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FBI recognizes law enforcement efforts in Lowery murder case

  • 1 March 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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FBI recognizes law enforcement efforts in Lowery murder case

Last week, FBI officials recognized Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon, his staff, and others for their hard work during the murder investigation of Ella Lowery and her daughter, Iyana Lowery in May of 2017.
Jejauncey Harrington, 32, of Bennettsville has been charged with their deaths. Harrington is being held at the Marlboro County Detention Center. A gag order has been issued in the double murder case.
Reid Davis, an assistant special agent in charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, noted Lemon had been on the job for a few months when the case happened. 
“A newly sworn-in sheriff and being hit with a tragic crime like this,” he said. “Marlboro County was tested right out of the gate but I think your prosecution is going to show that you have far exceeded that test.”

EMS Task Force working to improve response times

  • 1 March 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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One of the things that stirs Marlboro County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn in the middle of the night is the fact that there is no hospital in the county.
“It’s something that wakes me up at four o’clock in the morning,”  he said. “It is something on my mind all the time and I know council feels the same. It is very important.”
The EMS Task Force held their second meeting earlier this week. This committee is the result of seeing increased ambulance response times and situations where Marlboro County Rescue (MCR) cannot respond quickly due to all of the units being out of the county transporting patients to hospitals.
The task force is comprised of three members of county council, three people from Marlboro General Hospital Charity Trust Board, three from MCR and Munnerlyn.
He said when the hospital closed almost three years ago, they could only guess the impact it would have on the county.

Passion for animals drives new shelter director

  • 22 February 2018
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Passion for animals drives new shelter director

Animal Services Director Stephanie Jones is devoted to dogs and cats in Marlboro County.
"I have a lot of passion for getting the animals out of here. I have a lot of ideas for programs and things to hopefully decrease the intake numbers."
She started Feb. 1 as director.
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Weather tracker pedals through Marlboro County

  • 22 February 2018
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Weather tracker pedals through Marlboro County

BLENHEIM -- William Minor has spent the last several years traveling throughout this country following weather patterns.
Recently, he spent a few days at the Blenheim Fire Department.
Minor, who is 75, has traveled by bicycle with all of his belongings to help him feel and see the changes in the weather.
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Possible tragedy averted at WEMS

  • 22 February 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Possible tragedy averted at WEMS

WALLACE -- A vigilant Wallace Elementary/Middle student prevented a possible tragedy Tuesday after overhearing a threat made by a fellow student.
A 14-year-old Wallace Elementary/Middle School student was arrested by Marlboro County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with disturbing the school and threatening the life of a public official.
Capt. Sara Albarri of the  Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office said another student had overheard the 14-year-old make threats last Thursday and told a school staff member Tuesday morning.

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