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web posted May 25, 2016
What specifically is John Pettigrew promising to do to bring better things to Edgefield and to the entire district he would represent?  Seriously, the comments made about what he will do are a little vague and really do not give any specifics.   I think Shane Massey has proven to be a positive leader for the whole area he represents.  I plan to vote for Shane. He has a proven record and not just vague promises that do not spell out any specifics.   No matter who you support, be sure to vote on June 14th. I believe absentee voting has already started.
web posted May 25, 2016
About a week ago I listened to Shane Massey interviewed on WGAC Austin Rhodes show. One subject was the 2d Amendment (right to bear arms). Shane Massey did not talk like someone who will fight against an oppressive government to protect the 2nd. He was evasive and non committal....perfect qualities for a politician. For years, I have written messages to Shane Massey asking him to introduce a bill keeping felons and sex offenders from ever working or stepping into our schools. He never responds to my messages or will even consider such a bill. Wake up Shane Massey supporters...you are supporting someone who probably should have a D after their name. I encourage John Pettigrew to promote Conceal & Carry, Open Carry, and keeping sex offenders & felons from entering our schools....just to mention a few. It's time for Change in America.
web posted May 25, 2016

Re: Garrett Rd Bridge
Construction is scheduled to begin June 15, 2016. Barring any unforeseen delays, the bridge should reopen on July 19, 2017.
Why does it take years to replace a bridge. They take them down and it takes two or three years to replace. This is not an exaggeration. It is ridiculous. Who is in charge of this? They need to be held accountable. Something is very fishy here.
web posted May 25, 2016
New Toy
A  must have in every home in America  !

For  everyone who would rather not have a gun in the house!

In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling, sales of  this new product may  skyrocket. Washington thinks they are going to take away our guns, so  check this out. I like  it!

NAIL GUNS! AND, you don't  even have to REGISTER them  or  have LICENSES for them!  AND,  you don't have to worry about them being CONCEALED! Just a LOT of good stuff to do with THIS! Once in a while something so totally cool comes out that even a guy who doesn't normally even know what he'd like for Father's Day or  Christmas would immediately ask for  it:

Thank you, DeWalt!!!
New  Nail Gun, made by DeWalt. It can drive a 16-D nail through a 2x4 at  200 yards.  This makes construction a breeze, you can sit in your lawn chair and build a fence.
Hundred round magazine.  Someone  invades your home, just nail their butt.
web posted May 24, 2016

Economic development will never come to any area which lack individuals/potential employees   unable to meet  performance requirements.  Education needs to be retooled/repurposed to meet these needs.  John Pettigrew recognizes this and is the Man to get the job done.  What good is a vision without the intestinal fortitude to follow the vision through.  John Pettigrew is a Common Sense Business Man with this vision.  It’s time for a change….VOTE FOR JOHN PETTIGREW! For Senator.
web posted May 24, 2016

The problem with towns like Edgefield is that they have a few “leaders” that have controlled things for too long. Maybe some folks have never known anything differently, but in other places, citizens actually have some say in things.  The house on stilts is just an outward sign of the problems within this town.  The collapsing buildings downtown are another symptom.  It is empty talk when people say how proud they are of a place yet allow things in their own control to fall apart.  If one is truly proud of something, they take care of it and they show their pride.

Whoever is saying it isn’t anyone’s business is totally wrong.  If it affects the community, than it is all our business.   This backward way of looking at things is just a symptom of why places like Edgefield don’t grow or change. Edgefield has so much potential to be a charming place.  How sad that the town leaders, and the town historians,  are unable to really see how to make that happen.  Living in the past and cherishing the past are two different things.  It is fine to cherish one’s history,  but it is important to look to a future for ourselves and our children.  We need to move forward.

We all pay taxes.  We are all citizens and we have a right to ask our town leaders to do the right things. See, it is those leaders that the problem -either they are afraid of change or they are happy with the status quo.  With the power structure in the town of Edgefield I doubt anything will change, at least not in the near future.    So, so sad for the rest of us.  One of these town “leaders” (not in office but in that group)   wants to be a leader at the state level.  Oh me , oh my.  Just remember that when we vote, no one is in that booth with us and we can vote our conscience. 
web posted May 23, 2016
For the past five years...Johnston has been looking like a town run by Democrats. Many homes located along Calhoun Street (Main Street) are run down, overgrown yards or no yards with grass, discarded building materials, and one house which has five junk vehicles parked for all to see. If the town council and Mayor don't enforce ordnances and laws...Johnston will be an embarrassment. It's hard to believe junked vehicles are allowed on any town property. Who's in charge?
web posted May 23, 2016
So it seems like reporting anything to any school in edgefield county is a joke especially Strom Thurmond H.S.. My biggest issue with the school is that they they have this one teacher who is very immature with her mouth and actions, if you are a teacher it's your job to teach not to fit in among the students.  If you constantly tell students they aren't going to be anything it can be partly responsible for how they turn out. If you don't want to deal with the same problems as me I recommend that your child doesn't take (Name of Class Removed) or any other class she teaches.
web posted May 23, 2016

I agree with the poster who complained about the house on stilts in Edgefield.  Why should we the taxpayers in our respective towns not be taken seriously when we make complaints about problems in the towns.  I have been complaining for years on this website about Junky Johnston and still nothing, let me repeat nothing, has been done to alleviate the problems here.  My family and many others have spent considerable resources maintaining our properties to enhance the town's historic features.  On the other hand, many property owners have done nothing but add to the problem.  Our elected leaders do as little they can to help the situation.  The laws on the books are not enforced and those laws do nothing to solve the problem as they are now written.  Too many landlords just pay the fine (if you can even get in touch with them).  The main streets that should be maintained in an especially neat manner have many unsightly properties (commercial and residential).  It is a real shame that those who could do more to alleviate the situation probably just don't care enough or can't see the "forest for the trees!"
web posted May 20, 2016

Re: House on stilts.
Actually, just because it's in town doesn't make it your business.
It really doesn't even look bad, even though it's been there a while. It's clean, it's neat. It's just on stilts.
If you'rs worried about kids playing on it then make sure YOUR kids don't.
Who cares what the owner feels entitled to, really?
Mind your own. You'll be happier.
Folks these days....
web posted May 20, 2016

Regarding the comment “It isn’t yours , it isn’t your problem” in relation to the house on stilts. Yes it belongs to someone else, however the entire town and anyone visiting the town, gets to enjoy the view of that disaster. I agree with the person who asked if there is something that can be done about it. Aren’t  there city codes that should be enforced? I would think that it could be a safety issue. What if someone got hurt around it or in it? Seems like the perfect place for kids to want to investigate etc.  Maybe the owner is a lawyer or something and feels they are protected somehow?

Sometimes that argument about it not being our problem is not true. Something that affects a community is the community’s problem. That is why there are codes that should be in place and enforced.  Again, if nothing else , for the safety of the citizens of the town.  That house is a  big blemish for all of us and it has been there a long, long time.  Seems like whoever the owner is doesn’t give a hoot about this town , its safety or its appearance .  It is just evidence of what the good old boy system in this place has allowed to go on for too, too long.  Sad for this community.

Think about that  good old boy system when you vote in the Republican primary.
web posted May 19, 2016
Re: House on stilts.
""It isn't yours, it's not your problem."
"For Pete's sake why aren't people capable of minding their own business anymore?"

So we shouldn't take pride in our town anymore?!?!  It isn't mine either, but I wish whoever was responsible for it had respect for their fellow citizens and would remove it.  If you want to keep the inside of your house trashed up, feel free.  Otherwse this is a complete eye sore and that makes it our business.
web posted May 19, 2016
Good luck getting anyone to take care of the house on stilts. I have always understood it belongs to one of the illustrious leaders in Edgefield who supposedly loves the town and her history. Kind of sad isn't it? Maybe the house on stilts is a historical marker? Just saying that in jest- we all know what it is.
web posted May 18, 2016
Re: House on stilts.
It isn't yours, it's not your problem.
For Pete's sake why aren't people capable of minding their own business anymore?
web posted May 18, 2016
Can't something be done about the house on stilts behind the Discovery Center? How long does this property have to continue to be an eye sore for our town? We have many visitors come to the Discovery Center and they all see this. There are so many people working hard to improve our town but this and other properties by the same owner just continue to sit and deteriorate. It is truly and embarrassment to the Town of Edgefield!
web posted May 17, 2016

Ok Edgefield County lets get together and line the streets to send our Home town ST Rebels baseball team off to state on Monday! If you can't line the streets come to STHS and cheer the team on the bus!! Time To be announced !
web posted May 16, 2016

Night-time dive near Hawaii, 2 divers were  found by a bottle-nose dolphin and it started to swim around them over and over again. When looking closer, one of them discovered the reason for this strange behavior - the
dolphin had a fishing line hooked around it,  hindering its ability to swim. They cut him free, and the dolphin swam away. The fact that a dolphin would come to humans for help maybe evidence of its' intelligence, as  most injured animals would never come  close to a human. This is amazing to watch and a  life-time  experience for those two divers.
web posted May 16, 2016

I was recently shopping in the town of Ridge Spring and while there I realized the town has free wifi. if this can happen in Ridge Spring.......why not Johnston and Edgefield? Just wondering.
web posted May 13, 2016

Great time at the peach blossom festival, my family had a great time as always
web posted May 9, 2016

I thought this was an awesome story and wanted to share.
Some things really are more important than money....

web posted May 6, 2016

So I heard it seems like selecting a teacher of the year at Parker Elementary is a joke.I also heard that teachers were asked to nominate teachers and the principal dismissed some of the nominees by   throwing out their names because they are too young or haven't been at the school very long so someone did not put their names on the ballet.  Wow she really love her staff.  My question is why ask for teachers to make nominations if she's going to pick who SHE wants? Whats the proper protocol? I'm a concerned parent and at the middle school and the entire staff- custodians- cafeteria workers- assistants- votes but at Parker the staff cannot vote for teacher of year? They are suppose to be a family at Parker but I guess some of the teachers must be distant relatives! Again, whats the protocol.
web posted May 6, 2016

I love how protestors are trying to stop the Trump rallies. they are everything that is wrong with America. Trying to block your constitutional rights because they don't like someone or agree with them maybe they would learn more about politics If they would attend a rally and listen to what he has to say instead of listening to social media. its sad that todays voters get their news from social media instead of looking up accurate facts.
web posted May 2, 2016
I enjoy the restaurants in Edgefield too.  I wish more would stay open longer It would be nice to go to dinner with the family at a local place that is healthier than fast food, or for the younger kids to have a place to go for dates that’s local. 
web posted May 2, 2016
First i want to say i love edgefield and its people,BUT WE are going downhill fast.you can not go anywhere in the evenings to eat besides chinese,mexican,or the stop and puke,three choices thats it.Of all the restaurants in edgefield everyone closes down at 4 or five pm or after lunch....are we just a lunchtime kind of people? I say no.Everyone complains about not making money in the food places here,well you must be open first to make anything and on a regular basis.And everyone wants to know why aiken and augusta does so well with restaurants...they are freaking open 7 days a week.WAKE UP EDGEFIELD.I would much rather spend my money in edgefield co than in aiken or augusta every night.someone please do something.all it takes is one person to serve good food and they would make a fortune in edgefield.
web posted April 29, 2016
So yesterday, I saw the pictures from the recent Little Miss pageant. And the director had the nerve to put  her name as the winner’s parent. So, what are we saying? I do hope that the America’s Distinguished Young Woman of the Year will step in and investigate this program from top to bottom. Something is just not right. So I guess this director will have her own child to win the program in years to come. Where is the fairness?
web posted April 29, 2016

I feel that the Johnston Police Department needs to do something with one of their officers. He releases details from cases that he works on to members of his family. I don't think those parties involved would appreciate when they call for help that the details of their situation will be shared with individuals who do not need to know such personal information. This same police officer also uses town resources (i.e, water and wasting taxpayers money) to wash cars for his personal profit while he is on duty. Also, I guess it's also fine to the Johnston Police Department that one of their officers posts on Facebook for nearly his entire shift. Again, this same officer was sanctioned for even doing this during a training where he took a picture of a colleague without their knowledge and making fun of them. They also need to look into officers sleeping while on duty. I don't think this is the conduct expected of a police officer.
web posted April 29, 2016

Low military pay was not  mentioned in  The State Of The Union speech. Just  increasing the minimum wage was .Hamburgers or Minimum  Wage. For those fast food  employees  striking for $15 an hour, let's do some  math. At $15 an hour, Johnny McFry-Boy would make  $31,200  annually.  An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378. An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service  only makes $35,067 annually.

