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Photos from the Ag Expo

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A personalized pumpkin sold by Newberry County Future Farmers of America.A bull relaxes during the heat of the day.Christina Martin cares for horse, C.A. Another Special Cat, before her barrel racing event.Newberry County Future Farmers of America pose in front of their display of mums and pumpkins.A closeup of the cake made by Alexis Sims, which won best in show. “It turned out better than I expected,” Sims said.Natalie Brook Boleher, 2, looks elated after making a new friend in the petting zoo. “That’s a big cow,” Boleher said.Elmer “The Spoon Man” Fleming sits near his truck before the start of the South Carolina High School Rodeo.


Fall events planned in Newberry

With fall quickly approaching, we are seeing a flurry of activity around the county. This past weekend, folks were able to attend the Newberry Ag Expo at the fairgrounds, take part in the South Carolina Elvis Festival, and attend the open house at Isabella’s Salon and Spa.Don’t miss the open house at the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray’s new location at 1510 Main St., Newberry this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Newberry student honored

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent summer commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. Newberry County student Brandon Simon was honored for maintaining high academic success. He was recognized by PTC area commission member George Piersol, left. Simon is an engineering graphics technology major.

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Build it and bikes will come

Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the phrase “If you build it, they will come” — which it immortalized.Well, how about “If you don’t build it, they won’t come”?When it comes to bicycles, cars, and public transportation, both sayings are true (even though one is decidedly catchier than the other).I recently moved back to Madison, Wisconsin after spendin...

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Photos from the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition

Mickell Jones warms up for the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.Troy Cunningham helps lead the competitors through stretches.Jordan Gambrell rears back before firing off a pass.The first-place finishers at the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition pose with their blue ribbons.

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Elvis visits Newberry, 19 of them

NEWBERRY — This past weekend 19 Elvises — 14 competitors and five headliners — invaded Newberry for the South Carolina Elvis Festival.“This is really neat performers and they are really talented. This is a fun weekend for the people in Newberry and it draws morale for South Carolina and other states,” said Mayor Foster Senn. “I hope it builds and gets better every year.”This was the second year the event has been held in Newberry...

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Community gets involved in Ag-Expo

NEWBERRY — Even though the weekend’s weather alternated between muggy and stormy extremes, the Newberry County Agricultural Expo offered food, fun and excitement to those in attendance.The Ag Expo brought farm equipment, food, merchandise stands, an art display, live music and plenty of animals to Newberry County Fairgrounds with a big assist from Newberry County Future Farmers of America.“We were here from Monday through Thursday,” said Reid Webs...

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Vocational Rehab is here to help

NEWBERRY — Substance abuse can be a life-limiting and often life-destroying disability, which is why South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation offices want to help those in need.Chad Ulmer, area supervisor for S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation (SCVR), said their departments offer help for people who are unable to get or keep a job because of drugs or alcohol. For those who are ready to overcome their addictions, Ulmer said they are able to help them realize their full potential a...

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Wolverines get clawed by the Eagles

WHITMIRE — After two back to back wins this season, the Whitmire Community School Wolverines (2-1) lost 26-15 Friday to the North High School Eagles (2-1) in the team’s second home game of the season.“They (Eagles) were bigger and stronger than us (Wolverines). They got some of the breaks we got the last two weeks,” said Coach Charlie Jenkins. “North has a good coaching staff. Their players speed and size got us.”Last Friday, Alex Elli...

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Bulldogs handle Chapin Eagles, 35-26

CHAPIN — Coach Phil Strickland’s 2014 squad couldn’t rest comfortably Friday night until the final horn had sounded signifying the Newberry High School Bulldogs’ 35-26 victory over Chapin High School.The Newberry graduating class of 2015 marks the first one since 1998 that did not lose to Chapin (3-1) during their four years as students.Newberry (3-0) scored on its first offensive possession after receiving the opening kick-off. An eight-play 73-y...

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Late score puts Newberry Academy Eagles on top, 22-20

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Academy middle school football team played their home opener Sept. 11 against Wardlaw at Setzler Field. Despite the muggy conditions, fans were treated to an exciting game that saw the Eagles pull out a 22-20 win with a late score.Newberry dominated the first quarter. After a quick three-and-out by the visiting Patriots, the Eagles began a drive at their own 37 yard line. Newberry methodically drove deep into Wardlaw territory, using the entirety of th...

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McLeod is a man of his word

It is my honor and privilege to support Representative Walt McLeod. With pride and respect, I have watched Walt McLeod work tirelessly for our district. If he is made aware of a worthwhile need in our community, no one tops his efforts to support the issue and bring positive results.

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Halloween carnival date announced

Hello everyone, local news on the way, after we send our birthday and anniversary wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy. He loves the cooler nights’ weather, and so do I.Birthdays, anniversariesHappy birthday to Janis R. Duncan, Jean Suber, Chipper Brock, Nick Norris, Mary C. Arrowood, Kelvin Whitener, Anthiny Brown, April Gilliam, Lois Ann McCauley, Brandon Crumpton, James Quinn, Chrystal Moss, Mikhail Moss, Janet McMurtury and Susan Hunnicutt....

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VA appointments updates for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Aug. 25 plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system.The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software. The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 d...

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Academy students learn about Civitan program

Newberry Academy’s Junior Civitans hosted their annual “Catch the Excitement” party on Sept. 5 at the home of Chad and Dana Connelly. The evening of fun and fellowship gave Academy students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to learn more about the Junior Civitan program and how they can become involved. Forty-five students attended the event and the Junior Civitans are looking forward to welcoming many new members to join them in another year of outstanding community service....

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Piedmont Tech to offer new occupational therapy assistant program

NEWBERRY — When Piedmont Technical College’s faculty and staff consider new program offerings, they look closely at the skills and training that will help students fill real employment needs in the region. The college’s latest offering is no exception.PTC is now expanding access to in demand training through a new occupational therapy assistant program, which will be housed at the college’s state-of-the-art facility in Newberry.“We’ve ...

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Mid-Carolina dispatches Batesburg-Leesville, 26-7

NEWBERRY — Mid-Carolina High School (2-1) played its most complete game of the season last Thursday against Batesburg-Leesville High School (2-2) and were rewarded with their most comfortable win of the season, dispatching the Panthers with a final score of 26-7.“The overall effort level was unbelievable,” said Louie Alexander, head coach for Mid-Carolina. “I thought our defense played well, our o-line played well, we ran the ball well. I’m very please...

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Mid-Carolina tennis team wins two matches

NEXBERRY — Mid-Carolina High School women’s tennis played Columbia High School at home on Tuesday.Mid-Carolina won 7-0.Elise Mills, Gabrielle Sanders, Haley Hughes, Gracie Eldridge and Riley Frazier won their singles matches.Madyson Murphy and Brooke Ball and Ashley Livingston and Arrington Tyalor won their doubles matches.Wednesday, Mid-Carolina traveled to Gilbert and won 5-1.Sanders, Hughes, Eldridge and Frazier won their s...

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