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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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Senator Ronnie Cromer reviews 2014 legislative session

The Honorable Ronnie Cromer is on the Newberry Notes schedule this week. He will answer questions and discuss the issues being considered during the 2014 Legislative Session. Senator Cromer proudly serves the citizens of Senate District 18, representing Newberry, Lexington and Union counties. He works very hard to improve the quality of life in our community and across the State of South Carolina.

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Reflecting on the Boston Marathon bombings

South Carolina is nearly a thousand miles from Boston, Massachusetts.But we, too, were shaken by the events of April 15, 2013. Two homemade bombs exploded in the midst of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators, shattering the lives of dozens of others, and casting a pall of sadness over one of America’s proud traditions.

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A Chef’s Life wins Peabody Award

COLUMBIA — South Carolina ETV has won a Peabody Award for A Chef’s Life, a cooking/reality series that revolves around a high-end, farm-to-fork restaurant in eastern North Carolina.“We are honored by this award and thrilled to add Chef Vivian Howard to our list of Peabody Award winners Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Children’s Express Newsmagazine, and American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends. We and our partners at the ETV Endowment are com...

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Fuller recognized as Rotarian of the Year

NEWBERRY — At its annual spouse’s guest night the Rotary Club of Newberry recognized Kathy Fuller as Rotarian of the Year, an award presented annually to a Rotarian for outstanding service to the Newberry Rotary Club and to Rotary International and who exemplifies the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”The tradition began in 1998 when the late James F. Coggins was named the first Rotarian of the Year. Fuller is the 17th member to receive the honor. Fuller joi...

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Scavenger hunt headlines Prosperity’s Hoppin’ Event

PROSPERITY — James Sizemore’s art, which led locals to hunt around and figure out who he was, has inspired a children’s frog scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for this year’s Prosperity’s Hoppin’ with Arts and Antiques.Participants will begin the scavenger hunt at Southern Arts and Outdoors on the square. It will end at Frog Level Art Center on lower Main Street.Children will search the town businesses for frogs made by Sizem...

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Women’s basketball summer camps announcedNewberry College head women’s basketball coach Sean Page will hold camps for individual players at Newberry this summer. The Elite Camp will be held in Eleazer Arena from 9 a.m. to noon June 30. The Shooting Camp will be held in Eleazer Arena from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 30. The Wolves Open Run (open gym and games) will be held in Eleazer Arena from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 30. Visit for the cam...

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Station holds radiothon to help Relay for Life

WKDK AM 1240 held a Relay Radiothon from 6 a.m. to noon April 16 and raised more than $3,200 for Relay for Life with the help of WKDK listeners. Newberry Relay for Life is from 6 p.m. to midnight May 2 at Newberry High School. Participating in the radiothon were, front row from the left, Relay volunteer Lance Perrell and Jimmie Coggins of WKDK. Second row are, from the left, Relay volunteers Mona Perrell, Cindy Schumpert and Sheryl Kinard, Relay chairwoman Robbiette Hazel and Carole Murray of...

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We don’t want you to swim in the river

In early April, 2014, the U.S. Navy unveiled its Mach 7 Magnetic Mangler, “a railgun straight out of Star Trek that can take out targets at 100 miles with a projectile flying at nearly 7,000 feet per second.” So far, the U.S. military has spent $240 million developing the railgun over a period of 10 years. CBS News reports that the railgun won’t go to sea until 2016, but one article, published in The Gazette, suggests that the U.S. military may have decided to show off the M...

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Catherline Amick

NEWBERRY — Catherline Turner Amick, 73, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Hospice House of Greenwood.Born on October 18, 1940, in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Robert Turner and Essie T. Suit. Mrs. Amick was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.She was the loving wife of David Amick and the mother to daughters, Nancy A. Pitts, husband, Tony and Kay Beggs; grandchildren, Bryan Waters, wife, Erin, Zachary Pitts, Brett Waters, wife, Aly, Joshua Pitt...

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Atwater brings state education superintendent campaign to Newberry

NEWBERRY — Sally Atwater continued her statewide listening tour as she took her conservative campaign for State Superintendent of Education to the Newberry area.While in Newberry, Atwater met with local leaders to discuss her campaign at Bill and Fran’s Restaurant, followed by visits to Newberry College and Newberry Academy to speak with students, teachers and parents.Newberry College was an important stop for Atwater as she toured her late husband Lee’...

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