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Bulldogs open fall practice, scrimmage on Thursday

  • 8 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs open fall practice, scrimmage on Thursday

While it may seem that the summer just hit its stride, for football fans early August is tantalizingly close to the kickoff of the  action.
The Marlboro County High School football team opened preseason practice last Friday and have been working out in the mornings this week.
"Overall, I'm pleased with where we are.  Summer drills were productive and we have most of the offense installed now," said head coach Bobby Collins, who will be in his first season with the Bulldogs.
"On day one, everybody showed up, which is always a plus.  Day two (Saturday) the intensity and enthusiasm went up, which is a key," said Collins.
The third practice being on Monday, was somewhat less spirited but productive nonetheless.

Annual camp for the MCHS Marching Band provides foundation for season

  • 1 August 2019
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Annual camp for the MCHS Marching Band provides foundation for season

Being a member of the Marlboro County High School Mighty Marching Bulldogs is a serious commitment.
It is a commitment, which involves a three-week band camp (July 22- Aug. 9) to learn music and marches under the intense South Carolina sun.
Shanasia Ballard, captain of the percussion section, summed it up best.
“We practice and work hard,” she said. “We practice for 12 hours (some days during two of the three weeks) just to have a seven to 10 minute show.”
Karalda Perkins, director of the band, wanted dedication and hard work from her students as they started the second week of camp.
In addition to Perkins, other band staff members are Michael Burrage, assistant director of bands; Gerrard Perkins, percussion instructor; Reginald Cassidy, brass instructor; and Wycilla Cassidy, auxiliary coordinator.
Going into her fourth year as a senior, Ballard has goals for her section.

Police charge Malachi in 2018 double homicide

  • 1 August 2019
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Police charge Malachi in 2018 double homicide

Detectives with the City of Bennettsville Police Department made an arrest Thursday morning in a 2018 double homicide.
Police Chief Kevin Miller announced in a press conference Thursday that new developments in the 2018 homicides of Danny Ray Goins Jr. and Jimmy Allen Tyndall Jr. led to the arrest of Devonte Maurice Malachi.  The murders took place on Aug. 15, 2018 on Crosland Street.
Malachi was charged with two counts of first degree murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Miller noted Malachi was recently charged with the homicide of Eric Christopher Canty, which took place on June 20 on Sunny Bank Street. He was already in custody when charged with the double homicide.

Repairs have started on Highway 381

  • 25 July 2019
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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
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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.

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