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Championship night

  • 21 February 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Championship night

Play wrapped up in the First United Methodist Church youth basketball league on Tuesday night with championship games in the three oldest divisions.  This year 154 kids ages 6-14 participated in the league that runs from December until February.  The league will complete its 26th year of ministry with a banquet and trophy presentation ceremony tonight at the church which is on Main Street in Bennettsville.
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Blenheim man airlifted to burn center

  • 21 February 2019
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A Blenheim man was seriously burned while he was burning debris in his yard Monday evening.
Marlboro County Fire Coordinator Keith Hughes said the man was burning debris outside when something exploded in the fire.
"It burned him on his arm and face," Hughes said.
The injured man was flown to the burn center at the University of North Carolina.  
The name of the victim was not released.
 

Bennettsville Police need help in locating, identifying owner of vehicle used in larceny

  • 21 February 2019
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Bennettsville Police need help in locating, identifying owner of vehicle used in larceny

Black History Celebration honors the past and provides inspiration for the future

  • 14 February 2019
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Black History Celebration honors the past and provides inspiration for the future

BLENHEIM  — A Black History Celebration held on Feb. 9 not only honored the past but inspired the future.
Hosted by the Black History Community Partners, the event at the Wade H. Prince Recreation Center featured music, dance, vendors and Black History moments.
Deborah Hardison, a member of the BHCP said, they were there to share history and culture.
"We are trying to rotate through the county to hear stories of people from this area that have contributed to our history," she said.
Dr. Carolyn Prince shared the legacy of her father, Wade H. Prince. She admitted that while he wasn't with her physically, he has never left her.
"The values, the morals, and the old sayings stuck," she said. "I didn't realize it then but I find myself sounding like him or remembering things he taught me."
She reminded people not to confuse legacy with riches. 
"Legacy is what you stand for, what you did, what people remember," Prince said.

Bennettsville gets grant for park planning

  • 14 February 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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As part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign which aims to address the fact that one in three Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of home, the City of Bennettsville was selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). 
The grant funding will be used to support city planning and policy efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks, close-to-home parks and public green space. Bennettsville Mayor Heath Harpe is a proud participant in the 10-Minute Walk campaign, led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). 
One of 10 communities selected to receive this grant funding, Bennettsville currently has 28% of people living within a 10-minute walk of a park. 
The City of Bennettsville will utilize the grant funds to develop a park master plan, including enhancements to existing parks and creation of additional recreational sites.  This park master plan will be added to the city's comprehensive plan that is currently being updated.
  The grant funding provided by NRPA will help strengthen these efforts and provide access to a variety of tools and resources, including NRPA’s Park Metrics, TPL’s Park Serve® and ULI’s Advisory Services.    
The grant  will also assist in finding additional funding to make the plan a reality.

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