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web posted January 14, 2019
RE:  Out of state tags/ metal detectors.
SC Dirt Diggers (a metal detecting group)
hosted a paid dig on private property. They have a FB page if your interested. They're a responsible bunch of folks and  it's a fun hobby.
web posted January 15, 2019
Regarding Mr. Biggs statement, the outcome of the elections should be self explanatory.
web posted January 15, 2019
Wondering who all the people were and what they were metal detecting for on meeting street road this week. A lot of out of state tags in multiple locations.
web posted January 14, 2019
What was up with Mr. Biggs speech before the choosing of a new chairman and vice chairman? I understand his removing his name from the running, but all the other comments were really unnecessary. Ulterior motive?

Editor's Note: At face value, and I have no reason to believe that there was any other motive, Mr. Biggs believed that the momentum of the recent progress made in the county has been due to Mr. Campbell's leadership.  He was simply trying to get another council member to support him in retaining Mr. Campbell as chair, so that they could continue some of the projects that were in the works. 
web posted January 14, 2019
There's a lot of good things to be said about living in a small town. Of course, there are a few things we lack as far as convenience goes but that's the price we pay for peace and quiet. I wouldn't have it any other way and I don't mind the ride to N Augusta or Aiken to do any shoppingfor things not available here.
It's really not even competition and we should stop viewing it as such.  Really, why in the world is everything about money these days? Edgefield is doing fine economically yet it seems our administration and some of our citizens are hell-bent on growing and spending because, "look at Aiken and N Augusta, we need to be like them."
Got to get a piece of the pie...
Edgefield  (hopefully) will never have all the stores, restaurants, subdivisions, apartments, etc within our vicinity our neighboring towns do. Traffic is a nightmare in those places, crime is a growing factor, people don't KNOW each other.
Sure, we have to travel to shop for larger items or eat at a chain restaurant but we have so much more than that here. We know each other. Our children are safe. Our circle is small. It's a really GOOD thing.
Edgefield has a rare element going for it that we should desperately be trying to hang on to it. Peace and Quiet.
Building subdivisions, "branding" to draw in economic growth, creating incentive areas and the like is ridiculous. Check the numbers. Tell your council to SLOW DOWN or better yet, just stop.
web posted December 22, 2018
Re the comment about our county administrator. I am in a position to deal with him on an almost weekly basis, (Not a county employee.) He is as honest and up front as any in recent years. He does not spend county money, county council does. If you don't like the logo, or even paying for it, contact the chairman. As for living in Aiken, county employees can live anywhere. Elected officials must live in the county and district they represent.
web posted December 22, 2018

Why doesn't the flag pole at the DSS building in Edgefield have a flag on it.  No US or state flag.  Being a state agency, you would think they would be required to.  Especially during the time when flags are at half-staff to honor the death of one of our presidents.  That alone is disrespectful but not to fly them at all at any time for a state agency is shameful.
web posted December 19, 2018
Once again elected "leaders" have proven that for sure they do not know the best way to do things.The park in Johnston is being renovated to include a walking track. The renovation includes the loss of more than one LARGE tree for what seems like no good reason. To place a fence and thus block access from Highway 121.  The blocked access does have some good points as well, but more not good. The loss of the trees has absolutely no good points. The one huge Oak tree was likely over 150 years old and very healthy. Gone now forever. It was older than the town of Johnston itself.

Did our fearless leaders invite public comment or seek the advice of an Arborist?  Not that I am aware of on either count. We do need a good place for a walking track and we have had that for several years. Safe, secure, and far from any traffic concerns. The unfinished soccer fields near the old National Guard Armory. Not one tree would have had to be cut. Occasionally elected officials need to be reminded who pays them and who put them in their office.  I do hope folks in Johnston will take a moment to call town hall and voice their opinion.
web posted December 18, 2018
To answer the person that complained about the branding, I have heard it ended up costing $70,000-$90,000... crap way to spend tax payer money huh? This County Administrator shouldn't run a County he don't live in, much less be allowed to touch the county money. I think he is shady, unfit and needs to go back where he came from.

