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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Anderson, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Anderson, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Anderson native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Anderson, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Anderson's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Anderson.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Anderson?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Anderson, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Anderson, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Anderson, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Anderson, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Anderson, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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SC primary 2022: See live election results from South Carolina races

Polls opened at 7 a.m. this morning for primary voting for statewide races, some Anderson County Council districts and several other elected offices.Check back here for up-to-date results in all the Anderson area elections as the polls close Tuesday night.Polls had technical issues at a few polling locations throughout the morning, election director Laura Booth said."Clerks get very anxious and nervous, letting their nerves get the best of them. When this happens we try to talk them through their issu...

Polls opened at 7 a.m. this morning for primary voting for statewide races, some Anderson County Council districts and several other elected offices.

Check back here for up-to-date results in all the Anderson area elections as the polls close Tuesday night.

Polls had technical issues at a few polling locations throughout the morning, election director Laura Booth said.

"Clerks get very anxious and nervous, letting their nerves get the best of them. When this happens we try to talk them through their issues but we also have polling location technicians we deploy as well," Booth said in an email.

A few poll workers had to move around to fill vacancies. "Overall, we struggle with finding dependable people who will work," she said.

North Pointe Elementary School, which had two precincts in the gym, had a steady stream of voters when polls opened. The Piercetown precinct had nine voters by 7:15 a.m. in a precinct with 2,419 registered voters.

"I always vote, I believe in our democratic process," Kenney said. "I believe in the importance of us having a voice and exercising our constitutional rights."

She said she would like to see a focus on education from new leaders.

Growing up, Layton Barnwell said he heard people say voting doesn't matter, but his family always encouraged him to do his part.

"I'd like to see a lot of younger people get out and actually want to be a part of the political parties and stuff," Barnwell said after casting his vote at the school.

One of two computers was down at the Concrete precinct at Concrete Primary School in Powdersville, a poll worker said, which affected checking in voters but did not interrupt the pace. By noon, 124 voters had cast ballots in an area with 34,027 registered voters.

Ken Smith was standing outside the precinct before heading to Pickens to cast his vote. He’s happy with the local level of leadership, he said, but is looking for change nationally.

“It’s important who’s going to run this country,” Smith said. “This country needs a change.”

Denver Sandy-Springs precinct poll worker Jim Rodriguez said their precinct had some technical issues 10 minutes before 7 a.m. while some voters were lined up. Two poll workers also did not show up, he said, but everyone has been able to vote despite the early challenges. Eight voters had come to cast their ballots at the polling location by 7:55 a.m. Tuesday.

In Powdersville, at the Concrete precinct at Concrete Primary School, one of two computers was down, a poll worker said, which affected checking in voters but did not interrupt the pace.

124 voters had voted by noon in an area with 34,027 registered voters.

Ken Smith was standing outside the precinct before heading to Pickens to cast his vote.

“It’s important who’s going to run this country,” Smith said. “This country needs a change.”

He’s happy with the local level of leadership he said but looking for change nationally.

Here's what you need to know before you vote:

2022 voter guide

Where to vote

To find your individual polling place using your name and birthdate, visit scvotes.gov.

Sarah Sheridan is the community reporter in Anderson. She'd appreciate your help telling important stories; reach her at ssheridan@gannett.com or on twitter @saralinasher.

Hunt Midwest Breaks Ground on Evergreen Logistics Park in South Carolina Market

State-of-the-art, 200-acre logistics park to offer I-85 access with options for up to 1 million SF for users Anderson, South Carolina — June 7, 2022 — Kansas City-based commercial real estate development company Hunt Midwest has continued to rapidly expand its footprint in South Carolina with the groundbreaking of its first building in the new 2...

