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Editor's post: I have nothing to add to the conversation below. I may have left out a couple comments, if so I will place them on Monday. I'm in a hurry to start a long night of much needed sleep. Have a great weekend.

web  posted December 20, 2014

I would like to thank Mr. Chris Aston and Mr. Lee William for the work they put in to the Edgefield Boy Scout Troop 30 Honors Ceremony. I am so proud of these boys for all the hard work they put into earning their badges. Mr. Aston and Mr. Lee are exemplary role models for these boys and have done wonderful thing for my son’s self esteem and workmanship. Thank you for all you do.
web  posted December 20, 2014
Too bad the woman that caught the burglar did not get injured and if law enforcement even catches him the jury members from Edgefield County will only let him go to do more harm.  It’s happened too many times.
web  posted December 20, 2014
I couldn't believe the responses  to the Council's information requests as reported in the Wandering Minds section!  The hospital has a chance to repair administrative damages such as top heavy administrative and support staff , mend and restore employee confidence to the level before the new CEO took over, and streamline and prepare for the new requirements of Obama care facing the health care industry now.  It will take a special person [Acting or newly hired] who not only has the academic qualifications; but, well known to the ECH staff and community leaders and  has knowledge of the hospital procedures and policies and the ability to listen to Department Heads who know first hand how to run their departments efficiently to turn ECH around.  It is quite evident to me that Tim Williams, HR and any positions hired by the former administration are not knowledgeable in their respective career fields and poor dress codes demonstrate lack of respect for the positions they now hold at ECH not withstanding not even being able to understand the scope of information being requested is proof positive  that no progress can be adequately be made in bringing back or preparing for future success at ECH.  As long as ties to former administrators exist, there is an ever present and  underlying threat to new leadership that could be remedied by a RIF.
web  posted December 20, 2014
Re: shaken baby
I agree that even a rookie cop could've made an arrest in that case in a few days. My question is why is it taking our great new police chief so long to do anything? Is he that busy trying to run from his own [removed] problems? Humm?
web  posted December 20, 2014
Before moving down here I was a police chief in another town in another state. I held that position for 18 years of my 33 years career in law enforcement. I don't know what the laws or policies are for local law enforcement, but neither I nor any other officer could enter giveaways, raffles or play the lotto. That our Police Chief entered the contest is bad enough. Accepting the prize makes it much worse IMHO [in my humble opinion].
web  posted December 20, 2014
I hope you are getting the proper rest the doctor is prescribing to you and may God Bless you and your family this Holiday Season!

My Comment/Concern is to the idiot varsity girl basketball coach (Settles) referring to the girls as "not being very good right now" No ma'am you are a sorry behind coach and you need to sit down, oh wait you do that the entire game along with your assistant coaches and the team managers! All of you all need to be fired/replaced Every last one of those girls have potential, but you coach kill their spirits and mess up their vibes. Like the other person on here stated if this was football and their coach wasn't up to par then the whole entire administrative staff would be fire, but since this is basketball and nobody really cares it's put on the back burner. The North Augusta game on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 really just took the cake, yes they were losing the first half, but those girls came back out ready to play and it could've been a close game, but the "coach" sat down all her starting players in the entire fourth quarter instead of subbing them out one by one, in my opinion she gave up on those girls like she always does, then she sat there "bored". I honestly feel sorry for the Lady Rebels because they want to win they have the potential and they have that drive, they just don't have the coach! God Bless Strom Thurmond High School.

http://strebels.org/2014/12/16/strom-thurmond-high-school-varsity-basketball-falls-to-north-augusta-high-school-35-66/
web  posted December 19, 2014
I would like to applaud my hardworking father, husband, friends, and Dr. Mims for doing an outstanding job replacing the back wall of the old Edgefield Advertiser building. The wall looks tremendous!
web  posted December 19, 2014
I attended the Council/Board Meeting last Monday and I was embarrassed for the lack of professional dress code worn by the Controller and Tim Williams, HR.  Also, they did not seem to answer the questions that Councilman Rodney Ashcraft wanted answered. Jacobs only spoke about $200,000 refund for meaningful use which is an entirely different subject that the $200,000+ that was refunded from medicare due to (supposedly stated by an administrator no longer there now); that a paper was not filed on time. Next the excuse was given that ECH didn’t qualify with enough inpatient admissions.  That was the money [Ashcraft] was asking about NOTHING ABOUT MEANINGFUL USE MONEY.  Also Tim Williams, HR stated only 3 new hires existed.  [Untruths],  Under the former CFO, she needed a Controller with a CPA (Got her); General Accountant with Bus Degree; Executive secretary hired for CNO and CFO, Promotion and 2 new positions Customer Service Manager and Customer Assistant; Director of Cash Accounts (former Controller); Cashier for Cafeteria (because the Business Office was moved downtown.  [Councilman Ashcraft], Edgefield County applauds you, Genia Blackwell and Dean Campbell for demanding the truth.  Tim Williams, Henry, Alva you are weak Board Members and I wouldn’t trust you to lead anything.  You only know what you are told, you don’t ask and search for information that effects the hospital SHAME ON Y’all.
web  posted December 19, 2014
To the editor
Take all the time you need to get well. That's what matters most! We need you healthy!
web  posted December 19, 2014
Has the Johnston Police Chief made an arrest about the baby which was beaten by unfound person
or persons? And Edgefield county wonders why no decent industry will relocate to this county.
Look around on any given sunny day in Johnston..and you will see too many mamas and their babies walking
to town..in town and though town. Meanwhile down Edisto street are all the babies' daddies passing around the little brown bag while warming up against the burn barrel. Isn't burning in Johnston town limits illegal? And..the dumb voters elected a guy to be mayor who has a hard time telling the truth. Plus...Johnston can boast having the most resident sex offenders in the county. And the World traveling Johnston Mayor boasted before being elected by [dummies]..."he was going to bring tourism to Johnston." How's that 'Job Fair' working out Mr. Mayor? You can fool some of the people some of the time..but you can't fool us all... Mr. World Traveling Mayor. But..then what to expect from a Democrap who is Mayor and president of the local Democrap Party?
web  posted December 19, 2014
The Soldier's Christmas Poem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F73TrMcdaCk&sns=em
web  posted December 19, 2014
It starts now.
Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits program to illegal immigrants
http://humanevents.com/2014/12/17/obama-opens-fraud-ridden-benefits-program-to-illegal-immigrants-2/?utm_source=hedaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl
web  posted December 19, 2014
A good explanation of what we seee and don't see
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670841776267356&fref=nf

Editor's note: What pitiful acting. What you don't see? Blood and gore from getting shot 3 times in the chest at point blank range. These type "videos" are faked for those who have an IQ of a doorknob.
web  posted December 19, 2014
Editor's post: I have been ordered 24 to 48 hours of bed rest. I have posted a few comments because I wanted to place my comment for today. I would like to thank our youngest daughter for not only cleaning our house while we spent the day at the hospital. Not only that, but she cleaned and sanitized our bedroom, bed, and bathroom. I would also like to wish her a very happy 23rd birthday today. She has been so selfless during this past year taking time off from classes to take me to appointments, running errands or anything else we ask her to do (sometimes doing things we did not even ask her to do). Happy Birthday Pooh. We love you so very much!
web  posted December 18, 2014
We are praying for the Editor and his bride today. We hope this is the beginning of the end of his journey with all the pain and suffering. We hope he can take the time he needs to heal and get back to normal, or some sense of normal.
 
As far as the winner of the Tidwell contest, I say good for him. He has a tough job, especially these days, and is a public servant. I do not see a conflict of interest in any way. I am sure it was not rigged or manipulated.
 
The police today, no matter what race they are, are in tough situations. The rule of law is not followed by our leaders and that trickles down to the society they lead. The anger toward police and the lack of respect for law enforcement is not a good thing. The incidents that currently are in the news, and frankly in our faces every day, would not have happened if there had not been a disrespect of the officers. I know there is more to it, but still the deaths would not have occurred in the way they did. I pray for our police. I pray they are fair, just and safe. We need them. Think what it would be like without them.
web  posted December 18, 2014
RE: "Mr. Anderson is not certificated to be the Superintendent of our students. We require our teachers to be certificated, so why not the individual responsible for them. The fact that he is now going to be on the TERI system is upsetting. This is not why the TERI system was started and a clear money grab. Also, since he was the school attorney and on the district pay role for many years, I assume that he is now going to receive state retirement based on his 3 highest years. This will be a good retirement for 3 years work. All of this is very interesting when you look at all the pieces."

Someone who has a lot of inside info.  Has Waites' fingerprints all over it.  He's known to leak information from Executive Session.  Isn't that illegal?  Obviously the person he's leaking too is not very versed in anything accept rumor mongoring.  Wasn't Mr. Anderson's law firm contracted by the school district? If so, he more than likely didn't receive the benefit package district employees would receive. If you also look at how many years he had a law practice, he probably took a significant pay cut to clean up a mess.  That's called real public service.  Could you imagine if Waites were Superintendent? We'd be back to where we were three years ago, maybe even worse.
web  posted December 18, 2014
Even though it is almost 2015, some employers still only see color instead of how well a person does a job. They would rather give it to someone who is white and no experience than give it to someone of color who is actually doing the job. When will it end? Not in Edgefield.
web  posted December 18, 2014
$ 17000 motorcycle got stolen an abreast but $2.50 bag of chip land the man in jail. What wrong with that
Pic. That should be wrdw story. Think I'll see what I can do
web  posted December 18, 2014
American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey shares with us his description of a Policeman. This is a tribute to the men and women of law enforcement who risk their lives on a daily basis to serve and protect their fellow citizens. It’s a tough job and like most difficult jobs when things go wrong it can be really tragic. Perhaps we could make their job a little easier by behaving better as a society.
http://biggeekdad.com/2014/12/policeman/
web  posted December 18, 2014
Editor's post: I will undergo a procedure today and I may not be able to work tonight. If that is the case, there will be no updates for Thursday. For those who are praying, please pray that things go well and that the results that we get on Monday will be the best that they can be. Thank all of you who lift me, my bride and our family up in prayer. I cannot put into words how much it means to me and our family. God Bless all of you.
web  posted December 17, 2014
Since the person criticizing the editor for his typo is so concerned about correct writing skills, I am sure they would want to make a correction to their own writing. They made a statement saying, “When you chose to invade a families privacy…”  Actually, in context,  it should be corrected to read, “When you chose to invade a family’s privacy…” You see, you are talking about a family,  which is singular. You are not talking about two or more families,  which would be plural.  An apostrophe and the “s” are added to the singular word  “family” to make it possessive.  You are talking about something that belongs to one family, i.e. their privacy.   The word “families” is the plural form of the word “family”.   Now, normally I would not correct something someone else has written  because that is  not my job, it is unkind, and I certainly am not above making my own grammar or spelling errors.  However, due to the intense desire of this critic for correctness from the Editor,  I could not let the critic’s  error go unnoticed or uncorrected.  This does not appear to be a simple typo, as the Editor’s was,  but rather a grammatical error. There is a big difference.

