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Editor's post: Have a great week everyone! I apologize for the late update on the wandering minds.  My fall semester has just started, and I am taking 6 classes. My school schedule is a little more tough than I thought it would be.  Hopefully after this first week I'll have everything back on track!  Thank you all for your support!
web posted August 25, 2016
About 3 years ago when we asked the AD about getting a new girl's soccer coach he told us we had to keep what we had or we wouldn't have a team!
web posted August 25, 2016

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

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

web posted August 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We need another Paul Harvey

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

Re:  ECH/Self Regional

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to guess their  motto...........???
"If you gotta pee - We gotta see!"       
web posted July 25, 2016                          
What a terrifying thing that went on in Johnston last week, So very proud of our police officers and the wonderful job they did.
web posted July 25, 2016
To the writer who is representing all the employees of ECH.  I agree with everything you said about the wonderful care and compassionate staff who care for all phases of  each patient.  You lost the point of my post.  Your post sounds like the same one posted in favor of the previous CEO and CFO and you know how that went.  Mr. Price (former CEO and CFO); then Mr. Clary had one CFO (CPA); now there is a CEO,  2 CPA’s, Controller, payroll clerk and outsourced billing company for the hospital, Director of Registration and Supervisor of Registration. (for a 25 bed hospital) that is financially fighting to stay solvent.  Everyone agrees all medical practices and hospitals have to do more with less……when was the last time you had a raise?  The point is Virginia…..there are TOO MANY CHIEFS AND NOT ENOUGH FAIRLY PAID INDIANS!
web posted July 19, 2016

I am so sickened by the bashing of  ECH. I have worked in many areas of Fiscal services and the Business Office. I have worked under several CEOs and CFOs. Each have come in with their own agenda, their own goals, and their own bucket of problems to overcome. Nothing can be accomplished overnight.  Mistakes will be made. Some right decisions will be made. Some personalities are stronger than others and often that is mistaken for weakness and inability. But not necessarily the case. There are so many pieces to the puzzle. Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurance, self pay, uninsured, bad debt, out-patient services, in patient days, respite, swing bed, dr referrals, specialty services, keeping A/P and Payroll in check...these are just a FEW pieces of the puzzle. The one piece that doesn't belong in the puzzle is someone (obviously an unhappy employee) using an anonymous forum to bash their employer(s). If you are so unhappy...maybe it's time to seek new employment. I'm not trying to be ugly...but the viability of Edgefield County Hospital is so important to this community and the people who enjoy working and serving and caring for the patients who choose ECH and it's affiliates.  What is wrong with today's society? Has common sense ceased to exist?  I certainly hope not.
web posted July 19, 2016

Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know.  Be honest; it's kind of fun and revealing.
If you don't know the answer, guess.

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx                    B. Adolph Hitler                  C. Joseph Stalin
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few...and to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin                           B. Mussolini                        C. Idi Amin
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

3) "(We).... can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita  Khrushchev        B.  Joseph Goebbels            C. Boris Yeltsin
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Tung             B. Hugo Chavez                    C. Kim Jong II
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A.  Karl Marx                   B. Lenin                                C. Molotov
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet                      B. Milosevic                           C. Saddam Hussein
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above


(1)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004

(2)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007

(3)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(4)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(5)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(6)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005
web posted July 18, 2016

So.  Where are all of the anti-gun, anti-second Amendment, Obama, Hillary, Biden supporters on calling for more anti-gun laws regarding the Nice, France incident.

Oh.  That's right.  It wasn't a gun that was used, it was a tractor trailer that killed 84 people.  The whack job only had an assault rifle, a pistol, and HAND GRENADES in the truck.  Gee, wonder where he got that in the most Anit-Gun country in the world.  Oh, that's right right, he was a law abiding citizen who walked into a gun store in France and purchased those items legally. NOT!  Oh, wait a minute.  He went to a gun show and bypassed the laws and bought them. NOT!  That's what these morons and their followers don't want to tell you.  Gun laws are to restrict access to law abiding citizens.  Thugs, criminals, and whack jobs aren't going to go through the proper channels to get what they need to accomplish their mission!  And where do you think terrorists, aka ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, drug gangs, et al, get their weapons?  Not from the store!  Sadly, incidents like that in Nice, France seriously deflate the liberal anit-gun agenda. Notice, you don't hear a peep out of these morons when it happens in an anti-gun country.

Wake up America, it's coming. And for those morons that have given up their rights to bear arms or continually beat the anit-gun drum, oh well, don't look at me for protection.

It's time to call for Anit-Tractor Trailer laws.
web posted July 18, 2016

I am an employee of Edgefield County Hospital and on behalf of the other employees here I am going to address the comments being made. First let me say we are family here and when you attack one person you attack us all. We are not perfect but every person here is qualified and very competent. Stop talking about things you know nothing about. The current Administrators are doing the very best to ensure that this hospital continues and as a member of this community that is greatly needed. Your comments undermine the hospitals ability to continue to serve this community.

We provide the best care here and we are caring and compassionate. We take excellent care of our patients and we care about every person who walks in our doors. What do you think you will get if our hospital goes away.

The hospital is struggling as all small hospitals are these days. It is not due to our board or administrators it is due to OBAMACARE. You want to lay blame and talk about people then talk about him. He is killing our healthcare and making it hard to get care for people. OBAMACARE significantly cut our payments and Medicaid expansion was supposed to make up for that but our governor chose not to expand. So our little hospital is trying to make it on much less. How about everyone in our community rallies around the hospital to keep it open and keep the jobs here. Even if that means it may eventually need help from a bigger facility like SELF.

Just to set a few things straight. We have always had a CFO, Controller and AP/Payroll person (that is one job not two) and we have had an accounting position for several years. These are not new positions they just changed some titles. Our CFO is a CPA already and very capable. We are not managed by Self nor is there an agreement to. I am asking this community to please stop making comments that hurts people who do not deserve it and to stop hurting the hospital that we love
web posted July 18, 2016

We need to pray for a stop to the lawlessness we are witnessing in our country. It is being fueled by a radical group of folks that are not being honest with those who are honestly protesting from their hearts.  I hope people, especially young people , will stop  the emotional responses to everything and find out the facts. For example  “hands up , don’t shoot” never happened.  Please find out the facts behind these groups that are organizing and promoting a lot of the hatred, rage etc we are witnessing.  It is very, very dangerous to  our liberties. There was a study  done by  Harvard economics professor, Roland G. Fryer, Jr. He is black and after Freddie Gray’s death, set out to study the statistics of police killings of blacks. He says he is not about protests but is about data. His findings are really interesting.

Dr. Roland found that yes, blacks are often treated differently by police but as far as shootings , there is no evidence of more blacks being killed by police than whites. In fact, more whites are killed by police than blacks. Very interesting study by a young man who could have tried to sway the evidence but comes out honestly about what he discovered. I really encourage anyone interested to read about this young man and his findings. Maybe the truth needs to be shared.

