Marlboro County High's season opener at Manning has been postponed until 1 p.m. on Saturday due to weather conditions. Thunderstorms are predicted throughout the area through the evening.
Students at Marlboro Academy gathered at the flag poles during the See You At The Pole event held Wednesday. Reid Edwards planned the event and led the school in prayer. Edwards also gave a message about having faith in Jesus. See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses nationwide on the fourth Wednesday in September.
Photos by Jacqueline Hough
For the nine women and children staying at New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, the Manna Boxes Service Project from the nonprofit Our Children-Their Future has been a godsend.
In its first month in August, the project served 200 homes.
The goals of the project are to supplement the food shortfalls of children, their families, and seniors, disabled, sick, shut-in, veterans, and food-insecure individuals in the isolated rural communities severely impacted by this pandemic.
Desiree Tolson of New Beginnings Transitional Shelter said it has been very helpful to the shelter by providing the women and children with food, fresh fruit, and vegetables.
“They are very thankful and very blessed to receive it,” Tolson said.
After months of playing the "will they or won't they play" game, it is finally game week for public high school teams in South Carolina.
"We are excited to get this season started, even if it is a month later than normal," said Marlboro County High head coach Bobby Collins.
All teams will open the season by playing their region contests. For the Bulldogs, that means jumping into action in a new region, against teams that they haven't faced in years.
The season starts with a trip to Manning, who Marlboro last played in 2015. That game was the most lopsided victory in Bulldog history, a 61-0 win over the Monarchs.
However, both programs have changed coaches since that blowout. Manning, in fact, has had two coaching changes since the 2015 game.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the season, not just about the opening opponent.
Marlboro County ranks 27 among the 46 counties for its percentage of households counted for the 2020 Census.
As of Sept. 11, South Carolina ranked 46 among the 50 states. Idaho is ranked at number one while Alabama is ranked last.
South Carolina is at 59.6 percent.
According to a recent U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee report, South Carolina could lose $40.3 million in annual federal healthcare, job training, and education funding, if there is just one percent undercount.
Rev. Doris Smith, pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, said she often hears people complaining about why there isn’t anything in the county. She wanted to remind people the money follows the numbers.