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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 Conway, 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 Conway, 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 Conway 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 Conway, 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 Conway'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 Conway.

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

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 Conway, 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 Conway, 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 Conway, 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 Conway, 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 Conway, 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 Conway, SC

54 Student-Athletes Received Degrees this Spring

CONWAY, S.C. – Among Coastal Carolina University's 2022 spring and summer graduates this weekend inside the HTC Center and at Brooks Stadium were 54 student-athletes, across 15 sports as well as both the cheer and dance teams.The 2022 spring graduates were honored on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, while the spring sports of baseball and lacrosse held a special graduation ceremony on Monday, May 9, due to competing during the original graduation ceremonies.The following are the Coastal Carolina Univers...

CONWAY, S.C. – Among Coastal Carolina University's 2022 spring and summer graduates this weekend inside the HTC Center and at Brooks Stadium were 54 student-athletes, across 15 sports as well as both the cheer and dance teams.

The 2022 spring graduates were honored on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, while the spring sports of baseball and lacrosse held a special graduation ceremony on Monday, May 9, due to competing during the original graduation ceremonies.

The following are the Coastal Carolina University student-athletes that participated in the graduation ceremonies this spring.

Tyler Johnson Baseball Recreation and Sport Management
Michael Knorr Baseball Sociology
Reece Maniscalco Baseball Master's in Sport Management
Jacob Maton Baseball Economics
Nick Parker Baseball Business Management
Reid VanScoter Baseball Communication
Ebou Dibba Men's Basketball Business Management
Garrick Green Men's Basketball Recreation and Sport Management
Isaac Hippolyte Men's Basketball Communication
Aja Blount Women's Basketball Communication
Tyra Brown Women's Basketball Interdisciplinary Studies
Janeen Camp Women's Basketball Interdisciplinary Studies
Lucy Campbell Beach Volleyball Interdisciplinary Studies
Martine Kragholm Beach Volleyball Business Management
Sierra Baxter Cheer Recreation and Sport Management
Ashlee Boykin Cheer Psychology
Reagan Finnegan Cheer Public Health
Hannah McCallister Cheer Exercise and Sport Science
Maddie Gillott Dance Communication
Jamar Darboe Football Marketing
Jordan Donald Football MBA
Jaimeer Goodman Football Psychology
Jaivon Heiligh Football Business Management
Fred Jackson Football Communication
Christian Malloy Football Business Management
Brayden Matts Football Interdisciplinary Studies
Conner McCarthy Football Recreation and Sport Management
Jordan Morris Football Interdisciplinary Studies
Coleman Reich Football Communication
Justin Scola Football Recreation and Sport Management
Zachary Stevens Football Applied Physics
Kameren Stewart Football Political Science
Caitlin Evans-Brand Women's Golf Sociology
Jenjira Jinangkul Women's Golf Public Health
Megan Bozzi Lacrosse Recreation and Sport Management
Hannah Close Lacrosse Marketing
Abi George Lacrosse Intelligence and National Security
Lauren Cremen Lacrosse Marketing
Caroline Fallace Lacrosse Biology
Sydney Fox Lacrosse Biology
Riley Harrell Lacrosse Economics
Marcello Jones Men's Soccer Political Science
Mackenzie Cherry Women's Soccer Recreation and Sport Management
Abbey Montoya Softball Biology
Makiya Thomas Softball Communication
Diego Giraldo Men's Tennis Interdisciplinary Studies
Bastien Huon Men's Tennis Master's in Sport Management
Paola Landin Lopez Women's Tennis Marketing
Ty Floyd Men's Track & Field Interdisciplinary Studies
Stephen Kirkwood Men's Track & Field Exercise and Sport Science
Jerard Perez Men's Track & Field Psychology
Kelsia Moore Women's Track & Field Exercise and Sport Science
Marija Borcic Volleyball Business Management
Lina Perugini Volleyball Public Health

For complete coverage of CCU Athletics, follow the Chants on social media @GoCCUsports (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUsports (Instagram) or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.

Bloody infectious waste from SC hospitals flowed illegally to landfills, agency says

State inspectors found bloody bandages, leaking medical waste and other infectious garbage at unapproved South Carolina landfills and transfer stations last year, sparking concerns about contamination and prompting a series of fines against four hospitals.Fines totaling $143,400 were issued against three Charleston-area hospitals and one in Conway for the medical waste violations, according to records released this week.Two of the hospitals, Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis in Charleston, generated $104,000 of the total fines....

