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Editor's post:Why is a speeding ticket reportedly issued
to former Chief Magistrate Davis Parkman not showing up in the official
According to Chief Magistrate Brenda Carpenter, the ticket was not
turned in until Saturday and there is a backlog that needs to be
entered at this time. Parkman's court date is not until May 10 and
tickets with earlier court dates are entered first. web posted February 29, 2012 This is in
response to the person who wrote: I just wanted to share my
As the editor said, there will be a community wide meeting next Monday
evening at 6:30 pm at the Merriwether Middle School. The
Merriwether Community Coalition set this meeting for just the reason
the reader stated. We do not want to become a repeat of Columbia
County nor any other community which has experienced unplanned
growth. We want the citizens to join together, plan for the
future of our community and put those plans into action. Please take a look at the announcement,
are talking about. Give me a call, I would
be happy to discuss these issues with anyone who is interested.
The Strategic Plan Steering Committee has worked diligently to produce
a good plan for Edgefield County under the leadership of Roger
LeDuc. The plan is scheduled to be presented to the Council next
week. Stay tuned for further developments, many positives are
happening in Edgefield County. Just as important - get involved. web
posted February 29, 2012 Our Public schools affect nearly everyone
in the county, whether it be by association of student's parent,
employee, student grandparents, aunts, uncle, etc. When are we
going to see some changes and results of the change in hands from
Crenshaw? Nothing yet. Seems teachers and parents alike are
both getting tired of waiting and not getting results when it comes to
the education of those in the county. Qui(t) the name-calling and
pointing fingers and do something right for the future of us all! web
posted February 29, 2012 In reference to the cost of using an
I am in no position to purchase an electric vehicle anytime soon, and I
sure don't vote Demo, but let's get one fact straight real fast:
None of us are paying over a dollar per kWh. I average about 55
kWh per day in my house, and at a dollar per kWh, I would be paying
over $1500 per month for my electricity. Instead I pay closer to
$170 per month. The facts are that most of us nationwide are
paying between 10 and 15 CENTS per kWh.
So if you re-do the horribly inaccurate mathematics used by the
previous poster, you will get a totally different picture. Most
of you won't do that though. You will take the garbage earlier
posted and tell 10 people what you "found out". web
posted February 29, 2012 LMAO at the post about Wardlaw and 8 man
football! Best laugh I've ever had courtesy of WM's.
I've often wondered the same thing in regards to just how talented
these Wardlaw athletes really are. I've got an idea, let's have a
scrimmage next football season between Wardlaw and STHS. I say we
let Thurmond bring 5 players and take on the 8 man team from
Wardlaw. Now that's a game I would pay money to see.
Editor's note: That's not a fair match-up. The one I want to see...
Thurmond vs Fox Creek. web
posted February 29, 2012 Hooray to Chief [Chris] Aston for getting
the thugs responsible for robbing a very
nice man. [Removed] would have given them his money if they just
asked and let them work it off later. These thugs should never get out
Editor's note: I don't think either one is going anywhere anytime soon.
posted February 29, 2012 Democrats love ignorant people and
work hard to keep them that way!!!!!!
Martin Luther King had a dream.
Obama gave us a nightmare! web
posted February 29, 2012 As the Republican presidential primary
heats up, so does discussion about potential candidates for the other
half of the ticket. The conversation is mostly for entertainment as
it's far too early to get into the logistics of picking a running mate,
especially since there isn't yet a clear winner for the top slot. So,
maybe we should talk about something a little different.
Editor's note: Interesting. I could vote for Condi, if she would run. I
like the quote: "My father joined our party because the Democrats in
Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The
Republicans did." [Condoleezza Rice: 2000 Republican National
posted February 29, 2012 Congratulations
the Strom Thurmond Mock Trial Team!!!!! They have once again
advanced to the State level of competition! They will compete March 9
& 10 in Columbia for the State Title!!! Good Luck at State!!!! web
posted February 28, 2012 William Smith will be a tremendous asset
to all of EDGEFIELD County! He is the down to earth pratical kind of
person we need to do the best for the citizens of this county. He
serves as an assistant principal that his colleagues respect and
admire. We are blessed to have him and his wife and daughter(soon to be
daughters) join our community family. Hats off and much luck to Mr.
posted February 28, 2012 I just wanted to share my opinion about
development in Edgefield county with the rest of the readers.
First off let me say that I have been to a couple of the steering
comitee meetings and I applaud the effort put in by the county council
and the concerned citizens whom are trying to make this a better place
to live. I think that the sewer line project is a good idea and I am
glad that they are making an effort to keep the city of North Augusta
from annexing large parts of Edgefield county.
The only point of contention that I have is this. I am a lifelong
resident of the west side of Edgefield county. The place I live on was
bought by my great grandfather around 110 years ago. I live where I do
because I enjoy the rural setting and the freedom that comes with it. I
am afraid that developing with to much vigor will destroy the unique
and irreplaceable community that we currently have here and I dont just
mean where I live but countywide. I am not an isolationist but I also
in no way shape or form want what has happened to Columbia County to
happen here. The taxes are high, the property is high, and it is
rapidly becoming just an extension of Augusta. I am afraid that if that
sort of development comes here that it will price lifelong residents
out of the county. I feel that the longtime residents are the backbone
of the communities around here and that losing them would be a tragedy.
In closing let me say that all I want is for us to proceed with alot of
caution and care and lets keep this the place that we all love.
Editor's note: There is a community meeting set for March 5 at 6:30 pm
at MMS to discuss the future of Merriwether. County Council Vice-chair
Genia Blackwell (R-Merriwether) and Dist. 2 Rep. Rodney Ashcraft (R-
Merriwether/Westside) will be attending the meeting and wil be
available to answer your questions. web
posted February 28, 2012 It is a shame to put a small beverage
entrepreneur out of business. Do the feds get involved because of
the tax situation or is this only a state offense?
Editor's note: At this time all charges seem to be local. web
posted February 28, 2012 Johnston and its ongoing thug problem
seems to be getting worse with the recent
thugs. And don't forget the thug who
killed his pregnant girlfriend and the Aiken Police Officer. He was
connecting with his 'Homies' in Johnston after killing two innocent
people. How is it possible Johnston attracts so many criminals and sex
For a small town, these scumbags should not be in such numbers. Did you
know there are sex offenders from other states who relocate to
Johnston? Why is that? Apparently these criminals believe
there is no law in town and they can do what they want.
Time for law enforcement to convince these low lifes to leave the town
and county. The only time most of these thugs leave is when they go to
jail or prison and then they come back. I don't know the answers to
these questions, but I do know my friends Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson are
there to protect me. I do know no one should allow anyone who just
drifts up to your front door asking for work is probably up to no good.
If you need someone to do work for you, hire someone who has a car,
their own tools, is from a reputable business and can speak English.
Otherwise, say GTF off my property. web
posted February 28, 2012 Covar can join the ranks of Bob Dole, John
McCain, and hopefully Mitt Romney! Who the heck needs or wants
more of these establishment moderates. Covar is holding up the
sports complex issue, and he above all should know the money is coming
from a different pot-infrastructure. Yet he and Carroll drag
their feet. Having full knowledge of the saftey issues and
allowing it to fester is a problem. Maybe, just maybe, if another
child is hurt or even killed because of their arrogant stupidity
(removed). Where do these people come from? Covar isn't
palnning on staying another term, that's pretty good-it's time for him
to go. But [heck], he's starting to act like Obama-scorched earth
policy before he leaves. Get on with addressing the safety issues
and fix them. web
posted February 28, 2012 So is the South Carolina School Boards
Association doing the superintendent search, or Dr. Tobin? Or is he
doing it with them? The release is a little confusing.
Editor's note: At this point I believe Brad Covar is leading the School
Board on a "fly by the seat of your pants" directive. I believe the
School Board is in a bigger disarray than it was before the historic
turnover in 2010. Covar is locked into political correctness and the
rest of the board is left to fend for themselves. But that is just my
w This is simply a sincere question.
If anyone can enlighten me and/or others please respond.
What is the market
liquor IE: "moonshine" when you can go down to the
package store and legally buy whatever you want? Seems like an
awful lot of work,trouble and risk to produce it so there must be some
demand for it somewhere.
Editor's note: It's all about taxes. web
posted February 28, 2012 Thanks to the person who recently set
everyone straight about the athletic scholarships at Wardlaw. It is
good to hear that Wardlaw does not have athletic scholarships. If they
did offer scholarships they should fire their recruiting coordinator! I
mean get real, does Wardlaw really have elite athletes? Besides a
personal preference for the type of educational environment one
desires, I was puzzled as to why an elite athlete would have any
interest in attending Wardlaw.
It is amazing how delusional people can be about their relevance in the
world. Wardlaw does excel in athletics, but on its level.
Being champion of the SCISA 8 man football league is a great
accomplishment, but does anyone really believe that is high level
competition? As was clearly stated in an earlier post, unless you
have a connection to the school, a persons opinion does not matter in
regards to Wardlaw. I agree with that. However, as a result of my
infinite wisdom in regards to all things related to football, baseball,
etc., I would like to suggest the following.
Wardlaw should offer full ride scholarships to elite athletes. Just
imagine, Wardlaw would be able to recruit elite athletes with no
geographic restraints! The Wardlaw community could provide room and
board in their homes or build dormitories for these elite athletes.
Wardlaw should build a state of the art football stadium, hire an elite
coach, join the SCHSL to compete at the highest AAAA level, and
schedule games with elite national powers from other states. As a
result of doing these things Wardlaw would become a nationally known
athletic power, and would realize unprecedented growth.
The tuition dollars would begin to flow in as a result of young people
desiring to be a part of such a nationally renowned educational
institution known for its elite athletic program. Wardlaw would then
become truly relevant and realize its rightful place in the world. This
would be good for Edgefield county. Now before you begin to think
that this can't be done, many of the nationally ranked athletic
programs are private schools. I'm not trying to be a smart aleck
about this, but If my advice is not taken, Wardlaw will have to accept
its irrelevant stature in the world as the tallest midget in the SCISA
8 man midget league. By the way, is 8 man football real football? Just
posted February 28, 2012 Re: Do you know what degrees Anderson has?
Mr. Anderson has a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson Univ and a
Juris.Doctorate in Law from USC. The ECSD website has the
qualifications of a Specialist degree or higher with an emphasis in
Schooll Administration. Specialist means Ed.S or Education Specialist,
and higher means Ph.D. or Doc. Edu. If the ECSD webiste is incorrect,
then maybe they need to correct, but the link has "corrected" in it
meaning they have made changes since the original posting. Maybe you
need to check with Dr. Tobin and see if the docs you received from him
were cut off by the ECSD fax machine.
Editor's note: There have been so many "corrections" sent out that at
this time I have no idea what the final requirements are. The recent
list has changed several times. The most recent release was listed
below the signature line in the release and was inadvertantly excluded
from the report by accident. I have no idea if it is even correct. web
posted February 28, 2012 Is there any truth in the rumor that is
going around about a barbecue going in the Red Barn near Cooks on the
Augusta Hwy? web
posted February 28, 2012 Mr. Editor,
Why in your report on the qualifications needed for superintendent did
you leave off the last section of the memo? Did you not want
people to read that part unless they went looking for the official memo?
Applicants must have a Specialist degree or higher in education with an
emphasis on school administration from an accredited college or
university; doctorate preferred. Applicants must be eligible for
certification as a superintendent in South Carolina or eligible for the
Alternative South Carolina Superintendent Certification. If you do not
hold a South Carolina superintendent’s certificate, please contact: The
Division of Teacher Quality, South Carolina Department of Education,
3700 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29201. 803.734-9929. Applicants will be
required to demonstrate their ability to meet all certification
requirements prior to interviews being conducted.
Mr. Anderson stated that he has a doctorate, but he did not state what
it was in. I doubt the school board is interested in candidates
with doctorates other than in the educational field.
Editor's note: As stated above: There have been so many "corrections"
sent out that at this time I have no idea what the final requirements
are. The recent list has changed several times. The most recent release
was listed below the signature line in the release and was
inadvertantly excluded from the report by accident. I have no idea if
it is even correct. web
posted February 28, 2012 Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's
Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of
For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles
before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine. Eric
calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the
battery. So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh
batery is approximately 270 miles. It will take you 4 1/2 hours to
drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and
you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your
average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.
According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh of
electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.
The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I
looked up what I pay for electricity.
I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16
16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.
$18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the
Volt using the battery.
Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that
gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.
The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs
So Obama wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more than
7 times as much to run and takes 3 times as long to drive across
Editor's note: Don't you know that Liberal and Left wing Democrats
don't care about facts? You must be a radical "right winger" and a
racist for not supporting Obama's push to drive gas prices to those in
Europe and force you to buy electric Automobiles to "save the world". web
posted February 28, 2012 Editor's post:I have nothing to more add to the
conversation below. This YouTube
If you have high speed internet it
is worth taking a look. web posted February 27, 2012Question: Does anyone think it would
be wrong to call the animal control on your close neighbor and friends
over their dog? This poor dog it old, sick, and neglected, I do not
want my dogs getting sick from this dog. I have spoken to them
and it just doesn't seem to be a big deal, I think their waiting for it
to die in my yard so it's my problem. Apparently they don't want
to get in trouble so they won't take HER to get put down, if I call the
dog catcher, they'll probably get it trouble, should I or not?, I
personnally can't afford to take their dog and put her down, and they
Editor's note: Call the Sheriff's Office at 803-637-5337 and have the
Animal Control Deputy call and speak with you on your options. web
posted February 27, 2012 I've seen Smith County Council signs up already.
well! You don't
see many young people being proactive in Edgefield. He has my
posted February 27, 2012 I know (name removed) who was robbed by the THUGS Saturday and he is
a nice man and would give you anything he could to help you. If (he)
knew them and they had a gun they were going to kill him once they got
what they wanted if you ask me! Thank God he was smarter than them and
got outside and screamed for help! It's getting to the point you have
to carry a gun everywhere you go including inside your house. web
posted February 27, 2012 RE: Remember, Wardlaw Academy does
not take one red cent in taxpayer dollars.
There is one problem with your statement. Wardlaw Academy does
not receive any Federal Grant Money. No Federal Grant Money... no
gifts... no nothing. Wardlaw Academy does not take one red cent
in taxpayer dollars. All the athletes that go to school there pay
tuition. Wardlaw does not offer any type of athletic
scholarship. They do not even offer a tuition break unless the
student has a sibling that is also enrolled. That is called a
multi-child discount not an athletic child discount.
That's right people, Wardlaw Academy is not at all reliant on the
Government for anything. It gets none of the "Obama Stash" or
"Handouts" or whatever you want to call it. Kind of puts a kink in your
conspiracy theory huh?
Is it so hard for you people to believe that there is actually a school
in this county that not only prepares its students for college by
giving them a top notch education, but also excels in athletics as
well? No, don't answer that. Your opinion really doesn't
posted February 27, 2012 Re: Aren't there more pressing issues in
this County than the schools??
NO. They are our future
That's it?? You think that's the answer, our future. What kind of
future will there be when this clown gets reelected? The future. With
the teachers we have that can't teach like we had years ago, who now
teach being radical, who have kids in their class that still can't read
or do math, or better yet, can't read a world map!! But hey, don't
worry, socialism and communism is a great thing seeing how that is how
we are headed. Let's all depend on the government to take care of us,
forget the American dream, just sit back
and collect almost a whole year of unemployment checks. Yeah, that's
the life. In the next few days, I am going to start a Bozo list.
Everyday I experience Bozo's where ever I go, and believe me, there are
a lot in this county. Stay tuned!!
Editor's note: Knowing you, this should be interesting. web
posted February 27, 2012 Anderson has none of the qualifications
listed below. (the editor) once said PTC was a for-profit institution.
(the editor) knows nothing about education.
An administrator with a thorough knowledge of and successful experience
in school district management includinginformation technology, staff
development, program assessment, accountability measures and school
Applicants must have a Specialist degree or higher in education with an
emphasis on school administration from anaccredited college or
university; doctorate preferred. Applicants must be eligible for
certification as a superintendent in South Carolina or eligible for the
Alternative South Carolina Superintendent Certification.
Editor's note: The requirements you listed are not the ones released
officially. Under the qualifications released, Mr. Adnderson does
qualify to apply. Do you know what degrees Anderson has? Obviously not.
I'd like you to link and quote me on the statement you claim I made.
posted February 27, 2012 He speaks with forked tongue. The Quote of
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit
is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government
cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing
financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's
reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us
domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck
stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices
today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a
debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006 web
posted February 27, 2012In response to the Editor's comment on the
Oak Creek Resident (which I am one too)
You wrote... "Those who love being part of Merriwether are well
pleased. I suppose there are a few who got suckered into North Augusta
now have buyer's remorse and want to compare their sorry situation to
the progress being made by Edgefield County."
I hate to be unprofessional but I can't think of any other way to say
it, you are clueless. What difference does it make whether we are in
the city or out of the city. I personally like being in the city
limits. It is more expensive, but we get much better police
protection. You say the residents are pleased that they are
getting tied into the sewer system, without having to be
incorporated. I wonder if they know about the strings being
attached. The two-thousand "high end" homes that are going to be
You totally missed the point on this issue, who cares about whether Oak
Creek got a raw deal or not, I love Oak Creek and I love North
Augusta. What I don't love is a Columbia County developer trying
to make Edgefield County look llike Columbia County. We can have
what they I have anytime, they can never go back and have what we
Editor's note: Could not the same be said to be true about the
development of Oak Creek, the dear development you live in and annexed
into the city? Maybe others would rather remain in a development in
Edgefield County free of the double taxation? web
posted February 27, 2012 Here's "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" - a
Muslim buys eleven acres of land next to a pig farm (a family
farm that has been in Houston a long time) and NOW WANTS THE PIG
FARMER TO LEAVE!!?? That takes a lot of nerve! So what's the pig
farmer's response to that..... PIG RACES DURING FRIDAY NIGHT
posted February 27, 2012 Good luck to the ST NJROTC drill team
competing for the area 6 championship in Fayetteville NC this
weekend. They have had an exceptional school year. web
posted February 25, 2012 Congrats Rebel Regiment for doing a
wonderful job!! Mr. Clark is an amazing band director and teacher. We
need more teachers like him!! Keep up the great work guys! web
posted February 25, 2012 Re: Aren't there more pressing issues in
this County than the schools??