I am just saying that it is easy to point out problems with others but always remember…when we point at someone, we have three fingers pointing back at ourselves.   The focus should be on helping the family of the child who died, not coming down on the Editor for a typo.  The Editor would not have made that error on purpose. Seriously, who would do anything like that?  People have compassion and concern for a family that is dealing with a tragedy.  It is really unfortunate to see someone accused of wrong just because of a typo. Compassionate people feel badly enough for this family without being accused of doing something to hurt them. Think about it.
web  posted December 17, 2014
RE: Giveaway
I read where [Johnston Police] Chief Robinson won the grand prize at Tidwell's. I don't think that's right because that a business in the town he is serving as Chief and he's the one investigating the burglary there. I'm not saying the contest was rigged or anything like that, I just don't think he should be able to accept the prize because he's Chief.

Editor's note: I received three comments on this so I will answer the longest one rather than all three. I have checked and there is no law that forbids him from entering the contest. The drawing is always done by a small child and his entry was pulled as the winner.
web  posted December 17, 2014
I notice you use the terms "day 3" sometimes when you talk about being in pain. I know this has been going on pretty much all year so what does "day3" mean? Just curious.

Editor's note: As part of my ongoing treatment and pain management I were pain medication in the form of a patch. Each patch is to be changed out every 72 hours, or three days. On the third day the patches do not seem to be much help and the level of pain I suffer from increases. As a result, I am forced to take more pain medication in the form of pills and I am limited on how many I can take at a time. This too means the level of pain I suffer from is worse. When I speak with my bride and inform her about hurting so bad I will usually just say it is just another "day 3".
web  posted December 17, 2014
Does Fox Creek High School have financial troubles again? Is it about to go under? The South Carolina Public Charter School District has listed on its October 2014 Agenda that can be found at: http://www.sccharter.org/Default.asp?PN=DocumentUploads&L=2&DivisionID=12569&DepartmentID=13204&LMID=546181&ToggleSideNav=DepartmentOnly that Josh Trahan, Principal asked for the advancement of funds so the school can stay in operation and pay its employees. I have heard that Fox Creek is changing payroll from the 25th to the 30th of each month also. Are these financial problems and being unable to pay their bills without advancements of funds from their school district the reason they are not able to build Phase II that Mr. Trahan lied back in September 2013 http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20130919/STAR02/130919376 saying "The anticipated time line for the building is eight to 12 months, and the school plans to see students in the new facility as early as fall of next year (2014)." That was nearly a year and a half ago. Is it because Sherolyn Bishop is the new Treasurer of the Board and she doesn't pay her property taxes? http://www.edgefieldcountysc.com/search.aspx Someone please tell us what is going on at that school.
web  posted December 17, 2014
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1. Robin Williams
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3. World Cup
4. Outlook 365
5. Black Friday 2014
6. NFL Draft
7. Blackboard USC
8. Self Service Carolina
9. Donald Sterling
10. ISIS

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7. What is psychology?
8. What is today?
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10. What is kik?

Top-10 News and Events for South Carolina in 2014
1. Ebola
2. World Cup
3. Black Friday 2014
4. NFL Draft
5. ISIS
6. Michael Brown Ferguson
7. Ray Rice Video
8. Malaysia Airlines
9. Superbowl 2014
10. Olympic Medal Count
web  posted December 17, 2014
Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana

Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.  The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.  Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-medical-pot-20141216-story.html

As a reminder, earlier this year, SC Governor Nikki Haley signed into law a bill allowing cannabis oil derived from marijuana to be used to treat severe epilepsy. So, this change in federal law likely applies to us here in SC.
http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/06/03/bill-cannabis-oil-epilepsy-law-sc/9932055/
web  posted December 17, 2014
Walking on beautiful clean ice in Slovakian Mountains
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WBqX7MSqWw

Editor's note: That is pretty cool.
web  posted December 17, 2014
Two Democrats on an escalator
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=783184531744134
web  posted December 17, 2014
Editor's post: I was glad to see so few comments for today. Working Monday night was a "day 3", meaning I knew it was going to be a painful day, and it has been. Very much so. Hoping today is a better day and that I may get to sleep at least 5 to 6 hours without waking up to take medications.
web  posted December 16, 2014
You'd think people would learn when they are being scammed. I know I've read 100 stories on these things. I've never gotten a call, but even if I did and never read a single story on them they'd neveer get a penny out of me!
web  posted December 16, 2014
RE:"I know Mrs. Tuten (teach with gun at school). Are they going to charge her with a felony? That seems awful harsh for a mistake."

I don't care if you know Dr. Rootin' Tuten. Does that make it excusable, because "you" KNOW her?

If a child walked into that lounge, picked up the gun, walked down the hall, showed it to little Johnny, or little Suzie, or Teacher Smith, and pulled the trigger.  Guess that would have been a little harsh for a "mistake?" DUMB MASS!
web  posted December 16, 2014
I heard you have [a medical condition].

Editor's note: Several comments come in a week stating I have certain medical conditions and most are wrong. We have not made any announcement to the public about my conditions and until then I will not allow these posts to be placed. I thank those who are concerned and offer well wishes and prayers, but let's keep it there for now.
web  posted December 16, 2014
Trey Gowdy gets standing ovation after reminding Congress that it's their job to
make law. Not the President's.
http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/88581542493/trey-gowdy-gets-standing-ovation-after-reminding
web  posted December 16, 2014
Editor's post: Good luck to everyone who entered the Tidwell Jewelers - Edgefield Daily Christmas Giveaway this year. The drawing will be held today at Tidwell's in Johnston and you do not need to be present to win. I would like to thank Danny and Linda Tidwell who make this giveaway possible every year. For all the men who wait until the last minute to do your shopping, you cannot go wrong with a gift from Tidwell's. They are more than just jewelry and have something to fit every budget. There are only 10 shopping days left counting today!
web  posted December 15, 2014
I hated to read that the teacher with the gun at MWE was a permit holder. She should know better. Mistakes do happen though. If she would have just left it in her car she would have been well within the law.

Editor's note: You are correct. I'm sure it was just an innocent mistake, but one that could not be ignored with such small children being able to just walk into the room and gain access to the gun.
web  posted December 15, 2014
If a big red bow with wire attached turned up recently at your home, please know that it was stolen off of a mailbox on Center Spring Road in Edgefield. Shame on whoever took it. Such behavior is certainly not in keeping with the season best known for giving, not taking.
web  posted December 15, 2014
RE: "Re: gun found at school.
Common sense should be one of the requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit. To bad she can't be charged for being stupid."

There's no law against being stupid.  There should be an investigation into people being scammed.  A Dr. takes a gun into school. Stupid. A Dr. on the school board cheats on his wife and is an embarrassment to his own community, and is stupid. A Dr. runs an elementary school but micro manages things to the point of alienating people in her community. Stupid.

So whoever ran the scam of giving out those doctorates sure made some money. They made thousands of dollars by making people stupid.

Editor's note: Mr. Anderson has a PhD if I am not mistaken.
web  posted December 15, 2014
SECTION 16-23-420. Possession of firearm on school property; concealed weapons.
Any person with a CWP can carry a firearm on a school campus if it is securely locked in car, glove box, etc.  They cannot carry the  weapon into school building.

"Any person" means school employees too.

Editor's note: As stated above. That is correct. The problem is she took it in the school and left it laying around.
web  posted December 15, 2014
Every day I read there's another burglary or another theft or another scam. What is this world coming to? Doesn't anybody work for a living anymore or do they just go around stealing things from people who do?
web  posted December 15, 2014
I know Mrs. Tuten (teach with gun at school). Are they going to charge her with a felony? That seems awful harsh for a mistake.

Editor's note: The charge is a felony. There may be a plea deal before court on a reduced charge. That will remain to be seen.
web  posted December 15, 2014
Please tell everyone you know to call Sen. Shane Massey and tell him we need a NEW magistrate! DON'T Reappoint that goofball again! You're judged on the things you do Shane and you gotta run again next election and everybody knows you're gonna have competition!
web  posted December 15, 2014

Joe Arpaio: Prison is like a liberal paradise
A great thought for today has been attributed to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaipo. He says, “A liberal paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive health care, free food, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does exist. It’s called a prison.”
web  posted December 15, 2014
More Cops in the News... But for a Different Reason
The media love to create -- uh... I mean cover -- stories about police officers. Well, kind of. They love to cover stories of police officers if it fits their narrative. If something happens involving a white cop doing something bad to a black person (regardless of what the black person is doing), then it's news. Based on that "journalistic standard," you may have missed the following stories:
http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/2014/12/13/more-cops-in-the-news-but-for-a-different-reason/
web  posted December 15, 2014
Editor's post: This has been a most difficult week. Again I have had to cut work short. I believe someone swapped my painkillers with sugar pills. Nothing gives me any relief.
web  posted December 13, 2014
Re: gun found at school.
Common sense should be one of the requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit. To bad she can't be charged for being stupid.
web  posted December 13, 2014
Mr. Anderson is not certificated to be the Superintendent of our students. We require our teachers to be certificated, so why not the individual responsible for them. The fact that he is now going to be on the TERI system is upsetting. This is not why the TERI system was started and a clear money grab. Also, since he was the school attorney and on the district pay role for many years, I assume that he is now going to receive state retirement based on his 3 highest years. This will be a good retirement for 3 years work. All of this is very interesting when you look at all the pieces.
web  posted December 13, 2014
RE: "My how time flies.  Just a few short years ago I sat listening at the school board meeting as Mr. Anderson read his touching 6 page “pick me” letter."

This is so Carroll Waites, or someone really close to him.  He is known to tell district employees about what goes on in executive session and this was the very argument he always threw up in any opposition to an extended contract. As for having a Masters or Doctorate to qualify for that position, having either does not make you smarter than everyone else.  Look at the doctor that just took a gun into a school. And look at Dr Waites-not exactly a brain trust.  He should also be able to comprehend that as long as he wears the Scarlet Letter, he'll never get the vote of trust by anyone in the community. We're sorry we had to re-elect him in our district, but there was no opposition. He's really been an embarrassment.
web  posted December 13, 2014
I have read a few disparaging remarks about the Athletic Director at Strom Thurmond.  I have been heavily involved with the athletics department for over a decade.  Based upon my experience, he is the best AD we have had during that time. He is constantly looking for ways to improve the Athletics department and has gone above and beyond to make the programs better.  He is only one person and can only accomplish so much in his first full year in this position.  Instead of complaining so much, why don't more parents/members of the community volunteer to help?  It's easy to complain but very few will work to help make improvements. As far as the reference to football....have you seen the improvements to the baseball area?  Football brings in most of the money and helps pay for most of the other sports, but I promise you his full focus is not football.  I know this from personal conversations and experience!!
web  posted December 13, 2014
Obama's Daughters Enjoy Gourmet Lunches at Posh School
While many public school students complain about lunchtime mush that meets White House calorie guidelines, President Barack Obama's daughters are dining on gourmet meals at a posh private school in Washington.
http://www.newsmax.com/US/first-lady-lunches-private-school/2014/12/11/id/612499/

