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web posted August 28, 2015
Laughing at JET.......
First off, I wasn't laughing at JET.  Second, I WAS A TEACHER for many years, so there's nothing you can tell me about it.  You let your emotions rule the day and shot off your email without thinking I could have been a former teacher. Now you look like one of those poor teachers who feels the world is against you and no one understands what you deal with.  Please, we all have problems with our jobs, you're not special.  The only difference is, you chose (teachers in general) a profession that puts you directly on the firing line in terms of public opinion.  Again, you should have thought about these things prior to becoming a teacher. Don't be so thin skinned.
Also for all the idiots on here bumping their gums about "when I was a kid we had PE."  GUESS WHAT FOLKS?...... THE KIDS AT JET HAVE P.E. ONE DAY A WEEK!  Last week that session (at least the part that involved physical activity) lasted 5 minutes.  Again, you've sat down to your computers and sent an email without knowing the facts.  The school is asking 11 and 12 year olds to have one day of physical activity for the entire week.  If needed, I can provide the links to one scientific study after another that shows that children, especially boys, learn better when allowed to have daily physical activity.
Seems to me that JET needs to take a lesson from Parker.  When a student doesn't do their work, the teachers don't allow them to go out for recess.  When a student is a disruption, they aren't allowed to go out for recess.  When a student can't play well with others, their recess is taken away.
web posted August 28, 2015
If indeed that pit bull has killed another cat, I think the dog should be dealt with. Maybe there should be a law against vicious dogs. I have gone back and forth on that idea but when animals are kept only for protection because of unlawful activities etc. then we need to think about that. I am not saying that is the case in this situation, but we all know why some folks have those dogs.  Human safety comes before animal lovers’ views , in my opinion.  Those that put animals on the same level as humans are just another group that is going against God’s Word.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female, He created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”   Genesis 1:27 &28  NASV 

There is common sense and there is political correctness in the issue of vicious dogs. Granted these were cats that were killed, but a vicious animal is a vicious animal . Why wait for humans to be hurt?
web posted August 28, 2015
I agree with the poster supporting teachers. Planning periods are not time off for teachers. They actually have to do lesson plans, contact parents etc. When are they suppose to do that, at night?   The trouble is, good teachers do work many extra hours that are not part of their day.  Those criticizing teachers have no idea how much work they do on their own time. Most teachers are not paid huge salaries.  There are some bad apples in any profession, but having been a teacher, I know how hard most of them work . It is often a thankless job because they get to deal with people like the posters that criticize them.

Teachers today are expected to do miracles. They are expected to pick up the pieces for children who have little parental involvement in their lives. Teachers are to do the work of  a social worker, a psychologist, and a parent on top of trying to teach children academics. Not only that but with all the crazy curriculum changes, they have to constantly teach different things and in different ways.  They have to deal with angry parents, children they know have a hard home life, discipline problems that are often out of their hands,  children with serious learning needs, children that don't speak English, etc etc.  And at the same time, they have to meet local, state and federal standards.  People have no idea how difficult it can be.  If one is a good teacher, they don't leave it all at school. How can you work and care for kids and not worry about them when you get home?
web posted August 28, 2015
So glad it's Friday night!!!
And Football Season.
My favorite time of year.
web posted August 28, 2015
IF this dog has killed before and has now killed again, I don't think a ticket is enough. It should be picked up and the owner have to pay until it's proved it's not a vicious dog plus pay for the cat.
web posted August 28, 2015
I hope they catch the 2 guys responsible for killing the old man. The clerk should be able to give some details by now.
web posted August 28, 2015
Sad story about the person who lost their cat from the pit bull attack. So, I guess there is no compensation of any kind for the lost pet. Just a ticket, no court date set and an explanation of the leash law to the owner of the pit bull.  That should correct the problem for sure! A dog that kills a cat is a vicious animal. If it killed a cat, what do you suppose it would do to a young child? Just a thought. Some states outlaw the ownership of pit bulls. You don't have to think lot about why that is. 
web posted August 27 2015
Re: JET aren't being allowed the freedoms.
Get real children do better with structure. Children change alot during the middle school years physically. Hormones start running rampant. If the boys and girls are saperated they focus in class better. (Learning is the reason they are there.)  The more structure they have the better.  They have PE to get rid of excess energy. If you don't want your child to learn how to get along in the real world there is homeschooling.
web posted August 27 2015
Good morning Mr Editor, I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to take a minute to share with you the results of yesterday's opening game for the Strom Thurmond Rebels Varsity Volleyball team. They won the best of 5 series 3 games to 0 against Silver Bluff High School! They really played well and I'd like to see more of our local community come out and support them. Thanks
web posted August 27 2015
Am I correct,  that wasn’t the first time that pit bull had killed one of the neighborhood cats?

Editor's note: I'm not sure, but I believe you are correct.
web posted August 27 2015
When I was in junior high school (the old term for middle school) the only “recess” we had was called P. E. We ran off our energy just fine.  Middle school concept these days is very different from the junior high concept.  It is a little odd to me that people want middle school students to have “recess”.  Maybe the schools should reinstitute P. E. classes and teach students specific sports (basketball, volley ball, tennis, etc) and not just have a free time to run off excess energy. I find it a little funny when many parents let their kids sit at home either watching TV, playing video games etc. and not be encouraging them to be outside running off all their energy.  Maybe if more energy was run off outside of school they would need less school time to run off their energy. I understand recess for elementary  school and maybe even 6th grade , but not for middle school beyond 6th grade. Do the students at JET get time after lunch to be outside? That would maybe help, just giving them a little mid day  break.
web posted August 27 2015
Re:"I was in no way saying the Strom had anything to do with Mr. Smith's actions.  What I am asking is that people pay attention.  Here is a brief recap of the last few years.  Smith is out, a replacement is brought in with no job posting and no interviews conducted...."

Where and how did you get your job, if you have one? Did you know someone, or did you walk in cold off the street.  By your post it's more than likely the former because you don't appear to be someone who takes any type of initiative.  You're one of those that complain, complain, complain, but never do anything to bring forth a solution.  There you have it.  You weren't hired for a district position because your incompetent. If the apple didn't fall too far from the tree, then the family member that didn't get hired was probably for the same reason.  Companies, organizations, employers do hire within, and yes, a sad part of life is, it can be because of who you know.  But smart employers hire people who get the job done.  Smart employers cut through the red tape to position good people in needed positions.  That's called efficiency. Don't go away mad, just, just go away.
web posted August 27 2015
Reply to "laughing at JET........."

To the uneducated person that wrote this.
For your information, the teachers did not make the schedule nor the rule about recess. Stop blaming teachers for everything! Teachers have planning periods. During that time they are very busy working. Yes, working! It takes a lot of time to prepare for the students. You clearly have NO idea just how hard a teachers job is nor the amount of time it takes to do it. I would bet that your children are the ones that go to school each day with a negative attitude toward school and learning, because you are teaching them to be that way! Try teaching them yourself at home. Try doing everything right and do everything required by the state department. You with your attitude toward learning could not do the job! Stop blaming teachers for everything until you walk in their shoes!
web posted August 27 2015
The despicable yellow coward or Cowards that shot and Killed Mr. Winn will hopefully be caught soon. Why would they shoot someone who is 77? I didn't realize where the store was until I looked it up today and I remember going into that store 10 years ago when we lived out that way. I remember him. I know the low life punk (s) that killed him are not educated enough to even read this but I can tell you that Prison justice will take care of them one day once they are caught.

The only problem with them not being identified yet is they are out and about and they will no doubt take advantage of another innocent person before getting caught.
web posted August 27 2015
Why is a certain town council member allowed to live out of their ward or the town limits to boot.
web posted August 27 2015
How many fatalities have we had this year? 2 or 3?

Editor's note: This is the first.
web posted August 27 2015
Things are getting clearer and clearer.  Seems likr Hillary has been thrown under the bus by this administration. Now we hear that if Biden runs. Obama may endorse him. What better way to get a third term of Obama than to have his puppet in office. No wonder people hate what goes on in Washington.

Isn’t it amazing that none of this mess with Hillary’s email server has touched this administration. For goodness sakes, the Secretary of State was doing this and no one objected? Where was the control and leadership? Oh and now we hear Lois Lerner may have had a personal email she conducted government business on.  The dishonesty and rule breaking only hurts us as a country and as citizens. The IRS has all our information.
web posted August 26 2015
re: straight jacket.
I was in no way saying the Strom had anything to do with Mr. Smith's actions.  What I am asking is that people pay attention.  Here is a brief recap of the last few years.  Smith is out, a replacement is brought in with no job posting and no interviews conducted.  Marchant out, again NOT SAYING THAT WAS ANYONES FAULT, but his replacement was brought in with no job posting and no interviews conducted.  Mr. Forest left another school leaving an opening and his replacement was hired with no job posting and no interviews.  Mr. Butler suddenly leaves and Forest is hired with no job posting and no interviews.  If you were in with that select group you got jobs and if you were not then not only would you not get the job but you would not even get a chance to interview.  Not to mention some of the people that were magically put into those positions without interviews were and are not certified.  But who cares they had connections.
web posted August 26 2015
Being Politically Correct

 Daniel Snyder, owner of the NFL Redskins, has announced that the team is dropping the word "Washington" from the team name and it will henceforth be simply known as "The Redskins".

 It was reported that he finds the word 'Washington' imparts a negative image of poor leadership, mismanagement, corruption, cheating, and lying, and is not a fitting role model for young fans of football.
web posted August 26 2015
I am the parent of a 6th grader at JET Middle School. My husband and I have been pleased so far. We have full confidence in the leadership of Ms. Courtney and Mr. Torgesen. We feel that they truly have the best intentions for our children. Middle School can be quite a challenging time that is full of changes. I have no problem with structure and feel that it is MOST definitely needed. Also, I think the Eagle Academy is a grand idea. It separates the children to keep them where they can be taught on their level-to prevent a student who struggles to keep up with the pace of the class or to prevent a student who isn't being challenged enough and becomes "bored."
Our only complaint, thus far, is the fact that they have recess only once a week. I do believe this issue is being addressed.  Our schools and their administration feel pressure to have better academic scores and they want to have as much instruction time as possible The children still need that "down time" where they can burn off some energy, which in turn would help them to focus better in class.
Thank you!
web posted August 26 2015
I hope the person who wanted to overhaul the board and clean house at the district office does not work anywhere in the Edgefield school district. It sounds like he/she didn't get an administrative position they wanted. We certainly don't need our students exposed to anyone who has such a sour grapes attitude.
web posted August 26 2015
Laughing at the JET criticism........
So let me get this straight...........asking that 6th and 7th graders be allowed to have at least one short recess period each day equals "being weak?"
You're a special kind of dumb aren't you?  Amazing the teachers are given "free" time each day, yet the kids aren't.  And yes, I consider a planning period to be free time.  This entire issue revolves around the fact that teachers don't want to watch these children during recess.  Sure, there are going to be fights and disputes on the playground, that's what children do, however you should have thought about that before you became a middle school teacher.  Early in the year the kids that cause trouble on the playground should be sent to detention for an extended period.  Make an example of them early on and watch the rest fall into line.
web posted August 26 2015
While I applaud the STHS football stadium, I can't understand why there are "No Standing" signs not posted in front of bleachers. I am disabled and not able to climb the stands and have to sit on bottom row. People will walk up and see someone and act like it's a family reunion and just stand there, talk and block the walkway. Not only there, but also the disabled ramps. I know it's nice to "meet and greet", but why not just do that and move on. My only solution is to sit on Visitors side.
web posted August 26 2015
Could Barack Obama be elected Vice President in 2016? - Quora

If so, and the new "President Elect" resigned or could not serve for health or some
... to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United
States. ... or not this would bar a former two-term President from running for Vice
President. ... there's ambiguity as to whether or not such a run would be legal.

web posted August 26 2015
In a generation, voters have devolved more to pop culture enthusiasts than to a thoughtful electorate.  As an electorate, we have become smitten by the person with the most clever soundbite or someone with whom we agree on a single issue.  Too often, we are left with “the lesser of two evils.”  We’ve lost perspective on what our leadership should be and, as a result, we get a government that is either pandering or incompetent or both.  And so it is in the 2016 rodeo for President.
 Continue reading
web posted August 26 2015
These are the 38 companies that donate to Planned Parenthood. This is the organization that sends babies heads around the country for research. In one of the most recent videos of this horrendous organization, they joke about being sure the eyes of the babies are closed so that whoever opens the container isn't surprised. How unbelievable is this activity going on in our country???  So much for all of our right to life politicians. All of this is  and has been going on right under their noses. Remember, the Republicans have a majority in the House and Senate, and yet we are one of the main providers of abortions in the world. How savage can we get? I wonder what God is thinking and when He is going to judge this.

web posted August 26 2015
Poor old Mr. Winn.Do they have any new information? I guess they'll close the store now.

Editor's note: The clerk said she'd never seen the men before so she's no help.
web posted August 25 2015
I have to laugh at the criticism of JET and their rules. Oh no, they have limits on the kids free time.  If a student has special needs and needs some downtime, that should be documented in their IEP and it should be provided in some way by the school. It is up to the parents to check on that and if it isn't happening , it needs to . An IEP is a legal document.   As far as free time, time to go to their lockers on their own, etc etc, get real. I don't see one thing wrong with the way they are doing it. Why would changing things from what it used to look like be better? I am old and when I think of junior high (what they called school when I was that age) , we had a lot of rules. We actually had dress codes. Rules are not bad-maybe the kids will actually learn something. The middle school concept is weak. Kids can handle structure and need it. Maybe this parent should volunteer and spend a few days with a school full of this age group. Maybe then they would understand why some structure and rules may actually be a good thing. All this pampering of kids has done nothing but raise a selfish generation.
web posted August 25 2015
Re: Things the media won't tell you about Trump.
Great information for ALL voters!
web posted August 25 2015
RE:"Edgefield County schools need an overhaul starting with the board and then cleaning house in the district office too.  Things were bad when Crenshaw and crew were in power but if you think things have gotten much better you have not been paying attention."

