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Frogs are hoppin’ out all over Prosperity

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PROSPERITY — Prosperity’s Hoppin’, a festival built around Prosperity’s lineage as the town Frog Level, will honor Prosperity’s very own Frog Man, James Sizemore.So, how did Prosperity come to have a Frog Man?A few years ago, mysterious metal frog sculptures made of horseshoes started popping up all over Prosperity.The first one showed up near what was then the Back Porch Restaurant. Outside a Prosperity dentist office, a frog appeared with teeth. A red frog showed up near the fire station.Eventually locals learned the artist behind the work was Aiken native and Prosperity resident James Sizemore, who said he got the idea as he strolled through Lynch’s Woods.


Swindler signs with North Greenville

PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina Rebels pole vaulter Joshua Swindler’s crusade to become a college student-athlete will lead him to North Greenville University, home of the Crusaders.Swindler signed recently with the school and credited his coaches, school and family support with him getting the opportunity.Swindler said he was helped a lot by older vaulters in the program as well as MCHS Track Head Coach Jackie Harris and Coach Rusty Shealy.He vaulted in...

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Whitmire council begins planning next year’s budget

WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire’s next task will be to find roughly $35,000 to take out of the town’s budget, as discussed by council Monday.Council members Michael Thomas and Cassie Fowler met with Mayor Billy Hollingsworth on Monday for a brief outline of proposed revenue for the upcoming budget year. Other council members were unable to attend. The numbers presented are preliminary at this time and are not final.“There’s still some possib...

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MC Rebels shut down Abbeville

PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina High School Rebels closed regular season region play by shutting out Abbeville in six innings, for a 10-0 win on senior night.The senior players were recognized and in turn, stepped up to the plate to help bring home the win.Senior, Josh Haney, was impressive on the mound giving up no runs, striking out five and issuing only one free pass.Abbeville had runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings, but s...

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Heichberger named ‘Doctor of the Year’

NEWBERRY — Lisa Heichberger finally broke her “non-attendance” record to Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s Doctor’s Day Soiree, just to be presented with the title Doctor of the Year on March 27.“Every time, every year, something would always happen to me on my way to the event,” Heichberger said. “So, after five years of this, I finally gave up and always RSVP’d no.”Heichberger works for Lovelace Family Medic...

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Boy Scout Troop 222 scores in shooting program

Boy Scouts from Troop 222 participated in the troop’s annual rifle and shotgun shooting merit badge program on March 1. For 10 years the scouts also have had a competition for a chance to win a rifle (junior sharp shooter age 11-13) and a shotgun (senior sharp shooter age 14-18) donated by Mid-State Dove and Quail group. This year’s winners were Chandler Dickert (rifle), Caleb Bickley (shotgun).

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Administrator explains fiscal policy philosophy during first budget work session

NEWBERRY — County Administrator Wayne Adams presented the preliminary county operating budget for 2014-15 at the first budget work session for the year Monday night.County Council Chairman Buddy Livingston thanked department heads and leaders for being good financial stewards of taxpayer dollars which enabled the county to have a contingency fund.Livingston said he “appreciates the work of leaders and department heads to meet their budgets and return money ba...

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Gulf War syndrome, injuries, claims updates

Gulf War veterans should have presumptive conditions associated with their service, including brain and lung cancer and chronic migraines, members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs wrote in a letter March 18.“As a veteran of the Persian Gulf war, I am keenly aware of issues adversely impacting the health of veterans who served in that theater beginning in 1990,” wrote Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) in a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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