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Sea of Yellow

Sea of Yellow
This cheerful greeting awaits passersby on Neville Bennett Road near Clio. Billy Hinson plants sunflowers each year and they are currently in full bloom, turning their large yellow faces to the sun and (at left) attracting bees.
(Photo by Dan McNiel)

Cottingham ends 62-year career in the courtroom

Cottingham ends 62-year career in the courtroom
Judge Edward B. Cottingham ends an illustrious 62-year career this week exactly where it started: at the Marlboro County Courthouse.
Cottingham, 86, is retiring from his position as active retired circuit court judge. This week's term of general sessions court is his last.
"It's kind of a bittersweet experience," he said earlier in the week. "It's sweet in the sense of all the old memories, but bitter in the...

Legion team wins series

Legion team wins series
The Marlboro County American Legion junior baseball team swept Sumter Post 15 in the opening series of the state playoffs Tuesday and Wednesday.  On the road Tuesday, Marlboro won 8-2.  William Smith pitched all seven innings, striking out two while allowing just one earned run.  Hunter Barfield had the key hit, smashing a double that scored two runs.  Josh Brigman, Clint English, Dayne Hooks, Chris Stubbs and Rae Brown all collected hits....

High traffic fatality count a concern

High traffic fatality count a concern
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.
During that same...

McColl principal retires after 41 years in school system

McColl principal retires after 41 years in school system
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...
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