Beginning next week, Santa Claus comes to Marlboro County as parades roll through Bennettsville and McColl.
The city of Bennettsville Christmas parade will kick off the holiday season with “A Musical Christmas” at 4:30 p.m. December 4.
The grand marshals will be Rebecca McArthur of McArthur Farms and Beth Chavis of Healing Hands Massage Therapy. Both were local winners in the WMBF “The Pee Dee’s Best” contest.
Bennettsville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to eliminate picking up brown goods such as furniture, mattresses, and toilets at their Nov. 20 meeting.
The Public Works department will no longer pick up those items once the ordinance is approved on second reading at the January meeting.
The only items that will be picked up is yard debris and what is inside the green containers.
"If it doesn't fit in the green container, it needs to go to the dump," said Holly Swann.
Mayor Heath Harpe said the county council had recently issued a fee schedule so residents could take those items to the Red Hill convenience site.
Cost is $3 for upholstered furniture and mattresses; $3 per unit for electronics; $5 for TVs; and $3 for toilets.
A logging truck driver lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Cottingham Boulevard and Main Street Tuesday afternoon. The wreck involved several other vehicles. Marlboro County Rescue, Bennettsville Fire Department and Bennettsville Police Department are on the scene. For more details, read the Nov. 29 edition of the Herald-Advocate.
Photo by Jacqueline Hough
The Herald-Advocate office will be closed from noon on Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 26 at 8:30 a.m. We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Marlboro County School District Teacher of the Year Portia Clare has always believed she was born to be a teacher.
As a child, she would play teacher with her cousins and friends doing the things that her mom did with her at home.
"My mother influenced me more than anyone else," she said. "My mother was a teacher."
This belief and knowledge has stayed with her for 28 years in education.
Clare, a second-grade teacher at Bennettsville Primary School, has been in the district for four years.
She admitted to being surprised when she found she was named Teacher of the Year at BPS.