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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 Chester, 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 Chester, 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 Chester 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 Chester, 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 Chester'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 Chester.

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

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 Chester, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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 Chester, 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 Chester, 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 Chester, 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 Chester, 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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Florida dog lost amid SC crash. But thanks to community, Goofuss is now safely home

On July 17, a tiny dog from Florida named “Goofuss” ran from a car that had been involved in a crash on Interstate 77 in rural Chester County in South Carolina.There were tears. There were searches. There were Facebook posts. And there were good people doing good things for a stranger they had never met.Now, Goofuss is safe. Goofuss is home in Florida, because the good people of Chester County cared.Firefighters and other emergency...

On July 17, a tiny dog from Florida named “Goofuss” ran from a car that had been involved in a crash on Interstate 77 in rural Chester County in South Carolina.

There were tears. There were searches. There were Facebook posts. And there were good people doing good things for a stranger they had never met.

Now, Goofuss is safe. Goofuss is home in Florida, because the good people of Chester County cared.

Firefighters and other emergency workers responded to the crash that night. They looked for the chihuahua that had dashed into the woods.

“He had darted into the woods and we just couldn’t find him,” said T. Melton, chief at Richburg Fire & Rescue. “It was dark.”

The owner of the dog, Jean Powers, was a woman in her 80s from Florida, Melton said. This was not just some dog. It was family.

Powers had adopted the dog years ago and the two had been inseparable.

Powers and family members including John Ladd of Union County, N.C., searched for days for the dog and kept in touch with Melton and others. Firefighters searched and volunteers searched. Chester County Animal Control assisted with a humane trap that was put near the site where the crash happened, Ladd said.

“It was heartbreaking,” Ladd said.

Powers herself stayed in Chester County for days and searched near the scene, said Ladd.

“She was out there looking at age 87,” Ladd said.

Ladd said Powers finally returned to Florida while others continued to look.

Richburg Fire & Rescue posted on its Facebook page -- a page that is a central way of communicating in rural Chester County -- about the missing dog. The word spread as the posts were shared.

Then on Tuesday, more than two weeks after the dog was lost, Melton’s cellphone rang. In a small rural place, people have the fire chief’s number.

It was a lady who works at the BP station near the highway. She told how a Chester County couple had seen the social media postings and believed the missing dog had wandered to their house, Melton said.

Chester County Animal Control officers and firefighters rushed to the home of Amber Moore to see if the dog’s microchip matched the owner.

“Sure enough, it was the same dog,” Melton said.

Chester County Animal Control Director Kelli Simoneau said Jesse Rucker-Roof and Trish Zimmerman from her office confirmed the identity of Goofuss and arranged for the dog to be picked up late Tuesday by Ladd.

Ladd’s wife drove Goofuss all the way to Florida Wednesday.

“So many people pulled together to help out,” Ladd said. “It is just wonderful.”

Powers said in a Facebook posting that her prayers had been answered with Goofuss being found and returned.

“I owe a great deal of thanks to all the people who have made this possible,” Powers wrote.

In a phone interview Thursday from her Florida home, Powers said she and the searchers in Chester County -- a rural county hundreds of miles from her home and located about half way between Charlotte and Columbia-- never gave up, even though after two weeks hope was waning.

“The people there were just wonderful” Powers said.

Powers said Goofuss, age 6, back home in Florida spent the first day relaxing.

“I gave him treats and he’s relaxing” Powers said.

Simoneau of animal control in Chester said the combined efforts of all involved brought a lady from Florida in her 80s her dog after it was lost following a traffic collision. She urged all pet owners to have a microchip placed on a pet so that there is no confusion about if the dog is the right dog.

Goofuss sure was the right dog.

Animal control does the microchip service, Simoneau said.

Richburg is a small place, with less than 1,000 residents but with a busy . It sits in a rural county with around 32,000 residents between Rock Hill and Columbia.

But the people there care about each other and look out for each other.

The job is help people. Work together. That’s what people in rural Chester County did yet again when there was a need, Melton said.

The public, the firefighters, the animal control workers.

“There’s a word for it,” Melton said. “Community.”

This story was originally published August 5, 2022 7:57 AM.

