Second Annual Scarecrow Convention (Sept. 29-Nov. 2)
Scarecrow Entry Form l Scarecrow Rules
Newberry Opera House Looks To Expand Tour Guide Program
Training This Saturday
Newberry Opera House Tour Guide Judy Chappell tells tales of the cowboy movie days during one of her tours.
Each year over 100,000 people visit the Newberry Opera House either as a patron at a show or as a tourist to Newberry. This past season, the NOH Tour Guides gave tours to people from over 30 states and 13 countries. The Opera House is interested in expanding the number of their tour guides with a new training session this Saturday, September 27 at 10am. The class will include general tour information and train tour guides in student oriented tours based on the old “I Spy” game. Once trained, tour guides can take up a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly shift. They can also simply be available for special events such as Oktoberfest.
FREE Tours During Oktoberfest
Tour guides will showcase their knowledge during Newberry’s Oktoberfest on October 4. The Newberry Opera House will be open for FREE tours from 10am to 5pm during Oktoberfest. Call the Box Office for more information 803-276-6264.
School Board Report
Posted: September 23,
The Newberry County School Board held their meeting Monday night in the Administrationbuilding. After returning from Executive Session, the board approved personnel recommendations.
Coach Chad Cary (shown above with Dr. Bennie Bennett and Board member Jody Hamm) was recognized for being named Coach of the Year. Coach Cary led the basketball
team to the AA championship for the third year. The team won the championship earlier this year.
The daughter of Clarence Chick addressed the board during the public forum to request placement
of a portrait of Mr. Chick, which the family purchased, in the original Mid-Carolina Middle School.
Among his accomplishments, Chick was the first African American to teach
in Newberry County public schools after desegregation. The board placed the request on the agenda as
an action item and approved the placement of the portrait but wants the administration to approve the
After approval, the family said they will provide legal documents offering a scholarship for a team of
four members beginning in the 2015-2016 school year to attend the National Middle School
Lee Attaway and Jessie Reeder were chosen as voting delegates and Lucy Anne Meetze was chosen as
alternate for the SCSBA Delegate assembly.
Concerning the NICE program, the board approved a resolution for NICE refinancing and Signature
Authorization. The board approved an amendment to the Short Term GO Bond Resolution and
approved existing NICE Board appointments, there was one opposed vote.
The board passed first reading of School Board Policy changes regarding policy IKF graduation
requirements (advanced diploma) to begin with the graduating class of 2019.
Susan Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow, and
Jim Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Phase II is complete and Phase III,
the office area, is under way.
Pam Arrington gave a report from Human Resources regarding hiring and turnover profiles.
Dr. Cynthia Downs introduced Dr. Lynn Cary, who gave a report on the Content Recovery program and its impact on
Superintendent Bennett set a tentative date for the board retreat for October 9 to set goals and talk
Fire At Nance Forest Apartments
Posted: September 21,
The Newberry Fire Department received a call at around 2:43 PM on Sunday for a fire at Nance Forest Apartments. Upon arrival crews found unit 166 with fire involvement. The fire extended into the attic, and crews were able to keep the majority of fire to and above 166.
However, there was water and smoke damage throughout; power had to be disconnected to all eight apartments. No injuries have been reportd, but the Red Cross has been notified to assist with the residents. As of about 6:30 PM, the Fire Department was still on scene investigating.
At this time, no foul play is suspected. Units from Friendly Fire, Newberry Rescue, EMS and other Fire Department members assisted.
Wolves Edged in Double Overtime By Catawba, 37-34
Posted: September 20,
The Newberry Wolves opened their 2014 South Atlantic Conference slate in thrilling – yet ultimately disappointing – fashion, as the scarlet and gray dropped a 37-34 double overtime loss to the Catawba Indians in front of a sold out Setzler Field on Saturday night. More at newberrywolves.com.
Large Fire At C&D Landfill
Posted: September 10,
There was a very large fire located at the C & D Landfill, located on C & D Lane (off of Kendall Road) this afternoon. This fire, though large, was contained.
