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Marlboro County has eight new cases of COVID-19

Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Marlboro County on Saturday (June 20), according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
This put the number of cases in the county at 261.

Lt. Gov. Evette comes to county to motivate officials for Census Day of Action

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Lt. Gov. Evette comes to county to motivate officials for Census Day of Action

Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette wanted everyone to know that the census affects all of our lives.
“Every county in South Carolina needs to be counted,” she said.
Evette spoke during the Marlboro County Census Call to Action community meeting Monday at the Bennettsville Community Center.
South Carolina is 39th in the country for its response to the 2020 Census.
“Most of our programs are federally funded,” Evette said.
Her goal was for 10,000 South Carolina households to complete the census during Wednesday’s South Carolina Census Day of Action.
This would represent an approximate two-percent increase in the state’s census response.
On Wednesday, volunteers were all over the county at locations encouraging people to complete their 2020 Census.
Everett noted everyone would have to live with the consequences of these numbers for the next 10-years especially when we are making important changes in our state with broadband, roads, schools, and healthcare.

‘Drive-in’ fireworks set for June 27

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The City of Bennettsville's annual Independence Day Fireworks show will go on as planned next Saturday, June 27 at Lake Paul Wallace.  The 20-minute show will begin at 9:30.
"We believe that our community deserves to have this celebration.  Of course, there have to be restrictions in place to enforce social distancing but we have made accommodations that will allow us to continue this tradition," said Elisabeth McNiel, the director of Tourism, Parks and Recreation for the city.
They are calling this year's show "drive-in fireworks."
"Unlike previous years, there won't be activities on the beach or a band to entertain the crowd prior to the show.  Everyone will be asked to stay in or at their vehicles to watch the fireworks," she said.
To enhance viewing from other locations, the show's soundtrack will be broadcast on a low-power FM station.

BPD seeks information on two cold cases from December 2018 and July 2019

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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BPD seeks information on two cold cases from December 2018 and July 2019

Bennettsville police are seeking the public’s help in solving two cold cases in 2018 and 2019.
According to Lt. Larry Turner of the Bennettsville Police Department, officials are releasing surveillance footage of a person(s) of interest in connection with burglary and larceny of Pizza Hut and Floyd’s Jewelry on December 29, 2018, during the early morning hours. 
The vehicle driven by the individual appears to be a newer model Chrysler 200. 
Turner said if anyone could identify the person(s) or the vehicle, contact the Bennettsville Police Department at 843-479-3620 or Det. Kel Hall at 843-544-7091. Turner noted all information would be kept confidential.

County sees decrease in new COVID-19 cases

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County is seeing a decrease in its number of active cases.
In the last week, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed 27 new cases with 56 active cases.
The active cases can be found in the following zipcodes: 32, 29512 (Bennettsville); 4, 29525 (Clio); 4, 29570 (McColl); 4, 29596 (Wallace); and 12, unknown.
On June 4, the county had 101 active cases.

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