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Bulldogs’ playoff hopes on the line against Hartsville

  • 11 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs’ playoff hopes on the line against Hartsville

Over the last two decades, when Marlboro County and Hartsville got together, the region title and the top seed in the playoffs would be hanging in the balance.
That is not the case this year but the contest is of grave importance to both teams.  For Marlboro County, their best hope of making the playoffs may rest on the outcome.
"This is an important game for us.  We have been showing improvement in a lot of areas but haven't put it all together," said MCHS head coach Bobby Collins.
Although there are at-large bids to the playoffs for some fifth-place teams in the lower state, those go to teams with the best overall record.  Currently the Bulldogs have a 1-5 record, so anything they can do to improve the resume would be huge.
The Bulldogs will be big underdogs against number one ranked Myrtle Beach and number three ranked Wilson.  While not impossible, Marlboro County will have to elevate their play significantly to upset either of those opponents.

STEM U iNoVaTe lab unveiled at BIS

  • 11 October 2019
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STEM U iNoVaTe lab unveiled at BIS

Students at Bennettsville Intermediate School will soon learn skills that some college students haven’t been exposed to yet.
It will be in the school’s new STEM U iNoVaTe lab, which was unveiled Tuesday during a ribbon-cutting.
Various district, Board of Education and community members had a chance to see students demonstrate how the lab will connect the dots with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Christopher Williams, director of partnership development at STEM U, said STEM is all of those elements merged.
“We are problem-solving,” he said. “We are teaching our scholars (students) how to problem solve, how to think critically, how to go into the real world, into different challenges and to be innovative.”
The lab will be used by students with robotics, drones, and programming.
Williams noted very few schools in the state have a non-traditional learning environment like the one at BIS.

County approves expanding MARTi bus service to Wallace area

  • 11 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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County council members unanimously approved a funding request to expand the MARTi service to the Wallace area at their meeting on Tuesday.
Council member Willie Gladden was absent from the meeting.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said there has been a fair amount of success with the MARTi bus route.
“There is a need for it in the Wallace area,” he said.
To move in that direction, a proposal was made to expand there with the on-demand or the requested service so someone can call to schedule an appointment.
Munnerlyn said it will be a full bus but a smaller one.
“We hope this is a start of another route and maybe a connection to Chesterfield County,” he said.

Celebrating Bennettsville’s Bicentennial

  • 4 October 2019
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Celebrating Bennettsville’s Bicentennial

McArthur Farms on Highway 38 is celebrating Bennettsville’s bicentennial by creating a corn maze featuring the city’s event logo.  The maze is spread out over 12 acres and has three different pathways to explore.  “We use GPS coordinates and cut out the design when the corn is 12 to 18 inches tall,” explains business owner Rebecca McArthur.  The maze will be open beginning this Saturday and remain in operation through the second weekend in November.  McArthur Farms will be hosting its annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 19.
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Edwards recognized for 42 years with BFD during retirement dinner

  • 4 October 2019
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Edwards recognized for 42 years with BFD during retirement dinner

After 42 years of service to the Bennettsville Fire Department, Van Edwards retired on June 30.
“It’s a sad time in my life,” he said during his retirement dinner on Sept. 28. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t on the fire department. I can’t remember when I didn’t have a pager attached to my side everywhere I went.
In addition to Edwards and his family, various past and present firefighters were there along with District 2 Bennettsville City Council member Wilhelmina Pegues Gladden and County Council member Willie Gladden.
Edwards became interested in being a fireman in 1973 when the Hotel Powers burned and later when Gold Kist burned.
He knew when he graduated from high school that he was going to join the fire department as a volunteer.
He joined at the age of 20 in February of 1977. Months later, he became a volunteer lieutenant.

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