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Grant approved for internet access plan

  • 27 August 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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It was announced Friday that Marlboro County’s grant requests for broadband (high speed internet) infrastructure extension have been approved and will be funded using SC CARES Act funds. Sandhill Telephone Cooperative teamed with Marlboro County Government to submit the grant applications.
This announcement means that high speed internet will be extended to many areas of the county. The project must be completed by December 18, 2020.
“High speed internet for our county is a transformational change for the good. What it means for our community is immeasurable,” said County Administrator and Economic Developer Ron Munnerlyn.
“Sandhill Telephone Cooperative under the leadership of CEO Lee Chambers really stepped up to the plate for our county.”
High speed internet access is one of six key strategic initiatives adopted by Marlboro County Government as part of their recent strategic planning efforts. In May 2020, Marlboro County staff developed a comprehensive plan in partnership with Sandhill Telephone Cooperative for broadband expansion. 
The “Marlboro Plan” was distributed to numerous state officials and agencies and county council began lobbying for funding at that time.

School District holds 2020 Back to School Rally on Zoom

  • 27 August 2020
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School District holds 2020 Back to School Rally on Zoom

Instead of the usual convocation in the gym at  Marlboro County High School, Marlboro County School District teachers, staff, and administration used Zoom for the 2020 Back to School Rally.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord said it was a chance to inspire and encourage teachers, staff, and administration of the district.
“Every day we have been allowed to do something that not many others have the opportunity to do —  to educate,” he said. “Educate not just the young people coming to us from Marlboro County but educate everyone in our community and life. This is truly a calling.”
District employees and teachers and staff from each school still had a chance to display their colors and enthusiasm for the 2020-21 school year.
While everyone was on Zoom, McCord, Board Chairman Larry McNeil, and Board member Rev. James Smith along with district officials headed out to surprise the Classified Staff of the Year and Teacher of the Year with flowers and a check.

Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle on Highway 38 South

A Bennettsville man is dead after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 38 South early Monday morning (Aug. 24).

 

Lula Mae Woods celebrates 104th birthday with a drive-by party

  • 20 August 2020
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Lula Mae Woods celebrates 104th birthday with a drive-by party

CLIO  —   Birthday celebrations have been hard to do during the pandemic.
But Lula Mae Billings Woods didn’t have to worry about her 104th birthday because all she had to do was sit in her doorway to get some love.
Her family, friends, and community members participated in a drive-by birthday celebration for Woods on Saturday, Aug. 15. Woods turned 104 on Aug. 14.
People lined up in their vehicles at old School of Discovery, then drove past her home honking their horns, and yelling well wishes to her. It was led by the Clio Police.
Dennis Hardison of A New Creation played jazz music. Hardison has played every year since her 90th birthday. 
Woods said she felt good about turning 104. 
She attributed her longevity to God and asking him to keep going as long as he sees fit.

New Chamber of Commerce director hopes to increase membership

  • 20 August 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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New Chamber of Commerce director hopes to increase membership

The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce has a new executive, Shannon Burroughs.
A Coastal Carolina University graduate with a bachelor’s in business marketing, Burroughs is from Mullins.
Actively involved at CCU, she is interested in working with the community again.
One of Burroughs’ main goals is to increase membership and to look at other fund-raising options since COVID-19 limited their abilities to have events.
“Overall, I want to just build the community up,” she said.

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