Very scary days we live in-and we need to be informed and not acting on emotions and false information. I never thought I would see police targeted and murdered in our streets, and then hear people who applaud it. Good grief, what kind of country is this becoming?  It shows what happens when God is taken out of the picture. He may be out of the picture but He is watching.
web posted July 15, 2016
It is interesting to watch one of the late Mr. Satterwhite's (you may remember the young N. Augusts police office chasing a drunk man down hwy 25  last year and when they finally got him to stop he was shot) children (name removed) go from riches to eviction.  Shortly after the settlement with N. Augusta where each of his 7 children split an estimated 1.2 million dollars or about $175,000 each, (name removed) was the proud new owner of a Pink Escalate and a sporty Honda and a luxury model BMW.  She was telling everyone she was going to buy land for a home.  Within about 4 months the BMW was gone and reports were coming from the neighborhood that she had spent all her money.  Several months ago her landlord started eviction proceeding for her and her 3 sons for back rent.  It seems that she owed about 4 months rent and refused to pay.  Yet in the time while he was trying to collect his rent money a new ATV appeared and she bragged to neighbors that it was hers.  There is a saying a "fool and their money is soon parted."  During all of this,  she bragged to everyone she was still getting a check each month from the taxpayer's of this country for assistance.  Prior to that she made Aiken county 10 most wanted list for financial fraud for which she was sent to prison for a period of time.  I'm not sure but I do think that she might have had some tax obligations on that money.  One thing is for sure she thinks more of her pink Escalade than a roof over her children's head.  Today the sheriff put a notice that she must vacate the property where she lived or the landlord will "put her things out in 24 hours."  Hopefully she has contacted Uhaul and gotten a trailer hitch for the pink Escalade and made reservation at the "fools rush in motel" it is so uncool to sleep in an Escalade when in ones mind they are SOOOO RICH.
web posted July 15, 2016

What Are Policemen Made Of? By Paul Harvey
Don't credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen.
A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.
Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.
Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy!
What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back
He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.
But...If the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting;if not, he's a grouch.
He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.
But...If he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.
The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal". If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.
A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.
A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.
But...If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.
And, of course, he'd have to be genius....For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.
web posted July 13, 2016

No one is blaming ECH.   ECH is an inanimate object.  However, the overstaffed, overpaid growth of CEO, CFO, CPA, Controller, Payroll clerk, newly appointed Director and Supervisor of Registration is the result of individuals in Top Management unable to manage effectively and efficiently the same old problems any 25 bed hospital has.  Maybe ECH would have a better bottom line if some of these positions  were rethought…..Maybe the Board should start monitoring  these decisions more closely.  Maybe the CFO needed to hire a CPA because the CFO isn’t able to do the CFO job for a 25 bed hospital.
web posted July 12, 2016

With the changes to medical things (thank you Obamacare) small hospitals, clinics etc  are having problems. Welcome to the new normal, folks.  I said a long time ago that this would have to happen. People can blame ECH etc but the reality is, they probably had to do this to stay viable.  It is so funny to see how things become an issue when it hits them personally. I would hope the people directly affected by this would stop and look back at the changes going on in our country.  Do people think the liberal policies of this government are not going to hit them personally? Well, get ready-lots down the pike.  All the platitudes and high thinking of the liberals are ridiculous. They don’t realize, understand or care about  the consequences of their thinking. They get mad when they are affected personally but they think it is OK for everyone else.  Liberals buy into theory but if examined, the theories always fail.  I am amazed at how blind and uninformed  they are.  They will probably vote for someone who has risked our lives and safety by the careless and reckless behavior she has shown.  And these “smart” people we call liberals think they know more than the rest of us.  If a liberal is intellectually honest, they would listen to people like Rush Limbaugh and just see what the other side is saying.  Maybe they would not be surprised by what we are seeing in this country today.  Maybe they would understand what is really going on.
web posted July 11, 2016
I’ve been watching the news coverage of the police assassinations in Dallas. Where is the outrage from our so called “president”? These thugs were looking to kill “white officers”, at least that’s what the news headline said. When will America get sick and tired of this? As long as we have these “Black Lives Matter” lunatics spouting out their hate things will never get any better. The liberal media caters to them. As far as I’m concerned, black lives matter as well as white lives, red lives, yellow lives…do I need to continue? Getting back to the police killings, when these thugs are captured, I feel we need to bring back public executions and let these thugs be the first. This country needs a reality check. As long as we stick our heads in the sand, the problem will not go away, only get worse. Awake up America!!
web posted July 11, 2016

Too small to be a Republic, too large to be an insane assylum. James L. Petigru on the state of South Carolina. True 100 years ago, still true today.
web posted July 11, 2016

Re:  ECH
Interesting to know, 20 miles to Aiken Regional, 34 miles to Self Regional.  The current ECH CEO retired from Aiken Regional, why no partnership with Aiken Regional?  The Edgefield County community prefers Edgefield, Aiken and Augusta for their healthcare, rather than Greenwood.
Why would ECH, a small, 25 bed, rural hospital have internal Departments employ both a Director and a Manager/Supervisor? Moreover, how can there be enough work to keep a CFO, and a former Controller, and a Certified Public Accountant, and an AP/Payroll employee busy (productive) 40 hours a week?
To have a successful, larger hospital recognize the gluttony of the over-paid supposed leaders at ECH would prove to be more profitable to ECH.
web posted July 11, 2016
I am sad to see that Edgefield Medical Clinic sold out to Self Regional.  However, the current CEO and CFO have been pushing the consolidation with Self from the beginning.  The CEO, CFO and the apparent approval of Board of Trustees appear to lack the managerial expertise (incompetent) to run ECH on their own.  It appears that their paradigm is if you can’t manage it ….then partner with a larger more competent hospital to take over all management responsibilities at ECH.
web posted July 8, 2016


(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Yes, it explicitly states "..shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States."
There are rules for "them" and there are rules for "us" evidently.
web posted July 8, 2016

This is not a race thing ,this is totally unprofessional cops.Some thugs in their own rite.I know the job is tough,but so do they.Really no requirement s just high school,and clean record.Even the ages of some of these cops with no life experiences is appalling.We want our teachers and other professionals to be top notch,so they go through steps to get there,what about our police.Teach them how to do a 180 and fire a weapon, no people skills ,no stress tests,no pounding the fact of what power can do to you.As a cop u come last,to serve and protect,you must error on your side, that's the tough part.Some many other ways to handle that situation,back away have defendant get out,stall and call backup,the lists goes on and on.I didn't take the people's respect from them,and I can't give it back,they have earn it.Tough isn't it.

Editors Note: I completely disagree, When "thugs" are resitising arrest, and not just any thug, these are people with mile long records, and they are pulling weapons out on law enforcement, the officers have every right to defend themselves.  Officers go through training, they don't just hand them a badge and a gun and say go at it.  This is the problem, there is no respect for the men and women who so unselfishly put themselves last day in and day out protecting their communities. Sure, they aren't all perfect all the time, but who is?

Some states (Maryland, Michigan & Arizona) are allowing Muslim students to pray during school hours.
If they allow that,  then we should bring back our flags into the classrooms and allow others to pray too!  Time for the Christians to speak up.  Demand their rights.

When we get 100,000,000, that's one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God's help. Become one of the One hundred  million... Then let's get 200 million.  Do the math.It only takes a single willing heart and a fed up SOUL. God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer."

In 1988 President Reagan Designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.
In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Declared that the USA "Was no longer a Christian nation.

