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...
DEERS expected to streamline, update on homeless efforts Deers update: A modification in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is expected to streamline personal records for better efficiency, the director of the Defense Manpower Data Center said April 9.
In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Mary Dixon said information will now be entered into DEERS in personnel offices, rather than identification card offices.
Family members can...
MADD helps save lives I appreciate this opportunity to write about Mothers Against Drunk Driving, one of the largest crime victim organizations in the United States. MADD has helped save more than 330,000 lives and assisted in the passage of hundreds of anti-drunk driving prevention laws.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, founded in 1980, is a non-profit organization with more than 3 million members and supporters. MADD National headquarters is located in Irvin, Te...
Margaret Brackett Newberry NotesThe Newberry Observer
MADD sponsors Operation Graduation Dear Editor,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Newberry County challenges young people to make the smart move — Leave alcohol out. This is the theme for MADD’s 2013 Operation Graduation emphasis.
High school and college graduation season is a time of celebration, decision-making and growth for youth. Unfortunately, many college students and teenagers decide to celebrate by drinking alcohol beverages and using other drugs, and then getting beh...
Ole McMayer has a farm This year the Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church (NALC) congregation gathered for Wednesday night vespers during Lent. Their offering was designated for the purchase of animals through the Samaritans Purse Organization. The animals are then given to people, mostly in third world countries, to help alleviate hunger, poverty, unemployment and hopelessness.
Chickens are used to provide eggs for the family as well as eggs for market. A donkey helps...
Rev. Dr. Mary Havens Mayer Memorial Lutheran ChurchThe Newberry Observer
God is in control When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, that’s when sin entered in. Then God came to earth in human flesh as Jesus.
Jesus Christ died on a cruel, rugged cross to purchase our salvation through his blood.
Those who have accepted him as Lord and Savior are his children.
Not only have we been redeemed and saved by the blood of Jesus, but God also delivers us from every day problems. He takes care of the situations that seem impossible.
When we ...
Update on Veterans news Prescription drug disposal update: Got any old, outdated prescription drugs you want to get rid of safely? The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013. This is a great opportunity for those who missed previous Take-Back events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those med...
Rights of passage can represent danger zone for teens For teenagers, this is a magical time of the year. The rituals, customs, and traditions of the prom-graduation-summer rights of passage triad can offer some of the most memorable moments of their young lives.
As parents, we want them to enjoy this special time. Some parents feel drinking is a rite of passage and teenagers are going to drink anyway. They think the safest thing to do is to host a party where they can monitor the teenager’s dr...
Hugh Gray Special to The ObserverThe Newberry Observer