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High speed chase ends in wreck

  • 20 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person and is searching for another following a high-speed chase in the Marlboro Road area of the county on Tuesday.
Melinda Sue Northam, 31, was arrested as a result of the investigation. 
According to the Sheriff’s Office, during the early morning hours on Tuesday, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle which was driving over 90 mph.
When blue lights and sirens were initiated, the vehicle attempted to flee from the deputy by driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph. 
Officials said Tracey Glenn Blackmon of Latta, the driver of the vehicle, attempted a sharp turn at a high rate of speed and, as a result, wrecked.  This left a passenger, Brian Keith Blackmon, 33, injured while the driver fled on foot from the scene. 

Clio Community Night Out held Tuesday

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Clio Community Night Out held Tuesday

The Town of Clio Community Night Out was Tuesday. Community members, elected officials, law enforcement and others attended for various entertainment and educational information. There was face painting, a bouncy house obstacle course, hot dogs, popcorn and school supplies for students. It was sponsored by the Town of Clio Police Department and eHealth Medical Center of Clio.
Photo by Heath Milligan

Highway 381 South has reopened

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Highway 381 South has reopened

The above section of Highway 381 South outside of McColl was damaged by Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The road was closed for almost a year. Below, the road re-opened last week on Sept. 4.

Scotland County shuts down Bulldogs, 27-6

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Scotland County shuts down Bulldogs, 27-6

A dominant effort by the Scotland County defense made life miserable for the Marlboro County Bulldogs last Friday night.  The Scots held their hosts to under 60 yards of total offense and only three first downs.
Although Marlboro managed to stay in the game until the fourth quarter, thanks to a solid effort by their own defense, the Bulldogs fell to the Scots, 27-6.
The win avenged a 41-25 blowout victory by the Bulldogs last year.
"Obviously, we weren't very effective on offense.  Scotland has a very good team and they were crowding the line of scrimmage to take away our running game.  We couldn't complete enough passes to back them up," said Marlboro County head coach Bobby Collins.
"Our defense played with the effort and intensity it takes to win the game but our offense didn't do the same," he said.
Scotland marched into Bulldog territory with the initial possession of the game.  However, the Marlboro defense stiffened and forced the ball over on downs.
The first three-and-out of the night by the Bulldogs resulted in the Scots receiving a punt just across midfield.  The Bulldogs would punt after three plays on eight of their eleven offensive possessions.

Two vehicle collision results in fatality

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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A two-vehicle collision resulted in a fatality Wednesday near McColl.
According to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol, the collision was around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of S.C. 381 and New Bridge Road.
A tractor-trailer truck was traveling north on Hwy 381 and a 2001 Chevrolet truck was traveling south on Hwy 381.
The driver of the Chevrolet truck, 38-year-old Jason Hopkins of McColl, attempted to make a left turn onto New Bridge Road when he turned in front of the tractor-trailer truck. 

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