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Hugo changed landscape, building codes in SC

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NEWBERRY — Hurricane Hugo changed the buildings in South Carolina 25 years ago. Anything that causes an estimated $5.9 billion in damages to a state will do that.“I worked traffic control right after Hugo,” said Ron Powell, a building inspector for Newberry County. “There was quite a bit of damage.”Edye Graves, chief building official for the city of Charleston, said she hopes she never sees a damaging storm as severe as Hurricane Hugo again.However, Hugo continued to impact the buildings of South Carolina and Newberry County long after the rain stopped.“South Carolina building code is kind of reactionary,” Graves said.


3D food printers are under development by Army

A mere six months after civilian manufacturer 3D Systems debuted the world’s first 3D-printer that prints food at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the U.S. Army is making progress adapting food-printing technology for use by troops on deployment.Research teams at several Army installations, most notably the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Massachusetts, are working to develop 3D food printers that are customized for the rigo...

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Newberry College hits record high enrollment for freshman class

NEWBERRY — Newberry College welcomed a record high 379 new students to campus this fall, a 19 percent increase compared to this time last year and the largest incoming class in the 157 year history of the college.The college enrolled 1,084 students for the fall 2014 semester. The total represents a 4.2 percent increase over last year’s total of 1,040. Enrollment totals included 277 freshmen, 86 transfers and 16 readmits. Seventy-six percent of the student body and 72 pe...

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Whitmire hosting Halloween carnival Oct. 25

Hello everyone, local news on the way after birthdays and weather commentary. Well, how did you all like the fall like temperatures last weekend? It felt more like homecoming weekend weather for Whitmire students and footballers.A few leaves were turning yellow on our trip to Perry, Ga. Speaking of leaves turning, one of my Canadian Facebook friends and listeners said three weeks ago their leaves were turning colors, and it was a cool 50 degrees. Not to be outdone, I told him our l...

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Wolves edged in double overtime by Catawba, 37-34

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves opened their 2014 South Atlantic Conference slate in thrilling – yet ultimately disappointing – fashion, as the scarlet and gray dropped a 37-34 double overtime loss to the Catawba Indians in front of a sold out Setzler Field on Saturday night.The two sides matched each other blow for blow throughout the night, with Newberry’s passing attack finding success while Catawba had a very balanced attack.Newberry had starte...

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CPC Lake Murray has new beginning

NEWBERRY — What could have been seen as a tragedy turned into a blessing for Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray after a storm caused a tree to fall onto their building at 1601 Martin St. in Newberry this summer.Instead of seeing the situation as a step back, executive director Michelle Nicholson saw it as a chance to move forward. That is exactly what the organization has done, getting ready to move into their new location 1510 Main St. in Newberry. An open house was held...

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Farm upbringing cultivates success for Priester

NEWBERRY — In the past two years, Ashley Priester has graduated as an undergrad from Clemson University, earned her master’s degree, married and started a new teaching job as agriculture education instructor for Newberry County Career Center.“It’s been so crazy,” Priester said. “It will settle down, but it’s been a blur.”Priester said she enjoys what she considers a 12-month teaching job.“I was planning a f...

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NCWSA changing disinfection methods following violations

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Water and Sewer Authority has changed its disinfection methods after it violated drinking water standards set by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.Brent Richardson, employee with NCWSA, said the violations come from a high level of Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acid 5 (HAA5) in water that was tested for DHEC. Richardson assured the NCWSA Board that this is not an emergency, and that the issue is being dealt with....

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Order Day is a Whitmire Community School tradition

WHITMIRE — On Sept. 8, the juniors and seniors at Whitmire Community School placed their Jostens orders.Juniors ordered class rings, and seniors ordered announcements, caps and gowns and memorabilia for their final year in high school.“Order day is always bittersweet. It is an exciting day, yet marks the beginning of the end of the students’ time with us. I know they are in good hands though. I have work with Mr. Gillis from Jostens for over 20 years. H...

