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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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield'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 Chesterfield.

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

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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, SC

Grandparents upset after Chesterfield child claims principal gave her toothbrush, cleaning supplies to clean school bathroom

CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A Chesterfield family is outraged after their 9-year-old granddaughter told them her Jefferson Elementary School principal gave her a toothbrush and cleaning supplies to clean the school bathroom after she stuffed toilet tissue in a toilet.Her grandmother, grandfather, and Chesterfield’s NAACP President James Barber had fiery words for the school board.“But what has been done to my granddaughter I am a broken man,” the girl’s grandfather Buree Nivens said whi...

CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A Chesterfield family is outraged after their 9-year-old granddaughter told them her Jefferson Elementary School principal gave her a toothbrush and cleaning supplies to clean the school bathroom after she stuffed toilet tissue in a toilet.

Her grandmother, grandfather, and Chesterfield’s NAACP President James Barber had fiery words for the school board.

“But what has been done to my granddaughter I am a broken man,” the girl’s grandfather Buree Nivens said while confronting the school board.

“On Thursday, October 14, 2021, my granddaughter did something at school that would be minor at any other time or any other child. On that day she admitted to the staff at her elementary school that she indeed used the restroom and filled the toilet with tissue. My granddaughter a student of this county, 9-year-old child was punished more than four days later,” he said.

Nivens says he doesn’t understand why this was done to his granddaughter and why a harsher discipline wasn’t handed down to the principal – the one who they allege issued the punishment.

The 9-year-old’s grandmother also confronted the Chesterfield County school board during Monday’s meeting.

“I just find it just belittling to a child to do such a thing as this, I don’t care what they did this is something that should never happen in the United States of America,” her grandmother says. She did not appear on camera during the meeting.

“Where were the adults in this school that saw this little girl on the floor. I’m ashamed of them all. I’m ashamed that you all had to even come to a decision right is right and wrong is wrong.. what is there to talk about? What is there to talk about,” Nivens said.

The school board says the issue has been addressed by the administration in a manner that the administration believes to be appropriate. The NAACP president is asking for transparency in how the board came to their decision including how the votes were tallied.

FOX 46 reached out to the district and several board members for comment. Representative Ken Buck said in an email: “The district is aware and this is being handled as an internal personnel matter of which we can not discuss further.”

‘We need to be heard’: School bus drivers strike over low wages, staff shortages

‘We have to’: Chesterfield County bus drivers strike over low wages, extra routesCHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — Some Chesterfield County school bus drivers are expressing concerns about what they call a shortage of drivers.One driver told Channel 9 they have been overworked and are not seeing a pay increase.“We need them to hear us. We need to let them know we are serious, we are valuable employees and we need to be heard,” bus driver Melissa Gaines said.Gaines said the district has a se...

‘We have to’: Chesterfield County bus drivers strike over low wages, extra routes

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — Some Chesterfield County school bus drivers are expressing concerns about what they call a shortage of drivers.

One driver told Channel 9 they have been overworked and are not seeing a pay increase.

“We need them to hear us. We need to let them know we are serious, we are valuable employees and we need to be heard,” bus driver Melissa Gaines said.

Gaines said the district has a serious bus driver shortage. She said that has forced many drivers to pick up extra routes, but they still have to get the job done in the same amount of time.

“You drive, you got to be back on the lot at a certain time. If not, your time stops where you are and you’re not getting paid for the extra time that you got to get back,” Gaines said.

The route additions and low wages are part of why drivers went on strike Monday morning at Central High School. Between 10 and 20 drivers showed up at 6:30 a.m.

“Parents, I’m so sorry that it came to this, but we have to,” Gaines told Channel 9 Monday. “We have to do something, we have to start somewhere.”

“We’re not trying to upset the parents, we’re not trying to do this to our children,” another driver said. “I run three routes every morning, covering for other bus drivers.”

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Gaines told Channel 9 Friday that bus driver wages are far too low for a job where they are monitoring up to 60 kids at a time while driving.

“We got kids on the bus cutting up and we’re the only ones on the bus,” Gaines said. “We got to have eyes in the back of our head. It’s really a distraction and it’s causing a great problem.”

