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New program to offer a free year at NETC

  • 29 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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A new program at Northeastern Technical College will help high school students not only start college early but provide some relief for tuition.
It is open to all high school students in Marlboro, Chesterfield, and Dillon counties in public or private schools.
Dr. Mark Bunch, dean of continuing education and workforce development at NETC, said students must take at least two college classes during their high school career so they can qualify for 12 months of tuition-free classes.
“There is funding available for any student regardless of income to get that training where they can immediately get into the workforce and begin a career after they work toward a two-year associate degree in the workforce area or general education side to transfer to an institution,” he said.

Volunteers work to help the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville continue its mission

  • 26 October 2019
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Volunteers work to help the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville continue its mission

Since it opened earlier this year, Community Kitchen of Bennettsville has fed hundreds with the help of community volunteers.
Last weekend, more than 85 volunteers from Domtar, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the community came together to help founders Roger and Anne Griggs with the next phase for the Community Kitchen.
“The Community Kitchen took care of the part of feeding people that are less fortunate,” Griggs said. “We still had it on our hearts about helping people keep warm during the coldest times.”
The Student Conservation Association is a non-profit group whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment.
Volunteers worked on the courtyard beside the Community Kitchen by putting together picnic benches, tables, hanging sun shade sails, painting the trash cans as well as setting up greenery in the planters.
Griggs said when the courtyard is completed, space heaters will be placed there. The benches will be wide enough and big enough for people to sleep on them during the coldest winter nights. 

Trunk or Treat is Saturday on Courthouse Square

  • 26 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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A variety of Halloween activities are happening in the days leading up to Halloween on Oct. 31.
Trunk or Treat is Saturday at the Marlboro County Courthouse Square from 2-5 p.m.
The event is presented by the city of Bennettsville, Marlboro County, Marian Wright Edelman Public Library and the Bennettsville Fire Department.
A fun alternative to trick or treating will allow  children the opportunity to collect candy trunk-to-trunk from local businesses, organizations and community groups.
There will also be costume contests, games, music, and food vendors.
Also 500 hot dogs and drinks to children will be handed out and there will be a prize for the best decorated trunk.
Tickled Tots and the Marlboro School Community Center will present the Tickles and Scares Halloween Partyout from 5-9 p.m. October 31.
It is for ages toddler to 13. 
Organizers will have Halloween themed refreshments, desserts, drinks, and more. 
There will also be various  fun games, candy, giveaways, and even character appearances for the toddlers. 

Slave Dwelling Project gives a voice to enslaved people by telling their stories

  • 17 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Slave Dwelling Project gives a voice to enslaved people by telling their stories

Joseph McGill doesn’t want people to forget about slavery.
He has traveled to more than 90 sites in 24  states to spotlight the experiences of enslaved people.
McGill brought the Slave Dwelling Project to Bennettsville last weekend, where he slept in the Jennings-Brown House.
The Slave Dwelling Project was part of the Bennettsville Bicentennial Celebration.
“The Slave Dwelling Project is about finding slave dwellings wherever they exist and asking the owners if you can spend the night in those spaces,” McGill said.
He added not a lot of attention is paid to those places.

Lady Dragons have learning season

  • 17 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Lady Dragons have learning season

The Marlboro Academy girls' tennis team recently wrapped up their season.  It was a rebuilding and learning season for the Lady Dragons.
"We had a very inexperienced team and didn't have any seniors on the squad.  The girls had fun learning the basics of tennis," said Phyllis Hubbard, who coached the squad this fall.
"The progress that the girls made was obvious and our matches became much more competitive as the season went on," she said.
One of the most helpful tools that the Dragons now have is a new hitting machine to use in practice which was purchased by two of the families.

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