Last Saturday after only taking a few steps on Hamlet Highway, Luther Grace had already filled a green bag with litter.
"I think it is disrespectful how people threw trash out," said Grace, who was picking up trash with a group from Shiloh Baptist Church.
Grace and more than 500 people spread out around Marlboro County for the second Countywide Community Cleanup Day on May 4.
As he picked up trash, Grace said he volunteered because he wanted to help send a message to those who litter.
"We need to keep the county clean," he said.
Volunteers were picking up trash on various roadways in bright yellow shirts. Officials said more than 60 groups participated.
Will Rogers Jr., solicitor for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, picked up trash with a group on Old Wire Road.
Tuesday was a record setting day for Caitlyn Nolan. The Virginia Tech senior softball shortstop blasted two home runs to set the school single-season home run record with 18.
Nolan, a former Marlboro County High standout, is a Bennettsville native. She is the daughter of Ernie and Anita Nolan.
After wrapping up ACC action this past weekend, the No. 24 Hokies stayed hot, getting a doubleheader sweep over Longwood University at Tech Softball Park by winning game 1, 6-0, and game 2, 8-5.
With graduation more than a month away, Marlboro County High School senior Ahmad Knight came to the Marlboro Area Career Fair Wednesday looking for options.
Knight was happy with what he found.
"I felt like there were a lot of opportunities," he said.
In fact, Knight received information about attending Northeastern Technical College in the fall.
The hard work and dedication of many have allowed Marlboro Academy to educate students for 50 years.
"One thing about our school is we have had a lot of long hours of hard and dedicated work and enthusiasm from many people who have been associated with this school," said Carol Stanton, a current teacher and former student.
On April 21, 1969, 175 people from Marlboro, Scotland, and Richmond counties met to discuss forming an independent school.
Originally, the group tried to procure the Fletcher School building near McColl but after the details could not be worked out, local farmer L.E. Pence donated 10 acres of land where the school is currently located.
"They gathered donations from interested people," Stanton said. "It took a lot of donations."
WALLACE — First graders from Wallace Elementary Middle School had a chance to learn about safety while having fun during the "Play it Safe" Child Safety and Child Abuse Prevention event Wednesday.
Christie Moore, the volunteer coordinator for New Beginnings Transitional Shelter (which is a part of the Pee Dee Coalition), said the goal was to bring awareness to the students about personal body safety and prevention of abuse.
"We try to make it a fun-filled day for them," she said. "They don't realize they are actually being taught something during all of this."