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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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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 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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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 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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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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 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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Oceanside Collegiate's Timmy Castain voted SBLive South Carolina Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Oceanside Collegiate football player Timmy Castain, the winner of SBLive North Carolina's Athlete of Week award as voted by North Carolina high school sports fans.The 6-foot, 260-pound defensive lineman garnered 52.96% of the state-wide vote after after a seven tackle, three sack performance as his Landsharks made a statement by thumping previously undefeated 5-A power Sumter, 28-0. There were more than 71,700 votes cast this week.If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email athleteoftheweek@scorebo...

Congratulations to Oceanside Collegiate football player Timmy Castain, the winner of SBLive North Carolina's Athlete of Week award as voted by North Carolina high school sports fans.

The 6-foot, 260-pound defensive lineman garnered 52.96% of the state-wide vote after after a seven tackle, three sack performance as his Landsharks made a statement by thumping previously undefeated 5-A power Sumter, 28-0. There were more than 71,700 votes cast this week.

If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email athleteoftheweek@scorebooklive.com or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivenc.

Here are all the other athletes that were nominated for Sept. 18-24:

Malachi Washington, Myrtle Beach, Football

This is the definition of a workhorse. Washington turned in another big night, carrying 37 times for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 46-28 victory over Marion.

Jurnee Robinson, Mauldin, Volleyball

The senior outside hitter really shined. She pounded 18 kills and got 10 digs in a 3-0 win over J.L. Mann. Then she produced 9 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces and 2 blocks in a 3-0 victory over Hillcrest of Simpsonville.

A.J. Brand, Irmo, Football

The Yellow Jackets’ standout quarterback made a big return after missing three weeks by throwing for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 37-0 pounding of Airport.

Daquan Burroughs, Johnsonville, Football

This is what you call taking over. Burroughs ran 30 times for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns in a thrilling 37-36 win over Hannah-Pamplico. He scored on runs of 20, 16 and 4 yards.

Sarah Lawrence, River Bluff, Volleyball

A senior outside hitter, Lawrence had 9 kills and 2 aces in a 3-0 victory over Greenbrier, Georgia. She hammered 19 kills in a 3-0 win over Dutch Fork.

Jamarcus Williams, Hannah-Pamplico, Football

Burroughs wasn't the only star in the Johnsonville-Hannah-Pamplico game. Williams turned in an electric performance in a losing effort. The Hannah-Pamplico tailback ran 24 times for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns. And he made some really big plays, scoring on an 86-yard run and racing 68 yards for a score after receiving the pitch on a hook-and-ladder play.

Grayson Loftis, Gaffney, Football

This is what you call clutch. Loftis completed 18 of 32 passes for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for 40 yards and a touchdown as the Indians rallied for a 35-31 win over Fort Dorchester.

Kacy Fields, Beaufort, Football

Fields is only his second game at tailback after switching over from wide receiver. He has definitely made the adjustment. Fields ran for 341 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 55-23 win over Bluffton.

Jayden Little, Chesterfield, Football

Little, a junior tailback, has put together some big games this season. Here’s another one. Little accounted for 5 touchdowns - 3 running and 2 receiving in a 70-44 win over McBee.

City of Aiken Announce Funding for Powderhouse Road Connector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAiken, SC – South Carolina State Senator Tom Young, Mayor Rick Osbon, and Aiken City Council members announced securing funding for the $37 million Powderhouse Connector project. The announcement occurred at a press conference held at Newberry Hall in Aiken on September 15, 2022. The project, first developed in 2006, is projected to reduce traffic on Whiskey Road by as much as 24 percent.The City of Aiken presented the project to the State Infrastructure Bank on September 8, 2022, and was awarded $21....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aiken, SC – South Carolina State Senator Tom Young, Mayor Rick Osbon, and Aiken City Council members announced securing funding for the $37 million Powderhouse Connector project. The announcement occurred at a press conference held at Newberry Hall in Aiken on September 15, 2022. The project, first developed in 2006, is projected to reduce traffic on Whiskey Road by as much as 24 percent.

