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
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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.

Lt. Gov. Evette comes to county to motivate officials for Census Day of Action

  • 18 June 2020
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Lt. Gov. Evette comes to county to motivate officials for Census Day of Action

Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette wanted everyone to know that the census affects all of our lives.
“Every county in South Carolina needs to be counted,” she said.
Evette spoke during the Marlboro County Census Call to Action community meeting Monday at the Bennettsville Community Center.
South Carolina is 39th in the country for its response to the 2020 Census.
“Most of our programs are federally funded,” Evette said.
Her goal was for 10,000 South Carolina households to complete the census during Wednesday’s South Carolina Census Day of Action.
This would represent an approximate two-percent increase in the state’s census response.
On Wednesday, volunteers were all over the county at locations encouraging people to complete their 2020 Census.
Everett noted everyone would have to live with the consequences of these numbers for the next 10-years especially when we are making important changes in our state with broadband, roads, schools, and healthcare.

‘Drive-in’ fireworks set for June 27

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The City of Bennettsville's annual Independence Day Fireworks show will go on as planned next Saturday, June 27 at Lake Paul Wallace.  The 20-minute show will begin at 9:30.
"We believe that our community deserves to have this celebration.  Of course, there have to be restrictions in place to enforce social distancing but we have made accommodations that will allow us to continue this tradition," said Elisabeth McNiel, the director of Tourism, Parks and Recreation for the city.
They are calling this year's show "drive-in fireworks."
"Unlike previous years, there won't be activities on the beach or a band to entertain the crowd prior to the show.  Everyone will be asked to stay in or at their vehicles to watch the fireworks," she said.
To enhance viewing from other locations, the show's soundtrack will be broadcast on a low-power FM station.

BPD seeks information on two cold cases from December 2018 and July 2019

  • 18 June 2020
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BPD seeks information on two cold cases from December 2018 and July 2019

Bennettsville police are seeking the public’s help in solving two cold cases in 2018 and 2019.
According to Lt. Larry Turner of the Bennettsville Police Department, officials are releasing surveillance footage of a person(s) of interest in connection with burglary and larceny of Pizza Hut and Floyd’s Jewelry on December 29, 2018, during the early morning hours. 
The vehicle driven by the individual appears to be a newer model Chrysler 200. 
Turner said if anyone could identify the person(s) or the vehicle, contact the Bennettsville Police Department at 843-479-3620 or Det. Kel Hall at 843-544-7091. Turner noted all information would be kept confidential.

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