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Hundreds enjoy delicious samples at Taste of Marlboro

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Hundreds enjoy delicious samples at Taste of Marlboro

The ninth annual Taste of Marlboro drew hundreds eager to sample from 23 chef tables from around the county.
The annual fund-raiser event by Marlboro Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for both amateur and professional chefs to show their best recipes to the community. The event expanded to outside of the Bennettsville Community Center with a lounge area and beer garden.
Chamber President Janelle Bakogiannis said the
2019 Taste of Marlboro was amazing. 
“We are so thrilled with how this year went,” she said. “It was above and beyond what we hoped for.” 
There were 23 chef tables with the event selling out of tickets. Chef tables provided everything from seafood to ice cream floats. “We are very excited about what everybody offered this year,” Bakogiannis said.
She added it was one of the must-attend events of the year. 

Academy turns to Hubbard to rebuild boys’ hoops program

  • 21 November 2019
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Academy turns to Hubbard to rebuild boys’ hoops program

After some severe struggles the last three years, Marlboro Academy has turned to a familiar face to resurrect the boys’ basketball program.
"There are several challenges in getting us back on solid ground.  The students lack confidence and are having to learn to play with structure," said Hampton Hubbard.
Hubbard played for a state championship when he was a student at the Academy in the 1970s.  He later taught and coached at the Academy and in the Marlboro County School District.
After retiring from public education, Hubbard rejoined the faculty of the Academy.  Last spring, soon after it was announced that the previous coaching staff would not be returning, Hubbard agreed to take the reins.

Bennettsville Fire Department’s new ladder truck soon to be in service

  • 14 November 2019
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Bennettsville Fire Department’s new ladder truck soon to be in service

The City of Bennettsville Fire Department has a new addition to help keep the area citizens safe.
A Sutphen TS 100 with a 100-foot tower with 1,500 GPM Hale pump and a 300-gallon water tank has been purchased.
The vehicle was recently on display at the Scarecrow Fest.
Acting Fire Chief Chris Burks said having a ladder truck is very important to the city and county.
“We have buildings that ladders (on the fire engines now) will not reach,” he said.
The ladders range from 34 to 35 feet. 
The ladder truck will not only help them in height but will help them in reach.
The truck will provide a faster means of fire attack,” Burks said.

Fumbles doom Bulldogs against Lower Richland

  • 14 November 2019
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Fumbles doom Bulldogs against Lower Richland

Self-inflicted wounds brought an end to Marlboro County High's hopes in the Class AAAA state playoffs.    Lower Richland defeated the Bulldogs 20-14 Friday night in Columbia in the first round to eliminate them from the postseason.
The loss ended a season of missed opportunities as the Bulldogs finish with a 2-9 overall record.
"It all came down to holding on to the football.  We played right with them but turnovers will kill you and that was the case here," said Bobby Collins, Marlboro County head coach.
"It was a case of guys just trying to make plays but getting the ball knocked out but it was the difference between winning and losing," he said.
In a preview of things to come, Marlboro County suffered a fumble on their first snap of the game.  The turnover gave the Diamond Hornets the ball at midfield.
Lower Richland drove deep into Marlboro County territory, only to turn it over themselves.  Skishaun Palmer picked off a LR pass, his sixth interception of the season, near the endzone.

Won state championship

  • 14 November 2019
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Won state championship

Several local tennis players participated in the S.C. 65+ 3.5 state championship matches held in Hilton Head the weekend of Nov. 1 thru Nov. 4. The team won the state championship. Members of the team have been state runners-up and won six Pee Dee League Championships in various leagues, but this is their first state championship. Team members from Bennettsville are: Bogen Berry, Harry Blackmon, Otis Harrison, John McLaurin, and Jay Owens. From Rockingham, NC.: Mike Rainwater and Gene Stewart: From Chesterfield - Nicky Cohen; and Team Captain Steve Quick from Florence. The team enjoys practicing Wednesdays and Sundays at Quick’s court, supported by their families and friends. 

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