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County operated EMS goes into service

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County's first county-funded and operated Emergency Medical Services started answering calls at midnight Monday.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said it was a challenge for the county.
"There was no equipment or facilities," he said.
The county had to start from scratch. County Council voted in December of last year to establish a county-funded and operated EMS department, which did not begin operations until the contract with Marlboro Rescue expired at the end of June. 
Marlboro County government had contracted with Marlboro Rescue to provide EMS since the 1990s.
The decision stemmed from five recommendations of the Emergency Medical Services Task Force, which was established in 2017 to examine the situation and develop recommendations for the future of EMS.
The need for emergency medical services had become extremely important to the community after Marlboro Park Hospital closed in 2015.
During 2017-18, the Task Force members researched EMS issues, factors contributing to the problems and met with Marlboro Rescue leadership to discuss issues.

Chamber of Commerce celebrates community at annual awards dinner

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Chamber of Commerce celebrates community at annual awards dinner

The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce celebrated some of the county's most integral people and businesses at its recent annual meeting.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the event was a way of thanking members for supporting the chamber during the year.
Awards were given to Northeastern Technical College, Business of the Year; Sully Blair of Sully Blair State Farm Insurance, Business Person of the Year; S.C. House of Representatives member Patricia Henegan, Community Leader; and Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, Non-profit of the Year.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the hurricanes in 2018 were a large event in the community.
She added in deciding the recipients for the awards, they decided to  look at members who stood out for being amazing examples of businesses and persons in the community.
"We looked for companies and individuals that took such a bad situation and decided to let it influence their deeds and giving," Bakagiannis said.
NETC received the Business of the Year award. Bakagiannis said while the ribbon cutting for the new campus on Oakwood Street was in February, the NETC opened the campus before it was finished to allow the National Guard, the Red Cross, FEMA, and others to use the facilities during the hurricanes.
"They provided much-needed donations of various kinds, coming alongside those in our community who had a need, and those helping them," she said.
Blair was named Business Person of the Year. During the hurricanes, he and his team stayed in their boarded-up office so they would be available to file claims for customers.

Public Safety Complex opens

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Public Safety Complex opens

The City of Bennettsville Public Safety Complex opened at the new headquarters on U.S. Highway 15-401 Bypass. It is located in the former Marlboro Electric Cooperative Building and will be the home of the Bennettsville Police and Fire Departments along with the Bennettsville Municipal Court.
 

County-run EMS to start July 1

  • 27 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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County-run EMS to start July 1

A ribbon cutting was held for Marlboro County Emergency Medical Services on Monday. The county-run department will start answering calls on July 1. Four ambulances will provide 24/7 coverage county-wide. In front, from left, are Jason Steen and Willie Gladden, county council; Dr. Carolyn Prince, county council chair; Jane Rogers, chairman of the Marlboro County General Hospital Charity Trust board of directors; and Verd Odom, council member. In back, l-r, are Anthony Woods and Steve Blackmon, county council; Chris McKenzie,  EMS; Charles Midgley Jr., county council; David Flowers, EMS; Brian Watts, EMS director; Casey Mooring, EMS; Calvin Cassidy, EMS; and Ron Munnerlyn, county administrator.
Photo by Jacqueline Hough

Rotary honors Griggs as Four-Way Test Good Citizen

  • 27 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Rotary honors Griggs as Four-Way Test Good Citizen

Bennettsville Rotary Club named Roger Griggs as its 2019 recipient of the Four-Way Test Good Citizen of the Year Award Tuesday.
Announcement came during the club’s weekly luncheon meeting at The Skye.
Presentation was made by Rotary Past Presidents Elisabeth and Dan McNiel.
She began by saying “The Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, and do is a test used by Rotarians worldwide as a moral code for personal and business relationships.”
She added, “The test can be applied to almost any aspect of life.”
In 1932, Herbert J. Taylor of Chicago wrote the 24 words that came to him  as he set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy.

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