After receiving numerous calls regarding a large cloud of black smoke in the area of Highway 121, emergency services were called and dispatched to this location regarding a fire.
Responding emergency services (fire, law enforcement, etc.) were able to get the fire under control.
The debris that was burning was from household construction material but not hazardous material and, therefore, was not hazardous to the residents in the area.
Sheriff J. Lee Foster, who was on the scene, advised “The fire is contained and there is no threat to the residents of the area, surrounding homes, or businesses.”
Newberry College Hits Record High Enrollment For Freshman Class
Posted: September 9,
Newberry College welcomed a record high 379 new students to campus this fall, a 19 percent increase compared to this time last year and the largest incoming class in the 157 year history of the College.
The College enrolled 1,084 students for the fall 2014 semester. The total represents a 4.2 percent increase over last year’s total of 1,040. Enrollment totals included 277 freshmen, 86 transfers and 16 readmits. Seventy-six percent of the student body and 72 percent of freshmen hail from South Carolina with the majority of out-of-state enrollment coming from Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions as well as California.
Dean of Enrollment Management Delsie Phillips said enrollment growth reflects the College’s strategic focus on relationship-building with students and their families early in the recruitment process.
“We’ve placed greater emphasis on expanding opportunities for students and their families to visit campus as well as offering specialized visit opportunities for students with specific academic or programmatic interests,” Phillips said. “We’ve also streamlined the financial aid process to give families a more complete picture of their actual tuition costs earlier in the application process.”
Director of Financial Aid Danielle Bell noted that enrollment growth has been aided by the Newberry College Tuition Promise, which guarantees students that their tuition rate won’t increase during the four years they’re in school.
“Parents have reacted very positively to the Tuition Promise,” Bell said. “Combined with our streamlined financial aid process, these factors have helped families make more informed decisions and feel more comfortable about committing to Newberry College earlier.”
Director of Admission Joel Vander Horst noted that the largest enrollment gains this year have come from majors in which Newberry College has long enjoyed a dominant position.
“We have continued to experience growth in areas of historic strength, such as Teacher Education, Nursing, Forensic Chemistry and other science majors,” Vander Horst said. “Business Administration, Music and Communications attract a substantial number of students. We’re also seeing rapid growth in our Sport Management major and Athletic Training minor.” He added, “Newberry College is in demand and we are advising students to apply early to secure their admission and best chance for financial aid.”
Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens noted that enrollment growth reflects the overall changes taking place at the College.
“We are undergoing a transformation and there is a shared sense of energy and enthusiasm surrounding what we have accomplished and what we see on our horizon,” Scherrens said. “There is no better time to be at Newberry College.”
Whitmire: Arrest in Burglary Investigation
Posted: September 9,
After subsequent investigation into recent reports of thefts, theWhitmire Police Department on Saturday charged Tyson Isaiah Oneal Williams, 23, of Sinclair Avenue, with burglary 2nd degree, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. The investigation is ongoing and more stolen property was recovered on September 7 after the execution of a second search warrant. More arrests are possible.
UPDATE: Robles Found Safe
Posted: September 5, 2:24 PM
The missing 16 year old female has been located and has returned home. There was no criminal activity or criminal intent involved in this case.
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, a family member filed an incident report with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and reported that their loved-one, Esmeralda Robles, was missing.
According to family members, Robles may have run away after having an argument with her mother and that she was last seen on September 3, 2014. It was further reported that Robles may have been seen getting into a yellow “Nissan Xterra” on evening of September 3, 2014 around 8:30p.m.
Robles is described as a 16 year old Hispanic female, approximately 4'5 inches tall, weighing approximately 90 lbs, with dark brown shoulder length hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with a pink and gray sweater.
There is no confirmed information on Robles’ whereabouts. There is no known history of medical or mental health issues for Robles.
If Robles is seen or located, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222. She has now been entered into NCIC and is listed as a Missing and Endangered Person.
