Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:21:10 EST 1800 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... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:03 EST 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. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:05 EST 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... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:01:05 EST 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, anniversaries Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:09 EST 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... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:08 EST VA claim numbers up 55 percent since 2000 America's population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:43:01 EST Depend on God to be faithful As we go through life, we realize that God is faithful. We can trust His precious Word and His promises are forever.“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:24:07 EST Obama follows Bush’s Iraq playbook U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the “criminal gang” masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:24:08 EST Mindlessly flexing military might defies reason The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:24:07 EST A Swift Strike Summer People often ask me why I love history. What I really love is stories. The weekend of Aug. 22 when the Newberry Community Players presented “Swift Strike Summer,” I rediscovered my love of stories. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:55:01 EST DOD pay and benefits, mental health updates for veterans To reduce cost and increase efficiency, the Department of Defense (DoD) is moving away from mailing letters with update information. This means that instead of a letter, you will get email notifications when there are important changes to your DoD... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:43:02 EST We’re all a little bit ‘tree hugging’ by default On Sept. 21, 2014, the People's Climate March will commence in New York City as world leaders gather for a United Nations emergency summit on climate change. Thousands of organizations have signed on and many demonstrations have been planned... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:56:07 EST Reboots need to be retired Dark re-imaginings seemed to be on the way out after reaching self-parody with 2012's “Battle Ship.” Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:54:03 EST Discussing the facts and myths about marijuana This week, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is providing information on marijuana. Marijuana is addictive. About one in six people who start using as a teen and 25-50 percent of those who use it every day become addicted to marijuana. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:54:08 EST Golf, the other fall ball On Sept. 22, autumn will officially begin. Now, that probably is just another day to most of you, but here at YOUR Chamber, this day means so much more. You see, this will also be the day of your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce 22nd annual golf... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:04:02 EST We have wonderful people in Newberry I had a tire to blow out on Wilson Road close to Kibler's. A wonderful lady stopped to help but I didn't get her name. Then Chris Radford and Justin Justice came from TNT Auto Sales when they heard the tire and helped me. Jeffrey Turner... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:44:02 EST TRICARE updates, questions and answers for veterans The law creating the TRICARE Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Pilot expired July 24, but TRICARE has extended this coverage until Dec. 31 when beneficiaries will transition to the new TRICARE Autism Care Demo (ACD). Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:07:02 EST Many upcoming events scheduled in Whitmire Hello everybody, lots of local news to talk about. You know Gottrocks the birthday fairy has had to stay in the shade, and add more minutes to his text and data plan during this recent dog days of summer heatwave. Now he can text, talk and surf the... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:54:01 EST PTSD, TRICARE questions answered for veterans Editor's note: The following is a continuation of Thomas Crisp's veterans column. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:49:04 EST Walk with Jesus When soldiers go into battle, they have to be careful to walk on ground that has been freed from land mines. A misplaced step could be deadly. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:57:04 EST