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Dr. Jamane Watson is named new principal of Marlboro County High School

  • 9 July 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Dr. Jamane Watson is named new principal of Marlboro County High School

As Dr. Jamane Watson walked through the halls of Marlboro County High School, it was still a surreal feeling for him.
Watson, a 1996 graduate of the school, was named the new principal on June 30.
“It’s an unreal feeling,” he said. “It hasn’t set in yet that I am the principal of Marlboro County High School.” 
And Watson is grateful to be able to directly give back to the community that gave to him.
“Marlboro County High School created the man that I am today with the rich traditions and the educators that I had,” he said.
Watson has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of education in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Previously, he was an assistant principal at Lumberton Senior High School.

Happy July 4th

  • 30 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Happy July 4th

The July 2 edition of the Herald-Advocate was printed early so the staff can have a long Independence Day weekend.  Our office will be closed from Wednesday, July 1 until Tuesday, July 7.  We hope you have a safe and fun July 4th.

Guardedly optimistic - Bulldogs hope to be able to play football this fall

  • 25 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Guardedly optimistic - Bulldogs hope to be able to play football this fall

Amid constant reminders of the coronavirus pandemic, athletic activity has begun to return to Marlboro County High School.
The Bulldog football team began summer activities this week, with morning conditioning and training on fundamentals.
"This is just very different," said head coach Bobby Collins, who then pauses to remind a group of players to remain six feet apart.
"We are working in small groups of about eight players each.  They have one coach working with that group and he has to keep on a mask.  We aren't using any equipment or balls, anything that they can touch," said Collins.

Banners, sign up in Bennettsville

  • 25 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Banners, sign up in Bennettsville

Downtown Bennettsville got a bit more colorful on Wednesday.  The Gulf sign at the corner of Market and Liberty Streets was re-erected.  The sign, which commemorates the African-American business district that once thrived there, had been knocked down by a delivery truck earlier this year.  Also, new banners were hung on downtown light posts.  The banners show a dove with a red, white and blue wing and carry the words “Peace on Earth.”
Photos by Dan McNiel

Anna Short Harrington (1897-1955) - The Aunt Jemima story

  • 25 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Anna Short Harrington (1897-1955) - The Aunt Jemima story

Editor's note -  Last week it was announced that the Quaker Oats company is "retiring" its Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mixes and syrups due to pressure over the racial stereotype presented by the packaging.  The Aunt Jemima line has a connection with Marlboro County, as one of the ladies hired to portray the fictional cook was Anna Short Harrington, a native of the Wallace area.  
Aliyah Perkins, who is the great-great niece of Harrington, contacted the Herald-Advocate, regarding her relative's place in history.
"We don't want the company to take the Aunt Jemima name away," Perkins said in regards to her family's feelings on the decision to re-brand the product line.  "It is like they are erasing her from history."
The following is an article by local historian John Troy McQueen about Anna Short Harrington.  It originally appeared in the December 25, 2014 edition of the Herald-Advocate.

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