web posted November 12, 2014
I think that it is sad that we didn't honor our fallen soldiers by putting the Crosses out on the town square to honor them for making the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom pretty sad Mr mayor

Editor's note: Shame on me for not being able to cover the event held at STH Tuesday morning. By the time I was fully functional it was well past 11 am.
web posted November 12, 2014
Standardized Testing for Profit?

Interesting article, many students in Colorado are threatening to walk out and boycott standardized testing....good on them!

http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/students-promise-to-walk-out-on-newest-tests/

From what I'm told by a teacher, Edgefield County School district also uses material from a company called Pearson, who is one of the companies profiting from standardized testing (AIMES Web?)

Anyway, ECSD also adheres to Common Core...when is that crap going to be dropped?
web posted November 12, 2014
Criminals getting away with terrible crimes.  Fortunately it was not murder but it could have been.  Another good reason to increase gun sales.  Just goes to show you have to take care of yourselves.  Sadly, these two are out there just waiting to commit another crime against someone else.  I do not advocate quick "justice" but he would have been within his rights to take care of them because they sure were intent on taking care of him. 

If this continues you should see a major increase in the number of people taking a concealed weapons course.
web posted November 12, 2014
RE: "What is Edgefield County School Districts policies on a teacher texting inappropriate and saying inappropriate things to a parent of student?"

I bet I know which teacher you could be referring to, from time to time I help out at [a school] and there is a certain K teacher that is always on her phone, she texts non-stop. I understand maybe using your phone for emergencies but it is wrong for a teacher to be on her phone when she should be tending to her students. I feel sorry for her assistant. She will not have the privilege of teaching my little one. Hopefully, Greg Anderson will put a stop to this inappropriate behavior!
web posted November 12, 2014
John 15:13 "GREATER LOVE HAS NO MORE THAN THIS, THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS." Thank You for everything American Veterans. Also not forgetting our Law Enforcement, Fireman and EMS. Every one of you are one of our great national treasures. My God Bless each everyone. Again, Thank You Hero's!
web posted November 12, 2014
Editor's post: I had a pretty good day today. As usual, the pain increases as the day grows long. But over all, I can deal with it a little better with the change in medications.
web posted November 11, 2014
RE: "What is Edgefield County School Districts policies on a teacher texting inappropriate and saying inappropriate things to a parent of student?"

Obviously not a very smart teacher.  If they are texting whatever to a parent or student, they just handed over hard evidence.  There's no crime against being stupid, but the teacher should be fired for incompetence.  If you are that stupid, we don't want you teaching our children.
web posted November 11, 2014

Edgefield should have a sign on the trestle that reads, "Welcome to Edgefield, where crime is illegal but it doesn't matter, our jury members will slap you on the wrist and let you go!!!"

Editor's note: This just didn't slap anything on them except a "get out of jail free" card.
web posted November 11, 2014
Where were all these complainers when the Hospital couldn't make payroll?  Or better yet when employees went years and years without raises during the prior CEO’s tenure?  In six years prior to Brandon Clary, a vast majority of employees only received 45 cents in total raises!!  The persons or “person” that continue to spew lies and hate about the current status of ECH must have benefited greatly from the old regime, while those practices nearly put the hospital out of business.  But no one wants to talk about that.  Guess they have a hidden agenda against the hospital’s thriving status under the new leadership.  Wander why???  Prior to the new CEO, there was uncontrolled spending, out of control wasteful overtime, lack of accountability, and no emphasis placed desperately needed repairs and updates. The hospital was falling apart and in financial ruins.  It’s so funny to read the venom coming out after things have been turned around.  Even name calling, classy.  Again, makes you wander who and why, doesn’t it? To them I say, get a life or just go kick rocks! 
web posted November 11, 2014
When I hear all these comments about the hospital and the leadership – two things are NOT mentioned. 1) The hardworking employees – 95% of them live in this county and (2) This is a Critical Care Hospital. Whether this hospital has 100 beds or 25 – this county should be extremely grateful that this hospital exists. Other small bed facilities aren’t as lucky. And those are dropping like flies. Those hospitals are being turned into YMCA’s. Do you think the YMCA can hire all the employees that would be unemployed by the hospital? These people are from this county providing top notch care. I know I was a patient. The Peachtree staff was incredible also the ER Staff was knowledgeable and kind during my time. The CEO and CFO aren’t the reason WHY I went to this hospital. I went because I heard of the great care they provide. And was extremely impressed.

Everyone has the right to apply for any role at the hospital and it should be based on the candidate’s experience NOT where they are from. Welcome people into this community – DON’T turn them away.

The CEO & CFO should work to keep the doors open (financially) – offer more services – bring some of the most talented Doctor’s from our surrounding area and ensure the staff is supported. I believe this is happening now. As the doors are still open at this time.

I personally don’t care how the CEO is as a neighbor or how he is when you see him at the grocery store. I care about the hospital and staff because I want this hospital to continue to exist. He is doing WHAT he was hired to do. We all make decisions on a day basis that aren't pleasant.

Last thing, try some kindness because as they say, “God don’t like ugly.” Keep moving up ECH! You are supported!!!!!
web posted November 11, 2014
RE:  This writer just hates the CEO

I don’t believe any of the negativity written about the CEO, CFO or HR is because of someone ‘hating’ them.  It’s about a lot of educated and knowledgeable people, that live in Edgefield Co. and are successful business people recognize incompetence when they see it. Read the financial statements, read the employee satisfaction surveys.have family and visitors who are frequently at ECH, come to eat in the cafeteria for lunch.  Ask them, take a poll.  Sorry, but Edgefieldians are very qualified to recognize BS.  Ask the Physicians you go to; they are wonderful and exceptional people who have made the hospital the place to come to when you’re sick.  Do your homework girl and find out why these new people are no longer working in other Counties and willing to drive many miles to work at ECH.
web posted November 11, 2014
Re:  You just hate the CEO, CFO because they are going in a different direction and becoming so successful.

Yes Virginia Success is a Wonderful thing my dear.  But, how do YOU define success?  (suggestions: accomplishment of an aim (question: who’s aim?); attainment of wealth, fame or position; The CEO, CFO and HR have definitely met this criteria)  But Virginia , this administration is turning it into a Corporate Mind Set; have you ever gone to a HUGE Hospital out of town?  You will never receive the personal attention that ECH staff has always provided , prior to these Money Hungry CEO (Highest salary ever paid); CFO and her Asst. CPA and General Accountant) highest salaries  and these people work 4 days, The previous CEO secretary was replaced by 3 people to complete her former one job.  (How many salaries would this make to replace one person.)  Don’t forget the new rented building where the Business Dept was sent; so now another position has to be hired for cashier.  Also, Virginia, while we are discussing success of current ADMIN>  What about the lawsuits; hostile treatment toward Physicians…..Never did previous Administrations be accused of this; never did previous Administrations be vilified on Wandering Minds, neighborhoods, elementary schools, and local community gatherings.  So you see Viirginia this continuing dialog is Not about hating the CEO, CFO it is about hating what he is doing to degrade the reputation of the hospital; irresponsible spending, alienation of Physicians and you are so wrong about Edgefield County does not have qualified people to meet the new challenges ECH face.  You must be speaking only of yourself!
web posted November 11, 2014
Somehow our President did not get the message with the landslide election last week. I heard that he said he was responsible and that the buck stops with him. Then he said he didn't communicate well enough with the American people. Oh , he communicated alright... he just doesn't understand that actions speak louder than words.  I think the American people understand full well what he is doing. All the blah , blah , blah and persuasive speaking cannot change what he has done and is doing to this country. Seems like all the talking is no longer swaying people. This landmark election shared the American people's feelings about what is happening in the country. They said "NO!" to the liberal agenda. Duh!!!! Too bad he cannot seem to hear their message. Their actions in voting speak louder than their words. That old saying is just too true!!!!!
web posted November 11, 2014
We’ve got to lighten up a little in this column, folks. Here’s a start, a love poem that came to my inbox today:

The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch, true man;
The love of a baby, unafraid,
All have existed since time began;
But the greatest of loves,
The quintessence of love,
Even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
Of one drunken Marine for another.
web posted November 11, 2014
A woman who has 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 veil."          