Editor's Note: The Administrator handles day-to-day task, but the Council is the one that approves spending.  He can make recommendations, but ultimately it is they, that control the purse strings.  For what it's worth, I've dealt with the Administrator several times and have found him sincere and responsive to any question I've posed.
web posted December 13, 2018 
I am pondering the commitment of the editor to the success of Edgefield Daily because of the obvious glaring disregard for the appearance of the site. I have understood that it is the editor's responsibility to maintain the contents and presentation of the media.

Tuesday December 11, 2018   "Edgefield County as

                                                    it Happens"

Psalm 115:14-15 "May the Lord give you increase more and mo

Editor's Note: The copy that is uploaded to the website doesn't contain the same errors, but on some devices (my personal iphone for example) there are spacing errors and fragments of past verses of the day.  I have found myself correcting phantom errors on the upload copy, but with mixed success.  There is some good news to share on this subject.  Within the next few months, we will be moving to a more stable platform that is more compatible with today's technology.  The current site was great when it was first introduced a few years ago, but the time has come to upgrade.  As for my commitment, rest assured, I am dedicated to the success of the site.  As for my execution...it's always a good idea to keep me on my toes.
web posted December 12, 2018
In response to the person defending the convicted criminal speaking in front of an entire student body of innocent children about honor & courage @ JET Middle School... Is it honorable & courageous to drive around drunk w/ your own children & pass out in a parking lot with them in the car? Or to have numerous affairs with multiple women? Or to discharge a firearm when one of them breaks up with you? How about beating your wife & her father in front of your children,  threatening your own kids, even discharging a firearm in your own home in front of them? Then to barricade your highly intoxicated self into your home causing multiple law enforcement agencies to respond? This man has shown a pattern of instability & escalating violence over many years! This is not an isolated event where he should be given "leeway!" Yet he continuously receives a slap on the wrist. If he has no regard for the safety of his own wife & kids, why would he care about mine or anyone else's? Why has the district not responded to keep our kids safe? This man is at Parker and JET on a regular basis and nothing is said! If his wife chooses to put her own kids in danger, that's her decision, but I should not have to worry about this man being around my kids at school where they should be safe! Who is going to put the safety of our kids first?
web posted December 11, 2018
Are you serious? The last post thinks this is “exactly” who needs to speak with our children about honor and courage? He has every resource at his disposal to help his “issues”. Remember, this is the same man who ran through town after getting caught with his mistress and fired shots in town? I guess this is a flat case of white privilege in small town America! Money can buy you out of anything and into any school! I am ashamed that the administration at JET allowed this man access to all of those children, MY child!!! The board better wake up and do something before something happens!!!! Our kids know his name, his face! They know his crimes! What’s next? The local sex offender in to talk to the kids during the “touch” seminar?!?!  Seems about par for the course with the system right now!
web posted November 29, 2018
I have read with interest the posts from readers concerning the young man who was recently in the news.  Some thought he had no business talking to the school children about "honor and courage".  I believe he was an excellent example to speak on the subject--I believe he was a U. S. Marine who served two tours in the Middle East.  No one, except him, knows what he experienced during that time.  I am not condoning his recent actions, but he did have a trial and was sentenced.  I hope he will take advantage of programs offered by the VA.  I think he should be given some leeway and doubt that being a good old boy has anything to with his situation.
web posted November 27, 2018
Editor's Note: I believe that what many are concerned about is how the system has failed this man, and our citizens, more than once.  Is it really the good ol' boy thing? Or is it the system, or those operating it, that are unable to render the assistance that this man clearly needs?  These questions need answers before this happens again.
In regards to the previous post(s)....yes, the good ole boy mentality is very much alive and well in our little town! The same person everyone is referencing should not be allowed on ANY school ground! I agree that his antics have only escalated with each incident and it is a matter of time before he does something that they can’t hide. Think about how kids feel that witnessed this last incident and see him at their school?
web posted November 16, 2018
In regards to the trial of the man who barricaded himself in his home:
I believe that anyone who is harmed by this person in the future should absolutely sue the local judicial system and every single person involved in this entire farce. This man has proven to be a real threat to society, and those responsible for letting him continue to walk freely should also be held responsible when another event occurs. It is not a matter of if, but when and to whom.
web posted November 16, 2018
I am absolutely appalled that any school would allow this man around our children! I am required, as a parent, to complete a background check to accompany my child on a field trip yet this violent, convicted criminal is allowed to roam the halls, have lunch, and even speak at an event in front of all students? Why has he not been placed on trespass notice by the school and/or district for all Edgefield County Schools? Surely no judge would question this decision in order to keep hundreds of children safe. This is absurd! Why are we raising taxes to secure the front entrances of schools when unstable, violent criminals who are known to possess & use firearms are allowed to walk right through the door around our defenseless children?
web posted November 16, 2018
I agree with the post about safety of our children, but as long as the "good ole boy" mentality is here in Edgefield, no one is safe.  They are only concerned with covering up for one of their own. They don't care about the population.  These people are the ones in authority and they will do as they please, as always.
web posted November 16, 2018
The same reason Edgefield don't give a s**t. My kids have been molested by a man that is still running the streets, going to your grocery and convenience stores, driving by the schools and sometimes park and hasn't at least been registered as a sex offender even though this man has confessed to the crime. Yet, still been waiting on a court date for a couple of years now to put this past us. I also wondered why his name was printed wrong as someone else when put in the crime Daily Booking Report as if it was a cover up....the public needs to know. When will we consider crimes like this serious and for the ones hurting. Again, I agree, what message are we sending to our kids? That when someone does a bad thing or commits a crime, justice wont and may never be served.