NO. They are our future. web
posted February 25, 2012 Well now that the announcement for school
superintendent has been put out there, I suppose we can move past Greg
Anderson as a choice. Unless he has a "specialist degree or higher in
education with an emphasis on school administration from an accredited
college or university" that he didn't talk about in his statement to
the board, then he is not qualified.
Editor's note: There was a correction made and the fax that went out
was called back. We will have the announcement with the correct
information on Monday. web
posted February 25, 2012 RE: Remember, Wardlaw Academy does
not take one red cent in taxpayer dollars.
All I have to say is BS to this statement. Federal grant money is
still taxpaper dollars and having these athletes come in with no
tuition got them that. "Handouts" have become so accepted in the
Obama economy; most people don't even see it as taxpayer money
anymore....it's money from the "Obama stash". God help us. web
posted February 25, 2012 To the person who has questions about
Wardlaw. I would think the best way to get your questions answered
would be to go to the school and talk to the principal or others
involved in the areas you are interested in. It is better to go to the
source in any situation. Most of what is in wandering minds is just
opinion and is often from folks who have no real connection to the
school. Looking from the outside often distorts one's opinions. I have
found in life it is always better to talk to the people who really know
what is going on. web
posted February 25, 2012 Take a look at the comments from the
Wardlaw camp. We even got an invitation to the "Open House". We were
even told that all of our questions would be answered. Do we have to be
there to ask our questions in person? Can we post our questions here
and trust that they will be answered in a truthful manner?
Are you serious? Why exactly do you care? Who are you anyway? Are you
married? Do you have children? How much money do you bring in to your
household a year? What are your monthly expenses? Do you pay taxes? How
big was your tax refund last year? How much money have you borrowed
from a relative or friend in the last few years? Where do you work? Do
you even work? Where do you live? Do you own your home or do you rent?
Do these questions seem invasive to you? Maybe even sound a
little unreasonable? Of course they do. That is because they most
You see Wardlaw Academy is a private entity. It owes you absolutely
nothing!!! No explanation, no answers, absolutely nothing. It is
only required to answer to whomever it gets its accreditation from, its
Board of Directors and the parents who send their children to that
school. You are not entitled to any information. Try walking into your
doctors office and demanding a head count of how many patients he or
she sees, how much they are charged per visit, and if any special
favors are given to any patients who can't afford his or her
services. Is that fair? Does it really matter? Do you see where I
am going with this? You are making yourself look like an idiot!
I have no ties what so ever to Wardlaw Academy, but it absolutely
floored me that people, like you, demanding answers from the
"Entitlement Camp" feel you are somehow "entitled" to information
you have no right to. And we wonder why our young people feel they are
so entitled. Take a look at the adults that surround and raise them.
Take a look in the mirror. It is almost laughable. web
posted February 25, 2012 Does this smell fishy? uh.....yeah.
Editor's note: The Investigative Division works as a team and has
accomplished an outstanding record for solving crimes in the county.
They do this with the leadership of Sheriff Dobey and the work of
patrol deputies who are on the front lines every day. There is no
telling what could be accomplished in the county if the same principles
were put into place at the county level. web
posted February 24, 2012 Since when does a superintendent of
schools need to be an educator? I have lived in some counties much
larger than Edgefield and I don't think the school
superintendents were always educators. They understood education and
supported education, but many of them had administration backgrounds.
They knew how to run a school district. I am not sure some teachers, or
the "educators", would be able to lead a district. I do worry about the
good old boy system in Edgefield, but I like Greg Anderson and he
certainly knows the county and the board of education. Hasn't he been
the lawyer for the school board for a long time? Was Dr. Crenshaw
from Edgefield or was she from the outside? I can't remember, but I am
thinking she was from the outside. Sometimes it is better to go with
someone you know, rather than someone who may look good on paper. It
also may be good to have someone who knows the past problems we have
had and understands the issues the district faces. Just a thought. web
posted February 24, 2012 Aren't there more pressing issues in this
County than the schools?? I am sure there are many people like myself
who have no children or their children are grown and do not attend the
schools anymore. Isn't anyone interested in the state of the economy in
our county, like more businesses, lower taxes, etc.? I always said,
come back to Edgefield County a hundred years from now, and nothing
will change!! web
posted February 24, 2012 RE: A second dog owner has been charged
for allowing her dogs to run "at large". It is about time, dog owners
got cited for allowing their animals to run loose. If you cannot care
for your dog properly then find it a better home. web
posted February 24, 2012 Take a look at the comments from the
Wardlaw camp. We even got an invitation to the "Open House". We were
even told that all of our questions would be answered. Do we have to be
there to ask our questions in person? Can we post our questions here
and trust that they will be answered in a truthful manner?
Editor's note: You can ask all the questions you want in the comment
section. I have no control over the answers you will receive. web
posted February 24, 2012 Re: It's not hard to take a look around
and see that sports have taken over and you can get in to [Wardlaw
Academy] if you are an athlete.
Answer: The school has added a new lower school curriculum and AP
classes. No new sports have been added. And ANYONE who does not have a
history of discipline issues can get into Wardlaw, athlete or not.
Re: Just like another poster, I want to know just exactly where is the
money coming from? What is the enrollment right now?
Answer: There was an advertised parents’ meeting last week where
this information was given out to anyone who cared to attend.
Re: Well where is Wardlaw getting the money to pay for a new football
coach? What's their enrollment now? How many students have left this
year? How did their enrollment look before the new headmaster took
over? Word on the street is that the new coach is related to a board
member... Does this story sound familiar? Who is running that school
Re: Tuition increase [money for new football coach]
Answer: 3%, less than your groceries and gas have gone up. And that’s
for all school expenses.
Re: lower than it was 2 years ago [enrollment]
Answer: And if you can find ANY private school whose numbers are not
down in this economy, they are the exception rather than the rule.
Small private schools have closed all over the state (e,g, in Aiken),
yet Wardlaw is weathering the storm.
Re: at least 10 (which in a small school dependent on tuition money is
a big deal) [students who have left]
Re: better than it does now [enrollment before new headmaster]
Answer: Again, economics plays a part. Yes, Wardlaw hates to lose
students for whatever reasons, but not so much their parents who come
on a public forum and spew hatred. Almost all of the cancer is gone now.
Re: Nepotism runs rampant at Wardlaw and attempting to address that
issue is futile because those are the ones currently funding the
Answer: I’d rather have John Doe’s brother/sister/aunt/uncle/cousin if
they truly care about the students, than a parent or former teacher who
come on a public forum to spew hatred.
Re: As for who is running the school- the people with the deepest
Answer: It’s called a Board of Directors, each member, regardless of
income or stature, with one vote. Man, I wish tuition was based on deep
pockets – I’d pay nothing compared to others.
Re: The current headmaster believes he can run the school on 140
students. Guess the "elite" families will have to continue to pony up
if enrollment continues to drop.
Answer: You must be an economics major. That’s the nature of a private
school. If you want to send your children there, you pay the tuition.
What am I missing?
Remember, Wardlaw Academy does not take one red cent in taxpayer
dollars. As a matter of fact, Wardlaw parents pay taxes for public
schools and add no burden to the school system. web
posted February 24, 2012 To all you dear Obama supporters:
here's what you can expect from your medical care effective Jan. 1,
2013. Just hope you're not old or sick. So you wanted
"CHANGE", eh? According to this doctor, you will get it.
Editor's note: Liberals don't understand facts, as scary as they are. web
posted February 24, 2012 This was on
Facebook - I always trusted Fox News to tell the truth. This is
not only scary it is downright shameful! What this proves is that
money can buy anything even the health of the nation!
There needs to be an investigation - oh wait who would do an honest job
- certainly not the FDA. Conclusion - buy local from farmers who
know the truth and want to provide a healthful product. The
object of the game should not be to produce more, and make
more money at the cost of even one person's health.
People, wake up! Please watch this.
2 FOX News Reporters Jobless After Monsanto & Cancer Milk Story www.youtube.com web
posted February 24, 2012 So, if the school board has not discussed
TAP or the renovations for the Football stadium, then what are they
exactly doing at their monthly meetings? web
posted February 23, 2012 For those of you “wandering” about Wardlaw
Academy, there is a community-wide open house at the school where ALL
of your questions can be answered. Feel free to drop by the school
located at 1296 Columbia Road, Johnston (corner of Hwy 23 and Woodyard
Road) on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. And if you
can’t make it then, call the school and make a private appointment to
visit. Find out about the new lower school curriculum. Find out about
the AP classes being offered in the high school. Find out about the
scholarship money received by graduating classes. Find out about the
math and chess teams. And, yes, find out about the athletic
opportunities where kids stay physically fit and active. Meet with the
Head of School who can answer all of your questions. Bring your
children, let them see the school. Meet with other Wardlaw parents to
find out exactly “what is going on at that school”. It’s a new day and
new attitude. You’ll be amazed! web
posted February 23, 2012 Once again pet problems in the county.
Many other issues with wayward pets and their owners will not make the
news. When we quit believing our pets have more rights than our human
neighbors and our judges start holding negligent owners accountable we
will be headed in the right direction. Until then expect things to get
Did you hear about the Quran burning controversy? Ironic that some of
our fellow Americans are bothered by such an incident yet they do not
seem to mind that our Lords name is used in vain daily on broadcast
networks while other words are “bleeped”. Insert Muhammad, etc… into
these same broadcasts instead of “God” – what reaction would there be?
Much has been said lately about the perspective the world has of we
Americans and our United States being weak, vulnerable, etc... Gingrich
recently spoke on the subject and the media seemed to want to accuse
him of fear mongering. I am not a supporter of Gingrich but rest
assured four more years of Mr. Obama and the current U. S. Senate
leadership and we may just be allowing ourselves to dig a hole we
cannot get out of. We have let ourselves (many younger folks
especially) come to believe because of past triumphs and successes that
our blessings are perpetual and come with no cost. There is not enough
room here to list all of the fallen nations and cultures that thought
the same. web
posted February 23, 2012 Re: He (Greg Anderson as superintendent)
doesn't have to be an educator, so long as he has an assistant who can
Is this not one of the very issues we have complained about for years?
That's like saying a kindergarten teacher doesn't have to be an
educator as long as she has a teacher's aide who can handle it. I
thought we wanted a superintendent who could handle ALL
responsibilities in our school system and quit depending on others to
do the job.
Re: We're tired of the good old boy system and its time for a change!!!!
The "good old boy system" is when you hire someone because you know
them regardless of his/her qualifications. Isn't that what you are
asking for in this situation? web
posted February 23, 2012 It's about time the sheriff starts
charging people who can't keep their [removed] dogs under control!
Let these people have to pay to get their [removed] dogs back after
they kill your dog or farm animals! Its about time they get held
posted February 23, 2012Why are you all so worried about us at
Wardlaw? We do love our sports but I also know my three kids are
getting a good education. Don't worry about our enrollment, it is
really none of your business we know our enrollment numbers. web
posted February 23, 2012 RE: "...when the press box falls..."
I believe you hit the nail on the head! Somebody somewhere in the
Edgefield County School Board and the school system knew about this or
should have known about this problem before the “incident”. Whoever
knew about it that works or sits on the board should be fired and or
removed! Here is even more proof that someone in the school system and
even the School Board isn’t doing their jobs! There is a set of
bleachers at Merriwether Middle School made of wood, with no hand
rails, falling apart, THAT IS A LAWSUIT waiting to happen.
The Monday after the “incident” happened at STHS Friday night football
game, someone from the school system/school board should have went
around to ALL the schools in the county with BLEACHERS and made sure
they were SAFE! Did that happen? Are the bleachers still standing at
Merriwether Middle? Why does it take an “incident” to get the ball
rolling in this county? Then when it gets rolling someone changes it to
something it shouldn’t be? We don’t need to spend millions of TAX
payer’s money on BLING BLING so a head coach will stay! We need to make
sure our schools are fixed and ready for our kids first!
I think it’s time to start at the top! CLEAN HOUSE in the EDGEFIELD
COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. Either the school board starts doing the right
things or GET OUT! “Editor's note: You are correct, taxpayer do have a
say in how money is spent. However, the money being proposed is to come
from the re-issuing of a multi-million dollar bond already on the books
that is about to be paid off. The BOE has two choices, let it expire
and let it fall off the books or re-issue the bond under a five year
plan to renovate and expand county schools as well as upgrade the
If the bond expires, it would take a county referendum to issue a new
bond for the school district to make all of the needed improvements. If
the bond is re-issued, taxes stay the same as the millage rate
would not change.”
I do understand bond referendum. The point is nobody in the county
would have a problem with extending the bond to keep the millage rate
the same for money to fix our ageing schools.
A. The problem TAX payers would have and do have is how this whole
thing got started.
B. The “REAL” reason for the “project”. (to please a coach?)
C. How much money STHS/BOOSTERS want to spend.
D. The “list” that we all know will never get done.
Phase 1 (stadium) will get done, maybe Phase 2, but guess what Phase
3, 4, 5 will slip through the cracks.
Editor's note: For the bond to be issued it would have to be specific
on how the money is to be used. That stops the bond issued for one use
to be converted to another use. web
posted February 23, 2012 Re: I have been wondering the same things
about Wardlaw and how things are being handled. It's not hard to take a
look around and see that sports have taken over and you can get in to
this school if you are an athlete. Just like another poster, I want to
know just exactly where is the money coming from? What is the
enrollment right now? We can do the math.
If you can do the math then you have all the answers you need.
Wardlaw has a school full of very talented, well rounded
students. While many of the Upper School students are athletes,
they are just as strong in the classroom as they are on the athletic
teams on which they participate. Our student athletes are
students first and foremost. Just because the public schools all
across the nation appear to fall short in educating children, please
don't be so narrow minded as to assume that private schools have the
same issues. We are not held back by the governmental red tape
that ties the hands of many great teachers that are stuck in that awful
It seems to me that each time there is an uproar with the Edgefield
County School System, someone tries to point a finger in Wardlaw's
direction to divert attention. My family has been associated with
this school for a very long time, and we are thrilled with how the
school is growing. The academics are top notch, the
administration actually cares about the well being, education and
development of the children there, and the families are extreamly
supportive. While we appreciate your concern, the school is doing just
fine. We are truly blessed and growing each year. web
posted February 23, 2012RE: Well where is Wardlaw getting
the money to pay for a new football coach? What's their enrollment now?
How many students have left this year? How did their enrollment look
before the new headmaster took over? Word on the street is that the new
coach is related to a board member... Does this story sound familiar?
Who is running that school anyway?
Tuition increase, lower than it was 2 years ago, atleast 10 (which in a
small school dependent on tuition money is a big deal), better than it
does now. Nepotism runs rampant at Wardlaw and attempting to
address that issue is futile because those are the ones currently
funding the school. As for who is running the school- the people
with the deepest pockets. The current headmaster believes he can run
the school on 140 students. Guess the "elite" families will have to
continue to pony up if enrollment continues to drop. web
posted February 23, 2012 First, let me say that I have absolutely
nothing to do with Wardlaw Academy. I did not attend the school,
my children did not attend the school and no one I know has
associations with the school.
Why do all these posters care where the money to operate Wardlaw
Academy is originating? Obviously, they have no direct
connections to the school either. Wardlaw is an accredited
independent school that has to account to no one but the people who
spend their hard earned money to insure that their children receive a
quality education , the independent school association that handles the
accreditation and the SC Department of Education that recognize the
credentials awarded to their students.
If these posters really have a need to know where the money is coming
from, I’m sure they have access to that information. web
posted February 23, 2012 RE: "...when the press box falls..."
Setting aside all emotions on the football stadium
renovation/replacement --pro & con-- for a moment:
So, a press box eventually falls--where? Topples over onto the
parents/grandparents/ uncles/aunts seated in front? Or collapses
onto the kids milling around underneath? Either way, the death
& injury toll from such a disaster is unthinkable.
If the stadium has been that unstable and unsafe for "the last 10
1. how are powers-that-be able to even get insurance???
2. what kind of reputable company would renew annual policies on a
public arena with a known structural problem that could possibly result
in multi-million dollar lawsuits?
3. why is the press box still being occupied and used during games??
4. why has not the building inspector--this area DOES have one,
right??--inspected the structure and ordered it closed until it is
brought up to code?
5. what kind of politics is going on, by knowingly putting people at
6. why weren't these questions addressed when the child fell?
Something is not quite adding up. web
posted February 22, 2012 I hope that
the board will carefully consider Greg Anderson for
superintendent. There is something to be said for hiring local
and it sounds like he certainly is well qualified. He doesn't
have to be an educator, so long as he has an assistant who can handle
that. He will be busy taking care of other multiple tasks.
He's only asked for 3 years......I'd say give him a chance. web
posted February 22, 2012 Re: School Board - we are ready to hear
your response to TAP...
We are still waiting to hear why the guideline below was not
followed. We did NOT vote. The teachers know it, the
principals know it, the interim superintendent knows it, and the school
board knows it. Teachers had the right to vote on TAP before it
was implemented in the schools. We were denied this right.
How is that fair? Are we just ignoring this because too many
people will be affected if we vote now? Someone should have
thought about that before unfairly implementing TAP in the most
underhanded manner possible and those who took positions should have
thought about what would happen if the process were questioned.
The main person responsible may be gone but someone who took her place
should be addressing it.
