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Drought status worsens in state, county

"Hot and dry" is the common theme of the summer, not just here in Marlboro County but across South Carolina. That combination of above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall led the S.C. Drought Response Committee to upgrade the drought status for the entire state last week.

Post 213 finishes fourth in the state

Post 213 finishes fourth in the state
After falling in the opening game of the South Carolina Junior American Legion baseball championship tournament, Marlboro's Post 213 battled to reach the fourth round this week in Inman.
The team's bid for a state title was cut short Tuesday, as Aiken came from behind to defeat Marlboro 6-4.
"I'm very proud of our guys and the way they played. It is a big accomplishment to make it that far and finish as one of the top four teams in the state," said head coach Ryan Pierce.

Industry Training Center gets state funding, moving ahead

Industry Training Center gets state funding, moving ahead
The Marlboro County Industry Training Center project now has state funding and will be going forward with plans to open by the fall of 2016.
The Marlboro County Economic Development Partnership board received that update Monday from Northeastern Technical College president Dr. Ron Bartley during the group's monthly meeting.
"This facility will be unique to the state of South Carolina," said Bartley.

Local youth spend a day of fun canoeing at Lake Paul Wallace

Local youth spend a day of fun canoeing at Lake Paul Wallace
More than 150 local kids took to the waters of Lake Paul Wallace last week for an epic adventure that most of them had never experienced before: canoeing.
The WIN Agency of Bennettsville partnered with a non-profit organization called Canoeing for Kids to host the event, which served 162 local youths last Thursday, July 9.

Sunday blue laws under review

This week, Marlboro County Council took the first step toward temporarily lifting the blue laws that limit when stores can be open and what items can be sold before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.
The council gave unanimous first reading approval to an ordinance that would suspend "the application of Sunday work prohibitions" during their regular monthly meeting Monday. Two more readings and a public hearing are required before the ordinance becomes law.
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