The sales clerk hesitated a bit, then said, "Please don't take this the wrong way, but gowns of that nature are considered more appropriate for brides who are being married the first time; -- for those who are a bit more innocent, if you know what I mean? Perhaps ivory or sky blue would be nice?"          

"Well," replied the customer, just 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, that he died as we were checking into our hotel.

My second husband and I got into such a terrible fight in the limo on our way to our honeymoon that we had that wedding annulled immediately and never spoke to each other again."

"What about your third husband?" asked the sales clerk?

"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 great everything was going to be, but nothing ever happened!"
web posted November 11, 2014
A Poem for Remembrance Day
"The inquisitive mind of a child"

Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love
For the men who marched away.

But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.
                                            
But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the color of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.
                                               
The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief
For the men who never came back.
                                               
But why, Mummy are you crying so
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child
For the world is forgetting again.
web posted November 11, 2014
Now he is after the Internet.
 
https://blu168.mail.live.com/?tid=cmVZfXXxpp5BGcqwAjfeP01A2&fv=1&fid=flinbox

Editor's note: He's been after the internet. The FEC is already being pushed to punish political speech that is negative to Democrats. Just like the IRS, nothing to see here folks.... move along.
web posted November 11, 2014
Editor's post: I had a long talk with Mr. Roger Lamb after our interview on his thoughts on the verdicts handed down from the jury on Thursday. One fact that I think everyone is missing is that Edward Chandler was well known to Mr. Lamb as Chandler had done work for him around his house for a number of years. That is why Chandler fled the state when Lamb got away, he knew Lamb knew who he was. I firmly believe that Chandler fully intended to kill Mr. Lamb once they got the $1,000 they wanted. If they had made it to the ATM, Chandler would have forced him to get all the money the ATM would allow, then he would kill Lamb because he knew who they were. Had Lamb not broke free and ran, there would have been a body found in a peach field not far from downtown Johnston.

I believe that will all my heart. Thank God he got away when he did.

True, these two criminals were found "not guilty" by a jury, they were not found "innocent".
web posted November 10, 2014
Re: Shock Verdicts
If you want to get away with rape, armed robbery or murder, come to Edgefield County. Home of the dumbest jury members ever created by God!
web posted November 10, 2014
Is this what the world is coming to? Knock knock, BAM BAM, who's there?
web posted November 10, 2014
Let's see, who should you believe? A kind old grandpa who volunteers around town or 2 thugs that can't stay out of jail? Oh, until now, because of STUPID PEOPLE you throw the old man under the bus and let the thugs go free! I hope the next door they show up at is one of the jury members. And if they catch em again…. I want to be on THAT JURY!
web posted November 10, 2014

Now that we know that the jury on that trial was majority white, what is the message now?

Editor's note: It should remain the same, ignorance.
web posted November 10, 2014
I would like to say that the only charges the 2 men were facing were Burglary in the Second Degree, Armed Robbery, and Kidnapping. There were not any charges of Assault and Battery (which they were definitely guilty of and Chandler admitted to on the stand)  These 2 men are more than likely guilty of this crime but the Johnston Police Department did a very sorry investigation!! All they had was the hat with Chandler's DNA which he did not deny that he was not in the home.  They did not bother to finger print anything that was supposedly touched during the crime! Also they never searched any homes for any items that were taken from this elderly man.  With all this being said you can THANK the Johnston Police Department for letting 2 criminals back on the streets NOT the jurors!!  If they would have done their job these two would be facing life in prison!!!!

Editor's note: Are you forgetting the victim's eye-witness testimony? The only people who could let these criminals (both are convicted felons) walk free are the 12 people on the jury. That is the simple fact.
web posted November 10, 2014

RE: "Those jurors should hang their heads in shame."

Strike the last four words. I am putting dumbmasses on notice-where I live, if you look like a thug and show up at my door or even on my property, you must not assume anything.  You must be sure of one fact-I am afraid for my life and that of my family and I WILL exercise my 2nd Amendment right!  And I do not practice double-tap, I prefer triple-tap.
web posted November 10, 2014
Obviously this writer just hates the CEO, so if you hate him leave the hospital, town or state, all you have to do is complain about the CEO and CFO, an the HR manager all your post are personnel about how they perform the job, live in the community, walk and talk.  The facts are the hospital has changed course and is becoming successful you hate it. You want to be like it was, but what you don't want to accept is that it was failing due to a previous weak administration.  So you gossip make claims that have no facts. So what if the CFO hires qualified people from another county GREAT! they might move here build a house, or buy yours so you can move.I don't see a lot of resources to hire from with in Edgefield County. People like you do a injustice to this county, by making  innuendo without fact , your pathetic.
web posted November 10, 2014

Someone is believing rumors if they think the people in Shaw Estates and Mount Vintage are "flocking"to Aiken County! Sounds like propaganda from Aiken County to me! I would guess if they could "flock" anywhere, it would not be Aiken County!
web posted November 10, 2014

What is Edgefield County School Districts policies on a teacher texting inappropriate and saying inappropriate things to a parent of student?

Editor's note: I am sure it is very much frowned upon and could lead to disciplinary action depending on what is said.
web posted November 10, 2014
What is wrong with the house on Sweetwater Road? It's distracting? What do people do when they pass that house going towards Edgefield, and see all the other houses on the left in the middle of fields, that are in plain view? A huge pond full of geese, then on the right, a huge horse barn up on the hill with a blind driveway going up to it. These sights have been in plain view from the road for many years. Further down the road is another house that looks like a barn on the left, and then a dairy barn after that. Who drives by the huge prison and doesn't look over at it? Nobody has been complaining about that. Now someone builds a house and during the construction, it turns drivers into complete idiots that are now unable to drive for what, 200 yards? Instead of complaining, people should be thankful for the continued growth in our area.

Editor's note: It is going to one nice house. I just wonder if the pond is actually going to fill up. It looks to depend completely on rain run-off for water.
web posted November 10, 2014
Regarding: "The Jokes On Us".
Don't forget Chelsea. She is entitled to secret service protection also. She and her husband bought a $10 million apartment in NYC. Wanna bet there is something similar going on there?  Any takers??
web posted November 10, 2014
Listen up folks....
 
