School board approves moving students out of BIS

  • 8 December 2017
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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This week, the Marlboro County Board of Education voted to vacate Bennettsville Intermediate School over the Christmas holidays, moving fifth graders to Clio and grades three and four to Marlboro County High.
That happened at the regular monthly board meeting Monday by a 6-1 vote, with two members abstaining (defined as declining to vote either for or against a motion).

Planting a tree for Arbor Day

  • 8 December 2017
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Planting a tree for Arbor Day

The city of Bennettsville celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, December 1, with the planting of a tree. Arbor Day is always the first Friday in December in South Carolina. As a member of Tree City USA, a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and S.C. Forestry Commission, the city always joins in by planting a tree. This year, it was planted next to the Bennettsville Fire Department’s sign, behind city hall, in memory of Linda Stevens McDaniel, who had passed away that week. She was the mother of the city’s assistant fire chief, Steven McDaniel, and the city chose to honor their friend and co-worker. For the second year, children from the First United Methodist Church four-year-old Head Start program (above) helped out with the planting.
(Photo by Lynn McQueen)

Clio Rural Fire Department opens new Eastside Fire Station

  • 8 December 2017
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Clio Rural Fire Department opens new Eastside Fire Station

A crowd gathered at Clio Rural Fire Department’s brand-new Eastside Station Tuesday, December 5, for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The station is located at 612 South Main Street. It replaces an old, outdated facility that was in poor condition and inadequate for the volunteer firefighters and equipment it housed.

Decking the halls

Decking the halls
City of Bennettsville employees were spotted this week putting Christmas lights up in the trees in the downtown area, including this one on North Marlboro Street near the municipal parking lot. 

(Photo by Dan McNiel)

County in incipient drought status

Lower than normal rainfall over the past two months led the S.C. Drought Response Committee to upgrade the drought status of 15 South Carolina counties, including Marlboro.
The committee made this decision on Monday, November 27.
The 15 counties now considered to be in the incipient drought stage are: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Chesterfield, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Hampton, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Richland, and York.
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