Rotary honors students, teachers of the month

Rotary Students of the Month for March were: Cole Whitmire, Justin Long, Carnisha Jones, Cazmera Gray, and Kaitlyn Noble. Teachers of the Month were, back row, Maria Howe and April Session.Rotary Students of the Month for April were: front row, Kara Dominick, Amanda Crane, Kentrel Whitmire. Back row, Jack Huggins and Trey Martin. Teachers of the Month were Christie Allison and Lauren Senn.

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Little Mountain Elementary celebrates career awareness

LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Little Mountain Elementary has been celebrating Career Awareness. Although everything we do in education is ultimately school-to-work related, we place a major emphasis on the relationship between school and the future during this time of year. The three major objectives for Career Education on which we focus at the elementary school level are:• To help students realize the importance of work• To help students understand how good work ...

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Council approves funding requests, will hold budget work session Monday

NEWBERRY — As it looked toward Monday night’s budget work session, Newberry County Council unanimously approved several funding requests Wednesday night, including one for a Whitmire fire station as council accepted a low bid from W.E. Baker and sons.Whitmire Fire Chief, Michael Thomas said he and other volunteers are looking for the most economical ways to renovate the old furniture store into a fire station, including doing the painting themselves.Council u...

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Council discusses chicken ordinance, town tobacco policy

PROSPERITY — Prosperity residents are one step closer to being allowed to own up to six chickens per family dwelling within the town limits, after town council unanimously approved first reading of revisions to its chapter 92 ordinance related.The ordinance, a modification of a Cayce ordinance, requires chicken owners to have at least a half acre lot and purchase a $20 permit.The ordinance prohibits residents from owning roosters.Council discussed the issue, and at...

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Leaders work towards a more thriving Newberry County

NEWBERRY — Community leaders had decisions to make Tuesday during another Cultivating Community event, as their funding will run out in September. The group was originally funded by a CAST grant.Motivational speaker Charles Weathers, with The Weathers group out of Columbia, asked the leaders where they believed they saw themselves heading after the funding was no longer available.The options Weathers presented to the group were to call it quits, make themselves the...

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Controlled burn off Highway 66

NEWBERRY — The US Forest Service will conduct a controlled burn off SC Hwy. 66 between Jalapa Road and Flint Hill Road west of Whitmire, SC. The burn will consist of approximately 1000 acres and it is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The smoke should travel to the east of the burn.

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WhatsApp with the Estate Tax?

What does Facebook’s recent purchase of WhatsApp have to do with the estate tax? Actually, a good bit, if you’re concerned about America’s concentration of wealth.Why? Because an economy needs effective checks and balances. A tax on inherited fortunes essentially operates as an app that counterbalances the impact of events like Facebook’s acquisitions on our nation’s concentration of wealth.

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America’s Peace Ship

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.Probably the first of these maritime vessels was the notorious Ford Peace Ship of 1915, which stirred up more ridicule than peace during World War I.

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NCMH prepares to run for their life

NEWBERRY — Combining the efforts of health and good fun, the Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s Wellness Center is putting on their 10th annual Wellness Weekend on April 18-19.Events to promote health and wellness will be held on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Wellness Center. Free wellness screening services such as body composition tests will be given to the public.“That’s kind of like our big kick-off event,” said Benn Pratt, ex...

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Huggins, Liptak to wed

Reverend and Mrs. Joseph Robert Huggins of Sumter, SC announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Ruth to Mr. David Zade Liptak, both of Newberry, SC.The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Liptak of Newberry, SC.The bride’s maternal grandparents are Mrs. Catherine Cowan of Greenwood, SC and the late Mr. Earl Cowan.The bride’s paternal grandparents are Mrs. Mae W. Huggins of Hemingway, SC and the late Mr. Joseph Huggins and th...

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Newberry PG signs with Denmark Tech Panthers

NEWBERRY — After guiding Newberry High School to the final four in the AA girls basketball playoffs, point guard Arnasia Boyd realized a dream Monday when she signed to play basketball for the Denmark Tech Panthers.Boyd joins several Lady Bulldogs in the college ranks from recent seasons including Khadijah Mathis (Tri-County Tech), Kristi Hawkins (Newberry College) and Tyndell Mendenhall (Erskine).Denmark Tech Assistant Coach Javon Gilliard said the school was exci...

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Avery honored at business appreciation event

NEWBERRY — Thirty-five percent of county jobs are in manufacturing, something the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce recognized at its ninth annual business appreciation dinner on April 10.County Director of Economic Development Teresa Powers expressed appreciation to county businesses while recognizing how manufacturing jobs and payroll add to the tax base and help stimulate the local economy.County Councilman Les Hipp recognized fellow county councilmen Scott Ca...

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Whitmire considering ban on texting while driving

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Town Council has voted unanimously to have an ordinance written to ban texting while driving within the city limits of the town.“I know Clemson, Greenville and other cities are doing it now,” Councilwoman Cassie Fowler said Monday during the meeting.Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said the idea was brought to him via a letter to the town asking if it would consider an ordinance.The first reading of the ordinance will be held at ...

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Car-tractor trailer wreck causes detour, no injuries

NEWBERRY — A Monday afternoon wreck between a logging truck and a vehicle caused no serious injuries to passengers, though the wreck caused a major traffic detour in the Whitmire area.The wreck occurred near the intersection of S.C. 121 and U.S. 176 about halfway between Newberry and Whitmire.Officials with the S.C. Department of Transportation, S.C. Highway Patrol and area law enforcement closed S.C. 121 until the accident could be cleared and the road declared sa...

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Kids compete in track and field events

NEWBERRY — Track and field enthusiasts came out April 12 to Newberry High School for the Hershey’s Track and Field Games, hosted by the City of Newberry’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department.Participants took part in events such as the 100 meter dash, 800 meter run, standing long jump, and softball throw.Groups based on age and gender competed, with the top scorer from each group advancing to the state meet on June 7 in Mt. Pleasant. The final com...

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Levers know God has hand in farm’s success

POMARIA — The four Tennessee teenagers who kept law enforcement at bay for nearly 10 hours on April 3 didn’t know that the strawberry farm they chose to stop at was founded on a deep belief in God’s plan but its owners — Todd and Lynette Lever — are firm believers that God is what helped lead them there.When the teens were finally apprehended, several had pockets full of the season’s first berrries, a bit underripe but full of sugar and nutrition...

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Graham celebrates 35 years at The Observer

NEWBERRY – Ask Sammy Graham what he likes about working for The Newberry Observer and he’ll look you dead in the eye, pause, then say: Everything.And he means it.For the past 35 years, Graham has worked in the press room at The Newberry Observer, bending plates, filling ink wells, loading cumbersome rolls of newsprint, catching papers – what we in the newspaper business call stacking the papers as they come off the press – and making sure that eve...

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