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Veterans give back to Freedom and Hope Foundation

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PROSPERITY — Bouts of dizziness and crippling migraines are a part of life now for Joe Merritt, who served in Iraq and in the Gulf War.But thanks to the work of The Freedom and Hope Foundation, the retired S.C. National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and veterans like him have a place of respite in Prosperity at the hunter’s lodge and hunting areas managed by a non-profit headed by Terry Cotney.“I showed up here, handicapped and recovering and I fell in love with what Terry has been doing,” Merritt said. “I renewed my faith in God out in these woods.”In 2004 the convoy in which Merritt was riding was hit by an improvised explosive device (EID) and he suffered traumatic brain injury.


Farmers group descends on Opera House

NEWBERRY — The ambassadors Newberry Opera House gave tours to one of their biggest groups this past weekend: 150 members of the S.C. Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association who were on the 2014 South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Summer Tour.“Last week we received a payment of $300, and with tickets being $2 a head, we did the math and figured out how many people would be apart of the tour and we realized how big the tour would actually be,” said Jim Li...

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School board OKs course name changes

NEWBERRY — A request to change high school course names was approved at the Newberry County School District Board of Trustees meeting this week.The decision to change the course names comes after Gov. Nikki Haley signed Act 155 in May, making the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) and Exit Exams no longer a requirement to earn a high school diploma. The changes will remove all courses that end in HSAP Prep to College and Career Test Prep.Cynthia A. Downs, assist...

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Shootings, fire could be connected to teen’s death

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Two random shootings within three days of one another and a house fire that was ruled accidental could be related to the July 20 shooting death of a 19-year-old Newberry man at a block party on Rikard School Road in Prosperity, according to local law enforcement.Newberry Police Lt. Roy McClurkin said officials believe the two shootings — one on July 21 and one on July 23 — are connected to the shooting death of Zemeckis Monteco Devante Houston, w...

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Whitmire discusses football, recreation improvements

WHITMIRE — The Town of Whitmire will establish a special committee to discuss the future of Whitmire’s recreation department as well as recreation needs, Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said Monday during a called meeting to discuss recreation.“The committee will work on things with Joey (Dillard),” Hollingsworth said. Dillard is the recreation director for Whitmire.Hollingsworth said he would like to have at least three people on the committee, with at...

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Annual tax free weekend starts Friday

NEWBERRY — For the 14th year, South Carolina will hold its annual sales tax holiday weekend this weekend, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending at midnight Sunday.During this weekend, South Carolina’s 6 percent state sales and use tax, as well as any applicable local sate and use tax, will not be imposed. Items that are tax free include clothing, accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, linens, furniture and much more, according to

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Newberry is making big strides

We’re fortunate in Newberry to have a vibrant small business community with a good mix of long-time and new entrepreneurs. Recent months have seen a great deal of small business activity.In Newberry Realty’s beautifully renovated Carpenter Building on Main Street, Angie Goings recently opened Krazy Daisy, selling ladies apparel and accessories. Vicki Fischer opened Newberry Flag and Banner with a fun selection. And Elizabeth’s on Main, a longtime downtown favorite...

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Camden pulls win out over Chapin-Newberry

SUMTER — After suffering a gut-wrenching 10-9, 10-inning loss to Inman Post 45 on Sunday in the American Legion baseball state tournament, Camden Post 17 head coach Craig Smith was interested to see what kind of team he would greet for the 30-mile trip to Riley Park on Monday.“I could tell when we met to ride the bus this morning they were ready to play,” said Smith, whose team let a late 6-2 lead slip away. “They took that loss personally, and they came rea...

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Little Mountain Reunion parade line-up

LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The following is the parade lineup for this weekend’s Little Mountain Reunion. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.1. Boy Scout Troop 612. Grand Marshall- Town Council3. Joe Pinner- Emperor of Little Mountain4. Rep. Walt McLeod5. Sheriff Lee Foster6. Senator Ronnie Cromer7. Little Mountain Beauty Queens8. Little Mountain Fire Department9. Cub Scout Pack 11110...

