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MEC’s Power to Serve committee helps fathers become great dads

  • 30 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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MEC’s Power to Serve committee helps fathers become great dads

U.S. Census figures indicate that over 18 million children live in households with only their mother, and one in every four American adolescents is growing up without a father.
A study by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that children from fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 70% of incarcerated juveniles, 75% of adolescent patients in substance abuse centers, and 90% of all homeless and runaway youth. What’s more, when fathers are involved, their children are twice as likely to go to college and 75% less likely to experience teen pregnancy.

Clio mayor, town council sworn into office, hold first meeting

  • 30 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Clio mayor, town council sworn into office, hold first meeting

CLIO  —  The new mayor of Clio and council members were sworn in before the July 23 meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Joe Kinney said it was bittersweet.
“But we realize that the political process moves on," he said. “We are all needed and connected in a very special way.”
He added it would take everyone coming together to make the community a loving and caring place to live.
Mayor Ben Petrone and council members were sworn in by Judge Mark Heath.
The invocation was given by Rev. James Smith of Greater Saint James Baptist Church.
After he was sworn in, Petrone thanked everyone who voted and supported him. 

Free coronavirus testing offered tomorrow

  • 29 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Free coronavirus testing offered tomorrow

Free COVID-19 testing will be offered in downtown Bennettsville tomorrow.  To be tested, please enter the solicitor's office from Market Street.  

NETC hosting Zoom session to help students enroll in college

  • 29 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Northeastern Technical College (NETC) is accepting applications for the 2020 Fall Semester. Classes start on August 17. NETC will be hosting an online zoom session on July 30 at 11:00 am, to assist students with registering for courses. Before the zoom event, students should visit www.netc.edu to complete an admissions application online. Call (800) 921-7399 for the session information and to reserve your seat virtually.

Marlboro Board of Education approves two options for 2020-21 school year

  • 24 July 2020
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Marlboro Board of Education approves two options for 2020-21 school year

Marlboro County Board of Education approved two options for the upcoming 2020-21 school year at a special called meeting Tuesday.
The options are the Marlboro County School District Virtual Academy and what the district administration is calling Traditional School-Option 2A (personalized learning).
Board members approved Sept. 2 as the first day of school with the Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) days taking place on Aug. 24-28.
All students in grades 4K-12, even those enrolled in the Virtual Academy, must be involved in LEAP days. Students will be brought into the schools on a staggered schedule for teachers to do assessments and for electronic learning devices to be distributed.
The Virtual Academy is for parents who do not feel other options will be safe for their students. It is open to students in grades 1–12 and is a continuous online learning platform where students will receive instruction, grades, and be counted present or absent each day regardless of the COVID-19 cases.
 As of press time, 1,150 students were enrolled in the academy. There are 3,850 students in the district.

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