web posted November 16, 2018
I totally agree with the comment from the person regarding the safety of our children at school from a local man who’s clearly shown a history of violence and instability over an extended period of time. This man has been arrested on multiple occasions for DUIs and gun violence and with his most recent charges escalating to a new level of violence. Why was this man even allowed inside of our middle school around our children much less allowed to speak in front of them. Parents were allowed to enter through the gym doors and were not even required to get a visitor pass in the office during school hours. There are approximately 500 students at JET middle school who were unnecessarily put into harms way. Who allowed this to happen? Who is looking out for our children’s safety?
web posted November 15, 2018
Just checking online court records & noticed that the man who barricaded himself into his home causing neighbors to be evacuated, a street to be closed, multiple law enforcement agencies including a helicopter to become involved, who was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high & aggravated nature (which means the suspect used a weapon and/or intended to kill the victim) was granted a plea to a reduced charge of assault? This means that this clearly unstable person will still be allowed to possess firearms, keep his job, and enter our schools with hundreds of innocent children. As a matter of fact, this man stood up in front of the entire study body at a veteran's day program and spoke to our children about courage and honor!  I cannot be the only parent terrified by this! What message are we sending our kids? How many chances does this man get before someone is killed? Why does he deserve yet another slap on the wrist & given probation for his hideous acts of violence? He has clearly shown a pattern of instability over many years as a threat to society.
web posted November 14, 2018
Here we are just a few days before the Nov 6 election, have you received your tax bill?  Checking last years taxes all we can do is guess what the new ones are going to look like.  What we do know is that the county increased the garbage fee from $80 to $100 and that the car tax for road maintenance fee increased from $20 to $27.  The school operating mills increased and the school bond that was paid off in March remains on the taxes.  If the school bond passes the tax bond will increase a little more than double. Car taxes will also increase  We can guess what those costs will be but won't really know until after the fact.  While we agree many of the needs listed on the bond are long overdue, a major hit like this to the taxpayers should be reviewed and perhaps taken back to the drawing board.  While the county is trying to bring in new business, this proposed tax increase may work against us.  How much money is going to be received from the current school bond,  paid off this year yet still on the tax bills?  These questions should be carefully thought out before we vote on Tuesday.
web posted November 5, 2018
When the primary ended with all the council districts having no challenging candidates I thought all the campaigning was over.   After the primaries were over the council approved placing    a question on the November 6th ballot asking if the citizens want to change the rules from 2 year terms to 4 year terms. Now we have an interesting situation.  If this is approved 3 of the candidates will be elected to 4 year terms with the other 2 having to face a possible challenger in 2 years.  Wonder how they will determine which 3 get the 4 year terms ?   If the citizens had known that those candidates who were chosen in the primaries would have the potential to serve for 4 years without the normal 2 year elections would they have voted for these or if more people would have turned out for the primaries?   No wonder Chairman Campbell is pushing so hard for the 4 year terms.  Who besides the council members benefit from this.  I think Mrs. Blackwell had it right in so many ways.  When was the last time your council member asked you what you want?  When was the last time that your member told you what was taking place and sought your input?  We are to blame as much as they are.   How many of us contact them or try to find them in the community unless there is a problem?  With a 4 year term how often do you think you will hear from them?
web posted October 31, 2018
Elected county representatives should be held to the current 2 year term and if deemed worthy be re-elected at will of the people.
If an official is making bad decisions, regardless of the cause the people should be able to remove him from office as quickly as possible. Allowing 4 year terms wouldn't facilitate quick removal from elected office.
What constitutes a bad decision? This would mean the representative is NOT representing the will of the people.
Government seats and responsibilities were not meant to be cushy, long term stays at the political table.
An elected official represents the people in the community.
The people in this community need to maintain that responsibility of choice of representation* and hold it in the highest regard.
We should not be giving the government yet more authority in matters we are responsible for. That includes original term limits.
Mr. Campbell asked what other counties know that we don’t know…
How about we in Edgefield not act like sheep and lead the way by staying true to what the founding fathers meant government to be, which is what is best for us.
Let's not shun our responsibilities and ultimately give our elected government even more control.
web posted October 23, 2018
I see the county is sporting a new logo. I've seen it around the new county building and even on an ambulance passing through town. I would like to know who thought that design was a good idea? The logo looks like something you would find at a flee market vendor. Upon further looking at it I noticed it has images in the EC, well unless those letters are about ten feet tall and five feet wide you cannot tell whats in the letter. Besides the horrible design, my main question is how much  tax payer money was wasted on this?
web posted October 23, 2018
In response to " If you're unhappy about Christmas Break being pushed back a day, keep your child at home on the 17th.".....
1) Why not make October 5th a half day and not have to make up a day at all?
2) Christmas break isn't really pushed back one day. It is pushed back 3 days. People could have gone out of town at noon Friday (12/14) and will now have to wait till noon on Monday (12/17)
3) Keeping kids out really isn't a good option because of exams that will be held on 12/17.
4) It isn't just a matter of kids in school but also teachers and other employees that now have to stay home for the weekend and go to school that Monday.
5) There's also the matter of making arrangements for the surprise day off for people who would then have to be out with their children since their children aren't at school.