Get out the straight jacket on this one.  Boy what an active imagination. Sounds like someone's family member or someone didn't get hired.

So you think your pot shots at the Board and Mrs Strom are worthy of any credibility?  Let's see, so you're saying Mrs. Strom orchestrated Bill Smith's philandering, so he could get fired, and then put Mr. Forrest as AP at Merriwether Middle.  Then you're saying Mrs. Strom orchestrated Mr. Butler's decision to go to STHS, leaving the position available so Mr. Forrest could move right in.  Wow, if Mrs Strom could do that, she' s got one helluva crystal ball.  We need her for President, because as you have it, she already knows what to do to turn this country around.  Strom and Trump ticket would be great. Think it's funny and ridiculous, look at your post.  Now that's a joke.
web posted August 25 2015
Don't know the ins and outs of the school district but someone sure has an axe to grind. We have new leadership now, right? How about seeing how this all plays out? Knowing people is the way a lot of people get ahead. Yep, that is the way it goes. If there really are the problems this person keeps bringing up, then what is the solution? Is there something we as citizens of Edgefield can do to fix this?  It is good to know of problems but the real question is , how do we change things? 
web posted August 25 2015
I guess if we're not shooting them we're gonna just run over them
web posted August 25 2015
I won a Nigerian lottery according to an email from a Nigerian prince.
He holds the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS in my name and he wants to send it to me FREE!
All I have to do is give him my bank account numbers and send him$500.00 US dollars cash, to show my good faith so he can transfer the money!  How Lucky Can I BE!?!? And then I got ANOTHER email.
It's from a KENYAN prince who wants to give me FREE healthcare for life!
ALL I have to do is give him:
and pay $700 per month premium for a policy with only a $10,000 deductible.
Then he can make it happen!
Best of all.....All personal info & financial administration will be handled by the IRS! 8-)     
What a slam dunk deal!
Am I on a roll or what !!!!
web posted August 25 2015
Vietnam  Memorial Wall
First click on a state.  When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.  Then click on their names.  It  should show  you a picture of the person,  or  at least  their bio and  medals.This really is an  amazing web site. 
I hope everyone who views this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during  the Vietnam war with the names, bio's  and other  information on
our lost heroes. Those  who remember that time  frame, or  perhaps lost  friends or  family can  look them up
 on  this site.
web posted August 25 2015
Activists say ISIS destroys temple at ancient Palmyra site
Islamic State (ISIS) militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing the worst fears archaeologists had for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar.
web posted August 25 2015
The Strom Thurmond football game was great.  My family had tickets to sit in the booster section and I am wondering what benefit was it to do that when anyone could sit there.  There was nobody checking to make sure you had tickets to sit in that section.  There was a man with a yellow shirt with Security written on the back but he was only watching the game.

Just wondering if anyone else noticed the booster section wasn't only for those who paid to sit there.
web posted August 24 2015
How blessed are the high school students in our area with school choices: North Augusta High School, Fox Creek High School, Wardlaw Academy, Strom Thurmond High School----two traditional public high schools, one public charter high school, one private high school.  This is just about as good as it gets.....
web posted August 24 2015
Re: walking distance to five fast food resturant, 11/2 miles to down town Edgefield with one of the most beautiful squares in the CSRA,
Edgefield does very little to encourage tourism. There are no sidewalks to your 5 restaurants. And the square maybe pretty but after 2 or 3pm most businesses are closed on Saturday and Sunday many never even open. The square looks like it is dying.  If Edgefield wants tourism then someone needs to makes changes.
web posted August 24 2015
Edgefield County schools need an overhaul starting with the board and then cleaning house in the district office too.  Things were bad when Crenshaw and crew were in power but if you think things have gotten much better you have not been paying attention.
A new board came to power and ousted Crenshaw but a board member quickly made sure her daughter got an administrator position.  Then the board almost cost the district their accreditation by hiring an uncertified Super, they knew what they were doing was wrong but they did it anyway.  That's not putting students first.  They hired mommy Strom who also made sure sonny boy was going to be put into a principal position. Mommy Strom hooked up her son and hooked up her favorite baby sitter when sonny was little.  Sure that all happened after her official retirement but if you don't think it was in the works way before I have a bridge I would like to sell you.  The board still has not learned because they are still hiring uncertified administrators.  The worst part is they skip over certified people to hire uncertified people.  It's not what you know but who you know.  This is why so many good teachers leave.
web posted August 24 2015
I have a concern that our children at JET aren't being allowed the freedoms that come with being in middle school. They are being academically segregated...there are all girl and all boy classes...students are in pods that move from class to class together, IN A LINE...they aren't allowed to go to their lockers between classes...and, they eat lunch as a class. The one thing that helped me look past some of this was knowing that they had a free period, but now that has been taken away! Children with dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, or any issues that affect how they learn, need that down time.
I thought maybe things had changed since I was in middle school, so I talked the parents of middle school students outside of Edgefield County...they were all appalled!
Our children are in middle school...not elementary school...not military school...MIDDLE SCHOOL! Treat them as such!
web posted August 24 2015
Sad to hear that about FCHS staff. So many school offices are hard to deal with .  Why is it a little “power” can make people be so hard to deal with?  If that is a first impression of a school, it does turn folks off .
web posted August 24 2015
I feel like we are experiencing the Obama phenomena all over again. We have a politician (Trump is a politician-he is running for office, therefore he is now a politician) out there making bizarre promises he cannot keep, vague promises that have no substance and a lot of hype. I am shaking my head thinking  “are we dumb enough to elect another ego centered, hot air filled candidate?”   I was amazed to hear him in AL- what substance did he share? People jumping up and down for “hope and change” , not a term used by Trump but exactly what he is preaching. All he talked about were the politically correct things we have had to swallow for a long time. He knows how to push buttons.  Yes he calls it like it is, good in that respect.

 Are we truly that desperate that we are buying into another medicine man selling snake oil? I think we are.  He even has the plane like the other guy did. One good thing is Trump does not seem to have Muslim ties.  Now he says he loves the Bible. How reassuring. Oh, and he loves Israel. Boy, he sure knows what to say, doesn't he?  He was speaking in the Bible belt for goodness sakes.  The poor Republican establishment is wringing their hands for sure. That isn't bad but we still need to be wise. The one good thing with Trump is he is riling up the base and exposing the Republican party for what it is.  Not all bad but we still need to be cautious. Maybe a man of substance, say Dr. Ben Carson, can compliment Trump and they can work together.
web posted August 24 2015
Where have all of our values gone?  Not just in this country but in the world. How gross to read about Josh Duggar again. I'm not gay and I don't agree with the LGBT lifestyle but Josh Duggar has openly used his previous position to ridicule gays. He is no better. Hypocrite! This man stands to first admit (or gets caught) with being accused of underaged molestation. Sins are forgiven through the grace of God and I felt that the media took advantage of his sinful youth and used this as an opportunity to demean Christians. But now he openly admits joining a website to have affairs cheating not only on his wife but his entire family. He has completely smeared their family name and made a mockery out of Christianity through his hypocrisy.  I'm not judging this man because it is a sad that he is obviously sick. It makes me wonder what has happened in his childhood that has brought him to such actions. Maybe nothing and I hope that is the case but it is obvious this guy is disturbed. To my ignorance I did not even know there were such websites. And they have so many members. Of course with the members profile being on the Internet I assume any members name can be exposed. Wouldn't that list be interesting.
web posted August 24 2015
Things the Media won't tell you about Trump
web posted August 24 2015
Really, someone is comparing the Marriott to the Edgefield Inn? No ,  the writer is right, the Marriott would not last in Edgefield because there are not enough people that would come to Edgefield to support it.  OK, $45 less a night was good, but the argument that there are 5 fast food places to walk to ?  Really???  Somehow, a catered meal from Marriott sounds a whole lot better than fast food-especially from a place like the McDonalds there. Ugh!!!!

See the problem is that Edgefield is not the destination spot some folks seem to think it is. Yes there are pretty churches, and the square is nice but once you “stroll” it where do you go? I have seen other nice squares around here. Believe it or not, Strom Thurmond is not a hero in everyone’s mind. Some visitors just smile and shake their head. People from other places just don't get the charm that those who live here. and have lived here for generations, see. I hate to say that, but it is true.   Edgefield is a wonderful small town and people are, and should be, proud of it, but we need to realize there is a world out there that does not understand all that.

I understand that local should support local. I get that. I also get the reality of life outside of Edgefield. I was just trying to show a little balance to the griping about the NWTF.  When you live with something forever, like the square in Edgefield, the Edgefield Inn and the fast foods around it (are there really 5 decent ones in walking distance?) maybe you don't see what someone new sees.  I can actually understand the thinking and desires of people who are trying to grow a business.
web posted August 22 2015
According to the AP  , one of the border crossings from San Diego into Tijuana has two lines. The Mexicans can just walk across, no checks, but any foreigners (like you and me) need to go through a different line, fill out paperwork, show a passport and pay 322 pesos (roughly 20 dollars) for a six month permit if they plan to stay longer than a week. What do the Mexicans know that we don't know? I know… they know how to scam us.  They also have a very, very secure southern border into Mexico. Hmmm  They are getting by with it, but then again , I guess there are not hoards of Americans sneaking ( don't even have to sneak into this country anymore)  into Mexico. Why would they? Does Mexico offer anyone a better life, freebies, good healthcare, better education etc  etc?
web posted August 22 2015
The office ladies at FCHS are some of the rudest and most difficult to deal with then any school I have ever dealt with. Not that they may care but their rudeness makes it difficult to consider their school as an option. You might think it was a prestigious private school or "cult" maybe that only a few can be accepted!
web posted August 22 2015
Samsung "The Safety Truck" - Wow, you should look at this . Great idea
web posted August 22 2015
I can't believe someone would shoot old man Winn
web posted August 22 2015
Congratulations to Jamarr Mccain. What a great accomplishment and what an example to all of us.  It will be exciting to see where this young man goes in life!!
web posted August 21 2015
Now we have leaders in some Black organizations that are actually white but are posing as black? That young lady with the NAACP was the first. Now Oprah Winfrey has put a young man with Black Lives Matter through Moorehead College. He claims he is biracial but it appears both parents are white. Hmmm. Seems like he could be charged with fraud if his college education was paid for under false terms.  Sounds like some other “leaders” we know.  Oh no, it will just be swept under the carpet like all the other ridiculous things the left supports.
web posted August 21 2015
Re:  Edgefield County School District would update their websites for the beginning of the year.
It would also be nice if STHS could put online the supply list for each teacher. So when we get our child's schedule we can buy supplies while the stores still have some stock left. It would really be nice if we could go shopping on the weekend of the tax free shopping but that would be asking too much.
web posted August 21 2015
Concerning the Dr. Ross situation, anyone who dared use their professional educational judgment instead of blindly following Dictators Strom and Anderson were suspended or fired. The entire School Board needs to hold community meetings and apologize for the things that have been allowed to occur. Ignorance of what went on is no excuse, Board. It's your job to know.
web posted August 21 2015
If folks have such a problem with NWTF visitors money going outside Edgefield, they are blind to the reality that there is NO WHERE decent to stay in Edgefield. Why else is NWTF looking at campgrounds?  [removed] was promising that they would do catering at the complex? Did they make that bid for the job or did the organizers have no choice but to seek an outside caterer for their competitors and family members? The owner of the Edgefield Inn can either sell the place or get a management company to come in and run it properly. It cannot represent the town.
web posted August 21 2015
Just a thought and suggestion about the car line/dropping off kids at J.E.T. in the morning. If you are stopped next to the sidewalk at the drop off point, rather than waiting and pulling up beside the door to the gym just go ahead and let the kid(s) out on the sidewalk. That portion of sidewalk is long enough for at least five vehicles to drop off at the same time. It sure would save some time for everyone and it's not going to hurt the kids to walk a few extra yards.
web posted August 21 2015
RE: "I agree with the post about the traffic at MMS! It's not just in the morning, it's in the afternoon also. The traffic is crazy.  What is it gonna take to get the situation handle? Someone being in a serious or fatal accident?!?  Maybe channel 12 news should be called out to take a look and question the district and Mr. Forrest."

Hmmm. Seems the traffic pattern is no different than last year and it worked fine.  Because of impatient people like you, yeah, there just might be an accident.  Give it a week or so and the parents will figure it out. They always do.  As for a fatality.  If you're doing the speed limit in a school zone, a fatality is not at all likely.

The most dangerous vehicle on the road is not a logging truck, but an SUV driven by a mother whose children are late for school.
web posted August 21 2015
regarding the post from the person who seems to know so much about the Edgefield Inn-------PHOOY!!!

What did the Inn have to offer the guests that were here for the NWTF  Shoot this last weekend. $45.00 cheaper rate, 30 miles closer to the shooting range, free breakfast, free WIFI, fre

e workout room, walking distance to five fast food resturant, 11/2 miles to down town Edgefield with one of the most beautiful squares in the CSRA, a staff that bends over backwards to please the guests and an establishment that has ALWAYS supported the NWTF.

Sure , a Marriott is a great hotel and an upbeat establishment,but they wouldnt last a year in Edgefield.

We send our guests to all the food establishments in town, we direct them to stores,churchs, points of intrest,and to August or Aiken if the need is there.

You dont know a darn thing about the Inn. Come down and see us before you write any more dribble.
web posted August 21 2015
To the individual complaining about the NWTF and where the money is going......... 

You sure know a lot about what was going on at the Palmetto Shooting Complex this past weekend, right down to the number of catering trucks at the event.  LOL 
You do know that the shoot was a multiple day event?  You do know the shooters still had to buy breakfast and dinner prior to arriving and after departing?