If you're so easily distracted  that you feel the need to look at a new home or a community center while you're driving here's a news flash for you.  YOU DON'T NEED TO BE DRIVING!  Please do us all a favor and turn in your license. 
web posted November 10, 2014
President Barack Obama nominates Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to
replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-loretta-lynch-attorney-general-20141108-story.html

Editor's note: He should have waited until next year. By trying to push it with a lame duck Congress will just make the non-political appointment political. But everything Obama does is political.
web posted November 10, 2014
This Mocking Front Page Of A Major Newspaper Will Make Obama FURIOUS
http://www.rightwingnews.com/media/mocking-front-page-major-newspaper-will-make-obama-furious/

Editor's note: I love it!
web posted November 10, 2014
Doctors Give Obamacare Failing Grades------ Everybody knows that.
http://www.leanrightamerica.org/uncategorized/doctors-give-obamacare-failing-grades/
web posted November 10, 2014
Editor's post: Friday started out as such a good day. Still had to take my meds, but things were very much under control until Friday night. I wish I could get my head around why things work sometimes and then all of a sudden nothing helps. Here's to hoping for a good weekend.

Great Job Rebels! Moving on to Round 2 of the Playoffs. Just for your information. Sports Editor Tim Crane sent a prediction on the score for Friday night's game when he emailed his preview. The prediction - final score 48-12. Actual final score - 49-14.

I will never ask what he thinks the score on the USC vs Clemson score will be this year.

Have a great weekend.
web posted November 8, 2014
Re: Verdicts
Not guilty?   You have got to be kidding!!!  I know the victim quite well and this is a TRAVESTY at best.
 
I blame three things.  First: "Johnston's" finest for screwing up the evidence.  Lost items and terrible reports.
 
Secondly the prosecution.
 
Third: Edgefield county's citizenry.  Faced with the presented evidence how can they possibly render such a verdict?  Oh wait the culprits were black.  Nevermind they were and are guilty.  Racist?  Well there you have it.
 
This teaches one thing.  Answer your door with a pistol in your hand and shoot to protect yourself because the "justice" system is not going to.
 
Those jurors should hang their heads in shame. 
web posted November 8, 2014
Well come visit Edgefield County where you can commit crime such as Criminal Sexual Misconduct, Assault and Battery, Robbery, pointing and presenting a firearm only to have a bunch of idiots on a jury see evidence and go and send these criminals to commit crime again.  I am appalled by the verdict, I cannot believe that these mean-spirited men were released into society to continue robbing, beating innocent people all because citizens did not use common sense and return a guilty verdict…What is wrong with the people in Edgefield to have evidence and ignore it!  I feel sorry for the victim and what he has had to go through justice was not served in Edgefield County.
web posted November 8, 2014
Edgefield county juries continue to amaze most of those who have a brain. Two known scum-bags are made free men by a jury which must love thugs or is tooooo stupid to understand the law. Could it be that most of the jury were black and are sending Edgefield white people a message?
Or..has our jury pool reached the bottom of the barrel. It must be noted... when Judge 'Easy' Keesley presides...criminals get a break. Next time these scumbags break into someones house it may be mine... and my two friends Mr. Smith & Wesson will be the judge and jury...we certainly have no good ones in this county. Lock & Load.....
web posted November 8, 2014

I couldn't believe that these two thugs who beat up an old man with their gun, robbed him, and then a [darn] jury in [messed] up Edgefield County let these criminals walk free. Who were these people? They have to be brain dead! I know this man and he's a kind man and have never done anything to hurt anybody and even tried to help these thugs by paying them to do yard work around his house and then they jump at the chance to rob an old white man and then don't have to worry about it because the blacks on the jury ain't going to put a black thug in jail. WHERE IS JUSTICE?

Editor's note: The jury pool was majority white, and a verdict has to be unanimous. If one person with common sense had held their ground and said no, they're guilty it would be a mistrial and would be tried again in hopes of getting a jury with common sense.
web posted November 8, 2014
I drive by the new community center every day and find myself looking and not paying attention to the road. Do they need shrubs? The house on SW is under construction and of course people are curious, but it's not the owners fault they cannot pay attention to the road. Instead of tearing down someone for building THEIR home, enjoy your own life. As for the trees, the last I heard, to build a driveway trees must come down. I'm sure the owners are second guessing their decision to build in Edgefield county by now. The people in MV and Shaw Estates seem to be the most vocal, as they move in flocks to Aiken county. I'm glad to see the investment in this county. Get a life and stop trying to harm others with your anonymous words.
Thank you.
web posted November 8, 2014

This morning [Friday] I attended a beautiful Veterans' Day program at JET Middle School.  The music was outstanding and many students offered words about our freedom.  The talent among these young people is impressive.  Thank you, JET and thank you, Veterans!
web posted November 8, 2014

RE:  ECH Employee Appreciation Dinner

What a joke the employee appreciation dinner is; what Administration doesn’t realize is what is appreciated is when Friday comes, NO CEO, CFO or HR is around creating unrest among us.
web posted November 8, 2014
Can the sheriff please explain why the taxpayers are paying for the gas and up keep on patrol cars being drove to Golds gym in North Augusta by deputies on there off time.  I could  maybe see if the gym was located in Edgefield but  the deputies shouldn't be driving patrol cars to other counties on personal off duty time!!! Plus driving around in a patrol car with tank top and shorts isn't very professional like.
web posted November 8, 2014
The following 11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed!
AL, CA, HI, IL, KY, ME, MS, NM, NY, OH AND SC
Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.  What's the problem with that much support?
Well, the median household income in  America is just over $50,000,which averages out to $137.13 a day.
To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.
 
Furthermore:
There are actually two messages here. The first is very interesting, but the second is absolutely astounding - and explains a lot.  A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.
 
Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
U.S. 65%
England 46%
Canada 42%
 
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
U.S. 93%
England 15%
Canada 43%
 
Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S. 90%
England 15%
Canada 43%
 
Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
U.S. 77%
England 40%
Canada 43%
 
Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
U.S. 71
England 14
Canada 18
 
Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":
U.S. 12%
England 2%
Canada 6%
And now.. for the last statistic:
 
National Health Insurance?
U.S. NO
England YES
Canada YES
 
Check the last set of statistics!!
The percentage of each past president's cabinet... who had worked in the private business sector... prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is; a real-life business...not a government job.
 
Here are the percentages.
T. Roosevelt..................38%
Taft...............................40%
Wilson ..........................52%
Harding.........................49%
Coolidge........................48%
Hoover..........................42%
F. Roosevelt..................50%
Truman.........................50%
Eisenhower...................57%
Kennedy.......................30%
Johnson........................47%
Nixon............................53%
Ford.............................42%
Carter..........................32%
Reagan........................56%
GH Bush......................51%
Clinton ........................39%
GW Bush.....................55%
Obama.............. ……….8%
 
This helps explain the incompetence of this administration:  ONLY 8% of them...have ever worked in private business! That's right! Only eight percent---the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents!
 
And these people are trying to tell our big corporations...how to run their business?  How can the president of a major nation and society...the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business...when he's never worked for one? Or about jobs...when he has never really had one? And, when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? They've spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs. Or...as "community organizers."
 
They should have been in an employment line.
Feeling a lot better now??
web posted November 8, 2014
Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
web posted November 8, 2014
Read how the joke's on us!
Clinton's 20 Acre -  $11 million mansion
 
Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a New York State Senator now comes under this fancy "congressional retirement staffing plan" which means that if she never gets re-elected, she STILL receives her Congressional salary until she dies.

If Bill out-lives her, he then inherits HER salary until he dies.  He is already getting his Presidential salary until he dies.  If Hillary out-lives Bill, she also gets HIS salary until she dies,  Guess who pays for that?  WE DO!

It is common knowledge that in order for her to establish NY residency, they purchased a million dollar-plus house in upscale Chappaqua, New York....makes sense.  They are entitled to Secret Service protction for life.  Still makes sense.

