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“The Dirtiest Town In Dixie”

They call Cheraw, S.C. “The Prettiest Town in Dixie,” but as we’ve recounted on numerous occasions the local governments running the show in that particular neck of the woods are among the dirtiest in the state. We first learned of the rampant corruption in Cheraw – and surrounding Chesterfield County…

They call Cheraw, S.C. “The Prettiest Town in Dixie,” but as we’ve recounted on numerous occasions the local governments running the show in that particular neck of the woods are among the dirtiest in the state.

We first learned of the rampant corruption in Cheraw – and surrounding Chesterfield County – via the sad and sordid tale of disgraced former solicitor Jay Hodge. Course there’s also S.C. Rep. Ted Vick, the walking (or rather stumbling) disaster who represents the region in the S.C. General Assembly.

In January of this year, this website reported exclusively on a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigation into allegations that Chesterfield County sheriff Sam Parker was using inmate labor for work on private property (which is par for the course in this ass backwards, corrupt-as-hell state). Two months later Parker was indicted on those charges.

This week two additional county officials were indicted in connection with that scandal – local detention center director Ritchie Rollings and Harold Hainey, who runs the county’s emergency management division. According to prosecutors, both men were involved in the inmate labor scandal during their time at the local sheriff’s office.

Sheesh …

Is there one honest public servant in Chesterfield County?

This is why rural South Carolina doesn’t stand a chance: Crooked leaders, crappy schools, rampant poverty and dependency … it’s a friggin’ third world country out there, a place for the rest of us to pity on our way to the beach.

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65 comments

Facts are optional June 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Vincent Sheheen represents Cheraw…I know that really hurts your argument as he is one of the most respected legislators in the state, but I figured it was a notable omission.

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former Senate Employee June 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Vincent Sheheen is an honeswt person of integrity.
I promise all of you this.

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Elfego June 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

Do you have anymore jokes to offer up?

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me June 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I Promise ALL of you this:
From a ‘former senate employee’ Another joke:

A horse walks into a bar.

Bartender says, What’ll you have Sec of State John Kerry?

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Doris June 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

Vincent Sheheen blindly supports Jean Toal repeatedly. That alone should cause concern for anyone considering voting for him.

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me June 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Not challenging you, not agreeing or disagreeing, but if he is one of the most respected legislators in the state I could not tell you where is from. I thought I heard the other day he may be running for governor or possibly against Lindsay Graham. Can’t remember right now.

Wasn’t the Sheheen name involved in some type of scandal some years back?

Haven’t bothered to look him up but if he is a democrat, he won’t get my vote. If he is a republican, these days he probably wouldn’t get my vote either. If he’s been involved with state politics for years (or all his adult life) then he wouldn’t get my vote either.

Just sayin…

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Curious June 24, 2013 at 7:57 am

If you don’t know who Vincent Sheheen is, regardless of his politics, then you haven’t been following SC politics for very long. Your ignorance only embarrasses you.

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me June 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

So I take it he is a democrat. And probably was in the scandal I mentioned since you resorted to a personal attack. If he has supporters like you I can be certain that I wouldn’t vote for him now. And no, I do not vote straight party. Have voted for both dems and repubs alike and do not believe in straight party voting.

Have a good day and maybe have something done about your condition.

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Curious June 25, 2013 at 8:29 am

I have no condition – other than being informed. Perhaps you should try it.

Curious June 24, 2013 at 7:57 am

If you don’t know who Vincent Sheheen is, regardless of his politics, then you haven’t been following SC politics for very long. Your ignorance only embarrasses you.

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Boz Martin June 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

There is no way that Sheehen can come from that county and not be in on the corruption to some degree. MUCH of the corruption in Cheraw County is on the part of Dems, you know. I don’t trust Sheheen as far as I can throw him, and never have.

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Facts are optional June 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

He isn’t FROM Cheraw, and there isn’t a Cheraw County haha. I said he represents Cheraw as part of his district. He is from Camden and if you don’t even know that, how can you know enough about him to trust him or throw him for that matter? I have worked with him for years and Vincent is one of the best persons you’ll ever meet in SC Politics.

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Facts are optional June 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Vincent Sheheen represents Cheraw…I know that really hurts your argument as he is one of the most respected legislators in the state, but I figured it was a notable omission.

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former Senate Employee June 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Vincent Sheheen is an honeswt person of integrity.
I promise all of you this.

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Elfego June 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

Do you have anymore jokes to offer up?