State inspectors found bloody bandages, leaking medical waste and other infectious garbage at unapproved South Carolina landfills and transfer stations last year, sparking concerns about contamination and prompting a series of fines against four hospitals.

Fines totaling $143,400 were issued against three Charleston-area hospitals and one in Conway for the medical waste violations, according to records released this week.

Two of the hospitals, Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis in Charleston, generated $104,000 of the total fines. The two hospitals are part of the Bon Secours system. The other facilities fined were the Ralph Johnson Veterans hospital in Charleston and the Conway Medical Center near Myrtle Beach.

Collectively, the hospitals racked up more than 40 violations that the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control cited after inspections in 2021.

While some violations varied, all hospitals were cited for failing to properly package infectious waste in containers that could prevent leaks to the environment, records show. All also ran afoul of DHEC for not treating infectious waste, as required, before shipping it off for disposal, enforcement documents show.

The three Charleston hospitals failed to manage infectious waste “to prevent exposure to the public or release to the environment,’’ according to enforcement summary sheets released by DHEC.

During their inspections in 2021, inspectors found medical waste in area solid waste landfills and transfer stations that are approved for handling household garbage but not the infectious trash that was shipped there. Landfill and transfer station officials contacted DHEC after finding the medical waste.

It was unclear why the problems occurred, but the enforcement actions said that the Bon Secours medical centers offered infectious waste to a “non-registered transporter.’’

Among other things cited in enforcement orders, inspectors found:

? Bloody gauze, exam gloves and a catheter bag at a Charleston-area transfer station, a facility that ships household garbage to standard landfills. Bags that contained medical waste were open and had spilled onto the ground. The material came from Roper Hospital.

? Blood-filled syringes, bags tainted by human blood, soiled intubation equipment and dressings “supersaturated’’ with what appeared to be blood and body fluids. The material was found at Charleston County’s Bees Ferry landfill. The waste came from Roper Hospital.

? Bags of blood, as well as needles, glass medicine vials and a pump device that appeared to contain blood at Dorchester County’s Oak Ridge landfill. Spilled waste and open bags of medical waste also were found at the landfill. The waste came from Bon Secours St. Francis.

? A container of suctioned blood, bloody intravenous tubing, bloody surgical drapes and gauze at a transfer station in the Charleston area. The medical waste came from the VA hospital in Charleston.

? Tubing containing blood, as well as clear plastic bags filled with both infectious and solid waste at the Horry County landfill near Conway. The waste came from Conway Medical Center.

Infectious, or medical, waste is a by-product of hospitals and medical facilities. It must be safely stored to protect the environment and public health, DHEC says. The material can include syringes, scalpels, culture dishes that have been exposed to disease, blood, parts removed from the human body and “any other waste designated as infectious,’’ according to DHEC’s website.

Medical waste often is dealt with by incinerating the material, disinfecting it and/or shipping it to certified treatment sites. Infectious waste must be treated before it is disposed of, the department said, noting that the medical refuse can be dangerous.

“Infectious waste, in general, is waste that poses an environmental danger due to its biological risk,’’ DHEC said in an email Wednesday night. “The possible risks for human injury or illness, or environmental impacts, due to improper handling depends upon the specific type of infectious waste involved and how it was mishandled.’’

DHEC says the state has more than 9,000 generators of infectious waste. About 30 entities are registered to transport the material, while two are registered to treat infectious waste, the agency says. The two treatment sites are in West Columbia and Greenville, the agency said.

The investigation, sparked by landfill and transfer station operators, is not over and other medical facilities could be liable for improper disposal of medical waste at landfills. In an email, DHEC confirmed that “similar investigations are occurring.’’

DHEC’s enforcement action against the hospitals follows decades of issues involving the proper disposal of medical waste in the state. In the mid 1990s, questions about the safe transport of medical waste became a concern after state officials discovered a warehouse full of decaying infectious waste on Shop Road in Columbia, awaiting transport to a disposal site in Hampton County, The State reported.

The incinerator in Hampton County later ran into troubles, catching fire in 1997, and eventually closing about 20 years ago after a public outcry. The incinerator had been accepting infectious waste from across the country.

More recently, concerns have surfaced in the Lowcountry about the proper disposal of medical waste at landfills, the Charleston newspaper, The Post and Courier, reported.

