County spared, but took steps to prepare for Hurricane Irma

County spared, but took steps to prepare for Hurricane Irma
Tropical Storm Irma brought wind gusts and rain as she made her way across Marlboro County Monday night, but the county was spared the more serious issues caused by the massive storm in other areas, with only sporadic power outages and no major damage reported locally.
Late last week, it appeared that then-Hurricane Irma, packing 185-mile-per-hour winds and weighing in as a strong Category 5 storm, might carve a path directly across eastern South Carolina.

First Responders Breakfast postponed

The breakfast hosted by the Herald-Advocate honoring First Responders in Marlboro County that was scheduled for Monday morning, September 11 is being postponed due to Hurricane Irma.  The event will be rescheduled in the next few weeks.

Local performers getting ready

Local performers getting ready
The Marlboro Players announce their cast for the upcoming performance of Oliver, which will be at the Marlboro Civic Center on October 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. nightly. Tickets will be available for patrons beginning October 9 and to the general public October 16.

Community kicks off March of Dimes’ 2017 March for Babies campaign

Community kicks off March of Dimes’ 2017 March for Babies campaign
Community members came together last Thursday, August 31, to kick off the March of Dimes’ 2017 Chesterfield-Marlboro March for Babies.
The march itself will take place Saturday, November 4, from First United Methodist Church in Bennettsville. Between now and then, teams of family members, friends and co-workers will raise money to help meet this year’s fundraising goal of $58,000.
March for Babies, previously called WalkAmerica, is the nation’s oldest fundraising and awareness walk, raising almost $2.5 billion since its inception in 1970 to fund research and programs aimed at preventing premature births, birth defects and infant deaths.

MCHS - Scotland game cancelled

Due to a tornado watch that is in effect through game time, the Bulldogs' annual grudge-match with Scotland County won't happen this year.  The game had been moved to Thursday, in hopes of missing the bad weather.  However, a thunderstorm hit Bennettsville very near the 7 p.m. scheduled kickoff.  The coaches then rescheduled the contest back to the initial start time of 7:30 Friday night.

With storms again in the forecast and now the tornado watch, MCHS athletic director and head football coach Dean Boyd cancelled the game shortly after 2 p.m. today.

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