Marlboro County Board of Education members learned Monday that Clio Elementary Middle School was one of 19 schools in the state to receive an excellent rating on the recently released school report cards.
Teachers, staff and administrators were recognized at Monday's meeting for receiving a score of 63 on the report card.
Recently, the South Carolina Department of Education and Education Oversight Committee released school and district report cards as part of the state's merged state and federal accountability system. The report cards reflected school and district performance during the 2017-2018 school year and contained overall school ratings for the first time since 2014.
The Lake Paul Wallace Authority and all of Marlboro County received an early Christmas present on Tuesday.
State Senator Gerald Malloy presented Lake Paul Wallace Authority Chairman Sully Blair with a check for $250,000 from the state of South Carolina at the weekly meeting of the Bennettsville Rotary Club.
"I'm very proud of the Lake Wallace Authority and all they have been doing to preserve and beautify the lake," said Malloy, whose District 29 encompasses most of Marlboro County.
The money comes from the current state budget in a line item proposed by Malloy and supported by the rest of the Marlboro County delegation, Senator Kent Williams, Representative Pat Henegan and Representative Jackie Hayes.
Blair thanked Malloy for his assistance and support for the Lake Authority. He pointed out that Malloy was instrumental in the establishment of the Lake Paul Wallace Authority.
Beginning next week, Santa Claus comes to Marlboro County as parades roll through Bennettsville and McColl.
The city of Bennettsville Christmas parade will kick off the holiday season with “A Musical Christmas” at 4:30 p.m. December 4.
The grand marshals will be Rebecca McArthur of McArthur Farms and Beth Chavis of Healing Hands Massage Therapy. Both were local winners in the WMBF “The Pee Dee’s Best” contest.
Bennettsville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to eliminate picking up brown goods such as furniture, mattresses, and toilets at their Nov. 20 meeting.
The Public Works department will no longer pick up those items once the ordinance is approved on second reading at the January meeting.
The only items that will be picked up is yard debris and what is inside the green containers.
"If it doesn't fit in the green container, it needs to go to the dump," said Holly Swann.
Mayor Heath Harpe said the county council had recently issued a fee schedule so residents could take those items to the Red Hill convenience site.
Cost is $3 for upholstered furniture and mattresses; $3 per unit for electronics; $5 for TVs; and $3 for toilets.
A logging truck driver lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Cottingham Boulevard and Main Street Tuesday afternoon. The wreck involved several other vehicles. Marlboro County Rescue, Bennettsville Fire Department and Bennettsville Police Department are on the scene. For more details, read the Nov. 29 edition of the Herald-Advocate.
Photo by Jacqueline Hough