"NIET reviews applications and selects schools based on their
demonstrated ability to implement the system completely and
effectively, ability to fund and sustain the system, as well as the
level of faculty interest in participating in the system. Application
to TAP is competitive, and teachers in the schools must vote to join
posted February 22, 2012 I have read the numerous posts
regarding the renovation for the football stadium. What amazes me is
the lack of understanding regarding the use of the bond to pay for this
stadium. The money will also be used to pay for upgrades to the
other schools in the area. Football is an important asset to our
country. I say
asset because many students learn life lessons while playing the game,
and it is an encouragement to many to complete high school and pursue a
college degree. It teaches young men how to work together as a
team with individuals with whom they many not normally befriend. This
sport has also united a community.
You only have to attend one game to realize that fact. We avoided a
lawsuit this past season only because the family of the little girl did
not want to damage our school. Safety should be a priority. If we
want the football program to continue, some changes must be made.
Furthermore, Lee Sawyer is the main reason we have an outstanding
football program. I have sons that have played or him, and they
have great respect for him. Children were in tears last week
after learning of the offer to him from Batesburg. To our school
board, this is not just a question of a new stadium but of maintaining
an individual who has been instrumental in the success of our football
program. Remember, football brings in a lot of money that helps to pay
for numerous other athletic activities. These activities are
important to our school and to our children. web
posted February 22, 2012 Re big box grocery stores. Unfortunately
these big box stores carry a better selection of things people with
dietary issues have. I will try a new local store but I doubt
they will have much other than basics that we use. When I think of
shopping locally, I don't object to a local store being a chain store.
I guess I am just used to having more options available. Not all
progress is bad-even a chain store would provide jobs and pay taxes in
Edgefield. They also offer better prices. Unfortunately, in this
economy that is a big consideration for a lot of us. I know Edgefield
will gladly support a local business and I wish them well. For our
family, I imagine we will still be going to North Augusta to shop for
posted February 22, 2012 Re: What the “h” is TAP?
TAP – The System for Teacher and Student Advancement – Website: http://www.tapsystem.org/.
This link will provide information on TAP, from its creators. web
posted February 22, 2012 While Edgefield county talks about Coach
Sawyer, new stadium, Brother Covar's lost golf balls, Dean Campbell
becoming next governor, crazy dog killer living in the community,
Johnston's rising sex offender population, or Sister Sally's abuse of
position,our country is resembling a third world dictatorship.
I hope you Obama supporters are feeling the same pain at the gas pumps
as I am. Maybe you aren't?
Maybe you don't own a car. Maybe the gov-ment picks you up at home and
takes you to the store. Maybe you don't care, because Obama is a 'kind
of God', as liberal reporter Evan Thomas stated. Maybe you just hang
out at the Johnston liquor store where the paper bag passes from one
shaking hand to the other and the only gas you are concerned about is
what your body produces from too much bad liquor, fried food or boiled
High gas prices are tied directly to this president who has no
leadership for preparing his country to be less dependent upon foreign
oil all the while knowing there is instability within the middle east.
High oil prices is something your God Obama can not blame on
others. He is definately tied to this tar baby. Why is your man Obama
Obama shut down new Gulf of Mexico oil drilling, said no to the XL
pipeline, and has enacted energy regulations which are causing
additional financial pain for all energy use. I don't expect Obama
supporters to realize they have been taken for chumps by Obama who
continues to play the race and class warfare cards. It's working for
those ignorant enough to believe someone who still can not produce a
valid birth certificate, has been using a invalid ssn, is a muslim,
communist, and pathalogical liar. Obama supporters, be sure and feel
the gas pump pain and do what Conservatives expect you to do...blame
GW. I just wasted my time writing this dribble, because Obama
supporters don't read much, since they be watching Jerry Springer. web
posted February 22, 2012 I have been wondering the same things
about Wardlaw and how things are being handled. It's not hard to take a
look around and see that sports have taken over and you can get in to
this school if you are an athlete. Just like another poster, I want to
know just exactly where is the money coming from? What is the
enrollment right now? We can do the math.
Editor's note: I cannot find any information about enrollment on Wardlaw's website. web
posted February 22, 2012 Anybody who don't vote to hire Greg
Anderson as School Super needs to be voted out in Nov. The county
council can get the job done why can't the school board? We're tired of
the good old boy system and its time for a change!!!! Do your [removed]
posted February 22, 2012 The Republican primary season has yielded
no clear winners, frontrunners or favorites. The four remaining
candidates are carving up voters and delegates and the prospect of
going into the convention without a nominee is growing. With six months
to go, it's not yet possible to predict who will represent the GOP
against Barack Obama in November, but it's likely the selection process
will get very dramatic.
O my Lord, I thought Fox Creek was the only school in Edgefield County
worried about just athletes? Boy you tell them STHS boosters no and
they go crazy. If you don't build a new stadium, you will loose your
head coach? Ever thought he might leave cause he might make more money
somewhere else? Last time I checked ALL the TAX payers in EDGEFIELD
COUNTY might have a say so in spending TAX money. This county don't
need a multi-million dollar stadium, fix what you got. Save the money
for rainy days!
Editor's note: You are correct, taxpayer do have a say in how money is
spent. However, the money being proposed is to come from the re-issuing
of a multi-million dollar bond already on the books that is about to be
paid off. The BOE has two choices, let it expire and let it fall off
the books or re-issue the bond under a five year plan to renovate and
expand county schools as well as upgrade the stadium.
If the bond expires, it would take a county referendum to issue a new
bond for the school district to make all of the needed improvements. If
the bond is re-issued, taxes stay the same as the millage rate would
I see the good and bad in both. I just wanted to clarify the situation. web
posted February 21, 2012 We all know how Brad is, you ask him the
same question three times you get three different answers. He does not
have enough backbone to cook a mess of collard greens.
Now Carroll Waits is a different story. He knows the importance of good
facilities. [removed] He knows the dressing room are terrible and needs
to be remodeled including building a field house. web
posted February 21, 2012 Greg Anderson would be the perfect choice
for the school district. We need someone with community roots who
cares about us. Someone who will continue with the healing
process while making sound decisions to move our district
forward. I hope the board will forget about a search and realize
the right person is before them! web
posted February 21, 2012 Re: Well where is Wardlaw getting the
money to pay for a new football coach? What's their enrollment now? How
many students have left this year? How did their enrollment look before
the new headmaster took over? Word on the street is that the new coach
is related to a board member... Does this story sound familiar? Who is
running that school anyway?
Much higher than it is going to be next year! Here's another
question. How many football players pay tuition and how many are
now there on a free ride? web
posted February 21, 2012 Re: School Board - we are ready to hear
your response to TAP - but sounds like Football will be your priority.
FOOTBALL - The Song of the South.
My question is - What does any sport have to do with education at any
level. Tax payer's money should only be used to fund education.
Sport activities, coaches and their venues should be supported by
boosters. And it is not only the "Song of the South", it is the
same on the north side of the Mason
Dixon Line. You think it's bad at the high school level.
Just wait. College and University administration bend like pretzels to
appease sports boosters, because that is a source of big bucks.
And please forgive my ignorance, but could some please explain what the
"H" TAP is, and what is it's purpose?
Editor's note: Did you answer your own question in your question?
"College and University administration bend like pretzels to appease
sports boosters, because that is a source of big bucks". web
posted February 21, 2012 As far as a new grocery store in
Edgefield, I would like to see Kroger. I am probably hoping for too
much. Publix would also be a nice one.
Editor's note: I prefer local businesses over the "big box" outlets,
but that's just me. You can forget any such "big box" chain coming at
this time. web
posted February 21, 2012 Holy cow! A new class of "disabled"
people. Those who can't find a job! Are you [removed] kidding me!!!!!!
unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country’s
long-term jobless are scrambling to fill the gap by filing claims for
mental illness and other disabilities with Social Security — a surge
that hobbles taxpayers and making the employment rate look healthier
than it should as these people drop out of the job statistics.
We're doomed!!!!!!!! Read this! http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/pain_brings_gain_taZkGOAUhXALmhEEyMpmqJ web
posted February 21, 2012 Brad Cover has been a board member for 20
years. Over those 20 years nothing has been done to improve our
football facilities. This football program is big part of this
community always has and always will. Why would the board not take
pride in the facilities ? this a place we can visit and see our tax
money being put to good use. I can a sure you this program gets some of
our students to go on to college to play football that otherwise would
not. We have children falling out of the stadium, porta johns for rest
rooms, not near enough capacity on the home side and the dressing rooms
are an embarrassment . So after 20 years we know Brad does not care.
Carroll Waits has been employed by the district and worked at the
school for many years??? You would think he would understand the
importance of having the facilities up-graded. But I guess not. I think
we can get him involved in the program! If we were to hire some good
looking female coaches for football, history tells us he would be all
over the program and possibly work to get the up-grades we need. I’m
sure he has worked very close with the teachers at the high
school over the years and understands a good learning environment in
and out of the classroom.
I think the board just needs to bring this to vote and let’s see who is
in and who is out. Then the ones that are out can be voted out in the
next election. web
posted February 20, 2012 For anyone who doesn't think we need a
stadium renovation, I think any coach or high school adminstrator would
be happy to give you a tour. You need to see where our kids
dress, shower, use the bathroom, their inadequate weight room,
etc. Then see how their facilities compare with those of
competing teams. The visitor side of the stadium doesn't have a
bathroom -- it's either use a portolet or walk over to the home
side. Also, there is no handicap seating on the visitor
side. It appears there is no place for the visiting team to go at
halftime. They use the portolet and most of the time gather on
their bus or behind the fence.
We have a great football program thanks to Lee Sawyer and his coaching
staff and we have a large community following. Most years
championship teams come through Edgefield County and I would imagine
they are shocked to see what we have. This can only be described
as sorry and embarassing. We are fortunate that we have avoided a
major lawsuit, but when the press box falls, there will be more than
one injury or death. One lawsuit will be more than enough to pay
for the renovation. Especially since we've known for years that
we have a problem and have done nothing.
We need to go ahead and fix a facility we will be proud of.
Putting a "bandaid" on the problem is senseless and will cost us more
down the road. This not just used for 5 homegames.....it is used for JV
games, graduation, Relay for Life, a veterans program, etc. Wake
up board! We don't need to lose Coach Sawyer over something that
you know needs to be done. If he leaves, no good coach is going
to come work in these conditions.
Coach Sawyer, please don't leave on account of 2 or 3 board members who
have let us all down. Please think of the countless people who
are supporting you. web
posted February 20, 2012 School and teacher morale is down across
the state. The state superintendent does not support teachers and his
leadership will be the demise of public education in South Carolina. I
heard him speak last week, and he had nothing positive to say to a
group of teachers---the best in the state! His entire speech degraded
furthering education of teachers (no importance to masters degrees or
doctorates or National Board Certification, he stated! and teachers
should not be compensated for degrees), demeaned the over-staffing of
personnel in district offices and schools, supported more charter
schools and the SC Public Charter School District (encouraging
separation from community and from people who know and care about the
children in the area where they live!), and he talked about year round
school--still 180 days with three weeks off here and there (and
teachers know how hard it is to get students back on track after an
extended break.....now he wants that done several times a year?) . This
man who has never worked in a public school classroom has no idea of
what should be happening. His obvious lack of leadership will push
South Carolina education back after many years of hard work and moving
I have said all this to say: unfortunately, Edgefield is not the only
county suffering. Because Edgefield in our community and we hurt for
what goes on here, we know we--as SC citizens--need to be careful in
how we vote and who we chose to lead us. People who think they have all
the answers and who publicly state "I do not need teachers to tell me
how to do my job!"(Dr. Zais' own words!) are so far detached from
real life in the public school classroom! They need to be removed from
their positions. web
posted February 20, 2012 School Board - we are ready to hear your
response to TAP - but sounds like Football will be your priority.
FOOTBALL - The Song of the South. Teachers need to know if
TAP will continue in the same haphazard fashion??? Will this be
addressed? Or will it just continue on in the same old way
because one Master Teacher happens to be married to a Board
Member? And don't Master Teachers get an extra $10,000.00 or more
each year above their regular teaching salary ???? What do Master
Teachers do???? How do they earn this money? This needs to be
addressed and the best way is for teachers to be contacted about the
leadership at their school. If you think teachers in this
district are satisfied with the leadership in their school then you
best think again. Take a look school board if you really want to
SEE where the problems are. It's a lot more than a new stadium and a
football coach.. The foundation of our school district has been
crumbling at the elementary level. Look at the leadership to blame for
this - you see teachers are a team and a principal is like a coach.
Find a good coach and you will have a good team. Find a coach that
teachers believe in and you will have an awesome school - Do you have
any awesome principals in this district? web
posted February 20, 2012 I would love to poll the fans of the
visiting team, with one question, after a coming to Strom Thurmond for
a football game.
What is the most lasting impression that you leave Strom Thurmond
football stadium with. (a or b) A) The class and the sportsmanship that
the Strom Thurmond coaching staff showed by pulling the starters
mid-way through the third-quarter so not to run the score up and
embarrass your team.
B) The class and hospitality the board showed by placing the
PORT-A-JOHNS on your side because there are no restroom facilities .
BRAD, CARRALL, DO YOU HAVE NO SHAME? web
posted February 20, 2012 Well where is Wardlaw getting the money to
pay for a new football coach? What's their enrollment now? How many
students have left this year? How did their enrollment look before the
new headmaster took over? Word on the street is that the new coach is
related to a board member... Does this story sound familiar? Who is
running that school anyway? web
posted February 20, 2012 On the subject of the new owner of the
grocery store in Edgefield.......I will venture a WAG. Based on where
the Company has located before and the customer base it appeals to, I
think it will be Reids, owned by Food Lion. It would be a good fit. If
I am correct look for remodeling, possible expansion, stocked shelves,
and a whole loota "We can save Ya money!!!!". I may me completly wrong.
Editor's note: You are wrong. web
posted February 20, 2012 Fellow Rebels and Rebel fans, we are about
to lose coach Sawyer to Batesburg. Please believe this can happen!
After much planning and even meeting with architects the board would
not even bring it to a vote( Brad Covar and Carroll Waits). Brad even
ask a business man in the community to come and speak against the plan.
The day after the board meeting Coach Sawyer agreed to meet w/
Batesburg. He has met and is waiting on an offer before deciding. They
were already into their second interviews and have shut the process
down to talk to Coach Sawyer.
I walk in the gate at STROM THURMOND and still get cold chills thinking
about everything I experienced on this field 43 years ago!! Then I look
at the stands and dressing rooms and the feelings turn to embarrassment
. They have been here since the 60’s people, please. The state champion
has to come through Strom Thurmond nearly every year. Now let’s build a
stadium and facilities that we can be as proud of as we are our team
and coaches, or are we?
Come on Brad and Carroll you are the hold up!!
Look at the Strom Thurmond page Rebel Zone and see how proud they are
of the stadium. Take the school grounds tour you will find one picture
of the front gate to the stadium. I’m asking you to call your
school board out now!! web
posted February 18, 2012 If Coach Sawyer leaves you can blame
it ALL on the school board ( espically the one in charge) Chris
H(offmann). has done all he can do. Thanks Chris for trying to do what
is right. web
posted February 18, 2012 I am so glad I was a fetus (baby) that was
allowed to live! Everyone that writes to Edgefielddaily was a fetus
(baby) that was allowed to live! We are the fortunate ones and I say we
need to thank a conservative for protecting our lives. Funny how the
discussion is no longer abortion but is becoming "birth control".
Somehow, I just don't see killing one's child as birth control. If a
child is murdered after birth, the parent is usually held accountable.
What is the difference between killing a child before or after a
birth? I guess one is murder, the other is just a convenience. A
child is a child. Murder is murder. There is no way to
rationalize it any other way. Sorry.
As far as who can marry who, I think the only guide we have for that is
the Bible. It is pretty clear on that topic. One can argue with a
conservative but I don't think it is wise to argue with God.
As far as what we put in our bodies, at least conservatives are not the
food nazis who are checking children's lunch boxes. They are not
going around and telling restaurants what they can serve. If any group
can be accused of controlling what we put in our bodies, I think the
liberals win on that one. Good grief-just more of our rights gone.
I am so glad small towns have big industries. Now, what exactly are the
big ones in Edgefield? I think I have missed something there. The big
industries in most of the small towns around here must do a good job of
hiding themselves. Conservatives are actually trying to help small
businesses. It is too bad that the liberals have imposed so many
restrictions and taxes on small businesses. Obamacare is going to kill
the ones that are still functioning.
I love being a conservative because I don't care if anyone thinks I am
an idiot. I know better-it is always better to be" right" (in both
senses of that word). web
posted February 18, 2012 All the talk about the football players
not appreciating Coach Sawyer is not true. We all truly respect him as
a coach and him as a man. web
posted February 18, 2012 What's up with Covar? For the past
several school board meetings, when he has been challenged, he always
makes sure we know he's been on the board for the last 20 years.
Maybe that's the problem - same ole, same ole. If they have known
for the last 10 years the stadium had safety issues why weren't they
fixed? Why did it take an accident to get something moving?
If the school board/district knew that for the last 10 years are they
not negligent? So, instead of fixing the problem and him-hawing over it
to where it'll take another decade to get something done, how many
children will be at risk? And what if a child dies the next
time? Fixing the stands to be safe should be TOP PRIORITY -
(YESTERDAY)!!!!! Let's see, for years they have been spending
money upgrading regular hotel rooms to luxury suites; having
conferences at Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, etc.; paying Superintendents
exorbitant salaries; hiring an HR and doubling the salary; calling
board meetings for every little issue, etc. And they can't even
muster up enough money to fix the stands to safety standards? And
Covar's been the stumbling block. He wanted to take the last
issue of hiring an architect into executive session. When asked
by Hoffman why, he said there were a number of questions that needed to
be asked. When pressed, the only question he had was - Was there
anyone being considered related to anyone on the Board or in the
Tell ya where you can get the money necessary to fix the stands to
safety standards. Collect all cellular phones from Board/District
personnel. Re-issue 10-one to Board Chairman, one to
Superintendent, one to each of the Principals-cancel all others.
