Happy Friday, everyone! We are almost into the last three-day weekend of 2016 so let’s make the best of it. Well, as best you can with a Tropical Storm bearing down on you, right?
Football games have been cancelled (see our Sports Page on page 11) and school is letting out early (see page 1 for that story). But on a brighter note, college football begins this weekend. Gamecock fans got their first taste of the 2016 season on Thursday night.
Right out of the gate, I want to send a huge shout out to Kelley Fulmer, mother of Alex Fulmer, who was recently selected to be a part of the USA Baseball’s 2016 Women’s National Team.
Alex is one member of the 20-player roster that will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Baseball World Cup being held in Gijang, South Korea. Competition starts Sept. 3 and ends Sept. 11.
But back to the shout out for Kelley.
We ran a story about Alex in this past Monday’s edition of The Observer. Kelley contacted us through Facebook on Tuesday night, thanking us for running a story on Alex. It’s not often we get thanked for anything we do and as I told her in my message back to her, she made my month.
And she did. So thank you again, Kelley. I hope we get to talk with you when you guys are back safely in Little Mountain.
I’ve also got a few things to bring to your attention, the first of which is the Veterans Day section we are planning to publish on Nov. 9. We’ve been running some ads about it, asking for folks to send in photos of their loved one for inclusion but in case you haven’t seen it, here are the details:
Fill out the form that appears in the ad and mail it, along with a photo if you like, to us at 1716 Main St. in Newberry (29108) or you can drop it by the paper. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you.
You can also email the information to me at [email protected] Just include your name, your phone number, the service member you are honoring, the branch of service and the years served.
Participation in this special section is free to those who want to take part. Pass the word so we can collect a lot of photos.
The second thing on my agenda is the introduction of a Comics Page in The Newberry Observer, beginning with the Sept. 5 edition and continuing each publication thereafter. It will have comic panels, a variety of puzzles and some columns.
This will be something new to The Observer so we hope you like it.
One of the biggest things we have done recently is reduce some of our advertising rates to levels we feel “fit” with our community and the businesses here.
We didn’t get too crazy — we still have bills to pay — but we think you will like the new rates plus we added a one day yard sale rate for those who miss our deadline for Wednesday.
Well, I had better get out of here so they can finish putting the paper to bed. Here’s hoping you all have a great Labor Day weekend. Stay dry and come see me sometime. I drive the green Toyota Tundra that sits in our parking lot. If it’s here, I’m here. Hope to see you soon!
Patricia M. Edwards is the publisher of The Newberry Observer and group publisher of The Union Times, The Easley Progress and The Pickens Sentinel, all sister publications of The Newberry Observer. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or you can drop by to see her anytime.