Project Optimus could be $64 million project NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Council is working on a deal that would bring a $64 million investment and 39 new jobs to the county.
The council passed a resolution Wednesday that would create incentives and a fee in lieu of property taxes for the new development, which council did not name.
If the company makes an investment of at least $64 million and 39 new jobs, the county will give Project Optimus a 6 percent tax assessment rate and ...
Cindy Pitts Senior ReporterThe Newberry Observer
Jail Log NEWBERRY — The following people were booked into the Newberry County Detention Center. All are innocent until proven guilty.
Paul Wesley Ward, 29, family court sentenced for child support.
Frederick Duane Glasgow, 34, magistrate’s court bench warrant.
Willie Earl Nance, 56, possession or use of drug paraphernalia.
Jonnie Dale Trapp, 50, drinking alcoholic liquors in public.
John Arthur Hill, 51, ...
Voter Registration office location moving NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Voter Registration and Elections office will complete its move to its new facility at 1872 Wilson Road, next to the new Piedmont Technical College building, by Friday. Visit www.newberrycounty.net/voter or call the office at 321-2121 for information or assistance.
Waters, Sessions honored at Newberry Elementary Mickey Waters, an instructional assistant at Newberry Elementary, has been with the school for 23 years. Waters was honored at an assembly Thursday as the 2013-14 Support Staff Employee of the Year. Here Principal Reggie Wicker congratulates Waters on the honor. The honor was combined with the Teacher of the Year and WLTX Golden Apple award.
Mickey Waters, right, Newberry Elementary instructional assistant, was honored as the 2013-14 Suppor...
Newberry Elementary’s Coggins named ‘Golden Apple’ teacher NEWBERRY — After 34 years of teaching in Newberry County’s school district, Doris Coggins was honored Thursday with a Golden Apple award.
The school held an assembly as the secret was revealed to Coggins by WLTX’s Darci Strickland, who presented Coggins with a basket of golden apples amid cheers from the students and faculty of Newberry Elementary where Coggins works.
The Golden Apple award is given to teachers based letters submitted by ...
Natalie Netzel Staff WriterThe Newberry Observer
2013 Relay For Life event is April 26 NEWBERRY — The 2013 Newberry County Relay For Life will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 26 at the Newberry High School football field.
A drop-in for survivors will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the day of the event at the high school Opening ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. and the survivors lap will be at 7:15 p.m. The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m.
Buses will be available for those needing help getting from the parking lots ...
Prizewinning poet Marilyn Nelson visits Newberry College NEWBERRY — Poet Marilyn Nelson shared her work with a Newberry College audience Feb. 21.
Nelson, the author of 15 books and five chapbooks, was the 2012 winner of the Poetry Society’s Frost Award. She was the sixth author to visit the college as part of the Gerding Author Series.
During her presentation in Wiles Chapel, Nelson read several of her poems, including “The Lost Daughter,” “Lonely Eagles,” “Sap Rising,” and some from her Fortun...
Stephanie Adams Student InternThe Newberry Observer
From hardship to hero: Up close with Deral Brown NEWBERRY — Deral Brown once hoped to be a football player. But a coach’s suggestion changed that.
“I was horrible at football,” Brown remembers. “I was, like, the third-string tight end.”
Then an assistant coach suggested Brown try out for the wrestling team in high school, telling him it would help him with football. Brown took the coach’s advice, and went on to win the state championship in his first year.
He’s never looked back.
Brunes Charles Newberry College InternThe Newberry Observer
Up close with biology professor Dr. Charles Horn NEWBERRY — In 1986, biologist Charles Horn heard about Newberry College while attending an Association of Southeastern Biologists conference. Twenty six years later, Dr. Charles Horn is one of the most prominent members of the Newberry College faculty.
Horn, a professor of biology, teaches a wide range of subjects: botany, zoology, ecology, environmental science, and field biology. Horn also participates in the Summerland Honors Program, te...
Kayla Phlegar Newberry College InternThe Newberry Observer
Dialing for Dollars: Phone-a-Thon helps Newberry College build a better future NEWBERRY — Since Feb. 18, several Newberry College students have been making countless phone calls to alumni and friends to give campus updates, verify alumni information and ask for financial support. It’s all part of the annual Phone-a-Thon campaign.
The campaign is led by Jason Boice, the college’s director of annual giving and scholarships. Ten students have been making calls four nights a week for three hours a night. The students, who...
Andrew Wigger Newberry College InternThe Newberry Observer
Pomaria community unites to help others POMARIA — A food pantry that began in Shelvy Ham’s car trunk a decade ago has grown into a food bank building open to Pomaria and surrounding area residents.
“I wanted to make a difference,” Ham said. “God spoke to me to do this. It was first housed at Greater James A.M.E. Church in Pomaria and then extended to the community.”
Ham, a Pomaria native, is founder of the Pomaria Community Food Bank now located behind Wilson’s store. The food ...
Natalie Netzel Staff WriterThe Newberry Observer
Prosperity-Rikard’s awesome authors for January Prosperity-Rikard Elementary’s awesome authors for January were, front row, Wesley Fowler, Emily Hawkins, April Allen, Adriane Morris, Aerial Kennedy, Gage Hunter and Reagan Bannister. Back row are Gracen Green, Alison Nunley, Taylor Cumbie, Jerran Long, Angie Gonzalez and Rachel Redd.
Come on, Newberry! Let’s rise up to the Palmetto Trail Challenge NEWBERRY COUNTY — It’s never too late to get into a healthy exercise regimen and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation has brought a challenge to everyone across the state.
The Palmetto Trail Challenge is a 15-week walking and biking challenge designed to get participants active and healthy. The challenge starts March 4 and ends June 16.
Partners team up and log as many miles as they can during the 15-week period. Teams will be competing a...
S.C. Supreme Court rejects Brown settlement deal The S.C. Supreme Court has rejected a settlement deal forged by former Attorney General Henry McMaster in the estate of music legend James Brown, calling the deal “unjust and unreasonable” and “overreaching.”
In the opinion issued Feb. 27, Justice Donald W. Beatty, writing for the majority, said the McMaster deal ignored Brown’s “painstakingly developed” estate plan, which left the bulk of his fortune to the “I Feel Good” Trust, an educatio...
Sue Summer For The Newberry ObserverThe Newberry Observer
Jail Log The following people were booked into the Newberry County Detention Center. All are innocent until proven guilty.
S.C. Highway Patrol
Douglas Raymond Fulmer, 57, driving under the influence and open container of beer or wine in motor vehicle.
Mangle Lionel Sanders, 29, driving under the influence.
Beatrice Wilson Gallman, 46, driving under the influence.
Robbie Naomi Neal, 49, 1driving under the influence and transport alcohol in ...