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Bulldogs to host Cheraw in Pee Dee River Rivalry

  • 29 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs to host Cheraw in Pee Dee River Rivalry

After an offseason that included a coaching change and a lot of turnover in players and staff, it was therapeutic to get back to playing football.
The Marlboro County High team took the field Friday and, after an early hiccup, cruised past Ridgeland - Hardeeville, 40-14.  Now, the routine of the regular season can begin.
"It has been a little hectic for all of us," said head coach Bobby Collins, who took over the program in April after the resignation of Dean Boyd.
"Now that we are playing and the season's underway, if feels much more comfortable, more like home," said Collins.
In getting a win in his first game, Collins achieved something neither of his two predecessors accomplished.  It took Boyd seven games to get his first victory as the MCHS coach.  Reed Charpia got a win in the fifth game of the inaugural season.
"I'm sure it is a completely different circumstance.  We're just glad to get off on the right foot," said Collins.

Auditions to be held for The Nutcracker Sept. 13

  • 29 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Auditions for the Columbia City Ballet performance of The Nutcracker are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13 at the Bennettsville Community Center.
The cost to audition is $20. 
Auditions are 4-4:45 p.m. for male and female dancers, ages 4-6; 4:45-5:30 p.m. for male and female dancers, ages 7-10; 5:30-6:15 p.m. for male and female dancers, ages 11-18 (bring pointe shoes for those on pointe over two years; and 6:15-6:45 p.m. for all adult dancers and actors.
Columbia City Ballet Audition dress code is a black leotard, pink tights, hair in a slick bun, lip and cheek color with light eye shadow for females. 

Ribbon cuttings held for four new school playgrounds

  • 29 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Ribbon cuttings held for four new school playgrounds

A little rain didn’t stop Bennettsville Intermediate School students from playing Wednesday.
A playground ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring school and Marlboro County District personnel, along with elected officials, public safety officials and community members was held at BIS.
Other ceremonies were held at Bennettsville Primary, McColl Elementary Middle and Blenheim Middle School of Discovery also on Wednesday.
BIS Principal Crystal Hewitt Halma thanked those in attendance and everyone who voted for the last year’s bond referendum to give them a new playground.
“I appreciate you wanting better for our students just as we do,” she said.
She also shared how excited students were for the new playground.

Bulldogs open the season Friday against Ridgeland - Hardeeville

  • 23 August 2019
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Bulldogs open the season Friday against Ridgeland - Hardeeville

After the final frustrating seconds ticked off the clock at Myrtle Beach's Doug Shaw Stadium, Marlboro County head coach led his team behind the visitor's stands, looking to get away from the blaring sound system.
His season-ending speech to the team had a different feel than in years past.  Somehow, there was truly a sense of finality to it.  
The "we'll get back to work and beat these guys next year" address didn't have its usual iron-will grit.  The team seemed to perceive it, as did the rest of the coaching staff and fans.
In early February, Boyd announced that he was leaving Marlboro County after 22 years, returning to his hometown of York.
After a two-month search, Lancaster High head coach Bobby Collins was introduced as the new lead Dog.  
With only a couple of weeks to p

Society Street in Clio should reopen by Thursday following road collapse

  • 23 August 2019
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Society Street in Clio should reopen by Thursday following road collapse

CLIO  —  Town officials expect Society Street to be reopened by Thursday after a section of it collapsed on Monday afternoon.
Clio Mayor Joe Kinney said the issue with the road started with Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
Water underneath the road wasn’t draining properly and a weak spot developed.
Kinney said big trucks had used the road on Monday and eventually the section of the road collapsed after a truck passed over it.
Clio Police Lt. Chad Cheras was behind the truck, saw what happened and was able to direct traffic away from it.

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