WALLACE — As Dr. Jill Biden spoke Wednesday, she emphasized how teacher focused her husband Joe Biden's education policy is.
"I think it is crucial that we lift up the profession and we pay our teachers more," she said.
Dr. Biden spoke in the media center of Wallace Elementary Middle School where more than 50 Marlboro County School District educators, board members, officials, and community members gathered.
Last Friday evening, the Bennettsville Bicentennial Committee hosted a dedication ceremony and street dance in “The Gulf”, the historically black business district on Market Street. As well as unveiling an original Gulf sign at the corner of Market and Liberty Streets, new street banners and window graphics debuted, telling the story of The Gulf area. Above, Marlboro County Council Chair Dr. Carolyn Prince and Bennettsville Mayor Heath Harpe unveil the sign.
The Marlboro County High football team will wrap up their spring practice sessions this week. That will include the annual Black and Gold spring game on Thursday.
"We had wanted to have the game during the last period of the school day, so the student body would all be on hand to watch. However, it is just too hot for that," said head coach Bobby Collins.
The game will start at 7 p.m. instead. Collins intends to divide the team into two roughly-even units and play two 25 or 30 minute halves.
One thing that will be on display is Collins' offensive strategy and how it differs from that of former coach Dean Boyd.
"Last year, the team was in the shotgun with one running back about 95% of the time. I prefer to have the quarterback under center most of the time, with a tight end and usually two running backs," said Collins.
Vikki Harris wanted people to always remember that Memorial Day is not for the living.
"It is for those who have paid that price," she said. "We want none of you to ever forget those people who paid that ultimate price."
Harris, director for the Marlboro County Veteran Affairs Office, spoke at the third annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying on May 24 at the monument at the Marlboro County Courthouse.
"We all have a duty to care for every last veteran, for every last widow, and to look after those dependents of those veterans who have gone on before us," she said. "Let's not forget this and put it in your hearts and your minds. Not just this day but going forward."
Memorial Day weekend will be busy in Marlboro County with several events planned.
"The Gulf" Heritage Dedication and Street Dance will honor an area that was once the center of business and entertainment for African Americans in the county.
"The Gulf" got its name from a Gulf service station, Everybody's Station, where Gulf gas was sold.
An authentic period Gulf sign will be erected at the corner of West Market and Liberty Streets. The project is co-sponsored by the city of Bennettsville and Bennettsville Bicentennial.
A public unveiling and dedication of the sign will be at 6 p.m. Friday. A short program will talk about the significance of the area. The School of Discovery Jazz and Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Choir will perform at the dedication.
Elisabeth K. McNiel, director of Tourism, Parks, and Recreation for the city of Bennettsville, said it will be commemorated with a plaque at a later date.
After the ceremony, a street dance will be from 7-11 p.m. in the block of Market Street between Liberty and Cheraw Streets.
It will feature live music by Dennis Hardison and A New Creation and DJ Byrd as the first of the City of Bennettsville's 2019 "Two Hours from Anywhere" concerts. Bounce houses along with food, craft, and informational vendors can also be found along West Market Street.
McNiel said there will be an opportunity for people to record their memories of the Gulf.