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Whitmire youth bond through service projects

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WHITMIRE — The youth of First Baptist Church in Whitmire and community members gathered together for a good cause July 18: to work on the home of Whitmire native Mildred Stapleton.Youth Pastor Jarrod King said the idea for the service project came from a nudge he felt he got from God.“I felt God pressed it upon me for quite some time to be involved in the community and show the love of Jesus through service projects,” King said.After meeting with Dave Jarvis, who volunteers within First Baptist Church, and running the thought by Mayor Billy Hollingsworth, King said the idea came to life.


Newberry Thrivent hosts gathering

A chapter dinner for all Newberry Thrivent chapter members was held July 17 at Colony Lutheran Church. There were approximately 70 members in attendance. Pictured are Harriet Kesler and Becky Pugh, who were winners of the drawing for beach theme gift baskets. Travis Goodman, Thrivent representative, presented an informative program on identity theft. The next gathering for members will be Oct. 23 at Grace Lutheran Church.

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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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Can you Identify these two women?

During Swift Strike III in the summer of 1963, soldiers stopped this car “in the vicinity of” Newberry. If you know the names of the two women who were “detained,” call 276-6197. The photo will be displayed in the lobby of the Ritz during the production of “Swift Strike Summer,” a play set in Newberry during the Swift Strike III Army training exercise. The play will be performed Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 3 p.m.

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Sweat, clay mix as youth learn hands-on through YMCA

NEWBERRY — Newberry youth embraced multiculturalism and learned about American history recently at the Newberry County YMCA thanks to a partnership with the Hollingsworth Outdoor Center.The center brought its camp on the road to the Newberry YMCA. The camp usually takes place on a 55-acre site in Simpsonville.The event split into project stations and some of the activities drew from the 1800s, such as manual labor being used for candle making and brick making....

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New members join NCMH board

NEWBERRY — Dr. Jerry Alewine, Beth Bozard and Bob Burch were introduced as Newberry County Memorial Hospital board members Tuesday by Dr. Alan Paysinger, board of trustees chairman.Alewine is filling the District 3 position, Bozard the District 1 position and Burch the District 5 position.Paysinger will be assigning the new board members to one of the Hospital Board Committees starting in August. The members will be joining the board’s monthly meetings beginn...

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Andrew Wigger begins journey in Newberry

NEWBERRY — Newberry College graduate and Moncks Corner native Andrew Wigger joined The Newberry Observer this week as a staff writer.Wigger, 23, said he looks forward to working within the Newberry community. His writing experience stems back to attending Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner.While in high school, Wigger was a part of the school’s newspaper staff, as well as the Future Business Leaders of America club and the Interact Club where he went out i...

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Safety first when operating an ATV

NEWBERRY — Last week, Brandon Michael Austin of Rhode Island died after an accident involving the all-terrain vehicle he was operating.According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, about one-third of all ATV related injuries involved children younger than 16. Austin was 13.DHEC also states that six children will die from from ATV-related accidents in South Carolina this year, which is part of a larger national average.“Age p...

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With Salkehatchie, relationships begin — and endure

NEWBERRY — The cliche that love grows best in little houses holds true for Jeremy and Maggie Senn, thanks to a chance meeting 16 years ago at a Salkehatchie job site off Odell Road in Newberry.This year, the ministry of the Methodist Church where teens and college age youth pay to spend a week at camp making needy people’s homes warm, dry and safe has come full circle. The team is back at that same home with Jeremy working as a roving electrician for the camp....

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Three arrested in May 23 home invasion

NEWBERRY — Three men have been charged with first-degree strong armed robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with a home invasion that occured May 23 at a home on S.C. 395, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said.Rashawn Marquese Miller, 23, of 971 Dogwood Circle in Kershaw, Rison Aikeem Jackson, 26, of 196 Ridgeland Drive in North Augusta, and Andrew Khiry Ward, 22, of 931 Cannon St. in Newberry, remained in the Newberry Detention Center on Thursday....

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Arrest made in murder case

PROSPERITY — A Newberry man who was shot during an incident at a weekend block party that resulted in the death of another man has been charged with the man’s murder, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.Jonathan Sentel Dominick, 29, of 623 Caldwell St., was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder after he was released from the hospital. The shooting happened around 2:20 a.m. July 20 during a block party on Rikard School Road.Deputies were...

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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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Angels with Hammers reach out to community

Geena Griffith, left, helps her team with metal roof installation.Once repairs were made to the floor, Salkehatchie volunteers moved the furniture back into place.The crew from the Hutcherson site used a short break time to plan their skit and music for talent night, including revised lyrics to “Wrecking Ball,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Can’t Touch This.”Chris Wofford, left, and Kimberly Fleming, right, work on bathroom floor...

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Three arrested in Newberry County home invasion

NEWBERRY — Three young men were arrested in connection to a home invasion that took place on May 23.An early afternoon call on May 23 resulted in deputies and investigators responding to a home invasion that occurred on S.C. Highway 395 in Newberry.Deputies responded to this location and found that the residents were at home asleep when they were awakened by loud noise and forced entry of their home. The residents described the individuals as three black male subje...

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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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Public hearing upcoming for rezoning property

NEWBERRY — The property located at 913 Cline St. in Newberry could soon be rezoned from R-6 Residential to Limited Industrial as discussed by the Planning Commission on Monday.Currently there are 11 acres on the property, according to Ward Braswell, director of planning and development for the city of Newberry. The back half of the property is already zoned as Limited Industrial, Braswell said.“The owner is wanting to sell it and asking for it to be rezoned,&...

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