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Three arrested in Newberry County home invasion

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NEWBERRY — Three young men were arrested in connection to a home invasion that took place on May 23.An early afternoon call on May 23 resulted in deputies and investigators responding to a home invasion that occurred on S.C. Highway 395 in Newberry.Deputies responded to this location and found that the residents were at home asleep when they were awakened by loud noise and forced entry of their home. The residents described the individuals as three black male subjects in masks. One of the residents was pulled from his bed and assaulted while the other managed to escape through the window of his locked bedroom and run for help.


How do non-smokers smoke a half-pack a day?

Which would you choose: a) keeping a job that exposes you to a known cancer-causing agent or b) possibly being unemployed?Many members of our local food service and hospitality industries face that very choice.Secondhand smoke is the combination of “sidestream” smoke (the smoke given off by a burning tobacco product) and “mainstream” smoke (the smoke exhaled by a smoker). Servers and other staff members in businesses that allow indoor smoking inha...

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Public hearing upcoming for rezoning property

NEWBERRY — The property located at 913 Cline St. in Newberry could soon be rezoned from R-6 Residential to Limited Industrial as discussed by the Planning Commission on Monday.Currently there are 11 acres on the property, according to Ward Braswell, director of planning and development for the city of Newberry. The back half of the property is already zoned as Limited Industrial, Braswell said.“The owner is wanting to sell it and asking for it to be rezoned,&...

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Lieutenant governor visits Council on Aging

NEWBERRY — To help gain first hand experience and to assist in his new position as lieutenant governor, John Yancey McGill met with the Newberry County Council on Aging on Monday to meet with the center’s members and assess their needs.“When I was sworn in as lieutenant governor a few weeks ago, my first priority was to see the conditions of senior centers and the programs they provide for their seniors,” said McGill.

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4-H projects lead to family goat farm

POMARIA — The name Isaac means laughter, but gardening is a serious matter for 6-year-old Isaac Epting.This spring, he rolled up his sleeves and helped with a 4-H pilot project garden at Springfield Place. He also uses his green thumb on a 4-H garden at his Pomaria home.Isaac has a row nearly 75 feet long where he raises cream peas, pink ladies, heirloom tomatoes, okra, watermelon, bell peppers, eggplant, jalapeno peppers and Lima beans.He started in Feb...

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Mother-daughter give back to community as playwrights

NEWBERRY — Articles in The Newberry Observer that not only verified a story Buffy Summer thought was urban legend or an idle tale but brought it to life inspired the Newberry Community Players’ production for August.The original play was co-written by Summer and her mother, Sue Summer, a frequent contributor to The Observer.Buffy heard her mother talking about the summer of 1963 and the Swift Strike the year of its 50th anniversary. But she knew her mother...

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VA ID card update: action needed to obtain new VHIC

The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased security for your personal information - no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a salute to your military service.The emblem of your latest branch of service is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed. The VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and will be issued only to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health car...

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Rep. Walt Mcleod reviews 2014 Legislative session

The Honorable Walton McLeod, S.C. Representative, House District 40, is guest this week. He will present his annual report of issues and accomplishments of the legislative bills enacted during the 2014 Session. It is a privilege to present this information to enlighten Observer patrons of updated legislation:Thank you for allowing me to represent the people of Newberry County in the State House of Representatives. It is a high honor representing you and serving as your voice in the...

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Mitch Riggs named to NABC Honors Court

NEWBERRY — The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced rising Newberry College junior Mitch Riggs has been named to the 2013-14 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.Riggs completed his sophomore season on the hardwoo...

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McElwee promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH — Newberry College alumnus Josh McElwee has been promoted to the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans by the Texas Rangers organization, making his first appearance back home in the 2014 season Friday night.This is McElwee’s third stint at Myrtle Beach in the last three seasons. A 20th round draftee in 2012, McElwee is a native of Andrews, less than 60 miles from the Pelicans’ home at Field.McElwee earned a hold, pitching 2.0 innin...

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McCutcheon named assistant coach at Newberry College

NEWBERRY — Terence McCutcheon has been hired as the new assistant basketball coach at Newberry College.McCutcheon replaces Rob Perron, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Catawba. McCutcheon played for Head Basketball Coach Dave Davis at Pfeiffer and was the team MVP is 2002.“We are extremely excited to add coach McCutcheon to our basketball family,” said Davis. “He has a complete understanding of what we are all about and has seen...

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Snyder promoted to associate head baseball coach

NEWBERRY — Jay Snyder has been promoted to associate head baseball coach, effective immediately.Snyder has served as an assistant coach for the Newberry baseball program for six seasons. He was elevated to recruiting coordinator as the Wolves have made their resurgence to one of the prominent teams in the South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region.

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Newberry signs Irmo’s Xavier Hill

NEWBERRY — Xavier Hill of Irmo High School has signed to play basketball for Newberry College, the school announced.Hill is no stranger to Newberry or Newberry College as his parents were married in the college chapel and almost all of his family lives in the town.“Like many young men I have been fortunate to coach, Xavier Hill was grossly under-recruited,” said Head Basketball Coach Dave Davis. “He can really play and he will have a chance to mak...

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Cyclists race over 200 miles for a cure

NEWBERRY — In six years Bill Sweezy of Greenville never missed a mile of “A Ride to Remember” but this year the veteran cyclist had a mishap and wrecked, destroying his bike and injuring his leg.However, Leslie, who was an original racer in EVENT, received medical attention and vowed to continue riding the following day as soon as his replacement bike arrived.A small bike crash does not compare to what a family faces when dealing with Alzheimer’s ...

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City log

The following incidents were reported by Newberry City Police:— Shaka Walker, 26, of 492 Edwards Road in Carlisle, along with Alicia Woodard, 39, of 20 Blue Rock Lane in Blair, and Derricia Bates, 20, of 2701 Possum Branch Road in Blair, were charged with shoplifting and conspiracy to shoplift on July 8. A reporting officer responded to Walmart in reference to shoplifters. The complainant told the officer that the three females all took and concealed merchandise on their pers...

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General Sessions guilty pleas

NEWBERRY — Judge Eugene Griffith accepted the following guilty pleas during General Sessions Court held July 7 through July 11:— James Anthony Crosby Jr., 25, 503 Smith St., Whitmire, failure to stop for blue light, 24 months, suspended; 24 months probation, credit time served.— Andrew Khiry Ward, 22, of 196 Ridgeland Drive, North Augusta, financial transaction/card fraud, $500 or less, time served.— Bobbie Lewis Epps, 44, of 290 Brooks...

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Ninety Six National Historic Site to join other parks in consolidation

ATLANTA — Four National Park units in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia — including Ninety Six National Historic Site in Ninety Six in Greenwood County — will consolidate operations on or about Sept. 1.The four units represent significant stories of the American Revolution in the southern United States.“This action will ensure financial sustainability, provide more efficient use of resources, and help these parks to better ser...

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A new look, thanks to you

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Observer is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Newberry Observer is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigne...

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