Editor's note: You expected less from Obama?
web  posted December 13, 2014
I have lived in the Town of Johnston for 36 years until my wife passed away last year. I have moved and put my house up for sale, so it's been vacant for 11 months. My taxes when I lived there were no more than $ 600 - $ 700 a year. This morning I got a tax bill from the county and almost fainted. it was over $ 2000.00!!!! They claim that because a house is vacant they can charge the max on county taxes. In all my years I have never heard of this, and how did they know the house was vacant??? No wonder they can't get any major businesses to come here. What a rip off!!!!!
web  posted December 12, 2014
I know first hand   what the mother and father are going thru my prayers are with them at this time there are no words to say to a mother at this time all I know is that God is with you and he is holding you I lost my son 2 years ago he was 15years old so please everyone pray for this family for peace may our Lord hold you at this time .
web  posted December 12, 2014
My how time flies.  Just a few short years ago I sat listening at the school board meeting as Mr. Anderson read his touching 6 page “pick me” letter.  I came directly home, sat down at my computer and wrote to Wandering Minds to let all the good people of Edgefield know that Mr. Anderson would be selected as the next superintendent.  The board of education then proceeded spend what amounted to a years teacher's salary on a search for the next Superintendent. As reported by Edgefield Daily, http://www.edgefielddaily.com/sd032812.html , 19 candidates were narrowed down to 2.  None of which got an opportunity to read their own “pick me” letter in front of the board and the public.  In his letter Mr. Anderson spoke of how he would only serve for three years. http://www.edgefielddaily.com/sd021512.html
This is mainly due to him not having the qualifications to be a Superintendent. There was apparently an alternative way for him to serve, but only for 3 years.  Has that state mandate changed? OR Has Mr. Anderson gone back to school to get his Master’s degree? (He has a Doctorate, but in what?) Has he acquired a valid SC teaching certificate? Has he gotten his 3 years of classroom experience? Has he gotten his two years as a school administrator?  I’m guessing all those answers are no.  Will his contract extension put our district out of compliance at the state level? Compared to the great (sarcasm) Dr. Crenshaw, Mr. Anderson has done a pretty fair job as far as I can tell. Except maybe for not living up to his word of only serving 3 years. But then again, look who he got to follow.  Anyone is better than Dr. Crenshaw. I just don’t like all this good ole boy stuff that goes on in Edgefield. The board took our tax dollars and spent them knowing full well that Mr. Anderson would be selected just to cover their rear-ends. That is no good at all!
web  posted December 12, 2014
RE: dear editor (and I use the term loosely)

If you're so tired of the editors mistakes, I'm sure he will gladly refund you your paid subscription.

Also the sentence "When you choose to invade a families privacy at a time like this!" Doesn't make much. Maybe "How dare you" instead of "When". Or maybe finish it with "I feel I have to speak out and prove my ignorance", since this is public record on a police report of what occurred. Several other local news sources covered this as well. It's not an invasion of privacy, so take off the tin foil hat.
web  posted December 12, 2014
To the one complaining about an erroneous report on the baby; maybe you should try getting the news up and staying up half the night and more.  See how many typos you might make.  It's a common thing.  Not only is the editor losing sleep, but he is in constant pain.  Do you not have a caring thread in your body.  You are a bah-humbug if  ever I saw one.  I do hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that your friends don't criticize you too much.  
web  posted December 12, 2014
To the Person who wrote to the Editor about being erroneous!

You commented that he does these false, erroneous acts every day so you must be quite a fan of his!  You sound very jealous and are just waiting for a typo so you can attack his credibility.  SHAME ON YOU!  If the only thing typed was 14 months instead of 4 months; we all still feel the sadness of the loss.  You must be very bitter because your tactics were probably busted by bloggers on this website.  Mr. Editor is our lightning rod that provides the County with the pulse of life that is really going on.  He has been and is ill and isn’t afraid nor deterred by bullies like you.  If you can’t take the heat; get out of the kitchen!  I bet you are a jealous, bullying, small minded individual.
web  posted December 12, 2014
Would you kindly post that the Sanctuary Choir of Providence Baptist Church in Johnston, SC will present its Christmas musical, Glory to the Newborn King, on Sunday December 21, 2014 at 11:00am. The choir is under the direction of Robert Jackson. This musical takes the listener on a journey into the true “Heart” of Christmas. Rev. Glenn Mosteller is the pastor.
web  posted December 12, 2014
The True Spirit of Christmas
 
It was only five days before Christmas. The spirit of the season hadn't yet caught up with me, even though cars packed the parking lot of our Houston area Target Shopping Center. Inside the store, it was worse. Shopping carts and last minute shoppers jammed the aisles. Why did I come today? I wondered. My feet ached almost as much as my head.

My list contained names of several people who claimed they wanted nothing, but I knew their feelings would be hurt if I didn't buy them something.  Buying for someone who had everything and deploring the high cost of items, I considered gift buying anything but fun. Hurriedly, I filled my shopping cart with last minute items and proceeded to the long checkout lines.

I picked the shortest but it looked as if it would mean at least a 20 minute wait. In front of me were two small children a boy of about 10 and a younger girl about 5. The boy wore a ragged coat. Enormously large, tattered tennis shoes jutted far out in front of his much too short jeans. He clutched several crumpled dollar bills in his grimy hands. The girl's clothing resembled her brother's. Her head was a matted mass of curly hair.  Reminders of an evening meal showed on her small face. She carried a beautiful pair of shiny, gold house slippers.

As the Christmas music sounded in the store's stereo system, the girl hummed along off key but happily. When we finally approached the checkout register, the girl carefully placed the shoes on the counter. She treated them as though they were a treasure. The clerk rang up the bill. "That will be $6.09" the clerk said, as the boy laid his crumpled dollars atop the stand while he searched his pockets finally coming up with $3.12.

"I guess we will have to put them back, " he bravely said. "We'll come back some other time, maybe tomorrow."

With that statement, a soft sob broke from the little girl. "But Jesus would have loved these shoes," she cried.

"Well, we'll go home and work some more. Don't cry. We'll come back," he said. Quickly I handed $3.00 to the cashier. These children had waited in line for a long time. And, after all, it was Christmas.

Suddenly a pair of arms came around me and a small voice said, "Thank you, Sir."  "What did you mean when you said Jesus would like the shoes?" I asked.

The small boy answered, "Our mommy is sick and going to heaven. Dad said she might go before Christmas to be with Jesus." The girl spoke, "My Sunday school teacher said the streets in heaven are shiny gold, just like these shoes. Won't mommy be beautiful walking on those streets to match these shoes?" My eyes flooded as I looked into her tear streaked face. "Yes," I answered, "I am sure she will."

Silently, I thanked God for using these children to remind me of the true spirit of giving.  Christmas is not about the amount of money paid, nor the amount of gifts purchased, nor trying to impress friends and relatives.Christmas is about the love in your heart to share with those as Jesus Christ has shared with each of us. Christmas is about the Birth of Jesus whom God sent to show the world how much he really loves us.
web  posted December 12, 2014
Editor's post: Some comments have been held back due to the late hour and my pain level is increasing to a point I have to stop working. I was late starting work as we had to have a family meeting with our children on my medical condition. It was a difficult conversation to have and we hope the next one we have will have better news to pass along.
web  posted December 11, 2014
I read the story about the baby that died. How horrible for all involved. I'm sure the parents are devastated to lose a baby right here at Christmas.I bet the caregiver is feeling almost as bad. It's just so sad. God bless them all.
web  posted December 11, 2014
I was a little confused when I first read about the baby that died at daycare when it said he was 14 months old but the story kept saying infant. Then I read it at home to show my sister and saw where there was a correction to 4 months old. I'm not sure when the correction was made but I'm glad it was.

Editor's note: The change was made mid afternoon when I found out there was a typo. The age was listed at 4 1/2 months old, but when it was changed to just 4, somehow the 1 got placed in front of the 4. I do not know how and I did not catch it during final editing and uploading. After you read and reread something so many times it becomes hard to catch a mistake. It was my mistake.
web  posted December 11, 2014

Edgefield merchants are hosting downtown shoparound this Thursday evening until 8:00 pm.  Specials will be held for the event such as door prizes and drawing for your discount.  Refreshments will be provided to make your shopping experience enjoyable.

Come out for an evening of fun and complete that shopping list.  Support your local merchants this Christmas season.
web  posted December 11, 2014
The building that has been renovated down at Sweetwater looks nice. I have tried to find on Edgefield Daily the info that led up to this building being renovated, but unable to do so.  Please let me know where I can find this info.  Thanks.

Editor's note: Here is just one of many articles on the building. There will be an update on the building soon.
web  posted December 11, 2014
Dear editor, (and I use the term loosely!)
Once again you have failed to check the facts, before you printed a story! That precious baby was only 4 months old! I'm not surprised about this erroneous reporting, you do it everyday! In case you don't know what erroneous means, you are the definition...wrong, incorrect, mistaken, inaccurate, untrue, false, unsound, faulty, or flawed! I've never commented on your so called news outlet, but enough is enough! When you choose to invade a families privacy at a time like this!

Editor's note: There was a typo and as stated in the story and above, I made that error. We did not "invade" anyone's "privacy". When a child dies in a daycare it is news and is always widely reported. To date we have not mentioned the name of the parents or the caregiver. It is a rare instance to have to make a correction, but when it happens I always take responsibility, sometimes even when the information provided by law enforcement or a government agency was the source of the error. This was my error and was a simple typo.

Glad to know you are so understanding. 
web  posted December 11, 2014
What's Rule of Law?
President Barack Obama said just before the recent Ferguson, Missouri, riots, "First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law." Most Americans have little or no inkling of what "rule of law" means. Many think it means obedience to whatever laws legislatures enact.
http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/walter-e-williams/whats-rule-law
web  posted December 11, 2014

30 years isn't nearly long enuf for the monsters that almost killed Wesley and Ashley. How many of the 30 yrs will they actually have to serve? 20? 25?