Here is where it becomes interesting.  Their mortgage payments hover around $10,000/month.  But an extra residence had to be built by the government on the acreage to house the Secret Service Agents.  Any improvement to the property is owned by the property owners...the Clinton's.  So....the Clinton's charge the federal government $10,000 monthly rent for the use of the extra residence to house the Secret Service staff which is just about equal to their mortgage payment.

He is the ONLY ex-president to use this loophole.  This means that we, the taxpayers, pay the Clinton's, salary, mortgage, transportation, safety and security as well as the salaries for their 12 man staff and it is all perfectly legal.        
                   
When she runs for President, will you vote for her?
web posted November 8, 2014
About 3 minutes ---- watch ‘til end.  Sort of like first time off the high dive – not half as bad as feared……
Massive herd of Elk in Montana  ... You have seen Elk in  Montana before, but not like this. Be sure to watch  the straggler at the end !!!  (Also note that the herd waited for it.)
http://1funny.com/massive-herd-elk-montana/
web posted November 8, 2014
Editor's post: It is 3:25 am and I am just now finishing work for the day. The main reason is that I was so angry over the verdicts in the Dublin-Chandler trial it took me several hours to calm down to even begin to start writing. I saved writing that story for last as I knew it would just bring back my anger, and it did, causing me to have to take another break to get my mind off it so I could do the rest of my work. How they reached verdicts of not guilty is beyond me.
web posted November 7, 2014
Re: Albert Talbert
AMEN! to being rid of that worthless race monger Norman Dorn. Mr. Talbert is a good man and reasonable and will finally give us some that will actually REPRESENTS us in the Northside. Maybe we can get something done now.
web posted November 7, 2014
J-E-T Middle School Veteran's Day Program
Friday November 7 at 9am in the Gym
web posted November 7, 2014

Awwwwww.  Little Billy Beer Herrin got his [rear end] whipped again.  Guess he can stay and cry in his beer where he goes before school board meetings.  Bye little Billy.  Don't go away mad, just, just, go away.  Sad, we still are having to put up with that big self centered oaf Waites. Four more years of him, who can bear it.  That's worse than putting up with four more years of Obama.
web posted November 7, 2014
The CEO, ECH is either not at work or hiding behind his office door with the blinds closed tight.  The CFO is marching around the hospital like a Prison Warden, not smiling moving her new Lexington Team into the recently vacated Business Dept.’s Offices.  Employees are very tense waiting for the next shoe to drop.  It’s a shame the citizens of Edgefield couldn’t vote for a new CEO and CFO for ECH or new Hospital Board Members.
web posted November 7, 2014
Finally, we might actually see the hope and change we were promised in 2009! A change from the oppressive government control we have experienced for the last six years and hope for getting our country back on track. This election, no matter how the Democrats spin it, was a big, fat no to Obama and his agenda!!!  The Republicans better realize that and not compromise with these control freaks. We didn't vote for compromise...we voted for stopping all that is and has been going on.
web posted November 7, 2014
There are very few times that I agree with the editor's opinions but I read Edgefield Daily every morning to get my local news and think it's the best place for local news as far as Edgefield County goes. I don' always read the wondering minds but I do click on it a few times a week to see if there is anything interesting there. I enjoy seeing what other people say about things going on around here or in politics as a whole and some of the links are interesting. But I will say this about the editor. Reading about his bad health and then see he still gets all the news and information out there every day, that says a lot about his commitment to his job and the tenacity he has. Thank you for all of your hard work and for doing everything you do. I will continue to pray for your recovery.

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments and most of all for your prayers.
web posted November 7, 2014
Congrats to Mrs. Blackwell and her promotion. I'm sure she deserved it and it's always nice to be recognized. I agree that she is the most qualified person on the county council. More people voted for her than voted for Dean Campbell. I guess the people see who is the best qualified just like her employers see who is best for the big jobs!
web posted November 7, 2014
RE: Big house on Sweetwater [Road]
Can DOT or the county make the owner of this house plants shrubs or trees on the edge of the property to keep the house from being such a distraction on an already dangerous road? I have to ride by there every morning going to work and if somebody is coming I always slow down because they are going to drift over into my lane because they are looking at the house. I know it's there and on my way home I end up looking over there and end up drifting over the center line too. No matter how many times I say I'm not going to look after passing the fire station I always look. Cutting all the trees down just so people can see the house is like saying "look at me, I'm rich!" It's one thing to have money, it's another to do something to try to rub it in everyone's face!

Editor's note: The SCDOT nor the county can force the owner to plants anything on the edge of his property.
web posted November 7, 2014
This Statistic Has Dropped 11% in the Past 2 Years. So Why Do Democrats Keep Lying to Us about It? If there's one thing liberals can't stand, it's when they're ...
http://teapartyupdate.com/category/tea-party/
web posted November 7, 2014
Editor's post: A few comments have been held back. I did not get to bed until almost 4 am Wednesday morning and have to get some rest. Congratulations to all of the local candidates who won their elections. Especially County Councilman-elect Albert Talbert. Good riddance to Norman Dorn. It will be nice to see council meeting move quickly, respectfully and professionally.
web posted November 6, 2014
Fox Creek High School continues to sell massive amounts of junk food and other fattening foods through its lunch program. These foods include Nathan's Hotdogs, Papa John's, Chick-fil-a and Burger King whoppers. They even advertise it on their website: http://www.foxcreekhighschool.org/#!lunch-menu/csb3 In addition, they then sell candy bars, chips, and other sweets to kids during lunch. I thought that the federal government banned this in schools. Before you say they are a charter school and don't follow the rules, remember that they have a Special Education program and receive federal funds for these special education students and 2 special education teachers. The federal government states that this is a clear violation of the Smart Snacks in Schools Act http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/allfoods_flyer.pdf I think that Fox Creek should be forced to pay back all the money that they made on these candy sales, lunch program and the hundreds of thousands they collected in special education while violating the Smart Snacks in Schools Act against federal regulation!!! Fox Creek, break all the rules and who cares. Why doesn't Strom Thurmond just do the same thing?
web posted November 6, 2014
Congratulations to Genia Blackwell! She deserves the honors and we know you and your family are blessed! We continue to pray for your health and well being!!!
 
I was very pleased, and relieved, by the election results in the country. I was concerned about the liberals' ground game, and even with the fraud that goes on, the Republicans won. They won in tough places like Illinois! We need to realize the discontent and frustration this country holds for what is going on! We cannot and must not relax now. Things in the next two years are going to be ugly and a lot of further damage to this country is very possible. I hope the Republicans, I am not saying they are Conservatives, hear the voters and do something! They will have battles and probably cannot do a lot, but they better stand up to the Democrats. They better not believe the lies that the Democrats tell them about how the people will react to standing firm on what this country needs! Now the liberals say it is time to capitulate. Seriously? No Way! Stand firm on what the Republicans ran on. Right now the Republicans are in the driver's seat. They better be wise.
 
I was glad the Clinton's had basically no affect on this election. Is it possible that this corrupt, immoral, first family of the Democrats has lost its luster? Or maybe people are waking up. This election was a mandate and a repudiation of the liberal philosophy that is hurting this country. People that are actually living the reality of  liberalism and its damage actually spoke out.
 
Stand firm...Obama still has a phone and a pen. Keep your eyes open and be aware. They are a sneaky bunch!!!!

