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County, Chamber to host special ‘Business After Hours’ on Dec. 16

  • 12 December 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The Marlboro County Council in partnership with the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a “Business After Hours” to communicate its strategic initiatives to leaders in the community.  
The event will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Skye on East Main Street in Bennettsville.  
In 2017, the County Council undertook a strategic planning process that in addition to a number of internal areas of focus, examined several key issues impacting the community.  These issues include the lack of a hospital, the need for better highway connections, tourism, community clean-up and other issues.   This fall, the Council began updating their plan with a greater focus on these “external” initiatives and the path forward.

Citadel class of 1920 ring returned after being lost for 50 years

  • 12 December 2019
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Citadel class of 1920 ring returned after being lost for 50 years

Last weekend, a Citadel  ring returned home after being lost for 50 years.
The Citadel class of 1920 ring belonging to the late Angus Wilson Riley was presented to members of his family at the home of Wilbur Brock in Cheraw on Dec. 7.
Brock, who found the ring, gave it to Mr. Riley’s daughter Mary Douglas “Dougie” Riley Hope of Bennettsville.
With Dougie Hope was her grandson Wilson Riley Hope (who was named after Riley), and his dad, Jay. 
Wilson Riley Hope and his twin brother, John William Hope are Citadel class of 2016 graduates. 
“We want to thank your family so much for this honor,” Jay Hope said. “You thought enough about the owners of this ring to get it back to us.” 
Angus Riley was born in 1899 in Allendale. His brothers attended the Citadel and it was where he wanted to go. He entered The Citadel in 1916 during World War I.
Jay Hope said his grandfather was famous for his good looks, outgoing personality and fun-loving nature. 
Upon graduation, Riley met Margaret Edens in Bennettsville where they wed in 1922. Here, they raised three daughters — Nancy, Dougie, and Margaret. 
Riley worked in banking, advertising, and was a newspaper columnist. At the end of his career, he was appointed magistrate for Marlboro County by Fritz Hollings. 

Clio and Bennettsville Christmas Parades this weekend

  • 10 December 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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A seasonal mix of schools, fire departments,  floats, and marching bands will participate in the upcoming Clio and Bennettsville Christmas parades.
The Town of Clio will have its annual parade at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. 
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony will be after the parade.
For more information, call the town of Clio at 843-586-9426.

McColl Christmas parade held Wednesday

  • 5 December 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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McColl Christmas parade held Wednesday

The Town of McColl Christmas parade got the holiday season off to a good start Wednesday afternoon.

Live oak at Bennettsville Visitors Center honored as the state Heritage Tree

  • 5 December 2019
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Live oak at Bennettsville Visitors Center honored as the state Heritage Tree

The majestic Live Oak was dedicated as the South Carolina 2019 Heritage Tree of the Year Wednesday on the grounds of the Bennettsville Visitor Center with a bronze plaque. 
The annual Arbor Day Celebration was also held.
Lois Edwards, an urban forester from Conway associated with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, said 2019 has been a big year for the city with its Bicentennial celebration.
“I can’t think of a better way to end 2019 Bicentennial year than with a tree presentation,” said Edwards, who is also a board member of Trees SC.
She added trees have been important to the history of the city for a long time.
Danny Jones of Tree SC said the trees are selected through a nomination process. All trees must be located on public property that is accessible to the public at no charge within the state.
The selection process is based on the tree’s significance (either historical, cultural or social to the community), demonstrated community value/appreciation of the tree, and the maintenance of the tree.
In 2004, Trees SC created the Heritage Tree Award Program, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. 
It identifies, celebrates and recognizes trees throughout the state that have a historical or cultural significance as well as those trees that play an important role in our local communities.
Edwards said past Heritage Award winners include Angel Oak in Charleston, the Aiken’s Oak Allee, the Wade Hampton Oak in Conway, the Horse Shoe at the University of South Carolina, the Deerhead Oak in McClellanville, the White Oak in the town of Irmo, the Clemson University Centennial Bur Oak, the Southern Magnolia at Winthrop University, Trinity Oaks, the Eastern Allee of Magnolias at Redcliffe Plantation, the Ittiwan Oak, the American Elm in Greenville, Rose Hill’s Southern Magnolias and the General Greene at Congaree National Park.
Trees SC promotes the winners and encourages tourism to visit the locations with Heritage Award winners.

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