On Tuesday, Marlboro County officials along with CareSouth representatives, Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority and others held a ribbon cutting for MARTi in the parking lot of Carl's Food Center.
Ron Munnerlyn said it was a collaboration between a number of agencies and sponsors.
"The intent is to provide public transportation here in Marlboro County and in Bennettsville and also eventually provide transportation for folks that want to work but maybe don't have a way to get to work so we think it is a good thing," he said.
The city of Bennettsville has been awarded a $435,710 Community Development Block Grant to demolish 28 abandoned homes in the Shady Rest area.
"We are thrilled," said Holly Swann, manager of Planning and Zoning for the city of Bennettsville. "This will get so much done."
The funding, from the Community Enrichment Program, is specified for the demolition of abandoned homes in the Shady Rest neighborhood. Homes are located on First, Second, Third and Fourth Streets along with Marlboro Street and Lindsay Avenue.
A dream is quickly becoming a reality for Roger and Anne Griggs of Bennettsville. The less fortunate citizens of the community will be the beneficiaries.
This will be in the form of the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville, which will open sometime in the first three months of 2019.
"For a long time, we have had a heart for those in our midst that struggle for food, clothing and housing," relates Roger Griggs.
After looking around at what others in towns and communities similar to Bennettsville do to help the needy, the Griggs decided that creating a place where people could go for a free hot meal would best assist the town's underprivileged.
"We prayed on it for a long time but I think the Lord needed us to reach the point of full commitment before putting things into motion," said Griggs.
In 2016, the Griggs formed a board of directors for their charitable organization, got a post office box and set up the financial framework necessary to apply for 501c3 tax-exempt, non-profit status. That was granted during the year, so the groundwork was in place.
Everlyn Peterkin prepares to get on the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority bus in front of Bennettsville City Hall after paying her utility bill Wednesday afternoon. She reports that she has already used the service to go to Carls Food Center, Walmart and Marlboro Water Company. PDRTA began operating new routes in the county this week.