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Clio elects Petrone as new mayor

  • 16 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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CLIO  —  The town of Clio has a new mayor.
Ben Petrone received 113 of the 204 votes.
Write-in candidates Gabriel David received 86 while David McCoy received two votes.
Turnout was low for the election. Of the 568 registered voters, only 204 ballots (35.92 percent) were cast.
The town council has four seats. Incumbents Cathy Helsel received 128 votes;  Samuel McCollum, 138; Harley Thomas,141; and newcomer Kenneth Phillips, 117.
There were 18 write-in votes. They were for Joe Kinney, two; Isordo Peterkin, one; Eva McRae, one; Marilyn Rogers, one; Gabriel David, three; Bobbie Roller, one; Scheral Ivery, one; Brenda Van Winkle, one; Pearlie Thomas, two; Barbara Hubbard, one; Kenneth Phillips, one; Samuel McCollum, two; and not assigned, one.

Board of Education looking at possibly adding bond referendum question to ballot

  • 16 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County School District officials feel more work needs to be done to update facilities in the system.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord made a presentation to board members during Monday’s monthly meeting that showed what the district has done with $10 million approved in 2018.
Voters approved a $10 million general obligation bond in November of 2018 for the Marlboro County School District. It was done without a millage increase.
McCord noted a lot had been done with the funds from installing new doors at Marlboro County High for safety reasons to work being done with renovating the auditorium and building a new cafeteria at Bennettsville Intermediate School.
But added there is still work to be done at various facilities and make sure it is in the best possible condition to meet not only the needs of the students but staff.
“For us to plan so we won’t find ourselves in a situation where a building is being condemned, we have to plan now,” McCord said. “We can’t do it on the budget we have.”
District officials would like board members to consider placing a question on the ballot in November for another bond.

Elections for Clio, vacant County Council seat is Tuesday

  • 9 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The elections for the town of Clio and Marlboro County Council District 5 seat is Tuesday, July 14.
Any necessary runoffs will be held on Tuesday, July 28.  
The general election for the town of Clio will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14 at the Clio Community Center (Old Depot Building), 101 Calhoun Street.
Newcomer Ben Petrone filed for mayor and Gabriel David is running as a write-in candidate.
Clio Town Council has four seats. Incumbents Cathy Helsel, Samuel McCollum, Harley Thomas, and newcomer Kenneth Phillips are on the ballot.
Kenneth Stroman was the only person to file for the vacant County Council District 5 seat.

Graduation is set for Sat.

  • 9 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County High School seniors will have their graduation ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday at McAlpine Stadium.
Gates will open at 6:30 a.m.
Each graduate will receive two tickets. All guests will be required to show a ticket and wear a face mask to enter the stadium.
Hand sanitizing stations will be inside the stadium and restrooms will be closed. 
Marlboro County School District Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord said they are requiring everyone to be prepared to enter and exit in an orderly manner complying with all social distancing rules.

Dr. Jamane Watson is named new principal of Marlboro County High School

  • 9 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Dr. Jamane Watson is named new principal of Marlboro County High School

As Dr. Jamane Watson walked through the halls of Marlboro County High School, it was still a surreal feeling for him.
Watson, a 1996 graduate of the school, was named the new principal on June 30.
“It’s an unreal feeling,” he said. “It hasn’t set in yet that I am the principal of Marlboro County High School.” 
And Watson is grateful to be able to directly give back to the community that gave to him.
“Marlboro County High School created the man that I am today with the rich traditions and the educators that I had,” he said.
Watson has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of education in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Previously, he was an assistant principal at Lumberton Senior High School.