Red Cross has blood drive in library parking lot

  • 6 August 2020
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Red Cross has blood drive in library parking lot

The American Red Cross held a socially distanced blood drive Tuesday in the parking lot of Marian Wright Edelman  Public Library. Officials only allowed three donors  inside at a time to donate. Here Angela Bears, left, has her blood pressure taken by phlebotomist Carolyn Braddy before donating. Officials said 23 donated with 19 units collected. The ARC is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Test results will be available to donors via the Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org within seven to 10 days. To donate, visit the ARC website to sign up for a blood drive. Upcoming blood drives include 2:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Marlboro Academy; 2-7 p.m. Sept. 18 at McColl Pentecostal Holiness Church; and 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at S.C. Department of Transportation.
 

BOE decides against putting bond referendum on November ballot

  • 6 August 2020
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Marlboro County Board of Education decided against placing a question on the November ballot for a $15 million bond referendum.
The Board of Education had to deliver a referendum question to the Voter Registration office by Aug. 15.
If the question had been approved, it would have been increasing taxes between 11.5 and  13 mills.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord felt the voters should decide whether $15 million will be enough to keep the district moving in the right direction.
Some of the possible uses of the money would have been improving HVAC systems.
Voters approved a $10 million general obligation bond in November of 2018 for the Marlboro County School District. It was done without a millage increase.
“Where would the condition of our buildings be right now?” McCord asked. “They would be in much worse shape because we would not have done anything.”
 David Loadholt,  construction project manager   for the district, made a presentation about the 2018 Bond Referendum project. He talked about the various projects and how the $10 million bonds had been used to take care of $15 million worth of projects for the district.

This year summer school is done through virtual means

  • 6 August 2020
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This year summer school is done through virtual means

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live, work, and learn. This is the first of an occasional series that will look at our new normal in the COVID-19 era.

BLENHEIM  —  Blenheim Middle School of Discovery teacher Keydareon Graham went into uncharted territory this summer with several other teachers.
The group taught students during the Summer Learning Academy for Marlboro County School District for students grades K-8.
Each morning for three weeks, Graham arrived at his classroom, got his laptop ready to log into Google Meet to greet his students.
Graham was in the classroom but his students were in their homes.
A seventh grade math teacher at BMSD, he has been teaching for three and a half years.
“This is uncharted territory,” Graham said. “I was very nervous to do any kind of learning on a digital platform.”

MEC’s Power to Serve committee helps fathers become great dads

  • 30 July 2020
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MEC’s Power to Serve committee helps fathers become great dads

U.S. Census figures indicate that over 18 million children live in households with only their mother, and one in every four American adolescents is growing up without a father.
A study by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that children from fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 70% of incarcerated juveniles, 75% of adolescent patients in substance abuse centers, and 90% of all homeless and runaway youth. What’s more, when fathers are involved, their children are twice as likely to go to college and 75% less likely to experience teen pregnancy.

Clio mayor, town council sworn into office, hold first meeting

  • 30 July 2020
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Clio mayor, town council sworn into office, hold first meeting

CLIO  —  The new mayor of Clio and council members were sworn in before the July 23 meeting.
Outgoing Mayor Joe Kinney said it was bittersweet.
“But we realize that the political process moves on," he said. “We are all needed and connected in a very special way.”
He added it would take everyone coming together to make the community a loving and caring place to live.
Mayor Ben Petrone and council members were sworn in by Judge Mark Heath.
The invocation was given by Rev. James Smith of Greater Saint James Baptist Church.
After he was sworn in, Petrone thanked everyone who voted and supported him. 

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