You strike me as one of those folks that if I gave you $5 you would complain it wasn't $10. 
web posted August 21 2015
Gov. Nikki Haley today held a Statehouse press conference to discuss the possible transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Naval Consolidated Brig in Berkeley County.
web posted August 21 2015
Sounds like the water department may have a little trouble with the readings at times. If there are no leaks, no change in water usage etc and the bill goes back to normal the next month, I would fight the bill and get the actual readings from them.  There is such a thing as human error.  If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck it is probably a duck and not one in a big amount of water, if you get my drift.  Seriously, I would check it out if the amount is as big as some are saying.
web posted August 20 2015

All this crazy hammering on the GOP candidates, Trump, Hillary’s server (stored in some bathroom in CO????  Appropriate but ?????) etc. is keeping us all pretty distracted. Anyone wondering what is really going on with Russia and China? How about all that is going on in Iran? Oh, and how is Israel doing these days?  What is going on with the undercurrent in this country and groups like Black Lives Matter?  So much going on that we , for the most part, are not aware of or paying attention to.   Troubling.
web posted August 20 2015
I agree with the post about the traffic at MMS! It's not just in the morning, it's in the afternoon also. The traffic is crazy.  What is it gonna take to get the situation handle? Someone being in a serious or fatal accident?!?  Maybe channel 12 news should be called out to take a look and question the district and Mr. Forrest. 
web posted August 20 2015
Re:Weren’t churches suppose to stay clear of politics?
Please correct me if I am wrong but I don't churchs stand a chance of loosing their tax exempt status if they get political?

Editor's note: Last time I checked this isn't church.
web posted August 20 2015
Merriwether Fire Department District Meeting
Tues, September 8, 2015
6:30 pm
Station 1
1879 W Martintown Rd
North Augusta, SC  29860
web posted August 20 2015
I heard that another student at FCHS had or had a post on facebook with a gun to his head and that if anyone said the right thing he'd shoot himself. It came from that same website. But because he lives in Aiken County they talked to him and everything was OK. I don't know if FCHS even knows about it.

Editor's note: That's the same info I read.
web posted August 20 2015
We do need someone at the intersection of Springhaven and Murrah Road directing traffic. People are taking big risks every day.
web posted August 20 2015
Why can't the deputy at MMS direct the traffic in the mornings? It is awful trying to turn out of the school. Someone is going to get in a serious accident if something is not done.
web posted August 19 2015
It sure would be nice if the schools in the Edgefield County School District would update their websites for the beginning of the year.
web posted August 19 2015
If SRS needs the trained people mentioned in the article today, then I would sure hope the high school etc would be encouraging students to look at this as an employment option. It is a great opportunity for a future.  I hear it really is a good thing to look into.  Parents should really check this out for their students and anyone else looking to improve their situation should get this training. I wonder if any of it is offered through night classes or online so that people who have jobs with less potential could pursue it.
web posted August 19 2015
Just think....he can lease it back to the Government as Air Force One thereby increasing his wealth and saving the country some money. I doubt that he would take as many vacations as the current president.
web posted August 19 2015
Is there any timeline when the bridge on Garrett road will be completed within? The original story can be found below.
web posted August 19 2015
It sure would be nice if the schools in the Edgefield County School District would update their websites for the beginning of the year.
web posted August 19 2015
I hate to say it but from what I have heard about The Edgefield Inn, I would probably prefer staying at the Marriott in Augusta. How can one even compare the two? Plus , what kind of deal did The Edgefield Inn offer to the NWFT?  We know who it owns it , right?  If they are bringing people in, and wanting them to have a positive experience, then so be it. Seems like the Marriott would win hands down. Sorry.  And the food? Same thing. My guess is Marriott had a package deal that was more affordable and probably more reliable.  It made the whole trip a better package for those that came. My guess is the Marriott was a better deal price wise for folks. Just guessing. People that travel to events, conferences etc. would understand that.

Downtown Edgefield is sad and we know who owns a lot of the property. This owner charges crazy rent, doesn't keep up the buildings and is really a problem to Edgefield moving ahead. I have heard some stories about the Edgefield Inn. I will tell you I sure wouldn't want to stay there.  If I ran a business and wanted people here again, I would choose other options.
web posted August 19 2015
RE: The last two months my water bill has been crazy high.

My water bill mystery goes up around $100 every once in awhile. They say you must have a leak. We check and find no leaks. Next bill goes back to normal amount. I have talked to others that have experienced the same problem.
web posted August 19 2015
Rules for a Gunfight
web posted August 19 2015
RE: The last two months my water bill has been crazy high.  I checked for leaks, and as I thought, there were none.

Some years back, we had high water bills.  After considerable investigation, it turned out there wasn't a leak inside the house, but in the pipe between the house and where it connects to the street.  In your case, you might wanna do some additional digging & checking.

Editor's note: The Water and Sewer Dept property ends at the meter.
web posted August 19 2015
Oh my, oh my! All the complaining about the schools and still there are no real school choice options in this county. Fox Creek , a charter school , seems to get hammered all the time as such an awful place. I wonder about that and think it is a shame if indeed it is not a positive option.  School choice is a movement in other states that has given parents options for their children’s education. Charter schools are a wonderful option in many places and have been extremely successful. Why are people surprised by the failure of the public (government) schools? What does the government do that doesn't fail? Hmmmm  Edgefield, and SC as a whole, is so behind the eight ball in the charter school movement.

One huge problem is that many parents today are not involved in the schools. Many do not  do simple things like even read with their children at home. Parents want the schools to bail their kids out when they get in trouble. Many see school as a daycare. Many look to the schools to raise their children. I can go on and on about the irresponsibility of parents today. Good education starts in the home. Good luck getting parents very riled up about the certification of a teacher. Some don't even know what that means. So sad.
web posted August 18, 2015
So Al Sharpton is calling on black ministers to go to their pulpits and tell the congregations to lobby for support of the Iran Nuclear deal? Weren’t churches suppose to stay clear of politics? What happened to the separation of church and state? I know it was originally intended to protect the church but with the definition used today, these black pastors have no business discussing the nuclear deal with their congregations.  I guess the separation only applies to conservatives and churches that do not have liberal black pastors.  People better wake up to what is going on in this country.

The Jesus March on Sat in Augusta was amazing. We need more of these things and any of us that have convictions need to start standing out and standing up.

“but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the Head, even Christ”  Ephesians 4:15  NASV   We need to be speaking the truth in love and standing on the truth of God’s Word.
web posted August 18, 2015
To the poster who seems to know where the money went I will tell you the nwtf told the business owners to be prepared for a great in flux of people Friday and Saturday to come into town but instead they were offering people a deal to stay at the Marriott in Augusta. Plus as far as restaurants getting extra business pretty hard for them to get any when the nwtf has a catering company out of Columbia come up Friday night and serve them food plus they had two food trucks serving food at the complex and then they had the banquet at the Marriott Saturday night so if you saw the money you were the only one
web posted August 18, 2015
The last two months my water bill has been crazy high.  I water my garden and grass, but not every day.   No different than previous years.  Sure it goes up in the summertime, but not to $250 or $260.   We normally run $35 a month.  I checked for leaks, and as I thought, there were none.  I saw in the news where Grovetown residents had something similar happen.   I didn’t know if other people are experiencing the same increase of up to 7 times the normal usage.  On one of the bills, we weren’t home for a week because of vacation.  So in 7 weeks, my home used over 144,000 gallons?  So roughly I am averaging 3000 gallons a day (144,000 G / 49 days)?  Keep in mind there is no leak and I don’t water every day.  Something smells to me.
web posted August 18, 2015
I have two comments.
Re: Do you want the chains to take out the Mom&Pop places?
If the Mom and Pop places want to stay open then need to stay competitive. This may mean longer hours and lower prices.
I see another business has closed on the square. Maybe if the rents were reasonable the business owners could keep their overhead down.
web posted August 18, 2015
I am very proud of the grand father If only I had done it back then II would not have been in and of court rooms and would have money in my pocket
web posted August 18, 2015
Gilbert church wins: Supreme Court strikes down sign ordinance
web posted August 18, 2015
Adult Education Registration

Edgefield County Adult Education will host registration and orientation on September 1-3, 9AM-12PM and 1 PM- 3 PM, at the Johnston Learning Center.  Programs and services offered will include: basic education, GED/High School Equivalency preparation, WorkKeys, high school diploma completion, Family Literacy, English as Second Language (ESL) and computer classes. Registration is free.  Classes will begin September 8th.  For more information call 803-275-4158.
Read more here.
web posted August 18, 2015
Awful! Something sounds fishy.. Read more here.
web posted August 18, 2015
QUIZ: Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?
Could you pass the United States citizenship text? Take our quiz and prove your patriotism!

Editor's note: I missed 1 out of 10.
web posted August 18, 2015
Wow, good for the grandfather that showed tough love and did the right thing with his grandson in turning him in for stealing!!! The problem with many young folks today is that they have been bailed out every time they get in trouble. It is a selfish generation, not all are that way, but many are. If there was more responsibility taken by people we would not be seeing so much of what is going on in this country. I applaud this grandfather. He did the hard thing but he sure did the right thing.
web posted August 17, 2015
Just read an article about the influx of immigrants in ND. ND??? Who hears much about ND? The interesting part of this is where the immigrants are coming from. All the countries are Muslim or have high Muslim populations. People do not realize the subtle influx of some folks in this country. The news is all about Hispanic population coming in while there is another story going on. Check it out.  We have our own no go zones in this country, i.e. sanctuary cities, and keep watching what is going on with this.  We get side tracked.

The real war with ISIS and the Middle East as a whole is a religious war, plain and simple. It has been going on for centuries. The goal is to wipe out Christians and Jews and take over. Why do they hate the West and Western thinking? The basis is a spiritual issue. One way to learn more about it is to simply study the Bible.  Don't just read it, although there is nothing better you can do, but really study it. It is amazing.  You will not only learn the past , you will see what the future holds.
web posted August 17, 2015
ECSD must have a lot of money to throw around. Robert Ross was suspended last February WITH pay and no one has a clue why he was suspended. Now he is a teacher at JET. It must be nice to get 5 months off with pay and then given another job in the district. I am sure that was the plan all along. Same goes for Greg Anderson. He gets to ride the payroll in a nonexistent position until December after jeopardizing the districts accreditation. The district and school board has a lot of explaining to do.
web posted August 17, 2015
Re: "Well here we go. The sounds of money in the good folks of the NWTFs pocket. All the endless bangs and booms of gunfire that will go on all weekend and Sunday, making those of us who live nearby miserable. way to go NWTF! Money in your pockets."

It's the sound of money, alright. In the United States every time a new firearm, ammunition, or archery equipment is sold, 11% of the purchase price goes to the federal government and then back to state natural resources agencies for wildlife conservation. Every shell that was fired contributed to our improved quality of life in South Carolina and throughout the United States.  The law that establishes this excise tax is known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, or the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which was passed in 1937.

Each year, nearly $200 million collected from federal excise taxes is distributed to state agencies to support wildlife management programs; hunter education and safety classes; and

the purchase of open lands where all citizens may enjoy the outdoors. 

By paying the federal excise tax on shooting/hunting equipment, these folks are contributing hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation programs that benefit many wildlife species, both hunted and non-hunted.

To learn more, just Google 'who pays for conservation'.

Way to go, NWTF!
web posted August 17, 2015
Now that a “certified and qualified” superintendent is running the county, let’s hope she looks into the reason why there was a mass exodus from the county. She should talk to the principals, teachers, and parents and try and get to the bottom of why so many teachers felt the need to leave.  Also, school board members should stop by their “schools of interest” frequently, and speak to the people in their zoned areas.
Mr. Editor is it possible for you or one of your investigative reporters to compile a list showing the number of new hires per school against the number of people that left those schools? This should be an eye opener for parents and district personnel, letting them know that all is not well.
Parents, school starts on Tuesday, you should make sure that every teacher that stands before your child on day one is certified in the area(s) they are teaching. There will be a few that have just graduated and must take the Praxis; we can give them a few months to get their certification.
What about administrators, are they certified?
Is the school report card available showing the “letter” grade for each school? If so, what changes will be made to help bring those schools up?
 Thank you to the person who posted the link to the SCDE website showing the county facing the loss of its accreditation because of greed and indifference.
Teachers, don’t sit back and let problems build up and fester in your schools, speak up and let people know what is going on! Yes, I know the district is aware of incompetent principals at the helm. I know that principals are aware of incompetent teachers in their schools and continue to let them fail our students each year because they are “kin”. It has to stop!  We need people who want to teach, not ones who only work to earn a paycheck! Yes, I know that it is a meager paycheck.
And finally, all is not gloom and doom. There are plenty of teachers and staff members who work hard and want the best for our students and we should give them all the support and encouragement that we can; from the custodians and cafeteria ladies, the paraprofessional and support staff, bus drivers and teachers, we salute you!
Welcome back to school!
web posted August 17, 2015
To the individual complaining about the NWTF and the Palmetto Shooting Complex.........
What kind of an idiot believes that only the NWTF is benefiting from the Palmetto Shooting Complex?  Let's start with the gas alone that will be purchased in Edgefield this weekend by the shooters that have come from all over the southeast to compete.  I would imagine those folks are also going to need drinks and ice and don't forget 3 meals a day.  Also, I wonder where these folks are staying at night?  That's right, at the Edgefield Inn and the motel in Trenton.  And while the competitors shoot away, their families are strolling through downtown, buying ice cream at the General Store or burgers at the Pool Hall or a sandwich at Park Rowe.  And all those purchases will in turn put tax dollars into the county.  I'm sure there are several economic positives that I'm missing but I think you get the point.
Bless your heart, having to put up with that shooting for a couple of days each month so Edgefield can prosper.
web posted August 17, 2015
Edgefield county schools in a mess!!They have this one guy basically runs the school district!!!James courtney needs too be put too a stop!!he try and run everything and everybody the teachers and all..he talks too custodians staff's at every school like they don't mean anything it's ridiculousless..he's over like 5 department's at one time..I mean give others a chance too get a job!!i wonder do the state department know he's not certified for everything he's doing!!! I hope the state come in a get him out the chair!!!asap!!..cause he needs too be audit!!ps.you over making sure every school is clean!!!you not doing your job because it's a few in the district nasty floors bathrooms and all...
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web posted August 17, 2015
Homosexuality is not like other sins.
web posted August 17, 2015
"The Man and the Dog"
Check out this video, I think you will be touched!
web posted August 17, 2015
I picked up my child's schedule from JET during registration, and I saw there was a new 8th grade science teacher. No big deal because teachers come and go. The name was familiar so I asked around, and it was the ST principal that left under mysterious circumstances in the middle of last school year. Is the Robert Ross teaching 8th grade science the actual man that disappeared last school year as a high school principal only to stay in the district as a middle school teacher? If it is, this man's story just gets stranger and stranger.
web posted August 15, 2015
Oh for heavens sakes!!!! Now we have a fast food expert! Actually Chick Fil A has salads and you can get them with grilled chicken or no chicken! Watch the dressings and you can do better than hamburgers my friend! I actually read labels and know what is in food- sodium etc. Do you know how much sodium is in canned foods and all other processed foods? Fresh is best and eating out anywhere is not an option for that, fast food or not! Good grief!

