Marlboro County Government will host its second Keep Marlboro County Clean and Green clean-up day on May 4.
Volunteers and organizations, provided with trash bags, will spread out across the county to collect roadside litter and debris.
It is a chance to help make Marlboro County a more beautiful place to work and live.
Last year, over 800 volunteers picked up 24 tons of roadside refuse. Unfortunately, a clean-up day is as needed this year as it was in 2018.
Engineer Teddy Stubbs has seen a lot of changes with Bennettsville Fire Department after 40 years.
After helping to put out a fire at a motel in 1975, Stubbs realized he really liked it.
"I always loved to meet people, help people and cared about the community," he said.
Before the fire, he had not thought about being a firefighter.
In 1978, Richard Quick was the fire chief and got Stubbs on the fire department.
In the Bennettsville Fire Department, he has served under seven chiefs.
He was a volunteer from 1978-1983 and became fulltime in 1983.
He retired on Oct. 1, 2013, as a lieutenant but came back on Nov. 1, 2013.
The members of Young Talented Musicians have known each other for many years but have only been a group for seven months.
The group of Marlboro County High School students plays R&B, gospel, jazz and contemporary music.
Members of the group are Clifton Quick, Ezekiel Miller, Ka'Darrius Ellerbe, and Stephenson Ellerbe Jr.
Ka'Darrius Ellerbe said they played together in marching band and knew each other played.
For the group, it is their love of music that has kept them going.
"We can play together with or without money," Ka'Darrius Ellerbe said.
A group of Pre-K students had a chance to hear a story while outside at the Marlboro County Museum.
Students at the First United Methodist Children's Center listened as volunteer Jenny Weatherly did a lively reading of the book, If You Plant a Seed.
Later volunteer Kathy Ingalls shared samples of vegetables featured in the book for the students to taste.
Then children were allowed to go to the Storybook Walk to see the story unfold at the various pedestals in the grassy area behind the museum.
Installed at a child's height, it allowed them to see the laminated pages of the story and then move to the next pedestal.
Then the students had a chance to help plant a garden with squash, tomatoes, and radishes.
The Storybook Walk is a project of the Marlboro County Museums and Marian Wright Edelman Public Library.
The inaugural induction ceremony for the Bennettsville Hall of Fame was held Saturday evening at The Skye. Inducted were Hugh McColl Jr. and Marian Wright Edelman. After growing up in Bennettsville, both have gone on to nationally prominent careers in their fields. McColl, after a stint in the Marine Corps, got into the banking industry. He rose from a trainee position to be the president of NationsBank and Bank of America. Edelman studied law at Yale and became a leader in the civil rights movement. She has also been a leading advocate for children’s rights, founding the Children’s Defense Fund. Following the ceremony, the inductees were treated to a concert by singer Linda Eder at the Civic Center.
Photo by Ryan Bethea