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Repairs have started on Highway 381

  • 25 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Repairs have started on Highway 381

After months of delays, repairs have started on Highway 381 in McColl.
The road and several others were damaged during Hurricane Florence in September of 2018.
At a recent county council meeting, County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn provided an update from S.C. Department of Transportation on the status of Highway 381 and three other roads-- Old Wire Road/Academy Road, Level Green Church Road, and David’s Mill Pond Road.
For Highway 381, an agreement between DOT and the property owner has been reached.

Harris reflects on her tenure as veteran services officer

  • 25 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Harris reflects on her tenure as veteran services officer

Since Marlboro County Veteran Affairs Officer Vikki Harris announced she was leaving her position, there has been a steady stream of visitors coming to the D.D. McColl House.
“It is bittersweet,” she said. “I love and care for every last one who has walked into here.”
She added her decision has nothing to do with them.
After six years, Harris is leaving Marlboro County to take a similar position for Guilford County in North Carolina. Friday will be her last day.
“I am excited,” she said. “I don’t know what is going to happen in Greensboro.”
A cookout will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 2 at the DD McColl House as a send-off for Harris. Veterans who wish to attend are asked to call 843-479-5622. 
She admitted when she came to the position six years ago that she thought she would stay until she retired.

The Tams to play in B'ville Thursday

  • 24 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The Tams to play in B'ville Thursday

The legendary R & B vocal group The Tams will perform in Bennettsville on Thursday as a part of the 2 Hours from Anywhere concert series.
The group from Atlanta are famous for their string of 1960s hits "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)", "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me", "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" and "I've Been Hurt".
Forming in 1960, they got their name from the tam o'shanter hats that all the members wear on stage.  They had their first success in 1964 with "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" and continued to be regulars on the chart through the decade.

Meeting the critters

  • 19 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Meeting the critters

The Critter Keeper returned to Marian Wright Edelman Public Library with several arthropods and reptiles to introduce to youth during the summer reading program on Wednesday. The grand finale for the summer reading program will be July 24. There will be gaming systems available, popcorn, snacks, and lots of fun for all ages. 

Photo by Jacqueline Hough

Countdown to kickoff begins at jamboree media day

  • 19 July 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Countdown to kickoff begins at jamboree media day

For most folks, it is mid-summer but for high school football coaches, it is only a couple of weeks before the start of fall.
As they wrap up their offseason, a number of the area's coaches were in Bennettsville Monday for the media day for the Dennis Miller Jamboree of Champions.  The annual exhibition will be played August 16 at McAlpine Stadium.
"There have been some state rule changes this year and teams are much more limited with the number of scrimmages and jamborees that they can participate in.  I am grateful that the other 13 teams agreed to participate in our jamboree," said MCHS head coach Bobby Collins.
The event, named in memory of longtime recreation director and Bulldog booster Dennis Miller, will feature six head coaches who are in their first seasons at their respective schools, including Collins.

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