Get rid of the fax machines at Board members residences. Cancel
all conferences for the year. Cut Superintendent's salary by
$30K; cut Asst. Superintendent's salary by $20K; Cut one assistant
Principal at MES. Fire about 1/2 dozen teachers that should not
be allowed in our schools to teach anything. Tell Booby Turner
it's time to Retire - Move Mr. Butler up to take that position.
That should be a start. web
posted February 18, 2012 Hearing rumors that Coach Sawyer may be
heading to Batesburg. I hate to see him leave but he is a smart man and
knows what is best for him and what challenges he wants to tackle
before his career is over. It’s going to be hard to wish him well at
Batesburg…………..but he is a great guy and has accomplished great things
@ STHS……….plus the pay/retirement may be better in Lexington County
(Can’t Blame him for that). web
posted February 18, 2012 “Due to a vacant position in the budget
that will not be filled, we are able to offer these new services to the
citizens at no additional cost to the taxpayer”
Which position is no longer going to be filled? Do you know where the
county administration stands on hiring for the County Finance Director?
I thought they were going to have someone hired my March 1st.
Editor's note: I don't know what position has been eliminated. The
announcement of the new Finance Director is expected by early March. web
posted February 18, 2012 Ref...Johnston Liquor store
Your post made me laugh and you are right on. If you want to have some
fun with these occupiers,
pull up in you vehicle and yell "I have work for you"....watch them
run. Remember these fine
contributors to society helped get a former unnamed county councilman
elected to whom I have
named my outside privey...you know the one with the half moon on the
door? I am proud to say
I go to the new liquor store, which most people already know about. You
can get in and out of
your vehicles without being bothered, pestered, begged and/or made
uncomfortable. The real
question is, "why are these bums allowed to bother people?" I have
personally seen some of
Johnston's fine sex offenders and known drug users at this location.
Time to relocate these fine
alchololic consumers a new home....say South Africa where they will be
welcomed and then
posted February 18, 2012 This is well worth your time to watch.
posted February 18, 2012 Editor's post: $52,601.13 is
a number you need to remember, I will have more in an upcoming column. web posted February 17, 2012Seems Greg Anderson is a very logical
choice. He's knowledgeable of district issues and personnel, he knows
the law, he's owned and operated his own business/practice, and he
knows all of the current players on the board and in the
district. With that said, Greg being a logical choice, you
know he'll probably never get the nod. Hell, they can't even vote
on the simple act of hiring an architect so they can figure out what
needs to be done to get a sports complex within safety standards.
That's two board meetings wasted on one simple and silly issue,
especially after Hoffman did the ground work. And did you see
Brother Bibbs when Greg threw his hat in the ring? The Board
considered doing an in-house search in an effort to save money, but
look what the board gave us that took our schools on the downward
spiral. Out of the 7, three need to stay next time around for
election purposes-Hoffman, Herrin, Clark, the rest need to go.
With that being said, Anderson would be the continuity needed while we
replace the 4. We need new blood, new ideas, new strategies, new
problem solvers. We need people to start thinking outside the
box. We need people that will get government out of our
schools! If Anderson can move the board and district in that
direction-I'm in. web
posted February 17, 2012 It is a great day for Edgefield County!
The incompetent Tax Assessor has been moved to another position.
Thousands of county tax payers are most appreciative of Ms. Strom's
decision to fix a problem that
needed fixing for years. Finally, we the tax payers can discuss our
issues with Mr. Reed who
can understand and comprehend what is being stated and not have that
'deer in the headlights' look.
Finally, we have someone who can make sense of the insensible. Thankyou
Ms. Strom for your first
problem solving effort to make our county one which will encourage
people to move to instead of one
where there is a Tax Assessor who raises property taxes with reckless
abandon and frightens off new
residents and business. I wonder how many businesses and new residents
have not moved to our county
due to the former Tax Assessor? Thankyou Ms. Strom for fixing a problem
brought to this county by
Wayne Adams, Brothers Dorn, Kneece and Mr. 'Bright bulb'. This is a
great beginning to your future
as our County Administrator. web
posted February 17, 2012 This is in response to the jerk that
called Greg Anderson arrogant for applying for the superintendent job.
It is because of cowards like you that our country has gone to the
dogs. I do not know if Mr. Anderson is the right person for the job or
not but this comment was totally uncalled for. I was at the meeting as
well and I was inspired by his comments. At least he has the guts to
apply for the job and what he said made more sense to me than anything
else I heard. You are a true coward. The only time I ever dealt with
Mr. Anderson, he got something done for me that the principal could not
do. He was kind and concerned and did not charge me a dime. I hope your
children and family know what you did and they are ashamed of you. Your
comments will be read by his family and so he has to suffer for trying
to do something good. You are disgusting. web
posted February 17, 2012 Coach Sawyer, turns down Greenwood A.D./
Head Coach $100,000.00 a year.
He turns down Lexington A.D./ Head
Coach $100,000.00 plus a year
He turns down Union County head coach $80,000.00 plus a
All for his “Boys” and this program!!
You never really appreciate what you have until you loose it!! web
posted February 17, 2012 I was wondering if anyone has had any
problems with the Johnston H&R Block office? MY son went there to
get his taxes done and asked them about the free tax preparation that
they advertise on tv and the woman told him that South Carolina law
does not allow them to do that and told him it would be $85 to do his
taxes.At that point he left and came home and told me what had
happened. I went on there web site and it states that not only do they
do free EZ Federal returns but they will also do free state returns if
you live in one of the states on the list . Guess what South Carolina
was on the list so called them. The lady told me they could not do free
returns because of South Carolina law and when I told her what I was
reading on there web page she changed her story to well your son does
not have any dependents. I told the women that it seems to me they are
using the H&R Block name to get business but not wanting to be
bothered with there promotions and I was calling the home office. When
I called the home office I informed them of what had happened and was
told that they indeed do the free EZ federal and state returns in South
Carolina and the Johnston office is on the list of the participating
offices. The home office suggested filing a formal complaint with them
which I did that way they could follow up. I feel that because my son
is only 17 they figured he would not know any better and just pay them.
I am guessing that he is not the first one this has happened to and I
am willing to bet that others have paid to them for their. 10-40 EZ
filings to be done when they should have been free.
Editor's note: The business name was allowed to be mentioned due to an
advertising blitz in the local and national media. web
posted February 17, 2012 I read the story about Dean Campbell in
the Citizen news today and was inspired by the greatness Almighty God
bestowed upon us to allow Dean to lead the county to prominence. We
would be wondering in the wastelands of the abysmal abyss were it not
for the all knowing and all influential Dean Campbell. I admit I did
not read the entire mini-autobiography obviously penned by Mr.
Campbell, but I read enough to solidify my opinion that Mr. Campbell is
a very insecure little man standing on the shoulders of the other
commissioners and claiming all the credit for their work in the changes
that have taken place.
Mr. Editor, I noticed that the wording of the story that ran Monday was
not the same as the paper. Did you get a different version or did you
edit out most of the content? I would be surprised if I find out you
edited campaign material by a candidate.
Editor's note: Be surprised. Dean Campbell did send the same article
request to Edgefield Daily. After reviewing the 1,167 word release it
was edited for brevity. It is not "campaign" material; it was the
announcement of a campaign. "Campaign material" comes in the form of
paid advertisements where we are not allowed to edit anything.
It is a known fact that you will loose the majority of readers around
300 words. You will loose the rest somewhere between 500 to 700 words
unless the information is so compelling and intriguing to hold their
attention. It was my opinion that a large number of readers knew all
they wanted to know just by reading the headline and the edited
announcement was placed to reach the maximum number of readers for the
To your post, the article was authored and submitted by Mr. Campbell. web
posted February 17, 2012 All this time we have thought and said
that the ones that hang out near the Liquor store in Johnston were just
bums, alcoholics, or in general anti work. I, for one, feel
that we owe them an “apology”. I feel so bad that they have been
misunderstood all these years. They are so far ahead of the rest
of the nation.
They are Occupiers ! This is the rage that has swept the nation
and to think it started here in little old Johnston. Occupy
Johnston ! Just think it all started here.
They do want to be “given” things as we see all over the
country. Free liquor, money, so far all they have is their
ability to gather up. I don’t think they have any interest in a
job or work of any nature. No, no a job would interrupt their
“hangin’ out” and we can’t have that. So far, at least they have
been peaceful. Or just too drunk to cause troubles.
I do believe they contribute to the local economy. I wonder how
many two dollar half pints of whiskey were paid for with “guvment”
check money? But all that liquor must come back out somewhere and
I don’t know of a bathroom nearby. Perhaps Johnston can “give”
them a porta-potty to use at all times. Much like the New
York mayor and other cities have done. We are just so cruel
to these “occupiers”.
I congratulate the “occupiers” for their efforts and am glad to be the
first to recognize that. web
posted February 17, 2012 For all the democrat vs. republican
talk......you're all idiots.
Neither one gives a [removed] about you, they care about 3 things,
their money, their power, and keeping you producing/consuming so
they can continue to have the money and power.
"Conservatives" always talk about how government should be smaller yet
support politicians that want to tell you what you can put in your
body, what you can do with your fetus, and who can marry who.
They also talk about small government but why is it that southern towns
are full of big corporations? You can't have both. If you want small
government then it has to start local, local foods, local stores, local
everything. You can't have small government and use resources that are
sent from thousands of miles away. I would think you guys would be more
interested in sustainable energy but instead your candidates make
ridiculous profits off dinosaur blood that won't last forever.
Democrats on the other hand just want you to be helpless and rely on
the government for everything.
Wake up people.
Editor's note: Interesting how you used the words "your fetus" instead
of "your baby". Perhaps we can classify you as a liberal since the
democrats and republicans are all "idiots"? How does the location of
private businesses equate to bigger government? web
posted February 17, 2012 Why is it that everyone wants to be Irish
on St. Patrick's day but nobody wants to be a Negro on Martin Luther
King day? Hmmmm..... web
posted February 17, 2012 Editor's post: Changes are
coming to Edgefield County that are long overdue. I believe there will
be even more to come. It is about time. Doing what we have always done
has kept us where we always were. Stagnant. web posted February 16, 2012I must say that the teachers at Parker
have to be happier than those in at least one other school. There
are so many teachers wishing things would change so they could enjoy
coming to work again and teaching with the passion of days gone
by. Morale is at an all-time low, and real concern for students
and teachers is pathetic. It's amazing how much one person in the
building can bring down in an entire school, and how people don't treat
others with respect and decency like they expect to be treated with.
TAP is a huge part of stress and anxiety these days, but the ones in
charge are just as much to blame, and have been since before TAP ever
arrived in the county. web
posted February 16, 2012 Just to name a few...Mr.Dickert was
superintendent for 12 years, Dr. Keesley for eight, and now we have had
three in the last five years. And look how the district has
plummeted and lost respect across the state in these last five years!!!
Can anyone say the word stability???? Geesh!!!!! Wake up, people!!! web
posted February 16, 2012 Way to go, Greg Anderson! We are
glad you are thinking about the students and teachers in Edgefield
County. This could be a turning point for our district.
Best of luck to you! web
posted February 16, 2012 So I take it that Fox Creek is no longer a
"county" school? Big deal, when were they ever a "county" school? With
our daughter at the school I know most of the kids don't live in
Edgefield County and I heard they [the school] were going to be reamed
a new one and that is why they went to the state to join their charter.
This is our daughter's fresham year and she will not be going back next
posted February 16, 2012 How can anyone knock Greg Anderson for
wanting to help his home county, his home district? It has been
proven over and over again that no one cares like our own.
Come on, people, lay off of someone trying to help! His family
has contributed so much over the years. No one can ever doubt his
loyalty to Edgefield. web
posted February 16, 2012 RE: Greg Anderson for Superintendent
I think Greg would be a great superintendent. I think he's in a better
position to know where the real problems are that nobody else knows
about! Maybe that's what we need! web
posted February 16, 2012 Anyone else tired of the accusation that
Republicans, i.e. conservatives, don't have a heart or that they are
backward and stupid? Conservatives probably do more to support the
needy in this country and other countries than all the liberals put
together. What the liberals do not understand is that they are
believing a lot of lies and misconceptions. I am not saying that some
liberals don't have a heart. They are just misguided. All you have to
do is look at the examples of liberals in the media. The best one is
our President and his adorable wife. What exactly are they doing for
anyone other than themselves? How do you celebrate the end of the Iraq
war by having a big dinner for yourself and your friends? What about
the ones who sacrificed? How do you take expensive and unnecessary
trips on our dime and then talk about all the needs in this country?
How do you lie to the American people and not have a conscience? Is
that having a good heart? It is selfish and arrogant. Yet this is the
known leader of the liberal movement-the movement that has a
Most liberals who have such bleeding hearts are sitting pretty
comfortably in their own lives. How many of them are really in the
trenches of helping others? Some are, but I know so many conservative,
or Christian people who are really in the trenches. Lots of talk from
liberals, not much real proof of "heart" in my opinion.
Conservatives care enough about folks to want them to do well and have
self worth. The children may need help but it doesn't help to keep them
in the cycle of poverty. Why is that so hard to understand? If you give
a man a fish you feed him for the day. If you teach him to fish you
feed him for his life. It doesn't help anyone to continually give them
assistance if they don't eventually learn to take care of themselves.
Keeping them on assistance is the cruelest thing you can do and does
not show "heart". It is allowing others to control the poor. It
actually creates a class system and it is going to explode in this
Liberals cannot see beyond themselves. As far as people from Edgefield
having wrong ideas, it isn't Edgefield. It is a misunderstanding what
is really going on in this country and blaming a place for it. Some
people that think they are so smart and forward thinking. That forward
thinking is destroying the best and strongest nation in the world. We
are becoming a third world country.
The core beliefs of the conservative movement are really to help people
but it has been so misrepresented that people believe the lies. It is
sad to see young people who think only with their "hearts" to a
point that they don't really understand what they believe. They don't
understand the ramifications of what they think they believe. It is
really important to study history and not just believe the media. So,
so much has been distorted-I really pity the young who don't really
know what this country was and could be again. web
posted February 16, 2012 An airplane was about to crash, there were
5 passengers on board, but only 4 parachutes.
The first passenger, Sarah Palin said, "I have my own reality show and
I am the smartest woman in American history, so America doesn't want me
to die. She took the first pack and jumped out of the plane.
The second passenger, John McCain said, I'm a Senator and a decorated
war hero from an elite Navy unit from the United States of America. So
he grabbed the second pack and jumped.
The third passenger, Barack Obama said, "I am the President of the
United States and I am the smartest ever in the history of our country,
some even call me the 'Anointed One.' So he grabbed the pack next to
him and jumped out.
The fourth passenger, Billy Graham said to the fifth passenger, a
10-year-old schoolgirl, I have lived a full life and served my God the
best I could. I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last
The little girl said, "That's okay Mr. Graham. There's a parachute left
for you.. America's smartest President took my schoolbag." web
posted February 16, 2012 Obama Pushes Global Minimum Tax in
HELLO!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-pushes-global-minimum-tax-milwaukee_629864.html web
posted February 16, 2012 I got this email and, in the spirit of
education and an informed electorate, thought I would share. To me,
it's funny, yet sad, but decide for yourself. Click in the links and
read the reasoning and come back and leave your comments.
posted February 16, 2012 Editor's post: The expected announcement of the new
grocery store has been set back for now at the request of the new
owner. Several people around Edgefield were already aware of the news
on Tuesday. However, I will not confirm anything until requested to do
so.The owner stated
to do so would be a disservice to the endeavor and I respect that
decision. web posted February 15, 2012Greg Anderson has bumped is head. How
arrogant can a person be to read a letter to the school board saying
don't worry about searching for a new Superintendent of schools.
According to him he is the best man for the job bar none. And he tried
to make his case for that. This is a man that can barely answer the
legal questions we pay him for and he has been a lawyer for 30 years. I
think it was inappropriate that the school board even allowed him to
read his statement.
And don't even get me started on the stadium, which dominated the
discussion tonight. Fix what needs to be fixed for safety and let that
be it. Spend the rest of the money to fix our school roofs, heat/air,
buy needed computers and other technology aids. You don't go and spend
2.5 million dollars (we all know it will end up costing way more)
around a 50 year old building.
Editor's note: I have no opinion on the stadium, but why the diss on
Greg Anderson? Of everyone I know he has truest heart for Strom
Thurmond and the district. I value his opinions, his integrity, and his
professional abilities. If he thinks he can do better, why not apply
for the job? Seems like it would be great to have a super who knows the
laws and the problems. web
posted February 15, 2012 OK Parents school dismisses at 2:10 pm.
That being said if your gonna pickup your child around that time BUT do
not have the time to stay in pickup line DON'T PARK IN
IT!!!!!!!!!!! INGENIOUS IDEA, USE THE PARKING
LOT. Then people will not have to move to let your
impatient self out!! It should be common sense, but I guess it's
not.THANK YOU and Have a Great Day!! web
posted February 15, 2012 I believe that tampering with the mail is a federal
offense. Is this still true?
Editor's note: Yes. State laws also apply. web
posted February 15, 2012 Re: I voted Republican All I can say
is this is a person who is ignorant of what this country stands for,
this country's history, and the heart of this country. These points
(good that the editor pointed out that number 5 is missing) show the
brainwashing of the left . I bet this person thinks the President is
right to misuse the Constitution and continually take away what rights
we have left. We have lost so many rights in the past four years it is
unbelievable. I doubt we have any idea of what has been "changed" in
this country. The changes we do see are nauseating.
