Volunteers work to help the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville continue its mission

  • 26 October 2019
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Volunteers work to help the Community Kitchen of Bennettsville continue its mission

Since it opened earlier this year, Community Kitchen of Bennettsville has fed hundreds with the help of community volunteers.
Last weekend, more than 85 volunteers from Domtar, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the community came together to help founders Roger and Anne Griggs with the next phase for the Community Kitchen.
“The Community Kitchen took care of the part of feeding people that are less fortunate,” Griggs said. “We still had it on our hearts about helping people keep warm during the coldest times.”
The Student Conservation Association is a non-profit group whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment.
Volunteers worked on the courtyard beside the Community Kitchen by putting together picnic benches, tables, hanging sun shade sails, painting the trash cans as well as setting up greenery in the planters.
Griggs said when the courtyard is completed, space heaters will be placed there. The benches will be wide enough and big enough for people to sleep on them during the coldest winter nights. 

Trunk or Treat is Saturday on Courthouse Square

  • 26 October 2019
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A variety of Halloween activities are happening in the days leading up to Halloween on Oct. 31.
Trunk or Treat is Saturday at the Marlboro County Courthouse Square from 2-5 p.m.
The event is presented by the city of Bennettsville, Marlboro County, Marian Wright Edelman Public Library and the Bennettsville Fire Department.
A fun alternative to trick or treating will allow  children the opportunity to collect candy trunk-to-trunk from local businesses, organizations and community groups.
There will also be costume contests, games, music, and food vendors.
Also 500 hot dogs and drinks to children will be handed out and there will be a prize for the best decorated trunk.
Tickled Tots and the Marlboro School Community Center will present the Tickles and Scares Halloween Partyout from 5-9 p.m. October 31.
It is for ages toddler to 13. 
Organizers will have Halloween themed refreshments, desserts, drinks, and more. 
There will also be various  fun games, candy, giveaways, and even character appearances for the toddlers. 

Slave Dwelling Project gives a voice to enslaved people by telling their stories

  • 17 October 2019
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Slave Dwelling Project gives a voice to enslaved people by telling their stories

Joseph McGill doesn’t want people to forget about slavery.
He has traveled to more than 90 sites in 24  states to spotlight the experiences of enslaved people.
McGill brought the Slave Dwelling Project to Bennettsville last weekend, where he slept in the Jennings-Brown House.
The Slave Dwelling Project was part of the Bennettsville Bicentennial Celebration.
“The Slave Dwelling Project is about finding slave dwellings wherever they exist and asking the owners if you can spend the night in those spaces,” McGill said.
He added not a lot of attention is paid to those places.

Lady Dragons have learning season

  • 17 October 2019
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Lady Dragons have learning season

The Marlboro Academy girls' tennis team recently wrapped up their season.  It was a rebuilding and learning season for the Lady Dragons.
"We had a very inexperienced team and didn't have any seniors on the squad.  The girls had fun learning the basics of tennis," said Phyllis Hubbard, who coached the squad this fall.
"The progress that the girls made was obvious and our matches became much more competitive as the season went on," she said.
One of the most helpful tools that the Dragons now have is a new hitting machine to use in practice which was purchased by two of the families.

Tea Talk allows adults insight into teenagers’ issues

  • 17 October 2019
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Tea Talk allows adults insight into teenagers’ issues

More than 40 adults came together Monday evening to talk about ways to help support and nurture Marlboro County teens.
It was part of the Tea Talk sponsored Tea Time with Teens and Fact Forward (formerly known as the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) to help adults to discuss issues that impact teens.
Asiya Jones, who was part of the program, said those issues were love, sex, and relationships.
“Teens are challenged each day with issues,” she said. “Many do not have trusting adults who they can confide in and speak with.”
Jones encouraged those in the room to be those adults and provide information to them. The goal of the program was to have them as caring adults to reflect on ways to support teens in the community.
Rev. Judith Knox, the pastor of Trinity UMC who provided the invocation and other blessings, was glad to see so many adults there.
“And you are willing to serve and help our young people make good decisions so they can do what is good, pleasing and right,” she said.
The event was to provide a setting to help adults know how to communicate with young people about love, sex, relationships, and other topics.
Attendees were seated at various tables and had a chance to do an activity together.
Educator Portia Clare did a 45-minute activity to demonstrate how to “Build a Teen” Tea Talk. 

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