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Academy helps boost interest in theater

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NEWBERRY — For the past three weeks, the Newberry Community Players has been holding a free Teen Theater Academy for interested children and teenagers.The academy, which was started four years ago, educates the interested youths in acting, set design, play writing and costumes as a way to promote creativity.“Nowadays, schools offer very little theater, and that is a shame because children who do theater end up being better writers and speakers,” said Ellen Hunt, board chair and artistic director of the Newberry Community Players.Hunt is the main voice behind the academy.


Zion youth attend Salkehatchie Camp

Zion youth Jonathan and Rachel and Elizabeth Richardson, along with Ryan Shealy, Hayden Bowers and Kyle Moore attended Salkehatchie Camp from June 28 until July 5 in Pendleton. Brennen Barber and Emma Fellers also participated.

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Newberry Church of God baptizes 17

Newberry Church of God had a water baptism service on July 20. Six adults and 11 children were baptized. The service and baptisms were conducted by the Rev. Michael Davis. Those pictured with Davis are Ricky Hamilton, Zachary Taylor, Shane Taylor, Gabriel Harmon, Danielle Harmon, Hunter Taylor, Chrissa Mace, Nicole Coats, Kayla Coats, Braxton Griffin, Faith Swift, Jonathan Baker, Alex Wise, Lynda Wise, Deloris Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and Melissa Mace.

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Spend quiet time with God

When we spend time with God, we are able to see things more clearly and feel His presence. It is so important to wait on the Lord and spend quiet time with Him.David probably spent a lot of quiet time with God when he was keeping his father’s sheep. Then later, when King Saul gave him such a hard time because of jealousy.David’s time with God was needed as a means of survival.“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thin...

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Thanks to businesses, communities

The ladies of The Newberry American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 24 want to express our thanks to The Newberry Observer for your gracious support with the Poppies fundraising project this year and in the past. We greatly appreciate your advertising our fundraiser for the benefit of our veterans and community.This project supports several programs for the veterans and their families, so we thank you and your staff. We would also like to thank Betty Brannon, Mayor Foster Senn, Walmart, Foo...

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Initiatives that give veterans an edge in the job market

Federal agencies aren’t trying to hire veterans just because they think it’s a nice thing to do. They’ve been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors — the president and Congress.To help agencies reach vet hiring goals, federal leaders have established several special pathways to federal jobs for vets. Taking advantage of these typically requires vets to submit particular paperwork and documentation.For more details, visit...

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National Night Out event is Aug. 5

NEWBERRY — Police, fire and city departments will bring the community together for the city’s National Night Out event on Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Marion Davis Park.National Night Out is a nationwide evening for neighborhoods across the country to get out and “give crime a going away party” through community awareness and involvement.The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office will provide free pizza and drinks to those in at...

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Wayfinding system to soon be in place for Newberry

NEWBERRY — Newberry will soon have a refreshing new look around town with the addition of wayfinding signage.Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt said two install dates have been set, with the first being Aug. 18-22, and the second, Aug. 25-29. Initially, they had three install dates beginning July 25, but production fell behind.The good news, DeWitt said, is that the signs will be in the ground by the Aug. 29, the original target date for completion.̶...

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Shoe drive takes in 2,700 pairs

NEWBERRY — Beginning in March, Keep Newberry County Beautiful, a non-profit organization that works under Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District, held a shoe drive to help residents of impoverished countries have a better life.When the drive ended last month, KNCB had collected 2,761 pairs of shoes, which equaled 2,642 pounds.“We worked with the organization funds2orgs to collect the shoes, and all those shoes ended up being shipped to third world coun...

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Camp H.O.P.E. starts next week in Newberry

NEWBERRY — “You may not always be able to go see the world, but you can always bring the world to you by reading.”This is a saying Ebony Young uses to guide her life.Young, 33, is originally from Newberry. Young began her career working at United Way of Midlands, with the You First teen pregnancy prevention program.Young attended Newberry High School, received her GED from Richland County Adult ED program, and attended Midland Tech where she ...

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So, Newberry, what’s in your attic?

NEWBERRY — In the summer of 1963, the Army and Air Force mounted the largest-ever peacetime maneuvers in U.S. history. Almost 100,000 troops were divided into the Red and Blue armies, and as the capital city of the mythical nation Columbia, Newberry played a starring role in the conflict.The Red and Blue forces fought fiercely for control of the “the center of the universe.” The airport was invaded, paratroopers dropped from the skies at the Hartford Community Cen...

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Burton, Douglas to wed

Martha Prophet and Elizabeth and MacArthur Douglas of Newberry, SC announce the engagement of their daughter, Shante Takia Douglas of Newberry, SC to Patrick Fitzgerald Burton of Newberry, SC.The groom-elect is the son of Patricia and Randal Wise of Newberry, SC.The bride’s maternal grandparents are Mary Suber and Alfred Abnathey, Sr. The bride’s paternal grandparents are Margie and Leroy Douglas.The groom’s maternal grandparents are Mary and...

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City fire department responds to incidents

NEWBERRY — City Fire Chief Keith Minick said their department responded to several calls on July 30 within the city limits.At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the city fire department responded to a child locked in a car on Kinard Street. The car was running with the air conditioning on, Minick said. The child was removed from the vehicle.Minick said he was unsure of how or why the child became locked in the car, but offered his advice to residents.

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SCDOT seeks public comment on bridge replacements

The S.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment for a proposed amendment to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to advance the replacement of the following bridges: Secondary Road 75 over U.S. 29 in Anderson County; S.C. 34 over Wilson Creek in Greenwood County; and S.C. 34 over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Newberry County.Send comments to Vivian Patterson, Public Involvement Manager, 955 Park St., P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202, or visit to...

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Aveleigh celebrates VBS

NEWBERRY — Seventy children attended and over 45 people volunteered for Aveleigh Fellowship of Presbyterians’ Weird Animals Vacation Bible School.Children and volunteers learned through Bible stories, music, crafts and puppets how “Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind.”The mission emphasis for this year’s V.B.S. was “Charity Water.” The offering received will go to help provide clean drinking water to people in need all over the wo...

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Gaza in the light of the stars

There is a solution to the difficult problem of war, but it is evolutionary. That feels bizarre to us humans, uncongenially abstract. No, we cannot grow new brains and hearts. But we can evolve how we think — and feel. We can become more responsive to what reality keeps screaming at us at the top of its lungs: a global population of seven billion and rising, along with nuclear weapons, asserts a grand limit, where the destructive potential of our sheer numbers and our weapons is bigger ...

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Administrative phone lines to the Newberry Sheriff’s Office and Dispatch are inoperable. 911 is working.

The administrative phone lines to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Dispatch are down. The 911 emergency lines are operating. Emergency calls are and will be accepted. Technicians are on the way to repair problem.

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Greg Biffle re-signs with Roush Fenway, but Carl Edwards won’t be back

INDIANAPOLIS, INd. —The good news for Roush Fenway Racing is that Greg Biffle will remain with the team as the organization’s veteran leader, after re-signing with RFR.On the flip side, Carl Edwards told the team more than a month ago, according to owner Jack Roush, that he will drive elsewhere next year.The high likelihood is that Edwards will join former RFR teammate Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing, though both Edwards and JGR brass have been mum on the su...

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