HUD grants renew support for 51 local housing, service projects in S.C. COLUMBIA — Shaun Donovan, secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, awarded $8,075,529 to renew support for 51 local homeless housing and service programs in South Carolina.
Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs, the funding announced today will ensure these HUD-assisted local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year.
Later this year, HUD will award additional grant funding to support hundreds of...
Historical society welcomes history buff at meeting NEWBERRY — A part of history came alive Sunday afternoon when Sam B. Davis spoke to the Newberry County Historical and Museum Society about the 3rd South Carolina Battalion.
Davis recently wrote “A History of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865” about the volunteer infantry battalion.
Davis, a native of Laurens, said the part of the book he is most happy with is the biographical information abo...
Natalie Netzel Staff WriterThe Newberry Observer
School District seniors praised at Rotary Randerick “RJ” Boyd was recognized as Mid-Carolina High School’s student of the month at the Rotary meeting Friday.
Keturah Edwards was recognized Friday as a Student of the Month at the Rotary Club for the Newberry County Career Center by Director Buddy Livingston.
Newberry High School student Cannon Griffith was recognized Friday by Principal Katrina Singletary as a Student of the Month at Rotary Club.
Whitmire Community School studen...
Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church holding Easter sunrise service PROSPERITY — The annual Easter morning sunrise service of the Macedonia Evangelical Lutheran Church at Lake Murray is set for 7 a.m. March 31.
The service will be held on the lakeshore of Macedonia Lutheran Church located immediately across the bay from Billy Dreher Island State Park of Prosperity. Directions to the church are posted along the route to Billy Dreher Island State Park.
The first such Easter sunrise worship service was held ...
PASS writing test set for March 19-20 NEWBERRY COUNTY — The School District of Newberry County is administering the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) writing test for students in third through eighth grades March 19 and March 20. From March 21 to March 26, make-up testing will be allowed.
Parents can receive more information about the state test and review sample test items at the state education department’s website: www.ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/145.
T-dap vaccine mandatory for rising 7th graders WHITMIRE — Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all students entering seventh grade must receive or have already received a dose of T-dap vaccine on or after their seventh birthday to protect them from whooping cough (pertussis). The child’s school needs a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, before the first day of school, showing that he or she has received this newly required T-dap vaccine. Avoid the rush by making an appointment...
Prosperity students power up with walking PROSPERITY — Students at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary revved up their day March 6 by having a walk at school thanks to the initiative of the state’s Walk to School program this month.
This is the second year for the S.C. Walk to School Day in March organized under the South Carolina Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Day.
Because of the location of Prosperity-Rikard Elementary, it is difficult and not safe for students to ...
Whitmire celebrates love of reading WHITMIRE — Whitmire Community School’s pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade classes celebrated their love for reading during Read Across America Week celebrated March 4 through March 8.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, li...
Counts gives Rocky Branch painting to Derrick LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Former Little Mountain Councilwoman Roxie Derrick was recently presented a painting of a collage of Rocky Branch natural area scenes by the officials of the Town of Little Mountain.
Derrick donated a special ecologically sensitive, conservation area of about 44 acres to the municipality which has completed construction of a trail head facility with picnic tables, parking and wheel-chair accessible restrooms. A handicap acc...
Whitmire students gets their hands on forensics WHITMIRE — Whitmire Community science students got a hands on experiment dealing with genetics on Feb. 26.
The Greenwood Genetic Center brought its Gene Machine Mobile Science Laboratory to Whitmire Community School. Participants included science students from Barrett Justice and Dr. Barry Morris’ classrooms. With the latest technology and the expertise of the Gene Machine instructors, these students were guided through a “mystery seafood m...
Whitmire Beta students honored Whitmire High School’s Senior Beta Club placed third in state at South Carolina Beta Club Convention for scrap booking. This is their sixth year in a row placing in the top three. Pictured are, left to right, Amy Andrews, Bethany Cromer and Madison Brock of the scrapbook committee. These students were recognized by the Newberry County School Board on Feb. 25 for the achievement.
Fourth-graders show off talent Whitmire Community School’s fourth-graders performed an original play titled ‘Flashback to Freedom’ on Feb. 28. Students wrote their own lines, planned their costumes, and created their own props. Students also learned the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” and performed it during the play.
WCS Exchange Club students honored Breanna Lindler was named Newberry County’s Exchange Club’s Whitmire Community School student of the year on March 4.
From left to right are Haleigh Babb, Savannah Simon, Rondera Lindler, Caroline Raines and Breanna Lindler who are Whitmire Community School’s students of the months honored at the March 4 Exchange Club meeting. Not pictured is senior Talon Trotter, who was also honored as a student of the month this year.
City to build new power station NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry Council gave the green light Tuesday to that will allow the city meet increasing demands on its power system.
The city utility company is needing to increase the amount of power to facilitate economic growth that will be needed in the city in the near future.
To do this the city is constructing a substation that will be owned and operated by the city.
The estimated cost for the new substation will be $3.6...
Cindy Pitts Senior ReporterThe Newberry Observer
City moving forward with grant for upgrade NEWBERRY — Newberry City Council voted to move forward with a grant that would upgrade water and sewer services in the Mollohon Mill Village.
City leaders are applying for a Community Development Block Grant for $500,000 to upgrade the water and wastewater lines in a portion of the Mollohon Mill Village. The project will be the final phase of water and sewer upgrades for the community.
But to apply for the grant, City Council first needed...
Cindy Pitts Senior ReporterThe Newberry Observer