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Getting ready for the holidays

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Getting ready for the holidays

A City of Bennettsville utility worker hangs a Christmas decoration on a street light Tuesday morning.  Celebrations this year include a performance of The Nutcracker by the Columbia City Ballet on December 7 and parades in McColl (December 4), Clio (December 13) and Bennettsville (December 14).  Following the Bennettsville parade, the city’s bicentennial celebration will wrap up on the courthouse square, including a fireworks show.
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Presidential candidate Kamala Harris to visit Marlboro County Sunday

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Democratic presidential candidate and  California Senator Kamala Harris will speak at three churches on Sunday.
Harris plans to attend Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church from10:30-11 a.m.  (724 Wallace Rd, Bennettsville)  and Community of Grace Church from 11:15-11:45 a.m. (143 Broad St., Bennettsville).
Harris will speak at the Marlboro and Chesterfield County Meet and Greet at 1:55 p.m. at Grace Temple Church (3008 SC-9, Wallace). Doors open at 1:15 p.m.  
To attend the event, RSVP at www.mobilize.us/kamalaforsc/event/160257/
This will be Harris’ fifteenth trip to South Carolina as a presidential candidate. She has previously held events in several locations across the state including Aiken, Anderson,

City names Burks chief for B’ville Fire Department

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Acting Bennettville Fire Chief Chris Burks was named chief of the department after an executive session during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The vote was 4-2 with council members Jean Quick and Wilhelmina Pegues Gladden voting no. 
Mayor Heath Harpe and Council members Tyron Abraham, Sandy Donaldson, and Allen Taylor voted yes. 
Council member Bernice Johnson was absent for most of the meeting and the executive session.
Taylor made the motion and Abraham seconded it.
Quick noted she had nothing against Burks.
“I want him to know that but I think it (the process) was handled inappropriately,” Quick said. “I think it should have been put out for open applications.”
Abraham asked Harpe to read the ordinance related to the fire chief position.
In it under the fire department 32-31— appointment of the chief, the ordinance states “the fire chief shall be the chief administrator officer of the fire department and shall be appointed by the city council.”

Hundreds enjoy delicious samples at Taste of Marlboro

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Hundreds enjoy delicious samples at Taste of Marlboro

The ninth annual Taste of Marlboro drew hundreds eager to sample from 23 chef tables from around the county.
The annual fund-raiser event by Marlboro Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for both amateur and professional chefs to show their best recipes to the community. The event expanded to outside of the Bennettsville Community Center with a lounge area and beer garden.
Chamber President Janelle Bakogiannis said the
2019 Taste of Marlboro was amazing. 
“We are so thrilled with how this year went,” she said. “It was above and beyond what we hoped for.” 
There were 23 chef tables with the event selling out of tickets. Chef tables provided everything from seafood to ice cream floats. “We are very excited about what everybody offered this year,” Bakogiannis said.
She added it was one of the must-attend events of the year. 

Academy turns to Hubbard to rebuild boys’ hoops program

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Academy turns to Hubbard to rebuild boys’ hoops program

After some severe struggles the last three years, Marlboro Academy has turned to a familiar face to resurrect the boys’ basketball program.
"There are several challenges in getting us back on solid ground.  The students lack confidence and are having to learn to play with structure," said Hampton Hubbard.
Hubbard played for a state championship when he was a student at the Academy in the 1970s.  He later taught and coached at the Academy and in the Marlboro County School District.
After retiring from public education, Hubbard rejoined the faculty of the Academy.  Last spring, soon after it was announced that the previous coaching staff would not be returning, Hubbard agreed to take the reins.

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