Cancer-causing compound likely seeping into Catawba River from SC paper mill, attorneys say

Updated October 27, 2022 at 10:02 AM ETA highly toxic cancer-causing compound is likely seeping from a South Carolina paper mill into the Catawba River. That's according to attorneys who are suing the New Indy Containerboard plant in Catawba, South Carolina, for environmental missteps.The attorneys cite a study completed this month by South Carolina hydrogeologist Harvey Cohen on behalf of their clients.Cohen tested soil and groundwater from two spots on the Catawba River — one directly next to the New Indy ...

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A highly toxic cancer-causing compound is likely seeping from a South Carolina paper mill into the Catawba River. That's according to attorneys who are suing the New Indy Containerboard plant in Catawba, South Carolina, for environmental missteps.

The attorneys cite a study completed this month by South Carolina hydrogeologist Harvey Cohen on behalf of their clients.

Cohen tested soil and groundwater from two spots on the Catawba River — one directly next to the New Indy paper mill and the other a few miles upstream.

He found the samples taken near the mill had elevated levels of harmful chemicals, including cobalt and dioxin. Dioxin is a highly toxic compound that can cause cancer and other developmental and reproductive problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Cobalt is a metal that also may cause cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said it is reviewing the study and has been in contact with the town of Chester, South Carolina, which gets drinking water from the river nine miles downstream from the plant.

The state says there's no indication that drinking water has been impacted, and that dioxin typically settles in water, rather than dissolving.

The SCDHEC also emphasized that the Catawba River Water Supply Project, which supplies drinking water to many residents in Union and Lancaster counties, draws water upstream from the plant.

The study was commissioned by the Motely Rice and Baird Mandalas law firms, as well as the Elrod Pope, Stavrinakis, Harpootlian and Mauney law firms.

The firms outlined the study's finding an in Oct. 20 letter sent to New Indy, SCDHEC, the Environmental Protection Agency and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

The letter said New Indy was in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Clean Water Act and is subject to a citizen's suit.

In a statement, the New Indy paper plant dismissed the trial lawyers' study as an attempt "to gain leverage in ongoing litigation" with "baseless accusations."

The plant said a previous property owner had left small levels of dioxin on the property — including in four aging waste lagoons — as a byproduct of producing bleached white paper.

However, the practice was discontinued nearly 20 years ago, the statement said, and no dioxins had been produced since New Indy acquired the mill on Dec. 31, 2018.

"New Indy Catawba has spent considerable time and effort to identify the areas on the mill property where the compound is located and to confirm that it is not migrating from the property, including through groundwater," the statement said.

The paper mill said none of its 15 monitoring wells had detected hazardous levels of dioxin on the mill property as recently as June 2022.

New Indy previously ran afoul of environmental regulations in 2021, when it switched from producing bleached white paper to brown paper.

During the conversion process, the mill produced elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide, leading thousands of nearby residents to complain about a sickening, rotten egg odor.

The mill manager apologized in January, saying the odor was partly due to poor maintenance of the plant's wastewater treatment plant and excess emissions associated with the conversion process.

The EPA fined the plant $1.1 million over the emissions and ordered the plant to implement a pollution control plan.

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Comporium Expands Fiber Network in Fort Lawn

FORT LAWN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Most residents in Fort Lawn, SC can now take advantage of Comporium's fiber-based services. Recently the company completed upgrades to its network in the community. Customers on Comporium’s network now have access to internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Comporium also set up free public wi-fi access at the Fort Lawn Community Center as an additional service to the community.“Our crews worked for ...

FORT LAWN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Most residents in Fort Lawn, SC can now take advantage of Comporium's fiber-based services. Recently the company completed upgrades to its network in the community. Customers on Comporium’s network now have access to internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Comporium also set up free public wi-fi access at the Fort Lawn Community Center as an additional service to the community.

“Our crews worked for months to upgrade the network throughout Fort Lawn for internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second”

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“Our crews worked for months to upgrade the network throughout Fort Lawn for internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second,” stated Matthew Dosch, Comporium’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Grants from the South Carolina Broadband Office provided the financial boost we needed to reach some very rural areas. Our state-of-the-art fiber-optic network ensures that this area is prepared for the future.”

