Congratulations to Marlboro Chamber of Commerce’s July 2021 Business of the Month- The Marlboro Publishing Company! A cornerstone of the community, they have been in business since 1931; making them one of the longest-running businesses in Marlboro County. Marlboro Publishing Company is the parent organization of both the Herald-Advocate community newspaper and Pee Dee Life regional magazine.

The Marlboro County Herald was started by Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Kinney in 1931. It was originally located on Liberty Street in the building now occupied by the Midgley Agency. In 1952, the Kinneys purchased the Pee Dee Advocate, the other Bennettsville newspaper, which traced its roots back to 1874, merging the names of the papers to the Marlboro Herald-Advocate. The office moved to the corner of Liberty and McColl Street, which had been the home of the Pee Dee Advocate. Stationery (that has since expanded into a complete gift shop) and job printing businesses were added at that time. In 1953, Marlboro Publishing Company purchased the McColl Messenger newspaper. The McColl Messenger operated as a separate publication for many years before being added to the Herald-Advocate as a separate section. The senior Kinneys sold the business to their son, Bill Kinney Jr. in 1972. In 1984, Kinney purchased and renovated “Shiness,” a 1902 cotton merchant’s home at the corner of Fayetteville Avenue and Broad Street that remains The Marlboro Publishing Company’s home today. In 2014, Dan and Elisabeth McNiel bought her father’s interest in the company. Dan McNiel is the current publisher and editor of the newspaper. In 2019, Marlboro Publishing Company introduced Pee Dee Life magazine, which highlights the culture of the six-county Pee Dee area of the state.
The Marlboro Publishing Company plays a vital role in the Marlboro communities by keeping readers up-to-date on local events, benefiting businesses by connecting them to end users, strengthening communities, and keeping readers abreast of national and global events. We would like to thank them for their commitment to their community and congratulate them once again on being the Business of the Month!

Located at 100 Fayetteville Avenue, Bennettsville, SC 29512
Operating hours are from 8:30am-5pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am-3pm on Friday.
They can be reached at 843-479-3815.

Consulla Hubbard Hamilton

August 12, 1932 ~ July 6, 2021 (age 88)

Consulla Hubbard Hamilton of 706 Lakeshore Drive, Bennettsville, SC passed away after a very brief illness on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. She was a daughter of the late   Leroy Keith & Bessie McRae Hubbard. As a long-standing member of Marlboro County, she will always be remembered for her vibrant smile, enthusiastic spirit, infectious love of life, and love for her family and friends. Funeral Services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 311 East Main Street, Bennettsville, SC, 29512 on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 2:00pm. Family visitation will be held immediately prior to the funeral in the Family Life Center at the church. A private burial will take place after the funeral service.

Mrs. Hamilton was the consummate homemaker and entertainer always ready to welcome a crowd – the more, the merrier. Her home was decorated to perfection – especially for the Christmas holidays where she delighted in watching the eyes of    little ones light up as they explored “winter wonderland”. She was an excellent cook, floral gardener, and decorator. Her hobbies included fishing at Cherry Grove Beach (the most beautiful place on earth), exercising, playing bridge, bird watching and watching sporting events on TV. Mrs. Hamilton also enjoyed traveling and exploring the world with her husband. They often included their grandchildren and others in their many adventures.

Mrs. Hamilton was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Bennettsville where she served as a Trustee, a member of the Altar Guild, Administrative Committee and Chairman of the Parsonage Committee. She thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Church Hospitality Committee and could be found on most Wednesday evenings in the family life center kitchen preparing delicious meals for all who could attend.

Out of her love of flowers, she also served as President of the Garden Gate Garden Club. She worked tirelessly to schedule and offer a wide variety of entertaining programs, entice and foster new members and create a Garden Gate yearbook. She also spear-headed many community beautification projects such as “Memory Lane”.

Mrs. Hamilton devoted time to her civic duties by serving on the Marlboro County Transportation Development Committee and the Bennettsville Downtown Development Association.

Left to cherish the memory of Consulla Hubbard Hamilton are her husband of 67 years, O’Neal Hamilton, son Gordon Hamilton (Beverly), daughter Kimberly Hamilton Bundy (Billy), grandsons Neal Hamilton (Jen) and Will Bundy, granddaughter Katie Bundy (fiancé Robert Hartman) and great-grandson, States Hamilton as well as numerous friends across the state. Mrs. Hamilton was predeceased by her brother, John Keith Hubbard.

Burroughs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Congratulations Debbie Polston!!!!

South Carolina First Steps recognizes child care center directors who recently earned the Aim4Excellence national director credential through the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

Dionne Anthony – Simon Says Learning Center – Dalzell (Sumter)
Joy Dickerson – House of Joy and Joyful Academy – Rock Hill (York)
Tyreka Eason – Maximum Child Learning Center – Boiling Springs (Spartanburg)
Kathy Jones – Riverpointe Christian Academy North – North Charleston (Dorchester)
Jean Knowlton – Trinity Learning Center – Columbia (Richland)
Jennifer McKnight – Little Wizards Learning Center – Kingstree (Williamsburg)
Deborah Polston – First United Methodist Church Children’s Center – Bennettsville (Marlboro)
Debra Scott- Children’s Keeper (Hampton)
Gitika Walia – Oxford Children’s Academy – Myrtle Beach (Horry)

In line with our commitment to improving the quality of child care statewide, South Carolina First Steps offers funding and support for directors of approved First Steps 4K centers who elect to participate in this rigorous, nationally recognized, professional learning experience.

Congratulations to each of you!