In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at  the White House under the ruse of "not wanting to offend anyone"

Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. There were over 50,000 Muslims In D.C. that day President Obama dismissed our national day of prayer and now it is okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists??  I for one was offended.

But wait, it has not stopped even now!!!

February 17-19, 2015, A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press. Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis,  Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democratic members of Congress.

Now President Obama is encouraging schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, they cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country is headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian
web posted July 6, 2016

Its just a matter of time that Edgefield County Hospital will be a extension of Self Memorial. The hiring of Dr. (names removed) as employed physicians of Self Memorial is the first step in acquisition.  The doctors can't make ends meet and are joining the medical group at Self to lower cost improve collections better contract rates. This will result in the consolidation of  billing and management of this practice will go to Greenwood initially they will transition this then layoff the people who preformed these jobs.   These doctors will say that Self will help provide doctors to Edgefield which is  true Self can recruit and pay physicians that ECH can't and place them local, but don't be fooled its for a return on investment , if you control the patients you control  where money goes and it will not be going to ECH. To prove this Ask yourself the question "Why didn't ECH hire (names removed) ?" wouldn't it have been better that they work for the local hospital?

The impact of having Greenwood employed physicians in Edgefield  is ultimately to have these physicians refer patients to Greenwood facilities that Edgefield does not have which is just about everything. Edgefield will become a rehab and swing bed facility and bandaid ER which really is all Edgefield needs. I say lease the building to Self require them to hire all ECH employees consolidate all administrative positions, it would be a win win, County has a income from the buildings no tax burden to the taxpayers for a hospital, we continue to have a Hospital and Self can manage it.

The larger problem will be a higher use of the already taxed EMS service sending these two doctors patients and any other Self hired doctor  to Greenwood to specialist that are not in Edgefield County. It takes 1 hour to send a patient to Greenwood one way and the hospital along with Trinity Mission transports 2 or more a day which is 200 yards from ECH. Guess who is on Trinity's doctor list ?

The Edgefield County Council braintrust cut the EMS budget this year and the 3rd crew is basically none existent and will NOT enforce the County Ordinance for transport companies working in the county to do the hospital transports.  So if you need a ambulance guess what it will be transporting patients out of the county to Greenwood for the hospital ER doctors and these two. Thanks Dean Campbell! maybe it will change when you need an ambulance and its on its way to Greenwood. Or you let the new County Administrator do his job and support him in putting in more EMS trucks, we only have two and have for over 20 years.  Has the county grown any duh!

I would suggest the hospital hire its own transport company and not tax the EMS service that serves the COUNTY not Greenwood. I wonder does it create a liability if a county Emergency Service is unable to fulfill it's responsibility to the public if the county does not enforce its ordinances that are in place to protect the public interest. That's a legal question that some lawyer will be asking for a deceased family member.

The hospital administrator regardless of what he writes in the paper is courting a relationship that will eventually have Self doing a majority of the management services currently performed in Edgefield to be consolidated in Greenwood under the "cost savings" to Edgefield Hospital. Otherwise why would he praise a competitor they are after the same thing patients . I heard it was told to council years ago that the only way the hospital will survive is to become part of a larger medical system that has the resources to provide services and support. I say let Greenwood have it as long as the employees keep there jobs who is hurt?
web posted July 6, 2016

The idea that the Orlando shooting was a hoax is the most ridiculous and dangerous idea I have heard yet. Whoever is promoting this thinking just needs to go to the hospital in Orlando, visit the victim’s families, talk to the medical staff, visit with the first responders and see how they are coping with the tragedy. Get out of your Youtube box and go first hand to the place of the incident and see what really happened .  Shame on anyone who would promote anything so , so awful as saying this whole thing was a hoax.  Obviously , they didn’t have a family member or friend that was killed or injured in this.  Obviously they don’t have a relative or friend who was a first responder to the attack. I heard the same thing about Sandy Hook and all I can say is take some time and talk to those grieving parents and relatives.  I suppose this whole terrorist attack in Turkey is a hoax, and the attack in Belgium was a hoax and 9/11 was a hoax. What in the world is wrong with people that would actually buy into that kind of thinking?  Very dangerous thinking and actually very, very stupid.  Wake up!!!!
web posted June 30, 2016

Crisis Actors Revealed Pulse Orlando hoax
web posted June 29, 2016


The Charity Hospital run by the Sisters of Charity in New Orleans, along with the Upjohn company developed the plasma system in the 1930's that saved so many lives in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and in the Middle East now.

During the Civil War most of the nurses were nuns.

Even if you are not Catholic, this is eye opening:

When the Catholic Church was founded, there were no hospitals. Today, one out of five people in this country receive their medical care at a Catholic hospital.

When the Catholic Church was founded, there were no schools. Today, the Catholic Church teaches 3  million students a day, in its more than 250 Catholic Colleges and Universities, in its more than 1200 Catholic High Schools and its more than 5000 Catholic grade schools.

Every day, the Catholic Church feeds, clothes, shelters and educates more people than any other organization in the world.

The new Obama Health Mandate could end all this and the taxpayers would have to make up the loss.

Also, all Catholic adoption services will come to an end... a human disaster.

There are more than 77 million Catholics in this country.  It takes an estimated 50 million Catholic votes to elect a president.

All of you to go to the polls in 2016 and be united in replacing all Senators and Reps with someone who will respect the Catholic Church, all Christians, and all Religions with perhaps the exception of Islam.

Mr. President, you said, "The USA is not a Christian Nation". You are wrong - we are a Christian Nation founded on Judeo-Christian values allowing all religions in America to worship and practice freely... something that Islam will never do.

Oh, by the way, on MUSLIM HERITAGE IN America .... Have you ever been to a Muslim hospital, heard a Muslim orchestra, seen a Muslim band march in a parade, know of a Muslim charity, ever seen Muslims shaking hands with a Muslim Girl Scout, or ever seen a Muslim Candy Striper volunteering in a hospital? Have you ever seen a Muslim do much of anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?
web posted June 27, 2016
It is nice to see the swing set that has been added to Slade Lake. What ever happened to the plans for a shelter area there? It is a beautiful place to spend time at in town, except for the irresponsible dog owners that don't clean up behind their dogs.
web posted June 24, 2016
Gotta be sitting down when you watch this 3 mins. ( Be sure to listen very carefully to the Admirals closing remarks )
Only 3 minutes
Stunning Video the country was Never supposed to see . . . .
Secretary of State John Kerry Introduces Admiral Ace Lyons to speak at a private meeting. He probably
Regrets doing so.
web posted June 21, 2016

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator is tragically hit by a car and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and the finest wines and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven...”  So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell." So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell... Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil smiles at him and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning,  Today, you voted."  As you did twice in the last Eight Years.
Vote wisely in November!!!
web posted June 20, 2016

Trump meets The Honeymooners
web posted June 20, 2016
Re: John Pettigrew

I have been reading the comments about Pettigrew and Massey over the past few weeks and it is pure satire.  
First of all, we are calling Masseys signs faded and questioning the age of his signs.  Good grief. Pettigrews signs have been in storage the past four years because he didn't know how to register to run and couldn't use them.

And then there is the letter Pettigrew sent in responding to Kevin Beck.  My Lord...can we talk about the issues Pettigrew instead of coming across as an angry old white man?  There have been letters of support for you but did Massey stoop to respond?  No!  Plus your new commercial....again angry old white man.