Editor's note: I am not that familiar with Georgia laws, but I would assume they would be able to seek parole in 15 to 20 years. That is an uneducated guess on my part. I know there are a couple of Edgefield County Deputies that know and hopefully one will write, call or tell me when they see me.
web  posted December 11, 2014
The comment about the girl's basketball program wasn't in reference to the score nor Tim Crane. It was about the coaches and athletic director. It is not always about winning. The program has really fallen in the last few years. These young ladies have talent but the coach is hindering them. Let's just say if this was football, she would have been fired.
web  posted December 10, 2014
Since you brought it up the Bible says a lot of things. The one I find most interesting is a topic that should have most of the posters to this site squirming in their seats. Matthew 7: 1-5 is one of the most clear verses in the Bible that instructs us on judging others. It tells us, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." For those who need a translation, these verses explain that the way we judge others will be the measure in which God will judge us when our time comes.  God will be merciful with those who show mercy to others.  We all have our faults and shortcomings.  Pointing another person's out might seem like it makes ours insignificant, but what it really does is magnify it. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and finds time this CHRISTmas season to set aside your grievances against your neighbors. I promise it will make your life so much more joyous. If any of us had the choice between happiness and bitterness, I am sure we would all choose happiness. Merry Christmas!!
web  posted December 10, 2014
To the person  that wrote Brandon Clary is a great guy, wonderful husband and father and a Good Christian

It seems to me that if you know him so well to judge him in all the above categories you could just ask him why a buyout was necessary (I’m sure he’ll tell you the truth) and how much was his buyout.
web  posted December 10, 2014
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know
that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23,24
web  posted December 10, 2014
Edgefield Daily didn’t get the ECH-CEO Press Release because he was too embarrassed to use that forum after being busted for his actions.  You want the straight facts, read Edgefield Daily, unglossed, non-candy coated!
web  posted December 10, 2014
Merry CHRISTmas!
web  posted December 10, 2014
Disney censors, reprimands 10-yr.-old for mentioning ‘God’
http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2014/12/07/disney-censors-reprimands-10-yr-old-for-mentioning-%E2%80%98god%E2%80%99#.VIfCFcnthzU
web  posted December 10, 2014
The Politically Incorrect Truth About The Ferguson Fiasco
http://www.marshallfrank.com/articles/2014/11/the-politically-incorrect-truth-about-the-ferguson-fiasco/

Editor's note: Obama, Holder and the "network media" doesn't want the truth, they need the narrative.
web  posted December 10, 2014
I fought For You And I Would Do it Again. CPO U.S. Navy Retired
 
There  is nothing I can add to this video except...SHARE. 
http://www.youtube.com/v/AgYLr_LfhLo?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Editor's note: Thank you for your service. Yes, this is what the younger generations need to understand.
web  posted December 10, 2014
Sheriff Clark speaks at National Press Club about Ferguson and Eric Holder
Really good.
 http://www.youtube.com/embed/HMQCFqgAGyM?feature=player_detailpage
web  posted December 10, 2014
Editor's post: I will be having tests run all day today. As such, depending on how much it takes out of me, there may be fewer reports on Wednesday. There will be a follow-up test that will take place after this one, we just do not know when that will be at this time. For those who are praying - Please pray that the results of both tests are good news.
web  posted December 9, 2014
I had a scammer call me this past weekend. Wanted me to get a Green Dot Card for $299 to send to him to receive my $7.5 million plus a new Mercedes. Didn’t fall for it. The telephone number he was calling from was 876-861-3692 which was actually a number from Jamaica. The call back number to give him the Green Dot Card number was 876-292-1967. Beware.
web  posted December 9, 2014
Sorry to hear you didn't feel good yesterday. Hope you get well soon!

Wow, someone really wrote in to say what a good time they had at the parade and talked about the candy that was thrown. It was the good stuff and not the cheap kind. Really? Who cares what kind of candy it was? The point is, your children got candy and you should be grateful they did. It's not the point of what kind it is, it's teaching your children to just be thankful they got some. If you don't like the cheap candy they throw, then go to the store yourself and buy the candy for them. It's about Jesus' birthday and the kids having fun. Not about what kind of candy.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
web  posted December 9, 2014
Is it true that there will be a new judge for Edgefield county in January? I hope that this one will try people in the correct manner and give them just punishment. We need to get the drug dealers and drug users off of the streets. I am tired of the courts issuing PTI, and then the people that are affected go right back and do the same thing again. It is affecting our kids and our own children. But yet the ones charged continue to walk around and treat the ones of us that try to do what’s right like we are stupid. PTI needs to have a quick overhaul. I recently read about a young man who had drugs in his car with the intent to distribute. This same guy just finished PTI and now he has learned nothing. So, I guess he will walk free again and continue to do the same thing. Way to go Edgefield. You make another great score!!!!!!!!

Editor's note: I have not been at the Court House much in the last few weeks and I am uninformed on what has taken place since the last term of court. I know that during that term of court the Legislature were appointing new judges. One of them may have been for this Circuit. I do not think that we will be getting a new "resident" judge.
web  posted December 9, 2014
I realize that the parade was very nice. But, the candy throwing is getting out of hand. Adults were trying to steal the candy from the kids. It was more noted with a certain ethnic group. Please go to Dollar General and buy your own candy. Or don’t take candy from kids for whom it was intended in the first place. Edgefield is one of the few places that still allows this to happen. Someone is going to get hurt. All because overgrown, fat adults want the candy for themselves. The parade should be fun for all and not a time for adults to load their pockets with candy.
web  posted December 9, 2014
When or where can I find out what the buyout details were?? I find it very hard to understand why there was even a buyout. Brandon is a great guy and a wonderful husband, father, and a Christian man.

I'm just trying to figure out the business deal that was done.

Thank you, Mr. Editor for allowing me the opportunity to ask this question and offer my comments.

Editor's note: By law, if the board voted to enter into any form of contract, buyout, or agreement as a result of Mr. Clary's departure, the amount, conditions and terms have to be stated and voted on in public. They can discuss all the details in executive session, but the guts is open session discussion and voting. I will be asking for those details later this week. The law is very clear on this issue.
web  posted December 9, 2014
Yes, folks with no experience are hired for important jobs. They and their cronies mess things up and financially hurt other folks. And, yes, they get a reward when they are done with their jobs. Hmmm  Sounds a little like our current President and his cronies. I guess it happens everywhere from the top job in the country to jobs in Edgefield.  Seems like that is life in our world today. The thing is, what goes around comes around and there is a just God who knows what is going on. The Bible has a lot to say about this issue. Just saying...
web  posted December 9, 2014
Re: In this writer's opinion, stores, like the CVS in Edgefield who sell the cards, should train their clerks to ask a few innocent questions when an elderly person is purchasing such a large amount of the untraceable cards in cash in an effort to prevent scammers from targeting local residents.

Why are "Green Dot" cards even available for sale.

Editor's note: It is illegal to work in the US and then send your pay to another country, say, Mexico. They should be illegal unless for money transfers inside the US only.
web  posted December 9, 2014
We had a great time at the parade. It was cold and it got colder as the sun went down. Maybe they should hold it earlier in the day instead of 4 PM. It was nice until about 4:20. Maybe they should start at 2 PM? Do the other stuff after the parade. JMHO
web  posted December 9, 2014
RE: Grandma got taken for $4k

Why didn't she just call the grandson or his parents first to find out what's going on? My mom is 76 and lives alone but we had to take over her money because she is not able to handle it. She's got a caregiver now that screens her calls. I feel sorry for her, but it's her kids fault for not watching out for her.
web  posted December 9, 2014
Descended on Ferguson MO Like Vultures on a Roadside Carcass.MUST SEE
I SURE HOPE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS VIDEO.
http://youtu.be/HMQCFqgAGyM

Editor's note: This has been posted recently, but I have no problem placing it again. Everybody should listen to a true American when he or she speaks.
web  posted December 9, 2014
The Best Christmas Present Ever!
http://biggeekdad.com/2014/11/best-christmas-present-ever/

Editor's note: Children are priceless.
web  posted December 9, 2014
Editor's post: I would like to apologize for not being able to stay for the entire parade and take more photos to be published. Pain got the best of me and I had to leave. It bothers me that my situation is affecting my ability to do my job.
web  posted December 8, 2014
What a great parade today.  The mood couldn't have been better.  We exchanged many wishes for a Merry Christmas, got pelted by candy and came away with a wonderful sense of community pride.
Way to go Edgefield!
web  posted December 8, 2014
Now that ECH is in the process of looking for new leadership, it might be helpful to update the ECH website to reflect current correct information and post openings for the new CEO.  The Website not only has obsolete information listed, but  the overall design and grammatical mistakes in the captions might discourage some prospective administrators or potential employees  from applying for open positions.  Perhaps a modern, refreshing facelift for the website  and keeping the information current would be a good place to start anew!
web  posted December 8, 2014
Christmas Lights...

I love Christmas lights. They remind me of the people who voted for Obama.
They all hang together, half of the little [sucker] don't work, and the ones that do aren't that bright!
web  posted December 8, 2014
What a great parade! Glad we brought a couple blankets to sit on because it got cold really fast and we ended up wrapping up in them! We brought our kids and a neighbor's kids because their mom and dad were sick. They had a blast! The candy was great! Most of it was GOOD candy not that crappy cheap stuff! I filled my pocketbook up to take home and divided up what the kids didn't eat right away!

Thanks Edgefield for a great time!
web  posted December 8, 2014
In all the turmoil, remarks and reports surrounding the ECH, I've failed to notice if anyone has asked about the financials.  Is the hospital in better financial shape than before Mr. Clary took over? 

Editor's note: That is what has been claimed, but has yet to be proven.
web  posted December 8, 2014
The parade was a lot of fun but some of the "entries" could have been left out. There needs to be more floats and not just a couple guys on motorcycles or stupid stuff like that. My son loved the old tractors. Those are always cool. Makes me feel old because that's like the ones I drove on the farm growing up.
web  posted December 8, 2014
Just a thought:  If the “good old boys” on the Hospital Board had done the right thing last year, the Hospital would have saved a ton of money and avoided a lot of heartache.  Hopefully the truth will come out someday.
web  posted December 8, 2014
Re: Trenton Man Tries to Outrun Police with Infant in Unrestrained Car Seat
First, at 18 I don't know if I'd use the term "man". He looks and acted like a stupid little boy! Second. They should throw his butt under the jail! He's lucky that baby didn't get hurt or worse being thrown around the back of the car while he was flying around and making wild turns. How ignorant do you have to be? He ran because he didn't want to go to jail. How'd that work out moron?!
web  posted December 8, 2014
I feel so sorry for Mr. [Roger] Lamb. His letter was on the money! He's a good honest man and he didn't deserve to have a jury let the thugs that beat & robbed him go free! I hope everyone on that jury gets robbed and beat like him by these same thugs! I bet they'd want "justice" then!!!
web  posted December 8, 2014
OMG! We went to [a restaurant] to eat after the parade and it looked like a madhouse! We left there and went [to another] and it was no different!  What a shame! Nowhere to take small kids to eat because of all the foul mouthed teenagers running wild!
web  posted December 8, 2014
This cool display of Christmas Lights set to Amazing Grace was created by Richard Holman
http://biggeekdad.com/2009/12/cool-christmas-lights/

web  posted December 8, 2014
Good for SC joining in fighting the illegal actions of this administration. I hope that the Congress of this country realizes they were elected in this past cycle for one reason and one reason only. That is to stop Obama and his actions like the immigration executive action. We did not elect them to get along or to see Obama move to the middle. He won't .That is evidenced by his reaction to this past election. He is just doing what he wants and he is getting by with it. Maybe some of our elected officials are too old and still think things are like they used to be in this country. The days of working together are gone as long as this administration is in there.  I did hear that Congressman Duncan is doing a great job of speaking out on things to protect the American people!  Good for him!
web  posted December 6, 2014

So let me get this straight. A man can be hired for a six figure salary job who hasn't the qualifications or education required. Milks the institution along with his buds. Then leaves with a buy out? Where am I when these deals roll around? Sorry hospital employees but it's happened again and again and yet again----
web  posted December 6, 2014

I trust that our diligent editor has faithfully and fully reported on the ECH fiasco.  No where in his reporting was any ECH official expressing the best interests of the community or ECH patients.  The impression I get is selfish little people trying to protect their little fiefdoms.   You are public servants responsible to and working for us.  How dare any of you (ECH) take affront to your duties being scrutinized by the elected representatives of the taxpayers.

