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Manna Boxes Services provides nutritious food to families, seniors in need

  • 24 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Manna Boxes Services provides nutritious food to families, seniors in need

For the nine women and children staying at New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, the Manna Boxes Service Project from the nonprofit Our Children-Their Future has been a godsend.
In its first month in August, the project served  200  homes.
The goals of the project are to supplement the food shortfalls of children, their families, and seniors, disabled, sick, shut-in, veterans, and food-insecure individuals in the isolated rural communities severely impacted by this pandemic. 
Desiree Tolson of New Beginnings Transitional Shelter said it has been very helpful to the shelter by providing the women and children with food, fresh fruit, and vegetables. 
“They are very thankful and very blessed to receive it,” Tolson said.

Bulldogs ready to open season at Manning

  • 24 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs ready to open season at Manning

After months of playing the "will they or won't they play" game, it is finally game week for public high school teams in South Carolina.
"We are excited to get this season started, even if it is a month later than normal," said Marlboro County High head coach Bobby Collins.
All teams will open the season by playing their region contests.  For the Bulldogs, that means jumping into action in a new region, against teams that they haven't faced in years.
The season starts with a trip to Manning, who Marlboro last played in 2015.  That game was the most lopsided victory in Bulldog history, a 61-0 win over the Monarchs.
However, both programs have changed coaches since that blowout.  Manning, in fact, has had two coaching changes since the 2015 game.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the season, not just about the opening opponent.

Marlboro’s census response rate is ranked 27th in the state

  • 18 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County ranks 27 among the 46 counties for its percentage of households counted for the 2020 Census.
As of Sept. 11, South Carolina ranked 46 among the 50 states. Idaho is ranked at number one while Alabama is ranked last.
South Carolina is at 59.6 percent.
According to a recent U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee report, South Carolina could lose $40.3 million in annual federal healthcare, job training, and education funding, if there is just one percent undercount. 
Rev. Doris Smith, pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, said she often hears people complaining about why there isn’t anything in the county. She wanted to remind people the money follows the numbers. 

County has seventh COVID-19 death

  • 17 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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County has seventh COVID-19 death

On Monday, Marlboro County had its seventh COVID-19 related death.
 The death, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, occurred in a middle-aged individual.
In the last week, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed 45 new cases with 121 active cases.
The active cases can be found in the following zipcodes: 29512 (Bennettsville), 80; 29516 (Blenheim), 1; 29525 (Clio), 2; 29570 (McColl), 33; 29594 (Tatum), 0; 29596 (Wallace), 2; and 3, unknown.
The county has 843  overall cases.
In the state, there are 131,428 confirmed cases, and 2,968 confirmed deaths.

Vote split on forensic audit for bond referendum money by board of education

  • 17 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County Board of Education voted 5-1-1 on Monday evening to have a forensic audit of the 2018 $10 million bond referendum completed.
Board member Katherine Manville made the motion with Vice Chairman Michael Coachman seconding it.
Vice Chairman Michael Coachman and board members Jackie Branch, Macky Norton, Manville,  and Nan Fleming voted yes. Board member Rev. James Smith voted no and Chairman Larry McNeil abstained.
Board Secretary Janice Bright and member Danny Driggers were not present for the vote.
Later in the meeting, Branch asked McNeil and Coachman to select three firms to use for the forensic audit and bring to the board for approval.
McNeil said they would meet with the board attorneys to get it done.

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