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  • County has seventh COVID-19 death

    County has seventh COVID-19 death

    On Monday, Marlboro County had its seventh COVID-19 related death.
     The death, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, occurred in a middle-aged...

  • Bulldogs scrimmage Socastee, travel to Cheraw Saturday

    Bulldogs scrimmage Socastee, travel to Cheraw Saturday

    With the regular season just over a week away, the Marlboro County High football team is putting the finishing touches on their abbreviated preseason drills.
    Last Saturday, the Bulldogs...

  • Fires under investigation

    Fires under investigation

    Firefighters worked to put out a structure fire at a business on Sept. 4 on Broad Street. The fire is currently under investigation by the Bennettsville Fire Department and SLED. Blenheim, Clio...

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County continues to work on details for internet plan

  • 14 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 299

Marlboro County Council got a brief update on the CARES Act broadband project at its Tuesday meeting.
The county received $883,000 from the SC CARES act funds.
The funds will be used as a 50-50 match with Sandhill Communications to run fiber optic cable to Blenheim, Clio, McColl, and improve infrastructure in Bennettsville.
Sandhill Telephone Cooperative worked with the county in the project to be able to bring high-speed Internet to many areas of the county.
County Administrator Ron Munnerlyn said they have had many inquires as to where the service will be extended.
“We are hopeful that information can be shared soon,” he said.
The state has mandated all work be completed by mid-December. 

Terry Freeman is the new police chief for the town of McColl

  • 14 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 537
Terry Freeman is the new police chief for the town of McColl

McCOLL  —  The new police chief in McColl is a very familiar face.
Terry Freeman was named the new chief on Aug. 11. He had served as acting chief since Billy Stubbs left.
A native of Marlboro County, he grew up in Bennettsville but now lives in McColl.
Freeman has been in law enforcement for almost 16 years and has only worked for two departments during his career- Bennettsville Police Department and the McColl Police Department.
Being in law enforcement was something he always thought of doing. Initially, he put in an application to the BPD when he was 21 but never got a callback. He went to work at the Delta Mills in Wallace.

Bennettsville Police arrest man on drug charges near a school

Jarick Thomas was arrested after a drug search warrant was executed at his home on Thursday. 

MCSD officials share information about school reopening on Zoom meeting

  • 3 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 962
MCSD officials share information about school reopening on Zoom meeting

A Community Virtual Zoom meeting Tuesday updated parents, community, and others about the start of the 2020-21 school year for the Marlboro County School District.
Led by Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord, the meeting was to make sure each person in our community was fully aware of what we are doing to keep everyone safe at all times.
It included updates on COVID-19, technology, partnerships, lunch program, extracurriculars, and cleaning and disinfection.
Students returned to school on Wednesday. They will go to school one day a week face-to-face. The other four days will be completed using a virtual platform.
The numbers in the classrooms will be 10-12 per class. McCord said it will allow teachers to keep everyone adequately spread apart from one another.

B’ville man faces charges after shooting

  • 3 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 566

A Bennettsville man faces several charges after a shooting at an apartment complex.
Members of the Bennettsville Police Department Detective Division arrested Calvonte Zimmerman, 21, on Monday for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, obstruction of justice, breach of peace, and discharging a firearm within the city limits of Bennettsville. 
According to Lt. Larry Turner, Zimmerman is alleged to have shot at an individual on Monday evening, while the individual was standing outside of an apartment complex.
Zimmerman was taken into custody at a residence in Darlington County several hours later by the Darlington County Sheriffs Office and Bennettsville Police Department without incident.


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