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Blenheim mayor appears in New Zealand media

  • 18 December 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 557

EDITOR'S NOTE: Shortly after the election, Blenheim mayor Bobby Brock was contacted by the Blenheim newspaper for a story about voting in the community.
That is the Marlborough Express newspaper in Blenheim, New Zealand.  
"I didn't even realize there was a Blenheim in New Zealand," said Brock.
He was interviewed by reporter Jennifer Eder for the Express's website
Worldwide, the U.S. election was a fascination and subject to some sensationalism in regards to nationwide violence.
The following is the article, reprinted with the Express' permission.

Protests, violence and a bomb threat have marred the United States elections but at least one small southern town has managed to keep the peace.
Blenheim is a “crossroads” community of 157 people in Marlboro County, with an elementary school, a town hall, a gas station and four churches, on a main highway crossing South Carolina to Myrtle Beach, which is a two hours’ drive from Blenheim to the southeastern coast.

Gladys Bridges celebrates turning 100 with drive-by party

  • 11 December 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 1280
Gladys Bridges celebrates turning 100 with drive-by party

Gladys Bridges had simple plans for celebrating her 100th birthday on Monday — cake and thanking God for being able to make it to the milestone.
Bridges, who was born on Dec. 7, 1920, turned 100.
Her family held a drive-by birthday celebration for her on Dec. 5. Family and friends lined up at Eastside School and drove over to Wallace Road where Bridges sat wearing a crown and waving at the cars.
"Living right," Bridges said to how she has lived for so long. "God has been good to me."
Bridges and her daughter Maggie Bridges Peterkin celebrated her big day together by having cake and ice cream.
"And I might ride her around for a little while," Peterkin said.
Peterkin added she felt good about her mother turning 100.

No contact photos with Santa will on Dec. 11 and 12

No contact photos with Santa will on Dec. 11 and 12

No Contact Pictures with Santa will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday (Dec. 11)  at the Bennettsville Visitor Center, 304 W. Main Street, and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 12) in front of Marian Wright Edelman Public Library.

Drive-thru Christmas giveaway on Friday, Dec. 11

Love Beyond Bars and the Marlboro County Coordinating Council will have a Christmas Drive-Thru on Friday, Dec. 11.

MCSD shifts back to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases increase

Marlboro County School District will return to a virtual learning platform according to an announcement signed by the district’s Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord on Thursday (Dec. 10).