So you're telling me, Tisha  McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective butts on the line every day protecting you, many times working  24 hrs a day, with NO overtime.

Here's the deal, Baconator, you are  working in a job designed for a kid in  high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have  chosen this as your life-long profession, you have failed.

If you don't want minimum wage, don't have minimum skills. I guess you have to be really smart to understand this. Politicians do not. They just promise more free stuff.  At the cost of someone else's paycheck. Sad, but, I think the public is waking up to the Ponzi scheme.

If you can  read this, thank a teacher.
If it's in English, thank a  Veteran
web posted April 27, 2016

I can’t under stand why Vech. Tags are so high in Edgefield.I am paying 245.00 dollars for a Vech.that 9 years old.The tax office charged me 80 dollars for Vech. Renewal,didn’t they save info from last time I payed for tag?

Editors Note: You can contact the county auditor to discuss, and see if there is an option to reduce.  They look at high millage and take that into consideration.
web posted April 27, 2016

If you really have concerns about Mrs Mims ,by all means let me know.... Give me your name and I will answer any questions you may have.... The fact that you are worried about Mrs Mims has an online degree is unfounded. Sonny Real also has a mail order degree, and when I raised questions of this degree several weeks ago I was to by Mr Real that the online degree was actually Borders are a bowl because it required you to work independently from home and have self-discipline. Sounds like a double standard to me. If Mr. Real follows through with this election I am fully prepared to interview young women from the school that may have some interesting stories to tell about Mr. Real. Anyone that was involved with Strom Thurmond High School is  aware of the allegations of Mr. Real and the young ladies that attended the school at the time that he was a resource officer there. Allegations were covered up by the sheriffs department and will be requested as soon as possible. Sunny I'm asking you to drop out of this race before it gets ugly and families are ruined
web posted April 27, 2016

Reply to "how is she going to manage tax dollars if she cant manage her own finances. People better wake up "  Obviously nobody was worried about this little problem when they put ECSD facilities superintendent in charge of a multi-million dollar budget. And as far as pettigrew goes. Has he ever had a 'real' job to gain any life experiences?  All I ever remember of him was riding on his daddys name and reputation at pendarvis  and being a part time used car salesman. You have to ask yourself. Does he really care about the constituents in this district ? 
web posted April 27, 2016
John Pettigrew is a nice guy. But what is he going to do better than Sen. Massey? John's track record is not one of success, except for being a used car salesman. He has been a legislator, Mayor, County Adminstrator. What were his accomplishments in those jobs? Why is he no longer in any of those jobs? If he couldn't complete tasks back then, how will things be different now? If you are happy with Edgefield County's progress now then vote for Shane. If you want to step back in time then vote for John. I am voting for and supporting Shane!
web posted April 26, 2016

Frankly, I don’t really care about that meeting John Pettigrew was at or who invited him to go. The only problem with that whole scenario, and I was not there so I am speaking from what was shared here, was the appearance it gave. It must have seemed like that Mr. Pettigrew was in support of Senator Massey (Shane must have thought so if he asked Mr. Pettigrew to give the invocation). Mr. Pettigrew could have passed on giving that invocation. He also could have been up front and honest with Shane and told him that he was going to run against him.   If Mr. Pettigrew did indeed announce his candidacy that next day. then he knew (and I would guess his cronies knew)  he was running.  I guess the reality was that he wanted to run.  There was that snafu with getting his paperwork in on time and Mr. Pettigrew couldn’t get on the ballot.   The meeting talked about has the appearance to some out here of being deceptive.  This is not meant to disparage Mr. Pettigrew, it is stating a fact of what it looks like to some of us.   Again, it doesn’t matter who invited Mr. Pettigrew to the meeting, or even whether or not he really wanted attend.  Seriously, that is not the issue here.  It is the appearance of deception.  Many out here are tired of being deceived.  Some have been greatly deceived  by the “leadership” in Edgefield so  it makes them cautious of anything that seems deceptive from that “leadership”.   If it walks like a duck , and talks like a duck, it is probably a duck.

I still want to see some new, clear and specific ideas from Mr. Pettigrew.  I don’t want to hear accusations . I am older and I have seen a lot of life.  I take a call from God seriously, but I have also learned not to follow someone because they say they are called by God.  I am not questioning Mr. Pettigrew’s call,  I am  just saying it is not a reason to vote for him.
web posted April 26, 2016

I do not know Mrs. Mims who has filed to run for the Clerk of Court position. I believe it is the same individual who filed to run for the Council back in 2012. Her bio states she is with Gleams Head Start, but I thought it was Gleamns which is actually the SC Commission dealing with Head Start for this and 6 other areas in SC. Maybe it's just a typo...maybe they have both.
When people post their academic credentials as part of their bio, I always look it up...always. Studying Business Administration and Human Resources at Colorado Technical College has been Colorado Technical University for around 20 years. It has no affiliation with the State of Colorado. Their online programs result in a 24% completion rate and their campus graduation rate is 27%. Mrs. Mims does not indicate if she graduated or is she took online courses as opposed to studying in residence at one of their facilities.
web posted April 26, 2016

The 2016 Edgefield County National Day of Prayer event, Wake up America, will take place on Thursday, May 5th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Walk of Faith Church, 757 Highway 121, Johnston, SC. Come as you are- casual and after work attire. There will be a Love offering taken at the Service. This is an opportunity as believers to come together in prayer for our nation and its leaders. Please join us!
web posted April 26, 2016
Re:  Being a woman
I guess it depends on who the woman is; I am sorry that you feel ‘talked down to’ or patronized.  However, a lot of smart, capable, strong women have said they never felt that way when conversing with Mr. Pettigrew.  In fact, they are for him.  VOTE FOR CHANGE! VOTE JOHN PETTIGREW!  By the way, it seems Donald Trump is leading with votes because the public believes ‘he tells it like it is’.  Others say he’s condescending.  Whichever, he’s ahead.
web posted April 26, 2016

Why does this Mims lady want an elected position? She tried in 2012 for school board also. I heard someone gave her the filing fee which more than $1000 from a single person is against election laws. Also can she be bonded with bankruptcy on her credit report? How's she planning on managing tax dollars if she can't manage her own finances? People better wake up!
web posted April 26, 2016

I have seen his voting record and he wasn’t there to vote for a lot of important measures that would help SC.  Also, you have your story wrong about Shane Massey inviting John Pettigrew to the meeting.  It was another individual whom Hosted  the meeting and other politicians were also there.  John Pettigrew was reluctant to go; advising the Host. he was considering  running for the Senate.  The Host said that is alright just come anyway.  Mr. Pettigrew was requested to give the invocation (as he does at numerous functions) and asked the Lord to Guide all present in making their decisions.  So, let’s not start fabricating stories just to slander a good person.  VOTE FOR JOHN PETTIGREW FOR SENATOR!
web posted April 25, 2016

I have written a couple of things about Mr. Pettigrew, not disparaging (although others have said a few things that were more personal), but I did point out some things to think about. If someone is going to run for office they need to own up to their own mistakes, not take things personally and lay out the specifics of what they plan to do that is better than the person they are running against. Facts are facts in some cases.  One needs to be very strong to be in a political race and one needs to know that not everyone is going to jump on their bandwagon.  If God has called Mr. Pettigrew to run, then that is really great.  I respect that.  However, I still think it is OK to ask legitimate questions of a candidate.  Being called by God to do this does not take away the responsibility to answer the hard questions. So far I have not heard a lot of specific things Mr. Pettigrew plans to do that are any different or better than what we have with Senator Massey.

If God has called Mr. Pettigrew  to do this, and I am not questioning that in any way,  then I would guess God has  also laid on his heart what needs to be done.  God will also give him the strength and grace to handle this political race.  Politics is a rough , rough business and one needs very thick skin to deal with some of the arrows that will come.  Maybe Senator Massey has also had a calling to do this, I don’t know.   One cannot expect some kind of special circumstance or treatment because they feel God has called them to be involved in a political race.  Just a mind wandering…
web posted April 25, 2016

Just Wandering ----The reason  Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy,  Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T. Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara ... and, of course, Opie-- all single.
The only married  person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.
web posted April 25, 2016

f you’re Active or Veteran Military, Law enforcement, firefighter or EMT please note that Oath Keepers has an active chapter in Aiken, which serves the CSRA area.  You are invited to attend their monthly meeting at the Wagener VFW post May 7th from 5pm to 7pm. The address is 151 Thornridge, Wagener, SC.  The directions are :  Hwy 39 from Wagener toward Perry and turn right at the Water tower....there will also be a sign there.....take a left at the next road and the post is ca half down on the right.

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”   Oath Keepers reaches out to both current serving and veterans to remind them of their oaths, to teach them more about the Constitution they swore to defend, and to inspire them to defend it. See below for details on how we do that.

web posted April 25, 2016

Being a woman, I cannot, in good conscience, vote for Mr. Pettigrew. I and other women that I know have, on multiple occasions been "talked down to" and made to feel like we should be in the kitchen instead of doing something important. In fact, I have seen and heard Mr. Pettigrew speak in a very condescending way or simply talk over in a loud voice, to both men and women. We have a good man in the SC senate. We do not need a bully.
web posted April 25, 2016
I still have not heard specifics that Shane Massey has not done for his constituents. With all the crazy stuff going on in the national election and all the maneuvering and lack of “we the people” speaking, why don’t we be thankful we have a good leader on the local level?   I just do not see what Mr. Pettigrew could possibly do for us that has or is not already being done. I  have concern about all the connections Mr. Pettigrew seems to have in Edgefield. To the normal person out here, some of those connections are just the old way things have always been done in Edgefield. Do we want that influence at a state level?   Sometimes we need to think outside the box of the “leaders” in Edgefield.  In a small area it is hard to do,  but it is healthy and refreshing to do that.

Shane has built respect and support in the Senate. I am proud of him and proud that he is from here. I think that is a great thing for the Edgefield area.  It certainly seems he has represented us well so why mess that up?
web posted April 21, 2016

Perhaps GOD guided John Pettigrew to run for Senator!  You are using petty remarks to disparage John Pettigrew.  If these samples you provide are the worst you can come up with; it’s time for you to go back to elementary school where your immature remarks would be more suitable.  To bring business and development to a County, it takes a TEAM.  John Pettigrew has been very successful and active on the County’s behalf in coordinating with motivated business leaders to do this.  Let’s give him a chance to see what he is able to accomplish.
web posted April 21, 2016
I enjoyed reading the letter from Ms. Wright concerning the recent Little Junior Miss pageant. My biggest concern is that my child attends Douglas Elementary, and we were not even given applications until one day before the deadline. I called the director as listed on the form and left four different messages, but I did not receive a return call. I explained the lateness of our receipt of the application, but she never let us know if we could still enter. I knew of seven children who would have competed. So, I wonder if she did have a plot to prevent many African American girls from entering. It just all seems a little “fishy” since the director does teach at Wardlaw Academy. I even called Wardlaw Academy and left my name for her to return my call, but I still heard nothing.
web posted April 21, 2016
In regards of the noise you are hearing, it is more than likely Trantec or the high voltage electric fence at the prison. I have heard the humming of the fence before. The sound probably travels farther now that the woods have been cut all around there.
web posted April 21, 2016

I love reading about things like the SET program for high school girls . I hope a lot of Edgefield girls participate in this. With all the negatives in our world and country, we need to encourage our young people to set goals, shoot for the stars and do things to change the future. The future is in the hands of the younger people in this country. We need to pray for them and continue to stress education and betterment to them.  This program sounds wonderful!!!
web posted April 20, 2016