We have the very real potential of having the majority of this country
being on assistance. What happened to the American Dream? It was
destroyed by a lot of empty hope and change. Why did this country need
to be changed unless the change was to destroy everything good this
country stood for. Wake up people-do you think you are exempt from the
results of the change? Some folks just want big brother to take care of
them. Speaking as big brother, who is getting sick of taking care of
everyone else, enough is enough. I say, people need to get off their
backsides, get a job if there are any (we are supposedly in a great
recovery so there should be lots of jobs out there, or so the liberals
are saying) pay taxes like some of us do, and quit watching mainstream
TV-just do a little check on Media Matters. There is an eye opener.
The problem is that a lot of folks are content to be takers and they
have no hope of a better future. I guess if all you want to do is
exist, then be a liberal and support this administration. Sit there and
get fatter and have more medical problems I can pay for. I actually
have goals for myself and my children. That seems to be a crazy idea
any more. I am tired of being told to just be content paying for the
lazy ones that just sit and let others support them. They just don't
get it-or maybe they do. I know they get a lot from me. web
posted February 15, 2012 Wow, I cannot believe the assumptions that
was made from post, I Vote Republican. I was only having fun with the
post on voting Democrat.
First, I did not state in my posting that I do not either believe in or
support our American troops. America's soldiers will always have my
gratitude, loyalty, and prayers. I simply believe there was no need for
their presence in the Middle East. There was no need for America to
waste its' time and energy on war that should not have happen to begin.
Like many Americans, I have lost love ones from the War, and I strongly
feel their deaths were evitable.
Second, I did not grow up on federal government services. I am a true
product of hard working people (my parents), and I am extremely proud
of it. In honesty, there is not a big difference between you and me
except for political views. The biggest difference is having a heart. I
understand that there are Americans who take advantage of federal
government services, but we, as united countrymen, should not punish
children for their parents' doing and should not be willing to help
people who are in need. I do not want greed to overshadow the
hard-working Americans who need extra help in order to make a better
Third, I am not a Caucasian, and I will vote Democrap.
Fourth, the responses that I receive from post is simply the reason
that I am embarrassed to either write or inform others that I am from
Edgefield County. The ignorance and prejudice in this county makes me
more thankful for my parents' encouragement and drive to attend college
that was not within thirty minutes distance of Edgefield. web
posted February 15, 2012 I saw on the news that Fox Creek was going
to be a state charter school and allow students from anywhere. I
haven’t seen anything on EdgefieldDaily about it. Is it true?
Editor's note: Yes, it is true. Fox Creek has never wanted to be
identified as Merriwether and had always leaned on out of district
students to stay alive. It says a lot about the "local school" when
they abandon their own community and county. Obviously they could not
stay afloat with local support and this was their only option. I
suppose there were not enough kids being expelled from Strom Thurmond
to boost their numbers so they are reaching out to Aiken County and
North Augusta. web
posted February 15, 2012 A Tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop
in San Francisco. While looking around at the exotic merchandise,
he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat.
It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided
he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, "How
much for the bronze rat ?"
"Ahhh, you have chosen wisely! It is $12 for the rat and $100 for
the story," said the wise old Chinaman.
The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. "I'll just take
the rat, you can keep the story".
As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist
noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers
and had begun following him down the street. This was a bit
disconcerting so he began walking faster.
A couple blocks later he looked behind him and saw to his horror the
herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began
Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay .
Again, after a couple blocks, he looked around only to discover that
the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming
toward him faster and faster.
Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as
far as he could into the Bay.
Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the Bay after the
bronze rat and were all drowned.
The man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown .
"Ahhh," said the owner, "You come back for story ?"
"No sir," said the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze
posted February 15, 2012 Editor's post: I want to
thank Danny and Linda Tidwell of Tidwell Jewelers in
Johnston for making this Valentines Day a very special occasion. If
you think you can save money by going across the river to Augusta for
that special something for your significant other you are wasting gas,
time and money. web posted February 14, 2012re: I voted Republican
I have no idea who the Einstein is who contributed this wisdom but I
will lay you odds he/she lives in subsidized housing, is on foodstamps,
gets free medical care, children get free meals at school, and enjoys
their free cell phones loaded with free minutes. They don't pay
taxes because they don't work and don't own anything.
They never read anything, just listen to the liberal media and
drink it in.
Michael Savage says liberalism is a mental disorder. Apparently
he is correct.
The really sad thing is they can vote. If it was left up to me,
only taxpayers could vote. web
posted February 14, 2012 RE: And JET is no better but we've
known that for a long time.
JET was once a great place to send your child, and it can be
again. It must overcome the loss of more than a few outstanding
teachers due to TAP and due to a lack of discipline. The students
may be happy when the discipline is lacking, but you can be sure we
parents are not. web
posted February 14, 2012 Here is a valentines gift idea. Buy you
and your sweetheart tickets to see the romantic comedy BAREFOOT IN THE
PARK showing the next two weekends at the EDGEFIELD COUNTY
THEATER COMPANY . Call 803-637-3833 for tickets and show times. web
posted February 14, 2012 RE: 12 steps (11) [Why I voted Republican]
that was typical liberal moronic crap web
posted February 14, 2012 Mr. Marchant apologized as did Sallie
Cooks. I think they both learned a valuable lesson. We need to refocus
on moving Edgefield County forward by all working together to make this
a better place for our children and grandchildren. web
posted February 14, 2012 Mr. Marchant really needs to check his
temper at the door when he deals with children of any age. It was that
long ago he was banned from NAHS for unsportsmanlike conduct. He
and his dad were both ejected from that game. As a
principal or a coach he needs to be professional at ALL times. Anything
less makes him just as immature as some of the children he deals with.
Hope he as learned his lesson. web
posted February 14, 2012 To the nim-rod who wrote "I voted
Republican"....very creative for a white liberal democrap. You are an
obvious grad-u-mate of public school, can't count to 10 very well, and
plagerize other writings which you used to write this 'dribble'. This
is a country of 'free' speech and if that fake president gets another
four years to continue to ruin this country, it is very possible we
will no longer have free speech. When you are on the inside of a FEMA
camp asking why you are being detained, and the only answer is.." Obama
is enforcing the Defense National Authorization Act", I bet you will
think twice about being a nice white liberal. Ohhhhh.....we won't be
able to vote according to the Constitution, because Obama and his two
lesbian Supreme Court Justices will have torn up your rights. And when
that big arsed, well fed Obama woman is telling us what to eat, while
she is eating lobster and steak, hamming it up on tv talk shows,
traveling around the world vacationing at places we only dream
about....I bet you will still vote Democrap.
It's ok to voteDemocrap, because our young men and women in the Armed
Services have given their lives so you can vote America's first
Muslim/Communist as president and a fake one at that who still is
unable to prove citizenship, has a false ssn, is definately not a
Christian, and who lies for political
expediency. Obama supporters believe Obama is a genuine black American
and yet he will not allow anyone to look at his past which most likely
would reveal his Muslim religion, foreign citizenship, communist
mentors, and radical friends. If Obama were trying to get only a Secret
military security clearance, he would probably fail to do so, based on
his past history, a historyhe has spent millions of dollars hiding from
I expect the ole skin game will continue with the 2012
election....whereby persons of color only vote for their skin color..
not what and who is good for this country. Jesus could be running
against Obama and most black Americans will vote for Obama. That is why
it is called the skin game. I do not view this fake president in terms
of color, but only in terms of political ideologies...and this fake has
done an excellent job creating class warfare, racial division,
religious supression, urinating every day on the Constitution,
promoting communism, and lying with every breath. Go on nice white
liberal and vote your conscience, vote your guilt, vote your Obama,
because this may be the last time voting will be allowed in this
country. Obama may want to be called 'Dear Leader' in 2013.
Pray for me Sisters web
posted February 14, 2012 Re: you see what you want to see and
you hear what you want to hear - mms and jet girls basketball game
While I find Coach Marchant's apology interesting, I think there are
other issues that still need to be addressed.
To the person who posted saying that it was strange no one from
Merriwether had complained until now. You should get your facts
straight. I am a parent of an MMS player and several of us DID go
straight to Dr. Tobin that night to express our displeasure at the
actions of Coach Marchant. We didn't just run to our computers to
say what we thought we heard. I, with several other parents, was
sitting directly behind the MMS bench and heard full well what was said
and it was not to just get physical. I also agree with another
person's post - Coach Fulmer did look embarrassed and shocked at what
she was hearing. Do I condone the actions of the injured player
and her parent? No, I do not. That is another issue that should
be dealt with - although the bullying words of Coach Marchant started
that situation in motion. But I sure as heck do not condone the
words of Coach Marchant- and this wasn't the first time, as he put it,
his emotions got out of hand.
I know of two other parents, other than myself, who went to Coach
Fulmer about Mr. Marchant losing his temper in practices and on the
sidelines. When we asked what she could do to calm things down,
she stated that it would put her in a very sticky, no-win situation as
Mr. Marchant was ultimately her superior at work. She said "It'll
be ok. He means well." Well, Coach Fulmer, it didn't turn out ok,
did it? And what I truly do not understand is how she could go on
giving her time, and trying to protect him, after having to have heard
all of the rumors and talk around the Johnston/Edgefield/Merriwether
communities about her not being good enough to coach his child and his
close friends child. She'd been good enough for five years
straight, but not this year? How embarrassing that must have
been. It embarrassed me FOR her when parents at the first JET game at
JET were discussing it in the stands.
When our teams traveled to Newberry on report card night in January,
Mr. Marchant did not travel with the team as his obligations were at
MES, which is as it should have been. The environment in Newberry
was tense, the girls game was just as physical and the officiating was
terrible - in Newberry's favor. Coach Fulmer encouraged her team
to keep playing what I heard (and yes I was sitting two rows behind the
players so I just didn't hear what I wanted to hear) as "Mustang
Basketball - character and class Ladies, character and class. We
will NOT stoop to their level. Emotions under control." She
high fived each one of the players and sent them back out onto the
floor. One of her dominate players was even sat for a bit due to
them losing their temper. Coach Fulmer led the girls back from a
7 point deficit to win by 3 points - and never once said one word to an
official other than calling timeouts. Coach Marchant traveled
alone with the team to Gilbert on Monday, February 6th. The
officiating was terrible - and so was Coach Marchant's temper -
resulting in technical fouls and the team losing a 6 point lead to lose
by 1. There was a never a game with him on the sidelines that he
did yell at or chastise the officiating.
So, to those who have said that isn't it funny that only the losers of
that game are complaining - again, get your facts straight because the
winners of that game are complaining and have complained before.
No one is saying what the JET injured player did during the boys game
was right. But before you go asking what they are teaching the
kids at JET, maybe you should start acting what Coach Marchant is
teaching all kids. And the answer will not be to simply stand up
for yourselves - it goes far beyond that and hinges on bullying.
And maybe parents who have been on the receiving end of one of his
yelling tirades outside of sports should also be asked. web
posted February 14, 2012 I have to agree with the posts about the
disappointments with the school district in Edgefield. Who is in
charge? Who is looking out for the teachers that are there working day
in and day out for my child and other children? From what I
see at Parker Elementary, none of the teachers and lots of the parents
are not happy and we all know why. It's really sad to see such a
great school with great teachers and great students just go straight
down the tubes. My child even says that the principal doesn't speak to
him. He's not one of the smart ones. Guess that explains it. Parker
used to be a place that we all felt welcomed. No more. And all you have
to do is walk the halls and see the stress on the teachers. It is sad
that the district let a school that was really great to get really
ruined. Don't send your children to Parker. And JET is no better but
we've known that for a long time. web
posted February 13, 2012 It is a prime example of how people are
overcome by sports, and how easily it is forgotten that its a game
meant to be fun for children and adults. Granted everyone loves to be
the winner. It does show his true being in that he is man enough to
realize and correct his mistake. Hats off to Mr. Marchant for that. web
posted February 13, 2012 In reference to "Sewer Service for
Merriwether One Step Closer" posted on 2/8/2012.
Development is not always a good thing. Most of the residents in
this area moved to this area to avoid the congestion that exists in
Columbia County. Proposing new development will destroy the rural
atmosphere that brought most of us here. Every developer starts out
proposing high end development, then once the reality sets in that
there isn't high end buyers in the market, the development is scaled
back to mid to low level development or worse, apartment complexes. Who
are going to buy these homes? Nobody, thats who. The writer
states that Southern Edgefield County has grown by 50% in the last ten
years, isn't that enough?
Editor's note: I
agree that everyone, well almost everyone, enjoys the country setting
that Merriwether is known for, making it an attractive place to live.
As to a development being a bad thing, that is a two-edged sword. Done
right it is a positive. To say otherwise would be to say Currytown
Station, Whispering Woods, Cannon Mill, River Hills, and other similar
developments have done their part to "destroy" the rural setting. The
development takes place on a 400 acre tract +/- and it should not
upset the surrounding settings.
And how are you going to refuse to allow a developer from using the
property in the only way the property in the Residential Zoned area can
Scare tactics claiming "apartments" may be moving in is ludicrous. The
zoning forced on Merriwether is the strictest in the county - Single
family dwelling only.
I have also received emails stating 2,000 homes (including the above
poster). That is incorrect. The trunk line is being built to be able to
handle around 2,000 homes. That allows the line to be extended if the
future without having upgrade the lower infrastructure. It's called
I know, it's a new concept for Edgefield County to think ahead, but
there it is. web
posted February 13, 2012 Well here's a very simple plan that can
save the school district thousands and thousands and thousands of
dollars. Listen up tax payers. It's really a simple solution. We must
have tons of money if we are still paying Crenshaw - and Tobin - and
Pride Academy - and Peach Salaries. Dismiss Tobin. Who
needs his suggestions? Come on. Bring back David Mathis
(Check the AYP for his district in Saluda County). Bring
back Dianne Murrel and Gene Huiett. This trio could get the district
straight in a few months - Yes, they could and we all know it. They
were great principals - and that's the definition of a great leader. If
you can motivate, manage, and encourage students, teachers, and
parents, then you are a successful LEADER. How many LEADERS do we
have running our schools? Marchant, Holmes, Clark, Hampton,
Lee????? Come on. We've never been in such a complete mess and
we've never had teachers so down. Who will be held accountable
now? The trio of successful former leaders would know that the
key to success is for teachers and parents that feel respected -
Perhaps the school board needs to see if teachers and parents are
pleased with their school system. It's a simple and very cost effective
solution. Now let's see how many tax payer dollars are spent on finding
a new superintendent..... Mr. Editor please stay on this and thank you
for this forum.
w Editor, I
stand by my post yesterday. I respect your right to an opinion of Mr.
Freeman. I assure you I do not make such judgments casually and must
assume there are genuine reasons for yours. However, some things about
many people, such as character and integrity, are not always plainly
apparent, or revealed, to all people. Next time I bump into you
in Edgefield we can chat if you like about a few things in private,
including our opinions of public servants, etc... I will not do it
Additionally, let’s not get public service confused with character, one
can easily exist without the other. Your apparent opinion of Mr. Dorn
surely being one example. I understand this was not the primary point
of your statement but it seemed to be insinuated. You tell me if I am
The prime point of my post, in particular the second paragraph, was the
positive direction the county is headed in with a few personnel
changes. I just happen to believe the change on the planning commission
may be another good one to go along with some of the others.
Editor's note: I am a firm believer in change being inevitable,
however; progress is not. I do believe if the full planning commission
had been present at the meeting the vote would have gone differently,
and for a very good reason. My main point was expressing my support for
Mr. Freeman when you insinuated unnamed negative things about his
"character and integrity" that I did not think were justified.
w Seems strange
that the principal at MES who wrote the letter of apology
misspelled his own name. HIs last name is Marchant, not Merchant.
Editor's note: I listed the name, so the spelling error is mine. It has
w Michelle Obama
demeans troops: eat your veggies
Most people understand that America's soldiers are obviously some of
the most physically fit people in the entire country. Their lives are
actually dependent on skill derived from vigorous training and physical
conditioning. But that didn't stop our fearless First Lady from
marching into the mess hall and talking to America's best like a bunch
of 6-year-old kids who won't eat their carrots. Could you imagine
having the gall to tell any adult, let alone our soldiers who are out
risking life and limb -- what to eat?
w 1. I voted
Republican because I believe oil companies who make obscene profits of
4% on a gallon of gas can destroy the environment, but who cares we
only smell the air from inside our butts
2. I voted Republican because I believe the government will do a better
job of spending the money on imaginary wars than on feeding the poor.
3. I voted Republican because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as I'm
the only one who's opinion counts
4. I voted Republican because I'm irresponsible and own a gun, and I
know that my local police should be disbanded and I should shoot at
will. Doesn't matter kids are only collateral damage , right?
6. I voted Republican because I'm more concerned about millions of
babies who haven't been born yet, then the million that are all ready
here. After all we need more bodies for the war in Iran , Right?
7. I voted Republican because I think illegal aliens should be shot on
site. Who cares if they built my house.
8. I voted Republican because I believe that business should require
employees to pay them to work there. After all they would be just fine
without their employees, right?
9. I voted Republican because I believe l the Constitution is to be
used at my discretion. Who cares about women, people of color or Gays.
10. I voted Republican because I think that it's better to pay billions
to people who hate us for their oil, but complain for 40 years about it
while simultaneously making a mint off oil investments.
11. I voted Republican because we live in the greatest, most wonderful
country in the world and we want to shove that message down everybody's
12. I voted republican because my head is so firmly planted up my
backside, I'm drowning in my own verbal diarrhea.
Editor's note: That was pitiful. By the way, you left out #5...
w Let's hear it
Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not carry one county in the
While everyone is focusing on Arizona 's new law, look what Oklahoma
has been doing!!!! CITIZEN WOODMAN
An update from Oklahoma:
Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9, had a few liberals in the mix, an
amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the
state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be
a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian
values...! HB 1330
Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal
immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want
to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered.
HB 1804. Hope we didn't send any of them to your
state. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and
the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.
Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all
illegals to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes.
Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB 1102
Guess what......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign
state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas,
Montana, and Utah as the only states to do so. More states are likely
to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee,
Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and
Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is
about to rise up once again. HJR 1003
The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns.
Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have
the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I'm
sure that was a set back for the criminals. The Liberals didn't
like it -- But ....
Guess what........... Oklahoma did it anyway.
Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers
license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no
other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but
the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If
you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English.
By the way, the Liberals don't like any of this either.
Guess what...who cares... Oklahoma is doing it anyway.
w For those of
you who have posted about the middle school game the other night, you
are right. I should have never said what I said and let my
emotions get the better of me. It was a hard fought game that
should have gone without incident. I have coached for 18 years
now (mostly in high school) and know better. The two communities
deserve better and the JET coach and girls deserve better for
sure. I have already sent my apologies to both schools and ask
for forgiveness from those who have been affected.
I never intended to hurt anyone and never will. That is not who I
am nor [do I] want MMS to bear any blame for what I said that night.
- Wayne Marchant web
posted February 11, 2012 Where exactly is this waste going to be
pumped to? Because the only way it could be done with The Oak Creek
Subdivision is to use the North Augusta sewage system .So the
Homeowners in there have the great honor in paying North Augusta Sewage
and Edgefield Co. Water. Along with paying property taxes to both. How
will this effect the rest of Gregory Lake Rd? Will they also be paying
both? How will you propose it to them? Or will you try to shove it down
their throats like the recyling fee you all charge Oak Creek homeowners
,still have not figured that out since North Augusta handles their
sanitation .According to the wonderful map you posted this line is
headed straight to the City of North Augusta right through the entrance
of Oak Creek down to Martintown Rd. When will you let North Augusta
know you need to tap in their sewer line? Their officials seem to be in
dark on this landmark goal. If this area of Gregory Lake Rd. becomes
city limits ,what will your Developer do about mass grading
and disturbing soil that North Augusta now frowns on? Before you go
slapping each other on back and celebrating your victory how about let
your tax payers and their mortgage companys know who to send their new
payments to. When has a well known Developer from Columbia Co. Georgia
ever been so concerned about the advancement of Edgefield Co? Does he
live here? Please specify what a "High End" house is. If there are
going to be two thousand high end houses there,who will qualify for
one?People cannot pay for the houses they got now what will they do
with a "High End" house?
Editor's note: My dear misinformed reader. Please
again to get the
facts, not the hyperbole included in your post. The area wants the
sewer from the county because they do not want to be suckers like those
in Oak Creek who got suckered in to annexing into the city and paying
There is a standing agreement between the county and the city to make
use of the sewer lines, there will be no double payments. Furthermore,
by the county installing the lines it will allow the people buying
houses in the area to not get suckered in like the Oak Creek
As for garbage pick up: Those in Oak Creek do pay the city to pick up
their garbage, just like residents in Edgefield, Johnston and Trenton
do, and they too pay the disposal fee to the county. Aiken County also
has a disposal fee. Those in Oak Creek have skated from paying the fee
in either county for many years, basically getting off scott free for
the service. If they did not pay the fee to Edgefield County they would
have to pay a higher fee in Aiken County and maybe even back fees.
Those who love being part of Merriwether are well pleased. I suppose
there are a few who got suckered into North Augusta now have buyer's
remorse and want to compare their sorry situation to the progress being
made by Edgefield County. web
posted February 11, 2012 Two weeks ago, when we were complaining
about the major grocery store in the county, you stated wait and you
will be surprised at what is going to develop. So....... still waiting.
Editor's note: I am hopeful the announcement could come as early as
Monday. I am at the mercy of those involved, but it is a "done deal"
and waiting on them to release the information. web
posted February 11, 2012 After recently being becoming personally
aware of the character possessed by the former Vice Chair of the
Planning Commission, and at the same time being a resident of Edgefield
County, I am relieved to see some new leadership of the Planning
Recent changes to our leadership ranks in the county, including Mr.
LeDuc, seem to have an increasingly positive effect on Edgefield
County. Seems things are heading in the right direction after many
years of being lost in the wilderness. Thanks to those who are striving
to move the county forward and are not just using their positions to
further their own personal agendas.
Editor's note: I'm not sure what "character" flaw you are speaking of
concerning former Planning Commission Vice-chair Tracy Freeman. I have
known Tracy for nearly two decades and find him to be an upstanding
citizen, businessman, and he freely serves on the commission and the
county line fire board without pay. I've never known him to a have "an
agenda" by being on the commission, other than doing what was right by
the people he represents. web
posted February 11, 2012 RE: Jet/MMS girl’s game
Again you pick and choice what you THINK you heard come from the
“administrator”. Why is it that you wait till the last game of the
season to say something? If you really heard the “administrator” say go
out and hurt the other team players, why would you not go straight to
the Interim Superintendent that was in attendance? You ran to your
computer and typed this wonderful post to stir the pot! Here’s the way
I see it, IF anyone has or had a problem with the “administrator’s” way
of coaching don’t you think that the parent’s of the MMS girl’s team
would have said something during the season? I think you should ask the
girl’s on the MMS team how they felt getting fouled and no calls were
made. This has happened in several games during the season. Did the
“administrator” get upset, YES, did the parent’s of the MMS girls get
upset, HELL YES! Did the JET PLAYER that tried to start a fight after
the game get in trouble? Did the JET coach say anything to her? NO not
at all! BUT it’s real funny how she had to be removed from the school
by a sheriff deputy and a member of MMS faculty!
What are they teaching up at JET? “You can get mad and curse and try to
pick fights with the other basketball players? Hold on you can try to
pick a fight with the other team’s coaches?
You only see what you want to see and you only hear what you want to
posted February 11, 2012 Re the Jet/MMS basketball game and Mr.
Marchant’s bad behavior. I am amazed that people think they are
invisible and am surprised Mr. Marchant’s tirade did not appear on You
Tube. Almost everyone has a
cell phone with video camera. Adults acting out at the local children’s
sporting events is not new but you would think people would be more
aware with all the celebrities caught acting out. web
posted February 11, 2012 I was told that what happened during the
game with the "coach" for MME giving the girls instructions on how to
play is nothing compared to what happened after the game. I was told
the JET injured player's grandmother tried to talk to the "coach" and
he was very unprofessional. Maybe he has to much time on his hands,
considering he has two assistant principals, that lead him to believe
he can coach. I wonder if he can keep his composure when he deals with
his staff? While I'm at it, considering the tight money concerns the
school district has, how can 2 Assistant Principals be justified at an
elementary school? web
posted February 11, 2012When your
family or friends cannot explain why they voted Democrat, give them
this list. Then they can then pick a reason from this "TOP 12"..
1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on
a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same
gallon of gas at 15% isn't.
2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a
better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as
nobody is offended by it.
4. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a
gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me
from murderers and thieves.
5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell
us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will
melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.
6. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of
babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right
to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we
should take away the social security from those who paid into it.
8. I voted Democrat because I believe that businesses should not
be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and
give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the
Democrats see fit.
9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to
rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who
would never get their agendas past the voters.
10.. I voted Democrat because I think that it's better to pay
billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own
because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher or fish.
11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most
wonderful country in the world, I was promised "HOPE AND CHANGE".
12. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my
(butt), it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.
Editor's note: 13. I voted Democrat because they give me everything for
free after taking it from those stupid hard working Republicans who pay
all the tax dollars they give to me. web
posted February 11, 2012 RE: After having sewer problems at
home, I discovered I had a septic tank, rather than the sewer
connection. I have been charged for this for 19 years
It's amazing to me that someone could have a septic tank rather than
being hooked up to the sewer system and not know this for 19
years. How dumb can someone be? I hate to think that this
person is a registered voter. web
posted February 10, 2012 Re: MMS / JET girls basketball game
Wow isn't even the word to describe what transpired at the Merriwether
Middle and JET Middle girls basketball game. The principle from
the elementary school who has taken over coaching those girls was rude
and very unprofessional by not only continually yelling at the refs,
but for his angry outburst telling the MMS girls to "knock them on the
floor!" The Merriwether girls were ahead, so there is no excuse
of him just meaning to tell his girls to foul - there is a big
difference in a strategy of using fouls to your advantage and telling
someone to put the other players on the ground. I think even the
refs were shocked at his childish fit! What is sad is this wasn't
his only little tirade this season.
My family felt for the lady coach standing behind him (Coach Fulmer) as
she looked shocked, seemingly torn between just walking away or staying
with her team, shaking her head no. When the JET player did get
hurt, the principal/coach was actually smiling as his team came off the
court while Coach Fulmer immediately stepped out onto the court to ask
Coach Edwards (JET coach) if she needed ice - when Coach Edwards said
yes, Coach Fulmer got the ice herself and personally carried it to the
injured player. I agree with the post that questioned how
the young students from the elementary school in the crowd must feel
hearing their principal condoning, or actually I guess we should say
ENCOURAGING, intentionally trying to hurt someone. My
grandmother had a word for that - shameful.
I don't know the lady coach personally, but I do know several families
in my church who have had girls that played for her - "class act" is
how they described her. So I guess I have some questions
also. Why is a principle allowed to coach the team his daughter
plays on? Why is a principle even allowed to coach? There
was a big stink about Mrs. Cooks wanting her granddaughter placed on
this same team - so did this principal get to pick the initial team
that his daughter was going to be on? Mrs. Cooks had to issue a
public apology for her actions (getting away with a slap on the wrist,
I must add) - shouldn't he have to apologize for his actions on the
sidelines last night? Why wasn't Coach Fulmer no longer good
enough to lead the team? Why did the administration of
Merriwether Middle allow such a tirade to take place? The Interim
Superintendent was in attendance - what does he have to say about a
member of his staff yelling "knock them on the floor?" or does he
I am sure all of this will be swept away in a week or so as everything
else is. Please, Mr. Editor, give us some answers. Please
investigate. Please Edgefield County BOE, stand-up for the
children of this county and at least hold him responsible for his
posted February 10, 2012 To the guy that said his water was cut off
because they said they had never received his check.
Sounds fishy to me. Did you ever think to check with your bank to see
if your check had cleared? That would be the first thing I would
do. The second thing would be to see if I had even written the check in
the first place. Maybe you forgot. Do you not keep your check book
posted February 10, 2012 Well TAP continues to be a JOKE..........
I'm tired of wasting my time with ridiculous cluster meetings. JOKE! We
are ready to join that class action law suit against the
district. The school board better wake up. The school
board better get their interim superintendent to look at the
principals. The school board better get their interim superintendent to
look at the Master Teachers. The school board better talk to all
teachers. TAP has been a JOKE from the start and we SEE it all. And I
demand to know how many times it took my evaluators to pass the
recertification test to evaluate me. Not too much to ask is it?
And who decides which grades are evaluated by MAP? God bless
those poor teachers that are evaluated by PASS.... Teachers are
at the end of their rope - and no one cares. Certainly not the
principals. Principals need an evaluation... Clean out the ones that
need to retire and that have ruined morale at multiple schools. We SEE
it all. Multiple times of parents and teachers being unhappy with
a principal should be a wake-up call for someone. Talk to the teachers
and parents Dr. Tobin and you will SEE! web
posted February 10, 2012 I want to thank Mrs. Blackwell for all she
is doing for our section of the county. Her leadership has been
outstanding. Keep up the good work. I see that signs are up wanting to
buy Masters tickets. I have said before not to do business with these
crooks. I have family that works for the Augusta National and they tell
me people get caught all the time. They tell you its confidential but
its not. Don’t screw yourself out of your tickets because you want get
them back. Also, it’s a eyesore to see them on the side of the road.
Lets keep Edgefield county clean an something to be proud of. web
posted February 10, 2012 MMS and Jet game. What a
disappointment. To have a principle react the way the principle
of MES reacted is a shame. Sportsmanship holds the strongest
values in sports. It holds more value than strength, endurance or any
other physical attribute that comes with sports. Sportsmanship is
having the mental power to stay composed in a situation that could lead
to a conflict. Sportsmanship is being able to endure a loss and not
retaliate against the other team or act out in a way that would cause
shame to your team!!! Holding sportsmanship above all other
values that come with sports is important and key to maintaining a
respectable image in the world of sports especially if you are dealing
with young impressionable kids like teenagers in the 7th and 8th
grade. Shame on you Marchant for not taking this opportunity to
teach these teenagers to take the high road and do what’s right.
Do you expect the kids at your school to cheat to get better
grades and make your school look better than other schools to
“win”. Telling these teenagers to hit, knock down or hurt the
other team is WRONG! I don’t care what the other coach was
doing! You were wrong! Two wrongs don’t make a right and
never will. I’m so disappointed and what a bad name these two
nice schools are getting. Mr. Huiett would have never told any
student in a sports game or any other situation to do such a thing!!!!
If Marchant is ever allowed to coach again, please someone tell
him that sportsmanship is, respect for opponents, and gracious behavior
in winning or losing. Let’s please try to teach our kids this!!!! web
posted February 10, 2012 RE: Jet/MMS girl’s game
I guess you can pick and choice what you hear and see then run to
Wandering Minds and make it out to be something it wasn’t? The
Referee’s let the game get out of hand. The Referee’s set the stage
for the end of the game. When the Jet “girl’s” started getting physical
the referee’s let it go. What I heard (sitting near the
“administrator”) from the MMS bench was a question to the referee’s.
“Is this how you’re going to allow them to play?” “Then we can play
that way too?” NO answer was given from the referee’s. The
“administrator” told the MMS girls they would have to play physical, I
never heard anyone say to go out and hurt anyone. As for the girl
getting knocked down and hitting her head, again you can pick and
choice what you saw and what you think. What happened, a Jet player and
a MMS player ran into one another. The Jet player fell down and yes she
hit her head on the floor. Was it on purpose? NO!
But with everything you stated in your post you may have forgotten what
the JET PLAYER did after the game? Did the JET COACH stop it? NO!
Little Miss (removed) threatened MMS player and the “administrator”!
Now that was a class act? That’s allowed to go on at JET? web
posted February 10, 2012 I will reiterate this very powerful
quote....just because everyone needs to think hard about it.
"All that it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men* to do
nothing" (Edmund Burke) *modernization: "and
And if you think that the situation we are in at present is new to
world history, read the next two quotes by the same person that were
also originated circa 1780
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. "
"Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in
my opinion, is safe." (Burke)
Now. Go read the "child's story" (not really a child's story
though) "The Emperor's New Clothes" and see if Hans Christian
Anderson did not have peer pressure, naivety of the masses and
the farce of political correctness figured out...... web
posted February 10, 2012 You may have seen this before. I
don't consider myself a "birther" by any means ( ok a little ), but
this is rather scary even if only partially true.
BLOCKBUSTER REVELATION! - MINI Documentary -
Illegal Obama "Propped Up" By Congress! - YouTube web
posted February 10, 2012 Oh my goodness! Who witnessed the fiasco
at MMS during the girls basketball game. Yes, MMS beat JET and secured
the region title but, by what means! How can a principal tell the girls
on the team to fight another team in order to win? In fact, he shouted,
"Do what ever it takes....fight...get physical...push them down...hit
them in the nose". Also, he is not the coach of that team and should
have left the coaching to the coach, she has done a good job since
taking the helm at MMS. How many of the students from MES saw this
behavior and what impact does or will it have on them? web
posted February 9, 2012 I applaud the County Council and
especially Blackwell and Ashcraft for working to get the sewer service
in the lower part of the county. Progress being made!!! Now if we on
the north end could elect a councilman/woman to look out for us!!! We
desperately need county water, have asked for years, and no water
yet!!! Dorn won't even attend our meetings!!! Please, County
Council, don't forget us like he has!!!
Editor's note: Perhaps you should run as a Democrat against Dorn the
primaries. I know a lot of Republicans that would jump over the fence
to vote for you in the Democrat primary to defeat Dorn early on in the
posted February 9, 2012 I would like to thank (County Council
Vice-chair) Mrs. Blackwell for what she has done to put Merriwether on
the map in the county. We've been ignored too long and I am glad she is
there for us. We have (Sheriff's) deputies around more than ever and
she has put the focus on us being the growth of the county. It's about
time we get the attention we deserve for the taxes we pay. Thank you
Mrs.Blackwell and Mr. Ashcroft (Ashcraft) for putting us where we
belong! Keep up the good work. We deserve better and for once we are
getting the attention we deserve! web
posted February 9, 2012 Tonight was the last game of the
Merriwether Middle / JET Middle schools basketball seasons with the
game being played at the Merriwether gym. A free spaghetti dinner
was offered for anyone who had attended the games...but never have I
been more ashamed to say that I am from Merriwether.
First, let me say that I have attended many Merriwether basketball
games (including the JET games) and have never seen a hint of
unprofessionalism or unsportsmanlike conduct shown by the female girl's
coach or either of the boy's coaches. However, tonight, the
adminstrator who has been allowed to step in and coach the girl's team
(I guess the female coach who was already in place there just wasn't
good enough to coach his or his friend's child?) was the biggest
example of poor sportsmanship I have ever witnessed. Mad because
the officials were allowing the game to get physical, the male
administrator called a time-out, had the players sit on the bench, and
proceeded to yell at them "I want you to put them on the floor!
Do you hear me?! I want them knocked on the floor! If
that's the way the refs are going to allow this to be played, you
knock'em down!" Excuse me??? The female coach had a total
look of horror on her face and kept shaking her head behind him as if
to tell the girls to calm down. The JET girls, their coach, and
anyone who can halfway hear now know that a coach is actually giving
his team permission to hurt someone. A JET player does get
knocked on the floor, bumping her head in the process. The male
administrator never even has a hint of concern on his face yet the
female coach rushes around to get the child ice.
Merriwether / JET games are always going to be physical and hard fought
to the end. That's what makes a rivalry. How can the
admistration at Merriwether Middle School stand behind a coach, an
ADULT, an administrator , who encourages kids to hurt other kids?