Editor's note: Yes, she is a blessing to anyone that knows her and to our family. Thank you for your prayers. They help to sustain me during this difficult time.
web posted November 6, 2014
What a great day for America! The DEMONcrats' race baiting and lies just ain't workin no more! Impeach the muslim pResident!
web posted November 6, 2014
The American people saved our country on Nov. 4, 2014 .
 
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
 
-Abraham Lincoln
web posted November 6, 2014
Mia Love, first black Republican woman in Congress, is 'solid gold' for GOP
Mia Love is one of three newly elected black Republicans heading to Congress, increasing the number of elected black Republicans in Congress to ... three
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/House/2014/1105/Mia-Love-first-black-Republican-woman-in-Congress-is-solid-gold-for-GOP-video

Editor's note: That's cant be true. Democrats say Republicans are all racists, especially those in the south. Guess somebody forgot to tell voters in SC and Sen. Tim Scott.
web posted November 6, 2014
Telling it like it is???? Oh yeah!
https://www.youtube.com/embed/aYu_bHu6sUc?feature=player_embedded
web posted November 6, 2014
Editor's post: I would like to congratulate my wife on her promotion that was announced on Tuesday at a function in Augusta with one of the top people with Morgan Stanley from New York. It is a huge promotion and even though we knew it was coming, we had no idea just how big of a deal it was until it was announced. To say I am proud of her would be a colossal understatement. She has received calls and emails from across the country when it was made public and word spread across the industry. I've always told her that those at the top were always watching her achievements over the years and that one day it would all pay off. It is so nice to see her get the recognition she so rightfully deserves.

That is what makes her the most qualified person on the county council. Most people have no idea how much time and effort she puts in at the county level and the knowledge, professionalism, and business acumen that comes with her serving the people of this county. And she has always said she is there to serve the people of this county to the best of her abilities and believes that in her heart.

I cannot put into words how special she is to me, our family, the industry and firm she works in and to the people of this county that she serves. There is not a selfish bone in her entire beautiful body. She is giving, humble, intelligent, gifted and I thank God for her several times a day. 
web posted November 5, 2014
Not near enough Checks For Beck!! Congratulations to Judge Bobby Peeler!
web posted November 5, 2014
Thanks, Shane Massey; I had to vote for someone that I do not know in School Board race. After investigating, I found out you are the reason for this change. I had to vote for someone who lives 20-25 miles away, when Herrin only live 5 miles away.!! Maybe we should start a “Shake Up Shane” campaign.
web posted November 5, 2014
RE: "Tammy's father has requested a wooded area not far from the home to be searched..."                                                                                   

Seems to me that a wooded area for a presumed burial would be highly impractical.   You don't dig very far or very deep in this area without running into pine/oak/hickory roots which are time-consuming and labor-intensive to remove.   Would think if a crook wanted to dispose of a body, it would be a lot easier to go fishing at night on Clark Lake, and dump a wrapped body weighed down with concrete blocks into the water.   But there again, maybe I've read too many crime mysteries.
web posted November 5, 2014
I want to thank the editor for all the hard work he does even when he is so much pain. I saw him in town on Monday and he could hardly walk. And then today [Tuesday] I see all the news and then the election results being put up almost every few minutes Tues night. Edgefield Daily is the best thing to ever happen to this county and I don't know how much he gets paid for all the work he does but it sure as [heck] isn't enough!''

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind words. As far as how much I get paid, I have never drawn a paycheck from Edgefield Daily.
web posted November 5, 2014
I thought the hospital was in danger of shutting down before the new CEO was hired??? If that is true, why are people saying negative things about him? He has apparently done something right to keep it open. Edgefield County Is very lucky to have the hospital!!!! I hope it will continue to serve the community, but I'm scared if all this trash keeps getting said we will just have an empty building an lots of unemployed citizens. I will say a prayer for all the hospital employees and board members!!!
web posted November 5, 2014
When were the school districts re-drawn? I must have slept through that news story!

Editor's note: It was either late last year or early this year. I would go back and look for the report, but it is 1 am and I am doing my best to get to bed early as possible. It should have been done in 2011, but the Delegation drug their feet.
web posted November 5, 2014
Re:  Brandon Clary                  

In response to the individual who wrote he/wife never had a problem with Mr. Clary; you must not be in his social circle where he feels comfortable enough to show his true nature.  He is a chameleon; and can change his personal style within seconds. At the risk of offending you/your wife, because that is not the intention of this note; you probably  haven’t experienced any of his negative behaviors you mentioned, because you don’t fit his requirements….age, looks, able to assist him in his climb up the social/professional ladder, etc.  I have never seen a coyote around here; but I believe they  are near because too many neighbors have told me they have seen them.  I don’t know how long you have lived in Pine Ridge, probably not long, otherwise you would realize previous Administrators at ECH were not reported  on this site in such a negative light.  So continue to believe what you want, all I can say is……Yes Virginia , there really is a Santa Claus. NOT!
web posted November 5, 2014
I have a family member that works at ECH and I hear the horror stories all the time about the things the CEO is doing. I've sent in comments with some of the stuff I'm told but the editor won't put it up. He always says that it borders on accusing him of crimes. Well, somebody needs to tell the truth about what's going on and it's obvious the editor isn't going to let that happen.I read what does get said and I don't know whose side he's on. I hope it's on the side of the employees and the doctors!

Editor's note: I believe in the truth being told, but sometimes there are things that cross the line as you well know since I have explained the reasons why so many of your comments are not placed. I support our hospital, the staff, nurses and doctors both in the hospital and the ones in private practice in the county. We need to keep all of them here and so many do not know just how lucky we are to have them here. There are big problems surrounding the current administration and I will just leave it at that for now. 
web posted November 5, 2014
Editor's post: I would like to publicly thank our youngest daughter Christin for driving for me today and taking me to see Dr. Tami Massey. She never complained and was with me all day on her day off from school when she had other things planned. This is not the first time she has done this and will be doing so on upcoming appointments in Greenwood, which will also be all day trips. She is a very special young lady.
web posted November 4, 2014
It's Election Day!! Re-Elect Judge Bobby Peeler for Probate Court!
web posted November 4, 2014
Re: Brandon Clary
I live at Pine Ridge and neither my wife nor I have ever had a problem with Brandon Clary. I have been around Brandon at functions and have never heard or witnessed boasting, bragging or inappropriate activity in any way. These post, I feel, are from a couple of people that are being portrayed as a large majority. Unfortunately, Wondering Minds allows anonymous personal attacks on a person hired to do a job. I may agree that a differing opinion of fiscal and managerial styles of a county/hospital board hire can be expressed on this page the editor should exclude gossip. Is it safe to assume that any county employee is open for personal attacks? If I were a well qualified future hire of the county I would take one look at this page and say no thanks.

Editor's note: Not just any person can be mentioned in the Wandering Minds - only elected, appointed or persons in the news. Those who put themselves out for public scrutiny know they are held accountable to the public and the public therefore has the right to offer their opinions on their tenure. Mr. Clary is no different. I do monitor the comments and there are many that are not placed for breaking the rules as stated at the top of the page. I have never made my opinions of Mr. Clary public as I am still weighing the information that is available to me from public meetings.
web posted November 4, 2014
RE: Tammy Kingery
I guess there are many ladies that wished their husbands loved cared & always had humorous laughter & wit & complemented them like you do your wife. I love to see and read how you speak of her. Now if she went missing would you offer a 3000 dollar reward for information? No. If you had to you would borrow money against your house or find someway to get money together to offer a Huge reward that no one could turn down.

