From the outside, the Marlboro County Adult Education and Community Education Center on Broad Street may look small but on the inside, it is full of possibilities in its nine classrooms.
These possibilities include earning your high school diploma or GED, getting WorkKeys certification or taking computer classes.
"It is a little building but a whole lot goes on inside under this little room," said William Jorgensen, director of Adult and Community Education.
Adult Education is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with students attending from 8 a.m.-noon.
In the afternoon, classes are offered to the public to learn about Powerpoint, setting up email or introducing Excel.
At Adult Education, students can earn a high school diploma, GED or take Adult Basic Education classes.
The center has a job board where SC Works sends position postings to help students find new opportunities.
County officials today announced the decision by Arris Manufacturing, a producer of modular homes and modular panels for the residential building industry, to locate its operations in Marlboro County. This announcement represents a $ 11.9 million investment by the company and is projected to create 130 new jobs for the county.
Arris has purchased the former Baldor site in Clio and will begin improvements on the building beginning next month (January 2019). The 162,000-square-foot building is located at 2660 Highway 9 East in Clio, S.C. The Company’s schedule for recruiting employees and other details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Marlboro County Council and County Administrator/Economic Developer Ron Munnerlyn have been working on the project for some time and in a special called meeting last week, Marlboro County Council gave final approval to infrastructure credits for the project.
Additionally, the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development recently approved job development credits, as well as a $1 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant, to assist with costs related to the project.
In 2019, the city of Bennettsville will celebrate 200 years.
Founded in 1819 and named after Gov. Thomas Bennett, numerous events will be held in 2019 to commemorate the anniversary throughout the year.
Elisabeth McNiel , chair of the Bicentennial committee said events are still being added.
Bennettsville Bicentennial Events
--NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade at noon
January 19 on Broad Street, Bennettsville;
--Lynda Randle concert at 7 p.m., Jan. 19 at the Marlboro Civic Center;
--Farewell Angelina concert at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15 at the Marlboro Civic Center;
--Marlboro County District Art Show on March 22-23 at the Bennettsville Community Center;
--Bennettsville Hall of Fame at 8 p.m. April 13 at the Marlboro Civic Center;
--International Food Festival on April 5 in downtown Bennettsville;
--Farm to Town Dinner on April 27 in downtown Bennettsville;
CHARLOTTE — Marlboro County High School senior Elijah Blair planned to never take for granted that he not only attended a Carolina Panthers game but got to meet Defensive end Julius Peppers.
"Not many people get to do great things like this. It is indescribable," he said. "I am at a loss for words."
Nine students from AMI Kids Infinity Marlboro and four from the Marlboro County School District along with staff and others attended the Dec. 23 Panthers' game against the Atlanta Falcons.
They were the guests of Peppers, who had visited the county in October after Hurricane Florence. While here, he helped with the muck and gutting of homes, served food and met with flood victims.
While he was here, MCSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord asked Peppers to the speak to the students at Infinity Marlboro. Due to time constraints, Peppers was unable to do it but wanted to have an opportunity to speak with the students so he provided tickets and VIP access for the game.
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