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County begins strategic planning process

Marlboro County Council members held the first in a series of strategic planning sessions immediately following their regular monthly meeting last week.
The purpose of strategic planning, said County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn, is to have council members discuss and understand the “big picture” facing the county, identify and prioritize areas of focus, and create a game plan for using scarce resources to accomplish goals.

Rotary barbecue

Rotary barbecue
The Rotary Club of Bennettsville hosted its 50th annual barbecue Thursday, preparing nearly 4,000 chicken and pork plates for sale.  One of the club’s main fundraisers, the event allows the Rotarians to support many community organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Marlboro County High and Marlboro Academy Interact Clubs, plus scholarships for area students, dictionaries for all county third graders and other service projects.

Cafe brings gourmet coffee, free internet service to community

Cafe brings gourmet coffee, free internet service to community
Sword of Truth Outreach Ministries is always looking for ways to help the community, and its most recent effort is also its sweetest - a coffee shop where patrons can indulge in hot and cold gourmet drinks and decadent desserts, along with free internet access.
Confectionate Cafe, located on the Sword of Truth campus at 105 Cheraw Street in Bennettsville, held a grand opening ceremony Sunday, October 15. Just three days earlier, it won the People’s Choice Award at the annual Taste of Bennettsville.

Rotarians plan Oct. 19 50th BBQ fundraiser

Bennettsville Rotarians used their Tuesday luncheon meeting to cement plans for next Thursday’s Barbecue fundraiser.
It will be the club’s 50th annual event and 3,000 dinners will be prepared.
John Powers and Elisabeth McNiel, co-chairmen for the event, discussed details for the event and announced times each group of Rotarians and their guest helpers need to arrive at the Bennettsvillle Community Center.
Tickets are $7.00 each.

Fall color comes to downtown

Fall color comes to downtown
If you’ve been through downtown Bennettsville recently, you’ve probably left feeling a little more festive and excited about fall, thanks to a new project of the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association.
Colorful fall decorations are on display on street corners, around the Courthouse square, and near businesses throughout downtown, with hay bales, pumpkins and more brightening the entire area for locals and visitors.
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