People offer 1000 and Ive even seen 1000 for a lost dog or 3 to 5000 for lost or stolen equine.

Now I read she came home from work sick and went for a walk. None of her story of disappearance makes sense. Im not sure whose working on this case but it needs to be redirected & start over seriously asking different questions. Someone isn't being honest here. I think someone should take more action. Merriwether is not accustomed to these kinds of things and the story and pieces of information the sheriffs department or Mr Kingery are sharing never seem to be the same. I almost feel the editor of this newspaper could solve it.

The community needs to be more involved. This is no joke or something that happened in a high crime area. I don't like the fact its so close to home & a nice area and community and you really don't see that much of anyone getting involved. The sad thing is it seems its almost forgotten about.

Treat your wife like a Thoroughbred and she won't turn into a old nag. Or better yet leave the barn! I hope to see something good on her story soon. I hope to hear more from our county Sheriff A. Dobey on what he and his staff has done and what they can tell the public what they might do to help. It doesn't seem this case has been taken seriously enough.

Editor's note: The Sheriff's Office is taking this case very seriously and continues to investigate every avenue available to them. Sadly, the only information on the time-line of her going missing is provided by her husband.

Personally I do not think Mrs. Kingery will be found alive and believe she met her demise before investigators were ever called to the scene. That is just my opinion. I believe Mr. Kingery is not being completely forthcoming with information, however; that does not mean I believe he is responsible for her disappearance.

There is a lot of information I have in the case that cannot be released in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. Sadly, the longer it takes to find her body, the harder it will be to determine how she died and who killed her.

If it were my wife missing there would be at least a $150,000 to $250,000 reward offered - if not more - and I would not work or sleep until she was found and the person responsible was arrested. Then they would have to protect him/her/them from me.
web posted November 4, 2014
Who is running a school when secretaries and book keepers and other so called administrators go to an out of state conference? 

Editor's note: I assume that would be those next in the chain of command, so to speak.
web posted November 4, 2014
I was listening to rush [Limbaugh] today and he had obama and other demoncrats saying people are too stupid to vote right so house elections should be every 4yrs not 2. Didn't [County Council Chairman] dean campbell try the same thing after he got elected? Will the real republicans stand up?

Editor's note: Yes, Mr. Campbell did try to get this put on the ballot but it was defeated by his fellow council members. Campbell said at the time, "Having 2 year terms means that you’re asking elected officials to always look to the next election. I believe the temptation is there to make bad decisions because the next election is “right around the corner.” In other words, he did not want voters having fresh in their minds an "unpopular vote" that ran counter to what the electorate does not want when the next election came "just around the corner". His take on the matter can be found here. I published an opinion against the idea which can be found here.
web posted November 4, 2014
RE: Snow
What a trip, 80 one day and 3 days later snow. Talk about crazy weather! Only in the south!
web posted November 4, 2014
FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA
OBAMA STOPS SOLDIER FROM SPEAKING

Something you'll want to be aware of: Sent by Retired Vice Admiral Bob Scarborough, of Arlington , VA.
"I wanted to give you all some disturbing information on our wonderful president. I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, which provides hunting and fishing trips to children with life-threatening illnesses. This past weekend we had our annual banquet/fundraiser event in Starkville . As a part of our program, we had scheduled Sgt.1st Class Greg Stube to come; he's a highly decorated U.S. Army Green Beret and inspirational speaker who was severely injured while deployed overseas and didn't have much of a chance for survival. Greg is stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and received permission from his commanding officer to come speak at our function. Everything was on go until Obama made a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT ANY FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE.
Needless to say, Greg had to cancel his speaking event with us. Didn't know if anyone else was aware of this new policy. You're just starting to see the Obamanation. This is just how the Nazis did it in the 1930's -- slowly, one step at a time .
This should [concern] everyone regardless of party affiliation! We have lost 50% of our freedom of speech in the last 2 years.
The news media is not allowed to print anything negative about this evil regime.
web posted November 4, 2014
Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do, it is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you. - Zig Ziglar
 
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal. - Robert Collier`
 
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. - Dale Carnegie
 
My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and talents and I lay them both at His feet. - Gandhi
 
It had long since come to my attention that people with accomplishments rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.   - Leonardo da Vinci
web posted November 4, 2014
RE:  Scary Clary
Why doesn’t Brandon Clary leave ECH and go to work in Lexington ?  I heard there are a lot of open positions there.  He is very outspoken about how he hates the County Council members, how he hates Edgefield, how he hates Pine Ridge and his neighbors, he hates most of the physicians, he doesn’t like most of his employees……he could cut trees or sell cows for the Board Chair of ECH, sell peaches for another Board Member, sell golf carts for another…..wow look at all the opportunities there are for him.  I think he would do best selling Used Cars. And ECH could once again become the wonderful community hospital that it was before this out of control CEO came to town.
web posted November 4, 2014
Congrats on the new record for the [Edgefield] Daily. I know everybody I know reads it every day! Thanks for all you do! EVEN when you are so sick!! I don't know how you do it but I'm glad you do!
web posted November 4, 2014
Editor's post: This weekend was the worst in my memory. I have never had to endure so much intense pain - and that is putting it mildly. Having to endure it was bad enough, to see how it affected my bride and to see her in tears as she did all she could to comfort me broke my heart. I don't know which was worse. To know that I was the one causing her to be brought to tears, or being in the ungodly pain I would not wish upon even the most evil person I know. Sunday was better, but still very painful. I never want to have to go through that again. It took a lot of prayer to make it through the weekend. Please pray that this week will be better. If not, the news is going to be a lot less in depth, and if it gets worse there may be no news at all. I have hit my limit. I want to thank all of you who write in on a daily basis with your prayers. But for the good Lord and my beautiful bride I would not be able to continue. 
web posted November 3, 2014
What's the latest on the Kingery case? Haven't heard anything in a while, wondering if they're even still really investigating or just waiting for something to come to them.
web posted November 3, 2014
Your chickens can always find a way to lose. Ain't never seen nothing like it.

Editor's note: You and me both. We need a real quarterback, not a 5th year back-up trying to play the leader.
web posted November 3, 2014
I have been to [a] restaurant in Johnston numerous times. On this particular day I ordered a slice of cake and the taste of the cake was bitter and sour for it to be red velvet cake. Took the cake back and the owner was very nasty and rude and told me there was nothing wrong with the cake when he taste it. Wow we have different taste buds and I am a customer. Well was a customer bc I will not be returning. My point of taking the cake back was to let him know so if something was wrong it wouldn't be served to others. The attitude of these small business owners are awful and if it wasn't for us customers they wouldn't exist!!
web posted November 3, 2014
If even a 10th of the stuff said about what's going on at the hospital is true that CEO should be long gone.
web posted November 3, 2014
2 friends meet in Heaven
SYLVIA: Hi! Wanda.    WANDA: Hi! Sylvia. How'd you die?
SYLVIA: I froze to death.   WANDA: How horrible!
SYLVIA: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?
WANDA: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.
SYLVIA: So, what happened?
WANDA: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet
and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.
SYLVIA: Too bad you didn't look in the freezer ---we'd both still be alive.
web posted November 3, 2014
Way to go Rebs!!!!! All the way to the State! YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!
web posted November 1, 2014
Only in Johnston, do the police officers try to pick women up over the loud speaker.
web posted November 1, 2014
A very good article on the Merriwether EMA Meeting, we did not have a storm as bad as you experienced, but we too have prepared with the Big Buddy and the propane cylinders. It is time to prepare for the possibilities of weather changes! A nice reminder for those that heed the message!!