And then there is Curtis Loftis the State Treasurer who endorsed Pettigrew.   The same state treasurer who is under an investigation by the state ethics commission for a $2 million dollar issue in which he hired his friend.  Curtis Loftis has never even met John Pettigrew.  Pitiful.

And last but not least...the comment about the senate electing him to be majority leader to help him win reelection.  Really?  John Pettigrew doesn't stand a chance.  This is the same senate Massey has been fighting against and has earned respect to be elected majority leader.  No one even knows Pettigrew and Masseys reelection had nothing to do with it.  

This is truly a no brainer.
web posted June 11, 2016
Comments about how Senator Massey looks in his ads is just more silliness. Maybe he looks tired ( to one writer anyway) because he is working really hard to represent his constituents. Now there's a positive thought, not some negative assumption.

I hope people vote smarter than "getting vibes ", wondering about how someone looks to them, someone using old signs,  blah blah blah.  Just silliness, political games and nonsense. Give voters more credit.
web posted June 11, 2016

To the person whom wrote it would take longer than 8 years to get anything accomplished in SC Politics!  SHAME ON YOU!  You sound like a person whom is paid by the hour and not by the job.  Whomever is elected for Senator hopefully won’t follow your work style.
web posted June 11, 2016

If American’s do not want career politicians………then setting terms for politicians is just good common sense!  VOTE JOHN PETTIGREW!
web posted June 11, 2016

I saw Shane Massey’s TV Campaign Ad and he did not look well.  He had dark circles under his eyes and he looked very pale.  Hope he is physically up to this Campaign.  Maybe the stress is taking its toll.  Just Concerned.
web posted June 10, 2016

I am certain Mr. Pettigrew is a nice guy. I am equally certain some of his campaign promises are a crock. Nobody, as in nobody, can do anything at all in the SC Senate or any other legislative body by themselves. It takes building a coalition of other Senators...a coalition that agrees with your agenda, and then you have to get it through the House and past the Governor's desk for her signature.

Everybody knows there are problems with roads. Anyone who pays attention knows that we have had some down economic times courtesy of the current Administration in DC, and blaming anyone in the State of SC for what the Feds have done to the entire nation's economy is comical. The idea of turning over the prioritizing of the State's highway needs to a political appointee of the Governor is an example of something that sounds good when you say it fast until you realize that as political appointees they come and go along with whoever the Governor is giving no continuity at the top.

Jumping on the term limits bandwagon is similarly comical. It is another example of something that sounds good when you say it fast. If Mr. Pettigrew were to be elected, he would start off as the Proverbial low man on the Senate totem pole. He would have no seniority and by the time Mr. Pettigrew was in the system long enough to understand how the system works and builds a coalition, he will be stepping down according to his campaign promises, meaning someone else would be starting from scratch as the low man in the State Senate in terms of seniority and experience. Of course there are always those who would bow to public demand and agree to stay on due to the demand of the citizens.
web posted June 10, 2016

I appreciated the letter to the editor this morning in support of Shane Massey. It gave real tangibles and reasonable reasons why Shane is a good choice for our state Senator.  Most of the other stuff that has been said about Shane is just political jargon.  Is that what we want- “hope and change”?  How about a leader who has actually accomplishes things? Edgefield is not the  only county Senator Massey represents, my friend, and people in other areas may have other views on issues.  Let’s just leave that flag issue in the museum where it belongs.  As was pointed out in the editorial today, Shane has done a good job . He takes hard stands on things.   I don’t agree with all of his votes but I know he is a good leader.

I agree that Councilwoman Blackwell, Councilman Ashcraft and other current leaders have been a breath of fresh air. They have moved us forward. I have great concern that voting for someone who could possibly move us back to some of the cronyism and favoritism we have seen in this county could happen.  Not saying it would happen but just saying..,  I respect Mr. Pettigrew  and have heard he is a good person,  but sometimes associations have consequences that make people nervous.  Those who have been affected by that favoritism and cronyism know first hand the pain of that.  Many are still dealing with the repercussions of those alliances.  Newer folks to this area may not understand it. That  is OK.  Just focus on information like the letter to the Editor today.  It is a positive piece  with actual facts.  It  is not negative like some of the stuff coming out from the other side.  Some of the hit pieces are so ugly-I  actually think Mr. Pettigrew should  apologize for some of the stuff that has been sent and clarify the facts.  I know it wasn’t directly from him, but he should correct the misinformation and do the right thing.  His supporters go on and on about what a nice of person he is. A truly nice and honest person,  would not allow that kind of misleading mail to go uncorrected by his campaign.  We must remember though, it is a campaign , and like it or not, people in campaigns are politicians first. Sometimes “ nice”  gets sidelined in order to win .  I hope that is not the case in this situation.  A truly nice and honest person would stay that way no matter what. Character is important and it is shown through one’s words and actions.   That is why I will vote for Shane Massey.
web posted June 10, 2016

A woman ran a red traffic light and crashed into a man's car.  Both of their cars are demolished but amazingly neither of them was hurt. After they crawled out of their cars, the  woman said; "Wow, just look at our cars!
There's nothing left, but  fortunately we are unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days." The man replied," I agree with you completely.  This  must be a sign from God!"

The woman continued,  "And look at this, here's another miracle.  My car is completely demolished, but my bottle of 75 year old scotch didn't break.  Surely God  meant for us to drink this vintage delicacy and celebrate our good fortune." Then she handed the bottle to the man.

The man  nods his head in agreement, opened it, drank half the bottle and then handed it  back to the woman. The woman took the bottle, immediately put the cap back on,  and handed it back to the man.

The man asks,  "Aren't you having any?"
She replies, "Nah. I think I'll just wait for the police."
Adam ate the apple, too! Men will never learn!
web posted June 10, 2016

Today I was coming down Hwy 25 and on MT Zion road there is a sign No Thru Trucks Prohibited. Well guess what, bigger than day a tanker truck coming down Mt. Zion road. These tankers have been doing this for years, guess they can't read or just don't obey the laws.
web posted June 10, 2016
Kudos to Mrs. Mary Benedetto, RN, President of the Edgefield Theater Guild.  All of the many people who have had the pleasure and privilege of attending the many plays presented probably have no idea that the continued outstanding dedication from Mrs. Benedetto is the one that made it all possible.  She is smart, articulate and excellent in the ongoing progress of our theater.  I hope she continues to have the energy and perseverance required to keep the plays going for all to enjoy!  Thank you and BRAVO Mary Benedetto!
web posted June 9, 2016

Senator "Shame" Massey has lost my vote. He listened to people outside the state of South Carolina on the issue of the Confederate flag. He failed to represent his constituents. When the poll on Edgefield Daily showed the people were in favor of the flag on the Confederate monument. He failed as an appointed Senator. He is a disgrace to the people in his district. Since he is from Tennessee, he needs to move back.  My vote goes to Mr. Pettigrew.
web posted June 9, 2016
Stop obsessing about the ‘old system’ and look towards the future.  Genia Blackwell was a major change to County Council and look at all she had accomplished for Edgefield.  So Shane Massey’s nine years is ‘old system’ move on, upgrade your voting to John Pettigrew for Senator!
web posted June 8, 2016