     Had I been in charge and had the power, I would have fired Clary on the spot for questioning why a financial statement needed to be provided to the body (county council) that oversees and is ultimately responsible for his operation.  This foolish, arrogant  and pompous person should be nowhere near taxpayer funds.

     A contractual buyout.  How wonderful.  An executive employee not meeting the job criteria gets a severance.  Note to the board or whoever draws up the next CEO contract.  I believe the citizens of this county will be paying attention to the details.  Since this is a taxpayer funded position, I expect it to be made available for public comment before hiring.
web  posted December 6, 2014
Re: CEO’s sycophant, no I would not qualify me as that more of a person of interest in the inter-workings of the operations of the county and one who likes to see success from a underdog than the tyrannic actions of county council. But since you brought this up. The Foundation is a independent organization re-established by the county hospital board to raise money for the hospital to purchase needed equipment that benefits the patients otherwise would not be able to purchase by the hospital. The Foundation Board would hire the Director which would be that Boards decision not Mr. Clary.  Based on your comment , if Mr. Clary wife cousin was hired at the hospital, the hospitals Nepotism policy reflects that of the county policy however it includes. The immediate family which is , wife, husband, mother,father, sister, brother, son, daughter, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandmother, grandfather, grandson, granddaughter, step-mother , step-son, step-daughter,
It doesn't say wife's cousin and if it did you would have to fire half of the county,

However since you brought it up the county administrator whom has the same oversight fails this policy and county council looks the other way,  her brother works for parks and recreation and reports directly to her and her husband works for the County Sheriff (wonder how he got that job). I m sure someone will say he works at the pleasure of the sheriff but who gives the sheriff the money for cars,uniforms, bullets and dog food and where did he work before that the hospital. Not only does she violate this but also the ethics provision of the county handbook. So why does county council act on that? Because she is the county council sycophant.

"No public official, public member or public employee may cause the employment, appointment, promotion, transfer, or advancement of a family member to a state or local office or position in which the public official, public member or public employee supervises or manages. A public official, public member, or public employee may not participate in an action relating to the discipline of the public official's, public member's or public employee's family member."

Editor's note: The County Administrator was an employee when her brother was hired by then Administrator Wayne Adams (there's a name from the past most won't forget). Her husband works for and elected official and the county nor the county council has any say over who the Sheriff hires or fires. Now that Mrs. Strom is the Administrator, her brother answers to the head of Building and Planning (I believe) so she has no direct oversight of his position. I agree to a point that it is time for Nick to move to greener pastures because, though not a direct violation, it does not look good.
web  posted December 6, 2014
"Councilman Ashcraft ... attends the meetings on a regular basis." Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are.
web  posted December 6, 2014
I was glad to see that the CEO finally did what was right for ECH.  Personally, I think the buy out should have been an reimbursement to the hospital to help repair all the damage done to the hospital.  I think if concerned employees, your reporting and the Wandering Minds [section] did not follow what was going on, the results of the management at ECH would be beyond repair.  However, hopefully things will get changed soon.  Coming from an administrative health management environment, I have seen first hand the inability of the new hires by Cox and Clary to meet the administrative needs of the hospital.  Now, all that  is needed is a Reduction In Force process to get back to the CEO, Administrative Assistant (who could handle HR responsibilities) and a competent CFO who knows how to report to the Council in a proper manner in order for the Board and Council to be aware of the true financial condition of the hospital.  There is much work to be done and I think the Council is on the right track and we will all see that the future is much brighter for ECH which is a definite plus for all  Edgefield county residents!
web  posted December 6, 2014
Ref: Hospital Board

Tim Williams needs to come down off of that high horse he thinks he is riding. He must have forgotten that he was "appointed" to his position, which means he is there "at the pleasure" of the County Council. Mr. Williams also needs to see that the new board changes will make the hospital board more neutral, which is in everybody's best interest. Usually when you grow up and mature, your bullying nature eases off, but it seems to have not. You are no more better than any other citizen, and should make decisions based on that thought. There are many less fortunate than you, Mr. Williams, that have better moral character and are truly nicer (food for thought!) Instead of becoming enraged by this reading, simply take a breath and consider your options...what really matters in life? The answer is simple...being a good member of the community, a good father, husband, son, etc.
web  posted December 6, 2014
Figured you would have breaking news the CEO has stepped down

Editor's note: It appears that "someone" at ECH (see the above post) made it a point to refuse to send the press release to us on purpose, even though we were aware of the resignation several days ago. Some people have ethics, others do not. That's okay, we have far more information on the situation.
web  posted December 5, 2014
So has the Tammy Kingery case just been forgotten about??? No news, No updates, no nothing...

Editor's note: It is not forgotten, however; there is no news of late to offer other than our most recent update on Nov. 19. Without new tips or leads, there is very little the Sheriff's Office can report. Edgefield Daily does publish updates periodically just to keep the story and her picture in front of the public.
web  posted December 5, 2014
Well maybe there really is a Santa Claus Virginia!  The CEO at ECH has resigned.  Now I guess Human Resources and the newest Controller will actually have to work full weeks like the rest of us.  Well, maybe the former Controller can get the CFO job because she obviously has nothing else to do except hang in the New Controller’s office trying to justify why she is needed.  The former Controller complained about the new controller early on and said she couldn’t teach the new controller anything because she said she knew it all.  Now the former controller is telling employees she has to go over to hospital all the time because the new controller doesn’t know what to do and needs her help.  Controllers handle the business, money end of the hospital and this sounds scary for the financial strength of hospital to stay  running.  Hospital Board please hire someone who knows what to do and is honest.  Tim Williams, Board Chair we applaud you!
web  posted December 5, 2014
RE: Could someone please tell me what is going on with the girl's basketball program?...

In response to above:
If this tells you anything, Airport defeated ST girls 65-27 on Tuesday night.  My how things have changed.  The once proud Girl's basketball program has no leadership.  Sorry Boots!
web  posted December 5, 2014
RE: Common Core

There are a lot of issues with Common Core. The biggest issue I personally have with Common Core is that it was designed by teachers and "experts" to designates the appropriate material that students should be learning from elementary school to high school. While that is all fine and good, if you visit their "official" website, you will find that these standards should ensure that students are prepared for "entry level" positions.  Just absorbing that thought alone infuriates me.  What happened to teaching our children to shoot for the stars.  If Common Core is preparing students for "entry level" positions, who is teaching our children to dream big, work hard, and reach their potential.  Since when did the American Dream consist of settling for less than what we could potentially be? Could it be yet another way for the government to gain a little more control?  Wake up people.  Expect more and you will get more.  Stop thinking your children aren't capable of more than an "entry level" position.  Parents make an active choice to be parents.  I say its time to put on our big girl panties and stand up for the education we know our kids deserve.  I am so fed up with the political crap and the watered down curriculum in the public school system.  I want to be able to choose where my kids go to school based on the education I believe they deserve.  Lets all be really honest here.  If money wasn't an issue, how many would send their kids to a private school?
web  posted December 5, 2014
Mr. Editor, I do not know you and would not know who you are if I met you on the street one day in Edgefield. I hope that you will soon find relief from your illness. I have been following your situation on Edgefield Daily and I wish you luck in overcoming this terrible condition.  I left Edgefield many years ago and I read Edgefield Daily almost every morning as a source of news from my hometown. I will say that you do a great job with providing straight forward cut to the chase news about Edgefield County. I will also say that I read the local Edgefield weekly paper and that I enjoy the more positive Mayberry type hometown news that they provide. Both Edgefield Daily and the weekly paper serve a purpose and both have positives and negatives.  As far as the so called "treasure" called Wandering Minds I will tell you that it is the most hilarious comical pile of you know what on the entire internet. It is like following the most ridiculous sit com that has ever been on TV! It just makes my day to read the male cow manure that the fools that are still back in Edgefield spew every day in Wandering Minds! If I don't get a dose of Wandering Minds it just ruins my day! Mr. Editor you are a genius among men to have such a forum as Wandering Minds! I am certain that there are thousands just like me who have to have their daily Wandering Minds fix. It is down right addictive! I feel certain that the more hits you have on your site the more profitable it will be. I have yet to find any other forum anywhere that allows people to bash their neighbors and community in the way the folks in Edgefield are able to do in Wandering Minds! Just remember the old saying "what comes around goes around". Remember you are dealing with Edgefield. If you become too successful, take the wrong position on an issue,  or become too full of yourself they will turn on you in a second!  In all sincerity I thank you for your hard work and dedication in providing a source of news about Edgefield, and I wish you a speedy full recovery from your illness! I look forward to many more years of Wandering Minds providing a good laugh every morning and realizing that the smartest thing I ever did in life was to get out of Edgefield like a bat out of hell!

Editor's note: Thank you on your well wishes on my condition. As for the Wandering Minds, you should read the posts that are not allowed to be published.
web  posted December 5, 2014
To the person who wrote Dear Mr. Editor and said the Council wants to see ECH set up for sale.  You sound like one of the CEO’s syncophants who wanted to hire one of his wife’s friends to be the Foundation’s Director at $65,000 a year. AND the Foundation didn’t have any money at the time.  The CEO ruled no nepotism allowed but hired his wife’s cousin. The CEO was seen multiple times having lunch with his Bestie CJ ( who is a Hospital Board Member) and the CEO would pick up the tab.  I bet the hospital’s budget paid for that.  No wonder an IRS audit is needed!  And Henry, shame on you, you work for a Bank and weren’t  able to pick up on any of this.  County Council y’all are the best!
web  posted December 5, 2014
New part of Common Core being revealed. They are collecting psychological info on students. They say it is to keep things safer but, to me and to many parents, it is invading our children's privacy. Common Core is more than standards folks. Parents in one state are objecting to the info they are gathering on their children. Beware!!!! Standards, some of which are actually not that strong, are not everything. Remember, Common Core is tied to our government and there seems to be a bit of a lying issue with some of those folks. The teachers' union is tied to the liberals.
 
All I am saying is that standards are not the only issue with Common Core. Just be aware, wise and cautious with anything as big and as invasive as Common Core. Remember, too, that teachers and schools buy the company line, spout the company line and will defend these things (often with a lot of school jargon that many parents do not understand). As a former teacher, I know how the system works. Parents, just be aware.
web  posted December 4, 2014
Mr. Editor you are an incredible person being able to stay focused on the multiple responsibilities you undertake.  In spite of your increasing pain, you persevere and keep on going on.  This County and it’s citizens are very proud of you.  The other local newspaper puts me to sleep with all the redundant church prayers, who visited whom, who had a birthday, who is on the sick list.  We hear it all in Church already and in the grocery store….But you Mr. Editor publish worthwhile information that the County reads and is able to keep a  pulse on the pros and cons of situations that effect Edgefield Citizens. .Most people know how to cook, most people aren’t interested in what happen years ago in England ; Donkey Lore and most columns are a repeat of the previous Sunday Sermons.  Thank you for your expert journalism and please for all of our sakes;; please get well.
web  posted December 4, 2014

By Dr. Orly Taitz, ESQ
I started investigating Loretta Lynch, Obama’s pick for Attorney General and immediately could see an interesting connection.
 
