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Newberry College Expands Nursing Program
Posted: February 5, 7:38 AM
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Newberry College has expanded its nursing program to increase the number of candidates admitted to the Pre-Licensure Nursing major by one third.
Nursing programs throughout the country are at capacity for the number of students they can admit, according to a report by the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce. According the report, a projected 1.6 million job openings will be available for nurses by 2020, roughly divided evenly between new jobs and replacement positions for retiring Baby Boomers.
“Interest in the nursing profession continues to grow among prospective students, but our program has operated at capacity for several years,” said Nursing department chair Betsy McDowell, Ph.D, RN, CNE, ANEF. “This expansion will provide more students with access to the opportunity for careers in this in-demand field.”
When the incoming class of aspiring nurses is admitted to Newberry’s Pre-Licensure Nursing program each fall of their junior year, available seats are quickly filled. In response to sustained interest from students and growing demand within the industry for qualified professionals, Newberry College is expanding its program.
Currently, 24 students are admitted to the Pre-Licensure Nursing program once per year in the fall semester. Beginning with the spring 2017 semester, an additional 16 seats will open up to aspiring nurses. After that, the program will fill 16 seats each spring and fall semester for a total of 32 seats per year, increasing by 33 percent the number of seats available each year in the Pre-Licensure Nursing program.
To accommodate the increased enrollment, the program will add one new full-time faculty member and one adjunct professor for the spring 2017 semester. Another full-time faculty member and an adjunct professor will be added for the spring 2018 semester.
Newberry will continue its partnership with Lexington Medical Center as the primary site for clinicals, the portion of their program in which students apply classroom knowledge to actual patient care under the supervision of master’s prepared nursing instructors.
“Not only does this expansion increase access to one of our most popular majors, it also offers greater flexibility to students,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, vice president for Academic Affairs.
Previously, Newberry College’s nursing program offered one start per year in the fall semester. Because of the program’s lockstep course sequence, if a student missed the fall start, they waited an entire year for the next fall start. With the expansion of the program, Newberry is now able to offer both fall and spring starts, providing greater flexibility and convenience for students in the timing of when they enter and graduate from the program.
Newberry College offers a Healthcare Management minor for students in any major who may have an interest in health-related fields. Newberry also offers Pre-Professional Health Professions programs, which provide undergraduate education aimed at preparing students for graduate studies in a variety of health professions, including dentistry, medicine, chiropractic, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine.
Newberry College currently is retooling its RN to BSN completion track to provide a more flexible and direct path to a bachelor’s degree for RNs with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The baccalaureate degree is gaining in popularity as the preferred credential for a growing number of RN opportunities, particularly among nursing professionals seeking to take on administrative and leadership roles.
For more information about Nursing or other healthcare-focused degree programs at Newberry College, go to www.newberry.edu or call 803.321.5127 or email email@example.com.
County Council Report
Posted: February 3, 10:04 PM
Report by Samie Truong
Anne Peters from the planning and zoning administration gave a review of the comprehensive plan. this is a plan of strategies to help improve this county. Such things like promoting economic development, land use, enhancing life and standard of living, improve the work force and much more. Councilman Hipp and Cain will be going through the list/plan and re-evaluating the priorities to help make the plan more efficient for the county's improvement.
The Ordinance 01-01-16 is for the acceptance of the transfer of the authority for conducting municipal elections to the City of Newberry. This was the second reading and 6 were for and 1 opposed on accepting this ordinance.
Ordinance 02-02-16 is for rezoning property from general commercial to basic industrial. The land owners are looking to reopen the cement plant that has been vacant for over 6 months. And the council approved the first reading.
Ordinance 02-03-16 is an ordinance requesting the rezoning of land from single family to rural. Council has approved the first reading.
The Council approved Lieutenant Ben Chapman's request to use budgeted money to purchase two 2016 Ford Police Package Explorers for the Sheriff's office and one 2016 Ford Police Package Explorer for the victims service unit.
The next meeting will be on Feb. 17 @ 7pm.
Posted: February 1, 4:22 PM
Two people arrested in connection with Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute”, “Possession of Methamphetamine”, “Simple Possession of Marijuana”, “Possession of Drug Paraphernalia”, and “Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol”.
Stephen Everett Taylor, 27, 2401 Davis Mills Road, Deep Run, NC 28525
Bridgette Danielle Clark, 22, 6313 Washington Street, La Grange, NC 28551
On Thursday, January 28, 2016, a Deep Run, N.C. man, along with a La Grange, N.C. woman, were arrested after they were found in Possession of Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia, and the Unlawful Possession of a Handgun on a traffic stop.