County Council Report
Posted: September 4, 7:57 AM
Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council passed third reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease-purchase
agreement in the amount of $1,265,000 relating to the purchase of certain equipment by Newberry
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the official zoning map to rezone a two acre
portion of a real estate parcel totaling twenty-one and five tenths acres designated as TMS Parcel
number 586-6 from rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC). This property is located on the east side of
Macedonia Church Road between Wheeland School Road and Stockman Road near the intersection of
Council passed a resolution to approve an agreement with Fairfield County concerning the temporary
transfer of law enforcement officers with the Newberry County Sheriff's office.
Mike Pisano, Public Works Director gave a report from the Public Works and Planning Committee
meeting held August 25,2014.
During comments from Council Members, Les Hipp said he appreciates the coverage provided by local
media. He referenced an article in The State paper on mega sites which mentioned counties surrounding
Richland and Lexington but made no mention of Newberry, which has the only certified mega site in
the area. Stay tuned for more information about the Newberry mega site.
Future meetings include:
"On the Move with Margaret on WKDK" 9/8/14 @ 9:15 am
Economic Development Committee 9/8/14 @6:00 pm
County Council 9/17/14 @7:00 pm
City Council Report
Posted: September 3, 6:53 AM
City Council met Tuesday eveningat City Hall. City Manager Al Harvey gave the financial report stating the numbers are on target at the beginning of
the fiscal year. There has been a healthy increase in water and sewer revenues.
Mayor Foster Senn read a proclamation to recognize William and Mary Ann Cross for their work
renovating and researching the Frederick Nance House, also known as Oak Grove in order to enter the
home into the National Register of Historic Places. The home was entered on July 27, 2014.
Council recognized the following employees for their years of service with the City of Newberry:
Ben Bowers, Fire Department, 10 years
Ben Dukes, Fire Department, 15 years
Jeff Wicker, Public Works Department, 25 years
Jerry Summer, Utilities Department, 25 years
Council held a public hearing to amend the text of Article 5, Section 501 (d) of the Zoning Ordinance
which does not allow poultry in the R-10 Residential district. This ordinance would allow poultry
within the residential district.
Council passed second reading and adoption of an ordinance to issue a Bond Anticipation Note to
finance utility projects. This is a $10 million BAN what will redeem the BAN issued on August
26,2013 and provide additional funds to make improvements to the utility system.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the text of Article 5, Section 501 (d) of the
Zoning Ordinance in order toallow poultry in the R-10 Residential district.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance to add Section 3-22 to the Code of Ordinance of the
City of Newberry limiting the number of chickens allowed to a maximum of six (6) hens per household
and prohibit roosters. The ordinance would also prohibit keeping chickens for commercial purposes.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the Zoning Map of the City of Newberry for
the parcel located at 913 Cline Street from R-6 to Limited Industrial.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease purchase
agreement in an amount not exceeding $140,000 for the lease-purchase of a trash loader for
the sanitation department. The lowest acceptable bid was $135,561 from Nu-Live Environmental, Inc.
Council established Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:30 pm as a work session.
The next Council meeting will be October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
Three Former Wolves On First-Week NFL Rosters
Posted: August 31,
Three former Newberry College football players will be on NFL rosters for the season's first week, as the league's 32 teams announced their cuts to 53 players per team Saturday.
As expected, Kansas City cornerback Ron Parker made the Chiefs' roster for the second straight season opener. Parker started two preseason games and made four tackles in early action. He had an interception against the Vikings' Matt Cassell in week three. This will officially mark Parker's fourth professional season and second with Kansas City.
Despite an injury late in the preseason, Brandon Bostick remained on the active roster for the Green Bay Packers. He made two receptions for 33 yards in the preseason before being injured in the game against St. Louis. He is expected recover in time to play in Week 2. This will be his second professional season after playing in 11 games for Green Bay last year. He was the first Newberry alum to score in the NFL.
The feel-good story of the NFL this preseason was wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught four touchdown passes late in games for the New York Giants. The undrafted player impressed the Giants' coaching staff enough to earn a spot as one of five receivers on New York's opening day roster. Washington led the NFL with four touchdown receptions this preseason. He had a total of 10 catches for 155 yards.