On Friday, district leaders wouldn’t provide the exact number of bus driver openings to Channel 9. They did say they have had a bit more double routes than normal.

Officials also said starting pay for bus drivers is $10.48 per hour. Pay is $14.34 at 20 years of driving, $14.60 with more than 21 years, and those with 22 years or more make $14.86 an hour.

Leaders said drivers in the district make 17% above the state-recommended bus driver pay rate, but Gaines said it’s not enough.

“If you’ve been driving for 20-plus years, you’ve been dedicated. And I think we deserve more than that,” she said.

District officials also talked about overtime, saying most drivers earn it due to their other employment responsibilities in the district.

Chesterfield County School District released the following statement to Channel 9 in response to the strike:

“Chesterfield County Schools did have some bus drivers in the Pageland area who did not report to drive students on Monday, Dec. 13, apparently upset that recently some drivers had had their number of weekly hours adjusted to align with a state audit. The loss of bus drivers, however, only caused one route not to be run this morning.

“Bus drivers are paid an hourly wage based on the length of their routes. A recent GPS audit of those routes by the state of South Carolina adjusted some bus drivers’ total hours. Due to the audit by the state, some route times were increased, and some route times were decreased. According to the state audit, some routes had previously been paid for more hours than what they should have been.

“The administration is reviewing these changes to determine if there are any discrepancies.

“Any bus driver who believes that there is a discrepancy between those GPS hours provided by the state and their routes should speak to their immediate supervisor to discuss those potential discrepancies.”

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Billions of dollars at stake as huge gold mine moves ahead with South Carolina expansion

Buried deep in the Lancaster County dirt are billions of dollars in gold that a mining company has been furiously digging for during the past six years.OceanaGold’s effort has drawn praise locally for the hundreds of jobs it created, but the company also has sparked criticism over its failure to follow environmental laws, as well as the massive impact the mine has had on the landscape.Now, however, the company has struck a deal with environmentalists that could make it easier for OceanaGold to expand from about 4,500 acre...

Buried deep in the Lancaster County dirt are billions of dollars in gold that a mining company has been furiously digging for during the past six years.

OceanaGold’s effort has drawn praise locally for the hundreds of jobs it created, but the company also has sparked criticism over its failure to follow environmental laws, as well as the massive impact the mine has had on the landscape.

Now, however, the company has struck a deal with environmentalists that could make it easier for OceanaGold to expand from about 4,500 acres to nearly 5,400 acres.

Environmental groups agreed this month not to oppose OceanaGold’s proposed expansion after the company pledged to put more cash in the bank to pay for pollution cleanups when the mine closes.

The deal requires the Haile Gold Mine’s owners to sock away an extra $10 million for cleanups. The deal could ultimately mean the cash trust fund would, with interest, grow to several hundred million dollars over time, say conservationists who agreed to the deal.

In return, environmental groups gave up their right to fight state and federal environmental permits the gold mine is seeking to expand operations in rural Lancaster County.

The agreement, while requiring Haile to put up more cleanup money, could lead to billions of dollars more in extra revenue for OceanaGold, the international mining corporation from Australia. The company stands to rake in about $250 million annually from the expansion, if environmental permits are issued — revenue that adds to the projected $2 billion to $4 billion the mine already stood to make from the South Carolina gold operation.

Chris DeScherer, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, said he’s satisfied with the agreement his organization brokered with OceanaGold. Opposing the permits in court could have been messier and more time-consuming than signing an agreement this month with OceanaGold, he said.

Increasing cash for a cleanup ensures money will be available to fix environmental problems at the site long after the mine has been shuttered, he said. The mine is near the town of Kershaw, about halfway between Columbia and Charlotte.

“We think we are getting a better result than had we gone to court and fought this,’’ ’ DeScherer said. ”To the mine’s credit, they negotiated in good faith, they understood our concerns and I think we have put together a settlement agreement that will protect taxpayers, the environment’’ and the nearby Lynches River watershed.

Haile praised the agreement in a statement released this past week.

“We are pleased to have worked with the conservation community to arrive at an agreement that provides additional financial assurance to the state of South Carolina, along with additional benefit to our communities in protecting ecologically sensitive land, as well as long term environmental assurances post mining,’’ the statement said, noting that government agencies that must issue permits “have a job to do and we appreciate the depth of review of this project.’’

