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Complete with red-dyed whiskers and festive attire, Bob Beard of Newberry enjoys the Irish Fling at The Flying Pie in downtown Newberry on March 16.

(photo submitted by Ted B. Williams)

At right: Munson Music percussion instructor Vidal Tapia, kneeling at lower left, leads members of the "Bucket Brigade," a percussion team playing plastic buckets, in an impromptu session during the Irish Fling festivities on Main Street Friday night. Photo submitted by Ted Williams

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new year 045New Year's Eve at the Opera House

Here are some of the scenes of the New Year's celebration at the Newberry Opera House recently.

(photos submitted by Andy Hawkins)

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SafeKids Winners

The annual Halloween SafeKIDS event was held on Monday night at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Below are the costume winners (click on photos to see larger versions):
Ages 0-3: First place winner was (top left) Riley Long (Cabbage Patch Kid). Chris Mora (bottom left) won second place in the contest. Ages 4-6 (below left): First place winner was Trey Dowd, and second place winner was Ashley Plemmons. Ages 7-9 (below center): First place winner was Allen Richardson; second place winner was Reese Long. Ages 10-12 (below right): First place winner was Morgan Hair; second place winner was McKaylee Gilstrap.

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Liver Nips Winners

Winners of this year's Oktoberfest Liver Nips Contest were (right) Alice Wicker and Michael Mills, first place; and Robby and Victoria Wessinger (left) with a very close second place finish.
(photo courtesy of Ted B. Williams)

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NHS Players Honored

Some Newberry High School football players were honored at a recent Touchdown Club meeting. (L-R): Joseph Foster, Special Teams Player of the Month; Eric Gallman, Defensive Player of the Month; Martice Floyd, Offensive Player of the Month; and Coach Phil Strickland.

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Paying Tribute

Isabella Stocker, 3-year-old daughter of Nick and Kelley Stocker of Newberry, pictured here with bunker gear of the family's neighborhood friend and Newberry firefighter Andrew Morris, paying tribute to the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
(submitted by Sally Lowman of Newberry)


Beautiful Butterfly

Nothing more beautiful than a yard full of butterflies!

(submitted by Cindy Schumpert of Newberry)


Staying Cool

Zarek Reid trying to stay cool in the summer heat. He is the son of Coach Zeb and Angela Reid, and little brother to Zoe.

(submitted by Angela Reid of Newberry)


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Scenes from the recent Bullbat Soiree, hosted by WKDK's Sue Summer and Andy Hawkins. The event raised nearly $2000 for the Newberry Community Players!

(submitted by Andy Hawkins)

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Cheering on the Cocks!

USC fan, Ken Copeland, enjoying Carolina's Second College World Series Championship in Omaha, Nebraska!

(submitted by Cindy Schumpert)



New Arrival!

Emily Christina Burgess was born on June 29 at 12:46 AM. She weighed 9 lbs., 7.2 oz., and was 20.5 inches long. Proud parents are Chapin and Kathy Burgess...CONGRATS!


Big Voice

New guest to goldfish pond...little fellow with BIG voice!

(submitted by Cindy Schumpert)



July 4th Scene

A shot of the Harper Street Parade on the 4th.

(submitted by Michelle Long)


July 4th Scene

An Elvis sighting at the Harper Street Parade????

(submitted by Michelle Long)


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Nice shot of fireworks after the Columbia Blowfish game on the 4th.

(submitted by Evan Connelly and Andrew Skaggs)


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Cole and daddy checking out the fire truck at the Harper Street Parade.

(submitted by Christel Allred)


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(submitted by Dennis Kirk of Greenville, SC)


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Caroline Kirk in her "4th Attire".

(submitted by Dennis Kirk of Greenville, SC)

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July 4th Scene

Another scene at the Harper Street Parade.

(submitted by Sue Summer)

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July 4th Scene

Another scene at the Harper Street Parade.

(submitted by Sue Summer)

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July 4th Scene

Another scene at the Harper Street Parade.

(submitted by Sue Summer)

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July 4th Scene

A scene at the Harper Street Parade.

(submitted by Sue Summer)

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July 4th Scene

Eleanor Kitchens and Lynn Bailey take time on the 4th to celebrate the Gamecocks victory!

(submitted by Sue Summer)

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Members of Eagle Scout Troop 222.

(submitted by Rita Dickert)

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Beautiful Sunset

Recent sunset at Dreher Island.

(submitted by Joe Franklin)

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Big Accomplishments!

Zane is proud of his recent awards. He is the son of Jim and Carmen Davis (former Carmen Jacobs of Newberry), and grandson of Miller and Frankie Jacobs of Newberry.

(submitted by Cindy Schumpert)


A New Friend

Cindy was able to get a closeup shot of her "new friend."

(submitted by Cindy Schumpert)

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Scenes from Honor Flight

Scenes from the recent Honor Flight 2011 at Columbia's Metropolitan Airport.