"Hi", I am your State Treasurer .
What kind of a salutation on a  Press Release from the person we elected to guard, manage and control billions of your South Carolina tax payer dollars, is this?Curtis Loftin is his name, goes on to charge the President of the Senate, Shane Massey that he has " cost the state billions" without stating a single line item. Are you gullible enough to believe this political garbage?Unfortunately John Pettigrew jr. Does!
"Bye" "Bye"
web posted June 8, 2016

Mr. Massey has had nine (9) long (YIKES!) years to perform his miracles.  To date, I don’t see anything he has accomplished for Edgefield.  TIME TO PASS THE BATON TO SOMEONE ELSE!  VOTE JOHN PETTIGREW FOR SENATOR!  If we’re not happy, with his appointment……VOTE SOMEONE ELSE IN NEXT TIME.
web posted June 8, 2016

This is Edgefield and not Aiken. That is very true!  I can’t believe that someone gives Senator Massey the credit for the growth and progress in Aiken.  That would  actually be a real achievement for him.  Maybe I misunderstood the post, so correct me if I did.  As I see it,  Aiken has grown because the leaders in Aiken have moved forward. The people in Aiken have moved forward.  They actually want to grow and are open to change.  What in the world does that have to do with them supporting Senator Massey other than maybe those folks recognize they don’t want someone tied to the old ways?  To grow, folks have to be willing  to grow and to allow change.   Just seems like so many things being said as support for Mr. Pettigrew are kind of silly.  Just like saying it appears Senator Massey was elected to lead the Senate to help him win re election?   Is there any proof of that or is that another political ploy?  Remember, just because someone says something, it doesn’t make it true.

Gosh, Senator Massey is using some old signs?  So he is saving his donors’  money?  He is being wise?  His sign colors have faded to a combination of blue and red,  “magenta” ?  And that means he is a RINO?   I guess  if one wants a shiny new sign they should vote for the person with the new blue signs.  With that line of logic about sign colors, is Mr. Pettigrew a liberal because his signs are blue?  We all know he’s not,  but come on, how silly is the sign argument?   I sure want more than a shiny new sign at the state level.  Just voting for someone with a shiny new sign almost sounds like voting for hope and change.  We know how that turned out.  People just voted for something new without understanding what it really meant.  I am really not sure who is better for the  state Senate, and in fact I respect both men,  but I am  very concerned about any ties to the old ways of Edgefield’s good old boy system.  Bringing up Strom Thurmond is just pointing out those old ways. It points out things like favoritism and other things that can happen.  I am not saying it would happen but just saying…     I need more than a shiny new sign to convince me we will not be moving backwards.   Problem is , maybe some folks do not want to move forward.  I don’t know, I am just concerned.
web posted June 8, 2016
If I had any doubt before this endorsement clinched it for me, Curtis Loftis Endorses John Pettigrew for State Senate  I'm voting Shane Massey.    Worst endorsement ever.  Blah blah blah, he won't stand with me well there probably is a good reason.
web posted June 8, 2016

It is so nice to see that Mr. Pettigrew has friends in Edgefield. It is good he has been supportive of the community.  No one is debating that.  It is nice that someone new to the area has not been affected by the old system that runs Edgefield. Lucky them, but some who have been here longer do remember and know the system.  It is still hard to want him at a state level.  Maybe people who do not want to really progress just don’t get it.  Senator Massey is a proven leader.  He has an actual record and the respect of his colleagues.  He obviously can work with them.  I say that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Comments about things like being mentored by Strom Thurmond, “vibes” about Senator Massey after a vote (he voted in a conservative way, but someone had “vibes” about what he was thinking? Seriously?) , being a nice guy, etc etc do nothing to reassure me that Mr. Pettigrew is going to move beyond the old ways of Edgefield.  Maybe he would,  but why take the chance?  We don’t need to.  We have a good, conservative person in there already.  Oh, and all this craziness about guns? Ridiculous and exaggerated. Campaign tactics, that is all.
web posted June 7, 2016

All of the wonderful things said about Mr. Massey are true.  However, it appears that Mr. Massey was appointed Leader of Senate as a political maneuver to assist him with his re-election.  Obviously Mr. Massey is the one who wants to be a Career Politician.  I have not seen any improvement in the schools (education), road upkeep,  economic development, nor advancement in individual salaries.  I am certain that Mr. Massey has a lot of support in Aiken.  I can see why, due to all of the continued growth of business and commercial programs gained by Aiken since his tenure.  IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE…..VOTE JOHN PETTIGREW FOR SENATE!  We live in Edgefield, NOT AIKEN!
web posted June 7, 2016

We see all of the banter between the Pettigrew supporters and the the Massey supporters.  Both candidates, according to the posters, have pros and cons; what politician doesn't? My objective is to send a message, just like the majority of the country is doing by supporting Trump.  Trump may not be the best candidate and we won't know until we see him lead, but, but, HE IS BETTER than the alternative, and the alternative is "Establishment" politicians.  
    Massey is nothing but an "establishment" politician.  We need to send a message to these "establishment" types - do the work for the people, or get out and WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT.  
    We are sick and tired of the same old rhetoric.  Have you all noticed two things?  Shame Massey is using the same signs he used to run as a fair haired boy to "shake up columbia."  Really?!  Now that's old and basically says one thing, nothing's going to change.  If you even look closer at his signs, have you noticed when he started using the signs during his first election, they were "Red."  Now they are a magenta, ironically.  Showing his true colors as a reach across the aisle RINO (red and blue make purple/magenta), like his idol Flimsey Grahmnesty.  We don't want to reach across the aisle! We want to take this country back, level by level, and Shame Massey needs to go! Period! Pettigrew, don't care, he'll get my vote just so we can change the crap that's in there now.  That's the only way we can affect change.  We did it in Merriwether.  Kitchens we voted out and put in Bishop because he was the only choice.  We then got rid of Bishop, we put in Hudson.  When we got rid of Hudson, we put in Genia Blackwell.  Reality - it may have taken us several election cycles, but we did continually vote them out until we got someone that would serve the people, and Mrs. Blackwell has served us well.     This argument of "well, everyone else's politician is screwed up, not mine" has got to go.  This is what keeps the Shame Masseys and Flimsey Grahams in office - they're smooth pretty boys of which the politic elite swoooooon over, yet they're turncoats.  Use the voting booth.  Vote Massey out! And anyone else in.  We can flush them the next time if they don't get the message.  Politics is local, okay, let's clean up local!
web posted June 7, 2016

On June 6, 1944. 18-19-20 year old males were storming the beaches of Normandy, facing mostly death and horrendous injuries. But, they laid down their lives to protect USA and to give all of us the freedoms that we have today.
Today, on June 6, 2016, we have 18-19-20 year males (punks), that are stomping on and burning our flag,rioting if things don't go their way, killing police officers, dis-respecting their parents and elders, expecting the government to give them a free ride, because they believe are owed it!
What has happened to the young men of America? As for me , I say to them, feel free to come and burn the American flag in my yard. "Nuff said..
If they don't want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!
web posted June 6, 2016

