People in Marlboro County honored iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18 with the annual Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP MLK Day parade. The parade started on Broad Street and ended at Shiloh Baptist Church on Cheraw Street. More than 60 entries were in the parade. Above, 89-year-old Carolyn Little rode in the parade with other members of Trinity United Methodist Church. The grand marshal for the parade was City of Bennettsville Mayor Dr. Carolyn Prince.
Bennettsville City Council approved revising its public comment policy for public meetings and allowing future meetings to be videotaped during their monthly meeting Tuesday.
During last week’s workshop City Administrator Max Alderman said council members were asked to consider having workshop sessions and utilizing standing committees only on an as-needed basis, to add the non-agenda items from council to the regular meeting agenda and revise the public comment policy to allow citizens to make comments at regular meetings.
Citizens interested in commenting at the regular meeting, shall sign in to speak and limit comments to no more than three minutes.
Council member Allen Taylor shared some concerns and research that he had done on the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s website.
He felt the reason for the workshops was to allow the public, a week in advance of the regular meeting, to see what was on the agenda.
“The workshops allowed the full opportunity for every citizen to know what we were considering,” he said.
Council member Sandy Donaldson said she has been in meetings when anyone could speak about any subject.
Dr. Carolyn Prince was sworn in as the first African-American mayor for the City of Bennettsville on Jan. 2.
The Nov. 5 city election was held for mayor and council districts 2, 4 and 6. Tyrone Davis and Gregory Scott also took the oath to begin four-year terms on the Bennettsville City Council. Jean Quick was unable to attend due to being hospitalized.
Prince, who had her oath of office administered by Judge Rob Stanton, said she was humbly overwhelmed by their confidence in her.
“I pledge my talents, skills, and experience to work for a better Bennettsville. I stand before you on the shoulders of my parents and my ancestors. It is because of them that I am here.”
The fourth annual Winterfest was held on Jan. 4 at the Marlboro School Community Center.
The free event had adult and children games, food, giveaways, and free school supplies.
It was sponsored by Our Children-Their Future, Inc., Corrie H. Plato, and Carolyn A. Prince.
Prince, chairman of Our Children-Their Future, said the event was to help give students school supplies as they go back to school for the spring semester.
“In the past, we distributed school supplies in August along with other groups,” she said. “We knew Santa does not bring school supplies and children and youth would need more by January.”
The Marlboro County Bulldogs will kick off the region campaign Friday night as they host the Wilson Tigers.
Both the boys' and girls' teams enter the critical part of the schedule with optimism.
The Lady Bulldogs (10-1) have been rolling, blasting opponents with an impressive offensive attack. Junior Jasmine Norman and sophomore Tysonia Lowe have been lighting up the scoreboard, each averaging over 20 points per contest.
However, region play will raise the level of competition significantly. Last year, the Lady Bulldogs were not able to win a Region 6-4A contest.
All five of their region rivals have impressive records, led by North Myrtle Beach.
The Lady Chiefs are 12-1, with a championship in a Georgia holiday tournament.