Below left photo: Newberry area veterans (v) and guardians (g)
*Click on photos to see larger versions
Left to right (top row): Delbert Wessinger (g), John Bozard (g), George Burke (v), Seber Amick (v), Janet Amick Brannon (g)
Bottom row: George Raymond Wessinger (v), Earl Bozard (v), Lewis Ringer (v), Harry Cromer III (g)

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PRES Takes a Trip

Prosperity Rikard Elementary sent their mascot, PRES the Lion, on vacation
with their students.

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Beautiful Sunday

Mary Lane Wilkerson and Marianna Robertson enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Lynch's Woods.

(submitted by Jane Robertson)


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What a Steal!

Joseph Foster (1) steals the ball and passes to Victor Vasquez (16) in a break away in Newberry High School's 2-1 victory against Woodruff recently.


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The Way to Santa Fe!

santa fe 2Andy and Mike Hawkins visited Santa Fe recently with some friends.

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Time for a Nap!

Icy May, an 11-year-old chihuahua/maltese mix from the Newberry Animal Shelter, finally found her forever home when her foster mom's family gave her to her foster mom for Christmas. Later in the day, Icy May was so tired from celebrating she returned to the tree, unwrapped for a nap!

(submitted by Jane Robertson)

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American Idols Christmas

American Idols Christmas Show on December 19 at the Opera House
(sponsored by WKDK).

(submitted by WKDK)


Where's Indy?

Lindsay Schumpert's cat, Indy, hiding in the Christmas tree!

(submitted by Cindy Schumpert)

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Fresh Faces Toddler Miss

Belle participating in a recent pageant, winning International Fresh Faces Toddler Miss for 2011!

(submitted by Sally Lowman)

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Tuba Christmas

A scene from "Tuba Christmas" that was recently at Jezebelle's in Newberry.

(submitted by Fred Yandle)

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Jeff and Friends

Jeff Livingston (second from left) of Stoney Hill in Iraq with some of his friends and singer Aaron Tippin recently.

(submitted by Bob Beard)

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A Vintage Christmas

koda pulls santaScenes from "A Vintage Christmas" on December 10.

At left, Codi Lester, an eighth grader at Newberry Middle School, performs on the square on Friday. Earlier in the day, she won the talent division at the SC Jr. Beta Club convention in Myrtle Beach. She will compete in the club's national finals in Nashville, Tennessee next summer.

At right, Koda pulls Santa down Main Street.

(submitted by Ted B. Williams)

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'Tis the Season

sheriff deputy grinchScenes from the Newberry Christmas Parade on Saturday.

(submitted by Ted B. Williams)

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Camdyn Grace and Riley

Camdyn Grace and Riley sharing a special moment.

(submitted by Jimmie Coggins)

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Prosperity Trunk or Treat

A scene from the recent Halloween Trunk or Treat in Prosperity.

(submitted by Diane's Stable Steakhouse)

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SafeKIDS Halloween Winnersages 7-9

Over 1000 were in attendance at the recent SafeKIDS Halloween Event at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Costume winners were as follows:

Ages 0-3: 1st place, Conner Beck; 2nd place Brantlee Roche (left)
Ages 4-6: 1st place, Dakota Ross; 2nd place, Melissa Castrejoh (bottom left)
Ages 7-9: 1st place, Allorah Sulik; 2nd place, Haley Roach (right)
Ages 10-12: 1st place, Bradley Smith; 2nd place, Summer Woody (below)

(submitted by Andy Hawkins of NCMH)

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Exchange Club Award

Chief Wayne Blount of the Consolidated Fire Department was presented the 2010 Fireman of the Year Award by the Exchange Club of Newberry at the Oct. 5, 2010 joint meeting of the Exchange Club and Newberry County Fireman's Association.  The event was held at the Newberry Firehouse Conference Center.

(submitted by Bobby Shealy of Newberry)

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Liver Nips Cook-Off Winnersliver nips second place

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Ninth Annual Liver Nips Cook-Off at Newberry's Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 2, on Town Square. This year's Cook-Off had five competing teams. Sarah and Larry Shealy (left) of Newberry took home first place honor, and Ann Bowers and Madyson Murphy (right) from Prosperity won second place.

(submitted by Newberry Chamber of Commerce)

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Painting for Homecoming

nc students3In honor of homecoming this week at Newberry College, some students are painting some of the store windows in downtown Newberry.

(submitted by Newberry College)


Prosperity's Hoppin'!

Jimmie Coggins interviews Karen Livingston, Prosperity Town Administrator, and Charlene Ryan, Prosperity's Hoppin' Committee Member, during a recent Prosperity Remote at Town Center.

At right: Fred Sexton, Utility Coordinator of
Prosperity's Hoppin'.

(submitted by WKDK)


A Big Welcome to Camdyn Grace!

WKDK's Jimmie Coggins holds his newborn granddaughter, Camdyn Grace,
born to Jessica and Justin Dahman recently.

(submitted by Parkes Coggins of Virginia)

Special Guest at Shawfest

Helen Garlington was the guest of honor at Shaw Air Force Base's Shawfest recently. This was suggested to Shaw officials by Steve Mature (formerly of Newberry and now of Shaw) and folks at Shaw followed up on it. Attached are some pictures of Helen, including her on the flightline talking to the Golden Knight parachute team. She also talked to the Thunderbird pilots and was introduced over the loudspeaker to the 100,000 people in attendance, according to Ron Mature, who took these pictures.

