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Bicentennial Christmas Parade is Sat.

  • 12 December 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bicentennial Christmas Parade is Sat.

The City of Bennettsville and Bennettsville Bicentennial Celebration will host a Bicentennial Christmas Parade and Fireworks Show on Saturday to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the City of Bennettsville and the holiday season. 
This family-friendly, free parade will begin at 4 p.m. with step-off from City Hall, 501 East Main Street. 
The route will travel west on Main Street, circle the Court House Square and conclude on Broad Street. Approximately 90 units will join in the fun to entertain those present. Grand Marshals for the parade will be the City’s current mayor and council members as well as all former mayors and council members.

Council recognizes Dr. Prince in her final regular meeting

  • 12 December 2019
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Council recognizes Dr. Prince in her final regular meeting

Members of the Marlboro County Council praised and celebrated the leadership of chairman Dr. Carolyn Prince at their monthly meeting Tuesday.
Prince, who won the Bennettsville mayor's position during the November election, will have to resign from county council to accept her new office.  Tuesday's meeting was her last on council before taking office with the city on January 2.
Vice-chairman Jason Steen read a resolution saluting and highlighting accomplishments of Prince's 19 years on county council.
Prince was presented a framed version of the resolution, as well as a plaque with her chairman's gavel.
During the segment of the meeting in which the individual councilmen had the floor, each thanked Prince and wished her success leading Bennettsville City Council.
"I thank the staff and fellow council members for their efforts and willingness to work together," said Prince.

County, Chamber to host special ‘Business After Hours’ on Dec. 16

  • 12 December 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The Marlboro County Council in partnership with the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a “Business After Hours” to communicate its strategic initiatives to leaders in the community.  
The event will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Skye on East Main Street in Bennettsville.  
In 2017, the County Council undertook a strategic planning process that in addition to a number of internal areas of focus, examined several key issues impacting the community.  These issues include the lack of a hospital, the need for better highway connections, tourism, community clean-up and other issues.   This fall, the Council began updating their plan with a greater focus on these “external” initiatives and the path forward.

Citadel class of 1920 ring returned after being lost for 50 years

  • 12 December 2019
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Citadel class of 1920 ring returned after being lost for 50 years

Last weekend, a Citadel  ring returned home after being lost for 50 years.
The Citadel class of 1920 ring belonging to the late Angus Wilson Riley was presented to members of his family at the home of Wilbur Brock in Cheraw on Dec. 7.
Brock, who found the ring, gave it to Mr. Riley’s daughter Mary Douglas “Dougie” Riley Hope of Bennettsville.
With Dougie Hope was her grandson Wilson Riley Hope (who was named after Riley), and his dad, Jay. 
Wilson Riley Hope and his twin brother, John William Hope are Citadel class of 2016 graduates. 
“We want to thank your family so much for this honor,” Jay Hope said. “You thought enough about the owners of this ring to get it back to us.” 
Angus Riley was born in 1899 in Allendale. His brothers attended the Citadel and it was where he wanted to go. He entered The Citadel in 1916 during World War I.
Jay Hope said his grandfather was famous for his good looks, outgoing personality and fun-loving nature. 
Upon graduation, Riley met Margaret Edens in Bennettsville where they wed in 1922. Here, they raised three daughters — Nancy, Dougie, and Margaret. 
Riley worked in banking, advertising, and was a newspaper columnist. At the end of his career, he was appointed magistrate for Marlboro County by Fritz Hollings. 

Clio and Bennettsville Christmas Parades this weekend

  • 10 December 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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A seasonal mix of schools, fire departments,  floats, and marching bands will participate in the upcoming Clio and Bennettsville Christmas parades.
The Town of Clio will have its annual parade at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. 
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony will be after the parade.
For more information, call the town of Clio at 843-586-9426.

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