Do you think any restaurant has "your best interest at heart"? Seriously that is a ridiculous statement. The "mom/pop" places have lots of fat, sodium, preservatives etc on their tables as do most homes in Edgefield. Thanks for the "education" though.
web posted August 15, 2015
Well here we go. The sounds of money in the good folks of the NWTFs pocket. All the endless bangs and booms of gunfire that will go on all weekend and Sunday, making those of us who live nearby miserable. way to go NWTF! Money in your pockets.
web posted August 15, 2015
When did Donald Trump join the Republican party? Actually , has he joined the Republican party officially? You know , he contributed to liberals in 2012, he was pro choice, he and the Clintons seem pretty chummy, he has not really given any policy statements or specific plans etc. etc. He has blown a lot of hot air and been an attack dog… but real solutions?????  Here’s a crazy idea. Instead of Hillary, maybe the Democrats will support Trump. I know that is way, way out there, but who can say what crazy things could be going on.  I do not believe Trump is a conservative.  He actually said some things lately that sound a little like support for amnesty.Just his recent, very recent , flip flop on Planned Parenthood should tell people something. He has “changed”? Well, his goal in life is to make money. He seems to like power. What better place to get yourself into, than the White House. We sure have seen what the last six and a half years have done for another inexperienced , smooth talking candidate, haven’t we?  Oh me oh my!!!!

It is truly sad that this country is so desperate for a leader that people cannot see through some of the hype. If you really want an outsider, look at Ben Carson. So much wiser and he actually looks to God to lead his life.  I am not sure Trump is as much of an outsider as some seem to think.
web posted August 15, 2015
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
web posted August 15, 2015
Emerson High School began replacing their old chalk boards with white boards. When construction workers began pulling them off the walls they were shocked to find another set of chalkboards underneath. They had been untouched for nearly 100 years! There were drawings and writing on the slate boards that date from 1917.
Read more here

Editor's note: That's pretty interesting.
web posted August 15, 2015
RE: LeDuc Announces New Finance Director
Bruce Cooley being hired as the new finance director kinda took me by surprise. That's a job you expect to be a woman. And then to find out he's also a preacher? For a couple 3 years the whole Admin Bld was women.
web posted August 15, 2015
The more quotes I hear from Ben Carson, the more I like him. I know he is a long shot but his message is resonating.  He is as much of an outsider as Trump and I must say, Ben Carson is heads above Trump in the wisdom category.  If he does not make it as a nominee, or a VP nominee, then I say he should run for Congress or be part of the Republican cabinet. You notice I am assuming the Republicans will win? Maybe it is that David and Goliath thing and I am praying for God to intervene. Actually, Dr. Carson would be a David and Goliath thing and we all know who helped David win. We have a big God, afterall.

Editor's note: I could vote for Ben Carson.
web posted August 14, 2015
Re: A Chick Fil A would be awesome ( at least some healthier options)

You really are or have been brain-washed.  Chick-Fil-A sounds better, but in reality it is 100% trash. The sodium in one sandwich is pretty much all you should have in a day (!!) the saturated fats and cholesterol are through the roof.

There are NO fast food restaurants that have your best interest at heart. There are no restaurants, period, that have your health in their interest. Read, read, read. Educate yourself. Just because a restaurant serves chicken does not make it healthy.
web posted August 14, 2015
So is anyone else a little tired of (and troubled by) the Black Lives Matter group? Of course black lives matter, but so do all other lives. The impression I get from them is that they are saying that only black lives matter. If that is the case, then they are way off base and are actually a bit of a dangerous group.  If other lives don't matter then what kind of actions does that lead to? I don't like their tactics and their aggressive way of getting a point across. Just saying….
web posted August 14, 2015
Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter  
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.
web posted August 14, 2015
RE:  Re: A time to kill.
When are they going to arrest this kid for posting he was going to kill the annoying people before school starts? What are they gonna say when 1 or 2 kids end up dead?

Editor's note: This is the reply I got from Josh Trahan. "It is an unfortunate matter and I would elaborate, but in an effort to maintain the child's confidentiality I will simply say that we do not plan to have the child attend Fox Creek this school year."

Well they better release the name to the headmasters at the other schools.  Because if something happens to mine because of this little prick was able to enroll in another school here, I will have the powers that be at fox creek butts for lunch!
web posted August 14, 2015
I understand the importance of the mom and pop diners but that should not mean Edgefield can't have another fast food come in.  From what I hear from many old time middle-class people, it is simply the truth that a "couple" of people in Edgefield with money do control everything that comes into Edgefield and what does not.

How many of the population that rely on the Dollar stores and Freds really eat regularly at the mom and pop restaurant's? The truth is not that many. They go to McDonalds because it is simply cheaper. Should Edgefield not want to give residents more options? I can see the argument that we never want to run these family owned places out of business, but another quality fast food option is not going to cause massive closures of home run establishments. It would also bring about more much needed jobs.
web posted August 14, 2015
The FAA would never allow an air show like this in the United States!
Great views of a beautiful city.
web posted August 14, 2015
Dr. Ben Carson on 'Black Lives Matter,' Planned Parenthood
Read or see more here (video)
web posted August 14, 2015
Just keeping the kid that posted that warning on FB from attending school at Fox Creek is a stupid "solution"! What keeps him from showing up anyway? What keeps him from doing something somewhere else? Good grief , deal with this kid! Innocents could be hurt- too often looking back after tragedy shows there were warnings! Does ignoring it make it go away!
web posted August 13, 2015
A $50 lesson -  Enough Said

Recently,  while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my  neighbors stopped to chat as  they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked  their little girl what she wanted to be when  she grew up. She said she wanted to be President someday.
Both of her parents, Democratic Party members, were standing there so I  asked her, "If you were  President what would be the first thing you would do?"
She replied..."I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her  parents beamed with pride!
"Wow...what a  worthy goal!" I said..."But you don't have to wait until you're President to  do that!"
"What do you mean?" she replied. So I told her, "You can come over  to my house and mow the lawn,
 pull weeds, and trim my  hedge,  and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the  homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a  new house." She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked,
"Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"
I said,  "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her parents  aren't speaking to  me  anymore.
web posted August 13, 2015
We might need to do more about monitoring what these kids are saying on FaceBook. I have never been a fan anyway.
web posted August 13, 2015
I hate to see the mom/pop places hurt but a little more choice in places to eat would help draw more to Edgefield . A Chick Fil A would be awesome ( at least some healthier options), More greasy burgers are not a positive! I just don't see anything new coming in, though, Sounds like it is not "another" Dollar Store but rather a "nicer" Dollar Store. Shopping in Edgefield is tough if you need anything like clothes or choices. Guess one needs to go to GA or North Augusta for that. So much for our tax base!
web posted August 13, 2015
RE: comment "So sad that another sex offender is out there."
Sex offender is just one of the many we have to deal with all the time. I wish I knew what the answer was but I don't.
web posted August 13, 2015

You are in the middle of some home projects: putting in a new fence, painting the porch, planting some flowers and fixing a broken door lock. You are hot and sweaty, covered with dirt, lawn clippings and paint. You have your old work clothes on. You know the outfit -- shorts with a hole in the crotch, an old T-shirt with a stain from who-knows-what, and an old pair of tennis shoes. Right in the middle of these tasks you realize that you need to run to Home Depot for supplies. Depending on your age you might do the following:

@   In your 20s: Stop what you are doing. Shave, take a shower, blow dry your hair, brush your teeth, floss and put on clean clothes. Check yourself in the mirror and flex. Add a dab of your favorite cologne because, you never know, you just might meet some hot chick while standing in the checkout line. And yes, you went to school with the pretty girl running the register.

@   In your 30s: Stop what you are doing, put on clean shorts and shirt. Change your shoes. You married the hot chick so no need for much else. Wash your hands and comb your hair. Check yourself in the mirror. Still got it! Add a shot of your favorite cologne to cover the smell. The cute girl running the register is the kid sister of someone you went to school with.

@   In your 40s: Stop what you are doing. Put on a sweatshirt that is long enough to cover the hole in the crotch of your shorts. Put on different shoes and a hat. Wash your hands. Your bottle of Brut is almost empty, so don't waste any of it on a trip to Home Depot. Check yourself in the mirror and do more sucking in than flexing. The hot young thing running the register is your daughter's age and you feel weird about thinking she's spicy.

@   In your 50s: Stop what you are doing. Put on a hat. Wipe the dirt off your hands onto your shirt. Change shoes because you don't want to get dog crap in your new sports car. Check yourself in the mirror and swear not to wear that shirt anymore because it makes you look fat. The cutie running the register smiles when she sees you coming and you think you still have it. Then you remember -- the hat you have on is from Bubba's Bait & Beer Bar and it says, ‘I’ve Got Worms.’

@   In your 60s: Stop what you are doing. No need for a hat any more. Hose the dog crap off your shoes. The mirror was shattered when you were in your 50s. You hope you have underwear on so nothing hangs out the hole in your pants. The girl running the register may be cute but you don't have your glasses on, so you're not sure.

@   In your 70s: Stop what you are doing. Wait to go to Home Depot until you call the drug store to have your prescriptions ready for pick too and check your grocery list for a quick stop there. Got to save trips! Don't even notice the dog crap on your shoes. The young thing at the register stares at you and you realize your balls are hanging out the hole in your crotch. Who cares?

@   In your 80s: Stop what you are doing. Start again. Then stop again. Now you remember you need to go to Home Depot. You go to Wal-Mart instead. You went to school with the old lady greeter. You wander around trying to remember what you are looking for. Then you fart out loud and turn around thinking someone called your name.

@   In your 90s & beyond: What's a home deep hoe? Something for my garden? Where am I? Who am I? Why am I reading this? Did I send it? Did you? Who farted?
web posted August 13, 2015
Donald Trump lays out plans for immigration, health reform
Click here to watch the video.
web posted August 13, 2015
Re: A time to kill.
When are they going to arrest this kid for posting he was going to kill the annoying people before school starts? What are they gonna say when 1 or 2 kids end up dead?

Editor's note: This is the reply I got from Josh Trahan. "It is an unfortunate matter and I would elaborate, but in an effort to maintain the child's confidentiality I will simply say that we do not plan to have the child attend Fox Creek this school year."
web posted August 12, 2015
Time to Kill Before School Starts
Why haven't they arrested this kid yet? The kid in Grovetown got arrested for a bomb threat.

Editor's note: An arrest would have to come from the Sheriff's Office. I just get told it is under investigation.
web posted August 12, 2015
Wonder why January 2015 Fox Creek High School Board Minutes are the only ones posted on their website for 2015. Surely there have been more meetings than one in 2015.
web posted August 12, 2015
I keep reading comments about Superintendent Anderson having been a good fit because he knew the problems in the District from his long tenure as the School District's Attorney.

There are various ways of looking at that. One way is that Mr. Anderson provided the legal counsel for the dubious actions of the previous administration. and all of the other dubious actions of previous administrations for over 30 years.
web posted August 12, 2015
A new Dollar General on the side of the newly constructed (unfinished) 4-lanes of Hwy25, which is being turned into a 4-lane to accomodate all the traffic for Edgefield's《soon to be》booming industry.
The 'old' dollar store across from Pendarvis is going to close so a new dollar store can be constructed right up the road.
That 4-lane is bringing Edgefield a booming industry of dollar stores, haha!
web posted August 12, 2015
RE: President's lies
All true except the weapons of mass destruction which if I remember correctly was Approved by congress on both sides of the isle,as they all believed the same.
web posted August 12, 2015
So sad that another sex offender is out there. Goodness it seems like we have an over abundance of them in our county.  Such a horrendous crime and such perverts!!!
web posted August 12, 2015
I am from Edgefield County. It would be great to see other chain eateries in Edgefield. The mom and pop restaurants may need to go out of business if courteous service is not given to all customers or the food is not good. I eat at mom and pop restaurants and chain eateries all the time if it's good and the customer service is wonderful. In this day and age if people can't get what they want in town , they will go out of town. I have been all over the csra in meetings and Edgefield is a running joke in terms of our progress and attracting other families other than those with family ties  in Edgefield. If Edgefield continues to fight progress and attract young families, it may turn into those ghost towns that I see in the westerns on Saturday afternoon. If that is what you're going for, it seems like you are well on your way to success.
web posted August 12, 2015
Dr. Ben Carson says voters recognize a 'failed policy'
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web posted August 12, 2015
Abbot and Costello discuss the unemployment rate.
COSTELLO :  I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT: Good Subject.  Terrible Times.  It’s 5.6%. 

