McMaster creates accelerateSC, opens public beach access, some businesses

  • 23 April 2020
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McMaster creates accelerateSC, opens public beach access, some businesses

COLUMBIA – Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 to South Carolina’s economy, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday, the creation of accelerateSC, a coordinated economic revitalization plan involving small and large business leaders, healthcare professionals, local government officials, and education professionals.
The plan consists of five components of analysis and effort: Response, Protection, Governance, Resources, and Information. 
He also issued an executive order 2020-28, which removes restrictions on public access points to the state’s beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs, while delegating to local officials the authority to restrict access, as they see fit.
Piers at 13 state lakes operated by DNR will also remain closed as McMaster loosens restrictions on public access to beaches and waterways. Piers at Lake Paul Wallace will remain closed.

Arauco permanently closing MDF plant

  • 23 April 2020
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Arauco North America has announced that it will permanently close the medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant in Marlboro County, effective May 18.
The closure was first reported by the wood products industry news website Woodworking Network.
According to the report, the plant is currently not in production due to market conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The plant is located next to Domtar Paper, on Willamette Road.  Arauco also operates a particleboard plant in Marlboro County, across Willamette Road from Domtar and the MDF plants.

Local volunteers work to make masks

  • 23 April 2020
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Local volunteers work to make masks

People around the county, state, and nation are pulling out sewing machines to solve a problem during the COVID-19 pandemic — the need for masks.
Alisha McRae of Clio wanted to do something to help her sister, who works in Philadelphia.
“I really wanted her to have some kind of protection,” she said.
So McRae started sewing. She also had others asking her to make them.
In the past two weeks, she has made about 80 masks and donated over 20 to essential workers and the elderly. 
“This is definitely one way to give back to the community and that’s why I’m donating two masks for every five sold,” McRae said.
Sewing is something she has always loved to do. While in college, she  sewed handbags.
Now she makes custom dresses at Dreams By Danielle Boutique. 

Bunch’s Garden Shop and Nursery is named April Business of the Month

  • 23 April 2020
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Bunch’s Garden Shop and Nursery is named April Business of the Month

The Marlboro Chamber of Commerce has announced Bunch’s Garden Shop and Nursery as the April 2020 Business of the Month.
Opened in 1959 by Jim and Rosa Bunch, Bunch’s has been the go-to store for plants and landscaping in Marlboro County. 
Currently run by Glenn Bunch, who took over for his parents five years ago so they could retire, Bunch’s remains a treasure trove of knowledge and advice for all of your landscaping needs. 
That’s what makes them unique in Marlboro County, this family-run business loves to interact with their customers, take the time to figure out their needs and gardening abilities, and find the right plants for them. 

NETC receives grant to promote economic development in Marlboro County

  • 16 April 2020
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NETC receives grant to promote economic development in Marlboro County

Northeastern Technical College (NETC) is improving access to education to develop the workforce in Marlboro County. 
NETC was awarded $4.4 million in an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to establish a workforce training center in Bennettsville. 
The EDA grant, combined with $1.1 million in local investment, will infuse $5.5 million to be used for economic development workforce education in the community.
“Access to higher education in rural areas is essential to building a 21st-century workforce. I appreciate the work Northeastern Technical College is doing to promote economic growth,” said Senator Lindsey Graham in a press release.
NETC will use the funds to complete phase two of the renovation of the former Winn-Dixie facility and include two expansions, totaling 18,000 additional square feet, of the existing building on the Marlboro Campus. 

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