What does the same administrator/coach do to children at his school who
encourage others to be bullies? He represents my community, my
schools, and I am ashamed.
Please tell me...why was the female coach "demoted" this season and
"put on the bench"?...she has always seemed to be the type of role
model our children need...not someone who seems to encourage winning at
all cost...even if it means hurting someone.
Editor's note: The second coach is not from MMS, he is from MES. The
principal for MMS is Bobby Turner and he does not coach on the court.
He simply watches and cheers for his school in the bleachers. web
posted February 9, 2012 Interesting to see Rick Santorum's
performance on Tuesday. It is refreshing to see a new face emerge in
all the craziness. I know he has been there all along but it is good to
see people recognize his positions and his lack of negativeness. Watch
out for the attacks he will get now. He is a real conservative
voice and he could be good for this country. If nothing else, it shows
that some of us are not content with Romney. Go Rick!! web
posted February 9, 2012 Re: Editor's post: While making
rounds on Tuesday I happened to drive along a known drug area in
Edgefield and witnessed a possible drug deal take place.
My question is - Did you carry out a civic responsibility and report
the criminal activity to law enforcement? If so, kudos to
you. If not, that's just another reason that crime is so rampant
in our society. No one wants to get involved. Law abiding
citizens need to become proactive in stemming
crime. I am not suggesting taking the law into their own hands,
but when you witness what may appear to be unlawful activity; report
it, get as much information as possible (personal description, license
#, etc.), and let law enforcement sort it out. Just one man's
Editor's note: I was on the phone to an on duty officer before I turned
around to try to get a tag number of the truck; by the time I turned
around he was gone. I gave direction of travel and the street address
where the incident took place on Gary Street. I also spoke with Chief
Ronnie Carter about this incident on Wednesday in addition to the call
to the officer and meeting with him afterwards to give the full details
and descriptions of those involved. web
posted February 9, 2012 After having sewer problems at home,
I discovered I had a septic tank, rather than the sewer
connection. I have been charged for this for 19 years. When
I went to the ECW&S, they confirmed that i had no
connection. I went to see the Director. I got a
bill for only water used, but no word of my Hundreds 0f Dollars paid
for nothing. web
posted February 9, 2012 Give a man a fish and he eats for a day.
Give a man a welfare check, a forty ounce malt liquor, a crack pipe and
some Air Jordens and he votes Democrat for a lifetime.
Editor's note: That explains why Norman Dorn gets elected. web
posted February 9, 2012 I have had a similar experience with
Edgefield County Water & Sewer. We returned home to find no
water. A call to the water department resulted in being informed
my payment check had never been received, thus the cut-off. This
residence has been connected to the water system since its beginning,
and timely payments have been made all these years. I was
informed I would need to bring payment to the office for
reconnection, which I promptly did. I asked at the office
if a courtesy call could not be made alerting someone of a cutoff of
their water, especially a situation where never a payment had even been
late for all these many years of service. Their response was the
office staff did not have time to do this, though I observed three
employees in the office who did not appear to be in rush mode. I
intended to speak with the director, but just let the matter
From the comments being made, the Edgefield County Water &
Sewer Authority might need further scrutiny. web
posted February 9, 2012 Welcome to CPAC 2012! Every year,
the American Conservative Union (ACU) brings thousands of grassroots
conservatives and conservative leaders together in Washington, DC, for
three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking
opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller
government, a strong national defense and traditional values.
2012 marks the 39th year of the conference.
CPAC 2012 attendees with hear from Presidential candidates Gov. Mitt
Romney, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Senator Rick Santorum.
Also featured will be Rep. Paul Ryan, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin,
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Senator Rand Paul. Based
on this year’s theme, “We STILL Hold These Truths,” CPAC 2012 will
feature grassroots training and strategizing to strengthen the
conservative movement and ensure conservatives have the resources and
tools necessary to defeat the Obama agenda in 2012.
Live video of CPAC 2012 will be broadcasting on CPAC Live from
Thursday, February 9 at 9:00am to Saturday, February 11 at 5pm. CPAC
Live will offer gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conference, including
the opening and closing keynote speeches.
posted February 9, 2012 Editor's post: While making rounds on Tuesday I happened
to drive along a known drug area in Edgefield and witnessed a possible
drug deal take place. As I drove by a person in a truck stopped and
held out money from the window and another subject walked over and took
the money and handed off an unknown package to the driver after taking
the money. I found it odd because the driver of the truck did not
withdraw his hand even after seeing me approach the scene. Perhaps it
is so common place it did not register to the driver or the other
subject at the time to try to conceal their activity. web posted February 8, 2012Speaking of the Edgefield water
dept. Last month me and my family was on vacation and when
returned at 8:30 at night our water was shut off. So I called the water
dept after hours number and they guy stated he been out to my street
cutting about 10 other homes on and wasnt coming back out but since I
had kids he told me how to turn the water on.
So the next day I called to find out why my water was turned off
and they stated the never got my check. Seems this happens alot so I
said well fine since i live in north augusta can I pay with a credit
card over the phone. Well they explained they dont dont take credit
cards!! Hello 21st century!!!
So I have to drive 20 miles to pay the bill and then they want to
charge me a reconnect fee??? So I was like wait just one second no one
came out to my house the guy on the phone told me he wasnt coming out
and told me how to cut my own water back on. Lady stated they can
charge me for what they want to charge me. THis is the reason I
left this messed up town to start with . Something needs to be
done. I contacted channel 12 news on your side and hope they can
help. I would tell others to do the same!!! web
posted February 8, 2012 Re: water bills
I've had the same thing happen with our water bill. Somebody needs to
check into this (bs). Do your job! web
posted February 8, 2012 I would like to voice my support of Dr.
Tobin and what he is doing to fix the broken school system. I heard
that Crenshaw was going to sue the (school district) on racial grounds
for being fired. They fired a black woman and hired a black man to
replace her. This whole race card thing is getting old. If the school
board was racist why would they hire a black man to replace a black
woman who wasn't doing the job? Who is the race baiter? the school
district or Crenshaw? web
posted February 8, 2012 Sheriff Joe Sets March 1, 2012 for date of
investigation conclusion. Some people don't let threats deter them from
seeking the truth.
posted February 8, 2012 Our long-term fiscal problem is clear:
Medicare and Medicaid spending is driving the U.S. further into debt
and toward the most predictable economic collapse in our nation’s
history. Unless action is taken now, these critical safety nets will no
longer exist for those who need them most.
posted February 8, 2012 Editor's post: The vast majority of comments sent in for
today were rejected due to the wide use of profanity. I do not have the
time or the inclination to make massive edits to comments to make them
available. The rules are posted above. Please follow them. web posted February 7, 2012I appreciate the work being done to
enhance the rails to trails system in Edgefield County. I don't agree
with using the ICLEI standards or signing on to the agenda. I hope our
county leaders will read up on this before they blindly accept help
from where ever. This needs to be done at the local level and
controlled at the local level. Sign me..Keeping the faith in local
posted February 7, 2012 Re: Water bills
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one raising (heck) about this. Month
after month the water bill was almost the same and then it went
ballistic! The way I found out was a pipe busted and I had to go to the
meter and dig it out to cut the water off to fix the leak. I knew then
they weren't reading the meter. Lo and behold a few months later my
bill tripled. When I called the water department I was told that it was
no big deal. Either they read the meters every month or don't read them
at all! Times are tough enough but getting hit with a huge water bill
for a year of water because somebody ain't doing their job isn't right.
posted February 7, 2012 Everybody better wake up to how dangerous
Obama is. He cut & ran from Iraq and now he wants to cut & run
from Afghanistan telling us about his great progress as commander and
chief. Read this if you want to know the truth from those there!
Truth, lies and Afghanistan
How military leaders have let us down
By LT. COL. DANIEL L. DAVIS
I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops
and their Afghan partners. My duties with the Army’s Rapid Equipping
Force took me into every significant area where our soldiers engage the
enemy. Over the course of 12 months, I covered more than 9,000 miles
and talked, traveled and patrolled with troops in Kandahar, Kunar,
Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Kunduz, Balkh, Nangarhar and other provinces.
What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S.
military leaders about conditions on the ground. http://armedforcesjournal.com/2012/02/8904030
Editor's note. Very interesting reading. I have saved the page in case
it is ordered removed. web
posted February 7, 2012 Editor's post: All comments from the month of January
have been archived and linked above in the archives. Some comments from
January still remain, but will fall off the page as additional comments
are placed. This will allow the page to load faster for dial-up
readers. I have nothing to add to the conversation below. web posted February 6, 2012In the last couple of weeks there has been
an out-cry from numerous Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority
customers over their excessive current water bill. When question or
challenged on the issue the answer has always that you either have a
leak or that you are using more water than you realize.
Let me tell you the real reason for the high bills. The employees that
are supposed to be reading the meters each month aren't!!!!!!!!! They
have been guesstimating each persons use and when some at the
ECW&SA questioned why they were pumping more water than they are
billing for then someone went out and read the meters.
I know this to be a fact because I monitor our meter each month and
know that it had not been read all year until January 25, 2012 when it
showed that we had used 9,000 gallons of water in one month. Guess
what, I had shut off the water and drained our water lines in early
December, 2011 until our facility was used again on January 21st. I
turned the water on on January 20th and shut it back off on January
22nd to safeguard form our lines freezing our having a leak. So when
the meter was read on the 25th there had only been usage for 3 days.
That comes out to be 3,000 gallons of water used a day. When I got our
bill and went and checked the meter and saw where it had been read and
the reading was correct. When I shut off the water in December I had to
scrape the dirt of the meter cover to open it up and was then had to
uncover the meter and shut-off valve before I could shut it off. I took
a long time for all this debris and dirt to build up in the meter box,
so this is how I know the meter had not been read in a while. With the
state of Edgefield Counties economy, county employees should not be
getting paid for not doing their jobs and someone should be looking at
the supervisors of these employees because if the lower rung of the
employee ladder are not doing their jobs then what is the rest of the
I feel that this is an issue that needs to be investigated and proper
action taken where needed!!!!!!!!! web
posted February 6, 2012 I would just like to say that I've heard
good things about Dr. Tobin who is Interim Superintendent for the
district now. I hope that he is going to turn things around in
this county for education's sake. The Daily has gotten quiet
since Crenshaw left, but I don't think all of the problems are all
fixed yet. I hope that he is paying attention to the teachers
still, how they are treated in comparison to each other (nevermind
TAP), teacher morale in the schools, and how they feel the county is
moving toward the sunlight of hope. I don't think the Daily
should be used as a "tell-all" for the schools or parents, but if it's
the only way things are listened to or noticed, it is a good thing. The
children of the county are the ones at stake here. We all hope
for them to have a bright future ahead. web
posted February 6, 2012 I rarely ever send in a comment but the
person attacking Mrs. Blackwell and Mr. Blackwell on Sat. was
inexcusable. I've attended at least half of the council meetings over
the past few years and she is one of the most professional members I've
ever watched and listened to when I'm there. She may not say a lot to
say but when she does speak up it is right to the point and she's right
90% of the time. Mr. Blackwell giving her credit for something she did
is not a "romance novel" it is the truth. You even said what she did
was the right thing and then you (fuss) about it?
Thank you Mr. Blackwell for keeping us informed and for all the hard
work you do and thank you more for Edgefield Daily.
Editor's note: There are a number of things Vice-chairwoman Blackwell
has done behind the scenes and refuses to take credit for them. In 2009
she wrote the county budget which cut nearly $700,000 from the pervious
budget without losing a single job or making county employees pay for
their insurance. Although she and Ashcraft were in the minority, her
budget was passed over that produced by the county administration
posted February 6, 2012 So, if the Charter school is public (
which it is ) and the children's parents pay local taxes, what is the
reason that tax dollars should not support this public option?
The decay of our public school system is caused by adults looking out
for adult interests or the interests of their children and not
supporting opportunities for all children. web
posted February 6, 2012 Re: Alliance meeting.
If you can get a message to the person who wrote regarding the
presentation Tobe Holmes will be giving Monday, please let them know
they are welcome at the meeting. If they have input or want to
ask a question, we would appreciate them being in attendance.
This is exactly why we have these meetings to present information to
the public on various issues. Tobe did not contact us seeking to
infiltrate our county. Tobe contacted us because of the
presentation given in November about cycling in the County. These
activities are taking place in our County, there is great interest in
promoting this from several people, so I asked Tobe to come talk to
us. Tobe is presenting information on the benefits to us and
steps you take in planning. Tobe is a home grown Edgefield County
native and loves this county. web
posted February 6, 2012 RE: Sewer
This is to the poster giving Mrs. Blackwell a hard time and claiming
that using tax dollars to improve things is somehow a back room deal.
I've read a number of stories about this being discussed and there is
nothing underhanded in doing things in the open. The purchase of the
police cars wasn't spending extra money it was money we already pay in
debt service. Look at your tax bill and show me where the new taxes are
and how it is costing us anything more. I thought it was a great idea
and where else would the county come up with the money to buy the
needed new police cars that were neglected by Kneece & company for
posted February 6, 2012 Who cares who gets the credit as long as
we keep making progress? web
posted February 6, 2012Re: Bike Trails
Please read the following article. Let's be pro-active, not reactive if
presented with this situation.
posted February 6, 2012Jim Demint for President! Tell it like it
is my brother! No baggage and a proven solid conservative.
“A dependent voter is a dependable vote for Democrats. The Democrats
figured that out a long time ago. And that’s why they continue to
expand welfare, food stamps,” according to DeMint.
“That’s why their whole stimulus program was based on supporting
government workers at the state level. But the more people are
dependent on government, the more likely they are to vote for people
who promise more from government. And that’s the Democrat Party. We’re
at a point right now where about half of Americans are getting
something from government and the other half is paying for it.” http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/DeMint-spending-compromise-Republicans/2012/02/04/id/428482 web
posted February 6, 2012 It is not amazing that this is true - It
is amazing that "mainstream media" actually showed it on tv.
And the administration boasts about all the new jobs - He just doesn't
say that they are going to China and other countries - Shameful.
SHOCKING ABC News on Obama/USA Infrastructure
Diane Sawyer reporting on U.S. bridge projects going to the Chinese...
The bridges are right here in the U.S. and yet Obama has approved for
Chinese contractors to come in and do the work.
What about jobs for Americans???
Watch this video. It doesn't take long to view.
This one should be tough for the supporters of the current regime to
swallow....AND it comes from ABC NEWS...
U.S. Bridges and Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms
Shocking to say the least! This video is a jaw-dropper that will
make you sick. (It was also shocking that ABC was actually
reporting this story.)
The lead-in with Obama promising jobs in the U.S. by improving our
infrastructure is so typical of all his promises! Our tax dollars
are at work –
for CHINA !!!
I pray all the unemployed see this and cast their votes accordingly in
Click here: U.S.
Video - ABC News web
posted February 6, 2012 Truth in advertising. http://biggeekdad.com/2011/10/kellers-riverside-store/
Editor's note: That's funny! web
posted February 6, 2012 On 01/25/2012 the Editor made reference to
money going to a charter school furthering the decay of our public
school system. Isn't a charter school a public school?
Editor's note: It is within the systems, but it is not a part of the
school district. They have their own BOE and play by their own rules,
including not geting local school tax dollars.If they can make it,
fine, if they can't fine. However, now they want the local tax dollars
as well, which will hurt Strom Thurmond and the School District. web
posted February 4, 2012 We all know
Mrs. Blackwell is vice chair of county council and we all know she's
your wife. So stop writing a romance novel for her and think back to
your journalism classes. You did take journalism ethics, right?
The way it's been mentioned in reports and "Editor's notes", people
seem to be led to believe that Mrs Blackwell is creating money from
thin air. Not so. Although the patrol car issue did not raise taxes, it
did put taxpayers back THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS in the hole.
I agree it had to be done and this was the right way, it just seems to
never get mentioned. Ethical? Maybe, if there weren't a familial
Oh, and I got a big kick out of another WM post - "How refreshing it is
to see Merriwether getting something back for all the taxes we pay. We
have been ignored for years and now we are getting sewer". You poor
fool. You are still going to pay the same tax rate as everyone else,
but if you want that precious sewer you're going to pay an additional
$800 for it. Not a bad deal, but in no way is it getting something back
for all those hard-earned sawbucks you already send in taxes.
And who wrote Mrs. Butler's press release? A former teacher? Gasp!
Sounds like it came from a fifth grader. And I can't find "Trenton
Precinct, District Four" anywhere on the new maps, technically.
Speaking of, congrats to the county for getting their districting map
through Obama's and Dorn's'' DOJ. I assume Mrs. B handled all that
herself, too? Just kidding.
I write this to remind us that we were recently the minority "shining
the light." Now that we are driving, let's not let that light tint to
rose. Seems like there's even more backroom deals now than ever before.
Someone's unelected hand is in all of this. We'll get to that later.
Editor's note: The bond issue for emergency vehicles was a re-issue of
bond that were about to be paid off so it did not raise taxes (the line
item is already there) and it was explained many times. The orginal
bond issue was 10 years, this one will end in four, and it was
Blackwell's idea - giving credit is not unethical. On the sewer
project, I suppose you think it should be free to tap on?
I have no idea who wrote Mrs. Butler's announcement.
And don't worry, I'll keep the light on for you. web
posted February 4, 2012 I am sending
this in reguards to the meeting scheduled to find out about how we too,
can have a beautiful bike trail here in rural Edgefield County. I am in
no way opposed to this idea. North Augusta has a greenway, which I walk
regularly. North Augusta is not listed as a member on the ICLEI's
official website. However, Charlotte, North Carolina is.
Coincidentally, Tobe Holmes resides in Charlotte NC and is active in
several other community and economic development projects.
