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Registrations going slowly for recreation department

Registrations going slowly for recreation department
In most cases, the last thing that the staff at the Marlboro County Recreation Department wants is a bunch of last minute registrations for one of their sports programs.
However, with sign-ups way off, that is just what they are hoping.  Registration for fall sports - soccer, football and cheerleading -  is scheduled to end Monday at 5 p.m.
"We don't have an explanation for it, but, as of the moment, we...

Bennettsville Police Department works with firearms simulator

Bennettsville Police Department  works with firearms simulator
Last week, officers with the Bennettsville Police Department experienced a number of situations in which they had to make split-second, potentially life-and-death decisions regarding when, and if, to use their weapons.
But these situations didn't happen on the street; they happened in the classroom.
Approximately 30 police officers went through two days of FATS training, conducted by retired NC deputy sheriff John...

Bennettsville couple on a mission to make county healthier

Bennettsville couple on a mission to make county healthier
Demarcus and Bobbie Ford knew that healthy eating could change their lives, but they only recently realized just how much. 
Less than two years ago, they were living separate lives, Demarcus in Atlanta and Bobbie in Bennettsville, knowing of each other but not knowing each other, and probably not living their lives to the fullest.
Through a health boot camp in Atlanta, Demarcus started making healthier food choices and losing...

Fresh produce

Fresh produce
Summertime means the Marlboro County Farmers Market is in full swing, with local vegetable producers peddling their wares every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Farmers Market is located at 500 Broad Street in Bennettsville. Hours of operation are: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors accept WIC, SFMNP and SNAP. Pictured above, producers try to stay cool on a recent afternoon while a customer shops for the perfect...

Food pantry in desperate need of supplies

The Bread of Life Food Pantry has been in operation for 20 years and, for the first time in those 20 years, is facing the possibility of closing their doors because the food supplies are almost gone.
This not for profit 501(c)3 charitable organization serves approximately 700 people each month. In 2013, they served over 7,400 people. 2014 numbers are already higher as unemployment benefits are expiring. Each family is provided what most would consider barely...