According to DHEC enforcement records, Bon Secours St. Francis was hit with the largest fine at $54,000; Roper was fined $50,000; and Conway Medical Center was fined $14,400. The VA facility was hit with a $25,000 fine.

The enforcement orders against Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis were not the first by DHEC. Records show the two hospitals both had enforcement cases made against them in 2020 for some of the same problems.

Andy Lyons, a spokesman for the Roper and St. Francis hospitals run by Bon Secours, released a statement saying the problems had been taken care of.

“We were concerned about the state’s findings and took immediate action to protect our staff, patients and the environment,’’ the statement said. “Since the state’s last visit more than six months ago, we’ve gone to great lengths and expense to make improvements to our handling of infectious waste. We now exceed state requirements and are continuing to educate our team on proper disposal procedures. The mistake was unfortunate, but it was not intentionally made by Roper-St. Francis Healthcare staff. We welcome any opportunity to enhance our efforts to keep our community safe..’’

A spokeswoman for the Veterans Administration hospital in Charleston said the violations at her facility centered on one primary issue and the VA had worked to address the problems. Waste picked up from the VA hospital had been placed in the wrong container, she said.

“I don’t know who was to blame, if it was someone from our center, or the gentlemen who picked up waste who accidentally labeled and put it in the wrong container,’’ she said. “That was the one instance. We have definitely put measures in place to ensure nothing like happens again. It is checked, double-checked and triple checked before anything leaves the facility anymore.’’

A spokesperson for Conway Medical Center had not responded Wednesday.

This story has been updated with additional information from DHEC.

This story was originally published May 4, 2022 4:29 PM.

Softball Set for Sun Belt Tournament Opener against ULM

CONWAY, S.C. – The No. 9 seeded Coastal Carolina softball team begins its quest to the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship as the Chants will take on the No. 8 seeded ULM Warhawks in the opening round at Jaguar Field on the campus of South Alabama on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. ET.The Chanticleers (21-27, 7-17 SBC) and the Warhawks (27-26, 10-17) faced off in the first round of the 2021 Sun Belt Softball Championship, with ULM downing CCU 8-6.Notably, Tuesday's contest is a single-elimination g...

CONWAY, S.C. – The No. 9 seeded Coastal Carolina softball team begins its quest to the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship as the Chants will take on the No. 8 seeded ULM Warhawks in the opening round at Jaguar Field on the campus of South Alabama on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. ET.

The Chanticleers (21-27, 7-17 SBC) and the Warhawks (27-26, 10-17) faced off in the first round of the 2021 Sun Belt Softball Championship, with ULM downing CCU 8-6.

Notably, Tuesday's contest is a single-elimination game with the winner advancing to face the No. 1 seed Louisiana on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.

FOLLOW THE ACTION Fans can follow all the action of the tournament on ESPN+ and live stats via StatBroadcast. Links for both ESPN+ stream and live stats can be found on the softball schedule page.

CHANTS' LAST TIME OUT With their regular-season finale series sweep of App State, the Chanticleers secured the No. 9 seed in the Sun Belt Softball Championship as Coastal enters the tournament 21-27 overall and 7-17 in conference play.

The Chanticleers downed the Mountaineers 2-0 in game one before using a walk-off home run for the fifth time this season to defeat its opponent, as CCU defeated App State 5-6 in game two. On senior day, CCU down App State 4-1 to record the sweep.

WARHAWKS LAST TIME OUT ULM was swept in the regular-season finale by (RV) Louisiana May 6-7 in Monroe.

The Warhawks were downed 14-1 (5 inn.) in the series opener before dropping both games of a Saturday doubleheader, 10-3 in each contest.

SERIES HISTORY The Chanticleers and Warhawks have met 19 times heading into the Sun Belt Softball Championship with ULM holding a 13-6 advantage over the Chanticleers.

Most recently the two teams met for a three-game conference series back in April, with the Warhawks taking all three games against Coastal Carolina in Conway.

KAITLIN BEASLEY-POLKO Kaitlin Beasley-Polko was tabbed the Sun Belt Softball Player of the Week following the conclusion of the 2022 regular-season for her performance against App State.

