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McColl teen travels to LA for Miss Amazing pageant

McColl teen travels to LA for Miss Amazing pageant
2015 has been an amazing year for Alaina Ellis of McColl.
In February, the 16-year-old won the title of South Carolina Miss Amazing Teen at a pageant in Irmo. In July, she flew across the country to participate in the National Miss Amazing Pageant in Los Angeles, California.
Miss Amazing is different from other pageants in that all participants have some type of mental or physical disability. According to the program's website, its mission is to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.

Former MCHS football player gets chance at boxing career

Former MCHS football player gets chance at boxing career
Thanks in part to a series of interesting connections, a Bennettsville man is about to have a chance to fullfil a dream.
For years, Akeem Hicks wanted to become a boxer. By the end of this month, the former Marlboro County High standout football player should be training in St. Louis, MO, to begin a professional career in the ring.
"My brothers and I would box in the backyard when we were kids," says Hicks. "I always loved it."

Hit-and-run death under investigation

The S.C. and N.C. Highway Patrols are investigating the hit-and-run death of a Laurinburg man last weekend near McColl.
Stephen Corey Locklear, 27, was struck by a vehicle  around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, while walking on Highway 15-401 near Wade's Hardware, Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown said. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death was head trauma from the impact.

GridIron 2015

GridIron 2015

The Herald-Advocate's annual preview of the Marlboro County High School football season is included in this week's edition.

New Wallace school construction moving along

New Wallace school construction moving along
Work is progressing on the new Wallace Elementary/Middle School that is under construction on Highway 9. While this summer's drought has created problems in other areas, it has benefited the construction in that there have been very few rain-related delays. Pictured above is a view of the main front entrance of the new school. Marlboro County voters in November 2012 overwhelmingly supported a $20 million bond referendum, and penny sales tax, to replace the old Wallace Elementary/Middle School. Ground was broken in August 2014. The school is expected to be completed in December 2015, with students and staff moving in over the Christmas break.      (Photo by Lynn McQueen)
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