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School board gets 1st look at facilities proposal

Dr. Ken Stevenson, the consultant hired by the Marlboro County School District to perform a comprehensive, long-range study of its facilities, brought recommendations to the board at their regular monthly meeting Monday.
Stressing that the document was just a draft and could be changed as needed, Stevenson unveiled a $36 million plan that he said would address the district's most pressing facility needs and better utilize space and resources

Bulldogs hold off Darlington rally

Bulldogs hold off Darlington rally
Marlboro County High locked up second place in Region 6-AAA Friday night by defeating Darlington, 56-43.  The Bulldogs built a comfortable lead only to have the Falcons rally for three unanswered touchdowns to cut Marlboro's lead to six points midway through the fourth quarter.  Bulldog senior Demetrius "Buster" Knox (above) took over, leading the team to a pair of late TDs to hold Darlington at bay.  The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season this Friday against Manning.

Education Department releases 2015 test results

The South Carolina Department of Education released standardized testing results for 2015 on Friday of last week.
These included ACT assessments that were given to S.C. students for the first time during spring 2015. All 11th graders were given The ACT, a college readiness exam, and all students in grades 3-8 took ACT Aspire assessments in English, reading, math and writing. 

Dragons win second-consecutive state title

Dragons win second-consecutive state title
Marlboro Academy clinched its second consecutive SCISA fall soccer state championship Friday by defeating Conway Christian, 3-2, at Francis Marion University's Murray G. Hartzler Field.
"We got off to a great start but had a few nervous minutes there at the end," said head coach Lynn McColl.
Senior captain Kyle Blair got the Dragons off on the right foot, scoring twice in the first few minutes of the game.
Fellow senior Chase Bruner added a third goal before the Eagles got into the flow of the game.

Purple balloons released for domestic violence awareness

Purple balloons released for domestic violence awareness
Threatening weather on Wednesday morning did not stop a dedicated group from coming together at the Department of Social Services annex in Bennettsville to address a difficult but important subject: domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and  the Pee Dee Coalition sponsored the event to honor survivors and remember those whose lives were taken, said Chanda Collins, Marlboro County coordinator/advocate.