I am very concerned over the recent Little Junior Miss pageant held in conjunction with Edgefield’s Distinguished Young Woman program. The program book plainly lists the mother of one of the winners as the coordinator of the program. And the child’s picture was the only one placed in the program. I do not understand how this program can promote Being Your Best Self while they allow this type of unethical behavior. How many pageant directors can get away with their own child winning. And furthermore, the overall director refers to the winner as “her grandchild” and the child’s mother as “her daughter”. To me, it seems the other poor children did not stand a chance. So directors, do the right thing since you rigged the winners and refund everyone’s money and try to make amends. That would at least be more ethical instead of what you have done.
web posted April 20, 2016

Anyone have ideas about the seemingly constant low decibel mechanical noise/ drone in the area lately , particularly the last months. No it’s not cicada’s, aliens, lizard man, etc… At first I thought it was a locomotive parked somewhere on nearby tracks late at night running one of the engines. On calm nights you can rarely hear them even though they are miles and miles away – from us anyway just a few miles south of Edgefield. The sound reminds me of one of those old DC-9’s going overhead – except the noise doesn’t pass as a plane would. It’s fairly continuous and has gotten annoying, especially in the evenings/ at night. What is unusual is that if you go outside during the day some of the general/ natural outside noise can mask it at times – but it resonates inside a quiet home. I most suspect something at the Bluegrass quarry like a crusher, etc..., but I do not believe they would/ should be allowed to operate at night – right?. The Martin Marietta quarry in Augusta does not appear to operate nights or Sundays – as it should be to avoid disturbing the private citizens who live nearby. So if it’s not planes, trains, or quarries – what is it? There is really not much local heavy industry in the county either. We have had this property, about five miles down the Cedar Creek valley/ bottom from the Federal Prison (and nearby quarry and NWTF site) for twenty plus, and actually lived here going on eight years. Other than the occasional noises such as a neighbors annoying dog, a siren out on Sweetwater Road, a tractor, planes, etc.., it’s generally peaceful and extremely quiet.
web posted April 20, 2016

Re: I am not belittling Shane’s history of good deeds……I am saying it’s time for change.  John Pettigrew is much more approachable and responsive to resident’s needs .  He has my and many other’s votes.

Have you seen Shane's voting record?  He doesn't exactly vote with the status quo.  He is THE change agent and his entire approach in being senator is to change up Columbia and South Carolina.  It takes time and he is accomplishing what he needs.

But let's back up...four years ago, Shane Massey invited John Pettigrew to a gathering of supporters as he was planning to announce he was running for reelection.  John Pettigrew was invited (by Shane) and gave the invocation.  You know...a prayer asking God to help guide Shane and give him the wisdom to lead our area and state. What does John Pettigrew do the NEXT morning?  He announces he is running against Shane for his senate seat.   The seat he just prayed the day before for God Almighty to lead Shane in guiding him to make the decisions in our best interest.   

That is the character of John Pettigrew. 
web posted April 20, 2016
Come out and support the Strom Thurmond JV and Varsity baseball teams on April19th at the Rebel Zone first pitch is at 5:00 . Varsity Seniors will be recognized after the JV game . Let's pack the park for an evening of Rebel Baseball.
web posted April 19, 2016

I failed to see what the wonderful things were that Shane Massey did for SC nor Edgefield County for that matter.  Define ego please (in your words).  Since you appear to be a sidewalk psychoanalyst please explain Shane Massey’s motivation behind running for Senator.  I am not belittling Shane’s history of good deeds……I am saying it’s time for change.  John Pettigrew is much more approachable and responsive to resident’s needs .  He has my and many other’s votes.
web posted April 19, 2016

I agree that Shane Massey has done a really good job. No specifics were given on how” he had tried but could have done more”. What is the” more” he could have done?  To me, that is someone just saying in a polite, southern way that Shane has failed somehow.  I am very concerned about a “homegrown” person who is so connected to all the quote leaders in Edgefield. For us regular folks out here, I am not so sure that is the leadership we need or want.  I like Shane a lot. My feeling is, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

I remember the craziness a few years ago when someone (I believe it was Mr. Pettigrew) was trying to get on the ballot to run against Shane and didn’t get the paperwork in on time (or whatever the reason was).  I also remember the response that person , the one who had failed to do what they needed to do in a timely manner.  To me the response was childish.  If you are going to do something important, be sure your ducks are in a row.  If you are going to run to be a leader, check everything out ahead.  If one wants to be a leader, they need to be responsible enough to do what needs to be done and if they fail to do that, then they should own up to their mistake and not blame others or the system.  That whole issue a few years ago just left a really bad taste in my mouth.

My vote will be for Shane. I think he has done a great job and has shown strength and grace in his leadership.  No politician is ever perfect but I think he is the best choice for us! 
web posted April 18, 2016
Not to sound ungrateful but I think people could use something better than a cup. Maybe a gift card to  a grocery store or department store. Even if its only 10 dollars. It would help in this economy when prices are steadily rising. Just a thought.
web posted April 18, 2016

People, don't be fooled. John Pettigrew cannot do anything any better than Shane Massey. Ask Mr. Pettigrew why he wants to run against Massey. You'll get some babble about a few issues. The real reason is ego. He cannot stand not being in the limelight. Mr. Pettigrew couldn't make it as County Administrator but some of you want him to be our Senator? Mr Pettigrew is completely wrong for the job. Massey gets my vote every time.
web posted April 18, 2016
Augusta- Richmond County sheriffs department steroid investigation/
Hit a little close to home... Does it not???
I feel as if I have been a Target of one of these Steroid Raging Cops myself, if you feel that you
Have also, please file a report along with me on Monday.

I called this one only a mere week or so ago!!!!!. Edgefield County Sheriffs department has
More than the national average number on raging Cops on steroids. It doesn't take a degree in rocket science to figure out that we have a few ( that means ->1) deputies that are shooting the juice....

It's not all that hard to figure out.  Signs to watch for...( Driving patrol car out of county to workout at anther gym then the Local one we have here that gives discounts , but on the down side they also know what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication, and what can be accomplished with a syringe and juice.

Editors Note: These are strong accusations. I personally have not noticed any signs of steroid use in our officers.  However, if this is what you believe, I would contact the Sheriff.
web posted April 18, 2016

I guess the person who is promoting Mr.  Pettigrew for Senator Massey's seat hasn't seen this.  Just wondering what Mr. Pettigrew thinks he can get done that Mr. Massey hasn't.  http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article70288137.html.  If you have followed Mr. Massey the past few years you will see this is well deserved.  Should be an interesting time in Edgefield.
web posted April 15, 2016

I agree with we need change. I also think John Pettigrew is that choice. He has my vote!
web posted April 15, 2016

The comment about the eyesores in Edgefield was in reference to bringing people into Edgefield for things like Master’s week. The point was obviously missed by some. If Edgefield wants to stay vital and alive, there are issues some may not see. I frankly don’t care one way or another about the eyesores-they don’t affect me in any way and are none of my business.   It certainly isn’t my responsibility or job to clean up anyone else’s mess.  I am pretty sure we all know who owns the house on slabs that sits behind the Discovery Center (one place visitors come to and they see that house when they park in the parking lot) . Seriously, think about the perception that gives.   As far as being an outsider, I use that term because I didn’t grow up here but I have lived here a long time. Yes, again it isn’t any of my business,  but if you want any new life and business in this town (and that was the point being made in the original comment… it was just misunderstood) take an honest look at what is here.  Or just sit and live in the past, celebrate your history and don’t grow.  It is up to you.  Try to read comments in context and don’t be so blind or afraid of change. Sometimes constructive criticism is not a bad thing.  Edgefield is a great place and could just be better, that’s all.
web posted April 14, 2016

What can you tell us about Mr Clancy former principal being arrested on March 31 in NC?

Editors Note: As of now, all the information we have can be found here.  Mr. Clancy will be in court again on April 25th, more information should be available then. 
web posted April 14, 2016

I implore Edgefield, South Carolinians to get out and vote for JOHN PETTIGREW for Senator.
Shane Massey has been doing his best; but his best is just not good enough.  We need change.
Shane is stating that he is going to initiate change in the old establishment; he hasn’t done it so
far, so let’s try it from a new perspective.  JOHN PETTIGREW!

John is a home grown, highly educated man, an attorney familiar with a multitude of knowledge
Pro-active with development programs that serve economic growth to Edgefield County.  He is approachable, excellent listener, compassionate and if  he can’t get the support from his peers…NO ONE CAN!  JOHN PETTIGREW FOR SENATOR!
web posted April 14, 2016

Congratulations to the Coaches and players of Strom Thurmond Varsity baseball team for being the Region 2-A Champs 2016. Come out and support the Rebels on Friday@ST7:00pm First Pitch . Let's Pack The Zone
web posted April 14, 2016

Re: Unfortunately in Edgefield there seem to be a lot of eyesores and properties that need attention.

Maybe you should offer to help the owners of said eyesores clean up their property. If you receive an answer of no thanks, kindly minding your own business would be the appropriate thing to do.
Outsiders should learn to do that instead of trying to force his neighbor to conform to his own sense of whatever is aesthetically appealing.
If it isn't yours and it's causing no harm, mind your own business. Works for most of us.
web posted April 13, 2016

I have always appreciated Shane Massey and his leadership. I know someone else is running for his seat, or at least I think I understand that correctly.  My understanding is that Mr. Pettigrew is a pretty established person in Edgefield and is close to the hierarchy in Edgefield.  I guess I have a little concern over that in that some of the leadership seems to be the good old boy types. Maybe I am wrong and would like to be better informed if I am. I like to be an informed voter.  Being rather new to the area (“new”  in southern terms=I wasn’t born here) I have seen first hand what the good old boy system has done to hurt some of the citizens of Edgefield county.  I worry that this kind of establishment thinking would not be good for us to embrace as state. A small town is one thing, a state is another.  Just a mind wandering and wondering.
web posted April 13, 2016

When did ( Name Removed) a store in Edgefield get a new manager and when did they stop teaching managers how to speak and be pleasant with the customers. I unfortunately got the wrong end of the stick when being "helped" by the new store manager, when I asked her about the ad and the coupon that went along with the ad, in which I also told her that if the coupons didn't work to not worry about it. She grabbed an ad and looked at the coupons then said "although it does supposed to have a coupon for what you're purchasing this is not the correct coupon" I responded with "thank you ma'am I just wanted to make sure" and she responds with "well since you're going to argue about it I'll just give you the $1 off each because I don't argue with you people!"  Even though I was taken back by her response I still responded with "no ma'am I wasn't arguing with you I just wanted to make sure and I apologize if you took it that way" she responded by rolling her eyes. I've never been treated that way in any store I go into especially since I thought the Edgefield community was one big happy family, I guess she's not from here. I really hope the rest of her employees don't feed off how she acts; my question is where do I file a complaint?
web posted April 12, 2016

I don’t know what store is sitting empty on 25, but I would hope no one would have to get hurt for someone to take responsibility for their property. Maybe I misread that comment. Unfortunately in Edgefield there seem to be a lot of eyesores and properties that need attention. It is too bad that some of those who claim to love Edgefield so much, do so little to maintain things. Maybe it is just an outsider’s observation but to one who did not grow up there, I notice the way many of the things look.  I think folks grow accustomed to things and don’t realize what they look like to outsiders. If folks want things like Master’s business in Edgefield, or any new business in Edgefield, things need to change for sure.  Change is not a popular word in some circles around here.
web posted April 12, 2016
The old store on 25 that is closed  and about to be demolished due to the road construction now belongs to the contractor on his project. 2 months ago the building was broken into and to date this building is still standing wide open. They have been contacted and so has SCDOT. The building is an accident and lawsuit waiting to happen. I would love to see someone get hurt in the building and sue the pants off of him. He is negligent and irresponsible.
web posted April 8, 2016
Re:Master's Week is upon us… sure hope it brings some business to Edgefield.
Really? At lunch time where do you expect them to park? Court is in session. Most places close at 5pm so there are very few choices after a day in Augusta. I guess you could take photos of the square and stroll around the block. That might take a good ten minutes. If you want visitors to come to town you need to be open.  The only hotel in town quadruples it rate. Southern hospitality?
web posted April 8, 2016

I am so tired of all the election news. I have to believe there is a lot more going on in the world than all the crazy hoopla over this election. Yes, it is important, but it has become a circus. I find the whole thing a bit embarrassing as this whole process has become such a game . The game is on both side, Democratic and Republican. This delegate issue is going to be a real mess on both sides. I wonder who the delegates are from our area and what their loyalties are. That would be telling , especially with the Senate primary we have in June. Hmmmm.... just a mind wandering.
web posted April 8, 2016

What You Need To Know About The Government Manipulating You Through Social Media
web posted April 6, 2016

Why is there a sheriff deputy at Merriwether Middle School every day? is the school that bad? Who pays for his time? It seems that money could be better spent on a teacher or road patrol.

