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Monthly recap from your Chamber

Here at your Chamber, we routinely ask ourselves and others what additional programs or events we can do to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County. How can we better foster economic growth while meeting the needs of our communities? We want to hear from you.We are excited about the Newberry Community Hall landscaping and hardscaping currently underway. The City of Newberry and contractors have been steadily working to ready the...

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Whitmire veterans celebration a success

Hello everyone, local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes texted in from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.Birthdays, AnniversariesHappy Birthday to Butch Lawson, Anita Raines, Larry Hensley, Isabella Miller, Martin Miller, Eric Rast, Lucille Wood, Esther Starnes, Lisa Putnam, Kenny Putnam, Lisa H. Taylor, Beth Andrews, Laura Smith, Niane Bunch, Faye and Kaye Epps, Donna and Doug Maness, Maurice Glenn, Coretta Coleman, Rob Nelson, Stacy Greenway, ...

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VA claims backlog update: Frequently overlooked claims

The long-standing slog within the Veterans Affairs Department to cut down its mountain of disability claims has been well documented. Or has it?The VA loves to talk about how it’s on track to reach its goal next year of completing all disability compensation and pension claims within 125 days — keeping them off the dreaded “backlogged” list. Frequently overlooked? The other two-thirds of VA claims — or more than 1 million requests — aren’t ...

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Excessive compensation can ruin a CEO’s judgment

Narcissists don’t happen to be particularly nice people. They preen. They grab. And they never ever really feel our pain.Extremely self-centered people, some fascinating new business school research shows, also don’t make for particularly effective corporate CEOs.This new research — conducted by business school analysts at the University of Southern California and the University of Arizona — examines the impact of CEO narcissism on corporate tax p...

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Can’t ‘Writer’s Block’ be a good thing?

When you think of writer’s block, what is it exactly that first comes to mind? Personally, thinking back on the phrase takes me to middle school, which may be when I first heard or used the phrase.You’ve heard me say probably many times that I love writing, always have. So, loving to write in middle school isn’t abnormal for me to say about myself. I can hear my peers at the time using it as an excuse to get out of homework or in-class assignments.̶...

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Words of Encouragement

Have we ever thought how influential the words we speak are? Do we know what kind of impact our speech can have on a person who desperately needs to hear an encouraging word?When someone is trying to do something for the Lord, do we try to help them by giving words of encouragement or do we discourage them with snide or hateful remarks? We need to ask ourselves these questions.We can speak words to uplift others or words that will bring them down.It is importa...

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VA ID card, benefit, claim processing updates

You should receive your VHIC within seven to 10 days after you request a VHIC card. Although VA strives to do all they can to ensure they enroll veterans in a timely manner, sometimes they are unable to either verify your military service or need additional information from you.If so, VA will try to contact you to get the information they need to complete your enrollment application. If VA is unable to reach you, they encourage you to contact the local VA facility where the card wa...

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Thanks and well wishes from one reporter to another

I’ve never been one for change. Yes, I know it’s a part of life, but that’s just something that I always have a hard time dealing with and accepting, which is why February of this year sort of “rocked my world,” so to speak.Natalie, whom I had grown to depend on as a partner in the newsroom, accepted another position away from The Newberry Observer and that’s when I met Kevin.Now, of course, I’d already met Kevin before. We were ...

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Why are campus administrators making so much money?

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators — unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt) — are thriving.In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, 42 private college and university presidents received more than a million dollars each for their work. Robert Zimmer (University of Chicago) was the best-paid,...

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How do non-smokers smoke a half-pack a day?

Which would you choose: a) keeping a job that exposes you to a known cancer-causing agent or b) possibly being unemployed?Many members of our local food service and hospitality industries face that very choice.Secondhand smoke is the combination of “sidestream” smoke (the smoke given off by a burning tobacco product) and “mainstream” smoke (the smoke exhaled by a smoker). Servers and other staff members in businesses that allow indoor smoking inha...

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VA ID card update: action needed to obtain new VHIC

The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased security for your personal information - no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a salute to your military service.The emblem of your latest branch of service is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed. The VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and will be issued only to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health car...

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Rep. Walt Mcleod reviews 2014 Legislative session

The Honorable Walton McLeod, S.C. Representative, House District 40, is guest this week. He will present his annual report of issues and accomplishments of the legislative bills enacted during the 2014 Session. It is a privilege to present this information to enlighten Observer patrons of updated legislation:Thank you for allowing me to represent the people of Newberry County in the State House of Representatives. It is a high honor representing you and serving as your voice in the...

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Helpless and hopeless: Text messages in Gaza-Sderot

When I woke up yesterday at 5 a.m. to the sounds of war planes overhead, I saw that I had a text message from my friend Maha in Gaza. Since this war began, almost every morning, I see that she has sent me a message. From day to day, the messages have become more depressing. Every day she tells me what has happened to her family – the windows in her home were blown out by a bomb that exploded nearby, her cousin’s house was hit and relatives were injured. I sense in these text messa...

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Time for one final chat from the newsroom of The Observer

By the time you are reading this column, some of you may have already met our newest reporter, Andrew Wigger.He, Elyssa and I attended Newberry College together and I worked with him some when I did freelance work for the college and he interned in the marketing department.He’s a gifted writer and I know folks will welcome him into the community just as folks in Whitmire welcomed me when I started with the now defunct Whitmire News back in 2010.Welcome a...

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Imagine … the finished product!

The activity around Community Hall has certainly created discussions regarding local residents’ feelings about just what is historic and how each of us view the center of our beloved city of Newberry. The year of 2014 is proving to be the “year of renovation.”

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