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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.


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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Ty Dillon holds off Kyle Busch for first Nationwide Series win

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ty Dillon held off a charging Kyle Busch in the closing laps of the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he had to win the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of his career with a fuel cell approaching empty.Dillon grabbed the lead from Busch, the pole winner, moments after a restart on Lap 77 of 100. He soon opened a lead of one second over the most prolific winner in series history, but it wasn’t without some pinpoint calculation...

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Gulf War syndrome update: Presumptive Conditions Rejected

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines for Gulf War veterans. Officials said they cannot prove the high rate of these illnesses among Gulf War vets are related to military service.VA officials said the number of brain cancer deaths for soldiers exposed to sarin gas was too low to be conclusive, though it was double the rate of soldiers not exposed. And the rate of lung...

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What you need to know about skin cancer

Lois Eubanks, executive director of the S.C. Cancer Alliance, will address an overview of skin cancer. July was Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and July is UV (ultraviolet ray) Safety Month.S.C. Cancer Alliance is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the impact of cancer on all people in South Carolina. Eubanks is no stranger in Newberry, having promoted SC Tobacco-Free Collaborative for the past several years in Newberry Notes.Skin cance...

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Apollo 11 an achievement worth remembering

July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America’s great triumphs.Forty-five years earlier, the eyes of a nation were transfixed to their black and white TV sets to watch history unfold as an American astronaut stepped foot on the grey lunar soil. Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on ground not of this Earth.It was a remarkable feat, one which is unparalleled in world history. Since the beginning of mankind, humans had gazed at the bright sphere hundreds...

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Veterans give back to Freedom and Hope Foundation

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 f...

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