Comporium continues to work with state and federal agencies to find ways to upgrade service to rural customers. Many recent upgrades were the result of Rural Broadband Grants, made possible through funding from the South Carolina Department of Commerce and administered by the South Carolina Broadband Office within the Office of Regulatory Staff.

By combining private investment with the State’s funding, Comporium made service available to more than 1,650 addresses in South Carolina this year. In May of this year the company completed a similar project and extended fiber access to more than 160 addresses in the Fort Lawn area. Comporium has extended high-speed internet access to more than 850 addresses in Chester and Lancaster Counties this year.

Comporium also takes part in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program. This federal program allows eligible homes to get a $30 discount off regular monthly rates for internet. This participation is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the community. At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Comporium provided service at no charge to hundreds of student households when schools were closed for public health reasons, and continues to offer internet, voice, security, and video services with a variety of subscription options intended to suit every user’s needs.

Residents and businesses in Fort Lawn may place an order and schedule installation appointments through Comporium’s website at www.comporium.com.

About Comporium

Comporium, Inc., headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., is a diversified, privately held communications company that employs nearly 1,000 people and provides broadband, TV, voice, wireless, smart home systems, and advertising services throughout the Carolinas. Comporium’s ventures include companies which offer business solutions, managed services, and digital signage. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.

Here's how Anderson, Pickens area football teams did in the first round of playoffs

The first round of the South Carolina High School League kicked off Friday night. Some teams advanced and some weren't as fortunate.See which Anderson and Pickens area teams advanced to the next round and which teams played its last game of the year.STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICITONS:...

The first round of the South Carolina High School League kicked off Friday night. Some teams advanced and some weren't as fortunate.

See which Anderson and Pickens area teams advanced to the next round and which teams played its last game of the year.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICITONS:We picked every SC high school football championship. Here are our predictions.

BHP eases by Walhalla

Once Belton-Honea Path took control of its game against Walhalla, the Bears never lost it. BHP went on to win, 36-18, and advanced to the second round of the AAA playoffs.

Next round BHP (10-1) will be on the road against Clinton (11-0).

Daniel finishes strong vs. Southside

Daniel and Southside were scoreless through the first quarter until Daniel turned up the heat and went up 21-6 by halftime. Daniel went on to win 49-14 to advance in the AAA bracket.

Next week Daniel (11-0) will host Woodruff (6-5).

Westside outscores Midland Valley

Westside and Midland Valley had a high scoring battle that ended with Westside winning 45-35. Westside scored five rushing touchdowns to help advance to the second round of the AAAA playoffs.

Westside (9-2) will host Indian Land (7-4) next Friday.

T.L. Hanna survives a scare

T.L. Hanna won 36-35 over White Knoll in the first round of the AAAAA playoffs to advance. T.L. Hanna outscored White Knoll 13-0 in the fourth quarter to squeeze by for the win.

Next round, T.L. Hanna (10-1) will host Spartanburg (7-4).

Powdersville makes early statement

Powdersville ended Crescent's season by winning 50-14. By the end of the first quarter, Powdersville led 36-6 and made a statement to advance to the next round of the AAA playoffs.

Powdersville (10-1) will play Chester (7-4) at home next week.

Wren falls short to Seneca

Wren was tied 14-14 with Seneca by halftime. Then Wren couldn't find an answer for Seneca's 24-point third quarter and ended up losing 45-20 in the first round of the AAA playoffs.

Wren ends its season 3-8 overall.

Easley gets knocked out by North Augusta

Easley couldn't find much on offense to match North Augusta and lost 26-14 in the AAAA playoffs. Easley linebacker Talan Scott ended the night with a whopping 22 total tackles.

Easley finishes the year with a 6-5 overall record.

Saluda buries Liberty with early lead

Saluda held a 43-0 lead over Liberty by halftime of the AA playoff matchup. Liberty got on the board in the third quarter and went on to lose 43-7.

Liberty's season ends with a 4-7 overall record.

Joshua Miller covers high school sports for The Anderson Independent-Mail. Have questions, story ideas, scores, and stats involving high school athletics? Send them to his email at jdmiller@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter: @NameIsJoshua

Drought status upgraded for 17 counties as SC awaits effect of tropical system

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded 17 counties to a higher level of drought status but decided to wait to evaluate the potential effect of tropical system Nicole before considering more changes.The committee, comprised of representatives from multiple state and local agencies, voted on the decision during its regular meeting Nov. 9 to consider drought status for all counties throughout the state. Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Hampton, Horry,...