COSTELLO :  That many people are out of work? 
ABBOTT : No, that’s 23%. 
COSTELLO: You just said 5.6%.
ABBOTT:  5.6% Unemployed.
COSTELLO:  Right 5.6% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 23% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 5.6%.
COSTELLO:  WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 5.6% or 23%? 

ABBOTT: 5.6% are unemployed.  23% are out of work.
COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed. 
ABBOTT :  No, Congress said you couldn’t count the “Out of Work” as unemployed.  You have to look for work to be unemployed. 
ABBOTT: No, you miss his point. 
COSTELLO:  What point? 
ABBOTT :  Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.  
COSTELLO : To whom? 
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.  
ABBOTT : No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.  
COSTELLO : So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment? 

ABBOTT : Unemployment would go down. Absolutely! 
COSTELLO : The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?  
ABBOTT : Absolutely it goes down. That’s how it gets to 5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%. 
COSTELLO : Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?  
ABBOTT : Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO : Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
ABBOTT: Correct. 
COSTELLO : And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?    
ABBOTT : Bingo.
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.        
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an Economist.    
COSTELLO:  I don’t even know what the hell I just said!     
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a Politician…..
web posted August 12, 2015
Call me crazy, but we have had a school superintendent who actually cares about Edgefield and the students. So, he doesn't have the little paper , but he has the heart. We had a person prior to him who had an agenda for this district. I agree, Mr. Anderson had a lot to clean up. People sure have short memories unless they want to bash Mr. Anderson.  He is a good man, leave him alone.

I didn't realize a new person was hired. I missed some news, but I am curious as to what condition the last district she lead was left in. At least she is inheriting a better situation than what Mr. Anderson inherited. I was so glad to see the support for him on this page this morning. I am sure the person (or persons ) going after him are gloating. Maybe they are qualified for the position? I say, give it a rest and move on.
web posted August 12, 2015
I heard that thing about schools starting later because kids need their rest. What about going to bed earlier? Hmmm   Seems like a wiser choice to me. Where is the logic and wisdom with some people?
web posted August 11, 2015
RE: "Crenshaw had issues.  However, she exited with grace from her end.....and she was certified.

Editor's note: She left suing us for a $1 million. "

You just swerved into your own answer.  Just because she was certified did not make her a leader, or it did not automatically provide her with any vision.  And if you have to be certified to run three different districts into the ground the way she did, I'd say the school board was right in the decision they made. Certifications and degrees a leader they do not make.  It's people with a vision and a temperament to make it happen.  Lee Iacocca did not work on the assembly line and he turned Ford and Chrysler around.  Jack Welch did not make refrigerators or stoves and he turned GE around. Dave Thomas never attended college, he built a multi billion dollar food chain - Wendy's.  Steve Jobs dropped out of college and said he didn't want to waste his parents money - Now everyone lives with a piece of his vision in their hands - iPhone, iPad, etc. Ronald Reagan turned this country around because he had a vision, and because of his little political life, they considered him an outsider to the world of politics. Sure enough, that's exactly what we are going to need in the white house next-someone with a vision.

I strongly believe the Board made the right decision.  They hired someone with a vast amount of institutional knowledge, 30 years worth.  They hired someone with a legal background which was needed to cut to the chase when unqualified people that was hired previously needed to be cut.  They hired someone with a vision and passion.  They hired someone that had the energy and was not just a clock puncher. Considering where we were and were headed, shred the certification. School Board-hire another CEO.  Certifications and degrees really don't mean anything.
web posted August 11, 2015
Another Dollar Store? I just heard that is what is going up next to the Edgefield Inn. Why is there never a new fast-food going up?

I am not a born and breed person from Edgefield but we have been here for 17 years. I have been told by many many people that are from here that that what comes into Edgefield and what is not allowed to come to Edgefield is solely controlled by one person, Bettis Rainsford? Is that true? If it is, then fine, then they are all right but if not, countless people in Edgefield "believe" that. Whoever keeps them away, it is not to protect local businesses, as that argument can't be justified since there is a Pizza Hut and McDonalds franchise here. What I want to know is why is there no Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Taco Bell, or other nice chain is allowed to come in and give diversity?

This is 2015 and if only one (or 2) person is controlling everything, that is disappointing.

Editor's note: A town the size of Edgefield can support only so many places to eat. Do you want the chains to take out the Mom&Pop places?
web posted August 11, 2015
Is Trump a bully? He is holding it over Republicans to nominate him, or he threatens to run as a third party candidate. If he really loves this country and wants it to be” great again”, don't threaten people, don't threaten Megyn Kelly, don't threaten to run as a third party candidate. What he said to Megyn was unnecessary and crude.  He got hard questions from Chris Wallace-did he attack Wallace? Insulting a woman when she asked about his treatment of women was nothing other than stupid. Maybe it was an unfair question but a grown up and professional  would have handled it with class. He says he is such a good negotiator? I wonder.

 If Trump doesn't get the nomination, he should strongly, strongly support the nominee. We have to win and this ego building garbage is going to ultimately cause us to lose.  He may be resounding with some right now , but in a general election, he has a lot to learn. Is he a conservative or a big mouth?  Be careful where you put your money and your support. We have a narcissist in office right now, do we need another one? Or another way to say it, why trade one bully for another?
web posted August 11, 2015
The construction between McDonalds and the Edgefield Inn is going to be a new Dollar General. The old one across from Pendarvis will be closing.
web posted August 11, 2015
Famous Presidential Lies Contest
We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )
I am not a crook
GHW Bush:
Read my lips - No New Taxes
I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski
GW Bush:
Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
"I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America ."
I believe we have a winner
web posted August 11, 2015
Iraqi Christians held for months by ICE after crossing Mexican border in asylum bid
Read more here.
web posted August 11, 2015
Black Trump supporters
web posted August 11, 2015
And the liar wants to be POTUS. (Gag.)
Click here
web posted August 11, 2015
The Donald fights back. Keep it up Mr. Trump.
web posted August 11, 2015
Well, the Edgefield County School Board has done it again. When will they ever learn that "the good olé boy system" or hiring personnel is not going to work?  Will they ever wake up and hire personnel based on "what one knows" rather than "whom one knows"?  They should be fired if that were possible.  The have put the school district in danger of losing its accreditation because of their incompetent and irresponsible decisions.  How many school boards in South Carolina hire an uncertified attorney for their superintendent ? There were other certified  applicants for the job three years ago, but they ignored this. Why?  The School District is now having to pay a certified superintendent so the district will not lose its accreditation.  Furthermore, "to add fuel to the fire", they add a new position to keep Mr. Anderson on the payroll for six more months. Why don't they let him leave now and use that money somewhere else where it is need greater? I am sure the new certified superintendent knows more about running a school district than Mr. Anderson. She is a retired superintendent with many years experience. Spend the money where it is needed! In the classroom!  I guess the next person hired will be Brad Cover, as Chief Financial Officer! After all, Bridget Clark was hired for a job that was not even advertised.  It's time to elect school board members who do not have a personal agenda! 
web posted August 10, 2015
Certified or not, Greg Anderson  worked hard and did a good job for our school district.  We owe him  a debt of gratitude, so please stop the negative comments and let the man retire in peace.  I wish him well and pray his health improves soon.
web posted August 10, 2015
I heard on the news this weekend that school should start later in the day because students, especially middle school age, need more sleep.  Does this mean that when they have a job they should be allowed to go in late?
web posted August 10, 2015
I agree with those that say Mr. Anderson needed to go because of his lack of certification.  The District has a responsibility to safeguard the educational credentials of our children.  I will remind people however of the state of our district 3 years ago was atrocious.  Mr. Anderson placed the focus back on where it should be, our children.  He was what our district needed at the time, but that time has passed.
The true blame for the last 15 years or so of discord in Edgefield County Schools lies with our school board.  Though some of the names have changed, the Board consistently acts for their own self-interest.  The vast majority of Board Members serve not to help all the children of Edgefield County, but to serve their children to their own egos.  Until the voters of this county elect board members whose primary focus is the children of Edgefield County, it really won't matter who our next Superintendent is.
web posted August 10, 2015
I am a little irritated today because there are  real problems in our country and I read some of the stuff here today. To the “I told you so” out there who is so long winded (do you not know the word limit on Wandering Minds? I have gone over but  4 paragraphs and who reads it all?) yes, you sure seem to have it all figured out. Can we move on now? I wish the rest of us were as smart as you are-I guess we don't need to be because you will keep us informed. Thank you! (tongue in cheek)

Oh, and to the person complaining about the dress of the EMS people at Bi Lo-seriously? The dress codes are important but I just want someone well trained  in an emergency. I don't care if they show up in their under ware as long as they can do the job.
web posted August 10, 2015
It is amazing to me to read the hateful comments about Greg Anderson in Wandering Minds.  Greg brought to the Edgefield County School District extraordinary ability, a long and thorough knowledge of the school system from his many years as School Board Attorney, a clear and ambitious vision for the schools, a willingness to work hard to implement his vision and, most importantly, a tremendous passion for helping the young people of this county.

Greg came by this naturally:  his father before him had a passion for the public schools of the county and particularly for the athletic programs at the schools.  Almost every person who participated in the football and basketball teams of the county while Mr. Anderson was alive will remember how he treated the entire teams to steak suppers on a regular basis.

During his tenure as superintendent, Greg resolved the legal issues which had absorbed so much energy of the school system.  He provided sound judgment and guidance for the entire school system.  He made major improvements in all of the athletic facilities at Strom Thurmond High School, making our facilities equal to or better than any other high school in the state.  He was personally involved in the design and execution of these improvements and took great interest in each detail.  He even personally paid for the wonderful scoreboard which was erected at the football field.  How many superintendents in the state would be prepared to make such a major contribution?

Greg had a wonderful vision for a major performing arts center which he hoped could be built between the Strom Thurmond High and JET Middle School campuses.

It is true that Greg was not “certified” as a superintendent of education, meaning that he had not taken the requisite number of courses at a school of education.  This so-called “certification” is a creation of the professional educators’ establishment which means little in terms of what is truly helpful in making an effective superintendent.

The tremendous proliferation of doctor of education degrees (Ed.D.) in our society has done little to improve our educational system, other than to significantly increase the compensation of those teachers and administrators who have such degrees.  There are superintendents of education and other educational administrators in this region who have Ed.D. Degrees but who cannot spell or write or speak using correct grammar.  Yet, they are “certified.”

On the other hand, Greg has a law degree (juris doctor - J.D.) which is a lot more difficult to acquire, and much more useful in a practical sense for a superintendent.  Additionally he has more than thirty-five years of practical experience in dealing with a broad variety of issues, all of which, in my opinion, make him eminently qualified as our superintendent of education.

In short, Greg Anderson has done more for the public schools of Edgefield County than any one in recent history.  It is an incredible shame that we are losing his leadership at our school system.  Thank you, Greg, for all that you have done for us!
web posted August 10, 2015
So some 92 year old lady  in TN who has never voted has registered to vote because of Donald Trump. Nice story but I see it two ways. Good for Trump inspiring her to vote. However I don't respect people who do not take voting seriously and don't do their civic duty to vote. A lot of people fought hard to get the right to vote. People died in the fight to have the right to vote. It wasn't that long ago, folks. I think she should have starting voting many, many years ago. So I don't see that story as a tribute to Trump. It makes me wonder what kind of people is he attracting for heaven’s sakes.

I think many are responsible for where we are today in this country. I also hate that people prey on some and either pay for votes, cheat or whatever to get the votes.  How many conservatives did not vote in the last election? We need to be informed voters , and we need to vote.  
web posted August 10, 2015
From this perspective, it seems that since "all" of these people who "knew" what Greg Anderson's agenda was, they too are just as culpable.  Why didn't they sound the alarm?  Why did they turn a blind eye?  Writing one post the day after Greg Anderson spoke to the board is not sounding the alarm.  Why did none of these people take any action?  Because they were afraid. What this sounds like is sour grapes.  Payback for Mr. Anderson not hiring their friends or family members. What he and the school board did was perfectly legal and within the confines of the law.  The school board should be applauded.  They were willing to take the heat to clean up a mess. Yes, for the school board and Mr. Anderson, it actually took guts - give up a law practice, take a pay cut, jump into a cesspool of problems, and try to clean it up. Y'all forget what trouble the district was in before Mr. Anderson took the position. Y'all are just a wonderful bunch of people to be around.  Real Christians.
web posted August 10, 2015
With the fallout from the Greg Anderson certification issue you would think the school board would learn a lesson.  Guess not since they just hired ANOTHER Assistant Principal without the proper certification but she has the right connections so certification is a non issue. These are reasons that some schools in the district have lost half their teachers in the last couple years.  There are certified people who were passed over for an uncertified person with connections.  Wake up people and demand the board be held accountable for their actions. 
web posted August 10, 2015
Re: Greg Anderson
Me again.
Remember when you publcily stated you were banning me?  Remember all I hammered was Greg wasn't certified?  Remember I said you couldn't  be a superintendent not certified?  Remember when I said he wasn't working on certification?

I remember.  Your response: you wanted to ban me from your site.  I know you are/were friends and I assume it was hard reporting that article about his lack of certification or the fact he wasn't even working on it.  I'm sure that was difficult but you have my respect for doing that.

There are several people from Edgefield (Ed. Associates) and Saluda (State Superitnedent) that now work at the SCDE including a former Edgefield county superintendent that is now on the state board of education.  It was going to be at some point a topic.

Certifications exist for a reason. 

As another poster posted, his retirement is now set.  Every board member that supported him should be voted out.  They have enabled the good ole boy system even more and our students were used to help a "respectable man" use the system to benefit his wallet.   Cover and Wates along with others on that board are as responsible as others.  Robin Ball was used like a fool and she got sucked right in. 

Crenshaw had issues.  However, she exited with grace from her end.....and she was certified.