Beasley-Polko claimed two of the three victories in Coastal Carolina's series sweep of Appalachian State, limiting the Mountaineers to a single run and just four hits while throwing her seventh and eighth complete games of the season in 14.0 innings of work. The Leonardtown, Md. native posted 17 strikeouts during the series to improve to 12-9 overall on the season and 5-6 in conference play. Thursday's game one saw Beasley-Polko throw her second shutout of the season and her third career one-hit game, and second against App State. Friday's senior day saw the veteran pitcher allow one run off three hits and record 10 strikeouts in a game for the third time this season.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT HISTORY Coastal Carolina is 4-4 all-time in the Sun Belt Tournament, having reached the program's first SBC tournament appearance in 2017, which saw the Chants knocked out of the tournament by UTA, 9-1 in the single-elimination opening round.

In 2019, Coastal Carolina entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and knocked off their first three opponents, Georgia Southern, UTA, and Troy, before losing to No. 1 seed Louisiana with their first loss in the double-elimination format.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS Makiya Thomas and Iyanla De Jesus earned Coastal Carolina's eighth and ninth all-time Sun Belt Conference honors, as Thomas was named to the All-Conference first time and De Jesus was named All-Conference second team.

Thomas has appeared in and started 38 games of Coastal Carolina's 47 games this season, hitting for a team-leading .410 overall with nine doubles, six home runs, 16 RBI, and 32 runs scored. In SBC play, her batting average improved to .421 with five of her six home runs coming against league opponents.

In 47 games, De Jesus hit for a .331 overall average with 10 doubles, nine home runs, and 33 RBI with 13 runs scored. She tallied 10 multi-hit games this season with four games with three or more hits, including a four-hit game at Campbell in April, to go along with six multi-RBI games.

HOME RUN CLINIC During the regular season, the Chanticleers hit 64 total home runs, which ranks them second in the Sun Belt, while opponents have hit 37. So far this season, 11 different Coastal players have hit home runs. Riley Zana knocked her team-leading 10th home run of the season against App State, while De Jesus and Maddy Jennings each have nine.

Keirstin Roose is close behind, having recorded eight homers, while Abbey Montoya and Thomas have each tallied six. Payton Ebersole (5). Madison Hudson (4), Jay Wrightsman (3), Abby Jankay (2), and Shae Schreckengost (1) have also contributed to Coastal's home run tally.

For complete coverage of CCU softball, follow the Chanticleers on social media at @CoastalSoftball (Twitter), @GoCCUSports (Instagram), and facebook.com/CCUChanticleers(Facebook), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina at www.GoCCUsports.com.

‘We have standards:’ Zoning battle over $25M health care facility in Conway continues

Conway leaders have a big question to ask themselves: Is building a $25 million community health care center more important than letting developers control how the city plans to grow over the next generation?“Part of our job is to look very long term, and when ideals are set in place so we can reach it, that might mean that we have to say ‘no’ to some things, and it might mean that it’s grueling,” Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy said during a Monday City Council meeting.Healthcare Partners of South Car...

Conway leaders have a big question to ask themselves: Is building a $25 million community health care center more important than letting developers control how the city plans to grow over the next generation?

“Part of our job is to look very long term, and when ideals are set in place so we can reach it, that might mean that we have to say ‘no’ to some things, and it might mean that it’s grueling,” Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy said during a Monday City Council meeting.

Healthcare Partners of South Carolina, a regional network serving patients in Conway, Johnsonville and Marion, wants to open a state-of-the art facility on 4.9 acres along Fourth Avenue, converting an outdated shopping center into a $25 million health care hub.

But for that to happen, an on-site Dollar General would need to move across the street. Project managers are also asking the city to shift zoning from “core commercial” to the much less restrictive “highway commercial,” which allows parking in front of buildings.

The Planning Commission reviewed the proposal April 7, and the City Council on Monday sent the plan back to the advisory board for further analysis before an expected vote next month.

“Both of these entities are vitally concerned and interested in the improvements they will make to this part of Conway and to these properties,” said David Elliott of G3 Engineering, which is working on the project.

Part of the rub for city leaders is that Fourth Avenue — mentioned 13 times in the city’s 2017 updated downtown master plan — remains at the center of long-term revitalization plans, and altering portions of its zoning for a proposal that doesn’t yet have financing could be a lethal mistake, they say.

“Nobody wants that end of the street revitalized more than I do, but my biggest fear is we go in and rezone, the deal falls apart for a million reasons, and then we can’t take that back,” Councilman William Goldfinch said. “Anything could then go there and destroy that neighborhood, and we would be villains, and so that’s the risk we run.”