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me June 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I Promise ALL of you this:
From a ‘former senate employee’ Another joke:

A horse walks into a bar.

Bartender says, What’ll you have Sec of State John Kerry?

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Doris June 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

Vincent Sheheen blindly supports Jean Toal repeatedly. That alone should cause concern for anyone considering voting for him.

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me June 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Not challenging you, not agreeing or disagreeing, but if he is one of the most respected legislators in the state I could not tell you where is from. I thought I heard the other day he may be running for governor or possibly against Lindsay Graham. Can’t remember right now.

Wasn’t the Sheheen name involved in some type of scandal some years back?

Haven’t bothered to look him up but if he is a democrat, he won’t get my vote. If he is a republican, these days he probably wouldn’t get my vote either. If he’s been involved with state politics for years (or all his adult life) then he wouldn’t get my vote either.

Just sayin…

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Curious June 24, 2013 at 7:57 am

If you don’t know who Vincent Sheheen is, regardless of his politics, then you haven’t been following SC politics for very long. Your ignorance only embarrasses you.

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me June 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

So I take it he is a democrat. And probably was in the scandal I mentioned since you resorted to a personal attack. If he has supporters like you I can be certain that I wouldn’t vote for him now. And no, I do not vote straight party. Have voted for both dems and repubs alike and do not believe in straight party voting.

Have a good day and maybe have something done about your condition.

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Curious June 25, 2013 at 8:29 am

I have no condition – other than being informed. Perhaps you should try it.

Boz Martin June 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

There is no way that Sheehen can come from that county and not be in on the corruption to some degree. MUCH of the corruption in Cheraw County is on the part of Dems, you know. I don’t trust Sheheen as far as I can throw him, and never have.

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Facts are optional June 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

He isn’t FROM Cheraw, and there isn’t a Cheraw County haha. I said he represents Cheraw as part of his district. He is from Camden and if you don’t even know that, how can you know enough about him to trust him or throw him for that matter? I have worked with him for years and Vincent is one of the best persons you’ll ever meet in SC Politics.

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SparkleCity June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

And that is what you keep doing on the way to the coast.

Bitch about it but do nothing to improve it.

Face it, the state of South Carolina has 3 distinct revenue areas:

1. The coast = Goose that lays the “golden egg” and a playground for the Rednecks from the NC line to just above Pawleys Island and for the “Bluebloods and rich Yankees from Charleston to the Georgia line. The “Pleasure zone” extends approximately 20 miles west of the shore line and is then part of the “vast unwashed” zone from the Coastal NC line to the Coastal Georgia line at Savanah.

2. Midlands (mainly around Columbia – such that it is…) basically hotter than hell in the summer and boring & dull 365 days/year except for the Gamecock faithful who assemble in the fall. Go ahead, have a good time at Williams-Bryce and cheer the Gamecocks on; it’s nothing to me one way or the other, I really don’t give a rat’s ass………………..

3. Upstate: Full of conservative hypocrits who worship at the holy grail of enticing every industry they can pimp by offering “fees in lieu of taxes” thereby shouldering more of the infrastructure and support costs on the back of the residents.

The rest of the state of South Carolina is just someplace you pass through and flick your cigarette butts,beer cans or Hardee’s breakfast bags out the car window as you speedily arrive to your final destination knowing full well that some chain gang will pick up the shit that you throw out the window so you can throw all the shit out you care to because some self righteous sheriff and his/her supporters think that picking up trash is what inmates should be doing.

Been that way for at least 40 years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!!!

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vicupstate June 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

Fees in Lieu of taxes are done statewide. The upstate gets more than it’s share of industry though, so that is why you might get the impression that they are the only ones using it.

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nitrat June 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

Didn’t Boeing take incentives and “in lieu of…” to another level…will SC see any benefit from it other than increased income taxes from the workers?

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SparkleCity June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

And that is what you keep doing on the way to the coast.

Bitch about it but do nothing to improve it.

Face it, the state of South Carolina has 3 distinct revenue areas:

1. The coast = Goose that lays the “golden egg” and a playground for the Rednecks from the NC line to just above Pawleys Island and for the “Bluebloods and rich Yankees from Charleston to the Georgia line. The “Pleasure zone” extends approximately 20 miles west of the shore line and is then part of the “vast unwashed” zone from the Coastal NC line to the Coastal Georgia line at Savanah.

2. Midlands (mainly around Columbia – such that it is…) basically hotter than hell in the summer and boring & dull 365 days/year except for the Gamecock faithful who assemble in the fall. Go ahead, have a good time at Williams-Bryce and cheer the Gamecocks on; it’s nothing to me one way or the other, I really don’t give a rat’s ass………………..

