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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 Bennetsville, 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 Bennetsville, 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 Bennetsville 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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Weddings

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The Top Wedding Venue in Bennetsville, 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 Bennetsville'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 Bennetsville.

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

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 Bennetsville, 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 Bennetsville, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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 Bennetsville, 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 Bennetsville, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip

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 Bennetsville, 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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Latest News in Bennetsville, SC

NEW VIDEO: 8 departments, South Carolina Forestry Commission help fight fire in Marlboro County

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Firefighters from eight different departments in Marlboro and Scotland counties and the South Carolina Forestry Commission battled a large fire on Pine Grove Church Road on Monday,...

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Firefighters from eight different departments in Marlboro and Scotland counties and the South Carolina Forestry Commission battled a large fire on Pine Grove Church Road on Monday, according to a Facebook post by the Clio Rural Fire Department.

Clio Fire was called out at 4:54 p.m. to assist with a structure fire that was also threatening other buildings in the area, the department said.

A dashcam video posted on the Clio Fire’s Facebook page shows the wind-driven fire crossing Academy Road. The video taken by Clio Fire Capt. Donald Hamilton shows the intensity of the fire as crews began to relocate the incident command center because of the shifting winds, according to Firefighter Brittany Brew.

Crews from McColl, Bennettsville, Blenheim, Wallace, Brightsville, Laurinburg and Gibson were all involved in efforts to contain the fire.

“In addition, thank you to our law enforcement partners who directed traffic and allowed for a smooth and continuous path for all fire apparatus throughout the four hour effort,” the post said. “All residents were safely evacuated and structures within the proximity were kept safe.”

No other information was immediately available.

Count on News13 for updates.

Champion Media acquires Herald-Advocate in Bennettsville, S.C.

BENNETTSVILLE, South Casrolina – Champion Media of the Carolinas, a family-owned company based in Mooresville, N.C., announced today that it has acquired the Herald-Advocate, the community newspaper in Bennettsville.Champion Media is owned by CEO Scott Champion and President Corey Champion.“We are excited to become part of this community,” Scott Champion said. “The Herald-Advocate fits with our current North Carolina properties and we know this acquisition will help our South Carolina business partners t...

BENNETTSVILLE, South Casrolina – Champion Media of the Carolinas, a family-owned company based in Mooresville, N.C., announced today that it has acquired the Herald-Advocate, the community newspaper in Bennettsville.

Champion Media is owned by CEO Scott Champion and President Corey Champion.

“We are excited to become part of this community,” Scott Champion said. “The Herald-Advocate fits with our current North Carolina properties and we know this acquisition will help our South Carolina business partners to expand their current advertising reach.”

Champion Media currently owns more than 20 newspapers in six states. Its largest footprint is in North Carolina with newspapers in Robeson, Sampson, and Bladen counties as well as The Laurinburg Exchange in Scotland County, The Richmond County Daily Journal in Rockingham, and the Anson Record in Wadesboro. The company also owns two South Carolina publications, the Newberry Observer in Newberry and Sentinel Progress in Easley.

The Herald-Advocate was sold by Marlboro Publishing Company, which is owned by Bennettsville native Elisabeth McNiel and her husband Dan. She represented the third generation of family ownership for the Herald-Advocate.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported our family and the newspaper for the last 90 years. We feel confident that Champion Media will do a great job and ask the community to assist them during this transition,” said Dan McNiel, who has served as the editor for the last seven years and publisher for the last four years.

The late Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Kinney began the Marlboro County Herald in 1931 and purchased the Pee Dee Advocate 20 years later forming the Marlboro Herald-Advocate. In 1972 W. L. Kinney Jr. purchased his parent’s interest with his daughter and son-in-law taking over the paper in 2014.

Over the years, the newspaper garnered several awards from the South Carolina Press Association and has been a cheerleader for social and economic growth in the region.

“It’s important to know that your community newspaper will remain just that, your newspaper,” Scott Champion said. “We intend to continue, and expand, your local coverage of news, sports and human interest and we believe, by partnering with our other area newspapers, will provide an expanded reach for the business community.”

Included in the sale is the regional magazine Pee Dee Life, which the Herald-Advocate staff started in 2019.

The sale of the newspaper was finalized Thursday. Many of the same faces that have worked and supported the newspaper for years will remain. The Herald-Advocate will continue to have an office in Bennettsville and offer both a print edition and online content.

