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Marlboro Academy celebrates 50 years of educating area students

  • 3 May 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro Academy celebrates 50 years of educating area students

The hard work and dedication of many have allowed Marlboro Academy to educate students for 50 years.
"One thing about our school is we have had a lot of long hours of hard and dedicated work and enthusiasm from many people who have been associated with this school," said Carol Stanton, a current teacher and former student.
On April 21, 1969, 175 people from Marlboro, Scotland, and Richmond counties met to discuss forming an independent school.
Originally, the group tried to procure the Fletcher School building near McColl but after the details could not be worked out, local farmer L.E. Pence donated 10 acres of land where the school is currently located.
"They gathered donations from interested people," Stanton said.  "It took a lot of donations."

WEMS students learn about safety during 'Play it Safe' event

  • 25 April 2019
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WEMS students learn about safety during 'Play it Safe' event

WALLACE  — First graders from Wallace Elementary Middle School had a chance to learn about safety while having fun during the "Play it Safe" Child Safety and Child Abuse Prevention event Wednesday.
Christie Moore, the volunteer coordinator for New Beginnings Transitional Shelter (which is a part of the Pee Dee Coalition), said the goal was to bring awareness to the students about personal body safety and prevention of abuse.
"We try to make it a fun-filled day for them," she said. "They don't realize they are actually being taught something during all of this."

County clean up day is May 4

Volunteers still needed

  • 25 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County Government will host its second Keep Marlboro County Clean and Green clean-up day on May 4.
Volunteers and organizations, provided with trash bags, will spread out across the county to collect roadside litter and debris. 
It is a chance to help make Marlboro County a more beautiful place to work and live.
Last year, over 800 volunteers picked up 24 tons of roadside refuse.  Unfortunately, a clean-up day is as needed this year as it was in 2018.

Teddy Stubbs reflects on 40 years as a firefighter

  • 25 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Teddy Stubbs reflects on 40 years as a firefighter

Engineer Teddy Stubbs has seen a lot of changes with Bennettsville Fire Department after 40 years.
After helping to put out a fire at a motel in 1975, Stubbs realized he really liked it.
"I always loved to meet people, help people and cared about the community," he said.
Before the fire, he had not thought about being a firefighter.
In 1978, Richard Quick was the fire chief and got Stubbs on the fire department.
In the Bennettsville Fire Department, he has served under seven chiefs.
He was a volunteer from 1978-1983 and became fulltime in 1983.
He retired on Oct. 1, 2013, as a lieutenant but came back on Nov. 1, 2013.

Young Talented Musicians share love of music with school and community

  • 18 April 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Young Talented Musicians share love of music with school and community

The members of Young Talented Musicians have known each other for many years but have only been a group for seven months.
The group of Marlboro County High School students plays R&B, gospel, jazz and contemporary music.
Members of the group are Clifton Quick, Ezekiel Miller, Ka'Darrius Ellerbe, and Stephenson Ellerbe Jr.
Ka'Darrius Ellerbe said they played together in marching band and knew each other played.
For the group, it is their love of music that has kept them going.
"We can play together with or without money," Ka'Darrius Ellerbe said.

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