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County has seventh COVID-19 death

  • 17 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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County has seventh COVID-19 death

On Monday, Marlboro County had its seventh COVID-19 related death.
 The death, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, occurred in a middle-aged individual.
In the last week, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed 45 new cases with 121 active cases.
The active cases can be found in the following zipcodes: 29512 (Bennettsville), 80; 29516 (Blenheim), 1; 29525 (Clio), 2; 29570 (McColl), 33; 29594 (Tatum), 0; 29596 (Wallace), 2; and 3, unknown.
The county has 843  overall cases.
In the state, there are 131,428 confirmed cases, and 2,968 confirmed deaths.

Vote split on forensic audit for bond referendum money by board of education

  • 17 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County Board of Education voted 5-1-1 on Monday evening to have a forensic audit of the 2018 $10 million bond referendum completed.
Board member Katherine Manville made the motion with Vice Chairman Michael Coachman seconding it.
Vice Chairman Michael Coachman and board members Jackie Branch, Macky Norton, Manville,  and Nan Fleming voted yes. Board member Rev. James Smith voted no and Chairman Larry McNeil abstained.
Board Secretary Janice Bright and member Danny Driggers were not present for the vote.
Later in the meeting, Branch asked McNeil and Coachman to select three firms to use for the forensic audit and bring to the board for approval.
McNeil said they would meet with the board attorneys to get it done.

Bulldogs scrimmage Socastee, travel to Cheraw Saturday

  • 17 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs scrimmage Socastee, travel to Cheraw Saturday

With the regular season just over a week away, the Marlboro County High football team is putting the finishing touches on their abbreviated preseason drills.
Last Saturday, the Bulldogs traveled to Socastee to play their only controlled scrimmage of the year.  Coach Bobby Collins was generally pleased with what he saw from his team.
"We got off the bus ready to play.  That was an issue last year, in that we were really slow to get started.  We started the scrimmage quicker," said Collins.
The Bulldog offense marched 70 yards with the first possession of the game, using a mixture of running and passing plays.  The drive was capped by a three-yard pass from quarterback Jesse Williams to Jaden Bostic.
Socastee's first possession was ended with an interception by Bulldog linebacker Jhamari Talley.

Fires under investigation

  • 14 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Fires under investigation

Firefighters worked to put out a structure fire at a business on Sept. 4 on Broad Street. The fire is currently under investigation by the Bennettsville Fire Department and SLED. Blenheim, Clio Rural, McColl, and Wallace Fire Departments assisted Bennettsville.
 

County continues to work on details for internet plan

  • 14 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County Council got a brief update on the CARES Act broadband project at its Tuesday meeting.
The county received $883,000 from the SC CARES act funds.
The funds will be used as a 50-50 match with Sandhill Communications to run fiber optic cable to Blenheim, Clio, McColl, and improve infrastructure in Bennettsville.
Sandhill Telephone Cooperative worked with the county in the project to be able to bring high-speed Internet to many areas of the county.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said they have had many inquires as to where the service will be extended.
“We are hopeful that information can be shared soon,” he said.
The state has mandated all work be completed by mid-December. 

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