The Haile mine is a massive operation that has transformed the wooded landscape near the town of Kershaw into an open area of gaping mining pits, piles of rocks and dirt, and waste disposal areas. Wetlands have been destroyed and creeks smothered. The mine is considered the largest in the eastern United States, rivaling the size of some western mines.

With roots dating to the early 1800s, the Haile Gold Mine had dug for gold periodically through the decades under different owners. But it reopened and dramatically expanded after finding sizable deposits of gold in the Kershaw area more than 10 years ago. The rising price of gold -- today nearly $2,000 per ounce -- has made it worthwhile for mining companies to go after tiny flecks of gold left from past mining.

The company’s agreement with environmentalists had been in the works for months. The Southern Environmental Law Center had initially led the charge against the expansion, raising questions about toxic water pollution that could linger for decades as a result of increased gold mining. Concerns also surfaced about the potential impact of a huge tailings waste pond on groundwater and people who live downstream..

Gold mines, if not properly regulated, can produce acid drainage that can contaminate creeks and groundwater for generations, The State reported in a 2014 series about the environmental impacts of gold mining. Additionally, the law center had been critical of Haile for environmental violations since it opened. State regulators have issued nearly $140,000 in fines involving the mining operation during the past two years.

The deal may not satisfy everyone. Some neighbors of the gold mine have raised concerns about noise and water pollution that they say could ruin their peaceful way of life, as well as fines levied against the Haile mine.

At the same time, environmental groups not part of the agreement, such as riverkeeper organizations, could challenge the permits. Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources also questioned the environmental impact of the project.

DeScherer and Columbia environmental lawyer Bob Guild, one of the most ardent critics of the mine, said the agreement with OceanaGold is a realistic way to deal with the environmental impacts of mining. State mining laws are not strong and an iron-clad agreement to provide more cleanup money was worth a settlement, Guild said.

Environmentalists relied on the advice of Montana consultant Jim Kuipers, well regarded by conservationists for his expertise on mining and financial packages for cleanup work. His assistance helped make for an unusually strong deal to set aside money for cleanup, according to the law center.

Kuipers, who has for years worked on western mining issues, said opponents often fight long-running battles with mines in court that do not stop mining. In this case, OceanaGold and environmentalists came up with a compromise that kept them out of court, a deal that could help stop pollution from the gold mine after it closes.

“We’re kind of painting a different picture in South Carolina than what’s been done elsewhere and it appears to be an improvement for everybody,’’ Kuipers said.

The deal not only requires Haile to put an extra $10 million into the existing $10 million cash trust account, it must also pay $4 million to the Lynches River Conservation Fund during the next four years. The Lynches River board would then appoint a person or group to find and acquire land in the area near the mine for protection. That would help compensate for the loss or deterioration of wetlands during the mine expansion.

The deal also requires Haile to notify the conservation groups of how it is complying or failing to comply with environmental laws, and it requires the company to pay for an expert to advise environmental groups about the mine. Additionally, Haile would have to make sure its operations don’t hurt a nearby prison.

Environmental groups that signed the agreement with the Haile Gold Mine are the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League; the Conservation Voters of South Carolina; the Sierra Club; and the S.C. Wildlife Federation.

Also signing the deal was the regional group the Winyah Rivers Foundation. The only other large environmental group in South Carolina, Upstate Forever, was not involved in the agreement.

In 2014, the Sierra Club had been the only environmental organization in South Carolina to fight a permit for the mine. After the club appealed a state mining permit, the owners at the time agreed to increase the cash trust fund cleanup payment from $5 million to $10 million. The most recent agreement to add $10 million will bring the fund total to $20 million by 2031.

Other environmental groups that had opposed the mine in 2014 eventually backed down after an agreement was reached to preserve land near the mine and protect an unusual land formation called Cook’s Mountain southeast of Columbia. Cook’s Mountain is now a state nature preserve.

Guild, a veteran environmental lawyer and attorney for the state Sierra Club, said the latest agreement better ensures a cleanup will occur in a state with a weak mining law and scores of polluting industries that have shut down without leaving enough money to cleanse sites they had contaminated.