With respect to these players and their teams, the first-week schedule is this:
Thursday, September 4
8:30 p.m. - Green Bay at Seattle, NBC national
Sunday, September 7
1 p.m. - Tennessee at Kansas City, CBS regional
Monday, September 8
7:10 p.m. - New York Giants at Detroit, ESPN Monday Night Football
Car Crashes In Clinton Retirement Center
Posted: August 27,
As reported by WSPA TV-7
A car crashed through the front of a retirement center in Clinton sending several people to the hospital Wednesday.
Robin Morse of Clinton Public Safety tells us the car went 20-30 feet into the lobby and down the hall of Bailey Manor on Jacobs Highway late Wednesday afternoon. The driver of the car was rescued, then the vehicle caught fire.
Eight people were taken to the hospital, including residents, staff and the driver of the car, Morse says. Those injuries are not considered serious at this time.
The building has been cleared. The 300 block of Jacobs Highway is blocked by several emergency vehicles.
It's unsure as to why the car went into the building at this time.
The driver was combative during the rescue. Officials aren't sure if the person has a medical condition or not.
The people who have been evacuated were taken to National Health Care, a similar facility nearby. Some will stay there. Others will be picked up by families, according to city leaders.
ECAC Announces Formation of Division II Field Hockey Conference, Includes Newberry College
School Board Meeting/
Students Scoring 100% on PASS Tests
Posted: August 26,
The Newberry County School Board held their meeting Monday night in the Administration building. After returning from Executive Session, the board approved personnel recommendations.
Twenty students were recognized for scoring 100% on their Palmetto Assessment of State Standards
tests. These tests are administered each year to public school students in grades three through eight.
The board approved a bond resolution regarding General Obligation Bond payments. The board
approved a resolution authorizing the retention of professionals to refinance the NICE program. Mrs.
Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow.
Mr. Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Phase I is complete. A report was
also given on the completed paving projects at Newberry Middle and High Schools.
Superintendent Bennett said school opening was relatively smooth with a present enrollment of 6082
students in Newberry County Schools. Elementary enrollment is 2949. These numbers will change
after Labor Day but there is not a need to move teachers to maintain proper ratios at this time.
Newberry College Joins Eastern College Athletic Conference
Posted: August 25,
The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the admission of Newberry College to full membership in the conference, effective immediately.
Newberry is one of four schools joining the ECAC entering the 2014-15 academic year. The Wolves are joined by local rival Limestone College of Gaffney, S.C., marking the ECAC’s first two schools in the state of South Carolina. The other two schools joining are Le Moyne College of Syracuse, N.Y., and the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y.
With the Wolves’ admission to the ECAC, Newberry College will be entitled to the full benefits of the ECAC’s scope of operation while still participating in the South Atlantic Conference. Newberry is a charter member of the SAC, joining the football-only league in 1975 and rejoining as full members in 1996.
Newberry is now the southernmost school in the ECAC membership. The ECAC’s Division II membership now includes 27 institutions.
“We are very excited to join the ECAC,” Newberry College athletic director Matt Finley said. “This additional membership opportunity will give Newberry College increased visibility along the Eastern seaboard and provide a multitude of publicity opportunities for student-athletes in our 17 NCAA sports.”
“We are thrilled to welcome The College of New Rochelle, Le Moyne College, Limestone College and Newberry College to the ECAC,” said ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss. “All four institutions have showed great focus and dedication to their student-athletes and athletics programs. We are looking forward to serving them as they continue to enhance the experience of their student-athletes.”
About the ECAC
In the 76 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation’s largest conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina. In the 2013-14 academic year, the ECAC will host over 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes.
The ECAC provides the opportunity for a championship experience by conducting high-level championship tournaments and events. The conference enhances the student-athlete experience by administering nearly 100 preseason and postseason events in 32 men's and women's sports for over 120,000 student-athletes each year.
The conference also publicizes the achievements of its member institutions' student-athletes through weekly and postseason awards. Annually, the media relations bureau recognizes more than 2,500 student-athletes. The ECAC publishes the weekly Lambert Football Poll, administers weekly honors, yearly All-Stars and other information highlighting member institutions' student-athletes, coaches and fans.