(submitted by Foster Senn of Newberry)

Anderson's Shoes Celebrates 100 Years!

Left to right: Mayor Ed Kyzer, councilman Foster Senn, City Manager Jeff Shacker, councilman Thomas Louis Boyd, Newberry County Chamber Marketing Director Melissa Leitzsey, Chamber Director Ted Smith along with Eddie Anderson, third generation owner, Anderson's Shoes at 100th Anniversary ribbon cutting Monday. Click on photo to see full version.

(submitted by Newberry Chamber of Commerce)

Relay for Life

Scenes from the recent Newberry Relay for Life.

(submitted by Andy Hawkins)

Honor Flight

Scenes from the Honor Flight on Wednesday, April 21.
Left: Houston Jones and Buddy Andrews
Below: Gordon Leslie, Arthur Schlock, Dick Morton, and Doggett Whitaker

(submitted by Doggett Whitaker of Newberry)

Honor Flight

More scenes from the Honor Flight on Wednesday, April 21.

(submitted by Doggett Whitaker of Newberry)

2010 March for Babies

Scenes from the 2010 March for Babies in Newberry on April 17.
One team represented was part of the hospital team (photo at left): Emily Metts and her daughter; Jenny Fellers and her two children and her mother: Melinda Sue Kerns. John Boozer (bottom left) was the Chairman of this year's event.

Two local practices that had teams were Pediatrics of Newberry and the Dyke Group (photos below).

(submitted by Andy Hawkins of Prosperity)

Pork in the Park

Scenes from Pork in the Park in downtown Newberry on Saturday,
April 17.

(submitted by Andy Hawkins of Prosperity)

Beautiful Lake Murray

A scene at Lake Murray after the recent snow.

(submitted by Pam Arrington of Prosperity)

First Snowball Fight!

Our first real snowball fight.

(submitted by Chase and Will Murray of Little Mountain)

A Scene of Night Snow

Snow-filled trampoline in my back yard on Friday night.

(submitted by Sally Lowman of Newberry)

Self Medical Group Welcomes Family Healthcare

Self Medical Group has welcomed Family Healthcare Newberry, formerly known as Newberry Family Health Center, to its network of care. The family medicine practice, located at 2605 Kinard Street, Suite 200, in Newberry includes the husband and wife physician team of Michael Bernardo, MD, and Darly Moore Bernardo, MD. Both are members of the American Board of Family Practice, and both will continue to serve on the medical staff of Newberry County Memorial Hospital. The practice will be adding additional healthcare providers in 2010 to the existing staff, which includes Shakisha Redmond, Certified Physician Assistant, and Rebecca M. Rowan, Family Nurse Practitioner.
Click on photo at left to see larger photo (including more staff members).

(submitted by Dan Branyon)

Toddler Miss Relay for Life

Belle as 2010 Toddler Miss Relay for Life, Greenwood County, SC.

(submitted by Sally Lowman of Newberry)

National Certification!

The Newberry County School District announced 11 teachers who now have their National Board Certification: Christy Brown, Amy Russell, Jeffrey Eargle, Candice Lominick, Stacey Templin, Beverly Chapman, Deborah Moore, Amy Scott, Jennifer Jones, Christy Dyal, and Cindy Kibler. This brings the districts total to 60 National Board Certified teachers.
Click on the photo at left to see more teachers.

(submitted by WKDK)

Brothers and Sisters Meet Santa!

Georgia, Olivia, Maxwell and Jack Parkes of Australia meet Santa.

(submitted by Scott Parkes of Sydney, Australia)

Hanging with Zac at Isle of Palms

December 11th's Mystery Guest Melissa Leitzsey with the then "unknown" Zac Brown of the "Chick'n Fried" Zac Brown Band. Melissa is with her friend Laurel Weir at an Isle of Palms music venue. Today, Melissa is Director of Communications and Marketing for the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce.

(submitted by Melissa Leitzsey)

Rotary's Children's Christmas Party

Newberry's Rotary Club hosted its annual Children's Christmas Party on Friday, December 11. Youth guests from Thornwell Children's Home and Boy's Farm were entertained by a choral group from Newberry High, and a visit from Santa who handed out gifts.

(submitted by Erwin Baker)

Prosperity Christmas Parade

Some scenes from Prosperity's Christmas Parade on Sunday,
December 6.

(submitted by David Eldridge)

Rotary's Prayer Breakfast

Some scenes from Rotary's Prayer Breakfast held on November 17. Special guests were Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass and Coach Herman Boone, whose team inspired the movie "Remember the Titans". (At left) Rotary's Layperson of the Year, John Glasgow with his wife, pictured with Bass and Coach Boone
(far right).

(submitted by WKDK)



Shriner's Parade

Some scenes from the Shriner's Parade held recently in downtown Newberry.

(submitted by WKDK)





Some of the scenes from NCMH's SafeKIDS event held recently.

(submitted by Andy Hawkins of NCMH)

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