Finally the posts are looking a little more realistic instead of the campaign rhetoric for Pettigrew.  I was glad to see someone else is seeing the reality of the jack of all trades, master of none Pettigrew.  We already saw how his work as representative, mayor and administrator has worked out so why would we give him another hat to wear.  Before you go into vote ask yourself how well he has performed.  As for being mentored by Strom, well so was Bettis.  We don't need another wanta be important politician in our county we need true representatives of our area.  Shane Massey has gained the respect of people across his district and the Senate, not that we agree with everything, but he is responsive to questions and will explain why he votes as he does.  He has been voted to head up the Senate and that is important.  As for me and mine, Shane fits the bill.  Vote Tuesday June 14 or by absentee but vote.
web posted June 6, 2016

Very thankful for the people who have served our country and protected our freedoms. Also very proud of those that continue to do that.  I would love to see American be great again. I am not sure one person can accomplish that-the only way to truly make this country great again is if there is a true revival and turning back to God by the people.  I know the agenda of the left has destroyed what greatness we had. But the real destruction in this country is the spiritual destruction . It is not just those on the left that have moved away from God. Many on the right are so full of anger or complacency that there is no room for God. I know I experience that in my own life.  We need to pray for our country.  I wish we had a candidate that promoted the spiritual needs in this country.  Neither front runner does that and it is troubling.  At least one candidate has a man on his team that recognizes the  need for spiritual change and that man is Dr. Ben Carson.  So, I will be voting to “make America great again”. However, I will vote with my eyes open.  Grudges and anger are no way to move forward.  If hearts don’t change,  the country will fail.
web posted June 6, 2016

To the person whom stated John Pettigrew is ‘unqualified’ and also said they knew him officially.

You  lost credibility due to not knowing how ‘Qualified’ Mr. Pettigrew actually is.  Obviously not only is he highly educated, but is able to peacefully interact with both sides of the aisle.  He is extremely helpful and willing to help all socio- economic levels of individuals.  Just because you have this anti-Bettis R. war going on; (ten years ago everyone was sucking up to Bettis).  HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET!  VOTE FOR CHANGE,  VOTE FOR JOHN PETTIGREW!!!
web posted June 3, 2016

I have to laugh a little as I think someone out there thinks there is only one person talking about things like that dumb house on stilts.  Guess it hit a nerve,  but  just so one knows, there are more than one of us that mentioned it.  The claim that the person who talked about the Confederate flag and the house on stilts must be the same person just tells me that the responder has to think it is some outsider. Surely no insider in Edgefield would mention those two issues.  Ha! Maybe there is more outside thinking in this area than one thinks.  And those with other ideas can vote.  Uh oh!

That being said, I also do not know Mr. Pettigrew personally and I also understand that he is a very nice man.  I still do not want someone who is so tied to the old ways of Edgefield to be in a state leadership position.  One thing we need to realize is that our Senator represents more than just Edgefield.  People say Senator Massey doesn’t always represent the will of his constituents.  How does someone know that if the only view folks have is that of old Edgefield’s?  Maybe some of the folks in Aiken etc  (even some in Edgefield) have other views and Senator Massey is actually representing the majority.  Wouldn’t that be something? A Senator who is not playing favorites would be refreshing to me.  Maybe he doesn’t always go along with the good old boys in Edgefield.  I don’t know, but that in itself would make him my candidate!!!   I think he has done a good job and will support him.  I am also encouraging all my friends in Aiken county to vote.   They are telling their friends and so it goes on and on…there are more folks than just Edgefield that will be affected by this Senate race.

One good thing Bettis did with Mt. Vintage was to bring in a big group of smart folks who think for themselves.  Again, uh oh!   I don’t know, but after reading a comment this morning, I would guess a lot of those folks don’t want the old ways of Edgefield to be at the state level.  Maybe this county can continue to move forward in more ways.  I sure hope so.  Don’t forget to vote.
web posted June 3, 2016

Roy is truly missed by the readers. He always gave his opinion and stood up for what he believed in. He stepped on several toes and kept their feet to the fire and that's what I liked him.  It would be very interesting to hear what he thinks about the race for the White House! I'm pretty sure which way he would lean.
Keep up the good work that you are doing and as long as Edgefield Daily is alive, Roy will be alive!
God Bless

Editors Post: Thank you for those kind words.
web posted June 3, 2016

Well, enough of the flag issue. What about the anti-gun agenda? I never slammed Massey, I never even mentioned  his name, you did. So, I guess when guns are outlawed, I will be an outlaw! I hope and pray that you will be prepared when the radical Muslims start attacking USA!
This will be my last post, as I'm not intelligent and "too narrowed minded" enough to debate you. You see, I don't have a college education, because in 1968, Uncle Sam said "I want you" and gave me a job for 30 years..to protect you! And believe it or not, under the American flag.
I might ask, what did you do or ever did to serve our country?
As I stated before, I was willing to lay down my life (and still am) to protect people like you. So, keep slamming people like me and their views, but come June 14th, you will see that that there are more people like me than you think, as you so stated, "sounds like some do actually think that way".
I hope and pray that come November, you will right decision to make America great again and to keep her safe. If not, your and my views won't be worth diddly squat!
web posted June 3, 2016

I do think about Roy Blackwell every time I read Edgefield Daily. He was such a nice man and he always had such a good take on the goings on in Edgefield.  I respected his love for his family and his country. He is surely missed.  Yes, happy birthday to him . I am sure he sees what a good job his daughter is doing with the paper and is proud.

Editors Note: Thank you so much for those kind words.
web posted June 3, 2016

John Petigrew jr a professional political neophyte in the current SC Government wants to replace Senator Shane Massey, the newly elected President of the Senate in order to add this accomplishment to his resume.
John has a history of not completing many vocations some of which were SC Government jobs; Member of SC House of Representatives,  Mayor of Edgefield, and Edgefield County Administrator.
The small salary of a SC State Senator is not exciting,  but the daily expense allowances plus SC Family Health Insurance Plans further accumulation of credit for SC Retirement make the job meaningful and socially prestigious.
Just because you have Pettigrew sign in your yard doesn't mean that you are obliged to vote for him.
While you are alone in the voting booth, DO THE RIGHT THING,  vote for Senator Shane Massey for District 25  SC State Senator,  YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID.
web posted June 3, 2016

Wasn’t the point about the vote on the Confederate flag a slam on Shane Massey because he voted to have it moved from the State House ?  Not so sure the point was missed.  The person who responded with this comment must be pretty closed minded. Do they think because someone took a stand opposite their own, that somehow that other person is not taking a stand?  Is there only one way to take a stand? Seriously, voting a certain way is “going with the flow”? The only way it would be “ going with the flow” is if the poster is arrogant enough to  think their opinion is the only opinion that matters and anyone going against that opinion could not possibly have another view.   Maybe some think their way of thinking is the only one allowed and if anyone disagrees , they are weak?  That would be a  very arrogant  and closed minded attitude if that is true.  I would hope people are smarter than to think that way, but who knows.  Sounds like some actually do think that way.