I read an article stating that when Loretta Lynch started Harvard, she co-founded an African-American sorority. There was only one other girl in this sorority, Sharon Malone. The name rang a bell.. The name of the wife of AG Holder is Sharon Malone, she is the sister of a known civil rights leader Vivien Malone -Jones (one of 2 black students who enrolled in all white University of Alabama).
 
I checked the age: both were born in 1959 and both went to Harvard at the same time. There were very few African American students in Harvard in 1977-1981, so I am rather certain that Loretta Lynch is an old college friend of Sharon Malone, the wife of the current AG Eric Holder.
 
Why this connection is important? Holder will be investigated by Congress for totally lawless gun trafficking to Mexican drug cartels in Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, VA scandal, DOJ, NSA, EPA, FEC and other scandals. Most importantly, Holder covered up Obama’s use of a stolen CT Social Security number of Harrison J. Bounel 042-68-4425 and Obama’s use of bogus IDs.
 
It seems that a long time college friend of Holder’s wife was picked up as a gate keeper to continue all of the cover up by Holder and shield Holder and Obama from criminal prosecution???
 
Let us not forget also that it was Michelle's Princeton college "Buddie" who got nearly a trillion dollars to build the health care web site which was and still is a piece of crap. There is so much cronyism and corruption in this administration that it is really unbelievable.
 
See Web Site below for backup.
http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/was-loretta-lynch-picked-to-be-a-gate-keeper-and-cover-up-criminal-investigation-of-eric-holder-who-is-married-to-lynchs-friend-sharon-malone/
web  posted December 4, 2014

Why NOT rob the Caper House?  Hey, this is Johnston......Even if you get caught and there is enough evidence to put you UNDER the jail there are no penalties. And just think, soon you will not even be asked to put your arms above your head if the police catch you.  That would be excessive force.  And the police are obviously headed down a path where if a suspect is described as a "black male" they are not supposed to look for a "black male".  That would be "profiling"
web  posted December 3, 2014
Could someone please tell me what is going on with the girl's basketball program? It seems to me that the coach, the Administration, nor the Athletic Director cares. She's not teaching the girls anything and she definitely can't show them anything. She doesn't let the Assistant coaches help so that's a waste of time and money. The girls are losing interest in the game. If this was football, things would be much different. We need to show the same support for all sports.

Editor's note: Coaches are supposed to be posting information to a page that is supposed to email the results to local media. When those results are posted, we place the information. Tim Crane can only cover football and that leaves us to the mercy of the other coaches for results of their games.
web  posted December 3, 2014
Mr. Editor, I pray for your protection, provision, health and healing as you continue to do an excellent job in maintaining a superior news outlet. You can't worry about the sniping from the flanks as you continue your mission of shining light into the dark corners of your community. The level of fairness you provide is unprecedented as you freely welcome comment from those who chose to be enemies of the truth. You also show a level of objectivity and restraint, not “jumping the gun” before sufficient facts are available. You provide a diverse, healthy and interesting variety in your content. You give voice to those who would, otherwise, have no voice and it does not matter to you if they agree or disagree with you. Even the hate-mongers and marginalized get their say when they would not get “the time of day” in any other respected outlet. . I just wish some of your readers could sacrifice their preferences/prejudices and recognize the extraordinary and valuable service you provide. It is regrettable that your values are absent from, unobserved, and unemployed by the National media. Wandering Minds is a treasure that seems to be shrouded from those who are ever seeing and never perceiving. You are peerless in an increasing environment of media and speech control. Hoping you have a Merry Christmas in its fullest meaning, followed by a healthy and happy New Year. Blessings to you all.
web  posted December 3, 2014
In the Bible, it speaks of false prophets....people misleading others from the word of God.  How do you feel about a [removed] lay pastor who cheated on his wife for over a year, getting in the pulpit and being an example to others and preaching the word of God like he really knows what the word of God is?  Isn't it time to step down and quit misleading the sheep? God considers sex outside of marriage an abomination, right?
web  posted December 3, 2014
Please Mr Editor you are not claiming that the ordinance doesn't have anything to do with complaints in wandering mines, the entire ordinance addresses all the issues that have been posted in Wandering Mines. So  the council just came up with this out of the blue, really sometimes I think your columns are written by Norman Dorn!  You reported it who made the statement that "The move is said to have nothing to do with the recent resignation of CFO Kelly Cox or the ongoing complaints by citizens and workers alike over the past year." Is that what your wife told you? You did not identify who made the statement but why would you we all know it was Ms. Blackwell.

The ordinance Sec 2-265 "To hire a administrator to manage the hospital and review and approve the person proposed to be hired as chief financial officer and director of human resources for the hospital" Sound exactly like what was said in Wandering Minds.

Sec 2-269 If the county hospital or board of trustees creates a non profit charitable or tax exempt entity to raise funds to support the hospital, the board of trustees shall confer with county council prior to establishing such a organization.

In addition they have told the ECH Foundation board your fired too! Thanks but no thanks we want to approve who can raise money for the Hospital and we want to know how much and from who. This is how stupid the Brain trust of county council is the hospital is a non-profit  you can donate to the hospital its tax deductible what dumb reason would you create another fundraising organization under the hospital . The reason a Foundation was created so money raised could be done without the co-mingling of public and private funds. Nearly all public hospitals have a Foundation that is not a part of the hospital.

The limitation of Board members and the complex regulations of hospitals and the control that Dean and Genia have placed on the hospital will set it up for sale but that is really what they want to do because its a liability to the county. Sec2-266 and Sec 2-268. The Council want control and say in how the hospital is run but not any responsibility if something fails. 

Editor's note: The changes to the ordinance has been under review for a while, just as several others are, two of them were voted on Tuesday night as well. The timing was coincidental. But timely none the less.
web  posted December 3, 2014
Be aware. In colleges nationwide, The Final Call.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=97Y9FjtQ5Wc
web  posted December 3, 2014
To the person who wrote they don’t buy into the editor being sick or as in so much pain…….you sound like a sneaky, devious, lying piece of crap to even think that way.  I and others have seen him recently and various times and our hearts go out to him because it’s obvious he is ill.  You are just trying to discredit him because his Wandering Minds website has probably posted truths about your son in law and his disreputable staff and their horrendous decisions.
web  posted December 3, 2014
The Old Ball Coach is not happy!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jz_TXWtSVyg&list=UU2jKK-ZIwo5OuRpBdOoVvjg
web  posted December 3, 2014
Editor's post: Due to a lot of miscommunications and inability to get answers prior to the test that was set for today it has been canceled. For the reasons stated, this test will be done locally. It does not make the test any less frightening, it will give us a better feeling about who is doing it and we will get the answers we want before the test is done.

I would like to thank those who came to by defense of the crude remark by one person. It is appreciated, but people like that do not bother me. They have bigger problems than I have in reality. I feel sorry for them.
web posted December 2, 2014
Just wondering if you are having the Christmas tree contest again this year. Also are you doing the contest for the best lights?

Editor's note: I am not sure about the Christmas Tree contest at this time. As far as light displays, if enough send locations in, I will place a page as Christmas nears.
web posted December 2, 2014
I was glad to read about the changes to the hospital board. I hope it brings solutions to the problems that have been going on.

We have no doubt that the editor has been suffering these past months. We pray for resolution for him and for relief from the pain. Hopefully the test on Tues will not be as terrible as expected and hopefully it will give some answers to him. We pray for his health, pain relief and solution to his problems.
web posted December 2, 2014
RE: Hospital ordinance
I have heard a certain CEO say that your wife and Mr. Campbell and the rest of [county] council were stupid and he was so much smarter than everyone else. I wonder who is feeling stupid now? Why didn't he leave with his bff Kelly Cox and that way we can really start things over with a clean sheet.

Editor's note: I've had several people write me emails about things he has said about my Bride, county council members and our Administrator (who already has her Masters degree) over the past year. I pass on the info to my Bride so she could stay informed. She did not get where she is in the business world by being stupid.
web posted December 2, 2014
To the person who wrote “I just don’t buy into the editor being as sick…..”
Who are you to make an inconsiderate statement such as that?  It isn’t about you ‘buying’ into anything!!  It is not your place to question the editor’s health or anyone’s health for that matter!!  There are a lot of people in this world who work in and through pain and sickness, these people have the drive to keep working because they have a passion for what they do.  Calling the editor out to say he is ‘playing it up’ is totally un-called for!! Have a little heart, will ya?
 
Mr. Editor, do not let inconsiderate people weigh you down, you have thousands of citizens and friends pulling for you and praying your good health will return as quickly as possible.  Chin up, believe!!
web posted December 2, 2014
Re: editor being sick...
Whoever wrote this must not be very compassionate or has never had a sick relative or family member.  If they themselves ever get sick with a serious illness and have pain or see someone in their family suffer, they might see it different.  I hope that you are able to get some answers real soon.  Please share the end result with your readers as we have followed you through this bizarre story.  I am sorry it is at your expense that we are curious; however, I hope that you can find treatment and relief from your symptoms very soon.  We wish you all the best on your test results.
web posted December 2, 2014
It's about time the county [council] did something to rein in the wildman at ECH and the board that let him get away with running off good people from here in the county for people outside the county. I read the whole ordinance and it looks like they [the county council] has a plan to fix things the right way.
web posted December 2, 2014
I'm all for the editor in a tiger suit. How about Mr. Editor. You made Tim [Crane] were a hat and hold up a sign saying the gamecocks were #1 Turn about is fair play!

Editor's note: Sports Editor Crane lost a bet. Even if I had been offered a bet on this year's game I would not have taken it. Not after the season we had.
web posted December 2, 2014
To the person who wrote this:

I just don't buy into the editor being as sick and in as much pain as he says. If it was true he couldn't work. I'm not saying he's not sick, just not like he plays it up.

Please don't say that about him. You will never know how he feels until you have had to go though what he has been going though. How about you pray for him and his family because only him and God truly know what he going though and how much pain he is in. I will pray that you will never feel the pain he has to endure.
web posted December 2, 2014
This was posted in the Ferguson Scanner, and later deleted. I copied it before it disappeared, and emailed it to myself.
https://www.facebook.com/thedailybeast/posts/10152953995864203
web posted December 2, 2014
I haven't seen anything new about Chelsea Clary. Is she still in jail? When will she and the others be brought back here for the burglary?

Editor's note: They are all still being held, and due to the charges they face in Anderson and in Georgia, Edgefield County will be the last in line to get them for trial.
web posted December 2, 2014
Editor's post: The Wandering Minds and Headlines have been archived for November. This should make the pages load faster for those on dial-up or mobile devices. All content past can be located in their respective archives.

Tuesday still looks like it is the dreaded day for the next test. There is a chance I may not be able to work that night. If so, there will be no updates for Wednesday. I should know more today and will make an announcement at that time. For those praying, Please pray that the results from the test are "good news". Thank you!
web posted December 1, 2014
I think the editor should upload a picture of himself wearing a whole Clemson outfit since Carolina lost. Who else agrees?

