Halfway through 2014, Marlboro County has experienced more than three times as many traffic fatalities as it had in the first half of 2013, and seven times as many as this time in 2012, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Between January 1 and June 22, 2014, there were seven fatalities on Marlboro County roads, including five automobile-only crashes, one involving a dirt bike and the last involving a pedestrian.
When students at McColl Elementary/Middle School begin their new year July 10, they will be returning to the same warm, friendly environment they've always known.
But one familiar face won't be there to greet them, as longtime principal Macky Norton retired at the end of June, ending a 41-year career with the Marlboro County school system.
It's bittersweet, said Norton, a native of McColl. On one hand, he's...