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Industry Appreciation Day held

Industry Appreciation Day held
Marlboro County's annual Industry Appreciation Day was last Thursday, September 10. Events included golf at Marlboro Country Club, canoeing on the Great Pee Dee River, a dove shoot and court games, culminating with an evening banquet at the Bennettsville Community Center. The banquet was attended by 200 people, including local officials and industry representatives. 

Board hears proposal for SRO in McColl

In light of recent threats made against schools and the school district, the town of McColl made a proposal to the Marlboro County Board of Education that, if approved, would place a school resource officer at McColl Elementary/Middle School.
McColl Mayor Bobby Odom appeared before the school board at their regular monthly meeting Monday to make the presentation. He said it would cost the school district about $29,000 to have a police officer dedicated to the school for nine months of the year. This would include salary and uniforms.

Council suspends blue law in county

Action taken this week by Marlboro County Council will give retail stores the ability to expand Sunday sales to include longer hours and merchandise that up to now has been prohibited before 1:30 p.m.
At their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, council gave third and final reading approval to an ordinance that temporarily suspends Sunday work prohibitions. A public hearing held prior to the reading garnered no input from citizens, and the council's vote was unanimous.

Marian Wright Edelman Library unveils new Bookmobile today

Marian Wright Edelman Library unveils new Bookmobile today
Today was a red-letter day in Marlboro County, as the public library system hosted an unveiling ceremony for its new and much-anticipated 2015 Sprinter Bookmobile.
The celebration took place at 10 a.m. on the Marian Wright Edelman Public Library grounds on Fayetteville Avenue in Bennettsville. 

Halftime entertainment

Halftime entertainment
This group of little cheerleaders joined the Marlboro County High varsity cheerleaders to entertain the crowd at halftime of the Bulldogs' game with Scotland County last Friday.  The 'Lil Bulldogs attended a camp this summer put on by the MCHS cheerleaders.  Despite their support, the Bulldogs could not overcome the Scots, falling 21-20.  For details on the game, see page 14.
(Photo by Dan McNiel)