Editor's note: She left suing us for a $1 million.
web posted August 10, 2015
Incredible!  I wonder how many Target actually heard from to have them make this ridiculous decision. 
Click here to read more.
web posted August 10, 2015
The real story.
web posted August 10, 2015
Watching the debate, I thought Trump looked like an angry old man and seemed like he was lost on some of the questions. To me the winners were Carson and Rubio. Governor Huckabee did well too.  Also really appreciated the job Carly Fiorina did. I hope she is in the next official debate. Republicans are lucky to have so many good people running. What does that tell you? The Democratic frontrunner is being investigated by the FBI and the other one running at this point is a socialist. There you go!!!!
web posted August 8, 2015

Not sure why all the complaining about the EMS thing. I say offering local training is good. I am missing something , I am sure, but I do know that we need trained EMS people in this county. I would hope the training is being done correctly. Seems like to be licensed, there would need to be criteria to meet. To the person who seems to complain a lot-do you have alternative solutions? Sometimes all the complaining without solutions falls on deaf ears.
web posted August 8, 2015
PTC is an excellent college.  It's the instructors used to teach the classes.  Get the results of the last 5-10 years of instructors teaching in Edgefield county.  Really get that information and you would gladly send students to Aiken County, Midlands EMS or PTC.  Do your homework.    Never send them to Greenville that's a waste of money and gas.
web posted August 8, 2015
What is going in between McDonald's and the Edgefield Inn?
web posted August 8, 2015
The article posted on Edgefield Daily about the lack of certification by Greg Anderson confirms what has been written to Edgefield Daily by myself and others over the past several years.

It was pointed out by several that Greg Anderson was not certified to hold the position of Superintendent back when the job description was rewritten to allow him to apply. Greg Anderson, as was pointed out again a few months ago, had promised to step down after three years. That three years nicely fits into the three years the State gives people like Greg Anderson to make arrangements to become certified under alternative programs. Perhaps as the District's Attorney he knew he would have three years and did not intend to do the alternative certification from day one. In any case, Greg Anderson did not do so, the District was warned, and only when faced with loss of Certification did Greg Anderson step down.The School Board had to have known yet the School Board asked Greg Anderson to stay on as Superintendent beyond the end of his three years. The Superintendent and the Board put the entire District at risk and put the students in the position that they
could not have received State diplomas when they graduated.Greg Anderson, of course, is being kept on the payroll until the end of the year.

As was pointed out when the 11 p.m. announcement was made by Mr. Covar, if you check the State website, the only issue was not Greg Anderson. Another Central Office administrator was not certified, two administrative assistants at Thurmond were not certified, MMS had no Gifted and Talented Program, and various other issues regarding personnel were listed. The District has a long history of hiring individuals for administrative positions for which they are either uncertified or have resumes fleshed out with degrees from online diploma mills. Over the past several years, several hires with ties to the community or the previous Superintendent have been involved in scandals where they could not keep it zipped or pulled up. They put the District at risk of being sued for harassment, yet the District in some cases moved them to a different location within the District where they continued their escapades until it could no longer be ignored and the ones that
left were protected by the District with some having moved on to other administrative positions.

In the United States there is a teacher shortage in critical needs areas pretty much nationwide. There is no such thing as an Administrator shortage. There are tens of thousands or more of fully certified administrators working either as teachers because there are no administrative openings in their District or as lower level administrators who are fully certified to move up...and that is just in SC. Hiring uncertified administrators due to community ties is a major disservice to the community and the students. As for the Board, they are either guilty of not doing their due diligence on behalf of the students and those who elected them  or they deceived the public. They need to be asked which it is.
web posted August 8, 2015
I think many are unaware of the primary motivation of Greg Anderson seeking the top job at Edgefield County School District. Having been in the state retirement system (on the payroll as District Attorney) as a part-time employee, before assuming the Superintendent's job, he can now retire with the retirement basis as the average pay of his last 3 years. This is entirely the reason why he will stay on payroll through the end of the calendar year, even though he will not be the Superintendent, and perhaps not even working at all. Despite his sugar-coated please of "I just want to help the schools any way I can since I love the kids so much" pablum, Anderson's real motivation was, and remains to create for himself a big fat state government retirement check, with tax-payer supported payments until he dies based on his last 3 years as a full-time employee. He did this with the full knowledge, support and assistance of all the good old boys and girls of Edgefield. Meanwhile, the School District has been led by someone who is unqualified, and jeopardizing its accreditation. This is absolutely scandalous and all of those that turned a blind eye, are complicit in moving Edgefield further along as a dying, failed county. In the end, this entire sad, disgusting and sordid affair is the result of the greed, and self-serving agenda of Greg Anderson
web posted August 8, 2015
I'm not an idiot.  Do your homework and we will see who the IDIOT really is.
By the way the picture that was posted on Edgefield Daily does not show professionalism with shirts hanging out of their pants.  They should be dressed and look professional.  There uniforms should be pressed and belts worn. I saw a lady get out of the ambulance at Bi-lo shirt hanging out.  That needs to be be stopped if you want to be taken seriously in EMS.
web posted August 8, 2015
So the truth comes out about Greg Anderson. At least he had the decency to come out so that our kid's diplomas will still be legit. I blame the school board because they were notified when he was appointed. They knew he wasn't doing what he was supposed to do. It would have been better if he had owned up to what he had done and apologized to Edgefield County and the students. That would have took integrity, which it looks like he doesn't have. All I have to say is (karma)!!!!!!
web posted August 8, 2015
Three years ago, I made a post here the very night after I came home from a school board meeting.  At that meeting, Mr. Anderson read a personal statement on why the school board should pick him as the next Superintendent.  No other candidates were given the same chance. The school board, knowing full well that they would pick Mr. Anderson, still went and spent a BUNCH of school district money searching for a candidate to make it look like they were not going to play the "good ole boy" game.  I was excoriated on this forum because I called to question Mr. Anderson's credentials.  Yes the district is better off than it was with Crenshaw, but it has not been without it's scandals under Mr. Anderson's watch (known to the public and not known to the public). There was nowhere to go but up to be honest. Now we have a letter in which Mr. Anderson says a health concern "will prevent me from performing my duties as I should as superintendent and also prevent me from continuing with the alternative certification route in a timely manner".  Mr. Anderson - I must point out that its hard to continue something that was never started.  Based on the state board of education summary, "neither a plan nor other required information was submitted, and three years have passed".  Now we know the truth.  It was all about money.  Pump up the ole retirement pay with a nice fat salary the last three years of working.  Nice work Mr. Anderson.  Nice work school board. Have you had your head in the sand the last three years about his certification or did you just not care because you were taking care of your own because he is such a nice guy????
web posted August 8, 2015
yes it was Edgerly. I wasn't sure if I could say his. He really did an outstanding job and explained everything he was doing.

Editor's note: You can mention an advertiser as long as it is positive.
web posted August 8, 2015
Kentucky panel votes to keep Jefferson Davis statue in state Capitol
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Two top congressional Democrats announce opposition to Iran nuclear deal
web posted August 8, 2015
I am tired of politicians who are in leadership in DC. I cannot believe the Senate voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.  I am tired of the pandering to the unintelligent or uninformed voters who do not look at their own conditions and continue to vote for those that keep them in the destructive cycle  Blaming the system, blaming others etc. only holds people back. Listen to someone like Bishop E. W. Jackson, ( a black pastor) who is Founder and President of S. T. A. N.D.  He makes so much sense and talks about helping , truly helping , people move ahead in their lives.  His message is God opens doors and no one holds you back.  Listen to Ben Carson and look at his life story. So many could do the same but are trapped in wrong thinking. Believe me folks, voting Democrat is not helping anyone out of the cycle.
web posted August 7, 2015
Please warn everyone about a new scam in town.  The outfit is from Columbia and the name is Roberts and Associates. They are identifying the elderly and going door to door with a very aggressive sales pitch. They offer to clean carpet in one room for free.  They are really attempting to sell a vacuum cleaner for $3200, interest rate of 28% for 36 months.  I found my aunt in tears.  Three men went to her house and coaxed her into opening the door.  They left a man with her alone in her house for 45 mins. demonstrating the vacuum cleaner and pressuring her to purchase.  I waited until they came back to pick him up.  They were in a white Expedition with a  paper tag, not identified. Be careful!
web posted August 7, 2015
To the IDIOT bashing EMS, why don’t you apply for a job. I think these young men and women do a good job. All I can do is PRAY for people like you. And hope you or your family never need there services.
web posted August 7, 2015
It is certainly good to see new doctors coming to Edgefield County Hospital.
It's amazing what a positive impact good leadership can make. Keep up the good work.
web posted August 7, 2015
If you want answers about the sudden resignation of Greg Anderson read this from the State Dept. of Education.  It makes me sick that our school board has allowed this to happen.


Scroll down the page and click on synopsis for PL-07.

Editor's note: There is a story on this today. I ask you pray for him.
web posted August 7, 2015
Question…if four of Hillary’s emails (so far, just the ones found so far) contained classified information, and it is against the law for her to have been using her own server for classified information, why isn't she being prosecuted right now????  Even one email would be illegal, right? Now the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation (really isn't just a “civil” investigation as she says) and we are paying for that!  Why don't they just use the information they already know about her activities ? Because Washington is so corrupt at this point. People disregard the law , the Constitution, etc and just go on their merry way. Who does not see why folks like Donald Trump are resonating?  Anyone these days that is outside of the current leadership in our government are like fresh air. Just keep your eyes on Ben Carson, a truly good man.
web posted August 7, 2015

Would it be possible to publish this article?

Editor's note: I have already run a story on this.
web posted August 7, 2015
I responded to an ad on the Daily regarding insects. I must say the young man came and treated my house and yard. He was polite and very professional. I have set up an agreement to treat my house every 3 months. I recommend him to anyone that might need their house and yard treated.

Editor's note: He is talking about our newest advertiser, Edgerly Pest Control.
web posted August 7, 2015
Dear God:
I want to thank you for what you have already done.

I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards;
          I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better;
          I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me;
          I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears;
          I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves;
          I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet;
          I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get a job;
          I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief;
          I am going thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed;
          I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive.
I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties.
I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.
I am thanking you because you have not given up on me.

God is so good, and he's good all the time.
web posted August 7, 2015
Amazing Grace and The Black Keys on the Piano
At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, "A lot of people don't realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Slaves were not permitted to use the white keys. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that's in bondage. And we feel it. We feel it. It's just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history." After sharing the noteworthy history of the song, Mr. Phipps delivers a stirring performance that brings the audience to its feet! 
web posted August 7, 2015
bored with fishing?

Editor's note: You'd have to be bored with living.
web posted August 7, 2015
This is really cool!  Enjoy this short journey!

web posted August 7, 2015
Just a reminder that the first Republican Presidential Debate is on FOX news tonight. If you want to know more about the candidates, check it out. One candidate to listen carefully to is Dr. Ben Carson. He is quiet but is smart and wise. He is amazing.

Editor's note: With only 10 of the 17 allowed, I wonder who will go up in the polls and who will go down. I like Dr. Carson as well. We are going to record it since I will be working.
web posted August 6, 2015
Boy, the trees are so stressed. Or I guess that is what is happening to a lot of them ? Can someone tell me? They look like fall has hit a lot of them, but mostly on one side of them. I just notice it when I am driving down roads like Mealing, Gregory Lake etc. Must be lack of good rain lately and the heat?
web posted August 6, 2015
Because they wanted me to send money by saying I owed the IRS x amount. Go to quick shop by a Visa card and then call them back. The deputy said I did the right thing by filing a report. I had 3 names one phone number. It was not the IRS they contact you by mail if you owe them something.
web posted August 6, 2015
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
web posted August 6, 2015
Thank you for not making up the news!!! I had to laugh because the problem with the drive bys is they do make it up or the embellish it to lean left .
web posted August 6, 2015
RE: Why would you say that getting a loan online is a scam? What about places like Lending tree?"

Yes I agree. I know that there are legitimate loan website's so knowing which one isn't could save someone alot of trouble.
web posted August 6, 2015
Read to remove all doubt.
Mark 9:20-29
web posted August 6, 2015
Why bad mouth PTC having a class to become an EMT right here in Edgefield? I thought it was a good thing. Right now you'd have to go to Greenwood or Aiken.
web posted August 6, 2015
Re: Thieves Target Over a Dozen Vehicles
Prob kids from Aiken County. Almost always is.
web posted August 6, 2015
Gunman who opened fire at Tennessee movie theater killed by police

Editor's note:It would have to be police, it's a "gun free zone".
web posted August 6, 2015
Boy, grudges or something sure come out in some of the posts I read on this page. What in the world was the crazy rant about Councilwoman Blackwell? I applaud her for hearing about that accident and doing something. Good grief, person, take a chill pill and get a life. I was impressed with how the emergency crews helped those folks. I think some people need to get out of Edgefield more and see what are real issues in the world are. I am thankful for this news outlet and for many of the steps forward this county is taking. Some prefer to hold old grudges, live in the past and suffocate. Good luck with those attitudes. All they do is hurt the ones holding those attitudes. The rest of us prefer to focus on more important things.
web posted August 5, 2015
EMS DHEC should be involved in classroom settings to ensure proper training is being done.  As far as inservice training for those already certified is a joke.  I bet they could not pass the national registry exam if they tried.  It's a good thing that in the near future all EMS personnel will have to take the national registry exam and practicals every two years. There will be a big EMS shortage everywhere due to the ones teaching inservice now. They are not paramedic instructors.  Except for a few in other counties.
web posted August 5, 2015
I really think someone should check and see just how many EMT's the county actually gets out the classes held there. The results are not to good.
web posted August 5, 2015
I said this a long time ago. Blacks do not see that the Democrats do nothing for them but hold them back. Don't think a hand out is better than a hand up. Instead of being on the old plantations of pre Civil War days, the blacks are on the Democrats’ plantations of welfare, Medicaid and staying in the poverty cycle. Liberals spout their love for others and support things like Planned Parenthood, whose founder Margaret Sanger wanted to illuminate Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and other minorities.  Check her out. Don't blindly support things just because you always have. The Democrats of today are progressives, and their view for this country is not one that will keep this country a strong nation. There is a move to stir up the lower part of society with anger and unrest, end the middle class etc.  If you want socialism, a dictatorship etc, keep drinking the kool ade and don't think for yourselves. Even so called Democrats owe it to themselves to research what they think they believe. They are going to suffer like everyone else, but they just don't have the foresight to see it or understand it. So much for the “intellectual left”. Such a misnomer.

