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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Tomorrow, October 31, is Halloween. Trick-or-treat hours for children have been set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Marlboro County and its municipalities. See page 2 for more on Halloween safety from the Bennettsville Police Department. Pictured above is a festive scene in the front yard of a home on Fayetteville Avenue in Bennettsville.
(Photo by Lynn McQueen)

Fields of pink

Fields of pink
Passersby this week to a field off Highway 9 East between Bennettsville and Clio may have been surprised to see 16 round modules of cotton wrapped in pink plastic. Not the yellow-colored wrap, typically associated with John Deere’s round-bale picker, but pink, really pink. The modules belonging to Pat and Blake Rogers of Blenheim were so aptly wrapped to raise awareness for breast cancer which kills more women in the U.S., than lung cancer. October is National Breast Cancer...

New director says outlook is good for Marlboro County Council on Aging

New director says outlook is good for Marlboro County Council on Aging
Just a few months ago, things looked bleak for the Marlboro County Council on Aging. 
One lost contract had reduced the non-profit organization's funding from the state, and another cut was looming if participation in on-site dining did not improve. 
It seemed almost certain that the Council on Aging, which has served senior citizens in Marlboro County since 1974, would not be able to keep its doors open much...

School district gets 'F' grade on report card

For the third straight year, the Marlboro County School District received a grade of 'F' on a federal report card issued through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The S.C. Department of Education released the 2014 report card data on Tuesday. Overall, South Carolina received a grade of 'B,' meaning its performance exceeded expectations.
Eleven of the state's 82 school districts received 'A'...

'Unity Day' event held to prevent bullying

'Unity Day' event held to prevent bullying
On Wednesday afternoon, a crowd gathered in front of the Marlboro County Courthouse to tackle an issue near and dear to the heart of anyone who has loved a child: bullying.
The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Center of Bennettsville sponsored the event as part of National Bullying Prevention Month. The day was significant as well, as it was designated Unity Day by the National Bullying Prevention Center.
The purpose of the H.O.P.E. Center, which...
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