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Summerfest draws crowd

Summerfest draws crowd
The inaugural Summerfest, a three-day festival celebrating all the positive things Marlboro County has to offer, took place last weekend, June 6-8. It began with a concert Friday night at the Bennettsville Community Center remembering the famed Coachman and Four Club. Saturday, the focus shifted to downtown Bennettsville, where visitors strolled along Broad, Main and Marlboro Streets enjoying arts and crafts, food vendors, a classic car show, children's activities and...

Suspects charged in burglary on Palmetto St.

The investigation into a burglary at a home on Palmetto Street led police across state and county lines last week and resulted in the arrests of three people, with more arrests expected.
It happened between May 30 and June 1 at 311 Palmetto Street. According to a Bennettsville Police Depart-ment incident report, approximately $90,000 in cash was stolen, along with two safes and a 46-inch television valued at $1,200.
Sabree Craig, 27,...

Dancing and walking for a good cause

Dancing and walking for a good cause
Marlboro County's annual Relay for Life took place Saturday, May 31, at Carroll Field in Bennettsville. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and a way to raise awareness and honor both victims and survivors of cancer. Pictured above, little dancers help entertain the walkers during the event. At left, Chief James Caulder of the Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina joins others for the walk. 
(Photos by Avery Evans)...

2 charged with stealing drugs from hospice patient

A former nurse was one of two people arrested last week on charges that they stole prescription drugs from a hospice patient in McColl.
Jennifer McKenzie Matthews, 35, and Richard Jay Lane, 45, both of 3283 Highway 57 North, Dillon, were charged with first degree burglary and theft of a controlled substance on May 28, according to the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office. 
A magistrate set bond on each at $50,000 on May 29,...

School district preparing to process petitions for high school diplomas under new SC law

A new law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley in April not only changes the requirements for high school graduation in South Carolina, but also gives some former students who did not receive diplomas the chance to get them.
Act 155 eliminates the state's high school exit exam, beginning with the class of 2015, and replaces it with tests that are considered more useful: the work-skills assessment WorkKeys, and a college readiness test that has yet to be...