State-of-the-art, 200-acre logistics park to offer I-85 access with options for up to 1 million SF for users

Anderson, South Carolina — June 7, 2022 — Kansas City-based commercial real estate development company Hunt Midwest has continued to rapidly expand its footprint in South Carolina with the groundbreaking of its first building in the new 2 million-square-foot Evergreen Logistics Park. The initial 258,801-square-foot industrial facility is scheduled for completion in fourth quarter 2022. The overall logistics park will provide users space from 75,000 to 1 million square feet in multiple configurations to meet market demands.

Located in the Anderson County industrial corridor, Evergreen Logistics Park will offer tenants immediate access to I-85, which connects to major Southeastern population centers including Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA; and Richmond, VA. With I-85’s proximity, Evergreen Logistics Park’s distribution capabilities provide one-day shipping to more than 94 million people and two-day shipping to more than 245 million people. The park’s location is also adjacent to a thriving manufacturing base as well as a major FedEx terminal.

“Anderson County offers immediate access to one of the biggest supply chain and distribution corridors in the U.S.,” said Michael Bell, Hunt Midwest’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate. “Across all markets, our team has been strategic in placing developments in locations where logistics and distribution companies can lower costs while maximizing efficiency within their distribution and supply chain operations.”

“Forthcoming industrial developments like Evergreen Logistics Park are evidence of the continuing growth of logistics in Anderson County — and the demand for our productive citizens who possess a strong work ethic,” said Anderson County Councilman Brett Sanders. “We’re looking forward to the additional economic development Evergreen Logistics Park will offer and continuing to create opportunities for our great citizens.”

“The pro-business environment, skilled labor force, interstate accessibility, population growth, and supply chain demand drivers have propelled Hunt Midwest to expand its footprint into the Anderson County,” said Hunt Midwest’s President & CEO Ora Reynolds. “Anderson County’s central location on the I-85 corridor with a high concentration of manufacturers makes it ideal for development of new Class A manufacturing and logistics buildings.”

Evergreen Logistics Park will occupy a 200-acre site at 1105 Scotts Bridge Road in Anderson. Starting at 258,801 square feet of leasable space, the park will offer a range of build-to-suit configurations of up to 1 million square feet. The first facility, currently under construction, will provide 26 dock doors (expandable to 57), 60-foot speed bays at docks, four drive-in doors, more than 200 parking stalls, up to 77 tractor-trailer parking spots, and a 185-foot-deep truck court. Additional building features will include cross-dock configuration with 36-foot clear height, an ESFR sprinkler system, and motion-sensor LED lighting.

Following the recent announcement of construction commencement at Fort Prince Logistics Center, Evergreen Logistics Park represents the second development by Hunt Midwest in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson market with other developments to follow. Hunt Midwest brings its extensive development expertise in the Midwest to the Southeast with nearly 7 million square feet of logistics and manufacturing space under construction or in the development pipeline within the region.

Hunt Midwest has selected Seamon Whiteside for civil engineering, LS3P for building design, and Evans General Contractors as the general contractor overseeing construction of the Evergreen Logistics Park. Leasing opportunities remain available within the development in coordination with CBRE.

About Hunt MidwestHunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, with more than $2 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, resources, and relationships to create successful real estate solutions.

Hunt Midwest is one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, which include interests in real estate, sports/entertainment, energy/natural resources, and private equity. Other marquee brands include the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, FC Dallas, Hunt Southwest, and Trinity Hunt. Learn more at huntmidwest.com.

For leasing inquires, contact:Trey Pennington, SIOR | CBRE | (864) 527-6095 | trey.pennington@cbre.com Jeff Benedict | CBRE | (864) 235-1961 | jeff.benedict@cbre.com

'Empty promises': Anderson Starbucks employees begin strike

Starbucks employees went on strike Saturday and Sunday at the Anderson location on Interstate 85 and Clemson Boulevard.For subscribers:After weekend strike, Anderson Starbucks employees detail why the store needs changeEarlier this month, the Anderson location joined two other South Caro...

Starbucks employees went on strike Saturday and Sunday at the Anderson location on Interstate 85 and Clemson Boulevard.

