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Infinity School holds Wright stuff for teen

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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 High School.A three-year ROTC member, he rose to the rank of Cadet Captain and company commander to Bravo Company.“I was a JROC officer and I really liked it,” he said. “JROTC was my favorite class.”

 

Newberry Opera House seeks volunteers

NEWBERRY — Volunteers at the Newberry Opera House have given over 225,000 hours to the Opera House since it reopened in 1998 and that donated time has saved the Opera House more than $1.6 million.Heather Hawkins, box office manager for the Opera House, said more of those volunteers — who are known as Ambassadors — are needed with the upcoming season gearing up in September.With 100,000 visitors a year and over 200 events and performances, Hawkins said t...

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Aughtry’s new chapter involves volunteering

NEWBERRY — Shirley Aughtry turned her love of people and Newberry into a job by working as an ambassador for the Newberry Opera House (NOH).Since retiring from Packaging Corporation of America, Aughtry has spent the past two years volunteering at the Opera House, ushering and giving tours to visitors.Just shy of two years ago, Aughtry said a friend of hers that also works at NOH called to tell her about the volunteer opportunities.She stopped in, went th...

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Medical, educational, spiritual benefits supplied to Haiti thanks to mission

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI — On Saturday, June 21, Dr. Mike and Karin White, their daughters Leanna and Lauren, Rachel and Levi Hoover (Clewiston, Fla.) and Brother Tom Dorsey traveled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to do medical mission work.The trip is a medical mission outreach Missions of Love for Haiti, a local non-profit organization.The $5000 raised during a walk-a-thon this spring combined with medical donations from area opthamologists and pharmacies as well as indiv...

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Grant awarded to improve Newberry community

NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry was awarded $706,863 for West End Mill Village water and sewer upgrades due to a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.Communities across the state are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by nearly $13.3 million in funds from the program. The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to 24 local municipalities, including Newberry, which represent 12,591 residents for various projects.

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Kahne’s win is a Daytona Double for JR Motorsports

DAYTONA, Fla. — It was a return trip to Victory Lane for Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a car owner for JR Motorsports.This time it was Kasey Kahne in his #5 Hellman’s Chevy Camaro rolling into the winners circle for the Subway Firecracker 250.In February, Dale Jr. had Regan Smith bring home the trophy. Friday night’s three-wide, white-knuckle racing saw Kahne barely edge out teammate Smith. The margin of victory was .021 seconds.It marked Kahne’...

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Chapin/Newberry takes 1-0 lead over Greer in playoff series

NEWBERRY —Behind the stalwart pitching of Gordon Ziesing, Chapin/Newberry American Legion won the first game of a best of five series with Greer, 12-2 Monday night.Ziesing faced twenty nine batters, struck out six, walked two, hit two, gave up six hits and two runs (one earned).The pitching and great defense retired Greer in order for the first three innings. A 1-3 double play in the fourth and a 3-6-1 double play in the fifth shut down scoring threats.G...

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An overview of oral health, dentures

Dr. Mary Tepper, dentist with S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Pee Dee Center and Saleeby Dental clinics in Florence County, presented her annual program to members of Newberry County Council on Aging on June 23.The subject was Oral Health Overview for community access to dental care for individuals with special needs, oral health as related to general health, denture information, and oral hygiene points to remember.

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VA quality-of-care update: Better or worse than private sector?

Half of the physicians who have experience practicing medicine at the Veterans Administration and the private sector since 2000 say the quality of care is worse in the VA system, according to a national survey of more than 1,500 doctors conducted by Jackson Healthcare.Fifty percent of the doctors who have practiced at the VA and in the private sector said the quality of care for military veterans is worse than in private practice. Thirty-one percent said it is about the same. VA do...

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House fire on Gulf Street Tuesday

NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday morning at 1634 Gulf Street.According to Fire Chief Keith Minick, it appeared to be a kitchen fire, but more information was not available at time of publication. Minick said the crews were able to contain the fire to the back of the house, which was in the kitchen.The family escaped safely, Minick said, but two animals were unable to get out. One firefighter was taken to the emer...

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Little League Minor All-Stars begin state tournament July 11

IRMO — The Mid-Carolina Little League Minors All-Stars won the District 3 Championship June 24 in Irmo.They now travel to Taylors to compete in the Little League State Tournament starting July 10.The All-Stars team consists of 9 and 10-years-old boys selected from the Prosperity, Little Mountain, and Pomaria area.Al Farmer, Jackson Owens, Tripp Richardson, Matt Moore and Blair Moore represent the Prosperity.Blake Mueller, Cameron Sease and Wil...

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Wings and things discussed at pilot’s breakfast Sunday

NEWBERRY — Around sixty planes flew into the Newberry County Airport Sunday morning as part of a breakfast tradition that dates back to 1938.President Gerald Ballard welcomed all those present and inducted new members.For the informal group there are no dues, and there is no constitution. Ballard is its only officer and there are no bylaws.This breakfast club is a group of aviators and flight enthusiasts who gather every other week at airports to share b...

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Former Newberry wrestler wins The Ultimate Fighter 19

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Former Newberry College wrestler Corey Anderson was crowned the light heavyweight champion of The Ultimate Fighter 19 with a 1:01 technical knockout of Matt Van Buren at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday.With his victory, Anderson is awarded a six-figure contract by UFC, which was presented by UFC CEO Dana White after the fight. He also won a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as part of the promotion of the show.He ran his professional MMA record ...

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Casio Grider called up to Triple-A Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Newberry College standout Casio Grider has been promoted to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, the Los Angeles Dodgers organization announced.Grider was promoted after 51 appearances for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, batting .195 with 17 runs, three homeruns, 10 RBIs and nine steals.He is the fourth former Newberry player to advance to Triple-A and the first since 1933.Grider is in his sixth season of professional baseball...

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Perfect Storm: Almirola’s storybook win a dream come true

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Aric Almirola loves to work on cars. To race them, he says is a bonus.And to become the first driver of Cuban descent to win in NASCAR’s top series, as he did Sunday at Daytona International Speedway for Richard Petty Motorsports, is fulfillment of a dream beyond any expectations.Almirola, 30, grew up not far from Daytona and raced go-karts in the shadow of the World Center of Racing. He attended the University of Central Florida and was...

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Claytor receives 2013 Deacon Livingston Award

NEWBERRY — Michael Claytor, a master deputy with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Deacon Livingston Award, presented to an employee who goes the extra mile and exemplifies humanitarian qualities and assistance to the publicA lifetime resident of Newberry County, Claytor came to work with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in May 2009 as a deputy and was assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol deputy.He...

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Eliminating war to eradicate Polio – Rotary International’s next challenge?

Polio, once a global scourge, was on the verge of eradication in 2012. Since that time, it has reemerged as a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization. Why has it now spread from its final strongholds in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan to at least 10 countries spanning Asia, Africa and the Middle East? It is not because of changes in the virus or ineffective vaccines. The answer is war, and as we all know, “truth is the first casualty of war.”

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A Mountain Justice Summer

The temperate, deciduous, mountain rain-forests of Central and Southern Appalachia are recognized as a biodiversity hotspot of global significance. In Eastern Kentucky stands Pine Mountain, among the most beautiful and biologically diverse mountains in the region — equipped with gentle views, waterfalls, endemic flora and fauna and undisturbed forests. In June the mountain was also home to a community dedicated to a sustainable Appalachia — the folks of Mountain Justice.

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