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Fourth of July fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks
The city of Bennettsville's Recreation Department hosted its first Fourth of July celebration Saturday evening at Lake Paul Wallace. The event started at 7 p.m. with dancing in the sand and music provided by Clay Brown & the Legends Band and DG Entertainment. That was followed by what organizers called the largest computerized/scripted fireworks show in the Pee Dee, which began at dusk. Food vendors were also on site. City officials hope this will be an annual event.
(Photos courtesy
of Tracey Norton)

Former residents killed in Rock Hill triple murder

Former Marlboro County Administrator Anna Hubbard Moore and her son, Jason Lockamy, will be laid to rest Saturday in Clio.
They, along with Lockamy's girlfriend, Lora Young, were shot to death Sunday, July 5, at the Moore home in Rock Hill. Authorities say Moore's husband, 55-year-old Randy Eugene Moore, shot and killed them before turning the gun on himself.

School board discusses PARD funding, support for Walker Park

School board discusses PARD funding, support for Walker Park
Murdell Walker McFarlin traveled from Atlanta to appear before the Marlboro County Board of Education this week, asking the board to support her dream of developing and upgrading Walker Park.
Walker Park is next to the former Bennettsville Elementary/Eastside High School on North Cook Street. It is named for McFarlin's parents, the late Floyd and Tomasena Walker, who were longtime educators in the community.

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July
The Herald-Advocate office will be closed for summer vacation July 1 - July 7, re-opening on July 8.

If you're in the mood for some fireworks this Fourth of July, you won't have to look very far; fireworks displays and community celebrations are being planned in two areas of the county.

SC Teacher of the Year visits her hometown, reflects on her year

SC Teacher of the Year visits her hometown, reflects on her year
It's been a whirlwind year for McColl native Jennifer Geddie Ainsworth.
A special education teacher at Socastee High School, Ainsworth was honored to become South Carolina's 2015 Teacher of the Year. In that role, she spent the last school year traveling around the state and beyond as an ambassador for public education.
She visited schools all over South Carolina with two of her students, Savannah and Ezra, by her side, spreading the message of awareness and respect for those with intellectual disabilities.
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