For subscribers:After weekend strike, Anderson Starbucks employees detail why the store needs change

Earlier this month, the Anderson location joined two other South Carolina Starbucks, from Greenville and Columbia, in voting for union representation.

Anderson's location was the first in the South to unanimously vote, 18-0, to unionize, according to a union Twitter account. The first in the state was in Greenville in mid-May, when workers at the store located at I-85 and Pelham Road voted to unionize.

More:Workers at a Greenville Starbucks store become first in South Carolina to unionize

The employees were on strike "due to unfair labor practices citing management threatening to discipline employees who wear union apparel and retaliation by slashing employee hours so employees cannot receive their benefits," said Aneil Tripathi in a press release. Tripathi is a spokesperson for the Anderson Starbucks Workers United.

The press release listed other concerns like poor management, outdated and broken equipment and improperly trained management.

"The extreme lack of accountability that our management refuses to take is very disheartening," another employee of the Anderson store Natalie Mann said in the release. "We have been out here on the frontlines, before, during and after the pandemic, and the empty promises that this company keeps making honestly makes me regret the time and energy that I have put into this company."

The employees were back to work Monday morning.

South Carolina is among the states with the lowest rate of union membership. In 2020, South Carolina had the lowest rate of union membership at 2.9%, according to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To form a union, the majority of the ballots cast must be in favor.

Employees set up a GoFundMe to raise money to replace lost wages and had raised over $3,000 Tuesday afternoon.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

Sarah Sheridan is the community reporter in Anderson. She'd appreciate your help telling important stories; reach her at ssheridan@gannett.com or on twitter @saralinasher.

SC State coach to participate in Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship

ORANGEBURG, SC— South Carolina State assistant football coach Na’ Shan Goddard will be among six coaches from across the nation selected to participate in the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.The Chicago Bears have added six college coaches to Matt Eberflus’ staff for minicamp and training camp as part of the Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.The objective of the Bill...

ORANGEBURG, SCSouth Carolina State assistant football coach Na’ Shan Goddard will be among six coaches from across the nation selected to participate in the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.

The Chicago Bears have added six college coaches to Matt Eberflus’ staff for minicamp and training camp as part of the Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.

The objective of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is to give coaches opportunities to observe, participate and gain experience with NFL clubs, and help them eventually land full-time positions in the league.

“We are very excited to welcome six new coaches to this year’s training camp staff,” Eberflus said. “We are eager to work together to reach a common goal and are looking forward to learning from each other. I am confident that these six bright coaches will be great assets to our team, and I’m excited to see them grow and develop over the course of training camp.”

The six coaches joining the Bears are Roosevelt Williams (Hardin-Simmons), Dominic Anderson (Fayetteville State), Na’Shan Goddard (South Carolina State), Kefense Hynson (Oregon State), Ken Merchant (Pace University) and Milton Patterson (Florida A&M).

GODDARD is entering his fifth season as South Carolina State’s offensive line coach. As a player, he spent time with the Giants, Jets, Seahawks and Saints in the NFL; the Florida Tuskers and Virginia Destroyers in the UFL and the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.

WILLIAMS was selected by the Bears in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 13 games with two starts and recording 20 tackles, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as a rookie. He also played with the Browns in 2003. Williams is entering his third season as defensive backs coach at Hardin-Simmons. He spent the previous two years at ASA Miami College as associate head coach/defensive coordinator in 2018 and head coach in 2019.

ANDERSON is beginning his second season as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Fayetteville State. He spent the previous three years as defensive coordinator at the University of Pikeville. Anderson played football at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Wake Forest University, the same two schools as former Bears running back Brian Piccolo. Anderson returns to Illinois after serving as defensive backs coach at Illinois State (2011-14) and the University of St. Francis in Joliet (2015).