The City of Aiken presented the project to the State Infrastructure Bank on September 8, 2022, and was awarded $21.3 million in state funding. This funding, combined with additional funding from the City, County, and Federal governments, made this critical infrastructure improvement possible. The funding sources include a local contribution of $8.125 million from Capital Project Sales Tax revenue and other City funds, $621,000 from the Aiken County Transportation Committee, and $8 million from the United States Department of Transportation.

The construction is expected to commence mid-year 2023 and will be completed in two phases. The first phase will connect South Centennial Avenue, off of Corporate Parkway, to Whiskey Road at East Gate Drive. The second phase will connect Powderhouse Road with Whiskey Road at East Gate Drive.

In attendance were SC State Senator Tom Young and some members of the City Council. Provided below are some of their quotes.

Council Member Gail Diggs District 1 “Finally, we are moving forward to the solution of traffic congestion on Whiskey road. This is going to make a huge difference.”

Council Member Lessie Price District 2 “The City Council members are thankful to our Senator Tom Young, our Mayor and City Manager, and staff for the work that they’re doing. This means a lot to our town, and we’ll see that growth flowing within the next five years.”

Council Member Kay Brohl District 3 “This plan began when I was on the planning commission 20 years ago, and it takes so long to get all the different pieces of land and the funding. And I am so happy with what’s come through to help alleviate all the traffic on Whiskey Road.”

Council Member Ed Girardeau – District 4 “I look ahead to the Powerhouse Connector, which will be significant to alleging traffic congestion and making a great bridge from the south to the east.”

Council Member Andrea Neira Gregory District 5 “Being a member of the Aiken, Augusta Regional Transportation Commission also has provided me the opportunity to really see the project into fruition. I’m honored to serve my constituents and to get this project down the road and going.”

Council Member Ed Woltz District 6 “This will be an excellent opportunity for Aiken to get traffic off of Whiskey road and help the whole City move better throughout the City.”

Mayor Rick Osbon “The essential news for Aiken citizens is that it offers relief to an estimated 18 to 24% of traffic on our most congested highway. And it will be a game changer for everyone who lives or travels in that area.”

SC State Senator Tom Young “Our Aiken County Legislative Delegation has worked tirelessly together on this. And we’re so happy with the final product that this road will finally be funded and help alleviate traffic on Whiskey Road.”

City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh “This was a team effort through the hard work of our elected officials and staff. Senator Graham’s office was also very helpful in advocating for this extra funding. This project has truly been an inter-governmental effort and now the real work begins.”

SC couple says tainted fertilizer poisoned well. They’ve sued three industrial giants

A South Carolina couple whose backyard well was contaminated by industrial chemicals has taken three corporate giants to court, alleging that the companies are responsible for pollution that worked its way into the family’s drinking water.Jamie and Kim Weatherford, who live in rural Darlington County, are suing the E.I. DuPont de Nemours, 3M and Chemours corporations for damages in a case that could cost the companies millions of dollars.The Weatherfords say a textile mill in the town of Society Hill provided industrial s...

A South Carolina couple whose backyard well was contaminated by industrial chemicals has taken three corporate giants to court, alleging that the companies are responsible for pollution that worked its way into the family’s drinking water.

Jamie and Kim Weatherford, who live in rural Darlington County, are suing the E.I. DuPont de Nemours, 3M and Chemours corporations for damages in a case that could cost the companies millions of dollars.

The Weatherfords say a textile mill in the town of Society Hill provided industrial sludge to farmers for use as a fertilizer, but the sludge was polluted with “forever chemicals’’ that the big industries had supplied to the mill.

The chemicals then seeped from farm fields into the groundwater that feeds the Weatherfords’ well, they say. DuPont, Chemours and 3M knew, or should have known, the chemicals were toxic and would leak into groundwater used by the couple, the suit says.

Forever chemicals are of increasing concern nationally because they don’t break down easily in the environment and are tied to an array of illnesses, including cancer.

Vincent Sheheen, a Camden lawyer representing the Weatherfords, said the lawsuit is intended to help the Weatherfords and others whose land has been devalued or their drinking water ruined by pollution that seeped out of the sludge.

“We have families who now have their wells, their property, their family homes contaminated by these forever chemicals, that just like the name says, are never going away,’’ Sheheen said. “If you think about who should bear that cost, it should not be the innocent property owners, it should be the people and the companies that made billions of dollars off these chemicals.’’