Adam Emrick, Conway’s administrator, said construction could happen under the existing zoning, but the development team doesn’t want to go that route.

“The only reason the rezoning is coming in is because they don’t like the design standards we have in place,” he said. “We have standards in Conway, and I think it’s important we stand on our standards.”

Tom James, a developer representing Dollar General, said if city officials didn’t let the store move across the street, the company was willing to exercise its five-year lease option at the current location, dooming the health care center.

“As the guy who’s got the lease in his hand, this is it,” James said.

Goldfinch fired back, accusing those behind the deal of coming to an agreement before the city could act.

“You ordered the materials for a building that would never go there, and now you’re trying to hold us hostage with this health care center that everybody wants for our community, and you want us to make an emotional decision to fix what I think you guys did intentionally from the start, and it’s insulting,” Goldfinch said.

Resident James Lee, who pastors at nearby Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, asked the council to back the rezoning request.

“This is a win for the people I represent. We have two liquor stores in walking distance, and they’re bringing a $25 million health care facility, and it doesn’t look like we’re at all receptive,” he said.

Nima Omidvar Added to Men's Basketball Staff

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University head men's basketball coach Cliff Ellis has announced the addition of Nima Omidvar (pronounced Nee' mah Oh' mid var) as an assistant coach effective immediately.Omidvar has coaching experience on both the high school and college levels, serving on the collegiate staffs at Fordham, George Washington, South Alabama, Maryland, NC State, and Bowie State. He has been a part of seven N...

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University head men's basketball coach Cliff Ellis has announced the addition of Nima Omidvar (pronounced Nee' mah Oh' mid var) as an assistant coach effective immediately.

Omidvar has coaching experience on both the high school and college levels, serving on the collegiate staffs at Fordham, George Washington, South Alabama, Maryland, NC State, and Bowie State. He has been a part of seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including six at the NCAA Division I level. He has also assisted with the recruitment of 14 players who have played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA), including four first-round selections.

Omidvar joins the Coastal men's basketball program after spending last season as the director of operations at Fordham University where he was responsible for team travel, scheduling, budgets, championship arrangements, on-campus recruiting, and video coordination.

Before his work at Fordham, he spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at George Washington University where he recruited all-conference performers James Bishop and Brayon Freeman. Omidvar also has ties to the Sun Belt Conference, as he spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at South Alabama.

He spent the 2014-18 season's at Maryland, where he oversaw on-campus recruiting visits. Two of those recruiting classes resulted in top-10 classes and among those recruits were NBA draft picks Diamond Stone, Kevin Huerter, Bruno Fernando and Justin Jackson.

While in College Park, the Terrapins compiled the second-most wins in a three-year period in program history, which included a regular-season record 26 wins during the 2014-15 season. Maryland had an NCAA Sweet 16 run during the 2016-17 season, as the Terrapins got off to their best start in school history at 20-2.

He was also involved in off-the-court initiatives while at his alma mater. He helped lead the student-athletes in the manufacturing of the #RunningManChallenge, the most googled term in 2016, and resulted in a nationwide publicity tour.

Omidvar spent three seasons at NC State (2011-14), serving as the team's video coordinator. The Wolfpack reached three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 in 2011-12, which featured ACC Player of the Year and the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft, T.J. Warren, and second-round pick Lorenzo Brown.

He spent one season at Bowie State in 2010-11 as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a 23-6 overall record, including a 16-2 mark in the CIAA and a Northern Division championship. Bowie State made the NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the second round. Bowie State finished the season ranked 19th.

The 2008 University of Maryland graduate started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under head coach Bobby Lutz at Charlotte. He monitored the team's academic efforts while also assisting with team travel and providing recruiting support.

Prior to coaching in college, Omidvar coached the DC Team Takeover to the U16 and U17 AAU Super Showcase Championships in 2009, led by future NBA draft picks Victor, Oladipo, Jerian Grant, and Michael Gbinije.

He was the head coach at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., and led them to a Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship and also spent time as an assistant coach at St. John's College High School in Fairfax, Va., as the Panthers achieved their first national ranking (No. 20) during his tenure and won the Virginia Independent School state championship.

He has coached nine NCAA Division I signees, including 2013 ACC Player of the Year Erick Green, who was an NBA draft choice.

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