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Newberry College launches $35 million fundraising campaign

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has launched a $35 million comprehensive capital campaign to fund new construction and facilities renovations and to increase annual giving and endowment support for the institution.The launch marks the beginning of the public phase of Scaling the Summit, the largest capital campaign in the school’s 158-year history. The college has raised $8.3 million in gifts and pledges during the quiet phase of the campaign, which began in 2013.“The launch of the public phase of the campaign is critical to our efforts as it increases the visibility of our strategic initiatives,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “These strategies are essential to the future development of the college.”


Life’s a cruise — what have you learned?

It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I took my first plane ride, the last one in my family to do so. I just recently returned from another first — my first cruise experience. Myself, along with my boyfriend and best friend spent five beautiful days at sea visiting Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas on a Carnival cruise ship.

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Lovelace named national 2015 Family Physician of the Year

WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Oscar F. Lovelace, Jr., MD, the national 2015 Family Physician of the Year at its annual Assembly.The award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in his or her community, to other health professionals, and to residents and medical students.Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Lovelace has been a...

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Lynch’s Woods closed for construction

NEWBERRY — For residents of Newberry, Lynch’s Woods has become a place to hike, ride horses and ATVs, and enjoy nature, but for the next nine months residents will need to find other accommodations due to construction.“During the construction of bridges within Lynch’s Woods park, public access will not be allowed for safety reasons,” said Gerdi Lake, recreation director of Newberry County.Four of the nine driving bridges will be repaired and...

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Whitmire kicks of Halloween festivities this weekend

WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire will kick off its Halloween festivities early with its annual Halloween carnival from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 at the old city gym in Whitmire.While usually run in full by the Whitmire Jaycees, their president Christianna Gilliam said this year they have partnered with Whitmire’s Athletic Booster Club to throw the carnival.The carnival will be run by volunteers from the Jaycees and booster club. Gilliam said the two groups beg...

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Candidates let their voices be heard

NEWBERRY — Several state level political hopefuls converged on Newberry County recently for a candidate forum, giving residents — and potential voters — the opportunity to hear where they stood on certain issues such as the minimum wage, education and taxes.The forum was sponsored by the Newberry County Business Alliance and of the 31 candidates invited, 12 attended. Jimmie Coggins, president of WKDK, was moderator.

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Reeling Rebels look to rebound against Eau Claire

PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina High School (5-3, 2-2) has yet to lose back-to-back games this season and hopes that fact remains true.The Rebels play the Eau Claire High School Shamrocks (0-9, 0-6) this week. Last week, both teams were on the losing side of blowouts. Mid-Carolina lost to regional rivals Newberry High School, 54-13.“They just wanted it more,” said Louie Alexander, head football coach for Mid-Carolina. “We’ve got to do a better job...

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NHS swimming closes out season

NEWBERRY — After a second place finish in their region, Newberry High School’s boys swim team was not done for the season.On Oct. 11, Coach Leslie McDuffie and eight of her male swimmers competed at the 3A State Competition at USC’s Sol Blatt Natatorium.The 3A competition included all 1A-3A schools in the state of South Carolina and was a competitive group. Newberry High School finished ahead of season competitors, Mid-Carolina, Brookland-Cayce and Chap...

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Amendment 2 needs a YES vote

To the Editor:South Carolina voters have an important choice this coming election day (Nov. 4). Will South Carolina remain the only state that elects the commanding officer of its National Guard? That question will be on Amendment 2 on the general election ballot.Our military experiences have taught us an important lesson. We need qualified officers leading our armed forces. Unfortunately, South Carolina’s current system of electing the state’s Adjutant Gener...

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Promising Chase turns sour for Kyle Busch

If Talladega had an innocent victim, it was Kyle Busch. Caught up in a wreck not of his making on Lap 103, Busch finished 40th and failed to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by seven points — after entering Sunday’s race at Talladega second in the standings.Busch’s race took a harsh turn for the worse after Aric Almirola tapped the rear bumper of JJ Yeley’s Toyota and started a chain-reaction crash on the backstretch. Busch sl...

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Sease receives life membership in LMM

Horace Sease received an honorary life membership in Lutheran Men in Mission on Sept. 21 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Newberry. Presenting the award are Ricky Long, president of Bethany LMM, and Pastor Bob McCollum.

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Political sign vandals should be ashamed

On land once owned by my great-great-great-grandfather, for forty-five years I have lived in Pomaria in the serenity of mind that I was neighbored by decent christian people. Recently, however, in the campaign for the S.C. Legislature, a shocking ugliness has appeared in our area. Representative McLeod’s signs for his re-election, though standing by the advertisements of his opponent, have been shredded, ripped apart, destroyed. We all have waited for a quick apology and a quick restora...

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Whitmire Community School tennis updates

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Community School’s girls’ tennis team played in two matches last week, the first against Newberry and the second against Abbeville.In the Newberry match, Whitmire won 7-0. In singles, Rebecca Glymph, Haven Coopock, Alexis Swain, Lauren Couch and Jenna Taylor all beat their opponent by making six points. In doubles, Rebecca Glymph and Jenna Taylor beat their opponents 8-1 and Caylee Ellison and Raegan Kendrick bested theirs 6-0 in two matche...

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Earnhardt Jr.’s Sprint Cup title aspirations end at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – As Dale Earnhardt Jr. went spinning madly on the backstretch, careening from the wall to the infield grass, these words painted on the wall appeared clearly on television via his in-car camera:“This is Talladega.”As if Earnhardt and the rest of the field of Sunday afternoon’s frenetic NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 needed a reminder where they were.

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Pentagon continues to trim military pay

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Sept. 30 that the Pentagon will continue pressing to trim military pay, pensions and housing allowances despite rejections by Congress.The Pentagon will also try again to reform the Tricare health care system and kill the A-10 attack aircraft despite nearly universal opposition from veterans service organizations, Work said at a Council on Foreign Relations forum.“This whole idea of compensation is absolutely critical. Compens...

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Family traditions begin at Camp Horseshoe

PROSPERITY — Experience from a former camp led Wilton Dennis to what has now become a large part of his life at Camp Horseshoe in Prosperity.Born in his grandparents’ house in Prosperity, Dennis has been the face of Camp Horseshoe since 1998.Dennis is a graduate of the University of Georgia and spent 35 years in Atlanta working with the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church before coming back home. The church had a program similar to the format of Camp Horse...

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Little Mountain woman stabs man

LITTLE MOUNTAIN — A Little Mountain woman was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature last week after she stabbed her boyfriend with a knife.According to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Saundra Gary, 45, of 97 Reunion Drive in Little Mountain, was released Oct. 16. Bond on the charge was set at $5,000.Deputies responded to the home on Oct. 14 to a report of a stabbing and found Monroe Columbus Combs hiding around the side...

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