3. Upstate: Full of conservative hypocrits who worship at the holy grail of enticing every industry they can pimp by offering “fees in lieu of taxes” thereby shouldering more of the infrastructure and support costs on the back of the residents.

The rest of the state of South Carolina is just someplace you pass through and flick your cigarette butts,beer cans or Hardee’s breakfast bags out the car window as you speedily arrive to your final destination knowing full well that some chain gang will pick up the shit that you throw out the window so you can throw all the shit out you care to because some self righteous sheriff and his/her supporters think that picking up trash is what inmates should be doing.

Been that way for at least 40 years and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!!!

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vicupstate June 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

Fees in Lieu of taxes are done statewide. The upstate gets more than it’s share of industry though, so that is why you might get the impression that they are the only ones using it.

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nitrat June 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

Didn’t Boeing take incentives and “in lieu of…” to another level…will SC see any benefit from it other than increased income taxes from the workers?

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Sharp Focus June 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Don’t forget the highly touted Robert Stuart is from Cheraw.

He does not deserve his stellar reputation! He became so political during his tenure as Chief of SLED, to become a joke.

His understudy Keel (now Chief appointed by Haley) is worse!

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nitrat June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

SLED was political a long time before Stewart.
But, Keel certainly does appear to be the most overtly political yet.

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Sharp Focus June 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Don’t forget the highly touted Robert Stuart is from Cheraw.

He does not deserve his stellar reputation! He became so political during his tenure as Chief of SLED, to become a joke.

His understudy Keel (now Chief appointed by Haley) is worse!

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nitrat June 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

SLED was political a long time before Stewart.
But, Keel certainly does appear to be the most overtly political yet.

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SparkleCity June 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

“on our way to the beach”?????

Don;t include me in that “Our way to the beach” FITS-Boy!!

My beach money is reserved for Florida, Wilmington and the Outer Banks!!!

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SparkleCity June 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

“on our way to the beach”?????

Don;t include me in that “Our way to the beach” FITS-Boy!!

My beach money is reserved for Florida, Wilmington and the Outer Banks!!!

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A Dinosaur June 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

“is there one honest public servant in Chesterfield County”. PUBLIC SERVANT!!! didn’t that term go out shortly after slavery??
If Cheraw and Chesterfield County are rated as number one on your list of “dirtest” where is Lexington (city and county)??? WOW how soon we forget the Knotts, Metts, Toals, Moores, Halfacres, Fraiser’s and others. Hell, even Saluda County had a sheriff that used convict labor. At least you should run a survey assigning numeric values for such things as Sheriff being drug dealer (5) having sex with an employee (4) using convict labor for personal benefit (3) misuse or hiding campaign funds (2) being a liar(1) you could double the value for indictments and triple for conviction. When it comes to crooked politicans I guess each county automatically gets at least a (1) since there are so many. Of course you have to deal with the issue of prosecutors, does being an alcoholic rate higher or lower than adultor?
Bottom line, Cheraw/Chesterfield County are just “wannabes” when it comes to being the dirtest.

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A Dinosaur June 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

“is there one honest public servant in Chesterfield County”. PUBLIC SERVANT!!! didn’t that term go out shortly after slavery??
If Cheraw and Chesterfield County are rated as number one on your list of “dirtest” where is Lexington (city and county)??? WOW how soon we forget the Knotts, Metts, Toals, Moores, Halfacres, Fraiser’s and others. Hell, even Saluda County had a sheriff that used convict labor. At least you should run a survey assigning numeric values for such things as Sheriff being drug dealer (5) having sex with an employee (4) using convict labor for personal benefit (3) misuse or hiding campaign funds (2) being a liar(1) you could double the value for indictments and triple for conviction. When it comes to crooked politicans I guess each county automatically gets at least a (1) since there are so many. Of course you have to deal with the issue of prosecutors, does being an alcoholic rate higher or lower than adultor?
Bottom line, Cheraw/Chesterfield County are just “wannabes” when it comes to being the dirtest.

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GrandTango June 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

Why did I not see Democrat-Infested or Democrat-Controlled anywhere in your diatribe???

Bigger Problem: The So-Called “Thinkers” – like FITS – are GUTLESS to realistically identify the Burden that Good people carry. It’s called liberalism or Democrat…

See Detroit, Urban Atlanta, Chicago or Corridor of Shame and Democrat is synonymous with: Crooked leaders, crappy schools, rampant poverty, dependency and third world country status..