The comments made in response to the slam on Senator Massey were to make the point that there are other ways to look at that flag issue.  The point being made was that are some who do not think anyone who voted to move it was  weak or “going with the flow” .  Seems like “going with the flow” would have been to leave it and accept the status quo.   Maybe some are  actually  OK that the flag is now in a museum where its history can be celebrated.  At least in a museum,  the history can be explained .  The point was that to many , and yes even some in this area,  the Confederate flag is a sign of division,  not unity.  I guess there are other opinions out there about this issue and maybe some have validity?  Maybe just a little bit of validity?  I understand both sides of the flag issue, but to think that only one opinion is the absolute and only way to think about it is pretty narrow minded in my opinion. 
web posted June 2, 2016
Scam Alert! A friend got caught in a scammer’s net. Don’t deal with anyone who calls you with an offer to clean up your computer. My friend’s call came from 855-601-0002, which I learned online belongs to http://techbasehelp.com/contacthtml.  They’re undoubtedly overseas somewhere. Once they gain access to your computer they can scan it for any personal information stored there. They might even install some malware and viruses so they can continue to “help” you with your computer issues…for more money, of course.

The site I read when searching the 800 number offered 10 things to do once you’ve been had:
1.      Pull the cables on your computer so it cannot access the Internet.
2.      Change all passwords stored on the computer.
3.      In “SAFE” mode, run FULL malware scans.
4.      Change the passwords again, especially if the malware scans showed anything.
5.      Inform your bank or credit card companies.
6.      Sign up for credit monitoring, and check the status frequently.
7.      Take your computer to a reputable, qualified local technician, and tell him the story.
8.      Tell all your friends so they can be aware of any strange emails purportedly from you.
9.      Plug in your computer only after you have done all the above.
10.   Change the passwords on all online accounts. Even better, do it from a safe, uninfected computer.
web posted June 2, 2016

I am disappointed that anyone who has ever had any official dealings with Pettigrew would want him elected to anything. I've had several dealings with him when he was county administrator. Every time I asked him a substantive question, I got the dumb-founded, dear-in-the-head-lights look from him, and no answers.

Then add to that, the fiasco that Bettis created at Mt Vintage, and his circumventing the law on development prerequisites, and Pettigrew did nothing, wanted nothing to do with the conversation, nor made any recommendations to the County Council on how to fix the situation. He didn't even want to be part of the conversation at the County Council meetings on this topic.

If Pettigrew was oblivious to the shenanigans going on at Mt Vintage (the largest tax base in the county) then he is totally incompetent. If Pettigrew did know about Bettis circumventing the law, and did nothing, then in my mind, he's crooked.
Of course, I could be wrong...he could be both. I am sure of one thing...Pettigrew is one of Bettis' lackies.

Pettigrew may be a nice guy, I don't know him personally, just officially. But nice guys that are incompetent or crooked don't deserve a place in the state senate.

Don't get me wrong...Massey is no prize at the state fair either. I don't like Massey's stance on several issues, and he needs to change his positions to the will of the people. But we don't have another qualified alternative (other than an un-qualified Pettigrew), and Massey is light-years ahead of Pettigrew in virtually all qualifications.
web posted June 2, 2016

I understand that the ECH is being sold, and Edgefield county has already set up agreement to send patients out of the ER only to Self.  I just hope I don't have a need for a ambulance when I listen to the scanner all I hear is EC EMS taking patient to Greenwood! It is 35-40 miles which takes at least a hour there and back. Edgefleld only has two.  Maybe something will happen when a person dies waiting on a ambulance because they had to send a sore toe to GREENWOOD.  Did you know that all the doctors in the ER are from GREENWOOD? Does the ER ever admit anyone to ECH?  Again tonight a another transport out of the hospital.  I thought they had companies to do that in the county other than the 911 service i think there is a ordnance that mandates it.  Maybe the new people running for council will see that the old council was and is selling out the county hospital and do something about it.

Editors Note: I will inquire with the hospital administrator for more clarification of information.  Additional information can be found here.  I hope this clears some things up. 
web posted June 1, 2016

Someone missed my point about the Flag being removed. I know there many important issues in our Country. But to go "with the flow" and not taking a stand is my point. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
The way I understand it, he is also going with the flow to not oppose Obama's anti-gun agenda or support the right to bear arms. I do know where his opponent stands on these gun issues. He has taking a stand! Now, I believe in gun control. I practice it every-time I go hunting.
There are also bad memories of how the South suffered after the war. I remember my Grandparents talking about how their parents suffered from all the destruction caused and starving when the Federal Army came through .But, I am not opposed to American flag, I supported it and still will defend it with my life, if need be. And if I see anyone disgracing the American flag, it will be "Katie bar the door"! BUT, at least I'm taking a stand.
You are correct that we need to get America back and make it strong again. We can only make it great again, by voting in November or we will have four more years like the last eight.
By the way, did you know that in the 50's and 60's, when the KKK was committing those murderous acts upon innocent blacks, that at times they marched with the USA flag? If you don't believe me, do your research on it's history.
And I'm getting on with my life. As you stated there are far as more important issues, you're probably the one so concerned with the house on stilts and no place to eat in Edgefield after dark.
May God Bless and save America.
web posted June 1, 2016

I am delighted to see that ( Business name removed ) has changed the color of the sign on their online Ad, if they knew how hideous that green looked they would change the color on the street also.

Editors Note: I'm sure they will appreciate your advice.
web posted June 1, 2016

Proud of every veteran that fought for the United States. Also proud of every service member serving today. We forget that it is the sacrifice of these brave heroes that gives us the rights we have today.  Most of us have at least one of these heroes that has sacrificed for the United States in our family.  May we never forget the sacrifice so many have made, some with their lives,  and continue to make every day.  We need to pray for our country!!!!
web posted May 31, 2016

Believe it or not, some people in this area have moved beyond the Civil War.  I know that is hard to imagine for some folks,  but there are actually people that  want to move forward and deal with issues that really matter. Be proud of your heritage but good grief, is that your whole life? The Confederate flag has some real bad memories connected to it for many in this state and in this country. To those that cling to it, so be it,  but just know that there are people in this community, in this state and in this country that actually know we have bigger issues to deal with than whether that flag is flying on the statehouse grounds.  We need to be a united country right now, we need to get our country back,  and the only flag we should be worried about it the American flag! 
web posted May 30, 2016
The sign in the Middle of the Street in front of Fi nders/Keepers needs to be moved.   It poses a problem to vehicle go up/down the hill there.
web posted May 30, 2016

VOTE FOR JOHN PETTIGREW!  He’s no wimp; he’s educated, he’s consistent with what he believes and Strom Thurmond was his mentor.  Let’s give him a chance people.  We need a strong, reliable Senator!  Thank you
web posted May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Reminder.
Do you recall the President referring to the Benghazi incident as "a bump in the road?" Today I heard an ex-Navy Seal being interviewed on Fox News regarding a book he has Written about how to handle crisis situations in our lives. At the end of the interview he asked if he could make a comment on Benghazi and, of course, The anchor said "yes." He then thanked Fox News for keeping the Benghazi story in the news, since other news organizations are not. He said the Seals who died deserve the public knowing the truth about the whole Affair.
The poem was written by an anonymous Marine Corps officer:
We're the battling boys of Benghazi,
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,
Defending our country we loved so well.
It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,
Fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty countrymen from the jaws of fate
Led them to safety and stood at the gate.
Just the two of us and foes by the score,
But we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
So we fought and we fought and we fought 'til we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack and Hillary didn't give a damn.
Just two dead Seals who carried the load
No thanks to us...we were just
"Bumps In The Road".
So, will this reach every American. Or do we act like the press and give a pass to the people who literally sat there in the White House and watched the Seals' execution on live streaming video and did absolutely nothing?
"What difference does it make?" And she wants to be the next President!
web posted May 30, 2016