This concert was no last minute surprise (though the school cancellation was) and traffic wasn't a problem (especially in the event of a half day on 10/5). As another person commented, Fox Creek had school, was close to the venue, and (according to the post) doesn't have buses therefore they have MORE traffic whereas a bus holds a number of people.

I can understand make up days for weather (like the recent hurricane) but I guess now instead of just snow/weather days we have "Luke Bryan Day".
web posted October 17, 2018
A new bond in the amount of near 55 million dollars is being requested to fund some projects at our schools but I'm curious.
If the 1991 bond for new school construction was paid off in March 2018 shouldn't property tax decrease at that time, or at least until a new bond is approved?

One reason cited for the new bond issuance is the population growth in certain areas of our county.
One of the problems with trying to attract growth to an area verses allowing natural growth is the strain it puts on our public services. For example, we now have schools ill equipped to handle the population boom (particularly in the Merriwether area) thus the need for additional space/funding becomes crucial and immediate. These new residents chose to pay some of the highest property taxes in SC. Oddly enough, that newly generated tax revenue isn't enough to cover the strain placed on our school system.

Edgefield has seen steady, dependable growth for the past twenty years. It is not in decline and certainly in no danger of becoming stagnant. Allowing for the natural ebb and flow of population growth is better than going out of the way to attract people. It's certainly better than gambling by building big manufacturing parks that go unused and neglected the vast majority of the time (which ironically enough,coincides with the property tax break given to the occupying corporation).