Waste sludge generated at the Galey and Lord textile plant was put on more than 300 farm fields covering nearly 10,000 acres, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Much of it was applied in Darlington, Chesterfield and Marlboro counties, the EPA says. The sludge, a mushy gunk created by the textile manufacturing process, was allegedly used as a fertilizer over a 20-year period, beginning in 1993.

Galey and Lord’s textile plant was abandoned in 2016 and has since been declared a federal Superfund site, meaning it is on a priority list for cleanup because of substantial pollution. Sediment in the Great Pee Dee River and wetlands near the plant were contaminated with forever chemicals, known formally as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, according to the federal government.

In legal filings, lawyers for DuPont, Chemours and 3M say the industries are being blamed for a problem caused by the Galey and Lord textile plant, and the lawsuit should be tossed out of court.

The case against the industries “is devoid of plausible, factual allegations (and) silent as to the real alleged wrongdoers here — the owners and operators of the G&L facility,’’ attorneys for the industries wrote in a Sept. 9 legal filing.

A spokesman for 3M said in an email Thursday that the company “acted responsibly in connection with products containing PFAS and will vigorously defend its record of environmental stewardship.’’

Efforts to reach spokespeople for DuPont and Chemours were not successful.

Galey and Lord was not named in the federal lawsuit, but a separate lawsuit filed Nov. 3 in state court names the textile company and its former parent, Burlington Industries. The state suit also was filed by the Weatherfords.

They are seeking compensation for “significant damages,’’ including the cost of filtering polluted water and air, replacing plumbing fixtures and appliances, and a reduced value to their property.

Galey and Lord and Burlington at one time filed for bankruptcy, but some compensation could be available as they emerge from the proceedings, attorneys said. Efforts to locate someone to speak for the companies were unsuccessful last week.

Kim Weatherford, 53, said she and her husband didn’t want to take legal action but believed it was the only way to protect their drinking water, property values and health.

They depend on well water for showers, drinking water and cooking at their home, a modest structure set back from a dirt road between Society Hill and Hartsville in eastern South Carolina. The family well sits inside a small backyard building that now contains three large tanks as part of the water filtering system.

The Weatherfords have lived in the house on Journeys End Road with their son for more than a decade. Jamie Weatherford owns a small business that builds racing cars. Kim Weatherford works at a local concrete company. She has spoken at the state Legislature about the need to control PFAS contamination across South Carolina.

“A lawsuit is the very last thing you want to get involved in, but how else do you go up against something this big?’’ she asked, as she reflected last week on her family’s challenges with contaminated drinking water.

While the federal government has installed filters on her well, they must be periodically serviced, and she’s concerned that the filters are not always effective. She worries about how past PFAS pollution has impacted her college-age son, who has a health condition. She also wonders whether PFAS contributed to the death of a family dog that chewed part of a used PFAS water filter that had been changed out.

Forever chemicals once were used heavily by the textile industry to make stain-and-water-resistant clothing and carpeting, among other things. They also were used to make nonstick frying pans and in foams used by firefighters.

The chemicals, however, are of increasing concern. They have been tied to a number of ailments that can result when people drink water or eat food contaminated with PFAS compounds over time. Among those is decreased fertility in women and developmental delays in children, as well as increased risk of prostate and kidney cancer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which says research into the health impacts still is ongoing.

Kim Weatherford’s well, at one point, registered one type of PFAS pollution at 120 parts per trillion, substantially higher than a federal health advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion. Her mother-in-law’s PFAS readings were even higher, The State reported last year. Follow-up tests indicated higher levels of the forever-chemical pollution.

All told, 46 of the 103 wells tested in the area for PFAS showed some level of contamination. Of that, 23 wells had levels above the 70 standard. Another 23 showed PFAS below the 70 health advisory level, state regulators say.

Meanwhile, since last year’s findings, the federal government has lowered the health advisory limit from 70 parts per trillion to near zero for two of the PFAS compounds of most concern. The government is now working on an enforceable maximum contaminant level, which may be less than 70 parts per trillion.

