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Frogs are hoppin’ out all over Prosperity

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PROSPERITY — Prosperity’s Hoppin’, a festival built around Prosperity’s lineage as the town Frog Level, will honor Prosperity’s very own Frog Man, James Sizemore.So, how did Prosperity come to have a Frog Man?A few years ago, mysterious metal frog sculptures made of horseshoes started popping up all over Prosperity.The first one showed up near what was then the Back Porch Restaurant. Outside a Prosperity dentist office, a frog appeared with teeth. A red frog showed up near the fire station.Eventually locals learned the artist behind the work was Aiken native and Prosperity resident James Sizemore, who said he got the idea as he strolled through Lynch’s Woods.


Whitmire council begins planning next year’s budget

WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire’s next task will be to find roughly $35,000 to take out of the town’s budget, as discussed by council Monday.Council members Michael Thomas and Cassie Fowler met with Mayor Billy Hollingsworth on Monday for a brief outline of proposed revenue for the upcoming budget year. Other council members were unable to attend. The numbers presented are preliminary at this time and are not final.“There’s still some possib...

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Heichberger named ‘Doctor of the Year’

NEWBERRY — Lisa Heichberger finally broke her “non-attendance” record to Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s Doctor’s Day Soiree, just to be presented with the title Doctor of the Year on March 27.“Every time, every year, something would always happen to me on my way to the event,” Heichberger said. “So, after five years of this, I finally gave up and always RSVP’d no.”Heichberger works for Lovelace Family Medic...

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Boy Scout Troop 222 scores in shooting program

Boy Scouts from Troop 222 participated in the troop’s annual rifle and shotgun shooting merit badge program on March 1. For 10 years the scouts also have had a competition for a chance to win a rifle (junior sharp shooter age 11-13) and a shotgun (senior sharp shooter age 14-18) donated by Mid-State Dove and Quail group. This year’s winners were Chandler Dickert (rifle), Caleb Bickley (shotgun).

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Administrator explains fiscal policy philosophy during first budget work session

NEWBERRY — County Administrator Wayne Adams presented the preliminary county operating budget for 2014-15 at the first budget work session for the year Monday night.County Council Chairman Buddy Livingston thanked department heads and leaders for being good financial stewards of taxpayer dollars which enabled the county to have a contingency fund.Livingston said he “appreciates the work of leaders and department heads to meet their budgets and return money ba...

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A Chef’s Life wins Peabody Award

COLUMBIA — South Carolina ETV has won a Peabody Award for A Chef’s Life, a cooking/reality series that revolves around a high-end, farm-to-fork restaurant in eastern North Carolina.“We are honored by this award and thrilled to add Chef Vivian Howard to our list of Peabody Award winners Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Children’s Express Newsmagazine, and American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends. We and our partners at the ETV Endowment are com...

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Fuller recognized as Rotarian of the Year

NEWBERRY — At its annual spouse’s guest night the Rotary Club of Newberry recognized Kathy Fuller as Rotarian of the Year, an award presented annually to a Rotarian for outstanding service to the Newberry Rotary Club and to Rotary International and who exemplifies the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”The tradition began in 1998 when the late James F. Coggins was named the first Rotarian of the Year. Fuller is the 17th member to receive the honor. Fuller joi...

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Scavenger hunt headlines Prosperity’s Hoppin’ Event

PROSPERITY — James Sizemore’s art, which led locals to hunt around and figure out who he was, has inspired a children’s frog scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for this year’s Prosperity’s Hoppin’ with Arts and Antiques.Participants will begin the scavenger hunt at Southern Arts and Outdoors on the square. It will end at Frog Level Art Center on lower Main Street.Children will search the town businesses for frogs made by Sizem...

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