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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)

McColl teen travels to LA for Miss Amazing pageant

McColl teen travels to LA for Miss Amazing pageant
2015 has been an amazing year for Alaina Ellis of McColl.
In February, the 16-year-old won the title of South Carolina Miss Amazing Teen at a pageant in Irmo. In July, she flew across the country to participate in the National Miss Amazing Pageant in Los Angeles, California.
Miss Amazing is different from other pageants in that all participants have some type of mental or physical disability. According to the program's website, its mission is to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.

Former MCHS football player gets chance at boxing career

Former MCHS football player gets chance at boxing career
Thanks in part to a series of interesting connections, a Bennettsville man is about to have a chance to fullfil a dream.
For years, Akeem Hicks wanted to become a boxer. By the end of this month, the former Marlboro County High standout football player should be training in St. Louis, MO, to begin a professional career in the ring.
"My brothers and I would box in the backyard when we were kids," says Hicks. "I always loved it."

Hit-and-run death under investigation

The S.C. and N.C. Highway Patrols are investigating the hit-and-run death of a Laurinburg man last weekend near McColl.
Stephen Corey Locklear, 27, was struck by a vehicle  around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, while walking on Highway 15-401 near Wade's Hardware, Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown said. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death was head trauma from the impact.
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