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Former Marlboro County deputy arrested for selling his agency-issued taser

S.C. Law Enforcement Division officials arrested a former deputy with the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office on Thursday for illegally selling his agency-issued taser weapon.
Phillip Ryan Gardner, 38, was charged with misconduct in office.
SLED investigated the case at the request of the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office.
On Sept. 22, Gardner pawned the taser for $180 at Carolina Jewelry and Pawn in Laurinburg, N.C. 
According to the warrant, Gardner did not have authorization from any Marlboro County official to pawn the TASER.
Gardner was booked at the Marlboro County Detention Center.
The case will be prosecuted by the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

MCHS football game postponed until Saturday

  • 25 September 2020
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Marlboro County High's season opener at Manning has been postponed until 1 p.m. on Saturday due to weather conditions.  Thunderstorms are predicted throughout the area through the evening.  

See You At The Pole event at Marlboro Academy

  • 24 September 2020
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See You At The Pole event at Marlboro Academy

Students at Marlboro Academy gathered at the flag poles during the See You At The Pole event held Wednesday. Reid Edwards planned the event and led the school in prayer. Edwards also gave a message about having faith in Jesus. See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses nationwide on the fourth Wednesday in September.
Photos by Jacqueline Hough

Manna Boxes Services provides nutritious food to families, seniors in need

  • 24 September 2020
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Manna Boxes Services provides nutritious food to families, seniors in need

For the nine women and children staying at New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, the Manna Boxes Service Project from the nonprofit Our Children-Their Future has been a godsend.
In its first month in August, the project served  200  homes.
The goals of the project are to supplement the food shortfalls of children, their families, and seniors, disabled, sick, shut-in, veterans, and food-insecure individuals in the isolated rural communities severely impacted by this pandemic. 
Desiree Tolson of New Beginnings Transitional Shelter said it has been very helpful to the shelter by providing the women and children with food, fresh fruit, and vegetables. 
“They are very thankful and very blessed to receive it,” Tolson said.

Bulldogs ready to open season at Manning

  • 24 September 2020
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Bulldogs ready to open season at Manning

After months of playing the "will they or won't they play" game, it is finally game week for public high school teams in South Carolina.
"We are excited to get this season started, even if it is a month later than normal," said Marlboro County High head coach Bobby Collins.
All teams will open the season by playing their region contests.  For the Bulldogs, that means jumping into action in a new region, against teams that they haven't faced in years.
The season starts with a trip to Manning, who Marlboro last played in 2015.  That game was the most lopsided victory in Bulldog history, a 61-0 win over the Monarchs.
However, both programs have changed coaches since that blowout.  Manning, in fact, has had two coaching changes since the 2015 game.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the season, not just about the opening opponent.

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