So far, the government has not provided filters for some people who say their wells have PFAS pollution above the new, tighter advisory advisory level of near zero.

The current PFAS problem near the Galey and Lord sludge fields could be resolved with the extension of county water lines, but even if that happens, people who were exposed for years worry about lingering health effects.

The federal lawsuit, which says claims exceed $5 million, said DuPont employees expressed concerns about PFAS as early as 1954 and that the company learned more through the years about the hazards. But DuPont was not forthcoming with government regulators about the danger, the suit said. The suit said 3M began producing one type of PFAS as early as 1947. Four years later, DuPont began purchasing the material from 3M to use in the production of Teflon, the suit said.

DuPont paid $16.5 million in 2004 to settle a case in which the EPA charged that the company violated the law by withholding information about the release of PFAS in West Virginia, The New York Times reported.

Success of the Weatherfords’ lawsuits is far from decided. Both the federal and state suits are seeking class action status that could involve claims by hundreds of other people whose land and water may have been affected by PFAS-tainted sludge. But a judge has not yet approved class status.

In recent federal court filings, DuPont, Chemours and 3M asked a judge to dismiss that case.

“Merely alleging that a defendant supplied chemicals to a manufacturing facility does not constitute an ultrahazardous activity in South Carolina,’’ the DuPont, Chemours and 3M lawyers wrote in a September court filing.

While the case has a long way to go, it may come as no surprise to those who’ve encountered chemical pollution in their drinking water or who have otherwise been affected. The case is among an avalanche of lawsuits filed nationally since 2005 over PFAS, according to research conducted by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg found that E.I. du Pont de Nemours was a defendant in more than 6,100 PFAS lawsuits in the past 17 years. In recent years, 3M also has experienced an increasing number of lawsuits over PFAS, Bloomberg reported.

The Weatherfords’ lawyers say, unlike many cases nationally, the one they have filed looks at how toxins in sludge affected the environment.

The companies sued by the Weatherfords are economic heavyweights with long histories of production.

DuPont, founded in 1802 and incorporated in 1899, has made a variety of products through the years, but it has been considered a leader in the manufacture of commercial polymers, according to Britannica Online Encyclopedia. DuPont reported net sales of $16.7 billion last year.

3M, which traces its roots to 1902, reports annual revenue of more than $30 billion. The company has nearly 100,000 employees. It is widely known for producing cellophane tape, masking tape and photo copiers. The company also has provided adhesives for surgical drapes and makes materials used in tamper-proof packaging, Britannica.com reports.

Chemours, a company spun off by DuPont, is like DuPont among the country’s top chemical manufacturers. It provides industrial and specialty products, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration, air conditioning, transportation, semiconductors and consumer electronics, the company reports. Among the products it makes are Freon and Teflon, the material used to prevent sticking in frying pans.

Chemours reported generating $6.3 billion in revenue in 2021.

Sammy Fretwell has covered the environment beat for The State since 1995. He writes about an array of issues, including wildlife, climate change, energy, state environmental policy, nuclear waste and coastal development. He has won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year by the S.C. Press Association in 2017. Fretwell is a University of South Carolina graduate who grew up in Anderson County. Reach him at 803 771 8537.

Flock of domesticated birds in Beaufort County tests positive for HPAI

Download imageCOLUMBIA – A mixed flock of domesticated birds on a Beaufort County farm tested positive for a Eurasian strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that is affecting 45 states across the country.Dead birds were submitted to the Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Center (CVDC), and a positive identification was confirmed on Nov. 3 at the United States Department of Agri...

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COLUMBIA – A mixed flock of domesticated birds on a Beaufort County farm tested positive for a Eurasian strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that is affecting 45 states across the country.

Dead birds were submitted to the Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Center (CVDC), and a positive identification was confirmed on Nov. 3 at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

This is the first confirmed positive case in a flock of domesticated birds in South Carolina since April 2020, when a different strain of HPAI was detected in a turkey flock in Chesterfield County. A wild duck harvested by a hunter in Colleton County on Jan. 13, 2022, was found to be infected with the same strain of Eurasian H5 type of HPAI.