HYNSON boasts 19 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the last four as passing game coordinator and receivers coach at Oregon State. He previously served as receiver’s coach at Hawaii in 2016-17. He has participated in NFL minority fellowship programs with the Lions, Texans, Chiefs, Raiders and Seahawks.

MERCHANT is entering his first season as quarterback’s coach at Pace University. Before that, he worked as an assistant at ASA College (2017), Howard University (2018-19), University of Buffalo (2020) and Long Island University (2021).

PATTERSON is beginning his second year as defensive line coach at Florida A&M. He previously worked at Jackson State (2012-14), Mississippi Valley State (2014-16), Alabama State (2017), Clark-Atlanta University (2017-20) and Fayetteville State (2020-21).

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From 1984: Anderson man becomes first blind juror in South Carolina. 'I felt proud.'

Staff Writer in 1984This story was originally published in September 1984.Carey D. Burriss Jr., 34, sat in a jury pool in the main courtroom of the Anderson County Courthouse all week in September of 1984."When I stood in the front of the courtroom and the (lawyers) had to consider me, I was ready for them to say, 'No,'" he said."There was a pause, and I was about ready to raise my cane and tell them I could see with my ears. But when I heard them both say, 'Seat the juror,' ...

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This story was originally published in September 1984.

Carey D. Burriss Jr., 34, sat in a jury pool in the main courtroom of the Anderson County Courthouse all week in September of 1984.

"When I stood in the front of the courtroom and the (lawyers) had to consider me, I was ready for them to say, 'No,'" he said.

"There was a pause, and I was about ready to raise my cane and tell them I could see with my ears. But when I heard them both say, 'Seat the juror,' it was like a dream had been realized."

Burriss and court officials said they believe he's the first blind person to serve on a jury in state history.

"I felt proud. At that moment, all that work by the federation, all the letters and correspondence with elected officials became worth it," Burriss said.

Legislation removing the jury duty exemption for blind people became state law June 20, 1984.

"It's been a great experience, and I think I may have shown some people what a blind person is capable of doing," Burriss said.

Burriss served on two juries, one for a trial in absence, in which the defendant was not present, and the other for a trial of driving under the influence. The jury returned a guilty verdict in both cases.

Burriss, an employee of the Clemson University horticulture department, is president of the 16-member Anderson chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

He learned earlier in the week that his selection for jury duty "could result in a first."

"I knew he was the first blind juror we've had in Anderson County, and found out today he was the first in the state," Anderson Clerk of Court Jimmy Burdette said. "From everything I've been told, he did a fine job."

Assistant 10th Circuit Solicitor David Hoffman, who prosecuted one of the cases in which Burriss was a juror, said he "had no qualms about seating him" on the jury.

"There may be some cases in which visual evidence is presented where a blind person might be at a disadvantage," Hoffman said. "In a situation like that, I suppose the handicap would have to be taken into consideration. But the cases were such that there was no problem."

Presiding Circuit Judge Joseph R. Moss, a former state Supreme Court Chief Justice, agreed that there were "cases in which being able to view evidence or the demeanor of a defendant would be important.

"But there are also cases when a blind person might be able to pick up on something that a sighted person can't," Moss said

"We've been fighting for this for a long time," Burriss said after being discharged from the second case.

Burriss, who also serves on the state board of the Federation for the Blind, said he was "actively involved" in the lobbying effort that resulted in the legislation removing the jury-duty exemption for the blind.

Blinded by a ricocheting bullet in an accident 16 years ago, Burriss said he has learned to accept living with total blindness.

"I have learned to see with my ears," Burriss said.

"Serving on a jury is something that we should have been able to do years ago," he said. "I know that now. It's a shame we have to fight so hard to show people we can do these things.

"I believe a blind person must take the initiative and show that they're capable of doing certain things. When you show you can do something, you're more likely to be accepted."

"We haven't been given many chances, but the public is beginning to see the light. There are other things I want to do. I'm glad to have ben a pioneer as a juror."

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