And you did not mention (so typical) how these Filthy gluttons incorporate Racial Hatred and Bitterness into their Dogma, to control their ignorant serfs….

Until the pampered and wanna-be leader class, like FITS Warren Bolton, Sanford, Cindi Ross-Scoppe, Nancy Mace and Tom Davis will grow up and admit the Truth, the left will continue to Slime our towns, our state and our country…

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Smirks June 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

Why did I not see Democrat-Infested or Democrat-Controlled anywhere in your diatribe???

Psst! T! There’s more to life than being on a perpetual witch hunt!

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GrandTango June 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

Not if the WITCHES are destroying your state and your country…While dumb@$$#$ like you stand around w/ your head up your @$$…

It’s the Ignorant, like you, who are the reason they’re getting away with it..(which is the point)…

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nitrat June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

From Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here”: “But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word ‘Fascism’ and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty.”
These are the people you need to be concerned about Big T(urd)…and, yourself.

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Elfego June 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

Slick,
I am not taking up for Chesterfield County or Cheraw but I will bet you they are no different than any county in the state. This has been going on for well over 50 years that I know of in South Carolina and I will bet you it is happening all over the country all the way from DC to the smallest Hamlets. We have created a government of slave masters instead of public servants.
Government employees are the largest tax deadbeats in America. You cannot fire one when they break the law you can only put them on paid leave. We give the IRS Employees bonuses for harassing and targeting tax payers that disagrees with government and the same government is reading all our mail and listening in on our conversations. We are now a Nation of Slaves. Zeig Heil!!!!!!!!

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Elfego June 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

Slick,
I am not taking up for Chesterfield County or Cheraw but I will bet you they are no different than any county in the state. This has been going on for well over 50 years that I know of in South Carolina and I will bet you it is happening all over the country all the way from DC to the smallest Hamlets. We have created a government of slave masters instead of public servants.
Government employees are the largest tax deadbeats in America. You cannot fire one when they break the law you can only put them on paid leave. We give the IRS Employees bonuses for harassing and targeting tax payers that disagrees with government and the same government is reading all our mail and listening in on our conversations. We are now a Nation of Slaves. Zeig Heil!!!!!!!!

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Marie Harrison June 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

Oh, and let us not forget Brooks and his little squeeze Karen.

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Marie Harrison June 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

Oh, and let us not forget Brooks and his little squeeze Karen.

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you June 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Vincent is actually from Kershaw County, Camden specifically.

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Facts are optional June 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I didn’t say he was FROM Cheraw. I said he represents Cheraw. I know he is from Camden, I’ve worked with Vincent for several years. I just wanted to bust Sic’s chops for leaving him out in the article, even though I knew why he did it.

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you June 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Vincent is actually from Kershaw County, Camden specifically.

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Facts are optional June 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I didn’t say he was FROM Cheraw. I said he represents Cheraw. I know he is from Camden, I’ve worked with Vincent for several years. I just wanted to bust Sic’s chops for leaving him out in the article, even though I knew why he did it.

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DixieGirl June 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Cheraw Being nicknamed “The Prettiest Town in Dixie”had nothing to do with Chesterfield COUNTY’s politicians!!!!!! So why would you even use such slanderer against JUST Cheraw if you refer to officials from all over the county as well? SMH. ALL politicians lie regardless of where they are from so watch calling my hometown a third world country and a place to pity because its NOT and us folks born and raised there don’t appreciate your ignorance much, especially when you make it personal and stereotype us all into something so awful. How about next time you think you are so perfect try walking on water! Then and ONLY then, do I feel as though you as an imperfect, judgemental human being yourself , would possibly and slightly have any room to speak on such things.

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DixieGirl June 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Cheraw Being nicknamed “The Prettiest Town in Dixie”had nothing to do with Chesterfield COUNTY’s politicians!!!!!! So why would you even use such slanderer against JUST Cheraw if you refer to officials from all over the county as well? SMH. ALL politicians lie regardless of where they are from so watch calling my hometown a third world country and a place to pity because its NOT and us folks born and raised there don’t appreciate your ignorance much, especially when you make it personal and stereotype us all into something so awful. How about next time you think you are so perfect try walking on water! Then and ONLY then, do I feel as though you as an imperfect, judgemental human being yourself , would possibly and slightly have any room to speak on such things.

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Comrade1917 June 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

USA is like Mexico: rule by bribes.

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Comrade1917 June 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

USA is like Mexico: rule by bribes.

