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Highway 381 South has reopened

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Highway 381 South has reopened

The above section of Highway 381 South outside of McColl was damaged by Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The road was closed for almost a year. Below, the road re-opened last week on Sept. 4.

Scotland County shuts down Bulldogs, 27-6

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Scotland County shuts down Bulldogs, 27-6

A dominant effort by the Scotland County defense made life miserable for the Marlboro County Bulldogs last Friday night.  The Scots held their hosts to under 60 yards of total offense and only three first downs.
Although Marlboro managed to stay in the game until the fourth quarter, thanks to a solid effort by their own defense, the Bulldogs fell to the Scots, 27-6.
The win avenged a 41-25 blowout victory by the Bulldogs last year.
"Obviously, we weren't very effective on offense.  Scotland has a very good team and they were crowding the line of scrimmage to take away our running game.  We couldn't complete enough passes to back them up," said Marlboro County head coach Bobby Collins.
"Our defense played with the effort and intensity it takes to win the game but our offense didn't do the same," he said.
Scotland marched into Bulldog territory with the initial possession of the game.  However, the Marlboro defense stiffened and forced the ball over on downs.
The first three-and-out of the night by the Bulldogs resulted in the Scots receiving a punt just across midfield.  The Bulldogs would punt after three plays on eight of their eleven offensive possessions.

Two vehicle collision results in fatality

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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A two-vehicle collision resulted in a fatality Wednesday near McColl.
According to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol, the collision was around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of S.C. 381 and New Bridge Road.
A tractor-trailer truck was traveling north on Hwy 381 and a 2001 Chevrolet truck was traveling south on Hwy 381.
The driver of the Chevrolet truck, 38-year-old Jason Hopkins of McColl, attempted to make a left turn onto New Bridge Road when he turned in front of the tractor-trailer truck. 

Saving the bell

  • 5 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Saving the bell

Wednesday evening workers from Superior Crane Company were able to remove the steeple from the old Pee Dee Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 38.  The building, one of the oldest churches in the county, has fallen into disrepair and recently the roof collapsed.  Fearful that tropical force winds might finish the structure off, the Marlboro County Historic Preservation Commission with the assistance of County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn,  Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Lynn McQueen and the officers of the church moved to have the steeple and the bell preserved.  Using a crane and giant forklift, the Superior workers were able to lift the entire steeple from the building.               
 Photo by Dan McNiel

Mill Farm Reunion held during Labor Day weekend

  • 5 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Mill Farm Reunion held during Labor Day weekend

Gina McLaurin arrived early from McColl to attend the Mill Farm Reunion on Aug. 31. 
She wanted to find a nice shaded spot to sit and fellowship. 
Born on Bostic Street, she said the Mill Farm has always been a community that stuck together and thought the reunion was nice.
“I have seen a lot of people I haven’t seen in years,” she said. “People have come home from New York and different places.”
The Mill Farm Reunion was created by a group of 8-10 people who grew up in the area and wanted to give everyone a chance to fellowship and reminisce during  Labor Day weekend and more than 200 people attended.
One thing that stuck out for McLaurin from her childhood was that if the older people saw you doing wrong, they would punish you. 
“Then when you got home, you got another punishment,” she said. “Nowadays, you can’t say anything to people’s kids. Back then, everyone looked out for everybody.”
Asiya Jones, a member of the Mill Farm Committee Reunion, said the goal was to provide the history of the Mill Farm, which is an area in West Bennettsville.

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