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Blenheim family serving as Ambassadors for March of Dimes' annual campaign

Blenheim family serving as Ambassadors  for March of Dimes' annual campaign
On Saturday, October 31, teams of walkers will gather at the First United Methodist Church Family Center in Bennettsville to take part in the annual March for Babies.
The tiniest participant - and this year's most celebrated - will be Bryce Hollis King of Blenheim. You wouldn't know it to see him now - bright-eyed, smiling, and beginning to walk and talk - but Bryce gave his parents quite a scare when he entered the world two months early on March 5, 2014. 

Restoring Carolina at work here

Restoring Carolina at work here
The concession stand at the McLeod Street basketball courts in Bennettsville got some much-needed improvements this week thanks to students in the carpentry class at AMIKids (formerly Camp Bennettsville) and a program of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice called Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service.

Results of new career readiness test given

This week, the S.C. Department of Education released the results of the state's first administration of WorkKeys, a career-readiness assessment that replaced the old high school exit exam in the 2014-15 school year.
All South Carolina students in 11th grade took the test, which is intended to evaluate readiness for foundational workplace skills, this spring. 

Industry Appreciation Day held

Industry Appreciation Day held
Marlboro County's annual Industry Appreciation Day was last Thursday, September 10. Events included golf at Marlboro Country Club, canoeing on the Great Pee Dee River, a dove shoot and court games, culminating with an evening banquet at the Bennettsville Community Center. The banquet was attended by 200 people, including local officials and industry representatives. 

Board hears proposal for SRO in McColl

In light of recent threats made against schools and the school district, the town of McColl made a proposal to the Marlboro County Board of Education that, if approved, would place a school resource officer at McColl Elementary/Middle School.
McColl Mayor Bobby Odom appeared before the school board at their regular monthly meeting Monday to make the presentation. He said it would cost the school district about $29,000 to have a police officer dedicated to the school for nine months of the year. This would include salary and uniforms.