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Chamber of Commerce celebrates community at annual awards dinner

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Chamber of Commerce celebrates community at annual awards dinner

The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce celebrated some of the county's most integral people and businesses at its recent annual meeting.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the event was a way of thanking members for supporting the chamber during the year.
Awards were given to Northeastern Technical College, Business of the Year; Sully Blair of Sully Blair State Farm Insurance, Business Person of the Year; S.C. House of Representatives member Patricia Henegan, Community Leader; and Marian Wright Edelman Public Library, Non-profit of the Year.
Chamber President Janelle Bakagiannis said the hurricanes in 2018 were a large event in the community.
She added in deciding the recipients for the awards, they decided to  look at members who stood out for being amazing examples of businesses and persons in the community.
"We looked for companies and individuals that took such a bad situation and decided to let it influence their deeds and giving," Bakagiannis said.
NETC received the Business of the Year award. Bakagiannis said while the ribbon cutting for the new campus on Oakwood Street was in February, the NETC opened the campus before it was finished to allow the National Guard, the Red Cross, FEMA, and others to use the facilities during the hurricanes.
"They provided much-needed donations of various kinds, coming alongside those in our community who had a need, and those helping them," she said.
Blair was named Business Person of the Year. During the hurricanes, he and his team stayed in their boarded-up office so they would be available to file claims for customers.

Public Safety Complex opens

  • 2 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Public Safety Complex opens

The City of Bennettsville Public Safety Complex opened at the new headquarters on U.S. Highway 15-401 Bypass. It is located in the former Marlboro Electric Cooperative Building and will be the home of the Bennettsville Police and Fire Departments along with the Bennettsville Municipal Court.
 

County-run EMS to start July 1

  • 27 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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County-run EMS to start July 1

A ribbon cutting was held for Marlboro County Emergency Medical Services on Monday. The county-run department will start answering calls on July 1. Four ambulances will provide 24/7 coverage county-wide. In front, from left, are Jason Steen and Willie Gladden, county council; Dr. Carolyn Prince, county council chair; Jane Rogers, chairman of the Marlboro County General Hospital Charity Trust board of directors; and Verd Odom, council member. In back, l-r, are Anthony Woods and Steve Blackmon, county council; Chris McKenzie,  EMS; Charles Midgley Jr., county council; David Flowers, EMS; Brian Watts, EMS director; Casey Mooring, EMS; Calvin Cassidy, EMS; and Ron Munnerlyn, county administrator.
Photo by Jacqueline Hough

Rotary honors Griggs as Four-Way Test Good Citizen

  • 27 June 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Rotary honors Griggs as Four-Way Test Good Citizen

Bennettsville Rotary Club named Roger Griggs as its 2019 recipient of the Four-Way Test Good Citizen of the Year Award Tuesday.
Announcement came during the club’s weekly luncheon meeting at The Skye.
Presentation was made by Rotary Past Presidents Elisabeth and Dan McNiel.
She began by saying “The Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, and do is a test used by Rotarians worldwide as a moral code for personal and business relationships.”
She added, “The test can be applied to almost any aspect of life.”
In 1932, Herbert J. Taylor of Chicago wrote the 24 words that came to him  as he set out to save the Club Aluminum Products Distribution Company from bankruptcy.

Bennettsville Fire Department holds summer youth camp

  • 27 June 2019
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Bennettsville Fire Department holds summer youth camp

Bennettsville Fire Department officials were pleased with the response for their first youth summer camp held last week.
Fire Chief James Jackson III said there were 16 campers in various ages and 10 adults helping with the camp.
The camp was held in the fire department's portion of the new Bennettsville Public Safety Complex.
"It was very good," he said. "All of the kids were receptive to it."

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