Not sure how many of you realize, but there was a bill making it's way through the state legislature which would've ensure that only laws of the US Constitution, Federal and State laws would be recognized in South Carolina.  I'm supposing the point being that laws of other nations, and cultures (e.g Sharia Law) could not be used in a legal defense in South Carolina.  The bill passed the House and was in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Last week, on 11 May it went to committee vote and failed by a vote of 9 to 10.  The bill is dead, at least for this year.  I wanted to see how our Senator voted (Massey)...so I watched the video of the proceedings.  I've included the link...you have to follow the link to the 11 May Senate Judiciary hearing then go to the 1:06 mark....thereabouts.  While Senator Massey voted in support of it, I definitely picked up a vibe that he was embarrassed in introducing the measure...there were jokes preceding the vote.  If you watch the video on other bills....for example, they spent nearly 10-15 minutes talking about liquor licenses and inserting language in a bill about off loading liquor at the destination or off-loading by the driver of a truck.  Point being, the discussion of that minutia yet there was no discussion regarding safeguarding US and SC laws and the integrity of SC legal proceeding.  There was no discussion...the chairman stated, "We don't need to talk about it, let's just get it over wiith." It's election year, I cannot help but surmise that there were many more "nays" against this bill, but only voted "yea" because these Senators come from districts with Conservative constituents and are in tight elections.  The Chairman was reminding everyone that vote was close.  I encourage people to watch this video, there snide jokes about bathroom laws...and how that won't pass in SC.  I definitely think there is an elitist culture in that judiciary committee and suspect it permeates throughout all our political entities.  You be the judge.  I'm thinking every politician gets 2 terms...then it's time to move on.  I'm voting anti-incumbent this year.  Mr Pettigrew, if you're elected, that applies to you too.
Here's the video link...http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php
web posted May 27, 2016   
It really is silly that we fuss and carry on because a fellow taxpayer~property owner doesn't keep his property up to the standards someone else deems proper and pleasing to the eye.
web posted May 27, 2016
Shane Massey our senator is also the Senate Majority Leader. Shane has accomplished much in his  first term including getting the politics out of  highway construction and is in position as Leader of the Majority to direct conservative  budget issues. He has earned a repeat term so please don't deny Shane that opportunity.
web posted May 27, 2016
The states of Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and others are fighting Muslim obama's dictate to allow transgenders into school bathrooms and locker rooms. So far...the Great Rino South Carolina governor does nothing. Same governor who invites Somali Muslims into Spartenburg. Governor Haley has been praised by Muslim Obama for her support. Next election...time to get a Governor who we can trust to protect our state.
web posted May 27, 2016

I received a political flyer from a candidate which reads"continuing to shake up Columbia". Well, he certainly shook myself up and many people in South Carolina up when he voted with the other timid politically correct politicians to remove the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse grounds. Did they not do any research on the history of "The Cause' or the history behind the Confederate flag? Did they know that not a single Confederate flag EVER flew over a slave ship, only the Federal flag? When that depraved, ignorant gunman entered a historically black church and murdered nine innocent people, that the "Flag" didn't pull the trigger? While he was shown holding the "Flag", he was also shown wearing a "Gold's Gym" shirt and holding a Budweiser beer. Was any action taken towards those companies for their participation in the massacre?
Did they know that when the Federal Army came through the South that they burned houses,crops, killed livestock, looted homes, murdered innocent civilians and committed acts upon women not fit to print here?
When the Confederate Army invaded the North, none of these acts were committed under the Confederate flag as mentioned above? I could go on and on, but the politically correct politicians will go with the flow!
For sure, slavery was involved, but not the only reason for the Civil War. How about high taxes, embargoes, and blockades of Southern ports, to name just a few. The South did no more to secede from the Union than the original colonial colonies did from England.
I am proud of my Southern heritage and my ancestors that fought and died for their States Rights and will defend the Flag.
Now, before you make a "knee jerk" reaction, as the "PC Police' did, I served in the Army and took a oath to defend America and I will do the same today, just as my ancestors did for the South. (Although long in tooth I still have good gun control!)
Do your research, before you make a decision, as I will in do June and November.
Born in America..Southern by the Grace of God!
God bless America!
web posted May 27, 2016

Texas Helpfulness
In Texas there is a town called New Braunfels, (They have a great car museum) where there is a large
German-speaking population. One day, a local rancher driving down a country road noticed a man using
his hand to drink water from the rancher's stock pond. The rancher rolled down the window and shouted:
" Froh, dich zu treffen! Trink das Wasser nicht. Die kuehe haben darein geschissen." ... Which means:
"Glad to meet you! Don't drink the water, the cows have pooped in it." The man shouted back:
"I'm from New York and just down here setting up Hillary's presidential campaign. I can't understand you.
Please speak in English." The rancher replied: "I said, Use both hands."
web posted May 27, 2016

From reading the Wandering Minds comments, one would think that nothing positive has happened here over the last forty years.

However, the facts tell a different story.  During the last three decades the Town of Edgefield has undertaken two major streetscape programs and built a handsome new Town Hall.

The County has restored the Courthouse, the County Council Chambers, the County Administration and Archives building and the Calliham Building.

The Edgefield County Historical Society developed the Discovery Center and the History Park and restored its headquarters, Magnolia Dale.

Piedmont Tech restored the old cotton warehouse on Main Street and redeveloped another warehouse building on its property for its Pottery School.

A number of the commercial buildings in Downtown Edgefield were restored and re-developed, including the old Yonce Ford Building, Park Row, the Edgefield Distillery, the Old Edgefield Grill, the Edgefield General Store, the Pottery Studio, the Tompkins Library and the Old Law Building.  The Blocker Building on Main Street has recently been acquired and is slated to open this year as an Italian restaurant.  In addition, numerous backstreet parking areas throughout the Downtown have been developed.

The Town of Edgefield has also made a major commitment to maintain the public areas of the Town to a much higher standard, so that all visitors who come here remark on how beautifully these areas are kept.

In summary, a great deal has been accomplished here over the last few decades.  Although some major challenges remain, our record of accomplishment, as described above, is pretty impressive by anyone’s standards.
web posted May 26, 2016

Anyone thinking Shane Massey is not strong on the second amendment is crazy. Google it if nothing else. Sounds like someone is scrapping the barrel to come up with negatives for Shane ( and we all know that guns are a sensitive issue in this area  so what better accusation could someone make?) . We all didn’t fall off a hay truck.   Just listening to a radio program and forming a decision on something like this shows a lack of intelligence, if nothing else.  Goodness!! We should look at actual records on voting, bills presented  etc. and not listen to hearsay.  Again, if you don’t do anything else,  Google Shane’s record. Please!!!!!   Try to vote as intelligently as you can and find out facts. Don’t listen to people just talking about something.  The claim about wanting a bill presented  and being ignored is a claim,  not a fact.  Lots of claims are made in an election.  Hmmmm 
web posted May 26, 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