Curing the common crime: sobriety checkpoints Do you know why drunk driving is the most frequently committed crime in this country? Or why convicted drunk offenders — even those who have their licenses suspended continue to drink and drive? And why one in three people arrested for DUI has a prior conviction for drunk driving?
There is one simple answer to these questions: drunk drivers realize that their chances of being detected, apprehended or arrested for breaking the law are extrem...
Margaret Brackett MADD of Newberry CountyThe Newberry Observer
Flimsy buildings waste tax dollars Why do people keep rebuilding in ways that are unsubstantial and why are no requirements for safe buildings enforced? In known danger areas the same flimsy structures are rebuilt at tax payer expense.
More veterans news updates Sniper fire tracker: A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University has developed two hardware modules along with corresponding software that uses an Android smartphone to spot the location of a nearby shooter. The U.S. military has worked with the scientific community to develop systems to identify sniper locations for more than a decade.
Pentagon leaders have already used at least two systems to track sniper fire — the Boomerang and Pil...
Remembering Memorial Day Memorial Day is a unique national holiday. If not the most important day of patriotic observance, it can certainly be argued as the most solemn day we set aside for recognition.
This is a day of personal sorrow for those who have lost loved ones in uniform. But it is also a day for the nation to mourn, to show our collective national pride, and to illustrate our appreciation for this almost unbearable sacrifice. We honor these brave warrior...
Margaret Brackett Newberry NotesThe Newberry Observer
Vietnam Veterans still deal with health effects AO and Prostrate Cancer update: U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended in 1973, but the effects of nearly two decades of chemical warfare are still being felt by American veterans today. Exposure to the dangerous herbicide Agent Orange in Vietnam has been linked to a 52 percent overall increased risk of prostate cancer in Vietnam vets, according to an analysis published in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer. The researchers co...
Poll Question This week’s question:
How will you remember veterans this Memorial Day?
Support a local organization
Thank/hang out with a veteran
Last week’s question:
Do you tend to take your work home with you?
Get involved in your Chamber Every month we maintain an active schedule of events designed to encourage our members as well as those of you considering becoming a chamber member. We take the trust you have placed in us very seriously, and it is our desire to offer you a chamber like no other.
We know we must deliver interesting events that will allow you to enjoy your free time as well as networking opportunities that will enable you to increase your business. This pas...
Whitmire rec has plenty of fun for all Hello everyone. Hope your Mother’s Day celebration was a happy occasion. At least this year, due to all of the rain, we had spring flowers to share with moms, grandmoms and aunties. Of course, the rains caused some minor river flooding in the Mire. The Enoree and Tyger were both swollen out of their banks.
Whitmirians’ favorite scenic drive through and wading spot — the Little North Carolina Road-Duncan Creek with its streaming creek over t...
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...