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Teddy Stubbs reflects on 40 years as a firefighter

  • 25 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Teddy Stubbs reflects on 40 years as a firefighter

Engineer Teddy Stubbs has seen a lot of changes with Bennettsville Fire Department after 40 years.
After helping to put out a fire at a motel in 1975, Stubbs realized he really liked it.
"I always loved to meet people, help people and cared about the community," he said.
Before the fire, he had not thought about being a firefighter.
In 1978, Richard Quick was the fire chief and got Stubbs on the fire department.
In the Bennettsville Fire Department, he has served under seven chiefs.
He was a volunteer from 1978-1983 and became fulltime in 1983.
He retired on Oct. 1, 2013, as a lieutenant but came back on Nov. 1, 2013.

Young Talented Musicians share love of music with school and community

  • 18 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Young Talented Musicians share love of music with school and community

The members of Young Talented Musicians have known each other for many years but have only been a group for seven months.
The group of Marlboro County High School students plays R&B, gospel, jazz and contemporary music.
Members of the group are Clifton Quick, Ezekiel Miller, Ka'Darrius Ellerbe, and Stephenson Ellerbe Jr.
Ka'Darrius Ellerbe said they played together in marching band and knew each other played.
For the group, it is their love of music that has kept them going.
"We can play together with or without money," Ka'Darrius Ellerbe said.

Storybook Walk has been installed behind the Marlboro County Museums

  • 18 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Storybook Walk has been installed behind the Marlboro County Museums

A group of Pre-K students had a chance to hear a story while outside at the Marlboro County Museum.
Students at the First United Methodist Children's Center listened as volunteer Jenny Weatherly did a lively reading of the book, If You Plant a Seed.
Later volunteer Kathy Ingalls shared samples of vegetables featured in the book for the students to taste.
Then children were allowed to go to the Storybook Walk to see the story unfold at the various pedestals in the grassy area behind the museum.
Installed at a child's height, it allowed them to see the laminated pages of the story and then move to the next pedestal.
Then the students had a chance to help plant a garden with squash, tomatoes, and radishes.
The Storybook Walk is a project of the Marlboro County Museums and Marian Wright Edelman Public Library.

Hall of Fame induction held

  • 18 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Hall of Fame induction held

The inaugural induction ceremony for the Bennettsville Hall of Fame was held Saturday evening at The Skye.  Inducted were Hugh McColl Jr. and Marian Wright Edelman.  After growing up in Bennettsville, both have gone on to nationally prominent careers in their fields.  McColl, after a stint in the Marine Corps, got into the banking industry.  He rose from a trainee position to be the president of NationsBank and Bank of America.  Edelman studied law at Yale and became a leader in the civil rights movement.  She has also been a leading advocate for children’s rights, founding the Children’s Defense Fund.  Following the ceremony, the inductees were treated to a concert by singer Linda Eder at the Civic Center.
Photo by Ryan Bethea

'Grow Your Own Future' science day held at Smith Park for sixth graders

  • 11 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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'Grow Your Own Future' science day held at Smith Park for sixth graders

Almost 230 Marlboro County sixth graders had a chance for some hands-on learning during the Grow Your Own Future event at Smith Park on Wednesday.
Cheryl Lewis, South Carolina Department of Commerce regional workforce advisor for the Pee Dee, said the main goal of the program was to show students real-life examples of the science teaching standards they have learned about throughout the year.
"This will reinforce the standards learned in the classroom," she said.

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