Editor's note: It was the best attended of the ones held so far and was very informative.
web posted November 1, 2014
Re: Fox Creek football games
Does it seem odd to anyone else that it costs the students $6 to get into the game?  I understand parents and guests...but that much for students?
web posted November 1, 2014
RE: Brandon Clary
We live in Pine Ridge with "Scary Clary" and I agree with one of the neighbors. If we see him coming we go the other way or go inside. He thinks he's such a ladies man and I can't wait until some husband has enough and [puts him in his place]. Didn't one of the ladies at the hospital sue them for a big payout because of his crap? I keep telling my wife she needs to write in about some of the stuff he's done to her but she's afraid of him. This is a great place to live and our women shouldn't be scared of this [removed]!
web posted November 1, 2014
If [Strom] Thurmond is already playing Fox Creek I other sports why don't we play them in football? Scared say scared!
web posted November 1, 2014
This is a must listen and wow telling it better than anything I have heard.  Does not matter whether you are black, white, no matter.  This is honest dialogue that we should all be having. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wMNdP-Lbjk&feature=youtu.be
web posted November 1, 2014

Landrieu Exposes Racists: It’s US!
OK folks, it’s time to ‘fess up. We’ve been found out. The TRUE reason millions of Americans disagree with President Obama is because he is a Negro/African-American/Black/Colored man.
Read more of this post
web posted November 1, 2014
Where was Time Cranes preview of the Rebel game today (Thursday)?

Editor's note: Being in so much pain I missed it in my email Wednesday night. It has been placed today. I apologize for the delay.
web posted October 31, 2014
We hope the Editor is feeling better. Maybe these new doctors will get to the  bottom of this! We pray so!

The heroic Dr. That was"self quarantined" in New York lied. What a hero! When entering this country, Mr. Duncan lied about his contact with Ebola exposure. Now this selfish, arrogant nurse is yapping about being quarantined and she is due to break the law today. Hmmmm...I say that if we cannot trust people ( even "heroic" doctors) to tell the truth or not look after their own self interests, then it is evidence we need mandatory quarantines and flight bans. Duh!

People wonder where the "brilliant " head of the CDC is these days. Someone (might have been OReilly) jokingly said he is in quarantine.The whole bunch of them should be quarantined for the next two years!
web posted October 31, 2014
I've read all the things people say about Brandon Clary at the hospital. You should try living around him. He brags about how he "owns" the hospital board and has put the county council in their place. He has said he will be CEO as long as he wants because nobody can fire him. He's arrogant and seems to be as big a bully there as he is around Pine Ridge. I'd love to say more but he'd know who I am if I told the really juicy stuff he says about certain members of the county council. I don't see how the guy hangs on to his job because I know for a fact that some of the board members know what he says about them and they just give him whatever he wants and uses that as proof of how he controls them (Hospital Board). I try to avoid him but he will seek you out to brag on what a big bad important man he is. If he only knew how many people around here think he's a lunatic.
web posted October 31, 2014

REMEMBER THIS GUY?
I didn't realize just how much he's missed, until I read and remembered some of the stuff he said... And stood for.
'Here's my strategy on the Cold War:  We win, they lose.'- Ronald Reagan

'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' - Ronald Reagan

'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'
- Ronald Reagan

'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.' - Ronald Reagan

'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
- Ronald Reagan

'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'
- Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' - Ronald Reagan

'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first..'
- Ronald Reagan

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' - Ronald Reagan

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
- Ronald Reagan

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'- Ronald Reagan

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.' - Ronald Reagan
web posted October 31, 2014
Hopefully you won't be writing Coach Hillary's resume... It's lose not loose.
web posted October 31, 2014
Why does the STHS poster for "Cinderella" feature a picture of the director and his name twice instead of the students producing the show?
web posted October 31, 2014
Everyone is aware of the insanity and complacency in Washington these days, but how many take a serious look at local politics in little old Edgefield ? One author once defined insanity as the act of continuing to do the same thing with expectations of different results, and that complacency is being content to keep things as they are, ( without improvement),which is caused by laziness, and/or stupidity.
Please keep these thoughts in mind when you go to the poll to vote!
Local examples of insanity and complacency are as follows:
1. Failure to support the TIF tax by the local water board/authority.
2. Reappointment of water board members, that have done nothing to enhance public water     throughout  the county in the past forty plus years, by our county council, senator, and     representatives.  If the lack of affirmative actions of the fore mentioned groups aren't examples of     insanity and complacency, I do not know what is.
3.As members of Edgefield County, we are not getting responsible support from either of these     groups.  I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER CHANGES WHEN YOU GO TO THE ELECTIONS POLLS.      WE DESERVE BETTER !
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Hope all went well with your new doctor. Hope you get well soon!

Editor's note: Did not do a lot, set up a ton of tests, some I am not looking forward to, but I will do anything to find a cure and get my life back.
web posted October 30, 2014
Congratulations to Fox Creek for winning the region in football, defeating STHS in Varisty volleyball and tennis. Go Predators!!!!
web posted October 30, 2014
While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. "Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven...”

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell." So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell...

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and says......... "Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted.."
web posted October 30, 2014
A group of black community leaders from Chicago have made a video in which they not only express their frustrations with traditional black “leaders” and the Democrat Party, but, in doing so, they vaporize the conventional recognition of the word “racist.”
The men who made this video, men from Barack Obama's Chicago, have turned the word racism on its ugly head. What they point out - what they prove - is that racism comes not from those who want people to work for a living; not from people who want a level playing field for everyone; not from people who believe that abortion is wrong and shouldn't be used for birth control and not from people who believe jobs don't have a color.
Read the rest of this post
web posted October 30, 2014
OBAMA: THE UNANSWERED MYSTERY OF THE CENTURY
This came from a union guy in Chicago who didn't vote for Obama. Very curious perspective that I never thought of in this light.
https://www.facebook.com/daytondailynews/posts/10154814993555508
web posted October 30, 2014
Editor's post: We head off to Greenwood today to see a new doctor (group) in search of answers to whatever is wrong with me and what it is doing to me physically, mentally and to our family. I have a good feeling about this, but I have had that feeling before, only to be let down.
web posted October 29, 2014
Halloween is here and all the little children are excited about their costumes and candy.  Please drive very carefully.  And while we're at it, please limit piling children up in cars and trucks and bringing them into other neighborhoods.  If you live out in the country, there are churches all over Edgefield that do "Trunk of Treat."  Finally, if you come to my door with an infant in a costume, you will not get candy.  I know the infant can't eat it, and you are too old to Trick or Treat.
web posted October 29, 2014

From an email:
Happy Anniversary to you and [your bride]!!  I hope yall have a great day!  31 years is a testament to loyalty and commitment- something most of this world has forgotten about. 

Editor's note: Thank you. We live in the real America, before the liberals took over the schools, media and higher eduction. Believing in God, Country, State and our families - including each other. It's not a chore, it is a way a life. People always say they want to be happy, well, that's all you have to do. Love and beloved.
web posted October 29, 2014
I was thinking about our culture decline since I was young. I have a niece that is fascinated with Gone With the Wind. It came out before I was born, but I remember my dad saying how controversial it was that Clark Gable said those last words in the movie. Good grief! Think of movies, TV, Internet , etc today. Gable's words were so innocent in comparison to today.
 
