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Local organization receives major donation

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NEWBERRY — Freedom & Hope Foundation recently received an anonymous donation of four state-of-the-art, all terrain wheelchairs — valued at $15,000 each — that will enhance hunting and fishing experiences for wounded veterans.“In the past, we have entertained quadriplegics, but these chairs will open the door to host even more,” said Terry Cotney, executive director of Freedom & Hope Foundation. “We took the chairs to the woods and tried a few of them out with our deer stands, and drove them under them, and they worked well.”


Parrish takes over as executive director of Institutional Effectiveness

NEWBERRY – Donald W. Johnson-Taylor retired as Newberry College’s executive director of Institutional Effectiveness on Aug. 1. Sid Parrish Jr., associate director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and SACS associate accreditation liaison, assumed the role of executive director on Aug. 2.Parrish has 14 years of experience in higher education. He joined Newberry College in 2006 as assistant professor of chemistry and was advanced to associate professor in 2008...

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VA health care access and medical facilities updates

Navy Bible Policy: The Navy has rescinded its directive to have religious materials removed from base lodging facilities.The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is reported it has reached out to over 217,000 veterans to get them off wait lists and into clinics, has decreased the number of veterans on the Electronic Waiting List (EWL) 40 percent within a two-month period, and more than 22,000 veterans have received accelerated appointments and have been removed from the EWL....

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AARP volunteer program provides real possibilities

This week Doris J. Gleason, director of Community Research Outreach for AARP in South Carolina, is the guest spokesperson. She will discuss the importance of volunteering and the types of AARP volunteer opportunities available in South Carolina.Volunteering is important because it connects you with others. The right selection can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and phys...

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Sobriety checkpoints help cure the common crime

Do you know why drunk driving is the most frequently committed crime in this country? Or why convicted drunken drivers continue to drink and drive?One in three people arrested for DUI has a prior conviction for drunk driving.MADD’s publication DRIVEN states there is one simple answer. They realize that their chances of being detected, apprehended/arrested for breaking the law are remote. These realities have plagued law enforcement officials and highway safety advo...

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Newberry County coaches highlight preseasons

NEWBERRY — Newberry County’s football coaches came together Monday for the first gathering of the Newberry County Touchdown Club..Charlie Jenkins, Whitmire High School’s coach, told the group they had about 30 kids on the team this year, which he felt was a substantial number from a school with about 130 students.Jenkins said the number of students willing to play is a credit to former coach Donald Addis. There are four seniors on the team this year....

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Whitmire’s art guild plans upcoming events

WHITMIRE — Peggy Brickles with Whitmire’s Pearl of the Piedmont Artisans Guild said the group will continue moving forward having completed the town’s Art in the Park event last weekend.The group will hold a jewelry workshop at Rebecca’s Salon on Church Street in Whitmire from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 11. The instructor for the workshop is Joe Johnson of Whitmire.The fee is $20 per person. Brickles said participants must pre-register and pay the fee...

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Students recognized for academic achievement

Students Lacy Hawkins and Josue Gomez from Gallman Elementary earned perfect scores on various PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) tests.Students Kaitlyn Brown, Kyle Fulmer, Amber Lingefelt and Emma Wicker from Little Mountain Elementary School were among the students from the school who earned perfect scores on various PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) tests. Not all students were present for the ceremony.Students Andrew Green, Grayson Long, Sabrin...

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Garden variety mushrooms? Nope …

NEWBERRY — A rosebush, flowers and giant clusters of brown mushrooms can all be found in Joy Cooper’s backyard.The mushrooms, which mostly grow in Cooper’s flowerbed, are an unwanted and unexplained presence.“I’ve got two giant mushrooms growing in a flowerbed,” Cooper said. “I’ve got no idea why they’re here.”Cooper said she first noticed the mushrooms two years ago, but she had never seen anything s...

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Strickland shooting for positive NHS football season

NEWBERRY — With a record of 8-4 last season, Newberry High School’s football coach Phil Strickland looks to continue the team’s success heading into their first game of the season on Friday.The Bulldogs face the Union County Yellow Jackets at home with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m.Strickland said the Bulldogs were defeated by Union last season 35-17. The game was played at Union County High School.“They pulled away from us at halftime las...

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New staff writer joins The Observer

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Observer recently added a new name to the rank of staff writer — Benjamin “Ben” Hohenstatt, a 2014 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in journalism.“While still attending Auburn, I saw the listing for a position in South Carolina, and I have friends and family in the area,” said Hohenstatt, 22. “Definitely love the new life experience.”He said he is enjoying Newberry, and that it reminds him...

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School board honors students for achievement

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County School Board gave special recognition on Monday to 20 student for making perfect scores on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) in various subjects.“We honor a lot of students at these meetings for various achievements, but I could not be more proud to see this room packed, as it is tonight, for academic honors for both students and teachers,” School Superintendent Bennie Bennett said to a packed room.The foll...

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City fire ISO improves to Class 2

NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry’s Fire Department ISO rating will move up one classification on Sept. 1 to a Class 2 following an evaluation by the Public Protection Classification Survey.Fire Chief Keith Minick, along with staff members, volunteers, Explorers, honorary members, city manager and retirees gathered in front of the Firehouse Conference Center on Monday to display the new classification decals placed on the department’s fire engines. The presentation ...

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Global problems call for global solutions

Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion.That proposal came on August 17, when Pope Francis told journalists how he thought the world should cope with the challenge posed by ISIS, the Islamic militant group engaged in murderous behavior in Syria and Iraq. “One nation alone cannot judge how you stop this,” he sai...

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NFL could always use another dose of sportsmanship

I’m always excited to see Clemson or USC athletes ascend to the NFL, but it was particularly thrilling to watch former Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw play in the preseason Monday Night Football matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.Mr. Shaw, who wasn’t picked up in the NFL Draft but was signed by the Browns as free agent, delivered a sterling performance. As one of three Cleveland quarterbacks to play in the game, he completed an impressive eigh...

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Keselowski earns first NASCAR Truck Series win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — After 62 races — the last 20 of which were in his own equipment — Brad Keselowski is finally a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner.“We did it,” said Keselowski as he took the checkered flag in Thursday morning’s postponed UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.Keselowski’s joy may have been short lived. Following the race, NASCAR announced that his No. 19 truck, as well as the trucks d...

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Stout restart gives Blaney Nationwide Series win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Blaney swept past Kyle Busch on a restart with seven laps to go and held on to win Friday night’s rain-delayed Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.Until the final restart, Busch appeared dominant and on his way to his seventh win in his last nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol.Blaney’s victory was his first this season and second in 24 career Nationwide Series races.“It’s awesome to be here in...

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Logano defies odds with career renaissance at Penske

For every Kyle Busch, there’s a Casey Atwood. For every Kyle Larson, there’s a Todd Kluever.For every young talent who shows enough in his first moments in the limelight to tell you he’s a certain star, there’s a young talent who fades quickly into obscurity, retaining a connection to the sport only as the answer to a “What ever happened to…?” question.And then there’s Joey Logano.It’s not Logano’s &#...

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