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County approves expanding MARTi bus service to Wallace area

  • 11 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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County council members unanimously approved a funding request to expand the MARTi service to the Wallace area at their meeting on Tuesday.
Council member Willie Gladden was absent from the meeting.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said there has been a fair amount of success with the MARTi bus route.
“There is a need for it in the Wallace area,” he said.
To move in that direction, a proposal was made to expand there with the on-demand or the requested service so someone can call to schedule an appointment.
Munnerlyn said it will be a full bus but a smaller one.
“We hope this is a start of another route and maybe a connection to Chesterfield County,” he said.

Celebrating Bennettsville’s Bicentennial

  • 4 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Celebrating Bennettsville’s Bicentennial

McArthur Farms on Highway 38 is celebrating Bennettsville’s bicentennial by creating a corn maze featuring the city’s event logo.  The maze is spread out over 12 acres and has three different pathways to explore.  “We use GPS coordinates and cut out the design when the corn is 12 to 18 inches tall,” explains business owner Rebecca McArthur.  The maze will be open beginning this Saturday and remain in operation through the second weekend in November.  McArthur Farms will be hosting its annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 19.
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Edwards recognized for 42 years with BFD during retirement dinner

  • 4 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Edwards recognized for 42 years with BFD during retirement dinner

After 42 years of service to the Bennettsville Fire Department, Van Edwards retired on June 30.
“It’s a sad time in my life,” he said during his retirement dinner on Sept. 28. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t on the fire department. I can’t remember when I didn’t have a pager attached to my side everywhere I went.
In addition to Edwards and his family, various past and present firefighters were there along with District 2 Bennettsville City Council member Wilhelmina Pegues Gladden and County Council member Willie Gladden.
Edwards became interested in being a fireman in 1973 when the Hotel Powers burned and later when Gold Kist burned.
He knew when he graduated from high school that he was going to join the fire department as a volunteer.
He joined at the age of 20 in February of 1977. Months later, he became a volunteer lieutenant.

Vintage Plane Fly-In is Saturday at the Jetport

  • 4 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Various vintage aircraft will visit Marlboro County for Saturday’s Vintage Plane Fly-In at the H.E. Avent Jetport.
The Jetport is located at 1231 Airport Road.
The free event, which is from 9 a.m-2 p.m., will celebrate the history of World War II Primary Flight Training Facility Palmer Field and the history of aviation in Marlboro County.
Palmer Field was located west of Evans Correctional Institution on Hwy 9 West near Bennettsville.

Faith County II: An Evening of Culture coming next week

  • 4 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Faith County II: An Evening of Culture coming next week

Well, the Marlboro Players are at it again! They’re in Mineola County again, where the Community Theatre is producing Romeo and Juliet. Even though the cast members don’t have their lines memorized, the set isn’t finished, and a dog keeps barking offstage, they’re gonna give it a go! Go and see Faith County II: An Evening of Culture Oct. 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Marlboro Civic Center. Adults are $12 and children (12 and under) are $6. Pictured l-r front: Pamela Grant, Hampton Hubbard; Back row- Sarah Crouch, Fred McDaniel, Katie Brune, Mary Boan, Jennifer Yeager, and Heather Midgley.

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