Marlboro County Schools superintendent placed on leave after allowing his fraternity to operate on school property

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) – The superintendent of Marlboro County Schools has been placed on leave after allowing a fraternity that he is a member of to operate a facility on school property.The majority of the Marlboro County Board of Education voted to place Dr. Gregory McCord on administrative leave Tuesday night during a special called meeting.This comes after a...

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) – The superintendent of Marlboro County Schools has been placed on leave after allowing a fraternity that he is a member of to operate a facility on school property.

The majority of the Marlboro County Board of Education voted to place Dr. Gregory McCord on administrative leave Tuesday night during a special called meeting.

This comes after a September 13 Marlboro County Board of Education meeting in which McCord admitted that he allowed Omega Psi Phi to operate on the property of Bennettsville Intermediate School (BIS) without first conferring with the Marlboro County Board of Education. It was revealed that the district was paying the utilities for this building that sat behind the actual school building.

On Tuesday night, the board requested an investigation into the situation, including the costs associated with the fraternity’s use of its unit on district property. The district expects this to be completed within two weeks.

At the September 13 meeting, Gregory Cain, a member of the fraternity said that the group wanted to partner with the school district to use the facility as a place for youth mentorship, not as a fraternity house. He made a presentation to the board which was the result of a community concern about the facility. Cain said at that time that he would like to continue what he referred to as a “partnership” with the district. He also offered to have the fraternity reimburse the district to offset the cost of utilities.

When board member Michael Coachman asked Cain on September 13 who had authorized the fraternity to operate at this facility, McCord spoke up. Before McCord announced that he had provided authorization, he was asked by Coachman to recuse himself from the discussion, but McCord declined. McCord also said that two other members of the board were also members of the same fraternity. One of them recused himself during the Sept. 13 meeting.

After a discussion, the board voted 5-0 on September 13 to instruct the fraternity to remove the building from the property.

McCord told News13 after that meeting that if he could do it all over again, he “most definitely” would have handled the Omega Psi Phi situation differently and said he did not intend to go around the school board. He said part of his job as superintendent is to build partnerships in the community and he felt he was doing this by allowing for a space that could help children.

When asked for a comment or statement regarding being placed on leave Tuesday night, McCord sent this statement to News13:

No comment right now other than to say that all is well. We will get beyond this together. Today is still “the best day of my life!” When you do right, you sleep tight. (V.Ford)

Gregory McCord, Marlboro County School District Superintendent

On Wednesday morning, board chair Larry McNeil provided a statement to News13. In it, he says the Omega Psi Phi mobile unit was dismantled on Tuesday, following the vote on September 13. He also said Dr. Jason Bryant, the district’s current associate superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, would be in charge of the district while McCord is on leave.

Unlike most Marlboro County School District meetings, Tuesday’s special meeting was not streamed on the Marlboro County School District Facebook page. News13 has asked why that was the case but we have not received a response.

On August 31, News13 had asked a Marlboro County School District spokesperson what the Omega Psi Phi building was being used for. On September 1, the spokesperson told News13 that the building “is used for nothing, but hopefully soon after Covid ends, it will be used for mentoring students from BIS.” When News13 followed up with additional questions about the facility following the September 13 board meeting, the spokesperson directed News13 to McCord.

Count on News13 for updates.

Courts dismiss co-op suits seeking exits from long-term power supply contracts

The court decisions come as some distribution cooperative utilities around the United States are seeking to leave their long-time power providers, driven by a mix of reasons, including lowering costs, increasing the amount of renewable energy they use and more local control.However, they are bound to their wholesale cooperatives through long-term power supply contracts that ca...

The court decisions come as some distribution cooperative utilities around the United States are seeking to leave their long-time power providers, driven by a mix of reasons, including lowering costs, increasing the amount of renewable energy they use and more local control.

However, they are bound to their wholesale cooperatives through long-term power supply contracts that can extend for decades.

Dakota Energy's contract with East River runs through 2075 and Marlboro Electric's contract with Central expires at the end of 2058, according to the court decisions.

In an April 11 ruling, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the South Dakota District rejected Dakota Energy's argument that East River broke the law by failing to provide the retail cooperative with a buyout so it could exit the power supply contract early.

"The [wholesale power contract] obligates Dakota Energy to purchase all its power from East River through December 31, 2075," Judge Lawrence Piersol said. "The WPC and the bylaws do not allow Dakota Energy to buy out of and terminate the WPC prior to the end of that term."

