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Ebenezer United Methodist Church held produce giveaway Saturday

  • 24 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Ebenezer United Methodist Church held produce giveaway Saturday

Last weekend, COVID-19 didn’t stop members of Ebenezer United Methodist Church from continuing their mission to help the community.
Church member Patsy Herndon said the giveaway had nothing to do with the pandemic but continuing with their mission to help others. For a few hours, people drove up and received the bags.
The event stemmed from a mission, which is the brainchild of Patricia Quick and Tammy Goings, who saw a need to feed others.
Goings said it was through the women’s group that they established a missions group that gives food away.
Donations come from members of the congregation bringing in food monthly and Campbell Soup Company.

Marlboro County High holds graduation

  • 16 July 2020
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Marlboro County High holds graduation

After not having in-person classes for the last two months, and being forced to wait an additional month to have a graduation ceremony, Marlboro County High's class of 2020 finally got their diplomas Saturday morning.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the graduation, which was originally planned for June 6, was held in socially distanced format beginning at 8 a.m.
Outgoing principal Derwin Farr served as the master of ceremonies and welcomed the graduates and their guests.  All were required to wear masks during the event.
Usually at MCHS graduations, the home side of the stadium bleachers is filled to capacity.  However, due to COVID-19 concerns and in efforts to maintain social distancing, graduates were limited to two guests each.

Clio elects Petrone as new mayor

  • 16 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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CLIO  —  The town of Clio has a new mayor.
Ben Petrone received 113 of the 204 votes.
Write-in candidates Gabriel David received 86 while David McCoy received two votes.
Turnout was low for the election. Of the 568 registered voters, only 204 ballots (35.92 percent) were cast.
The town council has four seats. Incumbents Cathy Helsel received 128 votes;  Samuel McCollum, 138; Harley Thomas,141; and newcomer Kenneth Phillips, 117.
There were 18 write-in votes. They were for Joe Kinney, two; Isordo Peterkin, one; Eva McRae, one; Marilyn Rogers, one; Gabriel David, three; Bobbie Roller, one; Scheral Ivery, one; Brenda Van Winkle, one; Pearlie Thomas, two; Barbara Hubbard, one; Kenneth Phillips, one; Samuel McCollum, two; and not assigned, one.

Board of Education looking at possibly adding bond referendum question to ballot

  • 16 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County School District officials feel more work needs to be done to update facilities in the system.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord made a presentation to board members during Monday’s monthly meeting that showed what the district has done with $10 million approved in 2018.
Voters approved a $10 million general obligation bond in November of 2018 for the Marlboro County School District. It was done without a millage increase.
McCord noted a lot had been done with the funds from installing new doors at Marlboro County High for safety reasons to work being done with renovating the auditorium and building a new cafeteria at Bennettsville Intermediate School.
But added there is still work to be done at various facilities and make sure it is in the best possible condition to meet not only the needs of the students but staff.
“For us to plan so we won’t find ourselves in a situation where a building is being condemned, we have to plan now,” McCord said. “We can’t do it on the budget we have.”
District officials would like board members to consider placing a question on the ballot in November for another bond.

Elections for Clio, vacant County Council seat is Tuesday

  • 9 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The elections for the town of Clio and Marlboro County Council District 5 seat is Tuesday, July 14.
Any necessary runoffs will be held on Tuesday, July 28.  
The general election for the town of Clio will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14 at the Clio Community Center (Old Depot Building), 101 Calhoun Street.
Newcomer Ben Petrone filed for mayor and Gabriel David is running as a write-in candidate.
Clio Town Council has four seats. Incumbents Cathy Helsel, Samuel McCollum, Harley Thomas, and newcomer Kenneth Phillips are on the ballot.
Kenneth Stroman was the only person to file for the vacant County Council District 5 seat.

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