“We knew the S.C. Mining Act was extraordinarily weak and was not going to protect us from the most serious threat: that is that once there was no more revenue, the (mine owners) would lock the gate and walk away,’’ Guild said.

Money for cleaning up environmental problems is an issue with abandoned gold mines around the country, including in South Carolina. Two abandoned gold mines, in McCormick and Chesterfield counties, are being cleaned up through the federal Superfund program. As of 2014, the public had spent $27.4 million on the sites but the cleanups were not complete, The State reported.

One of the most important parts of the new agreement, environmentalists say, is a requirement that makes sure the cash trust fund will be available for cleanup work for decades.

While state regulators could return some of the trust fund money to OceanaGold if the funds are not needed for cleanup, that can’t occur for 25 years after water quality in mining pits and ponds improves to certain state standards. That, in itself, could take years after the mine closes in the early 2030s, meaning the money would be available for cleanups until late this century, said attorneys familiar with the agreement.

The agreement helps ensure the state Department of Health and Environmental Control could not in the near future return trust fund money that might later be needed for a cleanup, attorneys for the Southern Environmental Law Center said.

“We see oftentimes that agencies are too quick to try to get money back to the regulated mining company before the risks at the sites have really been addressed,’’ law center attorney Carl Brzorad said, calling the agreement unprecedented. “So this is a really meaningful constraint on DHEC’s ability to sort of return this money, as soon as possible.’’

In addition to the cash trust fund, OceanaGold previously has pledged to put up more than $50 million through other financial mechanisms to fund cleanup and restoration work before the mine closes. Negotiations are underway to increase that bond to more than $80 million, which would bring the total financial package, including cash, to more than $100 million pledged by the company.

This story was originally published April 14, 2022 6:38 PM.

SC baseball playoffs Midlands team breakdown: favorites, sleepers, toughest draw, more

The South Carolina high school baseball playoffs are underway this week.The S.C. Independent Schools Association members begin their postseason Monday, with public schools getting started Tuesday. The playoffs were shortened last year with fewer teams participating because of the COVID pandemic, but things are back to normal this season. A.C. Flora, Gilbert and Hammond all won state championships last year, and there ...

The South Carolina high school baseball playoffs are underway this week.

The S.C. Independent Schools Association members begin their postseason Monday, with public schools getting started Tuesday.

The playoffs were shortened last year with fewer teams participating because of the COVID pandemic, but things are back to normal this season. A.C. Flora, Gilbert and Hammond all won state championships last year, and there are several Midlands teams expected to be contention for a title this year.

The SCISA championship series will be May 15-16 and 18, while the SCHSL title series are May 21, 24 and 28. Here is a closer look of what to look out for during the postseason.

Nine Midlands teams are ranked in the final regular S.C. Baseball Coaches polls that were released Monday, and several have a chance to make it to the title series.

? Blythewood is No. 1 in Class 5A and has been the most consistent team in the Midlands, losing only once this season to Summerville.The Bengals have 10 seniors, including eight college signees, and are ready to atone for not making it out of the district rounds last year.

? Lexington and River Bluff also are loaded with Division I talent, and either is capable of making it to the state championship series. The Wildcats won a very tough Region 5-5A by a game over the Gators.

? A.C. Flora is the defending state champion and top-ranked team in 4A. The Falcons lost their last two regular-season games to Blythewood and Dreher, but it’s tough to go against an Andy Hallett-coached team in May.

? Brookland-Cayce won its first region title in more than a decade and is looking for its first championship appearance since 2008. The Bearcats have Bishop England in its district, with the toughest opposition in the next round from Oceanside Collegiate and Aynor.

? Gray Collegiate has won 20 or more games in three of Charlie Assey Sr.’s four seasons. The only year they didn’t hit that benchmark is the COVID-shortened year of 2020. The War Eagles are in 2A Upper State and will have Abbeville and Chesterfield to contend with to get to their first state championship appearance.

The toughest route to the championship games might come in Class 5A Lower State where Lexington, River Bluff, Berkeley and Carolina Forest are ranked Nos. 2 through 5 in the latest SBCA polls.

River Bluff and Berkeley are both in District 7, which might be one of the toughest districts in any classification. The two teams could face each other in winners bracket game Thursday if they win their playoff openers.