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Norm_Nav June 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

Surely Fairfield County rates a dishonorable mention, and our Court House is prettier

http://fairfieldcounty.wistv.com/news/news/67633-wis-porn-investigation-gets-county-administrator-probation-pay-cut

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Norm_Nav June 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

Surely Fairfield County rates a dishonorable mention, and our Court House is prettier

http://fairfieldcounty.wistv.com/news/news/67633-wis-porn-investigation-gets-county-administrator-probation-pay-cut

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Carolina Dave June 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

It’s unfortunate that a couple of politicians from Chesterfield County can tarnish the reputations of the many fine local politicians our county has. Also, I resent the fact that the Cheraw Town Hall is the featured photo for this article, and none of the persons listed in the article have any connection with the administration, mayor or town council for the Town of Cheraw.

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OPEN YOUR EYES! June 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

The Town Council has a bunches of “Yes Sir” types. Fred Harris is about the only on who has the guts to stand up to the Mayor, if need arises. The rest of them, especially Ellerbee, think that if you abstain from voting…it is not voting! Hello idiot. It is the same. ” If you choose to not to decide, you still have made a choice”.

As far any of them being honest, I think not. Ellebee busts the church doors down when it is open, haunts the local liquor store weekly for her potent poison but her church is trying it’s best to shut down a bar in town (the only place Dizzie could play because he was African American), because the preacher doesn’t want to see the bar when he pulls into his parking lot. The bar has been there for since the dawn of ice and beer.

The Mayor, where to start?
Randy Butler and the rest of them just says “Yes, Sir”

This area has been crooked for so long, people expect it to remain the same. Just vote in some more crooks.

The cops do not do their jobs protecting the citizens, they just fly through town at rapid speeds endangering the citizens. But hell, look at their boss, Jay Brooks, He has no moral compass or integrity of any kind! Plus, he doesn’t do his job. He is too ignorant.

Look at the pattern! Ex-Solicitor, Congressman, Sheriff, Deputies, County Employees, Magistrates, Highway Patrol and on and on we go !

Of course a few good people are holding seats in offices for the various towns and County but the problem is they close their eyes to what is going on around here. So as far as I am concerned, they too, are just as bad.

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Carolina Dave June 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

It’s unfortunate that a couple of politicians from Chesterfield County can tarnish the reputations of the many fine local politicians our county has. Also, I resent the fact that the Cheraw Town Hall is the featured photo for this article, and none of the persons listed in the article have any connection with the administration, mayor or town council for the Town of Cheraw.

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OPEN YOUR EYES! June 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

The Town Council has a bunches of “Yes Sir” types. Fred Harris is about the only on who has the guts to stand up to the Mayor, if need arises. The rest of them, especially Ellerbee, think that if you abstain from voting…it is not voting! Hello idiot. It is the same. ” If you choose to not to decide, you still have made a choice”.

As far any of them being honest, I think not. Ellebee busts the church doors down when it is open, haunts the local liquor store weekly for her potent poison but her church is trying it’s best to shut down a bar in town (the only place Dizzie could play because he was African American), because the preacher doesn’t want to see the bar when he pulls into his parking lot. The bar has been there for since the dawn of ice and beer.

The Mayor, where to start?
Randy Butler and the rest of them just says “Yes, Sir”

This area has been crooked for so long, people expect it to remain the same. Just vote in some more crooks.

The cops do not do their jobs protecting the citizens, they just fly through town at rapid speeds endangering the citizens. But hell, look at their boss, Jay Brooks, He has no moral compass or integrity of any kind! Plus, he doesn’t do his job. He is too ignorant.

Look at the pattern! Ex-Solicitor, Congressman, Sheriff, Deputies, County Employees, Magistrates, Highway Patrol and on and on we go !

Of course a few good people are holding seats in offices for the various towns and County but the problem is they close their eyes to what is going on around here. So as far as I am concerned, they too, are just as bad.

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Convalescence August 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Anyone that moves to Chesterfield is a complete scumbag, it is full of corrupt politicians, sleazy marriages that condone open relationships, fags, and halfbreeds.

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Convalescence August 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Anyone that moves to Chesterfield is a complete scumbag, it is full of corrupt politicians, sleazy marriages that condone open relationships, fags, and halfbreeds.

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fart face August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

Did you know that the SC GOP Sec. is ugly and fat, and really needs to get her teeth fixed

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fart face August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

Did you know that the SC GOP Sec. is ugly and fat, and really needs to get her teeth fixed

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