NEWBERRY COUNTY — In observance of Independence Day, certain Newberry County offices and services will be operating on different schedules on July 3 and July 4.
The Newberry Observer will be closed on Friday in observance of the holiday and will reopen Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Newberry city and county governmental offices will be closed on Friday, according to Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt and Wanda Hill, human relations with Newberry County Administration. Hill said for the county, that also included the auditor’s and treasurer’s office.
Trash pick-ups within the city of Newberry will be affected by the upcoming holiday. DeWitt said that trash pick-up scheduled for July 3 will be picked up July 2 with regularly scheduled customers.
Because trash pick up and recycling is done every other Wednesday for the town of Prosperity, Mayor Derek Underwood said the holiday will not affect their normal routes.
Beth Broome with the Town of Whitmire said their offices will also be closed on Friday in observance of Independence Day.
Banks and post offices will also be closed on that day.
The Newberry County Memorial Hospital Wellness Center will be closed on July 4. Plans were not yet known Monday on their Friday schedule.
The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Friday along with Clinton Newberry Natural Gas.
The Newberry County Water and Sewer Authority will be closed on July 3, according to Brent Richardson, manager. The due date for water bills is on July 10, so the holiday will not affect a pay cycle for customers, he said.
“In case of an emergency we will still have personnel on call,” Richardson said. “We will have people ready to respond if there is an emergency. People can call 803-276-7020.”
An emergency would be something along the lines of a line break, Richardson said.
Marc Regier, director for the city of Newberry’s utilities department said that in case of an emergency, their customers could call 276-0311.
The Newberry Electric Cooperative will be closed on Friday, but there is always an emergency crew on standby and can be reached at 276-1121. The emergency crew is at no extra cost to customers.
The Newberry County YMCA will be open Friday, but closed on July 4. The Newberry County Humane Society will be closed July 3-5. Part-time employees will come in to feed the pets and clean the cages.
The Newberry County Council on Aging will also be closed July 3. This will include the Smart Ride and Meals on Wheels program. Their medical transportation which takes clients to chemotherapy sessions and other medical needs will still run.
Both the Newberry City Police Department and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office will observe the holiday on Friday. Roy McClurkin, chief of police for the city , said all calls will be routed through dispatch.
Chief Deputy Todd Johnson with the NCSO said that the vast majority of personnel who are normally off will be working at some point during the weekend due to the fireworks at Newberry High School and other firework shows and checkpoints.