Dutch Fork and Chapin, the third and fourth seeds from Region 5-5A, will have a tough road. The Silver Foxes are in the same district as Summerville, while the Eagles, the S.C. Diamond Invitational runners-up, are in District 6 with Carolina Forest.

Airport, Dreher and Mid-Carolina haven’t gotten a lot of attention, but they’re all capable of a deep playoff run.

Airport, which moved up to No. 3 in Class 4A rankings, has played deep into the postseason several times under Tim Perry and could do it again in Casey Bradwell’s first season. The Region 5-4A champs have won 13 of their last 14 games going into the postseason.

Dreher is coming off a huge win over A.C. Flora on Friday and finished third in Region 4-4A. The Blue Devils have one of the top pitchers in the area in Winthrop signee Shane Keup, who will get the ball against York in the playoff opener.

Mid-Carolina, the Region 4-3A champion, has a tough district with No. 7 Chapman in it.

Hammond is the defending SCISA 3A champion and has the pieces, including future MLB Draft pick Tucker Toman, to repeat.

The Skyhawks are in the 3A upper bracket with the likes of Laurence Manning, which features South Carolina commit Tyler June.

Cardinal Newman and Ben Lippen are in the lower bracket in 3A and play each other in the first game of the playoffs. The Cardinals lost to Hammond in the state championship last year and lost to Ben Lippen in the final week of the regular season. Wilson Hall is also a team to watch in the 3A lower bracket

In SCISA 2A, Northside Christian is a team to watch, and Richard Winn has a chance in Class A. The Eagles are coming off an unbeaten regular season and haven’t won a state title since 2007.

The staff at Diamond Prospects made their picks for SCHSL champions:

Class 5A: Blythewood

Class 4A: A.C. Flora

Class 3A: Oceanside Collegiate

Class 2A: Andrew Jackson

Class A: Southside Christian

This story was originally published May 2, 2022 3:12 PM.

Grandparents upset after Chesterfield girl claims principal gave her toothbrush to clean school bathroom as punishment

CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A Chesterfield family is outraged after their 9-year-old granddaughter told them her Jefferson Elementary School principal gave her a toothbrush and cleaning supplies to clean the school bathroom after she stuffed toilet tissue in a toilet.Her grandmother, grandfather, and Chesterfield’s NAACP President James Barber had fiery words for the school board.“But what has been done to my granddaughter I am a broken man,” the girl’s grandfather Buree Nivens said whi...

CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A Chesterfield family is outraged after their 9-year-old granddaughter told them her Jefferson Elementary School principal gave her a toothbrush and cleaning supplies to clean the school bathroom after she stuffed toilet tissue in a toilet.

Her grandmother, grandfather, and Chesterfield’s NAACP President James Barber had fiery words for the school board.

“But what has been done to my granddaughter I am a broken man,” the girl’s grandfather Buree Nivens said while confronting the school board.

“On Thursday, October 14, 2021, my granddaughter did something at school that would be minor at any other time or any other child. On that day she admitted to the staff at her elementary school that she indeed used the restroom and filled the toilet with tissue. My granddaughter a student of this county, 9-year-old child was punished more than four days later,” he said.

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Nivens says he doesn’t understand why this was done to his granddaughter and why a harsher discipline wasn’t handed down to the principal – the one who they allege issued the punishment.

The 9-year-old’s grandmother also confronted the Chesterfield County school board during Monday’s meeting.

“I just find it just belittling to a child to do such a thing as this, I don’t care what they did this is something that should never happen in the United States of America,” her grandmother says. She did not appear on camera during the meeting.

“Where were the adults in this school that saw this little girl on the floor. I’m ashamed of them all. I’m ashamed that you all had to even come to a decision right is right and wrong is wrong.. what is there to talk about? What is there to talk about,” Nivens said.

The school board says the issue has been addressed by the administration in a manner that the administration believes to be appropriate. The NAACP president is asking for transparency in how the board came to their decision including how the votes were tallied.

FOX 46 reached out to the district and several board members for comment. Representative Ken Buck said in an email: “The district is aware and this is being handled as an internal personnel matter of which we can not discuss further.”

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