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Marlboro Board of Education approves two options for 2020-21 school year

  • 24 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro Board of Education approves two options for 2020-21 school year

Marlboro County Board of Education approved two options for the upcoming 2020-21 school year at a special called meeting Tuesday.
The options are the Marlboro County School District Virtual Academy and what the district administration is calling Traditional School-Option 2A (personalized learning).
Board members approved Sept. 2 as the first day of school with the Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) days taking place on Aug. 24-28.
All students in grades 4K-12, even those enrolled in the Virtual Academy, must be involved in LEAP days. Students will be brought into the schools on a staggered schedule for teachers to do assessments and for electronic learning devices to be distributed.
The Virtual Academy is for parents who do not feel other options will be safe for their students. It is open to students in grades 1–12 and is a continuous online learning platform where students will receive instruction, grades, and be counted present or absent each day regardless of the COVID-19 cases.
 As of press time, 1,150 students were enrolled in the academy. There are 3,850 students in the district.

Bulldog schedule revised, practice to start August 17

  • 24 July 2020
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Bulldog schedule revised, practice to start August 17

With a more defined plan, the Marlboro County High football team will soon resume workouts for the upcoming season.  The Bulldogs will start conditioning on Monday, August 3 for the season that will now begin in mid-September.
"We stopped our workouts on the week of July 4th, just to get some clarity from the High School League about how the season would be held.  Now we have that and we'll be back to work soon," said head coach Bobby Collins.
Last week, the South Carolina High School League announced that football would be reduced to a seven-game regular season that will begin September 11.  The region games will be moved to the first five contests of the season, allowing some flexibility in getting those playoff-determining games in.
The playoffs are scheduled to begin October 30, with the state championships being played before Thanksgiving.

John Murray celebrates 55 years at Marley

  • 24 July 2020
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John Murray celebrates 55 years at Marley

When John Murray first started at Marley on July 9, 1965, he was making $2.75 an hour and was 24 years old.
At the time, it was only the second job that he had ever had in his life.
And now, it is a job that Murray has held for 55 years. 
It stems from a work ethic instilled in the Marlboro County native by his parents and family from a young age.
“All of my family were strong workers. I just got it in my blood,” he said.
A welder, Murray has worked for 61 years in total and could have retired years ago but he sees no reason.

City council approves repair to fire truck

  • 24 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bennettsville City Council Tuesday evening approved money to repair the fire department's lone ladder truck.
Fire Chief Chris Burks explained to the council that the truck recently had a required inspection by the American Test Center of River Falls, Wisconsin.  Issues were found on the truck, which was purchased last year from the Fountain Inn Fire Department.
"When we agreed to purchase the truck, it had passed the yearly inspection and was certified.  This test was a five-year inspection, which is more in depth," said Burks.
Since failing the inspection, the truck has been taken out of duty.  Burks informed the council that the repairs will cost $34,147.10.
Having a ladder truck, Burks explained, is important for fighting fires at not only a multi-story building but at any large structure such as a manufacturing site or sprawling store building.  Also, having a ladder truck in service aids with the insurance rating for home owners in the area.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church held produce giveaway Saturday

  • 24 July 2020
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Ebenezer United Methodist Church held produce giveaway Saturday

Last weekend, COVID-19 didn’t stop members of Ebenezer United Methodist Church from continuing their mission to help the community.
Church member Patsy Herndon said the giveaway had nothing to do with the pandemic but continuing with their mission to help others. For a few hours, people drove up and received the bags.
The event stemmed from a mission, which is the brainchild of Patricia Quick and Tammy Goings, who saw a need to feed others.
Goings said it was through the women’s group that they established a missions group that gives food away.
Donations come from members of the congregation bringing in food monthly and Campbell Soup Company.

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