Editor's note: I would not have take a bet on the game if it was offered.
web posted December 1, 2014
The problem with people like the ones in Ferguson, and those that support the liberal agenda , is that they do not take responsibility for their own actions. Many in Ferguson are trying to walk the high road, but many, including the step father are just angry and all hyped up. Yet when the dust settles , this will all be the fault of the whites or the “rich”.  You watch, there will be cries just like the one mentioned to go help the poor people in Ferguson. I say, help the innocent business owners go start a business some place else and let the others wallow in their own created mess. Some say they were hurt by out of towners. True, but many locals took part. I am sick of this crazy stuff. It is like the Democrats blaming the Republicans for the bad results of the Democratic agenda. The motto seems to be “Create a mess, blame others , and then expect the others to fix your mess”. Being one of the “others”, I say grow up, fix your own mess and take responsibility for your own life!.
web posted December 1, 2014
Wow.  Golden Apple Award.  Could say something else but people just wouldn't get it.  That's such a horrible picture ( http://www.mes.edgefieldcountyschools.org/pages/Merriwether_Elementary_School ).  Worse yet, it was all staged.  They didn't know she was going to get the award until the last minute, and since she didn't teach anymore, they had to stage all the children in the cafeteria at the last minute.

She carries the water of the Dr. [removed]. Would Merriwether have ever thought we could go so low. A [removed] Principal and an Asst. Principal who................God Bless our children.

Editor's note: I believe the link is an old link to WJBF.
web posted December 1, 2014
I just don't buy into the editor being as sick and in as much pain as he says. If it was true he couldn't work. I'm not saying he's not sick, just not like he plays it up.
web posted December 1, 2014
Famous Presidential Lies  ---          You may want to print and save this one !
LBJ:  We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )

Nixon: I am not a crook

GHW Bush:Read my lips - No New Taxes

Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman... Monica Lewinsky

GW Bush:  Iraq has weapons of mass destruction (Editor's note - They were found once ISIS invaded, now they have them)

Obama:

    I will have the most transparent administration in history.
    The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
    I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
    The IRS is not targeting anyone.
    It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
    If I had a son.
    I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
    You didn't build that!
    I will restore trust in Government.
    The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
    The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
    It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
    Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
    We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
    I am not spying on American citizens.
    Obama Care will be good for America .
    You can keep your family doctor.
    Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
    If you like it, you can keep your current health care plan.
    It's just like shopping at Amazon.
    I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
    I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
    I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi .
    I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
    And, I have never lived with that uncle. He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.

And the biggest one of all:
 '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 December 1, 2014
Benjamin Watson - Excellent Article
At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:
https://www.facebook.com/BenjaminWatsonOfficial/posts/602172116576590
web posted December 1, 2014
Getting older? Get a laugh watching this speaker. 

Boy, ain't this the truth!
 https://www.youtube.com/embed/LR2qZ0A8vic?rel=0   
web posted December 1, 2014
Editor's note: I love getting emails like this and is why we put lost or found pets in the Headlines, not in the classifieds. We have a rate of 90% or better on pets being returned to their owners - and that is because of our readers.

Mr. [Editor]
Browning has been found thanks to the ad you placed for us!!!  One of your reader’s saw the ad and called me immediately.  We are so relieved and thankful for your help!!! Thank you to everyone involved in helping us to return Browning home safely and unharmed!!!
web posted November 29, 2014

RE: First Official Thanksgiving

Anyone who says we are not a Christian nation is blind. When I read [the article] I had to go back and read it 2 or 3 more times and could only think about how you'd never see this today mentioned anywhere in the new. Thank you Edgefield Daily for reminding everybody that this nation was founded as a Christian nation by Godly men. It's sad how far we've pushed God out of our lives because of the government.

I'm not old by any means but I can remember when every legal document I had to sign was printed with the words "In the Year of our Lord…". My marriage license has it on it, my high school diploma, everything was worded that way. I don't even know when all that got changed, but the government did it and we let it happen. I remember a few years ago a big fight over taking "In God We Trust" off our money. People wonder why this country is in the mess it is in right now and I always say it's because we've pushed God out and evil filled the void.
web posted November 29, 2014
First official Thanksgiving
Thank you for publishing that. I actually printed it off and read it out loud before we said the blessing for Thanksgiving.

Editor's note: Edgefield Daily has published George Washington's decree every year since 2005, the first year we began publication.
web posted November 29, 2014
I heard something on the news today talking about rebuilding Ferguson and "we" should get to work rebuilding all the burned out businesses and on and on. Hello! I didn't burn down anything and "we" didn't burn down anything. Make the thugs behind it all including the stepfather who was standing on a stage or something at one of the "protests" with a microphone saying "burn the b**** down!" over and over.

They got people on tv cameras smiling while they walk out of the stores with armloads of stuff, bragging and showing off. ARREST ALL OF THEM! Put ALL of them in jail.

But noooo, "we" have to do something because a bunch of [blacks] went on a rampage. Even if they had indicted the cop they would have done the same thing but as a celebration like they do after basketball tourney wins.

I say screw 'em. They tore up their town, let them fix it. Ain't my problem.
web posted November 29, 2014
We do pray for the editor and the procedure on Tuesday. We hope you can rest and just get well. Wandering minds can wait until you get well or feel strong enough to work on it! It is OK for minds to wander without anyone printing the wanderings. The main thing right now is for you to do all you can to feel better and to heal. Take care of yourself! Prayers are with you and [your Bride].
web posted November 29, 2014
Great! Now queers can get married in SC. I thought that was settled when the people overwhelmingly voted to make "marriage" between a man and a woman a part of our constitution. How can a federal judge overrule OUR constitution?

Editor's note: Marriage is not listed in the US Constitution and therefore is a matter left to the "state and the people". This is just a single liberal judge making a single ruling and it will not stand.
web posted November 29, 2014
WOW!  True!!!!  Glad some people know the truth!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT2v64Ykxc0&feature=youtu.be

Editor's note: All I can add is amen.
web posted November 29, 2014
Carolina / Clemson
Sure hope you lost that lucky shirt!!!

Editor's note: Nope, it's all ready to wear again this year. Considering the year we've had, and wearing it every game day, I'm hoping it will continue to always work on this game. I'm sure Sports Editor Tim Crane (one of Clemson's biggest fans) regrets ever giving me the shirt.
web posted November 29, 2014
Editor's post: Thursday was not a good day and I have placed just a few items in the Wandering Minds. I have to have a "procedure" done on Tuesday and there is a good chance that there will be no updates for the following Wednesday. I am not looking forward to it and I have no idea just how painful it will be. Until then, I cannot predict what to expect as far as being able to update. Pray that things will go well for me.
web posted November 28, 2014
Thanksgiving is a day for many to reflect on what they are thankful for but Giving Thanks is something happy people do on a daily basis.
web posted November 28, 2014
When you think of celebrity reactions to the mess going down in Ferguson with the Darren Wilson grand jury decision, it’s likely you envision the typical Hollywood progressive race baiting that famous folks have earned a reputation for, and putting on a display in their desperate attempts to appear relevant in modern culture.
http://joeforamerica.com/2014/11/famous-singer-said-michael-brown-going-make-liberals-freak/
web posted November 28, 2014
FYI, the next tax sale will be posted at this site. Click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.
 
http://www.edgefieldcountysc.com/dynamic.aspx?pageID=103
web posted November 28, 2014
Sheriff Clarke ~ Irresponsible Groups Descended on Ferguson MO Like Vultures on a Roadside Carcass - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMQCFqgAGyM

Editor's note: I have always liked Sheriff Clarke.
web posted November 28, 2014
Editor's post: Today is Thanksgiving. Although this has been a very painful and trying year for myself, my Bride and our family, I still have a lot to be thankful for. Our family is healthy and our granddaughter is still wrapping granddaddy tighter around her little finger. She is such a joy and can make me smile no matter how much pain I may be in.

I have my Bride at my side and we grow closer every day, if that is even possible, which it is and is proven on a daily basis.

I have thousands and thousands of people I have never met praying for us every day. I cannot put into words how much that means to me. It is by the grace of God and answered prayers that we (my Bride and I) are able to continue to work, deal with my medical problems, and still find time for others.

Most of all, I am thankful that God so loved the world He gave Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that one day we may all fellowship and rejoice with our Lord.

web posted November 27, 2014
We pray the editor and his family have a good Thanksgiving. We hope the tests today do not set you back at all. We just pray for a resolution to the problems!

That is too bad that ObamaCare has hit your family. It will hit everyone and as it does , maybe more eyes will be opened. I am not sure it can really ever go away at this point, but maybe there can be some fixes to make it something good for the American people. Right now it is a monster out of control. Reversing all the garbage they have already implemented would be tough. I did just read that ObamaCare is giving a 3K dollar incentive to a firm to hire illegals over natural born citizens. It was in the Washington Times.

Quick question, and I am sure it is a dumb one, but is the ECH board elected? If so , and if they are the ones making the decisions on the leadership, should there be a recall of the board? Sounds to me like there should be some kind of recourse for the ridiculous actions going on. Again, probably a dumb question!  Also, I am sure all is being done that can be.  If the Washington Times is correct, maybe the next big issue at the ECH will be leadership that are here illegally. Just kidding!
web posted November 27, 2014
Sorry Mr. Lamb, but last I heard, lies don't free people. Only the truth will do it!

Editor's note: I believe that is his point. The truth is setting him free, but the lies set his attackers free. The kicker is, even though it can be proved that Chandler lied on the stand, he cannot be prosecuted for perjury. More stacking the deck in the favor of the criminal over the victims.
web posted November 27, 2014
Re: Burglar on probation arrested for two ore burglaries
I know it grabs hedlines because it shocks people that don't get real hard news every day. I read the [Edgefield] Daily every morning while eating breakfast from front to back just like any newspaper. The truth is nobody ever seems to go to jail in Edgefield County. I read the daily arrest reports and after a while you start to recognize people's names and see them over and over every few weeks or months. I've seen the same person get arrested THREE times in one week and one time was about an hour after he got out for the first arrest. The police do a great job solving crimes and locking up the criminals but the judges just let them go. That's got to be frustrating to the police.

That's why I say all judges need to be elected like they do in Georgia. Until they are accountable to the people they'll just keep on letting them go. The one I talked to said the prisons are full so they have to try to put them on probation even if they were already on probation. I told him that was a BS excuse and if we have to fill up the prisons just build more. That's why we pay taxes. Maybe the judges should have to take these thugs home to live with them for 30 to 90 days before sending them back to the streets!
web posted November 27, 2014
We live in Modoc but I spend about as much time in Edgefield as I do McCormick because we live right on the county line. I read Edgefield Daily every morning with my coffee before going to work. I LOVE the wandering minds and the things people say about all kinds of things. Some of it is funny and some of it is serious. But with all the stuff being said about the Edgefield [County] hospital and the higher ups and the shenanigans I wonder if there's not more truth than rumors? "Where there is smoke there is fire" comes to mind and there's a [heck] of a lot of smoke from what I read. I notice the one word used about the CEO more than any other is 'bully". That's a scary thought! I don't know anything about the hospital and I've probably been there 1 or 2 times in my life. But it sure looks like Edgefield has a big problem on their hands and whoever is in charge of the hospital needs to get their act together.
web posted November 27, 2014
Eddie Sherlock should have gone to prison a long time ago. He would always get a plea deal by telling on someone else and then go right on about stealing and breking into people's houses. The story said he got 2 yrs that was knocked down to probation (a slap on the wrist) for a burglary in May, got arrested for burglary in Oct, then ran from police the other weekend and got arrested and while he was in jail he get nabbed for robbing Sweetwater Baptist in early Oct. How much you wanna bet he's back on the streets by Christmas…… maybe even Thanksgiving.
web posted November 27, 2014
What is your thanksgiving tied to? What is the foundation upon which it is based? I am so thankful for the blessings that the Lord has sent, and sends, my way. I never want to take them for granted. I want to exhibit a thankful heart to Him for them. He has blessed me with so much - a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, a loving family, dear friends, health and air to breathe.  I am thankful for these and more blessings. But my thanksgiving is not tied to my material/physical blessings.
 