Through the years the ECAC has exerted leadership not only at the regional level, but at the national level as well. Comprising more than 33 percent of the NCAA membership, the conference plays an integral role in national collegiate athletics policy and legislation. The conference, led by Commissioner Kevin McGinniss, continues today to address many of the same issues affecting college athletics in the past while striving to lead this industry in the 21st century.
Newberry College Alum Corey Washington Now Leads NFL With Four Receiving Touchdown Passes in Preseason
Newberry Hospital Pathologist Featured On CNN Re: Michael Brown Autopsy
Newberry College Unveils New Wolf Statue
Posted: August 22,
Photo courtesy of
Newberry College today unveiled its wolf sculpture, a larger than liferecreation of the wolf depicted in the College’s logo, to the more than 1,200 students, faculty, staff and community members who had gathered for the event. The big reveal was part of the College’s Opening Convocation ceremony officially welcoming students back to campus for the start of the 2014/2015 academic year.
“After many weeks of anticipation, it was exciting to finally unveil the wolf and share it with the campus and local community,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens, who had the honor of unveiling the statue. “It is a beautiful likeness to the noble wolf depicted in our logo and it is exciting to have a tangible symbol of school pride for all to enjoy.”
The statue is a gift from Dr. Irwin Belk in honor of his wife, Carol. Although his interests are varied, Dr. Belk’s philanthropic focus has been primarily on higher education and athletics. He has been awarded more than 30 honorary doctorates from various institutions, including Newberry College, which awarded him the Doctor of Humane Letters in 2013. Belk was unable to attend the unveiling in person.
The wolf sculpture was installed in its current location in June but remained hidden from view until the unveiling ceremony, which offered the campus community its first glimpse of the statue. It is the first wolf-related monument installed on the campus since Newberry College changed its mascot from the Indians to the Wolves in 2010.
Mayor Foster Senn read the City of Newberry’s Proclamation declaring Aug. 22, 2014, The Day of the Wolf at the unveiling event.
“As I noted in my Proclamation, the wolf possesses many admirable qualities, such as wisdom, patience and loyalty,” Senn said. “Newberry College exemplifies many of the best characteristics of the wolf. It was a pleasure to honor this traits at today’s celebration.”
The wolf monument is the creation of award-winning artist and sculptor Gregory Johnson, whose public art installations can be seen widely throughout the Southeast with other works on display in museums and corporate and private collections in the U.S. and internationally.
The wolf was created with an armature of flexible wood and metal to support the weight of the nearly 500 pounds clay used to model it. The clay model was cast at a foundry in Wyoming using 250 pounds of bronze. The wolf’s beautiful patina was achieved through the time-honored process of annealing rather than through chemical dyes and pigments to achieve the luster and texture of the finished work.
“Creating the Newberry College wolf was a privilege for me,” Johnson said. “I enjoyed the adventure of making it and I hope that the College and local community enjoy the result.”
County Council Meeting
Posted: August 21,
Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council honored DavidParnell (right), Director of Veteran Affairs, for five years service.
Council held a public hearing and passed second reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of
an equipment lease-purchase agreement in the amount of $1,265,000 relating to the purchase of certain
equipment by Newberry County.
Council approved the low bid from Capital Construction, LLC for creek crossings as Lynches Woods
Park in the amount of $160,300. This will consist of four total crossings. Samples of the stone were on
hand for Council to inspect.
Council approved disbursement of FY13/14 funding recommendation of the Accommodations Tax
Clarice McMorris was appointed to the Hospital Board to replace Jessie Reeder who is serving on the
Tommy Long, Emergency Services Coordinator, gave a report from the Public Safety and Courts
Committee held on July 14, 2014.
Council went in to Executive Session. No action was taken.
In Executive Session, Council discussed employment hours for Magistrates. Council elected to send a
letter to Senator Cromer to allow three full time Magistrates and no part time Magistrates to be
effective May 2015.
