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Amendment 2 needs a YES vote

To the Editor:South Carolina voters have an important choice this coming election day (Nov. 4). Will South Carolina remain the only state that elects the commanding officer of its National Guard? That question will be on Amendment 2 on the general election ballot.Our military experiences have taught us an important lesson. We need qualified officers leading our armed forces. Unfortunately, South Carolina’s current system of electing the state’s Adjutant Gener...

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Political sign vandals should be ashamed

On land once owned by my great-great-great-grandfather, for forty-five years I have lived in Pomaria in the serenity of mind that I was neighbored by decent christian people. Recently, however, in the campaign for the S.C. Legislature, a shocking ugliness has appeared in our area. Representative McLeod’s signs for his re-election, though standing by the advertisements of his opponent, have been shredded, ripped apart, destroyed. We all have waited for a quick apology and a quick restora...

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Pentagon continues to trim military pay

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Sept. 30 that the Pentagon will continue pressing to trim military pay, pensions and housing allowances despite rejections by Congress.The Pentagon will also try again to reform the Tricare health care system and kill the A-10 attack aircraft despite nearly universal opposition from veterans service organizations, Work said at a Council on Foreign Relations forum.“This whole idea of compensation is absolutely critical. Compens...

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Events of all kinds planned for Whitmire

Seeing all of the fall decorations definitely put me in a brighter mood. Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy has some wishes, then it’s on to local news and events.BirthdaysHappy Birthday to Craig Senn, Scott Cain, Deborah King, Lisa Erskine, Pete Miller, Joan Wagner and Gloria Gilliam.Upcoming eventsThe annual Booster Club Halloween Carnival, co-hosted by the Booster Club and Whitmire Jaycees, is Oct. 25 at The City...

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Doctors look toward legislators for new PTSD treatment

For more than 30 years, Marine veteran Dan Gandee, 51, had trouble talking about the 1983 bombing of the U.S. military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, by the Islamic Jihad. The attack and killed 241 American servicemen, including 220 Marines. He was deployed there in the aftermath of the carnage.The memories hurt. His body aches, too, recoiling into a defensive position when he hears unexpected noises.“It’s the armor protecting us. The events we experienced caus...

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Information about the Survivor Benefit Plan, veterans and spouses

Spouses previously enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) can get service from any ID card office. Initial applications must be made through the parent service. The former spouse application for an ID card requires the following documents:• A certified copy of marriage certificate.• A certified copy of final divorce decree.• A notarized statement that the former spouse has not remarried, and a notarized statem...

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Jesus is worth bragging on

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yes, He is the Rose of Sharon, and The Lilly of the Valley. He is the Fairest of ten thousand.Isaiah said His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father and The Prince of Peace.To the Architect, Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone.To the Baker, Jesus is the Bread of Life.To the Builder, Jesus is the Sure Foundation.To the Banker, Jesus is more precious than Gold....

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Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus

You’ve probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina’s roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance. Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the legislature convenes in January. The unanswered question is where to find the billions of dollars needed to fix them — and whether there will be an increase in the gas tax, raising pump prices.Lately, as the subject turns to funding road repairs, m...

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Journey to Banzaicon — also known as Columbia

For those of you who know me, you know that I am into things like anime, Doctor Who, comic books and a lot of other things in that area. Well, for the first time since I joined The Newberry Observe, I attended Banzaicon this past weekend.For those of you who do not know, a con (or convention if you prefer) is an event that brings hundreds or thousands of people together to cosplay (dressing up as your favorite character), watch panels that dive into anime, meet actors and writers a...

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Bringing industry to Newberry

As we look toward election day, one of the important topics for Newberry to consider is the topic of job-creation.Newberry has locations that are ready for manufacturers to come in and create jobs. People in Newberry are looking for good jobs right here at home, and its important for our county to take advantage of the resources that we have.Prosperity’s Mid-Carolina Commerce Park (just off I-26 Exit 82) is a prime location for businesses that will bring in jobs, b...

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South Carolina Insurance News Service addresses weather, theft and insurance needs

This week Newberry NOTES features the South Carolina Insurance News Service. Executive Director Russ Dubisky has selected news and views in a variety of up-to-date topics.The S.C. Insurance News Service is a trade association that represents many of the leading property/casualty insurance companies that do business in this state. It communicates on behalf of its member companies to be an information-based resource for interested parties.What should readers be thinkin...

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Military divorce and separation: pay and benefits issues

Benefits for service members and veterans are administered by either the services or the VA. Because there are no VA benefits for former spouses, all potential benefits for former spouses come from the services. This article summarizes the major programs affecting divorcing service member couples.For detailed or personalized information, you need to consult legal or functional experts within the services. Look to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) for grea...

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Many events upcoming in Whitmire

Hello everyone. We have some news from The Whitty to share with you. Gottrocks the birthday fairy has no data left on his plan so lets hope he will text in the birthday list next edition.Local news and eventsOh what a successful day in The Whitty last Saturday, Oct. 4. The Jaycees hosted the Main Street Yard Sale, as the walkers for the “Save The TaTas” Breast Cancer Health walk met at the Park, to sign up, the Honda Gold Wing Riders held the...

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Using reasonable logic when making decisions

Who raised us and the lifestyle of the adults around us has a big influence on how we grow into adulthood. Take me, for instance. My father was a country preacher in the rolling hills of southeast Ohio. Now, my dad often prepared his sermons under a special tree on our farm.It was his place of quietness and reflection. I did not become a minister; however, in every place I have lived I have always located a special place where I could relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and simply c...

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Financial relief coming for veterans with toxic exposure

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Sept. 23 it will soon start to cover out-of-pocket health care costs for Marine dependents who contracted cancer and other illnesses from toxic water at Camp Lejeune, as promised two years ago by law.In 2012, Congress passed the landmark Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. It provided health care for Marines and family members who had lived on the base near Jacksonville, N.C., from 1957-1987 and...

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