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded 17 counties to a higher level of drought status but decided to wait to evaluate the potential effect of tropical system Nicole before considering more changes.

The committee, comprised of representatives from multiple state and local agencies, voted on the decision during its regular meeting Nov. 9 to consider drought status for all counties throughout the state. Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, and Marlboro counties were upgraded to incipient, the first level of designated drought status. Laurens and Lancaster counties were upgraded to moderate, the second level of drought.

Chester, Union and York remain in moderate drought. Fourteen counties were maintained in incipient drought: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg. All other counties are in no drought status.

Rainfall has been below normal over the past 30 days. For areas that didn’t receive rain from Hurricane Ian at the end of September, the deficit has been building since late summer, according to State Climatologist Hope Mizzell. Rainfall across the state during the past 60 days ranges from less than 3 inches to more than 12 inches, depending on whether an area received rainfall from Ian.

Upgrading counties’ drought status was the result of multiple indicators, including impacts to agriculture, concern for forest fires and dropping streamflow, groundwater and lake levels.

A lack of beneficial rainfall in most parts of the state has caused streamflows, groundwater and lake levels to drop gradually, said Priyanka More, S.C. Department of Natural Resources hydrologist.

The recent 14-day averages at the Little Pee Dee gauge at Galivants Ferry is at the 10th percentile, and Lynches River gage at Effingham is at the 8th percentile relative to their historical flows. Groundwater wells in York, Lancaster and Allendale are below normal (less than the 25th percentile). The groundwater levels at the Jasper well have dropped below the 10th percentile since late October.

Lake levels in the Savannah River Basin have dropped to the threshold for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to initiate Stage 1 drought, as outlined in its Drought Contingency Plan. Duke Energy is in the Low Inflow Watch Stage (Stage 0) of its Catawba-Wateree River Basin Low Inflow Protocol.

Leslie Woodham, with the S.C. Forestry Commission, reported that even with the lack of precipitation, the state has had an average to below average number of fires the past few months. However, an earlier than normal frost which led to an accelerated curing of fine fuels is a concern. This can lead to an earlier than normal start to the wildfire season and based on projections, areas that are already dry are likely to get worse. As the state experienced in 2016, when fuel moisture in larger fuels are dry enough for those fuels to become involved in fires, the fireline intensity increases dramatically.

Several agriculture representatives reported that due to dry conditions throughout the summer, beef producers were forced to feed their winter hay. There has also been a risk for planting any winter grazing because of the limited soil moisture. Agriculture has been the hardest hit by the summer and fall drought .

With the pending rainfall from tropical system Nicole, the committee will reconvene in three weeks to reevaluate conditions statewide.

–SCDNR

BOSTON — Following recommendations made by the Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared that except for the Southeast Region that saw improvement at the regional scale, all other regions within the Commonwealth will remain at their current drought levels. This includes the Cape Cod, Connecticut River […]

BOSTON — With the risk of wildland fires increasing due to below average precipitation across the state, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared that the Cape Cod Region will join the Connecticut River Valley, Southeast, Northeast, and Central Regions as a Level 3-Critical Drought. Additionally, the Islands and Western Regions will […]

BOSTON — With the majority of the state currently experiencing elevated temperatures and forecasts predicting little to no meaningful precipitation, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card today declared a Level 3-Critical Drought in the Northeast and Central Regions of the state. The Southeast, and Connecticut River Valley Regions will remain at a Level 2-Significant Drought, and the […]

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missourians experienced a wide variety of weather in 2021, from extreme cold in February and record December warmth to summer floods, fall drought and winter tornadoes, says University of Missouri Extension state climatologist Pat Guinan. Despite these extremes, the Show-Me State overall had a favorable growing season in 2021. January: Overcast and […]

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Living in the heavily irrigated Michiana area (Michiana is the area of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan that is home to over three-fourths of the irrigation in both states.), we often think of drought as only a summer issue when nature fails to provide the normal 15 to 17 inches of […]

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