Domestic Violence Continues

– By Josie Rodgers – Domestic violence continues to be in the forefront of the media, and SC still ranks at the top for the number of women killed due to domestic violence. The most frustrating issue is the reason these women stay with their abusers or don’t leave sooner. We hear all kinds of […]

Politics and Religion

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – Those of you who have been following my occasional OpEds may recognize this title. It’s one that has been used before – on my first submission here at The Edgefield Advertiser, back in May. Now that we are (thankfully) almost finished with this “off-year” election cycle, it is time […]

Thank You for Making the Festival a Success

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Sonny and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers, sponsors, mayor, city council, and the town employees who made the Heritage Jubilee Festival a great success this year. Having these support people not only make our festival a success but makes us realize with more […]

Edgefield County Council Chairman’s Update

October 3, 2014 Comprehensive Plan on Tap for County Council It probably doesn’t sound like a very sexy topic, but the Comprehensive Plan is about to be discussed by County Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. The County Council is scheduled to hold first reading at its November meeting. The Comprehensive Plan is a state-mandated, County-related […]

Everyone Needs Compassion

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – In a small mountainous village of El Salvador lives a precious little four-year-old girl.  Even at such a young age, she is expected to help her family in running errands and by making beds.  Her parents are unmarried, but live together and support their daughter.  In El Salvador, […]

Our (yes, our) Royal Family

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – As both a member of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society (OEDGS) and a mathematician, I have often thought about how sure we all are about our ancestry when Edgefield County was first settled by European-Americans and African-Americans, in the early 1700’s. One is never certain about paternity, of […]

If Not You, Then Who?

Opinion  – By G. Miller Thompson – When I got back to Clemson last month, I was greeted by an email letting students and faculty know they would be required to complete a mandatory Title IX training course or face some form of disciplinary action. At face value, such a request does not sound too […]

We’re Number Two!

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – In this case, that’s better than being number one – but not much. It turns out that the state with the highest per capita rate for domestic violence – the kind of violence that has been in the news a lot lately, starting with the Baltimore Ravens star running […]

Congressman Duncan Responds to Letter to the Editor

– By Jeff Duncan – A letter to the editor ran recently in The Edgefield Advertiser challenging my position on energy development. The letter read, “Due to our geological past, South Carolina has no coal, oil or natural gas…either on shore or off.” That statement is false and misleading. According to a study conducted in […]

The Local Government Fund (LGF)

Opinion  – By Robert Scott – What is the LGF, and why should we care? The website of the South Carolina Association of Counties ( explains the Local Government Fund, or LGF. According to the history at that website, the LGF was designed by the South Carolina state government to add a revenue source to […]

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