BLENHEIM — Twenty-one grillers from Marlboro County and the surrounding area will bring their "A" game to compete in Saturday's Marlboro County Country Cookout.
The fourth annual event will not only crown the Grillmaster Supreme award but also provide scholarships for five students in the county.
It is from 3-8 p.m. at We Get It Together Caterers, 3591 Hwy 38 in Blenheim. Cost is $10.
The Country Cookout was created by Bennettsville native and nationally known journalist Arthur Fennell.
"This is our biggest field yet," he said. "Each year, it has gotten bigger and bigger."
Marlboro County High School held its commencement exercises Saturday morning. 237 students received their high school diploma during the ceremony which was held in the school gymnasium due to the threat of rain. Above, members of the class listen intently as Julie McMillan presented the valedictorian address. Many of the graduates demonstrated creativity, decorating their mortar boards with illustrations and messages. The valedictorian and salutatorian speeches appear on page 12 of this week's edition.
This week, Curtis Boyd of Fitness WorldWide Gym and four other runners are completing the S.C. Fallen Officers Relay Run in honor of the 394 officers who have died in the history of the state. The 394-mile run started in Darlington and will end later this week at the Statehouse in Columbia. The group stopped briefly in Marlboro County on Thursday to have law enforcement here run with them
The Summer Reading Kickoff for Marian Wright Edelman Public Library was held June 1 at the Bennettsville Community Center. In addition to various informational and food vendors, youth enjoyed ponyrides, a petting zoo, a water slide and other activities. The 2019 Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories" will start at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 for ages 0-7 with a speaker from the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office. The all-ages performance on Wednesday, June 12 will feature comic/ventriloquist Steve Brogan at 9:45 a.m.
Saturday night’s concert by the Austin, Texas, based band Shinyribs will be a first on several levels.
The free concert, which is part of the Bennettsville Bicentennial Celebration, will be a test run at a new venue - the Marlboro County Historical Museum Complex grounds. The stage will be set up on the side of the Jennings-Brown House, facing the back of the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library.
“The county has been a partner in bringing this concert and this location to reality. They have graciously allowed us to use the space and have been instrumental in getting it set up,” said Elisabeth McNiel, chairman of the Bicentennial Committee and the City of Bennettsville’s Director of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
“The Bennettsville Community Center is an excellent facility for many events but it isn’t a great concert venue due to acoustical issues. If everything goes as planned, the museum grounds will be a great asset for future performances,” she said.