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Actors are a hoot in ‘Faith County’, which opens tonight at Civic Center

  • 14 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Actors are a hoot in ‘Faith County’, which opens tonight at Civic Center

Marlboro Players are bringing back to the Marlboro Civic Center stage a hoot of a show that they first presented to Bennettsville audiences 22 years ago.
It is “Faith County” set in Mineola, a small town somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the South.
There beehive hairdos are still the rage and Saturday nights are reserved for the tractor pull in nearby Pickler.
It comes in  three nightly  performances beginning at 7 pm tonight,  Friday, and Saturday. 

Jones has a blast restoring tractors

  • 8 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Jones has a blast restoring tractors

Bill Jones has always loved tractors.
In his 85 years of life, he has bought and refurbished more than 30 tractors.
"I was born and raised on a farm until I joined the Navy," he said. "I never got my fill of farming. I just love old tractors."
Ten years ago, he bought a Massey-Harris Super 101 tractor in Alabama.
He brought it back to Bennettsville, worked on it some and then it sat in his garage for 10 years.
"Finally, Dorothy (his wife) said 'please move it,'" Jones said.
In the spring of 2018, Jones started working on it and finished restoring it last fall.
"I always wanted to do this tractor," he said.

Board of Education approves reconfiguration of schools

  • 8 March 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The Marlboro County Board of Education approved 6-3 at their meeting Monday night (March 4) option B for the school reconfiguration for the 2019-2020 school year.
Board members Michael Coachman, Danny Driggers, Nan Fleming, Rev. James Smith, Board Chairman Larry McNeil and Board Secretary Janice Bright voted yes while Board Vice chair Jackie Branch, Katherine Manville and Macky Norton voted no.
The selected option will create the Blenheim School of Discovery with students from Blenheim, Clio, and Bennettsville attendance zone for grades 6-8 and School of Discovery (6-8) audition students. 
It will have a true middle school model with honors and college prep curriculum pathways. Students will have a club-based schedule where they can participate in extracurriculars and intramural sports along with exposure to exploratory classes.

Six highways in county still closed due to Hurricane Florence damage

  • 8 March 2019
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Six highways in county still closed due to Hurricane Florence damage

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in September, 45 road and bridge locations were damaged.
According to David L. Johnson, District Five construction engineer for South Carolina Department of Transportation, six locations are still closed in the county due to damage.
The locations are Highway 1 in Wallace, Level Green Church Road, David’s Mill Pond, Highway 381, Academy Road,  and Old Wire Road.
Johnson said the prime contractor, Cherokee Incorporated, is scheduled to open Highway 1 by the end of April. 
"Demolition of the existing culvert is complete," he said. "Design, utility relocations, weather, and elevated water levels have hindered progress thus far."
Level Green Church Road and David’s Mill Pond are included in an Emergency Design Build Bridge package. 

NETC ribbon cutting is Friday

  • 21 February 2019
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NETC ribbon cutting is Friday

Northeastern Technical College will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Marlboro County Campus on February 22.  The ceremony will begin at 10 am at the campus located at the intersection of 1120 Oakwood Street and Highway 9 in Bennettsville.
During the event, the college will hold a graduation ceremony for the first ManuFirst SC class to complete their training at the Marlboro County campus.  There will also be tours of the new college campus.
“We see the college growing over the next decade, and we’re ready to engage our community by offering training programs in partnership with local industries,” said NETC President Dr. Kyle Wagner. “These partnerships have helped us understand both the workforce and educational needs in our community, and allow us to tailor programs to these needs.”

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