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Locals to be featured in ‘Nutcracker’

  • 27 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Locals to be featured in ‘Nutcracker’

Several local dancers will perform when the Columbia City Ballet comes to Bennettsville to perform the Nutcracker on Dec. 7.
It is presented by Bennettsville Bicentennial Celebration with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlboro Civic Center.
The Columbia City Ballet is South Carolina’s largest performing arts organization.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.
The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story, The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman. It is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Town of Clio has Thanksgiving dinner

  • 27 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Town of Clio has Thanksgiving dinner

It was a time of food and fellowship during the annual Clio Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23.
Mayor Joe Kinney said the gathering was about peace and harmony with one another.
For the first time, the event was held at the former School of Discovery.
“It’s good to be here and to space out a little bit and have a joyful time. We welcome you here to fellowship with one another.”
Eva McRae, an organizer of the event, started it five years ago with a vision from God.
“It’s not so much about food,” she said. “But it is about coming together to show love to one another.”
It can be shown in many ways through helping  those in the community in need of love.

Getting ready for the holidays

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Getting ready for the holidays

A City of Bennettsville utility worker hangs a Christmas decoration on a street light Tuesday morning.  Celebrations this year include a performance of The Nutcracker by the Columbia City Ballet on December 7 and parades in McColl (December 4), Clio (December 13) and Bennettsville (December 14).  Following the Bennettsville parade, the city’s bicentennial celebration will wrap up on the courthouse square, including a fireworks show.
Photo by Dan McNiel

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris to visit Marlboro County Sunday

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Democratic presidential candidate and  California Senator Kamala Harris will speak at three churches on Sunday.
Harris plans to attend Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church from10:30-11 a.m.  (724 Wallace Rd, Bennettsville)  and Community of Grace Church from 11:15-11:45 a.m. (143 Broad St., Bennettsville).
Harris will speak at the Marlboro and Chesterfield County Meet and Greet at 1:55 p.m. at Grace Temple Church (3008 SC-9, Wallace). Doors open at 1:15 p.m.  
To attend the event, RSVP at www.mobilize.us/kamalaforsc/event/160257/
This will be Harris’ fifteenth trip to South Carolina as a presidential candidate. She has previously held events in several locations across the state including Aiken, Anderson,

City names Burks chief for B’ville Fire Department

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Acting Bennettville Fire Chief Chris Burks was named chief of the department after an executive session during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The vote was 4-2 with council members Jean Quick and Wilhelmina Pegues Gladden voting no. 
Mayor Heath Harpe and Council members Tyron Abraham, Sandy Donaldson, and Allen Taylor voted yes. 
Council member Bernice Johnson was absent for most of the meeting and the executive session.
Taylor made the motion and Abraham seconded it.
Quick noted she had nothing against Burks.
“I want him to know that but I think it (the process) was handled inappropriately,” Quick said. “I think it should have been put out for open applications.”
Abraham asked Harpe to read the ordinance related to the fire chief position.
In it under the fire department 32-31— appointment of the chief, the ordinance states “the fire chief shall be the chief administrator officer of the fire department and shall be appointed by the city council.”

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