Editors Note: Most schools have resource officers, I'm sure if something did happen at the school you would be pretty happy that officer was there. 
web posted April 6, 2016

So when will the primary be for the Senate race? Should be an interesting one.

Editors Note: The state primary election will be held June 14th.
web posted April 6, 2016
Are Ashcraft and Blackwell running again? Have not seen a campaign ad for them

Editors Note:  Neither Blackwell nor Ashcraft will be running for another term.  Scott Cooper and Art Biggs will be running in their place
web posted April 5, 2016

How foolish of California and New York to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour!!! Hope they are ready to pay big money.  Let's hope South Carolina doesn’t make the same mistake.  What a shove in the face to our hard working military, EMT's, and Officers.  
web posted April 5, 2016
Read Slowly.
The folks who are getting the free stuff  don't like The folks who are paying for the free stuff, because
The folks who are paying for the  free stuff   can no longer Afford to pay for both the  free stuff  and their own stuff.

And the folks who are paying for the free stuff Want the free stuff to stop.
And the folks who are getting the  free stuff   want even more Free stuff  on top of the  free stuff  they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay For the free stuff  have told the people who are RECEIVING The free stuff  that the people who are PAYING for the Free stuff  are being mean, prejudiced, racist and un-American.

So... The people who are GETTING the  free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the Free stuff  by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff  and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting  free stuff  than paying for the  Free stuff .

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200  and 250  years after being founded.The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in1776,  238 years ago.
The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying
the free stuff.                                                     
Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.


A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!
web posted April 4, 2016

First let me say that our EMS service does a great job with the limited resources our county provides them. I happen to be listening to the scanner this morning and heard a call from the 911 center for Johnston.  The current 2 ambulances are out on calls and no McCormick or Saluda units are available at the time. The EMS unit ask to tone out first responders , Johnston has none so then what? Johnston fire department has no first responders , Mayor what the heck!

However no ambulance  goes back to our wonderful County Council and the ordinance they enacted for all the transport companies that make money in our county but never have to respond to any 911 calls. Why? The ordinance states that the transport company are responsible to respond but never do EVER!!!  The sheriff department doesn't even know how to contact them why?

Dean Campbell you are running again for Council but the town you represent you can't provide 911 service to. You don't enforce the ordinance you help write,  I think its time for a change, I guess it will take one of the Economic Development elite to have a heart attack to realize you are under served by 911 and your boy Dean can't get the job done!
web posted April 4, 2016

Master's Week is upon us… sure hope it brings some business to Edgefield
web posted April 1, 2016

I would like to express my gratitude to the Edgefield EMT 's who responded to my call for help this morning.  They were knowledgeable and compassionate and possibly saved my husband's life.  Thank you so much.
web posted April 1, 2016

RE: Douglas Not Being Cleaned. Wow, I can’t believe that no one commented about the subject of the post. People only commented about how it was written. The school not being properly cleaned was gist of the post. The grammar was not correct but you missed the whole point of the post. People are so judgmental. The poster was trying to get a point across, which they did, but was attacked for it. That’s why nothing ever gets done.
web posted March 31, 2016

Re: Kim Jung Un or Obama, and now we are considering a first term senator with no other qualifications?
Think about it!
web posted March 31, 2016

Crisis Actors, Have any of you ever seen this. Very disturbing. We are so being lied to. Look it up on you tube. Too much to be untrue.
web posted March 31, 2016

Where Family and Community to come together to share community events and have healthy conversations about the happenings around the county.  Can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
web posted March 31, 2016
RE: I have been working at Douglas Elementary for some years now...     WOW! I just pray you are not a teacher because your grammar and manner of speaking is atrocious. How you wrote your post made you sound uneducated.
web posted March 30, 2016

In response to the person that works at Douglas Elementary School…

I hope that the poster that sent this in to Wandering Minds isn’t a teacher. This person had bad grammar, misspelled numerous words…

I certainly hope this wasn’t a teacher, if so, these kids will not get a very good education. Not only the conditions at the school needs attention, but the teaching staff as well.
web posted March 30, 2016

How embarrassing for Douglas Elementary, not that the school is not being cleaned properly, but that there is an employee who writes in to a public forum when he/she cannot write a coherent sentence using proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling.  I certainly hope that this employee is employed in a position that does not require them to work directly with students.  I would hate to think that he/she is passing on their 'skills' to the students.
web posted March 30, 2016

I have been working at Douglas Elementary for some years now...and for the last past 2 years I been here this school have been so out of control the restroom that the staff and students use always absolutely nasty and dirty..it's spider webs all in the classrooms and hallways..the front office carpet have an bad oder whenever you enter the office!! I'm sick of coming in too work under these conditions!! I have parents asking me who is in charge of making show the school is clean because they are not doing a great job at it!! I hope this reach the right person so a change can come this away!!I just feel like the district office don't care about Douglas or whatever we go threw down here.. I just hope something can be done about this matter!!
web posted March 29, 2016

Kim Jung Un had NO military experience whatsoever before Daddy made him a four-star general.
This snot-nosed twerp had never accomplished anything in his life that would even come close to
military leadership.
He hadn't even so much as led a Cub Scout troop, coached a sports team, or commanded a military platoon.
So he is made the "Beloved Leader" Of North Korea.
Oh crap!  I'm sorry...
I just remembered that we did the same thing.
We took an arrogant phony community organizer, who had never worn a uniform, and made him Commander-in-Chief.
 A guy, who had never had a real job, worked on a budget, or led anything more than an ACORN demonstration, and we made him "Beloved Leader" of the United States - Twice!!!!!
So if you think North Koreans are stupid...
I'm sorry I brought this up . .. . Never mind.
web posted March 26, 2016

Anyone else bothered by pictures of our President at a Cuban baseball game and dancing in Cuba following the terror attack in Belgium?  Then he moves on to Argentina. What is this, the Communist tour for spring break? I just shake my head at the obvious disregard this administration has for the reality of what is happening in the world. I guess nothing should interfere with a family vacation that we all get to pay for. Hopefully we won’t pay the price of more terror attacks here. Americans were targeted and attacked in Belgium but the attitude of our President seemed pretty callous.  Maybe his legacy is more important to him, but what will his real legacy be?  I guess it is the fundamental change of this country. Sad for those of us who have always loved our country the way it was.
web posted March 26, 2016

Re: ST athletic director needs to seriously look at the softball program.
All you have to do is look at the coach to see the reason why the players would want to quit. She's the worst kind of bully and has no idea how to motivate the players. The only coaching tool she knows how to use is screaming. She has serious anger issues.
web posted March 26, 2016

Well, I have not been a big Trump supporter but now I am reconsidering. He seems the strongest in regard to national security, border control etc. Some of his crazy claims are just that, claims, but he is making more sense to me as a candidate. When I see what the Republican party is doing to derail him I am  really troubling. Romney campaigning in states for various candidates just to keep Trump from winning?  How double minded is that? I thought I respected Romney at one point but that respect is totally gone. My respect for Cruz is gone too-- going after Trump's wife is as low as what he did to Carson in Iowa. Sleezy- just keep holding up your Bible, Ted.  Seriously, how hypocritical can one be?  I know Jeff Duncan supports Cruz,  but I hope he is watching what is going on. I have always respected Jeff Duncan but many of us are watching what he is doing for "we the people".

The establishment is so scared. Makes one wonder why-you don't have to think real hard to figure it out. They will risk losing an election in order to keep their own jobs. The R or D behind the names of most of these folks don't matter-look at what happens.  None of these folks want to lose their power. Look at what happened to Eric Cantor. Hopefully we will see more like him lose elections.

I am so sick of the Republican party. I am at the point that if they pull the shananagans I think they are going to at the convention, I will no longer consider myself a Republican. They are just a bunch of power hungry people who do not care about "we the people".  "We the people" need to wake up!!!!
web posted March 24, 2016
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web posted March 24, 2016
What a great thing to see Merriwether expanding their department!  Great news for the Merriwether community!
web posted March 23, 2016

oboma likes to give the USA the finger every chance he has.  Look at the third picture down in the link.  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/conservative-freakout-obama-che-guevera-photo
web posted March 23, 2016
John Kasich is establishment through and through!!! I heard him last night say he would consider this current Supreme Court nominee . He sounds so nice and calm yet he has supported some liberal things. Why does someone who has only won one state stay in the race- a spoiler? Or has he been promised things from the establishment? Please!!!! Don't fall for the Republican establishment message! They have only served themselves.
web posted March 23, 2016
ST athletic director needs to seriously look at the softball program. If things continue the way they are the program will never reach its full potential. Half of the girls are ready to walk away and that can't happen. The team is loaded with talent and can easily compete at a high level but only if the correct changes are made.
web posted March 23, 2016
I wish Kasich could win the presidency.  He seems to be such an honest and great man, he would good this country on the right path for sure.  As for Donald Trump, I'm a little concerned
web posted March 22, 2016

A MUST WATCH!!!! A truly sad story!
If anyone wonders what is wrong with our great country, merely watch this video.
 This is a video that every American should see....   AND FULLY COMPREHEND
The very sad part about this most will take a look at it, and then delete it because it may be controversial. And that is the problem with the world we live in today. Most are not willing to admit to how bad things are right now and are not willing to step up and be heard.
The Third Row?
www. youtube .com/watch_ popup ?v=hxlcVAEj0sM& vq =large
web posted March 21, 2016

People need to keep listening to Dr. Ben Carson. Wise, wise man!!!!
web posted March 21, 2016

This is a must listen for all our children.  Generations has worked to provide so that you may have the best opportunities.  The question is what are you going to do with the advantages.  Will you continue the cycle or will you break it and change for future generations.  Here in America you have choices.  
web posted March 21, 2016

With health and safety being the utmost concern on most peoples' minds why in the world is it so difficult to find online the Edgefield County ordinance dealing with the restriction on residential backyard shooting? There is way too much abuse in the county on this issue (most of which goes under reported).  It appears to me the restriction is not accessible enough to educate the average citizen who chooses to either obey the ordinance or not.
web posted March 21, 2016

Ref: "Things are heating up for the Republican party."
I agree with this article. The problem is "YOU CANNOT FIX STUPID"
web posted March 18, 2016

Re... The officers where fully prepared to try this case. Keep in mind that this case was from 2014. If they didnt want to waste there time trying the case it would have been simple enough to dismiss the case before it cost the taxpayers money. We later found out that the case was dismissed due the officers lack of knowledge about trials and didnt have paperwork that was needed. We could here the officers arguing in the backabout the dismissal. Also this is the same officer that has had numerous complaints on him that nothing was done about. Someone just decided to call his bluff.
web posted March 18, 2016

Johnston is a disgrace. "Cops are crooks, crooks roam free, and they won't leave law abiding citizens be"  3 of officers arrested. That's a red flag they need to clean house and start over.

Editors Note:  As far as we know, these are rumors, no one currently on the Johnston Police Department has been arrested.
web posted March 18, 2016

He already had clear ideas.....Could this man be the next President of the United States of America.......hopefully he would do a better job than Obama: Click video here.
web posted March 18, 2016
So I was called to stand jury duty in edgefield magistrate court on August 15th. I arrive and was chosen as part of the jury. After about an hour we was told we was dismissed. I later found out that the trial was for dus and that the charge was dismissed. So u mean to tell me that the officer involved a Johnston officer is so incompetent that he cant make a simple arrest for dus. What a waste of taxpayers money. He should be fired.