Saying that, I just have to comment on nude photos showing up on Facebook, being hacked on movie stars' social media, and being passes around among young people. What in the world is wrong with these people? Maybe I live in a cave but those kinds of things are pretty stupid to me. If anyone is dumb enough to allow someone to take nude photos of them, or to take them of themselves, deserve what they get. Do they not think ahead?
 
If our government is so interested in controlling the press, the Internet etc., maybe they should focus on terrible language, nudity etc. Those are offensive. The truth of situations and free speech are not offensive, they are just afraid of it. Topsy turvy world and what the Bible calls evil times. God"s heart must break when He sees where we are today.
web posted October 29, 2014
Please stop spreading rumors if u dont know exactly the truth. Maybe u should go to one of the dietary ladies an ask if they've got à raise. Trust an believe the answer would probably be no. They should be the first to get a raise as hard as they bust there tails. Some people should remember its à hospital not Golden Corral, or Burger King so everything cant go your way
web posted October 29, 2014
RE: Cops Look to ID burglars.
I could swear I saw those two guys down at Sportsmans on Friday afternoon. I don't have a clue who they are but if they were there and they did buy something I know that [they] got cameras all over the place and probably got them at the register. Maybe they should start there and get some better pictures or video. I don't want me name used so please don't give it out.

Editor's note: I never reveal the name of a poster. I have saved your email in case an investigator may want to talk to you. If they do I will send you an email and leave the rest up to you.
web posted October 29, 2014
What a great story on the Senior Citizens Council. Everybody was there when it opened and then that's the last you heard of anything. They do such good work around the county and most people don'y even know they're there. Thanks for making people aware of what they have to offer!

Editor's note: We try to spotlight local agencies from time to time to better inform local residents of the services available to them.
web posted October 29, 2014
Hillary looses another game and he better start writing his resume.
web posted October 29, 2014
Great video on the "Black Perception" and what to do about it... This guy is Al Sharpton's nightmare
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152314396513715&set=vb.673253714&type=2&theater
web posted October 29, 2014
Not exactly politically correct, but I think correct.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/aYu_bHu6sUc?feature=player_embedded
web posted October 29, 2014
Editor's post: Today I have been married to my beautiful bride for 31 years. It's hard to believe because she looks 40 and I feel like 90. There is so much good news that I am about to bust with pride over but have to hold my tongue until it is announced officially. Even when I am not so happy with something personally, it takes a back seat on the train because she is so special and so important to me, and I am even prouder because she brings her professional skills, unmatched by anyone on the County Council, to representing the people of Merriwether and the county at each and every county council meeting and even more behind the scene. When it comes to saying I love her, it does not come close to just how deeply our love goes. Just as God intended, when we wed we became one. The only reason my life has any meaning is because of her. Happy 31st Anniversary and may God grant us many more years together. 
web posted October 28, 2014
I read about the car break ins and the cop getting his gun stolen. I haven't seen anything about this on the news and it was a Richmond County cop! The tv stations always pick up on things on the [Edgefield] Daily until it hits home? Or did you get it wrong?

Editor's note: The information used in the report of the rash of car break-ins came directly from incident reports from the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office.
web posted October 28, 2014
Congrats to Kalei Mariah Bowserw for making Edgefield County proud! You GO GIRL!
web posted October 28, 2014
The CEO of ECH is so busy going to grad school and networking with the CEO at University Hosp. and CEO at NWTF; he can’t take time to care or tend to concerns about the hospital.  Where are the employees raises? , Dietary said they got a little bit of an increase, but not much; I guess it is being spent on all the new furniture and computers being bought for the Hitchcock Bldg for the Business Dept. to move into.  The CFO’s plan is to have 2 business departments; but where is ‘all this business’ coming from.  The employees want ECH to show us the money (to our paychecks) before it is all spent on Fantasy Fake expenses that increase overhead; but little for the long time, dedicated, loyal employees. Big whoopee doo, an Employee Appreciation Dinner will be given Nov. 8th, 5 year and up loyalty pins and a free meal will be given.  That doesn’t pay for food, shelter, clothing, and medical costs.  What a wimpy Board of Directors.  They eat free at every Board Meeting; maybe some money could be saved if they ate before the meeting at home……..DUH!
web posted October 28, 2014
LETTERMAN'S TOP 10 REASONS TO VOTE DEMOCRAT

#10.  I vote Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I've decided to marry my German Shepherd.
        
#9.  I vote Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon at 15% isn't.

#8.  I vote Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

#7.  I vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

#6.  I vote Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.  I am also thankful that we have a 911 service that gets police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.

#5.  I vote Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive and comfy.

#4.  I vote Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away Social Security from those who paid into it.

#3. I vote Democrat because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves.  They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrat Party sees fit.

#2.  I vote Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

… And, the #1 reason I vote Democrat is because I think it's better to pay $billions$ for oil to people who hate us, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher, or fish here in America.  We don't care about the beetles, gophers, or fish in those other countries.
web posted October 28, 2014
Telling it like it is.  Out of the mouth of grandma.  Are you listening young people.  Open your eyes before it is too late.
http://allenbwest.com/2014/10/black-grandmother-says-shes-tired-democrats-voting-straight-republican-video/

Editor's note: You could se it in the face of the host - she did not want to give this traitorous black woman all the time she needed to slam Obama as bad for the black communities.
web posted October 28, 2014
I know you all will appreciate this definition.  The best description of Obamacare so far:
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said:  “We have to pass it, to find out what's in it." A physician called into a radio show and said: "That's the definition of a stool sample."
web posted October 28, 2014
Hillary: 'Don't Let Anybody Tell You' That 'Businesses Create Jobs'
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/10/24/Hillary-Dont-Let-Anybody-Tell-You-That-Businesses-Create-Jobs
Sounds just like Obama's "You didn't built that business, someone else did."

How do these lying Marxists get elected? Are the blacks who can't forget slavery see that they are voting to be enslaved? A government that can give you everything you want can take everything you have away!
web posted October 28, 2014
Vincent Sheheen: Dead Man Talking: There are many folks in South Carolina who will see nothing wrong with what Sheheen said and will vote for him anyway. They believe in his platform and disagree with Haley. Fine. Others will vote Democrat no matter who runs. What isn't "fine" is a man who wants to be governor who is so partisan that he, apparently, sinks to the discourteous and crude to characterize those who disagree with him.
Read more
http://thewatchlog.com/2014/10/25/vincent-sheheen-dead-man-talking/
web posted October 28, 2014
This is really a need to listen.  If you do not know what is happening this will make you furious no matter your race.  Sadly, there are many who have no idea what this danger this administration has placed on our citizens.

http://bethepeopletv.com/playing-fool-president-obamas-illegal-immigration-follies/

Remember when you vote are you supporting this or are you voting for those who love this country and want to protect their citizens.
web posted October 28, 2014
This is really a need to listen.  If you do not know what is happening this will make you furious no matter your race.  Sadly, there are many who have no idea what this danger this administration has placed on our citizens.

http://bethepeopletv.com/playing-fool-president-obamas-illegal-immigration-follies/

Remember when you vote are you supporting this or are you voting for those who love this country and want to protect their citizens.
web posted October 28, 2014
Editor's post: What a heart breaking game by my Gamecocks Saturday. We should have taken the chances to kick field goals rather than risky passes that were intercepted which would have left us leading the game when time ran out by two points.