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Shealy’s new mission: promote recruitment, retention

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NEWBERRY — Gene Shealy is making the safety of Newberry County citizens his number one goal with his promotion as the captain of Recruitment and Retention for the Newberry Fire Department.Shealy came off his shift work June 30 to help with day to day operations. The promotion is part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awarded to the department.The grant will fund 100 percent of the position for four years. At the end of those four years, the City of Newberry will have to decide to continue the position, or let it go.


Just a “small-town” girl

I guess I would consider myself a “small-town girl.” I’ve lived in Newberry my whole life, but honestly I can’t think of another place that I’d rather be. Earlier this week I was reminded of just how blessed we as a community are to have a place like Newberry.I had a meeting at the Opera House Monday afternoon to speak with a lady who was grateful to share her story about being a volunteer there, spreading her love of Newberry and the Opera House to al...

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Columbia robbery suspect caught on I-26 in Newberry County

NEWBERRY — Deputies with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office caught a bank robbery suspect Thursday morning on I-26 near the S.C. 219 exit thanks to inter-agency cooperation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and S.C. Highway Patrol.Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said 51-year-old Lyle Patrick Burnett entered a bank in the 9000 block of Two Notch Road just before 11 a.m. but something caused him to flee. Law enforc...

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Newberry Fire Department updates on calls

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Fire Department responded to three calls on July 8.Fire Chief Keith Minick said the first call was a 6:38 a.m. report of smoke coming from a home on Clarkson Avenue.Minick said the fire department made entry into the home and found a dryer on fire. The fire was contained to the dryer. The department assisted with removing the dryer and smoke from the residence.The second call was a fire in the kitchen of a Gulf Street home at 12:3...

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Renwick, Shull to wed

Together with their parents, Christine Elizabeth Renwick and Brian Dwight Shull announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Christine is the daughter of Marc Renwick and Laurie Renwick both of Newberry. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. (Bill) Neel and Mrs. Jeanette H. Renwick and the late George J. Renwick all of Newberry.Christine’s great-grandmother, Mrs. Cleo Wise, will be 105 years old on July 16th and resides at Springfield Place. Christine is a...

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Focus on Jesus

Even through the numerous trials we have to go through, we can survive them all if we focus on Jesus. If we chose to keep our eyes on God and not the situation we are facing, God will take us through the problems.When we look to the Lord, we exercise an act of faith that can mean the difference between victory and defeat in our personal lives.We have a choice. We can be obsessed with our problems, constantly keeping them on our mind or we can concentrate on the Lord Jesu...

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Girls, Boys State delegates honored

NEWBERRY COUNTY — The American Legion Post 24 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 honored Palmetto Girls and Boys State delegates with a dinner July 8 along with their families.Girls State at Presbyterian College and Boys State at Anderson University were held the week of June 8. The programs are nationwide Americanism and government training program for students who have just completed their junior year of high school.Through participation, delegates may better ...

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Mid-Carolina Dixie Ozone Team finishes runner up in tournament

NEWBERRY — The Mid-Carolina Dixie All Stars Ozone 11-12 year old team traveled to Ridge Spring Monetta for the District 3 tournament June 19 through June 24.The first game of the tournament matched Mid-Carolina and Edgefield-Johnston. Mid-Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a homerun by Alex Riley. Edgefield-Johnston entered the scoring column in the bottom half of the first to make the score 2-1 Mid-Carolina.After two scoreless innings, Edgef...

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Latest nationwide data on VA healthcare delays released

On June 19 the Department of Veterans Affairs posted the second in a series of bi-monthly data updates showing progress on its efforts to accelerate access to quality health care for veterans who have been waiting for appointments.Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson announced that VA has now contacted approximately 70,000 veterans across the country to get them off of wait lists and into clinics for medical appointments.Gibson also announced the release ...

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Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing.The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, “a defining feature of politics today.” In the public’s eye, Washington gets most of the blame for this.

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C/N breaks out brooms versus Greer

NEWBERRY — Not even a downpour could dampen the momentum of Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball Wednesday as the club overcame soggy field conditions to log a 13-1 win and sweep Greer 3-0 in playoff action.As of 5:30 p.m. the infield at Newberry College contained a lot of water but by 8:15 p.m. the Newberry College grounds keeper had the field ready for Greer Post 115 and Chapin-Newberry Post 193-24.Chapin-Newberry staked a strong claim to a sweep in the botto...

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Mid-Carolina Dixie Minors All Stars summarize season

PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina Dixie Minors All Stars team played for its sub-district game in Johnston the weekend of June 13, where they defeated other all-star teams from Ridge Spring, Edgefield and Saluda.Losing their game against Clinton, the team finished second place in the sub-district.The weekend of June 20, the all-stars played a tournament in North Augusta and won the championship in the top bracket.Beginning June 27, they began playing the dis...

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County Auditor named association president

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Auditor Donna W. Lominack was installed as president of the South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) on April 11. The position is for the 2014-15 fiscal year.SCATT consists of members from all 46 counties in the state of South Carolina.Lominack has served Newberry County since 1977 and was elected Newberry County Auditor in 2008. She is in her second term as Auditor.“I am honored that ...

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Teen Theater Academy begins July 15

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Community Players will begin the Teen Theater Academy on July 15.Sponsored by the Bill and Mary Carter Charitable Foundation, the Newberry Community Players Teen Theater Academy will feature four weeks of study in sewing costumes, set design, acting and play writing.The Ritz Theater will host the classes each Tuesday and Thursday from July 15 to Aug. 7. Students ages 8 to 12 are invited to attend the Thursday afternoon acting class. All othe...

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Kisses is the ‘Pet of the Week’

Kisses is a boxer mix. He is black with white on his face, chest, tail and feet. He is thought to be about 10-11 months old. You might be the person he is waiting on. For more information about adopting Kisses or other area shelter pets, visit

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Country Club of Newberry hosts junior tourney

The 37th S.C. Junior Match Play Championship was held this week at the Country Club of Newberry by the Carolinas Golf Association. Approximately 124 golfers between the ages of 8 and 18 qualified but only the top 64 made it to round one. Will Eckstein of Newberry (holding putter) is shown preparing to make his shot while Jake Montgomery of Newberry tees off to begin his round Wednesday on Hole 10. Kiana Jones from Columbia is also pictured teeing off Wednesday afternoon. The rounds were separ...

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Bank robbery suspect apprehended in Newberry County

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended a bank robbery suspect Thursday around 11 a.m. in partnership with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.According to the NCSO the section of Interstate 26 west bound near S.C. Highway 219 was closed so deputies could position themselves on exit ramps with tire deflation devices.The suspect avoided the devices but ran off into the shoulder of the road where he was apprehended without incident....

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Infinity School holds Wright stuff for teen

NEWBERRY — Newberry’s Mark Wright navigated some rough waters as he completed his final year of high school.Thanks to the intervention of his father, Anthony Wright, and the teachers at the Newberry County School District’s Infinity School, especially Director and educator Tonya Jeter, Mark said he was able to return to making positive life decisions and turn his circumstances around.Until his senior year Wright was a leader on campus at Mid-Carolina Hi...

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