Editors Note: The person who was charged with the DUS probably took it to court to fight it, and requested a jury.  Officers generally don't want to waste their time with trials like this either. 
web posted March 17, 2016

Things are heating up for the Republican party. There is no way John Kasich can get even close to enough delegates. Goodness! Looks like Trump will be short and so will Cruz. After all this craziness, the party is saying there may be some unknown conservative to vote for. Seriously, they are going to divide more than the party already is? I guess they want to hand it to Hillary. How dumb can these people remain to be? The establishment will stop at nothing to keep control. They totally don't get what is causing the anti establishment feeling in this country. They are so ignorant and proud. They may destroy the Republican party as we know it. Funny thing...they are destroying themselves. So called smart people doing stupid, stupid things.
web posted March 17, 2016

I noticed you had the Fox Creek vs Thurmond girls softball score in the headlines but no mention of the Fox Creek vs Thurmond baseball score anywhere.

Editors Note: A patron of the Girls Softball Team wrote the article and sent it to us. We never asked the person to do so, they just wanted to get the word out to the readers.  We never received an article about the baseball team, had we, it would have been posted as well. 
web posted March 16, 2016

I'm just wondering how someone on parole for the murder of someone is out now and doing everything that a civilian can do. I mean going to Augusta getting tattoos, drinking in bars and also being put on an every 3 month check in. It's  obviously not the way they should be treated, it's all over fb, it's all in everyone's face but yet the parole officer sets back and let's it happen. Think the only way to handle is to put it on here Because other wise it will be a good ole boy type of thing and that's where line needs to be drawn. There are kids being told they can be in gangs and they are not obligated to anything because they are the children of the certain someone. I don't know what everyone else thinks about all of this but if something is not done soon,  who knows what this county is headed for. Well maybe we can let the community handle it and stand up for what's right.
web posted March 16, 2016

This burning is out of hand. Time to start issuing permits. The whole County reeks of smoke. The Westside is so thick with smoke it is leaking in the house. Someone needs to do something. 
web posted March 16, 2016
I stand corrected about the medical facility thing but I still think there has to be more to it. Is there a feud or something between these two doctors? Goodness sakes! I know Edgefield is a small town but seriously, if this is the case and people are not getting the medical care needed due to silliness like this, I am really surprised. I have chosen to go into North Augusta and Augusta for medical care so I am totally unaware of these things. I know the medical community is in trouble with all the Obamacare stuff but not seeing your own patients in the hospital is really bad. Maybe that is a hospital policy, that who sees you in the ER carries on your care during your stay? It is just that in a small town, one would think a doctor who knows you would at least stop in to see how you are, not to treat you, but to be a caring friend. Seems like there is a lack of heart somewhere in this story.
web posted March 15, 2016

An Edgefield Medical Facility lost a very important member of their staff last year and I don't think they plan to replace them. Ever since this Physician's Assistant left, things have not been the same. If you call to schedule an appointment, it will usually take between one and two weeks to be seen. They have two great doctors working at the clinic, but they can only see so many people at a time.

A doctor ( name removed) left an Edgefield Facility years ago for reasons that I am unaware, other than to start their own practice. I'd like to know who says that a doctor is "not allowed" to see a patient after being seen by them and why.
web posted March 15, 2016
One Must wonder what the Drug Testing Policy is @ ECSO. The use of the anabiotic steroids are running rampant through the police community, not only around the country, The State of South Carolina and right here in Edgefield County. It is obvious that we have at least (2) Officers here in the county that are (Blatantly Flaunting) the fact that they use Anabiotic Steroids to pump up. If the Sheriff can't get control over this we just need to send Him Walking..... There are at least (2) Very Qualified law-enforcement officers here in the county that should Run for County Sheriff and would have a great chance of winning.
web posted March 15, 2016

In reference to the Edgefield Medical Facilities, I had a family member who has been see at a facility all her life. She became quite ill and was taken to the facility twice in one week. In the early morning hours of a weekday morning we had to take her to the emergency room. After requesting her doctor be notified, she never came. She was in the hospital over a week and her doctor walked by her room everyday and never looked in on her. After questioning this, I was informed it was because she was seen in the E.R. by another doctor ( Name Removed) so her doctor couldn’t see her anymore. Guess who our doctor is now.
web posted March 14, 2016

Scam Alert at North Augusta gas stations:

There is a heavy set, well-dressed, black man approaching people at North Augusta gas stations.  He’s driving a black Honda with a Georgia license plate.  He parks his car at a pump and walks around the store or nearby parking lot (smoking a cigarette) accessing the customers.  He then picks a customer that pulls up close to the pump near his car.  He approaches very calmly and acts as though he’s just come from the Emergency room and he’s disoriented.  He explains he needs his medicine the ER prescribed but that the ER failed to return his wallet as he was released and he’s trying to get enough money to get his medication before returning to retrieve his license when he feels better.  He also explains he didn’t really need gas since he had a full tank prior to leaving for the ER.  He then requests anything you can give him.  

This was first witnessed at the Kroger North Augusta gas station.  Ten minutes later and down the road on Highway 25 into the Merriwether area and new Walmart, this same man was witnessed at both Circle K gas stations doing the exact same thing.  He would hang out at the Circle K beside Bojangle’s for a while and then he’d cross the highway to the Circle K beside Checkers.  He was observed to continue this cycle several times.  NA Police was contacted.  
web posted March 14, 2016
Re:An Edgefield medical Facility has always been good about seeing walk in clients. You might have to wait but you get seen. I think there is more to the story........

Shows what you know, or in this case "think you know!"
I had always heard that! Apparently it's only for THEIR regular customers. Their words were " We cannot see any patient of a particular doctor ( Name Removed)  as per order of management." Didn't matter that one does not claim to be a patient, just that the last time being sick, that was the Dr.  seen. There are witnesses to the happening. There's no more to the story.  Just an example of some silly junk going on between the two medical facilities in Edgefield. 
web posted March 11, 2016

The kind of socialism being promoted by Bernie and others would be extremely detrimental to this country. The danger is in the ignorance of those clamoring for it and what it would take to achieve it. Claiming the "successes" of countries like Finland, Belgium etc. need to be checked out. There are still many social ills that have not been solved by these more socialistic systems. These countries pay high taxes. Sweden has gone more to the right from its progressive beginnings. Their systems may be working but the kind of system they are operating under is very different from what is being proposed and "loved" by many in our country today. Again, one needs to look closely at these other countries and see what is actually going on. There is no utopia.

One must also remember that what is being proposed by Sanders and crew is a very far left idea. This type of socialism is the root of even more dangerous systems like communism. We do not have unchecked capitalism in this country, although many would want us to believe we do.  There is an attempt to make capitalism the enemy in this country and that is the problem and lies are spreading. There is a movement to "fundamentally change" this country and that is what is happening. We must be smart, wise and alert to what is going on.

Sanders is playing off the selfishness and envy of those in this country that think they deserve things they don't. Beware, beware.
web posted March 11, 2016

A BIG congratulations to the Lady Rebel softball team and their 13-3 win over Fox Creek Wednesday night. I'd say the "worm has turned" in terms of who is stock piling talent from the southern part of Edgefield County.  Coach Pace and her staff are building a winner at Strom Thurmond and the present team is dominated by underclassmen.  The field looked great, the crowd was great and the weather was perfect. Hopefully more and more of our friends in that part of the county will come to see that Strom Thurmond truly is the best option for their children both athletically and scholastically. On the baseball side, Coach Hite is without a doubt the best high school coach in the county and is taking the Rebel baseball program to new heights.
web posted March 11, 2016
Re: If a medical facility is appointment based, then someone going in  on a Sat. expecting to be seen is a little silly in my opinion.
A medical facility ( Name Removed) has always been good about seeing walk in clients. You might have to wait but you get seen. I think there is more to the story not being told by the original writer of this story. He was trying to say they would not see him because he was a patient of another doctor. The story smells fishy to me.
web posted March 10, 2016
"Many people, including Senator Bernie Sanders, repeat incessantly that the economic system is "rigged" by the rich -- without providing either specifics or evidence. The latest figures I have seen show that the 400 richest people in the world have recently lost $19 billion in net balance. If they have rigged the system, they have certainly done a very incompetent job of it."
web posted March 10, 2016

If a medical clinic is appointment based, then someone going in  on a Sat. expecting to be seen is a little silly in my opinion. There are walk in places one can go. There is a minute clinic at CVS in N. Augusta. There is University Prompt Care in N. Augusta. Even Wal Mart in N. Augusta has a walk in clinic. I do not think doctors take an oath to see every patient that just walks into their office. I would hope that if someone is that sick, they would have the sense to get an appointment and be seen in a proper way or find another solution. Good grief! Things are changing but there are plenty of options to get medical care if someone really needs it. Sounds like someone is expecting a little too much pampering in my opinion.
web posted March 9, 2016

We all should just send off for a mail order degree and run against Mr. Sunny. I truly thought that he would have ended up arrested for his antics as resource officer. Someone step up somebody's got to step to the front of the Line....and run.... 
web posted March 9, 2016

I was happy to read that Mrs. Betty Butler will be seeking re-election. She is a good leader that really cares about people. Thank you Mrs. Butler.
web posted March 8, 2016
I always thought doctors took an oath to treat those in medical need. When strugglng through the night Friday night, and getting up Sat. morning in severe pain from an apparent  ear infection, not to mention hoarseness, and severe sort throat, it was clear I needed medical attention. Knowing an Edgefield Medical facility is open on Sat. Morning I thought that to be my best chance to get this taken care of. They refused to see me because the last doctor I had seen in Edgefield was in the ER and a doctor from another Medical facility. Now I tried to explain that facility was closed and that I did not claim a doctor, that I am hardly ever sick and go to who ever I can see at the moment. I was told by order of the management they would not see a patient of my doctor. So much for what ever oath they may have taken to treat those in medical need. That's perfectly fine. I will drive a little further to get medical treatment, and much better treatment at that!!!
web posted March 8, 2016

There's a long expanse of sidewalk in front of JET yet it appears these middle schoolers are thought to have the mentality of kindergarteners as only three cars are allowed to unload at a time in the mornings.
If there are some immature or unruly students may I suggest dealing with them on an individual basis?
We really need to stop treating our kids as if they lack the ability to perform simple every day tasks such as staying on the sidewalk when walking into school.
web posted March 8, 2016
Re: Socialism

Before I say anything, I would like to say that I am very much a capitalist, but... Socialism has worked and is working around the world, much like capitalism it depends on who the leader and the socialist or capitalist policies being enforced. Unrestricted free market capitalism and national socialism are still the far right and far left.  As a country the farther left we go, the scarier it should become for all of us.

Finland, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, New Zealand are all democratic socialist countries and are successful depending on how you define success. The countries you named are more far left toward national socialist.
web posted March 7, 2016

Congratulations to Strom Thurmond High School's Soccer Team!
Jr. Varsity and Varsity!  Wins on Friday night!
web posted March 7, 2016

The question is, why does the Vatican have walls?

Pope Leo IV built the walls in 852 in order to protect the city against the encroachment of "Saracens", an early term for the Arab Muslims who were hell bent on the conquest of Christian Europe. In 846, a year before the start of Pope Leo IV’s reign, the Saracens attacked the outskirts of Rome. The Muslim raiders targeted the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were located outside of the massive walls that defended Rome itself. The Saracens looted the two churches, robbing them of their relics and desecrating the tombs of two of Christendom’s most revered saints.
The 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia says that shortly after the raid, "[Pope Leo IV] began to take precautions against a repetition of the Saracen raid of 846. He put the walls of the city into a thorough state of repair, entirely rebuilding fifteen of the great towers. He was the first to enclose the hill by a wall." The walls that Pope Leo built, which were completed in 852, were nearly 40 feet high, twelve feet thick, and defended by dozens of towers that turned the site into a fortified city.
In response to Francis' criticism, Donald Trump, fittingly, noted that the Vatican remains a prime target for ISIS. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that the rampaging zealots of the Islamic State are the modern day successor of the conquest-minded Saracens of the 9th century.
Isn’t it amazing that the western world has been fighting the encroachment of the Muslim hordes for over a thousand years and our Congress and 90 percent of the American people still don’t get it.
web posted March 7, 2016

RE: Kids are putting Drano. . . . .