Future meetings include:
Public Works and Planning Committee 8/25/14 @6:00pm
Council Work Session 8/27/14 @6:00pm
County Council 9/3/14 @7:00 pm
Authorities Looking For Burglary Suspect In Jalapa
Posted: August 17, 6:06 PM
Deputies and SLED searching for a burglary suspect on Jalapa Rd North of Newberry. A suspect attempted to enter a home in the 1200 block of Jalapa Road. The suspect described as a tall white male wearing what appeared to be a bicycle outfit kicked in the back door and began to enter. When the resident made their presence known, the suspect fled on foot. SLED bloodhounds and helicopter were called to the scene, which is active at present.
NFL: Thrice is Nice-Another Game-Winning Touchdown for Corey Washington!
Posted: August 17, 9:41 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Newberry College wide receiver Corey Washington proved to be the New York Giants' hero late in the game yet again, as he caught his third straight game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ 27-26 win over Indianapolis on Saturday night.
With tonight’s 4-yard touchdown catch from Ryan Nassib with 55 seconds left in the game, Washington has caught the game-winning touchdown in all three of the Giants’ preseason games. He has also caught a 73-yarder against Buffalo and a 3-yarder against Pittsburgh.
In the three games so far, Washington has caught seven passes for 116 yards, including three catches for 20 yards against the Colts. He also drew a pass interference call which set up the touchdown play.
For the second consecutive Saturday night, Washington’s late catch set the social media world ablaze, as he was trending on Twitter in New York City.
Giants’ Hall of Famer Tiki Barber tweeted “Another game, another TD for Corey Washington! Doing a lot to defy odds and make the squad.”
Elsewhere in NFL action for Newberry on Saturday, Packers tight end Brandon Bostick had one catch for nine yards in Green Bay’s win over St. Louis.
Buffalo cornerback Kamaal McIlwain made one tackle in the Bills’ 19-16 loss at the Steelers.
Scam Alerts: Several Scams Going On Around Newberry
Posted: August 15, 11:05 PM
Citizens should be aware of continuing scams that are happening in Newberry County and surrounding areas. In an effort to help people thwart the efforts of these unscrupulous people, Sheriff Lee Foster is releasing the types of scams currently going around.
A call from "your credit card company" will result in advising that your credit card has been stolen and locked down. The caller will then go through ways of trying to get you to verify your credit card information and PIN. They also will ask for wired money and/or the sending of pre-paid debit cards to have the account unlocked.
Another scam regards a phone call, often late at night, stating that they are an official in a jail and that they have a grandchild in custody. The caller then puts a person on the phone that states they are the grandchild but the call is muffled. They then ask for money to release the loved one.
Calls are being received from a person stating they are with Microsoft advising that their computer has been infected with a severe virus that is sending out personal information. The caller then asks to take over the computer remotely to release the virus. Once this is done, the caller is able to download private information off the computer.
Someone calls identifying themselves as "an official from the courts". They will go on to advise the person receiving the call did not show up for jury duty and has been committed to jail time. However they can avoid jail by sending in a pre-paid debit card or a money order and this is the only way one can avoid jail time. When the caller protests, they tell them to just stand by and a deputy will be there to arrest them.
None of these are true. They are all a way to separate you from your money.
Do not trust caller ID. Many of the calls are coming from official numbers or from known numbers. These people making the calls are often doing so from off shore. Caller ID can be faked through various "spoofing" applications. This allows a caller to place fake information into the phone system and fooling the caller ID.
Just because the money order is sent through Western Union or Wal Mart, doesn't mean it is going to the location designated. Once the money has been established in the system, it can be picked up at any location.
Verify. Verify. Verify. Before giving critical information or sending money always call and try to verify the claim. Call your financial institution, credit card provider or internet service provider to determine if they have called. If you still feel uncomfortable, call your local law enforcement.
These types of crimes are very hard to investigate since most of them are being conducted from foreign countries, many of which have no investigative agreements with the USA and many which are unfriendly to our nation.
Sheriff Foster said the best method to combat these scammers is to simply hang up on them and to verify the nature of the call.