I would love to have a bike trail, walking path, rail trail system, etc
in our county. But...we as the general public MUST educate ourselves as
to the ICLEI and Agenda 21's technique at infiltrating the USA very
very slowly. Let's make sure we are in no way affiliated with this
branch of The United Nations when being enticed with federal grants or
incentives, etc. I truly hope this is not what is being presented to
Edgefield County. If what Tobe presents to us is in fact, not
affiliated with the ICLEI, its'a wonderful idea and I am all for
volunteering to make it happen. But PLEASE make yourselves aware of UN
Agenda 21. Using the guise of beautifying your county, making your
county greener, etc are all ways the ICLEI is slipping under the radar.
Research the ICLEI, Agenda 21. Both organizations have official
websites. With a little self education you can prevent unknowingly
subjecting yourself to the federal governments involvement in this very
real threat to your constitutional rights as an American citizen.
Links Below: http://www.iclei.org/
"International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives". Founded in
1990, to help implementation of the United Nations Agenda 21. Please
research this official website, you can plainly see this organization
is directly involved with the United Nations. there is a list of
current active members listed by country, county, and state available
here as well. (Over 200 cities and counties have joined in the USA
alone, with the citizens and the local lower level government largley
having NO idea that the ICLEI is actually part of the United Nations
by the UN in Rio De
Janeiro June, 1992. A plan for global action to promote sustainable
communities, make "open land" off limits to the general public,
severely restrict your options and your rights in the United States as
to where you live, what you eat, if you can own a car, etc. All in the
name of creating a sustainable planet because we are in a global crisis
right now. ( I truly believe this is a global control agenda, not a
plan for "greener" earth.)
The United Nation's mission statement at a conference on human
settlements in 1976.
"Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by
individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the
market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of
accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to
social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the
planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of
decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be
achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole."
Knowledge is power. Educate yourselves, Make your local government
aware. Ask Questions. It IS important. web
posted February 4, 2012 Guy goes into
a bar in Berwick, La. where there's a robot bartender.
The robot says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Whiskey."
The robot brings back his drink and says to the man, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "168."
The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and
The guy leaves, but he is curious. So he goes back into the bar.
The robot bartender says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Whiskey."
Again, the robot brings the man his drink and says, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "100."
The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser, the Saints and
The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try
it one more time.
He goes back into the bar.
The robot says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Whiskey," and the robot brings him his whiskey.
The robot then says, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "Uh, about 50."
The robot leans in real close and says, "So ... you people still happy
with Barrack Obama? web
posted February 4, 2012 Political
campaigns are as delicate as they are brutal. No matter how hard a
candidate pushes and pulls, (s)he is vulnerable to disaster by their
own words. Whether innocently misspoken or candidly honest, a turn of
the phrase can turn a run for office into a run for the exits. Read
posted February 4, 2012 Editor's post: I received a number of emails about this
website today lauding Joshua Jones
as a black hero for killing a "racist cop" and a racist girlfriend
dating a back man. Wrapping your head around that stretch of reality
is, in a word, ignorant. Somehow this blogger supports killing white
people by black people for the sins of the past as "justice".
I am not going to link the blog because it is not worth your time,
however; here is the lead in the post they presented which has been
noted in other media outlets today. Sick as it is, I can see one member
of the county council sitting on the courthouse steps asking for his
vote, as he does every single term of court, if it were in Edgefield
January 29, 2012 Racist Aiken Police Regime Terrorist
Sandra Rogers & Reparations Offender Cayce Vice: Dead! Did Joshua
Jones Accept Divinity's Call to be Vessel of Race Karma & White
Police Terror Protester? Aiken County Black Foot Soldiers Praise Jones'
Spiritual Courage; (FEA-TURE) The 1947 Unrestituted Willie Earle
Lynching in Greensville: All Whites Acquitted!"
web posted February 3, 2012
curious: what are the
street/road boundries for the proposed new sewer system in
Editor's note: The boundaries have not been laid out at this time. From
information I have 99% of it will go through undeveloped areas that is
being considered for development. The general area is around Gregory
Lake Road. web
posted February 3, 2012 Congratulations
to Raleigh Yeldell’s earning a scholarship to Newberry. It is
always great to hear of the accomplishments of our students. It’s
hard enough to keep up the grades or to excel in sports, but to manage
both of them, speaks highly of this young gentleman. I’m sure
your family must be bursting with pride. I wish you the best of
luck in your higher education and football and look forward to hearing
more great accomplishments. web
posted February 3, 2012 How refreshing
it is to see Merriwether getting something back for all the taxes we
pay. We have been ignored for years and now we are getting sewer, our
road is getting paved, and I see a lot more deputies around. I want to
thank (County Council Vice-chair) Mrs. Blackwell for doing what we
elected her to do and Sheriff Dobey for his help. For the first time in
years of living here I feel like we matter. Thank you! web
posted February 3, 2012 Hats off to
Raleigh Yeldell of Strom Thurmond High school! I know you will do very
well at Newberry College, both academically and on the football field.
May God bless you and keep you in His care as you start this next phase
in your life. Continue to make your Rebel fans proud! web
posted February 3, 2012 I heard that
(removed) is going to run against (County Councilman Norman) Dorn
as Democrat. Is that true?
Editor's note: I have heard a few rumors but have not been able to
confirm a Democrat candidate. There are two names being floated around
at this time. web
posted February 3, 2012 Anything new
on the guy that was beat down by the guy in Edgefield? Is he still
alive? Haven't seen any updates and was just curious?
Editor's note: The last information received states the victim is still
alive and hospitalized. web
posted February 3, 2012 RE: Editor's
post: "Christian student organizations at Vanderbilt University may be
forced to go underground or meet in secret after university officials
doubled down on a policy that bans student religious groups from
requiring their leaders to hold specific beliefs, according to a law
professor at the university."
So much on there being no "war on Christians" in America.
Vandy is a private institution. Does Vandy allow non christian
groups? If not, it isn't a war a Christainity. It is making
the all the people follow the same rules.
The Boy Scouts are a private institution. They don't allow gay
leaders. Have the Boy Scouts declard a "war on gays"?
Editor's note: Other groups have non-secular rules for who they accept,
who is playing by the same rules? Also, have you ever read the first
amendment of the Constitution?
Funny how that doesn't apply to religious hospitals (on birth control)
or even private business owners when "government" bans smoking for the
smoking Nazis in their place of business. Perhaps you should review the
14th amendment as well. web
posted February 3, 2012 Recently, while I was working in the
flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they
returned home from walking their dog.
During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she
wanted to be when she grows up.
She said she wanted to be President some day.
Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked
her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would
She replied... "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."
Her parents beamed with pride!
"Wow...what a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait until
you're President to do that!" I told her.
"What do you mean?" she replied.
So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull
weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to
the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give
him the $50 to use toward food and a new house."
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in
the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the
work, and you can just pay him the $50?"
I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."
Her parents aren't speaking to me web
posted February 3, 2012 Direct Deposit for SS check
ON JANUARY 1 ST 2012, THE GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRING EVERYONE TO HAVE
DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR SS CHECKS. WONDER WHY?
1% tax on all bank transactions HR4646
Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this BEFORE you VOTE
in case you think Obama's looking out for your best interest.
1% tax on all bank transactions HR 4646
This government just cannot think of enough ways to hurt the American
people! I sure hope this dies!!!!!
FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
1% tax on all bank transactions HR 4646 - ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED
IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. Checked this on snopes, it's true ! Check out
Editor's note: Not true. There is a bill that keeps getting introduced
but it never passes. The same as Democrats wanting to tax homeowners of
a second home for revenues they "could earn" if they rented their
second home as if it was income. There is nothing that Democrats love
more than taxes to give money to those who do not work, do not produce
anything other than votes for Democrats on the money they steal from
the middle class.Here is the actual Snopes.com
report (granted, they lean left). web
posted February 3, 2012 Editor's post: "Christian student organizations at
Vanderbilt University may be forced to go underground or meet in secret
after university officials doubled down on a policy that bans student
religious groups from requiring their leaders to hold specific beliefs,
So much on there being no "war on Christians" in America.
web posted February 2, 2012
There is so
much talk about the moldy
cheese. I was the one that had complained and thought it might be due
to poor refrigeration in the dairy case. Maybe it comes in that way but
I have not had a mold problem with current dated cheese from other
stores. I doubt a stocker missed it. If it had happened once, fine.
When it has happened three or four times it makes one wonder. All may
be fine but it makes me a little nervous to buy dairy products from
there. Food is expensive and getting more so. Gas to drive back and
forth to the store is expensive. I need to try to do my shopping where
I can get what I need and have it be fresh. web
posted February 2, 2012 The issue of
more deputies being on the road is much like the issue of updated
patrol cars and many other things that are needed for the public good.
It is not the fact that these things aren’t needed, it is that funds
that can be used for these things are wasted elsewhere. You can’t just
keep taxing everyone more and not be held accountable for existing
waste of tax dollars. It has to stop somewhere. Some public safety
groups have accumulated an arsenal of equipment that is surely nice to
have – but is it really needed? Not singling these guys out because
there is much waste in most government groups but there are likely some
hard lessons coming for all of us about what is necessary versus what
The replacement of patrol vehicles did not cost the taxpayers any tax
increase. That is evident in the tax bills that went out for last year.
Not only that, but additional cars will be replaced this year and again
next year, still with no tax increase under the plan designed by County
Council Vice-chair Genia Blackwell last year. Adding more deputies may
require a small tax increase if it cannot be offset elsewhere (and the
current county council and administration is good at doing that), but
that is something that will have to be brought up during the 2012-2013
budget process. At this time, to my knowledge, there is no discussion
within the county council to add additional deputies.
"Wants" should never top needs in my opinion. web posted February 2, 2012 RE: Now quick,
can ANY of you out there in knuckle-dragger land, tell me ANY
difference between Obama and the generic white boy, Mitt? Didn't
Yeah, Mitt can produce a REAL birth certificate from the US of
A. Pray for me sisters TOO. web
posted February 2, 2012 Re: county
councilman Norman Dorn.
Yes Norman Dorn is a buffoon but the people who keep voting him in are
just as stupid. I hope Mr. Smith is black because that is the reason
Norman Dorn keeps winning.
Editor's note: If you read the story,
posted February 2, 2012 Ref..Knuckle-dragger
I have read your garbage before and you obviously consider yourself
some psudeo intellectual worthy of writing similar dribble as you have
before. Get some new material numb-nuts! You should buy a one way
ticket to a nice communist country where you will fit in better. Your
love for Obama is similar to drinking Jim Jones Kool Aide and not
recognizing the danger our country faces with another four years of
Obama damnation. I will submit the GOP Conservative candidates are not
who I consider ideal, but these are not ideal conditions as we have a
President who still can not produce a legitimate birth certificate, is
not Constitutionally qualified to be president since his father was not
a US citizen at the time of his birth, has a fradulent SSN, has
communist friends, has spent this country into bankruptcy, appologizes
to 3d world dictator thugs, vetos any energy consideration to help this
country become more energy independent, lies, lies, lies and lies. Last
week in Atlanta, a judge heard testimony concerning Obama's eligibility
to run on the Georgia 2012 presidental ballot. Obama was summoned to
appear to answer most of the questions and/or statements I have
mentioned. Obama snubbed his nose at the court and didn't even send a
Any reasonable person would produce such documents or quell all rumors
concerning their eligibility status. Obvious Obama is hiding his
past and this country does not deserve to know who and what Obama is.
He is a fake and just because he sits in the White House does not make
him legitimate. Obama is a very dangerous man and is surrounded by
equally dangerous power hungry people willing to say and do anything to
stay in power. Why is it there are no people from Obama's past,
ie...high school, college, girl friends, boy friends, whoever.....who
have not come forward to talk about a famous person they knew in a
different life? Answer....Obama's life is a fake much like he is. I
don't expect liberal white/black/brown/green/blue democraps to
recognize Obama as the fake he is, but I do want fellow conservatives
to keep all these facts at the forefront of your brains when Nov. 2012
gets here and vote, vote and vote this clown out of office. web
posted February 2, 2012 I watched the video of Josh Jones
bond hearing. He's been in front of judges many times but now he's
a mental patient? (Removed) that! This is a piece of trash that doesn't
deserve to live. He's not even a good actor trying to play the
crazy boy. Execute him yesterday! web
posted February 1, 2012 I can't
believe FOUR officers locally have been killed within the last six
months, Laurens SC, Richmond GA, and two in Aiken SC. Im worried about
our officers after talking with friends about the number of officers on
road patrol. Aiken is right around 1000 square miles with 19-21
officers per shift. Both Aiken and North Augusta have 8 plus officers
per shift. I understand population matters, but how in the world can
our officers cover this County which is around 500 square miles with
three and have adequate backup? Im absolutely sick to know our officers
alot of the time don't have a second officer or never get one because
the other two are on another call. I found out our officer get stuck
doing other things besides answering calls and being available to help
one another. I found that our officers also are responsible for medical
transports and sitting with prisoners for hours when admitted. How do
three officers do this? I really want our officers to have a fair
chance going home to their families while protecting ours....
Editor's note: There is no question that more deputies are needed. The
question is if the taxpayers are willing to raise their taxes by $20 or
$30 a year to provide Sheriff Dobey with the needed manpower to cover
the county. That is not on the table for discussion by the county
council at this time, but I know I would be willing to do so if it
meant a deputy has another deputy nearby to back him or her up on a
call in the middle of nowhere in the county.
Two officers killed in Aiken in the last few weeks and another in
Richmond County weeks before that. How long before it is one of ours?
It is all around us, we better wake up and take a stand before it is
If we are serious about curtailing crime, we need to put our money
where our homes are. web
posted February 1, 2012 So, all it
takes is money? Outspend your opponents 4 to 1, and it will not matter
if you were for gun control, before you were against it, or for
abortion before you were against it, or have no definite plan to revive
the economy, or fool people into believing you are conservative. Only a
true conservative can defeat Obummer. There is no way possible a
non-conservative will win in the national election. To quote an true
conservative voice, "Conservatism works every time it is tried". A
candidate like Romney, is a McCain clone, only younger.He will not win
against Obama`s billion dollar onslaught, simply because he is not
genuine. Romney is not a true conservative! We, the people know it.
"The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy
appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan web posted February 1, 2012 A note on the
molded cheese. I am sure that this local chain grocery store does what
other major chains do, and that is to change the date codes on most of
their items. It happened to me in a store in North Augusta and went
right to the store manager who had the deli manager pull all the
packaged salads off the shelf and put out fresh items. That would never
happen here as the store manager in our local store is oblivious to
what is going on. He is just there to collect a pay check.
Remember..."Buyer beware!" web posted February 1, 2012 In response to
the post about Newt being the next Dole, McCain etc. I would disagree.
I think Romney is the one who fits in the category of those other
candidates. It is like it is his turn. After all, the only thing he has
done the past many years is run for office. My question all along has
been, why do the democrats want him to be the candidate? They all had a
fit when Newt won SC. The mainstream media all want Romney to win
too. Doesn't that tell you something? He is not a conservative.
He can pretend to be but his record is clear.
I am not a huge Newt fan. I like Rick Santorum. He is the only one in
the race without a lot of baggage. He is a conservative and he has not
been involved in a lot of the mud slinging. He is actually a fresh face
to consider. If it comes down to Newt or Romney, I hope Newt gets it as
he does have a better record on conservative issues. I was impressed
that Cain endorsed him. By the way, did anyone ever prove any of the
allegations against Cain? I think not! web posted February 1, 2012 Yoo-Hoo,
knuckle-dragging Republicans, how's it goin' for ya right now?
Not too good, eh?
I just heard Mitt creamed Newt in Florida real bad. Too bad, I
was sorta looking forward to a Newt candidacy, now THAT wooda been
fun. Oh well, looks like you're getting the generic white boy,
Mitt. Now quick, can ANY of you out there in knuckle-dragger
land, tell me ANY difference between Obama and the generic white boy,
Mitt? Didn't think so.
Now, no sniveling about Obama being the devil or from outer space or
whatever tin-foil-wearing on-the-head theory that's currently popular
amongst our less enlightened. Take the tin foil hat OFF and
really think aboout that one. What's the difference between Obama and
Let joy be unconfined. Our beloved governor, little Nikki, just
had the State House of Representatives vote against her 110-0 over her
mishandling of the dredging issue of the
Savannah port versus the Charleston port. To make matters worse,
Georgia wants to dump the sludge at the Jasper county port site.
For those of you who only know what FOX NEWS tells you, Jasper county
is across the river from Savannah. It's in South Carolina, too.
Really big question here. Where is our Congressman Jeff
Duncan? Jeff who? Hadn't seen or heard from him since
November 2010. Will probably next hear from him in November
2012. A recent press release of his dated 01/23 talked about how
he had "Visited throughout the district this past week..." including a
January 13 visit to Greenwood. Checked the Aiken media,
nada. Checked the Edgefield media, nada. So much for
"Visited throughout the district." A month or two ago, I reported
about Jeffy visiting the upper part of the district and ignoring us
back in september. He hit Seneca, Anderson, Laurens, and
Greenwood. Didn't hit us, did he? January, same thing.
Now this is not a partisan issue with No-Show Jeff. I imagine
about 80% of what a Congressman does has nothing to do with political
affiliation, but is basic constituent service. This is what's
missing. Whatever your politics, Gresham Barrett was there for
you. This jerk ain't there for Edgefield. Maybe one of you
knuckle-draggers who can speak a complete sentence will take him on in
the primary. Shoot, I'll even give you a pass on Birther
comments. Naw, too much fun!!!
Editor's note: I wonder how comments about Obama voters being called
"knuckle-draggers" would be treated by the "main stream media". Somehow
I think it would be called racist. But you are talking about white
Republicans, so, it is overlooked. Nice double standard on your part. web posted February 1, 2012 A Powerful
by C. Speight
There is a powerful force in American politics and, particularly, the
Repyblican Party. It's not an organized group, a registered union
or a structured political entity, but it's a demographic that
determines the outcome of every election.