I'm certain you meant well with your post, but do you realize that you provided a recipe for mayhem to someone who may have an axe to grind.  Would it not have been more prudent to just warn folks to exercise extreme caution when retrieving trash, because ne'er-do-wells are putting exploding soda bottles in people's yards?  But on the positive side - Thanks for the heads up.
web posted March 7, 2016

What is wrong with people ( I  guess it is kids doing this) that attempt to hurt people with the drano bottles? Sick, sick , sick ! 
web posted March 7, 2016
Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in plastic drink bottles and capping it up - leaving it on lawns, in mail boxes, in gardens, on driveways etc. just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the rubbish, but you'll never make it!!! If the bottle is picked up, and the bottle is shaken even just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it builds up enough gas which then explodes with enough force to remove some your extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well. Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc. Pay attention to this. A plastic bottle with a cap. A little Drano. A little water. A small piece of foil. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!! No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc. Please ensure that everyone that may not have email access are also informed of this. Share this with everyone you know
web posted March 4, 2016

re: Bridge on Weaver road.  I rode across it yesterday and it is nice.  Thanks SCDOT.
web posted March 4, 2016

I say if you know someone is a neighbor and you trust them, help them out. In this day of scammers etc. one needs to be so careful. Sounds like someone stole from a good hearted, but very unwise, person.  Personal safety is really an issue! Be wiser than serpents!!! I would not open my door to someone I don't know, let alone take them in my car anywhere. Really now!!!!
web posted March 4, 2016

I found the story of the pit bulls most disturbing. The thing that stood out to me is that it could have been a child that was attacked. As I have given it more thought, I think pit bulls should be banned. It  is not because of the breed as much as it is because of irresponsible owners. We know the reasons many have these dogs and that in itself should be an issue . Yes we are rural but we are civilized, right?
web posted March 3, 2016
Does anyone know when the bridge being replaced on Weaver Road outside of Johnston will be re-opened? The new bridge and guardrails have been installed and the bridge deck has been resurfaced. Work began on the bridge replacement a year ago. It was supposed to be finished in 6 months. It’s past time that it should be re-opened.
web posted March 3, 2016
There is a scanner you can buy that will read paper currency and tell you that a bill is counterfeit. The Wife Saver restaurant in N Augusta has one. I’ve had them scan even $5 bills when I pay my bill there. Seems like a good investment to me.
web posted March 3, 2016

There is a big tree on Sweetwater that is about to fall, do you know who to contact to see if anything is being done about it?

Editors Note:  I would suggest calling SCDOT
web posted March 3, 2016

As for the counterfeit $100.00 bills, I find it "strange" that the dollar store would actually even take "12" $100.00 bills? It is after all, a "Dollar" store and it seems out of the ordinary that someone or multiple people could pass that many bills that high in currency within what sounds like just hours. Why weren't they tested with the currency test pen? Someone has some explaining to do on this one. There must be a security video to look at?
web posted March 2, 2016

It sure was a nice day in the county 73 and warmer tomorrow u can tell the peach season is just around the corner and people seem a lot happier  catching this spring fever
web posted March 2, 2016

I wasn't sure if I was going to support Trump or not until I heard "Rev" Al Sharpton say,"if Trump becomes President, I going to leave America"!
"nuff said!!! I hope he takes Jesse Jackson with him!
I also hear where Hollywood is going to make a movie with "Rev" Al as a chauffeur to Hillary. They are going to title it, "Driving Miss Crazy"!
web posted March 2, 2016

Sen Massey's weekly email update mentioned the state Senate was debating a bill that would prohibit private companies from using eminent domain in SC.   Noble, I suppose.  This and the "caution" we were to exercise on the $50,000 gift from Kinder Morgan to STHS and I had my laugh of the day.

Kinder Morgan wants to build a pipeline.  With its money.  The land over its line can still be used for about anything short of maybe a house over it.  They can put bends and curves in it to go around landowners.

Meanwhile, the state and federal govt decided they were going to widen US 25 in south Edgefield County on the HOPES that it would attract business to the industrial park.  Govt laid out the route and home and property owners in the way had no choice.  Some homes are too close to the right of way to live in and most had their front yards, as well as property values, drastically reduced.

So the moral is, folks, we can trust our govt on eminent domain.  They are blowing $25 million of our tax dollars "hoping" widening that road will bring a few jobs.  What's the return on investment for that?  Those property owners had no choice.

Kinder Morgan is paying for land use with their own money, creating jobs building it, building infrastructure at the terminus and hopefully a cheaper product to consumers.  They can change the route easier than a hiway.  But it is them we are told to fear.
web posted March 1, 2016

I understand the thinking behind the support of Bernie Sanders yet I cannot support a socialist. Socialism has never worked in any country that has gone that way. The poster who claims it is having heart to support Bernie does not understand the true facts of what Bernie is proposing. Yes, the election process needs a revamp, but we want to be sure we keep a true election process in place. Government control is not the answer. Government paying for things is not the answer. All one needs to do is take a serious look at Obamacare and see if it truly is helping the ones it claims to be there for.  Medicaid expanded, yet the average person has been more hurt by it than helped. Small businesses have been hurt by it and that passes down to their employees. How many people today can no longer afford coverage? There are so many lies out there on the reality of these kinds of programs. Throwing our tax money at a problem has never solved anything.  Has the poverty problem in this country improved with all this government “help” . It is getting worse.

We need heart , but if one would just listen to some of the things these socialists really want, they would realize that it just won’t work. I guess this poster is OK with personally paying for these college programs etc.   Do you not see that the government has to get the money somewhere, and friend, it is through your taxes?  Wake up and actually educate yourself on the realities of socialism. It is great in theory , or some say it is, but in reality it has never, never been successful. I would like you to name one country that it has been a success in. Our country, based on capitalism, has been successful and, with all its problems, it still offers the best place for opportunity in the world.  Those that don’t get that have been brain washed into socialistic thinking. Please do not believe the lies of the left. Please, please, please educate yourselves in the reality of what you are promoting. Please look at Cuba, Venezuela, Europe etc.
web posted March 1, 2016
Re:Deputies Struggle With Florida Man Resisting Arrest
Sounds like the man was going to try and accuse the officers of police brutality by banging his face into things. I hope they had body cameras and cameras in their cars. This man is trouble.
web posted February 29, 2016

That is great that Congressman Duncan is asking the Democratic candidates what their views are on the relocating the Gitmo prisoners here in SC, however as one once said, “what difference does it make?”  Neither of these two candidates will have the opportunity to put them here or any other state. Our President is planning to close Gitmo on his watch and my guess he will be the one placing the terrorists in the states he chooses. Seems to me like Congressman Duncan is asking the right question but just asking the wrong people.  Do you think either Sanders or Clinton would say they are in favor of putting terrorists in SC anyway? Seriously, are these honest people that will take the chance of losing any votes in this state? If Congressman Duncan thinks he will get an honest answer from them,  he has been in Washington too long. I am sure he knows they would not be honest about it, at least I would hope he knows that.
web posted February 29, 2016

Bernie Sanders stands for the everyday hard working American. His campaign is funded by individual contributors, those that give their time and money, or both. These contributors are not "Occupy Wall Street" - they are free thinking people who agree with the issues that Bernie stands for. Raising the minimum wage, reforming our rigged election system, and providing opportunities for free or low cost college education. If you get good grades you don't have to pay back college. That's as beautiful and American as it gets. We live not only in the land of the free, but also the land of opportunity, and it's time to start acting like it. We need to  seize this moment and take the power back from our Government and give it back to The People.

Hillary, Trump, Rubio, etc etc etc - all of these campaigns have paid staff members to put out yard signs, stuff envelopes, . That's because they take money from Wall Street, Big Oil & Energy companies, Telecommunication companies, Healthcare companies, Defense Contractors, the Lawyers lobby.. the list goes on and on - they take dirty money and put it into our election systems and that needs to change.

Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart... Talk to your neighbors and Vote Bernie.
web posted February 29, 2016

Thankful for some fun and some positive feedback in Edgefield County. Just in case you missed it the Edgefield County Public Library held a Talent Showcase - Open Mic Night Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. where there were 18 participants totaling the attendees at 70; we had guitars, dancing, singing, and poetry. It was amazing, we should all come together all the time, thank you to the library staff, and we look forward to having many more events!
web posted February 27, 2016

Its funny that Donnie Myers has been arrested numerous times for dui and nothing has been said about it. Clearly he has a serious problem with alcohol. Are they waiting on his to kill someone before he gets prosecuted.
web posted February 27, 2016
Why do the lights in the Westside area go out every time the wind blows? Ican travel over across the Stevens Creek bridge and McCormick area has lights Whats UP! Aiken Elect. Travel over there and see how they do there job.
web posted February 27, 2016

Looks like the election may come down to someone promising jobs and one promising not to need a job. Both Hillary and Bernie are progressives who believe in the government  (that is tax payers- those with jobs, a dwindling number) taking care of us. Isn't it ironic that students, those who should be in school to get a good job, are on the bandwagon to get freebies? I guess they don't realize that if by chance they do get a job, they will be taxed crazily to pay for the others getting freebies. At some point reality hits.

 Many of those who have jobs or had jobs (seniors)  get to pay, pay more and pay again, I guess. Anyone else getting tired of that scenario? I think that is one of the biggest reasons for the support of Trump. They wonder about evangelicals supporting Trump? Well, evangelicals need jobs too.

So to me it comes down to the responsible versus the irresponsible. It is those who want to earn what they have and those that want everything given to them. Which is the spirit that built this country? Think about it. Why do we want to become Europe, or even worse Cuba? The selfishness and self entitlement in this country is amazing.
web posted February 27, 2016

RE:  it's hard to believe so many people in the county voted for Trump.

Suspect that 'so many people in the county' didn't vote 'FOR Trump', as much as they voted AGAINST others who are owned by special interests groups and politically correct, ad nauseam.

Trump is hardly an ideal choice: don't like some of his views nor his language, but.....the man's sure
got chutzpah, i.e., a backbone!  Plus he's not exactly politically correct.  

He's a business man instead of another lawyer, but most importantly, he's self-funded: no one apparently owns him. That alone makes him very dangerous to the entrenched, corrupt, self-serving D.C. establishment--both Dems & Reps are equally, totally corrupt. Trump doesn't play by their rules.  Those in control are not going to easily give up their control, power & what they've worked for all these years.  The more states Trump wins, the more of a threat he becomes to rock some boats and shake things up.  Between now &  next Jan. should be very interesting indeed!  
web posted February 25, 2016
It just makes me so angry that obama is closing Guantanamo bay, and says he is visitn Cuba because it will be 'fun"  are you kidding me?  Get this guy out of the white house!!  November can't come fast enough ready to elect someone who wont destroy this country and who actually loves America. 
web posted February 25, 2016
Are there sign up dates for spring soccer or baseball yet?

Editors Note:  Yes there are!  Check here for more information
web posted February 24, 2016

Glad to read that Mr. Campbell will seek reelection for county council.  What about Blackwell and Ashcraft?  We need them. It's finally a good county council that has made a difference.  I sure hope they stay on.  Have you heard if they will?  Just wandering!