Edgefield should build on uniqueness and TRY to stay small, not the other way around. The majority of the people that live here didn't choose Edgefield because of restaurants, shopping, or amenities. We're here because of the peace, the quiet, the lack of strangers, the lack of busyness, the lack of pavement, I could go on.

Why this incessant want to keep up with neighboring towns and cities? Not only that, but why does administration have to hire a person or a firm (for the sum of ninety thousand dollars?) to generate a comprehensive plan for the county? How many *needed* new walkway canopies could that money have built at our schools, without having to raise property tax?

Simply speaking and listening to the people that live here would suffice in finding out what is really needed/wanted.
The survey Edgefield County Council conducted a few months back should have told a great deal about what the citizens actually want. (see link)

Subdivisions aren't a good fit for our little town or the rural parts of our county either yet we have another one approved for construction. Tell me where we'll be in a few years with school growth due to this approved subdivision? Another property tax increase perhaps? Does the firm or person hired to assess the county's needs even take this into consideration or shall we hire another in a few years to tell us that we need a bigger school to accommodate all the new growth we've attracted? Perhaps another bond in the staggering amount of 55 million dollars will be *needed*?

Growth never results in lower taxes or keeping taxes low, as so many like to claim.
We pay enough in property tax.
Can we stop TRYING to attract growth?
Growth will come naturally, just as it always has.
web posted October 16, 2018

I guess the new rules for running for homecoming queen backfired. It didn't eliminate as hoped.
web posted October 15, 2018
The school district shut schools down on the 5th because the Highway Patrol recommended it. The school district DID NOT come up with this idea on their own. The same people complaining about this would be complaining if a student driving home or a school bus was in an accident because the schools did not close. If you're unhappy about Christmas Break being pushed back a day, keep your child at home on the 17th.
web posted October 5, 2018
The fact that Fox Creek has no buses increases traffic, it does not reduce traffic, since all of the students have to either drive or be driven to get there. Had the entire district been on half day on 10/5 and made up the half day on 12/14 the buses would have run 2 days. Since the district closed down for 10/5 the buses will still run on 12/14 which will be a full day and additionally run on 12/17 which will now be a half day. There were zero bus miles saved by shutting down.
web posted October 4, 2018

I think the previous poster answered their own question. The Edgefield County School District has to run buses those 22+ miles and Fox Creek does not have buses.
web posted October 3, 2018

I just read online that even though the entire school district is shut down for the concert on October 5, 2018 that Fox Creek is on a half day schedule that day. Fox Creek is less than 4 miles from the concert site and Strom Thurmond is a bit over 20 miles away with Johnston Elementary +/-22 miles. I am sure this must make sense to someone, but not to me.
web posted October 2, 2018
I really didn't believe what I was hearing, but obviously it's true, closing the school on Oct.5 is ridiculous, the concert doesn't start u till the late afternoon, so why not let kids have school. Making it up for Christmas is not fair to the children nor parents,that look forward to this break and have plans. I like Luke music, but closing schools are not fair.  Please reevaluate the situation...
A puzzled Parent
web posted September 28, 2018
Subject: They're kidding, right?
You could have knocked me over with a feather. I just heard and looked it up because I did not believe it that Edgefield County Schools will be closed on October 5 to accommodate a Luke Bryan concert that will be in the Sweetwater Community on that date. According to information online, that concert is not until 6 p.m. at Misty Morning Farms and they are going to shut down the entire school district. The students will now not get to start their Christmas Break until December 18 in order to make up the day missed and if plans were already made for the holidays, I guess that's just tough. Yes, the calendar allows for the 14th and 17th to be used as makeup days, but shutting down for a concert and inconveniencing thousands? Makeup days are typically used for bad weather incidents or utility calamities, not a concert. At the very least the powers that be could have closed the schools half a day, made up the half day on 12/14, and people would not have to change long standing plans or simply skip school.
web posted September 24, 2018
I wonder what happened to that cute/ugly duck at the town walking track that used to wag its tail when you had bread? 
If he's gone, I'm going to miss him!  He looked similar to this: