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Another new school year begins in Newberry County!

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A parent brings her child inside for his first day of school at Newberry Elementary School.Coach Dell Lever helps a student out of his car for his first day of school at Newberry Elementary.Kursten Long enjoyed her first day of first grade at Pomaria Garmany Elementary.Boundary Street Elementary students Sophie, Joseph, Emma and Trey are ready for their first day of school.Principal Reggie Wicker of Newberry Elementary stands next to a student who is now in kindergarten.Zoe Reid colors a picture in her first grade class at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary.Deanna Wilbanks walks her son Jake to his classroom on the first day of school.


South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs

This week we want to thank Carri Grube Lybarker, administrator, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, for speaking about the State agency that is designed to represent the interest of consumers throughout South Carolina. The organization’s responsibilities are to defend consumer affairs and help bring about change for the good of others, ranging their position to improve the quality of life for the citizens of South Carolina.The S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs is...

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GASB effect uncertain in Newberry

NEWBERRY — Most Newberry County local governments are still one year out in the new Government Accounting Standard Board’s (GASB) accounting process.In June 2012, the GASB approved two related statements that reflect improvements to the accounting and financial reporting of pensions by state as well as local governments and pension plans.

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Thanks for a friend

On Wednesday, August 13 I accidentally ran over my puppy, Tweety. While I looked at her whimper in pain, I could not help but blame myself because I knew there was no possible way I could get her proper medical attention due to my financial situation. However, I decided to go to the veterinarian hoping they would have a payment plan.When I arrived at Newberry Animal Hospital, they advised me there was a fee to be paid before she could be seen. I had less than $20 in my pocket. In t...

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Newberry Opera House has eclectic season planned

NEWBERRY — This season the Newberry Opera House will host over 100 performances of some of the greatest artists performing today.The season opens with Elvis, 40 or so of him, when the week-long Ultimate Elvis Festival roll (and rocks) into town. About the time Elvis leaves the Building – Art Garfunkel arrives.Garfunkel, half of the mega duo Simon and Garfunkel, will present an intimate evening of his favorite songs, and his reminiscences of an incredible care...

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Newberry picked seventh in SAC preseason poll

ROCK HILL — The Newberry Wolves’ volleyball team has been predicted to finish seventh in the South Atlantic Conference this season as the annual preseason coaches’ poll was released Monday. Sophomore Logan Hayward has been named second team preseason all-SAC.The Wolves are coming off a strong 2013 campaign where they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season.Newberry finished the season with an 18-13 overall record and 12-10 in th...

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Newberry County schools compete in swim meet

Swimming teams from Mid-Carolina High School, Newberry Academy and Newberry High School competed at a swim meet this past Monday.A swimmer from Newberry Academy uses a sidestroke in this race.A Newberry High School swimmer comes up for air as he competes.A swimmer from Mid-Carolina High School pushes to reach the finish line.

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NES student issues cold water challenge to teacher, principal

NEWBERRY — The 2014 school year had a chilly start at Newberry Elementary School as second-grader Gaillard Smith challenged his Montessori teacher Hayli Downs and NES Principal Reggie Wicker to the ALS ice/cold water challenge.At 1:30 p.m. the school gathered to watch Downs and Wicker go through with the challenge.“This says a lot that Gaillard would think so much of us to issue this challenge and marks a great way to kick off our school year at NES,” W...

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Little Mountain must fix improper zoning changes

LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The town of Little Mountain is facing issues with its current zoning ordinances after someone made changes to the town’s zoning maps without following procedure.The zoning maps, which are public record, show that zone types were changed and zoning lines were added on Jan. 30, 2007, and are initialed OLJ. No one is claiming responsibility for the changes.“Why this was done is a mystery, but we have to change the zones back so that our o...

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Love of flags leads to new venture

NEWBERRY — Vicki Fischer let one passion lead to another and it resulted in a new business — Newberry Flag and Garden — opening in downtown Newberry.Fischer owned and operated Sunset Tanning in Prosperity before opening Newberry Flag and Garden, which held a ribbon cutting on Aug. 9. Fischer also sold flags at this facility, but wanted to do more with that aspect of the business.When she saw 1216 Main St. in Newberry was available, she saw it as an oppo...

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Amid the bad news, much good news to be found

It was a tough week.First, there was the death of a young race car driver — a bizarre incident involving one of racing’s biggest stars. Days later, America mourned the loss of an actor and comedian beloved by many. Then, unrest in a small Missouri town where the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer prompted anger, protests, riots and looting.On the other side of the globe, there were new fears about the spread of the dreaded Ebola virus. And of co...

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CRDP/CRSC Programs: SecNav’s Explanation on Policy

There are two concurrent receipt programs available to Navy and Marine Corps retirees who have VA-rated disabilities. They are the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program and the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program. Retirees who receive VA disability payments have their retired pay “offset” (reduced) by the amount of VA pay.

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County plans Lynch’s Woods improvements

NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council will consider plans for repair work on four bridges in the 286‐acre wildlife park located behind the old National Guard armory off Wilson Road.The park is owned and maintained by Newberry County. The project will be voted on by Council at its Aug. 20 meeting. At a meeting of the Friends of Lynch’s Woods on Aug. 8, county officials laid out plans for bridge improvements.“There are a number of bridges in Lynch̵...

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Lawmakers and school officials: Stay out of our bodily wastes

Why is it that the same conservatives who so desperately want “big government” out of our lives are at the same time so darn eager to have officials involved in our urination? Despite major studies showing that suspicion-less drug testing is not an effective means of identifying or deterring drug use, state and federal officials continue to promote it. That is true of both school-based drug testing and random workplace testing.

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Newberry College nets 14 signees for 2015 season

NEWBERRY — Fourteen newcomers have been signed to the Wolves’ baseball roster for the 2014-15 academic year to bolster the already strong roster as the Wolves look to improve on a strong 2014 season.Newberry College head baseball coach Russell Triplett announced the following additions:Michael Gonzalez is a 5-foot-11, 180 pound outfielder from Wilsonville, Ore. Gonzalez played the last two seasons at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., and was named first team...

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Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory

BROOKLYN, Mich. — So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon.The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion broke away after a late caution to win Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.Gordon, who faced questions about his struggles on restarts earlier this season, passed Joey Logano at the start of lap 183 and kept his Chevrolet in front when Logano got next to him on the following lap. Logano fell back after falling out of...

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Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Sunday was a rough day on the track for rookie Kyle Larson.It got worse when he looked at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings after the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.An early pit lane collision with Dale Earnhardt Jr. damaged the left front of his No. 42 Chevrolet and his race ended on lap 98 when he hit the turn 4 wall. His car caught fire as it rolled to a stop but he was not injured.The last-place finished d...

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Chris Buescher claims first career Nationwide win At Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio — The math didn’t add up.Crew chief Scott Graves was in NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher’s ear, telling him he was two laps shy of making the finish. The thing was Buescher was in the lead by more than two seconds when he got the news.“Not going to lie. Scott about had my nerves shot there at the end,” Buescher said after Saturday’s race. “We were trying to save all we could there knowing that we wer...

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