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McNeil elected board chair

  • 8 November 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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McNeil elected board chair

Forty-five percent of the registered voters in Marlboro voted in Tuesday's election.
Of the 17,491 registered voters, 7,917 ballots were cast.
Larry McNeil was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for the chairman seat for the Marlboro County Board of Education. McNeil received 3,630 votes (52.34 percent) while Robert Goff had 2,416 (34.83 percent) and Michael Toms, 856 votes (12.34 percent)
In School Board District 2 incumbent Janice Bright defeated Rev. Artemus Woods Jr. with 476 votes (55.41 percent) to 380 (44.24 percent).
Incumbent Jackie Branch in District 3 had 486 votes (44.92 percent) to challenger Yolonda G. DuPree 482 votes (44.55 percent). A decision for a runoff between the two candidates cannot be made until Friday when the results are certified. If a runoff is needed, it will be held on Nov. 20.  

Voters pass bond for school district

  • 8 November 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Voters approved a $10 million general obligation bond Tuesday for the Marlboro County School District.
The vote was 70.32 percent (5,352) for yes and 29.68  percent (2,259) voted no.
The funds will be used to upgrade all safety and security functions in each building to include 100 percent visibility, DVR security cameras, and fully operational panels. It will be used for new construction at Bennettsville Intermediate School to include a new cafeteria and a new and remodeled auditorium for the school district and community. Funds will upgrade dilapidated restroom facilities and water stations in all buildings along with upgrades for elementary playground equipment.
"Without any question, we are overjoyed and excited about the possibilities that await us as a result of the public granting us a "yes" vote," said MCSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord. "I am absolutely ecstatic. Being a new super on the job for such a short period of time and being able to garner the support of the community says a lot about the existing systems already in place."

Smithsonian experts demonstrate how to save water damaged keepsakes, items

  • 8 November 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Smithsonian experts demonstrate how to save water damaged keepsakes, items

Two Smithsonian preservation experts demonstrated some inexpensive ways to salvage flood-damaged photos, quilts and other keepsakes.
Miranda Summers Lowe and Nana Kaneko, with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue initiative, met with residents on Nov. 1 in the Marlboro County FEMA Disaster Recovery Center inside of Marian Wright Edelman Public Library. 
Lowe, who works at the National Museum of American History, said she spends her days taking care of historical objects. 
She was happy to be able to pass along some tips they used to care for historic objects. 
"These are things you can do in your own home," Lowe said. "Everyday objects can make a real difference with your family heirlooms that have water exposure or flood damage."
Any restoration started with using gloves and wearing an N95 mask to protect against mold.
For photos that were stuck together, she put two inches of plain distilled water in a turkey pan. She emphasized the importance of using distilled water. 
"Even with bottled water, they put minerals in it which could settle on the photos and damage them,"  Lowe said.
Once the water is in the pan, you submerge the photos. As they sit in the water, they will start to pull apart. If they give any resistance, they can stay in the water for up to 48 hours without any damage. 
To dry, clip  the photos to window screening using binder clips and hang up for ventilation.
"It is a really cheap and easy way to dry a lot of things," she said. 

Trick or Treat

  • 1 November 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Trick or Treat

Kids throughout Marlboro County enjoyed a night of dress-up fun Wednesday, taking part in Halloween Trick or Treating.  Above, youngsters are all smiles as they line up to receive candy from Carolyn and Marvin Karns on Fayetteville Avenue in Bennettsville.  At right, youngsters check out one of the ghouls that decorated the Karns’ yard.
Photos by Dan McNiel

Election day is next Tuesday

  • 1 November 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to consider several candidates and questions that will appear on the ballot.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
Three candidates --Robert K. Goff, Larry McNeil, and Michael Toms -- are running for the chairman seat for the Marlboro County Board of Education. 
Incumbents and newcomers are on the ballot for five board of education seats.
District 2 has incumbents Janice Bright and Rev. Artemus Woods Jr., vying for the seat. 
Incumbent Jackie Branch in District 3 will face challengers Yolonda G. DuPree and Scott Thompson. 
Incumbent Barbara Ohanesian in  District 5 has competition from Rev. James E. Smith. 
District 7 incumbent Danny Driggers will face newcomer Deborah Peterkin. 
District 8 has Katherine Manville and write-in candidate Earlean Hall.
Soil and Water District Commission will have voters vote for two people who are Joseph Hunsucker and Beverly O' Neal.
Candidates with no opposition include Marlboro County Probate Judge Mark Heath, Deborah Weldon, county auditor, Jason K. Steen, County Council District 1, Corrie Hicks Plato, District 4; Steve Blackmon, District 7; and Anthony Woods, District 8.

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