A Newberry County Deputy Sheriff was patrolling S.C. Highway 34 near I-26 because of recent thefts in the area. While in the area of S.C. Highway 34 near Tom Griffin Road, the deputy observed a silver vehicle, later identified as a “Chevrolet”, in a parking area behind a restaurant. The deputy observed the vehicle’s operator, exiting the vehicle in an erratic manner and acting suspicious. The vehicle was then observed changing locations to a non-designated parking area just feet away its previous location. As the deputy initiated an investigatory stop and approached the vehicle, the driver attempted exited the vehicle in an aggressive manner and moved toward the deputy. The deputy detained the driver and questioned him regarding his activities. During the driver’s exiting of the vehicle, the deputy smelled a strong smell of marijuana and observed a handgun in the driver-side door pocket. Immediately, the deputy secured the handgun and gathered the identification information of the driver and the 1 remaining occupant. The deputy requested assistance from another patrol unit in the area. The occupants were secured and questioned. A subsequent search of the occupants revealed that they were in possession of Marijuana, Cocaine, Pills, Crystal Methamphetamine, over $4,000 in cash, and an unlawfully possessed handgun. At this point, the suspects were arrested and jailed pending bond hearings.
Taylor was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of an Unlawful Weapon.
Clark was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Taylor received a $47,370 bond today with $27,370 being cash/surety while Clark received a $45,870 cash/surety bond on Personal Appearance Bonds today.
Sheriff Foster stated that “We have a responsibility as law enforcement officers and citizens of this county, to work proactively to keep this community safe and maintain that standard. Law Enforcement Officers work tirelessly to combat these, as well as other types of crimes, and it can be extremely dangerous. Often times, we sacrifice personal and family time to be out late at night working crimes and run across a situations like these, and we never know if they’re armed subjects or not. We work to combat drugs in the community at every level. It takes an entire community to make this happen. We take that responsibility seriously in partnering with the community and it is our aim to seek out those who continue to oppose that standard.”
Search Warrant Leads To Three Arrests With Drugs, Firearms
Posted: January 28, 3:05 PM
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A nearly yearlong investigation into an organized drug ring in Newberry ended yesterday afternoon when officers served a search warrant on the base for the ring. Officers seized crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana, and several firearm including one that is already confirmed stolen.
Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry Police Department, and State Law Enforcement Division served the search warrant at 820 Taylor Street Wednesday just after 12pm. Three suspects fled the residence as the officers approached; however, all three suspects were apprehended within a very short distance of the residence.
Once inside the officers found 4 ounces of crack cocaine, nearly 1 ounce of cocaine, 3 ounces of marijuana, 5 pistols, and 1 rifle. One of the pistols found was reported stolen from a residence in Pomaria in March of last year. The officers also seized just over $1000 in suspect drug money.
“There is an integral link between property crime and drugs,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “Items like firearms are stolen from innocent victims and then traded for illegal drugs. The addict steals from victims and then provides more weapons to the drug dealers through the trade of the weapons for drugs.”
“Many in our society would like to declare drugs a victimless crime,” Foster continued. “I would like for them to understand the hurt and pain of the families who watch loved ones addicted to drugs and the fear that someone has in their own home when someone has burglarized their home simply to support their drug addiction.”
“Most violent criminals get their weapons through theft not legitimate purchases,” Foster said. “The reason the weapon was quickly identified as stolen in because the owner had the serial number to the weapon, therefore it was easily identified. I implore everyone to record serial numbers on their weapons and other items if it has a serial number. It is the best possible way to identify property helping law enforcement to recover and return the property and great evidence toward the conviction of those responsible for taking and possessing your property.”
Three suspects were arrested at the residence. Law enforcement has identified them as:
Raheem Wadell Jackson, 22, 516 Wright Street, Newberry - He will be charged with Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of a Weapon During A Violent Crime.
Telly Tomarkens Jones, 30, 820 Taylor Street, Newberry - He will be charged with Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Weapon During A Violent Crime.
Jermetres Rochard Kirkland, 22, 820 Taylor Street, Newberry - He will be charged with Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of a Weapon During A Violent Crime.
Law enforcement says that they made undercover narcotics buys from the residence over the last several months building their case against these suspects and others. They said that additional charges and additional arrests are expected.
“We must work together to combat the illegal drug trade in our communities,” said Chief Roy McClurkin, “It is only when law enforcement agencies and the community work together that we can begin to take back our communities when drug dealer move in and try to take over.”
“It is important that citizens tell us when they see suspicious activity,” said Sheriff Foster. “The information that the public provides is crucial to gaining the type of intelligence we need to have successful investigations.”
“The amount of evidence needed to gain a conviction in court in today’s society makes these investigations long and tedious,” said Foster. “However, we do not just want to charged them, we want to convict them. Often when citizens think nothing is being done when the reality is we are hard at work behind the scenes.”
The suspects will be formally charged and a bond hearing will be later on this afternoon.