In South Carolina, U.S. District Court Judge Sherri Lydon dismissed Marlboro Electric's argument that Central's failure to provide it with fair and equitable terms to exit the supply contract was a breach of the WPC and the wholesale cooperative's bylaws. Marlboro Electric claimed the alleged breach allowed it to end its contractual obligations.

"The WPC unambiguously requires 'mutual agreement' for termination prior to December 31, 2058, and the bylaws unambiguously require Marlboro to meet 'all contractual obligations' to Central, including coming to a 'mutual agreement' for early termination of the WPC, to withdraw from the cooperative," Lydon said in a March 28 order.

The decision in South Dakota "affirms that a contract is a contract," Chris Studer, chief member and public relations officer for East River, said Tuesday, noting that many cooperatives have similar bylaws and power supply contracts.

There are 63 wholesale generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States supplying power to 832 distribution co-ops that serve about 42 million people, according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

East River, based in Madison, South Dakota, has 24 utility members in South Dakota and Minnesota, with a peak load of about 726 MW, according to Studer. The wholesale cooperative gets about 84% of its power from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which was involved in the suit, and the rest from the Western Area Power Administration, he said. Dakota Energy accounted for 6.6% of East River's sales last year, according to Studer.

East River charges its members 5.9 cents/kWh, on average, for residential and small business customers, he said.

East River hopes it can "mend those wounds" from the contract dispute with Dakota Energy and continue working together, Studer said.

Dakota Energy was "disappointed, but not surprised" by the judge's decision, Chase Binger, Dakota Energy board chair, said in an email Wednesday.

"All we have asked for is a fair calculation of the cost to buy out of our contract," Binger said, noting that cooperatives like Tri-State Generation & Transmission give that information to their members.

Binger said East River and Basin Electric are trying to protect their financial interests by keeping Dakota Energy locked into the supply contract.

"They are trying to slow down innovation, limit our freedom of choice, and stifle competition, and Judge Piersol wants to give them a 50-plus year monopoly no matter how high East River's rates climb," Binger said

Marlboro Electric didn't respond to a request for comment.

Quin McCollum named athletic director & head football coach at Marlboro County HS

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. – Coach Quin McCollum has been named the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Marlboro County High School. He is a native of Clio, SC, and the son of Mary and Samuel McCollum. His younger brother, Marcus, resides in Columbia, SC. Coach McCollum has one daughter-Edyn (16yrs.old).He is a 1990 graduate of Marlboro County High School. Coach McCollum obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina (Columbia) & a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Instructi...

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. – Coach Quin McCollum has been named the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Marlboro County High School. He is a native of Clio, SC, and the son of Mary and Samuel McCollum. His younger brother, Marcus, resides in Columbia, SC. Coach McCollum has one daughter-Edyn (16yrs.old).

He is a 1990 graduate of Marlboro County High School. Coach McCollum obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina (Columbia) & a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Instructional Accommodations from Francis Marion University in Florence, along with a second Master’s of Education (Educational Administration) from the University of South Carolina (Columbia).

Coach McCollum is a member of the following: Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Lambda Iota Iota Chapter-Bennettsville, SC), Oak Ridge PHA Masonic Lodge #350, Delta summit volunteer and C.L.I.O. Opera Board.

McCollum began his teaching/educational and coaching career for Marlboro County School District back in 1999 as a District Parent coordinator and assistant football coach. He also was a member of the MCHS 2001 Football State Championship Coaching Staff led by Coach Dr. Dean Boyd.

McCollum has worked at various schools around the state, but has notable stops at the following locations:

• Carvers Bay High School-Hemingway, SC (2008-2011): Defensive Coordinator, Strength Coach & Special Teams Coordinator with a 2008 State Championship appearance and 2009 lower state appearance.

• McBee High School - McBee, SC (2011-12): Athletic Director & Assistant Football Coach.

• Keenan High School, Columbia, SC (2013-15): Head Football Coach & led the school to its football first State Championship.

Coach McCollum said, “I am thankful to God for the opportunity to serve and lead the program and community back to prominence, along with being grateful to the individuals that helped influence my development as a person and professional.”

“Coach McCollum brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for our community. He will be a great addition to our administration and athletic programs as we continue to provide opportunities for students to support the classroom and their academic endeavors. This is an exciting time for the Marlboro County Bulldogs, and we look forward to the community showing their support for all of our student athletes”, stated Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Jason Bryant.

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