Editors Note: I have not received a press release from Vice-Chair Blackwell or Councilman Ashcraft. As far as I know they will be running but I have not confirmed with either.  I suggest you ask them. Their contact information can be found on the county website: edgefieldcounty.sc.gov
web posted February 23, 2016

It's hard to believe so many people in the county voted for Trump. I thought for sure Marco Rubio or even Ted Cruz would take the lead of a few precincts.  After Haley endorsed Rubio I really  thought he would win SC.  He probably would have won with her endorsement if she hadn't of taken down the flag.  She lost a lot of support then.
web posted February 23, 2016
I think Trump will make a fantastic president.  I'm glad to see we are finally teaming together to make this country great again.  Jeb Bush ran a good campaign but im glad to see him go.
web posted February 23, 2016

One more week of political calls etc. Tired of all of it . I did see a picture of Bernie being arrested as a protester back in the day. Like this will deter his followers? Those on his bandwagon are all  revolutionary and people better wake up to the enthusiasm of that group in this country.  They love the idea that he was a protestor. Sad thing is that that  is really all he did until he finally got a job at the age of 40. Check out his history-troubling. Those Occupy Wall Street folks are alive and well and building a coalition. Remember the Obama band wagon ? Oh my, it has not been that long ago and I see some similar things going on in this election.  Hillary is just an angry, old, entitled woman and I prefer her as an opponent in this election.  In this area, Bernie may not do as well, but you get in those more liberal states and  watch out. Just a mind wandering. Just keep your eyes on these uninformed people that do not understand what socialism will do to this country. Scary.
web posted February 22, 2016

I'm so glad the SC Republican Primaries are over. I received so many calls on Wednesday that it filled up my answering machine with no recording room left. Geez people, I'm a woman with a brain. I think I can educate myself enough to know who to vote for.
Quit Calling!
web posted February 22, 2016

It is sad about our town as well as our judiciary system. Seems as if we are approaching a big change everywhere. Unfortunately we are looking at anarchy Thanks to the points for securing oneself against phone scams.However this scam is of an envy and jealousy kind. Meant only for power and prestige. Unbelievable but true.
web posted February 22, 2016

Something should be done about the neglect in Johnston….. The next Johnston town council meeting is on March 14.  More people should start attending these meetings and tell the council what we want to see changed..
web posted February 19, 2016

Marco Rubio has my vote!  He has compassion and concern for our problems in this country.  He also seems more real than all the other candidates.  I hope he can pull it off and win South Carolina's vote, maybe then he will place higher in the polls, and push Trump out of the way.
web posted February 19, 2016

Can anyone give any information on Wallace Percival ? Why on earth is he walking free on a P.R bond while petty drug offenders are kept on cash ?? He's been twice arrested for child molestation and is still walking free . The judge who set him free should also be considered corrupt and a criminal !!!
web posted February 18, 2016

Johnston has become an embarrassment..where Section 8 housing is the norm. There are city ordnances which promote cleanliness and no junk or junk vehicles in yards. Section 8 Scum lords should be warned..then fined..and if they don't pay their fine..arrest them. Send a message to other Section 8 Scum Lords. Many property owners in Johnston pay taxes, keep our properties maintained, yet the town council and Mayor do nothing to solve the junky problem. Take a good look Council & Mayor at the town and find solutions that actually work. Want to make money for town...fine the Scum Lords.
web posted February 17, 2016
Edgefield has a wonderful feel to it again, that homey feeling and I'm proud to call it my home of many years. If you're visiting walk around the square where there are restaurants, antique stores, genealogy, and the public library. No matter where you go everyone seems to be friendly and appears to love their jobs. I hope this continues and we can all unite and be proud to be apart of Edgefield County, South Carolina!
web posted February 17, 2016

I agree with the previous posters regarding the neglect of Johnston.  I have been thinking for quite some time that I want to sell my Johnston home and move to Edgefield before things become worse I and won’t actually be able to sell.  It saddens me to see the decline of what was once a magnificent town.  Are there any words of wisdom out there?  Can the community band together and do something before it is too late?  Let’s get a conversation started.
web posted February 16, 2016

RE: ...the lady that had been a victim of phone scam threatening her family and using a bomb???...Where is home land security??? Nothing is ever done about phone or internet scams. Just too bad that you are told to just block the number. I know I have been the victim of one for 10 years. Every institution contacted just ignores it.

A few thoughts......
1.  Those who are calling have heavy accents, and speak poor English--obviously not your fellow Americans.
2,  You CANNOT reason with them--they will talk over you and intimidate you.  Forget trying to be polite: they WILL NOT take NO for an answer.  
3. Regardless of what methods they use--"taxes owed"," computer virus", "relative in distress", etc.,. they have one goal only: to SEPARATE YOU FROM YOUR MONEY in any way they can.  
4. They are VERY persistent.  Once you answer the phone, and tell them you're not interested, they WILL keep on calling back.   Enough is enough.

So, how do you get rid of them?  You probably won't.  BUT:  you CAN help prevent them from entering YOUR domain.  Just as you--hopefully--don't open your front door and invite strangers into your house, why would you allow strangers to invade your home by phone to make demands?

If you don't recognize the phone number of the incoming callsl on your caller ID, then let your calls go thru your answering machine. Friends leave messages. Scammers won't talk to a machine, only to a person.  Amazing the number of calls we get that won't leave a message.  The scammers are there, we just don't invite 'em in.  

BE PRO-ACTIVE!!: you can do a far better job of protecting yourself than the government can!! 
web posted February 15, 2016
Wow I didn't recall mentioning the internet. Perhaps you know more about me than I thought. Interesting. Last time I checked a bomb threat was a felony. I feel like if the tables were turned. You might feel differently. I don't care if the threat is from Madagascar there are ways to trace criminals.Maybe you need more education.
web posted February 15, 2016

Ref...Junky Johnson..
The Main Street of Johnson has several unkempt Section 8 houses for people who have no pride. The Section 8 house on the corner of Butler and Calhoun has 6 cars parked around the yard..three are obviously broken down, a jon boat recently added to the front yard and other mess. What an embarrassment! But, this house is just one of several on Calhoun street. On the other side of Butler Street is a two story house which has been in neglect for years. What about that house on West Calhoun street.. you recently saved from being condemned and got monies for a new roof, paint, and upgrades. It has a nice mud front yard and on any given day there are non working males sitting around watching the grass grow. Drive around town Mr. Mayor and take a good look. Then get your Police Chief to encourage people to clean up. I bet if Obama were to visit Johnston there would be a massive clean up.
web posted February 15, 2016

I for one am sick of all the election “news”.  People getting in the mud and slinging it at each other just doesn’t make for interesting “news”.  Believe it or not, there is a lot going on in the world other than this primary  season. Yes, we should be informed on who to vote for, but how in the world do we know who or what we are really voting for? It has become such a reality show all the way around. The debates are just one gotcha after another. No real policy is discussed.  We are voting for personalities, not leaders.  We are in big trouble as a nation.

The candidates throw the words “faith” and “Christianity” around to get votes.  I am disgusted by this. There is only one man still in the race who really exemplifies what a Christian is and how a Christian should act.  That person is not Ted Cruz and for sure it is not Donald Trump.  Ben Carson is a good man and has walked the walk.  All the rest are politicians, establishment or not- they are all politicians. One wonders if we can trust any of them.  We elect so called good people and they let us down. Does that mean that we then elect arrogant , self centered people instead? What kind of wisdom is that?  Is our nation so lost that there are no good people to elect?

The one good person left won’t make it. His poll numbers are too low.  He is not mean enough. He is not self centered enough. He is not pushy enough or loud enough. He doesn’t  play dirty tricks on the other candidates.  He really doesn’t belong in politics because he really is a decent person. Isn’t that a sad state of affairs, that a wise person who follows God and cares about “we the people” doesn’t stand a chance to win?  I don’t know about anyone else, but I am going to vote my conscience.  I can’t live with myself if I don’t.
web posted February 15, 2016
JUNKY JOHNSTON:  I have been holding on to this memo for awhile thinking no one else cared about the town of Johnston and how it is perceived by outsiders.  Evidently, the topic has come up lately at the town meetings.  What's going on with the people in charge of this town?  Their allegiance should be to the resident taxpayers not to absentee landlords.  Many residents have invested considerable time and money in their properties only to have a few drag the rest of the properties down by ignoring their rental property's upkeep and  junky tenants' lifestyles. The Main Street of town is Calhoun and should be kept up by all property owners in a neat and clean manner.  One home on the corner of Butler and Calhoun which is an obvious rental is in such disrepair and the front yard so junky as to put a "black eye" on the whole town.  Why do the leaders in this town not care about the upkeep and beautification of this town like those in Edgefield do?  Sure, there are a lot of rental homes in Edgefield but they are maintained in a neat manner and tenants not allowed to live in such squalor.  There has to be changes made or this town will go the way of so many historic towns and cease to exist!  Come on Mayor and town council; are you happy in doing nothing to further the Town of Johnston in bringing back the beautiful ambiance that it once had and still could have?  I don't believe nothing can be done about absentee landlords' properties.  I think that is a copout.  Have some pride and get on the ball!  Visit rundown properties and encourage the tenants to have more pride in their hometown.  Show them the proper way to exist in a civilized manner.  Don't sit back on your laurels and settle for the status quo.  Once you do, the property values will go up instead of down and you will be thought of in a positive vein instead of the negative one you now are in.
web posted February 12, 2016

Re:  phone scams

To the person who responded that nothing is ever done about phone or internet scams.  Really?  What can be done?  These people could be anywhere in the world.

How are they supposed to be tracked down?  Educate yourself and don’t become victim to such ridiculous acts of crime.
web posted February 12, 2016

RE:  It's a proven fact that big-box chain stores put smaller family owned shops out of business

That is a false statement.  There are more family operated businesses than "Big Box" stores in Aiken.  Just drive down Laurens Street, Whiskey Road or Pine Log.  "Big Box" stores always get this slap, but it is also a proven fact that they provide more jobs, are open when the family owned shops are closed and usually have a wider variety merchandise.  They also draw out-of-towners, who then may then find the family owned stores.  I would much have the community needs met through sales tax revenue than an increase in property taxes.
web posted February 12, 2016

I read about the lady that had been a victim of phone scam threatening her family and using a bomb??? I see that as a terrorist attack. Where is home land security??? Nothing is ever done about phone or internet scams. Just too bad that you are told to just block the number. I know I have been the victim of one for 10 years. Every institution contacted just ignores it.
web posted February 11, 2016

Disgusted at the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year.  Why were they allowed to prance around in uniforms representing the black panthers?  If it was the other way around they never would have been allowed on stage!!!!
web posted February 10, 2016
It's true that Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo was sworn in as a New York State Judge on 10 December 2015, and that Walker-Diallo is Muslim .
Oh!, My poor grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  I feel for them.  All I can do is vote.

Since the Quran forbids all law but Sharia Law, I guess she will head the first  Federally sanctioned Sharia Court. Kinda makes you proud, doesn't it? Gives me chills.
No media coverage on this ......
Another chink in the armor, no one cares, until it's too late ! step by step by step....this is how our culture will end.
First Muslim Woman Judge Carolyn Walker, hand-picked by President Obama sworn in as judge of the 7th Municipal District, Brooklyn by holding the Holy Quran at Brooklyn Boro hall on December 10, 2015, it was a Historic Day!!
You Obama supporters, your dream is coming true.
web posted February 10, 2016


If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a healer?
If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a deliverer?
If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer?
If you never felt sadness, how would you know that I am a comforter?
If you never made a mistake, how would you know that I am a forgiver?

If you never were broken, then how would you know that I can make you whole?
If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what I went through?
If you never went through the fire, then how would you become pure?
If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?
If you had all power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?   
If your life was perfect, then what would you need me for?
web posted February 9, 2016

I don't think the National Guard will come to help at a school. Just saying ...  Maybe that was just an exaggerated way of saying they need help with discipline at the middle school????  I think the only higher course of action would be the superintendent or school board, not the National Guard.
web posted February 9, 2016
Re: What Edgefield needs are some decent retail businesses.
Yes it would be nice. With all the empty store fronts and buildings you would think the landlord would ask a reasonable rent. But that is not the case. He is making it that much harder for any business to survive with his high rent.
web posted February 9, 2016

Re: "RE:  Aiken County with all it's convenient shopping is right up the road."
Just because you want a piece of what Aiken county has doesn't mean everyone else does.
It's a proven fact that big-box chain stores put smaller family owned shops out of business when they come to town.
I for one am happy to give Aiken that 1% to keep all that nonsense out of here.
web posted February 9, 2016

Please  send  the  national  Guard  to help  with  the discipline  at  J.E.S.School my daughter came  home and told me about students  throwing chairs  at teachers,and nothing  happened to the student.my son told me the same thing  students PARENTS allowed to hollow and scream and disrupt them
Why is this  type of behavior being allowed? I send my children  to school to try  to  get  a good education not  to be afraid  to go to  school because the students  have taken over .Please help or I will be forced  to take  this higher. Tried talking to school officials but was not  satisfied .Parents talk  to your  children !
web posted February 8, 2016

What Edgefield needs are some decent retail businesses. Ever since Belk closed its doors, Edgefield has been in a tailspin. There was a reason to stay here and shop. Now there isn’t too much to choose from. If I need a shirt and tie, I have to go to Aiken or North Augusta. It saddens me to see some of the businesses that we do have in town closing up because of a lack of patronage. Store owners also have to realize this is a small town and not too many businesses are going to make it selling merchandise that only a handful of people can afford to buy.
web posted February 8, 2016
I agree with the idea of first jobs for young people often being in fast food type businesses. My kids' first jobs were in fast food restaurants. Trouble is these days, with the lack of job opportunities out there, many older people are taking those jobs to survive. Where do young people, older people etc find jobs in Edgefield? I had not thought of that. That is where a little growth may be a good thing-that is reality folks.

