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When telephones came to Lakefield

By Sterling McGinn  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, telephone or “Hello Systems” were in high demand for rural areas and small towns across the country. A phone system was first installed in Newberry in 1904, but it wouldn’t be until three years later that a...

Life after meth

By Carol Stiffler Chris Linhart says he doesn’t have any friends. The Arkansas native, who now lives in Newberry, says he’s just got his wife and kids. But you’d better believe that’s a whole, wonderful world to him. Linhart was a longtime drug user. Back in Arkansas,...

What’s the best way to remove a tick?

By Paul M. Dake, M.D. Q:  When we were on a camping trip last week, my daughter showed me a tick on her lower leg; we tried a couple of different ways to get it off, finally succeeding with a pair of tweezers.  We weren’t sure what to do next.  What are the latest...

To those who didn’t come home

By Carol Stiffler For the last 100 years, the tombstone for young Hugh Allan MacInnes has been decorated with honor for Memorial Day. MacInnes died in World War 1 in a battle in France, in a battalion that also had dozens of other Yoopers. A Newberry native, MacInnes...

Bee Wise Farms is making Newberry sweet

By Carol Stiffler On M-28 east of Newberry, millions of honeybees are at work. They reside at Bee Wise Farms, the blossoming farm of Adam and Lacey Ingrao, and live in 32 towering hive colonies that are hardly visible from the road. Bee Wise Farms, located at 10192...

Why is my blood pressure higher when I visit my doctor?

By Paul M. Dake, M.D. Q:  I keep track of my blood pressure at home, but when I see my doctor, it always seems higher than my home measurements.  What might be causing this difference? A:  Most people monitoring their own BP measure it while sitting on a chair with...