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Initial meeting for Marlboro Complete Count Committee held

  • 30 January 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Between March 12-20, every home in this country will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.
To encourage residents to respond in the upcoming census, various community leaders, volunteers and others are working to form their own Complete Count Committee for the 2020 census in the county.
Pearlie Lawson, president of the Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP, hoped the community would grow and they would be able to get the word out about how important the census is in 2020.

Fit and Strong! provides help for people with osteoarthritis

  • 24 January 2020
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Fit and Strong! provides help for people with osteoarthritis

Before Carol Crouse of Bennettsville started 12-week Fit and Strong! Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, she was having trouble with swelling in both of her knees and getting up and down. 
After 11 weeks, Crouse has seen her knees only swell twice. 
“My knees are so much better,” she said. “They don’t swell or hurt as much. Overall, I feel a whole lot better.”
It is what the creators of Fit and Strong! wanted people to gain from the program, which is an exercise/behavior change program for older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis.
Crouse does the exercises at home but doesn’t stay with it as long as she does at the Bennettsville Community Center with the group.
“Here I keep going,” she said.
Fit and Strong! is offered through a collaboration of the Northeast Rural Health Network and the City of Bennettsville to provide exercise for seniors.
Patrick Bines, director of NRHN,  said there is no cost for the program because of a grant the organization received.

Parade commemorates life of Dr. King

  • 24 January 2020
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Parade commemorates life of Dr. King

People in Marlboro County honored iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18  with the annual Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP MLK Day parade. The parade started on Broad Street and ended at Shiloh Baptist Church on Cheraw Street. More than 60 entries were in the parade. Above, 89-year-old Carolyn Little rode in the parade with other members of Trinity United Methodist Church. The grand marshal for the parade was City of Bennettsville Mayor Dr. Carolyn Prince.

City council revises meeting policies

  • 24 January 2020
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Bennettsville City Council approved revising its public comment policy for public meetings and allowing future meetings to be videotaped during their monthly meeting Tuesday.
During last week’s workshop City Administrator Max Alderman said council members were asked to consider having workshop sessions and utilizing standing committees only on an as-needed basis, to add the non-agenda items from council to the regular meeting agenda and revise the public comment policy to allow citizens to make comments at regular meetings.
Citizens interested in commenting at the regular meeting, shall sign in to speak and limit comments to no more than three minutes.
Council member Allen Taylor shared some concerns and research that he had done on the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s website. 
He felt the reason for the workshops was to allow the public, a week in advance of the regular meeting, to see what was on the agenda.
“The workshops allowed the full opportunity for every citizen to know what we were considering,” he said. 
Council member Sandy Donaldson said she has been in meetings when anyone could speak about any subject.

Installation ceremony held for mayor and council members

  • 9 January 2020
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Installation ceremony held for mayor and council members

Dr. Carolyn Prince was sworn in as the first African-American mayor for the City of Bennettsville on Jan. 2.
The Nov. 5 city election was held for mayor and council districts 2, 4 and 6. Tyrone Davis and Gregory Scott also took the oath to begin four-year terms on the Bennettsville City Council. Jean Quick was unable to attend due to being hospitalized.
Prince, who had her oath of office administered by Judge Rob Stanton, said she was humbly overwhelmed by their confidence in her.
“I pledge my talents, skills, and experience to work for a better Bennettsville. I stand before you on the shoulders of my parents and my ancestors. It is because of them that I am here.” 

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