It is correct to say that Christians should know better and vote differently. There is an attack on Christians in this country and we all sit quietly by and watch, or we put our heads in the sand and say it isn't happening.  All of this social engineering, social justice etc is not aimed to keep this country one that folks are free to worship how they want . Another huge misnomer
web posted August 5, 2015
Doesn't seem to be a lot in the news. Is that because of having treatments? Or just not a lot of news.

Editor's note: There hasn't been a lot of news. The treatments don't help, but even with extra writers there is nothing for them to write on. I can't make up the news.
web posted August 5, 2015
I take with all the damages and broken windows it doesn't matter if you lock your doors or not to keep thieves out. I guess no one had alarms and other than the gun and radar detector there wasn't a lot stolen. That's a big chance to take for a gun.
web posted August 5, 2015
For those of you in my generation who do not really comprehend why Facebook exists…..
Presently, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook, while applying the same principles.
Every day, I go down the street and tell passersby what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before, what I will be doing and plan to do.  I freely spout my political and religious thoughts without regard to theirs.  I give them pictures of my family, my friends, my dog, my vacations, my gardening and spending time in my pool.  I also listen to their conversations and I tell them I love them.
And it works!  I already have 3 persons following me: 2 police officers and a psychiatrist.
web posted August 5, 2015
Clinton's income since 2001 over $221,139,516, that's millions folks. Hillary lied again. Click here
web posted August 5, 2015
Good articles on the tax free weekend. Are you gonna run it again before Friday?

Editor's note: Yes. It will run again Friday. I'd like to find the list the schools want you to have but can't find one. If you find one, send it in.
web posted August 5, 2015
Why would you say that getting a loan online is a scam? What about places like Lending tree? There's legit.
web posted August 5, 2015
I am so tired of so many of my friends who are Black saying they are Democrats simply because they are black. It is ok for the African Americans to wear Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts, Wear North Face coats, drive Mercedes or BMW's, and it is "ok" now to be Republicans. Don't listen to society tell you that simply Because you are Black, you "have" to be a Democrat.

In all seriousness, I don't know how any TRUE Christian can support a Democratic ticket of today, when they advocate Planned Parenthood and support late term abortion. No TRUE christian would support that. I will ALEAYS vote "Morality" over "monetary". Todays Democrats are not the Democrats of our Grandparents FDR generation.
web posted August 4, 2015
Encouraging to read about the response to the head on collision .  Good job emergency crews!!
web posted August 4, 2015
I personally do not think Greg Anderson had an agenda or did anything bad for Edgefield Schools. I think he had a major clean up job to do.  People have short memories. I know there are some (or maybe one) that have some grudge against him, but I just want to thank him for his hard work. That is not an easy job. I understand about the accreditation issue and maybe that is part of his resigning. Who knows. How do people know whether he was working on it or not?  Somee seem to know everything about it . Anyway, hopefully Edgefield schools can move forward in a  positive direction.

I know folks do not like the charter school we have. So be it. But in one state that has many charter schools, many of those schools are ratedt as the best performing schools academically in that state.  They are amazing schools with long, long waiting lists. I wish SC as a whole could get on top of their academics. GA, SC and others are still some of the lower performing schools in the country. Common Core is definitely not the way to go so at least we are headed in a better direction than that!
web posted August 4, 2015
Its great that the Chairwomen listen to the EMS channel and congratulates the service of members of law enforcement. The EMS and Law enforcement do a great job given the tools they have. Does she listen when the hospital sends out transport after transport to Greenwood? Does she know how many times? Does she know that it takes a hour and 15 minutes one way for a patient that on most occasion could be transported the next day.  Greenwood is not a level 1 trauma center no doctor is going to see them in the middle of the night however the hospital send patients out the highest 911 in the county. I don't know why EMS takes patients to the ER just to have them call back to send them to another hospital. It is just dumb to take the EMS service out of the county for non-emergent care. It leaves this county without emergency services because a ER doctor can't provide care till the next day.

The wreck that you heard , did she also hear that the 2 truck came from McCormick that the 3 rd Truck put on the Westside goes off duty at 9pm. Why in the world did they put it out on the westside, The higher calls come from Johnston and south 121.  Did they try the pager system that County Council approved from the previous Administrator? How did that work!

Editor's note: I do not monitor EMS, just fire and law enforcement. I knew you could find negative things to say.
web posted August 4, 2015
RE Greg Anderson
I wish they would tell us more about what's wrong with him. I know you and him are friends, can you tell us?

Editor's note: I cannot tell you what I do not know.
web posted August 4, 2015
Who would go to a website to apply for a loan? That's got scam written all over it! Of course you're going to be approved so they can get your bank account number. Can you tell us the name of the website? I'd like to check it out.

Editor's note: No.
web posted August 4, 2015
Being able to get an EMT Certificate in Edgefield County is great. Not having to travel to Greenwood will encourage locals to sign up and then maybe go to work for the county.
web posted August 4, 2015
I am so, so happy about the new urgent care facility in North Augusta. After having a miserable experience at the little yellow one on Knox Ave (can’t remember the name and don’t want to) I am glad we have other options. This is the new way of medicine these days, as primary care doctors are so over booked  and Obamacare is causing a lot of doctors to either quit or retire. I have heard very good things about the University Hospital urgent care in North Augusta, ie the doctors etc.  Other options nearby are CVS care clinic, Wal Mart care clinic etc.  It is just nice to have one connected to University Hospital if that is one’s hospital of choice.  I would avoid the little yellow one though, as the care was dismal and the billing was done incorrectly. It took over a year to get money I had overpaid , and at one time was told maybe it would be easier to forget about it. Hmmmm.
web posted August 3, 2015
People are always crying buy local, support the small business owners. Well went to town to have lunch in town (Sunday). Wanted a Sandwich or burger. Every restaurant on the square was closed. If you want people to support your business then be open.
web posted August 3, 2015
It's a wonderful day for Edgefield County Schools now that Anderson is gone, along with Strom. These 2 did irreparable damage to the district to accomplish their own personal agendas! Staff can now take a deep breath without fear of being the next target!
web posted August 3, 2015
I sure hope Edgefield County schools can find someone qualified and honest to be Superintendent. Maybe some of those that are complaining so much can find a good, qualified candidate. Maybe they will step up and do something rather than complain. Now is the time! Just avoid anyone who is racially charged and wants to show cronyism to her fellow, racially charged group of folks.  Been there, done that!  Be wise.
web posted August 3, 2015
University opens Prompt Care
I've always said that the Edgefield Hospital needed to do this in Merriwether. Probably too late to do one now.
web posted August 3, 2015
Einstein developed proved this remarkable formula;
Energy = Mass x Speed of Light squared.
A brilliant genius as we all know.

Another lesser known of Einstein's formulas determined:   If you were to strip naked and run around in a circle at the speed of 298 KM/sec (the speed of light) it could be possible for you to [have intercourse with] yourself.....!

Should you determine you are not physically capable of achieving that speed at your age, you can easily accomplish the same result by voting Democratic in the Nov. 8, 2016 election.
web posted August 3, 2015
Republicans in Maine are celebrating an epic victory with their successful welfare reformation and Democrats are not happy about it. This is incredible.

Governor Paul LePage of Maine passed a measure last year that requires recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program to complete a certain number of work, job-training, or volunteer hours in order to be eligible for assistance.
web posted August 3, 2015
This is what retirees do to amuse themselves until happy hour...
'Draw a Stick Man'.
Just draw a stick man, nothing else required. You have to try it. Use your mouse to draw.
Follow instructions... http://www.drawastickman.com/index.htm

Editor's note: After having to draw the stick man a key I knew I would be there a while for nothing.
web posted August 3, 2015
Senate to vote Monday to defund Planned Parenthood, first step in renewed battle

Editor's note: Keep praying. That's what the prayer rally was about in Augusta.
web posted August 3, 2015
Confederate flag supporters rally in Georgia
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. –  Hundreds of Confederate battle flags were waving in a Stone Mountain, Ga., parking lot on Saturday, at a rally in support of the controversial symbol.
web posted August 3, 2015
I am sorry for Edgefield schools that Greg Anderson is retiring because he has been a good leader. I am concerned about him, though, and hope his health issues improve. I would imagine the job is very stressful and thankless in many ways. I want to thank him for all the hard work he has done through his life .  I wish he and his family all the best in the future.
web posted August 1, 2015
Please help readers understand the resignation of Greg Anderson as school superintendent.  Is there another person who has been brought in to do the job until Anderson "retires" in four months?  Is this because he was not certified by the state?  Did this mean possible sanctions and loss of accreditation?  What does this mean to the tax payer in terms of money for salaries? 

Editor's note: Read the press release again. He is taking another position right now and someone else is stepping in while a search for a replacement is underway. It answers all your questions.
web posted August 1, 2015
The "surprise" announcement at 11 at night by Mr. Covar that Greg Anderson was stepping down has obviously been in the works for a while, because they already had his replacement lined up, meaning they have known about it for a while. I have been unable to find anything in the previous comments by either Mr. Covar or Greg Anderson pointing out that the Superintendent was not qualified and was supposed to be working on alternative certification in order to continue in his role of Superintendent and there was certainly no public comments as to the fact he had not completed the alternative certification. Some have reported that the District was faced with possibly losing accreditation because of the lack of Certifications on the part of Greg Anderson and purportedly another District Office Administrator. If you access the State of South Carolina Department of Education website, you will see that the Superintendent of Edgefield County Schools and the
Special Education Director were not properly certified and the District was warned by the State. You will also see a listing of other communications between the State Education people and the Edgefield County School District regarding various people without certification, expired certifications, and the schools where  employed at the time of the report. Merriweather M.S. for example was warned about having an uncertified staffer and no GT Program. Thurmond had two administrative assistants not properly certified.
web posted August 1, 2015
I am so sorry to learn that Greg Anderson feels he must retire due to health reasons.  He has been such a true and loyal  supporter of Strom Thurmond High as well as Edgefield County.  We will miss you Greg.  Thanks for all you have done.  We love you..
web posted August 1, 2015
Reply to: All this outrage from animal rights groups about the killing of the lion in Africa.

There are more issues in this world than just those that seem to concern you most. Trophy hunters are animal murderers. That man should have to hide and his business should go broke. Time and time again it has held true that those who do not care for animals are not the best people. Animals cannot speak for themselves, humans can.
web posted August 1, 2015
Don't be sidetracked by the death of this lion in Africa. Planned Parenthood and their practices, plus abortion as a whole, should be the outrage in this country. People seem to have some idea that giving an animal a human name, or even just naming it, somehow gives humanness to the animal. Animals are animals. Humans are created in the image of God. We need to remember the difference. I love animals, primarily dogs. They are loyal. They give us companionship. Sometimes they are helpless and should never be mistreated. However, lets keep perspective on the difference between humans and animals.  They are not equals.  Abortions take millions of human lives a year. That is murder. They talk about a woman's right with her body. Well, if she is pregnant , there is another body that has the same rights she does. We are guaranteed the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"  yet there are many being denied the right to live.  Why is that so hard to believe?  It is because of selfishness and a disregard for God and Who He is.  Rather than a mother choosing to murder her own child, how about responsible birth control in the first place? Abortion is not birth control...call it what it is, murder. This country better wake up.
web posted August 1, 2015
Well, well, well.  It is great to know that the 'good ole boy' system is alive and well within the Edgefield County School District.  What a coincidence that Mr. Anderson's 'health problems' came just as he finished his third year as superintendent without the proper credentials.  A fourth year of this would have caused the district to lose accreditation.  This may not seem important to many people but one of the main results of losing accreditation would have been that this year's seniors would not have been able to receive diplomas.  As a parent of a child at STHS, I am glad that he is out and Dr. McMullen is an excellent choice to lead our schools.

As the board members begin a search for a permanent superintendent, I hope that they take into account the importance of hiring someone with the proper credentials.  It makes me sick to think that the past few years of drama could have been avoided if they had only hired David Mathis when Dr. Wall retired.  He certainly has had the 'intestinal fortitude' to lead the Saluda School District to be one of the best in the state.

Editor's note: Maybe David will put in for this one.
web posted August 1, 2015
Michael Almond Bio University of South Carolina
I know you are a gamecock fan so I thought you’d like to know that Merriwether’s Michael Almond will be playing for USC!

