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Happy July 4th

  • 30 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Happy July 4th

The July 2 edition of the Herald-Advocate was printed early so the staff can have a long Independence Day weekend.  Our office will be closed from Wednesday, July 1 until Tuesday, July 7.  We hope you have a safe and fun July 4th.

Guardedly optimistic - Bulldogs hope to be able to play football this fall

  • 25 June 2020
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Guardedly optimistic - Bulldogs hope to be able to play football this fall

Amid constant reminders of the coronavirus pandemic, athletic activity has begun to return to Marlboro County High School.
The Bulldog football team began summer activities this week, with morning conditioning and training on fundamentals.
"This is just very different," said head coach Bobby Collins, who then pauses to remind a group of players to remain six feet apart.
"We are working in small groups of about eight players each.  They have one coach working with that group and he has to keep on a mask.  We aren't using any equipment or balls, anything that they can touch," said Collins.

Banners, sign up in Bennettsville

  • 25 June 2020
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Banners, sign up in Bennettsville

Downtown Bennettsville got a bit more colorful on Wednesday.  The Gulf sign at the corner of Market and Liberty Streets was re-erected.  The sign, which commemorates the African-American business district that once thrived there, had been knocked down by a delivery truck earlier this year.  Also, new banners were hung on downtown light posts.  The banners show a dove with a red, white and blue wing and carry the words “Peace on Earth.”
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Anna Short Harrington (1897-1955) - The Aunt Jemima story

  • 25 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Anna Short Harrington (1897-1955) - The Aunt Jemima story

Editor's note -  Last week it was announced that the Quaker Oats company is "retiring" its Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mixes and syrups due to pressure over the racial stereotype presented by the packaging.  The Aunt Jemima line has a connection with Marlboro County, as one of the ladies hired to portray the fictional cook was Anna Short Harrington, a native of the Wallace area.  
Aliyah Perkins, who is the great-great niece of Harrington, contacted the Herald-Advocate, regarding her relative's place in history.
"We don't want the company to take the Aunt Jemima name away," Perkins said in regards to her family's feelings on the decision to re-brand the product line.  "It is like they are erasing her from history."
The following is an article by local historian John Troy McQueen about Anna Short Harrington.  It originally appeared in the December 25, 2014 edition of the Herald-Advocate.

Marlboro County has six new cases of COVID-19

Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Marlboro County on Sunday (June 21), according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
These cases put the number of cases at 267 in the county.
 

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