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Stepp signs with Newberry College

NEWBERRY — Newberry College head men’s basketball coach Dave Davis dipped back into his North Carolina recruiting roots and has signed Ragsdale High School’s James Stepp.The 6-foot-2 guard was the 2014 4A Piedmont Triad Conference Player of the Year while averaging 20 points per game and just below four rebounds and four assists from the point position. Stepp made the prestigious North Carolina East-West All-Star Game representing the West winning team.

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Newberry’s Revells headed to Limestone

GAFFNEY — Kelly Revells from Newberry College has been hired as head wrestling coach at Limestone College, the Upstate school announced.Revells had served Newberry as the head assistant wrestling coach since the program’s inception in 2005. He added men’s and women’s cross country head coach to his duties in 2012.

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Wolves earn 2013-14 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

NEWBERRY – The Newberry College men’s basketball coach team has earned its second academic award of the 2013-14 season from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Wolves have earned the Team Academic Excellence Award for the first time.The NABC’s Committee of Academics created this award following the 2012-13 season to honor teams who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. The Wolves achieved that with a 3.035 GPA following the sprin...

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American Legion donates to fall youth sports

Chapin American Legion Post 193 recently donated $300 to Crooked Creek Park for fall youth sports. Post Finance Officer Bob Johnson, right, receives the check from Tiffany Dinsmore, Safari Site supervisor.

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Post 193/24 to take on Camden-Inman

SUMTER — Chapin-Newberry’s offense was shut down and shut out in its 6-0 loss to Sumter on Saturday at the American Legion baseball state tournament.But no one would have guessed that on Sunday.C-N batted around in four separate innings against Spartanburg Post 28 – collecting 20 hits in the process – and got six innings of 1-hit ball from starter Danton Hyman in a 17-0, 7-inning rout at Riley Park to stave off elimination.Post 193/24 i...

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Monthly recap from your Chamber

Here at your Chamber, we routinely ask ourselves and others what additional programs or events we can do to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County. How can we better foster economic growth while meeting the needs of our communities? We want to hear from you.We are excited about the Newberry Community Hall landscaping and hardscaping currently underway. The City of Newberry and contractors have been steadily working to ready the...

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Whitmire veterans celebration a success

Hello everyone, local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes texted in from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.Birthdays, AnniversariesHappy Birthday to Butch Lawson, Anita Raines, Larry Hensley, Isabella Miller, Martin Miller, Eric Rast, Lucille Wood, Esther Starnes, Lisa Putnam, Kenny Putnam, Lisa H. Taylor, Beth Andrews, Laura Smith, Niane Bunch, Faye and Kaye Epps, Donna and Doug Maness, Maurice Glenn, Coretta Coleman, Rob Nelson, Stacy Greenway, ...

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Newberry Dogs baseball are Larry Sligh, Freddy Davenport and Bryan Eder. Players include Zacorolan Byrd, Jalen Caldwell, Davaun Davenport, Bentrez Douglas, Jacob Eder, Javon Gallman, Jadicus Reeder, Tramas Ruff, Tremarious Sims, X’Zavius Smith and Kyjuan Wise.Newberry Dogs baseball team included Zacorolan Byrd, Jalen Caldwell, Davaun Davenport, Bentrez Douglas, Jacob Eder, Javon Gallman, Jadicus Reeder, Tramas Ruff, Tremarious Sims, X’Zavius Smith and Kyjuan Wise.

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VA claims backlog update: Frequently overlooked claims

The long-standing slog within the Veterans Affairs Department to cut down its mountain of disability claims has been well documented. Or has it?The VA loves to talk about how it’s on track to reach its goal next year of completing all disability compensation and pension claims within 125 days — keeping them off the dreaded “backlogged” list. Frequently overlooked? The other two-thirds of VA claims — or more than 1 million requests — aren’t ...

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