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South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs

This week we want to thank Carri Grube Lybarker, administrator, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, for speaking about the State agency that is designed to represent the interest of consumers throughout South Carolina. The organization’s responsibilities are to defend consumer affairs and help bring about change for the good of others, ranging their position to improve the quality of life for the citizens of South Carolina.The S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs is...

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Thanks for a friend

On Wednesday, August 13 I accidentally ran over my puppy, Tweety. While I looked at her whimper in pain, I could not help but blame myself because I knew there was no possible way I could get her proper medical attention due to my financial situation. However, I decided to go to the veterinarian hoping they would have a payment plan.When I arrived at Newberry Animal Hospital, they advised me there was a fee to be paid before she could be seen. I had less than $20 in my pocket. In t...

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Amid the bad news, much good news to be found

It was a tough week.First, there was the death of a young race car driver — a bizarre incident involving one of racing’s biggest stars. Days later, America mourned the loss of an actor and comedian beloved by many. Then, unrest in a small Missouri town where the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer prompted anger, protests, riots and looting.On the other side of the globe, there were new fears about the spread of the dreaded Ebola virus. And of co...

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CRDP/CRSC Programs: SecNav’s Explanation on Policy

There are two concurrent receipt programs available to Navy and Marine Corps retirees who have VA-rated disabilities. They are the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program and the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program. Retirees who receive VA disability payments have their retired pay “offset” (reduced) by the amount of VA pay.

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Lawmakers and school officials: Stay out of our bodily wastes

Why is it that the same conservatives who so desperately want “big government” out of our lives are at the same time so darn eager to have officials involved in our urination? Despite major studies showing that suspicion-less drug testing is not an effective means of identifying or deterring drug use, state and federal officials continue to promote it. That is true of both school-based drug testing and random workplace testing.

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Recruiters: New tattoo rules make their jobs harder

Over three months ago the Army announced a new policy limiting the number and placement of tattoos that soldiers could have. Now, recruiters say it is making their jobs harder.According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the new policy bans “body art on the head, face, neck, wrists, hands and fingers. Soldiers are allowed a maximum of four visible tattoos below the elbow or knee, but they must be smaller than the wearer’s hand, which means that “sleeves” ...

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Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball says thanks

We wish to thank all of the fans for supporting the Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball team during this past season. With your support our team achieved a record of 20 wins and 7 losses, the League 8 Championship, and finished in the State Tournament in Sumter in the top 6 teams. We especially thank Newberry College for providing such a great facility for us to play. Many teams across the state requested the opportunity to play Chapin-Newberry just to play at Newberry College. We played...

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American Pickers coming back to Newberry

Why are we so enamored with celebrities? I cannot answer that, but the pure and simple truth is that we really are. Having said that, I can vividly remember back in November 2010 when I walked over to the Clarence T. Summer Hardware and met Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of the popular television show American Pickers.Mike and Frank had come to Newberry due to an invitation from Bill Shull, who might also be called a picker (or collector) of items of historical value. Mike and F...

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Fall sports sign-up deadlines are fast approaching

Hello everyone. Local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.BirthdaysHappy birthday wishes to Marty McMurtury, Bradly Boyter, Tina Steen, Ansleigh McDaniel, Dan Stroud, Ben Nelson, Martha Roller, Beth G. Holland, Wendy Farmer, Tee Suber, Don Tesenair, Maria Dickerson, Kem King, Joyce Hunnicut, Lisa Whitlock, Peggy Price, Chris Prince and Gail M.Vanlue.

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More needs to be done to address college rape crisis

Hallelujah. Lawmakers are finally doing something productive about rape on college campuses. A group of eight senators has just proposed the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which would ensure harsher penalties for colleges that aren’t reporting on-campus sexual assault crimes.The bill follows the Board of Education’s release of a list of colleges being investigated for allegedly mishandling student sexual assault complaints — now up to 71 from the initial 55...

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Honor Flights, EXACTO program updates

The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 4812, the Honor Flight Act. The bill would codify the process by which the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service in Washington D.C.Expedited screening services will save veterans’ time and show them their proper respect and appreciation.

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The case for low taxes

They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.”They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they’ve secured public funding.But all too often, politicians forget to thank the people who made it possible – the taxpayers.One of the fundamental problems facing government at all levels is the casual attitude which is often displayed toward tax dollars. Too many public officials see taxpayer dollars as the answer...

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Jesus, a true friend

The only true friend a person can have is Jesus. We think we have friends that we can count on through out life, but we find out that’s not always the way it is.We put our trust and confidence in them, thinking they will never let us down.And we go about our every day life hoping we want let others down.We think we can count on a friend to always be there for us, but that’s not so.

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U.S. government must get out of Iraq

Nearly a century ago, after four bloody years of World War I, British colonialists created the state of Iraq, complete with their hand-picked monarch. Britain and France were authorized — or, more precisely, authorized themselves — to create states in the Arab world, despite the prior British promise of independence in return for the Arabs’ revolt against the Ottoman Turks, which helped the Allied powers defeat the Central powers. And so European countries drew lines in the ...

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“STOP” for school buses

OK, I realize none of us want to hear that our summer is almost over. However, the real truth is simply this: throughout our beloved state, vacations are being cut short to accommodate for the 2014-2015 school year.What does that mean to most households? Undoubtedly it is the realization that once again we will all have to adjust to new schedules, as well as recalling safe driving practices.

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