VA offers adult day health care VA adult day care program: The VA’s Adult Day Health Care is a program Veterans can go to during the day for social activities, peer support, companionship, and recreation. It is for Vets who need skilled services, case management, and assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and getting dressed or instrumental activities of daily living such as fixing meals and taking medicines; are isolated or their caregiver is experi...
Helping to protect your wallet If you’re the person who keeps up with bills and balances your family checkbook, you can definitely relate to the role of a comptroller general.
That’s my title, state comptroller general. Many folks in state government simply refer to me as “the CG.”
That’s a peculiar title, even a little old fashioned. So it’s not surprising when I meet people outside state government who ask about the responsibilities of my job and the agency I direct,...
Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller GeneralThe Newberry Observer
Celebrating Older Americans Month May is Older Americans Month, a time to bring attention to the issues that affect older adults.
The 2013 theme, “Older Americans: Connecting the Community,” establishes the diversity and vitality of today’s seniors who span over three generations. It highlights the importance of building partnerships to ensure aging Americans are able to live with dignity, pride and independence.
When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17...
Margaret Brackett Newberry NotesThe Newberry Observer
VA now offers women’s veterans hotline VA Blue Water Claims update: During the Vietnam War, more than 20 million gallons of the herbicide Agent Orange was sprayed to remove jungle foliage. A toxic chemical in the herbicide, dioxin, was been linked to devastating health effects, including non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, prostate and other cancers, Type II Diabetes, and Parkinsons disease.
In 1991, legislation was enacted that empowered the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to declare cert...
Whitmire kids get hooked on golf this summer Hello everyone, local news on the way after we do the birthday wishes. Happy birthday to: Sam “Coach” Pruitt, Jamil Wallace, Shelley Wicker, Jackqueline B. Sims, David Andrews Sr., Becky Hinnrich, Paula Harrison, Lonnie Champion, Jacqueline Riser, Kourtney Collins, Julie Vancil, Alice Wicker, Chase Hood and Wallace Alexander. On a sad note, we send our best wishes and sympathies to the families of Rev. John B. Weaver and Gerald “Jerry” Duncan...
Optimism in Newberry County Recently we made a trip to Ohio due to the death of my wife’s uncle in Akron. We opted to drive, so I had many hours to allow my mind to consider the condition of our economy. We made stops in the states of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and during these stops, I had conversations with local residents.
Through these discussions, I was reminded that in America, we have different convictions about God, gove...
Thank you Observer Dear Editor:
We have always enjoyed our Newberry Observer. We had it mailed to us even when we moved to Columbia, where we lived for close to 20 years. We especially enjoy reading the community calendar, the classifieds, and our church news.
However, we would like to say a big thank you to the Newberry Observer and all the staff for what you all are doing for our mothers for this Mother’s Day. It was so very thoughtful of you all, so we w...
Medicare update for veterans Medicare IPAD: The Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, is a 15-member United States Government agency created in 2010 by sections 3403 and 10320 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which has the explicit task of achieving specified savings in Medicare without affecting coverage or quality. Under previous and current law, changes to Medicare payment rates and program rules are recommended by MedPAC but require an act...
One “Mother by Choice” and the Newberry Drummer The music at my house today has been amazing.
From my computer, I’ve been playing cuts from a new CD by the band, French Camp. The band’s CD, “Odd Particle,” will be released on Saturday in New York City with great fanfare at a club called the Bowery Electric.
If you know anyone in “The Big Apple,” now is the time to place a call.
I feel most honored that I was invited for the CD release by Benji Lee, our former next-door neighbor on Jo...
Sue Summer Women in MotionThe Newberry Observer
Update on veterans burial benefits VA burial benefit update: A Veterans Affairs official told a House subcommittee his agency is willing to make changes in federal regulations requiring next-of-kin authorization for headstones on unmarked veterans’ graves.
The requirement, which has been discussed and complained about in Civil War News letters and stories since it went into effect on July 1, 2009, essentially meant that few if any Civil War graves could get a marker thro...
Sexual assault awareness This week Newberry Notes will acknowledge Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands with Ginny Waller, executive director, as spokesperson. She joins me to address the broad spectrum of sexual violence and to increase the public’s understanding and awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault) and to educate individuals on how to prevent sexual violence:
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is a private non-profit United Way m...
Margaret Brackett Newberry NotesThe Newberry Observer
Poll Question This week’s question:
Do you think cell phones should be banned in the classroom for students and teachers?
Last week’s question:
Do you support an Internet sales tax?
Local non-profit moves to new office Hello everyone. Local news and a trip down memory lane on the way. Let’s do our birthday wishes first. Happy birthday wishes to Shayla Crumpton, Jerry Johnson Cleveland, Ronnie Abrams, Chuck Guinn, Lynn Lominick, Caroll Burrell, Brenda Blalock, Troy Mars, Micheal Miller, Staci Reynolds, Joyce Murphy, Robert Hopp, Terry Sligh, Jenny B. Malone, Cleo T. England, Barry Pressley, Wista J. Alexander, Kevin Robinette and former whitty resident, Kath...
SC takes steps to protect residents Like their fellow Americans across the country, South Carolinians were horrified at the recent Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured dozens of others.
Here at home, our heartfelt prayers went out to the victims and their families as a difficult question hangs over our state. It’s a question none of us wants to imagine, but we must:
What if it happened here?
I have no doubt that our own law enforcement agencies ...
Richard Eckstrom, CPS S.C. Comptroller GeneralThe Newberry Observer
Military healthcare costs keep rising Agent Orange legacy: Vietnam Veterans of America Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee is asking the children of Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange; adult children (we recommend you register your children also) who are ill and/or have birth defects, learning disabilities and/or mental health issues to register with Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. National Birth Defect Registry at www.birthdefects.org/registry.
The registry includ...