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I admire: My late grandmother, Sara, as she has always been one of my greatest role models. To me she was the definition of grace. She grew up during the Great Depression and I feel that taught her how to value family and to always be there for one another. She’s also the one that taught me how to give grace to people, set a formal dinner table properly and to never go outside without lipstick on, which I can’t say I follow all the time.

Laura Kneece

Coroner of Newberry County

Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

Downtown Newberry

Originally, I am from Fairfax County, Virginia. I moved to South Carolina when I was 13 years old, so I have completed all the shots necessary to be a true South Carolinian. I feel Newberry chose me. I met my husband Kyle, who is a Newberry native, while both of us were working for Lexington County. When we married in 2014, there was no question where we would live. Newberry is my forever home.

My vision for Newberry is that I would love to see Newberry County develop into being a very prosperous county but for it to keep the home town feel and charm. ​

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is twofold: (1) Life is never what you have planned. As young kids, we are inclined to have our life “planned out.” But, God has His own plans for us, and
(2) Don’t take yourself or life so seriously.

You would be surprised to know that I am a really shy and quiet person and get extremely nervous in big crowds or when it comes to public speaking.