Veterans with ALS can now get housing benefits

Veterans and active-duty service members who suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease will have immediate access to a government-funded housing program under new rules from the Department of Veterans Affairs.The VA announced Aug. 13 that soldiers who suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease, formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will be eligible for its specially adapted housing program. The housing program provides grants to soldiers with disabilities, now including A...

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Hugo was defining moment for our state

It’s been a quarter century since South Carolina felt the wrath of Hurricane Hugo, but it remains a defining moment for our state.Shortly before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989, a category 4 hurricane made landfall near Charleston, battering our coastline, destroying homes, and downing power lines.Many coastal residents evacuated their homes, either taking refuge at shelters established at schools and community centers or scrambling further inland to get away from the c...

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Knowing God through His word

Knowing that God exists is not the same as knowing God personally. To know God personally is to be saved and have eternal life. We should rejoice, knowing God has made a way for us to know Him.There is always more to be learned about God. Since our knowledge of God is incomplete, we must increase it through spiritual growth.“But by grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” II Peter 3: 18...

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Drone strikes are acts of terrorism

National Public Radio (NPR) led its “Week in Politics” program of September 12 off with analysis of US president Barack Obama’s address to the nation on the Islamic State. Various journalists and talking heads discussed the fundamentals of Obama’s speech — was it strong enough, will it get the job done, just who is ISIS anyway? Afterward, I realized the United States has bombed Iraq, in some form or fashion, since I was six years old – I am a 30-year-old ma...

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Updates from Newberry County Council

Wayne Adams, Newberry County Administrator, will bring us up to date on county government, County Council issues and current matters occurring in Newberry County.Council recently awarded a contract to replace four of the crossings, or bridges, on the main roadway in Lynch’s Woods. How will this affect use of the park?The replacement of these crossings is primarily a safety issue. The bridges have to be sufficiently strong to withstand an ambulance, if nece...

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Help is available for veterans in crisis

More than 8,000 veterans per year take their own lives. On average, that’s 667 per month, 154 per week, 22 per day, or one Veteran every 65 minutes. A lesser-known statistic is that more than half of these veterans are 50 years or older. In the past two years, much ado has been made about veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries — and rightfully so.For an increasing number of veterans, the sense of urgency for wellness is stead...

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Give a shout out for local heroes

As I watched the flames grow larger, I couldn’t help but turn to the crowd around me to gauge its reaction. I was in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College for the city fire department’s Kids Fun Day a few weeks ago.After walking through the crowd and getting photos of families enjoying the rides and gaining knowledge of equipment used by the fire department, EMS and others, it was time for the burn demonstration.While I knew the fire of the two 8x12 b...

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Hugo inspired us to remember historic storm

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, a storm that devastated South Carolina. I was not one of the many South Carolinians that experienced the storm.In fact, I was born 11 months later. However, being from Charleston, I could not go through life not knowing what Hugo was or what it did to the people of South Carolina.My sister, Stephanie, was 6 years old at the time, and she remembers the devastation that she saw on my family’s return home. She ...

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Fall events planned in Newberry

With fall quickly approaching, we are seeing a flurry of activity around the county. This past weekend, folks were able to attend the Newberry Ag Expo at the fairgrounds, take part in the South Carolina Elvis Festival, and attend the open house at Isabella’s Salon and Spa.Don’t miss the open house at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray’s new location at 1510 Main St., Newberry this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Build it and bikes will come

Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the phrase “If you build it, they will come” — which it immortalized.Well, how about “If you don’t build it, they won’t come”?When it comes to bicycles, cars, and public transportation, both sayings are true (even though one is decidedly catchier than the other).I recently moved back to Madison, Wisconsin after spendin...

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McLeod is a man of his word

It is my honor and privilege to support Representative Walt McLeod. With pride and respect, I have watched Walt McLeod work tirelessly for our district. If he is made aware of a worthwhile need in our community, no one tops his efforts to support the issue and bring positive results.

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Halloween carnival date announced

Hello everyone, local news on the way, after we send our birthday and anniversary wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy. He loves the cooler nights’ weather, and so do I.Birthdays, anniversariesHappy birthday to Janis R. Duncan, Jean Suber, Chipper Brock, Nick Norris, Mary C. Arrowood, Kelvin Whitener, Anthiny Brown, April Gilliam, Lois Ann McCauley, Brandon Crumpton, James Quinn, Chrystal Moss, Mikhail Moss, Janet McMurtury and Susan Hunnicutt....

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VA appointments updates for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Aug. 25 plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system.The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software. The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 d...

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VA claim numbers up 55 percent since 2000

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?The Congressional Budget Office explains why in a new report, and the primary reason is not found among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. That source of claims is significa...

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Depend on God to be faithful

As we go through life, we realize that God is faithful. We can trust His precious Word and His promises are forever.“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37: 4-5The desire of our heart should be to love God and keep His commandments.He tells us to trust Him and He will take care of us.“I h...

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Give a shout out for local heroes

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Liberty and a better life for all

Every July, we take time to reflect on our...

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Impeachment little more than slap on wrist

Amazing how many spokespersons holler “Impeach the...

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