I do wonder how many young people these days actually want jobs. How many have the mind set of getting assistance through life? I know there are many that still want to work, but that segment of society seems to be disappearing. Just look at all the young people supporting the thinking of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. It is scary in reality.  The liberal, socialist view is that government will take care of you (many are already living that so called dream and they are living off of the rest of us) . Many of those working to pay for those on the take are waking up to the reality that they are supporting a bunch of people who should take care of themselves. Why should they work to support lazy, entitled people who should  take care of themselves?  Since when should we pay for everyone to go to college? Is that some  "right"  all should have?  Kind of like healthcare being some kind of "right" ?  Why are places like Venezuela the goal of so many Americans? Do we look at Cuba and say, "Wow, I want to live like that"? I would think not.   We need to look at the reality of what socialism is and does. May sound good because of the freebies but it is terrible for a country.  I know people understand this but sometimes I get so frustrated that that thinking is becoming so popular. Maybe I am just too old and I remember the good things that made America a great country.
web posted February 8, 2016

RE:  Aiken County with all it's convenient shopping is right up the road.

And for every dollar every Edgefield resident spends in one of the neighboring counties that have these amenities, 1% of the sales tax goes to that county.  It is never seen, or able to be used by Edgefield.  I think those $ could be well used in our community to make much needed improvements.
web posted February 8, 2016

The littering in this county is out of control. Someone needs to enforce the laws on littering. Can't something be done? 
web posted February 5, 2016
Wow, I hit a nerve about wishing we had just another choice for fast food. I am NOT advocating trying to have all our youth to buy the biggest happy meal they can buy! In a perfect world, we would love for our kids to come home on a Friday night, learn how to cook and mix up a casserole meal with mom, and sit down as a family and look through family photo's and play a game of Sorry together as a family. That is NOT the real world! I know one of my first jobs was working at a fast food place and being able to earn some money. Where are our youth supposed to go after ball games or where are they to work around here other than McDonald's or the Dollar store? I love Edgefield but this town unfortunately still lives by the rule of some "rich" families that, while not spoken, pretty much says what goes on in this town. Are many of them great people, sure BUT we all know that is the case. 
web posted February 5, 2016
Re: "The same reason Aiken County has three WalMarts  ...."
Edgefield is unique in it's smallness.
Aiken County with all it's convenient shopping is right up the road. I for one, (and there are many others) would like to see Edgefield maintain it's uniqueness. Besides, just how many WalMarts does an area need? Three is plenty enough. Growth, more money, fast food...these things are located conveniently close already and more is not needed. Marketing~shmarketing. I like Edgefield just fine the way it is.
web posted February 5, 2016

To someone who did not grow up here ( yes a dreaded outsider to these parts)I think Edgefield is stuck back in time. That is not a bad thing, just a fact. If the people in Edgefield like it that way,  I think it is fine. Who is to say they need to change in any way? However, to many people, growth and improvements are good things. I know for myself that when I need to shop, I don't  pick Edgefield as a destination. It isn't because I don't like Edgefield, it is because there is no place to go in Edgefield. It is just a fact. There are a lot of beauties to a small town and there is comfort in that. There are plenty of options within driving distance of Edgefield for those who are looking for more. So, if you want to go to Wal Mart, Lowes, Kroger, Chick Fil A, Burger King, restaurants, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Costco, Sam's, Macy's, Belk etc (the list keeps growing in my mind as I think of some of the places I go )  then go to Aiken or Augusta. They seem to want the growth and improvements, so support them. I say Edgefield needs to do what the majority of people in Edgefield want to do in regard to growth. The issue is that with real growth comes a lot of change. If change is threatening or unwanted, then any push for real growth is going to be thwarted. Maybe just some small changes could bring some positive things to the community.

Again, there is nothing wrong with a small town staying small and comfortable. I just hope these small towns will be able to sustain themselves. So far, so good for Edgefield. I do wonder what young people in Edgefield think. I agree that fast food places etc are not healthy options, however there is more to it than that. They are places kids can gather with their friends and have fun. Seems to me Edgefield is pretty lacking in places like that. I don't know many teenagers that want to go home and cook a meal for their friends. Seriously...get real.
web posted February 5, 2016

The last thing Edgefield needs is another fast food chain… How on earth would the youth benefit from something like that?  The youth and parents need to spend more time teaching / and learning to cook home meals.  Not spending more money, taking the easy way out, and growing bigger waist lines. 
web posted February 4, 2016
RE:  Why does Edgefield have only 1 fast food place to eat?

The reason is the same one that gives Aiken county 3 Walmarts, 2 Lowe's, 2 Publix,  2 Home Depots and numerous other business and restaurants that are not available here.  The reason is marketing.  The county council must market this location to those businesses.  Why they don't do that is beyond me
web posted February 4, 2016

The Cruz campaign showed their dishonesty in the Iowa caucus. They misled caucus goers by telling them Dr. Carson had dropped out of the race.  Question-why in the world would Carson drop out the night of the caucus when he had worked so hard? That made no sense at all.  The Cruz campaign had to know this was not true, but it didn't serve their purpose, did it? And they had the cover of blaming CNN, however the whole truth of what CNN said was not shared. OOPS

 The untruth served the purpose of the Cruz campaign.  I am disgusted by these actions. Cruz claims to be a Christian? Well , Christians do not lie to benefit themselves. His apology was sugary and  insincere. He said they should have forwarded the subsequent story and regrets they didn't. Oh sure he regrets that. He won didn't he? So the lie worked.  Easy to apologize when you have been caught, when you need to apologize in order to win, and when the damage done has served your purpose. I think South Carolinians are able to see through this.

This one action just helped me make a decision on Cruz. Not planning to "Cruise to the White house with Cruz".  How is he any different than any other politician?  And he is not an insider? Really? He sure acts like he knows the ropes of what you need to do to win at any cost.
web posted February 4, 2016

Population is one factor but that area is a major route for families from Aiken to and from the lake and what about the traffic the shooting gallery is sposed to bring in?
web posted February 3, 2016

RE:  ...." this wonderful woman" ...Go Hillary

Just a thought: if one of those Bengazi young men killed had been the poster's son; and after Hillary's comments,  "What difference does it make?!!",  would the poster still think of Hillary as a "wonderful woman"??

Editors Note:  The person who sent in the wandering minds post about Hillary was being sarcastic with their post.  If you check out the video they sent in to go along with it, in the link, you will see it is making fun of Clinton. 
web posted February 3, 2016

Interesting that our Senator Tim Scott has endorsed Marco Rubio. That tells me something because I really respect Tim Scott. Trump should have manned up and gone to the debate. What a ridiculous, prideful thing to do. Showed his ego for sure. It hurt him in Iowa. Two young, first time Senators did well in conservative Iowa. Interesting, huh?

So Bernie and Hillary would have tied without the six coin tosses she won. I worry about their ground game etc. in the general. Promising all the freebies is just so appealing to people who do not understand what a disaster that will be for us. We are already experiencing the results in some ways. Take a quick trip to Cuba. They have done wonders there. Wonders in the worst way. I think Biden is in the wings just waiting to jump in. What is the difference in any of those people?

I think Cruz had a strong ground game here. One big problem I have with him is that some of his caucus people were telling folks that Carson was dropping out of the race. Ugly, ugly tactics.  Politics, yes, but that is the problem-it is politics and we are all suffering because of all that garbage.
web posted February 3, 2016
Why does Edgefield have only 1 fast food place to eat? I have been told multiple times that someone( name removed ) is responsible, as he controls what chains can come in to Edgefield? Is this true? Does one powerful landowner really hold that power? If not, someone tell me to put this known rumor down as fiction. if it is true, someone has to realize the Civil War ended over 100 years ago and Edgefield needs to move on. Don't say it is to save the mom and pop restaurants, they will absolutely survive as McDonalds did not kill any of them off. Working people and the youth could benefit with a Burger King, KFC, or Wendy's.

Editors Note:  Most fast food restaurants will not open in areas unless they see the population for it.  It has more to do with the population rather than just one man. 
web posted February 2, 2016

I am praying for the wisdom of the people in Iowa. I do believe God is in control. People that dismiss God in a lot of areas of life need to really think about one question. Do you know where you will spend eternity? We will all die and we do not know when or how. But, we will all die. Some of us are older and know that death is getting closer-fact of life.  Like something once said, "the only sure thing in life are death and taxes." So true, yet even if there weren't taxes, there is always death. Surely people want to have a hope. Who does not want the hope of eternal life? Many think they do not need God, but how do they miss the point that the One in control of their life and death is God? It isn't just chance happenings.  One interesting thing to think about-what one believes about God does not affect Who He is. He doesn't change based on our belief. He is and always will be God, and He is and always will be in control.  However, what one believes about God does affect their own life and their eternity. It is when we see our inability to live a good life, one that is totally without sin, that we see the need for forgiveness in our lives. Only He can forgive, through His Son, and bring peace in our life. It is not a sign of weakness to need forgiveness. We all need it. We are stronger when we are forgiven. Only God can forgive.

Do you know where you will spend eternity?
web posted February 2, 2016

Why would someone go to the effort to make fun of this wonderful woman?
Oh, where is my airsick bag?
She is ready! Go Hillary
Click Here:  She's Ready for the 'TOP' Job
web posted February 2, 2016
The new Dollar Store is nice but where did all the former employees go? All they usually have is 2-4 employees walking around and some doing some stocking of the shelves and literally only 1 person at the check out with 3-6 people in line. I have been in 3 times and each time I have heard people in the lines complaining to one another that this is a daily event and ridiculous.
web posted February 1, 2016
Anyone else tired of Presidential debates where the moderators end up debating the candidates? Seems like that is what FOX has been doing. Why do the debates have to be organized to try to get folks to go after each other? Instead, how about debating the real issues in this country? These debates are not reality shows!

I watched CNN after Trump decided to avoid the debate. Funniest comments on CNN-they wondered how a candidate could be so bold as to try to dictate moderators, questions etc. at a debate.  Really CNN? Do you not see what the Democrats control in their debates, gatherings etc. The crowds are controlled, the questions are controlled etc. I just found this response from CNN to be profoundly hypocritical and naïve on their part. Are they really that dense?  Is it so ingrained they can't or won't see what goes on with the democrats? No, but their narrative sounds good to uninformed folks.  I guess it is still the "Clinton News Network". With all the news on the email scandal, and it gets worse every day, and the political interference with the FBI investigation (Josh Ernest should not be commenting on this), how can people still support the Democrats? I do not understand how honest people can accept a lot of this stuff.

I am sick of all the manipulation of the press-FOX included. Many staunch conservatives do not see FOX as that conservative any more.  I just cannot get on the CNN bandwagon though, because they are so obviously slanted left. What does a wandering mind do????
web posted February 1, 2016

RE: I'm 73 and I'm Tired
This is so true, people worked and respected one another. We left our doors unlocked and no one would even think of breaking in. People make there own choices, it's sad they choose drugs and government  entitlements. No other country worries about global warming.( Another lie we are being told.)  I'm 73 and I'm Tired, I agree totally. Thank you for your service Marine.

From: An Army Veteran
web posted January 30, 2016

Barack Obama, at a recent rural elementary school assembly in South Carolina, asked the audience for total quiet. Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands once every few seconds, holding the
audience in total silence. Then he said into the microphone, 'Children, did you know that every time I clap my hands together, a child in America dies from gun violence!' Then, little Darrell, with a  proud South Carolina drawl, pierced the quiet and said:​ "Well, then dummy, stop  clapping!!!!
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