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Marlboro County to start fall practice Friday

Marlboro County to start fall practice Friday
The new school year is still a few weeks away but preparations for the 2015 football season will start getting serious this Friday.
"We have had a productive summer. The guys showed a good deal of improvement during passing league contests and conditioning workouts. Now, it is time to put it all together," said Dean Boyd, who will be starting his 18th season as the Bulldogs' head coach.

Local agencies participate in emergency response drill

Local agencies participate in emergency response drill
Last week, more than a dozen local agencies came together at the Marlboro County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to deal with a major disaster: the release of radioactive material from the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Plant in Hartsville.

Kids in county, state at risk

An annual report on the well-being of children ranked Marlboro County near the bottom of South Carolina counties, and South Carolina near the bottom of the country, again this year.
The Kids Count report is a product of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It uses 16 indicators related to four broader areas - economic well-being, education, health, and family and community - to create its annual rankings.

Prayer vigil held on Courthouse square

Prayer vigil held on Courthouse square
The Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP hosted a prayer vigil in memory of the nine victims of the recent church shooting in Charleston on Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m. on the Marlboro County Courthouse Square. This community-wide event was an effort to promote healing and peace within the community. Speakers offered prayers and words of encouragement, and nine candles were lit, one in memory of each of the Charleston victims.
(Photos by Dan McNiel)

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.