“The flock’s isolated location makes us confident the disease was transmitted by wild birds and gives us a tremendous advantage in preventing its spread,” said State Veterinarian Michael Neault, who directs Clemson Livestock Poultry Health (LPH), which includes the CVDC.

APHIS is working closely with state animal health officials on joint incident responses. State officials quarantined the affected premises, and the birds will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flocks will not enter the food system. As part of existing avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in areas around the affected flocks in the U.S.

HPAI is considered low risk to human health according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, but is highly contagious to other birds, including commercial and backyard flocks of poultry. While the virus is also not considered a food safety threat, infected birds do not enter the food supply.

“Commercial and backyard poultry operations must remain alert to this disease, especially during fall and winter when waterfowl are migrating and wintering in South Carolina. The positive flock in Beaufort County reinforces the need for commercial operations and backyard flock owners to continue following strict biosecurity measures, including keeping birds enclosed without access to wild birds or other domestic flocks,” said Neault.

For information on biosecurity measures, visit the LPH Poultry Disease website or the USDA’s Defend the Flock Program website.

Report sick or dead poultry to Clemson Livestock Poultry Health by calling 803-788-2260 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) or using the online report form. Report sick or dead wild waterfowl to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources by calling 803-734-3886.

The warning signs of HPAI include:

Woodland's Suderian Harrison voted SBLive South Carolina Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Woodland football player Suderian Harrison, the winner of SBLive South Carolina's Athlete of Week award as voted by South Carolina high school sports fans.Harrison received more than 14,000 votes and 54,67% of our state-wide vote after he threw six touchdown passes and ran for another in a 55-14 pounding of Edisto.If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email athleteoftheweek@scorebooklive.com or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivesc.Here are all the other athletes that were nominate...

Congratulations to Woodland football player Suderian Harrison, the winner of SBLive South Carolina's Athlete of Week award as voted by South Carolina high school sports fans.

Harrison received more than 14,000 votes and 54,67% of our state-wide vote after he threw six touchdown passes and ran for another in a 55-14 pounding of Edisto.

If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email athleteoftheweek@scorebooklive.com or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivesc.

Here are all the other athletes that were nominated for Oct. 24-29:

Logan Jones, Lake View, Football

This guy did everything except play in the band at halftime.

The senior standout accounted for five touchdowns and got them three different ways in a 40-32 win over Hannah-Pamplico. Jones, splitting time at tailback and quarterback, ran 14 times for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns, He also caught 2 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 20 yards for another score.

Max Vonhohenstraeten, Bluffton, Football

The senior quarterback tied a school record with six touchdown passes in a 52-22 rout of Colleton County.

Macie McMillan, Myrtle Beach, Volleyball

A junior outside hitter/right side, McMillan had 40 kills in 61 attempts in the Seahawks’ five-set loss to Lucy Beckham in the second round of the AAAA state playoffs. She attempted 24 serves with only 2 errors, had 6 blocks, 25 digs and 29 serve receives, McMillan finished the season with 427 kills and .505 hitting average.

Blake Carter, Myrtle Beach, Volleyball

The sophomore setter had 10 aces on 39 serves, with only 3 errors. She 83 assists, 9 digs and 4 blocks. Carter ended the season with 784 assists and is on pace for 2,500.

Raheim Jeter, Spartanburg, Football

The Vikings’ quarterback threw for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for 3 touchdowns in a 42-41 thriller over city rival Dorman.

Jeter has committed to East Carolina.

Madison Messimer, Myrtle Beach, Golf

The highly-rated sophomore just won the AAAA state championship by shooting rounds of 71 and 72 at the Golf Course of Hilton Head Lakes. That was enough for a three-stroke triumph.

Erin Allert, Cardinal Newman, Volleyball

A 5-foot-11 senior middle hitter, Allert had 11 kills, 5 blocks and 4 aces as the Cardinals swept Porter-Gaud 3-0 to win the SCISA AAA state championship.

Zay Brown, Cheraw, Football

The senior running back ran for eight touchdowns in a 55-42 win over Chesterfield. Among his touchdowns were runs of 42, 63 and 45 yards.

Scott Saylor, Carolina Forest, Football

The Spartans’ quarterback threw for 404 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 41-21 win over St. James that clinched second place in their region.

That’s a big-time performance.

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