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MEMS students return on first day

  • 11 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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MEMS students return on first day

Students were up early as they returned to McColl Elementary Middle School on Thursday. District officials, principals, staff, Marlboro County High football players, cheerleaders and others were on hand to greet 700 students for their first day of school.
 

Humane Society to host animal adoption event on Friday and Saturday at shelter

  • 11 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Humane Society to host animal adoption event on Friday and Saturday at shelter

This weekend's pet adoption event at the Humane Society of Marlboro County could help find forever homes for many animals at the shelter.
Officials are participating along with many shelters and organizations across the state in the second annual Pick Me! South Carolina adoption event.
It will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the animal shelter, 242 Ag Street in Bennettsville.
Stephanie Jones, shelter director, said there will be no adoption fees for adult cats and dogs.
"But they do have to apply with an adoption application and be approved," she said. "We want to make the best match based on the personality of the dog and not just how they look. We have a lot of great dogs."
The event which is sponsored by the Petco Foundation and organized by No Kill South Carolina with the goal of saving 1,500 lives through adoptions in one weekend statewide.

Happy July Fourth

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Happy July Fourth

The Herald-Advocate offices will be closed Wed., Thurs.  & Friday to celebrate Independence Day.  

Many of the citizens of Marlboro County got the Independence Day celebration off to an early start last weekend with fireworks at both Lake Paul Wallace and at the Brightsville Park.  On Saturday, activities at the lake started in the afternoon with water slides on the beach, various food vendors and music provided by local DJ David Graham.  At 6:30, the band Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot from North Myrtle Beach took the stage, playing a wide variety of dance tunes.  At dark, the City of Bennettsville Independence Day Fireworks Celebration lit up the sky over the lake.  Above, people enjoy the fireworks display from the beach.  Left, a group enjoys a line dance during the concert.  See page 7 for additional photos.
Photos by Dan McNiel

County operated EMS goes into service

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County's first county-funded and operated Emergency Medical Services started answering calls at midnight Monday.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said it was a challenge for the county.
"There was no equipment or facilities," he said.
The county had to start from scratch. County Council voted in December of last year to establish a county-funded and operated EMS department, which did not begin operations until the contract with Marlboro Rescue expired at the end of June. 
Marlboro County government had contracted with Marlboro Rescue to provide EMS since the 1990s.
The decision stemmed from five recommendations of the Emergency Medical Services Task Force, which was established in 2017 to examine the situation and develop recommendations for the future of EMS.
The need for emergency medical services had become extremely important to the community after Marlboro Park Hospital closed in 2015.
During 2017-18, the Task Force members researched EMS issues, factors contributing to the problems and met with Marlboro Rescue leadership to discuss issues.

Chamber of Commerce celebrates community at annual awards dinner

  • 2 July 2019
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Chamber of Commerce celebrates community at annual awards dinner

The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce celebrated some of the county's most integral people and businesses at its recent annual meeting.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the event was a way of thanking members for supporting the chamber during the year.
Awards were given to Northeastern Technical College, Business of the Year; Sully Blair of Sully Blair State Farm Insurance, Business Person of the Year; S.C. House of Representatives member Patricia Henegan, Community Leader; and Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, Non-profit of the Year.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the hurricanes in 2018 were a large event in the community.
She added in deciding the recipients for the awards, they decided to  look at members who stood out for being amazing examples of businesses and persons in the community.
"We looked for companies and individuals that took such a bad situation and decided to let it influence their deeds and giving," Bakagiannis said.
NETC received the Business of the Year award. Bakagiannis said while the ribbon cutting for the new campus on Oakwood Street was in February, the NETC opened the campus before it was finished to allow the National Guard, the Red Cross, FEMA, and others to use the facilities during the hurricanes.
"They provided much-needed donations of various kinds, coming alongside those in our community who had a need, and those helping them," she said.
Blair was named Business Person of the Year. During the hurricanes, he and his team stayed in their boarded-up office so they would be available to file claims for customers.

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