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Restoring Carolina at work here

Restoring Carolina at work here
The concession stand at the McLeod Street basketball courts in Bennettsville got some much-needed improvements this week thanks to students in the carpentry class at AMIKids (formerly Camp Bennettsville) and a program of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice called Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service.

Results of new career readiness test given

This week, the S.C. Department of Education released the results of the state's first administration of WorkKeys, a career-readiness assessment that replaced the old high school exit exam in the 2014-15 school year.
All South Carolina students in 11th grade took the test, which is intended to evaluate readiness for foundational workplace skills, this spring. 

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.