The Marlboro County Board of Education chairman and two new members were installed on the board Monday night.
Board chairman Larry McNeil took the oath of office along with new members Rev. James Smith in District 5 and Katherine Manville in District 8.
McNeil welcomed those in attendance.
"It means a lot for all of us to have so many people here," he said. "We pray and hope you will continue coming."
After the installation ceremony, where Solicitor Will Rogers presided, board members had an executive session. They returned to elect a vice chairman and secretary for the board. Board members voted by paper ballot.
Marlboro County Council elected officers for the new year during its first meeting of 2019.
Dr. Carolyn Prince will continue to serve as the chairman of the council. The council voted unanimously for a second consecutive one-year term for Prince as the group’s leader.
"I want to thank everyone for their confidence in me," said Prince, who represents District 5 on the council.
The council also voted for Jason Steen, who represents District 1, to another term as the vice-chairman. Prior to serving as vice-chair, Steen had been the chairman for two years.
Prior to the election of officers, councilmen Anthony Woods (District 8), Corrie Plato (District 4), Steen and Steve Blackmon (District 7) took the oath of office. All four were re-elected for another term in November.
Wednesday, City of Bennettsville utility crews took down the holiday banners and put up new banners recognizing Bennettsville’s bicentennial. The year will feature a number of special activities, concerts and events celebrating the milestone. Photo by Dan McNiel
A Bennettsville family was displaced after an early morning fire on Jan. 1. Bennettsville Fire Chief James Jackson III said no one was injured in the structure fire at 906 Cheraw Street. Firefighters were called at 12:39 a.m. and arrived to find fire coming out of the front of the house. Jackson said the fire started in a bedroom. Bennettsville FD called Wallace Fire Department for mutual aid. Jackson said the American Red Cross was called for the family.
Photo by Jacqueline Hough
Each year, almost 3,000 people die in home fires in the United States.
The Bennettsville Fire Department has been selected to participate in a fire prevention initiative to educate young children and to help bring those numbers down.
Marlboro County School District was identified by the South Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal as one of five districts in the state that present the highest risk for children being injured or perishing in a house fire. The other districts are located in Lee, Fairfield, Clarendon, and Bamberg.
Bennettsville Fire Chief James Jackson III said the Sound Off curriculum is aimed at second and third graders at Bennettsville Primary and Intermediate Schools.