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Five senior band members leaving a legacy

WHITMIRE — Every senior wants to leave a metaphorical “fingerprint,” a lasting mark of their senior year. These five outstanding senior members of the Whitmire Royal Regiment have given their all to being the best. This year is their moment of glory.Our first senior is a first-time band major, Thelma Cathcart. This young lady has dreamed since her rookie year to be on the podium leading the marching band. Thelma is a six-year veteran of the Royal Regiment. She has...

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Homecoming Week Spotlight at Whitmire Community School

WHITMIRE — Competition heated up last week as Whitmire Community School students competed with each other to show off their impressive style. On “Merica Monday” students showed their patriotic side, dressing in red, white and blue.Tuesday consisted of princesses, dalmatians and even pigs for “Character Day.”For “Western Wednesday,” the cowgirls and cowboys dusted off their best boots and flannel shirts. Covering the decades form ...

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Mid-Carolina dispatches Pelion, 42-21

PELION — Mid-Carolina High School’s football team focuses on the number one.“The number one means so much to us,” said Louie Alexander, head football coach for Mid-Carolina. “Taking in one game, one play, one-on-one match ups — the number means a lot.”However, Friday’s 42-21 win against Pelion High School was heavily influenced by the number three.It was Mid-Carolina’s third consecutive win, their third win...

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Bulldogs suffer first loss of the season

NEWBERRY — Nearly 1,000 yards of offense was collected between Newberry and Broome high schools Friday night at Mike Ware Field as the Centurions (4-1) handed the Bulldogs (3-1) their first loss of the season, 41-27.Newberry won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. Broome led off the game with an onside kick and recovered the ball after it traveled 13 yards.Keeping the ball on the ground three straight plays, Demarcus Jackson scored on a 10-yard r...

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Football coach building team morale

WHITMIRE — Head football coach Charlie Jenkins has a game plan for the Wolverines. This game plan is to get the Wolverines’ mindset into team mode, boost morale and create a winning momentum.One incentive comes in the form of the new T-shirts the players are wearing. There is a black T-shirt with the gold letters “TCB” (Taking Care of Business) and a gold wolverine paw on the front. These shirts are for players that came to every summer practice and weight t...

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Is the foreign-policy elite clueless?

The American foreign-policy elite seems to have no idea what it’s doing.Americans may believe the government — especially the foreign-policy side — is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last few decades, one has to wonder.The current crop of policymakers, like earlier ones, know what they want to do: make the world safe for American leadership — or, less euphemistically, American hegemony: No rivals for American ...

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Eagles suffer first loss of the season

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Academy middle school football team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to King Academy 14–0 last Wednesday at Setzler Field.The Eagles kicked off to open the game, and the visiting Knights struck quickly. On second down, King had a 54 yard run to the Newberry eight yard line.The Eagles tightened on defense, but the Knights were able to punch the ball in from the three on fourth down. After the conversion failed, King held a...

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Wolverines clip the War Eagles wings, 28-14

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Community School’s Wolverines defeated Wagener-Salley High School’s War Eagles 28-14 last Friday during Whitmire’s homecoming game.The Wolverines started off with a bang, scoring one touchdown at the 11-minute mark and then scoring another at the seven minute mark when Austin Jenkins ran through the War Eagles to score. West Jenkins, Austin’s twin brother, carried the ball for a two-point conversion making the score 14-0.

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Whitmire defeats Chester two days in a row

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Community School’s girl’s tennis team played against Chester High School on Monday and Tuesday last week.In the Sept. 15 game, Whitmire defeated Chester 7-0. In the singles matches, Rebecca Glymph, Haven Coppock, Alexis Swain, Lauren Couch and Jenna Taylor each defeated their Chester opponent by 6 points. In doubles, Rebecca Glymph and Haven Coppock won 8-0 and Caylee Ellison and Raegan Kendrick won 6-1 and 6-0.During the Sept. 1...

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