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Contestants for title of Miss Marlboro Academy

  • 7 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Contestants for title of Miss Marlboro Academy

The 51st annual Miss Marlboro Academy Pageant will be presented Saturday, November 9, at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Eighteen young ladies from grades nine through twelve will vie for the crown.
Freshmen contestants include: Calli Byrd, Kelsey Hunter, and Hartley Talbert.
Representing the sophomore class are: Nina Bennett, Jadyn DeHart, Kimberly Goodwin, Meghan Kessler and Mattie Liles.
Junior class contestants include: Arrington Martin, Katie Munnerlyn, Ally Murray and Sara White.
Representing the senior class are: Graysen Burroughs, Amber Jackson, Abby Lee, Mary Jane Lee, Ragan Liles, and Austin Simmons.
“Saturday Night Fever” serves as the theme of this year’s pageant, which features hits from the 1970’s. Don Greene, Ms. Marlowe Harrington, Mrs. Denise Jones and Mrs. Brooks Liner have teamed up as producers and directors, respectively, for this year’s competition. Ms. Courtney Odom, owner of Elevate Dance Academy is serving as choreographer and is assisting as a producer. Jason Deane of Rockingham will be serving as Master of Ceremonies.
2020 Miss Marlboro Academy Contestants: Back row, left to right: Austin Simmons, Amber Jackson, Katie Munnerlyn, Sara White, Arrington Martin, Meghan Kessler, Hartley Talbert, Abby Lee, Mary Jane Lee and Ragan Liles. Front Row, left to right: Mattie Liles, Kelsey Hunter, Nina Bennett, Ally Murray, Calli Byrd, Jadyn DeHart, Kimberly Goodwin and Graysen Burroughs.

Scarecrow Fest held last Saturday

  • 7 November 2019
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Scarecrow Fest held last Saturday

It was beautiful fall weather for the Scarecrow Fest on Nov. 2. There was plenty of live entertainment, food and children’s activities at the annual event. Steppin Out Dance Company was the winner of the 2019 Downtown Scarecrow Contest. Above, dancers from Academy of Movement 2 performed. At right, the petting zoo area was popular with youth. Below is an overview of the festival taken from the Bennettsville Fire Department’s ladder truck.
Photos by Jacqueline Hough

Marlboro native Stephen Love Jr. signs film development deal with Lionsgate

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro native Stephen Love Jr. signs film development deal with Lionsgate

Marlboro native Stephen Love signs first-look film development/production deal with Lionsgate
Bennettsville native Stephen “Dr.” Love Jr. has signed a multi-year first-look film development and production deal with Lionsgate.  He is a producer, entrepreneur, and author.
According to Variety magazine, Love is producing Shadow Force, the action film starring Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown through his Made with Love Media company. 
According to the article, other upcoming projects for him include the thriller They Cloned Tyrone, directed by Creed 2 screenwriter Juel Taylor, for Netflix; Assisted Living, written by Kay Oyegun, at Paramount; and Notes from a Young Black Chef, based on Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, which will be adapted by Randy McKinnon.
Love, who lives in Los Angeles, is the son of Rev. Dr. Stephen and Mamie Love Sr. He is a graduate of Marlboro County High School.

Tickets available for Taste of Marlboro on Nov. 14

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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It’s time again to experience the flavor of Marlboro County.
Tickets are on sale for the ninth annual Taste of Marlboro.
The annual event, a fund-raiser for the Marlboro County Chamber of Commerce, will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Bennettsville Community Center.
Tickets are $25 in advance. Limited tickets may be available at the door for $30. You must be 21 to attend. The attire is business casual.
The Taste of Marlboro provides an opportunity for both amateur and professional chefs to show their best recipes to the community. Chef sponsors prepare 300 taste-size samples for those attending.
Chamber President Janelle Bakogiannis said it is a huge event for the county, as well as neighboring counties. 

Bulldogs host Wilson for third place in region

  • 1 November 2019
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Bulldogs host Wilson for third place in region

A new buzz word among college football analysts is "complementary football."  It refers to the offense and defense of a team assisting the other - the offense not putting the defense in bad positions and the defense giving the offense scoring opportunities.
Last Friday night, the Marlboro County football team played complementary football for the first time since opening night.  The result was a convincing win.
"That is definitely what we are aiming for - a ball-hogging offense that doesn't turn it over and a defense that gets the opponent to punt or turn it over quickly," said head coach Bobby Collins.
"If you can do that, it surely puts you in a position to win.  We still have lots of work to do, but that's what it is supposed to be like," he said.
While playing Darlington was just what the doctor ordered, this week's opponent will be a stern test.

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