Town of Clio and Special Marlboro County District 5 elections moved to July 14

  • 14 May 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Gov. Henry McMaster signed a law Wednesday that will allow all voters in the state to vote absentee in the June 9 primary and June 23 runoffs.  
The provision expires on July 1 and does not apply to any elections after that date.
When voting in the June Primary, you must choose which party affiliation you want to vote in (Democratic or Republican).  
You will not be able to vote in both.

MCSD turns brick and mortar education to virtual learning

  • 14 May 2020
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MCSD turns brick and mortar education to virtual learning

Days before Gov. Henry McMaster closed schools in mid-March, Marlboro County School District officials saw the possibility it might have to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bennettsville Intermediate School Principal Crystal Halma said she and other administrators talked with Dr. Kakela Robinson, chief of staff for the district, and Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord about putting a plan in place. It initially started with having teachers prepare two weeks of online lessons in case something happened.
By the time, they received the call on March 15 that McMaster was closing all schools in the state, the district was ready.
By Tuesday, everything was up and running.
MCSD is using Google Classroom as the platform. 

Four injured in shooting, suspect under arrest

  • 11 May 2020
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Four injured in shooting, suspect under arrest

Monday morning, Bennettsville Police arrested a man on four counts of attempted murder.
Johnathan Jenkins was arrested on four counts of attempted murder, discharging a weapon into a motor vehicle, and the possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime after the incident Monday morning at Marlboro Court Apartments on Oakwood Street in Bennettsville.
According to Lt. Larry Turner of the Bennettsville Police Department, Jenkins fired multiple shots into a vehicle with victims inside of it.

Millie Grooms understands the importance of being essential during pandemic

  • 7 May 2020
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Millie Grooms understands the importance of being essential during pandemic

Twenty-three years ago, Millie Grooms took the oath to be a nurse.
She knew at the time that she would be put in situations that would test her but nothing like COVID-19.
“We have had bad flu seasons but nothing compared to the COVID-19 and the challenges we have to face daily,” she said.
Grooms has been at CareSouth Carolina for 17 years, where she is a nursing technical advisor. New hires come to her for training.
With her, they learn about CareSouth policies and procedures. The fundamental things are taught in nursing school but one of the main things taught by Grooms is electronic medical records. 
“Everything now is put in the computer,” she said. 
Grooms went into nursing because of her love for helping others. 
She has seen many changes in the medical field such as telehealth medicine.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurses and health care workers.
Grooms said she has learned about what essential means and being on the front lines. 

MCHS graduation to be July 11

  • 7 May 2020
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Marlboro County High School will have a modified graduation ceremony on July 11 for the Class of 2020, the district announced this week.
The in-person ceremony will be limited to students with two guests at 8 a.m.
The ceremony will follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines.
The inclement weather date is 8 a.m., Saturday, July 18.
Through a senior class survey, students preferred traditional summer graduation rather than a drive-in or online ceremony.
All gates will open at 6:30 a.m.,  and graduation will begin at 8 a.m. sharp.

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