If your thanksgiving is tied to your blessings only, what do you do if those blessings are gone? What if you didn't have those things anymore? What if you found yourself destitute of earthly provisions, material things or close relationships? How thankful would you be if all these blessings disappeared from your life?

This is why, although we should be thankful for the blessings we see, they are not the foundation upon which our thanksgiving is based. I am thankful for something greater, something eternal -- my thanksgiving is tied to the cross, not material blessings.

Treasures on earth may slip away, but treasures in heaven are eternal. And those treasures were provided through the shed blood of Jesus at the cross. So what is your thanksgiving tied to? Your material blessings or the cross which provided your eternal  blessings?

Have a great day. My thanksgiving has its foundation in the cross. What about yours?
web posted November 27, 2014
The best Dear Abby letter ever.
 
Dear  Abby,
My husband has a long record of money problems.  He runs up huge credit card bills.  He says pay the minimum and let our kids worry about the rest, but already we can hardly keep up with the interest.
Also he has been so arrogant and abusive toward our neighbors that most of them no longer speak to us. The  few that do are an odd bunch to whom he has been giving a lot of expensive gifts, running up our 
bills even more. Also, he has gotten religious.  One week he hangs out with Catholics and the next with people who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ, and the next he's on his knees 7 times a day with Muslims.
Finally, the last straw. he's demanding that before anyone can be in the same room with him, they must  sign a loyalty oath.  It's just so horribly creepy!  Can you  help?

Signed,
Lost
 
Dear   Lost,
Suck it up and stop whining, Michelle. You're getting to live in the White House for free, travel the world, and have others pay for  everything for you.  You can divorce the jerk any time you want. The rest of us are stuck with the idiot for 2 more years. 
web posted November 27, 2014
I am trying to find out where to look for properties that get auctioned for nonpayment of taxes. I have searched with no luck. Please help

Editor's note: I have been trying for years to get the legal noticed placed on Edgefield Daily even offering to do so for free. At this time they are not allowed. Hopefully this can be accomplished by the first of the year. I believe they should be listed on the county website. If I can find a link, it will be placed.
web posted November 27, 2014
Re:  Northside BP
Since that store was sold by the original owners, the tables were removed so that the regulars could not go in and sit down which could have helped to prevent a robbery.  They also junked it up and blocked all of the windows so that you can't see inside the store.  It use to be a very nice place!
web posted November 27, 2014
Have a Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all… Good eatin' tomorrow!!!!!!!!
web posted November 27, 2014
The Individual Shared Responsibility Provision
Many people already have qualifying health insurance coverage ... to make an
individual shared responsibility payment on your tax return.
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision
web posted November 27, 2014
Editor's post: My Bride and I will be in Greenwood all day today for even more tests. Then more next week and the week after. With all these tests already done it seems like they should be able to give me some answers by now. Looks like we will be headed into the new year with more big out of pocket money, thanks to ObamaCare raising our costs and deductibles. What happened to his promise of lowering cost for families? I forgot, Obama is a liar and liars lie about everything. 2016 can't get here fast enough. It is time to take the trash out of the White House.
web posted November 26, 2014
So, the politically correct outcome did not happen in Ferguson. The Grand Jury actually considered the facts of the case and made a decision. Now the criminals are out there "protesting" a decision  they did not like. They are burning buildings, cars etc. They are shooting and acting in lawless and criminal ways. Now Al Sharpton is sticking his nose back in it (as if it ever left). The rule of law is ignored and riots and criminal activities are going on. America is watching and the majority of people do not like what they see. This is ridiculous. The whole bunch of violent protesters should be arrested and put in jail, not just in Ferguson but anywhere this goes on. Anyone old enough to remember Watts knows that nothing good comes of these things. Anyone driven through there lately? Destroying your own community is not a solution.
 
Racial problems do not get solved this way. Martin Luther King would not agree with this behavior. People like Al Sharpton and want this kind of racial garbage going on and to compare this to the Civil Rights movement is stupid.  I am so sick of this and I know most reasonable, educated and law abiding people agree. If folks really  want healing in the racial situation in this country (which has gotten worse under this administration) this is definitely not the way to do that.
 
Oh, and how many people have the time to protest like this? Do they not have jobs (tongue in cheek) to get up for in the morning? How many of these folks are on assistance? That should be the first thing to stop for these folks. Criminal activity should not be rewarded. Criminals belong in jail, and the argument that too many folks in jail are Black is ridiculous. If you break the law you go to jail. If you are Black and break the law, you go to jail. That is the answer. Duh!
 
Our leaders ignore the rule of law...so maybe that is part of the problem.
web posted November 26, 2014
This writer is thankful all year.  BUT, this Thanksgiving is a specially Thankful one.  We have a wonderful town.  The budget is stable; no tax increases on our homes,  Our town is not on fire because certain defendants were found not guilty.  The employees of ECH can finally expect a long over due pay increase. AND ECH Hospital Board of Trustees  have finally seen through the costly, expensive bullying of ECH’s Administrative Staff. Employees are willing to report who are really the worker bees and who only sucks up the honey.  I am proud to be an Edfieldian.  I am glad Virginia has finally grown up and Dorothy realizes there truly is ‘NO PLACE LIKE HOME!” Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Edgefield.
web posted November 26, 2014
Re: Northside BP robbed
The crooks get away again! Amazing! I guess it don't matter because the article said they were black so they won't go to jail anyway. Why bother even looking for them? I'm glad the girl wasn't hurt. If my wife worked there she'd have a gun on her or she wouldn't work there at night! That's what needs to happen. No trials, just Thurmond Burnett calling the family to ID the thugs.
web posted November 26, 2014
I am told that the CEO of ECH has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit out of court and that the victim was satisfied with the settlement which must have been huge.  This alone should be enough for his dismissal from the hospital.  What does it take to get rid of [someone like this]?

Editor's note: All it takes is a simple vote of the Hospital Board.
web posted November 26, 2014
So the natives go bonkers because THE LAW said the cop that shot the thug Michael Brown that attacked him and tried to take his gun AFTER doing a burglary didn't do anything wrong. All the racebaiters like Al Sharpton and Obama push the race card to make all white people the devil and blacks are perfect. Maybe if they'd get jobs and off welfare they might not be committing so many crimes because they'd have their own money instead of ours!
web posted November 26, 2014
Mr. Editor,
It's so hard to read your posts here some days. It sounds like you're in so much pain but you keep working as long as you can. That says a lot about you and your commitment to all of us who look to the [Edgefield] Daily for news. I hope you take a long holiday weekend and get the much needed rest you deserve. God bless and we're praying for you to get well soon!
[name removed]

Editor's note: Thank you for your kind comments and most of all for your prayers. I could not continue if it were not for the prayers and support of our readers.
web posted November 26, 2014
Canadian View of Our Election
THIS IS AN ARTICLE TELLING IT LIKE IT IS!!!
http://s1.zetaboards.com/The_Congress/topic/5714449/1/
web posted November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving!
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/05/11/egreetings/image/01.swf
web posted November 26, 2014
Re: Change For A Dollar
http://biggeekdad.com/2011/12/change-for-a-dollar/
To the person who posted this link, Thank You, Thank You.
web posted November 25, 2014
This is about the "shaken baby abuse case
Just how long does it take to figure out mama and her new live-in boyfriend are the ones who probably did this? I read where their stories didn't match! What a shock /sarc/ If the Johnston Police can't figure this one out maybe they need to bring back Chief Aston so he can get to the bottom of it.
web posted November 25, 2014
Re:  "Johnston Man Reports Guns Stolen"

And we wonder why the anti-gun legions are so adamant about gun control.  Responsibility is the number 1 requirement of gun ownership.  You are just not allowed to forget.
web posted November 25, 2014
Scientist Confesses: "Global Warming a $22 Billion Scam"
http://www.moneynews.com/MKTNews/Global-Warming-climate-change/2014/11/17/id/607827/

Editor's note: Only ignorant Democrats and ignorant people think "weather" is a "crisis" that can be solved by taxing us more to give it away to others who will, of course, vote for those stealing our money to give to them.
web posted November 25, 2014
Once a Year at 11:11 am the Sun Shines Perfectly on this Memorial
http://twistedsifter.com/2014/11/anthem-arizona-veterans-memorial/
web posted November 25, 2014
Editor's post: I am so glad the weekend is over. Saturday was a rough day that I blame on the spinal tap as the worst pain was in my spine, not my ordinary pain. At least Sunday was a good day and hope that continues on into Monday. I will be back in Greenwood on Wednesday for a test I do not want to take and will be going back again on the 2nd. I will be glad when all this is over and I can just get my life back. As I told my bride the other day, I do not remember what it is like to feel as good as I did before all of this happened to me. Now a "good day" is just a painful day that I can keep the pain under control and be able to work. It has been ten months, and I try hard to remain optimistic, although at times it is very difficult.
web posted November 24, 2014
Rich people do not hate poor people.  Many rich people are the ones helping poor people. Middle class people, who are not rich, help poor people. The problem is that poor people are listening to and trusting a political party (Democrats) to help them. In reality they are and have only hurt the poor with all their programs. The Democratic philosophy has just kept the poor and keep them relying on the government. It is really sad to see that we have more poverty today than ever before and the poor are not getting out of the cycle of poverty. There are a lot of people lying to poor people today.  There are also a lot of people lying to minorities today and it is just making the racial divide worse in this country.   I pray people begin to wake up to the reality of what is going on.
web posted November 24, 2014
WOW!  I read Sunday’s Augusta Chronicle , the Opinion Section top of page; “A Matter of Record” about the current President of GRU.  It wasn’t pretty.  However, the last three paragraphs really hit home about ECH’s CEO.  You could actually replace GRU’s President’s name with Brandon Clary’s name and it would still fit.  For example, any prospective employer engaged in due diligence would do well to read Wandering Minds constructive but quite damning summary of Brandon Clary’s stewardship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editor's note: Broad brushed are never a good idea to paint with.
web posted November 22, 2014
For a look at past president's executive orders on immigration,  read https://patriotpost.us/posts/31152.
Happened a lot in the past . ..
web posted November 22, 2014
This is one of those "YOU GOTTA SEE IT" to believe it. Biker crashes into the back of a car and land on his feet on the hood!! What a trip!
http://video.foxnews.com/v/3739983035001/real-or-fake-biker-flips-onto-car-after-crash/#sp=show-clips
web posted November 22, 2014 



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