Editor's note: Good for him. He went to Merriwether Elem and Middle Schools. He kicked for the MMS football team and we have done stories on him in the past I was told.
web posted August 1, 2015
I know that Greg was having health issues, I didn't know they were this bad. We should all pray for him.
web posted August 1, 2015
It was great news to read that Carlos Milanes was taking the job as CEO full time. He's done a great job. I can't believe all the things he's done in just a few months. Funny how you don't see all those bad mouthing the county council and the new board as not knowing what they were doing and the hospital was going to close. I wonder what crow tastes like?
web posted July 31, 2015
Good for the lady who reported the scam. If indeed it is “Mexicans”  I would doubt they will track them, but who knows. The main thing is not to fall for anything so obviously crooked. The IRS does not call you, they will notify you by mail.  Even then be sure to check it out. Don't send money to anyone. Also, be careful not to give out personal information of any kind over the phone-your living situation, whether you are handicapped, etc. It makes you more vulnerable. Any call like that should just be hung up on. If you are worried, contact the IRS directly, or if you cannot reach them,  check with local law enforcement and ask them what to do. Don't allow anyone to bully you.
web posted July 31, 2015
RE: sick and twisted
What I have read is that he sent the e-mails to an adult bragging about what he did- Now if he sent them to a child he could be arrested- Now that the police have told him to stay away - do not text this lady & he does then he could be arrested- I agree that he is sick- but until he breaks the law nothing the police can do I will say in the state of Ga if you arrested  what he did you can not be on the phone or computer- I do not know SC law on this-
He is being watch now closely I bet-
web posted July 31, 2015
Re: sick and twisted
This guys shouldn't be allowed to have anything electronic. To brag about what he's done just makes him even sicker.
web posted July 31, 2015
All this outrage from animal rights groups about the killing of the lion in Africa. Yes, it is too bad but what in the world is wrong with this picture?  We are routinely killing babies in this country , and now we learn that Planned Parenthood is harvesting organs and body parts from the dead babies and selling them .  Where is the outrage from the left? This poor guy that shot the lion had to go into hiding? What kind of people are these animal rights radicals?  I think it is a shame to be so focused on the animals of the world and not focused on valuing human life. So twisted!!!!

Editor's note: To them, people are the problem.
web posted July 31, 2015
What's That Sound?
"What is that sound?" a woman asked at our nature center.

"It's the frogs trilling for a mate," Patti, the naturalist, explained. "We have a pair in the science room.
 But since they've been together for so long, they no longer sing to each other."

The woman nodded sympathetically, "The trill is gone."
web posted July 31, 2015
I felt so bad for the elderly woman that was targeted by the scammers. To hear her tell it it must have been very scary until she figured it out. Thank you Edgefield Daily for reporting on the scams so that people like her can figure it out pretty quick.
web posted July 31, 2015
Re: Murder Victim's House Targeted for Theft again
Stealing from the dead is pretty low. That’s almost as bad as stealing from a church!
web posted July 31, 2015
Re: Sick and twisted
I think he should have been arrested.  He has a record for being a sex offender!!
web posted July 30, 2015
The conspiracy theories about Fox Creek are hilarious. Goodness, a simple question to someone who knew what was going on was all it took. I am glad they are able to expand. It isn't affecting tax dollars from Edgefield County so what difference does it make?  Fox Creek is not under Edgefield County Schools.  My guess is that if or when they open either a middle school or an elementary school, it will be in the news. After all , it is hard to do something like that “undercover” and they would be recruiting students. Seriously people, get a life.
web posted July 30, 2015
You know if you'd give the TV stations a heads up on stuff like the plane crash they'd give you credit and free advertising.

Editor's note: I did, they didn't
web posted July 30, 2015
Club 21 is nothing but trouble. Every time they open a club its guns, fights, and shootings.
web posted July 30, 2015
“That’s the liberal way of silencing free speech”…Boy , do I agree with that poster! This politically correct junk is what is causing Trump to soar in the polls. He doesn't have to be afraid of offending anyone or losing donors. I hope it is teaching other candidates to stand up and tell the truth.  It is like Trump is teaching folks what people in the country want to hear.

Governor Huckabee is following lead (although I believe he would be speaking out for Israel no matter what) and has spoken out about Israel and this nuclear deal with Iran. He is absolutely correct in comparing it to the Holocaust but is getting criticized.  What amazes me is that Jews are criticizing him and saying that he should not dishonor the Holocaust . What????  The goal of the memorials etc is to never forget. Have they forgotten?  He is stating the truth. The goal of Iran is to annihilate  Israel. What was the goal of the Holocaust?  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck it is probably a duck. People who do not agree with the Governor are blind to history and the real threat in the Middle East.

Ted Cruz is speaking the truth about what is going on in the Senate. Things are no different than when Harry Reid was in charge. Since the Republicans have had control of the Senate and House, what has happened to change anything? Think about it. Nothing.  The shame of the left, and the fear of the attacks of the left, have caused people to stand back. They have bullied everyone into being quiet, standing back etc and we have lost this country. We would have been speaking Russian or German, but the fear now is that we will be speaking Arabic.
web posted July 30, 2015
The towns need to find a better cable company next time the renew the contracts.

Editor's note: I think Northland is all there is.
web posted July 30, 2015
Not sure what the “Yankeeland” cable company is but you know, there is always satellite TV. The cable we have does not require a contract. Both Dish and Direct TV offer some really good deals . Just a thought.
web posted July 30, 2015
God Whispers.
web posted July 30, 2015
If you are going to talk about foreign policy with Obama supporters, always remember this.
Most of them believe that "Iran"   is what they did after they robbed the local liquor store.
web posted July 30, 2015
A little ironic in these days to call our military  “armed forces”. I guess they are as long as they are not in their own country.  I heard someone say “the sitting ducks should be the shooting ducks”.  How truly ridiculous and dangerous some of these liberal ideas are. Notice where most shootings take place-no gun zones like schools, military bases and now recruiting sites.  It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.
web posted July 29, 2015
Re: Sick and Twisted texts
Sick and twisted doesn't even come close. Was he trying to pick her up with this stuff? He's texting a woman and telling her he likes "little girls"? Somebody needs to put up signs at his house warning people.
web posted July 29, 2015
Sick and twisted
Can he be charged for some of what he said?

Editor's note: I don't know.
web posted July 29, 2015
I have heard that FCHS is trying to stay under the radar with their project they have going on . I have heard its the K thru 8 school they have been wanting but I also have heard they are building a Fox Creek junior college also . I did see a group of them selling doughnuts at Walmart the other day so there is no telling.
web posted July 29, 2015
RE: Fox Creek
Here is what I was told:

They are adding more classrooms, a new gym, band&art rooms and a new commons/lunch area. And a new computer room. Most of the land clearing is for storm water control.

Looks like a mighty big project, good for them.
web posted July 29, 2015
I am so happy we have that wonderful "Yankee"land Cable.otherwise I would lose service on a regular basis, including channels like the major sports network, on the day they have ACC coaches. I mean, who wants to watch anything about college football. silly me. it seems we don't warrant a full time service tech for Edgefield or Saluda so we have to wait for them to come to the area on a Tuesday or Thursday. It's now late Tuesday and the channel is still out and taken another one hostage with it. lovely. A call to the semi non existent customer service revealed that issue was in Greenwood- NOT Edgefield, and the ONE TECH that works on that problem is - ON VACATION!, so instead of having someone to cover for said employee, they had to call someone in from another area and are "working on it". Even though it's just a few cents on your cable bill, call and tell them you want credit for your inability to get channels you pay for, they have to credit your bill, let them know this is not acceptable! boy, sure happy that the renewed the contract with that wonderful company.
web posted July 29, 2015
Re:It's good to see you covering some Saluda stuff for a change.
The name of this page is Edgefield daily. So it mainly cover Edgefield. If you want Saluda covered start Saluda daily.

Editor's note: It was a story they needed help with. So we covered it.
web posted July 29, 2015
sick and twisted texts
What a sick sick sick individual...
web posted July 29, 2015
RE: "You may or may not love Donald Trump but it warmed the shackles of my heart to see him shut up that “reporter” from MSNBC on Thursday."

There are people like that in our sate and county.  They say what is on the minds of others who think it but won't say because they are afraid of what people will say, especially those that will twist the words so that they are offended.  Then you have those that say, oh they should say that, that may offend someone.  That's the liberal way of silencing free speech. They know they can't infringe on your right to free speech by censorship, they just use the new tactic-shame them into not saying anything. Glad to see those Trumps, at least someone is watching out for us.  If we relied on those that say someone may be offended, we' d probably be speaking German or Russian by now.
web posted July 28, 2015
I was job searching on the One Stop page and saw a couple of ads for jobs at the Johnston Family Dollar. The dates are current but does anyone know if it's reopening. I don't want to give my information and end up being scammed.

Editor's note: Call the store. They have not sent me an ad.
web posted July 28, 2015
Any idea what is being built beside the FCHS?   We thought new subdivision at first but the land is showing to be owned by FCHS.

Editor's note: I have no clue.
web posted July 28, 2015
I just wanted to say that with the treatments you are going through and everything else that is associated with it, I think it is amazing that you have been able to keep up with the basic demands of EdgefieldDaily and what is involved each day to bring us the news of our county and Wandering Minds. Thank you for still thinking of your readers and prayers for healing as you go through this difficult time.

Editor's note: Thank you for reading.
web posted July 28, 2015
Don't you just love liberals? So quick to say something about wrong doers being Christian etc. I just have to wonder what this world would be like if all of a sudden all the true Christians were gone (will happen one day). People think things are bad now? Just wait and see what it is like in the future.  One must remember (but many won’t because they unfortunately dismiss God)  that God is a just God. People can dismiss Him but that is just so sad for them. He loves them and wants a relationship with them but they need to recognize that they need Him .  We live in amazing times.  One day…   all will understand but for some it will be too late. That is just so heart breaking. 
web posted July 28, 2015
If you add up all the percentages of those running against Trump, you have a lot of people that are interested in someone other than Trump. That tells you that if the rest of the Republicans could get behind someone who is actually a leader who has some experience in governing, there would actually be some hope.  As much as Trump changes his positions on things, all I can say is we need to be wise. Sometimes we jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Those old sayings have so much truth in them.
web posted July 28, 2015
Did you see this?  Bold statement from La Gov Jindal.
I think a lot of people may agree.
web posted July 28, 2015
Congrats to LTC David Mason, Jr. getting his degree. Always good to read good news about a local making it high up in the military. 
web posted July 28, 2015
Why do we have so many sex offenders in the county? Is it because we're a small county and they think they can hide better? I guess I should say accused sex offenders. I read about them getting arrested but never convicted.

Editor's note: They do get convicted, it just takes a while with our slow moving court system.
web posted July 28, 2015
Now that they've done the interviews for county administrator when are they going to pick one.

Editor's note: They interviewed three I think. They have about a dozen more to talk to in order to narrow it down to two or three.
web posted July 28, 2015
It's good to see you covering some Saluda stuff for a change. There's a lot that goes on that no one ever says a word about.
web posted July 28, 2015
This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable..

A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
"Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty.. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser." That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"   
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome 's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."   
"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.."   
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant.       Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome .
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.
And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."
"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.
Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me."
"Oh, really! What'd he say ?"
He said: "Who in their right mind would have cut your hair?"
web posted July 28, 2015
I don't know much about the Sheriff’s department or the leadership. I would imagine the resources are spread pretty thin as this is a big area and so much of it is pretty rural. I, too, am bothered by all the child molesters and the recent shootings. Drugs is a big issue everywhere these days.  I thought folks were unhappy with the Johnston police situation a while back. Maybe my memory is not serving me correctly.

One good thing is that all the crime reported is crime that has been stopped. To me that says things are being done. If it wasn't caught, reported etc. then where we would be? It is kind of hard to do much until something happens unless there are clues that something is going on.

One thing for sure-don't open your door to anyone at 1:00 in the morning. Actually, don't open your door to anyone unless you know them. Don't put yourself out there online in ways you can get hurt.  Don't give out personal information over the phone. And maybe some people need to find new boyfriends who won’t get their house shot up.  Sometimes we just need to be our own advocates and try to avoid bad things .
web posted July 27, 2015
Maybe you need to do a contest to liven things up.

Editor's note: Maybe so. Let me get through my next treatment next Monday.
web posted July 27, 2015
You may or may not love Donald Trump but it warmed the shackles of my heart to see him shut up that “reporter” from MSNBC on Thursday. I wish more candidates would be like that with the press. I don't know what kind of President Trump would be, but he is resonating because he is saying exactly what a lot of country loving Americans feel and have been feeling. The John McCain comment was uncool, but the border issue is being blown out of the water thanks to him. I sure hope he takes on the Iran nuclear deal.  We have a country being run by a small group of narcissistic socialists. I love that term! If one  doesn't  know what that is , then they probably are one.
web posted July 27, 2015
The establishment is scared to death of him.
Fearing Walker and Trump....
web posted July 27, 2015
New Immigrant Citizens Won’t Have To Bear Arms To Defend U.S. If Called Upon
If they really want to, immigrants who want to become U.S. Citizens might be able to leave out a few sentences from the citizenship oath. No biggie, right?

The Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is planning on telling folks that they’re able to omit some key sections of the oath if they have any religious objections.

Here’s the oath, with the “omit-able” part

    I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

The phrase that may be omitted is a reference to the draft, which all 18-year-old males are required to register for.

The agency is taking “feedback” on the new “guidance” before making the change official.

This amounts to citizenship without allegiance, which sounds like something liberals and Democrats have been supporting for some time.
web posted July 27, 2015
It's a slow day in a little Greek Village.
The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted.
Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a $100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the $100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the $100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the tavern. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him
"services" on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the $100 note.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 note back on the counter just as the traveler comes back down the stairs. He picks up his $100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the Greek bailout package works.
web posted July 27, 2015
Was in town between 7and 8pm tonight (Sat). Both police and Sheriff dept. Cars were driving around with lights and siren's. Who were they looking for? Saw them in 3 different spots doing

Editor's note: I think they were helping trying to find the missing elderly man from Aiken.
web posted July 27, 2015
The  truth is out there.
web posted July 27, 2015
Ted Cruz gets it! I'm liking him more and more each day.
web posted July 27, 2015
With shootings now happening fairly common place in Edgefield County, and burglaries & larcenies being reported daily, what is the Sheriff directing his employees to do? Or is he? Looks like business as usual riding around in pretty cloths, which is sad for the citizens of Edgefield County. The county law enforcement has good deputies, but it definitely needs new leadership! Here is a clue, if you do the same thing the same way over and over you should not expect a different result. The citizens are ready for a different result with less burglaries, less larcenies, and little to no shootings. Maybe Johnston P. D. can move into the county and offer some leadership.
web posted July 25, 2015
It makes me ill to see another little girl molested by a full grown man. You can't replace her innocence.